Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lisa Leonard Designs

Lisa Leonard Designs has some seriously cute handmade jewelry! Each piece is meaningful, unique and handmade from sterling silver. You can create a piece with a meaningful phrase, a special date, your children's names... what you want to have close to your heart!

My favorite three pieces are below!

Hugs and Kisses $54

Lots of Love $48

Jumble of Charms $58 (includes 2 charms) Additional charms are $22

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

31 Cent Scoop Night!

TONIGHT, April 29th, from 5:00-10:00pm, get a scoop of ice cream for just 31 cents at your local Baskin-Robbins and help honor America's firefighters. Baskin-Robbins wll make a $100,000 donation to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Program.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

BC Danke Footwear

It is no secret that I love flip flops. And I love these unique green beauties!! Green... meaning 'eco-friendly...'

These are from BC Footwear's "I Used to be a Rice Bag" collection. The tops of these chic fashionable eco-friendly sandals are made out of recycled rice bags, so each pair has their own unique look!

How fun!

You can find these at some Nordstrom stores... or Amazon.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Oh yes... Britain's Got Talent!!

By now, everyone has seen Susan Boyle, from Britain's Got Talent, right? If not, click here.

There is another clip from this season that you MUST see. Click on this link to see something you most likely will never forget!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hug an Australian Day

Tomorrow, April 26, is Hug an Australian Day...

I'm game!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Current Giveaway - Romano's Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites

We recently tried the new Romano's Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites for a family dinner! We tried the Creamy Basil variety... and...




My fifteen year old son actually had three servings!

I made two boxes, and used 2 lbs of chicken. That served three adults, and three children... plus enough for two additional meals for a lunch this week. (And that is with the triple servings that my son had!)

The box said that the prep time is 20 minutes. I was very skeptical!! But... wouldn't you know... it was ready in just UNDER 20 minutes. I had to hold up serving dinner because I didn't have everything else ready! I served this meal with sauteed fresh green beans and a crusty bread!

It was a perfect meal... easy and very delicious! And it appealed to all ages in my family... adults to young children.

As a member of MyBlogSpark, I am able to offer 3 READERS a gift basket that includes a sample of a Romano's Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites, coupons to try the additional varieties, a colander, a spoon and a grater!! It is an AWESOME gift basket. AND THREE READERS will be selected to win this great offer!!

So... leave a comment by midnight, Monday, May 4 to be entered into the drawing! Winners will be selected by and will be posted on Tuesday morning! Please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you! In your comment, let me know what your favorite thing to talk about at the dinner table is! I'd love to know. We generally talk about scheduling issues. Boring, I know!

Click here for a free coupon you can download for $1.00 off your next Romano's Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites purchase!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Winner is...

Rita Mitchell said...

I love the cards!

Disclaimer... that is my mother! I almost had give me another number... but my husband talked me out of it!
So... Congratulations to Rita on winning!!

What I did do, is get a second winner for the second set of cards.

And that winner... from is...

Justina Selim said...

I love Anna Griffin. I have some of her scrapbooking paper in my craft closet right now!

So... again... Congratulations to both Justina and Rita!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sticker "Scenes" from Oriental Trading

My kids enjoy these Design-Your-Own Sticker Scenes from Oriental Trading. Included are enough sheets to make 12 scenes. They are great, inexpensive (Makes 12 for $5), and an easy activity for a wide variety of ages. We use these in the car on trips... they are relatively not messy. I love to break out a set when my kids have friends over, or for an activity for a sick kid to do when they are bored! They come in holiday themes too, which make perfect classroom treats!

Please note: the stickers tend to be a little tricky to get off their sheet, but with the help of an older child or parent, younger kids LOVE this!
Thru April 30, 2009, you can get $10 off any order over $20. That is the best Oriental Trading offer I've ever seen. Use key code ALU912.
Go to and search for "sticker scenes" to see their wide variety!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Goodman's Eye for the Good Guy

Click here for information about Goodman's Eye for the Good Guy contest that is currently going on in Phoenix.

Goodmans Interior Structures is a retail store in Phoenix that has some incredible office equipment. In 2005, Goodmans started a promotion to reward a local non-profit a $20,000 office makeover. COOL! Every day, through May 8, you can vote for one of the ten finalists. You can vote once a day!

This year, there are ten great organizations that are in the running. I would personally like to see UMOM or the ALS Association win.

Click here to vote!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Placecard Holders as Photo Holders

I love giving placecard holders as little gifts. I generally buy a set and break up the set, giving one at a time. I place thank you cards, or meaningful pictures in where the placecard is supposed to go. I love these especially as a teacher gift. I snap a picture of my child with the teacher... generally at a field trip or some other activity, and use that in the holder. Makes a perfect thank you gift, teacher appreciation gift... etc. And they are small enough that they can easily fit on a desk or table.

The set above are from World Market. The set of three is $10.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Ford Flex

Is it a car???

Or a hearse???

Seriously? It looks like a hearse, doesn't it?

If you are interested in details about this macabre vehicle, click here.

Ford has this car listed as a Crossover car... how appropriate!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Dairy Queen Dilly Bars

I can't remember the last time I've been to Dairy Queen prior to this week! I had a special night out with my eight year old daughter and we drove by a Dairy Queen and impulsively decided to pop in for a treat!
My favorite item on the menu is their Dilly Bars! I ordered a Cherry Dilly Bar... and tried to talk my daughter into getting one. She would not budge... she wanted a vanilla soft serve cone with rainbow sprinkles.
Anyway... I looked up the nutritional value for the Dilly Bar...
210 calories
24 g carbohydrates

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Good Girls Steal

I need to buy this shirt for my daughter. This afternoon at her high school softball game she was intentionally walked. (I HATE it when that happens.) My kid likes to hit... so this really frustrates her.

So... after the next girl got up to bat...
she STOLE second


STOLE third... all on the same play.

It was as if she was saying...

(I say it was as if she was saying that because I'm pretty sure she has NEVER said "Humph.")

Then, with the next batter...


I really should buy her this shirt! I found it here and it was $16.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Current Giveaway - Anna Griffin Note Cards

I love stationery. I love note cards. I love it!!!

Anna Griffin has some seriously wonderful paper products! Oh, so very nice!!

The current giveaway is a set of Anna Griffin cards. There are 8 cards in the package. The "Hello" tag is slightly raised from the card... the perfect unique touch to make these cards amazing! Anna Griffin products can be found at fine stationery stores. Click here for locations.

Ok... one more thing...A BONUS GIVEAWAY... refer a friend to this giveaway... if THEY win the above note cards, you will win a set of Anna Griffin thank you notes. They are similar to the Hello cards, but are red, and the tag says "merci beaucoup" with a red ribbon. Very cute... trust me!
Have your friend include your name in their comment! No limit... you can refer as many friends as you would like!Enter by midnight, Wednesday, April 22. I'll announce the winner on Thursday morning!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

44th Pillsbury Bake-Off

The deadline to enter the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off is April 20th! Click here for all the details. Grand Prize you ask??? ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

Someone has to win... Good luck!

Williams Sonoma Cake Pans

I have an aunt who seriously believes that chocolate is a food group. I think it would be so much fun to make her a batch of yummy fudge brownies with this cake pan from Williams Sonoma.

This caterpillar cake pan, also from Williams Sonoma, is adorable! What a fun birthday party theme for a child's party. oh... the things that you could do with that theme!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Great Deal?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I ♥ Shaun!

I had this image on a t-shirt. I wore it until you couldn't see the picture anymore.

I had this album. I had every album... three??? Knew all the songs... probably still know them. Sang them, using my comb as a microphone, with the cassette tape playing LOUD LOUD as my back up!

If he was on the cover... I bought the mag!

Watched every.single.episode. Am now watching the episodes over again with my younger girls. I feel myself swooning every once in awhile. I think it is built in to my DNA to swoon.

I loved the episodes where Joe Hardy would sing as part of his character. ahh...

It is fun to share these memories with my daughters. If I could only get them to stop laughing at the outfits. Ok, and if I could only stop laughing at the outfits. We are almost through season one and it has been fun. The discs have part Hardy Boys... part Nancy Drew. I LOVE NETFLIX!!

Did I mention that I had a life-size poster of Shaun Cassidy in my room when I was growing up? LIFE SIZE!!! And it was right next to my bed... last thing I saw at night, first thing I saw in the morning!

Shaun Cassidy, 2008

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Winner of the JolieBerry shoes is...

Kort and Amy !!! Thank you to for randomly selecting the winner!

Kort and Amy said...
"I am having a girl in June and I am in love with these little shoes! The sweet Baby Lilly shoes are so adorable!!!" And I agree... the Baby Lilly shoes are too cute!!

Thank you so much to JolieBerry for this fun giveaway!! Bookmark the cute etsy shop... you'll be the star of any shower with a gift from JolieBerry. And if you are buying for your own sweet little baby... be prepared for lots of comments about the adorable shoes your baby is wearing!

Oh, and while you are at JolieBerry... check out one of her newest additions... Sweet Baby Daisy! My new fave!!!

And I'm so sorry about the delay in posting the winner. Seriously... I thought today was Wednesday!!! That is how crazy my week has been. Not sure what I think about tomorrow already being Saturday. I thought I had a few more days to get ready for Easter weekend!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spa Week

Next week... April 13 - 19, is Spa Week.

I am NOT making this up.

Click here for more information! Note: you have to register to see a list of participating salons. To register, all you have to supply is an email address. Easy. And free to register.

There are a bunch of salons all over the US that are participating in this promotion! Each salon is offering a couple of selections of $50 treatments. These are facials, massages, pedicures, etc. that usually run around $95 (or more).
Spa week... what a glorious concept!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Colgate 360 Toothbrush

This morning I was brushing my teeth and commented about how much I love my new toothbrush. My daughter, who will remain nameless, said... are you going to blog about it?

So, yes! I'm blogging about it.

I love the Colgate 360 Toothbrush. I know that it is weird to "love" a toothbrush... but seriously, this is a good toothbrush.

Click here for more information about this toothbrush wonder!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mary Poppins Feb 2010

I have pre-ordered tickets


Mary Poppins at ASU Gammage

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I have tickets available on the floor (Orchestra Seats) for $74

and Grand Tier Seats (the level directly above the floor... not balcony seats) for $60

I know that this is having to commit really early for something... I know how hard that is. BUT... tickets are already limited. When I was pre-ordering tickets there were already so many sold-out dates (for the Orchestra and Grand Tier). Tickets are not available for sale to the general public at this point. The prices above reflect a 10% discount, per ticket... plus a discounted Gammage handling fee. As a rule, ordering tickets this way will save you 15 - 20% per ticket and will assure that you get tickets.


NOTE: It is expected that Mary Poppins will sell out!!

If you are interested, leave a comment with a way to contact you! And I will need a 50% deposit (cash or check) by the end of the week!! The remaining balance will be due June 6.

Monday, April 6, 2009

A Twist on the Traditional "Magic 8 Ball"

These hilarious gag gifts are only $8.00 each at McPhee. I like giving little "this-is-so-perfect-I-just-had-to-get-it-for-you" gifts to friends and family. I think that these magic balls would be perfect... especially at just $8 each.

Some of the items on the McPhee website are bizarre... like this one and this one... but they really do have some clever stuff.


Saturday, April 4, 2009

Jamie Oliver Welcomes Baby Girl

Get this... cute, adorable, got-to-love-him, Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools, welcomed a baby girl to their family last week. Petal Blossom Rainbow is her name.

And Petal Blossom Rainbow has two sisters. Poppy Honey and Daisy Boo.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Pylones - Fun Kitchen Tools and More

A new favorite on-line shop!! Pylones (pronounced pee-lone) has some of the cutest stuff you'll ever see. Pylones was founded in France in 1985 and currently the only US stores are in New York. Below are just three samples of things I fell in love with!

Beware: their website is very user friendly and has so many pages filled with unique stuff! It could take a good part of your morning to look around!

Set of twelve paper clips... perfect for making favorite recipes in cookbooks or magazines! $4.00 for twelve. I think these would also be very cute as a decorative piece to an invitation to a bridal shower!

This salad serving set is absolutely a conversation starter! I love them!! $39 for the set.

Kitchen timer??? Or time-out timer? You decide! Too cute! $36

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Secret Stitch Shop on etsy

I love aprons and I love the Secret Stitch Shop on etsy!

Right now... and thru Mother's Day... shipping is free in the US. Perfect gifts for bridal showers, birthdays, Mother's Day and I think it would be an especially fun and unique graduation gift... especially for someone moving away from home for the first time.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April... It is the month of...

Living in Arizona, April represents to me the beginning of summer. By the end of this month, it'll be hot. And the heat will be here to stay.

I did recently discover that April also means so many other things.

For example... did you know that

April is Autism Awareness Month.

April is also Car Care Month and Couple Appreciation Month.

It is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Card Letter Writing Month.

We can celebrate because it is
Straw Hat Month
Southern Belles Month.

It is Youth Sports Safety Month too.

I think there is something for everyone this month!

Click here for a list of April observances.