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I am homeschooling mom of 7 wonderful blessings and wife to my best friend.Baby-Wearing, cloth diapering, pregnancy, natural health and healing and living frugally are some of my other interests. I love to read, write, listen to music, shop second hand, photography and enjoy family time especially out in nature. I enjoy cooking and making things as natural and homemade as possible. I also enjoy learning new things and about others along the way.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Hair clip redo



The embellishment I had on my clip came off. So, what is a mom to do? I tried using my glue gun to put it back on but it wouldn't stay. Then I decided to use some scraps I had to make a new one. I cut the material to fit the top of the clip and used my glue gun to keep it on. I then cut out three circles and glued them on top of one another. I cut slits in them here and there to get a "flower" like look. I glued a button in the middle and then glued the final piece onto the clip. I think it turned out cute.

Inspiring Friday: January 27, 2012

"The graveyards are full of indispensable men." – Charles de Gaulle

"You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty." – Sacha Guitry

"We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, but others judge us by what we have already done." – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"When at a loss for the right word, try silence." – Unknown

"We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents." – Eric Hoffer

"A fondness for power is implanted in most men, and it is natural to abuse it when acquired." – Alexander Hamilton, 1775

Thursday, January 26, 2012

My "new to me" favorite Jeans







Here are the 7 for all Mankind Jeans I found at Goodwill As Is for $1.29. I knew they were expensive jeans but I was a bit surprised when I looked them up online and they are $189 dollars new. I am glad I got them for a steal ;) The top is from Goodwill As IS, $1.29. The sweater is Jones New York from Goodwill As Is for $1.29. The Necklace and earrings are also from Goodwill As Is (forgot how much but I know it was cheap :) The Boots are the ones I posted about yesterday. I got them from the regular Goodwill Side for $6.99.
I will say these jeans are stylish and comfy. When I first looked at them I loved them even before I discovered what brand they were. I think they are my "new to me" favorite pair.




pleated poppy

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Goodwill Shopping: January 25, 2012

I love boots! I found these at the regular Goodwill side for $6.99. They are classified brand. I also found Seven for all mankind jeans ( In my size, Yeah!) at the As Is side for $1.29. They are not pictured since I threw them in the wash, but I am sure I will put together an outfit with them soon.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Great Gatsby


This is a story that unfolds in the 1920's, prohibition era. Nick is the narrator of the novel. Nick is a late 20 something, who is trying to decide how he wants to earn a living. The Great Gatsby is his elusive, rich neighbor that always seems to have lavish parties filled with random people, that most of whom he doesn't even know. One day he sends a personal invitation to Nick. Nick can't decide what the truth is about Gatsby and is seems to go from liking to disliking either him or the character he portrays. Nick, soon finds out that Gatsby has a somewhat unhealthy obsession with Nick's cousin Daisy.

This was a classic novel that I enjoyed and was entertained throughout with the various characters in Nick's life and the changing and somewhat twisting plot. Most of characters were not lovable but very memorable. It was a bit of a dark comedy and drama. I would recommend reading this and crossing it off your classic list. It is a fairly easy and enjoyable read.

Friday, January 20, 2012

God's word for January 19, 2012

Losing a loved one is hard. You cannot take away the hurt and pain one must feel. You may be feeling so many different emotions yourself. Losing someone effects many. You never know how much just listening and being there for someone can help.

I believe in showing Christ's love is the best thing you can do. I have a few scriptures memorized but I would like to memorize more and especially those pertaining to loss.

"Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep." Romans 12:15, is a great start to my journey. My life isn't about me and I must say "no" to my flesh daily. I am imperfect but everyday God is changing me. I want to make my heavenly father rejoice and bring a smile to Jesus even when his heart is breaking. Sometimes, it is best to just listen and show love rather than argue about things you may disagree on. Pray for God's help and healing touch. Lord, let me show your love, grace and mercy onto others. Let me live the legacy that you would like me too. I want to be a blessing onto others. Thank you for your word and guidance everyday.

Inspiring Friday: January 19, 2012

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." – Maya Angelou

"For every disadvantage there is a corresponding advantage." – Clement Stone

"Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." – George Washington Carver

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees an opportunity in every difficulty." – Winston Churchill

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." – Winston Churchill

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

sweater weather





It is chilly today! but my wonderful oldest son took some pictures of me. I found this great sweater at Goodwill As Is yesterday, for $1.29, The top underneath I found at another thrift store in our town for cheap (can't remember the price got it awhile ago) the pants I got on a previous trip for the same price. They are getting a little big on me, but that is a good thing. I like them and they are very comfortable. That is where a belt can come in handy ;) I also got the scarf at Goodwill As Is I know they are less than a buck. The boots I got a garage sale a few years ago for a couple of dollars. The headband is from Payless on sale for $2 and the earrings I got at either Hospice thrift store of Goodwill for around $1. That is my frugal, cute and comfy outfit.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Goodwill Shopping: January 16, 2012


I found another great coat today at Goodwill As Is for $1.29! It is a black Calvin Klein wool dress coat. I didn't have a dress coat so this will work great.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Goodwill Shopping: January 13, 2012


I was not going to go into Goodwill today but I decided to try looking for a wool coat again. I am so glad I did. I went into the Goodwill As Is and found a great orange colored, wool peacoat that fit me great for $1.29. It is St. Johns Bay brand and in excellent shape. What a great find.

God's word for January 13, 2012

Today is Friday the 13th but it is just another day to me :) Fear is not from the Lord and though, I believe God gives us discernment, he does not want us to be paralyzed by fear.

Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. Hebrews 5:14

Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Psalm 91:5

A psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation--so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? Psalm 27:1

Which brings me to another subject, The Mayan Calendar. It is ridiculous to even give it the time of day. God is the only one who knows the day and time and I don't have any fear because Jesus is with me on a daily basis and blessings my family and I all the time. So, I don't hold any stock in what the world says because God has a final say and is in control.

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father. Matthew 24:36

Thank you Lord for your word today and for your blessing of peace and harmony that I do not and will never find in this world but only in you. Thank you for your son whom died for our sins and has his arms and heart wide open for us just waiting for our return. Thank you for the angels and holy spirit whom protect us and help encourage us along the way. In Jesus name, Amen.

Inspiring Friday: January 13, 2012

"The first step to becoming is to will it." – Mother Teresa

"Whether you think you can do it, or whether you think you cannot do it, you are right." – Anthony Robbins

"How many men have dated a new era in their life from the reading of a book?" – Henry David Thoreau

"The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn." – David Russell

"He that will not sail until all dangers are over must never put to sea." – Thomas Fuller

"The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives." – Albert Schweitzer

"The most dangerous thing in the world is to leap a chasm [or try to] in two jumps." – David Lloyd George

Casual Friday





Surprise! It snowed last night. It is a pain to drive in but it looks really pretty and finally feels like winter. I have a look of casual/comfy with a bit of cute today. I love stripes and they are in right now . Sweater is Christopher & Banks from Thrift store I believe it was $3. Top is St. Johns Bay I found it yesterday at Goodwill As Is for $1.29. Necklace from Goodwill As Is $ Cheap(can't remember price). Earrings, gift from Christmas past. Headband brand new from Goodwill As is $Cheap (can't remember price) Levi's jeans from Goodwill As Is $1.29. Black Winter boots from Peebles cheap, cheap after winter sale a few years ago (I know they were less than $5). I am getting a bit better in front of the camera. My oldest son took these Pictures except the close ups, that was me :) I also want to add that I praise God that I was able to lose 15 more pounds after having my youngest. I am feeling better about myself and have gained some confidence.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Whole Wheat Pancakes


Recipe comes from Cooks.com submitted by Colleen Skaines

Quick Mix Whole Wheat Pancakes

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, well beaten
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Stir together dry ingredients. Add eggs, milk and oil. Stir until dry ingredients are moistened. Cook on preheated griddle until bubbles form and edges start to dry. Flip and cook until lightly browned.

Goodwill Shopping: January 12, 2012


Score, I found this awesome tweed blazer/jacket at Goodwill As Is for...........................$1.29 what a steal :) I am sure I will have a great future outfit to go with it soon.

Rain on my Parade





Here it is January and it is raining instead of snowing. Well, it is all right because I have a cool umbrella and nice black dress boots to keep me dry :) Most of this outfit came from Goodwill As Is (discounted Goodwill next to our Goodwill) Scalloped Cardigan, shirt/tunic, black tank top, leggings: Goodwill As Is all $1.69 per item. Boots from Goodwill $7.99. Scarf from Goodwill or other thrift store not sure of the price. Earrings from Hospice Thrift store $ Cheap :) Umbrella from Goodwill As Is $ Dirt cheap. Bracelet b-day gift from my Sister. This is the first time I am posting my outfit. I think I will get a bit more relaxed and the pictures should get better :) Sorry, I forgot to smile but I was happy really I was. I get a little nervous in front of the camera but I will get better. I also can see when I can enhance an outfit a bit more. I think I should have worn a belt on the outside of the cardigan even thought the tunic had a built in one but you cannot really see it because the cardigan covers it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Last week Hubby found me...........................................



I have been looking for a decent pair of black dress boots and have come up empty handed in my size. Last week, my husband, came home with these beauties just for me. They were from Target with the tags on them but at a great Goodwill price for $7.99. I was so excited!, I can't wait to break in these babies. Thanks Rusty I love you :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Inspiring Friday: January 6, 2012

I forgot to do Inspiring Friday for last week, so here it is today :)

"How we spend our days is—of course—how we spend our lives." – Unknown

"Too often we forget that the great men of faith reached the heights they did only by going through the depths." – Os Guinness

"Losing is a learning experience. It teaches you humility. It teaches you to work harder. It's also a powerful motivator." – Yogi Berra

"In this world everything changes except good deeds and bad deeds; these follow you as the shadow follows the body." – Ruth Benedict

"If we are correct and right in our Christian life at every point, but refuse to stand for the truth at a particular point where the battle rages—then we are traitors to Christ." – Martin Luther

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Goodwill Shopping: January 5, 2012




Great trip at Goodwill today. I found a great little basket for .79 cents for some of my bathroom stuff. I think baskets are great for organizing. I also found some great clothes at the As Is side. For those of you who don't know we have a discounted Goodwill side called "As is",everything is marked down from the original Goodwill price and non returnable. It is located next door from the regular Goodwill. I found some great black pumps from Target (Xhilaration) for about $2, regular Goodwill price was $5.99. I think every woman needs a nice pair of black pumps. Another great thing about them besides the great price, is that they have a ruffle decoration on them. Perfect for me since I love embellished pumps more than Plain Jane pumps. My baby liked them too. He tried grabbing them when I tried to take a picture :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

God's word for January 04, 2012

There is something God has spoken to be about recently that I tend to do which causes myself and my family stress, anxiety and loss of hope which is unnecessary and counter productive, when I serve a awesome God. It is known as WORRY, why do I do it? Doesn't God take care of our needs time and time again? Doesn't everything work out as it should? Isn't God a mighty, powerful and good god? Of course the answer to these questions is a big resounding YES (except the one on why do I do it that could have a never ending answer). Worry is after all, lack of faith (not to mention doubting God's presence in a situation or need and like patting Satan on the back for mentioning doubts) and my faith is growing everyday. I pray that I cast all of my needs (And I do mean all) and cares onto him. God is good all the time and all the time God is good :)

"And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:19

"All your care upon Him, because He cares for you" 1 Peter 5:7

"I will never leave you nor forsake you" Hebrews 13:5

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13

"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper and not harm to give a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding;

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6



These are just a few great scriptures that declare how great God is and how much he cares. Thank you God for your word that holds true. Thank you for caring for me and my family. You are a mighty and awesome God. Thank you for sacrificing your son, Jesus so that I may live and have eternal life. I praise you and love you. Thank you for everything in Jesus name, Amen.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Give a shelf a little Pretty: Before


This is my daughter's bookshelf in her room. I decided it needed a little something extra.......... I found a cute paper tablecloth at Goodwill last week. The colors matched the shelf pretty good. I got out my Mod Podge and got to work on adhering the cute paper onto the shelf. Here is the before.

Give a shelf a little Pretty: After




I am just beginning to do some projects like this again. If I had a bit more time and it wasn't winter I might have thought about painting the shelf a different color and the wood white but it works for now. I hope to get better at these type of projects as I move along. The top picture shows what it looks like with bin organizers.

Happy New Year!



I hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year!
I will continue with my life long goals that God is helping me with. I don't call them resolutions, but they could be considered as such.


  • God is teaching me patience on a daily basis, Thank you Lord :)

  • I will continue on my health and lifestyle change and hope I will be a great influence to my family. I have asked God for help with this as well.

  • To be the best possible mom and wife I can be and to rely on God fully to do that.

  • To praise God on a daily basis and to teach my kids about Jesus by what I do rather then tell them how to be. Even in my mistakes I can teach my kids about God's grace and how we are imperfect but Jesus will love us and continue to change us.

  • To cast all my cares on the Lord, he knows what is best and is in control.

What are some of your resolutions/goals?

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