Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: Fall Wardrobe Staples

I've been having a pretty good streak of luck at the area thrift stores lately.  So good, in fact, that I've decided to make my thrifting finds a weekly blog post starting with my haul from Arc's Value Village this morning.  Excuse the blurry dressing room selfies (and my bizarre facial expressions).

 The first thing I tried on this morning was this Garnet Hill blouse that gave me flashbacks to the "puffy shirt" episode of Seinfeld.  Granted, I only tried it on because of the label.  I'm not a fan of this pumpkin spice color and 3/4-length sleeves with elastic never, ever look right on me.

Luckily, the rest of the items worked out better.

Next up was this over-sized Eileen Fisher merino wool sweater.  Again, I grabbed it because of the label, but I like this shade of purple and it seems like an easy top to wear with jeans, skirts, and maybe even leggings. 

Here's an Old Navy knit dress.  It's not too exciting, but it's one of those wardrobe staples because it's comfortable (hello, elastic waist), neutral, and has a flattering cowl neckline.  It could be dressed up with a statement necklace, tights, and boots, or dressed down with Chuck Taylors and a jean jacket.  

 The last thing I tried on was this navy corduroy jacket from Land's End.  I don't own a lot of jackets right now so I've been keeping my eyes on the outerwear racks.  I think it's perfect for a chilly fall day when I'm not ready to get out my winter coat, but want something other than my stand-by denim jacket.  

I like it a lot better unbuttoned.  It has some stretch to it so it's super comfortable and easy to move around in.  Perfect for playing outside with the kids, while managing to look somewhat pulled-together.  

The register is where the real magic happened.  Here's how everything added up:

Eileen Fisher sweater 12.99
Old Navy dress 6.99
Land's End jacket 12.99
a pair of Baby Gap jeans (for Punky) 3.99

30% off Chinook Book coupon -11.09
(one thing I love about Arc is that the discounts are easy to come by)

Total price $15.87
Total time spent in the store: 45 minutes

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Morning Roundup 10.27.14

Happy Monday, Friends!  Got your Halloween costumes ready to go?

We went to the first Halloween party of the year on Saturday.  Our hosts, who are renovating an old mansion, went all-out with the spooky decor, including a ghostly talking book with a quill pen that seemed to move on its own.  The kids thought it was the best thing ever!  

Have you seen this Ikea commercial that parodies The Shining?

Having accidentally bought two large bags of potatoes the other week, I'm excited to try this recipe for the Crispiest Oven Fries.

From the New Yorker, The Minecraft Parent.  Disclosure: as I'm putting together these links, my daughter is dying sheep pink and purple and making them bounce around on the dancefloor in her castle.  

I was in line at the grocery store smiling and waving at the cute baby in the cart in front of me, and his dad suddenly asked, "are you listening to cereal?"  Huh?  He gestured at the MPR shirt I was wearing and said, "Serial? The new podcast by the producers of This American Life?" Oh.  That makes more sense.  I said I wasn't yet, and he proceeded to tell me that it was amazing and I had to get ready to commit, because it was going to suck me in.  It does sound interesting.  Are any of you listening to it?

Finally, Holly Golightly's townhouse from Breakfast at Tiffany's is for sale.  A cool 8 mil can make your real estate fantasy come true.  (The article doesn't mention if there is room in the mailbox for your lipstick and perfume).

That's it.  Have a great week!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Morning Round-up 9.22.14

Happy Monday, people.  

When searching for a fun photo for my usual link round-up, I found this weird one of my kids at Franconia Sculpture Park this weekend.  Taken out of context, it's so bizarre it makes me laugh.  If these two ever form a prog-rock band in the future, I will insist that this be their first album cover.  

Here are some links:

Rush hour in the Netherlands This could be us someday, right?

It's Like They Know Us Funniest Tumblr I've laid eyes on in awhile.

When's The Last Time You Ate at McDonalds?  This is the weirdest post, written by a respected blogger, and sponsored by McDonald's.  See what you think.

25 Ways To Ask Your Kids How School Was because they won't tell you ANYTHING!

The Sentimentalist's Guide to Dealing with Childrens' School Papers (although I think the school could save a forest and just send everything electronically)

That's it.  Have a great day!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I Compared All The Nail Wraps So You Don't Have To

If you've read the title, you should already know what you're getting into, and you only get one warning.  I am going to spend a lot of time talking about nail art and there are no apologies.  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Morning Roundup 9.8.14

Happy Monday, Friends!  I'm sensing a bit of fall crispness in the air.  It makes me want to curl up in a sweater and watch When Harry Met Sally with a cup of cocoa.  Except then I'd be dripping with sweat.  It's not actually that cold out yet, and I'm counting on another 6 weeks of Fummer (Fall + Summer).  

School has started again.  Boo is in 1st Grade this year, and gets on the bus at an ungodly hour.  Since Punky and I are already awake, we've been using the morning hours to tackle housecleaning and errand-running.  It's a fact that the early bird catches the race car before all the other kids get to Home Depot.

Here are some inspiring, thought-provoking links.  I'm not just saying that.  Every one of these articles gave me hope that we still want to unplug and connect with other human beings in our technology-driven world.  I feel like my week is off to a fresh start after reading these.

I Sent All My Text Messages in Calligraphy for a Week 

Why We Humblebrag About Being Busy

I Quit Liking Things on Facebook for Two Weeks

Friday Night Meatballs: How To Change Your Life With Pasta 

What I Instagrammed Vs. What Was Really Happening 

Have a great week!

Friday, August 8, 2014

It Takes A Team. The Super Awesome Food Allergy Super Team

As we faced our childrens' diagnoses of food allergies and FPIES, we found ourselves overwhelmed by the responsibilities of keeping them safe, making sure they are getting what they need, and pursuing the right medical care.  We learned early on that we needed to round up some pretty awesome people to make up our support team.  Like superheroes, they all have their own special superpowers and are just a call or email away.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Best Kids Clearance Sales Right Now (Part II)

Hey, friends!  I promised one more installment of my favorite kids' clearance deals going on right now.  I've found some more awesome things that I'm seriously thinking about buying ahead in the next size up.