thrift love

a friend once sent me a piece of writing that advised treating yourself to whatever items you see out in the world and love. the gist of the work was that our lives are short and a good deal of our short lives are spent in our homes so we might as well bring the things we love into our everyday presence.  in theory, i agree wholeheartedly with this concept. but, practically speaking, a little barrier called finite funds comes in to play. one can’t simply buy all the things one loves.  unless….one is in the thrift store.

my shopping posts have been about new items thus far but my heart lies in buying used, thrifted items. my first place of employment was the goodwill and i applied there so i could get an employee discount…at the goodwill…on 99 cent shirts. this resulted in a lot of polyester jumpsuits in my wardrobe and a lifelong love for digging through racks to find the quirky items that speak to my equally quirky soul.

i got back to the thrift stores this week since D was away and found many treasures that have been put to use in the home. mostly functional things like cheap baskets and pots for my growing houseplant collection but below are some of my favorites:


 cactus mat

^^^ i could not pass this up. funky from the doorstep people. ^^^

vintage chair

^^^ it is a damn crime how little i paid for this gorgeous chair ^^^

 thrifted baby

^^^ and these! imma putta baby in ’em! ^^^

*please don’t get excited thinking these look like boy clothes and spiral into scenarios where we secretly know the sex of this human. we don’t. as a reminder: no one owns the colors. i love these and will love them even more on our little person.


changing table makeover

we were loaned a changing table for use with our upcoming addition.  it is so very lovely and generous to be gifted and loaned baby items! since we picked it up i have been trying to make room in our budget for adding a few touches to it to give it our own style. i’ve had my eye on these two patterns for new changing pad covers. i can’t decide which one i like better but i guess i have more time to decide since the shop is on vacation at the moment…

camper changing padikat changing pad cover

anyone want to weigh in with a favorite?

and i also wanted to share one bit of cuteness i snapped up this week. i can’t wait to put some super cute baby buns in those bloomers!


happy shopping, y’all! 


avoiding maternity clothes

 avoiding maternity clothes

i didn’t do a good job taking pics this past week. or dressing myself really. but it doesn’t matter because this is the only outfit that exists from here on out…to the end of this pregnancy. and always.  it’s the most comfortable black dress ever. i will wear it every day. no more pregnancy fashion posts because this is what i wear all day, every day. forever and ever. amen.

the end.




if there’s one thing we have well stocked for this baby, it’s blankets. we have generations of blankets here. however, i’m very impressed and intrigued by the muslin swaddle blankets. with this baby coming in the summahtime and the farmer’s almanac warning us that we’re gonna sweat this one out, i would love to have one or two of these around for those first few scorching months. i was going to try make some myself because they seem to be pretty expensive {why are they so expensive?} but that’s probs not going to happen with all the other projects at hand around here.

my two favorites on the internet at the moment, that are also in my price range, are this golden arrow and this whale pattern. so adorable. i might pick one of these out and then see if i can score some plain ones second hand.

happy shopping, y’all!

kimono vs. iphono?



so i thought it would be fun for this saturday shopping post to show one item that i wanted to buy this week and then another item that i wanted to buy and DID.

can you guess which one I got?

well, i was super in love with that kimono and see the need for some lighter weight cover-ups coming here in the near future. but i’ve been needing a new phone case for a while and fell in love with that one up there. thank heavens for paypal balances!

so, i’m hoping that kimono stays in stock until my next payday. ’cause this pregnant momma needs some warm weather wardrobe options stat.


diaper decisions

diaper cover

i still haven’t decided if we’re cloth diapering from the get go with this babe but this cover kinda makes me want to. We started cloth diapers at around 10-11 months with darla and that worked out pretty well. i feel like we will start out in disposables, transition to a combination routine and end with all cloth, all the time. and darla was potty trained by just a few months after her 2nd birthday so i’d like to go ahead and keep that the same or earlier. please, universe? thanks a mil.

I’m kinda obsessed with a few things from this store { like also these } but the cute diaper covers catch my eye the most. we have some of ours left over from d but i will probably need to pic up another infant and one more larger size to make it work.

ugh, i can’t believe i’m back to the stage of being in charge of another human’s butt. life is a hoot.

ps. we’ll probably be using these disposables and these wipes if any of you kind souls wanna send baby wrucker a welcome gift!


my plan to avoid maternity clothes

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so, i loathe maternity clothes as most are overpriced and not very cute. i made it through my pregnancy with darla without buying a single pair of maternity pants and i’m looking to do the same with this go around. let’s see how i do ;-)  i’ll post some of my outfits from here on out to show how i’m avoiding mah momjeanz!!

ps. yes, i’m sure i’ll be baring my middle some before this babe is out. and yes, it looks like i enjoy taking pictures of myself at work. they have much prettier mirrors there with far less hand prints and sticker residue on them than at my house.

midwest produce calendar


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April has me thinking about getting some goods in the ground to call a garden this year. i’ve had my eye on these produce calendars by krankpress for a long time now and thought i’d share. krankpress makes regional produce calendars which seem so handy and pretty for produce growers and lovers. this would sure help with the grocery list before heading to market!