Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What I Wore:Thrifted

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 socks. :)

Have you found any great bargains lately? Leave me a comment - since I'm not shopping, I'll live vicariously through your shopping deals. :)

I'm linking up!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Show and Tell Tuesday: Another Mug Rug

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!


Monday, February 25, 2013

February Budget

February Budget

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 - $12.78
  • Pants: Target - $7.97 (Pictured)
  • Lace Shirt: Kohl's - $4.71 (Pictured)
  • Mustard Blazer: Elder-Beerman - $13.74 (Worn here) 
  • Socks: Target - $6.71
  • Earrings: 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 - $5.21
  • Anorak: 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)
  • Fabric to make purse - $8.00 (This is the Amy Butler fabric I chose.)     
Total spent: $87.20
My monthly goal is $50 and this month I had a little bit extra left from Christmas and from some items I sold on Ebay as well as a purse I returned. I have $50 I put back from my Christmas money that I can use after Easter for a few spring purchases. I'm also hoping to have a bit of extra money to work with from selling a few things on Ebay in the next few weeks.
I'm linking up with Franish for Budgeting Bloggers and


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday School Roundup: Story of the 10 Lepers

 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 things to go along with this lesson.

We used 10 Little People to represent the 10 lepers and the kids liked playing with them, too!

We are looking for a fun DVD of children's Sunday School music to play each week. Any recommendations? Leave me a comment!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Lent Check In: Week 1

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 for the outfit.

4. I'm focusing on other things since I am shopping less. Lots of shopping trips were taking away from the other things I needed to be doing for myself and my family. Instead of shopping the Target clearance racks on Friday night, we did our grocery shopping last week - which made our Saturday a lot more pleasant. Not shopping for clothes has helped to simplify our errands and don't feel like I have as many places that I "have" to go to.

5. I enjoy purchasing other things besides clothes. I am not trying to replace clothes buying with something else at all, but I bought two $1 candles the other day and have been burning and enjoying the raspberry one so much. I probably wouldn't have even looked at candles if I had been focused on clothing!

Not to say that I haven't been tempted...we were at the mall this morning and Elder-Beerman had an amazing $4.99 clearance rack that had the cutest sweater dress and lace top on it that were calling me, but they didn't come home with me. I know there will be more deals when Lent is over, and I am hoping this process helps to reset my mindset about shopping.

Are you doing anything for Lent? Reading a devotional book, giving something up, trying to adopt a new habit? I'd love to hear from you - leave me a comment! :)

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Giveaway on I'm Out on a Limb

Hop on over to I'm Out on a Limb to enter to win a $25 Target gift card!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What I Wore: Cardigans and Jackets

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. :)

I'm linking up with:

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Show and Tell Tuesday: Chairs

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!

I'm linking up!


Monday, February 18, 2013

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 check. I earned $57 last year doing Pinecone surveys. I don't know if they are currently taking new members, but they pay very dependably and quickly.
2. Consignment Store - I tried this in the fall and have mixed feelings about it. I took some girls' clothes and bedding to a local store and I finally got my first check today. I had to have $5 to get a check and I stayed at $4.99 for several months. Today I finally had $9.99 after selling a toddler bedding set. This is much easier than Ebay, but I think I make more with Ebay and more consistently as well.
3. Selling Gold - I have done this at our mall a couple of times. Today I got $6 for a couple of those really, really thin chains that come with pendants that you get at the stores. Several months ago, I sold a gold hoop that I no longer had the match for.
4. Bing Rewards - I found this through Money Saving Mom last fall. I like it better than Swagbucks, because I think it is easy to search and earn a $5 reward each month. Usually I pick an Amazon gift card, but this month I did a $5 Starbucks gift card.
5. Ebay - I have scaled back on this a lot - mostly by buying less, but we just listed a small batch of items this afternoon. I have pretty good luck selling my daughter's clothes on Ebay and usually can make a few dollars on things I no longer wear as well.
6. Ebates - I always forget to shop through Ebates, but we are supposed to have a check coming this month from remembering to shop through Ebates after Christmas!

Do you do anything to earn a bit of extra money? I'd love to hear about them!

Three Stone Necklace Deal

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!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

We've had a fun time with Valentine's Day this year! We got some cute 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 offer codes).

Happy Valentine's Day all! Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What I Wore: Basics and Color

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 color of the scarf!

Cardigan: Kohl's, Earrings: Elder-Beerman, Shirt: Target, Scarf: Avon, Jeans: Mossimo via Goodwill, Boots: Target (pictured above)

Since today is Ash Wednesday, it is day one of my no clothes/accessories shopping fast for Lent. I'll check in and let you all know how I'm doing. Have you ever stopped clothes shopping for any amount of time? I'd love to hear about it - leave me a comment!

I'm linking up!

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And the MoMoMod Style Showcase!

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Show and Tell Tuesday: Mug Rug


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

Clothing Wishlist

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 $13.74
  • Colored skinnies - like the Mossimo ones above
  • Black skinnies - via Kohl's
  • Navy and white striped shirt - found one at Meijer for $12.78
  • Rain boots
  • Spring coat (got plum instead of olive) - found at Kohl's for $10.14
  • Colorful striped shirt - via Kohl's   
  • Solid dress - via Target
  • Print blouse - found at Goodwill for $3
  • Spring cardigan - via Kohl's
  • Oxford, loafer, or boat shoes
  • Floral scarf - via Kohl's
  • Socks - found at Target - $6
  • Layering tanks - found at Meijer for $5.21
  • Lace top - found at Kohl's for $4.71
  • Solid skirt(s) - found a yellow and white Express one (reads solid to me) at Goodwill for $3
Since I decided to go on a clothing/accessory shopping fast for Lent, I spent the first part of February really trying to find things on my list. I managed to cross several things off my list that I hope will be really versatile especially while I'm not shopping! I think the next several weeks will help some of these "wants" to feel less necessary.
Anything on your clothing wishlist right now?

I'm linking up!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Book Review: To Honor and Trust

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 the story seemed almost an afterthought and wasn't as well developed.
My favorite part of this book was the setting - both the island itself and the time period. Through the characters and storyline, the reader gets clear picture of what that time period was like, both the good parts and bad. I also feel that most of us can relate to Callie and her struggle to discern God's direction in her life. Wes is also trying to find the same direction from God. The romance part of the book is also very sweet. 

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Christian historical fiction.

I did receive a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.

*The link to the book above is my affiliate link. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Lent: Give Up or Give Back

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 hoping to do a weekly check in on Friday or each week during Lent as a way for me to be accountable, but I'd love to have you comment or share if you are going to working through a similar journey.

Leave me a comment about anything you will be doing during Lent. If there is enough interest, I might try to host a link up where you can post your stories on your blog during this time.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Valentine Cards

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!

What I Wore: Plaid and Stripes

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:

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

This is another look from this week. Grey pants: Mossimo, Boots: Target, Scarf: Mudd from Kohl's, Black sweater: Sonoma from Kohl's

Do you ever mix patterns? Have you tried The Style Up?

I'm linking up!

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

February Giveaway

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 just thought it would be a really great thing to give away because they are wonderful.

You can see some close ups of the pages throughout this post. The front part has a place to put dates, prayer requests, praises, and a place to write when and how the request was answered. The back part is a lined journal. I love how each page of the journal has a different Bible verse on it.

OK. So here's how to win! Please enter below using Rafflecopter. You can choose to do any or all of the entries, but none are required. The giveaway will be open through 11:59 PM EST next Monday, February 11, 2013. I'll announce a winner by February 15 and get your prize out to you as soon as I can!

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