; Life is like champagne......: 2008-10-12

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Geranium Sale at Walmart!!!


I stopped by Walmart to pick up a few things and they had their Mums outside listed for $1 each in a 4" pot! You cannot beat that, all they needed was to be watered. Guess they gave up on watering them and marked them down. Bought 6, planted 2 in front, brought two to my grandmothers and planted them on her back porch and brought 2 over to my neighbor's house who has no water and also gave her one of my little filed pumpkins. Of course Bugaboo Girl had the pumpkin in her lap in the cart going over yelling "joeeeeeeniiiiiiiie" the whole time. Very cute!

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Friday, October 17, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Pillsbury Savorings Flaky Pastry Bites Giveaway. And the random winner of a very nice prize pack is............
Mommyhood is Thankless who stated "I would like to try them all but I have been craving Pizza so I would say Mozarella and Pepperoni :D"
Congratulations! Email me your mailing address asap!

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Addition to Champagne Food Friday


Cheers to Shannon at It's a Mad Mad Squirrel's World for posting an awesome cookie recipe you have to try out! It is a family recipe for Chocolate Crinkles and I will be making them today! Pop on over, try it out and let me know what you think!

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And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Cakebox Cookie Giveaway and supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small business like this one. And the random winner is...........


Michele who stated "Boo is my favorite, but the spider one in your review is a close second!!"


Congratulations and please email me for contact!

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Champagne Food Friday - In the sink

This addition of Champagne Food Friday is about cleanup. My hands are in the sink all day doing dishes. Yes I have a dish washer but many of the items I have, I cannot put in the dishwasher. So how many cleaning items can you have to clean a dish or a frying pan? Well there are sponges that are comfort fitted to grip in your hand, sponges with a scrubby side, handles with a sponge attached and then there are dishrags. Why not try a hand crochet dishcloth from Cocoa Beans.


I know what you are thinking, how can a crochet dishcloth work better than a sponge with a scrubby on one side! Well guess what, it does! The thickness of the work makes it a better pot scrubber! Not to mention it is a handmade, knitted, natural fiber piece! Cocoa Beans dish clothes are 100% cotton, machine washable and dryer safe. They do shrink slightly and I definitely feel I should have gotten the larger size! The crochet stitch is also decorative and the colors are appealing. I am converted!

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Cocoa Beans has offered up a pair of dishrags in your prefered color choice. See rules below.
1. Stop by Cocoa Beans to check out her dishrags and scrubbies. Post a comment on this blog which color you would like.
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 blog email and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking Cocoa Beans and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 10/23/08 with the random winner announced on 10/24/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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It's Aloha Friday


Another week over and another Friday. Right now I am putting all of my gardens to bed before the cold comes through this weekend. So here is my question for this week.



Are you doing any fall cleanup inside or outside?




Aloha Friday is sponsored by An Island Life. Stop by and take a peak for other questions.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone for entering the Cynthia Callan Watercolor Necklace Giveaway and supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this one. And the random winner is......................




Abby who stated "My fave is the water color necklace of the green tree."




Congratulations and please email me your address and what you would like!

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Presidential Debate Overview

I was unable to watch the Debate last night, so I popped over to Politics for Moms to see what the write up would be. Here is the post which gives immediate thoughts during the debate, a great overview!

  • Walking out, Obama looks very stoic. Upset even?
  • I like the exchange between the two at the outset. Respectful.
  • I'm watching the debate on CNN because I like the tracker that runs along the bottom of uncomimitted voters. It tracks, via a dial, the immediate feedback pro or con to what they are hearing. It tracks by men and women.
  • McCain is a leftie. What's Obama? Isn't there a stat that says a large percentage of American presidents are left-handed?
  • I bet Joe the Plumber never dreamed he could own a business and be pandered to during a presidential debate by name. Look for Joe to be all over the news tomorrow.
  • McCain: "We need short and long term fixes for the economy."
  • Awwww. McCain is blinking out of control. What's that all about?
  • Obama's got the uhhhhhs going.
  • I'm already noticing a trend with the CNN tracker: When McCain speaks, the men respond very positively. When Obama speaks, the women respond very positively. Will be interesting to see if that trend continues.
  • I'm loving this give and take format. It's getting them outside their talking points.
  • Obama: "I don't mind paying a little more taxes."
  • And we're still spreading the wealth around.
  • Shocking! Both economic plans will increase the national deficit. Not reduce it.
  • I like how Bob S. interrupted and redirected Obama to answer the question.
  • Since when is "living beyond our means" a federal issue when it comes to individuals.
  • McCain is getting fired up. It's nice to see him show some emotion.
  • Is an "across the board spending freeze" even possible when we're talking govt?
  • Obama: The deficit has doubled in last 8 years. Can't pursue the same type of policies.
  • McCain: "I'm not President Bush. If you wanted to run against President Bush you should've run 4 years ago."
  • Let me answer that question! I think it's impossible to say that the budget could be balanced in 4, 14, or 24 years. Not going to happen in our life time.
  • The men are dialing high for McCain right now.
  • You take the high road and I'll take the low road and...what's the next line of that song?
  • This is what your mama always told you. Don't say anything behind someone's back that you wouldn't say to their face.
  • Repudiate.
  • The women are dialing low for McCain. I guess women don't like all the negative ads.
  • I'm watching a split screen. Wonder if their reactions to each other through body language will have any effect on voters. Al Gore would probably say yes.
  • Shout out to the Arizona Cardinals!
  • Can't we just all get along.
  • Holla to Joe the Plumber again.
  • Yes, this American citizen has certainly become cynical about politics. Amen.
  • McCain: Ayers is a washed up terrorist.
  • Obama: "Only involvement I had with ACORN was I represented them along with the Justice Department to help them get a IL motor voter law."
  • How do you spell "cockamammy"?
  • Sorry...missed most of the energy question. Took a phone call.
  • This is what makes me crazy. Obama says the average health plan costs $12,000 and McCain says the average plan costs $5,000. Who's right? Probably they both are but they aren't comparing apples to apples.
  • Finally. Questions on abortion and supreme court judges.
  • McCain: "Education is the civil rights issue of the 21st century."
  • Yep, men are still tracking upward for McCain and women upward for Obama.
  • We agree on two points...charter schools and removing bad teachers. We disagree on giving vouchers as way to cure educational system.
  • McCain citing voucher program in effect in Washington. About 1000 offered, 9000 people applied to get them.
  • McCain: "We need to reform these programs (Headstart), not just throw money at schools."
  • He had me at the word "voucher."
  • Shout at to Joe the Plumber. We haven't heard about Joe's education needs.
  • I think Bob Schieffer did a great job. Loved the variety of questions.
  • Schieffer: "Go vote now. It'll make you feel big and strong."
  • McCain's best debate by far.
  • Obama had a weak start by got better as the debate went along.

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Last Call for Cakebox Cookie Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Cakebox Cookie Giveaway, a great way to start your holiday baking by not baking! Whoohoo!

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Sock Monkey Strikes a Pose

I love to stock up on cards for every occasion. It makes it so easy to have a card all ready on hand than running out searching for one at the last minute. I am a fan of the sock monkey so when I happened to find Sock Monkey Cards, an Etsy shop, I found myself chuckling to myself on who I could give them to.

Laurie has been a photographer for over 16 years and has found that sock monkey's not only photograph well but like to enjoy life! She has found every occasion to photograph them in from being a tourist to new born baby. One of my favorites is the picnic at the beach, which could be any beach from Maine to Maui. Sock Monkey Cards captures the moment and offers a great unique card to someone special. All of her cards are 5x7 photographs with envelope and protective sleeve.



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Sock Monkey Cards has offered for one winner a gift box of 10 Sock Monkey Cards of your choice. See rules below.

1. Stop by Sock Monkey Cards and check out their fun designs. Post a comment on this post which one you like the best.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email and post a comment that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking both Sock Monkey Cards and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 10/22/08 with the random winner announced 10/23/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Last Call for Pillsbury Pastry Bites Giveaway


Today is the last day for your chance to enter the Pillsbury Flaky Pastry Bite Giveaway which is a great prize pack and of course a free appetizer!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Palin Political Humor

This was sent to me by my Sister-in-law.......she is a Democrat but I can enjoy the humor in this election also! Click the link below for a little "Palin" fun.


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And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Bird Haven Card Set Giveaway and supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this one. And the random winner is........


Dee who stated "CUTE! I love sending out little notes! I like the dragonfly!"


Congratulations and please email me your choice of card set and mailing address.

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Wordless Wednesday


Me and my dolly! Bugaboo Girl happened to find one of my dolls at her grandma's house. Wordless Wednesday is sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Last Call for Watercolor Necklace Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Cynthia Callan Watercolor Necklace Giveaway. Don't miss out on this unique piece of art work and jewelry!

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So sweet my teeth hurt!

I like to play in the gardens and I love baseball, dirt is my friend. My daughter seems to be following in my footsteps where she is out picking peppers, tomatoes, sitting in the garden dumping dirt on her lap and she loves baseball. Then she has the "look at me" side where she loves pretty things. Hmmmm...I wonder where she gets that from. Give her a bath, put on some cute clothes, shoes and give her a tutu, she is thrilled! This is where Frill 'er Up Couture steps up to the plate!

One of my dear friends and former co worker stated to me when I found out I was having a baby girl "Every little girl needs a tutu!". Being new at having children, did not really think anything of this until I had my daughter. I was in ballet as a child and loved everything about the wearing the outfits, even dressed up the dog in the tutus. There is nothing like seeing your daughter spinning around in a frilly tutu. Frill 'er Up Couture tutus are handcrafted with ribbon detail, comfortable waistband and a sweet satin bow. I love the fact she has even thought of using American made tulle that is flame retardant. The tutus are able to fit between most children of the ages 1 and 6 years old.




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Frill 'er Up Couture has offered one winner to choose a single layer ribbon tutu. See rules below.

1. Stop by Frill 'er Up Couture and check out her sweet tutu designs. Post a comment on this post which tutu design you would choose.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and pleas leave your 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 Frill 'er Up Couture and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 10/21/08 with the random winner announced 10/22/08. Prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who participated in the Shoe Polish Print Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this. And the random winner is......

quitecontrary1977 who stated "I love shoes, too! Stop and smell the roses is gorgeous!"
Congratulations!

Please email me your mailing address.

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Last call for Bird Haven Card Set Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Bird Haven Gift Card Set Giveaway! Pop on over and enter.

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Carrying your baby in comfort and style

When Bugaboo Girl was a tiny baby, I loved carrying her around in a sling. She was close, comfortable and I was able to get a few things done! Eventually she grew out of the sling and I had to carry her on my hip. I stumbled upon Autumn Slings, an Etsy shop, with hand made slings to carry your baby in style!

Autumn Slings are made to be used for 5 different positions depending on the babies weight and your need. Autumn Slings can hold up to 35 pounds and are much more versatile than the commercial slings. Instead of me carrying my Buagboo Girl on my hip with my arm wrapped around her, the sling can prop her up and support her weight, much easier on my arms and back. A detailed brochure on how to use the sling along with the different positions is sent to you along with care instructions. I love the detailed stitching and the choice of coordinating fabrics. Autumn Slings make a wonderful gift for a new mom or a mom that just needs an extra hand!




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Autumn Slings has offered up the Sling shown above for one lucky winner! Se rules below.

1. Stop by Autumn Slings and see what they have to offer. Post a comment on this post what design you like.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking both Autumn Slings and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 10/20/08 with the random winner announce 10/21/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Tackle it Tuesday

I have, or should I say had five jalapeno plants in my garden this year that produced so many peppers, it was a very good year. (wait that is a Frank Sinatra song) So my Tackle is to pickle the peppers, for nachos of course!


I had to use rubber gloves and cut up all of these jalapenos, I learned my lesson several years back not using gloves and having hands that burned. Pickling jalapenos is one of the more easy canning creations as all you need is 1 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1 tsp salt per jar. Bring the liquid mixture to a boil and pack as many jalapenos into the jar as possible leaving 1/4" space at the top. Pour the liquid in the jar over the peppers and process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Done! I yielded 12 jars, the most I have ever had!
Tackle it Tuesday is sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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As Pure as Where the Soap is Made

The state of Maine is one of my favorite places to visit. It is such a big state with so many places to see that I am always looking at a new destination to see on the next vacation. Next year I have a few places on the coast to visit, one being Harpswell. Here is where you will find Frost Fish Cove Soap, an etsy shop located on a small body of water along the coast.

With soap, to me it is all about the combinations used and Frost Fish Cove Soaps has some of the most desirable parings. One of my favorite combinations is the Honey Almond which has a very light scent of almond with the sweetness of honey. Frost Fish Cove Soaps are "superfatted" meaning they have extra amounts of the fatty substances which leaves your skin less dry and more moisturized. I always used a very generic soap, just with the thought process of being clean after working out in the gardens. After using some of Frost Fish Cove Soaps, my skin feels softer, smooth, and definitely not dry. With winter coming, this is the time when every one's skin shrivels up and dries out. Maine is not exception to this weather and Frost Fish Cove Soaps knows this.



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I have Three Frost Fish Cove Soaps(surprise scents) to giveaway to one lucky winner. See rules below.

1. Stop by Frost Fish Cove Soaps and check out their soap scents. Post a comment on this post which scent you would like to try.
2. US addresses only, one comment per persona and please leave your 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 Frost Fish Cove Soaps and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 10/19/08, with the random winner announced 10/20/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Last Call for Shoe Polish Print Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Shoe Polish Print Giveaway with a bonus surprise print added! So sweet and would be wonderful for a little girls room or dressing room!

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

60 Years Young

I was fortunate to have been invited to my knitting/NYY friend Kathleen's 60th B'Day party. Several weeks ago, Kathleen forewarned us at knitting that we were going to be invited to her party and if we knew better we would not come. Of course, we did not listen to her warning and told her we would be going, whether she liked it or not! I was sure she did not want to celebrate her 60th. What surprised me was that she was turning 60, she looks so good and I had guessed her to be late 40's!
Bugaboo Girl and I made the trip to the party yesterday with gift in hand, a Alberta Spruce mini tree with some tiny perennials in a very sweet cement pot. Kathleen is 1 of 7 siblings, a large Irish family and a large extended family. Something I am looking forward to. Bugaboo Girl was in her glory, playing with both the younger and older children, running up and down a slopped hill in her back yard, taking tumbles and loving it! Then came the Birthday song and canoles, no cake! Wow , now that is Italian! For the kids, cupcakes baked in ice cream cones, so much sugar, Bugaboo Girl has frosting all around her mouth and cake all on her face! It was a wonderful party, a beautiful day, Kathleen is a special person I am so happy to have found as a friend! Not to mention including us in her family and friends gathering!
I turn 40 next year and when I get to 60, I can only hope I look, feel and enjoy life as much as Kathleen does. Happy Birthday!!

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