8 Habits of Organized People

September 25, 2018

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As a little bit of an expansion on yesterday's post, I have a few habits of organized people to share to help you if you're feeling like October is going to be your month to declutter and get on top of things.  Like I mentioned, I think habits and actions are more important to becoming and staying organized, as opposed to buying the 'right' organizational and storage items.  If you can master a few good habits, you'll see such huge improvement in your space and your mental clarity that you'll wonder why you ever bothered buying complicated organizational systems in the first place.



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How to Stop Spending (and Fill the Spending Void)

September 24, 2018

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On Friday I posted about my fall seasonal goals, which I can work on right up until Christmas.  But I mentioned that I specifically wanted to do a pantry challenge for the month of October - in order to save money, better track my finances, declutter the kitchen, and be less wasteful, I plan on eating only from the fridge, freezer, and pantry during the month of October.  Yes, that means no grocery shopping, not even for fresh produce (I'm not going to die without fresh produce for 2 weeks guys, relax.)  And it definitely means that I won't be ordering any food for delivery, which is where we really overspend.  Since I don't spend much on other things, this will essentially be a no spend month for me, which is perfect since it's right before the holidays, a traditionally high spend time.



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The First Day of Fall

September 21, 2018

I posted about my summer goals a few months ago; in case you don't remember, Betsy and Sara have brought back the seasonal goals link up, and that was my first post with them.  Well, the first day of fall is here so that means it's time for a whole new set of goals to work on over the next 3 months.  But first, a recap of how I did on my 8 summer goals.



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

September 20, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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100 Things to Declutter Before 2019

September 19, 2018

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  1. Clothes that don't fit
  2. Extra hangers
  3. DVDs
  4. CDs
  5. Magazines
  6. Broken and otherwise unused Christmas tree ornaments
  7. Socks with holes
  8. Expired skincare
  9. Phone apps that suck your time
  10. Dead plants
  11. Keychains
  12. Souveniers
  13. Old, flat pillows
  14. Anything you won't repair
  15. Extra sheets
  16. Unloved pet and kid toys
  17. Excessive throw pillows
  18. Paint
  19. Phone books
  20. Worn out shoes
  21. Dried up nail polish
  22. Toiletries you wouldn't use up if you lived to be 182
  23. Outdated makeup
  24. Broken jewelry
  25. Art supplies
  26. E-mails from 2017
  27. Single use bullshit kitchen gadgets, like banana slicers
  28. Books you'll never read again
  29. Old movie ticket stubs
  30. Picture frames
  31. Toxic frienemies
  32. Burned out light bulbs
  33. Pens and pencils
  34. Dead batteries
  35. Duplicate tools
  36. Party supplies
  37. Extra pots and pans
  38. Expired food
  39. Magnets
  40. Instagram accounts you follow
  41. Bookmarks - inside books and inside your web browser
  42. Anything with toxic ingredients
  43. Receipts
  44. Wrapping paper and ribbon
  45. Sports equipment
  46. Election paraphernalia (after you vote of course)
  47. Plastic food containers
  48. Cleaning supplies
  49. Vases
  50. Itchy blankets
  51. Ironing boards
  52. Takeout menus
  53. Plastic bags
  54. Board games and puzzles
  55. Post-it notes
  56. Regret
  57. Belts
  58. Hosiery with runs
  59. Plastic straws
  60. Cracked dishes and glasses
  61. Cigarettes
  62. Purses
  63. Empty candle jars
  64. Unused furniture
  65. Expired medication
  66. Files on your laptop
  67. Old prom and bridesmaids dresses
  68. Glasses with your old prescription
  69. Photos
  70. Gifts you don't want
  71. Guilt
  72. Extra reusable bags
  73. Manuals and warranties
  74. Luggage
  75. Broken charging cords
  76. Combs and brushes
  77. Napkin rings
  78. Stuffed animals
  79. Plastic Easter eggs
  80. Membership cards
  81. Old electronics
  82. Beanie babies
  83. Hair ties
  84. Perfume
  85. Last year's Christmas cards
  86. Spices
  87. Extra shoe laces
  88. Baby clothes your 10 year old hasn't fit in in 9 years
  89. Screws and nails
  90. Scarves
  91. Promotional items like frisbees and t-shirts
  92. Coupons
  93. Unfinished projects and DIY supplies
  94. Buttons
  95. Old toothbrushes
  96. Uncomfortable underwear
  97. Empty boxes
  98. Loose change (go cash it in)
  99. E-mail subscriptions
  100. VHS tapes - looking at you, mom

Not an exhaustive list, obviously.  Just some areas for you to think about while you clear the clutter in anticipation of starting fresh soon.  Or at least to make space before Christmas arrivals.  Happy decluttering.


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My No Spend Life... Currently, At Least

September 17, 2018

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Simple Homemaking Habits

September 14, 2018

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There's a lot of different facets of getting back on track on my to do list.  One of the main aspects of that is our home.  When I straighten up and maintain the house, it always makes it feel like the rest of my life is together too.  Of course, since I’m so minimalist, it’s actually incredibly easy to get back on track with homemaking, and to stay there.  Just one of the many benefits of not having crap around - super easy to clean and organize even if every single item is out of place at the same time.  Even without being as extremely anti-stuff as I am, though, you can still adopt these super simple homemaking habits to keep your home in order too.




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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

September 13, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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Swagbucks Update

September 8, 2018

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The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during on their September Swago Board, which runs from September 10th through September 17th at 9am PT.  Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. 

If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. 

Here are a few tips: Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores. Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete. You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, September 17th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely. 

Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely. 

Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin ans Win Wheel. Plus, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner. The Spin and Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, September 17th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice. 

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started. If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; plus, if you earn 300 SB before the first of October, you'll get a bonus 300 SB.

All throughout September you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash. When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus. 

Here's how: 

2. Earn 300 SB total before October 1st, 2018.  You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it. 
3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks works. I use it myself, and I've earned about $3,000, which I get as PayPal cash and Amazon gift cards, usually.  Works really well for getting extra money before Christmas.


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101 in 1001 List Update/2019 Plans (Already)

September 7, 2018

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Side note: if you read through Bloglovin, it did not publish yesterday’s post. I don’t know why other than Bloglovin often sucks. So if you want this week’s recommendations, be sure to check it out here.

I'm not that far into my timeline for this 3rd 101 in 1001 list, and I've got 39 things done already.  I think I always power along really well at the beginning of these.  If you've been around any amount of time, you know all about my goals list, but in case you need a reminder, here is the original post about this current list.  There's definitely things I've been slacking on in the last few months, but I've still been pretty diligent about my goals, sometimes without even meaning to.

101 in 1001 List Completed Goals


The first update I did, towards the end of May, is here and you can see the first 19 items I crossed off the list.  Here's the next 20 I managed to get done:

12. Simplify income streams.  As it relates to blogging.  I deleted lots of accounts and unsubscribed from e-mails.  I really don't bother with much anymore, and I prefer it that way.

16. Add 101 items to my shop.  I need to be better about keeping this up to date, but at least I now know that it's got my favorite things to recommend.

17. Read and comment on 101 new blogs.  I thought this would take me longer but I breezed through it.

19. Plan another themed bar crawl.  Bar golf in Iowa was at the beginning of June.

27. Get and organize playlists on my phone for parties.  I ended up making a few different playlists that I'm happy with.  That one took awhile, since I won't pay for music.  Allegedly.

32. Figure out my stocks and how to manage them.  I hired someone.  Simplify everything.

40. Find my favorite vodka.  I have a lot of favorite vodkas I learned.  I also learned that I'm super not picky, imagine that.  But my favorite is Absolut, the flavors.  Because there's no sugar.

41. Learn and play a new drinking game with Tara, Billy, and Megan.  Our usuals are still our favorite, but we did try at least two new ones during bar golf weekend in Iowa.

46. Switch to all natural beauty and personal care products.  Done!  The list is here if you're wondering what I use.

59. Get the small backyard tree next to stairs cut down.  It was causing all sorts of problems and we had to get it out before it got worse.  John took care of it in a few hours with his dad and uncle.

73. Re-read all 7 Harry Potter books and marathon watch the movies.  It had been so long since I read all the books, I still love them.  I watched all the movies in a weekend and plan on doing it again at the end of this month with my friend Natalie.

77. Watch 5 TV series I've been meaning to watch or re-watch.  Castle, Kimmy Schmidt, 3%, Mysteries of Laura, and Grace and Frankie.  But there's been more since then!

79. Read 2 books (each) from 10 genres I never read.  The full list is here.  Favorite was The Book Thief.

80. Watch 2 movies (each) from 10 genres I never watch.  The full list is here.  Favorites were Minimalism and Coco.

81. Re-read old favorites and make a resources blog page.  I have more to add but books are here.

85. Get a new mattress.  Just did this over Labor Day weekend.

92. Identify and fix 10 daily/weekly annoyances.  I never realized how many little nagging tasks I was putting off.  It took me like 5 months to get a security tag removed from a sweater John got for Christmas.  Sigh.  But so many things are done now!  List is here.

93. Complete a full digital declutter.  I try to stay on top of this so it didn't take me too long, but there was still a lot of deleting and sorting to be done.  I might go back and do this at least yearly though.

95. Create two master lists of John's and my favorite meals.  It's been helpful to work off of for meal planning, I'm glad I put in the effort.

100. Help Betsy complete at least 3 goals.  We did a bunch of things off her list, including visiting a new neighborhood of Chicago, a new museum, a couple of rooftop bars, and taking a water taxi.

Of course, I still have 62 goals to go.  And some of them are big ones.  But I still have just over 2 more years to finish them out so I'm pretty sure I'll be okay.


2019 Goals Already?


And now let me show you my '2019 List.'  I mentioned on Tuesday that I had started filling this page out in my planner.  Number 44 on my 101 list is labeled as 'reserved for 2019' because I wanted to be able to add and reassess things over time, since the list spans a longer time frame.  So for that goal (since I already have 39 out of 101 goals done in just a couple months!), I decided to make it 'Fill out the Bucket List goals/plans section in Simplified Planner.  Complete all goals listed.  Get another Simplified Planner mid-2019.'  So essentially I'm just adding 19 more goals to my list!  Since my planner runs August 2018 to July 2019, I'd really like to get all of these done by next summer.

  1. Attend TBOX in costume.  TBOX is the Twelve Bars of Christmas bar crawl, it's massive.  We're too old for this but we're friends with the creator so we have tickets this year and we're going to do it right, at least one more time.  Wire to wire, at least 12 bars, and in costume.
  2. Track all purchases and gifts for one year.  I really was supposed to be tracking purchases this year, but I fell off that wagon in April.  So I plan on starting this over again, and I probably won't wait for a January 1 start date.
  3. Curate Pinterest.  I actually already got this done.  I deleted so, so many pins, I got rid of my pin scheduler, I unfollowed people, I deleted and moved boards - all around, it was a lot of work but it's much better and I enjoy using it more now.  You can see what it looks like here.
  4. Film home tour on Instagram stories.  This is also already done.  It's highlighted under Home on my profile if you missed it.
  5. Maintain $10,000 in checking account.  Some people think this is too much to just sit in checking, but I don't care.  My other accounts are funded and there's always money that goes automatically to them, but I want to increase this one in particular.
  6. Mostly quit online shopping.  There are a couple of things I will have to get online, but at the moment that is strictly dog items, since they're way cheaper online.  Everything else, I need to start buying in store because online shopping is a problem for me, and it's just too easy to add things to my cart that I don't need.
  7. Close PayPal account.  I actually have two, associated with two different e-mail addresses, which is nonsense.  And PayPal is more trouble than it's worth.  I need to keep one open for blogging but the other I want to close and I definitely want to pay off and close the credit part of it.
  8. Curate Twitter.  I just about finished this, though I think I still need to check some things over to consider it truly complete.
  9. Work though A Simplified Life.  This is Emily Ley's book, the woman who created the planner I use.  I actually hated her first book but this second one I really like.  I've read it, but there are a few workbook type pages that I want to fill out.  The book is on sale on her website, and this link gets you $10 off a $12 book if you want it.  Her 2019 planners are also on sale now.
  10. Complete Tess Wicks' Money Program.  Fellow frugal Chicago girl (though she's currently living in Italy with her boyfriend), Tess Wicks, created a financial guidance program called The Money Program, which I have access to (thanks Tess!) and I need to sit down and work through it.  And actually do any relevant recommended steps, not just listen to the videos all at once and call it a day.
  11. Complete a version of Whole30.  I can't do actual Whole30 because I don't and won't eat meat.  So I really just mean a full 30 day clean eating (and no alcohol so obviously I'm not tackling this until after football season.)  Essentially I plan on following all the other Whole30 rules but I'm deeming beans just fine for me.
There's space on this list for 19 items, and I do plan to fill them all in because I am who I am and it would make me crazy to have an empty slot even it it is an uneven number.  But for the moment, this is all I have.  I'll update my list on day zero as I think of more goals.  If you have any goal recommendations for me, let me know in the comments.

What are you working on lately?


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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

September 6, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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How I Use My Emily Ley Simplified Planner

September 4, 2018

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My Emily Ley Simplified planner began in August, because I have the academic year edition (it runs August to July.)  The 2019 calendar year planners launch tomorrow morning, and they run January to December.  So both editions are 12 month planners but since I know a lot of you prefer the calendar year planners, I thought I would show you some inside pages of mine and how I use it in case you want to buy yours tomorrow.  If you do, this link gets you $10 off.


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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

August 30, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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3 Weekend Outfits for When It’s Just Too Hot for Jeans

August 29, 2018

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3 Weekend Outfits for When It’s Just Too Hot for Jeans



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Summer is officially in full swing and your social life isn’t the only thing on fire. With some serious make-up-melting triple digit temps on the horizon, it looks like you may need to make a few wardrobe adjustments to enjoy your fun in the sun without breaking (too much of) a sweat. Check out our suggestions for a few summer outfits guaranteed to cool you off while heating up your weekend when it’s just too hot for jeans. 

The Two Piece Set

Give those well-loved short shorts a break this weekend and slip into something a little more comfortable – and flirty – by the way of a fun and sassy two piece set. Take advantage of those ocean breezes and strut your stuff on the boardwalk in a knee length skirt and V-neck crop top set. Want to take this adorable look from casual day to sexy night? No problem. Just switch out those flip flops for a pair of strappy sandals and some statement jewelry and you’ll be ready to sip fruity cocktails by moonlight faster than you can say summer romance.  

The Romper

We know you’d rather be spending every free moment poolside but, alas, you are still fiercely popular and your summer calendar is jam packed with weekend obligations. Have no fear, the romper is here to help make all of those summer showers, sprinkles and garden parties a little less stuffy and a little more easy breezy (though a generous pour of champagne couldn’t hurt). Spend your afternoon schmoozing in style in a classy yet comfortable striped romper sure to make every guest green with envy. Accessorize your look with a fun summer worthy handbag and platform wedges and we guarantee you’ll make a splash at any event. Not bad for a day spent away from the pool. 

Casual Dresses

You may be the queen of multi-tasking but even royalty deserves a weekend off every now and then. Take advantage of the lazy days of summer and treat yo’self to a completely agenda-less weekend. We promise you’ll love rolling out of bed and slipping in to a trendy and tropical two piece set or comfy casual dress fit for some ultimate up-for-anything maxing and relaxing. Have fun owning the spotlight and throw some serious shade to your adoring public with your quay Australia sunglasses as you gallivant around town doing absolutely nothing specific – and loving every minute of it. 


Whatever scorching surprises summer has in store, Red Dress Boutique is here to help you keep cool without losing an ounce of that smoking hot style you’re known for. So go ahead and give your jeans a break from the heat. We’ve got what you need to keep things sizzling this season.        


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Back on Track: Self Care, Not Self Indulgence

August 27, 2018

Sometimes, you just need to talk things out with a friend over cocktails to make you see things in your own life more clearly, right?  That's what happened while I was out with Betsy on Saturday.  1 coffee, 1 museum, 1 lunch, 2 rooftops, 2 cocktails, 2 train rides, 3 water taxis, and 7 miles walked later, it occurred to me that I haven't been doing exactly what I intended when this year started.  In fact, I got pretty far off track.  (If you don't remember, my word of the year was 'healthy,' I'm supposed to not be shopping, and I was planning on blogging way more often.)  It wasn't that I planned to chat about any of this in particular, and we definitely didn't sit around talking about all the ways we had failed our goals (she's struggling on some fronts too, but that's her own post to share.)  But I started thinking about it when I got home, based on things I had said throughout the day.  And things I did.



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Sephora VIB Sale Recommendation

August 24, 2018

Did you know the Sephora fall sale starts today?  Usually it's much later in the season but for VIB Rouge members, it starts today, and next week for everyone else.  Of course there's now a million articles telling you what to buy in terms of makeup and skincare, since they're only on sale at Sephora twice a year (lol 'only.'  As if you use up anything in 6 months.)  And while I love my skincare and makeup items and certainly have favorites I could share with you, I really just have one main recommendation when it comes to this sale: don't.



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

August 23, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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Lies We Tell Ourselves About Clutter

August 22, 2018

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This past weekend, I was finally able to go through and film a home tour on Instagram stories.  (I highlighted it if you missed it, just go to my profile and click 'Home.')  I had been meaning to do it since this past May marked 2 years since we moved in and I like documenting the changes, but it just never happened.  And then I did the Mins Game challenge and decluttered over 450 items from our house.  Since I'm already a minimalist, people wanted to see what I even had left when I was done, so that's what I did on Saturday.  In the tour, I even open all cabinets and drawers so you can see what's inside.  I still have things I'd like to declutter and organize, that's just how I am.  But I really don't think I'd have enough for another round of the Mins Game, and that makes me happy. 



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Fall Movie Challenge

August 20, 2018

Taking two weeks totally off from blogging feels fantastic, I have to say.  I was going to take the whole month off but alas, here I am.  Because I wanted to post my fall film challenge list.  You might be familiar with it, since I've participated before.


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Swagbucks Update

August 4, 2018

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It's that time of the year again - Swagbucks is holding a Back to School Team Challenge to help you earn free gift cards. For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web.

If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes and earn points towards free gift cards and PayPal cash. The challenge runs from Monday, August 6th to Friday, August 10th. This is the ideal time to really start earning extra money for Christmas

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:

1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.

2. In addition to earning SB, you'll contribute to your team's total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.

3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.

All members who participate and contribute at least 600 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Shop Bonus on their next gift card.

Not only that, but if you sign up under me this month and earn 300 SB before September 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus.

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 100 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate.

Also note that all throughout August you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks.  I use it all year round but there's more earning opportunities as we approach the holiday season, so it's such a good way to earn points for Christmas gifts.  You take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash. When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus.

Here's how: 


2. Earn 300 SB total before September 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it.

3. That's it. It's super easy, and I end up not spending out of pocket for the Christmas season.  Everyone wins.


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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

August 2, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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Drifting

August 1, 2018

I've been drifting very aimlessly lately.  Not so much in life (it's hard to drift totally aimless when you have a 8 to 5 job in an actual career) but in terms of what the heck to blog about and post to social media.  Simplifying everything has been great in terms of how I feel about things, both online and off, but of course the trade off is that there's way less going on to blog about.  I mean, I have a billion things to blog about related to Christmas, but we aren't there yet.  (Or are we?  Doesn't it just appear before you know it?)  August is a quiet month as it is, but I still feel a lack of inspiration when it comes to writing.  Partially because I have no idea what anyone would be interested in reading.



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Things That Are Not in My Wheelhouse

July 27, 2018

Patience.

Gardening.

Subtlety.

Tequila.


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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

July 26, 2018

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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

July 19, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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Three Essentials for Summer Entertaining

July 15, 2018

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Summer is heavily upon us here in Chicago.  We had rain yesterday that broke the heat a bit, but we've been steadily in the 80s and 90s.  You know me, winter baby at heart, but John absolutely loves summer.  He was born on July 5th, and he has a great time in the heat.  So I try to get on board best I can, and that means hosting and entertaining in our backyard.  Because summer is when everyone wants to come out for a get together.  We've been having people over casually a lot lately, so I picked up a few essentials that I wanted to share with you (a long form three on Thursday!) to help you make the most of your next summer entertaining event.



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

July 12, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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Spending Triggers (And What I Do Instead)

July 10, 2018

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I have my first month down using my 'anti-budget.'  If you don't remember that post, basically, in order to simplify my shopping ban journey, I gave myself a budget of $2,000 to use from June 1 until the end of the year.  It doesn't include the money I give to John each month that he handles bills with, or my health insurance and train pass payments, but it does need to cover pretty much everything else - including gifts.  Here's what I've spent so far:


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50 Facts About Me

July 9, 2018

1. I only wear dresses.

2. I get a headache if I don't get my coffee on time.

3. Which I only drink black.  And iced.

4. I don't like vacation, even if I don't have to fly.  I don't like packing or being away from Hawkeye or having to catch up on things when I get home.  I like my life enough that I don't want to leave it.

5. I have a real issue with red foods.  I hate cherries, raw tomatoes, and red bell peppers.  And red wine, if that counts.


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Swagbucks Update

July 5, 2018

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The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during on their July Swago Board, which runs from July 9th through July 16th at 9am PT. 

Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. 

If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete. 
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, July 16th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely. 
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely. 
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin and Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner. 
The Spin and Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, July 16th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of August, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

June 28, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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Lessons Learned from Another Round of Mins Game

June 26, 2018

Another round of mins game is almost over - I have just 30 things for day 30 to get rid of, and I should tackle that either tonight or tomorrow.  If you're curious what I got rid of during days 1 through 29, it's highlighted on my Instagram stories.  And stay tuned to see what day 30 ends up being.

If you missed me talking about this earlier in the month, the mins game is simple - get rid of 1 thing on day 1.  Get rid of 2 things on day 2.  Up to day 30 (or 31, depending on the month - it's easiest to start with the 1st of a month so you remember the days), when you get rid of 30 things.  At the end, you will have gotten rid of 465 things, which is a huge amount.  It's not the first time I've done this, but it's not always my go to method of decluttering.  Sometimes I just like to get everything out at once, rather than a little each day.  But since my life is naturally busier as the weather gets nicer, taking little pockets of time to find things each day allowed me to keep pace. 


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Summer Season Goals

June 22, 2018

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I'm trying a new path today with my goal setting.  While I've been kicking ass at my 101 in 1001 list, which started in April, I haven't been doing that well with the monthly goals I've been setting.  I'm not sure if it's just the season or if a month isn't the right stretch of time for me to plan things in, but either way I'm going to try my hand (again) at seasonal goals instead, which is a 3 month time frame.  Since the seasonal goals blog link up is back, and all.  I used to link up quite often for this when it was hosted by Steph and Sara.  Now it's back, with Betsy taking Steph's place, and I think this could be a good fit for me again.  Because when the system stops working, it's always okay to try a new one.  So, here's what's on tap for the next 3 months:



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

June 21, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

June 14, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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32 Things I'm Happy to Live Without

June 12, 2018

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As of today, I've successfully kept up with my Mins Game challenge that I talked about last week.  Which means I've gotten rid of 78 items from my already minimalist home.  (If you haven't been seeing them on Instagram stories, I have them all highlighted under the Minimalism button on my profile page.)  Of course, this isn't even close to the halfway point - if I make it to day 30, I will have gotten rid of 465 items.  Since I am including things like trashing empty containers and recycling empty boxes, as opposed to just physical things like clothes or trinkets, I think I can make it.  Because it seems that I can always find more stuff - it never stops coming in!




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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

June 7, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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Tweaking the Shopping Ban

June 6, 2018

I think first up on my 'simplify everything' journey was blogging and social media, but I'm following it up quickly with my shopping ban.  I started to make the shopping ban too complicated.  Mentally, mostly.  Because obviously there's nothing complicated about 'hey spend no money,' at least on the surface.  But when I made my plans and rules for it, I just made too many loopholes and details and I didn't like keeping track of everything.  It became the opposite of simple.


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Shopping Ban Update and June Goals

June 1, 2018

May was all over the place.  I started strong, stronger than April, but the second half of May was just a blur and I definitely failed all sorts of goals.  Hoping June can be a bit of a reset, starting with a big goal of zero freaking take out or delivery, but we shall see.


First, May update.



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

May 31, 2018

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Simplify Everything

May 25, 2018

2018 has been rough - started with my mom's hip surgery at the end of January and then my dad had a small heart attack shortly after that in February.  And then of course the end of March sucked.  We all know that.  The beginning on April was full of the usual sad events and feelings of intense anger and frustration.  Along with a general lack of wanting to do anything but read books, because entering a totally different world and mentally leaving yours behind is clearly appealing, and decorate our house, because it's nice to nest and completely control something, anything, when the life outside your walls is something you can never control. And then in May, I suddenly felt a huge desire to simplify absolutely everything in my life.  Which was sort of a weird feeling to have come out of all that, but let me explain.



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

May 24, 2018

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101 in 1001 Update

May 22, 2018

Yes, I already have an update on the newest 101 list that I only started 2 months ago.  And that update is that I crossed 19 things off the list so far.




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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

May 17, 2018

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, a weekly list of three things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks and more recommendations, you can find those here.  If you make your own Three on Thursday list, please share it in the comments so I can check it out.



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Things I Don't Feel Like Doing Lately

May 16, 2018

Watching the news.

Watching television or movies of any kind.  I'm in full on read only mode, no screens allowed.

Being outside.  Ugh, spring.  And then summer.  Pass.

Blow drying my hair.  It's already too hot out for me and it's only 60 ish.

A full face of makeup.

Listening to voicemails.

Eating cheese.  Dairy has been making me sick.

Making the bed.

Wearing my invisalign.

Vacuuming. 

Cooking.

Sorting holiday decorations.  The next project on my declutter agenda that I keep procrastinating.

Earning extra money.  I haven't done swagbucks, sponsored posts, nothin.

Chatting.  I've been quiet on all fronts.  I'm normally much more chatty over gchat during the day and in person, but I'm neither of those lately.

Social media.

Blogging.

Anything complicated ---> more on this soon.


Not that admitting any of this out loud is going to change it.  I'm probably still not going to do most of these things for awhile.  That's life.


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