Sunday, February 24, 2013

tar-jay, sun-day...

So, it's been a pretty busy week on my end. This resulted in a lot less blog posts than I had originally planned. Such is life. I somehow always find the time to stop by my favorite store in the entire world at least 3 times a week. Drum roll please.........Target! Seriously, who doesn't love this store (besides guys). It sucks you in and before you know it, daylight turns to night. What?!?!?! I couldn't have been in here that long? Not to mention it is inevitable that you will pick up and put back at least 50 items during the trip. This is mostly for one of two reasons. One, you found something or multiple somethings that trump what you already thought was a great deal. Two, you realize that you might have to pick up a second job to pay for everything in your cart. The first will leave you with a feeling of regret, which in turn will cause you to go back and purchase the item days later. This still affects the later of the two reasons, because honestly, the money didn't just appear in your purse over the course of several days. So, at the end of all this, I present you with my recent obsessions at Target that I kept going back for bought. 

The white berry basket has been an obsession of mine since I first saw them on Anthopolgie. Of course, they were way more than I wanted to pay at the time, so I put the berry basket out of my mind for the time being. That was until I was in Kohl's the other day and saw these gems. They are Food Network brand and come in a variety of colors. While I loved the colors, I had to go with white (because it goes with everything, of course!) The washi tape inside is one of my newest Target "keep going back for more" finds. You can't find them online on the site anywhere and quite honestly, they were tricky to find in the store. Also adding to the difficulty is the fact that not all Target stores carry all four color options. Huge bummer. This will lead to trips to multiple Target stores within a 20 mile vicinity. Worth it? I think so! These gems come in four packs and are based around a particular color scheme. There are currently four different colors: blue, red, green and yellow and cost a mere $4 a pack. The colors in the packs are different shades of these base colors which makes them great to use with different projects. You can find these in the scrapbook aisle the packaging aisle. This makes no sense, but this is where they can be found. They have matching binder clips, push pins, paper clips, etc. that match the tape as well. Now, go out and find some today!

These disposable straws are all the rage these days! They are great for parties and just add a certain flair and festiveness to the occasion. They also are completely adorable sitting on my counter and brightening up the room. The large straws can currently be found at Target in the party supply section. They are a steal at $2 for a 20 count pack. I have some bad news about the small straws. These lovelies were found in the Valentine seasonal section this year. They were also a 20 count pack, but were priced at $3. If you can understand why a smaller straw is more expensive than a larger straw, please let me know. While you can not just run out to your nearest Target and look for the smaller version, we can only hope that they will bring these back next year for Valentine's day and then you can score some for yourself! 

Today is a busy day full of blogging, editing a photo session, getting lesson plans together and hoping to finally be able to watch Taken 2 tonight. More on that movie fiasco later. Have a great Sunday!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

february favorites...

So, like so many bloggers before me, I'm going to start a monthly favorites post to let you know what products I absolutely love and where you can find them for yourself! Here is the first edition! 

I can not even begin to explain my excitement as I walked into New York & Company recently and saw these glittery beauties. There was a lot of being distracted by shiny objects on this shopping trip, to say the least. The hard part was picking the color. They come in three different pastel colors that are perfect for spring. And seriously, who can resist a great flat? They make my feet smile. 

Who would have thought these little candies would be so difficult to find? No lie. I seriously looked everywhere for these little gems to decorate the house with (because who really would eat the straight sugar that they are?) Finally, I found them at the Dollar Tree of all places. At least they were a bargain. They look so great in my solar lit mason jar at night!

Candles are a must at my house. I love their ability to make a small space smell so incredible in such a short amount of time. Of course, I am a Yankee Candle junkie at heart and wouldn't dare dream of burning anything else! My awesome brother happened to get me this scent and I can't even begin to tell you how to-die-for it is. You definitely need to pick one up for yourself soon. 

The link above will take you to something similar to the baking cups I bought at TJ Maxx. We all know how hit or miss that store can be, so make sure to check there often in their baking section and you just may find these. Mine came in a twelve pack which was awesome and were only about $4! It was a steal. I love how eco-friendly they are and perfect for Valentine's sweets. 

This new guy is my pride and joy. I did my research and decided that as a beginner in the world of manual photography, the Canon Rebel t3i was exactly what I needed. I have been gaining experience (mostly with newborns and babies) and decided to take the plunge and splurge on a new camera. Now, I did shell out most of my huge tax refund this year, but I think it will be money well spent in the end. The camera is really easy to use and takes beautiful pictures. I highly recommend it to anyone. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

love is in the air

Well, I've finally given in and decided to start a blog. It seems like everyone these days is trying it, so I figured, why not? One thing for sure is that Pinterest is my absolute favorite place to waste spend time looking for the next great DIY project. Starting a blog in February is killer though, I must say. Valentine's Day is one my all time favorite holidays and I love decorating the house with anything hearts and love related. My first order of business was to get my chalkboards completed. And yes, I have three of them currently. I knew as soon as I saw this one on Little Baby Garvin, I had to try it. Not perfect, but I do love it!

I am in love with the arrows I made. I saw them in an Instagram photo and put my new sewing machine to good use right away. I used some left over felt from another project and collected some sticks from the backyard. It can't get any easier than that, folks!

No Valentine's Day celebration would be complete unless you started your day off with some of these bad boys. Festive is definitely an understatement in this house.  

Well, it's the end of another exciting week and I am looking forward to having tomorrow off. Stay tuned.