Reading List for 2015

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This year I have a few books in my library that I’m excited to read.

1) Zion Covenant Books by Bodie Thoene: I’ve read the first two but would love to finish the whole series.

2) The Real Jane Austen by Paula Byrne: This looks like an interesting read.

3) Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens: I’ve seen the Masterpeice TV series but would love to actually read the book.

4) Dearie, the Remarkable life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz: Watch the movie about her, have a DVD of her cooking show, just need to read about her.

Here are some books that I have read that are amaaaaaazing! 

1) The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin: sooo good. (I’m a sucker for time period fiction)

2) A Bride most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist: again…so good.

(3/4) She Walk in Beauty and The Heiress of Winterwood: (Different Authors) The reason these two are grouped together is because I read them a while back and one of them I read halfway but forgot to finish. It was still really good, and the other one was amazing as well. Guess I’ll just have to reread them to remember what they were about haha.

As you can see I’m in a rut with the types of books I’ve been reading, so I’m trying to branch out. Read some classics, some biographies, and others I wouldn’t normal have read that seem interesting. I need to make a longer list that just 4 books for the year. I’ll make a goal of 8. And the other 4 will be by suggestions from y’all. So give me some good ones!

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2015!

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Each year holds so much promise for something new and exciting to happen. It’s one of the best times to start over, and if not to start over, then to hammer in on ideas or projects you want to do and make this year the year to get things done. That’s me. This year I just want to be productive in life. It’s not so much a resolution as it is just a good time to give myself a kick in the pants to get myself going on projects and such.

I like the idea of having the beginning of each month be a time to start anew and make resolutions instead of waiting a whole year to. But I do love how one day can make thousands of people all get in the spirit of getting things done. It really is amazing. People who haven’t done anything or put off stuff, all of a sudden wake up and have this “go get ’em” attitude. (Even though it only lasts a month or so for most). But even so, January is the one month of the year where everyone gets things done. Whether it be to lose weight, get stuff done you were putting off, or start new projects.

So for me this year is to be productive. And hopefully you will see more and better blog posts this year as a result.

What’s your New Years resolutions for 2015?

Less clothes doesn’t mean “smaller” closet.

Sorry sorry sorry for my absence. Once I stopped blogging for a little while I just couldn’t find the time to get back on. I told y’all that I would write a post on how my capsule wardrobe was coming along. So here I am.

I love going through and purging clothes. I absolutely love it. There is just something very therapeutic about it. And now that I’ve gotten rid of half of my clothes (some of you may think that’s crazy to get rid of all those clothes, but hold on) I’ve found out that I have such a bigger selection of clothes. Before I would just look at my closet and see all those clothes but never had anything to wear. It was hard for me to see what possibilities I had when there were too many clothes. I had too many pieces that would only go with one or two things and not enough clothes that could be worn in a variety of ways.

So here is how I did things and I’m sure there might be better ways to do this, but this worked for me.

Step 1: Make sure all your laundry is done. I skipped this step (not on purpose) and that is why it has taken forever to get it done.

Step 2: Take everything out of your closet (except for workout wear and pjs, loungewear, ect.).

Step 3: Go through each piece. “How many times have I worn this in the past two weeks? Can it be used with a variety of pieces? Does it fit well?” This is also the hardest part. If you don’t wear it that much, get rid of it. If it doesn’t go with much, get rid of it. If it doesn’t fit but you’re hoping some day you can wear it again, get rid of it. Even if you paid good money for something but NEVER wear it, sell it and get rid of it. Have a set number of items your going to have. Mine was 41 but I’m still working on getting rid of a few things that I’m undecided about. And if you have great will power…if it isn’t an absolute “I love that piece and wear it all that time”…get rid of it.  I would suggest having a maybe stack that you keep in a tub under your bed or such place. These are items that you do wear but would put you over your clothes limit. You can switch them out with other pieces from time to time .Don’t keep a lot of clothes in this category.

I would suggest selling your clothes at a consignment shop or online so you can get money back to spend on clothes for the next capsule wardrobe season.

Step 4: Go through shoes. Same concept as above except without the maybe stack. I haven’t done this step yet 😦

Step 5: Then for three months (a season, Dec, Jan, Feb), see how many different options you can wear with what pieces you have. This is the fun part where you can get creative.

When going into the next season. Just stick whatever items you can’t wear for that season in a tub for next year. For example, you would take your winter coats out when starting your spring capsule wardrobe. Some pieces though can transition very well into other seasons. Then by next year when you bring out your clothes for Winter wardrobe, you will only have to buy maybe 1 or 2 pieces to update your wardrobe. And by only buy 1 or 2 items, you save up money that you can use to buy better quality pieces that maybe cost a bit more.

Well, that’s it for now. I love my wardrobe now. Pretty much everything in my closet I can wear with anything and I know it looks good. My closet is “bigger” because I made it “smaller”.

I’m still here!

Its been a while since a post…my bad.

Just really busy around here. Brad had his appendix out a while back. That was an experience!

Hopefully I will post soon about my closet capsule! Really excited about that post!

Anyways, here are a few pics of whats been going on around here.

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Capsule Wardrobe

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I’ve been reading a few blogs recently about bloggers who started doing a capsule wardrobe. The idea is intriguing. Especially since I am one of those people who have lots of clothes but “nothing” to wear. I feel like a capsule wardrobe is the answer to my problem. Fewer but more versatile pieces. Less “medium” pieces that either don’t go with a lot or that I will never have the occasion to wear very often.

I think this season I will start my wardrobe capsule and start collecting what I need little by little so that by next fall/winter season I will have it ready to go. Many people have a capsule for each season. I will try this out but maybe combining fall/winter and spring/summer since those seasons have so many clothes in common. (But that also defeats the purpose of only having a “set number” of items in your closet). If you want to know more about what a capsule wardrobe is and how to start one, here are a couple of links.

What is a capsule wardrobe, anyway?

How to build a capsule wardrobe.

Add variety to your wardrobe with on little trick!

Free Wardrobe planner!

I’ll start another post showing the process I go through and some of the pieces I kept. I still haven’t decided on the number of pieces I’m going to have in my closet, 37 seems like an awfully small number. Hopefully by the end of this though, I will have a fairly workable closet with classic pieces I can use over and over again.

“Fall”ing in love with Autumn

‘The days may not be so bright and balmy—yet the quiet and melancholy that linger around them is fraught with glory. Over everything connected with autumn there lingers some golden spell—some unseen influence that penetrates the soul with its mysterious power.” ~Northern Advocate

 

It’s that time of year! My favorite season!
Leaves change into glorious hues of red, orange, and yellow.
Everyone starts dressing in layers.
There is a cool crispness in the air.
Cold nights at football games.
Pumpkin flavored everything…including the classic pumpkin pie. (My favorite)
Thanksgiving/Fall decorations
And the holiday itself, Thanksgiving.
Sitting by the fireplace.
Apple picking.
Bonfires.

Hopefully this year we will have an actual fall. Most of the time half the days are warm and half the days are cool until all of sudden it becomes freezing winter weather for the rest of the year. But I have hope, as I do every year, that this year will be our best autumn ever. Meanwhile, here are some Autumn links for ya!

11 Different Ways to Bring the Scent of Autumn into your Home.

Keep Fall on the Wall

7 Super-Cozy Sweaters for Fall

Some songs to get you in the mood for the season. Harvest Moon. Autumn in New York. Autumn Leaves     

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My Little Family

I love my little family! (I love my big family too).

I love my husband. I love how kind, Godly, patient, generous, and funny he is. I love his camo eyes and his strong smile. I love how he gives 100% into whatever he does. I love him when he’s goofy, and I also love his serious side.

I love my son. I love how he’s a mama’s boy and I hope that will never change. I love that he laughs at all my silliness. I love that he knows he can come to me for love and security. I love that he looks a lot like his daddy and a little like his mama.

I love that these two men are my little family!

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Contentment

Content: pleased and satisfied : not needing more

Lately my mind has been pondering over what it means to be content. It is something that I do struggle with sometimes among other things. It’s so easy to want and want and want, and to think that you “need” something in your life when in reality you don’t. For me the temptation comes in the form of magazines and emails from stores telling me of a deal going on or how much I can get off the price. More so, I have a hard time with not buying stuff or clothes for Jack that he doesn’t need. That’s my weak point. And it’s easy to get down when you really wanted something but you didn’t buy it. So I’ve been trying my hardest to just throw those magazines away, delete those emails without opening them, and to be happy with what we do have without constantly thinking about something I think we need to have. I’ve also been praying and reading on some verses to keep in my head.

Phillipians 4:11   Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Luke 12:15   And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 

Others may not have a weak spot for buying things. Their’s might be in their state of affairs at home, or their job, for something different to happen in their lives, ect. Not that I’m dismissing hopes or aspirations for something better, but they do not need to deprive us of our joy of today. There were also some quotes I found that applied to contentment.

“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”
Pearl S. Buck

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
Martha Washington

“Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re real quite lucky.”
Dr. Seuss

That last one was my favorite 🙂

Happy Birthday Jack!!!

My little man is a year old! I can’t believe it. Before I had Jack I remember people always saying how the first year flies by and now I can totally relate and agree. This first year with him has been amazing! I’m not sad at all that he’s leaving the “baby stage”. I’m actually ready and excited that we are entering the next stage. Now that he is older we can go and do so much more.

On the 10th, (his birthday) Jack and I drove up to Tulsa to meet Brad at the zoo since Brad couldn’t come down for his birthday. We rode the carousel, got up and close with some chimpanzees, and ran and played in the elephant building. All in all just a wonderful time. The weather that day turned out beautiful, so that was an extra bonus.068 004 001 064 062 053 048 046 045 031 026 023 020 013 019

That Friday I had a party at my house to celebrate his birthday. I have to say that I think I did a cute job on the decorations. I made some apple pops that I found on Pinterest and they turned out delicious. (They had better because it took me forever to make them) And besides a regular party cake, I make Jack a “baby” cake which I also found on Pinterest. We all had a blast and I can’t wait till I get to throw him another party….I like throwing birthday parties.

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5 Years!

9/5/14……5 years! That is a lot of time to spend with someone. And the best part is? I get the chance to spend 50+ with him! Yes we’ve had our ups and downs (who hasn’t). I like to think that we need some “downs” to make the “ups” seem even better. I’ve tried to be a good wife, some days the effort is better than others. But I do have to say that Bradley Irby is one of the most patient men I know to put up with me on the days I’m a trial to be around. Even my sister Rebekah can testify how patient he is (Harmony Hill trip disaster). He is a kind, nurturing, funny, smart man who loves the Lord and his family. I’m the luckiest woman around to have had this man pick me to spend my life with him! “Alas, my poetry has no great powers, my lips are inadequate to sing your worth…”

For our anniversary we went out on the town. First we went bowling…he won of course. Then to a movie. Then out to eat at 21st West End restaurant in Fort Smith. Let me tell you something, this restaurant is the bees knees…the bomb diggety…just swell! The food was delicious! The setting in there is perfect for a romantic dinner, but the only thing I would have to comment on was the chairs. I would put them in the category of “nice folding chairs” to say the least. Other than that it was a great restaurant. We had a wonderful time and I’m already trying to find an reason to go back again!

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