Birthday Favorites

    Seeing as my birthday is in a week and 2 days, it only felt appropriate to use some of my Birthday Wishlist as my favorites this Friday. Feel free to ship any/all items to Megan P.. haha kidding. Kinda.
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1. Lollia Wish Eau De Parfum - Anthropologie
I love perfume but I've had a hard time finding one that sticks. I've sampled this twice while in Anthro and have been able to smell its goodness all day!
2. Black and White Stripe Skirt - Recycled Consign & Design
Black, white, and classy. PARTYSKIRTS had a similar one on SHOP by Monika that was almost quadruple the price and pretty much sold out immediately..
3.  Calligraphy Starter Kit - L. H. Calligraphy
There are two things I want to learn before having kids: calligraphy and sewing. Since I currently have no room for a sewing machine, calligraphy comes first.
4. Gold Sequin Loafers - Mindy Mae's Market
Uhm.. they're gold, and sparkly, and inexpensive. Need I say more?

Also appreciated: funny birthday cards. I love laughing! And Prayers for complete healing of my sprained foot. I'd like to go skiing for my birthday as originally planned.
No pressure, though.

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    One of my favorite decor and home shopping places is Joss & Main. Joss & Main is an online version of Home Goods, and a less expensive version of One Kings Lane. Each day, part of my morning routine is to go through the new sales of the day. Sales open each morning and close usually within 3 days unless it is a curated sale, those tend to stay open up to 10 days. I've had a lot of luck finding items for our apartment at great deals: lamps, trays, vases, pillows, juice glasses, and more! The trick is to get them before anyone else scoops them up! You never know how many are inventoried in the sale; there could be just one or there could be multiple!
   
    If you haven't tried it out, I highly recommend [link below]! You do have to have a "membership" but it's not something you have to pay for! My favorite is the iPad app. that allows me to quickly scroll through the sales - the only thing I don't like about the app. that the web features is that on the app. you can't "love" anything to come back to later. Sometimes I'll see something that I don't want to make a decision on right away and then can't remember where I saw it so I have to go searching through all of the other sales until I find it again. Other than that, love the app. and love this "store"!

    Another great feature: once you place an order and pay standard shipping [$9.95], you have 30 days of free shipping! So if you place an order and find something you like in a sale that opens later that week, you don't have to pay shipping again! Here are a few of my current faves in sales that are open now!:

Sale Name: Color Splashed

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Piper Vase

Sale Name: The Spring Table

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Abbington 12.5" Domed Cake Plate
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Abbington Beverage Dispenser

Sale Name: Colors of 2014: Radiant Orchid

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Venus Bust
    Now that I've shared my shopping secret, start shopping with me using the link below or on the right hand side bar. Also, when I spy something great on J&M, I'll be sure to share on Instagram!
 
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Dieting Tips for Healthy Teeth

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"You know it's going to be a good day when your morning berries are shaped like teeth" - Said a famous hygienist to her
husband over breakfast."
    In an effort to not wait until the last few months to get all of my Continuing Education courses finished.. I've made a resolution to complete at least one hour every month, enter in: Tooth Tips! My favorite part of my job as a Hygienist is educating patients on important info.

    Did you know one of the first people who can tell you've made a diet change is your Dental Professional? Both negative diet changes and positive, healthy diet changes have an effect on your mouth. With New Year's resolutions in play, here are some things to watch out for with new diets:
  • Fruit Consumption
  • Fruit Infused Water
  • Sports Drinks [to fuel new work outs]
  • High-Frequency/Low Intake Diets
   
    What you need to know: Teeth are more susceptible to breakdown [cavity formation] when the pH level in your mouth dips below 5.5. pH what? Back to middle school science class. The pH scale has values from 1-14 and shows the difference between acids and bases; acids are lowest on the scale, bases are the higher numbers, and 7 is neutral. Naturally, your saliva keeps your mouth within the 6.5-7.5 range, it's what you put in your mouth that changes the pH.

    Fruit: There are so many benefits to fruit for the body, but fruits tend to have more acidity. Try drinking a glass of regular water before and after eating foods that have a high acid content to help aid your saliva in bringing the pH back to normal as quick as possible. The less time your teeth sit in an acid bath, the lass time cavities have to form. Protein and dairy products also help to coat the teeth to protect them from the low pH, so a fruit and cheese plate is a perfect -and delicious - snack option.

    Fruit-infused water: I've seen a lot of this going around on Pinterest and Instagram especially with lemons. First, bravo for diluting the acidity of the lemons, but you've still made the neutral water acidic. Drink with a straw to bypass the teeth, and be sure to start off and finish with a glass of water.

    Sports drinks: Do I even have to go here? Short version: sugar helps cause cavities, sports drinks are full of sugar. Water is really your best option for hydration, but if you need a boost from a sports drink, try to at least rinse with water after!

    High-Frequency/Low Intake Diets: These have become very popular in the past 5 years. The goal is to eat less more frequently to keep your hunger satisfied without ever overeating at a meal. This doesn't seem like a problem, especially if you're trying to lose weight. What it doesn't take in to account is what I just taught you about pH. The goal is to keep your mouth's pH around 7 so that the bad bacteria can't work it's magic on your teeth. After each drink, meal, snack, etc. it takes your saliva around 20-30 minutes to return back to normal. Eating makes your pH low, and with minimal recovery time before the next "meal" - your pH stays low which provides more opportunity for the bad bacteria to form cavities. If you've chosen to take this step to help lose weight, be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your meals to help your mouth regulate quicker!

    Very Important Note: You may have noticed I never once said, "brush your teeth," at any point. This is not because I don't want you to brush your teeth, I just don't want you to when your acid level is high. Although it may seem like a brilliant idea to brush your teeth to help return your pH level to normal quicker [since toothpaste is basic], it's not! Your teeth, like your skin, are porous and acid opens those pores up by eroding the enamel. If there is any acid still in the mouth coating the teeth, then brushing your teeth would be just like forcing the acid further in to those pores. Rinsing with water helps the saliva return the mouth to the normal pH level but it still may take a few minutes. It's best to drink or rinse with water, wait at least 15 minutes, rinse with water again, then brush.

    Most Important Takeaway: Water is your best friend. Especially fluoridated water. Fluoride helps to remineralize spots on the teeth that acids from food and drinks may have eroded.

    More Tips from dentalcare.com:
  1. To reduce cariogenicity of the diet, for adults suggest limiting eating events to three times a day with no more than two between meal snacks and eliminating highly retentive foods such as crackers, chips, and soft candies.
  2. For children who need the energy provided by between meal snacks, they should be healthy food choices low in cariogenic potential such as cheese, raw vegetables, meat roll-ups, and fresh fruit.
  3. When oral hygiene does not follow a meal, suggest ending a meal with cheese or milk, chewing gum with xylitol, or rinsing with water.
  4. To stimulate salivary flow, include cool, sour, or tart nutrient dense foods (sugar free), increase water intake, and suck on sugar free mints.
  5. Incorporate low-fat, calcium rich foods in the diet, spaced throughout the day for the best absorption rate.

    Special thanks to dentalcare.com for always providing free, relevant continuing education courses!


Ps. In Case You Were Wondering..

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    Taylor Swift and Katy Perry tied for my vote in best dressed at the Grammy's this Sunday. Taylor's dress is so just so stunning and classy, while Katy's was so unique as well as perfect for the occasion! Speaking of dresses, have you entered to WIN FREE dresses for a year? More details here!

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'Gal'entine's Giveaway from LuLu's!

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    Valentine's Day is coming up! No man? No problem! Grab a friend and enter this amazing giveaway from LuLu's! You and a friend could be lucky enough to win 12 FREE dresses! Okay, I'll be honest, I have a man and I entered, too! LuLu's has some super cute dresses and more. Here are a few of my favorite picks [one a month +1] followed by the official rules of the giveaway and how to enter!
    Ps. Clicking each photo will take you to it's listing on LuLu's site!
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Snow Day
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Valentine's Day
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St. Patrick's Day
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April Showers Bring..
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..May Flowers
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June
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Fourth of July
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Summer Vacation
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September
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Colors of Fall
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Feathered Feast
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Wrap Me Up
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NYE Glam
Super cute, right? Now that you're excited about the products, go enter:
    I should note that this is NOT my personal giveaway and I have no say over who wins. Heck, I'd like to win myself! Official Rules [from the LuLu's website]:
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited.
  • Promotion open to legal residents of the US and Canada.
  • Winner will be drawn randomly from all entries. After initial entry via the contest submission form, an additional entry will be allotted per the personalized share link of the original entrant.
  • Entries may be submitted from 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 21, 2014 until 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on February 12th, 2014. Winner will be announced February 15, 2014. Limit of one entry per person.
  • The grand prize is: twelve (12) dresses from LuLu*s website at www.lulus.com, with an approximate retail value of US $1,000 for winner and friend entered through personal link. (Please note that the winners may pick one dress each calendar month for twelve (12) consecutive months, the exact date to be determined at a later date.)
  • Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash value.

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    We are trying to squeeze as much action and fun out of the West Coast as we can before we move to our next location! Read on to see what we were up to this past weekend! Also, the lack of posting is due to an Emergency Room visit and the fact that it now takes me 3x the amount of time to do anything thanks to the reason for the ER visit which you will find out about in this post!
    PS. All pictures expand if you click on them! Enjoy!

Highway 1

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    We thoroughly enjoyed taking scenic Highway 1 up to Mendocino, although we were not expecting the cattle crossing signs to be real! Two curves later and there was a cow in the middle of the road in the opposite lane. As my husband sped past I realized he didn't notice - right as I was about to say something, he started slowing down, in awe that a baby cow was that close to the road. We both found it amusing that there is a fence on the side of the highway 5' from the road to keep them from going to the ocean! Wouldn't it make more sense to just put one fence on the opposite side to keep them from both the highway and the ocean?! Despite the fact that it takes almost double the time, Highway 1 is worth the drive! Most of it is right along the coast with beautiful sights of the ocean! It was so fun to drive up as the sun was setting over the ocean!

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Beautiful sunset in the coastal town of Gualala, California. I love saying that now!

Mendocino

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    I was beyond impressed with my husband's choice for a Bed and Breakfast! The MacCallum House Inn was so charming, and only a block from the beautiful beach! I love historical sights so it was fun for me to be able to read about the history of the house we stayed in as we waited to be seated for dinner in the main floor restaurant.
    Dinner was excellent! As we indulged in our banana split dessert including Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Irish Coffee House Made Ice Cream, candied nuts, and pomegranate, a live band played "A Horse With No Name" - a song my dad use to play for me as a child that I was able to completely impress my husband by knowing all the words to the chorus. Thanks, dad, you're the coolest.

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    Our room was fresh, clean, and airy, and complete with our own private 'water closet' and sink area. Please note that the bed was not that wrinkled when we got there! We arrived at night so I did not take pictures until the next morning when it was light - and the bed had already been slept in! I loved the antique furniture, my favorite piece being the dresser!
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     Breakfast was also incredible, and although it's hard to tell in the picture, you could see a glimpse of the beach directly out the windows! The light coming in through the beautiful glass windows was so refreshing! Breakfast is also where the funniest part of the weekend took place:
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    My husband and I both ordered coffee. As a hygienist, I try to steer away from drinking things with straight sugar in them [minus Chick-fil-A's glorious Sweet Tea]. Noticing that there were only sugar cubes on the table, I gestured to that area as I asked the waitress if they had any other sweeteners. They did and she brought them over. The next thing I know, I look up and Tyler is dumping salt into his coffee. Through tears of laughter I managed to get out, "What are you doing?! That's salt!!" His response, "Oh. Well, I saw you motion to this area about sugar, I looked over I saw sugar, cinnamon sugar [the pepper] and a bowl of croutons."
    While he later admitted that he knew the "croutons" were sugar cubes, it doesn't make up for the fact that he thought the salt and pepper shakers from the night before were replaced with ground sugar and cinnamon sugar! This photo was taken after he took a sip of his salt coffee, to which he said, "not bad," and insisted on drinking [after adding more cream and 2 packs of real sugar]. Macho man.
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Beautiful Mendocino!
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Yes, we're obsessed!

The Famous Drive Through Tree

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    Yes. This actually does exist, we were able to drive [and walk] through it, and it is crazy cool! It's a bit of a tight squeeze, and you have to pay, but it's still cool!
    After driving up the 1 to where it intersects with Highway 101, we got off to go visit this phenomenon before heading to the Avenue of Giants. Although this is pretty giant itself!

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Beautiful, humbling reminder for the journey into the Giants that lie ahead.

Avenue of the Giants

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    The Avenue of Giants is a 30ish mile scenic route next to the 101 that goes through the Humboldt Forest which contains the area's largest group of "Virgin Redwoods." Yeah. I had to look that up. Basically it just means that they've been relatively untouched by humans and uninfluenced by human activity.
    The drive was spectacular, but a minor accident 1/4 of the way through [see below] made the rest of the journey less than exciting for me. Luckily we drove back through the next morning after I'd had rest, ice, Advil, and Starbucks. Much better.

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    So, the accident. I like to call it, "A Fallen Tree and A Fallen Me." Mind you, this was on our first hike. Above you see a fallen redwood, and to the right you see me climbing up it's base. What you can't see, is that Tyler is taking this picture from about 3-4' higher than where I began my climb, so I'm actually 4' off the ground. Initially, I stopped here, but Tyler said he wouldn't take a picture until I got in the hallowed out hole, so I climbed on. The wood was slick, we for some reason weren't wearing our hiking boots despite having them in the car, and I slipped. I slid straight down, somehow managing to only get mud on my palms, and landed on the side/top of my left foot. Within seconds it felt like my shoe was strangling my foot. Tyler told me to "walk it off!" so after hobbling back to the car, I screamed, "get the shoe off!" and saw what I thought was my ankle. Really, it was a swollen golf-ball sized bump about an inch in front of my ankle. Having ruined the trip enough by cancelling out hiking for the rest of the day, I sucked it up and we continued the drive with my foot on the dash and an ice cold water against it. Luckily, I got it x-rayed and made out with just a bad sprain!

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    The morning drive was so serene! We had the entire road to ourselves and the sun coming up over the trees was spectacular!
    We even stopped for a hike to see the Founder's Tree and Dyerville Giant. Yes, I hiked on my foot [sorry moms!]. It was only 0.5mi and Tyler carried me for parts.. and I found I am good at hopping on 1 foot!
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Above: pre-hike photo of road to the trail
Right: Founder's Tree - so tall!
Below: Dyerville Giant
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Absolutely love this photo of the new tree sprouting out of the fallen! For scale, my husband [pictured to the left by the base of the tree] is 6'4" - funny how he looks so tiny next to the roots!
Look forward to sharing more California adventures with you!

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    This Friday's favorites inspired by this week's Coast to Coast Challenges: "Into the Wild" and "Touch of Gold" .. and the purse just because it's cute [gold zipper counts, right?]! Yesterday was my first time ever participating in one of the 'challenges' and I hope to do more throughout the year! Learn more about the Coast to Coast Instagram challenges by clicking --> here! <--

Friday Favorites

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1. Gold Crystal Pave Link Bracelet - Yuni Kelley
I always get complemented on this bracelet! I loved the J. Crew version but not the size [ok.. I also wasn't a fan of the price!] - she makes all different sizes to fit even small wrists like mine!

2. Leopard Loafers - Mindy Mae's Market
Definitely a #LookforLess item! Love the idea of leopard print loafers but don't want to spend crazy amounts of money on a pair of shoes I'll only wear occasionally!

3. Leopard Print Faux Fur Hooded Coat - Maykool
I had a leopard faux fur coat as a child, and if my arms weren't the length of Michael Jordan's, it would still fit! Found this one on Google and love the hood and peacoat-inspired toggle buttons!

4. Foldover Clutches in Pink Pastel and Jade Jewel - K. Slade Made
Clutches are probably the cutest things I have never invested in or worn. Crushing on these foldovers and especially love the tassle detail on the zipper!
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    Since the Christmas season of the year we got engaged, I have been looking for Christmas dishes. My mom has a set, my mother-in-law has a set, I had to get a set for our new family. Every set I found was either too expensive or not my style. Even dishes at T.J. Maxx and Home Goods were too much for me to spend. I eventually told myself that these were probably dishes our parents got after they were "established" and I didn't need them immediately to make our Christmases special.
    Waiting proved to be the best decision [as per usual].
    I try to go to the local "Antique" store, Shabby Creek on Main, about once every 2-3 months. I love looking at all of the old objects made new again, and love finding hidden gems to incorporate into my decor. When I walked in last Friday after work, I went in to look for another milk glass piece and came home gushing to my husband about what we had to go back for. Here's a look at what I found!:
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    I can't get over them. And I am beyond excited for next Christmas! Beautiful gold details on crisp white dinner plates, dessert plates, bowls, and mugs. A complete set of twelve sans two mugs. For a whopping total of $75 including tax. Yes. All that for under $100. After I brought them home, and my husband saw them in person, he wanted to see the receipt to make sure I wasn't just saying that they were only $70 to get him to say yes to the purchase. He couldn't believe we now had an entire set of very nice Christmas dinnerware. Now we definitely need some gold flatware!
    A closer look reveals that the bowls are actually from a different company. You can see the Christmas tree on the bowl has 4 "tiers" versus the 3 on the plates and mugs. While this may bother some, I doubt my guests will be looking at the bottom of my plates to check the companies or that they'll be bored enough to be counting tiers on Christmas trees! This is another reason I love going to these places - where else would I have found two different yet extremely similar sets paired together?
    Antiquing can feel intimidating at times - many antique or thrift stores have a lot of stuff packed into a small space, and many of the items may not even be worth looking at. But somewhere out there, there is a hidden gem waiting for you.. are you willing to hunt?
*All photographs were staged and taken by me. Tartan Deer Print via SS Print Shop. Ribbon and Christmas potpourri - old from Michaels.
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Budget Talk

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    Is your resolution to start saving money by couponing? This post is totally not to trash "Extreme Couponers," but to inform those who may be getting into couponing and falling into the traps of couponing. I don't know if I can still categorize myself as 'newlywed,'  but I will anyway. As a newlywed, I quickly learned that my college diet of cereal, peanut butter and jelly, Lean Pockets, Goldfish, and carrots and apples for every meal wouldn't cut it. I had to start shopping for actual meal food to support this "growing boy." Our first grocery bill made me want to cry. I had never spent so much in a grocery store! Enter idea: start cutting coupons!
    These are some things I learned about cutting coupons:
  • It's time consuming.
  • They don't work if you leave them clipped to the fridge door. Or in your purse.
  • Couponing can actually make you spend more money by enticing you to purchase things that you wouldn't normally buy. And then you may or may not ever use that item..
  • Purchasing something because the coupon says, "buy one get TWO FREE!" is NOT a good idea if you have never purchased the product before - it's wasteful after you try the first yogurt and it was awful so the other two just sit there and grow mold. This is also not a good idea if you have to use an extra bathroom as a storage room. "Honey, where are the paper towels?" "Oh, in the shower!" - True story. I think that was from a Wife Swap or Hoarders show.
  • Percentages aren't always as big as they seem! Beware Target Cartwheel users: 5% off doesn't even cover tax anymore!
     Tips for Couponing:
  • Try using apps on your phone to spend less time cutting!
  • Don't let it become to stressful or overwhelming. Saving money should be fun!
  • Only coupon for things you need!
  • Along with the first one, don't buy something just because it's on sale.
  • If you're going to do a "buy one get TWO FREE" deal - check expiration dates! Is this something you can "get rid of" or eat before it expires? In addition, set reminders for Groupon expiration dates and read the rules closely!
  • If you can, wait until you're ready to check out before looking for coupons. Target and my local grocery store both have free WiFi in stores and they have couponing apps [seriously the way to go]. I avoid spending excess money by looking at what's in my cart then searching in the keyword search bar for that item [or on Target's app you can just scan the item with your smart phone. Genius.].
  • If you ignore the previous tip, you'll end up spending more money and time doing this: Looking through Target's coupon app before heading in, Ooh! "20% shirts" and "5% shoes," head straight to those departments and force yourself to find something just because it's "such a great deal!" Who knows how much time you'll spend trying to find something to fit the "deal."
    I'm not a pro or extreme couponer by any means, and I am definitely not an expert. But these tips are from personal experience of how I [in a sense] lost money from couponing. If you want to learn more and save more, I recommend using:
..along with any coupon app your local grocery store might offer! Happy Saving!

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    My first Friday Favorites post! Last week since we were traveling on Friday, I only posted them to Instagram - I may occasionally do that again from time to time if things get to busy! For these posts, I have no specific setup; all four favorites may be the same one Friday and all different the next. In today's case, they're all the same: home decor. Target's new "White and Natural Collection" is killing it! Love the light and airy feel of neutral decor for you to add in your own pops of color. Here are some of my favorites!
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1. Threshold™ Spring 2014 Trend Basket Collection - I could think of about 50 things to use these super cute baskets for.. but I'm exercising Tuesday's Tip and hoping these go on sale before they sell out!

2. Threshold™ Knit Chevron Throw - I love blanket. No. Seriously. I am a blanket hoarder. My husband does not understand. Men: while there are some similarities between the categories, there are differences between the following: summer blankets, winter blankets, decorative blankets, picnic blankets, and blankets for the bed. Plus, when I host movie night, everyone is covered!

3. Threshold™ Wood and Brass Finish Bar Cart - this baby has made its way around different blogs and Instagram feeds since it's debut, and if you've seen any of the pictures, you know why. So many different and fun ways to style it other than its intentional purpose! Plus, I heard some Target stores have it marked down to 50% off now?! If you know of one that does, help a sister out!

4. Threshold™ Embroidered Burst Decorative Pillow and Lattice Toss Pillow - I've been cheating and using my Winter Sweater-style pillows year-round because they're neutral.. might be time to throw some not so wintery pillows into the mix!
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Happy New Year!

    Turns out, due to the mail and packaging services being behind and the fact that I only sent them out a week prior to Christmas, our cards were super late - sorry friends and family! This year I resolve to getting them out earlier in December so that there is less of a chance of that happening again!
    As part of my resolutions for the New Year, I am beginning "Tuesday Tips" and "Friday Favorites." I will try to post as many Tuesdays and Fridays as possible; but with work, trying to get a new hygiene license, and preparing for a move that we don't have a date for yet.. it might be tricky! A move? Yes, we will be moving in 2014! No set date yet though! The new city [revealed later, unless our moms, dads, or siblings have already spilled the beans!] wants Tyler there May 1, but they want to keep him here until his replacement arrives in June - so for now, the two cities are battling it out!
    Today's tip, and many Tuesday Tips, will be about budgeting. Everyone's making resolutions for the New Year and this is a popular one! I feel like [while yes, I am a shopaholic] this is something I have a grasp on and can help share my budgeting and saving tips with you! It also helps me to have it written down and out there so I can "practice what I preach" so to say. Here it goes!

If You Can Wait, Wait!

    I know. This is the hardest thing to do, ever. You love that over-priced sparkly pillow and it would look just perfect on your couch. Or that $90 sweater that would look great with your new pencil skirt. Happens to the best of us. We rationalize spending on things that go on sale a month later and we haven't even used or worn them yet! I will admit, there are things that are not worth the wait and sometimes you just need to pamper yourself, but do it within reason!
"Good things come  
                to those who wait.."

Worth the Wait: Holiday Decor.
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    This year I was out of town, so I did not get to go after Christmas shopping for deals on Christmas decor - even my husband was disappointed we missed getting more Christmas decorations. Even though I missed out, by some grace of God, there were a few things left at Pier 1 when I stopped in last night. I picked up the ornaments above for about $1 each. To begin with, the ballet flats were just under $4 and the high heel just under $6, and I got the flats for $0.96 and the high heel for $1.38. Quite the steal. I purchased several of the flats to use under bows for next year's Christmas wrapping.
    All holiday decor is like this! Once the season is over, everything goes on major sale so they can get rid of it and stock the next item. You may be a little short on decor this year, but you won't be short on cash from over-spending, and next year you'll have a great selection!
How to Wait and Deciding What is Worth the Wait

It's a long process, but I make myself do this with most items and it's saved me a lot of money!

1. Take a deeeep breath and walk away from the item.
2. Go home and wait a minimum of 3 days. But preferably a week.
3. After the required time, reevaluate. Have you forgotten about the item? If so, not only is this item worth the wait, it might be something you can live without. Can't get it off your mind, dream about it nightly? Continue on before rushing to the store:
4. Make sure you have funds for the item in your spending money [complete breakdown on how I get my "Spending Money" number to come in a future Tuesday post] - not only should you have the funds for the item, but you should have 1.25x the price. Ex. If an item is $25, make sure you have at least $31.25 available. This accounts for tax, a pack of gum or lip balm you might pick up in the check out lane, and leaves you a little bit of cushion so you're not maxing out your spending money.
5. Have a vision for the item. If it's a clothing item, do you have at least 2 outfits prepared for it? Shoes, same thing. Home decor, if it's not holiday decor, is it something that can be set out for at least 2 seasons of the year, and is it a durable, "years to come" piece? You get the picture; make sure it's not something you'll only wear or use once.
6. Still in love with the item? Check online. Sometimes other stores have the exact same item at a lower price - just watch out for taxes and shipping fees. Also, check the store for any coupons or online deals. No luck? Proceed to step 7.
7. Head to the store and find it. If the item isn't there, I tell myself it wasn't meant to be. If the item is there, I do three things [I told you, long process!]:
  • Pick it up and reevaluate. Again, think of just how you'll use the item. Also, if it's clothing, try it on! Some things look great on the hanger and awful on.
  • Walk away without it. If it's painful, keep walking. Graze down a few isles and come back to the item to see if you still feel the same way about it.
  • Count. Is it the last one? or are there plenty there? If the answer is plenty, it might be worth waiting to see if it goes on sale at a later date. Last one, or only a few left? Proceed to final step.
8. Buy it or Wait. You're seriously thinking, "but I did wait.. a whole week!" After truthfully [see steps 4 and 5] going through the steps, if you've decided it's needed, buy it! You've waited long enough. If it's still if-fy, then wait a little longer. I once walked away from a necklace that was $30 thinking it was over-priced for dainty costume jewelry. I repeated these steps a total of 3 times. The 3rd time I went back to the store, the necklace was over 1/2 off. Definitely worth the wait!

    Yes. The process is long, and painful, but worth it. I can honestly say I've saved a TON of money and stayed in budget by being patient and waiting! What's meant to be in your closet will always find a way to be in your closet.

Happy Saving!
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