Shopping for a home

Breaking news around Finding Tiffany’s, I’ve just been self-nominated for the Bad Blogger Award! All joking aside, the combination of being slammed at work and not yet having internet in the new home is that blogging time & capabilities have been hard to come by lately…BUT I have missed you all terribly, which is why I’ve taken to blogging on a Wednesday even though it’s not my usual posting day.

Right now I have so many blog posts hanging out in my head, it’s hard to pick where to begin! See my brain works like cooking popcorn (you heard me), in that thoughts and ideas are constantly popping up, pinging around, seeming quite exciting at the moment of ideation and building up fast. For now, though, let’s start with where I’ve been spending a lot of my time as of late…Target.

Like many of the masses, I both love and fear Target. Between their commitment to supporting small business, launching an organic grocery line, Simply Balanced, and having just plain cute stuff, my addiction is with good reason. A typical trip involves going in for a 5×8 picture frame and leaving with over $100 worth of shoes, a DVD, tank tops and another adorable set of kitchen cups (true story). How do they do it??

To accommodate my lacking budget I’ve managed to avoid going completely, but I just couldn’t withstand my house’s cries to be decorated any longer. Between hours perusing Target’s never-fail stock along with a little Ikea and Pinteresting, I’ve come up with these mood boards…

Bedroom

Bedroom Inspiration Mood Board Target

Living Room

Living Room Inspiration Mood Board

With one Target spree down and an Ikea trip on the books, I’m feeling a little bit closer to making these dream rooms a reality!

Snail Mail

If you’ve never been in the $1 section of Target, you’re missing out. There’s so many things you didn’t even know you needed. Trust me. With this holiday season coming up, there’s no better way to blow through your budget.

Kidding, but only a little.

Although the adventure into this danger zone usually results in the purchase of baskets, random “necessities” and holiday decor I will throw out when I move again, it’s still fun nonetheless. In fact, my roommate happened to find these little lovelies and decided we should send out change of address notes to our friends and family.

It took me about three weeks to actually getting around to writing them and then I ran out of stamps, but it’s been super fun regardless. Of the ones I was able to send out, I’ve received two cards back! One from my Grandma with whom I am now an established pen pal. I don’t know about your G-ma, but mine doesn’t own a computer and only has her phone on when she’s calling someone. So to be able to have this outlet to keep in touch is really great. Plus, she’s an artist and always sends the prettiest notecards – sometimes homemade! I love it. Another Oklahomie from college sent me a note back and was beyond thrilled for an excuse to venture into the stationary section of her Target as well. There’s something so special about opening your mailbox and finding something besides spam or worse, bills (except when there’s a Free People or Anthropologie catalog…that’s the kind of ‘spam’ I can’t get enough of).

Sending out cards also was a great excuse to gather everyone’s mailing address! So that next time you want to send them a birthday surprise, you don’t have to awkwardly ask for their address and make up a bogus excuse like you plan on getting  married sometime in the next few decades and figure you should start gathering now (tried that. didn’t work).