; Life is like champagne......: 2008-11-09

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Last Call for Sittercity Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Sittercity Membership Giveaway, a chance to win one years with of membership to help you year round with sitter needs!

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Friday, November 14, 2008

It's Aloha Friday


Another week over, another week closer to the holidays and the end of this year. Let's take a moment and relax, island style. If I was back on Maui, I would be sitting on my lanai enjoying a cocktail looking out at the blue sky and the blue green waters of Hawaii. But, alas, I am not on Maui but in New England. I have to substitute the lania for a Adirondack chair overlooking my leafy yard and the the cocktail is a Miller, Champagne of Beers of course! So here is the question.




How do you relax during the holiday?



Aloha Friday is brought to you by An Island Life.

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Soap relieving stress


This holiday season upon us, stress is inevitable! There is the shopping, the baking, the holiday cards, the parties, cleaning the house, and of course endless amounts of washing dishes. I always feel like this time of year coupled with the cold weather, my hands take a beating. Soaps made by Sudstress bring my skin back to a soft appeal from a long day of harsh treatment.


Kitchen bar soap is not normally what we think of using with all of the pump style soaps on the market now offering fruity scents. But those fruity scents do not mask garlic, onion or any strong smelling food we handle. Coffee is the cure and when it is in soap, it takes those strong scents away. Sudstress offers a coffee mocha soap made with organic coffee and grounds that not only smells wonderful but feels just as good. Looking for a soap to use after a long day of shopping? Try their Lavender Aromatherapy Soap that is both calming and invigorating, making you feel renewed and ready for the next days events. And feel like donating to a cause than check out Phoebe's Gift Natural Soap inspired by her cat who was with her for 15 years and 100% of the retail profits from this bar soap sales are donated to help homeless animals. That is something needed in these hard times and not often thought about during the holidays.

WIN IT!!!


Sudstress is offered one winner their choice of handcrafted soap(not including the torte). See rules below.


1. Stop by Sudstress and browse her wonderful choices of soap scents. Post a comment on this post which one you would choose.
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 and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking Sudstress and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 11/20/08 with the random winner announced 11/21/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Champagne Food Friday-Smells of the Season

My favorite part of this time of year is the scents that are all around you. Go outside and you smell the autumn leaves falling off the trees, the pine needles blowing in the wind and the crisp cool air. Bring those outside smells inside every day in your house or all through the year with Homemade by Hoyt candles.

Holiday is about the senses, smell being a big one. Homemade by Hoyt candles have several wonderful choices to enhance your holiday mood whether it is the Rustic Woods scent, with the thought of taking a walk through the woods after eating a very big Thanksgiving feast or Bayberry Apple Spice adding to the lingering smell of spices throughout your kitchen. I love the look of the multi layered candles, wonderful colors and the mix of scents compliment each other. Her candles also burn clean and long which is a great value. Candles always make a wonderful gift for any occasion, whether it is a friend, co-worker, housewarming or grab bag. This time of year seems to be when we burn them the most. For a great decorative centerpiece, place two candles of Homemade by Hoyt in two sizes with a glass ornament on a tray or plate, simple and elegant.



WIN IT!!



Homemade by Hoyt has offered up one winner two small pillar candles of your choice! See rules below.




1. Stop by Homemade by Hoyt and browse around her wonderful candle shop. Post a comment on this post which candles you would choose.
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 on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this Giveaway linking Homemade by Hoyt and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 11/20/08 with the random winner announced 11/21/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Monkey Foot Designs Swim Bag Giveaway supporting homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this wonderful one! And the random winner is.............


Rebekah C who stated "This would actually be perfect for me! My 5 year old started swim lessons in Sept, and today her 3 year old sister begins joining her. It's such a pain to haul the one wet suit home weekly, so I can imagine it's not going to be any better now with a second wet suit and a wet swim diaper. Ugh. I'd love to win this giveaway for this reason alone. :)Thanks for the entry.
P.S. Oh, I almost forgot to mention my favorite pattern. I really liked the Ivory Jungle Critters pattern. Next would have been the frogs. Thanks. :)"


Congratulations! Please email me the pattern and your mailing address.

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A unique pairing

As you know if you read my blog reviews, I love handbag accessories and always looking for something unique and useful to help all of us organize our busy daily life. Scouting through the Etsy shops, I happened upon Cork & Cotton which uses a fabric I would never have thought of using!

When I think of cork, I think of wine stoppers, floor and of course the cork trees we had seen in Spain. As a fabric, this was completely new to me and I was surprised how soft it is and an actual fabric like feel. What I love about the the cork fabric is that it is a renewable resource since the cork can be harvested from the bark of a tree every 10 years. And being it is nature, all cork patterns are unique so no tree is exactly alike! But enough about the whole cork fabric, lets look at Cork & Cotton designs! Carolyn who has been sewing all her life has taken this fabric and made some fun, user friendly and unique designs. Cork & Cotton features fashion forward handbags, wristlets and pouches. Carolyn pairs her cork designs with cotton print interiors that are fun, bright and appealing. I love the cork pouch with the bird sewn cork pattern. These pouches are wonderful for stashing money, cosmetics or even that pacifier you can't seem to find at the deepest part of your bag! As for a gift, how unique can you get! I guarantee this one won't be duplicated and will be a conversation piece when pulled out of a handbag or diaper bag!


WIN IT!!!


Cork & Cotton has offered one winner their choice of a pouch. See rules below.



1. Stop by Cork & Cotton to view her wonderful designs. Post a comment on this post which pouch you would like and how you would use it.
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 separate comment that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking Cork & Cotton and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 11/19/08 with the random winner announced 11/20/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the AJ's Country Cottage Candle Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this one. And the random winner is.......
Tiff who stated "Apple Clove sounds so yummy!!"
Congratulations and please email me your choice and mailing address.

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Flying Rhymes Giveaway Extended


Great news! The Flying Rhymes Tea Towel Giveaway has been extended to 11/18/08 and you now have a choice of ANY one tea towel is her shop! These tea towels are beautiful and would make a wonderful open house gift for the holiday season!

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Wordless Wednesday


New "Keeeyaaa" Domino play time together.
Wordless Wednesday Sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Jewelry for all types of occasions

I am an earring fanatic! I may not remember to put on a necklace every day which I have a considerable amount to choose from but I always put earrings on. I admit it, I wear my favorites all of the time and end up not changing them out very much. I found PJ Lacasse's Shop in Etsy who offers a wonderful range of earrings at prices you cannot beat!

Color, texture and interest are what I look for in jewelry. PJ Lacasse's Shop offers this with designs that meet style and affordability. I like a little dangle and not a lot of big pieces on my ears and her designs offer this detail. Her coin pearl earring could have easily been a little plain but her detail of the slight wire work over the front makes them a little sassy and simple. I love the color choices such as this green and sterling earring using a decorative bead and using a peach czech bead with sterling silver findings to give it an updated antique look. Great for every day wearing with jeans or an evening out to dinner. Complete these looks with matching bracelets and necklaces or give them as a gift for birthday or holiday.





WIN IT!!!



PJ Lacasse's Shop is offering a choice of one pair of earrings to one random winner. See rules below.




1. Stop by PJ Lacasse's Shop and browse around her wonderful jewelry product. Post a comment on this post which earring designs you 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 email and post a separate comment that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about my giveaway linking PJ Lacasse's Shop and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 11/18/08 with the random winner announced 11/19/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Last call for Monkey Foot Designs Bag Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Monkey Foot Designs Wet Bag Giveaway. This is an awesome product and I use mine every week when we go to swim classes. Stop by and give them a peak.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Chubby Baby Wipe Case Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this one. And the random winner is........



janetfaye who stated "I like Chubby Baby Wipeee Case- Big Girl Cupcake."



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

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Last call for AJ's Country Cottage Giveaway


Today is the last day for entering the AJ's Country Cottage Candle Giveaway. Light a candle to fill your room with a scent to enhance your holiday or every day!

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Baby Gifts

We all do the same thing when we get an invitation for a baby shower or find out someone we know has had a baby. What do I get for the mom or the wee one? And always wanting to ensure that it is unique and not a duplicate gift. I am always drawn to bibs since they are not only essential but so personalized and so much fun to give. I found Boutique Girl Gifts has the unique bibs I so love.

Boutique Girl Gifts makes bibs with the fabric flare that I love which is fun, unique and appealing. I think a bib and burp set is always such a wonderful gift for a baby shower because it really is something that a mom generally does not splurge for. Often they are used when going out on the town, to friends or special occasions. What I love about Boutique Girl Gifts is not only her fabrics but her attention to detail. The back of the bib and burp cloth is chenille, so soft against the baby's skin and the stitch detail is a wave design. The bibs are also a perfect size, not too small or too big, covering the front of the baby just right. It is something as simple as these details that makes it a wonderful product.





WIN IT!!!





Boutique Girl Gifts
has offered one winner their choice of Bib/Burp Set. See rules below.




1. Stop by Boutique Girl Gifts and browse around her shop. Post a comment on this post which Bib/Burp Set you would choose.
2. US address only, on comment per person and please leave your 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 Boutique Girl Gifts and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment with the link.
5. Giveaway ends midnight 11/17/08 with the random winner announced 11/18/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Tackle it Tuesday


This Tackle it Tuesday is dedicated to organization. I have a storage area in the cellar(or lower level as we call it)that is basically all of the bulk food we have excess of from Costco. I have caught myself buying more of one item when I already have it here so it is time to organize it. There are also a few other items here that I have been wanted to throw away such as large glass jugs which we inherited moving in to this house. There are 4 and take up way to much room when we do not use them. They are too big to be a change jug and too big for a terrarium, not to mention I have no where else to put them.

This tackle needs to get done for the next one to follow which will be cleaning out the kitchen cabinets for next week and the week after that is painting the kitchen! I think I will post pictures of my dining room and kitchen to look for color suggestion from you all. I need some ideas for the cabinets.


Tackle it Tuesday is sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Sittercity is a mother's holday helper

Let's face it, holiday time has us running around like crazy doing everything for everyone. We cook more, clean more, go to several open house parties, pictures, there just does not seem enough time in the day for everything to come together. Add a few kids to the mix and it seems to take longer. Tyring to find a baby sitter available during this time is not easy, most have the same happening with them and they also want to spend time with their family. The solution is Sittercity.

Sittercity.com, America's largest and most trusted online sitter network, makes it fast, safe and simple to find the perfect sitter. With hundreds – even thousands – of babysitters and nannies right in your own neighborhood, Sittercity.com puts the best local sitters literally at your fingertips. Find the perfect sitter with Sittercity's four-step screening process and detailed sitter profiles that feature background checks, reviews from other parents, references, distance from you, availability schedules, photos, training and certifications, and more. Your perfect sitter is just a click away!
Sittercity is offering 10% off a membership for Life is like champagne readers by entering the code Sitter10. Now is your chance to make your holidays a little easier and less stressful. Give them a try, you may be surprised how many sitters you find in your area.
This review and giveaway was done for the Mom Blogging Network.


WIN IT!!!


Sittercity is offering up a YEAR membership to one winner, that is a $95.88 value! See rules below.


1. Stop by Sittercity and type in your zip code to see how many sitters are located in your area. Post the number of sitters on this post along with what you would use them for.
2. US addresses only, one post per person, please leave email for contact name.
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 Sittercity and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 11/15/08, with the random winner announced 11/16/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Last Call for Chubby Baby Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Chubby Baby Wipe Case Giveaway, a very stylish cool way to store your baby wipes!

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