Breaking All The Rules…and a Q and A

I never thought we’d be at that point, but we are: My kids can dress themselves. Now mind you, their choices have proven to be very interesting, but they can dress themselves none-the-less. Yesterday was one of those days where we told them to pick some clothes out to play in the back yard. Here’s what they came up with:

There are a couple problems with these outfits. First {and my biggest problem here} is that I have a HUGE pet peeve with navy blue and black. I know, I know, call me crazy, but I can’t blend them. EVER. I guess Jake didn’t get that memo. And Evy, well, I supposed no one told her that you don’t blend multicolored stripes, EVER. Yikes. And of course we won’t touch on the tat sleeve {from the dollar store, FYI}, googely eyes, and no socks on Jake. Oh boy. I sure do love these kids. Aren’t they awesome? And yes, we did go out like this. To the park and to dinner. yup.

So today, we were running out the door to hear my neice and nephew perform their duo at their speech tournament. While I was throwing clothes on in my room, I was shouting “get dressed” so much I thought my throat would burst. Thankfully, today’s outfit choices were a bit more normal looking:

Yes, there are still rules broken {ahem, Evy’s color combos}, but here’s the reality of it all… if I have learned anything about fashion over the last couple years, it’s this: it doesn’t matter. You go right ahead and wear what you want, because you know what? YOU are the only YOU we’ll ever see…so feel free to express yourself. What really matters is confidence. Do you have it?? If you have it, then you’re good. Confidence is WAY more important than anything outward.

Whelp, there’s my pep talk for the morning. ha

ANYWAY….I’m planning out my blog posts for this week {we’ll see how well I do with getting them done, yikes}, and I’m wondering if there is anyone out there with any questions regarding handmade business, working at home, manufacturing, etc…I’m thinking about doing another edition of the Handmade Business Series that I started so long ago. If you have questions, feel free to comment with them. Or, if you want to keep them anonymous, feel free to email me:

And if you have any questions about me, my home, or Evy’s Tree in general, feel free to include those. We might knock those out too. :)

Big hugs…. xoxo

3 thoughts on “Breaking All The Rules…and a Q and A

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    Susan Sullivan says:

    Amy – I love how you let your kids express themselves in this way. This is one of my greatest regrets in parenting our sons. I was always so conscious that what they chose would reflect poorly on me – Too many battles were waged over this. Finally my husband convinced me to quit majoring in the minors – and realize that it was much more important to win the war that involved the important things – their relationship with God and others – their integrity, etc. etc. I feel that sometimes by stressing over the “rules” of dress (colors, stripes, etc etc) it is possible to instill a spirit of “pride” in our children (the wrong type of pride that the Bible teaches against so plainly!).

    Love you so much!

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    Marilyn Kok says:

    I LOL’d at the dress themself stunt and better yet that you let them go out in public dressed in their choice of style. Awesome family. :-)

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    Maricela says:

    Actually, I think Evy’s outfit is cute. She’s so on trend with the mixing patterns and colors. Her smile sells the outfit though. :) Jake looks like a little model himself!

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