Special Ladies~It's Your Sale Day!

Lane Bryant has 50% off the entire store and  online.  Use promo code:  BEMERRYLB.  Ship to store FREE!  This includes designer clothes by Isabel Toledo,Kyionna, DKNY, Cacique, etc., lingerie, and clearance–you name it, you buy it half off, or bogofree!  Ends on XMAS EVE Ho, Ho, Ho!

It's a Ten by Urban Decay~SUPER SALE~Glide On Eye Pencil Set $29

$2.90 each for never-before-seen colors  TEN from  Urban Decay–You have to be kidding!  Nope, you get the blackest black, you could pay up to$20   for a good black eyeliner, + 9 other fabu colors  for roughly $9- -talk about a Xmas gift! Plus free shipping! Reg. $52.

Hot Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Luxe Palette Over 30% Off!

Get a Super Sunday Stocking Stuffer Deal at Ulta® with Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Luxe Palette, reg. $42, now $29.00.

This doesn’t qualify for extra coupon reduction, but on other items, take an extra 20% off  entire purchase.  20% off online with promo:  200493 or instore coupon. Free Shipping when you spend $50.

This palette has a 4.6 star rating out of 5.  Includes 28  party colors and nudes.  A $250 value.  Plus earn extra points for future purchases on your Ulta Rewards Card!

MarkdownMom Says Give One and Buy One For Yourself!

 

Facebook Finds: Great Homemade Holiday or Hostess Gift

This recipe shared on Facebook has given birth to a new category of Fabulous Facebook Finds on MarkdownMom.  This comes from the Land o’ Lakes Company® and is an easy recipe and with its’ presentation in sealed glass jars identified by chalkboard labels spells fantastic  homemade gift!

HOT FUDGE RECIPE

 

Homemade hot fudge
by land o lakes

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter
1 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

Combine all sauce ingredients in 2-quart nonstick saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until butter and chips are melted and sauce is smooth. Remove from heat.

Stir in flavor variation from below, if desired.

Pour into jars or other airtight containers for gift giving. Store refrigerated. Reheat as needed.

Enter InStyle Sweepstakes & Win $10,000

Calling all fashionistas–win Money, Money, Money!!!

Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize of $10,000.00 cash. Total ARV of Grand Prize is $10,000.00.

First Prizes: Three (3) First Prizes for $1,000.00 gift card each. Total ARV of all First Prizes is $3,000.00.

Total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes being offered: $13,000.00 Entries Entries must be received by January 15, 2015.

Click Here To Enter.

Cookie Exchange: Good Deal or Not???

The Holidays are an endless source of approved indulgences.  A time to make merry, and to sample all the goodies this special season can offer–and, oh my, yes there are many! Ho, Ho, Ho!!!  For example, Christmas cookies, so many to choose from and don’t they look wonderful and colorful on a sideboard.  But to get a nice assortment from a bakery, it’s easy to spend $50-$75 for these confections.

You can, of course, save money by  baking your own, but in order to have a variety that captures the eye as well as the palate, you have to plan in advance, your materials, your kitchen to go into full production, and have time.  Groan–so much work, so little time…

The light bulb turns on with a bright idea:  A Cookie Exchange!  The Cookie Exchange was born to answer the call of hostesses with the mostest for creating that last pièce de resistance for their buffet table–with less fuss and small muss.  Great idea, win-win, right?

However, not all Cookie Exchanges are created equal and may be more work than you expected.  The idea is to make 1-2 dozen of one type of cookie for each participant –the more participants, the more variety of cookies.  In theory, if you have 12 participants, you make 12 dozen cookies of the same recipe to exchange and you receive 1 dozen each of 12 different holiday cookies creating a beautiful assortment for your table.  Right??? Maybe not!

Follow these Guidelines from Markdown Mom to avoid the pitfalls of a Cookie Exchange, and there are pitfalls, Virginia:

  • Know the baking abilities of all participants. Just like planning  a family potluck dinner–there is always one kitchen challenged relative you ask to bring either an hors d’oeuvres tray or the green leaf salad.  Look for Pillsbury Bake-Off Winners!
  • Know ahead of time the cookies they will bring to avoid duplication.   Additionally, you do not want to spend oodles of time and expensive ingredients and exchange for cookies of less effort and quality.
  • Cardinal Rule:  no substituting homemade with store bought  if that happens, you  either keep her/his portion of your cookies, or depending how insulting that store bought cookie is–say an Oreo–you pelt them with their share of your cookies  and blacklist them from future Cookie Exchanges.
  • No cookies made ? Even though you agreed to participate,  save yourself the embarrassment, call in sick.
  • A successful Cookie Exchange should be photographed and accompanied with recipes–in a number of years,  you’ll have a book!
  • Give ribbons for the best decorated, flavorful, etc.–a quality control incentive.

****Better yet, sign up for a Cookie Exchange offered through Community Education of your local school where you can go and make and exchange cookies in one night.  This way, you get an assortment, somewhat smaller, but you don’t have the clutter and disruption in your kitchen, you meet new people, plus you may  gain a a few tips and baking shortcuts, and you can always blame the instructor!