Category Archives: Shopping

Black Friday Shopping

For the first time ever, my family and I went Black Friday shopping in the very early morning hours. Since I’m in a small town in NC, we went to 3 stores but it was enough. We left the house at midnight after fueling up on coffee and some divine cookies. First it was Wal-Mart, which only took us 45 minutes. Then it was off to Kohl’s. Well, that wasn’t so awesome. I got what I wanted but I waited in a 2.5 hour line to check-out. It was a long line but it was also a line that wasn’t moving. It was ridiculous, really. But Belk’s wasn’t opening until 3am so we had time to kill. Then it was off to Belk’s where I was able to finally find a pair of black boots. They aren’t over the calf boots but they’re boots that I needed. I threw my black boots out at the beginning of the season because they’d seen better days. So now I have these:

Life Stride from Belk

I love them! Then it was home to bed for a few hours. After waking up starving, I was promptly fed pancakes and bacon (maybe I was starving because I smelled bacon?). Then I went back out to Lowe’s hardware and ended up coming home with a Christmas tree. My artificial tree is too fat for my new apartment and the one I found was super cheap but they only has the display left. Not a terrible thing since it fits better in my car that way and I can just take it straight from my car to my living room and set it up.

Overall, I got good deals this morning and I’m glad I went. I didn’t have anything else better to do at that time other than sleep, so why not nap away my day?

Did you go Black Friday shopping? What deals did you find?

Staying Occupied with a Hurricane Coming

This morning I slept in a little and then we got moving to take advantage of no rain this morning. In case you haven’t heard (and live under a rock) hurricane Irene is headed this way. Personally, I don’t expect a lot of issue from it but I do expect a lot of rain, which we’re getting now.

We headed to Eggspectations (my favorite breakfast place) to get a nice hearty breakfast. I had banana french toast and bacon. Yummy! Then I did the only logical thing to do when a hurricane is coming. I went shopping. Clothes shopping. I found a pair of black flats and 3 tops perfect for switching into fall. Then we went with all the crazies and went to Target. We already had water and a giant jar of peanut butter and bread but if we don’t lose power, I need to clean the apartment this weekend. I also had to buy these since I had a coupon and because a hurricane is coming:

NEEDS for survival


Once we got home I decided it was time for me to watch Toy Story 3. I don’t know why I haven’t watched it before but I do know I did a lot of crying during this movie. I loved it, but geez, what a tear jerker.

We plan to spend the rest of the day vegging on the couch with movies. Tomorrow I’ll clean and do my real job work that needs to get done.

Hope y’all stay safe out there!

What do you do to prepare for weather?

When you’re feeling broken-hearted

I’m feeling blue and trying my best to mend a broken heart recently. Today I’ve been down in the dumps for sure. When I got home I crawled in to bed and thought about how all I wanted was comfort food or you know, bad for me food. I shook out of it and tried to bring myself up and out of the funk. I ended up going to Target and wandering around looking at beauty products and the baking aisle. I don’t know about y’all but when I go on a baking aisle and smell the marshmallows and flour, my mood instantly lifts. I also love looking at beauty products…particularly if they’re on clearance.

My point of this post though, is that instead of dragging my roommate out to eat and eating a bunch of crap I don’t need and wouldn’t make me feel better, I just went for a little retail therapy. Ok, and I stopped at Chick-fil-A when I left Target but that was way better than what I would’ve ordered at say Red Robin or On the Border.

And when that doesn’t work, I look at puppies:

What do you do to fight of the blues and broken hearts?

Walk a Mile in My New Shoes

We left NC this morning and headed on down the road towards Atlanta. On the way down we stopped at some outlets in SC. We only bought shoes. I bought 4 pairs and my mom bought 3. This is what I bought:

Yes, there are two pairs that are almost exactly the same but they’re Blue Fin and when I slipped them on they felt amazing. I love gray flops and I need new brown ones. Plus they were buy one get one 50% off and each pair was only originally $14.99 so I walked out with 4 pairs. TSA may pull me aside on Monday morning though because I have 7 pairs of shoes and only like 4 outfits.

Anyway, we boogied down the road and before you knew it I was looking at this:

Georgia, Georgia

So after a little bit of a hotel hunt, we’re here and exhuasted. Tomorrow is my SIL’s graduation and I can hardly wait to see the whole family.

Off to lay on a comfy bed and read magazines.

Sunday Funday

I’ve been in a baking mood this weekend. Last night I got a brownie craving so I made Peanut Butter Brownies (box mix) and they totally hit the spot. A warm brownie and some milk on the couch? Yes, please.

Only one was for me. Swear.

Today it was time to bake Funfetti Cupcakes using the recipe from How Sweet It Is. I wanted to make cupcakes to welcome back a co-worker from her long wedding break. What’s more welcoming than Funfetti? Not much.

I squealed once I poured the sprinkles in the batter and started stirring them up.

What's better than cake batter? Sprinkle-filled cake batter.

I squealed again once I pulled the pans out of the oven. It’s like a party.

After icing them with Trader Joe’s White Icing Mix I cut into one of the mini ones.

Unassuming cupcake

Party cupcake

My afternoon was finished with shopping.

I think I look better in it


I love this new dress. I’ve been looking for something in this style for a while so it was worth paying a little more than I wanted.


I’m planning to pair this with my new pair of black side tie bottoms. It’s also a really soft material, much smoother than your average bathing suit material.

I hope y’all had Sunday Fundays, too!