my favorite online consignment stores

I figured since I was talking about thrifting finds yesterday, today’s a good day to post about two of my favorite online clothing consignment websites.  Have you guys heard of ThredUp and Twice?

I use and love both of them. Both sell brand name, gently used clothing and accessories, their shipping is fast and searching the sites is so simple. Twice sells only women’s clothing and ThredUp sells women’s and children’s.

Twice

If you want to go ahead and sign up and you use this ThredUp link and this Twice link, we’ll both get a credit to the sites! Everything I’ve purchased has fit well, though I only buy brands that I know the sizing fits me, and has been the exact quality that was listed on the site.

ThredUp

Oh, any by the way, neither of them know about me, I’m just sharing because I’ve had great experiences with both!

 

 

recent thrifting finds!

Yesterday was one of those days that wasn’t a bad day, but was an annoying one. More of an overwhelmed day, a list of things to get done and not enough time, both at home and work. I had three bags of clothing and shoes to donate in the back of the car and I almost just drove past the Goodwill with the mindset that I’d drop it off later. But instead, I said just do it now.

packed car

Well, my annoying day turned into a great one! I donated my items and popped inside really quickly. I found the exact sized dresser we’ve been looking for in unfinished wood just waiting for a makeover. Best part, it was $30! About $100 – $150 less than the ones we’d been checking out on Craigslist!

thrift store finds

And then as I was walking through I found the most darling wooden rocking chair that’s in perfect condition, just needs a seat cushion. It was only $6!

rocking chair

I went out back to have the crew help me load the dresser into my car and I spotted a great headboard that had just been donated. It was a full size and perfect for our guest bed. They weren’t willing to sell it since it had just been donated, but I sweet talked them so they tossed a sticker on it and sold it to me for $13.

So, in the end my kind of annoying day turned out to be pretty darn good. Can’t wait to get to work on these three pieces and start actually furnishing this house!

high five for friday!

Better late than never, right?! These weeks are just flying by and I barely have time to blink. I’m hoping to get some house projects done this weekend, we have tickets to a baseball game and I’m forcing myself to fit in a run and a hike. I’ve been craving both and have not been making it a priority. I may just have to re-prioritize my activities these days!

Anything good for your weekend? Have a fun one!

H54F

1. The little girls I babysit for spent their entire night, earlier this week, writing up this list of baby names to give to my sister. It was the cutest thing ever, they were so serious about it!

2. I canned apples that our neighbor brought to us from his apple tree! They were delicious. We’re making out like bandits with produce from the neighbors and all the trees and gardens!

3. We got this car last week and it makes me laugh so hard. There’s something about it that I find hilarious. It’s a Honda Fit and we love it so far. Great commuter vehicle and actually quite spacious. We’re so adult now having two cars (we’ve been a one car family for about 4 out of the last 5 years).

4. My new Toms came this week! I went for the camo ones because I love them. My name is Lindsey and I have a Toms addiction (this makes 12 pairs).

5. Posted about this earlier in the week but still thankful that we could celebrate with Mimi over the weekend and see the entire family. When I look at this photo I just see our family, but I showed it to a few co-workers and they were SHOCKED that this was the size of just one side of my family. I guess there are a lot of us!

diy teacher survival kit

I made this super easy, but amazingly cute, gift for my friend Kaitlin, who starts her first day as a 2nd grade teacher today! Being a teacher is not an easy job. I couldn’t imagine being in charge of 25 children that are excited, energetic and eager. It takes a strong person to be able to teach and we all need to remember that.

teacher survival kit

I put together this small kit for Kaitlin with some fun, neon colored desk supplies, neon pens, hand sanitizer, chocolates and Tylenol! I picked up the supplies at the Dollar Tree and Walgreens and the container at Hobby Lobby.

supply kit

The container was $6 (I used a coupon) and the rest of the supplies cost me about $9. I used a label I already had and tied the whole thing with a bow.

desk supplies

Just something small to cheer up the challenging days. And I figure, what teacher doesn’t need chocolate and Tylenol in their desk drawer?!

 

my favorite things: september 2014

I truly enjoy sharing products that I love with you guys and because of that, I’ve started a my favorite things series. I find myself always recommending products that work for us to people, so why not share a few each month. None of these posts or products are sponsored. They’re honestly items that we use in our everyday lives that are worth sharing with others.

 

my favorite things_september 2014

 

Ball Mason Jars
I’ve been using mason jars long before they were a “fad.” You know, they’re everywhere now, as so much more than just food storage. And don’t get me wrong, I love using them as vases, storage jars and decorative as well. I prefer the wide-mouthed jars as it allows more space to pour food into and it’s just more convenient over all. Also, ironically, my day job shares a building with one of the Ball Company offices!

Sanuk Yoga Mat Flip Flops
I’ve seen these flip-flops around and was curious but hadn’t bought a pair yet. Well my sister convinced me as she’s been wearing them for a while. I got these ones on super sale at REI and I haven’t taken them off my feet for two weeks. It’s like walking on air. I’ll likely be investing in a second pair since the end of the season sale prices are so reasonable.

Pyrex Split Casserole Dish 
I couldn’t find this casserole dish, or a similar one, new anywhere! Someone needs to start making these again! I picked mine up years ago at a thrift store for a few bucks and I’m hoping to pick up a few more, or grab them on eBay. They’re amazing for cooking two separate side dishes, or one of the same dishes but variations and so much more. I originally bought it thinking it was great for customizing meals (because of my stomach problems) so that I can jazz up Al’s portion, and it’s great for that. But it’s also just become an incredibly convenient casserole dish for so many other things as well.

Programmable Slow Cooker
I love my slow cooker. That’s nothing new. And while I’ll be completely honest and share that this one recently crapped out on us, I’m planning to purchase the same one only the newest model. We had the last one for about five years and it was phenomenal. We use our slow cooker weekly and eventually the ceramic insert cracked. Since it’s inexpensive I don’t mind replacing every five years or so. We definitely got our money’s worth!

Panasonic Headphones
Raise your hand if you hate the iPhone headphones? Is it me or do they fall out of everyone else’s ears too? I was on the hunt for a solid pair of headphones that will double as being great for exercising and also for long conference calls. I wanted them to be comfortable since they’re shoved in my ears. This pair was the winner. I purchased them based on reviews I read and they have not disappointed at all.

That’s it for this month. Back with more in October!

celebrating 85 years!

Hope you all had a great long weekend! This past weekend we flew clear across the country for about 36 hours to celebrate this lady:

Mimi 85th

For those who don’t know her, she’s Mimi. My funny, spunky and tell it how it is grandmother. This past weekend we celebrated her 85th birthday (which is actually in a few weeks). The entire family was together for the first time in a long time. It was a blast and I’m so glad we’re fortunate enough to have booked last-minute flights and made it back for it.

Mimi's 85th Group
How cute is the slanted banner held by the kiddos!

Happy 85th Mimi, here’s to the next 15!

our final review of the Bagster Dumpster Bag: it’s amazing

A few weeks ago I wrote about us partnering with Waste Management to bring you all the details on their popular product the Bagster Dumpster Bag. I’m back for a final review and to share with you guys that it’s amazing. When I left off we were just starting to fill the Bagster bag. It was sitting in our driveway and over the past two weekends we filled that thing to the brim.

the Bagster bag

We had a variety of waste to toss in to it such as carpet, scrap wood, some cabinetry, stair rails, old dryer ducts, doors, yard waste and more. We made sure to follow the instructions for placement and for filling it.

Bagster bag filling up

In the end we had to re-arrange just a bit, but it’s because the carpet would get all floppy when we tossed it in and kind of roll to the sides. Wasn’t a big issues.

full bagster bag

So, here’s the best part. Once we filled it up it was ready for pick up. I simply went to the Waste Management website, scheduled my pick up for a day that was convenient for me, received confirmation that they would pick up within three days of my scheduled date and that was it.

bagster email

On the morning of the pick up date I selected, I received an email saying Waste Management would be picking up that day. When I arrived home from work that afternoon it was gone. My driveway was back to its normal, exposed hideousness, and our Bagster Bag filled with junk and waste was gone!

empty driveway

I absolutely wish I could have stayed home for three days waiting for it to be picked up, but that’s not practical. We most definitely will be using the Bagster Dumpster Bag again for our future renovations. The fact that we didn’t have to load the waste into our SUV, get our car all junked up and dirty and find a place to dispose of all of this was amazing. I didn’t have to deal with having a dumpster in my driveway for months until it was full. This was the perfect solution for renovation projects you’re tackling one at a time.

We have a major kitchen renovation, a small bathroom reno and a garage conversion in our future and this is most definitely the route we’ll go for waste removal. Not only is it convenient, the cost savings is phenomenal, since we would have spent over $200 just to bring this one haul to our local dump – and we would have had to haul it ourselves! So less work and less money is the winner for us.

I’d love to hear if any of you have used the Bagster Dumpster Bag or plan to use it in your future renovations, clean outs, yard pick up, etc. If you do, good luck and have fun!

 

Note: Waste Management provided us with the Bagster bag to review. However, as always, all opinions and thoughts are my own on the product and service. I only recommend products that are truly helpful to us!

a sewer replacement and a “flooded” basement

When we made an offer on the house one of the repairs we asked for was to have the sewer replaced. It was cracked in multiple places, had weeds growing in it and overall was a nasty situation.

sewer replacement

The work kept being pushed out for multiple reasons so we ended up closing on the house with the sellers paying for the repair in full. It was risky and I wouldn’t say we felt great about it, but the week following closing the sewer was replaced and all went as planned. Except for that it didn’t.

sewer hole

I was fascinated by the process. Instead of removing the old pipe they shoved a new pipe in the old one so it was less invasive on the yard and could be complete within the day.

new sewer pipe

It was still quite a project with excavators, town workers, equipment and so much more. I made good friends with the project manager so he let me take lots of photos and he would come tell me to get my camera when something exciting was happening. And I mean, I’m sure a sewer replacement isn’t very exciting to most people but I’m easily amused.

sewer pipeSo all went well, they completed the project in a day, the town inspected it and they were on their merry way.

new sewer access

Until the next morning, which was Saturday, when Al when to the basement with our friend and one of the rooms was flooded. WITH TOILET WATER. It took me about .2 seconds to get my friend the project manager on the phone and he was at our house within the hour.

sewer street access

Turns out his crew hadn’t properly capped the old pipe. So every time we flushed the toilet it was basically flushing into the basement. Apologies if this is TMI. Just keeping it real up in here. Luckily the crack was only big enough to let liquids through. IF ya know what I mean…

basement flood

His crew was great though. They came right out, fixed the problem, had their restoration crew out to clean, power wash and sanitize and everything was fine by Monday. They ran dehumidifiers through the weekend, which was a huge help as well. We’re just thankful that we hadn’t already started work on the basement floors, because I mean that would have sucked if we had needed to redo them all.

So in the end it could have been worse, and truthfully we needed to run a dehumidifier in the basement at some point anyway, so it saved us that hassle. How’s that for having the glass half full when your basement was full of toilet water! And this, my friends, is homeownership. You take the good with the bad, right?!

a little bit of summer fun

Despite the chaos of home buying this summer we have squeezed in some fun as well! We spent 10 days back home in Massachusetts and hosted Al’s family the first month of being in the house – which was awesome, I’ve never hosted house guests before!

Sharing some photos today, if you’d like to see.  Hope you’re soaking up these last few weeks of summer as we wind down, school gets back in session, and we jump back into regular routines.

MA Collage

 Sibling time, wedding, sweet girls who will always have my heart, Reese, the world’s worst cutest dog!

MA photos

 So. Much. Seafood. (yum!). Ocean time and the whole fam together! 

Photo  Booth

Best in-laws. They didn’t get the memo on the faces. 

Chipmunks

 Our sweet niece in town for her 9th birthday! Hiking, pool time & chipmunk feeding. 

Ice CreamAlpine slides with incredible views, pretending we’re The Beatles, three amigos, ice cream and gorgeous views. 

We’ve had a phenomenal summer. A lot of busyness, but so much fun and so much to be grateful for. Hope you’re all enjoy these last few weeks of warmth!

 

high five for friday!

So glad to be back and blogging. We’ve had a wild few weeks, all fun, but super busy! This is the two-week edition of H54F since I didn’t post last Friday because we had our first house guests!

Are these weeks flying by or what? While I do NOT want summer to end at all, I have a lot to look forward to in the coming months. Trying to soak up these last few weeks of summer, enjoy the hot temps and sunshine and spend as much time outside as possible…even if that means house or yard work!

Happy Friday!

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1. Our niece was in town visiting last weekend and we had the greatest time. It’s been 14 months too long since we saw her last (thank goodness for FaceTime!) and we soaked up every minute. Including pretending we were The Beatles.

2. Love this kid. He’s been working his butt off around the house so when he shows up looking like this I can’t help but burst out laughing.

3. Sometimes you walk into the Goodwill looking for a standing mirror and you find just that in perfect, practically new condition for $7.99. Best thrifting find I’ve scored in a long time!

4. Our laundry machines were delivered this week. We’ve used laundromats and coin operated laundry for a long time. So this was the greatest thing ever to us. We both stood and watched the first load of laundry get started. Who knew it could be so exciting.

5. This is my view every morning. I’ve gotten into a routine of washing dishes in the morning (we also haven’t had a dishwasher for many years) and I watch the sunrise over the water tower right out the kitchen window. It’s so calming to me and makes me not swear the whole time I’m washing the dishes. Dishwasher installation is on the list.