Monday, November 30, 2009

  • Vanilla Joy has a fabulous Black Friday giveaway going on!

  • Her prizes include the following:
Step2 Kitchen, Sharp Blu-Ray DVD Player, JVC Picsio, Cars Race Set, Shade Sweater, Seagate Theatre,
Also, while you are visiting her site check out her posts on:

What are Your 5 Favorite Holiday Activities to do with Your Kids?

!. I enjoy cooking with my kids, especially Christmas cookies and fudge!
2. I really enjoy taking my kids ice skating during the holidays.
3. We enjoy riding around the neighborhood looking at the Christmas lights.
4. We enjoy decorating the Christmas tree and adding all the ornaments the kids have made over the years.
5. We always go to the Christmas Eve service at Church as a family.
My favorite gifts to give during the Holidays are thoughtful, hand picked gifts for the person you are buying for. A couple of years ago, I purchased a set of colored pencils at Staples for my sister for Christmas. She was just thrilled because she had recently started drawing again. To make the Holidays less stressful, I try to do as much as possible in advance! I start my Christmas shopping for the next year as soon as Christmas is over.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

FreeAgent Go Portable Drive 500 GB! Giveaway Ends 12/05/09

You can win a Free Agent Go Portable Drive 500 GB from Networking Witches!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

1. What 5 items are top on your holiday wish list?
A laptop computer (for my son)
A family vacation to London, we want to do a Beatles tour!
A drum set for me, I've always wanted to learn to play the drums!
A new desk top computer to share with the family
A new mattress for my bed

2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received?
My mother made me a quilt when I was a girl. The pattern is the DoubleWedding
ring and it is lovely.

3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle?
I have always wanted to try making home made candles, maybe next year!

4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child?
I remember one year I got a beautiful doll with blond hair and she had a silver dress and go go boots, she was my favorite Christmas gift.

5. What items are top on your kids wish list this year?
One son would like a laptop computer and the other wants a new amp for his guitar and a new guitar strap.

6. What is your favorite holiday food?
I love sweets of all kinds, especially fudge!

7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays?
I am going to try to make some snowflake ornaments for our tree and I would like to try a Martha Stewart craft with glitter and photos.

8. What is your favorite holiday movie?
Hands down, my favorite is "A Christmas Story". I just love Ralphie and his family, this movie reminds me of my childhood. I'm sure that why I love it so.

9. Favorite holiday song?
White Christmas
We Three Kings
Silent Night

10. Favorite holiday pastime?
Picking just the right gift for loved ones and seeing the look on their faces when they open it, priceless!

Now what is on your list?


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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Free and Flawed is giving away a HP Pavilion dm3 computer!
I would love to win this computer for my son!
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I would love to win this computer for my 16 year old son!

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Mommy Files has an awesome giveaway! She has an Audiovox Portable DVD Player,
RCA Small Wonder Camera EZ207 and a RCA LYRA “Slider” SL5008 up for grabs!
My Black Friday Plan of attack is to stay home! I will try to do most of my shopping online or during the next few weeks.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Win a Jillian Michael’s new Wii game Fitness Ultimatum 2010 or a Wii Fit Plus board !

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Win a Clarisonic! The Clarisonic cleans more than twice as effectively as manual cleaning and leaves your skin soft and smooth.

Partylite Siena Lights Home Accents

You can win a Partylite Siena Lights Crushed Mosaic 3-Wick Holder, a Universal Tealight Ring, and a package of Cranberry Delights Tealights.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Win a Men's Casio Wave Ceptor Watch at I Like it Frantic! Casio Men’s Wave Ceptor Watches are
water resistant and have an auto LED light and the Neo-brite hands that make it easy for reading in dimmer conditions.
Win a Futura Laptop Desk at I like it Frantic! With the Futura Laptop Desk you can bring your laptop to a more comfortable working position and thus reduce the risk of back strain.
Win a Brenthaven Laptop Case at I Like it Frantic!
Win at Nicole's Nichels!

Carolina Pad Laptop Tote, Padfolio and File Folders

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What three favorite family Thanksgiving traditions have you passed or will pass on to your children?

The family traditions that we have observed and are passing on to our children may be a little different from the "norm" . We moved to Texas from North Carolina 25 years ago, when my husband got a job with an airline in Houston. It is very hard to travel on the airline on holidays, especially for employees, so we have spend almost every Thanksgiving away from our families and had to create our own traditions. The area where we live is made up of lots of families in much the same circumstances as we are, so a group of friends and neighbors get together early on Thanksgiving morning to have fellowship and a Turkey fry. We all bring breakfast foods and our turkey to fry. It is a great opportunity to catch up with friends and now that the kids are older and many are in college, it is a perfect chance for them to see old friends as well. The other traditions that we observe have to do with food! We always have basically the same menu which has become a tradition. The only deviation from the menu is in the deserts. Each of the four of our family picks a desert. My youngest son always picks chocolate pie, but the rest of us might choose something different from year to year.
While I wish that we could have spent Thanksgivings in North Carolina with our families, we have made our Thanksgivings special and meaningful.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Win a $50 Visa Gift Card from Kleenex Tissues and and The Not So Blog's Experimental Mommy!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card from!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Win a Zhu Zhu pet! This seasons hottest toy!
Enter to win a fabulous Wilton Cookie Exchange Hostess prize pack!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Win a FreeAgent Go from Seagate! I have had some unfortunate computer experiences with the "blue screen of death" and have lost some important information stored on my computer. Backing up your computer is so important. but something I often forget to do. I Like it Frantic is giving away a FreeAgent Go from Seagate.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Shop Online Safely With F-Secure + $150 Giveaway

You can win F-Secure and $150 Amazon Gift Certificate! I am always worried about internet security as most people are. I have had my credit card number stolen, not sure if it was from an online purchase or not but you can never be too careful.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Giveaway & Review: Hoover Platinum LiNX Cordless Stick Vac
Just in time for Christmas! Take a look at these beautiful Wooden Toyboxes they can be personalized and would make a lovely gift and would surely become a family heirloom.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

You can win a $150 GC to Campus Quilts to create a quilt out of your t-shirts or baby clothes!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Yoplait Saves Lids to Save Lives giveaway!
Lenox & TwitterMoms Drinks of the SeasonMore Drinks of the Season Recipes
  • 12 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 1/2 quarts heavy cream
  • 3 cups bourbon
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 2 cups cognac
  • Freshly grated nutmeg


  1. In a very large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and pale yellow. Gradually add sugar to yolks. With a wire whisk, beat in milk and 1 quart cream. Add bourbon, rum, and cognac, stirring constantly.
  2. Just before serving, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into mixture. Whip remaining 1/2 quart heavy cream until stiff, and fold in. Sprinkle with nutmeg.