Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Day In My Life

If you're hopping over from Katie's blog, welcome to my home!  And if you're starting here, let me explain.

Today, The Blended Bloggers are sharing a day in our lives.  January 23, 2016, to be exact. Nine of us documented what we did that Saturday, and now it's time to hop around and see what everyone was up to. 

Which for me ended up being a whole lot of not much.  I had big plans to show you a very exciting day, which fizzled out shortly after I got up.  But I'll get to that in a minute.

Although it was a Saturday, I still got up early for my devotional time.

Since we like to hike, even in the winter, I had planned a trip to one of our favorite spots, to share January in the Pacific Northwest with you.  But the weather had other ideas.  AND my husband was sick.  No hiking for us.

Hiking in this much rain is no fun.

So instead, I went downstairs and put in a 21 Day Fix DVD.  After my workout I got on the computer to get a little blogging done.

As I sat there thinking about my day, I was feeling pretty bummed.  This wasn't the kind of Saturday I had in mind.  But I eventually decided to embrace it. Every day can't be exciting!

After a shower, I headed to the store to pick up supplies for my under the weather husband. Yay, finally out of the house!

I spent the afternoon reading, doing laundry, and getting dinner ready.

At 5:30 the boys arrived with their friends in tow.  Because we almost always have extra teenagers for dinner.  They can sense when it's time to eat!  Lemon chicken and rice was on the menu.

Finally time for some fun!  A hangout with a few of my favorite blogger friends. I have no idea why Deena, Shaunacey and I look distressed in this picture.  We actually had a wonderful chat.  What did you say to us, Carrie?

I finished up the evening with a rousing game of Scrabble with my husband, who was feeling a little better.  I've never won a single game in 33 years with him, and this night was no exception.  Sigh.

So there you have it, a day in my not so exciting life.  

But to be honest, I kind of like it that way.

Now it's time to head over to Christy's blog and see what she was up to.  She lives in Canada with her two little boys, so I'm sure she had a fun day!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Shop My Closet Week 5

One month down - how many more to go?  I honestly don't see an end in sight, and I didn't spend one dollar on clothes during January.  

I did have to go to the mall once, and I'm obviously in a dressing room in the first picture. However, I only stopped in to use the mirror.  I'll admit to a bit of browsing on the way out, since I was in my very favorite store.  But it has become easier to resist impulse purchases, and I left with nothing.

Apparently I was feeling a lot of gray and pink this week.  It's funny when I put these collages together and start to see a pattern.

This outfit is a perfect example of why I'm challenging myself to wear everything in my closet.  Both the black jacket and the lilac sweater had never been on my body, and I've had them for months.  The Caslon jacket has knit gray sleeves and was the perfect weight over the soft cowl neck sweater.

In the spirit of working on my creativity, I'd like to walk into my closet and put some outfits together that I hadn't thought of before.  But how?

Audrey at Putting Me Together shared a post recently with Tips For Utilizing Your Wardrobe that I found very helpful.  She suggested planning outfits for the week by listing each day, what you'll be doing, and the weather.  She also wrote about using Pinterest, and finding a style "go to" formula. Which for me is jeans, a sweater, and boots.

Or.... I could just follow along with my friend Carrie at A Lovely Little Wardrobe for her Create 28 Series, where she's giving an outfit prompt for each day in February.  Carrie asked me to share a look for the series later in the month, and I'm excited to show you what I come up with.

Until next week - happy "no shopping"!

Linking up today with A Lovely Little WardrobeThe Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined Style

Monday, February 1, 2016

Motivational Monday XXVII

Today I'm posting on The Blended Blog, sharing some thoughts on my marriage for The Look of Love series.  I hope you'll head over and check it out!


I'm also linking up with Shaunacey for Monday Moments Of Gratitude.  This week I'm grateful for:

  • Babies!!!  I got to spend time with my newest little cousins.  There's nothing like cuddling a newborn to make you forget all your troubles.
  • Grandpa Ed.  It's a month into dialysis, and he's a whole new man.  What 97 year old asks to take a selfie with you?


And, I'm linking up my numbers post with Deena at Shoes To Shiraz.  Can't wait to see what she did with her January.

Friday, January 29, 2016

January In Numbers

My ever creative friend Deena recaps each month with a numbers post, and I thought I'd join in the fun.  As per usual, January has gone by so fast - but we're halfway through winter, so that's the good news.  Here's what went on around here this month:

31 days without shopping.  I even went to the mall for a hair color appointment, did some browsing, and bought nothing.  I'm having fun wearing what's in my closet.

2 lunch/dinner dates with C.  I love one on one time with my boys, so I can find out what's going on in those brains of theirs.  There was also 1 lunch date with my brother and sister, which stretched to three hours.  Apparently, we had a lot to talk about!

1 "Happy Light" finally set up on my desk.  I bought it in December, but didn't take it out of the box.  And now I keep forgetting to turn it on.  Sigh. Eventually I'll let you know if it works.

8 swim meets attended.  The season is almost over, and I'm sad, sad, sad. We still have districts and hopefully a trip to state (keep your fingers crossed).  I've been watching C and T swim for seven years, so I'm really going to miss the pool.  It's the only time I'm warm all winter.

19 workouts done.  I'm trying to get back on track with the 21 Day Fix, but I get bored easily.  Has anyone tried Hammer and Chisel?

1 trip to Vegas with my husband.  Mostly for work, but we managed to have a little fun too. Although, 2 nights we were in bed by 9pm.  C was so disappointed in us.

30 rainy days.  I'm probably exaggerating, but it sure felt like it.  If only I would remember to turn on my Happy Light!  It snowed very briefly one day, and there was a little sunshine.  I think.

Many scholarship apps proofread for T.  Honestly, filling them out is like a full time job for him.  But he's a much better writer than me, so I enjoy reading what he comes up with.

1 visit to the orthodontist to start my Invisalign treatment.  Even though it's a long process, I'm looking forward to one day having straight teeth again.

2 books read.  A goal is to spend more time reading this year, so I'm pretty happy that I finished two.  I get excited when a new Elizabeth George novel comes out, but this one was a little disappointing.  I really enjoyed Thresholds, and I'll be reviewing it next month.

Tomorrow I'm headed south to visit my uncle and grandpa Ed, so I'll finish the month spending time with 2 of my favorite people.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

No Repeat January Week Four

Week four of no repeat January is behind me.  And while I did wear something different from my closet every day, I forgot to take outfit pictures. Which is too bad, because I had some cute stuff going on in Vegas.  And I had a photographer with me the entire time (aka my husband).  I'll do better next week as I head into no repeat February.

One of my favorite bloggers, Suzanne, recently wrote about style goals and creating a style statement, which really got me thinking about my closet.  In the past, I've had a hard time defining my style.  Most of what I wear is dictated by the place I live (very casual), the weather (cold and rainy a lot of the time), and the fact that I work from home.  

As I continue my plan to wear everything in my closet, and thrift the clothes that don't work for me, things are starting to come into focus a little bit. Suzanne created a worksheet to help choose a style statement, and I ended up with these five words that describe my personal values and core beliefs: persistent, kind, courageous, adventurous and creative.

Now I just need to work those words into my wardrobe.  My style already reflects a casual, active lifestyle.  However, I'm finding myself attracted to the classic pieces in my closet, and I think I'm looking for more sophistication. I'd also like to add some creativity to my outfits, which is a character attribute I find attractive in others.  That one won't be easy since my existing style is pretty basic.  And I'm on a shopping ban.

Suzanne wrote:  "Style isn't about wanting to be someone else, or following rules, it is about knowing yourself, believing in yourself and working with what you have to create a visual representation of your soul on the outside for all the world to see".

My personal style is a work in progress, but the journey sure is fun!

Linking up today with A Lovely Little WardrobeThe Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined Style

Monday, January 25, 2016

Motivational Monday XXVI

I came across this quote on a post written by my friend Launna this weekend, and it really jumped out at me.  All my life, I've been a people pleaser.  It's just part of my personality. I'm the queen of non-confrontation, often to my detriment.

Recently, I finally realized that there will always be people who won't be happy no matter what I do.  Or don't do.  I need to stop putting energy there, and focus on the people who love me no matter what.  

Of course, I can't completely isolate myself.  Life requires us to deal with the not so good sometimes.  But if I keep going where the love is, the rest will fall into place.


I'm linking up today with Shaunacey for Monday Moments Of Gratitude. Head over to her blog to check out this great new series.

This week I'm grateful for:

  • A long conversation on Saturday evening with some new friends that have become very special to me.  I love that we can hash out ideas, share our frustrations, and laugh out loud.
  • Time away with my husband.  Even though we were working, we managed to squeeze in some fun.  He's my favorite person to hang out with.


There's a lot going on over at The Blended Blog this week.  We're continuing our New Year, New ______ series with Alison and Sheila, sharing our favorite posts of the month, and continuing our blogger interviews, Featured on Friday.  Hope you'll join us!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Whatever Is Lovely Part Four

I just got back from a business trip, and I'm feeling all cattywampus this Friday, so I apologize in advance if I'm rambling a bit.  Linking up with Carrie to share some things that are lovely! 

--I'm probably the last person you'd expect to find in Las Vegas.  I'm not much of a drinker, most nights you'll find me in bed by 10pm, and I'm the unluckiest gambler.  However, my husband and I were there this week for a Builder's Conference, and we had the best time!  I always enjoy walking around the hotels.  The architecture, grandeur, and attention to detail is spectacular.  Plus, while we did lots of looking, I didn't buy a single thing.  This was a pleasant surprise to G, as apparently he was unaware of my shopping ban.  Hmm... I think I forgot to tell him, just in case I changed my mind.

--One of my favorite blogs to read every day is Diane's On The Border.  She grew up on a ranch in Southern Alberta, and her stories are witty, heartwarming, and full of adventure. Every time I click over I come away with a smile on my face.

--It's Hollywood award season!  Actually, I could care less about the awards, but I love the fashion.  I thought the Golden Globe gowns were disappointing, except for this Gucci dress worn by Amber Heard.  Absolutely gorgeous! Although I felt it needed a belt.  Which most likely wouldn't work at all, and is the reason no one is knocking down my door to be a stylist. I'll stick to my day job.  But everyone better up their game for the Academy Awards.

--I came across this great article that gave me a new perspective on "positive mindsets". The author spent time in a small town in Northern Norway that experiences severe winter weather, and near darkness three months of the year.  She expected the residents to have a high rate of seasonal depression, but found just the opposite.  Their saying "there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing" and upbeat attitudes could be applied to any situation.

--So, the Seahawks lost last Sunday.  Which wasn't very lovely.  But as I've written before, this team is made up of a bunch of special people.  Leading the way is quarterback Russell Wilson, who by all accounts is an amazing human being, both on and off the field.  Every Tuesday he visits Seattle Children's Hospital and spends hours with the kids there, who are beyond excited to meet him. Every. single. Tuesday.  You can follow him on Instagram and see the big smiles he shares.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend.  And if you live on the East Coast, stay safe and warm.
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