You Just Bought an Instant Pot: Now What???

Instant Pot: Did you buy one? Are you wondering what to do with it?
You Just Bought an Instant Pot: Now What? How to start cooking and enjoying.

What is it about the Instant Pot? People are going crazy for it!

Of course they are.

The Instant Pot promises a home cooked meal in about 70% less time than traditional cooking methods. Not to mention, it has the ability to cook food from frozen.

No need to thaw your frozen meat before cooking it?

People, this is practically kitchen sorcery we are talking about here!

While there are so many pluses to an Instant Pot, many people are afraid to cook in them.

And rightly so.

A pressure cooker could blow up if not properly used and maintained. For that reason, you will actually need to read the instructions for your pressure cooker.

But if you will cast your fear aside, you will be rewarded with a quick and easy solution to the dinnertime dilemma. And the breakfast dilemma. And the snack dilemma. In fact, you will find you can make pretty much anything in your Instant Pot, including DOG FOOD!

HOW TO GET STARTED WITH YOUR INSTANT POT

#1 – BUY A HIGHLY RATED COOKBOOK

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The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals

This is the number one best seller and it includes recipes like Pulled Pork, Black Bean Soup, and Baby Back Ribs.
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The New Fast Food: The Veggie Queen Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes

I am not a vegetarian. However, I try to add as many plants to my family’s daily diet as I can. This book came highly recommended for just that reason.

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Great Food Fast Bob Warden’s Ultimate Pressure Cooker Recipes

What I like about this cookbook is it has a “lighter” section and it gives nutrition information on all the recipes.

#2 – JOIN A FACEBOOK GROUP

There are more recipes and tips in these Facebook groups than you could ever get through in one day!

Here’s my helpful suggestion: If you choose to join an Instant Pot Facebook Group, you will want to turn off the group’s notifications. If you don’t, your newsfeed will be flooded with posts.

It is better to join the group, turn off notifications, then visit the group when looking for inspiration or help.

Listed below are the Facebook groups run by people I know that I have actually joined. However, there are tons of groups out there if you just do a quick Facebook search.

Instant Pot Community

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Meals

Real Food Instant Pot Recipes

#3 – TRY THESE FAN FAVORITE RECIPES

Quite simply, I’ve rounded up the recipes I’ve seen referred to again and again.

I’m a sucker for a good street taco so I’m excited to try these Korean Street Tacos.

Honey Bourbon Chicken sounds like a winner to me.

Butter, heavy cream, 2 kinds of cheeses… Yes, I believe this may be the Best Mac and Cheese.

This Greek yogurt recipe is the most referred to recipe in all my Facebook groups. It has great instructions.

I’m always in search of the perfect rice recipe – you know the kind – like you get in the restaurant.

Perfectly Hard Boiled Eggs – I gotta try it!

Don’t have your Instant Pot yet? What are you waiting for?

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Breakfast Meal Prep Idea: Easy Toppings Bar

Here’s an easy DIY idea for breakfast meal prep: set-up a toppings bar!

Here's an easy DIY idea for breakfast meal prep: set-up a toppings bar!

Are you ready to save time and energy and still be able to deliver healthy meals in the morning?

I’ve found a solution that is working for our family that I wanted to share with you. It’s an easy toppings bar that fits on your countertop.

Here's an easy DIY idea for breakfast meal prep: set-up a toppings bar!

Our house has limited kitchen counter space, so in my home, I’ve set up a separate coffee/breakfast toppings bar on a spare piece of furniture we have set up by our kitchen table. On this spare hutch I’ve placed a tray and gathered together all the toppings we regularly use.

How does this help you in meal prep? The tray holds healthy toppings for cooked oatmeal, overnight oats, plain greek yogurt, or chia puddings.

Breakfast can be as easy as grabbing a yogurt or chia pudding out of the fridge and loading it up with healthy goodness. Or make up a pot of oatmeal and let everyone decide how to top their own bowl.

Here's an easy DIY idea for breakfast meal prep: set-up a toppings bar!

So what do I have on my countertop toppings bar?

BREAKFAST MEAL PREP TOPPINGS BAR IDEAS

  • dried cherries
  • dried cranberries
  • raisins
  • chia seeds
  • coconut flakes (Make sure they are unsweetened! This is what I buy.)
  • freeze dried fruit (NOT dried fruit, which can be sugar coated. Freeze dried bananas are really good!)
  • cacoa nibs
  • nuts
  • honey
  • maple syrup
  • cinnamon
  • chocolate chips

Here's an easy DIY idea for breakfast meal prep: set-up a toppings bar!

If you haven’t tried cacoa nibs yet, I’ve fallen in love with them. They are the purest form of chocolate before anything gets added to it. It has a definite chocolate taste but will finish bitter. That said, if you have sweetened your yogurt, oatmeal, or chia pudding, it negates that bitter aftertaste, so what you are left with is a hint of chocolate with none of the bad fats or sugars!

We prefer slivered almonds when we use nuts as a topping. I buy the big bags from Costco. I put out only a small mason jar of them, then store the rest in the freezer.

For the chocolate chips, I’ve started buying Lily’s. Do you know about these? They are stevia sweetened – so no added sugar! They don’t bake well – as in they don’t really melt- but they are great for this purpose.

Since my Keurig won’t fit on my counters, I’ve also got a jar with my organic compostable coffee pods on my breakfast tray. These pods are only $0.31/each and they are environmentally friendly! The price is great for a cup of coffee.

The cinnamon on my tray doubles as a breakfast topping and a coffee topping. I don’t usually sweeten my coffee, but sometimes I like a dash or two of cinnamon – especially on my second cup.

I’m all for easy ideas that make breakfast meal prep and mornings go smoother.

Would this idea work for you? What would you recommend I add to my tray?

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Eco-Friendly Fall 2016 Capsule Wardrobe {SAHM}

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It’s full of wardrobe ideas for a stay-at-home mom.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.

Oh man. I am not a fashion blogger for a reason! These pictures are pretty fuzzy, I apologize. However, I think you’ll get a pretty good glimpse of my Fall 2016 Capsule Wardrobe pieces.

I wanted to be able to show you exactly how you start putting a capsule wardrobe together. And I wanted to show you the eco-friendly pieces I added to my closet.

Now, if I lost you at “Capsule Wardrobe” you may want to click over and read What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would You Want One?

Having a capsule wardrobe has changed my world. My closet is now manageable. I only own clothes I actually like and wear. And I’m not buying clothes impulsively, so I’ve saved money.

For this capsule I wanted to focus on eco-friendly clothes. I did tons of research and investigated how clothes are made and what fabrics are used.

I hit on several companies that have made sustainability the forefront of their business practices. Companies like praNa and Toad & Co. and Athleta.

As much as I like the clothes from those companies, I had one problem. A lot of their clothing looks like you’d only own it if you were about to lead a fly fishing expedition.

I worked hard to find those pieces that I could wear on an evening out, not just on a backcountry hike.

My secret to saving money on this eco-friendly wardrobe was to shop 6pm.com. If you aren’t aware, 6pm is the Zappos outlet. So the styles may be from last season, but the savings on these expensive brands is huge.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 6pm pricing changes daily! I went to grab a link for the plum vest in my final pictures and the price on the vest has gone up by $35! If you like something, and the price seems high, you may want to check back and see if the price lowers.

Second-hand clothing was another way I brought sustainability to my wardrobe. I found some AWESOME deals on brand new, with tag clothing from major brands at a fraction of what they would cost new.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.

These 3 outfits feature the organic cotton Blue/Grey Marley Striped Dress by Toad & Co.

LEFT: First, I have to tell you, this Marley dress by Toad&Co. is so incredibly comfortable. It’s like sweats, only it’s a dress. Seriously. I love to throw this dress on when I want to be comfortable but I also want to look like I put in a bit of effort.

The short sleeves on this dress make it perfect for transitional Fall days. It also makes it the perfect layering piece.

As soon as I got this dress, my daughter asked to try it on. She loved it so much, we ordered her one in the hibiscus color. It’s pretty rare when my daughter and I share taste in clothes. When we ordered her dress, we discovered the blue/grey color of the Marley dress has sold out. You could recreate all these looks with the hibiscus color. It’s far more on the red scale than the pink scale. Almost a cayenne color.

CENTER: Tying a J.Crew denim shirt (Thred-Up find!) over the dress, adding a pair of booties, then throwing on pearls takes my favorite comfy dress from the grocery store to a dinner out. The denim shirt also adds a layer of warmth.

RIGHT:  I bought this mustard yellow cardigan to add to my fall capsule wardrobe and LOVE it. However, it does not fall in the eco-friendly category. I searched everywhere for this color cardigan in an eco-friendly fabric but struck out. However, I did buy it during a Labor Day sale and was able to purchase it for only $12.99. I used a Shopkick gift card to make it only $7.99. Soooo totally budget-friendly, but not eco-friendly.

As the season gets cooler, adding a scarf and cardigan to this dress means I can keep wearing it long into November.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.
Shirt: White House Black Market previously owned
Black Jeggings: previously owned
Green Utility Vest

This outfit has two pieces I’ve owned and worn for years: a classic white button-up and black jeggings. The most eco-friendly thing you can do for your capsule wardrobe is to shop your own closet!

I’m loving this green utility vest I purchased as a layering piece. The olive color just screams FALL to me. Plus, it fits into my search for eco-friendly pieces since it is made from Tencel.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.

These 3 outfits feature a J.Crew Plaid Shirt found on Thred-Up

LEFT: If you search for J.Crew on Thred-Up, you will be amazed at the selection. This plaid shirt was exactly what I was looking for and it was new with tags! I paired it with dark wash skinny jeans (White House Black Market previously owned) and leopard print flats. I think this particular combination sums up my personal style. Classic. Not a lot of risks.

CENTER: I bought these Toad&Co. Sisko Slim Pants in olive to be worn as one of my 4 pairs of pants I currently have in my capsule wardrobe. (I’m hoping for just one more pair but haven’t had the energy to jeans shop!) The Sisko Slim Pants are 98% organic cotton with 2% spandex and they might be some of the most comfortable pants I’ve ever worn. Bonus: I only paid $26 for them!!! Y’all need to investigate them for yourselves.

I love the look of the olive pants with brown boots, plaid shirt and a navy sweater. I think I’ve had that navy sweater for about a decade. It’s made by Gap.

RIGHT: My new mustard cardigan goes with so many of the pieces in my capsule! I think it looks smashing over my new plaid shirt.

When I put together my Spring Capsule I realized I didn’t have enough skirts. I didn’t think I wore skirts very often, but it turns out I have more occasions for skirts than I imagined. This one is by Toad&Co and was purchased at a local store using a gift card I had received as a birthday gift.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.
Black T-Shirt: H&M Conscious Label
Black Corduroy Skirt: Athleta (previously owned)
Blue Studio Wrap: Athleta

H&M has come out with a “conscious line” of clothing made from organic cotton and the prices are fantastic! I bought several long sleeved t-shirts to be worn as layering pieces priced at only $12.99 each.

The black skirt is from Athleta and was purchased a few years ago.

The blue studio wrap is also from Athleta. I really wanted “warm and cozy” which is how this wrap made it’s way into my fall wardrobe. I’m happy to report it’s made from Lyocell. The closed-loop manufacturing process make lyocell the most eco-friendly of the regenerative fibers.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.
These 3 looks feature the Toad&Co Rosalinda Jersey Knit Dress

LEFT: This dress is yet another Toad&Co. find. Made from organic cotton and Tencel, it’s like the long sleeved version of the blue/grey dress above. I think it looks great alone. Although, looking at the pictures, it really needs ironing! HA!

CENTER: For look number 2, I added a jeans jacket and a pair of brown boots. I already owned the jeans jacket but I think they still sell it at Old Navy.

RIGHT: I think every wardrobe needs one of these long Kennewick Wraps from Athleta. I said I wanted “warm and cozy” and this sweater delivers! It is pricey but I plan to wear it for years. Paired with black riding boots and pearls, this simple organic cotton Rosalinda dress can now be worn for a night out on the town.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.
White Sweatshirt: Athleta
Blue Capris: Athleta

I picked up both of these pieces during the Athleta summer clearance sale. (If you are on my mailing list, I let you know it was happening.) Here’s the deal: I knew my wardrobe needed at least one uber comfy sweats-type outfit. I spend a lot of time sitting on bleachers watching volleyball. I also like to be comfortable on weekends when we are staying at home. So I included these two pieces.

The Studio CYA Sweatshirt in white was on sale over the summer AND IS STILL ON SALE. They also have new colors for the fall at Athleta. I’m sure my white sweatshirt will be filthy and stained soon. But at 50% off, I was willing to buy it in white.

Come peek at my eco-friendly fall 2016 capsule wardrobe. It is full of sustainably made pieces that are practical for a stay-at-home mom who still wants to look fashionable.
These three looks feature the Marley T-Shirt by Toad&Co.

RIGHT: Can you go wrong with a t-shirt and jeans? I love this simple shirt. I’m tall, and it is plenty long, which is hard to find. The fabric is yummy. The styling can be dressed up or down. Here I’ve just paired it with skinny jeans and my Vans. This is every day dressing for me.

CENTER: All I did for this outfit was add a blanket scarf and a pair of heels. I think it completely transforms this shirt!

RIGHT: Yet another Toad&Co find, I added this quilted puffer vest to my capsule. The last vest I bought was a Hannah Anderssen that matched a vest I bought for my daughter….who is now in college. It was time for a new vest! Paired with pearls and boots, this is another outfit I feel is dressy enough for a night on the town.

This is not every piece in my capsule wardrobe. I’d like one more pair of jeans so I’ll have 5 pairs of pants total. I got kinda tired of taking pictures of myself, so I didn’t take one in the smashing Kate Spade little black dress I bought off Thred-Up that was new with tags and didn’t cost a fortune! I’m also still trying to decide if some of the pieces I already had in my wardrobe can be worked into my capsule.

So while this Fall 2016 Capsule Wardrobe still needs a bit of tweaking, I hope I gave you a good idea of how a capsule is supposed to work.

What do you think?

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What to Watch on Netflix: Free Printable

Ready for your next binge? Here’s a free printable of what to watch on Netflix!

What to Watch on Netflix A Free Printable Guide of the Top 50 Most Recommended Netflix Shows

Wondering what to watch next on Netflix? I’ve compiled the ultimate list of binge-worthy Netflix shows.

How did I come up with these 50 shows?

Facebook.

I’m in several different Facebook groups, and about once a month I’ll see a post where someone asks, “What should I watch next on Netflix?”

These are the 50 shows that get mentioned every single time. Every. Single. Time.

Just because they mention these top 50 shows doesn’t mean my list is complete.

Sure, you’d think with 50 shows I’d have covered it all. Except, you may have a gem or two that this list may have missed. So this printable has room to write them in.

This list is meant to be shared. Co-workers, moms-to-be on bedrest, your bestie that finally sprung for a Netflix subscription, college students home for the summer…. all the people need this list.

So print it. Then write in your own suggestions and share it.

What should you watch next on Netflix?

Download your What to Watch on Netflix Free Printable.


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Graduation Gift Idea: Study Session Survival Kit

Graduation gift idea: Study Session Survival Kit

Graduation Gift Idea for a Study Session Survival Kit

I’m in the middle of another graduation season! It’s so fun to watch kids I’ve known since they were in preschool walk across the stage to get their diploma.

As part of graduation season, we get invited to A LOT of celebrations.

I want to honor these kids, but I also need to maintain a budget.

For the girls we don’t know as well, or haven’t had a close personal relationship, I’m giving them these graduation gifts once again.

Since I now have a kiddo in college, I asked her what she actually used at school.

She told me one of the most useful things she brought to college was her Quirky Power Strip. She said it was awesome for late night study sessions when everyone needed a place to plug in their laptops.

Honestly? Giving just a power strip seemed kinda lame. It just doesn’t scream of a celebration. But tucking it into a Study Session Survival Kit seemed like something fun that I would like to get!

graduation gift idea for a study session survival kit

IDEAS FOR A STUDY SESSION SURVIVAL KIT:

  • Quirky Power Strip
  • Snacks (I let the girls pick. They wanted a salty and a sweet. We went with popcorn and fruit strips.)
  • Gum
  • Caffeinated Beverages
  • Something Fun – We went with a beach ball
  • Optional: A gift card for a local delivery place like a Jimmy John’s or a pizza place.

study session survival kit

I packed everything up in a tub that they could also use in their dorm room.

I chose to add a chalkboard label to the lid of my gift. I wrote “Late Night Study Session” on the label.

How to put together a study session survival kit for a graduation gift

Since it is a chalkboard label, they can erase my message and use it to label whatever they chose to store in it.

Suggestions for a graduation gift idea. Pack up a late night study session survival kit.

What else would you include in a Study Session Survival Kit?

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe: Casual Outfits for a SAHM

I finally managed to pull together a spring capsule wardrobe. It’s made up of casual outfits for a SAHM.

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Casual Outfits for a SAHM

Despite the difficulties I had coming up with a capsule wardrobe, I have finally done it!

If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is, you may want to start by reading What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would I Want One?

I had two challenges when putting together this spring capsule wardrobe:

1. The wildly changing temperatures during spring in Colorado
2. The wardrobe I had didn’t really have interchanging pieces

Since the temperature here in Colorado will fluctuate wildly – even within a day – this spring capsule wardrobe had to have a solid mix of long sleeved shirts and pants as well as short sleeves and shorts.

I really struggled with – how many pants do I need? And if I’m committed to wearing this through June, shouldn’t I include some shorts? If so, how many bottoms could I include before this no longer was a minimalist wardrobe???

Unfortunately, in the wardrobe I owned, I didn’t have a lot of pieces that could be worn interchangeably. Interchangeability is THE KEY to a functional capsule wardrobe.

Although I had really hoped I wouldn’t have to buy anything for my spring capsule wardrobe, I did end up investing in a few pieces that I could wear multiple ways. I purchased 4 things from Garnet Hill. I was flipping through their catalog when I noticed they already had a selection of clothing that were meant to be worn interchangeably. This was what finally lit the spark to get my spring capsule wardrobe put together.

As you will notice, the main color scheme to this wardrobe is navy and white. I knew I wanted a yellow sweater to be able to pair with it. I used thredUp to find a gently used sweater that is absolutely perfect and looks brand new. You can see me wearing it here.

Finally, since I’m a SAHM, I don’t dress up very often. However, I did want a few options for church and other evenings out. My dress options are still super casual but I’m hoping with a few accessories and kickin’ shoes they can easily be dressed up. (That’s the plan anyway!)

My capsule ended up with 2 dresses, 1 maxi skirt, 1 mini skirt, 14 tops, 2 sweaters, 7 bottoms. That’s 27 pieces.

I did not include workout clothes, under garments, or pajamas in my capsule.

2016 Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Dresses

Black knit dress/already owned/Athleta * Navy blue maxi skirt/new/Garnet Hill * Denim tunic dress/already owned/Soft Surroundings

Spring Capsule Wardrobe long sleeved shirts

Navy blue button up/already owned/J. Crew * White linen tunic/already owned/Old Navy * Black dolman sweatshirt/already owned/Nike

Spring Capsule Wardrobe tunics

Black tunic/already owned/White House Black Market * Pink tunic/new/Garnet Hill * Black sweater with patterned underlay/already owned/White House Black Market

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Shirts

Grey striped T/already owned/H&M Concious * Navy blue tunic/new/Garnet Hill * Navy striped T/new/Garnet Hill

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Shirts 2

White T/already owned/H&M Conscious * Navy T/already owned/Old Navy * Grey and white dolman top/already owned/Stitch Fix

Spring Capsule Wardrobe pants

Skinny jeans/already owned/White House Black Market * Coral Skinny jeans/already owned/6pm.com * Denim capris/already owned/White House Black Market

spring capsule wardrobe ultra casual clothing

Colorado T/already owned/Gift * White denim shorts/already owned/Anne Taylor Factory Outlet * Flamingo T/already owned/J. Crew

Spring Capsule Wardrobe sweater

Sage capris/already owned/Local Boutique * Yellow Sweater/new/ThredUp * Black capri leggings/already owned/White House Black Market

Spring Capsule Wardrobe complete

Pink sweater/already owned/Steinmart * White skinny jeans/already owned/White House Black Market * Denim mini skirt/already owned/Boden

To give you an idea of what I mean by interchangeability, here’s a few of the ways I will be wearing my coral skinny jeans:

Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2016. Coral jeans with a white tee. Perfect for stay at home moms.

This is so easy. White t-shirt, coral skinny jeans, statement necklace, flip flops. I happened to have a necklace that is just the right color (although something about the photograph doesn’t make it look like it matches???), but any long necklace will work.

Coral skinny jeans with a navy button up top. Silver slip-on vans. Capsule wardrobe idea for a SAHM.

I love navy and coral together. I topped the jeans with my navy button-up. My favorite new go-to shoes are my silver slip-on Van’s.

SAHM capsule wardrobe idea coral skinny jeans rolled up, oversized white linen tunic, birkenstocks.

Rolling up the bottom of my skinny jeans and pairing them with a white tunic and birkenstocks is the ultimate in comfortable dressing for me.

I plan to make this capsule wardrobe work through the end of June when I will swap out pieces to create a summer capsule wardrobe for July/August. Then, once September rolls around, I want to make a larger capsule for the 4 month period of September/October/November/December.

Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? Any advice for a newbie?

PS – It is evident to me I have a hard time photographing clothes. I’ll try to have a new game plan before my Summer Capsule Wardrobe!

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What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would You Want One?

If I told you I was going to start a capsule wardrobe, would you ask “What is a Capsule Wardrobe? and Why Would You Want One?” I’ve got all the info here.
Have you wondered What is a Capsule Wardrobe? Why Would You Want One? Here's the answer to those questions.

Have you heard of capsule wardrobes?

A capsule wardrobe is basically a simplified wardrobe made up of a limited number of carefully picked pieces that you commit to wearing during a season.

Think of it as the tiny house for wardrobes. Paring down your wardrobe to those clothing items you actually love and will really wear. You trim away the excess and are left with only the necessities.

Let’s face it, so many of us have a closet full of clothing and will still remark, “I have nothing to wear.”

The beauty of the capsule wardrobe is it is meant to eliminate the question of “what to wear” by carefully curating a minimal amount of clothing that you actually love and will wear repeatedly.

Capsule Wardrobe

I like to think of it as a wardrobe of interlocking building blocks. Every piece should be able to be worn with several other pieces in your wardrobe. That means that although you might have fewer pieces of clothing, you have numerous outfit possibilities.

Once you’ve gathered your capsule wardrobe clothing items, you commit to not purchasing any additional clothing for that season’s wardrobe.

A season is typically defined as a 3 month period. So your capsule wardrobe will need to be re-evaluated every three months to be seasonally appropriate.

There are no hard and fast rules to how many items of clothing comprise a capsule wardrobe. However, there are many opinions as to how many pieces a good capsule wardrobe should have.

A strict capsule wardrobe would include shoes and accessories in your limited number of pieces, or it could just include tops, bottoms and jackets.

Most capsule wardrobes do NOT include items like under garments, pajamas or work out clothes.

Here are some of my favorite sites to help you decide what your capsule wardrobe should entail:

Project 333

Mom Advice Modified Project 333

Into Mind

5 Piece French Wardrobe

What is a Capsule Wardrobe and Why Would You Want One?

Why Would You Want a Capsule Wardrobe?

It makes getting dressed easier.

By streamlining your choices, you can find an outfit readily. Your outfit will be based on the weather and the occasion. When done correctly, your capsule wardrobe will have the right combination for both.

It saves money.

Your first step will be to go through your closet and figure out what clothing you own that you actually love and wear.

Now divide that clothing by season. Start playing with combinations. At this stage, I love to use Pinterest. In fact, I referenced my own style board to come up with outfit ideas quite a bit.

Your goal is to use what you have to form the basis of your capsule. Limit yourself to purchasing between 3 and 6 pieces to complete your capsule.

Once your capsule is set, you commit to not buying anything additional.

By staying out of stores and sticking to a spending freeze, you will save money.

It’s good for the environment and human rights.

If you haven’t watched The True Cost on Netflix, you probably aren’t aware of the human cost of cheap clothing. I watched it last summer with my girls and it opened my eyes to the plight of the people who are making our clothes. It encouraged me to look at my clothing in a whole new light.

If you don’t have Netflix, NPR has a great article explaining fast fashion.

Did you know the average American throws away over 70 pounds of clothing each year? That’s a staggering number.

Before I make any new purchases, I’ll be scouring the local consignment stores and Goodwill as well as ThredUp for gently used clothing before I purchase anything new.

By purchasing less, I’ll have less textile donations/waste every year.

More room in your closet.

Your off season clothes should be boxed up and stored until you are ready for them. They only items hanging in your closet will be the limited pieces in your capsule wardrobe.

You won’t believe how much room your closet has!

Still curious about capsule wardrobes? I’m revealing my first spring capsule wardrobe I’ll be wearing until the end of June. Here’s a sneak peek:

Spring Capsule Wardrobe Ideas for a Stay at Home Mom. Denim mini with grey striped T and a yellow cardigan.

 

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