How to Buy Jeans for Almost Anyone

I’ve had two people recently ask me how to buy hard-to-fit jeans. So here you go folks…how to buy jeans for almost anyone (Note: this post contains affiliate links, please see disclosure for details):

If you’ve got a lanky teenager or mature curvy frame, hands down the easiest way to fit and purchase jeans is to order on Amazon (because they carry all sizes). Take a tape measure and measure the waist (W), then the inseam of the leg (length or L) . Write that down. Now, think about the type of body frame. Petite? Then you might get away with buying youth sized jeans for a better fit and save some money. Pay attention to fit. Is the body hefty? Tall and thin? For example, my lanky teenage son looks best in skinny jeans. They provide a nice lean look without extra material bagging in the derriere and thighs, which can look awkward at best.  My teenage daughter? Skinny jeans or jeggings for a jean-leggings look. My middle-aged husband? Relaxed fit jeans for comfort. Next, jump on Amazon to order (click the image below, find your measurement in the drop down box).

You pretty much can’t go wrong with a pair of Levi’s.

Men’s Skinny Levi’s

Men’s Relaxed fit Levi’s

 

Men’s Big&Tall Levi’s

 

No more dragging my reluctant teenage son shopping! These jeans are shipped to my front door and done. If it doesn’t fit, send them back and try the next size. It only took two tries to get it right. Easy-peasy, especially if you have Amazon prime. Be sure to check the fine print before you purchase to see about costs on returns where applicable.

 

Women’s skinny

Woemn’s regular

Women’s bootcut


You get the idea…

How do you buy hard to fit jeans? Online? In brick and mortar? Share below!

What’s in My Trash Bin

I think a lot about trash. Does that surprise you? I like to consider the long-term impact of my actions and purchases and that includes going more zero waste. What happens after I’m done with something? This line of questioning has changed the way I consume products, both groceries and apparel.

For instance, I didn’t realize that any synthetic material (i.e. nylon, polyester, spandex, etc.) in our clothes are made from plastics and plastics are made from petroleum. The textile industry represents one of the largest polluters on our planet, second only to oil and gas. The plastic waste in our oceans comprises 269,000 metric tons and 5.25 trillion particles—enough to stretch to the moon and back, twice* (think single use plastic water bottles, the plastic micro-beads in your face wash, or plastic toothbrushes for that matter).

What you can do

Wear out the clothes you have then donate donate it to a program that sells textiles for fabric recycling. Goodwill has been a leader in recycling textiles and uses any profits for their job training program.

Need help recycling a certain thing-a-ma-jiggy? You can find a place near you by searching  Earth911.

Downsize to a capsule wardrobe. Haven’t worn an item in over a year? It’s a safe bet you can let go of it.

When shopping to replace any items in your wardrobe, choose second hand. Read the material tag. Pick clothes made from an all natural fiber (cotton, linen, hemp, wool, silk, etc.) that can compost naturally without harmful by-products seeping into our ground water (but consider the thread, I just read where thread is not usually 100% compostable).

Let’s educate ourselves and make better choices for our own lives and health and others.

Here are some of my favorite sustainable clothing companies:

Eileen Fisher

Patagonia

Here are some of my favorite bloggers on the subject of Zero Waste:

Paris-To-Go

Trash is for Tossers

Zero Waste Home

To the Universe with Love

The Beauty in Simple

This post doesn’t really do justice but I will continue to write more about this. Have you ever thought about trash? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below (also, it would make me feel less nerdy, but whatever, I’m trying to be an adult about that).

p.s. What’s in my trash bin this week? We had one regular sized kitchen trash bag and a small one gallon sized trash bag from our bathroom in our weekly trash bin for a family of four. I’m pretty proud of that. Also, someone’s ratty chaise lounge chair pad that blew into our yard after a wind storm. Weird, huh?

*data provided by a 2012 study (read more @ 5Gyres)

Best Way to Book a Hotel

My amazingly talented and good-looking kids (I’m not biased or anything!) at the Grand Canyon over Spring break last year. Note: this blog post may contain affiliate links. Please see disclosure.

 

Dreaming of spring break? Me, too. Over the years I’ve gotten better and more efficient at planning our vacays. One indispensable tool I use is booking.com to reserve our hotels rooms. I started using this website well before the airbnb and vrbo trend appeared, and I can’t recommend it highly enough– been using it for years.

Customize

 

A plethora of sidebar search criteria allows you to customize your hotel reservation by budget, rating, breakfast included, free cancellation, activities, daily value deals, you name it. They have daily value sales where you can book a five-star for practically 50% off, but most of the pricing reflects something akin to a AAA type discount (I’ve checked, since we’re AAA members, too).

Free Cancellation and Paper-free

 

My favorite feature? Many of the reservations have free cancellation before a certain date (not all, so be sure to check!). This has saved us a time or two when a family emergency or kiddo getting sick at the last minute arose and we needed to change plans quickly. Plus, you can have the reservation sent directly to your phone for a paper-free, no hassle check-in.

Discount

 

If you are interested in trying out booking.com for your next trip (and I highly recommend that you do), please use the following coupon code

https://www.booking.com/s/cari8167

to get a $20 credit for yourself after your first stay. Also, don’t forget to comment below on how your trip went. I’d love to hear all about it!

If you’re feeling agitated or angry– hit the pause button.

My mom reminded me of a piece of advice I’d given her awhile back. Do not make any big decisions when you’re angry or agitated. That is not the time. Wait it out, then see what you think.

If you’re yelling at the driver who cut you off in traffic or rude to the grocery store clerk who didn’t get things right, that is misplaced anger. If you’re slamming the kitchen cupboards (what did those poor cupboards ever do to you?), then it’s time to stop and take a good look in the mirror to examine what it is that’s really upsetting you.

No Thank You

 

Feeling angry is usually when you want to give someone or something a big, “No Thank You!” A line has been crossed and you probably expect the other person to understand that. My guess is that they don’t. The reality is, you’re in the driver’s seat. You have to teach people how to treat you, even when you think it should be obvious (it’s not).

The Johnny Paycheck

 

Before you give your boss, roomate, spouse, or whomever a Johnny Paycheck (he recorded the tune, “Take This Job and Shove it!”), give yourself a timeout. Anger is a sign that you need to give yourself a bit more care; take a walk in nature, go get a massage, listen to your favorite music or watch a favorite movie. Give a minimum of 24 to 48 hours to sleep on the problem at hand, as hard as that may be. This pause will allow you to figure out a strategy that works best for you. Ask yourself what do you need to feel better? Maybe you need to ask that person for an apology. Maybe you need to tell your boss that you’re not going to be able to give overtime next week. Whatever it is, you deserve to take care of yourself. If everyone took responsibility for their emotions, we wouldn’t really have as many problems as we do.

Feeling anger is natural

 

If you drive a car, at some point you will get cut off in traffic. Grocery store clerks and waiters at restaurants won’t always get things right. Get to the real bottom of your anger, so that these little things won’t upset you anymore. Let’s choose to be adults and take responsibility for our emotions and well being. It may be a little painful and scary at first, but eventually, it will make your life much better.