Total Excitement with Christmas Decorating Tips Interview

q~Daughter Darcey is an amazing woman! Fed-up with her highly stressful jobs in both advertising and marketing, she decided to strike out on her own and open an online shopping resource for others. After long, hours and extreme effort for finding deals for her followers, her theDealyo is one of the more popular shopping resource blogs. Her husband, Todd, designed and maintains the website, it’s quite a “pretty” site. Because of all of her hard work, she has caught the attention of product supporters. Febreeze contacted her to see if she’d like to conduct a phone interview with Candice Olson of HGTV! Would she ever! Hubs and I are great fans of Candice so when Darcey told us about the upcoming interview I texted a bunch of questions for her to ask. Darcey concentrated on design tips for the holidays, but the question about the color theme was mine. She asked it especially for me! Hurray! So without further ado:

We’re Having a Heatwave and This Is What We’re Drinkin’

~The temperature is rising and Ms. Crabby-pants is here! At 7 am, the temp in the house was already 79.5 degrees – really cooled off over night. And no, we don’t have air conditioning. 8-( Then I went outside and it was 78 in the shade – this spells another horrid day! Triple digits at our house yesterday. I know, I know, wah, wah, wah! Inside our two-storied house it is so hot that the solid, hydrogenated, coconut oil I use for cooking has melted. It melts between 97–104 °F (36–40 °C). Does anyone know of a place I can move to that doesn’t ever get under 50 degrees or over 80 AND isn’t humid? Lethargy has set in, I just sit in front of the fan. 😎 Forget knitting or crocheting — way too hot! Getting a lot of reading and drinking done! Have to keep hydrated, so plenty of fluids! I have a stock of these drinks in the refrigerator so I can mix-it-up during the day.

My water concoction. A sprig of mint, I grow both Chocolate Mint and Orange Mint so I alternate. Take the leaves off of the stem sprig and bruise them with your fingers. Squeeze either a half of a lime or a lemon. Fill the cup with ice and water. I put the concoction into a shaker and shake, shake, shake. This helps the ice help bruise the mint some more.  Pour into glass. This is so refreshing, why drink regular water? I make a pitcher full and refrigerate.

Daughter Darcey, owner of theDealyo, scored a coupon for products at Teavana for half-price.Precious daughter gave it to me, she knows I’m wild about that place. They had the most fabulous taste treats! I walked out with: Youthberry, Wild Orange Blossom, Citrus Lavender Sage, Opus Rouge, and German Rock Sugar. Just typing these names is sending me into a heavenly state! I’ve been making iced tea using combinations of the blends. Generic recipe: 1 scoop of each of the two teas to blend, 1 teaspoon of Geman Rock Sugar (I don’t like overly sweet tea), steep for 5 minutes then pour over ice. One combination is Youthberry and Wild Orange Blossom, the second is Citrus Lavender Sage and Opus Rouge. Such a wonderful smell will pervade your living area from these teas.

The Pineapple Sweet Tea featured at Serving Up The Skinny, owned by my wonderful daughters, helped me make it through our triple digit heat yesterday! You can find the recipe at their site. If it’s Happy Hour and you are looking for something stronger you must try their Frozen Peach BelliniSingle Serving Margarita or Todd’s Pimms Cocktail. I do have a complaint about daughter Emily, she posted the Frozen Peach Bellini the day AFTER my stay with them. What the heck? Although I did get to taste the fabulous Chocolate Shortbread Squares,a recipe her wonderful mother-in-law, Jen, brought back from England. You should visit their site good recipes and humorous writing. The picture is from their site and was taken by daughter Sarah.

  Already too hot to drink hot coffee. Oh, I can hear the disagreement now! Curls being the main critic, “You are so crazy”, she would say and my mom and sister Lindsay echoing her sentiments! While writing this blog, I am drinking iced coffee. That’s my speed in hot weather. I have an iced coffee blend to die for. Measure out the normal amount of coffee, use half the amount of water, and brew. Pour coffee over ice. I usually have mine black, but you can add sugar and milk if so desired. I don’t desire. 😎 Another container of iced coffee sits in the refrigerator. 😎

 I always have a pitcher full of regular, black, unsweetened tea in the refrigerator – even in winter. I am my dad’s daughter. He loved ice tea, yes ice tea he was from Texas. Now I know southern ice tea is sweetened, but during college I got used to drinking it unsweetened to keep down expenses. 😎 I used 8 teabags for 8 cups of water, that means 1 cup of water per teabag. When working, I taught school at a high school in the mountains, it would be snowing and I’d be walking in with my ice tea in hand. Principal thought I was nuts! This love of ice tea is a gene I’ve passed on to my kids! The Hubs  and my mom won’t touch the stuff with a ten-foot pole. Hubs won’t drink coffee either so what does that tell you? Nuts?

Whenever we have lemons, I make tons of lemonade. I usually add berries or cherries to brighten the taste. We’ve published two different lemonade recipes on Curls and Q so I won’t reblog the recipes.

And now for the answer to “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” Look at the left-hand side counter, to the right of the white, hand towel on the counter. What do you see? Why, isn’t that a modern, plastic, water bottle? 😎 Laughing out loud! When I pointed it out to my son-in-law, who’s parents were born in the United Kingdom, he informed me that the Brits had the plastic water bottles way back then, it took the American’s half a century to catch up! Smart aleck! How did the photo shoot people miss that? Too funny! Glad they did. 😎

What’s with theDealyo and Freebies?

 Woo Hoo! I love theDealyo! Just got a package in the mail from Target. So excited to open it. 😎 A few weeks ago, theDealyo had posted a blurp about a freebie from Target. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m all about the freebie! 😎 Immediately clicked on the link to the Target cosmetic bag with samples give-away. It has arrived!

 How cool is this? It’s made out of a sturdy cotton, lined in plastic, with a zipper closure. About 6 1/2 inches wide and 5 inches tall. I’m already thinking “knitting accessories”.

I got to choose some of the samples: TRESemme Split Remedy shampoo, TRESemme Split Remedy conditioner, Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 70, Garnier Fructis Color Shield shampoo and conditioner, and Aveeno Living Color Shampoo and Conditioner which smells as lavender. Also included was a thick coupon book for various beauty supplies!

Hurray! Just in time, I had used up all of my small traveling shampoos and conditioners on my last trip! Into my cosmetics traveling case with all these samples! 😎 And, into my knitting basket goes the case. 😎 I LOVE theDealyo! They also have a “Freebie” tab at their site. They also list other fantastic deals. Run now! See what’s there. 😎

​Talk about Serving Up The Skinny!

Picture of my daughters at Emily’s wedding this past December. Sarah, on the right, had a baby the month before.

Talk about Serving Up The Skinny! Not to brag, but my wonderful daughters have started a joint website: Serving Up The Skinny.  Their note says: “3 Sisters Serving Up The Skinny on Food, Fashion and Fitness. Get unique recipes, menus, the latest fashion and fitness tips and more all in one place”.  I am so excited by their site.  They kept it a secret from their dad and me wanting to surprise us.   I have tasted some of the recipes they posted and they are FANTASTIC.  I did tell them that Alan and I are the official tasters so every recipe had better be sent to the tasters first.  Sarah lives in Hawaii, Darcey lives in Texas, so that just leaves Emily here, in San Diego, to make everything ahead of time for us to taste! 8-).  Also, they are offering a chance to win a KitchenAid 4.5 Quart Professional Mixer!  Who wouldn’t want that? And no, family members cannot enter!  Dang!

While you are at it, check out theDealyo for some wonderful shopping deals.  There are links to freebies, deep discounts, coupons, etc.  It really has save a bunch of $$ for us.  Is there anyone who doesn’t like that?  Daughter Darcey started theDealyo, it’s become so popular that now daughter Emily is pitching in to help. theDealyo is always hosting free give-aways.  Don’t miss out.

To say I’m proud of my girls is an understatement.  Do yourselves a favor and visit both sites and “like” them on Facebook.