Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Clothing Budget

Another month finished - time for my November clothing budget round up! I did some thrifting this month, found a winter coat, and bought some deals around Black Friday. I also used my Curated By Kelly gift certificate. I got several pieces, but plan to give a few as gifts.


November Clothing Budget


Mossimo Coat: $31.59
Moth Cardigan and American Eagle Shirt: $9.21 (Goodwill, seen here)
Black Denizen Skinnies: $17.11 (Target)
Curated By Kelly Necklace: Gift Card
Pink and Leopard Scarf: $1.60 (Goodwill)
Gray Boots: $14.58 (Payless)

Not pictured:
Gap Trouser Jeans: $5.68 (Goodwill)
Elle Dress: $2.84 (Goodwill, seen here)
Earrings from Meijer: $1.61

Total Spent: $84.22

My budget is $50 a month, so I did go over, but the coat was almost half of what I spent. The money for the coat actually came out of a separate fund I have for things that I've sold on Ebay, Etsy, Amazon, etc. So taking that into account, my total was $52.63 for November. I haven't seen the boots yet, so I don't know if they will fit or not, plus I am still deciding on the black skinnies, but I'm pretty sure I am keeping those. :)

Between my birthday (today) and Christmas, I am not planning to do much shopping in December. I am on the lookout for shoes/boots and I might make a couple trips to Goodwill as well. I may share my clothing related birthday items sometime next week. I already got some cute boot socks and a pair of plaid flannel PJ's.

I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers at Franish.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday Weekend Special!

It's here! The biggest shopping weekend of the year! We've been stocking CJ's Craft Corner with lots of items that would make great Christmas gifts! Shop with us this weekend enjoy 15% off any order with coupon code HANDMADE15.

 
 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

What I Wore: Thanksgiving Outfit

I didn't get a photo of any outfits this week, but I did create a Polyvore set that is similar to what I'm wearing today. It is very cold here, so I'm wearing some cozy layers!

Thankgiving Outfit


 
My pieces: Pink Skinnies: Penney's (old), Black Sweater: Kohl's (last year), Black Long Sleeve Tee: Merona, Earrings: Groopdealz, Boots: Target, Scarf: Thrifted ($1.60!)
 
I just found the scarf at Goodwill yesterday and couldn't wait to wear it!
 
What is your Thanksgiving outfit like? Do you dress up for dinner or stick with something casual?
 
I'm linking up!
 
 
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Grateful Swap

Happy Thanksgiving! Recently, I participated in a "Grateful Swap" hosted by Monica at the Homespun Heart and Carrie at With All That I've Been Given. I participated in two swaps hosted by these ladies back in 2009 (!) and had such fun I decided to participate in this one.

I was paired with Carrie and I've really enjoyed reading her blog and emailing her over the past couple of weeks. I had a great time selecting items for the shoebox I sent out and I got the most thoughtful box full of fun goodies from Carrie!

 
Carrie included a fun mix of Thanksgiving and Christmas items, as well as a very sweet note. My box contained:
  •  A framed piece of "grateful" art
  • A Nativity mousepad
  • A gratitude journal
  • A listpad
  • Cozy socks
  • Blank cards for creating
  • An orange plaid napkin/towel
  • Chex mix seasoning
  • Floating pumpkin candles
  • A pumpkin candy dish
  • Christmas napkins
  • Mulling spices
  • Pumpkin butter
  • Christmas cupcake liners
  • A pumpkin spice candle
This was such a fun swap and a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Thank you, Carrie!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thoughtful Shopping

I've posted a few times over the last year about how I've been trying to determine how to be more aware of where I shop and the conditions in the factories. One of the reasons I buy secondhand is in an effort to be a good steward of my finances as well as to think about the environmental aspect of my purchases. My recent purchase from Elegantees is a baby step toward trying to purchase from more ethical companies.

I've done some research over the last couple years, but have found trying to find ethical sources of clothing to be kind of difficult, especially on my budget. Over the last few weeks, I've read 3 wonderful posts that help to bring a bit of clarity to this topic, so I want to share them with you!

Shopping With Ethics :: A 5 Step Guide from The Tiny Twig

How to Shop Ethically from The Art of Simple

and also check out

The Art of Simple's Ethical Shopping Guide

Shop for a Cause This Season from Greater Than Rubies

For Christmas this year, we are looking at buying from local businesses, shopping handmade, and perhaps even buying some items from places that benefit others a bit more directly.

So far, I've picked up some handmade lip balms from Symbolic Imports on Etsy. They smell so amazing! There was a great special for the shop last week for Saturday Night Specials - check it out each week for new coupon codes and specials.

The whole process is still kind of overwhelming for me, but these guides are encouraging and give me a place to start. I'm excited that an easily accessible company like Hanes is on the Ethical Shopping Guide.

So tell me, is shopping ethically something on your radar? Any suggestions for places to shop?

I'm linking up!

still being [molly]

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What I Wore: Color

I haven't been buying a ton of new things lately. My birthday is at the end of the month, plus Christmas is around the corner, too, so I'm trying to remix what I have. I do have a wish list of course, but I feel like my wardrobe is in a pretty good place right now, which is fun! Here are a couple of outfits from the past week. 
 

Moth Cardigan: Anthropologie (Goodwill), Tee: Target, Cords: Ann Taylor LOFT (Goodwill), Necklace: Gift, Boots: Target

This cardigan is a recent thrifted find. I love it!


Lace Tee: Old Navy, Oxford: JCPenney, Pants: Target, Necklace: Avon, Boots: Target

Believe it or not, this is the first time I've layered a button down under a long sleeve tee. It was a nice change of pace from adding a cardigan, and very comfortable. Sometimes sweaters + button downs are too warm, but this was just right!

I'm linking up!

Remix Rewear Restyle at Greater Than Rubies

I Feel Pretty at Get Your Pretty On

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Craft Show

We haven't done a local craft show in many years. We used to participate in one with my grandparents in their hometown. It was a Saturday after Thanksgiving tradition. My grandpa did the most beautiful stained glass and my grandma sewed.

When our church announced we were holding a craft and vendor show, we decided to participate. Here are some pictures of our display.


Our whole table


Car trash bags - these sold really well for us.

 

Pouches, cozies, and tea wallets - we almost sold out of tea wallets!


The key fobs are something new I made. I have a few left over, so if you'd like one as a gift, they are $3 plus shipping. Send me an email if you are interested!


A selection of bins and some placemats

Overall, it was a fun day. I picked up some great smelling candles for $3 each as gifts. I've been burning the cinnamon sugar one since getting home last night.

Have your participated in or visited a craft show lately? Are you buying any handmade gifts this Christmas? Leave me a comment with some online shop suggestions - I'm still shopping!

still being [molly]

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Influenster Rose VoxBox Review

A few months ago, I joined Influenster and got a chance to review Colgate Total Mouthwash. I was excited to be notified recently that I would be getting the Rose VoxBox with several new items to test and review.

Here's what was inside the Rose VoxBox.

 
 
The products I received are:
  • belVita Breakfast Biscuits in Blueberry
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara
  • Dr. Scholl's Cozy Cushions
  • Kiss Gradation Polish Kit
  • Vitabath Hydrating Lotion in Pomegranate and Blood Orange
  • Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffle
I've gotten a chance to try most of the products, and here's what I thought of them!

My mid-afternoon snack last week. :)

belVita Breakfast Biscuits in Blueberry: I wasn't sure if I'd like these after looking at them in the package, but I was pleasantly surprised! They are very thin and crunchy, but taste like a cookie. I really like that they don't have high fructose corn syrup and have whole grains. I've been eating them as an afternoon snack with some tea. I liked these so well, that I just bought another flavor. My daughter likes them, too, so I'm hopeful she will eat them for breakfast before school!

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara: Unfortunately, I can't wear mascara, so I'm not able to test this product out, but I think it looks like a great product! The mascara brush is hourglass shaped and the product gives bold lashes. I plan to gift this to a friend.

Dr. Scholl's Cozy Cushions: These cushions are so soft! I can't wait to put them in my boots for the wet and snowy midwestern winter in my future!

Kiss Gradation Polish Kit: I received this product in Film Noir - a smoky, glittery silver and black combo. My daughter got a manicure with this product already. The instructions on the package are very detailed and clear and the end result is a neat ombre effect with glitter at the tips. This will be awesome for holiday manicures!

Vitabath Hydrating Lotion in Pomegranate and Blood Orange: I love fruit scented products, so I was pretty excited to try this lotion. It smells amazing and absorbs quickly - I didn't find it be greasy, which is always nice. This will be a wonderful product to keep dry skin at bay this winter.

Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffle: This was not my first experience with these truffles. They are so yummy! I think they always look so festive in their shiny wrappers. They would make a great Christmas gift or an addition to a bag or basket of goodies.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

Have you tried any of these products? Any favorites?


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What I Wore: Layers

We woke up to snow this morning! It's been much cooler lately, so I've been wearing lots of layers.

 
Cardigan: Kohl's, Scarf: Aleks Handmade, Jeans: Gap (Goodwill), Shirt: Elegantees (love it!!), Boots: Target
 

Sweater: Target, Shirt: Old Navy (Garage Sale), Jeans: Elle (Garage Sale), Necklace: Avon, Boots: Target


Vest: Elder-Beerman


Sweater: Target, Skirt: Target, Scarf: Kohl's, Boots: Target

My attempt at making a summer look more fall/winter appropriate. It was really windy and I had trouble getting a good pic. Inspired by this pin.


Pants: Kohl's, Boots: Payless, Cardigan: Sears, Gingham Shirt: American Eagle (Goodwill)

Yep, that's snow!

I'm linking up!

I Feel Pretty at Get Your Pretty On

Remix, Rewear, Restyle at Greater Than Rubies

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Thrifting + a Target Deal

My husband and I were fortunate to have today off from work together and we got some errands done, plus I got to do a little shopping. I went to Goodwill first and found some beautiful things today from great brands - a Banana Republic skirt, a black and cream Ann Taylor silk sweater, a Moth (Anthropologie) cardigan, and more. There was the cutest Old Navy utility/cargo jacket, but it was a size small. I ended up buying the Moth cardigan and a pink and white gingham American Eagle button down for around $9.00. Pics coming soon!

I also mentioned that I was looking for a new winter coat. I wanted something longer with a hood that is washable. I wear my coat into so many schools and different places for programs I really need to avoid something that needs dry cleaned, which is super hard with winter coats. I saw in the Target ad this week that they were running a sale on winter coats, so after browsing online, I went in to take a look at this grey hooded Merona pea coat that was washable. I really liked it, but ended up getting the Mossimo parka pictured above inside - the Merona coat felt a little too restrictive in my shoulders.

I wanted to share my deal in case any of you are looking for a winter coat! The coat was originally $49.99, on sale this week for $45. There is a Target Cartwheel deal for 20% off selected outwear as well as a $5 off $25 coupon at Target.com. So, the coat started out at $45, I got 20% off ($9), making it $36. Then the $5 off coupon came off and I used my RedCard to get another 5% off. Total price was around $31.50. Not a bad deal!!

It looks like I am going to need the coat tomorrow - snow is predicted tonight!!

How was your day? Any fun things to share? I'd love to hear from you!

I'm linking up!
still being [molly]

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What I Wore: Something Different


 
Dress: Elle (Goodwill), Jacket: Sonoma (Goodwill), Leggings: Meijer, Necklace: Elder-Beerman, Boots: Target
 
I've been on the lookout for a multi-colored dress for quite awhile - something that would go with lots of colors and be wearable in multiple seasons. When I saw this dress at Goodwill for 50% off, I knew I needed to buy it and bring it home. It's more of a shift dress style, so it's pretty loose fitting and it has kind of weird puffy short sleeves that I need to figure out, but today I styled it with a black jacket, leggings, and riding boots. It was so comfortable! I definitely will enjoy wearing it this fall and winter with lots of different jackets and cardigans.
 
I'm linking up!
 
  
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Book Review: An Untamed Heart

An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling is a Christian historical fiction novel set in Norway. For anyone that is a fan of Lauraine Snelling, this book is the prequel to her popular Red River of the North series. This book tells the story of Ingeborg and how she ended up in America and how she ended up married to her husband.

I have read most of the Red River of the North books, and I think having read that series helped me to understand a bit about where An Untamed Heart was going. I enjoyed this book and getting to know Ingeborg more through the story. I feel like Ingeborg's character was developed and explained a great deal through this novel.

Based on the summary on the back of the book, I did expect the story to be a bit different. I thought that it would involve more interactions between Ingeborg and Roald. The reality of their relationship was quite different than I anticipated and their story was actually only a small portion of the novel. Most of the story was devoted to another relationship that Ingeborg had. However, it was a very influential component of Ingeborg's life as a young woman. I won't reveal any more than that, so I don't spoil the story for you. :) I would recommend this book, especially if you are a Lauraine Snelling fan.

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


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Small Home Living: Wrap Up

Well, I made it! 31 days (give or take) about small home living. Thank you to everyone that read and commented! I really enjoyed hearing from you throughout the month.

Now that October is over, I'm ready for a slower pace here on the blog for a bit. We have a craft show in a couple weeks, so I want to get some things finished for that. So if I'm scarce around here, you'll know why.

I hope to get a page up with all the Small Home Living posts and I'll share when that is available. I also have a couple of reviews to do as well.

Thanks so much for joining me on this 31 days journey! Have a great Sunday!

Friday, November 1, 2013

October Clothing Budget

Here we are at the end of another month already! This month, I tried extra hard to be careful and thoughtful about my purchases. I'm pretty happy with what I ended up getting and I thrifted a couple of nice things, too!



October Budget and Purchases

 
 
Crystal Necklace: Avon - $7.00 (worn here)
Polka Dot Jeans: Target - $7.62 (worn every Friday since I bought them)
Aldo Purse: Goodwill - $3.52 (I am loving this bag! Used here)
Mustard Cardigan: Kohl's - $7.50 after Kohl's cash (worn here)
Finally found a mustard cardigan!! This sweater is much more mustard in person and less of the greenish-gold shade it's showing on the web site. See if you can find one in your store to see.
Ice Blue Tee: Elegantees - $10
I've done a lot of research in the last several months and have been trying to find different sources of clothing that are socially responsible. I've been looking at Elegantees for awhile and when they ran free shipping last week, I decided to buy a tee. The shipping was so fast - I received my shirt in 2 days - and the shirt is really pretty and soft. I love the color and think it will go with lots of things. I wore it this week with brown cords and a raspberry cardigan, but didn't get a picture.
Not pictured:
Black and White Button Down: Apt. 9/Goodwill - $2.31
Yellow and Taupe Ruffle Dot Blouse: LOFT/Goodwill - $2.48
 
Total: $40.43
 
In November, I really want to find a nice coat. I have a casual winter coat that isn't my favorite and that is really my only cold weather coat. I want the coat to be washable and a fun color. I will probably need to draw some money from a few other places to have enough for a coat. I'll also be on the lookout for deals after Thanksgiving!

I have a couple of $10 Kohl's promo coupons - one I got in the mail, plus another for my birthday which is this month. I also have a nice amount of credit at thredUp (this is my sign up link which gives you $10 off your first order, plus a $10 credit for me) from a recent bag of items that I sent in, so I am browsing their site for pieces, too. I also still have a $50 credit to Curated By Kelly, so I should be able to get some good items with all my gift cards and credits!
 
I'm linking up to Budgeting Bloggers at Franish
 

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