Thursday, November 29, 2007

More Holiday Sales

Ok, so I've been away for's the PTO stuff man it's killing me lol.

Anyway, here are some more Indie Etailer Holiday Sales..remember you can click through the links here on my blog for one stop shopping!! :-)

Foster's Creations has 25% off on anything on the site until 11:59pm Tomorrow (Friday the 30th). Shannon is also doing free gift wrap now till Christmas. And, from 12/1 through 12/12 she is having a 12 Days of Christmas special..where one item will be marked down each day.
I highly recommend Shannon's Warm Blessings fragrance, it is a really nice scent..perfect for Christmas too. Another one I like alot is her smells some cocktail I have to have but can't because it's a fragrance.

Eye Candey is offering 10% off through 12/25 with the code HIF07. There's some really cool t-shirts here.

Not Soap Radio is offering 20% off now through 12/20 with the code HOLLY. I have tried the sugar scrub from my contest and it's really nice. There are some specially themed shower gels for Christmas and Hannaukah (sp)

One Little Monkey is offering 25% off of any order $40+ with the code holiday07..good till tomorrow the 30th.

Pink Taffy Designs will give you free shipping on $50+ with the code twinkle

Teacups and Tadpoles is offering 20% off on $25+ orders till 12.21 with the code switch20

At Sommer Designs you can get free shipping through 12/15. Lots of cool handbags and aprons here!

Spa Box is offering free shipping on $25+ orders with the code JOY. Good throught 12/12

Hollyrose Aromatherapy has the entire site 25% off. I love Holly's stuff!

Accessory Bug is offering 10% off with the code holiday.

There you go, Holiday shopping the easy way.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Turkey Day

I just want to wish all my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. And, good luck shopping tomorrow! :-)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


I thought I would do a post on the upcoming Indie Etailer Holiday Sales. I don't get every single newsletter and you probably don't either. So, I figured it would be much easier if I just posted some of the sales for you. You can do all of your shopping from Products of the Day :-)

Remember, when you goto the site, check all the fine print. Most sales will not apply to already discounted items such as clearance or monthly deals. READ first people!

Manor Hall Soap Company - 20% off with code GIVING20. Does not apply to already discounted items. Sale ends MIDNIGHT on Nov. 23rd.

SBS Teas - 20% off everything on the site for one day only, Nov. 23rd.

The Etsy {NewNew} York Street Team is having a 10% Off Holiday Sale on Black Friday. Check out the details on their blog:

The Pear Project -- Artisan Goods for Everyday Life Grand Opening Sale through the end of the year, 10% off with code GRND.

This promo code good on favors/card shop at Favors By The Season
Code SB1107 gets you 10% off (including plantable holiday cards, photo cards and all kinds of favors).

Acorn Studios is offering free shipping on orders over $20 till the end of November.

Sophie & Spice is offering ann extra $5 added to giftcards of $30 or more through December 5th.

Kimono Mono is offering free shipping till Dec. 31st

Three Wheels Design is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders placed by December 10th

Weekend Jewelry is offering free shipping . Use coupon code FREESHIP when you order to get free shipping - good till December 7!

Bella Lucce is offering 20% off our luxury bath and body treats from 12:01am-11:59pm EST on Friday, November 23rd. No code needed and we always ship FREE on orders of $75 or more.

Holiday Sale in Honor of Black Friday! 20% off all jewelry with code HOLIDAY20 starting Wednesday, Nov 21-Wednesday Nov 28th. This is in addition to a number of items that will be marked down 10% for the same time frame! And as always, Free US Shipping and Free Gift Wrap!

And Everything Nice is offering 10% off first orders using coupon code earlybird

10% off your purchase at Bitty Braille with coupon code: TSB10% til Jan. 08.

A Mother’s Gift is your breastfeeding and natural parenting resource. At you’ll find nursing covers, burp cloths, breastfeeding accessories, cloth diapers and diapering accessories, bath and body for mama and baby and organic baby apparel. This is a great one-stop shop for a new mom or mom-to be! • All nursing covers are 25% off (includes combo nursing cover/burp cloth set) • Cloth diapers are 10% off • Everything else in stock is 15% off • As always, orders over $75 receive FREE STANDARD SHIPPING!

Vintage Body Spa, LLC creates natural, luxurious and paraben-free spa products designed to help you ‘Indulge Your Body’ ™. Each item is handmade to order with the freshest of natural ingredients to bring the spa experience into your own home. No harmful parabens mean that you can feel safe about using these products– they’re gentle enough for even baby’s skin. Our products are never tested on animals, and some items are even vegan. With a multitude of scents available, you can find something perfect for the girls AND guys on your shopping list. Visit and take advantage of 20% off EVERYTHING in the store.

Kelly Meeker Designs is having a sale starting tomorrow for 20% off. The code is thanks. Sale ends on Tuesday, the 27th. My website is

On a String Designs is having a sale thru 11-28 for 20% off anyting in the store with the code holiday20, plus always free shipping!

Blend Creations is having a 24-hour Black Friday sale (from midnight to 11:59:59 that day). Their washi pendants, washi necklaces, bamboo, zodiac and mah jong pendants will all be 20%+ off.

Lindsays Candles & Stuff is participating in the Little Black Box Black Friday Bonanza It'll be up on Black Friday from 5am-10am. There's going to be amazing sales, many discounts as high as 50% off from what I hear!

A free pair of turquoise and hammered copper earrings is being added to everyone's order during the holiday season. Free stuff is good
Jeweled Elegance

Tiny Tales is doing a 24 hour sale for 24% off! Valid on Nov 23rd only. Code is BLACKFRIDAY.

Jewelry By Jennifer Casady is having a sale, 20% off storewide until 11/26 with coupon code JCStore20 Free shipping on orders over $50.

Bidwell Botanicals is having a 20% off member's only sale that runs through December 15th. All you have to do is sign up for our newsletter to get the discount.

That's all for now but if I find more I will post more!

Monday, November 19, 2007

A Special Thank You

As most of you know, I'm the PTO President at my son's school. We just had our first Bingo Night this past Friday. I had sent a letter out to local businesses here to see if they would donate a prize. Out of 20, only 3 did.

But, I had put the word out to my Indie friends via The Switchboards and other forums and they came through for me.

Lilie at A Planet 4 Creation sent me one of her Purse Charmies with a Bingo Card charm.

Jen at Weekend Jewelry and Paper Jewels took our school logo (seen on the left)
and transformed it into her famous Laquered Paper earrings (right). She made and sent me three pairs of earrings for our Bingo Night. Let me tell you, I thought there was going to be a fight over them.

And, last but not least, SBS Teas was kind enough to send me a gift pack of tea, cocoa and other goodies for a prize.

So, I would like to send out a very special and appreciative THANK YOU to all of them for helping me out. You guys are great and the PTO truly appreciates your generosity!!!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

ZAP Those Zits

A couple of weeks ago, I was breaking out like a teenager. I swear, it was not nice. And, since I have to go to alot of meetings being the PTO Prez, I can't have that going on.

My good friend Susan over at Manor Hall Soap Company always has something I need. This time it's her Facial Cleansing Blemish Control. Made with tea tree oil, red cider vinegar and witch's a nice natural alternative to what's on the store shelves.

Sometimes those harsher products like Benzol peroxide and the Salicylic Acid can make your acne worse rather than better. When you skin gets dried out by those formulas, it makes it more susceptible to stuff getting in your pores. Plus, irritated skin just gets more irritated. I find those formulas work good when you have one of those monster zits that won't come to a head. Put a gob on and let it sit and eventually that gunk will surface. But, I digress.

After using Susan's product, I noticed my skin started to get clearer in a couple of days. I would just dab it on where I needed it and let it sink in before I put any moisturizer on or anything. After a few days the teenager in me started to go away..which made me very happy. For those of you who do not like the smell of vinegar..well you're out of luck. There is vinegar in this product. It's not super potent but you do smell I'm warning you in advance. I don't mind it but I know some people do. My husband hates the smell of vinegar, but he had a nasty zit pop up and he used this stuff.

A 10 ml bottle of this will cost you $5.35. Which isn't that Susan always has freebies that go with your order and there's usually a coupon code on the site for those of you who are devoted seekers.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bara Naos Sugar Scrub: Treat Your Body Like a "Temple"

Bara Naos. Translated, it means "created temple." How did I get so smart you might ask? Because I read stuff on the websites whose products I try.

Bara Naos is also a line of bath and body products at TC and Company. I was privileged enough to receive and use their Shea Butter and Soy Sugar Scrub. The "C" of TC and Company is Cassandra Stanley and she wanted me to try their scrub and review it. I love sugar scrubs, so of course I agreed.

She sent me a full size jar in Brown Sugared Figs fragrance, and it smells exactly like the Bath & Body Works version. Right on the money.
It's a thick, creamy scrub that is loaded with good stuff. In addition to the sugar you get aloe vera, soy oil, shea butter, olive oil, avacado oil, jojoba, primrose oil, seaweed, green tea and more. I always like it when my scrubs have unique, natural ingredients. The sugar is a very very fine grain and even though you hardly notice it, it exfoliates really well.
And, because it's got all that great stuff in addition to the sugar, soy and shea get a real jolt of moisturization. It's always nice when you don't have to take the time to slather on that lotion because your scrub did it for you.
For an 8 ounce jar, it'll cost you $12.99. The jar and packaging are really top notch and what's inside the jar is even better.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Lemming Central Holiday Box

What a wonderful day when large packages appear at my door. The Lemming Central Holiday Sampler arrived today and let me tell you, the etailers went all out this time. It is truly one of the best sampler boxes I've ever gotten. It was well worth the money. Plus, all those samples are in gifty bags and boxes so it's like opening 20 little Christmas presents. Here's my list of goodies and the wonderful etailers they came from:

SBS Teas
SBS Teas, always a favorite of mine, sponsored the box.
Chocolate Cinnamon Cocoa, Holiday Dreams Tea, Gingerbread Cream Tea and a White Chocolate coated Pretzel. Also go at 15% off coupon good till May of 2008

Blue Raven Tea
I got 2 samples of their Chocolate Covered Berries tea and a coupon for a free one ounce bag of tea with any purchase.

Hollyrose Aromatherapy
I got a Sweet Orange Lip Balm (I love lip balms!).

Morgan Street
I got a sample of Pink Sugar Bath Salts, a White Tea & Ginger Soap and a coupon for 15% off.

My Lip Stuff
I never tried their lip balms before and wanted to so bad. I'm so happy I got a sample! Winter Cake is the flavor I got.

Party Gals
Oh sample of Slick and's in my husband's nightstand drawer if you know what I mean..nudge nudge wink wink...and a $10 gift certificate whoa.

Soapy Hollow
I got a Pumpkin Soap, a glycerin Honeysuckle Bear shaped soap, an essential oil spritzer of Babylonia and a 15% off coupon.

Things That Make Scents
I got three tarts: Sweet Potato Pie, Snowman Poop (it does not smell like poop) and Berry Noel. I also got a coupon for free shipping.

Scentsational De' Lights
I got a tart in Cinna-Bons scent and a 10% off coupon.

Cobalt Blends
I got two perfume vial samples of Lux Vixen and Discordia.

Bauble Bath
I got a Peppermint Tea Lip Balm (yay more lip balm), a Bath Bauble in Sweent Sandy and a Gingerbread scented scrub. There was also a coupon for 35% off!

Cottage North Collection Ltd.
Another etailer I have not tried yet. I got a vial of Zen Oil, a Tupelo Honey Soap and Carrot face cream.

Mandrake Apothecary
I got two perfume vial samples of Rosemary and Muse. I also got a coupon for 10% off any order of $25 or more.

Flower Peddler Bath & Beauty
I got a full size bar of Sugar Plum Fairy soap (looks and smells great) and a coupon for 20% off.

Rain Barrel Soap
A sample of their China Rain Soap

Joyful Girl Natural Products
I got a sample of their Pumpkin Souffle salt scrub and a Strawberry Cocoa lip balm.

Cheryl's Candles
I got a Cupid soap in Fizzy Pop. I also got a bunch of tarts: Gingerbread Village shaped like Gingerbread ment, Spice of the Forest, Mango Sorbet, Balsam Spruce Musk shaped like trees and a Frosted Snow Drops tart shaped like a mitten. I also got a coupon for 15% off of a $25 order.

As you can see, I got a lot of good stuff in my box! The next Lemming Central box doesn't come till January 2008.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

My Thoughts on Artificial Colors

Why are there so many things with artificial colors in them? It drives me crazy. For example, the popcorn at has artificial colors in it..WHY? If you buy Nutrigrain Bars or Quaker fruit bars..unless you're buying the apple flavor watch out, the other varieties have a ton of food coloring in them. OH, and don't get me started on those colored Peppridge Farm Goldfish!

My oldest son has ADHD. I've done alot of research on it and found that there are studies that show there is a link between hyperactivity and artificial food coloring. One time last year he came home from school, neck to ankle in red, raised hives. I frantically called his teacher to see what he came in contact with at school..he ate colored goldfish for snack. Hmmmm..he's never had hives at all before let alone this bad. So I gave him Benedryl and the hives went away. The next day he came home with hives again. I asked him what he had for snack...he had more colored goldfish. Recently we've been having trouble with him at school. So, I did an experiment. All week he had absolutely nothing with food coloring in it. I separated all the Halloween candy that has coloring in it and only gave him chocolate. The next Saturday, after lunch, we let him have some Skittles. He was bouncing off the walls he was so hyper! Maybe it's the sugar some of you might be saying. I highly doubt it. He had sugary things all week and not once was he hyper. Now that we've removed it from his diet, his hyperactivity has dropped amazingly! Now it's just the attention deficit we need to work on.

Ok, I do make colored icing for my sugar cookies at Christmas. I only let him have food with artificial colors on Friday night and Saturday. That way it's out of his system by Monday.

Oh, and once I contacted the Quaker company to ask them why they put food coloring in their products. Their answer was that "we've done extensive testing on all our products and the coloring makes them more appealing." Yeah only if you don't read the ingredients. It makes them more appealing.....not to me.

This also goes for my bath and body products. Honestly, if it smells good and works well, I don't need no stinking colors in it. Don't bother coloring mine when I order please.