Monday, September 08, 2014

My New Apartment and Sam's Club

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Sam’s Club. All opinions are mine alone.

So we have moved into and (mostly) unpacked and decorated our very first place in Austin, TX.  It's been a fun few months and we owe a good deal of our ease of transition to Sam's Club. Let me explain...

As some of you may know, Nick and I moved to Austin at the end of July.  It was a whirlwind move. We decided to move and two weeks and a lot of effort later, we were here.  My parents still live in Austin so they graciously let us stay there while we looked for a place to live.

A little over a month ago we officially moved into our new apartment! If you know anything about me then you know that I have a serious affinity for decorating and for getting my adobe into tip top shape. I kind of obsess over my decor, make lists on top of lists, pin countless ideas on pinterest, and generally make a huge deal out of decorating any place that I live.  I kind of wish that I had infinite amount of time ponder all the decor ideas.  I also kind of wish that I had an unlimited budget.  Sadly, neither are the case.

But, you guys, I have stumbled onto something, let me tell ya.

Back in the day, when I moved into my first apartment, my mom and I went looking for a couch and ended up buying one from Sam's Club. I expected to use it for a year or two and then find another couch once I graduated.  Turns out, this couch has lasted through college and then some… and it's still going strong! I kind of love it.

So, seeing as my track record was pretty good, I decided to get my own Sam's Club membership and see how Sam's could help me stick to my budget without compromising on the things I really wanted. Great decision.

I was browsing the other day and I was stopped in my tracks because right there, in the aisle in front of me were the industrial stools that I had been wanting for quite a while. I do this a lot though, I see something that I love only to realize that they are out of my price range, so I tried not to get too excited just yet.  But that was literally only for a minute because when I checked the price I couldn't believe it. Literally, they were $9. The bar stools that I had been pining over that sell for over $100 a piece at some places, were a whopping $32 for the four that I needed. Done and done.

And that is what got me started.

If by some magic I found these stools here, at a steal, who know how many other amazing finds were waiting. So I went searching. And by searching a mean that I walked down the aisles and found great deals everywhere. My second favorite find was this white garden stool:

It had been on my list and lo and behold, I found one! During that trip found tons of goodies for our new place so I had to bring Nick along and let him see for himself why I loved it so much. Clearly, he had a good time as well.

As awesome as finding affordable things for my home is, Sam's club has even more to offer!  With your Sam's membership you get special instant savings on things throughout the store, you can get discounts on fuel purchases, they provide special health benefits such as health screenings, exceptional members only services, and you can save so much money by buying the things you need at Sams. Not to mention you can do this all in once place, so there's that.

Want to try Sam's Club for yourself? You're in luck! They are having an open house and you're invited! Find more information about signing up and joining Sam's Club here.

Have you ever been to Sam's Club? How did you like it?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

This past weekend I made it a point to hit up the Nordstrom anniversary sale and found quite a few goodies! There have been tons of posts about this so it may be a bit overdone but I love a good sale post, so here we are. I feel like I've probably looked through every single item they have on sale so when I tell you these are my most favorites, I'm for real :)

Do you like shopping the anniversary sale? Did you find anything good?!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekly Wishes

Happy monday, everyone!  I hope your weekend was great :) My Saturday was spent down on the Texas Coast attending my baby cousin's wedding. Only 21 years old, seriously! It was a gorgeous wedding complete with a photo booth, which my family took complete advantage of. Sunday we lounged around the house, did a little yard work and I hit up the Nordstrom Anniversary sale online (which was great, by the way!) I'll have some of my favorite items for y'all this week!

Anyway, on to Weekly Wishes! I'm a spotty participator so I don't have anything to report from last week because I didn't make any goals last week. Oops! So, let's just jump right on in with this week.

one. work on getting my photography site up and running. Right now I need to complete my portfolio and add packages and pricing and then it should be ready to go! I'm pretty excited about this, it's something I've been wanting to do for quite a while now, and it is finally becoming a reality.

two. give my dogs a bath. This should be an easy one but for some reason I can never pin myself down to really do it. If you follow me on instagram then you know that I picked them up some new collars (what? you don't buy your pups new collars every few months?!) and I'm treating it like so: they need a bath before they can wear their new clothes. So yeah, a bath this week is a must.

three. Do some DIYs. I have a stock pile of DIY ideas that I never get around to. This week I hope to break out the supplies and make something fun!

What are your goals this week?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favorites

one this fun rug would be great by my backdoor in our new (still looking!) place. I'm already having a blast redecorating in my head. two I have been looking for some printed shorts and these sweet looking ones are sweet! three I'm thinking about adding a fuzzy stool to my future decor, would you? four I fell in love with these unique earrings the minute I saw them. five I've found an affordable version on the gorgeous Chanel espadrilles that I've been obsessed with.

I hope you have all had a great week! This has been a big one for me. I am working with a temp agency right now, something that I have never done before. This week I worked as a temp for a utility company and it was interesting. I was nervous to come in and only work a week, I was a bit worried that I wouldn't have enough time to get the hang of it but I think it went pretty well. 

In other news, my photography site is almost ready to go! I haven't talked much about setting up my photography business but I was inspired by a few different bloggers that have and decided to go for it! There will some more info to come in a later post. 

So what are your plans this weekend? My youngest cousin is getting married in Corpus Christi so we are road tripping down there on Saturday morning. Sunday will be spent doing a little shopping (like hitting up the Nordstrom anniversary sale) and blogging of course. I hope everyone has a great weekend! See you Monday!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Things I Like

01. FOR MY LOVE because we feel like this when we're together
02. FOR MY TRESSES because I'm still trying to master these sweet waves
03. FOR MY BED because I'd never have to leave again!
04. FOR MY TRAVEL BUG because this is so perfectly moody
05. FOR MY STYLE because this is a pretty stylish summer uniform
06. FOR MY WEEKEND because I'm headed to the coast on Saturday!