Thursday, July 24, 2014

Retail Therapy- Happy Hour Pop Up Shop

I have to admit, I have a thing for retail therapy! Boutiques are the best because they have limited supplies of items making it very unlikely to find another fashionista in Huntsville rocking your finds. Well here's a twist on the traditional boutique, a"Mobile Boutique". Pretty Particular is a mobile, personal shopping and styling boutique that specializes in dress shopping for social, professional, formal, and bridal events. The owner, Dwaynia has a great eye for fashion and style and will be hosting an event this weekend


Make sure to RSVP, because space is limited and fills up fast! Don't miss your chance to have that amazing piece for your next event!        http://happyhourshopping.splashthat.com


Share your purchases from the Happy Hour Shopping event with me! Use the hashtag #SummerInHSV so I can check them out! 



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sounds and Sights- Smooth Jazz at the Three Caves

The Land Trust of North Alabama is a not for profit, member driven organization that works to preserve the wildlife, rivers and historic sites of North Alabama. Friday I attended the Smooth Jazz Concert featuring Warren Hill that helped to raise funds and it was amazing. As a fan of Warren Hill, I expected to have a great time but I had no clue how in love I would fall with the scenery. Huntsville has an gem in the Three Caves! This former lime stone quarry was an amazing stage for the sounds of Warren Hill's enticing sax and only got better as the night sky went dark and the lights that surrounded us accompanied the band. I had the pleasure of speaking with Dennis Keim, one of the members of the committee that had the foresight to see this diamond in the ruff. " We were able to see the potential in this place but we could never imagine this", Keim shared admiring the beautiful mountains and all the people in attendance at the event. Dennis a photographer and blogger (http://www.dk-studio.com) had many memories of the area and is a strong supporter of the Land Trust and the city of Huntsville.

There are 2 remaining concerts in the series and you can't let the summer end without attending at least one of them! Tickets are still available and I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday night then with smooth jazz and supporting an organization that supports us!

Special thanks to the Land Trust of North Alabama's Marketing Director, Cathie Mayne and all the volunteers that made this event happen.  To purchase tickets or become a member of the Land Trust please visit their  website http://landtrustnal.org

August 9th - Marion Meadows & August 23rd The Claire Lynch Band

Let's share the summer! Use the hastag #SummerInHSV and #MslawandaHSV to keep in touch.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Get Ready to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry! (Guest Blogger)



Have you ever wanted to try out multiple restaurants in one night? Are you interested in meeting fellow food lovers? Well I am, so I decided to check out the Homegrown Huntsville’s Dine & Dash event!

My friends and I met with the Dine & Dash group at Meza Luna in Jones Valley.  The menu was a mix between Greek, Italian, and Soulful Southern cuisine.  We dined on fresh tomatoes, fried bacon, field peas, corn, and fried okra. It  sent our taste buds into frenzy, the best dish of the evening!

Our chariot awaited us, actually a trolley, where our hosts shared information on other Homegrown Huntsville events, hilarious family stories and simply a fun atmosphere.  The next stop was Straight to Ale.

This portion of the event brought the experience of the newest crave in the city "Food Trucks"!  On –N- On food truck was the food host, with Straight to Ale providing us the beer. Nothing stood out for me on this stop (Meza set the bar high), but we still enjoyed ourselves. 

The third stop was Brix, known for their "happy hour"and events,  they had the drinks flowing.  My favorite hands down were the Cosmo Ritas, and all I can say is ...... oh those Cosmo Ritas!  We were then introduced to shrimp and spinach tacos with homemade sriracha. Yummy!  I didn't want to leave, but we hopped on the trolley for more jokes and crazy conversations until we arrived at our final spot, Anaheim Chili.

 The white chili and Texas chili combination was hearty, spicy, and downright delicious. The
Yellowhammer beer was a great accompaniment and a final wrap up for the night. So if food, libations, and new adventures are what you seek - don’t delay, dash over to Homegrown Huntsville to sign up for future Dine & Dash events!


















Monday, June 23, 2014

Money Making Apps

There are so many apps in the iTunes or Google Play App Stores but I have some favorites! I love to find apps that now only entertain but give free stuff for my time.  My latest obsession is ShopKick....

Photo Credit www.savingsmania.com
Shopkick gives you points for visiting some of your favorite stores, scanning items in those stores and making purchases with a registered credit card.  I'm really cautious about sharing my credit card after the big Target breach so I haven't benefited from that portion but my kids and I are some scanning and store visiting fools LOL! You accumulate points that can redeemed in the form of gift cards from places like Target, Starbucks, Macy's and items like headphone, iPads and even charitable donations. This app should be on your cellphone so when you run to Walmart for a loaf of bread or Old Navy for that big sale you can earn too! Referring friends also put extra points in your bank so be a gem and use my referral link when you join  http://app.shopkick.com/wr2/colorado23592

Photo Credit Krogerkrazy.com
Ibotta is next up on my must have apps. This app pays you, Yes it pays you for the purchases you make.  The app will give you stores in your area and items that offer rebates. When you purchase these items you earn money. It only takes $5 of accumulation to send to your paypal account or you can choice to redeem in gift cards also. Simply purchase the item and when you get home verify it on the app by scanning the bar code and submitting a copy of your store receipt with your phones camera. That simple.  Referring friends on this app also boost your totals so use my link and you get $ and I will too... https://ibotta.com/register?friend=abqryy

Viggle is an app I have posted about before and I still use it everyday! This app gives you points for watching television shows. The points from this app can also be used to get gift cards, discounts on entertainment, food and gifts and for merchandise like iPods, headphones and company merchandise. They have updated their app so my previous video is the old version but the video still shows you how to use the app. Google Plus  or iTunes 


Here's Part 1 and Part 2 of my Viggle Tutorial using the previous version. The app has since updated and instead of being able to do multiple shows in one hour you will only do one show an hour. It is still a great app with rewards for doing what you normally do for free....

Do you have some fun money making or money saving apps? Share them with me...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Jazz at the Caves!

Smooth Jazz is my ultimate favorite and the Land Trust of North Alabama along with Redstone Federal Credit Union is hosting a 3 concert series that I am extremely excited about! The Land Trust's  Three Caves Smooth Jazz Concerts will feature artists Julian Vaughn, Warren Hill and Marion Meadows.  What better way is there to spend a Saturday evening, then relaxing in the beautiful Alabama weather, with a picnic basket, a handsome date and the invigorating sounds of saxophone and mellow guitars? I can't think of one, LOL!  I will be attending the July 19 and August 9th concerts with my husband as part of my #SummerInHSV series and I can't wait to share the details.  To purchase tickets or learn more please visit the Land Trust's website (click here).

Grab your comfy lawn chair, a picnic dinner (or purchase one that will be waiting for you) and grab a glass of wine or a cup of beer while you enjoy smooth rhythms and the beautiful surroundings of the Three Caves!

Here's one of my favorite Warren Hill songs! Are you a Smooth Jazz Fan? Are you excited about the concert series? 


Monday, June 9, 2014

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Volunteer & Enjoy the Fun

Are you looking for a fun way to volunteer this summer? The Land Trust of North Alabama may have the perfect opportunity for you! Check out the details below:

  

~Fun Volunteer Opportunities~

Can you Deux it?
 
This inaugural aquathalon (or "Premiere Deux" as some folks have fondly named it) is a first for Madison County.
  

Spend a bit of time on Land Trust trails
or on the deck of the beautiful
Mountain Springs pool! 

 
Please  click here to register to help on this fun morning!  Yep, you'll get a t-shirt!





Our Jazz at Three Caves Concert Seriesbegins soon and we are now actively seeking volunteers to help with these very cool events.  The dates are June 21-Julian VaughnJuly 19-Warren Hill, and August 9- Marion Meadows. 

The concerts are relaxing and fun events at the ever-amazing Three Caves.

Volunteering (2 hour minimum) for the event earns you free admission and a wonderful night out.  Positions range from helping with parking, taking admission tickets, staffing t-shirt or drink tables, or helping hand out boxed dinners.  


We only open Three Caves - a former limestone quarry - to the public a few times per year, so this is a great way to help the Land Trust.  Thanks to our volunteers, every evening at Three Caves is special! 

Want to learn more?  Please email Natalie@LandTrustNAL.org
or phone 256.534.LAND (5263).


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