Happy Sunday – Weigh In

Those two things don’t really go together though. We will get right to it, this week wasn’t so good. I don’t really have any excuses, I ate too much, drank too much and now weigh a little more.

Me     +1

Mr. Gaunt     -3

Yup I gained a pound.  I could easily say it had to do with lifting weights and blah blah blah, but I doubt I gained a pound of muscle this week lol. But it’s ok. It’s a good reminder that if I want to lose weight I have to wait until I am HUNGRY to eat and stop when I am FULL.

But I’m not letting this get me down today. It still will be a happy Sunday! Me and my sister and Mr. Gaunt are going to help my mom re-do her bathroom today! For Christmas the three of us got her all new bathroom linens (towels, rugs, curtain etc) and a Home Depot gift card to buy paint. So today we are going to finally do it. We also have plans to fix her crazy running toilet and maybe re-caulk the tub, we will see. These are the kinds of things I missed so much while I was in Colorado, and would have killed to spend a day working on a project with my family, so I’m going to enjoy it!

Oooh! Also if you remember me talking about workout pants last week, I’ve been on the hunt. I was having the hardest time finding any that met my requirements.

1. No fold over waste band (they fall down)

2. Capri Length

3. NOT shiny (my ass does not need to be reflective)

4. Tight at the top but with a slightly flared calf (or at least not skin tight at the calf)

5. Not $$$

Which is impossible to find you guys! I found a few at Costco that looked ok, but they were pricey $30 (seriously folks, I’m REALLY poor). I originally like these from Old Navy, but they only come in plus size and I like them pretty tight. I also really like these from the GAP but they were $50! I had a 30% off coupon, but with shipping they were still pricey. I came thisclose to ordering them, but didn’t. A few people told me to go to Luluemon (or their outlet) and yeah ok, these, these, and this are all mad cute, but like I would ever spend $86 on yoga pants…ha! Insanity!

So I put it off, and I wore my yucky old ones, or the ones with the fold over waste that fall down, until yesterday. Mr. Gaunt and I were at Value Village trolling the aisles not finding much, until I remembered the workout pants. Now normally I almost put workout pants into the same category as tights…in that I don’t really want to wear someone elses, but I thought just a glance wouldn’t hurt. This is where the Used Clothing Gods shined their light upon me and reminded me to not be a stuck up dumb girl dreaming of $86 workout pants and remember that if I believe in them enough the Used Clothing Gods will always provide for me.

BAM! Brand new looking Champion workout pants $5

Annnnnndd a super cute Adidas reversible Workout Skirt $7 (they are like $50 new!)

So yeah, that’s freaking excellent! I cant wait to go burn off the pound I gained this week! Also the snow all melted which makes my life 1000x better. It also makes it so I don’t just want to sit in my house and eat chicken pot pies all day. COME SOON SPRING!

 

 

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Fall Fun Bonanza!

I like to use the word Bonanza whenever possible. Seriously.

October was whirl wind of activities! Bonfires, Antique Shopping in Lynden, Thrifting Dresses and sweaters, wearing tights, Eating Man Pies. How I love fall! I’m so glad it is taking so long for all the leaves to change. I’m so glad that the weather goes from rainy to sunny and back again, never too hot, never too cold. I’m so glad that Mr. Gaunt takes me on dates, and we eat outside in our coats. I’m so glad we switched our roadtrip snacks from Sunflower seeds to Pumpkin Seeds. I think November will just be another extension of October, and I will ride this pumpkin flavored, maple leaf smelling, puffy vest wearing coat-tails all the way to Christmas!

Forrest burning all our excess cardboard

$8 "Infinity Scarf" from Buffalo Exchange. Thanks Aunt. J for th pin!

A NEW USED WASHER! HIP HIP HOORAY!

Dress $4, "cardigan" is a thrifted J.Crew jersey tee I cut up the front, and cut the sleeves 3/4.

$6 at Value Village

 

$3 Skirt from Value Village. Didnt buy the sweater

Pumpkin Seeds for the road.

A Rainy afternoon in Lynden

Did you know Lynden is a Dutch Colony....weird.

Checking out the antique shops

Bought a cat for the Teal Cat Project! Check it out at http://www.tealcatproject.com

The Crazy Spider house!

Need a closer look?

Check out that HUGE spider on the side of the house!

Eating Man Pies...the ultimate comfort food.

 

Used Name Brand Clothing

I thought I would share tonight’s Savers shopping experience with y’all. I’d first like to say that although I LOVE Savers/Goodwill/The Salvation Army, I am not as big a fan of Plato Closet and Buffalo Exchange type stores. See those kinds of stores ONLY take new name brand clothing, which usually means Gap and Old Navy and Holister clothing from last season. That stuff is STILL on the clearance racks for $1.99, I really don’t need to pay $6 for it at your store. Not to mention I’m not 16 anymore and I’m really not looking for used Abercrombie and Fitch or Forever 21. That stuff is poor quality to begin with, and after some 16-year-old wore it and washed it 50 times, it’s probably one thread away from falling apart. No thanks. I also feel like people who DO give a shit about name brand clothing rarely want to buy it used, teenagers can spot last seasons clothes faster than they can spot an out of date cell phone…anyone got a RAZR?

So I take a pass on any store that passes judgement based on a label. Id much rather spend an hour digging through the racks of tacky 90’s apparel to find real quality clothing, that is MY style, for a good price. And you know what, if you have the patience you CAN find really great clothes! Here is what tonight’s trip brought me (please ignore the lack of bra and the Lummi Island Hair):

 

AMERICAN EAGLE - $15.00

 

These were actually already in the dressing room when I went in (I love when that happens) upon further inspection they are new-ish mens American Eagle Jeans. The length however is a 30, which at 5′ 7″ makes them hit just at the ankles…eww…but cuffed up once they are super cute summer SHPANTS! Love em! They have that casual boyfriend fit. now the price was slightly over my budget, but I had gift certificates AND when you donate stuff (we brought 2 boxes) they give you a 20% off coupon, so they were much cheaper!

 

Ann Taylor - $4.99

 

Loving the casual sailor chic look! And this shirt looked almost brand new and super soft! With its 3/4 length sleeves this outfit is going to be a summer staple.

 

J. Crew - $5.99

This was a mens Medium sweater (yes mens sweaters can be super cute!). I really like the color and fit, but the neck was a bit high for me, so I passed. But J. Crew for $6, such a steal!

 

 

H&M - $7.99

 

Very similar to the first one only it has long sleeves so I passed. Also I’m pretty sure this was probably $8 to begin with, Savers just marks it up because they know we don’t have a H&M so people are desperate. You’re not fooling me Savers!

 

Eddie Bauer - $6.99

 

Again cute and casual, wasnt in love with the price, also felt a bit worn. I passed.

 

Lands End - $8.99

 

I actually really liked this sweater, but Mr. Gaunt didn’t like the pattern. Usually I don’t care what he thinks (sorry hun) but I agreed I usually steer clear of a striped-ribbed (like on the sleeves) it just screams ILL FITTING to me.

 

Express - $3.99

 

If this had been one size bigger I would have bought it. I use to love express back in 2002, although I havent been in one in years! I liked the color and neck line of this shirt, and the price!

Gap - $5.00

This sweater is totally my style. Light weight, cute neck, rustic casual…SOLD! The Gap always comes through for me. And I have an almost identical on that I stole from my mom this summer (sorry mom) in black. I love the grey!

 

Meister (huh?) - $3.99

 

Mr. Gaunt spotted some hipster boy carrying this sweater around the store, and the second he put it down Mr. Gaunt snatched it up. God love him! It might not be the cutest, but it’s totally my style! I’m in love! SOLD!

So there you have it. My total came to $39.00, then 20% off. The sales girl got all flustered and gave me back $11 which I’m no mathematician, but I’m pretty sure $11 is NOT 20% of $40…oh well. Then on the way out of the store as I was getting in my car I looked down and found a $25 Visa Gift card! We called the number on the back and sure enough it was good! So exciting! So really I got all of the clothing for free. Go me!

To wrap things up I hope you enjoyed my little used fashion show, there is plenty more where that came from! How do you feel about used clothing and used NAME BRAND clothing?

Its Finally Getting Chilly!

So of course I went to Savers (Value Village) and got some sweet sweaters! I love fall! This Fall we happen to be super busy and we just never made it to the Pumpkin Farm…sad day. We also have yet to decided on costumes. Oh well, can’t be perfect every year, or most years…lol! We only have 10 days until our craft fair. Business cards have been ordered, doors have been painted, order forms are being written, paintings are getting wrapped in tissue for travel! Exciting stuff!

 

Mr. Gaunt and his mom at a wedding. New (to him) $5 sweater!

 

 

 

Why I Shop Used!

First off, I’m not one to tell other what to do with their money, but my lord anyone who isn’t shopping at used clothing stores is throwing money out the window! I know it’s not for everyone, some people find it gross, dirty, messy, and just plain annoying to have to dig through piles of acid washed jeans and crop tops. However if you can get past all of that and just focus on the hunt, it is so worth it!

Personally I’m a shopper! Especially clothing! However it’s not uncommon that I buy something and only wear it once, or never. That’s why I don’t waste my money on good clothes, there’s no guarantee I will actually even wear it. The last “nice” thing I bought was a pair of boots for $95, I bought them 2.5 years ago and have worn them TWICE! They are now sitting in a Garage sale bag waiting to be sold for $10. Prior to that I have also purchased a $65 Sweater/duster at the Gap that I wore less than 5 times, a $105 dress that I wore once, and a plethora of fancy underwear that have all gone unworn completely.

For me, shopping at Goodwill, or Savers, or The Salvation Army is not only fun and somewhat therapeutic, buts it’s so practical! I have ZERO guilt if I buy a $3 shirt, wear it once and donate it back. It’s almost like renting clothing. sometimes I find Amazing things that I keep for YEARS! I have a red and blue striped t-shirt that I am wearing in my 6th grade yearbook photo, it’s the softest most memory filled shirt I own, and I bought in 1995 at Value Village for I’m sure less than $2. I also have a number of dresses and sweaters that I would have paid 3 or 4 time what I did because of how much I love them!

Anyways, like I said it’s not for everyone, but for me (besides the occasional trip to Target or the Outlet mall) it’s the only way to go! Last week I went to Savers twice to look for some sweaters and some casual tops, here’s what I found (nothing cost more than $5!):

The Heat Is On

HOW TO HAVE A PERFECT SATURDAY:

1. Start with 86 degree weather, and Breakfast at Merles in Littleton, including a fruit and yogurt cup in Margarita Glass.

2. Hitting up MULTIPLE Goodwills & Savers.

3. Finding cute summer clothes

4. Mr. Gaunt finding a brand new golf bag and gently used clubs for $10!

5. Finding the complete Planet Earth Series on DVD for $9!

6. Buy a new Bocce Ball Set at Target!

7. Have a yummy Salad (spinach, blueberries, strawberries, grilled chicken, goat cheese) and Carrot cake from Super Target’s Deli!

8. Take a walk through the landscaping job Mr. Gaunt did last week.

9. Meet up with Jenny and Justin and Liam to play Bocce Ball in the park

10. Watch Liam really walk around, and then make you muffins on his tool table.

10. Fight against the wind, It made the 86 degree weather  little more bearable!

11. BBQ with Friends

12. Drink Bud Light Lime

13. Love your love.

14. Watch Liam Blow his own bubbles!