To Cute To Scare

As a budget friendly shopper, I love shopping for festive holiday decor AFTER the storm has passed. Come November 1st, I’m ALL OVER Halloween Decor at Target, RiteAid, WalMart, CVS, and other retailers like a fat girl eating cake! 50%-70% off items is a steal! You can get so lucky as to finding bags of candy for $0.40!! Yes girl, yes!!

So last year, I was able able to score a bag of Spider Webs for nearly $0.10! I had no idea how to style with it, but after seeing it be used around the neighborhood on front porches, I thought I could give it a shot, wioth only spending $0.10. What was I going to loose?!

After playing around with the intimidating Halloween pantyhose like decor, I was finally getting used to the friendliness the spider webs were. The cotton, stretch like fabric stretches, and has no pattern for you to follow.

I began stretching it over picture frames around the house, and adding fun decorative spiders. Now, if you’ve been following some of my IG posts, my youngest son get’s really freaked out with spiders. But after his older brother and I spoke to him about how fun it will be to decorate the home for Halloween, he opened up to the idea.

With just a few supplies, such as scissors, and pairing the spiderweb with other Halloween pieces, this project will become so peaceful and tranquil, you’ll honestly loose track of time styling your spooky home!

I simply took scissors and snipped small pieces of the web and stretched it, literally over everything in my home. It totally gave a boost of the Halloween spirit in my home, without really doing much, or buying much.

Have you decorated with spider webs before? It’s honestly, really addicting.

 

Holiday Clearance Finds

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! With family, friends, food, and gifts, the parties may be done for a couple days, until New Years Eve (tomorrow). Some of us may still be traveling, others may start taking down our holiday decor. The other group of us are probably holiday clearance shopping!!!!!!

Out of all of the holiday clearance shopping stores to check out, there are only a few I LOVE.

Cost Plus World Market

Michael’s Craft Stores

and…

Target!

As slowly started putting my holiday decorations away, there were times I took a needed coffee break, and purposely to leave the house….And of course I’d swing by the Starbucks at my local Target. For you Target lovers there, holiday clearance shopping is the next best thing to Christmas itself! From items from 30%, knocked down to 50%, then 70%, and all the way to 90%. Oh my lanta….Christmas decorations, gift wrap, gift bags, lighting, and other do-dads from $8 to $0.50 clearance ya’ll!!

You can also check out their website so see any items you’ve been eyeing out all Christmas season. I, on the other hand love the hunt, and checking whatever Target I roam into, and checking out their inventory. Or, whatever is left.

Ornaments, ornaments, ornaments…..

Remember those $3 ornaments?? What was $3 per ornament (which I DID hold myself back earlier this month,) are now all $1.50-$0.92-$0.30 EACH!!! Yes girl. YES!!! A whopping $1.50 or less for the cutest ornaments from Target!!

My Clearance Finds of 2016: (as seen in the picture below)

  • Navy Blue House Ornament, Target ($1.50)
  • Letter “C” Glass Ornament, Target (Last Christmas 2015, $1.50)
  • Small & Large Gold Deer Candle Holder, Michael’s ($4.99-$3.50)

What cool finds have you found this Holiday?? What great deals are out there? Comment below!!

Can’t wait to continue clearance shopping all break! Be sure to follow me on IG to see what awesome budget deals I find this end of the year.

Simple Christmas Style

When it comes down to holiday decorating, I like to keep it simple, and easy to manage. I’m not one to be called a full minimalist, but I like to practice a few traits and habits of one. We all know it’s so easy to fall into the habit of buying more and more. Especially us American’s. We love the satisfaction of purchasing merchandise. And when it comes down to the holidays, we all go over the limits of gifts and also holiday decor. This post, I’d like to share a few small purchases I made for this years Christmas season, as well as some changes I’ve done to adapt to our new home here in Sacramento.

  • The Living Room

With having a new space for “living,” there actually isn’t enough living in this area. I’ve come to realize, that having a 5 bedroom home, with multiple living spaces, and a backyard that connects to the garage, there’s a few living spaces that just don’t get love and attention they fully need. The main living room as become the main focal point for Christmas this season. It’s the room that has the most windows, the staircase connects to it, as well as the front door and garage door entry.

Musical Tunes

During the process of putting up our Christmas tree, my husband and I also decided to add in one of our record players. Adding the record player, was our excuse to add in more life, as it will project musical tunes towards the dining table.

Small Accents/Low Effort

I also added a few little tiny accents to the living room sitting on the bookshelf of the record player. All things I already owned, that just needed a spot to be displayed.

  • The Staircase

I’ve utilized the staircase banister to hold our stockings. Previously in our last home, we unfortunately did not have a fireplace to place the usual garland of string lights, and stockings. I’d simply, push pin them into the main wall of our main living room. This year, I wasn’t so inclined to utilize our fireplace to display the stockings.

  • Craigslist China Hutch

We currently have an IKEA China Hutch, which I purchase on Craigslist 3 years ago. It was needed for our previous house, but I currently no longer have an attachment to it in our current house. This year, as I figure out how to use it, or entertain the thought of letting it go, I’ve used it to display our holiday cards.

  1. Using a piece of twine and mini laundry clips (Purchased at Daiso/Michael’s Craft Store)
    I did the same thing above my buffet table using string lights (Purchased from Target, earlier this year)
  2. If you’ve seen my Fall Decorations, you’ll notice have a group of birch wood branches. I used them again for the holidays, keeping them above my china hutch again, mixed with my light garland, a holiday branch, and stacking decorative boxes from my mom. Oh! Not to mention, pinecones! Lots of pinecones were sprinkled around too!

  • Christmas Cards

My Christmas cards were hung on string lights, that I use year-round. I pinned them using snowflake laundry pins I purchased at the DollarTree this year.

  • Buffet Table

My buffet table, also known as our board game storage, holds a few picture frames, a gold candelabra (Purchased this year from Ross for $12.99), as well as a set of candelabra/ Deer candle holders (also purchased this year from Michael’s Craft Store using a 50% off Coupon!!)

Here’s what the buffet table and mirror looks like at night…

So that’s all

Frugal In Fall

It doesn’t make much to style a home for fall. Honestly, decorating for fall is easier than decorating for Christmas, in my opinion. Here’s a quick example of a style coffee table that isn’t so Pinterest Perfect, but fabulously frugal. Everything currently on my coffee table was all less than $10 each. All you need is time, and willingness to check out for local thrift stores, weekend flea markets, Dollar Trees, and clearance sale days at your favorite retailers (My Fav Spots: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and also Bath And Body Works!)

Here I’ll list a few items I purchased at my local favorite shops, that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. These items can be styled so easily with any style you have that suites the personality of any home, willing to add in the touch of fall!!!

(Above photo, leaf candy dish, Thrifted @Savers)

 

What’s on my coffee table:

(My current living room coffee table)

  • -Pumpkin Candle Holder
  • -Leaf Candy Dish
  • -Faux Pumpkin
  • -One Wick Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle
  • -Decorative Skeleton

 

Pumpkin Candle Holder

Purchased a thrift store last year for $4. Every fall I go on a seasonal decorative hunt strictly for pumpkins. Last year, I collected quite a few, but a great beginning to a tradition I plan to continue every year for fall decorating. The metal bronze like pumpkin candle holder had enough space to fit in a decorate pumpkin which I added.

Leaf Candy Dish

Also thrifted, purchased at a Savers for $2. A Better Homes and Gardens brand (Originally sold at WalMart) this candy dish sit’s perfectly next to my pumpkin display. It usually contains bobby pins I take off at the end of the night, car keys, sunglasses, or misc. tiny toys I find on the carpet through the day. OCD Me usually clears out the leaf dish, and placing the random items back to it’s proper place.

Faux Pumpkin

I purchased a bunch of these faux pumpkin’s during a visit to a flea market last year. Faux pumpkin’s are usually scattered in different corners of my home. Bookshelves, night stands, coffee end tables, they add that simple decorative harvest touch to the home. Easy to style. Easy to decorate.

One Wick Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle

A one wick candle purchased at Bath And Body Works. Stay alert with those coupons, and special clearance days. These babies usually cost $12! So expensive, but when you can buy these candles on those special days when its a buy 2 get one free, or 50% off days, it’s nice to capitalize on those sale dates! Candle buyers know. Sale dates are IMPORTANT!

Decorative Skeleton

(A simple Halloween touch!)

This is one of the easiest ways to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins throughout October and November are a no brainer. Adding a simple Halloween spooky skeleton takes literally no effort. I purchased a garland of skeletons from the DollarTree, and took them apart. Easily adding them wherever it seemed right. The skeleton man, sits aside from the faux pumpkin. Easy styling made simple, and simply remove it the day after Halloween, and there your styled pumpkin arrangement is still presentable for Thanksgiving!

I hope these simple festive fall decor tips helped!! Thrift stores, flea markets, and DollarTree spots are my home. My holy grail spots to shop before settling with Target! If you are frugal budget friendly stylist like me, comment below, and let me know how you style for the fall harvest season on a dime!

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Spontaneous Summer Sandal Shopping

Summer sandals! Summer sandals!!! Yes!!! These are my most favorite items to purchase for summer, besides ice cream, and ice coffee!! After a quick visit to Safeway, I took a quick glimpse to my left and saw a Payless shoe store. Without giving it no thought, I allowed myself to walk in. By golly wow!!! The summer sandals!!! Swoon. And may I add in s a l e?!?!

Payless is currently having a fabulous sale on their summer sandals. Prices between $12-$16 each!!!!!!

Top (Montego Bay Club, Women’s Andi 2-Band Flat Sling)

Bottom (American Eagle, Women’s Robyn Flat Slide)

Above are two summer sandals I purchased. The above picture is a 2-band flat sling that is incredibly comfortable! Easy to slip on, with elastic band fabric to secure a perfect hold during long summer walks at craft fairs, and farmers markets! Originally $26.99, I paid a whopping $12!! I may just go back to purchase the coral white pair as well!!

The next pair is something I’ve been eyeing all summer long! These bohemian style flat slides are so fun and relaxed. Perfect for summer, and to pair with some loose roughed up boyfriend jeans (my favorite go to pants other than yoga pants!) I absolutely love, love, love, love these!! Their comfortable, reasonable priced, super cute, provide great colors, and super uber stylish for summer! I initially wanted the black ones, but the brown ones seemed fitting for me, since many of my current sandals are black. These flat slides are definitely a summer must have! Perfect. Comfortable, and absolutely the go-to sandal for most casual days!

Payless Footbeds

Are you a Payless fan like me?! Go run to your local Payless and check out their summer sale! You’ll definitely find the cool-girl style sandal there!! Transitional sandals, trendy, comfortable, and on clearance!!!

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Target Haul (Under $10)

As a stay at home there have been many mornings where I drop off my son to school and drive straight to Target. At times my spending is very controlled, were I just stick with whatever is on the grocery list. Other times, I head straight to the Women’s Clearance racks and dig for clothes I really don’t need. Today was one of those Target days, but on a budget. I was killing time before an appointment I had with my sons Orthodontist. So of course, Target was fitting.

With nothing on my grocery list, I was able to control my spending. I mean, I just went crazy bridesmaid shopping for hotel decor and all, so sticking to a nice moderate budget helped me stay in control of my spending. I walked around Target, avoiding the women’s clothing, handbags, jewelry, makeup and stationary. Those places are definite danger zones for a Target shopper who is wandering.

I found myself at the kids clearance racks. I came across this wonderful textured-rib baseball pullover sweater for my youngest son. It’s still cold here in the Bay Area early mornings, and evenings so having this sweater would be great for him. I love the stitching and color-blocking. Greens and blues are my favorite colors for my boys! Not only that, but the price of this sweater cannot be beat! $2.50!!

4T Sweater

 

While I continued to walk around Target, avoiding the danger zones, I stepped into the Kitchen/Utensil asile. With getting something for my son, I felt like I needed something small for my other son. I came across these $0.75 Circo kid flatware set. Looking into my shopping cart I stayed within my favorite color duos that I oh-so-love for my boys. Blue and green..

Circo FlatwareMy kids are definitely at the age of handing their own utensils. When I was kid, I was taught the “scoop and push,” using the the spoon on my right, and fort on my left. Its Filipino basic dining etiquetteI’ve also seen this dining custom in Thailand. So I’m assuming is probably dining  etiquette is some parts of South East Asia.

Currently my kids just eat mainly with a fork, spoon for soup or cereal, and chop-sticks for Japanese/Vietnamese dishes. I’m surprised with myself that I haven’t gotten around to teaching them my native dining etiquette. So stumbling amongst the Circo flatware set was a must. And for $0.75 a set! I went along and purchased small bowls and a cup for each boy too!

Target SetAfter I grabbed coincidental blue green inspired flatware and matching sweater, I headed towards checkout.

Here’s the total:

Flatware Set ($0.75 Each/ 2 Sets): $1.50

Cups ($0.75 Each/ 2 Sets): $1.50

Small Bowl ($0.75 Each/ 2 Sets): $1.50

Medium Bowl ($0.75 Each/ 2 Sets): $1.50

4T Textured-Rib Pullover Sweater: $2.50

(Minus 5% Target Redcard)

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$8.50

Not bad for some morning Target shopping.

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