Jaime Loves Stuff : December 2013


Monday Music: Zhane and Frozen


Wow! It's the LAST Monday Music of 2013!!!  It's amazing how fast time seems to fly the older you get... but of course, I'm not aging at all...

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



It's Monday, what are you reading is a weekly book linkup hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

All I Want For Christmas Is a Cheap Wireless Plan!




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Walmart Family Mobile's cheap wireless plan made such a GREAT Christmas gift for my sister.  When the recession hit, many people were left scrambling to find employment and as time went by, the search lasted longer than expected and my sister joined the ranks of the long term unemployed.  With today's market, the need to be able to be reached immediately by a potential employer is so critical that having a smart phone with the lowest rate plan is a must and that's why giving the gift of a Concord Smartphone with three months of UNLIMITED mobile service made a great gift.  It's the gift that keeps on giving and can be maintained long after Christmas has ended!

Twas The Day After Christmas...

and this Thursday felt like Monday so I have dubbed it... Monday #2.  

I love, love, love that we got a surprise day off for Christmas Eve! The big boss said shut 'er down.  I was good with that.  However... it makes doing five days of work in three days very difficult.  Even more so because it's the end of the year and 2014 health insurance changes are going to create chaos but... whatever.  That is the life of the health care field- every changing.  I call it job security :) 

How was everybody's Christmas? Ours was nice.  It was actually just my daughter and I but it was nice.  She was happy as could be with her presents and it was nice just to have some quiet, down time.  I think my sister, Emma and I will go see a movie this weekend.  

The last few years, I have kinda been a Christmas fail and I tried really, really, really hard to do a bit more.   I wish family came over but it's okay.  We all have conflicts this year but next year will be nice! 

On Christmas Eve,  Emma and I had hot cocoa with lots and lots of marshmallows.  She absolutely loved it.

Merry Christmas!


I hope each of you have a WONDERFUL Christmas!  Enjoy the time with your families.  If you don't celebrate, have an amazing day!

Monday Music: The Counting Crows





Oh my goodness!!!  Christmas is LITERALLY right around the corner! Eeks.  All of the build up and BAM! It'll be over and we start all over again.

Zulily Deals This Week!


Daily Deals Fanatics! Alert Alert! Haha.  Zulily has some FANTASTIC deals coming up that are soooo good.  You need to check them out or they will be gone soon.  I just adore Zulily and their vast product offerings!

Right now, they are having Cricut items!  CRICUT!!! Right now! Whoo hoo! There are some great cartridges and if you don't have a Cricut, there's a smoking deal on a bundle! Get yourself something for Christmas (belatedly lol)


Favorite Christmas Movies

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For Halloween, I posted about mine and Emma's favorite Halloween movies here and here.  Emma and I love a good movie.  I love, love, love Christmas movies and so does she! One thing is for sure, MOST Christmas movies are family friendly.

Ode to Idris Elba

Oh Idris. I am so sad.  See, I am sad because you have a girlfriend and not only do you have a girlfriend but she's PREGNANT! I think she trapped ya.  Why? She's totally not your type.  Who is Idris' type? Me.  I am.  

Just kidding.  

Man.  I love, love, love that man.  He's such a hunk. 
Uh.  That wink and point is for me.  

DressFirst: A Major Source For Beautiful Gowns


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Ladies, Ladies, Ladies.  I am super excited to introduce you to the wonderland that is DressFirst.   This website is the ultimate emporium of beautiful but cheap wedding dresses, homecoming dresses, cocktail dresses, bridesmaids, etc. etc. etc.  Like I said, it's an emporium!  

Flowers In The Attic 2014




Who else read VC Andrews' jaw-dropping book, "Flowers in the Attic"? I can vividly remember when I first read it and, because I was young, I had no idea what a D&C was but I pretty much had an idea but not 100%.

All About Blogging...


Bah.  I've been playing around with PicMonkey and basically I suck at it.  Ha Ha Ha.  Don't worry, I will get better.

#ModCloth Revel in Rewards Sale!






The ModCloth Revel in Rewards Sale begins today and there are THREE fabulous ways to save while you shop and treat yourself!  I know you all love a good ModCloth sale! I know that I do! I do! Heehee

1. Enjoy FREE US shipping on orders $50+ 
2. Spend $100+ for free EXPRESS shipping
3. Spend $125+ & get $25 back to spend on yourself in January!

Check out all of ModCloth's adorable dresses, fun graphic tees, shoes, cardigans and even apartment and home accessories. And, don't forget to check out the ModCloth Gift Guide, you can shop for Him, for Her and there is a even a fun selection of gifts under $20, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list!




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#MonsterHigh Dolls Deals




Emma LOVES Monster High.  Okay, I won't lie, I kinda love them, too.  I wish they had them when I was young! I think they're cute but this isn't about me, mmmkay.  Emma loves them and so do many little girls.

 I was shopping for some for Emma's Christmas this year and I, honestly, found Amazon to have them at the best prices.  On sale at Target, most were $10.00 or more and Walmart was around the same.  If any of them were lower, they were long since sold out.  I found that Amazon not only had the best prices but the best selection.  Also, if you are a member of Amazon Prime, you will get them in two days for free as part of your Prime membership.  Guaranteed.  I find Prime to be worth it because you also get free streaming movies.  Win win.

So, if you're looking for them, head over to Amazon!










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Daily Deal Obsession: Jane

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Have I ever told you guys that I am addicted to daily deals websites? Well, I am! I mean, come on! You get a smoking deal on a unique item.  Many of the items are from up and coming companies and I adore that you can get a quality product at a great price.  I have had a few misses but overall, with all the various daily deal sites- I haven't had very many misses and any time I have had an issue, I've gotten my money back! So, I can't complain.  

I have discovered a sweeeet gem, called Jane.  Oh Jane.  I have falled in LOVE.  LOVE, I say!  Oh you better believe I will be going crazy these items.  The site has everything from accessories, to home decor to women's and children's clothing.

Here are some of the smoking deals I have found on their site!  Seriously.  GO! 




This is just a small sampling of what I found and fell in love with. GIMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Anyways, go check out Jane


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It's Monday! What Are You Reading?




It's Monday, what are you reading is a weekly book linkup hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Last week, I started Perdition by Ann Aguirre and I am still working on it.  The whole insanity of Christmas is still slowing down my reading.  So far, Perdition is fantastic! FANTASTIC.  I have heard it called a mix of Prison Break and Battlestar Galactica and you know what? I totally get it.  Love love loving it. Dred is awesome.  I'd drink a beer with her.



What are you reading this week?

Also, my Monday Music post is up, you can go here to check out what I am listening to!






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Music Monday: Holidays Edition



It's that time of the year again- time for Christmas music! I have a love/hate relationship with it.  I like to listen to it on my terms and my terms only.

When I was young and still living in Southwest Kansas, I attended a Mennonite Church (Holdeman Mennonites, I believe) and just loved the people.  They would come caroling and always acapella and it was so lovely.  Both times when I went home for my parents' funerals, some of the members of the church would come by to pay their respects.  I am sad that I know that if I ever do return, I won't see many of them again because they are up there in age.  I do miss the carolers.

Okay, that was a bit off-topic but not really.

So here are my favorite renditions of Christmas songs.  What are yours (if you have any!)? Or what music are you loving this week? Feel free to save the above image and post your Music Monday post below! If enough participate, we can do a link up!  Oh and I just realized, it's Monday Music and I transposed the words on the graphic so I made an adjustment for this week only.  Ha ha.  I blame it on the holidays.

I am a HUGE fan of the Cranberries and their rendition of "Little Drummer Boy" is amazing.



I LOVE Celtic Woman!



Who knew that The Crash Test Dummies sang "First Noel"?


Andrea Bocelli:




I love Dolly Parton!



Your turn!







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Project Life Pens Review


I am a huge fan of Project Life by Becky Higgins.  The concept is brilliant, it's scrapbooking for us lazy busy  folks.  I don't have the patience or creativity for traditional scrapbooks but Project Life? I can do.  Slide photos in, fill out journal cards and bam! Perfect scrapbook! It's so easy, the albums are adorable and the all star cast of designers have created awesome journal cards.  Seriously, go check it out.

I was insanely excited when Project Life was on HSN.  The deals were smoking! I ordered two kits: One Jade and one Blush, with the Blush being on Autoship with a few mini kits.  They are amazing.

I have zero complaints about the kits but my complaint lies with the PL Pens that I purchased.  I purchased the 18 pack of pens in March and by August they are bone dry.  Not every single pen but a good majority of them are.  They weren't cheap.  I paid $25.15 for 18 pens.  I am extremely disappointed and I won't buy these pens again nor will I buy any from American Crafts (the maker of said pens)  unless their quality control kicks up their game.  I think one is better off with a set of Sharpies and at least you get more color options.

Boo!

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Craftsy- Yarn Flash Sale!


Craftsy

Have you used Craftsy yet? It's AWESOME!!! You need to! There are so many classes to take and so many great deals.  I highly recommend it, if you haven't! 


Still haven't found the perfect present for the crafter in your life? Stuff their stockings with fabric and yarn from Craftsy! From Friday, December 13 to Monday, December 16, designer yarn is on sale up to 80% off and designer fabric is up to 65% off. Order by 12/16 to guarantee delivery by 12/24...sorry, this is only for US residents. Hurry over to Craftsy! This sale expires on December 16 at midnight MST. 


Craftsy 80% Off Yarn Flash Sale through 12/16
Craftsy 65% Off Fabric Flash Sale through 12/16






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Dreams Don't Work...

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I absolutely adore that quote.  "Dreams don't work unless you do".  It's so very true.  You can dream all day but they do nothing if you don't work towards fulfilling these dreams! 

I've been dreaming often about becoming self employed.  I have a million ideas but one idea is stuck in my head and I daydream about it.  So, I wrote out my plan of action.  I have my details spilled with a six month goal, a one year goal,  and five year goal.  I have everything detailed out and I am quite proud of myself! How to market my product, the venues I wish to sell at, the product line, the future expansion of the product line, etc.  I finally feel like the dream will become a reality by this summer.  I am a planner.  A die hard planner.  So, keep your eyes open! I have concrete dates! Ha! That means I have to, right?

When I returned to blogging, I was posting "Random Wednesday Finds" of amazing items, blogs and all around interesting stuff (oh and hilarious stuff, too) I find online and I will return this to my editorial calendar! I love finding artisan, unique and handmade items and sharing them.  

Speaking of dreams, a friend of mine started her business.  She's just getting listed on Etsy and her official website will be launched.  I am really excited for her! 


Go ahead and check out her products on Etsy.  
Ooohhhh Whipped body butter.

Another shop I think you should visit is my blogger friend, Jamie of ChatterBlossom. Her Etsy shop is a treasure trove of vintage goodies.  Oh and her blog?   It's aaaahhhhhhmazing.  Seriously.  AMAZING.  I drool over her photos of her modeling gorgeous gorgeous vintage fashions, jewelry and her makeup and hair? I die.  Seriously vintage heaven! 


Isn't this a gorgeous head piece? 


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#ModCloth Sale




You all know that I am obsessed with Modcloth, right? Well, they are having a 20% off sale on GIFTS! Whoot.  Need some last minute gift ideas? Check out ModCloth's Nifty Gifty Sale where you can get 20% off 100's of gift items for both men and women! The Nifty Gifty Sale starts 12/9 at 10am PST and ends on 12/15 at midnight PST. Check out the 2013 ModCloth Gift Guide for some fabulous, unique gift ideas... you'll even find gifts for under $20! And don't forget,ModCloth offers FREE US shipping on orders $50+ or more and Free shipping for international customers on orders over $150. Hurry and shop now, don't miss out on snagging these great offers!


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Major Zulily Deals!

Adorable girls’ clothes on zulily.com

I don't know if any of you are familiar with Zulily or if you have purchased from them, but if not, you need to! I absolutely ADORE Zulily and I have had nothing by GOOD experiences with them.  

If you're not familiar, essentially- it's a daily deal website where you can score items at a fraction of the retail cost.  Zulily lists items for sale and then when the sale closes, they order from the manufacturer, the items are received by Zulily and THEN shipped to you.  It can take about a month from the time you order.  I want to share that part with you so that way you aren't surprised how long it takes.  I have experienced GREAT customer service from them, too.  I bought all of Emma's ballet leotards, tutus and tights from there.  I have purchased Cricut supplies and many other items.  I love it! 

Here are some amazing upcoming deals! 

Let me know if you grab any smoking items!  Can't wait for you to share your spoils! 


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Guess Who is Baaaaacccckkkk?

REBECCA BLACK!

Let me preface this, when "Friday" went viral, I got a kick out of it.  The singing wasn't good, the video was corny and the lyrics were hysterical.  HYSTERICAL!  There for awhile, my friend and I would text, IM or whatever each other on Fridays with "FRIDAY! FRIDAY! GOTTA GET DOWN ON FRIDAY! WIF MY FREEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNZZZZZZZZ"  Or something like that.

Now, you know she was all kinds of excited to make the video with her friends. Hell, I would be if I was 14.  Oh who the hell am I kidding, I would be right now at age... *it's impolite to reveal my age, fyi* Ha.

In case you've been under a rock for the last three years, have a gander at this.


Now, I can't sing.  At all.  Seriously.  However, I do get all into it and people seriously try to shut me up.  Even in this auto-tuned masterpiece, she sounds better than me.

Since Friday, she was bullied, had death threats, and had to leave school and start homeschooling.  Sadly, too many teenagers would have crumbled.  Shooooot, I would have.  Did Rebecca? Nope.  Homegirl was in Katy Perry's T.G.I.F video, has made some beaucoup cash (more than I earn...) and has had a good laugh at herself on Funny or Die.

In Friday:


Now she's back.  It's now SATURDAY!

Haha.  Homegirl even makes fun of Friday.  Is she the best singer? Nope.  Is she the worst? Nope.  I actually was pleasantly surprised when this started making the rounds on the net and although Saturday is cheesy (well, duh, it's the day after FRIDAY!), her covers are pretty dang good.  You know what? Get it, girl.  I wouldn't have the guts to get back out there.

Saturday:


I will admit, I love "Wrecking Ball" and I have to say, Rebecca's cover is pretty damn good.


However, this cover is my favorite.  Okay, not a cover but... a interpretation.  Oh and FYI, NSFW.  Don't blame me.  Blame the internet!



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It's Monday! What Are You Reading/Listening To?



Happy Monday! Oh and Happy December! Can you believe it's a week into December?  Crazy.  Are you ready for the holidays? Trust me.  I am not.  Nope.  Not close.  

I decided to combine the weekly It's Monday, What Are You Reading?
and my usual Monday Music postings into one.  If any of you are interested in starting a weekly music linkup, let me! I can create a graphic and we can do any day if Monday is not amenable!


Last week I posted that I didn't get any reading done.  This week has some contributions! Whoot Whoot.  

I used to work for a radiation oncology practice and one of the radiation oncologists who used to come into the office and cover when one of our regular doctors were on vacation or out sick, etc. would always have a book to read.  Generally, when he was covering- it was very slow (i.e., the holidays) and there weren't any patients to actually see (patients were still being treated but they weren't being seen on these days unless there was a concern and they weren't scheduled to see the doctor for a followup).  So, to my point, he always had a book and he was reading the "Area 51" series by Robert Doherty.  He was a huge fan and I have finally read the first book.  It was a fun, fast paced read and I recommend it to anybody who likes military science fiction, conspiracy theories, etc.  I enjoyed it a lot!




This week, I am starting "Perdition" by Ann Aguirre.  I was really sad when she decided to end the Jax series but Perdition takes place in the Jax 'Verse, so I am really happy! I loved the Sirantha Jax series so I have high hopes for Perdition! 



This week, I am really, really, really loving really upbeat music! I am a fan of Ke$ha and I think her music is a lot of fun.  I also really, really like Pitbull and am really glad he is getting some mainstream success. It's going down, I'm yelling "TIMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

I love the video.



Part of my Black Friday scores on Amazon was Demi Lovato's album "Demi" for $1.99.  It was the mp3 album but I have to say, I am not sure why I never really listened to her before.  I guess all I could think of was Barney and Disney.  My daughter loves Camp Rock and although I knew she had a good singing voice, I didn't know she was THAT good.  The girl can sing and I LOVE "Neon Lights".  She has looks and talent? I am jealous. 




Your turn! 
What are you reading?
Any songs you are loving this week? 












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Whoa! Mystery Sale at #ModCloth! See What's 30% off!






ModCloth has a treat for you! For the next 5 days only - through December 9thModCloth is having a Magical Mystery Sale! You can snag a great deal on party dresses and more at 30% OFF! Play along with the mystery of this sale and see what fun magical deals you can pick up. Here are a couple of our favorites, let me know what you find!
Salute to You Dress from ModClothWhole Dyed World Sweater from ModClothOwl Finest Flowers Vase from ModCloth

You can solve the mystery and see what’s on sale here: ModCloth's Magical Mystery Sale 12/5-12/9!



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