Saturday, September 27, 2008

Practically Glamorous

Sometimes life is not always so glamorous. Here are a few products that make dirty work just a little bit more bearable. Some of my top favorites are:

1. Tide stick

There is virtually nothing that the tide stick can not get out. Now, they have a mini tide stick that fits perfectly in your purse.

2. Swiffer Sweepervac

"Swiffer SweeperVac gets it all-big and small-in any room of your home. It uses the Swiffer Dry Cloth to trap and lock dirt, dust, and pet hair, and then uses a vacuum to pick up the big stuff." It is so easy to use you can use it daily for your in between cleaning.

3. GE smart light bulb

There are so many reasons that I love this light bulb. Just by switching over it can save up to 75% less energy and last 10 times longer than the typical light bulb. "If every household in the U.S. replaced ONE light bulb with a GE Energy Smart bulb, we would save...
A combined national total of $600 million a year in energy costs.
Enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars." The reasons to make the switch are good for you and the environment!

4. Folex

FOLEX is a Water Based Non-Ionic Surfactant. It will get virtually ANYTHING out, even red wine!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The 'ABC's of decorating: Adorn! Beautify! Create!

Letters are used to make a statement--whether combined in written word form, displayed to represent initials or showcased as simple, decorative art.

The following creative ways to use letters as display come from

All are sure to make a unique statement in your home!
S-O C-U-T-E!

'You can find a plethora of paper styles to inspire you—at budget-happy prices—at a scrapbooking store. Start with a background paper with a subtle pattern, then layer different smaller pieces of art paper, gluing them down when the look pleases you. Once you’ve assembled your collage, top it with a painted letter. Or, cut the letter from dark cardstock and adhere, using spray adhesive for a smooth finish. Then frame and hang for instant artwork. '

'Find a favorite font in the font library on your home computer or look to an old type book. Print out your number or letter on typing paper and take it to your local paint-your-own pottery studio. (Look in the Yellow Pages under “ceramics” or “pottery” to find one near you.) Transfer your design by turning the paper right-side down and outlining the graphic with a charcoal pencil. Tape the paper to your piece, charcoal side down, and gently rub. The pros at the shop will show you how to ink and fire your design. '

'The secret here is using a crisp, plain woven fabric, such as taffeta. (Fabrics with more texture and slubs, such as a duppioni silk, will look sloppy.) Trace a favorite word on the pillow, then use textile paint and fine sable brushes, which allow for more control through hairlines.'

Monday, September 15, 2008

For the more sensitive man...

So, maybe your man is the stereotypical 'macho' man who fights your attempts to help him explore his more sensitive side...or maybe he has already explored his sensitive side and is completely comfortable with it!

Some (heterosexual) men actually enjoy "girlie" things more than we do! And that's great. I believe a man can still be a manly man even if he participates in so-called feminine activities like getting pedicures, shopping for clothes, baking or watching HGTV. It is the age of the 'metro sexual' male after all so we should be open to that!

We don't need to try to change our men into male versions of ourselves. It is not cool to force these things on him-- but if your man is naturally more sensitive or interested in getting involved with things that we like, we should encourage him to be comfortable with that.

Sweet can definitely be sexy.

Here are some... ahem, more feminine (note I did not say "girlie") things that may appeal to the softer side of your man:

For the man who likes organizing...and cuff links

Red Envelope cuff link display case; $129.99

For the man who loves entertaining in style (a.k.a. not using red plastic cups)

Cubist cocktail set from Red Envelope; $59.95

For the man who loves to accessorize

stainless steel and wood bracelet (left) from Red Envelope; $129.95

For the man who plans romantic excursions

picnic backpack from Red Envelope; $69.95

For the man who believes diaper duty is a shared responsibility

Diaper dude bag from Red Envelope; $59.95

For the groom who likes to groom

Dermalogica skin kit for men; $30.00

Dovo 5 piece nail set for men; $88.00

The 'Man-groomer' for back hair, etc.; $39.95

Jack Black jet set traveller kit; $32.00

For the man who is a proud dad with a fashion sense

Matching tees at ; $60

For the man who desperately wants to understand you...

'Why Men Don't Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes' book available at;$14.00

Friday, September 12, 2008

Man "Stuff" that a Woman Can Love too!

As much as all of us would love to girlie-fy our homes, it is import in giving our men space to breathe, relax, have fun & enjoy football seasons.

Some women let their men have 1 room in the house: the basement, the attic, the den, the garage or maybe the shed out back.

If this is not an option...if you must control the decor of every room in your home (like me), then here are a few items that your man will love & you might even (secretly) enjoy as well...

Check out this Bulldog Bottle Opener from It is made of cast iron and is made to be mounted on the wall. It is only $12.00!

This is a fun game table that will have you smiling! The Ms. Pacman (and Galaga) Arcade Game from the 1980s can be found at Your husband's friends will think you are the Wife of the Year. Careful though, other wives might get jealous. :) The table costs just under $4,000, but hey, it will definitely be a family heirloom that your kids will be fighting over. (Plus, it is not the size or weight of a pool table!)  
If you get sick of looking at could always cover it with a pretty table cloth and make it double as and end table.  Put a lamp, some books, a frame, becomes another place for you display all your pretty things!  

Another great item from is their Three Piece Game Table Set made of hardwood & leather.  I think it could double as a Scrabble Table for you, your girlfriends & some Martinis!  

And what man isn't dying to have a recliner?  Here is one from Pottery Barn that you can deal with.  It is not your Grandpa's recliner!  Throw a cheetah blanket on the back & you might enjoy watching reruns of Sex in the City while reclining it.  Sshhh...don't tell "him" that you actually like "his" chair.  

These next three recliners are all options from Ballard Designs.  (One of my favorite stores!)  This recliner comes in about 100 different fabrics.  There are so many to choose from--solids, stripes, floral, animal print, etc.  The possibilities are endless.  Depending on the fabric, this recliner will run somewhere between $1,100 - $1,400.  

To be a true Glamorous Girl means to let your Man be a MAN!  Don't sissy-fy him.  Don't make him like chick-stuff or force him into doing girlie things...that is why you HAVE GIRLFRIENDS.  :)   Let him do his Fantasy Football thing.  It will give you an excuse to get out of the house & hang out with a girlfriend.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

SmartMom Jewelry

My brother, who is secretly dying to be a writer on this blog (hee hee), sent me a link with this jewelry.   

My 1 year old is always trying to chew on my jewelry.  I am constantly pulling it out of her mouth & giving her one of HER toys to play with.  She still keeps coming back to MY jewelry.  

Thanks to my brother, a solution has been found for my daughter & me!  

This jewelry line, Teething Bling™, is made of material that is non-toxic, latex-free, food–safe, even dishwasher-friendly! It is the same silicone used in many other popular teething products.

Even a percentage of the sales go to worthy causes:

This donut shaped pendant is less than $20 and can be ordered in 9 different colors.  Go to to order one for yourself or someone special.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Balancing act

Balance, it's such a challenge--and a necessity--to find it in life. We need rest, yet want to be productive; we want to spend time socializing with friends but we also need quiet moments alone; we want to be healthful and watch what we eat, but still enjoy the tasty treats at restaurants and parties...
I think balance is the key to a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. I believe in the motto everything (or almost everything) in moderation. And that also means moderation in moderation!

Sometimes you need to let yourself break free of all the restrictions and just be. And then there are others times we must be extremely disciplined and determined. Each season in our lives calls for us to practice and develop different characteristics. But finding balance can give us the peace and clarity of mind we need to be our best.

What helps me stay balanced? A little bit of everything of course.

Try to incorporate at least a little bit of the following into your balancing act-- and experiment with things that can help you maintain your level head.

Productivity and activity

Day planners...

Ecojot eco nature agenda made out of 100% recycled materials

Stylish wake up call...

Croc alarm clocks from Williams Sonoma Home

Rest and relaxation

Kiehl's products...

I especially love the Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish. They are a very natural company that is concerned about giving back and helping underdeveloped communities.

Zero 7 CD
U.K. soul music from London--kinda jazzy with an electronic vibe--
but sooo relaxing

Try their Simple Things album available at

Family time Create traditions within your family for holidays and special events and make it a priority to do things together. Whether the activity is cooking a meal, baking cookies, carving pumpkins, or playing boardgames, make family time fun and everyone will look forward to being together. The best family memories are those created when you are doing something unique.

Family Game Night has some great suggestions for creative game and theme-night ideas including bowling pin derby, group storytelling and blackjack using jelly beans.

Spending time with friends is a key component in keeping my scales from tipping. I NEED girlfriends who can relate to my womanly perspective. Whatever stage in life they may be in, I love learning from their experiences, identifying with their frustrations, and encouraging each other with supporting words and wisdom. Plus, girlfriends are just FUN! They make me laugh at things and remind me not to take life or myself too seriously.

Host or schedule a regular Girls' Night (or Boys' Night if you are a male reader--but you'll have to come up with your own ideas:) and try themes such as:

Pedicures and dinner--I just recently went to a place called Pretty Nails and got an hour long pedicure with girlfriends for only $25! We went for sushi afterwards.

Book club-- I know not everyone loves to read but it's a good excuse to meet regularly and you may really enjoy the book selection!

Cocktails and Cupcakes party-- is there anything better?

The Sweetheart Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces Ketel One vodka 1/2 ounce Calvados1 ounce apple juice2 lemon wedges (about 1/3 lemon)1 teaspoon grenadine
Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Squeeze the lemon wedges into the shaker and discard the rinds. Add the grenadine and muddle vigorously.
Strain into a chilled martini glass, and enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Highlands Bar and Grill, 205/939-1400,

But really, you don't need a reason or a theme to call a friend and spend a few hours together.

"Me time"... for a healthy mindset

Environmentally friendly journal made from 100% recycled materials and Bessence Candles, soy-based wax candles packages in recycled materials.
$40 for 4 votives

Little indulgences

"Let them eat cake!!!"

Have I mentioned I love cake? Well I do. In fact, I just baked one for a dinner party I'm going to tomorrow night and it's taking all my willpower not to steal a piece. I cheated and used a mix: Pillsbury Low Sugar Yellow Cake mix. It's easy. It's fabulous. It's low sugar so it's not that bad...right?

Let "them" eat chocolate too!
These truffles come from Fran's Chocolates in Washington. The chocolates have been listed in all of the following magazines: Oprah, Gourmet, Food and Wine, and People. You can order from the website

Little indulgences should always be pretty...Crate and Barrel wine glasses; $2.50 each