Friday, October 23, 2009

Contests Extended!

We've had a family emergency that's kept me away from the computer much for a week now & I'll likely have another week to get things back in order. So, I'm extending all contests ONE week!!!!


Good luck to all!


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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Can I just say...



That's MY sister bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!

She's obviously the smart one of us 2, huh??? ;-)




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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Plan Toys


Awhile back I got to check out Plan Toys school bus toy. You can read that review here.

With the holidays coming up I've found myself looking for educational toys & for the kids gifts & of course, Plan Toys always come to the top of the list. I know that I don't have to worry about harmful paints or toxins with Plan Toys, which is a huge relief since they have everything my boys want!

I love the green standards Plan Toys stick to, like Organic Rubberwood,Non-Toxic E-Zero Glue,Water Based Dye,Recycled and Recyclable Material,Soy & Water-based Ink being their green materials while even their attitude is eco friendly as they participate in Forest Conservation,Toys for Children with Special Needs & Disaster Relief to name a few.

I'm a Fan of Plan Toys on FaceBook, so I get constant updates on all the wooden toys we love so much & projects they work on. Add them to your FaceBook fan page & keep along with them as well, there is no telling whats in store with the holiday season, you just might find "that toy" you've been looking for!

I know that Andy would sure like the Garage



Check out Plan Toys for great Holiday ideas & join up with them on their FaceBook page.
I'll be keeping my eye out for developmental toys Ryan would like!

Stay tuned for more from Plan Toys & my blog as well!!!!




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Saturday, October 17, 2009

amykathryn (CLOSED)


I love purses. However, as a mom I often get stuck with diaper bags. What about ME? I dont take a diaper bag with me when I am with out kids, I take one of my favorite purses.

I found amykathryn while browsing the web & was bowled over at their gorgeous line of bags.

With the launch of their Fall 2009 line, I got the opportunity to check out one of their gorgeous new bags for Fall. I decided to take the Primrose, in brown, for a spin.





amykathryn is giving away the Amaryllis bag in pink, which is GORGEOUS! I might add!




-Link me to your favorite bag over at amykathryn
-Follow me here.
-Follow on Twitter.
-Tweet this giveaway, (One per day)
-Leave a valid email in a comment so I can get you signs up for exclusive e-mails. ( 2 entries)



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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Campus Quilt Review (closed)



Have you always wanted to do something with your favorite t-shirts, you know, the ones from your sorority days, or the races you ran in college, or that once in a lifetime concert you went to. You know, the ones you cant even wear anymore, they're just too precious? I can think of a few of mine.. The Abercombie shirt that has a piece of bread saying "You knead me, I dont knead you!" Or, the Martini Glass that is captioned " I need a stiff one." Ah.. then there are Mikes, the handsome Jesus with the Nixon fingers that says "VOTE JESUS" Thats a memorable shirt for Mike & I, which I later followed up with the Jesus is my Homeboy shirt, of course.

Campus Quilts came up with a solution! Send in your clothing items & let these professionals create a quilt of your memories, for you!

By the way, while working with Campus Quilts, I figured out where all the customer service in the world went.. to Campus Quilt!!

Before I even had the kit I had so much information, ideas to take pictures, express EXACTLY what I wanted in my quilt, even an offer for a phone call consult! They have gone above & beyond to make this process exactly what you want it to be. I can honestly say that I feel comfortable knowing that when I get my quilt, its going to look exactly like I wanted it, not how the company pictured it, but exactly as I described & explained to them.

When I opened the kit I had to sit down to look it over. They give you extensive detail in designing your quilt just as if you were sewing it yourself. From a guide to sticky numbers to help direct them the exact layout of your choice with your shirts. The small fabric swatch guide actually gives you to ability to feel & match each backing exactly before your eyes. As soon as I felt the flannel, I knew that was exactly what I wanted!


Less than 4 weeks later..

I got my quilt!! I was of course shocked by how quick it came & how awesome it looked. But it wasn't until later, when I sat down & laid it on my lap & went over each square & in my head recited which item it came from, which boy, the memory with it. I felt the warmth & softness & realized this is the type of item, that 30 years from now, Mike & I will be sitting with on our lap, reciting the same comments about those memories that have all been captured in one item.



This is some random thermal shirt I think I got at a second hand kids place. Mike was wearing them at the time & I thought Andy having one would be cute. It was hideous, truly. I was new to resale shopping & the thing was so worn, the wrists were a bit saggy, it was just ugly but oh, so soft!!!




This was one of the first buys for Ryan when we realized OMG, he'd outgrown everything we had for him! ( and everything being ALL Andys baby clothes still!!!) He was ( IS!) SOOO big!!!




This was one of the first things Mike & I bought when I was pregnant with Andy. We were living in Cape Coral & I remember the day we bought it. We both thought it was cute. Unfortunately it wasnt super soft & the boys were so big they never wore it, but I just couldnt part with it.




Andy wore this, his First Christmas under a holiday sweater.

I dont sew. I "can" but.. not a quilt! This is something that I always wanted but never really expected to have b/c I sure as hell dont have time to learn to make a quilt! I trusted one company to do it for me & they went beyond what i ever drempt for these clothes & memories.

I cant think of enough great things to say about Campus Quilts work. I really just cant! And you know me, a big talker, so thats really saying something ( haha! Pun intended)

Ready to check my quilt out???












One reader will get a $150 gift certificate towards a quilt of their own, to Campus Quilts!!

Enter by-

Visiting Campus Quilt, take a peek at their selection & photos. Tell me what you'd get & what you'd so if you could have them make a quilt for you.

Extra Entries-

-Tell me about 3 items you'd definately want on your quilt ( 2 extries)
-Follow me.
-Follow me on Twitter.
-Tweet this ( one per day) giveaway & review.

Random.org & I will pick one lucky winner on October 28,2009. Good luck to all!



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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nimli Review & Giveaway (closed)


I think the first time I fell in love with shawls was when Jessica Simpson had a yellow one on, mixing something in a bowl on her forever ago TV show.

A week later I saw a girl at a bar with a gorgeous green shawl & liked it so much, I asked her where it came from. The next day I wondered to Dillard's & got this gorgeous green thing for EIGHT DOLLARS.

I have never found another I liked so much, in life, or in a magazine, etc.

Until now.

Nimli offers not only gorgeous shawls, scarves & accessories but clothing for the whole family as well.

One of the items that drew me to this site was their gorgeous jewelry, shoes & how many keys they use in their items ( I LOVE keys!)

I love this keychain, of yes. Keys!



I got the chance to check out this beautiful shawl, in a fabulous coral color. It comes in literally, every single color & shade you could image, which I LOVE. I hate only having 3-5 colors to pick from!



One of you will win a shawl of your own.

Here is how to enter-

Link me to your favorite item at Nimli.

Extra Entries-

-Follow me
-Follow me on Twitter.
-Tweet this giveaway ( one a day)

Random.org will draw a winner on 10-22-09.











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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Eye Buy Direct ( closed)


I have lost my glasses several times lately ( which hello, its really hard to FIND your own glasses b/c since you dont have then on, um, your kind of vision impaired!!!)

I decided, undoubtedly, I need an extra pair! Luckily I came across
Eye Buy Direct and was able to find hundreds of affordable pairs of glasses.

It took me forever to pick my favorite pair, they have something for everyone. From classic, to designer to cool sparkles & sophisticated designs.


One pair I like is this one, the Almeria


I however selected in the end the Colorado.


I LOVE them!!



I had to use the customer service telephone line & I can say, it was one of the easiest CS phone calls I've had in years. It was quick, easy & before I knew it, new glasses were in my mail box & sure enough, they fit & I could see perfectly. One reader will win a pair of glasses of their choice ( $100 value, not including designer & sunglasses)

Here is how to enter-

1-
Link me to your favorite pair of glasses at Eye Buy Direct!

2-Post a comment to EBD's Wall of Frame & Help other visitors choose which frames suites them best! ( 2 entries, be sure to link me!)

Extra-

-Follow me.
-Follow me on Twitter.
-Tweet this giveaway ( one a day)

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Strappy's ( closed)



Yes, how many of you are blushing because your guilty of once wearing a colored bra under a white shirt!!


Strappy's is a classy & all around perfect solution for when you can't avoid a bra strap, but need it to look professional, or just basically not like your 15.

Check out these photos in this video of how gorgeous bra straps can be.




I got to check out the Pearl Twist which is a delicate beautiful solution to the showing strap solution & I love.




Strappy's are the perfect solution for when you just cant go with out a bra, but you just cant have a bra strap visible. They have designs from dressed up to daily fashions.

One of my readers will win a set of Strappy's to check out for themselves.

To enter is simple, you must sign in with a valid e-mail address, on the left hand side, to recieve their newsletter.

After you have completed that, extra entries can be gained by-

-Linking me to your favorite pair of Strappy's.
-Following their blog ( 2 entries)
-Following Me
-Follow me on Twitter
-Tweet this! ( one per day)



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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Iwandis.

That's Ryan's current phrase" "I wandis" ..I.Want.This.

So, on that note, I'm having a very cooking weekend and hey.. Iwandis!!!






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Friday, October 9, 2009

pediped & Make A Wish again!! =)

Stars Step Out to Join pediped® footwear in Raising Funds

for the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

HENDERSON, Nev. (October 7, 2009) — More than 50 well-known entertainers and athletes will participate in Stars for a Wish, an online auction of autographed pediped® baby shoes to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The auction will run Oct. 25-Nov. 1 on Charity Buzz.

Celebrities who signed pediped® baby shoes for the auction include:

MOVIES Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan, Andy Garcia, Molly Ringwald, Rachel Weisz

TELEVISION Tim Allen, Courtney Cox Arquette, Marcia Cross, Jennie Garth, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Heidi Klum, Charlie Sheen, Jon Stewart

MUSIC Clay Aiken, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Sugarland

SPORTS Jerome Bettis, Anna Kournikova, Shaquille O’Neal, Mark Teixeira, J.D. Drew, David Ortiz

Bidding will start at $250 for the signed shoes. Recipients will receive the shoes attractively displayed in a cherry-finished shadow box or clear acrylic box complete with an engraved plaque.

The Stars for a Wish fundraiser has a minimum goal of $25,000, which will help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. One-hundred percent of the funds raised through the auction will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“We were overwhelmed by the willingness of so many celebrities, many of them already familiar with our brand, to generously help us support this cause,” said Angela Edgeworth, President and Co-Founder of pediped® footwear. “Now it’s all up to the public to bid high for these shoes so they not only receive a beautifully presented keepsake from their favorite celebrity, but more importantly, so they will be helping children facing life-threatening medical conditions.”

To learn more about the Stars for a Wish fundraiser and to view a complete list of participating celebrities, visit pediped.

About pediped®

Pediped® footwear was launched in 2004 by Angela and Brian Edgeworth in their quest for the perfect soft-soled shoe for their first daughter. Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award winning company one of the fastest-growing children's footwear brands in the United States. Pediped® footwear is sold in over 2500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between their two lines, Originals and Flex. Originals (soft-soled shoes for newborns to age 2+) and Flex (rubber-soled shoes for children 1-6 years) are available in EU sizes from 20 to 29. For more information, visit www.pediped.com or call 1-702-567-0311.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 65 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 180,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.



We LOVE pediped & the great things they do each year with Make A Wish, what a great cause!


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Monday, October 5, 2009

Our little update on life.

Dude. I dropped off the face of the web for a change & it. was. Awesome!! My house is sparkling, my kids are happy & snuggly as ever. I have even forgotten to eat lately & lost 7 pounds!!

Life is rocking right along as Mike is almost DONE with school! Can you believe it?? A few weeks ago we realized, this time next year we might be watching Mike walk the stage to get his hard earned diploma & having an awesome celebration with everyone, Or even,we might find ourselves moving, be it to a new town or new state.



Before too long, Mike will start working on his resume & all these last few years will really be worth it. Needless to say, this realization has given us both quite the boost we needed. No longer do I find myself bitching about what little space we have in the house, because I know it isnt forever. I think we've been realizing we need to enjoy this time while we can, as soon Mike will actually have a job & we will have to pretend to be adults.

So, I've been cleaning & playing with the kids & just doing things as a family the last few weeks. Some deep cleaning, organizing.. Fall-izising. ( You know, the transfer from Summer to Fall in the house) which has been interesting to say the least!

We had a kitten for about 2 days. Andy named him Bird ( or Bert?) and he took off after less than 2 days with a nice free dose of Frontline, jerk.

Andy is just crazy! This kid & his sentences & words & his level of expression is just bursting at the seams! We're into the building/pretend stage, a bit right now. Kurt, a friend of ours gave Andy some awesome blocks & building/creating toys & he's been non stop creating. I cant believe how polite & sweet & kind Andy is, he amazes me every day!

Ryan is a beast. Literally, he jumps off furniture when no one is there to catch him, throws chairs & tables with ease across the room, runs like a mad man..

Me, I've just been taking a breather from EVERYTHING. Sometimes we all need to do that, just forget about the outside world & focus on your little family to remind you whats important.

We'd had a whole month of fun events planned but since Ohio decided to turn back to crap & rain all the time, our last few weekends were put on hold for better weather.

I have tons of pictures, videos & fun stuff to share with everyone.

PLUS.. Since I've been gone for sooo long, I am almost done with a full week of giveaways for my readers coming up. I've been "out of the game' but I need to show you guys I love you with some awesome stuff coming up. So, I hope you'll stay tuned, even though I went MIA on all of you!



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