Things I'm Grateful For

November 21, 2018

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving, America friends.  What are you thankful for this year?  Here's my list at the moment:

  1. Friends who text instead of call
  2. Free food on my birthday
  3. Holiday time off of work
  4. Comfortable underwear
  5. Dog Halloween costumes
  6. People who run 10 to 15 minutes early
  7. Wi-fi
  8. Theme parties
  9. GChat
  10. Taco Bell
  11. Bars that allow dogs
  12. People who make gift wish lists
  13. Fuzzy socks
  14. Snow
  15. Amazon prime
  16. Midterm elections
  17. Contacts
  18. Drawer organizers
  19. Express DMVs
  20. Fleece lined leggings
  21. Strong coffee
  22. Good doctors and surgeons
  23. Fantasy football
  24. Keypad door locks
  25. Our yard snake (who takes care of critters)
  26. Our garage cat (ditto)
  27. Evernote
  28. Vegan recipes
  29. Heated blankets
  30. Happy hour


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Happy Birthday To Me

November 20, 2018

Yes, today is the day, 11/20 - my birthday!  And the glorious weather is just like when I was born (or so I'm told): sunny and freezing cold.  Love it.

I don't have a dedicated birthday post this year, partly because I'm lazy and partly because I'm figuring out what to do with the blog going forward (more on that later.)  But my birthday posts have been highly entertaining in years' past, so if you missed them you can read those here and here.

And now I'm off to party like it's my birthday, because I am really good at that.






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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

November 15, 2018

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My Birthday Wish List

November 14, 2018

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Only 1 week until my birthday!  I still love celebrating my birthday, no matter how old I get.  Of course, I add less and less to the gift wish list over the years, but there's always still a few things that I end up wanting and not buying for myself over the course of the year.  I think one of the best ways to save money is to resist these purchases and instead add them to your birthday and Christmas wish list.  Here's what's on my list for birthday currently (and then for Christmas too, since it's almost here.)



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

November 8, 2018

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Swagbucks Update

November 5, 2018

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As a pre-Black Friday warm up, Swagbucks is offering big cash back for shopping online at several of your favorite retailers right now.  Just go to this page to see all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping.

In order to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set.  Your cash back comes in the form of SB points, which you can redeem for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or get PayPal cash.

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before December 1st.  This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays.


And we're all looking for ways to save big at the register. Well, I've found a way to make every coupon I use at my local grocery store worth an extra 25¢. 

How you ask?
1) Sign up at Swagbucks.com and use my special code SBCouponer to earn an extra 50 points, that's 50¢ just for signing up.
2) Head over to the Grocery Coupons page and start clipping coupons for your upcoming shopping trip 
3) Use the coupons the next time you shop at your local grocery store. You'll earn 25 points (25¢) for every coupon you use. That's it.

But, that's not all... This month you can earn 1 point (1¢) for every coupon you print, up to 25 prints per day. That's an extra 25¢ every single day.


All throughout November 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: 
1. Sign up using this link 
2. Earn 300 SB total before December 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it. 
3. That's it. It's super easy, I earn money every day, more than enough to pay for this year's Christmas gifts.


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Some Quick Halloween Photos

November 2, 2018

I know it's already November, but I still wanted to share in case you missed them on Instagram.  They're still highlighted under the Celebrate label on my profile if you'd like to see the videos (including dogs in costume, of course.)












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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

November 1, 2018

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Things I Stopped Buying Since Simplifying Everything

October 29, 2018

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If there's one thing I have been on track with in 2018, it's been simplify everything.  I love every portion of my life that I simplified, and I really love the time and mental energy it's freed up to focus on more important things, the things I actually care about.  Not to mention the lovely effect it's had on my finances, of course.  Because ultimately, simplifying certain routines in my life led to buying less altogether.  Here are even more things I stopped buying since deciding to simplify everything:




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Halloween Favorites Tag

October 26, 2018

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Halloween is my favorite holiday.  This should not come as a surprise to anyone who knows me or reads this blog.  We're in full on Halloween mode from pretty much the day after John's birthday (July 5th, by the way), until November.  I love costumes and creepy decor and the themed party, plus all the great movies and Halloween related activities.  Halloween is just fun without the stress, unlike Christmas.  Christmas comes with expectations.  Halloween is a free-for-all.  And although I love just about everything related to this particular day, I have a few ultimate favorites to share.



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

October 25, 2018

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More Simplified Hosting Tips

October 24, 2018

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Although Monday's post covered a lot of things that make having overnight house guests easier and make your home more comfortable for them, I have a few more tips to add on how you can simplify hosting even more, particularly for quick happy hours or holiday get-togethers.  We often have people stop by for football games on Sundays or for cocktails during the week after John's done with football practice.  Since I don't get much notice for these type of gatherings, it's hard to host people if I'm not prepared ahead of time for impromptu guests.  But I also don't want to be wasting time in the kitchen, when I could be spending time with the people who came to see me.  So here's what I do to keep it as simple as possible, but still throw a great happy hour.




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How to Be Ready for Guests

October 22, 2018

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The hosting season is upon us.  Holiday parties and visiting family, and all sorts of reasons for people to be coming into your home and staying for awhile.  There's a lot that goes into making your home ready for guests for a party or a weekend visit.  You'll have a lot of last minute things on your plate, like cleaning or cooking, so it's a good idea to have some of the other things ready to go ahead of time for your house guests.  It's less stress for you and it's really comforting and welcoming to your friends and family.




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My Personal 'To Stop' List

October 19, 2018

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I love goals and to do lists.  I love systematically checking things off and tracking my progress on longer term goals.  I'm excited to get a bunch of things done before the end of the year.  I also love living slow, simplifying everything, and having nothing scheduled in an entire weekend.  Those two lifestyles seem to be at odds with each other, but they aren't.  I simplify certain things in order to free up time to do the things that matter, like working on goals I'm excited about.  And to do the laundry.  Sometimes, though, even I find myself over-scheduled.  There are just certain months where I can't remove all the weekend plans I want to, and I'm left feeling stressed out, without any down time.  That's when I know I need to take a step by and reassess what I need to be doing less of.  I make myself a 'to stop' list, right there on the page next to my year end to do list.




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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

October 18, 2018

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Things To Do Before the End of the Year

October 17, 2018

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We are 2.5 months away from 2019.  I'm not going to say that time flies, because 2018 has felt particularly long to me, and not in a good way.  I won't be sad to leave it behind.  But I also know how much more quickly the clock moves in these fall months.  Like we pack everything important into November and December.  I don't want to get behind in my own fun goals, like my 101 in 1001 list, just because the holidays have arrived.  I still have plenty of time in my days for everything I like to do.  But there's a few more details that need to be added to that goals list, because there are a lot of important tasks that come with these last few months of the year.  Here are a few year end goals that you might want to add to your own list:




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Tips for Living With Someone Who Isn't Minimal

October 16, 2018

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Boy, do I get this question a lot - how do you deal with someone else's stuff?  How do you live with someone who doesn't want to be as minimal as you?  As much as you can go through and declutter your own things and sort out your house, you can't aways get it as minimalist as you want if you live with other people who aren't on the same wavelength.  That can be frustrating, but I promise that you can get it to a state you're going to be happy with.




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Reasons to Own Less Stuff

October 12, 2018

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I talk an awful lot about how much I've decluttered and how much I love my fresh, open spaces.  And everyone knows how much I love decluttering and organizing, both my own home and other people's space.  But I don't often talk about all the reasons why.  Because there's a lot.  So many reasons why you should own less.  Even if you're not a minimalist in the typical sense of the word, you can still benefit from less.



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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

October 11, 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

October 10, 2018

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Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shop Swago. What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly. Click here to get started.

Here’s what you need to know to get your 150 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern): 
  • Go to the Swag page and make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. 
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete. 
  • You have a limited amount of time 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 - up to 150 SB. 
  • 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. 
  • The game ends Friday, October 12th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

All throughout October 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 November 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it.
3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've got plenty saved up to completely pay for Christmas this year.


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7 Tips to Get You Ready for Game Day

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Prepare the grill, don your jerseys and upgrade your cable package, because it’s football season! If you’re the type of hostess who likes to make every occasion a little bit *ahem* extra, then you know you can’t just toss on the game, bust open a bag of chips and go about your merry way. Game day takes thought, after all. Every little detail matters when you’re preparing to root for the home team. Whether you’re nestling in for a watch party with your most fanatical friends or are heading out for some next-level tailgating, the following tips will help ensure that the game-winning vibes are ever in your favor.

 

  1. Plan Your Menu: Casual Snacks and Finger Foods—Finger foods on game day: how cliché. But think it through…nobody wants to have a sit-down dinner when the game’s on. It’s best to pepper the dining room table (or the card table, if you’re imbibing in the stadium parking lot) with portable snacks that are best eaten on the couch or while you’re sitting in your monogrammed tailgate chair (also a requisite). The hat trick of game day foods is as follows: chili, all things grilled and fried sides. You’re no basic fan, though, so don’t be afraid to make it gourmet with the help of everyone’s favorite hostess, Ms. Martha Stewart. Giving the menu your own personal flavor goes a long way!
  2. Think About the Details: Team-Themed Desserts and Drinks—Let your main dishes be of the handheld variety, but don’t forget to put a little thought into the extras, too! This is the place where you can get really creative and flex your crafty muscles. For example, if you’re a huge Ohio State fan, you really can’t declare it game day without some buckeyes for dessert. A diehard Bama supporter will find Alabama slammers a fun addition. Catering to a Clemson crowd? Obviously, you’ll need some paw print cookies. Let your team of choice guide you to a few unique menu items to get everyone in the spirit!
  3. Go Shopping: Upgrade to Party-Ready Appliances—If the idea of serving cold artichoke dip and queso sends chills down your spine, then you’re going to need to take a trip to the home goods store or ask to borrow some warmers from the best hostess in your contacts. Essentials include small slow cookers or electric warmers for appetizers and, obviously, a solid grill that can accommodate plenty of burgers and dogs. Make sure to put a deep fryer on your Christmas list for next season. Oh, and it should go without saying, but don’t offer to host the game if you don’t have a nice TV and the right channels.
  4. Decorate: Let Your Team Colors Guide You—Now for the fun part: décor! Everyone loves dressing up their space for special occasions, and you can do so much with your team’s colors. Make the décor somewhat subtle. Rather than choosing team-branded banners and tablecloths, subtly infuse a spirited color palette or team themes with banners and balloons for a more original approach. If you have kids on the guest list, you can make it super fun with a “concession stand” snack table and some football-shaped paper lanterns. Prefer a more adult approach? To make your home extra inviting for all, consider creating some spirited flower arrangements and lighting some aromatic candles.
 

  1. Coordinate Your Look: Sport Some Spirited Style—You’ve dressed the table and the living room, now it’s time to dress yourself. Of course, you can’t root for the home team very well unless you’ve got some sweet team gear. Not super huge on rocking jerseys and team tees? No worries. Pick out some cute monogrammed fall apparel—hello, hoodies, tunics, quilted vests and duck boots—so you feel comfy, cozy and cute. Select a few items in your team’s colors to keep with the theme. Don’t forget the temp tats.
  2. Reorganize Your Space: Make Sure Everyone Can Watch—If the party’s at your house, you have to make sure there’s enough space for guests to sprawl out and jump with joy when your team makes a great play. The key here is making sure that there’s enough seating surrounding the TV or that you have more than one TV throughout the house so that everyone can see every second. If needed, bring in some extra seats from the dining room so that everyone has their own space while watching the game.
  3. Be Considerate: Think About All Guests—We’ve all been dragged to parties and events that we weren’t necessarily into, and you’ll probably have a few less enthusiastic attendees on your guestlist. Make sure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy at your game day fiesta. Perhaps you could keep one area of the house, like the dining room or sunroom, game-free to accommodate for socializing and conversation with non-fans. Make sure to think about the kids, too. Some games and activities will help keep them busy if they’re too young to watch. If it’s warm enough, send them outside to play their own mini version of the big game!

Spirited Style for Any Sport

While we typically think about hosting game day parties for big football games, there’s no reason why you can’t invite your most enthusiastic amigos to watch the World Series, the NBA finals or even tennis or golf tournaments. The key is to keep the focus on the game and use everything else—the food, drinks and décor—to complement it. As long as you have a big, comfy couch and plenty of delicious munchies, your guests will be pleased even if your team loses. Fair warning, though: There’s a good chance your place just might become the new go-to game day hangout!


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Books Lately

October 9, 2018

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Second Tuesday of the month, so of course it's time for another Show Us Your Books link up with Steph and Jana.  I don't participate every month, but this month is special - they've been running this link up for 4 years today.  They're even having prizes to celebrate, so I highly recommend visiting them and also writing a post of your own to show what you've been reading.  Here's what I've read lately.



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50 Ways to Save Money

October 8, 2018

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  1. Only use free checking
  2. Switch to higher interest savings accounts
  3. Wait for things to go on sale
  4. Shop at thrift stores
  5. Just drink water
  6. Use a water filter, tap water, and a reusable bottle to never buy plastic bottles
  7. Use the library
  8. Get rid of cable
  9. Go on regular spending freezes
  10. Pack your own lunch
  11. Share meals at restaurants
  12. Shop at Aldi 
  13. Buy generic brands
  14. Cut the gym membership
  15. Stop giving (and receiving) gifts for Christmas
  16. Do your own nails
  17. Negotiate with every service provider
  18. Keep the air conditioner off in the summer
  19. Keep the heat off or low in the winter
  20. Run appliances (washing machine, dishwasher) at off-peak times
  21. Wash on cold
  22. Always turn lights off
  23. Buy in bulk
  24. Walk, bike, and take public transit
  25. Don't grocery shop when you're hungry
  26. DIY your skincare and household products
  27. Let your hair grow out to it's natural color
  28. Meet friends for free things like street fests instead of dinner
  29. Utilize happy hour specials
  30. Meal prep in bulk
  31. Eat less meat and dairy
  32. Get a smart thermostat
  33. Always pay bills on time so there's no late fees
  34. Do a pantry challenge before grocery shopping again
  35. Find discounts related to your job - student, teacher, first responder, city employee, etc.
  36. Use coupons and rebate apps
  37. Never buy dry clean only clothes
  38. Get routine checkups and teeth cleanings
  39. Learn to sew
  40. Always stick to your shopping list
  41. Host at home instead of meeting at a bar
  42. Never use an ATM with fees
  43. Buy quality and buy it only once
  44. Declutter, so you know what you have and stop buying duplicates
  45. Make coffee at home
  46. Use half the amount you usually do, of everything
  47. Get off marketing mailing lists
  48. Trade pet and baby sitting with other moms
  49. Always wait 3 days before impulse buying anything
  50. Use Trim
Happy money saving Monday, friends.


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My Daily Essentials

October 5, 2018

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I'm not so dramatic as to say that I wouldn't survive the day without any of these things.  But it would certainly make my day suck a lot if they weren't around.




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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

October 4, 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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The Importance of Yearly Spend/Use Up Numbers

October 3, 2018

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Pantry challenge is going strong... 3 days in.  But still, I feel good about using up the food and making a plan for the rest of it.  October is just 'use it up' month in our house, I guess.  Which had me thinking about sharing some of my yearly numbers.  'Use it up' numbers.



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How to Become a Morning Person

October 1, 2018

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I think waking up any earlier does not come naturally in the fall and winter months, because the sun isn't up.  But that's not a reason not to try, and I'm impressed with the number of people who are using October to not only spend less and get more organized, but also to wake up earlier.  Because they know you can get more done in the day and feel more organized if you just wake up a little earlier than usual.  As someone who consistently gets up at least two hours before I have to be at my office and who maintains that schedule even on weekends, I have a few ideas to share on how to change your ways and become a morning person.  Because in college I only scheduled afternoon classes and in high school I woke up about 30 minutes before I had to be at my school that was 20 minutes away with no traffic.  I was not born a morning person.  I didn't even wake up before 10 a.m. on Christmas.  So it can be done.



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October Pantry Challenge Stockpile List

September 28, 2018

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Last Friday I posted my goals for the fall months - particularly, that I'm doing a pantry challenge for the month of October.  This means that I will only be eating from what we currently have on hand in our fridge, freezer, and pantry.  And no, I absolutely will not be stocking up this weekend.  (Not that I have time, as I'll be marathoning the Harry Potter movies with my friend, Natalie.)  I'm not going to be ordering in or grocery shopping, no eating out lunch or anything like that.  Just going as long as I can without spending money on food.  Wondering what I'm going to eat for the next month?  Me too!




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Three on Thursday - Weekly Favorites

September 27, 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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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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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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