How To Thrift Your Way To The Wardrobe You Want

If you want to have style without blowing all your cash let me help teach you how to thrift your way to the wardrobe you want!

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Living on Ideas and Inspiration…

I so enjoy the numerous blogs out there –from the inspirational and culturally informative blogs right down to the make-up and style blogs. I realized something ALL these blogs have in common –at least the thriving ones.  I realized all these blogs are full of someone’s ideas and inspiration.

 

In this New Year, as you explore and become re-acquainted with the amazing person you already are (betcha didn’t know I knew this about you huh?!)… Well…as I was saying. As you become more in tuned with your amazingness, I challenge you to write your thoughts down and make it happen.

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PhotoCredit: Chaosofkyra (Instagram)

Even if you’re not one for officially “journaling”, I still encourage you to take this year to write down everything you want to see happen in your life.  Now, understand, I am not saying that every single thing is going to happen just because you wrote it down.  However, what I am saying is there is something about re-visiting your writings and seeing how much has come to fruition.  It’s almost like it energizes you to keep pushing!  Also, it helps to see where your focus is or where it should be.

Do you want to be debt free? Write down a budget, make a money plan, read and research. You want to travel more, than get the plan written out. (Side Note: Write It Down, Make It Happen by Henrietta Klauser is a good read).  I don’t care if you write something to the effect of “2016, start a blog about…”, then explore what you want to start blogging.  Just do it!  Write down all the things that inspire you and all the ideas you have to get to where you want to go -no matter how extravagant or minimalistic it may be.

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(Disclaimer: This post was also inspired by all those great ideas floating around about what to do with a Powerball lottery win). You are more likely to achieve your own personal goals, without winning the lottery, if you simply get serious about Y-O-U.  Invest those two bucks in a cute notebook.  Write yourself love letters; ramble about the exotic spot you want to visit; explore all your Pinterest ideas (I know you want to try EVERYTHING on there).

 

Care to share one of your Making It Happen in 2016 ideas? I’d love to hear it; comment below.  You can also tweet with the hashtag #MakingItHappen2016. There is absolutely nothing wrong with putting pen to paper and exploring!

Sincerely,

Your Restyled Mom…who is enjoying this adventure, taking notes along the way and #MakingItHappen2016!

 

Your Kid Won’t Be Amazing if…

 

As I look back to the post “The Bitter Bag“, I began to think about my daughter and what drives me to dump the “angry black woman”. She is the driving force!  All that I choose to be is who she sees.  I don’t know about you, but my desire is for my child to be better and to live better than I.  I want to set an example that she can proudly look to become, while enthusiastically seeking to do better than myself -some might say the imaginary bar.

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Photo Credit: Restyled Mom

Here are what I consider to be the Top 3 Ways to Raise an Amazing Kid:

  1. Be the example. I don’t have a PhD like my mother, but the example she has set for me epitomizes the strength of a woman, grace in stillness and humility in kindness.  As of now, I have no desire to get my doctorate, but I do have a desire to love the Lord and be a woman of God. ” Thank you for giving me Jesus”, were the last words I heard my mom say to my grandmother.  How profound; my mom too has given me Jesus.  Ask yourself, “What type of legacy am I building and leaving behind for my kid(s)?”  Though I am sure my mom would like for me to be Dr. Restyled Mom, I am grateful for the Christ like example she has set for me. For this I say, “Doc, thank you for giving me Jesus.”
  2. Speak it.  Your words have power.  Our children NEED to hear and KNOW they are intelligent, creative, intuitive, kind, beautiful, brave and any other positive adjectives.  “There is beauty in spoken words that build and uplift. These words can be hope in a world appearing to be in a downward shift” -Restyled Mom 
  3. Be firm but fair.  Unfortunately, this world has its snarling teeth ready and waiting to tear our children apart.  I think part of building a child is being firm in your words and actions but also being fair about it.  Children need to know there are consequences for their actions.  They also need to know that you have their best interest at heart, while still loving them to the moon and back.

Bonus: Be able to laugh at yourself, accept and admit your mistakes, and HAVE FUN!  What kid wants to grow up saying my mom was an old sour faced woman, who didn’t know how to have fun! Or in the words of my little one “such a bossy pants” (lol).

(Disclaimer: If you don’t do these things, your kid may still be amazing; however, the potential of being a ‘buttmunch’ rises significantly. Studies have shown this…lol…really…ok, maybe not officially 😉

Sincerely,

Your Restyled Mom…who has the pleasure of raising one #amazing kid!

My Love, Hate Relationship with…Gift wrapping (yeah, it was worthy of a post)

On this Christmas Eve 2015, I want to give you the top reasons I dislike gift wrapping. I mean I dislike it tremendously much -that’s the extent of my dislike!  I’ll just jump right into this thing…

#1. The paper never cooperates.

I think my gift wrapping paper secretly plots against me every year.  It crumples; it tears (in the wrong places); it just won’t fold right!

#2. Though not as exciting, a bag is easier. (Pretty self-explanatory)

#3. It never fails that I have to either hide in my closet to wrap gifts or wake up super early -before the little one can see anything.  Hey, we have an elf and Santa Claus running around this place, so she thinks.  Hence, I keep the magic going.

#4. Time, time, time. Gift wrapping is time consuming.

And #5…All that paper gets thrown away!  I know we could gently unwrap the gifts, but really?  The kids wouldn’t have any fun, which brings me to potato-stamp-insituthe “love” part of this gift wrapping thing.

I LOVE seeing the excitement and thrill the kids have when seeing their unknown goodies under the tree.

On this Christmas Eve, as you wrap that gift, it’s okay for you to hate doing this daunting task.  However, have more doses of your kids excitement than doses of the dislike of gift wrapping.

Sincerely,

Your Restyled Mom…who is all wrapped up…MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

Tuesday Exchange (spotlight on…)

 

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Don’t mind the mess…RestyledMom is getting crafty. #ornamentwreath

On Tuesdays, I like to do what I call a #TuesdayExchange, where I share something I’ve read of other bloggers.  Today’s #TuesdayExchange is a bit late since Christmas is 3 days away and all décor should probably be up by now.  This is where I tell you my secret. I am like the scrooge of Christmas decorating. I get real ‘humbuggish’ when it comes to decorating –even as a child, I wasn’t too crazy about taking all that stuff out, putting it up, then taking it all down weeks later. So, at this point, better late than never; plus, I do it for my kiddo.  No need in passing this scrooge of décor on to her.WP_20151125_001 (2)

I decided to try out the Christmas wreath made of ornaments. While I liked lovepeaceandtinyfeet.com’s utilization of a wire hanger, I own no wire hangers.  This may be the direct result of watching that movie “Mommy Dearest” where the mom says, “no wire hangers”.  I doubt it, but sometimes, I like to self-diagnose –no matter how far-fetched the diagnoses may be.  Nevertheless, in place of the wire hanger, I used a Styrofoam wreath from Hobby Lobby.  I promise every time I go in this store, I feel like I need to purchase something.  Hence, I have this built into my latest budget.  I’m not real crafty, but I am trying to get there.  That may end up being a later post –showcasing some of my “I saw it on Pinterest but when I did it, it ended up looking like this…” type of post.Sight_2015_12_17_182819_135

WP_20151219_008I digress. Long story short, I did the wreath and added some letters (cut out from a brown box), painted and glittered by my kiddo.  We now have “JOY” over the mantle, and I’m beginning to re-think this decorating thing –as long as it doesn’t require me to paint and glitter crap treasures 😉  Check out lovepeaceandtinyfeet.com for her Christmas wreath, as well as her latest post regarding “Sprinkles are for Winners”.  Interesting read, in which I agree, but that’s another #TuesdayExchange.

Sincerely,

Your Restyled Mom…who is spreading #Joy

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The #Joy of being a #restyledmom

The Day I Realized I’m An Awesome Mom – the crunchy mommy

Race for the Cure and time with my daughter

The kid and I (#RestyledMom) @ Race for the Cure

Being a mom is hard and something that we don’t always feel like we’re doing so well. Here’s an “a-Ha” moment where I realized that I AM good enough!

Source: The Day I Realized I’m An Awesome Mom – the crunchy mommy

Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil

I love using this oil also as part of my facial cleansing routine. It makes both my skin and my hair extra soft (hair doesn’t feel weighed down)

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Sweet almond oil is a very light, thin oil extracted from pressed almonds. Rich in vitamins A, B1, B6 and E, it’s packed with antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and omega-6 fatty acids, which helps to strengthen the hair, moisturize the scalp and promote hair growth. It’s also a good source of iron, which is necessary for strong, healthy hair.

Sweet almond oil is a moisture rich oil that penetrates well into the hair shaft and follicles. This amazing oil eases itching, soreness, dryness, and rashes. It’s good to note that it can do all of this even thought it doesn’t penetrate as deeply as other oils. Like most hair treatments, sweet almond oil, doesn’t create new growth. It does, however moisturize the hair making it less prone to breakage.

Nourishing the hair and smoothing cuticles, sweet almond oil is rich in beneficial protein. Frequent application of proteins to the hair can…

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