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Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 reading challenge

I love to read. However, with my end-of-year schedule, I practically had to pencil in times to sit down and enjoy a book. With 2018 just starting, I decided that I really wanted to buckle down and knock out a reading challenge fully.

This past year was a much better year for reading than 2016, but I'd still like to read even more in the new year. There's been so many new books that have come out that I've been dying to read, but I keep getting stuck in the mindset that I need to go through the actual physical books I have cluttering my bedroom. Instead, I'm going to read the books I want to read instead of the ones I feel the obligation to read. I think that's why I've had so many lulls.

I use Goodreads to keep track of books I've read, want to read, and am currently reading. It's such an invaluable resource if you're a bookworm! You can even participate in an annual reading challenge. For 2018, I've challenged myself to read 55 books. Fingers crossed.



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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

link love

I want to try these mini portobello mushroom pizzas that Jess made!

Here's a tiny survival guide that can be printed and carried in your pocket.

This really simple recipe for garlic pizza crust looks good.

This is heart warming. Here's a great list of 25 amazing things we did for animals in 2017.

The Flora of Virginia app looks so pretty!

Aldi now has a brand new line, Earth Grown, that's suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

This is a great article over on Gen Pink about which fitness trends to embrace and which to leave behind.



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Monday, January 08, 2018

pacifica // rollerball fragrance trio

My mom is an amazing deal finder and an amazing stocking stuffer. I opened this trio of Pacifica rollerball fragrances* and was ecstatic! The Indian Coconut Nectar scent is one of my favorites. Tahitian Gardenia and Sugared Amber Dreams are both going to be perfect for the office.

I especially love Pacifica because their entire line is cruelty free and vegan, so there's no label reading to be had! Pacifica is also sold at a wide variety of stores including Target, so it's easily found and has a great price point.

Definitely check them out!

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Saturday, January 06, 2018

beauty products i want to try in 2018

2018 beauty to try


In 2017 I was insanely busy. I worked a lot, I hardly wore makeup, and my poor skin suffered. This year, though, I significantly scaled back my work hours and wear makeup to the office, so I put together a list of things I'd like to try this year. I didn't keep up to date on all the new releases for last year, so most of these have been around for a while.

Eye of Horus Bio Lash Lift Mascara // This is way more pricey than my typical under $5 mascara, but I want to start trying some new brands.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream* // Everyone rants about how great this stuff is and I'd really like to try it for my eczema.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel* // I love anything that creates a matte look.

The Ordinary Foundation // My friend Jess recommended this one to me and The Ordinary is all over the FB groups I've joined. Once I use up the unholy amount of foundation I already have, I'm definitely ordering this!

Sigma Beauty E25 Blending Brush* // This is the year I master my hooded eyes!

Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Behind the Bleachers // Again with the matte, and since NYX can't verify the vegan status of their Lingerie lip line, I'm going with Wet n Wild.

Derma E Scar Gel* // I've heard good things about this and I have the remnants of a scar above my eyebrown and another on my knee that I'd like to see if this works on.

Mr. Dandy's Hair Candy // I don't ever do anything with my hair. I wash and condition it once a week, so maybe this will be the year I style my hair, too.

Pacifica Hawaiian Banana Lip Balm* // Give me all the banana things.

Urban Decay Liquid Moondust Eyeshadow* in Spacetime // Liquid eyeshadow has just started appealing to me, so why not start out with a shiny space themed shadow??

What are you wanting to try this year? ♥

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Thursday, January 04, 2018

thrifty thursday #24

  • This first one is pretty exciting; I received an email from Shop Your Way that said I had $25 worth of FREECASH points, which is basically free credits that you can use toward purchases. These were for Sears.com only, but since Sears actually has some decent business clothing, I went on to find a pair of much needed black straight leg slacks and black flats. I added them to my cart and came back to them this week and my FREECASH was now at $27! I went to check out and chose store pickup for the shoes and the free shipping option for the pants. My total for this whole transaction? $3.14.
  • I'm down to the last tomato from when I stocked up on three 3lbs bags for $0.79 each from Aldi. I'm hoping they have another sale like that soon!
  • As a Christmas gift, my dad bought me a nice pair of Nike Metcon Repper* trainers that I can use for umpire training and some indoor softball practices as a coach I have coming up soon. The Metcon 3's weren't in a color scheme I liked and almost twice the price, so I went with the older style. Not only were they $25 cheaper on the Dick's Sporting Goods website, I earned Scorecard points and chose in-store pick up, so shipping was free.
  • I'm still working on my minimum cashouts for InboxDollars*, Mintvine (which is now Branded Surveys*), the Panel App*, and Microsoft Rewards. It's slow but easy work if you integrate the few seconds per day per app into your routine.
  • Saturday was a no spend day other than gas to get to work. Wednesday I was home sick so that was a no spend day, too. Thursday I only spent money on one thing; a headlight for my car.
  • Friday I discovered that I owned not a single pair of black ankle socks. Since I waited more than five minutes for my pickup at Sears, they gave me a $5 coupon. I scored another pair of work slacks and six pairs of black ankle socks for only $11.05.
  • My phone bill has had a second line tacked to it for almost two years now (major sideye) but the contract has finally ran out and I managed to disconnect the line via the chat in the Verizon app. I didn't have to call anyone and it only took about ten minutes.
  • The next Thursday I had come down with bronchitis and had a fever, so I had to call out again, ugh, but at least it was a no spend day. I've had a life of coughing so you'd think I'd be used to it, but it really sucks.
  • An affiliate link website I use sent me $4 for participating in a Twitter contest. I didn't know they were even offering it so that was nice to wake up to one morning.
  • I sold an item on Mercari, two on Poshmark, and two on eBay. My lighting kit has come in, so I'm hoping to up my amount of listings tenfold soon.

Frugal Fails
  • We've been ordering a lot of takeout at work, sadly, but I have been getting two day's lunches out of them.
  • I joined a gym to get in shape for baseball season so I added $23 to my monthly bills.
  • Buying things in general isn't frugal, but I've been trying to cheaply get caught up on the things I've needed for a while now.


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