Monday, October 19, 2009
I will be updating my Twitter so follow me there and keep checking back to my blog because I will update the giveaway section on my side bar. While I'm on this mini hiatus check out the fabulous ladies that I love on my blog roll (recently updated).
Also, check out my friend's ebay auctions. They end tonight.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Here's where we stayed and our gorgeous view...
We did some fishing. I had never been...
And there was lots of quality family time...
Friday, October 9, 2009
The diaper cakes are called "Tushie Cakes and they have everything you can imagine in it...tons of diapers, onesies, wash cloths, burp cloths, pacis, paci clips, hooded towel, socks, mittens, caps, travel size baby lotion, powder, shampoo, body wash, diaper cream, and a plush/toy, wrapped with super cute ribbons.
All cakes are made to order, so you can pick and choose what "ingredients" you would like in the cake and the total cost depends on what's included. I've seen these in person and they are amazing! She's just getting her business up and running so the website isn't up yet but if you are interested please contact Sandy at 301-442-7870 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell her you are a follower of Christina's blog! There is also a Bliss Cakes Facebook page. Check it out!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Laundry stuff - Tide Detergent, Bounce Dryer Sheets, Stain Remover Stuff
Cleaning products - Dish soap, Dishwasher tabs
Chex Mix Bars - love these for breakfast
Hubby's Body Wash, Deodorant, Shaving Cream
I also love when your grocery double or triples your coupons. I know that Giant doubles coupons (anything under $1). Also check to see if your grocery store gives you a credit for bringing your own shopping bags. Again, Giant gives 5 cents off each bag. Doesn't seem like a lot but it adds up.
What are some of your helpful grocery shopping/coupon tips?
Today at Rue La La there is a Bare Escentuals boutique. I've been wanting to try this stuff because so many people rave about it. If the price is right, I might just pull the trigger. If you haven't already signed up for Rue La La, you must (see below) because right now you get a $10 credit just for signing up.
Rue La La is a By-Invitation-Only Sample Sale site. Click Here to sign up using my personal invitation link. This link will grant you immediate access to the site after you sign up. (FYI - If you just sign up the regular way you will just be put on the waiting list.)
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
You know me I'm always looking for a good deal. I knew these were going to go on sale so I tried to be a little creative in my deal hunting. I waited till Nordstrom's offered free shipping (and they were offering it on shoe purchases) and of course I shopped through Ebates and got $9.75 in cash back because of the 3% cash back they were offering.
Row Nine is another sale site like RueLaLa. I just signed up for this site today. It looks like it works just like the other sites except it gives you $50 for each referral purchase! Unfortunately you can't preview the week's worth of boutiques but hopefully they have good stuff. I will be sure to report back on any purchases. Click here for an invite.
Thanks to Bright, Bold and Beautiful for featuring Kyle Ann Metals in her Fall Accessories Under $100 post. There are some GORGEOUS handmade pieces in this etsy shop. I have my eye on the earrings. I can't decide between the Vanilla Ice or Rose. What do you think?
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Monday - Shredded Chicken Tacos
Tuesday - Sauteed Halibut w/ twice stuffed baked potato and salad
Wednesday - Turkey Club Sandwiches
Thursday - French's Crunchy Onion Chicken and side salad
Friday - Heading to Deep Creek Maryland for a family weekend not sure what's on the menu for dinner
Saturday night we had a nice dinner at Tragara in Bethesda and then headed to Eleventh Street Lounge in Arlington for a few drinks to celebrate our friend's birthday. I had a very yummy fresh Pear martini. Sunday was a lay low day at the house. Friends came over and we watched football.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I also won this gorgeous necklace from Mrs. Eye Can See at The Juice is Worth the Squeeze. I'm definitely going to wear it to work tomorrow!
Thank you to you both for these fabulous giveaways!!!
Friday, October 2, 2009
I have entirely TOO MANY TV shows on my "watch" list this season. I rarely watch any of these shows live (unless I have to because the DVR is already set to tape two other programs). I really need to cut some of these out. What shows do I cut out of my life?
Desperate Housewives (buy the season on iTunes and watch episodes at the gym)
Brothers & Sisters
How I Met Your Mother
The Rachel Zoe Project
The Biggest Loser
Law & Order SVU
Parks and Recreation
Ugly Betty (buy the season on iTunes and watch episodes at the gym)
Thursday, October 1, 2009
WVU played Colorado and sadly lost. I hope tonight we can pull out a victory! Should be a fun night!!! Let's goooooooooooooo Mountaineers!!!!!
Laundry - Line-dry clothes whenever possible. An average household does seven loads of laundry a week; a dryer load costs about 34 cents in energy. So, according to these figures from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), if you line-dry all your laundry, you could save $10 or so a month, depending on where you live.
Electronics - Unplug items like TVs and chargers for cell phones and PDAs (which draw small amounts of energy 24-7) when you’re not using them. Studies by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory show that standby power accounts for 5 to 10 percent of home energy use, so unplugging can cut that amount from your bill. (Consolidate several standby plugs on a power strip.) - I started doing this with my cell phone charger, lap top, and guest room electronics (fan/light). I hope it makes a difference.
Air Vents - Moving furniture and drapes away from vents may amount to only $20 or so in annual savings, says Charlie Szoradi, founder of Greenandsave.com, a home-efficiency consultancy in Philadelphia. “But improving airflow,” he adds, “makes incremental improvements to the whole heating and cooling system.”
Computer - Set yours to enter sleep mode after 30 to 60 minutes of inactivity and your monitor after 10 to 20 minutes, suggests Bruce Nordman of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Most computers less than five years old use about 95 percent less power in sleep mode than when they are on, he says. Should you shut down at night? The savings versus using sleep mode is minuscule, says Nordman.
Water Heater - Lowering the setting from the usual 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 (the minimum to guard against bacterial growth) is sufficient and safer, as 140 can scald. And for every 10 degrees the temperature is lowered, you save 3 to 5 percent in energy costs, says Lynn Clement of Focus on Energy, a Wisconsin efficiency program.