The thought process was that I didn't want to dirty my nicer duds, to spread kid-schmatza on clothes I wanted to "keep nice."
But I ALWAYS feel better about myself on days I "get dressed." When I catch my reflection in the mirror and I see the pulled-together wife and mom instead of the drained and dragging one. I ALWAYS accomplish more because that little happy feeling that comes from looking good radiates through my whole day.
But I also get grouchy if a top I particularly like gets creamed, literally, by the kids.
So as I began pulling out my nicer clothes more frequently, I also started regularly employing a handy little schmatza-deflecting device. My apron.
Now you may have planned to first employ a daily apron at this stage of your life.
But there's not a darn thing wrong with channeling your inner Donna Reed!
This is how I tap into mine.
And I grant you, there are occasions when I wish I had put on a Hazmat suit to deal with certain messes. But no clothing has been damaged beyond what a little washing can't take care of.
The days of saying, "I'll be able to dress nice again when the kids are older." are long gone.
The following are just a drop in the bucket.
And none of these apron designers have any clue who I am.
Jessie Steele aprons are adorable.
I can see this one during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. It's even called "Mrs. Claus."
These with the cute lapels are also feminine and fun!