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In general, I don’t post tons of pictures of myself on the blog anymore. Which…I doubt makes anybody too upset. I mean, I did write a few posts back last fall about holding myself accountable here for weekday outfits, but…I failed on that one pretty miserably. I did a better job of actually getting dressed in general, and I even documented it (most of the time), but I just never got around to posting about it, and then, I thought it would be pretty silly to show you a round up of what I wore…for the past 4 months.

So…there you go.

I have officially gotten too lazy to blog about outfits for the most part. If that’s your jam, I’m sorry. If it isn’t, you’re welcome.

ANYhoo, that longwinded intro is sort of a hybrid warning/preamble to the fact that you are about to be bombarded with pictures of me…wearing clothes (huge sigh of relief for that second part).

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So, I have to ask: what do y’all think about the kimono trend? I mean, it’s been going for a while, but it always takes me a loooooooong time to warm up to the latest thing, and I honestly have always felt that kimonos–along with most drapey, flowy clothing–are best for super-slim, long-limbed girls. Now before you go scolding me about complaining about my weight, I’m not. I just don’t have a leggy, lithe physique. I have muscular arms, curvy hips, a long torso, and relatively short legs. And despite being almost 5’7″, I “read” shorter, so lots of loose-fitting things don’t drape well on me.

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Cue: my reader-friend, Amanda, contacting me about trying out some LuLaRoe gear. I’ll be honest–at first, I was hesitant. I’d mostly heard about how great their leggings are. But I am firmly in the leggings are not pants camp (unless, of course, you’re wearing a tunic that covers both bum and thighs), and there’s only about 4 months per year of leggings-tolerable weather in East Texas anyway, so I passed on that option.

So, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they have much more to offer. I especially liked the look of their jersey maxi skirts, but since LuLaRoe distributor’s inventory turns over rapidly, and even they are never sure which prints they’ll receive, I never managed to snag a particularly gorgeous large-scale floral print I had my eye on.

BUT when Amanda sent me pics of a few kimono options she had in stock, I was intrigued. As mentioned above, I didn’t really think I could pull off a kimono, but with Amanda being so gracious to let me try out an item of my choice, I figured, “Eh. How bad can it be? I’ll give it a whirl!”

Turns out, not bad at all. As in, I really like it!

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{I especially like the fact that you could wear leggings or more close-fitting pants with it, since it thoroughly covers the rear-view}

I wore this little ditty to church on Sunday, and, while I’ll freely admit that, as of this week, it is officially too hot to wear this particular version of it until–oh–December again, I like the fact that I could easily throw it on with some frayed jean shorts, a white tank, and some wedges, and–voila!–easy (breezy!) date night outfit. I also spotted a pic somewhere of someone wearing a kimono over a white shift dress with strappy sandals, and it was so cute, I’m definitely going to have to give that one a shot too.

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Oh, and, as always, I had plenty of helpers around for my oh-so-fancy photo shoot.

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Yup, that would be my almost 18-month-old running around with no shoes and the snaps of his onesie undone. Classy. (Not pictured: the other 5 kids lurking just outside the shot).

One more thing I like about this kimono? It’s a little like wearing a twirly dress.

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Regardless of how much it looks like I am escaping from a bee attack, I can assure you (since I was there) that I am, in fact, twirling. #graceful4ever

So, what’s the takeaway? Um, kimonos are rad? Oh! I know! Don’t be afraid (like me) to try things that you think you won’t like. You might just be proved pleasantly wrong.

If you’d like to chat with Amanda about her LuLaRoe selections, you can find her on her Facebook page or Instagram. She’s an absolute sweetheart and will work patiently with you to figure out exactly what works best for you!

P.S. Ezra takes pretty much all of my pics now. Man, I love having a 10-year-old.

P.P.S. My jeans in these shots are Blank NYC Denim, and I “splurged” on them with some Amazon gift card money I had squirreled away because I’d read raves about how great they are. I asked a trusted source about sizing, since they didn’t have my actual size in stock, and she said, when in doubt, size up. So I did (because they did have the size directly up from what I normally wear). But…I think they’re too big. Well, I don’t think. I know. They are quite loose through the waist and hips, but I would probably only wear them with longer shirts, so that might not matter. On the one hand, they’re insanely comfy. Soft and buttery and pliable without falling down. All good things. But! Considering that they are skinny jeans, methinks the bagging around my ankles (you can see it especially in the profile shot from above) is problematic. Thoughts?

 

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The 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge {Round 7}

Welp, it’s that time again. Time to run around Goodwill like a mad woman throwing shirts that might be grand but could be disastrous in my cart, all while shoving snacks in babies’ mouths and praying for zero diaper blowouts.

Oh, wait. You mean, that’s just me? Well, all right then. I guess you’ll just have to experience all the “fun” vicariously!

So, about a month ago, I got the chance to go to Goodwill for the first time in ages, and I “just” had the babies with me, so I figured I would issue myself a 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge (you can catch up on rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6), in which I give myself 1/2 an hour to find as many complete and completely thrifted outfits as I can (it takes me longer than that to try them all on).

I’m not going to show you each “try-on” outfit one at a time because, quite honestly, this was a really good trip, and by the time my 30 minutes were up, you practically couldn’t even see the twins under the mountain of clothes I’d heaped on my double stroller.

But I am showing you a quick look at some of the outfits that I threw together with what I had to work with in the dressing room.

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You’ve probably noticed that I’m not wearing any shoes in these shots.

That’s because my Goodwill, which formerly had been thrifting shoe mecca, is now an abysmal home to all things synthetic, dingy, and questionable. I used to have to make myself put shoes back because, really, how many adorable $3 shoes should one girl own? (Don’t answer that). But now, I barely give it a cursory glance as I fly by with the stroller.

Not sure what happened, but it makes me sad.

ANYHOO.

I came home with quite a haul at ridiculously good prices (several things inexplicably rang up much cheaper than the tag said) and have worn pretty much everything at least once (and several things a lot…those green shorts, for example).

So, here’s a look at the “real-life” outfits I made from what I brought home and what I already had in my closet.

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Not that this is a much better picture than the Goodwill dressing room one, but I snapped this quick shot in the gym locker room as I got ready to take the kids to a movie. It’s almost impossible to tell in this photo, but there are pink flamingos on my shorts. (Oh, yes, there sure are).

 

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Another blurry mirror shot. This one is in my mom’s bathroom, and I’m wearing a cute flowy top (don’t remember the brand), and my fave “new” AE skinny jeans that are crazy-soft and ripped in all the right places (both from this haul).

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I consider this to be one of my most awkward pictures of all time, semi-wet hair and all, but you get the idea.  I wore this outfit to dinner at my friend Jolinda’s house (aren’t her flowerbeds insanely gorgeous??), and the top is from this challenge.

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This Target dress was a fun little $4 find. It’s completely sheer, and my husband was teasing me about the fact that I was wearing a complete outfit (white tank plus a lace skirt) under my other outfit, but hey, sometimes, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to be able to wear her new thrifted dress!

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This next top was a favorite with y’all when I did some real-time Goodwill Instagramming, but if you look up at the outfit I actually took a picture of in Goodwill, you probably won’t be surprised that several folks were pulling out the Snow White references.IMG_3851

In real life, I wore it with some mint green skinnies and colorful wedges on a breakfast date with my honey.

 

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Next, we have the most awkward picture runner-up (I really should not be photographed when my hair is only half dried), which took place on a hot Friday night date to Lowe’s (with all the little girls in tow, of course).peasant top

Those are those same AE skinnies + a fun peasant top, a thrifted Fossil bag (from Clothes Mentor), and my Noonday necklace.

Funny story: see that SUV pulling up behind me? It turned out to be some friends of mine from church who were out on a MOPS scavenger hunt! I got the privilege of taking their picture for one of their items.

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And then we have Exhibit What-in-the-world-am-I-doing-wearing-a-sweater-and-jeans-in-July-in-Texas?????

I wore this little ditty on a trip to Plato’s Closet to take a crack at their $1 clearance rack. Sadly, I left with zero, zilch, nada, but Mandy was considerably more successful.

Speaking of Mandy, this is what I wore for a girls’ night out (which equals dinner plus trips to Target, Marshall’s, and Ross, all before 11 PM).

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Those LOFT shorts are my absolute fave right now. They’re slouchy and soft and just the perfect shade of green to go with tons. I wear them at least twice a week.

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So, there you have it, folks! Another round of the 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge DONE. I’d definitely call this one a success!

Now, if only I could convince my Goodwill to show me where they’re hiding all the good shoes…

Linking up with Lindsey.

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The 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge {Round 6}

In case you’re not familiar with this challenge, the basic gist is that I race through my local Goodwill—usually with multiple children in tow—attempting to find as many complete outfits (the goal is 3) as possible in only 1/2 an hour.  The trying on process is always longer than 30 minutes because I spend as much time changing diapers and doling out snacks as I do putting clothes on.

Still, the entire process is fairly quick, and I usually bring home some really cute looks (feel free to catch up with Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 if you’d like).

Sadly, I’ve got rather depressing news to report: my local Goodwill—the teeny-tiny, had-no-business-being-as-fabulous-as-it-was location that I seemed to be the only one who shopped at—has been discovered. Or at least that’s what I’m assuming based on the decrease in selection and quality (not to mention the rise in prices). The shoe section—which used to be so amazing that I always brought home 4 pairs of adorable shoes for $3 each (and had to resist buying 2 more)—has dwindled down to the usual nose-wrinkle-worthy cluster of hunter green pumps from 1984 and a dirty, broken-down flip flop or two. Major sad face for that one.

Which, of course, means that what I have to show you today may not be as impressive as my usual hauls.

But first, here’s what I was wearing while I shopped:

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BLURRRRRRRY!

Contrary to my usual M.O., I don’t think I’m wearing a single Goodwill item here. The sweater, jeans, and belt are all GAP or GAP outlet (all old), and the boots are my Nine West  leather $60 Marshall’s “splurge.”

And now for outfit #1:

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Notice the relative cleanliness of Nola’s face at this point. It will get dirtier as the trying-on session progresses.

Those jeans were a fun find. I spotted them on the mannequin as soon as I walked in and could tell they were a nice brand, even from across the room. Sure enough, they turned out to be Joe’s, which sell for an average of $160 new.

The sweater was a nice blue/gray/green that sort of matched my eyes and was super comfy.  I bought both (although I’ll probably sell the jeans).

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These were literally the only shoes I could find that I was even willing to try on. They were cute and a nice brand (Nina), but they were a tad tight, and the sole on one was starting to peel off, so I passed.

Next up, I tried on a flowy top with trouser jeans from Banana Republic.

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Hello, cute baby.

I liked them both, but I only came home with the top (you’ll get  better shot of it in a minute) because the pants were a little big and not super-flattering in the hip area.

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I don’t own (or wear) a lot of light-rinse jeans, but I knew my husband would like these Vigoss jeans (I was right; he made several appreciative comments when I wore them), so I bought them for only $4.

I bought this cute Forever 21 “top” (is it a dress? please say no) too.

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Notice the stains on Nola’s face? I had resorted to feeding her and her sister leftover chocolate cupcakes from Della’s birthday party.

I actually came home with several other fun finds like a sea foam green silk skirt, an emerald faux patent leather hobo bag, and a pink GAP wool scarf, but the babies were done by this point. Even chocolate cupcakes were only buying their cooperation for mere seconds at a time, so I captured no pictorial evidence of my other finds.

I’ve worn almost all of my haul already, but I only took pics of one outfit.  I paired that flowy top from above with my red (orange?) corduroy J. Crew outlet pants to wear to Thanksgiving because I needed at least one loose item (the pants are not stretchy at all) to accommodate my culinary indulgence.

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Several of Shaun’s family commented on my “interesting” and “creative” color choices for this outfit (they weren’t being rude at all; they’re just not quite used to such loud color palettes), and I had to laugh a little. What can I say? I love color!

So there you have it: not nearly as successful as my other outings but still a decent haul for an hour at Goodwill.

Unfortunately, I feel like thrifting has gotten so popular lately that it’s getting harder and harder to score really great deals. Do you find this true too?

My advice: whatever you do, don’t reveal your secret thrifting treasure trove, or pretty soon it’ll be over-run and overpriced. BOO!

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The 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge {Round 5}

You all know I love me some Goodwill. I’ve proven my devotion in multiple Thrifted or Grifted posts as well as the first four 30 Minute Goodwill Challenges (in which I try to find 3 complete outfits that I would actually wear in only 30 minutes of shopping, the trying-on process not included).

But I haven’t been able to go nearly as often since the twins came along. Which, honestly, is a good thing—both for my wallet (Goodwill may be cheap, but they don’t let me pay them in graham crackers like the twins do) and my closet, which was overflowing with all my thrifted finds (I have an entire room with piles of clothes just waiting for me to get my act together for another round of Shop My Closet).

But a few months back, the twins and I braved Goodwill for yet another 30 Minute Challenge (if you haven’t already, you can check out Rounds 1, 2, 3, and 4), and I’ve been hanging onto the pictures since then. You’ve actually seen several of my finds here on the blog already, but I still thought I’d take you along for a little virtual thrifting since, even after the fact, shopping is so much more fun with friends.

Here are Evy and I before we started the timer. Doesn’t she look thrilled?gwchallenge7

{It’s crazy to me how different she looks just a few short months later}

And here are some of my finds:

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I posted this one to Instagram and Facebook and got a resounding YES! from you guys. So I bought it. I haven’t worn it yet, but I’m hoping for a date night soon.

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Not sure why I look so stoic here (although this is probably right about the point that the twins started hollering something or other about being hungry and bored). I ended up going with the skirt, which is super-comfy and a fun color, but not the shirt, which was a little too ruffl-y, floral-y, and all around floof-y for my tastes.

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This J. Crew maxi is made of soft jersey knit and is in perfect condition. It’s ridiculously comfy. But the thing is…it’s backless (and somewhat frontless too, as you can see). Whoa. I should have taken a picture of the back, but I forgot.

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It was nothing my trusty neutral tube-top (also from Goodwill) couldn’t fix, though. I threw it on for a date night when I wanted to feel pretty (dresses always do that for me) but not think about my outfit too much. While my husband and I were eating dinner, I recognized a boy I’d gone to middle school with one table over sitting with his family. I said hi, and he clearly had no clue who I was until I told him my name. He even said: “I never would have recognized you if you hadn’t introduced yourself.”

Let’s just say I remember my perm and glorious mall bangs in middle school, and I’m going to assume that was a compliment.

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I bought both of these (along with those teal Wet Seal shoes, which ended up being too tight for long wear, thus forcing me to choose between selling them or trimming my toes a bit; it was a hard decision, but I sold them), and then wore the skirt in a round of Thrifted or Grifted.

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I don’t recommend holding a car seat while taking dressing room pics. I’m pretty sure Nola does, though.

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I bought both the top and the shorts in this pic and have since so thoroughly stained the shorts that I’m doubtful of their ever returning to even their thrifted state of whiteness. The shirt is a bit of a conundrum because of the flutter sleeves. I probably should have let it go, but I’m determined to make it work somehow. And the shoes? Well, they were cute, but I didn’t need them.

I didn’t take any more dressing room shots, but I did come home with the black and white Old Navy dress (with tags still on) that you can see sticking out of the right side of the shot above and got lots of compliments on it when I wore it to church (and showed you on the blog).

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So, did I accomplish my goal of 3 complete outfits? Eh. Not exactly, but close. I only came home with one pair of shoes, although the other two pair I tried on were cute. And dresses, while complete, as outfits go, are only one item of clothing.

I’ll let you be the judge. Did I complete my challenge? Did you have a favorite look?

Have you scored a great deal on anything (thrifted or not) lately? Do tell!

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Wardrobe Wednesday: The 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge {#4}—A How-To

DON’T FORGET!

You still have a chance to win one fabulous item of your choice from Isaboo Designs. Giveaway ends today (you have until midnight!).

What are you waiting for?? Go enter! : )

Okay, first of all, you guys rocked my socks…er…accessories off with your response to Monday’s Shop My Closet!

I have contacted everybody with competing bids and gotten responses back from pretty much everybody I need to, and I have a list of outright winners as well, so you’ll be hearing from me about your wins very soon!

Almost everything is sold, but if you missed out or don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, you still have a few hours to bid while I get everything squared away, so be sure to check it out if you’d like.

Of course, the most awesome part of all is that, while I don’t have an official total yet, it sure looks like we’ve got right at enough to support Sarah for a full YEAR now (we were at 8 months).

That’s amazing! Praise God!

Okey dokey…

While we’re on the topic of closets, and since I didn’t post for Try-it Tuesday yesterday, I thought it might be fun to combine a little fashion with a little “thrifting tutorial,” using the 30 minute Goodwill Challenge as an example.

{If you missed the other challenges, here are 1, 2, and 3}

I told you the last time I did one of these that I don’t actually complete the challenge in 30 minutes—mostly because I always have my kids with me, and just making sure that they’re all present and accounted for and all distracted from the fact that we’re actually at dreaded Goodwill easily eats up at least a 1/2 hour.

But I do only allow myself 30 minutes from the moment I get situated (juice, snacks, toys, smartphone…CHECK!) to find the makings of (at least) 3 complete outfits (shoes, bottom, top…+ accessories if I’m ahead of time).

Which is pretty fast, considering that you can easily spend an hour or more combing the racks for something decent before you ever make it to the dressing room.

Here’s how I do it:

1. Divide and Conquer.

Just in case you’ve never set foot inside a Goodwill before, you should know that it’s not organized by sizes but instead by type of clothing and by color (all the blue sleeveless shirts are together, in other words).

Sounds crazy (and it is a bit), but once you’re used to the unusual “organization,” knowing the layout of the store can really help you to find things more quickly.

When I do a 30 Minute Goodwill challenge at my usual store, I start with the shorts, since they’re right by the baskets and do a quick pass (thrifting shorts is pretty hit and miss, unless you’re really into pastel, high-waisted, pleated walking shorts, in which case….MONEY!).

Then, I continue on to: patterned skirts, solid skirts, dresses, jeans, tops, and, finally, shoes.

Knowing my “route” definitely keeps me on track and prevents me from wandering aimlessly from one section to another and missing half of them in between.

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{This outfits was a total no-brainer for me: cute, neutral eyelet top long enough to cover the bump, comfy J. Crew jeans + pink heels…LOVE}

Multitasking at its best!—Get dressed, take picture, balance toddler on basket.

2. Know Your True Colors (and Patterns!)

I love color, but this applies whether your closet is filled with neons or infinite shades of white.

I often scan the rows upon rows of shirts until a specific shade of fuchsia or a particularly punchy pattern catches my eye, and only then do I take the time to examine the actual cut/style/size.

Sure, I’m going to miss out on some good options, but my goal when I’m going quickly is not to try on every decent article of clothing in the store but instead to have a basketful of possibilities that are the most me.

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The orange of this H&M dress immediately caught my eye…turns out it was pretty cute on as well!

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And the embroidery pattern AND colors (hello, red and aqua!) on this tunic top were right up my alley!

3. Keep an Open Mind and Trust Your Instincts

Remember, when your goal is speed, it doesn’t hurt to throw any option that piques your interest in the basket.  You may not even understand why it caught your eye until you put it on and think, “Wow, my subconscious has great taste,” as you discover a look that totally works for you even though you’ve never considered it before.

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I’m not usually an open-toed ankle bootie kind of girl, but I was surprised at how this pair elongated my legs and how well the taupe-y shade worked with my pasty skin.

Sadly, the heels were seriously wobbly, and I could see myself spraining an ankle every time I wore them, so I had to pass. : ‘ (

4. Ignore Sizes.

This is pretty much a cardinal rule of thrifting.

I’m pretty sure I had everything from an XS to an XL in my basket when my time was up and not just because I’m pregnant.

If you can eyeball it and imagine it fitting, even in a slightly unconventional way (a dress as a top? why not?), throw it in the basket!

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I think this shirt was a small and the jeans were 3 sizes bigger than I usually wear, even though I can still wear some of my before-preggo jeans in my closet, but the point is that they both fit well and flattered my current shape (plus the jeans were Citizens, so how was I going to pass those up?).

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By the way, if you’re wondering how in the world that’s a 34-weeks-pregnant-with-twins belly, these shots are from over a little over a month ago. I’m pretty sure I’m twice that big now.

This is list is by no means an exhaustive how-to to speed thrifting (or any other kind for that matter), but it’s what works best for me, so I figured I’d pass it along!

I came home with most of the items you saw in the pics and have already worn most of them multiple times.

I’d call that a successful thrifting outing, no matter how long it took.

What do you guys think?

Have any tried and true thrifting techniques to share?

I’d love to hear them!

{Linking up with The Pleated Poppy}

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The 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge {Round 3}

First off, let’s get two things out of the way:

1) Have you checked out this round of Shop My Closet yet? Lots of cute (cheap!) clothes and shoes in various sizes, and 30% of the proceeds go to PCM (a ministry local to me that supports orphans and pastors’ kids in Uganda).

Also, while you’re browsing for clothes be sure to enter our Bath and Bodywork $25 gift card giveaway! (Might as well smell nice while you wear your new-to-you clothes, right?)

2) I’m battling an absolutely epic head-cold, so I’m probably not going to “talk” as much as usual, and when I do, I may not make any sense.

Clear? Okay, good.

So…pretty much every time I go to Goodwill now, I attempt a 30 minute Goodwill Challenge (check out Round 1 and Round 2 if you haven’t seen them yet!).

So, what is it?

It’s a mad (as in the British sense of the word) dash through a rather disorganized store in search of (at least) 3 separate, complete outfits that I would actually wear (sorry, no culottes or jeans jumpers allowed).

I’m not always successful, and I sure-as-peaches never make it out of there in less than an hour 1/2 because, while I limit “the hunt” to 30 minutes, the trying-on process—in all it’s spilled juice, picture-taking, tantrum-enduring, sibling fight-solving, filthy bathroom-visiting glory—not to mention the checking out process (which always involves my asking for a manager to ring me up so I can haggle for the best deals) are where the bulk of the time (and my sanity) goes.

This particular round of The Challenge went pretty well with the exception, I think, of shoes.

But I’ll let you be the judge.

Once again, I was moving too quickly (and shoving too many snacks in Della’s mouth to keep her happy) to take progress shots, but I did make my deadline, and here are what the always lovely fitting room shots revealed:

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Only my second venture ever into the strange world of jeggings. Somehow, when they’re olive green ones, it seems less weird. No idea why.

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These pics are from several weeks ago, but clearly I was already planning ahead for “the belly.”

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And yes, I’m shuddering a little too at the sight of my bare feet in contact with that floor.

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Yet another blousy top. Loved the threads of gold running throughout but didn’t love the fit.

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There are those white pants you guys couldn’t believe I’d actually gotten at Goodwill.

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And the silky polka dot tank that psyched you out for another round of Thrifted or Grifted.

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I’m kind of kicking myself for not buying these pretty gold Nine West heels that were in puuurrrrrfect condition.

(That spelling of “perfect” would only make sense if they were kitten heels, but they were closer to 3 inches,. So, it’s really random. Hey! I have a head-cold! Don’t judge).

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And here’s my favorite outfit I didn’t buy. (Well, I bought the jeans and the belt).

By the way, notice the handsome (incredibly bored, yet remarkably patient) little boy background?

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I didn’t think I could pull off the color yellow in the top, but after seeing the pics, I kind of love it. Bummer.

(Stage 2 of boredom: scratch head in bewilderment that Mama would EVER find Goodwill interesting enough to come back to once, much less twice a month!)

 

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Yet another pair of white pants and another stage of boredom (subdued acceptance of one’s—stinky—lot in the life).

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“What’s that you say, Mama? This is the last outfit, and we will be home before the beginning of the new millennium? I’ll perk up for that!”

Okay, so if you’re tired of grimy, blurry pics, let’s get to the good stuff.

What did I actually buy, and how did I wear it?

Well, I bought quite a bit on this round, including, but not limited to:

White Old Navy trousers ($4)

Blue American Eagle trousers ($5)

American Eagle skinnies: ($5)

Old Navy jeans skirt ($4)

New York and Co. polka dot tank ($4)

American Eagle brown lace tank ($2)

Floral tank dress ($4)

Green Mossimo tank ($2)

Pink floral exhilaration shoes ($3)

2 Belts ($2)

2 bangles ($4)

So, the grand total for my haul was something like: $40.

Not too shabby, right?

And now for how I actually wore them (you’ve seen some of these already).

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Top: New York and Co./GW ($4)

Trousers: American Eagle/GW ($5)

Belt: GW ($1)

Shoes: Mossimo (you can actually buy them from Shop My Closet right now!)/GW (free from a friend)

TOTAL: $10

The trousers were part of the challenge (you can actually see them peaking in from the right side in most of the dressing room pics) and paired perfectly (I thought) with the polka dot top.

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And there are those white Old Navy trousers in all their glorious pristine…whiteness (head-cold).

(And that is where the “thrifted” tag was supposed to be!)

The next one you haven’t seen yet, unless, of course, you read my other blog, Secondhand or Bare Bottom where I post pics of my 100% thrifted looks (though not very consistently for the last, oh, 17 weeks or so. First trimester pregnancy has a way of making you not care where your clothes came from as long as you are, indeed, clothed).

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If you want to know more about that cute, pink purse, be sure to click over for the deets!

(I wore this outfit on a date with the hubby to hear Bill Cosby, who, at 74 is still a heckuva lot funnier than most people half his age).

And last of all, here’s a look at my grocery shopping/bank run outfit from yesterday afternoon (and no, I don’t usually wear wedges and a skirt to buy milk).

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That bag’s pretty cute..but nothing compared to my best accessory of all.

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Oh! And last Friday,  I got a chance to get that mani/pedi my husband commanded me to get two weeks ago (I didn’t get it that day because he came home early, and I figured he’d be much more interested in my getting a shower before he got there than in my having perfectly painted nose and tails…okay, so that wasn’t the cold talking…I meant to type that…but only because, when I was telling Shaun that I got my “toes and nails done,” it was almost a physical effort to get my tongue to not to say “nose and tails,” instead. Darn pregnancy brain).

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So, there you have it.

Another successful 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge and how I wore the results in real life (every single outfit you see was less than $15 total. Woot!).

Scored any fabulous deals lately? 

The CSI project ~ Menu Plan Monday ~ C.R.A.F.T.  ~ The Southern Institute ~ Making the World Cuter ~ Thrify Décor Chick ~ Metamorphosis Monday ~ Sumo Sweet Stuff ~ Gunny Sack ~ Singing Three Little Birds ~DIY Homes Sweet Home ~ Dittle Dattle ~ 1929 Charmer ~ Everything Under the Moon  ~ ModMix Monday ~ Sew Stylish ~ Coastal Charm ~ Under the Table and Dreaming

Tuesday ~ Get Your Craft ~ Tip Junkie ~ Blackberry Vine ~ Crafty Confessions ~ Me & my Boys ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons ~ Home Stories A-Z ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suberbia  ~ Carolyn’s Homework ~ Sugar Bee Crafts ~ House of Grace ~ Passionately Artisitc ~ My World Made by Hand ~ Uncommon Designs ~ Trendy Treehouse

Wednesday ~ Blue Cricket Design ~ Somedays Crafts ~ Sew Much Ado ~ Sew Woodsy ~ Handy Man, Crafty Woman ~ Savvy Southern Style ~ {Primp} ~ Midweek Fiesta ~ Rae Gun Ramblings ~ Polkadots On Parade ~ Lollipop Cards ~ JAQS Studio ~ Let Birdz Fly ~ Let Birdz Fly ~ My Girlish Whims

Thursday ~ Thursdays are Your Days, Transformation Thursdays ~ Somewhat simple ~ Show off your stuff ~ House of Hepworths ~ Delightful Order ~ My Simple Home Life ~ The Frugal Girls ~ Thrifty Thursday ~ DIY Diva Thursday ~ Tablescape Thursday ~ No Minimalists Here ~ Crafty, Scrappy, Happy ~ Thrifty Decorating ~ Between U and Me ~ 36th Avenue

Friday ~ The Shabby nest  ~ Show and Tell Friday ~ Finding Fabulous ~ I’m Loving it ~ Simply Sweet Home ~ Whipper Berry ~ Chic on a Shoestring decorating ~ Spunky Junky ~ Delicate Construction ~ Homemaker in Heels ~ Family Ever After~ French Country Cottage ~ Common Ground ~ Young And Crafty ~ At the Picket Fence ~ Fingerprints on the Fridge ~ Miss Mustard Seed ~ Addicted to Decorating ~Bacon Time with The Hungry Hypo ~ Making Lemonade ~ I Can’t Stop Crafting ~ Over the Big Moon ~ Shabby Art ~ Answer is Chocolate

Saturday ~ I heart nap time- Sundae Scoop ~ Tatertots and Jello ~ Be different Act Normal ~ Funky Junk ~ 2805 ~ Making Lemonade Blog ~I am Along for the Ride  ~ Lolly Jane

 

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Wardrobe Wednesday: The 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge (Round 2)

First things first: I would like to address a couple of things from the comments about yesterday’s how to paint a washing machine post.

A) Holy Polka Dot Washer Love! I figured a couple of you would think it was cool, but you guys were Henrietta’s biggest fans! I definitely want to see pics from those of you who go for it!

B) I 100% agree with those who suggested that I paint Helena (that would be the dryer) in teal polka-dots. But I can’t until I find out whether painting her would in any way void the warranty. Obviously, paint wouldn’t affect her ability to function, but sometimes if you sneeze too hard on a machine, it voids the warranty, so I’m not touching Helena until I know for sure that she will be fixed for free should she have issues (and she’s a girl, so let’s face it: issues are probably inevitable).

OOOOkay.

So…Round 1 of The 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge was such a big hit that I decided to test my skills to see if I could possibly tempt thrifting lightning to strike twice.

And you know what?

It might not have set my hair on fire or given me my own magnetic force field, but I felt at least enough of a zap to get my arm-hairs to stand on end (or maybe that was just my reaction to finding dried gum under the handle of my shopping cart).

This time, I was accompanied only by my makes-everybody-smile-and-gasp-in-ecstasy-at-her-cuteness-everywhere-she-goes daughter, Miss Adelaide Elizabeth.

Believe me when I say I’m super broken up about the fact that I was robbed of the opportunity to—yet again—utter the words: “Ez, tell Simon that if he doesn’t wipe his own bottom and get it out here NOW, I’m gonna have to swat it”…only to have Ezra turn around, take two steps away from me and bellow my warning VERBATIM across the 50 yards that still remained between him and the men’s bathroom.

Because when you say the word “bottom” in conjunction with the word “wipe” and threaten such a potentially volatile punishment as “swatting,” then you’re super-eager to have your 5-year-old, who inherited your, um, healthy lungs, repeat it to the world.

Good times.

(By the way, very few things stress me out more than having to enter a public men’s bathroom to retrieve my epically slow, refuses-to-be-rushed middle child, but I’ve had to do it no less than 6 times in the last three months, and I now get a nervous tic every time I hear the word “urinal.” All trips to that dreaded domain have been banned indefinitely, At least for Simon. Even the words, “men’s bathroom,” have been deleted from all acceptable everyday conversation. Unless his eyeballs are yellow, we’re holding it…all of us…forever).

Umm…where was I?

Oh, yes.

Shopping with only Della = a special kind of heaven on earth (to be surpassed only by shopping alone or with friends).

So, the pickings were a bit slim this time around, and I didn’t take a lot of progress shots, so let’s just get right to the oh-so-pretty dressing room pics, shall we?

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Shirt: Forever 21, Jacket: Old Navy, Skirt: ??, Shoes: Chinese Laundry

I remembered to charge the battery for the good camera this time…the better to see the grimy floors, m’dear.

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Hello, veiny feet.

Shirt: ???, Skirt: GAP, Shoes: Merona

If I were still teaching high school Spanish, I would totally have bought this outfit. Comfy, dressy, and modest without being stuffy.

Me Likey.

 

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Sweater: GAP, Jeans: Cruel Girl, Shoes: Chinese Laundry, Trench: Old Navy, NWT

So…did you notice a theme at all?

If you answered “the color orange”…

Ding, ding, ding!

Treat yourself to a cookie because you’re a smart one!

I would never ever (ever) have pictured myself waving pom poms for Team Orange (and, honestly, as I picture it now, I’m a little disconcerted by the mental image of my waving pom poms at all), but I’m finding myself drawn to it more and more.

Especially when I’m trying to find three separate outfits in 30 minutes, and the only decent stuff around seems to be in various shades of anaranjado (one of the most fun words to say in the Spanish language, I think).

I only bought the pieces that you see in Option 3, since practically every item in Option 1 had something not quite right about the fit, and Option 2 would have required me to go back to teaching, which ain’t happening.

And I wore Option 3 last night to dinner with a friend.

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I don’t wear pink very often, but who could pass up a brand new Old Navy trench in the perfect shade of Pepto Bismol  (is there such a thing?) for $3 out of pocket (I had some exchanges, which is why it came out so cheap).

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Sweater: $4, Jeans: $4, Shoes: $3, Trench: $3

TOTAL: $14

I did a late night Walmart run after dinner, and as I was loading my basket full of yogurt and Swiss cheese (we like dairy), I noticed an adorable girl and her equally precious daughter eyeing me. Before I had time to wonder if my fly was down, she said, “You are cute as a button,” and pointed her finger from the top of my head to my toes.

I grinned like a fool and said, “THANK you! You’re nice!”

But, y’all. It took everything in my power not to fist-pump and holler, “I GOT EVERYTHING I’M WEARING FROM GOODWILL IN LESS THAN 30 MINUTES!!!!”

Can you even imagine???

Praise the Lord for a few ounces of self-control.

P.S. The theme for 5 Things Thursday is ♫ Happy Music ♫ (as in: the kind that makes you…)

P.P.S. We’re having a discussion about what to name my dishwasher over on our Facebook page. Feel free to weigh in!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy.

The CSI project ~ Menu Plan Monday ~ C.R.A.F.T.  ~ The Southern Institute ~ Making the World Cuter ~ Thrify Décor Chick ~ Metamorphosis Monday ~ Sumo Sweet Stuff ~ Gunny Sack ~ Singing Three Little Birds ~DIY Homes Sweet Home ~ Dittle Dattle ~ 1929 Charmer ~ Everything Under the Moon  ~ ModMix Monday ~ Sew Stylish ~ Coastal Charm ~ Under the Table and Dreaming

Tuesday ~ Get Your Craft ~ Tip Junkie ~ Blackberry Vine ~ Crafty Confessions ~ Me & my Boys ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons ~ Home Stories A-Z ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suberbia  ~ Carolyn’s Homework ~ Sugar Bee Crafts ~ House of Grace ~ Passionately Artisitc ~ My World Made by Hand ~ Uncommon Designs ~ Trendy Treehouse

Wednesday ~ Blue Cricket Design ~ Somedays Crafts ~ Sew Much Ado ~ Sew Woodsy ~ Handy Man, Crafty Woman ~ Savvy Southern Style ~ {Primp} ~ Midweek Fiesta ~ Rae Gun Ramblings ~ Polkadots On Parade ~ Lollipop Cards ~ JAQS Studio ~ Let Birdz Fly ~ Let Birdz Fly ~ My Girlish Whims

Thursday ~ Transformation Thursdays ~ Somewhat simple ~ Show off your stuff ~ House of Hepworths ~ Delightful Order ~ My Simple Home Life ~ The Frugal Girls ~ Thrifty Thursday ~ DIY Diva Thursday ~ Tablescape Thursday ~ No Minimalists Here ~ Crafty, Scrappy, Happy ~ Thrifty Decorating ~ Between U and Me ~ 36th Avenue

Friday ~ The Shabby nest  ~ Show and Tell Friday ~ Finding Fabulous ~ I’m Loving it ~ Simply Sweet Home ~ Whipper Berry ~ Chic on a Shoestring decorating ~ Spunky Junky ~ Delicate Construction ~ Homemaker in Heels ~ Family Ever After~ French Country Cottage ~ Common Ground ~ Young And Crafty ~ At the Picket Fence ~ Fingerprints on the Fridge ~ Miss Mustard Seed ~ Addicted to Decorating ~Bacon Time with The Hungry Hypo ~ Making Lemonade ~ I Can’t Stop Crafting ~ Over the Big Moon ~ Shabby Art ~ Answer is Chocolate

Saturday ~ I heart nap time- Sundae Scoop ~ Tatertots and Jello ~ Be different Act Normal ~ Funky Junk ~ 2805 ~ Making Lemonade Blog ~I am Along for the Ride  ~ Lolly Jane

Sundays ~ Homemaker on a Dime ~ Sunday’s Best

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Wardrobe Wednesday: The 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge

So, a little over a week ago, as I was going through the links from our first ever Feature Friday Free-for-All, I got a little lost in my girl, Kendra’s, blog—The Good Life.

Kendra actually blogs for Goodwill, which means that the vast majority of her posts have something to do with awesome finds—either in the home or fashion arenas—from there.

Anyone else thinking that maybe I missed my calling? : )

ANYhoo, I ran across a post about a 15 minute challenge that she and her friend issued themselves—to put together an entirely thrifted outfit in 15 minutes.

Their outing was a success, but before I ever saw the pics or the outcome, I KNEW I wanted to do this.

You already know I’m competitive (especially with myself).

You’ve probably picked up that I like a challenge.

And you KNOW I’m obsessed with Goodwill.

So, I issued myself the same challenge, with the following handicaps:

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(I had to save that one for last).

So, the handicaps and I piled into Sienna, the racing-striped van last Thursday and headed for good ol’ GW—our favorite place on earth (though you might not know it from the “Nooooot Gooodwill” moans emanating from the backseat).

We found ourselves a basket with (mostly) working wheels and set right to work.

Unfortunately, even though I brought the fancy camera, the battery died the moment I turned it on (you’re supposed to charge those things before you leave for picture excursions? I’ll try to remember that next time).

So, cellphone pics it is (at least for the first part…read on, dear friends…read on).

We started our quest @ 4:29 PM, and within 4 minutes, this is what my basket looked like:

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I had originally thought I would stick to the 15 minute limit.

But after seeing the options I already had to choose from…

I knew I was going for it.

Not one full outfit, but THREE head-to-toe Goodwill slam-glam outfits in 30 minutes, with all THREE kids in tow.

It was on like Donkey-Kong!

(If you’ve ever tried to hurry through Goodwill with three kids, one of whom is a baby, another who defines speed in the same way turtles and snails do, and yet another who sometimes has the attention span of a gnat, WHILE trying to make wise fashion choices, you can understand that the next 26 minutes were somewhat frazzled ones. Candy-canes were handed out with reckless abandon. The phrase, “Do you want me to tell your Daddy?…” was bandied about. And multiple brother-brother trips to the unsanitary hades purgatory that is The Goodwill Bathroom were encouraged).

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TIME!!!

So, how did I do?

Judge for yourselves!

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Target top: $4, Banana Republic Capris: $4, Yellow Flats (Brand???): $3

TOTAL: $11

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Venini Sweater: $4, Abercrombie Cords: $5, Cato Aqua wedges: $3, Target Scarf (NWT): $2

TOTAL: $14

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Levis jeans: $5, Mixit Jacket (NWT): $4, Bow flats: $3

TOTAL: $12

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Venini Sweater: $4, Max Studio skirt (NWT): $4, Leather Pumps: $4

TOTAL: $12

And now for the pretty pics, since I’ve been wearing my loot this week and wanted you to get a good gander at just how big I scored!

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I didn’t buy every item you saw me trying on in the dressing room due to sizing issues of some sort or another, so here I paired my 60% silk/40% wool Venini sweater with the aqua wedges and scarf that you saw and some thrifted American Eagle jeans + a GW belt and necklace.

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Whoa! I accidentally typed in “5,000” instead of “500” for my pixel width, and let me tell you, crow’s feet at 10X magnification are not a pretty sight at all.

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Love the details on this skirt!

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Finally, I put my new plaid jacket together with my Anthro/GW jeans, a clothes-swapped black tank, and the aqua wedges.

So…what do you think?

Did I conquer my own challenge?

4 (almost entirely) unique outfits.

3 cute items, NWT (including a skirt I’d already passed up for the Marshall’s bargain price of $25, even though I really wanted it)

3 pairs of fabulous shoes.

Well, I know what my answer is!

But I want to know from you: should I do it again? Do you think thrifting lightning could strike twice?

 

P.S. Before I forget to tell you (again)…

We’re continuing our “Getting to Know You” theme for:

five days five ways | 5 Things Thursday

 with the “sub-theme” being:

HOPES AND DREAMS

…tell me yours, and I’ll tell you mine.

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy, Rae Gun Ramblings, It’s Overflowing

 

Monday ~ The DIY Showoff Project Parade ~ Made by You Mondays ~ Embellishing Life Everyday ~ Just Something I whipped up Monday  ~ The CSI project ~ Menu Plan Monday ~ C.R.A.F.T.  ~ The Southern Institute ~ Making the World Cuter ~ Thrify Décor Chick ~ Metamorphosis Monday ~ Sumo Sweet Stuff ~ Gunny Sack ~ Singing Three Little Birds ~DIY Homes Sweet Home ~ Dittle Dattle ~ 1929 Charmer ~ Everything Under the Moon  ~ ModMix Monday ~ Sew Stylish ~ Coastal Charm ~ Under the Table and Dreaming

Tuesday ~ Get Your Craft ~ Tip Junkie ~ Blackberry Vine ~ Crafty Confessions ~ Me & my Boys ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons ~ Home Stories A-Z ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suberbia  ~ Carolyn’s Homework ~ Sugar Bee Crafts ~ House of Grace ~ Passionately Artisitc ~ My World Made by Hand ~ Uncommon Designs ~ Trendy Treehouse

Wednesday ~ Blue Cricket Design ~ Somedays Crafts ~ Sew Much Ado ~ Sew Woodsy ~ Handy Man, Crafty Woman ~ Savvy Southern Style ~ {Primp} ~ Midweek Fiesta ~ Rae Gun Ramblings ~ Polkadots On Parade ~ Lollipop Cards ~ JAQS Studio ~ Let Birdz Fly ~ Let Birdz Fly ~ My Girlish Whims

Thursday ~ Transformation Thursdays ~ Somewhat simple ~ Show off your stuff ~ House of Hepworths ~ Delightful Order ~ My Simple Home Life ~ The Frugal Girls ~ Thrifty Thursday ~ DIY Diva Thursday ~ Tablescape Thursday ~ No Minimalists Here ~ Crafty, Scrappy, Happy ~ Thrifty Decorating ~ Between U and Me ~ 36th Avenue

Friday ~ The Shabby nest  ~ Show and Tell Friday ~ Finding Fabulous ~ I’m Loving it ~ Simply Sweet Home ~ Whipper Berry ~ Chic on a Shoestring decorating ~ Spunky Junky ~ Delicate Construction ~ Homemaker in Heels ~ Family Ever After~ French Country Cottage ~ Common Ground ~ Young And Crafty ~ At the Picket Fence ~ Fingerprints on the Fridge ~ Miss Mustard Seed ~ Addicted to Decorating ~Bacon Time with The Hungry Hypo ~ Making Lemonade ~ I Can’t Stop Crafting ~ Over the Big Moon ~ Shabby Art ~ Answer is Chocolate

Saturday ~ I heart nap time- Sundae Scoop ~ Tatertots and Jello ~ Be different Act Normal ~ Funky Junk ~ 2805 ~ Making Lemonade Blog ~I am Along for the Ride  ~ Lolly Jane

Sundays ~ Homemaker on a Dime ~ Sunday’s Best

 

 

 

 

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