Archive for January, 2012

Target Tuesday: Wooden Chevron Lamp

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Today I want to share my last few Target purchases that I am super excited about.

A few weeks ago I saw these pretty lamps at Pottery Barn:

Price tag: $180..ouch, really people that is a lot for a table lamp base!  They also reminded me of lamps that I saw at Target for $50 that I thought were too expensive to buy.  I started to regret not buying the totally classic wooden lamp base at Target while it was in stock. Boo..don’t you hate that!

Within a few days I was at Target and saw two of the lamps on the end-cap for $25! woot woot!  I am SO happy with these lamps!  I really think I will love them forever.  A total investment is how I pitched it to the hubs ;)

I bought safe, solid white lamp shades and was happy with the look, but then saw this glamorous gold chevron lampshade and my inner Beyonce had to give it a try:

The chevron is very bold, but fun.  What do you think of the combo? I think the classic base can handle a crazy shade..at least for now.

Lesson learned: make sure to check those end-caps for deals you thought you missed :)

White Valentine’s Garland

Monday, January 30th, 2012

This year for v-day I am fighting the red and sticking with lovely and simple white, for my decorations.

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I picked up these felt heart Christmas decorations from Target for $.10 each during Christmas clearance and simply strung them together with tulle and ribbon. Voila…v-day décor complete.

It is pretty cute, but I am more impressed with the fact that it cost only a dollar!

How are you guys decorating this year? Shoot us a picture if you’d like to share.

 

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Gift Idea: Moleskine Passion Journals

Friday, January 27th, 2012

I was thrilled to find Moleskine Passion Journals the other day!  Oh, I just love a good notebook, especially one that is designated to a specific area of my life and is as organized as this:

“Designed with signature Moleskine style, this collection is a place to record thoughts, memories, observations, and inspirations centered on specific interests… a receptacle for musings on everything delightful…”

How cute of a gift would this baby journal make for an expectant mother…

“The Baby Journal has 6 sections to fill out especially for mom and baby (9 months of sweet expectation, bringing baby home, feeding, care, birthdays, special moments like first words and first steps), 6 sections with tabs you can personalize, colored adhesive labels, a growth chart, pages on feeding, care and health and a space for important numbers to keep handy.”

You have to watch this video to grasp the cuteness of it!

Learn all about the other “passion” series: Book, Cat, Dog, Film, Gardening, Music, Recipe, Style, Travel, Wellness and Wine here.

Wouldn’t these just make a perfect presents? Amazon currently has 25% off MSRP…whoopie!

 

$1 Make up Remover Wipes

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Don’t you just hate it when you are beyond exhausted and all you want to do is plop into bed, but then you realize..oh, I still have my makeup on?!

Unfortunately, my skin is no longer so forgiving as when I was 17, it needs to be cleaned properly EVERY night. I am also a BIG baby when it comes to bedtime, I have to get ready for bed before I get too tired or I almost have a meltdown. I have learned to invest in makeup remover wipes to pack when we go away, or for the occasional late night at home when all the energy I can muster for my face is a wipe.

Do use face wipes? Do you hate buying them as much as me?! At least $3-$4 at the store on a pure luxury item that is in no way essential. Some things I just hate spending money on, and this is one of them. Good news is that I found them at Rite Aid in the Dollar Days section for $1!!!

 

Not only are they only $1, but they are the nicest, gentlest wipe I have tried – no stingy, puffy red eyes getting that mascara off. I have totally stocked up, in case they are only a seasonal item.

I have a feeling I may be using them a little more liberally…

Blush Valentine Decorations

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Confession, I only just took down my Christmas Decorations a few days ago. Another confession, I left a couple up!

Don’t get me wrong, I love love love the whole getting back to normal and purging theme January has, it’s nice to not have glitter on my face at any given moment.

Anyhow, the weather is colder than ever, so I thought I’d be all kinds of  Valentines festive and put a few decorations up in the downstairs loo. I’m not usually a pink girl at all, but I’m loving the soft blush and golds, do you?

I even added one of the shag rugs from west elm and the Sensual Black Currant Vanilla Hand soap from Bath + Body works too. It’s oh so cozy in there, and way feminine…just like the holiday I suppose.

ps. Most of everything pictured was sold as Christmas Decor. Dividing and mixing colours can add a whole new look to something…so always shop seasonal clearance with another holiday in mind!

Project Laundry Room/Mudroom

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

We’re happy to share a project today, that we’ve just completed! We had a such a wonderful experience working with client, Jaime, to help make her laundry room more functional.

The laundry room is located directly next to the garage, and needed to be used as a mud room too. Jaime desperately needed a reachable space where the kids could stash their own coats and belongings, (with some kind of order), as they came in from the garage.

The cabinets in the room are fantastically tall, allowing lots of storage, but low visibility. It’s next to impossible to keep a cupboard organized when it’s too high up to see in!

We also wanted to add a space for the kids calendars and chore charts etc, and came up with this design board:

Focusing on the troublesome spots of the room, we came up with these solutions:

Kiddie Storage: It’s official that the Expedit bookcase has done it again.  The lower three baskets of the tower hold the kids ski goggles, hats, and gloves.  The upper two will be used for swim towels and swimwear, and be rotated to the bottom in the warmer months.

We added the bench for extra shoe storage and so the kids could have a place to sit as they take off their shoes/coats etc.

Hooks: Jaime already had THESE beauties from Restoration Hardware. Seriously, they’re so beautiful.  We really needed to maximize hanging space so we decided to hang hooks low enough for the kids to hang up their own coats and then hung high ones above for adults.  We also added a row of sturdy hooks on another wall to house handbags, diaper bags etc.

Cupboards: We used small storage containers to group similar items such as batteries, cleaning supplies and laundry items. These are great to use to avoid small items from getting lost, to keep everything grouped together, and a great space saver. They easily stack up on top of each other.  Hopefully this will be helpful so Jaime can just pull out the whole tub and find what she needs.

Notice board: We made a custom notice board using particleboard, batting, 100% linen and heavy duty bolts. We hung it vertically behind the laundry room door to be at kiddie eye level.

Accessories: We added a rod with galvanized buckets and hooks for added storage for keys, thumbtacks, lint or dryer sheets.  We couldn’t resist a stripy rug, which brought everything together, and complimented Jaime’s fun, funky style.

(We wish we had more pictures of the finished room, but alas we were there till dark and image quality was not in our favor:)

Thanks Jaime for being a dream client and for letting us share! We loved this project!

 

Magazine Monday: February

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Magazine Monday is a new feature on our blog that we’re excited to share. Basically, it’s a summary of our favorite articles, photographs and tidbits from various magazines that inspire and motivate us. So please join us monthly for the wrap up, and let us know if you’d like to contribute, thanks. x

Sarah’s Finds:

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING: Warm Up to Black + White

As you may have guessed interior design articles are almost always our fave. This one I thought, made some great points when it comes to decorating with black and white:

Firstly, it’s so easy…it’s almost fool proof to adopt this pair into your home, you’ll find items in every store and price range.

Secondly, it gives a chic and sophisticated vibe, and can be personalized with prints.

Lastly, to soften the contrast add another neutral like grey. I’d also say, it’s a great backdrop to any ‘pop’ colour of your choice.

(Images by Simon Upton, Amy Vischio and Peter Margonelli.)

Also from this issue; I spotted Burt’s Bee’s new Refreshing Lip Balm…doesn’t this look lovely?

REAL SIMPLE: Slow. Simple. Satisfying.

This article is so deliciously cozy, it just makes me want to snuggle up with a bowl of warm yummines. Slow cooking is something that I’m trying to get more into. I love the ease of knowing what’s for dinner.

Infact, over the last week or two I’ve prepped a couple of meals in one session, frozen, then cooked in my slow cooker …it’s been simple and satisfying just like the article promises :)

(Image by, Marcus Nilsson)

Emily’s Finds:

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL: Mixing Styles

Again with the black and white, our favorite spread in this edition is this lovely black and white kitchen.  This is a great mix of style; country farmhouse, traditional, and modern.  We love the vintage stove with accompanying simple hood, the beautiful farmhouse sink, and the crisp, steel accent that the dishwasher delivers.

Pulling your favorite items from different styles like this is a sure way to find your own unique taste resulting in a room you will love for years.

COUNTRY LIVING:  Basic + Beautiful

Like usual, this month’s Country Living did not disappoint.  This magazine always screams simplicity and urges us to cut back the impulse to accessorize.

These two images are perfect examples of using neutral palates and minimal accessorizes to create beautiful spaces.  Loving the use of a farmhouse sink in the bathroom!

Lastly, we are dying over all things leather this season and couldn’t help notice THIS custom leather luggage tag in Country Living.  What a great present…

Happy Monday Everyone! -Sarah and Emily

Gluten Free Products: Udi’s

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Usually I don’t buy Gluten Free bread, it’s always so expensive and terribly disappointing; tasting nasty and full of fat. However, while visiting Whole Foods sometime last year, a new brand of Gluten Free bread caught my eye…

The bright and fresh packaging of this bread though made me think twice, and with the loaf on sale I thought I should give it a try…I’m sure glad I did.  Oh how my life has changed!  I finally have a decent bread to call my own!  This bread has a wonderful texture that doesn’t crumble apart, and it looks and tastes like normal bread… delicious.

For years, I was completely bread-free, no sandwiches, toast, bread pudding…now the possibilities are endless, it feels good to feel “normal”. Thank you Udi’s!!!

Are any of you G-free or considering a gluten free lifestyle? If so I would highly recommend Udi’s.  Don’t waste your time trying different brands, Udi’s is the best out there!

Gluten Free products are usually more expensive than the wheat alternative, so make sure to buy when items on sale or when you have a coupon. You can freeze the load you stock up on, all of the Udi’s products I have tried freeze great. It’s hard for me to go through a whole loaf while it is fresh, so it’s perfect to take out a few slices at a time from the freezer.

Coupons.com and Whole Foods (coupons also found at the store entrance) often have Udi’s coupons.

Go HERE to sign up for a $1 off any Udi’s GF product and to sign up for emails and make sure to browse Udi’s website to find dozens of GF recipes, where you can buy products, and much, much more.

GF living is now a piece of cake! Hmm, I wonder if they’ll be coming out with cake soon?!

 

 

Deal Alert: Crate + Barrel Rug $9.95 with Free Shipping

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

UPDATE: AFTER ONE READER WAS CHARGED A $4.95 FLATE SHIPPING RATE, I SPOKE TO CRATE + BAREL AND IT SEEMS ONLY SOME PEOPLE GET THE FREE SHIPPING OFFER, THEY ARE DOING A TEST AND SELECT CUSTOMERS ARE PICKED AT RANDOM…SO YOU MAY WANT TO CLICK AND SEE IF YOU ARE SELECTED FOR THE FREE SHIPPING IN YOUR BEFORE YOU PURCHASE!

You must know by now I’m a huge fan of the Remy Collect at Crate + Barrel (see post HERE). Well, both Em and I went a bit nuts and stocked up earlier this month with more of these shaggy goods while they were on clearance.

But now the deal just got even better, and good enough to share:

The Remy 2×3 rug is now marked down to $9.95 from $59.95, and here’s the kicker…with FREE SHIPPING.

We both own these, and let me tell ya they really cozy up a cold bathroom; and at this price point + quality you won’t find anything better, we guarantee it :)

Randomness

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Usually I only tend to take pictures of my house when it’s picture perfect, and today it’s far from that. However, I couldn’t help notice a few little details that caught my eye, and thought I’d take a second to capture some of the little things that look naturally pretty everyday.

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Cold, Cold, Go Away! My Cold Survival Products

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

The gray sky is here and I have a lovely cold to go along with it!  So grateful that I have the day off work today to get some R&R!  There a few things that really nurse me back to health, and make a cold a little more bearable.  I thought I might share in case you come across the nasty before the season is through:

Orange Citrus Liquid Hand Soap by JR Watkins.  They say hand washing is the number one thing you can do to stop the spread of the virus, and this one smells delicious!

Speaking of citrus, even though Vitamin C is debatable about shortening the life of a cold, it sure makes me feel healthier and tastes delicious.  My favorites products are Simply Orange juice, naval oranges and grapefruits.

 

A yummy cup of Revive and Revitalize Lemon and Ginger Tea in my Anthropologie monogrammed mug that Sarah and Brock got me for Christmas helps me feel rather sophisticated, while looking like a disaster in my pj’s.  The tea is amaze-balls.

Puffs plus lotion, there is no other alternative tissue!  My dad converted me a long time ago.  Outrageously beautiful, expensive, and lemon-scented, wooden tissue box found HERE.

A hot bath and a good book end my list.  Here’s to a healthy rest of the winter?  Do you have any remedies for the common cold?

Restoration Hardware Sale: Stocking up on Man gifts

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

There’s nothing quite as disheartening than giving a gift that goes unused. Giving a good gift is truly an art, and one I’m still hoping to master in this lifetime.

The other day I used a little tool on our keychain for the millionth time, and thought to myself…”now that was a good gift”, something we’d never have thought to buy ourselves, but used over and over again.

While thinking I must mention this little gadget to you (for perhaps a Valentine Gift post), I stumbled across it at Restoration Hardware…on sale, and best yet…i spotted several items on their site that we’ve also found to be great (and useful) gifts. Take a peek…

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From left to right:

First, the Utili Key found HERE for only $5.99. Fits perfectly onto your keychain, and comes in so incredibly handy when you’re on the go.

Next, Luggage Scale seen HERE for again only $5.99. A must for any traveler these days. $6 can save you a lot in luggage fees…LOVE this so much.

Then, 11 in 1 Survival Tool found HERE for $11.99. Brock just got this at Christmas, and it’s now in our 72 hour kit just waiting for a disaster!

Finally, Sip n Swirl seen HERE for only $3.99. Good for anyone at any age, trust me…it’s fun to see your soda swirl around your head.

Anyhow, I hope you like these suggestions. If you do, I’d highly recommend stocking up on them now while they’re 50% off. Plus, through Feb 1st there’s an additional 10% off with discount code: RHCTD12.

Getting some tricky men off your list for the year can feel really good :)

Pink + Gray

Monday, January 16th, 2012

I’m usually not a huge fan of pink, but with the month of love fast approaching, I’m quickly changing my mind.

These few images have me convinced that pink can be sophisticated and all grown up, especially when paired with a neutral so versatile as gray.

(image via Lauren Conrad)

Wouldn’t this dresser be a great DIY project? I just love the subtle hues.

(image via Good Housekeeping) ps. please excuse image quality, it was a quick scan.

(image via  madebygirl.blogspot.com)

What do you think about pink? Are you in love or still on the fence?

If you’re like me and not quite ready to pull out the paint cans, here are some delightful free printables found over at Blush Printables you can enjoy in the meantime. xoxo

Wendy’s $1 Keyring = Free Year of Frostys

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Remember THIS post on the $1 Frosty keyring from Wendys?

Well, good news…Wendys has decided to bring out a new keyring for 2012.

Just ask to purchase the $1 keyring and receive a free jr frosty with every purchase until 12/31/12.  Yum, yum, yum :)

Sneak Peek: Our DIY Projects

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

There’s only one redeeming quality to this student life we’re living…long Christmas breaks. Sometimes it seems I go weeks without seeing the Mr, so Christmas time is even more special when we get to spend lots of time together.

Pre-school, in our former work lives, we had plenty of time for DIY projects around the home. I’d be constantly thinking up little projects and ‘Faubus’ was more than happy to work my visions into reality. Sadly, this all ended when school started :(

This year in my stocking I received a gift certificate for Home Depot along with a coupon good him to do a DIY project. I loved it, and last week we made use of his break and started 2 projects I’ve been dreaming of, one for me, one for him.

My Project: painting my bathroom wall to fake the look of wall-paper:

This project was only on hold because I couldn’t find the right silver metallic paint, but with our trip to Home Depot I discovered Martha Stewart Livings new line of metallics and I’m in love people, see HERE for her whole line. I’m already thinking of other places I can add a little shimmer.

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His Project: Bold stripes in Laundry Room:

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Since we’ve been on a strick student budget, I’ve been wanting to make use of supplies left over from other projects. This paint was used for an accent wall in our old house, so we basically had the whole can left over.

Both projects only cost us about $10 from my gift card…holler holler.

Hopefully they’ll be picture worthy of a full report in the next week or two.

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A Jillian Michaels Resolution

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Without a doubt the world’s most popular new years resolution has to be to lose the lbs or to become healthier in one way or another and I am a total sucker.  Every year I resolve to either exercise every day, drink unearthly amounts of water, not eat sugar, and every year undoubtedly fail.

This year I am trying to be a little more realistic.  I am trying to learn that I can’t do everything, and that I shouldn’t set goals that I know I cannot maintain.  I find one of the hardest challenges with exercise is time.  I have so much going on in my day I don’t want to spend an hour working out plus the time to and from the gym.

Enter Jillian.

The woman is insane, and her workouts are only 20 mins.  Sure, I might want to kill myself during those 20 minutes, but Jillian’s words of “A 400 lb person can do this and so can you!” somehow pushes me through.  When it’s over I feel like I’ve spent hours at the gym.  30-Day shred is my favorite of her DVD’s so far and right now is only $6.99 at Amazon.

Another favorite and quick workout is running.  Nothing beats how you feel when you are done with a run.  It is mightly cold outside so I asked Santa for some gloves like THESE from Target:

Thanks Santa!  I also found a pair of running compression tights in my closet after Christmas saying “To Emily, From Emily”, I guess I knew I would need some major compression after all those feasts!

Hopefully these few attempts will keep me moving, wish me luck!

What are you trying new this year to keep your goals?

 

Pottery Barn and Walmart Slipcovered Couches

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

The search has been on for years for the perfect slipcovered couch.  It is something that I am always on the look out for, in hopes of finding the perfect one.  A recent shopping trip to Walmart became a whole lot more enjoyable when I turned down a wrong isle to discover Better Homes and Gardens furniture.  Back at home I checked it out online and discovered this:

Better Homes and Gardens Slipcover Couch

It’s description boasts a solid wood frame, a 100% cotton washable slipcover and claims the durability of a piece will last for years. With a price tag of $399 it is hard to ask for anything more!  The look, dimensions and description of the couch reminded me very much of this more popular and pricier piece:

Pottery Barn Basic Slipcover Sofa

The only difference I can see is almost $1,000, as this couch starting price is $1,299.

I love the overall versatility of a slipcovered couch, it can easily transition from a casual room into a more formal one. It can be the staple piece of a beachy monochromatic palate or help create a dramatic and modern look.

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Really the possibilities are endless, I think I just convinced myself! How do you feel about slipcovered sofas?

 

 

Holler Dollar: Mead Folders at Target

Monday, January 9th, 2012

While catching the tail end of the 90% off Christmas clearance at Target, I spotted these fun files and thought what a perfect little treat to brighten up my desk this winter.

At just $1 for 2, I didn’t even consider resisting.

Christmas Clearance at Target, Walmart and Costco

Friday, January 6th, 2012

It’s our favorite time of year for bargain shopping…Christmas clearance has arrived!  We’ve gone into crazy mode (just ask our hubbies).  There are so many deals around! We know the last thing you want to do right now is walk down that ugly, disheveled Christmas isle at the store, but we strongly encourage you to get a very early start for next year ~ we promise it’s worth it!

Read all about Sarah’s tips on Christmas clearance HERE.  She has mad skills!!!

Yesterday I visited Target and Walmart where Christmas merchandise is currently 70% -75% off original prices.  I am happy to announce I have all my wrapping for next year as well THIS pinecone topiary, and THIS gorgeous potted pre-lit tree that I have been wanting since November.  I am excited for Christmas again already, haha!  Both stores have lots of wrapping left, especially gift bags and tins and baskets which are perfect for cookies etc.

Have you seen any fab deals around? Our sis, Helen sent us this email about a great deal on little girls dresses at Costco:


“I was so excited when I first saw biscotti dresses at Costco!  These dresses usually retail between $60-$100 and with the economy the way it is who wants to pay those prices anymore?  Originally these dresses were $29.99 at Costco, and at my local store (Folsom, CA), sold out FAST. I grabbed this gold dress for my 6 year old and a beautiful layered silver dress for my 3 year old. Today while doing my grocery shopping I found more of these gorgeous dresses and best yet were on clearance for $14.97!!! I almost started dancing right there in the store! At these prices I’m grabbing more for my girlies!”

Great find Helen! Please share any awesome deals you’ve seen online or in store…we love to hear a crazy good deal!

 

Look What We Found…

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

On Monday we were up in Park City doing a bit of bargain shopping and decided to stop by Midway to visit the HGTV dreamhouse. It’s amazeballs, and if you local readers are heading up for a drive in the canyon, it’s worth seeing it in person.

We’ve even got both the hubs in on the excitement… ohhhh come on February 17th, we’re feeling lucky!