Mar 24, 2017

V-Neck Shirts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

V-Neck Shirt
When I decided to do the Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe I was pretty concerned with picking the right article of clothing for each category.  Obviously, I wanted to make each piece versatile and able to work during any season.  It was a real struggle and I have made some poor purchases, but I have learned a lot along the way.  

I mentioned in the post where I introduced this concept that I have a general order that I will post these detailed posts, but please email me at support@shambray.com if you have any input at all.  

I wanted to do v-neck shirts first because I feel like they are very versatile and there are so many different options.  Also, they are perfect for Spring and Summer without having to layer.  

Before I get into the two v-neck shirts I have in my closet, I want to try and help you make as little  of mistakes as possible.  There will be some learning to master this, but it is completely worth it in the end.  My biggest piece of advice is to pick items that you can layer with.  If you only buy long sleeved shirts and sweaters then Summer is going to be BRUTAL. 

You also want to think about what is in your wardrobe so you can mix and match.  I am not saying to have a boring color palette or have no pattern at all.  I am just saying keep in mind what you have and buy things that could be layered and mixed and matched with other items in your wardrobe.

Disclosure: I was provided this shirt for free in exchange for a post showing how to style it.  This post also contains affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase after clicking on the link I will get a very small commission.
V-Neck Shirts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
Let's jump into v-neck shirts.  I recently got a new one to replace a pretty plain one that I had.  I decided to go with something that had a little more detail.  I went with ruffles because I love the added detail they give.

Now I want to show you the different ways I plan to wear this AND there are actually so many more, but these are my favorite 4 ways. 

V-neck shirt, cropped trouser, and flats
Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe
Cropped trousers are a great way to go when you are meeting with friends or maybe volunteering at your kids school.  It's not super dressed up, but not completely casual.  I actually could dress up this outfit with the shoes that I wear.  If it's a little chilly then layer the top.  So many ways to style this look. 

V-neck shirt, pencil skirt, and high heels
V-Neck Shirts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
The thing you want to remember about this ruffled shirt is that it is a little bit baggy.  So if you want to dress up wearing this shirt then make sure you don't pair it with a super "flowy" or "poofy" skirt.  That is why I choose a pencil skirt.  It compliments that ruffles very well.  

V-neck shirt, cardigan, skinny jeans, and boots
V-Neck Shirts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
When it is cold I like to pair this shirt with my skinny jeans and boots.  Then if I need to bundle up a little bit more then I put on a cardigan as well.  

V-neck shirt, leather pants, and sneakers
V-Neck Shirts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)
I absolutely love this look.  Maybe because I love how casual it is.  Maybe because I LOVE these pants and sneakers.  I'm not entirely sure, but I love it.  This look is super simple and is a cute "mom outfit". 


That is one of my v-neck shirts.  The other is a bit more plain, but it also could be considered a graphic tee.  I think at one point it was in my graphic tee section on the list, but it is now moved over to my v-neck shirt category.  I wrote all about that shirt in a post at the beginning of the year.  You can see on the post where to get a shirt like this or many similar options for your closet.  
V-Neck Shirts (Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe)

So there you have it.  There are my two shirts that are v-necks.  I hope this has helped you and inspired you to look for the two best v-neck shirts to meet your closet needs!

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Mar 20, 2017

Peace Books for Preschoolers: 3 Must-Haves For Your Library

Peace Books for Preschoolers
I have said it a few times now, but peace can be something hard to explain.  Especially for younger kids.  My girls are 4 and 1.  If you try to teach world peace to that age you will get blank stares.  

I really wanted to teach them how simple peace can be and how THEY can have peace in their own lives and in our home.  Books are a huge part of our daily routine.  So of course I started looking for books.  Most of the books I found did not keep my toddler entertained, but they are perfect peace books for preschoolers.

I tried out 9 different books.  I narrowed it down to my top 3.  I liked them all, but some of them were a little broad in their definition of peace and for preschoolers I feel you have to be pretty specific or they don't understand.  I also didn't include some that I LOVED, but felt they were a bit advanced for preschoolers.  I have them listed in an order with my favorite one last.
Peace Books for Preschoolers


This post contains affiliate links.  This means that if a purchase is made after you click on some of the links below then I get a very small commission.  Please know that I would NEVER recommend anything that I don't entirely love. 

Let There Be Peace on Earth And Let it Begin with Me

We loved this book.  We listened to the music too and it was the highlight of my daughter's day.  After we talked about the book and how it says, "let peace begin with me", my daughter said, "But that is so hard!"  It might not always be easy, but it was worth it.  I loved seeing her learn more about peace from this book. 

What does Peace feel like?

This goes through each of the five senses.  I love it because it is written by kids.  The author must have asked the kids these questions and then made them into a book.  When we got to the question, "What does peace smell like?", my daughter said that it smelled like a sweet dog and roses.  It was fun to ask her on each page what she thought. 

The Peace Book

This book explained peace in small and simple ways and it is PERFECT to read to young children.  It explains peace in ways such as making new friends, planting a tree, and being who you are.  I absolutely loved this book.  Each page was fast and quick and the pictures were colorful and simple.  Seriously this is a must have for teaching peace. 


Peace

I know I said I was only sharing 3, but I really liked this last book.  However, it is a little long and would only be good for preschoolers who have a longer attention span.  Don't try to do this if your preschooler has a short attention span.  It will drive you nuts. It would be great for elementary aged kids as well.


More posts about the value peace:
-Family Home Evening Ideas about Peace
-Movies about peace
-Quotes about peace and love

Check out other posts about books that teach kids different values:
-Courage books
-Honesty books


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Mar 18, 2017

Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe

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"You have HOW MANY pieces in your wardrobe!!!!?", my friend asked me one time when I told her I had a 36 piece wardrobe.  I laughed.  This is a friend that I would not consider high maintenance.  I would dare say that I am more high maintenance than her!  

She was floored that I would only have 36 articles of clothing in my closet at all times.  That is when I realized that I need to share this.  I needed to show others that it is achievable.  Not just that, it is actually quite freeing.  

I want to share with you my story of what I like to call a Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe.  It is something I have been perfecting for over a year and I think I have it down to the essentials that are needed in every closet.  I want to tell you the start of this story first and then give you some general ideas.  
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The Back Story

For way too long I had held on to articles of clothing that I really didn't like.  I would hold on to them for various reasons: the color, the style, the memories I had made while wearing it, etc. etc.  The problem was that I didn't love them anymore.  I would either have to force myself to wear these items or I would never wear them.  I knew this was a problem, but really didn't think anything of it.  

One day I was watching a local TV program and there was a segment about a 25 piece wardrobe.  I immediately was drawn to it.  I was very intrigued.  It was almost instantaneous that I thought, "I want to try this.  I want to see if this could actually work."  This was the start of my "Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe Journey" as I like to call it. 

There was one problem I saw immediately and that was that they only had 7 shirts in the whole wardrobe.  I felt this was a bit extreme to me.  I understood that you can style one shirt so many ways, but I felt like I would have failed immediately if I would have tried to do just 7 shirts. 

So I doubled that immediately.  I did 14 shirts.  That way I was only going to be wearing each shirt twice a month.  Way more manageable than 4 times a month.  At least for me. 

That was the start of my journey.  It didn't happen overnight, but I did get it down to 36 pieces pretty fast.  I kind of felt like if I didn't do it quickly then I wouldn't actually change.  Kind of like Marie Kondo says in her book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up".  It needed to be fast enough so that there wasn't a relapse.  
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General Ideas

The main reason I wanted to share this is because I feel like this wardrobe is perfect for anyone who doesn't have a lot of space for clothes, but wants to have some direction on what they pick for their wardrobe.  

It also works really well for those people who hate clutter and messes.  Maybe people who get easily overwhelmed.  That is more where I fit in.  I really didn't realize how much my closet was affecting me, until I got rid of more than half my closet.  I sadly can't say that it took all my anxiety and overwhelming thoughts away, but I will say that it has helped immensely. 

One other thought, this DOES NOT include workout clothes or shoes.  It doesn't include pajamas,  It doesn't include leisure wear at all.  By that I mean anything that you would wear at home, but never, or rarely, in public.  I like to wear those things when I know we won't be going anywhere that day.  Don't get me wrong I still want to look cute and put together, but I don't really want to "waste" wearing one of my 36 pieces just to be around the house.  I like to buy really cute leisure wear so I still feel put together at home. 

This also doesn't include socks, underwear, beach essentials, skiing essentials, or accessories (hats, purses, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, or rings).  It does, however, include shoes, jackets/coats, pants/shorts, shirts, and dresses/skirts.  

The Basics

I am going to share a checklist with you.  That way you can print it off and have it for reference.  These are just the basics that will be on the checklist.  

Over the next year I will be sharing what articles I have for each of the items.  I will also be sharing my "go-to" places to get these items and different ones that I currently love.  I have a general idea of what order I want to go in, but PLEASE feel free to email me at support@shambray.com if you have a request on what you want me to cover next.  

Minimalist Wardrobe List: A 36 Piece Wardrobe

I would love to here your thoughts on this.  Are you willing to give it a shot?  

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Mar 13, 2017

Two Fantastic Movies That Teach Kids About Peace

Pocahontas and The Jungle Book
It is so easy for me to overlook the value of teaching peace in my home.  I often overlook it because it seems impossible.  The world is so crazy and scary that I just want to hide my kids from it instead of address it.  

I was talking to a friend last week about the world we live in.  It only seems to keep getting worse and not better.  After talking we both came to the realization that world peace is not what we should be striving for. 

We should be striving for peace in our own homes and families.  That is where the real change can happen.  I loved that.  I wanted to show my girls in the form of a movie what peace looked like so I started thinking about movies that teach kids about peace.  
The Jungle Book and Pocahontas
I found two that I think work great.  One of them is for older kids.  My little girls freak out if they even walk past remotely scary movies.  As a parent you can make that judgement call. 

Pocahontas/Pocahontas II

As I put together this list I just wrote down Pocahontas because it shows how Pocahontas establishes peace between her people and the settlers.  Her dad (the chief) even gave a peace declaration.  Although, you don't want to teach your kids history using this movie I think it teaches peace in a great way.  

Only Pocahontas was on my list, but I also think Pocahontas II shows peace in great ways too.  We have both DVD's and I love to show them both to my girls.   

The Jungle Book

This movie actually has a rock called Peace Rock.  How perfect is that?  This is the movie that I can't show my girls.  Sher Khan is too much for them.  So remember that you know your kids best.  If they can watch it though it is great.  Peace Rock is established during the water truce because everyone was allowed to get water without worrying about being eaten by the other animals.  

Also, Akela lets his own man cub go back to the man village all because he wants to establish peace in the jungle.  He is willing to sacrifice so much to have peace.  Also, Mowgli in the end helps establish peace between all the animals and it is quite beautiful to show this in a movie.  

Do you have any other movies you would add to this list? 


More posts about the value peace:
-Family Home Evening Ideas about Peace
-Peace Picture Books
-Quotes about peace and love

Other posts about movies that teach different values:

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Mar 7, 2017

Quotes about Peace and Love

Quotes about Peace and Love
This world that we live in can be scary.  It can be full of hatred instead of love.  It can be overwhelming.  It can be full of wanting instant gratification.  I have to deal with things being thrown at me everyday that can really cause me to question a lot of things.  

Mar 2, 2017

Family Home Evening Ideas on Peace: 4 Simple and Fun Lessons

4 Simple and Fun FHE Lessons on Peace
Everyday I get to deal with my four year old (Almost five year old.  I heard it gets better once their five, fingers crossed) throwing a tantrum.  Or getting mad that her sister took something of hers or ruined something of hers.  She also will tell me no in a very mean way.  Then when I tell her I need her cooperation she completely breaks down and start crying and saying, "I'm so sorry Mommy.  I'm such a bad kid."  

Feb 24, 2017

Movies that Teach Kids About Courage: 8 Different Titles

Movies that Teach Kids About Courage: 8 Different Titles
This month we are focusing on the value courage.  I don't know about other moms out there, but this is one of those values that I feel I can teach and we can role play until we are blue in the face, but then when put into a real life situation all those lessons vanish into thin air!  Any one else with me? 

Feb 19, 2017

Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)

Wood Slice Crafts (St. Patrick's Day Wreath and Chalkboard Tutorial)
I have wanted to incorporate wood slices into my decor for some time.  Let's just say that wood slice crafts have been on my "to do" list for far too long.  Crafting lately just hasn't happened and it makes me sad, but it's my current reality.  

Feb 16, 2017

Fun Ideas for St. Patrick's Day with Little Effort

Sometimes trying to make each of the holidays special can seem daunting.  Am I right?  After Christmas I can feel a little burnt out and how am I supposed to make New Years feel special and then Valentines and then St. Patrick's Day.

I LOVE holidays so this isn't terribly hard for me, BUT it can be exhausting.  So I was on a mission to find FUN ideas St. Patrick's Day ideas, BUT I also wanted them to be simple.  Thank heavens for Oriental Trading.  They have some things that I have loved, but not only me, but my daughters as well.  

Feb 15, 2017

Wooden St. Patrick's Day Garland

A wooden St. Patrick's Day Garland?  What does that even look like?  I love decorating for the different holidays, but I also like to keep a minimal amount of decoration items.  I figured out that lots of stuff can cause my anxiety to flare up and bring me down.  Since discovering this I try really hard not to collect things and try to use items that can be re-purposed or used for many different events, times, or occasions.  

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