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2012 Favorites

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I've been reading through everyone's "best of" posts for 2012, so I thought I'd share a few favorites from the year on the blog as well.
1. I started reviewing books for a few different publishing houses this year and I have enjoyed it so much! I look forward to getting new books and discovering new authors. This helped me to achieve one of my goals this year to read at least 60 adult books this year. I ended up reading around 65 this year. I have loved keeping track of books on my Goodreads account. I am hoping to read at least 60 again this year, in addition to all the children's books I read at home and for work.
2. I finished my first 10K! Again, this was a goal for this year and I was so excited to finish!
3. I enjoyed sharing my sewing projects with all of you. One of my favorites was this simple quilt I made
4. Linking up to What I Wore and sharing outfit posts has been a lot of fun. I feel like I've gained a lot of inspiration from lots of blo…

Book Review: Courting Cate

Courting Cateis book number 1 in The Courtships of Lancaster County series by Leslie Gould. Cate is the older daughter in her family. She's unconventional for an Amish woman - she spends her time reading books and helping her father with his business. She's known for being a little bit prickly and outspoken as well. Her younger sister Betsy is the sweet, charming, beautiful sister. The sisters are shocked when their father lays down the law and says that Cate must get married before Betsy is allowed to do so - even though no one is currently interested in courting Cate. When Pete Treger comes into the area, everyone things he is the perfect candidate for courting Cate, even Cate herself. The course of true love rarely goes smoothly, and Cate and Pete must weather a variety of twists, turns, and trials in the hope of a happy ending.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. I liked the characters and appreciated the growth that many of them went through during the course of the book. Wit…

December Purchases and Budget

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December Purchases and Budget by gracenote30 featuring long scarves

This month, most of my purchases have come out of Christmas money or have been gifts. The collage above is a mix of gifts and things I've purchased.
Out of my budget this month, I got the following:  -Black Target blazer for $15 ($10 out of regular budget) -Periwinkle sweatshirt pictured above $3.40 after gift card -Red knit dress for $2.50 from Elder Beerman after coupon Total:  $15.90 out of regular budget
I also bought a knit headband to use while running for around $7, but I didn't like it very well. Any suggestions to purchase?
The red bird scarf, the raspberry cardigan, and the bubble necklace pictured above are a few of the Christmas gifts I received.
I have made several purchases the last couple of days because Kohl's was having a stellar sale!! Tons of markdowns, plus extra 25% off clearance and an additional code.
A few highlights: -Chevron skirt pictured above on clearance for $3.20 (This was on my spring…

What I Wore: Snow!!

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This outfit was for shopping and work today. I only ended up having to work 2 hours, since we closed early at 3. It's really coming down out there! I have been thinking about buying a bubble necklace for so long. I convinced myself I didn't really want one because I was so late in getting one, but I really did still want one. My mom got me this one from Elder Beerman. I was so excited to see them at our little mall and super excited to get the necklace and earrings!

Sweater: Kohl's, Cords: LOFT (thrifted), Shirt: Chadwicks (old), Boots: Target, Necklace and Earrings: Elder-Beerman
My other favorite gift was the Fiesta Ware my parents got us. Such a surprise!! Any favorite Christmas gifts? I'd love to hear about them!!
I'm linking up to The Pleated Poppy What I Wore Wednesday!

Book Review: Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher

Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher is a historical fiction novel set in Wyoming in the late 1900's. Julia Grace is a widow trying to keep her late husband's ranch going all alone. When Hugh Brennan, a drifter comes by Julia's ranch, she hires him to help out with chores on the ranch and the upcoming cattle drive. She can only pay him in meals, but Hugh is more than happy to accept food and a dry place to sleep. Julia doesn't know anything about Hugh, but seems to feel she can trust him. Both Hugh and Julia have faced their share of heartache, betrayal, and loss, making them unlikely to become friends, but somehow understanding of each other as well. 
I've read a number of Robin Lee Hatcher's books in the past and enjoy her writing style very much. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres of books as well. This book combines a great mix of mystery, action, and romance. The characters are very well-developed and interesting. Julia struggles with her past - both…

Merry Christmas!

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I can't believe it is Christmas Eve! I've been finishing up a few projects, baking, and enjoying time with family. As if on cue, it just started snowing here a few minutes ago.
I am so grateful for this little place on the web and for all of you that take the time to read here! :)
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!
I'll be back later this week with some book reviews!

Teacher Gifts

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We've already given gifts to dance teachers and preschool teachers! The pouch and bookmark above are the last two things I finished on Monday evening. Now I only have one more gift (hopefully) to finish! Are you still working on finishing any Christmas presents?

What I Wore: Sparkle

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Shirt - Kohl's, Denim trousers - Worthington (thifted), White button down - Lands' End, Wedge boots - Target
I got this sparkly embellished shirt from Kohl's to wear to a wedding at the beginning of December. I wore it to the wedding with pearls, a black skirt, and tights. I felt like it was a pretty versatile piece, so I've been trying to wear it different ways this month. I got inspiration on ways to wear it from posts at Along the Lines of Style and Franish
I wore it with these trouser jeans, an olive blazer, and a statement necklace to church last weekend. This is how I wore it to my daughter's Christmas program. I'm hoping to wear it at least a couple more times in the next few weeks. I normally don't buy sparkly clothes, but this has been fun and since I purchased it on sale with Kohl's cash, it has been a pretty good little investment!
Any pieces you've been remixing and restyling lately?
I'm linking up to What I Wore at The Pleated Po…

Today

I've been thinking about what to write since Friday. Debating. Deciding how much to say and how to say it. I posted a little craft post yesterday and worried that I should have said this first.
I have a young daughter. I used to be a classroom teacher. I am struggling the same way you are. Reading various articles trying to gain perspective, clarity, and comfort. Grieving. Hugging my daughter a little closer.
I've been trying to find ways to help both those grieving in Newtown and those in my community. I am thinking about how this blog, our shop, and my life in general can be more of an encouragement to others.
You many have seen some of these, but here are a few articles that I have read and appreciated from the last few days.
Newtown as I know itToday - Ways to HelpWords  If you have any articles, comments, or thoughts to share, I would love to hear them.
I have more posts coming: a book review, some more crafty gifts, and a What I Wore.
I'm off to read with my daughte…

Handmade Gifts

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We've been making lots of gifts this year for Christmas including fabric bookmarks, earrings, necklaces, and more. These glitter clothespins are one of our favorite projects this year! Easy and frugal, too. Get the (simple) directions here at According to Kelly

Any great handmade gifts you've been making? We are hoping to do some baking for neighbor/friend gifts this week, also.

New Winner

Our original winner never responded, so we had to draw a new one! The new giveaway winner is Amanda K. :)
If anyone wants to enter some more giveaways, check out the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop with Giveaways going on this week!

Book Review: All Things New

I've been reading and reviewing a lot of Amish fiction lately, but I also enjoy historical fiction as well. Lynn Austin has been a favorite author in this genre in the past and the book All Things Newwas another great title by this author. Set in the South immediately after the Civil War ends, this book takes the reader right into this difficult and turbulent time in history.
Told in alternating points of view, the reader gets to know three main characters: Eugenia Weatherly, a Southern plantation owner's widow; Josephine, her daughter; and Lizzie, a now freed slave who chooses to continue working at the Weatherly plantation. We see these characters struggle to find a new normal in a South that is no longer as they remember it. Each one has to face hard things that they never thought they would face. Eugenia wants to regain her plantation's former glory; Josephine wants to learn to become more self-sufficient and have it be acceptable; and Lizzie wants to enjoy the freedo…

And the Winner is...

Thanks to everyone that entered our giveaway! I had such a good time reading all your comments about your sewing machines. You've convinced me to keep my older hand me down Kenmore, which is working pretty well for me. :)
The winner is...Gayla! I've already emailed her for her mailing address. Congrats!
Did anyone win a prize this year? We haven't so far, but still hoping!
Happy weekend!!

Giveaway Day!

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It's Giveaway Day! Which is really a week now...one of my favorite weeks! I love entering giveaways, finding new blogs, and seeing lots of crafty goodies!
Our giveaway will be open until Friday, December 7 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Enter using Rafflecopter below. The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment on this post - either about what kind of sewing machine you use and if you like it or if you don't sew, your favorite kind of Christmas cookie. Be sure to enter via Rafflecopter for your entry to count. Extra entries for following on Twitter or Facebook.


We're giving away 1 DQ Quilts Quilter's Quarters, a Simplicity purse pattern, and a Feb. 2013 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. 
We're also offering a 20% discount in the shop with coupon code SEW20. We have some nice fabric and patterns available, plus some fun handmade goodies for gifts! Coupon valid until the end of the giveaway.
Good luck and enjoy entering!
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November Clothing Purchases

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November Purchases by gracenote30 featuring black tank tops

It's the last day of November - time for a run down of what I spent this month on clothing and accessory purchases. I am trying for $50 a month on fashion-related purchases. I went a little over this month - got sucked in by a few good Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales!
I don't have pictures of everything, but here's what I got.
Sonoma plaid shirt from Goodwill - $3.65White Lands' End button down - $3.75Turquoise and black polka dot blouse from Elder Beerman - $5.33Owl necklace via Amazon - $1Casual graphic print t-shirt from Kohl's - $2.12Striped knit blazer from Target - $8Mustard flats from Target - $6.37Red bubble necklace from Caroline G. - $5.95Layering tanks from JCPenney -  $9.56Aqua and Silver shirt from Kohl's - $4.43Sparkly embellished t-shirt from Kohl's - $4.262 pairs bubble earrings from Groopdealz - $3 Total: $47.80
I used  Kohl's cash for at least one purchase and I ended up doing …

For Sale

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This is not one of my typical posts, but since I know I have some quilters that read my blog, I am posting this here. My mom is selling her Janome Memory Craft 6300 sewing machine. It was purchased new (very recently) and used for a little over 2 months. She purchased it for $1099 and would like to sell the machine for $899 plus shipping costs. We will entertain offers, so please email if you are interested.




The machine includes all the feet, accessories, etc. including the original packaging. Included with the machine are the following:

Zig zag footOveredge footZipper footSatin stitch footBlind hem footCording footOvercasting footAuto button hole footBasting/Darning footQuarter inch seam footEven feed footOpen toe satin stitch foot2 screwdriversSet of needlesLint brushSeam ripperSpool holders in large and small3 bobbinsQuilting barQuilting bar for the even feed footCloth guide with screwInstruction bookPower supply cordFoot controlAccessory box with a foot storage compartment insideK…

Charm Square Wreath

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We started getting out our Christmas decorations this weekend. I knew I wanted to make a new wreath, but when I went to Pat Catan's to look for supplies, I got so overwhelmed, plus I didn't want to spend a ton of money to make a new one. I have a lot of craft supplies, so I started looking around on Pinterest for some ideas that would use what I have. I found a fabric covered wreath from Craftiness is Not Optional, and thought I might be able to use some of my fabric to do something similar.
I already had a 12" foam wreath form and I also had a charm pack of some cute Kate Spain fabrics from her Joy line. (I got it on sale awhile ago.) I started playing around with the charms and tried to figure out how to wrap them around the wreath form. I ended up cutting each charm along the diagonal to form two triangles. Then, I wrapped them, one triangle at a time, around the wreath form and hot glued them onto the wreath. I alternated directions - one triangle with the wide part …

Book Review: Christmas in Apple Ridge

Reading Christmas books is a great way for me to get into the spirit of the season. I recently finished reading Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall. This book included 3 separate novellas in one volume. The titles included are: The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, and The Dawn of Christmas. The first two titles were previously published and the third is brand new. I vaguely remembered reading The Sound of Sleigh Bells, but didn't remember all the details, so I enjoyed reading it again.
Each novella is the story of an Amish couple who faces past hurts and various adversities on their path to love. The Sound of Sleigh Bells is the story of Beth and Jonah. Beth can't let go of a tragedy that haunts her and keeps her from living her life. Jonah is an Amish man that is a talented carver. When Beth discovers his talent, she is captivated, but is he who she thinks he is? The Christmas Singing is the story of Mattie and Gideon. Mattie leaves home to become a cake…

What I Wore: Simple

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White Shirt: Lands' End, Skinny Jeans: Mossimo (Thrifted), Scarf: Kohls, Boots: Target, Gold Hoops: Avon
Sometimes simple is best! I got this white shirt for $3.50 a couple of weeks ago at Lands' End.
I'm linking up to What I Wore at the Pleated Poppy!

TeamCAC Gift Guide: Part 2

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I have three more shops to feature today, so here we go! :) The first shop today is PrincessEMarie. This shop has the cutest earrings! Made of sequin confetti, these fun dangle earrings are available for lots of different holidays including Christmas, New Year's, and everyday wear as well. It was hard to pick a favorite here, but I really like these winter snowflake earrings.
The next shop up is PACountryCrafts. This shop has a variety of items for the home including baskets, framed stitchery, and personalized wooden ornaments. I have a few items from Lindsay, including a personalized ornament, and everything is beautiful and very well made. I especially love her framed stitchery items that she has been adding, and this purple one is my favorite right now.


Last up for today is our shop, CJ's Craft Corner. Our shop is a collaborative effort, and we've been working hard to make lots of items in fun new fabric combinations. We have coffee cozies, tea wallets, car trash bags…

TeamCAC Gift Guide: Part 1

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On Etsy, our shop is a member of TeamCAC - Christian Artists and Craftsmen. This week, I'm featuring a few TeamCAC shops including some coupon codes so you can do some handmade shopping for Christmas!
First up is Marie's Crochet Corner! Here you'll find a variety of pretty crocheted items including scarves, hats, blankets, phone cozies, and more! I bought this pretty cowl for myself last year in a chocolate brown and I love it. Extremely soft and cozy and versatile as well! Convo the shop owner to have this cowl made in your choice of colors!

Look for a great Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale here as well - 25% off! I might be looking into a couple of cowls for my Christmas gift list!
The next shop is Hampton House. Hampton House has a lovely selection of jewelry supplies, vintage items, and even some Fiestaware! I especially love these sweet blue plates

Use code CARLY15 to get 15% off your purchase at HamptonHouse!
The final featured shop for today is OlsenTrade…

Winter Snow Fabric Bundle

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I had such a good time curating my first collection for the Sew Lux contest, I decided to put together another bundle! This one is full of icy aquas and cool greys...reminds me of a peaceful snowy winter day.
I have a book review coming this week, plus an outfit post, and a little mini handmade gift guide featuring some Etsy shops!
Happy Sunday!

What I Wore: Checking In

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Black and White Sweater: Christopher and Banks, Cobalt Blue Shirt: Riders, Skinny Jeans: Mossimo (Thrifted), Black Ankle Boots: Payless, Blue Necklace and Earrings: Kohl's (Gift)
Sorry the pic isn't better - I seem to only remember to take pics late at night inside! I haven't posted a What I Wore post in awhile but I have still been working on be more careful and purposeful with my shopping and spending and trying to remix my current wardrobe in the process. I am still using Go Chic or Go Home to see my closet and work on putting together new outfits.
I found the style blog Blue Paper Lanterns recently, and her annual clothing budget is $600. I feel like $50 is a reasonable amount for me to spend each month on clothing, accessories, etc. Part of this amount comes out of the clothing line item in our budget and part is my monthly "mad money" or money I make selling on Etsy, Ebay, etc. 
So far, I've spent around $14 this month on 3 shirts and a necklace. I nee…

Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas eBook

Happy Tuesday!! I'm just dropping in quickly this afternoon to share about Money Saving Mom's newest eBook Celebrating & Savoring a Simple Christmas. I am excited to read this eBook - I'm sure I will get a lot out of it as I have from her eBooks in the past.
The eBook is only $0.99 right now! Let me know if you decide to buy and read this. I'd love to hear what you think!
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Sweet Fabric Bundle

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Over at Sew Lux fabrics, they are having a fun contest! Basically, they are asking participants to browse the Sew Lux shop and select 8 fabrics to coordinate with each other. Sew Lux will select their 10 favorite entries and those 10 will be voted on. The winning bundle will be for sale at Sew Lux during December and the winner gets the bundle he/she created for free! Super fun!
Participants can enter up to 2 times, so here is my first entry! I'm calling this entry "Sweet". I started out with the green floral print called A-Line Dress in Rosemary from the Hello Luscious line by Basic Grey. I used the color palette of pink, red, green, and plum to pull together a variety of other prints from different lines. I tried to mix and match florals, geometrics, dots, and solids.

Book Review: The Bridesmaid

The Bridesmaid is the newest book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series by Beverly Lewis. A few months ago, I reviewedThe Fiddler, the first book in the series. One thing that I really like about this series is that each book stands on its own. Each book contains a story that begins and ends within a single book. There is overlap from title to title in terms of the setting and some of the characters, which means if you read all the titles, you will get to know certain characters quite well.
The Bridesmaid is the story of Joanna Kurtz, a young Amish woman who is still unmarried, despite being older in the eyes of the Amish. Joanna is surprised to meet a pleasant young Amish man named Eben Troyer while both are away from their homes and visiting family in Virginia Beach. The twosome spend several days becoming friends and decide to write to each other when they return to their homes in Pennsylvania and Indiana. As Eben and Joanna grow closer through letters and phone calls, they run into …

November!

It's November...in fact a week of November is already finished! I've enjoyed a little blogging break, but wanted to stop and say hi to everyone! :)
First, I wanted to let you all know that Barbara won the fall craft bundle giveaway, so congrats to her! One of my goals for this year was to have a giveaway of some sort on the blog each month. I know I've done several so far this year, so plan on November and December giveaways, too.
We been sewing up a storm and stocking our Etsy shop with lots of goodies for gift giving. I also have been getting ideas for Christmas gifts to make. My daughter and I made a fabric bookmark tonight, so I guess we've made one thing already!
I thrifted one time last Friday and found a cute plaid shirt that was on my list. I was excited and plan to stay out of Goodwill until at least the middle of the month. The time away from thrifting has been wonderful.
There are so many good challenges and series going on right now online. I mentioned th…

31 Days of Seeking Simplicity: Thank You

Yesterday was the last official day of the 31 days series. I missed a few days here and there, but for the most part was able to keep blogging throughout the challenge. I was able to spend some time thinking through some things that were bothering me and even resolved a few. I want to thank all of you that took the time to read during the last month!
I am excited about November and the ideas we have for our Etsy shop. We've been creating lots of new items, working on updating our listings, and more. We'll have a coupon code at some point as well - probably over Thanksgiving weekend. I had a few ask what all we were doing to get ready for the holidays, so I might share a bit about that as well.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, too! I'm hoping to get some gifts started and purchased and create some new family traditions.
For the blog, I have a stack of great books to read and review - and maybe even give away! The craft bundle giveaway is open for a …

Makeup Maven Video

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This is my entry for a contest for Avon reps. I'd love it if you'd take a few minutes to check it out. Thank you!! :)

31 Days of Seeking Simplicity: Routines

One of the ways that I maintain some simplicity in my life is to follow some daily and weekly routines. Sure, things happen to disrupt these routines, but on an average day or week, having these routines in place help me to keep things from getting too overwhelming.
I try to start a load of wash every morning. My husband often folds a load or two when he gets up, so during the course of the day, I try to put this away. We made it a goal a couple of years ago to not let clean laundry pile up for days at a time.We have a few different tote bags that we use to load up library books that need returned, things that need to go to church, etc. I also have a church bag (which hold our choir music and anything I need for teaching Sunday School) and a work bag for the library.My mom made us a fabric bin that we have on our desk in our foyer. We keep our phone chargers, outgoing mail, and sunglasses there.I have a daily dry erase calendar hung in our living room that update and change weekly so …

31 Days of Seeking Simplicity: A Day at Home

Today was one of those days that kind of felt like a snow day. We stayed in a lot of the day. I made homemade calzones and applesauce and had lots of pretty smelling candles burning. I did a lot of laundry and had time to organize and work on some little projects. I know all days can't be like this, but it was a nice change of pace after a busy weekend.
Here's a bit more reading for today: the desire for less. Some interesting and helpful comments as well. Tomorrow and Wednesday and I plan to write a little bit about the things that are working for me in terms of simplicity and what I want to keep doing going forward. 
I started my 21 days project today as well. My mom and I are going to be working hard for the next 3 weeks to get our Etsy shop all ready for Christmas! Be looking for some new goodies in the coming weeks!
I am praying for everyone in the path of this storm. Try to stay as safe and warm as possible!

Book Review: Adventures in Odyssey 90 Devotions for Kids

I really enjoy reviewing books and for the first time this month, I am reviewing a nonfiction book written for kids. Adventures in Odyssey: 90 Devotions for Kids is a devotional book for children. The devotions in the book are organized into 13 Themes: Salvation, Learning About Jesus, Discipleship, Prayer, The Bible, Exercising Faith, Forgiveness, Giving, Witnessing, Worship, Going to Church, Serving Others, and Overcoming Sin. All but the last theme has 7 devotions  - the last theme has 6 devotions and then there is an additional "bonus" devotion as well. Each devotion is only 2 pages long with a memory verse, daily challenge, and more included.
My daughter is 4 (almost 5) and we have been reading these devotions for the last couple of weeks. We worked our way through the Worship theme and have started the Prayer theme. Obviously, I have to read the devotions aloud to her, but they are a nice length even for listening. The memory verse is our favorite part - she even recit…

Fall Crafting Bundle Giveaway

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We have a little bundle of fall crafting goodies to give away this week - just because. :) The crafting bundle includes the following items: 
Large cabochon mums, chains, and bails to make 2 mum necklacesCabochon flowers and metal bookmarks to make 6 bookmarks2 small stamp padsAn assortment of 6"x6" fall themed scrapbook paper3 mini ribbon spoolsA round "hello" stampA spool of turquoise and white striped Offray ribbonAmerican Patchwork and Quilting magazine December 2012 I may tuck in a few more goodies as well. I'm trying out a Rafflecopter giveaway this time. First entry is a comment on this blog post...maybe share your favorite kind of Christmas cookie with me! Other entries include following me on Twitter, liking CJ's Craft Corner on Facebook, and tweeting about the giveaway. The giveaway will be open until Friday, November 2 at 11:59 p.m. I'll announce a giveaway winner over the weekend.
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31 Days of Seeking Simplicity: October Purchases

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October Purchases by gracenote30


For the last 2 months, I have been tracking my fashion and beauty expenditures. This has been a way for me to pay attention to my spending and keep me accountable. Most of these purchases were made in the last few days. Above are a few of this month's purchases and here is the cost breakdown: LOFT Pink and Camel Dot Blouse: $5.26 (Final clearance in store)New Balance Running Shoes: $39.99 (6pm.com sale)Red Bracelet: $3.99 (Groopdealz)Wedge Boots: $18.26 (Target)Gold Tone Hoops: $4.60 (We sell Avon.)Green Apt. 9 Scarf: $1.47 (Purchased with Kohl's cash)Also purchases but not pictured: Avon Lipstick: $3Avon Eyeshadow Palette: $6.50Mixit Necklace: $2.10 (Penney's clearance)

31 Days of Seeking Simplicity: eBook Review

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Hard to believe, but there are only 5 more days left in October! This month has been challenging and busy, but I think I've made progress on this personal journey to simplicity. Today I started reading the book Happier at Home by Gretechen Rubin. I really enjoyed her earlier book The Happiness Project. I've only read a little bit of the new book so far, but she talks about simplicity and how it means different things to different people.

My idea of simple may not reflect yours at all. Over the last few weeks, I've been trying to address areas in my own life that bother me and seem unnecessarily complicated. For you, going to Goodwill to often doesn't make your life more complicated, but it certainly can for me.

I've been thinking ahead to what's next and what changes I'd like to keep and the changes that I still need to make. That's why I am so excited to review Money Saving Mom's new eBook - 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life. I really enjoyed the…

31 Days of Seeking Simplicity: Little Things

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We are halfway through this week and we only have a week left in October! This month has flown by. Tomorrow will be only 2 months until Christmas!
I finished the valances for the church nursery yesterday (yay!) and worked on a Rapunzel braid for my daughter's Halloween costume tonight. I bought the dress from Kohl's with Kohl's cash (simple and frugal, right? It cost $7.) and decided to just make her a yarn braid to clip in her hair. We will see how it turns out. ;)
We celebrated my mother in law's birthday yesterday - we made a spice cake (from a mix) and frosted it (from a can) and gave her presents and a balloon from the Dollar Tree. My daughter believes no birthday is complete with a balloon.
I have not been in Goodwill for a week now, which has resulted in getting lots more done lately, so that is a good thing. I have been thinking about ordering a couple of things online - they are not as inexpensive as Goodwill, obviously, but perhaps the cost of my time spent …

21 Days to a More Disciplined Life Ebook Launch

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Today is the day that Money Saving Mom debuts her new eBook, 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life! For 3 days, Tuesday through Thursday, the eBook is priced at only $0.99.
Crystal's blog is a wonderful resource for a wide variety of topics: frugality, recipes, online deals, organization, goal setting, and more. I am so excited to read through this eBook about self discipline. I have enjoyed Crystal's posts on the topic in the past and I think this will be a wonderful resource for many of us. 
I am planning to post a review of the eBook on Friday, but in the meantime, consider getting a copy when it is such a great deal! I think this eBook relates nicely to my 31 days topic of seeking simplicity as well. I think if I could discipline myself to cut out some of the unnecessary and focus on my true goals and desires, my life would be much simpler!
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