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Shopping for Apartment Necessities

Hey, everyone!  Just popping in quickly to share today’s eats and adventures—it was another busy day over here.

After eating a two-ingredient pancake for breakfast, my mom and I headed to Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Target for big-girl apartment necessities.  Well, our stop at B&N didn’t involve home goods; I wanted to pick up the books for Jamie’s virtual book club!

For November, we’re reading The Courage to Start:  A Guide to Running for Your Life by John “The Penguin” Bingham; we’re taking December off because of the holidays, and January’s book is You Are an Ironman by Jacques Steinberg.  Both look like great reads, so I’m excited to dig in.  I also picked up a copy of What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. (And, a Starbucks soy latte.  They are addicting!)

I first spotted this memoir in The Strand during my not one, but two-part adventure to New York City.  When I brought the books to the checkout, the cashier asked if I was planning to do an Ironman.  Thanks for the compliment, but I think I need to complete a 70.3 first. (Maybe in 2014?) Also, for fellow Downton Abbey fans, I nearly died when I saw this cookbook.

After B&N, my mom and I went to Bed Bath & Beyond to look at bedspreads and dining sets.  For now, we’re just browsing, and we would like to purchase bedding and plates, bowls, etc. before the move; bringing bulkier and heavier items to the city would be easier than buying them there and lugging them from the store to my apartment.  Anyway, I really liked these plates, but the pattern might be a distraction in food photos—what do you think?

I have to think like a blogger now, right?  However, I really like pairing patterned cups and bowls with solid plates.

We’ll see.  I also found two bedding options.  The first was set up in the store, which took the guesswork out of picturing the entire set.

The second choice was unfortunately in a plastic bag.

But it’s called “Chelsea Paisley”—that has to be a sign, right?  Finally, we went to Target and bought a toaster, crock pot, and handheld blender; pretty standard appliances, so no pictures.

When we arrived home, I used a ton of leftovers to make an egg scramble.

In addition to a two-egg base, I tossed in roasted zucchini, a handful of tofu cubes, and fresh green pepper slices.  I rounded out my meal with a slice of Ezekiel bread slathered with almond butter.  Breakfast for lunch never fails.

While I snacked on an apple, I made some apple cinnamon spice chips.

Although their texture isn’t exactly chip-y, these good-for-you slices were tasty; I’ll share the recipe tomorrow!  And now, I’m off to give my healthy curried chicken salad recipe another shot.  Fingers crossed it’s sharable this time!

Fall face-off:  Do you prefer apple or pumpkin?  I’m trying to get myself to appreciate pumpkin, and I love anything apple-flavored.

Furniture Shopping for New York City

Hello!  I just got home from furniture shopping—well, more like previewing—for my big-girl apartment in New York City. (You can read about the two-part adventure here and here.) Since Raymour & Flanigan has stores in the city, my parents and I decided to shop for furniture here in Central New York and then have it delivered to my apartment.  Before sharing some of my favorite pieces, let’s zip through a few eats.


Last night, we had baked organic and local free-range chicken with roasted broccoli, zucchini, and red peppers.

It was OK (you know how I feel about chicken), and I plan to repurpose and jazz up the leftovers for tonight’s meal.  If my creative juices prove successful, I might have a blog-worthy recipe to share tomorrow.


I woke up wanting bananas and PB, so I didn’t have to think outside the box for today’s morning meal.

Two Kashi waffles with PB and banana slices hit the spot.


Before heading to Raymour & Flanigan with my mom, I had a bowl of quick ravioli and spinach soup.

Plus apple slices with PB for dessert.

Shopping fuel came in the form of a Starbucks soy latte.

As my first-ever soy latte, this drink gets two thumbs up.  It was sweeter than I expected, and my mom told me the barista used vanilla soymilk.  I’m used to unsweetened almond milk, so that explains the surge of sweetness.  Does Starbucks usually use vanilla soymilk?  Just curious.

Anyway, time for the fun stuff—furniture shopping!

My mom and I hit up Raymour & Flanigan this afternoon.  Our main priorities today included a sleeper sofa and area rug; we also briefly looked at three-piece dining sets, and we still need to do some searching on the dresser and nightstand side of things.  Here’s sleeper soft option one.

And option two.

I love the color scheme and print of the second choice; it’s definitely my front-runner so far.  Plus, there’s a really cute matching chair.


In terms of the area rugs, these three jumped out.

(The weird lighting and my iPhone skewed the colors a bit.)

I’m a fan of the third option.  In fact, Henre, the salesperson we worked with, said it used to be on display with the sleeper sofa option two.  Coincidence?  We’re also leaning toward this dining set.

(So blurry–sorry!)

With its two drop leaves, the table can be made smaller to save space; or, like in the picture, one leaf can drop, so the table can go up against a wall.  Next, we briefly looked at mattresses.

I liked this firmness, and I’m still debating which size (full or queen) to get.

What are some of your favorite furniture or home goods stores?  How did you go about selecting pieces and designing a space?