Tuesday, July 30, 2013

One Piece Many Ways: Floral Chambray

I just bought this floral chambray shirt on final clearance from Maurices for $7.40. When I bought it, I started thinking of all kinds of outfit combinations with the shirt, so I knew I wanted to use it for my One Piece Many Ways post. I actually wore it twice already and then put together a few other future looks using it. It seems as versatile as a regular chambray shirt but the sweet little flowers add another element.

Outfit 1: Floral Chambray + Green Skinnies + Sandals + Colorful Bracelet

Outfit 2: Floral Chambray + Black Full Skirt + Wedge Heels

Here are three more outfit ideas using items I have in my wardrobe!

Floral Chambray Three Ways

Outfit 3: Floral Chambray + Green and Navy Maxi Skirt + Metallic Flats
Outfit 4: Floral Chambray + Shorts + Sandals
Outfit 5: Floral Chambray worn over Navy Dress + Cognac Flats 
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Monday, July 29, 2013

July Budget

Overall, I did well with my budget this month and found some great items at garage sales and Goodwill. It was an odd month in terms of returning things, though. I got a floral maxi dress (Old Navy, new with tags) from ThredUp with credit from items I sold there, but it didn't work for me, so I sold it at Plato's Closet yesterday. Strike 1. I also won $50 gift cards to eShakti and Shabby Apple, so I was excited to pick out some new dresses from each place. The eShakti dress arrived first and just wasn't flattering, so back it went. Strike 2. The Shabby Apple dress was last to arrive. It was super cute and fit well overall, but it was the kind of dress that I felt like if I gained 2 pounds I wasn't going to wear it. That one was final sale, and it is up for sale on Ebay right now. Strike 3.

Sigh. I still have the eShakti credit (not the full amount because I had to pay for return shipping) and am hoping to sell the Shabby Apple dress and use that money toward a new dress, but time will tell. I am a little disappointed, but I do have some good July purchases to share!

July Purchases

1. Mark Great Shapes Necklace - $7.55
2. Chicos Tank and Michael Kors Jeans - $4.08 (after remainder of Goodwill gift card)
3. Bronze White Mountain Hotel Flats - $4.50 (Goodwill)
4. Grey V-Neck Tee - $4.47 (Kohl's)
5. 2 Summer Weight Print Scarves - $2.76 (Originally Target, purchased at Goodwill)
6. Down East Basics Floral Dress - $8.50 (after ThredUp credit)
7. New York and Co Red Cardigan - $1.00 (Garage sale, new with tags)
8. Floral Print Denim Shirt - $7.40 (Maurices)
9. Fossil Small Crossbody Organizer Bag - $5.00 (Garage sale)
10. Avon Earrings - $4.50

Total: $49.76 (Monthly budget is $50)

I've worn the necklace, tank, flats, tee, scarves, cardigan, and denim shirt several times already. They are pieces that work well with what I already have. I still haven't received the dress and am really hoping it works for me! The Fossil bag was a fun garage sale find. It is in really nice shape and I love the color.

Colorful flats and cardigans, neutral skinny pants (olive, tan, and/or black), an olive utility jacket, and a navy and white striped tee shirt are on my list for August. I am sure I will come up with some more items I'd like, but those are my main ones right now. I'm watching the shoe clearance at Target and when it goes to 70% off at our store, I have my eye on some pretty flats!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Influenster Colgate Total Mouthwash VoxBox Review

Recently, I signed up for Influenster, a fun community for sharing opinions on a variety of products and more. Not long after signing up, I was contacted that I was going to receive the Colgate Total Mouthwash VoxBox. I was pretty excited to receive my box and give this product a try!

In the past, I haven't been a big mouthwash user. Most mouthwashes burn and make my eyes water, so using them isn't a very pleasant experience.

I received the Colgate Total Mouthwas in Peppermint Blast to try. The mouthwash packaging explains some of its benefits including:
  • 12-hr protection against germs
  • Freshens breath
  • No burn of alcohol
When I gave the mouthwash a try, I found that it actually didn't burn! I could swish for the recommended amount of time and the product was great to use. It left my mouth feeling fresh and clean. I usually don't prefer peppermint flavor, but I liked the taste of this mouthwash as well. I can definitely see purchasing this mouthwash again and would recommend it!

I received this mouthwash from Influenster to review; all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What I Wore: New Shirt

I didn't get many outfit pictures this week, but decided to share this one because I am excited I finished sewing a new shirt this week. I used the Kirsten Kimono tee pattern again. It is such a nice, simple pattern and has only two pattern pieces to cut! Instead of doing the banded neckline, I finished the neckline, sleeves, and bottom hem by double folding them and stitching. I made the shirt and sleeves a little longer than the first time as well.

This fabric was purchased as a remnant. I got a yard for under $3, so for that price + 2 hours of sewing, I am pleased with the result. The fabric is a black and white print stretchy knit - the kind that doesn't wrinkle up, so I am looking forward to lots of wear from this top. It will pair well with a variety of different bottoms and cardigans.

Black and white top: Handmade, Pants: Target, Necklace: Mark, Flats: Target, Earrings: Avon

I loved the necklace with this top, but didn't love the shoes with the outfit. I can't decide about the pants, either. I think I might try it with plain black dress pants, jeans, or colored pants the next time I wear it.

I'm linking up!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013


My favorite part of my garden this time of year is all of my daylilies. We started planting them 4-5 years ago and I usually choose one or two new ones each year. Plus, they need to be divided every few years, so they continue to take up a growing portion of our summer landscaping. Here are some pictures of my daylilies!


Thanks for taking a walk around our yard with me!
What flowers are blooming in your garden right now?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Scripture Printables

A family member is going through a rough patch right now, so I went looking on Pinterest for some encouraging Bible verse printables to share with her. I found a couple of neat resources that I wanted to pass along to you, as well!

First up, is this set of 4x6 free printables available at French Press Mornings. Each Wednesday, she posts a new verse and printable. These printables are beautiful and are also available in different sizes at her Etsy shop!

Second are these really awesome "love notes" from God - 30 Bible verse cards that specifically address the love that God has for us. They also have a blank line on each card so that you can write a friend or family member's name on each card. They would make a wonderful gift for someone!

Do you have anything that you like to share with friends or family members that are going through hard times? I'd love to hear. Leave me a comment!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What I Wore: July 7X7 Remix

Last Wednesday, I was checking out the What I Wore posts at The Pleated Poppy and discovered that Ma Nouvelle Mode was doing a July 7x7 remix. I loved doing this in June, so decided to give it a try again for July. I was super excited that shoes didn't count this time and chose the following 7 pieces for my remix week:

1. Black patterned blouse (Mossimo)
2. Dark skinny jeans (Elle via garage sale)
3. Black tee (Merona)
4. Black floral skirt (American Living via Goodwill)
5. Olive green patterned skirt (Merona via Goodwill)
6. Rose colored blouse (Worthington via Goodwill)
7. Green skinny jeans (Jennifer Lopez from Kohl's)

Here are my 7 looks using these pieces!

Outfit 1: Black Tee + Green Skinnies + Bronze Flats + Green Patterned Scarf

Outfit 2: Rose Blouse + Olive Patterned Skirt + Brown Sandals + Colorful Necklace

Outfit 3: Black Patterned Blouse + Skinny Jeans + Leopard Flats + Coral Necklace and Bracelet

Outfit 4: Black Tee + Black Floral Skirt + Hot Pink Sandals + Patterned Scarf 
Outfit 5: Rose Blouse + Dark Skinnies + Mustard Flats + Mustard Necklace + Gold Hoops
Outfit 6: Black Patterned Blouse + Olive Patterned Skirt + Bronze Sandals
Outfit 7: Rose Blouse + Green Skinnies + Bronze Flats

I really enjoy doing these challenges for several reasons:
  • I try to pull out and wear at least an item or two that has not been worn much lately. This time, it was the olive print skirt. I am so glad I chose it because it is super comfortable and wearable with lots of other pieces. I can't wait to wear it this fall with boots and tights, too!
  • I'm reminded of the importance of having good basic pieces. The black tee is such a versatile piece and works with everything, so I know I need to be on the look out for a spare.
  • Accessories really change the way an outfit looks. Scarves, necklaces, and shoes are some of my favorites for adding some fun or a different look to an outfit.
  • I get a chance to see what pieces would be good to have in my wardrobe. This time around, I was looking for a neutral print blouse (polka dots, stripes, etc) to wear with some of the bottoms or a graphic tee for a different look. I had trouble finding one I really liked in my wardrobe, so I'm adding these items to my shopping list.
  • With 4 bottoms and 3 tops, it was a lot easier to make a variety of different looks. I still had a few more outfits I wanted to wear!
Have you ever participated in a 7x7 remix? Did you enjoy it? What did you learn?
I've added a Shop My Closet page to the blog and have a few nice items up for sale including a new green and black striped Shabby Apple dress. Check it out!
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a pleasant, relaxing weekend. We did some fun things this weekend, but also tried to rest and relax, too. Last week was pretty hectic - my daughter had Safety Town and both my parents have upcoming (unexpected) surgeries, so we needed a bit of catch up time.

We visited a local festival on Friday evening after dinner at Bob Evans' (using a good coupon). I really enjoyed the strawberry lemonade at dinner and it was a beautiful night to walk around outside. On Saturday, we visited a couple of garage sales and found a couple of things including an Exersaucer for our church nursery and the pretty juice glasses pictured above. I also got a large cork board for a $1 at a garage sale on Friday and I am trying to figure out where I'd like to hang it after I get it fixed up by covering it with fabric. :) We also did the requisite grocery shopping for the week and enjoyed dinner with my parents.

On Sunday, my husband and I both contributed music to our morning service and taught Sunday School. We packed lunch and headed to a local antiques festival in a neighboring town. I was looking for Pyrex - preferably pink - but didn't find any. One of the sweet vendors gifted my daughter with this darling little play typewriter. She loves it. We've been reading the American Girl Kit Kittredge series of books, so she's been pretending to write her newspaper on the typewriter. We also got some delicious Peanut Butter Cup ice cream.

We are also running a Christmas in July special in the shop - 15% off any order with coupon code CIJ15. The discount is good through next Sunday, July 21.

I'm also still participating in the Chippmunk expert shopper contest, so if you have a moment, stop by and vote by clicking on the Love It button!

What did you do during this summer time weekend? Any plans for the week?

I'm linking up!

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Book Review: The Quarryman's Bride

I recently finished reading the book The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson. Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite authors, so I was looking forward to reading this historical fiction novel.

The book begins in St. Cloud, Minnesota in 1886. Emmalyne Knox's family has just experienced a tragic loss and as a result, her father forbids her to marry Tavin MacLachlan despite the fact that their wedding is to take place very soon. Emmalyne honors her father's order and leaves the area with her family without marrying Tavin. The remainder of the novel takes place eleven years later in 1897. Emmalyne has toiled for years to care for her family, but she has never forgotten or stopped loving Tavin. After leaving the St. Cloud area not long after the tragedy, the Knox family moves back to the area in the summer of 1897. Tavin also finds his way back to his childhood home and he and Emmalyne are unexpectedly reunited. Emmalyne continues to honor her father's command, but also begins to fervently pray for her family and their restoration to joy and happiness.

I very much enjoy reading historical fiction books and this one was well-written. I especially appreciated the information woven into the book about how hard people had to work in their jobs and to maintain their homes. Emmalyne honors her parents throughout the book but begins to pray and believe that changes can happen in her family. I found her kind and obedient character in the book extremely endearing. I would definitely recommend this book!

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What I Wore: Thrifted

I've been getting some use out of some newly thrifted pieces and wearing them with some old favorites, too!

Skirt: Banana Republic (Goodwill), Chambray: Kohl's, Sandals: Born, Earrings: Avon, Necklace: Dayspring
This was my 4th of July outfit. Super comfy!

Silky Tank: Chicos (Goodwill), Jeans: Gap (Goodwill), Bronze Flats: White Mountain (Goodwill), Necklace and Earrings: Avon, Bracelet: Shabby Apple

With the exception of jewelry, I realized this outfit is completly thrifted! I wore this for my Sunday in the church nursery.

T-Shirt: Target, Jeans: Elle via garage sale, Sandals: Payless, Scarf: Made by me (any interest in seeing these in the shop?)

If you have a second, I'd love it if you'd stop by and vote for my look in the Chippmunk Expert Shopper contest. Just click on the "Love It" button. Thanks so much!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Simple Frugal Statement Necklace DIY

A couple weeks ago, I was in the mood to make a simple project and I decided I wanted to make some jewelry. I hunted around and came across this tutorial on Pinterest for a simple statement necklace.

I purchased some similar supplies including:
  • Set of large red stones ($2)
  • Set of small bronze beads ($1)
  • Package of jewelry findings that included jump rings, wire, and the necklace clasps ($3.20)
Total cost: $6.20 and the jewelry findings set has enough supplies to make at least 4-5 more necklaces, taking the cost down even more.

Here's my finished necklace! You can see how I wore it here.

I really enjoyed making it and am filing this idea away for future gifts and may even make a few more for myself!

Do you ever make jewelry for yourself? If you have a favorite style or tutorial you've tried, leave me a link in the comments!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Goodwill Shopping: What I Got for Under $25!

I've mentioned several times that I've been shopping at Goodwill using a $20 gift certificate that I received for participating in our local Goodwill stores' March Madness event. I thought it would be fun to show all the items I purchased, how much they cost at Goodwill, and compare it to the retail cost!

First of all, it took me around 2 months to spend the $20. I have become much more selective about what I buy whether it is new or thrifted, so lots of times, I leave the store with nothing. If you are new to shopping Goodwill or other thrift stores, don't get discouraged! It does take patience to find great items and it really helps if you can stop in often. I probably check the stock at one of our local Goodwill stores 3-4 times a month.

Here are my recent finds!

Thrifted Goodwill Finds Under $25

Red and Cream Banana Republic Skirt: $5.63 (retail $95)
212 Collection Snakeskin Bow Blouse: $2.44 (retail approx. $30)
AGB Floral Blouse: $2.44 (retail approx. $30)
Merona Dress: $5.63 (retail approx. $20)
Chicos Print Tank: $2.44 (retail approx. $50)
Michael Kors Dark Jeans: $5.63 (retail approx. $65)

Total: $24.21
Approx. Retail Total: $290

Now granted, the retail prices do not include sale prices - and I always buy things on sale! However, the Goodwill prices represent over a 90% savings on retail prices, which is pretty awesome in my book.

A few tips from my thrifting experience:
  • You'll notice all the tops I purchased were only $2.44. At our stores, the sleeveless tops are priced at $2.29 (plus tax) whereas the short and long-sleeved shirts are $4.29. I find that these sleeveless tops are great on their own in the summer and work perfectly with sweaters, cardigans, and blazers during the other 3 seasons. They are extremely versatile and a great bargain.
  • I often find cute skirts and dresses in wonderful condition from great brands. Don't overlook thrift stores for dressier clothes!
  • Almost all of the jeans in my wardrobe right now are thrifted. There are definitely some dated styles on the racks at Goodwill, but there are also great brands and styles, too. I still like boot cut and trouser cut jeans sometimes and those are more readily available than skinnies, but I have found skinny and straight leg jeans as well. Brands that I have purchased include Gap, DKNY, and Michael Kors.
Have you found anything awesome lately while thrifting? What is your favorite secondhand find?

I'm linking up!

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sewing Inspiration and Motivation

When I saw this idea at Karamat for a visual sewing to-do list, I knew I needed to give it a try. Here's my version. I put it on the inside of one of my sewing cabinet doors. Hoping it leads to some finishes by the end of July. I will check in at the end of the month and let you know!

What's on your sewing and crafting list right now? Any tips to get things done?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What I Wore: In a Rut...

I only got a few of outfit photos this week and only 2 are very good -  I waited until late last night to take yesterday's outfit photo. I feel like I am in a bit of a rut right now. We've had summer colds and are tired and - you know how it goes! It's also been kind of overcast and chilly and rainy here as well.

I do feel glad that it is so much easier for me to get dressed than it used to be because the pieces in my wardrobe work so much better. I'm looking forward to seeing others' outfits today and will be pinning some new summer outfit inspiration!

Striped Tee: Handmade, Scarf: Target, Skinny Jeans: Elle via garage sale, Flats: Payless, Earrings, Avon, Tank: Old Navy

These new skinnies are so comfy. I think I've worn them 3 of the last 7 days.

 Lace Tee: Old Navy, Skirt: Gap via Goodwill, Boat Shoes: Target, Necklace: Handmade (Post coming soon), Tank: Old Navy

After I painted my nails, I decided I needed my outfit to match, so here is a simple patriotic look.

Striped Sweater: Christopher and Banks, Pants: Mossimo, Necklace: Avon, Wedges: Payless

Taken late at night, this was a comfy work outfit from yesterday.

What is your favorite "go-to" outfit when you're feeling uninspired? Pinterest links are great!

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