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A Life Full of Laughter: September 2011

"All that I'm after is a life full of laughter...."

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Flowers Online

I am surprised every day at all the things you can purchase online.  Who would've ever thought that someday you could find online flowers?  But there are lots of website where you can buy flowers to be delivered to anywhere in the United States or the world for that matter.  I think this is such a great idea!  Many people that want to send flowers are busy and can't really head out to the local florist shop.  Now, instead, they can just surf the internet, look at all the beautiful pictures, pick out something fabulous and process their order.  So easy!

Once the order has been processed and the beautiful flowers have been delivered, the recipient will need to spend some time preparing them for display.  One great recommendation is to use an additive to extend the life of the cut flowers. These are just suggestions of things that help to keep the newly delivered flowers as vital and fresh as possible for as long as possible.  Some ideas include cutting the stems of the flowers diagonally under running water, adding sugar or plant food to the water, or sterilizing the vase before putting the flowers in.

I really love to get flowers delivered, whether they are from the local florist or from an online shop.  As long as they are pretty and smell good then I am happy!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sewing Lessons

While I was at the doctor's office today for my check up I was visiting with the nurse.  I like her so much!  Anyhow, we were talking about Ashley going off to college and about how Tom teases me that I'm going to have to get a job now.  I told her I'd much rather stay at home and work on my knitting, quilting, crochet, reading and blogging!  She said that her daughter, who is 12, really wants to learn how to sew but she isn't crafty at all.  She said she had the perfect solution.  I could teach her daughter to sew and she could pay me.  She's supposed to be talking to her daughter and calling me this weekend to make arrangements.

Now, my first thought was that I'd do it for free since I was so thrilled to hear about a child wanting to learn to sew.  But then I thought that might offend her mom....I really feel like she wants to pay me as well as buy the necessary supplies.  I think she likes the idea of me teaching her instead of taking her to a store like Hobby Lobby or Jo Ann's. 

So, what would you charge?  I really have no idea!  OH, and any ideas on something simple to start with.  I was thinking maybe a pillow?  Or a pillow case?  Then later we could move up to a rag quilt if she wanted.  What to do you think?  Thanks for the help!!

Bye,
Lisa

Raw Honey Giveaway #2

The Mohawk Valley Trading Company offers the highest quality organic and unprocessed natural products they can produce such as maple syrup  and raw honey.

Their raw honey is unpasteurized, unfiltered, unprocessed, unheated, unblended and is available in 5 varieties. Raw honey contains all of the pollen, live enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics in the same condition as they were in the hive.

For eons, honey has been used for coughs, it is a safe alternative to over the counter cough syrup especially for children; Cough Medicine vs. Honey

MVTC is sponsoring a give away of one, 1# jar of their Adirondack Wildflower Autumn Honey (estimated value $16.00 SHI included)



Awesome right?!



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Shop Share Earn - $175 VISA Giftcard Giveaway

I have teamed up with Jennifers Savings to bring you this wonderful giveaway offered by zuuzs. One lucky winner is going to win a $175 VISA giftcard!!!
Let me tell you a little about zuuzs, a site where you can Shop great stores, Share deals and opinions, and Earn cash. Not only can you enter for a chance to win this $175 VISA Giftcard-zuuzs also has a $1000 Shopping Spreestakes going on right now that you can earn entries just by joining and inviting your friends. 
Why should you join zuuzs? zuuzs offers you cash back rewards, called zuuzs FUNdzs, on all of the purchases you make through the site. But that's not all! You will earn FUNdz from friends and family that you have invited to join your zuuzs Circle of Friendzs. When a member of your Circle of Friendzs makes a purchase, she earns cash back on her purchase and zuuzs pays you a bonus (40%), too, for introducing Zuuzs to her. Your zuuzs Circle of Friendzs includes members that you have invited directly (Direct Friends), and the people that they have invited (Indirect Friends). You will earn 25% FUNdz from your Indirect Friends!!!
zuuzs sends out a check every month on the 21st with the FUNdz that you have earned. You don't have to wait until you have tons of FUNdz in your account, if you have $10 in FUNdz, you will get a check. zuuzs is also working on getting a reloadable debit card so that your FUNdz can be put directly on your card!
I don't know about you, but I am loving the idea of earning extra money each month just by making my purchases online and sharing this great site with my family and friends. Thank you to zuuzs for offering this $175 VISA Giftcard for us to share with one of our lucky followers. Let us know if you are one of the lucky ones that win the Shopping Spreestakes from zuuzs also!
*Just a note-With the new changes on Facebook, make sure to create a new List for all of the pages that you like. When you do this, all you have to do is click on the list that you make to see the posts from the pages you like. Make sure that you do this several times during the day in order not to miss any new giveaways, freebies, great deals, etc.
Good Luck and Start Shopping, Sharing, and Earning with zuuzs!



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Winners of the Rafflecopter Giveaway Roundup

I sure appreciated Aprile, from The Steady Hand, allowing me to work on this awesome giveaway with her!  It was tons of fun & I'd love to do it in the future.  Here is her post about the lucky winners....

Winners of the Rafflecopter Giveaway Roundup

By The Steady Hand, on September 27th, 2011

Thank you so much to everyone who entered this great giveaway!

Much love to all of our awesome sponsors:
Beautiful Swag Store Etsy Shop
Author Michele Sfakianos
Tea Cup Pillows Etsy Shop
Lemon Pie Etsy Shop
Kyandkin Etsy Shop
MelanSol/Pure Sunscreen
Lovable Labels
DarkReds Band
Custom Leather Jewelry Etsy Shop
Lizzie Jane Oliver Etsy Shop
Letter Learning
Web Designs Your Way

And here are the lucky winners…all confirmed

Runner-up #1: Tiffany B.

Runner-up #2: Elizabeth O.

Runner-up #3: Adrienne H.

Runner-up #4: Theresa

and the GRAND PRIZE WINNER is Cheryl R.

Congrats everyone!

Custom Made Hoodie Giveaway

Crooked Brook offers two types of custom hoodies:

1. Custom Hoodies - Brand name pullover or zip front hoodies personalized with embroidery, appliqué, tackle twill or a combination of all three.

2. Custom Made Hoodies - Hoodies made from an individual pattern according to a customer’s measurements, fabric and style specifications.

Today's Custom Made Hoodie giveaway is a black and green velour, women's pullover hoodie-dress with a contrasting kangaroo pocket, cuffs, collar and waistband. Boxer robe style hood and cuffs, with a plunging v-neck…Size Medium. Here are a couple pictures...

(This is the actual hoodie up for giveaway!)



(This is just a reference picture of someone wearing the hoodie!)

Awesome, right?!?



Raw Honey Giveaway

The Mohawk Valley Trading Company offers the highest quality organic and unprocessed natural products they can produce such as maple syrup  and raw honey.

Their raw honey is unpasteurized, unfiltered, unprocessed, unheated, unblended and is available in 5 varieties. Raw honey contains all of the pollen, live enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics in the same condition as they were in the hive.

For eons, honey has been used for coughs, it is a safe alternative to over the counter cough syrup especially for children; Cough Medicine vs. Honey

MVTC is sponsoring a give away of one, 1# jar of their Adirondack Wildflower Autumn Honey (value of value $16.00 SHI included)



Awesome right?!



Looking for "Made with Love" Sponsors

I have the opportunity to take part in a wonderful giveaway event!  It's called the "Made with Love" giveaway hop and will run from November 8 to November 13.  There are going to be approximately 120 bloggers taking part, with the cap being set at 150.  All giveaway postings will be connected by links to the other giveaways.  This is a huge opportunity to build traffic to your business!

Each prize must be a handmade item. Anything from baby blankets, jewelry, food, clothing, etc. as long as it is handmade. Prizes may include blog design, since that is technically handmade. Gift Certificates to handmade shops are also allowed. No discounts, please (example: $10 off $20 purchase). 

Prizes need to be valued at $25.00.  This can be one prize from your store for that amount, or I can combine prizes from multiple stores.  Also, there can be more that one prize pack so we can have lots of sponsors if the interest is there.

Please contact me through email or by leaving a comment down below.  This is a perfect opportunity for Etsy or Artfire business owners as well as individual crafters. If you have a business making handmade items and are looking for added exposure please contact me!  We can draw attention to your business through entry tasks such as visiting your site and commenting on what they like, following you on twitter, becoming a facebook fan and anything else you'd like!  I'm open to suggestions!

Bye,
Lisa

Need to Get Organized!

I really, really need a schedule.  I am so frustrated with myself because I waste so much time on this computer every evening.  When we're eating lunch, I always think that I'm going to get so much done this evening.  But then Tom leaves for work, I get on the computer to check my email and next thing I know it is dinner time!  Time just flies on here.  I have been doing a lot of "important" things like working on Central Ohio Binky Patrol paperwork, doing some schoolwork, and tons of blogging things.  I'm researching potential sponsors, putting together giveaways/reviews, joining blog hops, building followers, forging relationships with other bloggers and just working on this blog!  I love doing those things & I know it'll pay off in the future, but there are still things I need to do away from the computer as well.

I need to clean, get the donations put away from Central Ohio Binky Patrol, work on old knitting/crochet/quilting projects, read the books I need to review for my blog.  The two big ones are cleaning and crafting.  I hate to clean, as anyone who knows me can tell!  I have to do it though. I really think if I could just get myself on a schedule it would be so much better.  I also really miss crafting....especially quilting!  I have so much beautiful yarn, fabric and supplies, not to mention all the unfinished objects (UFOs!!) that have been ignored for way too long.

Anyone have any suggestions?  How do you schedule your time?  How do you handle your UFOs?  I know I've asked this in the past but this time I'm serious - - - well atleast at this moment I am, lol!  How about you bloggers?  What type of schedule do you follow?  What blogging chores do you try to get done every day?

Bye,
Lisa

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fun evening

What a great night tonight!  I went to visit my brother, Nathan, and his wife Staci.  They have three kids who are just adorable!  Anyhow, I had missed their oldest son's birthday party because of a migraine so I wanted to take him his present.  They invited me for dinner & since Tom was at work I jumped at the offer.  It was a nice evening!

Staci made chicken & noodle soup and I am telling you....it is the very best chicken noodle soup I have ever had!  Delicious!!  She had made it when Tom had his gall bladder out over a year ago and I was hoping she'd make it again tonight.  She didn't disappoint me!

Guess what else....Nathan went to a Steeler's football game a few weeks ago and he got me something.  Can you guess what it is?  You'll never guess...........here it is.....

Isn't it awesome!! Now I can wave it all around during the games.  Tom is just thrilled, lol!  Not really but that is only because he loves the Browns and they aren't nearly as good as the Steelers! :)

What a great night.  Plus tomorrow Tom and I are going to visit Ashley at college.  I sure can't wait to see her.  We're taking Juni, our 100 pound black lab who is shedding terribly, with us.  What were we thinking?  Oh, I know....that it would make Ashley happy!  Serious, we are so excited to see her.  She's doing so great at college and it'll be nice to meet some of her new friends.

Bye,
Lisa

Friday, September 23, 2011

America's Supernanny

I am so excited to share this opportunity with you!  I absolutely love the show "Supernanny" and feel like she's helped lots of families.  When I heard about this new shows, "America's Supernanny", I couldn't help but look into it more deeply.  I think this is going to be a great show!  And what an opportunity to actually be part of the show and get some help for your family!  Check it out.....


CASTING FAMILIES FOR AMERICA’S SUPERNANNY

Are you at your wit’s end with your children?  Could you use the help of a child expert? Shed Media is relaunching the hit television show, Supernanny, with a new homegrown American nanny. We are currently casting families with 2 or more children who are in need of the Supernanny’s help and expertise.
APPLY ONLINE AT SHED MEDIA
 
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