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Archive for July 2014

I just can’t get enough of my two pairs of printed jogger pants!  

It seriously feels like cheating!  


Like wearing pj’s and getting away with still being fashionable…

Not like the bad picture you get of those who wear PJ bottoms and go to Walmart…

LOL, sorry couldn’t help myself…


Don’t ask me what it is about this top and this necklace, but I keep pairing them together…


I hadn’t embraced pattern mixing with these pants , yet, so just had to go with stripes today..

This is my bowling shoes tote bag, from Just Fab… They are having a fabulous buy one get one free sale…

Dear Readers, i am proud to say I am doing a good job of keeping busy and socializing my way out of thedepression after a several  days of severe symptoms… I think part of this could be that I have had two months now of no menstrual cycle, so that may be part of this…


I am grateful for our homeschooling bowling days, we have such fun laughing and playing.. I love this time with my boys and am dearly going to miss my Nicholas who is leaving in just two weeks…

I am grateful for the teamwork taking place to reaarrange and declutter, something that has been neglected with my homeschooling duties these past three years…

I am grateful for my oldest and his openess and the chance for us all to talk and lift him up…

I am grateful for all my life experiences, both the good and the bad, that help me be a better mother!  

I am grateful for the compassion I see in my children towards each other.  

I am grateful to my readers, who graced me with their kind words and wisdom…


Well, the  Good News is that despite my recent weight gain…

My white jeans still fit!  


And that’s saying something since they are the smallest size I own…

These are my thrifted Cabi’s that fit my curves like no other jean I’ve ever tried …


My plan to get out with friends this week began with a bang!

I had a wonderful day with a my thrifting buddy and I got to share in the good news, 

that after a long wait and fighting off an infection

She is having her cataract surgey on Monday!  


My thrifting trip was suppose to be to look for a coffee table for my oldest son…

No luck there, but I found perfect swivel chairs to put in front of my fireplace….

They can be used for conversation and in winter months the kids love roasting marshmellows and can turn them around!  

Dear Readers, since I got new chairs today was especially successful in pushing away the depression which had started to dig it’s claws in…I came home and did some rearanging , hung pictures on the wall, that I’ve been neglecting to do.. And if that isn’t enough, continued with my decluttering efforts and have a good amount to take to Goodwill tomorrow after my homeschool bowling.  That means tomorrow will be full of activity too, so should help with the depression as well!   


I am grateful to my dear friend for hanging out with me today!  

I am grateful for the funny guy at the Salvation Army who was loading the chairs and playfully told me to back off and let him do it, twice when I tried to help… (he made me laugh at his cute antics)

I am grateful to my dear friend for asking for a discount for buying them both and it worked, they gave 25% off…

I am grateful that my daughter and son sat in the new chairs and we had a fun conversation…

I am grateful that my son slept in super late and was rearing to help the decluttering.

I am grateful my husband is having a sale a day since going back into it full time and pray this trend continues.


On a Hot Summer Day, Nothing beats Linen..


Unfortunately with Linen comes Wrinkles, 

but I don’t care! 


A headband comes in handy for humid days when hair is out of control 

With my love of boho looks, a head band and this thrifted vest are just the right touches…


With my broken toe healed, I now get to embrace my wedges…

Chadwicks is where I’ve found a lot of linen items , Look Here for Current Offerings. 

Dear Readers, I am having a tough time and quite frankly trying to avoid going into a depression. I know the tools to use  to prevent this, but am finding a hard time reaching for them… I did do yoga before bedtime and had a better quality of sleep last night.  I also know getting out with friends is big , so am making plans for this week..  I believe very much in the “fake it til you make it philosophy.”   I know I can beat this, but it’s not easy…I’ve let myself have one terrible time of depression and vowed never to go back there again…

Do any of you ever suffer depression, recognize it right away  and suceed in figthing it back? 


I am grateful for a good night’s rest

I am grateful for a fun conversation with my daughter about how bored we are with Summer clothes and how we are looking forward to Fall!

I am grateful for my strong faith! 

I am grateful my mother gave me a small freezer years ago that we’ve put away in the garage, and now needed because our 2nd refrigerator broke… Feels like Mom is still taking care of me..

So many times I’ve Questioned the term, 

“Boho Chic”

Wondering what exactly it means…

Linking up with Visible Monday


Upon Seeing this photo, I instantly thought, 

“Now that’s Boho Chic”  

For me interpretation it’s about the beading on the purple tank, the printed long skirt with the rope belt detail and of course the faux leather blush colored backpack sure feels more chic than say, a canvas one….


I actually love the fun of the purple and pink in this….


I’ve had the tank top for a few years and barely worn it…

Now I am wondering why?

Dear Readers,


Is both the color Pink and Backpack purses…

Here are some from Just Fab where I got mine, Mine is like the black one called Magnetic

Here is what Target has to offer

Here are a few from Forever 21


I am grateful for wonderful conversations with my sister-in-law.

I am grateful for my husband’s success this week.

I am grateful for sleeping in after getting up early for my niece this past week..

I am grateful to my son for running to the grocery store for milk for me this morning. 

I am grateful to my friend for reaching out to me in her time of need 

I am grateful for a peaceful lazy day.

What’s the easiest way to get gussied up after housecleaning? 

Throw on a maxi,a vest and a fedora…


I worked late in the afternoon doing two days of our schedule of decluttering because we were to tired after bowling to get started on what should have been our first day…I then, had to run to BJ’s for grocery shopping… I loved the excuse to get cleaned up and dressed up…It trully is my way of balancing my life as a stay at home mother and of still caring for myself and being me..


I thrifted this fabulous polk-a dot maxi and did you notice my hand,,, 

Yep, this little number has pockets!!!!!   

I’ve never seen a maxi with pockets, have you????


This maxi is the longest one I own, but I still was able to walk

and get my groceries without it being in the way or having to lift it at all..

I am loving my jean vest and fedora this sseason and can’t seem to get enough of them…

Dear Readers,  my reason for decluttering right now is to take advantage of doinng so when I can get the help of my kids before they head off.. That’s not the only reason… My oldest will be coming back home for the 3weeks we are in Ireland to stay with my youngest and our dog, rabbit and turtles… He will be bringing his bird and tucking everything away will allow the bird to have a room to fly free and land on top of furniure pieces without anythng for him to get into… 


I am grateful for getting back on track with our decluttering schedule, even though it was a tiring day..

I am grateful for the help of my niece, daughter, and two sons… Having several people running to put things away is incredible..

I am grateful that I planned an easy, no-cooking necessary dinner of  salad with precooked chicken . 

I am grateful to my niece for taking my blog photos today and yesterday.

I am grateful that I gave my niece my chambray shirt I’ll get another one soon) as she’s been wanting one and will get a lot of use out of it..

i am grateful for the fun my niece had today, starting a styling notebook, gluing magazine photos and others I printed from the computer..

I am grateful for the time I have with my neice over the summer every other week! 

Dear Readers, Sorry I’ve missed a few days of blogging…

A change in my husband’s job sent me for a tailspin…

However, I believe in Divine Order and can see that at work as usual…


The bowling Alley is chilly from frigid AC, so I usually bring a sweater…

This is just a simple knit t-shirt style top I found at Burlington .

I love the muted colors here…

Did the faux tuck again to show off the belt and the touches of browns…


My fly aways drive me nuts, but it was a quck styling to get out the door.

Good news that we are making progress and have a meeting planned with teen homeschooling parents and children coming up in a few weeks to create support for going through high school and socialization ideas for the kids…


Decided to take of the sweater…

Dear Readers,,, I am going to be so busy these next few weeks getting my house totally uncluttered and reorganized , before my kids leave for college and stick it all with me to do… We’ve written out a daily plan and so far missed the first day.. Not to worry as each day is not packed full and I can double up… Today is cleaning off the Armoire desk  and the craft stuff the kids have on the hearth..


I am grateful for my daughter’s help in making a list to make the task  of decluttering very manageable.

I am grateful that everyone is agreeing to pitch in..

I am grateful that my husband’s job change actually has benefits for our family, despite the feeling of chaos from a toxic personality..

I am grateful that my husband works so hard for us and is sucessful at whatever he does…

I am grateful for these last weeks with my two adult children heading off to colleg…

I am grateful that my oldest still comes by to visit after moving out…

 I am grateful for my dear friends and wish I had more time to fit them in right now!  

Friday My husband and I attended the funeral of a previous co-worker of his…

When someone in their fifties dies without warning, 

It makes us all stop and think of how it really can happen anytime…


This is what I wore….. 

I actually felt very weird photographing this oufit before the funeral…


It doesn’t show up well here, but the top is pleated around the neckline and belted….

My Ying/Yang necklace feels like an appropriate symbol for a funeral…

My Bj’s still carries this necklace if anyone wants to check their own…


I am glad I opted for flats as we went out to a bar at the beach and I did a lot of standing….

Dear Readers, 

My husband and I always remark after funerals about how seeing everyone is always a wonderful part of the process, but a shame that we don’t do get togethers more often… 

Many years ago, my husband lost his grandfather, uncle and grandmother within a short time frame…. He hated the idea of leaving anything unsaid and responded by writing a beautiful letter to his Uncle, his Godfather, a man who’d been such a big part of his life to tell him how much he’s meant to him…   

And wouldn’t you know it… his uncle called the morning of the funeral and Tom mentioned that shame of get togethers when someone passes and his uncle declared,”Well NOT THIS TIME!”  He placed that call specifically to tell us that this trip to Ireland in October truly is the trip of a lifetime and he wants us to extend it from two weeks to three weeks… 

I am speechless and overwhelmend, An entire three weeks with my husband not working… In Ireland!!!!!  My husband and I have talked for 20 years about wanting to go to Ireland with his uncle, as we wanted to see it through his eyes, as he truly loves it… With him aging, we were afraid this might never happen…..

I ddin’t know about this little twist in our plans until we were driving home that night…. What’s better after saying goodbye to someone whose passed to young, seeing old friends and laughing, sharing memories and having a few drinks, than to look foreward to something so extraordinary….

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