Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Biggest Give

Bird on a Wire is hosting an amazing giveaway on their blog called The Biggest Give. The are giving away great prizes to one lucky winner. Check out Bird on a Wire and enter today!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Win Tooth Tunes From Jolly Mom

Jolly Mom is hosting a great giveaway for Tooth Tunes. 5 winners will each receive a Tooth Tunes Turbo and a Tooth Tunes Jr. toothbrush! These are so neat so check out the giveaway at Jolly Mom and enter today!

Happy Birthday!

Today we celebrated my middle son's 9th birthday! His real birthday isn't until Christmas Day but we celebrate it early every year to make it more special. We had a great evening and his Lego cake turned out so cute.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Giveaway for 5 prizes!

Enter to win 5 great prizes from hereinsilence! Check it out and enter today!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hottest Holiday Toys for 2008

Check out this great list of the Hottest Holiday Toys for 2008 on Mamanista! There are lots of toy catergories like Creative Pretend Play and Easy Rider: Ride-On Toys so you are sure to find the perfect toys for your child. The Hottest Holiday Toys for 2008 list also contain great money saving discounts that make shopping for your childs perfect gift easy and economical!

Lady Lynn's Boutique Huge December Giveaways

Lady Lynn's Boutique is having an amazing December giveaway. They will be having 20 giveaways featuring their beautiful jewelry! Enter these great giveaways here and you may win some gorgeous jewelry for yourself this holiday!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Win a V-Tech KidiArt Studio!

Momma Findings is hosting a great contest on their blog to win an awesome V-Tech KidiArt Studio! You can see the KidiArt Studio and other great KidiCreative toys here. Enter the giveaway at Momma Findings before Dec. 10th at midnight!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Muddy Snowballs

Mommay's Mayhem is hosting a virtual cookie exchange. Check out all the great Christmas cookie recipe's and enter your own favorite for a chance to win great prizes!

Here is the recipe for my favorite Christmas cookies, Muddy Snowballs!

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
2/3 cup confectioner's sugar
1 egg yolk
11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1. In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, cream the butter until smooth. Stir in the melted chocolate and blend well. 2. Add the 2/3 cup of confectioner's sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and stir until combined. Stir in the flour and salt until smooth. 3. Add the walnuts and stir until combined. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 to 2 hours or until it is firm enough to roll into balls. 4. Heat the oven to 350. Form scant tablespoonfuls of the dough into 1-inch balls. Place the balls on two ungreased baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between them. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are set. Cool on the baking sheets for about 3 minutes. Repeat until all the dough has been used. 5. Meanwhile, stir together the 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar and cocoa powder in a shallow bowl. Carefully dip the warm cookies into the dust (that is, throw them in the mud) to coat. 6. Cool the cookies completely on a wire rack. Roll again in the cocoa-confectioner's sugar dust. These snowballs don't need refrigeration -- just store in an airtight container. Makes about 4 dozen Muddy Snowballs.

Win a Filtrete Ultra Clean Air Purifier!

If you have family memebers that suffer from Asthma like my daughter or allergies you will want to check out this great giveaway at Kids Health Notes for a Filtrete Ultra Clean Air Purifier valued at $160. The Filtrete Ultra Clean air purifier from 3M captures at least 99.9 percent of the large airborne allergens and are also effective at capturing micro particles such as pet dander, mold spores and dust mites, helping people to breathe cleaner air while indoors. Filtrete products meet the ALA’s indoor air quality guidelines. Kids Health Notes has 5 to giveaway so enter today!

Friday, December 5, 2008

An Etsy Christmas Contest - Over $750.00 in prizes!

This contest is all about promoting mom blogs and small businesses (especially run by moms or for moms). Etsy is a site that has thousands of small shops that each sell handcrafted items. I have found an abundance of shops that you guys would like!
An Etsy Christmas Contest
- Over $750.00 worth of prizes - 2 winners

The Sponsors:


This and That - $20 gift card

Red Pajamas - Little Man's Tie ($8)

Baby Luv Gifts - Cute Custom Beanie ($15)

Baby Bears - $25 gift card

My Custom Baby Boutique - $25 gift card

Baby Goin Places - PocketChanger Diaper Changing Pad ($25)

Layla Legs - $15 gift card & free shipping

Second Story Window - $10 gift card

Inspiring Color Tie Dye - Youth pullover hoodie rainbow diagonal or swirl ($30)

Baby Peas - boy or girl cloth play blocks- set of 4 ($18)

Abby Chase Designs - Lotus Hair Flower ($13.50)

Tadpoles and Tutus - $20 gift card

Make it and Love It - onesie/bootie set of choice (14.99)
PiggyTails Boutique - Christmas tutu and snowman wand with a matching personalized bow ($26)


Four Dog Day - Cute Pink Key Ring ($8)

Jupita - $20 gift card

Zeba - Coin Pearl Earrings ($20)

Jodi Horgan - $25 gift card

Across The Pond - choice of any vintage button ring ($14)

Kerstin Hanson - $20 gift card

Bath and Body

Krug's Eco-Logic - $15 gift card

Indulgent Creations - Soy candle travel tin, soap and lotion ($16.50)

koko candles - holiday brownie cupcake candles ($25)

Dazzle Dott - $20 gift certificate

Especially for Mom

Mary Zoom - Pink Polka Dot Glam Cleaning Gloves ($10)

Maggie Sue Designs -A cup cozy and coordinating set of Tame Your Mane ponytail holders ($12)Gaia Conceptions - "My Everything" piece (clothing, $40)

BoojiBoo - apron of winners choice (only ones in stock, $28.75)
Stones of Healing - $20 gift certificate Yummy Treats

A Sugar Affair - $10 gift card

Cakebox Cookies - $20 gift card

A Thyme 2 B Comforted - $25 gift card

Double Dipped Sweets - $20 gift card

KE Cookies - One dozen chocolate chip cookies ($8)

AngelPie Cookies and Cakes - One dozen decorated sugar cookies ($18)

Meg's Creations - 2 pack of cookie and brownie mix ($24 including shipping)

Cookie Art by Sarah - One dozen sugar cookie snowflakes and $25 gift certificate ($53)Paper


Paper Treasures 4 U - 2 page 12''x12'' Christmas layout ($9)

Inkspot Workshop - 1 Set of 6 Snowman Gift Enclosures 1 Set of 6 Tree Bird Gift Enclosures ($12)

Take Note - 1 set of personalized notecards ($15)

Articulations - 6 lunchbox love mini cards ($5)
For complete detail on how to enter check out Busy Mom today!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

How was everyone's Thanksgiving?

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and survived Black Friday! We spent Thanksgiving with all our family at my mother's house and had a great time. I'm not sure I have ever been so stuffed! I stayed up late Thanksgiving night and was able to get some great deals online for Black Friday at Toys R Us and Wal-Mart.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ficklets Giveaway at Peanut Butter and Pickle Reviews!!

Does your child have wearing glasses? My son will be getting his first pair of glasses this week. He has dual lazy eye, is very far sighted, and has Astigmatism. The doctor says his prescription is going to be very strong and he may resist wearing glasses. While browsing blogs tonight I found a great giveaway at Peanut Butter and Pickle Reviews!! They are giving away a pair of Ficklets. Ficklets are interchangeable, easy to attach and remove, giving you "eye-popping" options to mix-and-match depending on your interest, outfit or mood. Ficklets make eyewear uniquely you... they're your "I-candy"!! check them out at Ficklets! And enter to win your own pair at Peanut Butter and Pickle Reviews!
I'm definitely going to get my son a pair!

Monday, November 17, 2008

My email was hacked!!

I was enjoying the evening with my family and decided to check my emails after my kiddos went to be. I was shocked to find that there were hundreds of bounced email notices in my inbox from strange email addresses. I checked my sent emails and at least a thousand spam emails have been sent from my email account and all my current messages were being forwarded to some strange Yahoo email address. My internet tech help is closed until the morning but I was able to change my password so I hope that will keep them out of my account. If anyone recieved spam email titled Let's Share the Blessing from my email address I am so, so, so sorry!!! Has this ever happened to anyone else?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Snow Flurries

It was 60 degrees yesterday and now the weather forcast is saying snow flurries for tomorrow morning! I'm a little excited to see some flurries but I not ready for any accumilation. Good thing it's going to be back in the 50's this week! How the weather were you live? Have you the season's first snow?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Want to win cute kids shoes and socks?

What’s That Smell? is unique and wants your kids feet to be unique too. To enter to win a pair of U*neaks Customizable Footwear and a pair of U*neaks socks, check out this post:

U*neaks patented customizable footwear are sneaker style shoes with side clear panel windows and specially designed socks that allow kids to continuously customize their shoes by simply changing their socks. Pair the shoes with any of U*neaks’ double-sided decorated socks for footwear that’s fun and chock full of personality

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Haunted Bloggy Carnival is Here! Over $2330.00 In Prizes! International Too!

Welcome to the Wierd Stuff In My Desk Haunted Bloggy Carnival Spooktacular event! The carnival starts at 8:00 am Central time October 27th ALL WEEK and ends on November 2nd at 11:59 pm Pacific time. Comments will be enabled at that time so you won’t be able to post until then.

The winners will be contacted and announced sometime the week of the 3rd. You will have to give us some time to sort through all of the hundreds of entries. Thanks for your patience on this.

Hang on to your seats and keyboards because we have a line up of prize contributions like we have never seen before. Right now we have over $2330.00 in prizes up for grabs!! AND another $3865.00 in prizes at our sister site Bitten By Books! Check those prizes out here: If we don’t have enough prizes for your blood, remember to visit all of the other participating blogs at the main Bloggy Carnival page here.

Keep checking back here, because the list will GROW eerily larger as more companies join in on the Haunted Blog Carnival fun! If you would like to contribute a prize and promote your products, service, books or business, please email us through our CONTACT FORM.

Now I bet you are wondering just how you can win some of this spectacular loot! There are a TON of ways to win. Do to different states laws you MUST be 18 to enter. You do NOT have to have a blog to participate.

OH!! and if you like discount coupons, be sure to stop by our Discount Code Page!


Readers, here’s how to enter the contest. You can do ONE OR ALL of these things, and each one will give an additional entry and thus MORE chances to win. Check next to each contributors page to see if there are MORE ways you can get chances win.

1. Join the NEW Bitten By Books Community and start a page to talk about all things paranormal fiction! Meet authors, join in on upcoming contests an more! You can have your own blog where you can post about THIS contest (and that gets you an entry). You can start groups and chat in our forums as well as participate in live chat. Best of all it is FREE. Paranormal authors come and start fan page for yourself! Here’s the link! Sign up and join in the fun!
You get 10 additional entries for joining our community!

2. SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter here on the right hand side of the site. You MUST verify your subscription via the email the site will send you. Unverified subscribers will not be entered into the contest. This option is for new subscribers only.

3. Visit each of the sites who have contributed to our event below and pick ONE favorite item from each store and come post the LINK to that item or the page the items is on here in this post. You can do one or all of the sites, you get an entry for each business you visit and the ONE item link you post here. Try to combine all of your items into one big post. NOTE: Don’t worry if your post doesn’t show up right away or you get an error message, the spam filter on the site will catch it if there are too many links. I will approve your posts so no need to worry, if this happens please don’t post your list multiple times. Check back later in the week to see if it is up.

4. Post this blog post in it’s entirety with a link to our contest on your blog, groups, forums or websites and you will be given FIVE additional entries to win for EACH place you post. You MUST post the links where you have shared the info in one response here in this thread. The more places you post the event, the more entries you get, so spread the word! NOTE: Don’t worry if your post doesn’t show up right away or you get an error message, the spam filter on the site will catch it if there are too many links. I will approve your posts so no need to worry, if this happens please don’t post your list multiple times. Check back later in the week to see if it is up.

5. Make a purchase between 10/27-11/2 from ANY or all of the retailers participating on our page (see list below) and send us a copy of the receipt for your purchase to: racoo.smith @ (no spaces) for an additional FIVE entries. You get entries for every purchase you make. Be SURE to put WSIMD Contest Entry in the subject line so it doesn’t get lost in our spam filter. NOT valid on past purchases.

6. Read through the Weird Stuff In My Desk blog and find your favorite product review and come back here and post the LINK to it. One favorite review per contestant please.

7. Add us as your friend on Myspace:

8. Add us as your friend on Facebook:

9. Follow us on Twitter:

Be sure to mention that you are friending us for this contest so we know to enter you! All of our WSIMD updates go through these accounts since we are sister sites. That’s why the links say Bitten by Books.

10. Stumble, Digg or share the post with any social networking sites. There is a button right at the end of this post that says “Share” that you can use.

11. Twitter the URL for this event throughout the week:

12. Add Weird Stuff In My Desk to your blog roll or links page: if you leave our link up permanently you will always be entered into our contests automatically. Just be sure to stop by each contest we hold and leave the link to where it is.

13. Invite ALL of your friends! If your fiends come and post here and say you sent them, they get TWO entries and you get TWO entries! They have to tell us who you are so we know who to give the entries to. You can invite as many people as you want and get all the extra entries!

Be sure you leave a valid email and your name AND COUNTRY when posting here so we can contact you if you are the winner. We will contact the winners and request your first/last name and a valid email which we will give to the retailer whose prize you have one. It is up to the individual retailers to award your prizes. If we do not hear back from winners within one week of contacting you, you prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be chosen. We reserve the right to delete any inappropriate or inflammatory remarks or comments. Bitten by Books is NOT liable for prizes that are not delivered, awarded or lost in the mail. It is the sole responsibility of each contributor to honor their prize obligation.

And last but certainly not least A BIG thank you to our fabulous contributors!!

Here is the list of AMAZING prizes you are trying to win!

Glutenada - 2 -$65.00 gift certificates to their online store, two winners. Shipping to US and Canada only.
Glutenada offers the very best in premium, just-like-homemade, gluten-free mixes and creamy, dreamy fudge in a jar - Spoonfudge!

Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb - An AMAZING prize package including: a 12 pack Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Sugar-Free Raspberry Dark Chocolate bars, a 12-pack Dark Chocolate Sugar-Free ChocoPerfection bars, an autographed copy of paperback book “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: My Journey From Flabby Fat To Sensationally Skinny In One Year”. Valued at $106.00. Shipping to US and Canada.
Jimmy Moore Author of “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: My Journey From Flabby Fat To Sensationally Skinny In One Year”Bin Hog Designs - 2 each $50.00 gift certificates to their online store, two winners. Worldwide shipping
Custom & Personalized luggage handle wraps

*** For an additional contest entry to win go to Jimmy’s Blog and pick your favorite post, then come back and post a LINK to that post here. Only one choice is necessary.

Lathers & Lights - $100.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
Lathers & Lights is dedicated to producing quality skin care products and candles that inspire you to slow down, take a break, and pamper yourself from head to toe. You deserve it!

Beaded Hemp - 5 each $20.00 gift certificates to their online store, five winners. Worldwide shipping.
Beaded Hemp carries hand milled soaps, bath & body products, and flameless home fragrance, with over 200 scents to choose from.

Meringue - A $100.00 gift certificate to their online etsy store. Worldwide shipping
Hands-free handbags for stylish women

Jessicurl - 4 each $25.00 gift certificates to their online store, four winners. Worldwide shipping.
You Have the Right to Remain Curly!

Lathered Up - A $100.00 gift certificate to their online store. Shipping within the US only.
Lathered Up offers a diverse selection of pure and natural soaps, bath and body products for self-indulgence or wonderful gifts.

Just Right Candles - 5 each $20.00 gift certificates, 5 winners. Worldwide shipping though not included in GC amount.
JRC offers you a SAFE wickless alternative to traditional candles. No Flame, No Soot, Just Scent.

Bitten by Books Review Staff - 2 electronic copies of the epic story “Nothing But Red”. This is not a paranormal story, but it is a book with a collection of stories that impacts women worldwide. The review team of BBB would like to spread the word about this important work and encourage each of you to purchase your own print or e-book copy of “Nothing But Red” in support of woman and ultimately humankind. About the book:
“In April 2007, a group of men pulled seventeen-year-old Du’a Khalil Aswad into a mob. They proceeded to stone and beat her to death, a supposed “honor” killing for allegedly falling in love with a man of a different faith. Several camera phones recorded the entire incident from the front row, and videos later surfaced online. One month later, popular filmmaker Joss Whedon expressed his despair and outrage at the misogyny in all cultures on a fan-run blog. “Because it’s no longer enough to be a decent person,” he wrote. “It’s no longer enough to shake our heads and make concerned grimaces at the news. True enlightened activism is the only thing that can save humanity from itself. I’ve always had a bent towards apocalyptic fiction, and I’m beginning to understand why. I look and I see the earth in flames. Her face was nothing but red.” The arts anthology Nothing But Red was conceived as a way to raise both awareness of the issues he spoke of, as well as money for the charity Equality Now.” Buy the book here:
If you purchase a copy of this book and send us the reciept, you will get TWENTY additional entries!

Bauble Bath - One Holiday Gift basket valued at $75.00 with 3 scrubs (Candy Cane, Sugar Plum, Gingerbread). We three Kings bauble set (3 scented with Frankincense and Myrh). Holiday Candy Bauble set ( 8 mini baubles in a variety of “candy” fragrances ), Snowmen and Penguin bath melts. 2 soaps in cinnamon and Honey almond and 3 Lip Balms. Shipping to the US and Canada.
Thick Creamy scrubs as well as bath bombs in indulgent fragrances.

The Ivy Keep - 3 each $25.00 (Canadian) gift certificates. Three winners, shipping to US, Canada and most international countries.
Everyone has the right to affordable luxuries: beautifully crafted handmade soaps to rejuvenate your body, gourmet loose leaf teas and exotic flavored teas from around the world to rejuvenate your spirits and luscious hot cocoa treats to pamper and relax you.

Moody Bee Beeswax Lip Balm - One prize package of 15 lip balms shipped to anywhere in Canada or the US - perfect for Christmas! Valued at $65.00
All natural beeswax lip balm made by a Canadian beekeeper

Brenna Lyons - Brenna is offering PDF copies of every e-book release she has in 2009 to one winner (approx $50 value) and one signed print book of choice to a second winner (approx $15 value). Shipping to US and Canada only.
“Brenna writes milieu-heavy dark fantasy, science fiction and horror books, straight genre through erotic romance; all winners of Brenna’s materials should be age 18 or over.”
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to Brenna’s site and pick any book you would like to read, then come back here and post a LINK to that book. Only one book choice is necessary.

The Blue Raven Tea Co. - 3 each $20.00 gift certificates to their online store, three winners. Shipping to the US and Canada.
Let us delight you with our irresistible and fragrant teas. Every cup is a journey.

Crater Lake Company - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store.
Crater Lake Company specializes in providing all the luxurious necessities to transform the bathing experience into a joyful treat and soothing retreat. With a discerning eye to detail for the ingredients we use, a keen nose for unique fragrances and a finger on the pulse of the market, we are pleased to present a palette of superior products in a fun and exciting way so that you can create your own work of art in your bath!

A Woman with Scents - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
Scented soy candles and artisan soaps.

Bad Girlz Bath Co. - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. US shipping only.
“We’re the Passionate bath & body company. Check us out. We’re NOT your mothers bath & body shop, We’re Lot’s more Fun!!”

Overall Beauty - A prize package including 4 mineral eye shadows colors and one blush. $50.00 value. Worldwide shipping.
Offering pure natural mineral eye shadows and blushes we all can enjoy.

Kettlepot Soap - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. Shipping to US and Canada.
There’s something magical about Kettlepot Soap! Natural, handcrafted products for skin care.

Ugly Duckling Designs - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
We offer richly scented, hand poured candles, tarts and primitive designs.

TarotByArwen - Consultation with professional Tarot consultant, Stephanie Arwen Lynch, president of the American Tarot Association. Valued at $50.00.
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to Arwen’s Blog and pick your favorite post, then come back and post a LINK to that post here. Only one choice is necessary.

Destiny’s Creations - 2 each $25.00 Gift Certificates to their online store. Two winners. Worldwide shipping.
Handmade one of a kind art jewelry with fine silver, gemstones, dichroic
glass, and artisan lampwork beads. A modern mix of Victorian and romantic

Ginger’s Garden - A gift basket with handmade soaps and skin care worth $50.00 with your choice of fragrance. Shipping to the US only.
Come visit Ginger’s Garden for handmade soaps, skin and body care, gift baskets, toiletries, Zodiac Perfume blends, sculpted soap flowers and more.

Bovine Bubbles and Hogwash - 2 - $25.00 gift certificates to their online store. Two winners. Worldwide shipping.
Uddlerly the best darned handmade products under the sun!

Lily Gulch Soaps - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. Free shipping with this gift certificate.
Handmade 100% natural cold process soaps, unique bath & body products and natural bath accessories.

Broken Teepee Designs - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping included with this prize.
Beautiful beaded jewelry made in Montana

Pampertini - $25.00 Gift Certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
We offer a variety of pampering items for you to enjoy, whether you are a shower person or love to indulge in a tub of bubbles, come by for some ONE STOP SHOPPING fun!

Delightfully Wed - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Free shipping in the US with this gift certificate.
Visit us for your bridal shower, wedding, baby shower, party or birthday party accessories, favors and supplies. We specialize in western-themed items and handcrafted western Christmas ornaments.

Candles and Woodcrafts - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store with free shipping in the US with this gift certificate.
We provide a wide array of items from wooden soap molds and displays to wax tarts, finished woodcrafts, clocks, lighted holiday items….way to much to mention in one line so come on over and take a look!

Snowberry Creek - A gift certificate good for one Snowberry Creek Sampler box with free shipping in the US. Valued at $22.95
A box full of luxurious, fragrant samples and full-sized items for your pampering pleasure!
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to the Snoweberry Creek site, find the past e-tailers page and pick any company that contributed to their box, then come back here and post a LINK to that company. Only one choice is necessary.

Chunky Butt Candle & Bath Co. - A $30.00 gift certificate to their online store.
We specialize in wickless soy candles, soy melts, and bath and body.

Lindsay’s Candles & Stuff - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Shipping to the US and Canada.
Wonderfully pampering handcrafted candles, soaps and bath & body products.

Jojoelle - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
Quality bath and body products available in over 400 scents!

Robed in Fantasy - 1 Custom Made Pirate Shirt Value $22.00. Worldwide shipping.
Robed in Fantasy. Magical creations from the realm of imagination. We specialize in medieval reenactment/live action role play clothing, gothic inspired clothing, gowns, wedding attire and costumes. If you can imagine it, we should be able to make it. We offer custom and ready-made garments.

Sidhe Na Daire - One set of custom-made costume horns or cat ears. Valued at $15.00. US shipping only.
Celebrate the Launch of Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s Long-Awaited novel Tomorrow’s Memories, the sequel to Yesterday’s Dreams. Also, see webpage for details on how you could win a replica Scottish Claymore.
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to the Sidhe Na Daire site, find the book page and pick any book you would like to read, then come back here and post a LINK to that book. Only one book choice is necessary.

Out Of The Box Sampler - 2 each sampler boxes to two winners. Valued at $20.00 each. Shipping to the US included in prize.
We cater to finding you the best etailers in the business, all in ONE box.
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to the Out of the Box Sampler site, find the In the Box page and pick any company that contributed to their box, then come back here and post a LINK to that company. Only one choice is necessary.

Spa Secrets - A $30.00 certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
Spa Secrets offers an amazing collection of luxurious bath and body, skincare, and aromatherapy products for your home spa needs.

Flying Needle Gallery - A $20.00 gift certificate to their online store. US shipping only.
Gifts for the Body & Home. Choose from finely crafted velvet scarves, silk pillows, earth friendly napkins & handkerchiefs and more.

Designing-Diva Boutique - A $25.00 gift certificate for their online store. Worldwide shipping
Artisan handcrafted silver and fused glass jewelry and home decor adornments for mortal goddesses everywhere!

Lemming Central - 1 Sampler box. Valued at $20.00. US shipping only.
Lemming Central is the place for E-tailers to promote their products, so the consumers can find them! You will find all sorts of great new bath & body products, candles, tarts and even tea! Feed your addiction!
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to the Lemming Central site, find the Sampler page and pick any company that contributed to their box, then come back here and post a LINK to that company. Only one choice is necessary.

Things That Make Scents - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Shipping to the US and Canada
Things That Make Scents is a Jersey Shore-based candle manufacturer offering superior customer service and a diverse menu of all-natural soy wax candles and scented wax bears. With many scents available, you are sure to find a favorite! Carrying candle accessories, gift baskets, jewelry and great gift items, its your one stop shop for your gift giving needs!

Manic Trout - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
Manic Trout has a wide array of baubles and bracelets that will add a funky finesse to your next outfit.

C.A.Milson - 5 e-books of his novel, The Chosen. 5 winners. Valued at $30.00
*** For an additional contest entry to win go to Chris’ Blog and pick your favorite post, then come back and post a LINK to that post here. Only one choice is necessary.

The Pear Project - A $10.00 gift certificate to their online site. US shipping only.
The Pear Project is an online boutique that brings Artisan Goods for Everyday Life from a variety of artists and craftspeople. We specialize in bags & purses, jewelry, fine art, paper goods & household items

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fabulous Fall

I can't believe how fast the weather is changing here. The temperature went from the 70's last week to the 50's this week. The foliage is beautiful right now. It's going to be a fantastic Halloween this year.

Monday, October 20, 2008


Three weeks ago I had a miscarriage. I'm heartbroken. I've taken some time off from my blog but am starting to feel better and will try to post more often.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Diaper Horror Stories and A Chance to Win Huggies!

As parents we have all had at least one diaper horror story. Whether it's the diaper that sprung a leak on grandma's new couch or the poopy mess that took a whole can of Lysol to clean we all have had that dreaded parent moment. M80 Parents blog is hosting a great giveaway for just these "priceless" parentling moments. You can win great coupons for Huggies diapers and wipes just by sharing your story. Enter HERE today!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Excited and A Little Scared!!

As you might have guessed by the new button on my sidebar I have recently found out we are expecting a new bundle of joy! Talk about a big surprise!!! I found out about a week and a half ago and I'm just now getting over the shock. I'm so nervous about this pregnancy! My three kiddos were all born premature and I spent substantial amounts of time on bed rest and in and out of the hospital with each one. I'll be sure to keep everyone updated on how we are doing!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Is This Really August!

What an amazing week! I can't believe how perfect the temperature has been here! Everyday was in the low to mid 80's. I can't believe this is really August. How's the weather been where you are?

Friday, August 1, 2008

How was everyone's week?

I hoped everyone had a great week and survived the Bloggy Carnival! There were so many great blogs that I found and I enjoyed this carnival so much!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

What's you favorite ice cream flavor?

My all time favorite ice cream flavor is Cherry. It can be cherry with chocolate, vanilla and so on as long as it has cherries! What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
Moms in a Blog is having a great ice cream contest for ice cream from Check it out today!
I would love to win some really great cherry flavored ice cream because I work outdoors all day and it's such a treat to have a bowl of delicious and cold ice cream when I get home!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Rain, Rain GO AWAY!!

I can't believe it's rained so much here recently! While it's been nice having some extra days off we have lost so much income from our small business. )-: It looks like tomorrow is clear so it's back off to work but then they are calling for rain again Wed. UGGH! Every summer it's either to dry or to wet. On the bright side at least everything is still so green and beautiful this year!

Thursday, July 10, 2008


While working with my husband today I was trimming a small patch of grass near the parking lot of a resort we take care of. There was apparently a broken glass bottle hidden in the grass and when my trimmer hit it a large piece of glass flew up and cut my leg. Ouch!!The cut was pretty deep and wide. As a former nurse I know it probably needed a few stitches but I was trying to be tough and had him drive my to the pharmacy for the butterfly bandages and cover. It's been so tender tonight. If it's not feeling a little better by tomorrow I'm going to have to give in a go to the doctor. We are so busy right now. This is a horrible time to have to be slowed down with an injured leg! Here's to hoping I heal quickly.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

How everyone's summer?

I hope everyone has been having a great summer! I've been really busy working with our small business. The work is hard but the great news is I lost 20 lbs so far. I'm finally fitting back in all my prebaby clothes! Has anyone taken any great vacations this summer?

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sorry I haven't posted recently

I have been so busy helping my husband with our landscaping business. I'm just so tired when I get home most evenings and haven't had alot of spare time on my hands. I hope everyone is having a great summer!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Win P.B Loco Peanut Butter from A Wrestling Addicted Mommy's Blog!

When I found this great contest to win delicious adult flavored peanut butter from P.B.Loco at A Wrestling Addicted Mommy's Blog I knew I had to enter! I am a peanut butter fanatic and usually eat peanut butter at least once a day! P.B. Loco has so many amazing flavor combonations my mouth is already watering. I will be definitely be ordering some really soon!! You can enter for yourself here!!!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Win a $50 Gift Certificate From Vinyl Attraction!!

A Bookworm's Diary is hosting a great giveaway to win a $50 gift card to Vinyl Attraction. They have so many great designs that you are sure to make any room special and their site offers lots of design idea's so you can become inspired. Hurry and enter today because the contest ends May 14!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I've been so busy!!

I haven't been able to post as much to my blog this month because the mowing season has begun and I have been so busy helping my husband with his business. Boy am I tired!! I hope to be able to do some extra catching up on the weekends and I look forward to getting caught up reading my favorite blogs!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Win Great Products From The Lote Tree

From Dates to Diapers and beyond is sponsoring a great contest to win some fabulous beauty products from The Lote Tree! Check it out and enter today because the contest ends at midnight on April 21st!!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

How we choose our son's name

With my last child I was having a horrible time finding names I liked. After months of looking I happened to read and article in our local newspaper about a little boy. I loved his name so much that my husband and I decided that was what we would name our son. Share your own story on how you picked your babies names and you could win $50 to!! Hurry and enter today because the winner will be announced April 7 at 9:00 PM! Visit today! $50 Gift Card to

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


Today was such a great day! The sun is out and it's almost 60 degree's outside. I actually spent the whole afternoon outside playing with my youngest kiddo. How was your day?

Friday, March 28, 2008

Meet The Moms Behind Mommies United!!

If you haven't checked out Mommies United do it now! The goal of Mommies United is to bring Moms from all over the blogosphere together in one place. And what a fun place it is!! The site is filled with tons of great mommy advice, tips, stories and fabulous giveaways. This is your chance to share you experiences with other moms and learn some really helpful new things that are sure to help make your life a little easier.

The mom behind Mommies United are:

Christine - She host the great blog From Dates to Diapers and Beyond. She is a mom to 6 children including a set of twins! She states on her blog "I am always looking for ways to make family life FUN, and the products and services that help us do just that!!"

Shanda - She hosts the blog Parents with Style! She is a Momprenuer, Former Model, Make up Artist, Editor and mother to 2 beautiful children. She also ownes the fabulous children's boutique Lemon Kisses

Kristin- She hosts the fabulous blog An Ordinary Life which she started in Dec. 2006. As a busy mom to a 2 1/2 year old daughter Kai she offers readers lots of wonderful advice products and giveaways to help make parenting a young child easier!

Amanda - She hosts the cool blog Amanda. As a mom to 2 girls she offers lots of great product reviews and giveaways on her site. Amanda also owns Simply Sweet Boutique where she sales adorable headbands, bows, clippies, lounge sets, announcements and baby layettes.

Mommies United is having a blog party!

While browsing through blogs today I found a wonderful new blog called Mommies United. This is a wonderful site hosted by moms Christine, Kristin, Amanda, and Shanda. The smart ladies at Mommies United post fabulous product reviews and discussions and partenthood. They frequently host cool new contests for products that all partents really need. They are hosting the Mommies United Mega Launch Party until March 31 where you can win fabulous prizes and find lots of wonderful new blogs so check them out today!

For those who are new to my blog I would like to introduce myself. I am a busy mom of an 11 year old daughter, and 8 & 5 year old sons. I work part time as a nurse and help my husband run our small landscaping business. My life can be soooo hectic at times but I'm loving every moment of it!! I enjoy connecting with other mom online and am always looking for new products to make my life easier. Thanks for visiting by my blog!

My four favorite prizes are:
Positive Chicks is giving a Hoodie and tote
Girl Mogul is giving 10 sets of Mother, child shirts, (their choice of design) and 3 $20 gift cards to her site! Also a 10% coupon - the code is gmmu1001 for 10% off purchases throughout the MEGA Launch
Alli's Originals is giving a $35 gift certificate
Lemon-Kisses is giving some smart mom jewelry

The grass is finally turning green!

I'm so excited! Almost overnight it seems the grass in my yard has turned green. This is the best time of the year for our family. I get to be outdoors and enjoy my flowers and my husbands business kicks into high gear. Now I have to wait patiently for my beautiful Lilac bush to bloom. Then my yard will be fill with the most beautiful scent of Lilac!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Win a gift certificate to from 5 Minutes For Mom!

Don't you just love the feeling that a fabulous pair of jeans gives you? I love wearing my favorite jeans. They highlight me in all the right places and help hide my flaws. Every woman should own at least one pair of perfect jeans. Thanks to the wonderful ladies at 5 Minutes For Mom you now have the chance to win a gift certificate for $200 to so you can find you own dream pair. Enter today because the contest ends March 31!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Days

I hope everyone had a great day and didn't get pinched! Our family celebrated St. Patricks Days with a supper of Corned Beef, cabbage and potatoes. I'm not sure my children were so thrilled but I love it!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Purchasing a New Vehicle

Well, I spent all day yesterday with my husband at a local car dealership purchasing him a new work truck. I forgot how sneaky some salespeople can be. After spending hours trying to get them to come down on price we finally got a deal I felt good about. Why does buying a vehicle have to be so difficult?

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Is Winter Ever Going To End!

I'm beginning to think winter is never going to end. I definitely have a bad case of cabin fever. My kiddo's are going bonkers having to stay indoors so much and it's starting to take it's toll on my cleaning effort. UGGH!! I worry that with an early Easter this year we will have to celebrate indoors this year instead of outside. With over 20 children in my family it's going to be crazy. How are your families surviving this long winter?

Monday, February 18, 2008

Great review site for teen lit!!

If you are mother to a teen or preteen you have to check this great site out! It has in depth reviews of great Christian books your teens will enjoy. Check it out today!

Two Moms In a Blog!

Two Moms In a Blog are hosting a contest to win a beautiful Silver or Gold plated 12 language mother’s bracelet. Hurry on over to have your own chance to win and enter yourself today!

C - Constantly in motion
H - Happy
R - Really great family
Y - Young at heart
S - Sassy
A - Always dreaming
N - Nosey
T - Tired!
H - Hungry for chocolate
E - Enjoying my life
M - Making memories with my children
O - Obsessive about Lost and Survivor
M - Moody
S - Silly

Monday, February 11, 2008

Win a Gorgeous Necklace!

Teresa is holding a new contest over at her personal blog. Those entering have a chance at winning a beautiful floral necklace created by Lori Jaclyn. She’s willing to ship the prize anywhere, so anyone is eligible to participate!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

My Cousin Was Shot In The MO City Hall Shooting.

This has been such a horrible and sad week. My cousin Todd was shot in the hand by an mentally unstable man who gunned down a police officer in the parking lot then entered City Hall in Kirkwood, MO and shot another police officer, 3 council members, the mayor and my cousin who is a newspaper journalist there reporting the city council meeting. The gunman was then shot and killed by police. I cannot believe that someone could become that upset that they would do so much harm to other human beings, especially my cousin who was just there reporting a story. I don't even want to imagine what might have happened if the shooters gun was aimed just a couple of inches closer. It feels so surreal that this has happened to one of my own family members. You see these horrible stories on the TV and you feel so upset and sad for the families but it never seems possible that something like this could affect your own family.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

It's Hailing!

Yuck! What a drab and dark day. It snowed Thursday and my children were out of school Friday. Saturday the weather finally warmed up and all the snow melted but now today it's misting rain with hail! I'm not sure I have ever see so much hail arrive with so little rain. My husband and I raced to put our vehicle in the garage and I'm so glad we did because the yard has so much hail it looks like snow. My kiddo's are going stir crazy being stuck inside so we decided to build a big castle out of blocks. It been alot of fun but my living room has been over taken. LOL! I've always wanted to be the queen of my own castle and thanks to my children today I officially am. (-: So how has the weather been in your area?

Friday, February 1, 2008

Two Great Giveaways at The Sailors Wife

The Sailors Wife is hosting two great giveaways one her site! Check her site out and enter today because the contest end Friday at 6 PM Pacific time. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Win an amazing MP3 player from An Island Review!

An Island Review is hosting a fabulous giveaway for a Insignia Pilot Video MP3 Player with Bluetooth Headphones! This is an amazing MP3 player with tons of great features! You can check the Insignia out ot Best Buy

Be sure to enter An Island Reviews giveaway soon because the winner (maybe you!) will be choosen on Feb. 2nd.
You can enter the contest here:

Win a beautiful picture frame!

Sugar Bend Farm is hosting a great giveaway for a beautiful picture frame. Giveaway ends soon so enter today!

....and the rest is history is having a contest!

This is my favorite silly shot of my youngest son. I gave him is first big lollipop and the smile on his face says it all! You can enter your own picture and see others at

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Great costest at Scribblescratch!

Teresa is running her first contest of the year over at her personal blog. You have a chance to win a beautiful turquoise bracelet created by Lori Jaclyn. She’s willing to ship anywhere and that means anyone is eligible to participate and win.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Win a years worth of Drops laundry detergent!

Seven Dogs and A Baby is host a great giveaway on their blog for Dropos laundry detergent. One lucky winner is going to recieve a years supply! Stop by and enter today because the contest ends Feb. 4th at Midnight!!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

A great food blog and a great contest!!

A Cowboy’s Wife is having a contest on her food blog! You can win a Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer and she’ll ship anywhere so everyone is eligible!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

It's been a long weekend. With the daytime highs only in the teens the kids have spent the whole weekend indoors. They were going stir crazy so we have played lots of board games and cards. Yesterday afternoon we made chocolate brownies with cherries I had frozen from my cherry tree. They made a huge mess but we all had alot of fun and the brownies tasted great. School is in session tomorrow as a snow makeup day so in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. we watched his "I Have a Dream" speech online today. It was nice to discuss with them what they thought of his speech and their feelings.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Raging Rouge is a great site for all your beauty and cosmetic needs. Raging Rouge is filled with great reviews, how to articles and tons of discount codes to make all you beauty shopping easier. They are holding a great contest to win almost $400 of great beauty products until Feb. 2, 2008. Stop by today and enter because you won't want to miss this great contest!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Great contest at a great site!

I love reading about new products online. I recently came across the blog for Homemaker of the 21st Century. They are hosting a great contest to win your own pair of Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker Jeans. Check them out at Win Free Jeans ~ Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker at the Homemaker of the 21st Century!

Hello Everyone!

Hello eveyone! This is my first blog posting so I hope eveyone will bear with me as I learn the ropes. I am a busy mom of three beautiful children ages 10, 8, and 4. I own a small lawncare and landscaping business with my husband and enjoy spending lots of time outdoors.