Sunday, March 29, 2015

My adventures with Consignment & Thrift Shopping

Hey lovelies! This I had to share. I only speak about things I have tried and or use. I don't endorse or advertise as you can tell by my ads free Blog. I have yet to find what I am willing to attach my brand to.

A few months ago as I web browsed I came across this site called Thredup. It's a site where people sell their gently used clothes, shoes, bags, etc.. It reminded me of a clothes swap type of party I attended over a year ago. It was so much fun we had play money and a mini fashion show. Everyone bought a dish to share and some gently used items they wanted to get rid of. I had heard of this before but never put forth effort to try and was very happy when I finally did.
I came away with so much great stuff for free!!! High end items and regular items but all in awesome condition.

So when I found this site I signed up so I can take a look. What a great find! Since for some time now I have been practicing being a minimalist giving-up I thought this site would be a good venue to try when it came to adding some new pieces to my closet at an affordable price. I hit the jackpot and then some. My first purchase was a total of 11 items for $70.00!!! Yes you read correctly that was the total including taxes and shipping cost. I found awesome Nine West suede flats, Steve Madden calf boots, Express pullover sweater just to name a few. Here's a pic see for yourself.



The shoes had no marks, no bends, heels were in fantastic condition. I couldn't believe that these were gently used items. Now I know some may say "oh used shoes?" but trust me I am the first germ a phobe. I took a few cotton balls dipped in Clorox squeezed and wiped, but it wasn't needed because the insides were in store quality condition as well. To me it was as if my girlfriend cleaned out her closet and I won a prize.


The tops were just as awesome no snags, tears, runs, nada! No discoloration or stretches. Perfect. I was so impressed when box arrived and have been even more since wearing my pieces here and there so much so I just placed another order for 14 items at $100.00 as a Spring treat. These are some of the pieces that just came in.


The skirts I happened to grab up rang from Anne Klein, Ann Taylor, Zara, INC.,an Express dress I picked up some jeans and work tops as well. Then last week I grabbed these dresses for $40.00 Old Navy, Apart, Urban Mango.



I prefer solids so that I can play around with accessories and colors but I thought I would get out of comfort zone and try something new. Most of these new pieces can be worn year round except for some exceptions which is even more of a bang for my bucks!


So I would say I did pretty good and I am very happy I gave Thred Up a try. I know there are numerous other sites and spots as well so why not do some research and give it a shot. I love my imaginary BFF's closet for sure.

Have you tried consignment store shopping? How about Thrifting? Would you throw a Clothes Swap party?

Always stress free xo.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spaghetti w/ Lemon Basil Shrimp

Today I really want to get out of the kitchen quickly. Have tons to get done and I want everything cleaned up by 8. Pretty Little Liars is on tonight (smiles and wide eyes)

This will be a one pot meal less than 30 minutes start to finish. I'm trying to incorporate some sort of herb and green in every meal to stay on my healthy side. Here we go Thursday's Treat! 
Spaghetti w/ Lemon Basil Shrimp


Ingredients:
Pasta
Shrimps cleaned and ready to go
Spinach
2 tablespoons basil
2 tablespoons olive oil 
3 tablespoons lemon juice 
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of garlic powder (not pictured)

Boil water about quart and a half add about fistful of spaghetti a little more if you want left overs or serving is more than two. Cook for about 8 minutes. 

Add shrimps already peeled etc...depending on your serving judge the size and cook for another 4 minutes or shrimps turn a nice pink. 

Drain and place in large mixing bowl. Add Basil, Olive Oil, lemon juice and salt and garlic powder.
On your plates pour about 1/2 cup of Spinach top with Spaghetti mix...Done

You can use any pasta you like today I chose Angel hair because it was at my reach. 

You can also sprinkle some Parm cheese if you wish. enjoy

Off to pll
*The craziest episode yet I loved it!!!

This is a bonus treat! I wanted to show you guys how my propagating of my Black Rose has turned out! From one rose I now have numerous and still growing for background story click here i-am-obsessed-with-succulent-plants


Always stress free xo.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Oh you wanted kids?, Those Important Questions no one bothers to Ask

I found myself yelling at the television the other morning. As I have shared I watch Good Morning America as I get ready for work. I watch the Today show too sometimes but not as often. Anyway let me stay focused.

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The story was on how more and more couples are running into issues because the Man wants children and the Woman doesn't. HOLD UP!!! did you NOT talk about this when you met? As you started dating? Before you popped the question? Before you said I DO?

As I yelled at the TV my daughter was almost out the door leaving and says "I guess people are talking and focusing on the wrong things". What?, how is that even possible? men-women-parents

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I am not suggesting that you meet this person and start to play 21 questions but guess what, why not? By sitting and talking and asking questions you get to know a person. You get the chance to build a resume sort of speak and from there you can choose to continue or to cut things short.
Depending on what you are looking for of course but still asking questions non the less.

Dating expectations vary by age I would think and hope. I think perhaps when you begin to date in hopes of something more serious there are a series of questions that should be at hand sooner rather than later. I wouldn't be offended if a man is clear on what he is looking for from day one.

I stopped yelling and starting taking notes. I think these are the MOST important questions to ask from the start:

Marriage? -What are your thoughts on it? How important is that tradition for you? What do you think it actually means?

Children? -Do you want any? If yes, what is a good number for you and if no why not? Is this how you feel right now, is this open for discussion later? If issues arise we can't conceive naturally what are your thoughts on Adoption, Surrogacy etc...

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Finances? -What are your thoughts about money? How much debt do you carry? What are your financial goals? Retirement, what are your ideas about it and how are you planning to live comfortably? Are you impulsive or a saver? What do you think about joint accounts as well as separate? Cash or Credit? What are your thoughts on one provider while the other raises the kids? Pursues career?

Religion? - What do you think about organized religion? Are you more Spiritual then Religious? Do you have specific view on certain matters or is flexibility fine with you? What traditions will you observe or non at all or a little of a few? How will the kids be raised?

Home? - Where do you want to raise your family? What type of home, Apt., or Condo? Big or Small? What state or country? Traditional or Modern? Next to family or away?

Deal Breakers? - Now this one is critical!!! One thing I learned from my past relations is we all have deal breakers. Things we will just not bend on, which is totally fine by the way. But it is very important we put it out there so every one is clear. I suggest discussing these things at length so again we just don't waste our time. Deal Breakers can be anything from what we wear to bed to in-laws moving in when they age. One of my deal breakers is hygiene. You must be on point with all aspects of your hygiene from tip of your toes to top of your head. Teeth, beard, nails, breath, ears the works! I don't bend on that yesterday today or tomorrow. Another is weight, I don't mind a few pounds but I didn't meet Homer Simpson and I don't plan on settling down with him either. I want you to care about your health and fitness enough so we can grow old together in a healthy, flexible manner.

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What do you think? What would be your top questions to ask, what were your questions before you decided to commit? Share your story here.

Always stress free xo.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Let's welcome Spring Turn it Up Tuesday!

Welcome back to another fun filled week. Hope we are attempting to make the most of this strange start to Spring. Maybe we can make it better by linking up some great posts. Last week was fantastic indeed. Now let's go have some fun.

Wishing You All A Happy Spring!

Welcome to the 79th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 448 links - another amazing week! We'd like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma's Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Jillian from Baby Doodah | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Cindy from Mom Maven | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Kelly from Making-More | Yolanda from That's Mashed Up | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Rose from What Rose Knows | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Zografia from Bisozozo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Lisa from Blogghetti | Latisha from Ask Latisha

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Danielle from insearchofthe25thhour | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Cathy from Brand New Mom Blog | Marie from Just Plain Marie | Marose from Simple Pero Rock | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Marose chose Are We Raising Good Decision Makers? from Kiddie Matters. "I like this because it talks about raising kids."

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Marose chose The One Thing That is Certain about Blogging from Earning & Saving with Sarah Fuller. "I like this because I want to read more and more about blogging."
April also chose this post. "I think this applies to everything, not just blogging."

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Kelly chose 5 Items Every Woman Needs to Keep in Her Car from illistyle. "Women often don't think twice about what they should keep in the car in the event of emergencies. April has covered off the important items and even has a mini tutorial on how to check the air pressure of tires. This post is a must read for all women."
Stacey also chose this post. "What an amazing post! I truly think that this is a wonderful idea for everybody and makes me think about putting something together for our family car. Thank you so much for sharing!"

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Kelly chose Washi Tape Clothespins from The Pin Junkie. "As a huge washi tape fan, these super cute decorated peg magnets are so cheap and easy to make, I can't wait to try them. I think they would be great as a small gift too. Thanks for the inspiration Bonnie!"

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Mari chose A Daughter Teaches, A Mother Learns from Grammie Time. "I think as parents as mothers we want to protect our kids and shield them from pain or bad stuff and it turns out they are stronger and at times wiser than we give them credit for and they indeed become our teachers. Because I learn from my daughter daily I appreciated her journey."

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Mari chose Teriyaki BBQ Chicken from Fitness Food Diva. "It looked tasty, easy and loved the BBQ & Teriyaki combo."

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Rhonda chose Easter Basket Ideas For Your Toddler from Logan Can... "Great ideas for filling a toddler's Easter Basket. I'm adding a few items to my shopping list."

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Jessica chose 3 Steps To Help Build Your Child’s Creative Writing Skills from Keeping Life Sane. "I needed this! I've been on a writing funk as of late so even though this is geared towards children, it also helps us bloggers to write something! Great tips!"

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Jessica chose Small Talk Leads to Great Relationships from Keeping Life Sane. "Awesome relationship builder for the family! We all have to connect like this rather than FB or texting. This can also be just a 30 minute "family connection" where the TV is off or having dinner and posing those questions out to everyone. Thanks for sharing!"

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Jillian chose Upgraded Kitchen - So You Say You Want a New Kitchen? Come and Get It! from On Bliss Street. "I chose this post because the makeover is so beautiful and so affordable. We're moving soon, and while I won't be able to make any hardware changes (we're renting), I will be able to make it beautiful on a budget. This post proves that!"

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Jillian chose Homeschooling A Trial Run? from Tina's Dynamic Homeschool Plus. "I chose this post because I have considered home schooling for my son, but I am worried about many things. Tina does a great job of listing the worries and then going through and trying to change our mindset."

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Lisa chose Easter Bunny Cupcakes from Smart Party Planning. "Catherine's Easter Bunny Cupcakes are adorable and a cinch to make. Definitely adds cuteness to any Easter dessert table plus a great idea to get kids involved in the kitchen."

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Lisa chose Banana Crunch Parfait from Sweet Silly Sara. "Sara's Banana Crunch Parfait is perfect for breakfasts on the go (or not) and for snacking. The cereal is one of my favorites and always on hand as is the rest of the ingredients so this is going to be a regular addition to breakfasts and snacks."

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Zografia chose How to Make Soap with Essential Oils from Growing Up Gabel. "I really want to try making my own soap, but most recipes need lots of stuff. But this one, with only 3 simple ingredients is a must try!"

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Zografia chose Can We Stop with the Parenting Articles, Please? from Ripped Jeans & Bifocals. "Yes, please! Enough with all this! We are all doing what we think is best for our kids. And we are proud of it!"

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Victoria chose Best Practices for Blogging for Your Business from our very own Tenns from Bliss and Faith. "I chose this post because it shares some good business blogging practices."

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Victoria chose 5 Ways to Make the Most of Instagram from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm. "I chose this post because I am trying to use Instagram more and this post shared some great tips."
Tiffany also chose this post. "I love how Leslie mentions the fun behind Instagram. Even as a Blogger you always want to show a bit of who you are and Instagram gives us all a chance to do just that!"

This post also received the most clicks.
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Silvie chose 25 Copy Cat Recipes From Your Favorite Restaurants from The Organized Dream. "I chose this because I love to recreate restaurant recipes at home, and this post has 2 of my absolute favorites!! Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade and Panda Express Orange Chicken!"

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Silvie chose DIY Raised Garden Bed from Fry Sauce & Grits. "I chose this post as one of my favorites because I had decided this year I would make my own raised garden bed. I had no idea where to even begin, but this post helped to answer a lot of questions. :)"

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April chose National Pi Day {Free Printable} from Pastries Pumps and Pi. "My son and I had a blast doing this printable celebrating National Pi Day... Eat Up! LOL"

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Tiffany chose Toilet Paper Roll Bunnies from Forgetful Momma. "For a Momma who is a bit craft challenged this is the perfect Easter craft to have fun with and still keep the Kiddies happy."

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Ginger chose The meaning behind "a la mode" + tips for working with brands from Sandy a la mode. "I love the outfit and her over all style. The tips in the post were very helpful too!"

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Ginger chose Hello Goodbye from I Spy Oby. "Her hair is fabulous her shoes are great! The whole look is dope, I love it all!"

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Latisha chose Dreams do Come True: planning and using a vision board from Just Be Well. "I always love the idea of creating a visual of what your dreams look like in your head. It is great encouragement every time you look at it. I have a vision board above my desk."

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Tina chose DIY Pom Pom Bunny from The Crafty Side of Sarcasm. "What a cute pom pom bunny!!Nice activity ,adorable result.Thanks for sharing."

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Tina chose Peter Rabbit Inspired Easter Party Ideas from Atta Girl Says. "I love this themed party,everything looks so beautiful.I loved the garden with the mini carrots! Thanks for sharing."
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From Sarah at Grace in Oils: I am so excited to partner with Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures for this awesome giveaway! We are giving away three books & three Young Living essential oils. I originally got started with Young Living and essential oils in July 2014. I did a lot of research before choosing this company. I run a blog Grace In Oils (www.graceinoils.com) where I talk about my research, how I use essential oils, and other fun things! My goal with my blog and my Young Living business is to help bring essential oils into every home. I want everyone to know they can use essential oils! While I encourage research I also offer resources to those I enroll to help empower them to get answers to their questions. I chose Young Living due to their Seed to Seal guarantee and I go into that on my blog. If you are interested in starting your journey with Young Living I would LOVE to have you be a part of my team. I fully support those I enroll via online groups, an e-series, and more! I also offer a really amazing Welcome Kit free to those who choose to become a Wholesale Member with Young Living via purchase of a Premium Starter Kit (https://beta.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/start?sponsorid=1938897&enrollerid=1938897).
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