decorating on a budget & treat yo self thursday linkup

I have slooooowly been working on making our house a personalized home. It’s fun and I love being creative, but it isn’t an easy task. Making a personalized home is both time-consuming and expensive. Along our journey, I’ve learned a few great sources for decorating on a budget. Here are a few of my favorites.

Goodwill  and Yard Sales or Estate Sales

This is a big duh I’m sure, but worth mentioning of course! I haven’t been to a ton of yard sales, but I have still found some great items. As for Goodwill or other thrift stores, my number one tip is to go to a thrift store in or near a nice neighborhood. I think often when people are selling their house or even the house of a relative, they don’t feel like dealing with selling things, so they just donate it. You can find estate sale quality type furniture for super cheaper. Like how I found my credenza and end table (which I then spruced up – check out my linked posts – I only paid $25 for that credenza!)


Homegoods / TJ Maxx / Marshall’s

These are great places to find some affordable furniture pieces, but also accessories like mirrors, decorations, art, picture frames, pillows, etc. I know lots of you probably already shop at these places, but it’s a good reminder to keep doing it! Of course check out the sale sections. Also you can buy pillows with ugly, but removable, covers and replace the covers with cuter ones. You can usually find some good sale ugly pillows!

Hand me downs

Accept reasonable hand me downs from family and friends, especially if they are still in good or great condition. Don’t take something just because it is free though. Make sure it is actually something you can use. Plus you can sometimes get some great family heirlooms or mementos. A great example is that I have my grandfather’s old desk that I use as a vanity. It’s the perfect size and is in great condition.


Discount stores like Garden Ridge

Not sure if this store is all over the country but they have some cheap decor and great seasonal items. I get lots of Christmas decorations from there (especially after the holidays) and also have some cheap but pretty vases from there too.

Amazon has everything and you can find some great home items. When I was looking for a bar cart, Amazon had some great options. You can also get things like lamps, pillows, frames, etc.

Other online sites – like Joss and MainOne Kings Lane, and OpenSky

I’ve gotten some great items from each of these sites. Great prices and shipped right to your door. Love it. My bar/wine rack is an old purchase from Joss and Main and I love it.


Cheap rugs! ‘Nuff said. This one is from there and has served us well so far. This site has some great sales on random holidays for like 70% off or more. So stalk it and bide your time!

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If anyone else has some great cheap home decor sources, please share! I love finding a good deal!
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Welcome to Treat Yo’ Self Thursday which I am co-hosting this week. Meet your other co-host and link up below!!

Linda | A Labour Of Life

Linda of A Labour of LifeI am a mature life and style blogger, meaning I am no longer a youth, not that i cannot be immature at times. I love sharing all of the pieces of my life, travel, clothes, crafts, food, music and my cat. During the week I have an emphasis on clothes but always with a story.

1 Adventure in 2014: Lots more travel, heading to Orlando in May, ( already had a two week vacay on a cruise ship and in Miami),
Thinking of attending my first blogging conference.

2 Posts You Need To Read: 1) My Mom Raised Me Better Than That; 2) Is It A Bad Thing?

3 Words to Describe A Labour Of Life:. Life, Fashion, Fun.

Treat Yo’ Self, Linda! I treat ma self ( LOL) by experiencing all I want to experience, I try not to hold back if I want something or want to go somewhere, life is to short for regrets

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Treat Yo Self Thursday Link-Up

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pugs living a #pawnatural life

pug - There are so many “fad diets” out there (whether you consider them to be “fads” or not) – paleo, adkins, gluten-free, juicing, organic, only eating gummi bears (I might’ve made one of those up…) for us humans. People are becoming more and more aware of what we’re putting in our bodies and being more careful. I, myself, have been a vegetarian for over 16 years. Not initially for health reasons, but health is something I think about more lately. No one else in my family is veg, but my mom has been eating more healthily and trying out new organic recipes. IMG_4794-2 So lately I’ve been thinking more about keeping my puggies healthy and I know that their diet is a huge part of their health, just like it is for us humans. We originally bought Bowie just whatever random dog food from the grocery store before we realized how it’s not the best for our doggies. (Side note – did anyone see the dog food sketch on the last SNL with Seth Rogen where Cecily Strong’s character has a freak out about the ingredients in cheap dog food? I’m not to that level yet but it was hilarious and there was an adorable pug/pug mix and my heart exploded in happiness. Anyways.) With Bowie’s unexplainable allergies, we’re been researching foods more and more to find all natural dog food. Since he is our wittle baby and obviously deserves the best. I know some brands might be a little pricier, but I think that the benefits of him being healthier and possibly living longer definitely out way the extra cost. Plus if he’s healthier, that’s less trips to the vet and that’s a win in everyone’s book! (Besides Rosie’s maybe – she actually loves going to vet for some reason. We took her with us to Bowie’s vet appointment last week and she was so excited. They took her in the other room to trim her nails and we heard her scream-barking as she is known to do, even though she normally doesn’t mind getting her nails trimmed. We were slightly worried until 2 seconds later a vet tech brought her back in and she was all smiles with a waggy tail like “I yelled at them and it was SO fun!” The tech said “I don’t know what that was all about.” Ha. That’s our Rosie.) But seriously though – healthier food = healthier pets and that’s obviously a win for everyone! We recently switched Bowie to a beef grain free food with better ingredients and he is slowly starting to seem less itchy, though our vet said that it can take up to 3 to 4 months to see a lasting change. So here’s a #PawNatural challenge to my other pet moms out there. If your dog or cat is having issues, look into natural pet food. He/she might then have less issues with allergies, more energy, shinier coats or less stinky (or possibly more stinky….) farts. That last one is a small price to pay though, right? My pugs are absolutely my children and I’m assuming I’ll be feeding my human children quality food one day too. If you’re interested in all natural pet foods, treats and supplies, check out the Only Natural Pet page on Pet360.c0m for some great options. Only Natural Pet is a complete line of pet supplies made to human quality standards and created by a holistic veterinarian to be appropriate for cats and dogs. If you decide to take the #PawNatural challenge to gives your pets a more natural life, tweet about it with the hashtag.

This post is sponsored by Only Natural Pet on behalf of the BlogPaws Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Only Natural Pet, but Jade and Oak only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Only Natural Pet is not responsible for the content of this article.

back in my day

I love reminiscing about the “good old days” as if I’m a hundred years old. I’m obviously not that old (or am I and just have an extremely good skin care routine…?), but reminiscing is still fun so I’m excited to be participating in this “Back In My Day” linkup with Life According to Steph, Straight on the Ground and Steph’s Space. I’m not sure if everyone else is going back to their teenage years or what, but I’m going way way back to my childhood. In the 80′s!

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So here are some of my fave memories of growing up Back In My Day (aka the 80′s) -

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Pocket Rockers

Did anyone else have one of these things? I remember buying one with my OWN money that I got for my birthday or something. I had 3 “tapes” – one with the song Tequila, one with two songs from Tiffany and a New Kids on the Block one. Whenever Jarrod walks around playing music on his iPhone, I mention Pocket Rockers and he thinks I’m a weirdo.

Debbie Gibson

Speaking of 80s music, I loved Debbie Gibson when I was a kid. This album cover made me really want to rip my jeans and write on my knee (which is hard to see in this photo – but she has a smiley face drawn on her knee – so cool), but I didn’t because my mom would’ve been mad. Duh.

Babysitters Club

I was obsessed with these books when I was younger. I loved reading as a kid and read constantly but for some reason re-read the Babysitters Club books over and over again. My favorite were the super books or whatever the crap they were called, where the girls would take turns writing chapters. I was obsessed with the one where they went on a cruise. I know I’m not the only one!

Scrunchies / hairbows

For some reason, huge ass hairbows were really popular with the Koreans. We went to Korea when I was 10 and I got SO MANY hairbows. Every time my mom’s friends would travel to Korea, they would come back with SO MANY hairbows for everyone’s daughters. It was the best. At some point I transitioned into scrunchies. Are hairbows back “in”? If so, I’m set.


Speaking of hair, I should mention that I had permed hair off and on from about 3rd to 6th grade. This was an 80s thing but also another random Korean mom thing. My mom had permed hair for years and so did her friends. I remember her perming my hair in our bathroom. There should be laws against that. I am seriously sad I didn’t dig up old photographic proof for this post. I promise one day.


My sister is 8 years older than me. So she used to be forced to watch me and take me places with her once she started driving. My sister would usually buy me a little something if I behaved. I typically wanted Orange Julius or candy. One time, she wouldn’t buy me anything and I started yelling “mom why are you being so mean to me?” I looked pretty young but that was obviously quite a scene. I was an evil child. Mwuahaha.
What was your life like “back in the day”? Favorite things as a kid or teenager?

easy classic deviled eggs {recipeasy}

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I’ve had big plans to be a better cook and have been failing miserably. I haven’t been cooking badly – I’ve just been bad at cooking. Basically not cooking at all. Ugh. I’ll blame it on being busy but that’s a lame excuse. I need to keep learning my mom’s recipes and got to at least practice another recipe this weekend – easy classic deviled eggs! They aren’t difficult, but certainly a classic. I brought them to Easter lunch with Jarrod’s family and they were a hit. Here’s my how to -

Easy Classic Deviled Eggs -

  1. Hard-boil your eggs. For this recipe, I boiled 8 eggs, but obviously boil the amount you want. For me, I put the eggs in cold water and bring the water to a boil and continue to let boil on high for 12 minutes.
  2. Place eggs in cold water with ice until cooled.
  3. Peel eggs. Duh.
  4. Cut eggs in half, remove yolks into a bowl.
  5. Mash yolks with a fork. Add about 1-2 tbsp of mayo, 1-2 tsp of yellow mustard, pinch of sugar, pinch of salt. Slowly mix in the mayo and mustard to check on consistency.
  6. Mix well with a spoon. I like to mix pretty intensely (is that a technical cooking term? Intense mixing?) to make the mixture fluffy/creamier.
  7. Add yolk mixture to eggs, sprinkle a little paprika on top to make pretty. And done!

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This is a perfect side for meals or to bring to parties or get-togethers. There is barely any “cooking” involved. Which is always a good thing in my book. I’m hope to cook more this summer and bring you more of my “recipeasies” (aka my easy peasy recipes) as I keep trying to learn to cook. You can check out past Recipeasies by clicking below -

Also how was everyone’s weekend/Easter? Mine was full of delish food and some good weekend weather with working out in the yard. I’m still sore which is obviously a sad thing. I can’t wait to share some yard photos once we get it more fixed up!