Showing posts from September, 2014

Book Review: Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions

I received the book Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions: Helping Them Understand Loss, Sin, Tragedies, and Other Hard Topics by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson quite awhile ago. I asked to review this book because I have a 6 year old that asks really tough questions - and I know they will only get harder! I haven't read this entire book cover to cover, but intend to use it as a resource for ideas when needed. I'd like to give an overview of the content of the book even though I have not completely read it yet.

The first thing I noticed as I flipped through this book is that the content is based on the Bible. There are many, many passages of Scripture quoted throughout the text. The book addresses a range of topics including: sin, death, natural disasters, war, and more. Kids hear about these topics at school and on the news, so I know I need to be ready and have ideas on how to answer these questions as they arise. The second thing I really like about this book…

September Clothing Budget

September Clothing Budget by gracenote30 featuring loop scarves Time for another clothing budget post! Right off the bat, I spent around $30 on tanks and other essentials. I don't know about you, but I always procrastinate on buying boring stuff like socks and underwear. I needed to replace some things badly, so I started off with that. I spent more than $50 total because I don't include these essentials in my normal budget.

Floral Maurices ScarfRed Target Infinity ScarfBlack and Brown Striped LOFT TankBlack and White Print Jones New York ShortsMerona Print Dress Total spent at Goodwill: $12.85

2 Pairs Lonna and Lilly EarringsPlaid Merona Scarf Total spent at Target: $18.75

School Tee to wear for Homecoming Total: $5

Total spent in September: $36.60

I love my new scarves and the earrings are getting a lot of wear, too. I actually spent full price for the Merona scarf. It is available online now, and I've updated the photo above with a picture of it!

Fall Style Me Pretty Challenge Sign Up!

Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to post and share about the Fall Style Me Pretty Challenge sign up at Get Your Pretty On. I participated in the Spring Challenge and really enjoyed it. Alison releases a seasonal shopping list first, then uses those pieces in 21 different outfits over the course of the challenge. The pieces are essentially a mini fall capsule wardrobe.

The Spring Challenge was so much fun and a great way to think of new ways to put together my pieces! I actually was finishing up a shopping fast during the Spring Challenge, so I didn't buy too many pieces at all. Most of it involved shopping my own closet and finding different ways to combine these pieces. There is also a wonderful Facebook group for each challenge that you get access to as part of purchasing/signing up for the challenge. This is a great resource for sharing and support from all the ladies participating. I have to say, it is so nice to be a part of this challenge and not have to think about what to …

Fall Capsule: The Pieces

Over the weekend, I did some blog hopping/reading, and came across several posts about others putting together capsule wardrobes. Anne at In Residence is having a link up of several other bloggers that are creating and wearing capsule wardrobes. I've been wearing my capsule pieces since Sept. 1, so I thought I would put together a post about my pieces and showing a few outfits I've been wearing.

Coral TeeLight ChambrayBlack Ruffle TopGray TeeGray Striped TeeSleeveless Tie Snakeskin BlouseNavy and White Striped French Terry 3/4 Sleeve TopBrown and Black LOFT Tank Blue Snakeskin Print Tunic BlousePlaid Button DownAnimal Print ShellPolka Dot Button Down Shirt Bottoms:
Black JeansGray Houndstooth Print PantsBlue Skinny JeansBoyfriend JeansTan Dress PantsOlive JeansTeal Green Skinny JeansMaroon KhakisBlack SkirtAbstract Animal Print Maxi SkirtStraight Leg Jeans Dresses:
Black and White Striped DressGray Maxi DressBlack Short Sleeve Dress Completer Pieces:
Rust Colored CardiganDen…

Favorite Things This Week: Vol. 3

I've been enjoying this weekly favorites post. It's been good for me - I get a chance to focus throughout the week on the positives that come my way. So here we go with three of my favorites from this week!

1. Seems like a lot of my favorites lately deal with flowers. :) I do love flowers, so this makes sense. This week, my daughter started her dance classes. On Monday, she tumbles at one location and then has jazz at another location. As we were driving to the second class, we found this awesome free cutting garden! It was so fun, I took my mom back there the following day. It was still fun, but the sand sucked my foot and sandal down into the mud! It wasn't even wet. She got a bunch of sunflowers, so was very happy. :)

2. I have been working on some new ideas for my library programs. This week, I made some fun smelling bottles for a five senses science program I have coming up. My daughter tested them out for me and said they were pretty neat. :) I also made a couple of…

What I Wore: Late Summer and Early Fall Capsule

I've been so inspired by capsule wardrobes lately, I decided to put together one for late summer and early fall. I haven't actually picked all my pieces, but I am aiming for 20-30 total pieces (not including shoes and accessories), and hoping to wear them for the next month to 6 weeks. So far, I have worn 12 different pieces. I have a pretty good idea about others that I want to include, but I am trying to be flexible.

This week was by far the hottest of the entire summer. It has started out cooler in the mornings, so I've needed jackets and cardigans for the morning and in the air conditioning at work. I got a lot of wear out of a few sleeveless tops and my skirts and dresses this week. Here are a few looks from this past week.

Black Ruffle Sleeveless Top + Black Tiered Skirt + Bronze Flat Sandals

Gray and White Striped Tee + Dark Khaki Pants + Rust Cardigan + Leopard Flats

Striped Dress + Cobalt Blazer + Black Flats

Striped Dress + Bronze Flat Sandals

Snakeskin Print Blo…

Favorite Things This Week: Vol. 2

Another week finished! It was a short one - I could definitely get used to 4-day work/school weeks!

Here are my favorites from this week!

1. Field of Sunflowers - We visited this field on Labor Day and it was just gorgeous! So pretty! We all took turns taking photos.

2. This Feather Printable - I also love the story behind it, so take some time to read through some of the previous posts.

3. Porch Decor - I didn't get any photos yet, but I spent $50 today on a few new items for our porch and put up some fall decor. Our Lowe's had some great deals on plant stands, mums, and more, so I really got some good deals. It's been awhile since I've done something like this, so it was fun.

What are your favorites from this week?

I'm linking up to Mom Advice!

Favorite Things This Week: Vol. 1

I've been playing around with a weekly link round up type post for the last month or two. When I came across It's the 3 Little Things at MomAdvice, I thought I might try to link up with a few of my favorites each week!

This was our first week back to school. I love school supplies and all of that good stuff, but I really have a hard time adjusting to the school routine. Plus, I really miss my daughter when she goes back! I am trying to work on my morning routine to make it be more peaceful for all of us, and let's just say this week was definitely an experiment. We did have a fun family night on Wednesday consisting of a backyard obstacle course, ice cream cones, and a bike ride on a new bike trail in our area. Here's hoping that each week gets a little easier.

OK. On to my favorites from this week.

1. Jamberry Nails - I started looking into these to help my daughter with her nail biting. I gave up on polishing my own nails years ago. Too much dry time, they chip too …