Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Purell Jelly Wrap Carriers Review

I was so obsessed with Purell when it first came out! I had several of the on the go carriers and took them everywhere! Eventually I switched to a different brand because those sanitizers were scented. I did not like some of their features as much but the scent caused me to stay. I still use the Purell pump bottles, at work when I was working, and I bought several when Baby E. was born to help keep him healthy among all of his visitors!

So I was eager to try to the Purell Jelly Wrap Carriers to see if they were as good as I remembered. Sadly, I was disappointed. Previously, the carriers fitted over the top of the bottle so the bottle stayed upright. Now, the bottle faces down, so the caps come undone during your daily routine. The sanitizer also spurts out when it is used. Also, before, the carrier had a longer loop (you could choose from 3 positions) so it was easier to access and to share with others.

However, there are good things about Purell Jelly Wrap Carriers. The to go nature itself is wonderful. Very easy to take anywhere with you so you are always protected. The sanitizer is also very smooth and blends into your skin easily. It was not drying either, which is such a plus!

So, Purell itelf is great! I would say these carriers are just all right. For more information, visit

I received the product from bzzagent  to review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Black Friday 2011 - I Survived Unscathed!

Did any of you go shopping on Black Friday? This was the first time in awhile I did a store opening - in fact, due to the new midnight opening times, I pulled an all nighter!! and I had such a great time! The best part is that I paid cash for everything, except BRU and, of course, Kohls. Below is a long summary of my night that I posted on a message board (edited to remove items I bought since people I buy for read my blog). I'd love to hear your experiences.

Started at 8:30 p.m. at the outlets, for B&BW, which opened at 9:30 (the mall itself opened at 10). It WAS DEAD in the entire place. At 10 p.m., the mall was giving out $10 gcs to the first 100 in line... I was 4th. Pretty good but by 10 I was frozen and my legs hurt. Went to a few stores there then headed out at about 11. By then it was busy outside but the stores themselves were not too packed.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Kermit the Frog Cupcakes!

I have seen this on other blogs and thought it was so cute! Since J. and I are seeing an advance screening of The Muppets tomorrow (SO EXCITED!!!) I thought I would share it as well! We might do these for Thanksgiving or maybe for our Christmas Eve open house!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

BOGO Free Hoilday Drinks at Starbucks

Starting TODAY! from 2 to 5 p.m. every day through Sunday the 20th, buy one holiday drink at Starbucks and get one FREE!! Woo hoo!!

The holiday drinks include:
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Skinny Peppermint Mocha
  • Caramel BrulĂ©e Latte
  • Gingerbread Latte
  • Eggnog Latte
I think I will try the new Skinny Peppermint Mocha - the regular ones are my  favorite, so I wonder how this differs!

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Heelys Snekers Review

    I will admit I have been kinda jealous of the people who wore Heelys. It is just so cool to have a sneaker that is also part roller skate! So I jumped at the chance to try them for myself!

    I was sent a pair of the Heelys Wave sneakers to review. They are totally cute! The grey is muted, and that makes the pink pop! I also love their rounded look. They were a little tight on me - the bridge part rubs a little, but that is most likely because I have wide feet! I can still wear them just fine without major issue. I also like that the wheels are hidden when they are in.

    Heelys Wave without the wheels in. Totally cute!

    I was a little nervous to try them with wheels for the first time. I made sure Jeff was nearby to catch me if i fell! lol!! And it was a little scary to give your balance over to a pair of wheels. However, the directions are easy to follow, and it honestly didn't take long for me to find my balance. Actually going somewhere took a bit more time! I did do it, though, glided along a short distance without holding on. With more practice I might be brave enough to  use them outside. And, BTW,  Jeff was so excited for them that he had to try them on! Of course they didn't fit, but I am now thinking a possible Christmas present...

    Heelys with the wheels in.

    Heelys is throwing a Black Friday special! From Nov 25-Nov 28, buy any pair of Heelys, and get the second pair for $25. Or buy a Nano, and get a pair of shoes for $25, and also get free ground shipping on all orders!

    I was given a pair of Heelys to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I received no additional compensation.

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Menu Plan Monday - Week of 11/14/11

    Yay, back to meal planning! After a few weeks of company, leftovers and freezer meals, I am back to meal planning this week!

     Monday: Pigs in blankets... by request ;)

    Tuesday:   BBQ Beer Pork Chops - recipe by my friend Mere, will post after I make them!
    Wednesday: Dinner out a Chili's!

    Thursday:  Slow Cooker Chicken-n-Stuffing Pot Pie

    Friday: leftovers!

    For more information or to join the hop, go to I'm an Organizing Junkie.

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    Bathroom Re-Organization

    I have posted in the past about very slllloooow ongoing kitchen reorganization. We are now deciding if we are going to get cabinets or replace our mobile butchers block with a bigger one. Until then, I am once again slowly organizing other parts of the house.

    Both of our upstairs bathrooms are small, very small. The toilet, pedestal type sink and bathtub run the length of the bathroom, with very little space in between.. The width is as long as the tub. Both bathroms are the same way. In the "before" picture below, you can maybe see how tight the bathroom is. The sink is just out of frame. Our best option to add storage was an open shelf structure above the toilet. It holds a lot of stuff, but it is an eyesore. Since it is the hall bath, that is the one company uses, and it was a little embarrassing!!

    Before. I forgot to take a pic until after I had started!

    The bathroom reorganization was prompted by my mom.  I think she got tired of looking at all our our junk while she was here lol! We went out and she bought some bins. I decided on the more eclectic but matching style. I am so not a mtachy-matchy person! I went through each shelf and ended up with a huge bag of items that weren't needed in the bathroom at all.

    After. So neat!

    I maximized space by putting a small bin inside a larger bin (seen on the top left). The small bin holds my free samples - shampoos, lotions and other sundries. The larger one keeps cups, cotton balls, and larger boxes of bandaids together. On the middle shelf, the left bin holds makeup that I actually use (aka a million lipglosses), and the one of the right holds all of my hair items. You can see what the bottom shelf holds.

    This was soooo simple, inexpensive, and it didn't take very long to do. As a bonus, the bathroom looks a lot brighter! Major thanks to my mom for being the catalyst I needed to get this done.

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Got Magazines?

    I sure do!!!

    12 Magazines!
    12 magazines (11 subscriptions - there are 2 Entertainment Weekly's in there) arrived within a 2 week period. I have a rack full of them to still read too - even more subscriptions lol. I love magazines so much, and all of those were either free or less than $10 for a year (except Real Simple - i just renewed for $15) ! I just wish they were easier to read when you have a 6 month old on your lap!