The Big Switch {Pure & Simple Organizing Website is Live}

Well today is the day!  The day I have been waiting for!

The announcement of all announcements!

The Pure & Simple Organizing Website is now live!

Now, you might be scratching your head wondering, “Well what was this?”

Great question and I’m glad you asked.

This was a placeholder.  Something I started way back when; when I knew I need an online presence.  It grew out of nothing.  I love WordPress, and I love this blog!  It is bittersweet to leave the simplicity behind.

As my brand and business has grown, so has the need for something more sophisticated and more helpful.  Many people land on this blog looking for a professional organizer to help them get organized.  What they find are my daily posts about life.

Now they will find a beautifully designed website that helps them determine whether I’m the right organizer for them.

The blog hasn’t gone away — oh no, don’t you worry!  It is still there, it’s not the star of the show anymore. 😉

This will be the last post on this WordPress blog.  So long beautiful.

You can catch me at www.pureandsimpleorganizing.com from here on out! 🙂

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Shopping at a Nursery for Plants {Dearness Gardens}

I wanted to be 2 things as a child:  interior designer and landscape architect.

I apprenticed with a designer a few years back and quickly realized I was not cut out for the industry.  Functional .. not fancy.

I never apprenticed with a landscape architect but I ruled that industry out many moons ago.  I am really really bad with bugs.

I still swoon over landscapes.  It might one of the reasons I love golf courses so much.

I will have a backyard that is to.die.for one of these days.  Until then, I will continue working on my patio (that post coming shortly).

Dearness Garden Nursery

Dearness Garden Nursery

Growing up, my mom would take me to nurseries while on the hunt for flowers and shrubs.  We rarely went to Lowe’s or Home Depot to buy what Ford’s and Laurel Hill had.

I loved going with her!  I might have even made recommendations on which plants she should buy.  😉

Beautiful Nursery | Dearness Garden

Beautiful Nursery | Dearness Garden

Last week, Raymond encouraged me to take a day off to regroup from a busy first half of the week.  I committed to an afternoon off and decided to “poke around”.

I happened upon Dearness Gardens and fell in a nursery coma.  I was in heaven.

What I like best about nurseries is their abundance of plants and flowers … and their friendly staff.  I asked a million questions and received two million answers.

Did you know that Miracle Gro is not the best fertilizer for container plants and hanging baskets?  Apparently it runs right out the bottom each time you water.  Slow release fertilizer is the way to go.

Shade Plants | Pure & Simple

They also sell plants and flowers that I don’t typically find at Lowe’s or Home Depot.

Dearness Gardens | Phlox Plant

I started going hog wild (is that a southern term) and gathering plants as quickly as I could.  Then reality set in.  I still have some planning to do before buying too many plants.  I came home with a good assortment to get me started.

Dearness Gardens Bird Houses

And don’t get me started on their wide selection of birdhouses and bird feeders!  Let’s just say I could have dropped $200 just on bird accessories alone!

Dearness Gardens Birdhouse Love Dearness Gardens Bird houses

It was the best afternoon and that is just one of my stops!  I’ll be talking all things antiques, roosters, and farms soon! 🙂

Do you shop at a local nursery?  If so, where is your favorite?  Link in the comments — I would love to check them out!

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Summer Bucket List {Places To Go}…

When the weather warms up, I not only want to spring clean and plant flowers, I also want to spend my weekends out and about.  Festivals.  Concerts.  Events.  Anything that allows me to enjoy the beautiful weather and my two favorite dudes. 🙂

Last year I made mental commitments to spend my weekends doing “something fun”.  The spring and summer months came and went.  My “something fun”s were minimal.  In an attempt to change that this year, I’m creating a Summer Bucket List.

Summer Bucket List | Pure & Simple

  • May-September

    • Davidson Concerts On The Green: http://www.concertsonthegreen.com/
    • We wanted to go last night, but the weather was a little too chilly.  We ate our Picnic Dinner while watching Flight.  What a dark movie — I wasn’t a fan.  
  • May
    • Hilton Head, SC
  • Ongoing
    • Yard Sales
      • I’m getting better at locating these.
    • Estate Sales
    • Davidson Farmers Market:  http://www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org/
      • Saturdays, 8-12noon
      • Downtown Davidson is one of my favorite places in the area
      • Quaint little town tucked near the city and the lake. 🙂
    • Simpson’s Produce, Kings Drive Farmers Market:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simpsons-Produce/106471189384681
      • One of my favorite places to buy produce during the summer.
      • I love that you buy from one vendor and not several.
      • They also sell flowers, herbs, bread, etc.
      • Unsure of the days and hours. :/
    • Treehouse Vineyards:  http://www.treehousevineyards.net/
      • Their Saturday concerts sound right up my alley.  Not to mention I want to support my friend Kevin Russell from The Kevin Russell Band.
      • Just a matter of putting some dates on the calendar.
  • NC Zoo:  http://www.nczoo.org/
    • Raymond and I went a few years ago and had a blast!
  • Billy Graham Retreat:  http://www.thecove.org/home
  • Mt. Airy, NC:  http://www.visitmayberry.com/
    • Not exactly sure what we would do up there
  • Morehead City, NC:  https://moreheadcity.nc.gov/
    • I’m thinking motorboatin’ and seafood eatin’.
  • New Bern, NC
    • Dwell by Cheryl recommended this coastal town

What is on your bucket list for the spring & summer months?

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Foodie Friday {Food Truck Friday}…

If you live in Charlotte and love Food Trucks, then I highly recommend checking out Food Truck Fridays!

Food Truck Friday | Charlotte

The trucks start serving food around 6pm every Friday in the SouthEnd district of Charlotte.  They set up in the vacant lot across the street from Phat Burrito.

1616 Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC

There is not a lot of information to be found online about the event.  I did stumble across this Facebook Page.

Food Truck Friday Tips | Pure & Simple

Some tips before going:

  • Parking can be tricky.  Street parking and certain lots are open for the event.
  • Bring a chair and blanket.  Seating is hard to come by.
  • Get there early.  Trucks run out of food as the night goes on.
  • BYOB or stop by Common Market for a 6 pack.  The trucks only sell bottled or canned waters and sodas.
  • Bring a frisbee or softball to throw.  If you want to hang out afterwards, then bring something active that you and a friend can do.
  • Bring your dog.  Only if fluffy likes to be around a lot of people.  Don’t forget her water bowl and leash.

Food Truck Friday | The Herban Legend

My main course was the Shawarma from The Herban Legend.  It was a very tasty wrap!  I would recommend adding a side dish.  It is relatively small.

The owner mentioned that he gets inspiration for new dishes from his world travels.  This  wrap did not disappoint.

Food Truck Friday | Shawarma

I’m a bit of a tabbouleh snob and was concerned this would not be fresh.  It mixed very well within the wrap and was indeed made that day!

Amanda tried the Blackened Fish Tacos from Roaming Fork.  Her meal came with a side of parmesan truffle fries, of which I had one or two.  They were delicious and would compliment any main dish.

Food Truck Friday | Roaming Fork

 

We also shared a side of Fried Pimento Cheese Balls from Roaming Fork.  They were spectacular!  Crispy, gooey, and flavorful.

Food Truck Friday | Fried Pimento Cheese Balls

For dessert, we shared the Carrot Pineapple Cupcake from Cupcake Delirium.  It was pretty darn good.  I’m glad we shared it; I was stuffed!

DSC02874 Food Truck Friday | Cucpake Delirium

With the weather warming up, I would highly recommend heading out to Food Truck Friday to end a long week and welcome a fun weekend!

What is your favorite Food Truck Food?

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Spectator Sport Outfit…

When deciding on what to wear, I highly recommend considering these two factors:

  1. The high temperature forecasted for the day
  2. Your shoes of choice

I prefer to wear Rainbow flip flops when going to spectator sporting events.  If I had cool tennis shoes like Raymond, then I would wear those.

Raymond's FootJoy Golf Shoes

I don’t, so Rainbows are my go to shoe.  I build my outfit around those and the temperature.  I wanted to wear a hat this year to the Masters so that was my 3rd factor.  Dresses and ball caps are not cute, so dresses were rulled out.

I might wear a dress to the Wells Fargo Championship only because I know how the Charlotte market is.  These chicks will wear 3″ heels on a golf course.  They are trying to get the attention of the golfers — and end up getting everyone’s attention.  C’mon ladies.  Dress and flippies will be my attire at that point.  The Masters is much more conservative … it is Georgia afterall!

Spectator Sport Outfit | Pure & Simple

I recommend wearing a sleeveless polo, shorts, hat, and cross body bag.  The bag is big enough for your I.D., cash, credit card, and camera.  Some tournaments have specifications on the size of your bag.  Always check the website before heading to the course.  Be prepared.  Not surprised.

Another helpful hint:  wear a watch.  Most tournaments don’t allow cell phones and/or cameras.  I like to know the time so I wear a watch. 🙂

Jennifer at The Masters Championship

I’m much less cute when hot and sweaty. Hence pig tails and messy shirt.

You want to look cute/attractive but also be comfortable!  Side note:  my entire outfit (minus my Rainbows) were thrifted.

  • Vineyard Vines polo = $12
  • Gap Bermuda Shorts = $4
  • Calvin Klein Cross Body Purse = $10
  • Masters hat = $1.50

What is your outfit of choice when going to a spectator sporting event?

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Why Go To The Masters Championship…

Raymond?   He loves golf.  He talks about it all day long.  He tells stories about how he hit a 5 iron off the tee with 226 yards to the pin.  Tucked back right.  And how he drained it.

Masters Championship 2013

I have played golf before, but c’mon buddy I have no idea what that means!  No stinking clue.  Anyone else relate?

Raymond Loves His Golf Masters Championship

Should I play more golf  with him? Yes I should.  Do I own any clubs?  No, I sold those 10 months ago when I moved.  *sigh*  Nod, smile, and say “Wow that is awesome!”

Augusta National Sunrise

I love golf.  I really do.  I don’t understand the intricacies of playing it.  However, when Raymond says, “Do you want to go to the Masters again this year?” I say YES!  It is one of the most beautiful places on this Earth!

Jennifer & Raymond at Augusta National Masters Championship

There are zero homes (aside from the small rentals near the clubhouse) which keeps me 100% focused on the course.  The Wells Fargo Championship is played in Charlotte every year.  Another beautiful course.  However, it is packed full of gorgeous mansions!  I tend to stare at the houses wondering and pondering.  What do these people do for a living?  Is it as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside?  Is it packed full of stuff (aka cluttered)? 😉 All the while a golf tourney is going on.

Augusta National Heaven On Earth

I have been to the Masters Championship twice now.  I love the golf course.  Love.  Augusta, GA.  Interesting place.  The golf course is the nicest thing in that area.  It is a bit of a dump.

Azaleas were in full bloom!

Azaleas were in full bloom!

Let me back up a minute.  2011 I attended the Masters and ended up very sunburnt.  This year?  No way buddy!  I lathered that sunscreen on!  One thing I didn’t plan for .. ants?  If you know me, then you know I am allergic to mosquitos, black ants, and fire ants.  I no more stepped out of the car in the parking field and this happened:

Notice the hot red pinky toe?  My foot swells up like a football.

Notice the hot red pinky toe? My foot swells up like a football.

Yep, bit by a black ant!  Are you kidding?  Took a quick burning and itchy foot trip to Walgreens for some Benadryl.  As mom says “You are the only person I know that gets bit by black ants!”  I’m sure Raymond thought I was unbelievably high maintenance and no longer allowed back.   I kept my composure … although I contemplated crying. 😛

So back to the point … why should you go to the Masters?  It is the Best Week In Golf.  Reason enough!

Jennifer & Raymond Amen Corner

The beer and food is cheap.  Reason enough!  It is a 3 hour-ish ride from Charlotte.  Day trip!  Reason enough!

Cheap $18 lunch!  2 beers, 1 wrap, 1 sandwich, 2 waters, 1 cookie.  And what a cookie it was!

Cheap $18 lunch! 2 beers, 1 wrap, 1 sandwich, 2 waters, 1 cookie. And what a cookie it was!

Masters Championship 2013 Beer Cup

Amen corner.  What does that mean?  I’m not sure .. ask Raymond.  But we sat there for an hour having great conversation.  AMEN! 😉

Who are you talking to there buddy? ;)

Who are you talking to there buddy? 😉
Can I get an Amen?

Masters Championship Amen Corner

Helpful Hint:  Don’t take off your shoes and lay down on the grass.  You will get called out.  Well, if your grass wasn’t so perfect and beautiful then I wouldn’t want to woller (is that a word?) around on it all day.  Psh!

My cute videos from our trip .. When did I become so country?!

Masters Championship Augusta National Flagstand

Grass level

Grass level

Jennifer & Raymond Augusta National Masters Leader Board

We rounded out the day with a little Masters Pro Shop shopping.  Correction:  Raymond shopped.  Jennifer was not interested.  😛 Oh the things we do for our men! 😉

If you ever have the opportunity to go to the Masters, then I would say RUN GIRL RUN!

We had the best time!  Stay tuned for a quick afternoon post about my outfit. 😉

What is your favorite golf tournament?

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Masters Championship 2013…

Raymond eats, breaths, and dreams golf.  We watch The Golf Channel morning and night.  He spends every day at the golf course. Every.Single.Day.  

So today I’m taking the day off to spend on the golf course with him.  A very special golf course.  Augusta National.  It is Masters Championship 2013.

From my 2011 trip

From my 2011 trip

He has been singing this song all week.  Yes, he sings it.  Out loud.

*It is not the best video quality but it was all I could find. 

From my 2011 trip.  What is that outfit? ;)

From my 2011 trip. What is that outfit? 😉

We will arrive early and stay late.  We will drink cheap beer and eat egg salad sandwiches.  I will wear as much color in one outfit as I can possibly stand.

Masters Augusta National

Sunset at Augusta National

Sunset at Augusta National

Masters Par 3 Caddy

Cutest little caddy I ever did see!

I will be unplugged.

From my 2011 trip to the Masters

From my 2011 trip to the Masters

See you tomorrow!

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Metrolina Expo {Recap}…

What is the difference between a flea market and an antique/collectible’s show?

Metrolina Expo Glass Jars

There was no shortage of Mason Jars

I have no idea.  You?

I grew up roughly 3 miles from a flea market.  I believe I have been all of 2 times to said flea market.  I just remember there being a lot of crap.  Cheap crap.  I like cheap but I also like pretty and cheap.  Big difference.

WARNING: This a photo dump post of my Metrolina Expo finds.  Be sure to check out my Facebook album for more pictures. 🙂 

Pyrex was not hard to come by

Pyrex was not hard to come by

The Metrolina Expo hosts a monthly antique + collectible items + flea market festivity each month (first weekend).  This past weekend just happened to be one of their two big mac daddy shows.  I am so glad I went!

Brass Attack! It was everywhere and I was in heaven. :)

Brass Attack! It was everywhere and I was in heaven. 🙂

I’m a newbie to this outdoor market thing.  I went and left my cash at home. What do you do mean they don’t take credit cards?  Haven’t they heard of square?

Animal love & Vintage Salt Shaker

Animal love & Vintage Salt Shaker
Clearly I like the 3 brass animals — yes they came home with me. 🙂

I tagged along with Dwell by Cheryl on Friday.  I was overwhelmed, overstimulated, and overly excited.  She basically had to drag me through the show in order to cover as much ground as possible.  We arrived at 10:30am … and left at 4:30pm.  I was exhausted!

Birds of a feather flock together.

Birds of a feather flock together.

I went back yesterday during the last hour of the show.  I wanted to buy a birdhouse that I spotted on Friday.  Raymond said we needed a birdhouse.  When that man speaks about something fun and decorative, I listen!

We bought a similar birdhouse for the patio! :)

We bought a similar birdhouse for the patio! 🙂

A few of my other finds …

Metrolina Expo Finds

There were so many ideas to inspire DIY projects!

Paddles turned hooks

Paddles turned hooks

I loved these DIY wooden planter boxes!  I might make some for our patio! :) Oh Daddy... I need to borrow that saw ;)

I loved these DIY wooden planter boxes! I might make some for our patio! 🙂
Oh Daddy… I need to borrow that saw 😉

Doorknob Hook on Distressed Wood

Doorknob Hook on Distressed Wood

A few other items that caught my eye:

Vintage dishware is all the rage!  I actually found this exact dish at Goodwill a few months ago.  I knew I should have bought it! ;)

Vintage dishware is all the rage! I actually found this exact dish at Goodwill a few months ago. I knew I should have bought it! 😉

I was on the lookout for antique hooks!  I loved this one!

I was on the lookout for antique hooks! I loved this one!

What a gorgeous faux mantle!  If we didn't have a fireplace, then I would have scooped this up.

What a gorgeous faux mantle! If we didn’t have a fireplace, then I would have scooped this up.

This would look great on a gallery wall! Love the colors

This would look great on a gallery wall! Love the colors

I had the absolute best time at the show and so thankful for the company on Friday!  Have you ever been to an outdoor show like this before?  Any tips and recommendations for when I go back?  

Until next time…

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Clothes Mentor & Why I Love It…

Thrifting has become a major hobby of mine for the past few months.  I will go weeks without hitting up a thrift store, and then I get the junkin’ bug and *bam* I’m back in the Goodwill searching for another Hermes tie.  (yes, I have found 2 Hermes ties to date)  😉

What I like about thrifting is the thrill of the hunt.  The prices are unbeatable.

What I don’t like about thrifting is having to sort through the crap to find the occasional “Oh my, is that Burberry?”   If I am looking for something specific (style & color), then it might take several trips to Goodwill or the like in order to find it … if ever.

Clothes Mentor

This brings me to Clothes Mentor.  It is above Goodwill and below consignment stores.  (I blogged about my experience at FiFi’s Fine Resale here).  The prices at Clothes Mentor are awesome.  It is organized beautifully (by style, then size, then color).  It is like shopping in a boutique store — really!

They are opening another location in the Charlotte area.  The one I frequent is off Kings Dr near the Melting Pot.  901 S. Kings Dr., Charlotte, NC

If you are shopping, then be sure to grab a loyalty card.  $10 = 1 punch on the card.  Checking in on Facebook also = 1 punch.

They have two large sales per year.  I accidentally happened upon the first sale and will definitely be going back for the next one! 🙂

If you are selling, then I recommend dropping off your clothes and coming back after lunch or the next day.  It takes a little over an hour.  You will also walk out with cash, if they decide your clothes are sellable.  They give you 1/3 of what they sell it for.

Example:  GAP Maxi Dress will be sold for $18.  You will be offered $5.94 for that one item.

Check their website for more information on the buying/selling process.

Back to the fun stuff.  Here are some of my goodies:

Banana Republic Shift Dress | $18

Banana Republic Shift Dress | $18

Vineyard Vines Polo Shirt | $12

Vineyard Vines Polo Shirt | $12

BCBGeneration Shirt | $8

BCBGeneration Shirt | $8

Polo Sport Nautical Shirt  | $14

Polo Sport Nautical Shirt | $14

UNISA Ballet Flats | $20

UNISA Ballet Flats | $20

I love them all! 🙂  I’m working on becoming more fashion forward and I give mad props to my friends who help push and support.  My {Fashion} Spring/Summer board on Pinterest is coming together! 🙂

This outfit is my ultimate spring and summer inspiration! 🙂 I need to buy some stacked bracelets, statement necklaces, colored britches, and TOMS! 🙂

Source: Daily Mail

Source: Daily Mail

Have you had any luck buying name brand goodies at resale shops?  How about selling some of your items?  

What is your favorite fashion trend for spring?

Until next time…

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How To Navigate An Estate Sale…

I had a pretty amazing weekend — my first weekend “off” in months! 🙂  Saturday was all about thrifting, Sunday was all about DIY.

I attended by first estate sale on Saturday with Dwell by Cheryl.  Read her post about the sale here.

I love these silver pieces!  And those placemats?!

I love these silver pieces! And those placemats?!

 

You don't see pieces like this at Goodwill. ;)

You don’t see pieces like this at Goodwill. 😉

I tend to be a nervous type when it comes to something I have never experienced.  I have been dying to go to an estate sale for over a year.  Either I wasn’t too convincing in my asking of friends, or I was just too scared to go by myself.

Caring Transitions was hosting an estate sale in Lake Norman.  That is in my backyard and decided I was going.  I asked Cheryl if she was interested and boy am I glad she said yes! Her decor eye was necessary for me.  You see I need to update our apartment with some decor love.  I’m functional not fancy so I have no idea what I am doing here.

Estate Sale | Kitchen Items for Sale

Back to the sale … I digress. 🙂

Mari over at Crab+Fish gave me some great advice regarding the sale:

  • Take some bags so you can cart your finds around
  • Be sure to negotiate
  • The more you are buying the better your negotiating power
  • Take cash (if a smaller sale)
  • Credit cards are accepted (usually) if ran by a company

BTW – if you don’t already, then I highly recommend following both Dwell by Cheryl and Meandering Mari on Instagram! 🙂

Love this picture!  Needs a mat and better frame.

Love this picture! Needs a mat and better frame.

We arrived at the sale and the house was rather packed.  Be prepared to be overly stimulated.  Between the items laying around on ALL surfaces and navigating through the house with all the people, I was a bit overwhelmed.

Cheryl was digging through some piles. :)  That print came home with me btw. ;)

Cheryl was digging through some piles. 🙂
That print came home with me btw. 😉

I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but had a fabulous time imagining what “grandmaw” did in the house.  I guess that is part of the experience of buying up someone’s house basically.  I would say “Grandmaw liked scarves!” or “Grandmaw picked an interesting wallpaper”.  I had a good time. 😉

I loved these pictures!  Must do project?

I loved these pictures! Must do project?

If you are in the market for something particular, then I would recommend going the first day.  We went on the second day and everything was half off.

So what did I come home with and how much did I spend?  I spent $31 and got all this plus some twig/branch stuff:

Estate Sale finds

The books are either for my coffee table or for my gallery wall.  I like “stuff” on the wall and adding pictures from books is a great way to get said stuff on said wall.

Estate Sale Finds | Picture Frames

Estate Sale Finds | Picture Books

Estate Sale Project | Frames plus Picture Book

The frames were $2.50 each.  The Seashell book was $1.  This went in my bathroom to kick start my bathroom decorating project! 🙂  And yes I notice it is upside down, some yahoo pointed that out on IG.  😛

After looking through my pictures and knowing that everything was half off — I’m kicking myself for not buying more.  I guess we should ask first about any sales. 🙂

I started the day looking like this:

Jennifer | Estate Sale Day

And ended the day like this:

Jennifer sick at end of estate sale

I clearly cannot hang with Cheryl.  Must.Bring.More.Snacks!  We thrifted several other places .. stay tuned. 🙂

To learn more about estate sales in your area, sign up at EstateSales.net.

I might try another sale this weekend. 🙂  Have you been to an estate sale? Got any recommendations?

Until next time…

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