Saturday’s one day road trip.

The weekend’s splendid forecast was the catalyst for a mini one-day road trip to the Purdy Beach Spit park, located in Gig Harbor, WA.  With a picnic lunch purchased at the market, and a short drive over the Narrow’s bridge, we came upon our destination.

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It was the perfect day to spend beach combing and as a repository for oyster shells, collecting! I managed to gather a bunch, which I’ll write about in a future post. The beach was very rocky but my Teva’s didn’t seem to mind.

The beach, the water, the view, the sunshine, the breeze, and this beautiful starfish …

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Purdy Starfish

were a perfect respite from the busy week past. Work, and school (all that number crunching, data analysis, and statistics that comprise much of my life this quarter.)

A day trip to the beach is not complete without a picnic lunch.

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and …

My yummy sandwich slider comprised of a Macrina Bakery herb roll, Fromage D’affinoise (French Brie), chorizo, and cornicions.

yeah, I know this is quite the combination, and hopefully not too much of a sacrilege to the French Brie, but I just cannot help myself from putting together several favorites into one bite!

After the picnic, we headed back home, via the Ferry. While waiting for the Ferry, we came across this cute and tiny tugboat, in dire need of a make-over. Wouldn’t this just be the cutest “tiny-house” live-a-board boathouse? Alternatively, I think it would make a really cute latte stand too!

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Finally, after all was said and done for the day, we put on the finishing touches with a glass of vino.

A red moscato. I had to try it ... and I liked it!

A red moscato. I had to try it … and I liked it!

 

 

Groupon Goodies, Part II

So, after about a month of graze snacks, Groupon offered another convenient meal on the go option with Go Picnic. I have seen Go Picnic in the travel stores at airports, and I know Target sells them. Last summer when I made a quick trip with friends to San Diego, I purchased two Go Picnics to have in my bag, just in case…because when you are traveling with friends, sometimes you want to eat and your friends (who have the car) may not. It is at those times when Go Picnic will come in handy. Go Picnic is also an excellent option to keep in your car, for whatever reason — stuck in traffic, driving to the the gym after work, or even for a spontaneous picnic along the coast. Getting back to the point of Groupon, when I saw their recent promotion, I knew that I would have to indulge in a box of picnic stock. Here’s the assortment I ordered (there were many more options than what I opted for.) I will grab these on-the-go meals when I know that I have errands to run, flight to catch, busy day ahead and wont have time to pack a lunch, let alone stop for a break to buy one.

P.S. I am not sponsored by Go Picnic, (or Groupon) I just wanted to share my purchase. Enjoy.

Go Picnic Assortment. The individual snack crackers came in a bag of 10.

Go Picnic Assortment. The individual snack crackers came in a bag of 10.

 

Groupon Goodies

I recently purchased two Groupons, the first was a weekly “snack” pack service from a company called graze. I believe they are located in New Jersey. Each week, a package of 8 individual servings of snacks arrive in a little box. Perfectly proportioned, perfectly convenient, and perfectly snack-worthy. There are hundreds of snacks and a different assortment arrives every week. When I first place my order, there was an extensive list of “likes” and “do not likes” to select. I “liked” everything, except dehydrated bananas. There are sweet, savory, cheesy, spicy, selections and each delivery includes a snack with a “dip” type item. Some weeks pepper jelly, other weeks raspberry jam, and this week, chocolate with pretzels. I have a friend who says she never has time to eat during the workday because she is running from meeting to meeting and doesn’t even have time to grab a snack. I think graze would be perfect for her. I may have to get her a gift-certificate to make that happen, perhaps surprise her with a one or two month of delivery. If you’re busy and strapped for time graze is definitely worth considering. Enjoy.

P.S. I am NOT sponsored by graze, I just think it’s a great concept and wanted to share my thoughts and their link.

 

A nice variety of snack options, 8 snacks to a pack

A nice variety of snack options, 8 snacks to a pack

The nutritional insert includes ideas for protein packed meal options that use a graze snack pack.

The nutritional insert includes ideas for protein packed meal options that use a graze snack pack.

A long time away …

I love to read blogs and have done so for years. Obviously a few years ago I thought I could do it as well. Some things are easier said than done as I soon discovered. As you can see, I have been dormant for over a year and prior to that very sporadic in my posts. As they say, (whoever they are) “the third time’s a charm” so with that in mind, I want to pick up where I left off and resume blogging.

Over the past year-plus, I did not forget about the blog I thought of it frequently and that many of my experiences and adventures being blog-worthy but I just did not take any action in sitting down and making a record of the experience or adventure. Now I want to change that. From today on, I hope to submit at least one post per week. Going from one posts every month or two or 12, I think one post per week is an admirable goal, given that I am already juggling a few other milestones in my life. In addition to my 40+ hour per week corporate job, I am working my way through an MBA, which … well, whatever education one is seeking, is very time consuming. Just off in the distance, a.k.a. October 2016, will be graduation. I am also earning a certificate in Leadership and working on a Lean certification. Despite my busy work-school schedule, I try to manage to have a wee bit of personal “me-time” each and every week. It is via this me-time that I would like to provide content for this blog with the purpose of keeping friends, family and anyone else up to date with life in the West Valley. Thank you for your time and look forward to nurturing West Valley Girl into a healthy and viable blog.

Secret Shopping

My Victoria Secret haul of this past weekend: I saw this sampler gift-package of all of the fragrances earlier in the week on sale, and by Saturday, they were half-price. I picked one up for myself and a friend as we both love fragrance. I’m not sure if these are spray or rollerball, which I actually prefer, but I love that they are small in size, because honestly, I have never used up a whole entire bottle of fragrance, I have always moved on to the next scent. I like variety and to be able to change up my fragrance on a daily basis…this sampler pack is perfect for me. I also fell in love, love, love with all of their sequined cosmetic bags with more goodies inside. Unfortunately, even though they were 65% off, I couldn’t justify buying one in each color so I opted for the gold pouch which contained the Heavenly scent. I am actually looking forward to wearing a new fragrance to work every day for the next two weeks.DSCF0138

Impulsive Indulgence

… and pondering purchasing its signature red counterpart simply on principle.

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Goodwill Bargain Bins

Yesterday was a perfect Saturday – an early morning (and I mean early, like, 8AM) breakfast at Lowell’s in the Market, and afterward a meander through the various stalls and shops with a sample and purchase of a most delectable red pear, pomegranate and pastry. After the market, a quick stop into Whole Foods at Denny & Westlake for Bavarian Blue (cheese) and a few delicacies to accompany a cheese plate tea luncheon, I would later enjoy (Sunday afternoon) with my fitness BFF.

However, after my Saturday in Seattle, on the way home to the West Valley, I stopped in at the Goodwill Outlet simply because after a summer of estate sale-ing, garage sale-ing, thrift shopping and the like, I felt well-seasoned for the rigors of bin-burrowing at the Goodwill Outlet. With a budget of just $10, here’s what I managed to squeeze from that ten dollar bill (actually, $10.01):

Cute Santa bowl, but I think it’s missing a lid; angles; gingerbread boy and girl S&P set; vintage cookie cutters; and (below) cute little Santa figurine and ornament. SoHoHo cute!

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To keep my neck warm and dry during the winter months (my ultimate pet peeve is rain on my neck!) two scarves–a green/brown/turquoise/beige chevron chenille; and the lime green fuzzy style.

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I had to get the hand-made crocheted hippy-esque (Bohemian) shoulder bag and accompanying draw string pouch. I just couldn’t see them abandoned in that bin. Too much love went into making those purses and I know I will use them if I ever go to Northwest Folklife again.

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I love baseball, so I had to have this baseball CD holder. I still live in the last century and listen to CDs. I got the little pencil pouch with skulls because I’ll probably consign at the funky consignment shop in Tacoma  – yes, there is such a place.  The vintagey pot holder would look great in a re-styled, retro airstream, but until I have one of those…

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I am enthralled with the intricacies of the stitches on this pot holder. Take a look…

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REVERSE SIDE

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Finally a few belts. I do not wear belts. I like loose clothing. However, I know other people wear them and I plan to consign the wide belt; the other black belt is leather, which will also be consigned. The quirky, kitchy belt (in the middle, not quite sure what I’ll do with that, but I liked it.)

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This tan-brown faux leather purse is in very good condition, and it was a shame that it landed in a bin! It is a Tignanello, though I’m not sure when it came out.

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And finally, a straw hat. I love it, it looks pretty good on me so I will definitely keep it for myself for spring and summer garage sale-ing and farmers’ marketing and ideally, sunbathing at a tropical all-inclusive, spring break, next year. (A girl can dream, non?)

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And speaking of Spring, this cute and sweet little bunny stuffed toy. He was in excellent condition, soft and sweet and I decided my inner child needed him.

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I had a lot of fun at the bargain bins and can’t wait to return on another rainy Saturday.

XoXo,
WVG

Savvy Southern Style

Labor Day Loot

This past weekend, though quite busy, I found time on Monday to visit my favorite Goodwill in Maple Valley, where I can always score things I like.

I have a lot of items to write about that I acquired over the summer.  In addition to working and school, I did manage to get out to various estate and garage sales nearly every week; but now that summer is winding down, garage sales may wane but then there’s always church rummage sales to look forward to and the continuity of estate sales year-round.

Today I shared my three-month look ahead with Bestie-R and for the month of September I’m already booked.  This week I’m mid-quarter in my corporate finance class and by the time I survive the busy-ness of this month, the quarter will be wrapping up.  I also registered for my third class, which starts Oct 20, Intl Business Administration; I’m really excited, my professor is from Finland.  It will be great to literally have the international perspective from my European professor for this coures.  I Googled each of the four possible professors and chose her.  Something tells me it will be a demand course, but I love a challenge…and besides, by mid to late October it will be raining non-stop so plenty of reason to stay in and read case studies.

Now, back to the task at hand – sharing my loot from this past Monday.  I can’t wait until the weather shifts a bit cooler, and then I’ll be able to style my “new” sweaters with a black dress (for the Sangria colored vest) and black shell, leggings, and boots with the moss cardigan.

One of these days I’ll photograph my Sandra Lee collection and finally make something!  (I just never think of it as I’m always on the go and really have been opting for ready made lately.)  My plan for the shams is to get twin size feather pillows and get an avocado green quilt or throw for autumn; the daisy print fabric will be saved for Spring 2015.

I have two projects that I started two and one week ago; I will share them soon as I anticipate finishing them this weekend.

Now, without further ado…

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Crabcakes and Case Studies

Yes, my exciting Saturday morning – day for that matter – spent on homework.  I haven’t posted much in regards to estate and garage sale loot, but boy, I have been out and about doing some serious treasure hunting.  I haven’t had a chance to post about any of my scores from the last couple of weeks because of the busy-ness of work and school which is intensifying since the quarter is wrapping up at the end of the month.

What I am finding as I step out treasure hunting at these sales is walking into these homes is like stepping into a time-warp.  Last week I was in a house right out of the 1970’s — replete with shag carpeting, huge stereo speakers and a waterbed.  I didn’t buy any of those items, but did manage to pack my small hatch back with china, furniture, patio/garden items and some seriously gauche jewelry.  Photos forthcoming.  In the interim, here’s how my day started today, crabcakes and case studies.

Crabcakes for breakfast

 

Maple Valley Estate Sale

Yesterday I convinced myself that the best course of action for the first day of summer was not sleeping in since it was Saturday but getting out and driving out to that one-hundred year old farm house estate sale.  I was not disappointed with that decision, no siree.

Here are some slides I put together and shared with a friend this morning of my partial hauls at the estate sale.

One note though, the bistro set was purchased on Friday at the Sammamish estate sale which I posted about Friday.

 

 

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