inStyle with Abby: Two Dollar Score

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Aside from my dedicated thrift store routine, I have a method of hitting up the clearance racks at most retail stores. I go to my size and quickly flip through. Most of the time I don’t even find anything. But oh those glorious days when I do!

Step 1: Find clearance accessories first. Clearance accessories will take an outfit that you already have and transform it into a better or alternate version of the same look, giving it more life.

Right now is a great time to buy clearance scarves. Retailers think that we are all rearing to go for summer wardrobe shopping, however the reality is that its 30 degrees outside. (Jokes on them.) If you purchase a clearance scarf today, you will have time to wear it now, plus it will still be fashionable next Fall.
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Scrapbooking!

Scrapbooking has always been something that my mom and I enjoyed doing. Growing up, I would scrapbook all of my major trips with marching band or others things we took a lot of photos of!

Since I started college and moved out of my parent’s house, I haven’t done much of it however; my mom recently went on a scrap booking retreat with her mom (my grandma). They both were able to dedicate three days to scrap booking. My mom was able to finish my life until my college graduation. Here are a few photos of the pages she did for my Bemidji State graduation ceremony!
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Reuben Sandwich w/ Thousand Island Dressing

I am not a fan of Corned Beef and cabbage but my husband has to have corned beef around St. Patrick’s Day. So this is a way to make both of us happy. I was surprised that my kids actually were willing to give this a try. Minus the sauerkraut, swish cheese and rye bread – they had to have sourdough bread and provolone cheese!
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PREP: 15 minutes**            COOK: 5-10 minutes per sandwich**            SERVES: 4
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inStyle with Abby: Dress Mommy Outfit Challenge – Day 1

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 A Little Background Information: About a month ago Bethany Wesley, the editor of inMagazine, forwarded a blog post to me that was written by Summer Bellessa of Babble, where she let her 3-year-old son, Rockwell, choose her outfits for five days. (Read that here.) The results are absolutely adorable!

After briefly chatting about how fun (scary) this challenge would be, we decided to just go for it and commit to FIVE days! Here’s our day 1!

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Paint-A-Plate

A recent Saturday morning, my boyfriend and I went to Glazed and Amused. I knew before we had arrived what I had wanted to paint.
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Every time we visit a paint-your-own ceramics place, my mom seems to always pick a plate so I decided to do the same. I opted for a small square plate because I wanted to feature the state of Minnesota.
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If I could go back and do it again, I would do just one thing differently – I would paint the entire plate white first, rather than painting between the stripes white.
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It was a pretty simple process: First I taped over the stripes and then painted the un-taped areas pink. Once I removed the tape, I painted between the stripes white and drew the state of Minnesota on the plate with pencil. Next I painted the state blue and added the words “MN NICE” on the bottom left side.
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It was a fun morning activity! A week or so later, we went back to get our creations! I posted the pictures below for you to see the process and the final result. Enjoy!

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