When it comes to this Safer at Home quarantine in Maryland, I have to say we are really kicking butt with the whole cooking food at home thing! Ever since early March, I’ve been cooking Monday – Friday and we have been ordering takeout for weekend dinners. That is A LOT of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks at home. Which got me to thinking about snacks…
I have a couple ‘go to’ snacks depending on my mood:
For my sweet snack, I like to grab a couple marshmallows and a piece of Dove dark chocolate. Basically, I eat a marshmallow, a bite of chocolate, and then another marshmallow. Repeat.
For my salty snack, I like Ritz crackers with a small cut of smoked provolone cheese on top. So, so, so good. Also, when I stick a bunch of crackers with cheese on a cutting board it typically turns into a fancy little kitchen party with me, Travis and Jack all joining in.
After almost 5 months at home, I’m looking to mix it up a bit. So, leave me a comment below and tell me what is your ‘go to’ snack at home. It can be sweet or salty, or a little of both!
Do you guys remember Mrs. Roper from Three’s Company? I can’t imagine that I was old enough to remember the original Three’s Company airing (according to Wikipedia, it was on TV from 1977-1984, and I was born in 1977). However, I must have watched re-runs because Mrs. Roper and her crazy sense of style lives somewhere in my brain.
Well, consider me to be embracing my inner Mrs. Roper because when I recently read an article about summer caftans, it led me down an Etsy rabbit hole and that is how I found a shop called StylePark1. They have a whole shop full of hand tie dyed clothing, including caftans, kimonos, dresses and pants. They operate out of Denpasar, Indonesia and create each item with love before sending it out into the world. And the prices are reasonable too!
I decided to treat myself and picked two items to order. I placed my order on June 25th and was shocked that the DHL Express package came all the way from Indonesia on July 1st! It was so quick that I can’t even leave feedback on my purchase until 7/11, because they didn’t expect it to be here so fast.
I was originally planning to post a side-by-side comparison of their model and me, but their website specifically says not to use their photos. So, if you want to check out their version, click through the link above. This caftan is what initially sucked me in.
It can be used as a beach cover up, house dress, or just all-around comfy dress out in the world. It comes with a matching fabric belt, so if you don’t want to wear it like a Mrs. Roper muumuu, you can cinch the waist, OR cinch it and then blouse it out a bit.
Oh and I got all fancy and styled it with a beach hat and bag, so you can use your imagination and pretend I’m hanging in the sand rather than just on my front porch.
The caftan is one-size-fits-all and according to the listing fits from a small to a 3XL. Each dress is hand cut and sewn, so no two are exactly alike. The tie dye is really beautiful and the lightweight fabric is perfect for throwing on over a swimsuit or just lazing around when it’s so hot you don’t want to leave the house.
I think it is the most flattering with the waist defined by the belt, but to be honest wearing a caftan is not about it being flattering… it’s about all the comfort! What do you think — is it best unbelted, belted, or belted and poofed out?
I saw this kimono and it was exactly what I wanted without knowing I wanted it, if you know what I mean. I love the look of an open kimono over a t-shirt and shorts, and the beautiful red tie dye of this one grabbed me in an instant. I threw it on over a black tank top and jean shorts, but it would look just as fantastic over a pair of boyfriend jeans and a graphic tee. There is also a slit up each side, so it really flows around when you are walking. I mean, I’m basically wearing a robe and feel fancy as heck!
And now I look even fancier because I added a hat:
Like I said, I was planning to do a comparison photo between me and their gorgeous model. And she wore a hat… so I wore a hat.
I love both of the items I ordered and am still in shock at how quickly they arrived from halfway around the world. There are many, many more beautiful items on their website, so you too can wear a fancy house dress and lounge around waiting for someone to feed you grapes!
Whenever I go to TJ Maxx, I typically have a list of things I’m looking for. And whenever I check out at TJ Maxx and the salesperson asks me if I found everything I needed; I’m tempted to answer “I didn’t need ANY of this stuff!” But, that’s the beauty of TJ Maxx (or Marshalls, or Homegoods… you know what I mean).
It’s not up to you to ask TJ Maxx for what YOU want. It’s up to TJ Maxx to give you what you NEED.
Or maybe random crap. Whatever. All I know is what I come out with is typically NOT what I went in for!
Anywho, I thought it would be fun to take a look at what ended up in my shopping cart on a recent TJ Maxx trip.
On my list of things I was looking for:
A 2020/2021 planner (ideally from August 2020 – December 2021)
Medium swim/wicking shirts for Jack
And here is what I came home with…
YES, I fulfilled my task of Jack shirts! I bought: a Nike swim/wicking shirt and shorts set for Jack, on clearance for $12.00, an Adidas swim/wicking shirt for Jack, $9.99, and a orange Nike swim shirt for Jack, on clearance for $6. Apparently Jack will be doing a lot of ‘Just Doing It’…
A Farberware 3-pack of Pot & Pan protectors for $4.99. I didn’t even know this was a thing! I typically stick some old dish towels in my pots and pans cabinet to keep them from getting all scratched up, but these are much better.
Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask for $4.99. Yeah, I totally didn’t need this. IMPULSE BUY! And apparently it is an impulse I should have ignored…I tried it out the other night and when I washed it off my face was BRIGHT RED. It looked like I had sunburn with a very noticeable line showing exactly where the mask sat on my face. I did a little googling and there are a ton of complaints about this same issue. So, if you see this mud mask DON’T buy it!
Measuring Cups set. Our old plastic measuring cup set has been around for probably 20+ years and it was looking stained and dirty. This new one is pink with white speckles and totally worth the price of $9.99 to me just due to the cuteness factor! Also, it was totally on my list.
I found this pretty little box in a clearance aisle and it was originally $25 and marked down a bunch of times to just $6. Do I need it? Nope. Is it so pretty that I’m going to find something to put in it? Heck yeah!
While standing in line — it snakes around to keep everyone socially distanced — they totally got me with their display of socks. I thought Travis might be running low on socks, so I picked up a couple pairs. And I was totally right (see, TJ Maxx strikes again) because Travis was super appreciative when I brought them home. Yeah, that’s right… I keep our marriage spicy with gifts of socks!
Lastly, I picked up three new candles for $9.99 each. I LOVE DW Home candles and when I saw these, I threw them in my cart like I was competing on Supermarket Sweep. Not only do they burn clean and smell wonderful, the jars are so pretty that when they are all used up I clean them out and use them around the house. I just recently repurposed one as a toothbrush holder in our bathroom and I have lots more ideas.
Do you go into TJ Maxx needing one thing and coming out with five other random things too?