Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Yesterday I payed my last medical bill off, two months early.  I have been imagining this day for a very long time.  I have been paying on medical debt for the last 4 years.  This was one of my 2012 goals.  It feels so good friends.  This frees up $300 a month that will go directly to my student loan starting next month.  This loan at its pace currently wouldn't be payed off until 2019.  Adding the additional $300 a month to my current payment along with my extra paycheck in July & December I will have this loan payed off in December 2012! 

I never imagined my life debt free.  I always thought I would be making payments for the rest of my life.  Im so thankful for my dear friends who provided the Dave Ramsey finanical peace class kit to me and Im thankful to my FPU teacher at church.  I am so blessed. 

If you feel like you are in too deep to ever have financial freedom, I understand.  I felt the same way too.  I left the first class crying to my sister on the phone.  After a deep breath and a lot of prayers I went to the 2nd class and continued to go.  I opened my Etsy shop to make a little extra money to add to the budget.  Dave Ramsey is very funny, helpful and knowlegeable.  If you have any questions feel free to email me

Monday, February 27, 2012

weekend in review

What a busy weekend! 

Friday I had dinner down on the farm (bob evans) &
finished Lauras baby shower present a fabric banner for baby Tessas room.

Saturday morning was Lauras baby shower.
Laura is one of my oldest friends I have known her since junior high!  I had a great time catching up with old friends & enjoying great food.  I cant wait to meet Laura & Pauls bundle of joy!

After a well deserved nap. 
We headed to Abbys for a 31st bday party.  Abby was in a car accident last month &  is on crutches for 8 weeks.  She could use your prayers for healing of her hip! 
Her party was a great time.  Plenty of people, food & laughs!

Sunday I overslept and missed church.  But made sure to make a very productive  rest of the day!  I organized my etsy items.  And photographed a few of the items .

Addressed 84 bridal shower invitations for Amandas upcoming bridal shower. 
Thanks to Candis for creating beautiful invites!

Watched the dogs nap in the sun.

finished the evening with the 3rd week of dog training.

Needless to stay with such a busy weekend 0 outfit photos were taken.  Hopefully I find some content for the blog this week!

Hope you had a great Monday!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

workout clothes

So you may remember I posted about my 2012 goals.  One of them was to work out once a week.  Which I have done every week!  Thankfully my boyfriend has a gym in his basement because I look like a fool working out.  He says everyone does but I think hes just being nice.  I have been wearing a older pair of sweat pants that don't fit right and a tshirt.  And to top it off one of my regular bras and the straps keep falling down my arm.  So it was time to invest into some new workout clothes maybe that will make me want to work out twice a week? Probably not. So I'm going to share a few photos of my current outfit. 

We price shopped (thank you Dave Ramsey)  at Dicks, Target & TjMaxx.  Can you belive Dicks & Target wanted $30 for a padded sports bra?  Thats crazy.  I found one at TjMaxx for $13!  We had a coupon for 30% off everything at kohls.  So I did some online shopping and picked up 2 pairs of shorts & a tank. 

Hopefully I feel more confident about myself in these new clothes.  Ill make sure to report back in my new clothes when they arrive!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

midwest muse

Hello friends.
Meet my friend Jessica
We swapped skirts.  You can see how she wore mine here
She is a real gem.  Wears the most adorable skirts and dresses along with some awesome shoes.  I hope to meet her sometime soon we both call Ohio home!

Skirt: Swapped, Top & Earrings: The Limited, Sweater: Gap Outlet, Shoes: Gap, Tights: JCPenny, Bracelets: F21 & Thrifted

I really enjoyed swapping with Jessica.  It was my first swap and am looking forward to doing it again soon!  If you are a blogger and would like to swap an item email me!

Monday, February 20, 2012

100 Grand Winner!

Congrats to Lauren who won the 100 Grand Giveaway!    
 Ill be contacting you tomorrow!
 Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and for supporting me! 


love swap

I love getting things in the mail. Especially when its a surprise. So when my package from my secret cupid came I was super excited!  Katie from confessionsofapostgradtwentysomething did a great job picking out things for me! 

She sent me
adorable kitchen towels
fruit flavored teabags
Reese cups & M&M's
Warm fuzzy knee high socks
treats for the dogs.

Thank you so much Katie!

And for all of the lovely ladies who participated and my lovely friend Viktoria for co hosting with me!
Ill be posting the 100 grand giveaway winner tonight!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Seven7 Jeans

I might of just picked something up for myself.  At 1/2 off how can you resist?  And yes I did get the red skinny pants! Cant wait to pair with my pink top!  
Happy Friday!  

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sundays best

My Valentines date included a yummy meal at Ruby Tuesdays and clearance shopping at TJ Maxx.  Perfect in my book.  I found this gem of a dress on the clearance rack for $5!  It a great color has great detail and perfect for work and church!  I was so excited about this dress I wore it on Sunday to church.

I also got a very pretty pearl necklace & a motorcycle helmet from my Valentine.  Yep Ill be a very happy passenger this summer with my motorcycle helmet.  Now I just need to find some tips on how to keep my hair pretty.  How was your Valentines Day?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

chambray & stripes

I pulled this striped shirt from my spring and summer storage tubs.  I was craving some color and paired it with my chambray top underneath.  Added some sassy jewelry and made a great outfit.

Chambray top & boots: Target, Jeans: TJ Maxx, Striped top: H&M, Necklace: The Limited, Bracelets: Thrifted/F21
how I wore it over the summer.

Any yes I "got my hair did" !  Darkened, trimmed & my eyebrows darkened.  I even changed my makeup colors up for the first time in 9 years! :) Its getting crazy up in here. haha.  Tomorrow I'm meeting up with Jayme & Kelly to start the planning stages of a OH/MI blogger meet up! Cant wait!
Happy Valentines Day friends.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Grand 100 Giveaway

I promised last week that I will be doing a little giveaway for reaching 100 readers! 

Heres whats up for grabs: The Lauren Conrad Style book & a $10 store credit to stacialeescloset


Make sure you follow my blog with google friend connect & comment on this post with your name & email!  Giveaway closes on Sunday 02/19/12 & winner announced 02/20/12! 

sponsor spotlight

Today is all about Poor Sparrow.  Katie from Poor Sparrow has great vintage, re purposed & new items in her shop.  Shes always adding new things.  I wear my necklace all the time and is a great addition to my collection.  It adds a little something to a casual outfit.  Here are a few of my favorite things from her shop.

Katie is offering all free to be stacia lee readers 15% off any purchase with code "15OFF".  So go check out her amazing etsy shop and find yourself something special. 

Thanks again to Katie for a great giveaway!  

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wear it Wednesday

This week I'm hosting Wear it Wednesday!  You might have seen my post on Monday all about how to wear a clutch with a casual outfit!  I hope you enjoy these ladies great style as much as I do!

Rachel from for the birds is wearing a great chevron top paired with skinnies! 

Viktoria from Viktoria with a K is wearing this pretty blue top with capris.  She made the clutch herself!

Shopfreak is wearing a sassy LBD with a beautiful clutch! Shes also hosting a giveaway go check it out!

Rebekah from the Mixed up files (the new host of WiW) is wearing a great combo of fur, stripes & mustard!


would you like to see my clutch outfit?

I wore my (not so sure if I'm sold) boyfriend jeans, black cardigan, black flats & the pink neon clutch.

I Hope you enjoyed today's Wear it Wednesday!  Would you like more information on Wear it Wednesday? You can find information by clicking button below! Have a happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The grand 100

Hello my dear friends! I just reached 100 followers!  As a thank you I will be hosting a little giveaway for my lovely readers!  I'm still deciding on what to giveaway but make sure to check back later this week for details! And thank you so so much for supporting me, it means the world.



Hello dears.  I went shopping a few weekends ago for my Etsy shop and left with a few items for myself as well.  You saw the cream sweater here & today I'm going to share with you my 2nd favorite thrifted find EVER.  My first is the red pleated Sears skirt that was on the Etsy shop for 2 weeks before I decided I couldn't part from it. This is the runner up.  I was reminded while shopping that we were there for my etsy shop but honestly somethings I just HAVE to have it in my closet and cant imagine selling. This sweater was on an end cap not in the sweater section hanging by it self. 

Sweater: Thrifted, Chambray top & Boots: Target, Jeans: TJ Maxx, Necklace: c/o Poor Sparrow

Isn't this sweater just beautiful? Its over sized at least 40 years old and is full of flair.  I held tight to it until we checked out of the store.  Its heaven sent and for 3.99 its perfect :)

Be back tomorrow with Wear it Wednesday how to wear a clutch!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Clutch Collection

Need some help on how to wear a clutch? I have so many clutches more than I need but I only use them for weddings and special events.  So when I asked Rachel if I could host Wear it Wednesday I knew I wanted to challenge myself to wear the clutch with a casual outfit.  I have put together 3 great outfits that are casual but polished.  All 3 outfits have plenty of jewelry and sass with one thing in common a great clutch purse!

This last outfit is very similar to what Ill be wearing for this Wednesdays post! I hope you have a great Monday! Ill be back tomorrow with my #2 favorite thrifted find!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Wear it Wednesday

Hello lovelies & happy weekend!  This coming Wednesday I'm hosting Wear it Wednesday when you email me your photos showing how to wear a clutch and I post about it here on my blog!!

You can find more information about Wear it Wednesday on Rachels blog & make sure to email me those photos!!

Ill be back Monday with inspiration on how to wear a clutch!


P.S - Im sorry to report that my co workers werent as excited about spirit week as I was.  So I gave up mid week.  No photos to share.  Im happy to dress up like a nerd for the heck of it if you would like.
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