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If you were to look in my Itunes account, this is exactly what you’d see:

The Suze Orman Show Podcast

I LOVE Suze Orman!  I adore the “Can I Afford It?” segment!  The stuff people buy is hilarious!  But beyond that- even if some of the financial talk is over your head, she speaks on some core heart issues- like helping out loved ones in need, long term planning and the correlation between our self image and our spending.  Brilliant!



This is a podcast about blogging- but often the interviews and personal stories of bloggers is what makes this podcast so great.  Truly blogging is a very unique industry, and the bloggers themselves are even more so!   This podcast offers some much needed guidance to make happy blogs and even happier bloggers.




In the Den with Dr. Jenn - Season 3In The Den With Dr. Jenn

This video podcast has been a favorite of mine for years!  Not only has Dr. Jenn taught at my Alma Mater, but she knows how to throw one heck of a party even in podcast form!  She tackles a variety of topics pertaining to women’s health in an unpredictable and entertaining way.  Totally recommended!


Morning Coach

This podcast is excellent to be paired with a cup of coffee in the morning!  Sometimes a little dose of “audio caffeine”  is exactly what you need to kick start your day!




The Daily Boost

If Morning Coach is caffeine, this is like a Monster energy drink in terms if measure solely on pep.  He’s got a radio talk-show host voice and plenty of spunk, especially good for those of us who have a “case of the Mondays” pretty much every day of the week.




The Smart Passive Income Podcast: Online Business | Blogging | Passive Income | Lifestyle


The Smart Passive Income Podcast w/ Pat Flynn

If you’re like me, a person who has been using the interwebs for ages but has *no* clue how it really “works,” and how people can monetize their time on it- well, this is the podcast is for you.




Anderson Cooper 360° Podcast

I love this podcast because it’s about all the news I can take in a day.  Small doses of decent coverage with a little bit of humor tacked on at the end.  Plus, Anderson is such a good lookin’ guy even the Egyptians want to hit that…literally…in the face.

Tiffany - boxI have been writing here on FrugalBeautiful for about a month now.  I originally started this blog because I was obsessed with Tiffany & Co. without the money or even a clue how to get it.  My idea at first was to vent about my obsessions with expensive things I was just discovering as newly transplanted city-dweller, and the frustrations of not being able to afford any of it!  But FruBu became a lot more than that that fixation.  It has gone beyond the material beauty of the marketplace and has helped me to reconnect with the beauty of life that never gets featured in the shiny allure of the high-end Michigan Ave. storefronts.

After some soul searching and some writing on FruBu, I’ve realized that my obsession with the shiny allure of Tiffany was just a symbol for my search for love, beauty and simplicity, not so much the items itself.  Granted, I am rather fixated on a few pieces, but let’s keep this on the intangiles here… haha

I’m new to city life, new to being a grad student, new to the midwest, and new to an increasingly restricted budget- and doing this all as a single gal who previously didn’t know a soul in Chicago.  Focusing on the material can be a fabulous distraction, and sure, it can be a great outward status symbol, a way to validate yourself and your hard work,  and yes I’d kill to be able to afford any of it- but for me, obsessing over things I can’t afford was simply that- a distraction.   Sure, I still want my Tiffany, but I know I’m going to have to earn it myself, and owning a shiny bauble won’t create the fabulous life of my dreams- I am now working on making a frugal beautiful life on my own- the jewelry won’t make it for me.

In my less than 6 months in this amazing city I have discovered that love comes in many forms.  The city will break your heart many times, and you’ll fall in love with it again, and again.  Frugal living isn’t about living on rice and beans (I tried, it was awful), and there will be times you fail at sticking to a budget or living within your means.  Keep your eye on the prize and keep marching forward.

I’m learning that some things are worth spending your money on and can bring a lot of joy- you can’t deprive yourself of a cold glass of your favorite beer when you really need a pick-me-up.  I’m still saving for my special Tiffany piece,  but I am no longer waiting for some man to show up and buy it for me, nor am I using it as a measure of my success.  When I finally get my hands on a piece I can buy myself- in cash, I know it will simply be an accessory to a life I have crafted to its own fine beauty- and it is that day to day living, the fulfillment and experimentation, not so much the jewelry itself that will make the boldest statement.

Every once in awhile, I want to post a Bliss List. My friend Kassie and I used to post these for each other online before she passed away last year.  It’s basically a list of things that make us smile, things we’re thankful for- whatever makes us happy and comes to mind.  Here’s to Valentine’s Day, the life and the people I love, and here’s to Kassie:

-2.14.2011 Bliss List-

Those sexy little aforementioned blue boxes

Walking down Michigan Ave. in the snow at night

A cold glass of beer from The Rock Bottom

Unexpected mail

Pink Roses


Jenn Lancaster’s hilarious books

Getting comments from my readers ❤

Cuddling to sappy romantic comedies

“You Don’t Know Jacques!” Nailcolor by O.P.I.

Yankee Candles

That first cup of coffee in the morning, and how it smells glorious in the kitchen

Soft Water (even if it feels weird)

The oh-so-sexy look of liquid eyeliner

Hello Kitty

Post-It Notes

Cross-country roadtrips with friends

Knitting and listening to good podcasts

Pad Thai with fresh lime

When you can feel your heart skip a beat everytime you see that special someone

Kisses- from people and puppies alike

Playing hookie from class 😉

That feeling when your head first hits the pillow after a long day

The smell of Warm Vanilla Sugar

The way fresh snow glitters in the sunlight

Crayola markers

and…  Getting to post on FrugalBeautiful of course.

When I look back on the reasons for starting a blog, my motivations seem a bit murky.  I remember the idea coming up somehow, probably after a few beers- I remember feeling like it was a great idea, and even after the buzz wore off, it still felt like a great idea.  As I sit down to write at this very moment, after purchasing a domain name, attempting to learn WordPress and being told that perhaps I wasn’t sharp enough to get it by two computer geek male friends of mine, well- here I am.  Humbled, disgruntled and typing.  If this isn’t a a sign of what’s to come, I don’t know what is.

What will FrugalBeautiful be about?  Great question.  My writing style will be a reflection of the rest of my life: noncommittal and colorful.  My hope though is that I can post for other women out there who are like me: wanting to get the best out of life without having to pay for it in monthly installments at a high interest rate.  I like most women want to be educated beyond what was taught in school or the easily digest “feel good” articles in magazines. I want to live debt free, get the most bang for my buck, be beautiful on my own terms and empower myself and others.  I hope those goals can be shared with anyone who reads this blog.

As the famous quote by Henry David Thoreau has famously put it:

“I went into the woods (of the internet) because I wanted to live deliberately (and nobody told me how to do it, so I wandered off on my own).  I wanted to live deep (even when I’m completely shallow) and suck out all the marrow of life (for at least half the price while paired with a nice dry martini that was also half price), to put to rout all that was not life (or at least visually appealing and adorable) and not when I had come to die (or accept my inevitable spinsterhood), discover that I had not lived (and not had a hilarious story about it).”

And with that, it begins.



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