Thursday, June 30, 2011

Watermelon Toes

July is just around the corner and we really hope that everyone is having a great summer!  I got a wild hair today and wanted to paint my toenails red, white and blue for the 4th of July holiday but alas, I had no nail polish in those colors.  Instead, I opted for watermelon toes.

And here are some ideas for patriotic red, white and blue nails just in case you have polish in those colors!  (You can click on the photos below to go to the website where the idea was found.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Makeup in Seconds, Discount Code Included!

I get tired of putting on makeup.  I just don't have the energy for it lately.  This is directly related to my health issues and Pernicious Anemia (read my Anemia post here if you're interested!).  However, I really miss how I look and feel when wearing makeup.  When I heard about Mistura and their 6-in-1 Beauty Solution I was intrigued.

The 6-in-1 Beauty Solution is a powder which you use as a powder to give flawless, glowing skin.  But the best part is that you can also use it as eyeshadow, lipstick and blush!  It works on all skin tones so it's a beauty no-brainer.  Can you imagine traveling or having all your makeup in one little package in your purse?  I think it's a great solution all around.

Here is a little bit from Mistura:
  • "Blend this illuminating powder into your cheeks, forehead, eyes and lips for an instant full-coverage glow. Our amazing formula will hide blemishes, mute rosacea, glide over fine lines and wrinkles and bring an instant brilliance to pale skin tones. On darker skin tones, the 6-in-1 Beauty Solution® creates a pearl-like shimmer and gives an instant air-brushed finish. A simply sensational beauty solution." 

Mistura is sold in Canadian stores like Costco and online to both the USA and Canada at their website.  The 6-in-1 Beauty Solution is available for around $60.  Much cheaper than buying all those separate products individually.  We do enjoy our bargains!  

Discount Alert!!:  Right now, for Artsy Chaos readers, Mistura has extended a discount of 25% off.  Just use code LHJ25.  Start shopping now at!

We also invite you to like Mistura on Facebook and follow on Twitter for notices of upcoming discounts and specials.  Let them know that Artsy Chaos sent you!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using created by Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Before the Sh** Hits the Fan...

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The economy stinks.  Finding a good job is nearly impossible.  The Stock Market is iffy.  Feeding my family can be a struggle.  Gas prices are killing me.  I need to be prepared for the worst.

Do you identify with any of these?

Seems that our world slowly crumbles around us every day and things get tougher.  What would you do if you couldn't run down to the grocery store and pick up food for dinner?  Where would you turn? 

OK, now that I have your attention and you're probably severely depressed, let's talk about being prepared to feed our families in the most dire of situations.  Gardening is an incredible way to save money, eat healthy and prepare for a food disaster as well as a wonderful creative outlet.  To help us in our gardening endeavors,  SHTF Garden is the place to be.  From the absolute novice garden to those growing lush acres of produce, SHTF Garden can help with advice, planning and money saving tips. 

This is what the creator of SHTF Garden has to say:
  • is two things: it's a website and book-in-progress about gardening when your and your family's lives literally depend on it.  It's also a new, unique way to publish a book that could potentially change the publishing paradigm as we know it.
  • The publishing plan behind The SHTF Garden is new, unique and exciting.  Rather than have the author write a complete book, after months of toil and labor only to find that there are many more months of marketing to be done, and rather than have readers wait months or years for a book to publish - instead of all of that, allows the author (me) to publish his book as it is written while readers get access to each section as it publishes and at a lower cost, once the book is complete, than would have been paid off the shelf.
It's really a great concept!  We were able to access SHTF Garden as a member and found the soil preparation tips extremely useful.  Our soil is, well, sad.  It's more like rocks than soil.  We were able to use the chapter on soil preparation to diagnose what our soil needs and help our plants be healthier.  There are chapters on growing a fruitful garden in a small space, working with plants indoors in containers (fabulous for apartment dwellers!), all about composting and seedlings. 

One of our tomato plants.  The soil is not the best and yep, it's weedy too, but I found comfort at SHTFGarden in not being perfect.  At least we will have fresh tomatoes!

At you can access some parts of the site not available to the general public with a FREE account or you can subscribe to have full access to everything.  Members who sign up for a subscription to today will become honorary Founding Members with a special, very low rate that will never change so long as the account is kept current.  Founding Members get access to special items and “thank you” bonuses that others don’t get.  The special reduced rate for Founders is only $2.99 per month, 75% off the planned future monthly charge for a subscription.

Aaron at SHTFGarden would like to give one of my readers a complimentary 30-day paid membership!  How generous!  Here's how to enter...

The giveaway portion of this post is now CLOSED.  Congrats to our winner, Valerie @ My-2-cents!

*1) Leave us a comment below and let us know what your favorite fresh garden fruit or vegetable is.  Easy!

EARN EXTRA ENTRIES, complete as many or as few as you like:
*2)  Sign up for a FREE account at  5 entries! - Leave 5 comments.
*3)  Follow @ArtsyChaos on Twitter.  Leave a comment and include your twitter name.
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*6)  Follow Artsy Chaos with Google Friend Connect (in the right sidebar--->).  Let us know you follow.
*7)  Tweet this giveaway.  Leave the URL to your tweet!  You can tweet once daily if you'd like, just come back and leave a comment to let us know.  Or, if you'd prefer, share on facebook or another social networking site. Just leave the URL in a comment and let us know (once daily).

Sample tweet:
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Good luck to everyone! 

Giveaway ends July 8, 2011 at 11:59 pm MST.  Be sure to leave your email or  have it in your blogger profile so we can find you if you win.  Open to the US only, 18+.  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 associated with Twitter and/or Facebook.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using created by Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Music on Monday

Scottish-born Canadian artist Johnny Reid has a heck of a voice.  A little bit Bruce Springsteen, a little bit Billy Joel, a little bit Joe Cocker and a little bit John Denver is how we would describe this artist's style.  Fans of R&B and soft pop sounds are sure to like Johnny Reid.  We were given the opportunity to review Johnny Reid's DVD "Heart & Soul" and found his somewhat raspy, gravely voice to be very pleasant.  However, we're a little too Rock & Roll at heart to love this type of music.  I would have liked to see him and his band kick it up a notch and take advantage of that sexy raspy voice!!  

Click the photo to enjoy a Johnny Reid video!

If you enjoy newer Rod Stewart or even country music check out his newly released US CD, "Introducing Johnny Reid".  He currently has songs on iTunes and for those in Canada, you can check out his upcoming tour dates and browse all his CDs at  

All in all, I think my mother may really enjoy Johnny Reid.  And from watching the DVD of his final concert of 2010 in Canada, I think he enjoys the older ladies as well! *wink*

We received Johnny Reid "Heart & Soul" free of charge from EMI/Manhattan Records for the purpose of this review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are unbiased.