Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Ugliest Window Contest - Dayton

The Ugliest Window Contest - Dayton
My cousin is in the final 2 to win new windows for her entire house! As someone constantly doing renovations, I know how much this would help them out!

Choose Dayton as your city. The red windows are theirs. It's listed under Brad V. from Hamilton.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Swimsuits, Swimswuits, Swimsuits!

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Spring break is here, and it has me thinking of the beach.  I have to wait until summer to actually see sand, but a girl has to start shopping for the perfect suit now, right?
Express has an awesome line up of  women's swimwear and most of them are on sale right now.  They have lots of options - monokinis, bikinis, great two piece options.  A fan of comfortable two pieces, I  really like this one:
Express Swimsuit
It's hard to find a functional two piece, but this appears to be exactly that!  I like a suit that I can actually swim in, but still gets lots of sun (and good attention!)  What I like most is that the top and bottom are sold as separates.  When your top and bottom are different sizes, this is a lifesaver!  Even better, there is removable padding in case you don't need any help up top.  This top also comes in a beautiful purple.  I think if I were to go that route, I would get these bottoms.
Express Swimsuit
I could totally rock these on the beach in June.  Florida, watch out - this girl is going to be styling!

To be fair, Express does also carry men's swim shorts.  Those just aren't what I'm looking for today :)
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Break

One of my favorite weeks of the year is finally here - Spring Break!  Sometimes I think I look forward to it more as a teacher than I did as a student, because it's the last long breath before the marathon to the musical, graduation, and the end of the year.

It's been busy though!  There was sister time in Indy
Then a visit (and productive wedding planning with Erin) in Fort Wayne, where I got to play with these little guys
And also to see something that got me VERY excited for next month (same exit as Erin's house!)
I saw this happen to my car who isn't yet 3 years old.
And, lest you think I have completely forgotten I am an employed professional, I found these for my Mike TV (Willy Wonka is my musical)

Cleaned carpet today, which meant I also rearranged my furniture.  When I had the baseboard heaters installed, I had to move my chair away from them, so I had re-done my furniture.  While I liked it (it put my couch closer to the heater!) I really liked my original set up.  I'm excited to have it back, even if only until next winter :)

How would you spend a week off with no planned major trip?  Would you ignore work, or continue to do the things you needed to?

Monday, March 14, 2011

New furniture!

I am on my second kitchen table, and I've been in my house less than a year!  They're both hand me downs, and I've been grateful that my parents have let me borrow them.  Sadly, the chairs with the current table have seen better days.  The one is only good for my schoolbag - I'm afraid that if I sit in it I will be dumped on the floor.  Knowing this, I have been eagerly awaiting my tax return in order to purchase a new table.

I'm an internet shopper/browser - it keeps from making as many impulse buys.  I have been drooling over this table for weeks now:
(Source: Furniture Fair)
I had called Furniture Fair a few weeks back to see if this table was in any of their showrooms.  I wanted to see it, touch it, sit in the chairs before I purchased it.  I was told they didn't have it in any of their showrooms, and it was backordered.

We went to another store, whose name I won't mention, because they advertised the same table for just $20 more.  I did not have a good feeling when we walked in the store - it felt just a little bit shady.  I saw the table, and liked the design, but the color was just enough off that I wasn't a big fan.  Combined with the bad feeling, I decided I wasn't interested.
Mom and I went on with our shopping, which involved driving right by Furniture Fair.  Mom convinced me to stop and look - what's the worst that could happen?  I told the salesman that I was looking for a kitchen table set that included a bench, and he took us back to show us what they carried.  Wouldn't you know, they had THIS table in a different color!!  I was so excited, and told him that he had brought us to what I had been dreaming of.  He told me it came in the color above, and I told him I wanted it.

He checked, and it IS backordered.  It should be in their warehouse in 4-6 weeks.  No instant gratification, but I am so happy I got the table I wanted!  I can't wait to put it in my kitchen - I think it will help finish that room.
What piece of furniture made a room for you?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Remodel Dreaming

I know, I haven't even been in my house a year.  But sometimes, I sit in a particular room, and I think of the things I would do to change it.

Take my living room for example.  I love my red wall and black furniture.

But.  I'm really thinking about replacing the carpet.  Lots of reasons, but I think a nice dark gray would really accent everything.  And I would love to install some recessed lighting.  It bugs me that there is no included lighting in the room.  I know that's the way living rooms are designed, but I prefer to have some lighting from the ceiling.  The lamp that's on the light switch just isn't enough.

How about you?  How long did it take you to start remodeling your home?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Any leads?

I know I'm not the only one who feels the penny pinch.  So I'm asking - know of any do-at-home jobs?  I already use Upromise, InboxDollars, MyPoints.  Those are great for saving at what you already do, but I need an honest to goodness second job.

You may have figured out, I have a winter-time second job.  It is ending soon, if it hasn't already.  I didn't earn quite as much as I had hoped (who knew working 25 hours a week wouldn't yield enough to pay for my siding?), and now my bank is playing with my mortgage payment.

So, what better place to ask about what will probably be an internet job than the internet community?  I need something that can be done on my own schedule - I can't commit to working 4-8 every night, because I never get home at the same time.  Some nights I can't do other work at all.

Know of anything?  Please comment or shoot me an email: princesschristy1016 at yahoo dot com

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Post It Note Tuesday

Only Parent Chronicles

Gaffney's Gabs - published by my friend Jenn, and always a good read.