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Introducing KitchenKuffs – Liz’s Rave!

Introducing KitchenKuffs – Liz’s Rave!

There are several statements that take place in our house over and over again: Pick up your dirty clothes Chew with your mouth closed Throw away your trash And my all-time least favorite: Can someone come push up my sleeves?!?! PLEASE!?!? Well, Kate, bar the door, those days are gone. May I present: KitchenKuffs!!! That’s right, people. It’s time to say goodbye to soggy sleeves! The brainchild of Barbara Doran, KitchenKuffs mean you’ll never have suds-soaked cuffs (or anything else, for that matter) on … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: 10 ways to just say no to the nail stalkers

Liz’s rant: 10 ways to just say no to the nail stalkers

Maybe it’s just me, but ever since the little nail kiosk appeared in the mall, walking from store to store has become more an obstacle course with one mission: Avoid the girls at the nail kiosk at all costs. Maybe you’ve run into them. They’re the ones who hunt down every person who passes by their booth with a seemingly innocent, “May I ask you a question?” Memorize this word, dear readers: No. Because should you answer in … Read entire article »

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The Coupon Queen – Liz’s rave

No matter where I live, there’s always one drawer that’s devoted to the coupons. I’ll note one exception: that was when I decided I was done with coupons and would never clip another one. What, you may be asking, could possibly send me so far over the edge that saving money seemed more trouble than it was worth? Enter exhibit A. The coupon drawer. (You know you have one, too. Admit it. It will make you feel better.) Oh, sure, I’ve tried those little pouches with a slot for all the dairy and all the frozen and all the meats and all the beverages. But the fact of the matter is, I still had no clue what coupons I possessed. Just because all dairy was in one slot, that cute little coupon … Read entire article »

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Back to school – Liz’s rant

We’re at T-minus 3 days until the first day of school in our neck of the woods. Which means it’s time once again, to review the dreaded school supply list. Time to start going to bed a little earlier, maybe do a little last-minute studying, time to wish we’d done more over the summer break. Sigh… Time to ask probing questions, like: Are Ticonderoga really the best pencils? (Turns out that  yes, they are. And much to my child’s chagrin, mechanical pencils are still off-limits.) Does our county actually have a large enough stock to supply each child with one large bottle of hand sanitizer? Will this be the year we discover whether or not demerits are issued if we buy a 48-count box of crayons instead of the 96-count box? Is the request … Read entire article »

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The brightest bulb in the box? -Liz’s rant

Today, I bring you yet another head-spinner – this time, one that’s gonna hit you right in the wallet. And with gas at $4 a gallon (up 125 percent since January 2009, meaning we’re paying $1,000 more per year), food prices up 26 percent and one in seven Americans on food stamps, this one could go over like a lead balloon. A new 100-watt LED light bulb has recently been introduced to replace those incandescent bulbs we all know and love. For the low (low) price of $50, you, too, can own one of these bulbs. That’s right. Fifty dollars for a light bulb. I guess we really shouldn’t be surprised. If you’ve priced those dastardly curly-q bulbs, you already know they’re not cheap, either. Running roughly $4 and up for … Read entire article »

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Grab your hat, it’s Kentucky Derby time! – Liz’s rave

It’s known as the greatest/most exciting/fastest two minutes in sports – that first Saturday in May – when the best of the best hit the track, carrying on in the tradition of Man-O-War, Secretariat, Seattle Slew and (who can forget?!?) Burgoo King. That’s right. We’re T-minus 3 days from The 137th Running of the Kentucky Derby And while for many, this day is all about the horses, any self-respecting woman will tell you it’s about much… much more. It’s all about the hat. Enter Exhibit A: A recent trip to Louisville found Mom and Dad at one of Mom’s go-to stores in the city – Dee’s. While I will be the first to say that it’s probably one of the last places my dad wanted to shop, even he was amazed at the … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Shop ’til ya drop

OK, people – it’s time to get serious. We’re T-minus 27 days until Christmas and I’ve not yet begun to shop. How many of you can relate? Maybe we should call it what it is for me. Procrastination. Avoiding the inevitable as long as possible. Because as my kids get older, I find it increasingly harder to stay within a reasonable budget. Which means I tend to put off spending the money. What if they change their minds on what they want? What if I find something on sale for a better price next week? Don’tcha just hate the what-ifs of life sometimes? Anywho, I started thinking about what the “big ticket” items were when I was a child versus the “big ticket” items of the 21st Century. My, how times have … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – While I was sleeping…

Let me tell you about the ridiculous dream I had last night.  It was one of those really, really awful dreams… full of panic, anxiety, desperation. A nightmare, if you will. But let me also tell you that you’re going to get a kick out of this, I think. And it serves  as a perfect segue into the whole holiday season for me. So in my dream… It was about 10pm and everyone was nestled all snug in their beds with visions of…well, I’m probably better off not knowing what they were having visions of, but my point is…I was the only one awake.   I was sitting on the couch wrapped up in a blanket reading a book, and all of the sudden it dawned on me that it was Christmas … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Christmas in September

Before any of you start with me, understand that I love Christmas. It’s by far my favorite time of the year – and indeed the most wonderful time of the year (thank you, Johnny Mathis). Just not in September. Seriously, I about dropped my teeth as I walked through a couple of  stores last week and spied the zombie and Freddie Kruger costumes right next to the over-sized inflatable Mickey’s Christmas Carol yard ornaments. At that point, we hadn’t even crossed into the first official day of the fall season, for crying out loud! And now that is officially Fall, what’s wrong with celebrating this season? Why not watch the leaves change and pick a pumpkin or two, eat a caramel apple and make a Halloween costume? Why must we be inundated with Christmas … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rant: The grass is always greener… or is it?

Today we take a little trip down memory lane – and then come back to the future as it were. I told this story more than a year ago, I think. It bears repeating, though. And the update will make it more than worth your time… More than a year ago, I moved into this house only to discover that the grass in the yard grew. A lot… I’d called on my brother, back then. Brat that he is… “Sure, you can borrow the mower,” he’d said. “Come on over.” Which was when I’d reached one of my lowest points ever, and had gone to collect his mower… Before he put it in the trunk, he moved on to the lawn mower directives, which came alarmingly without complication. “The rollers have to be facing toward … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know…

Betcha didn’t know…this quick way to reduce stress and boost confidence.  Pressing on the webbing between your thumb and first finger for 30 seconds gives you a rush of brain chemicals that reduce stress and increase confidence. This tip is brought to you by the University of Arizona and the Beijing Medical University. Enjoy your Coffee Break! … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rants: The shopping police

Here’s the thing. My recent trip to a local super mart store seemed to culminate without instance. Until I saw my receipt. Near the bottom of the print-out, a section marked “Healthy Living” or something to that end, caught my eyes, informing me that I’d made $2.34 worth of healthy purchases. The receipt went on to say that this intrusion would help me with identifying healthy deductions for other needs. What?!?! At first, I thought perhaps I’d purchased an item that could be considered tax-deductible or whatever where insurance was concerned. Since I’d purchased nothing that qualified off hand, I perused my receipt. I began with the real groceries – blackberries, strawberries, pineapple (my new favorite fruits to have on hand), some sliced cheese, rye bread, corned beef, and sauerkraut (guess what I was … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know…

Betcha didn’t know…there will soon be a refrigerated beach in Dubai (Yep! The same place I told you about in yesterday’s betcha didn’t know…that has an indoor ski slope.) The beach will be at the Palazzo Versace hotel and will include a system of heat-absorbing pipes built under the sand and giant wind blowers, designed to keep tourists cool in the searing 40-50C heat. (That’s 104 to 122F.) According to Soheil Abedian, president of Palazzo Versace, “We will suck the heat out of the sand to keep it cool enough to lie on.” Palazzo Versace will be completed sometime in late 2009 to 2010. // ~Kate Enjoy your Coffee Break! … Read entire article »

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