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{why i love thrift stores} striped mirror makeover


Check out what I found on 50% day at Goodwill the other day…I paid $3!

It was propped up behind a bunch of pictures and I knew I could make something awesome out of it.


First I covered the mirror with newspaper and blue tape.


Then I painted it white and used painter’s tape to eyeball diagonal stripes.

(I was going to do chevron, but decided I didn’t want to attempt all of those zig zags – I’m not much of a measurer)


Next I used yellow spray paint (Rust-oleum) over the top.

Last, I pulled off the tape and this is what came out!


I think I’m going to use it on this big empty wall -I’m attempting to put some sort of gallery here:

I’m still a long way away from getting everything up on the wall, but when I do, I’ll post pictures!

deals, my favs

Thrifty Thursday – Kids Resale Stores

I am definitely a thrift store lover. I think I got it from my mother as she does most of her shopping there. She definitely kept me from developing that “ew, it’s used” stigma. I love a good thrift store, but I really love a great Kids’ Resale Store. I have saved so much money buying Zander’s furniture, toys & clothes second hand, especially since he outgrows clothes so quickly. And you can sell your old stuff back to them and use the credit/money to buy new stuff! 

I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite resale stores. Most of these places are also privately/locally owned, so I love to support fellow small business owners. Of course, my knowledge is limited to where I live (the Mesa/Phoenix area).

If you know of a great store I missed, include it in the comments, I’d love to check it out.

3425 East Baseline Road Suite 105
Gilbert, AZ 85234

1994 N Alma School Road
Chandler, AZ 85224

I got my nursery furniture here for amazing prices and just cleaned them up with a coat of paint. The one in Chandler also has a great selection of maternity clothes for great prices. They have these all over the country, so head to their website and see if they have one in your area!

1720 E. Warner Rd. Suite C-8
N/W Corner Mc Clintock & Warner Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85284

This place is a little smaller, but has amazing clothes. Everything is high quality and name brand, which means prices are not as low as Savers or Goodwill, but you don’t have to dig for great stuff – it’s all great.

10720 E. Southern Ave
Mesa, Arizona 85209


This is a relatively new place and is pretty small, but they have a good selection of toys, clothes and even maternity clothing. One great thing is that they buy your used items and they buy them for fair prices. I went in with a few things and ended up with $80 credit. Oh, and it’s next to Hobby Lobby, which means you can stop in both places on one trip!

Hope you enjoy! I’d love to hear how your shopping goes! 

my favs

Homemade Laundry Soap

This is one of the best discoveries I’ve ever made and I get asked for this recipe all of the time. Almost my entire extended family makes their own soap now. It’s great for people who have sensitive skin or don’t like the scents put in other detergents. Here’s why we started making it:
1. We were having a baby and didn’t want to spend all that money on Dreft. 
2. Detergent is so stinkin’ expensive, we knew there had to be another way.
3. I just kinda like making my own stuff
I didn’t make this recipe up, I got the basics from an article called: Making Your Own Laundry Detergent: Washing Clothes for Pennies by Felicia A. Williams. I’ve tweaked it until I’ve perfected my own formula.
Ok, so here’s the recipe: (download a printable recipe card here)


  • 3.1 oz bar of soap of your choice (my aunt throws in Dawn, dish washing soap if she doesn’t have this)
  • 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
  • ½ cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • Water


  • 5 Gallon container
  • Knife
  • Pot large enough to hold 5 cups of water
  • Long stirring stick/spoon (for 5 gallon container)


Shave the soap into small strips and place in the pot with 5 cups of water. Bring the water just shy of a boil and stir until the soap is completely melted. When the soap is just about melted, pour 3 gallons of hot water into the 5-gallon container and let it sit until the soap in the pot is totally melted. Once all of the soap shavings are melted, pour the mixture into the 5-gallon container and stir.
Once the soap and water are thoroughly stirred, add the ½ cup pf washing soda and stir until dissolved. Once the washing soda is dissolved, pour in the cup of borax and stir again until dissolved.
SHORTCUT TIP: on lazy days, I skip the soap step and just buy the smallest bottle of tide and throw it in the bucket for suds and scent. It makes our clothes smell like we are using Tide without spending so much.