Petty Cash.

Sometimes it’s hard being Imelda Marcos on a Payless budget.

Sometimes it’s not – and those times must be celebrated and shared.I have for months been lusting over this amazing-smelling candle by Florapathics (hello, middle-age, did I just admit to that? The words of Miranda Hobbs haunt me – “Scented candles have replaced cats as the new sad thing”)

Whatever. Point is that it costs $45 for “Mint Mantra” and I am not completely insane, so browser-window shopping continued painfully for months until I snagged THIS candle at Kroger that smells amazingly close to the real thing for only $8. EIGHT.

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My entire apartment smells like a fancy spa and my bank account is zen.

Amen.

In other news, my cynical self has decided to admit defeat at the hands of Eat, Love, Pray. I blame Julia Roberts. And Florence + The Machine, who are my new personal heroes because their song rocks and because I think they might also be not-so closeted Beetlejuice fans:

Exhibit A: Beetlejuice Beautyqueen/Afterlife Receptionist vs. Florence + The Machine music-video dancer:

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The rest of the music video:

Just the Essentials.

I believe this cartoon (courtesy of my lovely husband) sums up the entirety of my high school experience:

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Six years later, I’ve turned trolling the internet into an Olympic sport.┬áIn this time I’ve developed a somewhat coveted and often-asked-for Google Reader blog list.

PR shack family – consider this your Christmas present:

Design Orgies
Design Sponge
Pink Wallpaper
Green Wedding Shoes
Make Room for Living
Velvet & Linen

Arts & Crafting
Dixie DIY
Color Me Katie
Carol Marine’s Painting-a-Day
Urban Painter William Wray
Knack Studios
Dollar Store Hack

Fashion
The Sartorialist
The Uniform Project
Clothed Much

Brilliant Funnies
The Bloggess

Food
Tastepotting
The Cereal Bowl

Geekery
Information is Beautiful
xkcd
Seth Godin

Real Estate
The Real Estalker
Swamplot

Life is Beautiful
Cup of Jo
In(side) the Loop
The Sweet T Family
The Queso
Paw Prints & Pastry Bags
Chookooloonks