Favorite Finds

 

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Here are a few recent discoveries that are making life a little more enjoyable for me (and hopefully will for you, as well!). For what it’s worth, I’m not being compensated in any way for any of the following recommendations; I just believe in sharing great finds with others!

ThredUP: My sister introduced me to ThredUP, which is an online consignment shop where you can both sell and buy gently used clothing in good condition. They carry women’s clothing in a wide range of sizes and brands, from high-end designers to more mainstream brands. They also sell maternity clothes, kids’ clothes and accessories, all at bargain prices. You can easily search by clothing item, size, color and condition of the item (ranging from “New with Tags” to “Like-New” to “Gently Used”).

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I was surprised at how cute the box and inside wrapping were–I’m a sucker for great packaging.

I’ve placed a few orders and have been very pleased with the quality of items. I’ve gotten a couple of items that had never been worn before, but the majority have been in “like-new” condition and I’ve not noticed any stains, rips or other wear. So far I’ve mainly stuck with brands that I’m already familiar with (such as Banana Republic, J. Crew and Ann Taylor Loft) since I know their sizing pretty well; however, I have had to return a few items that just didn’t fit right and that was a simple process.

You can use this link to check out ThredUP for yourself, and if you use it to place an order, you’ll receive a $10 credit in your account (and I’ll receive a $10 credit in mine as well).

• New recipes: I’m one of those people who actually tries many of the recipes that I pin on Pinterest (crazy, I know). This time of year,  I especially love recipes that are quick, easy and don’t involve turning on the oven, so I was thrilled to find a couple of new recipes that I’m adding to my summer meal lineup.

 

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New favorite recipe #1: The Pioneer Woman’s Asian Noodle Salad

I’ve made this Asian Noodle Salad by the Pioneer Woman twice in the past month and anticipate making it many more times in the months to come. It’s one of those recipes that is so versatile; you can easily change it up to suit your tastebuds. Next time I may add some edamame or snow peas.

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New favorite recipe #2: She Wears Many Hats’ BLT Macaroni Salad

Another new favorite recipe is this one for BLT Macaroni Salad by She Wears Many Hats. As far as I’m concerned, the BLT is the perfect sandwich, and translating that to a pasta version is genius. I made a couple of slight amendments to the recipe, namely using shell pasta instead of macaroni (since that’s what I had on hand) and adding fresh basil (which makes pretty much any pasta dish even better).

• Podcasts: I’ve gotten into the habit of listening to podcasts when I’m getting ready for work in the morning and when I’m driving. There are several that I rotate among, depending on my mood, and I’m currently enjoying two new (to me) finds.

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The HopeWriters podcast offers practical advice from a Christian perspective for writers (and aspiring writers) on topics ranging from utilizing Instagram to share your message to what authors wish they’d known before they wrote a book. The podcast is hosted by popular authors, bloggers and sisters Myquillyn Smith and Emily P. Freeman, their dad, Gary Morland, and fellow tech and marketing guru Brian J. Dixon. I just started listening to their podcast and already have picked up some valuable lessons.

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As a longtime fan of “The West Wing”, I was thrilled to learn about this newly-debuted podcast devoted to recapping episodes of the iconic political drama. I did not actually watch “The West Wing” when it originally ran on NBC but picked it up when it was in syndication and am now able to re-watch it thanks to Netflix. One of the hosts of The West Wing Weekly is actor Joshua Malina, who played Will Bailey on the show, and it’s fun to hear his perspective. The podcast frequently features guest appearances by other cast members and production staff who share some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. If you’re a fellow “TWW” fan you’ll want to add this to your podcast lineup.

• This cup:

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Cost: under $10! (No, that’s not a typo.)

Love the functionality of Yeti cups but hate the high prices? High-tail it to your nearest Walmart and pick up one of these Ozark Trail tumblers. Like the Yetis, they do a fantastic job of keeping your drinks cold (or hot, depending on your preference) all day long–and they cost just a fraction of the price. (As in under $10 for a 30 oz.!)

I’ve now got one that I use at home and one I use at the office, and I’ve also introduced them to my family and several friends. A word of warning–I’ve heard that Walmart has a hard time keeping them in stock, so if you see one there you might want to buy it while it’s still on the shelf. I found them at my local Walmart in the camping section.

 

Now it’s YOUR turn to share–do you have any great recipes, podcasts, or other fun finds that you think we should know about?

 

 

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