Monday, April 10, 2017

Five Under $10

Today I'm sharing five items that I really love and use all the time that cost less than $10. Let's face it, the world is so expensive these days so when you find a few things that work great, you have to share them with others.  Here we go and let me warn you - these are not from one category.

You're channeling your inner ballet dancer when you wear this pale but put together nail polish. I love Essie Ballet Slippers because it's soft, pretty, and it doesn't show so much when it chips after 5 days. The cost is about $8.00 per bottle and it stays nice for a long time. 



For years we've been collecting Williams Sonoma spatulas. On a regular day they are slightly over $10 but we only buy them on sale. They are heat resistant up to 600 degrees so they won't melt in your pan like some will. The handle is just right in your hand so you can grasp the spatula easily while turning your egg (really) or scraping the last wonderful little bit of chocolate icing out of a bowl. We put them in the dishwasher to clean them. They last for two or three years.


This time of year we are all considering what to plant. I've told you again and again, plant zinnias from seed at 99 cents a pack! Works like a charm. If you plant two or three packs you'll have plenty to share with friends and family. Grab a pretty little jar and you have a gift to give too.



Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges are a favorite at our house! We love these pepper jack ones because they are creamy and spicy. If you are on Weight Watchers, they are one point each of pure deliciousness. We eat them with a few crackers. The other day I made a tostada with chicken and melted the pepper jack wedge on top. Yummo!!


Maybe you're like me and have always enjoyed soaking up a little sunshine. Now the days of laying out on the roof smeared in Crisco are long gone but the damage is done.  I never worried about it until the day the dermatologist said, "Those spots are cancer. We'll remove them." After that I decided to fight it every step of the way. This moisturizing lotion has SPF 35. I love it because it feels like moisturizer first with the benefit of SPF...does that make sense? It's soft and feels good on your skin...not gloppy like sunscreen usually is.  Oh and my sweet husband uses it daily on the bald spot on the top of his head. :)


OK, that's a few for me today. I'd love to know some ideas that you have for under $10 so share them in the comments. Be sure and visit the other bloggers who are sharing ideas, projects, recipes, and other things for under $10.

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38 comments:

Kathy Olson said...

I always enjoy these type of posts! Have a beautiful day!

Tammy Lagaly said...

I have been looking at soft pink colors forever but can never seem to commit. I'heading out to buy it right now. Well, when the stores open. Also, you are the second person to tell me that zinnias from seed are the way to go. I haven't had great luck with zinnias before ( mold, fading, tall and spindly)however, a friend of mine a few years ago told me to stop buying them and start planting them. So today I'm picking up pretty pink for my nails and three or so packages of seeds! Any particular brand of seed? Thanks for the great ideas!

Estelle's said...

Hi Stacey! I love and have each one of your favorites...except, I have not planted zinnia's...going to now....thanks for great gardening advice! Y'all had a lovely garden at your former home! Have a great week and a lovely Easter!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'll have to look for that cheese! We love cheddar cheese sticks but these would be yummy for a quick snack too! Enjoy your week sweet friend. Hugs!

taylorlisa said...

Ballet Slippers by Essie is my summertime fave!

I'm so glad you reminded me to plant zinnias from seed. Do you sew your seeds directly into the ground?

I have a blank space that I think they would be perfect for.

Great ideas.

Lisa

jc said...

What a fun post! I'm going to have to try that Laughing Cow cheese - sounds great!

designchic said...

I love Laughing Cow cheese and the zinnias are perfect for planting to have for yourself and to share - what a great idea! Happy Monday!

Manu said...

Oh I love this post!
Thanks for sharing.
Lobe

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Love WS spatulas, they come in such fun colors! Love zinnias too!

Carol Lander said...

Stacey, I love Ballet Slipper, too. I think you've convinced me to try Laughing Cow cheese. And to try growing zinnias from seeds. Thanks for the inspiration.

Eilis said...

Great list! I need to get on the zinnias, quick.

Kim said...

I am a regular at the dermatologist for the same reason. I hate sunscreen, because it feels awful and smells bad. I use the purple Neutrogena cream, oil free, I'm going to try this one for sunscreen. Thanks for the tip. I have been going crazy trying to find something for the season...

JoAnne said...

These are all great, inexpensive suggestions. The Essie nail polish is such a pretty shade of pink. I have never planted zinnias but now I will definitely give them a try. Thanks for the great tips.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stacey, great post sharing great items under 10 dollars. All your tips are great. I haven't tried the cheese yet, but I certainly will as we love cheese around here. The nail polish is such a pretty color for spring and summer.
I planted Zinnia's this year from the garden shop but I will have to try them from seed from now on. What a savings.
Thanks for sharing. Have a nice Easter week. xo

Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage said...

These are all fabulous! I have all WS spatulas and I love Laughing Cow wedges, and I'll be checking the others out. Thanks so much, my friend!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I love these posts! I'm putting that nail color on my list for this weekend. I'm always looking for a perfect pale pink shade like that. That cheese is delicious too...I like it on a cracker with a bit of Bonne Maman fig jam. :) I've used that Neutrogena moisturizer for years and it never disappoints. Love your list here!

Angelina PeoniesandOrangeBlossoms said...

I love Essie Ballet Slippers and WS spatulas! I seem to buy one every season, just can't help myself. Now I have a drawer of spatulas!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

It's almost pedicure season here so that pale pink polish will be so pretty! I have to find who sells that brand! I love Williams Sonoma and we have a store in our mall here but I never bought the spatulas. I will have to check them out and hope there is a sale. I love The Laughing Cow and ate them while I was on WW. I forgot how good they are! Do you use the Neutrogena moisturizer as an everyday lotion or specifically when you are going out in the sun? I usually have to use 50+ and I am looking for something new :-)

My Kentucky Living said...

Love the nail polish color and WS spatulas. I the shop sales too! Had to laugh sbout crisco. Oh the things we did!!! And i use neutrogena products too. Thanks for suggestions.

Gwen said...

Love Essie and Laughing Cow. I'll have to pick up the Neutrogena. Yes,I'm of the approximately the same age. We used baby oil! Not real smart! Live and learn. Great post!

Rita C. said...

Wow, Stacey, it's like I gave you my shopping list and you did my personal shopping - for realz.

mary scott said...

Thanks for these! Added the moisturizer to my shopping list for this week.

thepaintedapron.com said...

lovely list Stacey! I will try the Neutrogena, thx
Jenna

Benita Roberts said...

Stacey, thank you so much for sharing these. I totally forget about these things sometimes...Love that nail polish!! I use Neutrogena moisturizers and absolutely love them...inexpensive and do a good job! Love and hugs!

Creations By Cindy said...

I love Essie nail polish and I must try that cheese . Yum . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

Art and Sand said...

I'm stopping at the nursery tomorrow for zinnia seeds.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh...I'd love to see if I can grow zinnias from seeds! Definitely will give it a shot.

I love the spatula but I wonder how the wood handle could take the dishwasher. The plastic handles do not handle the heat at all if you leave it resting on the pan for a second. I would use this for scraping a bowl as you said. And now I'm dreaming of chocolate frosting!

I love Essie, too, and I think it's priced right. I've worn Ballet Slippers Forever!!! I also love Revlon...it's thicker and sometimes one coat does it.

Love this sort of post, Stacey! Thank you!!

Jane x

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Fun finds....I love the Spicy Pepper Jack cheese wedges! They are my favorite. I need to try the moisturizer/sun screen. I tan easily but my skin gets so dry and who wants skin cancer?
Have a great Easter.

Hugs, Cecilia

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Ha! I just finished my daily Laughing Cow one point afternoon snack - it tides me over until dinner!! Love this post, this is great. Now I must remember to buy me some Zinnia seeds!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Fun post Stacey and filled with great goodies for us all!
Jemma

Katie Clooney said...

Great stuff. I use that moisturizer and love it. Have a wonderful Easter!

handmade by amalia said...

Love that nail polish.
Amalia
xo

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

This was a fun post. I'm a big fan of the W-S spatulas as well. I try to buy them on sale which, of course, means I'm always a season behind. :-)

Kelly said...

Those are some great buys! I don't lay out in the sun either. Skin cancer is on the rise!

Rebecca Nelson said...

Gosh...I sure have missed following along... It's good to be back. Thank you so much for visiting me. Means so much!

<3 R

Jeanie said...

Laughing Cow and zinnias! We're on the same page there, and I also have and love that moisturizer! Fun post, Stacey!

Have a very happy Easter! Just think, next year in your new home!

Karen said...

I'm totally with you on the zinnias. They're one of my favorite summer garden blooms and are so super simple to grow from seeds. I grow heirloom varieties so I can simply save seeds from year to year with only a single packet purchase. THAT"S a bang for your buck!

Kathleen Grace said...

Zinnias are a must, and we have already started one pack of them and I need to start some more. Can you have too many? I think not. I'll have to try the laughing cow, I didn't realize it came in pepper jack and was only one point! Yes please. Yikes, the skin cancer thing makes me glad I have never tried to tan. Well, I did try once, thinking the freckles would all run together if I just stayed out long enough. They didn't and I finally realized I hate laying in the sun sweating for nothing. I found out in my 30's that my paternal grandmother, who was Norwegian, died of melanoma. So glad I avoided the sun!