Monday, November 8, 2010

The Oddest of the Odd Gifts

I've been looking online a lot lately at some of the ideas different websites offer for Christmas gifts . I laughed so hard when I saw some of these, I had to share them. First of all, actually has a page dedicated entirely to Odd Gifts. Which is pretty funny in itself. But I wanted to share some of my favorites. If I see any of these under my tree, they better be for someone else.
Hilbilly Skating Butt Pad
Hug Me Pillow

Piggy Wiggly Tongs

Milk Moo Milk Dispenser

Could you imagine getting or even giving ANY of these things to your Mom or Dad or even sweet little Grammie?? I guess you'd have to have the perfect person to give something like any of the above to...

My favorite though? Yeah, totally the Hilbilly Butt Pads! Are those for real??

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

It's Coming....

It's the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!!!

I can't believe it's already November!! One of my favorite months of the year!

First, we get to celebrate Thanksgiving!

 That means we get to spend time with our FAMILIES!!

We also get to:
Give Thanks for all that we have!
Eat more than we could ever imagine!
See great movies (Harry Potter for example)!
Decorations, Christmas Lights & Christmas Trees!
Gingerbread Houses!
The possibilities are endless!

One thing I look forward to every year, of course, is:
The stores are starting to come out with their ads already!!My list is slowly growing as to what I MUST HAVE! My only problem is actually saving it for Christmas! 
Below is a small list of some of the hot spots I'll be hitting!
(If you click the images, it will take you right to the site. Also, has a list of all the ads that have been submitted, thus far and continue to update it. My list will be growing as the ads are released.)

What's on your list and where will you be going?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Top 5 Couch Styles

Whether you call it a sofa or a couch, these pieces of furniture are often the focal part of a living room. They can be arranged in a multitude of ways to provide adequate seating or conversational groupings. Of course, with so many options it can be hard to decide which sofa is right for your home. Look below to learn the top 5 sofa styles.

The Top 5 Sofa Styles:

Sectional: Sectional sofas have gained popularity in recent years because they can be set up in a wide variety of ways. Some choose to set these sofas up in an "L" shape in the corner of a room, while others like to separate the sections into a more conversational arrangement. While most sectionals are divided into two sections, modular sofas are also considered sectionals. Modular couches usually have each seating area separated. This allows homeowners to arrange the sections depending on the number of people who will be using the sofa. Sectionals can be found in cloth or leather, and many offer recliners.

Sleeper: Sleeper sofas are popular because they are dual-purpose. During the day they are used as seating, but at night the cushions can be removed to reveal a foldout bed. Sleeper sofas are an ideal choice for those without a designated guest room. They are simple to set up, and they provide comfortable sleeping. Sleeper sofas are heavier than traditional sofas, but their benefits outweigh the extra weight. Sleeper sofas are traditionally upholstered in cloth.

Loveseat: Usually part of a set, the loveseat sofa is one of the most popular types of living room furniture. Loveseat sofas are fashionable because they offer added seating but don't take up as much room as a traditional sofa. Loveseats are designed for a maximum of two people and can be made from either cloth or leather.

Traditional: The traditional three-seat sofa is still the most popular. Nearly every home has some form of this sofa in the living room. These sofas come in a wide range of colors and fabrics, including microfiber and leather. Depending on the manufacturer and style, the design of the sofa will vary. Some have high backs, and some have removable cushions, while others do not.

Chaise: Chaise sofas are a modern twist on the sectional sofa. Unlike sectional couches that have a separate cushion for each space, chaise sofas have one long cushion that sits at an angle from the rest of the couch. Chaise couches allow for users to lie comfortably without the edge of the cushions poking them.

Find this original buying guide, Top 5 Sofa Styles at

Friday, October 22, 2010

Kitchen/Dining Room Table

One thing I wish I had was a new Kitchen Table. I know, from the contents of this blog, you would think I'm not very happy with our current furniture. I am, I'm grateful we have what we have. It's just that a lot of what we own has been handed down from older siblings.

My current table has grooves in it, which would be fine but they are a gunk magnet. If there is anything on the table that you need to wipe off, chances are, a lot of it is going to end up in these grooves. The table is really cute but this really bothers me. It came from my sister, who has a couple small kids... Lets just say, it normally has a table cloth on it now. This is the only picture I can find of it right now and it happens that we are creating gingerbread houses in this. Can you imaging what sort of stuff stayed there from that? Appetizing huh? You can see the lighter areas of the table, those are the groves. I just don't know the best way of re-finishing this to fill in the groves.

Below are a few from my wish list. There are only a few requirements for now, the list might grow:
  1. No Grooves
  2. No Glass
  3. Must have room to fit at least 6 adults (possibly more)
  4. Needs to match my kitchen
Frisco 5-piece Dining Set
7-Piece Casual Country Dining Table

Monreau 7-piece Antique Oak Dinette Set

Purchasing or discarding furniture: help minimize waste and save money.

Whether you are buying or discarding furniture, follow these tips to minimize waste and save money.

When purchasing furniture:
  • Make sure to buy durable, long-lasting, classic items that will not damage easily if your home or office relocates, and will remain in style over time.
  • Consider leasing furniture so that the manufacturer or retailer is responsible for reuse, recycling, or disposal at the end of the lease.
  • Ask suppliers about used or remanufactured furniture; prices for quality, remanufactured furniture typically range from 30 to 50 percent less than new furniture.

When discarding furniture:
  • Donate usable furniture to charitable organizations. Before donating items, City Agencies must follow procedures for relinquishment of City property.
  • Recycle damaged metal furniture. Large items that are at least 50 percent metal are required to be recycled in many places, such as NYC.
  • If wooden furniture is too damaged for repair or refurbishing, recycle it by contacting a wood broker to determine if it can be used as scrap wood for mulch, fuel, or other uses. A materials broker can help your Agency find a local recycler.
Find this original article at NYC.GOV.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The things I love about fall!

I love that the weather is changing. It's so cold in the mornings but perfect temperature in the afternoons. The leaves are changing and the scenery is beautiful! I love being outside in the evenings too, there is that smell that just smells like Fall! I love looking at all the Halloween decor people put up on their porches too. It's just a FUN time of year!

Another things I LOVE about Fall are all the SHOPPING deals, especially online. When you work full time, you tend to spend a little more time shopping online than actually going to stores.

I just looked at Overstock's website today and realized they are having their Overstocktober Fall Clearance Event!! They have some great deals on furniture up to 15-25% off! These deals are only good until tomorrow at midnight.

How cute would this bench be in a little girls room:

Lady Bug Green Tufted Bench

Too bad I'm having a boy. If you have any ideas for a BABY BOYS NURSERY, let me know, I need help!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The art of Vinyl

I've been looking for some wall coverings or pictures of some sort to put behind my couch in my main living area. I have a shelf pretty high on the wall so I need something below it. I've been looking in to the vinyl lettering and pictures more and more lately. In my search, I've found myself spending more time over at Etsy. I'm falling in love with the vinyl wall art. Yes, I know it's a little old and trendy, people have been doing it for years, but I never wanted to get in to the trend. Am I too late? Another option I've been toying with is the old vinyl wall sayings. I love this saying too.

Life Not Measured by Breath
Ornate Tree with Birds Vinyl

My walls are a neutral, light color; my shelf above gets changed around with the season; and my couch is about the same color as the one pictured below. As you can see, my walls really need something...

(Similar only in color.)