Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 2013 Clothing Purchases

April 2013 Clothing Purchases

April 2013 Clothing Purchases by gracenote30 featuring purple scarves

I ended up buying quite a bit this month! Good news is, I got some good deals and purchased a number of things on my list. 

Here's the breakdown:
1. Lauren Conrad Initial Necklace - Kohl's: $1.36
2. Black Dockers Dress Pants - Kohl's: $15.00 (reg $44.00)
3. Gold Hoops - Avon: $2.75
4. Dark Red Kylie Wedge Heels - Payless: $9.59 (reg. $26.99)
5. Black and Navy Wrap Style Dresses - Target: $13.33 (return from online purchase - reg. $24.99 each)
6. Purple Bracelet - Avon: $3.84
7. Orange and Purple Running Tees - Target: $6.40 (reg. $9.99 each, on sale for $6 each minus $3 off coupons)
8. Purple Scarf - Target: $4.77
9. Redeemed Necklace - Dayspring: $5.58 (reg. $16.99)   
10. Black Downeast Basics Skirt, Lilac Merona Tee, Tan Striped Emma James Blazer - thredUp: $2.94 total for all three items*

April Total: $68.41

*I first used thredUp a month or two ago for my daughter. Basically, it is like an online consignment shop - you can buy and sell. I was really pleased with the items I got for my daughter. They had announced that a Women's shop was opening soon and yesterday was the day! I had $30 in referral credits, so I was able to get all three items above for the cost of shipping. There are some things about the site that I don't love - it takes a long time to navigate through the items and they don't list material, washing instructions, inseams, etc. With the promotions, I have gotten some great deals, though and am hopeful these items will work for me. If you want to sign up, here is my referral link. You get $10 off your first order (and it looks like there is a free shipping code for a first order - I think you can combine the two.) and I will earn $10 toward a future order.

I'm excited I got several items from my list this month. I'm thinking about trying to mainly thrift in May - Goodwill and garage sales. I have a $20 gift certificate to our Goodwill from participating in March madness. The exception would be shoes. I am looking for boat shoes. I thought about these metallic ones (they're out of my size now), but don't know if I should hold out for Sperry's. What do you think?

I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers at Franish! 

Spring Color Challenge Day 2: African Violet


Here's day 2 of the Spring Color Challenge! Purple is one of my favorite colors to wear, but I found that I don't have many items in this softer, cooler toned lilac. I would love to get a t-shirt or cardigan in this shade. I think I would wear it often and it would work well with other items in my wardrobe.

 This is not a great photo, but that is what happens when I wait until after 10:00 to take an outfit pic. :) My eyes have been bothering me (allergies), so I'm wearing my glasses, too.

Shirt: JCPenney, Scarf: Gift from mother in law (old), Ankle pants: Target, Peep toe wedges: Payless
I also pulled out a cute pair of chandelier earrings that I haven't worn in awhile to wear with this outfit.

I wore this to church on Sunday. The blouse has shades of purple including the lighter lilac shade.
Grey pants: Penney's, Blouse: WalMart (old - cost $3), Scarf: Mark, Hoops: Avon, Wedges: Payless (finally found a pair of these in my size for $9!)

I also got a pretty new lilac bangle bracelet that I am looking forward to wearing!

For more colorful inspiration, check out Literate and Stylish!

I'm also linking up with:

Monday, April 29, 2013

Spring Color Challenge Day 1: Emerald


Last week, Heidi over at Literate and Stylish posted about a challenge and link up she and Marissa from The Modern Austen are hosting this week! It is a Spring Color Challenge and each day will showcase a different color from Pantone's spring colors. This was perfect timing for me as I have been in a bit of a rut and it has challenged me to look through and see what I have in different, brighter colors!

Today's color is emerald. It is probably the easiest one for me because I love green! I thought I'd include this one with my helper in the background. Her outfits are always more colorful than mine. :)


Navy Dress: Target (got this for $6.26!), Cardigan: Kohl's, Necklace and Earrings: Elder Beerman, Boots: Target

Her dress: Carter's via Elder Beerman, Rain boots: Payless, Jacket: Lands' End

You can see other ways I've worn green here, here, and here.

Check out all the other colorful inspiration at Literate and Stylish!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Coffee Date: First Video!

I've been wanting to try putting a video up on the blog after seeing lots of others, so here is my first one! There are definitely some glitches - the sound cuts out at the end and you can hear some giggles from my assistant. My little miss did get to make her own video after mine was done. :) I'm just sharing a little about my week and would like to hear about your week, too!




If you're interested in the Spring Color Challenge, you can check it out at Literate and Stylish and The Modern Austen.

And here's the song I mentioned:


I'd love to hear about your Friday and what your weekend plans are!

I'm linking up to Coffee Date Friday at Rags to Stitches.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Book Review: Revealing Jesus: A 365-Day Devotional

 

Revealing Jesus: A 365-Day Devotional is by Christian praise and worship artist Darlene Zschech. As a long time fan of Darlene Zschech's music, I was very excited to get a chance to read and review this devotional book. First of all, the book is really beautiful. It is hard cover and there is a green and gold color scheme that is carried out throughout the entire book. The book opens with a forward from the author describing the background for the devotional. In addition, it explains that there is a companion CD of the same name with songs that are intended to fulfill the same mission as the book. You can read more about Revealing Jesus at the web site.


Each devotion includes a date and title, a relevant Bible verse, devotional thoughts, and a short final prayer. The devotions are one page long. At the beginning of each month, there is a 2-page spread with art, a statement of what Jesus is or does, and hymn or song lyrics that underscore the attribute of Jesus. For example, in April, the statement is, "Jesus is the Holy One of God. He alone is Holy" along with handwritten words from the hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy". A few of the devotions simply include the hymn lyrics as the meditation portion along with a Bible verse and prayer.

As a musician, I love this devotional. The words from hymns stick with me and often come to me at times when I need them. I spent many nights singing hymns to my sweet daughter when she was awake or crying. I like how practical these devotions are. The author takes the verses and explains and applies them to our daily lives. The devotion for today (April 25) was all about worry - and it was exactly what I needed today. Many devotions also address the concept and topic of worship.

The end of the book includes lyrics to Darlene Zschech's song "Victor's Crown". I've included the song below for you to watch and listen to.


I did receive a copy of this devotional from Bethany House; all opinions are my own.

Recipe: Gluten Free Oatmeal Spice Muffins


I was so excited to see a recipe for Gluten-Free Oatmeal Spice Muffins show up on Money Saving Mom last week. My mom cannot eat anything with wheat and she also cannot eat anything with dairy. She is so good about eating only the foods that are allowed, but it bothers me when she can't eat the foods the rest of us eat, which is most of the time.

I am always on the look out for baked goods that are gluten and dairy free, especially ones that use common ingredients. I know she misses eating bread and cake and cookies, and gluten free flours taste very different than traditional flour in baking, so the baked goods taste really different as well.

With a few tweaks, this recipe worked wonderfully and didn't require me to purchase too many ingredients. We made a half batch this time to see how we liked them. Here are the changes I made:
  • I used both white and brown sugar and added a bit more than the recipe called for. :)
  • I substituted orange juice for milk. She does use rice milk, and that would have worked as well, but since we didn't have rice milk, the orange juice was a good alternative.
  • I added cinnamon instead of nutmeg.
  • I left out the orange peel.
  • The margarine she can eat is the Fleischmann's Unsalted Stick Margarine, so I used that for the melted margarine on the top. 
The result was a really yummy muffin that doesn't taste different from other baked goods. My daughter and husband loved them when we tested them out first.

How do you deal with family members that have food allergies or restrictions?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What I Wore: Stripes

I have a few casual looks to share this week. Lots of stripes and scarves! It's still been chilly here, but the weather is getting a bit warmer and we are having a little more sun, which is awesome. :)

I wore this outfit to church on Sunday. We were taking care of the nursery kids, so I wanted something comfy. After church and lunch, we went to a playground by the beach (It was freezing!! Such cold wind!), the library, and Goodwill.
Skinny jeans: Penney's, Striped shirt: Christopher and Banks, Boots and scarf: Target

   
I changed into this outfit after work last week. I only worked a couple of hours in the morning, so I decided I wanted to be a little less dressy for the afternoon when I was home with my daughter and choir practice at church.
Jeans: Lands' End (refashioned by me), Shirt: Kohl's, Scarf: Mark (grey and white striped), Flats: Target, Hoops: Avon


This was my Monday outfit. Errands, dentist appointment, dance class, etc.
Jeans: Gap (via Goodwill), Striped Tee: Meijer, Scarf: WalMart, Flats: Target

I'm linking up!


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Monday, April 22, 2013

Skincare Favorites

Skincare Favorites

Skincare Favorites by gracenote30 featuring avon beauty products

I have very sensitive skin, so over the years, it has consistently been difficult to figure out what products to use that will not irritate my skin and make other skin issues worse. I've settled on a very simple skincare routine as you can see above

1. I wash with Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin in the morning and evening. I am crossing my fingers that this doesn't get discontinued or reformulated. I have used this for many years.

2. In the last year, I decided to add a product that addresses a few age-related skincare issues that I have been facing. Since I sell Avon, I use many of their products because they are easy for me to get and try, and products can be returned if they do not work the way you'd like. This Reversalist Renewal Serum is a really nice product. I use it at night before bed. It is pricy ($34 regular price), but is on sale fairly often and lasts a long time - approximately. 2-3 months. (This is not an affiliate link, just a direct link to the product on Avon's web site.)

3. The last thing I use is this Eucerin Daily Protection Lotion with SPF 30 each morning. Our family has a history of skin cancer, plus I am very fair, so I know this is an essential product for me to use.  This lotion is moisturizing but not greasy and doesn't break me out. It absorbs quickly, too, which is nice when applying makeup afterwards.

I've thought about adding an eye cream, but haven't looked too much for one. Simple is definitely best for me. What skincare products do you use regularly?  

I'm linking up!

 
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Book Review: Swept Away

Swept Away by Mary Connealy is the first book in the Trouble in Texas series. Set 1868, Ruthy MacNeil is traveling west with her adoptive family in a wagon train. She's desperate to escape from this family that has never treated her kindly and is planning her way out when the wagons are suddenly swept away in a torrent of water while trying to cross a river. Ruthy is the only one to survive. She's found on dry land after the incident by Luke Stone, a man heading back to reclaim his home that was unjustly taken from him - and just like that, Ruthy is a part of Luke's mission as well. Their partnership is definitely unexpected but works surprisingly well.

This book is full of adventure and suspense while still remaining enjoyable and witty. In addition to Luke and Ruthy, the reader is introduced to a full cast of characters, many of whom are friends of Luke's from their time together at Andersonville Prison after the Civil War. The characters are interesting and complex and their interactions along with the action of the novel make this a fast-paced read. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys action-packed historical fiction with just a touch of romance.

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


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What I Wore: Flats and Jewelry

I only got a couple of outfit pictures over this last week and they are pretty similar - button down shirt, pants, flats, and some fun jewelry! Some days I only have to work a little bit and so I try to choose a dressy casual outfit that is comfy for being at home also and both of these outfits fit the bill!

 Chambray shirt: Kohl's, Coral crops: KMart, Shoes: Payless, Necklace: Mark, Bracelet: Brazil

Pants: Old Navy (Goodwill), White button down: Lands' End, Leopard flats: Payless
Necklace: Dayspring Redeemed Collection - I just got this and it was a fabulous deal and so pretty. It has a great Bible verse engraved on the back. Highly recommend.

Bracelet: Shabby Apple - Several months ago, Shabby Apple ran a free necklace promotion. I never received the necklace, so I followed up with them and found out there had been a problem receiving the emails during the promotion. They had a place to send another email and once I did, they sent me this bracelet instead of the necklace. It's a great bracelet and the mixed metals match a lot of things! Very impressed with their customer service!!


This was my fun find today! I was at Kohl's and this necklace was sitting in with the wallets - for only $1.60! Plus I had 20% off! So this sweet little initial necklace came home with me. :) My daughter thought I should have gotten "M" for mom instead of "C" for Carly. :)

What's your favorite comfy/dressy outfit? Any great deals on clothing or accessories lately? Leave me a comment; I'd love to hear from you!

I'm linking up!

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Shop Update and Special


We are currently running a special on tea wallets in our shop! Choose any 3 for $15 (regular $5.75 each). Tea wallets would be a great Mothers' Day or teacher gift.

If you'd like a custom order for Mothers' Day, please contact us via email or Etsy convo. We love working with people to create items from the fabrics of their choice.

We have been listing new items in the shop daily including new fabric and patterns. I have a few of our popular scrap bundles photographed and ready to list in the next couple days as well.

For the remainder of April and all of May, 10% of all sales will be donated to UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR is often among first responders to a variety of situations, so we hope that this donation can help some of the recent tragedies, even if it is only a little.

Like the rest of the country, we are so burdened with what has happened in Boston as well as the recent earthquake in Iran and will be praying for these people and situations.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Faith, Family, and Frugality is on Facebook!



This weekend, I made some changes to our CJ's Craft Corner Facebook page and it's been converted to a Facebook page for Faith, Family, and Frugality!

I will still be posting shop updates and specials as well as blog posts, projects, and more.

I would love it if you could stop over and like the new page! Leave me a comment on the wall and I will do my best to respond!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

thredUP: My Experience


A few weeks ago, there was a great promo for a discount at thredUP, an online kid's consignment shop with tons of great brands. With the promo code, I was able to get 3 pieces for my daughter for under $5 including shipping. The skirt and tshirt pictured are Gymboree and were new with tags. The shorts were also Gymboree and even though they did not have their tags, they are in beautiful condition - they look brand new!

I love that you can search the site by size, brand, type of clothing, etc. There are lots of items available, so adding these parameters helps to narrow your search down. It is awesome that you know what pieces are new with tags as well. The prices are higher than a garage sale or a thrift store would be, but the quality and brands are generally nicer and it is easier to browse through things than at a regular store.

The link above is my referral link - get $10 off your first order and I earn $10 as well.

I am also really excited that thredUP will be launching a women's shop soon! Use this link to sign up for the women's boutique email list. This is also my referral link and I can earn $5 for each person that signs up through my link. You can also get a referral link to share with friends to earn $5 for each person that signs up through your link!

Have you ever used thredUP before? What was your experience?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What I Wore: Sunshine

We are finally enjoying sunshine and gradually warmer temperatures! It's been so nice to get outside to run.

I am glad to be back to some shopping and thrifting. I found a really cute pair of slim fit, dark wash Gap jeans at Goodwill last week, so I have been enjoying wearing those. I also love my colorful bracelet that a friend brought home from a street vendor when she visited her in-laws in Brazil.

Here are some of this week's outfits!

Skirt: Mossimo, Shirt: Meijer, Scarf: Kohl's, Boots: Target, Bracelet: Elder-Beerman

Oxford shirt: Penney's, Jeans: Gap via Goodwill, Scarf: Kohl's, Flats: Target, Bracelet: Gift from a friend who purchased in Brazil

I tied my scarf a new way for this look - tutorial can be found here.

Shirt: Target, Scarf: Mark (Avon), Coral Crops: KMart, Flats: Payless, Earrings: Avon, Bracelet: Gift from Brazil

 Striped Sweater: Christoper and Banks, Jeans: Gap via Goodwill, Scarf: Target, Shoes: Payless

I'm linking up!

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Dress for the Day at Dear Abby Leigh

Casual Friday at Two Thirty Five Designs

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Show and Tell Tuesday: Doll Dress

 
My daughter has been asking me to make her doll some new clothes. My parents got her an 18" doll from Kohl's at Christmas, so I started looking for doll clothing tutorials on Pinterest. You can see some of what I found on my Doll Clothes Pinterest board.


I decided to make this cute, simple peasant dress using a tutorial and (free) pattern from Simple Simon and Company. It took around an hour to make, which thrilled me, and she was pleased, too. Now she wants some new leggings and a tutu for her doll, too. :)
You can see the pillows I finished up a few weeks ago in this picture.

Our cat Ella decided she needed to be in a picture, too. :)


I'm linking up!

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Denim Refashion: Bootcut to Boyfriend

Boyfriend jeans are on my clothing wish list for spring. I looked around on Pinterest quite a bit at different kinds of boyfriend jeans and how they were styled. I think they can look good with flats, fun tennis shoes, sandals, etc.

I decided to take a pair of old Lands' End bootcut jeans that I don't wear too often and refashion them into a pair of boyfriend style jeans. It was a pretty quick and easy project - about 30 minutes from start to finish.

First, here is the before:
 While I had the jeans on, I marked the length I was going to cut off, keeping in mind that there would be a cuff as well that would make the finished jeans a bit shorter.

 I used chalk to draw a cut line on both sides of the jeans.



 I cut off 3" on this pair.

Next I decided how much I wanted to fold up for the cuffs. These have 1 1/2" cuffs.

  I used the iron to press the cuff into place. I folded the it twice so there were no raw edges.


Once the cuffs were pressed, I sewed the cuffs on both sides, once on each side of the seam. I used a denim needle for this project - it's a lot of layers!

Here are the finished jeans!


Have you ever refashioned a piece of clothing? I've been debating dyeing a pair of purple skinny jeans black next - what do you think? Have you ever dyed clothing?

I'm linking up!

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tea Cups





I inherited these tea cups from my grandparents and wanted a cute way to display them. I went hunting for ideas on Pinterest, and saw some display racks. I found this one on Ebay, and I am so pleased that we can see and enjoy these pretty tea cups in our kitchen.

 

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