With so many things fighting for our attention it's easy to forget to be present. To cherish the moment, to take a breath, or to not check our phone for the millionth time.
We asked her how she reminds herself to stay present and her priorities as a stay-at-home mom.
"I’m a stay-at-home mom who also works from home… so present? Well sure, physically I am 24/7. But mentally? Not always.
The ping of my phone. The to-do list’s demands. That buzzer from the washer. The consuming worry about tomorrow. The lightbulb idea that needs to be written down before forgotten. These pulls (x1000 more) tend to yank me out of the here and now on a daily basis.
While these requests are certainly loud,so can be our children—AM I RIGHT? The sibling squawks. The tantrum over the blue cup vs. the red. Can we play a game? Mom, watch this! Are you watching? And always their sweet, rumbling tummies asking for a snack."
"We intrinsically know this time is fleeting (if I had $1 for every time someone said, “Enjoy it! They grow up so fast!”), and every mom surely wants to soak up each moment—sweet and hard—down to the last drop. These little people and this short season are such a gift. Yet in a world full of things and responsibilities competing for our attention,how do we actually do that? Where’s the balance?
When I was in the pit of exhaustion and failing miserably at being present in admittedlyany space, my husband cleared the fog for me: “You know all that matters is our kids. So raising them? The priority of your to-do list. Keep it as #1. So at the end of the day, if that’s all you did? Count yourself successful.”
From that day forward, that’s exactly what I did."
"When my son wants to play a board game, and I have to put a pause on unloading the dishwasher? I’ll do that.
When the baby is teething, and instead of returning emails, I spend the afternoon doing ALL THE THINGS to soothe her? Success.
When my daughter grabs my hand to snuggle on the couch, I now take that as my cue to drop whatever is secondary.
Because the truth is—people over things matter.
Their souls? Of greatest importance.
Our relationships? Eternal.
This may mean we’ve got to take a step back from some commitments sucking up our time. It may look like saying no to things we otherwise would say yes to. It may be leaving our phone behind to enjoy a distraction-free walk with our kids. Or muting notifications altogether. Or even keeping a motherhood journal and recording your favorite moments of the day.
We won’t get it right all the time. We might even miss the mark every hour of every day.
But children are forgiving—and we should be too. We can start our days off with new mercies, a clean slate, and a fresh beginning—keeping what matters most at the top of our to-do list and always at the forefront: People over things."
Finding your perfect hat starts with finding the perfect fit. Let's answer some common questions to help you find a Gigi Pip that will give you the best look and feel.
Hats are measured by the inside circumference at the bottom of the hat's crown (the sweatband) and most often measured in centimeters. While hats may be sized according to their measurement, it is fairly common for women's hats to be sized based on average women's head sizes and then adjusted down to fit.
For example - Since the average women's head size measures 57cm, a small to medium hat would be made to fit 57cm and then can be adjusted down to 55cm. Larger head sizes measure up to 59cm, so a medium to large size hat would be made to fit a 59cm head size and then can be adjusted down to 57cm. Children ages 7 and below are typically 53cm, and those ages 7+ tend to be 55cm. Because of this, Gigi Pip hats sizes are as followed:
Kids (53cm to 55cm)
S/M (55cm to 57cm)
M/L (57cm to 59cm)
Additional Sizing Chart (based on average women head sizes):
X Small - 54cm (21.25 Inches)
Small - 55cm (21.65 Inches)
Medium - 57cm (22.44 Inches)
Large - 59cm (23.22 Inches)
X Large - 60cm (23.62 Inches)
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size and are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) and then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide on the style you'd like to size your hat to and adjust your hat accordingly.
TIP: If you don't have a textile measuring tape, use a string or piece of yarn to measure the distance around your head. After you have marked the yarn around your head, lay it out flat on the ground or table and measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Method 1: The Traditional Style
This is the traditional style of wearing a hat. The front tip of the hat is low on the forehead, just above your eye brows, causing the hat to sit nearly level with the ground. To measure your head using the traditional style method, measure the distance around your head from the center of the back of the head to the forehead just above the eyebrow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape (or string) to measure the distance around your head crossing through the center part of the back of your head and the forehead just above the eyebrow. The tape should be level with the ground.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Hat sizing is in cm. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting your hat accordingly.
Method 2: The Halo Style
This is the halo style way of wearing a hat. The front of your hat is raised up and the hat sits on the back of your head. To measure your head size using the halo method, measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above your neck, and the front of you head up on your brow as shown below.
1. Use a textile measuring tape to measure the distance around your head passing through the back of your head, just above the neck, and the front of your head high on the brow. The tape should be higher in front than in back.
2. Check the measurement of the tape wrapped around your head. Wearing a hat Halo style is usually a smaller hat size than wearing a hat traditionally however we recommend using the larger of the two hat sizes. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest sizing up and adjusting down.
All Gigi Pip hats are made to adjust to the perfect fit. Before making any adjustments, check the inner band type and follow the directions below.
1. My hat has draw strings - If your inner band has draw strings located behind the tag on the rear side of the hat, simply pull them tight to adjust your hat size down a size or two. Pull gently to avoid a tare.
2. My hat DOES NOT have draw strings - Many types of inner bands do not allow for a draw strings such as leather, elastic or cotton with a foam lining. Hats without a draw string are adjusted by using Gigi Pip's Hat Sizing Tape (sold separately). Hat sizing tape has long been the preferred method of adjusting hats because it allows you to keep the inner band in its natural form and the foam molds comfortably to the head.
Directions to use Hat Sizing Tape: Place the foam tape on the inside of your hat, behind the sweatband, with the sticky side facing towards the hat wall. Wrap the tape completely around the hat for maximum size decrease or cut tape length in half for a more moderate decrease. Size to fit prior to removing the adhesive cover. Once the fit is correct, remove the adhesive cover, press firmly into place, and wa-lah.
For more questions about hat sizing, please contact Gigi Pip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that you know what your hat size is, let's find The Best Hat for your Face Shape!