; Life is like champagne......: 2008-09-28

Saturday, October 4, 2008

It's all about Fall

This weekend it is all about finishing off the garden, cutting back my plants and putting away all of the lawn furniture. Last night we got our first frost, right in time for the last picking of peppers in the garden. Bugaboo Girl and I were out there yesterday for an hour picking. She loves to sit on a basket and pull the peppers off the bush and places them in the basket beside her. What a good helper! I pulled the rest of the tomato plants out and managed to pick one more round of broccoli. We ate it last night and it was a little strong being end of the season but still not bad. Anytime you cook it in garlic and olive sauteed, it comes out wonderful.
Our friends are coming over for dinner tonight, on the menu is Beer Can chicken, mac and cheese, some other veg I have not decided yet and an apple pie. I am going over to another friends house this morning to mass produce pie crusts with him, will be reporting that t you as it should be pretty interesting. Have a great day everyone!
Cheers!

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Dole Fruit Bowl Giveaway Winners


Thank you everyone for entering the Dole Fruit Bowl Giveaway! We have two random winners and they are.....

Natalia who stated "Tropical Fruit for me!!!Thanks"

Chrissy who stated "I'd like to try the tropical fruit! Thanks :-)"

Congratulations and email me your address info asap!

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It's Aloha Friday





Sponsored by An Island Life. The temperature is changing and the leaves are starting to fall. To keep in this theme, here is this weeks question.





What is your favorite season?

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Champagne Food Friday



I am excited to add to this segment not only food item reviews but also kitchen related items! There will be a few giveaways involved so keep your eyes and computers open for that. And to start it off, I am going to introduce you to the Sweet Lollipop Shop, what else, an Etsy shop.




Young or old, there is no age barrier when it comes to enjoying a lollipop! I was looking for something different to give for a 2nd Birthday party favor for my Bugaboo Girl that was homemade and fun. The Sweet Lollipop Shop has more than I thought it would have in characters, flavors and designs and occasions! Oh how I love the tractor which my daughter calls the "beep beep", farm theme is on my list right now for ideas.


I know there are many baby showers that are being planned for, including in my family. The Sweet Lollipop Shop has adorable designs where you can buy a Mystery Party Package specifying boy or girl and customize the flavors or designs. These would look so cute stick in a cupcake, the diaper cake centerpiece or just given as a favor! And did I mention they taste good?! That is certainly important when it comes to candy!



WIN IT!!!

I happen to have a mystery box which contains 12 various lollipops and 5 soaps from her Ducky Soaps Shop. See rules below.


1. Stop by the Sweet Lollipop Shop and keep the drool off of your computer keyboard! Post a comment on this post which one you would like to try.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave an email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking both the Sweet Lollipop Shop and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 10/09/08, winner announced 10/10/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Eight Random Facts About Myself

I was tagged by Shannon at It's a Mad Mad Squirrel World & Glitzy Gallery. Here are the rules!



1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.



Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand here we go!



I love Cowboy movies

I do not like raw onions, contamination!

I use to play the bass guitar

Lavender is my favorite color

I own a crazy Border Collie

I love Frank Sinatra, it's a family tradition

I love to knit when I am not blogging

Gardening is my therapy

And here are my tagged fellow bloggers!

Dandelion Dayz

Mama Sparkles

I'm no Supermom

Spotlis

Fractured Toy

Momisodes

Shelley sells seashells down by the shore

Katydid and Kid

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And the Winner of Book Giveaway is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Bugaboo Book Review Giveaway 'When I am quiet on Oahu' and for supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this. The winner is......


silverhartgirl who stated "I love the Made on Maui designer print Ankle Biter Lounge Pants"

Congratulations and email me your address to receive the book!

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And the Winner of the Shopping Bag is.....


Thank you to everyone for entering the Shopwise Reusable Grocery Bag Giveaway and for supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this one. Random.org generated the last comment for the winner today and her comment was....

Crystal who stated "These Bags are really nice!! My favorite is The Raine Bag. Lovely:)"
Congratulations!

Email me your choice and your address.


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Scents of the Season

The sense of smell is amazing. It can stir your senses, bring back memories of something as simple as a pie that your grandmother baked you for Thanksgiving when you were a child. This is exactly what I thought of when I smelled Smokey Mountain Scents soap.


Smokey Mountain Scents is located in Tennessee. They hand craft various types of soaps and candles. What I love is their use of scents that accent the season. With fall upon us, the temperature is cooling down and the leaves are even starting to drop. Memories of one of my favorite holidays was brought out when I smelled their Pumpkin Spice Soap. I could be the hint of clove or slight tone of nutmeg with cinnamon. All I know is that it makes me happy and it is also know for its anti-aging effect.




Are you a candy corn lover? Looking for a gift for someone that is unique and no calories involved? Check out the Candy Corn Soap that is a glycerin and white soap with hints of almond, butter and candy corn fragrance. The look and the colors of this soap inspire me to get ready for Halloween!




WIN IT!!!



Are you ready to have your senses stirred and get a little energized? Smokey Mountain Scents has offered up the Pumpkin Spice Soap to one winner! See rules below.


1. Stop by Smokey Mountain Scents to check out their products. Post a comment on this post which scent you would love to try.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be NEW subscriber to my email feed and post a separate comment on this post stating you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking both Smokey Mountain Scents and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment with the link to this post.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 10/08/08 with the random winner announced on 10/09/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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SNL Palin/Couric Interview

SNL continues their great opening skits with Palin and Couric interview. This year seems to be offering up a lot of material for them and I am sure this upcoming Saturday night will have a lot of material! In case you missed it, here is the link.

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/couric-palin-open/704042/

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Bugaboo Book Review



This week I am reviewing Classic Rhymes & Poems.....Puppy Style! by Connie Conley. I love doggies and I have a crazy border collie who likes to sit and listen to me read to her. I thought Hana would like this book with all of the different doggies and fun story rhymes.

The book starts out with Rub-a-dub dub, two dogs in a tub. My dog only seems to get in the tub when there is a thunderstorm coming, otherwise she does not like taking a bath! I love to see all the different types of dogs and what the story is for each type. One of my favorites is the Doggies Sea Regatta which has a dog with a hat on a boat sailing. My Uncle T has a big sailboat and a doggie names Luna, maybe she made this story about Luna?

Each dog seems to have fun in each story whether it is playing with balls, fetching a bone or taking a ride in a taxi! I even saw a white doggie wearing sunglasses like mommy, she said this dog was a very popular dog and lived a very fancy life! Hana was not happy when we read to her about Earl the dancing dog who loved to dance with squirrels. she jumped out of her bed and ran down stairs barking the whole time! Mommy says she doesn't like squirrels very much. I guess that was the end of story time to my dog Hana.

WIN IT!!!

You can have a copy of Classic Rhymes & Poems... Puppy Style! by Connie Conley. See rules Below.

1. Stop by Puppy Luck and take a peak at what Connie has to offer. Post a comment on this post what your favorite item is and if you have a dog, it's name.

2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave an email address for contact.

3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.

4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking Puppy Luck and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post that you did so with the link.

5. Giveaway ends midnight 10/08/08 with the random winner announced 10/9/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Last Call for Dole Fruit Bowl Giveaway


Today is the last day for entering the Dole Fruit Bowls Giveaway, 2 random winners chosen for $25 worth of coupons!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

And the Winner of the Alliebeans Giveaway is.....


I should have posted this yesterday but I was locked out of random.org for the whole day! Finally got in this morning. Thank you to everyone who are supporting Homemade for the Holidays by entering this giveaway. And the random winner of the Alliebeans Tissue Case Giveaway is.......



Kathleen who stated "How pretty! This would be great in the black hole that is my purse. The Pink Ivory Floating buds is my favorite pattern...so feminine!"

Congratulations! Please drop me an email of which one you would like and your mailing address!

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Last Call for Bugaboo Book Giveaway


Today is the last day to win the signed copy book When I am Quiet on Oahu Giveaway. Take home a little Hawaii for your children to read.

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Maine Landscapes On Canvas

Maine is such a special place, near and dear to me. Every summer for the past 5 years we have gone on vacation, enjoying the beauty of the state and all there is to see and do. I found my memories in the artwork of Viridian Art Acrylic Paintings.




Viridian Art is Laurie Beton who is located in Augusta, Maine. Laurie is a published author of nine novels and has been drawn back to her love of painting, finding it to be the balance she craves in life. I love looking at her landscape paintings and seeing myself within, staring out at the water or the fields. This painting of Bucks Harbor brings back memories of my family driving by, me looking out the window gazing at the water view after enjoying a wonderful afternoon at the Machais Blueberry Festival.



Looking for something more personalized? Laurie offers a chance for your home to be portrayed on canvas! This is a one of a kind commissioned painting of your home. I love this idea for not only a wonderful memory of the place you spend most of your life at but a also a very unique gift for that person who seems to have it all! I love the bold color and dramatic light she uses in her house paintings which them inviting and a place you would want to visit.


WIN IT!!!

This is very exciting! Viridian Art has offered one winner a Commissioned House Painting! See rules below.

1. Stop by Viridian Art and take a look at her beautiful paintings. Post a comment on this post what your favorite painting is.
2. US address only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Subscribe to my email as a new subscriber and post a separate comment that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking both Viridian Art and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 10/07/08 with the random winner announced 10/08/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Last Call for Shopwise Bag Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Shopwise Reusable Grocery Bag Giveaway! Shop pretty and shop smart!

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Wordless Wednesday


Watch out for those teeth!
Spnsored by 5 Minutes for Mom

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What am I to do or should I say to watch?


I am not taking this baseball season very well right now. For the first time in a very long time, the Yankees are not in the playoffs and the season is over. I already am feeling the pain of having to wait until Spring just to watch Spring Training games! The only saving grace for me at this moment is Dancing with the Stars.......can you believe Warren Sapp and his moves? Must be a football thing having to be able to make those quick moves on the field!

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And the Winner of Sun Kissed Bud Soap is........


Thank you to everyone who is supporting Homemade for the Holidays and blogging away the recession. The winner of the Sun Kissed Bud Soap Giveaway is......


Lady Bug-Kellie who stated "The Applejack- Olive Oil With Cocoa Butter Soap would be my pick. Everything looks so wonderful! "


Congratulations! Please email me which Cold Processed you would like and your mailing address.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I'm in a rain delay..........

Rain delay on the tackle right now, pouring rain outside and I swear the temperature dropped 20 degrees! Stay tuned......

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Tackle it Tuesday


Tackle it Tuesday will be a long one since this is the end of the growing season of our vegetable garden. Here is the breakdown of what has to be done, of course with the help of Bugaboo Girl.





  • Pull all of the stakes out
  • Pick remaining tomatoes
  • pull all of the old tomato plants out and dispose of them, not in the compost pile!
  • Pick all of the jalapeno and banana peppers
  • Pick the brussel sprouts
  • cut all of the sunflower heads off to fry for birds
  • Turn garden under to get ready for leaves to be dumped in

Bugaboo Girl and I spent two hours in the garden, she is such a trooper! I had her picking all of the peppers off of the plants and putting tomatoes in the basket. I pulled about 15 stakes and tomato plants out of the garden, salvaging any tomatoes left to can. I knew Buagboo girl was done when she just got up and started walking to the back door of the house, not looking back.

Tackle it Tuesday is sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Last Call for Sun Kissed Bud Soap Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Sun Kissed Bud Soap Giveaway! Win yourself a little spa luxury feeling in your life!

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Should we or shouldn't we?

Here we go! I am just waiting to see the scene from "It's a Wonderful Life" on the run to the banks to take out all of the money. The bail out vote was denied and now what? Let's just let the banks do what all of us have to do everyday which is manage our money, adhere to a budget and be fiscally responsible! Wow, what a novel idea....maybe the government can do the same.
What do you think? Do you want us to foot the bill or let the banks deal with their own mess?

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Wear Your Love

For my first Mother's Day, my husband gave me a locket which I put a picture of my daughter in. I am sentimental when it comes to that sort of thing. Sentimental value is what I see with Christina P Designs, an Etsy shop of course.


I love the concept behind her jewelry which is simple, uncomplicated, comfortable and feminine. All of her pieces are one of a kind made of sterling silver, precious stones and gold filled metal. Christina P Jewelry has personalized pieces such as personalized interlocking rings and personalized two ring necklace. This is a wonderful gift for Mother's Day, new mom, best friends or even sisters. You can have names engraved one one side and dates engraved on the other. She even offers varied lengths in chains and also ring sizes.



For something simple and beautiful, I love the diamond in the rough necklace. This not only makes a wonderful gift for anyone, but also can be worn for dressy occasions to jeans and a T shirt. Check out her stacking rings that are available in 14K gold filled or sterling silver with various patterns to mix together. She also has a web site available at Christina P Jewelry.

WIN IT!!!

Christina P Designs has offered a personalized two ring necklace for a giveaway! See rules below.
1. Stop by Christina P Designs to look at her wonderful jewelry. Post a comment on this post what your favorite design is.
2. US address only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email feed and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking both Christina P Designs and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 10/06/08 with the random winner announced 10/07/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Last Call for the Alliebeans Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Alliebeans Tissue Holder Giveaway! She has such cute accessories, I find myself wanting all of the fabrics she uses!

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Paul Newman Dies at 83

I was so surprised to see the death of Paul Newman this past weekend. He was an amazing person from acting to charity from his Newman's Own products! Cool Hand Luke is one of my favorite movies to watch and I always laugh when it comes to the "I can eat 50 eggs" scene. He will be missed.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Wedding Was Beautiful

Here are a few highlight pictures of Aunty Missa and Uncle Mop getting married last weekend. The weather was unbelievable, if you had to place an order for perfect weather, that is was it was!




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