Sunday, November 30, 2008

Holiday Shopping Guide Part 1

This is the first post for the beginning of my Holiday Shopping Guide. In this post I have included a few recommended shopping sites along with descriptions of what kinds of products they offer. Happy Holidays Everyone!

Still haven't sent out your holiday cards? Here are a few great sites to look over. Amy Adele has the cutest stationary and cards you can find. I also love the fact that they are eco-friendly!
25% OFF Personalized Christmas Cards from Amy Adele
Although Clinique is not a store that sales holiday cards they do have a wonderful offer going on right now which includes FREE holiday cards from Big Brothers Big Sisters. I have done quite a bit of volunteer work with this wonderful organization and love to promote any company that helps them out! So why not purchase a Christmas gift and receive your holiday cards for FREE?!
Clinique Online
Vista Print is a great company that I use for a lot of my business printing needs. They offer many of their items either FREE or at a very large discount. Always worth checking out their deals.
VistaPrint USA Inc.
Shutterfly is a great site to create online photo sites to share your memories throughout the year which is great for the holiday season. You can also create your holiday gift cards with a personal touch of a family photo.

Here are a few web stores that offer gifts for anyone on your list.

I absolutely LOVE the Personal Creations site! You can literally shop for everyone hard to buy for on your list. A personalized gift is priceless. I am personally purchasing our Christmas ornaments for this year through this store!
Personal Creations Holiday 2008
I had to throw in the Label Daddy store. This store is great during the holidays. Purchasing labels for all your new items, especially for the children is almost a necessity. Not only their coats they take to school but all the toys the might travel with over the holiday breaks. Label Daddy is also a great way to help keep yourself organized so this year don't forget to label the Christmas decor before putting it back in the attic. ... Label the things you love !!
Napster is perfect for the music lover in your life. For the teen you might not know what to get a subscription to Napster would do the trick.
Napster, LLC
Vans is a great store for children, teens and adults. They don't only have shoes but boots and clothing as well.
Vans,a Division of VF Outdoor, Inc. - Official Online Shop
Sirius Satellite Radio is not only for music lovers but sports and new addicts as well. Anyone with or without a vehicle would love to have a XM-on-Sirius Radio this holiday season.
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.
Who doesn't love Flowers? When I don't know what to send my grandmother or out of town Aunt for the holidays, flowers always do the trick! What about for co-workers or other non-personal relationships? I believe plants, wine and gift baskets are all great gift giving items to say Happy Holidays.
ProFlowers logo banner 125x125Free Shipping on All products-including gift
iTunes is a great place to purchase gift cards, download music or even movies and television series. Most everyone nowadays has an iPod or some sort of MP3 player. This is another great site for gifts.
Apple iTunes
The Buckle store is another well known store for not only their clothing but accessories as well. Great for anyone on your list.

This concludes Part 1 of my Holiday Shopping Guide. Within the next couple of posts you will hear all about the giveaway taking place on my blog along with Part 2 of the Shopping Guide which will include shopping sites for Women, Men and of course Children!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I am Thankful...

I am Thankful that we are home for the holidays. I don't just mean home in the town of Benbrook, TX where we live. I mean for the fact that we are spending the holidays in the comfort of our home outside of the hospital.

Last year we spent every holiday in the hospital while Gab undergone brain surgery. We didn't even celebrate Thanksgiving and because of her short term memory loss she didn't truly remember what Thanksgiving was. It is so nice this year to be able to celebrate the holidays with our family and be thankful everyone is healthy.

There are many more reason I am thankful this year and many more family members and friends I am thankful to have in my life. Being thankful to not be living in a hospital is just the number one change this year from last.

Gab November 13, 2007 before first surgery

Gab after first surgery (a little swollen)

Gab after second surgery

Gab while in rehab at hospital (first time standing alone)

Gab now, a year later! A beautiful survivor of brain resection surgery removing left side of brain, lots of rehab, therapy weekly and relearning all about life!

My two other blessings in life.

I would say I have plenty to be thankful for!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Where to start...
First I want to say I am sorry I have not posted in a while. So much has gone on the past couple of weeks.


1. We moved into a house and left the apartment in the past. Hopefully it will stay there. I painted the kids' rooms and will post photos soon. First time painting, so beware. I have completely relocated but have not completely unpacked. Working on it... and almost done.

2. I decided to change my major in college. Yes, I am completely shocked too. Especially since I am scheduled to graduate next year. I have been torn and confused on my outlook and really feel a pull towards a different focus. Accounting will still be part of my experiences and I am sure Business will play a large factor in my major. However I have new plans now. Announcement coming soon!

3. We have been sick! Very sick. First Gabby came home with a high fever a day after receiving the flu vaccine. She had no other symptoms except the high fever, which to me is scary enough considering her epilepsy. After two days of non-stop fever she was fine. Until the next week when she got the stomach virus that lasted 24 hours and of course, passed on to me. I thankfully did not catch it as bad as she did. Now for the past four days I have been fighting a sinus infection. Finally started antibiotics yesterday and starting to get a little better. You can at least understand me now when I talk.

4. Although I was sick I managed to get out and do some shopping on Black Friday. I could not resist considering the deals I was after. I really need to watch every penny this holiday season so I had to get the items on my wish list while they were on sale. I will post the great deals soon!

5. Over the past few weeks another big thing happened. One of our suppliers for Unique Diva Boutique went out of business. Unfortunately that is happening to a lot of small companies right now with the economy the way it is. That leaves us with only a few items left from Mineral Girlz and our web store has been updated. So if you would like any mineral makeup or makeup tools (as in brushes) you better hurry over to Unique Diva Boutique to check out what is left. We have marked the items on sale as well. They will make great stocking stuffers.

6. I also received the new album out by Seal and the review is coming next on my blog. And what's better with a review other than a GIVEAWAY?! So watch for it soon!

Now there are other announcements coming soon along with a Holiday Shopping Guide. Can't do it all in one post, now can I?

Sorry for being out of touch but I promise that will change soon!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Tiny Prints Holiday Card Contest

I am so excited to announce yet another giveaway! This round is going to be a lot of fun. In the Tiny Prints Holiday Card Contest I am going to send you on a little scavenger hunt. Yes, you read that correctly I am going to make you work for this prize. Don't panic yet, I won't make you work too hard.

So what is the prize you ask?

Winner receives:
50 holiday photo cards,
72 address labels and
60 stamps with the matching card design!
O.M.G. I know, don't fall out of your chair!

If you are anything like me then 50 greeting cards for the holidays is more than enough to send out to friends and family. I am amazed that I get to offer this great deal to one lucky reader. Wish I could hand it out to more than one of you.

Now for the fun part! Go to Tiny Prints Holiday Photo Cards and let the scavenger hunt begin! You all know that I am giving you a free excuse to browse the internet to look at fabulous holiday cards just in time for this wonderful season! On your scavenger hunt find the photo card with "slushy to chic" in the description. Once you have succeeded in your quest you must click the "ask a friend" option to share the card with me to my email address: djanep05 (@) There is still another catch, the fun part! You can not just find the card and email me as proof, you must also create a fun greeting for the card. Once you find the card and create the greeting then email it to me and click save to favorites. Then come back to this post and leave a comment including your witty, catchy, impressive greeting. Do not give away the title of the holiday card otherwise you will inform your competitors where to go. The person with the most creative greeting will win! I know all my wonderful readers are smart so go get your creative juices flowing and win some beautiful photo cards for Christmas.

Break Down:
Click Here
Find photo card with "slushy to chic" in description
Click Ask a Friend
Type creative greeting
Enter my email for proof djanep05 (@)
Click Save to Favorites *must complete this step for prize
Come back to this post and leave comment with your creative greeting
Best greeting wins prize!

Everyone needs holiday cards and why not get yours for FREE? The bonus of having your family photo on the card is priceless.
BTW I have to list the Terms and Conditions:
*only people who have not won a Tiny Prints Contest within the past 90 days are eligible
*contestants can only win once but may enter as many times as they wish
*winner responsible for full purchase price of any items that fall outside of contest winnings
*contest ends Friday, November 7th
*contestants relinquish greeting text ownership and allow Tiny Prints to use their entries for promotional use

Have Fun and Good Luck


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