Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
p.s. I've already listed a bunch of auctions and already they are getting more hits & bids!! I love being right!
One Day I noticed something significant! My Dear Trash has a link to Laura's eBay store on the side of their blog. I was checking out her deals and saw that her pictures are almost always taken on her hard wood floor. And it has a really nice stand out effect! She is so smart!! So I looked at my pictures on my auctions and decided I needed some drastic action. I retook all my clothing pictures!! Previously all my clothing pictures had been on hangers. Ad really that's not always flattering nor can you see most details of clothing that way. In my case the spot I'd chosen was between my computer desk and my kitchen counter, fine except you can see phone /computer cords in some of the pics. For example this one: After seeing the new pictures I just had a great feeling that this week would be fantastic!
And - drumroll please - it was!!! Although a lot of the items sold these week were ones I've had in my ebay box for over a year!! Woohoo for cleaning house! Here are some of the best sales:
GAP Sz 4 Lightweight Trouser jeans- not denim - Ankle Purchased for $3.50 sold for $6.99 (+ s&h)
WEE SHADES Infant sun glasses RED. Purchased for $.99 sold for $6.50(+s&h)
Cute girls HALLOWEEN TEE XS 4/5 Fairy Dog. Purchased for $.80 sold for $1.99 (+ s&h)
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Today I came across a truly thrifty idea though - and way cuter than the Topsy Turvey! IKEA Hacker has THIS fab idea on her blog of using IKEA Vastlig bags to plant them in! I love these!! Darn it - Can someone tell me why is it that as such an international city, Las Vegas has no IKEA??? I try to go while on vacation in Utah every so often but I tend to get overwhelmed with lack of time to browse and dream, and lack of space in my van to take everything I want home -plus- my family. If I could just run over to one in my own city I am sure I would be a serious IKEA-holic!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
- the great Lazy Boy Over stuffed chair I am going to recover cuz I don't love coffee and that's what the design screams (it's still in my garage). My husband says its been in there about 2 years - but I'm sure its been less than a year.
- the patio swing (actually I picked this up next door to my parents too) It just needs to be recovered and have a new awning made - its actually been on the side of my parents house for about 2 or 3 years now - I wonder if the original owners snicker at seeing it.
- My husband brought home about 3 or 4 ceiling fan/lighting units from a job that were going to be trashed - see he loves me! But I don't him they too needed a fresh coat of paint. I just don't do brass-colored. It kind of makes me cringe. They have been in the garage now about 2 months.
Isn't the molding great?! And the shades are still plastic covered! I'd really like to do something great with those!! I plugged them in and even the lightbulbs still worked! What a score! I have been needing lamps for my bedroom - that or a ceiling fan. There is no overhead lighting so we only have light from the adjoining master bathroom. Both rooms are powder blue shades. I'm thinking of painting them white or black, but am open for suggestions on a color to really stand out fabulously!! After all it may be a bit of time before I paint them anyway.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
The Springs Preserve which is just 3 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, is a 180-acre national historic site featuring botanical gardens, trails, historical structures, restored wetlands, wildlife exhibits, a child's play area and a 1,800-seat amphitheater. Indoor experiences include two exhibition galleries dedicated to showcasing art of local and national significance, on-site technologically advanced learning center and interactive museum exhibits, and the Springs Cafe by Wolfgang Puck.The Springs Preserve also hosts seasonal special events including concerts, arts shows and holiday experiences.
It was really expensive when it first opened (in the neighborhood of $20 per person) so we put off going. The last two Christmas's I've wanted to get a family annual pass. This year I think it's down to around $65 for a family pass which is awesome! My mom's already offered to get us one for Christmas this year. One of my daughters went with a school class and loved it! She came home exhausted, hot and happy and raved about it. My other daughter was delighted when she heard we were going, and instead of hearing all the reviews from her 6 year old sister she refused and wanted to be surprised herself!
Saturday, at the Event it was probably easily 115 outside, a ton of people inside, and really loud music but we were glad for the opportunity to check parts of it out ad look forward to going again when its much quieter. They have really amazing gardens, a cool nature Exchange where kids can bring in nature items they've found (like bugs, rocks, shells, seed pods, etc) to trade for other nature items.
If you're interested in the Springs Preserve you can check out their website: springspreserve.org
I'm thinking it would be awesome for date nights to go strolling through the gardens, or even through the exhibits to gain some new knowledge!! You know how those momma brains get after endless hours of childcare!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
My kiddos really wanted to see Toy Story 3, so we planned to go and kept putting it off, cuz well it's expensive nowadays to go to the movie theater! In Las Vegas we have a great $1.50 theater, Tropicana Cinemas, but there's no guarantee Toy Story 3 was going to end up at it. One day my 6 year old said "Mom it's okay, we can just wait and buy it on DVD or rent it at RedBox." What a little smartie! I should have taken her up on that! Nevertheless, we ended up going Monday night for a fun family night, and alas I should have been ready for the sticker shock - Matinee prices here are $6.75 for kids and $7.75 for adults. To me that's a lot, but we've gotten used to it and RedBox a whole lot more movies nowadays. But, what hit below the belt for me was the fact that Cinemark/Century Theaters now charges for kids 1 and up! What?! I mean is that really necessary??? The fact that I braved the movie theater with my 18 month old should be enough to win me some respect let alone a free popcorn to keep him content, but they don't give those out for less than $5 bucks either!
Well anyway, that led to me writing to Customer Service and voicing my complaint. If they really need to charge parents for their babies, then maybe soon they'll be asking Congress for a bailout, and I should feel sorry for them too. Right.
Should I receive a comment back worthy of posting, I'll add to this post. But till then, I've given them my word I won't be returning to their theaters with my hard earned cash with or without kids, and babies in tow.