New Amazon Prime Perk: Get Early Access to Lightening Deals

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Amazon-Prime-Early-Access-LightningJust when I thought Amazon Prime couldn’t get any more awesome, they go and announce this:

All Amazon Prime members will get 30-minute early access to select Lightning Deals on Amazon, and shop new events on MyHabit.com 30 minutes before other customers can access these designer deals.

If you know anything about Amazon Lightening Deals, you’ll know how helpful that is, especially with the holiday shopping season gearing up. Those Lightening Deals go FAST! Here’s what Amazon has to say about Lightening Deals:

Lightening Deals are hand-picked limited-time deals at great prices. When time has expired or the select quantity has been purchased, the deal is over. These Lightening Deals are for top electronic products, video games, tools, items for your kitchen and home, sporting goods, computer software, and more. They include hundreds of items throughout Amazon like HDTVs, movies or TV shows, fashion items like clothing, jewelry, and watches, toys, magazines and more.

Because those deals go so quickly, having a 30 minute head start can make the difference between scoring the deal or losing out. Yet another reason I love Amazon Prime!

Learn more about Amazon Prime HERE.

Check out my 10 Secrets to Save Big on Amazon HERE.

If you haven’t been an Amazon Prime member in the last 13 months, you can go HERE to sign up for a free trial.

 

 

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Fall and Winter Gardening: Growing Your Own Salad Greens

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packet-of-lettuce-seedsWhen I first began gardening, I never realized you could garden all year long. I loved growing lettuce for fresh-from-the-garden salads, but I thought all that had to end when the ground froze over. Not the case at all, and I’m talking all about how it’s possible to grow lettuce and salad greens all year long in my latest eHow post: Tips for Growing Salad Greens in Late Fall and Winter.

One of my favorite things to grow during the fall and winter months is lettuce. Sure anyone can grab a bag of salad mix from the store for a couple of bucks, but if you’re a die hard vegetable gardener like myself, you are going to need to get outside to get your daily dose of vitamin D or you’ll go nuts. Plus, we all know homegrown just tastes better!

Tips for Growing Lettuce in Late Fall and Winter

Be patient. Lettuce germinates best in cooler temperatures, but if it gets too cold germination may slow down considerably. The ideal time to plant is two weeks before the first fall frost. Most lettuce varieties only take about 45 – 60 days to reach maturity.

Check out the full article HERE.

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Friday Night at the Movies – Mad Men

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The HH and I stared watching Mad Men a few weeks ago, and it’s shocking to see how women were treated back in the 60′s, not to mention the affairs… holy stilettos people…. aren’t those people exhausted already?  Still. I.  Can’t. Stop. Watching. It.  What is it about shows like that?!  They grab a hold of you, I tell ya. We are on season 3 right now but plan to watch them all.

mad men

Let me know what you think if you decide to watch it–or if you have already seen it.  Did you love it? Hate it? Don’t you just want to slap Don Draper?

Peace out Girl Scouts & have yourself a great weekend,

~Mavis

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Looking for more movies?

Check out the full list of my Friday Night at the Movies Selections or click on over & look at all the movies on Amazon Instant Video. There are a ton of videos to choose from that will cost you absolutely nothing {nada, zilch, free-o} with Amazon Prime; like thousands of regular movies & TV shows & hundreds of documentaries {Wahoo!}. Get all the details HERE!

 

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DIY Easy Canvas Art – Quotes on Canvas

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DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

So it’s probably no big secret that I’m not into scrap booking, own a cricut machine or big on decorating my home with elaborate pieces of art. If I were, this blog would be filled with cutesy arts and crafts stuff. In fact, if you were to look around our previous home of eight years you’d probably would have asked yourself, “how long has she lived here?” Did she just move in?

And the answer would have be no, I lived there for 8 years thank you very much. I just don’t like a  lot of crappity crap on the walls, piled up on tables and every cupboard stuffed shut.

black canvas

And then there is the other part about how I don’t like buying “art” from Target, Pottery Barn or anywhere else that sells mass produced, anyone can have it because it was made in China, pieces soulless “art.”

e.e.cummings quoteSo last winter when it was like 30 degrees outside and I was all cooped up with nothing to do, I made something really cool. Or at least I think it’s pretty cool anyway.

3m hi strength spray adhesive

Note to self: Spray Adhesive can make you loopy if you don’t have proper ventilation. DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Putting your favorite quote on a canvas is super simple!

First, buy a canvas, and then paint it with whatever acrylic paint you want.  Then, jot down your favorite quote and head on over to your local office supply store and have them print it out on whatever size paper you’d like to put on your canvas {I paid $2.19 for a 20×30 sheet}.

see and sew pattern

Next, grab an old pattern. If you don’t have one check your local thrift store. I paid $0.25 for mine.

DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Unfold the pattern pieces and lay them across your dry, painted canvas.

school glue

In a bowl, mix 1 part washable school glue to 3 parts water and stir until you have a nice consistency.

DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Brush watered down glue mixture on to your pattern, making sure to use enough glue to adhere the pattern to the canvas.

DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Wait for it to dry. DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Pour some black acrylic paint into a container and grab an old shopper card {I like to use them because they are nice and sturdy} and get a wee bit of black acrylic paint on the card.DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Gently scrape the painted card onto the canvas with so much wild abandon that your kids will be like, watch out, mom’s on a craft binge again. Stay away.DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

There is no perfect way to do this. You can’t mess it up. There are no rules. Just go with it until your canvas has an aged, urban art type of appearance.

DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Let the whole thing dry overnight and then hang that baby on your wall.

Easy Peasy.

~Mavis

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Mavis’ Remodel Blog Day 17 – Picking Out Hardwood, Tile and Fixtures

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emser tile board

Yesterday I met up with Chino the Handyman at the flooring store to finalize my picks for the new house. {The HH for the most part is like… “Just pick what you want. I’m sure I’ll like it. It’s just easier than having to listen to you convince me I should like something}. :)

Since the beginning of the project Chino and I have been fighting about the 12×24 tile I picked for the laundry room floor. I refuse to give in. The pictures don’t do it justice, and the laundry room is only 79 square feet so it’s not like I need a whole lot of tile for the floors, but still, this whole time he’s been trying to get me to pic something cheaper {to save about $100}.

Formica Flax Gauze Laminate

And I keep saying no. I like it. A lot.

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Even Girly Girl {his wife and underpaid assistant} agrees. We think it’s going to go great with the white lower cupboards, and Formica Flax Gauze Laminate I chose for the laundry counters. Sometimes simple and elegant comes at a price. But still, we are only talking about 79 square feet for Pete’s sake.

allen + roth brown wall mounted light fixture

I also chose these Allen + Roth Earling Oil-Rubbed Bronze Fabric Semi-Flush Mount Lights for the laundry room. My friend Zoë thinks they are dust catchers… but again, I’m kinda, sorta in love with them so I’m going for it.

emser slate stacked tile board

Another decision I had to make was the tile for the fireplace.  I decided on Golden Sand Slate, Quartzite & Sandstone Mini Stacked tile {the center one}.

The HH and I both really liked the one of the left, but thought with the combination of the deep brown hardwood floors and the stained mantel beam the whole area would be just too dark and out of place with the rest of the house, so we went with the center one.

dark floors light slate tile fireplace

It has a nice mix of dirty white, pale green and grey in it. And since the family room is right off the kitchen and the kitchen cabinets will be white {plus we have a ton of windows in that room} we figured the lighter tiles would “pop” a little more. {Note: this picture turned out really dark, the tile and floor is a bit lighter than it appears in the photo}.

dark brown hardwood floor colors

And about those floors. ;) We decided on #3. Not too dark, and it had enough variation in the pattern that if Lucy the trouble puggle were to scratch the floors {she didn’t in our last house but it was still in the back of my mind}  then I could just fill them in with my favorite Miniwax stain pens and everything would be okay.

dansk country legends hickory

But apparently Chino didn’t like the quality of the wood on #3. So he told me to pick something else. After about 10 minutes we {Chino and I} finally decided on Dansk Country Legends Hickory Floors. Even though it’s just a wee bit darker than my first choice, this new place has a TON of natural lighting, and with the white cabinets and trim, I think it would work out fine. Plus… I just love the look of a hand scraped wood floor.

sheet rock dryingNow, if I can just get this place painted by Monday… we can start getting this stuff installed!

Wahooo! Almost there.

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Birthday Cake, Butterflies, Fangs, Recipes, Coupons and More

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tin heart

Yesterday my 85 year old neighbor lady stopped by to invite our family over for pecan pie and coffee on Sunday. Her husband, the retired Air Force Colonel {who wants to run for congress}, had found an award winning pie recipe from Texas last week while were talking in the garden and was going to have his wife make it.

Well, as my neighbor lady and I were talking in our family room, {that now has walls! as she pointed out} I mentioned I had to get my entire downstairs painted this weekend {to stay on schedule} and that it was also Monkey Boy’s birthday on Sunday and the boys had planed to go shopping for his present.

“Oh! What is your son’s favorite kind of cake!? I will make him a cake for his birthday. This means of course you will not get your pecan pie though.” 

Oh.My.Word.

I giggled, and then admitted I hadn’t thought about making Monkey Boy a cake because I DON’T HAVE AN OVEN and how lovely it would be if he had a homemade cake on his birthday.

Can you believe that?

I tried {once} turning her down but quickly noticed the twinkle in her eyes and the smile growing on her face before she announced she’d be making him a very moist chocolate cake with a marshmallow frosting in a SQUARE cake pan. And then promptly told me it was my job to buy the candles.
:) It was AWESOME. :)

I barely know my new neighbors and I love them already.

Happy Friday everyone. Life is good!

Mavis

Rubbermaid mop bucket yellowAmazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Up to 69% Off Select Rubbermaid Commercial Products

free kindle books

Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

butterfly wall decals stickers

I just ordered these 3D Butterfly Wall Stickers for my daughter and her roommate’s dorm room for just $3.89 shipped. I think they’ll make the room a litter cheerier {especially around finals}.

Use-Old-Milk-Jugs-to-Make-Spooky-Ghosts

Light the way for your Trick-or-treater with these fun DIY Spooky Ghost Milk Jugs. Find more cool projects on my Halloween Pinterest Board.

pea coatBundle up with a Dollhouse Pea Coat for only $27.99 shipped! There are 6 colors to choose from and many more pea coat styles for sale HERE.

Glow-in-the-Dark Vampire Fangs

Get 6 dozen Glow-in-the-Dark Vampire Fangs to pass out on Halloween for $7.67! {I’m totally getting these}.

disney discounts

Plan on ordering anything from the Disney Store this weekend? You can score FREE shipping on your purchase when you use code PARKFREE at checkout  with any item from Disney Parks. Cool Beans!  {Expires 10/19/14}

kashi go lean crunchGet Kashi Cereal delivered to your door!

4 Boxes Kashi GOLEAN Crunch! Cereal, Honey Almond Flax $874/$2.18 per box when you clip the 25% off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

If you are an Amazon Prime Member or have Amazon Mom, you can save 20% on Subscribe & Save items when you place 5 or more orders in a month. :)

Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Geo Rain Jacket

REI Outlet Deal of the Day - Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Geo Rain Jacket

CaptureIf you’re a college student, you’re probably too busy searching the couch cushion for change to buy some Ramen to be reading this. But if you happen to catch it, you’ll be glad you did. Amazon Student is a feature offered to college students with a valid .edu email address.

You’ll get Amazon Prime FREE for 6 months and then have the option of continuing that membership for 50% off {so only $39/year for students!}. Plus, you can receive a $5 credit for referring friends via email and social networks with no limit on the number of referrals made. The Girl is loving this! Might not offset tuition, but every little bit helps!

wired magazine

Discount Mags is offering a Wired & Popular Science Magazine Bundle for only $8.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 10/17/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

Long-Grain-Rice-Salad

This Long Grain Rice Salad goes great with simple grilled chicken or pretty much just about anything. It’s a versatile and yummy side dish.  Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later.

Triscuit Thin Crisps Crackers

Attention Fred Meyer and QFC shoppers - Today only you can download an ecoupon for FREE Triscuit Thin Crisps!! RECEIVE ONE FREE Triscuit Thin Crisps Crackers {7.6oz package}. This is only available for download today 10/17/14 and expires on 11/1/14.

DIY Easy Canvas Art - Quotes on Canvas

Headed to the craft store this weekend? Here are a few Printable Craft Store Coupons

Stay tuned for my tutorial on this DIY Easy Canvas Art later today.

amazon local deals

AmazonLocal features deals in cities all across the country.  Restaurants, local events, classes, you name it. Here are a few of my favorite Amazon Local Deals available right now:

World-Pride-Nylon-Handbag-Amazon has the World Pride Nylon Handbag on sale for $3.29 shipped. It comes in several different colors and the reviews are great!

printed leggings

Today only Cents of Style is offering Fall Leggings for just $9.97 shipped when you use code LEG50 at checkout! Go HERE to see all the different legging designs.

tide pods coupon

Check out these New Printable Tide Laundry Detergent Coupons:

Find More Printable Coupons

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Chewy Chocolately Nutella Brownies

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Chewy Chocolately Nutella Brownies

Here’s how this is going to go down. Follow these instructions carefully:

Step 1: Change into some comfy elastic-waisted pants.

Step 2: Make these brownies.

Step 3: Don’t stop eating them until you hate yourself.

Step 4: Vow to spend an extra hour at the gym.

Step 5: Feel guilty because you don’t actually have a gym membership.

Step 6: Eat another brownie to make yourself feel better.

nutella

Ingredients

1 cup butter
2 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Nutella
4 eggs, room temperature
1 1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips

nutella brownies

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in sugar and stirring constantly for about 2 more minutes {do NOT bring to a boil}. Stir in Nutella and remove from heat.

In a stand mixer, beat Nutella mix with the cocoa powder, eggs, salt, baking powder, and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. Add the flour and chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.

Spread dough evenly into prepared pan, and bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool before serving. Enjoy.

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10 Things to Do in Memphis

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10 Things to Do in Memphis

Memphis is one of those iconic American cities.  It houses so much by way of music culture–and a few years ago on my St. Jude or Bust trip, I had a chance to really check it out.  If you ever get the chance to explore it, here are a couple of must-not-miss stops:

graceland

  1. Graceland.  Elvis is still alive and well in Memphis.  Everyday, hundreds of tourists line up to walk through Elvis’s home, known as Gracaeland.  The decor alone is worth the trip.  It’s a hoot.  Plus, you can see the letters/posters from thousands of still-devoted fans lined along the gates.   It’s craziness.
  2. Peabody Ducks.  The Peabody hotel is famous for their daily duck show.  Each day, you can watch the ducks parade around the very elegant lobby.  What more can I possibly say?  It’s Memphis, baby.Beale St, Memphis
  3. Beale Street.  It really doesn’t matter, Monday through Sunday Beale Street is hopping with live music and BBQ.
  4. Mud Island River Park.  this park is free, and you can take a stroll along the Mississippi River.
  5. Memphis Botanic Garden.  Um, hello, have we met?  Of course you know I am going to include a garden on my list of suggestions.
  6. Memphis Zoo.  This is a great stop if you have little ones.  It’s certainly not the biggest zoo ever, but they do have a Panda bear, which is rad.
  7. Elmwood Cemetery.  Okay, call me nuts, but I LOVE walking through cemeteries.  Memphis has soooo much history–it represents the good, bad, and ugly in our country.
  8. Memphis Rock and Soul Museum.  If you are a music fan, this is a must-stop museum
  9. Slave Haven – This is the former home of the Burlke family, turned small museum.  It was one of the stops for the underground railroad, and it is worth seeing.
  10. Woodruff-Fontaine House.  This is a mansion built in 1870 that is now open to the public as a museum.  It is fully furnished and has mannequins dressed in 1870′s garb, making it a pretty cool little tour.  Fair warning:  there is a doll display that borderlines on creepy.

Have any of you been to Memphis?  What is your favorite thing to do?

~Mavis

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How Much is Too Much to Spend on a Halloween Costume?

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How Much is Too Much to Spend on a Halloween Costume

I’ve never been a big spender when it comes to Halloween.  Candy, YES {because c’mon, who doesn’t want leftovers}, but as far as costumes go, my kids usually made their own {although I must confess we did go through a Disney period with The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Bird}.

Even though I never spent a boatload on costumes, my kids loved to dress up.  They talked about what they wanted “to be” the entire month before Halloween–and truth be told, they continued to play dress-up with their costumes for months after.  With hindsight, I really do kind of get the appeal of buying a costume.

I did some digging, because I was curious how much an average store-bought costume costs these days.  ABC News found that the average price of a store bought costume is around $29.60.  If you have more than one kid, that could add up pretty quickly.  I know lots of people who bite the bullet once or twice, spend the money, and then on the in between years, do costume exchanges with friends.  That seems like a pretty good compromise if you ask me.

Either way:  purchased or made, dressing up is fun.  In fact, I spotted this costume and about fell over.  Are there really people out there who go all out like that?!  If so, I kind of want to meet them.

What’s YOUR limit on Halloween costume spending?

~Mavis

What are your kids going to be this year?  Here’s the top 5 trending store-bought choices for 2014 according to my good friend, Mr. Google:

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle {I am guessing the recent movie caused a revival?}
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy {Super hero fans can rejoice}
  3. Frozen Characters {The latest characters to hit the Princess scene are Anna and Elsa–she’s all the rage in the 6 and under crown :) }
  4. Transformers {These costumes are fully loaded, quite literally from head to toe}
  5. Witch {Finally, a classic, not inspired by a movie}

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How to Store Winter Squash

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How to Store Winter SquashWinter squash are like potatoes.  If you store them right, they will seriously last you most of the winter–at least until you can get out and grow yourself some cool weather kale and spinach.

heirloom-butternut-squashTo ensure that you get the longest life out of your squash, start by picking it at the right time.  The squash shouldn’t be wet at all, so don’t pick after the sprinklers have come on or after a rain.  Cut the squash from the vine, instead of pulling it.  That way, you won’t accidentally break off the stem too close to the squash, causing a blemish that will speed up rot.  Also, make sure to pick it before the nighttime temperatures dip into the 40′s.  Don’t let the name fool you, winter squash does not like it to be too cold.

anna swartz hubbard squashThe first step in storing winter squash is curing.  Curing is basically a fancy word for leaving the squash out somewhere warmish with good air circulation and ignoring for a week and a half to two weeks.  Curing helps make sure any excess water leaves the squash and makes it taste better long term.

Some people like to give their squash a quick diluted bleach bath before storage.  It helps to kill any fungus or bacteria on the squash.  If you do decide to give your squash a bath, dilute it 1 part bleach to 10 parts water.  Rinse well after the bath and dry completely before storing.  This step is completely optional.

hubbard squashWinter squash are happiest when stored at about 55 degrees.  If you have a root cellar, well, then I’m jealous.  If you don’t, your best bet is going to be a basement or garage.  They need to be completely dry throughout storage, so either keep them up on a shelf or in a box, where water from melting snow off of the cars, etc. can’t get to them.

Depending on the type of squash you are storing {acorn has the shortest shelf life, while blue hubbard has one of the longer shelf lives}, it will last anywhere from 4 weeks to 7 months.

What’s the longest you’ve successfully stored a winter squash?

~Mavis

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