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My Semester Pledge + Thrifty Finds

I am back at my apartment for school and have decided I need to change my spending habits.  After buying my digital SLR camera I realized I like to buy things, and although I think I am better at not spending my money on frivolous things than a lot of people my age, I can still do better.  San and I have promised one another that we will only go out to eat three times together over the course of the next three and a half months.  Even though we both love to cook (he is in the food business and graduated from culinary school as a pastry chef), we are tired on the weekends and go out to eat instead of making food ourselves.  This adds up every week and is unnecessary, so we’re cutting it out.

I have personally pledged to buy as little as I can from retail stores.  Instead, any clothing, home accessories, cooking items, etc. will be purchased second-hand from consignment stores.  San and I like to walk around stores when we spend time together because it is free, but in reality, it causes me to splurge on things I don’t need, and when I say

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Think About It Thursday: Tackling the Bedroom Bookcase Head On: Part Two

Have you ever noticed how sometimes what you think is the root of the problem is only half of what is wrong?  I learned that this week when I started to spruce up my bedroom bookcase.  When I would walk into the room, I thought the arrangement of the stuff on the shelves was the problem with my eye being drawn to the bookcase, but I was very wrong.  I styled the bookcase the best that I could but I learned that some serious rearrangement needed to occur to fix what was wrong with the room because the real problem was that the bookcase just didn’t belong where it was.  It looked like a dark void the second I entered the room and even the world’s best shelf organizer couldn’t repair it in the way it needed.

But, before we get too far into it, let’s look at what I picked up on my thrift/bargain shopping extravaganza.  I headed to Goodwill, Salvation Army, Savers, Dollar Tree, and Walmart.  My original plan was to fill the shelves with decorative baskets to add texture while also hiding the books and making the bookcase seem more fit for a bedroom.  I was thinking something

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3 Ways To Keep The Holiday Warmth During the New Year

I don’t know about you, but I find packing up all of the holiday decorations sad.  It is hard for me to let go of the happiness and warmth that comes along with Christmas decor.  I have come up with three simple ways to remedy this sadness by finding ways to keep the warmth of the holiday season to signify that winter is still here without any Santa, snowmen, or garland decorations looming after they’ve worn out their welcome.

DSC_02021. Keep the scents of the holiday seasons diffusing through your home.  I have heard that smells trigger memory better than anything else.  Nothing says warmth and winter more for me than the scents of pumpkin pie spice, warm vanilla, cinnamon, and cranberry.  Many times the smell of your house can contribute to the overall “feel” just as much as the design scheme.  If you want your home to feel cozy, warm, and wintery, keep your favorite scents in the house until spring emerges.  You can bake cookies from time to time to keep the smell going or light some candles.  I think this can really add to

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Losing My Sanity to Four Cheap Chairs

I went on a date with the boyfriend last Friday, planning on having a laid back night of shopping for upcoming crafts as well as feasting on delicious southern-style cooking.  However, I find that I have a tendency to mess up plans, especially when furniture is involved.  When we pulled in to the parking lot of JoAnn Fabric, we noticed there was also a Savers right next door.  Uh oh!  I should’ve known right at that moment that the whole night would be flipped on its head.

We went into Savers after being harassed by rude JoAnn workers, ready for solace.  San stopped right away to look at books while I cleared a path across the store to the furniture section.  I was on the lookout for a mirror to use as a chalkboard.  I had my bargain-scouting eyes on and wasn’t going to let any cheap plastic tv stands get in the way of a good deal.  Before I had even scoured the place, my eyes wandered to the top of a magical platform which held the most incredible chairs I had ever seen, well the most incredible chairs with a $5.99 price tag I’d ever seen.  They were curvy,

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DIY Framed Inspirational Quote

So, remember when I mentioned my love for ornately carved frames? Well, apparently my roommate who is having the birthday this week likes them too. I picked up this cute light pink one at Home Goods for $7.99. Isn’t it cute?

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