If you are really rich and don’t need big discounts on stuff that you already use, don’t bother reading about Yipit the new Groupon. Nope, I take that back. These guys have deals on everything from Old Navy and the Gap to Sunglass Hut to Home Depot.
Now, I’ve been known to toss out a few Groupons around town, but totally can stand to have some more fantastic deals for my family. Remember my Hubby is the sugar daddy in this house. He brings home the bacon and I fry it up in the microwave, with a cover guard to prevent splashes, which makes the nuke-oven smell like bacon fat for 16 days a day.
Actually, my girlfriends and I sometimes get a deal like spa pedicures for a deal and our fearless leader has been known to call the spa and ask if they will allow us to come in after-hours and bring our own wine.
“White or red?” my friend says walking around filling our plastic cups while she has pink rubber toe spreaders on each foot while her nails dry. As you can imagine, I’m not giving up any names because this one ROCKS!!
Our friends at Yipit have curated the best deals this week in the 10 largest U.S. cities. Additionally, they have included the 5 best offers available now nationwide.
If you don’t find your city or see a deal you like, there’s a search engine when you get to the main Yipit page. Type in your city to find deals in your closest town.
(This post is sponsored by JORD watches. I received a watch from them in return for my honest feedback. I cannot and will not be swayed by jewelry.)
Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and once again I’m unprepared. It sneaks up on me every year and I’m lucky if I get my hubby a card. (Note to self, add buying a card on my to-do list.)
I blame my laziness weariness on Christmas. That whole 2-month festival wears me out. By February, I’m certainly not wanting to lift a finger to hit my Amazon-1-Click button. If it weren’t for the munchkins asking me what I want for my birthday, which is a couple days before, then I’d never get the job done and have to make up a last minute gift.
Hello Dear, could I interest you in a lovely home-cooked meal or some romantic laundered clothing? A Skinny Cow ice-cream sandwich, perhaps?
Yeah, it gets all heated up at the Hattons!
Several months ago, during the whirlwind winter season of excessive retail, I was propositioned by a man in the jewelry business. Despite previous comments, I am a happily married woman. But Ladies, when this happens, you must stop and listen because…
Jewelry! Am I right?!
Thankfully, this gentleman was working for JORD watches. Never heard of it? Me neither, but let me tell you this line is unique and breathtakingly beautiful. I honestly have never seen anything like it.
JORD’s website says they use several types of “natural and sustainably sourced wood” when crafting their watches: including maple, sandalwood, bamboo, blackwood, and cherry. They use only 100% natural wood and refrain from the use of toxic chemicals to either treat or protect the wood. Not only do they sell women’s watches, but they have a cool line of men’s watches too.
I went with the maple and it’s gorgeous. It’s light weight, has smooth edges and a natural looking finish so it isn’t all shiny, but elegant. This watch is extremely comfortable and I feel like I’m wearing Scrabble tiles caressing my wrist. It’s just another reminder to pull out my phone and play Words With Friends. Not that I have a problem with it.
I wanted to have beautiful photos of my watch, but my nails are of the brittle persuasion, and was feeling insecure about my mannish wrist. So I “hired” a semi-professional hand model for the photo shoot of my new watch. Actually, a couple of the neighborhood gals voted on who had the nicest hands and possibly a manicure that wasn’t chipped. She drew the short straw, but now she can put hand-model on her resume. You’re welcome!
Work it Hand Model, work it.
I’m allergic to nickel, which is added to most silver, so metal clasps give me a bit of hesitation, but JORD uses stainless steel clasps, to avoid many metal sensitivities. Of course if you are allergic to stainless steel, you might need to have a sundial carved for your wrist.
Since wood is porous, the watch could be more prone to dirt and oil. But they have a recipe for cleaning and protecting your gorgeous timepiece.
This company is out of St. Louis, but they DO ship internationally, for all you folks across the pond. Each watch is shipped to the customer “within 24 hours via 1-3 day priority shipping through USPS.” If the watch you want is out of stock, they will notify you in a day.
So if you have a loved one who has EVERYTHING, this is the perfect gift for him or her. It will be the gift that no one has and is quite the conversation starter.
(This is a sponsored post by the fabulous folks at Smile Brilliant! Even though I was given the products in return for this critique, I am shooting straight from the hip and offering you my true opinion as always.)
Many years ago, after I had kids and sleep became an optional sport; I decided to treat myself to something nice. One day when waiting for my dental hygienist to return to the room after x-rays, I bided my time by reading wall literature.
Next to the sign warning me not to swish with a certain brand of mouthwash because it might turn my teeth purple…or black – can’t remember the details due to the sleep deprivation – was my answer to pampering this disheveled new mom.
I got the information, talked it over with my husband (I think) and signed up to get molds of my teeth made the next week so I could remove the caffeinated beverage stains off my pearly un-whites. The price was outrageously high, somewhere over $300; but after birthing two children 14 months apart, I felt I needed something nice for me.
After scheduling and re-scheduling because it’s hard to manage 2 babies and a calendar, I finally got a sitter so I could get my molds made. The trays were ginormous and the molding material filled up my mouth like the foam crack sealer you use to seal out pests in your basement. If I had any gag reflex problem, the hygienist would have needed more than a swish and spit basin.
I had to wait several weeks before my whitening trays arrived at the dentist office, where I had to return to pick up my supplies. I was tickled pink to be able to whiten my teeth from 50 shades of off-gray to a smile that would turn heads.
After using my whitening trays nightly for a few weeks, a tooth sensitivity which I had never before experienced occurred. My teeth were sensitive to everything but air. Unless there was a cold biting wind, then that was awful too.
Needless to say, I am not a pain-seeking kind of gal, so I gave up with my whitening project– although I hoped I would get back to it when the girls were a bit older.
Six years later, I got an email from Smile Brilliant! asking me if I would like to try their product and write about it. Free teeth whitening?! You betcha.
But then I remembered why I had stopped using the whitening kit I had purchased so many years before. It hurt like the Dickens!
Oh, Charles! Do layeth off my teeth of yesteryear.
When I mentioned this to the Smile Brilliant! folks, they said they had a desensitizing gel that would prevent the painful feelings. I was wary of their claim that I wouldn’t have a problem, but I’m a warrior. Or cheap and vain.
I obviously agreed to try it, and not only am I pleased with the results, but as a recluse who rarely leaves her computer, this was easy peasy! No trip to the dentist. No gag reflex. And I could do it naked. I didn’t…but I could have if I wanted.
First I made the molds of my teeth.
It took maybe 15 minutes total. They give you an extra tray just in case you rush through it and don’t read the instructions thoroughly. So glad I didn’t do anything THAT stupid! Mmmh…
Then you send the molds back in the envelope they provide for you. In less than a week, I had the casts of my teeth and a full whitening and desensitizing kit.
Smile Brilliant! claims:
Dramatic results usually come in 5 to 6 days. We recommend that the initial teeth whitening process be continued for 12 consecutive days.
I used both gels and noticed a substantial difference than the first time I had tried to whiten my teeth and my sensitivity was greatly reduced by the desensitizing gel if I used it each time prior to the whitening trays.
I’m not saying everyone will have the same results, but it was an overall success for me.
– I was able to do it from the comfort of my home.
– It was almost half the price of the dental office procedure.
– Didn’t have to get a sitter.
– It works as effectively whitening as the dentist’s office.
-You can do it naked. If you so desire.
Here’s a video of theirs which will cover any details I may have left out.
Also, their website is quite informative and they have staff who you can e-chat with you regarding the products 24/7. They really make it user friendly and convenient for the customer.
I’d love to hear about any whitening experiences you have. What products have you used and did they do the trick?
(This post is sponsored by The Blogger Collective.)
When I moved out of the house into the dormitory freshman year of college, my folks decided it was time to start a new chapter of their lives. They bought a beautiful home on one of our town’s golf courses and then conveniently forgot to give me a key.
True story. Only a little bitter now.
Sometime during my first or second year, they gave up a copy of their house key – but it probably was when they needed me to feed the cats while they were off playing golf at some fancy course.
I’m not saying they didn’t love me. They just were ready for some privacy. And after becoming a parent, NOW I get it!
When my parents looked at new homes, neither of them knew how to play golf. My father claimed that people do this all the time, but as a college student I thought that was just my parents being quirky.
Mom liked the neighborhood.
Dad liked the view from the back porch. And after sitting out with my father many a night, I came to agree with my father that having a house backed up to a golf course makes your yard seem as if it’s perfectly manicured and goes on forever.
Plus, we had an instant pond equipped with singing toads and the entertainment when ticked off golfers would throw tantrums and heave their clubs into it. Truly enjoyable, especially when they noticed you were watching and then you gave them the neighborly wave.
It didn’t take long for both of my parents to take up the sport. I believe my father did so first, and then my mother thought she might as well join a ladies group so she had something to talk to my Dad about other than laundry and “what’s for dinner?”
Ironically, over the years my Dad’s love of the sport began to sour and then to disdain. He still loved the view, but really didn’t enjoy playing the sport. He would rather spend five hours of his day doing something he enjoyed and that he wouldn’t mentally beat himself up over. Smart man.
My mom, who didn’t want to play golf in the first place, but thought maybe she could get some beautiful vacations out of it, improved her golfing skills every year. Plus, she found a great group of gals to play with.
But my dad was firm in his stance to retire from golf, which left my mom only dreaming of their golf vacations to beautiful resorts around the country.
No Lake of the Ozarks Tan-tar-a Resort and Golf Club. No Verandah in Ft Myers area and no time spent in Desert Princess Palm Springs Golf Resort. Plus, any future plans of touring SW Florida golfing spots was out of the question.
Luckily, with all the extra time my father had not playing golf, has given him time to discover what he truly loves and excels at. He has become a top-rate cook and hosts dinner parties almost more often than my kids take showers in the summer.
Also, he just finished writing a fascinating non-fiction book on his grandfather who had only a grammar school education but became a silent force behind the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas in the first half of the 20th century.
So to all of you golfers out there, I get it. The beauty of the outdoors, the camaraderie… the beer!! But I think I’m more like my dad – I’d rather buy a house on a golf course and have my office window facing the view so I could create my literary masterpiece.
Not that THAT’S going to happen, but the grass is always greener on the golf course – and the view sure would be nice!