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diosaSpring Cleaning

-Cleared out the closet and Mr. D cleaned out his closet. As a reward I bought a new dress for work. Trying to stay focused on only purchasing needs and less wants.
-Also cleared out books we have read and don’t read repeatedly. Also, staying focused on only getting books from the library. I read too much to purchase too often…
-Doing well on getting rid of papers and notepads so far!! 1 week ago

teachocolateandbookshair products

Straight mousse
Wet look mousse
Hair laquer
Clear gel x 2
Elseve straightening spray
Apricot hair oil
Liese hair smoothing spray
Body Shop coconut balm
Africare glycerin
Pot of hair mask 3 weeks ago


Gillette deodorant, Curel moisturizer, Palmer’s coconut shampoo and conditioner, Canmake lychee hand cream, a few samples.

Most of my stationery is at work now. I put a load of it into the communal supplies drawers. 3 weeks ago

kmom2468So now I'm hoarding groceries?

I wanted to build up my pantry to tide us over 30 days in the event of a minor disaster. I’m there. I need a little more water, but essentially, I’m there. I can stop buying “extra” groceries, now. This spending addiction is a tough one to not let creep into every aspect of my life. Simple grocery shopping – who knew! 4 weeks ago

teachocolateandbooksdeodorants, etc

Continuing my list. I share most of the products in my list with my husband:

Gillette anti-perspirant
Nature’s Gate deodorants x 4
Crystal rock deodorant
Sea Breeze deodorant spray
Ban deodorant wipes
Armani perfume deodorants x 2

Burt’s Bees hand salve
Lush Ponche 1 month ago


I’m intent on improving my skin (I set up a goal for it), so I want to list everything I have that I can use for my face and body, so that I can see just how much I really have dotted around my home, office, and bags. Cosmetics and toiletries are typically small investments, but a little goes a long way so the frequency with which I’ve been purchasing them is way off. (Bolded products are half-full or less)

Face care:
Curel foam cleanser, Curel hydrating lotion, Curel intense moisturizing cream
Burt’s bees Orange Cleanser
Derma E psorzema cream, Derma E teatree cream
Now Foods hyaluronic acid serum
Perfect gel cleanser
Heritage Colloidal Silver foam cleanser, Heritage castor oil
Queen Helene cocoa butter facial scrub
Organic jojoba oil
Rose gel moisturizer

Rimmel cuticle oil
Nail and fingertips peel-off pack mask
Burt’s bees lemon cuticle creme, Burt’s bees hand salveCanmake litchee hand cream

Lush massage bars: Snow Fairy, Each Peach, Shimmy Shimmy, Therapy
Lush bar soaps: x 4
Lush body powder
Lush shower gels: Snow fairy, Ponche, Rose Jam
Nubian Heritage mango butter body lotion, Nubian H black soap shower gel, Nubian H black soap bar
Grace Cole coconut and lime body lotion
Burt’s Bees vitamin E and lemon body oil, B’s Bees cacao body butter
Gremel body lotion
Body Shop satsuma lotion sample
Organic shea butter, acai butter, cocoa butter
Homemade body butter blend (vanilla, shea, cocoa, jojoba)
Teatree oil, jojoba, castor oil cleansing blend

I’ve got exfoliating gloves and a brush for the shower. I do want to get another brush to keep out of the shower, but I feel like it’s not really justified until I’m more rigorous about using these products…

Strangely soothing to write out that list! And an excellent reminder to stay away from the toiletries aisle. 1 month ago

SimplicityInTheLBCslowly but surely

We’ve made our way through another small tube of toothpaste, a bottle of antibac hand soap, and I’m almost done with a sampler of perfume that is nice but not really my style.

Also managed to eat most of the food in the fridge last week before any of it went bad – we found uses for the buttermilk, the zucchini, some aging lemons, and a pork loin. This one is a challenge for us, since I make these grand meal plans and then we don’t actually follow them, which results in a fridge full of fresh (and expensive) food that then goes to waste :( 1 month ago


I’m not a wipe person, but for reasons unknown they’ll seem like a good idea once a year or so. I had a packet of 50 deodorant wipes at the office that I never used, so they came home and languished further. Ditto a packet of cleansing wipes and wet wipes for when there’s no washlet.

I put them all next to my bed for evenings when I’m not well or too tired to shower, and they’ve been great. It’s so nice to freshen up before sleep, or in the morning if I showered the night before.

I’m glad I’m using and enjoying them before they dry up. 1 month ago


2/14/14 I finally took the time to count up the amount of yarn I have and it turns out I’ve used a lot more than I thought I had. I’ve used 99 more skeins since I last made a full count.

2/12/14 I’ve been working on using up yarn. As always whenever I see a bit of space in my yarn shelves, I thwart my plans or I’m given yarn. This time it was my mother. She decided that at 86 she no longer wanted to crochet. In the past she has given up crocheting yarn and now she is finished with doilies. I don’t crochet doilies and I will use the thread she gave me yesterday in the homespun style blankets I make for Hospice. 19 balls of crochet thread!

I’ve been using up yarn to make a poncho and it is looking pretty good. I failed to keep track of how many skeins I’ve used and I’ll be finished with the first part sometime this week or early next week. Then, I have the collar and the fringe. I’ve given some yarn away and I will have to make a conscientious effort to count up what I have on hand. In the meantime, I’m just adding the recently acquired.

I’ve used 7 candles, a bar of soap, and some lotion.
Revised list
lotion (24 bottles -15 = 9)
soap (57 bars -46 = 11)
candles (208-168 = 40)

skeins of yarn =
+4=567 (05/04/13)
+25=592 (05/24/13)
-3=589 (05/29/13)
-10=579 (06/09/13)
– 1=578 (06/16/13)
– 5=573 (06/23/13)
+ 7=580 (06/28/13)
– 3=573 (07/05/13)
+ 5=578 (08/14/13)
- 7=571 (10/18/13)
- 1=570
+ 3=573 (10/22/13)
123=696 (11/02/13)
+ 6=702 (11/12/13)
+19=711 (02/11/14)
-99=612 (02/14/14)

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kmom2468Window shopping

Went shopping for a new pistol. Had fun trying them out. Found one I liked. But in the end, decided I didn’t need it. The one I have is quite serviceable. I’ve put thousands of rounds through it. It fits well. I am comfortable with it and know exactly where everything is with it. No, don’t need the new, shiny thing – the one I have works perfectly. 2 months ago

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