Organic Living (on a Budget!)

Clean eating and do-it-yourself tips from a newly married couple's persepective

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Thrifting for pennies

Hello! Long time no see ๐Ÿ™‚ With classes starting, planning a wedding (!), and having two jobs, life is BUSY right now! But I (can) thrive on busy-ness (when I get a little downtime now and then)! Yesterday was some of that downtime I needed. After training at the gym in the morning and doing a quick core circuit with another trainer, my sister and I headed to a continuing education series on essential oils. This week’s class was on how essential oils work with our body systems.

Did you know lime oil aids absorption of iron? And rubbing DigestZen (a blend for tummy issues) clockwise in the front of the stomach as well as counterclockwise on the lower back is more effective than randomly applying to the stomach? Pretty cool!

After the class, we had a date with one of our favorite thrift stores! Plato’s Closet is a great place to find brand-name clothes for cheeeeap. Check out some of the pieces I found and the prices!

Platos closet finds

(yes, those are LUCKY jeans! And that shirt was only $0.87! Doesn’t get much better than that)

Our next stop was Marshalls. I heard from another trainer at my gym that they had great deals on workout gear. She was so right! I tried on 8 pairs of pants…I wanted to buy them all but settled for 3. Next paycheck ๐Ÿ˜‰

Color flower Marshalls running pants

Pink Marshalls running pants

Black Rose Marshalls running pants

I didn’t know this before, but Marshalls has a weekly sweepstakes on their FB page where anyone who shares a pic of their “fab finds” and tags it with #fabfound on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook is entered to win a $50 gift card! Don’t forget to snap a pic and enter the contest if you’ve been shopping at Marshalls lately ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly, I have to brag on this soup. It’s based on Oh She Glows’ Vegan Tortilla Soup. Obviously, there aren’t tortillas in mine (I made some and dipped them in the soup the first night I made it. I didn’t want them to stay in the whole batch and get soggy), but the veggie/bean flavor combo in there is perfect comfort food for chilly winter days.


Be back later with a post on grounding for pain and inflammation reduction, and pics of my new grounding mat! โค



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Good sales come to those who wait…

…especially at Williams-Sonoma! Last weekend I stopped in the store I visit to look at lovely kitchen things I can’t afford–but this time was different. For once their clearance section was well-stocked withย good deals. I snagged two unique place card holder sets, four placemats with hand-made edging, and a big serving plate for only $29.89! At their original prices, everything would have cost $114 plus tax. Crazy! Aren’t they cute? ๐Ÿ™‚ IMG_2456 ย  IMG_2457

I also got a great deal on an ice cream maker (!!!) at Sam’s Club yesterday. This was only $9.87! ย  IMG_2514 ย  In other news, I spoke with an adviser at college yesterday and she rearranged my classes. Now I’m taking Principles of Immunology, Medical Botany, and Applications of Physics for Biology & Medicine. I’ll miss my other classes but I’m fine with a lighter course load this semester! Looks like graduation is another semester away :/