Post-Christmas Exhaustion

post Christmas tired spellOh boy. Well the holidays somehow managed to come and go. Right now I feel like one of those cartoons where the character is just standing around, minding their own business when something/someone whizzes by at super-speed and the cartoon, as a result, gets spun in whirls of circles! That and tired. I mostly I feel tired.

Christmas always sneaks up on me, and before I know it, it’s back to work I go! How did that even work this year? We spent all weekend (plus Monday – Christmas Eve, and Tuesday – Christmas Day) running around, place to place. The house was a complete mess when we finally made it home around 10:30pm on Christmas Day. Then it was up and at ’em on Wednesday morning, time to work! I tell you, my eyes weren’t even working until at least 10am.Sleepy Taz

Hubby got me a Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas, and some new winter boots (he got me Ugg winter lace-up boots but we returned them for Sorels) they are adorable, and tall, and warm! Just what I needed! 🙂 As for the Kitchenaid mixer, I told him that I would think about keeping it. Which is usually what I always tell him when he has spent way too much on a gift for me. I did it with my iPhone, the iPad, and now the mixer. We’ll see.

For now, the promise of Friday is what keeps me going. That and long naps after work!!

From who I’ve talked to, I’m not alone in the post-Christmas exhaustion spell. Can you relate? If so, have you got any tips on how to get past the no-good-very-bad-grogginess?

One more day til the weekend!

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)

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Digital Magazine Subscription Giveaway from Zinio: Great Last Minute Gift Idea!

This contest has now ended! The winners for the 9 free subscriptions are as follows:

  • Sheri
  • Anne
  • Leah
  • Dani
  • Naomi
  • Shannon
  • Erica
  • Teresa
  • Donna

Thank you to everyone who entered!! If your name is listed here, please check your email! If we do not hear from you within 24 hours, we will have to choose another winner!

last minute Christmas giftIf you are a last minute gift shopper, you know that there is nothing worse than hitting the malls merely days before Christmas only to deal with crabby people, picked-over sales, and of course the total lack of anything really good.

The same can go with shopping online for Christmas right about now, because things will never ship to you in time to give them to your recipient. It’s a pain to try and find gifts at the last minute, but today I’m going to give you an AWESOME last minute gift idea that suits nearly any age bracket, and it’s not going to send you into debt either! Score! 🙂

cosmopolitanSo what is this great last minute gift idea? It’s a digital magazine subscription! They are the perfect last minute gift because you can buy it right online, and it is a gift that keeps on giving, every month! Magazine subscriptions are personal too, because you can choose the magazine based on their tastes, hobbies, interests, etc. Last year, I needed a little something extra to give my hubby for his birthday, I ended up giving him a year long subscription to Field & Stream and he absolutely loved it… and got to love it again every single month!

Zinio is Giving Away 9 Subscriptions!!

zinioSo today, our friends at Zinio are giving away NINE digital magazine subscriptions to nine lucky readers! These are the perfect gift for anyone with an e-reader, tablet, mobile device, computer, etc. Your friends and family can bring these magazines with them wherever they go, without being bulky and awkward. So perfect!!!

parentingHere are just a few digital magazine subscriptions from Zinio that you could give a woman like myself:

  • Green Ideas
  • Appetite
  • Food & Home
  • HGTV
  • Women’s Health
  • Runner’s World
  • O (Oprah)
  • Parenting
  • Family Circle
  • Real Living
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Cosmopolitan
  • US Weekly
  • Marie Claire
  • Vogue

mens healthAnd of course, they’ve got tons of magazines for men to choose from too. Some honorable mentions include:

  • Motor Trend
  • Car and Driver
  • Consumer Reports
  • Men’s Health
  • MuscleMag
  • Running Times
  • ESPN Magazine
  • Men’s Journal
  • Field & Stream
  • Outdoor Life
  • Popular Mechanics
  • National Geographic
  • GQ

Current Sale at Zinio

Before we go and give away the subscriptions, I just have to tell you that you can save big on Zinio’s website. They have 300 magazine titles that they have on sale today through 1/7/13 for 50% off! Shop here to get this deal!

AND – Better Homes & Gardens is also offering an awesome deal on some special holiday issues and are priced at 30% off! Shop before 12/31 and save on these neat issues that feature food gifts, party food and Christmas cookies! Shop Better Homes & Gardens issues here!

About Zinio

Zinio has thousands of the top magazines from around the world, available for access on any computer or mobile device. They allow you to purchase a single issue or a subscription of your favorite magazine instantly to read whenever or wherever you’d like! They also have an ‘Explore‘ section where you can read articles from magazines (even without a subscription) and share them with friends or family.

Enter to Win 1 of 9 Subscriptions!

So you want to win one of these digital magazine subscriptions!? Here’s how. As always, you must leave a separate comment for EACH task that you complete.

  1. Visit Zinio.com and leave a comment here with which magazine subscription you would choose.

This contest will end at Noon CST on Sunday, December 23rd! So check your inboxes and watch our Facebook page feed for our winner announcement!

Best of luck in entering!!

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)

Disclosure: I was not paid for this post. I was provided a magazine subscription from Zinio to compensate for my time. All opinions stated here are my own.

Women’s Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Okay guys, we know we may be a little old for stocking stuffers, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a nice surprise every once in a while! This year, I plan to stick a couple neat little things into hubby’s stocking as well, so what’s to say that men can’t do the same? It’s such a sweet little treat to find small, thoughtful items in your stocking. So guys, get your act together. I’m here to help. Here’s a few ideas I put together to help you out.

stocking stuffers for ladies

Diane von furstenberg
stefanibags.com

A Wear knit shawl
$19 – awear.com

Pistil
rockcreek.com

Gucci
bloomingdales.com

Lancôme lip makeup
bloomingdales.com

Topshop lip makeup
topshop.com

Juicy couture fragrance
lordandtaylor.com

Kiehl s kiehl s
kiehls.com

Urban Decay beauty product
$32 – debenhams.com

Clinique beauty product
bloomingdales.com

Essie nailpolish
beauty.com

 

Hope this helps you out! Oh and ladies, it’s totally okay to leave this up on your computer for your partner to see. Just saying 😉

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)

Holiday Berry Nog Recipe (Eggnog Variation)

If you’ve hosted a holiday party, you know that planning the food and drinks can be tricky. The traditional foods are easy, and comfortable. But if you want something on the side this year that will delight and please, then you have to up your anti in the drink department. And, I know that we all struggle with those ‘holiday pounds’ this time of year, so why not make your sweet drinks also healthy? It is possible, and very yummy as well!

Here’s a recipe I wanted to share with you, provided by Driscoll’s Berries!

holiday berry nog

Holiday Berry Nog

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (6 ounces) Driscoll’s Raspberries, Blackberries or Blueberries
  • 1 1/2 packages Driscoll’s Strawberries, hulled
  • 1 cup purchased eggnog
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra for garnish
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Directions:

Blend 1 cup berries, eggnog and cinnamon in a blender on medium speed until smooth. Pour eggnog mixture into glasses. Garnish with remaining berries, sprinkle with cinnamon. Place cinnamon stick into each glass and serve immediately.

Variation:

Before filling glasses, dampen rims and dip into mixture of cinnamon and sugar.

How cute are these? Find some cute little cups and you’ve got yourself a cute little treat for after dinner as dessert or as a little late night treat (depending on how long your family’s holidays last…)

Let me know if you’re going to try this recipe, and let me know how it goes!

Thanks to Driscoll’s for this recipe! 🙂

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)

Baking in Progress….

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Courtesy of Picky-Palate.com

Rainbow Christmas Wreath

Courtesy of Bettycrocker.com

DH, LO and I are headed to a Christmas potluck and I was charged with bringing some sweet treats. So, this Saturday morning I am baking delicious Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Rainbow Christmas Wreath (In cake form because I didn’t have a bundt pan and the only one they had at Target was $30.00)! 🙂 Meanwhile, I am joyfully listening to Christmas music and the sweet sound of my DH teaching my LO the A-B-Cs!

Happy Saturday everyone!

Love, M

GoodEarthBeauty.com – Eye Cream Coffee Bean Caffeine by 100% Pure: Review & Giveaway

This contest has now ended. Congratulations Kelly M on winning a tube of Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream from GoodEarthBeauty.com!!

logo-good-earth-beautyFor some reason, I am always super tired. No matter how much sleep I get, I somehow seem to still yawn all day long, and have the pleasure of wearing big bags under my eyes. Usually I use concealer but it would just be nice to get straight to the source.

eye cream

That’s why I asked GoodEarthBeauty.com if I could try this Eye Cream Coffee Bean Caffeine by 100% Pure. It’s 100% natural, 100% vegan and gluten free! Which is wonderful, especially after the allergic reaction I had on my face last week (from an OTC face wash – oye!) but with this natural approach, I was confident that it wouldn’t irritate my skin. And it didn’t! It goes on so smoothly, wonderfully and even has kind of had a coffee-like scent.

The eye cream has anti-inflammatory properties. It contains caffeine-rich green tea and coffee, and aims to depuff your eye areas, while increasing circulation which then brightens any dark circles.

“Concentrated with potent anti-aging vitamins, antioxidants, and nourishing rosehip oil to make eye area look more awake and more youthful. Truly, 100% Pure.”

I’ve been using it for a couple days and it seems to be moisturizing along with depuffing! My eyes do look a little more youthful as well 🙂 I’m liking it! I don’t expect to see dramatic results within just a couple of days – I will update you guys though as the time goes on!

If you don’t want to wait to see if you win this giveaway, you can purchase a tube for yourself! They range from $9.50 to $16.50 (depending on size, I believe).

It’s nice to have something that will minimize those persistent dark circles. Especially now when you are stressed, limited on sleep, and yet still having to go to holiday parties for work, friends, family, etc.

Meet GoodEarthBeauty.com

A little bit on Good Earth Beauty who provided me with this wonderful eye cream! They are a natural and organic beauty shop that offers cosmetics, bath and body, baby, and hair care products. They have a TON of great stuff on their site and I absolutely love that their products are natural, organic and not tested on animals. That is so awesome!!!

Win This Product!

Good Earth Beauty has agreed to giveaway this same 100% Pure Eye Cream Coffee Bean Caffeine to one of our readers! Want to give it a try on your tired eyes? Here’s your chance!

As always, you must leave a SEPARATE comment for each task that you complete, saying that you completed it.

Entry Tasks:

  1. Visit the Good Earth Beauty website and comment on this post with which product you would really like to try of theirs.
  2. Follow @GoodEarthBeauty on Twitter
  3. Follow us, @MNhousewives on Twitter

This contest will end at 11:59pm CST on December 18th, 2012. Best of luck in entering!!!

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)

Disclosure: I was not paid for this post. Good Earth Beauty provided me with a sample to try and review. All opinions here are my own.

Cute Winter Fashion Ideas

With the snow dropping 10″ in us this past weekend, we need to get serious when it comes to winter fashion here in Minnesota. So I’ve spent a little time putting together some fashion boards for some cute winter fashion ideas! Let me know what you think in the comments!

minnesota winter fashion
And of course, what is winter fashion without winter boots?
Winter Boots

Last year, I bought a pair of Ugg fur slip-ons that are wonderfully warm, and pretty cute too! Plus they are comfortable which is a huge plus! What do you think? Do you have a favorite pair of winter boots that you couldn’t live without? I’d love to hear about it!

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)