Monday, December 2, 2013
Am I the only person not in the holiday mood? I was so excited for the holidays and now I am just not. I love seeing blog posts related to holiday decor, presents, etc but I am just not ready to start decorating yet. We shall see what tomorrow brings.
My goal this year is to make presents for all my family and friends. I have been looking online for some DIY projects and here are a few of my favorites.
Are you making it a DIY Christmas???
Monday, November 4, 2013
Hola!!! Have you ever been sitting on your sofa, watching hockey, eating runts and decided to organize your pantry??
Great.. so glad I am not the only one!
Living in a smaller home and owning a 55" tv (hubby buy not mine) I have the luxury of basically seeing the TV from most of the major rooms in my house. Last Sunday I was watching my second hockey game and decided that it wouldn't kill me to be some what productive.
The older I get the more I covet organizing and organizing my life. One of my pet peeves when making a grocery list and/or coming home from grocery shopping is having a disorganized pantry.
My pantry looked like this
I didn't want to make a shopping trip for supplies and I figured i could get this organized without spending anything.
The first thing I did was clean everything out of the pantry.
After removing everything I started adding items back in by size and/or with like items. I also made larger packaging smaller by moving goods into different containers. All containers that I used I had on hand.
I combined one and a half containers of oatmeal into this one. I saved so much room!
1/2 bags of sugar and powder sugar store so much easier in containers you can stack. These containers are from walmart, air tight and can be found in the food storage section.
The finished organized pantry. I know this isn't a mind blowing pin it for reference kind of change but I removed all expired food, donated goods, cleaned and most of all organized my pantry. Not bad for a 45 minute project.
So why did I include this in a Money Monday post?? If you can simplify your life it will save you time. I value my time. Also, I wanted to show you how you can take a small project and be resourceful to get it finished.
What project can you start that are almost free??? You would be surprised when you think about it. Some of my next free projects are:
*clean and organize my cabinets
*clean and organize my fridge/freezer
*clean and organize my entry
*clean and organize my media cabinet
*organize my bathroom cabinets
You don't have to spend tons of money on organizing. I save all my small boxes, shop the dollar store and walmart.
For a How-To on making your own shelf covers click HERE
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
As a blogger we receive all kinds of advertisement opportunities, giveaways, guest posts, link ups, you name it. I never post anything on Mandy Jean Chic that isn't a product I would use or recommend. This week I was contacted by Electrolux via Influenster to invite my friends to tune into Electrolux Live.
I felt this was appropriate to share for 2 reasons #1- November is renovate my Kitchen month and #2- I love to cook and thought the competition sounded cool.
What is Electrolux Live??
Electrolux and Food52 will pit three influential chefs against each other in a live cook-off challenge hosted by Food52’s website founders. This cook-off will be live on Food52’s website for 30 minutes on November 6 at 1pm EST, where viewers can engage with the brand and hosts by answering questions and joining the chat that lives next to the streaming video. Just log in via Twitter or Facebook to participate! #ElectroluxLive
Why I think this is cool for ya'll??
You will have the opportunity to watch and when you join in the conversation, you could win an Electrolux Induction Cooktop (worth $2,199!) or Electrolux Induction Range (worth $3,749!). Who doesn't love awesome giveaways!!!!!
So let's recap shall we???
When: NOVEMBER 6TH at 1PM EST
Why: see celebrity chefs, learn a thing or two about cooking, and get the opportunity to win an Electrolux cooktop!
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Induction vs Gas vs Electric cooktops are?? With upcoming kitchen renovations we started doing some research but Electrolux provided me with this handy list:
-Induction Cooktops: $1,999 (30"), $2,199 (36")
•Power Assist: Boils Water in 90 seconds.
•Precision Cooking: Control of a gas cooktop in an electric range.
•Keep Warm: Indefinitely hold food at the perfect serving temperature.
•Exceptional Temperature Control: Adjust heat with greater accuracy than gas or electric cooktops, especially at lower settings - perfect for melting chocolate and cooking delicate foods and sauces
-Electric Cooktops: $1,299 (30"), $1,399 (36")
•Flex-2-Fit® Elements: Elements adjust up to three sizes, so the element fits the cookware, not the other way around.
•Glide-2-Set® Control Panel: Heat is controlled by just the touch of a finger, resulting in a clean look uncluttered by knobs or dials. These controls are intuitive, precise and very stylish.
•Easy-to-Clean Cooktop Surface: Smooth glass cooktop makes cleanup a breeze.
•Perfect Over A Wall Oven: Mounts above a single wall oven for additional installation options.
-Gas Cooktops: $1,349 - $1,549
•Dual flame sealed burner: From a 450-BTU simmer to an 18,000-BTU fierce boil.
•Professional Grade Control Knobs: Designed to provide pinpoint precision control.
•Continuous Grates: Seamlessly designed to move pots from burner to burner.
After reviewing the differences Brett and I are really interested in seeing what the Induction Cooktop will do. Do you have an Induction Cooktop?? What do you think??? We love the idea of boiling water in 90 seconds, holding food at the perfect temperature and lower temperatures. Sounds like a winner!
If you tune in send me a tweet so we can watch the battle together! @mandyjeanchic #ElectroluxLive
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
I love my Apple products. I won't hide it. I am 110% converted over to Apple/Mac. It all started with one little iPhone. I argued with my husband for a month about getting iPhones. I didn't want one! I could not see the sense in spending the extra money for the phone and for a monthly bill. He finally talked me into and let me tell you if you ever wanted my iPhone you would need to pry it from my cold and dead hands.
I <3 my iPhone. Her name is Immy. Immy is my navigation. She keeps me in touch with my friends and family. I can take quick videos with her and she saves me money.
How does she save me money?????
#1- I no longer shop the impulse items by the registers. While I am waiting to checkout in stores I return texts, check my email, instagram, hockey scores, etc. Money saved because I am a sucker for impulse items. I have about 5,436,634 chapsticks that were impulse purchases!
#2- Price Comparing- Example, I was in Lowes today buying tile mats for my backsplash and I compared the price online vs Lowes vs Home Depot. I saved almost $3/box! Most stores will price match.
#3- Lists- The notes app that comes with most smartphones is my #1 most used app. I am a list maker.
This is from my phone. I make lists for everything. I keep running grocery lists, notes, confirm #s, etc. Anything I need to remember goes here.
#4- Store Apps- Currently on my phone I have the following store apps: Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnns, Smiths, Lowes, Home Depot, CVS, Target Cartwheel and a few coupon specific apps. I can't even tell you how much $ I save. Every week I know I have atleast a 40% off coupon for Hobby Lobby, 40% for Michaels and a 50% for JoAnns. Some are even reusable. I also have a few coupon apps but I don't have a favorite. I am still working on those :)
#5- Gas Buddy App- I drive atleast 60 miles per day and the Gas Buddy app saves me everyday. When I need gas I pull up this app and it will tell me the gas prices at various stations in the area. AWESOME!!!!
#6- Key Ring App- Does your key ring have a gazillion of those little scan tags?? This app allows you to scan most of your scan tags. The best part you just hold your phone up and most stores will just scan your phone. Instant savings! I save atleast $5 at my locals smith by using my rewards card. Every time!
#7- Craigslist App- When I have some down time I always check Craigslist.
#8- Bank App- Having an app for my bank is so convenient. I always check deposits, charges, fees, etc. I have caught a few mistakes by being on top of my bank account. A dollar here and there add up quick! I also caught a waitress who tried to get a $10 tip rather than a $1 tip. In my defense I am a great tipper. I grew up in the restaurant industry but when you give me crappy service I will #1 reflect it and #2 never go back. She started our order with "What do you want?" Seriously...
#9- Bill Tracker App- 90% of our bills come out of our account automatically but this app helps to remind us when things are due. Before I put my husbands gym membership in the app we would always forget about it.
#10- My time- I value my time and my iPhone helps me stay organized.
Does your smart phone help make your life easier? Immy sure does for me!