When the Kids are Away, the Mom Will Play

Hello friends!

I hope you had a marvelous weekend. Mine was great, and very non-typical in that my parents took all THREE of the kids to visit my grandmother for the weekend, giving me and my husband an entire weekend at home.  By ourselves.  When I told other people (especially parents) about it, their eyes would go wide as if to say, how on earth did you hit that parental jackpot?  Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids, and the house is way (too) quiet when they’re gone.  But to have a weekend to do whatever we wanted was a little slice of heaven!

So, what did we do?  The things we can’t typically do when our weekends are consumed with kid activities. We lived like we did pre-kids.  We went to two movies, out to dinner, and we even went to a non-kid party.  And, I went shopping on both Saturday and Sunday.  Not grocery shopping – real shopping.  I forgot how exhausting shopping can be when you have no constraints and can take a day (or two) and just GO.  But boy, was it fun.

I hit my favorite fabric store in search of fabrics for my basement window treatments.  Let me just tell you that this place, The Fabric Shack, is a fabric wonderland. It’s huge with all sorts of amazing fabrics to choose from, and it can be overwhelming.

The good news is that I found a fabric that I’m going to use in the basement!  More on that soon. 

In addition to the Fabric Shack, I was able to go to some of my other favorite places.  I hit the Ballard Outlet and the Frontgate Outlet while I was out.  Some great goodies out there for sure.

A fun table with a yardstick top – could be a fun DIY project from a thrift store table, don’t you think?

Loved this canvas map artwork.

 And the yummy lighting…

Especially this one – I think it would look fab in my dining room, since it has that look I’m going for in that space.  Still trying to convince my husband that the lighting needs to be changed…  But the price was good – $152.

Lots o’ stools…

Frontgate is right across from Ballard, so I always go in to see what they have.  We got a steal of a deal on our Christmas tree at the Frontgate Outlet, so you never know what you’ll find.

I am loving this outdoor furniture – the style, the fabrics, and the comfy factor.

And this set up was just plain pretty.  I don’t know how I would feel about the table from a functionality standpoint, but it sure looks nice.   And the curved banquette seating was really sharp.

More to come!!  I saw some great things this weekend that have my DIY wheels turning!
What would you do with a weekend at home, entirely to yourself?  Would you go crazy and do things you normally don’t do?  Would you tackle some projects with quiet, uninterrupted time? 

I feel a bit like a hummingbird with ADD when I have all of that free time – I just don’t know where to begin, and have a hard time deciding what to do since we’re always so busy with every day life!


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    Pine Tree Home
    August 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    What a day! I would have loved to spy all those goodies too.

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    Lisa at Shine Your Light
    August 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    What a great weekend you had!! I would love to hit those outlets – they look like they are chock full of great pieces. And the fabric store without the kiddos in tow? That would be heavenly.

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    August 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    What a dream come true!! I love going to Ballard and Front Gate outlets too. Love that outdoor furniture. Where is this Fabric Shack? I must know…..

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    August 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I pick up 2 of my 3 girls today after a week at Grandma's. The 3rd is only 5 months old, so she's the easy one lol. It has been bliss. We also did movies, restaurants, shopping, and my house has never stayed so clean for so long. Alas, I dare say I was slightly bored yesterday and am yearning to get them back. I miss their lively spirit!! Looks like you had fun! How I wish we had a good fabric store like that!

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    August 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Wow, lucky you! Not only do you get to spend a weekend with just your husband, but you also have a Ballards outlet by you. How I wish I had one by me as well, that chandelier has been on my radar for a while now, you can't beat that price, I say, go and buy it ASAP!

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    August 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    So I've never commented here before, but I remember a post you did on the slipcovers from Ballard fit the Arhaus stuff…well, I figured out who the manufacturer was and they also sell the same chair and ottoman at Macy's. I just purchased it. Anywho…We live in St Louis and we are originally from Pittsburgh. My four kids and I (hubby had to stay home for work) were coming back from PA and crossing through Ohio when I remembered your post about the Ballard outlet…so I looked it up and drove a little out of our way so we could check it out. Yes, me all by myself and my 4 children (driving 10 hours to get home)….didn't get anything, but it sure was fun! So, thanks for that little tip. Husband thought I was insane. Maybe I am =)

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    Sarah @ Simply Sarah Style
    September 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I just visited the Ballard Designs / Frontgate outlet for the first time last weekend and loved it. To my surprise, they offer all the reject monogrammed totes for $1.99. What a deal that is if you can find ones that apply to you or your loved ones! I did fell in love with the light fixtures too. I'm sure your husband would agree that $150 isn't too bad for a new fixture.

    I agree. Shopping all day does totally wear you out, but it is well worth it! Glad you were able to indulge in a shopping-filled weekend.

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