Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 11, Issue 9 – January 20, 2019

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters, and Happy 2019! We are well past the midpoint of January, and I hope 2019 is trucking along well for everyone.

Recently, I bought some nice winter duck style boots on an end of the year clearance. They are cute, fuzzy and this brand/model had good reviews. While they do an amazing job at keep my feet dry, I was disappointed with their warmth factor. Apparently, the people who write these reviews do not wear them in South Dakota. Or possibly, I missed a key secret that no one chooses to share – you know, those deep, dark, quiet secrets that no one wants to talk about. I am talking about shoe insoles.

It’s time to end the silence. I openly admit, eventually all my favorite shoes, given enough miles and wear and tear get new insoles. If I have not destroyed the shoes in the first 6 months, you can almost bet that they have insoles in them. I have insoles in my Chucks, my favorite Doc boots, and this fall my dressy Dansko’s got new Dr. Scholls running insoles, which took care of the fact that the leather has stretched out. The new insoles returned them to feeling amazing again and may have added another few years of life with me. I recalled the first time I put insoles into my Chucks, it increased the warmth factor immensely. So, after our most recent snow storm, I added some insoles to bottom of the new winter boots, and WHALA! It increased the warmth factor enormously – even when my socks slid down to the end of my toes inside of my boots, my feet stayed warm.  And the fuzzy part felt nice on my warm, bare feet.

So, there you have it, I am letting you in on the secret. Insoles really do add warmth to your winter boots and Chuck Taylors. And you don’t have to spend a ton of money on insoles! The biggest challenge is finding the right height of insole to to fit into your shoe, while keeping your feet comfortable.

How are your new year’s challenges coming along? I can finally report that I completed my July minimalism challenge in early January. I am still minimalizing as I continue to go through bathroom drawers and closet spaces. It’s amazing what one can find stashed in their bathrooms. Bathrooms are the treasure trove of adding to your minimalism challenges!

How about consciously decreasing your waste? While one needs to be careful about hoarding reusable jars, do keep in mind that jars of various sizes and shapes are nice to have around. I reuse all sorts of jars. But, have you ever noticed some of them are really hard to clean? Possibly the sticker is tough to get off, or the odor lingers, or that oil just won’t wash out. Check out this link for some fabulous ideas on how to tackle the toughest odors and labels. https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-remove-jar-labels-and-o-107742 The idea that I am most excited to try is soaking things in baking soda to remove lingering odors.

Possibly you have decided that you want to make or create more items from your kitchen this year. How about making your own bread? There is nothing more heavenly than fresh baked bread. But sometimes it just takes a lot of work, and practice! While some bread types are very labor intensive, here is a list of 17 easy breads that may make you rethink the possibility of having home made bread all the time. I am really interested in their first recipe, the gluten free cheese bread. The picture sure is enticing! https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/bread-recipes-you-can-make-in-under-an-hour

And with that my Thrifty Sisters, have a great week. Enjoy what 2019 has in store for you. Be mindful of the challenges and opportunities to grow, as well as the happy moments and the hidden delights. I’m savoring the idea of having warm winter boots. Good luck with each of your new year challenges and new habits that you are working on. Continue to be kind to yourself and others. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!

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