Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Book Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park

The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen is a mysterious historical fiction novel set in England in the early 1800's. Abigail Foster is the older sister - practical and supportive of her family. She feels tremendous guilt over a unsuccessful financial decision she helped her father make, which causes major monetary problems for their family. In her quest to right this situation, she and her father stumble upon temporary lodging in the form of an abandoned manor home called Pembrooke Park. Nothing can prepare the Fosters for the aura of mystery surrounding Pembrooke Park and the tragic events that occurred there over eighteen years ago.

The setting of this book (both time and place) are wonderful, especially for those that enjoy classic British novels. I found the book full of suspense and intrigue. There were many plot twists and turns. I found many of the revelations in the book to be unexpected. Abigail is a well-developed character and I found her to be both likable and relatable. The book is quite long and I did feel that it moved slowly in some parts as it was setting up various events and situations. If you are a fan of historical fiction with a Christian message, I would recommend this book as an enjoyable choice.

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

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Favorite Thrifted Finds of 2014

2014 was a good year for thrifting! I found some great pieces for my wardrobe, plus some new Pyrex. All of these favorites were from Goodwill or garage sales.

Favorite Thrifted Finds of 2014

In no particular order, here are this year's favorites!
  1. Leopard Flats
  2. Black and White Striped Tee
  3. Floral Shift Dress
  4. Black and White Polka Dot Button Up
  5. Daisy Pyrex Casserole
  6. Cobalt Blue Knit Blazer
  7. JCP Bird Print Button Up (Not pictured)
  8. Apt. 9 Boyfriend Jeans (Not pictured)
  9. LOFT Cropped White Pants
Are you a thrifter? Any favorite secondhand pieces this year?

Friday, December 19, 2014

November Clothing Budget (Really Late!) and a Quick Update

I'm still here! I know it is more than halfway through December, but I wanted to do a quick November budget post so I would have a record of the whole year on here.

My birthday was Nov. 30, so I got a few things for my birthday, bought some things on Black Friday, and had a couple of odds and ends during the earlier part of the month. I'm having trouble getting Polyvore to work, so I will just list this month's budget and expenses.

Mustard Mossimo Cardigan from Target: $5.13
Bird Print Blouse from Goodwill: $4.98
Plaid Mossimo Button Up from Target: $7.00
Plaid Scarf from Charming Charlie: $5.00
Olive Laura Scott Vest from Sears: Birthday money
Blue Sonoma Pants from Ebay: Gift card and birthday money

I also bought a couple of tops from Goodwill without trying them on (always a mistake!) and neither one worked so that was a waste of around $7.00

Total spent in November: $29.11 out of pocket

I am still posting outfit photos on Instagram. That seems to be working better for me convenience wise right now. I'd love it if you'd follow me there and leave me your Instagram name below! I am more or less still working with a capsule wardrobe. Each month, I select around 35 pieces to work with. I sometimes add or subtract items as needed, but overall I stick with my choices. It has been so helpful. It is much easier and less overwhelming when I get dressed each morning, and since the last couple months have been pretty stressful (my dad will be having more surgery in January and it's pretty major), it's been nice to take that (minor) stress off my plate. I find I still like to shop, but I make fewer impulse purchases. This month, I replaced my riding boots, found a solid midi skirt, thrifted a pair of gray cords, and got a cute gray embellished sweatshirt. I think I have a clearer idea of what I like to wear and overall I am picking things that get worn more often.

I have a book review and an Influenster box review coming up soon and soon it will be time for a roundup of December's purchases!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Shop Sale!

I haven't posted in awhile, but am hoping to have my November budget post up this week and possibly even another post or two! We've been busy with Thanksgiving and a large custom order for the shop, plus lots of other things.

I wanted to share the CJ's Craft Corner Cyber Monday sale today! Use the code CYBER14 to get 15% off any order. This code is good through Dec. 2, 2014. We have lots of great gift items available including key fobs, tea wallets, mug rugs, car trash bags, and more. We do take custom orders, but if you'd like something, please contact us soon!

Here are a few of my favorites right now:

Purple Wristlet Key Fob - $3.25

I have one and use it all the time - great when you need your hands free during shopping!

Red, Aqua, and Gray Tea Wallet - $5.75

Carry your tea bags with you in this cute wallet!

Green Mug Rug - $6.50

I snack in front of the computer all the time and I always use a mug rug. This would be a cute gift paired with a mug and a Starbucks gift card.


Floral Car Trash Bag - $7.50

Use a pretty car trash bag to collect loose paper in your car, next to your bed, to corral small items, and more. We hear of people using these for lots of things!

Thanks for looking and happy shopping! If you have a handmade or small business, leave me a link in the comments. I'm always looking for new gift ideas!

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