What (Else) I Splurge On

July 31, 2017

In an effort to dispel any ideas that I'm completely as frugal as possible 100% of the time, I already told you about the splurging I do related to hair care.  Now let me tell you about some of the other areas in my life that I'm willing to spend on:



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What I Need More of in My Life

July 28, 2017

Dog walks

Quiet

Vacation days

Candles

Movie nights at home



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Three on Thursday

July 27, 2017

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.



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Dinner in Minutes and One Pan Chicken Tacos

July 26, 2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ServeWithACoke #Jewel #CollectiveBias  

Summer can get wild in this house.  We have more plans, of course, but it's also the season where John is working two jobs, both at the firehouse where he's gone for 24 hours at a time, and the construction job that he's at from 6 a.m. until dinner time.  I also work full time.  So it's important to me to get dinner on the table quickly.  We have limited time together as it is, clearly, so I don't want to be spending all of it in the kitchen, prepping, cooking, and cleaning dishes.  I do like to meal prep on the weekends, but it's not always possible, like this past weekend when we spent all our time at the Blackhawks convention downtown.  And sometimes, you just don't want to eat what you prepped, right?  On those days I just need to pull something together quickly, conveniently, and inexpensively, but that still tastes homemade, we run down the street to Jewel-Osco for the signature chicken meal deal our choice of type of chicken, sides, and a 64 ounce Gold Peak® Tea.



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3 Steps to Prep for Christmas in July

July 25, 2017

5 months until Christmas!  I know, I know, it's 85 degrees out and it feels like it's a lifetime away.  And you do have plenty of time, but tell me you don't get to November and wonder where the time went and panic about how little you have done?  The thing is, financially, Christmas is not an emergency.  It comes at the same time every year, and yet people don't plan for this and go into debt over it.  That's crazy!  If that's you, it's time to nip that in the bud.


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Things That Make Me Irrationally Annoyed

July 24, 2017

Do you have anything that just bugs you?  Like it's a really small indiscretion but your reaction to it is just excessive?  No, just me?  Well, here's my not at all complete list of things that annoy the crap out of me, to an extreme extent they really shouldn't, but I just can't take it anymore:


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Disney People vs. Non-Disney People

July 21, 2017

It's that time again, time for another questionnaire style tag that I've seen floating around the internet, except I only answer the questions I like.  (Just like the 90s tag and the Harry Potter tag, aka the posts I write on Fridays when I'm not feeling like being a 'real' blogger.)  This time, we're talking all things Disney.  Are you a Disney person?  There's a big divide, like there's 'DISNEY PEOPLE' and then everyone else is 12 steps below them, you can't just be 'sort of a Disney person.'  I mean, I think I am, I have my favorites but I'm not obsessed, buying the merch or wearing the costumes around the parks.  But the gung-ho folks tell me that means I'm so not a Disney person.  Oh well, answering the questions anyway!

For the record, stole these questions from Audrey and Betsy.



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Three on Thursday

July 20, 2017

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.



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How to Create an Annual Home Maintenance Calendar

July 19, 2017

One of my goals back when I was making ... spring goals, I think it was, was to set up an annual home maintenance calendar.  Just a master list of all the things I need to do, seasonally, to stay on top of things around the house.  I finally finished my version of one.  I was thinking about how to share what I did, but I did mine as a Google calendar  - not my main one, but you know how you can make extra calendars with different colors?  That's what I did, so I can look at just this maintenance calendar when I need to.  Plus I can set reminders, and make it a recurring event so I don't need to make a new calendar every year.  God bless the Google.



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Instagram for Success Review

July 18, 2017

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I'm sure many of you follow Helene of Helene in Between.  You've likely been watching her 4 part video series leading up to today, which is the re-launch of her Instagram for Success course.  It's a course that she offered previously, if you remember that far back, but it's been updated with way more content this time around and a lot more step by step detailing, like all of your photo editing options.
 Instagram for Success


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When You Wake Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed

July 17, 2017

Sometimes, I just wake up mad at the world, does that ever happen to you?  It's usually set off by nothing in particular, I just wake up crabby and spend the rest of the morning that way.  I try really, really hard to not let it affect my entire day though.  If I give in, the negativity will cloud everything I do.  If I manage to get anything done at all, which isn't likely if I'm crabby and pouty.  Of course, there's plenty of times when I do give into the bad mood and just decide to binge on Netflix and popcorn all day, but those days are a luxury when you have real life responsibilities.  So here's what I try when I'm in a bad mood and need to change it, quick. 



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Finally Organize Your Inbox For Good

July 14, 2017

Organizing and culling your e-mail inbox is not a fun task, to be sure. Particularly if you have a backlog, it can seem very overwhelming. But digital organization can be even easier than than the physical kind, I promise. A few weeks ago, I set up small survey and asked what kind of topics you'd be interested in hearing more about, and digital decluttering and organization topped the list, everything from photos on your phone to going paperless, so you aren't alone if this is a problem for you. Inboxes were a concern across the board, so it seemed like a good place to start. Because although time-consuming, it's not as difficult as you think. And once the system is in place, keeping your inbox clean will be a breeze.



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Three on Thursday

July 13, 2017

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.



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Splurge or Save? How To Stock a Bar Cart

July 12, 2017

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Although we've had our bar cart for awhile now (it was a gift from John, late last year), we just finally got around to stocking it because we had a party this past weekend.  Sure, we had some things on there, like the crystal rocks glasses and a massive bottle of Grey Goose, all of which I pilfered from my parents' house, this was the first opportunity we had to go out and buy some things that weren't just for us.  Because that's a bar cart's purpose, in my eyes: to serve the people I invite into my home.  I like it to be ready with the things people generally like.  Of course it's not going to be like a bar or restaurant, stocked with any and every drink and garish someone could possibly want, but I can cover some solid basics.


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'I'll Do It Tomorrow' and Other Sunday Evening Lies

July 11, 2017




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My Haircare Routine, Products, and Tools

July 10, 2017

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Oh man, here we go - hair care.  Lots and lots of hair care.  Took me longer to link everything here than anything else, but what can I say?  I have a lot of products!  That's kind of the point.  In case you missed this post last week, hair care is something I splurge on.  My system isn't minimal at all, nor is it frugal.  For all the places I save money, this just isn't one of them.



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Fire Life Update

July 7, 2017

It's time!  Time for the update on how the whole fire life thing is going and answer some frequently asked questions about how it all works.



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Three on Thursday

July 6, 2017

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.



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Confessions. Mainly Just One.

July 5, 2017

Okay but actual confessions.  Not like 'I confess I ate Chipotle 3 times this week and had to re-run the washing machine because I let wet clothes sit in there for 2 days.'  Though those things are also true.  Not lately, I've been better about that, but it's been known to happen.  But no, I want to throw out some confessions that you're not expecting.  Mainly just this one:


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Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!  I love this particular holiday, which should come as no surprise.  A day off work and an excuse to set fire to things that go boom?  Sign me up.




I hope you're out there celebrating like I am, if you live in the U.S. of course.  If not, I'm sorry you're not having any fun, watch the Will Smith movie instead.  See you tomorrow!  And tell me - are you a fireworks person?  Love 'em or hate 'em?


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Keeping Up With Life Again

July 3, 2017

Is everyone out there on holiday today?  At least in the states.  I hope you are!  I am, but I've also heard a lot of my friends say that they don't have today off, only tomorrow.  Luckily my office is closed, because my boss wants to golf. 



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