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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Insta-Fail

This week I had a little instagram sale. (@fairlyfabulous1)
Did you miss it?
Don't worry- it was not so successful.
What does that mean for you?
The beginning of a full shop again!
Time to make room for a few new things. Over the next few weeks the shop is filling up with my entire inventory of boys and GIRLS tees and a few other revamped goodies.
Ready to shop?  
What if I make it more fun?
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Good

I sewed tonight.

For the first time in I don't remember how long.
It felt good.
Life feels good these days.
I have so much to share. Do I say that a lot?
I mean it. Some begins July 1st, and some will take a little longer.
I'm excited. Are you still with me?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Life in a blur

The past several weeks have been such a blur. Since my birthday and craft weekend our lives have been in overdrive.
Breadwinner came home with the girls Sunday night after craft weekend, was home for a night and off Monday morning for a week of work travel. It left me just enough time to *almost* get the house (and laundry) back in order.
Memorial Day weekend was the first weekend in more than I can remember that we spent a little time relaxing as a family. Monday afternoon provided a grilling opportunity when some of our best friends stopped by on the way home from a weekend camping trip.
Then it was back to business as usual with Madison's last full week of Kindergarten and preparation for graduation and the end of the year program.
May 31st, Breadwinner surprised me with a last minute yes to an offer from a friend of mine to spend the next night with her for a short girls night and Queen Bee Market day. After a perfect 26 hour girls 'weekend' getaway, I arrived home Saturday evening to a less than desirable smell coming from the garage and permeating into the house.
Sunday was spent locating the source (insect chemical leaked), nuetralizing it, and cleaning up the aftermath.
Which brings us to June 4th- the beginning of Madison's last week in Kindergarten- an action packed week of wrap up, parties, and last minute graduation details. That is until I got the call Tuesday to rush back to the school and pick up Kennedy who fell into a cubbie and would need to go to the emergency room. A fact confirmed by the gaping hole in her head and huge tears as I made it back to school in record time. After our very first ER visit, a rush to a plastic surgeon 80 miles away, multiple stitches in her muscle and skin, we were home to Kennedy standing on the arm of the sofa- back to her usual daredevil antics- nearly stopping our hearts at every turn!
Two days later Madison donned yet another cap and gown (can you tell I'm not a fan) and graduated from Kindergarten.
The next morning the girls and I loaded up the mini-van and drove to Ventura County to spend the night with the same friends who stopped by the house a couple weeks prior. Kennedy decided sleeping was not a priority, so after a night of next to no sleep I, along with my friend we stayed with, got dressed and ready to drive south to Elevate- a blogging mini conference.
When we planned the trip, we intended on a girls night out after the conference, so my friend used hotel points for a night away at a gorgeous resort right on the beach. We were so beat from the night before and a day long conference, we stayed in- ordered a few drinks, and slept in Sunday morning. Party animals, huh?
That was three days ago.
Needless to say, I have a lot to blog about...and really, this doesn't even scratch the surface.
It's been a busy few weeks, I'm ready for a break.
Did I mention I'm giving away a $50 Sears Gift Card? Have you entered yet

Thursday, June 7, 2012

ShopYourWay.com and a Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of ShopYourWay Program for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I live in a small town. We have 6 stop lights, 3 chain fast food restaurants, 1 grocery store, and a local coffee drive thru hut. It took some getting used to, but I love it.
Our skies are bold with unobstructed hues of red, gold, and purple every night at sunset and thousands of stars each night. We are far enough out of 'the city' to be considered rural (my neighbor has horses, chickens, and a cow) but close enough to zip down a few freeways and be in the heart of Los Angeles. I love where I live for so many reasons. Shopping, however- can be a bit of a challenge.
The internet has become my friend when it comes to research, recommendations, reviews, suggestions. Thank goodness for social media and so many big retailers online. My new favorite, though, combines social media with the benefit of tried and true retail brands. Oh, and did I mention it pays, too?
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Easy peasy.
I signed up tonight and it could not have been easier. You can even sign in with Facebook! A few clicks and I was in.

I started adding items to my wishlist and different 'catalogs' right away. They truly have everything you can imagine from Craftsman tools and outdoor accessories to craft supplies to first aid, and clothing for the entire family. Did I mention DIY home projects, too? I added a gorgeous stone fire pit to my outdoor catalog and started browsing deck ideas and materials for our backyard.
With sign up a breeze and products and materials for every aspect of your life, I encourage everyone to sign up!
Still not sure you want to sign up? What if they sweeten the deal? ShopYourWay.com and IZEA are giving one of my readers a $50 Sears giftcard to get started with your shopping! Entering is easy-
Click here to Request an Invite to ShopYourWay. Complete the simple sign up info, then leave me a comment with a link for an item in the catalogs you think I would love or tweet the link using the hashtag #personalshopper (be sure to include my Twitter handle @fairlyfabulous1)
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