The Cropped Modesty Cami~Review and coupon code

A great option for filling the hole left by modern clothing designers!

Ladies I have a neat review for your from Helen’s Head Coverings.

Not only does she make head scarves, she also makes a cropped Modesty Cami! It is designed to fill the gap left by modern clothing designs. I don’t know any lady who couldn’t make good use of one or five of these!! The cropped Modesty Cami is the perfect wardrobe addition!

A great option for filling the hole left by modern clothing designers!
A great option for filling the hole left by modern clothing designers!

I sent her my measurements via facebook messenger, one for the bottom band and one for the height in front, and told her the color I’d like,I choose black in the poly knit! It was that simple!

The package arrived in about 1 week and I was impressed with the quality of the fabric and lace she used!

I put it on and the fit was great, just right! I wore it all day and didn’t have to adjust or re-position!  The material is just slick enough that it doesn’t grab the top layer, this helps create a smooth profile. The arm holes are generous and yet don’t gape! I like also that when I lean forward it doesn’t give anyone an unwanted peep show! It was very hot the day I first wore it and I was so happy not to need to wear a full cami or shell under my blouse! I’m also excited with the idea of wearing it with some of my tee-shirts with lower necks!

I did try it with one of my wide necked tops and the straps showed a bit ( and so did my bra strap), I feel like that a tee that doesn’t normally show your bra straps but is a bit low in the front it would still work great!

Thank You Helen for a quality item to fill a very needed hole!

Now my friends, head over to Helen’s facebook page and order yours today! When you place the order use this code (#thedelightfulcottage15%) to receive 15% off your order!!

Dorcas for #thedelightfulcottage

If you have a product that you would like to send me in exchange for a Honest review feel free to contact me!

I was not paid for this review, I received a product to keep in exchange for my honest opinion!

If you would like to read more about The Delightful Cottage check out this post on keeping boys busy, or this one about our western adventure!

 

Does Mom need this?

Mom needs
Mom needs
How do you know the difference?

Is this truly a want or need? This is the question I try to ask myself every time I am shopping. To say I love to 2nd hand shop would not be overstating, and I also enjoy the convenience of my amazon prime account. Often I catch myself putting things in my cart because they caught my eye. Shopping in real life or online is fun as long as you don’t have buyers regret later. I have discovered that if I pause before checking out and take a hard look at my cart, and ask myself “want or need?” I am much less likely to have regret later.

Want or need?

I am currently shopping for a new stevia shaker.  This has become a need. I buy my stevia from THM in a baggie and then transfer to my shaker.  The one I use now was from a purchase of stevia a couple years ago, but it is not very air tight and it just looks yucky. Amazon has a couple nice ones, but I am not sure I’ll be happy with them. Will they be air tight, are the holes fine enough, is it durable? I don’t want buyers regret.

Reality Check

I double checked the bank account and decided that it is not a need right now. Funny how that works!

Walking through goodwill last month I saw a cute tote that would work for toy storage. I picked it up and put it in my cart. As I continued shopping I realized I have plenty of similar things at home, crates, totes, baskets ect… maybe I should just re-purpose one of those for toy storage. It is such a freeing feeling to put something back and realize that you don’t need it!

Truly a Need ?

Sometimes there are true needs, like new work or school clothes, new tires, or a vegetable seeds for the garden. If it is a real need, we will find that often we already have the means to fill the need! This is especially true if the budget is tight and we have been careful to not squander our resources. Sometimes we have to get creative and make it ourselves or sell something to purchase something else. Bartering with a friend who has the needed skill could also be an option. I would gladly do sewing for a friend who liked to paint, or babysit for a friend with graphic skills.

It is a tricky thing, Want vs Need ! If we really stop and think about what we have it helps put it into perspective. Working on our spirit of gratitude also help immensely! If we are grateful for what we already have, only then will we truly be satisfied with what we have.

What are your current wants or needs? What have you re-purposed lately to fill a need?

Dory ~ Copilot for The Delightful Cottage

 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, Proverbs 13:6a

 

2 Ways To Avoid Menu Planning!

menu planning hacks
Soup is on the menu

Ladies of the House,

Can I get a raise of hands, who has yet to figure out the mysterious world of freezer meals and menu planning??? I am over here with both hands in the air! I can’t do it, I am just to spontaneous!

Menu planning is not enjoyable to me, because it involves thinking about food when I am not hungry! I also do not shop at a traditional  grocery store, as a general rule, so I don’t always have the same ingredients in my cupboards. When I am hungry for something specific, then is when I like to cook it! Menu planning also involves recipes and cookbooks! Cookbooks do not interest me much, never quite understood why some of my friends read them like they are a good novel! I am a dump and pour kind-of cook!

Apron wearing time!

But cook we must, because the little’s in our house depend on us to eat, so I will be the mom and wear the apron! I am discovering as my boys grow , that I know even less about cooking than I thought. These boys of mine eat like lumberjacks, this leaves me with very little leftovers. If you are a mom, you know that leftovers are GOLD!

I have discovered a few shortcuts that help me have leftovers for later meals and quick fix options on hand for the busy days!

#1 Precooking

What do I mean by precooking, you wonder?? Well as I type, there is a handy little maid at work in my kitchen called a crock-pot! This crock pot is cooking dry beans. A whole crock pot’s worth!! I’ll only need about 1/2 of that amount for the spanish rice for supper but, I’ll freeze the rest in my handy Tupperware freezer containers that hold about 2 c.. In a few days we will be in the mood for tacos or haystacks or seasoned beans and these little gems are just hanging out waiting to be used! Precooking can be done with rice, meat, root veggies, lentils, etc and then frozen or refrigerated ready for easy quick use!

I have found that dry beans and rice are very budget friendly items! These items are not time friendly tho, if you don’t plan far enough ahead. I have discovered by cooking extra every time I cook beans or rice and/or by precooking I am building a stash of quick-er fix meal options! Who doesn’t love that?

#2 Leftovers

The other item that is a sanity saver is leftovers!! Any kind of leftovers are my idea of menu planning! To cause this to happen, I have to cook more than what we actually need for the current meal!

Sometimes this looks like two pans of lasagna rather than just one, or baking 3 winter squash to mash and freeze, or cooking the whole big bag of frozen veggies at one time! I also like to make more potatoes (white or sweet) than needed because they fry up nice for an addition to eggs on Saturday morning! Leftovers turn into really great soup! A bit of leftover meat, a few different veggies, that last bit of onion,and those beans out of the freezer, and you have yourself a meal!!

The Hidden Bonus

I have discovered a hidden bonus in this type of cooking!! Less dirty dishes, this makes me happy!! When you precook or cook extra you do not make as many dirty dishes as when you cook each meal individually! I know this is not rocket science but, having the kitchen clean for longer than an hour is a win in my mind!

I am not knocking menu planning or freezer cooking at all, I wish it was in my skill set! If you are good at this than I am so happy for you! Keep up the great work. If you are like me and find this is not easy for you, take heart, try these tips, and do what works best for your family!

Now I gotta go, those beans might need more water and the wash in the washer was done an hr ago!

Dory ~ Copilot for The Delightful Cottage.