Home Decor

New Simple Things Tabletop Collection by Kirkland’s

Oh my goodness!!! Can we talk about the new tabletop collection from Kirkland’s?? I’m so excited, can you tell?

The new collection named “Simple Things” consists of stoneware dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, mugs, glassware, flatware, & table linens.  These pieces are so clean & simple,  yet stylish…and with prices ranging from $3-$24, it’s super affordable and chic!

Scroll down to see my favorites!

 

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White & Grey Dinner Plate set of 4-$24

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Large Serving Platter $24

 

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Glassware Assortment $4-$6 ea.

I’m digging the new glassware. Check out these embossed wine glasses!
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Flatware 5 piece set $10

 

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Solid Black Napkins w/White Stitching set 4-$16 Black & White Buffalo Check Napkins set 4-$16 

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Charcoal Plaid Columbia Napkin set of 4-$16

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Ivory & Rust Stripe Table Runner $20.00

How pretty is this table runner  for Fall?

 

I hope you’re as excited about this new affordable collection as I am. Be sure to head over to your local Kirkland’s to see the entire collection and snag your favorite pieces!

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Home Decor

Hall Bath Mini Makeover

Happy Friday friends!

I’ve finally finished up my guest bath mini makeover & I’m super excited to share it with you! My guest bath had been needing some major TLC so I finally got it together. I wanted to show you how a few simple décor changes and the addition of a light fixture/cabinet hardware, really brightened & livened up this space!

I started to make a few changes and then I thought I’d take a few photos of some of the décor I had before. Below you’ll see just a small jar of shells atop of the toilet, a shower curtain I bought in a rush and threw up with some shower hooks a few years back, and the piece of wall art with starfish that was hanging above the toilet. There’s even a couple of aqua bath rugs in there. Now looking back, nothing in here went together. LOL!
There was a cheap light globe light fixture that I was dying to get rid of too!

 

Scroll down to see the after!

 

 

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I added a new shower curtain, wall shelves & décor, a new light fixture, & hardware to the cabinets. All together it totaled about $150.00. I’m super happy with the outcome and it feels like a brand new space!

If your feeling inspired and loving the décor, I’ve linked most of the pieces  below! The only pieces i couldn’t link are the nautical basket & starfish wood sign. They were Ross store finds. I did link similar pieces in place of these that would look just as great too!

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Recipes

Chicken Alfredo Penne Loaded with Colorful Veggies!

Hi friends! Doesn’t this dish look delicious! Let me tell you…it was soo good and is one of our family favorites. Seriously, we never have any leftovers when this is on the menu.

This dish takes a little more prep time, but you can certainly quicken the process by pre-chopping veggies & having cooked chicken available on hand to add to your week night meals. I lightened it up with lots of colorful veggies, chicken breast, light alfredo sauce, and whole wheat penne. Read on for the recipe and instructions.

 

Chicken Alfredo Penne with Colorful Veggies

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 small squash, chopped
¼ purple onion, chopped
½ small bell pepper, chopped
1 cup shredded carrot sticks

3 chicken breasts, chopped

1 jar light alfredo sauce

½ box of whole wheat penne pasta (can sub regular penne pasta)

 

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First I chopped up some fresh veggies. Here i used zucchini, squash, bell pepper, purple onion, and shredded carrot sticks.

 

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Get all those good veggies in the pan and sauté them with a few tablespoons of oil and salt & pepper. You will notice they are ready to be pulled off the heat when your onions are slightly opaque.

 

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Take your pan off the heat and chop up some tomatoes and add them to the pan. I didn’t want the tomatoes to cook  and get soggy, I just wanted them to warm with the heat of the other veggies.

 

 

 

Transfer your veggies to a bowl and sauté your seasoned chicken in the same pan so you get all the flavors of the oil and veggies you just cooked. Once  your chicken is cooked, drain the excess juice and add the chicken back to the pan.

While my chicken is cooking, I boil my pasta so it’s ready as soon as the sauce comes together. Drain the pasta, but don’t rinse it. You want that starch to stay on the pasta. It helps your pasta sauce “stick” to the pasta.

 

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With your chicken back in the pan, add all those good veggies you just sauteed and 1 jar of light alfredo sauce. Season to taste. Gently stir so all the flavors melt together and your tomatoes stay intact. Heat through, and your sauce is done!

 

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To serve it up, add a cup of penne to your plate and place a spoonful of that yummy sauce right on top. I sprinkled a little bit of Cajun seasoning on mine, and a nice little sprinkle of shredded parmesian cheese!

 

I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as we do! Thanks for stopping by today.

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Holidays

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2019

Hey, Hey, Hey friends…Happy Friday!

Can you believe Father’s Day is already here? Where did the time go! If you’ve yet to get a gift for the special “dad” in your life, check out my Father’s Day gift guide I’ve put together for you!

Sperry Men's H2O Skiff Boat Shoes

Sperry Men’s H2O Skiff Boat Shoes

These Sperry boat shoes are great for on/off the boat. Comfy mesh upper material provides breathability and an antimicrobial/hydrophobic design to keep your feet feeling fresh and dry. Perforated, removable foot beds allow for water drainage, and the Razor-Cut Wave-Siping™ non-marking rubber outsoles keep his feet steady on almost any surface.

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PHG Mesh™ Ball Cap

I love the animal silhouette design on this flex fit, fitted cap!

G-Shock A-700UC

Can’t go wrong with a G-Shock Sports watch! Shock resistant & water resistant up to 200 meters. Perfect for those sunny fishing days when he’s out in the elements.

Kingsford® Professional Chimney Charcoal Starter & Weber Lighter Cubes

No more lighter fluid in the pit! These paraffin wax cubes are odorless and non-toxic. Use them under the charcoal chimney starter for a quick and hassle free start.

Traeger® Pro 575 Pellet Grill

The Ultimate Smoker! Traeger smokers are all the rage right now and I’m seeing them in all the hardware stores. If you feel like splurging for dad, this is the way to go! This wood pellet grill has a variable speed auger & fan, turbo temp start-up, & WiFire technology that lets you control the settings thru your phone or device. You add the pellets to the hopper, and it manually feeds them to the fire box keeping the grill at the perfect temp!

AirPods with Charging Case

After a simple one-tap setup, they’re ready to use straight out of the charging case. Automatic, and always connected.

Lew’s Mach II Speed Spool SLP Baitcast 7 ft MH Rod and Reel Combo

Hot Deal ya’ll at Academy! $139.99 for this Baitcast rod & reel combo.

20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver and Impact Combo Kit (2-Tool) with (2) Batteries 1.3Ah, Charger and Bag

Special buy at Home Depot $149.99 for drill, driver, 1 charger, and carry bag. This a great deal to add to dad’s garage!

BUBBLE BUCKET

Keep dad’s ride looking so fresh and so clean with this amazing car care line! This luxurious wash is designed to be hard on dirt and grime, but gentle on wax and sealants boosting your protection and shine. We currently use these for our vehicle and let me tell you, it is life-changing…it’s that good!

Ryobi 2,000 PSI 1.2 GPM Electric Pressure Washer

Perfect for cleaning driveways, decks, windows, and other areas around the house. Grab it at Home Depot this weekend for $199.99!

Thanks for checking out my gift guide and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your loved ones. Happy Father’s day to all the dads!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

Holidays

Valentine’s Day Tree

I’m in the process of decorating my home with Valentine’s Day decor and wanted to share my Valentine tree I have in my kitchen.

After the new year, I take all my ornaments off of my gingerbread themed tree and decorate it with Valentine ornaments. It’s a great little transition and an excuse to keep my little tree up just a bit longer!

I found my tree a few years back at Dollar General for $12.00. They still carry them so be on the look out next Christmas season. Here’s the one I bought.

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Once it’s set up you can start to decorate! I made some felt hearts and re decorated some old Christmas ornaments I had.

Felt Hearts:

The felt hearts are really simple to create. All you need is some felt sheets, fiber fill  (stuffing), embellishments, needle and thread, or a glue gun.

1st, make a template of a heart any size you want, then trace it onto your felt sheet. You will cut two of these out (front & back pieces).

2nd, glue the edges together leaving an opening big enough for you to be able to add stuffing. If you are handy with a needle, you can sew the edges together and leave an opening.

3rd, add your stuffing and be careful to not overfill. Glue or sew your opening shut.

4th, now you can embellish them. I added an assortment of glitter, bows, and buttons to mine. Add a loop of twine or ribbon to the back for hanging or you can hang them with hooks like so.

Old Ornaments:

1st, take some old ornaments (I used plastic)  and paper mache small pieces of newspaper to the ornament until it is completely covered and let dry.

2nd, once dry add glitter or paint to the exterior. I brushed mine on with a light coat so the paper would show thru. Be sure to let these dry after painting.

3rd, you can start embellishing. I made some gift tags with cardstock and Valentine’s Day themed stamps. Add these to your ornaments with pretty ribbon or twine and your ornaments are ready to be hung.

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These were picks I found at Dollar Tree and I just removed the stick and hot glued some hooks to the top.

Add a bow or embellishment to the top of your tree and your tree will be complete!

I’ve linked some fun options below If you’re not into DIY and you can have your tree up in no time!

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Purple glittered heart ornament Hobby Lobby $1.39

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Set of 6 Valentines Day Mini Heart Ornaments $15.00

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Felt Heart Ornaments Set of 6 $10.00

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Pink Glitter Heart Ornaments $2.99

I hope you have fun creating your own tree decor. Let me know if you put one up. I’d love to see it.

Thanks for reading

~The Dimestore Gypsy

DIY · Holidays

Vintage Halloween Card Tree

Hi friends, It’s been forever! A lot has changed in the past month….I recently started working full-time again and my blog/creative time has been put on the back burner. I sure do miss having my craft & blogging time! Now that I’ve gotten into a routine and the craziness has slowed down a bit, I would like to start making time to share my crafts and stories with you again.

So why not start with a craft for one of my favorite holidays…Halloween! I found these cute, vintage Halloween images online and thought they would be fun hanging on my little black Halloween tree.

All you need is a few printed images, some self laminating sheets from the dollar store, and a little bit of ribbon to make these fun little hanging cards.

To make these cards, start by printing out your images at about 3 x 5 size. Follow the simple instructions on the self laminating sheets and trim off the excess. Be sure to leave a small 1/8 in border so your sheets stay sealed. Punch a hole at the top of the card and string your choice of ribbon thru. That’s all you need to make these cute little cards!

 

 

 

 

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There’s so many ways to use these cute little cards…scrapbooking, planners, attach them to cute goody bags, or even use them as postcards/cards! I hope this gives you some ideas for ways you can add to your Halloween decor with just a few inexpensive supplies.

 

Thanks for all the support, likes, and comments!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

Home Decor

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen for Target Kitchen & Tabletop Collection

Hey friends! If you’re a fan of Chrissy Tiegen then this post is for you!

She is officially launching a kitchen & tabletop collection with Target. This collection “Cravings by Chrissy Teigen” will be available exclusively in Target stores & online starting September 30th. There will be more than 40 pieces to choose from and with prices ranging from just $4 to $140, you’ll be entertaining in A-list style with out the hefty price tag!

The collection features serving utensils, dishes, cutlery, pitchers, glassware, and cast-iron Dutch ovens. According to the press release, a few of Chrissy’s favorites are the “go to’ Santoku knife, which is the perfect all-purpose knife, & the organic plates and bowls which have raw edges & flecks of glaze for an extra touch of character.
Get excited and mark your calendars, folks! I know I am! Take a peek below at the collection before it drops. Let me know what your favorites are… Happy Shopping!

~The Dimestore Gypsy