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Safety 1st???

If you’re in the market for a carseat, DO NOT buy one from Safety 1st.  We purchased this one for our Jane about a year ago.  At the age of 19 months, Jane could UNBUCKLE HERSELF  by pushing the little button the harness strap of her Safety 1st carseat. 

I have emailed Safety 1st twice now but they have not even granted me the courtesy of a reply.

So, in order to really pick up the Google traffic, let me just say:

Don’t buy from Safety 1st.
Don’t buy from Safety 1st.
Don’t buy from Safety 1st.
Don’t buy from Safety 1st.
Don’t buy from Safety 1st.

Why?   Because Safety 1st doesn’t put safety, 1st.

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Teenager in the House

Make that two teenagers, now! Happy 13th Birthday Son!

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Works_for_me_5I was perusing our local consignment shop yesterday for some winter things for baby.    I had just done the summer/winter closet clean out for Jane and realized that though we had received oodles of hand-me-downs from friends and relatives, we were short on winter items in the 24 mo/2T size.  Lucky for me, I found some really great deals on the dollar rack.  The name brand stuff goes for $4 – $8, but anything that was originally purchased at Wal-Mart or Target always goes to the dollar rack.  Jane will be sporting her new, red-knit outfit tonight and never realizing that she’s going shabby chic.

As I was digging through the piles of ugly things looking for the one or two cute items, I started wishing that I could still buy my teenager’s clothes at the consignment store–but alas–the modesty issue has made that nearly impossible.  The only thing harder than finding cute baby clothes on the dollar rack is finding modest clothes for a teenager…  ANYWHERE.

Which reminded me of my Works-for-Me-Wednesday idea:  Turning tank-tops backwards.

You’re thinking, “Huh?”  In case you didn’t know it, layering tank-tops is the current fashion rage among females falling between the ages of 13 and 25.   It’s a cute little trend.  Often, one will see someone wearing 2 tank-tops of different colors under a button-down or a cardigan.  The combinations are endless–teal and magenta, black and gray, orange and chartreuse.  These kids are having as much fun as all of us post-80s folks had layering our socks.  (You remember that fashion disaster, don’t you?) 

The only problem is that the new tank-tops are cut low.  Real. Low.  And while somehow Elizabeth Bennett  got away with showing half of her bosom, it’s not working for me.  So, I have instructed my 14 year old to simply turn her tank-tops around.  Now she’s fully covered and trendy at the same time.

So, turning tank-tops!  Works for Me!  Don’t forget to check out all of the other great tips over at Shannon’s.

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Fall into a New Blog Design!

Susie from Bluebird Designs will be giving away two free blog designs this fall.  Go on over to her sight and check out all of the details!  Her work is so beautiful and you’ll love anything she creates!

Why are you still stickin’ around here?  Go. On. Over to Susies!!!

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The Wedding Singer

I get asked to sing for a lot of events–community events, church events, funerals and my personal favorite–weddings!  Yup, it’s true.  I’m a wedding singer.  No, not this kind of wedding singer, but I do usually  get asked to sing at several nupital occasions every year.

And so I have a standard “I’m-going-to-sing-at-your-wedding-outfit.”  If you for ask me to sing at your wedding, I’ll more than likely show up in a short-sleeved black dress with a black cardigan, black pumps  and pearls. 
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I sort of feel like I  blend into the scenery with this outfit and I’m never scared that I’m going to clash with the wedding party’s attire.  It’s safe.  It also saves me from having to go out and buy a dress that “matches.”  When you sing at five or six weddings a year, all of that formal attire could really start to add up if you know what I mean.

However, I found myself needing to go shopping for a new wedding-singer-dress when I was asked, a few months ago, to sing in what is formally known as a “snowball wedding.”  For those of you who don’t know what that is, neither did I.  But I now know that a “snowball wedding” is one in which the entire wedding party, including mothers and grandmothers and even guests wears shades of white and/or off-white.   That includes the wedding singer.  Uh-oh.  Looks like my standard wedding uniform isn’t going to cut the mustard this time.

And so–I’ve been on the look-out for something white.  And something affordable.  We spent a pretty penny back in June when Spencer ‘s brother got married and to be honest, I’ve been dreading doing it again.  Don’t get me wrong–we looked fantastic, but I didn’t want to fork over that kind of cash again.  By the way, did I ever show you those pictures?  Oh I didn’t?  Well my goodness, scooch on over here and I’ll show you a few. 

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Spencer & Me

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Truett & Abigail

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The entire wedding party

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Titus- the Bible Bearer

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and Anna the Flowergirl

Didn’t we all look so purdy?  But really, one formal dress per year is enough, don’t you think?  And besides, the snowball wedding is going to be in the morning  and so my white dress doesn’t even have to be floor length!  I’ve been praying and on the look-out for a nice white dress that also fits nicely within my price range for a few months now, but I wasn’t having any luck.   I had something in mind–something sort of suitish, but not business suitish, y’know?  Everything I had found so far either looked like a prom dress or a power-suit.  Snowball dress shopping had become a real chore.

Well, I had to run some errands in the city today and while we were flying through the mall, lo and behold, I just happened to notice a row of six or seven white suitcoats  with matching flouncy skirts hanging on the 75%-off rack at Dillards.  On closer inspection, they were beautiful and they just happened to have ONE in my size.  Original price:  $200.00.  My price:  $45!  Fantastic! 

So you see, friends, God cares about even the little things–even a snowball-wedding-singer’s outfit.  Now I’ve got to get busy praying for a pair of white shoes to match.   The real question is:

Do you think God cares that we’re all going to be wearing white shoes after Labor Day?

Just wonderin’.

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Modesty for Girls

Update:  There are over 400 women who have signed Julie’s modesty post.  If you haven’t already signed up, please head over that way.  I am very anxious to see how retailers are going to respond to this!

I’m a little late for jumping on the modesty bandwagon (since most of the blogosphere has already read/signed this petition)–but I still want to link to my friend Jules and her post/petition on modesty for girls for all of my real-life friends who only read my blog.

Here’s her statement:


Moms for Modesty Mission Statement

  • As a Mom for Modesty I believe in common-sense modesty for girls and young women. 
  • I believe in refraining from sexualizing our girls and young women. 
  • I believe that it is unwise and unfair to taunt boys and young men by permitting my daughter(s) to dress in an immodest manner.
  • I believe that true beauty comes from within and I strive to teach my daughter(s) this truth.
  • I will loyally shop at retailers that provide girls’ and young womens clothing that is modest, affordable and stylish.

 

I agree with everything in her statement and just want to add that when teaching our daughters about modesty that our instruction should deal with more than just the clothing that they wear.  Modesty is really a state of the mind and an attitude of the heart; and we need to teach our daughters that there are certain ways to sit, walk, move and behave.  In fact, the modesty issue is the number one reason that played into our decision to not let our daughters be cheerleaders or flag girls for our community’s band.    The truth is,  we always instruct our boys to look away during the halftime shows because of the “suggestive moves” if you know what I mean. 

We’ve also shied away from  dancing (jazz, tap, etc…)  because of some of the
suggestive moves we’ve seen being taught to very, very young dancers.  (And don’t
forget the Jon Benet’ showtime make-up!)

The modesty issue also comes up when we start the discussions about boy/girl relations with our kids and our girls know that when the time DOES come for them to be able to date (after highschool) that they will never be the ones calling the boys.  Being overtly flirtacious and forward is not behaving in a modest way and is not becoming for Christian girls/women.   

Lastly, don’t forget how to teach your girls some simple, yet important things like how to walk and how to sit.  This starts early and I always remind my little Sunday School preschoolers to keep their shirts down and their legs together.   Modesty is a mindset that will become a way of life if talked about consistently from an early age.

So enough from me!  Go sign Jules’ petition!  If enough moms speak loud enough, maybe the fashion industry will wake-up and pay attention.  Thanks Jules!

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I’ve been all tipped out lately–and apparently so has Katherine.  But she’s not so tipped out that she can’t write a super cute poem.  T’was the Night Before Wednesday.   She mentions me, y’all, so go check it out!  🙂

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