$500 at Target

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Today is a special day. Today, I linked it up with two of my favorite bloggers (who happen to also be awesome in real life) and we're talking about one of my favorite things: Target.

True confession: Target is my happy place.

Even though I worked there for a few months in college, I still seriously love Target. I do most of our shopping there for household stuff, and if it's priced right/I'm feeling lazy, I'll even do our grocery shopping there. I definitely have to go in there with a list, otherwise, this happens:

It's a dangerous place. But an awesome place! My favorite Targets are the ones that have Starbucks in them. It's like going on vacation! (This may be indicative that I need to get out more.)

Anyway, when Chrystina of Chrystina Noel asked what I wanted to write about what I'd buy with $500 at Target, I jumped right on it! We linked up with Jamie of Escaped from LA, and we each separately came up with what we would buy with our imaginary $500 gift card to Target. We decided that tax was not included, but other than that, everything was fair game. Here's what I came up with!

From the top left:

1. Threshold Bar/Wine Storage Tower
Ever since the wedding, we've had an overabundance of wine. Not a bad problem to have, I know, but we are seriously out of places to put it. We have one, tiny, wine rack and there aren't any places to put our super nice, Riedel wine glasses, so they're still in their (highly padded) box, not being used. Also, on my imaginary list of "things adults have" is alcohol to make mixed drinks, and currently, we have vodka... which we only use when we make vodka cream sauce. Granted, we're not frequent drinkers, but I think it would be nice to have an organized, pretty, piece of furniture to house our adult beverage accoutrements. Also, it's on sale, and I love a sale! ($125.98)

2. 2 Piece Vermont Bar Stool - Brown
Something we have in this condo that we didn't have in our first apartment... a breakfast bar type thing. It's not a LARGE breakfast bar. In fact, it's more of a breakfast ledge. Regardless, it's a place people tend to congregate, especially when I'm in the kitchen. Our kitchen is small, so hanging out in there while I prep and cook food is difficult for our friends. Having bar stools would solve this problem, so they didn't have to awkwardly lean against our breakfast ledge to chat with me! ($179.09)

3. Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition "Star Studded" 7 Piece Brush Set
In the last few years, I've learned how to apply basic make up. I'm not great at it, but with enough time and the right tools, I can manage to look pretty decent. My big accomplishment in this realm was discovering how to apply liquid eyeliner! One thing I've learned is that the tools make all the difference. I have a few brushes here and there, but there are definitely ones that I'm missing or that I think need to be replaced. I like the Sonia Kashuk line at Target, as it isn't ridiculously expensive, but the products hold up nicely and do a good job. And who doesn't love a cute brush case? ($24.99)

4. Oral-B Floss Action Refill - 3 Count Replacement Heads
Another true confession: I love oral hygiene. I love going to the dentist and having my teeth cleaned, I floss every night, and I am absolutely obsessed with my electric toothbrush that I got for Christmas a couple of years ago. (Yes, I asked for a $100 toothbrush for Christmas.) Anyway, the brush I have has a sensor that tells you when to replace the heads, which is nice. I like these floss-action ones because they really get into the crevices in your mouth (sorry, ew) and they don't hurt my gums. I guess when you'd choose to spend part of your $500 shopping spree on toothbrushes, you know you're officially old. ($27.55)

5. Miss Jessie's Quick Curls
Chrystina just ran a post on curly hair, so if you have curly hair... go check it out! I have wavy hair, but I usually straighten it. Until a couple of years ago, I didn't even know it could BE curly (totally being serious). Now if I'm in the mood, I throw some product in my hair, scrunch, and go! (Okay, there are a few more steps than that, but Chrystina covers it in her post.) I've tried a lot of products, and most of them leave my hair crunchy and weird, but Miss Jessie's is different. So far, I've only tried Pillow Soft Curls, and it works well, but it's a bit heavy for my wavy hair. I chatted with one of the representatives from Miss Jessie's, and she recommended this Quick Curls formula. The whole product line is pretty cool, and it's run by two sisters who wanted to revolutionize the product world for curly-haired ladies. I just ordered some from their website (they're having a 40% off sale!) so I'll let you know how it turns out! ($25.49)

6. Stack 'n Store 4 Piece Canister Set
Hi, my name is Alison, and I am totally boring. I have been looking for canisters for flour, sugar, and other baking supplies for so long, so I knew I had to put them on my list. These aren't the cutest things around... in fact, they're clear and kind of lame, but more important than looks is lock-ability when it comes to flour and sugar. These are also dishwasher safe, which is key because I hate doing the dishes! ($26.99)

7. Daria: The Complete Animated Series
La la la la la... I actually might go out and buy this because when I found out that it existed, I nearly jumped for joy. Daria was totally one of my favorite shows growing up, mainly because I could absolutely relate to the bookish, sarcastic, often cynical, completely athletically-challenged, Daria Morgendorffer. Seriously, I am so excited about this! ($34.59)

8. Creative Motions Pet Carry Bag
You had to know that something cat-related would show up on here. Currently, we only have one cat carrier (since someone decided to pee all over the cheap-o cardboard one last time we moved, ahem, LUNA) and that's fine if we only need to relocate one cat at a time. However, we might need to move them again some day, and it would probably be good to have a second carrier. I have a soft-sided carrier that is airline approved, which this one is not, but this one is bigger (and far cuter). I like the soft carriers better than the hard ones, because I feel like my cats are more comfortable. Also, we don't go long distances right now (just to the vet, essentially), but if we needed to ever travel far, I'd go hard-side for sure. ($39.99)

9. CeraVe Unscented Foaming Facial Cleanser
Until very recently, I only ever used Neutrogena on my face. However, after being diagnosed with RA and being put on meds that make my sensitive skin even MORE sensitive (thanks, methotrexate), my dermatologist recommended that I try CeraVe. I was skeptical, because Neutrogena had been so good to me for so long, but I absolutely love this cleanser. I have really sensitive skin, so I can't use anything scented on my face, and I love the way it foams up without stripping my skin of all moisture. I also use CeraVe moisturizing lotion on my face and body, and they have an even more moisturizing cream for those extra dry spots. There have a whole mess of products that I haven't tried, but I am sure they're great. Totally worth the few extra dollars! ($11.99)

10. Reach Gentle Gum Care
Yes, another oral hygiene product! As I said before, I floss every day. This is a new habit as of 6 months ago, and I'm so glad that I started doing it. My dentist obviously had been after me to floss every day since I've had teeth, essentially, but I always forgot and my teeth were always fine, so I wasn't totally motivated. Then I decided after my last appointment that I would try and get into the habit, and now I'm practically addicted. I seriously feel weird if I don't floss before I go to bed! I also started carrying dental floss, because there are few things worse than having something stuck in your teeth when you're at work! (You'd be surprised at how many people have asked to use some of it, too, haha.) Anyway, this stuff is great b/c it doesn't hurt your gums, which is the main complaint I used to have. I also needed something cheap to fill in my gap towards my $500 limit. ($2.99)

Grand Total: $499.65

Whoo hoo! That was a pretty fun post to write... and now I have more things to add to my wishlist for when people ask me for gift ideas! Make sure you check out what Chrystina and Jamie bought on their imaginary shopping trips, and leave me a note in the comments... what would you buy at Target (or your favorite store, if it's not Target, which... why isn't it???) with $500? Click below to find out how these ladies would!

How would you spend $500 at Target?

Click below to find out how these ladies would.

Chrystina Jamie Alison

- A

**This post was written only for my own enjoyment. I did not receive compensation or recognition in any way from Target or any of these brands. I do think they're all awesome, though!**


  1. A new curly hair product for me to try!! Yayyy!!! Awesome, I also love that you talked to a representative. And makeup brushes were a very good call.

    1. I have been on the hunt for curl-inducing products and I love this line! Also, I am all about talking to representatives, haha. They have a really cool feature where you can chat with someone online, which is great for people like me who hate talking to strangers on the phone, haha.

  2. I want that cat carrier. We have 4 cats and one carrier, and those are numbers that make me uneasy if we'd ever need to move more than one cat at a time.

    1. Yeah, those are not good odds, haha. The only thing that makes me uneasy is that the max weight says "10 pounds" and my cats are... gigantic, haha. But regardless, we definitely need another carrier! (Putting two in one isn't happening unless the house is on fire or something equally dire.)


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