26 February 2013

Paper Pastries: Confections For Your Correspondence

My Dear Friends,

Every once in a while, I discover a company that I love so much I have to share with you.  Such is the case with Paper Pastries

Paper Pastries is my one-stop shop for all things cards, photography, stamps, prints & stationary.  They even carry loads of adorable desk accessories! 

If you remember, Paper Pastries was one of my sponsors for the Fall Fashionista event last year.  I follow Margaret on Instagram and am constantly in awe of the gorgeous items she has in her shop.  

I'm the proud owner of a Custom Calligraphy Return Address Stamp in the "Henri" style.  I use it on all my outgoing shop mail and have gotten so many compliments on it!

 (isn't the lettering awesome?)

Margaret's stamps are all handmade; meaning that they are hand lettered, done with a calligraphy pen and dip ink.  As is the case, each one is going to look a bit different from the sample shown in the photos.

I truly enjoy reading Margaret's blog, also entitled Paper Pastries.  She has an incredible eye for style.  Whether it be home decor, gifts, stationary - she is spot on with recommendations.  Seriously, it's the best.  There are sometimes personal stories on there too, like how her cat got it's name, that are just so endearing - it makes you feel like you're friends.

There are many ways to connect with Margaret & Paper Pastries.  Visit her shop or blog. Follow through Instagram, Google Reader, Flickr or Pinterest.

25 February 2013

21 February 2013

{Review} Hard Candy

My Dear Friends,

It's no secret how much I love the Hard Candy cosmetics line.  I've reviewed their products countless times on this blog.  Most of you already know that the line re-launched a few years ago and can now be purchased at Wal-Mart stores, and online, all over the country. 

Hard Candy carries a full line of products - from lip gloss to foundation, blush to powder, eyeshadow to lipstick...you name it, they make it.

Today I'm reviewing two items from the Fall 2012 line:  the All Glossed Up Shockingly Glossy Lip Pencil in Pout & the Single & Loving It Eyeshadow in Infatuation.

The All Glossed Up Shockingly Glossy Lip Pencil is a steal at $6.  It provides a sheer pop of color without being sticky, nor does it feel heavy on the lips.  That slight blush of color is really "in" right now, and I must say that this pencil works just as well as it's more expensive counterparts but is much easier on the wallet.


"Pout" is a rosy, hot pink that is perfect for Spring.  Simply swipe on one layer for a dewy, natural look or use multiple layers for a daring, edgy neon look.  The formula is smooth and the gloss-factor is out of this world!

The Single & Loving It Eyeshadows are individual compacts of a single color that come in a variety of shades.   There is quite a lot of eyeshadow per container so it really makes the price of $3 seem like an incredible bargain!  The eyeshadow formula is heavily pigmented, so you don't have to use a lot to get the effect you want.  The formula is also lightweight and felt soft & creamy to the touch.

"Infatuation" has a lovely pearlescent luster.  The color itself is a shimmery beige with just a touch of pale pink.  It's the perfect color to use for highlighting or if you're just going for a 'natural' look. 

Hard Candy Cosmetics creates a wide array of products that are sure to please.  They're youthful, fun and best of all - completely affordable!  You can buy the entire collection at Wal-Mart

Follow Hard Candy on these social networks to stay in the know on all the latest news!
Facebook - Twitter - Instagram

Items reviewed above were provided free of charge from DNA Publicity in exchange for an honest review.  
No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Thank you, DNA Publicity!

Thursday Steals & Deals

My Dear Friends,

Here are today's steals & deals!

Snacks Meals at Home Personal Care In the Home

19 February 2013

{Sponsor Spotlight} Arrow In The Eye/Arrow's Finds

My Dear Friends,

Please say hi to Beth, one of my Fantastic February sponsors.  I love Beth because she's hilarious, isn't afraid to say what's on her mind & has an incredible eye for vintage finds.

Beth is so not your typical southern belle.  She can't cook or clean but can bake the heck outta some cookies, cupcakes, and pies.  She's got quite an unconventional love story as well.  After shocking her family by getting married & moving to the other side of the state, she's started a great life by becoming a wife to an awesome guy whom she met via the interwebz.  They're proud parents of two awesome doggies, a min pin & lab. 

Most of the time you can find her hiding behind my MacBook Pro or "attempting" to be a housewife.  She also spends a great amount of her time as owner of both the Etsy shop Arrow's Finds and the awesome blog Arrow In The Eye.

 What inspired you to create your blog/business/brand?
 I've always been a slight clothes hoarder but it finally got to the point that it was starting to take over my guest room closet. That's when I discovered that I had some what of a taste in fashion & got compliments constantly from friends on my vintage dress. To help purge all my vintage beauties I opened up an Etsy store. Now I spend most weekends hunting down antiques & vintage items in old barns and flea markets.

How can readers connect with you online?
You can find Beth through her Etsy, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram #1 & #2.

Check out some of these gorgeous finds that Beth has listed in her vintage-inspired Etsy shop:

Beth is one of our great giveaway sponsors!  She's giving away a $15 Arrow's Finds shop credit & $10 Target EGiftCard to one lucky winner!  Make sure to come back on February 27th to enter to win in the Fantastic February Sponsor Event!

Tuesday Steals & Deals

My Dear Friends,

It's all rainy & gloomy here...so I've got some coupons to share to brighten your day!

Chocolate makes every day better...
Fun and games--to entertain... Snacks & Meals Personal Care Products A Little Cleaning Solution Something for the cat

18 February 2013

{Sponsor Spotlight} A Dose Of Paige

My Dear Friends,

I'd like you to meet Paige from the blog A Dose Of Paige

Tell us about yourself!

I'm Paige and I'm a southern girl, born and raised, from Memphis, TN. I'm currently finishing up my last six months of nursing school and I can't wait to sign RN, BSN behind my name. I got married in May 2012 to the best man I've ever met, Cody. I used to read a ton of books, but I spend so much time studying that in my free time I typically like to watch tv these days. My favorite show right now is The Vampire Diaries but I cannot wait for Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy to come back on. I also watch beauty videos on youtube because they can be really helpful in learning about the new products out there as well as ways to apply makeup. I'm also a pinterest and twitter addict. Of course, I also love to spend time with my husband and we love to go out to eat Mexican food and probably do that at least once a week.  (For more on Paige & her awesome, crazy life - check out her About Me.)

What inspired you to create your blog/business/brand?
 I started blogging because I wanted to have a journal of sorts for my first year of marriage. It quickly became much more than that, becoming my favorite hobby. Now, I blog about things that happen in nursing school, organizational posts and beauty and fashion posts which sounds like a lot, but it covers all of my interests!

Connect with Page:

Paige wants to give one lucky winner a $10 Sephora gift card!  Want to win it?  Come back on February 27th for your chance to snag that gift card plus all the other great prizes in the Fantastic February Sponsor Event!  

14 February 2013

{Review} No Nonsense

My Dear Friends,

We all have heard of No Nonsense --- but what do we think about when we hear this brand name?  I don't know about you, but I immediately think of panty hose.

The people behind No Nonsense knew you & I thought that.  They got to brainstorming.
  • What can we do to redefine our brand?  
  • What does today's woman want in her leg-wear?  
Their ideas & research has seriously paid off, because No Nonsense now caries the most gorgeous fashion tights with diamond, cable knit and herringbone designs as well as bold & daring super opaque tights in fun colors like pear, watermelon, citrine & concord.

No Nonsense tights are a great value at $4.99 a pack & leggings are priced between $9.99 and $24.99.

I was fortunate enough to get to review two items from their new selection; the first being the Herringbone Fashion Tights.  They've got a built in control top and a non-binding waistband.  They're a total steal at only $3.49.  The soft, sueded leg yarns provide comfort and a great fit.  The herringbone pattern is super stylish & has lots of versatility in terms of styling.  I like that they give outfits a little edge to them.

I also reviewed the Denim Solid Skinny Jeans Jeggings.  Now, I've never worn jeggings before so I was a little apprehensive.  Made to look like jeans,  they're made of soft stretch cotton denim, have a 1" waistband, faux zipper and front pocket & real back pockets.  They look so cute dressed up with a big sweater and some knee high boots!

The recently launched line of No Nonsense tights & leggings are the perfect accessory for all your cute spring dresses & rompers.  The possibilities are endless; what with all the new colors, patterns & textures - No Nonsense will have your legs looking amazing!

  Connect With No Nonsense

The items mentioned above were given to me in exchange for an honest review. 
 No money exchanged hands and all opinions are my own.  Thank you, No Nonsense!

12 February 2013

{Sponsor Spotlight} A Lil' Dash Of Diva

My Dear Friends,

I'd like to introduce you to Chrissy of A Lil' Dash Of Diva.

Chrissy is a total girly girl. She loves makeup, glitter, sparkly things and the color pink.  She's a SAHM to my one beautiful daughter and have been married for 9 years. Chrissy & her family reside in Phoenix with their silly Boxer dog named Summer.  She loves photography, reading books and magazines, cooking, baking and wine.   Her sweet husband bought her dream car for her last summer - a Dodge Charger that she lovingly calls Roxy.

We actually host a hop together on Friday's, along with our friend Rebecca, called the That Friday Blog Hop.  It's a great time to meet new people!

Let Them Eat Cake

Chrissy's blog is fabulous.  She's currently working on a 40 By 40 project.  It's really interesting to get to watch her complete her goals.  She's also big on networking & loves to connect with new bloggy friends.

What inspired you to create your blog/business/brand?
It originally started as just a way for our out of town family and friends to keep up with what was happening in our lives as our daughter grew up. It has turned into much more than that as time has gone on.

Are there any social media links you'd like to share?
Would you like to participate in our group giveaway?
Yes!  I'd like to give away a 250x250 ad space on my blog for one month!
{Check back for the group giveaway, coming February 18th!}

Tuesday Steals & Deals

My Dear Friends,

Happy Tuesday!  Here are some of the best coupons and deals around the web right now!  Happy printing!


Toys HORMEL™ & More Personal Care & Health Plums & Prunes Juice Misc

6 FREE Personalized Gifts @ Vistaprint!
With your kiddos back in their school routine after their winter vacation, life has definitely gone back to its busy ways. Between organizing fundraisers, managing conflicting schedules, and keeping your young scholars motivated, there's only so much time you have to refresh all of your staples like calendars and tote bags. Luckily, there's a simple way to update all of your basics and show everyone how much you care with a special personal touch!  Click here to learn more!

    08 February 2013

    Score Big w/ Anagrammer.com!

    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of anagrammer for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

    My Dear Friends,

    Anagrammer.com is a very helpful word research resource that is used by millions of people every month.  Over the last 10 years, the people behind Anagrammer have been hard at work building intelligent word game tools.  While it's true that most of their users are "word geeks" who are fine-tuning their skills, memorizing obscure words and dictionary definitions, they also have millions of users who simply need to use our site for a "quick cheat" in order to get an upper hand by serving an game-ending blow to their opponent by playing an off-the-wall word to clench the winning score in a game of Words With Friends.  (I am SO guilty of this.)  Their #1 goal, however, is to provide fast and useful tools for every type of user.

    The site is fun, colorful & easily interactive.  It's quite easy to find what you're looking for as well as which section will help you best with whatever game you're playing. 

    Some of their most popular tools are:
    Scrabble Words Finder (anagrammer.com/scrabble/)
    Words With Friends Cheat (anagrammer.com/words-with-friends/)

    To mark their successful 10th anniversary, Anagrammer has decided to release a widget that can be embeded into any blog or website.  You can view this amazing app by clicking here.

    This awesome new widget is a user magnet when it is installed on a website.  Research shows that when this widget is installed on a blog,  the visitors to the blog spend, on average, extra 8 minutes on the page.  As visitors interact with the widget, it decreases the bounce rate of the visit, helping the blog/website owner to rank higher in search engines.  Anything a webmaster can do to increase the time his visitors will spend on his site are HUGELY valuable, wouldn't you agree?

    Widget Code & Live Demo

    This widget is not only attractive to many different types of websites, it is especially appreciated by game/entertainment loving readers.  Millions of people regularly play Scrabble, Words With Friends or Hanging With Friends, Boggle, hangman, wordfeud, letterpress, etc.  If your website has any such visitor, rest assured they are going to fall in love with this widget and keep returning to your site to grab their highest scoring words (many times per day, in a lot of cases!).

    The Anagrammer Word Finder widget is also a great addition to blogs or websites who are lacking any interactive features.  As webmasters, you learn the importance of engaging and enticing the visitor.  You want them to return to your site.  This handy little widget will get you there!

    Connect With Anagrammer

    Website - Facebook - Twitter - YouTube - Vimeo




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    07 February 2013

    $10 Off $50 Purchase @ Shoe Carnival...this weekend only!

    My Dear Friends,

    I love coupons like this!  The boyfriend really needs some new dress shoes and he just loves Shoe Carnival.  This weekend only, 2/7-2/11, you can use the coupon below to get $10 off each $50 purchase!  Guess where I'll be this weekend?!

    {Sponsor Spotlight} Jay's Boutique

    My Dear Friends,

    Have you ever wished that you could crochet or knit but just don't know how?  Jay's Boutique is here to help.  Jay's Boutique has two stores, one that sells kitting patterns and one that sells finished products.

    These are just a few of the awesome products found in the Jay's Boutique Goods Shop!

    These are just a few lovely items you can make from the patterns found in Jay's Boutique Pattern Shop.

    Let's get to know Jay, shall we?
    What makes you 'you'?
    I love working with my hands! I feel that if you can make it yourself, why not? Why spend $20 on something you can make in 20 minutes? I love crocheting especially. It is so versatile, and you can make nearly anything out of it! I crochet every single day, sometimes for hours, sometimes just a quick project. But I do it every day. If I have an order, I'm working on that - if not, I'm coming up with a new design :)

    What inspired you to create your blog/business/brand?
    My grandmother taught me how to crochet years ago, but I couldn't find any joy whatsoever in it. I was too impatient! Then last December (2011), my sister wanted a headwrap for Christmas and asked me to crochet one for her. I decided to try, and even though it took 6 tries before it was good enough to wear, I had the headwrap for her for Christmas! I started my etsy shop not long after that. It sold hats, headbands, pillows, anything and everything I could make. Soon, though, I began to design patterns, and turned that etsy shop into a pattern shop ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/jaysboutiquedesigns ). Then just a few weeks ago, at the beginning of 2013, I started a goods shop. I sell crocheted slippers mostly, but also a few hats and headbands. It's small, but already I've gotten a few orders to keep me busy :)

    What social media links would you like to share with our lovely readers?


    06 February 2013

    {Giveaway} Forget Me Nots

    My Dear Friends,

    Welcome to the Valentine’s Day Forget Me Nots Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC!   In order to kickoff and celebrate Valentine’s Day, I've teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you some amazing giveaways! 

    This is a HUGE event with lots of prizes to be won - and each participant is giving away prize packs worth $25 or more!  This event will run until February 14th, which means you will have plenty of time to enter all of our giveaways. Good Luck everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day!

    I'm giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card - that way you can buy yourself something you really want!  To enter to win, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  When you're done entering this giveaway, don't forget to enter all the others!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Forget Me Nots Giveaway Hops Particpants:

    Wednesday Steals & Deals

    My Dear Friends,

    These great coupons just keep coming!  It's awesome:)

    Coffee and MORE
    Snacks (+ gum) Kraft & Velveeta Misc Stuff (Oil, Make-up Remover + Cream)

    Wednesday Steals & Deals!

    My Dear Friends,

    What do you think of the blog's new look?  I like it!  It's bright & sassy!  I couldn't sleep last night so of course I got online.  I just started playing around, really, but I'm pretty happy with it so far!

    I've also got a TON of great coupons to share with you today.  Hopefully, you'll find some that will help you out:)

    Kraft Meals at Home Glade & More
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      Valentine's Day is the PERFECT time to share your favorite romantic moment(s) with your loved ones via a Canvas People print! Capture the first time you met, your wedding photo, a special family photo, or any of the other events that you've most cherished--all in living color, sepia, or black-and-white CANVAS print!
      Plus, if you're not feeling super creative, or you don't have a photo that says it all, you can STILL find great designs and decorations for your loved one (or yourself) on CanvasPeople.com. Just imagine how motivated you'll be when you see the print--the quotes and images say it all (and the photo gallery may just remind you of that long-lost photo that would look great as a CANVAS print)!

      It's the Perfect Gift for Your Valentine! Transform Your Photo to Canvas now... It's the lowest-price for the highest quality photo-to-canvas printing.

      05 February 2013

      Tuesday Steals & Deals

      My Dear Friends,

      I'm loving all these great coupons lately!  Are you?

      Baby Stuff
      Breakfast Stuff (Are you hungry?)
      Snack Stuff
      Misc Stuff

      04 February 2013

      50% Off @ Canvas People!

      My Dear Friends,

      These canvas-prints have been extremely popular in the past, and Valentine's Day is the PERFECT time to share your favorite romantic moment(s) with your loved ones! Capture the first time you met, your wedding photo, a special family photo, or any of the other events that you've most cherished--all in living-color, sepia, or black-and-white CANVAS print!

      Plus, if you're not feeling super creative, or you don't have a photo that says it all, you can STILL find great designs and decorations for your loved one (or yourself) on Canvas People. Just imagine how motivated you'll be when you hang the print on the wall--the quotes and images say it all. And, the photo gallery may just remind you of that long-lost photo that would look great as a CANVAS print on your wall!

      It's the Perfect Gift for Your Valentine! Transform Your Photo-to-Canvas now... It's the lowest-price for the highest quality photo-to-canvas printing.