; Life is like champagne......: 2008-11-30

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Felted Tote Bag



This was my only knitted item I have finished this year, a felted tote bag for my sister-in-law's Birthday. It came out so good, hard for me to give it away! I think I will have to make another one........for me!

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Grandma D's Tree and Wreath Farm

Decorating for the holidays can be both fun, memorable and a chore. Finding the time between the parties, open houses, baking cookies, wrapping the gifts, shopping and cooking can be a challenge. I love to take the time to pull out all of my decorations, break out some eggnog, put on the Christmas music and give everything that personal touch. It is the sites and smells that I love about this time of year. Included in this is decorating with greens. Not everyone has all of the evergreen trees in their yard or the time to make their own wreaths and center pieces. This is why I let Grandma D's Tree & Wreath Farm help me out.



Wreaths are a wonderful addition to the holiday decorating. I love to hang my holiday wreaths up in several places such as the outside of my garage, front door and also inside my house on the back of the door! Why just have everyone who drives by the house be the only one to see the beauty of a wreath, I want to be able to see it everyday myself. Grandma D's Tree & Wreath Farm has wreaths come to you packed carefully in a box, ready to be hung. The wreaths look and smell fresh, lasting well into the holiday time. I love the use of various mixed greens, pine cones and the ribbon for the added touch. This is not just a new company that popped up overnight with a farm stand on the road, this is fifth generation family farm who supervise from the planting of the seeds to the final product you purchase. Looking for a gift to send to a distant relative or even as a house warming? Grandma D's Tree & Wreath Farm will be more than helpful picking out the wreath or center piece you would like to give, making sure they receive it in a timely manner.

Grandma D's Tree and Wreath Farm is offering a little something extra for you to help on the holidays, free shipping! All you need to do is enter the code W0834 on your order. We are all looking to save a little money in these financial times, free shipping is a wonderful offering.


This review was done for the Family Review Network.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

And the Winner is.......


I did not realize I did not pick and post the winner of the Sew Artys Drawstring or zip pouch Giveaway. Thank you to everyone who entered supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this wonderful one. And the random winner is.............


jingle who stated "These are lovely! I would choose the zip pouch in the meadow green and brown Sandi Henderson fabric."


Congratulations! Please email me your choice and mailing address asap.

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Last Call for Murdock Design Tea Towel


Today is the last day to enter the Murdock Design Tea Towel Giveaway! You've got to see the fun colors this wonderful shop uses!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


Bugaboo Girl's 2nd Birthday!


Wordless Wednesday is sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Polliwalks, sweet feet!

I have posted before that my daughter is a shoe fanatic! It is in the genes as I am, my mother is and also my grandmother. When we go shopping and walk around the shoe department, she cannot help herself in grabbing some shoes that are fun, bright and new trying them on and running over to the mirror to take and look and show me. It is so much fun to see.



Recently I was fortunate to have the opportunity to review Polliwalks. These clogs have a very cool twist on the clog scene as they are bright colors and are designed with an animal look and appeal you cannot resist! When I got the box, I had to see my daughter's first reaction when we opened them. We had gotten the Lady Bug in Bubblegum pink and the Firefly in raspberry. Of course, her first reaction was right on the money, "Oooooooooo.......mama......new shoes!" and she immediately started to point on what the shape of the shoe looked like. What makes Polliwalks shoes so unique is they are shaped like animals such as a Lady Bug, Frog or Gator. They have eyes, air holes as part of the design, back straps and the bottoms of the shoes even have detail on them such as the Lady Bug has little lady bugs imprinted on it. This makes it even more fun to leave foot prints behind at the beach! They all have a smile which in turn makes the kids and you smile when you look at them!

The big surprise was the new Polliwalks spring introduction which was the raspberry firefly. The tail lights up when the child walks, jumps or runs in them, how cool is that! They also have adorable little antennae to enhance the big smile and bright eyes on the front. My daughter just would not take these shoes off and walked around the house saying "blink" the whole time. The two spring styles of Fish Lips and Firefly are available for holiday time at select Dillards stores and Zappos if you want to get a jump start on your gift giving for summer fun.


The Polliwalks molded clogs fit really well, I had a size slightly bigger due to I want to have my daughter be able to wear them in the summer but for now she is happily wearing them around the house with socks on. Oh and don't worry about cleaning them as they can be either tossed in the washing machine or just rinsed off outside after some good wet muddy use!
This review was written for the Family Review Network.


WIN IT!!!


Polliwalks has offered up one winner one choice of the following styles:puppy, kitty, gator, duck, frog or ladybug. See rules below.


1. Stop by Polliwalks and pick check out their fun clog shoe designs. Post a comment on this post which design and color you would choose.
2. US addresses only, on post 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 Polliwalks and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 12/08/08 with the random winner announced 12/9/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Last Call for Clorox 2 Giveaway

Today is the last day to enter the Clorox 2 Stain Fighter & Color Booster Giveaway. Give your laundry a little help for the holiday.

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Old sweaters into new hats

We all know about reduce, reuse and recycle when it comes to grocery shopping, bags, and second hand clothing. But how about taking unwanted clothing and making something completely different out of it giving a new use and look? Now that is a spin on reuse and Fox Island Fancywork does just this by making felted hats from sweaters.

As soon as I caught a glimpse of Fox Island Fancywork Etsy shop, I knew their product was something very special and unique. These are not ordinary hats but works of art. They take sweaters and scarves, felt them and put together a design that is unique and one of a kind. Many hats come with felted applique flowers, buttons and stitch detail that goes above and beyond what I would expect for the such a reasonable price. I love the detail thought out that the lining inside is a satin type of material because we all cannot stand an itchy sweater so why would we wear one on our head! I love to wear hats and the only tough decision for me was which design I loved more, they are all so much fun! For the final touch, Fox Island Fancywork sends your hat with a cedar disc for storage to keep the moths away, you don't get that when you buy a sweater!



WIN IT!!!



Fox Island Fancywork has offered up a Felted Hat of one winners choice! See rules below.



1. Stop by Fox Island Fancywork to view their wonder felted hats. Post a comment on this post which one you would choose if you won.
2. US addresses only, one 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 Fox Island Fancywork and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 12/8/08 with the random winner announced 12/9/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Last Call for Girlie Bird Boutique Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Girlie Bird Boutique Giveaway for a Burp Cloth Set or a Personalized Onsie.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who has entered the Northwoods Felt Mini Pouch Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this wonderful one. And the random winner is......


valerie2350 who stated "I like the wildflower pouch :)"



Congratulations! Please email me your choice and mailing address asap!

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And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered The Sweet Unfolding Banner Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring wonderful small businesses like this one. And the random winner is......


jenny who stated "i love to try and win one for my girl i think the baby girl sing will look really sweet in her room on the wall thanks"


Congratulations! Please email me your address and choice asap!

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The Ultimate Party Meatball Recipe

I will be forever busy on the week of Thanksgiving. Not only do we seem to take on projects around the house but we are celebrating Thanksgiving, my Bugaboo Girl's Birthday, my sister-in-law's Birthday and my parents anniversary. Wow......that is a lot within one week!



As you can imagine, it is an eating fest, and it is not even Christmas yet! Besides baking cakes and pies, I like to have some quick appetizers for family/friends who drop in and also all of the events that take place this week. I do spend a lot of time in the kitchen but want to spend more time with everyone socializing. I was excited to be able to try a new recipe out some of my favorite ingredients offered by Heinz and Ocean Spray. They came up with The Ultimate Party Meatball recipe. What makes this recipe even better is there are only three ingredients to quickly throw together for a savory appetizer. All you need are meatballs, Heinz Chilli Sauce and Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce. I had the perfect event to try this out which was Bugaboo's 2nd Birthday party. I was pressed for time to finish frosting her cake, set up the balloons and put out the appetizers before we had a house full of people. Got the recipe and made it in no time flat! The meatballs were a hit and love that tangy taste. Thanks to a great combination of ingredients and time saving recipe to make my party even better!



Stop by The Ultimate Part Meatball site for other cool recipes, tips and also enter a sweepstakes to win $3000 ultimate party! I know I could use that help for the holidays!

This review was written for Mom Central.

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Last Call for the Lunch Bag Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Rick Rack Queen Lunch Bag Giveaway. Get rid of those boring brown bags and go pretty!

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Last Call for Mini Pouch Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Northwoods Felt Mini Pouch Giveaway! What a cute way to store your treasures or give a sweet gift!

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