R is for Read

{Credits here}

I’m super excited to be invited to join the Hodge Podge Art team. It’s been one of my favorite blogs for a while now–a good place to go if you need a little scrapbooking mojo.

This week’s challenge is to scrap something that starts with the letter ‘R.’ We love books around here, and “read” was the first ‘R’ word that came to my mind. (See above)

Go ahead and enter! It’s easy, and the winner will win a $10 gift certificate from Gina Miller AND a $10 gift certificate from Jacque Larsen

REALLY? RAD! RIGHT ON! RAH, RAH, RAH!

(Sorry if that was a bit RIDICULOUS.)

Flea Market Finds

Have I mentioned that I LOVE the flea market? Well I do. And luckily I have a friend that loves going too. We found some awesome stuff the other day and we are anxious to refurbish and decorate.

Check out this old print…I bought it because I love the details of the old frame. I haven’t decided if I want to spray paint it black, or leave it as is with the gold.

And while we are on the frame subject, I have to laugh about a little incident that happened in the store. There was a rad vintage-y looking (but slightly out of my budget) oval frame I was thinking about getting when an older lady walked by and commented about what a cute picture it was. Truthfully, I have no idea what the print was because my eye was on the frame only. Aja mentioned something about me wanting to spray paint the frame and the lady’s mouth dropped. “What would you want to do that for?” she asked. I had a hard time trying to figure out how to explain to her that I wanted to modernize it. It seems I have a clear vision of what I want to do, but can’t always communicate the creativity to others. So after a minute Aja and I just agreed with the lady that it was a beautiful frame, knowing that it definitely would be after we were done with it!

Isn’t this the BEST birdcage! As soon as I saw it, it had to be mine. I *heart* it’s funky curves. I’m thinking about spray painting it a light turquiose, but Jared likes it as is. So still thinking on that one…But don’t worry, it’s just for decoration or maybe to house a plant, not a bird.

Okay, and now can we all celebrate the coolness of this shabby-chic old chair! Aja and I fought over it a bit. She takes amazing photos and her signature thing is to use funky chairs in the backdrop. So after debating with myself over the price for a while I gave in and *let* her have it. But THEN the little sneak my fabulous friend left it at my house with the claim “it would just sit in her garage.” So we made a deal that I would babysit it until a photoshoot opportunity requires it! It’s probably my favorite thing in our house right now.

I almost cried I was so excited about these rusty metal owls. For some reason I’m a bit obsessed with them at the moment. I think it’s because I feel fall sneaking in. Although it’s still shorts and sandals weather over here, the leaves are just starting to get a tinge of color and I’m antsy to pull out my sweaters.

My living room is finally starting to come together–a year after we’ve lived here. Here are some other peeks of elements we have going on in the room. Maybe some day it will be “done” enough that I feel like I can show off the whole thing!

Go Shopping!

When the going gets tough, I say, go shopping!

Ok, no, I don’t really say that, especially because we are on Dave Ramsey‘s [get-out-of-this-stupid-student-loan-debt] plan, but, yesterday was a rather awful day for me, and I DID go shopping. And felt much better afterwards thankyouverymuch. But it was a coupon-high, no-guilt trip full of necessities. And I can’t wait to show you what I bought at Rite Aid for…

$1.77. Yep. And can I tell you, it was really just tax that I paid. (Oh! And a box of microwave popcorn too–not pictured.) But, after paying less than two bucks for THREE packages of Huggies diapers and some pantry goods, I came home with $11 in UP rewards PLUS I earned a $10 Rite Aid giftcard. So, I’d say it was a pretty successful trip–yeah?

Oh, and can we just pause for a moment to celebrate the fact that Emmy is now only in a nighttime diaper! I guess it’s true that they’ll do it when they are ready because last year when I tried potty training it was an awful experience, but several months later she practically did it on her own. Anyway, you want the details… The Krazy Coupon Lady has a scenario. (Have you read the book yet? Go.get.it.now. So worth it.)

I typically only make the 15 minute drive to Rite Aid when they have diaper deals and Rite Aid has had some HOT diaper deals lately. Last week I bought 2 BOXES of Pampers (and earned $20 in UP Rewards). This week I took those UP rewards (basically a coupon for a $ amount that you can use on just about anything on your next purchase) and a stack of Huggies coupons and bought more diapers. But then while I was there I saw some good deals on food items so I scooped those up too.

Don’t have a kid in diapers? That’s okay, please do a young mom a favor and help her out! It’s the best baby shower gift you can give. Promise.

Gumball Fun

I LOOOOVE gumball machines! Something about the bright colors and polka dots.

Anyway, I GASPED when I was browsing blogs and discovered this CUUUUTE (and super simple) project Leigh made using my felt gumball machine freebie! How fun is this!

Then since I had gumballs on my brain, I started searching “gumball machines” on Swag Bucks and found so much yummy inspiration!

chewy:: a clip art freebie by Keeping Life Creative

Not Ready…

For her to stop nursing.

For her to start walking.

For her to loose her chubby baby cheeks.

For her to grow up!

Wishing this baby time lasted longer. . .

Happy 1st Birthday baby girl!