Monday, October 31, 2011

14 Years of Marital Bliss - Renewal of Vows and Giveaway Winners

Happy Monday and Happy Halloween my friends! Are you ready for your Trick or Treaters tonight?  I am going to leave work a few minutes early so I can get home and be ready for the early birds!  I can't wait to see all of the cute and adorable costumes! :) 

Anyway, this past weekend my husband and I celebrated our 14 year wedding anniversary.  We went up to Fayetteville and spent the night with his mom and her husband and then got up on Saturday morning and headed for Eureka Springs.  We went to an old-timey photograph place and renewed our vows while dressed up in "costumes".  When my husband and I got married in the church all of those years ago, we completely forgot about taking wedding pictures afterwards - duh!  We have wedding pictures but not of just us with him in his suit and me in my wedding dress.  So he has been wanting to do this for such a long time so we could have an actual wedding photo.  We had a great time and the place we went (Judge Roy Bean's) in Eureka was a great experience! Here are some of the pictures taken by my in-laws and daughter during the ceremony with my camera.  They didn't all turn out real good - but you can get the "gist" of things.  I will scan and upload the "real" pictures that the place took of us during the ceremony another day.  I hope you enjoy seeing them:
As you can see, I've gained a lot of weight back and I am starting fresh today to get myself back on track.  It is just ridiculous that I've let myself go so much and I feel so bad about myself being so lazy!  Anyway, that's another story for another day - LOL

Okay - so on to the winners of the Shutterfly cards giveaway!  Since there were only 3 of you who entered - it made it easy to choose because you ALL 3 won! WOO HOO!!! Shoot me an email so I can send you your codes for your free cards! :)  FrouFrou Britches, Jennifer at Home Matters and Petty Witter were the winners.

Well, that's all for now.  Hope you have an awesome day and a safe and happy Halloween!  Thanks for stopping by to say hello.  :o)

Lots of love and hugs,

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Hump Day and Another Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday my lovies - how are you?  Great, I hope!  Things are good here - just been crazy busy - except at work (which is another story all in itself).  Anywho - I told you last week that I had 2 giveaways for you this week and you've already seen one of them so here is the 2nd giveaway for you to enter as well! contacted me last week and asked if I would like to host a giveaway for you, my wonderful readers, on behalf of Giveawayblogs and Uprinting.  Well.... of COURSE I couldn't pass that up so I said YES! I mean, who wouldn't - come on - just look at all they have to offer:
 {source} is one of the versatile Online Printing companies and one of the various services they offer is Sticker Printing.  They can also customize it according to your specific needs and offer Custom Stickers.

One (1) lucky winner will win:

250 Personalized Stickers (2" x 3.5")
70lb Label Matte, Front Only Printing, 4 Business Days Turnaround
Restriction: Limited to US residents 18 years old and above only.
* Free Shipping


1.  You must be a follower of my blog

2.  Leave me a comment here telling me which stickers you'd chose if you are the winner - 5 entries

3.  Blog about this giveaway on your blogs - 3 entries

4.  Tweet your post on Twitter - 2 entries

5.  Like/Follow UPrinting on Facebook and/or sign up on (leave me your username so   I can see that you've signed up as well - 1 entry

That's it - simple! Easy, peasy - right? :)  The winner will have until midnight on Friday, October 28th to enter.  A winner will be announced on Saturday, October 29th! Good luck!

*Disclaimer*  This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive stickers for hosting.

Well, thanks for stopping by my friends!  Have an awesome day! 

Lots of love and hugs,

Monday, October 24, 2011

Shutterfly’s 2011 Holiday Card Giveaway

Happy Monday my friends!  How are you?  How was your weekend?  Anything fun and exciting happen?  We had a wonderful weekend but a very busy and productive one.  I am totally exhausted today, however - ha!  I can't wait to catch up on your blogs and see what you've been up to the last few days.

On another note, remember last week I told you that I had been contacted by Shutterfly to do a post and giveaway for you - my wonderful readers?  Well, I was and I can't wait to share it with you!

Have you ever heard of Shutterfly?  If so, have you ever used them before?  I have been a member of Shutterfly for so many years now, that I can't even count.  They are a wonderful photo printing website and one that you can save all of your pictures to that will never be deleted, even if you don't order pictures from them.  I, of course, have ordered tons of photos from them over the years, but what I enjoy the most is that I can upload all of my pictures to the internet to their website, and never have to worry about my pictures being deleted by accident, or my computer crashing and losing all of my precious photos. 

This year, I can't wait to use their photo service again to order my Christmas cards though.  It's been a while since we've had a great family photo to use as a Christmas card.  Even before I was contacted for this great give-away - I have been scouring their website in search of the "perfect" card to use.   They have over 929 Christmas card designs to choose from - I mean - WOW - talk about a selection! :)  Some of my favorites include:  The Family Wall, Merry Montage, Wonder of Wonders and Holiday Love Sketch just to name a few.

Here are a few of their holiday product pages for you to go take a look at and see what I mean - you can even make your own photo gifts to give away as presents this year:

holiday cards
Christmas cards
greeting cards
Christmas photo cards
calendars to
photo gifts

And one of the BEST parts is that Shutterfly has agreed to giveaway not only a set of 25 FREE Holiday/Christmas cards to ONE of my lucky readers, but a set of 25 to THREE of my lucky readers! So.... get busy and go check out their website to see which cards you'd love to use for your Christmas/Holidays this year! 

Okay - so now that I've given you most of the exciting news - you're probably wondering how YOU can win this giveaway right? :)  Well, I'm so glad you asked!  Here's all you have to do:


You must be a follower of my blog

Leave me a comment here telling me which is your favorite Christmas or Holiday Card and which one you'd chose if you are one of the winners - 5 entries

Blog about this giveaway on your blogs - 3 entries

Tweet your post on Twitter - 2 entries

That's it - simple!  Easy, peasy - right? :) 

Well, thanks for stopping by my friends to say hello and be sure to check out Shutterfly's awesome website.  Even if you are not one of the lucky winners, I promise you will NOT be disappointed with any of their services!  Like I said, I have used them for many, many years and have never been disappointed with anything I have ever ordered from them.  They are truly one of the best photo websites out there and I am so thrilled that they contacted me for this wonderful promotion!  Now, don't just set there - go check them out and see what I mean!  I will draw a winner this Friday so that gives you plenty of time to order your cards and get them in to send out before the holidays!

One more thing - Are you a blogger? Want a chance at 25 free cards this holiday season? Register here:

Thanks for stopping by to say hello and have a great day!

Lots of love and hugs,

Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy Friday and Upcoming Giveaways!

Happy Friday my peeps! Wow - I can't believe it's been yet another full week since my last post - this is getting ridiculously out of hand - HA!  Things have been so crazy lately and busy that blogging has unfortunately taken a back burner if you know what I mean.  Anyway, I promise to have pictures soon from my girls weekend last week- it was WONDERFUL and I had such an AWESOME time!  I can't wait to go back and do it again! :)

On another note - be sure to be on the look out this weekend for two giveaways that I have coming up.  I was contacted by both Shutterfly AND Uprinting about giving away some of their really cool products to some of my wonderful readers - LIKE YOU! :) 

Anyway, must run for now - but wanted to do a quick hello and let you know I am still around and promise to be back soon!  Have an awesome weekend and thanks for stopping by to say hello!  I've been lurking on all of your blogs but haven't had a chance to comment - but know I am reading each and every one of them and hope to get back on track very soon! 

Lots of love and hugs,

Friday, October 14, 2011

TGIF and Girls Weekend Getaway

Happy TGIF guys and dolls!  How the heck are ya?  Great, I hope!  Yeah, yeah, I know, I know - it's been over a week since my last post but what can I say - life has had it's ups and downs lately and blogging was the last thing on my mind, if you know what I mean.  Anyway, I wanted to stop by for a quick hello and see how things are going with all of you peeps!  Any weekend plans?  My kids both have their homecoming dance tonight at the high school and that's about it with them for now.

I am going away with some girlfriends for a girls weekend and simply CAN.NOT.WAIT!!! WOOT WOOT!!!!  After the last few months I've had, this couldn't come at a better time!  I hope to have a lot of pictures for you on Monday from my trip along with pictures of my kid's homecoming dance.  I am off to catch up on your blogs now and can't wait to see what you've been up to in my absence.  Have a lovely day and a glorious weekend my friends and thanks for stopping by to say hello!

Lots of love and hugs,

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Halloween Decorations

Good morning, lovies! How are you?  It is 3:15 a.m. Central time and I am WIDE awake - *sigh*   I have so many things going on in my mind that I can't even sleep.  I hate when my brain doesn't shut down at night or stay shut down so that I can get a good night's rest.  Oh well... maybe it will get better once I know for sure if it is my gallbladder that's giving me fits or not.  If it's not, then I will move on to more tests - ugh!

Anywho - enough of my whining this morning - I wanted to show you my Halloween decorations for my mantle and kitchen table.  It's not up to my standards to be honest, but it will have to do for now as I've just not been up to tweaking it to perfection - ha!

Beware (made using contact paper and my cricuit machine - then colored the words with black magic marker)
One of my favorite pieces that I got from AC Moore last year - the witch bowl and I put spooky eyeballs in it
Love these glittery spiders from the Dollar Tree
Another couple of my favorite pieces that I got from Yankee Candle last year.  I need to light the candles because they drip red "blood"
Well, that's about all I can "muster" up this morning.  I think I am going to try and go back to bed so I can hopefully fall asleep before having to get up again at 5:30.  I hope that you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by to say hello.

Lots of love and hugs,

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I'M BACK! Didja Miss Me? :)

Happy Wednesday my peeps and welcome to Hump Day! :)  Wow - can you believe it's already October?  Sheesh!  Where has this year gone?!!  I'm sorry that I've been MIA again lately but life has.....well - thrown a few curves at me lately.  Everything is going wonderful in the marriage department finally - YAY!  So that is one thing off my plate - but.... the other thing that has been an issue is that I went to the ER on Wednesday morning of last week and then was in the hospital overnight until Thursday morning.  I went in thinking I was having an appendix attack but they were able to rule that completely out thankfully.  BUT something is still wrong and we are thinking it's more of a gallbladder issue - blah.... I go back this Friday morning for a radioactive test to scan my gallbladder to see if it is functioning properly or not.  Then I go back the following Tuesday to my dr. to get the results. 

I have a few gripes and complaints with my hospital and the drs. that took care of me during my stay.  I was there from Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. until Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m.  The ER doctor couldn't figure out WHAT was wrong with me after running blood tests, etc., so he called in a SURGEON to come check me out - good grief!  Anyway, the surgeon ordered more blood tests, a CT Scan and an ultrasound of my gallbladder.  The results all came back normal.  My poor husband was out of State and had to drive home once they told me I was being admitted to the hospital.  He was out of state for a conference for work.  He felt so awful that he wasn't there to take me to the hospital that morning.  Luckily my son was there to go with me though - thank goodness! :) 

Anyway - I will fill you in on the details later when I know what the results are.  I am hoping that it IS my gallbladder so I can get it taken out and MOVE ON - it's so frustrating being in pain and sick and feeling downright puny all of the time - especially when I am an ON THE MOVE kinda girl! :) 

Thanks for sticking with me and not giving up on me during my downtime - I really needed that bloggy break to refocus myself and get my priorities back in order.  I hope that you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by to say hi and catch up with me.  On another note - I am leaving you with this funny - I hope you enjoy it - it was too cute to pass up! LOL

Ha ha! 

 Lots of love and hugs,