Tsue ~ That's What She Said: May 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Treasures Need A Home ~ in My New Home

We've been in our new house for a couple of years now, but I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit, with all the renovations, there is still quite a bit that has not yet been unpacked.

My treasures among them.

I'm not talking about my china or necessities, rather, my personal collection...

of Llamas.

(Hey, now...stop laughing! I get enough of that on this subject from my family!)

I have adored Llamas ever since I was introduced to them in grade school. My father took me on the Small Animal Day Tour at MSU and the LLama attraction at the end of the tour was the highlight, hands down!
Of course, compared to chickens, ducks and pigs, it's true - the competition was not incredibly stiff that day, but I fell head over heels all the same.

Not only are they so unique, but they have style and attitude! As I keep trying to explain to my husband, much to his amusement, they do NOT spit indiscriminately; they only spit if they think you smell strangely or if you upset them. Fortunately, I've not met a Llama who didn't like me!

I am fairly particular in what makes it in to my Llama collection. Rather than realistic figurines, true to the Llama's nature, I prefer unique, often abstract pieces. In example, I love this blown glass set from Novica!

The point remains, however, that my precious collection yet waits for a permanent home, in our new home.
While I've been tempted to display my cherished pieces on our fireplace mantel, invariably, the day I do will be the day the Lab aggravates the cat who will find herself inclined to jump up on the mantel.
We just can't have that.

So I'm left with, what at first thought, seems as though a less than desirable option -
a curio cabinet. (shudder)

Certainly no offense to my elders intended, but, truly, curios are for grandmothers, right?


I discovered some wonderful, stylish pieces at Cymax's MoreCurioCabinets.com online store!
I was so pleasantly surprised!

Pulaski Chocolate Cherry Curved Corner Curio Cabinet

They have a full line of stylish pieces, like the Pulaski's corner china cabinet collection!

This piece, with mirrored back wall, chocolate cherry finish, wonderful lines and halogen lighting is gorgeous!

Honestly, if you have a collection of treasures, even if they aren't Llamas, there is really no better way to highlight them than with a Corner Curio Cabinet with light

Howard Miller Cherry Bordeaux Martindale Slide Curio

I also like the sleek look of this piece from Howard Miller, also in Cherry, and on sale 25% off!

Cymax always offers fantastic savings on their pieces, in a wide variety of styles, from top of line manufacturers, but even if shopping on a tight budget, you can find a wonderful piece to add style and just the right touch to your decor, like this Southern Enterprises Curio in Mahogany with interior lighting! You can save $50 on this piece, get free shipping and make it a home for your precious collection for only $349.99!

Southern Enterprises Mahogany Lighted Curio

With over 100 Online Stores, Cymax has something for everyone, and at every budget!
I was surprised to learn that, beyond fabulous furniture choices, I can also find great deals on Coffee and Expresso Makers, Hair Care Appliances and even Baby Toys!

Don't miss out on a special opportunity for That's What She Said readers for a chance to win one of two $50 gift certificates to Cymaxonlinestores.com! Check out the Cymax Scavenger Hunt Giveaway, exclusive for That's What She Said readers, in the Giveaway Tab at the top of this blog! Get your entries in because the giveaway ends on Saturday, June 4th!

Thank you to Cymax for sponsoring the introduction to MoreCurioCabinets.com. Images and information sourced from various Cymaxonlinestores.com sites. Llama image. The opinions above are both honest and my own.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Ma Mi Skin Care ~ Review & Giveaway

Typical Memorial Weekend in Michigan...

Rain, thunderstorms, even a tornado warning, just to keep us on our toes. 

Fortunately, we are expecting yet another dramatic change - glorious sun and near 90 degree weather for the next few days...

And with the glorious sun comes the ever growing concern about skin safety and care.

With that in mind, I'd like to introduce you to  
Ma Mi Skin Care ~

made by a Mom (Lee) 
especially for Moms!
I decided to start Ma Mi Skin Care after I became a mother of two sweet little angels - one feisty toddler and an even feistier one year old. As I began my journey into motherhood, I became much more conscious of all the chemicals and toxins we are exposed to in our everyday life. Initially my focus was exclusively on my kids, trying to get as many fruits and veggies in (a never ending battle), considering organic and then researching product ingredients and realizing there are a lot of terrible chemicals in the products we used.
 The inspiration for the Ma Mi line of products really struck a chord with me, in my quest for carving time out to pamper the woman inside, while yet being kind to the earth.

Then I realized that I needed to take this same care for myself (we moms are good at forgetting our own personal needs sometimes), so I took a second look at my own diet, lifestyle and product usage. I began to search for a natural, simple skin care product line that was effective and affordable. As a new mom of two young kids, I wanted a simple and quick daily regimen that would address my specific skin care needs…the dark circles and puffiness from never-ending sleep deprivation, the hormonal flux displayed on my face, the age lines from additional stress and worry, the stretch marks, and the list goes on…

To my surprise, there was no skin care line that addressed the specific skin care needs of moms. My family has been in the skin care business my entire life and after a lot of research, I decided to start Ma Mi Skin Care. Ma Mi Skin Care is formulated specifically for moms to address all the huge changes we moms face as we journey through the joys and challenges of motherhood!

Ma Mi Skin Care offers a full line of quality products, specially geared toward pampering Moms...

Body Treatments and Cleansers

                Exfoliaters and Moisturizers

                                   Speciality and Anti Aging

 I always appreciate companies that are open about their offerings and further provide valuable information for their customers, furthering their understanding of both the offered products and important watch points for similar products.
Ma Mi Skin Care is no exception.  

Another important issue for me, in determining with which businesses I'll invest my trust and purchases, is whether or not they participate in any "giving back" activities.  

I was pleased to discover that Ma Mi Skin Care commits 2% of their profits to the Thusanani Children's Foundation, a grassroots level effort in South Africa which supports children orphaned from AIDS/HIV or who have suffered abandonment or abusive home environments.  

I was given an opportunity to test one of Ma Mi Skin Care's products, their Sunny Days Sun Block.  

I found the package size to be ideal for on-the-go which I really appreciated as I am constantly in and out of the sun during the course of my work day.  I love the portability, as I have more rushed mornings than I care to admit!

Unlike some other protective products I've used, the consistency of Sunny Days is quite thick and rich - no worries about a runny product creating a big mess during application!

Another unique feature is the scent of Sunny Days.  A pleasant, somewhat earthy scent with a touch of green tea, unlike the standard "sun block" smell of most commercial products.

Titanium Dioxide, Plant derived Peptides, Green Tea Polyphenols, Beta- Carotene,Vitamins A & E, Aloe Vera, Natural Oils and sugar-based emulsifier.

However, by far, the best feature of Ma Mi's Sunny Days Sun Block is the care and thoughtfulness that went into its creation, ensuring that Sunny Days was a safe choice for all Mothers!

This technologically advanced sun block, rated SPF 30, combines specific ingredients to defend against free radical production, collagen breakdown and the premature aging of skin.  Sunny Days is a physical sun block that serves as a safe alternative to chemical sun block products  that use Benzophenone (or its derivatives Benzophenone-3 or Oxybenzone) that can pose health risks for pregnant or breastfeeding moms and children as well.

Sunny Days utilizes the mineral Titanium Dioxide along with Plant-Derived Peptides and Green Tea Polyphenols to form a natural, protective layer on the skin to provide broad spectrum protection against UV-A, UV-B and infrared rays.  This lightweight, transparent, fragrance-free formula provides quality sun protection while minimizing the signs of premature aging and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. In fact, it’s so gentle it can be used to protect the delicate eye area, recent scars (c-section) and even on kids.
Whether you are an expectant or nursing mother, or just a mom looking for quality, safe skin care products, you can be assured that Ma Mi Skin Care offers a wonderful array of solutions at very reasonable prices, especially considering the thoughtfulness that went into the creation of this line, as well as the carefully selected ingredients.

Ma Mi Skin Care is generously offering my readers a chance to try the line for themselves!  One winner will receive the Sunny Days Sun Block in both the full size and travel sizes (a $22 value)!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US & Canada, ages 18+ and will end on Monday, June 27,  2011 at midnight EST.  The winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries, notified by email and will need to respond within 72 hours or I will need to move on to a runner up.

Please leave your email address, in anti-spam format, in your first comment, if it is not available via your comment name so I may contact you if you are the winner.  An example of anti-spam format is tsue1136 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

To be eligible to enter this giveaway, you must follow That's What She Said publicly via Google Friend Connect (mid right sidebar).  For mandatory entry, please visit the Ma Mi Skin Care site and then tell me here in a comment either a product you'd like to try and why or something you learned at the site.


* Like Ma Mi Skin Care on Facebook, leave comment here with your Facebook name, 1 entry

* Like That's What She Said on Facebook, leave comment here with your Facebook name, 1 entry.

* Follow Ma Mi Skin Care via email subscription or RSS feed, leave comment here letting me know which, 1 entry per each method.

* Follow That's What She Said via email subscription or RSS feed (mid right sidebar), leave comment here letting me know which, 1 entry per each method.

*Follow Ma Mi Skin Care (gogreenmoms) or That's What She Said (tsue1136) on Twitter, leave comment here with your Twitter name, 1 entry for each.

* Tweet about this giveaway, limit of 3 per day, 1 entry each.
Please use:

Enter to #win safe Ma Mi Sunny Days sun block from That's What She Said @gogreenmoms @tsue1136 http://bit.ly/ini0D1

* Share this giveaway via blogging, posting on Facebook, Stumbling, Digging, or other sharing method that includes a direct link back here.  Leave a comment letting me know your method, including a link so I can find it for 5 entries per sharing.  Handy share button at bottom of post.

* Follow That's What She Said (tsue1136) on Stumble, leave a comment here with your stumble name, 1 entry.

* Tell me what you do to keep you and your family safe in the sun, 1 entry.

* Enter any of my other active giveaways, leave a comment letting me know which, 5 entries per additional giveaway.

Congrats to Anne Marie, comment #45, courtesy of Random.org.

On behalf of Ma Mi Skin Care and That's What She Said, thank you to all entrants for following and particpating!

I received a Sunny Days sun block product to explore for the purposes of creating this feature.  Ma Mi Skin Care is sponsoring the giveaway and is responsible for supplying and shipping the prize.  The opinions above are both honest and my own.  Images and information sourced from various Ma Mi Skin Care sites.  Facebook is not sponsoring nor responsible for this giveaway in any way whatsoever.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Gifts Dad Will Love For Father's Day

Rissanti Milan Alameda Leather Recliner in Expresso

My husband has long been sharing his need for a "man chair", something like a Leather Recliner Chair that he can kick back in after a long day at work.

Something in the reclining family that is both comfortable but also just big enough for just him, not him plus one, so the oversized recliners, while very tempting, for his purposes just won't do.  


(Although, I think if he saw the Catnapper Teddy Bear Oversized Chair Chaise Swivel Glider Recliner, in Camouflage, he might have a change of heart!)

As much as he loves our Lab, he does long for a day he can kick back and relax without our devote pup laying on top of him.  As our pooch has declared my husband "leader of the pack", my husband is treated to non-stop attentiveness every moment he is home.

While he loves our four-legged son as much as I do, sometimes he just needs his own space.

I've been looking around and have found some fantastic deals at ReclinerSelect.com!  With generous sale prices and free shipping on many selections, I can find just the right chair to treat him this Father's Day!
The oversized recliners are the ones I find most personally appealing, but I do understand where my husband is coming from.  

Tandem Natalia Leather Recliner ~ SAVE 26%!

I'll stick with a "solo" seat, like the Tandem Natalia Leather Recliner.  I can choose from twenty finishes and even select the Power Lift option, so he can kick back effortlessly!
He deserves it!

Thank you to Cymax for sponsoring the introduction to ReclinerSelect.com.  Information and images sourced from various Cymax sites. 
Lab Image.  The opinions above are both honest and my own.

Camelbak Groove Self-Filtering Water Bottle: Giveaway Winners!


Winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to claim their prize before I move on to runner ups!



Friday, May 27, 2011

Master Bedroom Oasis ~ The Perfect Bed


The kids are going to their grandparent's house next weekend!

(Oops - Did I say that out loud?)

Love those kids beyond my heart's capacity, we do, 

But every now and then,

Its really good to have a Mom & Dad break!

I have the whole weekend planned out, even though our home improvement adventures have our budget on lock down, we'll share a cozy "retreat" weekend at home....ALONE!

Swimming in the pool, if it ever stops raining long enough for us to open it!
Dinner on the deck.
Snuggling in our master.

I only wish we had gotten to remodeling the master ~ into the oasis of our dreams.
How romantic that would be!

Of course, I do need to settle on a style for our new bed, as your bed sets the tone for the rest of the room.

I've been browsing, and dreaming, 
at BedroomFurnitureNMore.com and, honestly, 
it's made making a decision that much harder!  
Expansive selection and fantastic prices...how is a girl to choose!

Magnussen Reflections Sleigh Bed in Midnight Merlot ~ SAVE 42%

Originally, I was thinking of switching our style by going with a chic platform, but wouldn't it be so much more romantic to have a Sleigh Bed for our master bedroom?
Coaster Traditional Upholstered Leather Canopy Bed ~ Cherry ~ SAVE 40%

Or perhaps, an elegant Four Poster Bed, with traditional old world charm!
American Drew Sterling Pointe Poster Bed Black ~ Optional Canopy ~ SAVE 30%

or chic, modern style with a contemporary bed!

Whichever style we decide upon, I absolutely cannot wait to create our bedroom oasis for two!

Thank you to Cymax for sponsoring this introduction to BedroomFurnitureNMore.com.  Confetti Image.  The opinions above are both honest and my own.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Updating my Command Center (aka Home Office) for Comfort

It goes without saying, the right equipment can make or break your experience, for nearly any task you tackle.   Time spent in your command center (aka home office) most definitely included!

Between the day job  and my fun (blogging) work, I've spent more time than I'd likely want to tally, at my home office work station.  Not all of it in great comfort, I might add.  While my office chair rates high in style, I'll admit it doesn't score many points in the all-important comfort category.  

My recent Scavenger Hunt Giveaway adventure at Cymaxonlinestores.com has inspired me to explore for a more user-friendly "captain's chair"!  (My back is already thanking me!)

In selecting this new addition for my home office, I'll be considering style and comfort, looking first to the selection of ergonomic office chairs at the Cymax MoreOfficeChairs.com site!  The selection is absolutely outstanding!  No need to be concerned about your ability to find a chair that will suit all of your parts and still match the style of your home office!

Whether you seek a traditional look...

Office Star Traditional in Mahogany SAVE 54%

ZUO Unico SAVE 33%

an ultra modern look...

Boss Contemporary High Back Italian Leather SAVE 53%

or the ultimate in stylish, yet oh, so cushy comfort...

you'll find just the right chair to pamper your back (and other parts) at a fantastic price at MoreOfficeChairs.com, not to mention, FREE SHIPPING on almost everything!

Time in your home office turning into a pain in the back?  Be certain to explore the selection of Lumbar Support Chairs, as well!

I have to admit, that Cymaxonlinestores.com is quickly becoming my favorite go to site for so much of my online shopping!  With everything for furnishing your home, inside and out, as well as appliances, fitness and exercise equipment, luggage and all things for fun outdoors, with their fantastic discounts, I'm finding the best prices at their many online stores!

Don't miss out on an exclusive That's What She Said reader opportunity to enter for chance to win one of two $50 gift certificates so you can do some shopping at Cymax!  Just look for the Cymax Scavenger Hunt giveaway in the Giveaway tab at the top of this page!

Thank you to Cymax for sponsoring the introduction to MoreOfficeChairs.comInformation and images taken from various Cymax sites.  The opinions above are both honest and my own.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

estrella bijoux ~ bel esprit showcased eco-fashion designer

 estrella bijoux

Eco-chic Jewelry

bel esprit showcased eco-fashion designer

Creating innovative fashion products through ecological values and processes.  Inspiration to create beauty from items forgotten and discarded.

Founded in 2006 by the Chilean artist Tamara Rubilar, Estrella presents an Eco friendly jewellery line with exclusive creations designed from vintage pieces and recovered textiles.
Jewels from the '50 to the '80 that are selected with care in antique shops find a second life through contemporary creations in a chic style. One of a kind pieces made in Montreal that tells a story continuing from one women to another!

Being part of the Ecolux trend, the philosophy of Estrella is to recycle and upcycle jewelry and textiles that would otherwise be forgotten or discarded.

2011 Collections

Collier Brocha


The Process ~
Creation from rescued Yves St Laurent medallion

Collier Glam

Collier Mia
Collier Yacinta


Upcoming Shows:
SIDAM 2011 ~ 
Salon International Du Design D'Interieur 
Montreal ~ May 26 - 28

Learn More about bel esprit showcase for eco-fashion designers from around the globe and enter giveaway for eco-jewelry from designer Moonlight 

room to roam ~ bel esprit showcased eco-fashion designer

Organic Fashion.  New Generation.
bel esprit featured eco-fashion designer

With design inspiration taken from endangered landscapes, room to roam designs around the globe, featuring a different at risk environment for each of their fabulous collections.

‘room to roam’ is cool organic fashion for exploring the urban jungle or for a trip through the Outback. The label places great value on individual designs and styles in accordance with the eco and fair trade fashion policy. Surprising, fresh, exciting, variable.

Designer Akela Stoklas and her team combine creativity, curiosity and boldness with the finest ingredients: the fabrics used come from certified organic materials. ‘room to roam’ fashion is produced in Germany. This guarantees first class quality, short transport routes and also supports the remaining German textile industry.

For fashion designer Akela Stoklas ‘room to roam’ primarily means ‘habitat’. That is why the fashion collections are inspired by endangered landscapes

 room to roam Summer Collection 2011 ~ Hawaii
Dress Sun, Organic Cotton

Stole Elle, Organic Cotton

Skirt Ricarda, Reversible Cotton
Dress Soe, Recycled PET
Jeans Dora, Organic Denim

Top Eddy, Organic Cotton

Dress Sienna, Organic Cotton

Stole Elle, Organic Cotton

Dress Rosalie, Organic Cotton

Recent shows:
Berlin Fashion Week ~ January 2011
New York Fashion Week ~ February 2011

Learn More about bel esprit showcase for eco-fashion designers from around the globe and enter giveaway for eco-jewelry from designer Moonlight .

Things Remembered ~ Personalized Gifts for Any Occasion ~ Giveaway


How can it possibly be that everyone we know is either getting married or graduating?  Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, either themselves, their children... 

I know "it's the season", and we usually have a number this time of year, but this year, the sheer volume is staggering.  It's really getting to the point where I am afraid to look in the mailbox!

All in all, I've never been one to shy away from an opportunity to shop (even if it isn't for myself!) or a chance to dress to the nines!

Fortunately, Things Remembered offers an extensive selection of personalized wedding and graduation gifts and, best yet, online shopping!!  

Choose from over 1000 one of a kind gifts, take advantage of special offers , free bonus gifts with certain purchases and free shipping for all purchases over $100!

Double Rings Mini Album $30.00

Quality and style...

personalized and treasured...  

Movado Wall Clock $175

Things Remembered offers selections for all your wedding gifting needs, at ranges from affordable, to moderate to extravagant, to suit any budget.

Personalizing a gift for your special recipient has never been easier!

The Things Remembered Personalization Center walks you through a plethora of options, to create just the right touch to make your gift memorable and cherished.  Chose your font style, peruse creative message suggestions and more!

Running behind schedule?  Things Remembered offers a wide variety of shipping options, from standard 7 business day to my typical favorite "Oh, shoot!" Next Business Day SOS delivery!

Sign up for the Things Remembered Newsletter and receive $5.00 off your next order!

Leaves and Vines Flute Set

Things Remembered is generously offering That's What She Said readers an opportunity to enter to win an elegant Leaves and Vines Flute Set, valued at with up to five lines of engraving and shipping included.

Including engraving and standard shipping, a $99 value!  Give as a gift or keep for yourself, it is all up to you!

You must follow That's What She Said via Google Friend Connect to be eligible to enter this giveaway.

This giveaway is open to residents of the US & Canada, ages 18+ and will conclude on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at midnight, EST.

The winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries and notified by email.  The winner will have 72 hours to respond before I must move on to a runner up.  Please leave your email address in your entry comment, in anti spam format, if it is not accessible via your comment name, so I may contact you if you are the winner.

To be eligible to enter this giveaway, you must follow That's What She Said via Google Friend Connect (mid right sidebar).  For mandatory entry, please visit the Things Remembered website and then tell me in a comment here something you found that would make a great gift and who you would give it to.

* Tell me your favorite wedding gift or a wedding story, 1 entry.

* Like Things Remembered on Facebook, leave comment here with your FB name, 2 entries.

* Like That's What She Said on Facebook, leave comment here with your FB name, 2 entries.

* Follow Things Remembered on Twitter, leave comment here with your Twitter name, 1 entry.

* Follow That's What She Said (tsue1136) on Twitter, leave comment here with your Twitter name, 1 entry.

* Tweet about this contest, limit of 3 tweets per day, 1 entry per tweet.
Please use:
I'm entered to win a #gift I can #personalize from @TRemembered worth $99 on That's What She Said @tsue1136http://bit.ly/lh3BMA

* Share this giveaway in some other fashion, with a direct link back here.  You can blog, stumble, digg, post to FB, add to giveaway linky ~ anything goes.  Leave a comment here with a link to your sharing.  3 entries per sharing.  Handy share button at bottom of post.

* Enter any of my other active giveaways and leave comment here letting me know which, 2 entries per additional giveaway.

* Follow That's What She Said (tsue1136) on Stumble, leave comment here with your stumble name, 1 entry.

* Enter my Cymaxstores Scavenger Hunt Giveaway (2 winners ~ $50 gift certificate each that can be used at any of the 100 Cymax online stores) and leave a comment here with applicable name, 10 entries!! 

Congrats to:
rj7777, comment #71, courtesy of Random.org!


I have not received any compensation for this feature.  Things Remembered is sponsoring the prize for this giveaway and is responsible for shipping.  The opinions above are both honest and my own.  Information and images taken from various Things Remembered sites.  Wedding image.  Facebook is not involved in or responsible in any way for this feature or giveaway.

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