I hosted another swap last night..kind of a spur of the moment deal before we move.  It was a success again.  I love getting FREE clothes, accessories, and jewelry, courtesy of my friends.  I also love when someone finds joy in the stuff I don’t want anymore.

I also love wine.
Butterfly clips are coming back.  I can just feel it.
IMG_3397My outfit today was completely swapped!  I took a swapped 14K  gold bracelet into the jeweler to trade in and got about $9 for it. Then I had the battery replaced on an old gold timex watch I picked up at the swap.  I had to pay $.81 total.  Cheapest watch ever.



10 things

10 things I’m loving right now.

1. Raspberry tea

2. Free clothes that are awesome.

3. Friends that give me free clothes that are awesome. When Jensen came to visit last Friday, she brought me these pants. Which are just the right amount of stretchy to be dreamy. Thank you Jan Jansen, for selling Cabi and giving them the Kate for free, thus giving them to me by default. She sent me another pair in black..and a dress. So awesome. IMG_33084.  Working when I want.

5. Reading. I have been a sponge lately. I think the colder weather makes me want to hunker down and read every book ever written.

6. Remodeling.  As much work as it is, and I know its just the beginning honeymoon phase, but I really like re-doing houses.  I love HGTV and although I’m no interior decorator, I thoroughly enjoy picking out paint colors and making projects for the walls. Can’t wait to move out to our new house so we can keep up the work.

7.  my Toms. Still. Can’t get enough.

8. These boots that I’m saving up for.  They are exactly like the pair I have worn every day for the past 3 winters.  But without 2 cracked soles. I will be wearing them by Christmas.

9. Yogadownload.com podcast. I love doing yoga, and 20 minutes a day seems just enough to do me good, and not too much to scare me off from even doing it in the first place.

10. That 5/10, or 50% of this post is about my shoes/clothes. I read too many fashion blogs.

I “can” do it!

I canned dilly beans!

Canning has been on my list of goals for 2 years now.  I can finally cross it off.

My good friend from college spent the day with me on Friday.  It was a great day filled with lots of talking, coffee/tea drinking, and of course, a crash course in canning.  It was so nice to have someone experienced walking me through each step (and to chat with during the process).  The part that has been holding me up for 2 years was just where to start.  I didn’t know what supplies to get or how much ingredients I would need.  I didn’t have to worry about that.  Jensen took care of it.
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Beans + Dill = Dilly Beans!
IMG_3717Next up:  Tomatoes!

A day well spent.

I spent the day yesterday with my nieces.

We made birthday cards for Grandma.


Played at East Park all morning.


Rode the merry-go-round.

Went down the slide….a lot…IMG_3169 IMG_3170

Picked flowers we weren’t supposed to.IMG_3171

Posed for pictures.IMG_3172 IMG_3173

And had lunch with Uncle Dave. Whew!IMG_3177


IMG_3041Yesterday started with a “bridal shower” and  ended with a “bachelorette party” in my honor. 


I’m intrigued and perplexed by the many “traditions” surrounding a wedding these days, which essentially is about deciding to commit yourself to your partner for the rest of your life.

As many brides before me I’m sure, I have been overwhelmed by the expectations to do things according to tradition: you need a bouquet, you should walk down an aisle, you have to register for gifts, you need to have a bridal shower, you should invite so and so, and the list goes on. All of these things are just details that probably won’t matter a month from now.  Its all part of the process of learning about yourself, your partner, and both of your families.   


What’s most important is making memories with family and friends, both old and new. 


When all the dust settles from the celebrations and excitement surrounding our “wedding extravaganza”  I am confident I will look back and know I was surrounded by great family and friends who really love us.  And the memories will make me smile. A lot. IMG_3032

And thats really what matters in life. Right?IMG_3038