Sunday, May 2, 2010

another frugal find!

so most of you know i've been excited lately about ways to save my family money!  it really doesn't take much effort at all... instead of 10 minutes on facebook i spend that time visiting a few websites or blogs that have really landed me some great deals!

one of my newest finds is  this site is super cool.  its nothing more than a search engine (powered by google and and everyone so often you "win" swagbucks!!  these can then be redeemed for some cool items... the online shopping has almost everything!

signing up for an account is fast and easy!  just click the banner below and i'll always keep a banner on the side for you to send your friends to!  lemme know (comment below) if any of you have already had great experiences with swagbucks or if you do after this post!

have a great week!!  :)

Search & Win

Thursday, March 25, 2010

the truth about easter

it has always bothered me that everyone seems to be about bunny rabbits and painted eggs around easter time.  i won't get on that soapbox right now but these are all of pagan origin and i certainly do not plan to teach these things to my kids.

a dear friend of ours in tennessee is an amazing mom and is kind enough to post on her own blog how she teaches different things (always in a creative way!) to her two kids.

her most recent post is about a fun way to teach your kids about easter with over a week of daily activities and lessons.  i encourage you to check out here blog by clicking {here}!!  leave her a comment of encouragement and appreciation and let her know we sent you!  :)

thanks christie!!!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

a poem for you ladies...

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Maya Angelou

Thursday, March 4, 2010

who doesn't like free ice cream???

so i was super psyched to come across this one...

On March 23rd from Noon-8pm, participating Ben & Jerry's locations across the country will be giving a Free Cone!

It's the 32nd Annual Free Cone Day.  Wowsers!
(Details here.)

Anyway, for you Knoxville area ladies, you will LOVE this website... the Sweat Deals site is great and always has current freebies and savings and events.  Great resource to check often!  You can also follow Kandy Deals on Twitter by clicking here.

If you are able to make it out for your free cone, we'd love to receive photos of you (and your kids) enjoying some ice cream!!!  email them to us and we will be sure to post on the blog.  :)

Enjoy!  :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

the coupon queeny... literally

in my touring of the internet today i found this amazing lady that has the science of coupon-ing mastered!  i plan to utilize some of her website and coupon advice myself... especially since i feel it is a large responsibility of mine to help save money in our household.

so her name is Tanya, aka Coupon Queeny.  and she's just that!... the queen of coupons!!  she teaches multiple classes throughout the country so you can check her schedule on the site to see if and when she'll be near you.

those of you in NC can take advantage of seeing her in person at the Southern Women's Show in Raleigh April 23-25.  (i'll be there too!  i'll be photographing the Dancing Like the Stars fundraiser but also plan to take advantage of the event and Tanya's classes while i'm there!)

my favorite section on her website is the Store Deals page.  you can basically pick the store you shop at most and see the coupons available!!  so easy!

there are multiple ways to keep up with Coupon Queeny... here are a few links below:


i hope you find this helpful!!  i'd love to hear from you (leave a comment below or email me)... we're all wanting to hear how this works for each other... your success stories and such.

happy couponing!!!  :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

try on your next do!

how many of us have finally decided to go drastic with our hair and we get to the salon and chicken out!??

i know there have been multiple occasions when i've scaled back a bit on the style from what i initially planned.  then i usually get home and wish i had gone drastic.  haha.  us gals and our hair!! 

so this neat website {daily makeover} will allow you to upload a photo and try on your hairstyle before you take the plunge!

that was so cool i just had to share!  :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

children consignment events

so i first learned of these children consignment events watching an episode of the duggars (19 kids and counting).  apparently there are events like these all over the country and can really save some moolah!!! 

just to clear the air, no i'm not expecting, but i sure am preparing!!!  :)  shawn and i hope to start our family in a year or two so in the meantime i'm learning and researching and strategizing.  okay moving on... 

i'm sure i'm just scraping the surface when it comes to these events so i'm hoping you gals can contribute as well.  below are upcoming event dates and websites for you to bookmark!

Duck Duck Goose 
Knoxville, TN
March 11-15, 2010
Spring/Summer Event
open daily 10-8 (closed sunday)
in the former kmart next to west town mall

Jack and Jules 
Knoxville, TN
March 11-13, 2010
Spring/Summer Sale
open daily 10-8
180 n. peters road (old goody's building)
Kids Exchange 
Raleigh, NC
Jim Graham Building/NC State Fairgrounds
watch their site for the next date!

usually these events have special shopping times and incentives for those that volunteer or donate/sell items and for first time or expecting mommies!  be sure to check their sites for details.
if you have one in your city (or some i don't know about) please post details to the comment section of this post!!  together we can help each other out!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

you are beautiful

Friday, February 5, 2010

all dolled up - beauty tips

so if you know me at all, you know i use one brand of skin care and cosmetics... Artistry.  i started using the brand back in 2004.  before that, i was solely a clinique girl.

while i didn't jump up and down the first time i used the products, i did like the way they felt on my face.  i've never been one to load on the layers of makeup or like my face to feel heavy and overdone with product.  initially that was the selling point for me.

but then about a year later i was looking thru old photographs and noticed the scarring (from acne) that was no longer on my face!!  i totally credit that to using the Artistry skin care products daily.

and yes, now i am an Artistry representative!  (to browse or purchase items you can visit here and use the password beauty)

okay so to my point of writing this post!... i came across a blog that is provided by a lady behind the scenes at Artistry, but the blog provides all kinds of neat tips and adventures.  here is the link to the blog in case you'd like to bookmark that one as well.

their most recent post gives three amazing beauty tips.. enjoy!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

find a recipe

i randomly get emails from the nest.  i was a huge "the knot" user when we were planning a wedding 5 years ago (wow!) and now i even advertise on the knot for my photography business (b real photo)!!!

anyway, this particular email was incredibly interesting in the variety of topics it covered so i thought i would share some of them over the next few posts...

the first thing to catch my attention was 30-minute chicken recipes.  there is a whole selection to choose from, pages as a matter of fact!  click here to see them.  but it gets even cooler....

scroll down on the page to find the Find A Recipe search box... you can choose your main ingredient, cooking time, and type of meal!  what an awesome search!!  hope you enjoy!

and please comment and let me know if you use any of these recipes... i'm sure we'd all appreciate the feedback.  feel free to email me a picture too!  :)

happy cooking!