New Goodies – World Market & Target

Happy Saturday! It’s been a little bit since I last wrote and I wanted to share with you all some awesome little goodies I picked up at World Market and Target. You know me with Target, LOVE IT! It’s hard to stop in and not buy something. I mean, the place is A-M-A-Zing! Moving on, check out the cool stuff I picked up.

At Target I picked up this cute little Farmer’s Market tray for my dining room table. I haven’t really figured out what all I want on it as far as decor display but maybe something will hit me soon and it will look super cute! If you’d like one, check out the Target dollar spot! That’s also where I found this super cute set of kitchen towels! You can never have too many towels right? I’ll have you know, that hubby talked me into the cute Farmer’s Market tote. At $3, it wasn’t like I was spending hundreds. Haha! I’ve already gotten daily use out of it as my planner holder/purse for work. I’ve also taken it to the Farmer’s Market here in Raleigh. Steven was like “You’re going to put the veggies in this?” Me, “Uh, yes. That’s what I got it for!” Haha. 

Next item I picked up was this super cute, old fashion laundry machine. Isn’t it cute! I found out about this by seeing my instagram friend’s post on her laundry room. (QBHome IG) I thought it was seriously the cutest thing ever and I wanted it. Granted, I don’t have an AMAZING laundry room like hers but one day I will. This item has been on my “want” list for quite awhile now. It wasn’t until a few weeks back that I decided to just stop by World Market to “look” around. Hubby noticed it and told me I had to get it since he knew I wanted it. Me being my frugal self, didn’t want to pay the $20 for it. But with him telling me over and over again just to get it and “Well it might not be here the next time you visit”, I had to get it. We also found some lemon coolers. Who still remembers those? I didn’t take a picture of them but you can google them. Back to the laundry tin . . . This thing is awesome and huge! I put about seven 30+ count boxes of bounce dryer sheets in it and it still has room for more boxes! I love it! I do wish I had a place to stick it that was close to the washer/dryer but that’s okay.

Love these items too? Check them out at your local World Market and Target dollar spot. Thanks for stopping by!!

XoXo Kayteeee

Here’s to a New Adventure!

Hello Everyone!

At the beginning of the month, May 8th, hubby & I left California to start our new life in Fayetteville, NC. We were both very miserable living with my parents. It was time for a change and that meant packing the kiddos up and moving across the states to the East Coast. I know a few of your are asking, “How did you do it? How did you just pack up and move? How could you afford it?”. Well to answer those questions, it was easy. Hubby decided he wanted to make this move and I was on board with him. He sold both of his cars so we could afford to make the expensive move out to North Carolina. The expensive part wasn’t even driving out that way, it was for the Penske truck and trailer to tow my car all the way out here. It wasn’t hard for us to do the move but it was more so of when to tell the parents that we were planning on leaving. Hubby’s parents already knew ahead of time because he told them about a month in advance. The hard part, however, was telling my parents (who are pretty judgmental). I was expecting the worst. Basically guilt trips, un-approval and so on. Sad truth, that’s exactly what I got. Mom sorta freaked out and then the whole week or so before we left, it was guilt trip after guilt trip. “You know there’s bad weather right now”. “Your cousin said there’s NOTHING in Fayetteville”. “Sissy and Nardi are not going to like the move”. You know, just saying anything in hopes to get us to stay. Which of course, did not work. (Sorry mom! lol).

So here we are now, Fayetteville, North Carolina. We got here Wednesday May 11th and stayed with our friends. We weren’t able to move into our new home till Saturday. 

Now it has been 8 days since we moved in and we sorta have everything squared away and organized. Ha ha, who am I kidding. There’s still a lot of stuff to be organized. There’s still stuff that we need to get like a tv stand, a dresser, a bookshelf for all of our dvds and then more kitchen stuff. The joy of living in a new place with your hubby and not having to share and of it with your family is amazing. It means I can finally decorate the place how I want. Plus I love this place. It has tall ceilings, granite countertops, cherry wood cabinets and nice plush, super soft carpet. I believe it’s a little smaller than our last place but it feels bigger and more open.

Did I mention I can’t wait to decorate. These are some items I’ve been eye-ballin’ to pick up for the house.

Kitchen Rug - Target Crockpot - Target Kitchenaide Mixer - Target

I can’t decide which cookie jar I like.

owl cookie jar - target French Bulldog Cookie Jar - Target

There are other things we need to get as well, like a dresser, a tv stand, actual glasses and more pots and pans.

Hope you all enjoyed my post!

Upcycle Desk Chair

Over the weekend I decided to take apart an old desk chair that belonged to my oldest brother. I’ve been wanting different items to use as props for photo sessions and this one was cheap to upcycle. By cheap, I mean it cost me a whopping total of $7 for paint. That’s it!

The chair started out like this. Very run down after about 30+ years of use. The seat is a tweed type fabric and covered in spots as well as cat hair. Ick!

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Lucky for me, my dad owns numerous sanders, so my first step after unscrewing the seat was to sand it down and get all of the lacquer (which was a big pain in the butt). I started off with 220 grit sandpaper which was no where near rough enough to cut through all of it. So I kicked it down to 60. Honestly, I was a big nervous about the 60 grit sandpaper but it made it so much easier to get all the lacquer off.

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See? Nasty!!! Well I guess it’s not that nasty. Ha Ha

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Next, I had dad hook it up with some wood glue since it was not wanting to stay together. Well, since ever! Thing was wanting to fall apart for the longest time.

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Painting TIME!!!! I chose a pretty Garnet Satin from Valspar. You can find this paint at your local Lowe’s store. I highly recommend Valspar paint. I had hubby spray it down because I’ve never spray painted anything and I’m way too much of a perfectionist and didn’t want to have drips all over it.

What can I say? I wasn’t born to paint. ha ha!

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Step 7 & 8  is basically my dad, hubby & I recovering the seat. I used khaki duck cloth fabric that the hubby had planned on using in his car and then changed his mind. Mom stepped in and had a random piece of foam sitting around so we used that to make the stiff chair comfy. A few (20 or so) staples later and bam! Seat recovered!

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Screwed the seat on after the paint fully dried and bam! Done! Isn’t it pretty? I love that it doesn’t look super brand new. It has a nice look to it and I think it will look great in photo sessions.

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Oh and check out this awesome throw blanket I got yesterday at Target! It was on clearance for $5.98! Total score! I had wanted a blanket to use for photo sessions that looked great and this caught my eye. I actually saw it on Instagram thanks to a coupon lady I follow. Note* I won’t be using the blanket with the chair since the “reds” don’t match.

 

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What’s something that you’ve repurposed or upcycled? List it below in the comments!!

xoxo Katie

 

Saving Money: One Coupon at a Time!

How to Save Money by Couponing:

  1. Step One: Purchase a Sunday paper. They’ll have anywhere from 2-5 inserts per week (except Holidays usually).

2. Step Two: Clip Inserts and match them up with deals from Target/CVS/Walgreens and local grocery stores.

3. Step Three: Go out and score some good deals!!

Here are my most recent deals!
39 (1 not shown) Bottles of Sierra Mist Free. Here’s the breakdown:

Used $1/1 Manufacturer Coupon – $1 at Walmart = Free

Three 12pks of Coke Products and 10 Boxes of Purina One Beyond Cat Food for Free. Here’s the breakdown:

Used 3 Free 12pk Coupons for the coke = Free
Used Free up to $3.25 on Purina One Beyond Cat Food = Free

Used the same Free up to $3.25 Coupon on these and got 15 boxes for free plus made $3.90 overage!

On this deal I was able to use the $2/1 Jimmy Deans D-lights Coupon and get each box for Free. That’s a total of 20 boxes of breakfasts for free! Here’s the breakdown:

$2/1 Jimmy Deans D-lights Breakfast Coupon – $2 each at Walmart = Free!

Here is a recently updated picture of my stockpile in my linen closet. I had to reorganize everything so I could fit more cat food.

Hope you all enjoyed my post. Let me know if you have scored any amazing deals!

Things I Love: Home Edition

My coworker and I decided to play hooky at work and head on over to Target. We mainly went so we could score the bogo Starbucks mocha’s. We got our drinks and decided to browse Target and waste time since work today is slow! I headed over to the home section of Target and actually found a floor lamp that I’m in love with. It’s really hard for me to find home decor or furniture that I really like, so when I actually do find something it’s amazing!

It’s $69.99 and solid white. I just love the look of the lamp mainly. Don’t really like the fact that it’s white but I figure the boyfriend can either spray paint it or he told me he’d like to sharpie it, which is fine by me since he’s artistic. I think it would end up looking really awesome!

I happened across this lamp base awhile back and really like it. I was thinking about getting this one and putting it on my soon to be dresser in the bedroom. But I guess it all depends on if Steven wants a flat screen tv above the dresser or if I put a long, huge mirror about it. Actually, I guess it wouldn’t matter which one is above the dresser because I should still have enough room to put a lamp. I don’t know. Haha. Anyway, this lamp base is a really pretty teal color and is $19.99. I just can’t decided if I want to do the bedroom theme in grays with a pop of color here and there or maybe like gray and yellow or what. Hmmm..decisions!

One thing I’m debating on and kind of interested in is maybe getting bar stools for my little bar. I’m just not sure if I want bar stools there or another couch. Before, I had a couch there and one on the other wall. It makes for plenty of seating but makes the living room look smaller. I guess if I was to go for bar stools, I’d probably going with something like this:

These are $79.99 each. A little pricey for one bar stool but I do love the print on the chair. I would probably get 3 or 4 of these seeing as how my bar is pretty long.

I really like this pattern but my god, it’s $109.99 a chair! That’s a bit extreme for some bar stools. I thought $79.99 was too much but that’s just ridiculous! Maybe we’ll just go with another couch. I guess we will see what my honey thinks. I plan on including him in everything apartment related.

One thing I’d really love to do is have my patio decorated all cute. I’d love to have some decent patio furniture and maybe some flowers or other plants out there. I’d like it to be like a little oasis. These chairs are $398.40 for the two. A little pricey seeing as how you don’t get a little table with it but I like the style. Not sure if I can see myself putting down that much money on patio furniture but I’d at least like to have something nice outside so I can enjoy the lovely weather (if Houston ever had lovely weather haha!). One day I’ll have it looking nice out there, once I get rid of the ex boyfriends crap he left.

Onto bedroom furniture..I really want an ikea bed, specifically this one:

It’s $199 for a Queen or we could get a king for $249. I love the simplicity of this bed and the fact that it doesn’t have a foot board. It’s definitely a perk for people who are tall, like Steven and me. Another bed I just noticed at Ikea is this one:

This bed is $449 for the Queen or $499 for the King. The reason I like this bed is because it’s more lifted off the ground than the other one and it’s got the storage underneath. I’d probably put extra sheets and pillows in the storage, which would be awesome. The only thing is the price is a little high. Maybe I’m just too frugal haha. Oh actually, I think this is the bed I originally wanted because the headboard isn’t as high.

It’s $149 for the Queen and $199 for the King. Totally an awesome price if you ask me. Just not sure if I want a taller headboard or not. Guess it wouldn’t really matter too much. Guess I’ll let the boyfriend decide 🙂

Another bed I found that I like is this one from Target:

It’s $269.99 for a Queen and has the storage underneath. I’m really digging the beds that have the storage underneath because then I don’t have to fill up my linen closet with sheets and other bedding. The only thing I don’t like is that it doesn’t have a headboard. My one complaint about not having a headboard is that the sheets end up rubbing on the wall and the dye gets all over the wall. I’d love to not have to deal with that anymore. We shall see though.

This is the dresser from Ikea that I would love to have. I love that it’s long and has a ton of drawers! I imagine this going up against the wall where my little tv is right now. Then putting this mirror above it:

It’s $129 at Ikea. There’s one that is slightly different for $79 which would look good too. Then I’d put the teal lamp on the dresser and maybe a couple of other little accessories and call it a day. If I didn’t do the mirror, I’d do a flat screen tv for sure.

Now back to the living room decorating because I found this tv stand that I really like mainly because it’s simple. My ex and I use to have a glass top one and I hated it because I was always afraid the glass was going to get broken. I like this one because it’s got storage and you could see the game consoles on the little shelves but yet everything would stay clean and organized and I’m all about organization (haha).

This one too is from Ikea. It’s $199! Not a bad price at all. I love when furniture has extra storage so I don’t have to clutter the livingroom with bookshelves and boxes to hold other items.

I really think that is it for furniture and what not for the apartment. The only thing I left out was a couch for the livingroom, if I don’t go with bar stools, and a dining room table. I’d really love to find a square dining room table that’s bar height in a chocolate/black color. I want to be able to eat at a table again instead of on my bed or on my coffee table. Just need to find one that I like and that isn’t $800+.

Some good news and I don’t know if I mentioned this in my last post but my boyfriend is going to be out of the Army soon!! Hopefully he’ll be able to come home in 2-3 weeks! I’m keeping my fingers crossed and I’m absolutely excited to have him home soon!! He’s my soulmate and I love him so much! I already told him when he moves down here that we are going out to celebrate!

Anyway, I hope you all love the ideas I have for our (mine and Steven’s) apartment. Let me know if you have any decorative ideas on your mind that would go along with the style/theme I have. Have a great weekend!!