Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cold Weather Care 1

This cold weather season, I've been DETERMINED to not get chapped hands, face, or lips. Needless to say, I'm obsessed with this chapstick. It is not waxy, which makes it all worth it to me. It tastes great, and that's always a plus. I highly recommend it, for a well spent $2.14. Happy moisturizing! 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hot Legs

Hot legs, not what you may be thinking. Today is not about toning exercises. Rather, it's the lovely time of year for more food and pants that have my favorite, elastic waist! That's right ladies, eat those cupcakes, and one, and two, and three, and four. Pick up the Halloween candy and slowly tighten your bicep to place it in your mouth. Whew! Exercise, done. I LOVE cold weather. I LOVE having tons of layers to cover up with, as well. I bought a two pack of Ann Klein fleece lined leggings at TJ Maxx for $10.00 this past weekend. Oh my goodness! These things are the best! Warm, comfortable, slimming, and cheap! I highly recommend them. And...if you're in the mood for some more reads, check this past post below. Happy Monday!

Hoisery at Work

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Spanish Peanuts

Ok, people. Another Publix BOGO. I'm sorry, but I've been meaning to blog about these for a long long long time. My recent purchase of two cans threw me over the edge. Cannot be beat! They aren't too overpowering and the sea salt addition is to die for. These are REALLY great with candy corn. Eat up!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Awesome Apple Juice

I went to Publix last night to pick up my weekly BOGO. They have the best deals! Every week, it seems like something I love is on sale. This week, Mott's 100% Natural Apple Juice. Oh. My. Word. This stuff is insane! It taste so pure. It's just like fresh pressed, which if you've ever had it, you know what I'm talking about. The flavor of this cannot be beat. How have I ever lived without it? Happy Fall!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Let's Talk Starbucks

Do we know Faith? Yes. She is an AVID coffee connoisseur. I don't treat myself to Starbucks that often. But, when I do, I make it worthwhile. If I had one off my list of coveted concoctions from there every morning, I'd surely be in the poor house. Here's my all time favorite order:

Grande Blonde Roast (AH-mazing) with a shot of vanilla and room for cream

Top that off with some skim milk and Splenda and I'm in coffee heaven. Please, while you're at it, saunter over to the condiments bar. They have free songs on ITunes and free apps each week. Hello? Free...Faith's favorite four letter word.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dishwasher Discovery

For as long as I can remember, I've had trouble with apartment dishwashers. In Tuscaloosa, yes. In Huntsville, yes. I've been using Cascade tabs for all of these years and blaming my problems on the cheap apartment dishwashers. Poor things, I was all wrong.

Dr. K bought a Sam's bin of off-brand dish tabs, which wound up being too large to fit into her soap compartment. She sent a sample with me and to my amazement, dishwasher gloom is over! The off brand tabs have worked a million times better! I'm not blaming it all on the Cascade. Still, since I've stopped using them, my dishes have looked glorious. No white residue, no cloudy cups, no removing from dishwasher to wash in sink. If you, too are having this trouble, you might want to give those off-brands a try! At least if it doesn't do the trick, you'll know it really is the dishwasher! Mine is Member's Mark. Have a great Monday!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It Was ALMOST Free at Dillard's Dig

I bought Dr.K this tank at the Dillard's Dig. It was originally $98 and I paid $3.20. Oh, yes. I did. A $98 tank, are you insane? $3.20 was ALMOST free. So. Close. to. Victory.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tide Washing Machine Cleaner

I LOVE this stuff! Not only does it remove dirt from the washing machine, it makes your whole home smell AMAZING! I definitely recommend it if it's been awhile since you've cleaned your machine. Have a great Wednesday! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Super Fast Snack

1. Honey Maid Chocolate Grahams
2. Cool Whip

Dip crackers in Cool whip, oh my goodness. Or, put them in the freezer for a quick ice cream sandwich. Obsession.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Beauty Department

This is a GREAT website for all things beauty. I love the colors, tips, and tricks. It's a great leisure read for all my fellow makeup junkies!


Friday, October 12, 2012

My Favorite Leggings

The Target Mossimo Long Legging is the BEST black legging anywhere! It just so happens that they're marked down to $5.00 this week. These are great for so many things, just go get some!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Best Things to Do in Chattanooga

Fall Foliage coming in...bliss!
Aretha Frankenstein's 

Thank goodness for Dr.K

This cool fall morning, I woke up reminiscing about a great weekend getaway Dr. K and I took a couple of years ago. I just looked at the pictures, 2009? Ouch! Time just feels like it is passing me by! I want to go on more weekend excursions, and today's post is encouraging you to do the same. For us Alabama folks, especially in the northern region, Chattanooga is a great place to do just that. Here are a few suggestions of great places to visit, eat, shop, and stay:
1.) Back Inn Cafe-Excellent local fare!
2.) Tony's Italian-Italian at it's best!
3.) Aretha Frankenstein's-Breakfast to blow your mind and barstools that are fit for kings.
4.) Delta Queen-Who doesn't want to sleep on a riverboat?
5.) Chickamauga National battlefield-A must for history buffs like me!
6.) Bluff View Art District http://www.bluffviewartdistrict.com/: SO serene at night, safe for walking.
7.) Art Shops along Market Street: Local crafts out the wazoo!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Tight, A Sock, A Boot

We all know that I love the tights and boots combo. However, sometimes tights are not enough to stabilize a long hard day of boot wearing. Instead of hiding my sock inside the boot, I sometimes have it peeping out on top. This adds a great extra touch to an outfit, especially when it's cold out.  This one small change can transform the cozy factor, which I live for in a good outfit. One last note, I hate tights with seams at the toe. I once had a good discussion about this with a friend. How validating to know I'm not alone? After awhile, the seam hurts, especially with a sock on top. If this also bothers you, feel good to know that I've seen plenty more seamless tights out this season. That means, someone's thinking it through! Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Delicious Decaf

Ok, I'm obsessed with blogging on coffee. Sorry, I'm not sorry. Publix has this BOGO this week and it is fabulous! Hello? Two bags of coffee for $5.87 total? Yes, I'm all in. I am always looking for great blends for FRENCH PRESS. It's not too weak like many decaf blends, and is great for cold fall nights!

Apple Appetizer

It's apple season! Yippee! What to do with all those crisp apples? Make appetizers for guests, of course! These little gems are SO good together. Who knew? I thought it might be a great idea for a salty sweet bite and I loved it.

You'll need:
These crackers
Apples of any kind, in a thin slice
A hunk of blue cheese

Lay crackers out on platter
Slice thin strips of blue cheese
Slice thin pieces of apple
Layer cracker, cheese, then apple OR get wild and layer cracker apple then cheese.

P.S. You can toss apples in fresh lemon juice to keep them from browning.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Guess that Coffee Table

The proof is in the pudding, people. Do I want this $600 full-price Pottery Barn coffee table on top of a metal stand or my exact replica junk store buy for $60 WITH some HISTORY thrown in? Not a very hard decision. I can do without the legs on the coffee table for a $540 in total savings. I cannot tell all of you how validated this made me feel. You never know what you'll find at those antique stores around your town. It's a great fall weekend to get out and look around. Now that I've saved you from deciding how to spend your time, have a great one!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Candle Wicks

Candles burn brighter and cleaner if the wicks are trimmed before EVERY burn. Cut them down to about 1/4" thick. It takes a few minutes to get the flame stronger, but they smell better, last longer, and there's no smoke! You'll be amazed at the difference. I know I was! You learn something new everyday. 

Cracker Craving

THE best entertaining crackers. That is all. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Perfect Vanilla Coffee

I love vanilla flavored coffee SO very much. Still, some vanilla coffee blends are too much for me to handle. I want the taste of vanilla, but not so much that I feel like I'm drinking a bottle of extract. An equal blend of Folgers Classic Roast and Dunkin' Donuts French Vanilla makes the perfect combination for my morning pick me up. For my four cups (really two regular coffee cups full) I use two tablespoons of each. I love the balance of this mix. It's not too strong nor is it too weak. I use a regular coffee maker and often, my french press, too. More blogs about coffee below.

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French Press Fanatic
Foods Great with Coffee
Coffee and Punch for Parties

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Best $1.00 Candle

I see that one of my favorite Dollar Tree items has become so popular it has been placed on backorder. Just when I wanted to order a box of these for my Halloween decor, they're gone! I love these large pillar candles. 8" glass jar for $1.00? Come on! You have to order a minimum of 12, which is only $12.00, so I say, for twelve candles, TOO worth it. These are GREAT inside of canisters. If you're patient enough, you'll get on the waiting wagon like me, or at least keep them in mind for future occasions! Have a great week! 

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