; Life is like champagne......: 2008-10-26

Saturday, November 1, 2008

OMG......It's Here!!!!!!!!

OMG!!!!! It is officially the first day of November and that means we are truly now on the downward spiral of the holiday season!!!! This means all hands on deck for gift shopping, Christmas Cards, cookie baking and Thanksgiving. I have a little added twist in this timeline as Bugaboo Girl turns 2 right after Thanksgiving so we will be having her birthday party that weekend.

I am thinking of having a cookie swap party, normally my sister-in-law and I do a "Baking Day", but looks like it will be postponed for another year. We did have a five year beak when I was living in Hawaii so this is not a big deal. Anyone out there ever have a cookie swap party and ideas?

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Friday, October 31, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Artgoodies Tea Towel Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this one. And the random winner is..........

jenny who stated "wow i really like them all there so cute and well if i won this it would be grate and what one do i like well one of them is the nest with eggs in them its nice"


Congratulations and please email me your address and choice of Artgoodies Tea Towel.

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It's Aloha Friday


Another week gone by and looky here....it's Halloween! I am sure there will be several questions about this subject so I had to make it a little bit more interesting. Here is the question for this week!

Do you believe in ghosts and have you ever had an experience with one?


Aloha Friday is sponsored by An Island Life.


I might as well put my two cents in, since a few have asked. I do believe in ghosts, but have never seen or really experienced one. I think living in Maui certainly spurred it more, with the stories of the "white Lady" ghost and many spiritual places that are throughout the island.

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Champagne Food Friday - Kitchen Giveaway


When I bake or cook, my utencil I use to stir, scrap or mix whether it is a spatula or a spoon, often gets rested on a bowl, the counter or the stove top in between use. This often causes a few issues such as dirtying a extra surface, have at one point melted the spatula to the stove top and also knocked over the spoon hanging on the bowl. Enter the spoon rest as the problem solver and Dirt Girl Pottery, an Etsy shop has that covered!


Becky Wheeler owns Dirt Girl Pottery, a small shop in Maine that makes pottery pieces such as the spoon rest and ring holders. Her pottery has an earthy feel being soft and calming. It just might be the Maine thought process coming out in the pottery. I am all about unique and to me these gifts are not only this and practical! A lot of us do not want to clutter up the counter with items but both the spoon rest and the ring holder are small and a must need. I have often just taken my rings off and placed them on the counter near the sink, chancing it that I could knock them down the drain! The ring holder keeps them contained and visually appealing! Dirt Girl Pottery is offering up a free mini bud vase wen you purchase during this giveaway by entering Life is like champagne in the message box upon check out.



WIN IT!!!


Dirt Girl Pottery
has offered a spoon rest of your choice to one random winner. See rules below.
1. Stop by Dirl Girl Pottery and take a peak at her wonerful pottery designs. Post a comment on this post what your favorite item is.
2. US addresses only, one comment per perosn and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email and post a separate cmment that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog abou this giveaway linking Dirt Girl Pottery and Life is like champagne. Post a separaet on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 11/5/08 with winner announced 11/6/8. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Four Dog Day Greeting Card Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small business like this one. This a wonderful small business that has creativity and beauty in their cards. Give them a peak if you have not already. And the random winner is................



Susan S. who stated "I must be feeling nostalgic for historic buildings. The one room schoolhouse and scenes from Mt. Vernon caught my eye!"



Congratulations and please email me to confirm your email address for details.

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Embellish your gift

No one seems to just give a gift wrapped in paper anymore. wrapped gifts are often embellished with bows, ribbons, straw, and gift tags. I found a neat little Etsy shop called Hedwig the White Owl which offers fun handmade gift tags, tiny albums and a little jewelry on the side!


Colleen loves to scrapbook which shows in her work. Her different choice of tags range shoes to animals. Gift tags can be used is so many ways and are very personal in choice. Going over to a holiday open house or giving a gift for the office? Tags are a wonderful visual conversation piece. I love the the three bumblebee tags with the green background. I could see using them tied around a wine bottle or even as a napkin ring on a summer picnic! Why not use them for even a baby shower or better yet, the sexy shoes on a bachelorette party!



Hedwig the White Owl also has a very cute mini album. These little albums are 2.25"x2.5", accented with eyelets and tied with a coordinating ribbon. These little albums would be wonderful for a baby shower favor, bridal shower or even hanging on your Christmas tree. Write a personal note in it and add it to a gift or even have your child write or draw in it to give to a teacher. Very unique and oh so cute!



WIN IT!!!




Hedwig the White Owl has given me three sets of tags(surprise) and one mini album for one random winner. See rules below.



1. Visit Hedwig the White Owl and peak at their very neat designs. Post a comment on this post what your favorite item is.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave an email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW email subscriber and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking Hedwig the White Owl and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 11/5/08 with the random winner announced 11/6/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Last Call for Artgoodies Tea Towel Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Artgoodies Tea Towel Giveaway! A nice flesh new towel to hide from your husband's use to wipe up tomato sauce off of the counter!

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Tina Turner new release Tina!


I can say I have always been a Tina Turner fan. I was given the opportunity to review the newly released CD of Tina! which is a collection of greatest hits, rare recordings a two new released songs.

I can admit that I am more fond of Tina Turner's older hits such as Proud Mary which is featured on this new CD. After all, she is one of the few artists that has spanned 4 decades, and considered to be the most successful woman in rock history. Her proof is in her live performances and recordings. These would have to be my favorite on this CD. The two songs performed live in Amsterdam Let's Stay Together and I Can't Stand the Rain are exactly the essence of Tina Turner. Tina! certainly has more updated released songs including the two new releases of It Would be a Crime and I'm Ready. I am especially fond of the Goldeneye track, I loved it when it was released with the movie and was thrilled to find it on this new CD.


As always, Tina Turner is energetic, charismatic and always puts on a spectacular show. Listening to her live recordings give you the same feeling. If you are looking for a more updated range of Tina Turner's music, Tina! is for you. I enjoy listening to the mix and it does leave me wanting to hear more. In my opinion, the only way to top this CD off would have been to have done it all live!

This review was done for the Family Review Network.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A little bit of sunshine all year round

I am always looking for new ways to organize a handbag, diaper bag or even a back pack. The focus is always fabric, color, use and of course function. Cascade Lemonade has some fun, unique organizing cases with a little bit of warmth feeling when you pull it out to use it.



Cascade who owns Cascade Lemonade is a mom and Marine Biologist(no surprise I found her since I am also a Biologist) who took her hobby of making gifts for friends and family to the next level.......her shop Cascade Lemonade! Her fabric choices are fresh, fun and give a little sunshine when you peak at your item. Brown bag it in style with her customized Mylarkey Lunch Bags. She can work with you on the choice of fabric, size and any addition pocket features! What a great gift for a graduate going to work on her first job, a child's school lunch tote or a Christmas gift for someone who has everything!



One of my favorite items is the Teensy Case. It is a Velcro folded pocket with an added feature of a clear pocket on the outside and a key ring. This item is perfect for on the go, transferring a card and some money to a small handbag, a business card holder or just carrying it in your pocket. What a wonderful stocking stuffer, office gift or party favor. If you buy five, she will also add a sixth one for free!

WIN IT!!!

I happen to have a Teensy Case to give away for one winner in a sweet fruit pattern, very fitting for the name! See rules below.
1. Stop by Cascade Lemonade and browse through her shop. Post a comment on this post what item you like the best.
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 Cascade Lemonade and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 11/4/08 with the random winner announced 11/5/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Wordless Wednesday




Meet the new member of our family!
Hi..... my name is Domino, Bugaboo Girl calls me "new keeyaa"! I am 16 weeks old, female, love balls of paper, my new doggy friend Hana, I am a talker and love to sit on laps! I am excited to be a part of my new human family!




Wordless Wednesday sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Last Call for Four Dog Day Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Four Dog Day Greeting Card Giveaway. Start out your holiday greeting card with something a little special!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thanks you to everyone who entered the DAH Ceramics Giveaway an supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this one. And the random winner is.......



maricriss who stated "I like that Green & White Sauce Bowl, it is so cute."



Congratulations and please email me your choice and address.


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Customize Your Babies Feeding Time

I really think that what you put on your baby for a bib is a completely personal choice. It can be cute, sassy, ornate, or just simply stated. Lillybelle Designs, an etsy shop of course, has that covered, and more!

I live in a household where politics is a common subject at the dinner table, after dinner, and over all of the relatives house! So of course since the Bugaboo Girl is not able to vote for a while, I sport her with a bib of my choice, which she obviously can make her choice when she can vote. Or if I want to get a rise out of a few of my relatives, pick the other political party bib to put her in. Always in good fun. What I love about Lillybelle Designs are the attention to details. The bibs are stitched very neatly with a rickrack design, two button adjustment and a soft chenille backing. Her items also come packaged neatly wrapped with a ribbon and a thank you card. Appearance means everything and this shop has it! Check out lillybelle Designs Personalized Bib selection, a perfect gift for a first birthday, Christmas or baby shower!





WIN IT!!!





Lillybelle Designs has offered up one winner a Custom Bib of your choice fabric. See rules below.

1. Stop by Lillybelle Designs and take a peak at her wonderful designs. Post a comment on this post which item you love the most.
2. US addresses only, one post per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email and post a separate comment that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking Lillybelle Designs and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 11/3/08 with the winner announced 11/04/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Tackle it Tuesday - More Wood!

Nothing like pulling up to a gas station in my little Toyota truck, gassing up with a load of wood in the back of the bed, and three trucks all around me who had none and were the king cab size....all of them sizing me up wondering if I had loaded the wood, cut it, or even splitting it. All of the sudden, our need for wood is slowing down. We have come into a large amount of wood from a friend, just have to cut, split and stack. This is just 1/8th of what is available and I know I will be doing the same thing for the next few days. So can you guess what my tackle is?
Just wait until we get the six cords of logs delivered sometime next week, that will not be used until next year, but a lot of cutting and splitting lined up for this project!



Tackle is Tuesday is sponsored by 5 minutes for Mom.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

No water.....no electricity too!

Last week I posted about my neighbor with no water waiting to get her well dug. This week it has gotten much worse!
We had a line of thunderstorms and heavy rain come through Saturday night. About 4am, there was a flashing light sitting in our driveway and looked like it was the fire department. Nothing like seeing a strobe for an hour through the windows. Then we heard trucks the rest of the morning, load speakers, engines and people yelling. When I went out to get the paper at 7am, there were three utility trucks about 200 feet from my house, looked like they were working on a transformer possibly blown.
Went down to my in-laws house for breakfast and a few errands. My husband met up with us there and come to find out, there was a power surge. My neighbor Joanie was having her appliances blowing, outlets smoking, fuses going....a very scary situation and has now no electricity! She was suppose to be having the person come and dig the well today, I hope so since I can only imagine the weather turning to a cold snap within a week! No furnace, no water, no electricity. She manages to keep a good attitude, I don't know if I could be that way.

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Last Call for DAH Ceramics Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the DAH Ceramics Giveaway! Add a new serving piece for this holiday season or give it as a housewarming gift!

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Shop will be open for Giveaway!

ATTENTION! Looks like the shop will be open as of tomorrow according to thier info. Thank you for your patience!



Just a notice to let you know that the shop will be open today for the Birch Bark Soap Giveaway so you can check out her wonderful soap product and enter. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Show Me How Book Reveiw



Did you ever want to know how to "sizzle with some salsa moves"(#200) or "banish imaginary monsters"(#308)? This is the book for you! Show Me How, 500 Things You Should Know by Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith is not just any guide but one that uses narrative pictures to describe how to do these such things!

I sat down and read the whole book on a Friday night and in a nut shell thought it was fun, very neat and well organized. They have broken down their information into eleven categories such as Eat, Style and Grow. The beginning of the book describes how best to read the book with an icon guide and also a few notes basically stating to be smart when attempting these activities. Don't let some of my examples fool you on the how much of a resource this book really is! There are great tips in this book such as removing gum from a child's hair(#309) and bait and cast a fishing hook(#401). Either way, there is something for everyone and yes a great conversation piece with those who say "I can do that".
Show Me How is available for pre-order or you can purchase it starting 10/28/08.

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