New Sweaters & Alterations, Busiest Day of the Week, DIY’er vs. Paying

Hi Friends!  I hope your Monday is off to a great start.  As soon as I publish this post, I have a full day ahead of me of being busy.  Monday’s are always such a busy day for me and this one is no exception.  I had a great Sunday with my family and cherish our time together.  Scott and I both work so much and we work opposite schedules so that we don’t have to pay for childcare for Skylar or put her in childcare, but unfortunately we are ships passing in the night.  Except for Sundays.  Love them.

When I was at the mall buying my new shoes, I also bought a couple new sweaters from Forever 21.

This one is cute and casual.  Love the hood and chunky buttons!

And this one is a little dressier 

 This knit is super soft!

But I was not liking the way it just tied around the waist.

I’m tall, almost 5’11”, and the tie was hitting me at the wrong place, plus the top section just flopped open.  
 I need warmth from my sweaters, not just cute-ness, so the flopping open doesn’t work.

So I brought it to this seamstress who does the best, and most reasonable alterations I’ve ever had in my life.   For $6 bucks she put on two snaps and now it closes and will keep me warm. 

From yesterday’s post about my new recipe for Carmelized Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpea “Peanuts”, I’m glad you thought it looked good.

Write to me if you try it and tell me what you think of them if you make them.
Carmelized Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpea “Peanuts”

It was great to hear your comments on whether you try to “healthify” recipes, or if you care.   And also your perspectives on food choices that may or may not be deemed “healthy” by others.  Most of you try your best to be as “healthy” as possible but seem to have a good attitude about just letting go of the self-imposed rules and cutting loose and enjoying things that are “not healthy” every now and then.  I hate the labels as I mentioned.   But love that you enjoy your life and make the choices you want, and who cares what they’re labeled as.

Snack: Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Popcorn with Nooch

Melted warm nut butter + Coconut Oil = No Complaints
 Peanut Butter Coconut Oil Popcorn

I made a batch of these Vegan Banana Nut Muffins (Gluten & Soy Free)

The Yummy, Gooey Inside of a Muffin
Vegan Banana Nut Muffins (Gluten & Soy Free)

1. For the Bloggers who use Blogger, have you noticed they updated their photo uploading tool?
It was working fine for me but it seems really glitchy the past couple days.  When I upload say 10 pictures at once, if I don’t immediately drop them all into the post at once, they disappear next time I go back into the photo box/tool.

I always upload all the pictures that I plan to use in my post, then write my text, and then drop the photos in that I’ve already uploaded.  But lately they’ve been disappearing on me since this new “tool” was implemented.  Grrr.  Has anyone else had any issues with it?   

Thankfully, I plan to install Windows Live Writer on my Mac, soon, but I have to install Windows, first, and then install either Paralles or VMFusionWare so I can run Windows programs on my Mac.  Just a smidge of work…

2. Do you have a day of the week that you’re especially busy on?
Mondays are that day for me.   Phone calls, email inbox exploding, errands, you name it, Monday is my chaos day!

3. Have you found any cute fall clothes?  Any sweaters?   
I’m a sucker for cute sweaters.  Usually the chunkier and thicker the knit, the more I have to have them!  I really need to work on finding jeans and pants but I hate shopping for jeans and pants.  Sweaters are way easier!

4. Do you get things altered?
Normally I try to avoid alterations and just buy off the rack.   It seems like such a PITA to take things to the seamstress and have them altered and most times, it’s expensive and not really worth it.  i.e. is it worth spending $20 on altering a pair of pants that you pay $40 for?  For me, no.

And also to schlep over to the alterations place, and then go back and pick it up.  One has to evaluate if that’s worth it, too.

However with the Forever 21 sweater, it was very inexpensive but I think it looks really nice, and I can see myself getting a lot of wear and use out of it, so it was worth it to pay for alterations, which were super cheap.

My mom always had to get her pants hemmed because she’s short but for me, that’s never been an issue.  If anything, I can’t find pants that are long enough!

5. Are you a Do It Yourself-er?  Or would you prefer to pay someone to do things?
I am really frugal about certain things and I am a usually DIY’er, often times by default since it’s either me doing it or it’s not getting done! 

But there is a time and place where I pay for things.   Like alterations.  Could I take time to find and buy thread in the right color, buy needles, buy snaps, and then take time to do the sewing project? Yes.  Would the finished product look “professional grade”?   Not sure.  Is my time and energy far better spent just paying for it?  Absolutely!  There are times where it’s best to not be a DIY’er.  Overall though, I am.  

I always pay for furniture assembly, too.   Like with Skylar’s room

How about you?  What do you do yourself and what do you pay for?

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