5 Office Wear Ideas & How Pinterest Dresses Me

Whenever people compliment me on my outfit I have to chuckle because really and truly, I am not a fashionista. I like shopping but I don’t fully know what I am doing, so I need lots of help in this department. Here are some tips that I follow and how I used a great free online resource to keep me in style.

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5  Office Wear Ideas to Make Your Life Easier

  1.  Line up your outfits along with accessories, shoes and bags for the week. Keep them together and hang them in a special area of your closet. Take into account the weather and your schedule for that day. Keep them all on a hanger and then in the morning you just grab n’ go.
  2. When you buy basic pieces (black pencil skirt, Khaki slacks etc..), purchase quality. You will keep these for a while and they will get plenty of used. So make sure they can withstand the wear and tear from use. These going to be your foundations from which to build on. Here are some of my go to items: Khaki skirt and pants, white slacks, black slacks & skirt, houndstooth skirt, dark blazer, white summer blazer or jacket, two cardigans, and a nice pair of dark jeans (no holes).
  3. Buy trendy pieces on the cheap. These items tend to go in and out of style so don’t invest too much for them. Accessories, scarves, purses, and jewelry.
  4. Don’t be afraid to wear dresses. These can be so versatile and is often my go to when I know I will be going from work to an evening out. Adding a nice jacket or sweater for the office can really dress up the look. I may change shoes, or accessories for the evening to add sparkle. I love adding some bling to an outfit for an eying out on the town.
  5. Toss, purge and only keep what you actually wear. This will save you so much time and will actually help you dress better every day. Even if you end up with just a few good pieces, chances are you were only wearing 20% of your clothing 80% of the time. The other items are just taking up space in our closet and in your head when you are getting dressed.

Here are some other fun tips to help you get dressed in the morning

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I turn my hangers the opposite direction at the beginning of each season and if I haven’t turned the hangers (which means I pulled them out to wear)in a month then I toss the item.

Another great tip is that I let Pinterest dress me in the morning. Yes, I do!!. 

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In the morning before I get dressed I may look through the business attire if I’m headed out for a business meeting or if I’m going casual I will do a casual business search. Enter anything in the search bar of Pinterest and add different things like red skirt white shirt, khaki pants with black shirt or blue cardigan with white pants and you will get tons of ideas.

Grab whatever is clean and search Pinterest to help you put it all together. You may have not thought to add a green sweater with those pants but you will see how well it works on Pinterest.

Or, lets say you have a great dress but don’t know how to dress it up or what to add to make it look office ready, add a description on the search bar and you may find great ideas.

Pinterest helps me shop for the right items. I check out my board and find out what I have already pinned. I may already have those khaki pants but need a black shirt and chunky necklace to make my outfit complete. I will check my boards often while I shop. Keeps me focused on what I really need to add to my wardrobe.

I urge you to slim down your wordrobe/closet and find your style on Pinterest and use it to help you put an outfit together in a pinch.

Family Rules for Beach Vacations

Family rules for beach vacations

This week while on our annual beach vacation I spent some time thinking about what makes our beach time so memorable for our family. What are the bones of our vacations throughout the years that have made us love being together time and time again? So I came up with a few “RULES”.

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  • Mom and Dad get in the pool, and play. I use to love to swim and would stay in the pool for hours until my fingers and toes were prune-y. As I got older, I swam less and less. Once my kids were old enough to swim safely on their own, I seldom entered the pool. Except while on vacation, MOM GETS IN THE POOL! This became a rule while on vacations and they kids looked forward to this time. My son especially enjoyed seeing me get splashed with his cannon balls. It’s his version of fun.
  • The parent works very little.  Maybe he/she can limit work time to when the kids are sleeping. Discuss this on the long drive to your destination and come up with a plan. Don’t wait until that phone call comes and one of you is forced to juggle it all on the spot. Plan to succeed in this area, it’s important.
  • Kids need to rest during the day. Let them chill out. This may mean naps for them, reading time, time on the couch watching a show or on their devices. Everyone chills differently so, let those older kids do their thing for a short time. Kids are more active and get tired by the end of the week, make sure you allow for down time. Don’t cram more stuff.
  • The cook can veto eating in or eating out. If you are the cook in the family, try to plan ahead and spend little time in the kitchen. Check out my simple beach menus here for more information. The cook knows what they will be cooking/having for the week, so let them have the veto option when it comes to food.
  • Rainy Days are for games. Make this a rule that when it rains while on vacation, it’s time to play card games or board games. It’s a day to stay in your PJ’s and watch a movie or sleep. Order Pizza and have fun. For older kids, plan an outing. For example my daughter and I would visit the local antique shop or thrift store on rainy days.
  • Limit screen time, but don’t stop there. Limit anything that takes kids away from hanging out with the family. Even books can be a distraction from enjoying a beach vacation.
  • Divide and conquer the grocery list. Everyone has to run to the store for food while on vacation. If one of the parents can’t stay with the kids on the sand, while the other parent shops alone, then divide and conquer. One wrangles the kids and the other fills the cart, or divide the list and the kids in two separate carts.
  • Require one must do activity. An activity where everyone participates. When you are planning your vacation, plan a family activity. We plan one per day. A bike ride, frisbee on the beach, building a sand castle, body surfing, everyone on a float/boat/rings, fishing, Marco Polo in the pool, seashell hunting, walks on the beach, getting ice cream or my favorite, watching the sunset together. The older they get the harder it is to corral everyone for these activities, so start early and set it up ahead of time. Share your thoughts about doing family things. If you miss a day, it’s ok, just pick it back up the next day.
  • Make eye contact daily. Are you sharing smiles and watching faces? Make eye contact with your kids daily and see the fun in their eyes. Share the experience and see it in their faces. Hug and kiss faces often too(no age requirement).

You can add or take away from these rules to suit your family. You may not struggle with working while on vacation or your child may not be a voracious reader but the main theme here is fun with the family.

I once saw a mom spend most of her vacation time talking with other people on the beach. Instead of hanging out with her family, she was sharing her life with total strangers.  I overheard her complain about her kid’s screen time and devices, yet she was taking something away from her family on this vacation. Something that only she can give to them…time with mom. Remember why you are taking this vacation. Be intentional and vacation with a purpose.

My Youtube Debut: WAAAAAAHHHHH

Believe it or not, I am really a shy person. I can speak with anyone and usually public speaking does not scare me in the least. But when it comes to getting myself out there for the world to see WWAAAHHH!

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The whole thing make my stomach flip and I want to find the exit sign. So here I am promoting my youtube video. Please if you want to do your kind deed for the day, please give me the thumbs up, subscribe or follow my blog today. The video is based on my blog post called Simple Beach Menus that has gone viral on Pinterest.  

So, here goes. Here is the video that my boy edited for me and posted. This momma is so proud of him.

Simple Beach Packing

I feel like Sally Field only the opposite ” Please like me, I hope you really like me.”

My Experimental Experience

My experience with Jen Haymaker’s book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess 

I know why Jen Hatmaker included the word experimental in her book title, it is definitely is an experiment. There is a hypothesis and an outcome or in my case, do this and see what comes out!  The premise of the book is to get rid of excess in every area of your life to live meaningful and purposeful lives for Christ.

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The first chapter begins with food. She chose 7 foods to eat for the entire month.  I chose 7 foods as well.

Here are my seven:

Chicken

whole wheat breads

potatoes

apples

avocados

eggs

leafy greens

I allowed all leafy greens as one , and all potatoes to count as one.

What I have learned so far:

Food had a huge place in my life. It has been placed where it needs to be because of this journey.

I find myself thinking and praying for those in the world who only have one kind of food to eat, like rice or porridge.  A no frills menu is what huge percentage of the world’s population eat on a daily basis. “I can do this” I tell myself, when I have to eat another piece of dry bread or dry chicken breast.

Cooking food is a hobby.

Eating food is for nourishment.

I miss cheese.

I am bored in the kitchen and the grocery store.

I haven’t jumped over the dining room table to grab my child’s cheese-its.

I can function and survive on very little and still feel satisfied.

If the sweet potato was the only food left to eat on this planet, I would be seeing Jesus faster than you can say Sweet Potato Fries.

I am more determined than I thought.

My body is fed but my taste buds miss the excitement.

The other day I vented to my husband and then again to my friend Sherrie, I feel better now.  I know they both thought I would be throwing in the towel today but surprisingly, I am not. I have learned to hate and appreciate the foods I have chosen. But I will press on…for today. :)

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This might be a repeat post but I loved it that much. Everyone should read this book and do their own personalized version of 7. You will learn so much about yourself. Some of the other chapters deal with money, media, waste and so much more. Please run out and get a copy of this book and begin your own self-discovery journey.

Modern Day Faith and Miracles

16 years ago I found my self in the doctor’s office with news that my chances of having another child were slim to none. The infertility doctor had recommended a permanent solution…a hysterectomy. I had already lost a tube due to a tubal pregnancy and I also suffered with endometriosis. The endometriosis came time after time. It was a crazy cycle of laparoscopic clean out, pregnancy, miscarriage, and back to surgery. I needed a miracle because what my infertility doctor recommended was inevitably the next step.

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As I sat in her office I felt compelled to put off the surgery because I had just undergone a D & C from my last miscarriage.  I was tired and needed to just live my life away from doctor visits and any medical procedures. It was a strong urge and now I can see that it was part of a much larger plan that I now call a miracle.  

Had a gone through with her timeline and recommendation, the miracle that is walking around today would have never been. Sometimes we don’t understand why we have strong urges to choose something over something else, but I now am convinced that it is a prompting of a supernatural force that pushes to a greater purpose.

Miracles happen everyday, they slip in our lives sometime in a subtle way. At times we just think of them as small decisions or preferences. But I am here to tell you that every decision counts for something. Things just don’t happen in a vacuum. It is all part a grandeur plan.

Less than six months after that doctor visit, I was pregnant with a thriving healthy baby. Don’t discount your instinct, if it is not life threatening, go with your gut.

Modern Day miracles happen when you don’t expect them.

Now, because of this and other miracles in my life, my faith has been strengthened. I trust a mighty creator who knows ME. Who leads me and prompts me in ways that are seldom known to man. I share this faith with others who are in the depths of despair. I have been there, but now I am out and sharing this great news with others.

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This morning I shared my faith with the lady who brings me my sweet tea at Sonic because infertility is a rough road. And my miracle is 14 and is a testimony for all to see.

Whatever you are facing, know that faith can pull you through those tough times. Modern day miracles happen when we are busy making small decisions in life.

Share one of your Modern Day miracles or faith below in the comment section.

 

Boyville Mom: Words that multiply

Just so you know, I will be blogging on being a mom, #boyvillemom, of one very dear boy. My son keeps me striving to be a better person,  to live out my faith and one who makes me laugh every day.

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DIALOGUE

Everyday we dialogue with each other, with ourselves and some of us dialogue with our wonderful creator. These dialogues sometimes use words. When words come out of my mouth, I sometimes cringe afterwards. I try hard everyday to speak words that encourage, speak life, and that build people up. However, that doesn’t always happen in my world. Words come out of my mouth that should be shoved right back into my mouth like when newlyweds shove cake into each other’s mouths. Frankly, I sometimes speak harsh words with a certain tone that I am not proud of.

Here is my parenting pep talk to myself concerning words that will live on and bless the hearer.

There is nothing more affirming to a child than to hear their parents brag about how great they are, to another adult. I know you may feel uncomfortable tooting your own horn, but get over it! Because, the results far out weighs the uneasy feelings you may have when you complement your offspring in public. I don’t mean this to be a daily occurrence, unmerited or long-winded stories, just a praise about how you see your son. Let people know very humbly but matter of factually. “Sharon, did I tell you that my son won the 4×400 race the other day? He is such a good runner.”  or “Last week Adam received the perfect attendance award, he loves school and gets himself up every day.” These are words that will multiply in the life of your child. If you do this, chances are that they in turn will learn to complement their children in the future. How do you feel when someone compliments you to someone else?

Words that Multiply will:

Help your child flourish

Give them a sense of security

Affirms their accomplishments

Shows them how much you love them

Spurn them on to greater things

Instills a sense of purpose

Gives them the warms fuzzys

Shows them that you care

We live in a harsh world filled with disappointments. Your words may be the only positive words they hear that day. When they move on and out you want them to be confident in who they are and their talents.

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Your words may be that small voice in their heads when the world hits them head on. Will those words speak good or speak defeat?

Your words will multiply, choose them well.

Summer Living

Have fun this week. Leave work at work this week and enjoy the summer. 

Smell the roses and enjoy. 

Feel alive and free.