Tuesday, April 8, 2014

$1.99 Gel Manicure? Sign Me Up!

I'm not one of those girls who paints my fingernails.  Toenails?  Yes.  In the Spring and Summer.  Painting my own fingernails has always been a challenge in and of itself.  Sure, I can get my left hand just fine, but use my left hand to paint my right and suddenly I go from salon quality to 2-year-old quality.  Not only that, but the polish chips off so quickly!  I find myself loving getting gel manicures at the salon, but don't want to spend the money to do it twice a month.  Then there are the at-home systems and I don't want to spend the money to buy something that may end up being a huge flop and costing me $70. 

Well, this past weekend I discovered the most AMAZING nail polish.  While I'm not a fan of SinfulColors (it's too thin), I AM a fan of SinfulShine with Gel Tech!  It goes on thick, dries fairly quickly and has the most amazing shine!  Best yet, it's lasting!  I've had it on for 4 days now without any chipping!  I'm determined to see how much longer it will last.  Before, I could only go a couple of days before chipping occurred.  They don't have a whole lot of color options yet, but watch out for this!  It was only $1.99!  After finding out I loved it, I headed back and bought 3 more!  This particular color is called "Rebel."  Fantastic!  Can't wait to try the others!  Stay tuned!  I might have to put this in a giveaway in the near future!

And a friendly reminder to enter our Starbucks and Dress Up Your Cup Giveaway!

Monday, April 7, 2014

My Views of the Weekend

The weekend was a wonderful one in a simple sort of way.  We didn't jet off to New York or head out to any sandy beaches.  We just enjoyed life.

Something called Sar Dare.  You toast a kabob over a grill at your table!  And it was delicious!

A little Easter Egg coloring fun with eggs you don't have to eat or throw away!
D had the idea to use the remaining dye on one of his undershirts.  This will probably end up becoming one of my sleep shirts (for much later in our marriage...yeah.)
Checked out the restaurant at the hotel I'm staying at the weekend of the wedding...and their delicious coffee!

Also still going strong on my Life Effort: Dress For Success Challenge.  I rarely follow through on things like this, so I'm really proud of myself thus far!  Here are days 14, 15, 16, and 17 pictures.  I still have a few more to post that I will do this week, but day 18 is extra special and deserves it's own post.

And don't forget to enter this awesome giveaway: Dress Up Your Cup and Starbucks Giftcard

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dress Up Your Cup & Starbucks Gift Card #Giveaway!

Happy Giveaway Day!!  I'm so excited to announce a very special giveaway that I have the honor of doing with a group of wonderful bloggers!  Below you have several chances to enter for the opportunity to win a $20 shopping spree from Dress Up Your Cup and a $30 gift card to Starbucks compliments of the lovely ladies listed below!  The giveaway starts today and will run for a week.  A winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter and will be notified by email.

This giveaway is brought to you by these lovely ladies:

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I Dip, You Dip, We Dip: Kari's Corn Salsa

So I made an amazing corn salsa over this past weekend.  D says it's "corn relish" and I'm pretty sure it's salsa.  So...you can call it whatever you want.  The point of the matter is IT'S REALLY GOOD!  You should try it!

1 can of whole kernel sweet corn, drained
1 bell pepper, diced
3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
1 small can green chiles
1.5 cups shredded Colby jack cheese
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 tbsp. mayo
2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
a splash of lime juice

Mix it all together and get to munching!!  I used some Garden of Eatin' Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.

My mom got me an incredible tool awhile back to make the process so much easier: The Vidalia Chop Wizard.  I actually doubled the recipe to make more for our gathering Saturday night.  However, it was a lot...so if you're making this just for yourself, don't double it.  However, this Chop Wizard made the process so much quicker and easier!  I know you can get them at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (as that's where this one came from).


Let me know if you try it out.  It's sooo incredibly good!  It's the perfect mix of spicy and sweet.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Productivity, Schmoductivity (aka Weekend Recap)

This weekend wasn't all that glamorous.  When you're planning a wedding, it's pretty much always work.  One of the great things that came out of this weekend, however, are some Spring/Summer designs for Dress Up Your Cup.  Despite the fact that we saw snow falling once again this weekend, I believed it was time to brighten up my Etsy shop with these beauties:

And yes...that middle one comes with any letter of the alphabet (but all the cool kid's names start with the letter K). By the way, if you'd like a little discount for being one of my blog friends, use the coupon code DUYC2014 when you check out for 20% off!  I think these new designs would really make a great Easter gift!

Thursday night I was able to finish addressing and prepping our wedding invites.  I sent them out promptly on Friday morning.  I hand addressed ALL of them (even the return address).  It was a wonder my writing was legible after the first 50!

Friday I focused on caterers, florists, and videographers.  We're pretty sure we've found our videographer and florist, but the jury is still out on the caterer.  Saturday we had a small gathering with a group of our friends for dinner at D's place as well as a few party games.  We were also surprised to find out they are throwing us a couple's wedding shower next month.  So, of course we are very excited about that.  Sunday was a lot of house cleaning and crafting.  And now, sadly, we meet Monday yet again!

And, I've managed to keep going with my Life Effort: Dress For Success Challenge.  Here's proof of day 11, 12, and 13. 

Alright, folks.  Let's pound the pavement...grind that stone...or whatever work-related equation you can come up with!  In other words, let's make the most of a Monday!