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Happy Weekend


I am in awe of the intricacy of a snowflake.

As kids, we are reminded that each of us is as unique and individual as a snowflake…

And looking at these images by macro lens photographer, Andrew Osokin

I will concur.

I can’t help but stare in pure wonderment how water and ice can morph itself into such beautiful patterns and shapes.  And to think that a gazillion, individual, perfectly crafted flakes go completely unnoticed after they fall to the ground in a giant pile of white. 

It makes me miss snow.

Thank you, Andrew, for showing and reminding us that no flake should go unnoticed.

Happy Weekend All!



It Just Feels Good

p/c of Iowa Alumni Magazine

Giving back.

It just feels SO good inside.

Not to toot our own horn, but every month for the last four years, Stuff Etc selects a local organization at each location to raise money for.  At the end of the month, we give 100% of all donations collected to that charity.  One weekend a month, we center the sale around collecting donations while offering a discount.

To me.  Personally. Being involved with that … it feels good.

The customer giving a dollar to get  a discount; it feels good.

Presenting the check at the end of the month; it feels good.

Seeing the faces of who we present it to; that feels Ah – Mazing!

Knowing how grateful they are for every bit of help, every dollar, every cent; knowing we are helping the organization, helping the people they help; it feels AWESOME!

Today we had the opportunity to partner with a new group, 100 Grannies.

This group is organizing an effort to Ban the (plastic) Bag.  On Sunday, they will be hosting a rally in downtown Iowa City to raise awareness and support for the Ban.  They are asking community members to bring their plastic bags to the rally which they will tie together to create HUGE chain around the University  of Iowa pedestrian mall to demonstrate the amount of waste generated by plastic bags (read more about that here ).  All the bags will then be recycled and each participant will receive a fabric recycle bag donated from area businesses (while supplies last).

Stuff Etc has opted to donate 100 of our recycle bags.  We are very proud to be a part of this movement and partner with our friends at 100 Grannies!  We encourage you to join them in their efforts this Sunday and moving forward.

This weekend, you can also help these local organizations when you shop our Stuff Etc stores and save 20% off all full-priced items (excluding mattresses):

One last thought before we part for the weekend …

In August, I blogged about a random act of kindness (seen here)that really affected me emotionally.  Last week, I met a friend for a drink after work.  My ticket came to $5.85.  I gave our waitress a $20 bill and told her to keep it (not something I normally do since living on the Dave Ramsey plan, if you know what I mean). She questioned me like I must have read my ticket wrong.  I assured her the it was indeed her change to keep. She thanked me numerous times, all the while with tears in her eyes.

This was just a $14 tip and the poor thing welled up with tears.

I too welled up with tears.

And it felt good.


Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend

Hope you love love love your weekend

AND this song!

I have the pleasure of seeing her and Joshua Radin this evening in Des Moines!

!! so excited !!


Happy Weekend

* sigh *

I think I’m going here this weekend.

There’s something about the fresh air, the bird & critter sounds, the crackle of the campfire, the cool night breeze, & the stars that soothes this restless soul.

So much that I barely notice the bugs.  Barely.

Do you camp?

Do you tent it? Use a camper?

I’m old school and I l.o.v.e. tent camping.

Whichever you choose, or even if you have never camped before (I’ve actually recently met a few poor souls that haven’t), I encourage you to get out and get your camping on!

If not this weekend, then soon.

And if you need some camping gear, all five of our Stuff Etc locations have camping gear and supplies on hand – all currently 20% off.

Hope you have a great weekend!


Happy Weekend

Do you ever have a day when you feel this way?

I know it’s probably rare

{ which is kinda sad in a way }

But I think it’s because we are so busy at being busy that we barely have a second to take it all in and get excited about what’s in front of us.

Not today.

Today I can honestly say I am excited.

About Everything.

It’s a strange and exciting feeling.

What are you excited about?

I invite you to try it this weekend.

~  xoxoxo  ~

{ need something to get excited about? }

Happy Weekend

* sigh *

Do you have fireflies where you live?

We are showered with them during the Iowa summers.

It’s quite the vision.

This photo reminded me of my backyard in the summertime and with the spring weather as it is, I feel it’s not so far in the distance.

What are your plans for the unseasonably warm weekend?

We hope it’s something that makes you smile!


{ p/c via persuede }

Happy Weekend

I am overwhelmed with excitement that this weekend is Daylight Savings Time!

” spring ahead “

Every time I hear “spring ahead” in reference to daylight savings time, it’s like I’m driving along a long and dreary road and suddenly there’s a gigantic, happy road sign alerting me that Spring is just ahead … and this makes me smile.

I. Love. Spring.

Everything starts to turn green and the earth is renewed once again.

Flowers.  Fresh smell of dirt being plowed.   Rain showers.

Warm sunshine.  More daylight at the end of the day.

Did I say how excited I am?

Are you ready?

Check out the next 7 day forecast here in Iowa:

AAAHHHHHhhhh…  I can feel it already!

Hope you all have a Happy Weekend …

and don’t forget…

spring ahead!

Happy Weekend

so you know all those single gloves lying around that are missing their partner?

(at least a half-dozen at my house – i seriously make my kids wear two different gloves since they can’t seem to keep the match – no.  seriously.  i do.)

check out this super quick, fun weekend project …

are you one of the lucky folk that have managed to keep your glove mates all season but still want to make a cute, little glove squirrel?

we still have some gloves (& other winter accessories) at all of our Stuff Etc stores longing to be cut up into little stuffed loveies  for your wee ones …

and they’re all 50% off!

happy weekend!

Happy Weekend

Hello my lovelies!

Sounds like a little snow is headed our way, so I was thinking, what better time for some repurposing projects?

Check out a few of my faves that have me totally inspired …

…  repurposed bike …

… recycled globes …

… repurposed barn wood …

… recycled books …

… repurposed lace doilies …

… recycled tv …

My problem is, I can’t decide which one to do first!

Hope you all have a fantastic and meaningful weekend … stay awesome!

{ p/c peppermags }

Happy Weekend

It’s finally here!

The snow AND the weekend!

Get out and enjoy it!