The Joys Of Empty Nesting!!

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Just to start off this post with a little disclaimer….I love my wonderful daughters very much and miss them every day!!  But it is a normal process in life that your children will grow up and move on to create their own nuclear family.  And I can proudly say that they are both doing very well and being very successful in their new lives with their partners.

Since my husband, Will and I are now empty nesters, our lives have changed dramatically.  It has been 26 plus years since we have lived on our own without children in the house.  We are having to adjust to living with just the two of us.

And it has been wonderful!!!  It is just the two of us now and I was initially a little concerned that we would have forgotten how to be just us again.  But my fears were for not…it has been fantastic.  I think we are closer now than we have ever been.  When we first met and then were newly married before our girls came along, we were too young to appreciate the alone yet together time that we had.  Now we are more mature (I hope), we have raised our wonderful girls and have had a lot of amazing experiences together as a family.  But now it is time for us to be together just the two of us.  I have the opportunity to get to know my husband again as just my husband, not just the father of our children.  I had forgotten how amazing he is, how funny, how sweet he is in the midst of the daily business of being parents.  We will never stop being parents, but now it is much less of a hands on situation, and we get to sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labours and see our girls grown up and being successful adults.  It has been 4 months now and I am loving every minute of being with my sweet baboo!!

If you have kids, or don’t, what stage are you at in your life and relationship with your partner?  Cheers, Michele

Dress To Top Refashion!!

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I thrifted this very short dress at Value Village for only $10.99 but I had a 30% off coupon so it only cost me $7.77.  I loved the fabric and the cut of the top but it was too short to be a dress and I don’t wear tunics.

So it was a simple matter of taking my seam ripper and removing the band of fabric that covers the elastic on the waistband.

Once that was done, it was just a matter of cutting the top to the right length, iron the hem over twice and stitch it down.

Then I ironed the wrinkles out and I had a great new top.  What do you think of my refashion?  Cheers, Michele

50% Off Vacation Clothes!! Mini Haul!

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I am still preparing for my vacation to Jamaica in the spring and I found these few pieces at the last 50% off day at Value Village.  I think there is a theme here as everything is either blue, green or turquoise or a mixture of these colours.

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This necklace was originally $4.99.

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This dress from Lands End was a little more pricey originally at $17.99.

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This long maxi dress was originally $14.99.

I think I did quite well in adding to my vacation wardrobe.  I love these dresses and the necklace can be worn with several of my other dresses as well.  Cheers, Michele

Happy New Years!! One Hundred Subscribers!

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Now that 2016 is coming to a close, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the past year.  It has been a wonderful year for my blog and I now have one hundred subscribers from around the world.  I never expected anyone other than me to be interested in my ramblings, my recipes and my thrifting and refashioning posts.  So thank you to all of you who have subscribed or who have read my posts and especially to those who have taken the time to comment or give me feedback on my posts.  You can’t imagine how much I appreciate the fact that you took the time to let me know what you think.  It is wonderful to hear from you.  I look forward to each new comment with great delight.

Now to look forward to 2017.  I hope the up coming year brings you health, happiness, love and lots of memorable adventures in your life.  May your hearts be filled with joy and love and may you succeed beyond your wildest dreams.  Happy New Year!  Cheers, Michele

Another 30% Off Thrift Haul!! Some More Vacation Wear!

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If you have been following this blog for a while, you know I love to thrift, and I love to thrift the most when I have a discount coupon. This is a little 30% off thrift haul of some pieces which will make their debut in Jamaica in the spring for our anniversary vacation.

This dress still had it’s original tag on it for $90.00 but I got it for $6.66 after my discount.  I love the colours and I seem to be drawn to greens, blues and turquoise so I guess my vacation wardrobe will be heavy on these colours.

This beautiful white embroidered top will look great with a pair of shorts on those warm evenings.  It was originally $8.99.

This purple flowered dress may not make it into the suit case, but it will be a great piece for the spring and summer next year.  It is originally from Old Navy and was only $6.00 with my coupon.

This white with blue stripes top is also great with white shorts for a slightly nautical feel.  It was only $4.49 before my discount.

What do you think of my mini haul of possible vacation wear?  Have a great day, Cheers, Michele

Shopping For My Holidays Mini Thrift Haul!!

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My husband and I are once again going to the wonderful island of Jamaica for our 29th wedding anniversary in the new year and I have already started looking for some new pieces to wear on my holiday.  I know it is a little early to start looking, but when you thrift, you have to always think ahead and plan for things in the next season or next big event well in advance.  And I find that the prices in thrift stores have shot up so high that I have to be more picky about buying a lot of the clothes, so I am not as lucky as I used to be.

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This first strapless maxi dress in this beautiful blue and white Aztec inspired print is originally from the Gap and cost a little more as a result, coming in at $14.99…but this is where my 30% off coupons come into play.  I got it for $10.50 after my discount.  And as a bonus, there are pockets!!!

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This beautiful sleeveless black and taupe printed jumpsuit is just perfection; it fits perfectly, is effortless and comfortable and just like the previous piece, it has pockets.  It was in the ethnic clothing section and was priced at only $7.00 with my 30% off card.

Two great outfits; not a big haul; but they are pieces I feel good in; I feel like “me” in them, they fit perfectly and are very comfortable to wear.  A perfect combination in my opinion.  And I look much cooler than I really am!!  Cheers, Michele

Happy Holidays To All!!

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Whether you are spending this holiday season with just a few close family, friends and loved ones or a huge festive gathering is in your future, I just want to wish you a very happy holiday season.  May it be filled with all the best things in life; love, the closeness of family and friends, good food and drink and all your holiday wishes coming true.  From my family to yours; Happy Holidays!!  Cheers, Michele