My Cup Runneth Over

When I found out I was pregnant with my third child, I locked myself in the bathroom for maybe an hour or more. As my husband explains it, it was exactly what happened with the first. That is how he knew the test was positive.

With the first child you’re scared. It’s all new, and now everyone you know is going to start trying to tell you their ways on how to raise your children, lol. With a third on the way, you probably know a thing or two, but if it has been 10 years since your last, well then…….it’s like a first all over again!! At least to me.

After two kids I was saying the same things that I said with my first which I had 13 years ago. “We’re not ready.”, “I don’t know what to do.”, “Can we even afford this?”, “What about work. School?”, and on and on! I look at this blessing now, and think what did we even do before her? The other two kids were excited about the news. They understood that a baby would take a lot of the adults time. They were great with helping with everything, and playing with her. Now that she’s 1, they have even more fun because she is a dare devil- scared of nothing- knows she’s protected.

It has been an amazing journey. We weren’t ready, but who ever is…actually READY? I knew what to do because I had to do whatever it took to provide for my family. We could afford it because I have learned how to save A LOT of money on items and necessities for the family. I work at home and no longer have side jobs because I learned how to build my online business and even took on a network marketing “job” helping others feel their absolute BEST.

I love that I’m able to stay home with Bentlie and work on my businesses now. She lights up our lives and gives us a chance to share things that we went through to help others who may be going through similar situations. I just love that.

I snapped these pics of Bentlie a couple of weeks ago because I couldn’t get over how adorable and sweet she is. I’m truly blessed more than words can tell you <3.

 

See how we saved with this outfit!

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Those toes though!!! Stay this sweet forever my love.

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Pastels with bold colors is where its at ;).

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The back of this shirt is to die for <3.

The pieces we buy are usually bought at different times and then we mix and match throughout the time she wears them. Not many outfits are set with specific pieces. This top was given to her by a long time friend, Lanika Abbott at Bentlies one year birthday party in March with a pair of abstract printed harem shorts in pastel colors. The cutest outfits ever!

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The cutest!! Thank you Lanika. These were given to Bentlie at her 1 year birthday party in March. 18 mo sizing. She was able to wear the outfit on the right immediately, but the shorts on the left were a bit big then. Now, she can wear them both just fine. This is why we always size UP!!

I thought the black and white was SO cute with the pastel pink <3.

ABOUT THE OUTFIT:

Top: Maggie & Zoe: Birthday gift- 0.00

Tribal shorts: Garanimals: Walmart- $2.00 Clearance

Headband: Hobby Lobby Clearance- 1.00 (I make headbands but it was super cute and only a buck, so why not?)

 

For the love of shoes

I don’t know too many girls and women who do not love shoe shopping. If you’re like me, your shoes tell the world who you are. Shoes are a way I express myself. I’m pretty bold in some of the things I wear (not shown here), but shoes allow me to just go even crazier. It’s either the outfit or the shoes, but there has to be a nice balance so you don’t get a Lady Gaga reputation, and if you do but don’t care…then my hats off to you x50.

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My love of shoes is probably out of hand or so some would say (of course I wouldn’t say that or even dream that- I dream of even more), and I used to want to have the largest shoe collection in the world. The competition is pretty stiff, but hey, anything is possible.

christina closet Christina Aguilera: With son Max in her closet.

The only problem I see getting in my way at the current time would be the cost of some of these gorgeous, pieces of art. I’m in a time where there are actually more important things to worry about like saving for a house, paying off debt and student loans, but more importantly, keeping my kids comfortable with everything they need for school.

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Even with everything going on, I manage to get some things here and there without thinking about how many hours or days I had to work to pay for one item. Have you guys ever done that?

Doing this really helps me decide on what I should or shouldn’t buy and when. If I break down my pay with my business and my side job or whatever income we have coming in to where I have an amount per hour for an eight hour day, I look at the price of the item and think about how many hours I would have to work to pay for that item. This may sound pretty silly, but depending on what your situation is, you’d be surprised at how your mind can quickly change. If there is a higher priced item that would take me 2 or 3 days of work (according to this system) then I have to think about if it’s really worth it or can I find the same thing or something similar somewhere else for less. Sometimes its worth it and sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s not and willpower didn’t feel like working that day so I give in. Lol. Rarely though.

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Anyway, shoes. I love shoes, but I have found that I don’t like paying the high prices that come with some of these shoes anymore. Even if dropping $150 or $650+ on some shoes was no problem, having gone through some of the things we have recently, I probably wouldn’t do it. Idk. It’s easy to say that now, but if things changed, who knows to be honest.

And as you all already know, I love a good thrift find now days, and here I will show you some shoes that I found in a few Goodwills and thrift shops.  Most of these were snapped in ONE Goodwill in the SAME visit. It was like the shoe thrift jackpot, but none of them were my size. It’s a good thing too. I don’t necessarily like all of them, but I am showing how there are some decent shoes that pass by these stores, and some are even brand new with tags on. I also threw in some that I DO have, but many I have not taken photos of yet (craaaazy).

Enjoy (because it took me a long time to take these, crop them, save them, email them, save them again, upload them here, and then insert them, LOL)!!

goodwillshoes Jessica Simpson

goodwillshoes1 Audrey Brooke

goodwillshoes2 BCBGeneration

goodwillshoes3 Charlotte Russe

goodwillshoes4 Fioni

goodwillshoes5 Dollhouse

goodwillshoes6 Audrey Brooke

goodwillshoes7 White House | Black Market

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goodwillshoes10 Pierre Dumas (lol. Get it??? Comment if you do)

goodwillshoes11 Mossimo Supply Co.

goodwillshoes12 Nine West

goodwillshoes13 BCBG

goodwillshoes14 Steve Madden

goodwillshoes15 Mossimo

goodwillshoes22 Carlos Santana

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goodwillshoes24 A. Marinelli

goodwillshoes25 BCBGirls

goodwillshoes26 Bandolino (I don’t think shoes should be written on!!!)

goodwillshoes29 Talbots

goodwillshoes30 (If I remember correctly these were 14.99 at the Goodwill Boutique)

goodwillshoes31 Betani

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goodwillshoes33 Nine West

goodwillshoes58 I don’t remember but they were real leather and comfy

goodwillshoes60 Joey

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goodwillshoes62 Steve Madden

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These were found in a few Goodwill stores within a couple of days and some private thrift shops. While they aren’t crazy, crazy shoes, they are shoes in great condition, but don’t have the great big prices. The most any of these shoes are are 9.99. Most are 4.99 and the kids shoes are always 2.99 (at Goodwill here, and sometimes you can find an adult pair for 2.99 because they made a mistake- this happens with shirts too). When you get a half off color tag…even betterrrr!!

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Some I forgot to jot down the brands (because in my mind, I thought I could remember them all- bwahahaha).

So, not too bad and I used to be a shoe snob. Snob isn’t even the best word to describe it, but I’d rather not say the others.

Feet may scare you like they scare me, but a little can of lysol and cleaner becomes your best friend ;). Again, some of them are brand new and never worn out.

Here are a few that I did get and a few I picked up for some other people.

goodwillshoes16 Mossimo

goodwillshoes17 Guess

goodwillshoes18 goodwillshoes19 Keds- brand new

goodwillshoes20 goodwillshoes34 Antonio Milani

goodwillshoes35 D

goodwillshoes36 Aldo- brand new

goodwillshoes37 Bandolino- brand new

goodwillshoes39 goodwillshoes38 Metaphore- brand new

goodwillshoes40 East 5th- brand new

goodwillshoes41 Jessica Simpson- brand new

goodwillshoes42 A. Co

goodwillshoes43 White House | Black Market- brand new

goodwillshoes44 Mossimo Supply Co.- brand new

goodwillshoes45 Mossimo

goodwillshoes46 Highlights

goodwillshoes47 Highland Creek

goodwillshoes49 Lela Rose- brand new (for someone)

goodwillshoes50 Dolce Vita- brand new (for someone)

goodwillshoes48 Calvin Klein- brand new (my most recent shoe find)

goodwillshoes51 Cynthia Rowley- brand new (for Alexis)

goodwillshoes52 Converse- brand new (for Alexis)

goodwillshoes53 Airwalk (for Alexis)

goodwillshoes56 Croft & Barrow wedges- brand new (for Alexis)

goodwillshoes54 Me Too

goodwillshoes55 Aldo (just needs new inserts)

goodwillshoes57 Mossimo Supply Co.

goodwillshoes21 Vince Camuto

goodwillshoes65 Newport News

goodwillshoes66 Merona

So a few cuties to add to the collection. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I would never go to the shoe section because of my fear of feet (other peoples feet), until I glanced over and saw a new pair with tags. It was kind of exciting and I had been missing out on a lot of things. Now I will walk through first thing because they don’t last long.

The Vince Camuto, patent leather stilettos were regularly $150 retail, but I found them in perfect condition for 4.99 in a GW. Goodwill has started marking up the name brand items if the person tagging knows what they are. Prices have gone from 4.99 to 9.99 for “designer” (so they call them) brands that are in decent or new condition (and some arent even in great condition). Even if it is a Target or Walmart brand in good condition, they will be marked at 9.99. Luckily, whoever tagged the Vince Camuto pair did not know or didn’t care, idk. Same with the Antonio Milanis that run for $98 and the Dolce Vitas that run in the $90s. I did pay 9.99 for two or three of the pairs shown and a pair that is not shown here (navy blue suede stilletos by Fuss made in Italy).

SO, it is possible to get some decent shoes at a thrift store. It is rare that one has so many at the same time like the Cape location a while back, but they were different sizes. Sometimes there are some NWT (new with tag) pairs, but they aren’t my size. Those are like the most bummer faced moments ever, lol.

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Happy thrifting and show us what you find!!! Follow me on Instagram to see find updates there as well :). @LauraCharie.

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