Happy New Year!

2013 is here!  Usually I do a New Year’s Goals post, but I’m skipping it this year.  I have plenty of goals set and I’ll share a few in the days ahead.  Today I printed out this New Year’s Resolution printable art and put it in one of my Goodwill frames.


Want to make one of your own?  You can get this free printable full of resolutions courtesy of Colour Me There.  It may not have your specific resolutions, but print it out and put it somewhere where you will see it to help keep you on track.

Now that the new year is here, I guess it’s time to put away Christmas. I wanted to share some personalized ornaments that I won on one of my favorite blogs, Young and Frugal in Virginia.  Thanks to Tiffany for hosting the giveaway and to Jodi for the great design!


To see more of Jodi’s designs check out her etsy shop at www.MagnoliaMommyMade.etsy.com and her facebook page www.facebook.com/MagnoliaMommyMade

I recently was invited to join Influenster, a community of trendsetters who give opinions of products and experiences.  The postman  brought me the Holiday Vox Box as my first box.  Here are the products that I received to test…


Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal+:  Funny they sent me a sample of my already favorite oatmeal in my favorite flavor!  This is the best instant oatmeal I’ve had – ever.  Whole grain oats, barley, rye, and wheat are mixed with chunks of fruit and nuts.  They are so convenient to use.  You can just add hot water or microwave them.  I love that they are single-serve cups making it easy to have a delicious breakfast or snack anytime, anywhere.

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine: I was sent a nude color.  It comes in 10 different shades.  This will surely help keep my lips soft this winter.  It’s a non-sticky formula that creates the ultimate creamy and soft textured feel.

Kiss Nail Dress: I can’t wait to try these out…on my toes…before my beach trip later this month.  My next pedicure will be done by me.  They sound so easy to use.  You just peel, apply, and shape and they last for up to a week. No topcoat needed, it’s built-in.  They even come off without having to use harsh remover.

EBOOST: is an effervescent powder that boosts your mood, focus, and immunity with natural ingredients and no crash.  It comes in four flavors: orange, pink lemonade, acai pomegranate, and superberry.  Who couldn’t use a boost this time of year?

Goody QuickStyle Brush Paddle: What an innovative brush!  It has super absorbent microfiber bristles that remove up to 30% of water as you style.  It’s like a towel and brush in one.  This is sure to speed up my morning routine!

Sole Society: Sole Society is a chic brand of exclusive high quality, on-trend shoes, starting at $49.95.  Influester has provided me with a code to share with you so you can get $25 off your first  pair.  The website is www.SoleSociety.com and the code is INFLUENSTER25.  Let me know what you get.  Not sure what I’m going to choose yet. Cute, cute shoes!  The code is good through January 31, 2013.




52 Weeks of Goodwill – Week 52

It’s 11:30pm on New Year’s Eve.  I am determined to finish the 52 Weeks of Goodwill series by the end of the year.  Of course I have several items waiting to be repurposed and refashioned, but with the busy holiday season nothing has been touched.

I needed something quick so I remembered that I had a bag of these foam thingies given to me at the Harbourview store when I did a DIY event there.  A sort of challenge to figure out a way to repurpose them.


With a little thought I’m sure I can come up with something better than this, but at the last-minute this is what you’re getting.  I flipped it over and attached some cut out numbers.


Now I feel like I can fit right in while I watch the ball drop from the comfort of my living room.


Happy New Year!  Out with the old and in with the new.  Speaking of which, now is the best time to shop at Goodwill.  Everyone is  cleaning out and donating to get those year-end tax deductions.  Happy Thifting in 2013!

52 Weeks of Goodwill – Week 51

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.  For me it was a refreshing week.  It was nice to be off from work, unwind, and just enjoy being at home.  Someone read my Week 50 post because I got a Goodwill gift card along with many other much-loved gifts!

Now I’m looking forward to 2013.  I always enjoy setting goals for the new year.  Some years I’m more successful than others.  This 52 Weeks of Goodwill series was one of my goals for 2012 and I stuck with it, although not always quite on time.

One of my goals is to eat healthier and get some regular exercise.  I’m hoping these two finds at Goodwill will help me do just that.

First up is Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.  I’ve heard great things about this DVD. I’m not counting on losing 20 pounds in 30 days.  I’ll be happy that if after 30 days I can get through the whole video.  I understand it’s rough.  Goodwill price $3.25.  Current price on Amazon is $6.87.


I also found a Bento Box for just $2.25.


It’s a double stack with carrying handles and a fork and spoon in the top cover in like new condition.  These retail for $18.99 and are BPA free.


I plan to pack my lunch most days.  I’ll be able to eat healthier, save money, and keep those brown bags and baggies out of the landfill.  Did you know there are entire blogs dedicated to bento lunches?  BentoLunch.net, JustBento.com, and MyBentoMeal.com  (the makers of my box) are just a few.  There are some really creative lunches!

I want to share just one more item, another fabulous handmade find.  A variegated hat and scarf set for just $1.25.  It washed up beautifully (and matches my bento box perfectly.)  I bet some of you wish you had it right now with all of the harsh winter weather crossing the USA.  Luckily, no snow here!


52 Weeks of Goodwill – Week 50

Merry Thriftmas!

Can you believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve?  Are you ready? If not, you have one more day to find the perfect gift! As you plan your last holiday shopping trip, be sure to stop by your local Goodwill.  When you shop at Goodwill you are supporting the mission by helping to provide employment and career training to members of your community.  What better gift is that?  Let’s not forget that you are also doing good for the environment!   The Goodwill stores in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas are open tomorrow from 9am to 5pm.  Who said a great gift has to be brand new? I am confident you can find something special for even the most persnickety person on your list at Goodwill!

I’ll be spending my Christmas Eve at home baking, wrapping, and filling up these….


They were found at the Colonial Heights store for just 99 cents each.  Seriously….99 cents each.  I know someone put a lot of time and heart into making these and I’m so glad I’m the one who found them. I love them.  They’ve got that ’70’s look!


So, just out of curiosity I took a look on Etsy to see what the going rate is for a crocheted granny square Christmas stocking.  There was quite a range of prices, styles, and quality of work.  How about $15 to $60 each?!

My husband found Abby a new Christmas dress.  It’s a little big for her, but I can probably take it in some.  Price was also 99 cents!


She wasn’t exactly thrilled, but she doesn’t want to be on Santa’s naughty list!





52 Weeks of Goodwill – Week 49

I love this time of year!  This weekend I finally got our Christmas tree decorated.


I also decorated my mantle, but this year I decided to use items I purchased at Goodwill.   I  especially wanted to use the train I found in week 46.


My vintage ‘Elf on the Shelf’ came from Goodwill a few years back as did the vintage angel and glass ornaments on the tree.


The owl and bird aren’t from Goodwill, but I thought they went well with the ‘Let It Snow’ plaque that is from Goodwill. (Because I know someone will ask, I found them at K-Mart.)  I decorated the little tree with a variety of colorful buttons.


I found a plaid skirt that I had originally wanted to use to cover my picture over the fireplace, but it wasn’t quite enough material so I ended up using wrapping paper to cover the picture.  I cut up the skirt and used some of it for a tree skirt and garland on the tree.  I also made this…


While it’s not something you would see in a magazine, I’m happy with how it turned out.


Have you found any festive decorations this holiday season at Goodwill?

DIY Showcase at the Woodlake Goodwill

This past week a new Goodwill location opened at 14740 Hull Street Road in Chesterfield, Virginia.  The awesome folks at Goodwill were kind enough to invite me to do a DIY Showcase there on Saturday afternoon.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by and said hi.  I enjoyed meeting you all!  In addition to inspiring customers with a few of the items from the 52 Weeks of Goodwill series, we did some hands on DIY projects using t-shirts.  We made infinity scarves, ruffle scarves, and drape vests with t-shirts purchased at Goodwill.












If you live in or plan to visit the Richmond area soon be sure to ride by and check out the new Woodlake store.  Better yet make a day of it and hit up all the area locations.

To keep up with all the latest happenings at Goodwill Industries serving Hampton Roads and Central Virginia be sure to like their Facebook page and tell them that I sent you.



52 Weeks of Goodwill – Week 48

Holiday clothing, you either love it or hate it.  Me?  I love it!  Even the tacky holiday sweaters.

Inspired by an idea I saw on Pinterest, I decided to make myself a new shirt for the 2012 holiday season.

I purchased a basic long-sleeved grey shirt from Goodwill at 50% off for $2.49 and went to work.

I found a free basic clip art design on the internet and used a white colored pencil and traced it on the shirt.

I put a brown paper bag inside the shirt to protect the back and painted inside the lines  with some white fabric paint.

Very inexpensive, simple,  and one of a kind!


52 Weeks of Goodwill – Week 47

It’s week 47…Thanksgiving Week!

This week’s Goodwill item is a t-shirt that was the color of the week, my price was $2.00 after the 50% discount.

After a little cutting and a little stitching I now have a colorful infinity scarf.

I rescued the butterfly and used it to bunch up the scarf and cover up one of the seams.

T-shirts are fun and easy to work with ~ you can turn them into many, many things.  Next Saturday, December 1st, I’ll be at the newest Goodwill location in Central Virginia for a DIY Showcase event starting at 1:00pm. Grab a friend and come out to see me and visit the new Woodlake store located at 14740 Hull Street Road in Chesterfield.  I plan on bringing along a few t-shirts to repurpose as well as some of my past projects featured on the 52 Weeks of Goodwill series.  Hope to see you there!




Here’s Why I Call It Free-VS

It’s a hot week at CVS for free items!  In the ad there are 28 items you can get free after extrabucks rewards.  I didn’t get everything, but of all the items I did want, the only thing they didn’t have was the Play-Doh. The store I shopped had nearly everything up front on tables so you could easily find what you wanted.  I was able to use some coupons as well making a profit of $9.00.  I had coupons for Glade, Command Hooks, Starbucks Refreshers, and Children’s Advil.

Don’t you just love Free-VS?