Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ten Things in November

I try my hardest to smile in the face of adversity.  I try to remain ever faithful during times of trial, especially when those times seem to drag on and on.  So I am grateful for this monthly meme, by my bestie, Emmy, to remind not just me, but all of us of what makes us smile.

1.  Free haircuts for my kids.  Yep...FREE.
Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

2.  Ryan in a leather jacket, looking pretty darn cool.  Fonzie, eat your heart out.

3.  Our kids blowing bubbles for the cats.  Yes the cats.  And how those silly beasts loved those bubbles.
4.  Have you ever patted your kid's butt in the form affection?  I did/do, and while doing it, Ryan farted. Yeah we laughed.
5.  Getting to spend time with my bestie!

6.  A really nice Thanksgiving
7.  A good report from Ryan's teacher
8.  I am doing well in school too!!!
9.  Our Christmas tree topper "died" which was sad, and now we have a new one.

10.  Knowing I can still laugh and be a little bit nutty!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Review Extravaganza

I am so excited for this year's Review Extravaganza!  This is the third year I have hosted this, and every year it is getting even better and bigger.  (I am just still in denial that we are too this point!)

What is the Review Extravaganza
  -It is your way to look back over the year and each week recap three months at a time of what happened in your life, your favorite blog posts, favorite pictures- whatever you would like to share. (Here is an example of one of EmmyMom's recaps from last year)

I am happy to have 5 wonderful bloggers whom I love assist me this year.  Introducing the hosts.

Emmy Mom

Lourie- CA Girl

MiMi- Living in France
Living in France

Nicole- Life's a Beach

Mrs. Match- Date Girl Diaries

Janette-Johanson Journey
How to Play
- Each Friday** in December link with your recap of 3 months at a time
    December 7th: Recap January, Feb, and March
    December 14th: Recap April, May and June
    December 21st: Recap July, August and September
    December 29th: Recap October, November and December and 5 goals for upcoming year
** Posts do not have to be posted on Friday but MUST be posted by the following Wednesday to count.  So, the first week you can post Dec 7th through Dec 12th, etc.
The Rules
- Must link up a recap, not just a general blog post- please link to your actual post
- Must include the Review Extravaganza button in your post for your entry to count towards the prizes
- Must link up at least one week in to be eligible to enter
- You will receive TONS of bonus points (literally) for linking up all four weeks
- Anyone can recap with us-but you must live in the Continental US to be eligible to win the prizes
- We will be using Rafflecopter to keep track of entries and must use that form to get your bonus points
Last year after the Extravaganza was done we added up the points and one lucky person won a little prize from each of the hosts.  This year- we have several awesome sponsors who have generously donated a gift for the winner.  
The Prizes
Sur Le Feu- Vintage Inspired Hand Bag
Sur Le Feu offers simple, stylish, and functional clutch purses, shoulder bags, handbags, and more for the vintage-loving girl. Each item is unique and never duplicated - perfect for anyone looking to stand out!
Winner will receive a clutch or purse of their choice placed $35 or less. 
  I (Emmy mom) have one of these- they are so awesome and well made! 
The Cursing Crafter- Handmade Scarf
This incredibly soft 48" handmade scarf by our very own MiMi
Perfect for the upcoming cold or a beautiful fashion statement.
A $15 Value
Enviro-Cakes A Slice of Life
Not picture of actual prize
This Enviro-Cake kit comes with everything you need to turn your cake plate into a terrarium. Step-by-step instructions are included to help you build your "Slice of Life". Each kit comes with your choice of three plants.  A $47.99 value

Shadow Rogue Original
This new up and coming Etsy shopped features beautiful handmade jewelry.
The winner will receive this beautiful bracelet a $30 value.
 This bracelet is made of stainless steel wire, using 20 gage wire at a 4mm ring size. The bracelet is 7 1/2 inches long but I can make it longer or shorter, depending on the winner's wrist size.

Thirty-One Tote  
From totes or purses you can wear while you're out and about, thermals to help you transport food and drinks to a party, organizational items to help keep your house neat and tidy, Thirty-One has a solution!
Jessica McCoy a Thirty-One Consultant has generously offered a beautiful Medium Red Damask Tote.
A $30 Value
Beautiful Black Scarf
Our very own Nicole's mother, who may soon be opening her own etsy shop, has generously offered this beautiful handmade scarf for the lucky winner.  A $25 value. 
$25 Pick Your Plum Gift Card
PYP offers new daily discounts on amazing crafts and accessories.
Our own Janette is offering this gift card
PYP is not sponsoring this prize.
Sew Charlene Women's Apron 
Charlene is new to Etsy and sells beautiful handmade aprons and draw-string bags. She makes adult and kid size aprons and is willing to make custom orders. The winner will receive this adorable chocolate cupcake apron. My (Emmymom's) daughter has one of her aprons and she insists on wearing it every time she helps me cook. 
A $22  Value

Power of Moms-MOM Organizational System
The Power of Moms Mind Organization Program
Mind Organization for Moms (M.O.M.) is a mom-specific online program, we’ll show you how to clear your counter of “the pile,” organize projects without the stress, set up an effective Weekly Review system, and keep up with the never-ending stream of emails, phone calls, and papers (yes, it’s possible!). 
 A $75 value.
That is over $304 in prizes!!  I am actually quite disappointed that I am ineligible to win being the host and all. Please feel free to visit all of our great sponsors by clicking the name above the pictures.  
So one lucky participant will be the winner of all of these amazing prizes.   The more you participate (hint recap all four weeks) the more chances you will receive to be the lucky winner.  But even if you don't win it is so much fun looking back and remembering the year, meeting new bloggers and reading other bloggers recaps.  Totally looking forward to reading them all!  
If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment and ask.