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3 Best Places to Find Blue and White Chinoiserie

  Y'all know that I love blue and white porcelain, but I have to tell you that my best pieces did not come from a retail store. Shocked? I'm not saying that you can't find good pieces at retail stores. I'm saying that you can find REALLY NICE pieces at other places. Let me tell you about three places where you can find the best blue and white porcelain. #1 The Thrift Store If you know anything about me, you should have known that I was going to say that the thrift store was one of the best places to find blue and white porcelain. I've found so many great pieces at Goodwill and other out of the way thrift stores. When I see a blue and white ginger jar at a thrift store, I'm in disbelief at how it ended up there. Who would give that away? What's going on in their life that they no longer have love for this ginger jar? Earth to Caron! Come in, Caron! Where was I? Oh, yeah. Ginger jar at thrift store. Yes. I spy with my little eye something blue and white on a

Why You Should Use The Right Garden Tool For the Job

Do you love gardening but hate the thought of the aches and pains that follows after all that bending and kneeling? I understand. Picture this. You're basking in what I call the "after-gardening glow".  I mean, you have the satisfaction of having made good progress in your garden. A lot of digging and pulling. You're on a natural high from destroying a gazillion weeds.  You've planted seeds. Your endorphins are through the roof!  You sit back and say, "I did good"!  The after-gardening glow is Real! And then, BAM!  It sets in. You become stiff.  Every muscle in your body aches.  Sound familiar?   Does it make good sense to do all that work in your garden and be laid up and unable to move afterward? No, I don't think so. I have one piece of advice:  USE THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB. Invest in a good garden workbench or stool and give your body a break. You need one that can hold your weight and hold a few hand tools. I found mine online. I'll link i

Awesome Thrift Haul Dresses From Goodwill

There are so many great buys at the thrift store! I recently made my way to my local Goodwill and came away with some awesome finds, including six dresses. I'm a big proponent of recycling clothing and even household goods, where it makes sense. It's good for the environment, not to mention that your dollar goes far at a second-hand store. Don't sleep on the thrift, Y'all! Here are few pics from a recent Goodwill thrift haul. Don't you just love the hat?  One of my finds was a Free People dress. I considered re-selling it.  Free People merchandise does well on the re-sale market, but I think I'm going to keep it.  I'm thinking of closing my Poshmark closet, but we'll see. Maybe I'll address that in separate blog post. I'm so excited about my latest thrift finds and I can't wait to style them! The full video is on my Youtube channel. Here's the link: Disclosure: Links may contain affiliates. When you buy through one of our links we will re

3 Different Meals That POP With Kim's Magic Pop

  I want to share three of my favorite ways to eat Kim's Magic Pop. If you're not familiar with Kim's Magic Pop, allow me to introduce you. Kim's Magic Pop is a light, crispy bread-cracker rice cake thing that I use sometimes as a substitute for, you guessed it, bread or crackers.  The packaging states that it's made of a mixture of popped wheat, brown rice and corn. It's vegan and gluten-free. Low in fat and carbs, which I like. I know that when I'm eating it, I'm doing a good thing because I'm not eating bread. Kim's Magic Pop offers many flavors, including Onion, Strawberry, Original, Cheddar Cheese, Wheat, Honey Wheat, Cinnamon, Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Chickpea and Lentil, to name a few. I've seen only Whole Wheat and Onion in my local supermarket. I love the onion flavored!                                                        Tap the product link above to shop the product.  Honestly, I'll be shopping the site today because

Relax, Unwind and Breathe for Good Mental Health

When I worked in corporate America, I used to have a Friday after-work ritual. First, let me back up and lay the groundwork. For most of my career, I commuted out of state for work. Needless to say, by Friday, I was fried.  My Go-To Routine After work, I would stop at the supermarket and pick up the goodies to get my evening started right! This would include cheese, crackers, grapes, shrimp, nuts--cashews preferably and sparkling cider.   I don't drink alcohol...Lord knows I could have used a drink after commuting and dealing with people all week...but I digress. As I was saying, I'm not a drinker, so my drink of choice is usually sparkling juice or cider or one of a variety of sparkling waters. The other day, I treated myself to a little self-love by laying out a really nice cheese board. I paired it with a corked bottle of Val de France Organic Sparkling Apple Pear Juice.  I had been dying to try this non-alcoholic beverage. They make a variety of flavors. It's

Home Improvement Prep - Avoiding The Rabbit Hole

Isn't it funny that as soon as you start one project, it leads to another project, and then another? It never fails. You think you're going to touch up the paint on a wall and you end up painting the entire room. And not just painting the room, but painting it a whole different color.  The Rabbit Hole And now that you've re-painted the room, the drapes no longer match. So you have to replace the drapes. And you can't just replace the drapes in your living room without replacing the drapes in your dining room because the two rooms are connected and you must have a consistent flow. Right? Oh, and you noticed that the rug is just a tad too beige or gray and is throwing off  the blue in your new drapes. What to do? What to do? So now, you're down a rabbit hole that could possibly lead to endless home improvements.  Who can relate? I had to stop myself the other day as I was about to go down this road again.  Make a Plan So before I picked up a paint brush and hammer, I

Lemon Decor Dollar Tree Tablescape and Review

I finally found a full set of those Dollar Tree lemon plates and it only took me five years! I went to, whew, I don't know how many Dollar Tree stores trying to complete the set! I had previously collected a few saucers,  mugs and glasses or stemware a couple of years ago but I could not find the plates.  Two years ago, I found a single plate. Last year, nothing. What's So Nice About Dollar Tree Lemon Dishes This year I was successful!  I found plates and bowls. I was so happy! Just so you know, these dishes are not cheap-looking. The colors are vibrant. The dishes (bowls, mugs, plates) have substantial weight to them. I know they're only a dollar, but I'd say they look just as good as other pricier merchandise out there.   So I did a lemon-themed tablescape that included green glassware and dishes that I had found at my local thrift stores. It felt so good to finally unpack my old lemon pieces and display them with my new stuff. My table looked awesome! For m