Friday, February 26, 2010

a REAL eye opener!

I wear, and swear by, liquid black eyeliner.  Everyday.  Morning and evening.  I started wearing it when I was in high school.....I remember seeing Selena and deciding right then and there liquid was the ONLY way to go.  I used to wear pencil liner but it would get all over my lids and look none-so-foxy, so this little make-up product is a gem!

My preference is Revlon Color Stay liquid liner in blackest black.  It really does stay and just gives a sharper, more classic look.  The absolute BEST part of this is that the tip of it is like a pen.  It's not as messy as a brush and you can get the thickness that you want with barely any room for error.  (I learned on Clinique's liquid liner-- and while it does last for-ev-er, it was a booger to put on....too many "DOH!" moments for this stylin fox!)  You can wear it with shadow for a super dramatic look, but I think it's best with just some mascara for a cleaner notice-my-eyes-more-than-any-other-feature kind of statement. Either way, you are sure to look foxy!

To apply liquid liner----clean off some of the liner on the inside of the bottle (start out with a's easier to add than to try and remove).  Begin lining as close to the lashline as possible in the center of your lid going to the outside corner.  Make sure you get it as thick as you want it.  You can take it just to the corner for an everyday look, or swoop it out a bit for are-they-or-aren't-they cat eyes.  Without dipping the pen again, go to the inner corner of your lid and very carefully draw in towards the starting point.  While you are learning to perfect this, it's best to go in shorter strokes to make sure you don't get it too thick.  You want it to grow in thickness from the inside corner to the outside.  The real trick, however, is getting the other eye to match.  It just takes a little bit of practice, but you will get there in no time!  Don't get frustrated....I've been doing this for about 12 years and it's still the longest part of my make-up application.  The main things to remember are: 1) do not stretch out your lid with your finger!  Other than possibly making unncessary wrinkles (gasp) it pulls the lid to unrealistic lengths and can cause gaps in the liner.  When you release it to it's normal shape there's no telling what you'll end up with!  If you need to stretch your lid, simply raise your eyebrows.  2) your eye make-up should go on in this order---eye shadow, mascara, eye liner.  If you put on mascara before shadow, the shadow can get stuck in your mascara.  If you put eye liner on before shadow, it won't be as sharp.  If you put eye liner on before the mascara, you can clump your lashes together and make the mascara situation a situation

Disclaimer:  As with anything, there is more than one way to do it and, sadly, liquid liner is not for everyone.  If you try my method and find yourself still having some issues, before you hang it up try Trish's.  She is a bit different about it than I am (she likes the pull method), but I love liquid liner so much I am making sure you have options! If after trying both ways the look is not working for you but neither is the pencil, try a gel liner or a dark shadow using a brush like this one.  You can click here to see the info on this particular brush!
  Questions?  Just ask 'em!  And as always, stay a fox!!
(so far so good this week.....hope you are feelin even foxier!)

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Woot... someone recently tweeted the question "What does 'woot' mean?" well... Hmm... from what I can tell "Woot" is the written form of the sound we all used to make with that ridiculous arm swinging Arsenio Hall motion we all used to imitate back in the early 90s.  It is an expression of joy, can be and has been used with sarcasm.  And for now, thanks to a dear Stylin' friend of mine is a common word in my vocabulary both online and in the flesh.  

But Woot! is actually also a really cool website I've become an obsessive watcher of lately. is a unique site... offering one and only one item for sale each day at ridiculously low prices.  I like spunky web peeps too... people who are creative in their faq's make me smile... for example... 

What is Woot and who's behind it? is an online store and community that focuses on selling cool stuff cheap. It started as an employee-store slash market-testing type of place for an electronics distributor, but it's taken on a life of its own. We anticipate profitability by 2043 – by then we should be retired; someone smarter might take over and jack up the prices. Until then, we're still the lovable scamps we've always been.
Now, not everything up for sale on Woot! can be considered a savvy purchase (b/c who needs to spend $$ on junk you don't need?) but if you're in the market for say a Kodak 12 Megapixel Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom
 and's item of the day is an amazingly priced Kodak 12 Megapixel Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom with free shipping, then by all means click the "I want one!" button and see if you're one of the lucky ones to get it before it's gone! 

If nothing else it will be a bright spot in your day... cute website... good blog, and who couldn't use one more good blog to read right?  And you just might walk away with a great deal!!

Stay Savvy people.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cool gear for outdoor activites, camping and hiking with your little ones!!!!

To the left is a picture of Levon in his Kelty Wallaby child carrier.  This carrier was very handy for his daddy to carry him in when we did light outdoor stuff.  Click the picture to go to a link to purchase it.

In the above picture is a Kelty child carrier ideal for hiking with your child. We have one that isn't the exact same model but is basically the same. It's max weight load is about 50 lbs. So your kid will be able to use it for a while. We love it!!!  We actually found ours at the local goodwill for $5. Which is a major STEAL!!!!!  Click on the above picture to purchase it.

To the right is one of my favorite items on my "I wish I had this" list.  It is basically a play pen and a bed ideal for camping or going to the beach. It also has an inflatable mattress.  It packs down small enough to fit in a suitcase. It also has a zip off UV shade you can buy seperately for sun protection. I want this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Click on the picture to purchase it.

                         Thanks for reading!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


A few weeks ago I did a *SUPER* cool tutorial on how to make your own blog button with a copy/past html code like this...


And I've gotten lots of feedback from people who have used it and made their very own buttons!!! *GREAT*

Like any proud teacher ;O) I want to see your hard work!!! If you made a blog button from my tutorial, post up your blog in the comments and we will post up your button on the a fox! blog!!! And since this is a *Swap-a-rooski* then you can grab one of our buttons


YAY!!! Let the swapping begin!!!

XOXO Geeky OUT!!!

Monday, February 22, 2010


I've been slowly (and I mean sloooowly) redoing my living room and kitchen.  They are basically one BIG room.  We've lived in our house for 8 years and it's pretty much been the same the whole time.  I'm just bored and need something new.  I've been making mental notes of what I like and I think I've made some desisions.  One think I know is that I like all this burlap stuff I've been seeing.  Being the Crafty Fox that I am, I've been looking for some great tutorials for home projects.   I was in burlap heaven when I came up on Tatertots and Jello
This is my go-to blog for all things home decorating.  Jen has it down, when it comes to using burlap!  My first project is this:
I'm hoping it will only take me a couple of days.  Then I'm going to move on to this:
She just uses some Dollar Store frames.  So, it's a cheap little project.
I'll need some new curtains, too
Oh, and I need some new lamps, BAD
There's not really a lot of burlap involved in this but the embellishment is cute!
I'll be decorating the kitchen, too.  We're not fancy at our house (is that bad?) but I LOVE this table! 
And last, but not least, I WILL be making these pillows. 
They aren't burlap, but they go with the color scheme and feel of what I'm trying to create in my home.  I hope you were inspired by some of these DIY home projects.  I know I am! 

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Congrats Savvy!!!!

We are SO thrilled to announce the *GRAND OPENING* of our dear Savvy Fox's store today!!!

Come down and share in the yarny goodness

Has to offer!!!

WE LOVE YOU SB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

gimme a Y gimme an O gimme a U

This blog is going to be about your best fashion accessory: yourself.  You can add all the make-up, hairspray, bracelets, nail polish, etc. you want.....but when it comes down to it, if you don't feel good about yourself, there isn't anything that will make you look good to yourself.  So.  I have struggled in the past with something millions of people struggle with everyday---my weight.  Not just my weight, but how I feel it holds me back from being my most confident all the time, and even fully enjoying a fun shopping day with friends.  And let's not even think about a bathing suit (omg! omg! omg! shake it out! delete! delete! omgomgomg!!!)  I feel like any and every time I have started to diet one of the real reasons I don't stick with it is because of when I begin---normally, it's in October.  So I lose about 10-12lbs before the holidays.  I give up the fight during Thanksgiving and that will last until the New Year.  I don't normally start seeing a gain, though, until the end of I have tricked myself into thinking I am not gaining anything because I don't see it immediately upon inhaling the 10th Christmas cookie.  But then February sneaks up on me.....

I am taking a new approach and if you are wanting to get on board with me, PLEASE DO!  Summer is exactly 17 weeks away from this coming Monday.  Summer--you know--when you want to be in cute shorts and little dresses and wear bright, fun colors.  We have gotten through the hardest part of the year for a dieter, so why not get going now?  17 weeks is a decent amount of time, but it will get here quicker than you goal is to have 20 pounds gone.  I don't want to just be stylin' this summer, but super stylin!  However, it is more about feeling good about myself and taking control.  The cute clothes are just a bonus ;)

So here, for all the foxin world to see, are my stats:

height: very nearly 5ft6                                    
weight: 183.8
chest: 41 inches
waist: 35.5 inches
hips: 45 inches
jean size: 14

This will not be a blog focus, but at the end of each of my posts for the next 17 weeks, I will let you know, in my own foxy way, if I passed or failed for the week. My goals are to eat healthy (think Weight Watchers), and to do one of my many pilates DVDs 4 times a week. I will enjoy my last 2 days of eating without thinking, but come Monday it's ON!

I have my reward outfit already picked out so that by the first day of summer, I can be super stylin....LIKE A FOX! -------->

photo taken 2/18/2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My top picks for laundry detergent that is easy on the environment!!

My #1 Top pick is Country Save Laundry Powder.

(click picture to purchase)
  It works great and is free of dyes and perfumes so it is safe for those with sensitive skin. Country Save is septic tank safe and doesn't test there products on animals nor do they use animal by products. The best part is that you don't have to use a fabric softener on your clothes wen you use this detergent.  It makes your clothes so soft a fabric softener isn't needed.  Although it doesn't have any perfumes it still smells fresh!!!

My #2 Pick is Planet Laundry Powder
(click picture to purchase)
I love Planet laundry detergent because certified 100% biodegradable, not tested on animals, free from animal ingredients, unscented, uncolored, recycled packaging, and hypo-allergenic.  Its strong and effective and gets your laundry good and clean.  

Both of these detergents are great for washing cloth diapers and for use on baby clothes.  I have used them both to wash stuff for my son who has VERY sensitive skin and he has had no problems with them.

Thanks For Reading!!!

                                                     Crunchy Fox!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Project Blog Makeover!

Hiya!!! It's ya girl *GEEKY*

It's snowing like *WHOA* here in our little town and I've been stuck inside ALL

BUT one good thing about being stuck inside is...MORE TIME TO BE GEEKY!!!

Most people I know who are creative love a good day inside so they can work on their projects. Get out all their fabric, thread, yarn, and what not ...and sure I like to do that sometimes too. But on a day like this all I wanna do is snuggle up to my good ol' laptop and get geeky!!!

I've been blogging for oh about 5 months really...not long I guess BUT I have found some really valuable stuff since my journey started! So today I'm gonna share with you some SUPER helpful sites that help all us blogstars out there!!!

Follow me...

has TONS of super cute blog layouts and they are *FREE*

like these..

other sites to check out for cute backgrounds are...


Now what do you do once you fall in *LOVE* with a background???


Step 1. Copy the html code provided
Step 2. Sign into blogger
Step 3. Add a gadget
Step 4. Choose an html gadget
Step 5. Paste the html code


-Geeky OUT!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cruisin' with Cricut

Any Crafty Fox knows about this wonderful, do-it-all machine, Cricut
It's made by ProvoCraft and it can do just about anything.  It cuts cardstock, vinyl, chipboard, magnet sheets, felt, foam, and lots more!  There are also many, many cartridges for it with different fonts, tags, and images.  It truly is a must-have for any Crafty Fox! 
Well, back in the summer, Cricut was having a FREE crusie promotion.  Inside 20 (only 20) cartridges were golden tickets.  If you got this golden ticket, you WON a 7-day Eastern Carribean "Craft" cruise for 2! It sounds too good to be true! 

Well, would you believe that my Mom was one of the lucky 20? 
Well, she was and she just got back from her AWESOME cruise! 

Their ship , the ms Eurodam, left on January 30th from Ft. Lauderdale is was full speed ahead from there!  There were crafting classes where they made scrapbook frames and cruise scrapbooks.

My dad even got in on the scrappin' action!
Not only did they have a full week of crafting, they also stopped at some AMAZING ports
St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands,
where my Dad found my old iguana, Iggy!  I'm sure he likes it better in the islands than with me in Kentucky!
And their last stop was
Half Moon Cay!  How cute is Cricut relaxing in the sand?

Pretty nice, huh?  Well, ProvoCraft really knows how to treat their customers, because ON TOP of this unbelieveable cruise, they were just throwing gifts at them left and right.  Here's some of the goodies my Mom came back with:

and when they thought it was all over, they gave them THIS!
A brand new GYPSY!  Seriously?!?!?!
and hold on to your scrapbook paper for this...
A GOLD CRICUT!!!!!!!!!!!!
There's only like 30 of these in the world and my Mother has one!
They had so much stuff to bring back that they had to buy 2 extra carry-ons!
Thank you ProvoCraft and Cricut for giving my parents a vacation they will never forget!

Have a great day!