Thursday, December 31, 2009


Would you believe that I have searched high and low for a snow suit for Isaac with no luck? I didn't want it too little-kiddie {with Winnie the Pooh, trucks, bears, etc.}, I wanted something that was quick and easy to put on, functional, etc. I ended up purchasing him just a pair of snow pants to wear with his winter coat {which, are NOT all that convenient}. Since Isaac spends a great deal of time with my parents, they dug out this vintage snow suit {worn by my little brother circa 1992}, and it fits the mold! Plus, he's pretty cute in it.

Oh yes, the stocking hat is vintage also - it was Auntie Jennifer's...circa..???

Thursday Deals - 12/31/2009

Ring in 2010 with some of these great finds! :)

1. Take an additional 20% off your order at Banana Republic with coupon code BREXTRA20! {expires 1/2}

2. Honey Nut Cheerios lovers - get your $2 in coupons here.

3. Get a FREE small coffee at White Castle on New Years Day with this coupon.

4. Buy 10 bottles of NAKED juice from 1/3/10 - 2/1/10, and you are eligible for this $10 mail-in-rebate. Be sure to save your receipts!

5. Does your car need an oil change? On New Years Day, Sears is offering oil changes for $19.99. They'll provide you with a $10 Valvoline mail-in-rebate, making it only $9.99!

6. 15% off or $10 off $50 at Payless Shoes. Coupons here. Expires 1/17/10.

7. Have a new pet? You can get a FREE pet exam at Banfield Pet Hospital inside most PetSmart's. Coupon expires within 3 days of printing.

8. Starting Jan. 1, any pizza from Pizza Hut is just $10! Want a stuffed crust - only an extra $1! Limited time only.

9. Phillips is offering a $5 rebate for $15 spent on Energy saving bulbs {or $10 for $30}. Form here, offer expires 3/1/2010.

10. Want to advertise on Facebook? Here's a promo code for $50 worth of advertising.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Cookie Containers

I'm in desperate need of cookie containers. I've been in need for over two years, and I continue to use my Rubbermaid Take-a-long disposable 9x13 containers with taped over broken slits in the bottom. Those are the largest containers I own - they get used for everything.

I should have asked for cookie containers for Christmas. :) Any suggestions? I'd probably prefer a container that's more multipurpose than a cookie jar, and I can't even find a decent example of what I'm looking for in my brief internet search. Bah.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


For Christmas, I gave myself a chip fracture in my elbow.

Isaac and I were doing diaper laundry at my parent's house - we headed into the basement to dry them, I lost my footing, we tumbled down the stairs, and consequently I chip fractured my elbow. We ended up making a late night visit to the ER for the diagnosis. Happily, as the range of motion in my elbow is still very good, I will not not need a cast, but have to follow a treatment plan and will have to be gentle with it for a long while.

Already today, though, my poor elbow has been bumped more times than I can count {both because of my own doing and from other people.}.

And most importantly, Isaac is doing ok - he had a little bit of a sore foot this morning {from where I smashed his foot between the stairs/wall/me, but Daddy adjusted it and he is doing much better. At least he's walking on it now {even if it IS with a limp}. :(

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Christmas Card Design via Shutterfly.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Hi blog readers!

I am on the search for a couple of great soup recipes. I'm hosting Blake's family for a soup supper on Christmas night {or on the weekend if the weather turns sour}. As I know that I'll be super busy in the days leading up to this event, I'm hoping for something that reheats awesomely. I want to make it on Wednesday morning before heading out for the day. Ideally, I'd like something simple, hearty, and probably not too spicy for the 1,3, and 8 year old kids. Any ideas/recipes?

Lola, this should be right up your alley!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday Deals - 12/17/09

1. Until Dec. 21, $15 off $60 at Express with this coupon or online promo code 4564. Free Shipping on purchases $75+.

2. $1 0ff 4 Del Monte products coupon here. Take this coupon to Target this week - where they are on sale for $0.50, and you will get 4 cans of Del Monte products for $0.25 each!

3. FREE personalized ESPN poster for the little sports star in your life!

4. Wal-mart as the "Merry Madagascar" movie on sale for $4 Dec 19 - 24. Purchase any 5 oz. Kraft product with the movie and you can submit this mail in rebate for $2.50, making the movie only $1.50!

5. Gymboree is having a 30% off sale right now, plus free shipping. On top of that, use promo code 111F3V9UV080247 to get an additional 15% off AND you still get $25 Gymbucks for every $50 you spend. That's a steal!

6. Head to your Coach outlet with this 20% off coupon!

7. $10 off $50 or more at Old Navy with this coupon.

8. Get a VTech game for $8.99 here {reg. $24.99} then use promo code GETGAMES for $5 0ff, shipping is free, making this game $3.99!

9. FREE Scotch Fur Fighter - just pay S&H {approx $2.50} - here. I so need one to clean up after Sophie. Pocket Sophie meets Scotch Fur Fighter. This could be interesting. Thanks Jen!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Have I told you that Blake has a blog?

Snow days

Now that I've been back to work for two days, I have a much deeper appreciation for the crappy weather last week - it led to a very low key and restful weekend. Plus, I got to spend loads of time with Blake and our little guy. We're working on trying to get him to like the snow. Don't worry, after all of the outdoor festivities and picture taking, he promptly cried about being out in the snow! Such a divo.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sunday's Thursday Deals - 12/13/09

Sorry I'm late on the Thursday deals. We had a busy week last week. But, on a positive note - our Christmas shopping is almost done!

1. Free Peppermint Pancake Puppies at Denny's with this coupon.

2. Bath and Body works is offering another FREE signature collection travel sized item with any purchase with this coupon.

3. Target has released a $5 off Kodak printable coupon. Print it and buy a Kodak Funsaver priced at around $4, and you've got a free camera! :)

4. If you're looking for a last minute gift idea, you can download this free Ecookbook of 34 recipes in a jar!

5. Free 8x10 at Target Portrait Studio with this coupon. No sitting fee or other picture purchases required. SWEET!

6. I love Christmas music, and iTunes is offering a FREE 20 song holiday sampler download-able album with artists like Amy Grant, Barry Manilow, Charlotte Church, and Mannheim Steamroller.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snow day

Who says kids are the only ones who get excited about snow days?

Things I have done today
1. Made Christmas goodies
2. Cleaned up the house a bit
3. Watched Sesame Street with Isaac
4. Baked a squash
5. Finished laundry

Yay to getting things done! :) Here's the view through our deck screen door.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Snow removal

Looks like Blake and I were smart for not investing in a snow blower.

Well, we're only smart as long as he doesn't get any snow on his mittens!

14 months

Isaac turned 14 months old yesterday. *sigh* Looking at his pictures, it's obvious he's not a little baby anymore - he's definitely become a lot more fun - talking, walking, putting beginner puzzles together, drawing, and whining {a lot}. Ok, the whining part isn't that fun, but the rest of it is. :)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Patty cake

Isaac has learned a new part to his patty cake {pat-a-cake? what do you say?} rhyme. He walks around our house doing this much of the time. In fact, I think he knows the whole first part now - up to "marking it with a B." Note to self - take video and share! :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009


In honor of Jennifer's post about her new boots, I thought I'd post my new boots as well. :)

These are Nine West, bought on Black Friday as part of their online doorbusters {which I actually discovered by accident, I was just looking for ideas for brown shoes} for $50 + an additional $20 off coupon code + Free Shipping. They were delivered today, so I'm trying them out.

Thursday Deals - 12/3/2009

I hope all of you have a better start on your Christmas shopping than I do!

1. Get the Samsung WEP450 Bluetooth headset FREE after mail-in-rebate here.

2. Santa FREEBIES: phone call, letter, photo {at Walmart stores on 12/5 and 12/6 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the photo center}, video

3. Kohl's is having their Christmas sale now through Saturday. Take an additional 15% off with this coupon, or use online code SAVE4XMAS

4. Target has this awesome coupon for $5 off 4 boxes of Kellogg's cereals. Check out their other coupons while you're there. Wee!

5. JCPenny is having their friends and family event Dec. 6. Use this coupon for up to an additional 20% off, or use online code 20friend.

6. This Saturday, Dec. 5, starting at 8 a.m., Wal-mart is handing out $50 gift cards with the purchase of a Nintendo Wii, making it only $149.99 after gift card. In stores only.

7. Request your FREE Aveeno tote bag here.

8. Get 20% off a single item at Office Depot with this coupon. Thanks to the Rachel Ray show!

9. Do you like Lady Gaga? Get her holiday song, "Christmas Tree" downloaded free here.

10. Get a FREE 12 oz. hot beverage from your local 7-Eleven with this coupon. I don't even know where my local 7-Eleven is. :)

11. 25 Days of Free Holiday songs for Download at Amazon. Check out the details here.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Macho Man

Looks like someone is ready to help out more at Grandma and Grandpa's farm!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

No Thursday deals this week, as I was enjoying the day with family. I have a lot to be thankful for this year.

Hope all of you are out cashing in on some of the black Friday deals!

Monday, November 23, 2009


When I was younger, I thought it was funny to de-pants my siblings. Ok, I still think it's kind of funny. :)

I never got a de-pantsing quite as good as this one though. :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Virtual Tour

Here's the promised virtual tour of Blake's office. It's nothing fancy, but it works. Enjoy! :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thursday deals - 11/19/09

1. Walgreen's released a $5 off $25 purchase coupon valid 11/22 and 11/23. Just for you Janelle! :)

2. DSW is offering a $10 BONUS gift card for anyone who purchases a $50 gift card from Nov. 14 to Dec. 24. The two cards are separate, and the bonus card must be used between January 15-30, 2010. Read more about it here.

3. Subway is giving away FREE reusable lunch bags with every Fresh Fit for Kids Meal Purchase. I want that cute Black Rhino one for Isaac to use in five years when it's completely out of style. :)

4. $1 off 3 American Greetings cards. Coupon here.

5. Get 100 FREE prints from Photoworks, plus save an additional 25% with the code SAVE25. Bonus, new members get 50 more FREE prints!

6. Get 25% off at Gap, Baby Gap, and Gap Kids online only using promo code GIFT123. Regular priced merchandise only, expires 11/22. OR, print this 20% off coupon in store {if you want to buy the sale items online, you can get 20% off using code GAP20}, expires 1/30/2010.

7. Get some early Christmas shopping in at Bath and Body Works. Right now, they have their signature collection on sale: Buy 3 Get 2 FREE. Pair that deal with this $10 off $30 Bath & Body Works Coupon to get 5 items for $4.30 each. Don’t forget to add a second purchase of a small item to get your FREE Signature Collection Travel Size Item.

8. Shop JCPenney online and use promo code GR8VALUE to receive $10 off a $10 or more purchase.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Black eye

Isaac officially has his first black eye, and not even from a fist fight!

He likes to help push carts whenever we go shopping. This morning at Staples, he was helping me pick out hanging file folders. He was still attempting to push the cart as I held it in place. Suddenly, he spotted some brightly colored post-it notes. As he took off in their direction, he didn't realize that the back wheel of the cart stuck out in his path. He tripped over {actually, practically flipped over} it, and pounded his head into the floor. He cried for a long time, and now, he has a pretty decent shiner to show for it. It doesn't show up very well in my pictures, but I hope you can see it!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wasteful packaging

Apparently one of Blake's medical supply companies has not gotten the memo about trying to be more green {more efficient, less waste}. They shipped our reception desk sign stand like this:

It's even funnier that the stand arrived in the giant box, because the sign itself {which is larger than the stand} arrived in an envelope! Nice work.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A little excited

About wearing this coat soon! :)

I'm also working on replacing my black and brown dress shoes - both pairs have holes in the soles....wah!

Thursday Deals - 11/12/09

1. Click here for a coupon for $1.10 off a can of Progresso soup.

2. $10 off any $30 purchase at Bath and Body Works. Coupon here.

3. Get $2 off a Butterball Turkey - Thanksgiving is only two weeks away you know! :)

4. Ladies, FREE sample of o.b. tampons here or Kotex Ultra Thin Ovenights here.

5. For the pets: FREE Greenies chew!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank you voters

We are really pleased with the way the office is shaping up, so I wanted to say "thanks" to all of you for your input. You can see your votes have come to fruition in the following photos. Can you find all of the following:

1. Paint pallette #3,
2. Waiting room with red accent wall
3. Brushed nickel pendant light stem
4. Pendant light shade #4 (went against the majority here, but in person, #4 was SO much better!)
5. B.J. Palmer Quote

And, just for fun - Isaac has found his new playhouse in the cabinets of our reception desk. He'll be in heaven when the doors arrive!

Monday, November 9, 2009


"The power that made the body heals the body." - B.J. Palmer

This quote is now on the wall in Blake's office, and it looks AMAZING! Thanks for your votes. Picture coming soon! :)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

13 Months

Happy 13 months to Isaac!

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I've missed a lot of his growing up this month. He's been spending good portions of nearly every day with Grandma as we work on getting Blake's business up and running.

I can say that I've noticed the big steps he has made this month - I just missed out on the process. :(

1. He's running
2. Understanding more Chinese than Mommy now
3. Saying four official words: Mama, Dada, Uh oh, Wow
4. Nodding his head appropriately when asked questions. It has come in handy especially for determining whether or not he is ready for his nap.
5. Tugs on my arm, brings me a diaper, or sniffs whenever he has pooped. When he does the arm tug, he's about ready to poop, so we try to get him to the toilet before it happens. He also only does the arm tug at home, so we haven't gotten much practice in.
6. Officially has 8 teeth now. Two of his molars FINALLY poked through, thank the Good Lord!
7. Makes many sounds: Moo for cows, vroom sounds for anything with an engine, sort of a putter sound for a horse {you know, what they do after the neigh?}, ooh ooh ah ah for a monkey.
8. Understands and carries out simple tasks, like pointing out pictures in his picture books, identifying pictures of family members, finding toys we ask him to find, bringing us things, throwing things in the garbage can
9. Knows that going outside means he needs to put on his coat and shoes - so he brings them to you if the word "outside" is mentioned.


I'm just so amazed at how much he can comprehend already. It's hard to believe that one year ago, I was still just trying to figure out this newborn, who by the way, is still more cute than ever!

Anyone else think it's weird that Isaac's sock monkey has the same face as his butt?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thursday Deals - 11/5/09

1. Buy a 2 or 3 entree plate at Panda Express and get a single serving entree free with this coupon.

2. Walmart is having a pre-black Friday sale this Saturday, Nov. 7. You can read about all of the deals here. It includes deals on XBox 360 {$199 with $100 e-gift card = $99!}, TV's 42" and larger {1080p starting at $498}, computers, DVD or Blue-ray players and more!

3. Like soy sauce? Buy one Kikkoman, Get on FREE with the printable coupon here. OR, you can get $1 off two Kikkomans here.

4. 30% off at Gymboree during the Friends and Family event, Nov.5-8, using code: GYMFAMILY.

5. Want a fresh start with your Christmas lights? Home Depot is offering $3 off a purchase of new LED lights with your old light trade-ins. They don't even have to be working, or untangled, to get the deal. Offer good Nov. 5-15. Cool!

6. FREE sample of Garnier Nutrisse Skin Renew. A new eye serum for under eye care. I'm going to try it out, those dark circles under my eyes just keep getting darker every day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

We've come a long way baby

Just wanted to share some photos of Blake's office transformation so far. When everything's all done, I'll give you all a virtual tour.

Until then, we're working our butts off - Isaac has been "helping" whenever possible. Today, he ate a piece of the ceiling tile....*sigh*

Office from front door before:
Office from front door after:

And now with some color:

Our reception desk shell has arrived - ooh la la. Please note, the carpet and trim are down too!

Bathroom before:

Bathroom after {minus decor}:

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from our little tiger. Isaac had a great time trick-or-treating tonight {Daddy is pretty pumped about the candy}. One lady answered the door dressed as an Ape. Our little man didn't know what to think. He accepted her candy, stared at her until she closed the door, and then made monkey sounds as we walked away. :) Here's Isaac's second Halloween in pictures {see his first Halloween here}:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday Deals - 10/29/09

1. Sonic is giving away FREE 14 oz cherry or diet cherry limeades on Halloween from 2-5 p.m.

2. After picking up your Sonic Limeade, head over to Taco Bell for a FREE black jack taco on Halloween from 6 p.m. to midnight.

3. Bath and Body Works is offering a FREE Anti-bacterial Pocketbac Hand Gel with any purchase. Coupon here.

4. Stop in for your FREE bra fitting at Victoria's Secret and leave with a FREE Beauty Rush Lip Gloss.

5. Halloween costumes at Old Navy will be only $2 October 30-31. In stores only!

6. Free 8x10 photo at Target with no sitting fee. Coupon here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


This beauty of a cabinet used to look lovely in the bathroom of our condo. When we moved into our house, I couldn't find the right place for it, so it has been looking pretty inside a closet in the basement. Thank goodness for Blake's office. I'm going to clean it up and put it in the bathroom! We actually have some unsightly plumbing that cannot be removed, {some genius thought it would be a good idea to have a urinal in there, the urinal was removed, probably with the person who wanted it, but all of the piping remained. We were able to cover up most of it, but the main water line is still there} so, our little cabinet is going to sit in front of it. It couldn't be more perfect as we'll need a small storage space anyway, and most of the decor in the bathroom will already be white.

I'm pumped - too bad the bathroom is going to be a PITA to paint - even the CEILING has to be painted. It looks like a dungeon in there now. Hopefully, with a little cost-friendly facelift, it'll look charming.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Crock pot Tuesdays

Tuesday have become crock pot Tuesdays around here. As we're gone all day and get home late {around 7 p.m. or later}, it's still nice to be able to come home, have a warm dinner, and still have Isaac in bed by 8:30.

I've been on the search for new recipes {aside from our tried and true ones} and found this goody last week. It was SOOOO delicious!

Crock Pot Chicken Supreme

3 slices bacon
6 boneless chicken breast halves {I only used three, and also still used three slices of bacon! ;-)}
10 oz. can cream of chicken soup
1/2 c. chicken broth
sliced mushrooms {as many or as few as you want!}
diced onion {as much as you like}
swiss cheese slices

Cook bacon until crisp, drain on paper towels, crumble and set aside in fridge.

In bacon drippings, cook chicken over medium heat {3-5 minutes} until light brown, turning once. Place in crock pot. Top with mushrooms and onions. In skillet, heat soup and broth until warm. Pour over chicken and veggies. Cover and cook 4-5 hours on low. Top chicken with cheese and sprinkle with bacon, then cook another 10-15 minutes on high or until cheese is melted.

FYI, I cheated and used the frozen, ready to cook chicken breasts. I also ended up cooking mine for something like 9 hours. I think, because I used the frozen chicken breasts that are injected with the extra juice/solution, my chicken still turned out great. Otherwise, I'm positive it would have been really dried out after all those hours of cookin'.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Something to think about

We need your help, again readers. :)

As part of the decor in our office waiting area, we are going to have a quote run the length of one wall in the patient seating area. Blake has picked a few of his favorites from B.J. Palmer, the developer of Chiropractic. Here's where you come in. Please tell us which quote you like best, and wouldn't mind reading every time you visit the office. The poll is to the right. Thanks!

1. "The power that made the body heals the body."

2. "Every organ in your body is connected to the one under your hat."

3. "Following the path of least resistance is what makes rivers and men crooked."

4. "An obstacle is what you see when you take your eyes off the goal."

Friday, October 23, 2009

That hurts

I've been having some pretty crappy luck lately.

First, I got bit by a dog - it took a bite at my leg as I climbed back into my car. We were just dropping something we borrowed off at a friend's house. Apparently, we should have kept it for ourselves! This is the bite about 10 days after the fact. That darn bite still hurts!

Then, I fell off my chair while teaching a piano lesson on Wednesday. How embarrassing, right? I don't even really know what happened, except that I fell, my arm hit the corner of the piano bench, and my butt pounded on the floor. My butt is bruised too, but I won't share that picture with you. :)

One year stats

For those of you keeping track on how Isaac has grown, he had his one year appointment this past Monday {10/19}.

The good news is, his weight has leveled off. He decided he likes the 5% and is staying there. Here are his stats:

19 lb. 4 oz.
32 inches

At birth, he was:
7lb 14 oz.
21.5 inches

Crazy how much he has grown in a year! He's also learning to tolerate hats, which he has always hated in the past. We have to trick him into thinking he's going outside, and then let him stick his tongue out with Daddy. It's a slow process, but I think by winter he'll be wearing that hat like a pro!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Office Updates

1. Our entry continues to fill up with daily deliveries, though we did ship some off with my parents to bring to my brother so he can hook up our server and network.

2. 15 gallons of primer and 12 gallons of paint are ready to go for this weekend and next week! Woohoo.

3. Obviously, the walls are up, and lookin' good.

4. We placed an ad for an office person. Our first ad ran Sunday, so far we have 25 responses, with more on the way.

5. We purchased our lighting - we opted for pendant light #4 after seeing it in person, and the brushed nickel stem.

I'll post pictures soon! :)

Thursday Deals - 10/22/09

1. Build someone a bear at Build-a-Bear Workshops and take $5 off your $10 purchase with this coupon.

2. Buy a two or three entree plate at Panda Express, and get a free single entree plate with this coupon. Expires 10/27.

3. Check out all these Barnes and Noble coupons, including one for a free small cookie and kid sized hot chocolate {good October 24th only}. Woohoo!

4. Get a FREE sample of Dove hair care here. I loooooove Dove!

5. Great TGIFridays coupons here. Includes one for a FREE appetizer with drink purchase, or a $5 sandwich or salad for lunch. Not too bad!

6. $5 off $25 purchase at Buffalo Wild Wings. Coupon here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Closed to through traffic

By the end of the week, I'm pretty sure our entry will be completely blocked. We will greet any UPS/FED-EX/USPS people through the garage. We're getting so many deliveries for Blake's office, that we are emptying our front stoop daily. We're too lazy to bring them into the basement for storage because they're just going to be moved out in less than two weeks. That, and we're never home during the day to look at the clutter, so it hasn't gotten on our nerves yet.

Here's what our entry currently looks like:

I have many updates to give - I hope to get to them by Thursday at the latest.

And, to anyone who wants to help. We're going to paint as early as Friday, and no later than this Saturday. So, if you want to help, give us a shout out. We'd be happy to have you!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Moley, Moley, Moley {Part 2}

I think moles must run in the family. Remember Isaac's mole?? He must take after his uncle and Godfather, Brian. I just hope that Isaac's doesn't start moving around like Brian's did!

Why, oh why, is a bug on someone's face so hilarious!?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday Deals - 10/15/09

1. What is it with Bath and Body Works? They LOVE to give away the free stuff. Another free travel sized item with this coupon.

2. E.L.F is offering a free 27 piece mini makeup kit with any purchase. Enter code LOYAL at checkout. Click here to see what the kit includes!

3. Isaac is in need of some warm PJ's for the cold months ahead. I'm heading to Target for their $8 sale on 2-pack Gerber Fleece PJ's. But, using this $2 off 2 Gerber PJ's, to make each pack $7. I'll get Isaac four warm PJ's for $3.50 each! Woohoo!

4. Man, I haven't eaten at a Denny's...ever...but they have a sweet coupon right now: buy one burger and fries and get your second burger and fries FREE with the purchase of two beverages. Expires 11/23.

5. Get a FREE sample of Idea Paint here. Idea Paint turns any surface into a dry erase board. Intriguing, right? Isaac is going to LOVE this!

6. Johnson & Johnson has a fabulous rebate offer right now. Buy any bath product before 12/31 , mail the receipt with your name and address to the address below, and you will get a cool frog bath toy {a $10 value!}. Details here.

Johnson's/Parents GWP
375 Lexington Ave., 10th Floor
New York, NY 10017

7. If any of you are planning a baby shower soon, you can get a FREE printable invitation here, courtesy of American Greetings and Huggies. You can even add a photo!

8. is having 80% off their gift cards right now with code FOUR. That means a $25 gift card is $2! Just type in your zip code and see what is available to you. Lola, I think your fave restaurant is on here!

9. Ladies - you can get free ovulation tests or free pregnancy tests or a combo of both of them up to 10 total here. Just in case, you know?? ;-)

10. If you have a Rainforest Cafe near you, or are going to one soon, make sure to print this $10 off a $25 purchase coupon and take it with you!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Boom goes the dynamite

For some reason, I've resurrected that saying and have been using it frequently. Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


We're trying to spruce up the boring fluorescent lighting that Blake's office will have by adding a little pizazz in the waiting area. Our plan: install pendant lighting over the reception desk. We're actually talking just over the main diagonal corner. So, we're going to need two lights here. This is where you come in.

Poll #1 asks which base color we should use for our lighting. The stem of the light. Brushed nickel or black? I don't have photos, but I figure this is pretty basic.

Poll #2 allows you to choose from the below options for our shade style/color.

If you have differing opinions from any of these, please feel free to leave a comment. I've also posted again the carpet/reception desk oak/counter photo so you can see that color scheme as well as our paint colors. For what it's worth, the majority of the reception area will be the largest color {Rye}. We are toying with the idea one wall {the one behind the reception desk} being an accent wall in the Mayan Red. Which leads me to poll #3. One color, or accent wall?

Office color scheme:

Pendant Light Shades:



Parts of Blake's office computer system are starting to arrive at our house. With this new arrival, we are giddy about spending some money. Obviously, I will make sure we save as many dollars and cents as possible, but that won't stop us from acting like two kids in a candy store - it's so fun to look at stuff, you know?

Brian, you should be MOST excited about this one!