Dollars and Sense

A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)

I will always love kids' clothes that match holidays- red and green at Christmas, red, white, & blue at 4th of July, etc.-- they are so adorable and look great in photos. The only problem is that many of the holiday outfits in stores are very holiday specific- a top that says "Happy 4th of July"… Continue reading A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)


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


DIY Table and Chairs

  My first furniture pieces were all composite wood. Five years later, they are literally falling apart. As they are slowly being replaced, I am trying to be thoughtful about what I purchase so that we don't end up with things sitting around that aren't useful or good quality. But of course, they have to be… Continue reading DIY Table and Chairs

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

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


Inexpensive, Natural Home Decor

Have you ever watched Fixer Upper on HGTV, or more accurately, got sucked into watching 3 or more episodes in a row? Joanna Gaines' rustic & natural, but elegant style always turns a ho hum home into a restful oasis. The fabulously frugal thing about this style is that it frequently repurposes antiques, reclaimed wood… Continue reading Inexpensive, Natural Home Decor

Dollars and Sense

How to Make a DIY Nursing Gown

  Why make your own?  Cheap maternity clothes/items are usually made from itchy, thin material, while the quality ones are expensive ($39, $48, even $60 each online). Any time I have bought something made from a super thin fabric, it inevitably ends up getting holes in it. By making your own, you can save some $… Continue reading How to Make a DIY Nursing Gown

Abode, Gifts

Almost-Free Art For Your Home or Gifting

I love decorating my walls, but art and decor prices can add up quickly- most items in typical home stores are very overpriced for what you actually get (watch for the sales!).  While I love home stores, I also enjoy having more unique items that aren't mass produced.  Creating art yourself through photography is an… Continue reading Almost-Free Art For Your Home or Gifting

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!

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5 Steps to Doing a Perfect Manicure Yourself!

I love getting my nails done. They look great when someone else does them! I'm not a professional, so in the past when I tried to paint them myself, it never looked quite the same. But manicures are expensive, and I wanted to learn how to do a better job on my own. So the few… Continue reading 5 Steps to Doing a Perfect Manicure Yourself!


Something Old, Something New: How I Found My Perfect Wedding Dress at Goodwill!

  I love telling people I found my wedding dress at Goodwill. I had no intention of stopping in that day, but as I was driving by with a friend, the thought popped into my head. We browsed the racks and didn't see anything spectacular. Then I noticed the small rack of wedding dresses against the… Continue reading Something Old, Something New: How I Found My Perfect Wedding Dress at Goodwill!


5 Frugal DIY Wedding Ideas

  The idea of planning a wedding was overwhelming to say the least. I wanted it to be beautiful, but I knew that everything can get ridiculously expensive. According to, the average cost of a wedding was $29,858 in 2013. $29,858! That's a (really nice) car! (I told my now-husband this stat while I was wedding… Continue reading 5 Frugal DIY Wedding Ideas