Sunday, November 23, 2008

Back From Monterey and Giveaways

I'm home from Monterey now, and we had a fun time. I will share the details, and if I can figure it out, some pictures from the trip in a few days. I haven't slept since the few hours I got in the wee hours of Saturday morning, so I'm pretty exhausted. I really want to share the details, and I'm just too tired to do it justice...especially the butterfly stuff!!!
Tomorrow, Monday, I'm going to lunch with one of my best friends, Lyndlee, for her birthday, and then she's going to do my hair for me. I'm going to be spending the night at my grandma's house, and then I'll be tutoring two kids on Tuesday afternoon before I end the night with dinner with my mom and dad. So, I probably won't be telling the details of my trip until Wednesday or Thursday. I can't wait to share the pictures!! So, for tonight, here are a few giveaways, and then I'm hopefully taking a trip to Dreamland! Until later...

1. Life In A House Of Blue
Giveaway for one CartStopper
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 11:59 PM

2. Sage and Savy
Giveaway for a Disney Holiday Prize Pack
For more information and to enter, click here.
Giveaway ends on December 15, 2008 at 11:59 HST

3. Unexpected Bliss Reviews
Giveaway for a $25 Walmart Gift Card
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on Wednesday, November 26, 2008

4. Just A Mom's Take On Things
Giveaway for a Filterstream DirtTamer Supreme V2400 Hand Vaccuum
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 11:59 pm EST

5. An Island Life
Giveaway for a $100 Home Depot Gift Card
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 30, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Weekend Getaway and Two Giveaways

Do you ever wish you could just leave everything behind and take off for a week...or two week...long vacation to a tropical island? Have you ever found yourself dreaming of lying on a quiet beach in Hawaii on a big soft blanket with nothing to do by relax? As this lovely excursion through Dreamland continues, can you feel the balmy breeze leisurely caress your skin as the warmth of the sun on your body and the rhythmic sounds of the gentle waves lull you to sleep?

(My apologies, but I must interrupt this lovely daydream for a trip back to reality.)

I'm so sorry that I had to do that to you, but doesn't that sound like a pretty amazing vacation? I'm sure it would be, but you know what I've discovered? I've discovered that some of the best vacations are the short one or two day trips where the destination is no more than an hour or two from home. Last December, I had just such an experience when my parents, sister, and I had a great overnight trip to Monterey, California. to celebrate my birthday.

For those of you that don't know, Monterey, California is a gorgeous coastal community in Northern California, about 115 miles south of San Francisco and 350 miles north of Los Angeles. "The City features a dazzling waterfront along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a lush urban forest, a rich array of historic and cultural resources, museums, gardens, recreational activities, and a wide variety of special events scheduled throughout the year. Monterey is the home of the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium, located on the street immortalized in John Steinbeck's novel Cannery Row."

Since my birthday is in December (December 4, to be exact), it was very cold in Monterey, but we did not let the cold dampen our spirits. We knew it would be cold, as it was, but we had such a great time anyway! It was so relaxing just to have no place we had to be, no phones that had to be answered, and no commitments, other than what we decided we felt like doing at that moment.

So, what did we decide to do on that trip? First of all, we stayed at a great motel that was tucked back in a huge grouping of trees so that we felt like we were in the forest. I can't remember the name of the motel right now, but I'll look it up and let you know later. One of the things we liked about it was that all four of us were able to stay in the same room, thus saving money and getting to spend time together in the room to play board games, watch our favorite TV shows, and chit chat at night. We weren't all crammed into a tiny room though, as this room was more like a sort of suite. It was basically like two bedrooms in one with a shared bathroom.

After checking into the motel, we spent time walking along Fisherman's Wharf where we took our the binoculars to search the water for sea lions and sea otters. Most of them seemed to be hiding out that day, some underneath part of the pier that was on the far side from where we were. We did get to see some, but we would have been happier if we had been able to see more of them and get closer to them. I think we've been spoiled by how accessible they are in San Francisco.

While on the Wharf, we looked in some of the shops, looked at all the yummy food being sold, tried a sample of the clam chowder that was being handed out, and just enjoyed the sites, sounds, and smells of being on the water. Eventually, one of the sounds you could hear was our stomachs rumbling from hunger so we left the Wharf and drove downtown where we happened upon a restaurant called Rosine's Restaurant.

We didn't know this before going in, but we found out that Rosine's is a family-owned restaurant, and all the family shares in the work, from cooking and baking to serving and greeting. Rosine's has delicious homemade soups, offers large portions, homemade fresh pies, and a yummy selection of delicious, homemade, award-winning cakes. I won't go into detail here as I'm sure your mouth is already watering, but suffice it to say that we loved it so much that we went back later that night for dinner and again the next day for breakfast!!! How's that for a review?! It's no wonder that Rosine's has been around for over 28 years and has been voted 'Best Family Restaurant' and 'Best Desserts' for over 11 years!

After dinner that first night, we took a short drive into Carmel which is absolutely stunning, and is famous for many reasons, one of which is that Clint Eastwood is the former mayor. It's also the place where many movies were filmed, including “East of Eden," “Play Misty for Me," “National Velvet” and hundreds of others. "Celebrities are frequent visitors to the quiet, understated and beautiful town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Many have second homes here. You never know who will sit down at the table next to you in one of our gourmet restaurants, or who you will meet while taking a relaxing walk along the white sands of Carmel Beach."

The whole reason we had driven into Carmel was because my mom had read an article that talked about a shopping center that was supposed to have shops that sold the shabby chic style of decor, my favorite. We arrived at The Barnyard Shopping Village just as the sun was getting ready to set and the wind was picking up....and unfortunately, just as all the stores were closing. We took a quick look around to see if we could find any shops of interest to me, the shabby chic girl, but alas, there were none.

We were all pretty tired and cold by then anyway, so we drove back to our motel, played games, went back to Rosine's for dinner, and went back to the motel where we each climbed into our own bed, snuggled under our covers, and watched a little bit of TV. After the lights went out, I remember us all getting the giggles and talking and laughing late into the night. It was a lot of fun.

The next day, we went back to Rosine's for breakfast where we were now recognized as frequent diners, LOL, had a yummy breakfast, strolled around some more shops in downtown Monterey, and then went home. As I said at the beginning of this blog post, sometimes short trips to places close to home are the best trips of all, and this one was one of those times.....which is why we're going back later today!! This time it's not to celebrate my birthday but just to get away.

I'll be home on Sunday night, but what kind of bloggie friend would I be if I didn't let you know about a couple of giveaways?! I hope you all have a great weekend! Until later...

Giveaway for a Campbell's Holiday Gift Basket

For more information and to enter, click here.

Ends on November 22, 2008 at 10 am

Giveaway for a pair of Flex Flops from the Holiday 2008 line
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 29, 2008 at 11:59 pm CST

Five More Giveaways

I'm just going to do a short post to let you know about several giveaways, and then later in the afternoon, I'll be back to do a full post, at least that's my plan. Hope you have a great Friday!! Until later...

1. Grocery Price Blog

Giveaway for a $50 Target or BP Gift Card

For more information and to enter, click here.

End on November 30, 2008 at 11:59 EST

2. Grocery Price Blog

Giveaway for a $25 AMC Movie Theater Gift Card

For more information and to enter, click here.

Ends on November 21, 2008 at 12 AM EST

3. Livin' With Me!

Giveaway for a Bosch Mixxo Blender

For more information and to enter, click here.

Ends on November 23, 2008 at 11:59 pm EST

4. Livin' With Me!

Giveaway for a $50 Gap Gift Card

For more information and to enter, click here.

Ends on November 23, 2008 at 11:59 pm EST

5. Livin' With Me!

Giveaway for your choice of Land's End Kids' Fleece Slippers, Terry Travel

Slippers With Bag, or a Lighthouse Wheeled Duffel Bag

For more information and to enter, click here.

Ends on November 23, 2008 at 11:59 pm EST

Thursday, November 20, 2008

More Giveaways!

I really did plan on writing a post about something other than giveaways today. What happened, you wonder? Well, I didn't go to sleep until about five or six this morning, and then I had to get up at eleven for my medication. Normally I'd just go back to sleep for a little while, but I had the cleaning ladies coming to my apartment today, so what did I do? I got up and cleaned!! LOL!!
First of all, for those of you that don't already know, I have a chronic pain condition. Actually, I now have two chronic pain conditions, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy {RSD}and more recently, Fibromyalgia. Due to the severity of the RSD I'm unable to do some of the typical household chores, such as my bathtub, which is why I have cleaning ladies in the first place...not because I'm some kind of prima donna who can't clean a tiny apartment by myself.
The cleaning ladies have been coming for about a year-and-a-half now, but I still feel awkward when they're here. I mean, I don't look like there is anything wrong with me on the outside so when I'm just sitting on my butt while they're cleaning around me, I feel like a Paris Hilton type of person...which I'm so not! My apartment is only 600 sq. ft. so it's not like I can really hide out anywhere while they clean either.
Actually, they are really nice, and they all know about my condition and why I'm not doing my own cleaning, despite looking young and healthy. See, just goes to show how looks can be deceiving.
So, why do I clean before the cleaning ladies come? Well, I'm not actually cleaning, as I generally keep my apartment clean anyway. What I'm actually doing is straightening out all the clutter so that they can get a vaccuum around. Even though I've lived here for about two-and-a-half years now, I'm still trying to unpack and find places for everything!! Therefore, whenever the cleaning ladies come, I have to pick up everything that's still on the floor and put it on my bed or kitchen table until it all eventually finds a permanent home.
Anyway, by the time they left it was about two in the afternoon. I checked some email and did a few little chores, and then it was time to lay down for awhile. My awhile turned into a three-and-a-half hour nap!! You know when you sleep too long in the daytime when taking a nap, and you wake up all groggy? Well, that's how I was feeling. So, after watching Private Practice, and checking more email, I was too tired to finish the post that I started for today.
So, that was my day...not too interesting. And now for some giveaways!

1. The Lethally Blonde Diary
Giveaway for a set of Very Merry Fabkins
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 27, 2008 at 11:59 PM, EST
2. A Cowboy's Wife
Giveaway for a $25 American Express Gift Card
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 23, 2008
3. dkMommy Spot
Giveaway for a box of Kashi Honey Sunshine Cereal
For more information and to enter, click here.
4. An Island Review
Giveaway for a $25 Gift Card to Target and two cans of Pledge
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 28, 2008 at midnight
**Check out Pledge for more about their products and for a $1 off coupon.
5. An Island Review
Giveaway for $25 via PayPal for
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 21, 2008
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Hope you all have a great Thursday!! One more week until Thanksgiving!! Until next time...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Well, today has been a crazy busy day for me, as Tuesdays always are, so I'm not just tired, but I'm having a little bit of a pain flare-up. My bed is calling my name, but instead of snuggling under my down comforter, which I can't wait to do, I decided to keep up my promise to myself to post on my blog every day that I possibly can....especially since today is only day two. Since it's already almost 1:00 in the morning, I decided to keep today's post sweet and simple. Basically, I'm going to let you know about several giveaways that are going on right now on some great blogs that I read. Since I'm so sleepy and want to get to bed, I'm just going to list the information for you.

1. Adventures In Mommyland

Giveaway for Obagi Medical Condition & Enhance Corrector Cream.

For more information and to enter, click here.

Ends on November 20, 2008

2. Cowgirl Critiques

Giveaway for a Canon PowerShot Digital Camera

For more information and to enter, click here.

Ends on November 23, 2008 at midnight

3. My Wooden Spoon

Giveaway for a Kitchenaid Immersion Blender, a Cuisinart Food Processor, or a Kitchenaid

Stand Mixer

For more information and to enter, click here.

Ends on November 23, 2008

4. My Wooden Spoon

Giveaway for a mystery box full of goodies OR twelve cookbooks

For more information and to enter, click here.

Ends on November 23, 2008

5. What's That Smell

Giveaway for a copy of Seal's new CD, Soul, and an iPod Retro Mini Speaker

For more information and to enter, click here.

Ends on November 22, 2008 at noon Central Time

**Check out for unique gift ideas.

I hope you'll check out these blogs and enter into their giveaways!! There are a lot of wonderful prizes to be won! Good luck to you all!! Until tomorrow...

My First Post, A Thank You, And A Giveaway!!

Well, I've decided to give blogging another chance! I've been thinking about it for quite awhile, and I figured now was just as good a time as any.

The reason I stopped blogging before was because my perfectionist attitude got in my way. I wanted my blog to look perfect and to have all the cool bells and whistles that I was seeing on other peoples' blogs. The only problem was that I couldn't figure out how to make that happen, and instead of enjoying my blog for its intended purpose...documenting my thoughts, feelings, and my life in general...I just gave up. I decided I didn't want to blog at all if I couldn't have it be perfect from the beginning instead of just learning slowly as I went along. I know, not the best attitude to have.

So, this time around I've decided to take it one step at a time. I'm just going to blog with what I already know how to do, which is write, and the rest will come eventually (If you're wondering, yes, part of my work with my therapist is working on how not to be such a perfectionist, LOL!). I'm so proud of myself for actually managing to get a few blog buttons on here already, and with this post I'm hoping to be able to get a hyperlink working. So, wish me luck!!

Okay, for my first post, I thought I'd let you know about an awesome giveaway going on at Photo Bug Baby!! There are an amazing TWENTY-TWO SPONSORS! You might think that means there will be twenty-two winners, but, guess what? You'd be wrong! There is actually going to be a whopping TWENTY-EIGHT WINNERS!!! You can stop rubbing your eyes and cleaning your glasses because they are working just fine. Yes, you read that correctly. It does say there will be twenty-eight winners. How awesome is that??!!

Now, you probably want to know how to enter this fabulous giveaway, right? Well, all you have to do is click here. Toni at Photo Bug Baby has offered each reader twenty-six chances at winning a prize, and you are able to win more than once!!! It doesn't get much better than that! Oh, and you have until November 30, 2008 at 11pm EST to enter.

Before you head on over to Photo Bug Baby to enter the Tinsel Town Giveaway, I want to thank a couple of people who helped me figure out how to do some things on this blog. I'd like to thank Toni from Photo Bug Baby and Mary from Adventures In Mommyland who were both kind enough to email me excellent directions on how to put buttons on a blog and how to create a hyperlink. Thanks so much, Toni and Mary, for all the help!! I appreciate it more than you know!!

Well, it's just about 2:30 in the morning so I'm going to say goodnight for now. If you stopped by, I hope you'll leave a comment so that I know you were here. Take care, and have a great day!!