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Hand painted Wooden Sign – Ordering Details January 17, 2016

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Friendly reminder: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. As in, less than a month away. Don’t wait and get Walgreen’s leftovers for your sweetie this year. Plan ahead and surprise your lovebug with something a little more personal 🙂


These stained and hand painted signs are 12″ tall and generally 30″ wide, but that depends on the length of the name or word you request. Pricing starts at $45 for the name, with an additional $5 add on for the date. This Valentine’s Day deal is available in Greenville, SC – local pick up only. We can accommodate special requests at an additional cost. Ordering will close Friday, February 5th, so don’t dilly dally! Porch pick up or in-town delivery will be arranged on a case by case basis.

Click Here to Place Your Order


Shipt Review January 7, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — lindsayt85 @ 12:53 pm

I recently joined Shipt, a grocery delivery service. I’ve had several friends interested in how my first experience went, so here’s my review:

Decision If/When/How to Use Shipt: I’m a working mom with a baby on the way. I try to sneak in grocery trips between work and daycare pickup or after bedtime. That made the IF we would use it easy. The WHEN is that we agreed to only use it when the order is over $35 so we don’t have to pay additional delivery fees. The HOW is that I’ll meal plan for several days in a row, make a list, and use Shipt for the things hubby can’t pick up at Costco (meat, milk, diapers, bulk stuff).

Sign-Up: The sign-up process is easy. I got in when it was $49 for the year, but I think it’s now $99. However, if you use my (or another friend’s) link, we both save $10 off our grocery orders. After sign-up, download the free app on your phone.

Placing First Order: The app is pretty easy to use. There is a learning curve with figuring out which section some items were under, but it took me about 20 minutes to locate everything I needed for a week’s worth of meals and add it to my cart. There were some items that did not show up in the app, so I made three special requests (family sized tea bags, unfrosted blueberry poptarts, and white baking cups). The total did not reflect my special requests, but it did say I would get an updated receipt after purchase. You have the opportunity to add special notes about any item in your cart. You can also choose substitution settings (call me, use best judgment, or don’t buy) if an item is unavailable in the store. I did not have the option to tip when placing the order. I emailed customer service to ask if I would have that option later, and they quickly responded that the in-app tipping is available at the time or after delivery.

After Placing First Order: The order was in ‘open’ status for about an hour. After about an hour, I checked again and my order had changed to ‘claimed’ and I got to see a picture and a first name of my shopper. This put me at ease because I was a bit skeptical of who would be coming in my home. It looks like my shopper is named Joelle and (complete honesty and disclosure here…) I checked her out on Facebook. She looks like a very friendly mom.

I scheduled my delivery from 12PM to 1PM, when I’d be home for lunch. At 11:30, I got a notification from the app that Joelle was shopping for my order. At 12:10 I got a text from Joelle saying she was on her way.

Delivery: Joelle was right on time and unloaded all the groceries for me, from her car to my counter. She was dressed in jeans and the official Shipt shirt, so I knew it was her. She was SUPER friendly and we talked for a few minutes about our kids and her friends that live in my neighborhood. I asked her about how tipping worked and she said that as soon as she gets in her car, she marks the order as delivered and I would get a notification that I can rate her as my shopper and tip. I didn’t even get the door locked and that exact thing happened. You can rate 1-5 stars and tip (none, $5, $10, $15) for 24 hour window.

Financials: My end total was a little over $100, including tax and tip, for a week’s worth of groceries. I think the prices are pretty close to what you’d see in the store, maybe only a few cents more each. You do get the BOGOs and sales, but coupons are not an option. I checked my bank account before and after to see how that part works. Similar to a gas station, there was a pending $1 charge before the delivery. And similar to a restaurant, there was the $96 (pre-tip) charge pending after delivery. I would imagine that when the 24 hour tipping window is up, the correct charge will go through.

Overall: This service is awesome. I meal planned for the entire week, made my list, skipped the impulse buys, and didn’t have to unload groceries. For $49/year + tipping each delivery, it’s well worth the extra cost. I asked Joelle if this was her first Shipt delivery, and she said that she had done one more before mine. I asked her how it was going so far. She said the one before me was a little more difficult and she had to substitute a lot of items which made her feel bad that she couldn’t deliver the exact order. She did say it was another mom of littles and she didn’t mind the subs. Joelle also mentioned that most of the other Shipt shoppers in the area were ‘moms like us’. If you are on the fence about joining, DO IT!… and use my link so we both save $10!

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Homemade Gourmet Marshmallows with Emma August 19, 2011

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Today my friend Emma came over for a girls day! We spent our afternoon chatting, making homemade gourmet marshmallows, tying knots for necklaces, and more chatting. I’ve made marshmallows before, but it ended with powdered sugar all over me and my kitchen, every dish dirtied, and funky shaped sugar blobs. This time I tried a few new things and it went so much more smooth! We didn’t even make as big of a mess as I did last time!

You could buy some marshmallows and skip right to the decorating part, but then you’d miss out on all the sugary fun! You’ll need:

  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 11/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 11/2 cups water (divided in half)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 11/2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Generously grease a 9×13 dish, line with aluminum foil, and generously grease the foil. You think you’re overdoing it? You’re definitely not.

Put the granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, 3/4 cup water in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring it to a boil and boil for 8 minutes.

Meanwhile put the other 3/4 cup of water in the bowl of a stand mixer. Empty the 4 packets of gelatin into the water and let set for 5 minutes.

Once the sugary mixture has boiled for 8 minutes, slowly pour it into the water/gelatin mixture. Using the whisk attachment, whisk on high for 13 minutes. Add vanilla and whisk for 2-3 additional minutes. Empty the marshmallow into the greased dish and let set in the refrigerator for 1.5 hours.

When the time is up, slide the marshmallow onto a baking sheet and remove the foil. This isn’t the tidiest project. Now’s not the time to care about that. Spray a pizza cutter and start cutting the marshmallow into cubes. Fully cover the cubes in confectioner’s sugar so it’s not sticky.

You could stop here if you just wanted plain ole mallows, but why would you do that if you’ve spent all this time on making homemade ones? Melt almond bark in a small saucepan and assemble your toppings. We used: Graham crackers, peppermint, Heath bar, sprinkles, cocoa powder, cinnamon sugar, and Andes mints. We also tried granola and poppy seeds. Don’t use those last two ideas, they weren’t as good.

Get an assembly line set up. Dunk the marshmallow top in melted almond bark, then dip in toppings. When you get them all done, out them in the fridge again so the almond bark can set.

Meet our sweet cast of characters:

After tasting most of the toppings, cocoa powder definitely gets my vote. Emma thought of it and I’m so glad she did. The cocoa powder is unsweetened and bitter, but the marshmallows provide all the sweetness needed. Yum!!

I had a blast spending the afternoon with Emma and I can’t wait til our next girls day! Maybe once our blood sugar levels get back to normal we’ll take on something less sweet.


DIY Padded Wall Hook July 30, 2011

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A few weeks ago, I found some square wall plaques with hooks on clearance in the July 4th decorations section of Hobby Lobby. They were only about $1 each, and I figured I could mod podge them to match a room in our house pretty easily.

Fast forward a few weeks and I finally got around to working on them. Thank goodness for Fridays off and time to do all my projects I’ve backlogged in my brain! I started rummaging around for some cute paper to use and I couldn’t find anything I really liked. What I did find in my stash was some really cute fabric remnants and some leftover padding from my DIY Necklace Holder.

First, I removed all the hardware (the hook on the front and the hanger on the back) with my handy dandy girly screwdriver. Then I stretched the padding around the square and stapled it into place on the back. Repeat with the fabric. Then all that’s left is to screw the hardware back in. This is trickier than it sounds because you’ve just covered up your screw holes with padding and fabric. But I got lucky and lined them all up on the first try!Of course I had to take it a step further and decorate with coordinating fabric rosettes. You could leave this part out if you wanted.

I think I’m going to go back to HL and see if I can find anything else similar. Theses would make great gifts on the skinny.


Smoothie in a Bowl May 15, 2011

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I’ve been on a smoothie kick recently. While KEVA smoothies are my absolutely fave, they are also like $5 each. I also like the Yoplait smoothie kits, but those get to be pretty pricey too, especially when you realize that it’s just frozen fruit and frozen yogurt cubes. At Costco, those Yoplait bages have 3 smoothie kits in them and they are $9. Or… you could buy this:


…and make about 10 smoothies for $8 (plus the cost of whatever else you want in there).

Once a day, I scoop out about a cup and a half of fruit, peel a frozen banana, throw it all in the blender with about a cup of soy milk and a scoop of vanilla protein powder so it keeps me full. YUM.

This morning, I decided to follow a serious blog trend, and eat my smoothie out of a bowl. And I’m here to report that- shocking- it tastes the same as drinking it out of a cup. I guess the plus of the bowl is that I’m aware of how much smoothie I’m actually eating, rather than just slurping it up. I probably won’t even finish my bowl this morning! That’s a lot of smoothie I’ve been drinking. I’m freezing the second half for later today 🙂

Happy Sunday y’all!


Buffalo Chicken Salad from Leftover Chicken Fingers May 1, 2011

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Yesterday, my sweet (not-so) baby sister graduated from college! Happy Graduation, Haley!!! My sweet aunt Leslie had a great grad party at her house and we had so much fun. She served lots of yummy food, including a pizza dip that I’m sure just fell straight from heaven. There was a platter of the biggest chicken fingers I’ve ever seen in my life. Leslie packed us up some of the leftovers in a to-go bag when we headed out. So I got to thinking… surely there’s something cool I can make with leftover chicken fingers.

Lovey suggested chicken salad, and because he’s a pretty smart fella, I stole his idea. While he was jamming out on the drumset during the third service at church, I came home and whipped up chicken salad made from leftover chicken fingers. At first it started innocently- you know, chop up the chicken, add some mayo. But then I spied the hot sauce and ranch dressing hanging out in the fridge door. So then what started as a plain ole chicken salad, turned into buffaloed chicken salad! And it was DELICIOUS!

We took this concoction, along with some celery and veggie straws (try them, SO good), on a sunny Sunday afternoon picnic in Greer City park. We had a blast. For the record, I won the cornhole tie-breaker! (as always)

Buffalo Chicken Salad from Leftover Chicken Fingers


  • 4 outrageously huge chicken fingers, or probably about 6 regular sized ones
  • 1/2 c. mayo (if you use something other than Duke’s, don’t blame me for the outcome)
  • Ranch dressing
  • Hot sauce

First, give your chicken fingers a rough chop. Mine wouldn’t fit in my food processor without this step, but you could skip it if you’ve got a huge processor. Chop the chicken to whatever size you’d like in the food processor.

Put the chopped chicken into a mixing bowl, and add the mayo. Also add in the ranch dressing and hot sauce to taste. I probably added about 2 tablespoons ranch dressing and 1/4 c. hot sauce. You could add more or less depending on how spicy or ranchy you want it.

Mix it all together.

Eat it on bread, celery, or right off the spoon. Or, take it on a picnic!


Yarn Wrapped Letters April 12, 2011

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I told you I was wrapping everything in sight in yarn, remember? I’ve done 4 headbands and 8 bracelets. I found some $0.99 cardboard letters at Hobby Lobby and decided to yarn wrap them as a surprise for the couples in our community group!

First, I yarn wrapped the letters themselves. Just make a tiny spot of glue at the bottom, and go for it. I also did the edges so that there was no side left plain.

Then I picked out coordinating fabric and do-dads to decorate the letters with. I tried to match each initial with the couple that would receive it. Brown with red for the Yoders because they just got fabulous red furniture! Purple and coral for the Sheehans because they are so fun and their house is full of fun prints and colors. The Snows get yellow with brown and green because they always have cute ‘natural’ looking decor! And a teal T for us. I have no idea why I chose teal or where on earth I’ll end up putting this because it doesn’t really match anything. Maybe it’ll end up in our orange bathroom.


20110410-041829.jpgThen I started decorating. I made some yo-yos, some rosettes, some circles. I used some sequins and buttons. Pretty much whatever I had on hand that got close enough to the glue gun ended up on the letters!





By the time this post gets published, everyone will have already received their surprise! I hope they like them!!


The Day We Painted Everything Orange April 10, 2011

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Sometimes I look around and dream of things I could do to this house. Hardwood floors, tile the kitchen floors, build a desk space in the office, build a patio, buy new furniture. But then I snap back to reality and remember our financial priorities (going into more debt over fluffy stuff like couches and patio umbrellas isn’t one of them). Thankfully, God allowed someone to invent spray paint, which can do wonders and it’s less than $5 a can.

We have an old hand-me-down bench on our front porch that was a drab color of red(ish) and was mostly collecting a lot of pollen and spider webs. We put a little orange spray paint on it, and it already looks like we spent tons on something new! We spent $8 on 2 cans of spray paint, and $20 on cushions at Garden Ridge (Dad, let me translate: Junk Ridge).


Final Product:


We actually bought 3 cans of spray paint, so of course I went rummaging through the house for other things I could paint! We had originally planned to paint this large vase green for when we re-do the living room, but today it got an orange makeover. I justified this by reminding myself I could always spray paint it green later!



This orange coincidentally matches a canvas art project we are working on for our bedroom, so instead of hanging out (currently not matching anything) in our living room, we moved it to the bedroom and I think it found a new permanent home! Here’s a sneak peak of the canvas art. I’ll put up a full tutorial when we get it all complete!


Happy Sunday!


Yarn Wrapped April 3, 2011

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I’m sure you have all seen the yarn-wrapping trend going on pretty much everywhere. I had done some yarn-wrapped wreaths before on this site, and I’ve also sold some on Etsy. Yarn wrapping wreaths is great fun, but it is also a tedious and long process. I’ve always been bad at delayed gratification projects, and yarn wrapping wreaths is definitely a delayed gratification project.

Then…some other yarn-wrapped goodies popped up in my Reader from some other blogs. Oh the ideas! Yarn wrapped bangles, yarn wrapped headband, luminaries, earrings, vase, trees, branches, pens, picture frames, letters, hangers, and on and on. The ideas just kept coming. And for projects much smaller than a wreath, I could have a project completed in no time!

Last night I made 8 yarn wrapped bangles (1 pink, 2 teal, 1 yellow, 1 blue/yellow, and 3 brown) and added some extra buttons and felt flowers for good measure. I was so proud of myself- 8 entire bangles finished in only 3 episodes of Pawn Stars Season 2 (Chumlee cracks me up). I woke up, saw how cute the bangles turned out, and made 2 yarn-wrapped headbands.

What will I wrap next? I’m eying a pair of old earrings, some aluminum cans to use as outdoor luminaries, a vase, the cat, an old picture frame, a lamp shade. I’ll let you know how those projects turn out!

(just kidding about the cat.)


365 April 1, 2011

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As of March 6, my sweet Lovey and I have been married for a full year. A whole 365 days. We’ve been to Cancun, DC, the beach, ATL, Charlotte. We’ve joined Southside Fellowship and gotten plugged into a great community group. We’ve cooked, cleaned, spilled, built, laughed, tickled, sold, paid off, created, relaxed, but mostly we’ve loved. Never would I have imagined a life so full of love.

For our first anniversary, we rented a cute little cabin outside of Pigeon Forge. We went to Partridge and Pear, a Christmas restaurant on our anniversary for a fancy dinner.

We saved the top tier of our delicious wedding cake (made by our FABULOUS sister-in-law) to eat on our trip. We thawed it and dug right in after our fancy dinner and it was so good! Who knew year-old cake could taste so good?

But the highlight of the entire trip was a chance discovery in the boonies of Tennessee. While we were looking for dinner one night, Josh opened up the UrbanSpoon app and found that Little Italian Kitchen in Sevierville had a really high rating with a ton of people ranking it highly. So we decided to check it out.

When we got there,we were slightly shocked to see that it was attached to a gas station. But we decided to follow all the high ratings and check it out. I’m so glad we didn’t turn around and go to some pancake house on the strip. The owner was so inviting and excited to tell us all about the menu (which was huge). He makes everything from scratch and his passion for his food was so contagious! He helped us and the 20 college students behind us decide what to order. He also let us try all of his sauces for free! I ordered the twice baked eggplant… without a doubt the best Italian food I’ve ever had in my mouth. DELICIOUS! We ended up going back for lunch two days later 🙂