Monthly Archives: October 2013

Searching for that Perfect Something

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Remember the days when we had to drive store to store to find the perfect piece of clothing or gift we wanted? Ultimately most of the time I settled for something not quite perfect, probably paid more than I wanted and left only slightly satisfied. Here is one of my favorite websites I use to find that perfect “something” online. 

Shopping for a specific type of shoe or piece of clothing? Try www.shopstyle.com. For example I put in “Womens Flat Brown Boot” in the search field. The Shop Style website then presented me with photos, prices and links of multiple options. Sorting by price, popularity and new items can speed up your search when you get a little overwhelmed by all the options. Other cool Shop Style features include setting sale alerts for items you want to watch or a sale alert for every item in your search criteria. If you find something you like and want more information or to purchase it, just click on the photo and viola you are directed right to that item on the store’s website. Don’t forget to check www.retailmenot.com and Ebates.com for additional discounts. 

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Never too Early to Start Christmas Shopping

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Through 10/26 Walgreens is running a pretty spectacular deal on photo gifts. Choose from a Reusable Shopping Bag (reg. $12.99!), a Mousepad(reg. $9.99!), a Laminated Placemat (reg. $9.99!), an 11 oz Full Photo Classic Mug (reg. $11.99!), or a5×7 Photo Book (reg. $9.99!) for only $5! 

  • To make the deal even sweeter, get an additional 4% cash back through Ebates.com
  • Save an additional 30% cash back on orders over $20 with code SOMEGIFT and ship for free with code FREETOSHIP20

Hope you can take advantage of this great deal!

Amazon Wish List. The Internet is Your Shopping Mall!

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It’s no secret the holidays are one of my favorite times of year. I love the decorations, parties and who doesn’t love the presents!  When it comes to gift giving everyone loves a little direction. I will admit I am really hard to buy for. Even my husband who sees me everyday is usually at a loss for what I want on any given holiday. So in comes the Amazon Wish List!

The Amazon Wish List is my go to website when I’m creating any sort of registry or wish list. The thing that sets the Amazon Wish List apart is you can add anything from the Amazon website and any item from other websites. Setting up an Amazon Wish List is easy and your family will thank you when it comes time to exchange gifts! 

Step 1: Login or create an Amazon.com account.

Step 2: Go to Your Account and select Your Wish List from the drop down menu.

Step 3: Name your list. You can also make it private or share with only certain people. If you make your list public your friends and family can find the list by using your email address. 

Step 4: In the left column under Wish List tips, click on Add items to your List from anywhere. This link will allow you to download a button for your internet browser bar so you can add items from any website with the click of one button. 

Step 5: Start wishing! Your Wish List button should be to the left of the internet address bar. I went to Sephora.com and found a perfume I wanted to add to my list. I pushed the button and a pop up window appeared that looked like this. If you are shopping for clothing it’s also helpful to put a size and color into the comment section. 

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Ta-dah! My Wish List is now updated.

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Hope this nifty tool will help you receive the gifts you want and also help your family and friends stay sane around the holiday season!

Is Organic Produce Worth it?

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Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 9.14.20 PMWhat is organic and why should we care?  Organic produce is grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. One reason we all should care is our food supply has changed over the past 20 years and no one informed the consumers. Genetically modified foods became quiet replacement for our conventional fruits and vegetables we grew up on. In my opinion how can we really know the health implications of these fruits and vegetables that were grown from chemicals?

There is a huge movement in the United States against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOS). Expect to hear more and more about them in the near future. Some states are lobbying to pass laws that will require companies to label their products that contain GMOS. Sounds fair to me, let the customers decide with their dollars.

Making the change to organic fruits and vegetables doesn’t happen overnight. Some stores have limited selection or prices that are just out of reach. However, Organic.org posted the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables in our stores.

12 Most Contaminated

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

On the bright side Organic.org also posted a list of produce that is the least contaminated.

12 Least Contaminated

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya

Make a change for your health and start researching what is in our food. One of my favorite websites is www.foodbabe.com. Check out Food Babe’s  video on a Lean Cuisine product labeled 100% Natural but is actually full of GMOs. Click here for the video.  Grocery shopping will never be the same again!