; Life is like champagne......: 2008-05-25

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Another white tiger sited....

Of course he had to lounge in the leaves that I raked out of the front garden! Victoria thought that was just the 'cats meow'.........

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Meet my new Kiva Loan group!


I can't say enough about Kiva. One of two of my first loans was paid back and today I used the money to give to the Rayito de Luz Group from Bolivia. One of the members of the group suffers from a blood disease and all of the members work hard to provide her economic and moral support. They are the Beam of Light Group and sell local food to restaurants offering traditional meals. They need to expand their space to expand their production. Drop on by to Kiva to see what they have and make a donation. Again, this is probably the hardest working $25 I have donated, it keeps on working.

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Web Site of the Day


I love the old Chenille bedspreads. They can be difficult to find in your local antique store for the size of bed you may need. Check out The Vermont Country Store for some great reproductions that are in all of the modern bed sizes. The also have some duvet and shams available in a few patterns.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Vegetable garden


Eric spent all day Memorial Day planting the garden and it looks awesome. I helped yesterday planting sunflowers and beets at the far end. This year we are doing full rows of beets and broccoli. Why not...I can always freeze the broccoli and I know a lot of people who like beets, not to mention the greens are great! Now here comes the fun part of watering and keeping the weeds down which is always a nightmare!

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The jewel of the yard.


I have two large beds of white hydrangeas that bloom in great numbers every year. What amazes me is they are both located in complete shade Imagine if they had sun. This year they seem to be very full. Wait until they bloom!

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Web Site of the Day


My gal pal Suzanne got me interested in the Method home products. They have everything in cleaning such as a baby line of skin care, handwash(which you can by refills for, recycle/reuse)and various surface cleaners. You can see on their web site where you can purchase it near you or buy it direct. Right now if you purchase from the site, you can get 20% off up to June 7th using coolmompicks08 as the code.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sex and the city & Hansen's Sparkling Giveaway!

So the Sex and the City movie opens on May 30th. Would you like to win the entire DVD series and some Hansen's Sparkling and neat glasses to serve them in? Check out Hostess with the Mostess for this giveaway that ends May 31st! You just need to post a drink, how hard is that???

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Back to Acer's......












Went back to Acer Gardens with my mother-in-law today, no plans on buying anything but I just love to see what they have! Ended up leaving there with a lavender plant and strawberries.

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Cities are popping up everywhere.......how about a city in a bag? MoMA has a NYC city in a bag block set that is great gift for a child or even an adult! I also love the fact that they use biodegradable loose fill that can be composted in our own backyard!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sand Play set Giveaway!

Green Mom Finds is giving away a Sand Play Set from Green Toys. They toys are made from recycled milk containers, very cool. Sign up and check out the site, I love the indoor garden set.

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Sooo cute.....


Check out these candles I got from Ocean State Job Lot. So cheap and so cute!

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I love wedding cake. Something about it always tastes good. Maybe it is the setting or just the look of the cake. A bakery that just sells you a piece of wedding cake to go would be my dream. Reality is Haddam does not have that. Cakes By Donna is a company located in Haddam, actually right down the street from me which makes beautiful cakes and yes they taste just as good as they look! I was fortunate to have served her cake at the Haddam Library event I volunteered with this month. Can't wait to try another cake at the next wedding we attend.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Win a Zoobie Pet!

Sometimes the amount of stuff we carry is out of control. How about a three in one stuffed animal that is a pillow and a blanket? Zoobie Pets is exactly this. They have a Safari and Zoo collection. Right now, An Island Life is giving away a Zoobie Pet so enter by May 28th!

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Web Site of the Day

Why not get a little extra discounts when available. Tanger Outlets Center are throughout the United States and have a coupon book available either pick up at the mall office or sign up on line. When you sign up with your email, you will also receive a $5 mall gift card. Just a little economic stimulus going on here.....

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Starting to bloom


This is the first year this iris has bloomed! It is so spectacular!

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Memorial Day

On this day let us give thanks to all of the men and women who serve us in the armed forces.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Planned after Birthday Cake


Check out the cake my friend Suzanne made me and her husband for a birthday dinner, looked just like the picture! And yes it was chocolate....yummmmmm! Thank you Suzanne!

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There are a few things in my pantry I always have stock in such as assorted dried fruits and chocolate chips. I also have a few Tastefully Simple items which are Beer Bread and Garlic Garlic. We are all busy and time is always an issue. Tastefully Simple makes it easy to whip up a quick dessert, appetizer, even drinks! Check out my friend Amy's web site and see how she can help you bring a quick and easy dish to the many picnics we all will be attending this summer!

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