I Tried It – Goodbye Gluten Multigrain Gluten Free Bread

***This post contains affiliate links.  If you click one, I may receive a commission***  Well, I did it.  I found the holy grail of gluten free products.  I found bread that does not taste like cardboard or get all crumbly if you don’t eat it within 2.4 seconds of it being exposed to air.  Here she is friends.  You may want to shield your eyes:

Goodbye Gluten Multigrain Gluten Free Bread

Goodbye Gluten Multigrain bread.  It tastes 99.9% like regular bread.  It’s texture is perfect.  It’s flavorful with all kinds of little grains jammed in there.  My one teeny complaint is that the bread slice is a smidge small, so I recommend making two sandwiches if you are particularly hungry.

I decided to try a Roasted Veggie sandwich with the bread.  It came out so delicious I can barely stand it.

Gluten Free Roasted Veggie Sandwich - Goodbye Gluten Multigrain Bread

The recipe is simple.

Gluten Free Roasted Veggie Sandwich

4 slices Goodbye Gluten Multigrain Bread

1/2 red pepper, sliced

1/2 red onion, sliced

2 T Alouette Herb & Garlic Cheese Spread

1/2 c Baby Spinach

1 T olive oil

  1.  Place sliced red pepper and onion on a baking sheet, lightly coat with olive oil and salt and pepper and roast in the oven at 425 for about 10-12 minutes, checking frequently.  Remove when the veggies are softened and beginning to brown and the onions are translucent
  2. Toast your bread slices
  3. Add 1 T of Alouette Herb & Garlic Cheese Spread to the bottom slice of each sandwich
  4. Add a 1/4 c of baby spinach to each sandwich
  5. Top each sandwich with Roasted Veggies

Have this with your mom friends for a luncheon some day.  Do stay at home moms actually do that?  Have luncheons with the other moms while the kids are in school?  I feel like there are probably 85 other things happening while the kids are at school and none of them involve luncheons.  Well, perhaps there should be a Friday luncheon for all the stay at home moms. Ok, the third Friday of every month.  Can we squeeze that in?

If you are looking to save a little bit of money on your Goodbye Gluten Multigrain bread, might I suggest an iBotta rebate?  Click the big bread picture below and sign up through my referral link to earn $10 instantly and unlock a rebate of  $.50 for any type of bread you buy, even Goodbye Gluten Multigrain bread!

Bread - Any Brand

DIY Garden Ideas

I haven’t made anything in quite some time.  The last thing I made is this wreath which is still happily hung on my door and I think it will be throughout the summer.  It’s been a few weeks, so I’m itching to craft something up.  I patrolled the pages of Pinterest and found some great ideas.

DIY Garden Ideas

Vertical Pot Pallet Planter | 12 Creative DIY Pallet Planter Ideas for Spring | Beautiful Pallet Gardening Crafts, check it out at http://diyready.com/pallet-projects-gardening-supplies/:

I love this pallet herb garden. It just so happens I have a pallet in the backyard that is just waiting to be worked on.  This looks fairly simple and major power tool free.  I like the fact that you can just lean it wherever you want it, too.  I found this on DIY Ready as part of a round up of gardening ideas, but it is originally from a password protected blog called  Life Is Art Is Life.

How To Make a Terra Cotta Pot Birdbath:

If none of my plants bloom, I can always make one of these colorful bird baths to make up for it!  I love this so much.  Check it out at Running with Sisters.

Home Sweet Home Stacked Planters: How pretty is this planter?  What a great statement piece for the front entry.  I’ve reviewed instructions for similar stacked planters before and it doesn’t seem very difficult to pull together at all.  Except maybe the stenciling.  I haven’t tried my hand at that yet and I’m not sure how I would do with it.  I have gone down a lengthy rabbit hole to try to find a link to this beauty so that I can credit the original maker, but I have not been able to find that person.  If this is yours, let me know and I will add a link!!

This listing is for the MEDIUM Garden Totem. The Small and Large Totems are available in other listings. Or you can purchase all three sizes at once: These garden totem poles are adorable.  Another easy way for a black thumb to add color to the garden. These are listed on Etsy here, but I think they look diy-able, too!

DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.:

These have been dubbed Texas lamp posts by the maker and I think they are just fabulous.  You can find a link to the instructions on I Should Be Mopping the Floor.

So, now I have a whole weekend to pick one out and work some magic!

Colorful Garden Projects

I Tried It – Rodan & Fields Sunless Tanner

Let me start this off by saying that the best testament I can give to how much I like Rodan & Fields Sunless Tanner is the fact that I have posted a picture of my insanely white, pudgy and not in shape legs for all the internet to see. That takes guts, people.  But I am brave and I wanted to share this wonderful product with the world, pudge be damned!

Rodan + Fields Sunless Tanner - Review

So, I did no editing whatsoever to these photos.  I swear there was no magic photoshopping to get that almost invisible white skin in the Before shot.  Ditto for the nice warm color in the after shot.  I took the pictures wearing the same shorts at the same time of day with the same camera next to the same wall so that the color difference would be be captured as accurately as possible.

5 Things I Love About Rodan + Fields Sunless Tanner

Five Things I Love about Rodan + Fields Sunless Tanner

1.  Great Color

I love the color that the Rodan + Fields sunless tanner gives. It’s warm and natural, and not orange-y at all.  This is always the first thing I look for in a good sunless tanner.  When I started my annual quest for a sunless tanner this year, I found a lot of great reviews of the color and as luck would have it,  a good friend of mine had just started selling the Rodan + Fields skin care line, so I already had a trusted consultant to buy from.  If my smokin’ hot legs have convinced you to buy some, you can use this link to purchase through my friend.  No affiliate link to disclose here, just trying to help a sister girl-boss out!

2. Ease of Use

This is by far the easiest sunless tanner I have ever used.  It is actually a foam as opposed to a cream, so it goes on quickly and absorbs in minutes instead of the forever and a day that creamy tanners take to apply.  I get out of the shower, throw on a little lotion and then I apply the sunless tanner and by the time I’m done brushing my teeth and blow drying my hair (which takes like, 4 minutes for me), my legs are dry and I can put clothes on.  With the lotion tanners, I swear it would be like an hour of standing in the bathroom waiting for my legs to completely dry so that I could get in PJs.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  By the way, if you’re wondering, the after picture is after 3 applications of the sunless tanner.

3. No Streaks

It seems to be impossible to get streaks with this sunless tanner.  You do have to be careful around knees and ankles. I am sometimes a little careless and if look you close, my ankles might be a smidge too dark.  Oops.  Totally user error people, don’t blame the product.  But, there is not a streak to be found.  I don’t think I could make a streak if I wanted to.    I think it probably has to do with the consistency of the foam.  It’s very thin, so it spreads evenly and quickly.

4.  No Smell

I have tried sunless tanners that smelled really bad.  This one has almost no smell.  Not medicine-y, not weird.  There is a scent, but it’s kind of clean smelling, if that makes sense.

5.  Created by Doctors

I didn’t realize that Rodan + Fields was started by the dermatologists who created Proactiv.  That makes me feel safe using their products.  I do also use the Reverse skin care regimen from Rodan + Fields and I have been very happy with my skin since I started using it.

I’m so excited about my newly tanned legs that I think I will actually start exercising to reverse the pudge!  And maybe buy some more shorts!  Which I will wear when it gets above 55 here in Massachusetts.

Saturday Morning Musings – Who am I?

I break blogger rule number 1.34L (there are a lot of number one rules of blogging). I know, I’m such a rebel.  Rule number 1.34L is that you should have a picture of yourself prominently displayed on your blog so that people will connect with you.  I hate that rule.  And I will continue to break it.  But, I love the rule about connecting with your readers on a more personal level.  It’s rule 2.675B, if you’re wondering.  In the handbook.  HA! Gotcha, there’s no handbook!!  Actually, there are about a million handbooks and they all say the same things about 700 different ways.  But I digress. Let’s get back to the topic at hand.  ME!

Who am I and Why do I blog

Who am I?

The age old question. I’m not the typical mommy blogger demographic.  I’m on the senior circuit for mommy bloggers, I don’t have any little babies hanging around and I don’t plan to either.  In fact, if I did, there’s no way I would be writing this blog.  I don’t know how mothers of little babies find time to do anything besides mother and shower.  Occasionally.  Here’s a summary of me, by the numbers:

41 (although the first number that comes to my head is 34) years old.

Married for 14 years.

Two children, a daughter who is 11 and a son who is 9.

1 house with 7 rooms that I love to come up with crazy plans for.

2 cats, one who is 16 years old and acts like she’s 2 and one who is, not unlike a professional wrestler, from parts unknown, age unknown and easily disgruntled.

1 bunny who has no interest in the humans in this house whatsoever but if you accidentally leave a cord near him, he will chew that, electrocution be damned.

 Why do I write a blog?

I can’t lie.  I write this blog because I want to make money from it.  I know.  Evil greed.  But it is more than that.  I want to make money from this blog because I LOVE writing this blog and I want to be one of those people who actually makes money from doing what they love.  I want to quit my day job (I’m halfway there!  I moved to a part time schedule about 6 months ago!) and do this full time.  I also write this blog because I am super competitive and it does allow an outlet for that.  I’m way into page views and how many more I got today than yesterday.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not at all jealous of or competitive with other bloggers.  I was a gymnast growing up.  Gymnastics is very much an individual sport and my competitiveness is in trying to beat myself.  Do better than I did the day before.

Do I believe in God?

Weird question to throw in, but important to know about me.  I think it’s important to know this about me because I do notice that there are a lot of bloggers who are Christian and who include that fact in their bio snippets and so I assume that means it is something that blog readers are curious about.  I was brought up Catholic and I have a very strong faith in God and heaven.  I do not have a very strong faith in the church itself, sadly.  I disagree with the church on many topics.  It kills me every time I go to church with my amazing daughter and see the priest on the altar and know that she is not allowed to be a priest.  Because she is a girl.  I have this thing about following rules just because they are rules.  I’m not down with that.  If a rule is stupid, it should be changed.  Don’t even get me started on North Carolina.  I heard a lawyer on the radio yesterday talking about the families he is representing who feel their privacy is being violated by allowing transgender children into the locker room that corresponds to their gender identity.  He actually said that it’s not fair for the biological girls to have to wear their dirty gym clothes all day because they are too uncomfortable changing in a locker room with a trans child.  So, we’re putting dirty gym clothes above the health and safety of another child.  Really people?  REALLY?  If you want to make an argument against transgender people being in your bathroom, please, for the love of God, make it something that COUNTS!  Not dirty gym clothes.  My point is, I believe in God and Heaven and Morality and Kindness.  I do not believe in rules, ancient or not, that are stupid and/or irrelevant written by someone who is more than likely no smarter or more moral or closer to God than I am.  And for that reason, I have a difficult relationship with my church.

Interesting how without even planning this blog post very thoroughly in my mind that I mention my dislike for rules in two separate paragraphs and on two completely different topics.  Perhaps I have some problems with authority?  That is probably the most telling thing I have written about myself in this entire post.  :-)

One Room Challenge – REVEAL!

It’s done!  I am ready for the One Room Challenge Reveal!  This is one of my proudest moments that doesn’t involve one of my children in some way. I love how my bedroom came out and I almost equally love that I made it through the whole 6 weeks and have a 90% completely restyled bedroom.  The process of working through the One Room Challenge has been sort of life changing for me and I want to give a big shout out and thank you to Linda from Calling It Home for hosting this on-line event and inviting guest participants to join in on the fun!

One Room Challenge - After - Whole Room ViewI realize in the beginning, I never posted a before picture, so here is where I started:

Headboard Slip Cover

Let’s get a tour of the new digs, shall we?

The Bed

One Room Challenge - After - Full Bed View

The most dramatic change in the room is the navy blue walls, Hale Navy, by Benjamin Moore.  The color has created such a mood in this room and  cohesiveness that it just didn’t have before.  I feel like the dark foundation made it much easier to add in some color.  I could easily swap out the green pillows for hot pink or yellow and it would still work with the dark walls.

The bed is the centerpiece of the room, of course.  I changed things up with a new coverlet, some throw pillows (which I swore off just a few months ago, but these covers are removable and can be tossed in the wash, so I can totally nap on one, drool on it and not worry about it), a recovered headboard and the softest, coziest throw blanket on earth.

I also added a statement piece in that book page wreath above the bed.  I made that wreath a few months back (tutorial here!) and it was previously in my living room and even did a short stint on the front door with a big red bow on it for Christmas (it was stunning as a Christmas wreath, by the way, it’s huge and really stood out!).  I love it because it’s a bit of natural material and it’s made of book pages and I love books.  Perfect match.

One Room Challenge - After - Bed Close Up

I had to include a close up of the “Love more Dream big” pillow from H&M.  Perfect sentiments for the bedroom.  And I love to see the green next to the gold lettering.

The Desk

One Room Challenge - After - Desk Area

Here  we are at the desk area.  So, as my title indicates, I show the real before pictures and this, although technically an after picture, is really a before picture of the desk itself.  I wanted to update it as part of the One Room Challenge and I had some ideas bopping around in my head, but nothing really grabbed me and I didn’t want to redo the desk just to get it done in time for the challenge.  I know one of these days something will hit me and it will be perfect, but that moment hasn’t arrived yet, so the desk is still in it’s original, banged up condition.  If you can avert your eyes from the banged up desk, you’ll see I did accessorize the top with some brass frames and a mirror.  I filled that vintage (aka thrift store) frame with some proofs from my wedding.  I had bought a bunch of brass frames and hadn’t decided what to put in this one until last night when I remembered my proofs were just about the right size for the three openings.  Now it’s one of my favorite things in the room.  I hadn’t looked at those pictures in years and I’m so glad I added them here.

One Room Challenge - After - Desk Accessories

Above the desk, in addition to my Japanese thrift store art find that I’m convinced will make me rich someday, are two printables that I framed, also in “vintage” brass frames.

One Room Challenge - After - Framed Printables

Just the two reminders I need when I wake up in the morning.

One of my favorite updates to this room is the new window treatments.  The shades and curtains are both from Ikea and were a wallet friendly $35 per window. TOTAL.  The shades kill me every morning when I wake up.  They are in a two way tie for first with my dining room mural for favorite thing in the house.

The Curtains

Master Bedroom Window Treatments - One Room Challenge

I’m an avid reader, so I always have to have a good reading spot in the bedroom.  Okay, maybe it will be a clothes pile holder in about a week, but for now, it is the perfect spot to read a book.

The Reading Nook

One Room Challenge - After - Reading Nook

The chair was borrowed from the dining room where it served the noble purpose of backpack holder.  Actually, all of the items in the nook are borrowed from other spots in the house.  I also made that pretty little hanging bunch of eucalyptus.

The Side Tables

One Room Challenge - After - Bed Side TableI love how my nightstands came out. I switched these from the living room and gave them a few coats of green spray paint.  Dear mom’s of kids who will be going to school together some day, get a picture of them walking away from you on the way to school or to the school bus.  You will cherish that picture for all of your life with all of your heart.  Perhaps the biggest miracle of this One Room Challenge is that the plant I bought several weeks ago is still alive. I hope that is a good omen.  And I can’t forget my snazzy pendant lights that I got from Target!  They were under $50 for the pair, super easy to install and I really love how they look.

One Room Challenge - After - Right Side of the Bed

And that brings us right back to the bed.  If you are as obsessed with this coverlet bedding as I am, you can buy it through my Amazon affiliate link (I may earn a small commission if you do) here.  

Make sure to click over to Calling It Home to check out the rest of the guest participants!

I Tried It – McCormick Skillet Sauce

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I hate when I’m rushed to make dinner.  I also hate when I have to make dinner and I really don’t feel like making dinner.  I have a solution that fixes both of those problems.  Because what I love is when dinner is easy, cheap, healthy and delicious.

Easy Chicken Stir Fry with McCormicks Skillet Sauce

I discovered McCormick Skillet Sauces through Ibotta.  You can read all about my new Ibotta obsession here but the abridged version is, if you like earning cash rebates on the groceries (and many other items!) you buy, then you will love Ibotta.   I strongly, highly recommend it.

The first week I tried Ibotta, the McCormick Skillet Sauces were one of the offered rebates.  I thought it sounded like a great idea, and the sauces are labeled gluten free, so I was excited about that.  I chose the Sesame Stir Fry sauce because stir fry is usually a four star meal (meaning all four of our family members will eat it) in our house.  And, bonus points, the Skillet Sauce was inexpensive, even before I got the rebate!

Sticking with my inexpensive theme, I decide to pair the sauce with the most economical cut of chicken known to man (or at least to me), the chicken thigh.  I love chicken thighs.  They have way more flavor than the breast and they are far less expensive.  Someone is going to catch on to this eventually and start jacking up the price of the chicken thighs.  And, no stir fry is complete without some fresh veggies and I decided on broccoli and grape tomatoes.  Tomatoes are one of the staples that Ibotta  offers a rebate for and you can use it on any brand or type of tomato.  Pretty cool.

Chicken Stir Fry with McCormick Skillet Sauce

1lb Boneless Chicken Thighs

2 c Chopped Broccoli

2 c Grape Tomatoes

2 Packets Boil in Bag Rice

1 Packet of McCormick Skillet Sauce – Sesame Stir Fry Flavor

2 T Olive Oil

  1.  Cut chicken thighs into strips or bite size pieces
  2. Heat olive oil on the stove in a large skillet
  3. Add chicken thighs to the hot olive oil.  Cook until browned on one side, then flip and brown the other side
  4. Add vegetables to the skillet.  Allow to cook and soften for 2-3 minutes
  5. Add skillet sauce and bring to a boil.
  6. Lower heat and allow to simmer for 2-4 minutes.
  7. Serve over white rice

This comes together really quickly, maybe 20 minutes, or so, depending on whether or not you have to chop your broccoli.  The sauce is really very good.  I loved the Sesame Stir Fry so much that I haven’t ventured out to any of the other flavors yet, but I really want to.  These skillet sauces are definitely my new staple!

McCormicks Skillet Sauce Chicken Stir Fry

 

One Room Challenge Update – Bedside Tables

I’m back with another update for the One Room Challenge!  I’m a little in awe of myself that I have actually made as much progress as I have.  It’s been 5 weeks and I have painted the walls, put up new window treatments and updated the linens and accessories.  Nothing like a challenge to get this girl moving.  This week I worked on the bedside tables and lighting.  This portion of my bedroom has had me up and down all week.  I really wanted to purchase new tables, but the one’s that I REALLY want are out of stock.  They are also pretty expensive, so it’s probably better that they are out of stock.  In the meantime, I did want to do something to jazz up this area a little bit and and I had already decided I wanted to add a few touches of green.  I traded the tables I had in the living room with my bedside tables and decided to give them a coat of spray paint.

One Room Challenge Update - Bedside Table

I really love how these came out.  I’ve actually had these little side tables for over a decade.  They were super inexpensive, but for some reason they have been very sturdy and a good match for me.  If you’ve not worked with spray paint before, it’s fairly easy to do and gives a lot of bang for your buck.  There are definitely a few tricks that I’ve learned along the way.

Transform Your Furniture with Spray Paint

Spray Paint Tip #1

Work in an open area where there is nothing that you wouldn’t mind getting spray paint on.  Outside is the best bet and I prefer on the grass because whatever over spray that gets on the grass will eventually get chopped off by the lawnmower. When I painted these tables, the weather was crappy, so I did these in the garage, with the garage door open.  You definitely need good ventilation and a ventilation mask is a good idea as well.  Spray paint is stinky and you want as much air flow as possible.

Spray Paint Tip #2

Everything you wear should be something you don’t care about getting paint on.  Don’t forget that this includes your shoes.  Your shoes WILL get spray paint on them.  Also, if you have shrunk your painting sweatpants, your ankles WILL get spray paint on them.

Spray Paint Tip #3

Shake the heck out of your spray paint before and while you are using it.  I do a good minute of shaking before I start and then I will continue to shake periodically while I am spraying.

Spray Paint Tip #4

Give a light sand to your piece before you start.  I really don’t think you need to go too crazy with the sanding.  Just a little bit too rough up the surface.

Spray Paint Tip #5

You must be patient and allow for multiple coats.  Stay about 10 inches away from the item that you are spraying and constantly move the can back and forth or up and down over the piece, using long, even strokes.  If you hold the spray paint too close to the surface and you just blast away at it without consistently moving the can back and forth or up and down you WILL end up with drips and messes.  If you are an impatient person, you will need all of your will power to step back, take it slow and allow the coats to build up.  I usually give a light coat, walk away for about twenty minutes to allow a little drying, come back and give it another light coat, walk away and repeat until I’m satisfied with the coverage.  The tables took about four very light coats.  Did I want to get it done in two coats?  Of course.  But guess what, I don’t have any drips!

Spray Paint Tip #6

This is the second most important tip, next to #5.  Do NOT touch, move, brush up against, breathe on your finished project for two days.  If you have to move the item indoors, use extreme caution when moving it and try to only touch parts that are not highly visible.  Although the paint may feel dry, it hasn’t completed cured for about 48 hours so you do stand the chance of leaving a mark if you handle it too much or place any objects on it prior to that 48 hour mark.  Again, patience is truly a virtue when it comes to DIYing.

I have to say, I was extremely patient with these tables, and I’m glad I was.  I’m really happy with the finish and the color is nice.  It’s bright, but not crazy neon or anything.  It adds a little brightness to the navy blue room.

The other exciting addition this week is the installation of the wall lamps!  I ended up going with the Crosby Collection Swing Arm Sconce by Threshhold:

Crosby Collection Swing Arm Sconce - Threshold™ - WHITE:

I’m really happy with these as well. They are pretty, but sturdy and they were super easy to install.  I really wanted to stay under $50 for each sconce and I did achieve that goal. These were $29.99 and I bought them on a day that Target had 10% on home decor and lighting, so in total I spent a little over $50 for both.  Super good deal, in my opinion.  Here’s a close up of the sconce with the light off.  I think this is actually the best representation of the colors in the room that I have been able to capture so far.

Bedside Table One Room Challenge

And here it is with the light turned on:

Bedside Table One Room Challenge Light

See that little brass doo dad there?  It’s an incense burner.  I’m totally into incense right now.  Sandalwood, specifically.  My kids think I’m trying to poison them.  It’s kind of hilarious.

I’m really excited to get this room finally wrapped up in the next week!  I still have a lot to do, but I’m going to really push through and get as much done as can so that I can pick a sunny day either over the weekend or early next week to take some pictures of the finished product!  If you want to check out my progress from the beginning, here are the links:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

I Tried It – Ibotta

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Install the free Ibotta app and get an extra $10 when you register with referral code, "Pinterest2":

I’m usually very savvy and don’t click on the promoted pins.  (That’s not true.  I’m not savvy at all.  I’m a sucker for any type of promotion.  Like when I was in my twenties and ACTUALLY responded to one of those faxes that you get at work about a trip to the Bahamas for $99.  Who does that?  Me.  And I even went on the trip).  I’m so glad that I did in fact click through to ibotta, though, because it is awesome!

With Ibotta, you earn rebates on all types of products from over 500,000 locations.  Products include groceries, cleaning products, over the counter medicines, personal care products, clothing and even alcohol.

To get started, you download their app.  It is very user friendly.  First you’ll choose a category, like groceries:

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Then, choose your favorite store:

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Then start browsing through the available rebates:

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When you see one you like, you click on it to unlock the rebate.  Occasionally there is a one question poll to answer or a very quick video to watch (like seconds, people).  I’ve also seen recipes offered with some of the offers, which I think is pretty cool.  Here’s an example of what comes up if you wanted to unlock Turtle’s Caramel Clusters:

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One quick poll question and you have unlocked the $1.00 rebate.  Totally worth that .1 seconds it takes to unlock.

As I was scanning through the available rebates, I was so excited to see products that I already use and rebates for “any brand” of certain items, like bread.  There are also rebates on produce and meat.  Here’s a peak at some of the rebates I have unlocked at the moment:

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 :  : One thing to note, if you see a rebate like the one for the pork shoulder and beer above, don’t assume that you have to buy the beer as well as the pork. You don’t.  You only have to buy the pork shoulder to get the rebate!

The rebates are updated very often and almost every time I have logged in there have been offers for fresh tomatoes, onions, eggs and bananas.  Those are staples in our house and you can choose any type of tomato/onion/egg/banana you like.  There also seem to be a lot of healthy brands and gluten free options.  Those are usually fairly expensive, so the rebates help!

So, now that you’ve unlocked all of your rebates, it’s time to go shopping!  While you are shopping, it is best if you have your ibotta app open so that you can scan the bar codes of the items you plan to purchase as you are putting them into the cart.  At first I was scanning the bar codes at home, but I goofed a couple of times and bought the wrong item that wasn’t eligible for the rebate.  If you scan while you are in the store, you won’t have to worry about that.  Scanning is a breeze.  In the app, you will go to your unlocked rebates, select the item you have picked out and click verify purchases, then scan product bar codes.  Your phone magically transforms into a  bar code scanner and all you have to do is point it at the bar code.  It reads the bar codes very easily.

Once you are done shopping, the very last step in the process is to take a picture of your receipt.  You do this with the app again and it does take about 30 seconds to figure out what ibotta wants you to take a picture of exactly, but once you have the hang of it, it’s simple.

So far, I’ve used ibotta on two shopping trips.  In rebates, I have earned over $9.00 and I also earned a $10.00 reward just for successfully verifying my first purchases!

The second best part of ibotta, coming in a close second to the free money, is that it actually makes food shopping kind of fun!  I mostly try to stick to products I always use so that I don’t feel like I’m buying something just to get a rebate, but I have tried a couple of new products and have added them to my list of staples.  If I have convinced you to give ibotta a try, then I’d love it if you signed up through my referral link!  

I Tried Ibotta

One Room Challenge Update – Master Bedroom Window Treatments

I made a big push in the One Room Challenge this week.  I finally totally, 100% finished painting the room.  I order my next to the bed lights.  And I picked out, bought and hung window treatments!

Master Bedroom Window Treatments - One Room Challenge txt

The curtains I chose are the white Vivan curtains from Ikea.  I’ve used them a bunch of times before and they are trusty old friends.  They are pretty and crisp and they have awesome pleats at the top.  I don’t know if they’re technically called pleats, but my point is they hang nicely without too much effort.  And let’s not forget the awesome price tag, $9.99 a pair.  Yes, folks, less then $10 for two beautiful curtains.  You can’t ask for much more than that in life.

What I really want to talk about today, though, are the blinds I picked out.  Because I’m pretty much head over heels, desperately in love with them.  They are the Liselott blinds from Ikea.  I liked them when I saw them on the website and they looked like this:

LISELOTT Roller blind IKEA The blind is cordless for increased child safety. Can be mounted inside or outside the window frame, or in the ceiling.

Kind of cool, right?  A roller blind with a little pattern to mix things up a little.  They range in price according to size from about $15 – $25.  Not bad. I figured I’d give them a try.  Couldn’t hurt.

Then I got the them home.  And the hardware took like 4.2 minutes to put up.  I thought, “Hmm, lucky me, that wasn’t very difficult at all.  This is going way more smoothly than expected”.  Then I put the blinds in the mounted hardware.

Liselott Blinds - Close Up

They caught the light and I was hooked.  The pattern comes through and it’s just so whimsical but also not childish.  It’s the perfect amount of something special when you can only have just enough something special and not one ounce more.  They are that thing in the room that won’t steal the spotlight, but will not ever be overlooked, either.  I’ve said often throughout this One Room Challenge that I want the room to lean more toward that dreamy, boho vibe as opposed to the preppy, nautical vibe that would be so easy to slip into with the navy blue walls and white accents.  These blinds smack the preppy, nautical vibe in the face and say, “Not so fast, this room is just a tiny bit quirky”.  I have been looking for a long time for something like these blinds.  I’m so glad they are now mine.

Master Bedroom Window Treatments - One Room Challenge

Ah, it makes me so happy to look at that picture. What I should have also taken a picture of is the state of the rest of the room, because it is an absolute ripped apart mess.  There are plastic boxes that I ripped open from Ikea, and paint cans and clothes and all kinds of messes everywhere.  It’s the storm before the calm right now.  Except for that one corner.  Right now, that corner is perfect.

In the next couple of weeks I have to get closet doors installed, upcycle a headboard and do some type of a sprucing up to my childhood desk that will become a vanity.  Oh and put up the lights I bought.  And redo my night stands.  Again.  And clean the room.  That will help.  The list is still very long, people!  Two more weeks to go!

If you are interested in seeing the previous weeks in my One Room Challenge, you can do so here:

One Room Challenge Week 1

One Room Challenge Week 2

One Room Challenge Week 3

 

Oh My God Amazon Has Purses

***This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on one and buy something, I may earn a commission*** Has anyone else noticed that Amazon is suddenly a hot spot for fashion? I found some gorgeous purses on there today!

Aldo Delafield Tote Bag, Red Miscellaneous, One Size Aldo http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018VB6JCW/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_LvShxb1MBFGHV: Aldo Delafield Tote – $54.98

I love that pop of orange with the snake skin look and just a touch of brass.  That’s totally me.  And not an over the top price.  It’s definitely summery, but you could get away with this all year, I think.

Rebecca Minkoff Unlined Feed Shoulder Bag, Putty, One Siz... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015QZLL10/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_2yShxb18RMQSA:

Rebecca Minkoff Unlined Feed Shoulder Bag – $242.50

I love a white leather bag.  Maybe, perhaps, not the most practical thing in the world.  I’m not a big spender on, well, pretty much anything, but I have been know to splurge on a super nice purse.  I would splurge on this.

MG Collection Calista Perforated Shoulder Bag, Light Khak... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XMNS95U/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_.BShxb1CND638: MG Collection Calista Perforated Shoulder Bag – $20.50

This bag screams summer to me and is totally budget friendly.  I love the perforated design and the little bit of bling coming through.  This might be getting added to my cart.

Desigual Varsovia Ojos De D Cross Body Bag, Black, One Si... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016DV5QW6/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_-FShxb09VV0AF: Desigual Varsovia Ojos De D Cross-Body Bag – $98.49

This is the greatest mix of colors ever put together, ever.  I want this.  Bad. I also want this to be transformed into a dress.

T-Shirt & Jeans Canvas Printed Tote Bag, Blue, One Size T... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014CSJGIW/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_CJShxb1ET68AY: T-Shirt & Jeans Canvas Printed Tote Bag – $47.99

Where were bags like this when I wanted a cute diaper bag?  New moms and moms to be, this is what you want to tote all things baby in.  Not the Winnie the Pooh branded bags that were around when my babes were being born.  This bag is also a great travel/vacation bag.  Everything would fit in there.  The whole world, right in your bag!

I have to say, Amazon is probably the last place I would go to look for a new purse.  No longer.  I definitely love all of these.  I’m impressed, Amazon, very impressed.