Monday, April 14, 2014

Money Monday- Target Dollar Bins

Please tell me I am not the only one who will get sucked into Targets dollar area??

It is like someone whispers my name and off I go.  Tossing things into my cart. 


I think back to all of my dollar bin Target purchases and you know what?  I don't feel bad!  I think I've actually saved $!  

These are a few of my recent dollar bin purchases.  
*Yellow, Pink and White bins- These were only $1!!  Good luck finding super cute bins for $1 (please don't challenge me on this.. I am trying to make myself feel better ;)
*Super cute labels-  Seriously... packs of labels for $1!  I love the style of them too! 
*Various expandable wallets- $1-$3-  I love the look of these and they are really sturdy. Also, pink and mint chevron!  Come on!  Who would pass that up??  

Here is my suggestion.  Raid the dollar section at Target for items that are of value.  Some of their kleenexes, pens, etc may not be worth it but you do find some gems!  

Now if Target would just remove their head from their behind and start putting Plus Size women's clothing back in the store I would be a happy girl!  Hear that Target??  I am waiting......



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Inspiration- Yellow Maxi Skirt

I recently purchased a yellow maxi skirt and I have been looking for a little outfit inspiration.  Am I the only one who does this?

Side note, I will get back to a regular blogging schedule this week.  The month of March was not kind to me and I am not ready to share the drama on the virtual world yet but everything is ok now.  Things have calmed down, Mattie the new Bloodhound is here, and I've got extra time now.  :)  The smile is back on my face. April will be a amazing month!

Anyways....  Here are a few of my favorite inspiration pictures

Normally I do not post pictures without correct link backs but I am having a really hard time finding the owners of these pictures.  If you know the correct links please let me know and I will gladly update my source.  I do love some of these pictures and want to inspire you too!

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I think i might be obsessed with maxi skirts!!  How would you style a yellow maxi skirt?





Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tax Day Giveaway! Win $650!!!


Enter for your chance to win $650 from a great group of bloggers in the Tax Day Cash Giveaway...but hurry just like your taxes it all ends at midnight on April 15th, 2014!!

Amazing cohost are:


Linda @ Crafts a la Mode  
Mandy Jean  @  Mandy Jean chic 
Evelyn @ My Turn for us 
Stephanie @ Wife Mommy Me
Anna  @ Cuddlebug Cuties
Angel  @ Sew Crafty Angel 
Katherine @ Katherines Corner 
Tiffany @ Style Honestly 
Michelle @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby
Karen @ Giveaway Hunt 
Natasha @ Serenity You 
Inspired Kathy @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer 
April @ 100lb Countdown
Myrna @ UndecidedMamas

Giant shout out to other participants 
(because without everyone we would have never reached $650)


Jackie@  Jade and Oak 
Joy @ Yesterfood 




Must be 18 years or older to participate in this giveaway. Must have a verified PayPal account for monies to be transferred to the winner. The winning entry will be verified. Once the winner is notified they have 72 hours to reply back or a second winner will be selected and the first one will have no claim to the prize.  This giveaway is open worldwide but prize money is valued on the US dollar and any taxes is at the sole responsibility of the winner and not of anyone who contributed to this giveaway.   
If you have any questions please contact Mice In The Kitchen BEFORE entering the giveaway.

Good luck!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Money Monday- Budget Fashion toADORN



If you read my about me section you know I love Bloodhounds, Beauty, 4X4, Johnny Cash and Fashion.  I really love budget fashion!

I have always loved fashion and thought I would be a designer one day.  One day lead to another and a year turned into many years....  At 30 years old I still love fashion.  

In the middle of March toADORN contacted me and asked if I would like to participate in their blogger program.  Of course I jumped!  I have loved toADORN for sometime!  toADORN is a website that specialize in daily deals on fashion, handmade, artistic, and home decor items. 

SIGN.ME.UP!  First off, I love a good deal and secondly, I love promoting artisans and boutiques.  

toADORN gifted me with two pieces.  The first piece was this lovely cape.  For my fellow fluffy girls, they have plus sizes ya'll!!!  

Quick disclaimer.  Again, I was sent these pieces in exchange for review and promotion (if I saw fit) and my bad hair day is totally blamed on New Mexico wind.  GO AWAY WIND! 


 After I put my hair up the wind stopped! 

I love this little cape!  The brand is Bella Berry and I do not see a size on the tag.  I love the cotton/polyester blend.  Ya'll know I love animal print!  
Animal Print Cape: toADORN
Blue Shell:  Avenue
Black Leggings: Walmart 
Black Boots:  Target

When I first put this on I wasn't sure how flattering it would be but I really like it.  I love the detail around the bottom and sleeves.  For being a cape it does have some shape. 

I do wish it was 1 size bigger or a tad longer but I do love the slight ruffles at the bottom. 



The other piece they sent me was this gorgeous necklace!  I had planned on changing clothes and putting this on but the wind picked up again sssoooo..... 

Kimber decided to be our model!!  I did try this necklace on and have plans to wear it this week.  It lays flat and appears to be very sturdy.  Kimber loves it too!  

The only thing I would change about this necklace is the clasp.  It is a little hard to get open.  


Thanks to toADORN for providing me with the cape and necklace for review and promotion.  I am really super duper happy to be working with ya'll!  Kimber is too!  


To checkout toADORN click HERE or visit them via the button on the right.  They are also offering 10% off using code ilovetoadorn

Here are a few of their current super cute deals!  



They have so much cute stuff right now!!!

Here are a few extra pictures :) 












Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday Obsessions

A few of my current obsessions!


How cute is this??  This tulip wreath totally makes me think of Holland, Michigan.  One of my favorite memories is going to the tulip festival.  I think this would look amazing on my front door :) 


OMG.I.LOVE.MT.DEW!  That is all!  

The fact that this recipe includes Mt. Dew and apple dumplings..... I can't wait to try this! 


Kind of obsessed with these necklaces.  I love arrowheads and I love how these have gold around them.  LOVE THEM!!!

Roatan beach outfit



I think this maybe my perfect spring outfit.  I love fedoras right now.  


I would love to have wood floors in my kitchen!  These are gorgeous!!! 

What are you obsessed with this week?????




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March IPSY Bag


I am loving my March IPSY bag!!  All the products are great!  IPSY is a $10 a month beauty subscription service.  Your bag is worth way more than $10!  If you are interested in joining IPSY visit my referral link HERE

This month we received 4 products and of course a cute makeup bag. 

*The makeup bag is by San Francisco artist Klari Reis*




This eyeliner is a liquid felt tipped liner.  As you can see by the swatch it is super pigmented and a very nice tip.  I can't wait to play with this 



I love NYX shadows.  These little trios are super cute and I love these colors.  The shadows are smooth but a little chalky.  I love the little shimmer but not glittery. 


I tried the Pixi Flawless and Poreless primer a few months ago and liked it.  I am excited to try this one too.  This primer has a little tint to it and according to the back "adds a youthful glow".  We shall see. 


I've never tried a BareMinerals lipstick... ever.  This one is so creamy and feels great on the lips.  I love love love this color too! 

What did you receive in your IPSY bag??  I am really happy with this months bag.  I think my favorite product is the BareMinerals lipstick.  So pretty! 

Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/19n4






Monday, March 24, 2014

Money Monday- Saving Money on Pet Expenses


Expenses are part of owning a pet but the love you receive is priceless.  We don't have kids and kids are not in our future.  We love dogs :)  We really love Bloodhounds!  We are active in our Bloodhound Club and have adopted 3 Bloodhounds.  


Everyone wants to save money and I thought of a few ways that I've saved a few bucks here and there. 

#1-  Spay or Neuter Your Pet!  Having a litter of puppies is expensive and I am totally against breeding a dog if you are not prepared and you need to be a responsible dog owner!  If you have no intentions of putting your dog in the show ring don't breed your dog.  

 I've helped way to many puppy mill bloodhounds to go into details about why you shouldn't breed your dog.  


#2-  Feed a Quality Dog Food- If you feed your dog a higher quality dog food you will #1- feed your dog less #2- he or she will poop less #3- You dog will be healthier. 



My favorite dog food brands are Earthborn and Diamond.  Diamond dog food is amazing and not expensive! 

#3-  Make Your Own Dog Treats-  My dogs are picky eaters and I hate feeding my dogs garbage.  My dogs love hotdogs with a little garlic sprinkled on.  Also, avoid feeding your dog a high fat treat or if you do feed your dog a lot of treats reduce their food.  Weight control is so important with dogs.  Heavier dogs will have more issues. 



#4-  Shop at Petedge.com-  This isn't an affiliate link.  I order 99% of my dog supplies online.  They are so cheap!!!!  Pet Edge is amazing! 


#5-  Vet Visits-  Never ever choose your vet based on the price.  To save money I schedule all my vet appointments for the same time.  It saves me an office call.  Dogs need yearly vet visits like we need yearly doctor exams. 


#6-  Heart Worm Preventative-  PUT YOUR DOGS ON PREVENTATIVE!  A $40 bottle of preventative is way cheaper than a $800 heart worm treatment.  I can't stress this enough! 


#7-  Grooming-  I trim my own dogs nails (Hank requires 2 people)  and I also groom them myself.  Instead of paying a groomer $80 to groom Hank I spend $15 and take him to our local pet food shop and use their tub and blow dryer.  I also clean his years regularly, trim his nails, trim the hair on his feet and check him for bites, spots, etc.  I also brush my dogs every other day.  This reduces the hair I have in my house :) 



#8-  Cheap Dog Toys-  Shop petedge.com  or visit your dollar store.  Hanks favorite toy is a $1 lion.  Kimber loves tennis balls.  My dogs are like kids.  The cheaper the toy the more they love it. 



#9-  Micro Chip Your Dog-  If your dog is lost and picked up by animal control you can avoid a huge hassle if your dog is micro chipped.  The biggest advantage of having your dog micro chipped is you will get your dog back!



#10-  Emergencies-  Emergencies happen.  They happen at the worst time.  I try to set aside an account strictly for vet bills but I will say "when it rains.. it pours".  If you have a medical emergency contact your breeds parent club.  Many clubs have resources.  I would suggest keeping an account for pet expenses but things happen.  Many vets will also set up payment arrangements.  Taking your dogs regularly to your vet and getting to know your vet will only help you later.  



I hope my tips were helpful!  How do you save $ on pet expenses??????