Saving Money on Clothes

Posted: July 14, 2014 in Saving Money

Whether you consider yourself a fashonista, or are happy with whatever you happen to grab out of the closet, the fact is clothes wear out, stop fitting, or just simply go out of style, whether for you personally or society in general.

The fact is, eventually you are going to have to spend money on clothes, whether you want to or not. The good news is you can upgrade your wardrobe without breaking the bank.

  • Avoid impulse buying and keep an eye out for sales. The first part of this is mandatory to controlling your fashion budget. Yes, you may find just the perfect blouse or shoes when you were least expecting it, but don’t take that as a sign that you have to have it right now.Check with the salesperson if the item might be going on sale soon. Most stores rotate their specials on a regular basis. A number of them will be happy to share this information because they just want to get you back in the store. Just remember when you go back to limit yourself to the sale items. Also, don’t be afraid to check out the discount rack. Many of the items are simply discontinued, or may have minor irregularities, but are still a great piece at a great value.
  • Think multi-purpose. There are several ways to make a few garments into several versatile outfits. When you are purchasing different parts of an ensemble, think about color and pattern matching across a number of pieces. With the proper blouses, vests and skirts, you can compile numerous looks for a fraction of the cost of off the rack sits. Of course the same is true for pants, jacket and shirt combinations. The only limit is your imagination.
  • Consider quality versus price. Sure, you might be able to by two dozen pairs of socks at the dollar store, but how long will they last compared to a three-pack of quality stockings for a few more dollars? There are times when buying a bargain is well worth it. If you need a bunch of cheap work socks you know you’re going to trash while working outside, or just working out, the cheaper socks may be a better choice. However, a heartier pair of socks will be more comfortable, prevent blisters, and last much longer. Consider your priorities, and make the choice you think will serve you best.
  • Shop at outlet stores and secondhand shops. Most big name chains also have factory outlet stores available. Though these aren’t always available in all areas, when you can find them they are worth exploring. They remove the glitz and glamour of fancy store fronts, but offer the same merchandise at greatly reduced prices. Sometimes the savings are due to irregularities, but often the products are no different than those you’d find in the upscale shops. Likewise, second-hand and consignment shops are becoming more and more popular. Of course the old stand-bys like the Salvation Army and Goodwill are always available. Granted, these may have a lot of clothes in which you have no interest, but with a little work some great clothes at amazing prices can be found.

If you’d prefer a more upscale environment, second-hand and consignment boutiques are popping up more and more in cities everywhere. Not only can you find quality clothing at rock bottom prices at these establishments, but you may also be able to bring in many of the clothes you’ve cleaned out of your own closet for trade credit and even greater savings. Whether these kind of money-saving stores are available where you live or not, there are also many online variations available for buying, selling or swapping used clothes.

And then at thirteen, when I was dying on the hospital bed and the nurses said I was a miracle, I finally saw him.

I saw God for who he was – a Savior who wasn’t a minister with a wrinkled forehead stuck in his office [her dad], who wasn’t a mother who had never been affirmed growing up, who wasn’t the church with all of its rules.

He grace.  And I began to believe with more than my mind, because I wanted to live. 

Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look page 48 by Emily T. Wierenga

 About the Book
Disillusioned and yearning for freedom, Emily Wierenga left home at age eighteen with no intention of ever returning. Broken down by organized religion, a childhood battle with anorexia, and her parents’ rigidity, she set out to find God somewhere else–anywhere else. Her travels took her across Canada, Central America, the United States, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. She had no idea that her faith was waiting for her the whole time–in the place she least expected it.

Poignant and passionate, Atlas Girl is a very personal story of a universal yearning for home and the assurance that we are known, forgiven, and beloved. Readers will find in this memoir a true description of living faith as a two-way pursuit in a world fraught with distraction. Anyone who wrestles with the brokenness we find in the world will love this emotional journey into the arms of the God who heals all wounds. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I have followed Emily’s blog for many years now, so I was thrilled to get her book to review.  And, I was not disappointed. This memoir brings about all emotions . . . those of compassion and understanding, to gripping your heart for the unknown that Emily writes of.  I really like how Emily’s book brings you through her childhood – to heart commitment of never returning home – and then God changes that, and with it brings so much healing.  I find this so true in life – when we say “I will never do such and such” God often has other plans.

I found this book to be like I am  reading through someone’s journal – skipping around, and then coming back to fill in the gaps.  Her words are raw and real – writing things that we wish we could say at times, giving hope, truly found in Jesus.  I highly recommend reading Atlas Girl.


 Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look was provided courtesy of Baker Books,
in exchange for my written, honest review of this Book.


xcept for maybe a post a week, I am planning on taking through July off from blogging for more time with my kids & grandbaby, more time outside enjoying the sun after too long of a winter, painting, gardening, knitting, sewing, walks, and impromptu picnics and adventures.  I also hope to read one stack of books – one of many stacks!

In August it is my plan to share some special reviews of various products, including homeschooling resources.  If you have products you would like reviewed, please drop me a note here. Just as one of daughters, who is an artist, is continually sketching something, both in her mind and on paper, I am always writing also, so I will be back!


his past week has been a humbling and healing time, which, in time, I will write about, but is part of my delay in writing this review for the blog tour (this was due last week). I was reading this book throughout some major home renovations and heart renovations, making this an especially wonderful God-ordained time to read, Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray.  I’d like to encourage you to click that link and not even read any further.  Order the book now!  It’s that good. There’s hardly a page in my book without a marking on it.  And, I can see it as one for anyone, where ever you may be with God. It was written from a broken heart in such a personal way that can touch a heart very personally, like it did mine. 

whitespace-coverI felt many times I was sitting at a coffee shoppe with Bonnie, saying, “oh yes, I have/am there too . . . yes, I struggle with panic attacks and dreams and struggles from the past…things I want to shove aside, forget“, and Bonnie would respond,

Perfect peace from God isn’t found by forgetting. Peace is ours if we dare to remember our pain and our sorrow, and experience our fears fully with Jesus.  Shalom peace from God is a putting back together.

Shalom is the movement to recover pieces of ourselves that have been abandoned, a putting back together of what we’ve left behind, to find Jesus with us in our memories.

….Shalom peace is now my place of faith.  My journey to find rest is now a journey toward wholeness.  A putting back together that includes broken pieces.

The journey of rest is leading me to recover all of my soul.  This peace makes no detours around reality.

Finding Spiritual Whitespace page 76, 77

Bonnie and I could easily understand together how “[b]ehind every pain lies a lost dream” and how we need to allow Jesus to repair the nets of  our dreams we’ve left behind and allow God to fill them full, and overflowing.  I imagine there will always be the knots in nets that have torn, but we can find the beauty even from those snarls and snags in our lives.

I can go on and on about Finding Spiritual Whitespace.  Her words are so much better than mine here, so I invite you to read her book.  I believe you will be greatly encouraged!I


 Finding Spiritual Whitespace was provided courtesy of Baker Books,
in exchange for my written, honest review of this Book.

We are so thankful for the 16 years we were blessed to have Matthew on earth.
We look forward to eternity together in heaven.

Always loved ~ So very missed.

Matthew BD 2014




hat is silk? 

The silkworm cocoon

The silkworm cocoon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Silk is a strand of protein fibers made by silkworms in a carefully coordinated process. Rearing of silkworms to produce silk is an ancient practice that dates back to centuries in Asian countries, but is now more advanced. Silk is prized for its natural, soft but tough nature besides its insulating property which makes it one of the most revered and valued fabrics in the world.

It is worth noting that currently majority still sleep on non-silk sheets and other bedding garments with most using cotton fabrics. Even so, this trend is gradually changing as more and more people are rediscovering the myriad of benefits associated with silk. Just like any other fabric, there exist a number of silk varieties in the market. Mulberry is one of the topmost sought silk for its quality.

Benefits of Silk Sheets

I didn't know there's health benefits with using silk sheets!  Sheets are vital components of bedding that play a role in giving that much needed sleep or bed rest. Perfect sheets should be conducive in any weather or season. Although silk has not been utilized in sheets as much as cotton, it reserves a number of unrivaled quality properties that sets it above the rest. Some of these benefits include:

a. Smooth texture

Silk fabric unlike the other commonly used fabrics in sheets such as cotton, is smoother in texture and is nonirritating to the skin. Studies suggest that silk biochemically contains similar proteins present in human hair making it a friendlier companion to your skin and scalp. This limits risks of skin abrasion and reduces chances of bugs laying their eggs or dwelling unseen in it which could trigger skin reactions.

b. No chemicals

As a direct product from silkworm, silk is a natural fiber product. To retain its natural state and limit chemical exposure, silkworms are carefully nurtured and fed on non-chemical feeds. This makes silk sheets safer to the skin unlike other fabrics such as cotton that is exposed to chemicals such as pesticides and industrial chemicals while being processed.

c. Easy-to-clean fabric

Sheets being garments exposed to the body often gets dirty, dusty and greasy due to sweat or lotions. The easy to clean fabric comes in handy. This is where silk sheets beat the competition. Most silk brands are machine washable too unlike cotton and other fabrics that may sometimes need dry cleaning.

d. Hypoallergenic property

The proteins that make up silk is hypoallergenic. The fact that it has biochemically similar proteins to the human hair makes it safer. Therefore those individuals with sensitive skin and scalp are spared the risk of allergic reactions. Furthermore, studies suggest that silk material naturally acts as a repellant for bug, mite and other disease causing microorganisms. These when left to thrive as it happens with other sheets can onset allergies.

e. Skin moisture retention

In as much as cotton sheet is cherished for its topnotch moisture absorption, studies show that this extreme moisture absorption may be damaging to the skin. Over time, the skin and scalp are deprived of its much needed moisture which may leave it dry and crusty. Silk sheets, however, optimize moisture absorption especially during perspiration leaving the body with just the right amount that would not lead to dehydration or discomfort during bed rest.

f. Heat insulating property

Protein fibers used to make silk sheets have a topnotch level of heat insulation. That means in cold seasons you can sleep or rest comfortably under silk sheets and still feel warmer since silk can retain body heat and regulate it well. Silk sheets are also friendly during warmer seasons as they can dissipate the extra heat and still keep you comfortable in your sleep.

g. Light nature

Unlike cotton and most other fabrics, silk sheets are way lighter making them both easy to handle and quick to dry. Furthermore, silk sheets being light coupled with its moisture retention and insulating property can be used in hot conditions without having to worry about suffocating when you opt to grab a blanket.

h. Aesthetic value

Silk is a fabric whose use dates back to the ancient times where it was the preserve of the few such as royals and the mighty in society. Over the centuries, its reverence has been carried on from one generation to another and is still considered a premium fabric. It therefore leaves no doubt the glamour and exquisite appearance it gives the bedding or the sense of satisfaction it gives your mind knowing that you deserve it.

Besides these benefits, silk sheets have also been believed to possess other benefits such as anti-aging. Some believe that sleeping on silk sheets can reduce wrinkles and other skin defects. The bottom line is silk sheets have appealing qualities that make them a-must-have. Firsthand experience is always the best!

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he other evening, our grandbaby spent about five hours with us while her parents were working. sleepingNeedless to say, we sure did not mind.  My daughter warned me she was fussy and had not taken a nap. She was not at our house too long before I finally got her away from my other children and got a chance to hold her close, and rock her.  She rested right on me, as she watched the fish in the aquarium, and was soon, sound asleep.  I stayed in the LazyBoy chair well over an hour as I held my sweet grandbaby, her warm sweet baby breath so close and her little chest rising and falling in such sweet slumber.  I guess I treasure this time so much more, when it’s not so hurried.  

There’s a song by Jenn Johnson, Come to Me, which I love the first few lines:

I am the Lord your God,
I go before you now.
I stand beside you
I’m all around you
And though you feel I’m far away
I’m closer than your breath
I am with you
More than you know

Though this song says how Jesus is closer than our own breath, I think of how I could hear, feel, and even smell my grandbaby’s breath, and Jesus is even more close than that, never taking a break away.  A a mom, there are just times I NEED a break, away from the kids, where I don’t have to hear, “mom when are we going to eat”; “mom, I’ve nothing to wear”; “MOM, she hit me”, “Mom do I HAVE to do ALL these math problems?”, “Mom, I’m still hungry”, “Mooommmm . . . ” til I am ready to SCREAM! I remember when I had several young ones, and it would seem like I had little cling-ons. They were just sometimes too close, too much. Yet, Jesus never tires of us, and WANTS to stay CLOSE – closer than my breath – or my sleeping grandbaby’s breath.  It’s hard to fathom sometimes, but yet, can be so comforting.  

He does not tire of our hurts and pains, and  He wants it known that He is close to us.

Psalm 34:18

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

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