Thursday, October 20, 2011

SEPHORA Friends & Family Sale 2011

Because I love all things makeup and beauty, I can't help but share the Sephora Friends & Family Sale that only comes around once every year! The sale starts today (October 20th) and goes through November 2, 2011. What you will need to do is click on the link below and it will take you to their site where you can enter your e-mail address and receive a unique 20% code, which is only good for a one time use. Only one promo code per e-mail is allowed and only 5 e-mail addresses per computer, so make sure and use it wisely!

SEPHORA Friends & Family

Just as an extra tip, since I personally, love to get the most discounts possible, I recommend signing up for EBATES and getting an additional 4% off. Ebates is completely free and super easy to join! Also, when you sign up they will give you $5 cash just for joining. Ebates is basically a website where you get rebates for your purchases and you can also find coupon codes and other discount on the site as well. You can use ebates with the Sephora Friends & Family Sale by clicking on the Sephora website link on the ebates website you will get 4% cash back from your purchase (sometimes the percentage goes up to 8% with Sephora, but at this moment it is at 4%). They pay out these rebates about 4 times per year and I believe you can either choose to be paid by check or through paypal. I recommend using Ebates whenever you can anytime you are doing any online shopping. I look at it this way, if you are going to spend the money anyway, you might as well get some of it back!

Click here to find out more on EBATES

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Susan's Disney Family: Licorice International Review (and a Giveaway)

Susan's Disney Family: Licorice International Review (and a Giveaway): "

I love Licorice International. I've purchased from them before and was very pleased with all the goodies I received. I also like the fact that they offer a good deal of gluten free options.

Make sure to enter Susan's Disney Family Licorice International giveaway for your chance to win a $15 gift card!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Stylish and Comfortable Shoes for Women: POE Footwear {Review & Giveaway} | Thanks, Mail Carrier

Stylish and Comfortable Shoes for Women: POE Footwear {Review & Giveaway} "

Thanks, Mail Carrier is hosting a giveaway for POE Footwear, which is sold exclusively on HSN. One winner will win a pair of Kaya Scrunch Ballet Flats. These flats are adorable! I would love to win these...I have the hardest time finding flats that fit. I wear a size 5 and most of these seem to come in size 5 1/2 and up. They suggest you should order a size up for the most comfortable fit, so I think the 5 1/2 would be perfect.

There is a little time left to enter. This giveaway ends April 15th at 11:59pm CST.

You can enter at Thanks, Mail Carrier's blog.

Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy...Life as a working mom with three boys!: Little Fockers DVD Giveaway

Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy...Life as a working mom with three boys! Little Fockers DVD Giveaway

We both loved Meet The Parents and Meet the Fockers movies and now Little Fockers is out on DVD! We were bummed that we didn't get a chance to see this movie when it first came out, but we definitely want to get it! The great news is that over at Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! blog, they are giving away 2 of these DVDs. The giveaway ends 4/15!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Does This Look Comfortable?

This is our puppy Duchess' favorite way to lay, especially when she is playing.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Gluten-Free Goodness

I wanted to share about two of my new favorite Gluten-Free foods and they are both from Trader Joe's.

Soft-Baked Snickerdoodles

All I can say is that these are AMAZING. They are not only gluten free, they are also vegan and free of the 8 common allergens (gluten, wheat, milk, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs or soy). They are incredibly soft and moist, they practically melt in your mouth. I taste molasses in these, which must come from the brown cane sugar they use to sweeten them and they also use fruit juice concentrate. They taste a little different than I remember my mom's homemade snickerdoodles tasting, but they are still really yummy.

Peruvian Chimichurri Rice

We first picked this up for Matt a while back because it looked like something that he would enjoy. When we'd cook it for him, it always smelled and looked really good. His favorite way to eat this is with tortilla chips. At first I wasn't sure if this was gluten free or not because it doesn't have the little symbol on the package, but I saw that on the Trader Joe's website it is listed under the gluten free foods. For me, I was really hesitant to try it at first because even though it is gluten-free, there are times when I am sensitive to other foods as well. But I finally gave in the other night and it was delicious! It is a tad bit spicy, but not too spicy. I can handle a little spice, but have never enjoyed really spicy foods. Mostly I taste the cilantro in it. I cooked up some of the Trader Joe's Jalapeno Chicken Sausage with it, which I also LOVE and it was a really quick and delicious dish!

These are both a must to try whether you eat gluten-free or not.

Spay Surgery Update

So, on Friday Duchess had her surgery. We dropped her off at 9 am and they called us at about 11 am letting us know that she was out of surgery and everything went great. It often takes dogs a while to wake up, so we were asked to call back at 3 pm to see when she would be ready to go home. When we called, they told us we could pick her up at 4:30 and take her home.

When we picked her up, we could tell she was pretty drugged up from the shot of pain medication that they gave her. Her little tail wagged, so we could tell she was excited to see us. Poor thing got sick on the way home and she couldn't keep any water down once we got her home either.
She was pretty out of it. She just laid there on her bed and slept most of the night. We had to carry her upstairs when it was time to put her in her crate. I kept checking her and making sure she was breathing because she was in such a deep sleep.

The next day we started to see a little of her personality coming back. She was starting to be more playful, which we had to stifle a bit because we didn't want her being too active. But she started eating and drinking again and moving around pretty good.

The only thing is that we started noticing a red bruised area above her incision site, which started to spread and get worse over the weekend. It is a really awful looking bruise, so we brought her into the Vet today (Monday) to make sure that it wasn't anything serious. Even he was a little surprised when he saw the bruising. He mentioned that it was a little uncommon, but is basically due to too much activity. The odd part is that we've been really good about trying to keep her from running, jumping, etc. So we just have to keep an eye on it and make sure it isn't causing her any discomfort and watch for any signs of infection.

We're just glad that it is over and done with. She's a tropper though! Here's a picture of her on Saturday napping with the little stuffed cow (which we nicknamed Moo) that we bought her while she was in surgery. Isn't she precious!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Big Day Tomorrow...

     My little (well, maybe not so little anymore) Duchess is getting spayed tomorrow and I'm so nervous for her. She is a little over 10 months old now and we want to make sure that we do it before she is a year old, since there can be an increased risk for certain types of cancer if you wait too long. Part of me doesn't want to spay her at all, but I know that it is the best thing for her.  I just don't want her to have to go through the surgery and be in pain or have any negative reactions.

     I know that after being spayed,  most dogs are completely back to normal within a couple days to a couple of weeks. I've done my research and I feel prepared for the most part. But I also am aware that each dog will react differently when it comes to the surgery, medication and healing process. I just hope and pray that the process goes smoothly.

Our Duchess is pretty tough, so I somehow think she'll be just fine and probably back to normal within no time!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What Is It With Dogs & Slippers??

Maybe it is just my dog, but she absolutely loves my slippers. They are my Steve Madden leopard slippers and I've had them forever...since early high school. I leave them by the back door and use them for going outside, since I'm not worried about them getting dirty or messed up. Funny thing is that she never goes for Matt's slippers, just mine. When she was younger anytime that I'd wear them, she'd attack my feet. Now she goes and finds them and she doesn't destroy them like she does most of her toys, instead she just holds on to them and she'll often walk by me to show me that she has my slippers and then run away. She is a bit of a taunter, so that is her way of getting my attention.

The other day I was sitting outside on our patio furniture and I noticed that she got a hold of one of my slippers and brought it outside with her and was playing with it in the backyard. Here is a picture...

I try not to let her get away with stuff like that but she's just so darn cute that it's hard.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Meet The Family!

Hello and welcome to our blog, Living With A Duchess! Our names are Matt and Sarabeth and we are husband and wife. We've been together since high school...yep, that's right, we are high school sweethearts :) We have been married going on 6 years now. We also have a 10-month old puppy named Duchess. She has brought so much joy to our lives and she definitely makes life more interesting. Her name suits her perfectly! This is a picture of her and Matt shortly after we first got her.

Doesn't it look like she has a regal air about her? She is quite a bit bigger now...about 70 lbs and still growing. She is the most loveable puppy. She is very smart and sweet and is full of energy, but she also has a bit of a naughty side to her at times.
Our Family

This blog is mostly about our life together as a growing family. We also love to try out new products and review them and share our thoughts with others. Hopefully we'll be able to host some great giveaways in the near future. Please join us on this crazy adventure!


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