Month: November 2009

weekend in the woods.

After Thanksgiving next to the ocean we went up the mountain to Big Bear to spend a couple of days with Dziadek {our Polish grandfather} at his tiny tiny cabin in the woods. And when I say tiny, I mean 400 square feet. For 5 people. The kids love it, they go bananas for the cabin in the woods. Because Dziadek does things like teach them how he feeds squirrels walnuts out of the palm of his hand. Dziadek is…
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pretty holiday cards!

Who needs some holiday cards asap? Well, that would be you of course. I’m giving away 100 holiday cards from one of my favorite designers Freshly Squeezed, because I love you, and you deserve the cutest cards on the block this year. I really can’t decide which one I like best, so thank heaven it isn’t up to me. One of you gets to make that choice all by yourselves thankyouverymuch. Giveaway Details: To enter the Freshly Squeezed Holiday Cards…
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Happy Thanksgiving from Sunny Southern California.

We’re having a great time in California. It was literally 80 degrees today so we spent a couple hours poolside lounging in the sun. Not a bad way to start Thanksgiving. We’re staying at the Embassy Suites which has comfortable beds, free breakfast for the kiddos, a hot tub {sqeee!}, and the obvious but awesome: a television. I haven’t watched live TV since May when I banned it from the house. I got to watch this show last night real…
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beautiful sterling jewelry giveaway.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, and you, and YOU. I’m giving you a leg up on Black Friday tomorrow by giving you this awesome Cinnamon Sticks Giveaway today. A $50 Gift Card to spend as you please on gorgeous jewelry. Spend it on your mom, your sister, your friend, or yourself but have fun while you shop. Canela’s jewelry is in a league of its own, and I’m really excited in advance for whomever wins the giveaway. Have fun and Happy…
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I give thanks

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. –theodore roosevelt– for health, for love and friendship all around, for two little boys with eyes of blue, for His faith that I am capable of raising them, for song and for laughter, for plentiful meals and plentiful blankets, for education and love of books,…
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thanksgiving plans.

So one of us {I can’t remember if it was me or Viktor} thought it would be a great idea to head to L.A. for Thanksgiving. Warm, summery temperatures and memories of the sea tempted us. It seemed fun at the time. Harmless even. We are idiots. There is nothing even remotely fun about packing up a household to drive 12 hours straight in a car with two kids less than 36 hours before Thanksgiving. Nothing, I tell you. While…
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new canon rebel EOS camera.

Friends, Christmas came early for me this year. Santa {that would be the Santa of me} brought mama a new camera. Something to replace my aging, dropped on, battery sucking Canon A560. Which incidentally really doesn’t take the most horrid photos on the planet. But I wanted more, because I’m selfish like that. This is what I’ve been using. It’s a good one, but it’s seen better days. The lens doesn’t close all the way, I have to do it…
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kids book recommendation.

It’s time to start talking about gift guides. I’ve got about a million and one ideas and suggestions for you, so let’s get this party started. My first gift suggestion is the book The Encyclopedia of Immaturity Volume 2 {yes, there was a Volume 1, and enough demand for a second book} for any grade school age kids you might have roaming around your house. If you have a kid in the grade school range I don’t need to tell…
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two-way radios.

I’ve been in denial about this whole Christmas thing because frankly, my life is too busy for it to be the holidays already. I need another month or two just to catch up on my laundry, never mind holiday shopping. But I know there are those of you who are die-hards for day-after-Thanksgiving crazy sales. Raise your hand if you get up in the dead of the night to wait outside in the cold with your sisters/girlfriends/husbands/mothers/neighbors/strangers. Seriously, I won’t…
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