10 Super-Affordable Clothing Finds with Free Shipping on Amazon


I’m on vacation in the OC, and I bought a few basics from Amazon right before I left town. They were Prime so they arrived within two days.

I had no idea what to expect, but they were cute things with pretty good quality. I mean, they aren’t like luxury brand nice, but they are every bit as good as what I would find on the rack at Marshall’s or Ross. And anyway that I can leave my house even less than I already do, well, I’m gonna support that.

I got this dress in both dark green and black, which I am loving. Here’s the green with a cardigan:

I also got a black version with long sleeves. And all of the dresses have pockets!

I wear a size 12 and I ordered larges. They fit sort of like a Lularoe Carly, so I added a belt to keep them from being too “tent-ish.” But they are soft and super comfy. I’m really pleased with the purchases.

Since I basically only wear basics, t-shirts, comfy dresses and leggings, I decided to find out what else Amazon has to offer in the women’s clothing department. And as it turns out, there is a lot of cute stuff that is super cheap!

And since Amazon is so good about easy returns, I figure it’s a good way to shop. I buy everything else under the sun on Amazon, so it’s time to start shopping for clothes on there too.

And they also have things I am probably too old to own because I am pushing 40 cute, fun accessories. Like this tea-sipping Kermit hat. I might have to make this mine:


Anyway, here are 10 of my super-affordable favorites. Just click to photos to view the items on Amazon.

If you have shopping experience on Amazon, drop me a comment below!





How to Get Into Essential Oils Without the MLM

When did these essential oil MLM companies become a thing? I blinked and boom, essential oils are everywhere!

Over the years I have been picking up oils at stores like Whole Foods and Earth Fare. I like to use Tea Tree oil in my cleaning and lavender in my laundry once in a while. But now that everyone is talking about oils all the time, I have naturally wanted to learn more. But WITHOUT spending an arm and a leg or hosting an MLM party or class or whatever.

So, I did my research and I decided to order this set of oils from Amazon:

This set from Natrogix is therapeutic grade. The oils are GC/MS tested, and Natrogix oils are also pesticide and herbicide free, as well as GMO and additive free. While there are scary oils out there, I trust this brand. They have a ton of great reviews on Amazon too.

9 great “starter” oils are included in this set: Lavender, sweet orange, lemon, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, and frankincense. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, anxiety relief, invigoration or skin treatment, this combination will get you hooked on essential oils in no time.

The box is really attractive, and it comes with a cute little recipe book which has been helpful.

I got my diffuser as a gift a few years ago, and I don’t see the exact product I have on Amazon, so I can’t recommend the one I use every day. But this one has 26,348 reviews and it’s less than twenty bucks, so I would say it’s a safe bet.

I know that the oil MLM reps will probably tell you why these oils aren’t as high a quality as the ones they sell, and maybe that’s true. But my life is about small luxuries, and these fit the bill for me.

I’ve been pretty blue lately, so today I tried a blend of sweet orange, lemon and a tiny bit of frankincense. I just dropped it on a tissue and took it with me in the car on my errands, and it was really nice.

Do you use essential oils? Do you have any favorite recipes? Let us know in the comments below.

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California Love–Day 1

My husband is on the board of his National Bar Association section. Every February, he leaves me and Shorty behind and heads off to some luxurious location to take continuing legal ed credits and network with other attorneys. A few years back, he did take Shorty and me along for the ride to Naples, Florida, where some of our old friends from law school live.

This year, the NBA has headed to the OC for their annual conference. Hubs had to be here a bit early because he’s on the planning committee–and in the spirit of an early Valentine’s Day, we arrived on the 13th to spend a day together before things got busy.

The main destination was booked up that night (at least, we couldn’t get a room that was less than $600, so yes, booked up as far as we were concerned). Instead, I searched around online and found this little gem: The Laguna Beach House.

The Laguna Beach House is located on Laguna Beach, which is an enclave that has sort of a vintage vibe. Hubs and I commented that it felt like we were in the type of town where an old surfer movie would have taken place. From the outside we were a bit nervous when we first arrived–it looks like, well, a motel.

But once we got inside, we found a cozy little lobby and a friendly woman behind the desk. They aren’t a full-service hotel with a restaurant and all that jazz, but they do offer a wine reception and cookies and milk each evening, and coffee service and greek yogurt-granola parfaits in the AM.

Our room was fresh, clean and super cute. It was true to the laid back, California surfer vibe of the rest of Laguna Beach. Here are a few shots of our cute room.:




After a short walk along the boardwalk, we took in the majestic west coast sunset over the Pacific. Take a look.


Bae and I had a great day 1 here in CA. Next up is the Monarch Beach Resort at Dana Point. To be continued.

Oh! And as far as my vacay look, I am rocking this leather motorcycle jacket that I got for Christmas. My amazing cousin who works in fashion always hooks me up, and he helped hubs choose this for me.


Flu Season, Motherhood and Anxiety

flu season stethascope

I’m a bit of a hypochondriac.

This morning I read a Facebook post from a friend who lost a co-worker who was a young mother. She had a sinus infection, laid down for a nap, and never got up.

I cannot imagine. I mean…I have no words. My heart goes out and I lift that family up to God…

The conversation that occurred on this thread was about the flu season, the ways other acquaintances have died from random blood clots, and a lot of things that have terrified me.

Here’s the thing: I’ve been sick for weeks. And I just sort of ignored it. I’ve been tired, congested in the chest, I’ve had a cough that has been tough to shake.

Losing a mother or wife at a young age is unspeakable. But, even though this is a family that is shocked by unexpected loss and grief, I immediately think of the mother.

She would have been so very devastated if she knew she was going to be taken from her children. She would have fought her ass off to stay with her children–for their sake, not her own.

Shorty and I are close. Like, it’s problematic sometimes. When she was smaller I said that she had signed us up for an attachment parenting lifestyle without my consent. But now, we are happily co-dependent. She’s an only child, I’m immature, it works out perfectly.

One of the biggest fears I have is dying young, because Shorty and I are so close, I don’t know how she’d recover.

God, this is morbid.

But if you haven’t gotten your flu shot, get one. If you are sick and things aren’t getting better quickly enough, call your doctor.

God, it’s hard to be a person. God, life is so fragile.

Hug your family a little big closer tonight, and say a prayer for this family.