Monthly Archives: December 2008

Happy New Year Shopping and Goodies this week

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reese-witherspoon-paige-denim-roxbury-jeans A Few Goody Gumdrops is loving her new PRPS jeans

Couture in the City Introduces the Mont Charles De Monaco Collection
Puppies and Worms found a 25% off coupon for True Religion and Paige Denim jeans.

Shopping and Info found out what jeans Reese Witherspoon was wearing the other day.
Style Eyes has found some funky copper jewellery to cheer herself up

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Hermes Birkin 30 do I need one? —Mystery Guest Blogger

hermes-birkin-bagLately, I have been reading quite a bit about Hermes Birkin bags and how they are investments when one purchases these very expensive bags. For the longest time I told myself, you don’t need one, you have Chanel, you have Balenciaga, and everything else…you don’t need Hermes. But suddenly people are blogging about the Hermes Birkin, talking about it, and I am seeing the bag everywhere. Is it a subliminal message? Is someone trying to tell me that I better get on the waitlist now before  the Birkin goes up in price again?

I remember when the Hermes Birkin used to be $4,000. I am not kidding. That was the year I bought my Hermes gold toned H belt for $350. Today, the H  Belt costs $350 just for the buckle and the leather belt is $400 more! I thought there was a recession? Clearly Hermes did not get the memo…Anyhow, I am trying to come to terms with this Hermes Birkin. Is it worth it? Is it really an investment?

I mean I thought an investment was something like when you purchased a home and the land value goes up over time. These bags go up over time… but when you sell them, and if you sell them through consignment you probably only make back what you paid since these consignment stores usually stake 40%… so how is it really a good investment? And if you keep it and don’t sell it – is it an investment? Are bags really investments? I am not sure a bag is an investment…

However, my big issue is – should I look to buy a Hermes Birkin? Sometimes we spend all kinds of money buying little things when we can buy one big thing. This is what I am thinking with regards to the Hermes Birkin. Instead of buying more Balenciaga and Chanel in the future, I can sit on the waitlist for 3-5 years and save the money in an account and buy the 1 Hermes Birkin instead of 2 Chanel? But, do I need a Birkin?

Do any of you have this Hermes Birkin problem? Can you comment and give me your stories? Or if you own a Birkin? Can you tell me about it? Why you love it? Your relationship with your Birkin?

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Christmas Prime Rib Roast ~ Newlywed Girl

Happy Holidays everyone! Every Christmas I try to make something a little fancier than my normal menu items for my family. I think they usually wait for me to plan and discuss my menu options and then we pick the star of the show. The last few years I’ve made pot roast, turkey and goose. This year is the fanciest year yet. I am going to attempt my first prime rib roast.

I purchased the prime rib from a local butcher who is famous for their prime rib. They dry age the beef for a couple of weeks so its like steakhouse quality. Lawry’s Prime Rib – eat your heart out!

You can try my recipe too if you’re interested. This feeds 8-10 people.

Ingredients

9-12 lb Prime Rib on the bone – should be about 4 bones

3 Carrots, peel and chopped into large chunks

2 Onions, chopped into chunked pieces

2 cups of water, add more if necessary

Horseradish for dipping

Herb Blend

1 1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 1/2 tsp dried rosemary

2 Tbs fresh ground pepper

2 Tbs salt

5 cloves of garlic, chopped finely

4 Tbs olive oil

2 15 oz cans of beef broth

1 cup red wine, cabernet or pinot noir

2 tsp butter

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Prepare the spice rub in a small bowl to ready for the meat. Trim some of the fat off the prime rib. Rub olive oil on the meat and then take the spice rub and evenly spread around the meat.

Take a large roasting pan with rack. Add vegetables to the bottom of the rack and place the meat on top of the vegetables. Pour the water onto the vegetables.

Cook the meat at 450 degrees for 40 minutes. Turn the heat down to 275 degrees for another 1 1/2 to 2 hours until the internal temperature reaches 130. Check that the pan has enough water for au jus. add more if needed.

When it is ready, remove from the oven and cover and allow to rest before eating. Reserve 2 cups of drippings for au jus. Strain and defat the drippings into a pot and deglaze on the stove with the beef broth and red wine. Add the butter towards the end, and season with salt and pepper.

Carve tableside or onto a platter. Serve with the horseradish. I am also going to roast potatoes to go along with this great meat.

Happy Holidays!!

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True Religion jeans for 25% off

I went all over the malls yesterday looking for a pair of True Religion jeans and a pair of Seven for Mankind jeans to give to myself as a Christmas present. I know, I know, why am I giving to myself you ask? Well, I am done buying for my family. This year we decided to do Secret Santa which made it much easier than buying individual gifts for  every member of the family. In keeping with the saving money theme, it also limits the amount we spend per item. This year we are spending $40 total per person on Secret Santa. As a result, I have a little change left for me to get myself some holiday cheer. I trudged all over the malls yesterday looking for a perfect pair of jeans and could not find anything. I got home and I found this coupon in my inbox. I clicked on and found my true religion jeans and my 7 for All Mankind jeans for 25% off plus no tax and free shipping. Now why didn’t I think of that to begin with? Anyhow, click this coupon, I am passing on my holiday cheer to you. Happy Holidays.


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Another $25 Shopping Experiment at Marshalls

I know that I just posted about T.J. Maxx in an earlier post, but to be fair, I wanted to do the same $25 buying experiment at Marshalls. Sure, they are pretty much the same company, but sometimes its not the same from one store to another.

Marshalls was super crowded on the same night that we visited the quieter T.J. Maxx. I don’t know if its because Marshalls is in a big plaza with other stores, or if people just have more of an affinity towards Marshalls, but there were probably 10 times more people inside the Marshalls just up the street on Hawthorne Blvd in Torrance.

First of all, Marshalls felt like it had a lot more things for sale and maybe other shoppers knew this as well? It was somewhat chaotic with men and women going about looking for clothes, shoes, furniture pieces, and gifts. There was a lot to look through and it took me a good 30 minutes to make any decisions on what I wanted for my $25. I picked up several different items before I got down to my final selections. I saw everything from kitchen plates, to vases, to ornaments, to cookware, and home decor.

I liked this really neat Italian coffee maker that is used on the stove top, but then I saw yoga mats for $12.99. I was in desperate need of a new yoga mat, and they had some nice ones to offer. I selected a nice blue one with a lotus print. I can’t wait to use this at my next class. My next choice was a glass wine decanter. This decanter looks like any of those fancy schmancy ones out there, works exactly the same, and cost $6.99! The decanter is going to make a terrific gift, and people will think we spent a bundle on it. The lucky gift recipient will not only get a $6.99 decanter, but it will come with a nice bottle of wine that we will gift in the wine box that we found for $2.99.

Here is a picture of our finds.

Marshalls

The upside of Marshalls was the better finds compared to T.J. Maxx. The downside was the long line at checkout. I still had a good time looking for these great bargains at Marshalls. I’d definitely make a trip back soon to find some more goodies.

Thanks Marshalls, you’re alright.

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What do you get for $25 at T.J. Maxx??

My mission…spend no more than $25 at T.J. Maxx. Their slogan… “Economize. Don’t Compromise.” I had the challenge to find the best things that I needed or liked from T.J. Maxx. I felt that with a slogan like that, I was sure to find at least a few things that I could definitely either 1. use on myself or 2. give to someone for Christmas. Last minute shopping the week of Christmas certainly brings its own dimension of fun, with traffic, crowded stores, and NO parking.

This particular T.J. Maxx in Torrance on Hawthorne Blvd. was not super crowded, being that it was three days before the big Santa day. It was a pleasant surprise for us, but I’m sure that the retailers are not happy to hear me say this. It was already about 10pm on a Monday night, so I’m thinking that maybe people started to thin out for the night, and rest up to prepare for another day of shopping tomorrow.

Onward to my purchases. This particular store didn’t have as many things laying around and it didn’t take too long for me to comb about. There was a sale going on for Christmas decor, and I remembered that my sister just bought a huge tree, so I picked up a pack of 30 ornaments for her 7′ fresh tree for our tree trimming party on Wednesday night. Next we found a great USC Trojans t-shirt for our biggest USC fan. The t-shirt was a bargain compared to what you’d normally pay on campus for the same exact thing. This will make a great gift. Finally, with a few bucks to spare we milled about to find something smallish, and saw batteries of all things. Everyone needs batteries! We actually bought some toys that required batteries, so this was a convenient find for the last bit of money.

Here is a picture of what we purchased with our $25

TJ Maxx

Thanks T.J. Maxx, you saved the day. We found things that were economical, and we did not compromise one bit. I’ll be back to your stores again soon.

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Giveaway Iams Home for the Holidays – Animal Planet Pet Training DVD

I received 3 Iam Home for the Holidays sponsored Animal Planet Pet Video Tricks and Training DVDs for your cats and dogs. I will be giving them away to three of our subscribers at random who leave their comments on this post. This is neat DVD that gives you tips on how to train your pets with fun games, and activities.

You can click here to find out more information and to see a clip.  http://store.petsincredible.com/Iams_H4TH2.html

If you don’t want to wait for our giveaway then buy yours today through that website for $2.95 for shipping and handling.

Enter now by posting your comments to this blog post and subscribing to us and we will select our three winners on January 2, 2009. Valid for U.S. residents/addresses only.

How fun would this DVD be for your new year’s resolution to teach your pet some new tricks and training?

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