Travel Cheap!: Megabus Low Cost Express Bus Service

from boston.com

On February 19th, I got the chance to get away and spend the weekend in our nation’s capital.

When I was invited, I was a little worried about how I was actually going to get there. Flying was a “no”. Since I quit my job as a flight attendant last year, I have no desire to step into ANY airport, let alone pay a full price ticket. I would now have to wait in the ridiculous security lines. I’ll pass.

It was suggested that I check out Megabus. I was told that there were fares as low a $1! I had never heard of Megabus, or a $1 fare, so research ensued.

Because I was planning my trip far in advance, sure enough, I got a $1 fare going to DC and coming back home. Grand Total: $2.50 round trip (including a 50 cents reservation fee). Tickets can range anywhere from $1 to $20 one way.

With prices this cheap, there’s no way you could have a great experience right? Wrong! So very wrong! The bus was very clean! Alot cleaner than most airplanes that I have been on. I didn’t use the bus restroom, as there were plenty of scheduled stops along the way, but I was told that the bathroom was just as clean. There is wifi, but only 10 minutes after driving off from a dispatch stop. What does this mean? Don’t count on having wifi your whole trip. Plan on alternative ways to entertain yourself.

from blogs.buffalonews.com

To make things even better, I even arrived to my destinations 20 minutes early! I’m sure that wouldn’t happen every time, but the drivers do the best they can to stay on schedule!

I’m definitely going to use Megabus again! As my Uncle said, “You can’t get across town for $2.50!”

Low Fair Buses Doing Big Business!


Last Chance for Romance!

I sincerely hope that’s not the case, but if you are planning to do something extra special today, you need to get on it! Hopefully, your love won’t be to upset at you for being a little late to the party. Here are some cute, simple, and cheap ideas to stay out of the dog house:

Jazz up a store bought bag of Hershey kisses  and mini chocolate bars with a felt fortune cookie From the Grand Dame of DIY.

I love the wine bottle candle holder idea from Design Sponge, but I don’t have a glass cutter, so I just stuck the candles in my cleaned-out wine bottles and it worked out lovely!

Dana at MADE went paper and staples to make these easy and cute hearts you can fill with more candy!

Keep the special dinner easy! You don’t have time for cooking craziness! From ivillage

End the night sweetly-make your own candy box filled with their favorite candies.  From Delia Creates


Nighty Nights!

I did a little search on what men like to see women wear to bed and what women themselves like to wear if there’s a man in a bed. The findings were interesting to say the least! Men prefer women to wear nothing (big surprise!), but if a woman isn’t that comfortable with being in the buff just yet, they like women’s sleepwear to be sexy, but without trying too hard. Think white tank tops and some cute cotton underwear, his t-shirt or his favorite team jersey! I don’t know why the jersey surprised me, but it did!

Of course, women prefer comfort. It seems that the only reason we buy fancy lingerie for a special occasion (I’m not talking about buying fancy lingerie for ourselves!) is that we think that’s what men want to see. But it looks like men could care less about lace, garters and underwire. If I’m wrong, please let me know!

I feel like the pressure is off, and I don’t need to bother with the underwear theatrics. Oh, who am I kidding?! I’m not interested in buying that stuff! I do, however, want to wear something cute and comfy when heading to bed. A plain t-shirt is not going to cut it. Refashioning some t-shirts into a cute nighty is right up my ally!

I used:
An extra large t-shirt. I actually had extra large t-shirts scraps, so I used those.
elastic
thread
something to decorate-I used Simply Spray, but you can use markers, appliques, etc.

I cut a band from one of the t-shirts big enough to cover the chest area.

I went over one end of the raw edge with an overcast stitch on my sewing machine. I sometimes prefer overcasting to serging. See if your machine has an overcast stitch. You can use a blanket stitch if you want to do it by hand.

Then, I cut the bottom from another t-shirt the length I wanted.

I did some scrunch and spray effects with the spray paint. I let it dry for at least 30 mins.

I then sewed my top piece to my bottom piece.

I measured two pieces of elastic for the top egde and for the under bust area.

Using a zig-zag stitch, I attached the elastic, pulling taught while sewing so the fabric gathers.

I cut an inch-thick strip from the leftover t-shirt and pulled it so that it rolls. I gave it some spray paint treatment.

I pinned and adjusted the straps to my liking, then sewed them to the elastic.

With the leftover pieces from the strap, I made bows and attached them in front where the straps are. I sewed them on like I would a button.

I love the results! Cute, but really easy to sleep in!

Need some other ideas?

Pillowcase nighty at Burda Style
Pillowcase nighty at Threadbanger (video)
It’s not a nighty, but everyone loves the underwear made from a men’s top that Clare Bare showed at Threadbanger (video)


CheapSexyEats: Chocolate Dipped Bananas

I love frozen bananas dipped in chocolate. You can put chocolate on (almost) anything and it will be loved, or least tried. I have to admit though…anytime I see this:

I think it’s just too phallic.

That probably says more about me than I should really reveal, but that’s how I feel about it.  I like sexy, not slutty. I like covert, not overt. Serving bananas like that is just too obvious! For me! So I’m going to take overt down a notch.

You need:
bananas
semi-sweet chocolate if you have it
if not…
cocoa powder
solid oil like coconut, palm shortening or even cocoa butter (food grade) if you have it
honey or agave nectar
toppings of choice like:
nuts or seeds
crushed cookies
coconut
leftover chocolate chips
crushed cereal

“Lean to the left, lean to the right, peel your banana and….cut into pieces!” You know you remember that cheer!

 

 

Place your sticks in now if you’re using them and place pieces on a parchment or foil- lined plate or cookie sheet and freeze for at least 30 minutes.

 

 

Melt your chocolate in a double boiler. Just put a bowl over a small saucepan filled with water. Let the water come to a low boil.

If you are using cocoa, melt two tablespoons of your hard oil (I had coconut) in the microwave in a bowl. Add two tablespoons of cocoa powder and one tablespoon of honey or agave nectar. Stir until smooth.

Coat bananas in chocolate once. Let cool. Coat again, then immediately roll in topping of your choice. Put pieces back in the freezer. Put the frozen treats in an airtight container if they are not going to be devoured in one sitting.


CrazySexyCrafty: DIY Dirty Dice

You’ve seen these before right? They are called dirty dice or naughty dice and they tell you to do something to a certain part of the body. They are a lot of fun, and very dangerous! Sometimes though, they are limiting, since there is only six sides of the die. You can make your own and get really crazy with it and use whatever verbs and body parts you like!

 

I found a pic of a cube template. I downloaded it, and put it in my graphics program and typed in the words. If you don’t have a graphics program, you can just print out blank cubes and print words separately, then glue the words on the cube.

Print the cubes on card stock and cut them out. I changed the template when printing so that I would get four smaller images instead of one big one.

 

 

Fold. You can score the straight lines with a butter knife or a fabric tracer and a straight edge.

 

 

 

Glue.

 

 

 

 

Roll.

 

 

 

 

You can even add a third one that has the location! Have fun!


Citrus Massage Oil

Massages are almost always expected on Valentine’s Day, and if you really want to make the experience memorable, you’ll definitely want to have some massage oil.  There’s no need to buy one. It’s really easy to make one at home with a few ingredients you probably already have on hand.

You’ll need 2 cups of oil of your choice, one orange and one lemon. I used a combo of olive and sunflower oil. I’ve been getting 100% sunflower oil at the dollar store. It’s a nice light oil that’s high in vitamin E.

 

 

 

Using a vegetable peeler, carefully cut pieces of the orange and lemon peel.

 

 

 

Heat your oil and lemon peel on low heat for about 15 minutes. Let it cool completely.

 

 

Transfer to a cleaned, recycled bottle. I had a glass one on hand.

 

 

 

 

 

You can place the bottle in a pan of hot water to warm before using.  Make a cute label, and you’re ready to rub!


CheapSexyEats: Cocoa Chocolate Sauce

cocoa chocolate sauce
I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. It’s history is not very sexy. The commercialism is ridiculous. And how are you gonna express ALL of your love for someone in ONE day with a measly, poor quality, store bought box of chocolates? Or a meaningless card? Or a bland pre-frozen cake? Why are we letting a day on the calendar tell us when and how we should express love?

On the other hand, I’m aware that Valentine’s Day is just the reminder that some people need to show the one they love a little more appreciation. I knew an old man who hated holidays, but always celebrated Valentine’s Day because “everyone needs all the love they can get.” I totally agree with him on that!

So if you want with all your heart to participate in the holiday for your cutie, but don’t have enough green, this week is full of low cost ideas with a whole lotta heart!

Let’s start with the obvious: Chocolate!
I need chocolate sauce, and I’m not going to buy any. I don’t eat it that much, and the stuff in squeeze bottles in too junky! I have cocoa though, and I know that you can add an oil to it as a substitute for baking chocolate. I did a little more digging, and I found a few good recipes.

From food.com
From the infamous Alton Brown
From epicurean.com

Drizzle this on a store bought cheesecake, homemade cookies, or various body parts. Just don’t limit it to February 14th.