has $5 for you...

I've been pretty obsessed with Groupon lately. They send you daily promotional deals at savings of up to 80% off. The offers are specific to the area where you live, it gives you a chance to try some independent restaurants or retailers as well as to get major discounts at national chain stores.

Here's an example, today's deal for my area (Northern New Jersey) is:
$6 for $12 admission to Montclair Art Museum plus 10% one item in the gift shop

I've participated in a few good ones such as $20 for $40 worth of food at Gencarelli's Cucina (best food I've had in a while), $25 for $50 store credit at American Apparel and $20 for $40 worth of store credit at The Body Shop. I've also kicked myself for missing a few good ones, discounted keratin treatment anyone...?!?

Give it a try, Sign up for free today and Groupon is offering $5 Groupon bucks after your first purchase with this link:



won a contest!

I haven't posted on in a while, just a bit short on time between all the holidays and my 2 year old's upcoming birthday. I was so happy when I finally did check in this weekend and found a comment from Melisa of The Lil Bee, whose super sweet posts I read daily. I still mourn the closing of her Feather Report (genius idea). She was emailing me to let me know that I won her most recent giveaway. I almost never even enter contests it just goes to show, "You gotta be in it to win it!". My prize is letterpress stationary from Richie Designs, check out her etsy shop. I'm partial to this design:

Have you won anything lately?


got and gave!

Today I shopped the Give and Get sale at GAP (and Old Navy and Banana Republic - but I digress). I always try to participate in these sales, it's a win win situation 30% off and a donation to charity. Count me in!

I'm especially happy with these new exercise pants I bought, gFlex.

$34.65 after the discount and a great fit, I predict I'll be wearing these alot...


has been obsessively "redecorating"

When I say redecorating, I mean re purposing items I already own to other rooms of my house.

Today, 3 of the 4 floors were involved. I switched up entire room color schemes, I rearranged plants, pillows and paintings. I am even honestly thinking about turning my old duvet cover into curtains for the playroom/office. Does that sound crazy?

I also ordered these FLOR Fedora tiles in Oatmeal from CB2 for the living room.

From the CB2 website:
"Our fave carpet squares go menswear in the soft, heathered felt of a haberdasher's hat. Kudos to Fedora's 80% post-consumer fibers and great price, making the green life accessible to all. Arrange to your liking; rinse off spills in sink.

I'm telling you, I'm on a mission.


is starting to think about christmas cards

I haven't had too much luck with my cards the past few years. The one year I designed my own from Shutterfly arrived incredibly blurry. After that I would just choose one of the limited choices from The Picture People as they rushed us in and out due to the holiday frenzy.

This year I'm determined to get it right. I'm going to try and stage a little photo shoot for the girls, which is no easy feat - getting a picture where they are both recognizable hasn't been my strong suit (yet...). After getting said photo, I'll choose one of the beautiful cards on either Minted or Tiny Prints, check out some of my faves below.

Wish us luck!


found the cutest backpack

I haven't worn one in years but I really really want this one from Serena and Lily. I've been trying hard to rationalize this purchase. Hmmm - gym bag, diaper bag, laundry bag.......


got gifted!

I'm loving this online magazine geared towards my favorite time of year......

How gorgeous is the gift wrap on the cover?