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Jen Pistor by Prairiegirl - 1M ago

My fabulous friend, and fellow blogger, Alicia recently wrote an article about Navigating A Personal Style Crisis.  It totally spoke to me.  (Give it a read, I guarantee you’ll identify with it.)  The biggest thing I got out of her piece was realizing that I am guilty of hanging on to pieces that the “old Jen” would have worn.  Sure I’ve purged my closet a ton, but there are still some sartorial ghosts in there.  The old Jen had a job working in the fashion industry.  I attending stylish events, met up with the girls for drinks after work, and went out for dinner with my husband on a Friday night.

The current Jen requires a much more laid back style.  Most of my days are yoga pants and sweatshirts.  I’m crawling on the ground tickle attacking my three littles, I’m cooking and cleaning, and can usually be found with a GoldFish Cracker stuck to me. As life changes, so must our wardrobes.  I love my life and embrace it, so I want to do the same with my wardrobe and get rid of the things that no longer serve me.   I finally decided I had too many dresses that were just collecting dust.  A handful of them found a new home in a friend’s closet.  I’m always happy when someone can fall in love with items I love too.   I’m working on making my wardrobe wearable and realistic. On the day’s I get dressed up…so not yoga pants…I’m usually grabbing a pair of jeans and a blouse.  This is my perfect go-to Spring outfit.  Embracing where you are in life TODAY and shopping and dressing for it will make your life simpler.  Closet goals….love everything in there and wear it!

top: Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th  (Italian made 100% Linen) from Tsawwassen Mills Location
jeans: Old Navy (old)
shoes: DSW  (Spain made) from Tsawwassen Mills location
earrings: Olive & Piper (find them here)
clutch: Christopher Kon (old) current season clutches are gorgeous…*Canadian Designer

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Jen Pistor by Prairiegirl - 2M ago

Having a Mom’s day out that doesn’t involve running errands, doing something for the kids, or going to an appointment at the dentist or doctor, is kind of a rare thing these days.  So when I got invited to have a day out (ON MY OWN) to explore all that Tsawwassen Mills has to offer, I jumped at the chance.

It was my first time out to Tsawwassen Mills and it did not disappoint.  I figured any good shopping trip starts with food.  My first stop was Milestones where my Hubby met up with me for a mid-day cocktail and eats.  A date with the husband is also rare so this was a total treat.  After lunch, I got my shop on!  There was so much to choose from, so where is a girl to start?  Saks Fifth Avenue, that’s where!  They have an Off 5th shop there so I had to go touch and see all the pretty things.  A beautiful, Italian made, linen blouse made it’s way home with me.  DSW was another obvious choice for me.  Shoes!  Shoes! Shoes!  I picked myself up a cute pair of pink kicks for Spring and a beautiful pair of leather Spring/Summer booties that were made in Spain.  They felt like they were giving my feet a hug.  I’m sure you’ll be seeing them in a lot of my upcoming posts.

Another mandatory part of shopping are breaks.  I took time to rehydrate with a mango bubble tee and actually got to sit and enjoy it.  Real talk….shopping has not been something I like to do since I had the twins.  Going out with three small people with needs and demands has made shopping a chore.  On my own, however, shopping was quite enjoyable.  I took the time to actually look at the clothes, feel the fabric, and try things on properly (not the mom on the fly try on over your clothes in the middle of the store).  If I wanted to take a break, I did.  There was no one whining and rushing me along.  I loved how open, bright, and spacious the shopping centre was.  I never felt like I was part of a herd traveling through the mall.  There was room to breath which made it all the more enjoyable.

I, of course, did some shopping for the family too.  I bought Remo a new spring jacket and a pair of shoes and I had to hit up Mastermind Toys for the kids.  The toys I picked out have been a total hit and getting played with nonstop.  My husband might be cursing me for getting a singing, whistling duck for the babies.  It’s loud, but they love it.  Haha!  I can’t wait to head back for another fun filled day of shopping.  I’m thinking next visit should be a Girl’s Day!

Pose unconsciously inspired by the Tsawwassen Mills bag.  I totally didn’t notice until I edited the photos.

This post was in partnership with Tsawwassen Mills.  As always, all options are my own. 

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It’s Spring Break Yo!  I would love to say we are heading out some place fab on an airplane to take in some sunshine, buuuuut we aren’t.  For those of you who are lucky enough to have a holiday coming up in the near future, I thought I’d help get you started.  When you are a mom going on a family vacation, it means having to pack for EVERYONE.  So, what does mom pack for herself?

Last November, we took our first vacay as a family of five and I’ve got to say, I kinda nailed packing for myself.  I was realistic about what I would wear while away (no, “oh I love this dress I haven’t worn in 5 years, but will totally wear it on vacation” pieces)  We rented an Air BnB in Palm Springs, which had a washer and dryer.  A huge plus when traveling with children.  This allowed me to pack less, and create a capsule travel wardrobe.  So, if you’re trying to figure out what the heck to pack….here’s my list that worked great for me.  May it serve you well and happy travels!

My packing list for one week in Palm Springs:

one bathing suit
one cardigan (I could have used a second cardi or a hoody)
one pair of yoga pants (or a pair of comfortable jeans)
two t-shirts
one maxi dress
one little black dress (something more casual that you can dress up a bit with accessories)
one lightweight scarf
one pair of shorts ( I went with my denim cut offs)
two tank tops
one pair of flip flops
one pair of dressier sandals
one pair of runners
one hat
a pair of sunnies
a backpack (Perfect to load up with snacks and essentials for the kids for day trips.  It also doubled as my carry on.)
a smaller crossbody bag that fits all my essentials
a pair of PJ’s/ a couple pairs of socks/ undies / a couple of bras / hoop earrings / stud earrings / necklace / bracelet / toiletries / headband to pull hair up and back from swimming / glasses

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Jen Pistor by Prairiegirl - 2M ago

I think this fab little Dex stripe midi skirt is the only skirt I currently own.  I used to own a gazillion skirts, and now I’m down to just one.  I love to write about fashion and style looks to share with you all, but I can feel uninspired some days.  It’s easy to loose track of how many days in a row I’ve worn leggings and a sweatshirt and sometimes it’s hard to remember the last time I washed my hair.  Having said that, I am also known to take advantage of every opportunity to get dressed and express my fashion personality.  Weather it’s a trip to the grocery store, taking Madelyn to dance class, or heading out for a quick coffee, I try to put an extra couple minutes into getting ready to help boost my mood.

Yesterday I headed downtown for my first fashion preview in almost two years.  This was the first outfit I put on, and it suited  my mood, whether, and the event perfectly.  Having an edited closet full of items I love, that fit, and I feel good in are what make getting ready easier and less stressful.  Considering I was also entertaining the babies while getting ready as my hubby was on a phone call, and still managed to leave the house feeling good and on time?!?….yup, I’m patting myself on the back!   I also no longer dress to impress others, I dress for myself.  When I put on clothes that I feel comfortable in (in every sense of the word), my confidence comes through.  #imsizeme

skirt: c/o Dex Clothing plus collection
sweater: Loft  (see an older look with this sweater here)
jacket: Forever 21 Plus
boots: Plenty
bag: Christopher Kon (Use this beauty all the time.  See it again here.)

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Jen Pistor by Prairiegirl - 2M ago

We are ready for Spring, but we’re not quite there yet.  If you are like me, clothes are wear I usually first jump into a new season. When you shop smart, it is possible for one item of clothing to lend itself to more then one season.  Here are four pieces you can layer on now and switch up for the warmer weather ahead.

1) The leather or leather like jacket.  A staple for every woman’s wardrobe.  I’ve been wearing mine with scarves, toques and cozy sweaters.  See another look with this jacket here.
2) The coloured pant.  Nothing says Spring like a pop of colour.  If pastels aren’t really your jam, stick with rich jewel tones.  This pant mixed with a fresh white boyfriend tee and a cute pair of runners will feel very Spring like.  See how I styled a dressier look with these pants here.
3) The ankle boot.  I mean, enough said.  I wear these boots with almost everything for three out of the four seasons.
4) The denim shirt.  This is one of those pieces that I throw on in the morning with my leggings.  It’s incredibly comfortable and is easy to quick change into an outfit like this for when I need to go out and about.  See another cozy look with it here.

top: c/o Dex Clothing plus collection  (NEW! Spring collection)
pants: c/o Dex Clothing plus collection  (Fall/Winter collection)
jacket: Forever 21 Plus (old)
boots: Plenty (old)

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Jen Pistor by Prairiegirl - 2M ago

A typical play scene in my living room.  Clean laundry piled up on chairs and toys everywhere.

When I was pregnant with my first, I remember thinking I was going to be that mom who had her shit together.  My house would be clean and tidy and people would gasp in awe of how clean my home was when they would come over.  If I could go back and tell myself something then, I would say,  “BAHAHAHAHAHAHA”!  And then once  the laughter stopped, I would say “Don’t let those social media highlight reels make you feel like you are failing.”

Despite what people’s Instagram accounts may tell you, most of us moms will have mess in their homes a good portion of the time.  It’s unavoidable.  I used to drive myself nuts trying to keep my house looking perfect.  Why?  Who was I trying to impress?  Admittedly, part of it is my own doing.  I do find a calmness to a clutter free and organized home.  Now with three of them, the mess is more to manage.  So how to find the balance became the question.  How can I have some order to my home without feeling a constant state of anxiousness.

there are often random diaper boxes found here and there in our house

I want my kids to feel free to play and have fun.  Creativity can often be a bit messy.

My five tips for tackling real life mess are….

  1. Eliminate some things.  I make it a habit to go through our toys about every month.  I get rid of anything broken or unnecessary (we don’t need to keep all toys from Happy Meals and birthday party goody bags).  There will also be things they no longer play with or have outgrown and those items I put aside for donation.
  2. Keep some things packed away.  I keep a big storage bin of toys out in our garage.  When I see there are certain toys they haven’t been playing with for a while, I will store it away and rotate a different toy in.  Something they haven’t played with in a while is always fun and exciting to see again.
  3. Find pretty and practical storage solutions.  I’m a big basket guy.  Any kind of basket, crate, or tray that can contain mess and add an element of design to my home is a good thing.  Having spots to easily toss all the toys and books into makes life simple.  Half the battle is having a place for everything to go.
  4. Have practical furniture that can double as storage.  We bought our coffee table from IKEA when I was pregnant with Madelyn.  We bought it for $75 at a midnight madness sale.  This thing has been used, abused, and is getting a bit beaten up.  The exact reason we bought it!  What sold us on it was the six compartments it had in it that was perfect for storage boxes to hide everything from remotes to kids stuff.
  5. Let it go!  I’ve had to learn to change my expectation of what my home should look like.  I would say in the grand scheme of things, it is clean (as I am still constantly scrubbing and washing) and fairly tidy.  The thing is, when you have 5 people living in a home, and three of them are under the age of 5, things will get messy.  When I get that overwhelmed feeling, I try to take a breath, remember they will only be little once, and tackle one mess at a time.  And sometimes I just plop myself on the floor, right in the middle of the mess, and take time to play instead.

Oversized baskets like this one are perfect for bigger toys.

In our coffee table we store books, colouring books, crayons, and small toys.  In one of the grey cloth baskets I also have large, labeled, ziplock bags that I keep little collections of toys like their Fisher Price Little People. 

This stunning basket is from local line Pink River Co.  A great place to stash cords, chargers, or other things you want hidden and out of reach of little hands.  

A friend of mine bought me this 3 Sprouts storage bin as a baby gift.  Great gift! 

I turned this little wooden crate on it’s side to work like a mini book shelf.  

I currently have this tray in the middle of my kitchen table.  I have it stocked with markers, crayons, pretty paper, stickers, glue, and washi tape.  Madelyn loves to sit, colour, and craft.  A great activity for when I’m cooking dinner.  

I keep a basket with rolled up blankets in it year round.  For movie nights in the Winter and for late nights outside by the fire in the Summer. 

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Jen Pistor by Prairiegirl - 3M ago

When it comes to winter outfit inspiration, I always find myself pinning the same type of outfit on Pinterest.  Jeans, white runners, toque, a tucked in tee, and some cute layers.  The girl usually looks comfortable and confident and is always with a coffee in hand.  Oh, and one other thing….she’s always skinny.  I weirdly pin these looks while saying to myself, “I could never pull that off”.  A tucked in top is a fear of mine.  There is still so much left over baby squish on my tummy.  My first instinct is to hide, conceal, and camouflage.  I don’t think you’ll see me rocking a body con dress any time soon, but a little half tuck on a slouchy tee is a good place to start.

So to prove to myself that girls of all sizes can have fun with the styles they admire, I gave the look a shot.  It checked my main outfit box of being so unbelievable comfortable as well as cozy and warm.  It made me realize I need to take small risks every once in while and have fun with clothes again.  So, I’m going to pin me in this outfit, and maybe another girl out there who thinks this look isn’t for her, will give it a second thought and take the plunge.   #imsizeme

None of these pieces are new but all from brands and shops I love….
crocheted cardi: Jackson Rowe
grey cardi: Plenty
jeans: Addition Elle
tee: Old Navy
runners: Skye Footwear
toque: Barefoot Contessa

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Jen Pistor by Prairiegirl - 3M ago

When it’s time for me to upgrade from my daily sweats and sweater at-home-uniform and put on something to wear out into the world, jeans and  a tee are my stand by.  It’s still comfortable, it’s still functional, and it doesn’t take a lot of thought or planning to get ready.  The easiest way for me to add a little style to this basic look is a floral kimono.  I have been in love with them since they hopped back on the fashion scene about 5 years ago or so.  I have a little collection of about 5 or 6 that I rotate through.

This beauty is my newest love to add to my assortment.  It’s from the new Spring Dex Clothing Plus collection.  It’s a piece you can easily interchange with your cardigans.  It can add a bit of interest and upgrade your outfit instantly.  Accessories also play a key roll.  A hat, some statement earrings, and a fab handbag can go a long way too.

It has been a long love affair with this personal wardrobe staple.  To see some more outfits I’ve styled in the past click here, here, and here.

floral kimono: c/o Dex Clothing Plus Collection
t-shirt + jeans: Addition Elle
bag: Brave Leather
earrings: Olive & Piper
boots + hat: Plenty

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Jen Pistor by Prairiegirl - 3M ago

As a size 14 woman, I find myself caught in that weird in between size abyss.  I can wear some clothes from “regular” sized stores, and I can wear plus size as well.  It can actually be hard to find a decent variety in size at times….until now.  One of my favourite lines, Dex Clothing has added size X to their plus size Spring collection.  While I do find a 1X works just fine in certain styles, a size X will allow me to now select pieces that fit me properly when I need to go down a size.

I read a quote one time that said “I wish I was as fat as the first time I thought I was fat.”  I chuckled, because it’s true.  I remember back in high school having those “I’m fat” moments.  In high school I was 5’7 and about 125 pounds and wore a size 6.  I’ve had hips since puberty and HATED them!  Yesterday, both the twins were having a tough day.  They were both needing their mommy at the same time and needed me to hold them while I was warming their bottles.  So there I was, in the kitchen, with those hips I used to hate (which are even more substantial now) helping me carry my babies and offering them support and comfort.  Size is a perception.  When we learn to appreciate (maybe not fully love but get somewhere close to that) those parts of our body we beat ourselves up for, it can be pretty freeing.

top: c/o Dex Clothing Plus Collection (available at Fashion Addition)
another Dex look to love: here
scarf: closet treasure, had it for years
jeans: Addition Elle
boots: Plenty (old)
jacket: Old Navy (old)

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Jen Pistor by Prairiegirl - 3M ago

Taking time to date your partner is so important.  Actually having the time to date your partner when you have three small kids is a different story.  Since we went from a family of three to a family of five there has been less and less time to spend outside the home as a couple.  It is a lot to ask someone watch all three kidlettes while we go out for the night. Since we don’t want to wait for the rare occasion when we can make this happen, we have become really good at enjoying date nights from the comfort of home.  Once the kids are all tucked into bed for the night, mom and dad get to unwind and relax a bit.  So, with Valentines Day just around the corner, I thought I would share three of my favourite ways to spend a night in.

1.   Pub night at home.  Go fill up a couple of growlers from your local brewery.  I like getting a couple of options to try.  We usually get a favourite we’ve had before plus something new, when they have it.  Then we treat ourselves to classic pub foods like chicken wings, nachos, home made fries, and whatever else we decide to whip up.  We try to make out at home option a little healthier, so that’s a win too!

2.    Cook dinner together.  Now the first step to cooking together, is opening up a good bottle of wine.  I’m pretty sure wine makes us better chefs.  Or to change it up a bit, try making a fun new cocktail for the night.  This cocktail was so simple and very delicious.  It is just a sparkling peach juice with a splash of vodka.  A little flower from the garden and a heart straw make it pretty…and I’m a sucker for pretty.

3.  Dinner and a movie.  If cooking another meal just sounds like a daunting task, order in some “fancy” takeout! We like to use the food delivery services like Door Dash and order in something delicious.  We set the coffee table, put on a flick, and enjoy watching something other then Sesame Street or Paw Patrol.  Clean up is a breeze, so there is more time to relax.  One of my favourite things to do in the Winter months is to light a fire in our wood burning fire place.  It makes the night just that much cozier.

So this Valentines Day, try not to get hung up on the where? and the how?.  Try planning your own date night in, and don’t miss out on a single thing.

{ NONE of these products featured were sponsored.  Just things we love and have bought ourselves.}

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