May 212011

Copperfield Bowl Groupon

Yes! I love a good bowling deal – especially with summer coming up and kids get “boooored” [you know the tone I'm using].

This deal includes three games for two bowlers, shoe rental for two and a $10 snack credit! All for only $20!

You know you want to get on this deal, and quick, because it ends at midnight, Sunday, May 22.

PS – Shop through eBates and receive 3% cash back.

The fine print: Expires Nov 23, 2011. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Non-transferable.

Finally, remember to sign up with AMF for AMF Funner Summer deals, emails start flying out next weekend!

 Posted by at 9:15 am
May 212011

SQUARE card readerWelcome to another conversation I had with B on Friday morning:

Me: I’m going to start sanding the new furniture so I can paint and sell those bad boys.

B: Sweet! I wonder if there’s something you can take with out to accept credit at your next show, like a swipe machine or something.

Me: THERE IS! It’s a little square that you stick into your smart phone and it charges the credit card from my customer. I have one already, but I can’t use it… because we don’t have smart phones yet…

B: Wow, that sucks. Way to put the cart before the horse.

Me: I know! That’s what I have been telling everybody too…

We laughed at it. Hopefully you will too!

 Posted by at 8:00 am
May 132011

25% off Hollister Co.

It is almost summer! Almost time for bare shoulders and flip flops in the hot Texas sun.

This weekend, head on over to Hollister Co. to receive and additional 25% off your online purchase.

[Promotional code 35380] 

This offer is valid online only and on regular and clearance priced merchandise from Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15.

TGIF Friends!

 Posted by at 8:05 am
May 122011

Every year [that we have lived in our house, at least] we have participated in the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive benefiting Feeding America. The Feeding America charity is best known for it’s diligence in providing food for those who are food insecure [at or below poverty levels]. 

Did you know that one in six Americans go hungry every day, sometimes days or a week even? 

Did you know that there are over 14 million children served by Feeding America [read: there are over 14 million hungry children in America]? 

Did you know that Texas is one of the top 5 states with the highest population of food insecure families?

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 Posted by at 8:00 am
May 112011

AMF Funner Summer

Head over to AMF Funner Summer to register for your weekly [summer] discount coupon. The registration form asks for your name, email address, state and zip code, then you will be able chose your local AMF where you will use the coupon(s).

Every Sunday [beginning May 29] you will receive an email from AMF with a coupon, valid Monday through Friday, for shoes + two hours of bowling for only $8.99 per person.

Before heading out for your bowling trip, check the AMF website or call ahead for lane availability – some days they are packed with day-care centers or morning practices and other days they are completely empty.

Happy ALMOST summer friends!

 Posted by at 8:00 am
May 082011

Blooming Dwarf Myrtle


My most beloved bush – my Dwarf Myrtle. When it is in bloom [right now] it has the most delicate, fresh and happy scent.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the delicate, fresh and happy mothers of children, plants and animals.

 Posted by at 3:11 pm
May 062011

rotary phone

B and I do not want to create another bill until our #1 is gone bye-bye in 3 months.

But, I went online to look at all of the pretty designs and colors and now I want one really badly – it’s a strong case of The Joneses, for sure! Not only are the phones pretty, our carrier is having a GREAT sale since we are not under contract anymore. I can’t even decide which one I want, they are all so complex and flashy - I do know that I am surely not paying for text messaging anymore since there are apps that allow you to send texts for free.

I have my first show in two weeks and I tried that angle with him, I NEED one to complete my transactions. What if somebody wants to pay me with plastic? I can’t do anything about it if I don’t have a smarty pants phone, do you want me to lose a sale because we are so old school… He’s not budging. He’s a good husband.

B: “We aren’t even going to go into the store until #1 is complete. Unless my phone dies or is killed before then, forget it.”

Me: “Let me see your phone!”

TGIF Friends!

 Posted by at 2:17 pm
Apr 252011

Do you have one of those family’s that loves to mess with you, in a good way? I do, big time!

Yesterday [Easter] was yet another day of driving for the H family, it seems like that is all we do nowadays. Easter and Christmas consist of the same commuting routine because of their distance from home base; 10am to my parents for brunch then B’s parents for dinner and home by 8pm.

So, yesterday, we headed to my parents at 10am to have fried bacon and AMAZING homemade/handmade cinnamon rolls [a la DJ Grumpy Pants, aka. my baby brother]; I would have caught a shot for you all, but once the icing was down those babies were gone! Johnny and I worked on the blog [updating the widgets and viewing 404's we wish we would have come up with] and B, Mom and Dad watched some of the Astros game and some of the inside of their eye-lids.

We trotted out to my in-laws around 2pm, another 50 miles in the bucket… but, on the way there we realized B’s phone was missing. SO, I called back and left a voice message at my parents to check the couch where the siesta took place and the countertop where the snacks were loaded. No biggie, we’re sure it was left there somewhere… and then I realized I left my camera too, what a big fat bummer.

So, no pictures of my sweet little muffin on her first actual Easter egg hunt. She was pretty cute and loves me [and chocolate] dearly, just saying. We chowed on Easter enchiladas and fajitas which were pretty good since I was SUPER full after the first go-round but went back for seconds [the scale did not lie last night!]; my sweet niece was supposed to rise early to make spring rolls, but they did not make… thank goodness! Oink Oink.

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 Posted by at 5:00 pm
Apr 182011

I think I finally found the door handles I have been looking for on my buffet remodel!


I said, “Babe, I think these are the ones, maybe someday soon the buffet will move from the garage to the house and you will be able to park in the garage again!”

B: “Don’t tease me…”

HAHAHA! I <3 my husband to the moon and back!

 Posted by at 7:37 pm
Apr 172011

Remember this beautiful piece of art we received for Christmas last year? We are finally getting around to hanging it in it’s final destination.

After we had the piece stretched, and $90 later, we were stumped on what to do about a frame. Custom frames are not cheap, would be extremely heavy and I really do not like the idea of sending out this bad boy for two-three weeks; what if it gets messed up or lost!?

B came up with an idea to make our own frame out of wood and paint it, cheaper and quick… and if it got messed up it would only be our faultadd character. This piece needs something better than snooze fest wood, so I proposed nailing the frame to the wall and hanging fabric behind to add dimension. Eh, OK, it was an idea. We went to Lowe’s last weekend and low and behold, styrofoam polystyrene Architectural Ornament mouldings in a style that match our other frames, it was like having Angel’s from Heaven come down and sing, “Here you are our loves, this is what you want.” So, we came home and B worked out the measurements and we came up with the placement on the wall; it was tough cookies though, he likes the frame centered on the wall but I do not care for looking up at art [one of my pet peeves].

What a sad wall, don’t you think?


 The frame measures 48 x 70; so, for snips and giggles, let’s do some funny math, shall we?

48(2)+70(2)= 236 inches

Fanciful frames start at ~$1.06/inch * 236 = $250.16 plus all of the other service fees that go along with creating a custom frame of this size. CRAZY TALK!

How did we do it? We bought 4 pieces of the styrofoam polystyrene mouldings (we only needed 3, but some where along the way a corner got cut a little to short) at $18/each = $72! We used the staple gun to attach the mouldings to the wall; it was so funny because we first shot it with the brad nailer and it went straight through the moulding and really deep into the sheet rock. We painted the mouldings gloss white to match all of the other trim and the grey is left over from our mantle. I added a 1″ satin ribbon ($2.00) around the edge of the stretched canvas to hide the sides, it is glued to the top of the canvas with Liquid Stitch, easy peasy.

Total Cost for the Entire Piece: $164.00

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