Thank You.

Thank You. There, see? I can say it.

Actually, I say thank you all the time.

Here’s your large Diet Coke!” “THANK YOU!”

“Would you like another prosecco?” “Why yes, thank you!”

“Cow, here’s an unlimited black AmEx! Go have fun!” “THANK YOU, FRUG!”

Hey, I love your boots!’

<awkward pause>

These? OMG, they are so old! I just found them in the back of my closet.”

“You look great tonight!

<awkward pause>

OMG, you’re joking, right? Look at these wrinkles? And my hair is all wrong!

Love that sweater!”

<awkward silence>

Got it at Target on clearance and it’s covered in cat hair and I’m hideous and LOOK AWAY!”

Compliments. Can you accept one?? Why is it so difficult?

Was with a group of friends last weekend and I was stumbling over the “Love your boots” thing and she said “Just say thank you.” And I just stared at her cluelessly. Just Say Thank You.


Part of it feels rude. Like, if you say “thank you“, the conversation is over abruptly. “Love your boots” “Thank You” and then it’s *crickets* whereas, “Love your boots” and “I bought them 10 years ago” can lead to “Really? Where did you get them?” and “What brand is that?” etc.

And a compliment on your appearance?? Eep. It feels too much like agreement. “Love your hair!” “Thank you” –>> That’s right. My hair is stellar and I am gorgeous and I think I’m fabulous!  Can’t let that kind of self-esteem out, right?? It seems arrogant to me. Maybe it’s an American thing?

Technically, yes, just say thank you. I’m working on it. Accepting compliments without bring up myriad flaws still makes me feel queasy though.

Anyone else feel like that???

Terrible News

I. Am. Old.

Turned fortyfuckingNINE yesterday. I mean, there’s no way around the fact that that’s not young. How did this happen?? I swear I was a youthful and sassy 39 not that long ago.

Even worse, no amount of diet and exercise and grooming can hide the fact that I am not young anymore. As part of my bday celebration, I did a girls weekend in NYC. Much prep went into it. I waxed all the body parts and shaved those that I didn’t wax (*nods at finger knuckles and toe knuckles*) I planned (read: did the purchase/return cycle so much that the Frug’s head is going to spin around) outfits. I had fresh highlights, a haircut, I even tinted my brows!

Oh, and for my big Saturday night out, we had the Glam Squad come to do blowouts and makeup!


Middle aged soccer mom.


Actually, according to the sainted Ashlee, I looked like a “middle aged gym teacher“…which is much, much better, right?


I mean, if I can’t groom and retail my way to a youthful glow, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?

Accept it?


Hell no.



In Non-Shocking News…

All the major sites are reporting that Bruce Jenner IS transitioning into a woman. This is truly NOT A SHOCK. It’s been pretty obvious, right? I started making note of it back in Jan of 2012!

He’s going to have a series (of course he is) documenting all of it. Well, that’s one way to handle it! lol Right in the public eye, like a good Kardashian!

Good luck to you, Bruce. Seriously. This is some major shit and having the world staring at you cannot be easy. (so let’s make it into a TV show! Sigh)

Adventures in Hoarding — Make-up Edition

Make-up. I love it. Always have. When I was in elementary school I started wearing blush. Now, most girls have to sneak it or hide it from their moms. Not I. My own mother gave me a Coty pink blush stick when I was maybe 10 years old. Yes, I was that pale. lol

Over the years, I’ve developed what The Frug would call a “problem.” Disagree. It’s a collection. A hobby, if you will. He collects beer cans, I collect shades of brown eye shadow. Samesies.

One thing I do have a problem with is unpacking. Oh, and make-up bags. And unpacking make-up bags. Decided to empty out the 5+ bags I’ve never unpacked from various trips. Also cleared out my “under the bathroom sink” area, misc. shopping bags in the computer room, and a mysterious box I’ve had on my bedside table for years.




This isn’t all of it. I know I have more make-up and misc. beauty products somewhere. This is the iceberg but there’s more “tip” somewhere! (but where??)

Such a collection. I’m not a snob. There are drugstore items from ELF that are like $1 each and then there’s the high end stuff from Guerlain and Creme de La Mer. (samples only of La Mer b/c holyshitpricey)

The most interesting thing I found was this:










Yes, that’s a plastic MdDonald’s apple pie. What of it?? Most people have them.

Here’s an interesting bit of miscellany:


The pie, a flower pin made by one of the kids in 2008, a cat collar (and Fiona was never, ever going to wear that!), a key chain from a long-forgotten drunk fest on the Eastern Shore circa 1999 maybe?, and a cheerleading pin from the 80s.

Huh. Hoarding? Nah.

So, here are some numbers to chew on:

Hair products – 17

Teeth – 5

Deodorants- 4

Body/tanning/lotions – 22 (and 6 temp tatts! lol)

Nails – 16

Face – masks/creams/lotions – 34

Face – concealers/ bb creams/other – 12

Mascara – 8

Bronzer/ blush/ luminizers – 21

Eyes –  43

Lip – 41

So, 229. Hmm. And yet still not enough.




Programming Note

If you’re accessing this via, please don’t!! I moved the blog to a year or so ago!! The little rerouter thingy expired a long time ago too!

However, for some unknown reason, when I do a post from my phone, it posts to kellybexblog. *sighs* Fixing this asap.


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And It’s DONE

Dear God. Spent the last few days re-doing Master Pedro’s room. Nothing fancy, just moved a larger bed into his room, rearranged the furniture, got some new “teen” bedding, etc.


We took a queen bed we had in the guest room (frugal) and moved Pedro’s old twin bed in there. You should have seen the misc. stuff we found under the old beds. For example, an old National Enquirer’s “Worst Beach Bodies” magazine from 2009. All kinds of old dog bones. *shudders*  One shoe that’s been missing for years. In Pedro’s room? An Easter basket, with some candy and empty wrappers. Please note we haven’t been home for Easter in probably 6 years. *shudders*

Now, the 5’7″ inch teen can spread out while he sleeps. The 105 lb dog? Not so much. He is currently in full-on pout over it. He is lying beside it with the saddest puppy dog eyes…  I am a crazy animal person so I am rather worried about the poor dog being traumatized over the reduced bed size. lol

Just look at him! Poor angel.  (ignore all the random crap on the floor — the guest room is in transition. Ahem)


Oooh! Fun Stuff in People StyleWatch!

Anyone else eagerly await the monthly People StyleWatch?? My fave is the one with all the spring previews. This month’s was good too though.

Could this replace Botox? Probably not but it’s worth a try, right?! It’s “only” $89 so…


I have already tried this. It says it will keep you dry for 48 hours. Hmph. Maybe not for the perimenopausal. It goes on dry though which is nice. I’d say it’s the best of the “super power” antiperspirants that I’ve tried (and I have tried them ALL)…


Just in time for Valentine’s Day!


Love this. Tinted lip oil??!! Sounds sheer and hydrating. YSL is super swanky too. A must! ysl

Lash extension kit? Yay! Sounds easy to use. I’m concerned about the potential for severe clumping BUT for $15, it’s a must try.


Now, this?? A fake brow piercing kit?? Um, okay. So much to do with your brows these days… This would be fun for a goth costume, I s’pose.




Illness Musing

I’ve been sick for FOREVER! *sniffles* The latest iteration is an ear infection (what? Am I 4?) and general nausea and GI pain.

Foodies look away. The only food that is making me feel better is Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. No organic, free range nonsense. Gimme the sodium and yellow food dye, baby! Oh, and Saltines. Only the old school Premium brand with salt. No whole wheat or unsalted tops, thank you very much.

The only complaint with this salty comfort panacea is the whatthehellisthat chewy “chicken” cubes. What part of the chicken is that? Why so chewy?! Aahhhh


Shopping with the Frug

We have a new monthly “date.” The Frug and I shop together at COSTCO once a month. Exciting, right? Sexy! In an attempt to corral my spending, the Frug decided that we should try this whole “buying in bulk” thing. We’ve had a Costco membership in the past but when I would go, I would see shiny things that I had to have, list be damned! And, they sell clothes there!

Anyway, that is NOT how the Frug shops. There is not just a list, it’s a mega list, printed, pruned, agonized over. I do not participate. I just say “hey, make sure we have eggs on the list.” Not that I don’t use lists. I do. I make a grocery list and then leave it in the car. Or, I have my list and then I sort of get bored by it in the store and just buy whatever looks good. You can see how I am a threat to the Frug’s sanity.

Once in the store, the price comparisons start. Kirkland brand versus name brand. Cost of Diet Pepsi versus Diet Coke (not that that matters! Diet Coke FOREVER!). Cost per gallon for milk compared to regular grocery stores. Shoot. Me. Here he is in all his frugal glory:frugcostco

I think he was pricing out white tube socks. *sighs*

The “process” takes about 90 minutes. It’s excruciating. I dislike shopping with others. I like to be solo. Flying the thru store, grabbing what I need, and what I don’t. No one asking “Cow, how much is a 24 pack of AA batteries at Target?” (the hell if I know!) No one asking “How many chicken tenders do the kids eat per week?” Um, what?

At the end, we have the “Do we or Don’t we?” over the hot dog and soda combo. It’s like a dollar for a hot dog and soda. BUT, they’ve changed from DC to DP. So no. No deal is worth drinking Diet Pepsi in a damn warehouse after 90 minutes of spreadsheets and cost comparisons. Nope. It crushes the Frug to pass up such a bargain. lol

Happy Frugmas!


How’s Your Brow Game?

I have been way off my brow game this past year. Went cheap and paid the price later. Was getting a pedi and asked for a spur-of-the-moment brow wax. Just a cleanup. What could go wrong??? *sighs*  I like my brows to be full, defined, yet clean. Welp, I ended up sparse and tadpole-ish. I waited months for them to grow in. MONTHS. Fun fact: brows eventually give up on you. I used to have to get them waxed monthly. Now it’s been 5 months and I could still wait. It’s scary. I just have blonde tumbleweeds underneath and between the brows. Oh-so-pretty.

Pick your brow shape and stick with it. Don’t go trendy. Growing up with Brooke Shields and her fantastic full brows was a Godsend for a wooly-browed Irish lass like me. All I needed to fix was going from one brow to two. Easy peasy. I blame all the 90s skinny brow chicks for my later trauma. (Gwynnie, Jen, Gwen Stefani, etc) How are brows trendy?? This year, big bushy ones are in. Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins. Next year it’ll be that bleached nonsense or back to super-skinny. I am DONE messing with my brow shape.

Sadly, not only are mine now refusing to grow back, they are gray in areas. *shrieks* Insult to injury, amigas.

Today I got brave and went to the Benefit Brow Bar at Ulta. A lovely young woman named Ena tinted and waxed the brows!  It cost just $32 for this — it’s about $50 at the fancy place in Georgetown I used to splurge on. (plus parking, gas getting there, etc) #alwaysfrugal. It’s hard to tell from this photo because I have a lamp next to the computer that’s making one side look lighter than the other. They are both a light-medium brown. I like to have a good contrast between the brows and the hair on my head!  Also, ignore the weird scar I have on that side too. #scarface Overall, I’m pleased. She was quick and efficient and not too chatty

.Photo on 12-4-14 at 7.03 PM


I did, naturally, find some new products to test. Both promise to not just add color to the brows, but volume too!

Maybelline Brow Drama (love that name!)

Blinc Brow Mousse

I like the look of the Maybelline one. The brush looks interesting AND it’s $8 versus $24 for the Blinc! #soveryfrugal

Another cool item that I am going to try the hell out of is a wax brow stick from NYX. It’s supposed to be able to tame the outer edges of my brows that like to stick up and make me look (more) evil. It’s also only around $8 so…mine mine mine!

That’s all for now. If you have any brow tips, leave comments!