Wednesday, October 21, 2015

TJ Maxx haul (and how I used some things)

TJ Maxx.....latest damage.

Two pumpkin spice candles and one oakmoss sage.
$ 6.99 and $7.99. Two were birthday gifts, one was for me (the oakmoss sage one was quickly called into use). I've come to accept that TJ is the best place to find expensive and seasonal candles cheap. I bought one for myself, but (sorry Bath and Body Works) I am a big fan of the DW home candle. I am also a fan of the price, (they are usually expensive)  

Three pumpkin spice soaps
$3.99 each. Again, two presents and one for me. (see how this works?) Along with great candles, TJ is the best for nice soap. I am a big fan.

Large gift bag
$1.99 on clearance.

White cake patter
$9.99. For use in the bathroom, of course. For wrangling the growing multitude of soap, face wash, shaving cream and the like at the side of the tub.

Nude bra
I lost my nice expensive one on this California trip. Its a long story that involves being sucked under by strong waves at Laguna Beach, drowning my I-phone and walking around all day in totally wet and smelly clothes with sand everywhere. I couldn't stomach spending a lot for another one right now. This $14.99 one does the trick.

Michael Kors sunglasses
On my list of nice things I want to own but wont pay a lot for are sunglasses. These were $12.99.

Insulated lunch bag
Free. I stumbled into a free brunch party at the store and these were being offered, which I gladly accepted with an apple, a banana, a water and a yogurt.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal: Pinterest tested recipe

Two thumbs way up.

Highly recommend and will be making again. I find these are best after they have sat overnight in the fridge.

Original pin here

Monday, October 12, 2015

A little sephora haul


Its ridiculous. Picking a new Sephora Formula X nail polish takes me an incredible amount of time and it feels like I'm making a major investment.  Its my favorite polish, its $10.50 and Sephora is not convenient for me to just pop in.... its still ridiculous. But, I feel like I committed to Push the Limits .

Josie Maran Argan Oil. heavy sigh. its expensive too. But I love it, and I only buy the smallest bottle, $16. Its the best thing I've ever found to use on my fingernails and cuticles. I mix a little with foot lotion at night and use some around my eyes before bed.  Whether true or not, I feel hydration is the enemy of wrinkles. I really love this stuff.

This is another you-tube (this one) made me buy it situation. The Sephora mask in rose.  It was $6. Its suppose to be... surprise... hydrating. I think it was and it smelled divine.  I like it so much I'll pick up another one when I'm there.  

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Guest room

It took a little longer than I expected, but the 2015 goals of house projects via the guest room is officially finished and about $75 was spent.  The unexpected time was partially due to really wanting to use yard sale items where I could, both because I wanted this to done cheap, and also because it is just fun to hunt down items at yard sales, and also delayed because, sometimes life just got in the way and diverted my attention.

It all started with the new quilt set I found somewhat on a whim at TJ Maxx for $39. I bought it with a vague plan for re-doing the room, but didn't really commit to it for about two months.  It eventually led to a bed skirt at Tuesday Morning for $16, then a rug from Home Goods for $19. I also bought one bed pillow from Wal-Mart for $2.88. That's the extent of the money I spent for the guest room.

Everything else was moved from another room or found cheap at yard sales. The light blue sheers were once in the master bedroom,  the nightstand is an old sewing machine that belonged to my aunt, the tissue cover was crocheted for me about 20 years ago, I've had the dolls and the dresser for at least that long. The yard sale items were:  big white mirror was $3 at a yard sales about 10 years ago. The two light blue shams were $1 each, the three white pillow cases were $.50 each (two pillows are hiding behind the shams), and the standing lamp was $5. And I painted the light switch instead of replacing it.

All finally coming together was greatly assisted with a visit from my cousin and neighbor who has a lot more energy than I do, and basically whipped it all in shape. Thank God for family members who don't work, so they have free time in the day, and interest in decorating rooms, even when they are not in their own house.

An added little surprise bonus is the guest bathroom is done too. It took two trips to TJ Maxx and one evening after work. 2015 goals getting accomplished.

PS.... the top is from my last Stitch Fix