Year: 2009

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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fun board games to play with your family

Thanksgiving is coming, in case you weren’t already aware. We’ll be joining my in-laws again this year, as we have for all but one of the last 10 years. I haven’t enjoyed Thanksgiving with my own parents and siblings in over a decade, and some of my memories are beginning to fade a bit. I remember loving the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, which made for perfect entertainment while I helped my mom stuff the celery or devil the eggs or chop the…
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indoor catch

up in my neck of the woods, winter means a lot of time spent indoors. like 6 months of time spent indoors. I find myself searching for clever ways to beat the winter blues and cabin fever with my babes, so I am happy to be adding this to my list of rainy day activities. Easy enough my three-year old can help me make it. Tuck away anything remotely fragile and we’ll be ready to go. I saw similar gloves…
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really easy thanksgiving decorating

I’m here to tell you if decorating isn’t simple in every way, shape, and form I’m usually out. It’s just the way it is, I don’t have energy in my life for fuss. So this year I came up with what has to be the simplest Thanksgiving centerpiece known to man. A jar full of pumpkins. No lie. I bought the jar at D.I. for $1, bought a bag full of leftover Halloween pumpkins from the produce section of my…
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