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11.30.2011

MY HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (sneak peek!)

Hi guys! I just wanted to pop in and show you a few snippets of my home as I slowly but surely decorate it for the holidays




Here are a few snapshots of my living room




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coffee table decor




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Here a few snippets of my dining table




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(the tarnished silverware is only for decoration!)




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Well, that’s it! I have a few more things to do and I’ll show you everythingSmile




Have you started decorating for the holidays?!






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11.29.2011

I CHEATED AND I WON!

Well hello out there! How’s Tuesday morning treating you? I hope its better than Monday morning because we all know that Monday morning is the worse with it being the start of the week and allWinking smile

Last night, I wrangled in the big Christmas tree from the garage.  Well lets back up, I guess if my husband brought it in and I stood there and watched with a I DON’T WANT THIS TREE IN MY HOUSE look on my face, I really didn’t do much huh? Anyway that’s not the point. The point is I didn’t want the tree in because:

a) it’s too big for my living room.

b) I have to rearrange the entire space to make it fit.

c) it’s too big for my living room.

After he brought it in, I stood there and looked at the box for a while (wishing and hoping it would suddenly decrease in size) and then began to just go with it and put it together. 

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With artificial trees, there are like 3 or 4 parts that you must put together to build the tree.  Well…… Here is where I cheated. Instead of using all of the pieces that came with the tree, I left out a section. Cheating? Yes. Winning? ABSOFREAKINLUTELY!

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My living room still had to be rearranged to accommodate the tree, but at least I don’t have to use a step ladder to decorate the tree.  Oh and use all of those ornaments…

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(the tree is kinda fat at the bottom, but whatever!)

I thought it was so cool to have a huge tree, but this year I would have preferred this

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(Country Living)

No worries.  I have a mini tree (2 to be exact!)

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So there you have it, I cheated and won! Now I just have to finish decorating the tree and put the room back together!

If you have a chance, please stop by and check out Vicki’s blog.  She featured me in her Coast to Coast series today!

11.28.2011

BECAUSE I’M A “SHOPPING NINJA”!

From Thursday night up until last night, I was a busy woman! Thursday we went to my husbands aunts house for Thanksgiving dinner.  After a few hours there and knowing my brother and sister in law had been in line at Best Buy and Target all day, I was ready to head home so I too could join in the BF craziness!

On the ride home I got a little excited about everything that I wanted to purchase

Old Navy scarves for $1.00?

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$15 Kohls cash?

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3 wheel scooter for my munchkin?

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The amount of money I really have Vs. what my husband think I have?

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After changing into my BF attire, I headed out. Walmart was my first stop and it was a disappointment

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Seriously, before the sale even started everything was goneSad smile I wanted to kick someone.  But I did manage to get the boys pj’s that I buy during BF every year.

Then after making it through the crazy parking lot to my car, I headed over to Kohls and got in line while my mom was at Old Navy in line

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I did manage to get everything I wanted/needed.  We were out from 9:30 until 7:30am the next morning! I tell ya, if you haven’t been black friday shopping before, you really should.  It is so much fun (and funny too!).

I was crazy busy this weekend. Later Friday, I met up with my brother and sis in law and took the boys to Dave and Busters

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We wore them out, I tell ya

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I also hosted a sleepover for my oldest son who turned 7 last week

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The party had a “super hero” theme, so my husband and I were Super Parents!

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IT WAS CRAZY over here!

Then yesterday, I attended my friends birthday party

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Yes, she is a diva! But she is a smart diva at that.  While there, she told me that she applied to Harvard for her PhD!!! She will definitely get in.  I’m so proud of her!

Oh, and she also gave out the cutest little favors… cupcakes in a jar

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So after a weekend like that, you would think that I would be tired, right? Nope! I can’t stop thinking about this pillow so I’m running out to get it.

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THEN, I am going to start decorating for Christmas!!!!! I just love this time of year!

 

So, what did you do this weekend?!?! 

 

 

11.23.2011

BLACK FRIDAY TIPS

Hi guys! I’m in the middle of cleaning and cooking (I have collard green duty), but I wanted to pop in and and repost my tips for Black Friday shopping.  The stores are opening up EXTRA early this year which has really dampened my spirit when it comes to this special shopping day for me.  But I am planning to go out, just not super early on Thanksgiving Day. I hope these tips help you with your shopping tomorrow night/Friday morning!

The day that you guys have all been waiting for is finally near! No, not Thanksgiving, but the day after…Black Friday!

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Yes! My favorite day! Why? Because I get to shop without my husband asking me what I need! For some odd reason, he NEVER questions my reasons for going out at 4:00am to shop!

Because I know many of you will be out Friday morning, and that for a few of you this will be your first time out, I decided to share a few tips with you. Hopefully I can help you make the most of your shopping adventure!

KNOW THE SALES

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Find out all the stores that are participating in Black Friday. From there, find the stores that offer the best deals on the items you need and also find the store that offers the second best prices!

PLAN YOUR TRIP

I have a mall literally 10 minutes away from me. And surrounding that mall I have Target, Best Buy, Toys R Us, and Sams Club. I also have a Wal-mart close by, but in a different direction than where majority of the stores are. This problem is where my next tip come into play…

GET FRIENDS AND FAMILY INVOLVED

Okay, so you have to go to Target for a TV, but you need a laptop from Wal-mart. Have your friend or family member go into the other store while you are in Target. Or how about this, you don’t really need any of the major items from a particular store, but you do want a few of their stocking stuffers, the same plan works for that too!

HAVE YOUR LIST READY

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There is nothing worst than waking up at 3:30am and having to make a list. Better yet, getting out of the house and not being able to find your list. Print out your shopping list and print multiples. Give one to EVERYONE you can think of just in case you do forget it, you can call that person. Oh and leave one in the car too!

CASH OR CREDIT?

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My advice for this question…CASH! Or, better yet, DEBIT! Okay, I know that some credit cards have rewards with them and that’s fine. For example, with my Target card, I can get 10% off with the coupon I received the other day plus an additional 5% off for using it. They also have coupons in their ad that ends today that I can combine with those discounts. Did I use the card? YES MA’AM!!! BUT, i turned around and paid it on the card. See this is what I learned (the hard way), a deal is not a deal if you’re going to pay A LOT more for the item later. It took a while, but my husband finally got through to me;-)

BE CAREFUL

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Here a picture of one of my carts last year. Notice that it is still dark outside… Also, notice the guy in the background. Nothing happened with this person, but you never know who is out there watching you. I see a lot of people go out and put things in their cars and then head back inside. DO NOT DO THAT. As soon as you head inside, BAM, your car is broken into and that’s not good! If you must go back into a store, I suggest you go to your car, act like you are leaving and then park your car in a different parking spot. And try not to pack things into the car, but into the trunk.

HAVE ENOUGH ROOM

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So you get to the store and realize that getting that 42” flat screen is worth it after all. Well, not if you’re packing it into a Sebring! My truck seats 8, but with the third row let down, I can still seat my Black Friday “crew” and my items! My back windows are tinted, but I do plan to take a quilt with me to cover my items…Be Careful!

HAVE FUN BECAUSE THERE IS ALWAYS TOMORROW!

I always have fun! Even when I don’t get a particular item that I had my mind set on. Shopping on Black Friday is really fun, but don’t forget that the sale continues on Saturday! So if you oversleep Friday, set your alarm for Saturday!

I hope that these tips are helpful when you get out Friday! I wonder if I’m missing anything…Do any of you have any tips of your own to share?

P.S, I learned from Mrs.Chic that Goodwill is participating in Black Friday with everything being 50% off! They are definitely on my list!

11.21.2011

MORE CHAIRS??? Yes, but they’re different!

More chairs? The first thing my husband said when he saw these chairs in the garage.  My response was yes, but they are different.  Aren’t these the cutest chairs?! I love the pedestal base and the back of them.

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I didn’t get the larger one (it was sold when I went back).  I thought about using them in the living room, but they are on the small side so I think it would be perfect for the family room.  Can you picture these being painted a pretty color with a great fabric on the seats?!?! OMG, I can’t wait to get started on themSmile

ps, they were marked down to 11 bucks each, woohoo!

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It has been a little over a week since I tried it out, so I’ve only used it twice, but I’ve already noticed that my scalp is less irritated. I’ve also noticed that because I don’t scratch my head as much, there has been less dandruff on my clothing. Not only does it relieve my scalp from irritation, but it also smells so good!



My mom used Head & Shoulders when I was growing up (and I’m sure she still does), but I remember clearly saying ewww whenever I saw it in the bathroom. I would tell myself that I would make sure I would never have to use it as an adult! One thing I remember from the shampoo as a child is that it did not smell as good back then!



A few things I have learned about dandruff and having hair and then none at all is that dandruff is not a result of not taking care of your hair or scalp. And lastly, never say never (especially when it comes to something that your parent is doing or using) because you may just experience the same thing!



I must admit that I am happy with the relief that I have experienced so far with this Head & Shoulders shampoo and Conditioner. Even if it didn’t work, it smells too good not to continue to use it!



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11.17.2011

I THOUGHT I KNEW, BUT I DON’T…. HELP PLEASE!

I mentioned that I already knew what pillows I wanted on my sofa in the living room.  Well, turns out I don’t really know.  I know what I like, but I can’t decide on which set of pillows. Tell me the option you like most

Here is the space

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and here are the options

Option 1

Pillow Chiang Mai Dragon F.Schumacher Designer Mocha Lumbar Size 11x 23 Cover

Chiang Mai Dragon in the mocha colorway

Pair of 2 Imperial Trellis Designer Pillows - 18 inch - Java Brown and Cream - Trellis Pillows - Lattice Pillows - Throw Pillows

2 brown and ivory trellis pillows

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along with the two citron pillows I have on the sofa already

Option 2

Set of Two - Schumacher - Chiang Mai Dragon - 22 inch Square - Aquamarine - Linen - Decorative Pillows - Throw Pillows

2 chiang mai dragon pillows in aquamarine

Pair of 2 Designer Pillow Cover 18 x 18 - Cradle Navy - Indoor/Outdoor

Two of the Cats Cradle pillows in navy

along with the two citron pillows I have now

Option 3

Decorative Pillow Cover- 20 x 20- Chiang Mai Dragon by F. Schumacher- Alabaster

Chiang mai in the alabaster colorway with navy blue backs

David Hicks La Fiorentina Groundworks Designer Pillow Wine & Magenta 20x20

La Fiorentina by David Hicks in the wine and magenta colorway

As you can see, I love Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon.  Which ever option I decide on, the fabric itself will be used on my dining chairs too.  After seeing the pillows together in this post, I have an idea of which one I would want to see in the space.  Lets see if you agreeSmile

Can you help me out?!?! Please!