Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Giveaways!

1. Bobbypins Boardwalk
Giveaway for an autographed copy of Christopher Lowell's Seven Layers of Design
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 15, 2009

2. My Domestic Bliss
Giveaway for $50 to spend in her Etsy shop, Larkspur Interiors
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 16, 2009

3. Yellow Beach Dog
Giveaway for a Mary Englebreit Gardening Journal and two wooden hand-painted birds
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 15, 2009 at 6:00 PM PST

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Giveaways!

1. Busy Bee Lifestyle
Giveaway for a 2010 Planner from MomAgenda.
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 8, 2009 at 6:00PM

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Giveaways!

1. A Giveaway Everyday
Giveaway for an Azuri Cashmere Pashmina Shawl
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 9, 2009 at 11:59 AM EDT

2. A Giveaway Everyday
Giveaway for your choice of one jewelry piece from the LuShae Jewelry Collection
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 6, 2009 at 11:59 AM EDT

3. A Giveaway Everyday
Giveaway for Barbar 1900 Tourmaline Cordless Combo
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 3, 2009 at 11:59 AM EDT

4. A Giveaway Everyday
Giveaway for a headband of your choice at Academy J
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 9, 2009 at 11:59 AM EDT

Friday, October 30, 2009

Giveaway!

1. My Wee View
Giveaway for a Dyson DC24 Vacuum
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on November 2, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Giveaway!

1. Mommy Mandy
Giveaway for Michael Buble' "Crazy Love" CD
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on October 27, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday's Giveaway Listings

1. Zany Mayd
Giveaway for a package of vintage goodies
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on October 16, 2009 at midnight EST

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday's Giveaway List

1. Grosgrain
Giveaway for Alice in Wonderland and Queen of Hearts Costume Set
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on October 24, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday's Giveaway Listings

1. Creative Home Expressions
Giveaway for a pattern from Details Pattern Company
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on October 16, 2009 at midnight

2. Rue's Peanut Butter and Jelly Life
Giveaway for a package of goodies from Lola B's
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on October 14, 2009

3. It's The Little Things That Make A House A Home
Giveaway for a $25 gift certificate to Tara's Vintage Kitchen
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on October 14, 2009 at midnight PST

Two Awesome Shabby Chic Giveaways!!

1. From My Cherry Heart
Giveaway for your choice of decorated pumpkins---SO Super Cute!!
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on October 19, 2009

********If you enter this giveaway please include my name in your entry as the person who referred you to the giveaway. Thank you!!

2. Pink and Pretty Designs
Giveaway for a selection of beautiful shabby chic goodies.
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on October 20, 2009 at 12am AEST

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Another Giveaway!

1. Mille Fleur
Giveaway for some divine goodies from Williams Sonoma
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on October 13, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

Giveaway!

1. It's So Very Cheri
Many giveaway items from various vendors
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on October 13, 2009

Giveaway!

1. Riding With No Hands
Giveaway for Harry Connick, Jr. CD
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on October 11, 2009 at 11:59 PM EST

Friday, October 2, 2009

Giveaways!!

1. Rose Petals and Rust
Giveaway for 20 vintage pink Christmas ornaments
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on October 19, 2009

2. The Pink Rose Cottage
Giveaway for four winners for vintage goodies and gift certificate
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on October 2, 2009 at midnight

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Discovered an Awesome Blog and an Amazing Giveaway!!

Beneath My Heart
Giveaway for an amazing Ballards Design inspired cafe shelf
For more information and to enter, click here.
Giveaway ends on September 4, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Giveaways For Some Wonderful BOOKS!

1. At Home With Books
Giveaway for "The Imposter's Daughter" (Book)
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends at Midnight on July 6, 2009

2. At Home With Books
Giveaway for "Julie & Julia" (Book)
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends at Midnight on June 29, 2009

3. At Home With Books
Giveaway for one of four books:
a. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
b. The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon
c. The Domino Men by Jonathan Barnes
d. My Little Red Book by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends at Midnight on June 29, 2009

4. Reviewer X
Giveaway for "The Demon's Lexicon" by Sarah Rees Brennan (Book)
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on June 23, 2009
**To read more about Sarah Rees Brennan, click here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Giveaways Galore!

1. 5 Minutes for Giveaways
Giveaway for a $100 Gift Card to JCPenney
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on June 26, 2009

2. 5 Minutes for Giveaways
Giveaway for I Spy Books and Toy Assortment
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on July 10, 2009

3. 5 Minutes for Giveaways
Giveaway for a Flip Ultra HD Video Camera
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on June 26, 2009

4. 5 Minutes for Giveaways
Giveaway for a personalized Father's Day Gift (Photo Cuff Links, Photo Mousepad, Personalized USB Drive)
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on June 16, 2009

5. Any Lucky Day
Giveaway for TG-800 Auto-Lift Steam Iron from Oliso
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on Friday 6/19/2009 11:59:59 PM EST

New Camera and a Giveaway

Great news!! I finally got a digital camera yesterday so very, very soon this blog will be much more interesting as it will have PICTURES!!! YAY!!

In the meantime, here is a great giveaway!

1. Grocery Price Blog
Giveaway for a Rubbermaid 20pc Storage Set
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on June 16, 2009 at 11:59 PM EST

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Giveaway!

1. Pink Lemonade
Giveaway for two (2) solid perfumes from Pacifica Perfume to give away to two lucky readers!
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends June 14, 2009 at 11:59 PDST

Friday, June 5, 2009

Blogs, Charitable Causes, and Giveaways!!

I'm a huge fan of blogs. I remember when I didn't even know what a blog was, and now my list of Favorites on Internet Explorer is overflowing with at least a hundred wonderful blogs that I love to visit!!

I've met some incredible people, I've learned a lot, and I've discovered many new ideas, as well as different ways of looking at the world and all through visiting my favorite blogs. Some blogs I visit to savor the beautiful images the blogger shares with her readers, some blogs I visit to get coupons and freebies, some blogs I visit to socialize, some blogs I visit for inspiration, and some blogs I visit to learn about a specific topic. Oh, and I almost forgot (kidding!)....some blogs I visit for the sole purpose of entering giveaways!!

"Giveaways?" you ask. Yes, giveaways! One of the fun things I learned due to my daily blog hopping is about the ever so enticing World of Giveaways!!

Who doesn't like to enter giveaways, and who doesn't love when they actually win a giveaway? As you can probably tell by my blog, I'm a bit addicted to entering giveaways. This addiction has only grown in intensity the more times that I've won. It's so much fun to get free "gifts" in the mail, and it feels like it's my birthday each time one of those giveaway prizes arrives!

I've won quite a few giveaways now, and the awesome thing about it is that I've won lots of cool things for other people, too! My niece and nephew were spoiled with gifts on Christmas, and a lot of them were things that I'd won through giveaways I'd entered and won. Gifts for others and gifts for yourself, and all without spending a penny.......it doesn't get much better than that.......or does it?

I'm always excited when I discover a new blog, but tonight my love of blogs and giveaways led me to a very special blog; A very inspiring blog. It's called Mom it Forward , and not only does this blog have a special philosophy that makes it so incredible, in my opinion, but there's an amazing giveaway going on right now, too!

By entering this giveaway, you have the chance to win some really cool prizes. For example, three winners will be randomly selected to win one of these prizes:

Grand Prize: iPhone 8GB, 2 Diane Birch concert tickets, an autographed Diane Birch CD
First Place Prize: $50 iTunes gift card and autographed Diane Birch CD
Second Place Prize: Autographed Diane Birch CD

It's not the really cool prizes you can win by entering this giveaway, though that makes it so amazing to me. Don't get me wrong, the chance to win one of those prizes has me pretty excited, but it's the wonderful acts of charity that are linked to this giveaway that makes it so amazing. Enter "Discover and Donate."

Have I piqued your curiosity? Did you notice the new "Discover and Donate" widget on the top right of this blog and wonder what it's all about? If so, then read on!

Mom it Forward states,

"Discover the critically acclaimed debut album from new artist Diane Birch. Donate $1 to charity. Automatically. S-Curve Records and Diane Birch are proud to present Discover & Donate. You discover Diane Birch’s soulful debut album, Bible Belt,then you choose one of six charities to receive a $1 donation from your purchase. PLUS, who ever raises the most money for charity through their widget by June 23, 2009, will win a FREE PRIVATE PERFORMANCE in the winner’s hometown!! (We’ll even throw in a few refreshments.) More albums sold means more money donated. How cool is that? Want to start sharing?"

So, are you wondering how this all works? It's all pretty simple.
  • "Simply choose a custom Diane Birch widget from one of six charities: Autism Speaks, March of Dimes, Keep A Child Alive, Share Our Strength, SOS Children’s Villages and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
  • Post Diane’s widget on your blog, website or social networking page. It's very simple: Just Click on the 'Share' button on the banner of your choice, then click on 'Grab This Banner' to copy the embed code for your blog.
  • Post Diane’s widget on your blog, website or social networking page.
  • Encourage your friends to discover Diane’s timeless debut that Billboard magazine calls “2009 Ones to Watch” to share your badge.
  • For each person that buys the album from either the iTunes or Amazon link through the widget you posted, a $1donation per album sold will be made IN YOUR NAME!"

Pretty cool, huh?! Here's more about Diane Birch and "Discover and Donate" from her website, Diane Birch:

"Singer-songwriter Diane Birch has already captured the hearts of everyone from Rolling Stone to David Letterman and her recent iTunes Single of the Week called “Rise Up” was downloaded over 500,000 times. Her debut album, Bible Belt, was released on June 2. Diane kicked off her touring at the South-by-Southwest conference this past March and she’ll be hitting the road presenting her piano-playing virtuosity and easy-going soul all summer long. Diane’s upbringing exposed her to a variety of locations and cultures around the globe. She had the chance to see people who are experiencing the best of life but also those in need. Now, with her debut album being released, Diane wants to give something back. For Discover & Donate, Diane personally chose SOS Children of Zimbabwe as one the charities. “Having spent many years in Zimbabwe as a child and much time there since, I have a very deep love for the land and its people. I feel a moral responsibility to try to help ensure that the youth community are provided with the tools and support they need for a bright future.” Diane added.Besides SOS Children’s Villages, you can choose a widget that supports Autism Speaks, March of Dimes, Keep A Child Alive, Share Our Strength or Susan G. Komen for the Cure."

So, are you ready to participate? I know I am!!

For more information and to enter, click here. This giveaway ends on Monday, June 8, 2009 at Midnight EDT.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Giveaway!

1. Cherry's Jubilee
Giveaway for a "Family" sign, candy dish from England, cherry pencils, and a cottage banner
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on May 30, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Another Amazing Giveaway!!

1. Treasures From The Heart
Giveaway for handmade bird nests (so cute!)
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on May 29, 2009 at Midnight

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Six Awesome Giveaways!!

1. An Island Life
Giveaway for a copy of F-Secure Internet Security 2009, an F-Secure 1GB memory stick, and
$125 gift card to Target.com
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends at Midnight on May 23, 2009

2. An Island Review
Giveaway for an 18″ x 24″ poster print made from your favorite photo, donated by
PostersPrinting.com
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends at Midnight on May 23, 2009

3. An Island Review
Giveaway for the Elton John: The Red Piano DVD
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends at Midnight on May 24, 2009

4. An Island Review
Giveaway for Oh Happy Day CD
For more information and enter, click here.
Ends at Midnight on May 30, 2009

5. Blessings Abound
Giveaway for an Aqua Sweetheart Apron from Carolyn's Kitchen
For more informatino and to enter, click here.
Ends on June 5, 2009 at 11:59 PM (Alaska Time)

6. Blessings Abound
Giveaway for a $25 Gift Certificate to Layers Clothing
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on June 5, 2009 at 11:59 PM (Alaska Time)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Check out this video of a future HGTV star!!!!!

So, I'm visiting various blogs to enter the 3rd Cottage Charm Giveaway (link is on the right sidebar), and I come to Made 2 Create. Now, she did something very unique as a way to enter her giveaway. We had to watch her video posted on her blog that shows her practicing to be a future design star on TV and then tell her if we loved it or loathed it. Well, I'm giving you the link to watch it for yourselves because I'm sure that someday in the near future we are going to see her on HGTV with her own design show!!! After you click the link, just scroll down a little bit, and you'll see the video. Then you can enter the giveaway yourself, too!!!

http://made2create.blogspot.com/2009/05/project-privacy-and-giveaway.html

Another Giveaway!

The Lettered Cottage is giving away a Quote Jar and a Good Jar as part of the 3rd Annual Cottage Charm Giveaway. Just click here to enter The Lettered Cottage giveaway, and then click on the Cottage Charm Giveaway button on the right sidebar or in the blog post to be taken to many other blogs that are participating.

Giveaway

Win "a darling pewter butter dish, a wonderful little silver filigree heart ornament, a cutlery pen and a full box of handkerchief cards — each of the 6 blank cards has a cute little collectible hankie" on A Lovely Thing . Just click the following link to be entered into this giveaway which is part of the 3rd Annual Cottage Charm Giveaway event. Here's the link: http://alovelything.com/2009/05/3rd-annual-cottage-charm-giveaway/

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!





"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic"

~Adrienne Cook~

Sunday, March 15, 2009

One AWESOME Giveaway!!

1. Amanda
Giveaway for your choice of handbag from Handbag Heaven
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 26, 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009

More Giveaways!!

1. Any Lucky Day
Giveaway for a Slanket
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March March 17, 2009 at 11:59:59 PM EST

2. Mom Saves Money

Giveaway for 250 coupons
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 15, 2009 at 9:00 PM CT

3. Saving Our Cents
Giveaway for $200 worth of coupons and two chances for $80.50 worth of coupons
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 31, 2009 at 5:00 PM

4. Saving Our Cents
Giveaway for 3 Krispy Kreme gift certificates for one dozen doughnuts
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 15, 2009 at 5:00 PM

5. 5 Minutes for Giveaways
Giveaway for a prize package from Word World
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 27, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Five Fabulous Giveaways!!

1. Mommy Making Money
Giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 14, 2009 at 10:00 PM EST

2. Pink Lemonade
Giveaway for Taylor Hick's new album The Distance
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 17, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST

3. Pink Lemonade
Giveaway for a Cushie Pushie
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 15, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST

4. Pink Lemonade
Giveaway for Will Marry for Food, Sex, and Laundry: How to Get Him - and How to Keep Him
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 12, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST

5. Any Lucky Day
Giveaway for iStick for your Nano
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 14, 2009 at 11:59:59 PM EST

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tutoring

So, today was a pretty good day. I tutor two kids, one in first grade, (I'll call him D.), and one in fourth grade, (I'll call him J.). I absolutely LOVE working with both of these kids, and they are so different from each other, too.


This was my first experience working with a first grader, and it's honestly been amazing to me to see the growth that happens in such a short amount of time. When I started working with D. he was still learning his letters. Now he is reading level one and level two books....chapter books even!! He's not reading perfectly, of course, but he's reading!! Each time I see him I'm always thrilled to see the progress he's made and continues to make.


When I was a teacher I actually taught fourth grade so I had that experience before I began working with J. I've been working with him longer than D., and he, too, has made so much progress. A lot of his progress has been in attitude about school and his grades, his willingness to do his best, and to do his best neatly. He continues to surprise me with his feelings toward school and learning, as well as his academic growth. I think back to how he was when I first met him, and then I think of the excitement in his voice when he told me about getting the highest grade in his class on a math test. It's like he's a different kid!!


You know, I understand that I'm giving a lot to these kids, but I honestly feel that I'm still getting the better end of the deal. The joy, the pride, the excitement, and the sense of accomplishment I feel when working with both D. and J. makes any physical pain (due to my two chronic pain conditions) I feel as a result so worth it. When I see the lightbulb come on when they finally understand something that we've been working on or hear them say with a smile, "Ooooh, I get it!" it just fills my heart up more than anyone can understand.

Well, I'm ready to get to bed after watching Part 2 of "The Bachelor- After the Final Rose," but before I sign off for tonight, I want to share one cute thing that J. said to me before I left today. I'm gathering my things up, and he says, "Ms. Rice, do you think you can come some Friday to just hang out, watch movies, eat junk food, and....just hang out?" How cute is that?!

Until next time....

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ten Great Giveaways

1. An Island Review
Giveaway for A Century Of Flavor Cookbook
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 2, 2009 at midnight


2. An Island Life
Giveaway for Wheels on the Bus for iPhone/iTouch from Duck, Duck, Moose
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 1, 2009 at midnight


3. An Island Review
Giveaway for a 3-month subscription to JumpStart.com
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 6, 2009 at midnight


4. An Island Review
Giveaway for Martina McBride's CD called Playlist
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 7, 2009 at midnight


5. An Island Life
Giveaway for a Kajeet Sanyo Katana II (black) cellular phone + temporary included air time
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 8, 2009 at midnight


6. An Island Life
Giveaway for a $20 gift certificate to Born 2 Impress
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 8, 2009 at midnight


7. dkMommy Spot
Giveaway for Vegan Microwave Cookbook
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 2, 2009 at midnight EST


8. dkMommy Spot
Giveaway for Pomegranate and Chocolate Love Kit Skin Care
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 6, 2009 at midnight EST


9. dkMommy Spot
Giveaway for a Brookstone Shiatsu Massaging Seat Topper
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 5, 2009 at midnight EST

10. The Life and Times of the Lady Riposter, A Self-Confessed Foodie
Giveaway for a Fiber One Chocolate Mocha Spa Break Gift Basket
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 11, 2009 at 12PM CST

Friday, February 27, 2009

Giveaways

1. Sandier Pastures
Giveaway for a pair of Soleil Earrings from The Peach Tree
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 3, 2009


2. Sandier Pastures
Giveaway for a $75 gift certificate to Red Ruby Rose
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on March 6, 2009

3. I Never Grew Up
Giveaway for $12,000 worth of prizes
For more information and to enter, click here or click the Birthday Bash button on the right.
Ends on February 28, 2009 at 7PM MST

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Giveaway

1. The Mom Buzz
Giveaway for a 4-pack of Omega Martini Glasses from Swank Martini
For more information and to enter, click here, and here, and here.
Ends on February 28, 2009
**One of my favorite kits is the Dirty Martini Gift Pack. The glasses are so unique and so cool!! You should definitely check out this site!!**

Monday, February 23, 2009

Giveaway


Giveaway for a Slanket

For more information and to enter, click here.

Ends on March 3, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Two Truths and a Lie, Some Q&A's, and My Holiday Party

**I actually typed this post several weeks ago, but I was having a problem with the pictures and couldn't get it to publish. Also, there are more photos that need to be added to this post once I figure out what the problem is.**

Because I'm new to blogging and haven't figured out how to find out the stats for visitors to my blog, I didn't know that anyone was reading. Well, today I found a comment on my January 28, 2009 blog from Wendy, who has her own blog with a great name. It's called "Weight...What?". You should pay her blog a visit, and you can even play the game she has going on now called "Two Truths and a Lie". She invited those with a blog to consider themselves tagged (my first one...YAY!!), so here goes!

Okay, here are my two truths and a lie. See if you can figure out which one is the lie, and leave your answer in my comment section. You can also leave your two truths and a lie in the comment section, and I'll follow Wendy's lead and have any readers that I may have out there tagged, too. In other words, if you have a blog, you can put your two truths and a lie on your blog with a link back to mine.

Two Truths and a Lie

1. After our first trip to Hawaii, my friend and I packed up our bags and moved there for two years.

2. I've climbed a volcano and a waterfall.

3. When I was a kid, I spent two summers traveling cross-country in a van with my family and camped in almost every state along the way.

So, which one do you think is the lie?

Now to answer Wendy's questions:

Q: Where do you find all these giveaways?

A: I'm signed up to receive the RSS feeds for a whole bunch of blogs, and when they offer giveaways, I enter them. Some blogs are strictly review and giveaway blogs, and those are the ones that have a lot to enter on a consistent basis. If you are interested in entering some giveaways, you can always click on the links on my blog that will take you to the place to enter them.

Q: How did your dinner party last month go?

A: Thank you so much for asking! The dinner party (actually a holiday party) was a huge success! It was on December 13, 2008, and everyone that came had a great time! Just look at the two reindeer (a.k.a. my cousins, Brittney and Emily) in the picture below for evidence!

One of the hits of the party was an ornament exchange that I called, "Steal the Ornament," which was actually a suggestion from my Uncle Bob, seen here.

If you're not familiar with this, the way it works is that everyone brings a wrapped ornament, and they all go onto one table. Then you draw numbers to see who gets to choose the first package. The next person to choose an ornament has a choice to either choose from the pile of wrapped ones or steal the first person's ornament! You continue playing in this format with each new person getting the choice to choose from the pile of wrapped ornaments or steal from those who already have opened their ornaments. This is why you hope that the number you drew at the beginning was a high one because the higher the number, the more chances to steal!! Oh, each ornament can only be stolen twice, and if your ornament was stolen, you get to pick another one from the pile or steal from someone else. Anyway, it was a ton of fun, and everyone loved it.

Speaking of ornaments, my grandma, seen with me in the next photo, brought me a very special hostess gift. Years ago she used to make these beautiful Christmas ornaments with fancy beads, rhinestones, pearls, and pins, etc., and she gave me the red one I'm holding up in the photo. It's definitely something that will always make me think of her when I see it on my tree every year.


I also received two pretty Christmas Cacti from my cousin Veronica and her husband John, as well as an adorable dolphin statue from my Aunt Deanna, her partner, Charlie, and Brittney and Emily.

Aside from the "Steal an Ornament" game, my mom and I made a ton of yummy appetizers. Three of the recipes I had never made before. I found them on the Better Home and Gardens website. These were double-quick shrimp cocktail, served with large shrimp, pesto-provolone terrine, served with french bread, and brie with mango chutney, served with Carr's Table Water Crackers .

I very highly recommend the pesto-provolone terrine !! It was so yummy and oh-so-easy to make! The brie was good, too, but next time I'd make it with a fig chutney instead because the mango chutney didn't quite do it for me.

I served another shrimp appetizer that's super quick to make. All you do is take a brick of cream cheese, and put it on a serving dish. Pour about 1/2 to 3/4 of a bottle of cocktail sauce over the cream cheese, and top it off with baby shrimp. Serve with Wheat Thins Crackers. It doesn't get much easier than that!

To finish off the appetizer menu, I served spinach dip with french bread, veggies and dip, Harvest Cheddar SunChips , and my mom brought meatballs and a Hillshire Farms Lil' Smokies recipe.


What would a party be without dessert? Veronica brought a delish chocolate cheesecake! There were also lots of different types of chocolate candy, candy canes, and a gorgeous, yummy cake from this awesome bakery.

Since I chose to not decorate in traditional Christmas colors and instead went with a pink, aqua, white, and silver shabby chic look, I wanted the cake to have that same style. I used the same bakery that I had discovered when getting a cake for my mom and dad's 40th wedding anniversary "party" because they had done such a great job.

The bakery is called Jen's Cakes, and let me tell you, Jen is nothing short of amazing!! All I did was ask for a shabby chic Christmas cake, sent her a few pictures with the colors I liked, and she made the perfect cake!! And to top it off, she had just had her first baby two weeks before!!



Q: Were you able to find space for everyone?

A:I was able to find space for everyone, but it was definitely a tight squeeze! I had the party when we were having super cold weather for California (it was in the 30's at night), and I couldn't use the heater because my Christmas tree was in front of it. Well, I guess if I wanted to meet some cute firemen, I could have used the heater...LOL! Anyway, I was worried about it being freezing in here, but because there were so many people in such a tiny space, it actually got too hot for me.

Anyway, the party was a big success, and I think I've decided to make it an annual tradition. If more people come this year though, I may have to move to a bigger place, LOL!!











































Saturday, January 31, 2009

Saturday Giveaway

1. Mama Makes Money
Giveaway for $25 gift card to Applebee's
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on February 4, 2009 at 11:59 CST

Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday's Giveaways

1. She Scribes
Giveaway for Kandide and the Secret of the Mists book
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on February 9, 2009 at 11:59 PM

2. Vanilla Joy
Giveaway for $25 via PayPal from Buzzillions.com
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on February 4, 2009 at midnight


3. Vanilla Joy
Giveaway for a Cansolidator Pantry from ShelfReliance.com
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on January 31, 2009 at midnight


4. Unexpected Bliss
Giveaway for $100 Visa Gift Card
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Ends on Febraury 3, 2009 at

5. Vanilla Joy
Giveaway for one 6 piece POP Container Set from OXO
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Ends on January 30 at midnight

6. 5 Minutes For Giveaways
Giveaway for a CozyWedge
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Ends on February 13, 2009

7. 5 Minutes For Giveaways
Giveaway for a Peek
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Ends on January 30, 2009

8. 5 Minutes For Giveaways
Giveaway for a copy of Space Buddies and three Plushies
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Ends on February 6, 2009

9. 5 Minutes For Giveaways
Giveaway for a Vapor-Eze Waterless Vaporizer, Baby Bed Blocks, and an Ear Check
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Ends on January 30, 2009

10. 5 Minutes For Giveaways
Giveaway for gift basket courtesy of Vaseline Clinical Therapy, incl. Target GC (valued at $100)
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on January 30, 2009

11. 5 Minutes For Giveaways
Giveaway for Chrissa Stands Strong- An American Girl Movie
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Ends on January 30, 2009

12. 5 Minutes For Giveaways
Giveaway for a $75 Gift Certificate to Childish Clothing
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Ends on January 31, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Wednesday's Giveaways

1. An Iowa Mom
Giveaway for a $50 Target Gift Card
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Ends on January 30, 2009


2. A Family Completed
Giveaway for a $50 Victoria Secret Gift Card
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on February 1, 2009 at 11:59 PST


3. A Family Completed
Giveaway for a KnittAddiction Mohawk Beanie
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Ends on February 1, 2009 at 11:59 PST


4. A Family Completed
Giveaway for a Sweet Seat Painted Furniture Ladybug Stool
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on February 1, 2009 at 11:59 PST


5. A Family Completed
Giveaway for a Coloring Book Tote from Baby YaYa
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on February 1, 2009 at 11:59 PST


6. A Family Completed
Giveaway for a Rocky Raccoon Armpocket from Ohmay Designs
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on February 1, 2009 at 11:59 PST


7. A Family Completed
Giveaway for your choice of booties, socks or a paci clip from Agape Bebe
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on February 1, 2009 at 11:59 PST


8. A Family Completed
Giveaway for a Pink Magnet With Yellow Flowers Set from Adopt A Magnet
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on February 1, 2009 at 11:59 PST


9. Miss Musing
Giveaway for a $100 Gift Card to Amazon.com
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Ends on January 30, 2009 at 8:59 PM PST


10. Sweet Savings
Giveaway for a $25 Borders Gift Card
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Ends on January 31, 2009 at 11:59 PM

11. Sandier Pastures
Giveaway for a birthstone bracelet from Sweet Caroline's
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Ends on February 1, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

More Giveaways!

1. Chic Shopper Chick
Giveaway for Face-Off Frenzy
For more information and to enter, click here.
Ends on February 3, 2009 at 11:59 CST

2. Unexpected Bliss Reviews
Giveaway for a $50 Amazon.com gift card
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Ends on February 4, 2009 at midnight CST

3. Mom of 2 Dancers and Mom of 2 Dancers Reviews
Giveaway for a $25 Amazon.com gift card
For more information and to enter, click here and here.
Ends on February 3, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Giveaway!!

Check out Mom Fuse for a great Valentine's Day Giveaway Event (See Button on the Right Sidebar)!! It's day 5 of the giveaway event, and each one is a one day only chance to win so enter quickly! Today's giveaway is for a Sudoku Handheld Game, Tell Me A Story 2 : Animal Magic, and a special gift package from one of our sponsors, Brenda, of Naughty and Nice Lingerie. Here is the link so you can enter: http://momfuse.com/2009/01/valentine-giveaway-day-5/

On a side-note, I hope to start updating my blog again very soon. I've been having a very difficult time with my pain flare-ups, and I was sick for almost two weeks straight. In fact, I haven't even really been online in about a month except to check about a total of five emails only!! That's definitely not my norm, LOL!!! Anyway, new posts, other than giveaways, coming soon!!