Summer Bucket List Recap

September 10, 2014

If you live in the midwest, than you know that summer is a sacred time not to be wasted. I sometimes get caught up working or watching TV and didn’t want that to happen this year, so I created a summer to-do list in June! Well, now that fall is arriving, I thought I’d show you how much I actually accomplished.

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Bonfire

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Go to the State Fair

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Go Up North (ELY)

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Photo Safari (I did a mini safari)

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The photo above won me a grand prize of a trip for 2 to anywhere in the U.S…. so that’s pretty much AMAZING!

I didn’t accomplish all of it because in the middle of the summer, we (umm…) decided to buy a house!

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So now we have a totally new adventure to work on for the next, well, 30 years! More to come on the house!

What fun things did you do this summer?

Our Labor Day Trip to Camp Van Vac

September 8, 2014

Every other year, Breon, Sen, and I head up to Ely for a weekend of relaxation, outdoor activity, and fun. This year, we left on Saturday morning with the weather looking to be chilly and rainy (sad). As we arrive, we grabbed groceries from the market and headed to our rustic cabin at Camp Van Vac.

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We ate dinner at the Rockwood. This used to be a pizza hut or something… very happy they got rid of that! We then headed to the International Wolf Center to check out “What’s for Dinner.” The wolves got to eat some delicious venison!

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The rest of the time involved relaxing, reading, and bonfires. We had a blast. We decided to leave a day early because we thought we could make better use of our time unpacking the new house (more on that soon). Plus, the weather wasn’t cooperating.

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My favorite places in Ely, MN:

Camp Van Vac is located on Burntside Lake 10 minutes outside of Ely, MN. It’s a perfect rustic getaway. The cabins have just enough to get by but the camp still has beautifully maintained restrooms and showers. Plus a sauna, wifi cabin, and a lovely beach. If you can ever head up there… do it!

25 Coastal Living Rooms To Inspire

August 20, 2014

We move next week. NEXT MONDAY! 🙂 We’re so excited, nervous, happy, and anxious. All the emotions are running wild. As I continue to dream a little dream of my future coastal living room, here are some of my favorite coastal living rooms.

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City Farm House

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Style At Home

Wayfair

One Kings Lane

Seaside Style

The Inspired Room

SF Girl By The Bay

Better Homes and Gardens

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Centsational Girl

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House of Turqouise

Wisteria

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Serena and Lily Living Room For Less

July 19, 2014

During the past two months, I’ve received over 20 home catalogs as we look for furniture to furnish a full second level (we’re currently in a one-bedroom apartment). And as I look through these different catalogs, I can’t help but think, “Why is this stuff so expensive?”

But I am a conscious consumer so I’ve been bookmarking and keeping track of the general themes I like. Like my looks for less, I am starting a new series Home for Less — where I look at rooms I love from these catalogs and make them up without spending a ton! Here is my first one.

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The base total for this rooms is $9,413 and this doesn’t include all accent decor. With shopping around a bit, I was able to find complementary options that were half the price.

Total: $2,216

Total Saved: $7,197

What about you?

Do you like to shop around for the best price or just buy full price?