Hurray and happy Friday! I am so excited for a weekend full of fun friends, a little sample sale shopping, and a heartbreaking, cry-your-eyes out movie. Yup, sounds like my kind of weekend (and yes, the movie I am referring to is of course the new Nicholas Sparks movie).

I am also so excited to share with you my latest Hometalk segment on TV. This time I went to a new station in Richmond. I was thrilled to be a part of Virginia This Morning on CBS.

My appearance on Virginia This Morning on CBS for Hometalk | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

Let me tell you – these hosts are a BLAST. The host I did my segment with was hilarious – and adorable in his apron. We had a grand – and messy – seven minutes of live TV.

This segment was all about fall decor. I showed them these fun projects:

The host was all about getting messy, so we had fun making a Plaster of Paris mixture and dipping gourds. I also feel like I should apologize for my dull scissors I brought. Ha! You’ll see what I mean when you see him try to hack through the sweater.

With no further ado, enjoy my newest segment!

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If you’re interested in watching more of my Hometalk appearance and other videos, make sure to check out my YouTube page!

Hope you have a happy and fun-filled weekend!!

    Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing just dandy and are enjoying your week! Geesh, it seems like forever ago when we were in Hawaii but I still have so much to share with you. Don’t worry all you DIY loving people out there, home decor posts are coming soon. I have lots of surprises in store  as we go into November.

    If you missed my first Hawaii post, you can read about all of our adventures at the zoo, North Shore, the Byodo-in Temple, and Waikiki.

    This post is going to focus more on the historical yet still really neat things that you can do on the island of Oahu.

    First off, Pearl Harbor was the highlight of the island for me. Really. I’m a person who appreciates history but am in no way a buff. You definitely don’t have to be a history buff at Pearl Harbor. It is a place to remember, a place that is filled with sadness and hope and memories.

    Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Obviously, we first went to the USS Arizona Memorial. You watch a short video about the event, and it was so well done that I cried during it. It was heart breaking and beautiful in its own way. Oh, and did I mention that we went on September 11th? It was a very poignant day.

    Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    After the USS Arizona Memorial we went onto the naval base and toured the USS Missouri. It was so neat to see the ship where WWII ended. Plus the symbolism of having the place where WWII started and ended for the US was pretty powerful. The ship was so fun to see too. It really is like a traveling town – it has a library, post office, barber shop and so much more! Oh yes, and teeny tiny living quarters.

    Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Oh man, my outfit totally matches my hat. #plannedit

    We also toured the Bowfin submarine and if I thought people on the Missouri had it hard, whew, the Bowfin was ridiculous. Seriously, your bunk is over a torpedo. I couldn’t do it whatsoever. Yowsers. But it was actually really pretty inside with all its gleaming metallics.

    Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Pearl Harbor Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Moving on from Pearl Harbor, we spent an afternoon at the Bishop Museum. It had a lot of history about Hawaii, a planetarium, and a sweet volcano/science building where they actually made simulated lava. Awesome. It was definitely worth going to.

    Bishop Mueum Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Bishop Mueum Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Bishop Mueum Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    A blacklight hall that is supposed to be under the sea. Awesome!

    Bishop Mueum Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    Now, this wouldn’t be a Hawaii post without giving you some eye candy. Hanawa Bay is a gorgeous spot on the Eastern Shore that also has great snorkeling (I hear). The view was enough for me.

    Hanawa Bay Oahu Hawaii | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

    That wraps up the Hawaii recap. Please ask if you have any questions – whether you are curious or are planning a trip yourself! I highly recommend staying on Oahu but don’t make that your only island. Island hop! I’m dreaming of Maui now….

      On a delightfully crisp and unfortunately windy Saturday morning my alarm jarred me awake at 5:30am.

      Not your ideal Saturday morning? Well, I may convince you differently in just a couple of minutes!

      The jarring alarm was a result of an intense purging that caused a mountain of items I didn’t need in the house anyway. Hurray me!

      However, having already hosted a yard sale earlier this summer (you can read all about my 2014 yard sale and 2013 yard sale) and it being late – or even past – yard sale season I thought my luck would be pretty low if I threw up signs and put my stuff out in the yard a la yard sale style.

      Then a friend suggested I go to the local flea market.

      Now, I’m a total flea market convert.

      Do you think I would have made a $169 profit if I had held it in my yard. I would put a month’s salary into definitely NOT!

      Since I am now a big proponent of the flea market, while also being quite the newbie at it, I thought I would pass along my newly acquired flea market wisdom for you.

      5 Flea Market Selling Tips

      5 Flea Market Selling Tips | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      1. Suck it up and get there early.

      Our flea market started at 6am. Sunrise was at 7:12am. I thought for sure that no one would be there before the sun rose. Boy was I wrong! It was hopping when I pulled in around 6:15! As soon as I pulled my boxes out of the car people swarmed me with flashlights, ready to buy.

      I sold more between 6am and 7am than I did between noon and 1pm. Almost no one bought in the afternoon but I had sold quite a few things even before the sun rose that morning.

       2. 10 Cents is Better Than No Cents

      If your items are really valuable (like the Longaberger dessert stand, wrought iron antique candlestick holder) than hold firm at a price. If they aren’t valuable (aka not worth the time to list it on Craigslist, or DSLR camera) than any money is better than none. If they are going to Goodwill anyways, one penny is a profit on them. So negotiate so you can sell as high as possible but if you know the person wants to buy it, eventually cave and let them have it at their price. It’s still money in your pocket and one less thing to put back in the car.

       3. Create an Emotional Tie

      When someone shows interest in an item, help them make an emotional connection. Sometimes I would tell them a story about an item. Or setup a vignette on a way they would possibly use it. Or ask them if they had someone/someplace special in mind for the item. Help them connect to the object and they are more likely to buy it. #usedcarsaleswomanmegan

      4. Park Near a Bathroom

      Laugh all you want but if you’re by yourself you’ll thank me later. I love people but I’ve had many people swipe things from yard sales so I didn’t want anything valuable walking away at the flea market. Picture me sprinting towards the Porta Potty. Next time I’ll plan strategically for my bathroom breaks.

      5. Pack Snacks and Water

      You won’t really have time to go out and get food but you will definitely need it to keep your energy going all day! I brought lots of little snack foods, a sandwich, and not nearly enough water. I found the snacks helpful to keep me energized throughout the hours. It is pretty intensive with all the moving of stuff and talking to people all day so it is very important to stay hydrated!

      I hope you found these tips helpful and will be able to rake in the cash when you give the flea market a whirl! And here’s a fun before and after of when I started (when the sun was just rising) and when I ended.

      5 Flea Market Selling Tips | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Oh wait – don’t think your town has a flea market? I would give it a quick Google search before you just breeze by the idea. I never thought our smaller town had one but then I found out that every Saturday AND Sunday there is quite the bustling flea market. So don’t give up hope and try to find a flea market next time you do a house purge!

      • Great job on getting rid of stuff and making money at the same time. I’ve been to that flea market and it was a hopping spot!ReplyCancel

        • Thanks Paula! Yeah — why did it take me so long to find that place?!ReplyCancel

      If you tuned in last week you saw that we vacationed in Hawaii for two weeks in September (hence some radio silence on the blog). I teased with a few pictures but now I am back with so many, many more. Photos can’t even begin to show how stunning Hawaii is in person, but they do give you a sense for sure!

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      We spent our whole time on the island of Oahu, but if I were to go back I would definitely island hop. I loved Oahu but the Honolulu traffic was killer (and so was parking).

      We stayed in a studio apartment in Waikiki right by the ocean, zoo, and main strip where all the fancy stores were (but where did I shop? Forever 21 and H&M!). Pardon our we’ve been traveling for 13 plus hours and need to explode mess.

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Our view was so fabulous I spent hours morning, noon, and night looking at Diamond Head on the left, the park and zoo in front of us, and the ocean to the right (okay – that’s where I looked the most).

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      One of my favorite things was that you could see the zoo from our balcony. The flamingoes kept us company most of the day, but in the evening when sitting on the sun deck I would sometimes hear the animals getting feisty. A lion’s roar or an elephant’s trumpet would interrupt my reading for a while and bring a smile to my face.

      Pardon our we

      We also spent some time in the zoo visiting with the vast array (for an island) of animals.

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      My favorite time of the day was definitely twilight (not a book reference, I promise). We were there during an unusually hot spell, so as that sun was setting and the temperatures were dropping (to the 70’s) I loved to walk around the beach or sit on the sun deck.

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      When we did leave Waikiki, one of our favorite things to do was just drive around the island. The highway takes you along the coast and beyond every curve seems to be an even more beautiful sight. We drove along the North Shore and the East Shore quite a few times just because of the awe-inspiring views.

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      I also just loved sitting and watching the surfers. The waves were really high, especially two days when there was a high surf warning, and the surfers were so talented.

      While we were trolling around the North Shore we stopped at a few fun touristy stops.

      One was the Dole Plantation where we took a ride on the Pineapple Train, got lost in a pineapple maze, and best of all – ate pineapple ice cream!

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      We also stopped at the Byodo-in Temple. This temple was built to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. It was so beautiful and peaceful – and we were able to have fun ringing a bell.

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Our trip to Hawaii - Oahu, Honolulu, Waikiki, Diamond Head | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      I think that is a long enough post as it is. Stay tuned for part two of our Hawaii trip (including spending 9/11 at Pearl Harbor and more beautiful views!).

      • Your pictures are stunning and I know you so much enjoyed relaxing in beautiful Hawaii. If I ever go back I want to see Maui.ReplyCancel

        • Thank you Paula! I was amazed at how beautiful it was! And I agree – I would want to go to Maui too!ReplyCancel

      Hi friends! Hope you are all doing well! I have missed checking in here as much as I have been in the past!

      However, I have good excuses…the first being that Eric and I took a two-week trip to Hawaii! We got back last week so I am still trying to get back into a schedule and adjust to the time difference (6 hours behind in Hawaii).

      Before I get to an entire post (or two) about Hawaii, I will just have to tease you a little with a few pictures.

      Rappsody in Rooms Hawaii Trip | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Rappsody in Rooms Hawaii Trip | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Rappsody in Rooms Hawaii Trip | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Rappsody in Rooms Hawaii Trip | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      Rappsody in Rooms Hawaii Trip | www.rappsodyinrooms.com

      The second excuse is not one I’m ready to go into, but due to some things that have come up in my personal life I may be a little more absent from the blog over the next couple of weeks. But I will be back with vengeance! Just you wait!

      On a completely different subject, I tried two new recipes this weekend and am LOVING them. I definitely thought it was worth a share.

      The first is BBQ Cauliflower “Wings”  from Gluten-Free-Vegan-Girl — just in time for football season, right? I didn’t make this vegan (I used skim milk and BBQ sauce from the store) but it is a new favorite. I looooove it and will be making it frequently!

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      The other is this skinny/protein packed Mexican layer dip from Dr. Oz. Yes, yes, yes I know there are a million and half recipes of this type, but this one really is worth it. I’m loving it with multi-grain chip dippers and celery sticks! It really is a winner.

      Mexican Layer Dip

      Photo Courtesy of this pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/150237337542970332/

      Since it has been so long, anything new with you that you would like to share? Any exciting projects? New things going on with you?

      Plus, didn’t you love Paula and Serena stopping by sharing their woodworking tips and thrift score secrets?

      Hope you all have a great week and I will try soon to be back with a full Hawaii update (meaning TONS of pictures, my first woodworking tutorial, and other news)!

      • Both of those recipes look amazing!

        I’m glad you had fun in Hawaii and look forward to seeing more beautiful pictures. Did you eat at Dukes?ReplyCancel

        • Paula, you should definitely try the recipes! I ate both yesterday and they are delicious. :) And we didn’t end up going to Dukes. :(ReplyCancel