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Feb. 1, 2012 at 9:28am

7 Maternity Fashion Tips

It can be so frustrating to shop for clothing and now that you're pregnant it maybe even more of a chore! Embrace the changes your body will go thru to bring your beautiful bundle of joy into the world and keep these fashion tips in mind.

1. Try on clothes based on your pre-pregnancy clothing size.

2. Invest in a good pair of black pants & a black skirt, they go with everything.

3. Mix brights & neutrals in your wardrobe to avoid falling into a color rut.

4. Don’t buy everything at once. As your belly expands, so may other areas of your body.

5. Try on styles and colors you ordinarily wouldn’t wear.

6. Invest in good supportive bras, but also wait to buy a few more after the baby is born as your cup size will probably change.

7. For those days that you’re tired of your wardrobe, jazz it up with accessories.


A mother's joy begins when new life is stirring inside...when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone ~Author Unknown


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Jan. 20, 2012 at 10:13am

Cabin Fever


OK Mother Nature, you've proved your point (mind you, I didn't need the reminder), you're in control!! We've just had enough of the snow and ice already. This is Western Washington, not Wyoming (maybe your MapQuest needs updating?).

Can I say cabin fever? Who has it or is about to get it? Who's ready to running screaming into the night just by looking at ice cubes? Children in the house, no school for the last 4 days? Think you may have an advanced case of cabin fever. What to do?

Put something in the oven to cook for a few hours and get outside.

Oven Beef Stew
•6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
•1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
•1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
•1-1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
•1 medium onion, chopped
•1 tablespoon canola oil
•3 garlic cloves, minced
•3 cups beef broth
•1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
•3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
•3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
•3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
•1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

•In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 4 tablespoons flour, salt if desired and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.
• In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown beef in oil in batches. Remove and set aside. Add onion to the pan and cook until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in remaining flour and pepper until blended. Gradually stir in broth. Add the beef, tomatoes and thyme. Cover and bake at 350° for 1-1/4 hours.
• Add the potatoes and carrots. Cover and bake 1 hour longer or until meat and vegetables are tender. Stir in peas; cover and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.

I know, outside, really? Last night I thought about ice fishing, of all things. Of course we're not setup like Michigan or one of those other REALLY cold states to really go ice fishing. However, with a bit of imagination, the kids could have a good time.

Ice fishing 101 for kids:
sticks (the trees are dropping them everywhere)
magnets off the frig
small shovel

Tie the string to a stick and attach a magnet. Dig a hole into the snow/ice, drop magnets into the hole. Start fishing!

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Oct. 7, 2011 at 9:54am

Local event and a local charity

Women's TIES for the Holidays

 Here's  a local event and charity that's close to the heart of every woman in America, I'm talking about Breast Cancer. If we don't have it, we know someone that does. That's more than scary.

This event on Sunday, Women's TIES for the Holidays https://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=162453787155236, celebrates the power of women, local businesses and a local charity, the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Tacoma.  Stop by my shop today, Anew Thyme  (754 Broadway St) until 6pm today and buy a $12 ticket  or purchase your ticket thru brown paper tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/78739 (ALL ticket sales goes to the center). The first 100 paid guests will receive a swag bag filled with gifts worth $100. Now that's alot of value for your money!

There are 30 locally owned businesses to shop from while listening to music played by Tacoma musicians and there are raffles for some beautiful baskets. I hope you'll take the time to come by. Please pass this on to everyone you know. Thank you

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Sep. 28, 2011 at 7:14pm

What should I wear?

Maternity Fashion

A closet full of clothing and still the question is...what should I wear today?

The fact that you are pregnant, increases your anxiety.

Follow these basic tips for buying maternity clothing and your 9 months of pregnancy will be stylish and affordable!

Maternity Fashion Tips

1. Try on clothes based on your pre-pregnancy clothing size.

2.  Invest in a good pair of black pants & a black skirt, they go with everything.

3.  Mix brights & neutrals in your wardrobe to avoid falling into a color  rut.

4.  Dont buy everything at once.  As your belly expands, so may other areas of your body.

5.  Try on styles and colors you ordinarily wouldnt wear.

6.  Invest in good supportive bras, but also wait to buy a few more after the baby is born as your cup size will probably change.

7. For those days that youre tired of your wardrobe, jazz it up with accessories.


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Aug. 29, 2010 at 2:10pm

Classic Black with a Twist

When in doubt wear black. Dress it up or down, it always works.

Today I've pulled out the stops and will wear a black knit top and a pair of black jeans. Both pieces have been a part of my clothing line for years. But the jacket? Outbrook 100% leather, as smooth as butter (not sure why we say that, but it's true), $11.00 from The Class Act on St. Helen's.

What's in your secondhand closet?

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Aug. 28, 2010 at 3:10am

Simply Saturday

It's a bit cool out and the sun's playing peek a boo. I'm going with something simple to take me thru the day.

Lee jeans $1.00, Thrift Shop on S. Tacoma Way and 72nd.
100% cotton t-shirt 50cents
Old Navy sweater jacket $3.00, Goodwill in Lakewood.
It's an even sweeter deal as the Old Navy shop tags were still attached!

So what's in your secondhand closet?

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Aug. 27, 2010 at 3:06am

Wrap Yourself in Style

I love wrap dresses! They hide a multitude of body sins that seem to come about as you reach "that age".

One piece, a bit of jewelry and you're ready to meet the day.

This dress is from Nine Lives Vintage Wear at Freighthouse Square
I.C.E. 95% rayon, 5% spandex great for traveling
No matter how I've tried, I can't remember the price. Just know it was a bargain!

The jacket is FU DA. Think I'll bring it along just in case it rains. The weatherman has forecast a chance of light showers and in Western Washington that's as good as done. Purchased at a church thrift shop while I was in Florida a few months ago.

What's in your secondhand closet?




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Aug. 26, 2010 at 11:06am

Classic Jean Jacket $4.00

The temperature has dropped almost 20 degrees from yesterday. What I had so lovingly chosen last night for today is back on the hangers for another day.

I've decided to fallback on a piece of clothing that should be in every woman's closet - Jeans. A pair of jeans (although I don't know anyone who has just one pair of jean pants), a jacket and a skirt. The darker the color of the jean the easier it is to wear it from day to night.

Did you know? Denim refers to a type of cotton cloth called "Serge de Nimes". Which literally means "cloth from Nimes" a town in the south of France.

So for today you'll see me sporting:
Gap jean jacket $4.00 Value Village in Puyallup
Fred David blouse, $7.00 Nine Lives Vintage at Freighthouse Square
White Stag pants $1.00 The Thrift shop on 72nd

What's secondhand in your closet?

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Aug. 25, 2010 at 10:49am

National Secondhand Wardrobe Day

At the beginning of the year a friend threw out a challenge, all clothing must be purchased secondhand. Why I never thought about this is beyond me, since I own a shop that sells 2nd hand maternity clothing. But back to her challenge, pretty simple right, since I absolutely love shopping secondhand, but all my clothing?

It's now almost the end of August and I realized I haven't bought ONE article of clothing that didn't come from a 2nd hand shop! Oh hold up, lingerie does not count! I'm not buying them secondhand, I'll go without first!! So in celebration of today, I'm going to start blogging about my wardrobe.

Today I'm wearing:
Studio 1 dress 100% polyester and it's lined, $5.00 from Value Village
Gap belt (leather) $1.00 from St. Vincent de Paul
So, what's in your secondhand wardrobe?

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Aug. 19, 2010 at 1:48pm

Thursday, 19 August...Rootbeer Float Day

It's so nice having the Farmers Market right down the street from my shop.  There's really no excuse not to stop by and grab a few things to make a quick dinner.  Here's this week's recipe:  

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

4 servings


12  oz.  beef sirloin steak

2/3  cup  bottled ginger vinaigrette salad dressing

3  cups  broccoli florets

1 small onion, sliced thinly

8  cups  mixed spring or baby salad greens

1  medium  red sweet pepper , cut in bite-size strips

a loaf of bread


1. Trim fat from beef. Thinly slice beef across the grain into bite-size strips; set aside.

2. In a wok or large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of the salad dressing over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and onion. Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add beef to wok or skillet. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until beef is slightly pink in center. Remove beef and broccoli from wok or skillet. 

3. In large bowl combine greens, sweet pepper and beef mixture. Drizzle remaining salad dressing; toss to coat. 








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