DesignHerGals 30% Off 1/31/11

January 31, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Deals & Steals, Girl Talk

Personalized Stationary and More at Design-her Gals! They are having a 30% sale that ends today 1/31/11 using code 35LUV.

Great, super cute thank you’s and more!

http://www.designhergals.com/?nav=store&subnav=store&SCK=24

They also offer other great gifts for under $20. You should definitely check out their products. It is a mom owned and operated company!

What We Love Right Now January 26, 2011: Simple Treats to Treat Yourself for Under $20

January 26, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

As busy working or stay at home moms we often forget to take a little time for ourselves. We know how hard it is to squeeze in a date night, lunch with a girlfriend, a pedicure, or even think to buy yourself something while out shopping rather than the kids. Today this blog is dedicated to cute little treats of all kinds, all under $20, that are sure to lift your spirits on a ho-hum day (or maybe a day when you are about to have a mommy-meltdown!).

1. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $14

This is the perfect shade for almost any lady. It’s flattering, fun, and from a maker we love and trust and for the price we L-O-V-E it!

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2. NIC Sticks, $6.50

No time for a mani? Freshen up your nails in minutes with NIC sticks by OPI. Available in 24 different colors, there is sure to be a shade, or two, for everyone! Buy your NIC Sticks HERE.

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3. Hot Cocoa by MarieBelle, $19 and up

It seems winter is here to stay, so we should all embrace it with rich, creamy hot cocoa. MarieBelle New York’s Hot Chocolate is just that and will be the perfect treat to warm you up on a cold afternoon.

hot cocoa

4. Monogrammed Koozie, $12

Every mom needs something monogrammed and a koozie is a good choice for starters. These polka dot koozie wraps will perk you up and keep your drinks cool while you wait in the dreaded car pick up line for your cute kiddos at school. Check out Thepinkmonogram.com for these super cute koozie wraps and more!

koozie

5. Rose Colanders, $8

If you are a cook, brighten up the kitchen with these cute rose colanders. They are dishwasher safe and, if you tune into your creative side, you can use them as a decorative piece or even serveware. Available at amazon.com

rose colanders

6. Garrett’s 10 pk. Snack Size Popcorn Balls, $12

If you can’t go to Chicago to get Garrett’s Popcorn in person, then you should definitely order a little piece of their popcorn heaven. The mini popcorn balls are super yummy and will be great for your mommy snack stash or feel free to share them at your next playdate too. Visit Garrett’s Popcorn Shops online for this and other yummy varieties.

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7. Cute Notepad, $5

We love cute note pads and these mini pads are extra girly and will easily fit into your diaper bag, purse, or car cupholder. Only $5 for a pack of three! Visit scribblesnsuch.com

notepade

What We Love Right Now January 19, 2011: Super Cook = Super Mom!

January 18, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk

Like most Moms, I find myself trying to plan a weekly menu of meals for my family. In reality, one or two meals actually get cooked and I find myself staring at a pantry of canned vegetables, fruits, tuna and an empty fridge, wondering what I can conjure up for dinner out of tomatoes, celery and some ketchup. Whether you choose to admit it or not, this has probably happened to you too (and perhaps even more than once!). Fear no more! SharpMoms has found a site that is going to bail you out of your dinner dilemma. Super Cook has a recipe search that is based on the ingredients you have in YOUR very own kitchen.  All you do is insert your ingredients into the search box and VOILA!, recipes appear at your fingertips. We’ve tried their search engine on more than one occasion and it DOES work! Happy cooking!

What We Love Right Now January 12, 2011: New Year, New You! 2011 Style Trends

January 12, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Fashion Trends, Girl Talk

Ok, we know you might be tired of hearing about New Year this and New Year that ;-) , but we thought we might offer up a few style tips and trends for you to try in the coming year.

1. Big, Sleek Jewelery

A nice, bold piece of jewelry can really add to a plain top or dress while making a statement. We LOVE Diana Warner. Her pieces are unique and stylish. If you want to try this trend we suggest the Thick Cleo Hammered Cuff in Gold, $48.

thick cleo cuff

For more great jewelry by Diana Warner CLICK HERE

2. Dresses with a Print

Step outside of the “little black dress” box and try a dress with a pattern-floral, dots, geometric…even stripes!

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From Left to Right: NY and Co. Safari Dress, $59.95, Mod Cloth Stripe Dress, $47.99, GUESS Floral Dress, $39.98

3. Leggings

This trend is here to stay this year. Leggings are great in the winter with the right top. We’ve found two super deals at Forever21 and they would go great with leggings and boots or your favorite shootie!

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The Turtleneck Dress is a steal at $19.80 and available in many other colors. The Striped Sweater Dress, $22.90, is also available at Forever21.

4. Something Tie Dye

Tie Dye is back and better than ever. You’ll see this trend in all the stores available in tops and dresses. We really like this Maxi Dress available at Macy’s, $59.99.

tye die

5. Flats

This comfy little style is in again! We love flats with dresses, leggings, jeans, and even shorts. They are great in the winter and spring and they are perfect for moms on the go. Here are a few wintry styles we liked best…


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From Left to Right: Target Python Print Flat, $39.99, Tory Burch Reva Flat Available at Saks, $195, Black and Navy Simply Vera Flats Available at Kohl’s,  both $39.99

Recipe for Snow Cream

January 10, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Kid Connection, Meals In Minutes

How to Make Snow Cream

If you have freshly fallen snow outside your door snow cream will make a yummy treat for you and your kids. If you’ve never made it before, here is what you’ll need:

  1. 1 gallon freshly fallen snow
  2. 1 cup white sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  4. 2 cups milk

Ideally you’ll want to place a bowl out to collect the snow as it falls, but if you don’t do this you want to collect some good top layer snow in a bowl. Stir in vanilla and sugar as directed or to taste. Then add enough milk to get desired consistency. Last enjoy your snow cream! Yum, yum!

snowcream

What We Love Right Now January 5, 2011: Scrumpcious and Simple $5 Dinners

January 5, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Girl Talk, Meals In Minutes

Just this morning on The Today Show there was a segment on not getting enough product for your buck these days. Many brands have downsized the amount of product you purchase without reducing the price of the product. A few ladies were interviewed, some Moms, who said their dollar just wasn’t going as far anymore. With our economy still in recession mode, many families are looking for ways to make their groceries for the week last and feed their growing families for less. What we love this week are these yummy $5 dinners.  Why? They are delicious and go well with salad, rolls, rice, and other easy sides so you don’t have to stress on busy school nights or when you’re stuck in traffic and get home later than expected from work. If you have hungry mouths to feed, you’ll love these meals. AND, if you use coupons and hit the store sales some of these dinners will be super inexpensive.  Try them out and let us know what you think!

Do you have a $5 dinner of your own? Leave a comment and share it with other SharpMoms!

Mexican Rice Casserole

What you need:

  1. 1 package ground beef (1-2 lbs.)
  2. 1 package taco seasoning
  3. 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  4. 2 cups rice
  5. 1 bar cheese, shredded- blocked cheese tends to be cheaper than pre-shredded or pre-cubed!
  6. 6 ears corn

Make it fast:

  1. Cook 2 cups rice according to package.
  2. Brown ground beef. Drain. Return to skillet, add 3/4 cup water, taco seasoning and tomato sauce. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Add ground beef to rice. Put into 9×13 baking dish. Top with shredded cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until cheese melts.
  5. Boil or grill ears of corn and serve on the side.

Pizza Wraps

What you need:

  1. 6 Tortillas
  2. 1/2 jar pizza sauce
  3. Pepperoni
  4. 1/2 Green Pepper, thinly sliced
  5. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Make it fast:

  1. Preheat oven 350. Lay tortillas flat. Spread on pizza sauce. Layer 1-2 rows of pepperoni and sliced green peppers. Sprinkle with cheese, leaving room to roll.
  2. Roll up tortillas and place snugly into 8×8 dish. Cook about 10 minutes so cheese melts.

Southwestern Mac N Cheese

What you need:

  1. 8oz. package of elbow maccaroni
  2. 1 cup salsa
  3. 1 1/2 cups milk
  4. 1 15 0z can cream-style corn
  5. one can mexi-kernal corn with red and green peppers (Green Giant makes a corn variety similar to this)
  6. 8 oz cheddar cheese, cubed

Make it fast:

  1. Mix all ingredients except cheese in 12-inch nonstick skillet. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally; reduce heat.
  2. Cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until macaroni is tender.
  3. Stir in cheese until melted.

Creamy Chicken Casserole

What you need:

  1. 1 pk boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 can cream of chicken
  3. 1 small container of sour cream
  4. sliced mushrooms (optional)
  5. small onion, chopped (optional)
  6. salt and pepper
  7. bread crumbs or about 30 crushed ritz crackers (or store brand crackers)

Make it fast:

  1. In a large pot boil chicken breasts until no longer pink in center.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine cream of chicken, onion, mushrooms, and sour cream. Mix well.
  3. Chop chicken into bit size pieces and place evenly in greased a 2 qt. baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  5. Spread soup mixture on top of chicken.
  6. Cover with crushed crackers or bread crumbs. (Drizzle melted butter on top, optional)
  7. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly and set.

Super Simple Spaghetti Bake

What you need:

  1. 1 large box of spaghetti noodles
  2. 1 large jar of spaghetti sauce
  3. 1 lb. ground beef
  4. 1 small onion
  5. Mozzarella and/or Parmesan Cheese

Make it fast:

  1. Boil noodles until tender.
  2. In a separate pot, fry onion. Once tender add sauce and simmer on low.
  3. Brown ground beef and drain. Add to sauce mixture.
  4. In a large bowl combine spaghetti and sauce. Mix well.
  5. Place spaghetti mix in a greased 9 x 13 dish.
  6. Sprinkle with Mozzarella and/or Parmesan Cheese.
  7. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until heated and cheese is bubbly.