Thursday, September 30, 2010

Eight ways to win your heart.

Blog Activity, Day Three

1.  Love animals, especially dogs.  And understand that my dogs are my children and part of my family.

2.  Laughter!  I love to laugh and I love being funny too.  It is always great to be around people you can laugh with.

3.  Creativity.  I love doing arts and crafts and other such creative things.  I really like to be around things and people that bring out more creativity in me.  And I love hearing about peoples' ideas and projects.  It helps inspire me.

4.  Have manners, common sense, and respect.  So many people don't these days.

5.  Be a believer in Gay Rights and Equality, Animal Rights, and don't be a racist.  And don't use the word "gay" as an adjective to describe something that you dislike.

6.  Share my strong distaste for Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, George W. Bush, Fox News, Glenn Beck, Miley Cyrus, and Kesha.

7.  Be loyal to your friends.  I've had some issues with people not being loyal to friendship and it really affects me.

8.  Love food, fashion, and fun!  Or at least 2 out of 3.  I always have the best times with friends when we are just hanging out and being ourselves.  We love good food and drinks.  We love to be cute and we always have a great time...or an adventure worth talking about. :-)

Diva In The Kitchen: Steak Soup

The week before last my friend Mindy came over for our regular viewing of Ru Paul's Drag U.  I was watching Food Network when she arrived, so we started watching an episode that was on because the food looked so good!
The episode was Cooking For Real with Sunny Anderson.  I love that girl.  She is so fun and I always enjoy her recipe ideas.  She was cooking food for the "Working Man", but this non-working woman would eat that meal too.  The main course was Steak Soup, which is what I made for dinner last night.

This soup was super easy to make and pretty quick really.  It has a lot of veggies so it is hearty and filling with lots of vitamins.  The steak and mushroom flavors go together so well.  You could definitely make a lighter version by tweaking things, but if you like steak I really recommend giving this recipe a try.

I topped the soup with diced avocado, sour cream , and tortilla chips.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Nine Things About Yourself

Blog Activity, Day Two
Nine Things About Yourself

1.  I have lived in 8 states and 15 cities.  This most recent move is my 24th time moving in my life.  I'm pretty sick of it.  I've lived in Mississippi, Washington State, Kansas, California, Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, and Massachusetts.  I went to three elementary schools, one middle school (thank goodness!), and three high schools.  High school was the worst by far.

2.  No matter how hard I try, I still can't whistle or blow bubblegum bubbles.  I just find these things impossible to do.  My mother can whistle like a bird, but I can't make any sound come out.  And I was just able to snap my fingers a few months ago.

3.  I taught myself basic HTML.  After my family and I moved from the South to Washington State, we had to live in my uncle's basement for a while while my mom and stepdad looked for a house.  It was an awful time, but I passed the summer (alone, 3000 miles from anyone I ever knew) by being on the internet for hours a day and teaching myself how to make a basic website.  I was really proud of myself; and this fact still impresses my software engineer husband.

4.  I can make any song into a song about chihuahuas.  Yeah, it is kinda lame and embarrassing, but I love my dogs.  They are my kids.  During the day, I like to entertain them by making up songs, or song parodies, all about chihuahuas.  It's quite fun.

5.  The first time I left home, I moved 3000 miles away.  It was a HUGE step for me and something I still feel was not only a great thing for me to do, but necessary as well.  I moved to Boston to live with a couple of my friends.  Since I was ten-years-old I wanted to go to Boston - to live there and experience the city.  When the opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it.  My two close friends had moved there the year before and invited me to move in with them.  I saved as much money as I could, bought my plane ticket, and started packing my belongings.  About a month before my move, I told my mom and stepdad what I was doing.  They weren't really happy.  They said I was going to fail and be moving back in with them quicker than they could blink.  I moved, found a job, and had a great time.  I never asked them for a dime.  Not only did I prove to myself that I could realize my dreams and make things happen and take care of myself, but I also felt that I proved my parents wrong.

6.  I made (or personalized) almost everything for our wedding.  My husband and I had almost two years from engagement to wedding day.  I tried to spend my time ultra-wisely and planned SO much ahead of time.  This included making so many things for the wedding.  I designed and made all of our Save-The-Dates and wedding invitations.  I designed monograms and logos, designed our programs, menus, and music playlists.  I spent 14 hours gluing rhinestones onto a hoodie to spell out my married name to wear the morning of the wedding.  I made my own jewelry, sewed the groom, bridesman, and ring bearer's vests and ties, made 300 tissue paper flowers for pom-poms, dressed up candle holders with beaded embellishments, bedazzled a cake knife and my wedding shoes, and designed the fused glass plates we used as wedding favors for our guests.  I am sure I am forgetting many things, but I put my heart and soul into planning our wedding.  I had help from some really wonderful friends and family to expedite my ideas.  It was worth every penny and every hour of work.  I wouldn't change any of it.

7.  I didn't make a "B" on my report card until 7th grade.  I cried for days.  I always wanted to be the best at everything and excel at everything.  I was really hard on myself and held myself to an impossibly high standard.  That was my only "B" for a while, until I got to Chemistry in 9th or 10th grade.  My chemistry teacher was more caught up in being "cool" (because her daughter was a cheerleader) than actually doing a good job at teaching.  And once I started changing high schools, I got so depressed that I stopped caring about things like Physics and Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus.  I still graduated in the top 7% of my class.

8.  As much as I have traveled, I have still never been to Europe.  Ireland is at the top of my list, followed by Italy, Greece, Scotland, and England.  I'd also like to check out Germany as well.

9.  I hate to pay full price for anything.  I like to be frugal and I LOVE bargains and steals and deals (who doesn't right?).  But it can be really hard for me to buy things that aren't on sale.  I'd rather go online and look for it cheaper. lol  And then sometimes I forget about shipping, so....Coupons are very good friends of mine.

Diva On A Budget: Personalized Picture Gifts from ArtsCow

I'm not quite sure how I heard about ArtsCow.  I do remember though that it was the first place I found with decently priced stretched photo canvases.  I really wanted to order some wedding photos on canvas and didn't want to pay $80 for just one.  ArtsCow has crazy awesome prices on all sizes of stretched and unstretched canvases.

My first order was back in January when I ordered an 8x10 wedding photo and a 6x6 picture of one of my dogs on stretched canvas.  The 8x10 was only $13.99 and the 6x6 was $9.99.  But I hadn't thought about shipping when I ordered.  The shipping is pretty crazy sometimes.  Shipping cost me $17 for that order.

BUT THEN I started getting emails about sales they had going on.  They have FREE SHIPPING on things all the time!  That is the time to get things for sure!

My second order was a mini coin purse and two 5x7 stretched canvases.  (All of that was only $15)

This is the coin purse.  I did a wedding photo on the front and a picture from our honeymoon in Maui on the back.  The pictures turned out really well and this little gem holds quite a lot.

Here are the two 5x7s I ordered.  They look really great!  I had just opened the package, so the plastic wrapping you see comes off.  They have a nice matte finish.
My group photo with NKOTB in July 2009
My sister's wedding

My third order was a deal for 3 cosmetic bags of any size for only $8.00 + free shipping!  I made a few bags and just received them in the mail.  They are lined like the mini coin purse and they have a little zippered pocket on the inside.  Because I ordered two of the extra-large size and one of the large, I saved almost $50 using the coupon.
Large size. It is 9 inches by 6 inches.  I did a picture of Diamond Head I took in Honolulu and a picture of us at a luau on the front.

On the back are two pictures from the top of Haleakala.

Extra-large size.  It is 8 inches by 10 inches.  I made a wedding photo one as well.  With this one, I really started utilizing the background images, fonts, and layout options.  

With this one, I just put a couple of the New Kids photos I took during my concerts.  They look really great on the fabric. Very clear.

You can follow ArtsCow on Facebook.  If you'd like to order some of these things for yourself, here are some coupon codes:
Mini Coin Purses - Now through October 6th, use coupon code "MINICOINS" to get the coin purses for $1.99 with free shipping.  (They are regular $6.99)
Cosmetic Bags - The 3 any size cosmetic bag for $8 deal is going on through October 2nd.  Use coupon code "3COSMETIC8".  Includes free shipping.  (Regular prices range from $7.99 to $13.99 each)
Canvases - Right now through October 10th, there is a special on unstretched canvases.  It is for two 12 inch canvases for $13.99 with free shipping. (They are regular $11.99 and $12.99 each) Coupon code "UNSCNVS".

Have fun and get creative.  They have SO MANY things you can put a picture on.  It could make for great Christmas presents too.  If you get something, let me know what you think of it.

Friday, September 24, 2010

10 Things You Want To Say to 10 Different People Right Now

Blog Activity, Day One
10 Things You Want to Say to 10 Different People Right Now

1. To my husband:  You have no idea how much I love you and how much you mean to me.  Even if I told you I love you every minute for the rest of our lives, it wouldn't be enough to convey how special you are to me.  You are the best thing in my life.

2. To my dad:  I miss you.  We both could have handled things differently and now it is too late.  I think about you every day and I hope you know I love you.

3. To my little sister:  Real life is going to be better than high school.  I hope you are able to make it through without going crazy.  Please remember to respect and love yourself and form your own opinions of things as you grow.

4. To my chihuahuas:  I wish you were my tiny, furry immortals.  I don't ever want to be without you.

5. To an old friend:  I can admit that I don't miss you too much and that is liberating.

6. To my mom:  I want you to love yourself and be happy.

7. To my in-laws:   I am lucky to have you in my life.  You are both such kind people.

8. To my brother:  I'm really proud of you and your accomplishments thus far.

9. To my big sister:  I love you and miss you and always wish we lived near each other.  We need to talk more.

10. To Whom It May Concern:  Equality is important.  Gay people should be able to share their lives with their partner in a loving marriage.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Diva On A Budget: Lane Bryant Deals

Thanks to my wonderful husband for informing me of this deal!  I just saved a TON of money over at Lane Bryant online.  Right now, there are some AMAZING deals in the Clearance section.  Plus, use coupon code "015002297" to get $15 off on orders of $50 or more.
I got $200 worth of merchandise for $50.  Here are the goods:
61640  sleep pant 
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Old Navy Blues….

I find it hard to boycott Old Navy when they have cute things.  I seriously want to despise them for taking the plus-size clothes out of the stores and making it so that if I do order online, I can’t return plus-size clothes to the store; I can only mail them in.  My husband gets some of the Big and Tall stuff from Old Navy online and GUESS WHAT??  Chubby guys can return things to the store, but chubby girls CANNOT.  It INFURIATES me!!
So I haven’t bought anything from them in a long, long time.  I try to ignore them.  But when a new season starts I inevitably check out the new stuff and want some of it.  I must resist…..But if I did buy some things, these would be on my list:
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