Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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As part of my follow up to our fabulous NYC trip for the Pop Art Pixies Blogger's Premiere, I should preface by sharing a little bit about the site before getting into the nitty gritty of the tourist activities.

The Pop Art Pixies site by Crayola is a website designed for tweens. Girls can register for free, find out more about the pixies and personalize their online experience by selecting a nickname, creating an avatar, sharing bits of personal information (likes, dislikes, favorite color, favorite music, etc.) Online you can also meet the Pixies: Skye, Maya, Naomi and Tatum.  Registration is free. I would give this site a "G" rating,  so totally appropriate for children in my opinion.

Once registered, your girl(s) can navigate through the site to various games and activities, look over items offered in the Pop Art Pixies product line, earn rewards, invite friends to their network, print coupons, etc.  My girls and I loved finding out more about the Pop Art Pixies and creating our own avatars. 

Before we went to NYC, the girls and I created our own avatars and sent our avatars to Crayola - see mine @misaacmom  and above. The girls thought it looked just like me!  When we arrived in NYC at the hotel, we were presented with large canvas gift bags containing our names and personalized avatars.   I thought this was SO thoughtful and it's is a wonderful souvenir.  My girls love our bags and use theirs for sleepovers, day trips, etc.  

If you get a chance, stop by the Pop Art Pixies and see what fun you can draw up!  Also, stop back by to hear more about our trip and how to bring a bit of the Pixie magic into your own home.

I was invited to the NYC event by Crayola. Our travel accommodations, meals, travel expenses and samples of Pop Art Pixies craft projects were provided by Crayola. I was not required to write a positive review. For more information on this blog and on my posting practices, please refer to the disclosure policy below.

Mrs. Butterworth review and quick giveaway!

My kids are huge waffle fans! I even have a waffle maker but due to time constraints we often have the frozen variety. If I do make my own, I try to freeze a batch as well.

The girls really don't have a waffle preference but when I asked the girls which syrup they preferred, both little ones agreed that their absolute favorite is Mrs. Butterworth!

We recently received a bottle for review - the limited edition holiday edition is available now while supplies last (in designated markets). I was tickled to see Mrs. Butterworth "dressed-up" in holiday attire. I placed her in the fridge next to our regular Mrs. Butterworth bottle :)  Find out more at

I have a tasty treat for my readers. This one will be simple! Follow my blog and post what you love about Mrs. Butterworth.  One entrant will win a holiday bottle. 

Additional entry for following on twitter @misaacmom

Both entries can be put in one comment.

* You must be a follower of this blog in order to be eligible to win

* Winner will be selected via or randomizer
* Winner will be contacted via email; Winner must respond to email notification within 2 business days or another winner will be selected.
* Email address must be posted in your blogger profile OR you must post it with your entry.
* Only residents of the US are eligible to win* Winner is responsible for taxes
* No P.O. Boxes
*Mr. Butterworth  is responsible for prize fulfillment
* You must be 18 years old and above
* Ends 01/01/2011

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas refelections

We had a nice, quiet holiday at home. Ryan had to work so it was just the girls, my mother-in-law and I.

Having my mother-in-law here is bittersweet - she and my father-in-law planned to share Christmas with us. It has been several years since we spent Christmas together. He passed away September unexpectedly in a boating accident over the labor day weekend. It was very difficult not having him here to share in the celebrations but my MIL did remarkably well.

She received a new camera and GPS from all the kids. My FILs camera was ruined in the accident and the GPS he had was in his car, which she sold. She was so happy that she received the two things she really wanted.

The girls LOVED all of their goodies. They received many things tailored to their own individual tastes. Miss C is a teen so she received clothes, jewelry, and beauty items. Miss N. loves art thus she received many arts and crafts. Miss E. is a reader. Although she received many larger gifts, her favorite gifts from Santa were 2 wonderful books by Shel Silverstein. Even though considered classics, I never owned these books as a child - they are new to me also! We are having a blast reading the wonderful, wacky, whimsical and humorous poetry.

Miss N. also had a birthday ON Christmas. This birthday was a special one so she received more gifts than usual. (Typically the girls receive more at Christmas than on birthdays). Her best gift? A surprise phone from her dad. It was a surprise for me also!

Ryan also surprised me with a few nice gifts - a DVD set of the 1st season of Glee, the new Eclipse DVD and 2 pairs of "Not Your Daughter's Jeans". The jeans were wonderful because Miss N. ruined the one pair I owned when she came back from a tye-dye b-day party and placed her shirt on top of the pants. Best of all I received Just Dance 2. The girls and I have been having a blast playing it. I love most of the new songs but the game is definitely more difficult than Just Dance 1!

My parents gave me a camera. I was thrilled - Our family camera is just not very good. It was a quick and inexpensive replacement for one that broke. When I have been attending blogger functions and all of the other bloggers bring these great cameras to document the experience and all I have my iphone.

Christmas dinner was good - Ham (great), potatoes (Undercooked), asparagus (canned) and cranberry sauce (TERRIFIC!). The next day my Mother in Law "fixed" the potatoes by cooking longer, adding diced ham, milk, cream of mushroom soup and more seasoning. The cranberry sauce recipe with our modifications is included below:

ORIGINAL recipe:
1/2 orange
2 cups water
1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, pippin or
3 cups fresh cranberries
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

OUR recipe (modified from the original - modifications bolded):
1 juice of one orange, freshly squeezed
1 cup water
1 cup orange juice1 McIntosh apple
1 bag fresh cranberries (12 - 16 oz)1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
orange zest
dash of vanilla (about 1/4 tsp)

I just love the cranberry sauce. We have a plain Junior's cheesecake at home. I topped my slice with a couple teaspoons of the homemade cranberry sauce and it is SO yummy!

I hope everyone had as lovely of a holiday as ours. Please feel free to share links to your blog posts of festivities in your home/family or recipes.

Snow Day

Raleigh was blanketed in snow yesterday - gorgeous! We did get dumped on but not nearly as bad as other areas of the country!

Here is a great view of our back yard and the neighbors yard taken from our window:

Friday, December 24, 2010

Don't throw out those Christmas Cards!

By guest blogger Veronica Smith

Last Year's Cards Make This Year's Christmas Decorations
If you saved last year's Christmas cards because they were just too pretty to throw away, you are in luck. It's easy to use these cards to make interesting and beautiful Christmas decorations for your home. So, get out your box of saved cards, and use these projects as inspiration.

Christmas PlacematsDecorating your holiday table with placemats can make even the simplest meal more festive. If you have a nice assortment of cards, you can create a set of placemats that are easy to make, easy to keep clean, and pretty to look at. Start by drawing a placemat shape on a piece of poster board or light cardboard. You can even use scrap cardboard that is printed on one side, since the cards will cover the printing. Cut the backs off the cards, and use craft glue designed for paper to adhere the card fronts to the cardboard base. Overlapping the cards in a collage fashion often looks best. When finished, trim any card pieces that stick out over the edge of the placemat. Then, cover the placemat front and back with clear contact paper. Make sure that the contact paper extends about a half inch around the edges of the placemat so that you can seal the front and back together securely. These placemats will look beautiful on your holiday table, and can be simply wiped clean with a damp cloth or sponge.

Advent CalendarAn Advent calendar can be a lot of fun, especially if there are children in the home. Start by cutting a large Christmas tree shape out of a piece of green poster board. Then, cut 25 rectangles out of your Christmas cards. Fold each rectangle in half to form a small book shape. Inside each, tape a small sticker, candy treat, Bible quotation, or anything else that is small and flat enough to fit. Then, punch a hole through both the front and back leaves of the small books along their open edges, and tie each closed with a small piece of yarn or string. Use double-sided tape, scrapbooking photo splits or craft glue to affix all 25 treats to the Christmas tree base. Then, open one surprise each day of December until Christmas arrives.

Tree OrnamentsOld Christmas cards can also be used to create beautiful decorations for your tree. You can create uniform round ornaments by tracing circles onto the fronts of Christmas cards. Using a clear plastic lid for this task makes it easier to select the prettiest portion of the card. Cut the circles out and punch a hole at the top of the ornament. Then, glue yarn, sequins, glitter or other adornments around the edges of the cut circles. Tie a loop of yard through the ornament's hole, and hang on the tree. You can also cut customized shapes out of the cards instead of simply cutting circles if desired. This works especially nice if your cards have animals, bells, trees or other designs on them that you can cut out around the edges or the shapes.

Article contributed by Veronica Smith of - the online spot for high quality oversized wall sculptures and modern metal wall sculptures.

Holiday Wreath Brings the Scents of Christmas

by guest blogger Jessica Ackerman

There is nothing better than the sights and smells of the Christmas season. Fresh baking cookies, cinnamon and vanilla, and the ever present scent of pine all waft through the air from the beginning of the season until the end of the holiday. If you are looking for a creative way to incorporate those scents into your home’s decor, add holidays wreaths around the home that have a little something extra.

Cinnamon BundlesNo Christmas home would be complete without the scent of cinnamon at least once during the season. This year, create a wreath that keeps the luscious and comforting scent of cinnamon alive all season long. There are a few ways that you can create such a wreath. You can purchase a pre-made artificial pine wreath and tie bundles of cinnamon sticks to it with colorful, holiday ribbon. To make the scent last longer, use a cotton ball to rub a light coating of cinnamon oil on the sticks before you attach them to the wreath. You could also purchase some of the ever popular cinnamon scented pine cones that large craft stores sell almost year round. Attach them to a plain, wire wreath form using craft wire and you will have a beautiful and delicious smelling wreath to hang in your home.

PineThe smell that most identifies the Christmas season is that of pine. Whether you choose to have a Christmas tree or not, you can still bring that scent into your home. Purchase or cut, fresh pine boughs from your evergreen tree. Bundle them together, tie them at the top and fan out the bottom. Attach a pretty ribbon or length of velvet to decorate it. Your wreath can then be hung on a door or wall anywhere in your home. You can also use a plain wire wreath form to shape pine boughs into a traditional circular wreath shape. The wonderful smell of pine will remain the same and you can still hang your masterpiece anywhere inside the house.

Vanilla Sugar CookiesBaking cookies are one of the best smells of the Christmas season. If you want to scent of vanilla sugar cookies throughout your home, but would prefer the calories stay away, consider adding vanilla to a holiday wreath. Vanilla essential oil is different from baking oil that you may use in your cookie recipes, but its smell is just as divine. Take the wreath you would like to scent and gently rub small amounts of vanilla essential oil on the pine needles or flowers. Use the oil sparingly and always test it in an inconspicuous place to make sure that it will not stain or damage your wreath. Also be careful that the oil does not come in direct contact with your or painted walls or wood trim. After the wreath has dried, hang it in your house to add some delicious vanilla scent.

Holiday wreaths are a fun way to incorporate the scents of the season into your holiday decor. They can be customized to fit your preferences and needs. Try a new approach to scents this holiday season and create a wreath that embodies the scents of Christmas that you enjoy.

Jessica Ackerman, author and staff designer at, specializes in southwestern metal art decor and monogram wall grille.

Christmas Containers Help Keep Everything Organized

by guest blogger Alyssa Davis

There is nothing more frustrating during the holidays than not being able to find holiday items that you stored from last year. The trick to staying organized and keeping your Christmas goodies in proper order is to use containers that help you do just that. There are many different types of that make life much easier when you are getting ready to decorate your home for the holidays.

Wreath ContainersIt was not long ago that homeowners' only option for storing holiday wreaths was large, plastic trash bags that they hoped would not rip or tear. Today, storage container manufacturers have come up with a type of container that is specially designed to hold and protect your wreath investment. Crafted of hard plastic, and usually with a semi-clear cover, these circular containers are wide enough and deep enough to hold even the most ornate wreaths. They typically have small latches on the side and top to ensure that they stay closed during their long months of storage. They are waterproof and also protecting against dust and rodents, so they are an excellent choice for Christmas storage containers.

Ornament BoxesChoose from cardboard, plastic or metal ornament boxes designed to hold anywhere from four to 50 tree ornaments, with each in its own separate section. The benefit is that the ornaments are then sorted, protected and will not get tangled during their time in storage. Even if the box is knocked or jostled, the ornaments are safe in their own compartments. Ornament boxes are ideal for those who want to protect their ornaments and save some time when decorating. You can also use ornament boxes to store other small decorations that you may use around the house. One clever idea is to pack away your everyday decorations in the ornament boxes, so that when you take the tree down, your other decorations and accessories will all be together.

Cookie TinsAlthough tins can be used anytime of the year for storage, they are most often associated with Christmas. While you can send Christmas cookies in them for safe shipping, they can also be used around the house to help you stay organized. Consider getting four or five cookie tins in graduated sizes and stacking them into a tower. You can store your gift labels in the smallest tin, ribbons and bows in the next largest with tissue paper and wrapping paper in the larger tins. The tins will look great on display, and you will be able to keep everything you need for gift wrapping organized and neat.

It would be wonderful if there was a cure for the holiday clutter that seems to gather every year, but in reality that is just not the case. The key to keeping your home organized is to use the containers and storage solutions that you have available to their fullest. Make use of every nook and cranny to help you keep Christmas stress as low as possible.

Alyssa Davis, writes exclusively for, and specifically about designing with sailboats wall sculptures and metal bicycle wall art.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tina Loebach Studios in Raleigh, NC

Here is a picture of the girls taken by Tina Loebach with Loebach Studios Photography (Raleigh, NC). I won a photography package from from a Blog Promotion via Team Mom. Tina specializes in Wedding, Baby and Boudoir photography.

This is one of the best things I have ever won - Tina did a fabulous job!!!! Outside of portrait packages in retail stores, I have never had the girls pictures taken professionally. This was such a wonderful experience and I plan to go again :) If you are local to the Raleigh, NC area, I highly recommend her.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Crayola Pop Art Pixies - Giveaway!

I will be continuing to share information about our trip to NYC for the wonderful Pop Art Pixies Bloggers Event, sponsored by Crayola. What else am I sharing? A fabu giveaway! This one will be easy to enter AND easy to earn extra entries.

What is up for grabs? A Crayola Pop Art Pixies kit will include Skye’s Water Bottle Kit, Skye’s Wind Chimes Kit, Tatum’s Decoupage Glass Plate kit, and Naomi’s Color Glow Lamp kit.

You must be a follower of this blog in order to be eligible to win

How to Enter?:
Simply post who you would give this kit to.
Extra Entries:
Tweet about the giveaway - please post separate entry and include link
Post on any Pop Art Pixies Post. I will add your entry
Share on Facebook - please post separate entry and include link

* You must be a follower of this blog in order to be eligible to win

* Winner will be selected via or randomizer

* Winner will be contacted via email; Winner must respond to email notification within 2 business days or another winner will be selected.

* Email address must be posted in your blogger profile OR you must post it with your entry.

* Only residents of the US are eligible to win

* Winner is responsible for taxes

* No P.O. Boxes

* Crayola is responsible for prize fulfillment

* You must be 18 years old and above

* Ends 12/31/2010

Crayola has provided this extra set of Pop Art Pixies kits as a giveaway, and treated my girls and I to the Crayola VIP*NYC Pop Art Pixies weekend. For more information on this blog and on my posting practices, please refer to the disclosure policy at the bottom of this page.

White Chocolate and Peppermint Reindeer Food

Thanks to General Mills, the girls and I were able to make a great batch of Reindeer food aka Reindeer Poop. I have had different variations of this. (chocolate, peanut butter, etc.). This version is peppermint!

This was SO easy to make
- 6 cups of Chex cereal - the recipe called for rice, but we used a combination of rice and wheat.
- 14 small candy canes, crushed
- 1 bag of white chocolate.
  1. Put 6 cups of check cereal in a bowl. Put the white chocolate in a microwaveable bowl; microwave on regular setting for 1.5 minutes, stirring every 40 minutes.
  2. Mix in crushed candy cane.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture over Chex cereal. Mix carefully.
  4. Spread on a baking pan lined with waxed paper or aluminum foil.
  5. Let cool and serve!

That is it - so, so easy and a great recipe for kids to help with. My girls had a great time measuring, crushing, pouring, mixing and eating!

You can find more Chex recipes HERE.

Also, you can vote for your favorite 2010 Chex Recipe Each vote help win the vote against hunger - For every vote, Chex (General Mills) will donate $2.00 to Feeding America, up to 25K.

ENDS 12/15/2010 so vote SOON.

General Mills provided me with A small container and  the chocolate, cereal and candy canes to make reindeer food.  I was not required to write a positive review and did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this blog post.  For more information on this blog and my posting practices, please refer to the disclosure policy at the bottom of this page.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wake Forest Parade

Today we went to the Wake Forest parade. To be honest I was dreading it. Usually anytime we go to any large event my DH drives. He is much better than I am at arriving where we are supposed to, finding good parking and getting us out of there quickly. I am not. He had to work so I was the designated driver.

The girls were supposed to get dropped off at the back of the post office. We ended up walking and found everyone in the front. By then we were about 15 minutes late, but hey - we found it. I was happy. I only had to go around the block twice. That is pretty good considering I had no idea where we were going and everything was starting to get blocked off.

Miss C. and I dropped the little girls off and headed out back towards the main street of historic Wake Forest. I took her out to a Tea House for Scones and Tea. I love the tea house - I am a tea drinker and love the charming and quaint ambiance and enjoy the scones with Miss E. and Miss N. loved the Tea House when I took them a few months earlier. Miss C. did not. Apparently tea is not her thing. Our stay was brief - no more than 20 minutes.

We went to The Cotton Company for a little shopping. The shops are darling - they have a wide variety of items. I picked up some soy votive candles and some last minute gifts. We then headed out to find a spot at the side of the road.

It was cold and rainy outside. I was glad that we were able to stay warm during our wait but it was at the expense of getting a good seat. The positive was that we WERE at the very front section of the parade with street side seating (except that we were actually standing). The negative was that there while were several buildings with awnings, these areas were already full with early birds. We did not have an umbrella so basically we got rained on. I was just thankful that Miss C. and I both had gloves and hats.

The girls were one of the earlier groups to come out. A few groups were in front, including ROTC, Boy Scouts, friends of the Wake Forest Library - including the bookmobile, 2 other girl scout troops, a dance troupe, the United Methodist Church, etc.

My girls are in sister troops which is very convenient - their meetings are the same date, time and place and most of the activities are as well. As such both groups of girls were walking together - Miss E. with her Brownie troop and Miss N. with her Junior troop. As soon as the girls passed, Miss C. and I ran over to the other side where the parade ended.

Shortly after the girls walked by again. I quickly grabbed them and ran to the car. We were cold, wet and miserable. I have to give credit to all the kids in the parade - they really hung in there!

Unfortunately I parked in a bad spot - we could not get out as there were still groups entering the parade one one side and there were groups departing the parade on the other. We were smack dab in the middle. All we could do was wait until we could finally leave. I blasted the heat and took pictures of myself with my camera phone (I need a new profile pic). The girls ate candy canes, took off their shoes and socks and argued. Miss C. texted on her phone.

Finally the parade ended and we were able to head home. When we arrived home is when the real celebration again! Next year I will be a little more prepared.

NYC Crayola Pop Art Pixes Blogger Event - Meet the Pixies!

 Crayola Pop Art Pixies

(Photo by William Thomas Cain/ for Crayola)

The professional photos have finally been added so I have some pictures to show from our trip.

Late last month, November, 2010, Miss N., Miss E. and myself were invited to attend a Crayola Pop Art Pixies premiere Bloggers event in NYC. All I can say is the people at Crayola are FABULOUS! We had such a wonderful time!!!

Prior to the event the girls and I created Pop Art Pixies online.  The girls also  received gift cards to select new outfits to match their favorite Pop Art Pixie.  Miss N. went casual in jeans and a t-shirt (Skye).  Miss E. went for the bling (also Skye).  I think Miss N. was a little closer as Skye is all about nature and the outdoors, (like Miss N.).  Miss E. is all about the sparkle and shine!

Here was the Agenda:

Friday afternoon
- Flight from RDU to NYC - The girls and I got dropped off by DH.  Made it through security fairly painlessly considering that I over packed (as usual).  We grabbed lunch, then our flight.  The girls were giddy with excitement and goofy the entire way up.

Friday late afternoon/early evening 
- Arrive in NYC; Picked up by shuttle (We got to share a ride with Melissa and her girls from "Your Fun Family" and Anne and her daughter "Drama Queen" from "The Megalomaniac Mommy"). 

- Arrive at the Hotel, check-in at Pop Art Pixies reception desk, pick up t-shirts, badge and personalized swag bags; 

- Go to room; settle in, freshen up and get ready for the welcoming party!

Friday Evening
- Walk the Pink Carpet - Arrive at the reception area and meander over to the Pink Carpet!  The girls were interviewed, filmed and photographed.  Once their interviews were complete, we entered the banquet room for the main event.

Crayola Pop Art Pixies
(Photo by William Thomas Cain/ for Crayola)

- Eat - After traveling for 1/2 a day, most of us were very hungry.  A lovely banquet filled with a load of kid friendly foods was waiting for us -  mini burgers, mini hot dogs, fries, chicken nuggets and more!  We dug right in :)

- Introduction - Most of us did our homework beforehand, but we learned more about the pixies and discussed who our favorites were.  We then had a brief overview of what crafts were available in the Pop Art Pixies line.

- Crafts - We got to try our hand at various Pop Art Pixies crafts - specifics and pictures soon to follow :)

- Ice Cream Bar! - finished the evening with an ice cream bar while we finished our crafts. 

Here is a picture of the girls.  Oh, and one adult off to the left.  Hey - that adult is me!  I guess I am special :) 

Crayola Pop Art Pixies
(Photo by William Thomas Cain/ for Crayola)

Here are Drama Queen, Miss N.,  and Miss E. looking visiting the Pop Art Pixies online:
Crayola Pop Art Pixies
(Photo by William Thomas Cain/ for Crayola)

Miss N. as Maya and Drama Queen as Naomi hamming it up:
Crayola Pop Art Pixies
(Photo by William Thomas Cain/ for Crayola)

Crayola Pop Art Pixies
(Photo by William Thomas Cain/ for Crayola)

LATE Friday Evening
 - 52nd floor - Anne stayed on the 52nd floor of the W hotel and told us we had to come up to their room to  see the view, so we did.  On the way up our ears popped and I got dizzy when going down the hall.   When we got to their room it looked identical until you looked out the window.  I could not believe the view!  I also cannot believe I did not pass out.  I am deathly afraid of heights.   
 Times Square - Anne, Melissa, myself and our girls ventured down for a walk around Times Square.   We went to M&M world, where I spent a ridiculous amount of money on 2 toys.  Our other big purchase were 2 hats for $5 each from a street vendor.   This was our best purchase - the girls would not take these off their heads.   Stopped at a deli next door to our hotel - the girls grabbed chips and I grabbed sushi.  (I just LOVE that in NYC you can get sushi at the deli LOL).

- Hotel - BED!  and a voice mail message from the Pixies.  The girls put on their PJs, and for some reason their new hats.  They checked the voice mail and them climbed into bed.  Both fell asleep the minute their heads hit the pillow, hats and all.

Early Saturday Morning
Rise and Shine - Get up, shower, and get ready! 

- Breakfast - We went back to the banquet room by the pink carpet.  We immediately found Anne and her DD (aka the Drama Queen).

- Can you guess where we are going?  The agenda was a surprise.  We obtained some clues to the day's events

- One last craft - We did one last quick craft before hitting the streets of NYC

Breakfast.... We are in the far back, right corner.

Crayola Pop Art Pixies
(Photo by William Thomas Cain/ for Crayola)

Saturday Morning through Evening
- Par-tay Bus - Our bus was awesome!  The outside was decked out in images of the pixies and the Pop Art Pixies logo.  The inside of the bus was just as fun - white leather seats, neon lights, music, snacks and beverage.

THE bus!

Crayola Pop Art Pixies

(Photo by William Thomas Cain/ for Crayola)

The rest of the day was a true NYC adventure.  I will be posting pictures and details of each event, including more info about the pixies.  Also, stay tuned for a great pixie giveaway!!! I will be giving away a fabulous craft package including Skye’s Wind Chime Kit, Skye’s Water Bottle Kit, Tatum’s Decoupage Glass Plate Kit, and Naomi’s Color Glow Lamp Kit! Stay tuned for more details

I did not receive monetary compensation for this post.  Crayola is providing the giveaway, invited us to NYC for the special event and paid all costs.   I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  For more information on this blog and on my posting practices, please refer to the disclosure policy at the bottom of the page.

Monday, December 06, 2010

House painting....

We are having the entire house painted. My Xmas gift!

Unfortunately this has delayed our annual decorating efforts - hopefully we can get Christmas decorations up next weekend.

  • Our new guest room is a beautiful, vibrant; shade of blue. It is a little brighter than a wedge wood blue but not too bright. I had debated between a kiwi green or the blue. I am so glad I went with the blue over the green - it is calming and versatile - it goes perfectly with our comforter but will be easy to coordinate with other bedding sets if we ever switch it up.

    The main entryway is an odd color; I wanted taupe and my husband wanted sand - I had to quickly select another color; I picked a color in which the shade was in-between our individual 1st choices; In the light of day (and on our walls) not so much -it gives off a lilac hue.

    My husband was upset about the color and I became defensive. He was initially giving me such a hard time about the taupe so this color was selected as a compromise. He really could not say anything else because of this. I can say that moving forward he did not say anything else about any of the other colors I selected.
  • We quickly decided NOT to do the entire downstairs in this color - instead it is only on the main entry way (vaulted ceilings) and stairway . It is a unique color to say the least but is growing on us quickly. We selected a deep yellow for the rest of the family room; the gold complements the lilac sand-taupe-putty in the main area and matches the sheer wheat shaded curtains.
  • The master bathroom is a great shade of grey - all the men LOVED it. It also compliments the deep mauve / light burgundy that is in our bedroom (previous homeowners had selected that color)
  • The girls bath will be a beautiful, deep turquoise. This room needs a paint job the most. I am not sure what the kids have done to the walls in the 2 years we have been in the house, but they look terrible.
  • The dining room will be a deep sage.
  • Miss N.s room will be a light lime green and bright pink. We may do her room after the holidays.
  • Miss C's room is still in planning mode - she wanted all black and we told her "no". We are trying to determine a color.
  • The kitchen is currently yellow but is adjacent to the family room - the gold against the yellow is a bit much so we will also be repainting that room as well. Apricot or taupe are two colors that have made it to the shortlist. I would love to do a patina green but not sure if I could pull it off.
I will try and post pictures sometime this week!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Isabella Water - Review

I am going green one step at a time!  I now regularly use canvas bags when shopping (not every time but most shopping trips).  I normally use a reuseable coffee cup but have a bad habit of using disposeable coffee cups for the water dispenser.

One of my goals is to use a reusuable water bottle.  I also want to use one that is BPA free - this IS.  

Here are some other great highlights:

- Wide neck - this is important to me because I use the ice dispenser as well as the water dispenser.  If the neck is too narrow the ice will miss the cup and shoot all over the place. 

- Made with Stainless Steel - Durable, BPA free and recycleable!
- Fits in most cupholders - Commuters rejoice!

"Isabella Water was founded on the principle that everyone deserves clean water. The founder, Nick Ogden, is a visionary and all around smart guy. Isabella Water offers a very cool looking stainless steel water bottle that retails for $20 to encourage people to stop buying plastic bottled water. Once someone purchases the recycled and reusable bottle, $10 of every purchase will help fund a well to provide clean water in Africa or Asia. Across the globe, one out of every eight people does not have access to clean drinking water."

For a green, socially conscious and practical item, consider Isabella Water bottles. 

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Savvycents - Review and Giveaway

Several months ago I won a Savvycents wallet through a blog giveaway. I quickly received the wallet and have been using it ever since. I LOVE this wallet.

This is more than an actual wallet - it can be used for money, checks, papers AND it can be used for coupons. There is even a section for credit cards. I use mine for coupons, gift cards and discount cards. With the increase in costs for groceries I have started coupining again. I hate coupining but with the increase in food costs it is a neccessity.

Most coupon binders are less than attractive. The Savvycents wallet is a beautiful, functional and stylish way to save.

This wallet holds an impressive amount of coupons - I have stretched this to it's limits but it is still as good as new. Another thing I love about the wallet is the asthetic quality - it is a beautiful patent with a nice embellishment. I have the Red Patent leather and it is very striking. The Savvycents wallet is also available in Black and in Pink (new!). Find out more general info HERE.

At $24.99 this is really a great buy. If you have a savvy saver on your holiday list, this would be a welcome gift.

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Home makeover and countdown to Christmas

I was supposed to go shopping tonight but it never happened. I still have quite a bit to buy - Miss C, my parents, my husbands parents, my SIL, my brother. Now that I am typing it out I realize that I should have hit the malls today - ugh..... Oh - I still have to wrap also!

I have just been so busy with the girls December is especially busy for us. Miss E. had the stomach flu this weekend. Miss C. was in a dance routine at the Winter Festival yesterday but Miss E. and I had to stay behind. Instead I totally cleaned Miss E's room and put in all the new goodies I bought for her :)

I purchased a new pink, chocolate, aqua and yellow Dwell Studio comforter set ($20 at Target!) and made up the bed on Friday. Saturday I finished decorating the rest of her room- My other purchases for her room were the following: two pink and yellow square carpets ($24) a chocolate shag area rug, a matching throw pillow and a 9 compartment cube bookshelf with four drawers in pink and in chocolate. It took all day to rearrange everything, clean etc, but I redid her entire room for less than $100. I had gift certificates saved up so it was actually less than the $175 it would have cost - a steal either way.

Her new room is SO cute. Unfortunately being sick she vomited on the comforter so I had to wash it yesterday. After washing I remade the entire bed. This morning we realized today that the puppy climbed on her bed in the night and urinated on it. Seriously, he urinated in the middle of her bed and on the comforter I had just washed. Luckily Miss E. was sleeping with us so she was not IN the bed but I was not any less angry...I was SO mad!

I am not sure why, but our pup likes to pee where I have cleaned. If I steam clean the carpets, which is frequent, he intentionally will hit a spot. I am not sure if he is marking his territory or what but it is extremely frustrating. Good thing we are all crazy about the dog.

Miss E. LOVES her room. She said it is the best room in the house :) The rest of our home is getting a makeover also. We are having the entire house painted - stay tuned for info and hopefully pictures.