This is What We’ve Been Up to Off the Clock in January!

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Here’s what our Hip2Save team members have been up to when we’re off the clock…

girls standing in front of floral wall art

We’re back with more exciting behind-the-scenes at Hip to kick off 2022! 🤩

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!


Gary finally got his DNA results. 

dog with pringles can in mouth sitting outside in grassy leaves

You may have already seen from earlier this month that my Hip sidekick, Angela, splurged on a doggie DNA kit to find out who Gary really is. After a two-week wait, here are the results she received…

dog dna breed percentage results on laptop screen

It took just two weeks to get Gary’s results emailed and it’s nice to finally have a greater understanding of Gary. Although, we’re pretty sure the results didn’t phase Gary much since he’s too busy trying to get a job being our newest Hip deal tester. Watch out, Cam and Stetson! 😂

Hip Tip: Here are 20 other things our team recently purchased on Amazon that were worth every single penny.


I took my daughter downtown for a girl’s day to see some ice sculptures. 

girl sitting on huge bald eagle ice sculpture

While I’m really not someone who digs cold weather, going to see our city’s annual ice sculptures is something we look forward to every year! This year, it was just me and my girl and we enjoyed every chilly second of our day. We especially loved the bald eagle seat and 30-foot slide – all out of all ice! 😍

wall mural of goddess and flowers

Plus, our city has some pretty rad wall murals so we soaked up every bit of art we could, sipped on hot cocoa, and stopped at our favorite soap shop to bring home some soap-making kits.


Chelsey DIY’d an Encanto cake for her daughter’s fourth birthday. 

girl smiling at table next to encanto cake on table

My Hip sidekick, Chelsey, seriously outdid herself when her daughter requested an Encanto cake for her 4th birthday! 😍 Here’s the doll she used for the cake. Her daughter’s excitement and joy after seeing it was worth all the hard work. Happy birthday, sweet girl! 

close up of wooden dollhouse sitting on floor in girls room

Not only did she DIY an incredible cake, but she also gave her daughter’s Melissa and Doug dollhouse a huge renovation, and now it looks even better than our actual houses. 😍 She went to town with mod podge, paint, and ordered some new furniture from one of her favorite shops. We seriously couldn’t love the outcome more! 🤩


Alli and her husband really enjoyed their own kind of artwork on date night.

desert drink with ice cream cheesecake and other candy piled on top

WOW! Speaking of artwork, Ali and her husband went all out on their date night with this incredible dessert. If you’re ever in Davenport, Iowa, and hit up Steel Plow, it’s worth every calorie according to Alli and her hubby.

Hip Tip: Speaking of date night, don’t miss these hot Valentine’s Day deals before they’re gone!


Jenna and her family discovered Home Goods… say what?!

girl standing in home goods wearing a mask

After seeing Spider-Man in theaters for the second time, Jenna and her family ventured to Home Goods for the very first time! 🤯By no surprise, they’re all completely obsessed and already can’t wait to go back. 🙌🏻


Jen gave her garage doors a custom look in just minutes!

garage door with magnetic stickers

Jen’s kitchen may not be complete, but it hasn’t stopped her from giving other areas of her home an upgrade. After seeing our recent deal post about these magnetic garage door accents, she nailed her garage door makeover in just minutes and for under $20! By scooping up this magnetic pack for her garage door, she transformed her single, plain door into two custom-looking doors. Wow! Amazing job, Jen! 🤯


Lina is finally getting her dream flooring installed.

demo living room with bare floors and ladder

Our DIY and recipe queen, Lina, is getting a whole new look in her home! Out with the tile and in with some gorgeous wood flooring! While it’s been a huge process for her and her family to get to this point, we’re already sure it’s going to look amazing.

Stay tuned for the after! 😍


Melinda is already crushing her New Year’s goals.

woman wearing pink shirt and watch while standing on treadmill

Melinda is stoked about joining our annual #Hip2Walk series over on Instagram. In fact, it was too cold in her garage, so she and her hubby somehow managed to get their already assembled treadmill upstairs into their bedroom. Now that is some serious commitment (despite needing to touch up the paint of a few walls). 😂 Nice work, Melinda!

woman holding a dumbbell in front of Tempo Move

Want to work out in the new year too? Check out how Emily added a mini home gym to her living room!


Tons of my Hip sidekicks scored the Always Pan dupe at ALDI. 

aldi crofton awesome pan in dusty blue on stovetop

We sure do love ALDI for their super low prices and this past week, many of my Hip sidekicks were lucky enough to score this awesome Always Pan dupe (which is coincidentally called the Awesome Pan). Collin even snagged one to compare the two over on Instagram to see if they perform the same.

woman comparing the ALDI pan with the Always pan on video

Watch her honest review on stories comparing the two! 😆

Did any of our Hip readers grab one too?

Hip Tip: We post all the latest ALDI news every week so don’t miss your opportunity to score cool finds like this.


Well, Hip2Savers, it’s been pretty quiet around here otherwise, so stay tuned for next month!

Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year… there is so much greatness to come! 


Take me back to the hottest deals for 2022!


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 13

  1. Heather

    The encanto cake is amazing!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! I agree! SO awesome! 😍

  2. anonamama

    I thought I recognized Steel Plow! Hello from another QC-er!

    • Patti

      Me too! I’ve recently moved to the QC area and not visited Steel Plow yet. Now I know what to expect.

  3. Holly

    And Stetson??

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You can always find Stetson on Takeover Tuesdays on Insta! πŸ’– Thanks for asking, Holly!

  4. Christi + S

    Such a fun post!! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re very welcome! πŸ’ž

  5. Princess'Mom

    Gary needs to join the team to try out all the dog treats and toys that you guys post!! <3

    • Angela (Hip Sidekick)

      Gary would LOVE that!! πŸ•β˜ΊοΈ

  6. Shelly

    That’s such a pretty mural 😍 Which city r u in?

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey, Shelly! This stunning mural is in York, PA! Just one of many around this beautiful, little city of ours. So glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Ranchomom

    Very informational and fun posts!

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