Focus Groups

...so, yesterday I did a focus group on Make-up...it paid $150.00 cash for 2 hours of my time...we sat around and discussed whether said make-up company (not MAC) should change their packaging...Focus Groups are a great way to make extra cash...even Mini has participated...during the summer she did a group on Pastry sneakers...she loved that...now every time she goes into a sneaker store she looks to see if they took her advice...

Well, if your interested here are some sites to get you started...Craig's list is a good resource also...do a search under "focus groups" in your city...If the sites don't have an online application for participants just call them up and ask them to mail you one...You can also call and ask if they have groups in your city or country...focus groups take place in every city....Good Luck.

Focus Suites

New York Focus

Probe Market Research

Look of the Day...minus the shoes

...I'm heading out to meet with lawyers, again...then attending a focus group on make-up (more on that later)...hope to squeeze in a stop by Anthropologie for a little bedroom inspiration before heading home...

Easy organization...

...hum, could use the generic bookcase from target and fill it with white canvas baskets...instead of a dresser in my bedroom...or at least until I find the perfect dresser for my bedroom...this would also be perfect in the kitchen...holding napkins, forks, books, etc....

heart...

I could use a frame like this in my bedroom...

Easy D.I.Y. Snack

GRILLED CHOCOLATE SANDWICH
...this is mini and my favorite snack...she usually makes it for us while watching Survivor...our favorite reality show...
What ya need...
2 slices whole wheat bread
cream cheese
chocolate chips
butter
cinnamon
sugar

Spread desired amount of cream cheese on both pieces of bread...add chocolate chips...put sandwich together...spread a little butter on the outside of both pieces of bread...place sandwich in a very hot pan, turn when brown....about 2 min on each side...remove from pan...sprinkle sugar and cinammon all over sandwich...and enjoy.

Clever wallpaper application...

...afraid of commitment? Why not try a small area of wallpaper...?

Design Idea

...for Mini's room? Nope...Ugh...I like it.

I like...

I like the idea of hanging pretty clothes in a room like works of art...

Dreamy....

...My room is now this color....YEAH! I'm on the hunt for similar fabric to use in the design of my bedding and drapes...the fun stuff...the hard work is done...will post pictures soon. I'm off today to paint a mural in a clients kitchen...fun, fun, fun...


Great Idea...Decoupage!

... a while back, I posted about a dresser I picked-up at a flea market for Mini's room...it needs to be funked-up and I luv this idea...not sure if Mini will like it...We'll see what she thinks when she gets home...
update: Mini did not like the dresser idea...she wants me to keep it simple, paint it one color and just change the knobs...she said I always do too much...lol

heart...I will make this first chance I get...

Did you know JCrew makes wedding dresses?

but, today I'm making a rug for my bedroom floor...pics later...and I have to get to Staples and make copies for Mini's Jr. High applications...and do laundry...UGH! Toodles.

Birthday Loot



...this post is hard to read...but, these are some of the items I picked up this weekend during Target's Home sale, which luckily for me coincides with my b-day each year...
Wallpaper - $7.98 a roll...Mini and I put it up in the hall outside my bedroom...LUV!
Shiney, Black, Leggings - $3.24...I blogged about wanting a pair but never expected to see them at Target and at this price...Happy Birthday to me...
Garden Stool - $19.99...I've been eyeing them at Home Goods for $39.99...I heart Target...you never know what to expect...
Round Woven Basket -$9.98...I didn't get the decorative bust that I wanted, but this is just as good...heart!, and the decorative circles, just $3.98 each...gotta luv it...

Bedroom Inspiration...

...I luv the artwork...I need something like this in my b-room...may have to make it myself.

Images from my B-Day weekend...

...what's a girl to do when she doesn't get the cake she wants...she makes her own...CARROT CAKE...it's so good...Mini set the table for this special occasion and reminded me that age is just a number...sigh.

Today's Musical Selection...

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY...


...I could definately spend valentines day like this...the house, amazing.


Do You Have a Dream Celebrity Valentines Date?

...I do, Marcus Samuelson...Chef and owner of Aquavit restaruant in NYC, also the host of a cooking show on TVOne. ...Why him!? First of all, just look how cute he is...look at that smile, it could even melt my heart...and that's not easy...I've seen interviews of him and he seems really sweet (not that kinda sweet)...
...he would cook for me...and teach me some new tricks in and out of the kitchen...yep...as you know, I like nerdy guys...plus, I'm a good student (wink).

...he's a painter...hum, passionate...luv that and we could paint together (smile).



...and after were covered with paint...we could just talk, lol...
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE...REMEMBER TO LUV YOURSELF AND THOSE WORTHY OF YOUR LOVE!

Bedroom inspiration...

...I think I'm going to cover the chair in my bedroom in some type of white fabric...I like the clothing hanging in the open...I have to find a way to do that...the blue wall color is very similar to the one I just used in my bedroom.

Listen to this amazing true story from NPR

...amazing story on NPR yesterday...Give it a Listen...

Martha Sandweiss: "Passing Strange" (Penguin)

Clarence King was a famed explorer, scientist, and hero of late nineteenth century history. But the blue-eyed and fair-skinned King also led a secret double life passing as a black man. A historian examines the secret King only revealed on his deathbed to his black wife of thirteen years.

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Look of the Day...

...I'm heading into the Emerald City (wearing something like this) to meet with Mini's lawyers to map a strategy for getting her into jr. high school...after going through this daunting process...getting Mini into college will be a snap.

I'm not a shoe ho...

...but these are more like art...CHLOE.

Look of the day...

...like I said before, I luv when I find an inspiration outfit that could actually be accomplished with things from my closet...

Someday...

...but, today I have to clean out a hall closet and try to become more organized...this is my inspiration.

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