Sunday, January 31, 2010

Looking for hairstyle ideas?

Well Look no further!

Check out this awesome site HERE for some adorable and unique ways to do your princess's hair!

If you try one, feel free to send me photos - I'd love to see!

Enjoy! - more great giveaways coming this week....stay tuned!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cards for Kayla....the shorter, and just as sweet version

Just in case you don't have or want to make the time to read the long version of this post HERE (below), I'll just post the main point so we can get as many cards to Kayla as possible!

In doing some blog hopping yesterday I made a stop at My Organized Chaos and came upon THIS post. And once again I have been touched.Tammi writes about a blog she came across a couple of years ago where a woman named Sandra wrote  about her husband, Jimmy being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. And if that wasn't enough, just 2 days later and 4 days before Christmas 2008, her daughter, Kayla was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I know - are there any words?
So here's the scoop.  Kayla is not doing well these days - she is neutropenic {no immune system}and has bacteria in her blood - and Jimmy has a tumor the size of a soft ball inside his chest. Yep, that's right....

So Tammi along with some other bloggers got together and decided to do something. I have invited myself along for the ride :) While not having experienced this with a child of my own, this cause is very real to me. It's at my core....I feel it....it's a part of me - and however small, I want to do something. anything. So I (along with these other bloggers) am asking for YOUR help.

 
{holding Mom's hair over her head,
Sandra says that she cannot wait to have hair again}

STRAIGHT UP - No money is being asked of you. In fact all that's being requested is that a card be sent to Kayla to help brighten her days. She loves getting mail (we were cut from the same mold her and I ) and specifically, cards. So please, if you wouldn't mind MAKING the time in the next week or two to send Kayla a card...a picture...a postcard....you may send more if you wish, but know that one simple card will bring a smile to Kayla's face brighter than you could ever imagine. I bet you'll even feel it the moment you put it in the mailbox.

If your kids are going to draw her a picture and need some ideas, Kayla is 6 and loves: the movie Hocus Pocus, the colors pink and purple, Animal Planet, any animals {cats especially), and Disney Princesses

Send Cards for Kayla to:

Kayla Gronley
P.O. Box 5634
Blue Jay, Ca 92317

To Contact Sandra ~ sanderella192003{at}yahoo{dot}com

Sandra's blog can be found HERE if you are interested in following their story.

And may I just make one *small* mention at the end of this post.....should you decide to make time for this opportunity (and I hope you do) - keep in mind that Kayla also has a 4 year old brother, James (who is I'm sure as sweet as can be)...as well as her father, Jimmy (who as mentioned is also fighting his own battle with Cancer) and her mother, Sandra (who is fighting for the both of them). So should you feel so inclined, I'm sure a card would put a smile on their faces too. Just throwing that out there :)

Thank you so much for indulging this post....it means everything to me....everything.


WE LOVE YOU KAYLA!!! And we are sending {{Healing Vibes}} your way!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pieces of Me...Cards for Kayla

End of the day announcements caught my attention one Friday on my way out of school in grade 12. I didn't ever really pay that much attention to them but I immediately stopped and listened for EVERY detail. **Volunteers are needed in the summer for the Kids Cancer Camp** - I was hooked....I tend to be a procrastinator, but I was on top of this one. I didn't want to miss this opportunity. I knew immediately it was where I wanted to be, something I wanted to do, and in so many ways something I NEEDED. I couldn't have been more right. I sent in my application, was approved and set out for the best week of my life. It was phenomenal - These kids - some with cancer, some survivors, and some siblings of both survivors and victims - laughing and smiling and being able to forget for even just a moment what their reality was. The week was packed full of fun - arts and crafts, games outside, and even a teepee sleepover on the last night. This night has a very special place in my heart and in fact, just thinking of it now I'm getting emotional.
While I LOVED all of the kids I met there, there were two sweet girls in particular who I felt a special bond with. Best friends as a result of their lives with Cancer (one with Neuroblastoma and the other Wilm's Tumour)  - Shelby, barely 5 at the time and Nicole, 7 - much too young to experience all that they had, yet their zest for life was infectious. I landed the best spot in the teepee - right between the two of them :D I even got to be Shelby's *pretend mommy* as she was missing her own so much. Talk about a Proud moment!

We had a fun picnic lunch with everyone after the campout and said our goodbyes. Knowing this was something I planned to do every summer, I couldn't shake the feeling that some of these kids likely wouldn't be around the following year. Devastating and Motivating  - I got talking with Shelby's mom (Maria) and Nicole's mom (Donna) and found out both girls would be in the Cancer Clinic that week for treatment. So I arranged to come and visit.
Again, no way was I letting this opportunity pass me by. These children touched my heart, my soul...and they are forever etched within my being. Many memories were made in the clinic of the (old) Alberta Children's hospital and many more friends were met. It's an incredible network there, one I felt honoured to be welcomed into. As a result of these visits and my indecisiveness with my future (thank goodness for that) and Maria's desire and need for someone to watch Shelby while she got some things done, I became Shelby's nanny. Seriously - how lucky am I! I can't tell you the amount of times I've seen the Spice Girls Movie, or how many times we had *meat, cheese, and crackers* for lunch (her favorite), or how many *chocolate milky bubbas* I made her - but even as I sit here I can't help but think, *if I could just do it one more time*. No matter how much time we're given it never seems like enough. Though Shelby's Cancer (wilm's tumour) holds a 95% cure rate, and despite her incredible determination (giving a fight like no other), she earned her angel wings that October (1998). No matter how inevitable, you never really believe that day will ever come.As a result of my hospital visits with Shelby and Nicole, I became extremely close friends with a guy named, Josh. He had just had a unique surgery in which his leg was amputated (thigh) and then his calf (and foot) were reattached backwards to allow his heel to act as a knee in his prosthetic. He thought it looked wierd, and it did....but I was PROUD to be his friend.

The year after Shelby passed, and on what would have been her 6th birthday, I was able to shave my head and donate the proceeds to the Kids Cancer Care of Alberta. Josh had just had surgery and was unable to leave the hospital, so we arranged to have it done there! Some other kids I had met through the camp and seen while at the hospital also came to show their support. As did my best friend, Jenny and her now husband, Luke (it was the first time I met him. lol). It was incredible and a day I'll never forget.  Shelby's brother and sister helped Nicole and Jenny cut off my pony tails and shave my head. And if you're wondering, I LOVED being bald.
 Later that year, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime when Josh's parents offered me to live with them for what would be the last few months of his life. I can never thank them enough, though you'd never know by my horrendous *keeping in touch* skills, despite living just 10 minutes away *shame*.But that time together - the amazing opportunity to share those sacred moment with a dear friend and be included on the *inside* - it has forever changed me.
We shared some pretty special times - opening night at the Pokemon movie (oh yes we did), making dinner for the family (I really can make a mean spaghetti - though the trick is to actually cook the spaghetti long enough lol), driving the train across the lethbridge bridge on his birthday, just to name a few - all of which I think of daily. My dear sweet Nicole - Shelby's best friend - whom I ADORED and took pride in knowing (they used to fight over my lap at the hospital...lol) also earned her angel wings, years later shortly before my wedding (2002). I do not choose to live with regret, however hers is a story I wish I had more of. I missed a lot - and not because I didn't have the time, or because I was so involved in other things (although i was busy)....and certainly not because she didn't matter (oh did she matter)....but for whatever reason, I didn't MAKE the time. And perhaps that is what hurts me most of all. Because she did matter...and I missed out.

These three were not the only ones - there were many children whose lives touched mine in ways I can never explain. I've seen these faces....the smiles, the tears, the triumphs, and even what feels like failures. I know the laughs, the seemingly insignificant details that become milestones, the rides down the hall on iv poles (which initially had me freaked out - man I was so uptight. lol). I felt the sorrow, the anger, the loss....and I know what it's like to look into a mother's eyes as she watches her child fight for their life. And the stories....One little girl, Morgan told her mother one day that she *LOVED her feeding tube...* - *Because then she could eat AND play at the SAME time!*...now THAT's positive thinking!

So what brought this on today? It doesn't mark an anniversary or a *would be* birthday - I know, I have them marked on my calender. EVERY.YEAR. And while I think of each of these experiences numerous times each day - what brings this on today?  Well I'm glad you asked (let's just say you did), because I'm going to tell you anyways!

In doing some blog hopping today I made a stop at My Organized Chaos and came upon THIS post. And once again I have been touched.Tammi writes about a blog she came across a couple of years ago where a woman named Sandra wrote  about her husband, Jimmy being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. And if that wasn't enough, just 2 days later and 4 days before Christmas 2008, her daughter, Kayla was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I know - are there any words?
So here's the scoop.  Kayla is not doing well these days - she is neutropenic {no immune system}and has bacteria in her blood - and Jimmy has a tumor the size of a soft ball inside his chest. Yep, that's right....

So Tammi along with some other bloggers got together and decided to do something. I have invited myself along for the ride :) While not having experienced this with a child of my own, this cause is very real to me. It's at my core....I feel it....it's a part of me - and however small, I want to do something. anything. So I (along with these other bloggers) am asking for YOUR help.

 
{holding Mom's hair over her head,
Sandra says that she cannot wait to have hair again}

STRAIGHT UP - No money is being asked of you. In fact all that's being requested is that a card be sent to Kayla to help brighten her days. She loves getting mail (we were cut from the same mold her and I ) and specifically, cards. So please, if you wouldn't mind MAKING the time in the next week or two to send Kayla a card...a picture...a postcard....you may send more if you wish, but know that one simple card will bring a smile to Kayla's face brighter than you could ever imagine. I bet you'll even feel it the moment you put it in the mailbox.

If your kids are going to draw her a picture and need some ideas, Kayla is 6 and loves: the movie Hocus Pocus, the colors pink and purple, Animal Planet, any animals {cats especially), and Disney Princesses
Send Cards for Kayla to:

Kayla Gronley
P.O. Box 5634
Blue Jay, Ca 92317

To Contact Sandra ~ sanderella192003{at}yahoo{dot}com
Sandra's blog can be found HERE if you are interested in following their story.

And may I just make one *small* mention at the end of this post.....should you decide to make time for this opportunity (and I hope you do) - keep in mind that Kayla also has a 4 year old brother, James (who is I'm sure as sweet as can be)...as well as her father, Jimmy (who as mentioned is also fighting his own battle with Cancer) and her mother, Sandra (who is fighting for the both of them). So should you feel so inclined, I'm sure a card would put a smile on their faces too. Just throwing that out there :)

Thank you so much for indulging this post....it means everything to me....everything.

WE LOVE YOU KAYLA!!! And we are sending {{Healing Vibes}} your way!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Boogie Wipes and EarthLust Winners!!!

I know - a couple of days late, but don't worry I haven't forgotten!

My kids LOVE these Boogie Wipes and Jonah no longer freaks out when I'm going to rub his nose. I just repeat *gentle* and he's fine. He spends lots of time just smelling them which makes me laugh!

So lucky winner, here's to hoping nose wiping quickly becomes less challenging :)


Comment #12:
 imalarsen@gmail.com said...
I follow boogie wipes on Facebook!
AND of course there's EarthLust. I left mine at the gym the other day (I know, shame on me) and when I went back the next day to ask for it the girl said, "is it the pretty one?" - I absolutely love it....I know this lucky winner will too!
Comment #12 (again!!!):
MamaE said...
I follow EarthLust on facebook
Congratulations!!! Winners have been notified and have 48 hours to respond!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tie Buddies Winner

I absolutely love these and am so excited for one of you to receive some as well. They are such a fun way to teach your child to tie his/her shoes - and they look super cute!

The winner of this giveaway is lucky comment #10:

The Lowry's said...
I would choose the girl faries

CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so excited for you to receive them!

Winner has been notified and has 48 hours to respond.

word for the year

Do you make new year's resolutions? I've always liked the idea and remember when I was younger, making them always made me feel grown up somehow. It kind of makes me laugh now. When Brent and I were first married I suggested to him that we set some new year's resolutions. I was all excited and anticipated this would be a fun, kind of romantic, bonding experience for us....where we could make some resolutions and help each other stick with them. But, he burst my bubble and all but scoffed in my face announcing that *he does not make new year's resolutions*. HUH? I was totally shafted, though I know that wasn't his intent. And it isn't as bad as it sounds. If I had been even a bit hormonal I'm sure I would have burst into tears, but he quickly explained (and saved the day lol). See the thing is, he prefers the idea of consistently setting - and achieving - goals throughout the year...month, week, and even daily. Suddenly I liked the idea - and while I've always lived that way, had never thought it through like that. So, we didn't make resolutions. Interestingly, most times when we sit down and reconsider some things we should do better - the things we are hoping for happen.

I believe in setting goals. I believing in keeping track of our personal accomplishments and making a record of how our lives are changed as a result. And while some of these goals may coincidentally happen at the beginning of a new year, we don't really label them as *new year's resolutions*. Not that I really think it matters....though I think sometimes people make new year's resolutions and never think of them again.
One of the things I do like about the idea, however, is making the time to sit back and  reflect on the past year...and look into the new year hopefully having learned something and *resolving* to do - or not do - certain things as this year unfolds. I constantly have ideas and goals running through my head - so last year I followed my cousin, Radelle's lead and categorized and listed them. I'm glad I happened upon it right now as I see it's high time to look through the list again and update it as needed.

This really has turned into a bit of a ramble....it may or may not all come together in the end. :)

I've seen in the past and recently people making the effort to focus on one thing for the year - usually a word. I've seen Charity for example....patience, forgiveness, etc. I love this idea. It wouldn' t necessarily have to be for the whole year - you could do a new one each month....or every few months, etc. And it doesn't have to begin at the start of the year... But what I like about this idea is it puts a name to the goal. You can put this word in several places where you will see it often during your day as a reminder..Helping to keep you on track. So I have decided to do the same. This is something I've actually been working on for the past 4 months I would say, but I resolve to make it even more of a priority in this new year. Each year paves the way for the next - and this is something I really want to master.

My word for this year is

SIMPLIFY

In every aspect. I want my goals to be clear, concise, and achievable. I want my home to reflect my simplified outlook...(which will help as renos get underway)...I want each room to be organized, simplistic, and inviting. I want to make the effort to simplify my days so I feel like I can spend more time WITH my kids. Just with them. I want to organize myself in such a way that I feel relaxed when I take time for ME. The past couple of weeks have been awesome for this....I've taken the time to sit down and watch Oprah if I wanted to, play a game with the kids when they ask, sit and drink a steamed milk (homemade) while I get some computer work done. And I've MADE the time to go to the gym. I'm a firm believer that we MAKE time for the things that matter. I'm not much of a believer in *I JUST DON'T HAVE THE TIME* and more or less think it's a copout. We choose to fit into our lives the things that matter. I want to make more time for those things.

The thing is, I have so many projects I want to get to and get finished. But I am also trying to SIMPLIFY so I am working on one at a time. More than that can get a little chaotic and overwhelming at times and it can start to feel like there are *so many things* I'm not accomplishing. A few of them will be ongoing (our family journal for example) but once I'm caught up it won't be so much of an issue.

I'm really excited about this year actually...though the reality of it being my last year in my 20's *SNIFF* at times is difficult to choke (thanks a lot, Twilight! - ever since reading the book I've wanted to become a vampire and live forever so I can really get it all done. lol). But I'm excited for the things in store...and I'm loving my life even more than I did before since I've been MAKING the time to SIMPLIFY.

What's your word?

Be careful...

WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

It's time to really put those BOOGIE WIPES to the test! My son decided it would be a good day to wake up with a runny nose *sigh*  so, off we go on the BOOGIE WIPE train :)

In case anyone is wondering, his favorite scent is Grape - he spent about 5 minutes smelling each one. LOL It's my favorite too....then the fresh, and then the menthol. But that's my personal preference!

Anyways...I'll be more careful what I wish for here in *bloggerland* - actually while I'm here, I really would like to win the $1 million in the Legion Million Dollar Lottery 2010. And since I believe in dreaming big, winning one of the homes or other main prizes in the STARS Lottery would really just be the icing on the cake. AND, because I promise to do lots of great things, a small cash prize (or the main one, I'm not picky lol) from the SPCA Lottery would kind of be like the cherry (fresh, not maraschino). So um, *bloggerland* here's to hoping you come through for me the way you did sending Jonah this lovely runny nose! (of which I wouldn't mind him recovering from soon)

Have a great day everyone!!!

EARTHLUST - With Giveaway


 

I've always wanted a water bottle....a NICE one...a REAL one, you know? I'd see some at the stores and while a few caught my eye I never knew if they were really *great* quality. For obvious reasons, I want one that's safe - and of course, because it really does matter, one that is stylish too. I fell in love with EarthLust the first time I visited their website.


After her first baby was born, Allison was inspired to start EarthLust as a way to protect his health as well as the environment. She says they love their stainless steel bottles because they know their water is safe and they never have to worry about waste from individually packaged drinks. Not wanting to keep this to themselves, EarthLust was created. Made from high quality materials (high quality (#304 (18/8) food grade stainless steel), each EarthLust bottle is created from their own custom mold. Ethically made in China, they are designed and tested in California. In fact, some of the designs were done by Allison - the crow for example is a picture from a family walk on Treasure Island in San Francisco. How fun is that!


Allison was so generous and sent two bottles to review - I chose the 20oz black flower and was able to pass along the 1L Tree design to a friend. I've been using mine for a while now. I'm not a runner and haven't had a gym membership in a while (which could explain a few things. lol) so I've just been filling it in the morning and drinking and refilling it throughout the day. Yes I could just use a glass from the cupboard, but it's not as pretty AND if I'm heading out somewhere I can just put the lid on and take it with me. It's been really nice to have as I am making the effort to drink mainly water (I can be a bit of a juice hound). I've also just joined the gym again and love being able to take it with me. I will definitely be investing in the sport top though to make it a little easier while working out (they are just $3!!!). 

I absolutely LOVE having this bottle and knowing it's safe to use, in addition to LOVING the design. And with 3 sizes to choose from - AND insulated mugs - there really is something for everyone. Not to mention the affordable pricing ($16-$23!!!). 

You can also have your very own EarthLust bottle. Allison is offering one winner their choice from any of the sizes! 


To enter, comment below and let me know which size and design you would like. You must do this in order for additional entries to count.

For ADDITIONAL entries:

 Please make each a separate comment


*Subscribe to our newsletter (button on sidebar) - 1 entry
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*Follow us on twitter (button on sidebar) and tweet this giveaway - 1 entry


*Follow EarthLust on Facebook  ($1 donated to Blue Planet Run Foundation for each person that joins us!) - 1 entry

*Blog about this giveaway and send us the link - 1 entry


*Order your own EarthLust bottle and let me know! - 5 extra entries


This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US 
and will close Wednesday January 27, 2010.







Tuesday, January 19, 2010

BOOGIE WIPES - With Giveaway



Too many times when my kids have gotten a cold, their poor little noses have been *shredded* by rough kleenex and toilet paper. It's so sad to see and not a wonder why they cry often at just the sight of it coming towards them. But I am sort of the *snot police* with my kids and like to get it when I see it. It's true that I can be a bit ruthless, so naturally I was ECSTATIC when I came across this product. More than just a chuckle at the fun name - BOOGIE WIPES - I think they are brilliant!


Entrepeneurs at heart, Mindee and Julie were always looking for new ways to help support their own families while staying involved and present in their kids' lives. It was that desire that led to the idea of a Boogie Wipe. Invented in 2007, Boogie Wipes were the solution to their kids' runny, red noses. They tried EVERYTHING - from saline spray, bulb syringes, and regular dry tissue. Certain there had to be a better way, they spent months on market research which resulted in an answer *as plain as the nose on their faces* - A saline-infused moist wipe that comforts chapped, sore noses WHILE dissolving mucus. (I know - why didn't WE think of that!!!). Since their first order in December of 2007, Boogie Wipes has found *the smell of sweet success selling in 30,000 retail stores nationwide*!!!  They are right - These are 'Snot Your Average Wipe' - hahaha, does that make anyone else laugh. :D


Molly from Boogie Wipes was so generous to send me all three kinds of Boogie Wipes to test out. I was sooo excited when they arrived and opened the Grape ones immediately. THEY SMELL SOOO GOOD! I love the compact package they come in (I wish wipes came in this size) and the reclosable lid is perfect. I carry these in my purse everywhere I go - they've even had to double as a wipe for hands, faces, and butts since I've had them. But that's what's so great about them - they are hypoallergenic, alcohol free, Phthalate & Paraben Free, and their unique formula moisturizes with added chamomile, vitamin E and aloe. And of course, they are perfect for all ages. I love using these to wipe my kids' noses and am excited for when they get a cold (never thought I'd say that) so I can really put them to the test! I have no doubt that these will become a permanent fixture in our home and my purse.


Want to try them out for yourself? At just $3.99 for a pack of 30 or $2.99 for a pack of 10 *on the go* Boogie wipes (perfect for lunchboxes, backpacks, or smaller purses) these are a must-have! 


And of course - you can win some too! Molly has also offered two packs of Boogie Wipes (30 count) to one lucky winner (your choice of scent).


To enter, comment below and let me know which scent you would like to try. You must do this in order for additional entries to count.

For ADDITIONAL entries (LOTS of chances for this giveaway):

Please make each a separate comment

*Subscribe to our newsletter (button on sidebar) - 1 entry
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*Blog about this giveaway and send us the link - 1 entry
*Subscribe to THEIR blog (top right corner of their blog) - 1 entry 
*Join the Boogie Bunch  (AND get a $1 off coupon) - 1 entry

*Order your own Boogie Wipes and let me know! - 5 extra entries

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US 

and will close Tuesday  January 26, 2010.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Avatar - Review



It's a movie I've been told is a *must-see* and more specifically - an *in theater* must see. So when a friend invited Brent and I to join her and her husband Saturday afternoon I was in. We got ourselves a sitter and off we went.

My husband had heard that the storyline itself wasn't fabulous but that the animation and effects were really impressive. It's true - they are spectacular...and it may not have been this way for everyone, but this movie had me from the very beginning....and only sucked me in further as it went along. I absolutely loved the storyline - I loved the characters and their development and I loved how it all came together. I, of course, also loved how the ending was left with room for a sequel :)


While the storyline itself may not be unique, the way it's put together is truly beautiful. I was completely taken with the message and the feeling of it all. I loved the internal conflict of the characters and the determination of well, all of them. Some for good and some obviously not. I found myself completely taken with Jake Sully's (Sam Worthington) journey to become one of the Na'vi warriors, finding myself GRINNING at his triumphs and nearly holding my breath in anticipation as he faced each test.  And although completely predictable, I found the love story between him and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) a perfect addition...it was sweet, though not without trials of its own. The action was intense and enjoyable - not because people and creatures were dying, but because I love a good action movie. This one did not disappoint, though there was definitely more to it than just action. The feeling - we knew these characters, loved them, believed in their reality, felt their sorrow. And let's talk about the tree....THE tree - it was as though time stood still for everyone - you could see it....and the tears were right there. The shock. In that moment (among others) we felt like an avatar - we understood their connection and the devastation. The tree falling meant something...I was so taken by the Na'vi community - I found myself almost wishing there was such a thing. Or maybe I just wish we all had the same connection to what we've been given - by God or whatever you choose to believe. That we truly appreciate and revere all that's here...that we could be connected in a way that truly made us better, more in tune...more humane in many ways. I love movies, but this one truly made its mark. In fact, my husband was also really impressed and is actually itching to go see it again before it's out of theaters. I think the more he considers it the more he realizes just how great it is.

The animation - the creativity....each detail brilliantly planned and executed. I loved the creatures - despite being *scary* and certainly not something I would want to run into *eeks*...but they looked normal - they made sense in the Na'vi world. It all made sense.

My only critique - seriously the ONLY one, is the 3-D. I didn't feel like it was utilized as well as it could have been. Though the glasses are definitely better quality than the cardboard ones I remember as a kid, there weren't a lot of effects (in my opinion) that were really *3-D necessary*. That being said, it was still a fun bonus and certainly didn't have a negative impact on the experience.

In addition, though the movie was 3 hours long and I even had to break a personal rule and run out near the end (during a non-action scene of course) and use the *ladies chambers* - the movie could not have been any shorter. Everything was necessary....and for me, did not seem too long at all, though I don't recommend drinking much during the first half....there are few opportunities for such a break.


All in all, for me, this is a BEAUTIFUL movie.Definitely one to see - IN THE THEATER - and one we'll be buying for our collection without a doubt.

SO GO SEE IT!!! If you have seen it, let me know what YOU think...I'd love to hear.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Winners - The BlackBerry Diaries

Well here you are....FOUR fabulous winners....are you excited??? I'm excited to pass this book along to friends and family for a good laugh! I hope you'll do the same!

The winners are comments #32, 10, 25, and 35:

Michelle said...
I call my iPod touch Precious! Thanks for the chance to win.
MadeInCanarias said...
My BB's name is Luna.
Rebecca O said...
Following the BlackBerry Diaries Blog bekki1820cb at gmail AND
WynnWedding said... 
 my BB name is "Pink" =)
Congratulations everyone!!! Winners have been notified and have 48 hours to respond!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Hope...

Thank you to everyone who sent warm wishes to our friend waiting to hear of her loved ones. I received a message from her yesterday telling me that HER MOM IS OKAY!!! And I'm pretty sure a good portion of her family is as well, though there are still 3 cousins unaccounted for.

THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your thoughts and prayers at this time. The devastation is overwhelming - I can't imagine watching it wondering about a personal relation and waiting to hear of their safety. A huge weight has been lifted off my friend and she is now able to not only eat and sleep, but plan ahead for the arrival of her third baby in a couple of weeks....and is looking so forward to seeing her mom shortly after.

I AM SO RELIEVED!!! And so GRATEFUL that she has been blessed in this way.

Thanks for all your support....BlackBerry Diaries winners to come!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sending thoughts to...

In reading Tenille's post at Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous I have learned about a well known blogger's recent passing. I cannot claim to have known Karissa (of Prissy Green), and if I'm being honest I didn't even know of her blog (a fact I am kind of embarrassed to admit), but it would appear she was a light in the blogging world. Someone who was kind and generous, funny and friendly - and who absolutely LOVED her job and the blogging world. It's times like this where I sit back and think *I missed knowing a great one* and resolve to do more....meet more people...and give more. I am devastated for her family and friends and am sending my warmest thoughts and sympathies to them at this time. Whether you knew her for a day or a year - or many....it's clear this loss is felt. And I am so sorry that this experience has now become a part of your reality.

I'm also wanting to send some - okay LOADS - of prayers to Haiti. It blows me away to watch the news as the devastation is truly alarming. A good friend of ours is from Haiti and is anxiously, but not so patiently, waiting for news of her ENTIRE family's safety (both parents and several siblings as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins). As of yet, she has heard nothing and as you can imagine, is finding this wait to be gruelling and almost unbearable. Not knowing, in this instance can be so much worse than knowing. She is due to have her third baby in two weeks time and was anxiously awaiting her mother's arrival to come and help out for the next 6 months. Having never been able to make the trip to see her other two granddaughters, this trip was to be special for many reasons (she was supposed to fly out this morning to the US, and coming here a few weeks after). So please if you wouldn't mind, take a moment or two to send some warm thoughts that her family is okay. And of course that she hears soon - I can't  even imagine. I believe in miracles....I really do....and while the devastation is intense and unbelievable, I still believe in HOPE.

Thanks everyone - hug your families tight :)

Tie Buddies - With Giveaway

 


I don't remember learning to tie my shoes. Rest assured, I do in fact know how to (though now that I think about it, I don't have many lace up shoes. lol) but it's not something I remember learning. Which could indicate it was an uneventful process or perhaps it was traumatic enough I've blocked it out. I doubt it - though I have always been the type to keep trying until I get it right. My daughter is the same and has always been. So I've been a little curious to know how experiences such as learning to tie her shoes, would go. Not only on her end - but would I do a good enough job that would help her grasp and accomplish it quickly? Well this fabulous product has saved the day - and made a potentially stressful situation completely fun, AND something we could do together - which I love. I didn't even bother trying to teach her until we had these - so the whole experience could be enjoyable.



It's simple. All you do is loop the shoelace through the *beads* (aka - Tie BuddiesTM) and the loops are there for good. No fiddling with laces to try and keep those *rabbit ears* in place and no concerns about remembering steps. With Tie BuddiesTM, there are just a few steps but it's nearly the same thing done twice. Check how it works HERE. Wendy, the mastermind behind this awesome product, was inspired by her own desire to make it easier to teach her youngest daughter how to tie her shoes. So after many prototypes and ideas, Wendy finally perfected the product and in April 2007 she was ready to market them. Am I ever glad she did! Wendy was kind enough to send us the Fairy and Magic wand set which is perfect! My daughter had a blast and it was such a fun thing to do together. No frustration, no tears, and totally cute laces after. Okay - the truth is this....she doesn't even own any shoes with laces so we ended up having to try this out on her daddy's dress shoes. HA! And yes, I've instructed him to wear them to work tomorrow, fairy Tie BuddiesTM and all :) He will, he's such a great sport (not to mention a fabulous dad!). I will of course be going out this week to get her some of her own lace up shoes that she can happily sport her adorable Tie BuddiesTM on. I won't be surprised if these make it on her *show and tell* list in the near future.

Would you like to try these out for yourself and see just how easy and fun shoelace tying can be?! Well lucky for you, Wendy has also generously offered one winner their choice of Tie Buddies™.


To enter, comment below and let me know whether you would choose the girl set (fairies and wands) or the boy set (red and green racecars). (You must do this in order for additional entries to count).

For ADDITIONAL entries:

Please make each a separate comment

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*Blog about this giveaway and send us the link - 1 entry
*Order your own set of Tie Buddies™ and let me know! - 5 extra entries

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US 
and will close Wednesday January 20, 2010.



Thursday, January 7, 2010

Gimme a Week...

I am sooo sorry everyone - I have some awesome giveaways coming and obviously some winners to post....but I didn't anticipate these couple of weeks of the new year being just as (if not more) busy as Christmas.....so I'll try to post giveaways as I can over the next few days....and I am also going to EXTEND the BlackBerry Diaries giveaway for another week to see if we can round up some more entries! So tell your friends.....pass the word....

and I'll see you back here in full force in a week - DEFINITELY by then!

Thanks so much...stay tuned, there are some fabulous products coming your way!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Buy Soap Nuts Winner

WOW - am I ever behind. I've been meaning to post this, but with a new year's get together and my husband's birthday (january 1st) and a scad of other things going on I've been negligent. But I'm here now and ready to announce the winner of the Buy Soap Nuts giveaway!

The winner is Comment #36:
FoundProdigalDaughter said...
Another product I'd like to try is the Eco Towl Bamboo. nbarteaux(at)gmail(dot)com


CONGRATULATIONS!!!


Winner has been notified and has 48 hours to respond!

 

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