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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hobby Lobby Coupon- 40% off! And My CREATIONS!

Hobby Lobby has a 40% off coupon that you can print online!!  

If you don't have a Hobby Lobby next to you, you can order online as well and receive 40% off one item that way as well!  

This is great to cut back even further on the price for DIY items!!  

Here are some recent DIY items of my own!! 

Sold on A & E creations Etsy Shop for $9.50 

Sold on A & E Creations Etsy Shop for $1.50 for a set of 2 

Like them?  
Since I have started planning my wedding (you can read all about on South Texas Wedding), I've caught the crafty bug and started making creations.  With my mom, we started A & E Creations and recently just made our first sale!  

I hope you enjoy the products as much as we enjoy making them!  

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Toilet Paper Wall Decor!

My Most Recent Wall Art!  
How did I make this? 


Now, I'm huge on recycling all forms of paper and cardboard in our home, but how about upcycling?  
Yes, Please! 

Hot Glue
Toilet Paper Rolls
Spray Paint

I cut each toilet paper roll (and one paper towel roll) into about 1 inch strips.  I then pushed them flat and hot glued them together.  I started with a central 6 petal flower and just kept adding from them with hot glue along the way.  

Once the glue dried, I sprayed a dark primer and then a chocolate gloss spray paint!  
End result...I love it!!

Very simple project and you can use many different designs.  Get creative!!  
Friday, September 9, 2011

Confession Time

So, I have a confession...I have stopped couponing! 

That's right, until today, I haven't cut a coupon in almost 12 months!!!  Ahh!!  To fill y'all in, I got engaged!  Yep, I started a new blog to follow the engagement, South Texas Wedding.  That's taken a lot of time with the wedding planning and blog AND I started my professional career (night shift to boot), we moved into our first apartment, he started his professional career, (coaching so we have games once  a week), and traveling back home at least once a month...just to name a couple!  


I mean, I still go down the aisles of HEB and take the little yellow coupons that they have on hand, but nothing similar to the way I used to coupon.  And...we are on our last bottle of shampoo and last deodorant stick. Our stockpile has lasted almost 1 whole year, but it's exhausted now.  Being the Frugal Science Gal I am, I'm having a really hard time paying full price for a bottle of shampoo!  

So, here it is...I'm starting my couponing journey again.  Since I don't have as much time to plan the shopping trip like I used to so I think I am going back the the  coupon file folder.  Each week I'm going to go through the ads and cut the coupons of the products that we use.  I mean, even if I'm only saving $0.25 on a product that we use all the time, it is better than nothing.  Hopefully I'll get closer to the way it was before!  

We need to save money for our Wedding!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Giveaways on South Texas Wedding!

These would be an amazing engagement gift for ANYONE!  They writing is etched in to make them even dishwasher safe!  The Bride and Groom will be able to enjoy them for years to come!

Looking for some Bridal Accessories?  This is the place to go!  You can get bridal belts, headpieces, and clay bouquets for a fraction of the price you would spend in a bridal boutique!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Uprinting 250 Labels Giveaway- Ends 8/25

I have a QUICK giveaway going on at South Texas Wedding.  It's for 250 product labels from Uprinting.  The giveaway will end on 8/25 so get entering!!  Check out the 250 product labels giveaway from Uprinting!!!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wordless Wednesday- Our Mother-Daughter Etsy Shop!!!

My Mom's and My FIRST Etsy Shop!!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Not Your Everyday Cards Etsy Giveaway!

As I have told y'all before, the reason why my posts have decreased on this blog is because of my new blog, South Texas Wedding.  
I'm hosting my first giveaway on that blog!  Please check it out!  
I love her products and the prices are so reasonable that $15 can go a long way!!  
Saturday, July 9, 2011

Hamilton Beach Toaster RECALL

About a year ago I did a review on the Hamilton Beach Toaster which we really enjoyed and have personally had no issues with.  This review was part of CSN Stores where I was allowed to select an item and review it. It is by no fault of CSNStores, but yet I sill  received this e-mail from CSN Stores informing me of a recall on the Hamilton Beach Brands Recall of Model 22600 Toasters:

We are writing to let you know that Hamilton Beach, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has announced a voluntary recall of the Classic Chrome 2 Slice Toaster.
Some potential safety issues have emerged with the heating element, which can remain energized indefinitely when an item is placed in the toaster. This malfunction can cause a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items. Fortunately, no injuries have occurred, but we wanted to alert you to the situation right away. A more detailed description of this recall can be found here:

The recall affects the Classic Chrome 2 Slice Toaster, model number 22600 with specific series codes. These series codes begin with the letters C or D, and have the format of CXXXXBI or DXXXXBI, where XXXX is a four-digit number ranging from 0190 through 5290. The model number and series code are printed on the bottom of the toaster. The toaster has a chromed steel exterior, a front control panel with a rotary toast shade selector, function buttons arranged in an arc, a front removable crumb tray and “Hamilton Beach” printed across the front.
If you have one of the recalled toasters, please stop using it immediately and contact Hamilton Beach about receiving a replacement. You can reach Hamilton Beach at (800) 379-2200 anytime, or visit the firm's website at:
We wanted to bring this matter to your attention as soon as we heard about it, as your safety is our highest concern. We apologize for any inconvenience that this recall might have caused.

I loved that they wrote me to infom me of the issue!  Another reason why I love CSN Stores!

South Texas Wedding might have noticed that  haven't posted here in a while. 
That would be because I have a NEW BLOG!! 
That's right! 
I'm documenting and sharing my experiences of planning my wedding over the next year on my blog, South Texas Wedding
I am so excited to be doing this!!  Although I haven't been taking advantages of coupons, doesn't mean I've lost my frugal side.  I'm trying to plan a budget wedding and sharing it all with my readers!  It's really difficult to try to have the wedding of your dreams and stay frugal!  I really hope you get a chance to stop by and share this journey with me!! 

I mean...who doesn't love a wedding?!?!
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Traveling using

Our trip to San Francisco was pretty expensive.  In order to save a little on our meals I ordered gift certificates online before we left.  I knew that we would be walking everywhere since we weren't getting a rental car and so I got all of them within a 10 minute walk.  This was really easy since we were staying in Fisherman's Wharf and there are a TON of restaurants around the area and people walk EVERYWHERE.  We were able to eat at a really nice restaurant that we wouldn't have been able to afford without the certificate.  Another restaurant we ate at was in the Hyatt across the street from our hotel and it was so good that we ended up going back there a second (unfortunately without a certificate).  The next time you take a vacation across the country or city near your own, you should check out to help save some money!

Even better, you can get $25 gift certificates for as little as $2 a piece!!!  They are currently 80% off if you type in the code SUMMER during check out!  

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Houston Couponers!!

Groupon is having a Deal for the Houston Chronicle.  
It's the Newspaper for 52 weeks for $52!  That's half off the normal stand price!!  Another way to cut back on the cost of getting your weekly coupons, delivered to your door!!
Sunday, June 12, 2011

San Francisco Vacation

I LOVE San Francisco!
We went on vacation this past week to San Francisco and I fell in love. I have been born and raised in Texas and I never thought I would ever find a place that I could live other than the sweet, southern-hospitality state of Texas, but...I think I found it!

I have so much to write about this wonderful city.

To leave you off with one feature that I loved so much about San Francisco was their environmental consciousness. They were very much focused on reducing our carbon footprint in this world which I absolutely love/respect. Their Recology program is one that should be spread Nationwide.
Even our Hotel had bins at the Continental Breakfast that said,
"Recycle", "Compost", and "Landfill".
It really drives home the fact that what we throw in the trash will be sitting in a landfill.

More on this amazing trip to come with travel details!!
Can't wait to share!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Daily Double- 10% Cash Back for Groupon

Ebates Daily Double is 10% Cash Back for Groupon!!! 
This is GREAT!!  
I love Groupon and today only if you sign up for Ebates and purchase a Groupon through them you ALSO get 10% Cash Back!  
Monday, May 16, 2011

Ebates Daily Double- 27% Cash Back 4Inkjets!

Today, May 16th,  Ebates is having Double Cash Back for 4Inkjets which is 27.0% Cash Back!  That's amazing! 
4Inkjets and you get free shipping for purchases over $50!
An example of the deals they have is the Epson T014 Color Compatible Ink Cartridge which is
Reg: $8.99
Their Price: $6.95
PLUS if you buy 3 you get them for $6 a piece!!
Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mikasa® Bamboo Black Dinnerware Set- $159

This is good for family too because they are dishwasher and microwave safe.  
Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easy Daffodil Candy Cups

Look at these Daffodil Candy Cups!!
These could be cute for Easter, Baby Showers, Wedding Showers, etc!  
So awesome!  You can just fill it with WHATEVER you would like!!  

Easter Egg Deviled Egg Spread Recipe

Look at this adorable Easter Egg Deviled Egg Spread!  
This would be great for the center of a table!
I found the recipe on Snacpicks...

12 Eggland's Best® Eggs, hard cooked and peeled 
1/3 cup mayonnaise 
1/4 cup sliced green onions 
1 teaspoon paprika 
1 teaspoon dry mustard 
1 teaspoon cider vinegar or white vinegar 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon pepper 
3 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, crumbled 
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley 
1/4 cup chopped black olives 
1/4 cup chopped dill pickle or sweet pickle 
Keebler® Town House® Original 

1. Peel and chop eggs. In large bowl use potato masher to slightly mash eggs. Stir in mayonnaise, green onions, paprika, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper. Mound on serving platter in oval egg shape.

2. Sprinkle with rows of bacon, parsley, olives and pickle. Serve with crackers.

It takes ~20 minutes and serves 24!

Pfaltzgraff® Pistoulet 20 Piece Melamine Dinnerware and Acrylic Set

Houseware Deals deal today is Pfaltzgraff® Pistoulet 20 Piece Melamine Dinnerware and Acrylic Set, Service for 4  The set is $49 (MSRP $160). 
This a fun, casual set!  Looks great for Summer Picnics!
It's not suitable for the microwave and it's only top shelf dishwasher safe.  This makes it not the most practical set but still cute!

Dooney & Bourke- Celebrate Mom

Dooney & Bourke is having a special offer to Celebrate Mom!!  They have this Canvas Pocket Satchel with Small Zip Around Wallet in several colors for $198 (Retail Price $303). 

This offer is good 4/20/11-5/8/11 so don't wait too long to snatch yours up!  And if you are in the Continental U.S. they are offering Free Standard Shipping on orders $100 and more!

Pfaltzgraff® Artificial Gerber Daisy in Container-$14.99

Mikasa's Deal of the Day is a Pfaltzgraff® Artificial Gerber Daisy in Container.   
This could be a virtually maintence free solution for a dash of color in the home, garden, or patio.
It's a 16 inch yellow, pink, or white gerber daisy in a paper mache pot for $14.99 each.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mikasa Garden Toscana 5 Piece- $14.99

Mikasa's "Deal of the Day" is a 

Garden Toscana 5 Piece Place Setting for $14.99.  


That's $60 for Service for 4! This is adorable for Summer!

We Got A New Car!!

We got a new car!  
It's A Dodge Journey!!
We love it!  We have keyless entry, push to start, and a touch screen!! 
The down side to this is that it is the first car payment we have ever had.  Both of us have had our cars since we were 16 (Gifts from our wonderful parents).  Having never owned a new car it will be a new experience for both of us!  
 I'm sure I will keep y'all updated on how we like it.  

Bed Bath and Beyond Invitations and Stationary

Wedding Season has started!!  
We have gone to 2 weddings in the last month and have another one this weekend.  One of the most common places for couples to be registered in our encounters is Bed Bath and Beyond!  Well, they are becoming even more of a one stop shop by getting....
Invitations and Stationary!!!
That's right!  You can now go to the website and customize your Invitations and Stationary.  This will be great for those registering for their wedding but will also be helpful for Graduation, Birthday Invitations, and Personalized Stationary.  
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Train - Marry Me

I absolutely love this song!! Just wanted to share it with y'all! So Sweet!

KitchenAid® 8 Piece Prep Set- $39

Today, HousewareDeals has the KitchenAid® 8 Piece Prep Set.  This is a perfect set for someone who is just starting out or who needs replacements of some of these.  


At $39, it's a really good deal! 

I love the 3 stainless steel cutting inserts!  

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bistro Set for $49- TODAY ONLY!

Looking for a new Bistro Set for your Garden or Porch?  
Home Depot has the Oakland Living Rose Bistro Set, 3-Piece set for $149 and if you use the code APRIL149 it will make this set $49!! 
Home Depot is also offering free shipping on items $249 and up.  
If you are looking for a set, it is hard to pass this one up!!

Simplicity Copper 16 Piece Set w/Square Bowl

If you are looking for a set that is a little more basic Mikasa has a "Deal of the Day".
It's a Simplicity Copper 16 Piece Set w/Square Bowl for $69.99.  MSRP $240. 
This is not so much for the fine dining but it is microwave and dishwasher safe.  

Sasaki by Mikasa

Houseware Deals has SASAKI® by Mikasa® Seagrass Dinnerware Set, 20 Piece, Service for 4 today for $150!!  MSRP is $490.  

This 20 piece set will be great for any formal dinner but is Dishwasher safe which makes it useful in everyday use.  
It's a little pricier but it's so gorgeous!!  

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Link Up Your Giveaways!! Week of 3/19

Link Up Your Giveaways!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Link Up Your Giveaways!! Week of 3/12

Link Up Your Giveaways!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Day For Quotes 3/6

A Day With Two

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do.  There can be no courage unless you're scared.

-Eddie Rickenbaker

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Link Up Your Giveaways!! Week of 3/5

Link Up Your Giveaways!!
Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Day For Quotes 2/27

A Day With Two

If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Link Up Your Giveaways!! Week of 2/26

All of my Linky's are gone! 
I don't know where they went but I think it has to do with the website since all the past ones are gone as well! 
Please feel free to post links to your giveaways in the comment section!!!

Link Up Your Giveaways!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Day For Quotes 2/20

A Day With Two

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

-Audrie Lorde
Saturday, February 19, 2011

Link Up Your Giveaways!! Week of 2/19

Link Up Your Giveaways!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Day For Quotes 2/13

A Day With Two

In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire.  No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.

-Jane Smiley
Saturday, February 12, 2011

Link Up Your Giveaways!! Week of 2/12

Link Up Your Giveaways!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Day For Quotes 2/6

A Day With Two

You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.

-Georgia O'Keeffe
Saturday, February 5, 2011

Link Up Your Giveaways!! Week of 2/5

Link Up Your Giveaways!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Day For Quotes 1/30

A Day With Two

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do. 

-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Saturday, January 29, 2011

Link Up Your Giveaways!! Week of 1/29

Link Up Your Giveaways!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Upcoming CSN Stores Review!

We moved into our new place about 2 months ago.  We still don't have all of our walls filled up with decorations yet.  One place I'm going to go to find some new Wall Art and Decor is  One of the many stores that they have is  

They have a GREAT selection of products that ANYONE can use in their home!  Whether you like the ultra-modern or the traditional...there are products for every home! has everything from mirrors...
to rugs...
to wallpaper!!  YES...That's wallpaper!!  Love it!

Keep a lookout for the upcoming review!!
I may pick an item from or from one of the other 200+ CSN Stores!!! 
The options are endless...the difficult part is being decisive. 
Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Day For Quotes 1/23

A Day With Two

What you risk reveals what you value.

-Jeanette Winterson
Saturday, January 22, 2011

Link Up Your Giveaways!! Week of 1/22

Link Up Your Giveaways!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Day For Quotes 1/16

A Day With Two

To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.

-Walter Benjamin
Saturday, January 15, 2011

Link Up Your Giveaways! Week of 1/15

Link Up Your Giveaways!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Review: myScentEssence

When I received my Scent Lamp, I was surprised with the physical appearance of the unit.   This is the unit that I received:
I have to say that this picture does not do the unit justice at all.  It is SOOO much cuter in person!!  The light comes through each of those squares in just a perfefct way!
For the aroma, I put the recommended 25  pieces of Scent Shakes into the dish and turned it up to the brightest setting and within a matter of 10 minutes, the scent filled the ENTIRE living room.  I want to point out that our living room is open to the kitchen and the upstairs and it literally could be smelt everywhere in the room!  It does state that the higher the level of lighting, the stronger the aroma and WOW! It works!
In this picture you can see the size of the individual pieces (I put 25 small pieces out of one small container into the warmer.)
The next time I used it, I turned it on to a lower light setting and it released a more subtle fragrance.  I would recommend this setting more because on the highest setting the light is pretty bright, too bright to have in direct sight.  If you put it away from direct sight though, the highest setting is the most effective for filling a full room with wonderful fragrance!

Another amazing part of these is that the scents last a REALLY long time.  I have added pieces of the wax since I first got it but it is still going strong!  Personally, I don't have this on all the time but I use it when people are coming over (FOR SURE! I've received many compliments on how amazing our place smells) and when I need a little pick me up of freshness.  I can't tell you how long the scent would last if you have it on 24/7, but I can tell you that even if you just turn it on and off not only will the fragrance last in  the room, but the wax will still be smelling wonderful after many uses!  I think that this is really one of the most cost efficient air freshners I have ever used!

And....myScentEssence is Safe!!  I love that it doesn't have a flame involved.  If you have small children I would keep them away from it still though because the wax does melt.  The hot wax could be harmful to a small child but this is still a MUCH safer alternative to candles.  I like that it's not a spray either.  I always worry about the chemicals that are being released into the air with a spray that my family is then subjected to breathing in.   

The fragrances myScentEssence offers are very extensive and amazing!  I was given several fragrances to try and my favorite was the RainShowers (a close second was Waterfalls).  If you like the "Fresh" scent of air freshners than you will love this one!! 

In order to try out the scents I would recommend that you purchase the 2 oz container for only $4.50!!! Then when you find the one that is PERFECT for your home go ahead and purchase the 10 oz tub for only $14.50!  This will last you a LONG time! 

I would definitely recommend this to anyone!!  Really!!  I can't get over how much I love this product!  I will DEFINITELY be purchasing refills for MANY years to come!!!

*I received the warmer as a winner on a giveaway and was given additional scents from the company as part of this review.  I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.




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