Archive for August, 2012

Moccasins at Target

Friday, August 31st, 2012

I am so excited for cooler weather to start wearing my Minnetonka’s. It seems everyone is jumping on the moccasin train, including Target:

 Women’s Mossimo Kyah Bootie $19.99 Buy one get one 50%.

Cute bootie style at a great price. I’m in, how about you?

Geneve Rug at Ballard Designs

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

I love a good rug. In my opinion a rug can take an empty space and turn it in to a warm and cozy place instantly. More importantly, rugs protect the flooring beneath which is why it is a good idea to use them high-traffic areasBy the front door, the kitchen sink, and major hallways are all places where it is a good idea to protect your floors.

The key to rug happiness is to buy them as inexpensive as possible, that way once they are grubby or don’t wash well they get thrown out without hesitation. I often find small 2’x3′ rugs on clearance for about $5 at Target and Walmart.

I am also partial to indoor/outdoor rugs. I think every home needs nice cozy rugs in the living room or bedrooms, but  indoor/outdoor rugs are so durable for high-traffic areas and I love the way they feel under my feet.

I’ve had my eye on the Geneve rug at Ballard Design for some time. I love the simple geometric pattern that is so hot right now, as well as the price tag on the 1’11” x 7’6″ runner: $39!

I think it would be the perfect addition to any hallway to add a subtle pattern and to protect your flooring…something like this:

Do you love rugs as much as me? Where is your favorite place to purchase them and favorite spot to have them in your home?

Holler Dollar: Foam Brushes

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

It’s been forever since we’ve done a holler dollar, and I’ve really missed it. I’ve been keeping my eye’s peeled for the best dollar in town, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I found one.

This week at Michael’s these foam paint brushes are 20 for $1!

These are great little brushes, and at this price they’re cheap enough to throw away when you’re finished, so it makes for a very easy clean up.

Hurry in if you like this deal, as it’s only good thru September 1st!

The Pumpkins are Growing!

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Do you guys remember my story about my little seed? Well here’s the update…they’re taking over everything!

Who knew planting little seeds could turn into such a mess! We’ve tried to get things under control by trying to get them to grow upwards instead of out, and it’s working quite well.

These wild plants became our babies this summer, and we’ve enjoyed seeing them grow daily. But the real fun is still ahead, decorating and eating them!

Over at Better Homes and Gardens, I’ve been finding all sorts of inspiration:

We ended up planting three different varieties and colours: green, white and orange. I’m hoping we’ll get enough to feel super festive once the weather turns.

There’s something very satisfying about growing things, I feel quite accomplished!

Wooden Blocks at Costco

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Good morning everyone, hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I’m guest blogging a little project using back to school supplies over at Lil Luna today, please pop over to visit! (see HERE).


Question: do you get excited when you start seeing Christmas merchandise in stores? Or does it bug you, since usually it’s pretty early?

I’m the kinda gal who starts getting all giddy as soon as I see any sign of Christmas, but sometimes I need to remind myself to relax and enjoy the season we’re in.

Having said that, on my last trip to Costco the exciment crept in as I saw the new toys that just arrived for the season.

This wooden block set was my fave:

It’s priced at only $27.99! Which seems amazing for the quality, plus an almost identical set is on Amazon for $50.

I’ve always loved playing with blocks, and whenever I get the chance I’ll still sit and replicate a famous building or two before a destructive toddler with come and knock it down with a big grin…it’s always and intense race, oh the fun. Perhaps I should ask for some in my stocking!

Thinking about Vines

Friday, August 24th, 2012

5 years ago we moved into our new home. While we love our layout and inside features, some aspects of our exterior has always bugged me. One of those being the space between the garage and the master suite windows…it’s just kinda large, flat and very BLAH.

Recently I’ve been noticing houses with vines creeping up them, and I’m thinking this might be a perfect solution to fill in some of that space.

Look how pretty this example is:

I’m thinking more of a flowering vine, instead of ivy…what do you guys think?

Have any of you any idea how I’d do this? Also, do plants like the one above loose all their leafs and flowers in the winter? Another concern is will this increase the amount of spiders and other creepy crawlies inside? If any of you is schooled in such things, please advise!

Ps. Have have a wonderful weekend!

Deal Alert: Chipotle FREE Kids Meal!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

As you guys know we LOVE Chipotle kids meals (“Chip-oat-lay” is how I say it!). They’re fresh, cheap, and extremely yummy; and basically the perfect lunch when we’re dashing around town.

Yesterday we stopped in at the Sugarhouse location, and just when I was about to throw my receipt away I noticed extra text at the bottom of it.

It read “Your kids meal purchased between 8/14 and 8/31 will fund classroom gardens across the USA. Bring back your original receipt between 9/1 and 9/30 to get a free kids meal!”

Whoot whoot!!! How awesome, I helped fund an awesome project and I get to go back for a free meal. Now you tell me where I can eat better for only $4.25 for TWO meals?!

PS. Their portions and selections are way better than this pic, see what we order HERE.

Le Creuset vs Staub

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Thank you everyone for all your advice over the whole Le Creuset issue I’ve been worrying about. I had resolved to wait to buy a large cast-iron pot until we move to a new house, that was at least until Sarah and I stumbled on the annual sale at Williams-Sonoma this week.  There it was the mother of all pots…

The 13 1/4 quart, 22 pounder, Staub Round Cocotte:

Suggested retail on this baby is $500 and guess how much I found it for? $133!!!

Williams-Sonoma has been carrying this brand for some time now. I have never considered it as everyone I know is more than happy with Le Creuset. But this deal got me and as it was the last pot at my store I had to snatch it up.

I’m blogging this for two purposes:

Firstly, to let you know of the insane deal. If anyone is needing a gargantuan pot in your life, run to your closest Williams-Sonoma ASAP.

Secondly, I’m wondering if anyone has had any experience with this brand? Apparently this pot is supposed to last longer than a human life, so it is a big commitment for me if I’m going to pass this down to my grandchildren! From the information I can gather from the internet Staub seem very comparable to Le Creuset?

You really should see the size of this thing, it takes up half of our kitchen. If this is a keeper, come winter it really will be the never-ending pot of soup around here.

Traditional Chandeliers

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Growing up I distinctly remember my parents buying a crystal chandelier for our dining room. My Dad hung it with care and I would often watch my Mum and her friend, Barbara clean the delicate crystals. I loved the way the crystals danced the light around the room, and made gatherings around the formal dining table extra special.

Nowadays traditional chandeliers have been put on the back burner to trendier drum shades and pendant lighting, but I am still partial to chandeliers.

I particularly like how a chandelier can create warmth and give a traditional element to a modern space that would otherwise feel cool and sparse.

I was shocked to find while browsing websites how reasonable you can find a chandelier for. Obviously there is a broad range of material, quality of craftsmanship and size, but there are a gazillion out there for under $200.

I really like the simple lines of this one:

Chrome crystal chandelier $134.49

But I am really liking the delicacy and extra sparkle of this one:

New Orleans crystal chandelier $166.99

Now I understand why people hang chandeliers in random places like bathrooms and closets.

Yes, I’ll take a chandelier in the bathroom please! Now I just need a house… How do you feel about chandeliers? Way dated and over-the-top or freaking fabulous?

New at World Market

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Last night, it was a teensy bit cooler. It made me excited for fall and to cuddle up with a blanket and book.

Today I’d like to share a few pieces from World Market (their inventory is so great right now) that would create a perfect library space. I’m thinking traditional moody lighting, chesterfield sofas, leather armchairs, cataloged bookcases etc.

First up is this bookcase that I am totally in love with:

Augustus library shelf $629.99

This tufted banquette is designed for the dining room, but I think it could create a perfect reading nook.

Oyster harper banquette $499.99

Next is the traditional Louis chair perfect for a library. The difference at World Market? The price. These chairs will probably be cheaper than my thrift store finds after fabric and re-upholstery.

Ella side chair set of two $359.98

Lastly, a good pedestal table to hold stacks of books:

Raja pedestal table $99.99

We might need a few accent pieces too:

Brass stand globe $29.99

Union Jack lumbar pillow $19.99

World Market is currently offering free shipping on orders over $100 with promo code ‘DISCOVER’.

Look for Less: Polka Dot Sweater

Friday, August 17th, 2012

I am a huge fan of polka dots, how about you?! I am especially excited to see dots popping up everywhere lately.

While browsing through J.Crew’s new look book I discovered THESE fun cashmere sweaters. I was particularly drawn to the neutral camel color…shocker!

J.Crew Cashmere polka-dot sweater in camel $268

I know cashmere is amazeballs, but if I am going to buy cashmere it would have to be an end-of-season clearance item in a solid color I could wear year after year.

This item with its white dots and price tag do not meet the criteria! Wouldn’t it be fun though paired with a collared shirt peaking out with jeans or a pencil skirt?

I was happy when I found THIS similar look at Old Navy.

Old Navy polka-dot sweater in carmel $24.94

I’m telling ya…Old Navy is great sometimes. With frequent discount codes, free shipping on orders of $50, and most items being able to return at a store, there is no extra cost to ordering online.

I ordered this sweater immediately and was very happy when it arrived to find it so soft and the perfect weight for autumn and for layering. I actually prefer the black polka dots to the white, I think it will be easier to match with my winter clothes.

Have you found any favorite polka dots for the fall yet?

Our Favorite Store Bought Ice Cream

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Going out for ice cream is a weekly social ritual this time of year. But sometimes, some evenings call for a quiet night in with your favorite person, and your favorite treat!

Premium Select ice cream is that favorite treat for us.

We stubbled upon it quite by accident, and haven’t purchased another brand since. It’s so rich, creamy and choc-a-block full of flavor. But the best part is that it’s on sale frequently at Smith’s for only $3.99!

We like the English Toffee flavor best, but this week we’ve been devouring the Sea Salt Carmel Truffle.

Have you guys tried it? If you haven’t be sure to check it out, but beware you’ll be spoiled for choice of flavors and could be quite a while debating in the frozen food isle!


A Thrifty Anniversary Gift

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Brock and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary last week. I can’t believe it’s been that long, and yet I can’t image life without him. :) We’re pretty low key when it comes to celebrating. Dinner and flowers from him, and something sentimental from me.

This year August snuck up on me pretty fast, and before I knew it I had no time to prepare the project I had in mind. Luckily I remembered that I’d brought something back in March, in fact it was Valentine’s clearance.

A gift set of hot sauce, poultry rub and a grill brush originally $12.99, on clearance for $1.29, whoot whoot!!! I simply took it out of it’s Valentine’s packaging, and popped it in a basket. Not a very exciting gift, but he loved it especially when I told him how much it was. :)

Just another reminder what you can create with a good sale and a pinch of creativity!

Thrifty Home Upgrades

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Summer has gone by so fast, and we didn’t get everything done on our to-do list. However, we did make a dent and I for one am excited to get this last year of Brock back in school, over with!

We were planning on new molding up the stairs and landing, but we realized we didn’t want to spend the time or money this year, so instead we did a couple of fast and thrifty projects to tide us over.

This dry wall half wall, has been driving me crazy for five years. Brock spend a couple of evenings and $20 on supplies, to make it look nice and finished.

I choose some lights to replace the ugly one’s the builder put in. Light fixtures can be really pricey, that’s why we hadn’t upgrading sooner, but when I found THESE at Home Depot for only $10.97 I thought they were way cuter than the existing ones (which unfortunately I never took a photo of to show you).

I find it so rewarding to upgrade little pieces of your home. Even if it’s only temporary, it’s so worth it!

New 2013 Ikea Catalog

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Have you seen the new 2013 Ikea catalog yet?

We are always giddy when the new catalog arrives at our doorsteps. It is always packed with new ideas and products. In fact Sarah always holds on to her catalog and now has a library of them. You can often find her browsing through a random year in search of new ideas. It’s one of those things that you will find something new every time you look.

Here are a few of my favorites from the 2013 edition:

I literally gasped out loud when I turned the page to those bookshelves full of Ikea’s Kassett boxes ($3.99 for 2) and magazine files ($4.99 for 2). I absolutely love the neutral color and the use of repetition and quantity to make such a statement.

Do you see that desk tucked in the corner?

Vittsjo glass and metal desk $39.99

With it’s open lines, industrial feel, size and price tag I’m pretty sure it would be perfect in any small space. I can think of a few places I would like it my apartment as a vanity or writing desk, how about you?

I love small storage systems and these new Forhoja small wooden storage boxes are adorable.

They are available in birch, white or black. Of course the white is on the top of my list!

My next favorite page in the new catalog was this:

The Fintorp storage system has been around for a while, but I am still loving it. We used the galvanized metal ones for this laundry room, and I am dying to use the white ones!

I have been trying to resist buying this shower curtain for some time. I mean really, how many shower curtains does a girl need? The new Skagern shower curtain for $9.99 is a nice alternative for a fraction of the price.

Lastly, the Ribba frame has been reduced this year to only $1.99.

Too many possibilities with this new price, I am thinking of lots of future gallery walls.

Ikea really one of the best places to buy inexpensive items to update the home.

Hope you find lots of inspiration in the new catalog too!

Summer Treat: Frozen Bananas

Friday, August 10th, 2012

I am a huge fan of bananas. I could easily eat a couple a day, in my opinion they are the perfect snack. Delicious, healthy, inexpensive and requiring zero prep, what’s not to love? I’ll tell ya what… a ripe one. I like a banana that’s still a little green, and on hot August days bananas ripen too quick for my liking. I therefore peel and wrap in cling-film and throw them in the freezer for later use in smoothies.

Then I remembered a Balboa Island/Disneyland favorite treat: frozen bananas. You know? Just like Bluth’s Original Banana Stand on Arrested Development?

I have been enjoying a plain frozen banana sliced as a refreshing treat all summer, and of course I had to check out Pinterest, to see if anyone had tried a banana stand home-made rendition:

Err is that banana + peanut butter cups?! My plain, unadorned treat is not looking too great now! I have to try these out!

Anyway I’m really enjoying this healthy alternative to other frozen treats and thought you might like it too :)

Beauty Tip: Baking Soda

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Pinterest is slowly making the world a better place one day at a time. As well as insane eye candy and creative inspiration, Pinterest has changed my life by learning to use this…

 …as a facial scrub!

 As I had it in my kitchen cupboard I thought I would give it a try…

 All you do is simply make a paste out the baking soda and water and apply it in circular motions to your face. You can leave it on your face until it begins to tingle and then simply rinse off.

The results are smooth, silky fresh skin, equivalent to any face scrub I have tried.

It feels like the baking soda really getting into those pores, and leaves my skin silky clean. It is also the least expensive spa treatment I’ve ever tried, as well as being a little more ‘natural’ than chemicals, facials and peels.

In fact, I love it so much that I’ve ditched my regular body scrub and instead use baking soda on my feet, elbows and knees!

Do use baking soda for anything other than baking? Seriously what on earth would we do without Pinterest?!

World Market Outdoor Sale

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

I know, I know, we’ve already posted about World Market today. But I just noticed some AMAZING deals on their site, so I had so share asapy!

First, this potting bench (HERE), has been reduced from $139.99, to only $34.99!!!

 It’s totally adorable, and think it would make a nice Christmas gift.

Then we have this chair (HERE) only $29.99 down from $119.99, and this basket (HERE) in medium only $14.99 from $29.99.

Not sure how much shipping is on these items, but shouldn’t be too bad. It may also be worth calling your local store to see if they have the same sale prices.

Happy clearance shopping…whoot whoot!!!

Get the Look: Somethings Gotta Give Living Room

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

You guys know how much we love World Market, especially for accent furniture. I always get excited as a new season approaches to see what’s new on their website.

This chair recently caught my eye.

 It reminded me of one of my favorite houses of all time…

Do you recognize it? The stunner is from the movie, Something’s Gotta Give.

Perfectly traditional, awesome architecture (windows galore + beautiful molding), casual pale blue accents and slip-covered furniture make this room a perfect beachy getaway in my eyes. Don’t you just want to kick of your flip-flops and lay reading a book in here?

Here’s a few things to create a similar ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ zen to your place:

1. World Market Jolie candlestick floor lamp

2. Hydrangea (Sarah’s fave) from Costco

3. Billy bookcase system from Ikea

4. Hovas sofa from Ikea

5. West Elm stripe rug

6. Traditional candlesticks

7. Ektorp chair from Ikea

Household Tip: Repurposing a Cooling Rack

Monday, August 6th, 2012

In the past little while, we’ve been really enjoying watching some of the British comedies I grew up with. They helps us unwind after a stressful day, and a half hour show is a perfect night cap! This is slightly problematic coz have to play them on my laptop since they are uk dvds so our ‘no tv in the bedroom’ rule is kinda being broken, as the bed is too comfy to resist. :)

Another downside is that my laptop was getting way overheated, so one night I thought of using a cooling rack to help it ventilate. It works perfectly, and has permanently moved from the kitchen to my nightstand. I love quick and free fixes!

We’re also in the market for an external speaker, to amp up the tunes. This one (found HERE) as been a hit in our sista’s home, and for around $20 I think we’ll give it a whirl.

Simple pleasures peeps, simple pleasures!