Archive for the ‘Buy Me!’ Category

need a home loan?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

I posted earlier about my friend who is now house shopping…that made me think of another friend who is a mortgage broker. Now that my renter friend will no longer be renting, she needs to get pre-approved for a home mortgage ASAP! Mortgage broker friend works for Countrywide, who we have our loan through. I’ve been really happy with them – they’ve got a great website that I can log onto night or day to see all of my loan information at a glance. They also offer flexible payment options. I currently get paid twice a month, so I’ve got it set up so that Countrywide deducts 1/2 of my mortgage payment from my bank account after each payday. It makes budgeting a lot easier, and I don’t need to remember to mail a check to pay the loan before the 1st of each month!

could leggings be coming back?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Are leggings coming back? First Heidi Klum was wearing them on Project Runway, and then I spotted a couple of female celebs in People with leggings on as well. As a former leggings wearer (hey, I went to high school in the early 90′s – sue me!) I’d like to think that leggings can make a come back – if done right.

First, men should never wear leggings. I’m not even a fan of the skinny jeans on men. I’m just sayin’.

Secondly, leggings look best when they’re cute and done in a contemporary style. Slapping on a pair from Wal-Mart is a no no. The footless tights, leggings, and capri style undergarments from Hue.com are more my style. I remember wearing leggings like these in black, under a denim skirt, along with my black Converse All Stars and my Guns N’ Roses t-shirt. I was cool, people!

You can find great Hue socks and leggings in your department store, or online at Hue.com. If you’re not brave enough to bring leggings back on your own, buy some for a young girl in your life – my daughters can definitely pull this look off! Just remember, stay away from the plain Jane boring styles and try something new and fresh, like the look of Hue!

triscents saves stinky houses

Monday, March 17th, 2008

With three kids, two dogs of my own, and a frequent puppy visitor from next door, you can imagine that my house gets a little…funky smelling from time to time. No matter how often you clean and how much you vacuum, all it takes is one wet dog, or a breakfast of bacon to make your whole house smell funny. We’ve got a few of those plug in scent things around the house (in vanilla, yum!) but I’ve noticed I get used to the scent very quickly, and it doesn’t seem to overpower some of the other funkiness we’ve got going on.

I saw a commercial last night on TV for RenuzitĀ® TriScents and I’m definitely going to look for them the next time I’m in the grocery store. It’s an oil air freshener that uses three coordinating scents to keep things smelling fresh and pretty. Your nose becomes quickly used to a scent, so by combining three coordinating scents, TriScents does even more to overcome harsh odors. Right now, you can enter to win a $20,000 Home Makeover from TriScents and Renuzit! (What I could do with $20,000…I’m thinking a sweet landscaping package for my entire backyard!) To enter, just make a video or take a photo showing how you’ve transformed your home thanks to TriScents. (Videos are limited to 2 minutes or less, essays should be 250 words or less – see official rules here.)

Even if you don’t want to enter to win, you can still get a “prize”! There’s a neat coupon for a starter Renuzit TriScents kit available at the contest site – I’ve already downloaded mine, so I’ll be saving $3.00 on my kit when I buy it!

the cufflinks make the man

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Our big cheese leader of IT was in the Tampa office last week to meet with the team. As I sat across from him in the conference room, I couldn’t help but notice his cufflinks. It’s very rare that I see a man wearing cufflinks with his shirt and tie. My own husband, who wears a shirt and tie every day to work, doesn’t even own a pair of cufflinks! cufflinkAfter eyeballing Mr. Big Cheese for an hour or so during the meeting, I decided that a pair of unique cufflinks would make a great Father’s Day gift for Jim this year. Classy, dressy, something special, and something he won’t expect!

Tateossian.com has a huge selection of designer men’s accessories that you won’t find anywhere else, and I never dreamed that so many different styles of cufflinks existed! There are watch cufflinks, cufflinks shaped like globes (how cool would that be for a travel agent?) or even cufflinks shaped like animals. The ones pictured here are technically crocodiles, but they’d be a cool gift for a fan of the University of Florida Gators, wouldn’t they?

I definitely need to explore the site and all of the options – I’m sure I’ll find the perfect pair of cufflinks for Jim.

vote up, count down

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Here’s a neat little way of buying fabric online, for you crafty types! The Vote Up Count Down sale at Design Diva Fabrics is a way to vote for your favorite fabrics and patterns (that would be the “up” portion). The fabrics with the most votes go down in price (and that’s the “down” portion!) until someone purchases that fabric. Just create an account of your own to log in and vote up the fabrics you like the best, which in turn makes those fabrics cheaper. The fabric with the most votes heads into count down mode, and the price of that particular fabric will go down…every second, until someone caves and purchases it. Then the fabric with the next highest number of votes enters count down mode. What a way to find a deal, and since you’re the one voting, you can vote for what you like to drive it directly to count down mode, whether it’s a gingham or a discount Kravet fabric.

Look at the price here going down by the second…like a reverse auction – neat, eh? It’s a beautiful design too, I love toile!

moms can’t pick out cool shoes

Friday, March 14th, 2008

My 8 year old is now at the point where he’s starting to get interested in his looks. He’s recently ASKED me to take him to the store for new jeans, when in years past, I had to drag him, practically kicking and screaming to buy new clothes. Among his most coveted possessions is his skateboarding gear. We bought him a new board for Christmas, and a little knit ski hat (which I think is referred to as a beanie) and a chain wallet. He was absolutely over the moon!

Now he’s eyeballing new shows, and of course, the ones I’ve picked out aren’t acceptable. He’s practically 9, and Mommy can’t be trusted to pick out the right shoes. As you can imagine, cool shoes require a cool store. A few places around here carry Chuck’s and Vans, but I think Matthew would really like these Adio skate shoes. Buying online gives you a much larger selection to chose from, and the prices are comparable to specialty shops around town. How many times have you decided on a style of shoe for your kids, only to realize the store doesn’t have the right size? That wastes a lot of time, so shopping online definitely appeals to me in this situation. BuySkateShoes.com also offers FREE shipping on all orders over $89, which is a great reason for me to buy for all of the kids in one spot, at one time!

warm up your patio with a gas heater

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Last night after dinner, my husband suggested we take the rest of the bottle of Pinot Grigio outside and light up the fire pit. I looked at him as if he had two heads…it’s COLD outside, and windy has heck. The fire pit isn’t made for windy nights, lest you want to end up with a face full of smoke and sparks on your clothes. Nights like the ones we’ve been having, where the air is so clear and cool and humidity free are calling me, but my goose pimples want me to stay inside where it’s warm and toasty.

The obvious solution for nights when the fire pit can’t be used is to use one of these small patio heaters to enjoy the night air and stay warm all at the same time. They’re designed to look good on your patio while in use, or being stored, and the taller models take up only a small amount of floor space, ensuring that you’ll still have room for your grill, furniture, and your cooler of beer :-)

The site also offers garage heaters that can be wall mounted, for those of you who like to putter around your garage in the winter months, but can’t stand freezing your tush off a moment longer! Fueling options range from kerosene to natural gas, propane to diesel gas – something for every budget, and every taste!

print your own postage at home

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

A few months ago, Jim brought home a label maker. Apparently he saw it in the store, and just had to have it! He uses one all of the time at work, and decided our household couldn’t live without one. I’ll admit, I didn’t have a clue what we were going to do with a label maker, but it’s proven to be a handy little tool. We made labels for each of Matthew’s dresser drawers so that he can keep his clothes organized. We made labels for the front of our storage totes so when they’re up on a shelf in the garage, we know what it inside of each! That was actually my brainstorm – I got sick of pulling down boxes of Christmas decorations looking for certain items, so now we’ve got a box labeled “ornaments and stockings” and another is “tree skirt and wreath”, and so on and so forth. Having a label maker is actually pretty handy!

There are a lot of variations on the label maker, and some allow you to print your own online stamps, right at home! My mother is an eBay addict and being able to print her own postage at home would save her a lot of time in line at the post office. Printing your own postage is easy too, since the LabelWriter Twin Turbo printer allows you to print postage and address labels, and the set includes a 5 lb USB-connected postal scale, so you never need to guess on package weights!

Now, I don’t feel the need to label my drawers, or my spices, or my kitchen shelves, but there are plenty of places I can use my label maker in my house. For now, I’m thinking about labeling the seats in our family room so the kids don’t fight over who gets to sit where!

99.99 for motorcycle insurance

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

The renewal for Jim’s motorcycle insurance came this week – I can’t believe how cheap it is! (Knock on wood!) We pay only $100 a year for his motorbike insurance, which is a steal compared to how much we pay for our car insurance. Of course, the cars would cost a LOT more to replace if anything happened to either one, as we found out when Jim hit that deer that deer hit Jim last year.

That said, I usually get new insurance quotes every two years or so, just to make sure our current policy can’t be beat. It only takes a few minutes, and it gives me the peace of mind of knowing I’m getting a decent deal from our current provider. In fact, it was one of my random quote checks that led us to our current insurer back in 2001. We saved almost $800 by switching, and kept the same coverage and level of service we were used to. Remember back in the day, when you had to call up insurance companies one by one to get a quote, telling each one your name, address, car details, mother’s maiden name, date of your high school prom, and tons of other useless details? We have it easy, being able to pop online, type all of our details out, and get 3 or 4 quotes back at once. There’s no excuse for not shopping around on a regular basis to make sure you’re getting the best price possible on your car, motorcycle, or homeowners insurance!

(Bleah – speaking of homeowners, only 3 more months til renewal.)

all natural sunscreen

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Floridians like me know we’re supposed to wear sunscreen anytime we’re outside – be it sunny, cold, cloudy! Those sneaky UV rays come through the clouds and cold and skin cancer will permanently mess up whatever kind of perfect tan you had going on!

My foundation has an SPF in it, but that’s not enough – I should technically be putting sunscreen on my skin anytime I spend any length of time outside. I just heard about UV Natural SPF 30+ Sunscreen, which as the name implies, uses only all natural ingredients. Considering that we’re to use sunscreen ALL THE TIME, it’s important to make sure you’re not slathering your skin up with something that’s going to cause breakouts, rashes, or has nasty chemicals in it. There are even formulations for babies and people who need anti-sweat sunscreen, and all of the formulas not only protect your skin, but they moisturize it as well.

I wonder what’s in the sunscreen I’ve been using up to this point?