Shopping Addiction


My name is Jenn, and I have an addiction to shopping.

A few times a year I have to admit this to myself, but in true addict fashion, there’s always an excuse. The current excuse? After Christmas sales! Stores are practically begging me to come in and shop and do I really want to deny them my services?

HEMNES Glass-door cabinet IKEA Solid wood has a natural feel.Hemnes Glass- door Cabinet, normally $249, now $169

I mean, Dean would definitely appreciate a new place for me to put my yarn for my Etsy shop, and this guy is on sale at Ikea. Can’t you just see beautiful skeins of yarn piled high behind the glass door?

 Thumbnail Image of Color Swatch 4393 Image of Swing Sweater

Loft Swing Sweater, originally $54.50, now $49.99 with an additional 60% off!

I just bought this sweater in navy and I love it. Like, LOVE. I can’t figure out if I would wear this color, and I’m having trouble finding it in person, but I’m so tempted to pull the trigger online.

 CASALEEYA Pour Over Coffee Kettle, normally $42.97, now $29.95

I’m not usually a big tea drinker, but as soon as the sun starts dipping at 4pm something inside me changes and I crave tea. When we lived in Florida it was always so warm that I never used my kettle so when we moved I decided to donate it, but now that I’m back in NY I’m feeling a little lost without it. I love a kettle with a fun design or color, so I actually almost bought this one before Christmas (because isn’t it so pretty!), but then I read that it’s not actually stainless steel throughout and started my search again. Enter the kettle above and I love that this one looks like a cute beehive for my stove! (plus the thermometer is clutch if I ever decide to upgrade my coffee pot to a chemex on my next shopping spree)

Belgian Flax Linen Duvet Cover + Shams – Platinum

Belgian Flax Linen Duvet, $169-204

So this isn’t exactly on sale.. but it is considered an “everyday value”? We need a new duvet desperately, I just need an excuse to spend a little more to upgrade to a cozy linen (my ultimate goal!).

Dotted Bullet Journal, normally $25, now $15.49

I’ve been on and off bullet journaling since 2014, but I’ve really gotten into it over the last few months. My old journal still has some room, but it’s a cheap book and the spine is breaking. A new year and a sale sounds like a good excuse for a new one, right?

That’s not so bad is it? Okay, it’s kind of bad… and that’s why I haven’t purchased anything yet. I bet a few nice comments about a product or two could change that, but no pressure.  Happy 2017!




Happy Giving Tuesday!

I try to ignore the big “shopping weekend” right after a day of thanks, but some years I do better than others. This year I spent my weekend sleeping in and binge watching Netflix for so long that I almost forgot about it all together! Actually… by forgot I mean that I even forgot to post a sale of my own on Etsy! But a day I really don’t like to miss? Giving Tuesday!

According to the website, “#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.” To me, this is a great way to show some extra thanks and give back after a truly gluttonous week. Giving Tuesday is a way for me to get back to what’s important, and between community events and companies with a mission to give, there are a countless number of ways to get involved.

I’m going to be signing up for another date to cook for a local shelter and I have a huge pile of things to be donated. What are your plans for #GivingTuesday?





It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this flashing cursor on wordpress, but something has been calling me to post lately. I feel like a whole different person since the last few times I’ve been here. I’ve changed jobs,  moved to a new state, donated half of my belongings and started rebuying and rebuilding different parts of my life. I haven’t really been able to keep up with the blog world over the last few years, but lately I’ve found myself browsing some old favorites. So let’s think of this post as a little mic test. (Hello? Is this thing on?) and a long overdue set of some links I’ve been digging.

  • Stephanie Gerber (the blogger behind Hello Glow) posted about some great natural diffusers andddddd her new book! I have this sitting in my amazon cart just waiting to be purchased as we speak!
  • Delia Creates teamed up with Lion’s Brand yarn and fellow bloggers to promote knitting/crocheting for a cause.
  • Waking up is my last favorite part of the day and hitting snooze is my archnemesis. Maybe I’ll have to try one of these tricks tested by Apartment Therapy.
  • Man Repeller listed out 13 articles worth a read after the election.
  • A cute, printable worksheet for Thanksgiving created by Almost Makes Perfect!
  • A pair of shoes that I’m keeping my eye on.


Mood Board: Bedroom

Have I told you that we got rid of cable? We tried (and failed) to do this before, but 15 months cable-less, I think we’re over that hiccup. Most days I don’t miss it, but here and there I feel a longing for HGTV. So last time I was at my dad’s I spent a little bit of time on the couch catching up on what I’ve been missing.

Tiny Houses? Cool!

New Property Brothers? Love!

Good Bones? How do I become these women!

No, really. I want to be Mina and Karen. They’re super cool and cute and their designs are awesome. Basically I think their lives look pretty fun and I’m jealous. In fact I was so inspired that I double checked my bank account (still not enough for house flipping) and then settled on creating a mood board on Polyvore.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m available for hire should you need a professional mood board for your next reno. (I’m also available for house flipping, should you have the funds to spare.)

So my neighbors started composting

So I guess I'm a composting now? Here's what I've learned

So my neighbors started composting and lucky for me they created a VERY large composting box..which means it’s time to take my recycling and earth-friendly habits to the next level.

To be honest, when they first told me that this box was being created, I didn’t know much about composting. I mean, I knew it cut down on garbage/waste and helped with growing a garden, but that’s kind of sad, basic information, right? After a quick google search I can formally share that “Composting is the transformation of organic material (plant matter) through decomposition into a soil-like material called compost”.

Okay, so how do you do it?

You start by getting yourself a composting bin. My neighbors took care of this for us by making one out of pallets. You can also choose to follow the DIY route, or you can buy one. Then you just start filling it up!

Different websites take different approaches. Some are very methodical (think layering different kind of organic material and putting leaves through a paper shredder), others are a little more natural. We’re heading down that second road, throwing in various items as they become available and taking care of the pile as we go.  The big thing to remember of course, is that the point is for this organic material to break down and create this nutrient-rich soil or compost. As we all know, all waste is not created equal and therefore all waste can not just be tossed in your bin.

Here is a quick list of organic materials you can add:

  • Leaves/grass
  • Fruit and veggies
  • Coffee grinds/filters
  • Tea bags
  • Egg shells
  • Garden soil
  • Newspaper (with no color print)
  • Saw dust
  • Soil
  • Herbivorous animal waste (no meat eaters, please!)

Things you can NOT add:

  • Pet waste
  • Meat scraps/bones
  • Disposable diapers
  • Plastic
  • Synthetic fibers
  • Dead plants
  • Anything with dairy

I also learned that it’s a good idea to keep a healthy mix of the “yes” items above. Most things that I read split this list up into two categories: Green and Brown materials. They break down in different ways and produce different materials. It’s a good idea to water and turn your pile regularly, to keep air flow and discourage any foul odors.

To be honest I’m a little nervous about this endeavor. South Florida is known for an early summer and I’m just going to guess that heat and humidity probably play a rather smelly part in decomposition… sooo wish us luck! If you have tips, please leave them in the comments.. I’m sure I’m going to need them.


Photo via ManMade