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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Piggy Paint-An exciting discovery!!

I have been on the hunt for natural fingernail polish FOREVER!! My son is highly highly sensitive to smells. Both my nine year old daughter and I are nail biters:( I could NOT bring myself to put the toxic chemicals of fingernail polish on my daughter. Whenever we'd go to a health food store or drug store she would ask if they'd have nail polish that we could use. Nope. Searched and searched. One health food store asked me that if I did ever find natural fingernail polish, what was I going to remove it with?


Piggy Paints are:

Water based (not flammable)
and FREE of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone...
and made in the USA!


Melanie Hurley is the founder of Piggy paints and the mother of two little girls.
Melanie explains the necessity and inspiration of Piggy Paints:
"One day while we were painting nails over a foam plate, my daughter dropped a glob of her solvent-based polish onto the plate. Shortly after, the paint began to bubble and “ate” through the plate. I looked in dismay at the hole in the plate and decided to test all of her other “kid” polishes on the foam. Within minutes, ALL of the solvent-based polishes began to bubble and eventually left big holes in the plate. From that day on, I decided that any flammable substance that could eat through foam was unacceptable for my children’s fingernails, which would inevitably end up in their mouths."

I contacted Piggy Paints and they sent me a bottle of polish AND natural remover to review. YEP. That is how I will remove the natural fingernail polish, thank you very much:)

WE LOVED IT!!! The color we received was great! My daughter was so amazed that there was no smell. It went on well and stayed on. I was excited that it was natural and safe but so so impressed that it is high quality, comes in great colors and stays on!! I am so excited and now want these for stocking stuffers or maybe Holiday festivities:

********I have a discount code for my readers!!!**************
Enter: HANDFUL15L expiration January 31, 2010
for 15% off anything on the website including sale items.

**Spend over $25 and domestic shipping is FREE! They ship worldwide!

I was given a sample of Piggy Paint polish and remover to review. I was not compensated in anyway for my opinion of them.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Book Review- "From Peanuts to the Pressbox" by Eli Gold

From Peanuts to the Pressbox, by Eli Gold (with M.B. Roberts.)
is a well written, easy to follow memoir of a young boy living out the American dream in the sports industry. The book follows his journey from a young sports fanatic to becoming one of America's top sports broadcaster.

Eli Gold is man's man. He is someone that inspires you to put your faith back into the men of sports. In this memoir he shares a glimpse of his friends, experiences and sports history, revealing that there are other admirable men in this industry worth believing in and routing for. He covers his experience and history of a variety of sports: From minor league hockey to Nascar, from SEC football to the AFL and many others in between

I shared this book with my thirteen year old son who loved it. He enjoyed it's fast paced narrative and history and enjoyed getting acquainted with other sports announcers and athletes. I felt good about sharing this book with my son--we dont share the same obsession and desire for all things manly and sports inspired. I was however searching for a common ground to show him what determination and good character can bring to your life experience.

*I was given From Peanuts to the Pressbox, a memoir by Eli Gold (with M.B. Roberts. from Thomas Nelson publishing from the publisher to review here on my blog. I was not compensated in any other way nor was my opinion swayed.

You can find more reviews or purchase your own copy here:
From Peaunts to Pressbox-Eli Gold

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Help for my living room?

I have showed you my living room before. In all its glory:
I got an amazing deal on couches and worked on this room a bit....I was hesitant to show you the room because it isn't *done*. I'm not sure what ever is really *done*

A lot has changed in here that I am excited about but it is no way near designer show room AND the room is really small and needs to serve a lot of purposes:)

**I found some Waverly drapes at Good Will, for $10.00 a panel, they are washable and lined.

**There is NO light in this room despite the great lamps I got at a hotel storage closeout...I bought this at the thrift store AND bought some metallic paint in a color that I isn't perfect, but it was $7.00 and we now have light :)

**The brown and black pillows came with the couches. I'm trying to figure out how to cover them without sewing:) The smaller pillows are covered with Dollar Tree Slip covers.

**The oil painting next to the door is also part of my recent "inheritance"

**I got a cream colored knitted throw from Target for $10.00. I lOOOVE it and it feels like Autumn when I curl up in it on "my" new couches:)

If you have any suggestions of things that *I* can actually DO or work towards....please share!!

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Monday, November 9, 2009

My Living Room

You may remember that I got a small inheritance recently. Our living room furniture was borrowed and really not cutting it.

I was searching and searching for dining room furniture...

THAT didn't fall into place: but these did:

Originally from Ashley Furniture, I scored big time at Big Lots....for $329.00 Each.

It was really really hard to hand the checker 7 $100 bills. REALLY HARD. he assured me that it was a really good deal and to check the prices at the Ashely furniture store.
WOW. Apparently, I really scored.
I also have an amazing amazing friend with what she calls her "little red wagon" This amazing trailer that folds up into almost nothing in her garage but held both couches. She had this magic elastic netting to hold the couches in and could maneuver her husband's truck and this trailer with both couches well enough to whip us into the parking lot of a Starbucks with what seemed like no effort. Wow again.

**Photos to follow:)

I shared this adventure with the ladies at:

head over there to see all their frugal ideas:)

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