DIY tuxedo nail art tutorial!!!

What women doesn’t like to be pampered every once in a while and get gorgeous mani/pedi’s? But, those can quickly become expensive, especially if you want to get some nail art or design added.  If you’re like me, then you’re more familiar with your couch and your own bottle of nail polish than a salon massage chair and the polish in someone else’s hand.  I love trying new designs and nail art and having fun with it! This oh-so-cute tuxedo nail tutorial by my favorite fashion bloggers, mimi and chichi is just the kind of project I love! You all know that I’m a DIY Queen, and, if you’re on a budget, there’s no better way to get the fresh out of the nail salon look, without the nail salon price, than doing it yourself.  There’s 7 or so things that you need, but don’t let the amount scare you away, and feel free to get your trusty brand of polish if you’re not familiar with the recommended brands.  It’s a fairly easy project, and the step by step instructions and pictures will lead you through it all. You can change it up anyway you want in terms of colors, and try it out on your fingernails as well.  Your friends will be asking you where you got them done and if you can do it for them too!

please be sure and leave a comment if you love this and are going to try it out! and post a pic if you use your own colors and change it up a bit!

My favorite local groupons

For all my local San Antonian’s, here are my top picks for groupons.

First is for tubing! You can’t have summer in San Antonio without jumping in a tube and floating the River with your friends and a cooler full of beer.  Here is a groupon for just that summer day.  Choose from $7 for one, $14 for two, or $27 for four people. Price includes a tube and shuttle service from the end of the mile long gloat back to the beginning to start it again.  Grab the pack of 4, invite your friends and make them pay for and bring the beer and snacks 😉

Second is for San Antonio’s own brand new professional soccer team, the Scorpions.  Choose between $17 for two or $33 for 4 tickets and your choice of two different game days at our brand new home stadium.  Come out and watch the world’s most popular sport and support your home team.

Third is for a 30 minute ride in a stunt plane! This is PERFECT for an upcoming fathers day gift! I know that my hubby would LOVE to receive this.  It’s not the cheapest, being $199, but it’s a once in a lifetime thing and at the groupon price, it’s 50% off! I think that this just might be worth putting a charge on the credit card for.  Any thrill seeker or adrenaline junkie will never forget this experience or you for gifting it to them. Or, hell, get it for yourself, and cross it off your bucket list!

My three favorite deals right now. Perfect for family outings, summer time activites, hanging with the friends, or fun dates!  All have limitations and restrictions, and, as with all groupons, READ THE FINE PRINT CAREFULLY!

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Rayne’s giant angry birds birthday bash on a budget!!!

Planning a child’s birthday party can quickly become stressful. One of the top reasons why can be the cost, especially if you’re on a budget! The key is to pick a budget that you want to stay between and STICK TO IT!

My 8 year old son Rayne, just had an enormous party, and it didn’t break the bank. In fact, I think we got off pretty easy.  Here are my tips and tricks for planning a great party on a budget without skimping on anything!

Our price point was right around $150, and that money went to our venue.  Rayne picked Peter Piper Pizza (just like chuck-e-cheese for those of you who aren’t familiar).  And we were able to spend the budget on the venue due to the fact that the decor, goody bags, and cupcakes cost us next to nothing.  With the $150 it cost us to book the party we got, 5 large pizza’s, unlimited drinks for all guests, ice cream for all guests to go with the cupcakes, 150 game tokens for the kids, 350 prize tickets and a giant 8 foot balloon bouquet for the birthday boy, plates, utensils, etc..as needed for eating, and our own hostess who did everything i needed her to like order the food, get the tokens, pass out ice cream, refill drink pitchers, pack up all the gifts, and, my favorite part, handle the clean up! We had a party of a dozen guests, plus some siblings, plus parents!

For decorations, I used the balloons I had from Rayne’s actual birthday along with these FREE angry birds face cut out’s, and these FREE 3D angry birds as table decor.  Simply print out the faces in color or black and white and color them in (this is what we did becasue Rayne wanted to color them himself), but out the shapes and tape them to balloons of the corresponding angry birds colors.  With the 3D paper crafts, print them out, color them in with marker or crayon (again Rayne wanted to do this himself) and follow the directions of where to fold and glue.  These also doubled as goody bag favors because as soon as the kids saw these, they were all asking if they could take one home with them!

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For the oh so stuffed goody bags, I visited the dollar tree, where everything is $1, and bought pencils, erasers, glow stick bracelets, crazy straws, stickers, and some candy to fill them with. I also printed out these FREE angry birds coloring pages, tied them with angry birds colored ribbon and added those to the loot.  For around $0.75 a bag, I made 18, pretty awesome, loaded goody bags and had enough for leftovers!

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I’m a big baker so instead of a very pricey cake, I made my dark chocolate coffee cupcakes and vanilla confetti cupcakes. I frosted those with different angry birds colors, added sprinkles and topped them with these FREE angry birds cupcake toppers.  Print them out with colored ink onto card stock, cut out, glue onto toothpicks and top your cupcakes!

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With the amount of decor, goody bags, food, cupcakes, etc.. that we had, this could have EASILY cost $200 EXTRA! I LOVE DIY projects.  The party was an amazing success, the parents loved all the great decor ideas, the kids were impressed, and most importantly, Rayne loved every aspect of his party and had a blast! He especially loved being able to make all the decor and goodies with me. I think kids get a lot more excited to see the product of something they have taken their time on and created, and it means a lot more to them. Rayne kept telling people, “I did that,” “my mom made that,” “we did that.” And it was great to see him so proud and happy!

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LIKE I SAID, GIANT BIRTHDAY BASH ON A BUDGET!!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAYNE!!!!!

 If you’re saving money on a venue and having the party at home, then spend a little on these great ideas for games, arts and crafts activities, and party bags…

  • use the face cut outs for a party activity for the kids to color and make themselves
  • use the face cut outs to glue onto angry bird colored paper party bags
  • use the coloring pages to make hats but cutting out the angry birds and gluing to strips of construction paper fitted around the head
  • use the 3D paper crafts as a party activity
  • make your own angry birds set up with different sized cardboard boxes that the kids can launch their angry birds at to try and knock down
  • slingshots for goody bags or party activity
  • spend a bit on edible angry bird cupcake toppers
  • goody bag rings/cupcake toppers
  • angry birds charms
  • angry birds necklaces
  • masks
  • or check out my online store for custom angry birds hair bows and accessories
  • have someone dress as an angry bird for the party…..i tried to make hubby do this, but no dice… 😉

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please let me know if you enjoyed this post, if it helped you plan a party, or if you have any questions!

The Book of Free, Dining Edition

Here’s an amazing groupon deal for all my local San Antonians, The Book of Free Dining Edition! For just $29, less than the price of a meal out, you get 38 vouchers for free food around local restaurants such as IHOP, Palenque Grill, EZ’s, Aldino’s, Barn Door, Arby’s, etc…There’s local speciality restaurants as well as chain restaurants.  This will really help the family on a budget that still wants to have a dinner out once in a while. This groupon even benefits the San Antonio food bank and Haven for Hope with each purchase! It’s saving money and donating to a good cause all wrapped up in one.  Deal expires in 2 days so hurry and get yours now

 

If this post helped you snag this deal, please leave a comment and let me know 🙂

Louboutin Look for Less!

Can’t afford the hottest shoes from the hottest designer? Join the club! But I’ve never let that stop me from getting the look, I just pay A LOT less.  Nothing can keep me out of or away from sky high heels, and with the prices I find, there’s no reason to stay away.

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Louboutin’s for $965

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Charlotte Russe for $35.50

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Louboutin’s for $1,395

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Charlotte Russe for $20

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Louboutin for $995

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Forever 21 for $29.80

The point is, until I can spend $1000+ on a pair of shoes and not feel bad that that’s the same as a house payment and have to explain to hubby why the credit card is maxed out on 1 purchase, I’m sticking to my beer budget!

Have a pair of gorgeous designer shoes you love, but can’t afford? leave a comment below and I’ll find you the look for less!!!!!

Remember…

champagne is delicious, gorgeous shoes are a must, family fun is important, but the piggy bank still has to be fed 😉