Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What I wore: blue cardigan and ballet flats

Y'all.  I am happy happy happy to be back with another #WhatIWore post for y'all!  I really love doing these posts so much because, while I am definitely no model, I do enjoy the opportunity to shop in my closet and put together fun outfits.  

I really loved this one so much.  I have started to really love the open cardigan thing and frankly, I have got to be careful not to start a little collection.  And the weather is a little bit warmer this week, so I don't feel the need to be bundled up in a parka and sweat pants 24/7.  

Jeans: Vigoss from Nordstrom's anniversary sale.  Tee: Talbot's via the thrift store.  Cardigan:  Loft via consignment.  Shoes: Target.  Necklace: Hand me down. 

Love this fun and thrifty little outfit for the weekend!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Reese's Spreads: a review

Happy Tuesday, y'all!!  We're back after a long and relaxing weekend that was much needed around the Thrift for Today house.  I was recovering from a pretty yucky cold that had me out for a couple of days.

One of the fun things I had the chance to do this weekend was to try this yummy #ReesesSpreads peanut butter chocolate spread!  I received this recently, courtesy of Influenster to try and I was excited to test it out!

Ironically, I got this chocolate spread just as I am trying to get more fruits and veggies into my diet, so I paired it with green apples for an afternoon snack.

I am sometimes wary of candy-branded things that are different from the original candy, but this tastes just like Reese's cups.  I also let my sister and hubs try this out and they agreed that it tastes just like the candy.  In fact, I think my sister is happy to eat it with a spoon, so there's that...

The possibilities really seem endless with this spread, you could try it on pretzels for a little sweet and salty, or on other pieces of fruit or a piece of toast in the morning.  You could also melt it in the microwave and drizzle it over ice cream for an extra yummy treat!  

How would you eat this spread?  

Really, the possibilities are endless.  

Many thanks to Influenster for this little treat!  

Monday, January 12, 2015

Painting the laundry room (and other house projects for the new year)

We've got lots of lists around here.  We've got personal goals lists, we've got a family goals list, and we've got a house goals list.

The personal and family goals list tend to take precedent, but I did take some time to sit down and make a list of all the things I'd like to do and projects I'd like to tackle around the house.  These are in order (yet) and won't all get done this year, but I like having them written down.  And since I've shared the rest of the house work here with you, I'm excited to share the laundry room update with you as well.  

This came as a somewhat spontaneous decision a couple Saturdays ago when we had just gotten home from a family snow tubing trip to the mountains.  Since one of my bro-in-laws was at the house, and was going to stay for some NFL playoff games, I took the opportunity of having two strong men that could move a washer and dryer to get this checked off our list.  

First of all, I should be clear that there is/was nothing wrong with the laundry room.  It was off white and had white shelves that were built in by the previous owners (and I am very thankful for them).  But, we haven't moved the W/D since moving in, meaning there was tons of dust on the floor underneath, and the off white walls were just starting to be scratched and dirty looking.  But most importantly, I just wanted it to have a fresh coat of cheery paint.  

So, I grabbed some of the paint we had at the house and got to work.  In total, this took about 3 hours to complete, which was perfect since that's about the amount of football that was being watched downstairs.  And apparently, I got paint in my hair?  Not sure how that happened, but thankful that the hubs snapped this in progress picture as evidence.  

And there it is before moving the things back.  It is incredible to me what a fresh coat of paint will do for a space.  

Even a working space, like a laundry room. It also incredible what a wet rag and a broom will do on a floor that has been covered by heavy machinery for years will do...

I am just in love with this new cheery space, and that's a good thing since there is a pile of laundry to be done.  :)

Also on our home to-do list are: 

Re-paint the deck.  Which just needs to be done to protect it. 

Build built-in bookshelves in our living room.  Which I expect to be quite the little project. 

Hang the ceiling fan on our very tall, very sloped living room ceiling.  But we've just got to. 

Finish the garage.  I'm really itching to build some shelves in that space and get it looking more organized.  We make a point to not store a lot out there, but I would really like to have the things that are stored out there to have a proper home.  

Get new screen doors.  

Install new master bath fan.  Not because we don't have one, but because I like to take really hot showers, and I'd like a quieter and stronger one to help get rid of more of the condensation before it drips and streaks down the walls.  

Install an overhead light in guest bedroom.  We'll need an electrician for this.  

Landscaping.  This is a low priority, but it would be awesome.

Not sure what we'll tackle next.  Maybe the ceiling fan, since we have it, and just need to hang it.  I'll keep you posted though.  :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Winter Weddings

Y'all.  We love weddings around here.  And that makes sense because weddings are full of things that we love.  Marriage, friends, food, dancing (usually), and good times.  We've been to so many weddings over the past few years, although most of them are in the spring/summer (remember that time we had 4 weddings in June?!)

This year, though we had the opportunity to go to two weddings in December - one for an old roommate of the hubs, which was a lovely morning wedding just before Christmas, and another for my very best friend in high school, which was a very festive New Year's Eve bash!  Both were so beautiful, meaningful, and really fun.  I don't have a ton of photos, but I did manage to snap a few that I think perfectly capture some of the styles of each of these events.

Instead of signing a guest book, we decorated ceramic ornaments with paint pens to hang on a Christmas tree that was outside of the reception venue!  Guests also placed gifts under the tree, which was really festive!  

Gourmet hot chocolate and coffee bar complete with cinnamon sticks, chocolate shavings, marshmallows, nutmeg, and whipped cream.  Perfection.

For New Year's Eve, it was all about the glitz.  It worked out perfectly since we had the day off of work and could sleep in after.  I loved all the glitter and shiny sweet things at this wedding.  And of course we stayed and danced until midnight.  The DJ did a great job of keeping the dance floor going, and there were lots of New Year party supplies, hats, horns, and funky glasses for the photo booth and also general amusement.  

More sweet treats.  

One of the tables.  The other tables had tall pedestals with flowers, that I didn't get a great photo of. 

We had a real blast in December with these weddings and other get-togethers with our friends and families!  

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Blogging for no one...again (and other goals for the new year)

Almost 2 years ago, I had a little coming back to the blog.  It was February 2013 and I wrote this post about what I called then, "blogging for no one".  In it, I talked a little about the journey of the blog, and how I wanted to get back into it, but slowly...just writing about things that I wanted to write about.

And if I'm honest, 2013 was THE YEAR for this old blog.  I learned so much that year.  I made so many great bloggy friends, had really consistent posts, and had an awesome time keeping it up.  And then in 2014, I still wanted to keep it up, but frankly, I became less consistent.  I got a new job.  We picked up other social activities.  Hubs got a new job.  And especially in the last half of the year, I didn't even want to turn the computer on when I got home from work, much less turn it on to write meaningful things that people would read.

But, I really did love it.  And so, I'm back where I started if you will - blogging for no one...again.  I've actually got several things I'd like to share.  (We've actually had a gingerbread house themed party, two weddings, and a newly painted laundry room ALL in December...well, the laundry room was Saturday night, but still.)  I've been taking photos when I remembers and I have thought of so many things I'd like to talk about on Thrift for Today, but just haven't at at the computer long enough to write them out.

In fact, I got this nifty little planner from Target just before the new year, and I've written down several personal goals for the year, which I'm hoping will help keep me on track.  I used to live by my handwritten planner, and have gotten out of the habit of keeping up with one.

The moral of the story though, is that I have it now, and I've made a list of several of my personal goals for the year.  So, since I'm here, I might as well share the list with you...because what good is telling you about the list if I don't tell you the list, am I right?

2015 Goals

Have a daily quiet time.  I'd really like to read the Bible through this year, but for the goal, I thought it was important to clarify how I'd like to do that - through daily time in the Word.  

Get to the gym at least 3 times/week.  Because I really just have to.  I know this will come as a huge shock, but your body changes when you go from being really active to working full time at a desk Monday through Friday.  It doesn't happen all at once, and frankly, it's easy to avoid and just try to eat healthier.  The fact is though, my body needs exercise and it needs it yesterday.  I joined a gym less than a mile away from our house the week before Christmas, and I've been pretty consistently going...except that we've been out of town since New Year's Eve.  But I'm hoping to get back there this week.  

Blog at least twice/week.  Again, this seems so simple.  Start I blog, I thought.  Write my feelings, I thought.  Except sometimes it is just hard.  I was doing a consistent MWF routine in 2013, but that just go to be too much last year.  I'm hoping that I can get back into it this year, but for now, twice/week seems realistic to me (although I'm hopeful that some weeks might have a bonus feature).  
Read at least 4 books.  That's one/season so that should be realistic.  A girl's got to have some non-screen time right?  Also, I'm open to your suggestions for books.  

Those are realistic, right?  I've also got a list of goals for the house (painting the laundry room was on that list), and hubs and I will be sitting down in the coming weeks to create our family goal list of things we'd like to accomplish as a family.  

So there it is.  Post one of the new year.  For you, if you're following along.  For no one, if you're not.  And for me, because I like to write. 

Happy New Year glitter