Lately, I’ve been….

by Kristen on May 6, 2013 · 52 comments

in Right Now

…making my way through the seasonal clothing swap. It’s always more work than I remember.

And more mess.


Plus, I have a big pile of clothes by my sewing machine that need modifying (have to make them skinnier for Sonia, and then not quite so skinny for Zoe when it’s her turn to wear them). Fortunately, the weather’s been a bit cold, so it’s all right that I haven’t gotten through the whole pile yet!

All that said, I am so very thankful for hand me downs, and since they save so much money, it’s definitely worth to take the time to sort through them.

(One must also remember that taking children shopping for new clothes isn’t exactly free in terms of time and frustration.)

…making algebra checking slightly more pleasant by going outdoors.


…sporting my very first pair of Converses, which I picked up on clearance when I bought Sonia’s new pair. The lady at the store assured me that even though I am halfway to age 70, I am not too old to wear Converses. I’m still a bit uncertain, but decided to trust her.


…chuckling at the things Sonia takes photos of when she borrows my camera. I call this masterpiece, “Le Hamper”.


But then she does also take some pretty nice ones.


…enjoying that Zoe is getting some wear out of this shirt, which I fixed by snipping off the sleeves. Remember?



…love, love, loving my latest library acquisition. This book is awesome, and I’m going to devote a whole post to it soon. over-dressed book

…enjoying the fact that most of the oak pollen has left the building for another year. This is good news for Miss Sonia.


What have you been doing lately? Pick a couple of things and share in the comments?

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1 Julie (Kid Deals Chicago) May 6, 2013 at 8:09 am

I’ve been getting excited about homemade baby food over here. With number 3 just starting solids, it’s a fun adventure. I’m also putting the finishing touches on our homeschool year and trying to decide what might be fun to learn over the summer (more art appreciation? human body systems? nutrition?), feel free to send a couple of ideas my way!


2 Jen C May 6, 2013 at 8:18 am

The big clothes swap… is a bit delayed here in Minnesota. It keeps snowing, but I think this week we might have Spring like weather so I will start working on the clothes swap.
We received alot of hand me downs from a friend so I have to go through those as well. :-)


3 Stacie May 6, 2013 at 8:32 am

I am smiling because I am in MN too and I am thinking, maybe, just maybe, we can put away the snow pants today! Hoping to wash them all and store away for at least a few months. Hanging on to hats and gloves for another week..
And smiling as my crocus is finally coming up…yes! its May~
Sunshine though…no complaints!


4 EcoCatLady May 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Ha! I’m in Denver, and for the first time in many months, there is NO SNOW in the 7 day weather forecast! Maybe, just maybe I can finally put away the snow boots and winter jackets!


5 Kristen May 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I am sooo not jealous of you!


6 PaulJohn May 6, 2013 at 8:35 am

I put in 2 small (3′x3′) raised garden beds and hoping to grow some vegetables this year. Planted about 2 weeks ago, seeing lots of little seedlings start to pop up, though still not enough for me to say everything has sprouted.

Also, helped a Boy Scout Eagle project this weekend. Helped put in a brick path at a local church.

Happy Spring!


7 Nell May 6, 2013 at 8:36 am

Constantly looking for new frugal recipes over here in Nottingham UK :-).!Also been on a beginners sewing machine course and have so far made 2 and a half cushions, a curtain for my back door and bunting for my 4 year olds new room from his Dads old shirts! Really loving it. Machine was 30 second hand! :-) thanks for your blog xxx


8 Battra92 May 6, 2013 at 8:43 am

There was a guy at work (he quit about a year ago) that wore All Stars. I’m 30 and wear Converse (even did to my wedding :P ) so I’d say you’re good. Tina Turner advertised for them when she was in her 40s, Kurt Cobain was famous for wearing them as is female pro-wrestler AJ Lee.

I figure a style that’s remained unchanged since 1917 (despite being sold to Nike) has a pretty good chance of remaining cool for a while and if they aren’t, well at least you know they aren’t going any where so you can pretty much get used to something and not have to worry about getting used to something new (which is a big thing for me.)


9 Battra92 May 6, 2013 at 8:44 am

Forgot to mention the guy at work was in his 50s.


10 Stephanie May 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

I also wore Converse at my wedding!! Sparkly ones, they were awesome :)


11 Mo May 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I wore green Cons under my wedding dress!! They matched the green sapphire on my engagement ring.


12 Becky aka SimplyBurbs Mama May 6, 2013 at 8:50 am

Right now I am ….
- spending as much time as humanly possible outside, enjoying the lovely months between too cold, and way too hot.
- trying to catch up on my emails; I turned my back for a week, and my inbox now looks utterly disastrous.
- loving the return to summer food like salads and raw veggies , after winter time stews and casseroles.
Have a great Monday!


13 Economies of Kale May 6, 2013 at 8:57 am

Right now I am:
Loving my slow cooker for turning lamb and goat offcuts into delicious curry.
Watching kale, radish, mustard greens and basil seedlings sprouting in their new sunnier position (I’m lucky enough to be able to garden over winter!).
Perfecting my dairy-free chocolate mousse recipe – it’s a hard life!


14 Ellen S May 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

did the big switch of clothes a few weeks ago… but in NJ still having a few chilly days. (and agree its creates a big mess)
thinking when I will be able to plant my plants I bought on sat.
trying to get threw months end at work today….
Thinking how quickly the weekend went….


15 Jen W. May 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

Rock those Converses! They’re great!


16 Lili@creativesavv May 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

Enjoying good weather with lots of outdoor time — getting the garden planted (now have the eggplant, zucchini and pumpkins transplanted), eating simple meals for lunch and dinner on the deck yesterday (leftovers after church for lunch, and veggies, corn muffins and refried beans for dinner), and finally getting the cars washed.


17 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl May 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

You can still wear Converse, always comfy too!

I need to do a spring cleaning, I fall into the problem of saving too much clothes for sentimental reasons but in reality I’m just hoarding it. I’m really not going to wear that dress anymore even though I had special memories at 22 with it.


18 Sarah May 6, 2013 at 9:41 am

A bit off topic, but is it Converses or just Converse? Like it’s moose not mooses. Sorry, got a little distracted by that, lol. I am also curious about the book and am going to look for it in my libray.


19 Kristen May 6, 2013 at 10:01 am

Gosh, I don’t know! You’re probably right.


20 Angie May 6, 2013 at 10:13 am

It’s Converse, like moose :D

I’m looking forward to your book review. I heard a podcast on the cheap fashion issue a while back and have been into 2nd hand even more since. I’d love to support some of the small etsy home businesses with their organic hemp / cotton clothing but it is waaaayyy too pricey for something that will look like crud in months :(


21 Joyce May 6, 2013 at 9:43 am

…….harvesting fresh asparagus in the Northern Neck of VA.


22 Anjana D May 6, 2013 at 9:46 am

Winter to spring/summer closet re-arranging is delayed this year. Every time I decide to do it, another cold wave hits Texas. Can you believe it? It’s May already?!!
Also, I am planting some seeds in little pots for my 3 year old to take care. A couple of them perished in last week’s freak cold wave :(
Maybe we’ll have better luck this week onward!


23 Jean May 6, 2013 at 9:47 am

Through Non-consumer advocate, I am reading Overdressed and finding it very interesting. I am from the generation that knows the difference/quality of workmanship/fabric in clothing and shoes before 1980. The fabric in jerseys at Lands End is flimsy. I am planning to get back to sewing–I have patterns and fabric in my stash. I have been looking at the price of skirts and the nice ones with nice fibers are very pricey. The inexpensive ones are not nicely made. H&M is mentioned a lot in the book. I have been in that store a couple of times with my daughter and have not been impressed or felt the need to buy anything. Much of my clothing is from resale shops.


24 Meredith May 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

Right now I’m….

Loving the fact that there is some sunshine outside. It’s been gloomy and rainy for 5 non-stop days in South Carolina.

Wondering when the strawberries will ripen.

Hoping my daughters Laryngitis clears up soon

Those are the main ones


25 Jenessa May 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

Lately I have been: Enjoying the sometimes warm weather. I got out on my second snow free hike of the year over the weekend.

Extremely frustrated with my job and am very excited about a possible change.


26 Maureen May 6, 2013 at 9:57 am

Thanks for the book recommendation! If you have not already read it, I would also recommend “Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture” by Ellen Ruppel Shell. Though for all I know, perhaps you were the one to recommend that in the first place :)


27 Kristen May 6, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Woo! Found it at my library and put a hold on it.


28 Lili@creativesavv May 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Oh! I read that! Fascinating!


29 Kelly May 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

LOVE that book Overdressed! I read it last summer, and it totally changed the way I look at clothes! Now I spend time repairing rather than disposing!


30 Katie May 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

You are not too old for Converse! Our sons teacher is edging up on 60 and he wears them nearly every day. If the kindergarten whisperer (a title the man has earned 100 times over, believe me!) can wear them, then a mid-3os Mom sure can too!


31 Nichole May 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

…preparing for baby # 3 which entails going through all the used baby gear our friends have given to us the past few weeks since we gave most of our stuff away after baby #2.
…trying to create (and stay on) a more consistent meal plan. I recently left my job and am just getting used to being at home and one of the habits we need to break is eating out on a whim because we forgot to defrost something.
…thinking I need to go find a new pair of Converse. I am a huge fan and my last pair was a lime green pair I picked up on a trip years ago. Not sure why I ever gave them away since I loved them, but it might be time to keep an eye out for a new pair. :-)


32 Katie May 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

Right now I am…

Perusing the 97 new ebooks I purchased through your website link and figuring out which one to start with. :)

Enjoying the 72 degree morning we are having – perfectly lovely.

Gearing up for my busy day of school, religion class and baseball game. And that’s just for one of my children.


33 Maddie May 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

I am half way to 100 and have the coolest pair of plaid Converse. I think they are one of those things you are never too old for.


34 Tammy May 6, 2013 at 11:31 am

I’m attempting to finish up the great clothes exchange today! It’s dragged on much longer than I like. Now that spring is fully here, I can put away all the winter clothes too.


35 Christy@SweetandSavoring May 6, 2013 at 11:55 am

That’s so funny, I’m 30something and just bought myself a pair of black Converse sneakers, too :) And I’m studying for my algebra final in three days! Other than that, my husband and I have been trying to spend a lot of time outside, taking pictures, hiking and starting up our garden.


36 Jo@simplybeingmum May 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

I’m almost halfway to 80, and guess what adorn my feet this sunny British May Day afternoon? Converse flip flops. One is never to old for quality footwear ;-)


37 Jo@simplybeingmum May 6, 2013 at 11:59 am

p.s lately I have been modelling a canal boat and canal bridge out of sugarpaste for my next cake creation! Can’t decide whether I’m gonna pull it off… let’s see what it dries like!


38 Jenny May 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Planting a spice garden – have 3 chocolate mint plants, which I’m very anxious to try something with! The leaves smell like chocolate and mint and I understand that you can use it for desserts, drinks, etc. So can’t wait to try!


39 Jenny May 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Planting a spice garden – have 3 chocolate mint plants, which I’m very anxious to try something with! The leaves smell like chocolate and mint and I understand that you can use it for desserts, drinks, etc. So can’t wait to try!


40 Beth@Pansgotkids May 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm

You are never too old for Chucks :) Right now I am baking bread {thanks to your awesome recipe} and trying to really buckle down on our budget. We have to be really strict these next few months if we are going to purchase a house.


41 Family Fandango May 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

This weekend I planted seeds in the garden, weeded the flower patch, and started prep for a yard sale I’d like to have this coming weekend…if it doesn’t rain!


42 Natalie May 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm

It was a beautiful weekend, I helped my mama in law plant my garden. My in-laws are awesome, drove 4 hours to plant our garden :) And right now I am planning to wash all the windows in the house and later floors too. Over-dressed sounds interesting just by its title, I will see if my local library has it. Looking forward to reading it.


43 Catherine May 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm

This week I have been working on setting up Sams room. It’s been five months since his last big surgery and I am thinking its time to move him out of my bedroom. He is 13 but with a severe learning disability and medical issues I hate leaving him out if my sight. Having spent serious money on a face monitoring alarm system in case he gets ill or stays while I am asleep I was pretty short on cash to do out the rest of his room. Boxed up all his toys and puzzles that were gathering dust and gave them to his school. All pricy educational stuff so they were delighted to recieve them. Managed to get a free double bed from my daughter it’s pine and metal . A bit too boring for her but perfect for a teenager who has outgrown his single bed. Also managed to get my hands on a bedroom suite that belongs to my sister but was in our fathers house. She hated them because they are pine and green. I think they are perfect for Sams room. So spent the day preparing the metal parts of his bed for green mtal paint. It will be really lovely once its all tied in . Also got an old mirror frame that broke and took out the glass and filled the frame with all Sams mementos like tickets posters autographs gift cards get well cards and photos of all his favourite people like his niece and grandfather. It’s going to look great once the room is redone. Sam is not great at amusing himself so I have to work with him and let him help as much as possible. It’s a bit messy but lots of fun.


44 EcoCatLady May 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I’ve been cleaning out my closet, pantry and freezer – it’s a wonderful feeling to get rid of old clothes that are just weighing me down, and to eat up a bunch of stuff that has become “food clutter.” I think I’ll have very cheap grocery bills this month!

I’m also trying to get the main garden plot ready to transplant my seedlings into. I think my home composting project went well this year and I have a nice big bunch of compost to use. Hooray!


45 Mary Ann May 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I’m also currently reading “Over-dressed”. I thought it was my imagination that so many store bought clothes are garbage, especially t-shirts, but I guess I was right. And now I see why. Time to get back into sewing.


46 Shana May 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Up to this very day, I have been embroiled in finishing my final paper for my grant writing class, which was/is a grant proposal to a foundation here in Denver. I wrote it for my church, which is in the midst of trying to find a much larger facility.

Also taking up an inordinate amount of my attention is car shopping with my 19 year old daughter. Her old car was totaled (not her fault) and finding a new one in our price range (5k) is not the difficult part. The difficult part is gathering everyone (my daughter, her dad and me) to go and look at it before it is actually SOLD. Thus far, we have been unsuccessful. Very exhausting, indeed.


47 Elizabeth May 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I heard Elizabeth Cline (the author of Overdressed) interviewed on NPR the other day – absolutely blew me away. I’m heading to the library to pick up the book – glad to hear you think it’s worth reading!


48 Beth May 7, 2013 at 5:17 am

Lately I have been planning, researching, pinning for this tiny house I’m building. Getting frustrated about regulations from different forms of government. No one has ever done it here, so I’m having to do all the research.

Not enjoying the cold, unlike the northern hemisphere, here in oz it’s getting cold. We only see snow in certain part of the country, so I shouldn’t complain but for a country that is used to 25 deg Celsius upwards. 15 deg is cold!!

Enjoying the view of the three sisters outside my window every morning when I wake up!! But not enjoying the 2 hours it takes to get back to Sydney!!

Enjoying teaching at the start of the term when everyone is fresh back from two weeks off!! Kids( and teachers) are so much more pleasant when they have had some time off!!


49 Mo May 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

let me just tell you that i am also halfway to 70 and i wear nothing but converse….even to church! when i’ve got my cons on, i can do anything. clean the house, run to the grocery store, meet a friend, take a walk, pooper scoop, go on a date with my hubby, weed the garden. it’s great to have versatile shoes that you really can rock with any kind of pants or skirts. i love not thinking about my feet.


50 The Norwegian Girl May 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm

that reminds me.. I should make the seasonal wardrobe switch too! I still got my winter coat hanging in the hallway!


51 Stef May 8, 2013 at 9:38 am

Enjoying our loooooong walks! Now that the weather is friendlier. :)


52 Victoria May 8, 2013 at 9:34 pm

doing a self-high-five because I read your post about kneading and it totally transformed my rock-like bread! Honey whole wheat loaf from 100daysofrealfood is SO much better following your advice, thanks!

helping the K’s and 1′s plant in our school’s raised bed garden (and hoping the new chicken wire fencing deters the neighbors from sending in their small dogs to do their business…sigh…really?).

reading “Overdressed” – thanks for the rec!


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