Beauty + Wellness, Dollars and Sense, Edibles, Gifts

Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Spring 2017

(This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affilliate links.) Have you ever read through the Oprah Magazine's list of "favorite things"? I used to love looking through it. However, I noticed that many of the items were very expensive and not practical for most of us- if you look up the 2016 list, the… Continue reading Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Spring 2017

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Abode, Beauty + Wellness

On Your First Mother’s Day

You'll probably get woken up early today by a mischievious munchkin with drool on their pajamas. I know you wanted, no, needed, to sleep in. Though you are tired, delight in the love found in the morning wake up call of little fingers poking you in the eyes, or little feet tickling your stomach. I know you feel unappreciated at… Continue reading On Your First Mother’s Day

Beauty + Wellness, Dollars and Sense

A Beginner’s Guide To Mixing Patterns

  Have you ever looked at Instagram fashionistas and thought, "I love how they mix patterns, but I just don't know how to do that for myself"? Or saw someone on the street who rocked a patterned top and skirt, but couldn't figure out why the items looked so good together? You can mix patterns like a… Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide To Mixing Patterns

Beauty + Wellness, Dollars and Sense

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost Of Cheap Fashion

  "Clothing is valuable. It should be valued. Cheap clothes not only undermine those who sew, sell, and design them, they're the pitiful result of decades of price pressure that has erased the craftsmanship and splendor of what we wear. Incessant deal hunting has also erased our collective knowledge of what clothing and style could… Continue reading Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost Of Cheap Fashion

Beauty + Wellness

Choosing Kindness

"If you find one of the restrooms dirty, let me know, and I'll clean it for you." The attendant stood in an airport bathroom filled with travelers. There wasn't a hint of irritability or resentment in her voice as she went about her job. She talked to every woman who exited the bathroom, saying "have a… Continue reading Choosing Kindness

Beauty + Wellness, Edibles

Chocolate Cranberry Clusters, Or: What Is Vanillin?!?

  I love chocolate with pretty much anything- fruit, ice cream, pretzels, nuts, in candy bars, etc. But one time I was reading a chocolate label ("Don't do that," my husband likes to joke) and noticed that the last ingredient was something called "vanillin." After looking at other candy labels, I noticed that it was… Continue reading Chocolate Cranberry Clusters, Or: What Is Vanillin?!?

Beauty + Wellness, Parties, Wedding

Would You Rent Your Wedding Gown?

* Please Note: This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links. Wedding dresses. They are almost certainly the most expensive dress that you will ever buy in your life. The average cost of a wedding dress was $1357 in 2014, making the cost per wear...$1357. For a bride who only wears… Continue reading Would You Rent Your Wedding Gown?

Beauty + Wellness, Dollars and Sense

10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

*Please Note: This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links.  "Natural" is an imprecise term when used by beauty and food companies. It does not have a regulated definition (like "USDA Organic"), but it does usually mean that a product has fewer "bad" ingredients and more naturally derived ones.  Some products… Continue reading 10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

Beauty + Wellness

Do You Have a “Joy List”?

It can be so easy to slip into a routine of only doing the things that have to get done and forgetting about doing the things that bring us joy and renew our spirits. It's easy to forget what those things even are when we are frazzled or overwhelmed. That's where a "joy list" comes… Continue reading Do You Have a “Joy List”?

Beauty + Wellness, Edibles

Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money

Flaxseed is widely touted as a health food- it contains fiber, and is a great source of Omega 3's, which is great if you are vegetarian or don't like fish. Flax seeds aren't cheap though- a tiny container of them from the grocery store can be $8.00. I always wondered if the seeds have any… Continue reading Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money

Beauty + Wellness, Gifts

Why Looking Like Barbie Isn’t A Bad Thing

I loved playing with Barbies as a young girl. They had fun clothes, a cool pink convertible, and a killer shoe collection. But even at 8 years old, I had doubts about Barbie. No one looks like that in real life- her waist is so small and her legs are so long, I remember thinking.… Continue reading Why Looking Like Barbie Isn’t A Bad Thing

Beauty + Wellness

My Experience With The “No Shampoo” Trend

It sounded too good to be true, but I was curious- did it really work? I had seen many pins floating around on Pinterest extolling the virtues of not shampooing your hair and that this was actually better for it; as someone with naturally oily hair, I decided to give it a try. The theory… Continue reading My Experience With The “No Shampoo” Trend

Beauty + Wellness

6 Free At Home Workouts

When it's too hot outside to walk or jog, have you ever stopped to think that YouTube can help you stay fit/relaxed/healthy? It has a wealth of fitness resources that you can use to help you stick with your fitness goals. Here's 6 free high-quality videos with workouts that you can do at home in the A/C: … Continue reading 6 Free At Home Workouts

Beauty + Wellness

DIY Sugar Scrub | Why I No Longer Use Microbeads

If you're like me, you probably never thought about those tiny little peach beads in your face scrub, or the little blue ones in your toothpaste. They just make your skin soft and keep your breath fresh, right? It turns out they are actually not as benign as they seem; these microscopic scrubbers are so… Continue reading DIY Sugar Scrub | Why I No Longer Use Microbeads

Beauty + Wellness

You Are Not A Princess | A Letter To My Daughter

Dear Daughter, I really like wearing pink sometimes. I also really like rap music and rapping. I love Frozen and The Avengers movies equally. I enjoy having long hair, and I enjoy having a pixie cut with a faux hawk. I love glitter; somehow it ends up in my purses and on my sneakers. I also love… Continue reading You Are Not A Princess | A Letter To My Daughter

Beauty + Wellness

Minimalizing Your Make Up Bag To Clear Up Your Skin

Isn't it so tempting to pick up a new lipgloss or eyeshadow each time you're at the store? It's so small- I'll have space for it. I really don't have one in this shade of pink.  But it's on sale!  The neatly organized displays draw you in and before you know it, you've spent $25 or more… Continue reading Minimalizing Your Make Up Bag To Clear Up Your Skin

Beauty + Wellness, Gifts

Review: “Hope Unfolding”

I was originally going to post this in May, but after realizing that Mother's Day is just around the corner, it's posting early! I have enjoyed Becky Thompson's posts on her blog/Facebook page, so I was excited when I learned she was publishing her first book.  There's many books for women out there from a… Continue reading Review: “Hope Unfolding”

Beauty + Wellness, Dollars and Sense

Living From Abundance Instead of Scarcity

It's Monday. I look in my closet, and think, "I have nothing to wear." It's Thursday. I look in the pantry, and think, "I have nothing to eat." It's the holidays. I am bombarded with commercials showing shiny new cars with gigantic red bows and I think, "I'll never be able to afford that." Does… Continue reading Living From Abundance Instead of Scarcity

Beauty + Wellness

Review: “How to Look Expensive”

With many beauty books or magazine articles I usually find that most of the content isn't that relevant to me. Either the products featured are too pricey, the procedure involves the latest and greatest skin lasers or other needles/scalpels, or I'm left wondering, "I know you say it's the latest trend, but where would I wear glitter orange eyeshadow?"… Continue reading Review: “How to Look Expensive”

Beauty + Wellness

Eyeshadow Isn’t Just for Your Lids!

I'm a sucker for those shows where someone gets a full (free!) makeover. The clothes! The heels! Their make up always looks fantastic, especially their eyes/eyebrows. I've noticed that when I take an extra 30 seconds and fill my eyebrows in, they look better! But I don't like a bunch of single use products filling my bathroom… Continue reading Eyeshadow Isn’t Just for Your Lids!