Earth Day with Tom’s of Maine


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturalGoodness #CollectiveBias How do you feel about exposing your family to chemicals? It feels like every time you turn on the television there is a new story about how there are toxins in our water, our food, cosmetics, etc. Every year there are also increases in diseases like autism, cancers, and autoimmune diseases. It makes you wonder if there is a connection?  I'm no expert … [Read more...]

Pinterest Party Friday #96


Happy Friday everyone!!  I hope you all had a good week! The unnamed child is super happy to have a three day weekend. She and I stayed up late watching movies, and she is dog sitting and hanging out with her girlfriend tonight, which means Topher and I will finish up binge watching White Collar. I'm still not feeling quite like myself, but am hoping I can get a little work done on some projects this weekend. My mom is hosting Easter on Sunday, so all we have to do is bring a casserole … [Read more...]

Swap It Like It’s Hot


Guess what? Today kicks off the Swap It Like It's Hot Tour!!!! If you haven't heard of this before, it's where 33 bloggers each choose someone out of a group and send them some junktastic thrift store goodies. Then we all have to take what we received and transform it! I've seen this tour before, and I thought they looked so fun and wished I could be part of it. This year, I was invited to participate, and it has been nerve-wracking but fun! This is what I received from Charlotte from … [Read more...]

Pinterest Party Friday #90


Happy Friday everyone!!! I just got back from an enrollment meeting for the unnamed child -- she's going to be a senior next year. Let's just say that there was a lot thrown at us about when to apply for financial aid, scholarships, dual credit courses, off campus classes,etc. To confuse things even more the unnamed child will be graduating a semester early, so all of our deadlines are different than everyone else's. Looks like I will be spending the weekend with my nose in … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Stop Shopping in the New Year

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I mentioned a few weeks ago how we were determined to get rid of our credit card debt ASAP, and I showed you How We Save $749 a Year By Cutting Out Cable and Still Get to Watch the Shows We Love. My next step was to figure out how to stop shopping. I am the one in our household that buys for myself, my hubby, the unnamed child, the pets, and our home. By cutting down these expenses, to only the necessities, I knew it would help get things back on track. 1. Stay Home. When I … [Read more...]

How We Save $749 a Year By Cutting Out Cable and Still Get to Watch the Shows We Love


Stepping out into the new year, Topher and I decided we needed to go on a diet -- a debt diet that is. Like so many other people, we finished up the year with some credit card debt. You know what I'm talking about -- that emergency card that you had to use when something big popped-up, like a large car repair or a pet surgery. Then you maybe added an emergency pair or shoes that you had to have to go with your dress for that certain party, and when you absolutely needed a weekend away to … [Read more...]

IKEA Rast Hack


Happy Friday everyone!!! Sorry I've been MIA this week, strep and this almost 40-year-old body were at war the entire time. I'm still not well, but I'm better than I was a week ago. I've got a fun makeover for you today! A while back I was contacted by Hickory Hardware and asked to take part in an IKEA Rast Challenge.  They would send me the IKEA dresser, and I would make it over. I thought it sounded fun so I told them to send it my way! Now I have never been to IKEA before (I know … [Read more...]

Wheezing In The New Year

If you've come here today looking for a fun new project and an upbeat attitude to start off the new year, you are in the wrong place my friends. I have the plague. We are talking the I've-been-wearing-the-same-pajamas-for–three-days, hair-in-a-matted-bun, haven't-brushed-my-teeth-cuz-the-bathroom-feels-light-years-away, I'm-covered-in-used-tissues kind of plague. Do you remember one of the worst viruses you have ever had? I know you do. The my-head-feels-like-it's-going-to-blow-up, … [Read more...]

Restoration Redoux’s Top 15 Posts of All Time

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Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a fun one! Topher had to work late, the unnamed child had plans, and I was sick ... so I just hung out watching movies all by my lonesome. Pretty exciting stuff. I watched The Other Woman and Maleficent -- both were pretty good. I was hoping to finish up on some new projects yesterday, but I pretty much just stayed in a NyQuil induced coma instead. Pretty sure those are going to be my plans for today too. The other day I posted my Top 10 … [Read more...]

Top Posts of 2014 Linky Party

Top Posts of 2014 Linky Party

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas! We sure did! None of us got sick (which hasn't happened in years); we had both sides of the family get-togethers on separate days (which was nice); and we all enjoyed some downtime together. As the year closes down, I decided to compile my  Top 10 Posts of 2014. What I showed was the readers' top 10 posts. It's funny how some of my favorites are not necessarily the readers' favorites and vice versa. Here are some of my … [Read more...]