Monday, February 16, 2009

Salvation Army Haul

Salvation Army Haul
Originally uploaded by Monkeys Jump
I went to Salvation Army today on my lunch hour to try and find some cheap sheets and pillowcases to practice sewing with. They were having a sale on all of their kid's clothes. Each piece was 59 cents. Everything except coats and suits up to size 12 was included. I got 47 pieces of clothing for about $29. Over half of them are name brands. A few items still have tags on them.

In addition to the clothes I got some really pretty receiving blankets at goodwill for $1 each and I'll make some burp cloths for my friend Megan. I love the thrift stores here!!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I stopped at a couple of thrift stores after work today and this is what I found:

Queen size Down Comforter
Vera Bradley knock off Diaper bag that I'll use for a camera bag
2 picture frames
Pedi Paws dog nail trimmer
4 baby sleepers
1 jean jacket
1 snow suit
1 pair of 24m jeans
2 24m shirts
12 placesetting Oneida silverwear set

All of that stuff for only $25! My best friend Megan is due in June so the sleepers and jean jacket and snow suit are for her. The little Dino shirts and jeans are for Niko. I am going to use the Diaper bag for a camera bag because it has little padded pockets on the inside for my lenses and a place in the middle to put the camera. The down comforter is in great condition and it has a pretty sage green duvet cover over it. For $6 it was a steal! The flatware set was $5 and it is Oneida stainless steel. Not too shabby!

There are tons of thrift stores here. They all have pretty decent things but some can be overpriced. All in all I think I got some good deals today. Still no sewing machine though.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sewing Machine

Well I think I am going to break down and buy a new sewing machine. I have been searching all over for a used one but I've not had any luck. The only type I can find is the antique sewing machines that come in the tables. Now I only need to convince my husband that I NEED a sewing machine.

I need something to do with my free time. I am spending way too much time watching TV and surfing the internet! I could be doing something useful like making coin purses or something!

This is why I want to learn how to sew. I would love to go to thrift stores and find cool old clothes and turn them into cute kids clothes or bags or whatever!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Weight Loss

Well I have lost about 4 lbs in the past week. Brian lost 13lbs! He always loses faster than me. Then again he is heavier and he is a man. I have to keep reminding him that he needs to eat enough food. He can't get away with eating 1000 calories a day. It just isn't healthy. Our biggest challenge seems to be getting fruits and vegetables into our diet. I need to start taking raw veggies for snacks at work.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Cabbage Soup

Cabbage Soup
Originally uploaded by Monkeys Jump

Made a big batch of this soup tonight. It has all kinds of tasty vegetables in it. I put a can of kidney beans in as well for added protein and fiber.

A 1 cup serving has

101 calories
0g fat
6.5g fiber
5g protein
21g carbs

Putting some lean protein in it would probably be good too!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Turkey Taco Salad

Turkey Taco Salad
Originally uploaded by Monkeys Jump

1 serving

Salad greens (spinach, romaine, iceberg...whatever)
1/2 c ground turkey (I used 85% lean cuz that's all I had)
1/4 c pinto beans
1/4 c shredded cheese
diced onion
2 TBS light ranch dressing
6 organic blue corn chips

Pile it all on a plate and enjoy!

We had taco salad for a late lunch/dinner. Kind of high in fat because I only had 85% lean ground turkey and regular cheese. Its actually pretty filling for a salad. I love the blue corn chips, they make it so pretty!