{Not} Keeping up with the Joneses – 31 Days of no “things”

I watched a really interesting movie the other day: The Joneses. You can watch it free on Hulu here. Anyway, the premise reminded me of a prominent Blogger syndrome: “Buy My Life Syndrome”. Have you seen it? We think our lives are so worth having, that we think everyone should buy our lives.

Well, I don’t think we are that narcissistic – but watching that movie made me question whether we really are. Do we feel like we have the keys to the most perfect life (at just $9.99!)?

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Because I am feeling like escaping from this “buy my life” mentality, I am embarking on a month of “no things”. What I mean is, none of my posts will be about things that cost money. I might share tips, moments of encouragement, freebies, and resourceful tricks – but I will avoid anything that costs money. And, of course, will avoid all affiliate links.

Sounds like a deal?

And, to push myself even further, I am going to join the blogger movement “31 Days”. This is basically just a writing challenge to blog for 31 days in October. Honestly, I don’t know if I will make it all 31 days. But, a girl can dream!

So, starting tomorrow I am embarking on 31 days of “Not Keeping up with the Joneses”. Who’s with me?

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6 Things You Should Know About Me


Remember this post I wrote a year ago? Yeah, I didn’t either! But my blogging buddy Jacquelyn at Just Jacq did – and remembered that we tagged each other to answer 6 Things You Should Know About Me. In the spirit of reminiscing and re-living cool things, we are bringing them back! We have picked 6 new questions for 6 Things You Should Know About Me – and we are tackling them about a year later! You can see her [Continue Reading]

One Pan Meal: Dinner for 2 with 4 ingredients

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This is actually a repeat of a recipe I’ve posted before. I am posting it again because I absolutely love this easy recipe – and I am showing a new variation of this one pan meal. I am always looking for fast & easy meals for 2 people. This is one I’ve made a hundred ways – and it is always good. I love this recipe because it is easy (prep time is 5 minutes) and it only uses one [Continue Reading]

Friday Favorites


You know it’s Friday when you just want to stay in bed and listen to the rain. Oh wait, I want to do that every day! Last night my husband surprised me with a Guardians of the Galaxy date – and so all I can think about this morning is Groot and his twinkly lights. You all know I love Vin Diesel, so I’ve been waiting to see this movie for months. Anyway, Friday Favorite #1? Groot. viaSome other favorites [Continue Reading]

Real Life Fashion: The Little Black Dress

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Remember our awesome new series called Real Life Fashion?  This is what’s going down. Each episode will feature: One store (Target, Forever 21, Old Navy…etc.) One outfit under $100 Both Misses and Plus-Size fits Wardrobe Basics A few trendy accessories Jess and I are both going to try on the same outfit – and give tips for our size-type. We will throw in some fun unique pieces, but we really want to focus on the basics. We both love items [Continue Reading]

What White Girls do during the Fall

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Please tell me you’ve seen this hilarious Buzzfeed called 25 Things All Basic White Girls Do During The Fall.  I say it’s hilarious because it’s SO TRUE. Have you seen Instagram lately?  It is already full of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, flannel shirts, infinity scarves, and football jerseys.  Really?  Are we this predictable?   Let me tell you a little about myself. I don’t like Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  I hate football.  I never plan on wearing a flannel shirt .  I absolutely hate [Continue Reading]

Ten Picmonkey Tips for a Killer Blog Graphic

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As part of my new “Let’s Blog” series, I have gotten a few emails about blog graphics.  In a world with Pinterest, we all know the importance of creating killer blog graphics.  And, I am here to tell you that you don’t need to Photoshop! I love using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for my graphics – but have found that our friend Picmonkey provides awesome tools for an easy blog graphic.  I am not going to go over the basics [Continue Reading]

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet and Flat Sheet Together {video}

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So apparently the idea of making a video – and the actual video are totally different things. I really loved the idea of showing you how I fold a fitted sheet and flat sheet together – but the actual execution was not too good :). I have Saturday hair – a washed out living room – and a grandmother’s sofa. Oh well – maybe this video will help someone out there! Enjoy :). Video here | Youtube Channel here

My Favorite Things About Working From Home!

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Well, I know I said that I would stick with 4 types of posts on this blog (read my State of the Blog here), but I think I might need to add “Friday Favorites” to that list.  I really love favorite things (as you can see here) and at the end of the week sometimes those are the best! As you know, I started my new job this week and have relished in a week of working from home.  It’s [Continue Reading]