May 2019 Goodwill Finds: Books + Mugs

May 2019 thrift store finds: books and coffee mugs haul - Allyson J Johnson

I’ve turned into quite the thrift queen lately. There’s just something about going to Goodwill and finding hidden gems! I have 2 Goodwill stores in my city I love to go to. I typically look for books, mugs and home decor, but also clothes and shoes. ( fun fact: I found some brand new boots worth $40 for $1!! )

Every month, I’ll share a blog post of my favorite Goodwill finds. For May, I found 4 mugs and 5 books all for $10.16! Here’s what I found below:

May 2019 Goodwill finds: Books and coffee mugs haul - Allyson J Johnson

I found a few Christian living books that I’ve been wanting to read for a while and some novels! I’m currently reading Girl With A Camera and I’m loving it. Funny story about the Jesus Is book… I had actually bought this book when it first came out and I read it in a day. I gave it to my boyfriend at the time to read and he never read it. I randomly thought a few weeks ago how I wish I still had this book and I was annoyed that I never got my book back, ha! So, I go into goodwill and sitting front and center is the Jesus Is book. The Lord is faithful, y’all. :)

The Crazy Love book has been on my list for a while of books to get and I was excited to find it hidden away on the book shelf. Now, onto the mugs I found:

May 2019 Goodwill Finds: Book and mug haul - Allyson J Johnson

I’m a mug addict and I can’t quit buying mugs. Just call me a Mug Lady! I was so excited to find these unique mugs. The brown and white danish style mug looks and feels handmade. There’s no stamping on the bottom or signature, though. The green Kasper’s Monogram mug caught my eye. I loved the vintage style lettering! I got the life is good mug for my brother, because it has his birth year, 1994 printed on the front. :) I think my favorite mug is the San Francisco mug! The houses are so bright and colorful and it makes my mornings a little bit happier to drink coffee out of it.

And so, that’s what I found in May! I’ll share next month what I find in June. I hope these posts inspire you to go to your local thrift stores and do a little treasure hunting for yourself. It’s so much fun!


What I Made This Week: Strawberry Pie

What I made this week: strawberry pie ( so easy! ) - Allyson J Johnson

If you know me personally or have seen my Pinterest board, then you probably know that I have a major sweet tooth. I’m seriously always baking something, about once a week!

I wanted to share my weekly desserts here on the blog so I can look back on them and see what I made, and also I hope this inspires you to try new recipes, too!

This week, I made a strawberry pie. I have never made one before and since it’s now summer, I thought it was the perfect time to try it out!

The recipe I used is one I found on Pinterest by House Of Nash Eats. I chose her recipe because I was looking for a pie recipe that didn’t have gelatin in it, and hers is perfect and so easy to make!

What I Baked This Week: Strawberry Pie - Allyson J Johnson
What I Baked This Week: Strawberry Pie - Allyson J Johnson

Click here for the strawberry pie recipe

The only thing I personally did different was to use a store bought, frozen pie shell instead of using the homemade crust she recommended. I followed the instructions accordingly for the filling. :)

So, how’s it taste? AMAZING. I’ll definitely be making this pie recipe several times this summer!

Happy baking!


New Things / An Introduction

an introduction blog post to Allyson Johnson's Lifestyle blog - Allyson j Johnson

Last October, I set out to start a lifestyle blog of my own, and the plan was to launch it in December. Here we are at the end of May, and I finally got it done. It only took 7 months…Better late than never, right?

I know that everything happens the way it’s supposed to and at the right time, so my guess is I just wasn’t ready to get started here back in December like I originally planned.

But now, it’s time and it feels right!

I’m excited to use this space to share what’s on my heart in this little corner of the internet. I truly do love to write and this is a skill I don’t feel so confident in, to be honest. But, I’m not gonna let that stop me from trying and doing my best, because in order to get better at something, you gotta practice and put in the work. :)

I’ll learn as I go, share what God lays on my heart to share and use this space to encourage, to inspire, and to build others up.

I’m also excited to share with you the simple, everyday things in my life that I love, like desserts that I make, photographs that I take, the places I go, books that I’ve read, diy projects and so much more.

Friend, this is gonna be so much fun!

I have so many ideas and things I want to share with you already. The plan is to share something here once or twice a week, most likely on Tuesdays and Fridays. :)

I’ll be sharing on Instagram, Pinterest and my Facebook page when a new blog post is live, so meet up with me on any of those platforms if you want to stay up to date.