Shop At Home Twitter Party

ShopAtHome.com is kicking off their National Coupon Month celebration with a Twitter party tonight!

Hang out on twitter from 7-8p MT {9p EST} & follow along with the #shopSAH hashtag. The host will be @ShopAtHome with @Carole_Baker & @VIB_ShopAtHome as cohosts. I’ll be there too as we chat about coupons & they give out prizes. You must have registered at ShopAtHome.com to be eligible to win the goodies which include FIVE $100 Sephora gift cards. Tweet y’all tonight!

Also, WILD deal alert, if you’re thinking of giving magazines as holiday gifts this year, this deal from magazines.com will be a hit for you & your bank account with up to 56% cash back on magazines. Another WILD deal that is great for the holiday & party hostesses is 60% off a white divided server {$19.99 after coupon code:SHOPHM10 & cash back}.

Five Fabulous Bloggy Favs

Thanks to Trop50 for sponsoring my writing about fabulous bloggers. This year Trop50 is granting 50 Fabulous Wishes. Click here to enter for a chance to win $1,000 to celebrate a friend with a refreshing attitude about looking and feeling fabulous!

How do I list just my five favorite fabulous bloggers?! I checked & I now attempt to keep up with around 150 blogs. Some are decorating, others books, fashion, & lots are newly married-turned-TTC-turned-mommy blogs. I think they are all fabulous & I love the different perspectives & ideas my all blogging friends provide.

When I started blogging back in 2008, my first favorites included Matt Logelin, Suz Steece, & Pioneer Woman. I could go on & on talking about how awesomely fabulous they are, but y’all already know that. I’ve also loved & followed my fabulous in-real-life friends BA, Jenny, Alethea, Nicole & Beth since their blogs began. I bet y’all already love their blogs too!

Instead, I want to share with y’all a few of my current favorites: my fabulous BlogHer roommates & Sally & another blogger named Suzanne! I think I originally got to “know” all five of these ladies through twitter. Lucky for me, I’ve met three in real life {only 2+ months til I meet the others}. These are five fabulous women who’s blogs I check out first on reader & then click over to comment on their witty posts. All five are mothers & I’m already taking notes on the sweet, fun, fabulous ways they are raising their children.

I first met Alena of Charmingly Chandler when she traveled to the PW cookbook signing {I found this photo she’d emailed me of the group & it’s the best one of us}. I loved her & her precious daughter Sophia from the start. I also won my first {& so far only} cloth diaper from her! Alena & her fabulous family came back again to hang out before & during Jenny’s triplets shower. From there, our friendship has taken off & then it’s grown even more once we decided to be roomies for BlogHer. I can’t wait to see her again in person & I know they’ll be lots more photos!

Diana of Hormonal Imbalance calls herself a crunchy housewife. I love her honest posts about parenting Bella, ups & downs of marriage & life as a military wife {I’m still sad they aren’t moving to NC}. Her recently post in a bathing suit made me love her even more ~ so brave & looked rock star hot as she prepared to see her hubby for the first time in a while. I’m really looking forward to meeting her in San Diego.

Miranda from Not Super Just Mom rounds out as my fourth BlogHer roomie. She’s an English teacher {I hope she doesn’t look to closely at my grammar!}, wife, mom to Joshua, & PPD survivor. She lead a great blog series recently promoting & supporting mental health week. But she’s not all serious stuff ~ I loved following her #idolsnark tweets while watching American Idol! I can’t wait meet & party with her in August!

Sally of Exploits of a Military Mama sat next to me at dinner after we met PW. The time flew by over pasta & laughter. I’ve followed along {through her tweets, blog & emails} as she’s over come single parenting while her husband was deployed, moving further away, & now her exciting second pregnancy. Sally’s blog is a great cloth diaper resource & she & Sully are just too cute. Photo below is the only one I had of us ~ it’s from dinner & front to back, Sarah, Sally, me & Beth.

I love finding local bloggers. A pretty, talented one who shares my name?! I was hooked on Suzanne’s Pretty*Swell from my first click. We tweeted & emailed then after she invited me, I joined a local Raleigh blogging group & was able to meet Suzanne there. I don’t eat bacon but her post on the NC State Fair had me laughing out loud. Her first daughter {whom she calls Small Fry} is so sweet & she even vlogs. Suzanne just gave birth to baby Sunshine & I’m hoping to be able to get to meet her soon!

Don’t forget to enter the 50 Fabulous Wishes contest for a chance to win $1,000 to celebrate a friend with a refreshing attitude about looking and feeling fabulous. I was selected for this Tropicana Trop50 sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do. I received compensation to use and facilitate my post.

steam it up?!

Last night on twitter, MrsLLG, Lins610 & Poeia were discussing the amazingness that is the Shark Steam Mop. It all started when Lauren bought one this weekend at Costco. Then Lins chimed in that she’d used hers from everything from the kitchen & bathroom floors to the walls! Sarah asked if it could clean the shower walls with it! I was smitten.

I’d missed the opportunity to get the basic one {photo above} at Walmart for $25 midnight Thanksgiving last year. I’ve been kicking myself ever since. Especially after reading their tweets last night. This evening I went to Costco all set to purchase & make this dream machine my own.

I was shocked to find that the professional model even at Costco was $99 {after researching to find photos-from shark website- I realize this is a good deal}. I was guessing more like $50-$75.

Tonight I passed. I bought wine, rotisserie chicken, bananas & dried mangos instead. I’m going to sit on the idea. See how long I can deal with not-steamed-floors while waiting for the price to drop. Or even better to find a Kohls or Walmart coupon for it. I think I’d be good with the basic.

Does anyone have one already? Is it all that plus more? What’s the craziest thing you’ve cleaned with it? Where have you found either for cheap?!

Lynnwood Girls Night

I had such a great time tonight with Alethea, Beth, Anne & Sarah at Lynnwood Grill.  We hated that Emilee missed out, but we’re looking forward to her & any other Raleigh ladies joining us next time.  You gotta love events planned via twitter!! Some beers were enjoyed by all. Even though it was wing night, we all skipped wings & went for other yummy dishes like pizza & sandwiches.  We covered all types of girl topics; kids, husbands, work, food, drinks, voting, photos etc. I brought the camera because I love it & wanted to get advice on take photos.  Oh & I love these photos of us.  Can’t wait until we do it again!

Twitter Home Tour

A couple of awesome girls in the twitter universe came up with the idea. I love checking out other peoples homes & getting ideas, so I joined on. Our house is definitely not model home quality, but its ours and we like it.

Let’s start with our foyer. I couldn’t get a good picture of the overall, so here’s my three favorites from the area: dried flowers from my bouquet, wedding portrait, & wedding Bible quote & favorite beach wedding photo.
This room is a disaster. It was an office/junk room. Husband’s trying to turn it into a “man room”. It’ll eventually be the nursery (who knows where all the stuff will go then). Yall only get a brief glance.Next as we make our way down the hall is our guest bedroom. This is almost the exact same room as my college & right post college room. But I still love my Chi Omega owls & photos.When we moved in, this bathroom was awful! Multiple layers of wallpaper + boarder. The paint turned out brighter than I wanted, but I love how this beachy bathroom has turned out.
Now our bedroom. We’re still working on a headboard~ first couldn’t find one we like, then all too expensive. I think we found one just last week~ my Dad’s cousin offered her extra for $50!! The jewelry tree in between the windows is very special to me. My mom made it out my her mom’s costume jewelry!
Our bathroom is bad. Needs to be painted but one wall needs to be resheetrocked due to prior owners. But this is working for now. (PHOTO TO COME LATER)

Back down the hallway to the foyer. Take a left & you enter our kitchen. We redid this about a year & half ago!
The dining room & den are one big room but we have divided by couches. This is were we spend most of the time & from where I blog!
Hope you’ve enjoyed Suz’s home! Now go check out the other lovely ladies of the twitter home tour!