Thursday, July 24, 2008

Weekend Plans

I have an exciting weekend ahead!

First, I am off to...

to my Godson's 2nd Birthday Party!  Fun with my wonderful family!

Then, Sunday I will be relaxing on a quilt with my favorite people and a cold beer watching and listening to...

I must admit that I will be missing this guy...
Oh, Steve Perry, why won't you tour?

V. excited to see these three legends!
And for my little girl's very first concert!!!
Rock & Roll!

Catch ya next week!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Thank You Style for the Stay at Home Mom

Thank you to Leah from Style for the Stay at Home Mom for awarding me the 2008 Premio!  I have enjoyed Leah's stylish looks and witty words for a long time.  She is one who inspires me to think about personal style and how it makes you feel to put effort into yourself.

I'd like to tag the following blogs, and award them a 2008 Premio:

1.  Beauty Broadcast - Emily shares beauty tips and her wonderful tutorials
2.  California Cosmetics - Lauren is a young woman with an old soul who keeps us up to date on all things beauty, as well as her tutorials
3.  Michelemental - Michele lets us peek into her lovely life, home and closet
4.  Angelica Grace Designs - Angie is *so* stylish and fun
5.  My Wardrobe Today - Allie always inspires with her creative outfits and tips
6. Jessica McDougall - Jessica is so cutting edge and high end
7. Elsie Flannigan - Elsie is an artist who is so creative & cute in all her endeavors

2008 Premio Award Rules:
1. When received, you may post the premio to your blog.
2. Link to the blogger you received it from.
3. Give it to 7 blogs
4. Link to those 7 blogs
5. Leave those seven bloggers a comment about receiving the brilliant premio.


Do you Flickr?
Flickr is a huge time suckage site for me.  I think it's my inner voyeur--I love to look at other people's photographs, especially if they tell a story.

Here are some of my favorite Flickr-ers/Pools:

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Healthy Cupcakes

Today my daughter & I made healthy cupcakes.  She loves to help bake, and these are a better alternative to regular cupcakes:

Healthy Cupcakes (Idea gleaned from HungryGirl)

1 Package Cake Mix (any kind--I've made chocolate before, and today we are using spice cake.  HungryGirl also suggests yellow and lemon cake mix)

1 15 oz can pumpkin (not pie filling, just plain pumpkin)

Mix the pumpkin with the cake mix.  It will be thick, but will come together.

Put into a muffin pan, and bake at 350 for about 17 minutes.

Feel free to frost them.  Today we are using with cream cheese frosting!

P.S. Judging from the AMAZING smell eminating from my oven, these are going to be the go-to treat for the Fall!!!  PumpkinSpicelicious!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Upcoming Sales Walgreens/CVS/RiteAid

Here is a breakdown of the cosmetics sales at Walgreens/CVS/RiteAid starting Sunday, thanks to SixxMum on MUA:

Walgreens, CVS, & Riteaid sales for July 20-July 26
~BOGOF = buy one get one free - BOGO50% = buy one get one 50% off
~These sales are sometimes adjusted regionally; check local ads for precise information

Revlon Colorstay cosmetics 40% off
Banana Boat BOGO50%
L'Oreal cleansers $5.99
L'Oreal Revitalift skin carae $11.99
Rimmel face and eye cosmetics BOGOF
Jordana lip/eye liner pencils 2/$1 with coupon
LaCross grooming tools 33% off
ROC skin care $3 off
Joh Frieda and Neutrogena hair care BOGO50%

Almay cometics BOGOF
Revlon lipcolor, nail enamel, or eye cosmetics BOGOF
Revlon foundation, powder, blush, or concealer BOGO50%
L'Oreal HIP lip, eye, or face BOGOF
Maybelline Great Lash BOGOF
Maybelline eye, face, lip, or nail BOGO50%
Physicians Formula Organic buy $10 and get $5 back in extra bucks
L'Oreal Studio or Vive Pro BOGOF
BeFine skin care BOGO50%
Sale prices on a number of Aveeno, Neutrogena, Lumene, L'Oreal, Olay and Roc skincare items
L'Oreal Bare Naturale lip tint, eye liner, mascara, foundation, powder, or blush, buy and get $2 back in extra bucks
John Frieda collection BOGO50%

Revlon cosmetics and beauty tools BOGOF
Coppertone or Banana Boat BOGOF
John Frieda (selected) and Finesse hair care BOGO50%
Maybelline lip color or nail enamel BOGO50%
L'Oreal HIP cosmetics BOGOF
Garnier Nutritioniste eye rollar $4.99 after single check rebate
Jane cosmetics BOGO50%
NYC cosmetics BOGO50%
L'Oreal powder or liquid foundation, concealer, or blush BOGO50%
Nivea body care BOGO50%

Friday, July 18, 2008

Free Nail Polish!

Yay for free!
Annie over at Blogdorf Goodman announced that Zoya nail polish is doing a promotion with several beauty bloggers.  Each blogger has chosen 3 polishes to be given away free with an order. Annie has them listed so you can choose which code to use.

I got the Scrangie trio (code is Scrangie3).  I bought one polish for $6, and got the other 3 for FREE!

This is the last day of the promo, so get your orders in quick!

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Thanks to Kimberly over at Fab Finds Under $50, I am now enjoying making collages on Polyvore!

The one below is inspired by my dear friend, Erin. She lives in a great little town whose school mascot is a Zebra. Now you know, here in Texas, supporting the team/town is serious business. So everytime I see Zebra, I think of her! We are seeing Zebra quite a bit lately. It looks to be very "in" for Fall.

Here are some precious zebra print items I've seen lately--chic on the cheap:
Handbag $19.50
Top $15.80
Belt $10.99
Flats $13.99
Jacket $12.99
Rainboots $27.99
Backpack $29.99

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy

In a previous post's comments, Ally asked where I found my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Makeup (SHNB from here on out!).  I bought mine at a local CVS, but people are reporting a lack of availability at most CVS stores.

Today I received an email newsletter from Carmindy, and in it she links the SHNB website!  This is a new website where you can see the product line, as well as purchase it.  It also has a list of stores that carry the line.

Everything I've tried from SHNB has been wonderful---the lip products are next on my list to try.

Monday, July 14, 2008

More Makeup...

I have been trying to step up my makeup techniques lately by watching tutorials on YouTube.  Here are a few of my favorite "gurus", as they call them on YT:

CaliforniaCosmetics (Lauren is such a sweetheart!)
Panacea81 (I could just listen to her talk for days)

Friday, July 11, 2008

I absolutely love to read surveys like this one, so please fill it out on your blog, too!

Make Up Meme:
My Foundation
: Carmindy for Sally Hansen- a wonderful base, and Revlon Colorstay
My Powder: Bare Escentuals Tinted Mineral Veil

My Mascara: CoverGirl Lash Blast and I'd like to try L'Oreal Voluminous

My Blush: MAC True Romantic

My Eyeshadow(s): some MAC shadows and pigments (vanilla and jardin aires), enjoying the Claire palettes still, NYX

My Day Cream(s): old fashioned Oil of Olay

My Beauty Product Brand(s): MAC, Carmindy, NYX, Milani

My Essential Beauty Product: European Nivea cream (it's a dupe of Creme de la Mer, but *only* the European kind--not the one made in Mexico)

My Favorite Makeup Product(s): mascara- gotta have it! Concealer- I was born with dark circles, and lipstick.

My Perfume: Right now my warm weather faves are Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess (oil and eau fraiche), MAC black & turquoise and a variety of coconut sprays/oils to mix

My Nails: Naked fingers...looking to try Nars Bohemia

My Feet: Need a pedicure... toes have been MAC $$$$ Yes (platinum) all summer

My Hands: Need a manicure

Three Products to bring on a deserted island: sunscreen, LaBello lip balm & soap lol

Woman I admire for their beauty: my daughter & my mother

Woman with the Best Sense of Style: I love my mother's style--she is an original who is not scared to take chances, try new things and go her own way.

My Favorite Fashion Publication(s): I really like Marie Claire and of course, Vogue

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Meme ME!

1. What is in the back seat of your car right now? A leopard print Britax carseat.

2. When was the last time you threw up?  I honestly can't recall.

3. What's your favorite curse word? Fuck & Jackass--it's a tie.

4. Name 3 people who made you smile today?  Mathilda, Rivers & Melissa

5. What were you doing at 8 am this morning? Sleeping 

6. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Talking to my next door neighbor

7. What will you be doing 3 hours from now? finishing cooking dinner

8. Have you ever been to a strip club? Yes.

9. What is the last thing you said aloud? Yes (answering "can we have some grapes?")

10. What is the best ice cream flavor? B&J Brownie Batter

11. What was the last thing you had to drink?  my cawfee

13. What was the last thing you ate?  chips & homemade salsa

14. Have you bought any new clothing items this week?  no

15. When was the last time you ran?  yesterday

16. What's the last sporting event you watched? does beer pong count?

18. Who is the last person you emailed?  PTO gal to order a school tee for MMT

19. Ever go camping? Yes!

20. Do you have a tan? Yes

24. Do you drink your soda from a straw?  Yes! me + straw = BFF!

25. What did your last IM say? no idea, it's been months

26. Are you someone's best friend? Yes.

27. What are you doing tomorrow?  getting a little "me time" and a doctor's appointment

28. Where is your mom right now?  not sure, but if I had to guess either running errands or cleaning house!

29. Look to your left, what do you see? my front yard out the kitchen window

30. What color is your watch? stainless

31. What do you think of when you think of Australia ?  beach

32. Would you consider plastic surgery? yes

33. What is your birthstone?  garnet 

34. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive thru?  99.9% drive thru

35.How many kids do you want?  I have the perfect one, but would love some more

36. Do you have a dog? yes- 2 pugs

37. Last person you talked to on the phone?  my husband

38. Have you met anyone famous? Yes.

39. Any plans today? laundry/tidying 

40. How many states have you lived in? 1

41. Ever go to college? yes

42. Where are you right now? my kitchen

43. Biggest annoyance in your life right now? laundry

44. Last song listened to? So Rich, So Pretty- Mickey Avalon

46. Are you allergic to anything?  pollen

47. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time? Reef flips

48. Are you jealous of anyone? who isn't?

50. Is anyone jealous of you? can't imagine.

51. What time is it? 1:37pm

52. Do any of your friends have children? yes.

53. Do you eat healthy? try to

54. What do you usually do during the day? housework/Ebay work/cook/activities w/ my daughter

55. Do you hate anyone right now? hate no. dislike yes.

56. Do you use the word 'hello' daily? Yes

58. How old will you be turning on your next birthday? 35

59. Have you ever been to Six Flags? Yes

60. How did you get one of your scars? I had a baby.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Back from the Beach!

Whew!  We are back from our beach vacay.  Had a wonderful time despite some oddly cool and rainy weather on the Texas coast.
Here is a snippet of our trip:


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