Friday, November 30, 2012

{taking a break}

this past week i took a break.
i scheduled my posts and tweets and then i disconnected. i disconnected from the online world. i did not check my emails or read blog posts. i stayed off twitter.
i needed some time to gather my thoughts and decompress. I needed time to focus on my family and do what is right for them. they needed my full attention.
and as nice as it was to take a break and get my family back in order i did miss the online world a little bit. i didn't miss the giveaways or cyber sales, but i missed the community. i may not be a big part of the online community, but i am still a part of it my own little way and i missed that. but one of the great things about being part of community such as this is that when you share your struggles, the community opens their arms and gives you a much needed hug. i love this community and i am so thankful to be a part of it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

{giveaway time:: how does a target gift card sound???}

Welcome to the A Night Owl November Sponsor Giveaway!

Today the sponsors and friends of A Night Owl are joining up to bring you an amazing $50 gift card to Target! Just in time for the holidays! And we all KNOW you love Target, so what are you waiting for? Enter today via the Rafflecopter form below!
Open in the USA and Canada.
Ends at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18 and over and ends at 11:59pm EST on December 2, 2012. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. Number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Approximate retail value is $50.00. One winner will be selected. This is a giveaway sponsored as a group buy, which means the bloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you. All liabilities and responsibilities with product is directly responsible by Target. Winner will drawn by from all verified entries, contacted by email provided, and announced on this page at the end of the contest. Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be redrawn. Entrant is responsible for the email address they provide, whether through typing it directly or through the Facebook entry method. A Night Owl is not responsible for lost or misdirected emails. All prizes will be awarded. No prize substitutions allowed. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook and we hereby release Facebook of any liability. Information is provided to A Night Owl, not to Facebook and your information is never sold or shared. Facebook and Target are not a sponsor of this giveaway. Prize is mailed or emailed directly by Kimberly Sneed of A Night Owl and requires confirmation of delivery. Protected tweets do not count as an entry method for tweeting. Tweets must come from a public account. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Monday, November 26, 2012

{cyber monday sale}

black friday is long gone now for

cyber monday!
which means it time for another super sale. save 35% of everything in the shop! just use CYBERMONDAY to snatch this deal, but hurry it only lasts till midnight.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

{black friday the handmade way....& special discounts too!}

Thanksgiving by the.blackswan
Thanksgiving, a photo by the.blackswan on Flickr.
the turkey has been eaten and the pie has been had and stretchy pants are it's time for shopping...yes, i said shopping...what is better than shopping in stretchy pants from the comfort of your own home???
so, this black friday, instead of heading out into the cold, avoid the fights and support the handmade market place! here a few special sales and discounts i don't want you to miss!
Aqua Necklace
aqua necklace from made with love
Eryka from Made with Love is offering 50%, yes i said 50% off all orders this Friday through Sunday. Just use code: BLACKFRIDAYMWL to snag this deal!
Floppy Doll
floppy doll from the goose beary shop

Joy from The Goose Beary Shop  is offering a stellar deal. save 10% by using code GIVETHANKS2012, plus when you purchase a doll she will throw in a free mini bunting gnome. but wait there's more...if you purchase something from her JoyLeanne line, she will throw in a free coffee cozy! What a deal!

 Rebecca from Better Life Bags is offering a great deal--free leather corners on the Alicia bag...the best part?!?! no coupon needed!
Burgundy Polka Dot Silk Scarf
burgundy polka dot silk scarf by she does justice

Megan from She Does Justice has a great deal that lasts from Friday to Monday...she's offering free shipping just use code SOGRATEFUL. plus rumor has it that she might be offering another special discount on monday, so check her blog.

Snow White--Red bow headband

and just because i'm so thankful for you and i didn't want to be left out, i thought i would offer you a special deal of my own. save 35% on everything in my shop (yes, even custom orders) by using code BLACKFRIDAY.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

{100 things about me}

just in case you wanted to know a little bit more about me or you just need a good laugh...her are...

A 100 things about me:

1. i married my college sweetheart; whom i intially became friends with to pass gen chem.
2. i hate capitalizing letters when i type; hence, why none of this will be capitalized.
3. when i was little i thought i was french because my first and middle name are french. i was very disappointed to learn that i was in fact, not french.
4. for as long as i can remember i have been obsessed with all things french ( see #3).
5. when i was little i always wanted 6 six kids, then i had einstein and changed my mind a bit, now i just want 5.
6. i love to read.
7. i love school. i would be a professional student if i could get paid to do so.
8. i taught myself to sew...i absolutely love sewing.
9. i am procrastinator and i'm so good at it that i could give lessons.
10. i love to stay up late...going to be early scares me.
11. i am not a morning person...i hate waking up early.
12. i love the much so i want to live there one day.
13. i am addicted to coffee...and anything coffee flavored for that fact.
14. i have a notorious track record for not finishing things...something i don't like about myself that i am working on changing.
15. i love to take pictures, especially of my cute kids; i just don't like to be them.
16. the husband and i celebrate our wedding anniversary every month...we have ever since we got married.
17. i live in flip flops.
18. i adore high heels...i collect 'em actually...hardly wear them because then i'm taller than the husband.
19. i love to read a bit before helps me sleep better.
20. one of my favorite candies is the violet crumble.
21. i absolutely adore audrey hepburn! she is a true starlet.
22. watching "breakfast at tiffanys" makes me smile.
23. i want to visit to new york one day.
24. i want to buy something from tiffany's in new york.
25. i would love to live in france for a bit.
26. i love horses... one day i want to own horses
27. peonies are my favorite flowers. I wish i could grow them, but the crazy california weather will not allow it.
28. i love hydrangeas too, and every time i try to grow them, they die.
29. i could watch 'gilmore girls' over and over again. I am currently on my fifth run through of the entire series.
30. i adore 'gidget'. when i was little i wished i was cute like her and surfed.
31. i love cherry coke.
32. i should live in hawaii.
33. my dream is to live on a farm one day...maybe a farm in hawaii?
34. i want to write a novel.
35. when life gets hard i dye my hair.
36. i have a book addiction. i have to buy a book at least every month or i go a little stir crazy.
37. i love, love lollypops...luv pops are my favorite.
38. when i first became a mom the one thing that terrified me about being a mom was potty that i've successfully jumped that hurdle, the thought of having the 'birds and the bees' talk makes me want to faint.
39. i must wear sunglasses at all times while outside.
40. i am notorious for not sending out thank you cards...i would much rather say it in person.
41. i love to bake.
42. i am a very picky eater, largely due to the fact that i had severe allergies and was a sickly child; however, i so wish i was not such a picky eater.
43. sometimes i wish i was a professional photographer.
44. i have a slight magazine addiction... i currently subscribe to 10 different magazines.
45. i cannot leave the house without my wedding ring, earrings, watch, and necklace...otherwise i feel naked.
46. i never take off my wedding ring...if i have to for some crazy reason i always have my husband put it back on for me.
47. i am very shy, and because of this many people assume i am stuck up. (remember what they say about people who assume.)
48. i own a record player and i love playing records.
49. i would rather spend the day with my kids than clean my house.
50. i love birds, everytime i own them one ends up killing the other. i currently have no birds.
51. when i was kid some of my favorite movies were: "the birds", "follow that bird", and "the return of oz"
52. i like making up my up my own recipes.
53. i used to swim competitively in highschool.
54. my husband and i hope to open a bookstore one day.
55. i used to be vehemently opposed to the kindle and nook, that was until i got a nook and fell in love.
56. i love to take naps.
57. i love vines are my favorite.
58. i adore watching old movies.
59. i love when it rains.
60. i can only drink hot chocolate if it's cold outside.
61. i love ronald reagan.
62. i have a membership to the ronald reagan library.
63. i have a shelf dedicated to only ronald reagan books.
64.i am known for my chocolate chip cookies.
65. i can't say no to chocolate.
66. i love a good cheese burger.
67. i am a self taught cook via the food network.
68. cary grant is the man all men should strive to be like.
69. there is non other like audrey hepburn...she is classic and real.
70. i firmly believe that disneyland is magical.
71. i love mr. rogers.
72. i laugh everytime i watch "friends"
73. i  watch old movies when it rains.
74. i want to move to the east coat and live in a town like stars hallow. 
75. i have always wanted to go to new hampshire and tap a tree for maple syrup
76. i am afraid the vacuum will suck up my toes
77. i enjoy spending the afternoon at the library
78. i want to write an e-course one day
79. i hate peas, but i love split pea soup.
80. i want to live in santa barbra--it's the perfect mix of mountains meets ocean.
81. i want to renew my vows with a 1940's themed wedding.
82. i am obsessed with anything chartreuse
83. i am a fierce momma bear when it comes to my kids
84. i have a massive collection of picture frames
85. i love yard sales
86. i watch 'gone with the wind" everytime it's on tv even though i have the dvd.
87. I usually read the book after watching the movie
88. i don't like rap music
89. i love candles
90. i always like my house smelling sweet
91. i love candy
92. i love cherries
93. i love meeting new people
94. bacon is my best friend
95. i always have my nails painted
96. i live in jeans
97. i still have some of the clothes i wore in highschool
98. i have a purse/bag obsession
99. i love, love japanese food
100. i love cherry lemonade.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

{snow white and combat comando}

i just upload my pictures from halloween...i know, i know a little late, but better late than never.
and so here is snow white lost in the forest and the combat comando that came to her rescue.
she was the perfect snow white!


i don't mean to brag, but aren't my kids the cutest!!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

{shop update:: new colors, new styles and a discount}

happy monday evening!
i just wanted to share with you a few of the new headbands in the shop.

and because we are all friends use "BLOGFRIEND" to save 15% off your order. remember i love custom orders!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

{stopping by to say...}

hi there!
i hope you are having a fun weekend. i just wanted to stop by and let you know {just in cased you missed my tweets} that I am guest posting over at Ma Nouvelle Mode. Natalia is super sweet and such an inspiration. so stop by and check out her blog.
a few things planned for this week:
* a super easy crockpot recipe
*book review
*some of my beauty faves

Friday, November 9, 2012

{ i'm a coupon junkie}

i have a confession....
i am a coupon junkie.
yes, i said it and i'm not ashamed.
i first started couponing when einstein was a baby...babies can be a little expensive. i have always used coupons since then, sometimes more aggressively than others. but when my husband lost his job a few years ago, coupons became our only way to survive. And now, as our income/job situation has changed since my little princess arrived, coupons have been our lifeline.
Coupons are not just for food anymore. You find coupons for nearly everything now. Not only coupons, but special online deals and discounts that make living on tight budget managable and even fun....yes, i said fun. just because you live on a tight budget doesn't mean you can't have fun.
a couple friends recently asked me to share my couponing secrets. so one afternoon, while our babies were playing, i showed them the art of couponing and showed them how i find deals on nearly everything, like eye appiontments and such. they had so much fun and learned so much they started telling others about it. and it got me thinking. I know there are others out there like me and with the holiday season coming what better time to save money. and so i have decided to "share the wealth" sotospeak. throughout the day/week as i come across a good deal/good buy i will post it on my Facebook fan page, because sometimes there are so many deals it would be too hard to blog about it, otherwise i would be blogging all day.
So, if you're not follower already, head on over to my facebook page and "like" it so you don't miss out on deals!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

{a little something special for election day}

with all the hoopla surrounding today's election i thought a little something to make you smile was in order.

Monday, November 5, 2012

{chasing away monday one potato at a time}

mondays have a history of not being the most favorite day of week. so i thought i would share a little recipe to make you forget that it's monday one potato at a time.
{disclaimer:: i apologize in advance for the not-so-great pictures. I was using my cellphone, getting einstein ready for cubscouts and keeping my little princess out of trouble...i was bit distracted to say the least.}

confession: this soup smelled so good I immediately dove in and started chowing down that I forgot to take a picture of the delishness until the bowl was half gone...sorry.
now, i am a chef by no means. my prowess is from my stellar education from foodnetwork and julia child. i look at cooking as an experiment of sorts. this experiment came out very, very well...and to top it off it's lowfat too!
baked potato cheese soup
{this soup tastes like you're biting into a baked potato, no joke}
here's what you need:
*2 quarts of chicken stock (chicken broth works too)
*2 cups of milk (i used 1%)
*1 cup of fat free half and half
*2 carrots
*2 stalks of celery
*half an onion
*4 large russet potatos
*2 red potatos
*1 cup of chopped bacon
*2 cups of cheddar cheese
*salt and pepper to taste
*cornstarch for thickness
take the carrots, celery, and onion and throw them in the food processor and pulverize them till they are mush. in a dutch oven (or any other big pot you have on hand) add a little oil, once warm throw in your carrot-celery-onion mush and let it sweat for a bit.
after it's been sweating it out for around 5 minutes or so it's time to add the chicken stock.
then add the milk and half and half. this adds the creaminess without all the fat.
the soup will look like this, but do not fear it will not like this forever.
now it's time for the potatoes.
chop the potatoes into chunks and add to the broth/soup mixture.

note: leave the skin on the make sure you wash them well.
next chop some green onion, as much as you like, and add to the soup. toss in some salt and pepper for taste. bring to boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes or so until the potatos are fully cooked. (if you have an immersion blender, now is the time to get it out. and if you don't have one, i suggest you get one they are amazing.) immerse the blender and blend till your liking. finally add the bacon and the cheese and simmer for about 10 minutes until the cheese is completely melted. now, if your soup is not thin, you can add some cornstarch to thicken it up a bit to your liking.
after that's all done, your whole kitchen house will smelling a amazing and make you want to eat. so, grab a ladle and bowl and serve yourself some delish goodness. just be prepared upon first bite, it will taste like you are taking a bite of a baked potato...and for a moment you might just forget that you're eating soup.
let me know what you think!


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