Sunday, March 6, 2011

I'd like to thank the academy....

I've not been a blogger very long, just a few shorts months actually. BUT, I've been a blog stalker for like...forever! Not sure if ya noticed but there are a lot of brilliant women (and men!) out there in blogville!

Creative genius storytellers and oober talented crafters!

Most share their homes, their decors, their crafts. Most make us drool, laugh, dream and create. Some break our hearts, steal our tears and make us appreciate what we may have been overlooking in our own lives.

What ties us all together is the wide world web that is woven into our society, our homes. It connects us in ways unheard of by past generations.
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I love being a part of it all, no matter how small my part may be. Which leads me to....

I was nominated for The Stylish Blogger Award. Thank you, Purple Paisley Pinwheels!

To Accept The Award you must:

1.)Thank and Link Back to the Blogger who awarded you with this award

2.)Share 7 Things About Yourself

3.)Award 8 Recently Discovered Great Bloggers

4.)Contact The Bloggers and inform them of their award

7 things about me:

1. I am freakishly good at finding 4-leaf clovers! Seriously, I can be walking through my yard at normal pace, notice one in passing, stop and pick it up. No, they don't bring good luck. Yes, where you find one you can usually find another. The most I ever found in one day (in one hour!!) was 16.

2. I am almost 6 foot tall. Yea, yea, you all think that's a good thing until you go jeans shopping with me (36" inseams are HARD to find and usually expensive!). No, I didn't play basketball. No, I'm not model (I have hips!). My hubs is 6'1" so I avoid heels when we will be standing side by side (church).

3. My father, brother and husband all share the same first name, Jeffery (only my hubs spells his Jeffrey). My legal name is Becky as is my grandmother's (mom's mom). My mother and mother-in-law's legal name is Rebecca (Mom goes by Becca, Mil goes by Becky!). Gets confusing at Christmas!! (We go by last initials: Becky C., Becky S., Becky H., Becca B., Jeff E., Jeff C. and brother goes by Rob...whew!)

4. I have a TERRIBLE memory. For real! I almost made it home one day after work when I realized I hadn't picked up my kids at daycare yet! In my defense, I was talking on my cell phone to my sister who had me totally distracted laughing!

5. This is going to sound a little strange but hey, we all have tics, right? Right?? Plz tell me you do, too. I rub the back of my hand against hard surfaces when I walk by them. Walls, doors, counters. No, not ALL surfaces and not ALL the time. But I catch myself rubbing the headboard when I am trying to go to sleep sometimes. My hubs notices it but thinks nothing of it. Plz, don't think I'm a freak. I've done it since I was little.

6. My dog sleeps in the bed with my hubs and I. He's a dachshund so he doesn't take up much room. He curls up in the curve of my back and sleeps there all night. :)

7. I love candles. The ones that smell like vanilla, or clean linens, cupcakes or buttercream icing. I have 6 of them in my living room and I light them almost every night. I love the glow they put off, it makes my home looks so inviting.

So there you have it. A few things about me that you didn't previously know. That was a lot harder than I thought it would have been. Can you think of 7 randon facts about you that you are willing to share about yourself?

And without further ado, here are the 8 bloggers I pass this award onto...

1. GusAndLula

2. BeingBrook

3. This Little Light of Mine

4. Sweet Pea and Pumpkins

5. Pickled Pink

6. My Life as Prose

7. Crafts by Holly

8. 4 Growing Boys

I'm sending out email notifications to all you bloggers I nominated!
Everone, feel free to comment below with your unusual tics so I know I'm not alone here. ;)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Giveaway over at A Bowl Full of Lemons and look what I made from The Little Brown House tutorial!!

So I've been gone for a while, huh? Well, baseball has started up again (BOTH my boys are playing this year), I've thrown another baby shower (post and pix to come!!) and I've had a housewarming party in my new home. head is still spinning!!

On the upside, my blog is about to get a little more interesting! I have actual stuff to blog about!! :)

First up, there is a great giveaway going on over at A Bowl Full of Lemons. Wanna know what she is giving away?? TUPPERWARE!! I know, I'm dying! Everyone loves Tupperware, right?? And have you seen their new products? Gorg!!

And look at her cabinets!!
I know, it makes me sick! If you could only see my messy pantry. Pitiful shape!

So, yeah, I need some tupperware. If I don't win, can someone donate some to me so my cabinets can look like this??

Head over there to enter!

Next up, look what I made!!

I made my first brown coffee filter wreath!! A big thanks to The Little Brown House for her oh-so-easy to follow (and comical) tutorial.

It took me maybe an hour to complete mine? I used T-pins that were my husband's grandmother's wig pins. Is that disturbing??? I don't think they were ever used...

Anyway, they are now living in a styrofoam wreath. Seriously one of the easiest things I have ever made!!

And how about a sneak peek at that baby shower I hosted for a sweet little baby boy....

You'd never guess (unless you got REALLY close) that the brown pennent was made using BROWN LUNCH SACKS!!!!

Well, that's all you are getting for now. Check back for some more baby shower goodness. :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

GIVEAWAY!! Who doesn't love chocolate, huh?????

Chocolate and Valentine's go hand in hand, right? So what better time for a chocolate giveaway?? Head over to A Bowl Full of Lemons and get in on this delicious giveaway from Dove Chocolate Discoveries!

Let me warn you, the chocolate is very graphic and may actually make your mouth water just gazing at it. Yeah, it looks that good! So go enter for the giveaway and good luck to you all!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentine's for Him

What do you have planned for your sweetheart for V-day? Do you go with the traditional romantic celebration or the newly popular unromantic route? I haven't decided yet but the deadline is creeping up on me. I'd like to do something sporty, outdoors and manly this year but it has been SO COLD!! Since I have nothing for now I thought I'd show you what I did last year.

A bouquet with a few of his favs. LaffyTaffy ropes, Slim Jims and some Jack Links. He is usually so difficult to shop for or at least I find it difficult. He is really good at picking out the neatest, most off-the-wall but perfect gifts. For instance: my birthday- thermal laminator, label maker;
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Christmas he got me- small shop vac, tackle box, NetiPot (which I couldn't live without now!!)... seriously, I could go on and on but he always picks THE perfect gift for me. (I know these gifts may sound crazy to some females out there but surely some of you crafties can relate, right?)
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And here I am, DAYS before Valentine's Day without a clue what to do for him this year... :(

Giveaway!! Today is the last day so hurry!

Hey girls! I wanna share a wonderful giveaway with you.

Spunky Junk is hosting a giveaway from Jane Henry! Hats for men, women, boys and girls! Plus, there is a discount code for 15% off your ENTIRE ORDER!!
Better hurry, today is the last day to enter.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Thirty-One Gifts Giveaway over at A Bowl Full of Lemons!!!!

You must check out the giveaway over at A Bowl Full of Lemons today! Last day and you aren't gonna wanna miss this one!

She along with Michelle @ Thirty-One Gifts are giving away an Organizing Utility Tote!!! This is one super versatile bag ppl. I have one in BOHO Patchwork Paisley...and I use it for EVERYTHING! My sister uses one for a diaper bag.

Plus!!!! You get to chose your pattern! How great is that?!? And in case you haven't heard, their spring line is in. You MUST go see it. Here's a link. I want one of everything!!

Now go! Go over to A Bowl Full of Lemons and get you chance to win an Organizing Utility Tote from Thirty-One!!!

Some useful tips from other bloggers!

You may have noticed I went AWOL for a little bit. There's a reason for that. I've mentioned before that we just moved into our first home in November last year. My family is throwing me a housewarming next weekend so I've been frantically trying to get some more unpacking done, put out a few Valentine's decorations so it doesn't seem too bare in here and been cleaning like a mad woman!

Now for some tips and hints... I found so many tips for everything from laundry to restless leg syndrome!

Laundry Secret from Coming Home
Follow this link to see how automatic dishwashing detergent can clear up stains from sweat, baby drool and more!

Help with puppy accidents with tips from
Click here to see how vinagar can neutralize odors and why you shouldn't use ammonia-based cleaners. shows you how to use what you have around the house for natural remedies
Salt for athelete's foot? Tonic water for restless legs? Just follow this link.

Got a really good tip you'd like to share? Leave it in the comments below!I'll be back with a few more tips tomorrow! Now I have got to find some storage ideas for all this STUFF! :)