Shopping · YouTube

The Joy of the Hunt

For Treasures

I don’t recall when I tripped over Antiques Road Trip but it has been a few years. I have to say that I have very limited experience in either auctions or antiques let alone those in the U.K., so watching has been educational on many levels.

All that being said, I do have favorite antiquers (or as I would refer to them as shoppers) even though the only real common attribute among them is a love of history.

I’ve enjoyed watching the older episodes on YouTube, but you could also find them on a local channel. Check your listings, you might be surprised.

This article explains the format better than I could: Antiques Road Trip

This latest episode with Mr. Braxton and Mr. Hanson capped off a week of amazing finds and sales.

The thrill of the hunt combined with humor makes for some interesting viewing. In this particular episode Charles found at least one item I wouldn’t mind owning myself.

Check it out for yourself!

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Touching Base

It’s been almost a full year since I first tried these products and I thought it a good time to let you know how things have evolved with a couple of my very favorites.

L’Bri Pure N’ Natural

Last year a friend of mine asked what I was interested in for a Christmas present and I mentioned that I wanted to try the L’Bri shampoo and conditioner. Needless to say, Santa came through! In more ways than we thought.

I’ve always been a bit particular about the products I use on my hair. Some garden variety stuff leaves it dry and lifeless while the better quality items tended to require a bit extra to help my hair be its best.

Imagine, then, my amazement to try a shampoo that isn’t high sudsing, cleans well, smells great, and doesn’t require a huge amount. A little dab will do you – really! Top that off by not requiring a conditioner to de-tangle and the cake is truly iced.

A few months later I realized that my hair, which is notorious for either growing like a weed or taking its time to decide if, or when, it might add some length, had added a full 6 inches. Yes, six inches of growth. And not a split end or frizz in sight.

I love the skin care, too! Easy to use, not harsh, does the job and the results are what I would expect from a very high end department store brand.

I’ve added Citrus Melody Body Wash to my shower caddy and enjoy not only the lovely scent but the great clean, too.

Check out the full line of L’Bri Pure N’ Natural by clicking HERE.

Canagrow Programmable Timer

I have used a timer for decades to have the lights come on before I get home so I don’t have to fumble around in a dark house. This one has 20 on/off programs that you can set in addition to random, 7-day and countdown functions.

I bought this from Amazon to replace a very old unit that had finally bit the dust. I admit I was a bit surprised to find something so flexible and easy to use. I recently discovered it has additional features I wasn’t aware of.

What I do know is that it does the job exactly as I asked it to, was easy to program, and made living with the occasional power outages a lot easier because of its battery back up.

All in all, these items have exceeded expectations beyond anything I could have anticipated. Why not check them out yourself?

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Getting Into The Holiday Spirit

I admit this year has been quite an interesting one and as we start towards the end of year holidays, I’m finding it a bit of a slow start. I’m not one to spend a lot or buy a lot just to spend but I do enjoy finding beautiful things and getting ideas that I can bring home. Or share. 🙂

I saw this the other day and was fascinated. If you are like me and love beautiful ornaments, this will give you a bit of a wow moment.

Come Shopping!

I love my UK folks! I especially love it when they take me along on their travels.

Luke Catleugh recently posted a wonderful London shopping trip that made me smile. Check it out:

I love to find stores that still decorate their windows. Holiday window displays are magical things.

Looks like Maggie will be having a magical Christmas, too! Such a good dog!

I’ve been browsing shopping sites and catalogs trying to find ‘just the right gift’. It isn’t easy. I like to feed folks but that isn’t easy, either. 🙂

What are you planning for the holidays this year?

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Inspiration: Mr. Carrington & Luke Catleugh

My discovery of Mr. Carrington has led to a lot of ideas, inspiration, fun and, my particular favorite, arm chair travel.

Mr. C, as he is known in my home, lives in London, England. His channel focuses on DIY around the house, decor, shopping excursions, cleaning and easy recipes. Among a few other things. LOL

Frankly, he is one of the very few Appointment TV (aka: YouTube) I have. Every Sunday morning I sit back with my coffee and breakfast watching to see what he’s been up to lately.

My other Appointment TV is with Luke Catleugh. Both of these guys are friends and occasional coworkers. They share a love of shopping, DIY, decor, travel, etc. Luke is also quite an interesting and inspiring home cook.

Each of these guys bring a relaxing vibe as they share their latest projects, shopping hauls, excursions into the garden, not to mention those rare but thoroughly enjoyable meet ups.

Watching them has stretched my imagination when it comes to decor and DIY projects. I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed their travel experiences, too.

If you are interested, go to YouTube and search for Mr. Carrington and Luke Catleugh.


Shopping Tips & Tools

If you are like most folks these days, you do a lot of shopping online. One friend of mine mentioned that she had the same $20 in her purse today as she did a year ago. I can go one better; I’ve had the same $5 bill in mine for over 2 years.

My mom was a blue ribbon Window Shopping Super Shopper. We didn’t have a lot of money to spend when I was little and often we found ourselves walking through downtown (aka: Main Street) and checking out the window displays. Mom also took advantage of the newspaper circulars, catalogs and magazines to find ‘just the right thing’ she was looking for before she ventured into shops.

Granted, that was a few decades ago, but she taught her girls well and I, for one, love to take advantage of online shopping.

Online shopping has evolved quite a bit in the past 20 odd years. Stores have taken advantage of a lot of tools that search engines provide and have embraced what I refer to as a sharing network. You might think of eBay or Facebook Marketplace, but I look at Google, Yahoo, and Rakuten to find things – not to mention stores – that have the items I’m looking for.

Looking for Coupons or Deals?

I’ve never been much of a couponer, but years ago I was introduced to eBates by a friend and have used the service often over the years. eBates is now knows as Rakuten.

Rakuten was founded in 1997 and has evolved to work with hundreds, if not thousands, of brands and stores to create a one-stop-shopping experience that provides a variety of cash back offers, deals and shopping rewards on products and services you use. Click on the link for more information and to sign up – it is free. Hint: Go to the bottom of their webpage and check out the lists of stores and brands they work with.

The best part about shopping with Rakuten is the money they return to your pocket!

Your New Shopping Best Friend

We all have those friends who love to shop, right? They always find the best deal and the best price and love to share their finds.

A year or so ago, Hermione Chantal talked about an app she has used for years called Shoptagr and I immediately checked it out. Shoptagr has become Karma and provides similar cashback and coupon tools as Rakuten but Karma has the additional feature of allowing you to keep track of things you are looking for, be notified when they go on sale or are once again available and allow you to shop directly from their site.

Looking for that perfect sofa? Want to update your wardrobe? Your favorite whatsit out of stock or not yet on sale? Karma will notify you using the settings you create in your free account.

Not Just For Shopaholics

Online tools like Karma and Rakuten help you save more money while you shop for the things you need and/or want. They also have buttons (or widgets) to add to your browser that will alert you when you are in a store they support. They are easy to use and, best of all, free.

Check them out – you will be amazed at the stores and merchandise you will find!

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