A New Thrifting Spot and Pregnancy Induced Recipe + Music Recs.

Mother’s Day Out started Monday. I was so happy I could have done a naked interpretive dance to the Hallelujah Chorus through the dewy forest while popping a bubbly bottle of Gruet sparkling cider. Yes… that happy. At the prodding of my husband to “do something for me”, I grabbed my Starbucks and headed out for a solo thrift trip. As a last minute decision, I pulled into Thriftsmart. Oh my goodness, it was a good decision. I hadn’t been there since the first time I lived in Nashville, and it used to be ehhh. Well, a new sheriff is in town and this place is now awesome. It is clean, organized, and well-priced with an awesome selection of brands. Take a look!

Nashville’s selection of leather goods and boots is always pretty decent, but this place had a whole section of really nice furs and leather.

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This was not your mundane thrift selection of Mossimo, Xhilaration, and the occasional Ann Taylor. I was greeted by Ella Moss, Brooks Brothers, Michael Kors, J. Crew, Ferragamo, Cole Haan, Escada, Zara, Ralph, and Tory Burch. I even found a like-new Elizabeth & James cocktail dress… and I wasn’t digging hard! The selection is really wellrounded and made the trip so much fun. I’m excited to pair this bright top and jeans with booties and a (dark grey?) cardigan this fall.

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I ended up with three pair of maternity jeans for less than $13 – Jessica Simpson, Gap (extra long size 8 – which I can NEVER find), and Pink Blush brands. I’m a straight sucker for a blue dress of any kind, so of course I bought this AGB dress along with a few other things.

I was really impressed by the housewares section. It was well organized, and everything was reasonably priced (which is not always an easy thing to say). These matching lamps were great; I didn’t buy them because I don’t need them right now, but they will be a steal for someone. This like-new patio set (6 chairs, table, plus the umbrella) was $199. If you have ever priced patio furniture, you know what a good deal this is.

IMG_4890.JPGI ended up with quite a few seasonal pieces for the house. These big baskets will fit right in for organizing toys and decorating. The Christmas décor was a no brainer. The witch hat is for my costume this year! I am learning that we live in a very social neighborhood, so I’m excited to get out trick-or-treating with my boys.

One more reason I loved my morning at Thriftsmart… I was walking out of the bathroom and saw a small room off to my right full of women sewing. The lady who was obviously in charge looked up and smiled, so I stopped and asked what they were working on. I learned that they were part of a Thriftsmart ministry called “Sew for Hope”. Volunteers from Nashville teach refugee women the skill of sewing so that they can make a living for themselves here in the United States. By the time they graduate from the curriculum, they are adept enough to start their own business or contract out their skills. As of this summer, they have graduated over 150 women and helped them find employment! Rita, the instructor, was kind enough to show the curriculum to me and introduce me to a few of the women in the class. It was such a special thing to see. If any of my money (or maybe time?) goes to help these women trying to support their children and families, I am happy to shop and donate at Thriftsmart more often. Here is the link if you would like more information:

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Other than working on the house, writing part-time, and thanking the good Lord for Mothers’ Day Out, I am just over here being pregnant. A few updates about that:

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Some days I do not look pregnant at all and other days I am convinced the doctor is waiting for the right moment to tell us that we are actually having triplets. I am really thankful for this second trimester – I feel so much better!  No nausea and my energy is back.  I’m a little more emotional than my cry-every-six-months-self likes to be, but I just boohoo/scare my husband as often as I need and move on.

Still can’t get enough tomatoes into my mouth. I wake up hungry in the middle of the night pretty frequently – despite eating tons of protein. If I absolutely can’t fall back asleep, I’ll have some Greek yogurt. Before you go all “You do you, sister/eat whenever you want”, let’s be honest… if I eat every time I feel a stomach pain, I’ll need my own zipcode by Halloween. So, a lot of times I’ll lay there and think about what I would choose if I could have anything in the world to eat. Don’t ask me why this cruel, weird, 3am game works; but it does. I’m pregnant and nothing makes sense. Lately, I have had the biggest hankering for pimento cheese. And not just any pimento cheese… Betty’s Pimento Cheese Dip from Harper’s. If you’ve never been, put the computer down, run there, and order this. (And then maybe run home because it ain’t good for ya.) My craving got so bad one night, I spent about 45 minutes trying to find the recipe. Lucky for you, I found it/maybe did a fist pump in the dark, and you don’t have to search.

Betty’s Pimento Cheese Dip

  • 8 oz. white extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. yellow extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup Duke’s mayo
  • 9 oz. whole pimentos, drained and roughly chopped
  • 2-3 tbs. spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce (optional)
  • Let cheese come to room temperature and grate by hand. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until incorporated; do not overprocess. Chill before serving or warm in oven until bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips.

Or serve with anything, really. I’d eat this off shoe leather, but my favorite is to toast a bagel thin, slice some huge red tomatoes, and then melt this over the top. Heaven, basically. If you’re not into making your own dip, below is a really good storebought version. I don’t like mayonnaise-y dips at all, so I’m leery of buying them untried. This Palmetto Cheese did not disappoint! Lotta flavor, no mayo taste, and “soul”… What more can you ask for?96040001004_AV2


If you’re looking for some new music, I may have something for you! Call me slow on the uptake, but I had no idea that Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and her family had released a gospel album this summer. It’s August and this was released July 29th… In Nashville, that’s considered slow on the uptake. You may have heard the single “Thy Will Be Done” on the radio. After reading Hillary’s story about her miscarriage and her family’s recent loss, I have had Love Remains on repeat. No fluffy, typical Christian music here… her mom is the Linda Davis (think “Does He Love You” with Reba), Lang Scott is her dad (!), and Ricky Skaggs produced the album. It’s got a country twang and good harmony with honest lyrics. I am loving “The Faithful Love of Jesus”, “We March On”, “Beautiful Messes” and “Sheltered in the Arms of God” (lead vocals by her mom).

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Thanks for reading! As always, any endorsement is my opinion and I am not receiving any commission. This got a little longer than I had intended, so if you’re still here – have a great weekend!

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