Friday, April 30, 2010

My New Toy!

Thank you again to my wonderful
for surprising me with this unexpected gift! :}

Although, I will never forget my first sewing machine :}

I am so excited and motivated to get to try it out
and complete some of my projects I have been putting off!

Stay tuned ;}

Sewing away,
BigSis LilSis

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day, Go GREEN!!

It's important for all of us to do our part
in lowering our carbon footprint,
each of us can can make a difference :}

Here are a few simple suggestions to add to your daily routine:

5 simple ways to GO GREEN!!

*Reusable water bottles, we LOVE CamelBak
(BPA free is key, no one likes extra chemicals in their water)
and a Brita pitcher {good for the earth and your wallet ;}
*Use your plastic bags more than once
or check out snackTAXI!
{if you are feeling crafty, you can make your own}
*Try buying local organic produce
(i.e. Planet Organics)
{a friend recently posted about this growing company here!}
*Use less laundry detergent or make your own
{Check out this fascinating article which includes the recipe}
*Recycle clothing with your local thrift shop
{i.e. Goodwill or Crossroads}

Happy Earth Day,
BigSis LilSis

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Crafty: Baby Shower Favors

I was trying to think of something cute and practical for a
Baby Shower Favor
{So it wouldn't just get tossed when the guest leaves!}

As I was browsing through Target
{no suprise there!}
I came across the travel size hand sanitizers.

I thought, WOW this would be perfect,
{but they just aren't very cute... yet!}
How can I pretty these up? Tie a bow around it?
Put a sticker on it?
If only it didn't have the brand sticker on it...
OH WAIT, it comes off!!
{everyone loves to have one of these in their purse, right
and you gotta have clean hands to hold the BABY!}

So my next stop was for stickers and ribbon
I walked into Micheal's
{waddled is probably more accurate!}
To my surprise they had a huge selection of ribbon in the $1 bin
{and in PINK! Of course you can do this in BLUE too ;}
I also found some girly stickers to put on the bottles!

Here is the finished product :}

The guests loved them too!

You can do this with the larger bottles as well
{as long as there is a removable sticker}
They would make great quick gifts for
co-workers, teachers, family 
or anyone that goes out in public! ;}

Have fun,
BigSis LilSis

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Deal of the Day: TAX DAY FREEBIES

Just because it's TAX DAY
doesn't mean it has to be a bad day!

Here are a list of places giving FREEBIES
for those of us that are not getting a "TAX RETURN" this year :)


CINNABON: Get two free bite-sized cupcakes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday 4/15 at participating mall locations as part of "Tax Day Bites!" Flavors include Chocolate Passion, 24-Carrot Cake, Vanilla Bliss and Cinnacake Classic.

MAGGIEMOO'S: Get one free slice of ice cream pizza -- ice cream with red frosting to look like sauce and white chocolate to look like cheese -- at participating locations from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday 4/15.

STARBUCKS: Get free brewed coffee all day Thursday 4/15 if you bring your own mug, a promotion the cafe chain says is friendly to the environment as well as taxpayers.

BOSTON MARKET: For a "last-minute tax break" -- one free meal for each one you buy Thursday 4/15 through Sunday 4/18 -- show this coupon:

IHOP: Expanding on the tax deduction parents get for kids, the restaurant chain is offering free dinner for one child age 12 or younger with each adult meal purchased 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. all month long.

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK'S: The seafood restaurant is offering $10.40 dinner and drink specials in the bar on Thursday 4/15 -- a nod to the 1040 tax form. Bar guests who come in April 15 also receive a $10.40 gift certificate for a later visit. And professional tax preparers, who may have to work right until the midnight deadline Thursday, get their freebie Friday: dessert on the house plus a $10.40 certificate if they show a business card.

P.F. CHANG'S: Get 15 percent off food purchases for dine-in or take-out, excluding alcohol and happy hour food and beverages.

HYDROMASSAGE: Get a free massage Thursday 4/15 through Sunday 4/18 at participating locations. The mall-based massage chain suggests calling ahead to book an appointment and printing the coupon on their website. Find a location at

Happy Tax Day,
BigSis LilSis

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Vijay Rakhra Photography: Maternity Photos

I am a little shy to share these photos ;},
but Vijay did such a great job
I had to show you!

He has been our photographer for many special events in our lives
{Engagement, Wedding, Maternity, Newborn, and Family}
These are the moments in life that you want to
capture forever and he does it in just the right way! :}
{Please take some time to view his website}

He always has such a great attitude,
which makes me so comfortable to work with him.
Everytime we have done a photo shoot together
I have been thrilled with the results and this was no exception!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fabulous Find: Shoedazzle

If you LOVE shoes, check out this site,
it might be just what you need for your shoe fix ;}

I just signed up for this super fun, girly website!
{I have seen/heard of this a few times now and had to see what it was all about}
Every month you have a personal stylist
that will send you 5 shoe choices
{based on a survey of your style}

You can choose a shoe and pay the
monthly membership of only $39.95 + {FREE shipping}
Forgo the choices and "Skip This Month"
{you are only charged after you choose a shoe!}

I can't wait to see what my stylists have chosen for me this month!!

Oh and if you invite 3 friends to sign up too,
you get a pair of shoes FREE!!

Have FUN Girls!!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

12 years...

As some of you may know,
my husband and I have been together
since high school and today marks our
"dating" anniversary of 12 years {or 144 months ;}

Needless to say, we have been through
many life experiences together!

He is the one and only for me
and always will be.

He is my absolute best friend
and I am so proud of all 12 years {good and bad}
because that has made us who we are today!

Thank you Lovey for putting up with me
for all these years ;}

You are so amazing in so many ways
and my life would be incomplete without you!

We make a great team and I love experiencing
this journey of life with you
each and everyday.


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