9/5/14

Giveaway! Paper Pumpkin Wish Big Kit

I'm so excited to offer you the chance to win the Paper Pumpkin Wish Big Kit! I recently reviewed this kit and the sponsor has graciously offered the kit for giveaway. Read my review HERE to check out all the fabulous paper Stampin' Up! crafting supplies that come in this monthly subscription kit, then enter below for your chance to win!
Win the Paper Pumpkin Wish Big Kit!
To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. Only one entry is mandatory to enter, but the more entries you do, the better your chance to win. Giveaway ends on 9/15/2014. Open to US residents ages 18 and older. Good luck!

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GourmetGiftBaskets.com's Top 5 Gifts for Grandparent's Day

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Grandparents' Day is September 7 and GourmetGiftBaskets.com has gifts of all kinds that will put a smile on Grandma and Grandpa! Here are their Top 5 Gifts:

1. Almond Strawberry Delight, $19.99
Could you get a more affordable, yet delectable gift for the grandparents you know? Not likely. In a beautiful matte finished box, gourmet roasted and salted almonds are paired with a medley of premium dried fruits for a tasty, relatively guilt-free snack. This would be a big hit with more health-conscious grandparents, too. Click here to see it.

2. Baked Goods Sampler Basket, $29.99
While this is another very affordable gift, it also can really satisfy a sweet tooth and we all know many grandparents still love their sweets. Inside this beautiful basket, rich brownies (chocolate chunk and cheesecake) are artfully arranged with tempting cookies (white chocolate macadamia, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip and peanut butter.) There are also larger versions of this baked goods basket, too. Click here to see it.

3. Wine Party Picnic Ravenswood Duo, $99.99
For the wine-loving grandparents, this impressive arrangement makes the perfect gift. Inside a signature willow-branch basket, delighted grandparents will find two bottles of coveted Ravenswood wine paired with an assortment of mouthwatering accompaniments. Complete with a zesty tomato bruschetta, crisp deli-style crackers, and slow smoked cheese, this sophisticated gift is sure to make a great impression. Get a taste of it right here.

4. Ultimate Margarita Madness Bucket, $119.99
This is the perfect celebratory gift for grandparents who really like to have a good time. Loaded with premium margarita mix and many different savory snacks like spicy salsas and zesty tortilla chips, this basket gives grandparents everything they need for a fiesta that can't be beat. See this South Of The Border Treat here.

5. Red Wine And Dark Chocolate Suitcase with Torpedo Cigar, $179.99
GourmetGiftBaskets.com has many gifts that are quite indulgent and this is certainly one of them. Inside an elegant suitcase, a collection of sophisticated tastes begins with the remarkably well-balanced Torpedo Barber Cigar and two coveted red wines. These flavors are then expertly paired with an assortment of irresistible gourmet treats, including chocolate-drenched fruits and exquisitely crisp cookies. This is a gift few grandparents will ever forget. Behold this beauty right here.
I received their Almond Strawberry Delight which features a bag of their Strawberry Harvest Trail Mix and a bag of Salted, Roasted Almonds. They are fresh and so delicious, either on their own or mixed together for a power snack. I can always trust the quality of GourmetGiftBaskets.com!
See the hundreds of wonderful gift ideas for Grandparent's Day, holiday, or any special occasion at www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com! This family-owned company has fabulous customer service, affordable prices, and excellent quality products. You won't be disappointed and your grandparents will be thrilled that you remembered to celebrate them.

9/4/14

Bloggers Wanted - Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop

Join us for the Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop
hosted by Planet Weidknecht
and LeahSay's Views
from September 23 - October 8, 2014

By adding your blog link below, you agree to:
Post your own dedicated giveaway for this event, from September 23, 2014 at 12:01a.m. until October 8, 2014 at 11:59p.m. Giveaway may be company-sponsored or self-sponsored. Giveaway prize must be family-friendly and worth at least $25.00. Prize does not need to be pumpkin themed. Blogs without giveaways posted by 10:00a.m. on September 23 will be removed from the linky list. Signups close on September 20.

You aren't required to post in advance of the giveaway hop, but if you'd like to add the button to your sidebar, please link it to this post so that others may join in too.

Please also join the Weidknecht Events Facebook Group at:
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Your giveaway post (on September 23) must include:
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Links to the hosts: Planet Weidknecht (http://www.weidknecht.com)
and LeahSay's Views (http://leahsaysviews.com/)
Provided linky list of all participating bloggers
Your giveaway and contest form

HTML will be provided at least one day before the hop begins, both by email and post in the Weidknecht Events Facebook Group.
Questions can be directed to LisaWeidknecht@hotmail.com.

Easy Crafting with Paper Pumpkin - Stampin' Up! #DIY

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Look at these beautiful paper crafts I made! I am so excited about Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up! These new monthly subscription boxes make it so easy for me to create things I am proud to share with others.
With the products included in this box, I was able to create a pretty 3-dimensional birthday card in just minutes. I can customize it any way I want and the only thing I needed from my own supplies was a pair of scissors. Even the envelope was included.
Can you guess what's inside this darling gift box? Can you believe I made it myself with just Paper Pumpkin supplies? Stampin' Up! paper supplies are among the very best available so I know I'm always going to be happy with my creations.
Everything arrived well packaged and not a single item was damaged in any way. The box contained six cards and six envelopes, all blank and just waiting for me to decorate them. Plus, if I'm not feeling very creative, Paper Pumpkin includes a guide to give me step-by-step instructions!
The six gift boxes are already pre-cut and ready to assemble, which took me barely a minute to do. They are made from a quality, glossy cardstock material and don't require any adhesive to assemble. Just fold and fill them!
I also received a black ink pad and a sheet of brand new stamps so I can change up the messages on my gift cards, depending upon the occasion. You can semi-adhere them to an acrylic block if you wish, but it was easy for me to use them as is.
This kit also came with silver cardstock star cut-outs, a sticker sheet of striped rectangles to use as card embellishments, and two sticker sheets of blue stars and blue letters.
This kit also came with two cardstock sheets of gift tags ready to be decorated. They just punch right off the sheet and even come pre-cut with a hole for the string. The string and a roll of satiny white ribbon is also included.
What more could you want? How about a shipping box that doubles as the perfect place to store all of the beautiful Paper Pumpkin crafting supplies?
The new Paper Pumpkin subscription boxes offer you a new project every month! Check out these other great projects in some of their other boxes:
  

Ready to get started? Visit Paper Pumpkin today to learn more, to sign up yourself or a friend, and get creative! At less than $20 per month, it's an affordable way to learn how to do new projects and start collecting high-quality Stampin' Up! products.

The Texas Boot Company - Bastrop, Texas

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Located east of the Austin, Texas area is the historic town of Bastrop. There you will find The Texas Boot Company, a huge store that truly encapsulates what most people think of when they picture a true Texan.
My husband and I visited The Texas Boot Company and as we pulled up to park the car, there was no mistaking the trailer full of cattle parked out front. Yes, this is Texas! Located at 733 Old Austin Highway, The Texas Boot Company is easily accessible from state highway 71.
Walking through the front doors, we immediately inhaled the wonderfully distinctive smell of real leather. There were rows upon rows of boots in every imaginable size and color. The Texas Boot Company is not just a store, it's a destination.
We were greeted in true southern hospitality and offered our choice of coffee, water, beer, or a margarita. My husband went for the beer and I requested a margarita. Who cares that it was only 11:00a.m.?
Our tour of The Texas Boot Company was led by Marc, who is the owner. There are departments of boots, clothes, and hats, plus accessories like belts, handbags, and jewelry. They feature great designer items and we even saw several boot designs that were created by their own employees.
The Texas Boot Company has a big room towards the back of the store that is often used for gatherings and even has a calf-roping machine for use. There is also a John Deere buckboard wagon and the beginnings of a boot museum. There is so much to see!
The employees are exactly what you would imagine - tall, handsome men in cowboy boots and cowboy hats. I spied a few females working throughout the store too, but who wouldn't want this guy helping them?
With so many boots to choose from, I wanted to try on absolutely everything. There are tons of brand names available at The Texas Boot Company!
I loved these short-height leather booties and they were really comfortable, but I decided I wanted a more traditional style of boots.
Many of the boots feature great color schemes with reds, blues, pinks, greens, and more. Some of them make a real statement with lots of bling.
I was surprised at how comfortable the pointed-toe boots felt on my feet. I had a pre-conceived notion that my toes might feel cramped, but that notion was quickly trumped.
I did have a preference on heel height though. I really loved the feel and fit of these gray boots with the tan lacy-looking overlay, but decided a lower heel was a better choice for me.
These fringe boots are all the rage right now and were simply beautiful, but I already have a pair similar to these and was looking for something a bit more casual.
Check out these fabulous Texas flag boots! The leather is really soft and although they made a real statement, I wanted something a bit more neutral so I could wear my boots with everything.
I definitely noticed the amazing furniture throughout the store. How much more Texan can a place get?
It is SO much fun to shop at The Texas Boot Company! Everyone is so nice and no one cared that I wanted to try on nearly every pair in the store.
With the help of Marc, the owner, I finally found my perfect pair of boots! Made by Corral, these boots are the perfect heel height and calf height, and they fit me perfectly.
The neutral colors mean I can wear them with virtually anything and there is just a touch of bling to make them fancy without overdoing it.
Visiting The Texas Boot Company in Bastrop, Texas, was a fabulous experience! And don't miss the adorable, tiny cowboy boots for babies near the registers! There are boots there for everyone in the family.
You can certainly shop online at www.texasbootcompany.com from anywhere in the world, but if you're in Texas, you absolutely must make this stop in your travels!
Y'all be sure to have some real Texas barbecue while you're in Bastrop and take a historic tour of the downtown area too! A huge thanks to Marc and everyone at The Texas Boot Company!
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Kaela's Mighty Fight Against Childhood Cancer

Join Auntie Anne’s in the

Mighty Fight Against Childhood Cancer‏!

Read about Kaela's inspiring story HERE!
By donating, you’re helping Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation fund potentially life-saving cancer research. Here is what your donation could fund: 
·         $5: Supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation one cup at a time
·         $15: Provides a gas card to help a family drive to a hospital for treatment
·         $25: Funds a half hour of childhood cancer research
·         $50: Funds one hour of childhood cancer research
·         $100: Enables a family to reside at a nearby hotel so they can stay close to their child receiving treatment
·         $400: Funds one day of childhood cancer research 
If Auntie Anne’s reaches its goal of $35,000, they will help fund 700 hours of childhood cancer research! In appreciation of your donation, Auntie Anne’s will email all donors a $1 off coupon, valid at participating U.S. stores, within 7-10 days after your contribution. 
They also believe a small donation goes a mighty long way. For every time you share the campaign, Auntie Anne’s, Inc. will also donate $0.25 towards childhood cancer research.


9/2/14

Family Tree Pillow - Simply French Market Etsy #decor

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Now that we are finally moved into our empty nest home, I have the joy of completely redecorating. I've been painting, shopping for furniture, and digging through boxes to find my decor. I just received this amazing Family Tree Pillow from Simply French Market on Etsy and it's the perfect piece to bring a personal touch to our family room.
One of several amazing designs, this Family Tree Pillow features mason jars hanging from a tree branch, each one featuring the name of my family members. Terri at Simply French Market will customize your favorite family tree pillow design with names, dates, and more to suit your home decorating tastes.
This pillow is has a darling vintage look, with cream-colored crinkly cotton material on front and brown burlap on the back. It's beautifully made and is a constant reminder to me that, even though my children are grown and flown, we are always a family.
A Family Tree Pillow is a fantastic gift idea for weddings, birthdays, Mother's day, or any special occasion. Mine arrived quickly and packaged well. I am absolutely thrilled with my Family Tree Pillow and the neutral color scheme goes perfectly in any room.
I decided my Family Tree Pillow is going in my family room, so that it's one of the first decor items people see when they walk through the door. The green in the pillow also pulls color in from my open kitchen and once I paint my family room walls a touch darker, the cream color of the pillow will pop off my new tan furniture.
Go check out all the Family Tree Pillow designs at Simply French Market on Etsy. You can also find lots of other great decor pieces to bring a rustic cottage french flair to your home. Terri will work closely with you during the design process to make sure you are satisfied. I highly recommend Simply French Market!

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