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

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Dollars and Sense

How To Spot Designer Details In Thrift Store Finds

    There's thrift store items that I've kept forever and some that got returned within a year. I return (and buy) items less often now after noticing why the items would end up getting returned. What was the difference? I started to really analyze the quality of an item by looking at specific aspects of… Continue reading How To Spot Designer Details In Thrift Store Finds

Edibles

Need Some New Baby Food Ideas? Try Some Of These!

  I didn't like tomatoes, broccoli, avocados, and a variety of other things as a kid, which is kind of ironic now that I'm a vegetarian and love all of them. I hope my daughter will enjoy a variety of foods as well, so it's been fun to come up with new mixes and see… Continue reading Need Some New Baby Food Ideas? Try Some Of These!

Dollars and Sense

3 Educational Uses For All Those Plastic Easter Eggs

  Up to 250 million plastic Easter eggs per year were produced in the US at the turn of this century.  I wonder: for those that buy them, what do we do with all those eggs when it's not Easter?  I imagine they sit in a closet or end up in an attic. But what… Continue reading 3 Educational Uses For All Those Plastic Easter Eggs

Abode

Do You Forget To Clean These 10 Things?

  Spring officially starts March 20th! Is spring cleaning on your mind? It has been for me. Beyond the typical vacuuming and dusting, do you forget about these 10 items that need to be cleaned? I know I do sometimes! 1. Overflow sink drains These can get grimy, so don't forget to clean them when… Continue reading Do You Forget To Clean These 10 Things?

Edibles

Sweet Corn Salad

  Once upon a time, I attempted to grow my own vegetables on an apartment balcony. I bought dirt and containers and bell pepper seeds and a watering can, then patiently waited all summer for a bell pepper to appear. One. One pepper grew out of all of those seeds. It was the world's most… Continue reading Sweet Corn Salad

Edibles

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Power Bowls

  These are a tasty way to get a ton of protein, fiber, iron, and vitamins in one meal. You can combine an endless variety of flavors and textures to suit your tastebuds! I was hungry and this sweet potato bowl looked good, so no pretty photos with this one 🙂 . This is a very versatile… Continue reading Cinnamon Sweet Potato Power Bowls

Abode

11 Low-Cost/DIY Nursery Ideas

  There's something about the beginning of a new year that always makes me want to get organized. My latest project has been my daughter's room, so I haven't been blogging this year until today. It was difficult to decide on a nursery theme- there's so many cute ones out there! But I found a… Continue reading 11 Low-Cost/DIY Nursery Ideas

Vacations & Traveling

10 Tips For Attending Festivals With Children

We attended The United Tiny House Festival this month (you can check out my post on that here), and it got me thinking about attending festivals with small children. Especially for new parents, the idea of this could be daunting. You have to have lower expectations in general about what you will be able to see… Continue reading 10 Tips For Attending Festivals With Children

Abode, Vacations & Traveling

The 2016 Tiny House Festival

  I was so excited to learn that there is such a thing as a "tiny house festival"! If you're not familiar with tiny homes, they are usually under 500 square feet (with many under 300, especially the mobile ones), and they come in all shapes and types. (Check out my post 10 Reasons To Live In… Continue reading The 2016 Tiny House Festival

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

Abode, Dollars and Sense

Just Say “No” To Plastic Hangers…They’re More Dangerous Than You Think

  I have always loved clothes. I would try to take almost my entire wardrobe to college each year because I never knew when I might want to wear a certain item. I would pack my four extra-large blue plastic totes to the brim with my most cherished cotton and polyester belongings and my mother… Continue reading Just Say “No” To Plastic Hangers…They’re More Dangerous Than You Think

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

Abode, Dollars and Sense

10 Reasons To Live In A Tiny Home

I love watching house hunting shows (even though yes, they are staged- and even the buyers may not be real- whaaat?), especially the ones about "tiny houses." A "tiny house" does not have an exact definition, but it is usually a home under 500 sq. ft. To put that in perspective, the average size of… Continue reading 10 Reasons To Live In A Tiny Home

Dollars and Sense, Edibles

A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

I usually throw away last week's meal plan (which I am rethinking since it's hard to come up with meal ideas sometimes), but I decided to keep last month's meal ideas in case you need some new ones! I typically eat leftovers or sandwiches for lunch and a frozen pizza once or twice a week for dinner, so… Continue reading A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

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”?