Here’s What Our Hip Team Has Been Up to Off the Clock in April

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Here’s what our Hip2Save team members have been up to when we’re not hard at work.

man and woman being funny on top of mountain

We’re back with more exciting behind-the-scenes at Hip! 🤩

We’re continuing our super fun off-the-clock Hip series and giving you all a sneak peek into our lives behind the scenes every month!

Whether it’s something we’re buying, something we did, or how our lives are ever-changing, we’re bringing you along for the journey with us!

Many of us celebrated Easter with our families and took a day to relax. 

family sitting around table for easter dinner

If you celebrate Easter, we hope you had a blessed day with your family enjoying great food and company! As for Shane, he’s already managed to get settled in the new home he purchased last month so he was lucky enough to host his family for Easter dinner! Congrats again, Shane! 

Gary made it to see the Easter bunny and is back to living the good life.

easter bunny with dog

We sure did have a scare with Gary last month, but the guy is already back to living the life and got to see the Easter bunny just in the knick of time! He was quick to take advantage of the free PetSmart photo deal and we’d say it was a success. 🙌🏻 Gary’s so brave. 😊

Lina’s family had an egg decorating contest and she took second place.

easter egg decorated into a sheep with grass and red fence

We love a great tradition and every year Lina and her family participate with friends in a fun egg decorating competition. While she didn’t take first place as she has in the past, we still think she won big time with this cute sheep egg! 🤩 Leave it to Lina to create something simply amazing! 😍

Kaitlyn went to Puerto Rico and enjoyed so much yummy food and good times. 

two women posing in swimming hole at waterfall

Warmer weather has us chasing fun getaways and Kaitlyn soaked up the sun with family and her boyfriend in Puerto Rico! After seeing all her waterfall and delicious food pictures, I’m pretty sure we’re all looking to book a flight to an island soon! 🛫

Hip Tip: Speaking of taking off, did you see these round-trip airline tickets that are starting at just $15?! 😱

Emily and her guy went to Marco Island in Florida with her entire family.

man and woman posing poolside with cabana

Emily has been frequenting Florida a lot lately since her boyfriend’s parents live there and always welcome them with open arms and a sunny place to stay. However, this past month they went with her entire family (parents, brothers, and kids, too!) and soaked up as much sun as she could before making her way back to snow in New York.

Who else is chasing sun rays right now?! 🙋🏼‍♀️

I went to an off-grid shipping container and explored the Catskills. 

black shipping container tiny home in woods

While I didn’t take off on a plane like Emily and Kaitlyn, my other half and I did a quick trip to the Catskills via car (and thankfully didn’t run into any snow). I’m all about the experience when traveling so I was stoked when we found this off-grid shipping container. The lights were solar and battery-powered, water was filled from our very own waterfall just a short walk away, and there was no cell phone or internet service.

couple sitting on bed in shipping container

We thoroughly enjoyed our time unwinding with zero distractions and are already looking forward to going back! 🤩

Hip Tip: Check out these cheap family vacation spots all over the U.S.!

When we got back we finally set up our big girl’s birthday surprise.

kids room with white bunk loft bed and colorful happy birthday balloons
Remember when I shared this awesome Facebook Marketplace find?! 😍 After the deal I got on this bed (plus selling a few items myself), I paid just over $100 for this nearly new Pottery Barn loft bed when all was said and done. A $2,000+ savings! 🤩

My mom took the kids camping and when they got back we had the most epic surprise waiting for her 6th birthday. It sure was worth the wait. Grandma for the win!

Oh, and we totally transformed a family heirloom dresser in under 20 hours and for only $10.

before and after of dresser transformation with blush pink chalk paint

My girl has been asking to paint her dresser ever since we moved so I knew we had to make it part of her room reveal. (Can ya blame her?). 😅 With a little bit of chalk paint and affordable new hardware, this piece was transformed in less than a day and with very little effort! Oh, how I love chalk paint! 👏🏻

Funny enough, the chalk paint was delivered very banged up making it nearly impossible to reseal the lid after we used it. After getting a full refund to compensate, it made this DIY project almost FREE! 🤩

Lina surprised her son with a sweet, new ride for his birthday. 

teen sitting in black honda with big red bow on driveway

While we’re on the topic of birthday surprises, check out what Lina and her hubby hooked their son up with! 🤩 It’s no news the car industry is WILD right now, so they feel very fortunate to have scored this car used from her dad’s girlfriend who happened to use it for Uber and delivering Instacart orders. Despite having high mileage, it sure is a luxurious treat and one birthday we know they won’t ever forget! Safe travels, Gabe!

Hip Tip: Have a birthday coming up? Check out all of these incredible birthday freebies you can score to celebrate yourself.

Emily had an amazing home project come to fruition before she booked it to Florida.

living room with exposed brick and mirror with project drawings

Speaking of projects, remember when Emily said she was doing a mantel in an awkward space in her living room? (Shown above). Her drawing had us all anxious to see the final results, and she’s partway there after her mantle installation. 😍

mantel on wall with various home decor and round mirror

The even more impressive part is that she did it all herself and got her mantel even cheaper by opting for an open box! Even better, if you’re loving this look you can buy her mantle, white ceramic planter, candle holder, duck art print, and faux greenery ALL online! 😍

Hip Tip: I shared how I got an open box coffee table FREE and tons of other ways I maximized every purchase in my new home.

Jen is making progress in her kitchen and shared a sneak peek of the best part.

coffee bar in kitchen with floating wood shelves

We know you’re likely anticipating after photos of Jen’s long-time-coming kitchen project, but they’re still in the midst of getting it wrapped up. Luckily, they do have counters, a backsplash, and have the most important part nearly complete – the coffee bar! 🤩 And now we’re all wondering how we can fit one in our kitchens too. It’s looking amazing, Jen! 👏🏻

Angie and her hubby won the cool parent award this month. 

teens and parents smiling at camera at amusement park

Angie and her hubby made the most out of their kiddo’s Spring Break and took them and their friends to Lagoon in Utah! It was a 5-hour trek to the amusement park but they made so many priceless memories!

The rest of our Hip team is basically looking to get adopted before their next trip. 😉

Alli and her boyfriend took a trip to Shenandoah National Park.

man and woman posing on top of mountain smiling

Apparently, April has us all looking for places to get away because so many Hip sidekicks were traveling this month (I promise we worked too). 🤣

The mountains were calling so Alli and her boyfriend went on a trip exploring Virginia, Luray Caverns, and even hiked the highest peak in Shenandoah National Park where they were staying.

washington dc thomas jefferson memorial building with cherry blossoms

They even had enough time to make a pit stop on their way down to see the Cherry Blossoms in D.C. which is one of the best times of year to visit our nation’s capital! 😍

Melinda’s 4th-grade daughter played a role in a high school play.

mom and daughter holding flowers smiling in front of rainbow tapestry

I don’t know many young kiddos brave enough to be in a play (let alone a high school one), but this girl knocked it out of the park! Melinda’s daughter was the munchkin in The Wizard of Oz and after three shows in one weekend, she’s already looking forward to her next performance! Way to go girl! 👏🏻

Kaitlyn was dreaming about a new car at the International Auto Show.

woman posing with yellow sports car at auto show

Speaking of shows, Katelyn’s Dad took her to the New York International Auto Show! As a New Yorker she never really needed a license, but just this last month she finally gained her freedom! Of course, the auto show isn’t necessarily the best place to shop for your first car 😆, but if you’re a fan of show-stopping cars, this is one event you don’t want to miss!

Angela’s daughter looked absolutely stunning at her senior prom.

teen girl posing in red lace prom dress

Like many parents of seniors, you may be planning one of the most exciting days of their high school career. We can hardly believe Angela’s daughter is a senior and just went to her senior prom! 😍

She looked absolutely gorgeous on her special day, but of course, Gary tried stealing the show. 😂

dog wearing black and white tuxedo outfit

I mean, look at this guy! 🤩 The seniors welcomed Gary with open arms before they hit the dance floor and we’re pretty sure she and her friends had the cutest group ever with Gary in tow. 😉

Hip Tip: Grab these prom deals if you’re looking to save on your senior’s big day.

Jen showed off her impressive plant collection. 

various types of plants growing inside with plant light

Any plant lover will be envious of Jen’s impressive indoor collection and she already has tomatoes to show for it! 😍 We know what Jen’s busy doing in her free time while she patiently waits for her last-minute kitchen details to come together.

Looking to save on spring plants? Here’s how you can score a RARE $10 off Lowe’s coupon!

Well, Hip2Savers, on that note, we’re going to get back to bringing you all the hippest deals on the internet!

Keep an eye out in May with some more fresh Hip news! 🌷

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 8

  1. julie-24

    When my son was about 9 years old he asked if we could paint his dresser. I said, ‘Sure!’. A couple days later I came home he had somehow gotten spray paint and literally ‘tagged’ his dresser! (As in when people use spray paint to tag buildings). To my horror he had not removed the dresser from his room either! Miraculously, he didn’t get paint on the walls or carpet! Good times!

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      LOL Julie! He must have wanted to show off how creative he is. Thanks for sharing that cute story with us!

  2. Tonya S

    Thanks for sharing all your fun adventures 🥰

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, Tonya! Thanks for reading and stopping by. 🙂

  3. Teresa

    Wonderful post. love to see all the creative and fun things your team is up to.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you, Teresa! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post!

  4. Reebs7540

    Where did you get those floating shelves for your coffee bar Jen? I love them and they would be perfect for my kitchen.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m so glad you asked, Reebs7540! 🙌We had them custom-made by our local cabinet maker. I found the idea by googling “chunky floating shelves” and showing him 2 – 3 aspects I liked so he could combine them into one design.🥰

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