Things I Love...

There are many things I love in this life. Many which include food as I'm sure you assumed. I love reading/hearing about people's favorite products, recipes and DIY projects. So, I figured I'd share some of mine.

Our dining room:

 View from our kitchen into the dining room. The bench seat had removable seats so we can use the inside for storage.

View from our kitchen into the dining room. The bench seat had removable seats so we can use the inside for storage.

Our entire renovation process has been stressful but full of love. I have had so much time to think and plan out exactly what I wanted. This is one of the rooms that I love the most because, well eating is one of my favorite things to do. Prior to our renovation we could barely fit six people in our dining room making birthdays and dinner dinner parties beyond difficult. Now we can comfortably fit eleven adults at our table! This means more dinner parties and family gatherings. I kept the color scheme neutral and use pops of color when decorating. I have found that although bold colors are fun, I tire of them very quickly making for a difficult transformation. I got all my pillow covers on sale at Hobby Lobby at 50% off (prices ranging from $2.50-7.50 each cover) and I searched high and low for the perfect gray (we settled on Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray). We added a ship-lap ceiling which is one of my favorite parts!

 This play on a clipboard displays some of Patrick's grandmothers recipes, including one for a happy home pictured far right.

This play on a clipboard displays some of Patrick's grandmothers recipes, including one for a happy home pictured far right.

 Some of our favorite cook books...although this does not do our collection justice!

Some of our favorite cook books...although this does not do our collection justice!

Letters to my baby:

My mom bought me the cutest "just because" gift. This little booklet is full of envelopes and writing prompts for me to share with Pax. One regret I have is not writing more to Pax during my pregnancy and first year of his life. I am trying to be more diligent about it going into year two. I did write here and there his first year, but life went buy so fast! My advice to any moms (and I know people are FULL of advice) would be take pictures, take videos and write stuff down! You don't want to forget when they took their first steps, what they sounded like saying "mama" and all the in between. I thought these letters were such a sweet gift and I'm thinking that I will set them aside to be opened on different birthdays for him!

Anything "vintage":

I love anything with a vintage feel! My friend's mother makes these beautiful aprons! She gave me one as a gift and I think that it is the most beautiful whimsical things I own. I love the light colors and the floral print. It looks like something that has been passed down for years, and I intend on doing just that with it!

 

 

Thrift Stores:

 Some thrift store goodies!

Some thrift store goodies!

Growing up thrift stores seemed grimy to me. Why in the world would I buy something used? I thought to myself. Somewhere in my college years (probably because I was pinching pennies) I discovered the thrill of the hunt. Patrick is forever making fun of how cheap I am. He has a love/hate relationship with my frugalness. I almost never buy anything full price. I am slightly obsessed with buying little dishware and kitchen tools to use for props in photos and have a 4 drawer sterilite storage container full of the stuff (some of my collection in photo above). Most of the items I paid no more than a dollar for! 

I think I buy about 80% of Pax's clothes second hand! We have a great children's store that sells great quality kids items for reasonable prices. A few times a year they do a "fill a bag sale" where you can get 10 items for $5! My friend and I get there bright and early with coffee and bags in hand and dig through bins for the current and upcoming seasons. It is amazing how much I come home with. Plus, I know it won't shrink anymore!

I even bought a wedding dress at Salvation Army for $49.99! I did not end up wearing it because I ended up finding a stunning dress elsewhere, but nonetheless I fully intended on purchasing my dress second hand. We even took a day trip to the white mountains to look for a second hand gown!

Stretching a dollar:

 Tulips are my favorite!

Tulips are my favorite!

As mentioned above I love getting the biggest bang for my buck! Yesterday I bought a awesome large pitcher at Goodwill! My first thought was homemade lemonade with the kids, but then I went to the store and found discount Valentine's day tulips! Tulips are my absolute favorite flower, so I had to buy some. I figured the cut flowers weren't the best purchase because they had been cut a few days ago already because of the holiday. I opted for the potted tulips (which after the discount were $3.98 for TWO pots). I unwrapped the gaudy heart covered cellophane and repotted the flowers into my pitcher and still had tons left over! I put them in various pots and jars I had hanging around and put flowers wherever I could. Between the flowers and the price of the pitcher I was able to make 6 arrangements for $7.98!

What are some things that you love?