Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Last Day -- 25% off @ Gap

I love this code because Gap pants are the only ones that fit my son. With this code and the 8% back from Ebates, the original fit jeans end up costing $13.46, which is less than Levi's at Walmart or Target! Of course, you do have to factor in the $7 shipping, but depending on how much you buy, you will still be getting a great deal.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Book Review: The Little Balloonist

I found this book at The Dollar Tree about a year ago. When I hadn't read it by this summer, I passed it on to Jen. She reviews it below.

Sophie Garmont grew up in a sea side village in late 18th century/early 19th century France. She marries Jean-Pierre Blanchard through an arranged marriage. Jean-Pierre is a balloonist who creates and flies hydrogen balloons. Sophie develops a love for balloons and eventually flies herself, becoming one of the first women to fly. Sophie continues flying even after her husband's untimely death and wins fame throughout France for her accomplishments. Sophie catches the eye of many men, in particular her childhood friend Andre and Napoleon Bonaparte, the soon to be emperor of France. Who will woo Sophie, how far will she take her flying, and what fate is in store for her?

I love when an author builds a fictional story around true events. Linda Donn did a great job of telling the story of Sophie Garmont/Blanchard. Donn built this story around true events in Sophie's life but did add fictional parts to the story. Sophie did fly for Napoleon but as far as Donn knows, there was no love interest. Andre was fictional but Donn had read about healers and assigned this ability to him. Donn's interweaving of fact and fiction created a great historical piece that peaked my interest in reading more about Sophie and about Napoleon.

If you enjoy this book, I believe you would also enjoy reading the following:

The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inheritance and the Wideacre Trilogy by Philipa Gregory

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Educator Appreciation Week at Borders

Free Sample of Dunkin' Donuts coffee

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ovarian Cancer Awareness -- The Color of Hope

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. I did not discover this until last night when I read my best friend Jen's blog. Jen had also just found out, and she could not let the month go buy without posting about it. Again, she has graciously allowed me to include her post here.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Yeah, I'm a little behind on discovering this, but we shouldn't just focus on this for one month. It needs year round attention.

Ovarian cancer awareness and support is a cause very dear to my heart after losing my grandmother nearly two years ago to this terrible disease. This type of cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the U.S. and is the fifth leading cause of cancer among U.S. women. It can strike without warning or cause, and symptoms are vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose. Unfortunately, there is no screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect it when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms. Even with this test, most patients are still diagnosed in the advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. My grandmother fought two years before losing her battle. It is a long hard fight and is definitely not pretty. Despite these discouraging statistics, when ovarian cancer is detected and treated early, the five year survival rate is greater than 92%. There's your hope.

For the past twelve years, L'Oréal Paris has made a commitment to support ovarian cancer research and is offering you a way to support the cause—the Color of Hope Cosmetics collection. The collection includes four key products from the Color of Hope collection in a silver cosmetics pouch available for a limited time only (during the month of September). With an approximate retail value of almost $50, it is a great value at a retail price of only $29.95.
The set includes:
  • Colour Riche Nurturing and Protective Lipcolour in Color of Hope
  • Infallible Never Fail Lipgloss in Color of Hope
  • 2 Wear Infinite Eye Shadow quads in Bouquet of Strength (shades of teal) and Petals of Promise (shades of mauve)

L’Oréal Paris will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for each Color of Hope item sold (there are 7 individual products total in the collection available for individual purchase). For each cosmetics bag sold online, $5 will be donated. Since L’Oreal began their Color of Hope campaign, they have raised more than $18 million for the cause. Please help them make a difference.

You can purchase the bag collection here while supplies last:

I actually have a bracelet I purchased from one of the Color of Hope campaigns a few years ago. It reminds me of my grandmother every day and gives me hope that some day this disease will have a better survival rate and better detection methods.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Great Costume Deals

This year my son decided that even he is sick of being Spiderman for Halloween. Fine with me, except that he picked this Gymboree costume:

$12.95 + $34.75 = WAY more money that I would ever spend on a Halloween costume

After finding a 20% coupon in October's Parenting magazine (a free subscription, of course!), I decided to check out the costume in the store again. Lo and behold, the costumes were marked down! The new number sentence was this:

$4.99 + $22.49 = Still more than I wanted to pay


$4.99 + $22.49 - 20% ($5.50) = a doable $21.98

I also earned $25 in Gymbucks because my total purchase ended up being over $50. (Btw, all the prices include tax.)

My toddler daughter decided that she wants to be Tinkerbell. I think i could have steered her in other directions, but I saw this adorable Tinkerbell outfit at BRU and knew it was just perfect for her.

The price? $24.99. NOT Perfect. Even though I knew that she would get lots of wear out of it - Disney characters show up in our house often - I didn't want to pay that much. So, I waited. And as always, Angie at Baby Cheapskate came through yesterday with a coupon for 30% off any shoe and appareal purchase! Some of her readers confirmed that costumes were eligible, and they were on sale for 20% off.

Of course, I headed to BRU right away and got the perfect Tinkerbell costume for the awesome price of $13.99! Both Mommy and daughter were extremely happy!

Oh, and I got this too for the same price.

(Every girl needs a witch costume, right?)

Pink Nation Members -- 10 for $25 Deal

For FOUR DAYS ONLY (Sept. 25-28), Pink Nation members can get 1o Pink panties for $25. Just log-in for your coupon. If you're not already a member, I highly recommend joining! It's easy (and free), and you will get tons of awesome deals and freebies.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Borders Coupons - Valid through Monday, Sept. 28

Click here to print the latest coupons from Borders.

$5 off
- 1 Hardcover Fiction Book
- 1 DVD or Blu-ray Disc over $10 Or 1 CD over $10
- 1 History or Politics book, 1 cookbook, 1 craft book, or 1 Business/Finance book

$3 off
- 1 Borders Book Club title

$2 off
- 1 Romance Book, 1 kids' book, 1 Stuffed Animal, Or 1 magazine

$1 off
- 1 large Mocha or Latte at our Seattle's Best Coffee Cafe (At Borders stores only*)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Book Review: The Devil's Punchbowl

My bff Jen reviews books on her personal blog, and she is kind enough to allow me to post them here. (You will not find a link to her blog because she requested that I not include one.) The following is her most recent review of The Devil's Punchbowl written by Mississippi author Greg Iles.

Penn Cage is back. As mayor of Natchez, Penn hopes to better his hometown, but his plans take a backseat when he finds himself in the middle of a major crime scheme. A childhood friend of Penn's contacts him about evidence he has of crimes taking place involving employees of the Magnolia Queen casino boat. The casino is attracting high rollers from everywhere with the behind the scenes activities of dog fighting and prostitution. When Penn's friend is murdered, he vows to find the people responsible. Despite threats to himself and his family, Penn pushes on to find justice. With the help of several highly specialized and skilled friends, he uncovers loads of evidence and opens a whole new world that he never knew was in Natchez.

Just a word of warning before I start on my opinion. This book is very graphic in many ways. There are detailed descriptions of dog fighting, animal torture, etc. It's definitely not pretty and even brought tears to my eyes at one point. The fact that this is something that really happens is unbelievable. I don't understand how people think that training animals to fight and kill each other and torturing them in the process is okay. I was able to get past the gruesome details but some of you may not enjoy it or even be able to read it because of them.

I have enjoyed all of Greg Isles' books except for The Footprints of God. It was just too far fetched for me, and I couldn't open myself up to it. This is Penn Cage's third appearance (The Quiet Game and Turning Angel). I believe it is also the third or fourth book to take place in Natchez. The setting alone reels me into these books because I'm familiar with the area and can picture everything. Isles' did a great job in creating a thriller with The Devil's Punchbowl and kept me on the edge of my seat many times. There were a few parts that seemed a little outrageous and just a tiny bit too convenient or coincidental. Parts were almost like a movie where things are Hollywoodized, but they didn't ruin my enjoyment one bit.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Too Early to Think about Christmas?? Never!

Over the past year, I've picked up a lot of toys as I've seen them on clearance. Last Christmas, I stored a good number of gifts that I decided to save for later. So, really I could probably get away with very little shopping for the kids. Of course, I have decided now that I want to get a few really cool "different" presents for them instead of a bunch of the typical department store toys.

Here's my list (so far) for my little princess:

  • a few tutus - I am not a crafty person, but a friend and I are going to try to make them ourselves! (We'll be turning to Trisha at MomDot for help!)
  • Piggy Paint (I'm thinking Ice Cream Dream and Forever Fancy.)
  • personalized stickers and coloring book from Frecklebox

My son's list is not as creative:

  • ?? from Frecklebox -- maybe stickers? a journal?
  • lap desk

I'd love some ideas! Do you have any for me? What's on your list for your children?


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