Shopping Nostalgia

I think it was a nostalgic trip down memory lane that triggered this. I found myself searching for laser show discounts on Groupon this past week. Perhaps that or another birthday headed my way or just something random. Seems to be happening a lot lately. Either way, I realized my affection for the things from my youth still lives.

Your summers might sound a little like mine. Typical teen adventures. I spent countless summer hours at the mall with girl friends. Limited budgets kept us close to home and using our creativity. After scraping change together, we would head for the area where teens congregated. On the way there, I would daydream. Thoughts of clothes and makeup on an unlimited budget made me smile. Instead we would window shop at Express then pay a visit to the local music store. Whether we realized it or not, our stress was minimal. My biggest concern? If my crush called while I was out, haha!

Even though times have changed, the benefits in finding the best deals remains. Saving a little dough to hang out with your crush (or spouse) is still a priority. Plus, finding that cute top and latest makeup for the date is fun too.


One of the trends that has not gone out of style is bold stripes. I loved them then and now. Which Express piece would you pick to add to your wardrobe: A, B or C?

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Groupon. All opinions and thoughts are my own. All images are owned by their respective companies.

Understand that friends come and go.

If you asked him, he would agree. A week after High School graduation and he was ready to move on. Just skip over all the sentimental bull crap that all of us parents need to work through. Catharsis. All of our lamenting about what to watch out for, how to stay out of trouble and keep focused. You know the moments where you remember your parents telling you the same thing. But we still give the advice. As if it was new.

“I’ll be fine and just cause you think I’ll make the same mistakes as you, doesn’t mean I will.”

No truer words have been said by an eighteen year old.

No truer panic has been felt by every parent hearing those words.

I will continue to sit and wait until the time is up with an ashtray full of butts. Plus, several solitary hikes later to calm my nerves. I have heard other parents talk about this process, even took in some advice. I tried to find a survival kit but it seems they do not sell them in stores. Instead, I remembered this song.

The eldest sets his sails for college this week. So, I will queue it to be heard at least once before he embarks on the 4-year long journey of discovering oneself.

I smiled as the College Admissions Clerk laughed and offered me this bit of her knowledge and experience: “their attitude and antics, I think is God’s way of making it easier for us parents to help them move out.”

Baz Luhrman’s Sunscreen advice is much easier to digest.


Energy Upgrade California, NOW

It is no mystery; California is shoe melting hot during the hottest days of summer. Air conditioning and a well insulated home is not a desire but more a necessity. Yet, now more than ever, Californians need to watch our water and energy usage. With the heat ahead, it is a great time to take a thorough check of some basic changes we can make inside our homes.

Our state bear has come down from the flag to talk to us about managing our water and energy use. See him in action.

Some easy steps include:

  • Using low-flow showerheads
  • Playing fun family games at night by candlelight
  • Using advanced smart strips to stop standby power
  • Installing smart thermostats and home energy monitors
  • Replacing inefficient light bulbs with energy saving bulbs
Additionally, Energy Upgrade California’s Website has many details and tools to help out. From financing options to searching for approved contractors, it is a great resource and place to start. Help California stay golden. Overall, the goal is to better manage energy and water, which will not only help California meet energy and emission goals, but also save consumers money while making their homes more comfortable.
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Even simple changes in the way we manage energy can have a big impact – especially if we take them together. Learn more about energy management, upcoming events, contests and more:
Disclosure: Frufrugal partnered with Energy Upgrade California for this post. All opinions are my own.
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