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5 Days for 50 Dollars | Monday

5 Days for 50 Dollars | Monday

It is easy to make it through college in old jeans and free t-shirts, so final semester comes as a shock when students need appropriate clothes for internships and student teaching.  This week I am challenging myself to put together five outfits for only $50. Today I am wearing: Merona...

Super Simple Sauerkraut

Super Simple Sauerkraut

Irish folks get excited for Saint Patrick’s Day because… I am not exactly sure.  I am (mostly) German and the highlight of my St. Pat’s is the crazy sale on cabbage. This year I decided to give sauerkraut a try. You can usually depend on me to be quite the...

Stove Top Popcorn

Stove Top Popcorn

My mom found a way to make popcorn in the microwave, sans store-bought microwave popcorn.  It involves microwaving a paper bag. Microwaving anything not glass in the microwave (paper, plastic wrap, etc) gives me the creeps.  I don’t know why, but I can not wrap my mind around the magic...

Tax Valuation for Donated Goods

Tax Valuation for Donated Goods

You know shopping at thrift shops saves money, but did you know that donating to thrift shops saves money too? You can deduct the value of items donated to charities such as Goodwill and Salvation Army from your taxes.  The amount you receive back depends on your tax bracket. For...

Mock Tuna Salad

Mock Tuna Salad

With my Spring break ending in three days and Spencer out of town next week, I am avoiding the grocery store.  That means my culinary selections are limited to the contents of the pantry and fridge. Spencer ran out of deli meat yesterday and was at a loss for what...

Fussy Cut Flowers

Fussy Cut Flowers

Check out my cutting board… It has been so long since I picked up a rotary cutter and I am happy to be back. Every quilter has a favorite step of completing a finished quilt.  I am a bit weird because I so enjoy cutting. I collect vintage sheets for...

Giving Away For Lent

Giving Away For Lent

Last Wednesday marked the first day of Lent, the 40-day period leading up to the Christian holiday of Easter.  Unlike the celebratory season of Advent that comes before Christmas, it is a reflective season to appreciate Christ’s sacrifice.  Some Christians choose to give up something for Lent.  Spencer, who is...

Professional Interview Clothes on a College Student Budget

Professional Interview Clothes on a College Student Budget

Do you believe in thrift shop Karma? I am shopping for interview clothes at a time when I am financially ill-equipped to do so.  After keeping an eye open for shoes at Goodwill for quite some time I broke down and tried retail. Still no luck. Just yesterday after running...

Kayla K’s Favorite Finds: Shorpy Historic Photo Archive

Kayla K’s Favorite Finds: Shorpy Historic Photo Archive

If I go yet another month without blogging it is because I have been sucked in to the Shorpy Historic Photo Archive.  The site is a collection of high quality digital images from 1850-1950; only the greatest century ever! I am specifically enamored by the kitchen photograph collection.  I will...

Garter Stitch Log Cabin Blanket for Baby Colton

Garter Stitch Log Cabin Blanket for Baby Colton

My latest knit project is this log cabin inspired garter stitch baby blanket for my newest little cousin Colton.  It was so relaxing to create because the blanket is made from long knit rows.  Spencer and I enjoy watching movies together but he is sometimes offended when I knit at...