Monday, July 28, 2014

Shops and things I love this summer and a giveaway!

With my kids at home, I've had far less time this summer to shop
and run from store to store.
I have been relying on on-line shopping because it's quick and easy,
and I have eaten up anything that is going to save me time or energy.
I rounded up a few of the companies and products I have tried and want to share them with you.

There are lots of flower delivery companies out there and I have used a few of them.
This summer though, I had the opportunity to try out Bouqs and was super impressed!
Not only were the flowers gorgeous, they lasted forEVER.

For someone who loves fresh flowers, it was nice to get something that stayed fresh for a really long time.  
It's always nice to send flowers just because.
Or hint hint, pass this link on to your husband.
I'm kind of a big fan of the Ranunculus in case you were wondering.

Know what gets me to love a company even more?
Witty advertising and down to earth people.
It's what drew me into to order from Bouqs in the first place.
Seriously, watch the video.
You won't be disappointed and you will love the company even more.

After spending six weeks working on my son's vintage airplane room,
I drooled over this light switch from Uncommon Goods.
I mean, seriously, how awesome is that?!
I finally got around to ordering it and it's even more awesome in person.

Never one to order just one thing from a company, I also put this cardboard Rhino head in my cart
and this wood bowl.
 I went back and forth on this wood bowl and ended up taking it out of my cart more than once.
I didn't buy it, but I am putting it on my wish list.

Uncommon Goods is such a fun store to shop in.  
I love the handmade selection of goods they offer, but most of all, I love the one of a kind gifts {great place to shop for birthday gifts for that hard to buy for person!} and personalized items that you can find.  Go check them out.  You are sure to find something you have never seen before.

This summer all three kids went to summer camp.
It's inevitable that something will get lost or left behind,
but the odds are much better of getting your things back if you label your items.
I used labels from and could not have been more satisfied!
It made packing a breeze, and instead of hand writing on every item the kids brought, I could just put a label on it.  It took two seconds and looked way better than my sharpie scrawl.
My favorites were the stick-n-wear labels.

Several months ago, I was asked to be a part of a panel called The Passion Panel for
I have been to several meetings at the Online Shoes headquarters in Seattle and I must say, it's a pretty awesome company.

I have ordered several pairs of shoes, received some swag
  {like these Clarks and my husband's Sperry top siders
and have had the opportunity to try out their customer service {it's amazing}.

It's nearly back to school shoe shopping time and I couldn't recommend more.

I have been dying my hair since I was in high school.
Mostly because my hair is super thin and flat and it needs a little damage.
I must confess though, as of late, it's because I have grey hair popping in.
I blame it on the children.

Anyways, I had a super coupon for this John Frieda color glaze hair gloss and have used it for the past four months and LOVE IT!
Every few weeks when I remember, I put this on in the shower and leave it on for three minutes.
It's helped my color last WAY longer!

Have you met Sophie yet?
Sophie is our three year old golden retriever and we love her lots and lots.
What I don't love is the amount that she sheds.
I get these fur balls that float around like tumbleweed on my floors, especially during the summer.
See all that fluff next to Soph?
That's her fur that I brushed out with the Miu deshedding tool.
The brush works by pulling out the undercoat of hair that sheds and leaves the topcoat healthy and shiny.
And it means less fur tumbleweeds on my floors.

Last month, my oldest son got his braces off.
How cute is he?!
He asked me if he could whiten his teeth after he got his braces off.

Braces tend to discolor your teeth a bit, so I obliged and got him Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system.

Smile Brilliant is offering one of my readers their own teeth whitening kit like you see here.

Help me out.
Share your favorite on-line company with me.
I just may feature them in a round up next month!
disclaimer: this post contains some affiliate links.  I may get a kickback or have received compensation for reviewing a company.  Don't worry, I wouldn't recommend anything I didn't love.  Promise.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Garage Sale Finds Friday and my reason behind being a garage sale slacker

Welcome to another week of garage sale finds Friday,
where I share with you some of my favorite garage sale finds from the week.

Let me start off by saying that this summer has been so busy for me that I am off my garage sale game this year!  We went on vacation to Maui {I know, cry me a river!}, the kids have each individually gone to summer camp and camp pick up is, you guessed it, on Saturday mornings, and next week I leave for Africa.

Hitting garage sales just isn't happening as much as I would like with my schedule, so these posts are happening far less often than normal, but my summer is pretty much awesome, so deal, 'k?. K.

Up first is this metal vase {50 cents} of day lilies from my garden, but first purchased from a garage sale for $2 for the plant. I love buying plants at garage sales, especially once they start growing and blooming and sprouting off new plants that I can dig up and spread around my yard.  Yeah for garage sale plants!

I also picked up this cool jug for $1 and this mini screen door for $2.

Fun fact, my favorite color is red.
I loved this red lantern.
In fact, it's about the thirty third red lantern I have owned.
I paid $1 for it.

Check out this super rad, heavy as all get out, faux port hole frame.
I am not quite sure what I am going to do with the inside of it, but for $5,
I wanted to give it a chance.

Remember my vintage snow ski's from a few weeks back?
Check out their new friend, vintage radio flyer sled.
I see these wooden sleds at garage sales all the time, but I rarely want to pay what they are asking.
I snatched up this guy for $5.
He's going to look pretty awesome at Christmas with a wreath on it don't you think?

Never one to get tired of vintage books, I grabbed these four books for 50 cents each.
I'm sure one of them is a rare first edition copy worth millions.
Not to worry, in about five minutes it will be ripped up, folded, torn, glue gunned or mod podged into something totally unrecognizable.

And finally, my daughter is the collector or mirrors.
Sort of like the wicked step mother in Sleeping Beauty but not wicked and not a step mother.
So really, not like that at all.
Anyway, she wants to give this baby a coat of paint and for $3,
I say go for it!

Those were my finds.
If you have been missing my weekly garage sale finds Friday posts, 
just do a little search on the sidebar.
That should tide you over.

And because I need to live vicariously through all of you actually having the opportunity to go to garage sales, what did you find?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Have a staycation with your kids (shhh, they might learn something too!)

We are deep into summer and I have three kids at home.
I'm hearing rumblings of "I'm bored" nearly every day.
Regardless of how many times I mention cleaning as an option, 
that just doesn't seem to snap the boredom out of them!
I'm doing my best to regulate screen time and appreciate the beautiful weather that we are having, but there are times when we all need to just zone out and relax on the couch together.
I love being able to incorporate some sneaky learning time in when I can too.
Not being from the great state of Washington, I didn't have the opportunity to learn much Washington State history as a kid.  My kids know a thing or two about Lewis and Clark, though I am sure to learn something myself watching this Lewis and Clark documentary with them.  It's always fun seeing places we have been and learn the history behind them.

I've had several friends road trip with their families to Yellowstone.  While we won't be making it this year, I would love to learn more about America's oldest and most visited park.

Having just returned from a family vacation to Maui where my kids snorkeled and played in the water, I'm sure my kids would love to watch The Blue Planet.

I've also been meaning to watch Blackfish.  
I hear it's a fascinating documentary.

I love to travel and have been laughing out loud as I watch An Idiot Abroad.

My sister in law says that she uses Netflix when she prepares to go on a trip with her two girls.
 Last year before they went to The Big Island, they watched several documentaries on Volcanoes of Hawaii.

Even if you don't have the opportunity to travel this summer, you can spend an afternoon traveling from the comfort of your own home.
I follow up our at home learning with a trip to the library where we stock up on books on the same subject. 

Do you have any tips to keep your kids learning throughout the summer?
What are your boredom busters?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Painted chevron tote bag

I recently found this small vintage zippered bag for a quarter at a garage sale.
It was plain.
And boring.
And cheap.
The cheap part is what made me buy it!
I knew I could snaz it up a bit.

I had frog tape shape tape leftover from a project last year.
It worked perfectly!
Just lay out your shape tape,
and remove the adhesive backing pressing down to seal the edges.

I used paint I had on hand.
I am a big fan of navy right now.
Especially with the clean white.
I let the paint dry and  removed the tape.

Now I have a much funner tote bag to put in my purse to keep the things that like to hide from me.
You know, things like your chapstick and pens!

What things hide from you in your purse?