30 June 2010

Exciting things to come!

My Dear Friends,

I have a terrible migraine this morning.  It's difficult to focus on the screen so I will make this one short and sweet and come back when my noggin is a little better.

I have some exciting things coming down the pipeline soon.  Reviews, giveaways, Etsy finds, & as always - fantastic deals!

Here are some things to look forward to:
•Aya Wedding Etsy Find
•Costume Super Center Review
•Missikko Hair Straightener Review
•Food Should Taste Good Review & Giveaway
•CSN Stores Review
•Urban Decay Fall 2010 Sneak Peek
•Wat-Aah Review & Giveaway
•Endangered Species Chocolate Review & Giveaway!

Goodness, I'm going to be one busy little blogger!  See you soon!



29 June 2010

FitF pledges not to drink and drive.

My Dear Friends,

Thursday marks the 5 year anniversary of my best friend dying in a car wreck on 4th of July weekend.  There was alcohol involved, as well as another vehicle, and to this day I do not know the complete story...but I do know there were two fatalities that day that could have been avoided. 

I pledge that I will NOT drink and drive on 4th of July weekend (or ever.)

Together We Can Spread the Message
Stay Sober Stay Alive
July 4, 2010


1. Simply
pledge your driving sobriety this Independence Day by noting your blog URL and blog name.

2. At the bottom of this “
Blog Hop” you will see text in which you can grab the code for this McLinky. Simply click the link and copy and paste the code into your very own blog post’s HTML section. Then click “compose” and copy and paste this pledge, adding your own message to the top as I did above. Copy the pledge fromtogether we can stay alive” above.

3.
Follow the host Hollywood Chic [-first on the linky-] of this Independence Day Pledge for more information on the Department of Transportation, Buzz Driving, and Stats.

Also an
optional badge was created to spread greater awareness and linked to this pledge, please wear it proudly until July 5, 2010 when this pledge will close.




Maybe this time...

My Dear Friends,

A few reminders:

The Wholey Moley Sale at Old Navy ends TODAY!  Get your 30% off the ENTIRE store while you can!  Code "ONBIG30" gets you the great discount!
New markdowns were taken today at Bath & Body Works!  Get up to 75% off some really amazing goodies!  Print this coupon or use code "20SALE" to get an extra 20% off your purchase!

For a limited time, Ann Taylor LOFT is offering 40% off your entire purchase! Use the coupon code "FIX40" at checkout to receive this great deal! 
Take an extra 20% clearance items at Express.  No code necessary!
Just a few goodies today, but they are some really good ones!  
Be sure to enter the newest giveaway - BUBBLE CHOCOLATE!  Enter the contest by clicking the link in the top left corner of the page!

28 June 2010

Notice

My Dear Friends,

Due to the extremely expensive shipping costs I incur to mail prizes to winners overseas, from now on, all contests will be open to US residents only, unless otherwise noted.  I hope I don't lose anyone because of this, but it just costs SO much to ship overseas, I end up losing quite a bit of money.  I hope you understand.

Bubble Chocolate - The Review & Giveaway!!

My Dear Friends,

Bubble Chocolate sent me a bar of milk and a bar of dark chocolate to try.  Never heard of Bubble Chocolate?  Well, let's fill you in!



Bubble Chocolate is "bubbles wrapped in chocolate".  They are a new, East Coast based company that specializes in aerated chocolate.  The bars are 3"x6" and wrapped, then individually boxed.  The chocolate itself is so fragrant, I could smell it outside the UPS box it was delivered in.



(Did I mention that I was instantly hungry then?)

The bars are firm and when broken, have a loud snap.  The bubbles are small and densely packed.  The ingredients are simple: sugar powder, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, and vanilla.  The chocolate is light on the tongue, and you can feel the bubbles when you are tasting the chocolate.  The aeration is such an interesting facet to this tasty chocolate.


Bubble Chocolate is made by infusing chocolate with air at the perfect temperature and then molding it into bars.  The chocolate melts quickly but it is so tasty!  The dark bar has 60% cacao and the milk contains 38%.  Total weight being 80 grams.

Duane Reade & Whole Foods currently stock this delicious confection and they are in talks with Walmart & Target to do the same.


It has 1/3 the calories by volume as traditional chocolate!  The 2.8 ounce bars cost around $2.50-$3.00.  Did you know that US consumers purchased 2.6% more chocolate in 2009 than 2008?  I guess people need comfort food in times like these.

The best way to please your taste buds when you try this lovely treat is this: Break off a small piece, let it melt in your mouth for a few seconds.  Then, when you feel the bubbles start to soften, chew the bar gently.   YUM!


BUY IT!
Buy Bubble Chocolate Online
 Bubble Chocolate is on Twitter.com/BubbleChoc and Facebook.com/BubbleChocolate. Check them out!

WIN IT!
FIVE readers will win one dark bar and one light bar each, compliments of Bubble Chocolate!! Contest will end Friday, July 9thThis particular giveaway is limited to US residents only. 
  • Follow Fashion In The Forest publicly. (Make sure to leave a comment with your email address!)
  • Blog about this giveaway. (make sure to leave me a link)
  • Follow me on Twitter @OfficialFITF or on Facebook (link on the right side of the page.) Remember to leave a note and let me know you are following!
I received no monetary compensation but did receive two bars free for review.


26 June 2010

SodaStream - The Review



My Dear Friends,

SodaStream gave me a Jet home soda machine to review, along with one carbonator, 8 soda flavors & one sparkling water flavor.  I am in love.  I was talking to a friend about it and I compared it to the joy I got from playing with an Easy Bake oven as a child.  I can MAKE SODA in my own home...that's incredible. 

The Jet soda maker comes in a range of bi-colored machines specially created to the colored pallet of any modern kitchen. Among the Jet features are: automatic access gas release mechanism, fits extra large carbonators - optional 100 liter aluminum cylinder, minimal space usage, customized carbonation level and easy to clean drip tray.
SodaStream features four different machines that you can buy, as well as over thirty flavors (including caffeine free, diet & regular flavors) to mix and make your own delicious drinks!   Also available are energy drink mix & sparkling water flavors!  Each bottle of soda mix makes about 12 liters of soda (about 33 cans!) for around 25 cents per 12-ounce can.

Calories Carbs Sugar Sodium Caffeine

Pepsi® 100 27g 27g 25mg 25mg
Coca-Cola® 100 27g 27g 35mg 23mg
SodaStream Cola 34 9g 9g 2mg 15mg






7-UP® 100 26g 26g 50mg 0mg
Sprite® 100 26g 26g 45mg 0mg
SodaStream Lemon Lime 36 9g 9g 25mg 0mg

You can buy different sizes of carbonators and bottles.  Carbonators are available in two sizes, to make up to 60 or 110 liters of soda or sparkling water per carbonator & can be recycled.  When empty, SodaStream takes back the cylinder to be cleaned, inspected, refilled and reused. Carbonators may be exchanged online, or at select SodaStream authorized retailers. 

Bottles are specially designed, high pressure-resistant bottles for use with your machine.  The PET carbonating bottles are BPA-free and may be reused for up to 2 years.  Every SodaStream bottle and carafe comes with a fizz-preserving cap that helps to keep drinks fresh and fizzy longer than store-bought bottles.

SodaStream is environmentally friendly. 
"SodaStream is an "Active Green" product, meaning that consumers  are actively reducing their CO2 footprint every time they make soda  or sparkling water at home instead of buying it from the store. The more the system is used on a daily basis, the more CO2 footprint the user actively saves. (This differs from "Passive Green" products, which use green-friendly production processes, but their products are not inherently helping the consumers save on their daily footprint.)

Because SodaStream uses water straight from the tap, the system makes traditional store-bought beverage bottles obsolete. That means less plastic manufactured, less plastic waste is created, and fewer bottled beverages must be transported from manufacturers to distributors to stores to homes."



The SodaStream Jet is so easy to use. 

Here's how it works:
Step 1 - Fill bottle with tap water to fill line.
Step 2 - Screw bottle into machine.
Step 3 - Press carbinator button until you hear a buzz.  Buzz three times for best flavor.
Step 4 - Unscrew bottle from machine.
Step 5 - Add capful of desired flavor and screw on lid.
Step 6 - Gently shake to mix flavor.
Step 7 - ENJOY!

It's that simple!  I love my machine and will use it frequently.  I haven't bought soda in a month!  I even bought a Coke Zero flavor from their store, and now I make my boyfriend his favorite soda!  SodaStream saves you money!  Buy one today!

Friend Them On Facebook @ facebook.com/sodastream
Follow Them On Twitter @ twitter.com/sodastreamusa
Friend Them On MySpace @ myspace.com/sodastreamguru


 *I received no monetary compensation for this review, but SodaStream did give me the product mentioned in the above post for free.  This review is my opinion only.




Mayfair Lane - The Review

My Dear Friends,

I was given a Happeez clipper for review from an amazing company called Mayfair Lane.   Mine looks like this:


From their website:

"Launched in the spring of 2008, Mayfair Lane has the gift market buzzing with its innovative products and fresh designs. Its patent-pending Happeez® product line is made up of simple, classic gifts that take gift-giving to a whole new level by virtue of their being both uniquely stylish as well as extremely practical. Sue Russell, Mayfair Lane’s Founder and CEO, combined her finely tuned marketing skills with her constant search for the perfect gift. After working with 3M Post-it® products and elegant stationery lines from Boatman Geller, she made an important discovery. All notepads and decorative items for the refrigerator, even the most beautiful ones, were backed with magnetic strips. These strips worked for many households but not for those with a stainless steel, glass or wood paneled refrigerators, to which magnets do not stick. And so, Happeez® were born."

Made with a non-sticky adhesive backing, Happeez Clippers stick to places regular magnets do and even where they don't!  Sticking to surfaces that include stainless steel refrigerators, glass, mirrors, and more.  They are perfect for organizing papers, keeping do lists, displaying kids' artwork, keeping grocery lists, and much more.  They can also be easliy removed, & leave behind no residue and can be used again and again.

Use these clips to organize your days, thoughts, and priorities.  Hang photos, memories, artwork, mail & more.





I put the clipper to the test and it grips to everything the company says it does.   It stays and doesn't slide or fall when holding something, which is always appreciated!  Plus, it looks great on my fridge!


I especially love that there are so many designs to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone. No matter what your style is Mayfair Lane will have the one for you.

The clippers come in 1 & 3-packs, in over a hundred different styles.  Also available are white boards, photo frames, note pads, list pads, journals, lightups & more!

Custom orders are also available, in addition to gift certificates.  You can also have your purchase gift wrapped!

I will definitely buy more of these fantastic, innovative clippers.  Not only are they functional, they are too cute for words.

*I was given this clip free for review.  I received no monetary compensation and these are my honest views & opinions.


Check out the Retailers Section on their
website to see retailers in your state!

Join The Email List:

Friend Them On Facebook:
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25 June 2010

Have you heard about CSN Stores?

My Dear Friends,

As you all know, I am ALWAYS searching for great deals online.  A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon CSN Stores.  There are over 200 hundred stores to shop from on one website!  I'm in heaven.

I've been looking for pretty wall sconces lately, but not run-of-the-mill, everyone-has-these kind of fixtures.  Each room of your house has a personality.  I'd love to have different fixtures in each room, ones that "go" with the feel of the are.    Luckily, CSN Lighting has over seven thousand wall sconces to choose from!  Everything that anyone could want is here - be it bright or subdued, metal, copper, bronze...they even carry fixtures that are Energy Star!


Since there are so many to choose from, a good idea is to start by narrowing your search.  On the left side of the page you can decide what you are looking for.  Decide on width, height, depth, theme, features, number of lights, bulb type, fixture color, price, customer rating, & more!

Browsing is simple, effective, and fast.  Making a decision can be hard, though, with so many beautiful designs!


Here are a few of my favorites:

The Brussels Wall Sconce (on sale for $41.85 from $69.75!)
(This one would look great in a master bedroom, one on either side of the bed.)


Quorum Madison One Light Wall Sconce (on sale for $42 from $63!)
(I really love how "unpolished" this one is.  It has a sort of vintage look to it!)




Contemporary Two Light Wall Sconce (on sale for $42.63 from $87!)
(I think this would look great in a bathroom, due to the clean lines and shiny finish.)

What do you think?  

What are your favorites?  

Did you know that you can save an extra 8% off on wall sconce closeouts with code "CLOUT8" at checkout?  The great prices get even better!

You can also check out their Clearance Center, or the Eco-Friendly Lighting Section,  or browse Special Savings.

The best part?  All sconces ship for FREE!   As we all know, this is a valued service.  I'm going to go look around some more!





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*drumroll please* & The Winner Is....

My Dear Friends,

The winner of the 25 Follower Giveaway (chosen by Random.Org) is #10!

Congrats Beathag!! 

"Beathag said... I follow u

sophia.komninou at gmail.com"



Coming up on Monday....Bubble Chocolate Giveaway!!

24 June 2010

Just A Reminder...

My Dear Friends,

My very first giveaway ends tomorrow!  Make sure to get those last minute entries in!

Click the button to the left of the screen that says "Enter My Giveaway" for all the details!

Ouch!

My Dear Friends,

I am hurting.  It's my own fault.  And it's silly.  I, being the "responsible adult" that I am....still have such a sweet/sour tooth.  At Wal-Mart yesterday, I noticed these:



.....which were my downfall.  These things are SO sour, like squint your eyes & make a funny face sour.  They are wonderful!  But...I ate too many and now my poor mouth is all torn up.  (Citric Acid!!!)  Totally worth it...in moderation, which I need to learn.

If you like extremely sour candies, these are for you.  Be warned, though, because they are ferocious!





Body Central's "Summer Sale Event" starts today, online only!

The "Wholey Moley" sale at Old Navy starts today!  30% off the entire site using code "ONBIG30"!

Classics Body Care are $3 & Hand Soaps are 4/$10 at Bath & Body Works!

The "Beautiful, Young & Free" sale at Wet Seal starts today!

40% off any one item at Hobby Lobby ends on Saturday! It works online and in store!  Click here to print!

Artscow has another great offer available! Right now you can order photo watches for just $4.99 shipped using code "WATCHSALE"! They have many styles available.  This offer expires 6/30. You can still order a jewelry/glasses bag for $1.99 shipped also and $3.99 Shipped Luggage Tags.

Print this coupon to save 15% off your entire purchase at Kohl's. This coupon is valid through July 5.  Use code "LOWEST4U" online, & you can also receive free shipping when you spend $75 and use code "SEND2ME".


Oh, I finally gave in and got a Twitter (just for this blog).  Follow me at Twitter.com/OfficialFITF




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23 June 2010

Welcome!

My Dear Friends,

Welcome New Followers!  I love that you chose to follow my blog!  Thank you! As not to disappoint, I've found some great deals today!

Torrid has taken an additional 50% off clearance, making some items up to 80% off!  Sign up for DivaStyle (it's free!) and get 10% off your order, or you can use code "6AF10OFF".

The "Hello Yellow" sale ends today at Bath and Body Works.  This is your last chance to get $5 Wallflowers & up to 75% off online!  Use code "SALE40" to get $10 off a $40 purchase, or "BBWFS40" for Free Shipping over $40.  Click here for a printable version of the $10 off coupon!

Get Free Shipping at E.L.F. with code "NEWCUSTOMER".

Starting today & ending July 5th, Ikea is having a sale where you can save up to 60%!


I'm very excited to announce a few giveaways coming up soon!
Bubble Chocolate!
Food Should Taste Good!
AYA Wedding!

Also, look for my SodaStream review, coming Thursday night!


22 June 2010

Sookeh!

My Dear Friends,

This is completely off subject of my blog theme....but is anyone as obsessed with "True Blood" as I am?  I've read all Charlaine Harris' books, and seen every episode of the show....I love it!  I'm so excited that season 3 has started.  Who is your favorite character, and why?  I love Lafayette & Jessica.  I think they're my favorites. Although, I really like Terry Bellefleur too, although he will always be "Zack" from "Gilmore Girls" to me.


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Today only (6/22), you can save 20% off all regular priced at Hancock Fabrics (excludes patterns)! Valid in stores only! Click here to find a store near you!

Cutiemus offers modern and vintage-inspired clothing, as well as some super cute accessories too!  Right now, they are offering customers 30% off when you spend $75 or more! Just use code "MOVING10" at checkout!

Save 30% off select redlined merchandise at Hollister, in stores (some stores are excluded) and online! The list price already reflects the 30% discount.
 
From now until June 23rd, J. Crew is offering 30% off all of their "Summer Sale" items. Use the coupon code "EXTRA30" at checkout to receive the discount. Click here for more details and to start saving!


Save 10% off your entire purchase at Torrid when you use promo code "6AF10OFF" at checkout! Offer expires July 15th!

DSW is currently offering $10 off a $10 or more regularly priced purchase through their website, when you sign up to be a DSW Rewards member! Use the coupon code "TAKE10" at checkout to receive this great deal! This offer is valid until June 28th.

Print this coupon to save 15% off your entire purchase at Kohl's. Use code "LOWEST4U" online as well.  You can also receive free shipping when you spend $75 using code "SEND2ME".
Vistaprint is offering 140 free address labels, just pay shipping (less than $3). These are great and they have so many different designs available to customize.

Delia's added more items to their clearance section - starting at $3.99!


Betsey Johnson wants you to take an additional 25% off sale items with coupon code "PINK".


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21 June 2010

Now On Facebook!

My Dear Friends,

Friend us on Facebook, please!  The link is on the right hand side of the page!  Thank you!

...Monday, Monday...


My Dear Friends,

Well, it's Monday again.  I feel like my weekend went by so fast, I didn't get to enjoy anything.  I need to clean house something fierce, but you know how it is...you either have to WANT to clean, or something has to MOTIVATE you to do so (ie- overnight guests, visitors, etc.), but since I have neither the motivation or the want...I'm kind of, well...lazy, I guess.


Happy First Day of Summer!



summer 2010 Pictures, Images and Photos

Welcome New Followers!  102?!?!  That's awesome!  Thank you!

Forever 21 just launched their "Hot Summer Sale", with items starting at .99!
(I really wish there was a "cent" key on keyboards.)

4 days only! Take 30% off everything in the whole store at Old Navy. Yes…everything! 6/24/2010 through 6/27/2010.



Does anyone still read Spin Magazine?  I do...and if you do, too...get your subscription for only $2.77 per year, and you can order up to four years at that price! Make sure to use the coupon code "SPIN" at checkout to receive this discount. Click here to sign up for yours today! Act quickly because as more time passes, the price of the subscription will go up until the deal sells out completely!


Another great magazine is Marie Claire.  A one year subscription for Marie Claire through Discount Mags.com is $9.99.  Use coupon code "8507" at the checkout, for a savings of $6.49, which brings your total to just $3.50!

Use code "SALE40" at Bath & Body Works to get $10 off $40 purchase!  The coupon is printable too!




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18 June 2010

20 Ways YOU can save $$



My Dear Friends,
Saving Money Pictures, Images and PhotosWe all love to shop, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this blog.  Fashion, to me, is an eclectic mash up of sorts - it can't be narrowed down to one category.  Everything from shoes to clothes to gardening to cosmetics to hair to home decorating CAN BE FASHIONABLE.

Another "fashionable" thing is saving money.  I'm not talking about Ebeneezer Scrooge-ing it here, I'm talking about getting more for your money, bang for your buck, etc.  Making what you do buy count.


Here are 20 ways to save while spending.

1. Find out when it goes on sale.  Typically these times of year are when to get the best deal:
Appliances - Holiday Weekends
Camera/Camcorders - February & March
Carpet/Flooring - January
China/Flatware - March & September
Computers - August & December
Cookware - May, June & December
Dining Furniture - October, November
Electronics - Spring, Early Summer, Black Friday & Cyber Monday
Furniture - January, July & Holiday Weekends
Holiday Decor - Day After Holiday
Linens - January
Matresses - May through August
Patio Furniture - Day after Labor Day
Televisions - Early Spring

2. The longer an electronics product is on the market, the better the chances are it will be on sale.  If it is more than six months old, you can probably find it on sale.

3.  Become a member of One Kings Lane.  It's a private sale website where you can get up to 70% off retail prices.

4.  Check out Shop Goodwill.  Great selection of home decor, artwork & housewares for cheap.

5.  Flit is a comparison shopping website that does the work for you.

6.  Try an online liquidator like No Better Deal which sells returns and overstock from big stores.

7.  Make your purchase at Ebates (I have a link on the top left of this page) to get cash back from more than 1,200 retailers.

8.  If you have an iPhone, try downloading the Coupon Sherpa App which sends discounts directly to your phone.

9.  Most items purchased at Target, J.C. Penney, & Walmart can be returned IN STORE to avoid having to pay return shipping.

10.  Follow your favorite stores & brands on Facebook or Twitter to get exclusive offers.

11.  Visit UGallery or Etsy for one of a kind or specialty items. 

12.  Keep a few good staples like glass hurricane vases, wood bowls or solid napkins.  These items can be multi-functional. 

13.  Join rewards programs at your favorite stores.  Frequent shoppers get discounts at stores like Maurice's, F.Y.E, Hallmark, Hot Topic, Petco, GAP & more.  Some grocery stores even have them, like Kroger & Brookshires.

14.  Sign up at Estate Sales to get email notifications on tag sales, estate sales & auctions in your area.

15.  Look around your local consignment store.  I found ten authentic Christian Dior ties for 25 cents each at my local store!

16.  Find online coupons at Smart Source, Coupons or Red Plum.  They are free, all you have to do is install their free coupon printing software.

17. Be on the lookout for coupons you can use with high dollar items.  Hobby Lobby & Michael's both offer 40% off one item coupons regularly.  That could come in handy when buying an expensive item!

18.  Keep your coupons in a tabbed wallet and carry them in your purse so you won't forget them when you go shopping.

19. Enter your zip code on Coupon Map to see coupons and offers from retailers in your area.

20. Check out Restaurant.com for gift certificates at up to 80% off!




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