Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Caroline was having a giveaway for the cutest labels, and lo and behold, I won!
Caroline was absolutely fab to work with, changing colors and fonts around until I was delighted with the results. My labels came in the mail super-fast and were just as cute as I thought they'd be.
Caroline has an etsy shop where she sells the labels in sets of 30 for only $11.99, shipping included. The great thing is she allows you to choose up to three different designs, and she will even do up to 30 different names for you. I haven't seen this option from label sellers before.
Disclosure: I received a pack of labels from Caroline as a giveaway prize.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
I love love love social media. It's so amazing to me that a pic of my mani is now on the blog of my favorite store in the world! (and the pic links to my nail blog too- squee!)
Thursday, June 24, 2010
But I just purchased the new Hungry Girl book, Happy Hour, and everything looks so good in there, you almost forget they are diet-friendly. The book has 75 recipes for "amazingly fantastic guilt-free cocktails & party foods"- just what my new diet plan needs!
Disclosure: This post contains an Amazon referral link.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
If you are like me, you do Google searches all the time. Why not do them through Swagbucks and earn some points? You could win Swagbucks on many of them, and get a bunch of $5 Amazon gift cards banked.
After you join, you can refer friends and family and get bucks for their searches too. Hell of a deal.
For the past few weeks, I've been trying out the Simply Ageless Foundation in shade 210- Classic Ivory. I'm quite yellow, so I was afraid this might be too neutral for me, but it actually matches my skin perfectly. I tend to be a bit oily, so I was worried that a cream foundation would be too much for me- but I was wrong! I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it and found myself reaching for it day after day.
From the COVERGIRL website: This breakthrough formula with Olay Regenerist Serum and SPF 22 stays suspended over fine lines and wrinkles, unlike the leading anti-aging department store foundation that can gather in wrinkles and make skin look older. Clinically shown to provide significant improvement in skin condition in just four weeks.
However, I will tell you I don't use the sponge applicator that it comes with. Applying the foundation with the sponge gives a very heavy coverage- much too heavy for me. I instead use a damp foundation brush and love the light-to-medium coverage I get.
I totally meant to take a pic before I started using it, but yeah, that didn't happen. You can see where I've swirled my brush around- sorry about that, but hopefully you can get the idea of what the product looks like.
Up until earlier this year, I was using a mineral foundation, but I was noticing that it was settling into the fine lines around my mouth and eyes and making me look older than my 36 years. I am so glad I found this product- I have officially switched!
Disclosure: I received this product for word-of-mouth marketing purposes from BzzAgent.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
My suggestion: The Travel Girl Palette (four eyeshadow and a convertible color) for $10, and/or the It Girl Palette (three neutral eyeshadows, including my favorite Stila color, Kitten), also only $10.
Monday, June 21, 2010
My parents took the kiddos to see "Toy Story 3" this weekend, and P got a bit scared at one point and actually wanted to leave! He's a sensitive little guy, so if your child is a rough-and-tumble tough kid, you're probably fine, but do know those with gentle souls may be frightened. Mom was able to reassure him that all ends well, so they did stay, but I'd love to hear if other kids were scared too. Do tell!
Also, I have been thinking about getting an iphone, but I tried out a friend's the other day, and because of my fingernails, I had a terrible time typing- it was nearly impossible. What do others with long nails do? Am I out of luck? I currently have a Samsung Jack and type with the corners of my thumbnails.
I was getting excited about all the neat apps (Shazam!) but if I can't type on the stupid thing, I'm out.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Hair Bows & Guitar Picks is hosting Thirsty Thursday today, and I of course am joining in.
photo credit: S. Linkard, wine.about.com
Doesn't that look amazing? I was searching for a sangria recipe I had seen in a magazine that was made with white wine rather than red, and I ran across this and my mouth started watering! I definitely plan on making this- maybe Fourth of July weekend, and I can add some blueberries!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I ran across a really good deal for the new Aveeno Active Naturals Ageless Vitality Elasticity Recharging System, Eyes, so I am currently testing it out and shall report back.
It's a two-step system- the first is a serum and the second a cream. I've been using it for close to a week and I like it so far, although that's not really enough time to decide if my wrinkles are reduced. It doesn't sting or have an odor, and my makeup goes on nicely over it. So as far as I'm concerned, it's a win so far.
If you purchase it from www.walmart.com for $40.97 (that includes shipping, but not tax) you'll get a bonus $15 eGift Card to use later at www.walmart.com.
Then you submit your receipt along with this rebate form (must be purchased before 7-15-10) and get $20 back from Aveeno.
$40.97 plus tax
less 15 gift card
less 20 rebate
Final price $6 plus tax
Not too shabby.
And although I myself forgot, you can go through ebates for an additional 1% off.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Looks like this they have black and navy as well in this size- other sizes are out of stock.
Make sure you go through ebates!
Search for Wave on the crocs site and add to cart. Enter code WAVE999 (case sensitive!) to bring the price down to $9.99. Then enter code STACK15 to get 15% off and free shipping.
Sizes available as of 3:30 CST:
Black 6/7, 10/11
Pink 6/7, 10/11, Juniors 1, Womens 3
Friday, June 11, 2010
This week's topic at Kelly's Korner is China Patterns. The Mr. and I got married in 1999 and I had so much fun picking out my dishes.
It's a tradition on my mom's side of the family to use a Denby pattern for everyday dishes. My mom and her two sisters all have Denby. Denby is fabulous just for the fact that it is oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. And I love the stoneware look.
I chose the Juice pattern, which, sadly, has been discontinued. Luckily I have all the pieces I need for 12 place settings. I love the mix-and-match pattern and in each piece I got 4 pieces of each of the three colors.
For my "fancy" dishes, I chose Villeroy & Boch French Garden. These are also mix-and-match, but I chose to pick a pattern for each type of plate and stick with that pattern for all 8.
Sadly, we don't entertain much and these only get used on special occasions like Christmas Eve dinner. Maybe when the kids are older we will use them more.
I'd love to see what dishes you chose. Leave me a comment if you join in on Kelly's Show Us Your Life this week.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Would you join me in giving blood on World Blood Donor Day? My father-in-law will be entering the hospital soon to prepare for his stem cell transplant to treat his leukemia. Over the past few months, his illness has caused him to need a number of blood transfusions. I'll be giving in his name next week to help offset those costs. If you are local and would like to do the same, please email me for info about how to designate your donation specifically for him.
ABOUT THE “GIVE” DONATION INITIATIVE:
Many Americans consider giving blood to be an important act of community service, however, less than 10 percent donate on an annual basis. Incredibly, if just one percent more donated–less than four million Americans–the nation’s blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future. To help close this gap, Nexcare Brand and America ’s Blood Centers are partnering on the second annual give program, a nationwide blood donation initiative kicking off on World Blood Donor Day, Monday, June 14th, and extending through Sunday, June 20th.
With the support of hundreds of participating local blood centers, the give program inspires Americans with a message of hope, and helps them to spread the word by distributing limited-edition Nexcare Bandages marked with the word give.
World Blood Donor Day comes at an important time each year. As local blood centers face “summer shortages,” the nation’s blood supply comes under strain due to less donations because of increased vacation schedules and other seasonal distractions that tend to take place in the summer months. World Blood Donor Day reminds Americans to donate and enables them to help make a impact in reducing these shortages.
The 2010 give Bandages are inspired by both the patriotic act of giving blood as well as Flag Day, which will also be recognized on June 14, 2010. This collection of three Nexcare bandages are designed to represent the American flag signify the everyday hero in each American who commits to saving lives by donating blood.
Additionally, there’s a dedicated website, http://www.nexcaregive.com/, where visitors can share their story, get directions to our local blood center and register to receive coupons and a free sampling of bandages.
Did You Know? Facts About Blood Donation
· One pint of blood can save up to three lives
· Every two seconds, someone needs blood
· Most Americans will require a blood transfusion at some point in their lives
· Less than 10% of Americans donate blood on an annual basis
· If one percent more Americans gave blood, all national blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future
· There is no substitute for human blood
· Donors can give whole blood up to six times a year
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Right now I am using Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Daily Treatment Conditioner on WC's hair and am LOVING it. Poor thing has hair just like me- super fine- and it gets so tangly just walking around. But this conditioner is wonderful and I truly think it's made her hair smoother and much less tangled in the evenings. Her hair looks shiner and so much healthier as well. Disclosure: I received this product for free from BzzAgent.
I also needed a new powder brush. I apply a finishing powder over my foundation, and the brush I was using was past it's prime. When I was shopping Avon recently, I found this Mark powder brush for only $8 and I am so glad I ordered it. The handle is high-quality and nice and heavy and the brush itself it so soft. Great purchase. Here's a recent post I did on how to get free shipping on Avon products when you order thru my rep, Valeri.
What products are you loving these days?
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Do you have a Fancy Nancy fan in your house? We sure do! I just pre-ordered this new book, Ooh La La! It's Beauty Day!, which is coming out on June 22nd and is half price right now at only $6.49. It ships free with Super Saver shipping as well as free shipping with Amazon Prime, so it's a great deal!
Here's a link to my post explaining how to get a free trial of Amazon Prime.
Disclosure: This post contains an Amazon referral link.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Ah, summer! We spent two days by the pool this weekend, drinks in hand, and it was delightful! Summertime music always gets me in the mood. Right now I'm loving Katy Perry's California Gurls.
What are you listening to today? Head over to Hair Bows & Guitar Picks and join in Music Monday!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Hair Bows & Guitar Picks is hosting Thirsty Thursday today, and I of course am joining in, although I'm a bit late this week!
Have you gotten into the Sweet Tea Vodka craze? It's all I'm hearing about so I had to join in. Last weekend we went to a pool party, so I took a gallon of Red Diamond Sugar Free Sweet Tea and a bottle of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka. It was a hit! So refreshing on a hot day by the pool.
Tip: Keep your vodka in the freezer.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Disclosure: This post contains a referral link.
Right now their polish is "Buy one for $5, get one for $0.99", so it's basically $3 per polish. I chose the two new green shades, Jade and Olive Green. Green is really hot right now, and if we know one thing, it's that I'm totally up with current trends (kidding, but I do think these look pretty).
1. Visit Valeri's site to make her your default rep
2. Log into ebates to get 5% back and go through them to get to the Avon site
3. Once the Avon site pulls up again, you should see Valeri's name near the top of the site
4. Choose your products and then use code FSANY or REPFS to get free shipping
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I am thinking of getting a Flip Camcorder and wondered if any Sasha Says readers have one, and if you do, what you think.
The above model is $150 with free shipping/no tax from Amazon, and that seems like a pretty good deal.
Any advice/tips for me?
Disclosure: This post contains and Amazon referral link.