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Window Shopping Time!

July 10, 2015

It’s been way too long since our last window shopping adventure. Apologies that I don’t have some amazing, little known boutique to share with you. Nope. We’re back at Home Goods and Target. We definitely plan on branching out when it comes to sharing places we love to shop with you guys, but… Target and Home Goods are minutes from our house (i.e. we go there often) and they had some amazing stuff going on last time I were there.  Just to be clear, we’re not paid or given anything in return by the stores for these post, not that I would be opposed to that in any way. ::coughTARGETcough:: Also, I’m not really comfortable (yet) with whipping out a big DLSR in the store, so all of these photos were taken with my cheap-y camera phone. It’s still good. Promise.

Let’s begin, shall we?

The first place I go to in Home Goods is the dishware section. I swear that they have some of the best looking plates / bowls. I also like that most of their items are handmade in places like Italy or Turkey or Portugal.

This cake stand ($14.99) immediately caught my eye. I love the pearlescent finish! If only it had been a top of some sort to go with it. I don’t understand why cake stands are sold without tops. Who wants to store their cake uncovered? Give me a cover or give me — just the whole dang cake, because we can’t leave that out overnight uncovered.

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These bowls look very similar to the one I scored at Target a few years ago. I used it to hold onions and garlic near the stove in our kitchen. I love that bowl, but I can tell you at $12.99, these bowl are definitely a lot less than I paid for mine.

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If these bowls had been bigger (they were the size of cereal bowls), I would have grabbed one to replace the fruit bowl I lost a few months ago. Despite the size, they’re pretty fancy looking for only $6.99, am I right?

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Before leaving the dishware section, I found this gem on clearance. Again, not the right size. But the label says it’s spill proof –Yes, please!

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I am dying to get one of these vintage style fans. No lie. I have gone to Home Goods multiple times just to check to see if they’re still there. I haven’t bought one yet, because we don’t have $50 for a fan in the budget right now. But even though $50 seems a little steep, I’m certain they’re worth every penny. They have a nice, heavy construction, and man, do they blow!

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We already have a headboard, but if we didn’t, I would have been all over this one ($129)! The perfect neutral color, the nailhead trim… Really, it doesn’t get any better.

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Heading over to Target, it was all things summer. Point in case, this great outdoor dishware. I know. I know! I’m a sucker for dishware. I love that these were plastic, thus making them outdoor and kid friendly.

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The color of this beverage dispenser is puurrfect! We already have something similar to this, so it didn’t come home with me, but I definitely caressed it a few times to console myself.

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Target is not shy when expressing its love for summer. “Hello, summer” indeed! These mats would look great in front of any door. I actually came home with the bicycle one, because our current one was past its prime, and I had a 20% off Cartwheel coupon. Purchase justified!

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Here it is at our front door:

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Obviously, these candles were pretty popular (there are so few left). The bright colors would look awesome in groups at varied heights on an outdoor table. I think the fragrances were things like ice cream and lemon dream. I don’t typically like overly sweet smelling candles, but I would still buy they just for the bright colors.

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I hope you enjoyed the virtual window shopping. I always like seeing what people have in their local stores, even if it a main chain. I’m hoping to get to a few thrift stores, eventually. Have you guys found anything awesome while out and about at your favorite store? Do you have any suggestions for places to go window shopping here in Austin? Do tell!

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Father’s Day 2015 | Gifts That Give

June 5, 2015

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So Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 21st)! I’m trying my hardest not to be such a procrastinator this year. I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like Father’s Day gifts are way harder to navigate than Mother’s Day gifts. I have it in my head that my dad either has what he wants, or what he wants is more than a little out of my price range. Be that as it may, I’ve scoured the interwebs to find what I think are some pretty cool gifts for pretty reasonable prices. A few are on the higher end cost wise ($50+), but they all give back to those in need in one way or another; which, I think, totally ups the cool factor and makes them worth the money.

First up we have Baking For Good:

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Order dad his favorite sweet treat from Baking for Good and they will donate 15% of the proceeds to a charity of your choice. They even have gluten free and vegan options! Prices vary, but, umm, how awesome are those Instagraham Cookies ($44)?!

If your dad doesn’t have a sweet tooth, what about an ultra-comfortable Team Rubicon sweatshirt?

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For $40 your dad gets a great sweatshirt and your purchase helps support the organization’s work to unite military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. They provide veterans with “a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and self-worth, from recognizing the impact one individual can make.”

Or if you dad is more of a t-shirt guy hoarder, he might just love this:

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Prices and sizes vary, but Project Repat works to create “high quality, affordable t-shirt quilts with minimal carbon impact that repatriates textile jobs back to the United States. ” The quilts are backed with fleece made from recycled bottles. Every yard of fleece saves 23 bottles from ending up in a landfill!

Last but certainly not least, how about getting dad a few Fold and Play Portable Speakers:

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As you can see from the photo above, these speakers made by Orig Audio are only $16 each! Each speaker is made out of 70% post consumer recycled material, requires no external power, and folds and unfolds like origami. On top of that, they work with any device! Awesome! Orig Audio works with a number of different charities including: Gabe’s Chemo Duck (supports families and children living with cancer), Music National Service (supports and expands use of music to address social and civic needs), and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (helps young people pursue educational opportunities, start their own businesses, and succeed in life).

So here’s to all the dads out there who have stepped in or stepped up for a child, whether blood related or not. As always, we’ve researched these companies and charities to the best of our ability, but we encourage you to always do your own research when giving to charities.

If anyone out there has other ideas for Father’s Day gifts, drop us a comment. We’d love to hear your ideas!