Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fall Fashion Week: Costume

This is the last day of Fall Fashion week over at Moms Are For Everyone! We're all sharing our Halloween costumes. For those of you who've been checking Of Such is the Kingdom out every day, this will be no surprise, but I was a ballerina for Halloween. 
The oldest and I both dug into my old ballet recital costumes for Halloween.
And the youngest joined in the fun too.
We love ballet around here. The kiddos have trick-or-treated and then been treated to a good tooth brushing and a nice warm bed. And the momma and daddy are pretty tired too!
Happy Halloween, everyone.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall Fashion Saturday is So Fun!

Saturdays are pretty relaxed around here. I'm not even going to bore you with my jeans and t-shirt that I'm wearing to work outside. Instead I'll show you what I wore to go see Red last night with the hubby. (It was really fun, by the way; I totally recommend it!)

Red sweater from Target, scarf from Walmart, blue jean skirt from Old Navy, leggings from NY&Co., boots from Rack Room shoes. (Dirty fire place from not being touched for the entire summer.)
Linked up to Moms Are For Everyone! in their fun Fall Fashion week. 
Also linked to Six Word Saturday.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Fashion

{scroll down for that free fall wreath}
I've been joining up with Moms Are For Everyone! in their fun Fall Fashion week. 
Thank you everyone for all the comment love and for the great examples of outfits. I'm actually digging out some accessories that I never thought I could make work; I'm having a great time, and learning a lot as well. 
The idea is to take pictures of yourself each day with what you wear. Here's my pic for today:
Queen of the Kitchen
Today's outfit is a Target long-sleeved-t with an Old Navy tank over it. The scarf is a Walmart find. The cords are from The Limited and the shoes are (very) old faves from Payless. And of course I'm wearing a couple of my Mom's bracelets again!
Here are a few fun self portraits:
This is yesterday's outfit (Old Navy tank, Walmart workout skirt, and Target leggings) and I'm snapping a pic of a wreath I made yesterday from some vines I found out back. It made a definite cheap fall statement for our house. And when the leaves turn brown and fall off, I can add a ribbon and it will still be a cute deco item for the house. (Total cost for the wreath=$0!)
Today's outfit inspired some more twirling (which I've been experimenting with all week.
Linked with Frugal Friday at Life As Mom and The Shabby Nest. Also linked with Thrilling ThursdayFAB FridayFriday FavoritesLook at Me FridayFeature Yourself FridayFrugalicious Friday and I'm Loving It.
Linked with Cheap Thrills ThursdayGet Your Craft OnIt's Stinkin' CutePhoto Story FridayShow Off Your Stuff and Strut Your Stuff.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fall Fashion Thursday

Today's another day of changing and changing and changing! I'm headed to physical therapy (for back pain) and then to an aerobic dance class this morning. I'll be taking an outfit in case I need to run errands afterward (in the middle). Then at 3pm, I'll teach ballet again. The lower left boots are ones I bought for the youngest at a consignment sale that don't fit her (bummer) and I really wish that I could wear!
Yeah for Fall Fashion week over at Moms Are For Everyone!
Also linked to 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fall Fashion Wednesday

Today I only wear one outfit, believe it or not, and here it is:
cardigan-- NY&Co. ($10 on sale); tee-- old Target favorite; jeans-- Ann Taylor Loft (hand-me-downs from a friend); bracelets-- Mom (yes, she has a shop!) and various; shoes-- old Sketchers, worn for practicality, not beauty; and bag--best ever Target find!
Wednesdays are school at home days, so we spent our whole morning getting school work done and looking forward to ice cream at a local shop. The boy's kindergarten does a rewards system so that when they read 20 Abeka books, they get a token for an ice cream of their choice at this great little local shop. So, we studied geography and math and reading and went to the library and the bank and Wendy's working our way to ICE CREAM!! But when we got to the shop, we were SO disappointed to find out that it didn't open for another hour--nap time, of course. So we headed quickly to Walgreens and Bi Lo and then home. We will do ice cream another day. The kids took the major blow rather well (after some Twizzlers from Walgreens), and now everyone is resting happily.
I'm participating in Fall Fashion Week (see Monday and Tuesday) over at Moms Are For Everyone!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall Fashion Tuesday

As I mentioned yesterday, I am participating in Fall Fashion Week over at Moms Are For Everyone, which means that instead your normal Of Such is the Kingdom programming (hee, hee) you are going to get what I'm wearing and doing this week. (Back to normal programming next week!)
Today is a little more laid back than yesterday, so my main outfit has to do for picking up the house, blogging, and lounging. Oh, and it's my turn to drive the carpool, so I pick up the neighbor child, drop off my youngest at a friend's house, and take the big kids and the neighbor to school.
Outfit #1 Tuesday
photography by the oldest
And no, I didn't dry my hair or do anything to it actually. The t-shirt (same one I wore in my "Me" picture on the right) and the sweater are from The Limited and the skirt is my most favorite ever and it's from Walmart. You can't see 'em, but I'm wearing my green Chacos.This outfit is great because, if I needed to run a more professional type errand, it could immediately become professional.
Outfit #2 Tuesday
photography by the oldest
Just change those Chacos for some Rack Room boots and button of the sweater, and this outfit could pretty much go anywhere and do anything. That means it's definitely my kind of outfit!
I didn't end up needing the professional outfit today (the errand I was hoping to do will have to wait 'til another day). Instead I had tea and a short walk with a friend. At 12 I'll pick up the boy and the neighbor, deliver the neighbor to his house and pick up the youngest, and come home for rest and nap. The oldest will be spending the early afternoon with the girls in her class celebrating one of their birthdays.
Outfit #3 Tuesday
photography by a friend; thanks, friend!

I teach ballet at 3pm on Tuesdays, so this is outfit #3 for today. I'll change back into outfit #1 for cooking our homemade pizza for dinner. 
Oh, and the big kiddos wanted to get in on today's action, so here are their ensembles:
That's pretty much the clothes that the boy lives in, and the girl was surprisingly willing to put on both the skirt and the boots that I suggested (gasp!). This is my favorite of her skirts; I really wish I could wear it.
So there you have it; Tuesday's fashion!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall Fashion Week

This week I'll be doing something a little different here on Of Such is the Kingdom. Instead of my usual smorgasborg of crafts, activities, and recipes, I'll be sharing my outfits with you as a part of
I'm mostly blaming my bloggy friend from Leaving the House in THIS? for all this fashion craziness, but here I am. I assume that most of the people participating in this are just sharing their one outfit for the day, but since I wear so many different "hats" I often have more than one outfit--so I'll be sharing each one and telling you what my routine is for each day as well.
Outfit #1 for Monday
It's a rainy, foggy morning here so I'm dressing simply. My duties for the morning are to make the morning pot of oatmeal, help the two big kiddos get dressed, kiss the hubby as he leaves for work, and get the big kiddos out the door for their ride to their homeschool tutorial. Then I'll blog, clean house, and do laundry while I take care of the youngest. (It is very hard to blog with a snuggly 2yo in your lap, but it is great nonetheless.) Today's pics are all using the timer, but I'm hoping that my oldest will help me out for the rest of the week. She's a great photographer, and I'm hoping she'll let me share some of her outfits with you as well. (2yo exits lap to pick up humming light saber and use it as a vacuum!)
At 12 on Mondays I teach a ballet class for a group of neighborhood girls at a friend's house who has a studio in her home. So, in comes 
Outfit #2 for Monday
Never a dull moment around here, I assure you! A friend picks up the biggest two from their tutorial and keeps them and the youngest while I teach her daughter (and 10 others) ballet. (2yo back in the lap) My kids will be eating their lunch of homemade kids' meals while they are at my friend's house. Then I pick up my kiddos and come home for a nap for the youngest and homework and rest time for the older two. 
In the evening on Mondays, I help teach an ABCs of Baby Care class at a local pregnancy resource center. We teach moms who have chosen to parent their babies, and by "teach" I mean share knowledge from books and internet and a few of our own experiences. We teach everything from how to put on those ridiculous snappy gowns in the hospital to how to bathe your baby to how your relationships will change after baby's born. It's a fun class, and every time I co-teach it, I learn something from the other teachers. For this class, I need to look professional, so that brings us the third and final outfit.
Outfit #3 for Monday 

This brown dress is one of my favorite pieces of clothing. It's from a Marshall's type store (can't actually remember) and I think I paid $11 for it. It can pull down as a skirt as well as be a strapless dress. The sweater is an old (old) Target sale-rack purchase. ($6) Shoes are from Rack Room. The accessories are where this outfit gets fun. I bought the scarf that I'm wearing as a belt on my very first trip to China, very first day, at the Great Wall of China. I was the first one from our group to venture out to make a purchase, and I didn't even try to bargain--I just paid my yuan and grabbed the first scarf I saw. It's not the colors I would usually pick, but it has grown on me over the 12 years I've owned it. The bracelets are various ones that my mom and grandmomma have made and given me; another one was given to me at my college graduation, and I inherited one of them when my Granny died. The fact that this outfit tells a story about me and my family Makes My Monday.
So there you have it, my first day of fall fashion!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Old Shoes And A Few Beads

The oldest just got home from Disney World. As she was getting ready for her plane flight with her grandad, she slipped on some old shoes. They just looked so sad and drab that we had to do something to spice them up. She pulled out her collection of beads and suggested these. A little bit of hot glue later, we had some cute little shoes to pretty up her feet for her trip. (And we didn't pay a cent!) More on her trip to come...
Linked with Frugal Friday at Life As Mom and The Shabby Nest. Also linked with Thrilling ThursdayFAB FridayFriday FavoritesLook at Me FridayFeature Yourself FridayFrugalicious Friday and I'm Loving It.
Linked with Cheap Thrills ThursdayGet Your Craft OnIt's Stinkin' CuteShow Off Your Stuff and Strut Your Stuff.
And linked to Six Word Saturday.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pumpkin Days

Last week on our "All Day at Home" Homeschool day, we celebrated fall by having a Pumpkin Day. Here are some suggestions if you want to have a Pumpkin Day too!
1. Make pumpkin pizzas by cutting tortillas into a pumpkin shape and decorating with pizza toppings.
2. Paint miniature pumpkins.
3. Make pumpkin smoothies: 1/4 cup pumpkin, 1/2 cup milk, 2 frozen bananas, 1/4 t cinnamon, 2 T sugar (YUM!) Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
4. Carve a pumpkin and talk about the textures of the pumpkin outside and in.
5. Roast the pumpkin seeds and make other pumpkin recipes. (More here too.)
6. Read pumpkin books! (Look here for a great list) One that's a great warning for me is Too Many Pumpkins! Sometimes I have to beware of serving too many pumpkin dishes this time of year!                                                                           7.  Have "pumpkin school" for the day. Pumpkins can help teach math, science, social studies, creative thinking, art and more! Check here for some great ideas!                                                                                                       8.  We watched this cool educational video about pumpkins as well.                       9. Create felt pumpkins by cutting out pumpkin shapes from orange felt and creating face pieces from black felt. Make crazy pumpkin faces and snap a pic of each one.                                                                                        * And of course, color pumpkins! (Or for older ones, create a still life and have them draw, color, or paint the pumpkins!)                                                    Really the ideas are endless, so eat pumpkins, and have fun!      
Linked with Menu Plan MondayMeatless Monday, and Hearth and Soul.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Chex Mix Party

I was privileged to host a Chex Mix "Game Day" party!
My GetTogether and General Mills sent me three bags of Chex Mix (including their new chocolate kind and their new honey nut kind; yum!), plates, napkins, a bowl, and coupons so that I could treat my friends. Here's what we ended up doing:
And it was so fun!
Along with our Chex Mix, we had sausage and bean soup (something like this), pumpkin muffins, a yummy feta-craisin salad, and chocolate drop cookies.
Thanks General Mills, My GetTogether, and Chex Mix for this great party!
And, of course, thank to my wonderful friends for allowing to me to share! 
If you love Chex Mix, head over to their Facebook page, and if you REALLY love Chex Mix, enter their Sweepstakes to win! Five people will win a year's worth of Chex Mix, and one of those people will also win $10,000! (If you win, I think it's only fair that you share some with me, since you heard it here first. Just sayin'!)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Winner, Winner, Winner!

This beautiful fall prize pack has just been won by the lucky (and lovely)

Congratulations, Susie B! Thank you so much for commenting and linking to 
Of Such is the Kingdom!
Happy Fall, Everyone!

Thank You Very Much...

 Thankful for this lovely blog award!
(describes me at this moment quite nicely)
I confess that I don't deserve it, but I am glad to have it!
a gift from 

Thanks so much for thinking of me!
Here are the rules:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 15  5 (15 is just way too many) other bloggers who you recently discovered and think are fabulous.
4. Contact the bloggers you chose and let them know about the award.
Here are a few fun facts about Of Such is the Kingdom:
1. Check the Me section of the blog for all you could ever dream of wanting to know about me including A-Z Things About Me and one titled (ingeniously) Me
2. I've won a few other awards here in this blogs year and a quarter of life. I wrote about them here, here, and here. Thanks to all who gave them!!
3. I am almost to 200 followers, and that makes this little writer very pleased. I know it may be a bit 2009 (or even '08) to care about the number of followers, but I can't help it. It's exciting!
4. This writer would love to earn a little (a tiny, little) bit of money from this blog. You (yes, you!) can help out with that simple by clicking on one of my ads. That's all you have to do--just click. Look around for a bit, and then go about your way. And that makes me money! Another thing you can do is when you're headed over to Amazon to buy something, come here and click over there through my ad. You buy anything, and Of Such is the Kingdom is given a tiny piece of the price. This big old internet is pretty amazing sometimes!
5. There is a giveaway going on here! You can comment to win a cool bag of fall goodies!

6. I just posted a new design feature on my blog featuring the 10 most popular Of Such is the Kingdom blog posts. Go on, scroll down, and see! You know you want to!
7.  Three of my favorite blog posts of all time are:
Confessions of a Mass Murderer This is one is an example of my twisted sense of humor.
Welcome to My Home I like this one because now, instead of actually cleaning my house, I can just go to this post and take a look at it clean and be satisfied.
Courage This one is a favorite because it contains my favorite quote of all times about child-rearing.
And now for a few blogs I've found and admire:
Leaving the House in THIS? Maybe I can blame my new obsession with fashion on this blogger!
A Beautiful Mess This is my current role model blogger! Her pictures are fantastic.
VivoBello Go to this blog to find a beautiful pact for helping others!
Mommy's Piggy Tales If you like to tell stories about your childhood, this is the place for you!
Windy Poplars Find a kindred spirit here!

Thanks again for a wonderful award!

Linked with FAB FridayFriday FavoritesLook at Me Friday, Feature Yourself Friday, Friday Confessional, Finer Things FridayI'm Loving It and  Six Word Saturday.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dress Design

You may remember that I have become somewhat fashion crazy as of late. What with Shabby Apple and the desire for cowboy boots, I'm just a fanatic! (ha!)
Anyway, when Shabby Apple posted that they would be hosting a dress design contest, it got my brain going. I've been arguing with myself for weeks on whether or not to even try to draw this dress out and link up, but today I decided, "Why not?!" So here is the (extremely rough) sketch of my dress design for Shabby Apple dresses:
For the inspired Princess in us all, this dress takes its cue from both Cinderella’s work dress and ball gown and is called simply
Ella has very simple and classic lines—the kind of dress that can be worn both to run errands or to a dinner date.
The color is two-toned—a slightly darker teal blue for the bodice and cuffs of the sleeves, a lighter blue for the sleeves and skirt. I suggest the fabric be a polyester that is light, drapes well, and does not wrinkle.
The skirt is full and meant to swing.

My Unthinking Place

This is my thinking place. It is near enough to our house that a short walk gets me there, and once there, no one sees me and I see no one. This is a great gift from the Creator of all of this!
I call it a "thinking place" (a reference to that wonderful thinker, Pooh Bear) but maybe I should call it my "unthinking place." This is the place where I give my thoughts to God. This is the place where I bring my thorns and ask God to raise up the cypress and the myrtle.
Also linked to Works for Me Wednesday

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ten Best Pumpkin Recipes

I love fall. I love pumpkins. And I love baked goods. 
Here's a little proof!
1. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins 
3 cups wheat flour, 2 cups pumpkin, 12 oz. chocolate chips, 4 eggs, 2 1/2 cups sugar, 1 cup oil, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup water, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt  Mix all ingredients. Spoon into muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. 
2. Pumpkin Bread #1
1 cup oil, 4 eggs, 2 cups pumpkin, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp nutmeg, 2/3 cup water, 1/2 cup pecans, 3 1/2 cups AP flour, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp allspice  Combine sugar, oil and eggs and beat. Add pumpkin. Sift flour and dry ing. together. Add dry ingredients to wet with water and nuts. Fill two loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 or 70 minutes.
3. Pumpkin Roll (hubby's favorite)
4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies I tried these for the first time last week and the whole family loved them. I think I ate the entire first batch! : ) I substituted half whole wheat flour for the AP flour.
5. When I went to the site that posted the above wonderful cookies, I discovered that she had posted another wonderful pumpkin recipe today. Woo hoo! I can't wait to try Pumpkin Swirled Brownies. They look amazing!
6. Stew in a Pumpkin Here's my token savory recipe for the pumpkin bunch! This stew looks wonderful, and I have been meaning to try it for our small group. 
7. Pumpkin Cake This cake can be made with either pumpkins or sweet potatoes. I love it because it's one of those "add to a box cake mix" cakes. Easy, crowd-pleasing, and delicious.
8. Pumpkin Waffles are another recipe I can't wait to try. This looks easy, and our family loves breakfast any time of the day. 
9. Pumpkin Seeds are something that I mean to do every year after we carve our pumpkin, but I rarely get around to it. I'm determined to do it this year. After reading the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, it's easier to think of not wasting things like yummy pumpkin seeds.
10. Pumpkin Casserole is a great way to eat pumpkin as a side for a meal.
You may have noticed that I didn't include a pumpkin pie; I'm not so fond of them, but I really need to make one this year because the hubby loves them! Maybe you guys could suggest a "wow" pumpkin pie recipe for me to try!