Friday, March 27, 2015

March Clothing Budget

Time for another budget roundup! At the end of February, I won a $50 gift card from Ma Nouvelle Mode and Still Being Molly for participating in their 7x7 Remix. So this month, I had $100 total to spend on clothes. I also had quite a few promo gift cards from Kohl's and Old Navy that I used toward some different purchases. Here's what I bought this month!

March Budget

  • Orange bib necklace (seen here) - Free by using $5 GC
  • Purple and gold bracelet - $0.21 after $5 GC
  • Cropped Sonoma khakis and Gold LC earrings - $10.03
  • Undergarments - $9.70
  • Black Liz Claiborne coat - $22.41
  • Black sunglasses and tan cardigan - $12.76
Old Navy
  • Tank tops - Purchased with ON rewards cash
  • Leopard print Aerosoles sandals (seen here) - $4.58
  • Purple print Merona dress (worn here) - $2.83
  • Anchor print cropped Old Navy pants (seen here) - $4.58
  • Olive Christopher and Banks vest (seen here) - $4.58
The Root Collective
  • Navy, gray, and cream woven scarf (worn here) - $15.60
I Am Just One 
 Total spent: $99.33

Let's see...the khakis, black sunglasses, and tan cardigan were all replacement pieces for things that had worn out. I finally got some new tanks and underwear. For whatever reason, I don't like to spend money of these things, but I really needed them. I have gotten far too much wear out of the black winter coat already. I love it and it's still been pretty cold here in Ohio, so I've needed it. Thrifting has also continued to be good to me. :) I was excited to find the print pants, olive vest, sandals, and purple dress.

I think I am most pleased that I did a lot of research on ethical companies and those that give back or partner with small businesses in economically disadvantaged areas and I finally made some purchases from these companies! I am excited to know more about the stories behind these pieces and have a list of other places I'd like to purchase from in the future. The Root Collective scarf I bought is absolutely beautiful and I also bought a second one to give as a gift. Plus, their shoes are just lovely and so stylish! The bracelet from I Am Just One was created by women in Kenya and I love knowing where it was made. I also became a style ambassador for Elegantees (use code CARLY for free shipping on any order) and am planning some of my future months' purchases from there. The shirts, skirts, and dresses from Elegantees are sewn by victims of human trafficking. (Just to clarify, I'm spending my own money at these places.) Check out my Purchase with Purpose Pinterest board for some of my ideas.

I'm linking up to Budgeting Bloggers at Franish!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Colored Pants for Spring

Colored Pants for Spring (Under $30)!

I was so inspired by the post today from Alison at Get Your Pretty On that I did some online shopping for dressier colored pants for spring. since I can't wear jeans to work. I found all these options for under $30! I may order the jade green ones in the lower right hand corner. Which color is your favorite?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March Goals

I've been reading about and writing goals for awhile now. I always, always have many more ideas that I don't write down - and some of them do still get done. I try to keep my goals simple, basic, and attainable, otherwise I lose focus. Right now, we're going through a challenging season in life as my dad is going through radiation on his throat for thyroid cancer. He had a second surgery for the cancer in January (his first was last January) and this time he had to have a tumor removed from the trachea and his trachea reconstructed. Now he is starting on radiation (5 treatments down, 28 to go!). So my goals are focused on simplifying and streamlining and minimizing stress right now. I also don't usually include work goals (I'm a youth services librarian.), but there's lots going on there as we go through a remodeling project, new leadership, and planning for summer reading.

Here are my March goals:
  • Exercise 26 times
  • Run 6 times
  • Read 60 chapters of the New Testament 
  • Make 1 item to sell in the Etsy shop
  • Sew 2 apparel items
  • Read 5 books
  • Bake something
  • Family and couple time
  • Taxes
  • Read aloud 1book to Annaliese (I'm thinking The Cricket in Times Square.)
  • Research and buy a new computer
Most of these goals are fairly automatic for me, especially the exercise and reading. I really want to try making myself some clothing that I can add to my current wardrobe and really wear. There is an online event called Me May Made and I'd love to have enough handmade clothing items to be able to participate this year. Our Joann Fabric store is moving to a new location and they sold off a ton of fabric for 90% off. I got some great apparel fabrics for very little money, so I am looking forward to using this fabric to create some wearable garments!

Do you have any goals for March? Anything you're looking forward to? I'm linking up to Goals with Grace at The Tiny Twig.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Book Review: Where Trust Lies

When I heard that the book Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan was being released, I was eager to get an opportunity to read and review it. The second book in the Return to the Canadian West series and a companion to the earlier release, Where Courage Calls, the book continues Beth Thatcher's story after she completes her year of teaching in the Canadian West. Beth returns home to her family with many stories to tell and lots to catch up on! She's awaiting the possibility of being asked to return and teach another year and also beginning a long distance courtship with Jarrick, the Canadian Mountie who she's grown to care for. Unexpectedly, she finds herself swept into a whirlwind family vacation aboard a steamship. As Beth and her family travel along the coast of Canada and the United States, she adjusts to new relationships with her mother and sisters and encounters a variety of new situations - all the while keeping her teaching and Jarrick close in her heart and mind.

This book was obviously very different from the first novel in terms of the setting and characters. The reader experienced more interactions between Beth and her family. Beth also spent quite a bit of time trying to live her life in the present, not wishing to be somewhere else with somewhere else. The book ended with an extremely serious situation that caused Beth and her family a great deal of anguish and soul searching. I appreciated this book and how it continued to develop Beth's character. I have to say I am hoping that Beth chooses to return to teaching (and Jarrick) and am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

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

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