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Frugal Maternity Fashion

I’m joining in the Frugal Fashionista Fashion Show at Balancing Bedlam and Beauty. Not that I am much of a fashionista, but I am definitely frugal and love to shop thrift stores – where I do find most of my clothing.

Even now, with this six-month baby bump I’ve been able to find several items recently – some maternity, many just longer and stretchier styles or larger than usual sizes.

And although I’d rather wear leggings or sweatpants all day, I find I feel better when I actually get dressed, so I’m doing that most days. Here’s a few outfits I’ve found or enjoyed lately:

All of the items were found at thrift stores for $1 to $2.50, except the khaki pants which I think I got off ebay (it was two pregnancies ago, so I don’t remember, just like I don’t remember yesterday!).


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These didn’t last long. Hopefully we’ll get more than handfuls in the days ahead.

In other garden news, I’ve managed to ressurect my herbs, again, after being gone too long. They’re not thriving, but also not dead.

I’ve given up on and pulled out the broccoli because it was really, really bitter and barely had put on any florets yet. Needs more water.

The tomatoes do look promising and there are a couple small cabbages that I still have hope for, but they probably will also have suffered from the lack of water.

The pumpkins seem mostly dead after starting so well, but that is also because they needed water and I made it much more of a priority to water the tomatoes and herbs. At least if I made watering a priority at all.

Apparently my grandma who lived outside of Crete, NE watered her garden every evening and always advised my mom to water more. So watering more next summer (and until the tomatoes stop this summer) is one of my goals.

Wish I could ask Grandma more garden questions. I can clearly picture her in her garden shoes picking cucumbers, aspargus and rhubarb. Tomatoes, green beans and onions, too. So glad I got that with her all those summers of childhood.

Thanks, Mom, for driving us across the state so many, many times. It was worth it.

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Look, can you see them? The tiny sprouts that came up in squiggly rows in my garden?

I think these are lettuce, or cabbage, or broccoli. But not peas.

I’m SO excited, even that they just came up! I’ve never had a garden before and am, so far, very enthusiastic about it!

I’ve also planted pumpkins (for the girls), rosemary, cilantro and parsley – because I LOVE fresh herbs – and onions. Oh, and asparagus, but that won’t come up for three years so I’m not really counting it!

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Gotta love the kind of flowers that just “sleep in the ground” all winter (according to Megan) and then come up in the spring looking so gorgeous without any help from me.

Also, we had tulips at our wedding so maybe I’m partial.

Oh, and the dandelions are doing well, too. Thanks for asking.

I even brought a few inside to enjoy in my early birthday vase (thanks!!) since so many bloomed around the gazebo.

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Sunny kitchen

mauve wallpaper when we moved in (matched the carpet)

I’m linking to DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land.

the pale yellow under the mauve wallpaper

did a sink used to be on this wall?

I'd heard a story (from the daughter of three owners previous) that there was a window into the kitchen from the downstairs bathroom. Now I've seen the proof.

my personal slave, I mean awesome brother!

No pics of the painting process, but it took four coats to cover! By the end of that, I hated the color I’d chosen. Luckily, I got over that and fell in love with the color a couple days later.

yellow in the sun

The sun on the wall really made me love this yellow – daisy shimmer!

bare yellow walls and windows

with paintings, valances and necessary clock. oh, and I made the valances from a bedskirt I bought for $1 at my local thrift store! Cheap and gorgeous!

finally hung my calendar so I could stop forgetting important things!

Ooh pretty! I got this blue frame-thingy for $1 at my favorite thrift store. Isn't it nice on the yellow?

Found this blue frame-thingy at my favorite thrift store for a $1. Isn’t it happy?

I didn't realize (or plan on) a light, dusty blue complimentary color for my bright kitchen. But it happened any way. Notice the clock, the frame-thingy and this sweet kettle!

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Christmas Frugal Fashionista

This post is for the Frugal Fashionista Fashion Show at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. I’m definitely no fashionista, but I sure do like to be frugal and buy second hand!

I know Christmas is long past, but this was my go-to Christmas outfit last month, I mean, year! I got the skirt for $2 and the sweater for 75 cents!! Both are super soft, comfy fabric with some stretch. Also, you can’t tell from the picture, but the skirt is two layers with a cool gathered thingy at one side – fun to wear.

Around the same time I also found black and grey dress pants (something that has been missing from my wardrobe since Daniel was born) for $1 each. And I’ve gotten compliments on all of them – not just from my mom, either. Love you, Mom.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my (frugal) closet!

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I strung these red wooden beads and gold tassel on the tree to add some color and style. Did it work? I’m not sure, but I sure like it! I picked up both at thrift stores (of course) and put them on after the rest of the ornaments, oops! I’ll learn. Eventually.

I’m linking to The Inspired Room’s Holiday Linky!

Oh, and here’s a pic of the whole tree! I suppose I could show you that!

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