living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

Black Friday Fun.

Every year, my mom and sister and I (and occasionally a sister-in-law or two) brave the crowds on the Friday after Thanksgiving for our annual shopping trip. We’ve been shopping on Black Friday for at least the last six or seven years, and it’s become a tradition that we all look forward to. But we’re not the crazy shoppers you read about in the newspaper; we’re not standing in line at...

A Bonus for Shopping Online.

I don’t do a lot of online shopping. I’m trying to do everything I can to save money, not spend it (and I prefer to shop local when I can)— but there are a few things I buy online. Whenever I shop online now, I visit ebates.com first and see if the store I’m shopping participates. If they do, I click through to their site from Ebates, which tracks my purchase and then pays me back anywhere from...

Tips for Do-It-Yourselfers.

My husband is an excellent handyman, carpenter, do-it-yourselfer— whatever you want to call someone who can do almost anything better than the so-called professionals. We’ve owned our home for twelve years, and we’ve had at least one home project going at any given time. Usually more than one. We’ve done everything from small projects like painting and laying wood laminate flooring to massive...

Missing My Boots.

Boots are one of my very favorite things, and boots are one of the only things I like about cold weather. I haven’t been able to wear any of my regular shoes since sometime in July due to the excessive swelling in my feet. On the positive side, it was a reason to buy new flip flops and a couple other pairs of slip-on shoes. But now that it’s cold and rainy outside, I miss my boots. Especially my black...

Maternity Clothing, For the Win.

All of a sudden one day, none of my pants fit. I could still pull on a few pairs, fully unzipped and unbuttoned, and wrap a belly band around them, but I was constantly afraid that the belly band would slip around while I was at work and expose the unzipped zipper. Clearly, it was time for maternity clothes. Like any naive first-time mom, I headed to the maternity clothing stores. The Old Navy outlet thirty miles...

Thoughts on Halloween Costume Shopping.

We love Halloween at my house. And not just the holiday itself— what we really love is any excuse to dress in costumes. We can turn any holiday or event into one that’s more fun with a costume. Since we get so excited about costumes, you might think that we’d be excited about not one, but TWO Halloween “superstores” in downtown Lawrence, but we’re not. At all. First of all, I’m...

Thank You Cards.

I have always been indecisive, but lately I am obsessing over the tiniest things. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent looking at baby playards or Pack ‘n Plays online. It’s embarrassing. (I finally picked one just so I’d stop looking at them.) Latest obsession: thank-you notes. We’ve started to receive gifts for baby and with baby showers coming up, the little 8-packs of...

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