This Little Piggy Went To Market

Here are five little things that will brighten any woman’s day. From market bags to faux plants, read on to learn my secrets!

1. An Accordion rack for hanging pretty things.

I found mine for less than $14 here on Amazon. It’s lightweight, cute, and just adds a little something to my hallway.

2. Real and faux plants. There’s something about surrounding yourself with green plants. In the past I’ve called myself a “plant killer” and only had fake plants. Slowly but surely I’m adding a few real plants in my house. Holding my breath they live forever.😉

I found this adorable very real looking little plant at Michaels.

3. Fashionable and comfortable shoes. By the time you reach my age(we won’t get into what that number actually is ha), you learn to value a good quality shoe. A few of my favorite comfortable shoe companies include Bearpaw, Comfortiva, and ABEO. This pair from Comfortiva is so adorable I want them in every color!

4. A pretty reusable bag. I’ve had this market bag from Apolis for a bit now. We use it for different things, but often as our library book bag. You can customize your bag and choose from different tote styles on their website.

5. Last, a fun hat. I’ve talked about hats before, but I couldn’t leave them out of this post. This is my favorite one and I found it here on Amazon for less than $20! And it comes in many colors.

Things will never really make you happy. Joy is so much more than material wealth. But I love sharing little bits and trinkets I find, especially when they’re a good price! Hope you enjoy them!

Leave me a comment below and tell me some little things that make you happy!

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I work with various companies and sometimes receive items as gifts. All opinions are honest and my own!

6 Things You Should Never Buy New

A friend from another country was talking to me, and she said something that started me thinking. She said “When Americans want something, they go buy it new. They don’t even think about it, they just do it.”

I know many people who do this, and I’ve been guilty of this practice myself before. Though I was raised frugally and taught to handle money wisely, I have not always been so careful.

One thing I know. There is NO SHAME in purchasing things secondhand. It doesn’t mean you’re poor. Husbands, your wife isn’t holding a flashing sign that reads “This man cannot provide nice things for his wife/family!” I know people from all walks of life who choose to buy secondhand. Trust me, not only is it okay–it’s FUN and totally ON TREND right now!

I LOVE mixing used items with other good buys I find new! You can do both, you just have to be willing to try.

(Pictured–secondhand end table; Milk crate(and all Decocrated items))

Here are several reasons used items are better.

One, it’s more eco friendly to buy used. By reusing products, you’re reducing waste and there is less trash sent to landfills. You’re helping save our Earth from a WALL-E kind of world.

Two, it’s smarter financially. If you look around, you can cut your living costs down a lot by going used. Even if you don’t care about being a penny pincher, think of it this way: by saving money in certain areas of your life, you’ll have more to spend on other things. Unless you’re wining and dining with the Bill Gates’ of the world, odds are you can find a way to use some extra cash.

1. Baby clothes. Okay okay, we are weak when it comes to those adorable little outfits in the stores. I’m not saying you can’t get some cute new things for your baby. But what would you say if I told you I could find prettier AND better quality pieces from secondhand stores? Just the other day, I found multiple items for my baby, each ranging from $.99-$1.99 apiece! Brands like Janie and Jack, Baby Gap, Carter’s etc. are often some of my best treasures at these places! I get asked “how do you dress your kids so cute?” It makes me laugh, because most of their things are either given to them or bought used!

(Pictured above–Jameson’s pants and top were around $3 TOTAL from my favorite thrift store.)

Here where we currently live, we don’t have Once Upon A Child. But if you have one close by, you’re crazy not to shop there for your kiddos clothing! Not only are their clothes affordable, they often have sales.

(Pictured: Arowyn’s dress and leggings are from a thrift store.)

2. Baby carriers. While we are on the topic of babies, let’s talk baby carriers and wraps. I’ve tried several types, and right now my top two are my Solly baby wrap and my Ergo. I was gifted my Solly, but had to buy my Ergo. Guess how much they average in store? The Original is $120!

Baby carriers abound on Facebook marketplace. Even if you live in a small town and the listings for your area are limited, marketplace now has a shipping option where a lot of sellers are willing to ship to you for a small fee.

They can be found at used children’s stores too, like Once Upon A Child.

I found my carrier in excellent condition on Facebook for only $15! That means I saved $105, and the total savings might be more if I decide to resell it once I’m done using.

3. Furniture. I’m not saying you can’t buy brand new furniture. We have done both new and used. I’m just giving you options if you’re on a lower budget. Once again, sometimes you can get a better brand/quality piece, used, as opposed to purchasing brand new from a lesser quality store.

(Pictured here–This leather chaise lounge I found at a regular yard sale. I paid $60! Green throw, Decocrated; Pillow covers, made by me)

Things like tables, couches, shelves, end tables, headboards, bed frames, cribs, and more can be found on Craigslist and FB Marketplace. I found my big dining table on Craigslist for $100(including six chairs). I refinished the top and painted the legs and chairs and voila! New to me and unique!

(Our well-loved, ie. colored on by kids, Craigslist table)

(Shelf: $30 on FB, Tote: Apolis Bag, Basket: $4 from thrift store, Various items on shelf, Decocrated Subscription Box)

4. Maternity clothes. Many mommas sell their maternity clothing on fb as a lot for super cheap. And often the items are barely used. When you’re only going to be wearing maternity clothing for less than nine months, why pay full price at an expensive store if you don’t have to?

I do suggest investing in a few quality pieces like nice leggings etc. even if you have to get these new. But lots of the maternity clothing you find others selling online is cute and different from the small selection available in stores. Talk about a welcome break from that one pair of black leggings you’ve had on repeat.

5. Rugs. I love finding good prices for rugs on Amazon. But want to know a SECRET? You can get things USED on Amazon!!!!! I purchased a large rug on Amazon for a discounted price just because it had been returned and was thus labeled used. You can search Amazon warehouse for good deals on things labeled “used” or “small imperfection.”

(Pictured–the used rug I bought for a fraction of the regular price on Amazon. I sold this later–on fb marketplace lol–because I wanted something more neutral and got almost all my money back, over a year later!)

You can also find rugs on Facebook marketplace, just make sure it’s from a pet free, smoke free, and shoe free(takes shoes off at the door)home. You can also ask to look at the rug prior to buying. A lady bought one of my rugs and I was more than fine with her coming and checking it out before actually buying.

6. Home decor. Don’t tell me you don’t have enough money to make your house look good. Until you’ve searched your local thrift stores for all the picture frames, candle holders, shelves and baskets, do NOT complain about how you can’t afford to decorate.

(pictured: pitcher bought from used store and painted white)

(Pictured: used chair, recovered by me; Pillow, Beddy’s Beds)(Pictured: basket, used from friend)(Pictured: rolling cart from thrift store, painted, sanded down and stained; various candlesticks, from different used stores, painted; Sign, Decocrated)

Get your bum off your fabulous used couch and start looking for fun unique things at the goodwill! I have numerous candlesticks that I just spray painted gold. I can’t even tell you how many coats of paint my picture frames have, because I’ve done them all differently from time to time to match whatever decor I had at the time.

If you have a hard time knowing where to start with decor, go find pictures on Pinterest of what you’d like to create. Pick out the key things that make up the picture, and see what you can find at the thrift store and online to recreate that.

That’s all I have for now. I want to clarify by saying this. I do not think it’s horrible to get some things new. I’m simply saying THINK before you buy. Be more MINDFUL. Shop around, whether it’s Facebook yard sales, used stores or regular stores. Buy SMART, buy USED!

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Love, Mary

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Disclaimer: I work with various companies from time to time and so some of these things are gifted from them. ALL opinions are my own.😘

Slipping Through My Fingers

“I need help Mommy. I can’t get them on.”

I knelt beside her and we tugged and pulled trying to get them on her toddler feet. And then it hit me. She’d outgrown another pair of shoes. Again.

Bearpaw Kids Boots

“They’re just a pair of old shoes”

Oh but they are so much more than that.

These boots saw her learn to ride her bike. They were with her when she ran after her older brothers, trying to keep up with the “big kids.”

These boots climbed slides, and jumped over puddles. They skipped along the harbor as she watched the boats.

Cheeky Doormat Customized Mat

So many things this one little pair of shoes experienced. How my baby girl is growing. Her little feet are bigger, and so is her mind and her heart. She will happily choose another pair of shoes, and probably I’ll blink and those will be too small as well.

I’ll hold onto this little set. The years are flying and the memories are fast creating the beautiful story of her life. Just please pardon this sentimental momma for holding onto a treasure or two from these precious younger years. Lord knows time is slipping through my fingers.

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see what’s in her mind
Each time I think I’m close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Sometimes I wish that I could freeze the picture

And save it from the funny tricks of time

Slipping through my fingers”

(Song by ABBA)

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Love,

Mary

#thecheekydoormat #bearpaw #bearpawboots #lovelifecomfortably #slippingthroughmyfingers #timestandstill

5 Fall Basics Every Girl Should Own

It’s finally October and the air is crisp with all things autumn!

It’s time to start thinking about your fall and winter wardrobe, and I’m here to help! Here are five basic things every girl should own this fall.

1. Booties

I’ve said this over and over, but I’ll say it again: there’s nothing better than a simple pair of short boots. They’re classic, fabulous, in style and not going anywhere anytime soon. So whether you’re looking for shoes to style with your favorite jeans, or want something cute to pair with a dress, get some booty in your life(pun intended).

Bearpaw Onyx Booties

2. A pencil skirt

Change things up this fall and get a colored pencil skirt. If you want to go bolder, check out this Mustard Yellow Skirt I love. My waxed denim skirt in wine is from Seventwodenim . Or you can get this cute Light Denim Skirt from Evy’s Tree. Any of these will be a staple in your wardrobe that will last for long time!

3. A plaid scarf

Maybe it’s a given, but a nice plaid scarf adds just the right touch of fall cozy to any ensemble.

4. A fun hat

Whether or not pompoms are your style, find a cute hat to top of your outfit. Even if you live in sunny SoCal like me, you can skip it during the day and wear your hat on chilly evenings.

5. A jean jacket

Last but definitely not least, let’s talk about jean jackets. I have at least three in my closet right now, and I wouldn’t be sad if a couple more snuck in. Last year I wore my Bearpaw Jean Jacket almost constantly. Luckily it’s still available, so if you don’t currently own a denim jacket, head over and check it out! I did find this fit a little large, but I prefer my clothing a little looser so this wasn’t a problem for me.

And that’s all for now! Thanks for visiting my blog! Let me know in the comments below your favorite thing to wear this season!

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Love,

Mary

#fallfashion2019 #bearpawstyle #bearpaw #jeanjackets #fallstyle2019 #fallhacks #wardrobehacks #capsulwardrobe #winterboots #blanketscarf #seventwodenim

It’s in the Bag

Baby Jameson is two months old now, and we are finally settling into a new routine. Billy also started Kindergarten so that’s another adjustment. Overall though, life is good and I count myself incredibly blessed!

As a momma, there are a few things I run across that I wish I could share with all the other moms out there. My Lily Jade bag is one of them.

Elizabeth Bag – Camel & Gold

I was never really a luxury bag kindof girl until recently. But I’d have to say Lily Jade converted me.

Several reasons I love my Lily Jade:

1. The smell. There’s something about the scent of real leather. There’s nothing like it!

2. The organization. Whether you prefer to use the insert or not, this bag has got a place for everything. The bag itself has multiple pockets and the insert makes it easy to pack your bag and keep track of where everything is. No dumping your entire bag to find one thing with this one! Plus the insert is washable.

3. The quality. This diaper bag is an investment. Lily Jade uses the premium grade leathers. They use a tumbled full grain leather. This is different than the artificial patterns stamped on most high end handbags that mass produce clones. These bags are crafted carefully to keep the leather from wearing and cracking. They’re built to last!

4. The appearance/style. If you have your children close together like I did, chances are you’re going to get very tired of carrying a diaper bag. I was seriously over it and wanted to go back to my regular purses. When I got my Lily Jade, I was so excited because it doesn’t LOOK like a diaper bag. It looks like a fabulous handbag anyone would use! And I actually ended up using mine even when my kids weren’t with me!

5. The cool carrying strap feature. Lily Jade bags come with a long strap that can be used two different ways. It can be used as a long messenger style over the shoulder strap, or converted into a backpack carry.

A lot of people talk about finding their “unicorn bag,” and I’d say I found mine. Kids or no, I’m planning to keep this classic around a long time!

Elizabeth Bag – Camel & Gold

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This bag was gifted to me by Lily Jade. All opinions are honest and my own.

Love,

Mary

Master Bedroom Reveal

As you all know, I’ve been in the process of redoing my master bedroom/nursery the last several months. Well I’m happy to say, I think it’s pretty much finished!

From a new headboard and end tables to some lovely plants, a glider and crib, I love how all the things finally came together to create a calm peaceful place.

The Miles night stands from Baby Relax might be my favorite new addition. Their sleek simple shape added so much to the room. They were surprisingly easy to assemble, and only took a matter of minutes from start to finish.

(You can find them on Walmart.com or click the link I’ve included below to shop.)

Miles Nightstand

I found these gold lamps at Target. There were some there I absolutely loved, but ultimately I wanted something a little less pricey. These were under $30 and I was happy to find a more budget friendly option.

I already showed you all my gorgeous bedding. It’s really perfect and makes bed making so much simpler.

Beddy’s Chic White Bedding

Check out this beautiful Dorel Living headboard! I’ve always loved the upholstered look, but was afraid of the fabric getting dusty or dirty really fast. When I found one in faux leather, I knew it was meant to be. I can just wipe this down with a damp cloth, and dusting is a piece of cake! I love how it looks with the end tables and comforter!

(You can find the headboard on Walmart.com as well, or follow the link.)

Faux Leather Tufted Headboard

I’ve been obsessing over plants lately, and wanted to incorporate lots of green into my decor. I was able to create the little arrangements on the bedside tables for $2 each! The plant on the floor is real from Ikea.

I put the rug next to my bed to add texture to the room. It was super cheap and is from Ikea as well.

I wanted a shelf above the bed, but didn’t want to try hanging an actual floating one. I used brackets from Home Depot and a plank of wood and created an “almost” floating shelf. I put some canvases I had made forever ago on it, along with a candle and some faux greenery stems. Eventually I’ll probably switch out the canvases for some picture frames with photos of our family.

The glider in the corner has been my hangout while I wait impatiently for this baby to make his arrival.

Olive Glider and Ottoman

Bailey Mini Crib

I’m so pleased with how everything turned out! It all came together beautifully and I couldn’t be happier!

I’d love to hear about your own decorating projects, whether it’s a bedroom or another room in your house! Comment below and tell me what you’re working on!

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Some products featured here have been gifted to me. However, ALL opinions are honest and completely my own.

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*Thank you to Dorel Living and Baby Relax for the lovely headboard and nightstands.

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**Thank you to Beddy’s for the beautiful bedding, to Delta Children for the mini crib, and DaVinci Baby USA for the pretty glider and ottoman.

IKEA DIY: Cheap and easy pictures

Recently I’ve been bitten by the “redecorate my entire house” bug. I don’t know if those third trimester nesting hormones are kicking in or what, but I’ve been really wanting to change things up.

Since I haven’t won the lottery or inherited a fortune recently, I’ve been on the hunt for cheap ways to make my house look refreshed and chic. My sweet husband painted our main living area a clean white for me, and now I’ve been scouring Pinterest and YouTube for decorating ideas. I’ve really been loving minimalist decor with clean simple vibes(think lots of white, with plants etc.).

I visited IKEA today to pick up pillow inserts for some pretty pillow covers I ordered from Woven Nook. They have singles and sets for really affordable prices. In the past I’ve sewn my own, but at these prices it’s probably cheaper to purchase than make them.

Sahara Pillow Cover Set

While at IKEA, I also picked up 8 of these simple black frames at $3.99 each. I noticed online it lists the black frames as $4.99, but in store I paid $3.99.

FISKBO Frame

When I got home, I searched online for free prints of plants. I chose some I liked and printed them off.

Free Magnolia Printables

I took out my watercolor notepad and cut out pages to use as picture mats.

I know these aren’t professionally matted and framed, but here’s my simple easy way of doing it.

I simply placed the prints on top of the watercolor paper, and held it in place with a little rolled piece of tape between the two. My watercolor paper was just a tad smaller than the frame needed, so I kept the white paper that came with the frame and just placed it behind the watercolor paper. Like I said, not perfect but it worked for my purposes.

Total cost: $3.99

The printables were free and I already had the watercolor paper for the matting. This made my total cost per picture less than $4!

I’m planning to hang several of these in a group setting in my living area. I still need to work out placement and measurements, but stay tuned to see the finished product!