Small Successes :: August 13, 2009

by | Aug 14, 2009 | Organization, Small Successes | 13 comments

“It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.”
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I began organizing and de-cluttering some of my kitchen cupboards and drawers. Here are a few before and after pictures:




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We hosted a “little” family get-together this past Saturday since some of our relatives from out-of-state were in town. I made WAY too much food, but we were able to enjoy the leftovers for days! My favorite was the Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad (I’ll try and post the recipe soon), though the Blueberry-Strawberry Cobbler I made from the leftover berries was delicious too!

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After starting to read “It’s So You! Fitting Fashion to Your Life” this past weekend, I went through all my clothing and have a few stacks of stuff that is “So Not Me!” lol!! (I actually took the following picture before I was finished, and there is another stack next to those pictured!)

I found it interesting that most of the clothes in the stacks are things I hardly ever wear, even though I “like” them…

I must admit that I was disappointed to read that green is not in my “color palette” and I am really hoping that I am one of the rare women with “cool undertones” that can get away with wearing chocolate brown. It’s another one of my favorites!! On the other hand, yesterday I was wearing a shirt that I picked up at Motherhood on Monday (following the guidelines for my body type and color palette from the book) and hubby kept saying “You look really nice today!” You know, there just might be something to it all!  (Or perhaps his anesthesia hadn’t completely worn off!)  😉


I guessed correctly!! I just knew she was a little girl! Now, I need to start thinking about pulling out all those darling little outfits which have been packed away for over 4 years. Yay!!!

What are your Small Successes this week?

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  1. Shalon

    Why does the book ("Its So You") cost $68 on Amazon if you want to purchase it new? Is it out of print? Even used the cheapest is $28! Yikes. Maybe you can mail me your copy when you're done!:)

  2. Jessica Gordon

    Well, I purchased my copy used on Amazon for around $27. It was an expensive book, but I think it was worth it. (But then I had a gift card for $25 which I used!) I'm not sure if it is out of print or not, but I wasn't able to find it elsewhere…

  3. Jessica Gordon

    OOOhhhhh!!! I just did a search for the author's name, rather than the book title, and found her website!

    Apparently she is now selling her own book. (Wish I would have found that out sooner!! I'd been waiting forever for the price to drop on Amazon!) Here is the link to the purchasing information. She charges $23 (including shipping), but it looks like you have to mail payment.

    Also, while searching, I ran across this Book Review.

    I hope that helps!

  4. Anonymous

    I have to say, I think you would look nice in green. go figure.

    I have olive skin or maybe more of tan, I can't wear green nor yellow (I do though!). I have to stick to blue, lavendars, grays..and I love to wear chocolate brown.

    What size are you (if I may ask…) those clothes look mighty tempting! ha!!

  5. Anonymous

    Your before pictures look like my after pantry cupboard pictures…I soooo need help with this one!

  6. Jana Jae

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  7. Anonymous

    There is a cleaning wind wafting from the West Coast to the East. It is contagious. I have been clearing out clothing for two plus weeks and donating them and now am doing my pantry and kitchen cabs and clearing out what is still in date but not used so that will go to our food shelf this weekend. This must be a contagious wind blowing across or maybe it's just inspiration from Jessica???? If so, good work Jessica! lol PJ

  8. Kristyn Hall

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Jessica!
    I have not had a chance to congratulate you on your happy announcement. 🙂 After four boys in a row I would love the next baby to be the pink kind…:D
    Have a great weekend.

  9. Margaret

    I wish that book was at our local library but it's not. 🙁

    But I do love when I read something and it gives me good ideas on what to wear. 🙂

  10. ViolinMama

    What a fantastic list!!! Great Job!!

    Love all the pics!!!!

  11. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you Josette! I didn't get rid of all the green in my closet… (If I did I wouldn't have much left!)

    I mainly removed the styles of clothing from my closet (v-necks, jeans, etc) that aren't good for my body type or I don't wear anyways.

    My skin is WHITE (sure wish I could tan) with pink undertones. I guess black, white, pinks, purples, blues, and other cool colors, are ones I should wear — also wearing dark colored skirts. (NO WONDER my white skirts look awful on me!)

    As for my size — that depends on what month of what year you ask me that question! 😉 My clothes in my closet ranges from one pair of size 4 jeans I fit for about a week before finding out I was pregnant with Twinkle Toes (I've kept them just to torture myself!) all the way up to size 12 for post-pregnancy. However, the majority is size 8-10.


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