Sunday, December 30, 2012

Out of It

Quick update, for all ya'll
M uncle is in the ICU and it is not looking pretty. I am going to be working on blog commitments and checking emails, tonight and tomorrow. If I owe you one, be on the lookout.
Prayers, good thoughts whatever you can do would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Kept Promise

The other day I made a promise and so I must keep it, I said you would see me in glasses, so...

BAM! There it is. 

True confession time, I don't wear glasses, but I think they are super cute, so I was totally stoked to get this FREE pair from Firmoo. I chose these beauties, and I got them in the mail last Friday. They offer prescription and non-prescription (obvs) glasses.

Firmoo is the most popular online eyeglasses store, and with prices as low as $8 I am sure you can imagine why, but just in case you can't it's because they are awesome! 

I see 2 super awesome reasons why you should choose Firmoo for your glasses

1- They have a virtual try on system. Once you find a pair of glasses you like, you can upload a picture and see how they would look on your face. No more guessing if they will make your head look too big, or your face look too round, you can SEE for yourself! You should head on over to Firmoo and "try" some glasses on today, and if you get them and still don't like them you can return them for a full refund. 

2- The second reason you should choose Firmoo (and the most important) is that you can get your first pair of glasses for FREE, yes you heard me correctly free. You just pay shipping and they are yours!

This is what Firmoo has to say about their awesome new program

The old opinion that glasses are only necessities for people with vision problems has already gone. Glasses are increasingly becoming a fad and must-have accessories for  celebs and fashionistas. Everyday we can spot millions of non prescription glasses wearers and we are constantly fascinated by many noted film stars’ signature non prescription glasses.They instantly upgrade your look of modern,sexy, vintage or geek by wearing different styles of frames.

Any hot glasses/sunglasses /goggles frames you want can be found on Firmoo, and all are available for both prescription lenses and non-prescription lenses. Are you desperate to have a new look? Now here is the chance, Firmoo has launched a First Pair Free Program to people  worldwide. You will absolutely fall in love with the excellent quality, affordable prices, fashionable designs, fast delivery and the good service after trying them with paying shipping only! You even can get a refund/exchange if you are not satisfied with them. It's totally Risk free, so why not have a try? 
Click here to get your free glasses now!

And of course this wouldn't be a proper Pretty Living PDX "style" post without something funny, so here is my blooper reel. 

side note- all these pictures were selfies taken in the van, before we ran errands, so please ignore the yard debris bin in the back...and go over to Firmoo for your free pair of glasses!

Don't forget I am looking for guest posters see the info here and I now offer new sponsorship options, so check them out. 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to All

I wanted to wish all of you ah-mazing people a Merry Christmas!

Thank you so much for helping me reach over 600 blog followers and for introducing me to some awesome bloggers!

After Christmas you can look forward to

*My 1st vlog! Wish me luck...
*A Christmas post (full of pictures, the above is just a preview)
*Giveaway Winner Announcements (there are 3 so check back to see if YOU won)
*A giveaway
and you get to see me in glasses :)

Question of the day: Are you ready for Christmas?
As I write this post it is 1:25 AM, and I have to get up in about 5 hours to go grocery shopping, I can sleep when I'm dead right?

I am also looking for guest posters for the week we are moving, I would love stories about moving, mishaps, excitement or home tours. This will be in the first week or two in January, I am SO excited! E-mail me- mrsbarnes85(at)gmail(dot)com

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I Don't Need No Education!

I fully believe in gettin' real smart, and clearly from my writing I can use a few more classes. But really in all seriousness, did you know that I am a full-time college student? Did you also know that I only have 20 more credits until I graduate with my bachelors degree?

20 MORE!!!!!

As I have mentioned before I love saving money and pinching pennies, but being a full-time college student there are expenses you cannot use a coupon for, like education costs. You better believe your sweet buns that I was so excited when I found Campus Book Rentals, this site lets you rent textbooks, which I LOVE. I usually go and drop around $300-$500 per term on textbooks, then when the term ends I get about $50 from the buyback, something seems wrong with this equation. With Campus Book Rentals you save up front which means more money in your hot little hands. Some benefits are

*Save 40-90% from bookstore prices (hello awesome)
*Free Shipping both ways (you had me at free)
*Flexible renting periods (For someone who keeps a Redbox movie for at least 3 days extra I love this)
*30 Day worry free gurantee (in case you have to drop a class)
*They donate to Operation Smile with every rental

An example for all you visual folks would be the above book. I need this for the next term
List price = $97
CBR= $53.46
Savings = $43.54 or around 55%

How many Starbucks drinks could $43 buy? A lot! So bottom line is sign me up for Campus Book Rentals, and if you are in college you should rent your books too, it will save you a bundle!

Question of the Day: Have you ever rented your textbooks?

Remember to enter to win $170 Paypal cash and 1 of 8 different ad space packages from The Foley Fam!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Remember When- Resolutions in Motion

Remember when I signed up for Resolutions in Motion back in November? Well I set a goal to lose 10 pounds over the course of 6 weeks and.....

It is not the 10 that I was hoping for, but it is pretty dang close! I am honestly just excited that I didn't gain anything. 

I have NOT worked out 5 days a week like I planned
I have NOT done the 30 day shred
so I plan on restarting these things and hopefully lose the rest of the weight before the year is over. Is that goal too lofty? Probably with Christmas less then a week away, but I will try my best!

Don't forget to link up with Shaping Up to be a Mom if you participated in Resolutions in Motion, because there are prizes involved!

Giveaways to enter
My 500 Follower Giveaway ($60 gift card of your choice, other gift cards and ad space)
Group Giveaway with One Haole Girl  (Tons of gift cards and ad space)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Shaping Up Christmas {Giveaway}

I have never been more happy for a new day, you wanna' know why? It is officially winter break! This means
Can you tell that excites me? Just a tad

Christmas is next week ahhhhhhhhhh excuse me I just had to scream for a moment because I am not quite ready, but I am back now. Growing up we always reenacted the Nativity on Christmas Eve with costumes and everything. It was a LONG tedious and quite hilarious process and created awesome memories. Some years we even had a live baby Jesus, but it was only a boy 1 year...

We also always got new pajamas on Christmas Eve, I love a new pair of pj's, don't you? All warm and snuggly, but now the pajamas are getting a little out of hand. My girls end up getting 3 pairs, between us and grandparents, but the more the merrier. 

Today I have Megan from Shaping Up To Be a Mom talking about her Christmas traditions and sharing an awesome giveaway with you guys.
Megan is giving away an awesome Cents of Style winter accessory, and offering my readers a coupon code for 10% off. The best part about it is there is always free shipping from Cents of Style in the US!
Take it away Megan!

Hello, Pretty Living readers! I'm Megan from Shaping Up To Be A Mom, and I'm excited to be sharing Myranda's space today.

It's that time of year again, so I thought today I'd share a few of my family's Christmas traditions (old and new).

My first Christmas, in 1984

Christmas was a really fun time growing up. My mom has always been really big on parties and holidays, down to the smallest details, so we always had the best celebrations. Living in Maine, we always had a real, fresh Christmas tree that left the house smelling of pine.

Christmas 1988

We did colored lights, and now I do the same on my tree (which is a lovely fake, since we now live in Arizona). I love seeing my Christmas tree lights first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

Vanessa, Christmas 2012

We had the tradition that we opened gifts from siblings on Christmas Eve. At first it was just my brother and me exchanging, and then when my little sis came along, the three of us exchanged (then we each had TWO presents to open). It was supposed to be done in the evening right before bed, but as we got a little older it got pushed earlier and earlier as we begged my parents to let us open the gifts!

Sibling gifts, Christmas 1988

I'm continuing that tradition with my own kids now. This is Carter's fifth Christmas, and Vanessa's second, so this is just the second time they'll be exchanging with each other. Christmas THEY will have TWO gifts to open. ;)

Carter and Vanessa, Christmas 2012

On Christmas morning, we always got our stockings first. My mom would fill them with little gifts, candy, and a variety of toiletry items. When I married my husband and first did a stocking for him, he found it odd that I filled it with toothpaste and deodorant (among more exciting items), but hey, that's just something we've always included in stockings!

Carter's 1st Christmas, 2008

We also always had one (usually larger) unwrapped present under the tree on Christmas morning, from Santa, which we got first thing, along with our stockings.

Carter, Christmas 2009

Then it was time for breakfast, which usually included french toast and bacon! Mmm....

Then after breakfast we would open our presents. At least that was how it was supposed to go. Many Christmases we just couldn't wait and opened our presents before breakfast. Truth be told, it was often my dad who would just say, "oh let's just open them all!"

Carter, Christmas 2010

I've decided that, for my own children, "Santa" will bring them each one gift, which they will find unwrapped under the tree in the morning, and "Santa" fills the stockings. All the wrapped gifts are from Mom and Dad and siblings!

Vanessa's 1st Christmas, 2011

A tradition that my husband had growing up was "doing funny walks out to the tree." Christmas morning, nobody was allowed to go out to the tree until they all lined up and agreed on a silly walk to do out to the living room, which was usually videotaped. We might just have to add that in to our Christmas morning traditions!

Christmas 2011

I also like to do something special late on Christmas Eve. When I was younger we often attended church services that evening, or sometimes even at midnight. We haven't established a specific tradition yet with our kids, but even just taking a walk to look at the neighborhood light displays is a nice thing to do.

Well, if you weren't already excited for Christmas, I hope you are now! I'd love to hear what traditions you and your families have for the holidays, so please drop by and tell me!

But I'm not leaving without an awesome giveaway! I sell fashion accessories for Cents of Style, and one of you is going to win your choice of a hat or scarf from our winter accessories collection, which you can find here and here!

If you love what you see, you can get 10% off your order at any time with my coupon code "0512" and shipping is free to the US! There are lots of great stocking stuffer items, and if you order by Thursday the 20th, your order will arrive by the 24th!

Thanks for reading, good luck in the giveaway, and don't forget to drop by my place to say hi!

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

1 Thing {Giveaway}

I have one thing to say:
ENTER THESE giveaways because they rock!

The Foley Fam is giving away $170 in Paypal cash and 7 ad space packages, can I get a whoop whoop!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Silence and Support for Sandy Hook

To the Blog World and Anyone Else who Wants to Help,

Yesterday, tragedy struck so many of us in ways we did not foresee. An elementary school and small town in Connecticut was shattered by a mass shooting. We knew we wanted to help and we came up with this:

On Tuesday, December 18th, there will be a blogger day of silence. We will post the button and that's it. Please try to not post anything else that day if possible.

 We are also raising money that will go to an organization in the memory of this tragedy. The organization is called The Newtown Family Youth and Family Services. Here is the official description of the support service we are donating to:

"Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.


Please visit THIS PAGE to make your donation.

 We can't imagine how they must be feeling, especially this close to the holidays. We would love for you to spread the word on your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Let's make a difference and use blogging in a positive way. Thank you in advance for participating.

The Blog World

p.s. If you would like to, copy-paste and repost any part of this, please do. Share on.

Ultimate Blog Angels Half Way Mark


This month I am once again participating in Blog Angels with Rosemarie of Craftbotic. This month was a little different, it's called Ultimate Blog Angels. We got to choose the blog we were an angel for and lucky for me I received my first pick!

I have been shouting my angels blog from the rooftops, I have helped her in any way possible. When I see she has a question I have been trying to answer it. My girl is a newish blogger, so she has had a lot of questions that I being so advanced (not really) can answer.

I think it has been so simple to go the extra mile for someone, it doesn't really take that much extra time  and I see myself continuing to help her and other bloggers in this same way once Blog Angels ends. 

In the final 2 weeks I plan to help her more then I already have by promoting her all over the blogosphere, she is an awesome girl and I have really enjoyed helping her in any way I can. 

Don't forget to enter my 500 follower giveaway and the Kindle Fire giveaway!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas on the Cheap- Hobo Stew {giveaway}

Did you ever have hobo stew growing up? What is hobo stew you ask? It is a stew (duh Myranda) where you take random ingredients/leftovers from the fridge mix it all up and make a stew. This post is a mixture of all different things rolled into one, so enjoy.

First up a review and a recipe. I recently received 2 bottles of Torani syrups from SheSpeaks, and let me just tell you, this stuff is the bomb dot com. Seriously so yummy
 They sent me hazelnut and salted caramel syrup, can you guess which one is the favorite in my house?

Yep, the salted caramel took #1 in my book, we got these bottles on Monday, um...moving on.
The recipe is pretty detailed, so please stick with me through all this and pay attention, 1 misstep can mess up the flavors. 

 Gather the ingredients
*Hot chocolate packet
*Torani syrup (This is the #1 ingredient)
*Super cute mug

 The super cute mug is optional, but come on look at this thing

1- Pour hot chocolate powder in the mug
2- Add boiling water
3- Pour in 1 or 10 2 Tablespoons of Torani syrup
4- Add milk to cool- About 1/8 cup
5- Stir with a baby spoon and enjoy, the baby spoon just makes it taste so much better ;)

I have long been a fan of Torani syrups, my mother-in-law uses Cream de Menthe Torani with warm milk and the kids have green milk. I also LOVE using it with my soda stream, I just carbonate the water and use Torani syrups instead yum! I love the blood orange, salted caramel and raspberry Torani syrups. These syrups easily spice up any drink, desert, or recipe I really think you should try them out ASAP.
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks & Torani

Are you a last minute Christmas shopper? I certainly am. You can still score some awesome online bargains, remember Amazon Prime and Amazon Student? Hello free 2 day shipping! I also found another really awesome Amazon deal, if you have a Discover card and pay with that at checkout, use code "DSCVRHSP" and get free 1 day shipping. How is that for last minute?

One of my awesome sponsors, over there -----------> Reagan's Toy Chest has an awesome site with tons of awesome toys and gifts for children and most of them are US made, holla! They always have free shipping, and if you think your order won't ship in time for Christmas just give them a call at 1- 888-683-1910 to work it out, isn't that awesome?!
 Last but not least another giveaway, this time for a Kindle Fire, don't forget about my 500 follower giveaway. You can enter both that way you will have a Kindle Fire and a gift card to purchase the apps :)




Good luck!!

I LOVE Winning!

Do you love winning giveaways? I certainly do here are some hot ones that I am itching to win for Christmas!

  IPad Mini from wifessionals
$350 in prizes from Foley Fam- includes $170 Paypal CASH!
35 Prizes to 35 Winners from Whispering Sweet Nothings
12 Days of Giveaways from Jessica Who?
and of course don't forget about my 
500 Follower Giveaway!
and last but not least

$100 from Amazon, yes please! I would love to win this one and buy video games for the hubs, toys for the kids, books for the momma, I really would love to win :)

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Breaking News {Giveaway}

So remember when I said I had some big news?????? Well...


We get to live in our own place, I will have to tell the story later about our current living situation, but we have lived with people for the past 5 years. Now 3 kids later, we can move into our own place, I am so happy I could cry yet it still feels so unreal. I am happy now, but talk to me in 2 weeks when I am up to my ears in packing boxes...

Anywhoo..... I hit 500 followers last month so I have been arranging this awesome giveaway for you all!
I have also come to the conclusion that I use way to many exclamation points, sorry but I'm not sorry!!

There are 2 different prize packages, so feel free to enter them both. It will be open for 1 week, so hopefully you can use it for last minute Christmas shopping. Oh how I LOVE Christmas shopping.

$60 Gift Card to Store of your choice
Amazon or Target 
From these lovely ladies

Sarah- Life In a Break Down

Kim- That's The Thing About Destiny
Amber- Amber Outnumbered
PJ- Planned in Pencil

Nicole- Pharr Away Living
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Prize Pack 2
Ad Space and Gift Cards
From These Beauties!

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Nicole- Chiffon Diary

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Lanaya- Raising Reagan

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Lipgloss and Braclets
Samantha- Hooah and Hiccups

Wannabe Green
2 Months Large Ad Space
Ashley- Wannabe Green

$10 Starbucks Gift Card
Chelsea- Sunny With A Chance of Sprinkles

Island Livin
Da Kine 
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Tarole- One Haole Girl
$10 Amazon Gift Card
Sandra- Lara's Vintage
Blog-working Wednesday!
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Paige- Eloping Stethoscope

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Jessa- Life of a Sports Wife

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*UPDATE- I apologize, but I messed up the rafflecopter and forgot to add one blogger, so it is all fixed now. It requires 1 more mandatory entry, but it should not mess anyone up until this point. No worries if you entered before 9:11AM PST

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