Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DISCOUNT CODES GALORE!!!

We all like prettiness and we all love a good deal, well here you go my friends:


SOURCE: http://6thstreetdesignschool.blogspot.com/2011/09/create-it-girl-review.html
Use the code Kirsten10 to get 10% off.
 
Awesome Stationary
SOURCE: http://hisugarplum.blogspot.com/2011/09/sponsor-love-giveaway-blondies-shop.html


20% off every order at Blondie's Shop! Just enter HISUGARPLUM as your promo code.

Adorable Children's Clothes

Source: http://sheheartsit.com/handmade/curiousgeorgia/
Use SHIPS4FREE code for FREE SHIPPING on your purchase.

Vintage Children's Clothes
 

SOURCE: http://www.mamalovespapa.com/2011/09/guest-post-manda-from-once-upon-my-life.html

Use code MAMALOVESPAPA20 - to get 20% off your order
 
 
Cute Children's Items

SOURCE: http://rebekahgough.blogspot.com/2011/09/surprise-party-giveaway-30-gift.html


20% off to all a bit of sunshine readers with the code: ABITOFSUNSHINE!!
 
 
Awesome Children's Wear
SOURCE: http://rebekahgough.blogspot.com/2011/09/surprise-party-giveaway-40-gift.html
20% off to all a bit of sunshine readers with the code: SUNSHINESEP11 
 
 
Jewelry for a Good Cause
 
SOURCE: http://laviepetite.blogspot.com/2011/09/very-shiney-giveaway.html
15% discount on her necklaces to all La Vie Petite readers.  Use the code Petite15


DISCOUNT CODES GALORE!

We all like prettiness and we all love a good deal, well here you go my friends:




Pretty Party Lanterns

SOURCE: http://6thstreetdesignschool.blogspot.com/2011/09/create-it-girl-review.html


Use the code Kirsten10 to get 10% off.
 
Awesome Stationary

SOURCE: http://hisugarplum.blogspot.com/2011/09/sponsor-love-giveaway-blondies-shop.html


20% off every order at Blondie's Shop! Just enter HISUGARPLUM as your promo code.

Adorable Children's Clothes

Source: http://sheheartsit.com/handmade/curiousgeorgia/


Use SHIPS4FREE code for FREE SHIPPING on your purchase.

Vintage Children's Clothes
 

SOURCE: http://www.mamalovespapa.com/2011/09/guest-post-manda-from-once-upon-my-life.html


Use code MAMALOVESPAPA20 - to get 20% off your order
 

 
Cute Children's Items

SOURCE: http://rebekahgough.blogspot.com/2011/09/surprise-party-giveaway-30-gift.html

20% off to all a bit of sunshine readers with the code: ABITOFSUNSHINE!!
 
 
Awesome Children's Wear
SOURCE: http://rebekahgough.blogspot.com/2011/09/surprise-party-giveaway-40-gift.html
20% off to all a bit of sunshine readers with the code: SUNSHINESEP11 
 
Jewelry for a Good Cause
 
SOURCE: http://laviepetite.blogspot.com/2011/09/very-shiney-giveaway.html
15% discount on her necklaces to all La Vie Petite readers.  Use the code Petite15

Friday, September 23, 2011

Parenting/Education Tip of the Day



Parenting/Education Tip of the Day:

Be an active participant in your child's educational life by looking for your State/Local Learning Standards for both your child's current grade and their next grade in order to ensure your child is at level and to supplement school teachings with above level concepts!

To find your state's standards you can go to Education World's State Standards 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Git 'Er Done!










I'm hoping to get some stuff this weekend and reveal a project I've been working on. Want a hint? 
 It's "illuminating"!

Wordless Wednesdays

Saturday, September 3, 2011

HGTV Saturday Night

Right now I'm watching a new Saturday line up on HGTV.  The first new show is The High/Low Project and it's hosted by Sabrina Soto.  I really like her she's perky and makes things seem easy & interesting.  The High/Low concept is one that I like as well, one of my frequently read blogs, Copy Cat Chic does the same thing.

After this they're showing Mom Caves, I wrote about Mom Caves on here before

Friday, August 19, 2011

Financial Diet



Oh me, oh my, I'm going on a diet. No, silly-billy gumdrop not a food one (although that might not hurt), but a financial one! Actually I could probably kill two birds with one stone, because my financial weak area is FOOD! I eat out almost everyday at least TWO TIMES a day! This is all very bad on my pockets. I just re-joined or should I say re-engaged with Mint.com and they show you via a handy-dandy pie chart where your money for the month is going. Let me tell you it's SCARY when you see what you WASTE your money on!

Well, here goes these are the Basic Guidelines:
(For more detail, check out the original post here on Verbal Melange.)

1. Identify and list ALL your monthly expenses. Track them on a spreadsheet for better organization. A reader highly recommends using Mint.com, a free budgeting website. I've never used it (I use an Excel spreadsheet), but I hear it's awesome.

2. Figure out what expenses you can cut. What you cut is up to you, but remember that the more you cut, the more you can save.

3. Start saving! Take all the money that's leftover when you subtract your expenses from your income, and set it aside for savings. This is money that you only touch in true emergencies. There aren't many ways to fail at a financial diet, but using your emergency money for non-emergencies is one of them.

4. Reward yourself. It's important to set aside a little "petty cash" each month, so you don't feel like a scrooge. Decide how much you want to set aside for each month, and stick to it.

5. Spend wisely. Save some extra cash on groceries by clipping coupons, whether they be from the Sunday paper, junk mailings that you usually toss, or stuff you found online. For clothes, try to only shop at thrift stores for a month and see how much money you save. Or, stick exclusively to the sales racks at already-affordable stores like Target and Marshall's.

6. Share! If you have a tip, email verbal{dot}melange{at}gmail{dot}com. It will be added to a list of tips on the Financial Diet page of the blog, and we can really help each other with this one.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What's Up Wednesday


I've started working on making some positive changes in my life by focusing on the person I want to be and part of that is the 30 Day Mom Challenge and my own As If Project. So, this post is to show what I've accomplished so far this week.

#1 - I did the mom challenge and asked my son what is one thing he wanted us to do this month and he said he'd like to go to the museum. I asked him if he wanted to go to the Children's Museum in Baltimore and he told me, "No, I want to go to a REAL museum." So, we'll be heading out to the Air & Space Museum in DC this weekend! I'm so glad that I get to fulfill a wish of his. So many times we get caught up in doing things for our children that we think that they should be doing without even asking them what they'd like to do. Asking your child their opinion, listening, and actually following through gives your child a wonderful sense of importance. Who doesn't like it when someone listens to them and tries to make their dreams come true!

#2 - I organized my pantry. I should have taken a before and after shot, but I didn't. Just trust me that it was a MESS! I found 6 rolls of paper towels that I didn't even know I had. I also decided to do something with the food items I've bought that no one in the house wants to eat. I made a breakfast treat basket that I will be bringing in to my office filled with granola bars, breakfast bars, and other morning goodies that we decided to pass on in our home.

#3 - I'm making strides to get my financial house in order. I rejoined Mint.com so I can see where my money is going and operate under a budget. It's scary when you see how much of your money you actually throw away on things you don't need. I also ordered all three of my credit reports as well. YAY ME!


So, what's up with you this Wednesday?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Motherhood Mondays


This weekend we had a lovely time at Jim Barnett Park. I'm so glad that the weather is getting a bit cooler, it had gotten so hot here that we weren't having very much outside time.   Here are a few pics of the boys having fun.























30 Day Mom Challenge

I found this on iMOM and this is going to be my goal for the next 30 Days.  I will update everyone on my progress here.


If you'd like to participate in this challenge you can download the pdf.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

As If...



Totally Random, but On Topic – You know how in the movie Clueless that Alicia Silverstone’s character always said, “As if”. Only as an adult did I get that the writer was playing off of the Valley Girl speak of always saying, “Like” and “As If” is a synonym for Like. Very clever.

So this post is about acting as if (or like) I have the qualities I desire in my life. If I act “as if” eventually I will become the person I desire to be. A variation of faking it until you make it, if you will.







So starting today I will act AS IF, I am:

  • Someone who is organized (desk, car, and bedroom look like a hurricane on a daily basis)



  • Someone who is calm when thrown for a loop 



  • Someone who is totally put together (Yes, it would be nice to be able to find my workout gear when I need it, um yeah)




  • Someone with a great weekly excerise routine (it would help to be able to do the above first)




  • Someone who cooks dinner at least 4 times a week instead of going out every night (BAD FOR THE POCKETS)



  • Someone who has EXCELLENT credit (despite the short sale drama I’m going through)



  • Someone who writes everyday (whether that is blogging or writing my novel)



  • Someone who is always prepared (why would’t I anticipate that the baby would decide to spit out all of his apple sauce onto his shirt while we’re in the car going somewhere important!)


So, what's on your AS IF List?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pinning Like a Mad Woman

Lately I've been staying up late to pin things to Pinterst. OMG, it's got me hitting the snooze button in the morning, but it's so much FUN! Here are a few of my latest pins...


Sideboard of LIFE!


This dressers, SERIOUSLY, SERIOUSLY!


LOVE casual dining

To see more check out MY PINTEREST!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Perfection!

Chicken Everyday!


The title of my post refers to an inside joke that my mom and I share. One day I was fixing dinner while on the phone with my mom and my eldest asked what we were having; I replied chicken. And then he says, "Chicken everyday!" My mother bust out laughing on the phone and now whenever she asks me what we're having for dinner and I say chicken she responds with, "chicken everyday".


I would love to mix it up in the kitchen, but it seems that the one thing my kids will eat with consistency is chicken. So we have chicken nuggets (regular and dinosaur), chicken breasts, drumsticks, chicken wings, if it's a chicken dish I believe that I've made it. It is so difficult getting (my) kids to eat something different and when I try I invariably get "I ownt want it" - the baby or "I don't like it" - the big boy.

Also, my kids are obviously aliens because they do not like the commonly accepted kids foods...mac n' cheese - no dice; spaghetti-o-s - uh uh; PB&J - baby's allergic and big boy either wants a PB sandwich or a J sandwich! Sometimes I feel like I'm at my wits end, so what have I resorted to???? KID CUISINEs!!! They will usually eat most of that, although sometimes I get push back on the corn - what kid doesn't like corn? Obviously mine!

Now, for the first 2 & a half years of the big boys life and the first year of the baby's we ate mostly organic foods and wholesome foods and now it's Kid Cuisine heaven in my house. I feel bad about it sometimes, but I just want them to EAT, so I get over it. But I am still on the hunt for that elusive no-fail kid approved meal that they will eat, so we don't have to have "chicken everyday"!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Long Time...

Sorry, it's been so long, but I've been travelling for work.  Can you guess where I've been?









And finally me, ready for a night out on the town in...............



NEW ORLEANS!!!

I had a blast!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday Hair Care Routine

This is a break from the usual, Cre8tive Rookie postings on home stuff, but another area you can be Cre8tivein is your own style.  And a favorite way of mine to be Cre8tive stylisticly is with my HAIR!  I LOVE to talk hair. I have had just about every style and hair length you can imagine and I just love it. So I decided to do the Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday Hair Care posting from the Modly Chic Blog today.

I am currently wearing my hair long via human hair extensions and I love it.
Me last weekend, going to a Wine Festival!


1. How often do you get your hair cut?

I am growing my hair out, so I will only be getting trims if my hair is split. I’ve cut my hair completely off, like shaved about every two years since 2004 and I sometimes cut my hair into cute little styles every once in a while.




Different Haircuts


2. Do you go to the same stylist each time, try someone new, go to the cheap hair cutting chains or live it up in a salon?

I am a stylist hopper most of the time. While I lived in the DC area, I would rotate between the many Dominican Beauty Salons in the area because I love getting the Dominican Blow-Outs. Currently I have a stylist that I’ve been going to since January, her name is Sherita and she’s at Fade ‘Em Up in Winchester, VA.

Dominican Blow-Out

3. Do you color your hair? How often? What’s your natural color?

Yes! My natural color is a dark brown with natural reddish brown highlights. But usually when I dye my hair I dye in Clairol’s Textures & Tones in Bronze. Last week I dyed my hair a very Dark Brown, Clairol’s Beautiful Collection Darkest Brown.


Natural Hair - 2006

4. The one thing you always do to keep your hair looking great is:

DEEP CONDITION! I also sleep on a Satin Pillowcase or wear a Satin Scarf so that I won’t get breakage.


Another Dominican Blow-Out, but more Wavy

5. What hair trend do you love and wish you could rock?

I would LOVE to have hot pink streaks, but now that I work for the government in finance, I don’t think that would go over too well!





Fashion Beauty Friend Friday is a Google group for bloggers to discuss/answer questions on a given topic each week. Visit Katy of Modly Chic if you are interested in participating.


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