Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rug Fail… then an AMAZING Rug Score, New Recipe, and Day Off

Thank you for all of your great comments yesterday! I wrote back to each of you in the comments section of my last post. :) I'm so glad you're all feeling my pie- I'll post a review tomorrow or Friday!

On to today!! I popped up early and ran down to Ikea to take back two throws (found ones I liked better) and 3 lights (the gallery lights didn’t work – boo). While there, I picked up 10 frames (new idea for dining room!). I headed out and hit up Home Depot for our floor cleaner and spotlight replacement bulb, hit up Trader Joe’s for the usual (96/4 beef, pizza dough, etc.), then Barnes and Noble for a book (part of dining room idea – will post about it later!!). I got home, visited with Austin, my sister (Devon!) came over and we ate this new recipe: A Year of Slow-Cooking’s Crockpot Pizza Soup! Here’s the recipe for FOUR servings:



1 jar (14 oz) of Ragu pizza sauce
3 empty jars full of water
1 cup green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 whole tomato, diced
2 already-cooked Italian chicken sausage links, diced
20 sliced turkey pepperoni, sliced in quarters
1 tsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried oregano
6 oz. mini farfalle pasta
60 grams shredded mozzarella cheese (to add later)

Wash and prepare veggies. Dump them into the crockpot. Cut sausage and pepperoni into small pieces and add to crockpot. Add basil and oregano. Pour in pizza sauce, and follow with three empty jars of water. Stir, cover and cook on low for 6 hours. After six hours, add dry pasta, and turn to high for 20 minutes or until pasta softens. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Nutritional Information: 338 calories, 47 carbs, 17 protein grams and 9 fat grams. I thought it was SO good – I’m a definite fan!! (and so are Austin and Devon!). If anything, next time I’ll add salt, maybe 5 oz. instead of 6 in pasta, and add more pepperoni! Still though – loved it!

So… after lunch the rug was delivered around 1:30 p.m. I was SO excited. My sister was even over and couldn’t wait to see it, too. The guy takes it out of the fedex truck and I’m like oh shiz… it’s THIN. He takes it in, leaves and I roll it out and it’s WAY too thin, not at all what I had in mind. More like an outdoor rug. Total FAIL. My sister’s like come on, we’re going to the Pottery Barn Outlet now! So we hop in her SUV and ride up to the outlets.

I find one I LOVE for the pool table area and I’m still looking and looking and then they come over and say an additional 30% off all rugs. Then, a guy says if you go to the food court you can get a 20% one item at Pottery Barn… um, that’s it! We start pulling out so many rugs. I ended up with FOUR rugs:
  1. Pool table area: 8x10 Natural Stripes Rug; Originally $549; on sale for $200, with 30% off… $140!

  2. Dining room: 8x10 Chanille Rug; Originally $400; on sale for $250, with 30% off AND $20 off… $140!

  3. Living room: 5x8 Links Rug; Originally $429; on sale for $130, with 30% off…$91!

  4. Entryway: 3x5 Links Rug; Originally $179; on sale for $34, with 30% off….$24!

So, yes, I got FOUR Pottery Barn rugs for $395, with 7% tax a grand total of: $422.65. And, I had a leftover wedding gift card for $58.14… make that grand total: $364.51.

The other rug (the one that I ordered but was thin – blah) was $350 ($374.50 with tax). So yes, I got FOUR rugs for $10 less than the one I didn’t even like and isn’t nearly as nice/high quality as the Pottery Barn ones. I feel SO lucky today – yesss. So, here’s pics… I hope you like as much as we do!!

Ah... who doesn't love a fabulous sale?!! Clearly i'm still on a shopping high!


The seating area/pool table area rug and the new side tables!










The new dining room rug!





The new den rug (same as entry way rug - just a larger size!)

Entry way rug (smaller version of livign room rug)



K - off to drink wine! Will post today's stats tomorrow along with (hopefully) a recipe and positive review for the Snickers Pie!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I hope you all have wonderful days with your families and friends.

Are you going to work out on Thanksgiving?

I took a day off from working out today as I'd worked out 8 days in a row. How often do you take breaks?

18 comments:

april said...

Your furniture is darling!

I'm planning on working out tomorrow.. the gym always has some pretty good classes on holidays!

I take off every tuesday and sometimes sunday. So that means about every 4 days!

homecookedem said...

WoW! What a deal on your rugs!! Glad it all worked out even better than you planned. All the rugs look great!! :)

I'm running in a 10K tomorrow morning. I usually take 1-2 days off from working out each week. I used to feel very guilty about it, but I've learned to relax about it and know that my body needs rest to be strong for my next workout.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! :)

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

I like to rest on Sundays. I plan to run 4 miles in the morning. I love your new rugs, place looks beautiful.

Thinspired said...

I think rugs are part of what makes a house a home :) You did get some great deals---especially love the dining room rug!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I love your rugs. Great finds! Your whole house looks so amazing! Our house is such a mess right now with the toddler's toys everywhere and just not enough room for four people. Whenever you post a pic of your house, I wish I could just escape for an hour... But I do have plans for when the teenager goes off to college next year and the toddler gets a bit older! And I will look back at your pics for inspiration!!!

And yes, we are working out today. We are off to the gym in a little while.

Happy Thanksgiving!

balanceisbest said...

ummm Kinda hate you right now! Not really, but seriously - not fair that you have PB outlet AND the ballard designs store in ATL!!! LOVE the rugs and the fact that you got so freaking lucky....nothing beats a major sale high (except maybe lots of wine). :)

Oh and even though I rarely workout anymore...we're walk/running 4 miles today. No biggie, but I think it will help ease the anxiety of eating tons of good food.

Happy thanksgiving!!

redhead75 said...

I love your decor!!

Already did 90 mins on the tready this morning ;)

I don't take breaks...I know that's bad but I don't have a job and nothing else to do LOL!

calialexandra said...

wow what a steal on those rugs! i love them all too. and that soup looks really tasty - although you have to cook it for a long time! oh i just noticed it's for the crockpot lol.

laura dishes said...

I love your new rugs. That's amazing that you got 4 for the price of 1... they all look great, and durable! I haven't been up to the outlets in awhile, but now I want to go. :)

We walked the Chastain loop this morning (actually, I walked and T ran). I don't have an exercise schedule... I'm a huge planner, but not when it comes to exercise?!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Staci Dombroski said...

What a great deal! I love the look of the rugs! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Erica said...

Such great finds! The house is truly looking amazing. Love the pizza soup too- such a fun dinner idea. I ran this morning before everyone else got up. Felt nice :) Hope you are having a nice thankgiving

Samma said...

Love the rugs! They look great. I usually take off a couple days a week, to let my body recharge.

Sunny said...

decorating is so much fun!! i love all the rugs and your furniture! looks beautiful!!

biz319 said...

Love your decorating style and such a score!!

I keep Sundays as my day off, but I took thursday off this week! :D

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Erica said...

Such great finds! The house is truly looking amazing. Love the pizza soup too- such a fun dinner idea. I ran this morning before everyone else got up. Felt nice :) Hope you are having a nice thankgiving

laura dishes said...

I love your new rugs. That's amazing that you got 4 for the price of 1... they all look great, and durable! I haven't been up to the outlets in awhile, but now I want to go. :)

We walked the Chastain loop this morning (actually, I walked and T ran). I don't have an exercise schedule... I'm a huge planner, but not when it comes to exercise?!

Happy Thanksgiving!

balanceisbest said...

ummm Kinda hate you right now! Not really, but seriously - not fair that you have PB outlet AND the ballard designs store in ATL!!! LOVE the rugs and the fact that you got so freaking lucky....nothing beats a major sale high (except maybe lots of wine). :)

Oh and even though I rarely workout anymore...we're walk/running 4 miles today. No biggie, but I think it will help ease the anxiety of eating tons of good food.

Happy thanksgiving!!