How did I not know that Lululemon has a sale rack?

The other weekend I was home visiting my grandmother and had some time to kill. I popped over to Birkdale Village and saw they have a Lululemon store. Somehow I had missed that it had been in that shopping center for 3 years already. I just hadn’t noticed. I went in just to look around and see what was new, and then I saw the sale rack. It was pretty picked over, but I did find a great new pair of shorts.

These super light weight shorts were reduced from $68.00 to $49.00. They are my new favorite shorts and they go great with the black top I bought from Target. These Pace Perfect shorts are still on sale online! Get a pair before they are gone!

A WHOLE NEW WORLD

There is very little to do where I live. When people ask what I do in my spare time, I answer honestly. I watch Netflix and I rearrange my furniture a lot.

Last night I couldn’t wind down enough to go to sleep so I stayed up and completely flipped my room. I don’t have a before photo, but my bed was where the sofa is, the shelves were on each side of the sliding glass doors to the left of the chair, and the sofa was in front of the sliding glass doors. My bed is now in a corner on the other side of the room with my desk as my bedside table.

I LOVE this arrangement and it gives me so much more space and better light.
Pinckney loves being able to look out of the sliding glass door and go out on the balcony. The balcony was just fixed so now we can actually enjoy it!

My next organizational project is my upstairs bathroom. I have set my plans and I am one shopping trip to Ikea away from really fixing that space up. Stay tuned!

C9 BY CHAMPION

C9 by Champion at Target is my new favorite thing.
They are offering the latest in activewear trends and the price can’t be beat!

I have been doing my walking and outdoor work in t-shirts and they become heavy with moisture this time of year. I needed to freshen up my fitness wardrobe and couldn’t believe how many different styles Target offers. I purchased 4 tops and a pair of cropped running pants. That’s 5 items for what only 1 or 2 would have cost at Lululemon.

Performance Long Tank $14.99

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Mesh Back Active Tank Top $16.99

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Premium Mesh Capri $34.99

These items are great deals on their own, but keep an eye on Target’s Cartwheel app. They often offer promotions for athletic apparel!

IKEA FOR LIFE

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been helping my brother pull together his first apartment on a shoestring budget and it has been going really well!

After buying a few basics for his kitchen and doing some basic rearranging, I went shopping! We have TJ Maxx to thank for the Kilim pillows. They were only $16.99 each! The tan Ralph Lauren pillow in the middle was something like $25.00.

Brother really needed a TV stand and additional storage for DVDs, games and knickknacks and I hit the jackpot at Ikea. The shelves are just shy of 6′. They just look small in the photo because my brother is a giant human being.
Bookcases: Finnby $29.99 | TV Stand: Lack $14.99 | Lighting: Maglehult $14.99

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I picked up a couple little tables (Lack $7.99) and a neat lamp (Hektar $54.99) at Ikea also.
Brother’s apartment is finally beginning to feel like a home!

FORGET WHITE STRIPS!

I got a little carried away at Target over the weekend and bought a whole line of Crest whitening products. All I really needed was a new tube of toothpaste and I ended up with a new toothbrush, mouthwash and a whitening paste.

I have only been using these products for a couple of days and I’m already noticing a difference and all without the pain and sensitivity that comes with using whitening strips. It’s a nice alternative and brushing and swishing are already part of my morning routine so there are no added steps!

Next time you are in the market for a new tube toothpaste or toothbrush, give these a try. Prepare to be wowed!

AUGUST WISH LIST

Out of the items on my list last month, I purchased an Akola necklace (x2, great sale!), a Barbara Gerwit dress (another great sale!), and I am striking the Apple Watch off of my list because I bought a new little Fitbit instead. It was absolutely the right choice.

Custom Ring – I went to try on my new ring over the weekend and it’s still not quite ready. This process has taken way longer than I had hoped, but I can’t wait for the final result!

New Computer – This is still on hold. I’m going to wait a bit now that I am settling into new car payments.

There’s nothing else on my wish list at the moment, but I’m sure that will change come September!

HOOKING A BROTHER UP

My little brother just moved into his first apartment and in true boy fashion, it was decorated like a dorm room… Big sister to the rescue!

The first thing I did was rearrange his furniture. His sofa was facing the windows and there is a street light that points inward so if he ever fell asleep on the sofa or had a guest, they would be staring into a light. He also had a small flag on a large wall and was going to hang his American flag over the windows. I made him hang the flag on the larger wall since he didn’t have anything else that was large to place there. His bed was facing a wall where the light from the street lamp appears at night and he was having trouble sleeping. I rotated his bed so that he wouldn’t be staring at the light. We also hung some other things that required two people. It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s a pretty good start towards a man cave.

Because he is the baby in the family, he gets everyone’s sloppy seconds. The sofa came from our grandmother, the chairs came from… who knows where and everything else was just leftovers from home redecorating projects. New lamps are going to be a high priority as right now he has outdoor solar lights stuck into candle stick holders…. That’s got to go! The kid has bare bones supplies so I’m helping him stock up.

To get things started, I ordered him some super basic dishes from Amazon ($27.50) and silverware from Ikea through Amazon ($27.79). I then ordered a bunch of kitchen basics from Ikea (the grater is for me) and spent less than $60 on a bunch of mess he needed for the kitchen. All in all I spent less than $115.00 setting up his kitchen.

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There is a lot of mess that he needs and I’m working through a pretty solid list: Sofa pillows, floor lamp, table lamps, wall mirror, entertainment center or tv stand and set of shelves, baskets for entry shelves, bed risers, and a chair for the bedroom. I’ll be sure to share any other good deals I come across in this process.