The US has been hit by some tough times, faced by even tougher tragedies lately, the most recent being the storms that have hurt so many.

Whether you can give of your time or your money, please remember these words “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ~Mohammed Ali

To help, please click below to contact one of these organizations:

                     

Here in AZ it is definitely summer.  Hot temps, cool pools and tons of fun in the sun!  Which means it’s time to shop for sunscreen.

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) newly released 2011 sunscreen guide can help you make smart decisions.

I was shocked to read that this research and advocacy group recommends a mere 20 percent of the 600-plus beach and sport sunscreens it evaluated. “To score high marks in the rankings, a product must be effective — adequately protect skin from both UVA (which causes premature aging, skin cancer, and other skin damage) and UVB (which causes sunburn) rays. It must also be safe, meaning free of potentially harmful chemicals.”

In this Fab-house we use sunscreen or products with SPF in them year round. And I was surprised to find out that not all of them are safe or effective! :(

To read all the deets and check that your sunscreen is safe , click here.

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Check out these Fabtastic bookshelves!

They are super easy DIY shelves and would look great in any home or office and take only about 30 minutes to create!

For step-by-step instructions & pics from RealSimple.com click here!

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Need a Fab dinner that’s super easy to make?  Try this recipe for Garlic Lime Shrimp with Asparagus!

Ingredients:

  • 12 asparagus spears
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces large, raw shrimp (unpeeled, tail on)
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Bend each asparagus spear until it snaps. Discard the bottoms and cut the tops in half.

Peel and mince garlic and onion.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add garlic and onion; saute 1 minute.

Add shrimp and asparagus. Cook, stirring constantly, until asparagus is tender and shrimp is almost done, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add lime juice; cook 1 more minute. Season with lime zest, salt and pepper to taste.

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It’s been a week since we posted on Faboosh??  Eek!  Sorry Fabooshistas, not cool. But this FabGal was in the hospital twice last week with contractions (and at only 22 weeks along, that was no bueno).  Everything is great though and I have lots of fabstuff to post!  :)   Thanks for hanging in there with us!

 

Thanks to the fabtastic folks over at BuyWithMe.com you can score500 business cards for $5! You’ll have to look under Houston on the right side bar to see this deal, you have until around 10pm on Friday to score these cheapies, and these suckers even ship FREE!

FYI, when you go to buywithme.com, your cookie will take you to your local city. This deal is available thru Houston, but open to anyone.  You buy the deal today but can’t use it today. And when you go to check out, go to the section under the Paypal option and enter your BuyWithMe voucher.

AND the voucher gives you 70% off anything else you include in your order!  cha-ching!

Right now, through 7pm PST on Friday, May 13th, you can score Taste of Home Magazine for only $3.99 using promo code TASTE, thanks to the fine folks at Tanga.com(my fave lil spot for cheap thrills! This is a great magazine! Psssst……you can also send these out as gifts! Perfect for a graduate….*wink*

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Recently, my little boy-o-saurus turned ROAR(four!). He loves him some dinosaurs, so we decided to have a dinosaur themed birthday party. I had so much fun with this theme and it was so easy and inexpensive to carry out I just HAD to share!

My favorite part was the little dino-topped cupcakes. I searched the web high and low for ideas on cakes and was originally going to make this cake, but after seeing these little dinosaurs at the Dollar Tree(in packs of 8 for $1), I decided that the cupcakes would be so stinkin’ cute and half the work!

About 2 months before the Jurassic day, I started scouring yard sales and thrift stores for dinosaur figures and I think my cake stand  dino-terrarium displayed them perfectly! I only wish I’d thought to put some peet moss or something under them, but it was a spur of the moment decor idea ;)

I hung green streamers on the walls(those were 2 for $.80) to mimic vines and hung palm tree cut-outs(found at Party City for $.99) to give the room a jungle-vibe.

The kids all got a dinosaur “tattoo” when they walked in the door and they took home goody bags filled with more tattoos, dinosaur eggs, more miniature dinosaurs, candy and dinosaur stickers. Each bag cost less than $2 to put together and was still dinoasaur themed! The trick is to find packs of things like the stickers/tattoos & candy and take the time to divy them up between the bags.

On the menu we had:

  • Dinoburgers and Dinodogs
  • An Herbavore Platter
  • Dinosaur Bones(large broken up pretzels)
  • Liquid Lava(juice)

We had two dino-themed parties, one for family(we have ALOT of family!) and a playdate style party for his playgroup buddies. For the playgroup I designed an evite that you can personalize with a photo, found a photo off the internet(right click on a picture you like and select “save picture as…), then uploaded the photo to creat an e-vite that looked like this:

Then when you get to the “invite options” part, select “write your own” for the guest replies. I thought this was uber-clever of me(if I say so myself!):

Are You In The Herd?

  • Yabba-Dabba-Do!!
  • I “Dino”(maybe)
  • Extinct

That’s it! We had a dino-mite party, with out breaking the bank-osaurus!

Feel free to borrow a little Jurassic inspiration from your 2Fab Host-avores.

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Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women’s opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits can also be found in mothering. -Elaine Heffner

Looking for the perfect gift and seeking some savings-savvy ways to celebrate this Mother’s Day?  Check out this motherload! :)

What Kind of Mom is She?

Miss Fashionista: She looks like she just stepped off the pages of a magazine. She’ll want trendy mothers day gifts from the best designers.

    Earth Mother: She is a nurturer and grower of all things green. Get her mothers day gifts that decorate her other pride and joy – her garden.She personifies Mother Earth with her dedication to the environment. To pamper and thank her for her efforts, get her mothers day gifts that are as loving to the earth as she is to you.

Hostess With the Mostess: She is always ready to entertain – whether it’s a party of 2 or 20. For this born hostess, get her mothers day gifts that assist her in the kitchen.

   Sporty Mom: She loves to sweat it out and may have a competitive streak. The best mothers day gifts for her are the ones that help her get in tip-top shape and look fabulous while doing it.

Artsy Crafty: She shows her sentiments through art. Get her mothers day gifts that allow her to demonstrate her creative flair.

    Gadget Girl: She knows more about gadgets than you. Get her shiny, techy mothers day gifts that show everyone she’s the coolest mom on the block.

Pet Lover: She adores you–but also, and possibly more, the pet in her life. Get her mothers day gifts that show off her paw-sonality.

    
Freebies, Deals, Coupons & Codes:

  • Bring your mom into a TCBY near you on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2011 and she’ll get to pick out her favorite flavor served in a cup or a cone.
  • National Public Gardens Day
    Use the link above to get a coupon that will get you and your mom in free to a particpating public garden on Friday, May 6, 2011. This Mother’s Day freebie isn’t just limited to mom – the coupon is good for any two admissions and you can print off as many of them as you need to accommodate everyone in your party. (P.S. You’ll need to register with Better Homes and Gardens before you can print this coupon.
  • Free 5X7 Folded Photo Greeting Card + 50 Free Prints From Shutterly – Order your FREE 5×7 Folded Photo Greeting Card or 5×7 Flat Sationery Card ($2.09 value) from Shutterfly with the coupon code MOMCARD for only 99 cents! PLUS, sign up for an account and get 50 free prints.
  • Free Printable Mother’s Day eCards – This is a great site for to get Mother’s Day card templates, cute cards, photo cover cards, funny cards, add your own personalized message to the card and print. Go to this site and send your mom a cute card for mother’s day.

1-800-Flowers

Bake Me A Wish

Barnes & Noble

Bath & Body Works

Bloomingdale’s

Blue Nile

Clinique

eBags

Eddie Bauer

Expedia

Fannie May

Fragrance Net

FTD

Gordon’s Jewelers

H2O Plus

Hotels.com

Ice.com

Kate Spade

Kmart

Kohl’s

Lands End

Lenox

Lord & Taylor

Macy’s

Oneida

One Travel

Pfaltzgraff

Philosophy

Red Envelope

Sephora

Sur La Table

Target

Teleflora

Vera Bradley

Zales

Zazzle

 

LOCAL PEEPS, CLICK ON THESE!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8th. 

Psst….listen up Fabooshies, cuz I’m about to let you in on a little secret…..ALL mom’s want to feel celebrated on Mother’s Day. 
Regardless if the mom in your life is a martyr mom “being a mother is the greatest gift”, a frugal mama “save your money for something special” or a humblepie mommy “whatever you want to do”, ALL MOM’S WANT TO FEEL CELEBRATED ON MOTHER’S DAY. :)

That doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money, just put some thought into it.  Whether it’s a homemade card or craft, a corsage and brunch, taking her to see a play or exhibit, or planning a fun afternoon together, just make it personal and the mommy-lady in your life will be glowing with love & pride! 

Tiptastix:

  • Think about what she likes (her fave color, flower, scent, food, etc).
  • Re-create a fave childhood moment for her. (photo book or collage)
  • Spend some time with her. (some moms just want to hang with you)
  • And remember, if it weren’t for your that mommy-lady in your life, you wouldn’t be YOU. :)

 

  • From the Craftonista: handmade cards, craft or create something (decorate a picture frame, build a birdfeeder, make a windchime), make a Power Point presentation “why I love you mom”
  • From the HandyMan(dy): does mom need some help around the house (cleaning, fixing or replacing)?
  • How about Take Out?: is there a movie or musical mom wants to see? a restaurant she likes or a new place she wanted to try?
  • From the Shopaholic: take mom shopping! is there something she really wants but won’t buy for herself?  (clothes, housewares, electronics, CD’s, etc) or treat mom to a spa day.

Just put some thought into it. Did I say that already? YES, I did, but with reason dear Fabooshies….Some moms may want a new set of pots & pans or vacuum for Mother’s Day but other moms may be insulted by that. (if you aren’t sure how she would react, avoid household gifts altogether).  But most importantly, mama mia’s just want to feel celebrated and appreciated.  (not so much to ask once a year, eh?) :)

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