Thursday, April 21, 2011

Improve Your Mileage - Save that Gas!

I had to go to the gas station yesterday, and I put in $20. Uuuhhh...Not even a half-full tank (yes, I was on empty pulling in to the pump), and I've got an average sized car (park that SUV people, gas is expensive)! With prices at $112 for one barrel of oil, and over $5 for one gallon of gas in some places, I'm trying to save the gas that I do put in the tank. So, here are some ways that you could improve your gas mileage and stretch those dollars when it comes to fueling that car.

1. Don't idle!!!
- Newer engines don't even need to warm up for that long. If you've got an older model car, warm it up, but don't over do it.
- Going to a fast food place? Skip the drive-thru. Turn off the engine, and go inside. Or, if you're really that strapped for time, turn your engine off while waiting.

2. Check your tire pressure.
- Under-inflated tires wear out quicker, and they eat your gas.

3. Change or clean your car's air filter.
- A dirty air filter is like those under-inflated tires. Sometimes you don't even need to change the filter, you can clean it out with an air compressor until the next time you get that oil change.

4. Turn off your air conditioner.
- You don't need it on all the time. When it's on, it's sucking your car's power. You can turn it off when you're climbing up hills, and then turn it back on again. Do this, and you'll see...hear...your car's power increase/decrease.
- Turn off the A/C once your car is cool enough inside. You can just let the fan run to keep the air flowing. Switch it back on if it starts to get stuffy again.

5. Clean the car out! Empty that trunk.
- If you have stuff just hanging out in the trunk, not only is it just taking up space, it's making your car work harder with the extra weight. Clean out the trunk and the inside of the car to lighten the load.

6. Finally...Maintain a steady speed. Approach those stop lights and stop signs slowly, and then accelerate slowly (you don't need to go from 0-45 in 30 seconds - there's no race to be won, so slow down).
- Yep, sometimes people behind me get mad because I'm driving too slow for them. Oh well, I'm not wasting my gas just to get them off my bumper! And I'm not saying to drive so slow that you hold up traffic either. I'm just saying to maintain a steady speed, use cruise control on the freeway. When you know there's a stop light or stop sign coming up, there's no need to accelerate when you know you're gonna stop anyway. Slow down a little. It will pay off at the pump. Really.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tie-Dye Fun

We had some tie-dye fun the other day. Thought I'd post some pics of all the fun we had making some t-shirts. =)

A "before" picture...Plain white t-shirtSoaking in Soda Ash FixerTied up and ready for the dye!Some of the colors we usedDyed and still tied...We let them set to soak for about 12 hours.Rinsing out the dye (takes a long time)Washing in the washing machine...
All ready to wear!!!We made five shirts all together. What do you think?






Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Treasury for Tuesday

I'm keeping the momentum going with another Treasury for Tuesday. This week has a nature theme, in honor of Earth Day (this Friday, April 22). Please take a moment to click (and comments are greatly appreciated too) and take a look around!

And welcome to all my new followers/readers! I hope you enjoy reading my little blog. =) Plus, I think I'll be having a giveaway coming soon...So stay tuned!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fab Finds for Friday 4/15/11

Instead of two great shops, today I feature THREE!!! These are fabulous finds that are so much FUN, I had to pick more than a couple. Have fun looking!!! Don't forget to check out the fabulous shops to see more of what they've got to offer.

First up, who doesn't love Peanuts? Isabelle's Attic was one of the first shops to show me what she has to offer --- I was looking for FUN & BRIGHT items to showcase. These Peanuts character pillows are perfect! Take a look for yourself.

Circle of Friends Peanuts Character PillowsCharlie Brown, Snoopy & Friends...So cute! So fun!

And then there was this oh-so-cute baby bunny beanie that I found in her shop. Who needs a photo prop for a perfect springtime picture? Check it out!

My Baby BunnySuper cute, right???

Next up is a shop with some more FUN finds for today. Who likes sushi? Visit Yarnfish for your sushi craving, and find a crocheted sushi roll key chain! So much fun! And any type of roll can be made, you just have to send a convo! Order from the menu, or ask the "chef" for a special order.


Crochet Tuna on Rice Key ChainDoes it satisfy your craving? =)

And since I'm from sunny California...


Crochet California Roll Sushi Key ChainYou can take your sushi with you!

Lastly, another shop with some really fun items for your viewing pleasure. Sugar Shox Crafts makes some awesome items. From fun, food-shaped earrings, to retro Nintendo finds, and iPad cases that you've GOT to see (it's like a blast from the past...). The items I chose to feature - FUN, recycled/upcycled creations!

Ramen Noodle Soup Change Purse in Chili FlavorFun, and in a tasty flavor too!

Kiss Kiss ClutchBright, cute, and recycled too! Love it. =)

I hope you all enjoyed today's Fab Finds for Friday! I had fun looking through all three of these amazing shops. Visit them for yourself and see what fun stuff you can find!

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Brand New!

Brand new in our shop! Just in time for Earth Day. =) It matches the necklace we made (and sold). The necklace is back in our shop too.

Paper Bead BraceletDo you like it?

Click the link below to see the section. We'll hopefully be adding more very soon. If you love it, give it a heart! ;)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/justByou?section_id=6975900

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Words for my Wednesday

I have this little inspiration notebook for writing ideas and thoughts, and in it there are quotes on the bottom of every page. Sometimes we all need a little inspiration. Today I thought I would share a few of those quotes with you.

"I love those who yearn for the impossible." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

"Some people make the world more special just by being in it." - Kelly Ann Rothaus

"If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities."
- Maya Angelou

Which one is your favorite?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Treasury for Tuesday

Here's my treasury for this week. It's for all those craving something sweet! Top and bottom rows are gift ideas for Mother's Day. Middle rows are dedicated to Easter sweets treats. =) Click and enjoy!!!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Wow

I finally relisted our paper bead necklace last Friday, and it sold that evening! Wow! We had listed this necklace last year, in honor of Earth Day. It's a simple necklace. Fun and eco-friendly. We sold one on Etsy, and the necklaces were a hit offline too! I had been meaning to relist the neckace for awhile, but I just didn't get around to it until last week. Now we've been busy making more paper beads so we can make more necklaces! We'll be listing one again very soon, and in time for Earth Day.

Paper Bead Necklace - Happy Earth Day
What do you think?

Today I also get to announce the winner of the giveaway I had as part of the linky for the Ultimate Blog Party 2011. This is how the winner was picked. There were 16 entries in the linky. I asked my youngest son to go ahead and choose a number 1 - 16. He chose number 5, because later this month, he turns 5 years old. So, there we have it. The winner is ElfRenee! Congrats to ElfRenee! Winner will receive choice of any item from either our section of car charms or cell charms, key chains, zipper pulls. Thanks goes out to all those that entered the linky. =)

I hope everyone had a great Monday!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Fab Finds for Friday 4/8/11

Today's Fabulous Finds for Friday are from two great shops, and I hope you'll take the time to click away and visit both!

We'll start off with Shane's Sweet Creations. This shop offers a variety of items, including bridal jewelry, beaded bookmarks, and fun wine charms. Here are a couple of finds that I had to show:

Blue and White Woven BraceletAbsolutely gorgeous!!!

Butterfly Wine Charms
Perfect for spring entertaining. =)


Next up, a shop that carries quilted fabric post cards, for the ultimate one-of-a-kind greeting! You'll have to visit Fabric Greetings and see all the great postcards, so colorful and full of personality. =)

Bunny Happy Easter

So cute, and perfect for sending to a loved one for Easter!

Elegant Wedding

Very pretty, and definitely a card to be remembered. Great keepsake!


Thanks for visiting for Fab Finds for Friday! Have a great weekend. =)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Something for Free

Update: My blog list is back! Yay! =)

I just got a promo code for California mommies...It's an offer for a FREE baby carrier sling, valued at $39. I don't know much about these slings or this website, but it's an offer for something for FREE. And, the site is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. So, why not try it out? It doesn't have an expiration date at all, but it does say it's a time sensitive offer and valid only while supplies last. But go ahead, check it out. Free is always good.

The website:
sevenslings.com
The promo code:
"California"

Just go to the website, click on "shop now" and select the carrier you want. When you select the quantity and size, you'll automatically be directed to the "shopping bag." Enter the promo code, and all you pay is shipping costs. Pretty cool!

I tried it out. I don't know if I'll like the sling or not, but if it's free, I'll give it a try. I'll let you all know how it turns out...
Another thing too...After the transaction is complete, it gives another offer for
another SOMETHING for FREE - a nursing cover for breastfeeding mommies. But I went to visit that website, and all the covers are on backorder until April 25th. =( Maybe I'll try that site later.

Anyway, I wanted to share this promotion with you. Hopefully at least one of you will be able to use this promo code and get something for free! =)
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http://2justbyou.blogspot.com/2011/04/joining-ultimate-blog-party.html

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Treasury for Tuesday

Where did all my blogs go? When I sign into Blogger and go to my Dashboard, usually there's a list of all the blogs I follow. I use that to read the blogs and see the newest posts! It's not there today. Where did it go? It says that I'm not following any blogs! Is anyone else having this problem?

Well...Here's a Treasury that I made for today. Check it out!



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Friday, April 1, 2011

Joining the Ultimate Blog Party




My PARTY POST for Ultimate Blog Party
So I'm joining the Ultimate Blog Party this year, hosted by 5minutesformom.com. I saw this last year but didn't participate. I don't know why. This year, I decided to go for it. I know I'm going to find some great new blogs to follow. And hopefully, I'll gain some new blogging friends. =)

2 just B you...is....
...A little online journal of my family's adventure with our online shop at Etsy and our small home-based business. I have fun sharing our journey as we learn and grow, post our newest items, tell about what we do and give updates of the shop. Plus, I share little life-events that happen along the way! I also feature Etsy sellers and items that I find, have giveaways, and share information that I've found helpful.
I also like to try to be interactive with my followers/friends. My giveaways are a bit different than others. I like to learn about what makes you YOU, so I share a bit about me, just being me and want you share a bit about you 2 just B you! =)

Follow my blog and leave a comment so I can follow you back. Also, join my linky below. By joining my linky, following, and commenting, you'll automatically be entered into a giveaway and have the chance to win something from our shop!



Fab Finds for Friday 4/1/11

Here we go...Fabulous Finds for Friday, April 1st, 2011! Today I feature two shops that offer handmade knitted items and crocheted items (two things I absolutely CAN'T do, but wish I could).

First up are items from a shop called 13 Plum Knitted Creations. The shop offers many knitted pieces, ranging from hats, scarfs, shawls, and infant wear, to dishcloths and coasters. You've gotta check it out! Below are some items that I thought might be great gift ideas.
Back Scrubber
Great gift idea for upcoming Mother's Day

Gnome Hat
Too cute to not feature. And it made me think of the movie previews I've seen for "Gnomeo and Juliet."

Next up are items from a shop that offers handmade crocheted book marks, Joyous Treasures. Lots of pretty, bright colors. A different and unique way to mark your spot in that book you're reading!

Red Heart Bookmark
Orange Poppy Bookmark
Be sure to check out these shops, and stay tuned for next week's Fab Finds for Friday (I already picked them out!). Happy Friday everyone! =)