Happy Tiny Tuesday! At the request of you all, we are ramping our #tinytuesday outfit posts back up! We slowed down a bit over the summer, but we're back on our game. If we're being honest, these are my favorite posts. However, I never want to force my girls to take photos simply for my desire for them to be on the blog. So, the reason we didn't post as many outfit posts over the summer was simply because my girls weren't really in the mood to take any photos.
They seem to be really enjoying it now - probably because they basically play with each other and Yesi when they take photos. Work should always be fun, right? Anyway, today's post is two fold! First, we'll be talking about these adorable scalloped dresses (that are on SALE I might add), and then we'll chat about getting dirty and inspiring creativity!
Alright y'all, how cute are these dresses? I am obsessed with Janie and Jack clothing - everything they have whether for a boy or girl is just so dang cute. A lot of people hesitate to even look at Janie and Jack thinking their clothing can be too pricey. I am definitely guilting of thinking this way. But, if you do your research, hunt for the reasonable prices, and love to sale shop there's no reason to steer clear. Janie and Jack always has the best sales. Seriously, though. This is not a sponsored post, I just love their clothing and love finding a good deal. For example, these dresses were originally under $50, but they're already on sale today for $40!
What I love about the dresses the girls are wearing in today's post is how versatile they are. It's still pretty warm here in Dallas, so they make for a great Fall dress. My husband thinks they look like holiday dresses, and I have to agree with him. You can plan on seeing these girls in these dresses all winter long - with or without tights and a coat. They look cute styled casually with booties or dressed up for Sunday best.
One question I'm constantly getting is "why do you put your girls in white?" People think I'm crazy putting two toddlers in white all the time - they're bound to get dirty! My response? They probably will get dirty and that's okay. I don't buy their clothes to keep in mint condition; that's just not being realistic. For the most part they do like to be clean, but they're kids. They run and play outside, they get messy when they have a snack, and they love to color...with markers. This probably sounds weird coming from a fashion blogger, but clothes really don't mean anything to me. I would rather see joy on my girls' faces then a crisp clean dress hanging in their closet. If it gets dirty and ruined, so be it. I just hope we had fun making it messy, which brings me to my next point.
Did you know being messy can actually spark creativity in your child? My husband and I have always been huge proponents of inspiring creativity and encouraging our girls to pretend play, to make up songs, and to explore the arts - painting, chalk, etc. Over the weekend, my dad sent me this article from Patagonia titled "What Rich Sensory Experiences Teach Children." It's a real neat article that I hope you will take the time to read. One part of the article points out how messy play actually encourages creativity in your child and helps them to navigate the unexpected. When kids are messy they are getting multiple sensory inputs and that inspires creativity. I love it!
Articles like this are just the kind of thing I love reading as a mommy. They encourage me to continue to invest in my girls and encourage them to have fun, explore the world, and be themselves. Lately, we've had two "messy" activities that we seem to want to do over and over again. The first is nature walks. This doesn't sound too messy initially, but it can be and it involves a lot of sensory input - visual, auditory, and tactile. We walk around the neighborhood and collect all kinds of things to add to our nature pile - leaves, acorns, pecans, cool rocks, you name it.
The other thing we've been doing that's even messier is painting pumpkins. This is such an easy and cheap project and it's so fun for the kids! We buy the little bitty pumpkins (69 cents at Trader Joes), place them on a big towel on our back porch. Spread paints and water dishes all along the towel and get to work! Sometimes more paint ends up on our bodies than on the pumpkins, but that's just part of the fun!
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photography: fort lion studio