Pouty but pretty in pink and grey

I think talking about our finds for Bentlie, who is now 1, is such a blast, but getting the photos is quite a task!! She is such a busy body, but she did let me just paint her nails red so..WIN!!

Here is a summer casual outfit perfect for out outdoor adventures as long as we have quality bug repellent. If you have any notes on all natural bug repellent for kids, drop them in the comments for me, please!!

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My kids make my heart overflow!! Cuteness and sweetness overload with each one of them. Time is passing us by so quickly so enjoy every moment!!

About the outfit!

Tank Top: Healthtex: Goodwill- 1.00

Shorts: Carter’s: Dirt Cheap NWT- .90 (2 pack- white/pink 1.80)

Socks: Walmart- .98 (2 pack 1.97 some packs are two colors or same color)

Shoes: Walmart- 3.00 (clearance)



But shit it was 99 cents

I just love Macklemore so this was very fitting even with the “s” word, lol.

We started our “thrifting” in Florida. With living expenses the most we had ever encountered, we began saving in places we never thought we would. I was always embarrassed to go to Goodwill or thrift stores as a kid when my mom would take me. It wasn’t until after I had kids that I understood exactly why. You know, the DUH moments when your parents were right but you never wanted to admit it. That was one. Now, I’m grateful she introduced me to that because they have turned to fun memories.

I got an outfit at a store called “Rainbow Repeats” one day and I wore it to school thinking everyone in the world would know as soon as they looked at me. I had already been picked on a lot because my parents were older and more old fashioned. I also didn’t have the new FILA shoes until I could buy them myself. By then, I don’t think they were that popular anymore, haha. Anyway, a girl in the lunch line told me she liked my outfit and asked where I had bought it. I didn’t want to lie and I really didn’t know what to say so I told her, Rainbow Repeats. When I told my mom later that day she said, “Laura, you never have to tell someone where you got your clothes.” That was it. Simple.

Today, the clothes we have with us now, I’d say 99.5% of them came from a thrift store, discount store, or clearance, but I can guarantee no one would know unless I told them. I’m actually proud of our savings so I gladly tell people, hence the blogs and posts! I’m sure it comes with age and not having the time to worry about what anyone thinks because none of that ever matters!!

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Disclaimer: This is only to help those who want help in areas to save or those who want to save on clothing for themselves or children.

Enough chatter tonight, here is a find that when I wore it this second time, I kinda figured out what it really was!! It was only .99 cents so why not!!!

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I have found some pretty neat things on the .99 colors and half off days. I usually get kicked out quickly by my husband so when I go in, I GO, GO, GO, GO like Guys grocery games, haha!!!

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I found this blue dress at a local Goodwill, the only one in this small town. This day was a specific color tag for clothes to be .99 cents. Now, the stores will pull most of those colored tags and hang them on the center racks for easy finds, and this one was there. I tried it on and it was comfy and much like one I found in a previous blog while I was pregnant. Yup, I believe this is a maternity dress but I’m no longer pregnant. That’s totally fine, lol. I like this softer fabric for hotter days especially since its loose and doesn’t stick or feel restricting. It is a bit casual, but pair this with a hot pair of heels or wedges, and accessories and you’re good for date…or work. However you look at it it’s good!! Maybe ill do one with it all jazzed up and see how it looks.

Bentlie’s little ensemble is the cutest on her. I always adore her little clothes and have so much fun finding them for her. With kids clothes its much easier since they don’t wear them but a few times making them still look pretty new. Most of the time I do find new kids clothes with tags because mommy loved it, bought it, and baby never wore it. Guilty, right here.

About the outfits:


Blue dress: Xhilaration: Goodwill- .99

Pink tank: No boundaries: Walmart- 1.68

Shoes: Sperrys: Rack Room BOGO years ago- listed in a previous blog

Sunglasses: Dollar Tree- 1.00


Bentlie Bug:

Green flower top: Carter’s: Gift from Great Grandma (came with matching green/white striped capris)- 0.00

Flower skirt: Garanimals: Goodwill NWT- 1.00

Shoes: Brand on tag not on shoes: Walmart- 5.00 (rounded up)


This was a super HOT day in Tennessee but fun. We took a walk around Sycamore Lake to scope out good fishing areas for the boys!!

The next week I found this same dress in yellow, NWT, at the same Goodwill. I didn’t purchase it because it was too see through for my liking. It would have been a nice beach cover up though!! Well, while I am here I should say lake!


Tips for shopping at Goodwill #1

I have gotten pretty good at flying through thrift stores, picking out what I think are the best pieces for me and my style (even though my style is ALL OVER THE PLACE). I don’t stick to just one thing, that’s boring, and many of us like many styles. It doesn’t mean we have an identity crisis, it just means we like a lot of things and I’d like to think that we are special enough to pull them all off! Go us! I am writing up this session based off of questions I have received and comments about how they “can’t find anything” to fit right.

In the beginning, I wasted a lot of time trying on clothes that were not for me. I thought they were, but you’ll see why they shouldn’t be for anyone (jk). Everyone has a different body type and you DO need to figure out yours to make the most of your thrifting time. I know it’s a thrift store and the thought of trying things on in there are frightening, but sometimes it is a must, especially the ones you go into that say “ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO EXCHANGES OR RETURNS”. You have to be especially careful when these particular ones do NOT offer dressing rooms along with these policies. This is when you neeeeed to know what is going to fit you and look the best on you.

I am short waisted which means my torso is just short (and love handles make it even worse), but I have long legs for my height (only being 5’4″). I have to find pants that are not too long and not too high waisted so I go for “low rise” and “hipster” style pants.

Don’t let the thrill of finding a half off color tag allow you to compromise your style or the fit. If it doesn’t fit, put. it. back. Sometimes it’s hard and sometimes I say, “I will just alter it or have it taken in.”, but I don’t and more than likely others won’t either. Just let it go, and move on to the next item.

I’m going to show you a pair of plaid pants that I picked up (because I think they were half off), and if I remember correctly, they still had the tags on them. Don’t let that or brand names get in the way either! Don’t pretend they fit or look good. Be honest with yourself.

goodwill56_1 Here they are. Plaid pants.

Here they are ON my body…..

goodwill56 They were a light brownish color. The coloring may be off here because I had to filter them to bring out the item since the photos were dark.

Now, lets be honest here. These are hideous. Maybe we could get away with saying they are geared toward an older clientele or maybe a shorter person with a longer torso. My hip placement also made them high waters on me. I am still laughing at this picture, but these went on the “no” hook.

goodwill56_8 See how right under the belt line on the side is straight, and then it curves out slightly (where a persons hip should fit)? Look how far down the inseam that curve is. That is telling you immediately that this is not a modern or flattering cut for those that like a fresh, low rise look. Pass if you know you like low rise fits. If you are into the high waisted pants, then make sure they are up to date with their cuts (unlike this pair).

Now we will look at a low rise pair.

goodwill56_2 These have a bit of flare at the bottom for a retro look when on, but notice the hip placement.

goodwill56_9 The curve starts at the top of the pant! When looking at these, you can tell that they are going to sit lower on the hips because there is nothing really above that curve.

Here is what these look like while trying them on.

goodwill56_3 goodwill56_4 These fit my body much, much better!

Here they are in a complete, polished look (as seen in the previous post, https://familycoleition.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/feeling-retro/)!

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I am very pleased with this look, and the fit. It has been a hit so far!

The next set of photos are so funny to me so lets see if you feel the same way.

Shorts can be a problem too. Not every pair fits the same, and even if it is a favorite or popular brand, they can be very, very wrong.

I didn’t take a picture of the front of the shorts because I was laughing so hard that I forgot. Here is a shot of the back, and what you should look for before taking the time to try them on.

goodwill56_7 What is this?? Why is this here?? Who thought this was a good idea? I don’t know about you, but my bottom doesn’t do this.

Here is a shot of them on.

goodwill56_5 Please don’t tell me they “look fine”. Lets look again.

Lets focus on the issue.

goodwill56_6 Okay, so……..I still don’t know.

I don’t have a “flat butt” either, so there is no need to say something like, “You’re bottom doesn’t fill the shorts out”. There are FOLDS, it is how they are made, and no other pair of shorts I have ever tried on, have done anything this bad on my bottom. It looks as if I am clenching my cheeks, and that is just not flattering. Skip the droopy butt folded bottoms unless this is a style I know nothing about. Lol.

These shorts are Abercrombie. I can find some really cute things by them that a girl my age can still pull off without looking as if she’s trying too hard. These didn’t make the cut…in many ways! Oh, and no, I did not buy these!


These are just a few examples. I will put some other things together as the requests come in, but these will help in the trying on department. I used to have a huge pile on my arm, and I wasted so much time so now I’m sure to analyze each piece in different areas. I must look nuts just flying through, but I want to make sure I’m not missing out on some fabulous finds like those Body by Victoria pants NEW WITH TAGS for 4.99!!

Let us know how you do, and feel free to email us photos of your finds, completely thrifted ensembles, shoes, and/or mishaps (like these) to bowposh@gmail.com. We would love to share the happiness and more tips!!

Love my family. Love my life.

Love, The Family Coleition

Feel free to post photos of your amazing finds!!!

Be sure to look back at our other cuties.

Suede and more suede

I did not realize until now that in the last few months, mainly in the last few weeks, I have accumulated quite a few suede pieces! Bags, shoes and even clothing. Here, I will show you a skirt that I found in my first, true week of thrifting, but had tucked into a drawer because I didn’t have anything to wear with it at the time.

Today was a nice day at first in the weather department so I figured I would throw on some shorts. I just couldn’t decide which ones, now that I have a nice stack going on….or a top.

shorts add about 4-5 more pair to that…

I opened a drawer just to open it because when I can’t figure out what I’m trying to accomplish, I do random things that do not make any sense until I snap out of it, and I saw the skirt, but shut the drawer again.

I had originally chosen a pair of khaki shorts with this red top because it was “easy” on a day of errand running. I ironed the shorts and top and put them on only to look in the mirror to begin talking to myself about how odd the combination looked, turning to look at my bottom and then back and back again. The khaki shorts are not short shorts, nor are they knee length shorts so they fall in between for a reserved/ not too reserved look. This means that a longer or free flowing shirt would look best so this just wasn’t going to work and I was running out of time (we kind of overslept since it was my day off).

I also thought I may look like a Target employee, but then it hit me…I don’t care about the red and khaki joke and grabbed the skirt because the shirt had some texture, and it just may work. Shoes. Oh no, I have not collected a pair of dress-casual shoes that will go!!! Screw it, I’m going to wear my light colored boat shoes (also suede) that I have not worn yet because the skirt is not necessarily fancy so it will be fine.

This is what I ended up with, suede and more suede. I like the end result and it was super comfortable on a typical Spring day in Florida. Rain. Yes, no, maybe so, IDK. Jk. Sun. Kind of.

I hate wearing any shoe that is open on a rainy day because that means messy shoes, messy feet. NO bueno.

Bold words are my recent thrift finds.




goodwill43 The skirt has a raw hem.

goodwill43_5 The light was brighter here but the top is the color of the above photos.

Top: – Merona- Goodwill- 2.00 (half off tag)

Suede skirt: Abercrombie & Fitch- Goodwill- 2.00 (half off tag)

Shoes: Highland Creek- Goodwill- 6.99

Sunglasses: Forgot brand from tag- Goodwill- 2.99 NWT

Necklace: Forgot brand from tag- Bealls Outlet- 7.99


J absolutely loved this skirt. He told me I looked so pretty (and some other things I can’t say here or won’t say here) so that made me feel very nice! I got checked out a couple of times while downtown so maybe he was right, idk ;).

The skirt didn’t have to have anything jazzy paired with it because it is a casual, suede skirt so that is what made it so great for today (it didn’t even get wet). The shirt had some layers, but not too much going on, and the shoes completed the errand day look just fine. It was topped off with a cute necklace that of course was outlined in rhinestones!!! Voila!

Let us know what you think! A whole outfit for around 25 bucks, I mean, you can’t beat that!!

Love my family. Love my life.

Love, The Family Coleition

Feel free to post photos of your amazing finds!!!

Be sure to look back at our other cuties.