Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting


I’m one of those people who can easily spend an hour wandering around Target. The brightly colored home goods beg me to browse through its section. I usually shop for clothes at thrift stores but the women’s clearance rack always needs to be checked because you never know what you might find. And then there’s [...]

Bad to the Bone

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Since this is my first post for Aiming Low, you might be wondering exactly how big of a badass I am. Lemme just tell you. I’m the baddest badass you’ll ever meet. For example, last week I drove my ten-year-old minivan to the gas station. My husband recently used my vehicle to transport a jillion [...]

6 Things I Want For Christmas, but Won’t Get


I’ve been working on my Christmas list for weeks. There are two versions. The one I sent to my parents was full of books that they can easily order from my favorite indie bookstore. I’m treating you to the secret one here today—the list of things I really want: 1. World peace Yes, I am [...]

A Christmas Tradition That Won’t Sap Me of My Very Lifeblood


Does the Christmas spirit of others make you want to lie in bed all day long?

Beware the Christmas List Pandemic


I’ve been a victim of a truly horrific syndrome this holiday season. It’s impacting my emotional health, my financial solvency, my peace of mind. It can strike at any moment, day or night for no apparent reason. The only protection against this insidious affliction is to immediately take to your bed, with all doors shut [...]

Three Hours and a Bottle

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I just got back from a shopping trip to a nearby Super Target. I was gone for three hours. I know this, because when I walked through the door, my husband said, “You were gone for three hours!” The first hour was filled with leisurely strolls down the cosmetic aisle and through the racks of women’s [...]

The Season of Giving


Now that the holiday season is upon us (I KNOW, RIGHT?) I’ve got a few things to mention: Firstly, if you waited in line for hours last week in order to get a “doorbuster” at midnight when you should have been sleeping off the tryptophan hangover, I have a little secret to share: There’s this [...]

First World Closet Problems


For a striking example of First World Problems, I submit, Exhibit A: The Walk-In Closet. More times than I can count, I have stood amidst shameful racks and stacks of clothing, muttering to myself, “I have NOTHING to wear!” Nothing, no thing. No swathe of material that I deem appropriate to place over my body [...]

Joystick Junction


“Welcome to Joystick Junction. I’m your game conductor for today. All aboard the game train! How can I confuse you today?,” so says the 19-year-old 5 foot 11 inch, 147 pound clerk to us as we enter his gaming store, but what we hear instead is “Mumblejumblemumble.” We had come on the day that Mumbler [...]

The 5 Worst Retail Stores to Open in the Back of Your House


You just know Max Kulczynski had an AWESOME lemonade stand when he was a kid. According to HuffPost, Kulczynski was recently arrested for running a fake Hollister Store in the back of his house in rural County Clare, Ireland. And not just a little back room where he had a pile of hoodies and track [...]

5 Truths About Money


Unless you live under a rock, you know what a big deal money is. I’d say too big, but it is what it is. Getting smart about money now will serve you well later. Here are five things about money that I’ve learned to be true over the years: The salary you’re offered is just [...]

6 Sneaky Ways To Tell Your BFF She Looks Horrible in Capris


Spring is here. The sun is coming out and the winter coats are being put away. Your BFF is asking you to come along on a spring time shopping spree because when temperatures get higher, shirt sleeves and pants legs get shorter. Being the awesome friend that you are, you go with her to the [...]