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What I Wore:Thrifted

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All 3 of this week's outfits include jeans or pants that I got from Goodwill. I think pants are one of the hardest things to find at Goodwill, but it is possible. Both pairs of skinny jeans that I own are from Goodwill. All of these looks are pretty casual for me, but they were my weekend outfits, so I was looking for comfy!
 Grey cardigan: Kohl's, Striped turtleneck: Target, Bubble necklace and earrings: Elder-Beerman, Skinny jeans: Mossimo (Goodwill), Boots: Target

Cardigan: KMart, Lace Shirt: Kohl's, Cowl: Marie's Crochet Corner (Etsy), Boots: Target, Skinny Jeans: DKNY (Goodwill), Bracelets: Avon

Sweatshirt: Target, Cords: LOFT (Goodwill), Boots: Target, Necklace set: Avon

I am not usually a sweatshirt person, but the color and the sweater collar on this one make it just a bit dressier, but still super comfy.


I snapped this pic with my phone today. My daughter is soooo ready for spring. It was above 30 and sunny, so she decided she could wear her sandals with sock…

Show and Tell Tuesday: Another Mug Rug

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Well, I'm not breaking any speed records, but I finished another mug rug. I've been making some new pillow covers for our living room and had these scraps left over. They worked out perfectly for a simple mug rug. Fabric is Heather Bailey's freshcut.


I'm linking up!

February Budget

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February Budget by gracenote30 featuring grey pants


Since I stopped buying clothes on February 13 for Lent, I knew I could do my February Budget round up before the end of the month. :) I have photos of some of the items, and I spent the first part of the month trying to get a few items off my clothing wishlist.
Here is what I spent in February: Navy and white striped shirt: Meijer - $12.78Pants: Target - $7.97 (Pictured)Lace Shirt: Kohl's - $4.71 (Pictured)Mustard Blazer: Elder-Beerman - $13.74 (Worn here)Socks: Target - $6.71Earrings: Plaid Barn - $5.47 (Pictured - I got pink, yellow, and orange.)Skirt and Shirt: Goodwill - $5.97 (Shirt didn't fit so I am selling that on Ebay)Tanks for layering: Meijer - $5.21Anorak: Kohl's - $10.14 (I really, really wanted the olive, but when I saw the plum one in the store for $10, I decided to go with it.)Scarf: Avon - $6.50 (Pictured, worn here)

Sunday School Roundup: Story of the 10 Lepers

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I teach the children's Sunday School class at our church once a month and coordinate the teachers for the other weeks. I thought it would be fun to share some of the lessons and ideas I use when I teach.

First, a little background. The kids at our church at young. Our age span for Sunday School is 2 1/2 to 6 and we typically have anywhere between 2 and 6 kids on a Sunday morning. The first curriculum book we chose for this year didn't work well for our age group but we recently purchased Explore Bible Stories: 52 Bible Lessons for Ages 4-6. It is much better for young children - lots of songs, activities that allow kids to get up and move, and simple crafts. We've used it for 2 months and all the teachers really seem to like it.

I use the curriculum book as the basis for my lesson, but I always like to add some extra things - crafts, songs, etc. This week's lesson was about the story of the 10 lepers and the importance of being thankful. I found some really cute thin…

Lent Check In: Week 1

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We are now 10 days into Lent and I am 10 days into my no clothing/accessories shopping fast. So far, I've been doing OK, but I have felt like I've been learning some things and making some observations.

1. I really, really, really, don't need anything. OK. I definitely knew that before, but now that I am focusing on the things I already have, I realize how I have absolutely no true "needs" right now. And I am grateful.

2. I've been trying to keep track of times when I do have trouble getting dressed and what item would be helpful for me to have in that situation. So far, I've come up with 2 things: a cream tank top and another pair of black pants, preferably a slim cut pair that can be tucked into boots.

3. I am wearing more of my things and creating new outfits with them, which is pretty fun! After being at the mall this morning, I thought of an outfit that I could put together using a skirt, top, and cardigan that I have instead of buying a new skirt f…

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What I Wore: Cardigans and Jackets

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I managed to capture several outfits this week. It's been much colder than I expected - I am ready for spring! Colored jackets and cardigans were some of my favorites this week.


Cardigan: Kohl's, Lace Tshirt: Kohl's, Black Skirt: Lands' End (old), Boots: Target, Necklace: Avon


Closeup of lace and necklace detail.


End of the day quick picture - Chambray shirt: Kohl's, Jeggings: Mossimo, Cardigan: KMart, Necklace: Avon







Top: Meijer, Cardigan: Kohl's, Boots: Target, Jeans: Mossimo (via Goodwill), Necklace: Mark/Avon, Sunglasses: Candies


Same outfit with jacket from Kohl's


Pants: Mossimo, Boots: Payless, Shirt: Elder-Beerman, Mustard Blazer: Elder-Beerman


Necklace: Elder-Beerman - Valentine's present from my husband and daughter. :)

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Style Showcase at MoMoMod






Show and Tell Tuesday: Chairs

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We only got one of our kitchen stools recovered, but I love how they are going to look! Oh, and I say we, but my awesome husband was the one who worked on these for me. :)



I wanted to try laminated fabric so it would be easy to wipe and keep clean. The fabric on the stools already looked kind of bad and we haven't had them long. I got 2 yards of this laminated Amy Butler Lark fabric and it is so pretty!



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Saving and Earning: An Update

When I started out blogging, I thought I might end up as a frugal living/deal hunting blogger. I love personal finance! I quickly learned that I much prefer sharing about lots of different things including fashion, sewing, and more. I still approach things from a frugal perspective and I love the concept of having lots of little streams of income set up. Nothing too big, but a lot of my crafting and shopping hobbies are supported by ways that I have found that I can earn an extra little bit of cash. We also save for gifts and Christmas through these methods.

Today was an interesting day because I received a bit of money from a couple of these sources, so I thought I'd share a quick update about what I am still doing. This is in addition to my regular part-time job, Etsy shop, and online scoring that I do. Oh, and some of these links may be referral links, but most are not. :)

1. Pinecone Research - This is the only survey company that I participate in. Complete a survey, get a $3 …

Three Stone Necklace Deal

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Source: carolinegshop.com via CKR78 on Pinterest

Hop on over to the Caroline G. Facebook page to get a great deal on a 3-stone bubble necklace! With the offer code, it will be $0.01 plus shipping. I got one of these necklaces in red back in November, and the cost with shipping was right around $6.00. I won't be getting one this time, but the shop regularly runs great promos and specials, so check them out!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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We've had a fun time with Valentine's Day this year! We got some cute Cardstore.com school valentines with pictures of my daughter on them - she got to be a cheerleader, ballerina, and gymnast, which is perfect for her.

We also put together some cute little teacher gifts. We used a couple of Target Dollar Spot finds and a few things we had on hand including the Burt's Bees lip balm and Groopdealz earrings. It has been so helpful for me to have these fun little gifts in our gift stash.

I also want to share with you a shop called Caroline G. This shop has all kinds of fun jewelry including bubble necklaces, teardrop necklaces, and more. I got one of her 3-stone bubble necklaces awhile back as part of a promotion and it is so cute! The shop regularly has promotions on their Facebook page, including free items (just pay shipping) and new product info. If you'd like to use my brand ambassador discount, enter carlyk at checkout for 15% off (can't be combined with other…

What I Wore: Basics and Color

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It's time for another week of What I Wore Wednesday! I have a couple outfits to share today and some additional inspiration, too!

Last week, I came across a fun series at Merrick's Art called Sisters Share It All: Wardrobe Staples. Each of the 3 sisters tell their 10 wardrobe staple pieces and then in a separate post, they each create 10 outfits with the 10 pieces. It's a really fun series - check it out!

This outfit was inspired by a combination of a couple of the outfits shared on Merrick's blog. I went with a grey cardigan belted over a black dress, added some color in my jewelry and tights, and of course riding boots! This outfit was really comfy and I liked the pops of color.

Cardigan: Kohl's, Dress: Target, Tights: ?, Boots: Target, Belt: Target, Necklace and Earrings: Avon, Sunglasses: Firmoo, Lipstick Color: Avon Ultra Color Rich Cozy Mauve

I didn't get a full outfit picture for this one, but I wore skinny jeans and boots with this. I really like the co…

Show and Tell Tuesday: Mug Rug

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I've been having a bit of trouble finding time to sew, so I'm excited to have a little finish to share today!

This mug rug is made of fabrics from a fat eighth bundle I won from Randi's shop, Fresh Squeezed Fabrics. The bundle is called Stormy Seas and I love the blue colors. 



It should be listed in the shop in the next couple of days!

Click the button above to see some other great fabric creations!

Clothing Wishlist

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Clothing Wishlist by gracenote30


I have found that working off a list for shopping helps me immensely. I tend to focus in on specific items instead of shopping randomly. This is my current late winter/spring "wish list". Items are subject to change and the photos above represent a portion of the following list. Colored blazer - found a mustard one for $13.74Colored skinnies - like the Mossimo ones aboveBlack skinnies - via Kohl'sNavy and white striped shirt - found one at Meijer for $12.78Rain bootsSpring coat (got plum instead of olive) - found at Kohl's for $10.14Colorful striped shirt - via Kohl'sSolid dress - via TargetPrint blouse - found at Goodwill for $3Spring cardigan - via Kohl'sOxford, loafer, or boat shoes

Book Review: To Honor and Trust

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To Honor and Trust by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller is a Christian historical fiction book in the Bridal Veil Island series. The novel is set in 1913 on Bridal Veil Island in Georgia. Callie Deboyer is a governess for the wealthy Bridgeport family. Despite her upbringing in a wealthy family, she is not interested in the pursuit of material goods. Her parents decided to become missionaries in Africa, leaving behind a life of comfort and plenty. During her summer at Bridal Veil, Callie is hoping to gain some clarity about her future.

She isn't looking for love - she was hurt before - so she is surprised to enjoy being with Wes, the golf instructor teaching Thomas Bridgeport and Callie to golf. Throughout the summer, there are mysteries - surrounding who Wes is as well a series of jewelry thefts on the island. Somehow, Callie finds herself a part of those suspected of being a part of the thefts.

My least favorite part of the book was the theft part of the storyline. This part of th…

Lent: Give Up or Give Back

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Lent is right around the corner - it starts next Wednesday! My husband was raised Catholic and has always given up something for Lent. For him, it is usually chocolate and this is a true sacrifice for him. Over the last couple of years, my mom and I have given up buying fabric. I've also seen other people give back instead - trying to give more during Lent or focus on specific needs during that season.

This year, I am going to give up shopping for clothes in addition to the fabric buying fast. I have really started to enjoy shopping again, but lately I have felt like I am going too often and am spending too much time and energy trying to find just the right things to add to my wardrobe. I am hoping by fasting from shopping during the 40 days of Lent, I'll be able to refocus my energy on better uses of my time.

I will write more about this during the first few days of Lent, but I'd love to hear if you are considering giving anything up for Lent or giving back instead. I am …

Valentine Cards

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We decided to make some Valentine cards this afternoon! All the supplies were things we had on hand. I cut down cardstock to make the cards. I picked up some Scotch heart duct tape at Ollie's on Sunday and I already had the cupcakes, so I thought that would be cute to use as well.


This bunting one is one of my favorites. Inspired by Pinterest, of course. :) I hot glued the twine down.



This is one of my favorites my daughter made.




And here they are all together!



We had a good time doing this for quite a while this afternoon! Do you make or buy Valentine cards for people? I'd love to hear about what you are making!
I'm linking up to Take It On Tuesday at Romance on a Dime!

What I Wore: Plaid and Stripes

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I read a fun post last week at Lisa-Jo Baker's web site. It was called "Easy Fashion for Busy Moms" and one of the things it mentioned was signing up for The Style Up. Basically, this is a free service that sends you an email the night before with an outfit idea tailored to your weather forecast for the next day and your personal style. You can rate the looks each day, too. Of course, it does tell you where to buy things for each look, but you can easily take the photos as inspiration and recreate them from your closet.

This was the look sent to me for Monday:

Source: thestyleup.com via CKR78 on Pinterest

And this is my interpretation...I had to swap out pants for jeans, because of work, but the stripe/plaid combo was a new one for me. :) Not the best photo, but my 5-year old photographer is pretty sweet, so I don't mind.

Striped sweater: Christopher and Banks, Plaid shirt: Sonoma via Goodwill, Trouser jeans: Worthington via Goodwill, Bracelet: Avon, Boots: Payless

T…

February Giveaway

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I'm so excited about this giveaway! You can see a picture of everything that you will get above! The winner will receive a Prayer Journal from Integrity Graphics on Etsy, a $5 Starbucks gift card, a set of bird cards, and a little notebook.



I want to tell you a little about my experience with Integrity Graphics. A few months ago, I purchased some prayer journals from Integrity Graphics. I got 2 for graduation presents, and 1 for a birthday present. I was so pleased with the quality of these journals and the designs are so pretty and cheerful. They also can be personalized on the cover and with a message inside.


A couple of weeks ago, Jennifer from Integrity Graphics was looking for some feedback on her Facebook page on a new journal cover design, and was giving away a prayer journal to the winner. I was fortunate to win and decided that I wanted to give my journal away here. So, yes I received the journal for free, but I was not asked to write a review or hold this giveaway - I j…