Mini Thrift Haul!! Another 30% Off Haul!

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So I had a 30% off coupon or three burning a hole in my wallet.  My lovely daughter Katie has been cleaning out her apartment and making lots of donations to Value Village and was kind enough to give me her donation coupons for 30% off.  I only found a few pieces, but I am very happy with the results.

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This Anne Klein wrap dress is very much me and I can see getting a lot of wear out of it.  I donated two dresses to make room for it in my closet.  It is lovely soft material, a gorgeous print and fits perfectly.  It was $9.10 after my discount.

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This Tommy Hilfiger shirt is the perfect chambray blue and fits beautifully.  It was surprisingly only $4.90 after my discount coupon.

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This Ralph Lauren shirt is in a beautiful royal blue with white polka dots…Goodness can a girl have too many polka dot tops as I sit here and write this wearing one of my collection…No I say, I love me some polka dots, what is a girl to do??  It was a little more expensive surprisingly at $6.30 with my coupon.

It is not a big thrift haul, but the pieces are classic in cut, great quality and I will get lots of wear out of them.  Cheers, Michele

Triple Ginger Pumpkin Muffins!! Gluten-free Deliciousness!

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Although spring is coming soon, I am still in the mood for winter comfort food.  We have been having some very cold days, so I was inspired to tweak a pumpkin muffin recipe that I often use and amp it up a bit with three types of ginger; candied, dried and fresh.  I hope you try these out, they are delicious.

Photo credit: Elsie Bauer
Photo credit: Elsie Bauer

Triple Ginger Pumpkin Muffins

Dry Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour (or all-purpose flour)

1 tsp Xanthan gum (omit if using regular flour)

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp ground dried ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground allspice

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

pinch of black pepper (optional)

Wet Ingredients:

2 eggs room temperature (or equivalent amount of egg replacer)

1 cup pumpkin puree

2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup of coconut or other plant-based milk (use regular milk if not Vegan)

1/3 cup melted butter or Vegan substitute

1/4 cup finely chopped candied ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line muffin pan with paper muffin cups.  Mix dry ingredients together well in a large bowl.  In another bowl mix wet ingredients together well until well mixed.  Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix gently until they are well incorporated.  Do not over mix.  Spoon into muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes until tester comes out clean.  Allow to cool if you can resist the urge to eat them hot out of the oven like I do.  These are spicy and delicious and great comfort food.  Hope you try them out.  Cheers, Michele

Thrifted Summer and Winter Dresses!! 50% Off.

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At the last 50% off sale at the Salvation Army thrift store, I picked up some new winter dresses and one summer dress.  I got some great wrap dresses which seem to be a flattering style for me as well as some sweater dresses for those cold winter days. I did a little closet purge to make room for my new dresses.  But I do love a good dress, so easy to throw on with the right jewelry, belt and shoes or boots.

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This first zebra print wrap dress is from Diane Von Furstenberg who designed the first really wearable wrap dresses.  It was $7.50 after the discount.  I love the way it fits and black and white are always a classic mix.

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This purple wrap dress is one I can wear fall or winter and will look great with tights and some killer boots.  It was $6.50 with the discount.

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This summer dress in black and white is from Cold Water Creek, a very good quality brand, and still had it’s original tags from the store on it for $99.99.  Who ever priced it is awesome in my book because it was $14.99 reduced to $7.50 with the sale.  A huge steal as far as I am concerned.  The only problem is that the zipper is a little stiff, so I may need to rub it with candle wax or replace it to reduce my frustration level at getting the damn thing to work properly.  The dress fits great and could just use pockets to be perfect.

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This caramel brown knit dress is perfect for the fall and winter with a nice scarf or chunky necklace, some tights and high boots.  A very versatile piece to add to my fall and winter wardrobe.  It was only $7.50 after the discount.

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This black and white windowpane check dress is also a nice warm knit which will be perfect for winter.  It was $6.50 with the sale.  I know, I don’t need any more dresses, but this girl has a weakness for them, so what can I say?  Hope you like my finds.  Cheers, Michele

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