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On Goal Setting for 2015

I don’t always set goals for the new year, but this year I felt inspired to do so.

I usually stick to my 3 resolutions every year- walk the dog every day, sleep 8 hours a night, and wear lipstick- and I restarted those on December 1st and have done pretty well. I like the combination of practical and fun resolutions that don’t require huge changes as I believe that one’s life is comprised of both big and little things. Small changes and habits can pay dividends.

Why the lipstick? I’m not entirely certain where this idea came from, but somewhere along the way I heard that the right lipstick should brighten your whole complexion and your disposition. Combine this fact with my life as a stay at home mom who’s uniform is ripped jeans and a t-shirt, or yoga pants and a sweatshirt, and a little lipstick can go a long way in making my reflection a little more pleasant. Vain, maybe, but it’s an easy thing to do.

I’ve categorized my goals for 2015 into six categories: Faith/ Personal Growth, Marriage, Mothering, Creativity, Fitness, & Others.

So without further adieu, here are my 2015 goals:

Faith/ Personal Growth-

  • Wake up early and read bible while riding my stationary bike for 21 consecutive days in January (once I kick this awful cold)
  • Finish reading all the half read books on my Kindle- read a minimum of 10 minutes a day
  • Use prayer app daily- schedule just 5 minutes a day


  • Plan a weekend trip for 1st quarter
  • Plan a date night per month
  • Workout together once a week


  • Take Savannah to a painting class
  • Visit science museum once a month
  • reinstitute chore packs and cleaning Saturdays
  • develop a homeschool/ enrichment schedule for Luke


  • Participate in the 10 day Do Over Challenge – from John Acuff
  • Sew one article of clothing for myself per quarter
  • try the “Year of Nothing New” challenge for clothing
  • write 50 blog posts this year


  • Cut body fat to under 20%
  • Participate in #30daysnocheats with Jen, starting January 5th
  • Help 2 people in their fitness journey
  • research personal training certificate


  • Host an IF:Table
  • Host a monthly craft night

I’ll be posting monthly updates on my progress, a-la-moneysavingmom.


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Matching Christmas dresses

I found the cutest dress for my daughter Savannah this summer at a garage sale. It was in pristine condition and was very Madeline-esque.

I decided to try to recreate the dress in size toddler for Sydney, because my aunt taught me very well that sisters. Should. Always. Match. I remember so many memories of my cousins wearing matching outfits. I loved seeing them in their adorable outfits!


The bow proved to be the most difficult for me; I might beg my friend Leslie to fix it since she has her own hair bow business and has serious bow making skills.

I used a current dress for Sydney to figure out the length and I utilized two other patterns to create the dress- one for a circle skirt and another that had a bodice, zipper and bell sleeves.

I cut off a few inches of the fullness of the skirt to make the finished dress more similar to Savannah’s dress.


The bottom trim was also challenging because Joann’s was out of the narrow velveteen trim I wanted. The wider band did not bend well on a curved hem. I remedied this by notching the trim every few inches to create a curved effect. It was rather time consuming!



Those girls are cute.



I’ll be making them matching outfits as long as they will let me.


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Halloween 2014

Halloween was so three weeks ago, but I worked so hard on everyone’s costume I just had to share!


For the first time in forever, everybody had a handmade costume. Even me and Keith.

It all started with an oops- I purchased a Frozen pattern from Joann’s that had a photo of a child Elsa and adult Anna. As I was cutting out the pattern pieces it struck me that the sizes were in numbers when I was expecting S-M-L and that the smallest size looked huge for Savannah.

Keith offered to go to Joann’s and buy the right pattern. Which was awesome because I was about to cry at that moment.


I spent every spare minute working on costumes from about Mid October on.


Sydney’s costume was the warmest and most practical for a Buffalo Halloween. She made a cute Olaf!

My costume was partly following a pattern and partly winging it. I found an image of Anna’s embroidered top and used my Silhouette to trace it and create a freezer paper stencil.

I used fabric paint to recreate the embroidery on an old gym tank.

Savannah loved having is us Frozen characters for her class party. Her joy was worth any smidge of embarrassment I felt walking down the elementary school halls with my costume!


Savannah was one of EIGHT Elsa’s in her class. There are eleven girls in her class: 8 were Elsa, one was Anna, one was a clown and one was a cowgirl.


Luke was Kristoff. His costume was pretty simple. I used an old t shirt of Keith’s and cut the sleeves and neckline. I added faux fur and trim to the shirt, paired it with jeans and his sisters old wannabe Uggs from last year. I sewed up a set of brown mittens and put a black slouchy beanie on his head to complete the look.


Keith was Sven the reindeer. His costume was a felt poncho that I hot glued faux fur to. I sneezed all night after making it from all the snippets of fur that flew everywhere!

It was fun, and slightly embarrassing to stroll through the neighborhood all decked out with he kids, but they had a blast and loved that our whole family were characters from the same movie.

I wonder what they’ll ask me to do for next year!!!


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Sibling Shirts- free download

At the eleventh hour (unbeknownst to me!) I finished the kids’ Big Brother, Big Sister, and Little Sister shirts.

I had no idea how difficult it is to take a picture of a 4 1/2 year old, 2 1/2 year old, and 5 day old.

The girls seemed to have the modeling bit down. Big brother, not so much.

The shirts themselves are a hand me down onesie and two boys Hanes undershirts. I used my Silhouette to design and cut the lettering onto freezer paper, ironed it onto the shirts, and then painted with fabric paint. Dana from Made has a great tutorial on freezer paper stenciling. It’s very easy to create your own stencils!

These shirts make great gifts for all the kiddos when a new baby comes home. Gives the big ones a sense of pride at their new role as BIG sister or brother.

I have uploaded my studio file and a pdf  file to my Google drive to share with my readers.

If you do not have a Silhouette, you can open the PDF file and print onto a piece of freezer paper (available at the grocery store!) and cut out the letters with an exacto knife. Iron it onto your shirt shiny side down and paint with fabric paint.

Hope you give it a try! Let me know if you do!

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Easter Outfits

I finally did it. I made outfits for the kids for a holiday!

The dress was based on the Simple Simon & Co. Vintage School Girl Jumper Tutorial  . The Bow Tie is from Delia Create’s Lil Mister Bow Tie Tutorial. I made the hairbow with a bobby pin and extra fabric I had on hand. Easy peasy. Tying the bow tie, however, was NOT easy peasy. Phew! And I was totally up until 11 pm Saturday evening finishing everything up. I even had a panic moment when I realized I could not find any clasps in my notions stash to make the bow tie, so I sacrificed a bikini top and cut the back clasp off of that to make it work. It’s not like I’ll be wearing bikinis any time soon with a baby due in July. ha!

This is not the first matchy matchy outfit I’ve made the kids, and certainly not the last. It’s just too adorable! Their little blond hair and blue eyes in matchy clothes? Ahhh! I can’t take it. I want to pinch them.

A kind worker in Kings World took this family pic for us, about two second before Luke darted away like a madman to his room.

 I was a good girl and painstaking made a practice version of the dress about a month ago out of cheap muslin fabric. I probably had Savannah try it on half a dozen times to get the darts and everything else just right. I am so thankful she follows directions well when it comes to dress fittings!

 One of my favorite parts of the dress is the buttons down the back. I just happened to have the perfect ones in my stash! A very good thing, considering I was finishing this up well past Joann’s closing time.

Many thanks to Simple Simon & Co for their encouragement and great tutorials!

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Matchy Matchy

There are some things that I don’t like matchy matchy- gym clothes for one, particularly those worn by skinny girls who wear makeup to the gym yet never seem to sweat. You might have picked that up from my occasional twitter and facebook rants when I see such atrocities.

But. Matchy matchy kids clothes? Yes PLEASE!

The winter jammie supply was getting low and the stores only seem to have summer items now, so I found enough flannel in my fabric stash that would make two matching pairs. Using a pair of their own pajama pants, I drafted a pattern and was able to whip these up in no time.

Did you know that pajama pants were my first sewing project? After receiving my machine for Christmas 5 years ago, my husband encouraged me to take a sewing 101 class at Joann’s. The class project was pj’s! I’m happy to say that my kids pj pants are much nicer than the pair I made for myself, but that’s what you get with a few more years of experience. And a serger. I serge finished all the edges on these guys and the difference is amazing. Much less bulk, hopefully better wear, and they look more professional overall.

I did have a tough time capturing the kids in them.

Once family movie night starts, they’re not so interested in having their pictures taken.

Oh, well. I think they were the perfect pajama pants to watch the blizzard episode of Little House on the Prairie!

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President’s Day Gear for the Little Man

Since most of my sewing projects thus far have been for my daughter, I decided to make my son some President’s Day Gear.

I give you “Washington” or “Some Dude with a Ponytail.” He is cut from a maroon t-shirt that was in the donation/ sewing pile and sewn onto a Garanimals t-shirt I got on clearance for $2.

Dana from Made has some awesome tutorials and downloads to make your own Lincoln and Washington stencils. Her photos are so much more awesome than mine. And it seems that her son likes the whole modeling bit, instead of needing to be bribed with chocolate. Hmm.

But then again, when Angie’s chocolates are just sitting there in the church atrium unattended… what else can you do?

Here is “The Lincoln.” Wait, is that chocolate on the side of his mouth again? Whoops.

I found the green shirt at THE DOLLAR STORE!!! I’ve found it difficult to find a good supply of inexpensive, plain t-shirts for my kids that I can embellish, so I was pumped to find this at the dollar store last week.

How are you celebrating President’s Day?

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