Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

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  • FREEBIES!!!

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  1. NARS- I can’t believe that they sent so many samples. From what I remember, this was supposed to be a sample of their radiant cream compact foundation.* They were doing a 20 days, 20 shades special and only gave away 100 samples a day. Luckily, the day that I submitted my form was a shade close to my own. Little did I know that they would send me 2 similar shades and a sample of their primer. I am beyond excited for this. The hand-written note in the sample stated that it was sample 93 or 100, so it was a good day for me. I could see switching to this when my Urban Decay Naked foundation is out.
  2. Fekkai- I really like my Fekkai glossing cream so this shampoo, conditioner combo* was something I wanted to try. I will put it in my shower to use when I ‘m going to be blow-drying and styling my hair.IMG_3540
  3. Herbal Essences Body Burst- I’ve always liked Herbal Essences, but can typically only handle it in small amounts. Their travel-size washes are my favorite. P&G always has great samples.*
  4. Scotch Expressions*- Not a huge fan of the style. It’s probably my least favorite of all of the styles, which seems to be what happens with free samples. However, it is extremely generous of 3M to give out full-size samples.IMG_3545
  5. ZarBee’s Natural Seasonal Relief*- I totally caved on a day that I was having horrible allergies and requested a sample of this. Now I am just regretting that I won’t have a chance to use it until Spring. They included two tablets and recommend that you just take one, so I will at least have a couple changes to see if they work.free-sample-zarbee-seasonal-relief
  6. Nature’s Bounty*- I think my new favorite samples are plastic drink bottles. I absolutely love the one I have from Rav4 and HSN, so this gorgeous one from Nature’s Bounty is just as good. It might look a little bit like a baby bottle, but who cares.IMG_3406
  7. Centrum Flavor Burst*- I will request these every single time they come up. They are so good!
  8. Scotch-Brite Wipes*- I don’t know that I will use these instead of Lysol wipes. I’m actually going to try making my own wipes soon, so we will see how that goes.IMG_3410
  9. Ace Bandage*- SO excited for this. This was a first 10k to get it, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to get one. It will definitely be used and I don’t know that I will ever switch from Ace.IMG_3543
  10. Goodies Box- There was a code for a free trial box with $1 shipping, so I decided to give it a go. This is a snack box essentially by Wal-Mart. The subscription is only $7 a month, free shipping, so I might go for another month. I couldn’t be happier with my box. I read a review before getting my box, so I had a good idea of what would be in mine, and I wasn’t very impressed. Upon opening my box, I instantly saw the olives instead of black licorice like others had gotten, which made the entire thing worth it. Olives are probably my #1 favorite food, and these were so good.
    1. They were Mario Snack Olives in sea salt and were very, very good.
    2. I would totally buy these. I gave Cole the Zone Perfect Greek Yogurt Chocolate Bar, knowing that it would be good and
    3. the Bare Fruit Crunchy Fiji Red Apple Chips, because you can’t go wrong with these.
    4. There was also Attiki Honey - Thyme by MJM Distributors, which is just honey, so nothing special there.
    5. What I wasn’t expecting was the absolute yumminess that was Kashi Sundried Tomato Basil & Feta Hummus Chips. These were wonderful and I would actively look for them in the store.
    6. Also surprising was the Pure Life Splash – Acai Grape, which tastes just like grape juice. I even drank it at room temperature and it was wonderful.
    7. Now, about the Savory Garden Tea by Numi Teas…what in the world? No, just no. I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt, thinking that it would be like a broth. It was similar, but disgusting because it is watered down and not remotely hearty. At least I received Spinach Chive instead of Broccoli Cilantro or Tomato Mint. I don’t even think I would use this in a pot of boiling rice. No.IMG_3544
  • A new baby in the friend-family. Cambria Comstock made her appearance on Tuesday. September 17 and is super cute.IMG959188
  • I finished my onesies! Finally!!! I had to sadly give away four more on Sunday to a friend who is having a baby, but I guess that is the point of them. Here are the last ones:
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    • Hercules- one of my favorites.

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    • Little Mermaid
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    • Aladdin
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    • 101 Dalmatians
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    • Cinderella

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*These items were received as free samples to evaluate.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thrifty Thursday

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It all started with a post on Pinstrosity. Cute little Minimalist Disney Onesies. With so many friends having babies right now, what better way to personalize my present than onesies?

I got all of the supplies:

Minimalist Pictures (I used some from Pinstrosity and googled the rest)
Onesies
Heat N' Bond Iron-On
Fabric
Iron
Scissors
Sharpie

I bought the fabric at Wal-Mart where I found them in the reject clippings and started with cheap, white Gerber onesies, which still cost about $2.93 a piece. I went for 3-6 month and 6-9 month for a range. While I originally bought 10, I realized that once I got started it would go easy since everything was laid out, so I went back on Amazon and found these. Disney Cuddly Bodysuits for $2 a piece!!! I immediately purchased 3 different packs of 4.

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They just look like they will have so much more potential than the boring white ones.

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The entire process was a huge pain to set up, but it was definitely worth it once I got on a roll. Turns out I ended up ordering another 2 sets of 4 Disney onesies because I ended up having so many extra iron-ons.

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Total, I will have 30 onesies for $78.20 (all supplies included). Comes out to $2.61 per onesie. The price would have been less if I wouldn’t have wasted $9.30 on the white ones instead of Disney awesomeness. Not bad at all! I am tempted to keep them all for myself.

To start, I found all of the Disney minimalist pictures that I was interested in. I sized them on a normal 8.5 x 11 paper and could fit about 2-3 to a page.

I then separated the pictures by colors I needed to cut out first and traced the piece I wanted to cut out. I did this color by color. Probably not the best way since once I traced it onto the paper, I ironed it to the fabric, then turned off the iron until I was ready with the next color. I should have done what Pinstrosity did and traced each item onto the paper and put them with their colors to iron all at once. Oh well.

Next, I lined up all of the pieces and ironed them onto the onesies. I definitely had my favorites, like the Tangled one. So cute. It’s also fun to see if people can guess which movie they are. I still have others to complete like Aladdin, Little Mermaid, 101 Dalmatians Cinderella, Cars, and so on.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thrifty Thursday

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Pinterest is so much easier when you have someone in the house who is very good with a tablesaw and is also a perfectionist. I saw this trivet on Pinterest and had it on my list to complete at some time. Since my counters are Corian, i.e. useless, I needed a large area to set hot things. My mom selflessly supplied all of the corks, which were beautifully varied.

Materials:

Wood pieces
Hot glue gun
Corks
Wood stain
Felt pads or rubber dots

Directions:

  1. Arrange corks to size desired and measure for frame pieces.
  2. Cut wood to size, notch insides for backing to slide in, and nail together. (Turns out it would have been easier to buy a frame.)
  3. Use hot glue to attach the corks to the base.
  4. Attach felt pads to the bottom of the base so it doesn’t scratch your counter.

After asking Cole to simply make the frame from spare wood, he ended up sanding the backs of the corks and cutting them to size when he was annoyed that I simply planned to glue them on as they were.

IMG_3374Three coats of sanding and staining later, I am beyond happy with the result.


Untitled-1August 11th was our anniversary, which we celebrated with absolutely no fanfare. I did make sure to take a picture of us, which Cole insisted having his welding helmet in as I had interrupted him.

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IMG_3379I also tried a new tradition a friend had mentioned of taking a picture in my wedding dress since it hasn’t been opened since my wedding. It wasn’t a huge success since all Gracie wanted to do was lay on the train. I finally decided to amuse her by jumping on the bed together, which she loved, so at least the event wasn’t a total flop.

Cole and I did take a 4-day weekend for a road trip to Lake Tahoe. It featured sleeping in the back of my car in the middle of nowhere, spending the night in a motel where we wore shoes in the shower, and going to a lake with leaches. Overall, it was fantastic and I’m so glad we were able to spend the time together. What’s a trip without memories? On that note, this is the best camping item ever invented.

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Gracie received her free Happy Dog box (only paid shipping) and she liked it, but she didn’t love it for $30 a month. She didn’t think it was that much better than BarkBox. She doesn’t know it yet, but I let her BarkBox subscription expire. $19 a month isn’t bad, but when offers on Groupon are $10 a month for NEW customers, it’s a little discouraging to be a long-standing customer. I think she’ll survive.

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IMG_3405And here she is being a total creeper. I placed an order through Twice and loved the site so much more than ThredUp, but all five of the items were terrible on me. It was weird because TU doesn’t give any information about measurements and their clothes are simply photographed on the floor, but even with the very thorough info on Twice’s site, each item was very weird fitting. I also found that they only take higher brand name items, so they are more expensive. Oddly enough, I felt like the items from Twice also seemed more worn out and none of them felt new, which TU is great with. Overall, I would probably order from Twice again if I found something I couldn’t live without because their return policy can’t be beat. Pretty worth it if I was able to find something amazing.