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{i gave up shopping for 30 days…kinda}

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Sorry for the bit of radio silence yesterday, it has been a crazy week.  I worked on this post and just flat-out ran out of time.  Some posts take a hell of a lot longer to write than others.

Today is the day.  The day I’ve been looking forward to for 30 days.  Can you guess why?

My spending freeze has come to an end!!!

You can read more about my {spending freeze} here.

Yesterday, actually.  (Remember this post is a day late)

I had originally planned to spend my beloved lunch break at the one, the only, Target.  I have been in the store ONCE in the last 30-days.  And it was only to pick up an order for Bay.  Not me.

But, my homegirl Sarah P posted that Trader Joe’s FINALLY got their pumpkins.  Detour!  I ended up spending an entire hour stacking pumpkins and sending Sarah pictures.  Because my indecisive ass can’t make big decisions like this alone.

Proof – Just like Rachel Hollis preaches, when you give something up for 30 days, your relationship with said item, forever changes.  I truly believe this!  Not like I’m never going to shop again.  But, it wasn’t the first thing I did.  Which is shocking as shit!

Now today, shit.  Today is a different story.  Once I had time to really gather ALL THE THINGS that I’ve had my eye one, I pulled the trigger on another J.Crew order.  Ha!

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On Monday, August 20th the hardest 30-days even began.  I kept a little journal…..

I’m not going to lie.  I cheated a littttle bit.  In my defense, I had NO fucking clue how hard not shopping would actually be.  I mean, I gave up booze for 30-days.  So, this should be cake, right?  NEGATIVE!

August 20th – What the FUCK Madewell?  Promo codes on my first day of a shopping freeze?  Alex called and rubbed it in a little.  It burned..lol.

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{august // in review}

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Sweater // Denim // Booties // Bandana // Earrings 

September.  The month our to-do lists grow longer.  Our summer tans begin to fade.  School begins.  Kids social schedules trump ours.  Our lives start to feel busier than ever.  And we begin questioning the commitments we’ve made.  Would we actually be happier with less?  With fewer obligations on the calendar?

Am I the only one craving some simplicity?

I swear every conversation this week started with OMG, why is life so crazy right now?

So, I’m vowing to simplify in every area possible to try to find some fucking balance.   Anyone want to join me?

Let’s take a minute to reminisce the good ol summer days of August.  Back when everything seemed a little more chill.  A lot sunnier.

In case you missed it…..

27 posts.  One, in which, happened to be my highest ratings in some time.  Can you guess which one it was?

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Random shit

{sh*t day}

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Just got off the phone with my Mom.  Spent the whole convo bitching about my day.  And it’s not even that bad.  I’m just tried.  Grumpy.  Hungry.  You know, a shit day!

My Mom added, that I’d normally go buy myself something cute.  But, guess what?  I CAN’T!  I debated on it though.  I did spend some time online “browsing.”  And if I was NOT on a spending freeze, I for sure would have bought myself the Anthro mug + this workout tank + DYING for this open front sweater-blazer (that will 100% be sold out by the 19th of September) + the yellow floral sweatshirt…I die.  The Old Navy bomber jacket or the Abercrombie pink bomber?  That would be the real question.

So I grabbed a red bull + some dark chocolate almonds instead.  And I’m happy to report, I’m feel, maybe a little better than I did an hour ago?

 

And it got me thinking……

What I do when I have a SHIT DAY:

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{spending freeze}

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top // denim // earrings // mules

 

WTF is a spending freeze?  Other than the worst idea I’ve ever challenged myself too!  I’m going to attempt the unthinkable.  I GAVE UP SHOPPING!  Insert crying emoji with the green squirt gun pointed to the crying emoji.  That should sum it up!

Hi, my name is Stacy and I have a shopping addiction.

 

What’s a spending freeze?

Basically, it’s a period of time where you don’t spend money.  Obviously I can’t not spend any money.  We gotta eat.  Pay bills.  Live.  I think every person would define this differently.  Like what exactly falls in the category.  For me, I gave up clothing + Target + online shopping.  Pretty much pausing on spending when it comes to all the extra “stuff!”

 

Why a spending freeze? 

Remember when I gave up alcohol for 30 days?  In case you missed it, I got your back: {i gave up alcohol for 30 days!!!} I’m still crazy inspired by the book Girl Go Wash Your Face.  You know when you get that one book and you’re like Yassss!  Give me more!  Ha!  She talks about giving up a food item for 30 days.  She claims that after 30 days, you’ll have a different relationship with that item.

Well I’ve decided to challenge myself to give something different every 30 days for the rest of the year.  Something hard!  Something crazy challenging.

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{slow cooker salsa chicken // and back to school hacks}

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The end of summer is almost here.  Can you believe it?  Me either.  We’ve created so many great memories over the last couple of months.  Everything from camping trips.  Long weekends + weeks at the cabin in Tahoe.  Catching crabs on the coast.  Weekend getaways to the city.  All the fun must come to an end.

With school about to start, it’s time to get back into the swing of things.  I thought it would be fun to do a little back to school series?  What do you think?  Highlighting everything from back to school shopping.  Organization.  Morning routines.  All the things to ease back into school mode.

This morning, Bay + I had planned to do a little practice run.  #fail  Ha!  We  were going to pretended it was the first day of school.  Get up early.  Do all the things.  But, I said F it and went to the gym, the grocery store and drank 2 cups of coffee.  I decided I deserved one last chaotic-free morning.

So, tomorrow will probably be an absolute shit-show.  You know what I mean?

But, one thing I got planned out is easy dinners for the week.  That also create lunch leftovers.  Can I get a hell yeah?

 

This one you’re gonna want to “pin” to your Pinterest page.  Screen shot.  Print it out.  Whatever you do.  I promise you and your family will love it.  It’s my go-to, no-fail, easy 2 ingredient dinner.  It’s crazy versatile too!  I’ll even show you 3 meals I made out of one slow cooker recipe.

 

Here’s what you need:

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{what’s in my bag}

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Women’s purses are basically mini suitcases.  I’m always so amazed when I see a blogger share what’s in her bag.  It’s click bait when I see an image of all her prized possessions strewn across the table.  I gotta know…ha!  At the ripe age of 36 I currently ONLY carry a tote.  AKA the black hole of no return.  I can never seem to find the shit I need, but I know damn well it’s in there somewhere. You never know what you’re gonna need, #amiright?  And I, for one, would much rather be overprepared than unprepared.

 

So without further ado….

What’s in my bag!!

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I’m not even about to show you what’s in my wallet though.  That’s a whole new post in itself!

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BAG //  The Drawstring Transport Tote I’m in love with ALL Madewell totes.  They are all I’ve used for the last maybe 5 ish years.  Great durable bags.  And I love that the leather ages with wear.

WALLET // MICHAEL KORS ‘Jet Set’ Leather Travel Wallet I admit, I am a total weirdo about my wallet.  It has to be a zip-around.  With lots + lots of compartments.  Before I bought this Michael Kors, I rocked a gigi hill from back in the day.  Remember when that was the “it” wallet to have?  You were a nobody if you didn’t have a gigi hill.

PLANNER // ban.do design Bando 12 Month Planner Raise your hand if you still use a paper planner? I am a loyal paper planner gal.  I refuse to use my phone.  And I wont remember shit if I don’t write it down.  I don’t leave the house without this bad boy.  I wrote about it here: {planning for 2017} + here: {baby, write this down….}

ORIBE // ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray This shit is GOLD!  Costs about the same as gold too.  HA!  This product is the ONLY thing that gives my thin flat hair any kind of life.  Read one of the 1,200 reviews and give it a shot.  You’ll thank me BIG time for this one 🙂

STAMPS // Always have at least one floating around in my purse.  Although, I rarely use them.  I’m about 95% online bill pay at this point.  I write 2 checks each month.  But you never know when you’ll need to send a love note or thank you to a homie!

$2 BILL // For good luck, that’s all.

PHOTO // I carry a Polaroid of my girl.  Just in case I miss her ♥

 

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NOTE PAD // Bay gave me this cute don’t forget sticky pad.

COLOGNE // Jo Malone English Oak & Hazelnut Cologne Did I tell you I started wearing men’s cologne?  Technically Jo Malone is unisex but this new English Oak & Hazelnut smells just like a man and I’m kind of obsessed.  I get women telling me how good I smell  all the time.  Ha!

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{july // in review}

Still can’t believe it’s August + summer break is about to end.  Time sure flies by when you’re having fun!  But we’ll be making the best of what’s left.  Two more weeks to go.  The thing is, we’re more carefree during the summer season.  There are just less responsibilities, less boring to-do’s and more fun to-do’s, the days are longer and bedtimes…what’s a bedtime?  Beach days + pool days + vacay’s.  ALL THE THINGS!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to finish this summer off with a BANG!

So, let’s recap July and reminisce about all the fun summer days.  24 blog posts that captured a huge part of our summertime.  In case you missed it, I’ve got you July all in one place at your fingertips.

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Romper // Disc Necklace // Choker // Sandals 

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{things I’m afraid to tell you}

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Every now and again I get a message that starts with something like: “your life is so perfect” or “how do you have your shit together all.the.time”

Ha!  Let’s be real…..I DON’T!!!

I mean, who does?

I’m not living in a life full of unicorns and rainbows.  I’m a mother, a single mother at that.  Daughter.  Sister.  Friend.  Girlfriend.  Full-time worker.  Blogger.  Volunteer.

Life is hard.

I like to think I’m pretty much an open book.  Although, I tend to share things I enjoy.  Things I dig.  Pretty things.  Who wants to post or chat about their flaws on social media?  The internet judgement committee is already working overtime, I personally don’t want to give them any fuel.

The idea of this post is to step out of my comfort zone and perfectly curated + filtered instagram photos and tell you some shit that I don’t post about!

 

So, here we go.  Things I’m afraid to tell you!  Some of my dirty little secrets……

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{june in review}

It’s Thursday, but man, it sure feels like a Monday.  Right?  Grateful AF tomorrow is Friday though.  Mid-week Holidays can really screw things up.  I’m all out of sorts today.

But I wanted to pop in and share a June review.  In case you missed it, June was another busy month.  Twenty one blog posts.  With a mixture of a little of this + a little of that.  Recipes.  Cute tops.  Weekend highlights.  Intentions.

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Top // Denim // Heels // Clutch // Sunnies 

 

In case you missed it….here’s what went down in June!

 

 

Before I die…..{friday 5}

6th grade dance + lots of pool time…that was a good one {weekend notes}

{may in review} THE dress + 23 blog posts 🙂

I was overwhelmed with all the love on my pesto recipe{caprese egg cups}

Did anyone attempt the {money + candy lei diy}

The highest viewed post of the month goes to: {friday 5}

That epic fruit platter + the quote I have on my fridge from {weekend notes}

My two loves combined {chicken caesar salad pizza}

The debate continues, but I’m still standing by my NO social media rule {tweens + phones…let’s chat about it}

Hope you found this one helpful {gift guide: father’s day}

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