Friday, May 30, 2014

Posh Purpose Recipe: Coconut Protein Shake

I've been experimenting lately with making protein smoothies for breakfast when Mr. 3 isn't in town (he usually makes me an omelet everyday when he is here...sweet man!).  I've finally come up with one that is delicious, nutritious, and keeps me from getting hungry until about 12:30 PM. 

Posh Purpose Coconut Protein Shake
1 cup whole milk (I insist on whole milk.  My doctor told me recently that if you take the fat out of dairy, you are basically left with a pile of carbs which raises your blood sugar and won't keep you full for long!)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (look for a low carb kind, you want one with around 2 carbs per scoop)
1 tbs. almond butter (look for one without sugar or any other sweetener or any other chemicals)
1 tbs. coconut oil
2 tbs chia seeds
Healthy dash of cinnamon
4 ice cubes
Put the milk in the blender and add the rest of the ingredients with the ice cubes going in last.  Blend.  If you like a thicker smoothie add more ice, but I like to drink mine quickly in the morning when I don't have time to stop for brain freezes.  Makes 1 serving.
This smoothie is high in protein, healthy fats, and loads of good for you vitamins. The total calorie count is around 550 calories depending on your choice of protein powder which may sound a bit high...but I've been able to cut out my mid-morning snack with no issue which balances everything out!  I love the taste and it reminds me a bit of horchata which is delicious! 
Briana is off to a wedding in Kentucky for the weekend and I plan on hanging out at the pool for at least a few hours.  Hope everyone has a fun weekend...and perhaps a coconut shake!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Posh Purpose Store Review: Stifel & Capra

 One of my favorite activities this past weekend was doing a little shopping in Falls Church, VA at a thrift store/antique/artisty gift shop called Stifel and Capra.  The store was packed with all sorts of great things to look at and pass an afternoon shopping.  The prices weren't exactly bargain basement, but they weren't as pricey as other antique stores and everything seemed to be in really good condition.  Here are a few of the most fun items that I spotted around the store:
Awesome retro stove and sweet child's rocking chair (wouldn't that be great with a cute pillow or repainted in a fun color?)

Love this cool patio furniture set....priced at $150 for all three pieces, it just needs some bright cushions to set it off!

Retro TV stands - $30 for 4.  These would make cute stands for party stations at an outdoor party - paper plates and napkins, beverages, bugspray/sunscreen, etc.  Also great for a little girl's sleepover!  Movie snacks and a nail painting station.

Adorable fruit coasters - $5 for the set.  I would love these in a beach house!

After a good cleaning - great for a playroom or little boy's bedroom.

Interesting light fixture - painted black or bright green this would be great in a powder room!  I believe it was about $90.

Wonderful selection of vintage hats!  I haven't seen this many ever...

Wonderful assortment of vintage clothing and jewelry.  One of the best features of the store were the jewelry cases.  They are old school and each level rotates with the flip of a switch!  Jewelry selection was awesome and priced between $5-$25.  I'm also loving the side table!  It was part of a set which included one other identical side table and a coffee table for $280.

I was also surprised to see a collection of vintage linens.  Usually, you are find linens with age spots or old food stains, but I found a large amount of great retro linens.  I consulted Briana and she said as wonderful as her Habitat ReStore is, there are usually none to be found.  Stifel & Capra's prices were a bit all over the place and I couldn't really say why some items were priced the way they were (maybe because they are a vendor based store), but I was impressed with the quality!  I didn't take advantage of it, but there was a collection of mix and match vintage hankies priced at 5 for $24 which I thought with a bit of starch could make a great set of cocktail napkins!  Here are my purchases for the day:

$22 for 6 napkins

50s Screen Printed Table Square  - $35
Hand embroidered tablecloth - $16

I couldn't photograph everything, but there is sooo much more to see at Stifel & Capra including original artwork and handmade jewelry.  The two ladies working that day were so helpful and kind.  Chatty when they needed to be and quiet when they didn't.  The store also has a generous 10 day return policy which is unheard of in thrift store/antiquing world.  Finally, for all you locals out there...the shop has a parking lot in front, so no worries on trying to find street parking or paying to park!  If you haven't checked it out yet, I hope you swing by!

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10-6 and Sunday: 1-5

260 West Broad St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 533-3557

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Posh Purpose Review: Sephora Purifying Brush Shampoo

I think every woman should have a nice set of makeup brushes.  You don't have to wander around with a bazillion brushes like the makeup artist from X-Men or your local makeup counter salesperson, but a handful of really decent brushes makes applying cosmetics much easier.  My go to set of basic brushes includes one for concealer, foundation, powder, eye shadow, bronzer, and blush.  If you have those and an eyelash curler and tweezers, you should be set!  My brushes tend to get pretty gunked up after regular use and I've tried a few different methods for cleaning the brushes - soap and water, makeup remover towelettes, and Bare Minerals brush cleaner - but none of them worked that well.  I read a tutorial a few months ago on Fashionable Hostess on cleaning your brushes and it recommended the Sephora brand Purifying Brush Shampoo.  I decided to give it a go and ordered the small bottle for $7.

Sephora Purifying Brush Shampoo
Image Source: Sephora

Here's the before of my gross brushes in desperate need of cleaning.  My brushes are a mixture of Nordstrom and Bare Escentuals brand (the eye shadow brush came with the Urban Decay Naked Palette, but I kept using it after I had used up the palette).  I followed the instructions which basically consist of squirting some product in the palm of your hand, repeatedly wetting the brush and swirling it around the soap, rinsing until clean, patting dry and reshaping the brush, and then letting air dry.  I used two car shammies to blot the brushes and to lay the brushes on to dry.

Here is the after!  The biggest difference is in the bronzer and blush brushes which are now back to their normal white....but also check out the concealer brush (far left) and the eye shadow brush (middle).  Notice that the tips of the brushes are a different color now?

I've now used the Sephora Purifying Brush Shampoo twice on my brushes and it has worked out great!  The first time, my brushes were seriously nasty and it took me about 30 minutes to get them clean.  This time it was much easier since I had only let about 6 weeks pass before cleaning them again.  It took me about 15 minutes to clean them up.  My brushes feel much softer and cleaner now and I feel better about using them (no more icky bacteria on my face!).  I've only used a small bit of product, so I would feel comfortable recommending the smaller size at $7 since it should last you through several cleanings, which keeps you from shelling out $15 for brush cleaner and from having to store a bigger bottle (mine fits perfectly in the medicine cabinet).  Anyone else tried out this product?  Let us know in the comment section below!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Posh Purpose: Styling Your Patio Garden

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day with friends and family!  Mr. 3 and I had the most relaxing and productive weekend that we have had in quite some time.  We mixed in a little bit of housework (cleaning off our patio, hanging artwork in the living room and guest bedroom, and lots of laundry) with a bunch of fun (going to the movies, taking a bicycle ride (which is more terrifying than fun for me), grabbing ice cream in Old Town Alexandria, and antiquing for me).  One of our weekend treats was going to Home Depot to pick out plants for our patio garden.  I had originally thought that I would pick up a few terracotta pots and paint them to match my green, pink, gold, and black color scheme going on out on the patio...buuuuuut then I found these cute ceramic pots at Michael's which saved me the trouble of getting them painted:

The pink pots were originally $4.99 and the white pot was $9.99, but Michael's was running a 50% off sale and I had a 10% off total purchase coupon.  Which brought the pink pots to $2.25 and the white pot to $4.50.  The pink pots had a hole for drainage and the saucers were attached to the pots.  The white pot also had a hole for drainage, but didn't come with a saucer (I had an extra one already).  Overall, I thought these were a great deal!

I decided to plant banana peppers, jalapenos, basil, and mint with the hopes of spicy salsa, caprese salad, and mojitos for the summer!  Planting the peppers and herbs was super easy.  I chose to buy the seedlings rather than the seed packets since I figured there was less chance for planting error, overwatering, and neglect if I picked out something that had already gotten a good start.  I also didn't feel like waiting 4-6 weeks for my crops to come in.  The plants cost between $3.33-$3.68 each and I picked up a really small bag of organic potting for about $5. Since my garden is very, very small, I just used a solo cup to scoop out the dirt rather than buying trowels or gloves.

Aren't they cheerful?  I love the bright pop of color that they bring to the patio and I'm going to save a good bit of money on pricey basil and mint even if I only get a few "harvests" out of them.  Pre-packaged basil and mint usually cost between $3-4 at the grocery store.  Even if I only get to use them twice this summer I will pretty much break even on the cost of the plant and pot.

Here's a few tips for styling your patio garden:

1. Check out craft stores for prettier and cheaper pots than you can find at Home Depot.  There were no pink pots to be had at Home Depot and the cheapest fancy ceramic pot I saw was $7.

2. Take your color scheme into consideration.  I love that the bits of green plants play off the pink and white outdoor rug and my outdoor entertaining servingware.  Try to find pots that bring a pop of color to your may help remind you to water them and also use the plants you've so carefully planted.

3. Buy plants that you think will last on your patio.  I have indirect sunlight pretty much all day long with a few hours of direct sun as well, which will be great for all my plants.  I decided not to buy bell pepper or squash because we have a big tree that a squirrel could very easily crawl up and jump onto our patio to grab a tasty snack.  I think it will stay away from my hot least after the first time.

4. Go with multiple small sized pots if you don't have much space or if your available space is awkward.  If you have enough space and don't want so many containers, buy one or two large sized pots and plant multiple items in them like herbs in one and peppers in another.

Anyone else tried to make an apartment garden?  Send us pictures!

Friday, May 23, 2014

What to Wear: Poolside Fashion

I'm so happy to have a four day weekend aaaand not have to be trapped in a car headed away for the weekend.  D.C. has nightmare traffic and although I would dearly love to be at the beach, I'm super happy to be spending time at home, planting some herbs and hanging out by the pool.  One of the best upgrades in moving into this apartment is that there is a community pool.  While I'm not one to sit and bake all day (what with being melanin challenged), I do like swimming around and reading magazines while I dry off.  Mr. 3 (who is not melanin challenged) may work on his tan (men are so lucky...they have far less concern about wrinkles) and will also come swim with me in the pool.  The pool is located in a different part of our complex, so we will have a short walk around the hood to get to our destination.  Some of our route to the pool is actually on public streets, so a cover up is  definitely necessary.  Here's my list of poolside fashion necessities:

Cover Up: I like to be cute, but no see through cover ups and my tush/lady bits should be covered.

Shoes: I also don't understand women who wear super high heels to the pool...seems dangerous, uncomfortable, and impractical.  If you are trying to grab the attention of a certain man, trust me a swim suit is enough...its basically socially acceptable underwear.  Opt for slide on shoe - a cute flat, flip flop, or shoe with a very, very, very small wedge (like an inch or less).  If you don't feel like your shoes will get destroyed and you want something that can take you from the pool to a nice dinner, invest in a nicer quality pair so it will be less to pack for vacation.  If you are headed to the beach, go for a cheap pair because inevitably sand + leather + salt water + $$$$ = sad beach bunny.

Accessories: Of course, no matter if you are melanin challenged or not, make sure to bring your hat and'll need them for the hottest parts of the day and to shade your eyes while you try to catch up on your reading.  Definitely keep the hat cheap, it will probably get smushed at some point and it's going to cover your chlorine saturated head anyways.  World Market has some great options.  For sunglasses, it depends on your personality.  I have friends who refuse to buy expensive sunglasses because they lose them or squash them and they buy tons of pairs from Target, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx and keep them stashed all over the place.  I have purchased three pairs of expensive sunglasses, purchased at Nordstrom Rack, and I paid $50-$80 for each of them.  HOWEVER, (knock on wood), I have only lost one pair which I had for about three years before losing them.  I do keep one really cheap pair for playing in the ocean so if a wave knocks them off, no worries.  No matter which way you go, pick ones that cover a ton of your eyes to avoid sun damage.

Beach Bag: Finally, pick out a cute beach bag to tote all of your sunscreen, reading materials, ipod, etc.  Go cheap on these because you'll probably wind up spilling sunscreen or a drink and be really really really sad to see a stain on your $400 tote bag.  I suggest a contrasting but complimentary color to your cover up.

Overall Style:  Pick a style that goes with all your swimsuits: sexy (but not trashy), sporty, and preppy glam are all great choices!

Posh Purpose Cover Up Style for the Pool

Tory Burch bohemian tunic / Victoria s Secret swim cover up / Blue pants / Flip flop sandals / Kate Spade white sandals / Forever 21 flip flops / Jute tote / Monsoon decorating bag / Forever 21 tote bag / J Crew palm hat / J Crew hat / J.Crew mirrored glasses / Twill Cotton Cap Mint / Retro glasses / Topshop plastic glasses

I really love those beach pants from Lilly Pulitzer.  I've tried them on in store and they are sooooo comfortable and lightweight, despite being long.  I suggest topping them off with a cheapy colored tank top from Walmart or Target.  The tassel on the aqua tote bag is also adorable and helps tie it back to the Tory Burch tunic preppy glam look.

There is no need to go out and buy a totally new outfit.  I haven't found a cute tote bag yet, but I bought a new cover up from World Market (which is my first since college! on sale for $25!) to match my red bathing suit I got from Nordstrom last year.  Even though it's cream colored, it's also lined so I don't have to worry about it being see through.  My hat is from American Eagle from two years ago and my silver flip flops are Lilly Pulitzer (which I got for free during one of their Endless Summer sales as part of a promotion).

Watching your pennies? Check out for discounted gift cards to get your poolside fashion on! You can also sell any unwanted gift cards you have lying about. Right now you can snag a Nordstrom gift card for up to more than 2% off the face value, or perhaps sell yours for over 97% face value depending on which way you are working the website. Combine that with Ebates 6% off Nordstrom purchases for a new bathing suit and you save enough money for good quality sunscreen, SPF 80! Our philosophy: more money saved = more fun sun hats. And wear sunscreen!

Check out our Posh Purpose Spray Tan Tips and World Market hat selection for completing your look!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend relaxing!

We are not being compensated by any of the stores or websites mentioned. We just love sharing (and hearing about!) favorite shopping habits.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thrift Store Purchases

I've slowly realized that while I share all kinds of thrift store finds with y'all, I rarely show things that I actually purchase. I don't do this on purpose, it just seems to happen. Usually it is because I don't have pictures of the things I purchase because I toss them into my cart too quickly so no one else can snatch my things. I don't want y'all to think that I have a warehouse full of furniture! In reality, it is just a few pieces. So today I will share all the items I purchased during my Habitat visit yesterday.

I picked up this ice bucket for $3. It is a bit dirty but once it is clean (and I have space for a bar cart), there are big plans in store for this thing. I don't know if it will go with my future decorating scheme but for $3, I'm willing to risk it.

While we are not sure, J and I suspect this serving stand is silver plated. Also it cost me 50 cents. Even if it made of a less fabulous metal, I plan on using it to hold 9x9 pyrexes with whatever food one cooks and serves in a pyrex.

You may have caught a glimpse of these skulls in the picture above. I bought two for 50 cents each. I know Halloween is far away but you can't pass up such a good deal when you have always wanted to glitter a skull.

This is a serving bowl. At $8, it was by far the most expensive thing I bought yesterday and I have no clue what I will do with it. But it looks really cool and coordinates with a set of tea cups I bought with Melinda at the Boys and Girls Club. Speaking of that store, I should go back this Saturday during my thrifting excursion with my brother-in-law.

My thrifting trips always end differently. Sometimes I buy a coffee table and matching end table (when I have no space for either in my teeny tiny apartment). Sometimes I leave with nothing. Usually I try to limit myself to things I will legitimately use in my future home - I didn't own a coffee table prior to the purchase mentioned earlier. But sometimes I can't help myself when I spot something weird/cool like the bowl above. We would love to hear what y'all usually find in your thrift stores! Please share!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Posh Purpose Tips for a Perfect Spray Tan

Being melanin challenged, I've been spray tanning pretty much every summer since grad school.  I like a good golden glow, but achieving this without looking like an oompa loompa can be challenging if you aren't careful.  I've had many an orange palm or funky looking foot.  BUUUUUT, I think I've finally figured out a few tips that will help anyone looking for a sunless tan.  I usually use the Versa Spa tanning booths, I find they give the best color and the most even coverage.  Regardless, these tips should help you get a even glow no matter where you go!

Posh Purpose Spray Tan Tips

1. Shower, shave, and exfoliate before you go (this is pretty much standard advice you can find in any beauty magazine).

2. Moisturize your face.  For some reason, faces, hands, and feet suck up the tanning solution and wind up looking really off.  If you moisturize your face before you go your face won't absorb quite as much of the solution.

3. Make and take a post-tanning kit.  My salon keeps these supplies available for clients, but if yours doesn't take the following (1) pack of baby wipes, (2) cotton balls, and (3) Q-tips.

4. Ask for an extra towel before heading into the booth.  Lay it down on the floor, this will keep the bottoms of your feet from getting too tan.

5. After you put on the hair cap, put lotion on any dry spots you have on your elbows and knees (the tanning salon has barrier cream that is really thick).  Also put a good coat on your hands, palms, and feet.  Do an extra heavy layer over each nail.

6. Once you've gotten sprayed, hop out and take the towel on the floor with you (most systems have an autowash, so don't leave it behind to get wet).

7. Immediately pat down your face with a towel.  Grab a baby wipe and wipe off your palms as quickly as possible.  Grab your towel and wipe the lotion off the back of your hands and feet.

8.  Grab another baby wipe and wipe it over each nail.

9. Take your shower cap off and grab a cotton ball.  Run it around your hairline to blend in. 

10. Take care of your hands by taking another cotton ball and running it over each knuckle and down by your wrist.  Do the same with the tops of your toes, your ankles, and the sides of your feet.

11. Take a Q-tip and run it around the outside of your ears.  The solution tends to collect in your ears which gets icky.

12.  Run one last baby wipe across your palms and then finish with a bit more lotion applied just to the back of your hands.

13. To preserve your tan skip the lotion and expensive tan preservers that the salon will try to sell you.  Instead, pick up a jar of organic cold pressed coconut oil.  Briana and I have been trying it out and will report more soon, but since I started using coconut oil as a moisturizer my tan has lasted a lot longer AND I'm not getting that weird crackle in the tan color that appears after a couple weeks of tanning.

This sounds like a lengthy process, but I'm usually in and out of the salon in 15-20 mins from start to finish for steps 4-12.  I find that blending really helps and the baby wipes are essential!  Hopefully, these tips will help you get golden glow for the summer!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Thrift Store Finds

This past weekend, J and I went to Ohio to celebrate his grandfather's 90th birthday. Despite the cold (we had frost one morning!), it was great getting to visit with everyone. I hope to make my thrifting rounds this week, but until then we will just enjoy pictures from last week's excursion.

This hutch(?) was $185, but I imagine someone could get a better deal since it was priced March 14. The ovals are so interesting, the drawers are dovetailed, and there were no funny odors. All those qualities plus being in great condition make this piece of furniture a great mid century thrift store find! I couldn't find much info on the company, but included a photo of the label.

This $15 chair has personality. The seat and back are small, so probably it would be good for a child's room assuming that child does not like to leap off elevated platforms. Otherwise, you may have injuries.

These matching end tables were $30 each but usually you can get $10 off the total price if you buy the pair. Not bad if you want something you won't feel bad spray painting.

This end table was quite large and heavy. Priced at $70, it is a bit more expensive than Habitat's normal end tables. However, the hardware and wood grain details make it more interesting than the average Habitat end table too.

Not sure if this really fits anyone's style, but the price tag says $40 which means you could snag that large piece of glass for another project and repurpose the base somehow. The lines of the base are actually not bad, so I bet you could update the whole look with a different color scheme.

Wow I love thrifting. So many good things! And even more fascinating/hilariously ugly things! Check out our other thrift store finds and stay tuned for more.

Monday, May 19, 2014

We're Lovin: World Market Summer Hats

I was checking out all the new arrivals last week for summer at some of my favorite online shops.  Top of my list was World Market for budget friendly buys for summer entertaining.  While looking at these fun straws, food domes, great napkins, and great beach chairs, I also spotted a really cute hat for the summer.

Natural Fedora Hat with Turquoise Piping
Image Source: World Market
I love the pop of color and the style is great for when you just want to throw your hair in a low pony tail or braid and head out the door.  World Market sent me a 10% off coupon, so I decided to pop in to check it out.  I noticed that they had a lot of great hat options for summer.  Here are a few of my other favorites:

Ivory and Blue Sunhat with Brown Cord
Image Source: World Market

Mint Fedora Hat with Suede Tie
Image Source: World Market

Black and Ivory Tribal Fedora Hat
Image Source: World Market

Black Ribbon Havana Hat
Image Source: World Market
The hat fit great and looked sooooooo cute!  Of course, the price was great too, and if it had been $3 cheaper, it could have been a $15 Happiness post.

Love love love this hat! Glad I found it and for such a great price.  Anybody else love a good hat for summer?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Weekend Plans

Briana is off to Ohio to visit J's family for the weekend.  I think she plans on doing some thrift store shopping and also checking out some fabric stores (she informed me today that she is seriously lacking in options in her town).  Besides hittin' up zumba class and gettin' my hair did, I'm hoping to get over to Home Depot to grab some pots to plant mint, basil, and hot pepper plants for my summer "garden" on our patio.  I probably won't get around to planting this weekend, because I've got some ideas to spruce up your typical terracotta pots (stay tuned!).  I'm also planning on making my first angel food cake of the season in my new pan for Bible study on Sunday if I can find decent berries or peaches (yay for fruit season!).  I also have an urge to go thrifting, so I'm going to see what is close by in D.C. that might be worth checking out.  Other than that, I think my allergies have finally subsided enough for us to enjoy some outdoor weather and go for a walk or sit outside for dinner.  Hope you do the same!  Have a great weekend everyone!  Let us know what fun plans you have going on this weekend!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Nashville Shopping: Downtown Antique Mall

When Mr. 3 and I were in Nashville a couple of weeks ago, we stopped by the Downtown Antique Mall on 8th St near the Gulch.  I didn't take note of too many prices because there weren't what I would call thrift store goods, but they had a great selection of antique, vintage, and really interesting finds.  I think the store is set up as a booths with a different dealer responsible for setting up each space.  Lots of vendors set up little vignettes with different themes....which was great!  Overall, I loved getting to poke around another city's vintage finds since D.C. is so seriously lacking.  I'd love to go back and check out more of Nashville's stores someday!  Here's a few of my finds, starting of with a very interesting display of chemist beakers?

Great set of 12 demitasse cups with ornate metalwork.  These were in perfect condition from what I could tell.  I thought they were awesome but I can't imagine ever serving 12 cups of espresso or coffee...nor could I figure out how to travel with that many breakables.

This was one of the cool vignettes set up to look like a mid-century office space.

Really pretty china cabinet with hand painted detailing.

Absolutely beautiful pearl colored silk couch.  I believe it was $500.

These three chairs and side table caught my eye.  I liked the lines and the blue fabric on the seats.

I love love love the glamour of this chandelier!  Really great find.

There was an interesting selection of lamps.

Finally, this chair looked super comfortable and would go great in a man cave by making it a bit more upscale than your typical old recliner.

I spotted a lot of other great finds at this store and I'm kicking myself for not picking up a set of ceramic coasters and some red glass plates that would have gone great with my thrift store cocktail set...buuuut they were a little too expensive for my budget ($25 for the coasters and each plate was like $12 or $14).  Overall, if I find myself in Nashville again, I definitely would come back to the Downtown Antique Mall and probably spend more time in the area checking out the other antique and thrift stores in the area.

612 8th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee
Mon - Sat 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sun 1:00 PM - 5 PM

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

My DIY Travel Bucket List Project

I've been wanting to create a travel bucket list for Mr. 3 and me.  I didn't want to make it into a google doc where it gets forgotten or slap it on the fridge where it will inevitably fall on the kitchen floor.  I also wanted to make something that would let us see it everyday to remind us of our goals so that we don't forget as the years go by.  Mr. 3 had a shadow box frame from Pottery Barn at his old bachelor pad that we hadn't found a use for just yet.  I decided to find map themed paper and write out each place that we want to travel to on our travel bucket list.  I found a few sheets of scrapbook paper with a travel theme for about 59 cents each at Michaels.

I used my paper cutter to make lots of strips of paper for each destination.

Mr. 3 and I had a marathon conversation one night about all the places we wanted to visit and I took a navy blue pen and wrote one destination on each paper strip.

I decided that I wanted them to look like little flags, so I found some small sewing scissors and cut a triangle out of each strip to make a flag.

I ordered a box of multi-colored map pins from Amazon and arranged them alphabetically for domestic and foreign travel.

I left a little bit of room on each flag so that I can go back and write the month and year we checked a destination off the list.  The shadow box has a stand which makes it easy to display in our living room.

This was a super cheap DIY for me, I think I invested maybe $5 in the project because I already had the shadow box, paper cutter, and markers.  Target has similar shadow boxes available if you would like to make your own travel bucket list display.  If you want to make a similar project, keep a few extra flags for future destinations.

I like looking over and figuring out where Mr. 3 and I might travel in the next few years.  Right after I finished this project, Mr. 3 and I decided we want to check Maine off of our list next summer.   While we are a young couple on a budget, it's fun to dream and make plans with each other for future adventures.  I really encourage everyone to find a way to tastefully display a travel bucket list somewhere in their home to remind them of their dreams.  Anyone else have a travel bucket list?  Are we missing any place spectacular?  Let me know!