Friday, July 30, 2010

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday is on hold for a few hours while I have my garage sale today, but I will be posting later this afternoon. Hubby and I are going out with friends tonight, so I will show y'all what I'll be wearing!
Have a great day!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Whatta Week ...

For those of you who don't follow me on Facebook (link in my sidebar), hubby surprised me with a quick 2-day trip up to Seattle for a little getaway. Nana and Papa watched the boys and we headed North for the weekend. Aaaah!

My sis-in-law and I are setting up one of these on Friday. We have one every year, usually in the beginning of June, but we have been dragging our feet. It always feels so good to purge all the stuff that piles up throughout the year, and we usually make some pretty good money.

I got a part-time job this week! Woot!! I can still be a stay-at-home momma by day, and pick up some hours a few nights a week for some extra cash. I am really looking forward to getting back out in the job world!

A friend of mine came up with the idea of coloring each other's hair to save on salon expenses. We will be getting together tonight. I can't wait to hit up the beauty supply store to pick out my new color. My hair is long overdue!!

I have been cleansing this week as well. I have been so bloated lately with all the summer heat and BBQs. It is so hard for this Italian girl to say no to food, and the scale is definitely proving that statement! It was time to get myself back in check, and with the help of Quick Trim, I did just that!

Anyone Back-to-School shopping yet? Walmart has incredible prices ... like a box of 24 Crayola Crayons for 25 cents!!! I have been collecting items here and there for my first grader. He is getting excited to start school already ... and he doesn't start until September!

And HELLO to all my new followers!! Thanks so much for finding me interesting enough to add me to your favorites! Mad props and much love to you all!!! I adore all my friends, so please don't be shy!! I love hearing from you all!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This One's For The Girls ...

My bubbies are also known as 'The Girls'. I have a hard-to-find size (32DD) and the only place I have been able to find a bra with the perfect fit is Nordstrom. Wacoal is the brand and it is usually priced in the $60 to $80 range.
Yeah. Ouch.
Bra shopping is definitely not fun, especially with prices like that! So I always get excited when Nordstrom has their sales. I haven't bought a new bra since last year's Half-Yearly Sale (don't judge ... I ain't about to pay full price!!) and was thrilled to see online that there were a couple Wacoal styles on sale.
Off to the fitting room I went ... just because the size and brand is right, doesn't mean they will fit, so ordering online without trying on is outta the question. I tried on 14 bras ... all 32DD and brands such as Natori, Betsey Johnson, Calvin Klein and Chantelle. I lucked out with 2 Wacoal French Garden Contour Bras (I tried on 3 Wacoals, but only 2 of them fit just right) and priced at $39.90 each! Score!
Do you have a specific bra that you like? Don't be shy ... please share!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

GTL, Baby!!

Thursday, July 29th, MTV, 10pm

Who will be watching this train wreck with me?? I am so annoyed to see Angelina in the previews, but I can't wait to get my dose of fist pumpin', tattooed, dirrty Jerz entertainment!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Takin' It Back To The Old School

Trapper Keepers

Scratch-n-Sniff Stickers


Charm Necklaces

Jelly Shoes

Lip Smackers


Friendship Bracelets

Banana Clips

Tee Shirt Clips

The Tootsie Roll

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fashion Friday

Remember back in April when I held this contest to choose the next outfit to be added to my wardrobe? Miss Styleezta put together this cute little look and you all voted for it to be the winner. Making it's debut here on the blog, here is the fun summer outfit worn by yours truly!

Thanks again, Styleezta!
I had so much fun with that contest and will be hosting another one in the fall! Keep your eyes out for outfit ideas!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Shopping On A Budget

Yes, I used the 'b' word ... budget. That pesky little detail really puts a damper on my shopping fun, but hubby and I are set on gettin' our bills paid off. Oh the joys of being all grown up.
Apparently, Nordstrom did not get the memo that my man put me on a cash-only spending cap, and they sent me their latest catalog debuting their fall fashion Half-Yearly Sale. Surprisingly, I was not impressed with the selection or the 'sale' prices (especially since I have been shopping at Ross - who can beat their prices?), but one outfit caught my eye.
At a whopping $398 (after-sale prices), there ain't nothing that I can say to my man to convince him that this outfit is a must-have for my fall wardrobe. And even if we did have the extra cash laying around, I don't think I could bring myself to spend that kinda dough on one outfit.
So I went on a mission, searching through Polyvore, to find a look-a-like version of the outfit I can't get outta my head.

Check it out girls!!! I put this together for a grand total of $161, saving $237!!! Oh yeah!!! How fabulous is that?!? Gotta love sites like,,, and Shopping on a budget is totally do-able, and feels so great when you save while you spend!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

So Versatile ...

The sweet girls of 2Bloggeristas, Tarryn and Allison, have given me a fabulous award! My blog is all about the random and miscellaneous thoughts and opinions I have ... the ones that my hubby is so grateful that I blog about rather than chat his ear up all day long. I am so excited that I can entertain you all with my ramblings and that so many of you stop by each day to see what I am talking about. Thank you so much for all the comments and the time y'all take to send some love!! Muah!! xoxo

Now this wouldn't be a Versatile Award without asking for 7 Random Facts about myself ...
  • I have a blanket that I can't sleep without. I take it wherever we go overnight. It's not a security thing or a sentimental issue ... it's all about comfort, and it usually serves as a pillow.
  • I have been into Kombucha for the last few weeks. No, it is not the latest yoga trend (I am so not flexible like that), but it is fermented tea. Yes. Fermented. It smells like vinegar and doesn't taste too much better, but it is supposed to be good for your body and it puts me in a fabulous mood.
  • I am loving Scentsy!! Don't know what it is? Plug-in decorative warmers that melt scented wax. My fave scent right now is French Lavender and it makes the entire room smell like a spa! I'll be having a Scentst party in September, so y'all can place your orders then (if you wanna order now, my friend is a consultant and her link is pink)!
  • My favorite color used to be purple (gasp!) ... now I prefer blues. Am I allowed to change my fave color this late in life??
  • I have 3 rings that I never take off ... not even to shower or sleep: my wedding ring, my thumb ring (silver skinny band) and my Nelle & Lizzy double ring with my boys' names.
  • On lazy days, I sit around the house for hours watching TV and snacking. I usually get caught up with the dvr and gain a few pounds in the process. {Sigh.}
  • I wash my hair every 2-3 days and I have a fear of cutting it. I contemplate bangs every few months, and hubby talks me out of it every.single.time. I have learned not to add highlights and to keep it a rich, dark chocolate color.

Along with the award, I am also supposed to nominate 15 other blogs for the honor. I am curious to see who you would nominate though! What blogs are you reading? Shout-out your faves (or your own), so I can check them out!

And thanks again to Tarryn and Allison for passing this award onto - lots of love!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Music Monday and a little giggle ...

I have my shopping habits in check right now, and have scaled waaaay back on spending this year. This was pretty funny though and I had to share!
And now for your listening pleasure, Eminem's Cinderella Man. I am so impressed with his latest CD ... anyone else a fan?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fashion Friday

Skirt ... Nordstrom Rack ... $9.97
Tank ... Old Navy ... $4.50
Finding a cute summer outfit for under $15 ... Priceless
{ A big shout-out to Kate ... I adored her outfit when she blogged on her What I Wore Wednesday post, and (unintentially) copied her look. Oops! Great outfit though, Kate!! xoxo }

Did you vote for me yet?

I will love you forever!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Oh to be a Housewife ...

The Housewives of New Jersey have more drama than your mama would ever be able to handle! These girls are!!
I think Teresa could be the east coast version of myself. Here on the west coast, we be chillin' and try to stay mellow. Put me in the dirty jerz where all the Italians play, and there's no telling how many tables I would flip. Teresa and I would be besties, fo' sho'.
Danielle is a psycho!! Can.Not.Stand the woman!! I will leave it at that though ... I wouldn't want her pressing charges for my internet opinions. Poor, poor Danielle.
And for the record, I am not a fan of the fur the girls wear. So not cool in my book, but that is a whole 'nother post.
I don't have a whole lot of cash in the bank. I am not always the most poised or patient of mommas, and my shopping budget is more in tuned with Forever 21. BUT, I think it would be fun to be filmed for Bravo's Real Housewives show. I don't lead that exciting of a life, but it would be fun to watch myself on TV.
Ha ha!!
I'm just saying.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wish Me Luck ...

Has everyone heard of DSK Jewelry? I adore this handmade jewelry line and snagged myself a gorgeous little necklace for my birthday this year. I get so many compliments every time I wear it! DSK is casting a model search and I entered! I am not thinkin' I am hot stuff here, but the prizes are pretty awesome! Steph is looking for a new face or two to represent her fabulous line. Voting starts on Friday, July 16th, so please (pretty please) pop on over and vote for me! Competition will be tough ... all the contestants posted so far are simply beautiful.

Thanks so much for the support!!

x o x o

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Reviews and Giveaways Ahead

I have been given several opportunities recently for product reviews and have been working on some fabulous giveaways! I can't wait to share with all my fabulous followers!
Looking for twin beds? One of the companies I am in contact with is CSN Stores. I am sure you have all heard of them here in the blog world, right? Over 200 stores all in one place, offering everything from home goods to furniture, baby and kids products to shoes and purses ... all at incredible prices! Pet supplies, housewares, health and fitness ... and so much more!
Stay tuned!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Making Monday Less Manic

Mondays are not always the funnest of days. Most weeks, they pretty much suck. The sun is on a break again here in my neck of the Pacific NW, but last week I layed out and enjoyed heat in the high 90's!! I am definitely a sun whore ... the hotter, the better!! So, let's make this Monday a little brighter!

This weekend, I was flippin' through channels on TV and landed on Bravo ... my Housewives from NJ were on, and since I can't get enough of them, I re-watched last week's episode. Afterwards, Bethanny Frankel's show popped on (the one of her getting married), and I got sucked in. I never watched the Housewives of NYC, so the only gossip I heard of Bethanny was in my celeb magazines.
Oh my goodness ... this girl cracks me up! I love her personality!! Too funny!! Apparently she wrote a book or three? Yeah, I gotta hit up Barnes and Noble. And she is the creator of the Skinnygirl Margarita. YUM! A girl who is calorie conscious and loves her booze is already a bff in my book!

I had to find out more about this Skinnygirl brand to see what other cocktails she has whipped up (just margaritas so far), and came across this yummy dip recipe she has on her website. I am a big guacamole fan, so I will definitely be giving this recipe a try.

Mock-a-mole (serves 6-8; less than 500 calories if you eat it all yo'self!)

* 2 tablespoons cilantro (finely chopped)
* 1 tablespoon red onion (finely chopped)
* 1 avocado
* 1 cup green peas
* 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
* Dash of Tabasco Sauce (use more if you like your guacamole spicy)
* 1 teaspoon garlic salt
* Pepper (to taste)
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
* 1 cup chopped tomato

For more amazing recipes, check out Bethanny's website ... lots of tips and tricks to eating better!

And in honor of these 2 boys coming to Portland this week, here's Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber doin' their thang ... try not to dance. I dare you.

Happy Monday!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Fashion Friday

My boys and I have been out playing in the heat ... it was 100 degrees here today! After sweatin' it out at the parks all day, I love coming home, taking a shower, then puttin' on a summer dress to enjoy the rest of the evening.


White Racerback Tank Top ... Forever 21 ($4)

Terry Dress ... Juicy Couture (got on sale a couple years ago for $14!!)

Mia Strappy Sandals ... Nordstrom Rack ($24 - cost more than the rest of my outfit, but I love them!)

Necklace ... American Eagle (my fave 'go-to' accessory)
Sunglasses ... Juicy Couture

A Fond Farewell ...

Wow! Is December already upon us? Good golly this year has flown right by! I have been a busy girl lately, hence the blog break. Unfortu...