If I could pick any moment in time to set my in-real-life- DVR to record, so that I can go back to at any moment in time, it would be in a simple moment. A moment that I can vividly repeat in my mind and look forward to often. On a gentle Spring day, riding passenger side, windows down, I sling my arm out an open window and allow my fingers to glide up and down the waves of cool breeze. It's in the split second I'm able to close my eyes, lay my head back and be in absolute peace and nirvana. It's something about the precise balance of cool and warm, the wind tantalizing each and every nerve, the sense of absolute calm, slicing through suspended time.
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You want a piece of my mind today? You can have it all. I don't want it.
I realize Shoestring Amy is a new blog, a place where I'm supposed to share sunshine-y glitter rainbows and unicorn-dream-type stories to entice you to stay. I just don't have that today.
Today, my brain is numb- A fleshy mass strung together with crushed dreams and hope, pain, memories, the what-if's, and un-anticipated horror filled hours to come, frozen in a state of unknowing. My body glides along through the daily motions- I'm able to function, I'm able to smile, I'm able to complete tasks.... Yet, I'm numb. I feel as if I'm stuck in a dream, not able to wake.
I'm here, today, in 2016. At the same time, I'm stuck in back in a time of innocence- A time where there was no pain, no arguing; when the world was good. I'm suspended in a place where I was young and happy, full of dreams and smiles, a heart that was fresh and remained untouched- fresh and new. I sit, frozen, in a dense fog of memories, unable to find my way out.
Today, I found out my dad has Leukemia.
This is like the movie scene where you see the writer sitting in front their computer screen, fingers on the keys- one word visible to their eye- sitting...watching as the curser flashes- one, two, three, one, two, three- unable to continue.
Leukemia. (curser flashing..one, two, three. One, two, three.) Leukemia (curser flashing... one, two, three. One, two, three.)
Welcome to #FrugalFashionFriday !!
It's a chilly morning here in Kentucky, so I'm bring out out the layers.
If you haven't noticed by now, I'm very casual. While I don't rock the mom jeans, I'm very much synonymous with the soccer mom look- jeans, tees, flats, undo, unpolished nails... you name it.
Today, I went on about my usual week day routine- nothing too special. I start the day with coffee- or I wouldn't survive. I'm a stay-at-home mom, so I do all the typical getting kids off to school, cleaning up, blogging, squeeze in some personal time, etc., etc. My day doesn't really start until early after noon when I go and pick up the kids from school. Today, I sat down- after my "chores," I guess you could call them- and decided to curl my hair.I put on one of my new thrift-store tops- totally cute little light cotton, Spring colored, cropped sleeve shirt. I spent a little extra time de-frizzing my hair today.
(This is the moment where you would insert, "Duh, you should have seen this coming.")
Welcome to Piece of My Mind Monday where... I think it's pretty explanatory. Today, I want to encourage you to be yourself. Today, with all the overly-opinionated-social media it's hard to be confident in you. Every where you look we are being directed into conforming one way or another. Look within yourself and find you. Don't forget who you are, not who they want you to be.
My look for #frugalfashionfriday, again with the layers- much like last week. Except, this week I'm feeling a more bohemian eclectic look. Taking a little modern day style with the leggings, I changed it up with a sleeveless sweater and belt. I like the natural, cool weather mono-tone going on because I can get away with all the layers, textures, and prints without looking too dramatic. And of course my favorite 70s style cropped boot. You'll probably see those quite a bit.
Waste belt $1 from Goodwill,
woven tunic $3 from Goodwill,
vest sweater $6 from Goodwill,
Leggings $4 from a local discount label store,
Boots $15 Pay less shoes
My thrift store fashion crushes of the week:
Welcome to #GEEKOUT Tuesday where I share what I'm totally geeking out over at the moment. Today, it's our new bedroom!
Kid's come first: always. So, when my pre-teen started to express his need of wanting a new "kid-free" zone away from his little brother and sister-at first, reluctant- eventually I concurred. While, my giant-growing-too-fast-for-this-momma loves his baby brother and sister, he still craved a space of his own where he could live out all of his Youtube gamer stardom dreams and have his own personality expressed in a space of his own. With a three bed room house and three kids, that leave momma and daddy with out a space of their own.
Sorry, little man. No room for you.
Then, one night we decided to have a family camp out in our living room. We drug all of our mattresses, pillows, and blankets out into our living room. We spent the night watching movies, eating popcorn, running amuck and having a crazy fun time. It was during this madness that I realized how much room our living room actually had. Our queen sized mattress fit perfectly while still leaving ample amount of room for everything else.
Tada! Solution: solved.
I created a layout so you are able to see our living room as it was BEFORE:
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Shoestring Amy is a free-spirited momma. With a family of five comes an active lifestyle full of energy. Amy strives for a lifetime of fun, laughter, and memories. Rather than smothering in debt, working for "things," and walking the same ol' line of misery created by a dead end job, she creates much larger goals. CONTINUE READING....
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