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Thrifted or Grifted Results + 5 Things Thursday—Babies, come forth!

You guys were feeling pretty sure of yourselves this time around.

70% thought that OPTION B was the thrifted one.

Well?

You were right!

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Dress: Target ($10)
Shoes: Dillards ($7)
Jewelry: Beall’s ($5)
Bag: Ross/The Sak ($30)
TOTAL: $52
Dress: Mossimo/GW ($6)
Shoes: MIA/GW ($3)
Jewelry: GW ($5)
Bag: Fossil/GW ($4)
TOTAL: $18

I hesitated to use that shiny silver bag since somehow the way our brains automatically work is that shiny = new (I actually bought that bag about 2 years ago).

But I was surprised that I didn’t get more comments on the earrings in OPTION B.

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I was pretty excited to find those puppies at Goodwill, but maybe that’s just me.

Oh, and my favorite commenter this week was Erica who said:

“Ok, it’s always a sinking feeling when you click “vote” and you’re in the minority! Eek. I voted A to be thrifted. I don’t know what it is about the first outfit, I just love love love B so much that I don’t know if I could stand it if it were thrifted! (hmmm, dramatic much?) Both are way cute…and that smirk at the end…no I’m not sure, ok Abbie, I’m just not!”

Not only did this comment make me smile, but all of Erica’s do. She recently wrote me an email about trying the 30 Minute Goodwill Challenge and a lady eyeing her with disbelief and suspicion as she raced through aisle after aisle, while her little girl yanked every other shirt right off the hangers into the basket (can we say, next generation of thrifters in training?).

I can’t tell you how much that tickled me!

You know what else has me pretty jazzed?

The fact that I get to meet my girls soon!

Not that I really need to explain the desire to meet my babies, but I thought I’d share 5 reasons why I’m especially keen today.

1.

SHOES!

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When I had to chance to get the twins some footwear from Joyfolie—my favorite line of little girls’ shoes, which just transitioned from handmade to mass porduction—for a deep discount for bloggers, you better believe I snapped up two matching pair in a heartbeat!

Sure, the girls won’t be able to wear them for a while after they’re born, but can you imagine how crazy cute their little matching tootsies will be when they do?

Joyfolie now carries a to-die-for women’s line as well:

Yup, I’d be happy to clad my feet in all three of those designs.

Actually, if I had a bottomless shoe budget, I’d buy everything on Joyfolie’s site. It’s all that gorgeous!

2.

My other kiddos can’t wait to meet to them either:

2012-08-211 This is from the other morning when Della spotted Ezra sitting on the ground and promptly ran over, turned around, and backed her little caboose up until she could plop down in his lap.

Simon didn’t make it in these shots, but he and Della are known to be just as cuddly (just this morning I glanced over at them sitting in their stools eating their cereal and saw Della reach over and gently pat Simon’s arm, to which Simon responded by leaning over to give her a hug and kiss on top of her head…heart melt).

Just the other day, Ezra said, “Mama, God sure must love us to give us so many kids in our family.”

Best. big. brother. EVER.

And Simon tells everyone we meet that “My mama has two babies in her tummy. We get to have twins!”

And if you ask Della where her babies are, she immediately starts patting my belly with gusto.

Yeah. These girls are in for treat.

3.

My Album 4-001

I know that sounds insane since I’m pretty much guaranteed to be as sleep-deprived as I’ve ever been in the upcoming weeks and months, but we’ve been in hardcore project mode for a while now, and I am so looking forward to having a really good excuse to not sew, paint, glue, or rearrange anything for several weeks.

I’m incredibly blessed to have a husband who works from home and can usually arrange his schedule for a decent amount of time off when our babies come, so we’ll probably end up watching movies with the kids, playing games, reading books, and napping when the babies are doing this:

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Sounds pretty good right about now.

4.

Room to breathe!

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I guess that belly is pretty self-explanatory as a reason for wanting to have the girls out, but yesterday at my appointment with my midwife, I was measuring 39 cm (at 36-weeks-pregnant), and if the girls came soon, that would mean that I didn’t quite make it to 40 cm. with twins inside me, which—I’m not gonna lie—I would kind of get a kick out of.

5.

Labor Day is Monday.

‘nuff said…

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Wardrobe Wednesday: Thrifted or Grifted—Gray Dresses + Messenger Bags

Normally, when it’s time again for Thrifted or Grifted, I start off by saying something super-original like, “It’s time again for Thrifted or Grifted.”

And I continue on about how it’s a “silly little fashion game I came up with where I get dressed in two similar outfits, and you pull out your binoculars and scrutinize every last detail to see if you can tell which one is thrifted and which one is grifted. WRINKLES DON’T COUNT!”

But today, I’m not saying that (although, if you’re confused or don’t know the definitions of thrifted and grifted, feel free to click here to get it all sorted out),

Nope.

I’m saying nothing of the sort.

Instead, here’s what I got:

It’s time for the last Thrifted or Grifted I will EVER do…

…while pregnant…

with identical twin girls…

(I think).

Because regardless of whether they come today or 4 weeks from now (both of which are possible…crazily enough), I cannot even begin to imagine mustering the interest/energy to come up with two similar looks that a) cover the bump and b) are even mildly comfortable and stylish.

The jig’s up, folks. It’s pajamas and bunny slippers to the end!

I apologize in advance if you happen to encounter me in the grocery store. I’ll be the one in XXXXL t-shirt, shuffling through the ice cream aisle with a dazed expression in my eyes.

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Hmm…after rereading this, I’m thinking I might not have had the most restful sleep last night.

Oh well.

Here comes…

OPTION A:

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And now for…

OPTION B

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So…which is it?

Think you know?

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Like, really know?

All right then.

Time to vote…

And comment telling me why  you chose the one you did!

 

Which outfit is 100% Thrifted?

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5 Things Thursday:Thrifted or Grifted Results + “I’ve never…”

OH. MY. GOODNESS.

That was soclose.

I mean, seriously, 48% to 51%??

(And yes, I realize that doesn’t actually add up to 100%. It never does. I don’t know why).

With 201 votes, that means that almost exactly 100 of you said EXHIBIT A was 100% thrifted and the other 100 of you said B.

So…

Who was right?

                             EXHIBIT A                                  EXHIBIT B

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Dress: Old Navy ($7)
Tank: GAP ($5)
Shoes: Bealls ($12)
Purse: Bealls ($20)
TOTAL: $44

Dress: Mossimo/Goodwill ($5)
Tank: LOFT/GW ($2)
Shoes: Apostrophe/GW ($3)
Purse: GW ($3)
TOTAL: $13

The majority was right…by a hair (or a ruffle, since that seemed to be the major deciding factor for several of you).

Oh, and my favorite commenter this week was the ever-entertaining Amanda (who has not one but two fantastic blogs, by the way: Royal Daughter Designs and Daes of our Lives), who said:

I’m going with A. B fits you like a maternity dress, but A is too big in the chest (give it a few months, right?), hence the uber-low neckline, and the need for a tank underneath. Because you’re modest you wore a tank with both, but if your hubby is like mine, he’s wishing you skipped the tank…on both. *wink*
So yes, I am basing my guess on your bust-line. It’s my bust (er, best) guess. :) .”

She might not have gotten it right, but she is 100% right about 2 things: 1) The strap length on Exhibit A is way too long. It’s actually going to the sewing room before I wear it again, so I can shorten them, and 2) My husband would definitely have liked both dresses better without the addition of the tank tops. : )

P.S. Several of you commented that you really liked the bag in Exhibit A, so I thought you might like to know that, if all goes as planned, I’ll be hosting a Shop My Closet for accessories (think shoes, bags, scarves, and jewelry) this weekend (look for it Saturday or Sunday), and that purse will one of the items for sale.

OKAY..

Do you remember that game from Youth Group or slumber parties called, “I’ve never…?”

Okay, so maybe some of you remember it as a drinking game from college, but I’ve never (ha!) played that version (you’ll see why in a minute).

Just in case you’re feeling a bit lost, the basic premise behind “I’ve never” (or, “Never have I ever,” which just seems a bit redundant) is that you sit in a circle and one person says something that they’ve never done—usually something that most other people have—and then everybody who has done that thing has to ___________________.

Depending on the version of the game you’re playing, the action varies. You might have to take a shot or run around the room or eat something gross or…yeah. The list is pretty endless.

Well, today, I thought for 5 Things Thursday, it might be fun to play a virtual game of “I’ve never,” and while I can’t make you stand on your head or run laps around your house if you have done the things I haven’t, I would still love it if you’d play along with your own list of 5 “I’ve nevers” in the comments.

Okay, here I go:

I’ve never…

1.

Been a bridesmaid.

I’m 29-years-old, and I promise I have friends, but through a strange convergence of circumstances, never once have I ever been part of a wedding party as a maid of the bride.

2.

Been drunk. Or even a little bit tipsy.

Part of that is because I’m a pretty big teetotaler by principle, but it also has a great deal to do with an aversion to the taste of alcohol. Any alcohol. If I can taste it at all, I don’t like it.

Strange side story: when Mandy and I went to Blissdom this past February, they hosted a party one night, which included cocktails and appetizers.

As a tray went by, I grabbed some sort of grapefruit-y concoction on a whim and managed to actually finish it (granted it was about an inch deep in a tiny cocktail glass, but that’s “good” for me) without spitting it out.

It is literally the only alcoholic drink I’ve ever consumed in full in my entire life.

So, imagine how terrible I felt when I remembered later on that night that I was 10 weeks pregnant with the twins (although I didn’t know the twins part yet) and had completely forgotten that momentous fact when I had that drink.

Don’t get me wrong…I’m under no delusions that one, tiny, watered-down drink in any way harmed my babies, but I do find it incredibly ironic that the least likely person in the world to drink while pregnant (or ever) did just that…without even realizing it until it was too late.

Can we say (double) pregnant brain?

3.

Had any part of my body waxed

(although I did attempt a home version once and completely chickened out).

The very thought makes me shudder.

4.

Been to Chuck E Cheese.

Yes, I have 3 children.  And, no, I don’t think they’ll be scarred for life.

We do plenty to keep Chick-Fil-A in business, where they have both a playground and edible food.

5.

Broken a bone.

Not even a toe…although I did smash my big toenail so badly during an exuberant game of Ultimate Frisbee that I lost it and had to wear a fake one so I could still wear my open-toed shoes at my wedding.

Okay, now it’s your turn!

What have you never done?

I promise to take a water shot for every one I have done.

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Wardrobe Wednesday: Thrifted or Grifted—Maxis + Striped tanks

If someone were to see my closet, they might be bemused by the number of almost repeat items in it.

Don’t get me wrong.

I know plenty of people who find a shirt they like and buy it in three (or more!) colors.

That’s not me so much.

But since I started doing Thrifted or Grifted, whenever I’m perusing the clearance aisles or out thrifting, I definitely keep an eye out for cute pieces that are at least somewhat similar to something I already own so that I can then attempt to fool show them to you guys in a round of T+G.

Honestly, most of the time it’s not nearly that intentional, but I’m not going to deny that it’s usually at least in the back of my mind, which makes for some rather strange shopping strategies.

So…

What is T+G?

It’s a silly little fashion game I came up with in which I wear two similar ensembles, and you test your thrifting savvy by deciding whether an outfit is:

A) 100% Thrifted: (adj.)—previously loved and therefore ridiculously cheap…aka Secondhand

OR

B) 100% Grifted: (adj.)—swindled or cheated…aka Retail (NOTICE THE “R” IN GRIFTED! SOMETIMES, I GET EMAILS FROM PEOPLE WONDERING WHY I DO A GAME ABOUT “GIFTED” CLOTHES! : ))

…and then you vote and leave me comments telling why you chose the one you did!

(Disclaimer: No, I don’t actually think you’re getting ripped off every time you pay retail, but I do believe that if you can’t tell the difference, you shouldn’t have to pay for it).

If you’re a Thrifted or Grifted pro, then you know the drill—stand on your head, grab a magnifying glass, flip a coin…whatever it takes for you to feel fully satisfied that you have sufficiently scoured each outfit for telltale signs of thriftedness (WRINKLES DON’T COUNT!) and then comment away telling me why you chose which one you did.

The commenter I find most entertaining (there’s nothing fair or random about it! ; )) will get 5 free entries into our next giveaway.

So…

Is it:

EXHIBIT A 

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Well, don’t I look downright devious?

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or…

EXHIBIT B:

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Try not to let picture quality and lighting sway your opinion. One of these outfits was photographed with barely enough light to take a picture and the other in the morning.

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Hence the blurriness.

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Think you’ve got it nailed down?

Then VOTE!! (and comment…don’t forget that : ))

Which outfit is 100% thrifted

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5 Things Thursday: Randomness + T+G Results + A Winner!

Today’s 5 Things Thursday goes a little something like this:

1.

My husband comes home today (Waaaaaahoooooo!).

2.

The VERY first thing I did this morning when I got out of bed was to select my “picking him up at the airport” dress (okay, I probably peed first; but you could have done without that info, couldn’t you?).

3.

I kind of feel like I’m going to my senior prom (which I never did, never having been a senior…although I have chaperoned no fewer than 4 of them, including one when I was a dewy 18-years-old—which is practically the same thing right? {not even close}).

4.

My mom’s taking all my kids tonight, so we can have a fun reunion date. That woman is no ends of kindness to me!

5. 

I think I will be getting my toes done in anticipation/celebration (and also because I chipped all the polish off the ends practicing for/doing BODYCOMBAT launch this week, and it’s getting a bit hard to reach my own toes; by the way, launch is DONE, and I won’t be doing another one before the twins come, and my body is soooooooo thankful).

6.

: )

{That last one was a bonus in case you were having any trouble deciphering how I felt about the previous 5}.

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Okay, now onto Thrifted or Grifted results.

60% of you thought OPTION B was Thrifted.

But the majority was not right in this case.

It was A.

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{Okay, I did not plan these shots, but I just love that the “results” shot is of the thrifted version of me hamming like a goof, while the grifted version watches by in forlorn resignation ; )}

Top: H&M/Goodwill ($5)
Jeans: ?/Goodwill ($4)
Shoes: Fioni/Goodwill ($2.50)
Accessories: Goodwill (approx. $9)

TOTAL: $20.50

Top: Beall’s ($15)
Jeans: Pea in a Pod ($50)
Shoes: Target ($8)
Accessories: ? (approx. $15)

TOTAL: $88

My favorite commenter from yesterday had to be Megan, hands down, due to her enthusiasm, her sweet encouragements, her exhortation to others to leave comments (preach it, sista!), and the fact that she wrote a three-paragraph novel (GIRL, I think we would get along great!).

She said:

No comments??? No comments??? Don’t people know you get extra entries in a give away??? Sheesh! :) I’m the first one, which feels like a winner already :)

So, I say outfit A is thrifted…which was my vote…which means I KNOW I’m wrong and everyone else should vote outfit B as thrifted…see, the reason I enter is to help everyone else out cause, if they don’t already know, I”m almost always wrong…which is why I never win…which is why being the the first commenter makes me feel like such a winner :)

And, I’m thinking you have already delivered one of those sweet baby girls cause there is just NO WAY you have 2 babies in that tiny belly….no way… :) Stop talking about puffy legs girl…you look beautiful (and I am a BIG fan of bangs…love ‘em!!!)”

Seriously. I like this girl.

(And she was RIGHT!)

Alas, Megan, your fantastic comment contribution did not win you the lovely mint and gold feather earrings from last week’s giveaway, though I was pulling for you! : )

That honor goes to #245 (chosen by Random.org), Marty Musser!

Check your inbox, Marty, you’ve got an email waiting from me! : )

Thanks so much, everybody, for playing along! I can’t tell you how big a kick I get out of reading through all your comments. I always read every single one (not just Thrifted or Grifted), and they are always bright moments of joy and laughter in my day.

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Wardrobe Wednesday: Thrifted or Grifted + New glasses!

So, it’s kind of been forever since we’ve played a round of Thrifted or Grifted.

Not sure why other than that I’ve been in a bit of a thrifting funk, what with the mountainous belly and all.

But I did manage to rustle up a couple of outfits this week, so, by golly, we’re going for it!

So…what is Thrifted or Grifted?

It’s a silly little fashion game I came up with in which I wear two similar ensembles, and you test your thrifting savvy by deciding whether an outfit is:

A) 100% Thrifted: (adj.)—previously loved and therefore ridiculously cheap…aka Secondhand

OR

B) 100% Grifted: (adj.)—swindled or cheated…aka Retail (NOTICE THE “R” IN GRIFTED! SOMETIMES, I GET EMAILS FROM PEOPLE WONDERING WHY I DO A GAME ABOUT “GIFTED” CLOTHES! : ))

…and then you vote and leave me comments telling why you chose the one you did!

(Disclaimer: No, I don’t actually think you’re getting ripped off every time you pay retail, but I do believe that if you can’t tell the difference, you shouldn’t have to pay for it).

If you’re a Thrifted or Grifted pro, then you know the drill—squint through the cracks in your fingers, phone a friend, do the Hokie Pokie while you turn yourself around…whatever it takes for you to feel fully satisfied that you have sufficiently scoured each outfit for telltale signs of thriftedness (WRINKLES DON’T COUNT!) and then comment away telling me why you chose which one you did.

The commenter I find most entertaining (there’s nothing fair or random about it! ; )) will get 5 free entries into our recent earring giveaway. (I’ll announce the winner tomorrow!)

Okay.

{Deep breath}

Here goes!

Is it…?

OPTION A

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or…

OPTION B

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Confession: It took pretty much every ounce of willpower after actually seeing these photos for me to post them.

Puffy legs + jeans that end right above the ankle do not a fetching combo make.

I could quibble about several other things, but y’all didn’t stop by to hear me whine, so I’ll restrain myself to simply apologizing that I didn’t get a better shoe shot and assuring you that both are in pristine condition so you’re not missing out by not being able to give them the 20 point inspection.

On a more satisfying note…anybody remember my “Which glasses should I choose?” post from, oh, I don’t know, maybe a couple of years ago (okay, so 5 months, but it feels like eons).

Well, during our recent trip to Florida with my parents, they were nice enough to take the kids for a day while Shaun and I watched the new Spiderman movie, ate a leisurely lunch, and…glasses shopped?

Yup.

And quite by accident.

Since my parents were driving our van, our activities were limited to a walking distance range, but we discovered something very interesting about Florida: they have an overabundance of eyeglass and mattress stores (Shaun reasoned that the high number of retirees created the demand for both vision correction and a good night’s sleep).

Seriously, along a one-mile stretch of highway, we counted no fewer than 5 places to buy glasses and at least 6 mattress stores. Kind of nuts, right?

I spotted a BOGO sign in the door of a brand new store, which looked a little more promising than its rather faded and dated-looking neighbors, so we wandered in and proceeded to the spend the next 2 hours trying on and deciding on two pairs of glasses each (he’s needed some for quite a while as well).

Just as a refresher, here’s the option that won 57% of the vote when I asked for your feedback (there were 5 options, and no other option got more than 16%, so it was a pretty overwhelming response).

And here’s one of the pairs that I bought in Florida.

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{Pardon the blurry photo. that’s what happens when your six-year-old does the honors}

Kind of uncanny how similar this style is to the one you guys voted for, isn’t it?

And, honestly, it had been so long since the poll, that I didn’t even realize I was doing your bidding (apparently, you are planted deep within my subconscious…oh my).

I’ll just chalk it up to great minds thinking alike.

{By the way, the thing that sold me on this pair was the fact that the earpieces are red}.

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And since it was BOGO, I even got to go with what I reeeeeeally had my heart set on—the perfect pair of geek-chic tortoise-shell frames. It didn’t hurt a bit that my husband (and the adorable and extremely patient/helpful salesgirl) liked these the best too.

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“May I stamp that book for you?”

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{These pics were snapped by my accommodating brother whose hand is just a tad steadier than Ezra’s}.

P.S. Yup, I brought the bangs back. And a day later, I got my first Zooey Deschanel reference in 6 months. I like these things! : )

Sure, they’re not my hubby’s fave, but, as I informed him when I sent him a text of this pic (which was right after my haircut):

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…if you’re going to head off to California for weeks at a time, I can’t be held responsible for what I do to my hair while you’re gone. ; )

His response?: “Well, you look beautiful.”

Smart man, that one.

OOOOOOOOKAY.

Enough glasses talk, right?

Time to vote!

Which outfit is 100% Thrifted?

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5 Things Thursday: Pet Loves + Thrifted or Grifted Results {Dresses and Wedges}

First things first…

Apparently, East Texas had an earthquake in the middle of the night…and I never felt a thing.

It was a 4.3-er, and I still just slept like a baby (side note: there’s a great movie line about that phrase, where one character asks another how he slept, and he—a big, burly dude—answers: “Like a baby. Woke up every two hours and cried.” : )).

No injuries or major damage were reported, but between the Dallas tornadoes of last month and now this, it’s starting to feel like the apocalypse is nigh.

Anyhoo, in other news, this was probably my favorite Thrifted or Grifted yet!

You guys were so conflicted, and the voting was SOOOOOOO close that it made for quite an entertaining little saga playing out (okay, saga’s probably too strong a word…bear with me here…we had an earthquake).

So.

Were you right?

(About Thrifted or Grifted, I mean. I am not referring to the “is this chick trippin’?” dialogue that’s running through your mind right now).

Well, 52% said that B was thrifted…

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Dress: Plato’s Closet ($12)
Wedges: GW ($3)
Jewelry: GW ($3)
Triumphant expression: aaaaalll mine ($0)
TOTAL: $18
Dress: Beall’s ($15)
Wedges: Dillard’s ($8)
Jewelry: Beall’s ($4)

TOTAL: $27

…and 52% of you were aaaaaalmost right.

It was A.

In addition to being one of the closest-to-call T+G’s on record, it was also one of the closest in terms of $$, mostly because I bought my “owl dress” (which I can now longer think of as anything else) at a new local thrift/consignment store called Plato’s Closet. 

The prices are anywhere from 20% more than my Goodwill (for shirts and skirts) to 50% more (for dresses) to 1,000% more (for designer jeans).

But they only carry of-the-moment looks, and the store is well-organized and clean—with an especially promising and and reasonably priced shoe section—so I’ll definitely be going back.

Oh, and my favorite commenter from this week was a no-brainer.

Becca said:

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again- this game is so fun!!
I think A is thrifted because that navy dress is too blue to be worn in…
unless of course it was thrifted brand new-ish…
then B would be thrifted, because A is not {then the poison would be in my own glass, unless of course you used reverse psychology, then you would have put it in my glass…Princess Bride, anyone?}
Love your hair cute preggers lady!”

Um, hello?

She compliments my hair and my goofy fashion game AND she references the Princess Bride all in one fell swoop?

That’s an automatic win in my book.

(Plus her blog rocks!)

P.S. I’ve been trying to think of a way to word this without sounding desperate for compliments but can’t, so I guess I’ll just say it, and you can take it how you like:

Thank you all so much for your kind words on my pregnancy Wardrobe Wednesday posts.

In “real life,” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say: “Whoa! You’re practically as big now as you were when you had Della!!!”  in the last several weeks.

(I mean, really, was that “whoa!” absolutely necessary? Much better to go the Mandy route and exclaim, “Twins?? But you’re so tiny!” Now, that’s a good woman, there).

Now, I know that people aren’t trying to tell me I’m huge or fat or a whale (yet), but from a preggo’s emotional point of view, the constant amazement at the size of my belly (in terms of largeness) is such a direct contrast to the constant amazement at the size of my last pregnant belly (in terms of smallness) that’s it’s hard not to hear: “DANG, girl, are you sure you should be eating that cookie?”

Please believe me when I say that I’m not hoping that you will leave me a flood of compliments today assuring me of my tininess.

I  can promise you that other people aren’t the only ones who have noticed the difference in “the belly” (it’s twins, for crying out loud), and I am under no delusions that I will (or should be) getting called small by anybody in the next several months, but it is nice to have the perspective of folks who have never seen me pregnant before to help when my whiny, “I’m HUGE!” pregnant alter ego tries to take over the rational being that is buried somewhere under all the hormones.

Okay, MOVING ON…

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A while back, the Nester did a post on pet peeves and got about 5,467 responses (okay, actually 324, but who’s counting?) to her request that her readers share their own “drive-me-crazies.”

Why?

Well, because she’s the Nester (duh) and because we humans sure do like to vent.

Now, I’m not saying that her post was a bad idea…at all.

In fact, the responses were by turns hilarious, insightful, and quite telling…

But it got me thinking about what the opposite of pet peeves might be?

If x, y, and z are the things that totally make my skin crawl, what are the a,b, and c that make me do happy dances every time they occur?

For me, the short answer is unexpected blessings.

 

Sure, I like spectacular sunsets, double rainbows, random flowers from my husband, and snuggles from my babies,

But…who doesn’t?

What I mean are the small, fun moments in life when you just can’t help but grin and said, “Thanks for that, Lord.”

So, here are 5 things that are on my list of what I’m calling “Pet Loves,” in no particular order:

1.

Being in a hurry and having dreaded thoughts like, “Oh shoot, I forgot to put the clothes in the dryer, so my exercise shorts aren’t ready,” or, “Oh shoot, I bet the boys didn’t put their shoes back, and now we’re going to spend 10 minutes we don’t have looking for Simon’s flip-flop,” or, “Oh, shoot, I need that gift card, but I don’t remember putting it my purse, and now I don’t have a clue where it is”…only to discover that, either angels have been at work, or I actually did remember to do all of those things, and I’m not going to be late (or have to succumb to the urge to gnaw my own big toe off) after all.

2.

Discovering $5 in my back pocket, a forgotten balance on a gift card, or a $67 Amazon credit I didn’t even know I had.

3.

This one’s very similar to #2, but there’s not much in the small scheme of life that can beat getting to the register with your items and finding out, “Oh, by the way, everything you’re holding is an extra 50% off today,” or, even better—as happened on my last trip to Hancock’s where I bought the last yard or so of fabric on a bolt—“It’s on the house.”

4.

Looking for bloomers to go under one of Della’s skirts only to remember that she’s wearing a snap onesie, so I don’t need them (am I the only one who has trouble keeping up with all the baby girl paraphernalia? Oh dear. I’m in trouble).

5.

Finally managing to remember what/whom something/someone reminds me of because it’s been bugging me all. day. long.

(Okay, so maybe calling that last one a “blessing” is a bit of a stretch, but it sure does make my brain go, “Aaaaaaah”)..

So, what about you?

Do you have “Pet Loves?”

I’d (pet) love to hear them!

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Wardrobe Wednesday: Thrifted or Grifted—Dresses and Wedges

Time for yet another round of everybody’s favorite thrifting guessing game (does it still count as your favorite if it’s your only thrifting game?).

And what game would that be?

Why, THRIFTED OR GRIFTED, of course!

So, what is T+G?

It’s a silly little fashion game I came up with in which I wear two similar ensembles, and you test your thrifting savvy by deciding whether an outfit is:

A) 100% Thrifted: (adj.)—previously loved and therefore ridiculously cheap…aka Secondhand

OR

B) 100% Grifted: (adj.)—swindled or cheated…aka Retail (NOTICE THE “R” IN GRIFTED! SOMETIMES, I GET EMAILS FROM PEOPLE WONDERING WHY I DO A GAME ABOUT “GIFTED” CLOTHES! : ))

…and then you vote and leave me comments telling why you chose the one you did!

(Disclaimer: No, I don’t actually think you’re getting ripped off every time you pay retail, but I do believe that if you can’t tell the difference, you shouldn’t have to pay for it).

If you’re a Thrifted or Grifted pro, then you know the drill—use your hands as binoculars, call your very disinterested husband in for a second opinion, do innie-minnie-miney-moe…whatever it takes for you to feel fully satisfied that you have sufficiently scoured each outfit for telltale signs of thriftedness (WRINKLES DON’T COUNT!) and then comment away telling me why you chose which one you did.

The commenter I find most entertaining (there’s nothing fair or random about it! ; )) will get 5 free entries into our upcoming giveaway (which really is upcoming…PROMISE…there’s been a hiccup—actually two…ha!—in the programming of giveaways around here, but something fun is in the works!).

Okey dokey, artichokey (I’ve always wanted to type that. I don’t know why, but I always picture myself wearing a camp counselor’s uniform from the original Parent Trap when I do).

Let’er rip, tater chip! (I’ve never wanted to type that, but I figured while I was on silly, rhyming, food-themed phrases roll, I’d get in as many as I could).

Is it…

EXHIBIT A

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I’m not sure if you’re going to be able to wrap your head around this one, but I actually added just the teensiest bit of color to my skin when I edited these photos because, without it, I am so white that I look almost see-through.

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When my oldest, Ezra, saw this dress, he asked if it had owls on it.

At first, I was totally confused, until I glanced down at the pattern on my dress and saw two big “owl-eyes” staring back up at me. He’s an observant little boy.

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Or…

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Just in case you’re wondering (and you might not be at all), my hair is fixed in two different variations of the “layered twist” style that I explained how to do here.

And now, it’s time to tell me…

Which outfit is 100% thrifted?

VOTING IS CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN SEE THE RESULTS HERE!

 

P.S. Thank you to those of you who helped out on the Facebook page with choosing which watch to buy. If you missed it or aren’t subscribed, here’s what I showed everybody yesterday:

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The response was pretty much overwhelmingly: Option 2.

Which, I can’t deny makes the most sense for everyday wear (though, in my heart of hearts, I kind of loved Option 1 because it was funky and different).

Problem was, Option 2 was $107 on Overstock, and even though I had some Paypal cash leftover from Shop My Closet, as you can guess, it’s still kind of hard for a girl who comes up with games like Thrifted or Grifted to shell out that kind of dough for a trendy watch.

So, I did what any true bargain-hunter would and checked Amazon for a price comparison.

Guess what I found?

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Same watch (although I know it looks different because of the lighting in the picture) 40% cheaper, and one left in stock.

And you know what else?

A while back, I was searching through some old emails in an even older account that I almost never use, and I stumbled across an email from Amazon that I’d never seen, giving me the code for a gift card for $67.

I don’t even remember what it was for (I assume a refund or…something).

But it sure did feel like FREE MONEY!

And I bet you can guess what I spent my $67 totally-didn’t-even-know-I-had-it gift card on.

My new watch will be here Thursday.

Total cost out of my pocket?

$4.

Now, that’s a good deal.

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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5 Things Thursday: Thrifted or Grifted Results + The Things He Says

Shoooooeee!

It was neck and neck for a little while there for Thrifted or Grifted yesterday.

And the comments were hilariously conflicted.

“Well, A looks way better on you, so that one must be retail.”

“Hmm…B is way more flattering, so that one has to be thrifted.”

I tell you what, folks, the opinions of women about fashion are as many and varied as the spots on a leopard (which, as it so happens, is a pattern I have never bought at a thrift store).

The gap did widen finally by 8 AM this morning, with the final count being:

A—56%

B—44%

So…which one was 100% thrifted?

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Top: ?/GW ($3)
Shorts: GAP/GW ($4)
Shoes: Mossimo/GW ($4)
Bracelet: GW ($1)
TOTAL: $12
Top: Beall’s ($6)
Shorts: Beall’s ($7)
Shoes: Urban Outfitters ($20)
TOTAL: $33

You pulled this one out! Well done!

(Darn those too big shoes in Exhibit A. They betrayed me!)

Oh, and you guys have probably already guessed this, but I don’t usually pay $20 for flats—even cute, striped, sailoresque ones—but when I bought the rug for Della’s room, shipping was either free if you spent $50 or like $15 for the rug alone if you didn’t.

So I paid $5 extra, and got free shipping and some fun, comfy shoes out of the deal.

Gotta love retail math.

OH, and the commenter who gets 5 free entries into tomorrow’s giveaway is Pamela, who said:

“I say A is thrifted because it doesn’t look like it at all to me. Neither does the other one, but I don’t like dark blue.”

That is the most awesomely convoluted, completely nonsensical reasoning ever, and I love it! : )

Okay, so today I thought it would be fun to join in on Bird and Branch’s “The Things He Says” linky, which goes a little something like this: you pick pictures of home décor that you like, then you show them to your husband and see what he thinks.

The thing is…when it comes to fashion, Shaun and I are very different.

He loves neutral and simple, with classic lines…and I do too.

On other people.

But what I gravitate towards for myself is: colorful, complicated, and highly accessorized.

So, you would think that, since home décor is basically fashion for houses, we would be just as different there as well.

Not so much, it turns out.

1. Take this room for example:

 

COLOR! Patterns! MORE COLOR!

I thought he might shield his eyes in pain and exclaim, “Make it stop!”

But instead, he just observed it thoughtfully, then said, “Take away the lamps, and I think I like it.”

(Wooohoo! One turquoise room with a crushed velvet teal sofa and a spunky red chair comin’ right up, baby!)

2. So what did he think of this one?

 

“Cool dresser. Strange mirror.”

3. And this one?

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Shaun: “Umm…baby? Why are you showing me pictures of naked women?”

Me:”???? Yikes!” (closes window quick, fast, and in a hurry).

(And yes, I did “alter” her a bit for decency’s sake)

4. Me: “Whaddya think?”

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Him: “I think I’m sleepy.”

(Which is funnier than it sounds considering that we were all cozy on the couch, and he was needing to go to bed but staying up just so I could ask him silly décor questions and show him pictures of tranquil-looking bedrooms that he couldn’t escape to yet).

5. With this last one, I finally pushed my luck a bit too far.

 

 

His response?: “Oooof.”

And then he went to bed. : )

Want to hear the best part of all?

He goes along with almost all of my harebrained decorating schemes and almost always ends up loving them when I’m done (although there might be an eyebrow quirk or two in the middle of the “creative process’”). He’s kind of ridiculously great like that.

So, what about you guys?

Do you and your hubby agree on decorating styles?

If not, how do you find a happy medium?

Do share!

And have a happy Thursday!

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Wardrobe Wednesday: Thrifted or Grifted—Short Sleeves + Short Pants

Edit: It looks like we’ve got the feed issue fixed, so you should be getting updates in your reader again.

Please, let me know if something changes! : )

My dad is from Colorado rather than the great state of Texas, but for as long as I can remember he has called shorts, “short pants.”

Why?

I don’t know.

Maybe it has to do with the oh-so-popular t-shirt (hat? bumper sticker?) I seem to remember him sporting that said something to the effect of: “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as quick as I could.”

Because it just sounds Southern, doesn’t it? (“Hey, Junior, go change out of your short pants and put your britches on ‘cause we’re goin’ fishin’!”)

But I don’t really know anybody from around here that says it. So, maybe it’s just a Dad-ism.

Either way, thanks for the post title inspiration, Dad, because Short Sleeves and Short Pants sounds way better than Short Sleeves and…Shorts (kinda leaves you hanging, doesn’t it?).

OKAY.

That commercial was brought to you courtesy of Abbie’s random brain ramblings, but now it’s time for what you guys actually showed up for today.

And that would be..

THRIFTED OR GRIFTED!

So, what is T+G?

It’s a silly little fashion game I came up with in which I wear two similar ensembles, and you test your thrifting savvy by deciding whether an outfit is:

A) 100% Thrifted: (adj.)—previously loved and therefore ridiculously cheap…aka Secondhand

OR

B) 100% Grifted: (adj.)—swindled or cheated…aka Retail (NOTICE THE “R” IN GRIFTED! SOMETIMES, I GET EMAILS FROM PEOPLE WONDERING WHY I DO A GAME ABOUT “GIFTED” CLOTHES! : ))

…and then you vote and leave me comments telling why you chose the one you did!

(Disclaimer: No, I don’t actually think you’re getting ripped off every time you pay retail, but I do believe that if you can’t tell the difference, you shouldn’t have to pay for it).

If you’re a Thrifted or Grifted pro, then you know the drill—squint, cock your head, haul out the magnifying glass…whatever it takes for you to feel fully satisfied that you have sufficiently scoured each outfit for telltale signs of thriftedness (WRINKLES DON’T COUNT!) and then comment away telling me why you chose which one you did.

The commenter I find most entertaining (there’s nothing fair or random about it! ; )) will get 5 free entries into our upcoming giveaway (THIS FRIDAY : )).

Ready?

O-KAY (and that, folks, is as close to a cheerleader as I will ever get).

Is it…?

EXHIBIT A

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Why do I suddenly feel as if Steven Tyler would be very jealous of my hair in this pic? I need a trim!

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Remember that nap I was hankering to take yesterday? It kind of looks like I’m getting a brief one in here!

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Pardon the awkward, up close shot. I was just trying to make sure you could see the polka dots and the ruffles.

or…

EXHIBIT B

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I realize it’s a bit hard to tell what the colors are because of all the shadows and sunlight dappling, but my shorts are pale pink, and my shirt is dark blue/gray.

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Again with the strange, close-up shirt shot. (And yes, I realize that’s the world’s fakest-looking smile).

So, have you made your decision?

If so…vote!

I’ll leave the voting open until 8 AM tomorrow since we’re getting started a little later than usual.  It’s always fun to see what other people think, how they vote, and what they say (especially if you feel like you’re a thrifter extraordinaire and have it nailed for sure and want to know if your friends can spot it like you can!), so feel free to be liberal with the Facebook sharing/tweeting.

The more the merrier!

Which outfit is 100% Thrifted?

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 ~ 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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