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Dear My-Sized Friend in Ames, Iowa,

Dear My-Sized Friend in Ames, Iowa,

I don’t know what happened in your life that would make you donate your beautiful mint-condition, name brand wardrobe to your local Goodwill, but please know it is much appreciated. Did you lose weight? (Or, um… gain?)  Do you have a doting mother-in-law that doesn’t quite get your style?  Are...

Foam Floor Puzzles = Compact-Friendly Blocking Mats

Foam Floor Puzzles = Compact-Friendly Blocking Mats

I’m almost through my first month of The Compact and I really need to purchase some STUFF. New STUFF.  Which I’m not supposed to do. But it’s a business purchase. The fact that I need to get a real job in just a year is closing in on me, and...

Happy Birthday, Kelli K!

Happy Birthday, Kelli K!

Today is the day when, 23 years ago, my darling sister Kelli graced the world with her presence.  She’s been doin’ what she wants ever since. So Happy Birthday, You! This is quite an event, because 23 is the age to be, according to our younger selves. When we were...

Free Knit Pattern- Vintage Houndstooth Gloves

Free Knit Pattern- Vintage Houndstooth Gloves

*Update* I have had a lot of interest in this pattern from University of Alabama Crimson Tide fans.  If I was a football fan I would cheer for Crimson Tide based on their houndstooth pattern alone.  AWESOME! It was a sad day when this glove lost it’s mate a few...

A Blog Post About Not Posting… Sorry Folks

A Blog Post About Not Posting… Sorry Folks

As much as I would love blogging to be my real job, I took the opportunity to pass out surveys at my ‘real job’ (or something) for $15 an hour.  Crazy. I know.  So of course I couldn’t pass it up. So here’s a quick summary of my thrifty ways...

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Split Pea Soup

I’ve posted this recipe before, but thought I’d share it again.  I’ve really been attracted to clean eating blogs lately.  Must be the overload of velveeta and canned chili? Eat, Live, Run Iowa Girl Eats Eat Clean Live Green All of the beautiful pictures had me craving some soup.  Lucky...

Spending Like It’s 1990- Dirt Cheap Potatoes

Spending Like It’s 1990- Dirt Cheap Potatoes

I love the Tightwad Gazette series by Amy Dacyczyn just as much as the next thrifty blogger.  My favorite part is when she breaks grocery costs down to a thousandth of a cent.  I love crunching numbers and get a sort of thrill from calculating my exact savings.  Savings on...

Basic “Plarn” Tote

Basic “Plarn” Tote

Use up all of those plastic sacks you have laying around to make a reusable grocery tote.  If you already are on the no-plastic bandwagon, put the word out.  When people see this accessory, they’ll be saving more sacks than you know what to do with! Basic  “Plarn” Tote See...