Thursday, March 12, 2015

Develop a Time Saving Coupon Clipping Strategy (sponsored post)

If you don’t already know that couponing is a great way to save money on your groceries then you have probably been living under a rock for the last fifty or so years. Seriously – If you’ve ever seen Extreme Couponing then you’re aware of just how much you can save with coupons. If you haven’t seen any of the shows then check YouTube, just watching a piece of a single show is enough to understand the degree of savings possible!

There is another factor to consider if you decide you want to feature on the next episode of Extreme Couponing – the TIME it’s going to take to clip and sort your coupons, not to mention the time spent searching for the best deals. And seriously – which everyday working mom has the luxury of time? There is work to be done, kids to be fed and a home to maintain. Unless you can function on approximately one hour of sleep a day – then by all means – go ahead and coupon clip your little heart out!

I need my beauty sleep though so I’ve had to develop a Time Saving Couponing Strategy!

Rule 1: Instead of spending hours trying to match coupons to specials, subscribe to a coupon site for hints and suggestions. You don’t bake bread twice so why do something that someone else already has?

Rule 2: Get organized. DON”T just throw all your coupons into a shoebox. Find a system of organizing them that works for you. I use a binder which has dividers for different stores, then sub dividers for category (health and beauty, tinned items, etc) and every coupon in each category is arranged by expiration date.

Rule 3: Don't clip or print every single coupon you see! There are some amazing deals out there but you don’t have to use them all. If you miss a deal then so be it – there will be others that may be ten times better!

Rule 4: Create a shopping list and get the RIGHT coupons ready before you leave the house. Wandering up and down the aisles checking if you have coupons to match what’s on the shelves and ending up with a trolley full of items you don’t actually need is ridiculous. Plan which stores you’re going to and exactly what you’re going to purchase while you’re there – but have your binder handy in case you stumble across an unexpected bargain!

Extreme Couponing may save you a lot more money but at the end of the day it is better to live your life rather than just survive!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Want to dress like a celebrity? (Sponsored Post)

Want to dress like a celebrity?

Well, here we are talking about celebrities who dress in a way that people envy them.
So, what is the most important point here?

Celebrities dress in a way that every dress, they wear, is a perfect match for their body type.
Here are some points that will help you choose the right dress according to your body type.

Pear-shaped women
If you are pear-shaped, you should choose dresses that are shorter; maybe an inch or two
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Apple-shaped women
For those who have a thick middle, choose dresses that do not draw attention to your waist.
Alternatively, you can choose a dress that re-defines your waistline. Thick belts are a big no.
Instead; sash belt or chain will look good if it is slung low on your hips.
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Plus size fit
Do you think that plus size women do not find right clothes? If yes, then you are wrong. There
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women only. So, don’t shy away. However, choosing the right dress is still important.
We suggest you should choose a dress that can be draped around you with ease. Also, colors
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The stick thin girls
Well, people envy thin girls because they are more attractive and ‘slim’. However, the worries of
a thin girl can be understood by another thin girl only. This is because; fashion is for everyone
but the best dresses even look loose on them.
So, being thin is not easy. However, we have the right choice for you. Choose dresses that can
give you some bulk. Fitted jacket or a cardigan will be a good choice. Add layers, several layers
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Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year! 2014

Hi all!

Just wanted to share what I have been up to lately.

As you know from previous posts I was busy with designing jewelry for an online fashion magazine (TFBM Magazine).  It was/is a blast to be a part of a Magazine with my own designs.  Very cool!

Other than the is pretty tame but great at the same time.  I've been taking "time off" so-to-speak from designing and Internet "stuff" in general.  I have been experiencing a bit of "burn out" the past few months.  I do hope and pray to "make a comeback" real soon with my designing. 
So what have I been busy with?  In short: I have two kids (8 year old son and a 3 1/2 year old daughter).  These guys keep me plenty busy in addition to being a full time Elementary Art Teacher and wife.

Best Financial Move of 2013 for us:  Refinancing our home.  It has been a wonderful thing!  It was well needed and a blessing at the same time.  We were starting to drown in bills and then we got the idea to ask our mortgage person if it was time to refinance again...and we asked at the perfect time and what a blessing it was and is.  Thanks to that Refinance...we did have a Christmas and a good one!  Here is the link to our Angel in disguise Kathryn:

We had a great Christmas this year and I hope you all did as well.  Cheers to a New Year 2014!  I feel it will be a great year!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Winter Issue of TFBM is Available!

TFBM is an online fashion magazine. 

The second issue has just been released and I am proud to say a pair of my earrings (MelanieR Jewelry) are on pages 94-95!

Here is the link to this Beautiful Magazine by The Fashion Business Mentor:
The Gorgeous Earrings are my creation for this photo shoot! 
I love the photography by JT Pro Imaging
Magazine by The Fashion Business Mentor's TFBM Magazine
Earrings by MelanieR Jewelry

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Art Conference

Hi all!

I am an Art Teacher by day...not just a saving Jewelry Designer.  :-)

Last weekend I got to enjoy a weekend out with a bunch of Art Teachers from around the state (NC).  I had a great time learning lots of great things to utilize in my classroom as well as in my own Artistic endeavors. 

My favorite workshops I attended (I loved them all but these two were my favs) were:
*I learned about Polymer clay and "Steampunkery" (very cool..can't wait to make/design my own beads and supplies to use in my jewelry; as well as, a lesson for my older students in the Art.)
*I also got a greater grasp of what Zentangle(r) is and where it came from and the process.  Very fun and very "zen."  I can totally use this in lots of cool lesson plans and I will find a way to use some of what I learned into my artistic self as well. 

My favorite NON-workshop activity was simply walking around Downtown Raleigh at First Friday Night where there are TONS of Art Exhibits/Artists/Galleries, and so much more creative happenings.  It is rejuvenating for the Art Teacher and Artist alike.  This "walk" was so inspiring.  When I got home...I picked up a pen and paper and have drawn at least one drawing each day. Something I haven't done for  years.   I DO design/create jewelry and macramé wall hangings but this is a bit different.  So exciting to find my Artsy self again.  Thank you State Art Conference!  I look forward to going back again next year!

On my Own at home

Another attempt on my own at home

two samples that I learned in the Zentangle(r) workshop at the conference. 
These were guided by the Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT(r))
Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, October 3, 2013


TFBM Magazine Giveaway!

I am so excited to share a new online Fashion magazine with you, TFBM MAG! This magazine is packed with gorgeous editorials featuring independent designers (kids and adults), industry articles to help designers run a successful business, and shopping guides to encourage people to shop indie! The magazine is fully interactive so you can click away to designers shops and to industry sites!
 Here is the mobile friendly link to check it out! Enjoy and if you want to be involved in the next issue please see the back cover for details.

BONUS For the first issue launch there is also a $500 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway!  Plus 2 runners up will win $50 Gift Certificates!
I am proud to say my jewelry (two bracelets and a pair of earrings) is in this issue of TFBM! 
You will find MelanieR Jewelry on Page 80-81!
Best wishes and I hope one of my readers win this HUGE prize!  I could personally buy a whole lot of supplies if I were to win such a thing!  Imagine $500 to spend anywhere on Etsy!!!  Now, go is super easy!


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Semi-Precious Stone Anklet Giveaway with Swarovski Crystals

This giveaway I am running is for MelanieR Jewelry's Semi-Precious Stone Anklet (could be Bracelet for larger wrist) giveaway.  The stones are Agate and Aventurine along side Swarovski bicone crystals.

Refer to the photos below for the semi-precious stone Anklet you are entering to win! No purchase necessary to win!  Just follow instructions...there are three opportunities for more entries! VERY easy!  Best wishes! Thank you for your entries!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Refinance just in time!

We called our mortgage lender a couple months ago.  Long story short: she was able to get us locked into a great loan at 3.75% which is great for us. 

We have been having a tough time lately with rising costs of everything (bills etc...) and not getting increase in pay.  With two children, just got tough.

With the refinance...we are going to save over $200 per month on our mortgage and of course you all know that when you refinance you get to skip a payment on the mortgage one month.  That is a lifesaver in itself.  Not only that...we had it timed so perfectly that we end up with two months we get to skip.  PHEW!  This is a HUGE blessing for us financially and we hope and pray to be smart and get "back on track" with the financing we are used to doing and live a little more comfortably.

Off topic:  The winner of the necklace has been notified and will ship out the necklace this week to them.  Once I ship that giveaway....then is when I shall start the next.  Stay tuned!


Monday, June 24, 2013

Yay! My first Giveaway here on T&C! For a Necklace!

Refer to the photos below for the necklace you are entering to win! No purchase necessary to win!  Just follow instructions...there are three opportunities for more entries! VERY easy!

Thank you for participating in my first BLOG giveaway! I have done giveaways before but only through my facebook page.  This is connected to Facebook but not solely.  Have fun! I hope to do a lot more giveaways if this one goes well.

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

School's Out for Summer!

That's right!  It is that time of year..."School's Out for Summer!"  My son is now a rising 3rd grader and daughter is now 3 years old.

So what do we do for summer break?  To keep it frugal and is a couple of things I plan to do for my kids:

We will go to the Library twice a week. (FREE and they love it)

We will go Roller Skating twice a week. ($8 only because I only pay for my son to skate, daughter at her age is FREE and myself...I walk around with daughter so I don't pay rental right now til I get skates.  Not a bad price for a few hours, fun and good music.)

and...for now I am thinking about other ideas...Ideas anyone?  My summer with the kids is four weeks.  Several days over the break will be spent at Doctor Appointments and Dental Appointments and going to the Vet with our Pet poodle at least once.  It doesn't take much to pack a few weeks.

I will begin some Giveaways soon as well over my summer here and on my facebook page:
Keep your eyes open! :-)

Take care all!  Happy Summer Break!