Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Guy's View on Modesty

This video is a good reminder of the battle that men face with lust on a daily basis. Although it's from a college man's perspective, I think it can be applied to all men. Women, listen up, men are constantly struggling with lust and we need to be aware that how we are dressing is affecting them and possibly making them stumble!

"Do not let your adorning be external- the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear- but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." 
1 Peter 3:3-4

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Crochet Hats in the Shop!!

I'm excited to announce that I've added a couple of crochet hats to my Etsy shop

This owl hat was a custom order and it turned out so cute!! 
I am working on making another one to add to the shop soon.

I'd love to find a good home for them.
 If you know anyone who might want one let me know! :) 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fierce Women: A Review & Giveaway!

I just finished reading Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior by Kimberly Wagner and loved it! It's about how God created us as women with a special inner strength and ability to influence, inspire and encourage our husbands towards all God created them to be. 

In the book, Kimberly shares how her "fierceness" became a source of conflict early on in her marriage because she was using it for her own selfish gain, but thankfully God intervened and showed her how to use it for His glory! This book gives insight on how to encourage and inspire our men to be the spiritual leaders that God wants them to be! 

Since reading this book I've definitely been more aware of how I treat my husband and especially how I talk to him. I've kept my mouth shut more than once in the last few weeks because of this book and I'm grateful for it!

 I'm excited to announce that the publishers are giving away a copy of Fierce Women to one of my readers!! All you have to do is enter using the rafflecopter below. Yay!! You won't be disappointed with this read!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2012 Garden Review

Our garden is officially done for the year (aside from tilling). We dug our sweet potatoes and sadly they were few and small. They did MUCH better last year. I think we planted them a little too late and had some tough soil. Anyway, I had enough to make puree for Walker so he can enjoy some homegrown goodness!

Banana Peppers and Jalapenos were definitely our best producers this year because of the heat. I had more peppers than I knew what to do with! The okra, green beans and tomatoes also did well. 

However, the corn, carrots, potatoes and bell peppers didn't fair that well. I'm assuming because of the drought and triple digit heat. 

This was my first year canning and I'm happy with the results.
Here's what I ended up with:

11 pints strawberry jam (Mike LOVESSS this stuff)
8 pints tomato puree (homegrown)
5 half pints pickled peppers (homegrown)
3 pints sweet pickles
8 pints dill pickles
8 pints pearsauce (homegrown)
12 1/2 pints apple butter

We also froze 3 dozen ears of corn and 12 cups of peaches. 

It won't be long until I'm planning next year's garden.
 I can taste the homegrown tomatoes already!

How did your garden do this year?

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Peasant Style Top

I made this top using one of my shirts as a pattern. At first I made the front and back way too small and then (after some bad math) it was way too big! Anyway I had to add the elastic band around the waist to make it work. 

I love how it turned out! Peasant style tops are easy to sew if your just starting out. I bought New Look 6892 which is a similar style pattern and plan to make another top very soon.

I've been hesitant to start it because I've had a couple of bad experiences with fitting patterns lately. It can be so frustrating, especially when you go off of the measurements on the back and it still is all wrong. I guess that's why your suppose to make a muslin first. Anyway, this pattern should work out since not much "fit" is involved.

Do you sew with commercial patterns or make your own? 
Any tips for fitting a pattern? 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Walker is 7 Months Old!

Walker turned 7 months old today!
 I can't believe how big he's getting!
 He's still wearing a size 3 diaper and 12 month clothes except in pants he's still wearing 9 months. He's sleeping 11+ hours at night with 2 naps during the day. 
He can sit up for about 45 seconds and then he topples over. He nurses 4 times per day and has solids 3 times per day. He LOVES his food. 

He's been cutting more teeth and has been crankier than usual, but they've almost popped through! Yay!

I can't wait to see what next month brings!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Welcome New Followers!

First, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who participated in this weeks GFC blog hop! You guys are the ones who make it a success every week! 

Anyway, there are a lot of new faces around here and I thought I'd share a little bit about myself so you can get to know me better!

I am a sinner, saved by grace who is trying to live a life that Glorifies God. I'm married to my best friend and we have one sweet baby boy together. I spend my days taking care of my family and home. I enjoy gardening, cooking, sewing, crocheting, painting, reading, thrifting, hiking, swimming and everything in between. This blog is about my life and what inspires me. I hope 
you enjoy!

Here are a few past posts:

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Invested Life: A Review

I just finished reading The Invested Life: making disciples of all nations one person at at time by Joel C. Rosenberg and I loved it. He emphasizes that every follower of Jesus Christ should be able to answer two simple questions:

Who is investing in me?
Whom am I investing in?

Rosenberg explains how Jesus made disciples and commands us to follow his lead. He gives lots of biblical wisdom and practical advice on how to be discipled and how to turn and disciple others. He also gives stories and testimonies of the effectiveness and multiplying effect true discipleship has had in believers lives. 

This book has really challenged me and caused me to stop and think through biblical discipleship on a practical and intentional level. It's gotten me excited about beginning a journey of true biblical discipleship, something I'd never before thought a whole lot about. I'm in the process of prayerfully pursuing discipleship. I believe all Christians will glean something from reading this book and I highly recommend it!

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Google Friend Connect Blog Hop!

Hi friends! I'm so excited to be co-hosting this weeks GFC blog hop. All the details of the hop are below. Be sure and check out the awesome bloggers who link up every week and have fun blog hopping!

It's Tuesday again which means it's time for the GFC Blog Hop!
When I want to follow a blog the first thing I look for is GFC (Google Friend Connect), it's so easy and  nice to be able to go and see all of the blogs you follow in one spot. It's really a great tool to have. 
One side note- Did you know you can follow through GFC using your Twitter Account? TRUE, it's definitely an option!
If you are interested in co-hosting the next GFC Blog Hop send me an email at melissa@thelifeofanotsoordinarywife.com
Ok, so let's get to the party, shall we?
RULES are simple:
1. Follow your host via GFC
The First link below
2. Follow your co-hosts via GFC
The Next 8 links below
3. Link up below using your main blog url not a specific post.
4. Make sure to visit some of the blogs in the link up and follow them via GFC 
and if you want to leave them a comment, I'm sure they'd appreciate that as well.
5. Tweet about this blog hop
6. Share about this blog hop by grabbing a button and putting it on your sidebar!

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Walker's Sunday Suit

I made Walker this corduroy vest and pants for church and they turned out way groovy. I used a pair of his pants and one of his onesies for the patterns.
I just love dressed up babies! Especially this one.
Makes me wish people dressed up a little more like they used too.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Building a Classic Wardrobe Part 2: Thrifted & Handmade

If you missed my post about filling in the gaps in my wardrobe you can read about it here. As promised I'm going to show you what I found while thrifting this week. I tried to find quality pieces for fall that are both timeless and versatile. 

Here's what I bought:
1. Brown Cardigan (comfy & fits me really well!)
2. Orange Corduroy Skirt
3. Pinstripe Button down
4. Black Knee Length Skirt
5. Grey Baby Doll Cardigan
 I wasn't able to find a knit black open front cardigan like I wanted so I made one! I had some black knit material that I found at a thrift store awhile back and I actually used the brown cardigan above as the pattern. 
 It turned out great and it's really comfy. It's so nice to have a custom fitted garment. I have trouble with sleeves not being long enough, but I don't have to worry about that when I make my own clothes. 

I've been thinking a lot about building a handmade wardrobe for myself and my family. I really want to improve my sewing skills and be able to make quality clothes. That's why I've decided to join in the November draft-a-long over at Sew Country Chick. We are going to be going through the book Design it Yourself Clothes: Pattern Making Simplified and drafting our own clothing patterns! I've had this book for awhile, but have never found the courage to do any of the projects. Anyway, I'd love for you all to join in with us! It's going to be an awesome learning experience. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Building a Classic (Thrifted) Wardrobe

Since getting rid of a lot of my clothes, I've realized that I have some major gaps in my wardrobe. I'm focusing on filling those gaps with some classic and quality pieces. 

But, we're trying to save some extra money this month and actually stay on budget so I have to limit my spending and try and find some nice pieces from the thrift store. I did a Goodwill run last night and found this purse (I love jewel tones for fall) and black blazer for $4 each:
 I also bought this Banana Republic pinstripe shirt for $3.50:

I'm learning to be pickier about what I buy these days. It's so easy to buy everything you like when thrifting since it's all so inexpensive, but then you end up with a houseful of stuff you "like" instead of "love." 

I'm doing my best to control myself. :)

Anyway, I'm planning on going to some more thrift stores this week looking specifically for:

Knee Length Denim Skirt
Knee Length Corduroy Skirt
A-line dresses
Black Knit Wrap or Cardigan
Other Quality Fall Pieces I Can Find

I'll post some more photos if I buy anything.

Do you have any gaps in your wardrobe?
Do you like buying clothes from the thrift store?

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Dollar Store Organization

 If you read yesterday's post on our clutter free bedroom, then you know I'm on a simplifying & organizing kick. Today I'm going to show you how I tackled some unorganized areas of my home using dollar store organizers.

This cabinet is in our kitchen and it holds our medicine, cookbooks, dog stuff, etc. Obviously it needs a little help.
Here it is newly organized!
I simplified my cookbook collection and bought two baskets from the dollar store which now hold medicine and dog stuff. It looks so much better now.

Here's another kitchen cabinet that needed a little help.
 And here it is after! The top basket holds canning supplies and the bottom one holds bottles and sippy cups. 

OK here is the most embarrassing one of all. My craft closet. It was seriously just a black hole of "stuff" before. Sadly there are two shelves above this that look just as bad. 

 And here is it after!! I am so proud of it! I bought all of the purple baskets from the dollar store.

Ahh crafty bliss!

 It feels so good to be organized. I've also purged around 50% or more of our "decor" because I felt a lot of it was just clutter. I only kept what I really and truly loved. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my OCD post! 

What do you do to control clutter in your home?
Do you have any organizing projects you need to tackle?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Our (Newly) Clutter-Free Bedroom

 I thought I'd give you a tour of our (newly) de-cluttered bedroom. Unfortunately I don't have before pictures, but I'll try and give you an idea of what it looked like before my purging spree started.

Here's our bed. We used to have more clutter on the nightstands (larger pictures, a jewelry box, alarm clock, weather radio, etc.), but we got rid of all that and bought matching candles from the dollar tree to make it look unified. It's pretty yet simple and it makes me happy. The canvas and candles are the only things on our walls in the whole room and I like it that way.

 Here is our dresser. We used to have a small TV that we never turned on and a huge candelabra, but we got rid of them and I got a basket to hold Mike's keys, wallet, phone, etc. 

We also used to have a rocking chair and a whole bunch of clutter in this corner which has since been removed. I've noticed that if you have an item that attracts clutter (the rocking chair) removing it will help to keep things clutter free.

Here is the other side of the bed that also used to have a rocking chair, but now it's gone. 

Here is my newly organized nightstand drawer. I bought these plastic containers from the Dollar Tree (2 for $1).

Here's my closet. It's pretty much always looked like this except with more clothes in it. Also, I used to have my jewelry hanging on a cork board, but Mike put this coat rack on the back of my closet door so I can hide it. 

We also have a dog cage at the foot of the bed, but that's it. We had a keyboard set up there too, but now it's stored under our bed. 

Well, that's our room! It's so much easier to keep picked up now that it's clutter free and I feel so much more relaxed in it. 

What do you think?

I hope you can come back tomorrow and see how I've organized the "clutter zones" in the rest of my house!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Win a $20 Target Gift Card!

I'm excited to announce an awesome giveaway from my sponsor Danise from danisejurado.com! She blogs about faith and fitness and has lots of encouraging and uplifting wisdom to share. Go check her out!

Anyway, she is giving away a $20 target gift card to Target! How exciting? All you have to do to enter is visit her blog and leave a comment, then come back here and enter with the rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on 10/7/2012. Good luck!

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