I’ve been blogging at “Caffeinated Catholic Mama” for 4.5 years. Typing out that sentence I still can’t quite believe it’s true. I started the blog because I wanted a forum to talk about raising kids in and living life as a Catholic Christian. What did it mean to me to be authentically Catholic 365 days a year… not just on Christmas and Easter, how I was raising my children in a faith that is often misunderstood, accused of being misogynistic, and out of touch with reality and clearing up common misconceptions… like Marian worship.
As time progressed, I found my writing to be shifting a bit. Rather than writing about covering my head to show reverence while at Mass, I was writing more about dressing your body to remain modest but not frumpy. I was talking about how great accessories are for a limited wardrobe and that you can really put on make-up in 5 minutes. I was talking less about how to raise little Catholics and more about teaching them to write thank you notes. I was writing about books I was reading and books I was reading to my children and talking about the challenges of shaking off that “stay-at-home mom” stereotype of yoga pants and encouraging young moms to put forth their best selves. In short, my blog was becoming less Catechism and more cosmopolitan (not the magazine. Ew.)
It was time for a change.
From the 17th to late 19th Centuries, women’s clothing included the “bib” and “tucker.” If you have worn a camisole under a deep-V neck top, you have worn the modern equivalent of a tucker. To put on your “Best Bib and Tucker” means to literally put on your best clothes, but it can also mean to put on your best self; to put forth your best effort in all things. And that’s what I’m going to do here.
I hope you’ll join me.
“The Country-Woman minds nothing on Sundays so much as her best Bib and Tucker” from: New Memoirs establishing a True Knowledge of Mankind, 1747