It’s a big, huge, epic, GIVE-AWAY, for YOU! And you, and you, and you!
12 amazing bloggers teamed up to bring you the most blowout giveaway of the year. One lucky winner will win a big fat brand new Canon Rebel DSLR t4i camera (boom goes the dynamite) along with a gorgeous chevron purse camera bag from Epiphanie in which to carry your new precious.
Are you dying yet? I’m dying a little for you.
I love Epiphanie camera bags a lot, and not just because Maile (the brilliant girl behind the bags) is one of the best humans on earth, but the new chevron camera bag is a big, big, fat, cute win. Winning at life.
Here’s how this whole Epic May Giveaway thing goes down:
Canon Camera Big Giveaway
- To enter to win the Canon Camera + Epiphanie Bag you MUST enter using the widget on the blog post. No other entries will be counted.
- The giveaway runs May 10th through May 24th.
- One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email once the big give is over. If you are said winner (winner winner, chicken dinner) you will have 48
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How to make a travel laundry kit; it’s what’s on the agenda today.
I travel a fair amount in my life, mostly with kids, plenty without. Regardless, there’s always, ALWAYS some sort of laundry emergency when I travel. I tend to spill when I eat, all over the front of whatever it is I’m wearing. It’s kind of an epidemic, but whatever, no need to alert the authorities or anything, it’s just part of the treasure of being me. And at some point of all this regular travel (it was pretty early on), it occurred to me I needed to bring a travel laundry kit with me wherever I go. Goest. Goeth. Trip, trippity, travel. That way I’m presentable for at least a portion of my trip, wherever in the world I happen to be.
It’s pretty simple really, how to make a travel laundry kit. The trick is remembering to replenish it every time you unpack your gear. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on the road only to realize I have no quarters, or you know the important stuff like, oh, laundry detergent.
Here’s how it all comes together:
I love movies. I mean I really, really love movies. I spent my childhood watching offbeat comedies with my siblings, all the John Wayne classics with my dad, Masterpiece Theater productions and every Doris Day movie ever with my mom. Movies, I’m all about that business. Summer movies especially. There’s nothing like sitting inside a freezing air-conditioned movie theater with good friends, all hopped up on sugary candy and buttery over-salted popcorn sipping a cold bubbly drink while being transported by the latest Summer blockbuster. I’m not the only one with a lifetime of those blissful summer memories, am I?
Okay, so maybe I am.
I want my kids to have their own Summer movie memories so I’m currently compiling a huge list of movies for my children to see before I leave the nest (*SOB*). It’s unbelievable to me sometimes the stuff they haven’t seen (shut up, I know they’re still little). I’ve got an arsenal of amazing movies up my sleeve for them, and while this list isn’t for kids, it is for you. (Unless you’re a kid, in which case ask your parents before you go getting me in trouble.) Now that it’s almost Summer I want … >> find out more…
I’m a mom. Not to state the obvious, but there it is. And as a mom I carry around a ridiculous amount of, well, crap in my purse. I’m not sure there’s a euphemism for the stuff I haul around on a daily basis. I’m super OCD (it’s not awesome like you’d think it would be) and my purse stresses me out to no end, all the mom paraphernalia I need just to get out the door. It’s the stuff of nightmares.
About once a month, when it occurs to me my shoulders are extra achy, I look in my purse and realize I’m carrying enough nonsense to keep a small nation afloat for a month. I usually put 5 things back into the purse and like magic, the junk multiplies and has junk babies. And the cycle continues. It’s pretty awesome. No, not really, no it isn’t.
I’ve dumped out my purse before to show you what’s in my purse and what’s in my purse-within-a-purse and it’s like confessions-of-a-secret-hoarder every time.
This is what I found inside my current purse (T.J. Maxx) when I dumped it out this week.
Here we have everything. Oh, hey! There’s the … >> find out more…
It’s recipe time. I haven’t been cooking much lately, which is lame, but this master bathroom remodel is pretty much ruining my life. I know! First, FIRST world problems. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have a new master bathroom, I really can’t. I’m just saying, my house is a mess. Like crazy, hoarders episode, staple guns and concrete buckets hanging out in the kitchen, messy. No room for a girl trying new recipes. Whatever. Sometimes you don’t cook either, right?
I did find it in myself to whip up some mashed sweet potatoes, because my kids need to be fed once in awhile. Not very often, but sometimes. So I was in the kitchen a few weeks ago, making sweet potato rolls (it was a whim, don’t ask) and the recipe called for mashed sweet potatoes from a can. Nasty. If you have sweet potatoes (yams) within reach, even if that means a trip to the store so you can try a new recipe, do it. Fresh sweet potatoes (yams) are heaven. Mashed sweet potatoes? Holy-have-mercy, come-to-mama.
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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED AND
CONGRATS TO JAMIE M., comment #28, OUR WINNER
Please contact us right away Jamie!
Bath + body products. You don’t even want to know how many different lotions and oils and sugar scrubs I have crowding my bathroom shelves. Well, maybe you do. I always want to know what my girlfriends are wearing that makes them smell so good. The brand of that fabulous new lotion my mom recently discovered at a random boutique in Ohio while visiting the grandkids. So I thought you might want to know what I’ve been obsessing over the last few months, and offer a little Mother’s Day giveaway while we’re at it.
80 Acres Body Care. That’s the name I whisper to anyone who tells me I smell good. It’s my secret weapon. I truly can’t get enough of 80 Acres and everything in their tasty, delicious body care line. In fact, I’ve already burned through an entire tub of their Verde Olive Oil Salt Scrub and an entire bottle of Blood Orange body oil. It only took me 4 months to completely deplete my stores of … >> find out more…
You can make your own customized cards for the people in your life, did you know this? At cardstore.com I knew it was a thing, back in the day. You could go to a kiosk in the mall and make your own card, throw in some MS paint graphics and print it up one beepy line at a time. I know this because two of my friends surprised me one summer day in the early 90′s with a treat and a special customized card. There was a random picture and the text ran somewhere along the lines of,
“You need to get better. Those peaches won’t can themselves.”
I remember thinking it was awesome because it’s not like any card company out there knew I was spending my summer(s) in a steamy kitchen working as (unpaid) slave labor for my parents, canning bottles and bottles, and bottles of peaches.
That’s pretty cool, right? The card, not the picking, washing, and canning of peaches all the summers of my youth. That part made me resent my mother and her home-making-ness until I got old enough to appreciate the skills she taught me as a kid.
In fact, … >> find out more…
It’s Earth Day! Did you celebrate by planting a tree or clearing a trail or heading out for a nice hike with your loved ones? In middle school and high school we celebrated Earth Day every year by planting a tree next to a commemorative plaque, and more than once we headed into the mountains for a celebratory hike followed by a picnic. I love Earth Day! I really do. This earth is a pretty fantastic place, and I’d love to help keep it around awhile longer by recycling and getting by with less. It’s hard sometimes, but I believe in us, you and me and we. We’re good like that.
You remember last week when I shared the DIY t-shirt necklaces with beads? And the cool DIY projects from my friends Dana, Marie, Jacinda + Jaime? They were all made with recycled materials and supplies Consumer Crafts, and you probably have most of the supplies in your house already. If you don’t, Consumer Crafts has free shipping! all day! today! so you probably want to go order some craft supplies. It’s for mother earth.
Good news is something we’re all searching for today, high and low. Yesterday was a rough day in the news, and as usually happens when something tragic and horrible takes place, the tragic bombing yesterday at the Boston Marathon got me thinking about my life in a philosophical way. As I tucked my little son Charming into bed last night, I tried to refrain from weeping as I repeated to him the words another mother, Mister Fred Rogers’ told him when he was fearful,
“Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
Charming in turn thought about all the good and helpful things people had done in Boston, and all over the globe during the tragedy of the day, repeating them to me one at a time as he drifted off to sleep. In the end his little worried mind was too much to handle and he found himself tossing and turning, restlessly fighting for slumber. We bantered quietly across the hallway separating our bedrooms as I tried to comfort him for the better part of an hour when finally I called out for him to come tuck himself in bed next to me, to find … >> find out more…