Grocery Groove

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I returned from a school related trip on Sunday night. It was a quick and easy trip and I’m glad it’s over with. Even though I didn’t have much to do to prepare for it, I felt like there was some mysterious wall that I couldn’t move past until the trip was behind me. My first order of business upon my return was to get a really good nights sleep. I was sharing a hotel room with a few other girls and had a really hard time falling asleep every night. Something about being in a silent room with people I’m not used to staying with made it really hard, I guess!

Anyway, the second order of business was to get back into the grocery shopping groove. I ran across the street to Whole Foods in hopes of getting inspired to do some meal planning. Every time I’m in an airport I get the urge to eat salad. I think all the traveling just makes me feel gross and sluggish, which makes me feel like I need to eat healthy. So, that was my mindset and I lucked with some pretty good sales! I love the Naked green juice, but it’s always so expensive. There was a really good deal on the big jug so I snatched it up as a special treat. Even though it’s not as portable this way, I feel like it tastes better straight from the fridge to a glass! Even an airport induced salad craving can’t stop me from snacks and sweets though. My Whole Foods started selling Ben & Jerry’s AND it was on sale. If WF is cool with me eating something as ‘normal’ as cookie dough Ben & Jerry’s then it must be healthy, right?

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Black + Gold Favorites

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I found the coolest toothbrush ever. Ok, I’m sure there are way fancier ones out there, but I was pretty excited when I spotted these black and gold toothbrushes at TJ Maxx. There’s definitely no reason that I need a shiny, $8, made in Italy toothbrush! That’s what’s great about TJ Maxx. You find things that you definitely don’t need, but it’s half off so I might as well buy two, right? The cashier was baffled when I brought these to the register! This isn’t the only black and gold purchase I’ve made in the past few weeks. I was cleaning out my desk today and noticed just how out of hand the theme is getting. So here are some of my latest black and gold finds!

DSC_1946I’ll be sad when I run out of these! I haven’t been able to find them online.

DSC_1930I got  this Russell + Hazel mini binder on sale at the art supply store. They had so many cool items in the sale, but I restrained myself. It was tough! I got the weekly planner filler pages to keep track of assignments and such.

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I had to get some matching, giant paper clips too! These were a couple bucks from Staples.

DSC_1926This definitely isn’t a recent find! Maybe you’ve noticed them in my little profile picture up above? I saw them sitting next to the binder in my desk and realized this obsession is taking over. I always get questions about these when I’m at the airport! I got them on Amazon, but I’ve also seen them at Urban Outfitters and recently American Apparel online.

Craft Store Haul

DSC_1736Every time I go to the craft store I feel super motivated to start new projects and (finally) finish old ones. On my last two trips to the craft store I stocked up on clay jewelry supplies and surprisingly, kitchen things (who knew?!). I usually wait to stock up on stuff like this until I see a good sale. I found some good deals on both trips! I brought some of this back from Colorado, which is why it’s all still in the packaging. I find way better deals on clay and jewelry findings back in Colorado, but I found some pretty cheap tools out here! They don’t have the fun $2 aisle that I love though!  Here’s what I got and how I’m planning to use it.

DSC_1737Two boring colors, but staples! I saw a buy one get one 50% off sale and had to get something, but my brother set me up with pretty much every color I need! These are some that I run out of quickly.

DSC_1739I always borrow my mom’s round nose pliers and finally got some of my own for just $3. This $3 pack of tweezer tools seems useful for picking up delicate pieces. The metal scraper tool was something like $0.78 and the thick plastic sheets were about a $1 each. I went to check out the cutting mats because mine is a little beat up, but got these sheets instead. I wanted some kind of perfectly flat and easy to clean surface for rolling my clay on. I’ll see how these go!

DSC_1744Can never have enough of these! I think they were also buy one get one half off.

DSC_1748Cool kitchen stuff! We love having these straws around for sodas. Each pack was only $2! Couldn’t pass that up. I think I’m going to fill the tins with spices – only $1.50 each! The cardboard book is for a recipe booklet I want to make. Will post on it when I do!

Friday Favorite :: Texas Pride

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Happy Friday! Today I’m just posting one really cool favorite. I saw these Kris Nations pendants online a few weeks ago and really wanted one, but couldn’t decide on a state (I’ve lived in a bunch!). I would consider Colorado my home, but ya know…Colorado isn’t the most interestingly shaped state. Last week Paul actually pointed out a bowl of these at Nordstrom and I was so excited to see them in person! I was most drawn to California and Texas simply because they look awesome. I was born in Texas, so I figured why not sport my birthplace around my neck?! I only lived there for like 6 months, but it’s still significant I’d say! I love wearing this necklace. I like that it’s delicate, but also intricate. The quality is great, the chain is a nice length and it also comes in either silver or gold. Plus, you get to take it home in a cute little test tube! What state would most want to display around your neck? DSC_1496 DSC_1503 DSC_1507I’ve never used a clasp like this. It’s really handy!

Friday Finds :: Day After Xmas Shopping

DSC_1097Going shopping on the day after Christmas has become a pretty solid tradition around here. I always look forward to browsing the sales, even when I don’t have anything in mind that I need. This year, I kind of wanted to get some new sneakers, but didn’t have a whole lot of luck with that. The purchase I’m most excited about is the First Aid Beauty kit I picked up from Sephora. The funny thing is, I came really close to getting one for myself, my mom and my sister for Christmas and then we all ended up buying one on our shopping trip! I had heard really good things about the brand and then the Sephora employee gave a rave review, so I was officially sold. A few days in and I’m loving this stuff!

My best bargain award goes to the folded base tote bag I got from H&M. It’s from the Maison Martin Margiela collection, which I didn’t know much about and assumed had long been sold out. This bag was thrown in with all the other totes and marked down to…$20! I honestly don’t think I would have noticed it if it weren’t for the red sale sticker and I certainly wouldn’t have bought it for the original $199! A (kind of weird) leather bag for $20 was too good to pass up. I think it will make for a good airport bag. Did any of you brave the crowds after Christmas? Any good bargains??

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DSC_1114      :: a few little goodies. Necklace and nails from Forever 21. Glitter polish from a drugstore run on the way home ::

20121228-172641.jpg      :: necklace in action ::

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:: heeeeeey guys! :-p Cozy flannel from J.Crew ::

Store Snaps :: Dreaming of Tutus

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I take iPhone pictures when I’m out shopping all the time. I like to remember things I saw that I either want to buy (like, when it goes on sale), want to make, or just thought was funny/interesting. These are some of my favorite store snaps from the past couple of months. I saw this tutu at Anthropologie actually back in October and thought it was so beautiful! I’ve made tutus before and this one is major inspiration for my next tutu project! I’m pretty sure these are still available in stores if you are interested!

20121210-235318.jpg:: These cute outfit combos make me feel like I would actually wear a tutu during the day ::

20121210-235332.jpg:: Such a cute display at West Elm! I thought this would be cool for something like a classroom reading corner decoration ::

20121210-235405.jpg:: A guys shirt on sale at Urban Outfitters… ::

20121210-235417.jpg:: Super cool sneakers at Barney’s. I’m definitely a sneaks girl ::

20121210-235429.jpg:: Another cool find at Barney’s. I went back and tried it on and really want to get it $$ ::

20121210-235439.jpg:: So Christmassy – I ❤ grilled cheese ::

20121210-235447.jpg:: WOW Trader Joe’s couldn’t be more prepared for potato latkes season ::

Grocery Haulin’ :: Kiddie Food

I love grocery shopping. Sometimes I go with no plan and sometimes I write a full list. This week I knew I needed eggplant, mushrooms and apples, but then embarrassing things just magically appeared in my basket, heh. Yep, there’s a Lunchable and a box of Cap’n Crunch hidden in there. Sure I could have removed those and pretended that I’m a really healthy shopper, but let’s keep it real here. I’m a huge cereal fan and pretty typically eat it twice a day. Something plain and crunchy for breakfast and something super sweet (and made for kids) at night. And those Lunchables were on sale for a dollar and I hadn’t had one in a real long time and sometimes you just get a desire to pretend you’re on a 2nd grade field trip. Excuses, excuses. Maybe my next grocery haul will be a little more sophisticated…

PS Click here to see what I made with my grocery list last week.