Someday I’m Gonna Live Underground

Someday I’m Gonna Live Underground

Well it was another travel weekend!

I went to Nashville for a conference that was put together by Young Living members to help us learn more about the company, where the oils comes from and how to use them.  It was wonderful to be around other people who love using essential oils as much as I do.

I go to a lot of conferences.  I know the traveling isn’t for everyone.  But I love to learn and grow and build my ministry.  I love to meet new people and it always inspires me in some way.

What I don’t love is being away from my family.  I missed them so much last weekend that I thought I might break my phone texting them.

Me: Hi!  What are y’all doing right now?
Them: The same thing we were doing 5 minutes ago when you asked.

Sadly, I have to travel again for a few days this week and then…..I am going to come home, dig a hole in the backyard and build a room underground where no one can find us.  I plan to put my husband and kids down there with me and a stack of board games.  Don’t worry about us, I’ll poke some straw holes up through the ground for air.

Or maybe I could just lock the doors on the house and turn off the phones.  That may be a more practical option.

This being Valentine’s Day week and all….I am also cooking up some secret love messages for these favorite people of mine.  Not having much extra time I am avoiding Pinterest like the plague.  I don’t need a bunch of crafty ideas, like making roses out of strawberries and edible gold, to make me feel inadequate.  My Valentines will be closer to pieces of red construction paper folded in half and cut into lopsided hearts.  Think Kindergarten, but messier.

I’m shooting for quantity over quality.  Lots of messy hearts with candy from the seasonal section of the grocery store is how I plan to express my abundant love.

We all like to wear red on Valentine’s Day, which of course means my red boots will make an appearance.  I wore them all weekend at the Opryland Gaylord and they seemed glad to revisit their hometown.  I bought them when I was here last fall and I have been surprised about how often I wear them!  I have never had a pair of western boots before and I don’t think I own any red clothing.  So I wasn’t sure when I got them if I would wear them.  But I wear them at least twice a week.

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For today it’s about rest and hanging with the kids.  And laundry.  And maybe going through receipts for my husband, which is his love language.

Have a great week!

 

Staying Warm in Winter

Staying Warm in Winter

Today I have a YouTube video for you with tips for dressing warmly while still wearing dresses.  There are tons of options for you if you prefer wearing dresses even in the cold temperatures.

Happy dressing!

Be sure to follow me on Facebook for more modesty ideas!

A Pair of Red Boots

A Pair of Red Boots

Last month when I was in Nashville with my favorite peeps from Tommy Nelson I got myself a pair of red cowboy boots.  It was a Friday night in the heart of downtown Nashville with drunk people, weird street performers and of course a LOT of music!  But I was with a big group of friends which made it fun and my boots will always remind me of spending that time with those amazing women!

I have never owned cowboy boots before so this seemed like the perfect time for me to get my first pair.  After I got them I wondered if I would really ever wear them.

So I decided to make it my mission to wear them for the whole month of October and force myself to find outfits to wear with my boots.  I’ve been showing what I am wearing on Facebook all month and so many people have asked where I get my clothes that I decided to do my best to remember and share the info.

This first outfit was an obvious choice.  A denim jacket (so in style right now) from Old Navy, the skirt is also Old Navy and the belt is from anthropologie.  The brown tights are from Target.

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On another day I wore this linen dress made by FLAX.  I have on the same skirt as in the above picture.

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Here I am wearing another Old Navy skirt (it’s the same skirt as above in a different color) and the t-shirt is from there too.  It’s called a 5/8 sleeve length and is great for covering up those pesky lunch lady arms.  The white top is from Target last spring.

 

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Here I wore another FLAX dress with a gray skirt from Target under it.  I got the blazer at Target last week and they have several great styles!  This dress looks a little “maternity” in the picture but it really is flattering in person.

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Lastly here’s what I wore this week.  As the weather gets cooler I am enjoying some tights.  Which, I am sorry to say, I don’t know where I got them because they are as old as the hills.  The skirt is the same one I am wearing above from Target (from last spring but there are lots of skirts there right now) and the top is by Free People (it’s available at Macy’s now).

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My philosophy on clothes is to have basics from affordable places then fill in with a few more expensive pieces.  I can mix almost all of this together in different ways and add a longer skirt here and there.  Since I like to mix it up, this works really well for me.

And that’s the story of my red boots.

I thought I might fall into not wearing them again after the month is over, but then it occurred to me that they would be perfect for Christmas!

 

Embracing the Little Summer Dress

Embracing the Little Summer Dress

Since losing so much weight I have been able to pick up some new clothes recently.  It’s been such fun to fit into clothes in the regular sized stores.  I am embracing the little dresses that are everywhere.  They are cool and modest and so feminine.  I can spin and sing, “I feel pretty….” when I wear them.

But they are a little too short for me.  So I add a light skirt or long shorts to make them cover everything I want to cover, especially when sitting.  I don’t wanna be flashing anyone!

I got this striped number at Old Navy.  But since it’s sleeveless I added….wait for it….a 5/8 sleeve that I also found at Old Navy.  It’s my perfect sleeve.  I ordered 3 more from their website.  Then I added some long shorts that I found at Sam’s Club and finished it off with a touch of red with my Otz shoes.  They are this year’s favorites.

Loving these little summer dresses!

This is exactly the same outfit, but I changed the striped dress for a simple black dress and added an extra necklace.

Loving these little summer dresses!

I got this little top as a splurge when I was in San Francisco a few weeks ago.  It was at the anthropologie there and I decided it was better than any souvenir.  The t-shirt I got at Sam’s club and the denim shorts are from Forever 21.  My kids got me a pair of blue Otz for Mother’s Day.

Loving these little summer dresses!

This last look isn’t a little dress, but I wanted to show you that I added leggings and rolled them up to make a very thin, cool skirt work.  And this top is my favorite, favorite.  You might be wondering why since it looks so plain.

Loving these little summer dresses!

It’s the back…..oh heaven the back…..

Loving these little summer dresses!

And please forgive the weird little thing popping up in the bottom of the last 2 pictures.  My husband took them for me and apparently he was holding his sunglasses at the time.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out my modesty gallery for more of what we wear!

What I’m Wearing for May

What I’m Wearing for May

Now that it’s getting hot, I am in desperate need of warm weather clothes.  Since losing over 80 pounds, when the seasons change I find myself without any clothes that fit.

But first, I got to wear some long sleeves a few times lately since we’ve had a few last chilly days before the Texas heatwave hits.

I even wore a sweater earlier this week!

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I wanted to point out that in that picture I am wearing a tank top backwards so it is high enough.  But the problem with that is nowadays tanks have labels printed in the back that you can see from the outside.  So I wear a necklace that lands right over it to keep the label from showing.

I shall miss this next little top….I wear it a lot.

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For summer, I have found some skirts at Target that are just past the knee and very lightweight.  I got some t-shirts at Sam’s Club that have sleeves and not the capped kind that no one wants to see me wear.  Long skirts are easy to find right now, so just be sure they are lightweight to keep you cool.  I am also enjoying some linen tops, like the one I wore on my day in Chicago.

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I got a bunch of emails asking about this tunic the last time I showed it to you.  It’s made by FLAXDESIGNS and their website has a store locator.  The best part….it has pockets.

I’ll be posting on Facebook when I find cute, modest things for summer, so be sure you’re following me there!

How to Use a Curling Wand

How to Use a Curling Wand

A fun video shwing how to use a curling wand for a great, easy style! -- The Pennington Point

When I was thinking about writing this post I just couldn’t figure out a way to make it sound interesting.  I mean, seeing how someone curls their hair?  Really?!  What’s next?  Watching them eat?

Then I showed a picture of my Curling Wand on Instagram and I got a bunch of emails asking how to use it.  It’s so easy to use that I feel silly showing you, but then I want you to have beautiful hair so I decided to put my hesitation aside and make a video.

I get so many comments on this hairstyle; here are a couple of pictures from the recent past.

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It really starts with a good cut.  I can wear it straight or curly or somewhere in between.  But because my hair is pretty frizzy and doesn’t have good curls on its own, I have to coax it into place.  This Curling Wand is my favorite way because it’s so, so quick!

And here’s a video showing you just how I get it to look so cute in just a few minutes….

And the curls stay all day…..at least for me.  If I try to go a second day I just run my fingers through it and use the wand in a couple of places.  Here’s the link to the recipe for the hair spritzer I mentioned in the video.

There you go!

Now go and be curly!

 

What I’m Wearing for Spring

What I’m Wearing for Spring

Since I am heading to Salt Lake City tomorrow I thought I’d show you some of what I’ll be wearing.  Actually it’s what I have been wearing, but it’s all the same thing since I only have about 4 outfits.  It’s been interesting having to replace your entire wardrobe.

I have changed my philosophy over the years and now I am of the mind that one or two more costly things is better than 7-8 cheaper things.  I will probably need to fill in with some things from the thrift store soon since summer needs are different….I have to change often from excessive heat.

This first outfit was from one of the chilly days we had a week ago.  I wore a sweater for probably the last time this season.  The skirt is really old and the striped top you have seen many times before.  The necklace is old too, don’t remember where I got it.  But it’s easy to find cheap, chunky necklaces these days.

Modest, cute outfits for spring -- The Pennington Point

Be warned, you never know who is standing behind you photoboming.

Modest, cute outfits for spring -- The Pennington Point

Another cooler weather outfit is my favorite anthropologie top.  I will miss it when it’s hot.  But with this cute yellow skirt from Versona I can at least spring it up a bit before I pack it away.

Modest, cute outfits for spring -- The Pennington Point

The cat and the plunger in the background just proves the lengths of professionalism we go to for these photos.

Recently I got a couple of tops from Whole Earth Provisions.  They are linen and really pretty, but not fitted.  My stomach still won’t do fitted.  I may forever look pregnant.  This red top is a new fave and I will definitely be wearing it to the conferences the next 2 weekends.  But not with a scarf….I get too hot in them.  And the shoes, they are my new loves….from Otz.  The look of Toms but with support.  They make my heart got pitter pat.

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This last pic is what I wore for Easter.  The top, again, is from Whole Earth Provisions and the rest is a mix of stuff I have had for a long time.  But the hat…..well that’s what is so great.  Even if you lose weight your accessories still fit.

Modest, cute outfits for spring -- The Pennington Point

Except rings.  I have no rings to wear and my wedding ring keeps falling off.  I am waiting until I lose it all then I am going to get it resized and buy myself a pretty something for my right hand.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy spring!

My Modest Workout Clothes

My Modest Workout Clothes

Weight loss is great, but it has its bad side, like my britches falling down every time I go for my morning walk.  And I’m not going to even mention the underwear situation.

So I went on a hunt for something new to wear when I exercise.  I had a specific vision and I searched high and low.  I found exactly what I wanted, putting things together from several different stores.  I must warm you, these things weren’t cheap.  In fact, it may be the most expensive everyday outfit I’ve ever had if you put it all together.

But I felt like since I will wear it constantly plus when I travel, I decided to just get what I needed and not worry about the price.

I apologize in advance for the pictures….we took them right after I did my morning workout.  Sweat, bad hair and no make-up.

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Even though I bought them in all kinds of different places, I found them for you on Amazon.  I am all about making it easy for you.

Pants -Nike Women’s Dri-Fit Stay Warm Relay Capri Running Pants (I wanted capris to cover my legs but still be pretty cool in summer)
Shirt – Nike Women’s Legend V-Neck Night Factor (this isn’t the same shirt, but similar)
Skirt – prAna Daphne Skirt (this was my find of the season.  It’s very light and I love it.  I even got one in taupe for just summer wearing because it’s so comfy!)
Bra – Natori Womens Power Yogi Bra (I would normally not talk about undergarments but this has been a great thing and it holds everything right where it should. It’s not cheap, but check every color because the price varies a LOT)

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My shoes are New Balance and the socks are also made for running (I don’t remember the brand).

Great ideas for modest workout clothes -- including where to buy them! -- The Pennington Point

I really want to say thanks so, so much for all of your support through my health journey!  Your emails and messages have been a huge encouragement to me.

What I’m Wearing for February

What I’m Wearing for February

I may be down to just a few articles of clothing, but I am still enjoying putting together fun outfits and accessorizing.  I have some new things and I am cinching up some old things and playing with mixing patterns.

Some fun modest outfits for February! -- The Pennington Point

Since it’s the month of love, here’s a cute sweater I found on clearance at Macy’s and a striped skirt that I took in to fit me.  Black tights finish it with a kick.

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On a quiet day at home I throw on my old sport shirt and simple skirt.  I love the gray striped t-shirt.  I shall miss it when it doesn’t fit me anymore.

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I wore the same t-shirt again to church one week under a navy shirt (which I tied at the waist to make it fit) and flowy skirt I got at Versona.

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But my favorite new top is the one I bought with my birthday discount at anthropologie.  And my favorite vintage style necklace….be still my heart.

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I wore that same necklace again with this brown and black combo.  You can mix brown and black by the way.  I belted this blazer because it’s way too big.  But that made it fun.  Then I put it all over a little brown calico style skirt.  Weird, but I like the unexpected.

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My last outfit to show you is from a couple of days ago.  I dug around and put this cuteness together.  The polka dot scarf was different for me, but I liked it.

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Thanks for stopping by!  As the weather warms up I can’t wait to play around with some new combos!

I Finally Found My Superpower

I Finally Found My Superpower

I may have accidentally discovered my superpower this weekend…..doing 12 things at once and still not having anything to show for it.  Maybe all of those colored tights I love will come in handy!

This past weekend was filled to the brim with activity, yet I can’t think of anything to talk about.  It’s a contrast to my usual riveting report of weekend adventures of house cleaning and excessive napping.

On Friday I spent the whole day celebrating love and avoiding candy.  Before I went on my early morning walk I left piles of goodies at each child’s place at the dining room table complete with teeny boxes of Nerds that were supposed to be stuck through a little card with playful Valentine’s Day saying on them.  The Nerds and cards were sold together with pictures on the package of the little box adorably slid through a pre-punched slit in the card.  Cute, right?  Um, no.  I ripped so many of those dumb cards trying to force the box of Nerds through that I ended up leaving 9 ripped cards loosely wrapped around the candy boxes.  I eventually had to walk away.  This, my friends, is not my superpower.

On Saturday I worked on Shop24 orders then in the afternoon I had a funeral to go to.  My friend Sara lost her precious mother-in-law and it was a sad day.  After I got home Adam was waiting for me at the door, “Want to go for a bike ride with me?!”  Despite being worn out, I couldn’t say no to that hopeful little face, so I hopped on my bike and we rode for a while.

He talked all about his ideas for making a bike track in our field and maybe could he go fishing sometime and he wondered if there were any family members in our genealogy that liked biking or fishing.  I just rode and listened and thought about how much I love him.  Tired-schmired.  It was fun.

Sunday was my big party at Michael’s.  Several friends stopped by and we had a blast chatting and doing chalkboard lettering.  Crafting with other women is so inspiring.  Thanks Faith, Colleen, Stacy, Jenn and Sara for being my special guests!

This week is another opportunity to use my powers of getting 12 things done at one time.  James is preparing to take the Bar Exam next week which puts my loving-wife skills to the test.  I will be sliding trays of food under his office door and diffusing essential oils in his office to help him magically absorb law facts and hold them in his brain.

Yes, now you know the whole truth.  He is the one in our family with super powers.  I just bounce around his awesomeness.

Have a great week!