Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I MOVED!

I have finally moved to WordPress.org for my blog. All the posts from this blog plus more to come can be found at my new location www.MommaDJane.com

Please pardon the mess over there right now as I am still transferring content. The About Me section and other pages are not complete. Although it is a work in progress I must say I am very excited about it. The whole blog has changed not only to a new domain but new look as well. I'm loving it!

My direction will continue to be the same, blogging about life in general. My focus is on climbing the ladder to success, not only in business but in life as well. I hope all you wonderful readers will follow me over. Come visit me and show me some comment love over at the new location. Tell me what you think of the new design. Also don't forget to sign up for the new RSS feed over there too.

Kind of sad that this is my last post on blogger. No more Blogging Momma, now to make my stand as MommaDJane.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

CWAHM Blog Tour


CWAHM.com Announces Work At Home 101
A FREE online 3 week course designed to give moms a work-at-home starting place.

Most people are curious about working from home. We know others do it, but aren't sure how they do it.

CWAHM.com's Work at Home 101 is designed to give you an overview of the choices available that will allow you to work from home. This online course will give you the starting place you've been searching for.

Best of all - it's completely free! CLICK HERE!

Some of the things covered during Work at Home 101:

* Where to Start
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Telecommuting
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Home-Based Businesses
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Avoiding Scams
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Entrepreneur Tips
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AND MUCH MORE!




Monday, February 16, 2009

Plantronics Bluetooth Giveaway

Below you can view my vlog review of the Plantronics 925 Bluetooth Headset. Sorry that I don't sound like myself, catching this darn cold the kids have had. As I type this post I am losing my voice even more.




Don't you just love it? It is the perfect size, great compact carrying case that doubles as a charger and sleek design. I needed a bluetooth headset because I am very bad about talking on the phone while driving. Not sure about other states but within my area it is against the law to drive in school zones while talking on the phone. My speaker phone option gets used a lot and the person on the other end can never truly hear me well.




Now for the giveaway! As you saw in the video I am giving away a complete Plantronics 925 Bluetooth Headset sealed in box brand new. The winner will receive the one shown in the vlog {pink in color}.

To enter the giveaway leave a comment telling me how you handle your phone when driving... Are you a straight-laced driver who goes by the book and doesn't use your mobile when operating a vehicle? Do you only talk on the phone using a headset and/or speaker phone? Or are you a dare devil who has text messaged, checked emails and maybe even conducted conference calls while cruising down the highway? Come on be honest... whose judging?!

{Additional Entries - worth one entry each}
1. Tweet this giveaway and leave link in separate comment
2. Blog about this giveaway with link and leave separate comment
3. Sign up for newsletter on the top LEFT sidebar and leave separate comment
{Big announcements coming soon so you will want to receive newsletter}


Contest ends Sunday, February 22nd and winner will be chosen using random.org
Please make sure to leave a way to be contacted in the comment in case you win.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mom It Forward Contest

Mom It Forward, Giveaway, Contest
For the Mom It Forward Contest to win the HP All-in-one Printer I want to tell you a little about my daughter. Tapanga is 11 years old and has a heart of gold. Her helpful attitude probably started at around age five when she saw the commercial on TV telling everyone to collect the pink yogurt labels to help Breast Cancer Awareness. She would wash the labels and keep them in a ziplock bag for me to mail in. It all stemmed from there... Once starting school she began taking part in annual jump rope for heart and tries to raise funds for just about every charity she is introduced to. Below are a few photos from this past year of her giving back to the community, helping others and just being herself.


Camp El Tesoro, Camp cleanup, TapangaTapanga working at Camp El Tesoro at clean-up day to prepare for summer
Tapanga, community service, painting finger nailsTapanga painting little girls finger nails at a local community awareness event
Locks of Love, ten inches, TapangaHaving ten inches removed to donate to Locks of Love.
Cook Children's Hospital, computer room, TapangaTapanga sitting in the computer room at the hospital w/ her sister
clown, Tapanga, dressed up, Cook Children's HospitalDressed up like a clown at the children's hospital, just to make someone smile

{Letter written in her words about her vision for the printer}
hand written letter, Tapanga, Mom It Forward


Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Little 2 Sassy Blog Tour ~ Giveaway

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{Welcome to Day One of A Little 2 Sassy's blog tour}

As you know I just love to support handmade products and I know the true meaning of appreciation for a work at home mom. All that being said makes this post even more exciting to introduce Kristina to you, the owner of A Little 2 Sassy. Kristina is a wife and mother of three. Due to unfortunate events during her childhood she lost her mother and was raised by her grandparents. Kristina's grandmother was always working on crafts and of course she was right by her grandmother's side learning along the way. Now that Kristina has become a mother, her daughter is the inspiration behind her bow making. The creation of A Little 2 Sassy has given her a chance to put her wonderful skills to work. Each item that Kristina hand makes for her customers is filled with love and pride.

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First I must point out that I just love the flip flops! How cute are those? And... she makes them in adult size as well. Oh yes I would wear matching flip flops with my Gabby girl in a heart beat!

Next shows the pony o's hair piece. Those are perfect for the little older girl who doesn't want hair bows in her hair any longer. I must admit that although I am able to sneak in a hair bow every so often, these are Gab's favorite.

The third photo shows one of my personal favorites. I just love the curly ribbon hair bows. Plus I just adore the button in the center. What a great finishing touch!

Now for the giveaway! I have been given the opportunity to giveaway a $25 gift certificate good towards any hair bows or flip flops you find at A Little 2 Sassy.
Rules:
Go to Kristina's store A Little 2 Sassy and find one item you just love and come back to leave in the comment section

Additional Entries worth one entry each:
1. Tweet this giveaway and leave link in separate comment
2. Blog this giveaway and leave permalink in separate comment
3. Sign Kristina's guest book and leave separate comment

Don't forget this is a blog tour that continues for four days. There will be three other bloggers writing about A Little 2 Sassy, spotlighting something different and offering a special for their readers. Each post will be different so come back here to find their post links on Mr. Linky below. The tour will span over the next four days and wonderful discounts will be available that you won't want to miss!
Mister Linky below is for the other three bloggers participating in the A Little 2 Sassy Blog Tour, so please check out their posts to read more and receive other discounts.
{Contest ends Friday, February 20th at midnight}



Friday, February 13, 2009

Principessa Jewelry Blog Tour

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Welcome to Principessa Jewelry Designs blog tour Day 5. I am so excited to be given the opportunity to introduce you to Principessa Jewelry. As you know I just love handmade products and supporting work from home women. Lisa, the owner and custom jewelry designer, does beautiful work.

Lisa also offers something really cool, an earring of the month club. I am the type of person who might not always remember to put on my necklace before walking out of the house but I always have on earrings. Just one of those things I feel naked without. The earring of the month club costs only $40 a year and you receive a new pair of the latest and most exclusive earring design before anyone else. The earrings will arrive gift-wrapped on the first week of each month via USPS Priority Mail. What a great way to pamper yourself 12 times a year or receive a package ready to give as a gift each month at a very low price.

I just love the Summer Elegance Dangle Earrings and right now they are on sale! Marked down from the original price of $25 to the sale price of $10.

Principessa Jewelry, earrings, elegance, summer
Principessa Jewelry is also offering Free Shipping right now on all orders with no minimum. Plus don't forget to check out the other days of the tour listed at Writings of a WAHM to learn more about Lisa's store, Principessa Jewelry Designs and you may even find more discounts and a giveaway to enter.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Blissful Wardrobe

When I decided I was going to Nashville for the BlissDom '09 Conference I knew I was going to need new clothes. I read the schedule and saw there were two cocktail parties going on plus a pajama party. Considering I'm a single mom who doesn't get out much and my sleep wear usually consist of an over sized t-shirt I heard the mall calling my name. Then I realized what a great opportunity to wear clothing from sponsors during the event and help promote some businesses I love.

First up I have the gorgeous dress I wore to Friday night's cocktail party. This dress was handmade out of a satin-type material and was stunning. When I received the dress in the mail from Cowgirl Heaven, an etsy shop, I was impressed! I couldn't believe that it was handmade. Very professional work and if I must say so myself I thought it looked amazing on. I received many compliments and it sure felt good knowing I was prompting a work at home mom of handmade items.


BlissDom '09 Cocktail Dress
Back View
BlissDom Cocktail Party

Next is the customized shirt I got to wear to the Friday night pajama party. I was very excited to be the one wearing the original BlissDom '09 sparkle tee made by Sassy Sparkle, just for me! I am so excited about being given the opportunity to post about this shirt that she also offered me a discount code to share with my readers. If you order anything from her site between now and March 14, '09 and use the code bliss then you will get 10% off your total.

BlissDom Sparkle Tee

Last but definitely not least here I am sporting my Joe's Jeans. I just LOVED my Joe's Jeans. The denim material was so soft and they were extremely comfy. I wrote a past post announcing their special they have going on for Valentine's Day where you can buy one pair and get second half off. How great is that? Plus it's pretty funny how I finally got the correct size. I will have to admit though, if you are short like me, you better get the petite size otherwise you will have to get them altered. I had about six inches cut off the bottom.

Modeling Joe's Jeans

Each one of these articles of clothing made me feel alive and fun while at BlissDom '09. Not only did I feel great in the clothing, get lots of compliments but I was comfortable as well. You just can't beat that!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

MomFaves Launch

MommaDJane with MomFaves owners

Photo captured at BlissDom '09 of co-founders Josh and Rebecca with Dwan
{Welcome MomFaves}

MomFaves.com is an on-line networking site where mothers can go to seek and share advice. Not just any advice, either... Advice on their favorite products, sites, services and others. Did you recently try out an awesome appliance that worked wonders for your family? Do you highly recommend a website that offers great articles or services? MomFaves.com is the place to go and fave those items so other moms can read your referral. This word-of-mouth networking site is a wonderful place to come and find answers to your questions from other moms like you.

The greatness behind the network is the touching story about how MomFaves was founded. I was blessed to have the chance and meet the co-founders of MomFaves during my weekend trip to BlissDom '09 conference. How exciting, right? Josh and Rebecca Unfried are not only the best looking couple in town but very sweet and compassionate too. You can tell by their presence that they feel a strong pull in the right direction with MomFaves. Working hard behind the scenes to be ready for this amazing launch! So what are you wanting for? Go check it out and join now. It's absolutely free and you can meet other great women just like yourself.

MomFaves.com is holding their Sitewarming Party with Amy from Resourceful Mommy by celebrating their launch on Friday, February 13th from 8:00 PM CST to 9:00 PM CST. Did I mention that I am a panelist during the party? That's right, so come join us on twitter and maybe even win some great prizes.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I Feel the Magic!

I'm not quite sure there are words that would be enough for this blog post. Looking back I believe I e-met Jyl from GNO around October/November time frame. Jyl and Carissa were holding a Random Acts of Kindness giveaway where they were searching for entries showing any amounts of kindness, big or small. Of course like most GNO conversations it started on twitter. I announced that I was planning to donate a bunch of stuffed animals to the local children's hospital and wanted to do whatever I could to help give back to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. We had purchased items for Christmas gifts, where the proceeds went to Make-a-Wish. Jyl personally contacted me and wanted to know more about my ventures in giving-back. Since Gab was in the hospital the previous year {2007} during all the holidays we were very blessed by local churches and even the hospital with gifts for the children. Also before Gab's brain surgery the Make-a-Wish Foundation sent us to Disney World for Gab's one wish. During the toughest times in our life we were very thankful for all the kind people out there. Now that we are home and although we still continue to go through rough times we are strong believers in trying to help out in anyway possible. After getting to know me better Jyl asked if I would be willing to allow her to place a photo of Gab and myself in a short video she was creating to enter a contest. The theme was "Mom's Make a Difference" and of course I said YES. I am happy to share my experience with any mom if it will help. I knew that Jyl and Carissa were planning to enter the HP Magic Giveaway that Sugar had running on her blog with the video. I was excited to take part. I knew that the Mom It Forward team planned to do great things with it. I was feeling the magic just by participating.

Little did I know they had other plans....

video

Prior to Gab's disabilities becoming so severe I used to volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and mentored pregnant teens. I am a young mother myself and feel a passion towards helping build strength in young mothers. I also love to speak with teens to try and prevent pregnancy at a young age. Once Gab's disabilities began to take up more of my time I had to place most of my volunteer work on hold. Being able to donate or help at one time events is my way of doing what I can with limited resources. I look forward to the day when I am able to make full swing at it again, like old times. Because I have faith that the day will come where Gab is more independent.

Publicly I want to thank Jyl, Carissa, Sugar and HP for making this happen. Sincerely from the deepest of my heart I feel truly blessed even more than I thought I could. More tears of happiness have been shed since Saturday than I can remember.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Love is in the air... or music!

You may or may not know back in December I wrote a review on Seal's Soul Album. I also got to give one away, how exciting! The album was so touching and filled with love that I wanted to remind everyone about it during the week of Valentine's Day. Plus there is a special e-card you can send out from Seal to your loved one.

So why not give a little soul and love this Valentine's Day?







Would you just love to enter for another chance to win a Seal Album? Perfect Valentine's Day gift to yourself or late gift for your loved one. It is too late to receive by V-day but never too late to listen to some soul music. Plus did I mention the copy of the Soul album will be signed by Seal himself?! Yes, your very own autographed copy. {I don't even own one}

To enter the contest leave me a comment telling me what your Valentine's Day plans are. Whether it is staying home with your children or going out on the town, what are you doing to share the love this Saturday? One comment per person please. Contest ends on Friday, February the 13th. Also please go send someone you care about an e-card featuring Seal, it's a great way to share great music.

Also I want to mention this Thursday, Feb. 12th at 9:00 PM CST Seal's PBS soundstage show airs. You don't want to miss that.

Random Sequence Generator

Here is your sequence:

* 6
* 5
* 4
* 7
* 2
* 1
* 3
WINNER IS: JERRI ANN, Congrats!

Friday, February 6, 2009

BlissDom '09 ~ Day One

BlissDom'09, Blissfully Domestic, BlissDom Conference, Pajama Party

Day One at BlissDom '09 is officially complete. I can't express how wonderful it has been to meet everyone. I took a ton of photos as well as videos and plan to post soon. The photos I took on my digital camera I can not upload until Sunday night when I get back home because I forgot my adapter. Sorry, guys... However I did upload a pic of myself wearing my awesome BlissDom '09 shirt from the pajama party that I took with my iPhone. Also if you want to see short clips throughout the weekend watch on twitter and my 12seconds.tv channel. I am trying to post periodically to keep everyone up to date.

I am headed to bed to try and get some shut eye before another early start tomorrow. Will try to post again tomorrow evening.

{Sending love from Nashville}

Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day from Joe

Joe's Jeans, coupon, discount, Valentin's Day, jeans
In November I was contacted by Joe's Jeans to conduct a review for them on my blog. I was so excited! I got to pick out my style from their website and then I had to tell them my size. Should be easy, right? You would think I would know my own size but NO. Let me explain of course how I came up with the wrong size. I am used to purchasing pants that come in sizes such as 0,1,3,5,7,9,11,etc. I am very petite so I do still shop in the juniors section unless I am shopping at Petite Sophisticated. Joe's Jeans come in sizes such as 24,25,26,27,28,29,30. I must have been having a blonde moment when I decided to take out a measuring tape and measure the outside of my pants. I thought it seemed like a good plan, how could I go wrong? Well apparently I didn't know what the heck I was doing and the number I came up with was way off from the number I wear. To tell you the truth I don't even know how I came up with this number. I have been married in the past and my former spouse used to wear about a 32/34 therefore I should have known if the number I got was close to that, then it was wrong, of course keyword there is SHOULD. So needless to say when I received my Joe's Jeans, while jumping for joy, ripped them open to be highly disappointed I couldn't wear them. They were five sizes too big. Yes, FIVE. I know, what kind of idiot measures five sizes larger? The company has been so gracious to let me send the jeans back and exchange for the right size. They found a way to dumby proof my sizing guess by sending me to Nordstrom's to try some on. Now my jeans are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday and again I am super excited! I can't wait to conduct my full review, although I know I'll love them, the denim was so soft. I also plan to sport my new jeans at BlissDom!

Joe's Jeans is loving him some mommas. Their blog campaigns have done so well they wanted to offer a special Valentine's Day coupon code for all our wonderful readers. You can buy a pair of jeans for yourself and get 50% off a pair for your LOVE. Or you could just get yourself another pair half price. Use code: Joeslovesmomma which is good until February 23rd.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Super Bowl Commercials

I know today was all about the Super Bowl Buzz. To be honest I am not a huge football fan, I know - shame on me. Plus it's not like my state went to the Super Bowl or anything... However, I do like to watch the commercials. Although I must admit the past couple of years I wasn't as impressed as I used to be. I watched as many commercials this time as I could while caring for children but there was one commercial that stood out the most. Did you see the Jack in the Box commercial where Jack got hit by the bus? At the end of the commercial they posted a web site link which of course struck my curiosity, apparently like many others from the speed of the site. They created a whole blog along with You Tube account just to go along with this one commercial. Now that is dedication. The thing I didn't understand was why would they show Jack being hit by a bus with his head literally cracking? I personally thought it was a little disturbing for kids to see but it also left me wondering what it meant. Was that the point of the commercial, to leave you wondering? My first reaction was that the bus symbolizes the economy and Jack was suffering as the economy crashes... Does that sound right? The first thing I said was, "is Jack in the Box going bankrupt?" Once visiting the web site/blog that they set up I couldn't gather any more information then what I saw in the commercial. There were over 300 comments left by various people. So, readers, tell me... did you see this commercial? If not go view it over on You Tube and tell me what you thought. I am curious to hear what other views are on this. Is the economy suffering so bad that even fast food restaurants are 'crashing' and creating commercials to display their hurt? If Jack in the Box fast food restaurant is not hurting economically then is it just entertaining to see Jack get hit by a bus? I am curious to know what is the real point? Also if you are concerned, on their blog they even list ways to send Get Well Wishes to Jack, along with places to upload your own videos wishing him well or a way to sign up for text message alerts letting you know Jack's update. By the way Jack in the Box is on twitter and facebook too. Am I the only one that thinks this is far fetch?

Saturday, January 31, 2009

I Did It!


NaBloPoMo, I did it, blog award

I set a goal at the beginning of this year to blog more often. So I joined the NaBloPoMo and committed to blogging once a day for the month of January. I am proud to say, I did it. 31 posts in 31 days and the above badge is what I got to show for it. I won't say that the badge is ALL I got from blogging daily because it's not. I met lots of new bloggers by being more active with my blog and have developed some great relationships with other mothers. I also enjoy taking time on my blog and keeping everyone updated.

Highlights from the month of January:
Intro to Lilly
16 Random Facts
My Momism
Vlog Update
Braces Removal
BlissDom Here I come

Plus two awesome giveaways!
You Can Make This
Momma-Made Grand Opening


I have lots of exciting things planned for February, including a domain move to a new blog. Take the time to sign up for my newsletter so you can get the first hand sneak peek into what is going on. I am sure there will also be surprises inside my newsletters! The sign up form is on the top left hand side bar of this blog.

I am going to try to continue on my pattern of blogging daily. The topic this month for NaBloPoMo is WANT. Of course bloggers don't have to blog within the theme as long as they just post daily. February should be easier to achieve since there are only 28 days. We'll see...


Friday, January 30, 2009

Fitness Friday


I will admit I have not done my duty at staying active on the Wii. Don't ask me how I got lost somewhere along the way... The other Wii Fit Mommies are wonderful and motivational! So to distract entertain you while I'm being lazy here is a video. I received this video in an e-mail and couldn't resist to pass it on. This cracks me up every time I watch it!

Enjoy



Now seriously I need to get my butt back on the Wii and start exercising!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

BlissDom Here I Come!

Besides being completely psyched about the opportunity to listen to all the brilliant women speak at BlissDom and learn some new knowledge during the conference, I am totally pumped to meet some of my {soon to be} non-exclusively-virtual friends! We have read each others blogs for months, tweeted on twitter for hours at a time and now will be able to meet face to face. How much better could it get?! BlissDom '09 will be the ultimate 'hen fest' and I can't wait to be a part of it. From conferences to cocktail parties to pajama bash... two days of excitement.

Of course if you have been around my blog for a while then you will remember this post and you know how I feel about flying. If not, take a glance back for your own amusement. I am going to try and stay focused on all my excitement brewing inside to keep my mind off of the steal object I am bottled in while it soars through the air. I am also going to try very hard not to jump and grab the person next to me each time the plane turns. Speaking of the person next to me... I e-met Amy through twitter and the blogosphere and we realized we only live less than an hour apart. Although we have not taken the time to meet we have decided to fly together to BlissDom. Honestly, as soon as I saw Amy tweet she was going to BlissDom I jumped on the opportunity to attach myself to her hip. That's right, my fear of flying is worse when flying alone. You could only imagine how giddy I was when Amy forwarded me her flight arrangements, then realizing I could get on the same flights! I am so looking forward to it...

I plan to pack the camera and the FLIP to be prepared to capture the moments on my trip. I am sure there will be plenty to 'snap' during the cocktail par-tay! I am hoping to be able to squeeze in some time to blog live from Nashville and will do my best to post some photos. Of course not to worry because as soon as I get home it will all be revealed!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Momma~Made Grand Opening Giveaway - CLOSED

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I am so excited to finally announce the Momma-Made Grand Opening!

I have been working on putting together Momma-Made since October '08. I created this on-line boutique to promote handmade items that are designed by work at home mothers. To kick off our Grand Opening I am hosting a giveaway. Just in time for Valentine's Day I thought this beautiful red handbag would be perfect!
To enter the giveaway browse Momma-Made and find which product you would love to have. Come back to this post and leave the item you just love in the comment section. Make sure you leave a way to be contacted in case you are the winner. Additional entries available; details below.
Contest ends February 4th at midnight


Numerous ways to gain extra entries into the contest below. Each action listed are considered extra entries which are completely optional. You must first leave your original entry in a comment as explained above to qualify for additional entries.

1. Tweet about this giveaway on twitter {leave link in comment} 1 entry

2. Blog about this giveaway on your blog {leave link in comment} 1 entry

3. Join our newsletter on the top left sidebar to receive behind the scenes news first hand {leave additional comment} 1 entry

4. Attend our Grand Opening virtual party at Mom Chats on Saturday, January 31st at 4:00 PM EST {leave comment saying you attended} 4 entries

5. Make a purchase at Momma-Made worth any value {leave separate comment} 5 entries

Again the additional entries into the contest are optional and not necessary to enter contest. We look forward to seeing you at our on-line party on Saturday!

Don't forget to visit us at Momma-Made and sign our guest book while you are there. Visit us often as we are still adding new products frequently. Know a mom who hand-makes products to sale? Have craft skills you want to put to good use? Contact us to place your items in our store. We are always looking for new products.

Want to enter some more great giveaways? Visit the bloggy giveaways carnival to find over 1000 more!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday Toot




This week I am tootin' my own horn for starting Momma-Made. I started the store last November and am finally getting it going with the help of Brandy. I am so excited about the store and plan to post the Grand Opening Giveaway Announcement on my blog tomorrow. So come back and check it out.

I also have my newsletter setup so you can join. Very excited about that so don't forget to enter your email in the top left corner so you get all the new information especially before I move my blog which is going to happen soon. I am switching to WordPress.

Short post this week but either way toot - toot!

Monday, January 26, 2009

You Can Make This ~ Giveaway ~ CLOSED

I am so excited about this giveaway. I was lucky enough to interact on-line with Kim, the founder of You Can Make This at Rock Your Blog with Jessica Smith. Kim was able to share her excitement about her company with me. Kim is a mom who wanted to provide downloadable instructions on how to make just about anything from children's clothing and jewelry, to handbags, home decor and more. What makes You Can Make This unique is that these instructions are written by everyday moms {just like you and me} who have an expertise in an area. They are written in a way that makes you feel as if your friend is right next to you leading the way. They all have detailed instructions and step-by-step full-color photos so even the most "craft-challenged" {ME} person can make these items for their home and families. I was really excited to check out the site since I just recently learned how to make tutus, I thought what else could I try?... By joining to receive their FREE newsletter I received a free ebooks to try out for myself. You can subscribe to their newsletter here and receive all the product instructions pictured below for FREE, plus an on-line video and digital scrapbooking frame.


Along with the free instruction manuals that come with the newsletter I also have been given the opportunity to share a $50 bundle of even more DIY instructions with one lucky reader.


To enter the contest go to You Can Make This and find one thing you would love to learn how to make. Come back to this post and leave me a comment telling me what you found. I personally can't wait to start learning how to make the "She Loves Me, She Loves Me KNOT" Handbag. There are several others that I want to try with my daughter but I believe the handbag will be first. Now remember, even if you have never sewn before, You Can Make This is a site that is designed to truly show you how. They BELIEVE you REALLY CAN make these things!

Now of course this is a giveaway so there are also extra ways to gain entries. You must first post a comment letting me know an item you want to learn to make before working on additional entries.


Additional entries:

1. Tweet this blog post announcing giveaway and leave twitter link in comment

2. Subscribe to my newsletter in the upper left hand sidebar so you can be the first to see my handbag once it is complete, then leave additional comment

3. Blog about this giveaway on your own blog and post link within comments

Contest ends January 31st at midnight. Please make sure I have a way to contact you either through your blog profile or email address incase you are the winner!

Want to enter some more giveaways? Visit the bloggy giveaways carnival to find 100's more!

And the WINNER is:
Random Sequence Generator
Here is your sequence:

9
5
19
93
77
10
46
17
35
8
21
56
67
54
{there were 96 numbers but I cut it off to save room}
Diane from Mom to Monkeys
Congratulations and thanks to everyone who entered!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bloggy Bling!

I have been given two more awards this week for my blog. I love being thought of and receiving awards {even if they are work}. For both of these awards they came with rules of writing about myself. The first one says you must list six things that make you happy and the second award rules say you must list ten honest things about yourself. Since I recently wrote 16 random facts about myself {which happen to all be true} I thought I would combine these two awards and just list ten honest things that make me happy. How is that for bending the rules?


For starters, here are the awards and who was so nice to pass them on to me.
From Cynthia at Good Enough Witch I received:
hooked on your blog award, bloggy bling, blog award
From Jenn at The Coupon Coup I received:
honest scrap award, bloggy bling, blog award

Now to try and follow the rules by listing 10 honest things that make me happy.
1. I love cuddling with my kids. I am a very affectionate person in general but I am a sucker for a child who wants to sit in my lap or sleep right next to me.

2. I love networking on the computer via twitter and blogs. I have become a social media addict. I am honestly closer to my blog buddies then I am to my real life friends. Go figure...

3. I love taking photos. I always carry a camera and most the time I have my FLIP ready to capture short film.

4. Although I feel cheesy doing it, I have actually developed a love for vlogging.

5. I love to travel. Short trips or long trips, doesn't matter... I just love a getaway, especially to see a new place.

6. I love watching movies. I don't love all movies but I do enjoy drama, most comedy, most action and some suspense.

7. I love live music. I love listening to music in general but listening to music live is the best, especially all acoustic.

8. I love to dance. I am usually shy at first but truly have a love for dance.

9. I love to host dinner parties or cook outs. I love having company over for the day.

10. Even though I am high strung I love to relax. I am a romantic who would rather have a relaxing getaway to the mountains or stay indoors for a candlelight dinner, than paint the town.

Now to pass these awards on to others. I am going to bend the rules a little again. Don't hate me! The first set of rules said to pass the award on to five people and the second award didn't have a limit. So I am going to pass both of these awards on to the same five people. I figured if they are receiving an award from me then I must be hooked on their blog and would always love to hear more honest 'scrap' about them.
So here it goes:

1. iHeartFaces
2. Writings of a WAHM
3. Baby Tee
4. The Wise Young Mommy
5. An Ordinary Life

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