Saturday, November 28, 2009

Paco + Lupe

Paco + Lupe is a Canadian based handmade biz that's creative designs are 100% original and handmade. Paco + Lupe uses mostly biodegradable materials without sacrificing quality, durability and style. They have to contribute even just a little to make our world a little less sick.

I was fortunate enough to win a Paco + Lupe bag in a blog giveaway this summer. I must say, the bag I won is one of the most durable, fashionable and versatile handbags I've ever owned. Below, you'll see see the Fields of Joy bag I was lucky enough to receive!

Fields of Joy- $88 (on sale)

Other beautiful bags that have caught my eye are:

But Paco + Lupe doesn't make just handbags, but also pillows and quilts too!!!!
You all know that you could use a great new bag for the Holidays, so why not venture over to Paco + Lupe's online store and get yourself something nice to put under the tree!!!! :)

Win a Kindle from Noobie!

I just entered a contest to win a free Kindle from Noobie (worth $259!) and I wanted you to have a chance to win one too!

Win a brand new Kindle!

All you need to do to enter is to click the link below or copy and paste it into your favorite Internet browser:

Be sure to read the email you get from Noobie after you register. You'll get your own unique link that you can use to earn even more entries in the drawing!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Turkey coma!

I hope everyone had a super fantastic Thanksgiving, filled with lots of calories, family, friends and love :)

For the first time, my husband and I stayed home and did our own thing. We bought a turkey fryer and tested it out.... I must say, for someone who hates fried food, it was pretty good!!!!! I just didn't eat the skin :)

Today's Black Friday deals seemed to have a lot of people out standing in lines at 4am to snag a good buy. Me, well I stayed online last night on Amazon and stalked their awesome Black Friday deals. I scored a 14 piece Pyrex bowl set with lids for only $12.88! I only bought it because it happened to be one of the items on my Christmas list this year!!! Lucky me!

For being a loyal Twitter follower, I also won a $100 giftcard to the Woodburn Company Stores (local outlet mall) and went and bought lots of things from PetSense with it! My critters will for sure have a stellar Christmas! I got lots of treats (mostly healthy), some dog food, and a lot of little toys for the cats. Sawyer seems to make most of their toys disappear! lol

Now, whatever will I do with the remaining 2 days off I have :) Housecleaning? Christmas decorating? I'll take both! I can't wait to get the lights and yard decorations up. I'm feeling Christmas already!!!!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Win a $50 Visa Gift Card!!!!!

Today's post is featuring a super great giveaway!!!!!

A Daily Dose of Toni has partnered up with Kleenex Anti-Viral to offer readers the opportunity to try the product for themselves, as well as win a $50 Visa Card!!!!!!

Check out Kleenex's Battle the Bug for more information about the product, as well as tips on how you can battle the bug and stay healthy this cold winter season!

I know I'm doing everything I can to avoid going down for the count, which is really hard when you work around a lot of people!!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Chase is giving non-profits $5 million!

Chase is giving $5 million in grants to non-profits across the country. PLEASE VOTE FOR UNITED WAY OF THE MID-WILLAMETTE VALLEY!!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lemondrop Photography

Shauna, of Lemon Drop Studio recently started venturing more into photography and boy is she incredibly good!!!!! You can see her work and get more information about Lemon Drop Photography here. She is offering mini-sessions in December if you're in the Portland area and want to take her up on some beautiful pictures. :) Great gift for the holidays too!!!!!

Lemon Drop Studio has some pretty fantastic items in stock, so take some time to check out the Etsy shop! Great for the Christmas season, are these Do Not Open Til Christmas tags.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tik Tok on the Clok

If you're into very upbeat, dance your socks off, electro-pop type music.... You'll dig this song!!!!!

Tik Tok by Ke$ha. Check it out here

Win an apron from the Apron Goddesses!

What woman now days, doesn't need an apron!?!?!!? I seem to always wear black in the kitchen and get stuff all over me.... or when I do the dishes, I always get water on me!

Ladies, here's your chance (and mine he he) to win a REALLY CUTE apron, thanks to The Apron Goddesses!!!!! They are giving one lucky winner a fabulous apron of your choice from Aprons by Julie

Hurry, giveaway ends soon!!!!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Social Media

Did you know......

1 out of 8 couples married in the US last year met via social media? Crazy isn't it!!!!! Well, I can attest to being one of those statistics.

Check out this video to see how social media is impacting our world and lives on a daily basis!

Social Media Revolution

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Big Huge Labs

Can I just give a shout out to !?!?! I've had so much fun playing on their site, making crazy pictures!!!!

Here's a few!

Izzy's Friends

I'm sooooo glad that today's post is dedicated to my good friend Rheanna who just opened her first Etsy shop!!!! Please check out Izzy's Friends ! Rheanna makes the cutest collection of Bit of Whimsy dolls, animals and stuffies. Rheanna is the mother of a 18 month old beautiful little girl, Isabella. The inspiration for the shop and Rheanna's desire to create beautiful dolls.

An interview with Izzy's Friends mastermind, Rheanna Magee.

Kara: How did you come up with the name for the shop?

Rheanna: From watching Izzy play with her "friends".

Kara: What made you decide to open an etsy shop?

Rheanna: I enjoy watching Izzy play with her friends I have made her. After seeing pictures and hearing stories of other happy kids and their friends, I thought I could open a shop to reach more people. My goal is to offer adorable hand made items at prices everyone could afford.

Kara: Which of the Bit of Whimsy patterns are your favorite to make and why?

Rheanna: I think my favorite so far has been the bumble bee. It has many different parts to it and the wings are super cute!

Kara: Besides making friends for Izzy (and now many others) what are your other hobbies as a Mom?

Rheanna: I have rekindled my love of sewing and I am working on dresses and creating my own doll and plushy designs. I also enjoy reading, playing with Izzy and watching her grow.

Kara: Have you ever had any "oops" moments while trying to create something for Izzy?

Rheanna: Oh, yes! When I first started out, I had a terrible time getting ears and arms straight and even. One of Izzy's monkeys is completely lopsided!

Featured above:
1. Sleeping Owl
2. Bumble Bee
3. Lamb
4. Girly doll and Monkey

Friday, November 06, 2009

Artists of the week: November 6th.

It's been a while since I've been able to sit down and write a blog!!!! This post is for the music of the week that I've found has gotten me through the long days, car rides, trips to the store and cleaning the house!!!!!

Cascada: Evacuate the Dancefloor
Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys: Empire State of Mind
Ke$ha: Tik Tok
Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem: Forever