Sunday, November 29, 2009

Preppy Card Giveaway ends tomorrow!

Hello readers,

Oooh I have so much to catch you up on, but for now I just wanted to remind you that the preppy card giveaway ends tomorrow, so be sure enter here and post about it on your blog....

I just dropped by MDCardsandGifts at etsy and saw Maggie's super cute new monogram cards.... how fantastic is this preppy black and light pink card?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wishing you a very Pink Christmas

I'll be a little MIA this week, but I wanted to remind you to enter my fantastic giveaway!

Read this post for the full details, and be sure to drop by MDCardsandGifts frequently to see the new items added!

I've recently fallen in love with this Cheery Pink Christmas card! This one would be perfect for some of my fellow pink lovers!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Monogram or Christmas Card Giveaway

Hurray! My Giveaway Starts today!
Many thanks to the ever creative Maggie, from the Etsy store MDCardsandGifts for pairing with me on this giveaway.
This giveaway is for one set ($6 and under) of your choosing of monogram notecards (any monogram set can be personalized for you, and you can even order your own personalized set by filling out an Alchemy request and giving Maggie your monogram, color palette, and number of cards).
One set ($6 and under) of your choosing of Christmas cards or Gift tags.

The rules are as follows:

~Earn one entry by visiting MDCardsandGifts on Etsy and leaving a comment here telling me which card is your favorite!

~Earn one entry for every mention of the giveaway on your blog. For example mention the giveaway today and get one entry, mention it again tomorrow and get another entry, mention it every day between today and Monday November 30th and get 11 entries! Maggie will be posting new items frequently throughout the week to give you something new and fun to feature with each mention!

This giveaway ends Monday November 30th at 7pm, and Maggie has agreed that whatever item you order will be delivered by Friday December 4th, so if you order a Christmas card set you'll still have plenty of time to send them!

Let the fun begin! Ho~ Ho~ Ho

And just so you know if you win, and decide you want to give me these... that would be FANTASTIC! 

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My Preppy Card Giveaway...and some preppy Christmas Cards

I must admit I have been remiss in keeping up with important blog coming and goings...

You see my 100th post went by without mention, as did my one year blogging anniversary... so to make up for it I am pairing with the ever lovely Maggie of the ETSY store MD Cards and Gifts to bring you an ever so fabulous Preppy Card Giveaway! Stay tuned as the full details will be posted tomorrow! In the meantime drop by her newly established ETSY store and see some of the fantastic cards she is selling!

I love this reindeer card:

And how great is this preppy gift card holder:

Love, love, love the polka dot Christmas tree card:

and I'm drooling over this elegant card,

And just to represent Austin we've got to throw in this card right?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Trade in Those Mud Pies... C.S. Lewis

I periodically have moments where I'm not sure how deep, or how much to share on this blog. I never want to bare my whole soul, but I also want to be true to who I am. Although, this blog started as a fun shallow past-time, a way to talk about and share some of my thoughts and ideas without putting too much thought into it, occasionally I want to share something very close to home... 

This weekend I was reviewing some notes from church and I re-discovered this C.S. Lewis quote:

It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. CS Lewis

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sugar Doll Award

The Wife, gave me this sweet award, thank you so much! 

The award says I should tell you ten random things about myself and pass the award on to ten bloggers... so here goes:

1. I can't imagine my life without my dogs. What do people without dogs do with their spare time?

2. I am constantly pleasantly surprised that all of you in blog land want to read my drivel... and I am so thankful for all of the new friendships I'm forming!

3. The PBF bought me a guitar last spring because I used to play, and I haven't  hardly touched it. I don't know why, I just haven't. He however, has been playing it and sounds wonderful!

4. There are lots of things I'm going to miss about Austin when we move, but at the top of the list is my church. I'm afraid I won't find another 'home' church in the Bay Area.

5. Because I am not close to my parents, and growing up I never turned to them for advice... I have a really hard time seeking advice and wisdom before making a decision. But whenever I step out there and ask someone I trust for wisdom or godly counsel, I am always pleasantly surprised!

6. I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I want it to snow from Thanksgiving to New Years and then I want it to be 80 again! 

7. Growing up my family didn't go on family vacations. I went places by myself, to swim camp, to visit my grandparents etc. But we as a family never went anywhere... so this vacation to Mexico with PBF's family is my first 'family' vacation ever, and I am SO excited!

8. I was always a little jealous of my cousins because they grew up living close to my grandparents and I assumed they had a better relationship with them than I do. My grandma recently told me that I'm the grandchild she talks to the most and is the closest to, that made me happy, and sad because we don't talk all that often... so I'm going to make a serious effort to reach out to them more often now.

9. I'm scared of the dark. That's right, scared of the dark. When the PBF is gone I leave a light on in the living room. Our first year together, he was working in a restaurant he'd get home really late and I would have every light in the house turned on. He would get frustrated about how I was waisting energy, so one day I calculated how many kilowatt hours I was using if I had every lightbulb in the house on. I then figured out how much his electric company was charging him for kilowatt hours. I calculated how much it costs for me to leave all the lights on a few nights a week (it was somewhere around $1.85). Then I wrote him a paper "On Energy Usage in the Home," in which I explained all the math, my results, and then asked him if my peace of mind was worth $1.85. He's never bugged me about leaving the lights on, and we still laugh about the paper!

10. I love rainy days, foggy days, snowy days... although I enjoy sunshine and hot days. I grew up in a high plains desert, so any kind of weather feels unusual and awesome to me!

I pass this award on to:

Fun with The Super Mums - Super cute and cheery blog, always good for a smile!
Up North Preppy - Sweet preppy blog, featuring cute blogs, and the life of newlyweds moving into their new home
Weigleinc - an in real life friend of mine from college
Frayed Laces - A grad student, and avid runner living in Hawaii
Footy Pajamas - Another in real life friend from college
BrooklynLimestone - She has renovated a Brooklyn Limestone... it's stunning, and she's always doing creative and gorgeous projects. One of my favorite home design reads!
Practically Perfect - They'll be moving to New Zealand this spring, start reading to hear more about their great adventures
Grove Gals - started by two girls who own a stationary business
The company she keeps - cute blog by a Lilly lover
Sweet Tea Diarries - Great blog by a southern girl living in LA

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rent the Runway

I'm finally starting to feel better, however I have this nagging cough that is keeping me out of the gym... so much for 30-day shredding my way to Mexico over Thanksgiving! But at least I won't be sick while I'm there :)

On a much happier note, have you ever heard of bag, borrow, steal? It's a website where you can rent designer handbags and jewelry, and if you love them you can buy them. It's not a discount site, but it's a fun idea.

Along similar lines, the New York Times Online posted an article about a website called "Rent the Runway". According to the description you can rent designer couture gowns that would normally cost you $1,000 or more for $50 to $200 for two days. I've always thought it was unfair that men could rent tuxes for a special event but women had to buy the dress! You simply rent the dress, it's mailed to your home, you wear it and return it in the package they send to you. Dry cleaning is included in the cost of the rental. It's like Netflix for couture! This sounds like a fun way to expand your fashion wardrobe without spending half a months worth of salary! The bad news, is that the website which has only been up for one week and only has 160 dresses, already has a list of 20,000 members. However, you can be added to the waiting list and hopefully this new business will succeed and they will continue to add members!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

So Sick...


Thank you all for faithfully commenting even though I've been sort of absent lately. 

I bought a 2004 Accord, and I love it so far. It's an adjustment from the explorer, but I know I'll love the better gas mileage when we move out to California this summer!

I'm sick again, blech... this has been the worst cold and flu season I've had in a minute... honestly I think I've caught everything that's going around (except H1N1). So for now, I may be a little MIA, but I promise I'm lurking around!

Briasmama, was kind enough to give me the Honest Scrap award... so hopefully sometime soon I'll post about that.