Modest Monday: Football Fan Style


I’ve never been like everyone else, which led me to much questioning as an adopted child. Although we were all redheads, it was clear that I looked different and had a different personality. It wasn’t until my 4th sister was born when I was 17 1/2 that I felt like someone looked more like me with our round faces and such. Later, I realized my 3rd brother has my personality. He’s 11 years younger.

I’ve always LOVED being feminine, and used to beg my mom, even in first grade, to let me wear dresses instead of pants. I also grew up being taught modesty, just not the reasons for it, except to not distract the boys at school. But no one had to beg me to appreciate my girly-ness. Instead I had to fight hard for it my whole life. And the more years that pass, the more I feel odd for wanting to be feminine, when most are fine dressing far too similar to men. God made me female, why would I want to look like a guy?

One area where it seems almost unforgivable to be feminine is in sports, but I don’t even like wearing t-shirts in my everyday life, so of course I don’t really love wearing them while watching sports. Actually my husband hates me in those sports t-shirts. But I love feeling more connected to my home state, my college and my college friends by watching my alma mater play football while living out of state.


So first I bought this dress to wear during games with a yellow shirt underneath:


Still sporty, but not so masculine.

But sometimes I need more, so even though I know everyone will think I’m weird, I’m sharing my cute and feminine Oregon Ducks outfit from last Saturday:


This shirt doesn’t have their name or duck on it, but it’s the right color! And the skirt has both yellow and green in it. BTW: I’m making the Oregon O here. :)



I like being accepted, but I also like being unique. Sometimes that means I’m the only one I know like me and people think I’m odd. Sometimes I’m okay with that and sometimes I just want to be “normal.” I think we’re all constantly working on being okay with our uniqueness. That’s life! :)


I talk with my hands. And my Sweetie doesn’t always wait until I’m ready when he snaps photos! :)


GO DUCKS!!!!!!


Modest Monday: Toadstool Style and Casual Flowered Outfit


We’ve just arrived home from a three week vacation, and this sweet Toadstool Area was a fun, surprise find in Middlebury, Indiana at the Krider Gardens. The funny thing is, we debated stopping, as it was a last minute find, and it might mean missing out on other things we planned to do. Then, we parked at the far end of the gardens, which I thought was crazy, since we were just going to take a quick peek. I had to thank my Sweetie for it after we found THIS!! Thanks Sweetie!!


Because we’re a mushroom/toadstool loving family, especially my husband, his cousin and mom, and myself. We’ve even seen red and mushrooms in the town where we met. They’re REAL!!! But poisonous, so don’t eat them if you find some. Who would want to eat rubbery mushrooms anyway, yech! :)


All this sweetness needs is a little table for tea parties! :)



This is a casual outfit I wear a lot. I have two different flowered blouses I took on our trip. I like to belt it to shorten it a bit and create more definition. Unfortunately, I decided to take my brown sandals on the trip instead of the black, then ended up wearing more black over the three weeks. Ah well. When we found this little hangout, I thought, “We should take Modest Monday photos here!” So we did. :)



Then I made my Sweetie pose too, in his new vest from Gohn Bros. an Amish/Mennonite fabric store, also in Middlebury.



My Sweetie is so handsome!



I imagine children discovering this sweet spot and feeling miniature and enchanted by it’s sweetness. I felt a bit that way myself. It fit right in with my reading of the Borrowers books. Such a fun little surprise and one of our trip highlights!! I wish I had this in our backyard!! :)


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Modest Monday: Denim Dress Revisited


This week I wore my favorite (read only) denim dress, but paired with different accessories than I have before. I am not a denim lover, but this dress is so soft and is perfectly cut for my body type.

I found this new jewelry on clearance at Kohl’s, because it’s considered 4th of July jewelry. But you can see how it can be worn anytime. And I have a soft spot for flowers!! :)


What do you think of that weird hair coming out of the side of my head? It’s always windy here. :)


I’m also wearing a Cami Secret instead of a tank top or Halftee because it’s too HOT here for ANYTHING extra!! Here’s how I make them work, because they don’t work the way the company sells them.


The earrings actually came with this necklace:


But they match both! Yay!!

And then we ended the photo session for a fight. Sigh. That’s real life. Don’t worry, we made up. :)

It happens, as we take these after church when we’re either hungry, tired or both. We like Sunday afternoon naps if we’re home.

Have a great week!!


My New Pretty Dishes


A few years ago I decided I wanted to switch out our retro 70’s dish set with something different. Then a couple of years ago my husband expressed the same thing. Yay! He took photos of a few plates at Daiso while he was out of town, and I spotted a different one in the photos that I liked. Was it porcelain? Were there other pieces so I could create a set? Blank stares…I looked at other locations on other visits and found nothing. As I started looking around, I found I was drawn to modern vintage flowered patterns. But…they were either super expensive or discontinued, and mostly from England and Japan. Can you say expensive PLUS overseas shipping?!!! Ack!! I was feeling pretty hopeless and about to give up and settle with something that wasn’t really my style, when Pioneer Woman came out with her line a couple of weeks ago. A lot of her line is mostly my style, so I thought maybe I could piece together a set from the line. Then…when we were visiting his parents again over the weekend, I asked which Daiso store is the LARGEST..and FINALLY found my new pretty dishes!!!! I ended up choosing a different pattern than the original one I fell in love with, which was more of an English style. I shocked even myself! :)


The best part? Husband approved, which also surprised me. He knows I’ve been discouraged though, so maybe that was part of it?! I picked the green cups with him in mind, and I actually love the combo! :)









Sometimes you have to get creative when you can’t find what you want or need, so I made my own set!



I LOVE them!!





I love, love, love them!!!



My cupboard looks so pretty now! And our Ikea bowls are a good match. :)



Bye bye old 70’s dishes!


Now I have pretty, everyday dishes that I love as much as our shamrock china!! :)

What do you think?


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My Easy Two Ingredient Chai Frappaccino


I’m a loyal, straight black Irish or English tea drinker. I didn’t even like flavored black tea until a few years ago when our local Tea Room proprietor talked into trying the amazing French Caramel Creme Brule. So yummy!! So I’ll drink that, or vanilla or peach/apricot, but mostly straight black with a bit of milk.

But the moment I tried my first hot Oregon Chai, I was hooked!! All of those yummy spices and the creaminess of the added milk. Yum!! So sometimes I’ll have that for my morning tea time, especially if I’m wanting to up me protein intake.

So I also fell in love the first time I had a Chai Frappaccino! It’s especially refreshing on these very HOT days, with it’s frozen coldness. My one complaint has always been that it needs more ice, and sometimes they did it for me, sometimes not. The unique thing about the chai version is that it doesn’t have yucky coffee, and it isn’t as overly sweet as the others, just spicy. :)


I rarely spend the money on one, usually using gift cards I receive, and don’t really love supporting companies that endorse things I don’t. Soooo…I’m always on the lookout for copycat recipes. Have you heard of The Pioneer Woman? Well, she re-shared her copycat recipe again yesterday and I re-tried it, but it was too watered down. Her coffee concentrate might be stronger than my chai, so you should still try hers if you love coffee. But while I was drinking it, I thought, “What if I freeze the concentrate into cubes and it also becomes the ice?”


So today I used some of the frozen chai and added milk, and it tastes just like the real thing!!! No fancy, mysterious creme base. Happy girl here!! :)



So here’s my super difficult recipe, prepare yourself:

Pour chai concentrate into ice trays and freeze completely.

Put 8 cubes into a blender

Add 1 cup of milk and blend thoroughly.

Pour into a glass and ENJOY!!!

Soooo, sooooo good!!!


And only slightly more complicated than the ice cube making recipe I saw earlier today, haha!! ;)


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Modest Monday: LuLaRoe Peach Flowers


We took photos two weeks in a row! Yay us!! I won’t say we weren’t fighting just before taking these, but then we made each other laugh for the genuine smiles. :)

THIS is the gorgeous LuLaRoe I bought last week, my newest piece. At the time I was torn between this and a lace navy one. And I don’t even like navy, but it fit like a dream! This one fit nearly as well, and it’s so pretty and so me! I love it even more a week later than the night I bought it!ย  :)




More pictures for details and coloring, and because I’m promoting LuLaRoe. :)



The tree makes it more fun, except that it was covered in ants!


It was actually too hot for even this little cardigan, but I don’t wear tanks alone, so I suffered through.


And here’s my pretty jewelry. You can’t see the turquoise in the skirt from these photos, but it’s there. And wouldn’t you know it, I found the missing, matching earrings TODAY! Haha! C’est la vie!


Have a great week everyone!!

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Modest Monday: LuLaRoe – Turquoise Flowers


Last week I went to a LuLaRoe party. Have you heard of LuLaRoe? It’s a California based clothing company that is gaining popularity, even in other states. It’s like Tupperware in that you go to a party, see and try on clothes and buy what you love. The prices are a little higher than we would normally spend on clothes, but if I find something I love and know I’ll wear a lot, I’ll splurge. Especially in the case of last week, where I know I’m also contributing to the ministries of these ladies. Finding things in my size, and flowered instead of geometric can be tricky, but I have found a few, including this, my first purchase about a year ago. Why am I posting about this one, and not my brand new one, you ask? Because I told a friend who bought one similar to this one that night, that I would wear mine if she wore hers and we could be twinsies! Of course I forgot that we go to two different services. C’est la vie, I needed to blog this one anyway! :)


Pretty!! Pretty!! This is a maxi skirt, but I like to wear it high because I’m short. Or sometimes I fold the waist a couple of times. It’s what gives it that fuller look. I constantly get asked what skirt it is, even by the ones with the business. :)


This one is for the oak tree. :)



A close up from a different day of my pretty, Etsy necklace. I couldn’t find the matching earrings. :(


And my pretty ring from a different day.

Have you heard of LuLaRoe? Do you own any pieces? One of the best things about them is that most of the pieces are very MODEST. It can be so difficult when shopping these days, so…PERFECT!!!


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Abby’s Shoebox Dollhouse


I finished another Shoebox Dollhouse for another young friend! And I’m already halfway finished with my third. It’s getting faster and easier as the routine is built and the supplies are gathered! :)

Above is the Bedroom for the kids. The parents don’t get one. Haha! Of course, there are only kid dolls anyway. :)


Here’s the happy girl with the entire house in my fuzzy Instagram photo. I think this is the only photo that shows the American flag flying. See it on her cheek?


The Bedroom:

I had a few pieces of furniture I had gathered from somewhere, including a toy box, so they moved in. Little baby doll, a “stuffed” bear and carriage(with a little mattress I made) are party favors from Dollar Tree. A gumball machine my Sweetie found for free at a garage sale. A sticker for a mirror, a crocheted blanket and sewn pillow and a matchbook dresser with flower thumbtacks from Daiso backed with little beads to cover the point. A sweet doll completes the look, with her fabric dress I made from pretty trim and lace to replace the ugly, plastic one she came with.


I used scrapbook paper and wrapping paper for the wallpapers and floors. I love the little hat that was on some clearance cupcakes at our grocery store. a couple of years ago. I bought them for the hats!! :)

Mickey and Minnie from a valentine heart box, and a clothesline holding dresses I cut from fabric after adhering them to heat and bond so they won’t fray. They’re hanging from little hangers I made from paperclips. And a paper umbrella is the light fixture.


The guitar is another Dollar Tree item and the lamp is from a furniture pack (which also included the doll) I found there, after the plans were already in motion for her house.


Here’s the Bathroom: A toilet made from an aloe vera bottle top, glued to a juice top, I think. I save all tops these days, so who knows? The rug is a coaster, the sink is a top glued to a pizza riser, and a faucet fashioned from a pipe cleaner. Another sticker mirror and a cram cheese container covered in washi tape for a bathtub. Also another paper umbrella as a light fixture. Stickers for artwork and I needed to build a shelf out of a jewelry box for a hair dryer, mirror and spray bottle from that furniture pack again.


Here’s the Living Room:

My little lamp made from a mini cupcake paper and Q-tip and flower thumbtack, sitting on a Dixie cup and cardboard circle. Another coaster rug, a chair made from a box cut in half and glued together and a nut cup is a stool. A grandfather clock and another bookshelf holding pretty perfume bottles and a mini frame holding a “Frozen” picture becomes a TV. :)




A mini frame from the craft store with a bumblebee sticker as the artwork.


And the Kitchen:

I forgot to take a photo of the entire room, ack! A sample cup from Hot Dog on a Stick becomes the base for the table, with a cardboard circle covered in washi tape for the top. Mini frisbee party favors become plates. This also highlights the Animal Cookie Circus cages on her patio. :)


An apron, broom and butter churn (really a ball catcher turned upside down). A hutch and one of the clothespin dolls I made before I found the other dolls.


A stove with Velcro circle burners and a fun fridge and cake made from more tops.


The stove and fridge are boxes covered with paper. I made the oven door with stickers and cut a door for the fridge, using pins I cut and bent away the sharp edges for the handles.


A few years ago, our VBS theme was camping and I created a “firepit” for my classroom. I recreated that in mini form here, with twigs, sparkly sequins and pipe cleaners hiding underneath.



What do you think of my tire swing and swing set sitting on the walkway here? A Yo-yo is the swing and Popsicle sticks with notches make the set. I thought I would need to hang the swing in front of the kitchen, until the last second when I finally came up with this idea!! YAY!!! :)


Plastic bracelets make a pool and a spool, a Q-tip and umbrella provide some shade.


Annnnnd…the outer walls:


The patio folds up and closes the house for transport. This box didn’t have an attached lid, so I masking taped a large piece of cardboard to the main box. It works as a great hinge. I cut the window, trees and flowers from scrapbook paper. Originally I thought I found the perfect box, that even had the mom’s name on it, but it was too beat up, so I did this instead. :)


The front door.


The clasps.



When I saw this paper at our craft store at 10 for $1, I immediately thought…ROOF!!!



She’s a happy girl, with hours of play time ahead!! :)

And here’s the First House I made!


Modest Monday: Turquoise and White With New Flowered Bag


I wore this outfit a few weeks ago and I’m finally getting around to sharing it today!

I just sort of stumbled on this combination and fell in love. It’s such a great, casual outfit for any day and I love it. And my new flowered bag from Pay Less matches perfectly!




I’m so squinty here!


Happy Monday…or is it Wednesday?!! :)