Monthly Archives: August 2011

Live Life Like You’re Training For A Musical!

By Bectoria Crandall

We all know that those living in Western culture today could stand to live healthier lifestyles. There are plenty of statistics that show the ramifications society is now suffering as a result of bad eating and lifestyle habits. As alarming as these statistics about the general population are, I have to confess that they do little to motivate me to make better nutritional and lifestyle choices. If I were, say, training for a musical however, this would provide a more immediate motivation to make changes for the better. I would have titled the theme of this post “Live Your Life Like You’re Training for a Marathon” if I had thought anyone in their right mind would ever be actually interested in such a venture, but I know better. Instead the theme of this post is all about wanting to train to be in a musical because, after all, who in their right mind WOULDN’T?

Aside from needing the instruction and talent to be able to become a serious performer, training to be in a musical has a lot to do with taking overall good care of oneself. Those who perform in musicals have their physical appearance, including their teeth, skin and hair always in performance-ready condition. This allows them to respond to casting calls at a moment’s notice knowing that they have done all they can to ensure they present the best version of themselves.

Really? Teeth and hair? You bet your bippy! Casting directors are often complaining that the person perfectly pictured in the headshot sent in by talent agents does not adequately represent the person who walks in their doors. Staying picture perfect means regular personal maintenance to ensure the perfect hair style and sparkling smile.

An actor’s body is his or her mode of income. Because they are their vehicles of employment, these performers must keep their bodies in top physical condition. In addition to needing their physical appearance to always be on point, they must always be in peak physical condition to be able to perform with every inch of charisma they can muster.

It’s easy to make excuses not to get regular medical care, like “I’m young. There can’t really be anything too seriously wrong with me” or “Oh. This pain will go away if I give it some time,” etc. I have been in this boat as well and have made many of the same excuses for myself. It wasn’t until my dear friend Mac referred to this excuse making as not taking care of myself that I decided to make a change for the better.

Someone training to be in a musical does not have the luxury to “let oneself go”. You hear stories of performers “fighting through the pain” but the reality is that these performers cannot afford to let even minor aches and pains go, for fear that they may develop into something more. They see their medical care providers for routine medical exams and whenever needed. To maintain their good health they get plenty of sleep and balance their active lifestyles with plenty of rest during their off time. This is a good model to follow.

As the thousand million personal trainers in the world will tell you, a healthy and active lifestyle is balanced with a good diet and fitness routine. I recommend consulting your medical care provider to begin getting your body physically active in whatever way is most appropriate for you. Keeping hydrated is crucial for performers who want to give stellar performances. An easy way to keep hydrated is to simply carry a bottle of water around with you. REI has many colorful options of reusable water bottles at www.rei.com that are BPA free. REI carries a variety of colors and styles so I am confident that you are sure to find one that will fit your perfect level of whimsy.

When you’re in a musical, you want to eat foods that help you maintain your size to ensure that your costume will always fit but also to keep your energy levels up. Keeping ones weight under control will also allow you to rehearse and perform musical numbers with the energy and charisma needed to provide a quality performance. This challenge can be met with a personalized fitness routine mentioned above coupled with a nutritious diet. I recommend visiting the American Heart Association’s nutrition center at www.heart.org/nutrition for up-to-date nutritional information.

Those who perform in musicals can always be seen with a water bottle and they often bring small, healthy snacks with them to rehearsals. They cannot be bothered by being weighted down by large meals that make them feel sluggish. Instead, they opt for quick, healthy snacks to give them the energy boost they need. Rather than eating three large meals a day, research suggests that we all eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. Having pre-prepared veggies and fruits ready and available will help eliminate the need to grab unhealthy snacks or to eat meals that will drain the body of its energy. Odet Ortiz at www.my2.tupperware.com/odet has been in Tupperware sales for years and is a master at finding storage solutions for snacks of every shape and size. My family enjoys all of the fun and convenient food storage options that Tupperware has to offer while I enjoy the ease with which I can tuck the containers into a purse, pack or carry-on.

No matter how you look at it, we could all stand to live healthier, more active lifestyles. If other factors have failed to motivate you, give my idea a try. The point of this post is to get healthy, but have fun while you’re doing it. I’d love to hear what steps you have taken to get yourself in gear to live YOUR life like you’re training to be in a musical!

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Cloth… Yep… Cloth Diapers: Part One

Good morning, SmartyPants!  I hope you’ve had a lovely summer and are full of the anticipation and promise that a new school year brings!

Today marks a new adventure in my household.  As we’ve been preparing to welcome a tiny new member to our family, I’ve been watching the price of diapers rise with fear and trepidation.  It’s already outrageous to spend $30-40 a month on those generic cases from Walmart, but to think of a second bottom doubling that already rising bill?!  That’s two iPhone data plans, my friend!  Today marks the day that I start using cloth diapers.

 

Oh, how cute they look all snapped up in their tidy little stacks!  Every color of the masculine rainbow is represented in pristine unused condition!  The question is, will I still feel like this is a great idea after I’ve seen the mayhem my toddler’s bowels can do to the insides of one of these puppies???

Cloth diapers have changed a lot over recent years.  This is the outside of one.  It’s made of PUL fabric, which is waterproofed but still soft and breathable.  This is the whole shebang.  No plastic pants cover.  No safety pins.  A far cry from the cloth our mamas put on our own bunz.

You can see there are gobs and gobs of snaps on this thing, and many of them are covered the way I’ve displayed this.  This is a “one size fits all” diaper.  In theory, these snaps will allow my 32 pound toddler and 8 pound infant to both enjoy a custom fit.  This particular brand even has extra snaps around the hips to ensure a good fit around the leg.  Everything is gathered with stretchy elastic, and while some cloth diapers utilize velcro closures, I’m hoping this snappy version will hold up better in the laundry.

And here’s the insides.  The diapers I chose are called “pocket diapers”.  As you can see, I’ve emptied the contents of the diaper: in this case, the absorbent microfiber insert that came with my diaper purchase.  The manufacturer offered  packages that came with either one or two of these inserts for each diaper, as many cloth diaper users like to “double stuff” the pockets for overnight use.  I’m told, however, that you can stuff these little pockets with any absorbent material you get your hands on!  Cotton “flour sack” dish towels come highly recommended, but I also wonder about the large inexpensive packages of microfiber cleaning cloths I’ve seen in the automotive department. (Someone recently recommended those as the ultimate burp cloths!)  The only thing I’ve been told NEVER to use are the Gerber cloth diapers you purchase at Walmart or Target.  I cut one open once, and they’re actually not cotton, but a weird cheap foam inside!  That’s why most people just end up using them for cleaning rags!

The white lining that forms the “pocket” of this diaper is a thin anti-pill fleece.  This material is said to have those moisture wicking properties that keep your baby’s bum dry and comfortable between changes, similar to a disposable diaper.

This all seems great now, but what do I do when nature happens all over it?  Well, at least they’ve included laundering instructions!

I have a special rubber toilet brush that I’m planning to use on those psuedo solids that won’t just fall out into the toilet.  Tonight, I put an empty diaper pail right between the toilet and our washing machine. (It does work out nice that these items are in the same room!)  And for insurance against even further gross outs, I’ve got my handy dandy rubber gloves under the bathroom sink!

If I plan to launder diapers every night, I might as well do wipes, too!  I’ve got a giant pack of cheap white wash cloths, and a recipe for lavender scented wipe water.  (Just keep it in a spray bottle on the changing table and spray as you go!)

Here’s what I won’t do:

  • Cloth diapers are not for church nursery workers or babysitters to have to deal with.  I’ll provide them with the usual dipes and wipes.
  • Cloth diapers are not for vacations.  We’ll pack to throw away as we travel!
  • Cloth diapers MAY not work out for my toddler overnight.  When the disposables only hold up half our nights, I’m not going to stress about cloth in the wee hours!
  • Cloth diapers are NOT for parents just home from the hospital.  I’m sure we’ll be doing disposables for at least a week or two when we first bring home baby brother!

I have to admit, I’ve read a lot of moms documenting their first days cloth diapering with their tiny little hippie babies and their exclusively breast fed poo (which seems to come out perfectly with a mere rinse)!  It should be interesting to see how this Pampers momma can handle a week of cloth diapering a two year old with V8 Fusion/Aldi corn dog poo!  Next week’s post will either be extremely interesting… or extremely brief!  Send me your questions and stay tuned!

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MY Kid Can Do ANYTHING!!!

“Boy, it’d be cool to do that with my team!”  My husband said, envying the technique of some new hipster band on YouTube that nobody’s probably ever heard of.

“You should!”  I exclaimed.  My husband does the music at our church.  I dig it when he tries things that are less expected.

“I’d love to, but I’d need a certain kind of musician to pull that off, and we don’t have anybody right now that’s familiar with that style.”  But, I wouldn’t let him back out that easily!

“Well, then you should get us some people that have that style!”  (It seemed simple enough to me!)

“But I don’t know where to find people that have that style.”

“Well, then you just need to make more friends!”  I said tritely, then realized he wasn’t just trying to come up with lame excuses, and I wasn’t actually being helpful at all.

I did the same thing to a friend of mine recently.  I noticed a very lofty career opportunity and could feel no peace about it until I knew he would be in that job, being totally rich and pseudo famous so I could live vicariously through him.  I nagged him for days, until finally, he just told me, “Mac, I’M NOT INTERESTED!!!  I like my life just as it is!”

What is it in us that causes us to feel so ambitious on other people’s behalf?  When I do these things, I tend to think the folks I’m offering them to should be flattered!  After all, I care so much I’m emotionally invested in them finding fame and fortune beyond their wildest dreams, right?

But, perhaps someone else has done this to you.  Somehow, it doesn’t feel that good when you’re on the receiving end.  Perhaps you’ve been helping Grandma set up her Facebook account and…

Grandma:  “Wow, you’re just brilliant with these computers!  You should really be in the internet business!”

You:  “Oh Grandma.  I know how to set up a Facebook account.  That hardly makes me a genius!”

Grandma:  “Oh, but you see, I was thinking about you when I was watching the news the other day!  They were showing a young man your age that’s the world’s youngest billionare and all he does is the Facebook!  Why, they even made a motion picture about him!  I think you could really go places with this!”

And hence, Grandma doesn’t understand how a Facebook addicted housewife has potential that differs ever so slightly from that of Mark Zuckerberg.

As a daydreamer, I know the day will come when I do this to my own children.  My two year old is already showing extreme and rare musical ability (he can clap to a beat).  I told my husband, point blank, that we are raising the Spiderman of musical talent.  “With great power comes great responsibility.”  I then explained how our techniques would differ from how Justin Beiber’s mom does it, and I was totally serious!

As we go over name choices for our second son, we’ve looked to our family tree to find the highest over-achiever possible.  We’ve got one relative that became known as the “Father of Blah dah blah dah dah” as a paratrooper in the military, became a world class linguist, was basically a ninja,  then went on to become a world renown scientist in his field of expertise.  With a full life story like that, I’m relishing the speech I’ll give our son about the great great uncle that shared his name and how this proves he can do ANYTHING he puts his mind to!

But is that really true?  Can we really do ANYTHING we put our mind to?  Could I outsmart and outearn Zuckerberg, just like Granny thinks I might?  Are both my children going to become the greatest US presidents that ever lived?  Is my buddy going to be a famous journalist?  And is my husband really going to become a rock star?  Probably not.  And maybe it actually DOESN’T hurt to plant such dreams into the folks we care about.

But, what does a balanced approach to this look like?  Bectoria could probably tell me.  (I’m convinced she knows everything about everything.  Oh my gosh!  I just realized that she could totally be the next Oprah!!! —  Oh wait… I’m doing it again…)

I guess it’s just important to not only acknowledge our children’s potential, but also acknowledge the obstacles they encounter.  Some kids will make straight A’s with no effort at all, to others, that kind of grade card comes only with great focus and sacrifice.

One of the more life-changing books I’ve read recently was called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.  Are you born with that special something, (talent, intelligence, athletic ability) or is it developed?  Maybe you feel trapped by your skill set, or lack thereof.  This book, while sometimes dry and academic, will give you some hope, and the research to back it up!

But I guess that’s the challenge.  Will I encourage our children based on some potential I see in them (which, tends to be extremely unrealistic in some areas, while extremely limited in other areas), or on how they embrace growth and change in themselves?  When they fall down, will I blame everyone or everything else in the world, or say that’s just not the right path for them, or will I encourage them to find learning and growth in the stumbles?  Will our family value the title “Best in Class” or can we delight even MORE in the “Most Improved” award?  If you’re really good at growing, isn’t that how you become the best version of yourself?

It’s hard to say with my mere two years of parenting experience, but I hope, rather than demanding certain benchmarks of “excellence” and spouting empty platitudes about the American dream, I teach my boys to be challenge takers, to see failures as stepping stones, and to embrace personal growth.

But, I know most of our readers have more experience than I do.  How do you teach YOUR kids about ambition and pursuing their dreams?  Or, what did adults tell YOU growing up that’s helped you achieve goals as an adult?

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Plan Ahead and Have Meals Ready To Go!

We all have times in life that are just BUSY. Who couldn’t use a hand in getting the menu planned and the food prepared? I am about to enter one of those stages as I look ahead to a new baby in the next few weeks. One way to alleviate the pressure of coming up with something to feed my family each day during those weeks after baby arrives is to make some meals now that can be frozen and popped in the oven the day my hungry savages are in need of nourishment. I just love this kind of thing. So much so, that I intend to do a followup post in the near future containing make ahead freezer meals just for the slow cooker, but I’m still in the research stage of that project.
For now, I’d like to share 5 recipes with you that you can prepare in one day and freeze. If you make a double batch of each, and account for the likelihood of leftovers and the occasional out to eat or Little Caesar’s Hot N Ready, this plan can give you 3-4 weeks worth of dinners.
This is a lot of fun, especially if you ask a friend to join you. Find someone in your circle who could use a break from daily meal planning and food prep in the near future as well and go grocery shopping together. Then meet up at one of your homes on a Saturday morning and start chopping and assembling!

Each of these recipes contains meat, but I am including instructions to make them each a vegetarian meal, which is how my family will be enjoying them this time around. Let’s get started!

CHICKEN JAMBALAYA
Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
½ tsp garlic powder
2 cups water
14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 ½ cooked chicken breasts, cubed
15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
Instructions:
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, green bell pepper, celery, and garlic powder in hot oil until tender, about 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add water, tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes.
Bring to a boil and add rice. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes until rice is tender, stirring frequently.
Add beans and chicken and cover. Simmer 5-10 minutes longer or until well heated, stirring frequently. To freeze, cool casserole in refrigerator and ladle into plastic freezer containers. Seal and freeze up to 3 months. To reheat, place frozen jambalaya in saucepan and heat over very low heat, breaking up and stirring frequently, until hot.
Vegetarian Note: omit chicken and replace with one 15 oz can rinsed drained kidney beans.

CHICKEN GREEN CHILE RICE CASSEROLE
Ingredients:
3 cups cooked white rice
1 cooked chicken breast, cubed
1-1/2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
4 oz. can chopped green chiles, undrained
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:
Mix rice, chicken, sour cream, milk, eggs, chiles, 1-1/2 cups cheese, and salt and pepper to taste in large bowl. Pour into greased 2 quart glass casserole dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes until set.
To make and freeze, undercook rice by about 5 minutes. Combine all ingredients, using all of the cheese, and stir in 2 tablespoons cornstarch, then cool in refrigerator until cold. Wrap thoroughly, label, and freeze up to 3 months. To thaw and reheat, thaw casserole overnight in refrigerator, stir well and bake at 350 degrees F for 55-65 minutes until set and top is golden brown.
Vegetarian Note: omit chicken and replace with one 15 oz can rinsed and drained cannellini beans.

RED AND WHITE TORTELLINI
Ingredients:
1 (20 oz) pkg. refrigerated or frozen cheese tortellini, uncooked
½ lb. Ground beef, browned and drained
28 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
1 cup water
12 oz. jar Alfredo four cheese sauce
1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions:
In 3 quart glass baking dish, mix tortellini, beef, spaghetti sauce, and water. Make sure all tortellini is coated with sauce. Drop Alfredo cheese sauce by spoonfuls over casserole. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
To freeze, cover tightly with foil and store in freezer up to 3 months. Thaw in fridge overnight and bake, covered at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer, until tortellini is tender.
Vegetarian Note: omit ground beef.

SANTA FE CHICKEN CASSEROLE
Ingredients:
1 onion, chopped
½ tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 ½ cooked chicken breasts, cubed
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
24 oz. jar thick and chunky salsa
2 cups taco sauce
12 (6 in) corn tortillas
1 ½ cups sour cream
2 cups shredded Cojack cheese
Instructions:
In medium microwave safe bowl, cook onion and garlic in olive oil on HIGH for 2-3 minutes until tender. Stir in chicken, black beans and salsa. In 9 x 13 glass baking dish, pour taco sauce. Lay 6 corn tortillas over sauce. Top with half of chicken mixture. Spoon on half of sour cream in small dollops. Sprinkle with half of cheese. Top with remaining tortillas, chicken mixture, sour cream and cheese. Cover with foil. At this point, you can wrap the casserole well and freeze up to 3 months.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes until bubbly. Uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer until cheese is melted. If frozen, thaw casserole overnight in refrigerator, then bake covered at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes until bubbly; uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer until cheese melts.
Vegetarian Note: omit chicken and replace with 1 1/2 cups frozen corn (heated in microwave.)

HAM AND SWISS STUFFED MANICOTTI
Ingredients:
14 manicotti pasta shells
1 onion, chopped
½ tsp garlic powder
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1-2 cups cooked cubed ham
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
6 Tbsp. butter or margarine
6 Tbsp. flour
3 cups milk
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions:
Cook manicotti as directed on package. Drain, rinse in cool water and set aside. Meanwhile, cook onion, garlic, and green bell pepper in 4 Tbsp. butter. Add ham and set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Stir in 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese.
In another heavy saucepan, cook 6 Tbsp. Butter on medium low heat until foamy. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture bubbles, about 3 minutes. Add milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until sauce thickens. Stir in cheese. Remove from heat. Mix 1/4 of cheese sauce with ham mixture.
Fill manicotti shells with ham mixture (your fingers work best for this; it’s messy, but most efficient). Spread about 1/2 cup cheese sauce in greased 13×9″ glass baking dish and arrange filled shells over sauce. If there is any leftover stuffing, just sprinkle it over the filled shells. Pour remaining cheese sauce over filled manicotti. At this point the casserole can be cooled in the refrigerator, then wrapped and frozen up to 3 months. To thaw and reheat, thaw casserole overnight in refrigerator, then uncover, sprinkle with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and bake at 350 degrees F for 40-50 minutes. If not freezing casserole, sprinkle with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until bubbly.
Vegetarian Note: omit ham and replace with 2 large zucchinis cut lengthwise and sliced into 1/4 in slices, sauteed with onions and peppers.

Everyone has their personal preferences, so sit down and write out your shopping list according to who eats onions in you household, figure out what containers you will need to freeze 2 batches of each of these, and get going! Then sit back and put your feet up. Enjoy a few weeks of not having to think about dinner. You deserve a break!

If you live alone, cut the recipes in half and plan to get dinner and 2 lunches out of each recipe. Don’t let cooking for one keep you from trying this out!

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Getting your mileage out of those clearance finds!

The following might disturb some of our readers with more sensitive tastes.  I am who I am, and I am certainly NOT a model.

This is me, Mac Fife, doing my best to rock out an awesome sundress I found on clearance for just $1.47:

I’m also quite pregnant, and of course felt the need to take the obligatory “hold your belly and stare at it like its a wounded puppy” shot.

I obviously do not post this to show off my toned arms and rock hard abs (and believe me, right now they ARE rock hard!), but because NOW is the time to grab some awesome buys from the clearance aisle!  Unfortunately, finding clothing on clearance that actually fits is a whole different matter!

Retailers know that the top selling size in women’s clothing is an 8/10.  (Heck!  I’d buy more clothes if I fit into that size, too!)  However, did you know that the most popular size for American women is a 14?  (Yay!  That’s me!  I feel better now!)  I guess us 14’s are just slightly less motivated to shop, perhaps because of our less-than-Hollywood proportions, or perhaps just because most of us are in stages of life where new and frequent clothing purchases aren’t as necessary.  Whatever the reason, the selection will always be better for the 8/10’s than for the 14’s, and, for now, we’ve just got to figure out how to live with it!

This is one of the reasons I’ve made extra effort to learn some basic sewing shortcuts.  Often, I’ll find some adorable garments on clearance in the pretty plus aisle that can fit me just right if I’m ready to spend ten minutes at my sewing machine!  The dress I’m wearing above was originally a XXL from Old Navy.  Now, it’s just the right size for a pregnant Mac!

Earlier this spring and summer, (especially as the normal clothes and maternity clothes were BOTH fitting awkwardly) I spent a ton of time sporting this clearance rack beauty!  It only took two seams and five minutes to make this my go-to outfit for summer cruising!

If you are lucky like me, you’re going to find deals at yard sales and clearances that can up your style quotient by 100’s while you only spend pennies!  And when you only spend a couple dollars on a find, there’s no need to feel sheepish when you take it to the sewing machine!  $2 spent on a dress you ruin is comperable to $20 spent on a professional sewing lesson or how-to book!

And once you get a little better at it, you’ll find it really takes less time to do these simple alterations at home than it does to agonize over whether the 14 or 16 is a better choice in the store dressing room.

If you don’t sew, don’t tune me out just yet!  There’s still a few great tricks you can use when you realize what the problem area of your garment is.

  1. Too much cleavage!  (Is there really such a thing…?  YES!)  You could layer a tank under your outfit, but, for example, in my “cruising” dress above, I just put on a larger sized shelf bra (from Walmart, in the sports bra section) over my normal bra to keep things a bit more modest.  I have to do this with more and more of my regular clothes to keep my toddler from causing a wardrobe malfunction of Super Bowl proportions!
  2. Boxy, or waistless clothing:  Put a belt on it!  It might take some playing around to figure out what style of belt works best with your body.  Some women that think they can’t wear belts really can, they’ve just never tried the right fit, the right placement, or the right width for their body type.  You can belt low slung on the hips, just under the bust, or right across the belly button.  You can use the ultra wide belts, the tiny narrow belts, or just a normal belt.  Fabric?  Leather?  Metal?  You can even try cinching things up with a satin ribbon tied in a bow!  Are you nervous about calling this kind of attention to your midsection?  Wear a belt under an open jacket and see if it doesn’t give you the coverage you desire, while still hinting at an hourglass figure!  (Belts can get pricey, but I’ve had great luck shopping for these and other trendy little accessories at the teenybopper Forever21 store in the mall!  It’s a rare case of being simultaneously trendier and cheaper than the selection at Walmart or Target!)
  3. A hem or neckline just doesn’t quite work?  Try safety pins, rubber bands, and duct tape!  Check out one of my favorite blogs, “New Dress A Day” to see how she gussies up boring thrift store necklines with a cinch and a pinch and a safety pin!  She’ll also give you some great sewing lessons if you change your mind and decide you’re into that kind of thing!
  4. It’s a cheap buy but in the wrong season.  Guess what?  The pink dress I’m wearing today was purchased in NOVEMBER!  It kind of fell behind my drawers at some point and I didn’t find it until last month, but that works out good for me, because last November I had no idea I’d be preggers as heck right now!  But here’s the thing, even though this is technically a hot pink sun dress, don’t think for a SECOND I can’t put a belt on it, put a jacket over it, and throw some boots on with it to take me right up to my October due date!  With a few new stitches and maybe a pair of warm tights I could be rocking this thing out in January!  I tossed on my boots and grabbed a cute kiddo just to prove it to you:

So, there you have it.  Get creative and show me how cheap YOU can dress and still look like a million bucks!  My sundress makeover really required almost NO sewing experience.  Be sure to visit our Facebook page, where I explained how I got the “perfect fit” and posted step by step instructions (with pictures) for my simple “restyle”.  Hint:  I didn’t even match my thread or break out the scissors!

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