Archive for February, 2012

Birthday Loot

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Now that I’m officially officially in my 30’s, I can’t say I’ve looked forward to my Birthday’s as much as I have in the past.

However, logging into my inbox this month has been pleasantly surprising with all the birthday offers many companies are offering these days. It’s reminding me that birthdays are a nice excuse to celebrate, and to go out and have fun, and more importantly treat yourself well.

Here are my top favorite Birthday Freebies:

No.1 Tucano’s: Join their birthday club HERE  and they’ll send you a post card for a free meal with purchase at the beginning of your birthday month, (good anytime during the month). This year we used it for our Valentine’s date night, Mr Faubus was a happy camper with that feast, for half price :)

No.2 World Market: Sign up to be a world market explorer HERE. Along with sending you offers almost weekly, I received a $10 in store credit coupon to treat myself to a little something something.

No.3 Brio: I just discovered this offer while planning my birthday lunch last week. I stubbled upon their email list (join HERE) and within a day I received a coupon for a free beef entree on my birthday week, plus a free bruschetta starter just of signing up. I’ve only eaten here once, and it was REALLY yummy. I’m so excited for lunch right now!

No.4 Five Star BBQ: If you live in Utah County I’m sure you’ve heard of 5 Star BBQ (link HERE). They make a mean brisket sandwich, and to die for pork (I’m a BBQ loving Britt thanks for sure). When you sign up for their birthday club in store, they send you a buy one get one, via email. It’s a must stop.

No. 5 Rubios: Join their beach club HERE, and receive specials throughout the year including a free burrito for your birthday. I love the grilled chile-lime wild salmon burrito….so good.

No.6 Starbucks: Sign up for their rewards program (see HERE) and get a free drink on your birthday. Love that mine’s in February when a yummy hot chocolate to your day can make all the difference :)

So there we are, my fave birthday freebies. I know there are many more, what are your faves?




Target Tuesday: Basic White Dinnerware Collection

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Target has revamped its white dining collection..woot woot! Now I really have a reason to need that white hutch we blogged about yesterday.

NO. 1 on cuteness factor goes to this adorable porcelain milk bottle. Not sure how practical for actual milk but maybe for chocolate milk or to use as a vase? Ok, apparently I’m not quite sure what I’d use it for, but I’m sure I’d think of something. $9.99 in store or $15.99 for two online.

Next up is this bread basket. It reminds me of these ones from Williams-Sonoma, and is something I have always dreamed of for Easter Sunday. It also comes in a variety of colors and is only $16.99.

Lastly, is this adorable salad plate. I know a few ladies who would like to lunch on this pretty little plate! Alternatively, it’s scalloped edges make it definitely wall worthy. $3.99 in stores only.

Alright, seriously…now I just need that lovely white hutch already because I’ve found all the things I want displayed in it! Are any of these taking your fancy? Any ideas for that milk bottle?

Magazine Monday: March

Monday, February 27th, 2012

First up we have an exciting announcement…

Sarah’s been invited to be a contributor over at Lil Luna! Her first post is today, where she’ll be sharing her painted wallpaper project. Be sure to go check it out HERE.


This month we were both a little disappointed with our magazine reading. What is it with March? However, we did find a few little tidbits to share – hope you enjoy!

Sarah’s Finds:

I was surprised this month when Parents Magazine arrived at my door. I have no idea where it came from, but I enjoyed the read nonetheless. Even though I have no kiddies, I am planning on babysitting my sweet nephews for the next 10 days, so I thought the reading might come in useful anyhow :)

Their “Best Blog Awards 2012” article led me to some fantastic mommy blogs; but my favorite find was written by a daddy, Made By Joel. As an artist and stay-at-home dad, I’m sure he leads a pretty busy life, but still he manages to create some pretty awesome, yet simple crafts with supplies you’ll find already in your home.

Check out this flipping adorable miniature cityscape. It’s adorable. Although he has his printables all ready to share with us, I’m kinda tempted to make a personalized one of our huge family for all the little kidlets. A cute, thrifty gift don’t you think?

Next up is a sweet find from Good Housekeeping. Wooser + Prince’s emery boards found at Parkside Papers, $5 for three. I simply fell in love with the fresh patterns, and thought how lovely it would be to file with these…I’m so ready for spring!

Emily’s Finds:

This month my favorite magazine picks are from House Beautiful. This picturesque courtyard made me smile.  It is simply stunning and makes me dream of having casual dinners with friends and family…outside!

This white hutch is absolute perfection. I am hoping for one someday.

I am beyond obsessed with gold right now…I am pinning like mad gold + gray, gold + black, gold + anything, and now I’m going to be pinning gold + green.

Green with a hint of gold really is so romantic. Lastly my favorite pick from Country Living this month is this bathroom featuring a lovely dressing area.  Heck yes I’ll take a couch and armoire in the bathroom.

Happy magazine Monday everyone, have a lovely day!

Brown Dining Table + White Chairs

Friday, February 24th, 2012

One of our good friends just bought her first house, and is expecting twin baby girls any day now. As you can imagine she has her hands full, so she asked us to keep our eye out for a dining room table and chair set, and I fell in love with this combo and its CRAZY price.

The table is from Pottery Barn (link HERE), it’s on sale from $699 to $299. Chairs are from Walmart (link HERE) and are only $39! Both of these items ship to your nearest store for free, so before tax the table and 6 chairs come to only $533….AMAZEBALLS :)

I know a lot of people imagine a real “matchy matchy” set when it comes to the dining area, but remember the chairs and table don’t have to be purchased together. Mixing things up, can really add a sense of character to your space, and make it look more like a cozy home instead of a show-house. This combo of a darker table with white chairs really adds a nice contrast to the room.

But case you’re still not sold on the two tone look, take a look at these:

Are you as in love as I am?

Hollar Dollar: Sally’s Beauty Supply Make-up

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Last week I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply to pick up my beloved Argan oil (cheaper version of Moroccan oil).  While I was waiting in line at the register I saw a stand with Sally’s brand make-up. Blushers, eyeshadow, lip glosses and more all for $.99.

I haven’t really tried any dollar make-up since my wet n’ wild days in middle school, so I thought it was time to give it another try.


For one dollar each, I’m pretty impressed. I am especially happy with the bronzer that has helped give my February ‘lack of luster’ skin a little glow. So to my frugal friends out there, I give Sally’s make-up a thumbs up. Let me know what you think of it.