Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Round-Up Time

Okay, so I've shaken off my funk (mostly) and thought I better post a quick round-up of what the Cluttered Family and I have been up to the past week!

Saturday I spent the day at my sister-in-law's yard sale. It was roughly the temperature of the sun all day, which is super fun when you're GREAT with child, but the sale itself went well. None of the "big ticket" items that I brought with me sold, so they got schlepped home to be listed on Craigslist. That being said, I made enough to buy this week's groceries completely in cash AND I got to leave my "to donate" stuff at my sister-in-law's house for THEM to take to the donation site! (I think Ready.Set.Simplify would agree this was the best part of the whole deal!). I did discover that the way people check out yard sales makes you feel rather like you're back in the Jr. High cafeteria. They cruise by slowly, surveying what you have and THEN decide whether your sale is worthy of them stopping. I started feeling very judged!


Sunday was my usual Farmer's Market/Whole Foods run, which leads me to my current dilemma. My town has a little farmer's market on Sundays. Usually, I drive to the farmer's market in a neighboring town because it is AWESOME! This week, in an effort to "keep it local" and to save time, Little Man and I went to our town's farmer's market. It had been a while since I had been there and I was saddened to see that our market now consists of mostly craft booths. There were literally 3 produce vendors, none of whom were advertising organic produce. Bummer. We bought a couple items, but then high-tailed it to Whole Foods for the rest of our shopping.


At Whole Foods, I am not to proud to admit that I gave an audible squeal of delight when I saw this:




BULK SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER, LOTION AND SOAP!!! Hooray!!! I will still need to cross-reference to see if this is actually a bargain, but I LOVE the idea of being able to just refill my 32 oz shampoo and conditioner bottles, rather than buying new containers!


The next HOORAY moment for me came when I went by to water our garden plot and spotted this little beauty:


A tiny little tomato! Granted, something has been gnawing the life out of the leaves on our pepper and melon plants and the lettuce seems to have lost its will to be green, but we have a tiny little tomato starting. Soon we'll be reaping what we sowed!


My final HIP, HIP, HOORAY for the week is that for the past few months, Diesel has been doing some side work on the boat belonging to a friend's grandfather (and I have been complaining incessantly about him never being home). He finally finished the big project on Sunday and brought home his pay. Per an earlier agreement, x-percent of his profit on side projects goes directly towards paying off debt. I am happy to say that we will be paying an additional $1000 on the truck loan this month! HUZZAH!!!


In other news, I've decided that while I love Miranda Kerr for her public pro-breastfeeding stance and her line of organic (and way out of my price range) beauty products, I'm pretty sure I hate her! Why? This (well, there is also the whole married to Orlando Bloom thing!) I breastfed for a year and was definitely NOT bikini ready  as a result (though I did lose a ton of weight, thanks to Little Man's dairy & soy allergy).

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