Tag Archives: Entertaining

I LOVE My New Rachael Ray Cookware!!

1 Jan

For Christmas my wonderful husband bought me some new pots and pans.  I don’t know about you, but I always like to know a little bit about or know someone who has tried  new appliances or cookware.  He bought me  the Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-piece Cookware set in orange.  I first I was sceptical. 

  1. I really would have preferred red.
  2. How well would they work?  I really hadn’t seen/heard any reviews.

Oh, they work and yes, I love them!!  Oh, I grew to love the orange.  🙂  I decided although my kitchen is in red it doesn’t mean everything has to be red.  I did find out later my husband tried really hard to find red ones.  I guess that is a popular color.  Thanks Doug.  That’s one of the many reasons I love you!  🙂 

So, what exactly did I get?

  • 1-1/2-quart covered saucepan
  • 3-quart covered saucepan
  • 6-quart covered stockpot
  • 8-inch skillet
  • 10-inch skillet
  • 3-quart/10-inch covered sauté pan  (This pan I love!!) 
  • 10 pieces total.

I have already thrown out my old pots and pans and can tell a difference using my new set.  I just made eggs this morning.  In my old pan the eggs would stick if I wasn’t careful.  With my new pans the eggs cooked wonderfully and nothing stuck!  I absolutely love the glass lids.  This is the first time I have had glass lids.  They are awesome!  I also love the handles on the 3- quart sauce pan.   The soft-grip bright orange silicone handles are easy to carry and do not get hot like my old pan did.  I would recommend this set to someone starting out with cooking or as a great gift for a family member.


Cheap Date Night

30 Dec

Yesterday was my husbands birthday.  We did a little pre-celebrating on Tuesday night with a movie and some late night food.  My husband never admits that we are on a budget, but we are.  We watch what we spend and still are able to have a lot of fun!  I believe you don’t always have to spend $100’s of dollars to have a good time.  Don’t you? 

So the night started off by going to the 5:30 showing of Little Fockers at Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cinema.  I was pleasantly surprised by the price.  Each ticket only cost $4 each.  $8 for both of us for movie night?  I’ll take it!! 

RUSH HOUR SHOWS —-> Mon – Thurs =$4  What an Awesome Deal!!

Then onto some food.  We thought some Red Robin sounded good.  Our family loves Red Robin, but we do not eat there very much because we feel the prices are a little high for a burger.  You can find good coupons and when a new burger is features it is usually a great deal. 

We got there at the perfect time.  from 3-6 AND 8 until close is HAPPY HOUR!  They had some good deals and good food!  They have $3, $5 or $7 appetizers and drinks for draft beer 16oz. for $2.50 or 22oz. for $3.50.  You can also choose a fruity margarita for $3.50. 

Doug and got the Chili Nachos Reg. $9.99 Happy Hour $5  and the Hot Spicy Wings Reg. $9.99 Happy Hour $7.  Doug drank water and I had (2) 16oz. beers.  The wings were hot and delicious.  The nachos were piled with chili, cheese, chips, sour cream and the best of all guacamole!  I would recommend going their for Happy Hour to anyone!  it was Yummy!!  🙂

Little Caesars: Rare Buy 1 Get 1 Free Pizza Coupon

27 Dec

Wow! Little Caesars released a pretty rare coupon! Just go here to print a rare Buy any HOT-N-READY Pizza and receive a pizza of equal or lesser value FREE, valid through 12/28! Aren’t their medium pizzas priced at $5?! If that’s the case, you should be able to snag 2 pizzas for $5 total. This should definitely make for an inexpensive meal  My husband was just saying tonight he was tired of eating ham, potatoes and all the holiday food, what a nice excuse for a break!

Hurry!  This coupon is only valid through tomorrow the 28th!!!  🙂

thx Hip2Save


29 Nov


Hello everyone! If you haven’t taken advantage of the FREE shipping yet you still can! Use FREE2010 on ANY size order. So, buy some great Lip Gloss as a stocking stuffer for $2.99 OR pick up some festive Hostess Gifts to get your party started and you will not pay any shipping! Buy as much or as little as you want. HURRY! offer exp. tonight at midnight.  Visit my online store now and don’t miss out!!

Gadget Gifts for the man in your life

24 Nov

It seems like every year I ask the same question, what should I get for Doug?  I know he has told me several things.  My mind either wonders, or completely shuts down when he starts to list the numerous items on his list.  This year has been the opposite.  There has not been a list.  There hasn’t been all the suggestions.  So I need a little help!!

Are you in the same boat I am?  What do I get my special guy?  It could be your husband or boyfriend.  Even your brother, son or father.  Avon has some great ideas with the help of The Sharper Image.  5 Gadgets that any guy in your life is sure to love!!

  • The Sharper Image Pocket Knife  434-020  $9.99
  • The Sharper Image Wine Bottle Opener  280-058  $19.99
  • The Sharper Image Travel Groomer  160-734  $19.99
  • The Sharper Image Travel Alarm Clock  161-104  $12.99
  • The Sharper Image Multi Tool  161-090  $14.99

You can get in on all these great buys by visiting my online store.  If you order online today (11-24-10) you can take advantage of a great promotion.  At checkout use coupon code DIAMONDS and you will receive a FREE Sivertone Tennis Bracelet PLUS you will get FREE shipping when you choose directly delivery* and spend $10 or more. 

*With direct delivery, you items will ship directly to your door.

T.G.I. Friday’s: New Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Coupon

2 Nov
Oh, how I love T.G.I Friday’s!  They have been putting out some pretty great coupons and this one is right up there.   Head on over here to print buy one get one free salad or sandwich coupon, valid thru 11/7. This should make for an inexpensive meal!
*Note: Coupon not valid on 3 course menu, burgers or lunch menu.

Are Birthday Parties at home really worth it?

22 Aug

My daughter was invited to a birthday party of some close friends of ours. 

Their daughter was turning 6 years old.  It had been a long time since I went to a birthday party at the birthday girl or boys home.  I think the last one was when I was actually a child.  I was a little excited myself. 

The party was last night and the theme was Littlest Pet Shop. 

There were 10 girls and the house was decorated beautifully.  There were streamers and balloons which were everywhere, but not over done.  The party started with a fun craft which all the girls loved.  I myself would not be this brave to have 10 little girls in my dinning room with glue, glitter, scissors, but the host, one of my good friends, handled it perfectly.  I am not a very crafty person and I think that fact would have made it harder for me also.  After the craft was games and then homemade cupcakes.  I miss homemade treats.  Don’t you?  Now everything has to be store-bought.  I remember part of the fun was bringing in your mom’s famous cookies or her popcorn balls.  Nope none of this.  It’s Dierbergs popcorn balls or nothing.  Following the delicious cupcakes was the best part of the party, well to me.  PRESENTS!!  What better way then to open all your gift from you BFF’s than in the comfort of your home. 

From this mother I would have to say having your child’s birthday at home is totally worth it.  It can be so much more cost-effective.  Last year I spent almost $250 at a bounce house for my daughter.  Was it worth it to see her happy smiling face?  You Bet!  Could I have achieved that smiling face having it at home?  I’d like to think so.  I think planning a party at home can save money and you can make it much more personable.  Give it a theme.  Like our friend’s was Littlest Pet Shop.  Everything was about animals.  The craft, games and food.  Very clever and fun plus the birthday girl loves Littlest Pet shop.

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