Monday, February 28, 2011

Fashion Spotlight: City Goddess for Wholesale Clothing, UK

Many of my favorite lines, stores and sites are based out of the UK-- Topshop anyone? Well, I found another great source for wholesale fashion clothing, called City Goddess! Shop for everything from dresses to tops to shoes to bags, they pretty much sell everything you need to step out this season.

Friday, February 25, 2011

If The Shoe Doesn't Fit-- Shoe Lovers & Frugal Shoppers Unite!

Shoe shopping has taken so many forms over the last few years, and even though I love boutique shopping, I shop for shoes online more than in person. When you get down to it, digging up THE pair online is faster, cheaper and easier online than it is in person.  If The Shoe Doesn't Fit is one site that makes it even easier to buy and sell shoes in a fast paced auction style setup.  

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Big G Whole Grain & Walking Enthusiast Kit Giveaway!

Can you believe that just five percent of Americans get the recommended amount of whole grains in their daily diet? Seeing as I know that I am part of the five percent, and always have been, I was very surprised by that fact. 

The diet that you get is no accident, because honestly, you decide on each and everything that goes into your mouth. It does take a little self educating and constant management, but companies like General Mills make it a little easier with their big white check mark on cereal boxes. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

USL's Bath & Beauty Wishlist

Spring is here and there are so many new bath and beauty products that I would love to try. I prefer natural and organic products to others, but every once in a while there are products that don't fit into those categories that I want to try. 

Browsing through my emails this week I spotted several new products that are now on my shopping list, if I can find them.  I even found something for Zorro from one of my fave brands! Can't wait to let you all know how they turn out.

Monday, February 21, 2011

USL's Favorite President's Day Deals!

Never really celebrated President's Day in any way, but I love that it is another reason for a good sale! There is still time take advantage of some of the deals being offered today, so hurry.

I have been trying e.l.f. products one after the other to determine if there are any products among the set that are worth the buck or two charged.  I have come across a lot of duds, but I have found just as many keepers and the fact that they were just a couple bucks is icing on the cake. 

Monastery Creations Handmade Soap Review

One of the gifts I got for Valentine's Day was a bar of handcrafted soap from Monastery Creations, a business run by the Benedictine sisters of perpetual adoration.  Funny enough, some of my favorite things are made from the hands of some sister or brother somewhere.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Squidoo Lens Spotlight: Free Woodworking Plans

The Free Woodworking Plans Lens on Squidoo reminds me of why I love Sundays in the Springtime.  Winter Sundays are dedicated to curling up with a good book, a cup of tea and Zorro for a long day in, but Springtime Saturdays are meant for home projects!

I have been dying for some colorful Adirondack chairs for the backyard, near the bonfire area and keep flipping between buying a few chairs or making some. I was just going to buy some, but then I saw that Sue's husband over at I Need Mom made a set for their yard and I decided that I could make a set too. :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Borders Online Deals for the Week of 2/18/2011

Borders has a new coupon code for Rewards members that is good for the next week.  If you have not looked at the site lately, there are a lot of DVDs for less than $6 right now, and the 33% coupon code works on them. 

This Borders Online promotion of the week is:

Get 33% Off Any 1 Item at with Code BAX3447N! Valid 2/18/11 - 2/21/11.

I purchased two DVDs that were on my younger brother's wish list for under ten dollars and saved $32.  Great deal! 

Are any of you near one of the Borders stores that are closing? Do you plan on going shopping and trying to catch some of the great deals?  I know the twins and I plan on heading over to the one a couple towns over that is on the to be closed list, but I think it will have to wait a week or so. 

Happy shopping!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Swing Into Spring With a CSN GC Giveaway! (Closed)

Spring is almost here, and what better way to celebrate it than with a few giveaways?! I have worked with CSN stores in the past to bring you reviews and giveaways and they have graciously offered a $55 GC for one of my readers! If you are not familiar with the online store, CSN has over 200 online stores that carry swingsets, fitness equipment, children's toys and more.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Handmade Jewelry for Sale

I have a couple pieces of jewelry that I have recently made and are up for sale.  The first is a glass and metal pendant containing pressed Queen Anne's Lace flowers.  I pressed the flower over the past few months and set them in the pendant.  It would look great hanging on a black ribbon necklace or large silver chain. 

Queen Anne's Lace pendant, $12 shipped in US, please contact for Intl pricing

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Managing the Family Business With the Help of TurboTax

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Managing the Family Business with the Help of TurboTax
Anyone who has ever been self employed knows all about the benefits and downsides to being your own boss.  I mean, on the plus side, you get to make all the decisions, decide your hours and develop your business the way you want to.  At the same time, everything you do, you have to do yourself and only have yourself to look to for answers, solutions and responsibility. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

The History of Sweetheart Candies and Some Personal Favorites

So, I just got through reading a piece in the Smithsonian magazine about the history of Sweetheart candies.  First off, I had no idea that they had been around for so long, and they have always been popular, in heart form and the many other forms they have had in the past.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Spa Week Donates to American Heart Association This February!

SpaWeek is one of my favorite sites for finding the best and newest spas here in Chicago, as well as cities I travel toI look forward to their emails every week, which come chock full of specials and deals to take advantage of. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dogs' Incredible Lake Michigan Rescue and How You Can Help

I think a lot of folks have already heard the story of the two dogs that were rescued off of semi frozen Lake Michigan because I have already seen it on the news and seen many links to the story on twitter.  However, very little has been said or shared about the organization that is going to be taking care of the dogs.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Winner Announcements!

Sorry for the delayed announcements, I have been sick in bed and have short time spans when I have energy enough to sit up and type.  But enough about that, couple announcements: