Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fashion On a Dime # 5

Whenever I go out with the hubster or friends I take a camera and have them shoot a few quick pictures of my outfit. This makes preparing for my fashion posts much easier and more fun.

I had the lucky opportunity to have a staycation with some long lost friends last week. We left the kids at home with the husbands and went out shopping, garage saleing and filled our bellies with the best food in town. We also had some fun with my camera. 
Meet my cousin, Heidi (middle) and Jenny. These girls are some of my best friends. We all played soccer together at Dixie State. Today we are all moms of multiple crazy children but that never stops us from having some fun and acting like our old mischevious selves.
These girls mean so much to me. College was a blast because of them. As most people do when they see loved ones they haven't seen in a long time, we played the "Remember When" game all weekend. Let me tell you a little story about each of these girls.

I know it doesn't look like it BUT Jenny and I are pretty forgetful and can be pretty "Blonde" at times. One time I was late for class and was in such a hurry to get to class that after parking my car I actually forgot to take my key out of the ignition...oops... So I went to class and without realizing it left my car running. (Thats not the blonde part) So then while I am in class, Jenny comes strolling along and sees that my car is running. She has this really funny idea and decides to move my car to the other side of the parking lot. HA! Such a great prank and well deserved on my part however, she did one really, even more blonde thing than I did. She parked my car and left it running!!!!!! Of course I come out of class and can't find my car anywhere and start to freakout that it has been stolen. (It's a miracle it wasn't!) After walking in circles for about ten minutes around the area of the parking lot where I KNEW I parked my car, I stopped, looked down at my feet and thought to myself, I am absolutely crazy. Not knowing what else to do I opened my phone to call the cops to report my stolen car. At the same moment my thumb reached for the nine, Jenny's number popped up on my phone. She giggled as she told me how she found my car running and decided to move it. We laughed together as she directed me to my new parking space but all laughs ceased when I realized my car was still running

Me: "Why is my car still running?" 
Jenny: "Remember I told you I found it like that, you must have left it that way when you went to class" 
Me: "And you didn't think it would be a good idea to turn it off?...wait...You MOVED it and LEFT it RUNNING?!?!?" - We laugh about it all the time now and this has turned out to be one of my favorite stories about this girl.

Now Mrs. Heidi has been there for me through thick and thin since my college years. We actually did not know we were cousins till I brought her home to my parents house one weekend. After talking to my dad for a little while we discovered a little family connection. Turns out our grandmothers are sisters!!!! Her grandmother actually stood in for my grandmother at my wedding since she passed away when I was a little girl. Heidi was my right hand man. She was there through wild college nights, soccer suspensions due to unapproved parties, endless last minute study sessions and all the crazy boyfriends we had. She was also a permanent fixture to the back of my motorcycle which was rode around town in soccer shorts, tank tops and flip flops all year long.

I have some great memories of both of these girls. And OF COURSE, we had to take some goofy pictures for old times sake!




Thank you for the fun weekend ladies!!!! Now on to the purpose of this post...

Here are my financial stats for this outfit:
Plaid button down- $3.99 at Savers with a 60% discount, which come to $1.60
Dark grey LOVE tank top- $2.99 at Savers with a 20% discount, which comes to $2.40
Grey light wash jeans- $10 clearance at Rue 21
Brown boots- $25 on a buy on get one free sale at Forever Shoes
Total outfit cost: $39 (dang boots again!)
DPFW: $3.90

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Benefits of Cancer

One night as I lay in bed, crossing my arms across my chest I suddenly felt something I had never felt before. A strange lump. It wasn't huge. It was about the size of a dime. I said aloud to my husband "oh my Gosh. I have a lump." I knew I better go get it checked. I have a strong  family history of cancer. Both of my grandparents died of cancer and I had an uncle die of cancer when he was just a few years older than me. I knew better than to sit and wonder about it. Within a few days I was in to see the doctor. After feeling my left Breast, who I have named  The LEFT Sister, to avoid saying the word breast (yes I know I am immature) the Dr. said most likely it's nothing but lets send you in for an ultrasound just in case. The next week I was in the radiology depart for an ultrasound. After looking at my scans the radiologist gave me the same answer the dr did. It's probably nothing but just in case come back in 6 weeks. 
6 long weeks later I was back for a second ultrasound. I calmly sat and reasured myself. I wasn't too nervous, after all these procedures were just in case and my Breast Specialist reassured me that the chances were extremely slim that someone my age had breast cancer. In his whole career (and believe me it was a long one. This guy was like 70 and he looked like he had just exited Auswich's concentration camp. I think his hips were skinnier than mine) he had only seen about 5 patients under the age of 30 with breast cancer. Once I was pulled into the radiologist office and explained to that the lump had grown my worry set in. No one would say the word but it was pretty obvious the rodioologist's concern was that the lump may be cancer. I left the radiologist shocked, numb, scared, and with numerous tests sceduled for the following week. All I could imagine was what my life would be like with cancer.

Although I was scared and felt like the Lord was delivering one final blow to my already beaten and barley breathing body somehow I was able to find light in a dark situation. 
My number one favorite way to deal with difficult situations is looking on the bright side and humor. I am always striving to keep situations light.  My wise mother told me that "if we can't laugh then we have to cry. I choose laughter."

Please understand that this is completely comical and my way of finding the sarcastic light in a less than ideal situation.I pray that this post does not offend anyone who is actually battling cancer.

Are there Benefits to having breast cancer? You bet! I thought of a bunch.

1. I could give myself this cool hair do for the 3 weeks it took my hair to fall out during the begining
of my Chemo treatments.

2. No need for laser hair removal! The toxic chemicals running through my body would get rid of any unwanted hair. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

3. I can gaurentee my toilets would stay cleaner cause lets face it, when you are barfing and you stop just long enough to take a breath and you breath in dirty toilet fumes from dried bodily waste that just makes you want to throw up more.

4. My family might actually get a decent meal from all the loved ones offering to cook dinner.

5. Remember that extra 5 lbs I gained over the holidays?....GONE...Just like that. Oh, and that terrible appetite right before I start my period. Don't worry, everything will taste like metal. You probably wont want to eat ever again!

6. Many women going through chemo treatments stop having periods. Isn't this every menstrating women's dream?! Finally,my monthly wish that Mother Nature will forget her annoying little gift without bringing me a baby will come true!

7. No eyebrows? Well who needs them anyway! I can still show people how I feel. I just need an eyebrow pencil and I can draw them on. That will put a smile on people's faces! If I am mad I will draw eyebrows like these:

If I am overly happy I will draw eyebrows like these:

But please just remember to be patient because before I show any emotion I need to turn around, wipe off my already penciled on eyebrows, and draw the eyebrows that match my current emotion.

8. A lumpectomy? That will cost you 5 to 10 thousand dollars. Ooo! Maybe if I went and stole the Silicone displays from a plastic surgeons office they could just quickly insert them while they are already cutting into me?

9. If my nipples get taken in the process I could go have the same plastic surgeon I just lifted the implants from tatto them on. As a Mormon I couldn't think of a more legit reason to get a tattoo. Maybe I have writing around the outside or maybe I could have them tattoo smiley faces on there! Anyhow, it would be an awesome reason to say "You wanna see my tattoos?"

10. Well what about a mastectomy? You need to cut off my boobs? I am a mother who has breastfed her children... Boobs? Oh! You mean those things that dangle off my chest like shriveled raisins. Well hell I never liked those anyway! Good ridens, I say!

11. But they tell me I would loose my feminity without boobs. Faminity my (word my mother does not want me to say) I still have all the important female parts. Besides some men have boobs but that doesnt mean they are women. I could also flash anyone I wanted! Who hoo! Marti Gras here I come!!!

12. I might scare some kids with my hairless head. That's fine by me. Then I wont have to pretend that I am interested in what this total stanger of a kid is staying to me. Don't we all find some little children annoying every once in a while?

13. I would have a legit reason to excuse myself from those awkward and unwanted social situations and no one would give it a second thought or think I was rude. Oh, sorry I cannot not come watch your grandparents lawn bowling tournament or come to your nephews, counsins, friends, brother's basketball game I really don't think he would care if I showed up cause I dont even know him but the real reason I cant come is because I have to keep my white blood cell count up and YOU definately, without question, have germs

14. I could ask for whatever I want! Babe, I think I need a massage, a weekly pedicure and full set of nails. OR Oh, Officer Please don't write me a ticket. Can't you tell I am a cancer patient and have enough on my plate right now?! I might be dead tomorrow! So give me what I want... Pretty please of course.

15. I would have a pass from the world's worst chores. Sweetheart I would love to help you pull all of the disgusting gunk entagled with my hair out of the drain, help you unclog all those toilets filled with poopy water and scrub all those dishes that have been sitting in the sink for a week. Oh, but wait, I can't I have cancer. DARN, maybe next time.

16. Endless snuggles from my kids and husband cause they feel bad for me and want to bask in my presence.

17. I will stick out like a sore thumb in public with my bald head. Well at least I don't have to wash and blow dry my hair. Seriously, life's most annoying task! I could get a wig if I really wanted. Growing up my best friend's Grandma wore a wig. When a man that liked her tried to pay her a compliment in hopes that she would notice he was attracted to her, she said "Thanks! It Moves! and twisted her hair in a full circle to freak him out. You can bet I will be pulling that one on someone. I could wear a head wrap but to be honest, I think I would rather rock that bald head. What doesnt kill us makes us stronger and I wont let cancer take me down or lessen the image I keep of myself.

After two lumps, 5 ultrasounds, one mammogram, one very unclear diagnosis, 2 biopsies, 6 months of worrying and letting everyone and their mother see and man handle The Left Sister I am relieved to say that FINALLY I have a final diagnosis of a begnine mass that for some reason likes to grow. Guess I will be plunging those toilets after all. Thats ok though because it means I don't have cancer and I am happy to do it.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Chair Transformation

I found these chairs at the D.I. for $45 dollars a piece.

 At first, I stood in front of them invisioning what I could do to them.  I loved the style of the chair, the fabric color was perfect, but the brown wood needed to go. I took a look at the price tag and was a little turned off by the price. Yes, I am a MAJOR CHEAPO! I even tried talking to the manager to see if they would go down on them a little bit but they had only been out on the floor for a few hours so they said no. At that point, I walked away and looked at some other things in the store. Eventually, I found myself right where I started, standing in front of the chairs staring at them. Maybe if I just bought one. I decided to take a seat in them. After feeling how comfortable they were, I really started to think about splurging. But if I bought one, I HAD to buy both!!! But my husband would be so mad, we just talked about budgets the day before! But they are perfect, I thought. But I can't take them back if he is mad. I decided to do what was best and drove home. Once I got home, I could not stop thinking about them! It was a sign, I NEEDED those chairs! Not sure what I was going to tell my husband, I ran back to the D.I. and splurged a bit. I spent $90 for the two chairs but what would I say?!?! Slightly frantic and feeling terrible for what I had just done, I remembered that my mom was coming through town. I called her up and asked her to come load the chairs up in her van and take them home to her house until I could break the news to C.J. Maybe I could sell a few things we didn't need anymore; maybe I could go and work for my mom for a few hours organizing and cleaning; MAYBE I could go donate plasma! I didn't care, I would find a way to make it work... After about a week of hiding the chairs, I finally broke the news to C.J. He said..."cool" 

At first I was like:

And then I was like:

To give these chairs the look I wanted, I needed a lot of paint-tape and a lot of time. It took me about 2 and a half hours to tape each one of these chairs. With each piece of tape, I had to use my fingernails to tuck the tape in between the cording and the wood to make sure I didn't get any paint on the fabric. 
After taping everything off, I roughed up the wood with a sanding block to make sure the paint stuck well. I used a small paint brush and got to work on painting. I used a chalk paint with Plaster of Paris in it, I was NOT a fan of this method. Since the chairs, I have found a blogger that uses cornstarch in her chalk paint. I used this method on my farmhouse table #2 and LOVED the results. The paint sticks better, paints better with no brush strokes, and is softer to the touch. CLICK HERE for her reciepe. After painting I sanded with a FINE grit sanding block and used a finishing paste like this to protect my paint.

Here is my before and after! I LOVE the way they turned out! It was so worth the worry of getting in trouble with the hubby and ALL the taping and ALL the painting and waxing.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fashion on a Dime # 4

I LOVE the bright colors in this outfit!
 I don't know if it is obvious or not but having my picture taken is one of my LEAST favorite things in this world! Usually, I am the one making the goofy face while everyone else is smiling just so I can punish the amateur photographer who wanted a picture with me in it in the first place. They should know better by now! Ha! JK This is my "Really, are you going to take the picture yet? Come on, You can do it" face. 

My financial stats for this outfit are:
Navy Blue Cardigan- $5.99 with a 20% discount which comes to $4.80
Floral blouse- $5.99 with a 20% discount which comes to $4.80
Yellow pants- $15 from my girls trip to the Orange County Flea Market 
Navy Blue wedges- $5 dollars at D.I.
My total outfit cost is $29.60
My DPWF is $3.00


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Fashion on a Dime

I am really starting to like the grungier street style. It's so much more my personality!! No heels, comfy clothes, baggier t-shirts.....yes, yes and yes!! I love it all! 
I styled this outfit around the blue jean vest. I bought it at Savers. It was originally a jean jacket. Since I already had a jean jacket I loved, I decided to cut the sleeves off and make it into a vest.

My Financial Stats for this outfit are:

Jean Jacket turned vest- $5.99 at Savers with a 30% discount which comes to $4.20
Army Green T- $8.00 on clearance sale at Khols
Black pants- $7.99 at Savers with a 30% discount which comes to $5.60
Brown high tops- $25 on a Buy one get one free sale at Forever Shoes in the mall (another splurge)
My total cost for this outfit is $42.80 (still high for me but still some great deals)
DPWF of $4.30 cents

 My dear miss Paisley refuses to wear anything but dresses! Getting her to wear anything but a dress is like pulling teeth!
  This outfit I bought at a garage sale
Yellow dress- $1
Yellow jelly shoes- $1
Total outfit cost is $2 dollars!
DPWF is .20 cents


 Jaysa's financial stats are:
Teal Ed Hardy T-shirt- $6.99 with a 60% discount which comes to $2.80
Purple polka dot pants- $3.99 with a 60% off discount which comes to $1.60
Sliver flats- $3 dollars off the St. George online yard sale page
Jaysa's total outfit cost is $7.40
DPWF is .74 cents

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