Tuesday, November 27, 2012

*Black Friday 2012*

         Of course I am one of those crazy people who make it to the Black Friday madness sales!!! I'm BlondieChell, lol! I love finding bargains, scoring great deals & raiding clearance racks!!! If I see a red sticker in Wal*Mart, I check the price. I didn't realize how well I had honed this skill until I was walking an aisle with an employee who is a friend and she pointed this out after I reached up in between some rabbit bedding and pet food to grab a random Clorox Wipes container. Red sticker clearance!!! I like to know where the clearance racks at all my fav stores are located. I clip coupons, earn Swagbucks and split shipping costs w/the bestie, all in the name of saving $$$ and scoring an awesome deal.
          Last Thursday night (you know, Hubby's BDay, Turkey Day, ect) we (me, Hubby & friend's hubby) left the house at seven to brave the not-too-crowded-small-town-Wal*Mart. I was soooooo "in the zone" that I started calling hubby "Team Leader Yellow" and our friend "Team Leader Red". We took two separate vehicles, traveled the three minutes or so to Wal*Mart,  I parked and RAN across the parking lot to the store. I swiped a cart and zigzagged between fellow shoppers perusing the DVDs. The men had their lists, I had mine. The only thing missing from our daring mission was walkie-talkies. After walking around a few sections at a fast clip (when there wasn't a traffic jam) I joined the guys by the pillows, assured that they had gathered their loot. We split again, later I met with Hubsters, compiled all of our items, then stood and waited in line for 8 p.m. so the sale prices would ring up. Afterwards, I helped the guys hand out hot chocolate to Wal*Mart patrons for a few hours, then ended up at home where I proceeded to put away our fall decorations and hauled out our Christmas ones. I am *that* girl. Stay tuned for "Things I Learned While Handing Out Hot Chocolate At Walmart"!!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Discount Code for The Happy Trunk!

I am sooooooo excited to try The Happy Trunk!  It's a " carefully curated box filled with art supplies, crafts, and science activities for hands-on projects for kids ages 3 to 11, each month, delivered right to your door. Every month a new themed box of goodies will appear full stocked and ready to be ripped open by your young explorers. All materials and know how is included, to really engage the kids in fun and learning activities as well as spending quality family time together."

The Happy Trunk boxes are two tiered: the young kid boxes geared towards kids ages 3-7 years, and the big kid boxes for ages 7-11 years. The young kid and big kid boxes are structured differently, to suit these appropriate age groups. Every project in our boxes are designed by early childhood educators and parents, and tested by our very own team of kids. 
The Happy Trunk boxes can be purchased as a month-to-month, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription. Our boxes also make great gifts for birthdays, achievements or holidays. Additional materials can be purchased for siblings. Our boxes are not just popular with parents but also grandparents, sitters and homeschoolers. My Readers Get 50% off a 3-month subscription to The Happy Trunk. A $58.95 Value, Promo Code: HT3F50 #kidscrafts

  This sounds like a fun opportunity for my kids to try something new. Amber's the arts & crafts one- Josiah rushes through projects to get them done & Malachi usually puts it all in his hair, or eats its ;P

     *Disclaimer: I receive a free Happy Trunk to try for posting this, and hopefully a giveaway on it!

Monday, November 19, 2012

I'm Coming Out....

     ...Of the Foodie Closet!!!!
      So apparently, I'm a closet foodie. I know! Here I am trying to get rid of my fat cells, and my brain and tongue are begging me to indulge.....usually in sugar or carb loaded foods. Now, I used to consider my appetite "normal" with the "usual" sugar cravings/indulgences, but I recently posted three different pics on Instagram of food within a week. Oops.
     See, I rarely post food pics, as I don't consider myself a foodie, but I also enjoy food pics that others post. And...then I found myself diving into a whole bunch of sugary treats that week and posted photos....Of yumminess....Of sugary, gooey, taste-bud satisfying goodness.... Sure, it's not great for my diet goals, but I can only deprive myself so much. Then I indulge once in a while (or twice in a while...or thrice in a while...) and I'm good for another "while". Here are a few shots I posted to Instagram:

This is a slice of pumpkin pie with Dunc Hine's white glaze with a side of Blue Bunny's peppermint icecream topped with whipped cream & sprinkles...YUM!!!

This decadent treat was high-altitude snickerdoodles (flat) with layers of Duncan Hines' new icing creations where you add your own flavors (mine was pumpkin spice-something-or-other) and, of course, CANDY CORN!!!! 
    My sweet tooth seems to enjoy candy corn, cookies, all kinds of chocolate, and ice cream. If it's in the house, it's gone, lol. In order to keep my "diet" on track, I typically purchase chocolate "diet" snacks so I don't go off the deep-end as much as my sweet tooths would like me to. Now, not all chocolate diet snack are created equal, no matter what the box depicts. Hubby has helped me "test" a few that seemed to be great alternatives for his chocolate addiction, but the thing about replacements is, it's gotta at least taste like chocolate...and those few didn't ;( (Right now I enjoy chocolate covered soy nuts mixed into flavored 90 calorie yogurt!) Are you too a sugar-holic? Do you find yourself creating super-sweet creations and inhaling the entire thing without thinking twice? Let me know I'm not alone! Follow me on Instagram where you are sure to see more foodie pics, especially since the Holidays are almost here!!!

*Nutrition Disclaimer: To balance out all the extra calories and burn fat (while I agree that super-slim is not an ideal goal for me, I do need to shed some left-over pregnancy poundage) I run 3xs a week and do Pilates 2xs. Once I finish school (and semester breaks) I plan to increase my cardio.

Monday, November 12, 2012

BlondieChell *CAN* Crochet!!!

           When I was little, my mom taught my sister and I to crochet a chain. We thought it was the neatest thing in the world and made tons of necklaces and bracelets!  A few years ago, my mom taught me how to connect the chains, essentially enabling me to create rows of chains. She tried teaching me double crochet stitches, but I didn't understand the "yarn over" part, and ended up just using single and chain stitches. I also didn't understand the concept of crocheting through the entire top of the stitch, so all my little scarves, hats and blankets for the kids were "front loop only".
          A few months ago, a friend of mine started getting into the whole crochet world, and shared knowledge of tutorials on youtube (no idea why I never thought of that).  After watching a few vids and how to's, I was able to follow simple patterns and therefore increase my crochet skill. However, it hasn't been all fun and games. There's been many trial and error situations, and sometimes I get my fingers all caught up in it....

....but most of the time I can produce some pretty awesome stuff!!! I'm working on Christmas gifts right now, but I've also made hats, a beard (more of those to come too, just watch!) and scarves.

Awesome frog hat design I got to test by my friend Ashley over @ Good Lookin' Hookin (yeah, so I need help making faces too)

Hat & petite scarf I made for my Mom

Hat I made for my bro w/ Playin' Hooky's's free pattern!

I didn't make this hat-I made the beard & attached it w/buttons & use it in lei of a baklava when running. It's also a great tool for randomly freaking people out ("Wait...whaaaa??")

I find the art of crochet (defined as " is a process of creating fabric from yarn, thread, or other material strands using a crochet hook") relaxing (unless I'm trying to figure out a fhdc or how to do a flower) and fun! I love making really cool stuff out of yarn. Do you crochet or knit? What kind of crafty things do you do??

And The Winners Are....

It's......MONDAY!!!! Time to announce the winners of the BlondieChell 500 Fans GiveAway!!! I used Rafflecopter.com to draw the names! After the entries are verified, I will be emailing the winners individually to get their addresses to send their mask. If I do not hear back in an appropriate time frame, new winners will be announced!
          Thanks for participating!!!
                                        1. Kendra S.
                                        2. Esther I.
                                        3. Monica
                                        4. Nicol T.
                                        5. Felicia C.
          If you are reading this, and your name is listed above, and you haven't received an email, let me know! Rafflecopter usually uses your FaceBook info to get your email address, so if you've made a change to it, and you didn't update it in your settings, the email is probably lost somewhere in cyberspace ;( all alone....Anyways, just contact me (here, FB, twitter, wherever ;) and I'll get the information I need from ya!  Have an awesome, adventurous week & stay tuned for my post later today!

Monday, November 5, 2012

500 Fan GiveAway!!!

   Welcome to my *500 FaceBook Fans GiveAway*!!!! La Vida de BlondieChell's FB fan page has over 500 "likes"! To celebrate, I'll be giving away 5(one for every 100) BlondieChell masks!!! These are hand-crafted, adult-sized BlondieChell replica masks that you can use to recreate the adventures of BlondieChell, or create your own adventures!!! Check my BlondieChell tab for some of my awesome adventures, or peruse the blog to find one!
    To enter, just wait for the rafflecopter form to load, then follow the instructions ;)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 This giveaway will be open for one week-this means that by next Monday, I'll announce the winners!!!