Monday, August 31, 2009

Dear Anonymous, **Update**

Thank you so much for your concern in my wardrobe decisions. I was not aware that Juicy Couture was only designed for 17 to 27 year-olds. Can you please forward me the official rules on age appropriate clothing and maybe suggest a brand or two that my 28 year-old self can properly wear? I sure wouldn't want to be breaking any laws of fashion.
Let's take a peek into your closet, shall we?

Don't be a hater.

xoxo,
April

** Update **

Anonymous said ...

This was my comment.
"Juicy gears for the 17-27 year old buyer. Now that you're getting older what brand are you going to collect next?"

I meant this in a nice way.:) Why did you take it soo wrong? You dress great...and you love clothes... I just thought you had another brand you were planning to collect after Juicy... I guess not! Sorry if I hurt your feelings. Geesh....

August 31, 2009 1:43 PM

April said...
Thanks Anonymous for commenting! Usually when bloggers get anon comments, it is because the person wants to take a jab at the blogger and not own up by leaving their name. I only did this in fun ... no hard feelings, honestly! I welcome any and all commenters - I am always happy to have people checking in on my blog. I appreciate you reading my blog and commenting when you do! Hey - you gave me something to write about! LOL! No hard feelings here, promise! :o)

August 31, 2009 1:52 PM

Just showing off my feisty side ... hopefully I didn't scare anyone into not commenting anymore! Ha, ha!! Anon comments are usually meant to be rude, but obviously not intended here.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Now I see ...

It took me for-evah, but now I finally get the big deal on the Twilight books ... Oh-Em-Gee!!!

I needed to give myself a bit of a break between watching the movie and sitting down with the book. I tried starting this series immediately after drooling over the big screen, and then again after watching the DVD, but for whatever reason I just couldn't get into the words on paper.

So, I packed my book up and carried it off to the beach this last weekend, determined to give it another shot. Sure enough, I couldn't put the book down!!! In just 2 short days, I read through the entire book!!

I am so excited to start New Moon, but I am a bit concerned. Being I saw Twilight in movie form first, I couldn't be disappointed (like the book fans were) at the out-of-place details that Hollywood added and/or omitted. I can hardly contain myself with the excitement of New Moon coming out in November ... so do I dare continue reading in the series?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Where was my memo?

Who knew that Charlotte Russe is now selling People's Liberation and Kitson jeans?!? I love the way People's Liberation fit, but they are hard for me to find! After winning a little game of putt-putt against the hubby (oh yeah, I rock!), I took my winnings and went shopping (duh). With no luck at Forever 21 ... it's a hit or miss for me at that store, I popped into Charlotte Russe to find some new tops. I was so excited to see this line in their store! I snagged myself these cute boot cut jeans and 3 tops for my prize!! Hubby may think twice before offering up such a challenge next time. Don't even try to beat me when their is shopping money on the line!

Yeah, I just trash talked.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We Have A New Winner!!!

I had one person not claim their giveaway prize, so as promised, I am picking another one!! The lucky girl next in line for the Essie Nail Polish Set is .....

Congratulations!! There is still that 24-hour check-in time to get me your shipping address, so please email me at aprilbaker23@yahoo.com so I can get your goodies off in the mail!! Thanks so much!! :o) I will be shipping out all the fun gifts on Friday!!

Guiliana & Bill

Such a cute couple!! This gorgeous girly is Italian and I love her personality! We would so be besties!! Ha, ha! Check them out on the Style Network (check your local listings, cuz I had to do some research to find this channel - ha!) on Wednesdays at 9pm.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I'm In Miami Trick

Love the Kardashian Girls!! I can't help but get sucked into their glamorous world ... the beautiful Kourtney is my fave (congrats to her on the baby news, although I am so NOT a Scott fan)! The new show is hot, so check it out on E! Sunday nights at 10pm!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lucky Lucky

135 Sweet Followers ... 243 Lovely Comments ... and now the 5 Lucky Winners!! Thanks so very much for participating in my big giveaway event! I hope all my new friends continue checking in on me each week ... I have more fun giveaways planned for the very near future, and I am always chatting about something, so I hope to see more of all those great comments!! xoxo
Giveaway #1 Winner ~ MAC

Giveaway #2 Winner ~ Sweet & Simple necklace

Giveaway #3 Winner ~ Red Clover Clutch in Numbers

Giveaway Winner #4 ~ Essie Nail Set

Giveaway Winner #5 ~ Juicy Couture

( Winners were selected by random.org )
Okay peeps ... you have 24 hours to contact me via email with your shipping address, or another winner will be chosen. Thanks!! :o)

Last Chance!!

Today is the final day to enter my giveaways!! Contests will end tonight at 8pm pst. Winners will be announced by 10pm!! Good luck to all!! xoxo

MAC Eyeshadow
Sweet & Simple Jewelry
Red Clover Clutches
Essie Manicure Set
Juicy Couture

And please remember ... winners will have 24 hours to claim their prizes, or a new lucky winner will be chosen! So be sure to check in to see if you have won!! :o)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Juicy ♥ I Adore Thee

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

In honor and celebration of Juicy Couture's new perfume, Couture Couture, debuting in September, I snagged this amazing new scent at the Nordstrom pre-sale for one of my lucky followers! Not only do you get this cute little roll-on bottle, but also a pair of the oh-so-comfy tube socks that read Juicy loves Drama. Who's excited!?!

Now I don't wanna give Juicy away to just anyone ... I am very protective! LOL! Here's the rules to enter ...

You MUST be a follower of my blog! You gotta be in that awesome little box in my sidebar that I so much adore! Comment on this post for your first entry.

For shout-outs on your blog, facebook, and twitter you can earn up to 3 more entries. Be sure you follow me on those sites so I can see your links.

And, for every person that drops your name in their comment as a referral, you get an extra 5 entries (yes, for each)!!!

Giveaways all end on Monday and winners will be announced in the evening, so be sure to check back in ... the winners will have 24 hours to claim their prizes or a new winner will be selected. Thanks so much for all your bloggy love this week ... you girls rock!! xoxo

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Manicure, anyone?

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**
It's been almost a month since I took my solar nails off, and while I am missing the strength and the perfect, flawless look of having nice nails, I am enjoying a little bit of the au naturel feeling. I have been learning to give myself manicures in the process and have decided not to quit my day job. Ha! But, picking up fun new nail polishes when I am out and about is a bit of a treat for this little shopaholic.

This giveaway is for a cute little cosmetic bag, fun nail files and pedicure toe separators (cuz the toes gotta look good, too!!), and 2 fabulous nail polishes by Essie. The colors sound kinda naughty, but they are gorgeous! Decadent Diva is really similar to the blackberry color I have on my toes right now, and After Sex is just plain hot!! You'll love them!
If you are a follower of my blog, then leave me a comment to enter! Twitter, Facebook, and Blog shouts-outs earn you extra entries!!

You girls have been awesome this week and I am absolutely loving all my new friends who are following ... tomorrow is the last giveaway and I promise it to be so Juicy!! Spread the love!! xoxo

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Classy Clutches

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**
Another fabulous Etsy store, Red Clover Clutch, has generously donated to my event! You girls will absolutely LOVE these cute little purses! Vintage inspired and hand-made, these are so darling!! Custome orders are welcome as well, and the seller, Missy (who makes each purse by hand!!) is very easy to talk to - so don't be shy if you have special requests!

Here's how to enter ...

You gotta be a follower of my blog! Go over to Red Clover Clutch, and pick out your favorite purse ... come back and leave me a comment with the one you simply can't live without. It will be tough to narrow down, but choose one. If you are the lucky winner, you will receive the design you picked!!

Extra postings get your more entries ... blogs, Facebook and Twitter all count. Be sure to let me know if you re-post!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sweet & Simple

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**
I came across this cute little Etsy shop, Sweet & Simple, in my search for some new accessories. I immediately contacted the seller, Kelly, to see if I could showcase her beautiful items here on my blog. This wonderful and generous seller accepted my invitation! For my Big Giveaway Event, you can win this oh-so-sweet Dream Charm Necklace!!

Sweet & Simple also welcomes custom orders, so if you are looking to create something special, please contact Kelly!

Here's how to enter ....

You must be a follower of my blog! Head on over to Simple & Sweet to browse all the cute pieces. Come back here and leave a comment telling me what your favorites were.

For an extra entry, re-post this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter. Be sure to come back to let me know you did so. (Extra kudos if you post on all 3)

Monday, August 17, 2009

my new friend, mac


**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**
I can't rave about this brand enough ... love love love it!! For those of you who use it, you already know. MAC is amazing!! My hubby has seen a lot of little black bags come home lately, and each time he asks how my make-up boy at the MAC counter is doing. Ha, ha!!

So check it out ... up first in my event, from the Colour Craft Limited Edition ... the 4-color (quad) eyeshadow in Odd Bits!!

As with all of my giveaways in this event, you MUST be a follower of my blog. Leave a comment to enter ... super simple!

If you would like extra chances at winning, please re-post! Blogs, Facebook and Twitter all count! If you give a shout-out, come back here and let me know. The links are necessary if you don't follow me on Facebook or Twitter (although you totally can! Check out my sidebar for my links!) ... lots of luck!!

My Big Giveaway Event!!

I am so thankful for all my wonderful friends who follow this little blog of mine! It always makes me smile to know that I am entertaining enough to check in on each day. The sweet comments and emails that I receive every day always makes me feel so special! So this one is dedicated to all of you who have taken the time to follow me!
I am absolutely thrilled to meet new friends, so please grab my fun little button to post on your blog! If you don't have a blog, but are still a follower, shout-outs on Facebook and Twitter rock, too! I have links set up in my sidebar to add me as a friend on those sites.

Now let the fun begin!!! Five awesome giveaways, one per day this week!! Winners will be announced on Monday, August 24th!! Good luck!!

Lots of Love ♥
April

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hollister Update

Here's pics of the Hollister top I wore at the bridal shower this weekend. I absolutely loved it ... very cute, comfy, and I had no issues with it staying up (a first for me with strapless tops!). I paired it with cropped white denim, and tan colored wedges (per Molly's suggestion - thanks girl!!), and I rocked my new Juicy watch. If you love the top as much as I do, go snag it on Hollister.com ... it is in the clearance section for $28.90 (just follow the link)!!


My 5-year-old son took this pic for me ... he thought it was so fun to be on the other side of the camera for a change. Ha, ha!

Here we are at the shower ... isn't my niece adorable? Her mama is going to have her hands full!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Share the Love

My Big Giveaway Event starts on August 17th and is exclusive to my wonderful followers!! I so very much appreciate all the sweet comments and love you all send to me, so I am making this one for you all!! Please spread the news ... I always love meeting new friends!! Don't miss out ... I promise you will love all the fun giveaways!! xoxo




Edit ... I fixed the size of my button, so it isn't huge when adding it to your sidebar. Thanks Mrs. Bismarck for bringing to my attention! :o)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

And the winner is ....

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the YoKids Giveaway, and to Katie over at Stonyfield Farms for the generous offers!!
Random.org says that lucky #5 is the winner ....
Congrats to Melissa!!
Send me an email with your mailing address and I will pass it along to Stonyfield!

What a fun group!!

Did you see this post? Here's the sequel ... too funny!!





And please don't forget ... today is the last day to get your entries in for the YoKids Giveaway!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hollister and Co.

I can't help but love this beach style company. I am no longer in high school and no longer in my teens, but I still like to snag a top every now and then. I'll be wearing this one at a bridal shower this next weekend ... not quite sure about the rest of the outfit yet - any suggestions? - but I will be sure to post pics!!

Excuse me ... do you have the time?


Isn't she gorgeous? The newest addition to my Juicy obsession collection.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My Go-To Gloss

This is my absolute favorite lipgloss ... Almay Ideal Gloss #305 Pink Shimmer. This sheer gloss brushes on smoothly and never feels sticky. It nourishes lips with aloe, avocado, sunflower seed extract and moisturizing coconut oil, with a hint of peppermint. It is soft and natural with the the most amazing luster! I wear it with everything - on casual days and dressed up! I get compliments every time I rock it, and I love love love the shimmery shine! You can find it at most drugstores, Wal-Mart, or any other store that carries Almay products ... and for under $8! Definitely a must for your make-up bag!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Oh, the Italians!

Mondays at 10pm on TLC. Cake Boss ... check it out!
Oh what I would give to try his goodies, mmmm!!
(Umm ... I meant the food, did that come out wrong? Ha!)
And if you haven't entered the Stonyfield Farms YoKids giveaway yet ... what are you waiting for? Contest ends on Thursday!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Keep Rollin'

Little Miss Kessa tagged me for this fun picture post ... thanks girly!! I love tags!

So here's how to play ...
1. Open your first photo folder saved on your computer.
2. Scroll down to the 10th photo.
3. Post that photo and story on your blog.
4. Tag 5 others to play along.

Whew! I am glad that particular photo was a good one! Ha, ha! This pic was taken of me, by my hubby, on our vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this last January. His parents have a timeshare there and go every year. We were lucky to get to go with them this year and had an absolute wonderful time!!

Now let's see what's in your picture file ... keep this tag going!!

Faith ♥ Love ♥ Lipgloss

Stilettos and Diapers

All About Ashley

Springer Family

Sweet Tea Diaries

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Special Announcement ...

I'm doing it again! I just can't help myself! I am so excited to be showcasing some AMAZING gifts!! You definitely don't wanna miss out ... be sure you are a follower of my blog and get the word out!!



If you are a seller and want to be included in my big event, please contact me at aprilbaker23@yahoo.com ~ thanks so much!! ♥

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I am so there!

I've seen a few posts on the Blogher event that took place in Chicago this year, and of others posts of Blogger meet-ups. As soon as one is scheduled in Las Vegas, COUNT ME IN!!


I'm just sayin.

Giveaway Part 2!!

When I hosted a giveaway last month for the YoBaby line of yogurts and 3-in-1 meals from Stonyfield Farms, I was also asked to host an exclusive Back to School giveaway for their YoKids products! This offer is only being given to 5 bloggers to share with their readers, and you get an awesome opportunity to win!! How exciting is that!!
First off, let me tell you how much I love the YoKids line of yogurts for my growing boys!
No fillers.
No gelatin.
No phony colors.
No use of toxic pesticides, antibiotics and hormones.
No artificial anything!

My boys love the squeezable tubes of yogurt ... quick, easy, no mess. They especially gravitate to the packages of yogurt with their favorite cartoon characters on them, as we all did when we were kids. But I just cringe when I look at the high amounts of sugars, and artificial colors and flavors. I normally do not buy organic foods, nor do I ban items with high-fructose corn syrup, but when I am buying something that is supposed to be nutritional for my boys, you better believe I will look for this particular brand! Wholesome, organic, and a great peace of mind that my kids are getting the nutrients that they need.

Here's your chance to win this great prize package from the generous folks at Stonyfield Farms!!

A YoKids Cape, A Stonyfield lunch bag, an Eric Carle growth chart, a Stonyfield Farm Activity booklet with YoKids crayons, and 5 FREE YoKids coupons along with a coupon packet worth $5.00 off other Stonyfield products!!


Entering is pretty simple with lots of opportunities to win!!
Follow my blog and leave a comment! (1 entry)
Re-post on your blog linking to this giveaway. (2 extra entries)
Shout out on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure you comment back with the links. (2 more entries)
Bonus entry for every person who drops your name in their comment as a referral!

This contest runs for a week, ending on Thursday, August 13th at 10pm p.s.t. Good Luck!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Girls Night


What better way to enjoy an evening after the kids go to bed, then to watch a fun girly movie with my mom-in-law! We ordered up Confessions of a Shopaholic (about a girl after my own heart - ha, ha!!), made a big bowl of popcorn, and drank wine from cute martini glasses! To be honest, the movie wasn't as funny as I thought it would be, but it was pretty cute! And as soon as I can find a video clip of the Shopper's Anonymous meeting where Rebecca Bloomwood explains how she doesn't have a shopping problem, it will be right up here on my blog! It really should be my life's motto. LOL!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Delicious

My amazing mom-in-law treats me and my sis-in-law to pedis every couple weeks. Lucky girls, huh? I ususally go for a french tip of some sorts ... sometimes the classic pink and white, sometimes a fun colored tip like purple. This last time we were in, I had my heart set on something rich and yummy, and I knew I wanted a shade of my fave color. Check out this gorgeous blackberry shade! This OPI color doesn't have a name, as it was custom mixed, but I am loving it on my toes!! So shiny and luxe ... flawless!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Shower Power

At my last salon appointment, my hair girl and I discussed the future of my hair length. I absolutely adore my long hair, but have been afraid that cutting 4 inches (or more - gasp!) is what it needs to remain healthy. My ends get pretty brittle and frayed, even though I don't use products on my hair. I have tried oil drops and leave-in conditioner on my ends to keep them from looking fried, but that only results in a temporary fix.
So, my hair girl reassured me that no drastic measures need to be taken, just a little trim more often than what I have been getting and quit using conditioner for a while. Say what!?! No conditioner? I have always used conditioner on my hair - to not use it would be like splitting Yin and Yang, but I have skipped that process for the last week and am actually surprised at how much I don't need it. We'll see in a couple weeks how my ends are holding up ... anyone have any tips?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Foaming at the mouth ...


No pun intended, but I really wanna win this awesome Keurig contest that the fabulous Audrey is giving away over at Barking Mad!! Check it out ... contest was extended and actually ends TODAY!! Go get your enteries in!!

Not quite in the budget ...

... but so drool-worthy! Gotta love Pottery Barn!! This would be my ideal backyard patio set (house, yard, and pool included - ha!) ... love, love, love this!!!
 
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