Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Taking a Blog Break

We're on a little vacation/college visit trip.  Be back soon!Pin It

Friday, August 25, 2017

More Than Just Car Shopping with Cars.com

Disclaimer:This is a sponsored post with cars.com, all opinions are my own.
This collaboration with cars.com couldn't have come at a better time. We've been casually car shopping but with school starting up (less than 2 weeks!), we need to get more serious in our search.  New car shopping isn't something I usually enjoy. I like to do my research at home and then go into a dealership to check out the models that I'm interested in.  Used car shopping seems even scarier!
 When researching this blog post, I found out the cars.com can be a valuable online destination for buying, selling, servicing and repairing cars. They connect consumers with dealers across the country and in your own neighborhood. We're looking for a used car so I was happy to see this screen to help narrow down our search.

It's a nice option to be able to filter used cars available by private owner or dealerships or both. Once you've made your selection, you can then search by brand, make, model, location, etc. If you're trading in a car, you can find out what your car is worth before negotiations begin. 

Another nice feature is their review section where consumers can read up on the latest car news, browse reviews and videos and even do multi car comparisons.
The section for first time buyers sounds very useful too.
I was pleasantly surprised to find such an in depth service and repair section. Not only can you find repair shops and estimate cost of repairs, there's also a DIY auto repairs section with common services you can do yourself.    There are step by step written instructions and an accompanying video. There's also a difficulty rating given to each service; changing windshield wipers=easy and changing transmission fluid=halfway between easy and medium difficulty.  Pretty cool!Pin It

Thursday, August 24, 2017

{Get Thrifty} Thursday 08.24.17

Thrifting again, and it was so good!
 I came home with quite a few home goods this time.  The waffle iron is brand new and I just tested it out yesterday. Love it!
 Onto the clothes (don't mind my toe).  Victoria Secret pj pants and Old Navy t-shirt.  The sides of the t-shirt are shirred.  I'm using it as a sleep shirt and it's quite comfy.
 Navy ruffled tank top with lace back, LOFT denim shorts, light blue embroidered tunic and a Gap striped tee (I know I have a stripe obsession).
Two tops for yoga. I've worn the blue hoodie a few times instead of a sweater and the grey top is super soft and it criss crosses in the back.  Have you found any good thrifty finds lately?Pin It

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

{Recipe} Cucumber-Citrus Salad

Here's a light and refreshing salad that is perfect for a summer pot luck but you can make it any time of the year.
  • 1 large English cucumber
  • 3 navel oranges (and zest of one)
  • 2 TBS red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 shallot or 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion (I used red onion)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (I used the squeeze tube)
  • salt and pepper

 To prepare:
Slice the cucumber in half length wise, remove seeds (optional) and slice the halves into thin half moons.  Add them to a large bowl.
 Zest one orange and add the zest to the bowl.
 Segment the oranges by slicing off the two ends of the orange so it sits flat, carefully slice off the peel all the way around the oranges.  Remove segments by holding peeled orange over bowl and carefully cutting the membranes of each section to allow the section to fall out (into the bowl).  Squeeze remaining membrane over the bowl to get as much juice out of it as possible.  Discard membrane.
 Add 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar.
 Add basil(I did a few squirts of the stir-in paste), 1/4 tsp salt and black pepper to taste.
 Stir to combine all of the ingredients.  If you are not serving immediately, toss again at serving time. It gets more flavorful the longer it sits.
Tip: I would have used an additional cucumber to soak up some of the dressing and bulk up the salad. Pin It

Monday, August 21, 2017

{Get Organized} Master Linen Closet Makeover {Dollar Store Style}

I got bitten by the organizing bug again this summer.  
After this visit to the Dollar Tree I was especially motivated to tackle another problem area in my house.
 This was my master bedroom linen closet and it's embarrassing to look at now! I had one green bin that was supposed to be keeping me organized but the other shelves and floor area were never tamed.
 It had to get worse before it got better so I emptied out the whole closet.  I started a pile to donate and a pile to toss.
 In progress: I added some Dollar Tree fabric bins and started to put things back in the closet.
 It was so much better! The top shelf holds a heavy afghan (only used in the winter)and a zippered bag for our knitted Christmas stockings (I don't store them in the attic). The next shelf holds extra towels and sheets.
 Everything now has its own place and I know where to find it.  The green bin remains for my hair dryer and curling irons. The smaller bins hold other hair tools and brushes.
 The medium size bins leave me room for my travel toiletry bag and make up bag on one shelf and I keep our extra travel supplies in one bin.  Miscellaneous items are stored in the other one.
I'm most happy about the floor area, that was always such a disaster. Now it's organized with the large fabric bins and I can see everything in them.
I love looking in this closet.  It's right next to my vanity area which also got a little makeover. I will share that project later. For now, I'm just basking the organizational bliss of this closet!
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

{Shopping} Dollar Tree Haul

Oh how I love a big, clean Dollar Tree Store!
On this particular day, I came home with a very nice haul.  
 Look at this cart! I usually don't fill a cart when I'm there but they had so many good things.
They had all of their organizing and school supplies in stock and I found a few other goodies too.  I still only spent about $20!  I'm using the organizing bins in an upcoming project that I'm excited to show you.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

{Travel} Bushkill Falls, Pennsylvania

It's another summer of staycations and day trips but we've been branching out a little more.
We recently visited Bushkill Falls, dubbed "The Niagra of Pennsylvania". It's about two hours outside of Philly in the Pocono Mountains.
This enormous chipmunk greets you as you go through the entrance.
Bushkill Falls encompasses over 300 acres, with eight waterfalls and over two miles of hiking trails, bridges and walkways.
A lot of the walkways are boardwalk style but there are some rocky areas too.
We wanted to see all eight waterfalls so we took the Bridal Veil Fall Trail.
Here she is!  She does look like a bridal veil.
It was nice to go when it wasn't too busy and early in the day before it got too hot.
I'm glad I read up on the trails before we left because this sign might have scared me from taking the harder trail. It wasn't that bad...a bit challenging but we could handle it.
There were plenty of places to stop and take a break... 
...and marvel at nature's splendor.
It takes about two hours to hike the longest trail but you can stay in the park as long as you like. You can also get your hand stamped reentry if you want to leave for a bit to have a picnic or use the restrooms (no food or restrooms on the trails). There were some cute shops, a snack bar and a Native American exhibit outside the trail area.
I thought this water fountain had a clever name, get it?
Pretty sound advice!
On the way home we passed a sign for the "World's Largest Christmas Factory" so we just had to stop!!  It was a fun little detour! 

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Friday, August 11, 2017

August's Daily Goodie Box #review #ad

 It's here!! I love getting my Daily Goodie Box in the mailbox each month. Find out how you can get one here
 They package everything up so nicely, so let's dive in!
 Looks like a great bunch of samples!
 Food and Beverages
 Hannah Max - Cookie Chips
These are everything you love in a cookie but in tiny, bite size chips!

PBCrave - Flavored Peanut Butter 
My love for peanut butter runs deep.  PB Crave offers gourmet peanut butters in some deliciously different flavors. Chocolate chip cookie dough peanut butter? YES indeed!

Detox Water - Peachberry 

This detox water is so yummy. I'm excited about the new flavor!

Javazen - Organic Coffee Brew Bags

Organic coffee brew bags make having a perfect cup of coffee so easy! 
The mixture balances out the caffeine with matcha and cacao. You can have a press pot quality cup of coffee by steeping one of their earth friendly bags for 4 minutes.
Health/Beauty & Home

Clean Happens - All Purpose Cleaner 
They call this stuff 'naturally filth fighting'. I love that the products are all natural and scented with essential oils and botanical extracts. Another cool fact about the company, the products are made in the USA with solar energy!

Essential Oxygen - Organic Brushing Rinse
Organic brushing rinse is part toothpaste part mouthwash.  The directions say to spit out your morning 'bad oral bacteria' when you wake up and swish the brushing rinse for 30-60 seconds. They say it's great for whiter teeth, fresher breath and healthy gums. Interesting!

Balla for Men - Original Formula Body Spray

This is a light clean smelling spray, not overpowering like some of those body sprays (you know the one!).  It's described as a musky, woodsy spicy scent. Nice!

Yarok - Feed Your Moisture Shampoo

This product is 100% vegan and free of alcohol, paraben, sulfates, chemicals and gluten.  Yarok also gives back 3% of their profits to protect the Amazon rainforest.

So that's it for this months' fun Daily Goodie Box.  You can sign up for your own Daily Goodie Box here. Shipping is free and no credit card is required ever!

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