Monday, January 31, 2011

What I'm getting my honey for Valentine's Day - Shhhhh, don't tell.

Every Valentine's day Shane and I choose a different theme for our Valentines gifts. Last year was "something under $10". Shane's gift blew mine out of the water. This year's theme is "something homemade". I'm stepping it up a bit.

My first gift is a personalized Calendar from Minted. I was going to make him a book of our family photos but I thought he would like something more useful.  He likes a clean desk for his work office, so instead of cluttering it with a bunch of family photos, I just made him a grand calendar in fling theme. Minted has the most scrumptious paper and beautiful design. I know he is going to love it. It turned out amazing. So beyond the regular "photo paper" calendars. I was really tempted by the more "yellow and gray" look of the vintage calendar, but this is for Shane, not me. 

It's our 10 year anniversary in May, so I added a photo of the Spokane LDS temple, 
where we were married.

Too bad we don't have a photo that includes our new nephew, Sam.
The other gift is...wait for it...... a subscription to Bon Appetit. Okay, I know that isn't a homemade gift, or even something a guy would want. But, here's the real gift. Every month he receives his magazine, I will make him a three course dinner from it's pages. Whatever he wants. He can pick an appetizer, entree and dessert.  I will serve this dinner at the table with candlelight, outside on a blanket, in front of the TV or in bed. Always his choice. I will also take care of all the dishes. 

Nice right? It's kind of a gift to me too. 
It gets my cooking stepped up a notch and gives me a night with Shane. 

What are you doing for Valentine's Day? Any other fun gift ideas? 

Sunday, January 30, 2011

i love winter

The winner of the 24 Pear Tree Kid's Valentines is Kelly from Kelly and Gunner. Congrats! Email me and I will get you your prize.

I have a great giveaway coming up for any of you with little girls. Be excited....

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Little Lady

One week old.

One year old.

Two years old.

Three years old.

4 years old.

How is my baby five years old today? And how does she keep getting more and more beautiful?

Happy Birthday Lydia Jane. Thank you for making me a mommy.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Deal Alert! Free Glasses!

Sorry about two posts in one day, but I just saw that Coastal Contacts is giving away another 10,000 pairs of prescription glasses tomorrow morning! This deal happened last month and I scored my new pair for only $15! That was the shipping. Make sure you have your prescription handy so you can be one of the 10,000. You know I'll be getting another pair. 

By the way, what do you think of my new specs? I promise I wasn't trying to strike an "I'm too sexy" pose. I think it was my Farrah hair taking control.

Details as follows thanks to Freebies to Deals.

Coastal Contacts is giving away 10,000 more pairs of Free Glasses away!  This starts Jan 28th at 7:00am MST.  So you will want to be online early to make sure you can get your pair.  You will just have to pay shipping- which is about $10-$15! 

Head over and "Like" Coastal Contacts on Facebook. Then, the free glasses promo code will be revealed.

Starting Jan 28 th at 7:00am MST, you can head directly to the Coastal Contacts website and place your order with the promo code. The first 10,000 to place their order will get their glasses FREE!

Valentine Lovelies - And a giveaway!

I know it's a little early, but I have been helping Lydia address her valentines for school and I have the big "day of love" on my mind. This year, I want a babysitter for the evening and some snow. That way Shane and I can go for a chilly walk and end it with hot chocolate. Sounds perfect. (And if someone wants to remind him I want a replacement remote opener for my car, that would be great too.)

Pear Tree Greetings Giveaway!

You can win 24 FREE kids' Valentine's Day Cards from Pear Tree Greetings!  To enter : Simply comment on this post and let me know your favorite thing about Valentines day or head over to Pear tree and tell me which set of Valentine's Day cards you'd choose if you won.  24 cards is enough for most classes and you can even put your child's photo on lots of them! Though my favorite is the one I have pictured above. So cute!  I'll announce the winner on January 30!  Good luck! (US addresses only)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Favorite Posts of 2010

Usually I do a "Best of" in January. See 20092008 and 2007. This year I'm going to do something a little different. This is a list of my personal favorite posts and photos of the last year. Not so much the giveaways and the "lovelies" series. Just the posts that meant the most to me, or were the most fun. After a year with so much change, I like to see it at a glance.

I think this is the longest post I've ever done.

January - 2010

And in a mini black and white photo shoot here.

Post "My Day".

February 2010

Snow Day. And calling out the winter wussies in the South.

March 2010

And having minor breakdowns and wanting my mommy.

Wishing for my Dream House.

Deciding what to call the "wee wees and the pee pees"


April 2010

Playing in the Yellow Springtime.

Took a photography class. See photos here.

May 2010

Realizing just how far I am from being the perfect housewife.

Why I try to heed the "Universal pieces of advice". 

And why I'm just so Festive.

June 2010

Photographing baby's first home. (Oh. I miss Chattanooga. And this house.)

July 2010

And things just making me happy.

August 2010 

September 2010

And then having a nervous breakdown about it.

Wondering if I'm really cut out to be a mom.

and Reminded why I do it.

October 2010 

An Autumn Baby Shower for my sister.

And speaking of sisters:

November 2010

December 2010 

That was a fun walk through memory lane. And that didn't even include my family blog!

Thank you for all your lovely comments and emails over the last year. It was a hard one for me, and your support was so comforting.

If you do a "Best of 2010" please send me the link. I would love to see your year at a glance.

Happy Monday :)

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