8 Secrets to Decorating Your Home The Fabulous N’ Frugal Way

You’ve been finding ways to save on everything else, but decorating your home in the way you like seems like a more daunting challenge. If so, this may be for you:  1. Start with a vision. What do you want your home to look, feel & smell like? What mood do you want it to

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Shopping In My Closet Challenge Update

As we begin to make good on the promises of our New Year’s resolutions, I thought I would share how I am doing with mine to keep me accountable and hear how you are doing with yours. I am a diligent saver, but I LOVE  but I LOVE to collect clothes, bags, and shoes. It is

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Dream Girl Friday: Ellen Bodkins,Founder of Ellen B Beauty/Face The Day NY

Ellen Bodkins is Fabulous N’ Frugal’s DreamGirl of the week. She is a make-up superstar, a dream chaser, and the founder Ellen B Beauty & Face The Day NY. Her story of  first doing her friend’s make-up in college  to now running her own business is inspiring. How did makeup become your passion? I got

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The Year of Finding My Stride: 2012 in Review

Rosetta, founder of  Happy Black Woman , a phenomenal blog dedicated to inspiring women to live their ideal lives crafted a series of questions to prompt reflection on 2012 and planning for 2013. They were thoughtful questions and I thought I would share my responses with you. What was the most valuable lesson you learned this

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5 Steps To Remove Clutter Before The New Year

The Cost of Clutter Christmas Eve was earlier this week. I’m a procrastinator, so I left my house on Christmas Eve with several purchases to make. I live by a commercial area called Jamaica Avenue. Usually, Jamaica Avenue, like any other commercial district, is congested. But on Christmas Eve, I don’t know. I am not

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3 Benefits of Swapping (Besides Sticking It to Consumerism)

“Because in ourselves, we are one hell of a storm.”   This is what I feel anytime women-of-color come together to do something amazing. A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a Soup N Swap event, where women met to barter and feast on gourmet soup.   Sponsored by AF3IRM and

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Four Things To Give Instead of Gifts For Christmas

Are you still racking your brains for last-minute gift ideas?  With only a few days before Christmas, finding and buying the perfect gift can be stressful.  Not only that, but you run the risk of buying something that your loved ones might not use or like. So why stress yourself out? Opt for giving any of

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Why I Pay Myself First …

Because I am planning to have a “last day of work” and do not want to go back. The operative word here is “planning,” not “hoping,” “praying,” or “dreaming.” Because while I am cute (and you are too), this fine will not last forever and I want something tangible to show from all my years

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“Balance”, not “Budget” is the Secret to Mindful Spending

When it comes to how you should spend your money, everyone seems to have something to say. (including me :)). Listening to the most austere savers would have many of us walking around  looking crazy, ashy, and angry from subjecting ourselves to extreme deprivation. On the other hand, following the advice of the carefree spender,

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How to Touch Your Tantra: Interview with Lisa of LifeBliss Solutions

Back in 2007, I was a hot mess: without focus, pinning over some dude, and holding residual anger from a lifetime of accumulated disappointments. But luckily, I knew I needed help. I also knew that I did not want to go the traditional, sterile counselor or therapist route. What I did not know,though, was what

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