The January Five

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Friday, it took awhile to get here.  It was a long and busy week for me.  Lots of school, lots of gym time, lots of everything actually.  I made it through the week healthy as ever though, and I think it is safe to say that I won’t be getting this mess of a sickness that everyone around here has gotten.  I didn’t feel bad in the slightest at all this week.  As healthy as a horse, as they say.  (Do people really say that?  I think they do…)

This week I got to spend some time also catching up on blogging stuff.  I messed around with this one a bit, and as you can see, nothing has changed.  I found a new theme and I really liked it.  I changed things up, and even redid my header in the new size, just to have it look awful when I finally activated it.  For some reason, that I couldn’t figure out, my header was blurry.  I had my sizes and everything right, it looked perfect in Photoshop, but not so much on the internet.  I gave up messing with it and went back to what I knew was already working.  Maybe this weekend I will have some time to look into that.  Also pertaining to blogs, this week I got to read a few that I had been overlooking lately.  I guess you could say I had some free time as well.

Here we are, the end of January ALREADY!  I made it through the whole month and didn’t even do a Friday Five post, so why not make this one a January five?  Five wonderful things about January, in no particular order:

1.  Built in wifi on my new digital camera.  I’ve had my camera for a couple of months now, and I can’t believe it took me longer than a day to mess with this feature.  I can transfer photos from my camera to my phone or ipad in the click of a couple of buttons.  This feature is so cool!  I connect to it all of the time now, and I don’t have to wait to get to the home computer to see the pictures that I just took.  Ah, technology, you are pretty amazing.

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2.  That tricky batch of blueberry muscadine wine is coming along fine.  I spent a good amount of time earlier in the month worried that I had my first major mess up in the wine department, but it all worked out, and the 3 gallons are clearing up pretty nicely now.  It smells so good and I can’t wait to try it.  I’ve got about four weeks left before I move on to the next stage, but I am not worried anymore about having it end up a failure.

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3.  Gym time, for me and my boy.  I’ve mentioned it before, maybe even too many times before, but I am going to do it again.  Working out has been such a part of my daily life since December that of course it had to be on this list somewhere.  I haven’t had to talk myself into making the gym at all for the whole month.  Sometimes, the idea of working out is just that, a good idea that doesn’t get any follow through.  I have had no troubles this month at all getting myself there, and I even made it on a Friday.  It’s as if I am on autopilot come 430pm everyday.  I have worked myself up to two to three HITT classes a week, two dance aerobics classes, and one ballet class.  I am a little disappointed with my weight training this month, but I have a sore, slightly injured shoulder that I have been mindful of the last few weeks.  A little less weight work was probably a good thing.  Come next week though, I will be ready to get back at it full force.  Now, if only I could find a little more time.

As for my boy, he moved up in his gymnastics class this month.  This was something we could have done some time before, but it has happened now, and he is very happy with the change.  He’s also anxiously awaiting turning 14 so he can start going to work out with us.  We’re becoming a house of gym rats over here.  :-)

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4.  Virtual baby showers, and online quilting sessions.  This is a thing, and for the last month my friends and I have been working up a storm making handmade baby gifts for some dear friends back in NM.  They had their baby last weekend, and our box of goodies made it there the day before.  In addition to working on this project remotely (those of us involved would skype each other while we were making our handmade items of love just so it would feel like we were all there together on the days that we weren’t), we even got to see the happy family open all of their presents with the help of technology.  It was so neat, and I am very happy for the new family of four.

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our group baby quilt

5.  Lastly, a new-to-me sewing machine, or specifically a serger.  This my Aunt sent me and it is very nice.  I haven’t messed with it much because I have not been sewing the last couple of weeks, but I have some material on its way and a new pattern to try out.  Hopefully I will put it to some good use this weekend.  I have a serger, but I don’t think it is near as nice as this one.

That’s it, five wonderful things that stuck out to me about the month.  I am sure it won’t be hard to have another five at the end of February.  I will try to not have any of them involve wine or the gym… but I can’t guarantee it.  Hope everyone has a great day!

The Thursday Thrift // January

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Hello there, how is the day going for everyone?  It has been a little while since I last posted about thrifted clothes, a couple of months in fact.  You know what?  I’ve missed it.  This is the first Thursday Thrift post of the year and it will be one of 12 this 2015.  If you remember the last time I blogged here about thrifted fashion, I told you all how my wardrobe was indeed expanding, but not by clothing that I have been picking up at my local Goodwill or nearby thrift stores.  I have a few months to go before yard sale season picks back up, so because of the second hand void in my closet, I am cutting back on these posts.  Mark your calendars though, because the last Thursday of the month will be the day for my Thursday Thrift feature from now on.

This week, this cool and partly sunny week, I am loving sweaters.  I really do love them year round (we’ve got ridiculously cold air-conditioning everywhere around here come summer time), but I am particularly fond of them during the winter.  I wear summer dresses every season, so warm arms this time of the year is a must.  Plus, winter is mostly on the mild side, and a long sleeved sweater will keep me warm enough while out and about on any given day.  I wear sweaters in the house, when I wake up, on my way to the gym, as a jacket; anytime and everywhere.  I love them!

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Here is my newest sweater of the hand-me-down sort.

My dear friend recently gave it to me, whether it was brand new or not, I don’t know, I didn’t ask, it doesn’t matter.  It became second hand when I got it and that therefore makes it Thursday Thrift approved.  :-)

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It is American Eagle Outfitters brand and made from rabbit hair.  Can’t you just feel the warmth?  A little itchy to some (the main reason I ended up with it), but after wearing it for a few minutes, the itchiness goes away for me.  It has stripes, one of my favorites; and it is gray, very versatile for all kinds of colors and designs.  Although, some may object to my pairing of florals and stripes…  What do you think?

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Details:  sweater- American Eagle Outfitters || dress – made by me || shoes – Doc Martens || necklace – made by me

Just because these posts show up less frequently, I will still take links to your thrifted outfit posts.  Leave me a comment so I can add it here for others to check out.  You thrifters are pretty impressive with your stylish finds!  You can also use the hashtag #ThursdayThrift and I will keep an eye out for it throughout the day.

Until next month, happy thrifting, everyone.

 

Put Your Warm Boots On

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Warm boots, I have some now, and I never would have guessed they would be North Face brand.  Obviously, as the name implies, anyone would figure out that North Face items would be warm.  I have  a pair of fleece pants that are North Face and I love them.  What I didn’t expect was to find a stylish pair of lace up boots from the company.  Honestly, I’ve never looked at their shoes.

When I think of any kind of footwear that they would make, I instantly think hiking gear.  Hiking shoes, while very practical, never come across to me as fashionable.  And since I don’t hike often enough to own this type of shoe, I’ve never given the brand a thought.

Then one day, I was complaining – as I often seldom do – about how cold my feet are in winter.  Docs, as stylish as I think they are, just don’t keep my feet warm enough, and all the pairs I have aren’t big enough for me to wear with thick wool socks.  I had an idea.  I could by a new pair of boots, and look for some that are a size bigger than my usual impossible to find 5.  This would ensure I would actually find a pair that I might even like (I am picky about shoes), because I always find shoes in a a size six that I love, but they are always way too big for me.  With my thickest pair of wool socks a six would probably fit perfectly, and I wouldn’t have to worry any more about cold toes.  Problem solved.

So I searched for warm boots online, which when narrowed down, led me to these North Face Bridgeton lace-up boots.  My number one all time favorite type of boot is a lace up boot, so these had my attention right away.  My main requirement was something warm, and since I figured the brand knew all about making warm stuff, I went out on a limb and bought them, a size bigger than my normal 5.  (I will add that I was pleasantly surprised to find that these even came in a size 5.)

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You get what you pay for when it comes to shoes, I am a big believer in that, and while these were a bit more than I initially expected to pay, I am happy with what I got.  They aren’t thickly lined, but they are lined and what they are lined with is enough to keep my feet very warm.  I can wear them with any type of sock, thick or thin because they are lace ups, and I am happy that they don’t feel very heavy.  The product info says they are waterproof, but I have yet to know that for sure.  I haven’t worn them in the wet weather yet.

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Overall, I’m very happy with what I bought.  They aren’t Docs, but so far I am liking them very much.  And it is absolutely wonderful to not have frozen toes.  I know these are gonna get me through many winters to come.

I Can Walk Just Fine, Thank You

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I am getting a slightly late start at my regular routine this morning.  Maybe it was the cloudy, cold morning that I woke up to, or maybe it was because of that ballet class that I took last night.  Perhaps it was a combination of the two, but I am dragging a bit today.  Walking fine, but dragging still.  I hadn’t taken a ballet class in about two years so I was a little concerned about how my legs would work by the time I woke up.  I was happy for the ability to easily throw them out over the covers when I jumped out of bed this morning.  (Some people roll out of bed, I jump.  Or at least I feel like I do.)  Movement would have been a bit different if the class was a regular one.  It was more of a stretching class, which was probably just what I needed before getting back into it all again.  After last night, I’m not too worried about my body being able to keep up with the class, it’s my mind.  Mentally remembering the combinations in a short period of time was what did me in.  There’s more thinking involved, and I seemed to have left that part of my mind at home.  This, I hope will get better.

I have been on the edge of getting a cold all week long, so I have been trying to take it easier than usual with my other work-outs and everyday activities.  My boy had this thing last week, Stephen this week, and almost everyone else I know has had it as well.  I’ve woken up with a different symptom each day since Tuesday, but still not all of them at once.  For the most part I am feeling pretty good, and I am really hoping this is all the bug does to me.  It’s been awhile since I’ve been really sick and both of my guys spent a whole day in bed with this thing – I don’t want it!

Not much else to report on.  I had my usual overload of grading and things pertaining to school.  Plus, there were those tedious, everyday chores that keep everyone busy.  I have more of both to do today, so I best be getting started.  I miss those Friday free days that happened before the boy hit middle school.  He’s almost a high schooler now, so they are long gone for sure.  At least sometimes Fridays are our easy days.  I have high hopes this one is today.

Until next time, enjoy your day, everyone.

 

 

 

Winter Layers

This time of the year really is hard to dress for.  We’ve recently gone from highs in the low 30’s to highs in the low 60’s.  Quite a difference, if you ask me, and choosing what to wear each day isn’t always an easy task.  This  is where layering comes into perfect play.

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And specifically, ModCloth layering.  What could be better?  Seriously, they have some of the best looking dresses, but this time as I was over browsing their site for this little feature, I thought to take a look at some of their more casual items.  I have a sweet spot for sweaters and cardigans also, and of course, they have some pretty noteworthy sweaters over on their site as well.

My winter casual, layered outfit consists of plaid pants, because they are one of my most favorite kinds of pants.  A simple black shirt that will work perfectly underneath layers of sweaters and such.  Then, a stylish looking cowl necked, zippered cardigan that adds just enough flair to make the rest of the outfit stand out.  Top this off with a thick, warm circle scarf, and I would be all set for the Tennessee winter morning that would no doubt turn into a nice mild day.  Layers can then come off as needed.

Oh, yes, I can’t forget about a pair of boots and the finishing bag to make the whole outfit complete.

Do you dress in layers?  What is your favorite layered item?  Cardigans are perfect in my opinion.  They can come off and go on as needed throughout the day, and they aren’t just for winter around here.  Summer time air conditioning makes carrying a sweater year round almost a must.