Here we go with week #5! I'm enjoying this series so much. I hope you are too! Next week I'll have a guest post with Jenny from These Sweet Days!
IKEA Ribba Frames
I've heard people talk about IKEA photo frames for ages, but haven't ever purchased them. I actually haven't bought any frames in a very, very long time. We had gorgeous family photos taken in November and ever since I've been wanting to get them up on the wall. I was at IKEA last week for some other things and saw the frames and decided to go for it. I actually didn't realize just how cheap they are! The 12x16 frame (matted to 8x10) is only $6.99! I picked up three and can't wait to hang them!
Trader Joe's Frozen Meals
I shared a Trader Joe's Favorites post back in January. You'll find many of my favorite items there! But our most recent practice is to buy a TJ's frozen meal for Sunday lunch. We have never been frozen meal people - we eat home cooked meals 95% of the time. BUT, this new tradition has been a lifesaver. In the past, I've felt pressured to create an elaborate meal every Sunday. I love cooking beautiful meals but I really don't like doing it at 6:00 am or 1:00pm on a Sunday. We are very involved in our church and so feels good to fix an easy meal afterwards! Our favorite is their orange chicken. We cook up some rice and maybe fix a salad and lunch is done! And our day of rest actually feels restful! The best part - their meals are around $5-6 each and can feed our small family.
The Market Beautiful
This past weekend, I attended The Market Beautiful with two friends. I went last year (when it was called Vintage Whites Market) and really enjoyed myself. I decided to leave my daughter home with my husband and make a girls day of it! There are over 150 vendors that sell vintage decor and housewares. I mean, what could be more fun! I kept my purchases to a minimum this year. I bought a few geometric wooden wall shelves for our guest room and a hair clip for my daughter (oh, and a coffee of course). There were many more items I could have found a place for in my home, but you know - budgets! Right now, The Market Beautiful visits Utah, Colorado, and Montana. If you live in one of those states, check them out!
A few years ago, I purchased an African market basket from a farmer's market in Oregon. It was $25 and really pretty though I wasn't quite sure how I would use it. I purchased it (kind of on a whim) and I'm so glad I did! It's one of the best purchases I've ever made. I use mine for the pool (to carry towels, sunscreen, snacks, etc.), for holding books to and from the library, on picnics, and anytime I need a place to stash things in the back seat of the car. I don't know the exact brand that I have, but there are TONS available online. I'll link some Amazon options here. They're sturdy + beautiful!
I'm not sure where I'd be without the Voxer app. Seriously. If you haven't heard of Voxer please keep reading! It's a widely used app but I'm always surprised to find people who don't know what it is! It's a "walkie talkie" app that allows you to leave voice messages or texts to be checked at the convenience of the recipient. You can leave messages up to 15-minutes long! My husband is always shocked when I say this, but I regularly leave 15 minute messages for friends. It's how I keep up with my mom friends. We are all busy with kiddos and work so talking on the phone never happens. Voxer is a really fun way to keep up with people, especially those who live out of state. I use it daily - some days quite a lot! For us stay-at-home-moms, it brings adult conversation into our day (which is much needed when you mostly talk to a two-year old)! Voxer is helpful for anyone at age stage of life and can be useful for a variety of reasons. But it's been a really special blessing to me as a mom - allowing me to maintain and build friendships from a distance!