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Splurges of a Cheapskate

In case you didn’t know already, I’m a cheap date.

But every Edward has his Bella (or is it vice versa?), so today I am sharing a few of my weaknesses:

Shower Gel | Sugar | New Girl | Boots | Stockings

1. Shower Gel

I used to hate spending money on expensive shower gel. Instead, I’d do what most people do and just buy the cheap stuff. It occured to me, 8 months later when I’m still using the same bottle, it would be worth it to spend the extra five dollars and use a shower gel I really like everyday. Think of it as a reward for dealing with blowdrying your hair.

2. Raw Sugar

Something about using raw sugar in my coffee and tea makes me feel a lot healthier. In the grand scheme of sweeteners, this is the healthiest way to go. Stay away from me you Splenda-lovers. No thank you. If this is something I am consuming on a daily basis, I want to go the extra mile.

3. DVR

Who has time to watch television live anymore? We decided if we weren’t going to pay for DVR, we weren’t going to get cable at all. Now I know that, if I’m watching the Bachelor, at least I can watch it in half the time. Now I have the opportunity to do something rewarding with those 20 minutes of commercial time.

4. Boots

Since I wear boots all fall and winter, I own a few pairs. I never buy the cheapies. When it comes to boots, they are usually cheap for a reason. Be sure to get a nice thick sole – this is the part that will wear out first. My favorite boots have lasted three full winters now and will be good for next winter too! (FYI – by “splurging” on boots, I mean waiting until this time of year and snagging a pair of $200 boots at Macy’s for 65% off.)

5. Stockings – especially fun ones!

I live in Boston. It’s cold here, and for some reason dress pants + cold weather = misery. I like to wear stockings (with aforementioned boots!) to stay warm. Cheap stockings will tear or run right away, so don’t be afraid to spend a few extra bucks. It will be worth it in the long run! (or hopefully not the long run, get it? Stockings. Long run. I’m killin’ it.)

Those are my secret splurges. What are yours!?

Top 9: Christmas Stockings

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an Etsy Top 9. Far too long.

As soon as we returned from our Thanksgiving excursion to Long Island I got out our Christmas decorations. Literally. We unpacked the car and within 10 minutes I took down all our Thanksgiving decorations and out came the Christmas boxes!

Today, in honor of holiday decor taking over my house, I’m sharing my top 9 Christmas stockings.

1. I love the vibrant patterns of these LaFortuneLinens stockings. If I had a big brood I think these would be a fun assortment.

2. This retro throwback stocking from  AllenbriteStudio is a cute take on felt and makes me feel all nosalgic.

3. I am a sucker for the classic knit stockings like this one by Annmoody See #6 if you want to know why!.

4. If you’re into the coastal holiday look, this burlap stocking by Floatinteriors is quite quaint.

5. This “Dr. Seuss” stocking by GoodWishesQuilts is a looker with all her helter skelter stripes.

6. I love these stockings because this is what I had growing  up! My grandma made them for me and all my cousins. Mine is like the Santa one except I think he was coming out of the chimney. And it even has my name on it! These ones are knit by Jpyle,

7. This stocking by AnniesWoolens is a classic with black and red gingham. The embroidery is a nice touch too.

8. This hand-crocheted stocking by TAMMYMADEIT is cozy little number with the jingle bell and yarn pompom.

9. These fun and fresh fabric stockings by PiperAndEllie are an girlie take on the Christmas stocking.


We usually open our stockings first thing in the morning. And by first thing I mean around 9:00am because we always slept in. Then we have a big breakfast and didn’t start opening presents until afterwards. We were usually still opening presents (one at a time, mind you!) at 1 or 2pm! Let’s just say the image of kids terrorizing their parents in the wee hours of the morning to open gifts is a foreign concept to me. I grew up with my Christmas mornings being slow and lazy. And I like them that way!