Yummy Trading Party

On Friday morning Katie and I headed on a road trip to Rye NY with our two boys. We had decided to leave Friday morning since the drive was a little over five hours and make a fun road trip out of it.
When we finally arrived at our hotel Friday evening we were greeted with a goodie bag from Candy Rox filled with treats. The Yummy Trading Party was on Saturday so we got up and decided to park on Purchase st which is where the shop is located, such a cute little area! We had breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien which was really good and then walked up and down the street a bit before heading to Candy Rox. Everyone at the store was so sweet and nice, they had gone all out with yummy treats for everyone who attended. They bought treats to match the yummy keychains, and even set out the greek paper coffee cups for hot chocolate & coffee. There were balloons, coloring pages, a bunch of items to be raffled off, and even costumes!
I wasn’t able to take photos once the event started but thankfully Katie nabbed some photos for me with me camera & phone. The elementary & middle school kids in Rye are mega yummy keychain collectors. There are rumors flying about what is rare, rumors about what the next series might be, and questions galore. These kids were so awesome! I loved being able to talk to them, sign their keychains & shirts, and hear all their great suggestions for what they think should be made into keychains. The place was packed, and it was amazing and I am so grateful to everyone who came out. Candy Rox said they had over 110 rsvp’s!!
There was one boy who was very serious and asked “Is there a turkey or purple burrito keychain? Because my friend says he has both and I don’t believe him!” Of course I had to break the news that there was no turkey or magical purple burrito in the yummy collections.
There was also a ten year old girl with her mother, who was surprised as her daughter pulled a long strand of yummies from a small bag and said “You told me you only had 20 of them!” to which the daughter said “I have 56” We loved that she knew the exact number, and goodness…56!!! Really the kids here are super collectors, and most had their yummies clipped onto stretchy hair bands that they then wear around their wrists. The parents told us that it’s a big thing in all the local schools, and has just sort of exploded over the last couple of months.
It was a really fun day and I am so glad that Candy Rox asked me to come and visit. In the evening we went ahead and started heading toward PA, we just wanted to knock a few hours off the trip, and stayed in New Jersey. Then Sunday took our time heading back and drove through Lancaster for Shoo-fly pie, the Christmas Museum and a few antique shops. We did make an attempt to stop and shop at The Golden Nugget fleamarket in NJ which came highly recommended. But when we tried to stop there on Sunday morning the parking situation was a total nightmare. Instead of a parking lot, it was more of a “park-wherever, if you can” arrangement and after weaving our way through cars with many stops and backing the car up, we decided to give up. Maybe if you arrive really early parking isn’t as much of an issue, but it was too anxiety inducing for my tastes haha.


Yesterday Thomas, B, and I headed out to Pittsburgh Pa to spend the day & evening with some of our favorite people. We first met up with my friend Tracey and her daughter at Mad Mex for lunch. The drive to Pittsburgh is just about 3 hours from our house. It’s quite beautiful at times (if not anxiety inducing) since we drive over & through the Allegheny Mountains. Luckily for me Tom drove ;)

This is my second time at Mad Mex’s they have a great selection of vegetarian & vegan (daiya cheese and sour cream too) so it was great. I think the thing Tom had the hardest time with was narrowing down his lunch choice, because they have so many options. Afterwards we stopped in Oh Yeah! Ice Cream and Coffee Co. and had ice-cream/shakes. I had a birthday cake ice cream with lucky charms swirled inside. You can pick soy or milk based and then they had a huge wall of mix-in choices from gingersnaps to balsamic vinegar. Very fun, and their door handles are big ice cream scoops.

Next we headed over to Construction Junction, which is where Handmade Arcade was held the first couple of years. I’ve always wanted to go back and shop around, but this was the first time we actually did it. We bought a beautiful aqua colored sink for our downstairs bathroom for $10. We have needed a new sink for awhile (for purely superficial reasons because ours cracked when a painting fell) So I am excited for us to figure out how to swap the sinks out. It will be a DIY adventure for sure, and I am a quite certain youtube videos will come in handy.
Then we headed to the Carnegie Museum Of Natural History to spend a few hours exploring. They had a room with a wall of jarred specimens and then of course a photo-op where you could put your own head in a jar, how could I resist? We finally had to say goodbye to Tracey and her daughter to go meet up with our friend Adam who had just bought a house in Pittsburgh.

We drove over to his new house, which is really lovely..we are so happy for him! Then he took us out to The Double Wide grill for dinner. I could not resist the “build your own tv dinner” which comes out on a big silver tray. They have lots of great vegetarian & vegan options too. I had the salad, marinated portobello mushroom, snap peas, garlic mashed potatoes, and shoestring fries. Lots of potatoes I know, but I felt a little overwhelmed when it came time to order haha. Tom got the seitan BBQ sandwich and Adam had a seitan-something or another, it was after 9:30pm when we ate so it’s kind of a blur of hunger. We reluctantly dropped Adam back off at his house around 11pm and started the drive back home. I really love Pittsburgh as a city and can’t wait to go back again (minus the scary drive through the mountains-that is ;)

Thrifting Thursday – Roadtrip Finds

Today I thought I’d share with you my finds from our road trip to Georgia. We didn’t have a huge amount of luck, but it was better that we each only found a few items since the car was pretty packed with suitcases!

I bought this mushroom pitcher from Frecklewonder’s booth at the antique shop in VA. I love it so very much!

I found a few good books at various thrift shops, I adore the illustrations in the Rain one, and how could I resist the Fat Little Policeman?

Last but not least I found a vintage dansk dutch oven. It was at my parent’s Goodwill. I generally do not like Goodwill stores because I find their prices a little outrageous. But I was there looking around with my sister and parents (hadn’t found anything) when I heard a bell ring and saw people flocking toward a wheeled shelf. Apparently at this Goodwill whenever they bring new items to the floor they ring a bell to alert people. I’ve never been in one that did this! Anyhow my sister was closer to the shelf then I was and I asked if she could grab the red pan for me. I couldn’t really tell what it was at first because it had the lid off and was wrapped up in so much packing tape. But I am super excited to have found one, and for $5 to boot! Maybe I will have to change my opinion on the Goodwill?