Category: Clothing

Clothing: You Will Love This Beautiful, Modest, Feminine Clothing

I do not subscribe to the Bohemian lifestyle per say, but I do admit that the Boho clothing, as a whole, tends to fit in with what I love to wear: soft, feminine, flowing, romantic, and frequently modest.

Yes, I believe women should dress in a way that is lovely and modest. What that means may differ a bit from woman to woman. For me, it means I always wear skirts or dresses (and they are below the knees). I do not wear low cut tops or tight fitting clothing. If I am wearing something tight fitting, it is usually under a sheer top or under a cardigan. Layers can be quite lovely.

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Below are a couple of amazing outfits that I found on Target.com and would buy if I had the budget:

Women’s Ballet Tutu Skirt – Mossimo Supply Co.™ – Even adults like to play ballet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Striped Maxi Skirt Green/Grey/Black Stripe – Merona™ – My maxi skirts are the foundation of my wardrobe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Duster Kimono – Xhilaration™ (Juniors’) – This is about the Duster, not the jeans…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Scoop Neck 3/4 Ruffle Sleeve Blouse – Knox Rose – Pretty color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Ruffle Top Green – Xhilaration™ – My favorite color!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Ruffle Front Knit Blouse with Gold Bar – August Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Floral Skirt Belted Sweetheart Maxi Dress – Lily Star – I would wear this with a shrug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Cold-Shoulder Maxi Dress Black – Xhilaration – I am not sure if I consider bare shoulders modest enough, but this is really pretty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clothing: Find Your New Favorite Boho Outfit – Feb

 

Boho Junior and Womens ClothingI love feminine, romantic clothing and this new “Boho” trend tends to have a lot of choices in that area. If you enjoy flowing, beautiful dresses and skirts and tops, you should check out my Top 10 list this month for my favorite Boho finds on Amazon and maybe you will find your new favorite outfit!

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Mixmax Women Flowy Sheer Crop Sleeves Loose Chiffon Kimono Cardigan Blouse Top

Mixmax Women’s Strappy Casual Loose Boho Chiffon Pocket Long Maxi Dress

Milumia Women’s Boho Split Tie-Waist Vintage Print Maxi Dress

Milumia Women’s Button Up Split Floral Print Flowy Party Maxi Dress

Anna-Kaci Peasant Maiden Boho Inspired Cap Sleeve Lace Trim Maxi Dress

Urban CoCo Women’s Half Sleeve High Low Loose Casual T-shirt Top Tee Dress

Lannaclothesdesign Women’s Long Maxi Rose Multi Color Skirts Boho Skirts

Sakkas Dina Relaxed Fit Sequin Tie Dye Embroidery Cap Sleeves Blouse / Top

 

On Trend Women’s Paris Bohemian 3/4 Sleeve Faux Wrap Long Maxi Resort Dress

Sakkas Bree Long Embroidered Cap Sleeve Marbled Dress

What is your favorite clothing style?

10 Favorite Boho Outfits

The Shockingly Easy Way To Remove Baby Poop Stains From Baby Clothing

The Shockingly Easy Way To Remove Baby Poop Stains From Baby Clothing


I have been blessed with a new baby girl – baby girl number 4 to be exact. I am also blessed to be able to nurse that baby.

What I am not quite blessed by is the mustard yellow poop that seems to seldom be contained by the diaper! And so, every week I have a pile of clothing with poop stains on it that need to be washed.

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You would think after 4 babies, I would know how to get the stains out of the baby’s clothing, but I don’t. So I keep doing the same thing – spray and soak and wash – and I am still left with a stain here and there that is permanently set in.

And then one day, I randomly asked a friend if she knew what to do to get the poop stain out – and she did! And it was so ridiculously simple, that I could have kicked myself. Here is what she said:

“Just wash the clothing, then put them out in the sun to dry.”

Yup, that easy. And is just happens to be summer right now, so…. last week, I washed the latest baby clothing with poop stains, laid it out in the sun to dry, brought them in – and there were no stains left on any of the clothing!

If you already knew this, be sure to share with your friends – I bet there is at least one who did not know this trick. If you didn’t know the trick, share it with all of your friends – there might be a few out that need to know.

If you do get the clothing clean, then you can trade it in to many places for credit when you baby outgrows them, including Amazon.com – Trade In with Three Easy Steps .

What are your best baby care tricks and tips?

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Simplifying: How Do You Want Your Closet To Look?

Do you want your closet to look like this or this?
Do you want your closet to look like this or this?


Can you walk into your closet right now and, with a 5 second glance, find a great matching top, skirt and sweater? How about being able to find your best dress for church or a date with your spouse? Or do you stand there, overwhelmed and unable to find anything that goes together, at least with out digging through for minutes or more? Maybe you are somewhere in the middle?

Look closely at the photo of the two closets? Which does yours look more like? A pile of clothing, all shoved together with no order? Or an ordered set of clothing with room in-between each thing so the clothing can “breathe?”

Now, you might be saying, the disorganized closet looks like men’s clothing and the organized one looks like women’s clothing. Yes, you are correct. One is my stuff and the other is my husband’s. But this post is not to dis on my husband. He likes his way of doing things and that is fine. BUT if you would like to be more organized, here is your chance to learn how. I have laid out three simple tasks that will get your closet in order quickly.

If You Can’t Fit It In, You Have Too Much Of It

Task #1: Stand back and look at your clothing. Is it all smashed together, almost on top of each other (see the photo below)? Unless you have a very small closet that more than one person is trying to use, you probably have more clothing than you need. If you really want a simpler life, you don’t want to have more than you need and more than you have room for. Decide what you want to get rid of, then what you should get rid of. Task #2 might help you clear more stuff out.

Is your clothing all smashed together?
Is your clothing all smashed together?

If You Haven’t Worn It, You Don’t Need It

Task #2: Go through every item in your closet. Have you worn it in the last 6 months? No? It is a seasonal item (i.e. only for winter or summer)? No? Then sell it or give it away. Do not hold on to it with the thinking, well, I might wear it again or I need to loose 20 pounds to wear it, etc… If you haven’t worn it, and it isn’t the wrong season, then you aren’t going to wear it! It is causing clutter and excess that is not helpful to you.

If It Isn’t Organized / Ordered, It Will Be Harder To Find It

After sorting through and eliminating some of your clothing, you then need to organize your clothing so it is easier to find. Looking again at what not to do (above), here are two photos of my closet:

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Ordered and organized
Ordered and organized

The first photo is my skirts and dresses. They are organized by color – brown, green, blue, purple, pink, off white, white, grey, black. The second photos are my tops and sweaters. They are also organized the same way. I can look in one area, see that I have a black top with some print, then turn around and look at my skirts and see that I have a solid black skirt available. Time – 5 seconds. If it is cold, I can turn back to my tops and see that I have a solid black sweater available.

It is so quick and easy to find my clothing every day!

Let me know if I can help you more or if there is anything in this post that you aren’t clear on.

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Baby On A Budget: How To Spend Less Than $100 On Your Basic Baby Needs

Baby On A Budget: How To Spend Less Than $100 On Your Basic Baby Needs
Baby On A Budget: How To Spend Less Than $100 On Your Basic Baby Needs

I know that many people save for their first baby. Unfortunately, many other folks do not. Maybe the baby is a surprise, earlier than planned, or they simply don’t have the income coming in to save.

We were both taken a bit by surprise by our first pregnancy and we still weren’t very good budgeters, so even when we found out we were pregnant and I was still working part time, we were living at our means and didn’t make the sacrifices we could have to save, other than the $100 a month payment to the mid-wife.

With all the money going out in bills, food, etc… how did we provide a crib, infant seat, baby bathtub, clothing, and more that a new baby needs? The following is how we still managed to have it all w/o spending more than $100 out of our own pocket:

  1. We let our family, friends and church community know our needs. We were humble enough to be grateful for all the hand-me down stuff that we were given. Lots of clothing, blankets, burp-rags, a baby bath, a high chair, a diaper bag, and more came in from other families and friends. We also ended up with a dresser and a stroller this way.
  2. A friend of mine hosted a baby shower for me. We were given beautiful, handmade blankets, cute as can be dresses (we were having a girl), and lots of practical stuff like diaper rash cream, diapers and pacifiers.
  3. Each of our parents contributed one major purchase with my mom-in-law getting us a crib (which ended up lasting through 3 babies) and mattress and my parents got us the infant seat.
  4. We picked up a few additional clothes from thrift / resale stores.

Although we had all we needed for baby one through these means, since then we have received / purchased a few additional items through the following means:

  1. Craigslist / want ads – always a great source of toys, clothing and more. Many people practically give stuff away. Others are trying to make some of their money back, but most people will deal, so try talking them down a little.
  2. Giveaways – lots of blogs out there are hosting giveaways of baby stuff. Try a few, you never know what you might end up with. There are also blogs that give away samples and such or find deals. If you have a little time, it is worth a search.

If you have saved a little money and want to get some items new, make the most of your funds by searching Ebates for coupons and cash back deals for 100’s of stores selling baby and children’s goods.

Helping Others: Gifts With A Cause

Many years ago, when I first became a Christian and started learning about the realities of the rest of the world, especially the realities of extreme poverty throughout the world, an idea came to my mind. What if we went into some villages in a country, say Kenya, and, along with telling them about the Lord, we gave them opportunity and invested in their community and businesses. We could do this by finding out what crafts and products they make and what kind of resources they have. We could then help them develop products to bring back and sell to us first worlders… and we would make sure they were paid fairly. The money they made and some of our residual income would then be invested back into their community.

Although I never did start the ministry, I am so happy today to find Gifts With A Cause and have a chance to share them. My goal is to bring Gifts With A Cause to all the mom blog readers, homeschoolers, and Christian groups I can find!

Here is a great infographic about what they do.

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World Vision’s Gifts With A Cause

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Is “Shop Till You Drop” a Good Thing?

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So what are the catch phrases these days?

Shop till you drop!

Become a Fashionista!

Do it for yourself because no one else will!

Work hard, play hard!

What is the media trying to tell us and is it a good thing?

 The Reality for Most People

Some statistics say that the average family spends about $1700 a year on clothing, with women spending about $600 of that amount (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Please understand that I don’t decry this amount. But I ask, do we really need to spend even that much per year? And does anyone really need to spend more?

Most of the families that I know now spend a lot less. Many have little or no budget, maybe $200 a year.

That might be hard for you to hear. That might even seem a bit crazy to you.

But what is even crazier is that these families still have plenty of clothing and they are, for the most part, quite content with what they have.

A Full Closet With a $200 Clothing Budget

When my husband and I committed ourselves to Jesus, we walked away from my salary to have children and gave up many things. This included a clothing budget. For three years, our clothing budget was around $200, and 90% of that went towards my husband’s clothing since he was working out of the home.

That is correct – mom, one girl and then a second girl, had a full wardrobe with $20 a year. And no, we did not make our own clothing. God, as He promised, provided us with clothing.

We did not ask anyone for clothing, we only prayed for it. And it came! Friends and family would come to us with bags and boxes over those three years, and my girls had so many dresses that we ended up passing some on to others. We also have a neat Grandma who has given myself and the girls a few new things, which is always fun and a true blessing to us.

And me? Again, God provided. People would say, hey, I got this skirt but it is too long for me, do you think you would like it? And it would not only be something that I liked, but it would match a top I already had! Clothing even came from distant family members that had no idea of our situation.

Just a Little Bit More Now

Although I was happy to make do with what I had, I did get to spend $200 this year on clothing for myself. It was like WOW, I get to spend that much!!! I used to be so ungrateful for what I had so many years ago.

Now I can’t even imagine needing that much over the next few years. I am blessed to have what I have.

 What is your clothing budget?

What if you “fasted” from purchasing clothing for a year, do you think you would appreciate what you have more?

 How do you feel about how the media portrays woman’s shopping habits?