Thursday, July 31, 2008

Kiss My Ass Hershey

It's been a super-crazy week, what with throw-up-fest going on and all, so I just now got to sit down and look through the CVS and Walgreens circulars to see what deals I can't miss out on.

And what do I find, but a new Hershey Kiss variety....

And it's "filled with Marshmallow", which just happens to be one of my most favorite sweet things evah.

Crap.

Guess I'll have to stop by Wags tomorrow and pick some up. Will you all come over and help me eat them so I can get back on the road to healthy living faster?

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Finally Feathering My Nest


Would you look at that? (click on the pic to enlarge it and check out that dreamy b&w of the kiddos.... so sweet!)

We've lived in Casa de Sasha since fall of 2000, and I'm just now getting around to doing a little decorating.

I'm no Nester, but I'll give it a go. No since in living like we still live in college. We have jobs, by George, that pay us real money, and we need to live like real adults! Put stuff on the wall and shit. Act like we plan on staying put for a bit.

Let me know what you think. Do I have mad skillz or what?

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I Love It When

the stars align and my kids throw up on the Pergo instead of the carpet.

Much easier to clean up.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Nope

That's my answer to your question, "Are you kidding me?"

That's what you'll ask me when I tell you that I got a call from the childcare center this morning, telling me The Wild Child had come down with the stomach virus.

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Girls Weekend

Y'all, I had a fab weekend.

Every year, the last weekend in July is reserved for "Girls Weekend" with a group of my sorority sisters from college. I always have fun with these girls- they really know how to have a good time! We're all working moms with a lot in common and our friendship is the kind that is comfortable even if you haven't seen each other in a while.

Sadly, only 4 of our group of 6 were able to make it this year. Steph and Kris, we missed you! (And you missed a good time!)

After laying by Cory's pool all day, we headed for dinner/drinks at a local bar on the lake.


Jodie, me, Heather, Cory
Two interesting things about this evening:
  1. There seemed to be a local convention for the hearing impaired. And they all came to the same bar we did. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Just an interesting choice for them- a bar that always has a good band on Saturday nights.
  2. The band looked heavy metal, but turned out to be totally fun dance music. Random.


Heather claims she drank 20 beers. The number grew exponentially throughout the day. I drank quite a few myself, but chose to stay shot-free as a preventative measure. Cory took "the medicine called Chasers" as her preventative measure.

The weekend was just what I needed! Thanks for a fun weekend girls! Love ya! Can't wait til Mexico 09!


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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Today At the Pool

we listened to this.



Kid Rock "All Summer Long"

Totally a beer drinkin' song.

Since I'm in a state with better beer than my home state, I spent $42 on beer last night. Don't you judge me. Most of it will be going home with me tomorrow and I'll even share with Mr. Sasha.

Hell yeah to The Summer of Beer.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday Fun

Oh hell.

You must check this out. My friend Amanda shared it.

Wisely, I might add. We share the same sense of humor it seems.

P is doing much better, by the way. Dietary changes and a little Axid ought to do the trick until his tummy is back to normal.

Off to Girls Weekend 2008! See you Sunday!

Lylas!

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

An Update

Had our first OT appointment for WC today- it went fabulous. I love this OT and think she is beyond brilliant. Plus she agreed that I probably have some sensory issues myself, and said that in the end it will help me be able to figure out how to deal with WC's sensory issues. (And made me feel super-smart since I diagnosed myself correctly!)

But poor Politician... still not feeling well. Going to put yet another call in to our ped's office when they reopen after lunch- 9 days is too long for a skinny little guy who barely weighs 35 pounds to be sick. His ribs are sticking out.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Up for Grabs: coupon code for $125 cash bonus from Chase

Pretty much every month in my Chase credit card statement, they include this little flyer that offers a $125 bonus if you sign up for a new Chase Free Checking account and set up direct deposit.

Mr. Sasha and I used one about 6 months ago and I set up a little money to go there each payroll as a direct deposit and it worked! We got our $125 just a few weeks later!

I've been sharing these coupons with co-workers who have had great luck with them too!

But I just noticed that it can also be used to set up an account online, so I'll be glad to share this month's code with the first person to leave me a comment with their email address!

Please comment only if you will truly use this code- I'd hate for it to go to waste!

Stipulations:
  • First direct deposit must be made within 60 days
  • Account must stay open for 6 months
  • Must deposit $100 of new money (money not currently held up Chase of its affiliates)
  • Limit one personal checking account-related reward/premium per customer per year
  • $125 will be deposited in your account 6-8 weeks after initial direct deposit is made
  • Reward is considered interest and will be reported to the IRS on IRS Form 1099-INT


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Fun Giveaways!

My friend Smoochiefrog is having a lot of great giveaways this week in honor of her Blogoversary!

Go check her out and enter her contests!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Lip of the Day: 07-22-08



Vincent Longo Pearlessence Gel Stains in Dolceaqua

Lip stains are absolutely my favorite type of products. For some reason I tend to focus on my lips when I am on a hunt for new products.

This stain is pearly (obvs) and so pretty and goes on really evenly and dries fast. It's a great summer color too.

But after I put in on today I remembered why I don't reach for it that often- a gloss topcoat just ruins it. On it's own, this stain has great staying power and is marketed as waterproof, but once you put on a gloss, it's over.

But my favorite part of a stain is being able to put a shimmery gloss on top.....

This stain dries to a basically undetectable finish, but I typically find that when I purse my lips, they stick together just a bit.

I do think I will wear this more since I re-discovered it, but am not sure that I'd buy again. It's just hard for me to not have on a glossy topcoat.

Edited to add: Well, I have lost my mind. I remembered that 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic did a review on this product, so I went back to read it, and she puts gloss on top! So I put a shimmery Lancome gloss on top about an hour ago, and it's fine! In that case, this lippie is totally back in the rotation!


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New Makeup Purchase

I had my heart set on going to Sephora while we were in Colorado last week, but alas, no Sephora in Denver. I think I did see that there was a JC Penney Sephora in Denver, but they don't carry all the brands in the Penney's shops.

So I settled on going in to the Bare Escentuals shop on 16th Street.

Now, I think I've told you before that I just can't wear BE foundation. I couldn't find a perfect shade match, it was a bit too oily for me, and worst of all, it made it itch.

But I love all their other products.

I saw their Get Started: Eyes, Cheeks, and Lips kit in Fair to Light ($49) and couldn't resist.

Contents:
  • Winter White Eyecolor
  • Smoke Eyecolor
  • Nurture Liner Shadow
  • Kiss Blush
  • Dolly Mini Buxom Lips
  • Double-Ended Quick Color & Crease Brush
  • Heavenly Liner Brush
  • Tapered Blush Brush

So far, I love the eyecolors and the blush. And I am obsessed with the crease brush- I get perfect application of my darker color in the crease when I use this. Perfect.

I have not gotten brave enough to try the liner shadow and liner brush yet. The lippie I am "meh" about. I typically like more pigment for a lipcolor, but this is a nice neutral that I can slop on to run into Target or something. It does smell fabulous.

On a side note, the poor Politician is still battling his stomach woes. We went to church Sunday and he went to school Monday, but woke up this morning not feeling well. His class has a big field trip on Thursday, so I hope he feels better by then. He's really excited and I'd hate for him to have to miss that too, since he's already missed his Tball party and a birthday party.


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Monday, July 21, 2008

I Am A Fashion Icon

Well, probably not, but I am wearing these today, and how cute are they?????

From Target, these Xhilaration Terra Sandals are just $17.99. They are actually quite comfortable and such a bargain. Be careful, though, since the print is a multi-color floral, the first pair I picked up totally didn't go together- the left one was aqua/green and the right one was pink/grey..... I had to hunt around to find a pair that looked like it was a proper pair of shoes.

They also appear to come in blue/red/beige, possibly the same fabric as the ballet flats I love and get so many comments on...... Hmm.... considering an online order.....

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Lip of the Day: 07-20-08


I forgot about this lippie and was excited to try it again today for church. It's a nice texture and doesn't really bleed. Since this is one of the six "sheer" shades that they offer in this line (the sheers come in white tubes rather than black), it doesn't have quite as much staying power. Still, it feels good on and didn't bleed and still looked pretty nice at lunchtime.

Don't know that I'd buy it again, but I'll be putting it back in rotation since I think it's a great summer color for me.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Party Planning By Sasha

So I got a new Oriental Trading Party catalog today, and was flipping through to see if they had any Diego things I might need for P's party, and I came upon this, which would be perfect for Mamalicious's BLM's upcoming birthday party. (You know I'm a slacker mama who is all about the store-bought party supplies. Saves me time, saves my sanity. Saves some beer for someone else.)
How cute is that?


But then, I found this:


Rock Star!

Even better!

What do you think?

Note: These sets all come in individual pieces too. I don't want you thinking I'd spend $115 on plates and cups.

I'd spend it on gummy coke bottles or beer, but not cups and plates.


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Teddy Grahams Trail Mix



Oh, how I love being a BzzAgent.

I think that recognition of Worth of Mouth marketing is absolutely the most genius thing ever. If someone I know has tried a product and loved it, and tells me all about it, you bet your sweet biffy that I'm going to try it. (Now, I've also been know to try products no one has ever heard of, but a recommendation from someone else seals the deal for sure.)

Currently I'm enrolled in a campaign for Teddy Grahams Trail Mix. The folks at BzzAgent were fabulous enough to send me a package of each variety for the kiddos to try. And who am I kidding, you know I ate some too.

WC loved it so much that when it came time to take in monthly snacks to daycare, I bought a box of each for her to take in.

Here's info from my BzzGuide:
  • It's a trail mix designed specifically with kids in mind
  • Available in two varieties -
    Bears & Bees with Chocolate teddies, Bees, Pretzels and Yogurt Flavored Raisins
    Bears & Cheese Crackers with Honey teddies, Pretzels, Raisins and Cheese Nips
  • Sold nationwide, at local grocery stores, Wal-Mart and Target
  • Have a suggested retail price of $2.99 for an 8oz. box
  • Contain no cholesterol and are low in saturated fat
It's really a great snack. And I let my kids eat some too.

Let me know what you think in the comments!


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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Coors Brewery: 2000 and 2008

2000


2000


2008

2008
Holy crap. I miss my old tan 26 year old self. I miss laying in the tanning bed, and making damn sure they gave me one with a special bulb so that my face will get extra-dark.

I do not, however, miss wearing pleated shorts with belts. What the hell was that all about?

Seeing these pics together point out to me that I have aged quite a bit in 8 years.....

Wah.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ya'll

OMG.

I forgot how much I hate flying. I am the worst passenger evah.

The second I walk through the doors at the airport, I say, "I feel sick." Mr. Sasha does not think this is funny, but I certainly am not trying to be funny- I'm totally serious.

During take off and landing, my face turns beet red and I start sweating and I feel like I might explode. I have to toss my reading material into Mr. Sasha's lap and put my head between my knees. I also have to moan a bit and grab on to his arm and whimper and do the whole cycle again, until the feeling is gone.

It's quite a sight. And it's not that I am scared of flying, cause I'm not, it just makes me sick.

The lady next to me today offered me a Dramamine.

I would have preferred a Phenergan, but I didn't have any on me, plus I'm no good for hours after I take one.

Anybody else a terrible flyer, and if so, what do you do about it?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beer, Pie, and Gellato

All of these three things I have overindulged in over the past few days.

We'll be back in town tomorrow night and I'll try to check in.

Cheers! (drink some beer!)

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hoping to Get to Try



MGD 64.

Only 64 calories! That means I can drink more and still stay within my WW points, which I am totally going to start counting again when we get back from CO.

Hope they have it at the brewery today. Looks like it rolls out nationwide in October.


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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Boring Conference + Brewery Tour = Saved Trip

Mr. Sasha and I are headed to Colorado today. I've got a super-exciting (not) conference to attend Mon-Wed.

In an attempt to salvage the trip, we will (of course) be touring the Coors Brewery in Golden. Now, we have done this before while on our 1st anniv trip in 2000. It was then that I first tasted (and became a big fan of) Blue Moon.

Also, after this tour, Mr. Sasha and I were pulled aside and chosen to be Official Beer Tasters. This involved going into a special room and tasting samples of various beer and giving our opinion. We were chosen because of the amount of beer that we reported we drank weekly. Embarrassing, but super-fun.

And when we left our Official Beer Taster certificates in our rental car, Hertz was nice enough to mail them to us at home.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

KytoStat Linkage


How cool am I?

Last month I did some Cliff Notes on June 2008 Parents magazine, and I mentioned KytoStat Bandages.

Now my blog is linked to from their front page! (StatCounter rocks by the way)

These bandages instantly seal the wound and stop the bleeding- with The Wild Child around, I am pretty certain I will need these at some time.... They are $15 for 3, but it sounds like they are worth it if you have small children around. I'm definitely going to get some to have on hand.

Has anyone tried them?


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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Unbelievable!


I was just going through my 4th of July pics, and by George, it's a miracle!
Do you see what I see?
Two kids with their sunglasses on correctly.
Typically, they are upside down.
Just like shoes, somehow more than 50% of the time, WC gets them on the wrong foot.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Politician is Having a Birthday Party With Store Bought Invitations

Don't you judge me!

Oh, Ashley, how I love thee.

But do you know how many nightmares I have had about putting together birthday parties since your birthday post of August 2007? Your party-planning skills are amazing and I am so impressed with what you put together.

But I just can't do that.

In fact, I was so overwhelmed with birthday-party planning anxiety that poor WC didn't even really have a 2nd birthday party in January. I just decided that I sucked so bad I'd just call a few people and see if they wanted to come over and eat some cupcakes.

But Since P is old enough to be aware of these kind of things, I decided I better work on planning him a party since his bday is in less than 6 weeks.

We had a Sasha Family Roundtable Discussion last night about All Things Birthday, and here's the plan:

A Diego Party!
Place: The Birthday Park (where we had his 2nd and 3rd birthdays, it's basically free and there's tons of crap for the kiddos to play with so I don't have to come up with entertainment on my own)

Menu: $5 Pizzas and cupcakes from whatever store does Diego cupcakes (Sam's? Walmartz? SuperTarget? Homeland? chime in if you know and save me some dreaded phone calls)

Things to Buy at Party Galaxy: All Diego items: tablecloth, napkins, plates, invitations, goodie bags

Done and Done! Now that's how The Sashas throw a party.

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Dear Laura and Sophie,



I'm just not feeling you. In fact, Laura and Sophie, your music stylings remind me of someone......





That's right, every time I hear you I think of The Culps on SNL. I'm just saying.

(By the way, this video is just a parody of The Culps- I can't believe I couldn't find an actual Culp clip on youtube)

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Lip of the Day: 07-08-08


This is one of the two step products- you apply the long-wearing lipcolor first, allow it to dry for about a minute or so, then apply the topcoat.

The color is just OK- pretty natural, and I typically like more color on my lips. It's the topcoat that ruins this for me- it's a petroleum-type balm that doesn't smell very nice at all. This makes me remember that I really prefer the gloss-type topcoats.

Although I won't buy this again, I will probably use this from time to time since I found it in my stash.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

New Ebates Link

Although the last $10 ebates sign-up offer expired, they have a new offer!

Sign up and make a purchase by August 14, and we'll both get $10!

Here's the link.

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

ABCs of Me!

Last month Jennifer tagged me, and this has been on my to-do list since then! The crazy thing is that a lot of my answers are the same as Jennifer's!

**Make sure you pay attention to the letter “T” cause I may be tagging you!**

A. Attached or Single? Attached (happily married!)
B. Best Friend? Lots of good friends
C. Cake or pie? Cake
D. Day of choice? Saturday
E. Essential item? 1 can of full-sugar Coke for breakfast every morning
F. Favorite color? Navy
G. Gummy bears or worms? Gummy coke bottles
H. Home town? A very small town in the Southwest
I. Favorite indulgence? Tiramisu
J. January or July? July (well, it's The Summer of Beer!)
K. Kids? Two and we are done!
L. Life isn’t complete without? Tivo
M. Marriage date? August 1999
N. Number of brothers and sisters? I'm an "only"
O. Oranges or Apples? Clementines
P. Phobias? revolving doors and also the car wash that moves you down the track by itself
Q. Quotes? The way the world underestimates me will be my greatest weapon. People pat me on the head, and I go to myself, "oh, and aren't they going to be surprised." - Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal)
R. Reasons to smile? Mr. Sasha and the kiddos
S. Season of choice? Fall- I love the cooler weather
T. Tag 5 people: Julie, Stephanie, Carrie, Holly, Traci Anne
U. Unknown fact about me? I can tap dance
V. Vegetable? Do potatoes count?!
W. Worst habit? biting my nails
X. X-ray or Ultrasound? Pregnancy ultrasounds!!
Y. Your favorite food? shrimp en brochette
Z. Zodiac sign? Capricorn
Z. Which zoo animal is your favorite? Gobi monkeys

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Lip of the Day: 07-06-08


Stila Long Wearing Lip Color in Exquisite


This is really a nice lipstick- a natural look that is actually pretty long wearing. I applied before church about 9 and it still looked nice at lunch. The sheen fades a bit but you are left with a nice color that doesn't bleed.
Of course, I've always found Stila a bit expensive, and this product is no different. At $18, it's a definite splurge. Stila's products are so darn cute though, and I love how this twists up. Not sure if I'll buy it again, but I do like it.


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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Don't You Dare Call PETA On Me

But WC got a little too aggressive with this guy and his friend (not pictured) and they are no longer with us.

Seems that Mr. Sasha's parents just installed a new in-ground pool (fancy!). And for some reason, it attract a bazillion little frogs who swim around with you. Strange. And creepy.

So WC manage to get her little paws on one and was just so taken by it's cuteness that she was carrying it around. You could just see a lone little frog leg sticking out. And just when you'd try to pry her hand apart to get the poor little prisoner out, she'd squeeze harder.

So I had to bury two of these little guys yesterday.

But other than that, a good time was had by all humans. I made some un-wise decisions regarding alcohol intake, but it's all good. We did realize at 9 pm when the kids were scarfing down birthday cake that we are pretty sure no one fed the kids dinner, but hey, they never said they were hungry! I would have totally put my beer down and made them a sandwich or a burger- all they had to do was ask. Don't you judge me!

We are off in a bit to a party that is sure to be fun- the words "Margarita Madness" were in the invitation! Hope you are having a great weekend.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Need An Alcoholic Beverage for the 4th?



Then stop by your local Wal-Mart and pick up a 6 pack of Smirnoff Raw Tea (I recommend the Raspberry).

I noticed the 6 packs were priced at $3.67 last month, and I figured it was being discontinued, so I bought all they had (four 6 packs- don't you judge me!).

But Tuesday night I noticed they were still on the shelves and still at that fantastic price!

You'll love it- promise!


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Cleaning Up the Bandwagon


So how you are doing on the Couch to 5K Bandwagon?

I think I'll clean up the Bandwagon Blogroll a bit- take those off that fell off the wagon, and add a few who have jumped on!

Leave me a comment about your progress!

Edited to add: Even if you fell off, and you let me know you'd like to get back on, you can stay on the blogroll! (That's for you, Traci Anne!)

A special shout-out to my friend Amanda who is on Week 6! She was a non-runner like I used to be, and after she came to watch me at the finish line of a 5K, she decided to join in. I'm super-proud of her and excited she has caught the running bug. She hopes to run her first 5K at the end of August. Although it is still pretty damn hot then this time of year, I'll be joining her to show my support. (Someone better have a beer ready for me the finish line)




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WC Is Time Travelin'


The Wild Child learned the phrase "last night" and now if anything happened in the past, it happened "last night", even if was a month ago.

"We went there last night."
"We did that last night."
"I ate that last night."
"I took off my diaper and slid down the slide last night."
"I took my clothes off and ran around the front yard like a nekkid jaybird last night." (yes you did)

But she got me with a new one yesterday.

I got her milk out of the refrigerator and handed it to her and it must have been an old cup (don't you judge me!) because she said....

"Yuck! That milk is from tomorrow!"

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Pool


Because fun can be had for a mere $7.
Promise.

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Moving to Your Own Domain

Kelly Bee asks: Sasha, Could you please, please, please do a quick post on how to make the leap to your own domain name??? I would love to do that if it isn't too terribly hard. I think it's your duty as Ashley's hero, don't you??KB

Sure Kelly Bee! I've got a lot going today, so I'll post a few steps at a time. (By the way, I tried to check out your blog, but your profile isn't enabled....)

1. You are going to need to secure your desired domain. Mr. Sasha reserved http://www.sashasays.com/ for me a few years ago because he swore someday that I could somehow use as it as place to post reviews of all my product/makeup/food finds. Who knew this blog would develop and he'd be right!

There are lots of hosting sites, but we use http://www.1and1.com/ and Mr. Sasha says it's $6.99 a year to buy a domain name. Yahoo is $9.95 and GoDaddy is $9.99- so if you are bargain shopper like me, go for 1and1.

2. The next step is to create a CNAME record for it to point to ghs.google.com.

Here is the bloger help document with specific instructions for each hosting site on how to do this. I followed these instructions for 1and1 and GoDaddy with no problems.

3. Next, you need to update your blogger settings to reflect the change.

You'll do this on the Settings Publishing tab for your blog in Blogger. Click the link at the top that says "Switch to Custom Domain" towards the top. Fill in the domain you registered, and then save your settings.

It may take a bit for all the DNS servers to update. If it doesn't work at first, try again later.

Your original Blog*Spot address will automatically forward to your new domain. That way, any existing links or bookmarks to your site will still work.

And of course, I'm glad to help anyone that is having trouble. Provided, of course, that you name me as the "Hero of the Year" for your blog.



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