Saturday, January 01, 2011

Blog Award

Aww, someone likes me! Why am I so insecure? lol Rose from Today's Woman just let me know that she selected me to get the 'Stylish blogger Award'!! What a nice sentiment!! Thank you Rose. :)

Here’s how it works:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Award recently discovered great bloggers.

4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

7 things you wish you never knew about me (seriously? ok...):

1) I have 5 children - 3 of my own and 2 stepchildren. Only 2 are still at home. One in high school and one in the last year of junior high.

2) I have worked as a newspaper correspondent, secretary, court administrator, and computer techie, but first and foremost I live to support my children and husband in their ventures in life.

3) I make the best potato salad EVER.

4) I have Hashimoto's Disease and despite treatment a lot of days I feel like I'm trudging through life wearing concrete boots!

5) I'm a perfectionist and very competitive.

6) In my younger days I was a dancer and taught clogging classes.

7) I've spent most of my life in the 4-H program in one capacity or another (nope, never spent a day of my life on a farm).

I'd like to give the Stylish Blogger Award to:

Polka Dots and Pizza Ad Bits Needle Tatting and Other Nonsense Funky Polka Dot Giraffe PaddiCakes Check their great blogs out!!

Get Fit

Of all the resolutions I see for the new year, getting fit is definitely at the top. If you're one of the millions of people resolving to be healthy this year check out these great free gym offers!

24 Hour Fitness - Free 14-day workout pass
Gold's Gym - Free 7-day membership
Curves - Free one-week guest pass
Bally Fitness - Free guest pass

Keep in mind that almost all gyms, even the local ones, will offer you a free guest pass to get you acquainted with their business. Just don't let them pressure you into buying an expensive membership if you don't want one. Another great alternative is to buy a yearly pass to your city or county's recreation center where they often have workout equipment.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Retail Therapy Discounts!

Going shopping to ring in the new year? Here are some links to printable coupons you can take with you.

Aeropostale - $10 off $40 purchase, exp. 1/04/11
Bath and Body Works - $10 off $30 purchase, exp. 1/08/11
Charlotte Russe - 3 Offers, exp. 12/31/11
Hobby Lobby - 30% off Wilton products, exp. 1/01/11
Joann Fabrics and Crafts - 40% off regular priced item, exp. 1/08/11
Kohl's - 20% off everything shopping pass, exp. 1/01/11
Macy's - 15% off select departments sale and clearance, exp. 1/02/11
Office Depot - $10 off $50 purchase, exp. 1/06/11
Old Navy - play their facebook game to earn a coupon which is random and you can keep playing, exp. 12/31/11?
Payless Shoes - 20% off purchase, exp. 1/16/11
Shoe Carnival - $5 off $39.98 or higher purchase, exp. 1/04/11
Stein Mart - 30% off sale and red dot clearance, exp. 1/02/11

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Giveaway! 2011 Glee Calendar!

Is anyone a Glee fan? I, myself, haven't seen the show but it looks really good. I just don't watch that much TV. Jane Lynch is hilarious in everything I have seen her in. Her style of humor cracks me up.

Artsy Chaos now has 25 followers and I promised a giveaway when the count reached 25... probably mostly for myself because it's so exciting to know someone is reading.. ha ha! So drum roll please!! Want to win a brand-spanking new Glee 2011 calendar? Here's how:

*Mandatory Entry - Follow Artsy Chaos with Google Friend Connect. Just click the "follow" button on the right of my blog and leave a comment saying that you are following.

*Additional Entries after completing the mandatory entry:
*Earn one entry for joining me on Twitter. Follow @ArtsyChaos. Leave a comment.
*Earn one entry for adding Artsy Chaos to your blog roll/blog exchange. Leave the link on where I can find it in a comment.

That's it, 3 entries per person total. Be sure to leave your email or have it in your blogger profile so I can find you if you win. Giveaway will end January 7th, 2011 at 11:59 pm MST and winner will be selected by a true random generator. Winner must respond to winning email in 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. This giveaway is in no way connected to Twentieth Century Fox or Trend Publishing. Retail value $14.99. Open to readers in the US and Canada who are 18+.

Good luck everyone and thanks for stopping by the chaos!!

Buy 1 Entree Get One Free at Ruby Tuesday

Print a coupon for B1G1 Free at Ruby Tuesday up to $10. *Be sure to read the terms. :) Click HERE to print.

Notice the palm trees in the photo? I want to go to THAT Ruby Tuesday vs. mine that is covered in snow....

FREE Self Improvement Printable Book for Kids

This is really neat! With the new year almost upon us, many people are setting goals and resolutions. has a wonderful free printable book so children can set goals too! Their book helps children identify their strengths and set goals to work on things like stress, sportsmanship, shyness, the environment and more.

I love this! We have always used various charts with my kids over the years and they really do work as well as giving a fun visual reinforcement for the kids. At they also have more free samples as well as full sets of cards for purchase.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Old Home Videos

On Christmas afternoon, my younger children had gone to their father's house to celebrate with him. My oldest son and his wife, along with my mom and her husband, came over for dinner. I had roasted a turkey and made yeast rolls and potato salad (very informal). My son and I decided it would be grand fun to watch old home movies so we dug out the old videotapes and found a VCR to watch them. We laughed and laughed and laughed and then laughed some more.

Seriously, our hair in the very early 90's was big. Like Marge Simpson 'do - the Luxor pyramid in Las Vegas - perm gone crazy big. And for some reason our shirts and my glasses were also overly big. And why was everyone wearing colored socks with their Birkenstock sandals?

So we chuckled when my oldest son was about 5 and wouldn't get up out of bed on Christmas morning because he insisted that it was too dark outside and wasn't morning. And we laughed so hard we cried when this same son was in a preschool program sitting in the front row pulling his arms into his shirt and seeming to have some sort of issue with his underwear, constantly adjusting it. Good times.

The next morning my husband sent me a text message. He said he was lucky that my first husband got the duck and he got to marry the swan. What? I'm an ugly duck that turned into a swan?! Seriously. Sigh. Men.

On to the New Year and more video footage that will be hideous in another 10-15 years!

Monday, December 27, 2010

WOW! Picross 3D for NintendoDS Cheap!

Awesome deal!! Score Picross 3D for Nintendo DS, only $9.99 and free shipping! This offer is at HERE. They also have more DS games for $9.99 and free shipping:

*America's Test Kitchen - Let's Get Cooking
*Bakugan: Battle Brawlers Collector's Edition

FREE Arby's Jr. Shake

Get a FREE Jr. Shake from Arby's, no purchase required! Just print the coupon HERE. Exp. 1/2/2011.

Plus, here is an additional coupon you can print from Arby's:

*Free 12 oz. shake with purchase from regular menu.

Skin MD Lotion Review and a FREE Sample for You!

Wintertime wreaks havoc on my skin. Not that I have great skin to begin with, mind you, but wintertime creates dry, scaly, rough patches and I have a hard time getting rid of them. Recently I learned about Skin MD and was eager to try their lotion as I am always up to the challenge of a new skin care product.

I was most happy to learn that Skin MD is hypoallergenic as I tend to react poorly to a lot of lotions and creams having quite sensitive skin...the perils of being a redhead! Skin MD Natural is hypoallergenic, free of fragrances, parabens and colorants. It is made with more than 90% natural ingredients and 100% food-grade ingredients that are on the FDA's "most safe" list. I wouldn't hesitate at all to use this skin care for my children as well.

Back to my dry skin; I have been putting Skin MD Natural on a very stubborn dry patch on my left elbow that will.NOT.go.away. I am happy to report that the first time I tried Skin MD, the lotion was absorbed immediately. This is a very good thing. There is nothing worse than a greasy lotion that just sort of coats your skin and sits on top, never to be absorbed creating slippery hands and skin. My dry elbow patch feels much less rough and seems to be going away! Skin MD does indeed seem to be a very good moisturizer.

Want a FREE sample for yourself?
Get a free sample by clicking the box on the left-hand side of my blog!

To learn more about Skin MD skin care lotion, please visit their website HERE.

*FAB* Pizza Coupons!

Most of us want NEED! a break from cooking right about now. Little Caesars to the rescue!

Click HERE for a Buy One Get One Free Pizza Coupon! (good through 12/28)

Click HERE for $1.99 Crazy Combo (bread & sauce) Coupon! (good through 1/31/11)

I Heart Boots!! And a great sale!!

Is anyone else loving all the styles of boots that are in this year? I had a pair of snazzy slouchy leather boots in college and I wore them constantly and cried when they wore out. The trend this season of boots, boots, boots has me so excited! However, I don't particularly like paying big bucks for them. has some great boots on sale right now starting at just $9.95!! They also have MUK LUKS for $14.95!! Hurry because we never know how long the sizes and/or prices will last.
Also check out the entire clearance section at for great deals on other shoes.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

$15 off $15 at Chadwick's

Right now through 12/27 you can save $15 off a $15 purchase at Use promotional code CHTAKE15. As an example, I found a Croc Clutch purse for $9.99 and textured ribbed tights I love tights!! for $6.99 and added them to my cart. After discount the purse is $1.16 and the tights are 82¢!!

You do have to pay shipping and if you went with this scenario, shipping is $6.99. Not bad, though, if you find something you really need and can use. I have a few upcoming birthdays that I need to purchase for so keep birthdays in mind too!