Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
- you earn beauty points for every purchase made when you use your insider card (this isn't a credit card - its just like a grocery store card, you can just keep it on your key chain). For every $100 you spend you get a deluxe sample. These are great samples, not just a small foil packet of something but an actual travel size bottle! Since joining the program last year I got three bottles of body wash, face cream, and eye cream. I did some Christmas shopping there so I spent a little more than usual.
- a free gift for your birthday - Vanilla Cupcake Bath and Shower Bubbles
- first dibs on new beauty products before they hit stores
Monday, February 25, 2008
Lapis Hawlite - which is a bright blue stone with some periwinkle hues
Black Onyx - an all black stone which I love because I have a ton of black in my wadrobe. I got two black stones in the orginial batch from Got All Your Marbles but they have yellow and green stripes through them
Orange Adventureine - this orange stone is cute (wearing it today with my orange peacoat sweater) but it's not as bright as it appeared on the website.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The set comes with three pieces - two round and one square - for $17.50. Here is some information about the these great containers from Tupperware:
- Round provides superior fridge storage for half an onion, tomato, orange or other round, partially used fruit or vegetable.
- Square stores approximately 20-24 slices of individually wrapped cheese slices.
- Each hangs from fridge shelf.
- Hinged, one-piece design means no seal to store or lose.
- Large tab makes opening and closing the seal a snap.
Monday, February 18, 2008
The book switches from character to character in each chapter so that the reader can understand the perspective of each character. There are several shocking twists throughout the story that make you not want to put the book down. I don't want to ruin the story for you so below is a brief summary thanks to Amazon:
The difficult choices a family must make when a child is diagnosed with a serious disease are explored with pathos and understanding in this 11th novel by Picoult (Second Glance, etc.). The author, who has taken on such controversial subjects as euthanasia (Mercy), teen suicide (The Pact) and sterilization laws (Second Glance), turns her gaze on genetic planning, the prospect of creating babies for health purposes and the ethical and moral fallout that results. Kate Fitzgerald has a rare form of leukemia. Her sister, Anna, was conceived to provide a donor match for procedures that become increasingly invasive. At 13, Anna hires a lawyer so that she can sue her parents for the right to make her own decisions about how her body is used when a kidney transplant is planned. Meanwhile, Jesse, the neglected oldest child of the family, is out setting fires, which his firefighter father, Brian, inevitably puts out. Picoult uses multiple viewpoints to reveal each character's intentions and observations, but she doesn't manage her transitions as gracefully as usual; a series of flashbacks are abrupt. Nor is Sara, the children's mother, as well developed and three-dimensional as previous Picoult protagonists. Her devotion to Kate is understandable, but her complete lack of sympathy for Anna's predicament until the trial does not ring true, nor can we buy that Sara would dust off her law degree and represent herself in such a complicated case. Nevertheless, Picoult ably explores a complex subject with bravado and clarity, and comes up with a heart-wrenching, unexpected plot twist at the book's conclusion.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I got mine at a local salon but you can find them on Amazon for $5.50 - you can't beat that!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
We met almost three years ago (thanks Teha) at a party at his house. I actually went to this party to be set up with one of the other guys that lived there but as soon as I saw Mikey realized there was definite chemistry between the two of us. Nothing happened that night between Mikey and I - no future plans made, no exchange of numbers or email address. :(
I saw him again a couple weeks later at another party and my good friend Teha (thanks again) did some under cover work to make sure that Mikey was available. Turns out he was single so I decided to make the first move. I gave him my email address and sure enough that night got an email from him. We emailed for a couple more weeks and made plans to meet up at wouldn't you know it - Teha's birthday party. And from that night on we were in seperable! Five months later we moved in together and then two short months after that we were engaged!
We tied the knot this past year - April 21, 2007 - and it was the most amazing day of my life. Below are a few pictures from that wonderful day:
so in love!!!
the bridal party
the cutest flower girls!
this all happened because of Teha!!!
our first dance
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
"straightening out hair and taming flyaways. Certified organic marshmallow root and flax seed blend creates smooth hold, while silica enhances shine."
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
An alternative to Christina's post on Tupperware's Rock 'N Serve is one of my favorite things - Reynolds' Cleverware. These containers are very similar to the Tupperware containers because they have a microwave vent too. They are shatterproof, stainproof (spaghetti sauce comes right out!) and microwaveable and dishwasher safe. My husband and I bought ours at Target. We have:
2 – square 1.2 pt.
1 – square 1.5 qt.
1 – square 2.4 qt.
2 – rectangular 1.2 qt.
1 – square 1.1 qt.
1 – square 1.7 qt.
For the 16 pieces (including lids) was roughly about $20.They also sell it in a round set which they didnt have at the time but I might have to purchase. We use them to store leftovers mostly and its nice because the smaller squares are good for bringing lunch in.
I was going to wait to post this favorite thing but it went on sale so I thought I better post now before it's gone - Mallorca dress from J.Crew. I haven't actually worn this dress yet (tried it on a few times) but I love it and can't wait to wear it this summer. It's the perfect summer dress and a must-have in your closet. It comes in two colors - navy and bright flame. I have it in navy because I thought I would get more wear with that color. It's a light flowy material with a built in bra and a cris-cross back. The bottom has a slight ruffle to it. Right now it is on sale for $49.99 (orginally $88.00). I am kicking myself because it was one of the rare instances that I paid full price for something at J.Crew (technically it wasn't my money because I used a gift card). Oh well, lesson learned.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Here are some summaries of them courtesy of Amazon:
Something Borrowed: An unexpected love affair threatens a long-lived friendship in this soap opera–like debut from Atlanta ex-lawyer Giffin. Since elementary school, Rachel and Darcy have been best friends, with Darcy always outshining Rachel. While single Rachel is the self-confessed good girl, an attorney trapped at a suffocating New York law firm, Darcy is the complete opposite, a stereotypical outgoing publicist, planning a wedding with the handsome Dex. After Rachel's 30th birthday party, she knocks back one drink too many and winds up in bed with Dex. Instead of feeling guilty about sleeping with her best friend's fiancé, Rachel realizes that Dex is the only man she's really loved, and that she's always resented manipulative Darcy. Rachel and Dex spend a few weekends in the city together "working" while Darcy's off with friends at a Hamptons beach share, but finally Rachel realizes she'll have to give Dex an ultimatum. The flip job Giffin pulls off—here it's the cheaters who're sympathetic (more or less)—gives Dex and Rachel's otherwise ordinary affair extra edge. Rachel would be a more appealing heroine if she were less whiny about her job and her romantic prospects, and rambling dialogue slows the story's pace, but this is an enjoyable beach read—one that'll make readers cast a suspicious eye on best friends and boyfriends who seem to get along just a little too well.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
This is another nail polish in my collection. This is one of my favorite fall/winter nail colors - it's not too dark, not too light, not too red and not too brown - it's just perfect - OPI's "Oh to be 25 again"
I am a big fan of painting my finger nails a dark color in the fall and winter months and this is my usual go to. There are two problems that I have with it -
- I can't paint my nails myself with this color. I'm just not that talented and the manicurist does such a better job!
- When it chips you can definitely see it (but that's why I have my own bottle on hand to touch it up myself).
Friday, February 8, 2008
Well don't take my word for it. Here are some reviews:
“knockout” The Washington Post
“this modern, handsome Clarendon ‘hot spot’… draws a sophisticated clientele of …couples and singles in their 20s, 30s and 40s for excellent mussels, twin petite filets, well-thought out wines by the glass… and has an amazing Sunday brunch…” Zagat Survey
Top after-work meeting place in Northern Virginia Washingtonian Magazine’s readers.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
- Small - 4 1/2 cup (square shape) - $12.00
- Medium Long - 8 1/2 cup (rectangle shape) - $19.50
- Large - 19 3/4 cup (rectangle shape) - $26.00
- Large Round - 20 cup - $20.00
For those of you interested I have Tuppeware Party #3 coming up at the end of this month so if you are in need of anything or want to try a piece or two let me know.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
I personally only use it right after I blow dried my hair - it's the step in between blow drying and flat ironing. All I need is a few pumps (and I have LONG hair so for those of you with shorter hair you would only one to two pumps) because a little goes a long way and I just run it through my hair. Then I style my hair and if need be apply just a tad more. This product is $23 but will last you a VERY long time. I have had my bottle for over a year now and I am no where near close to even being half way through it.
Friday, February 1, 2008
One of my resolutions this year was to stop spending so much money at Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks. On these cold winter mornings it's hard not to sip on a nice warm, tasty beverage so my alternative has been favorite thing #11 - Lemon Tea from Bigelow. I don't like the coffee at work so this is a great, inexpensive alternative. Usually one box, which contains 20 tea bags (about $3) lasts me about a month. It's the perfect blend of lemon flavor with other spices.
The other great thing about this "coffee alternative" is I am saving myself anywhere from 200-400 calories by eliminating the usual Dunkin Dounts w/ cream and sugar OR the Starbucks Chai Latte. Bigelow has all kinds of different teas to try but I am partial to the lemon.