~Weekend Wrapup ~ Sunday Style ~ Scrub-a-Dub-Dub

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Got a lot to share this morning.  I’ve been having a problem storing my shoes in my small closet.  I had most of my shoes in a under-the-bed box, but realized I either never would wear them or I’d get them out, but not put them away, so I was just left with a big pile of shoes at the back of my bedroom.  So this weekend, I was on the search for a DIY solution.  I had seen lots of creative ideas on Pinterest, but after a trip to the basement revealed some shelves, I knew I could make that work.  The shelves had an open grid pattern, which made it impossible to store heels, so I simply cut some pretty paper and contact papered it (so they could easily be wiped clean if needed) and viola – instant solution!

Linking up to Tatertots & Jello, MySimpleHomeLife, and


(check out some of these projects – enough to keep you busy for a long time, but can’t wait to check some of them out!)

Something else I did this weekend?  Started into a new bar of soap.  Exciting, I know.  But this is homemade soap – not by me (I’d probably get third-degree burns trying to make soap), but by Mountain Girl Soap.  I don’t know if it’s the fact that my hands feel moisturized after washing them, that they are natural, that they work into a lather, that they smell awesome, or that they just look so pretty, but I’m in love.  Yes, with soap.  So what?  Hey, if it can get you clean while doing all that stuff above, what’s not to fall in love with? (eek, just finished a sentence with a preposition…sorry, Mrs. McGee!)

Naomi sent my some of her bestsellers (and I can see why!) to review: Coconut Lemongrass, Eucalyptus & Spearmint, Rosemary Mint, Aloe Vera & Clover, and then samples of Acai Mangosteen, Pomegranate, and Blackberry Sage (not pictured – used it up already).  My without-a-doubt favorite was the coconut lemongrass, but I enjoyed the scent of them all, next favorites would be the blackberry sage and the eucalyptus & spearmint.

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Then yesterday, this is what I wore to church.

(I think I should take these outside next time!)

(off-white layering tee: DownEastBasics~navy sweater: Goodwill~gray pencil skirt: Goodwill~necklace: DYT~shoes:DiscountWomensDressShoes-not pictured, but the second gray shoes from the left on the top shelf in the shoe picture above)  I’m also thinking of getting my hair cut – I straightened it for the first time in many months yesterday, and I just think it needs some shaping and maybe some more highlights.  What do you think?

Linking up to Sunday Style @ Modern Modest Beauty

And finally, I also used this purse yesterday.  I got it from JustFab (I ordered it I believe on Thurday, and it got to me on Saturday!)  It’s the Hoover Dam bag, and I just love the color blue!!!  It’s a good size, is soft, and has some pockets (inside zip, and cell phone + other pocket).  And best of all, it was free!!  I believe the deal is still going on, so you might want to check it out.  Your first purchase, you get 50% off an item  (they also sell shoes, but none were standing out to me, so I went with a bag) and you always get free shipping.  So it was $39.99 and went down to $19.95. But then at checkout, they give you a free subscription to Entertainment Weekly (value of $25), and you can click on the little print underneath and it says if you don’t want the magazine, you can send them a copy of your order and they will send you a rebate).  It is a monthly subscription, so either skip the month by the 5th of the month (unless you want that month’s selection), or just click to cancel your subscription.  Isn’t it gorgeous?

So how was your weekend?  Oh, and don’t forget to enter the Project Twenty Thirty-Five giveaway.

Modesty, Manners, and Grace

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As a society, we are the farthest thing from modest… in our speech, our conduct, our dress…we just don’t have it.  We have “hotness”, but what ever happened to grace? Beauty? Manners? Why must everything be out in the open?  I cringe to think what fellow Americans even a few generations back would think if they were alive.  I know many don’t get why modesty is important…they think it’s outdated, some stifling rule made by those in authority to sabotage any inkling of fun.

With the advance of the Internet and Facebook, we often feel the need/compulsion to share every detail of our lives (and I’m not saying it’s all bad, and I often share more than I really need to as well).  Nothing is off limits.  Nothing is sacred.  Everything is crude, lewd, and often belittling.

I know when I was younger, I often made light of modesty to an extent.  I knew enough to realize its importance, but more or less followed the rules because I felt I had to.  I didn’t really take the time to consider why someone would *choose* to live modestly.

I’ve been reading more Leslie Ludy books, and these thoughts are just spilling out, so I apologize if they seem a bit here and there.  But dressing modestly, living gracefully, having manners…these aren’t things that most people think about.  Or if we do, it’s only in religious circles (which is good, we need it there too) or is viewed as “way out there”.  I was watching an episode of I Love Lucy the other week and just even seeing how important those things were then …even to HOLLYWOOD (gasp!) was quite shocking.

So many times people will say (and I’ve said them myself over the years): “But how am I supposed to dress modestly when everything around is immodest?”  Sigh.  I know.  *A lot* of clothing is made to accentuate and highlight areas that shouldn’t be seen by everyone.  BUT it can be done, and it’s really not quite as difficult as you might think.

For instance, if you are on the short side, like me, and like to shop online – you see the model in the picture, and the dress is way above her knees or the top plummets a bit too low.  Don’t automatically discount it, though.  Check out the measurements.  Models are often very tall, so a dress that is 35″ long might be really short on her, but it might be knee length on you.  So if possible, check that the garment has a size chart or measurements giving the length.  Another way to get away with wearing cute tops is to wear a camisole or tee underneath.  I’m not up on all the fashion of the moment, but I think layers are a good thing.

What about manners?  I still notice people opening doors or holding the door open as you go out of a store, which is great, but overall, I don’t think we’re very “mannerful” people.  I’m a bit ashamed to admit this, but I don’t even really know the proper way to set a table, or at least a fancy table.  I’m not very versed in the art of conversation.  I often find talking with others, especially those I’m not close to, to be very awkward. So all of these things are areas that I need to work on as well.

And grace?  What’s that, right?  When I think of grace, I think of Fred and Ginger, I think of a sort of warmth and properness, but not stuffiness or stodginess.  But we almost laugh at the idea…I mean, come on, who is like that anymore?

So what about you – What do you think happened to modesty, manners, and grace?  Do you want them back?

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