Stuff Your Stockings at True Value Hardware Gift Card Giveaway!

Tis the season we all try and figure out what to buy for the men in our lives.  Heck, with all the things True Value Hardware carries who needs men to shop for!  They have lots of great things for women!  I've been eyeing the Shark Deluxe Steam Mop for quite a while now!

I know Mr.MJ&G would have fun with this welder.....

Or maybe this grill!  He is the grilling master in our house.

Galoshes is obsessed with organizing, so I'm pretty sure she would love to spend a $100 True Value Gift card in the storage and organization department! Wether you have last minute holiday shopping to do or you just want to reward yourself for making it through the holiday season....... we are giving away


Two lucky MJ&G readers will each win a $100 gift card to their local True Value Hardware store.  Deck the halls, fill the stockings, spoil yourself.... how ever you want to spend them!  Enjoy some holiday cheer on us!

How to enter-
1. Leave a comment here saying what you would get from your True Value Hardware (or who you would buy for).

2. "Like" True Value Hardware on Facebook. Leave a comment saying you did this.

3. Pin from this post with "Win a $100 True Value Gift Card" on Pinterest then leave a comment with a link to your pin.

Giveaway ends December 10th at midnight central time.  Winners announced on December 11th.  You will have 48 hours to contact me to claim your gift card or a new winner will be chosen.  Good Luck!

Cash Back on your Online Holiday Shopping (or any online shopping!)

I recently discovered a site I have to tell you guys about for no other reason than that I'm getting some GREAT deals!  I was a bit skeptical at first so I waited until all of my things went through before I shared  this.  I am not being paid to post this or have any reason too (although if you sign up through my link I can get referral bonuses! And I love it so I'm sharing).

I'm talking about Ebates

Have you guys heard about this yet?  I do a lot of my holiday shopping online.  Its a drive to the nearest city and I have three small kids...... so online shopping is huge for me.  This year I decided to give something new a try because Ebates offered me a $10 gift card if I made a purchase through their site (which directs you directly to the store of your choices website so your safe just like you would be purchasing from i.e.. Best Buy or Target directly).  

I chose I would want a Target card as reward for my first purchase, placed an order through Ebates at the store of my choice, and in a couple weeks there was my $10 gift card!  Plus I earned cash back on my purchase (amount varies by store).  I again waited to make sure I would actually get this money (you can choose to have it mailed by check or paid by paypal).  I chose Paypal and voila, there was a payment made to me shortly thereafter.  

So now I'm hooked.  And I'm passing the word along to anyone looking for great online deals with a bit of cash back and even some rewards! 

Right now to keep up with the holiday madness a lot of the participating stores (which is every store I have wanted to shop at so far) are offering even more cash back and special deals through Ebates.  Check it out!  There is no cost to join and you don't enter any payment information.  Just shop as normal and get some money back!  

Happy Holidays! 

Fossil Vintage Revival Bag WINNER!

Jessica Warfield

You won the Fossil Vintage Revival handbag giveaway!  Watch your inbox for details on your winning! 


Victoria's Secret Makeupa

I came across this image on Pinterest and loved the look. It reminds me of VS Angels.  It's very different from what I normally do because I typically blend my shadows in a lot.  So I pushed myself to try this look.

The inspiration- (I would credit the original source but Pintest has blocked it saying it was reported as spam.  If anyone knows where this came from I would be happy to link it directly to this gorgeous girl!)

Since there was not original link I converted the look using my best guess. Here was my result-

I recently got a sample of Stila's In the Light pallet from Sephora.  I used Bare, Kitten, Gilded Gold, Night Sky and Ebony for this look.  On the lips is NARS Belle De Jour.

Fossil Vintage Revival Handbag Giveaway!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fossil for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

If there is one thing that is a must in my closet it's a great, well made, long lasting bag!  I am so excited to tell you about the new line of bags from Fossil!  The Fossil Vintage Revival Handbags are modern bags modeled after vintage classic style.  Made from hand-burnished heirloom leather, these bags will last you and not go out of style with their classic silhouettes. You can now find the bags in some modern colors and patterns like rust color or giraffe pattern!  The are big bags and small bags, day and evening styles as well as some fabulous clutch wallets.  I've created a Pinterest board for my favorite two bags. One for day, one for night!

My night look!


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And my daytime look!


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My favorite thing about a great leather bag is how it only gets better as the years go by.  It wears in and creates character.  Unlike other bags that look dingy over time, great Fossil Vintage Revival Handbags get better with age.  Each bag is burnished, stitched and finished by hand!  

Are you ready to win one of these fabulous bags for yourself?  I thought so!  Here's how-

You have until midnight on November 25th to create a pin board on Pinterest of an outfit you'd pair with your Fossil Vintage Revival Handbags.  Include #FossilVintageRevival in your Pinterest Pin.  Then leave a message on THIS POST sharing your pin.  YOU MUST SHARE YOUR PIN IN THE COMMENTS in order to be eligible.  You must also leave your email address when you enter so that we can contact you when you win!


official rules


Good Luck! 

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Like New Kitchen Aid Mixer for $5 with True Value Hardware!

I am so excited to share this project with you guys!  It was so quick and easy and the payoff was HUGE!  My mom gave me her old (and I mean it was probably the original) but working perfectly Kitchen Aid mixer.  Although I was super excited to get that bad boy, I was less than excited about how it looked at the time.  She's been around for a while......

As you can see there were a few spots where the paint had chipped away as well as a few rusty loking spots.

While looking for spray paint at True Value Hardware I spotted the Appliance paint (usually found on the top shelf of the spray paint section).  AHA! I picked up a can of black and didn't look back! I also picked up a roll of 3/4 inch blue painters tape (it's the perfect width for the Kitchen aid).

After cleaning the machine well and removing any bits that can come off, I carefully taped off the rest of the silver.  It doesn't take long to do this, but it makes a HUGE difference.  Like the difference between "Look I spray painted my mixer" and "Wow! You got a new mixer!!!".

After taking this photo I noticed I still needed to tape off the mixing attachment piece so don't forget that!

Now follow the directions on the appliance paint and WALA! You have this beauty!

It looks just as amazing in person.  The appliance paint made all the difference.  Great sheen, perfect finish not that spray painted look.

Thanks True Value for the "brand new" Kitchen Aid for $5!!! 


Top DIY tool in my house.... Sharpie Markers!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sharpie® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


If there is one tool I CAN NOT live without in my house it's my assortment of Sharpie® markers.  We all have atleast the standard black Sharpie laying around right?  Well at my house you would find not only that but the awesome 24 pack of fine points in amazing colors...... (which by the way have lasted me FOREVER.  I can't even say how many years I have had them)

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If your not quite as Sharpie® crazy as I am, you may opt for the more modest 12 pack....


But for the holidays this year I picked up the fun new metalics!


I think they are perfect for the holidays.  I'm labeling my gifts, writing on top of treat tupperwares, filling in chips in  ornaments!!! Seriously, what can't you Sharpie® on?

As a DIYer (and I'm sure this is no surprise to you) I'm constantly pinning projects that I want to do.  The number one thing I have been dying to try is baking your Sharpie® designs on cheap dishes.  What fun gifts, or keepsakes for kids art work.  I think we will make a Santa cookie plate this year with our Sharpie® markers and bake it on.  Next year the kids can make a new one and some day we will have a whole set! 

I'm not the only one pinning Sharpie projects!  They have their very own Pinterest board!!!! Check it out http://pinterest.com/sharpieuncapped/holiday-happenings/


Happy Holidays! Now go Sharpie® something! 

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DIY Driveway part 2!

I shared the DIY steps for redoing your driveway a bit back.  You can find the steps here.  So here is the after picture!  The scuff looking things are dirt, I waited a few days to take the picture and it wasn't all sparking clean anymore.  But much better than the before!  And it's all protected for the winter.  

Some of you asked for the details so I'm happy to share!  This project was done with True Value hardware, so all supplies and pricing are from my local True Value.

Sealer- 8 pails which totaled $120
Caulk for cracks- $16 worth of caulk tubes
Brush/squeegee $9

So a total of $145 and 3 hours of labor.

I use the term labor fairly loosely, as I feel it was easy enough for anyone to do themselves.   I hope next time you need it done you consider doing it yourself with True Value Hardware!