Monthly Archives: October 2010

Gallery of Giveaways 11/01

It’s a great week for giveaways…I’m especially excited to share these few with you today!

Go HERE to Shauna’s amazing blog for a chance to win a Sound Of Music Prize pack….HOLY HUGE!  The pack includes a DVD and Blu-Ray copy of the movie, along with a limited edition BOOK.  Yippee, thanks Shauna!

Shauna is also hosting an amazing giveaway for a Bamboo Robe.  Doesn’t that just SOUND luxurious?  I imagine taking a long, hot bubble bath (complete with candles, bath salts, and other sensational things), and then slipping into a soft, cozy robe and reading a book.  HEAVEN!

I think this next one of the best giveaways EVER, and while I’m posting about it, you’re not allowed to enter, because I must win it.  Just kidding, of course, but this is one I really LOVE!  Over at The Adventures of Paul and Natalie you can enter to win  a Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Styling Iron.  My hair iron didn’t survive the Disneyland trip.  In fact, when unpacking, I pulled it out in TWO pieces.  What???  Besides that though, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill hair iron.  The ARV for it is $130, and it includes a free heat mat and carrying case.  Chic!

And now, you know the drill.  Leave a link for your giveaways, and we’ll check ‘em out!

All About Me in 30 Days: Favorite Book – Day 4

My favorite book.  My favorite book.
Hmmmm…….
Anyone who knows me knows I CANNOT pick ONE BOOK.  Yeah right!  And so, here are a few of my favorites:

My favorite book as a young girl was Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.  Such a sweet story of friendship!  It’s ironic that I can’t even look at the pictures in the book anymore because I’m THAT scared of spiders…

My favorite book as an adolescent was Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls.   Absolutely HILARIOUS.  I still love reading this book!

One of the most creative (in my mind) books I’ve read recently is The Host by Stephanie Meyers.

Another creative, well-thought out book and one that I couldn’t put down is Alliance by Gerald M. Lund.  Oh my…just typing this makes me want to read it again!  I may have to make a visit to the library…

And two  of the sweetest, cutest books I’ve had the pleasure of reading to my kids and myself are I Will Go, I Will Do by Toni Sorenson…

and The Boy Who Changed The World by Andy Andrews.

So there are a few (VERY FEW) of my favorite books!

5 Things Challenge 10/31

Happy Halloween to everyone!  As much as I’d LOVE to get all dressed up and take a picture to post on here, this post is all about what I achieved/didn’t accomplish this week.  Bummer for y’all.:-)

  1. Wash all the door knobs and handles and stuff…really! – YES
  2. Donate all those bags to DI. – NO, they’re still sitting in the trunk.
  3. Make a menu plan for the rest of the month, which should be easy since there’s only a week left! – YES
  4. Get ready for the Relief Society Thanksgiving 101 social. – YES
  5. Keep practicing and master a witch painted face in time for Halloween! – Kind of…

I had a couple of people ask me what the heck the Relief Society thing was, so let me share quickly.  In my church we have an organization called the Relief Society.  All the women in the church are automatic members, and it’s basically a very organized support system.  I’m on the Relief Society planning committee, and we plan “meetings”, or activities about once a month.  This month’s was Thanksgiving 101.  It was fun!  Everyone signed up to bring their favorite Thanksgiving side-dishes, and the church provided the turkey.  We had a pie crust demonstration, a “blessing box” display and presentation, Thanksgiving facts quiz, and more.  I was in charge of making a display table of edible Thanksgiving crafts that you can make with the kids, and giving a short presentation on it.  We also had a table setting and etiquette demonstration, which was pretty cool.  It turned out really well!

Anyway, this week will hopefully be a slow one.  Yeah, I don’t wish it for any particular reason other than the sheer fact that I’m lazy.:-)  So, without further ado:

  1. Take the dang stuff to D.I.!
  2. Make a menu plan for November (I’m already mostly done with this thanks to SuperCook)
  3. Attend the Community Council meeting.
  4. Volunteer at my son’s school.
  5. Start POTTY TRAINING MY SON!!! – This was the school’s idea.  I’d have no problem if we waited another 6 months…I’m scared!

Wish me luck. And if you are in need of a little extra motivation, feel free to join in on the challenge!

All About Me in 30 Days: Favorite Television Program – Day 3

I don’t watch a lot of TV, and so this one was kinda hard for me.  I decided to go with the one show I watch on a regular basis:  The Biggest Loser.
What can I say?  I get drawn into the life transformations I see, and it’s motivating.  I love their website too, although that’s a much newer discovery for me.  So many great resources on there!  So that’s it for me.  What TV show(s) can you NOT miss?

All About Me in 30 Days: My Favorite Movie (day 2)

I was in 8th grade in my history class.  We’d gotten letters of permission from our parents to watch a historical fiction that was rated R.  No classwork.  I was so excited!  I figured I could sorta watch, sorta nap for the 3 days that we were watching the movie.  And the first day, I did just that.  Day 2, however, I got something I didn’t expect.
I’ll never forget the feelings that rushed over me as I watched Trip (Denzel Washington) take his shirt off, revealing scars on his back, and waiting to be whipped by one of the higher ranked officers.
I’ll never forget the single tear that escaped his eye.

Yes, I’m speaking of my favorite movie, Glory.

This was the first movie I’d seen Denzel Washington in, at least the first that I remembered.  I’ve been a fan of him since, and the history of the civil war, particularly the 54th Massachusetts regiment, has been particularly close to my heart.

Friday’s Freebies

Get a free Beech-Nut Next Steps Kit when you sign up for their e-newsletter!

Get a free “Don’t Let California Go To Pot” sticker HERE..

If you like creating your own cards for special occasions,  then go here, where you can create and print them for free.

Are you interested in creating your own printable calendars?  This is a great site to do just that for free!  You can even print a calendar with your own photo.

Last, but certainly not least, go HERE for a free Potty Training Kit from Pampers.

All About Me in 30 Days: My Favorite Song (Day 1)

The first little fact about me that I get to share is my favorite song.  This was a pretty easy choice for me, because I’ve been in love with this song since I was little.  It is That’s What Friends are For by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Gladys Knight.  

I will totally admit it, I was first attracted to this song because of the “cool sounding harmonica” at the beginning.  I WAS only 5 years old, so you can’t blame me.  It took me a couple of years to fall in love with the lyrics and the melody, and the beautiful harmonies produced by such a diverse group of musicians.  Once I fell, I stayed fallen, and I have not gotten up.  This song will always have a beautiful and special place in my heart! 

What’s YOUR favorite song?

All About Me in 30 Days

I found a really fun, cool meme on Simply Stacie, and even though I’m 20 days or so late, I have decided to join in!  The meme is All About Me in 30 Days.  Fun, huh?  I invite you to join along, as I think it’s a fantastic way to get to know other bloggers.  Here’s the line up for the next 30 days:

Thoughtful Thursday

‎”There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well. So I take the memories as they come, accepting them all, and letting them guide me whenever I can.” 

-Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember