A GLAMOUR-ous deal!

March 5, 2009

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Glamour Magazine is currently celebrating it’s 70th birthday this year. (Happy Birthday Glamour!) In turn, they are offering readers a year’s subscription for $1.50 (no..the decimal is in the right place!), since that was the price of the subscription in 1939. This is for a limited time, so if you are interested, click here!

DIYer’s Paradise!

December 30, 2008

I hope everyone has had a wonderful, relaxing holiday season so far!

I’m sure you have noticed that I haven’t written a post in a couple of weeks.  I’d rather not go into detail that much right now though about what’s going on. Just wanted to apologize, so sorry hive!

::focuses back into the reason for this post::

The ever-so-wonderful Paper-Source is having a HUGE sale on a good bit of their paper products.

I used Paper-Source in part of my invitations (the RSVP card and envelopes), and my Gocco (in the days of RISO producing them). I’ve had nothing but great service from them!

Check out some of the sale items, color wise! It encompasses quite a few colors (as well as some of the Stardream line).


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**All of the pictured are 50% off!!**

So, if any of those are your colors, go check out the products they have. Just realize that some printers do not work well with precut sheets of paper, from what I’ve heard. Kinko’s doesn’t print on these either, unfortunately!

Any sales that you would like to share with the hive?

Having fun with invitations!

November 26, 2008

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(Although I’m sure my living room will look somewhat like this pretty soon!)

I knew that I wanted to DIY our invites when we first got engaged. It would make things more personalized without a hefty price tag. I started my search for fun paper online, and I think I’m going to be using a few of these places even post wedding! These are the stores I’ve used so far in the DIY invitation process.

Mister Art

This was the first website I visited for pocketfold paper. I looked for textured paper in an attempt to have something a little different for the invitations and stumbled across this site using google. It just so happened that they were discontinuing “Marina Teal” in the Strathmore line. So, I got these sheets for a steal really!

Anchor Paper

It’s not the most navigable site out there, but their customer service makes up for it big time. They sent me free paper samples in my wedding colors for free, and helped me make an order for my paper. They can also cut your paper to the size you want. If it’s not 5.5×8.5 in. or 8.5×11 in., they will probably have to cut from larger sheets, which can be at least 30×40 in. I found this site to be the cheapest for Stardream paper, which is simply a metallic, shimmery (and printable) paper.

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This is a more pricey store, but if you buy in bulk (10 pks. or more of an item), you get 10% off. They have precut sheets and notecards in many colors. I did decide to buy the RSVP cards and envelopes here, on a whim. One less thing to score and fold, right?

They also have fun envelope or envelope liner making templates. Check out these fun envelope liner paper ideas that they offer!

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Are there any other trusty paper stores that you like/used for your DIY paper creations?

Reward yourself!!

November 6, 2008

I’m totally an internet shopper. I have purchased many wedding related items through the internet, and as costly as that can get, there are small ways to pay yourself back for purchases and for internet surfing in general!!

My first favorite is Swagbucks.

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Here, you can reward yourself for searching things such as that perfect vendor or favor box! Swagbucks is mainly a search engine that combines Google and Ask.com results for you, and if you go through them, you have a pretty good chance at earning Swagbucks. If you search as much as I do, these will add up quickly (I earn about 50/week). Once you have enough Swagbucks, you can go to their online store and order FREE gift cards to stores like iTunes, Subway and Barnes & Noble.

Another favorite I have is MyPoints.

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MyPoints is a website that kind of acts like a monkey in the middle for shopping. You log in on their site, click on your store of choice, say “Banana Republic” and it will redirect you to Banana Republic’s site. You make your order, and then, after a few days (it has to be approved) you get a certain amount of points for each dollar you spend. Points add up to free gift cards and many, many store merchants. There are also merchants where you get a set amount of points. For example, buy an Entertainment book and get 750 points! I’m currently up for a $25 gift card, and I’m totally getting a Williams-Sonoma one so I can order some mini loaf pans for the holidays! 🙂 They also have promotions and little surveys to get you points every now and then as well!

Another fun thing they have is refer a friend, where if your friend joins and accrues 250 points, you will get 250 points as well! Pretty cool, right?

Another one that I really like is eBates.

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Right when you sign up, you can get a free $10 gift card to a store of choice. No catch here, just for signing up. If you refer friends anytime in your membership, you and your friend also get cash bonuses!

This website has the same idea as MyPoints, except you get a check mailed to you rather than gift cards. Sometimes, there are promotions for double % for certain stores here too, to where you can get up to 12% cash back! (Vistaprint is 10% cashback.)

And, my final favorite is ChaCha. (no, not the dance!)

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ChaCha is a website that answers random questions that anyone has on their mind. It works where you can either call or text them, and a trained guide sends you the answer back for free! The way to make money here is to become a ChaCha guide. This is something to do when you are bored at home, or at work on your lunch break (if internet usage is allowed there). Basically, you earn 10 cents (at first) per question you answer, and you can build yourself up to 20 cents an answer. This could result in some serious extra cash, if you’re determined. There are some pretty extreme guides who spend a good bit of time doing this and make almost $500/month!! I just became a guide, so I haven’t really explored my earning potential yet. 🙂

Are there any other fun internet sites where you go for great freebies like this?


November 3, 2008

Target just keeps giving me reasons to go there, spend my paycheck and still love them forever. If only I would have seen this before planning out my invitations, I think my DIY-crazed mind would have been gravitated towards these.

I’m pretty sure I can speak for the hive when I say we all drool over a meticulously personalized letterpress invitation. It’s all about the texture, right? However, when it comes to the price tag of these beautiful invitations, some of our minds (at least mine) change.

**enter Letter Impress**

Target, in partnership with Gartner Studios has a line of premade invitations called Letter Impress. These are blank invitations, RSVPs and corresponding envelopes with the designs already on them. You get a set of 50 for $34.99!! Amazing deal right??

Check out some of these beautiful designs!

Black Filigree

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Pink Peony

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Navy Blue Stripe

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In addition, they also carry Letter Impress Save the Dates and Thank You notes. 

To make it even more foolproof and tempting, they have the word templates for each invitation type on their website! So, it really can’t get much easier than this!

Here’s a secret for you brides who have more than a year to plan. There are seasonal invitation kits and also some designs that go on MAJOR clearance when they are discontinued. I’m talking 75% off. I saw some fall kits on clearance at my local Target for $8.74 a kit! I also saw a Navy Blue Stripe box for 75% off and bought it. I figured, hey, one day, I could use these for some party I host…. one day!

Clearances are my weakness…

So hive, do you have any stationery hidden gems that you’ve seen for the budget-conscious?

What to wear…on my face?

October 17, 2008

I kind of have a problem. I love make-up. I own a lot of it, and it makes me feel good when I go to MAC and just get a lipstick. It brightens my day. Mr. Ballet Flat knows how much I love pretty eye colors too. In fact, for Christmas, he got me the big kahuna of make-up colors!

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It’s pretty fun, this palette. I’ve discovered some colors that look spectacular on me! (and some, well, not so spectacular..)

I remember when I got engaged and thought about the glamour of having someone come to the hotel, apply the perfect colors of make-up, do my hair and I would look flawless and feel beautiful. Then, I saw the price tag of it. Whoa…

So, the options started pouring in. I knew that MAC will do your make-up for free, that is, if you buy $40 in products. That would cover lipstick, gloss and a powder, so perfect for touch-ups. It’s still $40, but I’d feel justified with products in hand.

I could just DIY, right? Well, I’m by no means a professional at this, and I want my make-up to be flawless and actually STAY. So, I started researching and found Model in a Bottle.

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So, I bought it and tried it a few times. This stuff works wonderfully, but it feels like I put hairspray on my face a little bit. After work, my make-up looked (almost) the same as when I applied it that morning! So, brides, this stuff works.

I was so psyched! I could save $40-60 on my make-up using what I already have!! Yippee! Then, came the time to try to find a look. I was terribly torn.

I love the natural and a subtle smokey eye look. Two complete extremes here…but check these out!

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I tried and tried to make these looks happen on my face, but whenever I tried, it looked SO wrong for me. So, I decided to throw DIY out the window for the big day, and rely on a pro for this.

THEN, I realized, the MAC store doesn’t open until 9 on Saturdays, which would make a time crunch for us all getting our make-up and hair done too! (Our wedding is early afternoon) So, I squeezed it out of my budget to afford a professional to come to my house (or wherever we are) on the big day to make all of us ladies b-e-a-utiful! After many calls and research, I decided on Emily with Get Polished.  Sure, she’s pricey, but she has RAVING reviews. I’m hoping to see both looks on me from her at a trial, and make a decision from there!

How are you doing your make-up? DIY? Make-up counter? Or a house call professional?

Calling all DIY brides!

October 2, 2008

I have a coupon for you for Michael’s! 25% off your TOTAL purchase valid until Oct. 11, 2008. Oh! And if you want, you can be a nice bride, print out a bunch and hand them out to random people in the store as an act of kindness.

You better believe Miss Ballet Flat will be at Michael’s soon for some fun purchases!

Linky here!