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  • Capsule Wardrobe Trial

    Last month I tried restricting my closet to only what I would keep if I was going to do a winter capsule wardrobe. I narrowed it down to 25 items.

    I stuck with 5 pairs of shoes, 5 pairs of pants, and 15 tops.

    I stuck with mostly naturals that would be easy to mix and match and accessorize.

    My thoughts:

    I wanted to try restricting my closet to force myself to get a bit creative and also to help me land on my favorite styles. Doing this for a month was pretty easy. Obviously if you were going to do a true capsule wardrobe and stick to it as a lifestyle, you would add in more/different items. According to fashionmagazine.com, a true “capsule wardrobe was defined as a compact wardrobe made up of staple pieces in coordinating colours–usually in the realm of 30 items or fewer, including shoes and sometimes even accessories. One might update the wardrobe with a couple of new trendy or seasonal items two or three times a year, but that was it. The goal was to have a streamlined wardrobe of high-quality pieces that could be worn often and interchangeably, thereby saving money, closet space, and time.” For me and my trial, I wanted to just work with what I had and start to narrow down my closet and style preferences.

    The shoes and the pants were easy, I stick to my favorites mostly anyways. But the tops, I had to get a bit more strategic on what would mix and match well. 

    Pros:

    It was nice to got into my closet and not have to think too much about what I was going to wear.

    My options were limited right before me and pretty much everything matched.

    Everything I picked fit me really well. 

    (Which helped me realize that many of the things I didn't pick were because the fit isn't great on me)

    It forced me to get creative and try new combinations to switch things up.

    And to really take advantage of using accessories to make an outfit feel different.

    Cons:

    I really missed my more fun clothes. I did give myself one more fun top in my 15 but I honestly feel more like me in florals than in neutrals. 

    I got a little bored wearing the same things over and over, and I was only doing it for a month.

    As someone who likes to use clothes to be creative, I think this would be hard for me to do as a lifestyle.

    Overall, I really enjoyed trying it out and learned some good things about myself and my style.

    It also really helped me figure out what things I did not miss at all after a month and what things I had avoided including because they really don't fit me that well. 

    That being said, I've got a closet sale going on of things I'm finally able to part with after doing this little capsule trial. Go check it out, I might be letting go of something I'll regret later. Hah!

  • Easiest Homemade Donuts

    Ever just wish you could make donuts on a whim? Better yet, on a whim and in any shape you want?

    Well, my friends, you can. And they are so easy and delicious. I've been making these for years but this time I went festive for Valentine's Day!

     

    All you need is some biscuit dough, some cinnamon sugar, some oil for frying, and your favorite cookie cutter shape.

     

    Like I said, I went for hearts this time. I just popped out the biscuits and cut out hearts. Then I re-rolled the excess dough so I could use it all up. One can of biscuits gave me 20 small/medium sized donuts.

    Next you're gonna heat your oil on medium/low. If the oil is too hot, the outsides will cook too fast and the middles will be left doughy. Start with one to test your heat. You want a nice slow, even cook through.

     

    Then use a slotted spoon to flip so they are evenly cooked on both sides.

     

    Have a bowl of cinnamon sugar ready to pop them into when they are done frying but still warm.

    Make sure you get them evenly coated. 

    And that's seriously all there is to it! Add some fun colored sprinkles if you want.

     

    I can't even tell you how good these are fresh out of the sugar. I mean, a slice of heaven. 

    Have fun making your Valentine's Day breakfast extra festive this year!

  • My Top 10 Favorite {Thrifted} Decor Pieces

    Today, I'm gonna share with your my top 10 favorite thrifted items from around my home. 

    Let's countdown in order of favorites, shall we?

    10. Plant stands

    As a plant lady, I love to thrift things I can use as plant stands. This little wooden folding stool was $2 at a yard sale and the brass stool was a $1thrift store find.

     9. Kids Decor

    Almost everything I buy to decorate my boys' spaces is second hand.

    I love to get unique things that can be used for play, like this vintage rotary phone (scored for $5 at a second hand shop).

    Globes are another decor item I love to find that I think make fun decor in kid spaces. I have several globes that I've thrifted over the years.

     

    8. Vintage Books

    My eyes light up at the sight of pretty book spines - the colors, the cool fonts, all of it.

    If you're wanting to start somewhere small and don't know what to look for, vintage books are a good place to start. I can usually get a whole box a yard sale for $1

    7. Vintage Glassware

    It might seem silly to some but some of my favorite items I've ever found are just pretty glasses.

    They elevate the everyday for me.  I love collecting this particular floral pattern. I've never paid more than $1 for a glass.

     

    6. Vintage Map of Lynchburg, Virginia

    This is definitely one of my favorite decor pieces I own because this place is so special to me.

    I remember the day I found it. Josh and I had stopped at an estate sale and were walking around a dank basement when I saw a large book that caught my eye. It was an old atlas but it was stuffed with vintage Lynchburg prints as the former owner had been a city planner. The whole book cost me $1.

    I found the large frame at Goodwill for $6.

     

    5. Card Catalog

    So this wasn't actually thrifted, but it was free so it's better than thrifted, right?

    One of my former co-workers was a retired teacher and had these in his office.

    When he was getting ready to move offices, I asked if he wanted to part with this and 

    was floored when his answer was yes! It is crammed full of all those odds and ends you normally put in a junk drawer - batteries, pens, glue, candles, flashlights, etc. 

    But hey, at least they're pretty organized in here!

     

    4. Old School Chalkboard

    Scored for $4 at a thrift shop and it wouldn't fit in my car so I had to have Josh go get it for me later.

    It's moved all around our house and I love how big it is. Complete with chalk rail. 

     

    3. Brass Animals

    I love these things so much. I don't even know why. They're just so easy to decorate and add that fun/quirky factor I like to have in my decor.  My all time favorite brass piece is probably that big brass orange in this picture. I bought it when I was in California visiting my mother-in-law for $5.

    I always check the thrift shops if I can when I'm traveling. 

     

     

     2. CB2 Avec Sofa

    Yes, this is thrifted, but it's currently still selling at CB2 for $1300.

    My most epic Craigslist score for $175! A couple was moving and getting rid of everything to start fresh in their new house. The couch was less than a year old and they just said they wanted to get rid of stuff quick. 

    If you're looking for furniture, I recommend using the Craigslist app to save searches of what you're looking for. That's how I got this bad boy for so cheap - I was the first to claim it because of the search alerts!

     

    1. Antique Laurel Mirror

    Forever my favorite thrift find. I'm still pinching myself that I ever found this.

    It was late on a Saturday morning, like 10 am, and I was out yard saling but I had Griffin with me and he was like 10 months old so it was slow going. And if you know anything about going to yard sales, everything good is gone by like 8 am. So picture me walking up to this yard sale at 10 a.m. with a baby on my hip. I see this mirror right away and I can assume one of two things a) no one has been to this yard sale b) it's super overpriced. I go over to it and I see no price tag. I quickly count how much I have in my purse and pick it up in one had, balancing Griffin in the other and I walk up to the woman running the sale and say, "I'll give you everything I have left in my purse for this - I have $12.30 left." She hesitates and starts to hem and haw a bit. Meanwhile Griff starts flirting with her - batting his eyes, giggling, the whole nine. She eats it up and concedes to my $12 offer. As I'm walking away beaming she calls after me to look at the antique store price tag of what she paid for it on the back. Let's just say it was three digits. 

    I love having a collected home with stories to tell. Thrifting is such a great way to do that!

    If you're looking for unique things but don't have the time to thrift, let me do it for you!

    My shop is full of great home decor pieces!

  • DIY Flavored Marshmallows

    During the cold, cabin fever-y days of January, we're always looking for little ways to brighten our day! Making these fun marshmallows is just what we need some days!

    This is the most simple way I've found to make cute flavored marshmallows. Get a container of whipped topping and let it thaw out a bit.

    Then spread it out in a pan.

    Next add some sprinkles or crushed peppermints, even mini chocolate chips or flavored extracts would be fun too! I haven't tried food coloring but that's on my list to try as well.

    And fold it in.

    Put the pan in the freezer and let freeze until it gets nice and hard.

    Once hard, break out your favorite cookie cutter shapes.

    When cutting through, wiggle it a bit so that the filling stays in the cutter and you can just pop in on top of your cocoa with your finger. My kids usually put the cutters in and I do the wiggling it out.

    Add these to your favorite hot drink for some extra flavor and cuteness!

    My kids also enjoyed just scooping it out by the spoonful and adding extra sprinkles. 

    Here's to surviving the winter days! 

  • Simple Ways to Include Your Kids in Everyday Tasks

    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thank you for supporting our sponsors.

    One thing I've really worked on this past year is including my boys in what I'm doing at home. Whether it's laundry, dishes, cleaning or cooking. There never seem to be enough hours in the day so including them in the things I do gives us that time to talk and feel connected. 

    It also teaches me patiences like none other. ;)

    And I feel like including them in cooking requires the most patience. But they really love to be included. So I set aside times that I plan to include them. And I mentally prepare for it to take much longer than expected. :)

    I also pick something that doesn't require too many steps to include them in.

    Muffins are a good example.

     With cooking, getting this customized 'sous chef' apron from Minted just filled my 5 year old's little cup and added that 'extra special' factor for the times he helps me in the kitchen.

    pssst here's where you can grab one for the little sous chef in your life! Only $28 with free personalization!

    Other simple ways to include your kids in everyday tasks:

    (Note: My kids are 5 and 3 so that's the skill level I'm working with)

     

    Dusting: put socks on their hands and assign them an area that doesn't have anything breakable

    Dishwasher: let them be the one to put away the silverware

    Dinnertime: let them set the table for you

    Laundry: have them match up all the socks

    Sweeping: let them hold the dustpan

    Groceries: let them help you carry lighter things in and put things away

    Picking up: make them responsible for their own toys

    Is there something you do to include your kids that you find helpful? Share in the comments!