Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Colored Pants for Spring

Colored Pants for Spring (Under $30)!

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

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March Goals

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

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

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

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Book Review: Where Trust Lies

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

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

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

Friday, February 27, 2015

February Clothing Budget

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

February Purchases and Budget

February Purchases and Budget by gracenote30 featuring petite tops

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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Choose Your Own Fabric Car Trash Bags

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

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


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