Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Homemaking Party--Going Thrifting!

 Welcome to the Homemaking Party! I can't believe it's only Wednesday---it seems the week has gone on forever already! I'm looking forward to going thrifting this Saturday--well, that is, unless we're under tornado watch again! My eBay and Etsy shops are running low on merchandise so I gotta restock.

Mom and I went out last month when she was visiting to check out an endless antique mall in Rogers. I spent the whole time snapping photos of things I wanted to make. This sweet antique-style dress would be easy to recreate!

This adorable pillow would be easy to redo too!

Mom loved these swans, while I had my eye on the Kewpie postcard resting against them!

This one cracked me up! I totally need this for our Christmas table. I love the South!

I'm giving away an awesome coffee pot and a bag of coffee too, so make sure to check that out!

Hope you all have a lovely week!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Make Bake Create Party

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Make sure to check out my Coffeemaker & Coffee giveaway!

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Morning Coffee Giveaway! Win a Mr. Coffee® Coffeemaker & a Bag of Millstone® Coffee #CoffeeJourneys #shop #cbias

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I am so so excited to be giving away a brand new Mr. Coffee® Drip Coffee Maker and a bag of Millstone® flavored coffee to one of you wonderful readers next week! The Chocolate Velvet flavor is a hit around our house, but you can be sure that whatever delicious flavor you choose will taste awesome when you make it in this high quality brewer.

I bought my Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Thermal Coffee Maker at Walmart. (It's the silver one---front and center.) I got the last one they had in stock! We have been wanting to buy a nice quality coffee maker for a long time, so it was great to find this model with so many handy options.

I love the new look of Millstone® coffee. They've gone from the gold and red bag to a fresh, new buttery yellow. Walmart has a great selection of flavors, too, like Hazelnut Cream, Kona Blend, and French Vanilla.

With so many little ones to care for during the day, I find myself ready for some relaxation once their bed time comes! It's nice to anticipate some quiet time with my husband. When I know we'll get to hang out together in the evening, it helps my busy days run more smoothly.

We like to brew a hot drink, and sit and chat or watch a favorite show together. I suppose you could call it my Coffee Journey: a journey to a peaceful evening with my best friend.

This Optimal Brew™ coffee maker has several great features to enhance your coffee making experience. Since coffee experts consider the time of approximately seven minutes to be the optimal time for thorough extraction and a full-bodied coffee flavor, this brewer makes 10 cups in just under seven minutes. With the Pause n' Serve feature, you can pour a cup of coffee while the coffee maker is still brewing and you can make sure your coffee is hot and fresh right on time with the Fresh Brew timer.

Your coffee is kept hot with the vacuumed-insulated stainless steel carafe and you can maintain the temperature of the carafe with the removable water reservoir. The side-mounted filter basket is removable for easy filling and cleaning.

Several of my friends have been raving about this Chocolate Velvet flavor of Millstone® coffee---so we had to try it too! My husband, especially, loves it. He says it's a great stand-alone flavor and he prefers it without any added sugar or creamer. Millstone® globally sources 100% Arabica beans for quality roasts and flavors.

I've got the coffee maker for this giveaway ready to send out. All you need to do is pick your flavor of coffee. I'll send the winner a list of choices and, once you've made your selection, your new coffee maker and coffee will be sent on it's own coffee journey--to you! For more on my coffee journey, watch my Instagram video.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Manage Medications for Sick Pets at #WalgreensRX #shop #cbias

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Have you ever had a sick pet in the house? We all love our pets and want to take good care of them. has made it easy to manage medications for pets online. In the past, I've found their site to be convenient for my family's prescriptions---how great that I can add prescriptions for a sick pet, as well!

Our dog, Mr. Darcy, left a family of about 30 other puppies to come live with us in 2011. My husband and kids had been wanting a dog for years, but I've never really been a "pet person" and was adamantly opposed to the idea of an inside animal. They persisted and, as you can see, I was eventually overruled! Although I sometimes joke that he's our Yorkshire Terrorist, he's been around long enough now that I really can't imagine life without him!

Jamie had double ulterior motives in naming him after the leading man in Jane Austen's, Pride and Prejudice. For one thing, he knew I didn't want a dog, so he named him something I'd love---hoping I'd learn to like him. Secondly, he knew that if he named a dog after a dream guy, the dream guy would seem quite a bit less dreamy to me!

Mr. Darcy has been a pretty healthy pup overall, though he did come down with a stomach bug this winter at the same time the rest of us did. I guess it makes sense, but I was really surprised when I realized that our pets can sometimes contract the same sicknesses that we do!

Speaking of learning new things---did you know that veterinarians often prescribe the same medication to our animals that our doctors prescribe to us? (Can you tell I'm a little clueless about pets?) Well, it's a fact! has made it easy and convenient to manage your medications for pets online or from your phone---just like you do with your own.

Here's the page I go to when I want to register family members to our online Walgreens pharmacy account. I've been here before but I've only recently noticed the option to add a pet. Walgreens can fill prescriptions for any human-analogous pet prescriptions (meds that people and pets can both take) at any of their almost 8,000 US pharmacies.

 Once you click "add a pet" on the prior screen, you can check out the Prescriptions Savings Club at the right of the screen and check prices on some commonly-prescribed meds for your sick pet. Medications at the veterinarian's office are often expensive because of markups and dispensing fees. If your pet has regular medications he is taking, you could really save big going with Walgreens. After you've compared prices, you can click, "sign your pet up now", to enroll him in online management of his prescriptions. 

If it's your first time setting up a account, you'll need to register, but it's really easy and just takes a minute. Make sure to check out that "Balance Rewards" link at the top of the screen for more savings throughout the store.

Once you're in your account, you just enter in your pet's info (don't you love the first and last name boxes for pets? Ha!) and then you're good to go. You'll be able to order and reorder prescriptions, as well as set up automatic refills and refill reminders. You'll even be able to read about some common prescriptions and get help from a pharmacist. Best of all, everything you need to know about your pet's prescriptions will be right there with your own---all in one place for easy management!

Though he can be obnoxious, Mr. Darcy really does bring a lot of joy to our home and is a big part of a lot of our family activities. Managing pet prescriptions online or with the mobile app is a convenient way to keep Mr. Darcy healthy and feeling good so we can make lots more happy memories together!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Homemaking Party---Have You Had Your Smash & Dash Today?

Welcome to the Homemaking Party!

Today I'm promoting the super fun and addicting, Smash and Dash, my brother's new game for iPhone and Android! Right now, you can download it for FREE!! I love it even more than Candy Crush---and that's saying a lot! My favorite thing about it is that you never run out of lives!! You can play all day! Ha!! (Hmm...considering this is a homemaking party, that might not be a good thing!)

Have a blessed Easter weekend!