So! Finding the shoes made me so happy! Also, happy...cool temps today and I peeked ahead and saw potentially really nice temps for the Dirty Girl on the 19th. It is sooooo nice to have a break, for however long, from that dang heat. Yuck. The only bad part is we do need to mow our lawn again. :)
A couple random things:
Running: I got this contoured water bottle for running and I LOVE it. Mine is pink (Berry) and I got it at TJ Maxx for $6.99 but I think it's worth what they are charging on Amazon. It slips over your hand and you don't even need to hold onto it...it just stays there. It is definitely for shorter runs but holds plenty for my 30-35 minutes.
Dirty Girls have a habit of donating their muddy shoes after the race but I couldn't see doing that with my $80 pair that is still in really nice shape.
So I thrifted a pair, of course! I got a pair of Nikes for $2.50 that I won't mind dumping on the pile afterwards. They felt comfortable at the store and I plan on wearing them beforehand to make sure they're okay. (I really hope they are.) I also scored my first running skirt this week for a mere $4.00. I'm going to try that, too, and hope I can wear it for the race. It is black nylon so I think it will be easy to wash out afterwards. I have running shorts but they are tighter than I like...I'd definitely feel better in the slightly looser skirt. I am getting SO excited for this now!
Summer Fun Stash:
haha, just kidding. :)
When the weather first got so hot I started picking up little things for my kids to help keep them occupied, especially on Wednesdays when the sitter was here. I thrifted a new big box of Crayons, bought some poster board, new markers, different coloring books, bubbles, chalk, etc. After I started, I just seemed to keep finding things. I started stashing it in the closet and will now pull something out when we need a distraction. All of this stuff below is from thrift stores. Some of it I plan on bringing to Duluth with us in a couple of weeks, the rest we will use whenever we (I) need it.
Is anyone still here? I have one more group shot of thrift scores. Should I show you or save it?! Okay, I'll show you. :)
sleeping bag for James 3.99
banana republic blouse for me 3.99
red wooden candelabra, made in sweden 1.59 (vintage?) (ebay or etsy)
brand new box of parchment paper .99
brand new kids Acorn slippers .99 (on their website now for $30) (ebay)
leather merrell Zodiac shoes for me $9.59 (original retail 79.99)
nikes for race 2.49
SAS shoes 4.00 (ebay)
life is good shirt for james 1.99 (he really wanted one of these)
owl shirt for ruby 1.99
running skirt 4.00
new pack of bungee cords 1.99
brand new pack of Hollywood Tape .99 (I LOVE this stuff and use it all the time in the summer. I cut the strips in half and use one on each bra strap...totally keeps shirts from sliding off of my shoulders or slipping too low in front. love it! I actually just looked at it at JoAnn's because I am almost out but didn't get it because I didn't have a coupon. It's about $10 there, $9 on the site.)
Wow. Quite a haul, eh? I haven't found this much for us in a while. (besides clothes, always clothes, at the dig.) The SAS shoes and slippers should more than pay for everything else when I ever get them listed.
Can I tell you how excited I am to get back to work?! I am so excited! I am also thankful for the small amount of sales I've had this summer even though I haven't worked much, especially in the last month. I am also thankful that I was able to let that go and just focus on what is most important right now...my kids and my sanity. :) Had I been trying to work in my free moments, instead of resting or doing something else I enjoy, I think I would have felt a lot more stressed out. As it was, I have definitely had some bad days but it's been a really good summer overall. Yes, it feels super busy and often crazy with 3 kids around but we have had a lot of fun. thankful. (also thankful for school to start soon!!!! and vacation in two weeks!!!!)
I think this is plenty for one day. Maybe even for a week or so?!