; Life is like champagne......: 2008-08-03

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The New Mojito!!


I have found my new drink for the summer. It is a Mojito.....but with my twist which is using Pineapple mint instead of the Spearmint or Peppermint....oh it is so good! I would totally suggest trying it out! Making the sugar water is super easy, it is a three to one ratio on how ever much you want to make, white rum and mint. Don't get me wrong, still love my Gin & Tonics which is also new for me this summer, usually I am a margarita girl on the rocks, lime juice not the mix. No, I am not a margarita snob, this is just how I like them! My husband can take credit for that.

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Last Call To Organize Your Life!


Today is the last day to enter to win the Galison File Tote Giveaway!

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Do You Own A Crazy Border Collie?


Well I certainly do! I am sitting here at 7:33am, my daughter is playing in her room and Hana, my crazy BC is barking at the Carolina Wren who is singing so load sitting on my laundry line right in front of the door where my dog is standing! Do you think the wren knows what it is doing? Oh, I do! The wrens have been just as crazy as my dog lately! My in-laws are constantly trying to get them out of their house, their green house and the guest house! What is the fascination with coming in the house?

So I am sitting her laughing to myslef, watching my dog who is "Ooooooo"ing, as I call it, at the wren, which is still sitting on the laundry line, load as ever!

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It's Aloha Friday.....


Sponsored by An Island Life. Kick back and take it easy today. Here is this weeks question.


Do you put the silverware in the dishwasher with prongs and blades facing up in the basket or facing down?


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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Warm Biscuit Giveaway!

From One Mom to Another, a blog that is the same company as Warm Biscuit, one of my favorite stores, is giving away your choice of either the Vintage Train or Purple Firefly Back pack! Looks like they are going to be super generous and offer up a giveaway every Monday and pull up the winner by Friday! Stop on by to see what they have and how to enter.



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Summer Fun Photo Contest


Here is my entry for the Summer Fun Photo Contest Sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom. Pop on over and vote for me!

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Bugaboo Book Review




Today I will be reviewing The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly by Debbie Glade. This book is extra special to me because mommy said she visited Costa Rica and that is where Lilly Badilly is traveling to!



I like to listen to mom read this book and what I really like is the music that comes with it! Lilly is a millipede who lives with her grandma and grandpa at the airport. She loves music and books, one of my two favorite things also!
One day they all decide to go on an adventure to Costa Rica to see the volcano and rainforest. While there, they meet all sorts of animals they have never seen before and make some new friends. The Badilly Family runs into trouble with a mean spider but their love of music concurs their fears and saves them from what could have been a terrible fate!
In the end, they made some new friends and had an adventure they would never forget! I love the colorful bug pictures and like to dance to the music throughout the book.
Win it!!!

You can win a copy of The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly which comes with the musical CD! See rules below.

1. Post a comment here of where you have gone on a great adventure!
2. US address only, one comment per person.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!!! Comment on your blog about this Giveaway linking Life is like champagne and The Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly and post a separate comment under this post with the link.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Subscribe to my feed and post a separate comment on this post.
5. Giveaway ends midnight on 8/12/08 with winner announced 8/13/08.



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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Martini may look happy, but this big kitty is a little under the weather! He has an upper respiratory infection, sneezing and coughing. Yup, cats get colds too! Poor kitty, seems to be comfortable in my vegetable basket. And no there are no vegetables in it right now!

Wordless Wednesday sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Where's The Patience!

I am pretty lucky that I think I have a lot of patience, not sure if you inherit it but my mom has it, not so much my father, must be the Polish side of the family, mom being Italian. I hope my daughter gets it, and seems to have it right now, let's keep it that way.

My mother and I were out yesterday, just going to go to the store, she lives in an area with a lot of "summer people", I sure you understand that, nothing against them, I grew up here and know it is a fact during the summer months. Anyway, we have Bugaboo Girl in the car, pull into an aisle and I see someone just getting into a car to pull out. Let me give you a timeline...maybe sitting there for at the most 30 seconds while she is getting ready to pull out. All of the sudden I have a woman behind me beeping the horn, arms flailing at me and yelling through her car, not that I can hear her but I am sure I can read what she is saying, pushing me to get out of the way. Of course, the Italian came out in me, arms in the air, no expletives but I do wish she could have heard me. Then the best part was I slightly moved over, by now it has been all of a little over a minute in time, she drove VERY quickly by me, of course I was still coming out with a few lines as she probably was looking in her rear view mirror at us, and HAD to slow down almost hitting a handicap person walking out of the parking lot! What's the hurry? Need milk that badly? This is not an emergency room, hospital or police department, this is a grocery store! You might think I was talking about someone who is maybe in their 20's or even a teenager, nope, she was definitely older and should be much wiser!

Have you had an instance like this and a confrontation? Parking lots seem to be good for this!

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Tackle It Tuesday


We have been living at our house for about 8 years now. You think you know what you have, but you may be surprised at what you did not realize you have! My husband and I had some time to kill while Bugaboo Girl was napping so we took on the dreaded garage.



I pushed the envelope a little by trying to de-clutter the side that there was no car in. Let's just say we need a barn, desperately! Anyone for a barn raising party, like Seven Brides For Seven Brothers? I love that movie.....anyway, we uncovered at least 40-50 garden baskets, as seen in the picture. We have acquired them from both my grandparents, the current house we are in and evidently my husbands parents! So I kept about 10 and hauled the rest to the front of my yard. Oh, I forgot to mention the fact there were also about 50+ small quart berry baskets. If I was crafty, I would use them but I do not consider myself that crafty. So out they went! If it's free, people take them with out any questions. The large baskets are about half gone and someone took all of the quart size baskets. I bet that person is crafty!


And while we are on the subject of things you do not realize you have, check out these! We had no idea why we had bread racks until we asked my in-laws. Evidently they were used to carry seedlings and also dry onions, who knew!


Tackle is Tuesday is sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom.




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Monday, August 4, 2008

Blog The Recession!



We are all effected by it! If it is not the price of gas, it is the cost of groceries or even passing on a family vacation that is normally taken in the summer. Yes, even the blogs are effected by the Recession!
I am always out to help fellow bloggers, I treat people how I would like to be treated, simple as that! So I do read a lot of blogs and DO post a lot of comments, as my fellow blogger friends know! So for the month of August, Motherhood Uncensored is hosting a Blog the Recession where we all click through the feed emails we receive and check the blog, post a comment, help a fellow blogger continue their work! It is cheaper than a tank of gas!

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How About Some Bling For A Party?


Hostess with the Mostess posted these great party decor items, detailed over at Simply Stated:celebrations! I could see using these for a Mardi Gras, New Year's Party or even a Summer Bling Fling!

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Menu Plan Monday



Well here we are week two of attempting to organize dinner meals and it seems to be going pretty well! I managed to keep on track with everything on my first week so lets see if I can continue on my next!



Monday is Tequila Lime Chicken, brown rice and sun dried tomato green bean salad



Tuesday is Maple marinated Pork chops, corn, cucumber salad



Wednesday is chicken fajitas with beans and rice



Thursday is whole wheat pasta with shrimp, cherry tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese



Friday is always grilled pizza!



Stop by The Organizing Junkie for other menu ideas or enter your menu of the week!

Also, drop by the Hansen's Natural Sparkling Water Giveway to enter a chance to win, would be wonerful to have with all of these meals we are planning!

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

A Pretty File Folder

I am in the need to organize my papers for my blog. I have not taken a picture of my desk to post on Tackle it Tuesday because it is way too shameful! How boring to be looking at brown file folders, yellow accordion folders, green magazine holders and blah post notes.


I popped on over to Galison to check out what they had to help organize my office. I already have their small accordion folder which I reviewed and love, organizing my coupons and gift cards. They are certainly more organized than I am! Galison has their collections categorized either by artist, theme or collection. It was here I found exactly what I was looking for, this super cute Happy Butterfly Day Collection which has the File Tote, Magazine holder, file folders and much more!

The File Tote is perfect for me to hold my papers I need quick access to and be able to carry around my house. Since I do not always work at my desk in the office, this item is a great way to keep me organized and on the go while having a great stylish look! There are 8 pockets with 16 labels available to customize.
I consider this to be my in house brief case!
WIN IT!!!
Ned a little organizing yourself? Here is your chance! You can win a File Tote in the pattern of your choice. Make your office a little more decorative and stylish! Here is how you enter.
1. Stop by Galison and see what they have to offer. Comment on this post what your favorite pattern is.
2. US address only, one post per person.
3. EXTRA CREDIT! Post on your blog site this giveaway linking both Galison and Life is like champagne, then post a separate comment linking your blog on this post!
4. EXTRA CREDIT! Subscribe to my feed and post a separate comment that you did so!
5. Giveaway ends midnight 8/9/08, with winner announced 8/10/09! Item must be claimed within 72 hours our will be forfeited.

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Blueberry Season Is Over!




Well...it has finally come to an end. I went over and picked my last pint of blueberries and Bugaboo Girl helped. She was super quiet under the bushes, picking only the "blue" ones, we have had this conversation a few times since she has eaten some green ones. So, my final take is three and a half gallons! Whoohoo! Not bad, hopefully they will let me pick next season, because they pretty much picked none!

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