Archive | July, 2011

Red Shoes

31 Jul

My Gram always told me three things

  • “Jesus loves you,and so do I”
  • “Elbows off the table, jowls up.”
  • “Every girl deserves a good pair of red shoes.”

When I was 6 years old she bought me my first pair of buckle shoes.  They were red.  Ever since then I have always been attracted to nice red shoesies, and I agree with Gram: Everyone deserves a good pair of red shoes.  They add some color to any outfit, and for goodness sake, they are always so cute.  In this case, cute doesnt have to mean expensive.

These red nautical style shoes were $19.99 at Payless (  Pair them with jeans and a blue and white stiped top, or white shorts and a navy polo, and you could be in a Ralph Lauren ad!



Max for the Minimum, Indeed!

31 Jul

I swear by Tj Maxx.  For my birthday, Husband gave me $100 to do with what I wanted.  I went to Tj Maxx.  With $100, I bought 5 tops, a pair of Jessica Simpson shoes, and had money to spare.

From Left:

Pink top    $10.99

Pattern top    $11.99

White Floral Blouse $11.99

Black floral blouse  $11.99

White blouse   $9.99

J.S. Wedges    $39.99




Rather than go to a trendy store and buy one whole outfit, I bought 5 unique tops to pair with skinnies and my new wedges.  With a few of my pretty gems (, I have an outfit that cost me less than my water bill.  THAT is saying something.




Revamp it: Bleach Stain

31 Jul


A friend of mine got an infamous bleach stain on one of her favorite tee shirts.  CRUD!!  Rather than despair and throw the tee shirt out with enough gusto you would think she was throwing out bad lasagna, she revamped it.

You will need


Offending article of clothing. It can be a tee shirt, or even a pair of jeans.

Bleach pen.  Most bleach pens dont have a fine tip, so if that is what you have in mind, I suggest using a toothpick as a make-shift fine tip tool.

cardboard.  Put this on the inside of the tee shirt or pant leg to ensure that the bleach doesnt bleed to the other side of your article of clothing.  Some people use a cutting board…but I would rather use something that I plan to throw away after.

A design template.  Sketch out an idea on paper first.  Transfer yor idea to your clothing with chalk, or something else that will wash off easily. Not the artistic type? Just use a stensil

Let the bleach stand for about 10 minutes for a tee shirt, and 30 minutes for jeans.  Wash like usual.

Sometimes the end result is a tee shirt that is more YOU than what you started with.  What a great way to make your clothes unique!


What ideas did you come up with?

One Womens No Thanks…

31 Jul

Is another womens YES PLEASE!

Our closets are full. Our dressers are full. If you split it into a percentage, how much of your stuff gets won on a normal basis. Time to thin it out ladies, because I am thinking that most of you are saying “hmm…About 50% I love. The other stuff is just….there.”

Determine what you love, what you need, what you just wanted, and what you think someone else might love, and you no longer do. Pick at LEAST 10 items to consign.

Find a local consignment shop, and talk to the owner. find out what his/her terms are for consignment. Some places will give you cash on the spot for your items, others require you to bring in a few items, start an account, and come back at the end of the month to claim your percentage.

I have a local consignment shop that I use, that gives cash on the spot for the clothes I bring in. Her prices are usually $3.00 per pair of jeans, and $2.00 per top. It doesnt seem like much, but when I bring in 10 or so tops that I dont wear anymore, thats $20.00 towards a top I love and will wear often.

Usually consignment shops that require you to start an account, ask that you only bring in clothing that are certain brands, and are in VERY good condition. This is where I brought my prom dress (I dont care that it was five years old, it was my favorite!!) This can be very rewarding in the long run, since you get the fulfillment of 1. A happier closet, 2.selling your item to someone that will use it more often, and 3. having the benefits of a yard sale, without someone trampling your grass.

With your unwanted, but still valuable items out of the way, You can make way for something that you TRULY love. Remember, just because you dont love it anymore, doesnt mean someone else wont love it. It might be exactly what someone is looking for. So lets all help our fellow penny pinchers.

Is It $20.00 Cute?

31 Jul

Whenever I shop for new pretties, I play a game with my husband. (oh yea, he goes shopping with me!).  This game works just as well with a close friend.

I find a piece that I love, and try it on.  Then I ask Husband how cute it is.

Is it $10.00 cute?

Is it $20.00 cute?

Is it $30.00 cute?

These Questions continue until he says “no way! Not worth that!”  Then I look at the pirce.  If the item is $15.00, and Husband said it was AT LEAST $30.00 cute, then it might be worth it.  This game helps me decide whether its worth buying for what its priced at, or not.

Is it $30 cute? Because I got it for $16.96!


Find One Thing

30 Jul

Sometimes the day feels like its going to come crashing down on you before it even starts. It can be hard to find the strength to get through just one day if you feel like you have to do it alone.  Just remember that you NEVER have to go through ANYTHING alone.  Your footprints are no longer in the sand because He is carrying you.


Thank you for editing, Tracie 🙂

So for today, just find ONE THING to be happy about.  Just one.  And let that be the motivation to get through until tonight, when you can thank Him for giving you a lift.




Worry Not

30 Jul

There once was a boy, who woke up one morning and walked out into his living room, to find Too many worries, and problems.  He took all of his worries and problems, put them in boxes and taped them shut.  He wrapped the boxes in ribbon.  Some of the boxes were big, and some were small.



He put them all, big and small into his car, and starting to look for someone to take them.  He drove up on a yard sale, and asked the man “will you take these?”  The man looked at the big boxes, and backed away, “no way! Those worries are too big for me to handle, take them away!” So the boy did.



He drove a little further, and saw another yard sale.  Now seeing that the big worries and problems were intimidating, he offered the small ones instead.  “Please sir, take these off of my hands!”  The man laughed. “no way! Those are all little silly problems.  I havent got time to bother myself with them.  Take them away!!!”  So the boy did.


  He drove for a very long time, starting to feel helpless.  Finally he made it to the gates of heaven.  Wearily, he walked up to the gate and knocked.  “please! is anyone there!?!?”  In no time, a large booming voice answered, “yes!?”  The boy took all of the boxes, big and small, and offered them to the voice.  “Please.  I can no longer handle these worries and problems.  What a burden theyve been.  No one else will take them.  Will you?”  God was pleased, and said without hesitation, “of course I will, I thought you would never ask!”





Where do you bring your worries?  Who is willing to take them off of your hands?