Friday, February 27, 2009

American Idol Season 8: I heart Norman Gentle..

Oh goodness! This year is so interesting. There are some that are SO bad at this point in the competition it is surprising to me. That poor girl that sang Maroon 5 just butchered that song. UGH. Norman Gentle was pretty rad! I don't know why they were hating on him so. I know its a singing competition but I bet he could really sing if he tried. Lately I have really been enjoying comedians (hence the you tube)..
The Kelly Clarkson look alike ( Allison) was surprisingly awesome. I dont ever remember seeing her before this week.
Eyeliner guy reminds me of Brandon Flowers! I think he will go very far ! I am not a stones fan but he did a great job. I was really surprised that the guy who sang "Man in the Mirror" got to stay?! Do ya'll love him?

The Dining Room

Here is a pic of everything in place but not finished! I still cant decide on a paint color for the room. I like all the dark jewel tone colors but worry that nothing will show up with a dark backdrop.
Feel free to comment with any and all suggestions!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Bathroom Project!

Below is a BEFORE SHOT of the bathroom, actually a couple of paint colors ago. As the tile changed in the shower , do did the paint. Now that our shower has been redone and is actually working, we decided to repaint with a color my Aunt CC chose. "Smoke Screen" which is a Pittsburg Paint color. We are really happy with it. It looks a lot better on the walls when dry than when you just look at the color.

Bubs basically did all the work and I was the "project manager" ha.. In addition to painting he added some shelves for me. Those shelves you see above were about shoulder high to the ceiling and they are very deep as well so hard to reach or use that space effectively. Erikface added a few extra LOWER shelves which will allow me to actually use them AND will keep Ralphie from stealing clothes out of the hamper. I got that neat curtain at Target to cover the shelves but will show their absolute beauty & organization soon! As you can see I need the curtain to be a little longer so it can cover that whole space, I just couldnt bare to pay that ridiculous price for TWO fo them. We shall see.

Preds Vs. Blackhawks

Last night we had a preds game and this pic is on ESPN this morning! That pink Arrow is pointing to Erik HA. Eric & Heather Anderson came with us and we saw Justin & Wiggs there as well! Pretty exciting AND Taylor Swift was there. She was sitting in the crowd like a regular person and was really fun and a good sport when the camera caught her, unlike Carrie Underwood who hit the deck when the camera found her last week. She also flashed her fang fingers like below!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Love Affair with Target..

I have many many times mentioned to you all about my love affair with Target. Well today, I had to go in and get a few bins to help with our current project ( pics coming later) and while I was in there I discovered quite a few marvelous things!
- Orla Kiely is a guest designer for them right now and i LOVE her. I linked to some of her stuff online but what is in the store is much better. She has 3 sections: Kitchen, Organization & Dishes. *awesome**
- They also have a really neat Garden Party Line that I love.
- They have some new stuff from the "Parenting Magazine" company with neat organizational binders for people with kids. Ya'll know how i love binders!

then i had a blast in the $1 bin. ralphie is modeling his new $1 shirt. Poor dude is too fat for ALL his clothes lately so this will have to do. everyday. ha

My Dad: Leader of the Turkey Festival

He looks a little presidential there no?
And below i made him hold up all his credentials.. cause they were neat and colorful.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Granpa's Political Corner: Stimulus what?

Can we decide what the "stimulus" bill is to accomplish? Stimulate the economy, create three million new jobs, provide relief for the "troubled mortgage market", provide relief for the citizens, etc.

Does the "stimulus" bill accomplish these things? Any jobs created will be government jobs and by their very nature lost when the particular project is completed. We were told it was a dire emergency to pass this bill or our economy might be lost and unrecoverable yet any jobs will be a year or two in being implemented. The expenditure of funds seems to be directed at financial institutions which were mismanaged and therefore in swampo. Does the bill provide relief from the peculiar trade negotiations we have undertaken? What provisions are there for addressing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other "free trade" agreements? What provisions are there for addressing the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SSP)? What provisions are made to address the problems and expenditures associated with the "unfettered" migration from Mexico? What provisions are there for revamping welfare (which seems to be a hodgepoge of regulations)?. Are there provisions to revamp the taxation of business that would provide a better work environment? Have there been considerations that history shows us that a nation can not spend its way out of a depression?

It seems to me that the "stimulus" legislation only stimulates the nations debt.
The Fed has, I am told, injected some 2 trillion dollars, in addition to what the two emergency bills provide. The Fed is not part of the federal government but guess who will pay the interest and principal. These expenditures result in a rapid expansion of the government control (socialism) of our lives. Our money has gone from gold backed to silver backed and with the Fed in control of the money supply to "faith in the government" backing. It seems to me that with the government continual spending beyond our means that we could end up owing so much that the government would further confiscate earnings leaving the citizens totally dependent upon government support because the government would in effect own everything, including our freedom which is the glue that holds the nation together.

What do I think of the Stimulus" legislation? I think it is a wish list and payback of "pork" and has no chance of accomplishing much.


Everybody, Everybody Get Your Robe On! WHAT

My nephew.. just being his charming self. Had to share since his momma made me laugh with that title. HA

Sunday, February 22, 2009

News that makes my heart swell!

This is one of my oldest and dearest friends Susannah Jenkins Edwards. Susannah has wanted a baby for so long and has been a very patient and praying trooper. She is PREGARS!!! and due in August. She has finally given me the green light to talk about it! I got these pics today and just cried tears of joy. I am SOOOOO happy for her and J words can not express. Everyone pray for them and a healthy baby child! It will surely be one of the most spoiled and celebrated children on earth! It has been a long road Sus but God is good! I love you guys!

Let The Dining Room Fun Begin!

Now this may be hard for you some of you to stomach, but my dining room "Theme" is like the local Restaurant & Wine Bar called Rumors East, which is Thick rich textures, fabrics, & Jewel-tone colors.
Below are some of our finds from the local thrift shops. I marked the prices on them because they were unbelievable! The $13 chairs have a beautiful shape and are covered in a 70's green velvet, which I love and it will hurt me to cover over it but that is not in the color scheme.

This beauty was already covered! Oddly enough I had bought this exact fabric to cover the other chairs with before we found this one. I can not express to you all the ways and reasons why I LOVE this chair. It was marked $20 but was half off so only $10.00!

Here are some of the other chairs that came with the dining room table ready to be covered.
Before recovering we had to shine them up and cover any nicks with Old English.
and here is my cute little mommy working hard. That staple gun of hers TERRIFIED my doggles. They were hiding all day.
And here is one of our finished products! Purple -ish upholstery fabric we got on sale in a remnant bin
So not only is all of this beautiful and part of my dream dining room but it was fabulously affordable and a *gift* from my parents! Thanks Mom & Dad!!
More pictures coming soon of the semi- finished room! I am struggling over paint choices so please comment or email me with ideas!

Our Weekend In Review: Mi Madre es in Town!

This weekend has been packed.. well really since last Wed. Both of my parents were in town Wed - Sun. My dad spent most of his time representing his peeps at the Turkey Festival at Opryland Hotel & Convention Center. ( He is the president of the NWTF for Alabama). While he was busy doing that, My mom and I hit up every Good Will, Salvation Army, Thrift store etc.. looking for the perfect stuff for our new DINING ROOM!
We had SOOOOO much fun. I never knew the treasures that surround us here until she inspired me to explore more! Below are some of our fun buys ( the dining room project will be another post). Today is my Mom's birthday. She is 32! ha just kidding. Happy Birthday Momma!

Now you may not know, but I am QUITE the collector.. of many odd things.. and 2 of those things are Vintage Tupperware ( specifically orange) or Vintage Melmac dishes. I prefer the Blue ( turquoise) ones. Both my mom, and Erik's mom had a set of these when they got married and I have ONE of Mrs. Norma's set. They became dishes for the sandbox in later years. HA and mom mom thinks she gave hers to someone. DANG. Anyway they are hard to find but I always look at every flea market type of venue and we found some this weekend! See below.
Any Momma's out there who have some old Mel-Mac on hand go ahead and mail 'em to me! ( Mrs. Becky, Mrs Jean, Momma Cary, Sandra, Sara etc... ) :)
and here are some bulbs we bought for 10 CENTS each! wowsers! Mom and Erik planted all of these in the back yard! Very excited about that. We had some random bulbs here and there in the yard and my dad dug those up for us to move to an actual flowerbed.
And not pictured would be some new vintage pillowcases and sheets I gathered for my collection. I have no interest in any true antiques but I love anything from the 60's and 70's and sheets from that era are not only SUPER soft but also VERy colorful! ha I use them for all sorts of things because its also a really cheap means of fabric. If you ever stay over here, dont be distressed because they rarely make it to the guest bed, but even if they do I wash them on the sanitary mode on the washing machine! ha

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Belated Valentines Goodies...

We had a great Valentines weekend with the Lewis' in town. I forget how similiar Marshall & Erik are! Several people at the hockey game thought they were brothers, and one person thought they were twins! ha
Anyway, I have to give a shout out to my Martha Stewart neighbor J.Gro for baking this lovely cake which she delivered with a bottle of champagne. I thought that was so cute and perfect and THOUGHTFUL! Ya'll know how I love Holiday stuff!
Friday night we had a fun dinner with the holders, Justin and an old friend ( Mike Greer) that I worked with at Cheeburger in Auburn and his new beautiful wife!
Then we got some pretty Valentines cards from Deborah & Nonie!! and a Flip Mino from my parents which we shall put to great use! I have underestimated the value of short videos until that old hard drive recovery. It is SO funny to see clips of us years ago, especially when we first got Ralphie I laugh so hard at what a careful mom I was and how into it we both were.
Juliel got me a really neat purple scarf with peace signs all over it that i will be rockin all summer long!
So you can see we feel really loved! Thanks to all you guys who made the weekend so awesome!
Love back at ya! ( follow that with Ellen's kakaka noise) ha

What you see here is a MASTERPIECE!

Here is my garden last year. It was cute...

and here is my new garden for 2009! My bubs outdid himself!
Now, dont be fooled! There was a moment of him cussing, kicking stuff around and saying he would much rather BUY his vegetables.. ha but in the end we were both very pleased!
We had all these random wood pieces in our garage that were in the way and needed to be taken out, so they were used in this project, making it free! We dont own a wheel barrow, unfortunately... and when I saw how much they cost I about died! But Erik being the smarty pants that he is , came up with this brilliant idea of taking a tarp and filling it with dirt then dragging it across the yard. It worked perfectly and was also FREE. ha
My mom found some awesome links for us so you can check them out below if you are interested!
How to build a Vegetable Bed

Seasonal Planting Info for Tenn.

I got a case of the envies...

Because I really want a different look for my blog, and I have NO idea what that look should be but lately I have been reading this other blog called " My Chihuahua Bites" which was named after some OPI nail polish (but she does have 2 of the pups) anyway... Its a neat blog and you can read it by clicking the button below. She recently had it re-designed and it looks so AWESOME. It is time for a permanent look for The Grizas site but I dont know what that should be ! Any suggestions? Ya'll know I love way too many tacky crazy things to be any kind of cohesive...

For All you Gmail Users....

I mean G-mail is the superior option as far as webmail goes! Hopefully everyone knows that by now, and so their new features are pretty rockin.
This video explains how gmail now can sync ( read:push) data from mail, contacts, calendars.. which is awesome.

Dont forget to check out their new documents thing that allows you to keep up with all your health records..

Facebook Makes Some Changes..

AHA. Good! I think they thought they were gonna sneak that little policy update by everyone unnoticed! Glad to see they are changing that back!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

This is just a random email but I found it very interesting.

To All My Valued Employees,
There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company and, more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: the economy doesn't pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job, however, is the changing political landscape in this country. (I know some of you will stop here, but please keep reading)

However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help you decide what is in your best interest.

First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is a back story. This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by what you see and hear. Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside. You've seen my big home at last year's Christmas party. I'm sure all these flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life.

However, what you don't see is the back story.

I started this company 28 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300-square-foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living apartment was converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building a company, which, by the way, would eventually employ you.

My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent went back into this company.. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a defective transmission. I didn't have time to date. Often times, I stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying. In fact, I was married to my business -- hard work, discipline, and sacrifice.

Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made a modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes.
Instead of hitting Nordstrom's for the latest hot fashion item, I was trolling through the Goodwill store extracting any clothing item that didn't look like it was birthed in the 70's. My friends refinanced their mortgages and lived a life of luxury.. I, however, did not. I put my time, my money, and my life into a business with a vision that eventually, some day, I too would be able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.

So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9 A. M., mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5 P. M., I don't. There is no "off" button for me. When you leave the office, you are done, and you have a weekend all to yourself. I, unfortunately, do not have the freedom. I eat and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to my hip like a 1-year-old, special-needs child. You, of course, only see the fruits of that garden -- the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations... You never realize the back story and the sacrifices I've made.

Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bail-out all the people who didn't. The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for.

Yes, business ownership has is benefits, but the price I've paid is steep and not without wounds.

Unfortunately, the cost of running this business and employing you is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why:

I am being taxed to death, and the government thinks I don't pay enough. I have state taxes. Federal taxes. Property taxes. Sales and use taxes. Payroll taxes. Workers' compensation taxes. Unemployment taxes. Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes, and then, guess what?, I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it now occupy most of my time. On October 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000 for quarterly taxes. You know what my "stimulus" check was? Zero. Nada. Zilch

The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good-paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check? Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country.
The fact is, if I deducted (Read: Stole) 50% of your paycheck you'd quit, and you wouldn't work here. I mean, why should you? That's nuts. Who wants to get rewarded for only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree, which is why your job is in jeopardy.
Here is what many of you don't understand ... to stimulate the economy, you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn't need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic growth. My employees would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.
When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don't defibrillate and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or, do you defibrillate his heart? Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington believe the poor of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine. Nothing could be further from the truth, and this is the type of change you can keep.

So where am I going with all this?

It's quite simple.

If any new taxes are levied on me or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I fire you. I fire your co-workers. You can then plead with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child's future. Frankly, it isn't my problem any more.

Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire. You see, I'm done. I'm done with a country that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed and, with it, will be my citizenship.

If you lose your job, it won't be at the hands of the economy; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country, steamrolled the constitution, and will change its landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me sitting on a beach, retired, and with no employees to worry about....

Your boss

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who are not. - Thomas Jefferson

Thoughts? Leave some comments!

Ugh GRoss!

This picture was on Perez along with THIS article.. and do you know who this is? KELLIE PICKLER. Sweet , Sweet pickler has been getting some bad advice from someone who is trying desperately to make her look ugly and 25 years older. I mean she looks SUPER heinous in this pic and whoever did this to her needs a new J.O.B.

Also off subject but just wondering if you all have read the new "Laws" of facebook, about how they basically own us now..
Very interested to hear what you all think of that.
( short version is that facebook put a clause in their user agreement saying that whatevet you load onto facebook , pictures, words... etc b.c property of facebook and no longer YOU so they can do whatever they like with it as far as reprinting, circulating etc.)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day to All!

Yesterday I went to the Art & Invention Gallery of East Nash. It is a cool place that sells the local artists' wares and stuff. From time to time they have workshops and every Valentines they have a craft day where you can come in and purchase a wooden heart and decorate it with thousands of the supplies provided.

They even provided smocks, hair dryers to help the drying process, hot glue guns, ribbons, GLITTER, feathers.. you name it.
and here is the one I made for my snugs. He wore it around his neck last night like Flava Flav and it was awesome.
Tonight we shall celebrate in our typical non traditional Nashville style with a Predators Game. We are excited because Sarah and Marshall Wiley Lewis will be coming to join us and spend the night! Hooray. Pictures later incase you have forgotten what they look like.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Today's Big Project: The Pantry

You are looking at this picture through my very hopeful and NAIVE eyes as I got ready to begin replacing our pantry hardware. Erik was not feeling into it so I stubbornly dove right in. Our pantry has shelves that pull out like drawers and they keep falling off the tracks and are hard to get out. I have had enough so I went to Lowe's today to get our loaner microwave and decided to put another $10 off coupon to good use!
I got all my stuff layed out and taught myself some good skills with a drill. Boy are those things tricky! I was able to remove all the existing hardware before hitting a road block. I was SO.PROUD. really thinking I was awesome... and then...

I ran into SEVERAL problems. You see below the old hardware. See those last 4 inches that were not tracked? Well that was a big part of the problem. Also you can see how I was scratching the doors up trying to pull them out.
Anyway lining up all that hardware was not my thing.. AND taking screws out is ALOT easier than drilling them in.
So I went to Erikface and I begged.
"Laura I told you this was not a 20 minute project but a FOUR HOUR one"
I pouted
no response
I got MAD
he pretended not to notice
I threatened to attempt it myself again wreaking all sorts of potential havock on the pantry
He did NOt care..
but eventually, being a good bubs, he came and saved the day. It took him about 5 minutes to fix what I had been studying for 4 hours.
He managed to get 2 of the 5 installed before he left for his Hockey game! Yeah for my snuggles! He is a smart patient husband and I am a fiesty stubborn little wife!
Together we are good at projects! ha

Drug Store Products I am Lovin'....

St. Ives Microderm Abrasion scrub. After the spa girl told me I needed to scrub atleast 3 times a week, I thought I should look into an affordable scrub. I LOVE this stuff. It is fantastic and just as good as any other scrub I have purchased from Sephora ( Read: Philosophy, Caudalie.) It was $4.57 at Wal-Mart and then I had coupon, so I think it was like $3!


The Colossal Volum' Express Mascara by Mabelline ! It is fantastic non clumpy and non itchy and looks amazing!

Is this for REALZ?

I don't know if ya'll saw Joanquin on David Letterman (via perez) but DANG this is ridiculous

Was he being serious? I cant tell!

Then Also, I am still astounded that Chris Brown (who i used to love) HIT Rhianna. I mean what? I think he just committed career suicide. Dang! Now he can join the likes of Michael Jackson, and R. Kelly.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

American Idol Season 8: The Ones to Talk About

Love this guy, and I cry EVERY time he is on camera. DANG
I think this guy will be one of the final contestants. Top 3.
Love Danny! He is sweet.
I like this girls Voice. But the girl below. DANG! I want to GET RID OF HER. She hurts my ears and my head. UGH enough of her tatianna blah blah. How did she even make it this far ( and she is a TRAGIC dresser)
Norman Gentle! I love him. He is Hilarious! I'm surprised he has made it this far though.
Thoughts? Are Ya'll watching?

We'll Folks! We have a new GRAHAM in tha House!

Bro & Shauna are in Hawaii this week celebrating Valentimes, Her birthday, and Life. As of today they are now also celebrating engagement!
Hooray for Bro & Shauna. They are very happy!
I thought this pic was super neat!
I am also glad he did it today because I have been about to BURST at the seams keeping this huge of a secret. Secrets are not my forte!

WHAT is that Smell?

For a while now, off and on, we have had this stench in our house. It smelled like sulfur. I would tell Erik, and he would tell me I was crazy. I remember one night coming home from a Hockey Game and it was Erik, Julie & I and Julie agreed there was DEF a stinky smell. I googled "sulfur smell or rotten eggs" and came up with ideas about a gas leak, which i was fairly certain was not our problem. Well today the stink came back and was pretty strong and awful. I finally called James, the resident rockstar of plumbing and he rushed right over cause he too thought it was a gas leak. He "soaped" all our gas lines and there was no leak. What he DID find however was TWO open sewage pipes in our basement. It has been crazy windy here today and all that wind stirred up the smell i suppose. GROSS huh! Anyway he fixed us right up and I am excited that the mystery has been solved and that the stench will be gone forever!
I am blogging about it now so that whenever some other unlucky soul googles this problem, maybe they will come upon this blog and see an alternative answer! Blehk!
Oh the joys of an older home.

Organizing: Kitchen & Spices

Well today is Spices and they started out like this: Def not very visually pleasing.. Normally we keep all this stuff above the Microwave and it had to be taken out b/c the Microwave is being worked on...
First thing I had to do was grouping: Chinese Spices soy sauce etc, Marinating Items like dales etc and then for some reason I have like 15 different kinds of Vinegar so they got their own group as well.
Then I made some labels you see below:

And put them on these plastiky Martha Stewart Baskets, which make retrieving stuff MUCH easier rather than sorting through all those bottles which are above my head and I cant see, i just pull down the correct basket and find what I need. Looks beautiful too!
Now I still havent decided between a Spice Rack or a Spice Drawer.... thoughts? I found this really cool article on Martha that you can print your own labels and what not from her templates.
And here are some ideas from the Container Store (a.k.a. Heaven on Earth)

Ladies, Which do you prefer? The rack or the drawer? Leave your comments after the jump and links to any products you love for this! Thanks!

Somebody Help me! I want Grass!

Look at this junk! This is NOT grass! What can I do? Bryan maybe you have some ideas? Is it the right time of year to even be worrying about this or what?
Then below you see my future Garden for this summer! Just in case the world goes to hell ( or the economy) I will be growing all of our own food ( or trying) and this year I will learn how to preserve it! Deborah had some great ideas about raised beds! so Soon as Erikface gets tired of my nagging I expect he will build me these raised beds you see below! Then I will fill them with all of my lovely compost I made last year.
The Fence will keep little doggles out. Little doggles who weigh about 400lbs and think Tomatoe plants are their own personal TREAT trees. Yummers..
There was quite a collection of unripe cherry tomatoes under our bed last year.

PS... I cant draw straight lines (I'm sure you've noticed!).... so please forgive the wobly drawing!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

February: The Month of Organizing...: Labeling

Earlier I did a post on the Home Maintenance Manual and Organizing those types of things. The month of Feb will be all about the organizing. Should have been done in January but you know how it goes... always a day late...
This month Domino Magazine has a great article called "The Wacky Art of Labeling"... and rest assured I have this art MASTERED! ha
Some people do indeed find it wacky ( so wacky in fact that they felt the need to poke fun at my obsession by, labeling everything in our entire house by taking 3x5 index cards from my office and write things like "wall" "fan" "window" etc... VERY funny marshall & marty)... but it can also be very fun and beautiful... and addictive.
To start you off, you MUSt have a P-touch. SSW bought me my first one and it was love at first sight. In my home I have a stupid cheapo Dymo one.. but the Brother P-touch brand is where it's at. You can purchase from Wal-Mart Target or online. Look HERE

Here is my cheapy:
Other cool types of labeling: If you have kids You MUST order from one of these places: I always order some Navy Blue ones that say GRAHAM and put them on all our camping gear, tailgating gear, casserole dishes .. you name it. It makes it easier for things to be returned to you when they are lost, borrowed or mixed up!

If you have pretty handwriting ( which i DO NOT) but people like Julie Brayball these are neat!
And these are super neat!
Pilot Gadget Labels from Spoon Sisters $6 each come in 3 different kinds ( Home, Office, Electronic) and are for identifying cords. I have one MILLION cords in my office so knowing which plug is where could be awesome. I tried writing on them with a paint pen first but that didnt work so well.

And Labels for the Kitchen! These are erasable ones so you can label your tupperware. I like to date EVERYTHING. so if you cooked on Monday you would date the food for that day and then know when it is too gross to be eaten.. and so would anyone else that goes digging around in there. My mom caught Erik munching down on some Flax seeds that were over a year expired once.. and even though we could not stop laughing I thought he was gonna barf when she told him. ha.. ( remember that bubs?)
Container Store $

If Ya'll know about some cool labels that I haven't mentioned send me some ideas!

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