Archive for the ‘Buy Me!’ Category

smell my feet, give me something good to eat

Monday, August 25th, 2008

You’ve only got 2 months to prepare for Halloween!

I’m jumping the gun a bit, right? I can’t help it – a coworker and I were looking at pictures of Halloween parties she’s attended in years last week, and it inspired me. Some of the people she parties with really got into their Halloween costumes. I saw everything from Playboy bunnies to Oompa-Loompas. My son decided several months ago (when we saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) that he was going to be Indiana Jones. Huge sigh of relief for me, since the clothes for Indy are pretty basic, and we’d only need a hat, whip, and a 5 o’clock shadow. However, having just seen The Dark Knight this weekend, I except my son to show a huge interest in Batman and other superhero costumes any day now!

I need to dress up too…and I need a costume that’s “safe” for work. Yeah, most of my previous costumes need not apply for the position.

back to school organization

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

I use a label maker quite a bit at work when organizing files and such. We’ve had one at home for the longest time, and I sort of forgot it existed! We used it when Jim first brought it home to label Matthew’s dresser drawers so he could organize his clothes and keep them neat. With school starting this past week, I pulled the label maker back out of the cabinet and fired it up. At first the girls, who are both in middle school, were a bit worried that I’d go overboard. Visions of their mom labeling each pencil and pen flashed before their eyes…HA! I used the label marker to label their new calculators and flash drives. (Side note: Remember when you went back to school with a notebook and a pencil? Those days are long gone!) I was especially worried about Catherine’s calculator going missing if it didn’t have a label on it. She’s in Algebra I this year, and her teacher required one of those pricey scientific calculators. There’s no chance it will get mixed up with another student’s since it’s got her name on the bottom!

You can take labels one step further with Dymo Color labels – use a different color label for each kid, or each day of the week. Lunch boxes, gym uniforms, school folders – they can all be labeled so your kids can stay organized. Or try to stay organized!

old navy jeans for $12 and $7 – today only!

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

My sister blogged about a great deal at Old Navy today, and she texted me about it too. I took that as a sign that we were meant to buy new jeans. When I got to the store I was bummed to learn it there was a 3 limit pair per customer, so if I bought a paid for me and one for each of the kids, I’d be one over my limit. (You can get around this by walking your first 3 pairs to your car and coming back in again.) My oldest daughter found a pair for herself in the women’s section (only $12) and the younger kids snagged a $7 pair each.

I ended up not going over the 3 pair limit because Old Navy doesn’t stock size 1′s in the long length in the stores. Sheesh! They have EVERY other size in short, regular, and long, but not the size 1′s. It’s a conspiracy! The good news is that you can also get the deal online at OldNavy.com (today only) and pay just $7 in shipping. (Didn’t it used to be $5?) Not too bad for jeans that are normally $24.50 each.

(Just wash them before you wear them, in case someone has left you an Old Navy snail trail surprise in your new jeans.)

save time and gas with mobile professional services

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

My time is valuable. With heading into my office more often, taking a full course load in college, AND the cost of gas, I’ve started planning what I do, and where I go in my free time very carefully. My Saturday afternoons in the past would be filled with dropping off the dog at the groomer, followed by a trip to Target or a few other stores to spend time and money. Now, I’ve got better things I’d rather be doing, like studying for starters! Plus, a trip to Target costs me $8 in just GAS!

So all of this prompted me thinking about how I can not only use my time better, but also save money and gas. I came across ServeMeHere.com, a site where you can make an online appointment with mobile professional services like pet groomers or massage therapists! How cool would it be to have the pet groomer come right to us, instead of driving to the pet store, dropping off to the dog, and then driving back to get her 4 hours later? The whole thing would save me time and gas, and it would be a lot less traumatic for my dog, too. The neat thing about ServeMeHere.com is that you can rate the person you end up doing business with to save other people headaches and hassles, or take advantage of ratings previously left by other members. For instance, what if the dog groomer was late and rude? Well, I’d be able to leave feedback on the ServeMeHere.com website to warn other members.

No time at home to have a professional come to you? How about having someone come to your office? I can pop online and have a massage therapist come right to my workplace to give me a quick neck massage on my lunch break…resulting in a more relaxed me and jealous coworkers to boot! You can find personal trainers, pet groomers, professional organizers, cooking instructors, foreign language teachers, babysitters, travel agents, financial planners, and a host of other professionals offering their services. The whole thing is 100% free to people who clients AND advertisers, and you don’t make payment until services are rendered!

window decals cause road rage?

Friday, June 20th, 2008

A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology says that drivers of cars with window decals, bumper stickers, personalized license plates and the like are more likely to get a little road rage when someone cuts them off or is driving slow. Now, I’ve got two personalized items on my car. I’ve got a license plate frame on the back that advertises the fact that I walked in the 3-Day. It says “0-60 in 3 Days”. I’ve also got a college license plate in the bracket on the front of my car. I can assure you, I was JUST as prone to road rage before I put those items on my car as I am now ;-)

I don’t know that I agree with the study, having had the drivers of very nice sports cars with no bumper stickers or “bling” go a little crazy behind the wheel, but it makes for interesting reading, right? So go ahead, get your window decals and bumper stickers and decorate your car to your heart’s content – it won’t change who YOU are. And if you’re looking for a custom window decal (perhaps to advertise a certain breast cancer charity walk?), be sure to check out VistaPrint. They offer customizable templates and lots of tools to make the design process easy. I ordered my business cards from VisitaPrint last year and I am SO pleased with how they came out! They look more professional than the business cards for my real job!

street hockey

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Ever since Jim and I returned to college in January, our free time has been a bit fleeting. We haven’t gone away for weekend trips (ok, ok, we did spend a week in Amsterdam in January, but that doesn’t count!) or planned big events and nights out with friends. Aside from taking Matthew to his baseball games, we don’t get out much! Jim has even cut back on the amount of time he spends at the ice rink playing hockey. Oh, he hasn’t given UP hockey entirely, he’s just not playing on the ice. He bought a pair of skates, similar to these K2 inline skates, and he plays street hockey! Matthew has a pair too, and they make quite the team, whacking balls left and right out in the middle of the street.

I knew it was only a matter of time before Jim wanted ME to get inline skates and join them, and I’ve resisted so far, based on a bad inline skating experience I had in the 90′s. Actually, I’ve had two bad skating experiences. When I was 6, I broke my arm roller skating at a friend’s birthday party. When I was 17 something, I had a pair of cheap inline skates and got myself all geared up with pads…the result was an inline skating dork with crappy skates and sore calves. The gear and the skates have improved quite a bit in the last 15 years, and Jim’s skates are fantastic.

Is it possible? Can exercise be…fun and effortless?

picture this!

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

When we moved into our house (gosh, 2 years ago already?) I decided to have photo cards made up to let people know about our move and our new address. Of course, we had gone through a 9 month process from signing the contract to moving in, so I daresay not a single person DIDN’T know about our plans – but still! They all needed to know our new address, right? Using photo cards was a neat way to show off the new place as well, so that even friends and family who don’t live in the area could see our new digs!

I was thinking about other ways to use photo cards as well and a great thought came to me. photocardEach year when I finish one of my breast cancer charity walks, I always end up with some sort of picture showing me exhausted and limping to the finish line. Wouldn’t that be a great image to send to the people that donated money to my fundraising efforts? All of the cards I found at CardsDirect.com can be customized, so if they say Merry Christmas on the inside, you can remove that and add your own message. That means I can easily turn the Valentine’s Day card (pictured here) into an Avon Walk victory card!

free yoplait kids yogurt coupon

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

If your kids love yogurt like mine do, you won’t want to miss this coupon for a free sample of Yoplait Kids yogurt. Yogurt is a great way to get your kids to eat healthy – mine think it’s a great snack in between meals! (Yoplait in particular contains no artificial flavors or sweeteners and has 25% less sugar than other yogurt brands marketed to kids.)

build a sign online

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

We’re having our first fundraiser for the Avon Walk this weekend – I’m excited! Ok, ok, I’m not too excited about standing in front of the grocery store for 6 hours begging for money, but I am excited about adding to my fundraising total. I need to raise $1800 and I’m at $200+ right now, so I’ve got a LONG way to go. My friends and I are going to wear the Avon shirts we got for signing up for the walk, and I’m bringing the small poster Avon sent me as well. It’s teeny, but it’s all I’ve got. I should consider buying a sign for our future fundraising efforts – something eye catching and to the point. I don’t normally have my car close by when we’re doing events like this, so one of those magnetic signs wouldn’t work, but a large banner would! Did you know you can design and purchase a sign from BuildASign.com in less than 5 minutes? I have exactly zero free time, so being able to take care of what I need online, and quickly, is a huge plus!

I love that you can upload your own images on the signs too – we’ve got a great picture of our team finishing the 3-Day walk last year that would be perfect!

transform your home

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

You know what stinks?

Wet dog. Even slightly damn dog is not a scent I want to immerse myself in. Bailey went to groomer earlier this week for a bath, and she was completely dry when she came home…but she still had that “just bathed” dog smell. Ick! I hate walking into the house and smelling the scents that come along with owning two dogs, or all of the other smells that come from day to day living. kitchenFor example, Jim cooked bacon for breakfast earlier in the week. I didn’t notice then smell so much then, but every time I’ve walked into my kitchen since, I smell bacon grease. This picture of my kitchen was taken the day we moved in – look how clean and sparkly it was then! It didn’t smell like bacon, or last night’s chili. You can’t tell from this picture, but the downstairs in our house is pretty open – the kitchen connects to the family room, which means any bad smells (bacon, burnt popcorn, etc) easily waft their way around the whole house. I had a vanilla scenty thingamajig in the foyer, but it doesn’t seem to be doing much for the first impressions created when people arrive at our house. I have my coupon all printed out and sitting here on my desk to one of the new Renuzit TriScents – it’s just a matter of getting to the store and picking one out so I can get the house smelling brand new again.

And, in order to promote Renuzit TriScents, the company is sponsoring a $20,000 Transform Your Home promotion! What would YOU do with $20,000 to change your house? I’m thinking hardwood floors in the hall upstairs, and a nice extended patio outside on which I could park a jacuzzi. To enter the contest, just upload a photo or a video and a short essay on why your home needs a makeover, and how you’d Tranform Your Home, as well as how Renuzit TriScents can help you! Be sure to follow the official rules.