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Artist Spotlight: Stardust Trinkets

I love art and very much admire the creative mind of artists. Today’s blog features Stardust Trinkets. Stardust Trinkets specializes in all things geek-related, but you don’t have to be a geek to appreciate the delicate beauty of these handcrafted pieces. Stardust Trinkets is very much “Glam Geek” and “Geek Chic”.

Another plus: All of the pieces are affordable!! Now that is something this gal can get behind! Check out some of these trinkets:

Stardust Trinkets is on Etsy
and on facebook

Happy Shopping!

Tune in tomorrow for an all new blog in my #93daysofblogging this summer!


A Cheap Masseuse That Guarantees Happy Spendings

I have a desk job.  Forty hours a week I sit, I read, and because of this my back is all kinds of whack.  For anyone else reading this who also sits on their derriere for a living, you get where I am coming from.

My back constantly screams at me:  GET ME A MASSAGE WOMAN!  Well, my back doesn’t balance the checkbook nor pay the bills.  A massage (thought amazing and reasonably priced at some places) is still a luxury for me.  Make no mistake, massages are the bomb diggity (God, could I get any sadder or whiter for using the phrase “bomb diggity”) and it is always nice to have someone touching me other than my husband (I kid, I kid). Alas, I never get massages because the money I would spend on one could go towards paying bills and paying down debt.

Enter the cheapest masseuse a guy/gal could ever ask for (and it will cost you practically nothing):



A tennis ball!   Normally I am not a gal who enjoys balls on my back but this is an exception.  You can use it standing up or sitting at your desk at work (like I do).  I just place it at whatever spot on my back needs some good loving and press up against my chair and instant massage.

Before trying this, there are three recommendations I would like to give you:

  1. Try the shoulder area, lower back and around the shoulder blades.  Pure bliss.
  2. If trying this at work and around co-workers, be prepared for some looks. You WILL make questionable faces because it feels so wrong yet oddly right at the same time.
  3. Don’t try this at work.  Avoid the judgement.

Hope this helps out a few of you fellow paper pushers.

Before ending this post, I do have to say that everyone deserves the luxury of a massage every once in awhile.  The tennis ball is just to get you through the time frame in between the “once” to “awhile”.  Two of my best friends are massage therapists and they do magic with their hands.

My bestie Kimberly works in the great state of Texas:

My bestie Melissa works in the great state of Idaho:

I hope everyone has a safe but stupidly fun Memorial Day weekend and a special thank you to all of the veterans out there!


Grandma is getting hitched and I go dress shopping!

Yes, you read that correctly, my Grandma Barb is finally marrying her long time love Woody (Oh God, get your mind out of the gutter, Woody is his nickname…geez)!  They have been living in sin for years now and are making it official at the end of this month.  It really is a cute story of how they got together.  My grandparents knew Woody and his wife for years and would encounter each other every now and then at social events.  My Grandpa passed away, and Woody’s wife passed shortly after that…sad and not the cute part of the story.  My Grandma was lonely, Woody was lonely…also sad and also not the cute part of the story.  Fate sort of brought my Grandma and Woody back together.  Two lonely hearts who reconnected and became friends who socialized within the same circle of seniors.  Then (finally the cute part of the story) BAM, New Year’s Eve hits and their eyes meet, and friends became lovers…happy!  Wait a sec, forgot I was writing about my Grandma and soon-to-be Grandpa …shudder…let’s move on to the dress shopping portion of this post.  

So my Grandma is getting married  and the wedding is hawaiian themed.  This means I have to find a tropical dress to wear (always an anxiety producing activity).  My Grandma also asked me to sing for her wedding (honored, but now “the dress” stakes have been raised).  Oh wait, my Grandma then tells me she wants me to perform a duet with my cousin Megan.  Oh S*#T!  My cousin Megan who is 10 years younger, “The Megan” who is ten times hotter, and “The Megan” who is ten thousand times tanner than me!  I have to look good now.  Really, really, really good.  Not competing with a 20-year-old good (there is no doubt that her cleavage will be the star of our duet), but classy and beautiful good.  I don’t want to be singing in front of a hundred people looking like a homeless person (my everyday attire by the way) with a Victoria’s Secret model, with 20-year-old cleavage right next to me.  Now that you know what my mission is please choose to accept it and let’s go dress shopping:

First stop, Nordstrom Rack.  My Mom went with me (because moms always let you know if you look good or bad in something) and we both had heard such good things about this store.  We went over to the clearance section and looked at the first price tag…say what?!?!  More like Nordstrom “Rack”et!  Some of these dresses were on clearance for hundreds of dollars.  I looked at the price of one dress I thought was delightful and it was $165.00 marked down from $500.00.  Who are these people who can afford a dress that costs that much?  I want to meet them and make friends with them because if they have that kind of money to blow on one piece of clothing then they probably have a boat, a big boat.  Being on a boat, a big boat, sounds pretty amazeballs right now!  There I go veering off topic again.  Well I did find a cute dress, one that wouldn’t work for the wedding, but I could wear to various holiday functions.  Marked down from $118.00, this little red number cost $34.97 (plus tax of course).


Under $40.00 (sweet) but the dress stress ensues.

We then hit up Old Navy and T.J. Maxx (definitely more like our type of peeps) but found nothing.

My Mom then suggested Sears.  Who shops at Sears?  Well no one shops at Sears which is why they have so much clearance stuff (including dresses)…JACKPOT!  After hunting the clearance/sales racks I found two dresses, both originally $70.00, marked down to $30.00.  Awesome!

This one I loved because it was very becoming to my two “uts”.  You guys and girls know what the two “uts” are, don’t you?  The two “uts” I am referring to are my butt and my gut (and yes I am aware that one utt has two t’s and the other ut has one, but two “uts” is catchier).


This one is the most tropical out of the dresses I bought AND has butterflies (my Grandma’s lifetime obsession with butterflies has taken over her house).  PERFECT!  The color even makes me look a little tan and it gives my two “uts” a little more room to breathe so I can eat and drink the day of the wedding!

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So what do you guys think…butterfly dress?!  I’m thinking I am saying yes to this dress!

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