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Save Money, Learn to Barter

Vintage Clothing is becoming so trendy that all the prices are skyrocketing alongside its popularity.  An excellent way to keep up with your vintage addiction without breaking the bank is to try and barter! To barter means exchanging goods or services for other goods or services.  Basically it means to trade.  Here are a few tips that work for me that you can try the next time your out treasure hunting.  Remember these tips are for bartering at flea markets, swap meets, and specific vintage shops or consignment stores.  You obviously cant go to the mall and try and barter.

#1 Ask! Yes its that simple, before anything just ask the shop owner if they will accept a  trade.  Depending on what it is you are offering they might accept a clean trade or partial trade
 Clean Trade: is an even trade you give and you get without any money being traded.  A partial trade they will accept your item and some % off the cost in cash.

#2 You have to know the value of what it is you want.  Be familiar …

Getting back on track: Try my yummy Chocolate Coconut Banana Shake!

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So how are those New Year's resolutions working out for you? This month has been so hectic for me as my schedule has completely changed! Skipping breakfast has become a bad habit of mine. Lately I have just been lazy/late and running on 99cent coffee in the mornings. Not good! So today I headed out to Trader Joe's to re stock on the ingredients of my yummy breakfast protein shake! I also use this for pre and post workouts on occasion. Feel free to try it out or send me other recipes =]
I also picked up the 30 day supply of Daily Vitamins and Minerals. I figure I can sort of use this as a daily reminder to eat as healthy as possible for the next 30 days! Let's see how that works!

Here's what I use:
1. Chocolate Flavored Whey Protein Powder.
2. Unsweetened coconut milk
3. Organic Bananas
4. Ice



In a blender, add half a glass of Ice, one glass of coconut milk, one banana and 2 scoops of the chocolate protein powder and blend. I'm not a fan of those blender cups…

CVS Mini Haul: MAC Dupes

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My First blog post of 2013! Hope you all had a Happy Holiday Season. My new year's resolution is to be more consistent with my blogging!


Today I purchased a few items from CVS because I have been so broke I cannot afford to go to MAC Pro and purchase my regular Powder, foundation and concealer. I do have a Pro discount card but it expired and I haven't come around to pay the renewal fee. I was laid off from my full time job in September and money is tight right now.

My regular makeup routine consisted of:

MAC Studio Fix Powder: NC45 (Reg Price:$27 Pro Discount: $16.20)
MAC PRO Long Wear Foundation: NC42 (Reg Price:$30 Pro Discount: $18.00)

I know what you're thinking! Too much coverage for every day use. Which is exactly why my pocket book and my face agreed to take a trip to CVS and find something more sheer and more economic.

I decided to try out the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Creme in Medium/Deep. This was my fist time trying a BB Creme and I honestly don't know w…