Friday, February 1, 2013

Just Shopping on the Interwebs

I am feeling stranded at home right now.  I love my home, I do, and I enjoy spending time in it.  But, after one snow bound day this week, I am ready for some time out.  And, I love shopping.  Probably to an unhealthy degree, but at least I can own that and can appreciate window shopping, too. 

It has been, gasp, almost a month since I have set foot in a Target.  Like some people need caffeine infusions, I rely on Target to keep me sane (though I love me some caffeinated beverages, too).  Simply walking down the aisles, ideally with a cup o'Starbucks in my hand, soothes my soul.

But, the nearest Target is 45 minutes away.  On icy, snow covered roads. So, for at least another week, I will have to be strong and survive Target free.

My other favorite, Anthropologie, doesn't even have a store in Iowa, which is a travesty to be dealt with at a later date, so I won't even be able to set foot in that store until spring break in March.  Heart wrenching, really.

A little online browsing will have to do, for now.

My living room needs a bit more life, so I think these pillows may be just the thing.  And, at only $15, I am sure these Crate and Barrel teal beauties need to be mine.

Looking to replace the lights over our island, these Pottery Barn pendants would look lovely and aren't much more expensive than those I am seeing at Lowe's.

I am sure I need this blood orange candle from Anthroplogie, too.

This Gatsby poster will be here Monday, though, so that should curb my shopping needs for at least five minutes.

Only another week.  I can make it, right?

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Answering a Thrift Shop Challenge

I love a trip to a thrift store.  Cheap entertainment, really.
I don't generally take too much home, but the thought that one of these days I might
just uncover a first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird or the perfect F to add to our collection keeps things interesting.

So, when one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, posted a thrift store challenge, I knew we needed to have a little family outing.

After listening to "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis a couple times, we were ready to get our thrift shop on.  A snowy forecast kept us in town (and sadly away from some of my favorite thrifting gems), but we certainly enjoyed our little outing...and spent a solid 50 cents.

So, check it out.

The $20 bill, which was returned to me directly after this photo. 

The girl got her "fringe game" on first.
Then she rocked a "big a$$ coat," which she really wanted to take home with us.
Then after much searching and momentarily considering a cool old medicine cabinet (which we have no place for currently), we found the treasure she really needed to take home.
Yup, a Walkman.  Who knew any child in 2013 still needed one of those?  I guess she can store it next to her iPod.  But, in the girl's defense, she was recently gifted all of the Harry Potter books on cassette.

So, there we have it.  50 cents well spent.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The promise of a new year

A new year is a time for new possibilities, new adventures, and for me probably more procrastinating.  Instead of making any formalized resolutions, I have a few goals for the year.

Keeping it simple, I want to....

*spend less time on the interwebs and more time actually getting things done

*make more use of the workout room we carved out in the basement

*get organized (at least in with the pantry and the steps)

*work on being more spontaneous and less type A

Here's to 2013 and actually getting something accomplished!