The Lollieladies

I recently discovered the gorgeous party concepts from Lollipop Events and Designs. Their style and creativity is inspiring. I wish I could throw parties like this.

That's Some SNUGGLY Baby

I am crazy about the smell of new Snuggle Creme fabric softener with jojoba essence.
I have used this on our laundry for several months and more recently on all the baby clothes. Now when I smell it, it conjurs up visions of my sweet little baby.

G's Cowgirl Nursery

Welcome to Baby G's Cowgirl Nursery

The crib bedding and cowhide skin rug came from The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in Las Vegas. The rug is fantastic because nothing can stain it. Nothing.


Since the nursery is a place where I have to spend a lot of time, I wanted a very comfortable chair. And I love this one. It is the TRYP chair from the Storytime Furniture series.


A TV in the nursery keeps me entertained during feeding times.

The skull might be a little scary, but I love it. It was the first thing purchased for the room.
The walls are venetian plaster done by The Zander Company

Thanks for letting me share G’s nursery with you!

Better Off Ted - New Episodes Start Tomorrow!

Do you like Arrested Development? 30 Rock? The Daily Show? The Office? Little Britain? Flight of the Concords? Basically what I'm asking is, are you awesome? Then you should check out Better Off Ted. New episodes start tomorrow night on ABC. Better yet, go to abc.com and watch free episodes right now.

My Babe

She's done it again. Jodi of A Yummy Life Photography has taken some adorable pictures of my beautiful baby girl.


Words to Live By

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous."
-- Coco Chanel

Laugh Out Loud

After last week, I was in the mood for a laugh. Thanks so much to everyone in my life for making last weekend such a fun, and funny one. Oh, and thanks to all of the smart and funny people out there in the world. I love you most of all.
Uncooked Land Numero Seis Cards
Uncooked Land released a new series of cards last week. I discovered these as I was looking for Father's Day cards on Friday afternoon.




This one is my favorite: "I hope you're ready to have a sexy birthday, because I have all sorts of sexy things planned. For example, I'm going to push your butt cheeks together."

Joel McHale


All of the Cheaping Girls love love love The Soup. We saw Joel McHale's stand up act on Friday night at Abravanel Hall. Or as he has dubbed it "A Brave Anal Hall".

Check out The Soup, Friday's at 10:00 PM on E! Or better yet, go see Joel live at a brave anal hall near you.

THE HANGOVER

Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Go see The Hangover. Seriously. Go right now.


THE ATTACK BIRD CHRONICLES and AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS

Camping out on the couch on Sunday morning's and reading blogs is nerdy. And fun. Two of my favorites:

You might have seen it on CNN or another news outlet, but don't miss The Attack Bird Chronicles, the daily blog of the nesting Front Street Blackbird, dubbed Swoops. This bird is pissed.


And don't forget to check out Awkward Family Photos. I think this picture says it all. Thank You, editors of Entertainment Weekly's Must List. Thank You.

My FAVorite Brownies

For the past three weeks we've been quite lucky to have friends and neighbors bring us delicious dinners and desserts. This has been a good and bad thing considering I don't currently fit into any of my pants...but I digress.

There is one dessert I simply cannot stay away from - my new FAVORITE brownie. It is a chocolate-y caramel-y delicious delightful wonder. I am very protective of them. Our dear friends brought us some while I was in the hospital and when my husband tried to eat the last one...well let's just say he left the rest for me. I could blame it on some kind of post-partum hormone induced craze, but I won't.

The recipe comes from the "Favorites" Ivory Family Cookbook sold exclusively by the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Utah for only $25. As a side note, this recipe book is worth every penny, there are many many delicious recipes in there.




Boyers' Caramel Brownies

1 (14 oz) package Kraft caramels, unwrapped

1/3 cup evaporated milk

Melt caramels and evaporated milk together in saucepan; set aside

1 package German chocolate cake mix

1/3 cup evaporated milk

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 (6 oz) package milk chocolate chips

Grease and flour 9 x 13 pan. Stir cake mix, evaporated milk and melted butter together by hand and press half of the mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and pat chocolate chips into crust, then pour melted caramel over. Daub remaining half of cake mixture on top and bake for another 15 to 18 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.



These little babies are sooooooooo good and they freeze well too. Freezing them helps keep me from eating them all at once. Just pop one out, let thaw and enjoy!

Two Products, Two Dollars, Two Minutes a Day: Two Happy Feet

I've heard many women say that their favorite part of a pedicure is when the technician slices off their callouses with that razor tool thingie. Eww.

Eww. Eww. Eww. This grosses me out on many levels:

1. Really? You let things get that bad? Do you ever look at your own feet? Do you like what you see?

2. Do you share a bed with someone? Do you cuddle and snuggle and fall asleep next to each other? No? Do you at least bump your feet up against them? Are you comfortable with your so-big-they-have-to-be-sliced-off callouses touching someone you might want to get busy with at some point? Do you think they are a turn on? (P.S. all you men out there, this applies to you too.)

3. You are comfortable letting a stranger, who is not a medical doctor, slice off your skin in a mildly disinfected tub (at best) that hundreds, possibly thousands of other people have shared?
My skin is possibly the driest skin that has ever been known to exist on the planet earth. Ok, not really, but it's pretty dang dry. And I've never had to have callouses sliced off of my feet. All you need are two products, two dollars and two minutes a day. Really.


Product 1. Pumice SPONGE. Cost: $1 or less

I am not a fan of pumice STONES. But I love love love love love pumice SPONGES. That is what they use at pedicure spas. They are actually not super easy to find, but are always bountiful at the dollar store. Every time I am in the shower, I take my pumice sponge and spend about 30 seconds on each foot getting the "problem" areas (you know, heel, outside of big toe, etc.). That's it. 30 seconds per foot. The key is, I do this EVERY time I shower. And these sponges last for quite a while.
Product 2: Vaseline (or other brand) Petroleum Jelly. Cost: $1 or less




I've talked about Vaseline in other posts. I love it. It's inexpensive and effective. Keep a pair of cotton socks handy. Slather a bunch of Vaseline on your feet when you leave the shower and pop on the socks. While you get ready your feet get all soft and moisturized. When you're done getting ready you can pop on your sandals or hop into bed or whatever and you're good to go! This only takes a minute and you can get giant tubs of petroleum jelly at the dollar store.
Really - 2 products, $2 and 2 minutes a day is all it takes never to have those callouses again. And a side benefit is that the less time your nail tech spends slicing off your callouses the more time is left for your foot massage. AAAHHHH.

WeBe Bags

I received one of these cute WeBe bags for Christmas this year and wanted to share!



WeBe Bags produces eco-friendly accessories that benefit third world suppliers and American stay at home mom's (all of their products are crafted in the United States).
Their first line, H'Oat Couture, is recycled from agricultural sacks. Other products are made from rice bags, vintage bank bags, and coffee bags.
My favorite is this King Pinto Bean Tote. Perfect for the upcoming Farmers Market!!

The Farmers Market is Back!!


We are SO EXCITED that the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market is starting this Saturday!! I can't wait to buy homemade honey butter and hormone free lamb and fresh fruit for summer cocktails and to sample the best of Salt Lake Cuisine. Last season we also found fantastic art, organic cleaning products and very cute home goods.
Where: Pioneer Park (300 South & 300 West)
When: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM ~ June 13th - October 17th

Shazam!!


I am starting a new feature called Shazam! Shazam is an application that you can download for your iPhone. If a song is playing that you are interested in, you open up Shazam, tag the song and Shazam will tell you the name of the song, the artist, and the album AND will link you directly into the iTunes music store to buy the song right then and there. I can't even tell you how excited I was when this application came out, because I don't know how many times I am watching TV or a movie trailer or at a restaurant or a store or in the car and want to know the name of the song that is playing.

I love the Shazam application so much, I want to give it a big hug and a kiss every time I use it.

Song: Cry For You

Artist: September

Shazamed At: Applebees, Sandy Utah (look, it was really late after Eliza's dance recital and I wanted a Chinese chicken salad OK? )

Love This Song For: Working Out

Fit Flops: One Year Later



Last year we did a post about Fit Flops. And as I sit staring at my Fit Flops in the pile-o-stuff-soon-to-be-taken-to-Plato's Closet I thought I'd do a follow-up. And here it is: I don't know if these work because I never wear them. And here is why - I don't think they're cute. I'm just going to say it. I'm sorry. Fit Flops are sporty yes, cute no. And not sporty in a cute way.
In the world of tennis shoes/trainers - my Puma's are sporty AND cute. I wear them all the time when I am going to be walking far and want to be comfortable but also need to look a bit more pulled together. My Nike running shoes are sporty and NOT cute. I wear these to the gym, from the gym, at the gym, outside running, outside cycling and sometimes when I take Lucy on long walks.
The Fit Flops are like the Nike's. They are sporty but not cute. And I've found that not many sporting activities require flip flops. Thus, I've really never worn them.
It's SUMMER! And when I put on a pair of flip flops, my painted toenails free at last to wiggle and show themselves off, I want my shoes to be sleek and sparkly and buckle-y and patent-leathery and colorful and unique and sexy and fun and all of that good time summer stuff.
I've noticed in the last year that the Fit Flops line is trying to get cuter with some sparkles and some patent leather, but alas, I'm not willing to drop another $49.99. I'll just have to stop eating so much and exercise more to trim up my butt.
Sigh.

Shop It To Me!


Miss T passed along this website - Shop It To Me. Here's how it works:
- You give them a list of your favorite brands and your sizes.
- They scour online retailers for sales.
- They send you a daily or weekly email with a list of items that you might be interested in that are on sale.
It's like having an online personal shopper. And you get the scoop on these sales without having to do all of the research yourself. Brilliant!

Customized Silhouette from Lemon Drop Studio

A friend of mine has an Etsy shop called Lemon Drop Studio. She has all kinds of lovely "fresh-squeezed" paper goods but her specialty is customized silhouettes. You send a digital image and she will create a silhouette in 8x10, 5x7, or 4x6 (custom sizes are available upon request). You can choose from 30 color combinations.

She has recently added animals to her line-up so I had her create a silhouette of an Italian Greyhound for me. Not that I'm one of those people that treats their dog like a child (that is a little disturbing, no?) but I do love my Lucy and I think that this is a really fun, cute way to show her off in my house. Italian Greyhound goods are really hard to find and most that I have found are, well, hideous.

Thanks Shauna!!!

Happy June!

Janaan gave me this calendar for Christmas. It is a play on the Keep Calm, Carry On poster. (Side note, for the last couple of years Janaan has been buying or printing really lovely and unique hand made calendars for us that she finds on Etsy. I am already looking forward to 2010. It's a great gift idea.) ANYWAY, I was at a spa yesterday and weighed myself. Ugh. When I turned the calendar page to June today, I laughed out loud: