Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bake Sweet Memories Giveaway Winner!

Big Congratulations go out to Susan S. for being the lucky winner of my Bake Sweet Memories Giveaway! I've submitted your information to the sponsor, and I'm so excited for you to get your prize pack!  Thanks to everyone for entering!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Christmas!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday yesterday.  We did something a little different this year and turned our Christmas Feast into a Shrimp Fajita Fiesta!  It was really fun!   Next year we will have a new baby to celebrate with us, (and for many years to come lol!) and so we made our last Christmas of just the two of us with a little twist.

Be safe if you're out hitting the stores today!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Bake Sweet Memories Giveaway

 Ahhhh.....the holidays are here.  It's a great time of year to blow off your diet, enjoy way to much chocolate and egg nog, and of course partake in holiday baking!  This year I used the Bake Sweet Memories site to get inspiration and yummy recipes.  My favorite was the Easy Grasshopper Bars.  They were oh so delicious and the perfect blend of chocolate and minty goodness!

Easy Grasshopper Bars
(Prep Time 10 Minutes / Total Time 1 Hour / 36 Bars


1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® double chocolate chunk cookie mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
1 egg

3 cups powdered sugar
1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
3 to 4 drops green food color

1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
1 tablespoon butter

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, stir all Bar ingredients until soft dough forms. Press into pan; bake 15 minutes. Cool about 10 minutes.
  3. In large bowl, stir all Frosting ingredients until smooth. Spread over bars.
  4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave all Glaze ingredients on High 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Drizzle over frosting. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until set. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

One lucky winner will receive:
- $25 Safeway Gift Card (also valid at Dominick´s, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Vons, and Genuardi´s)
- Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
- GladWare Sample Pack

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US Residents only.  Giveaway ends on December 29, 2010 at Midnight PST.  Winner will be chosen on December 30, 2010 and emailed.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Please make sure that I have a way to contact you!
Safeway, Betty Crocker, and Glad provided me with a gift card, information, and prize pack through MyBlogSpark.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Lalaloopsy Giveaway Winner!

Yay!  Today I won a Lalaloopsy doll from Jen Spends!   The doll that I won is called Crumbs Sugar Cookie.  Isn't she cute?

She will be the perfect addition to my art studio.  My newly painted walls are a light yellow, and my favorite color is pink, so she will be a wonderful fit.

I have my very first giveaway to organize and get posted...So stay tuned!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Winning Morning!

Good Morning!
I woke up to two winning emails this morning...Is there any better way to wake up? (Well other than a giant 12 ft tall solid milk chocolate bunny at the foot of the bed but that's another story!)

First, I had an email from Muse Reviews letting me know that I was the lucky winner of the Learning Resources Pretend & Play "Rise & Shine Breakfast" Set.  Baby on the way is going to LOVE to get a hold of this....

Then I received another email this morning from  Julie at  ToyXplosion  informing me that I was the winner of their Spin Master Bundle #2, which includes a Moon Dough Magic Barnyard  & Pop On Pals Amusement Park!

I'm so excited about all 3, and I'm so grateful for both bloggers for having such wonderful giveaways and informative blogs.  Wishing you a winning day!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

M&M's by Monet Winner!

Last night I was notified that I was the lucky winner of the M&M's by Monet Prize Pack held by Nicoles Nickels.  I'm super excited because as soon as I saw her giveaway I fell in love with the items.  I love to collect Monet vintage costume jewelry, and their new M&M's line is beyond adorable, isn't it?

I can't wait until my prize pack arrives!  I've been having a really fantastic winning month so far, and I hope my luck continues!  Soon you all will have a chance to win a great prize also! Details coming soon!


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Excuse The Mess

I'm doing some rearranging of my blog, so excuse the mess for a bit.  Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Save on Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper OR Chicken Helper Home Cooked Skillet Meals

General Mills has a new printable 35 cents off of Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper OR Chicken Helper Home Cooked Skillet Meals!  The coupon is only good until the end of this month, so hurry!

You can find the coupon here:

Saturday, November 13, 2010

November Mid-Month Win Roundup!

November is shaping up to be fabulous in the winning department!  I have so many bloggers to thank and post about, I'm just a bit behind as I've had some exciting things going on and holiday time is always nuts in our house.    Here is what I have won so far this month....

Progresso Soup Prize Pack (2 cans Progresso Soup, Soup Mug, Fitness Ball)  (ARV $20) (Already eaten - Yum!)
Pillsbury Sweet Moments Prize Pack (Free coupons, Spa and Bath set) (ARV $20) (Extra super yummy. I tried the raspberry brownies)
iMainGo 2 Handheld Speaker Case for iPod (ARV $40) (Hubby will like this!)
TaylorMade Dozen Balls - Burner TP (ARV $25) 
SKOY Cloths (ARV $8)  (These arrived yesterday - they are awesome! So convenient)
1 Year of Credit Monitoring from Quizzle (ARV $4)
Grace Lazenby Rockin Models Workout DVD (ARV $26)
Marinating/casserole dish with lid, set of skewers, two marinades, four Seasoning Mixes and bottle of Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. (ARV $20)
$20 Fandango Gift Code (ARV $20)
$1 Amazon Gift Code (ARV $1)
Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop (ARV $40)
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Hubs and I are going to watch a movie tonight, so I think I'll get some more giveaway entries in before then.  Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Paula Young Think Pink Wig

On October 18th I was notified by Still Blonde After All These Years that I was a lucky daily winner of a Paula Young pink wig of my choice.  It was a super hard decision as the selection was outstanding, but I decided on this long curly pink wig...

Awesome right?  Since I was notified on October 18th I didn't think that it would arrive in time for Halloween, but it did!  Yay! We put a black light on in our front room, and kept the rest of the downstairs dark.  So when I opened the door for Trick r Treaters all they saw was my long pink wig glowing.  It was perfect!  I love this wig because it is such high quality and will last forever. 

Big huge thanks to Shelley over at Still Blonde After All These Years for offering such a wonderful giveaway.  Her blog is so much fun to read, and she has great giveaways too! Make sure you stop by, and tell her I sent you :)

Still Blonde After All These Years

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sandra Magsamen Win from Familylicious!

Yesterday I received an adorable Sandra Magsamen plaque that I won from Familylicious Reviews and Giveaways.  I was sent the cute little orange plaque in the photo below.

It's so adorable, and I have it displayed in our kitchen.  If you haven't visited Familylicious yet I highly recommend that you pop on over.  Debra maintains a wonderful blog chocked full of great reviews and fab giveaways. 

Familylicious Reviews

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Giveaway Win Roundup!

Hi There!

I have won some really wonderful things this month, so I thought I'd share what I've won so far this month...

5 Foster Farms coupons (ARV $40)
$5 Amazon GC (ARV $5)
Coupon caddy and tote bag along with some coupons for Cook’s Ham (ARV?)
$5 Amazon GC (ARV $5)
$12 Movie Cash Certificate (ARV $12)
$5 Amazon GC (ARV $5) 
Eat Tweet Cookbook (ARV $15)
Just Argan Oil (ARV $32)
TOPOL Toothpaste (ARV $5)
Green Living By Design Book (ARV $24) $40 Credit (ARV $40)
Elmer's Glue Prize Pack (ARV $?)

I'm totally loving my Scentsy that arrived during my last blog post.  The scent is amazing and the plug-in holder is so adorable!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Athenos Artichoke and Garlic Hummus

 While shopping at Stater Brothers today, I came across Athenos Artichoke and Garlic Hummus on sale.  Just a few days ago I was thinking of making some homemade hummus, as it's very healthy and would be a great addition to my new healthy lifestyle change.   So, my discovery was perfect timing.

I chose the Artichoke and Garlic style as it sounded tasty, as well as a little different.  At only 50 calories a serving, it was a great tasting and healthy topping to some reduced fat Triscuits!  The flavor was strong, yet not too over powering, and I will be purchasing it again in the future as well as trying some of the other flavors including black olive and roasted eggplant.

Yay!  I see UPS pulling up to the house.  My Scentsy warmer must be here!  I'll tell you all about it tomorrow!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Udderly Smooth Prize Pack Arrived

Wow! I am such a happy girl today!  A few weeks ago I was notified by Crystal at Army Wife Life and Reviews that I was the lucky winner of her Udderly Smooth giveaway.  I was super excited as I love Udderly Smooth products!  We weren't sure what I was going to get - but she said that she told them that I specified in my entry that I would love to try their foot cream.

The package arrived today and to my surprise they sent me 2 full size tubes of Udderly Smooth Lotion as well as 2 full sized Foot Creams.  Also included were literally 50 sample packets of lotion, which will be awesome for my purse.

Woot!  I'm so excited!  Huge thanks to Crystal for hosting such a great giveaway!  Time to go moisturize!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day!

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.  After 100+ temps for over a week it was a nice and cool 85 today.  We took full advantage of the cooler weather, and are ready for more of the same for the rest of the week.

Having a full-time business means 7 day work weeks for me, but it's totally worth it, and I had a little "me" time today which was wonderful.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

August Giveaway Roundup!

I won some really fabulous items last month, and I thought I'd list them all for you.  I'm so thankful for each and every one of them.  I love all the new and exciting blogs that I've been finding recently, and my google reader is jam packed with reading for me!

In August I was the luck winner of....
Robby Wash Laundry Ball
Gagagougou Kushies Cloth Diaper
Fresco beach bag and towel
Culturelle and Tshirt
$5 Amazon Code
New Englad Coffee Blueberry Cobbler and a bag of Peach Cobbler coffee
Nair Shower Power Max

Monday, August 23, 2010 Winner!

When tweeting or re-tweeting I often use on the chance that I might actually win a prize, and I just won!

I won a $5 Amazon Gift Code, and I'm so happy about it.  It's just the perfect amount to rent an Amazon Video on Demand title.  I think we will rent "Date Night"!  Yay! is run by Publishers Clearinghouse.  I was giving my gift code immediately after getting a winning screen.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

StaphAseptic Winner!

The super fabulous Deb from Debs Here sent me a nice email yesterday to let me know that I was the winner of the StaphAseptic Giveaway on her blog.  Yahoo!  I could have really used it a few days ago when I cut my finger! lol

 I'm really excited to try it out as I'm such a klutz and am always running for the Neosporin.  I'll be sure to tell you all how it works!

PS:  My Robby Laundry Ball arrived today.  Wow that was so fast!  I'm going to do a load of towels tomorrow test it out.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I'm a Winner of a Robby Wash Laundry Ball

I was super excited to get an email from New Age Mamma this morning informing me that I was the lucky winner of the Robby Wash Laundry Ball! Yahoo!

I've been eyeing these laundry balls for the last few weeks, so when I saw that New Age Mamma was giving them away I got SUPER DUPER excited because (a) New Age Mamma is a fabulous blog to read and (b) I've been wanting one.

The Robby Wash Laundry Ball is made by Oransi, and apparently you can wash an entire YEARS worth of laundry with one ball.  I'm just itching to try it out!  I'll let you know all about it after I try it on a few loads.

Friday, July 9, 2010


My WellnessMat arrived yesterday and I LOVE IT!  It's amazing how instantly refreshed and wonderful my feet and legs feel after standing on it for just a few seconds. It's instant relief and comfort! 

I received the 3'x2' mat in brown, and it matches my kitchen perfectly.  I'll take a photo to share with you this weekend!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Yum! Yum! Double Betty Crocker YUM!

I love the Fed Ex man.

I love the Fed Ex man even more when he brings this to my doorstep...

A few weeks ago I was the lucky winner of the Betty Crocker Mississippi Mud Bar Giveaway from Jyl, the super sweet person from The Post-It Place.  I'm so excited to bake them up!  Today it was much to hot, but tomorrow it is suppose to be in the 80's, so it'll be cool enough to kick the oven in full gear and enjoy some chocolately goodness!  Yahoo!!!  Thanks Jyl!  Be sure to visit her awesome blog for tons of great info and giveaways!  Special thanks to Betty Crocker for putting a giant happy chocolate grin on my face!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Welcome to July

Welcome to July!  My favorite thing about summer is the fresh fruits and veggies available from farmers markets as well as from our own back yard.  This is my first year of having a few fruits and veggies growing on our property, and I'm very excited!  To prepare for my (hopefully) wonderful harvest I am reading The Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.

While I have never canned before, I have (I think) everything I need to attempt the task later this summer. Now if my blackberries and tomatoes would just grow faster!

Do you have any canning tips?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Vinyl Design & Decor Winner!

Excitement for the second time today!  I just received an email from the super nice folks at Vinyl Design & Decor informing me that I was the lucky winner of their adorable Monkey Vines Jungle Vinyl Wall Art!  I discovered Vinyl Design & Decor through a giveaway held by Brandy at You Don't Know.

Isn't this just the cutest?

I have always wanted one of these vinyl wall art pieces, and this came at a perfect time as I have a freshly painted studio that is just screaming for a cool piece of art such as this.

I had the choice of many colors, and I chose the same colors that are in the photo above. I think they will look perfect! I'll tell you all about it after it arrives!

WellnessMat Winner!

I'm so excited!  Last night I got an email informing me that I have been randomly chosen as the winner of the 3x2 Wellness Mat from The Art of Being Mom!

I have been eyeing these gems for quite some time, and so I was over the moon when I heard that I won.  I' be sure to post pics and review the WellnessMat after I receive it.

Our kitchen has a lovely tile floor, but that also means backaches and leg strain after spending any length of time preparing food or doing dishes.  So this WellnessMat is going to come in very, very handy!

I had a choice of several colors, and I chose the brown, which I think will compliment my kitchen nicely!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Review - Cream Perfume Company

A few days ago I received an adorable pot of Jasmine Floriental solid fragrance from The Cream Perfume Company.  (Visit them at  I had won this fragrance from Concrete And Nailpolish, and I was so excited to get it!  The solid fragrance comes in a super cute wood container, that is so nice that I leave it on display in my bathroom.

The scent is floral, warm, and spicy.  It is long lasting, (it stayed put well after I washed the dishes), and the solid is very luxurious and not oily in any way.  (So many solid perfumes are more icky oil than creamy fragrance).

The Cream Perfume Company has many wonderful products and scents, and I look forward to trying more.  I hope when you have a chance you will give them a try if you haven't already.  You'll be sure to fall in love as I have.

Be sure to stop by Concrete And Nailpolish for more great giveaways and info.