Friday, February 27, 2015

February Clothing Budget

This month, my goal was to use coupons and gift cards as much as possible. I had a couple $5 Old Navy rewards, a $10 Penney's coupon, some Kohl's cash from the Yes 2 You Rewards program, and a $10 off $25 Payless coupon. I also did a lot of thrifting! I was definitely on a navy and white kick. I also got some fabric because I am going to try and make myself some tees, cardigans, and skirts. I paid for the fabric with some leftover birthday money.

February Purchases and Budget

February Purchases and Budget by gracenote30 featuring petite tops

  • Gray blazer - $4.79
  • Graphic tee - $1.59
Old Navy:
  • Leggings - gift card
  • Peach blouse - $0.57
Applee Jewelry:
  • Hot pink necklace - $7.94
  • American Eagle sandals - $4.86
  • Red scarf - $4.48
Plato's Closet:
Total spent: $48.06
I'm linking up to Budgeting Bloggers at Franish!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Choose Your Own Fabric Car Trash Bags

Happy Sunday! I just wanted to pop in and share about a new listing in the shop that I'm super excited about! We got some beautiful new fabrics for the shop and have added a Choose Your Own Fabric car trash option. Right now we have 14 fabric choices, which you can see below:

 We'd love to make one for you!! Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Book Review: Like a Flower in Bloom

I finished reading Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell a few weeks back and now it's time for a review! Set in England in the mid-1850's, Charlotte is the child of botanist parents and has been permitted to study botany and assist her widowed father in his profession. Suddenly, to Charlotte's surprise and dismay, her uncle suggests she stop assisting her father and officially join "proper society" and pursue marriage and a family. Charlotte has no interest in doing so, but her father insists, and even hires Edward Trimble as his new assistant. Desperate to regain her position at her father's right hand, Charlotte and a friend decide Charlotte should actively pursue matrimony in the hopes her father will miss her so much, he will ask her back immediately. Her plan goes awry, with many twists and turns (sometimes humorous and sometimes mortifying) along her journey.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was different from many of the Christian historical fiction books I read. There was romance, but it wasn't a formulaic love story. Charlotte is completely unaware of any social conventions of the day and has no knowledge of manners, proper dress, etc. Most of the time she is blissfully ignorant of her shortcomings in this area, which results in a variety of misunderstandings. I thought it was wonderful that in spite of her unawareness of societal rules, Charlotte still makes a genuine friend, Miss Templeton, who takes Charlotte under her wing and seems to care about her as a person. The book was obviously well-researched and included a lot of botanical information which would have been more common knowledge during that time frame. I did have some trouble following some of the botany terms and scenarios, but overall it didn't detract from a very good book.

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

Monday, February 2, 2015

Winter Survival: What's Saving Me Right Now

Winter is not my favorite season and it has become increasingly more difficult for me over the years for a variety of reasons - the cold and lack of light being high on the list. I was pleased to discover others posting about similar feelings and the ways they cope with winter over at The Modern Mrs. Darcy.

So February 2 is the halfway point of winter, and I along with others are sharing what's getting us through this winter! Here's my list:

  • Candles - Some days I light one, other days I light 4-5, The light and the scents add warmth and coziness to our home. 
  • Exercise - I need to exercise for so many reasons, but my motivation is extremely low in the winter. I run, but I struggle to change my clothes and get outside this time of year - or even go to the treadmill in the garage. I bought this Leslie Sanson DVD a couple months ago, and it is really working for me. I start out with just 10 minutes, and most of the time, I can get at least 30 minutes in once I get started. It's not running, but it's something at least.
  • School delays - That extra 2 hours is so nice on snowy mornings!
  • Instagram fashion challenges - Having a theme, color, or pattern to try and incorporate makes getting dressed more fun and stretches my creativity. It's also keeping me from getting bored with the same winter layers day in and day out.
  • Monday night pizza night - We've been making homemade pizza on Monday nights, and everyone seems happy about this, plus it's one less decision for me to make.
  • Visits to a new coffee shop - Over the weekend, we visited a new local coffee shop in a town about 10 minutes away for the third time since it opened. So nice and cozy!
  • Thrifting - I've been finding some fun clothes and great brands the past few weeks at my favorite Goodwill in the area. I'm sitting here typing in a mint green cable knit sweater thrifted there a couple weeks ago. I'm also on the lookout for Pyrex, but nothing yet.
How are you getting through winter in your neck of the woods? Check out what others are saying at The Modern Mrs. Darcy!

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