Wednesday, February 25, 2015

U93 Presents: Goodwill Glamour - This Saturday!

U93 Presents: Goodwill Glamour
Fashionable Fun for your Wedding, Prom or Special Event

This Saturday - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm / Admission is FREE!

123 North St. Joseph Street
South Bend, IN  46601

U93 is hosting Goodwill Glamour this Saturday at DoubleTree in South Bend from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Admission is FREE and you can shop the Glamour Boutique for wedding gowns, prom dresses and evening wear.  Local vendors will be on hand to display their services and offer a wide variety of expertise for those planning a high school prom, wedding or special event.

Prom Dresses $25 and Under

Wedding dresses $75 and Under

Monday, February 16, 2015

50% off Saturday THIS Saturday February 21

That's right!  Saturday, February 21st is a 50% off Saturday at  

All Goodwill Industries of Michiana Retail Store Locations.
8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sale Excludes New Goods Merchandise. No Other Discounts Apply.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Declutter Your Space & Rid Your Life of Clutter Forever

This year I went on a journey towards being truly serious about decluttering our home of unnecessary items. I would conservatively say that we have reduced our belongings easily by 50% and I still feel that there is more that we can do this year. Is your dream to declutter your space this year and rid yourself of clutter forever? It is a common resolution and I am living proof that this is achievable, although I will always be a work in progress.

Today I want to share with you a few resources that have helped our family on the journey towards reclaiming our home- the transformation is so worth it!

Try the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge

I attribute the 40 Bags in 40 days Challenge as the kickstart towards decrapifying (that is totally a word!) our life. Each year White House Black Shutters shares a 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge that typically runs from March to April. During this challenge, you are encouraged to gather 40 bags of stuff that you don't need over the course of 40 days. 

I never dreamed that I could gather that many belongings from our home, but it started me on a journey towards realizing how much excess we really did have. Each morning I started my day with a bag and tried to clear one spot in our house to create a more organized space. I did not typically have a plan, only a desire to remove anything that I saw throughout the day that we didn't need anymore. As each bag was unloaded, it made our space a little less cluttered and a little easier to upkeep.

Utilize this list to help you begin tackling different areas in your home and download the free printable to track your progress as you unload the clutter from your home. 

This is an example of a space that needed attention in our home that I worked on in the Spring. With the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge encouragement, I was able to free our shed of unnecessary clutter and transformed it into a dreamy bonus room for our family. Who would have ever thought that this cluttered and embarrassing space could have ever been an oasis right on our own property?

Perhaps there is an area in your own home like this that with a clutter unload could become a cozy space for your family? Try this easy challenge to successfully achieve that goal! 

Try Project 333: Experiments in Living With Less

Feeling inspired by my journey towards living with less, I began to turn my eye to my closet. In full confession, I had a lot of clothing in my closet and not a lot of closet space to house it.  I started reading about fashion capsules and thought that minimizing my wardrobe while working on selecting key pieces that worked together would be a great way to continue my journey in decluttering our home of unnecessary items.

Have you heard of a capsule wardrobe before? A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing which is designed using only interchangeable items, in order to maximize the number of outfits which can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colors.

Project 333 is what I am doing right now which is a minimalist approach to fashion that incorporates a 33-piece capsule wardrobe. Participants can have 33 items in their closet that they wear for three months. You are allowed to set aside 3 items that you can weave in as long as you weave items out, keeping the item number to just 33. 

Although I have found the planning of my capsules to be a little stressful, once I execute them well, I have discovered that I have plenty of options in my closet to wear and actually get more compliments than I did when I had a closet that was overflowing.

You can view my current capsule as an inspiration for creating your own. My best advice though is to really create your capsule around YOU and not a capsule that is just copying someone else's style so you feel your best! 

Try the A Bag a Day Challenge

You would think that after participating in the 40 Bags in 40 Days that our home would be completely clutter free. I fully admit, I am a work in progress and that I still have a ways to go. This year I am participating in the A Bag a Day Challenge from Inspired Room which is a 12-month decluttering plan to help you reclaim your home.

I like that this challenge isn't focused on organizing, but simply on ridding the excess from your home. With a beautiful outlined plan in place and the gentle encouragement of the beauty of Melissa's stunning home, who wouldn't want to rid their homes of the clutter?

Over the snowy holiday, I got rid of six bags of clutter and four bags of trash in our home. It was so freeing to let these items go and reclaim corners in our little house. I loaded these up in the car and took them over to the Goodwill donation bin, conveniently just down our road, and knew that these items would be put to good use in their store.

I hope you will find this post encouraging and hearing feedback from family and friends about our clutter-free spaces makes me even more proud of the journey we have taken towards a life with less.
I hope these ideas inspire you to declutter your space and reclaim your home!  What are some of your favorite ways to declutter? Leave your ideas in the comments below! 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Goodwill Success Story - Patricia

In August 2013, Patricia was at a job fair at the Career Center when she first heard about the Beyond Jobs program.  Funded by a grant from the Walmart Foundation, Beyond Jobs helps women find and keep good paying jobs. This is accomplished through individualized career and financial planning services. Among the tools provided are:

  • Career assessment and planning
  • Ongoing financial education
  • Family strengthening services
  • Early education and child care assistance
  • Connections to healthy food and nutrition initiatives

When Patricia entered the program, she was motivated to improve herself and get a job.  She was employed for many years, however following the closing of that organization, she found herself in a position she never thought she would be in... seeking a job.  Because of her longstanding employment history, she didn’t know where to start.  She was overwhelmed. 

This motivation propelled her to be very active in the program. Classes were a welcomed activity for Patricia. They gave her hope and some insight into what she needed to do to become employed again. Through the Beyond Jobs Program, she was one of the first participants in the “makeover” event.  She purchased a new interview outfit from Goodwill and had her hair completely re-styled.  Her new look gave Patricia the self-confidence she had been lacking in her job search. 

Patricia developed a portfolio to use in interviews showing examples of her past work and expertise.  She gained interim experience at Goodwill. She wowed the staff and was offered a full time position.
If you’ve had a catered meal from Goodwill chances are you’ve been able to get a taste of Patricia’s talents.  Her homemade cookies and banana nut bread have become famous! 

Patricia’s successes are both in her professional and personal life.  The kindness she shows to others is the hallmark of her true character. She is a great example of a Goodwill Success Story! 

Congratulations Patricia! All of your hard work and determination have paid off!  
We are so proud of you!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

50% Off Saturday January 24th!

That's right!  Saturday, January 24th is a 50% off Saturday at  

All Goodwill Industries of Michiana Retail Store Locations.
8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sale Excludes New Goods Merchandise. No Other Discounts Apply.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

7 DIY Table Runner Ideas

With the new year upon us, I look forward to sprucing up my home more than ever. A couple of years ago I decided to paint my kitchen table with a fresh coat of white paint to give it a new life. Now that the tabletop is freshly painted (and not freshly scratched and dinged), I have been eyeing easy diy table runner ideas to add an element of interest and texture to my tabletop. Not only is this a fun way to add another layer of design to your table, it can also be a great way to camouflage a scratched surface if painting a table just isn't in the cards this year.

Here are 7 of my favorite table runner ideas for adding a touch of beauty to your kitchen or dining table.

Add a Tasseled Fabric Runner

If you know me, you know I love anything that involves a yarn or tassel. You can find loads of fabric to work with at Goodwill from tablecloths to sheets that don't cost a lot. Repurpose this fabric into a simple table runner and add a beautiful yarn tassel detail to each end to add that handmade touch that I love to embrace in my home. You can get the scoop on this simple tasseled runner on Makers Society

Add a Touch of Ombre

I am mad for ombre projects and all of my favorite fancy shops carry beautiful dip-dyed napkins and runners for your table. Have you tried fabric dying before? I did my first fabric dying project when I restored an old pair of jeans and was shocked just how easy it is. With this technique you need some fabric dye, water, and a spray bottle. Hunt for a basic white sheet, tablecloth, or napkins you can use to add a touch of ombre to your decor. This easy dip-dying tutorial from Handmade Mood is a great one to help you figure out some great strategies for achieving these beautiful hues. 

Add a Bit of Whimsy 

I love home projects that are whimsical particularly if the whimsy matches the homeowner. Lovely Indeed offers this cute tutorial for creating a polka dotted table runner in my favorite metallic shade. The great thing about this tutorial is that you can make this table runner really speak to you and your own personality choosing a shape or silhouette that really matches your style. In my home, I would be cutting out owls or foxes as a nod to my love for woodland creatures. You could also go geometric and modern with triangles or arrows. Adding touches like this to your home makes people say, "Oh, this house is just SO YOU!"

Add a No-Sew Frill

I love burlap projects especially when those projects do not involve sewing. Did you not know that I am a sewing school dropout? I really am!  That is why I love this fun table runner from Liz Marie created for burlap. The ruffled detail on the edge adds a feminine touch to your table while still remaining beautifully neutral. What a clever way to disguise a scratched surface without a lot of effort!

Add a Little Lace

I am such a fan of beautiful lace doilies and am so inspired by this beautiful table runner made from a variety of lace doilies. I love little ongoing collections that take just a little bit of time and money to create a project and this would be such a fun collection to put together to create a beautiful table runner for your home. Check out this beautiful lace doily table runner created by Bayside Bride that just requires a bit of hand stitching to pull it all together. Isn't it beautiful?

Utilize a Drop Cloth for Styling

Drop cloth projects are perfect for a small budget and can be created into just about anything from table runners to beautiful curtains. Utilize this inexpensive fabric to create an adorable ruler table runner that adds that touch of whimsy I was talking about earlier, for a cute runner on a craft table, or as a fun addition to your back-to-school decor. Get the scoop on this fast & easy ruler table runner on Country Living

Add a Woven Detail

As I said before, I love burlap and I love playing with texture on a table. These two ideas are combined into one in this beautiful woven burlap runner on Fab You Bliss that you can create by weaving strips of burlap to create a woven detail to your table. Although this one requires sewing schools (boo for this poor sewing school dropout) it appears that you just need to piece this one together and then sew a simple straight line down the edge to bring it all together. How pretty is that?

I hope these ideas inspire you to dress up a table with Goodwill materials or breathe new life into a Goodwill table you cherish! What are some of your favorite ways to create a DIY table runner? Leave your ideas in the comments below! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Glitz Fashion Show in Warsaw this Weekend!

We would love to have you join us for a HOLIDAY GLITZ Fashion Show at the Warsaw Goodwill Store.  Our fashion Guru, Kathy Friend will show you some creative ways to use Goodwill finds to meet all of your wardrobe needs this holiday season.

Fashion Show starts at 11am!