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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

And the winners are....


#1 NightOwl
&
#5 Michelle


Congrats on winning a bottle of Johnson's Baby Oil Gel


The results were in the generating box when I wrote the post but were missing when I published-but those were the winning numbers-honest!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cyber Monday Preview

I'm running my annual Cyber Monday Sale at Drama Queen Bows & Jewels again but I'm giving my bloggin' friends a head-start and an additional 5% off  the 20% I'm offer to the general public for a total of 25% off all jewelry. Here's the details:

Cyber Monday Madness Details




To receive a 25% off jewelry purchase use "cyberbuddy25" at checkout



If your order is $20- $49.00 you are applicable to receive a free bow or hair jewel from the following categories:



itty bitty bows

toddler bows

traditional bows(any size)

polka/stripe bows

fun & funky bows

any hair jewels( any size)

***single layered bows only***

**Bows on headbands not included**



Orders over $50.00 can select a bow from any category listed above & from the additional categories:



Boutique bows

Double Ruffle Bows

*** All bows are to be mounted on hair clips-headbands not included***


To claim your free item put the following in the "comments" section at checkout:



Bow type

Color

Size

Type of clip

Happy Shopping!

The mommy& princess bracelets are a great way to give a personalized gift without spending a fortune!
Here's some suggestions:

Princess with Name Bracelet originally $22.99 on Sale $17.25


The family mommy bracelet is a great teacher's gift. I've given it to all my girl's teachers and they always love it.

Originally $35.99 On Sale $26.99

This is one of our biggest sellers
 
Originally $51.99 on Sale $39.00

Sale ends Monday November 29th at midnight.
 
Last day to order for the holidays is December 8th

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My Favorite Things Giveaway

A few days ago I  linked up with My Favorite Things 2010 from  one of my favorite blogs, 320 Sycamore.
I had a lot of fun and learned that I have quite a favorite things in common with some of my follow bloggers.
This morning I got an e-mail from my friend Lisa who said she got so excited when she saw the post name. She thought I would be having a giveaway like Oprah. It got me thinking "why not"? Now I can't do a giveaway on Oprah's level( sorry guys no new cars for you) but I can offer one of my favorite things

My  absolute favorite body oil. Many of you mentioned that you'd like to try it so why do you try to win one for yourself!
I'm giving away 2 bottles of Johnson's Baby Oil Gel to 2 lucky readers.

If you didn't catch the previous post let me just tell you this stuff rocks! I get the worst dry  & itchy skin in the winter. It had gotten so bad that I have woken up with bruises on my legs from scratching myself so hard in my sleep.
Then I found this and it's a miracle worker. I leave a bottle of it in the shower and apply while I'm still wet. It seals in the moisture and your skin feels like silk.Best part is you're not even the least bit greasy. The scent is just delicious and very mild



If you would like to enter to win one of two bottles all you need to do is this:

Leave a comment and tell my one of your favorite things


For additional entries, you can:



 Become a follower of my blog, or let me know you already are

 Follow me on twitter

Blog or tweet about this  giveaway(or both)

Make sure you leave separate comments for each thing you do.
Be sure to leave me a way to contact you if you win

I'll be running this contest until Monday November 29 when I'll randomly generate a winner
Good luck and thanks for entering!




Sunday, November 21, 2010

Comments are gone

Just wanted to thank you all for leaving such nice comments about my favorite things. Unfortunately somehow all but 2 of the comments are now missing but I read and loved them all.

I have a a few answers to some questions I received about my favorite things:

I get the Roesbud salve at drugstore.com and at Bath & Bodyworks

I also get the Mrs.. Meyers at drugstore.com but I know it's available at Bed Bath & Beyond & at the Mrs. Meyers website. If it's available elsewhere I'd love to hear where.

You can get the baby oil at just about any mass merchandiser or drug store.

Friday, November 19, 2010

My Favorite Things Link Party

I decided to link up with one of my favorite blog's link party



Here are five of my favorite things

Smith's RoseBud Salve

Love this stuff.Sophia and I get wicked chapped lips in the winter and this stuff nips it in the bud( get it "in the bud"Anyway.). I also use it to exfoliate my lips,tame runaway eyebrows,mend rough cuticles and pretty much anywhere skin needs healing. I have tins all over the house in my purse.
I purchase it at drugstore.com or at bath and body works

Johnson's Baby Oil Gel
I use this right before I get out of the shower. It locks in the moisture so your skin stays silky soft. Even though it is a oil gel I never feel greasy. A must have for the winter. And the smell is just delicious!

Williams Sonoma Melamine Mixing Bowls

I use these bowls almost every day. They're lightweight,have a footed base with non-slip grip and a pour spout.  I love the wide handle too.

Mrs. Meyers All purpose Cleaner Geranium

I've been using this cleaner for a few years now and I just love it. I use it full strength to clean the toilets,diluted the clean the floors both laminate and ceramic) and I add it with water to a spray bottle for the counters. A little goes a long way with this so one bottle lasts a really long time.It's biodegradable and the scent is very mild but very nice.



Community
This is one of new my favorite shows. The writing is just fantastic. I literally laugh hysterically when watching  this show. Best part Chevy Chase is back on t.v. This is a clip from one of my favorite episodes



What's Yours?


Take a second and check out the party-lots of other favorite things

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday's Three

These are my 3 favorite ways to make easy money on line

1.Swagbucks- Swagbucks.com is a  rewards site. Swagbucks. allows web users to earn virtual currency by doing the things they do every day - search the web, shopping at their favorite retailers, and by engaging in other activities such as phone recycling, submitting polls, and completing special offers. I have their toolbar
& I  always use it when I'm searching the web.I have redeemed my swagbucks for $45.00 into my Pay Pal account in the last couple of months. I easily get between 5- 17 swagbucks a day.

2. Ebates-  Cash back for shopping. If I plan on doing any shopping online and I do most of my shopping online I always see if the site I plan on shopping at is a member of ebates. They have over 1200 merchants so I usually but not always shop through them. This month alone I am getting a check for $19.00 for doing absolutely nothing more than shopping. Before I click through their store link I first do a google search(which I go to through swagbucks) to see if the site I'm shopping at has any discount codes. I then go back to ebates click through their link,get cash back( I've received anywhere from 3%-30%) and whatever the store code was offering(free shipping,gift with purchase etc.)

3.My Points- This one is a little different. You can still shop through them but you get points which you can trade in for gift cards instead of cash back. I also signed up for their e-mails.I get anywhere from 5-15 emails per day from them and when you click through them you get points. I recommend it you do this you first set up a free e-mail account and use that account for site like this. I also do the occasional survey through them. Last month I got a $25.00 Target gift card with my points.

So these are three very easy ways to make easy money. All 3 sites have referral incentives too. Refer your friends make even more.
So lets recap:
Swagbucks $45.00
Ebates $19.00
My points $25.00
Total- $89
Not a bad haul for doing nothing more then I would be doing anyway! BTW... when I was getting the links to my points I searched it in the swagbucks search engine and won 10 swagbucks!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Feel the burn...

I was recently contacted by Jessica Costello-a writer for Gym Source and a personal trainer- about an article she wrote about easy exercising around the holiday season. I've mentioned before that my main source of exercising is walking. I love it-except in the winter. Pretty much the only exercise I get now is walking from my studio to the basement to do laundry,back up to the studio with a detour to the kitchen.Throw in the extra holiday goodies and by January I'm a slug with blond highlights.

The past two weeks I've been doing Jessica's work-out and I honestly feel better. It's easy,fast and doesn't cost a thing. So without any further blabbering here's her workout:

Stay Fit During the Holidays with 10 Easy Exercises




Question: What's the best form of exercise?

Answer: The one you'll actually do!



As long as your fitness program:

A. Raises your heart rate

B. Has a strength training component

C. And is done at least thirty minutes a day five days a week – you'll experience significant health benefits.



Variety is the spice of life; it keeps you motivated and works better for your body by working different muscle groups. You don't need to go to a gym and use fitness equipment. In fact, here are ten simple, yet effective exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home that can help prevent putting on holiday weight:



1. Take a Hike/Stroll



It's also simple, low-impact and easy on the joints – just put on a comfortable pair of shoes, step outside and walk at a fairly brisk pace around your neighborhood. It's a great way to clear the head and improve your mood – it may be cold, but will give you an opportunity to enjoy all the lights and decorations for the holiday season.



2. Jump!



Act like your kids on Christmas morning! Jump up and down, or do some jumping jacks. They're a great way to get the heart pumping and the limbs loosened up. 15-20 repetitions with a minute or two of rest between sets for thirty minutes should be sufficient. This will increase endurance and work on toning your thighs.



3. "Drop and Give Me 20, Soldier!"



Push-ups confer all the same strength-training benefits of bench presses with barbells – without the risk of handling heavy weights and need for a "spotter." You can adjust the intensity by elevating your feet. Push-ups do more than work your arms, they are a total body workout.



4. Lift That Leg



This provides a strength training workout for the thighs and adductors (muscles that attach the upper leg to the hip). If you can't manage leg lifts with a straight leg, bend the knee.



5. Washboard Abs?



You may not get "ripped" by doing crunches, but you'll definitely work your ab muscles – and this will award real benefits to your back as well, and you will see an improvement in toning your abs.



6. You Can Keep Running In Place...



...and you should. This is an exercise you can do while watching TV, making the "boob tube" actually good for something. You can also do it while stringing popcorn on the string for the tree.



7. The Squatters...



No, we don't mean settling land that isn't yours – it's what you do every time you sit in and get up from a chair. Just do it several times until you "feel the burn...", and



8. Household Weight Equipment



Cans of food, milk and water jugs, sacks of flour – you'd be amazed at how much weight training equipment is just sitting in your pantry or refrigerator. (Who knew your could actually lose weight with using your holiday baking ingredients?)



9. Roll Up The Carpet



The latest craze is dancing off the weight, but not all of us can get to the classes when they are offered and the videos cost more than Christmas. Instead roll up the carpet, and crack up the tunes, whether it's Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas" or whatever is on the radio, dancing will increase your aerobic hear rate, and help with endurance training.

10. Steppin' Up



Finally, you don't have to buy a bench step and sign up for a step class to do step. Chances are you've got a step or two around your home. So while those cookies are in the oven, run the stairs a few times. The timers will make great intervals and keep you fit while baking!



The fact of the matter is, that all of these are not difficult, and do not require patience, or a long drawn out explanation. They are simple and they WORK. So maybe you aren't getting fit on treadmills, or ellipticals, but the end result is the same and you will have a lot of extra cash to go and spend it on holiday gifts, or a treat for yourself!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Big Apple Circus is Back!


I was recently contacted about doing a post about the Big Apple Circus. Normally I would turn down a request to blog about something that I hadn't personally tested,seen or used but being that I have been to this circus in the past(just not this version)I figured it was ok.

Let me start by saying I'm not a circus person-just not my thing-but I love this circus!

First off it's in Lincoln Center which is normally a beautiful site to see.For the holidays-extremely beautiful site to see.It will be there from now to Jan. 9th
Secondly there is not a bad seat in the show.Every seat is no more than 50 feet from the ring.When we saw it we were in the "cheap seats" and I could see and more importantly Gabby could see everything clearly.

Third and by for the most important is the talent. The performers were just amazing !.I could not wait to see what was coming next. I even enjoyed the clowns which to be perfectly honest usually annoy me. They were absolutely hilarious!

From their press release:

The spectacular Big Apple Circus (http://www.bigapplecircus.org) leaps into its 33rd Season with a thrilling All-New Show, Dance On! The World’s Greatest Circus artists swing into action in the spotlight under our intimate Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! Invited to the dance: an awesome troupe of monocyclists and lasso twirlers from China! A mind–bending group of Mongolian contortionists! A kinetic collection of Kenyan athletes who shimmy up a pole as though gravity were a joke! A herd of hoofers — twelve miniature horses in an equine chorus line! And an Ethiopian juggler with a lively up–tempo act that’s hard to beat! Your Host is our charming and charismatic Ringmaster Kevin Venardos, aided with antic abandon by star clowns Rob Torres and of course, our leggy, lovable laugh–riot Grandma! With live music by the Big Apple Circus Band, there’ll be cavorting in the aisles — and even the audience will be dancing in their seats!


If you are interested in seeing the show I have discount codes for you!
 
Online: http://bigapplecircus.org/mommy11LC.aspx and submit the code MOMMY11 in the Promotional Codes box in the lower left of the page
 
By Phone: Call 888-541-3750 and mention code MOMMY11
 
With the discount the tickets are very reasonable and it's a really fun show!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Bloggin' Buddies I Need Your Vote

Technically it's Sophia's class that need your vote. Her teacher asked if I would post about this wonderful opportunity for her class to get great prizes  for use in the classroom.

Here's more info on the contest:

We Are Teachers” is a site that allows teachers to share ideas and win grants. Ms. Falasco has entered an idea for her classroom website in order to win $200 to help fund our project and an iPod Nano or Flip Video Camera.
 With this money and product, students will learn more about the different technology opportunities such as creating websites, videos, blogs as well as basic typing skills. They will learn that our classroom is not just run by the teacher but by everyone working together, collaboratively. The students will also learn that this is a community and their thoughts and ideas are important!



It’s easy! Follow the link below and type in your name and email address. Make sure the box is checked off so you don’t receive any future emails from them! Thanks for your help!

http://www.weareteachers.com/ideas/partnerask/teachingidea?app=7725&grantId=37


Right now her class in in second place but they only need to be in the top ten to win the prizes. So please take a quick second to vote. Voting ends Nov.11th

Thanks All!

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