Friday, February 27, 2009

Fabulous Favorite Friday

Hey everyone. What a quick week this has been. The kiddies and I went to my parents for two days for a visit. We had a really nice time and it has made the week go by so fast. It also helped that Thursday was a beautiful day so we got to go outside for a bit. That helps make things cheery too.

Fabulous Favorite Friday Pick
Today my Fabulous Favorite Friday pick is this Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Cleanser. I've been using it for about 2 weeks and I love it. It has an efoliator in it and that makes my face feel so clean after a long day. I feel like the day is getting sluffed off when I use this.
It also hasn't made my face feel heavy and it lathers up nicely. I've seen recently in some articles where Olay's Regenerist products rated really favorably against higher end face care products. Since my current employers aren't paying for my mothering services, I like that this doesn't cost much.
So, if you are looking for a new skin cleanser to try you might want to check this one out. I decided to try it since I had a coupon to save on Olay products.
On another note, I got a chance to finally catch up on the Real Housewives of the OC reunion show that came on Tuesday. Wow, I still don't like Tamra. I thought she and Vicki were so mean to Lynne. Lynne should have thrown her cuff bracelet at them. LOL And I guess next season we will see Vicki getting divorced since it doesn't sound like Don is giving her all the devotion she needs.
I think my favorite three are Gretchen, Lynne, and Jeana. Vicki is ok and I just can't stand Tamra. It will be interesting to see what the next season holds. But until then, there is always the NYC Housewives to watch. Holy cat fight!
So, here is wishing you a great, cat fight free weekend. Well, unless you are catching reruns of the Housewives. LOL

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Real Housewives of the OC

This weekend I got a chance to catch up on the season finale of the Real Housewives of Orange County. I just started watching the OC Housewives about 2 months ago when I caught a bunch of the shows on reruns and then I started dvring the new episodes.

Spoiler alert. Do not read past this if you have not seen the season finale.
Ok, I thought the end of this show was good, but I was so sad. I have really liked Gretchen and was so sad to hear that the guy she was engaged to died of cancer. I am wondering if she was will be back next season with all that going on. I did see that Bravo is going to have a recap on Tuesday night. I can't wait to watch.

From watching the show, I have liked Jeana and hope that she is back and that she finds someone nice. It has been interesting to see her in action. She seems genuine, but I wouldn't want to get on her bad side.

I think for me the jury is still out on whether or not I like Vicki. I think everyone see's that she and her husband need marriage counseling asap. They both need to learn how to communicate with each other and find a hobby that they can do together. She seems to be a great business woman and kudos to her for all she is doing with that. I do hope she can get some of her family issues resolved. Because with this economy, who knows if her business could tank and family is so imporant.

The one word that comes to mind with her is "ick". She is such a sad person. At 40+ she has so much growing up to do. I don't like it that she has been mean and jealous of Gretchen. And her son Ryan is such a screw up. And sheseems to have an interesting relationship with her husband. He is screaming metrosexual. From the commercials for the recap show coming up Tuesday, she looks like she is as confrontational and catty as ever.

Lynne. Dear, sweet, clueless, "pothead" Lynne. I thought I would die laughing when the Housewives called her pothead when they first met her. I wish she would parent instead of trying to be the cool mom. It has done her oldest a diservice. And she wonders why she doesn't want to get a job.

If you go to Bravo's website you can see the cuff bracelets she makes. They run $200. You'd have to be smoking some pot to pay that for them. There is something endearing about Lynne. I liked it that she did check up on Gretchen after Tamra's dinner party this season.

Well, those are my thoughts about the Real Housewives of the OC. The Real Housewives of NYC season premiere started last Tuesday so if you are wanted to catch that one the rerun is going to be on Bravo on Tuesday as well as a new episode. Apparently the Countess is going off about something and I'm all about seeing a Countess go off. I'm sure I'll be posting about that show in the future. I'd love to hear if you are watching either of these shows and your thoughts.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Fabulous Favorite Friday

Hola Internet Amigos. I hope this post finds you happy and well this Friday. I had to get up early this a.m.with the baby. There are never enough hours in the day to do everything, especially sleep.

I am really excited to share with you that I should have another fun giveaway in the next few weeks. So be sure to check back here to see what it could be. I'm going to leave you in suspense for now. I love being able to give stuff away. I feel like the Bob Barker of bloggers. LOL I can't give you a new car, but how cool would it be if we could all play Plinko together or have a showcase showdown. Ah, and who could forget that cool big wheel. I've always wanted to spin that thing. So, be sure to keep checking back for details.

My Fabulous Favorite Friday Picks

Start Sampling

Today I thought I'd pass on a great website I discovered a while ago. I was watching the Today show one day and they had someone on doing a report that mentioned this website where you could go and request free samples of things. The website is I've been getting all kinds of free samples that way. We've tried Orville Redenbocker popcorn, perfume samples, etc. They have a referral program, so if you decide to go and sign up, if you put in bostonterriermommy (all typed together like that) as your referral person I'd appreciate it. I've also recently won a $25 gift certificate by participating in one of their contests. So, their website is a pretty cool thing to check out.

Swag Bucks

I mentioned this in my last post, but thought it was worth mentioning again. I am in love with this site called Swag Bucks. If you follow this link then you can check it out. You get these swagbucks just for using their search engine to search the web. You can redeem them for prizes. I figured why not make my Internet searching work to my benefit.

Deal Seeking Mom

I've just discovered this fabulous blog which gives great tips on freebies and utilizing coupons to the max. She has some great info. and is definitley worth bookmarking. Plus, I have to say I love the retro look of her blog. Such a cool chick!

Well, that is all from my neck of the woods. As Walter Cronkite used to say, "And that's the way it is." Hmm, maybe I need my own catchy sign off. I'll be thinking about that. Hope you have a fabulous friday of your own.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Happy Thursday everyone. We are one day closer to Friday. This month seems to be flying by. Of course with it being a shorter month, February always seems to go by fast. And I'm happy that means winter will soon be coming to an end.

Today I wanted to blog about my new favorite thing, Swag Bucks. This is a way you can earn free stuff when you do Internet searches. You earn swag bucks randomly while searching the Internet through the swag bucks website. It has been a fun way to pass the time, especially if I've got the laptop in front of me at night when I'm watching tv. If you are interested in giving it a try, follow the referral link here.

I figured I might as well make my Internet searches work for me. I'm all about free stuff so I figured why not give it a try.

What is up in your neck of the woods?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Don't mess with my coupons!

Hey everyone. It is another sunny Tuesday here, but unfortunately it is too cold to go outside. I feel like a prisoner marking X's on the wall, counting down the days until spring. I'm ready for shorts and sunshine.

So, here is my latest thing. Sunday morning I skipped on out (well, not really skipped) but I went out to get the paper out in the driveway. We've been getting the Sunday paper for a while because dh likes to look at the ads and I like clipping out the coupons. We take the paper and go out to breakfast and I'm all psyched up to look at the coupons. Well lo and behold, there were no coupons in the paper this week. Not a one. I was shocked because there is usually a little something. I called the paper and checked to see if perhaps they'd been left out and they confirmed there were none this week. I think I'm in coupon withdrawal. But the guy did say there should be some in this coming Sunday's paper.

It has been fun clipping coupons and seeing how much money I'm saving. I don't have a ton of time to do the expert systems that some folks do, but it has been helpful. I'm also trying to visit a number of websites that give great money saving tips. One of the latest that I've discovered (thanks to my cousin) is Money Saving Money. She has some great info. and I'd suggest you check her out. She posts about great deals you can take advantage of with coupons, but also free samples available out there. Who doesn't love getting a free sample in the mail?

So, that is what is going on around here today. If you've got some great money websites you'd like to share, I'd love to hear about them. In these tough economic times, we can all use a little help.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fabulous Favorite Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you've had a good week. It is hard to believe we are half way through the month. Tomorrow is the big Valentine's Day. So, if you haven't picked up something for the one's you love, you better get to the store quick.

First, I wanted to announce the winner of the customized Fruit Roll Ups. The lucky winner is Squillen . I hope you enjoy your Fruit Rolls Ups. We've enjoyed giving ours to our friends for Valentine's Day.

And now on to my Fabulous Favorite Friday pick. With winter here, my skin has gotten so dry. So, I've been using Eucerin cream. Changing diapers for two kids requires me to frequently wash my hands through out the day which has severly dried them out. Have a pump bottle of the Eucerin cream by my kitchen sink has helped save my hands.

I first discovered this cream two years ago when Sawyer was born. Bless his heart he has eczema dry patches on his skin. When he was in the NICU, the nurses used this cream on him. It really does help when he has flare ups of severe dry skin. So, if you are having problems with dry winter skin, I'd say give Eucerin cream a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Well, that is all I've got for today. The weather is supposed to go from the high 60's to freezing. I can't wait for spring.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Fabulous Favorite Friday


Happy Friday everyone! We've had a crazy morning which delayed my post. Today is my sweet dh's birthday, so things are in full swing here to get ready for a family get together tonight.

My Fabulous Favorite Friday pick today is something I'm so excited to be able to also offer as a give away. Yeah, this is a picture of Fruit Roll Ups, but they are not just any fruit roll ups. They are personalized Fruit Rolls Ups.

These are so awesome! I was able to go to the website and order custom fruit roll ups. I opted to order some for Valentine's Day. They are going to go to friends of my little boys and they say "Happy Valentine's Day Love Sawyer & Logan". They have a feature where you can upload a picture and have that put on the fruit roll up. Unfortunately I didn't have a picture of the two boys that I liked enough to put on them. It is hard to get Sawyer to sit still these days.

They package these so well. They have different themes including different birthday themes, Valentine's Day and Graduation. These make such awesome favors for parties or kids.

I remember when Fruit Roll Ups came out when I was a kid, so these would be fun even for an adult as a nostalgia favor for an adult's birthday party.

As I mentioned before, I am so excited that I have a free box to give away. So, here is how it works. The contest will be open from today until next Thursday, February 12th at midnight EST. I am going to put all the names in a hat and draw a name out. You get your name in for posting to this post or any others I do on the blog between now and next Thursday. If you blog about this give away, that will enter your name in again (you need to provide me a link so I can check it out). If you add a link to the Chic Crafty Chick blog on your website (also please provide a link) that will add your name in the hat again. I'll announce the winner in next week's Fabulous Favorite Friday post. Please be sure to include a way for me to get in touch with you if you win.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Check Back Today

I've got to run out the door this a.m., but I will be posting the giveaway and Fabulous Favorite Friday pick later today. You're going to love it!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

We are all heart here

Happy Tuesday everyone. I had hope to do a post yesterday to start the exciting give away that I have, but I had to take my baby to the pediatrician so there was no time to blog yesterday. He has had a stuffy nose for two weeks and I thought we should get it checked out. He is fine and they said he sounded good and didn't need an antibiotic. With the heat running so much, I guess that doesn't help. I think I'm starting on a sinus infection.

So, I've decided to hold off on the give away until my Friday post. That way I can give everyone a good amount of time to enter to win.

Today I wanted to share with you some Valentine decorations that I made a few weeks ago. I was invited to a scrapbooking night out. I was feeling very unorganized because I'd been up with the baby a number of nights in a row. So I just threw some of my supplies in a bag. I thought about just playing with some of my supplies to make some Valentine's decorations to spruce up the house and these fun hearts are what I came up with.

As you can see, I made 6 different hearts. I used my die cut machine to make the hearts and cut them at the 5 inch size. You could easily do this even if you don't have a die cut machine.

What I did was glue clothes pins to the back of each of the hearts. That way I could just pin the hearts to the curtains in the bay window of my kitchen. I had bought a pack of google eyes in the craft section of Wal Mart and I used them to make the "eye" heart u hearts. I used a product called Glossy Accents to glue everything down, but I'm sure Elmer's Glue would work great.

I think this would be a great project to do with older kids. I think when my little guy gets older this will be a project we will do together.

As you can see, we have the hearts clipped to my curtains and we also have decorated with window clings. What I love about these decorations is that they were easy to put up and they will be easy to take down. Since these hearts aren't big, they won't take up a lot of space when we put them away for next year.
I hope you enjoy checking out this project. If you decide to make some yourself, I'd love to hear from you or see pictures. Or, if you've got some great Valentine's decorations to share I'd love to see those too.
I hope to get some more posts in this week, but there will definitley be a Fabulous Favorite Friday post where I will reveal the give away I have for you this week. Have a great day!