Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
If you've left me a comment for the Burt's Bees samples, email me your address so I can drop your things in the mail! PaisleyPumpkin@gmail.com
Posted by ~Robin~ at 9:22 PM
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Y'all know i'm a member of http://www.bzzagent.com/ - once in awhile I throw a giveaway up here when they send me something good that I want to share. Today is your lucky day because *I* got a box in the mail. It was a small box, but it's got great stuff in it! Ready for it?
This is a product line for sensitive skin...in my little box I got a full size tube of facial cleanser and a full size daily moisturizing cream. That's not all, I also got coupons and sample packs of the fantastic moisturizing cream with cotton extract. It's 99.0% natural, fragrance free, hypo-allergenic, Allergy-testes and dermatologist-tested. It has no parabens, phthalates, or petrochemicals and it's not tested on our little furry friends. How great is that?
Look at all that BEEutiful stuff! I can't give away the full size products because I have to use them and report back, but I can and will give away the samples and coupons! The first 5 folks to leave me a comment will get a sample (there's also a coupon on the back). Friday 10/28/11 we'll generate a "special" winner from everyone who leaves a comment.
About that cleanser - I love it. I was just about out of my regular cleanser when this box showed up. After realizing I had to remove the foil seal (duh) we were in business. This is a non-greasy, non-foaming, non-soapy, creamy cleanser. There's no scent to irritate my eyes (i'm currently having some scent related allergy issues) and my skin feels soft and smooth after washing and patting dry. It's not tight, no tingling, no redness - it's just fresh and clean. A little bit goes a long way - so I expect this trial tube will last me at least until the end of November. That's some bang for your buck right there.
About that moisturizer. I like it, but i'm not sure I love it. It leaves my skin feeling nice, but almost sticky, almost greasy. It's better after it's had a little time to soak in. It may just be me, i'm not big on facial moisturizers. I will, of course, continue to use it and see how I adjust to it. I might love it more this winter in Tennessee...
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Today my friends Rebekah (yes friendS - two of them, both Rebekah with a "K") and I hit the streets of Central Florida for some yard sales, thrift stores and Habitat ReStore.
This whole day was based on a Facebook post. You see, I "like" the Seminole County ReStore. Mostly because they always post photos of the stuff they get in (unlike the other locations around here). So I happened to check Facebook when I was at lunch yesterday and there it was. Most awesome table EVER. I immediately texted it to Rebekah #2 because she and I just "get" each other with upcycling. Text was "OMG - WANT! Seminole ReStore" and her response was "OMG buy it! If you don't I will!" Done. This was mid afternoon Friday. ReStore is only open until 6. So we made plans to go yard sale shopping today. Which turned into girls day doing a little of everything.
So - here's what started the whole day. I'm going to refinish it - and this is not the most stellar photo, so you'll have to live with it for now. I have to go pick it up Monday because - well, the SUV was FULL by the time we got there. Chairs, headboards, iron scroll work, we got good stuff today. More on that later.
It's solid wood and...AND...A.N.D. the whole top turns. It's like a giant lazy susan! When I first saw it, I immediately thought "Ballard" "Pottery Barn" - it's like a giant gear.
$45 + tax - mine mine mine! It's not as huge as it looks. Cannot wait to refinish it! I have a couple of thoughts, but i'd love to hear your suggestions.
ETA - after a little Googling... I found the same table (for real...) that sold (price not listed - boooo) on a site I have seen before. CRAZY Expensive.
Sultana - For Sale and Sultana - SOLD
I've also found out (I love Google...I mean seriously) that it's vintage 1970 and it's from Ethan Allen.
Popular Table - and lots of people really want to get their hands on one!
$200 for sale in Maryland.
$380 in Houston comes with a matching lamp/table. I have a friend who just moved to Clear Lake...where these are located. Probably not her style though.
Apartment Therapy - in a cool blue finish - blue doesn't work for me either, but I like it. I'm beginning to think I might ditch the glass top.
Throwing my find in for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday over at Coastal Charm it's been awhile since I had a minute to join in the party!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Yesterday afternoon my husband called me at work to tell my a message was left for me on his cell phone voice mail. Color me confused.
Turns out it was the fraud department for our credit union. Three guesses what i'm about to say...first two don't count.
Yep, someone got my debit card number and went to town.
- Entertainment Weekly subscription
- several online gaming sites
- etc, etc, etc...
Generally Mr. Paisley stops by the bank and takes out cash for each of us for the week. We used to have a $100 each "allowance" for the week, but recently, we dropped it to $80 after crunching some numbers and deciding that paying off the TN mortgage (principle) at $1000 a year wasn't cool. So beefing up that payment and curbing our more or less wasteful spending. The fact that I have cash, is why my debit card is collecting dust. We pay for Sunday breakfast, gas at BJs and whatever store purchases we make at BJs with Mr. P's card usually. Why I don't know...I think he just likes to play with the card reader. This week, I did pay for groceries with my card (on Sunday...after going to BJs). Frankly, I can't tell you the last time I was in Publix, but I couldn't find ANYTHING in there. What a pain! Maybe I should grocery shop more often...that's not the point though so i'll move on.
I also NEVER use my debit card when I shop online. Sure it has a Visa logo on it and does indeed act as a credit card, but call me old fashioned, i'm a little paranoid about using it online when it's connected to my checking account. Oh and I do indeed have the card in my possession so no one "took" it.
So the card was inactivated and today I got copies of my credit reports from the big three. Nothing suspicious, but I put fraud alerts on them just in case. I have no plans to open any credit card accounts any time soon, so no skin off my back and better safe than sorry.
So - word to the wise...keep an eye on your accounts! Even if there are fraud units doing it for you.
Here's a link to the government's identity theft site...because you never know.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Continuing on my "cooking" trend with the cooler weather, I whipped up a cake to take to work. Nothing fancy I assure you...
- 1 box of yellow cake mix
- 1 can of diet ginger ale
Dump the mix into a bowl, add the ginger ale (or your lemon-lime soda of choice, you won't really taste it anyway) - add it a little at a time as it will foam up. Mix it up!
Grease your pan(s), pour the batter in, bake according to the box.
While the cake was baking, I whipped up this Nutella Frosting that I found a recipe for on Tartelette
8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 oz Nutella
In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Sift the powdered sugar over the bowl and whisk for a few seconds. Add the Nutella and mix until completely incorporated.
Turns out that the day I took it to work it was "Do Something Nice Day" - it was almost like I planned it.
I even used that 500 pound fancy schmancy Kitchenaid Mixer to make the frosting.
Mmmm - yummmmm
Monday, October 10, 2011
It's still in the mid to upper 80s here in Florida, welcome to "fall". At least it's breezy so it FEELS cooler than it is.
This time I whipped up another pin from Pinterest. Cheesy Corn Casserole. Recipe from Saveur.com
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Simple. Basic. Probably more contemporary / modern than me, but I wanted plain and this is what I chose. Brushed nickle of course. Looking at the companion pieces online I decided I disliked the actual towel ring.
I just don't like the curve. So being the plan ahead kinda gal that I am, I ran to the bathroom, removed the roll of TP and hung a hand towel on the TP holder. Perfect...well, a little low, ok, a lot low...and on the wrong wall. Point being I was just going to get another TP holder and put it on the wall by the sink. Then I actually got to the store and decided my sink space was crowded enough, I didn't need another thing there making it visually crowded. So I just grabbed the matching robe hook.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Let's face it, it can almost always be worse. Whatever "it" is, there are worse things. Mr. Paisley made BBQ ham steaks, green beans and wild rice for dinner. I ate it. It was good. My stomach is growling an hour later. I ate a full meal. I'm fortunate enough to be able to get my butt out of my office chair and go get something else to eat from the kitchen. Leftover crock pot Italian chicken. A salad. A piece of cheese. A Klondike bar. Is taking things for granted the same as just not thinking about the fact that not everyone has the options I do?
I have a job. In fact I have too much work. There is certainly enough work to support a third person in my department, it's just not in the budget. Thus, i'm woefully behind.
It could be worse.
One of my co-workers was laid off...or fired. I'm not sure which - last week.
I'm annoyed that when my car came back from the body shop that they didn't buff out the minor scratches, nor fill the paint chips that I asked about when I dropped it off.
It could be worse.
This morning traffic was tied up for hours on East Highway 50 - there was a car pinned under a flatbed semi trailer. (from what i've read online, both passengers in the car were taken to area hospitals, no mention of fatalities - hopefully they will recover - as for the car - pretty sure that can't be "buffed out")
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
We finally got a touch of cooler weather (meaning less than 90 degrees) which makes me want to cook. I've been trying to do more of things I pin on Pinterest and this is #3. I whipped this up on Sunday afternoon.
16oz sour cream
8oz cream cheese, softened
2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup chopped ham
1 green onion, chopped
1/4 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
French bread loaf
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, except French bread; stirring until well blended.
Cut a thin slice from top of bread loaf; set slice aside. Using a gentle sawing motion, cut vertically to, but not through, bottom of the loaf, 1/2 inch from the edge, to cut out center of bread. Lift out center of loaf. Fill hollowed bread loaf with the dip. Wrap loaf with foil.
Bake dip at 350° degrees for 1 hour. Serve with reserved bread cubes, crackers, or potato chips.
Recipe compliments of Steph at Plain Chicken check out her other goodies!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Uncle. I give up. White flag. Stick a fork in me.
Yep. I'm over the no-poo thing. I can't seem to get the right ratio (I guess) for my hair and I cannot deal with how LONG it takes to dry. Oh. My. God.
Yes, my hair is thick. Yes, my hair is long. Guess what, I can blow dry it in 30 minutes when I use regular old drug store shampoo and conditioner. It won't be dry in an HOUR when I use baking soda, water and vinegar. Sorry, can't deal.
I tried. I wanted to love it. I thought I loved it. I was wrong.
On the plus side...my fridge and freezers will all smell nice and fresh since i'm well stocked on Arm & Hammer.
Monday, October 3, 2011
I said I was going to start DOING more of what I pin on Pinterest and I am! Pinterest Inspiration #1 was not super interesting...nor was it any real work as I had already taken the photo before I pinned the one on Pinterest. Hey - I gotta start somewhere right?
Pinterest #2 is slightly more interesting and actually required a minor bit of effort on my part.
Mason Jar Wreath pinned from the "member junk" section of Junk Market Style
I pinned this and two days later I stopped at one of my old Goodwill haunts (sadly, I don't get there much any more as it's near my old office...which is no where near my new office). What did I find? Are you serious? Too easy.
Now these are not pretty, rusty, patina bearing, zinc pieces like the lovely one from Junk Market Style, BUT beggars can't be choosers. I'm pretty sure i'd never find enough vintage ones for a reasonable amount of money, nor in a reasonable amount of time.
In the name of saving time (and deciding how to make them look more vintage), I went ahead and whipped up my wreath. It's not like it's hard to change...they're tied together with a piece of string. LOL
I added a fall bow since it's that time of year...
They are tied together with plain old kitchen string - for now. Evidently I left my twine at the cabin and i'm not running out to get some right now.
It's not staying where I hung it for the picture - i'm in the process of changing the mirror over my entry console again and since the hook was in the wall, I saw a photo op. ;-) I'm sure you will see it turn up elsewhere in a new photo, maybe even with a new finish.
By the way - the finished wreath is about 8" across (outside edges) and it is made up of 40 lid rings. FORTY! Canning isn't big here in Central Florida - maybe those of you up north and in the midwest (where I picture the canning parts of the US to be located) can pick up pretty old ones for a song.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Ok...it feels like it's not 100 degrees outside. According to my fancy schmancy thermostat it's 79 degrees out there. I would guess it's a little warmer than that, BUT it's GORGEOUS! Blue skies, steady breeze and it's definitely 70something in the shade!
Cooler temps make me want to cook. Who knew anything would really cause me to WANT to cook. I don't want to over do it or anything, so tonight we are having the infamous Crock pot Italian Chicken. Yeah, crock pot - i'm not really sure dumping stuff in a pot and plugging it in qualifies as cooking...but at least I was motivated enough to start thinking about making dinner before 7pm. It's a good thing right? Like I said..don't want to over do it for the first day that actually FEELS somewhat fall-like here in the Sunshine State.
It's quick and easy - here we go!
If you're lazy (like me), put one of those liner bags in your crock. Why do dishes if you don't have to? Now dig out the following...
- 8 ounce brick of cream cheese (you can use the 1/3 fat or the fat free kind if you want)
- 1 packet of Good Season's Italian Dressing mix (the dry stuff)
- 1 can of condensed cream of something or other soup (the recipe calls for cream of chicken, I use whatever I have on hand - tonight, it's cream of mushroom)
- 2 - 4 chicken breasts
When the chicken is done, cook up some rice or egg noodles, plate up your choice and top with the yummy, creamy, Italian chicken concoction.
If'n you want to get all fancy for guests, you can add mushrooms and maybe add a little roasted asparagus on the side.