There are so many things I'm thankful for and one of those is the amount of nature areas Washington state has to offer. I'm so thankful we were able to get out and walk Nisqually Wildlife Perserve before the "Stay Home, stay healthy" order the Gov. placed. It was wonderful to get out one last time, this staying home is tough and I don't know how we're going to manage?!! #pnw #nature #optoutside #stayhome #momlife #sendwine

There are so many things...

🌴On Saturday we took advantage of the sunshine and finally got out of the house! This will be a rough and trying time for our mental health, not going to lie. But we got to play at the local beach while practicing #socialdistancing it was wonderful! 🌻And we found a beautiful painted rock, thank you to who ever hid it!
#tacomarocks #pnw #optoutside
#chambersbay #beach #nature

🌴On Saturday we took advantage...

Stop to smell the flowers! 
This is your daily reminder to get outside, get some fresh air and your daily dose of vitamin D! 
#optoutside #flowers #nature #mondayvibes #stoptosmelltheflowers #dailyreminder

Stop to smell the flowers!...

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Looking for recipes to make at home?! I've got a list of healthy, fresh, and family-friendly recipes on my blog. Like homemade fresh bread, butter, cookies, slow cooker meals, ect. 
#linkinbio #pandemic #food #foodie #recipes #foodblogger #health #healthyfood #familyfriendly #healthblogger

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Glad we were able to squeeze in one more trip out into the community and zoo before things start shutting down. Friday Piper and I made an impromptu visit to Pt defiance zoo! It was great minus the cold/rain; there was only a couple other people, animals were active, didnt need to touch anything. Now schools are out for 6 weeks and we plan on quarantining ourselves at home for most of that time, except to get out into nature. 
#quarantine #zoo #optoutside #tacoma #healthyliving #healthandwellness #sundayfunday #healthispriority #health #stopthespread #wellness

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Best tips for Thrift Store Shopping

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It amazes me the percentage of people who won’t shop thrift stores, how come? Thrift store shopping can be so much fun. And sure most of the clothing you find has been washed and worn, but the brand new clothing at the non-thrift store has been worn too, while others try it on. Finding “treasures” can be so thrilling, or the amazing feeling of saving your money and the environment! I’d say my most favorite Goodwill find would be a CHI hair straighter almost brand new for $5 and after 5 years it’s still going strong! What’s your favorite find?

Is it too overwhelming? I can understand that, I’ve been shopping thrift stores for many years so I’ve learned a thing or two but some days can still be very overwhelming. But every trip shouldn’t make your head explode ;)

I’d love to share my biggest advice and tips with you on how to get the most from your thrift store hunting. So, check out the list below.

  1. Find out when the SALE days are. Check out the sales page for Goodwill, either look online or when you’re in store look for which color tag is on sale. They also have special discounts(Sundays 10% student, Tuesdays 10% senior, Wednesdays 10% military). As for Value Village, in my area they have .99 cent Mondays where a certain color tag is on sale. On Tuesdays at VV Seniors can save 30%. Be sure to sign up for their Super Savings Clubs and receive up to 50% on select sale days! Goodwill and VV are just two local thrift stores to me.
  2. Shop the right days! If you’re looking for a more relaxed shopping experience you may want to skip on shopping the weekends and sale days. Also, doesn’t hurt to ask your store when they generally put out new donated items.
  3. Buy for next year’s season. This is a must thing I do after every season especially for the kids. All the seasonal stuff goes on sale. With children you have to guess what size they’ll be next year but I personally wouldn’t go overboard with shopping unless you’re a really good guess. As for adults if you dress with the trends just buy the staples for next year.
  4. Research and know the trends, before you go. That may be why some of you don’t buy clothing at the thrift store, worried that all the clothing may be outdated? You can find many pieces that are still in style and if it helps check out some of the style trends before you shop.
  5. While browsing look for certain colors. Some days when I hit up a store I go in with a plan so I don’t get overwhelmed and need a nap from the hours of browsing. Example; I’m looking for fall stuff and while I’m browsing the shirts I’ll only look for fall colors that I know I’ll wear.
  6. Not finding what you’re looking for in your section? Maybe check out other sections in your size, like you may find t-shirts or oversize sweaters in the men’s section.
  7. Thoroughly look over before buy. Make sure buttons aren’t missing, the zipper works, not huge holes – don’t forget to look in the armpit, stains, ect.
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount if an item is damaged. Is there an item that you absolutely want but something is wrong with it, it doesn’t hurt to ask for a discount.
  9. Picture the item outside the thrift store. The lighting in most thrift stores isn’t the best, so imagine the item someplace else, like at home or at the park.
  10. Go in with a plan. You can easily get carried away thrift shopping so go in with a plan. Only buy what you love and absolutely cant live without, make a list before you go.
  11. Be creative and think outside the box. Some items can be reused many different ways, maybe there’s a cute pitcher or cup that is chipped why not use it as a planter?!
  12. Patience and hand sanitizer! Those are two “things” you need to have while shopping.
  13. Dress appropriately. Some thrift stores don’t have dressing rooms or maybe you just don’t feel comfortable using it. Don’t go in with layers because it may be hard to measure them up to you without trying them on.
  14. Check out wealthy communities. Especially if you love high end clothing.
  15. Donate and receive a coupon. This will save you even more, when you donate to the store they give you a coupon. So, bring a couple things to donate when you head to the store.
  16. Did you know you can shop thrift stores online? thredup.com and shopgoodwill.com are good places to start
  17. Thrift vs. Consignment. There is a difference; a thrift store is where folks donate any item to the store and proceeds usually go to fund non-profit organizations or charity. While consignment is for profit, folks sell there items to the shop but the shop is very picky about what they allow.

 

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There are so many things I'm thankful for and one of those is the amount of nature areas Washington state has to offer. I'm so thankful we were able to get out and walk Nisqually Wildlife Perserve before the "Stay Home, stay healthy" order the Gov. placed. It was wonderful to get out one last time, this staying home is tough and I don't know how we're going to manage?!! #pnw #nature #optoutside #stayhome #momlife #sendwine

There are so many things...

🌴On Saturday we took advantage of the sunshine and finally got out of the house! This will be a rough and trying time for our mental health, not going to lie. But we got to play at the local beach while practicing #socialdistancing it was wonderful! 🌻And we found a beautiful painted rock, thank you to who ever hid it!
#tacomarocks #pnw #optoutside
#chambersbay #beach #nature

🌴On Saturday we took advantage...

Stop to smell the flowers! 
This is your daily reminder to get outside, get some fresh air and your daily dose of vitamin D! 
#optoutside #flowers #nature #mondayvibes #stoptosmelltheflowers #dailyreminder

Stop to smell the flowers!...

What are you going to do with your child if homeschooling isn't cut out for them or your family? Take a deep breath, exhale and relax. It'll be okay! Everyone's health and wellness is much more important at this time than academics. I've got a list of activities if you'd like some structure in your lives though. Check it out on my blog.
#linkinbio #pandemic #school #homeschool #unschool #schoolduringcovid19 #schoolclosure #wellness #healthandwellness #health #familyfriendly #healthblogger #momblogger #momlife

What are you going to...

Looking for recipes to make at home?! I've got a list of healthy, fresh, and family-friendly recipes on my blog. Like homemade fresh bread, butter, cookies, slow cooker meals, ect. 
#linkinbio #pandemic #food #foodie #recipes #foodblogger #health #healthyfood #familyfriendly #healthblogger

Looking for recipes to make...

Glad we were able to squeeze in one more trip out into the community and zoo before things start shutting down. Friday Piper and I made an impromptu visit to Pt defiance zoo! It was great minus the cold/rain; there was only a couple other people, animals were active, didnt need to touch anything. Now schools are out for 6 weeks and we plan on quarantining ourselves at home for most of that time, except to get out into nature. 
#quarantine #zoo #optoutside #tacoma #healthyliving #healthandwellness #sundayfunday #healthispriority #health #stopthespread #wellness

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