Having kids turned me into a girly girl

Preface: by girly girl I don’t mean I’m all about ribbons and lace and pastels and pumps. I shudder at the thought. No, I mean I’m all about HOT pink, glittery, makeup, bath and body products, smelling good, and looking good.

When I was a teenager, I was all about flannel shirts and bootcut jeans. Short prom dresses? Perish the thought! I would have much rather worn all black, and preferably via pants and a shirt, rather than a dress (no matter what its length). When I wore makeup, it was dark. When I wore jewelry, it was nothing more than large silver hoop earrings and chunky silver necklaces.

Then I had kids. And suddenly… I definitely got more girl-ified. And I can’t say my husband complains, nor me, for that matter. :)

09
Feb 2012
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Product reviews are fun!

One of the perks of having a decent blog with a decent amount of traffic is receiving free products in exchange for a review. However, I would like to point out that no matter what I receive, whether it be a plate or serving dish from The Lamp Stand’s GG collection; a small electronic, or a basket of beauty products, it’s never truly free – I don’t get to take the product and walk away with it (well, I could, but that’s besides the point). You see, there is the obligation to thoroughly try out the product, and report my experience with it in a well-written blog entry, which I have to go over for grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors, make sure I’ve included relevant and in-depth info, added photos, etc.

But on the plus side, I have received some very nice products that I can call my own, and proudly say I never spent a dime for. :)

07
Feb 2012
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When in doubt, eBay it.

There are certain products that seem so basic and commonplace, yet I have a heck of a time finding them in stores. Or, I can find them in stores, but the prices are absolutely ridiculous. A perfect example of this is a simple iPod/iPad USB cable. In stores? Anywhere from $12-$20. FOR A USB CABLE, PEOPLE. I can find the same cable on eBay for less than $3. Granted, it’s shipping from China, meaning it’ll take two weeks to arrive and probably be coated in lead or anthrax, but hey, that’s a substantial savings!

But there will be times when you won’t be able to find a product, or a quality product, on eBay in or stores. Take blue print, for example. You’ll want to go straight to the source – Cutting-Mats.net for those! Or high-end nail polishes: cheap knock-offs just can’t compare.

But basic, everyday items? By all means, save a decent amount of moolah by getting them online instead! :)

06
Feb 2012
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Your blogging habits

Do you have blogging “habits”? Or overall computer/internet habits? I know of some people who check the news first thing when they get online, before anything else. Others just visit/check whatever it is that’s of interest to them at the moment. Still others may do a little e-window shopping first – checking out bridal shower invitations for their upcoming bridal shower, looking at the latest additions to Pinterest, etc.

As for me, I’m all about email and social media, baby. These are the sites and the order in which I visit them: Gmail, Facebook, Twitter.

03
Feb 2012
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Glitter nail polish: yes, it’s an obsession of mine

I have an obsession for glitter nail polish. I’m not overly picky on the brand that produces glitter nail polish, because unlike regular solid coat polishes that can strongly vary from one brand to another, glitter is pretty universal in its bling and tendency to stick around. I routinely browse sites like I Heart Nail Polish and Pinterest to find ideas and inspiration for nail polish. Of course, to go along with the pretty, all-around-awesome polishes I pick out should be some good nail care in Huntington Beach! Nail care is very important, people. Having not only clean hands and fingers, but nails that are polished smooth without flaking, peeling, chipping, cracking, or rough edges; as well as healthy cuticles, can mean all the difference in the world between good hands and bad hands.

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Feb 2012
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