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April’s Goodwill Haul: Three Tips on Frame Thrifting

Dear readers, Just a quick little blurb on April's thrift store finds. I really haven't done much shopping in the thrifty/crafty category of my life lately. I've been making bigger purchases for summer enjoyment instead, including a deckside firepit and Squeak's new My Little Pony bike with matching helmet. However, with my budget back on lock-down, I go back to the little things in life that bring me joy. Otherwise known as pictures and frames.... BAM! I wanted to re-do the…

11 Pre-Holiday Items You Need To Thrift For RIGHT NOW

11 Pre-Holiday Items You NEED to Thrift for Right Now

  Dear readers, It's September, you know in a week or two we will be going crazy for the holidays. I went to Big Lots yesterday and they were actually putting out Christmas stuff with the Halloween decorations. Pretty much sacrilege in my book, but, alas, I digress. Soon enough you will be roaming Pinterest for ideas on home-made centerpieces, decorations, and gift ideas, so now is the perfect time to start scouring thrift stores for these crafty, useful items that…

Pepperoni Roll-ups

Dear readers, I am always faced with a dilemma called, "What the hell am I going to do for dinner?" I get off of work at 4 pm, get Audrey from daycare, and prefer to have food in her mouth by 5 pm. This leaves me with about 30 minutes to cook something healthy and nourishing for her (which she will actually eat). Pepperoni Roll-ups were a concoction that actually solved this problem quite well. Here is the quick and easy recipe:…

No-Knead Wheat Bread

Dear readers, There is nothing like home-made bread. I've managed to mash this recipe together after a few years, various recipes, and lots of trial and error. Too much wheat equals a brick. No wheat and well, it just isn't wheat bread. Lately, I've been using King Arthur Flour: White Whole Wheat. It's mild, unbleached, and zero preservatives. I make this bread once a week in the fall/winter because it requires very little effort on my part aaaaaaaaaand we all…

7 Ways to Clean Those Thrifted Shoes

7 Ways to Clean Those Thrifted Shoes

  Dear readers, I am not a fan of feet. Therefore, it should be no surprise that I am not a fan of the shoes you buy at a thrift store, yet I buy them constantly and with chagrin. It's like falling in love with a guy you know could be bad for you, but you fall in love anyway. In fact, just this weekend I found a pair of size 6 Jessica Simpson wedged office shoes with a great big, beautiful, gold…

Weekend Project: The Shabby Chic Refurb

Three years ago, when I was very married and very pregnant, I made my (then) husband pull over to the side of road and toss this abandoned little table in the back of his truck. After that, life took over and I forgot about my little curbside project. However, two weekends ago I noticed this "ugly" little table sitting in the corner of my basement. Have you ever heard the phrase "trash to treasure"?  It fits. Here is a tutorial of…

The Coffee Facial

Coffee, it's amazing... on your face! Radical idea, I know. I've tried a lot of natural remedies. With most of them, I have had decent results (aside from using lemon juice as an astringent..... it burned my face off ). But the coffee facial is my tried and true favorite. I used it for the first time about two years ago and I still use it every week. In the winter, the coffee facial removes your dry skin. In the…

Weekend Project: Barefoot Butterfly

Dear readers, Have the weekend off? Looking for a fun keepsake art project to brighten up your home, or a cute little gift for a family member? Moxie Girl has the perfect project for you! Courtesy of my mom and her creativity (and Pinterest). SUPPLIES: 3 or 4 different paint colors One Sharpie One canvas 3 or 4 different sponges One bucket with soapy water A rag A devoted friend or family member to help Your child or children DIRECTIONS:…

Easy, Healthy Meals

Snow Day Quesadillas

Greetings from the frozen North. I am sick of the snow. I am sick of the 5 foot snow bank outside my house. I am sick of everyone around me being sick of the snow. And so I cook. Here is an unbelievably easy recipe to try. It's great for adults, for the kiddos, for events, for snacks, and even my 11 month old baby girl likes them. Miracle of miracles. TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes YIELD: 4 Servings 1 medium…

Saturday Night Rye

At least one Saturday every month, when the stars align and all my friends have a night off, we get together and watch horror movies. Typically on these nights everyone brings some sort of snack and probably a bottle of wine to share. Since I made it my New Year's Resolution to eat more pie, that is exactly what my friend Melissa and I made. Here is a hearty pie crust recipe that will work out well with any filling you choose…