pretty + cheap

good news for thrifty ebay sellers

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Starting in June, Ebay users will be able to list five items every 30 days without having to pay any upfront insertion fees. Just a ploy to attract more sellers? Probably. But it’s because of those pesky insertion fees that I’ve been avoiding Ebay over the last few years (What? My item didn’t sell and I still have to pay?!) so it definitely has me thinking about what I’d like to list this coming June.


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outfit of the month


Love the floral dress from Target and alice + olivia for Payless— where have you been all my life? Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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yummy new frozen entrees


I know that TV dinners aren’t always the healthiest option out there, but hello!  Who has time to cook themselves three gourmet meals a day?  I’ve been known to pop a Lean Cuisine in the microwave every now and then, so I was excited to see Healthy Choice‘s new line of frozen foods hit the grocery aisles.  I sampled the Marinara Manicotti Formaggio (which is obviously just a fancy way of saying cheese manicotti) and the Sweet Asian Potstickers.  Both were pretty filling, especially the manicotti, which came with a small side of broccoli and an apple-pie tasting dessert.  Taste wise, I’d have to say that Healthy choice has got Lean Cuisine beat.

Here comes the best part…  Since these products are new, my grocery store had them on sale, so the “entree” and “complete meal” were only $1.88 each (regularly priced between $3-4).  Oh, and my manicotti/broccoli/dessert was only 350 calories.  Yummy.

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DIY hummus


Always a fan of hummus, for years it was the tahini that kept me from making my own. When I googled hummus recipes on the internet, my first response was: what the hell is tahini?  My second question: where the hell do you buy it?  By chance, I was shopping for peanut butter a few weeks ago and found jars of the stuff at New Seasons (a local version of Whole Foods) between the peanut and almond butters.  Since then I’ve been whipping up my own super-customizable hummus, which saves me lots of $$ in the long run. Feel free to make it your own by adding extra garlic, roasted red peppers or greek olives.

DIY Hummus


  • 1 can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans (they’re the same thing)
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • handful of fresh parsley (optional)
  • pinch of paprika

1. Drain chickpeas and set juice aside.

2. Pour chickpeas into a food processor and add lemon, tahini, garlic and olive oil.

3. Blend on low and slowly add the reserved juice from the chickpea can to the rest of the mixture. Once it reaches a smooth consistency that can be blended easily, stop adding liquid and blend for about 5 minutes until mixture is very, very smooth.

4. Pour hummus into a bowl and garnish with fresh parsley and paprika.  Serve with whole wheat pita bread or fresh veggies (i.e. carrots, celery).

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dip your digits in kool-aid


Just painted my nails with OPI’s Mod-ern Girl.  Instant mood booster.  Anyone else completely and utterly addicted to nail polish?

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ruffles make me happy


I’ve been so good about resisting unnecessary purchases lately, but when I saw this pretty silk top on clearance at the Gap for $13.99, I had to buy it.  There’s just something about ruffled tops that I can’t resist.

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no more smelly self-tanners!


Jergens was the first brand of skin care to develop a line of self-tanning products that didn’t turn my skin orange.  Now, still 10 steps ahead of the game, they’ve launched a new foaming self-tanning lotion.  I’ve come to accept the fact that self-tanners usually stink, but to my surprise and delight, not only did the new Jergens foam dry faster, but it’s the least smelly self-tanning lotion that I’ve ever tried!  This weekend, I applied it to my arms and legs and then a few hours later asked a friend to smell me and see if she could tell me what I was wearing (a little creepy I know)– but she had NO idea I’d put on self-tanner.  Looks like life keeps getting better for us sun-phobes.

Filed under: Beauty, Skin care

pretty things


Saw these darling Rock & Republic jeans at Nordstrom Rack today for $109. They also had loads of Paige denim and a pair of really, really cute Fendi sunglasses, but I was a saint and kept my credit cards locked up.  Unemployment sucks.

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free gift with benefit purchase


Hands down, best deal of the week.  Spend 50 dollars at (must purchase at least one Benefit product) and receive this sweet 5 piece gift with purchase.  If you’d rather shop in-store, I noticed that Macy’s has been doing a similar promotion. If you’re unfamiliar with Benefit’s line of products, I highly recommend Dr. Feelgood, a complexion balm that smooths skin and works really well for T-zone oil control.

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super affordable easter cards


I’m always surprised by how expensive greeting cards can be, so I was thrilled to find these handmade Easter cards by at Target for only a dollar each.  Add up the cost of the paper, the gemstones, the glitter and the ribbon– I couldn’t make these myself for less than a dollar!  And how could I say no to this cute little turtle?

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Ramblings about having fun and looking fabulous on a budget.

Katie loves: Libraries, writing creative nonfiction, vegetarian cooking, interior design, getting crafty, and of course... bargain hunting!