If you ever bump into me at the grocery store, chances are it’ll be over by the giant bin that has random sale items thrown into it. I’m the one getting excited about finding dental floss for $1.29 AND discontinued Pop-Tarts!
True story: I did find old toaster treats in the bin one day, took them home, heated and served them. As I was eagerly stuffing my face The Boss wearily poked at his plate, looked at me and said, “Sabrina, where did you get gingerbread Christmas Pop-Tarts from…in June?”
I mostly search the bin looking for knick knacks for Little BFF & The Gang, but every so often I’ll find “grown-up” things in there like makeup and skin care products. Over the summer I found this split end binding serum for like, $6 and thought I’d give it a try. And it was amazing. Just one pump into damp hair and it almost instantaneously makes your locks softer and more manageable.
I can’t confirm (or deny) that it actually repairs split ends (I think only a hair cut can do that), but it definitely makes a difference when styling.
I’ve always been one to spend a little extra money on a good, salon-brand (or salon quality) shampoo. But over the summer I was doing some reading on all the chemicals that are in shampoo and I started to wonder if the extra money I was spending was actually helping or damaging my hair long term. I took to the Interwebz and started reading more organic/natural beauty and hair blogs and decided that my next shampoo purchase was going to be focused on more natural ingredients that I could pronounce.
I tried one recommendation from a beauty blog, but didn’t like it at all. And then I happened upon EO’s 3 in one soap. The Boss and I both use this as shampoo and I also use this as body wash (he sticks to his manly bar soap of choice) and I seriously love this product!
I’ll admit I was a little skeptical about using the same product on my hair and body at first, but then I remembered that I often use tinted lip gloss on my cheeks. And really, what’s the difference? The plant-based ingredients leave my hair feeling light and fresh and the natural scents are so gentle you don’t emerge from the shower smelling perfumey.
These are THE BEST PANTS EVER. Seriously. They’re not maternity pants, they’re just AWESOME PANTS. So whether you’ve got a pregnant belly or not you need these NOW. In fact, you should probably buy two pairs because you will wear them ALL THE TIME. And if you’re a man reading this, buy them for your female loved one. The smocked waist is super forgiving and the material lays flat so the pants won’t give the appearance of bulge in places you don’t have or want it.
I love these pajamas because of how the designs integrate old school styles with fun and modern prints. They’re super comfy and stylish, but I especially love that a lot of their pieces have a “modest” feel to them (long tops and relaxed bottoms), which works out especially well for me when The Boss and I head out to his parents’ place for the weekend. We tend to hang out in our pjs a lot while we’re there, but since my brother-in-law and sister-in-law’s husband all live there together I can’t just roam around in leggings and an old T-shirt the way I can at home so these pajamas are a perfect alternative to long gowns and layering pieces when you don’t want to!
Has anyone ever noticed how expensive bed sheets are? I’m not talking about duvet covers and comforters, I’m talking about a simple fitted sheet. The Boss and I have bought great bed sheets from Ikea for like, $8 in the past, but now we live 45 minutes away from the nearest one — and buying online doesn’t make sense because shipping costs more than the item you’re buying!
We’ve been sort of desperate for new sheets lately and I’ve searched everywhere for something that was good quality and affordable. On a recent trip to Target I found Threshold brand sheets in the bedding section that had hanging samples I could touch before committing to buy. And I was instantly in love.
The fitted sheet is made really well and stretches enough so it wraps all the way under your mattress! They’re super soft, but not jersey soft, which can make you feel sweaty…and also like you’re in your freshman year dorm (top bunk!) all over again.
The pillowcases come 2 in a set in sizes Queen and King. They’re 100 percent cotton, have stayed cool in the warm and sticky end-of-summer humidity here in New York and up until now have totally absorbed my nighttime pregnancy drool!
7. Jessica Simpson microfiber thong slippers (available on ebay!)
Several years ago my cousin put me on to the most amazing sherling flip flops from L.L. Bean (I wrote about them here) which were sadly discontinued a while back. I haven’t had house shoes in ages until I swung by Marshalls recently and found these slippers by Jessica Simpson, which were the same design I’d coveted for years: cozy slippers that were flip flops so your toes can breathe!
Of course whenever you shop at off-price stores it’s hard to share in each other’s good fortune because store inventory varies so widely between cities and on a day-to-day basis. But I did some searching and found about a dozen of these slippers on ebay! Happy shopping!
I smelled it, I used it, I fell in love with it. This sugar scrub has some pretty big scrubbing beads so if you have very sensitive skin you may want to try it in small doses. I never use body scrub all over (just where I wax or where my skin gets a little extra dry) so a little goes a long way.
A quick note: this scrub doesn’t rinse “clean.” It has an oil moisturizer in it that leaves your skin feeling really soft and smooth, but there’s a possibility it might make some people feel sticky.
I love this gentle cleanser by Burt’s Bees. I used it all summer as my skin became more sensitive to products I normally used without hesitation. I’m pretty sure the harsh summer heat along with housing this baby in my body had something to do with it, but either way this cleanser proved to be a great buy. It didn’t irritate my skin and gave my face a fresh and clean feeling all day.
This spot treatment is really cool, but don’t follow the directions on the tube, says me.
According to the package, you’re supposed to put it all over your face daily, but I say you should only use it on specific spots at night. It has a clay-like feel to it, which doesn’t work under under moisturizer and/or SPF and/or make up so if you try to wear it in the day, it sort of crumbles on your skin like dirt.
The treatment is 10% sulfur, which pulls dirt and bacteria out of your skin. But beware, in order for the gunk to come out of your skin, it first has to reach the surface of your skin, which creates the temptation to pick at your face the first few days after you use this. FIGHT THE TEMPTATION.
Once I noticed how well this stuff was working on my face I decided to try it on an ingrown hair. I figured it would have the same effect on a buried hair as it did on a clogged pore and guess what? I knocked out a chin pimple and AND excavated an armpit hair all in one day! THANK YOU SALMA HAYEK!