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Monday, November 22, 2010


My Weekend Project

Being on a budget it can be hard to remodel your house!
So first I started working on the half bath. I'm ALMOST done. Just working on the last finishing touch up paint and decorations. Decor can be expensive! I found a great idea at the craft store but the "paint molding clay" they used was more than the canvas'! So I improvised!

Here is what I did this weekend to fill an empty wall and only spent about $20 total!

Supplies Needed
3 - 12"x12" blank painting canvas'
1 can of spray paint in your chioce of color
Leaves, ferns, etc. from you yard (you could also use flowers and rocks)
Rubber Gloves
Small putty knife
CrackSHOT ® Spackling Paste - you only need about 1 cup total so a small container will work (You can get at your home improvement store)

 1. Using the small putty knife apply Spackling Paste over entire canvas about 1/4" thick. It is ok if you can see lines in the spackle. It adds to the effect.

2. Make sure your gloves are on and press (vien side down) your leaves, ferns, flowers etc. on the  Spackling Paste.

3. Now starting on the edges spray paint the sides of the frame and then start spraying over your leaves and such. You can spray as much or as little as you would like. I sprayed the outter edge darker then in the inner part.

4. Immediatly remove your leaves rocks, flowers, etc. Again you can leave the spakle underneath white or lightly spray over it which is what I did.

5. Repeat with the other two canvas'.

6. Let is dry over night and voila! you have three great pices of art for under $10 EACH!
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Sunday, November 21, 2010


Snowy Day Vegetable Beef Stew

So this past weekend we got our first snow which is a couple months early for us! So to warm us up I found a great beef stew recipes and made some big changes making it AMAZING!!!


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 packet of dry Italitan Dressing Mix
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 packet of brown gravy mix
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 small potatoes, quartered
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Any of veggies you would like int it! I used canned peas and green beans and frozen corn
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water


  1. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in salad dressing mix and oil over medium heat. Add the next 10 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Add the potatoes, carrots, other veggies and onion. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf before serving.
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Friday, November 12, 2010


Annabel Karmel food making accessories from Infantino

Remember when I told you about this GREAT package I got in the mail a couple months ago?

6 Stackable Food Pots

These attractive stackable food pots are perfect for storing fresh baby food. The pots clip together for easy storage and they are see through so you can tell what food is inside.
  • Can be easily stacked in any order for the best storage solution
  • Individual portion sizes
  • Perfect for babies and beyond
  • Pots clip together
  • BPA Free
  • Freezer to microwave safe

Fill & Freeze Puree Pops

Sucking on something cold will help soothe sore gums when your baby is teething. These ice lolly moulds are ideal for making fresh fruit lollies from pureed fresh fruit and pure fruit juice.
  • Perfect for soothing sore gums during teething
  • Easy to hold handle for babies and toddlers
  • Helps soothe tender gums
  • Includes four puree pops
  • Freezer and dishwasher safe
  • BPA Free
“I am a participant in a Mom Central Consulting campaign for Infantino and have received various Infantino products as part of my participation.”
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Monday, November 8, 2010


10 packages of Green Giant Seatmers for just $10 at ALBERTSONS

How do you do it?
Albertsons has them on sale for $1.49 a can but you have to buy 10.
Safeway has a Holiday Baking Coupon book (they are all around the store or just ask). In this book there are $1 off 2 Steamers Frozen Veggies. So if you use  FIVE of those coupons (you have to get five books) you would spend:

10 packs at $1 each
TOTAL = $10
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10 cans of Green Giant Veggies for just $1.90 at ALBERTSONS

How do you do it?
Albertsons has them on sale for $.39 a can but you have to buy 10.
Safeway has a Holiday Baking Coupon book (they are all around the store or just ask). In this book there are $1 off 4 cans of Green Giant Veggies. So if you use TWO of thos coupons (you have to get two books) you would spend:

8 cans at $.14 each = 1.12
2 cans at $.39 = .78

TOTAL = $1.90
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Friday, November 5, 2010


Flor Free Eating - Giveaway

Most people who want to eat healthy and control their weight already know that sugar is a no-no. Many also know that processed flour is not nutritious. But what they don't know, and are surprised to learn, is that to the human body, most flours - especially refined flour - are digested in almost the same way as sugar, carrying with it the same health risks. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Flour-Free Eating provides everyone looking to improve his or her quality of life with the tools to get started in achieving flour freedom.

The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Flour-Free Eating has all the information readers need to achieve a healthier way of life.  It explains to readers what they can eat and what they should avoid, what alternate grains can be substituted for white flour, and recipes to make your family's favorite meals flour-free.

Tanya Peila and Wilks PR are giving away a copy of The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Flour-Free Eating!
Ways to enter to win:
1. Comment below why you would like to win!
2. Subscribe to my blog!
Follow Me on Twitter
4. "Like" Tanya Peila on Facebook.
5. Tweet about this giveaway.
6. Blog about this giveaway.

Leave a comment for EACH entry method please.

Winner will be chosen November 15, 2010. PLEASE make sure you leave an email address where I can get a hold of you! US entries only.
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Thursday, November 4, 2010


Natural Beauty Tips to Make You Look More Beautiful

Everyone wants to look beautiful all the time, and to look beautiful you need to take care of yourself very well. We all know, a little more tips on beauty is always welcome and we always look for beauty tips here and there in websites and magazines. Instead of glossy makeup which makes you look horrible sometimes, natural beauty tips are always safe and liked by most of the people.

For some people make up just doesn’t work and such people would need a whole new make over, so you must always be ready for that. As you get older, your body changes internally and externally. So get advice from experts if you feel that you are losing your beauty and glow with the age. And it is a job of beauty experts. Here are some of the beauty tips which will enhance your beauty even more.

The first important tip is never put too much of make up, too much is never good and never makes you look beautiful, instead you will look horrible. Try to be simple and be yourself, men never fall for over make up, but it is not true, men never fall of overly done women. Men like natural beauty in you, so keep it simple and elegant.

Some Natural Beauty tips:
1. Walk straight and tall, never bend down, when you walk your head should always be up, this posture will make you look slimmer.
2. Exercise is very important to maintain your figure.
3. Eat healthy food and sleep well which will eliminate the dark circles under your eyes
4. Always be happy and keep smiling, that will make you look elegant.
5. While exposing your skin to sun, don’t forget use sun block
6. Use moisturizers on your skin everyday
7. Use the right fragrance which suits your body, all the fragrances doesn’t go with women’s body

There are many more tips of beauty which you can get from experts and people who are professional in that. So never hesitate to consult beauticians if you are feeling not good about yourself at any time.

BIO----This post has been written my Jason Smith who owns website delaing in unique and
luxury gifts
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


12 Simple Seperate Plan

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010


The Need-to-Know Fashionable Glasses Guide by Jocelyn Gibbons

Yes, you read the title right. This post is dedicated to fashionable glasses. Before you scoff, stop giving glasses a bad rep. They are a new fashion must, popping up on celebrities even without prescriptions, just to “look cool.” Truly, glasses have become this season’s hot fashion accessory. (If you don’t believe me, here’s proof!)
Why wear glasses? The same reason sunglasses have been popular forever (and not just for blocking out the sun)—they draw attention to your face, they can be fun and funky in a way that doesn’t get out of hand, they reflect your style, and they are easy to change out—which makes a big impact. Just putting on a different pair of frames can totally alter your look.
Even if you don’t have thousands of dollars to throw at the latest fad, you have the cash to spend on a few new pairs of eyeglasses—how? Thanks to the internet and its array of high-quality, low-cost glasses. Stick to generic frames, particularly for styles that are more on the “fad” side, and you will save big. Imagine having a pair of glasses for every day of the week—for less than the price of one pair of eyeglasses bought at an optician’s office. This is the power of the internet! Seriously, buy glasses online!
Okay, now back to the celebrities and fashionistas of the world. The trends they’re setting now in glasses include the classic aviator, an oversized aviator (which stars Britney Spears, Demi Levato, and Avril Lavinge have recently rocked), and as always, the classic chic “hot librarian” look (as recently worn by Megan Fox and in her pre-prison days, Lindsay Lohan).
Of course, never forget the most important person in choosing a pair of glasses—you! Consider your own strengths and weaknesses when looking at frames. Glasses are like clothes—an outfit that looks terrible on one person can look great on another, and vice versa, because we are all unique. Same goes for eyeglasses. Your face shape, style, coloring, and other such factors need to be taken into consideration when you buy glasses. Simply highlight the part of your face you love best—if that’s your eyes, go with full-rimmed frames in bold colors that look good on you. And pay attention to colors, too! If a yellow shirt doesn’t look good on you, yellow glasses won’t either—stick with colors that you rock to look great.
Several sites online offer free guides to finding great frames. Simply do a bit of research, and you’re sure to end up with a pair of glasses that you’ll like.
Now it’s time to jump into the trend—and help yourself see this screen even better if needs be—and buy your glasses! Like a great pair of jeans, a well-selected pair of glasses accentuates your beautiful strengths (and deemphasizes any weaknesses!). So go ahead and feel free to embrace eyeglasses!
Jocelyn Gibbons has a background in both creative and technical writing. She is currently the creative marketing director for Just Eyewear, an online prescription eyeglasses retailer.

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Monday, November 1, 2010


10 Ways for Parents to Stay Sane during the Holidays by Leslie Jacobs

1.Realize that life is NOT a Rockwell Painting-aim for quality time with your family; don't try to cram too much in.
2.If you are visiting your families in another state, send your presents ahead of time, or just buy gift certificates (especially great for teenagers) to lessen your travel load.
3.Make only ONE LIST for everything you need to do.
4.Save time and enlist the help of your family and friends. If you best friend is shopping at a store you need something at; ask her to get it for you.
5.Save on gas, use for shopping, and if you spend 25 dollars, you will get free shipping.
6.If you are having a party and your guests ask if they can bring something; take them up on it.
7.Do something different. Instead of a big party with lots of different entree foods, invite everyone over for just dessert.
8.Buy your significant other or friend an item from their childhood (Partridge family lunchbox anyone?).  Use or other online auctions for these types of gifts.
9.Keep ONLY the holiday cards you LOVE, toss out the others. (No one will know you tossed them out.)10.Shop only on weeknights, when everyone else is home.
Growing up, Leslie Jacobs' bedroom was an organizing dream.  Her David Cassidy photos were so even, they looked like wall paper; she graduated from University of Bridgeport with a degree in Journalism and received her Master's degree from Wesleyan in 1989.  After college, she became a photographer working for United Press International and photographed everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Paul Newman to Henry Kissinger.  Jacobs added fundraising to her many skills and spent 10 years raising money for various non-profits.

In the spring of 1999, she walked into her Cousin Sheila's kitchen and opened a cabinet. Plastic Tupperware came tumbling out and Jacobs innocently asked if she could organize this for her.  Within two hours, the kitchen was organized and Sheila was explaining how Jacobs could turn her talent into a business.

Twenty-four hours later Les Is More, Jacobs' professional organizing service was born. (Les is More, because her first name is Leslie!)

Jacobs gives speeches, writes  an organizing column in the New Britain City Journal, among other publications, and helps people and business get organized. She also has been on Better Connecticut, Better TV and many radio shows and dreams of being on radio doing a call in show to help people get organized and live clutter-free.

She created Les Mess, the only organizing game for children ages 6-12 which was recently touted in Parenting Magazine and spends many hours a week with clients doing her phone organizing which is like having a personal organizer on speed dial, said a Les Is More client.  Jacobs sells her Les Mess games and phone organizing on her website.
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