Friday, October 10, 2008

Talbots kids sale

I just scored this for little miss L for a grand total of $9.47!!

Lands End- How I love thee...

Here is what all I have to have from LE this season:
And I would love for my bed to look like this at Christmas!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I love it when target knocks off Pottery Barn!

Its no secret I love Pottery Barn, but they can be so darn expensive! I was in love with all the black and silver halloween stuff they had and I flipped when I saw target has almost the same stuff! Here are some examples: Target

Now Pottery Barn:

Halloween is almost here!

I know I have not posted in ages! I will try to do some catching up!

I recieved my wicked swap package from my awesome partner Some Like it Southern!! Thanks so much and I hope yours has made it to you! Would post pics but camera is being awful again. Guess what I want for Christmas?? Here is a write up though
W- wine glass charms
I-incredibly cute candle
C-candy apple kit
K-kitchen towel
E-edible pumpkins
D-delicious hot chocolate
It was all packaged so cute and she sent 2 halloween flashlights for the kiddos, which they love by the way!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ready for Fall?

As you all know, Labor day marks the official end of summer. The kids are well back into school and I see fall goodies showing up at all the stores (AC Moore,TJ maxx, Marshalls, Homegoods and so on) So far I have snagged a yankee jar candle at Marshall's for $7.99 (it was one of the Halloween scents), some fall garland for the mantle at AC Moore at half off, a cute Halloween jumper with turtleneck (for L) for $12.99 at TJ Maxx. Anyway, I love fall,its my favorite season. So, I thoughtI would share a link to this awesome site Pumpkin Nook. Enjoy!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Old Navy

I went years without ever setting fooot in there, but latley I have been finding some really good stuff. A lot of it is very J crew "inspired" Here are my favorite new purchases:
FYI-that bright yellow tee maches a yellow enamel bangle I got from J cre last year perfectly!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tipsy in Madras!!

I used to love reading your blog and miss it now that you have gone private. May I get an invite, pretty please :)

Vera Bradley

I have a Vera Bradley addiction!! If you don't believe me, here is my collection:

That is actually an old pic, I have more than that now. Anyway there are some new things that I just have to have:

I'm back!!

I know I have been gone for a while, but now that the kids are settling into school, I can get back to things. L seems to like kindergarten. Here they only go 2 days a week the first 2 weeks, so Monday will start their first full week. B is going to preschool at our church 2 days a week and he seems to like it. His teacher said he is very sweet to the other kids, but he doesn't want to sit for group. ( we went through this with L, who is ADHD as well as language delayed) B has some speech issues, so I don't know if that plays into this or not. He will go to speech outside of school and he has his evaluation on Tuesday. L has speech 2 days a week at school and OT once. We will meet to make a new IEP for the year in 2 weeks. Anyway, I got then the cutest backpacks from pottery barn kids with thier names on them. L has pink and B has orange(hey we are in Knoxville-gotta show our big orange pride.

Here is a recent pic of, L, B , and Mr SPM. The mr is actually using it as his facebook profile pic right now.

Monday, August 4, 2008

yes I am still here!!

I know I have been a very bad blogger of late! It has been very busy with the summer nearing an end and getting ready for school. Grandaddy is also still not 100% and his kidney are not functioning properly. L is so excited about kindergarten and B will be in preschool 2 days a week. He also qualifies for speech therapy here and they will work around his school schedule. I t was a funny feeling buying my baby a backpack and lunchbox for school. where has the time gone?
Our church had it's childrens clothing sale last week and I found some great buys. i got B some pants that are Gap for like $2 a pair, plenty of sweater vests for fall (one was a talbits kids). In all I got him about 6 outfits and 2 pairs of shoes. I even found a castles and crowns backpack (smocked baseball design) for school. It was 6 dollars. L I was not as lucky far as the 6x stuff waspicked over, but I did gether a Christmas dress. Here was the deal of the day. I got one of these:

For $12.50!!!!!!!!!!! They retail for over $100!!!

More to come later. I will sum up the summer, list the top 5 best new vera bradley items and start an album of the week feature.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Bargin of the day

I was in target yesterday and I had to grab these drining mocs. I know the web site lists them as on sale for $20.99, but at my store they were 75% off!! That's right, I paid $7.48 for them!!!!

cleaning tip of the day

Yesterday B decided to draw very lovely murals (in crayon) all over his wall, his sisters wall, and the playronm door. oh yeah, and the bottom of the train table. Never fear, if any of your little ones do this, Mr. Clean magic erasers will get rid of it in a jiffy!

Monday, July 7, 2008

T J Maxx

So I went yesterday to see if I saw anything good. Actually I saw way too much good!! I did get some new bras (that was a major need) and a cute lime green swim coverup that was marked down to $7.00!! Now the rest of what i am about to mention I could not decide on, but I think I am going back today or tomorrow. I saw the Lilly tunics Tickled Pink and Green posted about. They are so cute and you can't beat the price. I couldn't decide between the pink and the blue and I am now sure I want the pink. They also had tons of super cute wellies for 19.95. One set had whales on them!! yay I have been wanting whale wellies. I was in the wallet section and I got soo excited because I saw a snall red Lacoste item. I thought it was a wristlet for 19.99 and then I realized it was a fanny pack, so I put it back. They also had these really cute quilted cotton gift sets that had a tray, 2 sizes makeup bags, a coin purse and a luggage tag for $12.00! the colors would blend perfectly with my Vera Bradley Kensington stuff.

Speaking of Vera Bradley, I had heard about some of the VB paper products being at TJ's and Homegoods. None at TJs but i went next door to Homegoods and they had natucket navy message boards for $14.99!

Friday, July 4, 2008

happy 4th of July

Hope everyone has had a wonderful Day!!!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Ok , I was tagged by Prep In the Country to tell about my idea staycation (stay at home vacation). Since we have actually done these a few times, it was not too hard. I would probably break it into 2 sections. First part of the week with kids, second part, just us. With the kids we would do a few things around here like the zoo or one of the parks. We just got a large inflatable pool for the backyard, so we could spend some time in there and grilling. We also love to take (and they love it too) the kids to the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge. The lOVE the train room and the life size dollhouse. We might go to the aquariam in Chattanooga one day and of course we would have to do Dollywood. I would like to have a couple of days at the end of the week where the MR and I could get away and maybe spend the night in Gatlinburg and eat at a nice resturant. of course we could go to the outlets up there too. I love,love,love the melting pot and if we could get a sitter and go there it would be awesome!! There you have it.
I tag Tickled Pink and Green, Preppy Pink Crocodile, and Madras Matters

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Random shopping notes

Sorry it has been so long since I posted, but we have been busy! Plenty of playdates and picnics and such. Last weekend we finally bought a new patio set to replace the one that was ruined in a storm almost 2 years ago. (I know, it looked awful the only things on our deck were a grill and 2 rocking chairs) But now, thanks to K marts Martha Stewart line, we have this:

In other shopping news , I was in Target and I saw this sweater on sale and had to buy it. Mine is green with pink and white argyle, but you get the idea:

The whim stuff was all gone, but that is probably for the best.

I am excited that the new fall Vera Bradley patterns are shipping. I haven't decided what I am getting yet, but these 2 patterns are my favorites.

Oh, and I was tagged by Prep in the country to tell about my idea staycation. I promise I am working on it!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Kate Spade is having a sale!! Actually 2 different sales- the one on her site and then the private sale that ends tomorrow. I keep trying to post a link for it and the link takes me back the the regular site, so I'm sorry. There are a few things I am just in LOVE with. I would post pics, but L has killed the right click feature on the mouse (too much nick jr. com I guess). I bought a new mouse today, but have not attenpted to hook it up yet.

Anyway, lots of goodies on the site and I thougth I would share!

Monday, June 16, 2008

rude drivers,vbs,target and more

Ok, first off I have to rant about my rude driver experience this morning. It is 8:30 and I am just minding my own business in my little volvo wagon driving L to Bible school and of course I have B with me as well. We have to go down this very curvy backroad fron our neighborhood to get to the main road. Anyway, I notice this blue van up on my tail as I am driving. The speed limit on this curvy raod is 30 and I am already going 40 so I am not sure what they want from me. I do admit that i kind of slowed down a bit after I noticed him because I cant stand tailgaters. Anyway, I get to the main highway and he whips over in the lane next to me. I'm thinking good, now he can pass me and we can both get on with our day. And then, are you ready for this, he lays on his horn, so of course I look over. He then preceeds to flip me off and actually yell "f#%k you" (his window was down) at me!!! WTH???? All because I don't speed????? And with 2 small kids in my car!!!!!!!!!!!What really ticked me off was I noticed his license plate and he is a member of the National Guard!! I am shocked and embarassed that this kind of person represents our country in the Military!!

Anyway, sorry to drone on, but that really made me MAD!! L really enjoyed her first day of bible school. After I dropped her off, B and I went to Target ( hey we were out of granola bars) I notice that the whim stuff is now 75% off!! So I got a pair of the blue and green flip flops, the floppy hat with the madras lining, the green serving bowl (perfect for salads or for popcorn), and the crazy daisy sprinkler. It was really picked over or believe me, I would have gotten more. There is another Target not too far away, so I may check it out tomorrow.

Also, I swung by the mall and Bath and Body works has a ton of stuff 75% off. J.C. Penney has American Living polo shirts on sale for $9.99. Vera Bradley retirees are now 25% off. Thats about all I have to report.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

happy fathers day!!

Just wanted to say happy fathers day to all the dads out there (not that they will read this)
I also wanted to say happy Father's day to my daddy who I have always been very close to. He has always been there for me and been suportive an all that I do. It may sound cheesy, but he is kind of my hero.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Whim on sale!!!!!!!!!!!!

First off, thanks for the comments on my last post. I am feeling much better now and my grandaddy is too. They have decided he does not need the defibulator and he can go home (not alone-he has to stay with my parents) in a couple of days!!

That being said, I was in Target today getting L some new soccer socks and you know I had to go to the Whim section. OMG!! It is 50% off here!! It was kind of picked over, but I did get a few things:
I got one of the blue water coolers to take to L's games
I got some beach towels
I got the blue/green baseball/ glove set for L and B
I got b one of the hopper balls
I got the volleyball set
and of course I had to get a madras bucket

The cool thing was I got all that, plus L's socks , some cookies, and one of the $2.50 straw totes all for $39.48!!!! So, if your store has gone 50 percent off , hurry in!!!

I may have to go back for more dishes and the blue/green flip flops as well as some of the camp chairs.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Bad Blogger

Sorry it has been so long since I posted! I do have some good excuses:

1. the "minor surgery" I had, had some major complications including a UTI I developed so I basically was in bed for a week feeling like crap.

2.L started soccer camp this week

3. B has a nasty cold and cough

4. My grandaddy had a slight heart attack and they are checking tomorrow to see if he is a canidate for a difibulator. He had a quadruple bypass 10 years ago and it is pretty much worn out. He is also having an irregular heart beat. I went to visit him today and he seems to be doing OK.

Anyway, I am back now and ready to blog!!
I ordered L one of the Lilly P swimsuits they had on sale at Garnet Hill and it came today!! It is super cute. I also managed to grab a copy of the Essentially Lilly book on for like 10 dollars shipped!! I am still waiting for that to arrive.

I just bought the new Jakob Dylan album on itunes tonight! If you go to the link i gave, there is a place on his website where you can listen to the entire album for free and even add a the stream to your facebook or myspace page. The music is more acoustic than the wallflowers stuff, but I like it.

We are thinking of getting a cheap above ground pool for the backyard. We already have a privacy fence so why not? Has anyone gotten one of the Easy Set pools? They seem like they would be pretty low maintainance, but I want to know how well they hold up.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

pottery barn inspiration

I saw this in the pottery barn kids catalog and I loved it, however I did not love the almost 50 dollar price! So, I went to Target and I found these cute red, white, blue striped mini pails in the wonderful dollar section and then a got a cheap lazy susan from the kitchen section, I think I paid 4 for it. Now I could only fit 3 pails on my version, but that was ok. One holds crayons, one has markers , and one has pencils, scissors, and a glue stick. It works just as well and it matches the color scheme in our playroom. I would display pics but my camera is still being lame. I just want to throw it in the street!!! Anyway I hope to post pics soon as well as pics from the summer preppy swap!


OMG I don't what my problem is but I have bought 3 wristlets on ebay since Friday!! True I did have minor surgery on Friday(had a polyp on my uterus removed) and have been on some pain medication, but I don't think I can use that as an excuse , can I? Anway, I have bought one Brooks Brothers, one Coach, and one Dooney and Burke. I just recentley came to the decision that I NEED wristlets for church. I am usually holding b's hand and lugging his huge vera bradley diaper bag, so therefore I need something small for me, right? The Dooney and Burke is a solid white leather flap wristlet and the Coach is a brown leather zip wristlet and I figure I can use those now depending on ehat I am wearing. The Brooks Brothers is a wool plaid with brown leather trim, so it is definatley a fall/winter bag. I think I got good deals. I didn't pay over 40 shipped for any of them.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

It is summer!

That's right. L's last day of pre-k was Wednesday! It was so cute, she thought that meant she was going to Kindergarten the next day! we expained that she would be out all summer just like she was the year before . Now the question is, what are we going to do all this time? I have signed her up for VBS at church and I think she is going to Soccer camp ( she wants to play in the fall and I thought that would be good practice)

I guess we will spend a good deal of time at the park and the pool too. Anybody got any really creative summer ideas to share?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thursday morning markdown

Here is LL Bean's thursday morning markdown. It is so cute. if they still had the king size I would so get it for us. I have thought about getting the twin and putting it away until B graduates from the crib!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Summer Swap Goodies!

Yesterday I came home from picking L up from school to find a package on my porch from my awesome summer swap partner Unexpected Necessities! Everything was so cute and I LOVE it all! I would post pics now, but my camera is acting funky, so here is a description with pics to follow very soon!
S- so many purses tote
U- undeniably preppy notecards
M-mint green paisley headband
M-mainicure set
E-extra long necklace set
R- ribbon bracelet

Thank you sooo much. I promise I will post pics soon!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Check this out!

Just in case you didn't think that the madras bucket at Target is an awesome deal, look at this. The drink bucket here, from Room Service home cost a whopping 88 bucks!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Whale wellies

I just found these adorable whale wellies on this most unlikely website. Unfortunately, they are out of stock online, so I am going to have to hunt them down!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Pottery Barn Kids

I think I might buy these towel sets for L and B. The kids bathroon is a pastel/sage green color and the shower curtain and the rings are dragonflies. I did the bathroom when L was 2 and B was not even thought of yet, so sometimes I feel it is too girlie. Maybe these would help.
Also, I see that they have free shipping an all kids backpacks and lunch bags until May 21. I know school is just ending, but I may go on and get L a new backpack for next year and get B the preschool one (he is starting in the fall)

Red, White and Preppy..

I would love to read your blog. Could I get an invite please?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wish I had known this sooner...

I was walking through Belk kids section today and I noticed they had a ton of Ralh Lauren on sale for 50% off. I started looking at the 3ts for B, but then I noticed a sweater vest hanging under the size 18 to 20 section and I thought "Hey that looks like it could fit me." Well, it did, so I bought it and I paid under$20 including tax for it. I plan on wearing it over a navy polo with kakis and my new boat shoe mules. Anyway,I wish I had know this sooner because the boys stuff is like half the price of the adult. I think I will have to start buying my polos there because the skinny fit ones kinda drive me crazy around the arms. So here is a pic from the RL website of the exact color I got:

Bass Tote

Ok I swiped this picture from Ebay, but I wanted to show you the cute tote I got at the bass outlet Monday. This looks identical to mine. I am going to get the pocket monogrammed .

Free Chicken Sandwich

Just wanted to let you know if you are out and about today and need a quick bite to eat, McDonald's is giving away a free Southern Chicken sandwich today with any med or large drink purchase. I probably won't get one because that is so NOT on my diet, but they are very good if you have not had one.


Anybody else on Facebook? I have been for a couple of months and haven't thought much about it. Now all of the sudden Mr. SPM decided he wanted an account and can't get enough of it. Its so funny, he has been on for 2 days and he already has more friends than I do. Go figure. Anyway, it is kind of wild, if not a bit scary, how you can find anybody in the world on there. I mean. I know I have this blog and all, but I don't use my actual name on it anywhere. I still like having facebook and I don't think I will get rid of it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Outlet Haul

As I said in my last post, Mr. SPM and I always go outlet shopping the Monday after Mothers Day. We live about 45 minutes from the Tanger Outlet center in Servierville. I must say, we found a lot of deals. Surprisngly, I think the Mr. spent more than I did!

I am too lazy to get everything together and take a picture right now, so I will write you a summary of everything:

Stop 1- Nautica- The MR got 2 T shirts at $10 each and we got L a cute pair of Nautica kids jeans for 5 dollars!!

Stop 2- Eddie Bauer- I got 2 pair of flip flops ( they were 2 for $10) and the Mr. got a white polo shirt

Stop 3- Bass- Mr got a new pair of work shoes and I got these really cute boat shoes that were more like mules. Mr also got a shirt and I got a cute small canvas tote with palm trees on the handles. I am going to get it momogrammed. Everything in store was 65% off!!

Stop4- Tommy kids- got L a polo sirt and a madras headband

Stop 5-Izod_-Mr got 2 polo shirts- they were 50% 0ff, plus he had a $5 coupon.

Stop 6-Jeffery Beane- Mr got another polo-another $5 coupon

Stop 7- Ralph Lauren- I got B a polo shirt and I got myself 3 t shirt (2 striped and 1 solid) and 2 pair of socks. They had a coupon for 15% off if you bought 4 or more things.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!!

I hope everyone and their mother and a very happy Mothers day!! I had a grat day with my husband and kids, and later we went to dinner with my parents and grandparents.

Here is what I got from Mr. SPM, plus we are going out let shoppong tomorrow!! yay!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

6 Quirky things

Ok, so I was tagged by I Love Your Whole Face to tell 6 quirky things about me. I'm sure Mr. SPM could tell you more, but here goes:

1. I hate bugs. They make my skin crawl just thinking about them. I will not kill them though, because the thought of the sound/feeling of crushing them creeps me out.

2. I love reality tv shows. I know they are cheesy and downright trashy, but I find them entertaining!

3.I have a thing about getting stains on my clothes. If I do, I have to change clothes right then. After having to run home right then one time too many, I now keep an extra outfit in the car all the time.

4.I don't like milk. I haven't since I was a kid. Strangely enough, I do like milkshakes and ice cream.

5.I hoard catalogs. Jcrew, LL Bean, Coach, Vera Bradley, you name it. I keep them for at least 6 months before I toss them. I just like to be able to go back and look.

6.I will not eat leftovers after they have been in the fridge more than 2 days or eat anything after the expiration date.

Now, time for me to tag a few of you.

First the rules:

1. Link the person who tagged you in your post

2. List the rules in the post

3. List 6 quirky things about you

4.Tag 6 other bloggers by linking to them

5.Leave a comment on each person's blog telling them you tagged them.

So, I am tagging:

Prep in the Country

Tickled Pink And Green

The Preppy Lizard

Preppy Sue

Unexpected Necessities

Canadian Preppy

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


I am in love with these dresses from Talbots

1. this polo dress. I want the traditional polo style in pink

Just in case you can't see what's on it, here is a close up

How lily-like is that??

Also, I have a wedding to go to in June and I am eyeing this little pink and green number

You can even buy the matching bag!!!
I am going to drop a few more pounds before I buy though, just so i get the right size.
By the way, last weigh in (this morning) I am down 13 and a half pounds since start date!! ( 2 weeks tomorrow)

Monday, May 5, 2008

Advice Needed

I was looking at the shoes at Old Navy and I can't decide whether to get them or not. They are marked down to $9.99 . I like the patterned flats, as they kind of remind me of soome of J. Crew's patterned flats without the hefty price tag.

What do you all think?

Sunday, May 4, 2008

more target finds!!

After we got home from church and has some lunch, I headed back to Target!! we really did need some things, so of course I ended up back on the Cynthia Rowley aisle. Today I bought the dishes in the madras and the really cute travel coffee mug in madras. Ok, I really just want a few more things and then I will be finished.....

Didn't have time to swing back by Homegoods, but I will very soon!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Today started out kind of dark and rainy, but it turned out to be a nice day. the kids had fun playing together while I got us caught up on laundry.

I am still staying on the diet, losing a pound here and there. Tonight I made homeade burgers (turkey-no bun) and fries (baked in oven- no salt) Even the kids liked them, of course i did put a salt shaker on the table for them.

Now time for some online window shopping. I just found this site and I love it!

super cute stuff there!

Friday, May 2, 2008

HomeGoods finds

SPM says "get thee to Homegoods!!" At least ours here. It had some really cute things today. I saw Ralph Lauren Madras pillows on clearance for $12!! They are a navy themed madras so I may have to get them for our playroon, which has a scotch plaid sofa. Anyway, i degress, I also saw pink madras padded hangers for $6.99 a set, super cute lobster and crab ice tea tumblers for $5.99 for a set of 4. They had these really cute placemats and napkins that were cream color with lobsters embroidered on them. It was $14.95 for a set of 4 of. I also loved this cute spoonrest that was shaped like a flip flop for $3.99. They had a good assortment of cookbooks from Martha Stewart and Paula Deen pretty cheap too. I also saw lime green foldable totes for $6.99. It was a pretty blatant Longchamp look alike, but it was huge, and for that price it would make a great pool/ park bag.

I was running short on time (had to pick up L from school) so I didn't buy anything today. I am going back Sunday for the tote, the hangers, and a couple of pillows!


I am really trying to lose the "baby weight" (haha) that I gained after having both my children. I am trying the 6 week body makeover. Have any of you ever done it? Basically you eat 6 small meals a day with foods based on your body type. For example I am a type B so I can't have carbs until after lunch. You also cant have any oil, saly, sugar, or dairy. I am on day 8 and I have lost 10 pounds already! I am excited about the loss, but the food kinda sucks :( Oh yeah, and no alcohol. I am a have a glass sor 2 of wine at night person, so that part is making me a little CRANKY! Oh well, only 5 weeks to go.

I used the new Target picnic blanket yesterday for the first time. B had a playdate at the park! It is a gret blanket and oh so cute! I also wore my new Lands end ribbon belt with a white t shirt and jeans with the new white LE Trellos I got!

Since you wil be hearing so much about B, here is a face with the name:

That is the only one I has on my computer, so I will post pics of L and D later!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

First post

Hi, I am just now starting this whole blogging thing, but I have read a lot of the other preppy blogs, which I really enjoy, and decided to join in the fun. This blog will just feature things from my life as well as preppy things I buy or just want to buy!! My husband will be referred to as D on this blog , my 5 year old daughter is L, and my 2 year old son is B.

This year L is in pre-k 5 days a week, so it is just B and me a lot during the day. We do a lot of playgroups and of course shopping!!

I know everyone has been buzzing about all the new Cynthia Rowley goodies at target, so I have to share my loot from this week!
I am still learnig how to post photos, but I got the oven mitt, apron, picnic blanket and flip fops all in the madras!! I still want to get the travel mug and tote in madaras!!

I also ordered some goodies from the overstock section of lands last week:
Here's what I got for a little over $20 shipped!:

and then I went to the lands end section of Sears and got