Is It Time To Purge Your Closet?

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Is it time to purge your closet? Begin your journey towards a modest wardrobe by getting rid of the items you don't want to wear any longer!

This series is specifically targeted towards creating a modest wardrobe. I can’t tell you what that will look like for you, as everyone has different guidelines of what they feel is acceptable. There are, however, some general guidelines I’d like to set down. I’d also like to present a few questions to ask yourself as we get started.

It might be time to purge some things out and introduce a few new things to your closet. If you are just recently feeling convicted in the area of modesty, this might be especially painful to do. How do you part with your favorite articles of clothing? Well, just tell yourself that you are going to get new favorites!

As you look through your closet, consider these things.

Can you walk comfortably in that skirt or dress? Is it so tight and fitted that you have to move a certain way in it?

Does it reveal a lot when you bend over? A top might look ok standing up, but when you bend over everything might be on display for the world to see.

Sit down in a chair in front of a mirror. Does that shorter skirt come way above your knee when you sit down? Seriously consider if that that is acceptable or not.

When you are wearing a skirt or dress that has a lot of spandex in it, see if it is clinging to your every curve. Some maxi skirts can be long and flowing, but at the bottom and hip area they can cling so tightly everyone sees the outline of your underwear, not to mention your backside. You don’t want that! You can wear a longer shirt or cardigan over the maxi to cover your bottom area.

Finally, consider clothing that has words on it. Do you really want to wear a t-shirt that has the word “hot” written all over your bust? Are those jeans that say “Sassy” in jewels all over your bottom really appropriate? Ask yourself what message you want to give to others.

I was watching an episode of the Duggars where Jill picked out her wedding dress, and Michele said that her girls try to pick out clothing that brings attention to their countenance first. That is a good rule to follow. Are you wanting people to notice your face, or your cleavage?

As you consider what clothing you have in your closet, it might be good to ask your husband or a close friend what their thoughts are on certain outfits. My personal advice? Set some sort of personal guidelines for you to go by and purge your closet against those rules. If your husband is willing to be involved, that is the absolute best way to go.

If you have questions about certain guidelines, or feel confused about where to draw the line, leave a comment and maybe others can help you out! While you ultimately need to follow the direction your husband is leading, some husbands don’t want to be terribly involved and trust their wives to just dress how they see fit. It can be helpful to chat with other women when that is the situation you are in!

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Building a Modest Wardrobe, A 31 Day series!

Building A Modest Wardrobe – A 31 Day Series!

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Building a modest Wardrobe can be fun and easy! Come join the 31 days series as we tackle the issue of how to have a stylish, yet modest wardrobe!

Have you ever looked at the clothes hanging in your closet with disgust, wishing you knew what you truly needed to have a well balanced wardrobe? Are you on a journey to dressing more modestly? Would you like someone to come along and walk you through what modest dresses and skirts for women might look like? If so, I’m excited to introduce to you my “Building a Modest Wardrobe” 31 day series.

I’ve heard quite a few women say they would love some guidance in building a more modest wardrobe. In this series you will be receiving tips and resources on how to put together a complete wardrobe that is modest while suiting your particular needs.

Keep in mind that every woman is different, and we all have different clothing needs. If you live on a farm, your wardrobe needs are going to be different then if you live in a tiny city yard with no need for mud clothes.

I hope to provide you with a general outline to help inform your clothing decisions and from there you can fill in the gaps with your own unique situation.

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I will share lists that break down a wardrobe by different clothing types. It’s going to be a realistic look, and I’ll warn you I won’t share the super minimalist approach of 5 outfits total. That is certainly an option for you and some women love it, but I personally appreciate a little more variety than that. : )

I’m also going to focus mainly on wearing skirts or dresses in this series. I’ve written once before on how you can pair a tunic shirt or short dress with jeans to make them more modest, but honestly, I don’t find that hard to do. It is harder to create a whole wardrobe out of skirts and there is not nearly as much support in doing so. If you read my initial post on why I wear skirts all the time you will see that I don’t do so out of legalism or out of a judgmental attitude towards others. My heart is not holier in a skirt than in a pair of jeans, but if I’m convicted that it’s better for me to wear skirts most of the time, I need to follow through with that conviction.

I’d love it if you leave any questions you have in the comments! That will help me have a better idea what some of you struggle with in your wardrobe. I’m looking forward to you and I going through this series together!

 

The Logic Of English Review

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Logic of English Curriculum Review! | themodestmomblog.com

When my boys were younger I followed the Charlotte Mason approach to teaching grammar. Basically for grades 1-3 you  read to them constantly and have them learn through narrations, copywork and books.

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I personally regret that decision. My boys don’t have a firm grasp on grammar and this is the year we are working to fix that. Since the boys are close enough in grades it is easiest to do grammar together. I discovered The Logic of English a few months back, and as soon as I found it I knew I wanted to try it.

This curriculum is not for moms who want to hand something to their child and let them do it on their own. It very much requires teacher/student involvement. You can’t use this curriculum without the teacher’s guide as it guides you through every step and even tells you what to say. I really appreciate that part of it!

The Logic of English Curriculum

The first day we started The Logic of English it took us 2 hours to get through a lesson! That seemed a little overwhelming, until I realized you don’t have to get through 1 lesson a day! The lessons are broken up into different sections. This program covers reading, spelling and writing. We don’t need any help with reading; both boys read really well. But we want to use the grammar and spelling sections.

One day we might do the spelling part of the lesson. I purchased the spelling rules flashcards (I love all the flashcards – high quality items!). We learn a new rule on the flashcard and spell out the words. They learn how many syllables are in a word, and we clap, say, and spell a word out. Then we might go through and figure out if the spelling word is a noun, adjective, etc.

I’m very impressed with the curriculum. The target age of the curriculum is around 8. I’m using it with an 8 and 10 year old. I’ve seen a lot of older children using this, and it is especially good for dyslexic children.

I actually was so impressed with the style of teaching that I ordered the student books for the younger grades, and I’m using them (slowly!) with my girls. My 6 year old is reading out loud to me from a beginner reader book every day. We don’t always get to the lesson and work page but my goal is to do it 3 times a week.

There are also fun games that go along with The Logic of English. I highly recommend getting the Phonogram Game Cards. Every time we pull these out my boys cheer! They love playing the different games!

The Essentials Teacher’s Manual is $95.00 and you can use it over and over again! The student workbook is $25.00. So far my oldest has a workbook and my 8 year old is using a plain spiral bound notebook. If you have the money I would suggest the workbook, but if it comes down to it I think you could make a plain notebook work, though not as well.

If you feel insecure about teaching writing, spelling, grammar, or reading, this is an excellent curriculum to consider using. I love how the curriculum takes the teacher by the hand, guiding them through the lesson. It really helps you stay in command of the lesson, even if you’ve forgotten a rule!

*Some of these items were sent to me to review free of charge. I was not paid for the review and all thoughts are strictly my own*

 

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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Red Floral Maxi Skirt | themodestmomblog.comSo today I feel plump instead of pregnant. Someone came up to me yesterday and asked if I was pregnant, and said I must have gained a lot of weight if I wasn’t. Ummm..thanks! I felt like I was bursting the buttons on this blouse, but I’m just not big enough for a lot of maternity clothes yet!

Pregnant wearing a comfortable maxi skirt! | themodestmomblog.comI totally loved wearing this new skirt. I just got it and the colors are so bright and cheerful. Plus the fabric is really stretchy and comfortable on my plump pregnant tummy. :)

Flexi clips create such an easy elegant hairstyle! I’m wearing the recently re-released Kaleidoscope Flexi Clip. It is one of my favorite clips, so I was really happy to see it return to the Lilla Rose lineup!

Up_Close_CarolineI love layering cami’s under blouses like this. They are just open enough where it wouldn’t be modest for me without a cami, especially with little ones tugging on my blouse!

If you are needing a new camisole, today is a great day to grab one! Use the code SHIPFREE to get any order placed on the Cami page shipped free in the USA! This offer is only valid at Deborah & Co. on Monday, September 29th! 

I’m really excited to announce that I will be doing a 31 Day Series in October! A lot of bloggers choose to do 31 day series, as the Nester blog hosts an enormous link up for the month. The series will be on Building a Modest Wardrobe. The Modest Monday link up will still take place on Mondays, and then I will post the series on days Tuesday-Saturday, taking a break for Sunday. :) It should be a lot of fun!

What I Wore

Skirt – Maxi Skirt-Honey and Lace brand

Blouse – From ThredUP -Express Design Studio brand

Belt – ThredUP

Shoes – ThredUP – Kenneth Cole

Flexi – Lilla Rose X-Small Clip

Makeup – L’BRI Pure and Natural 

 Link Up Time!

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