THM Update and Ness Bag Sneak Peak

I wanted to check in and show you my new Diaper bag!

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I’m writing a detailed review that I hope to post soon! Until then, I wanted to give you a little sneak peek at just how cute it is!!

Also, if you are on the fence about giving Trim Healthy Mama a try let me encourage you to GO FOR IT! I was only experimenting with it and not sticking to the plan exactly and lost 5 pounds! I’m writing up my Trim Healthy Mama menu and will share that with you ASAP!!

Frugal Fashion from Goodwill! Part 1

I wanted to pop on here quickly, before I even have the post completed, in case you are shopping for last minute holiday clothes, and you need a little encouragement and inspiration!!

 

I found a whole bag of trendy, frugal fashion at Goodwill the other day!!!

 

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I have been seeing a lot of lace detail in sleeves on Pinterest lately,so I was really excited to find this top! Sorry for the washed out pic. I was in a hurry! I hope you can see the lace on the sleeves, and the elegant neckline.
Grey top $3.00! Jeans $4.oo! Necklace $2.99!

Here is a close up of the top and necklace

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This top would be great for a casual holiday get together or even something a little fancier by adding a skirt and a little sparkle

Top number 2

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I really like this little “baby doll” top from Cold Water Creek. And it was only $3.00 at Goodwill!!

This top can also be worn casual or dressy. I wore it with a casual look to a little holiday get together with some Christmas-y jewelry and cozy boots.

Here is another angle, but it really doesn’t due this top justice. It’s actually more flowy, as you can see a little better in the first pic of it.
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You can’t tell in the pics, but the boots I’m wearing are quilted. Love that detail!! They are only $30 at Aeropostale!

My Frugal Fashion Shopping tips for today:

tip #1: Shop second hand stores like Goodwill If you’ve tried a time or two and been unsuccessful, keep trying!! Shop frequently and during less busy times, like weekdays.

Tip #2: Don’t fall into a Second Hand Store trap. They can seem like a good idea because their prices are a little lower than full price retail, but a little patience when shopping Goodwill and the clearance racks at your favorite department stores will yield more bang for you hard to come by bucks!

Tip #3: If you are trying to get back in the fashion loop like I am, you’re going to need a little direction and inspiration before shopping. Pinterest is perfect for that. I often peruse Pinterest, find a few favorites, and then try to find similar items at the store that I can make a little more modest.

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Frugal Fashion Mall Haul!

As I mentioned here, I have always enjoyed fashion, but have kind of been in a fashion and beauty ‘bubble’ while growing and caring for my large family for the past ten years.

Well, I was feeling a little adventurous this past week, and made a trip to the mall. I’m so glad I did!

There are some great sales this time of year and a girl can really score some frugal fashion if she’s careful!

I went armed with a coupon and as much self control as I could muster. (There were so many cute finds, I really could’ve gotten into trouble!)

Here is what I came home with…
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I think I’d like to build around a few basic wardrobe staples, so that my clothing stays in style a little longer, and then add a few trendy accessories.

I think this blouse qualifies as both a staple and a trendy addition. It’s a classic color. It’s feminine. It’s a little sexy, but at the same time modest with a cami underneath. And the color seems to be popular this year. I found it at Deb, on clearance, for only 10 bucks!
As soon as I find a cami I like, I’ll post a pic of me wearing it, so you can really see what it look like.
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I’m so excited about this little find! Animal prints are really hot right now, so this is definitely a trendy addition. But, animal prints are also pretty classic, so I think this shirt, like the previous one, qualifies as a staple and a trendy addition!
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While animal prints are in I’ll wear this on it’s own, with a cami underneath. When animal prints are not so in, I’ll use it as more of an undershirt with a sweater or shirt over it. It will provide a nice little flair to a plain sweater or shirt. Especially since the back is longer than the front, it will peek out from under a regular length shirt or sweater. Love that!

Deb was running a buy one, get one %50 off, including clearance. It was already marked down to $5, which means I only paid $2.50 for it! That’s cheaper than Goodwill. Score!
Again, when I find the right cami, I’ll post a pic of me wearing it.

These, I really didn’t have to pay for. I had a gift card for $25 at Old Navy. These happened to be on sale for $25, so I only had to pay tax.

Since I don’t wear jeans very often, especially skinny jeans, I consider these a trendy addition. They are a nice neutral jean color, without too much detail so I that I don’t look like I’m trying to be younger than I am, but enough that they look a little nicer than just basic jeans. They are the ‘Rockstar” skinny jeans, which means they are not low rise, and they feel great on!
I’ll post a pic the next time I wear them.
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This is another score I’m really excited about! I love big bags!
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I’d been searching for a black bag for quite awhile. They are really expensive, so I needed one that was a little more basic. That way, it wouldn’t go out of style too quickly, but with a little detail so that it looks trendy, too.

This bag was at Express. Regular price on the tag said $59.90. Purses were on sale %40 off, and I had a coupon from Express for $15 off when you spend $30. %40 off of $59.90 reduced the purse to $35.90, minus the $15 made the purse only $20.90! Even though it isn’t real leather, it is really cute and a great deal!

So, my total out of pocket for these great Frugal Fashion Finds was less than 40 bucks!

I LOVE finding great deals! That way I can spend the rest of my money on the more important things in life. Like, ya know….HAIR!
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Fall Garden Update

Although Fall is nearing it’s end, already, and this….

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Has gone to this….

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And this….

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to this…..

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There is still plenty of beauty. You just have to look a little closer.

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Our cabbages and turnips are doing great!

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Maybe it’s a case of “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, but I just think veggies in the garden are lovely!

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Our Kale bed.

And I love contrasting colors!

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Beets and turnips snuggling in for the Winter.

And we are even giving broccoli a go this year!
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Although a little droopy, our chard by the front porch is still providing much needed color.
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We planted our Fall beans at the beginning of September. A little too late, I guess.
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I’ll let you know how the Fall harvest goes.

Trim Healthy Mama and Dieting on the Go

I still haven’t officially committed to the Trim Healthy Mama diet. I’m just doing it as much as possible while researching and figuring out a menu that is easy and affordable for me.

Here is my breakfast this morning.

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So, organization and planning ahead are not my strong points.

However!!!!!

Thinking on my toes, is!

We are gone all day, one day, every week. Well, it happens to be payday, which means groceries were running low at home. Especially convenience foods, making it hard to pack snacks for my day out.

Dilemma 1: I need either low fat, or low carb protein about every 3 hrs.

Dilemma 2: there is a Starbucks right around the corner from where we will be spending our day. The Starbucks’ ‘Iced Double Shot’ is my favorite drink, and a huge weakness!

Fortunately, there is a health food store nearby, as well! I stopped by there this morning and grabbed a few things for the kids to eat, and a couple of ‘on plan’ things for myself.

The hot dogs are a frequent ‘go to’ for me as they are both low fat and low carb.

A new find was the almond milk singles!! I grabbed a couple of those, and a bottle of vanilla stevia and I had a great idea!! Maybe I could just order a few shots at Starbucks and put together my home home version of the ‘double shot’!

It turns out, an espresso shot is $1.88 at our local Starbucks. Well to get enough shots for a Grande, which has 3 or 4, depending on who’s working that day, can be more than $5!

It was cheaper to just order the Doubleshot, for about $3, without any syrup or breve. So that’s what I did, along with an extra grande cup of ice. And, it was so strong that I was able to divide it up for a total of 3 THM friendly ‘double shots’!

So, for my on the go, Trim Healthy Mama, ‘Double shot’….

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Fill the empty ice cup up 1/2 way with Starbucks Double Shot.
Add 1 full dropper of vanilla stevia.
Top off with vanilla unsweetened almond milk.

Voila!! A Skinny Doubleshot!!

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Tip: if you don’t like stevia, I highly recommend giving vanilla stevia a try. It is very sweet without the stevia after taste.