Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{My Ode To Clinique}

I love name brand makeup. But I don't love their price tags.
I love Target prices for less expensive brands. But I don't love those brands.
So years ago I resolved to solve my dilemma.
And it has worked.
Like a charm.

Which means....
Save for foundation and eyelid primer,  I haven't bought makeup in forever.

Which also means.....
Instead of spending $250+ on skin care and makeup at Target over the course of the year, I'm only spending $160.
For Clinque.

And that includes buying perfume twice a year.
Because I love Clinique's Happy perfume.
It's all I've worn for forever.

I also love their eyeshadow.
Their lipsticks.
Their skin care line.
And of course.....

Their makeup bags.
Because a girl can never have too many make-up bags!
I use them for so many things.

But I digress.
So back to saving......

The trick is to only buy things when the department stores are running a Clinique Bonus Time.
Luckily, the stores seem to run their Bonus Times at different times. With different goodies.
Though you're always guaranteed that they'll all run a Bonus Time around Mother's Day.

So, figure out what you need.
Buy what you need. {facial cleanser, moisturizer, perfume}
Get your bonus gift, and walk out happy!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014


It's October 19th.
And it's 60some degrees outside.
In Minnesota.
Which can only mean one thing.......

Savor the warmth!
Savor the sun!
Savor the lack of snow!

Savor the fact that you don't need to wear a coat!
Or mittens!
Or boots!!!
Or even a hoodie!

So I am.
With this.....

Iced coffee at home.
With the windows open, worship music playing on Pandora, and Pumpkin scented candles burning in the background.

Iced Coffee
Some Leftover Morning Coffee
Almond Joy Flavored Creamer
French Vanilla Flavored Creamer
A Bunch Of Ice Cubes
Your Favorite Drinkware

Make It!
Fill your cup with ice cubes. Add both of the creamers to taste. Top with your leftover coffee. Stir and enjoy, because all too soon the snow will be flying and the temperature will be 60some degrees below zero!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

{The $32.00 Wardrobe}

The $32.00 Wardrobe.
Which is now more like the $36.00 Wardrobe because that's how long it has taken me to write this post. sigh.

But a grand total of $36.00 is all I have spent on Addison's clothes since the middle of March. $41.00 if you count the pair of shoes she found at Kohl's for $5.00 in September.
But I'm not. Which means we're back to $36.00. Which also means I have only spent an average of $5.14 a month on her clothes for the past 7 months.
So what gives??

Well, way, way, way back in early March, probably in a moment of insanity,  I made the decision to not buy Addie any brand new clothes for the spring/summer season if I could help it. I decided that I didn't want to spend this summer stressing about whether or not she ruined a brand new pair of shorts or a brand new dress five minutes after she put them on.

Plus there's the fact that she's six which means she's growing like a weed, and I was/am so tired of spending $20.00-$25.00 on dresses or jeans only to have her outgrow them in two months.
 Or two weeks.
 Or two days.

So? I decided to bag the nagging and go the Goodwill route.

Knowing the Goodwill offers half off kids clothing (and toys) on Thursday's, my plan was to take full advantage. No lie, I was at that store by 9:00/9:30am every Thursday morning ready to scout out the deals.

Some weeks I hit the jackpot and I would find several items in one trip.

Sometimes I'd find items that were brand new.

Other times I'd find name brand things that looked like they had hardly been worn.


Other weeks I left empty handed, carrying only the Starbucks cup or McDonald's Coke I had brought in with me.

I gotta say though, the sweetest part of this whole adventure was/is that I never paid more than $1.50 for each piece. Not even once.

Luckily for me, Addie didn't care that I set out on this adventure.
 And really, at her little age of six, she doesn't know the difference between brand new and thrifted clothes anyway. She was (and still is) just thrilled to be getting "new" clothes every week.

Since she would get so excited to see what I'd come home with every Thursday, and because I had so much fun with all of this, I'm thinking that I may start my "dollar counter" back to zero, see how little I can spend on Addison's fall clothes, and keep this venture going for a little while longer!
If I'm successful, I'll let you know!

{personal disclaimer: I did have to buy Addison some white capri leggings to wear under all the dresses and tunics that I found. but since I used Kohl's cash to purchase those instead of actual money, I didn't include them in my summer running total}

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

{Three Minute Hummus}

Hummus. It's a staple around our house. And the best part about this particular recipe? Is that it only takes a few minutes to whip up. 

Three Minute Hummus
2 tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp salt
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
½ clove garlic, cut into small pieces
¼ cup chicken broth to thin {water works great, too}

Make It!
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend till smooth. Chill in a container or bowl for up to 5 days.

In our house though? It doesn't last that long. We devour this hummus like nobody's business. We use it as a side dish for dinner, we eat it as a snack, we use it as a dressing and spread it on our wraps, and sad but true, we've even served it as our dinner. Yup, hummus with a pile of veggies and a side of fruit has been a no-fuss-no-muss-dinner-in-a-pinch several times. 

So, there you go. Three minutes to some fresh hummus. Makes you feel healthy (and domesticated!) just thinking about making it! 

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

{This Summer}

This summer, I took a different approach. Instead of worrying about seeing how much fun I can cram in to summer vacation and instead of making a summer list, I decided to change things up.

This summer, I decided that we are staying home more.
Finding our own fun.
And learning life skills.

We're learning to be a little more independent.
To entertain ourselves more.
And rely on others less.

We're learning how to catch minnows with our bare hands.
Bait our own hooks.
And how to take a fish off our hook.

We're learning how to wash our own clothes.
How to make better use of the ones we have.
And how to iron.

We're learning how to make our own lunches.
Even if it's just pouring ourselves a bowl of cold cereal.
And how to use the grill.

We're learning how to care for ourselves better.
Care for our things better.
And to clean up after ourselves more.

We're discovering new books. New authors. New genre's.
And building new appreciations for libraries, their atmosphere and their air conditioning.

We're discovering classic 80's movies.
New-to-us games like solitaire and Skip-Bo.
As well as dusting off the oldies but goodies like Sorry, Trouble and Chess.
And spending less time on our computers, iPhones and Xboxes.

We're learning how to have better attitudes.
How great life can be without schedules.
And how to conquer our fears.

We're adopting the phrase "choose the right."
And reminding ourselves of it often.

We're learning how to try new things.
To branch out.
And have open minds. 

We're learning how to better our golf swing.
How to throw a Frisbee.
And dusting off our rollerblades.

We're enjoying lots of good ol' fashioned popsicles.
And ice cream cones at home.
And going out for ice cream less.

We're learning how to climb up poles.
Scale park equipment.
And even climb rocks.

We're staying up late.
Sleeping in late.
And learning the joys of sidewalk chalk, skateboards and hanging at the beach at 9:00 at night.

We're learning how to do the monkey bars.
How to hang upside down by our knees.
And how to do penny drops.

We're discovering dog parks.
And skate parks.
And neighboring suburb's parks.

We're appreciating simple things like reading outside.
Cheap blow up pools.
The sounds of bullfrogs.
And picking wild daisies.

We're learning how get creative with what we have.
To figure out new uses for things.
Like strapping a car seat to our electric scooter with a bunch of bungee cords.
And enjoying the end result.

This summer. 
We're learning lots.
We're bone tired.
And the house is a mess.
But we are having tons of fun!

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