Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
You've been eyeing the prizes, kissing up to the judges, and now... It's GO TIME! Auditions are open for Blogger Idol 2012!
It doesn't matter how big your blog is. It doesn't matter how old your blog is. The only thing that matters is that you can entertain us. We've got a scoring system in place that ensures that this is not a popularity contest, so it doesn't matter how many fans you have. For all the details on how to audition, check out the Try Out page.
Auditions will close at 11:59 PM CST on Monday, September 17, 2012, and the Top 12 will be announced on September 20, 2012. You can find the full schedule here.
Are you going to audition? If you aren't going to audition, who are you rooting for? If you know a blogger that deserves the title of Blogger Idol, send them over here!
The prizes are pretty cool, but I'm more interested in the challenge and in getting my blog's name out there a little more. These are the prizes:
Have you ever wished you could turn your blog into a book? Now you can! Blog2Print enables you to upload your blog to their site, and customize it to turn it into a book that you can have sitting right on your coffee table! Winner will receive a $150 voucher.
Second Runner Up:
Freetail Therapy offers readers the opportunity to learn about how to use coupons ethically and legally, in a way that will benefit, not only themselves, but the stores they shop at. She leans to the crunchy side and loves to promote eco-friendly companies and products. Our awesome judge from Freetail Therapy is offering a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com!
They're all pretty awesome, but that grand prize is something I would LOVE to have!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
My son and his wife are expecting my first grandbaby, and I couldn't be more excited! They already know they are having a girl, and they have decided to name her Miya Rose. Don't you just love those names together?! Miya Rose. Their due date is actually on Christmas Day so we might have a wonderful, little present at the end of December.
I, of course, have been buying baby girl clothing ever since I found out her gender, and my son is now saying, "Stop! She has enough!" but I can't help myself. It's all been from secondhand stores and yard sales so I haven't spent a great deal of money. My son wears mostly Carhartt clothing so I did spend a little bit on this little diaper cover.
In addition to all of this, Jon's schedule is so different now than it was just a year ago, and it's been a little bit difficult for me to adjust. He's working at KidsPeace again and has been since late March, and he works some days and some nights. I was used to having him home a lot more when he worked for the State, but he's so much happier now, and happiness is far more important than anything else. Oh, and he makes more money!
Emily is living at home, too. She is working full-time for the State of Maine in Ellsworth. I'm so proud of her. She pays her own way and is (most of the time) a joy to have around. She's engaged to a lovely young man who is in the Army and stationed in Georgia. Unfortunately, he is being shipped out to Afghanistan in November and will likely be gone for a year. She's figuring out how to cope with that.
So that's my life in a nutshell. It's hectic, but I guess I wouldn't have it any other way!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
As most of you know, I have sixteen-year-old twin girls - high school girls - who can be a little bit fussy. Okay, they can often be very fussy, especially about their appearances so, as you can imagine, school shopping can be a trying time for me. It seems as though the only things they are willing to wear is t-shirts and jeans. Ha, you thought that would be easy to shop for though, didn't you? It isn't. They try on hundreds of pairs of jeans and there's always something just not quite right about each and every pair <large sigh of frustration here>.
So while my girls are only wearing jeans and t-shirts every single day, they do wear many different kinds of shoes. They love shoes and can't seem to have enough pairs. As you can imagine, this can cost me quite a bit of money! Well, I learned today that Famous Footwear is having a terrific sale right now. They are offering a 15% off coupon AND a BOGO offer of buy one pair and get the second pair half off. You have saved me, Famous Footwear! Now I can make one stop, at one store, and tell my girls to pick out the shoes they want, try them all on, and then be out of there without losing every last bit of patience I might have (sorry, Girls, I do NOT have unlimited amounts of patience!). They have tons of styles all in one place and they have always had my girls shoe sizes. And I'll be spending less money! Yay!
Here's the coupon. Print it! Trust me, this will help during this difficult time! But remember, you need to use the coupon between August 2nd and August 18th.
I just learned something else today, too. Famous Footwear also offers a free Rewards Program. Just by joining and buying shoes with them, you earn rewards toward future purchases.
- Earn 1 point for every $1 you spend in-store or online
- Accumulate points to earn certificates up to $100 a year
- Discount offer just for signing up
- Other special inside discounts and perks
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
So don't forget to enter!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Right now, Shutterfly is having a contest where you can win a trip to the Bahamas! Woohoo! You also get a professional photo shoot while on vacation. You can be a star for a day.
You have to "like" them on Facebook and then you just have to add a picture with a caption. The best part, I think, is that they say they'll give you a gift just for entering. For those of you who have used Shutterfly before, you know this likely means something like a coupon for free prints or maybe even a free photo book!
I get benefits for referring you through my blog, so please, click away and enter the contest!
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Okay, I have a giant fail to share. I created the shoes for my daughter that I mentioned in an earlier post, and they are terrible! I cut out each piece of fabric like all of the tutorials explained. I attached them with a fabric glue that I found at Walmart. I wanted to use Mod Podge for fabric, but I couldn't find any at either Walmart or at Joann's Fabric.
The biggest problem with the shoes is that they are too stiff to actually wear! They are inflexible and scratchy on the inside where the fabric is folded over the edges.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Saturday, June 30, 2012
I'm proud of my girl, but I was certainly nervous, too. She left yesterday afternoon from Augusta, Maine, at 3:00 pm and arrived at Fort Stewart at approximately 1:15 pm today. She stopped only for gas, refreshments, and the ladies room.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
We were jam packed but had a fun ride down to the Ramada Inn in Ellsworth, Maine. They were singing to the radio and laughing. It was fun. About half way there, they started taking pictures of themselves. Here are a few:
And then we took some pictures of them in and around the pool and the hot tub.
They are a great bunch of girls and even though they were exhausted by the time I took them home Sunday morning, I think they all had a good time.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
You should head on over to Amy's blog and see the preview video she has there. The show looks good!