Shopping Addiction


My name is Jenn, and I have an addiction to shopping.

A few times a year I have to admit this to myself, but in true addict fashion, there’s always an excuse. The current excuse? After Christmas sales! Stores are practically begging me to come in and shop and do I really want to deny them my services?

HEMNES Glass-door cabinet IKEA Solid wood has a natural feel.Hemnes Glass- door Cabinet, normally $249, now $169

I mean, Dean would definitely appreciate a new place for me to put my yarn for my Etsy shop, and this guy is on sale at Ikea. Can’t you just see beautiful skeins of yarn piled high behind the glass door?

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Loft Swing Sweater, originally $54.50, now $49.99 with an additional 60% off!

I just bought this sweater in navy and I love it. Like, LOVE. I can’t figure out if I would wear this color, and I’m having trouble finding it in person, but I’m so tempted to pull the trigger online.

 CASALEEYA Pour Over Coffee Kettle, normally $42.97, now $29.95

I’m not usually a big tea drinker, but as soon as the sun starts dipping at 4pm something inside me changes and I crave tea. When we lived in Florida it was always so warm that I never used my kettle so when we moved I decided to donate it, but now that I’m back in NY I’m feeling a little lost without it. I love a kettle with a fun design or color, so I actually almost bought this one before Christmas (because isn’t it so pretty!), but then I read that it’s not actually stainless steel throughout and started my search again. Enter the kettle above and I love that this one looks like a cute beehive for my stove! (plus the thermometer is clutch if I ever decide to upgrade my coffee pot to a chemex on my next shopping spree)

Belgian Flax Linen Duvet Cover + Shams – Platinum

Belgian Flax Linen Duvet, $169-204

So this isn’t exactly on sale.. but it is considered an “everyday value”? We need a new duvet desperately, I just need an excuse to spend a little more to upgrade to a cozy linen (my ultimate goal!).

Dotted Bullet Journal, normally $25, now $15.49

I’ve been on and off bullet journaling since 2014, but I’ve really gotten into it over the last few months. My old journal still has some room, but it’s a cheap book and the spine is breaking. A new year and a sale sounds like a good excuse for a new one, right?

That’s not so bad is it? Okay, it’s kind of bad… and that’s why I haven’t purchased anything yet. I bet a few nice comments about a product or two could change that, but no pressure.  Happy 2017!

Doing Good: Gifts that Give Back

If you’re anything like me, you’re still knee-deep in holiday shopping. I have a small pile of random items that haven’t been wrapped yet, but beyond that, I still have a lot of work to do. I just don’t feel like shopping this year- wait let me rephrase that- I don’t feel like going to the mall down here. The closest mall to me is HUGE and awesome, but also super crowded and not so much fun when you have a list to get through. It’s perfect for wandering around, but the idea of going there for Christmas shopping gives me hives.
So with that in mind, I turn to online shopping. And what better way to online shop than by working with companies with positive missions! It makes me feel a little bit better about the money I’m spending. Here are some of my favorite last minute (but still thoughtful) gift ideas:
fashionable- a company working to offer skills and jobs to women overcoming a life challenge

For your BFF through thick and thin
The last time we talked about FashionAble they only had scarves. Today they have beautiful, buttery leather goods and jewelry to match! They’ve also expanded the women they work with across the globe, offering skills to women overcoming particularly difficult life challenges including addiction, trafficking, and a lack of opportunity.  My favorite item is the bucket bag and I’m going to go out on a limb and say your best friend needs one.
*Order by 12/18 to receive before Christmas

serengetee- supporting artisans and causes around the world

For your sister (or brother) on the move
We all want to travel the world, Serengetee lets you keep that goal in mind at all times while supporting global artisans and causes. Pick a city or print that you think will resonate the most with your sibling and get them a great baseball tee, or makeup case, or headband, or v-neck, or sweatshirt, or backpack or a hat….

*Order today 12/15 for a Christmas delivery
**30% off your order using the code LASTCALL

bombas- a buy one give one company

For your brother (or sister) with stinky shoes
Listen- we’re not all perfect- but you can help your favorite sibling get a little closer with a new pair of socks from Bombas – a company that donates a pair of socks for every pair sold.
*Buy today 12/15 for standard shipping by Christmas Eve!


the good trade- portion of proceeds donated to child victims of sex slavery

For your mom that’s always on trend
My mom taught me the value in simple jewelry. It matches everything, can be dressed up or down, and never goes out of style. I love these options from The Good Trade and a portion of all proceeds is donated to child victims of sex slavery.

Three Blend Starter Kit

For your caffeine drinking, dog loving dad
Is my dad the only dad that mentions something once and then goes to buy it for himself? My mom is the queen at leaving hints for gifts, but my dad? No way. If he wants something, he buys it. So I’ll just supply a socially aware morning coffee instead. Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co. sells 100% fair trade coffee and donates 20% of all proceeds to dog rescue organizations around the states.

parker clay- made in Ethiopia

For your favorite weekend getaway partner
When Dean and I go away I have a few different bags to choose from and Dean has exactly two: his gym bag or an old backpack. Give your guy an upgrade with a beautiful leather weekend bag offering community support in Ethiopia from Parker Clay.


PS- Find other great options here

Links…. again

fall in floridaWhat’s funny about fall in Florida is that it looks an awful lot like summer in Florida. Well besides the fact that it gets dark so early. When does that end again?


Links and a DIY planter


When I used to work with college students a lot, I used to ask them to rate their day 1-5 at random. 5 was the ideal, but most students aren’t living in a world of 5’s.  It didn’t force a conversation, but it allowed us both to stop and re-evaluate what needed to be talked about based on their state of mind. If someone asked me to rate this week I’d give it a 2.  It wasn’t necessarily a bad week, but I definitely can’t call it a good week, either. Let’s just say I’ve been ready for Friday since Monday.

Best of the week:  When Dean brought me home ice cream at random.
Challenge of the week: RAIN on every. morning. commute.

So how are you feeling, 1-5?



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