Post-Holiday Clearance!

Clearance tags are my tractor beams. After-holiday clearance is my all time favorite when items can be up to 90% off! This is when I stock up on decor items like lights, garland, ornaments and wrappings.

Packages, boxes and bags!

A.C Moore, Michaels, Target, Kohls and Kmart have amazing clearance on ribbons and wrappings. I’ve seen 90% off at Kmart and Target for holiday items. I like to stock up on ribbon or items that can be for any holiday.


Lowes, Kmart, Homegoods (including TJ Maxx and Marshalls) and Target have really pretty decor. Lowes, I think, has some of the nicest quality faux garland I’ve found. Decor won’t last long so get up early and hit the clearance section a few days after Christmas. I went today and Target was pretty much picked through except for a lot of stockings.

A few days ago Homegoods had a TON of stuff all for 50% off but just piled on the shelves. So dig in! For quality pieces, they won’t last long enough to hit the really deep discounts but you can get some amazing stuff for 30-50% off right now.

My Walmart didn’t have too much – bows, white boxes and stockings. Larger Walmarts might have holiday colored storage bins which are a great deal. I also went to a few grocery stores today and they had carts lined up full of treats, packaging and decor.


Tons of food still left over. If you’re needing to bake for parties or need sweets for any reason, go pick through those shelves.

There are mountains of candy, baking kits and packaged cookies but also savory gift packages as well like salt sets, mixer sets and gourmet food items.


I snagged this giant from Homegoods for 50% off. Homegoods also had quite a bit of chocolate truffle tins left as well as a variety of spice, oil and pasta kits. Your grocery store will also have gift sets of chocolates and cookies on clearance right now.


All those sets are on sale now!!! Sephora, Ulta, Target and Kohls have some great makeup, hair, and skincare sets on sale. Those bareMinerals value sizes were a crazy deal before this sale!

Ulta Sale



I like the bath kits to replenish my guest baskets after I’ve had holiday guests for a few days.

Sephora Sale

Also check out drugstores, department stores and online shops.

Odds & Ends

It’s not just holiday items that are on sale right now. Plenty of other seasonal items are on clearance as well. I saw some good clearance items at Target today like toys, bedding, home decor and kitchen cupboard stuffers. I really wanted that flannel bedding but we rarely use the 3 sets we have now… We’re not in Vermont anymore! I picked up a giant deck of cards for 50% off ($4.98) to start aging for my Alice Halloween party. I also saw a great slow cooker two set for $14.98 (30% off) if you entertain a lot!


That’s all the shopping I did this week but comment and/or link your favorite places to shop for clearance! I’m always up for a good bargain hunt!

Keep up with beauty deals

Nouveau Cheap posts deals and upcoming sales. Much easier than sifting through all of your subscription emails! 

Zombie Makeup Class

I’ll be bringing the blood back to Girl Expo 2016 in Bedford NH! Hope to see you there!

Visit my site after 10/8/16 for a recap and instructions on how to look like a zombie!

November is Almost Here!




Men, put down your razors! Movember starts November 1st. Of course there are other ways to contribute! Movember has collaborated with some amazing companies like Birchbox, Toms, Harry’s, RPM Fitness, The Giving Keys and Chrome Industries. Birchbox is donating $25,000 to the cause!


March of Dimes Logo Image

November is also Prematurity Awareness Month with the World Prematurity Day on the 17th. Keep an eye out for friends walking and fundraising for the cause. Products that benefit March of Dimes can be found in their online shop.

holiday music card front with keyboard and holly trim in green on a red background

I know it’s a little early to start Christmas shopping but every year I get my cards from an organization that donates a portion of proceeds if not all proceeds to causes. You can go through a list of organizations that offer holiday cards at Buy early to ensure shipping time then your own mailing time.

If you’re cold, they’re cold! Hats for Homeless will send you a box to start collecting hats, gloves, scarves and everything else to keep families in need  warm during these brutally cold months.

Let’s keep the warmth going! One Warm Coat provides coats to anyone in need of one. Donate coats, funds or hold a drive or volunteer. Find out all the ways to help at One Warm Coat.


Shop for a Cure

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So look for those pink ribbons on products! I’ve compiled a list of 5 products for Philanthropy Friday that give a hefty portion of their proceeds to breast cancer research and care.

Lisa Hoffman Rose Quartz Fragrance Necklace

These filigree necklaces can be filled and refilled with scented fragrance beads! 100% of proceeds from this necklace will go right to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Rose Quartz Fragrance Necklace $65.00

Seattle Chocolates

Seattle Chocolates dark chocolate Extreme Dark truffle bar

Experience the healing powers of chocolate. With 100% of it’s net profits donated, it really does have a healing impact for the mind, body and soul! Extreme Dark Truffle Bar $3.50

Estee Lauder

There are many tempting items from Estee Lauder that donate to BCRF. Here is the classic Solid Perfume Compact in Modern Muse. 100% of the retail price will be donated. Modern Muse $49.50

Warriors in Pink

Warriors in Pink have a number of great items to choose from. Their scarfs and ties are my favorite! This WIP Neck Tie for $29.00 comes with a $16.95 donation.


Share your stories and empower others in a world wide social media campaign. Use the hashtag #BCAStrength with your instagrams, tweets and videos. Visit for more information.

For information on breast cancer, prevention, treatment, and support, please visit

Hello Military Mom Talk Radio Listeners!

Thank you for tuning in to Military Mom Talk Radio today! Here is a little more information and some helpful links on our quick tips today.

DIY Homemade recipes:


Caffeine provides great antioxidants and tightens skin. Here is a quick and simple recipe for a Coffee Scrub. Try making an Eye Mask as well!

We talked about witch hazel but only touched on a few of its benefits. Witch hazel can be used in a number of amazing ways. It helps with acne, it reduced puffiness in eyes, tones skin, keeps skin moisturized, removes excess oil, soothes sunburns, soothes itchy skin.. and the list goes on! My favorite way to use witch hazel is simply putting it in a spray bottle and using it as a face mist. Add some steeped tea, rosewater or peppermint for a luxurious feeling mist.

Makeup Trends:

I am very excited about some of the makeup trends this fall. Bold brows, darker matte lips, no fuss neutral smokey eyes – so easy to get on board with these. If you want to ease into these looks, start small and layer layer layer.  For brows, try Maybelline Brow Define & Fill Duo $6.99 

Maybelline Brow Define & Fill Duo

You can’t go wrong with the right tools. I love Anastasia Beverly Hills #14 dual sided brush $18.00. The spoolie end is perfect for lightening up brows that became too dark!

Love a bold lip but don’t know where to start? Try Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain $5.99. Buildable color and no need to worry about fading.


DIY Zombie Makeup:

Last but not least, my very own Dead Sets for $15. Just in time for Halloween! These are perfect for beginner zombies, children and zombie collectors. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments!

Dead Set


Philanthropy Friday

There are many ways you can incorporate philanthropy in your every day life and even your not so everyday life when vacationing. I’m known for researching something a lot before any of my purchases big or small. If something costs a little more and an organization will benefit from it, I usually end up going with that option. One Friday a month, I will post a list of 5 organizations for Philanthropy Friday. Hope you enjoy and are inspired to purchase with your heart! See you next Friday.

Crayon Collection






Their Mission:

“Our mission is simple: to collect as many crayons as possible and donate them to kids in need. Billions of crayons are produced in the U.S. each year, and much of that ends up in our landfills. These petroleum-derived crayons can take years – even decades- to decompose. Meanwhile, U.S. teachers in underfunded public schools are spending an average of $750 of their own income per year on supplies for their classrooms.”


Out of Print Tote Bag

Purchase of this bag sends one book to a community in need. Buy at for $18


Trash Bags to Travel Bags

“ASCF, Inc. provides foster care children with a suitcase/duffle bag to be filled with crayons, coloring and reading books and/or teddy bears, replacing the current common practice of youth transporting belongings in trash bags when changing homes.  With the support of donors and Community partners, Trash Bags to Travel Bags works to eliminate this negative message to children that they, and their belongings, are trash which can seriously affect the long term self-esteem of youth in this vulnerable population. Bags have been distributed at Child In Need of Assistance (CINA) court hearings, to group homes and directly to foster care youth throughout the State of Maryland.”

Visit for more information. There are many organizations that do this so you could google “trash bags to travel bags” to find something you can visit locally.

9 Million Meals

Rachel Ray is sponsoring this challenge to raise enough money to fund 9 million meals for those struggling with hunger around the country. Visit Feeding America and Share our Strength for more information.

Chantecaille Makeup

Tiger in the Wild PaletteSave the Bees PaletteSave the Sharks PalettePapillons Eye Shade

Chantecaille Makeup has a variety of beautifully designed palettes and compacts that benefit different organizations. Save tigers, bees, sharks or monarchs with these options above.

A Cooler for your Makeup!


How cool (haha) is this? It’s an insulated cosmetic bag that you can throw in the freezer and it will keep your makeup from melting. Along with meds, lotions, snacks, and anything you need to protect from the heat. Perfect for travels, boating, golfing, beach days, the list goes on!

Head on over to to shop!

Summer Skin

Ahhh summer is here. Summer is my favorite month but it can really wreak havoc on our skin. Try some of these tips to keep cool, keep protected and keep your makeup in place.

Protection is key. Trying to find a good sunscreen can be daunting. Some make you break out, some are greasy, some smell bad and they aren’t that cheap! Here is a list of sunscreens recommended by The Environmental Working Group:
Sunscreen to Use and Those to Avoid

Sun Bum $16 is available at Bed Bath and Beyond so you can use your coupons. I use this on my body in the morning and take with me if I’ll be outdoors a lot.

I know many who break out when using sunscreen on their face and have given up trying to find one. I have been using Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense  for a few weeks and have been breakout free! You can find that here for $38. Don’t forget the lips! Keep a lip balm with SPF in your bag.

Makeup tends to feel heavier in the summer so reach for a tinted BB Cream with SPF. There are so many out there to try but I can recommend Smashbox Camera Ready $39 and Coola Mineral Face Tint $36. Both available at Sephora. Check out all of their BB and CC creams available here!

Another great product by Coola is their makeup setting spray with SPF. This is good to use for summer events when you’re wearing makeup but can’t necessarily keep reapplying sunscreen all day. Buy here for $36!

If you will be needing makeup and worried about melting, try using waterproof or water resistant colors. A great drugstore buy is Maybelline Unstoppable Smudge Proof Eyeliner. Another drugstore go-to is Covergirl Lashblast Clump Crusher Mascara which is water resistant. Finding a long wearing melt proof eye color can be tough. Try using the makeup you have but combining it with a primer, set powder and set spray. Since melting makeup can be a a longer subject, a Melt Free Makeup Post will come soon!

If you’ve been outside all day and find your skin to be tender, burnt, greasy or to dry after washing, try these!

The Body Shop Face Spritzers $19 – These can be a refreshing mist on hot days. Try leaving one in the fridge!

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For tender skin, I use gel moisturizers. A long time favorite has been the Mary Kay Hydrating Gel $32 and the Soothing Eye Gel $16. Also refreshing the the fridge!

Mary Kay® Oil-Free Hydrating GelIndulge® Soothing Eye Gel

Wedding Day Essentials


Makeup Forever HD Foundation – no SPF, buildable coverage, long lasting, and lightweight. Simply flawless in photos.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Pallette – such a sheer glow. It’s glowing – no shine, glitter or sheen. Just a perfect glow. Use on top of cheek color.