Thursday, February 25

Groupon and Acupuncture

Today's post covers two bases: 1) I haven't had a site to recommend to you in a while and 2) I want to know everyone's thoughts about Acupuncture.

1. Groupon - Although it’s not a new site and many of your probably already know about it, I wanted to mention Groupon, a website that provides a steal of a deal every weekday for over 50 cities in the United States. Here’s how it works according to them:
  1. Each day we feature something cool to do at an unbeatable price.
  2. You only get it if enough people join that day… so invite your friends!
  3. Check back the next day for another awesome Groupon!

Through this concept I’ve bought many things including half-off restaurant gift certificates, a $100 Red Door Spa gift card for $50, and golf practices for 49% off. Not bad. All of these deals have since expired but the good news is that there will be more! Want to play, too? Click here to join – it’s free and they currently serve over 52 cities, including:

2. Acupuncture
Not a big fan of needles, but there's something about acupuncture that has always intrigued me. Have you done it or do you know someone who has? I'd love to get your opinions - today's Groupon for my area is for acupuncture!

Monday, February 22

I am inspired

Like many bloggers, I rely heavily on Google Reader to get my daily fix of what's happening at the blogs I follow. Mondays are especially plentiful as I usually don't read blogs over the weekend. Today I had more than 100 posts waiting to be read. My favorite comes from Le Musings of Moi, and is called A Personal Challenge: 21 days to a better you. Summer commits to 21 days of transformation, where each day of the 21 days she "will do or start something that will help and motivate [her] to be, do, and become better."

How inspiring!! It made me wonder: could I do 21 things in 21 days to better myself or others? What do you think? Could you? After years of flunking out from lost New Year's Resolutions and watching others succeed in their Lent vows, I just might have to go for it!

Thursday, February 18

Vote for kitteh!

Vote for my cat to win! If she does, I'll donate $1K to a local rescue group! Click here or copy and paste

Sad Morning

Today I went to work using the back roads to avoid traffic on the main highway. I saw a cat trying to cross the six lane street we were on. He started to run out in front of me, but then went back to the edge of the road as I passed. I relaxed and thought he must have decided to wait, but then saw him dart right out in front of the car behind me. The driver didn't even see him in time. I pulled over immediately and found the cat about 10 feet off the road. It was stretching its legs out a little bit then pulling them back, maybe for a minute or two, then died. Of course I bawled and stayed with him until it was over. I tried to find the owner, but didn't see anyone and all the houses are gated. He didn't have a collar and I saw a couple of fleas, so I guess he was a stray.

I hope that my being there with him helped ease his fear and pain.

Wednesday, January 27

Post 1 of 2010

To my followers, I apologize if I have dropped off the face of the earth. It started last April as Mr. Bean and I prepared to move from California to Texas. After taking a hiatus from here to do practical things like pack boxes and look for a job, I realized that there are many blogs and sites that do what my little blog did: hunt down cool sites, good deals, and off-beat finds. Many of them post more frequently and do a better job than I do. And so my hiatus turned more into an extended vacation and, well, here we are five months since my last post.

I am not saying that I won’t post again. There are times that I stumble upon something and think, “Oh, I must tell the blogosphere about this!” Maybe from now on I’ll also try to interject some of me into this. That probably means less exciting for you. Sorry. :) To be continued…

Tuesday, August 18

Online sample sales

If you like nabbing up good buys on high-end brands, you're going to love the new online sample sale craze! I'm completely addicted to these little gems and check many of them every weekday for new sales on brands like Puma, Gucci, Vera Wang, and more (they also carry children's and men's brand as well as home decor)! Could I ever afford most of these brands without a little help? No. Would I be willing to try them with a little discount? Of course! Here are the main sites I check out each day:

HauteLook (click on the name to visit their site)
My favorite online sample sale spot! I’ve now made two purchases with them and am very happy with the company.

GoMatta Girls
Great finds, usually under $50!

GiltGroupe and GiltFuse
Gilt Groupe itself is a little too pricey for me. I just can't get excited about a Prada dress that normally retail for $1,500 and is now available for a mere $600! However, they have a new site, GiltFuse, that carries only items less than $150. Recent brands included Juicy Couture.

Not related to this great stores is the fact that I haven't exactly been posting on a regular schedule since the spring. This is not an accident. Mr. Bean and I moved cross country. He started studying for the bar exam and I started looking for a job, and now we're both working new jobs that keep us happy but busy. I had a lot of fun creating The Sweet Jelly Bean blog this spring and hope that you had just as good of a time reading it. I hope we can meet again before too long.

Monday, April 27

And the winner of the boardgame giveaway is...

Homemaker!! Congratulations! Thanks to everyone for playing. :-)
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