By Jane Marie

Jane Marie is a writer, mother, fighter and lover.

  1. Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear me-eee, buy me all of this stuff. Please?

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  2. Nurse Jackie is streaming on Netflix, which is free, in a way. I never got into this show when it was on the air despite Merritt Wever's perfect Emmy acceptance speech a few seasons before it was cancelled. No, it took me getting a wicked cold and running out of Ken Burns specials to start watching and now I can't be stopped. It is a perfect thing.

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  3. It's not easy taking relationship advice from a double-divorcée, but engagement advice? Clearly you're dealing with a pro. This is a very sweet, modest ring that will not read as a question mark once it's sideways on the finger, but if you are worried that your love will want to choose their own gargantuan ring AND you'd like to surprise them with some jewels when you propose, this here is the perfect stand-in that can…

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  4. Let's all stockpile these for hostess gifts. They cost less than a bottle of wine with disgusting bare feet printed on the label and will be at least as impressive.

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  5. It's shrinkage. You know the second these cookies hit the oven they'll look more "normal."

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  6. According to your Instagrams, winter has finally begun. It looks horrible. Very cold, yet very uncool. If you plan to keep living way up there where ice falls from the sky and then sticks to the ground for months at a time causing much slippage and stir-craziness, might I suggest getting yourself a fashionable, wearable blanket to stave off impending death?

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  7. Admit it, this holiday season sucked. As did the entirety of 2015, so far. Did anyone buy you perfect wedge boots? No. No they did not. And now, here you are, stepping in cat puke in your bare feet. What's wrong with the cat? You'll figure it out tomorrow. Today is for buying your own damn boots.

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  8. There's a party happening next week (or so we hear, we haven't been invited yet, fingers crossed!) and it would be great if you could all wear something entertaining this time. Something one of a kind. Something that screams. Screams! Plus, New Year's Eve is the fastest hot-to-not night of the year, so maybe you want to create a distraction? Here are a bunch of vintage finds that'll fit the bill.

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  9. Lexon Radio, $89.99 (was $159) We have reached peak holiday shopping this week and we have HAD IT.

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  10. Mystery Gift, free with $200 purchase. Ylang 23 carries really fancy jewelry. I got a tiny ruby ring from them once and they included a handwritten thank you note in the box.

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  11. Jane Marie's first Bargain Bin post for The Toast!

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  12. My friend and former This American Life colleague, Diane Cook, just wrote her first book -- a collection of short stories called Man V. Nature -- which comes out on October 7th. It’s incredible. We talked about the book and how it came to be. Diane, I love your book. Thank you! I wasn’t expecting my ideal dystopian fiction dream book of short stories, which is my favorite thing to read.  After I had a

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