Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Look I'm New!!! And Givingaway!!

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Well, well, what do ya think????
Look at me now!!! I'm so fun and funky!! I had Tonya from Lucky Girl Design Studio re-do me!!! And Oh My Gosh she did a great job!! And I bugged her to death and had her change and re-change numerous times and she just rolled with it!! Awesome to work with! Go see her and see what she has to offer, you'll love her!

And in honor of the "new" me, wish it were this easy in real life, I'm having a giveaway. Go visit my Etsy shop here and come back and tell me your favorite thing.... and I will make a unique, custom designed wall hanging for you if you win!! Just leave a comment! The Giveaway will be open until Sunday Jan 3rd at midnight est.

And please run by Tonya's and tell her how much you like the new Jane!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

SSO and SSS

This year I enjoyed 2 Secret Santa Swaps.
The first was a Secret Ornament Swap hosted by Valerie over at It's A Wonderful Life
Let me tell ya I hit the jackpot!


Molly and Shelton's Mom from Creative Blessings absolutely went all out for me and I heart her for it.
The ornaments were perfect for my tree and she even threw in 2 towels, a pot holder AND chocolate that I fought with my children over!!!!
Thank you sooo much girl, you ROCK!!!

The next swap was the Secret Santa Soiree hosted by Georgie and Amy.
Alyssa from Out On A Lam had my name and you could tell right away she had been stalking me, LOL!! Look.....gift cards for all my favorite things....food, books and COFFEE!! WooHoo!

Thanks Alyssa, love ya!!
Now please go visit both of these ladies and tell them "Good Job"!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holly Bloggy Tradition!

Today for the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash we're hooking up with Tidy Mom and the theme is Christmas Memories or Traditions.....and girls I'm going Traditions since we have so many we've started with the kids.

One of my favorite is a few days before Christmas we bake cookies for our elderly neighbors. I get special Christmas bags, this year I'm using boxes, and we deliver fresh baked cookies, and yes I cheat and use pre-made cookies but they are baked and decorated with love...the kids deliver....I watch from the porch. It is joyful watching the kids and neighbors!

Another is getting together with my BFF and her kids to bake and decorate cookies the day before Christmas Eve...and these are the cookies we set out for Santa...and we also serve them when our families get together for Christmas Eve to eat and exchange gifts.

And last but not least is what we did tonight. Each year since Derek was born we pick a night usually the week before Christmas, and go out to eat(tonight it was O'Charley's) and then drive around to look at Christmas lights. Now our electric company decorates their windows downtown...they are always wonderful and people park and get out and walk and look and oooo and awww at the figures..the great thing is that they use the same decorations just in different decorating ideas...little did we know when we started this, that one day we would have 4 kids who we would take downtown to look at the windows of the company their daddy now works for...... I LOVE IT!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thankful, and Heavy, Thursday


My heart is Thankful and heavy for this Thankful Thursday.

1. Thankful we are all finally well from the stomach bug that has lived in my house for a week!
2. Thankful that my favorite time of year is upon us.
3. Heavy...I just read that Melanie's 12yr old son Andrew lost his fight with brain cancer, his badge "Please Pray For Andrew" is on my sidebar.
4. Thankful that Andrew is now healed and in the presence of our Lord...what a place to be at Christmas.
5. Thankful that Jesus Christ Himself will be celebrating Christmas this year with all of those that have gone before us...PRAISES!

Join the crowd over at Sonya's Truth 4 The Journey.

Crafty Holly Bloggy Bash for Today!!

I'm joining the Holly Bloggy Bash again today. What a great idea this has been!
Today's feature is Christmas Crafts and todays hostess is Heidi at Blue Eyed Blessings
My craft????? My Christmas Button Decorations of course...Wreaths and Ornaments....Enjoy!!
I love the Gingerbread Man on this ornament......
Love the Reindeer Ribbon....
Good enough to eat.....

Can you make out the "Think Snow" near the bottom? Wishful thinking....
This is one of my favorites...love the colors....
The red in the wreath and the green in the ribbon just set this wreath off..
Last but not least...Mr. Snowman is waving a greeting.......
All of these were made with the help of the kids....cutting out the wood...painting....gluing the buttons...family affair!!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the crafters today...find their links at Heidi's and be sure to thank her for hosting!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Holly Bloggy Hello

I'm joining the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash today. It is being hosted by "A Baby Changes Everything" and the theme for today is Christmas Trees. Well as you will see, this year is an interesting one for us. I decided to change my tree theme for mine and Greg's tree this year to "Primative"...well it kinda is... If you count the Christmas Train circling the top as primitive.....
But I do have some great new ornaments in the perfect Prim style from a Secret Ornament Swap I took part in and I also threw in a few of my own creations....
But to top it all off is...........
Yes, the very un-prim Baby Kitty climbing the tree...

And jumping OUT of the tree.....

Merry Christmas from my Tree to Yours and view other great trees over at Teresa's!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I really am glad I do this. I have so much to be thankful for each week I can't even fit it all in....so let's get started!
1. The food drive. Remember the week of Thanksgiving when my TT was focused on a "bloggy comments" food drive Shannon, Angie and I were doing? Well today was the day we took our bounty to "Share Your Christmas" which is a food drive for our local food bank put on by one of the TV stations.
This is Angie, Shannon and I with Angie's box!

2. "New Moon", yes I finally get to see it tomorrow night AND eat out at Chili's!!

3. My new Samsung-bottom freezer-french door-ice and water in the door-refrigerator....it's my Christmas present from my hubby...I love it...I teared up when they brought it through the door!!!

4. The Singing Christmas Tree my 15yr old has been performing in for 7 yrs now.

5. Jesus The Christ....it's almost here............

Join our hostess Sonya at Truth 4 The Journey for more happy TT's!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Just A Little Life....


Will...taking a shower outside...I don't know why.....I think because he was in a hurry??????
Up close and personal with Baby Kitty aka Francine....

Cooking one morning....no, I did not eat it....but I was going to let my hubby!!
Have a great Wednesday!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Here They Are...Winners!

First, thanks to everyone who participated in our "Countdown to Christmas"
5 Days of Giveaways! Shannon, Angie and I had a blast...LOVED reading all your comments!
And here are the winners:


day 1: Mimi, He & Me + 3

day 2: Megan R, Newly Wed, Newly Bred

day 3: Diana, Appleby Girls & Boy

day 4: Missy, Two Little Monkeys

day 5: Julia, brainella the librarian


Congrats to all of you!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Last Day to Giveaway!

LAST DAY...Day 5 of the "Countdown To Christmas 5 Days of Giveaways"!! Yes you read that right...Countdown to Christmas.. 5, yes five, Days Of Giveaways, Monday Nov. 30th thru Friday Dec. 4th!! Hosted by myself, Shannon and Angie....Now here are the rules for all 5 days and people...IT IS EASY!!
Each day you comment on all 3 blogs...it will be an answer to a question from each hostess....and as you are visiting all 3 blogs you will see what each of us is giving away for the day...and they all go together to 1 person...3 Gifts...5 Days to Win...but YOU MUST COMMENT ON ALL 3 BLOGS TO BE ENTERED, EACH DAY! OK??
Don't ya love it!! My kids love to make Gingerbread Houses each year...and man have we built some interesting ones!! For my final Day 5 Giveaway I have a Wilton Gingerbread House Kit Fully Assembled!!
Your question is...
Have you ever made a gingerbread house from scratch?
We have not, but we did make one using this fully assembled kit and ladies it was GREAT!! So what about you??????
Now don't forget to go see Angie and Shannon to get entered...and thanks so much for joining us in our Giveaway this week! Hope Ya Had Fun!! We Did!

If you've missed any giveaways this week, you still have time to go back and enter! All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Sunday 12/6
Winners will be announced Monday Dec. 7th.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Giveaway Day 4!

Day 4 of the "Countdown To Christmas 5 Days of Giveaways"!! Yes you read that right...Countdown to Christmas.. 5, yes five, Days Of Giveaways, Monday Nov. 30th thru Friday Dec. 4th!! Hosted by myself, Shannon and Angie....Now here are the rules for all 5 days and people...IT IS EASY!!
Each day you comment on all 3 blogs...it will be an answer to a question from each hostess....and as you are visiting all 3 blogs you will see what each of us is giving away for the day...and they all go together to 1 person...3 Gifts...5 Days to Win...but YOU MUST COMMENT ON ALL 3 BLOGS TO BE ENTERED, EACH DAY! OK??


Y'all know I want this bad!! In fact I almost bought myself one the other night, LOL!! My giveaway for day 4 is one my absolute favorites...and y'all know that's right! A $10 Starbuck's Gift Card. My, my...I'm all aflutter with this one!

Your question...What is your favorite drink to order from Starbucks??

And don't forget, go see Angie and Shannon so you can get in on all the goodies for today.Winners will be announced Monday Dec. 7th.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Giveaway Day 3, Half Way There!


Day 3 of the "Countdown To Christmas 5 Days of Giveaways"!! Yes you read that right...Countdown to Christmas.. 5, yes five, Days Of Giveaways, Monday Nov. 30th thru Friday Dec. 4th!! Hosted by myself, Shannon and Angie....Now here are the rules for all 5 days and people...IT IS EASY!!
Each day you comment on all 3 blogs...it will be an answer to a question from each hostess....and as you are visiting all 3 blogs you will see what each of us is giving away for the day...and they all go together to 1 person...3 Gifts...5 Days to Win...but YOU MUST COMMENT ON ALL 3 BLOGS TO BE ENTERED, EACH DAY! OK??


Boy do I want this!!! Sugar cookie mix with a hotpad and a wooden spoon!!
So what do you say......
What is your favorite cookie?????
That's a hard one for me...I'll have to get back to ya...so what's your answer???

And you know the drill...Angie and Shannon!! Go see them now!
Winners will be announced Monday Dec. 7th.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Day 2 Countdown Giveaway!

Day 2 of the "Countdown To Christmas 5 Days of Giveaways"!! Yes you read that right...Countdown to Christmas.. 5, yes five, Days Of Giveaways, Monday Nov. 30th thru Friday Dec. 4th!! Hosted by myself, Shannon and Angie....Now here are the rules for all 5 days and people...IT IS EASY!!
Each day you comment on all 3 blogs...it will be an answer to a question from each hostess....and as you are visiting all 3 blogs you will see what each of us is giving away for the day...and they all go together to 1 person...3 Gifts...5 Days to Win...but YOU MUST COMMENT ON ALL 3 BLOGS TO BE ENTERED, EACH DAY! OK??


Isn't this ornament too cute!!!! And it's marked 2009 so you'll always remember when you got it!
OK now for the big question:
Do you decorate your Christmas tree with a theme?
My answer....YES at least one of them I do! Now your answer???????

OK don't forget to go see Angie and Shannon!

Winners will be announced Monday Dec. 7th.

Monday, November 30, 2009

5 Days Of Giveaways Is Here!!

Yes you read that right...Countdown to Christmas.. 5, yes five, Days Of Giveaways, Monday Nov. 30th thru Friday Dec. 4th!! Hosted by myself, Shannon and Angie....Now here are the rules for all 5 days and people...IT IS EASY!!
Each day you comment on all 3 blogs...it will be an answer to a question from each hostess....and as you are visiting all 3 blogs you will see what each of us is giving away for the day...and they all go together to 1 person...3 Gifts...5 Days to Win...but YOU MUST COMMENT ON ALL 3 BLOGS TO BE ENTERED EACH DAY! OK??Now for my first day I have:
Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple Body Mist for my part of the Giveaway...so answer this question...How do you relieve stress during the holidays????
That's it, answer here and then go comment with Angie and Shannon to be entered in the First Day of our "Countdown To Christmas 5 Days of Giveaways"!!!!
Winners will be announced Monday Dec. 7th.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

TT Featuring A Challenge!

Thanksgiving = Food, literally. For most of us we will be enjoying lots of family traditional foods, eating until we are the stuffed ones! We are blessed...and what a huge blessing on this Thankful Thursday. And thank you Sonya over at Truth 4 The Journey for hosting each week.

But, and I mean big BUT, a recent report from the USDA states 16 percent of American households are "food insecure"... an increase of 13 million people over the previous year. How is it possible that over
49 million people across this country face hunger??? 49 Million!

So on this day of Thanksgiving, let's work together to help these people who do not have the resources to be "stuffed" today. Here are 2 ways to help, and I'm sure you can come up with more, be resourceful:

•Donate to Feeding America. For every $1 donation, Feeding America helps provide 7 meals to men, women and children who are facing hunger in the U.S.

•Support your local food bank. Food pantry shelves all over this country are running low.

I am holding a "Comments For Cans"!! For every comment left on this post through Sunday night, I will donate one canned good item to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

Angie and Shannon are also participating in this endeavor this weekend with me, in fact it was Shannon who invited me to join them. We challenge you to do the same. Write your own "Comments for Cans" post on your blog and donate to your local food bank.

What a difference we can make together, leave your own imprint on your community! Be extra Thankful Today!

Sooooo, Ready, Set, Comment!!

Specials By The SHE Team!

Do some of your shopping this year with Etsy. Join me and my fellow SHE Etsians with fabulous specials. Check out the SHE blog and see what we have to offer, then visit our stores! Many of us are offering sales from Black Friday thru Cyber Monday....and I have my new Button Ornaments up in my store!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Let's Give Thanks Swap...Partner!

I joined in the "Let's Give Thanks" swap that my friend Angie hosted. This one was GREAT! We were to send 6 items for the word THANKS. My swap partner was Tonya over at The Riggs Family Diary and Lucky Girl Blog Design, let me tell ya, I got a bundle of awesome stuff! Let's take a look:


Dark Chocolate M&m's, HUGE cup of coffee (YES, YES), Pumpkin Roll Candle that I've been burning all day, Starbucks Coffee WooHoo, Scrapbooking paper, and nextra soft blanket my kids promptly confiscated!

The best treat was the letter Tonya composed to go along with the THANKS! It was so creative!
Thanks sooo much Tonya, you're the best, LOVE YA!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

1 Wrong Letter....

Shea was twirling in the kitchen last night as I was at the computer doing computer stuff.

Shea: "Mama, Mama, crap Mama crap....."
Me: (startled as I'm thinking BOYS) "What?"
Shea: "Crap Mama"...then she bowed..
Me: (lightbulb) "Ohhhhh CLAP"...and I happily clapped!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksful Thursday In Pictures.

EE 09
1. Relaxation
2. Bloggy-Buddies
3. Beauty
4. Horse back riding.
5. Angie and Shannon for making EE 09 a big success!

And thank you Jesus for bringing all of us there and back safely, Amen.

Join the rest of the TT crew at Truth 4 The Journey.