Have you been bitten?

I’ve had several people contact me about my Fight the Frump posts. Most of the response has been positive. But there are a few who have expressed concern over the fact that, while funny, the focus of these makes them feel bad or worse about themselves. They feel/worry that the focus of these posts is all about self-focus.

All of this got me thinking…
Somehow, we seem to equate trying to take care of ourselves with selfish thinking. And then this got me thinking about something that Beth Moore says in the Daniel bible study : from p. 26 –

They (Daniel , Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) learned the language, literature, and customs all right, but only so God could use them in the midst of it. They read the language of their culture with the lens of God. Thereby, they became culturally relevant without becoming spiritually irrelevant. Against all odds, they retained a God-centered worldview so that ultimately the world could view their God. Amazing.

It is true that if we obsess over what we wear and how we fit in, then we are focusing on the wrong thing. But there is nothing wrong with a healthy perspective on fashion and style.

Now, with that said, I’m gonna Fight the Frump Frugal-Style!

Having style does not have to cost a bunch of money.

Amount of money spent does not equal good taste.
TONS of Money wasted spent + tacky taste = expensive tacky taste. Want proof?

Spring fashions are starting to come into stores! How can we fight the frump and not break the bank?

Here are some ideas:

Have you heard of Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker? If not, you are missing out on some great buys on quality clothing. (The spring collection has not been released yet, so these examples are from the winter line, but they are super cute nonetheless.)

Check out this Not So fuzzy math: You may not be able to read the tiny writing under the photo, but those numbers I added on are correct! $27.00 for the ENTIRE outfit!

This top: $8.98

Jeans: $8.98

Next week, I’ll still be Fightin’ the Frump frugal style. You won’t want to miss it.

Did I mention my mom was gone?

So it’s been one of those days, and I have to write about it so that I can get comments from everyone telling me that, no, no I’m not crazy…

(did I mention my mom was gone?… I’ve been on “my own” all week)

The day started fine. Kids up, dressed and Abigael off to school.

I started nursing Declan around 11:00 am and promptly fell asleep. Quinn came in looking for lunch and for some reason, this request startled me just as it would if some one told me the house was on fire.

I jumped up, and quickly went to the kitchen to MAKE LUNCH!

with! an! adrenaline! rush!

I went to grab something out and managed to spill an ENTIRE 4 qt pitcher of kool-aid on the floor…

While I was cleaning this mess up, I heard an “explosion” from Declan — you know the sounds babies make when they poop… I knew it wasn’t good, but it was gonna have to wait for a moment.

Enter Seamus, who wanted to observe me cleaning up the kool-aid. He had dressed himself in a shirt of Abbie’s and had a pair of her underpants up around his waist.

Finally got the kool-aid cleaned up, and went to go change Declan. His poop had seeped out of his diaper and clothes and had run onto the leather chair he was on and run down off of that onto the carpet…

Got that cleaned up too. And was able to make lunch.

Fast forward to 3:21 pm. I was sitting on the couch with Quinn, and nursing Declan. Didn’t fall asleep, but I did forget to go pick up my daughter from school at 3:00. Called the school, she was waiting patiently in the office for her absent-minded mom to pick her up.

Did I mention that my mom was gone?
Do you think breastfeeding causes your brain to shrink or dissolve?

Anyone want to nominate me for Mother of the Year?