Wednesday, March 31, 2010

$3.2 Million Solid Gold iPhone

Now, I'm not usually a huge fan of gold, but this $3.2 million gold plated iPhone is a work of art! I cannot believe the rare 7.1 cts diamond home button on this baby! I would be afraid to touch it! Who is going to buy this? You can drop it off at my house any day! WOWZA! This is insane--that's all I have to say!!!!

Gold plated iPhone article is courtesy of cellular-news:

The $3.2 Million Solid Gold iPhone

This gold cased iPhone was designed by UK based jeweler, Stuart Hughes and was 10 months in the making, the whole casing was created with 271 grams of 22ct solid gold.
The front bezel houses 136 flawless diamonds colour F ,which total to a massive 68 cts . The rear logo in solid gold has 53 flawless diamonds amounting to 1ct and the front navigation button is home to a single cut very rare diamond at 7.1 cts.
The extraordinary handset was commissioned by an anonymous Australian businessman from the Gold mining industry.
If that wasn't enough, the chest which houses this unique handset is made from a single block of Granite, in Kashmir gold with the inner lined with Nubuck top grain leather , which weight is a massive 7kg.
All told, it cost £1.92 million (US$3.2 million).
Check out the storage case:

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Free Taquitos at Rubio's with any catering order of $75

Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill is offering its customers a free order of Taquitos A-Go-Go with any catering order of $75 or more. That's a lot of extra food FREE! $35 worth of food free! I've tried the chicken taquitos and they are yummy! While, I haven't tried Rubio's catering services, I have eaten there countless times and I find their food to be a fresh alternative to fast food.

I found that the prices for catering vary by location and state, but where I live you can get this Beach Mex Buffet for $9.80 per person (so $98 to feed 10 people) and you get everything you need for personalized tacos.  Now, if you throw on an order of taquitos on top of that, that's a pretty sweet deal and a lot of food to feed a hungry crowd. (Though, in this picture, the fixin's look like enough to feed just me and maybe one of my hungry girl friends!)

Beach Mex® Buffet
Serves 10 @ $9.80 per person
Build-your-own taco bar with generous portions of grilled chicken, steak or beer-battered fish (choose any two) plus "no-fried" pinto beans, Mexican rice, cheese, lettuce, guacamole, tortillas, chips and salsa.

Print coupon for Free Taquitos A-Go-Go.

Find a Rubio's near you.

Offer ends 04-11-10.

Monday, March 29, 2010

In the Corner

In the corner
of his

her voice keeps
trickling over

her smile is
delineated within

their embrace stoically
relinquished between 

his strumming hands
salvage suspended 

Memory languishes the
finality of

Saturday, March 27, 2010

30% off coupon for Old Navy

Old Navy has a printable 30% off coupon for one item. Offer is valid until 04-04-10.

Print your 30% off Old Navy coupon.

Find an Old Navy store near you.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

In Lakota

In Lakota, there is no word for

There is only the understood expectation for

Always one leaves with a sense of

For physical departure marks future reunion, not

Goodbye closes off--in Lakota there's always

Saturday, March 20, 2010

FREE Samsung Bluetooth Headset, plus $1 back!

Imagine getting a FREE bluetooth, plus a dollar back for buying a Samsung Bluetooth headset...well, is literally giving you FREE bluetooth and a dollar back for buying this bluetooth headset. This offer is valid until March 31, 2010. The price is $22 and you get a rebate check for $23!

The Samsung WEP301 Bluetooth Headset is affordable, fashionable and customizable. The WEP301 features a simple yet robust design that compliments any style and includes 6 interchangeable fashion skins. Features include up to 5 hours of talk time and up to 80 hours standby time and weighs only 8.7 grams. The package includes WEP301 Headset, Travel Adapter, 2 earpiece covers, removable ear hook, 6 skins and User Manual. The WEP301 is compatible with Samsung and other non-Samsung Bluetooth enabled phones utilizing Bluetooth v2.0.

Click here to get your Samsung Bluetooth headset

BONUS: also has free shipping for this item, so you have nothing to lose for trying this out! 

30% off GAP, Banana Republic and Old Navy Coupon

For 4 days, enjoy 30% off while we give 5% of the amount you spend to Big Brothers Big Sisters. So in a time when our communities need it most, your shopping counts for more.

The good news? You can use this coupon as each store and it's even valid at Banana Republic Factory Store and Gap Outlet. Coupon expires March 21, 2010, so hurry up and use this coupon as many times as you'd like!

Print your 30% Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy Coupon

Friday, March 19, 2010

Chuck Prophet: "No Other Love"

There are some absolutely beautiful chords in this acoustic song: Chuck Prophet, "No Other Love."

Chuck Prophet: "After the Rain"

Gorgeous acoustic concert performance by Chuck Prophet, "After the Rain":

Please Return to Tiffany

My silver toggle chain
visits my neck--somewhat
as I scrub the

Please Return to Tiffany
as though anyone would
it if found on
I had passed over

Somehow, my Tiffany necklace
the tedious task of
even though the only
who sees it is
(and my Windexed mirrors).

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Starbucks FREE Pastry Day Coupon: March 23, 2010

On March 23, 2010, Starbucks is offering a FREE pastry with the purchase of any hand crafted, brewed or iced beverage between opening and 10:30 am. That's right, you can get a free muffin, croissant, cheese danish, breads, scone, doughnut, coffee cake, morning bun, bagel, pound cake or roll with your coffee order! What a nice treat to sweeten up your morning!

Print your Starbucks free pastry coupon (or simply show them this link on your mobile device--how convenient!)

Find a Starbucks near you.

Eddie Bauer 20% off Coupon Codes Valid Now Through 04-05-10

Eddie Bauer is having a sale! Here's a coupon code for Eddie Bauer for 20% off your entire purchase! This  coupon offer is valid through Monday, April 5, 2010.

By phone, call 800.426.8020 and mention code 574.

At, enter SPGSLETW in the promotion code box on the Delivery & Extras page during checkout.

At the Eddie Bauer store, mention code 4077 for the 20% off discount.

(Unfortunately, this coupon is not valid at Eddie Bauer outlet or online clearance items.)

Find an Eddie Bauer near you.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors Ice Cream: Birthday Club Free Ice Cream Coupon!

At last, my Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors birthday coupon for a free scoop of ice cream has arrived in my e-mail inbox! This one expires quickly though, five days after my birthday. So, I better hurry in to Baskin Robbins to get my free scoop of birthday ice cream! I think I'll get a lovely scoop of Jamoca, since I haven't had that in forever!

OH, the birthday freebies just keep rollin' in! Love it!!

Go sign up for Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors Birthday Club to get your free scoop of ice cream for your birthday!

Find a Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors near you.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cost Plus World Market Explorer Rewards $10 Birthday Coupon

Cost Plus World Market just e-mailed me a link to print out my Cost Plus Explorer Rewards $10 Birthday Coupon. This is a surprise birthday freebie this year for me, because I just signed up for Cost Plus World Market Explorer Rewards Program a little while ago! I didn't know I would get $10 to spend at Cost Plus World Market for my birthday! What a neat FREEBIE! There is a ton of stuff at Cost Plus World Market that I could get for $10 (Oh, those cafe to-go coffee cups were only $7.99 each at the store!).

This is FREE money to spend at Cost Plus World Market--no catch! It's $10 off a $10 purchase! YIPEE!!! This is a like a mini shopping spree that I don't have to feel guilty about! I get to pick out a nice little treat for myself just for signing up for Cost Plus Market Explorer Rewards Program! Plus, with every purchase, I earn points toward future reward certificates (either discounts or dollar amounts off purchases, I think).

Hmmmm, I just spotted this cute set of multi color stacking mugs or espresso cups, set of 6 for $9.99. What a deal, what a space saver!

Now, the hardest decision will be what to pick out for $10 at Cost Plus World Market, since there are so many items in that price range there! Oh, this is just too cool--another no brainer freebie! 

Go sign up for Cost Plus World Market Explorer Rewards Program, so you can get your free $10 certificate to spend on your birthday! 

Find a Cost Plus World Market near you

Monday, March 15, 2010

Rubio's FREE Birthday Meal!

Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill has generously e-mailed me a coupon for a FREE meal for my birthday (value of meal is up to $7.00). Last year, I signed up for Rubio's Beach Club which sends me coupons and other promotions periodically.

Oh, I am so excited to get a free meal at Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill! I can get fish tacos or a burrito or a salad up to $7.00!!! What a great surprise and great freebie (it's totally worth signing up for Rubio's Beach Club, if only just to get one free meal a year)!

Find a Rubio's near you

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix: Songs from Walk the Line

Here's a cute duet cover by Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe" from the movie, Walk the Line. Joaquin Phoenix just amazed me with his singing ability! Apparently right before they started filming Walk the Line, his voice miraculously dropped one octave so he could hit the low Johnny Cash notes in the songs he had so sing for the movie! And Reese Witherspoon, she is just absolutely brilliant as well. I just love the two of them in this movie--so compelling, with a sincere deference to the amazing Johnny Cash story.

Joaquin Phoenix singing "Folsom Prison Blues." Listen for the deep note drop on "San 
Antone" at the end of the line: "But that train keeps a rollin'/on down to San Antone."

Love Joaquin Phoenix's strong vocals in, "Ring of Fire."

Gosh, these notes are so low, I don't know how Joaquin Phoenix doesn't go flat when
singing, "Walk the Line." It's just such a hard register to hit and yet he does it so well!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tortilla Press at Bed Bath & Beyond

Tortilla Press : Manual tortilla press will have you creating tortillas, tacos, empanadas and more right in your own kitchen. Cast iron, hot-tinned press will help you create meals that will have your family saying, "Delicioso!"

I learned something new today about Bed Bath & Beyond! I went there looking for a tortilla press, so I could make my own corn tortillas and pupusas at home. I looked up the tortilla press on the Bed Bath & Beyond website just to make sure it was still sold there. I even cross checked Cost Plus World Market to see if that store sold it for less. Turns out Cost Plus World Market no longer sells tortilla presses! (Good thing I called because that saved me an extra trip to that store). 

So anyway, I was searching high and low for the tortilla press and couldn't find it on the shelves, so I asked a sales clerk and she said they didn't have it there. I asked her if I could order one and pick it up at the store when it came in, and she said she could place my order through the store and have it shipped directly to me--even better! Then, she said the magic words: "You can even use your coupon!" I had a $5.00 off $15.00 purchase, so this was perfect! (Note: The coupon says that it is not valid for online purchases, but since I placed my order through the store, they were able to override that restriction--BONUS!). Then I asked if I could get the shipping waived since I specifically came in to buy this item that I've seen there in stock many times in the past and I even checked online to make sure they still sell tortilla presses before coming to the store. She said she'd ask and came back with good news: Free shipping to my house!

I'm so glad I asked for help because I would have probably just left the store empty-handed and been forced to buy it online, without my coupon and with an added shipping charge. Gosh, I didn't think Bed Bath & Beyond could get any better, but it just did in my book! That's what I call outstanding customer service! 

(Note: Apparently, some Bed Bath & Beyond locations sell tortilla presses, just not any near me! The sales clerk could have requested a store to store transfer of merchandise, but that takes about two weeks. So, free shipping to my house was the better option in my case). 

FInd a Bed Bath & Beyond near you.

George Vassiliades: Realtor/Broker and Property Manager

If you are looking for rentals or properties to buy, my friend and Realtor/broker, George Vassiliades can help you find something great in the San Francisco East Bay area. George Vassiliades specializes in Alameda, Oakland, and Temescal, Emeryville, and El Cerrito regions, but he also does some work in San Francisco. George is very nice, outgoing and friendly, all wrapped up in his delightful Cyprus charm!
George Vassiliades is a licensed Real Estate Broker and a member of RHANAC (, and is responsible for the operatation of the property management section of Home and Investment Realty.
About George:
George Vassiliades was born on the beautiful island of Cyprus. He came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar in 1993. He has a Masters in Counseling from San Francisco State University and he is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist.His experience in that, enables him to help his real estate clients through the emotionally challenging part of the transaction (the fears, anxieties and excitement of real estate). He knows how to listen and what to ask for.
George fell in love with real estate after he bought his first building, a fourplex, and decided to get into real estate to help other first time buyer become successful multi-unit owners themselves.
He specializes in multi-unit buildings, as well as commercial property.
He is often praised for his competence, ingenuity and integrity.
George is looking forward to meeting you in person and putting his skills to work for you. If you would like to talk to George about the purchase or sale of a home or investment property, please call him at 510-710-6826 or use this form.
PO Box 99826, Emeryville, CA 94662office 510-710-6826 mobile 510-601-5453
For more information, including tips for buying and selling properties, as well as current property listings, please visit: 

Friday, March 12, 2010

"Food Wishes" Video Blog: Shrimp and Grits

This is a cool food video blog: "Food Wishes." Chef John makes it look easy to make shrimp and grits! Doesn't this look good? I love grits--they are creamy and delicious! And I love shrimp, so this shrimp and grits dish is definitely on my menu wish list for now...


Check out his blog:

Perfect Strangers: "The Dance of Joy"

Oh, this is even more old school: Perfect Strangers, the famous "Dance of Joy"! My best friends, Amber, Michelle and I used to do this dance all the time from 6th-8th grade--we were a crazy-nutty-silly bunch! We used to lift up Amber, since she was so darn cute, light and tiny-petite! Ahhh, this brings back memories!

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: "Jump On It" Las Vegas Dance Competition

Oh my, this is so old school, but so classic--I love The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! Here's the "Jump On It" clip from the Las Vegas dance competition's hilarious!!! I just love the expressions on their faces--so serious, then so silly! I needed a good laugh today and this just reminds me of my high school days. Will and Carlton: comedy, pure comedy! They crack me up!!!

(Ummm...too bad this is how I really dance! Ahhh, the 90's!)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

LG's First Android Phone is Introduced in Korea: Andro-1 or LGKH5200

Here's a cool phone to look out for in the future: LG's Android Phone, Andro-1 or LGKH5200...I wonder when it will hit the U.S.? Android phones boast a fast processor, faster page loads, faster web browsing, and an overall better operating system than most cell phones on the market. 

The following article is courtesy of

LG’s first Android in South Korea will be called either Andro-1 or LG-KH5200. The company has yet to make it’s way stateside but they have several Android phones in different markets around the world. It has a 3-inch touchscreen, slide out QWERTY keyboard, GPS, HSDPA, EDGE, GRPS, Social Networking, 2MP Camera, Radio Tuner and MicroSD input and Android 1.5.

KT will offer this phone for $530 outright or free on a contract paying $40/month or more. There has been rumors that LG will have 20 Android Phones available by the end of the year. This phone has some tough competition with the iPhone and Motola’s MOTOROI already being offered in Korea.

Jamba Juice Coupon: $1.00 off any All Fruit Smoothie

If you like Jamba Juice, you'll like this coupon for: $1.00 any All Fruit Smoothie at Jamba Juice! This coupon offer ends April 10th, 2010.

Find a Jamba Juice near you.

Zico Coconut Water

The verdict is in: Zico Coconut Water is really the next best thing to cutting open a young coconut and drinking the delicious coconut water inside! I just found a 1 liter tetra pak at Berkeley Bowl West for $5.69. Now that is a bit pricey, but it's better than the $6.89 Whole Foods Market price, and the health benefits and great taste make it worthwhile. It is actually marketed as an alternative sports drink because it is packed with electrolytes and has more potassium than a banana! Imagine that! The best part is that there is no added sugar or preservatives, so you have to drink this within three days of opening it. I'm pretty pleased with this product and I'm amazed at how close it tastes to an actual fresh young coconut! Now, all this is missing is the yummy young coconut to eat! So, if you don't have the courage to get your cleaver out and cut open a fresh young coconut, this is the best alternative! It's light and refreshing and not too sweet and you can feel good about drinking it, because it's natural and YUMMY!!!!! It actually comes in different flavors like mango, passion fruit & orange, but I like the natural or plain one the best.

I decided to take my Zico coconut water to my friend's house, where this whole coconut water addiction first began, so she could have a taste test and...she agreed with me that it is pretty darn close to a newly hacked open fresh young coconut! She's been drinking fresh young coconut for years, so she of all people would know! Okay, so Zico Coconut Water is so good that my friend actually slurped it off her (pristinely) clean counters when she accidentally tipped over her glass! She was not surrendering a drop of it to sponge or paper towel! We were busting up laughing so hard, I felt my abs hurting and I simply couldn't breathe! It was just such a hilarious sight to see! In between her laughs and slurps, she managed to get out, "I'm not wasting this goodness!" I told her that there was probably a dollar something worth of coconut water sitting on her counter and dripping off onto her floors. She said she would have lapped it off the kitchen floor, but she didn't have a chance to clean the floors that day! Oh, the things we'll do for precious coconut water!

Here's the nutritional breakdown of Zico Coconut Water:

INGREDIENTS: ZICO Natural: 100% natural coconut water.

Nutrition Facts Size: 1 LITER (33.8 FL OZ) Servings per Container: 3

Amount Per Serving

Calories 60 Calories from fat 0
Total Fat
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 60mg 2%
Potassium 670mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Calcium 40mg 4%
Phosphorus 17mg 2%
Magnesium 25mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Daily Nail Program: Results!

Sally Hansen Maximum Nail Growth Polish has definitely lived up to its promises! It really does work if you have the will power to stop biting your nails. I'm actually doing okay, so far, with one of my New Year's resolutions to stop biting and picking at my nails. Now, my nails are strong enough and long enough to merit a french tip manicure.

And no, I did not have time to be pampered in a nail salon, I actually did this one myself...this was the first french tip manicure I've been able to do in years, thanks to Sally Hansen Maximum Nail Growth Program!

Conceptual Art Forever for Sale : "A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter"

A conceptual art piece that's forever for sale?  "A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter" is like a Pandora's Box or cube of art! A cube is a cube is a cube. Or, is it? What is art? Who owns art? This is a bizarre and utterly fascinating, philosophical article about how an artist designed a work of conceptual art that is perpetually or forever on sale. If you are an artist or if you like conceptual art, you'll appreciate this article on how an artist devised a way to earn money in an ingenious art display that is always on sale on eBay! How is it perpetually on sale on ebay? You'll have to listen to the article to find out! I just keep getting tangled up in this article--it's just crazy-intriguing-fabulous! I didn't "get it" at first because I just heard a summary of the story, which didn't do it justice (instead of hearing the internet audio version) it just seemed so strange, but now that I've heard the article first hand, I do and it's just mega brilliant.
It's called "A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter." It is a black eight-inch cube, made from acrylic, with a computer inside. You can buy it at auction on eBay, though doing so comes with a catch. Artist Caleb Larsen explains.

This article/audio interview is courtesy of

Click here to read the transcription of the interview.

By the way, the current starting bid on eBay is $6,858.00 as of March 10, 2010.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Free Sample of Dunkin' Donuts New "Turbo" Coffee

Tasting Is Believing. Drink Dunkin' Donuts Coffee For Free

Want your very own sample of Dunkin' Donuts coffee delivered right 
to your door? Just select your favorite variety and fill out the information 
below to receive a 1.1 oz. sample pouch by mail. You'll be tasting Dunkin' 
Donuts coffee at home in no time.
Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery. Available to U.S. residents
 currently residing in the continental United States Limit one sample per 
household while supplies last. Must be 18 or older.

Click on this link to get your FREE sample of Dunkin' Donuts Turbo Coffee.

Robert Plant and Allison Krauss

It's just one of those days...

Ready for some Robert Plant and Allison Krauss...I got turned onto Allison Krauss when I heard this beautiful song, "Baby, Now That I've Found You":

I started listening to more Allison Krauss and found these great songs with Robert Plant. They are so poetic, lovely and bittersweet.

Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, "Killing the Blues":

Leaves were falling, just like embers,
In colors red and gold, they set us on fire
Burning just like moonbeams in our eyes.

Somebody said they saw me, swinging the world by the tail
Bouncing over a white cloud, killing the blues.

Now I'm guilty of something...
I hope you never do
Because there is nothing
Sadder than losing yourself in love.


Now you've ask me... just to leave you
To go out on my own
And get what I need to.
You want me to find what I've already had.

[Chorus 2x]

"Please Read the Letter that I Wrote":

Caught out running
With just a little too much to hide
Maybe baby
Everything's gonna work out fine
Please read the letter
I pinned it to your door
It's crazy how it all turned out
We needed so much more
Too late, too late
A fool could read the signs
Maybe baby
You'd better check between the lines
Please read the letter, I wrote it in my sleep
With help and consultation from
The angels of the deep
Once I stood beside a well of many words
My house was full of rings and
Charms and pretty birds
Please understand me, my walls come falling down
There's nothing here that's left for you
But check with lost and found
Please read the letter that I wrote
Please read the letter that I wrote
One more song just before we go
Remember baby
All the things
We used to know
Please read my letter
And promise you'll keep
The secrets and the memories and
Cherish in the deep
Ah -
Please read the letter that I wrote
Please read the letter that I wrote
Please read the letter that I wrote
Please read the letter that I wrote
Please read the letter that I wrote
Please read the letter that I wrote