Shopping Spree!

This weekend was tons of fun! We spent some time with family, visited Philly with the kiddos for a Service Project, and … did a little shopping. I am not a huge fan of shopping (especially if I’m tired, which then leads to cranky), but I do like hunting for treasure. So as long as I can convince myself that that’s what we’re doing, I’m usually okay for a good shopping trip every so often. 🙂

On Friday, Mitch and I ditched cleaning the house and hit the stores, with the hopes of checking some things off of the “to-get” list. Surprisingly, even though we were doing errands, it ended up being fun because we each found things that we had been on the look out for!

It’s amazing- as I get older, the things that excite me become increasingly more pathetic. Like this cordless vac for instance… we have been lamenting that, while the white tiles in the bathroom are crisp and clean looking, they have the tendency to look gross pretty quickly because dust and dirt are far more visible against their white background. We keep the vacuum downstairs and have been thinking that it would be nice to have a small, handheld one upstairs so that we can give the floors a quick once-over every day without having to lug ‘ole faithful out all of the time. Score one for Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

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Another fun find was this bathroom storage unit… we’re not yet sure if it will have a home in our house or if we’ll be taking it back, but we want to give it a go. Another point for BBB.

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And then we got to Target… one of my favorite places! Mitch opted to hang out in Modell’s and Payless to see if he could score some new kicks, while I did my routine meandering through Target, drooling over home things that aren’t in our budget. Spoiler Alert: he found some.

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And perhaps, my most exciting moment of the day… finding a possible solution to our design dilemma in the family room! If you were with us last week, I gave a little shout out to the progress we are making in the family room. While we are liking how far it’s come, we’re not loving it’s current state. I’m having trouble pinpointing the style and color scheme of the room and have been waiting for inspiration to strike. Needless to say, these little beauties might be just what the doctor ordered to provide some direction for the room!

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I will be honest- the red CLEARANCE tag caught my eye before my mind even registered what the item was. But at $10 for each lampshade, I figured, why not give them a shot? Especially if this could be the missing link to our family room solution! Here’s a sneak peak at what they look like all set up:

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Yes, I think this might work. This gets me excited about the direction in which the room is going… and I will definitely keep you posted as it continues to transform! I think this warrants ten points to Target.

Hope you had a great weekend! Did you go on any adventures? Any shopping trips that proved more fruitful than expected? I’d love to hear all about it! It’s so fun to hear from you/ swap war and triumph stories. For example, after the “trash to treasure” vase face lift bit we did, I had some readers share their own spray painting escapades. Check out the set- up for this chandelier transformation!

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She made her own spray paint workshop out of cardboard. Love a creative problem solver! And the best part? The screws got their own paint job too (see below on the left)! Nice work, Nancy!


So chime in! Share your thoughts and photos- you may just find that you’ll be featured on the blog!

Have a great Monday 🙂


3 thoughts on “Shopping Spree!

  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the lampshades… I am the biggest fan of paisley!!!!!! LOVE THEM!!! AND…love the color…love the blue and yellow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    When you come to my house you will see lots of paisley!!!!

    • I’m already plugging your address into my GPS… !!! I think it was love at first sight with these lampshades- and I’m THRILLED that they don’t seem to clash with the pattern of the furniture!

  2. Pingback: Color Conundrum: Family Room | Oh, the Fun of It…

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