Featured Blogger Moment: Becky


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Today I am thrilled to introduce to you a blogger named Becky that I have known for probably my whole entire blogging experience. I met her through a #funday Monday link-up. The first post I read by her was part of her “Thrifty Finds” series. When I read that she was a mommy, wife, believer in the Lord and teacher, I knew I needed to follow her. I enjoy reading her posts daily, from outfit posts, kids activities and DIY projects. Without further adieu here is Becky.

Thank you so much, Rachel, for inviting me to be a feature blogger on your blog!  I always enjoy reading your posts!  I’m Becky, a wife, momma to two boys (ages 1 and 4), a middle school teacher, blogger, Etsy shop owner, and DIYer. I blog at bybmg about fashion, DIYing, thrifting, and just life. 
1). The first post I read from your blog was a “Thrifty Finds”

post. I enjoy reading what you find when you thrift. Could you tell me

what your favorite thrifty find(s) has been and why? 

Oh, it was fun taking a trip down memory lane with all my Thrifty Finds posts
Here are my top 3 favorite finds:
These Gap Legging jeans.  They are just my go-to jeans now. I love them! I think I paid under $20, and they retail for about $70.
This Gap dress was seriously the luck of the draw!  It fits me amazingly and has POCKETS!  Plus is was $2.95 after a sign up credit at Twice.  Amazing!
This Loft sequin top was something I probably wouldn’t have bought if it wasn’t at Goodwill, but I love it and have worn in a lot! It’s always fun to have a little sparkle in your closet!
2). What do you like to shop for most when thrifting? 
Looking back through  my thrifty finds posts, it seems like I am really drawn toward sleeveless tops; I’m not really sure why. But, I have found some good ones!  I also luck out with jeans, too. Every pair of jeans I currently own are thrifted. Jeans can be expensive, so thrifting them saves a lot of money.
3). Describe your style: 
This is something I struggle with because sometimes I have a multiple personalities with my outfits.  I would say maybe classic with a twist of thrift? During the cold months, I’m a boots and tights or boots and skinnies kind of girl. I have totally deleted the boring teacher dress pants from my wardrobe. During the summer, I’m kind of all over the place, but I love a good skirt.
4).I also became interested in your blog because you are a mommy of two, wife and teacher, how do you balance it all? 
Being organized really helps me balance things. We plan out meals a week in advance. I have lesson plans at least outlined a week in advance.  Same with my blog.  I don’t always love living life “a week in advance,” but it helps in the day-to-day.  Russ and I share Google calendars, but I also love a good paper list (it feels so good to literally cross things off) and lesson plan book. We’re both starting grad school in the fall, though, so let’s pray it doesn’t all fall apart!
5).You also have some great DIY projects, any favorites? 
I think one favorite will always be the post that started my blog, the Glider Rocker Redo. It still gets pinned on Pinterest, so I guess that tells me it was a good one.  I also love it because it’s the foundation on which Wesley’s nursery was designed.
Making the Instagram Frame was pretty fun, too.
6). Describe yourself with one word: 
Creative.  My mom will verify that I always have been.  I love to make something out of nothing and figure out how to do it myself.

7). How can readers get in contact with you?:

I’m probably most active on Instagram.  I also have a Facebook page and am on Twitter. You can also always drop me an email!

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My recent purchases, a sale + DxMall Giveaway


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I am excited to show you a few items I recently purchased from dxmall.com. The items are currently being shipped now. Each day I wait in anticipation for these lovely treasures to arrive. You can view these items and the links to them below in case you want to order the same. All the items are under $18.  I used a bangin discount code/gift card to snag most of these items.

DxMall.com is a shopping site for all your needs, from womens and mens wear to carry bags, suitcases, apparel, stationery, shoes and other accessories. The BEST part about DxMall.com compared to other sites that I have used is that they have free global shipping* so shop away ladies and (gentlemen).

Here are some of the items I recently ordered from this site:

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Shop this CUTE elephant necklace here

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Can’t go wrong with this versatile fringe tee, shop it here

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Shop this necklace here (this has my favorite colors).

DxMall has some summer sales they wanted me to share with you and you can check those out below: For example, summer beach items are $4.99 and up with an extra 10% off. Get a free USB fan when you spend over $39.99 as well. View more of this summer sale at this link here

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Now for the next good part, DxMall reached out to me and wants to offer 3 of my readers a chance to win a giftcard to their online store. One person will win a $50 giftcard, a second person $40 and a third person a $30 giftcard.

Now for the THIRD good part- it’s open internationally, so anyone can enter. To enter use the rafflecopter link below.  The giveaway will run for two weeks, and winner(s) will be notified by e-mail. Goodluck and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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Family Fun day at a petting farm


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Recently we got back from vacation as a family and with friends and had such a great time that I thought I would share one activity we did together that may not have been as fun for the adults, but for the kids. I take that back, it was fun to see the kids enjoy this activity. Our activity was visiting a local petting farm that was on the Massanutten resort, but not a part of the resort persa. We ended up supporting this local farm and fed some goats, sheep, Tom turkey, chickens and saw ducks, bunnies, pigs, mini- horses, horses and camel.
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Goats have to climb! this was a favorite for all the kids.
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Now this big guy made my hubby and I want a pig so bad, he was too cute, despite the mud bath:
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All in all the kids were freaked out about feeding the animals and petting without adult encouragement or help but they eventually got the hang of it. It was a great activity to promote farm and foreign animals as well.
Thanks for reading. I will put up pool photos from vacation shortly.
Rachel
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Polka Dot Shorts


 
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I cannot believe our family vacation has come to an end. For 7 days we did nothing but swim in the resort pools, take a day to go to the resort water park and take much needed naps almost daily. One of the things I enjoyed most of all was my two date nights with hubby, family, our company of friends and sister and her boyfriend- as well as these shorts.
Since I can remember I have loved doing a bit of shopping when going out of town. I hit up a few stores (rue 21,Old Navy) but wasn’t finding anything with my short shopping savings of $6, yes $6 of my leftover Birthday money. What I was finding was pieces that didn’t quite fit my body or were rather sqanky/revealing so I hit up Target. Now you can never go wrong with Target, so when I saw these polka dot shorts in the 70% off clearance section and saw that they were exactly $6 I had to try them on and voila they fit perfectly. I also remembered seeing other bloggers style these exact shorts some weeks/months ago so I felt proud, nbw to try and find some inspiration.

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I felt like I was on vacation again when I wore this outfit. I actually wore this to church (I taught preschoolers and needed to feel and be comfortable, yet casual) then my hubby and I went on a date. We ended up playing Frisbee golf, taking a walk, picking and eating raspberry’s and black berries, visiting my new baby nephew Isaak in the hospital and sipping ice coffee’s in our local Mill Mountain coffee shop. It was the perfect time to reconnect.

We have actually felt convicted lately about not holding hands and talking (especially in the vehicle like we use to) we have allowed our smartphones (his game and my bloglovin app) get the better of us. Communication has been down, therefore we felt down, but God reminded us to put away the electronics and talk, hold hands, talk with the kids, listen to the message on the Christian aired radio- to slow down and just be intentional with each other and with things around.

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Aside from the cute shorts, vacation fun and being intentional let me tell you about this jewelry set. It is making it’s first appearance after having owned it for months. Would you believe my grandmother-in-law thrifted them in a bag at Goodwill for 10 cents, craz-i-ness. I love them. God is good!

What are some of your great sale finds or thrifted finds? 

How are you being intentional?
Photo bomb, but cute nonetheless.
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Outfit details:Shorts:Target (merona brand on clearance)//Shirt: Forever 21 (gift)//Flip-flops: Old Navy//Purse:Michael Kors (old, yard sale find)//Necklace & Earring set: thrifted gift// Fedora Hat: Plato’s Closet.

I have also worn this fedora here,and here.
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100th post

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This is not the 100th post (my last one was actually) but I think this is a good milestone to thank all of my readers for reading and to highlight some of the good that blogging has done for me.
- first of all I am thankful for God who has given me the ability from a young age to have a passion for writing and all though I don’t write poetry, literature stories and books like I used to, blogging is a great outlet.
- I love meeting new ladies who have some creative ideas through fashion, DIY’s, cooking to parenting.
- PR campaigns, reaching out to companies or vice versa.
- encouraging other bloggers through kind words, share of experiences, prayer.
- to be inspired
- and much more
Blogging has had it’s good and bad moments. Many years ago I blogged with xanga and met numerous followers that way (and in person) so I can’t wait to see where blogging will take me.
What are your highlights of blogging?
Thanks for celebrating with me. I will have more giveaways in the near future. The winner of my Avon 3 piece jewelry set giveaway was Katherine G. Thanks to all who entered, you are the best! My next giveaway should be a giftcard so I hope you stick around to find out more details and enter.
Rachel xo

Organizing a closet using recycled materials from home

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As you notice in the first few pictures I use to have a mess on the top shelf (purses, hats and more in no order) and un-hanged clothes on the floor, some of my hubbies old work and snow boots thrown about on the floor, our clothes mixed on the rail.

The closet bugged me with it’s disorder so I knew I needed to take action and organize with items already in our home since at the time it was late a night (hubby at work) and no extra money.  I recycled some things in the house to help me with this task. Here are some of the items I found and put to use:
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- a picture frame that would have otherwised been sitting in our basement of older holiday pictures sits on the shelf as an extra décor and to exhibit favorite pictures of the past.
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-Clear plastic bins I used for my students when I used to teach full time- these became useful for belts & clutches in one bin, scarves and gloves in another bin, and important documents and folders in another, then there were extra bins left over for future use.

-I used the pink and white patterned tote for holding out of season purses so as to hide them for now and for décor.

-I used toilet paper rolls to hold up the hats.

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-my hubby and I were unable to sell a set of wicker shelves at our last yardsale so these became the shoe shelf for the closet-these now hold my wedges and heels, and a wicker basket became the basket for Chantry’s work boots and dress shoes.

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- A door shoe holder from Big Lots holds flip flops, flats and tennis.

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-even though I didn’t follow the matching hangers trend, most of our hangers were yard sale finds donated to us from my hubbies grandmother, which were then discovered in our basement after having been forgotten for a year or more. Not to mention our clothes are finally separate.

What do you do or use to organize your closet?

Have you ever used recycled pieces from your home to organize?
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Guest Post from Iris, of Love Iris

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Hello Everyone,

As you are reading this post I am still on vacation at Massanutten, swimming, enjoying friends and my little family and taking naps.  Today, I want to introduce you to Iris, of Love, Iris whom is my guest on the blog today. Iris has been one of my first followers and so I couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce her to you. Many of you know I love giveaways and anything cute and meeting other bloggers and Iris’ fashion and life style blog is all of those and more. I have enjoyed getting to know and be there for Iris through good and frustrating times. She is a sweetheart. She will be sharing her love for her striped skirt and many ways in which she has worn it, so please take a moment and read her post and check out her blog and other medias. Thank you Iris for taking over today!

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Hi everyone, I’m Iris from Love, Iris. I have been addicted to this skirt since I bought it. I have developed quite a huge collection of different ways of styling this skirt; you can style it for all the four season and still be stylish! Fashion has been a huge passion of mine, I have always loved mixing outfit’s together, or just trying to make anything be dressy for going on dates and such. 

Being a personal style and fashion blogger, I always think it’s important to make sure the outfit fits well on me, and then I try it on my friends that are shorter then me and tell people about how it fit’s on a girl that’s 5″6 and another girl that’s 5″2. I’m not sure what the name of my “style” would be; I think of it as dressy, causal and classy and sometimes I will pop in with a little bit of sexy. One thing I can never be without though is this classic piece of a skirt, so I have listed 4 different way’s to wear this adorable a line A Line Skirt.

 
This first one I love, because mixing patterns is always a plus and has it’s perks. It can be a little wild at first, but hey who cares if you are being all cute and everything right? The outfit I’m wearing is perfect for the summer just take off the scarf or keep it on it’s your choice. I love adding a vibrant pop to an outfit–makes it more POPPIN’!
 
This one I absolutely love for a fall day. It’s comfy yet warm for Utah weather, if your colder I would suggest to put some boots on. I have chosen to add some cute heels that are very cute but defintly not too crazy. I do own some crazy heels, but these ones are more relaxed for the outfit. I love wearing really dark thick tight’s because they make the outfit stand out against my skin tone. 
 

Next, I added some boots and a pink leather jacket to the skirt. I’m obsessed with this jacket as well as the skirt. I took this photo during the winter winter time in January, probably doesn’t look like it, but it is. It was pretty cold when I took them. I have always loved scarves, even in the summer too–I know it’s pretty crazy for summer weather but if you find a perfect scarf that isn’t too heavy you’ll be fine. I’ve worn them in 100+ degree weather and still was okay. I wish everywhere had this store where I got these boots from. They have embellishments on the side but you can’t see it, but if you go to my blog you can definitely look at the boots more closer! If your ever in Utah, hit up the store called “Asian City” it’s in West Jordan, they have the cutest items there for really cheap but great quality. I work as a physical therapy assistant and have worn these babies working and lifting and they still look brand new and they were only $20! How great it that!

 

Finally, this one is a favorite outfit of mine. Yes I keep saying I’m obsessed with all these outfit’s but I love this monochrome type of look. I love a simple black and white outfit like this one. Plus it’s not to extravagant at all! I added these super cute ankle boots to make it a little bit more thrilling and make the outfit more appealing instead of just a black and white outfit. I think this outfit has more of an edge to it being all monochrome and all. 

Thanks for letting me write on your blog today Rachel! Don’t forget to stop by my site (Love, Iris) and see more outfits with this darling skirt or any outfit indeed.

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