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Think Pink Giveaway

6 Oct

This is a really lovely giveaway – Nataly’s Needle is offering a big collection of crafty items to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It includes a DMC Stitch Pink Needlework Accessory Kit (which contains pink scissors, pink pouch, pink needle threader, and pink floss cards),  post it note pad, pink ribbon socks, pink ribbon tape measure, 3 pink ribbon rubber bracelets, pink leather journal, The Sweetheart Tree Tickled Pink pattern with charm, and a stitched scissor fob made and designed by Nataly.  You’ve got until Oct. 12 to sign up.

Even if Cross Stitch isn’t your craft of choice, there is a lot there that would be a pleasure to own by anyone the slightest bit crafty so head on over and put your name into the hat.  If you’re someone who would like to get started cross stitching, this would be a good beginner set to get you going.

Oooh… I want this.

5 Oct

I am a huge fan of Red Envelope – they make lovely and unique gift, baby, and home decor items.  I wear a silver claddagh bracelet from them that I’ve had for several years.  Lately, I can’t afford them, but it doesn’t keep me from oohing and ahhing everytime I graze their catalog.

So, how exciting is it that Thanks, Mail Carrier is offering a giveaway of a $50.00 gift certificate.  This giveaway’s lasting all month, so go sign up… what a nice jump on the holiday season that would be.

Speaking of tea…

3 Oct

I want one of these. A lot – look how beautiful the tea is floating freely in the cylinder… and then there is a filter so you don’t wind up with tea leaves in your teeth.

The thing is, you want the tea to have lots of room to float in the water when it’s steeping, or you don’t get full flavor out of it.. and if you’re going to drink good quality loose tea, what is the point of treating it like it’s Lipton?

So how cool is it that Mommy Told Me is currently giving one away for free?  I sure do want on, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed… there is something that just makes the heart feel good when I see a functional and beautiful tea accessory.  It even does the blooming flower teas… sweet!

Halloween Hair Goodies

30 Sep

My youngest had a great time finding or making unique outfits and hair styles – if it’s glittery, lacy, has feathers, beads or anything funky or fun, odds are she’ll be working it into an outfit for herself.

I’m planning on doing some sorting and organizing in the bathroom today, and one reason it’s becoming vital is that she needs an full drawer for her hair do-dads securely away from our curious cat.

So of course… what we need around here are more hair do-dads!

Over at Funky PolkaDot Giraffe, there are some really cute Halloween colored floral hair clips being given away.  Look at these:

This lovely black rose is attached to a clear headband – very elegant and cute!   Deanna would wear this a lot, except I would hide it and keep it for myself.  Mom’s privilege!

Not only is this nicely gothic for Halloween dress-ups, but wouldn’t that be pretty with a chic black holiday gown for the Christmas season?

Now, this little beauty is pure Deanna – bright orange, the little trio of pearl beads hiding inside.  It’s a hairclip, so it can be attached to all manner of hair styles.

Very cheerful and fun – hmm…. if I had these, I might have to hide that one too, unless she’s very very nice to me.

Do you know someone looking for some fun floral headwear for October?  Go sign up for the giveaway! Before I have time to find a hiding place!

Mmm…Coffee!

27 Sep

I mentioned that I’ve been going through a lot of changes over the last few months – here’s the one that will make everyone who knows me laugh themselves silly…. I’ve switched to a half-caf blend of coffee.

I love coffee . No, I LOOOVVVVVEEEE coffee – I’ve been known to swear I have caffeine instead of blood in my veins.  High octane, dark, rich coffee…mmm.

But it turns out that maybe my little boastful jest was a bit true – because it turned on me a few months ago, and I started feeling a racing heart beat that was no fun at all!  Off to the doctor, and home again with a list of suggestions… reducing caffeine being at the top of my list.

It felt rather like someone was saying ‘You know that last vice you love and cherish?  Get rid of it and after that why even bother to go on!”

ARGH!

Rather than completely eliminating it, I decided to avoid the killer headaches and drama, and start easing it down… a scoop of decaf this time…. a couple next time.  And kept going until I stopped feeling the scary heart throbs.

Right now I’m at half and half and that’s working for me.  The slow switch let me avoid the caffeine withdrawals and the sudden taste shift (yes, decaf does taste different!).

I have only slipped once, and the symptoms immediately returned, so now I know.

My decaf of choice is Starbucks House blend – it seems to be a very neutral blend so it plays well with whatever else I’m using.  And I do so love to try new blends, so that was important to me… because when you’re breaking a bad habit, it helps a lot to make sure that whatever is lest is high quality and fun!

Kristin at Frugality in the Making is having a giveaway of gift box from Community Coffee that includes a bag of their Crescent City Blend and a travel mug.   The coffee sounds like a smooth blend and it’s nice to be put onto this company, as I’ve never heard of them before.

Looking at their site they’ve been around forever – 91 years in New Orleans!   They have a really nifty savings program for overseas military members, too – APO/FPO addresses can get 4 bags free when they buy 4.   I like companies that remember the special challenges military members face.

They’ve also got some neat non-consumable products, like a vintage logo sign and a really sweet ceramic container for coffee that would be very helpful in storing my mixed up blends.   I may be ordering that when I can whether I win a chance to taste their coffee or not!