July Grocery Haul

My mom and I went to Oklahoma City today to do some grocery shopping. Before we shopped we went shopping we had lunch at Tucker’s Onion Burgers, so delicious. We also went to Half Price Books but I’ll write about that later.

The weather was amazing. When we got there it was around 65 degrees and overcast. That’s unheard of for Oklahoma in July. Made for a nice trip. And now for the haul.

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Sprouts
Organic Green Grapes
Organic Bell Pepper
2 Organic Pluots
Organic Raspberries
Organic Strawberries
Wild Caught, Low Mercury Canned Tuna
Organic Ranch Dressing
3 Baking Soda
2 Organic Mac & Cheese
5 Organic Tomato Paste
Organic Refined Coconut Oil
2 Organic Black Tea
Organic Frozen Spinach
Organic Frozen Strawberries
Organic Frozen Berry Medley
2  Organic Frozen Peas
Raspberry Gelato

Whole Foods
3 Organic Whole Wheat Angel Hair Pasta
Organic Chicken Broth
2 Organic Soups
Organic Caesar Dressing
Yeast
Organic Whole Wheat Elbow Noodles
2 Organic Frozen Green Beans
Organic Frozen Broccoli
3 Organic Cream Cheese
Spanakopita
Frozen Mozzarella Sticks
Organic Grape Jelly
Organic Apricot Jelly
3 Organic Unsweetened Green Tea
Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce
Organic Sugar
Organic Salsa
2 Spry Mints
2 Pastured Chicken Breasts
3 Organic Chicken Nuggets
Organic Sliced Turkey
Organic Sliced Chicken
Natural Pepperoni
4 Organic Grated Parmesan Cheese
Organic Whole Milk Ricotta
Parmigiana  Reggiano
Organic Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese
4 Sharp Cheddar Cheese
4 Cookies from the cookie bar
Organic Whole Wheat Bread
Organic Wheat Sandwich Thins
3 Flour Tortillas
Organic Salad Mix
Organic Celery
Organic Romaine Lettuce
Tilapia

I forgot to order from the Oklahoma Food Coop this month. Thankfully the farm I buy beef and eggs from started delivering to town once a week! I ordered five pounds of ground grass-fed beef from them.

I love seeing what people buy so if you do grocery hauls let me know so I can check them out.

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Everything is Not Awesome

Lego has done a lot to reduce it’s environmental impact and their toys are all lead-free. Their toys also encourage creativity and are a great option for kids. Heck, I got a Lego Cinderella castle for my birthday this year! They are a really wonderful product but there is one problem, the company they keep is not so positive.

Lego has had a longstanding relationship with Shell and plans to renew the deal later this year. And this deal doesn’t promote the environmentally friendly image Lego normally has. Shell wants to drill for oil in the Arctic. They are able to do this because the Arctic ice is melting due to climate change. Drilling for oil in the Arctic is very risk and a spill would be impossible to clean up.

Greenpeace is asking Lego to not renew their relationship with Shell and to stop promoting this dirty company to kids.  Greenpeace makes it very clear they don’t feel like Lego is the enemy here, Shell is but Lego is letting Shell use them to clean-up their image. Greenpeace isn’t asking kids to stop playing with Legos but for parents and Lego fans to ask Lego to cut ties with Shell.

Greenpeace also has addressed the fact that Legos are made from oil.

“Lego blocks are made out of oil, among other things. And that does add to demand for oil, ultimately making investment in extraction of new sources of oil – like in the Arctic – a viable business.

However, Lego has pledged to phase out the use of oil and replace it with a sustainable alternative by 2030. It’s also worked to reduce its packaging and ensure all its packaging and printed materials are FSC-certified.

But Shell has made no such environmental commitment and remains hooked on oil, so much so that it wants to go to the ends of the earth, to the icy Arctic, to get it. That’s why Shell are the real villains, undermining Lego’s pledge to reduce their environmental impact.”- read more

So with Lego pledging to phase out oil in their products, shouldn’t they also ditch their relationship with oil companies? You can help by telling Lego to stop playing with the Arctic and ditch Shell.

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Organic Clothing From ModCloth

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ModCloth is one of my favorite places to shop. They have a lot of vintage inspired items and many of their items are made in the US and 100% cotton. They even have a few organic items from time to time. They have some very cute organic items right now and a couple are 50% off so it’s a great time to buy them. Here are some of the organic items available right now.

Riviera Romance Dress

Riviera Romance Dress- $49.99 (also available in navy)

 

 

 

Jubilant Jupe Skirt

Jubilant Jupe Skirt- originally $49.99 on sale for $24.99

 

Skipping Through Spring Skirt

Skipping Through Spring Skirt- originally $49.99 on sale for $24.99

These items often go fast so be sure to buy them soon. You can also get free shipping for orders over $50, no coupon required. I have ordered from ModCloth several times and have always been very happy. They have wonderful customer service and returns are free and easy.

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My Vintage Birthday

This past week was my birthday and we had quite a week of celebrating. To start off my birthday week, my husband, cousin, her boyfriend, and myself went to an antique show in Oklahoma City. We had a wonderful time. My cousin found some really nice vintage luggage and a vintage apron and her boyfriend found a really nice travel bar set. I got a blue cardigan, square navy scarf, purple apron, turquoise doily, and purple doily.

We also ate lunch together in OKC, showed my cousin around Norman/the University of Oklahoma (she is from California and hadn’t been to the OKC/Norman area before), and when we got back to town we ate dinner together at a local Italian restaurant. My cousin’s boyfriend’s, who happens to be one of our friends as well, sister was having her birthday party later that night so we met back up for that after a wardrobe change. We ended up out really late for that and had a lot of fun.

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My birthday was on Tuesday (July 1st) and Tuesday’s we normally go to trivia at a local bar. Several of my friends and my parents joined us and it was a lot of fun. My parents got me a circle skirt (they had also given me money for the antique show), two friends got me some body products, and one of my friends got me a sweater clip (because she knows my love of cardigans) and a cute vintage inspired hair pin. My in-laws gave me money for shopping, a lot of that went to ModCloth clothing during their 50% off sale, and a Lego Cinderella’s Castle, because who doesn’t like Legos? Earlier that day one of my friends sent me an amazing organic fruit and snack basket. My friends know me well! Oh and my sweet husband got me a blue vintage purse with matching gloves (pictured above). My grandma also gave me a vintage gift but I’m going to share more about that later.

On Wednesday, my husband and I went to the nearby town of Sulphur to a hotel, the Artesian. It’s a beautiful historic hotel that the Chickasaw tribe has rebuilt. The original hotel was established in 1906. It was sadly destroyed in a fire in 1962. The Chickasaws did a beautiful job rebuilding it to look like the original hotel. (click here to see a photo of the original hotel) It features a very nice spa, indoor/outdoor pool, restaurant, casino, and even several nice shops.

View of Sulphur

My husband and I have gone to the shops and restaurant several times but this was our first time staying in the hotel. Last month my mom, grandma, and I went there for lunch and to shop and we asked to see some of the hotel rooms. They showed us some of their themed suites and I fell in love with the one they call the Hollywood Suite. It’s an art deco themed suite. I had told my husband how much I liked it and he booked it for us for the night. (Sorry about the fact that I didn’t turn my iPhone, I was just thinking about posting it on Facebook.)

Before we went to the hotel we went to the town next to Sulphur, Davis. There is an antique store we enjoy going to because they also sell sports cards, so my husband looks at those while I look at antiques. I didn’t find anything there but we also went to one other antique store in town and I did find some vintage bangles there.

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Once we got to Sulphur we went to this adorable 50′s themed cafe and I got a chocolate soda float. After that we did some shopping  at the hotel and then we went to dinner. After dinner we went to the hotel bar and hung out there for a bit. And back in the room I took advantage of the giant jacuzzi tub, it even had color changing lights in it. The rest of the night we just relaxed in the amazing room.

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The next morning my husband went to the gym and I went to breakfast (not sure why he has to make me look bad like this). I was just looking for some hot tea, this is a requirement for me in the morning, but I also found pancakes. It was a very nice breakfast. After breakfast and the gym, we checked out and headed south to Frisco, Texas.

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In Texas we did some shopping and then met up for dinner with my cousin and her boyfriend, she is living in the Dallas area right now. We ate at a nice restaurant, Silver Fox. It was wonderful! It was nice to get dressed up and go out for the night. After dinner we went to Dave & Busters. We were a bit overdressed for it but it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, right? We had a blast and stayed until they were closing.

The view from our balcony at our hotel in Frisco.

The view from our balcony at our hotel in Frisco.

The next day we just did a bit more shopping and had lunch in Allen, Texas. The next day we went to Norman again to do a bit more shopping and to have lunch. My husband had taken most of the week off so we wanted to take advantage of that. We came back home and had dinner at a local restaurant. It was a very nice week and I had a wonderful birthday.

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Living a More Vintage Life

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I’ve always been enamored with the 40′s and 50′s. Even as a kid I watched a lot of Nick at Nite and was very interested by the time periods. Sure TV glamorizes the time, sexism and racism was rampant and most women weren’t really cleaning the house in heels and pearls but I see no reason to throw the good out with the bad.

I long to be able to put on a dress, heels, and pearls and go sit in a soda fountain. My small Oklahoma town did have a soda fountain while I was growing up but sadly it closed several years ago. Coffee shops are great but I’d much rather sit on a barstool at a soda fountain drinking a shake, even if I am a bit lactose intolerant. There is a very cute cafe in a town near me, I had high hopes but the shakes were not as good as the decor. They used soft serve ice cream, this is not how you make a shake! They do however have their own chocolate soda which makes a pretty amazing float.

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Bedre Cafe in Sulphur, Oklahoma

Over the last several years I’ve learned that I’m not alone in this love and that many still try to live a more vintage life. While I have no plans to get rid of Netflix, my laptop or smartphone, I do want to incorporate more vintage into my life. I want to unplug more. I have started leaving my phone in my purse when out. If I’m out alone I check to make sure my husband hasn’t texted me, I don’t want him worried but I don’t text people unless I really need to ask a question right then. I’m still getting on social media while out too much but doesn’t everyone need to know where I am all the time and what I’m eating?!

There is a fine line though because social media is part of my job, both because of my blog and because I do the social media for Happyland Music Alliance (HMA). The other night I was out at music and I did use my phone to take a photo of the band to post on HMA’s Instagram and posted that I was at the show on FB to encourage others to come out, but that’s all. I didn’t read all my notifications or messages on Facebook until I got home. Do we really need to be able to contact people at all times? Is liking a photo really that urgent?

I also want to take more pride in my home. I have talked about this already but lately life being so busy has gotten in the way of housework. I know I feel better when my home is clean and looks nice. As much as I hate missing out on social events I’m going to have to skip some and get caught up. Hopefully once I’m caught up I can find a schedule to help me stay caught up. I am a housewife after all so I feel the state of my home is a reflection of me. Currently that reflection is a disaster!

Fashion is also a big part of the 40′s and 50′s that draws me in. I’m currently purging my wardrobe and rebuilding it with vintage and vintage inspired pieces. I know that many of the women that dress more vintage tend to do the more pinup look, which I LOVE but my style is more Donna Reed. I love full skirts, cardigans and pearls. This will be a time consuming venture but it’s a lot of fun looking for pieces.

Country Day Skirt

One of my new vintage inspired skirts from ModCloth.

It’s no secret that I’m a feminist but feminism is about choices. I’m grateful that I have the choice to live like this and I’m not forced. It happens to be what makes me happy and comfortable but I know that’s not true for all women and I’m so glad they can choose another path.

As a work towards living a more vintage life I will take all of you with me. Don’t worry this will have a green theme and there will be pieces you can take from it even if vintage isn’t your thing. They also won’t be the only posts I will be doing.

I’d love to hear if any of you are also enamored with all things vintage. Let me know below and if you are a vintage lover what’s your favorite era? How far do you take your love of vintage?

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