staycation and Goodwill to the rescue

I had a little staycation/vacation or what have you this past weekend, it was so nice.

I have to agree with the joy of baking that there is something so nice about just being away.  even if it isn’t that far.  even if it is just 25 minutes.

Ben was house and dog sitting for his friend only 25 minutes outside of Nashville in a suburb called hermitage, and I went and stayed there saturday night after work through to Sunday.

either of us could have very easily gone home early in the day Sunday as his friends would be home that night, and the dog would be fine.  but we decided to stay.  my dog was there.  they could have some quality dog play time.  and we could have some quality ben jaime time.

we started our staycation (that word just really never gets old) by shopping at the local grocery store (something you totally do on vacation) for stuff for our pancake breakfast extravaganza.  strawberries, blueberries, snickers, peaches, bananas….i know, we’re pretty impressive eaters.



peaches n’ cream with blueberries and strawberries baked in.

(don’t worry….you can follow me on instagram @jaimen84! do it!)

our inspiration for this pancake breakfast was this restaurant we love called the Pfunky Griddle in the Berry Hill area of Nashville.  there is a griddle in the middle. of the table.  kind of like a do it yourself breakfast hibachi, and you get to pick your own toppings and make your own pancakes!  They entrust you with a big spatula of your own and everything!

they shouldn’t entrust Ben.  he flops it everytime.  luckily he has me to come to the rescue.  he and i have found i am a great flopper.

I have pictures!


my spatula, his spatula.  our griddle.  now we don’t have to fight.


Ben finding out this is a ‘make your own food’ restaurant.  give him a second to let it sink in.  apparently when i said its a ‘make your own pancake’ place, he thought i meant ‘its a restaurant just like any other, don’t be excited about this.’


me, fresh out of bed and ready to play.  oh look at that, that little number i have on is one of my favorite floor length maxi dresses from goodwill.  those stripes all the way down.  go ahead and picture it.  $7.99 last year on charlotte pike.


one of our yummy concoctions.  banana m&m.  we are never going to be the same.


and that, my friends, is the Pfunky Griddle.

i know.

  after we finished our version of Pfunky Griddle, i happily remembered that I have my friend’s key for her hotel room and outdoor poooooool (vacation!!!) about ten minutes away.  perfect next move as it was sunny and beautiful out.

problem- I had no bathing suit with me on this unplanned staycation 😦

Luckily, this is the same house I mentioned in my last post that happens to be just 5 glorious minutes away from a huge area Goodwill.

problem solved.

any excuse, right?  Ben knows.

So I said I’d be right back and hopped in the car to go find a bathing suit for CHEAP!

I knew on Sundays they had the prior color of the week on sale for just .99, as well as the new color of the week at half off.  Between the two colors I should be able to get out wtih a crazy cheap suit in hand.  On Sunday that was green and orange, so I kept my eyes glued for those hues and those hues only, and steered clear of any impostors. I wasn’t out to make a fashion statement, just not to spend a lot of money and to not be wearing a bra and underwear at a hotel pool.

Who am I kidding? I’m always out to make a fashion statement:).

I think I did alright.

This is what I found for my day of fun in the sun:

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Tommy Hilfiger bikini top, $2.13 at half off.

Target bikini bottom, rouched sides, .99.

$3.14 total for my emergency swim wear for the day.  Who’s a Goodwill pro?  I’m a Goodwill pro.

I almost got this very first suit I picked up, for .99:


cute wrap enclosure on the side.

to make the quickest goodwill trip on record, but I couldn’t have that.

i couldn’t get the very first suit.  i needed to be gone and make ben wait for at least a little bit longer, and it’s hard to go back to a one piece after all those years of tummy freedom in a bikini.  i felt so emprisioned.  i do love that pattern though… :/

This is me putting it to use with a Cayman Jack margarita drink of choice in hand.


the bottom half of my raft is covered in cup holders.  pretty cool.  i would love to see the day I put all twelve of them to use at once- one, maybe two is all I can really see needing, but i won’t rule it out.


i’ll agree with that.


token drink leg pool picture.  gotta love em.

hand crafted and delicious.  i know, i need a pedicure.  it’s on the list.  but with so much pool sitting to do…i don’t really see how it’s gonna get done.

When buying this drink on the way to the pool at the gas station, I had it in mind to get a Bud Light Strawberrita.  but when I saw this can sporting a “no artificial ingredients, pure agave syrup, fresh lime juice and cane sugar” label on it, i had to change my story.  it may have as well have had an arrow pointing to it with a neon sign saying,

“Jaime, anything you could ever want in a drink for sitting by the pool is right here———->”

Cayman Jack knows the way to my heart.

Then I looked at the Bud Light version and saw in the same spot on the can, “contains artificial ingredients.”  bud light, you really know how to say the wrong thing sometimes.

I’m pretty sure we both passed out in the sun for at least a little bit by the pool that day.  Me while in the pool and on my raft island, him in his chaise lounge on the deck.  Success.  Staycation.

Until next time!  Happy thrifting and living!

love you all,


Have you all had any succcesful staycations this year?  Aren’t they sometimes so much more relaxing than traveling far and wide?

Has Goodwill saved you in an emergency clothing or other situation and gotten you out for cheap?


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rejoice For The Day
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 17:08:15

    No staycations yet for me, but I’m definitely overdue for one this year. Great story! 🙂


    • mygoodwillfinds
      Jul 10, 2013 @ 17:13:20

      Thanks! It was such a fun day…the unexpected/unplanned kinds are the best. But even a planned ‘staycation’ can be good. Sometimes there is so much right by us that we don’t even know about….and its fun to explore em.


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  3. Jill
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 03:28:24

    Hi Jaime – great post about your Staycation. No Staycations for me either this year, but I do need to plan a vacation to Nashville!! Don’t know if you recall but I posted a while back about how I used to visit Nashville annually and now it’s been some time since we’ve been. That pancake place looks awesome and on another blog I read about a bunch of vegetarian places that have popped up too. We do have to make our way to TN, not only for the food, but thrifting too! Love reading about all your finds – whether you buy them or not. In a completely unrelated matter I wanted to ask – are you familiar with Mindy Smith? She is an incredible singer/songwriter in Nashville that happens to be a fellow thrifter and from the Northeast – Long Island, NY. You should check her out if you have a minute. She sometimes posts about her thrifting finds on Facebook and plays out in Nahsville too. Enjoy your Summer!


    • mygoodwillfinds
      Jul 11, 2013 @ 03:48:40

      Thank for the info! I feel like her name sounds familiar, but i’m not sure, I will look her up! Always trying to network and meet other songwriters. I do remember you saying you made trips here, but can’t remember wehre you are now. There is a great vegan place called the wild cow, but Nashville has a great food scene, veggie and not veggie:) If you come back, I do recommend the pancake place, and the area of town it is in is just really cool to visit anyway even if ya don’t eat there! Thanks for reading and stopping by! And yes, even if I can’t buy everything, there is always great stuff!


      • Jill
        Jul 11, 2013 @ 04:06:45

        I am in NY. You are from CT? What area of town is the pancake place in? When we would visit our friends who were in Murfreesboro we would mainly just go to the downtown area – the Ryman, 2nd Ave (I think?), etc. I feel like there is so much more we never explored! And definitely check out Mindy – she really is amazing!!

  4. mygoodwillfinds
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 04:16:24

    Yeah, I’m from CT. And that is a fun area of town- but yes, there is so much more! The pancake place area of town is called Berry Hill, and it is on Bransford Ave. Lots of cute shops and restaurants. Another favorite area is called Hillsboro Village on 21st Ave and Wedgewood. Lastly, 12th south (on 12th South St:) is a great area with restaurants and shops. All boutique interesting type shops. Nashville is a great artsy city, and there is really never a dull moment.


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