Pajama Crush

For some period of 5-10 years growing up, every Valentine’s Day my family would have a nice meal together, a special dessert, and then we would receive a special gift. Pajamas from Mom, and plants from Dad! This was a tradition that just… emerged. I think that plants are the frugal version of flowers, they keep on living, and they are easily found at the grocery store, but MAN receiving a live plant always feels like a special gift. And February is so cold and dark there is nothing more comforting than new pajamas! Some of these PJs are inspired by my family’s Valentine’s tradition and combine my affinity for plants and pajamas. Since I am still holding off on personal spending, this is a wish list or hard hint to my family or boyfriend.

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Speckled pink and a classic robe

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A List of Things That I Want and Am Not Buying

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I have resolved not to buy anything that I don’t need in order to survive during the month of January. We are halfway through and I’m really enjoying the process. I think through every purchase with so much more consideration than before. The official rule of a spending diet is no shopping- like, no window shopping or internet browsing. I kind of like exercising the power or look but don’t touch here. So here is a list of totally frivolous, unnecessary things that have tempted me.

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This mug

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This fabric for a quilt or dress that I want to make eventually…

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THIS SHIRT. Why do I want this shirt so badly?

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Chelsea boots.

 

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These stoneware meets tinware mugs! It’s like camping in your kitchen!

 

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Ugh. How luxurious. Rose gold makes everything more… dignified.

 

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I would really like this linen/cotton duvet for the spring. Especially with the bed frame I’m eyeing.

 

I really want either/or/both this keyring and wrist strap.

What Purchase Will Help You Achieve Your Resolution?

Last year I had a tiny resolution of cutting back plastic waste- specifically, get really good at not using plastic bags. Conveniently, Chicago implemented a 7 cent bag tax as soon as a chose this resolution, so I could really justify my investment in Baggus. I bought 3 small bags, gifted one, and bought a large bag. If I forgot my bag, I bought a new one and planted it in my car or by the door. And we probably used plastic bags a hundred times less than we did in 2016.

I have been taking group physical training lately, and feeling stronger with every week. I was having trouble holding my feet still while holding planks, and I was finally sick of slipping and struggling. If my feet slip every 10 seconds, how can I hold a two minute plank? Enter: Adidas Crazy Trainers. I am so stable and can feel my strength. I was worried that once my excuse of slippery feet went away, I would discover that I couldn’t hold these poses, but was surprised to discover that I feel stronger and feel like I could hold these moves all day.

What purchases help you accomplish your goals? Is it a new cookbook? Leggings that don’t pull or tear during your workout? A nice laptop case or new backpack to make it easier to get to the coffee shop and work?

Gift Guide for Wisened Storytellers and Givers of Great Advice

All of my friends call their mom. ALL the time. I call my mom all the time. My dad and I exchange cat photos with simple captions: “cat in box,” “uh-oh,” etc. My parents are also at an age where comfort and function reign supreme. When choosing gifts for them, I look for things they can use, and things they will use.

MC-B-LG-GG-2They deserve the niceties. Splurge for a pair of luxury slippers with detachable soles so they can get the mail while keeping their feet warm in soft lambswool. Bonus: the soles come in your choice of 8 colors.

The inconveniences of aging (going to the doctor more, keeping track of new medicine) don’t have to be ugly or messy. This elegant pill box is especially good for anyone on the go, and the company Port and Polish only makes pill boxes. With one product to focus on, it must be good! Buying one for everyone? Choose three for $45 (now $40). 

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The Saj ball foot roller is like a tiny spiky foam roller for your feet. Drop one on the floor, and roll it against the bottom of your foot for an easy massage. Sure, you can buy them a pedicure, but that lasts for one day. The foot roller lasts a life time!

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More on the topic of slippers you can wear anywhere: sleeping bag slippers. That’s not their real name, but these look like all day sleeping bags you can wear on your feet, and are the ultimate camp/lounge shoe.

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The squatty potty, but only for close family. And maybe not the gift you give at the huge holiday party. 😉

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Smartwool socks, because you know they want some and you also know they would never pay for them!

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A biography of Alexander Hamilton. Here me out: 5 years ago, your dad is the only person you could ever imagine reading a newly released biography of Alexander Hamilton. The magic of the musical Hamilton is that it merges history, a topic well understood by older generations, with pop culture that younger generations are entrenched in. Buy yourself a copy (or watch the Drunk History episode with Lin Manuel Miranda for the condensed version) and discuss the heated relationship of Hamilton and Burr next time you visit.

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Does your dad make his vacation photos the screen saver on the computer? Mine does. Take his photo-bragging game to the next level with a large digital picture frame. This device accepts photos from the user friendly USB plug-in.