Friday, February 24, 2012

Happy Feet

I couldn't NOT share this find!  I will let the pictures/captions speak for themselves:

$365 at Piperlime

$24.99 at Target

I got so excited that my 6 year old had to remind me we were actually at Target to buy a birthday present for his friend!


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Friday, February 17, 2012

Fashion Friday...Spring's Hottest Shoes

Allow myself to introduce...myself (what, you're not an Austin Powers fan?).  I'm Marlene.  Better known as the "Accessorize" portion of this blog.  Yes, I've been delinquent in my posts, but quite frankly, Rachel just does an outstanding job and I lost interest.  She begged me to do a Fashion Friday, so here I am.

I've been on a Spring shoe kick for the last week.  Here are my purchases:

The only thing that bugs me is the gigantic TOMS label on the back.  I tried to remove it but it's impossible to do without wrecking the shoe. You can read more about my love for labels here. I'm actually wearing them today and they are VERY comfortable.  A word of advice...I normally wear a 6.5 so that's what I ordered, but I probably could wear a 6. 

I haven't received these yet but I just love the color and little studs. I also like the fact that it has a tiny heel so they aren't completely flat.  When If I decide to blog again, I'll let you know how they fit.

If you don't own this sandal in at least one color then you are missing out. I bought the gold two years ago and have worn them to death.  And they still look GREAT! I did return this pair, though.  The ankle strap was too ivory for me and the thong strap was too glittery.  They come in a million colors and hold up really well.  

Are you seeing a theme?  Apparently, regular flip flops can aggravate bunions (sorry).  Having a strap holding the shoe on relieves some of the pressure on your toes.  I got these on sale and was totally pumped. I was even more pumped when I tried them on.  Then I noticed the medallions were sewed on with fishing line and one of the "lines" broke.  I'm trying to decide if I should ship them back or simply take them to a shoe shop.  I'm leaning toward repairing them because they were so cheap.  

And in my dream world....

If anyone would like to make a contribution so I can own these, I am more than willing to accept them!  


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Monday, February 13, 2012

A Boys Room...Moving Up In the World

My little man isn't exactly little any more. He's growing up...way too fast for me, but it's still happening. He was 6 years old and had just finished kindergarten when we moved into our old house. Flash forward a few years and he is now 10 and well into his 4th grade year.

He has changed and it was time for his room to reflect is what it looked like before...

And here are the after pictures...

The beds went from single to bunked. A new area rug and window panels were added as well as sconces for both bunks. The antique corner desk (Pennsylvania House...and yes, I got it from the side of the road) was paired with a hand-me-down chair that I painted black. I was able to get some old wood (for free) from the local wrecking yard that I cut into two shelves and mounted with metal brackets from Home Depot. After a quick trip to my favorite thrift store, I left with an old stop sign, a vintage architecture light, the "lucky" mason jar, an antique table fan, and a curio shelf that was hung and turned into storage for his Lego men. Paper storage was hung on the wall beside the desk for those afternoons when he has "SO" much homework. The closet door is a fun little place for chalkboard drawings, and he still has the perfect spot for his backpack. Mr. T moved the $1 book shelves from the other side of the room and I hung part of his pennant collection from the different cities we have traveled to. The bedding is the same...I just perked it up with a bottle of Rit Dye in Denim.

What's better than a fresh, new, organized space? Spending some great quality time with my little man!!!

Rachel :)
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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hey Girl...We have a Winner!!

If you don't know who Ryan Gosling this...

So now that you know, the crew over at Handmade Ryan has come up with some ridiculously funny stuff...check these out...

Submitted by @GreenEnough4Me

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Submitted by @live_long_day

By @theowlandthebee

By @theowlandthebee

By @theowlandthebee

By @sweatshopoflove

By @sweatshopoflove

Oh did you know? Actually, it was 6...but who is counting? And the winner of the custom frame by the Lemonade Stand is...comment number 3...Grammy Goodwill! Congrats!!!

Rachel :)
p.s....Ryan...I heart you... 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

This, That, and a GIVEAWAY!!!

I have a few things going on over at my old house...a DIY project, a bedroom redo, and of course several hundred ideas floating around in my brain...but today I'm super excited to bring you our first GIVEAWAY! In case you haven't noticed, we have our first blog sponsor (check out that little button on the right side of your screen)...The Lemonade Stand!

The Lemonade Stand is a wonderful business started by two stay-at-home moms turned entrepreneurs. They hand cut, sand, paint pictures frames and are now offering even more! You can find them via their website, their Etsy store, or their facebook page. win this oh so cute, handmade, distressed lime green 5 x 7 frame...simply leave a comment on this post! We will pick a number at random and ship it to you the next day. And...the giveaway ends at midnight Friday, February 10th so we can get this frame to you by Valentine's Day! This is a first for us, so become a follower on our blog and "like" The Lemonade Stand on Facebook to keep up with their latest products and more giveaways...

Happy Tuesday!
Rachel :)

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