Spring Thoughts

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I haven't been posting too often, so thought I would check in. I am so glad that spring has arrived!


I'm participating in the Get Your Pretty On Spring Style Me Challenge. I've pulled the items for the challenge from my wardrobe (no clothes shopping during Lent - one more week!) except for a couple of necklace deals I found at Macy's and Penney's. I'm hoping to get photographs of some of the outfits to share here!


I've also been getting back into some sewing. Finished a custom order and am in the process of making a dog blanket for a customer, plus I made a baby blanket for a couple at church expecting their first little on in June.

I've made a couple of new recipes lately (oatmeal breakfast bars - I added chocolate chips! and creamy chicken and pasta - made a homemade white sauce and used pepperoni and bacon) and started this snack basket idea from Pinterest. My daughter really likes it!

I've also got a giveaway up on the blog Facebook page. Check it out and leave me a comment!

So what are you up to? We will be at church a lot this week for Holy Week. When will you have services? What are your Easter plans?

What I Wore: Early Spring

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A few early spring looks from the past week!


Black Skinnies: Target, Black Tee: Penney's, Boots: Target: Blazer: Target, Scarf: Charming Charlie, Bracelet: Elder-Beerman, Earrings: Avon


Boyfriend Jeans: Apt. 9 (thrifted), Plaid Shirt: Kohl's, Flats: Target, Necklace: Kohl's

 
Dress: Target, Boots: Target, Scarf: Target, Denim Jacket: Macy's, Bracelet: Elder-Beerman, Earrings: Groopdealz
 
I'm linking up!
 
 
 
 
 


Book Review: Hands Free Mama

Thursday, April 3, 2014

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I finished reading this book a little while back and it is definitely the type of book that gives the reader a lot to think about. Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford is the author's story of realizing how distracted she was by cell phones, social media, her to-do list, and more. Once she became aware of this, she decided to stop living this way and developed strategies to help herself to be fully present with her family during their time together. I had previously seen The Hands Free Revolution on Facebook, and many of the posts I saw really resonated with me.

I really liked all of the practical ideas in the book. Divided into 12 chapters, each section includes reflections, intentions (action steps), personal stories and more. This is the type of book that can be worked through a little at a time and referred to over weeks and months as we make changes and develop new habits.

I have seen where some readers are working through this book one chapter at a time. I think that would be a great way to take small steps toward lasting changes. It would be easy to become overwhelmed with trying to read this book straight through and implement all the ideas at once.

That being said, I’d like to share a few of my favorite ideas from my initial reading of the book. In Chapter 1, the author really addresses being aware of the problem of distraction and makes the suggestion that the reader set up a time each day to take time off from technology. In Chapter 3, one idea that is mentioned is to involve children in daily household tasks. Sure, they take longer and might not get done quite right, but what a great way to spend time together, talk, and even teach! We’ve tried this a couple of times by allowing our daughter to assist us with chores she doesn’t usually help with. She really enjoys rinsing and loading the dishes.

This book is great for all of us that need a little reminder about what’s really important in life and how to take time and focus on our family and friends.
 
I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

March Clothing Budget

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I've given up shopping for clothes during Lent, so I don't have too much to share this month. I did pick up a couple items before Lent started on March 5th using Old Navy rewards. I also replaced a returned item from Christmas and got a few accessories.

March Purchases and Budget

 
Tan Merona Crossbody - Replacement from Christmas (On sale for $13.50)
Apt. 9 Crystal Statement Necklace - $1.65 (On clearance plus my mom had a $5 promo card she got in the mail and let me have)
Old Navy Gray Tee, Floral Sweatshirt, and Navy Tank (not pictured) - Free after rewards certificates
Gold Avon Hoops (not pictured) - $3.25
Leopard Print Scarf from the library gift shop (not pictured) - $9.65
 
Total spent: $14.55
 
While I'm not shopping too much, I've been working through the capsule wardrobe series at Greater Than Rubies (more to come) and cleaning out my closet. I just updated the Shop My Closet page, too!
 
I'm linking up to Franish!
 
 

What I Wore: The Calendar Says Spring...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's been awhile since I've done an outfit post. I'm taking photos occasionally, so now I have a few outfits to share. I wanted to participate this week in Greater Than Rubies' On Trend Secondhand Remix Rewear Restyle this week, since you all know how much I love thrifting and garage sales. :)

The biggest challenge over the past couple of weeks is trying to dress "springy" when it's still so cold! It's snowing again here right now and it's been in the low 20's in the mornings. I tried to wear flats without socks yesterday and was so cold!


First up is today's outfit.

Black Pants: Dockers, Cardigan: Kohl's, Shirt: Apt. 9 via Goodwill, Earrings: Avon, Necklace: Elder-Beerman, Wedge Boots: KMart

This black and white floral blouse was a Goodwill find last year. I love this style of florals in clothing and fabric and black and white is really popular right now, plus it never really goes out of style. :)


Oatmeal Sweater: Target, Chambray: Kohl's, Necklace: Kohl's, Earrings: Avon, Pants: Kohl's, Flats: Payless


Jacket: JCPenney, Grey Tee: Old Navy, Scarf: Kohl's, Purse: Target, Skinny Jeans: Elle via garage sale ($2!), Boots: Target

Another example of on trend secondhand: these jeans are my only pair of blue skinnies and I got them at a garage sale for $2. I just got a pair of lightly distressed boyfriend jeans for $2.75 (half price tag color) at Goodwill and can't wait to wear them this spring.

I would highly recommend thrifting for incorporating on-trend items into your wardrobe. You might be surprised at what you find! Check out more of my secondhand finds here.

I'm linking up!

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