Saturday, 30 March 2013

Living on Less and Taking the Pressure off of Your Wallet!

Most people like to ask me how I get by with my ever expanding family, with no help from the government and only one of us bringing in a full wage! Well, the answer is really simple - we live within our means and only buy what we can afford! It really couldn't be simpler than that! This is not a rant about government assistance as I believe it helps a lot of people and I have utilized it in the past when I was a single parent and my son was a toddler, so this has nothing to do with that at all, this is just a look at how you could enable a saving in your wallet no matter who you are, what you do or where you're headed in your life! It is a guide to help your wallet, and in many cases, your sanity! Enjoy!

Get rid of the credit card and pay off your debt!

I try to remind people that credit cards are a luxury and not a must-have item! Trust me when I say that they are nothing but trouble in your pocket and a temptation for just about everything you'll ever see that (perhaps) you would never buy if you didn't have that fund there readily available in the form of plastic! What is wrong with waiting until you have the cash instead of spending it now and forever paying it off in the future?! You really don't have to live like that if you play the right way and have a little patience in this "must-have-it-all-now" world that we're all so used to living in! We do not have credit cards and most of our debt has been patiently paid off over the last few years. By the end of 2013 we will owe nothing across the board except for our monthly utilities.

Live within your means!

My husband and I live simply! We don't live in a tent in the middle of the desert living off bugs and dreams, but that would be a pretty fun way to go through life outside of the rat-race if we were stocked up on supplies and had a convenient little oasis just around the corner! But alas, we live in PA, just about as far from the desert as we can get right now and smack bang in he middle of the city, which, as it goes, while not the best of places to live if you like your quiet and space, is actually one of the biggest helpers in saving some cash!

Find the up-side to where you live and utilize it!

If you live in the city, the city has everything you could possibly need! Shops are right there for your convenience and the bus service, while not fabulous by any means WILL get you to where you need to go and so eliminates the need for more than one car - or any car if you work in the city, too, which we don't, but if an opportunity should have arisen in the past we sure would have hopped on it and saved a fortune in gas for the morning commute!

The city has access to medical, dental and pharmaceutical applications within walking distance so if you need help you know you're going to be able to get it in minutes and when you need groceries the stores are right around the corner to pick up supplies - and i'm not talking about corner stores, I'm talking actual grocery stores, which often have produce at a better rate than big name stores and which often supply a better cultural mix of dinner time goodness to fill up your plate! I love it!

Get organized in the kitchen and plan some meals!

Eating on a budget is something you can do to save some of those pennies - be prepared and make meals in advance and utilize your freezer! Grab yourself a crock pot and make up some stews, soups, gumbos and chillis and feed the whole family that night and, again, freeze the rest down! Get creative with pies, pasties, sausage rolls, all home made! Home made bread and cakes, cookies and biscuits (of the America and English variety!). Don't be afraid to cook for yourself - you'll know exactly what goes into your food, be able to control the fat and salt content AND you will no doubt notice a difference in your wallet - sure, it looks expensive to buy fruit and veg, but it actually isn't, not if you're doing it right!

Get yourself down to the farmers market, but go late in the day when they're about to close and it becomes a smorgasbord of goodies at a ridiculously cut down price, just waiting to be scooped up by your good self and put to use at home in all of those lovely recipes you're going to freeze down anyway - cook it all up and put it all away!

Vacations and day trips CAN happen on a budget! 

you really don't need to go on a cruise every year or visit Disney BUT you can buy a tent and go camping, which is always a ton of fun for the whole family! Pack them all up in the car and off you go! The great thing about this is you can travel as near or far as you like AND in many places you can also take your pets, which eliminates the cost of a pet sitter!!

If camping isn't your thing, lodges and cabins are also not that much more expensive and fit a generous sized family AND, again, some allow you to take your pets, so do a Google for pet friendly facilities near you and away you go!

Day trips to zoos or reptile huts and even bowling can be easily sewn into your budget throughout the year! Look into buying yearly passes to the places you love the most and think about getting a friend or family member in on the action - for instance, the Philly Zoo has a deal that, for the cost it would take for ONE day trip or so, you can take a family of 5 and 2 family friends all year around to the Zoo on a yearly pass! If you go to some attractions later in the season, you can get discounts and tickets that fold over to the next season! You just have to do your research!

Bowling is fun the whole family can enjoy, too, and close to home! Every year we sign up the kids for free bowling via the Kids Bowl Free website and pay an extra $25 or so to add 4 extra guests! This buys all the kids and guests 2 free games of bowling ALL SUMMER, which is perfect for those days when it is just oo hot to be outside - hop into the air conditioned lanes and bowl instead!!

Check out your local library and listings in the paper for events in your immediate area - many events are free or next to nothing and state fares always bring a smile to kids faces! you just have to look around!

Shop with coupons and deals! 

You don't have to be a crazy coupon lady to shop with coupons or hoard a ton of depends or useless junk in your basement, but shopping with coupons on deals you know you're going to use is something more people really should consider! You should also consider the kind of food you really need as apposed to the meat, potato and veggies many of us are raised to endure!

People make the mistake of thinking they need to cook up a bunch of meats to go with the veggies and meat can get extremely expensive! Look around your markets, grocery stores and/or find a butcher if you're lucky enough to have one where you live and think before you buy! Get the 5 for $20 deals or bigger chickens to roast and make into 3 different meals - it doesn't have to be expensive to use meat anymore!

If you need a meat substitute you can buy egg plant/aubergine, mushrooms and such for a great meat replacement texture wise and you can utilize tofu, beans and all sorts to get you the daily balance of nutrition you need! Swap out your chili con carne for a 5 bean and lentil chili with flax seeds and veggies and tell me you don't love it!? Cheap as chips to make and so terribly satisfying!

Leave the snacks in the store! 

Speaking of chips - don't buy them! Do you really need 100s of treats in the house with bottles and bottles of sodas or drinks filled with food dyes and things that are going to send your kids loopy before bed time? Absolutely not! Keep the numbers down and leave it for treats! Buy a gallon of milk exclusively for drinking and leave the sodas on the shelf - when the kids have soda they'll find it a treat and not a daily staple! My kids will choose water over soda most days anyway and they know what is good for them, but be sure if there is a lot of soda in the house, they're not going to leave it bottled up and untouched -  neither am I for that matter, so eliminate the temptation and buy it once in a while! Maybe even when its part of a deal!

Eat in!

Another thing you don't HAVE to do is eat out! Many people continue to eat out when they become a family, but guess what? For the cost of a meal at a diner you could feed your family at home for an entire week and I am not even slightly kidding! I can't take my family to a diner without feeling incredibly guilty that I could be in the grocery store stocking up on tons of goodies to keep them going through the week! Diners ARE great but make them a once in a while treat, not a once a week treat or even an every day "cause I don't want to cook" ritual - save it for the occasions!

Take out too, its O.K., but once in a while! You don't need "Take-out Tuesday" or "Pizza Friday" at those prices and I'm not saying you shouldn't have them at all, but instead, try buying up some ingredients and making a massive pizza yourselves or put together a healthy stir fry or even make your own egg rolls! The price difference is amazing and, again, you can see what you're putting into your food! I'm not saying don't ever buy take out, but do it a little less and watch those pennies stack up over time!

If you HAVE to smoke...

I don't smoke, but my husband does, and so for us this is a big one! IF you absolutely HAVE to do it, DON'T buy cigarettes! The average smoker will spend at least $5 a day on one pack, some maybe even more, which is $35 a week and $140 a month! This is INSANE! Do yourself a favor and find yourself a tobacconist and buy your tobacco and papers in there! For just $7 a WEEK you can make at LEAST 200 Cigarettes and save yourself a whopping $112 a month! That is $1344 a year! Heck, if you just continue to put that money away in a fund you can probably take the kids to Disney!

Do you REALLY need a car payment!?

The answer to this is NO! If you want a Lamborghini and you can't afford it, don't get it, simple as that! Look around for something you can afford with the money you have and buy a car outright! This is what we do and we never have a monthly car payment! O.K. so our cars are never brand new or as nice as some people think a car needs to be but we shop wisely and buy the right car that works for us at a price we can afford! Our current car is a Chevy Celebrity and not only is is fabulous, it seats 7 and can be utilized for carrying home larger items on the roof rack or in the back with all the seats down! Our family of 5, soon to be 6, has plenty of space in the car on day trips and there is, believe it or not, even space for our dog should we want to take her to the lake or for a run! We used a portion of our tax money the one year to buy the car outright and timed it so that the inspection is due around tax time every year to cover any repairs - no monthly outgoings for the car except the insurance and even then, it is cheaper if you pay in a 6 month block at a time! Buy a cheap run around and work your butt off to save some cash - buy that car you really want with your savings at a later date and avoid the car payments all together! You'll be glad that you did even if you're not hot rodding it around in some unnecessarily suped up car in the mean time, it'll pay off in the future!

Buy second hand!

Don't be afraid to shop the thrift stores and buy on ebay and craigslist! There really is no stigma attached to getting a bargain and breaking for yard sales is bigger than ever! You don't need to pay $50 for the latest toy or $20 for a new dress when you might find something just as adorable at either of these places for a FRACTION of the cost! Just yesterday I purchased over $200 worth of Pixel Chix toys and over $135 worth of littlest pet shop toys for just $5 in Goodwill! They were all bagged together and I wasn't even 100% sure what was in there but I saw a littlest pet shop sign inside and my daughter just ADORES them so for $5 I had to have it! I was delighted with my find and if she didn't love them all so much I'd have made myself a HUGE profit - something you can also think about - pick up things you might not necessarily need and sell them on to buy something you do! This works best if you know the value of the items you're buying so try not to make it a guessing game, but do go with your gut where you can! You just never know!

Don't be afraid to shop in advance either! At one point when my daughter was just a few weeks old I had already lined up several pairs of shoes for her right up to size 5 and clothes from 3-6 months right up to 2T! I shop all of the clearance sections every season swap out and get prepared for the next year and not just for the children, for myself as well! My winter coat that I love and adore is a $200 Lane Bryant coat that I got in their sale last year for just $9.99! I in fact, got 2 of them and sold the other one on ebay and it went for a LOT more than I paid and covered the cost of some new jeans and boots, too! You can't get much better than that! Just think outside of the box!

Also, think before you buy a new TV, entertainment system, baby items, furniture or a couch! You can find these all 2 a penny on craigslist, ebay and at thrift stores, just make sure you check out the goods before you hand over any cash! Some items like mattresses, car seats and make-up are best purchased new though for safety and hygiene reasons! For almost everything else you need, it can almost always be found at a cost affective price - even new, in the sales or with a good deal, so think before you jump in and buy the first thing you see!

Daycare, babysitters and going out!

This last one is a bit of a tricky one - I am not one to judge the reasons why you work, why your kids are in daycare, or why you feel the need to go out every weekend for drinks at the local bar with your guys or girlfriends, but, it is worth thinking about whether it is cost affective in the short run if you do so!

My husband and I decided a long time ago that it was a lot more beneficial for us personally to have me stay home and him go to work. The idea is that even on 1 full income, we still get around about the same money as we'd have if I worked and spent money on daycare so this way I get to stay home, work on my own projects, and keep house while enjoying the time with my kids - I am well aware that this isn't the scenario that interests some people though, and that is fine too, you have to do what works for your family or else you'll not be happy in the long run, but daycare costs are definitely something to think about and staying at home and perhaps even working from home can be beneficial all around!

As tricky as the decision to go to work and utilizing daycare is, going out on a night out is not such a toughy! If you can't afford to go out, pay a babysitter or spend the night partying then DON'T! When you have kids this is a luxury, not a necessity! Bills come first and I'll never understand people who choose to go out and party over paying the utilities! If you can comfortably afford it, then go for it, but if you need to save a little money, then cut back to one date night a month or something and really enjoy that one night instead of making it a habit every week! You have all the time for that when the kids have grown!

Lastly - you could have a get together at home! Remember that your home isn't just for your immediate family, you could invite the friends and family over for a night of fun indoors, which doesn't have to be liquor filled in front of the kids - have a wine and cheese night for sure, but with limited quantities, get the kids some sparkling juice and let them try out the cheeses or eliminate your alcohol all together and have a mocktail night with the girls and a sappy movie or board game - maybe not monopoly or you're likely to be there for days or until someone tries to throttle the other and it turns into a disaster - unless you like those kind of games and passionate competition!

In conclusion

At the end of the day, we're all different and we ultimately like what we like and do what we do because it makes us happy - saving money and living on what we have makes us happy in our home, without the worry of  too many payments on  week to week check. BUT! That being said, perhaps having the nice car makes you happy in yours! IF you're really struggling though and need to make some changes to your wallet, these are all something you might like to consider - even for the short run! Saving now will definitely put your in good stead for the future and really, you don't need those new pair of shoes anyways, the ones you have are perfectly  fine - you're going to be OK! ;)

Thursday, 28 March 2013

We're Pregnant!! - Daddy Scrubs Review and Giveaway!! Ends 4/12/13

You may have noticed that I haven't been around quite as much lately, which has mostly been due to the fact that I have been lying in bed most days trying to keep my lunch down and my energy up - neither of which are easy when you're EXPECTING!!

Yup! We are expecting our 4th child and we are absolutely delighted!

While this has put a little bit of a stop to the blogging for a while, I now feel on an upward curve and am back to feeling somewhat human again as I approach the 3.5 month mark!

To celebrate this wonderful new addition to our family, I thought it might be nice to bring to you something relevant and fun that I KNOW all of you expecting parents or grandparents are going to adore, which will make a fabulous gift for the Daddy of the family direct to you from DADDY SCRUBS!! 

Daddy Scrubs is a fabulous site that allows you to buy the perfect gift for the enthusiastic new dad and allow him to tell the world of his impending fatherhood and to get involved!!

I recently received one of the Daddy Swag boxes from Daddy Scrubs, which came with a mug, hat, sunglasses, pens, stickers, a t-shirt and, of course, a scrub!! All items arrived boxed in a huge gift box ready to hand over to the expectant dad so that he might inform the world!!

The scrubs are of fabulous quality and bring dad into the fun and excitement of the moment when he slips these on! He'll look trendy and ready to welcome his new bundle into the world, while quietly announcing "I'm the daddy!".

The mug, hat, glasses and pens are practical and subtle little ways to showcase his new embryo and to let the world know that he is embracing the every moment as a proud new father to be!! There are stickers for the back of his car, too! So there really is no corner of the world he can't shout it out to!! He's the man!!

At just $89.95, this particular gift box is of fabulous value and sure to delight! Scrubs alone, if you would prefer to buy separately, will cost $54.95 and so you're really getting a lot of little extras for the money you'll spend and it is well worth it for this occasion, which really doesn't come around too often! 

Daddy Scrubs come in several colors from Edgy Navy to Simple Green and run from a size S to 5XL! There really is something out here for just about everyone!

WIN A SCRUB OF YOUR OWN!! 

As luck, and kindness would have it though, the fabulous people over at Daddy Scrubs would like to offer one of you lucky readers the chance to WIN one of these scrubs all for your own to give to the man in your life who is about to become a father!

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is to enter via the rafflecopter below!! All entries are voluntary and you may do as many or as few as you wish!

Giveaway ends 4/12/13 and winner will be contacted within 24 hours of giveaway end and have 48 hours to respond to their prize email before being redrawn! 18 yrs or older to enter, please and reside in the U.S - thank you! Daddy Scrubs is responsible for the fulfillment of this prize!

That's it! It is really simple to enter!

If you have any questions or comments about the giveaway, please email me using my contact form, above, and speak your mind!

What are you waiting for!? Get entering! GOOD LUCK!!



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Disclaimer: I was provided with a gift box for the sake of this review but this has not influenced my opinion, which is always honet and 100% my own - your views may differ from my own, thank you!




Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Bum Boosa Bamboo Product Review AND Giveaway!! Ends 4/11/13!

I recently had the chance to try out some products, which I have been really curious about for quite some time, which you may be surprised to know are made from BAMBOO!!

Bamboo, being a fast growing, renewable source has started to make a lot of noise publically for a little while now and this fabulous company, Bum Boosa generously supplied me with some bamboo bathroom tissue, bamboo diaper liners AND bamboo baby wipes to try out for this review and to satisfy my growing curiosity!!

I switched out the regular roll of bathroom tissue and put the new bamboo roll on without telling anyone in the household! No one noticed a significant different but didn't complain about it either! It was soft and strong enough to do the job and better still is made of superior 100% non-wood virgin tissue, is 100% fragrance-free, 100% dye-free, 100% BPA-free,and 100% elemental chlorine-free so this roll has many pluses for both your money and your environment!

Next, the diaper liners, which make cleaning out your cloth diapers easy as pie! These are, as with their other products, hyoallergenic, dye and fragrance free, chlorine and tree free and host 100 ct. sheets per roll! These bamboo viscose wipes are fully flushable and won't harm your baby or your cistern when you're done! With a reasonable price of $7.69 per roll, you will love these liners just as much as we do! 

Finally, there are the baby wipes, which I thought at first were a little thing looking but I was wrong! They hold up and clean baby very easily and with no rips or tears even in the stickiest of situations!! 

These wipes, again made not from plastic or tree pulp are created from 100% chlorine-free bamboo viscose and contain a solution from aloe vera, calendula and food grade preservatives with a natural scent! These USDA certified wipes are award winning and cost just $32.70 for a pack of six, working out at just over $5 per pack, which is a fabulous price for a quality wipe! I absolutely love these and was pleasantly surprised! Something I would definitely be happy to stock up on without a second thought! 

Overall, the products I tried have certainly turned my head to bamboo in everyday life and with such reasonable prices and FREE shipping on orders over $49, it is easy to hop online and stock up on something sustainable, with the many pros to using bamboo, which can learn about by clicking HERE! I give these products the big thumbs up and I am delighted to be able to turn yours head their general way! 

BUT WAIT! There is MORE! - You could WIN!!

The great folk over at BumBoosa have generously offered one of our readers the chance to win a package stuffed with 3 packs of baby wipes, 3 rolls of bathroom tissue and a roll of diaper liners along with a lifetime 25% off coupon code valid at the Bumboosa.com Website for great savings across the board!!

All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is to click on the Rafflecopter below and enter as many, or as few of the entries as you like - none of which are mandatory at all, and leave me a blog comment with any thoughts on Bamboo and its growing popularity!!

You may also like to check out this fun Baby Dancing Contest over HERE, which Bum Boosa are hosting, in which you could win up to $200 in prizes and a lifetime coupon if your dancing baby catches their eye!!

Feel free to enter where you please and GOOD LUCK!!


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Disclaimer: I was given products to test for this review but was not monetarily compensated. My view is 100% honest and my own but your opinions may vary from mine! Entrants into the Rafflecopter giveaway must be 18 yrs or older and reside in the U.S. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to their winner notification before another winner is chosen. Good luck to all, and happy shopping!









 


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Sock Panda Subscription, Review!

I am sure you are aware by now that there are a plethora of subscription boxes to sign up for across the internet right now, but you might not be aware of this one, which has become an instant favourite of mine for SOCKS!!

"Socks?", you say!? Why YES! Socks!!!

I was DELIGHTED to stumble across this wonderful subscription online for for fabulous socks, called SOCK PANDA recently, who agreed to let me try out some of what they were offering and I was NOT disappointed in AT ALL!!

When my socks turned up this week I let out a little squeak of enjoyment as this months COOL selection jumped out at me in the form of knee-high, Robot and heart covered pastel socks, which just made my week along with this months BOLD selection of socks, which remind me of a game of Tetris while muching on skittles! They are GLORIOUS!!

Sock Panda, which can be located at http://sockpanda.com/, encourage you to sign up, receive wonderful socks and be happy!!!!

Each subscription costs $11.00 per pair and you can order as many pairs (In mens or womens) every month to suit your needs and the shipping is included in the price! It might seem a little expensive for socks but you will NOT be disappointed if you're anything like me! They're socks you'll most likely not find just anyplace and they will, indeed, make you happy - or you can give them as a gift and make a friend happy, too!!

Why not take a look over at their site now, and see if they are right for you!  Let me know what you think!!


Disclaimer: I was in no way monetarily compensated for this review, but I was sent 2 pairs of socks to try out in order to run this review successfully and to express my opinions. My opinions are 100% honest and my own and your views may differ. Thank you!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Get Gifting! Red Envelope Review!

Throughout the year there are many different occasions when we want to buy something special for people in our lives and sometimes it is the men that are hardest to buy for - but not over at Red Envelope!

Red Envelope has a plethora of goodies to delight any man in your life (and women!) and the folk over at Red Envelope were kind enough to let me see for myself, with a couple of items from their site, shipped right to my door!

My first pick was this fabulous Juniper Bonsai tree, which I have to say I was surprised to find on their site! I have always had a soft spot for Bonsai's and thought it would make a great addition to all of our other weird and wonderful little things around the house and garden and a great gift for my husband!

The Bonsai turned up on the date that i'd asked for, individually and carefully packaged. It came with  try and rocks to pretty it up and to allow for water collection and it is perfect and ready to go! It looks fabulous out on my deck and was well received by the rest of my family!

Secondly, I ordered a Squirrel Nut Cracker! A little strange some might think but I picked it for my Father in Law who likes to collect weird and wonderful gadgets and goodies and this fit in perfectly with all of those things! The nut cracker stands quite some inches tall and arrived in a little box all of its own, well packaged and right on time! My father in law loved it and it now sits happily perched on the shelf next to some of his other slightly more eccentric items! Perfect!

Lastly, I had a few pennies left and picked up little Owl Ornament, which will look fabulous on our Christmas tree! I know this is a little early in the season to be buying Christmas gifts but it was too cute to pass up and it can be put away until the time is right to bring it out to show the world! My daughter loves owls and so this will be her decoration for the tree this year, thanks to Red Envelope, of course!

All in all, of of the products arrived on time, as expected and were of a nice quality. The Juniper Bonsai is by far by favorite of the 3 items and I think these would make such wonderful gifts for just about any occasion!

For a better look at some of these items and gifts for the man in your life, check out Red Envelope HERE! This will take you to the specific list for ideal men's gifts and from there you can take a look at everything else available for order site wide for just about everyone else!!

When you can shop online, pick your delivery date and buy in confidence, Red Envelope is just what you need!! Thank you Red Envelope!


Disclaimer: I was given a gift certificate to allow for the selection and purchase of the listed items in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated for my review, which is 100% honest and in no way influenced by the certificates provision! Your opinions may differ from my own. Thank you!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Why Buy When You Can Rent! With Campus Book Rentals!! Review!

If you are currently in college, you will know that one of the most important things you will ever need to get you through the year is access to books! The cost of buying these books can become quite expensive with some text working their way from as little as a dollar right up into the triple figures! All of those dollars for books you will only use for a term or two, for reference for the rest of the year and then most likely left to gather dust on a shelf there after!

Well! With Campus Book Rentals, you can save money AND clutter by RENTING all of the books you'll ever need, at a 40-90% off of the bookstore price, with free shipping BOTH WAYS! No more high prices and no more clutter!! Better still, the rental periods are flexible so you'll never have to worry about a late return and you CAN highlight within the books to help with study!! What more could you need?

Already purchased your books for the current semester? There is something for you too!! How do you like the sound of RENT BACK!? Rentback.com, from Campus Book Rentals, allows you to rent out your books and make a little cash back on the money you've already spent! (sometimes up to 2-4 times the amount you might back on your books at buy back!!). All you have to do is send in your books, which are then rented out to as many people as need them, when they need them and, as they do, you get paid! The process is simple and continues for as long as your books are in demand!! Fabulous!

And, just in case you haven't been sold already on these great ideas already, there is more! With each text book that you rent from Campus Book Rentals, a donation will be made to Operation Smile, which is a fabulous organization, which aids in providing surgeries for children with cleft lips/palettes where the families might not otherwise have been able to find the funding! Not only is this cosmetic but it is life altering for these children who deserve to be able to smile! What could be more wonderful than that!?

With money in your pocket and a good cause to support, Campus Book Rentals and their new Rent Back program are for you!!To find out more, visit Campusbookrentals.com and Rentback.com and get started today! What are you waiting for!? I would have loved to have had a similar service back when I was in college! Wouldn't you?! I would love to hear your views!

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this review, but any compensation did not influence my opinion of the service or company. All thoughts, views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. Yours may differ. Thank you!

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Beauty Stop Online - Orly Polish Review!

I don't know about you, but I am one of those people who would rather shop online that set foot in a mall in the middle of winter! I hate having to wrap up in 10 layers of clothes, bundle the kids in and out of the car, rush around the mall and then bundle ourselves back home! Luckily, there is absolutely NO NEED to suffer when there are so many places online ready to help and find you what you need!!

One of my most recent finds online, and one that can cater for various beauty needs without having to leave my couch is Beauty Stop Online! They have a wide variety of hair care, cosmetics, men's care and MORE including nail care, which I am going to focus on today!

With various different nail polish brands, treatments and tools, Beauty Stop Online are there to help care for your digits just as much as you are, and just this past month sent me a fabulous handful of Orly nail polish and a manicure set to see what they have to offer!

I received a fabulous Orly French Manicure set in Rose, which includes a base/top coat, white tips and rose tinted lacquer and half moons for perfectly shaped tips. They were easy to use and with a steady hand and a little patience look nice even on my terribly short nails! (pictured above, right!).

I also received 3 individual bottles of polish in Emberstone, Je T'aime and Berry Blast! (Emberstone and Berry Blast are featured in the photo, bottom-left!). Berry Blast is a very hot pink, which has a pop of shimmer to it, while Je T'aime is a pale, delicate pink for natural looking french nails! Lastly, the Emberstone is glorious in its deep fiery orange and gold glittery undertones leaving you with an explosion of color, which is by far my favorite of the selection received!

These colors were all easy to apply, dried timely and looked good after just the one coat. I thought the Berry Blast was going to be a little darker but it is still nice and shimmery - I appreciate it! The Je T'aime (not pictured) left me with a natural pinkish nail and is perfect for wearing alone or with some tips!

If you would like to find out more about Beautystoponline.com, where I picked up these polishes, then you should head on over to their site now! Polishes are available in several brands and colors and at reasonable prices that won't break the bank! Delivery is quick and efficient and customer service is happy to deal with any issues you might have! Overall  I am very satisfied with this site and the small selection of Orly polish I received! I am yet to explore the rest of the site or goodies that they have to offer, fully but I hope to remedy this is the very near future...from my nice warm couch!

Have you picked anything up online lately? What did you buy!?

Keep on shopping!!

Disclaimer: I was provided with the items pictured in order to perform this review, free of cost. I was not influenced or swayed by this provision and all opinions are 100% honest and my own. Your opinions may differ, thank you!