Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Dozen Eggs equals Uhmazing Cookies!!

Day three of the holiday event continues ...
Fresh baked, sweet smelling, adorably decorated, and the oh-so-yummy taste of vanilla is what this giveaway is all about! I have had the pleasure of doing business with this wonderful company, A Dozen Eggs, who has designed several cookie sets for me over the years. These cookies are so delicious and I can't rave about them enough! I wished I lived in Vermont so I could visit their bake shoppe - the cupcakes and sweet treats that they whip up look so incredible!! This company can work with you on custom order requests for special occasions, can design cookies with your business logo, and has the absolute cutest seasonal designs for their scratch-baked sugar cookies.
Dave and Laura of A Dozen Eggs would like to offer my wonderful readers and friends a chance to win this festive box of 24 holiday cocktail-themed cookies, valued at $60 with shipping!! Oh my goodness ... these little cuties will be a hit for that holiday party you are attending this year!! One lucky winner will receive a fresh batch of 24 hand-iced cookies wrapped up in an eco-friendly box with ribbon.

Obviously, you are a follower of my blog and's Facebook page, right? Not yet? Links are in the sidebar ... click on them, like me, and then you can enter to win. Some call this annoying, or a form of bribery. I call this sponsorship security. Ha ha!!
Next is simple and so drool-worthy!!
Peek around, then come back here to tell me your favorites!! Shout-outs on Facecook, Twitter and blogs are pretty rad and props are always given due! Just be sure to leave me a separate message for each shout-out.
Hope everyone is having a great week!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day Two ... Second Giveaway!!

Happy Tuesday!! It's day two of my Holiday Event!!

I am so excited to share another fabulous giveaway from an incredibly creative and sweet friend, Meghan from It's Your Party! Let me just tell ya, if you are looking for the perfect stocking stuffer or teacher gift, a special present for a coach, tutor, co-worker or that hard-to-shop-for someone who has everything, then this giveaway is for you!!
Y'all remember last month when I blogged about that cute little Etsy shop that helped make my 5-year-old's pirate birthday party a little more special? Well, It's Your Party is back at it and giving away a 20-ounce, plastic, BPA free tumbler with straw, custom themed of your choice to TWO LUCKY WINNERS!!!

How cute are these cups?? These first two are ones Meghan created for my boys that I will be putting in their stockings this year. Customizing was super simple ... one quick email, described the themes I wanted along with color choices, and wallah!! Meghan is super friendly, easy to work with, is awesome with response time, and is the creative genius behind It's Your Party!

Can you honestly think of a cuter gift to give this year? Church leaders, babysitters, bosses, neighbors ... the list is endless! Tumblers are the new water bottle!! Shoot, I just thought of a couple more I need to order ... and maybe even one for myself!!
Entering to win one of two tumbler cups is easy! If you are already a follower here on and you can be found in that awesome box in my sidebar, then you have the golden ticket to enter!

Next up, click on this banner to visit It's Your Party on Etsy. Check out some of the other crafty items available! Come back here to leave a comment as to who you have in mind that would adore one of these tumblers.

If you want in on extra entries, here's a couple more things to raise your chances to win!

'Like' It's Your Party on Facebook
No spam, just updates on what's new in the shop!

Re-post and link back to this giveaway!
Facebook, Twitter and blogs all count ... when you leave a shout-out, come back here and let me know! No limit on how many entries, so update those statuses every day!!
For those of you who would like to get a jump start on your holiday order, It's Your Party is offering all readers a 10% discount on your total order!! Just enter dotdotdot as your promo code upon checking out!!
This giveaway is running all week, so be sure to spread the word!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Playing catch up!!

Whew! This month seems to be flying by!! It is already the week of Thanksgiving, then we are on to Christmas!! Sometimes I wish life could slow down a bit ... allow for more time to breathe and take it all in. Oh well ... tis' the holiday season, right?!?

So how many of you are bummed about Black Friday this year? It seems as though sales started last week, and more stores are opening up earlier and earlier. Do you think the retail world has put a damper on the highly anticipated event of the year? I hear that you don't even need to get up at 3am anymore to hit up the lines, thanks to the internet. Fortunately, Black Friday was never a big deal to me. I tried it one year, and ended up coming home to shop online instead. I do not have the kind of patience needed for such a crazy shopping spree!
Did everyone see Breaking Dawn yet? This topic definitely needs a post all its own, but for the record, I saw it on Friday night and I l.o.v.e.d it!And speaking of Twilight ... my favorite scent of the moment is Bath and Body's Twilight Woods. I wish it had more lasting power, but it is a great scent! Another one of theirs to try, if you haven't already ... Vanilla Bean Noel. Yum!My family and I will be spending Thanksgiving at the beach house this year. I will be working on my big holiday event all weekend, and it will launch on Monday morning, Nov 28th. I have some great reviews and holiday gift ideas for you, plus a few giveaways to share! You won't wanna miss out! Be sure you are a follower of my blog so you can participate!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fashion Friday ... from summer to fall!

Had a favorite outfit you rocked in the warmer weather?
Shorts ... Victoria's Secret
Top ... Target
Wedges ... Target
Bracelet ... Blog Swap
Add some leggings and boots for a great fall look!!
Leggings ... Old Navy
Boots ... Aerosoles

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

72 days ... not a Hollywood record!

I am sure you have all heard by now that Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from Kris Humphries just after a short 72 days of marriage. Speculations that this marriage was a sham from the start and said to be a publicity stunt to cash in on millions of dollars has been circulating the web since the divorce announcement was made official.
My thoughts?
No girl in her right mind would endure such an embarrassment and humiliation when she is already worth millions!! Seriously! I know it is easy to look at all the cash she did earn for her public displays of the relationship, but do you really think someone with Kim Kardashian's Hollywood reputation would need to sink this low to earn a few extra paychecks? Okay, okay. I do remember the infamous sex tape ... I personally think that was the moment she was put on the map, but since then, homegirl had made a name for herself!
I honestly feel like she did love Kris Humphries at one short moment, but really did get "caught up in the hooplah" (as she states) that became the wedding. I think she is like a lot of girls who want to fall in love and live happily ever after with that man of their dreams. Kris was just not that Prince Charming she was meant to be with. And after watching him on TV, I really don't find anything charming about the guy. Just saying.
Honestly, I wish the best for Kim. I know she can recover from this - she has such a strong family base for love and support. In my own opinion, I thought she looked way better on the arm of Reggie Bush! They looked good together and I think they would have made gorgeous babies! Kris and Kim just looked creepy together ... the height difference really bothered me. It looked so un-natural. Again, just saying.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I tried it ... Prime Time Shadow Primer

First off, I am NOT a fan of this cosmetics brand, or any mineral make-up for that matter. I have had in-store makeovers and tried the stuff on my own at home, and I just don't like the way BareMinerals looks or feels on my face. However, my sis-in-law loves this line, and I sat with her a day while she was updating her products with a BareMinerals consultant.

I do not use a lot of make-up products. In fact, I usually only use eye make-up and maybe a gloss or light color on my lips. The one complaint I have is the wearability of my shadows. I mostly use MAC cosmetics, and I always applied Painterly as a base for my shadows. Within hours of applying, my eyelids were faded and creased with an oily look to them. Bleh! Upon telling the BareMinerals consultant my one and only complaint of a rival cosmetics brand, she introduced me to Prime Time, BareMinerals eyelid primer. I took a sample home after telling her how much I was skeptical of this mineral make-up.

Following the consultant's recommendation, I applied the primer with a brush instead of my fingers. Apparently, the oily factor I was experiencing was most likely from my own fingertips. Lesson learned. I did the rest of my eye make-up as usual, a base color, highlight color, liner and mascara. I went about my day, did Zumba that evening at the gym and glanced in the mirror before jumping in the shower. My eye shadow was still in tact! No creasing, no fading, just as I had applied it earlier in the morning! Whoa!

Clean-up is a little tougher ... it definitely takes a little more scrubbing to remove, but to have flawless eye color is worth the few extra minutes of wash time.

My sis-in-law got me an eye kit as a gift from BareMinerals and I am kinda impressed with the shadows that came in it. Up close and personal, I think the mineral make-up looks caked on, but from a little distance (and especially in pictures), I think the colors look fantastic! While I am definitely NOT into the foundations and powders, I think I may play around a little more with the shadows.

What shadows are you into and what primer is your favorite for making your colors pop and last all day?

A Fond Farewell ...

Wow! Is December already upon us? Good golly this year has flown right by! I have been a busy girl lately, hence the blog break. Unfortu...