Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The week got away from me!

Ooops! We 've been having so much fun here visiting family that I forgot about announcing the give-a-way winner! :) Sorry about that!  I was thrilled to see all the entries and enjoyed reading all the ideas for next months' books! I have one in particular on order and am already plotting out the crafts to go with it! You'll have to be sure to check back and see which one I picked!

Now, I know you are all just waiting to hear who won...

And the winner is...Little Miss Sunshine!! Please contact me at wpooh_9 at hotmail dot com so I know where to send your kit! :)

Thanks to everyone who entered and all the people that I know are spreading the word about our new blog . I know that we are really enjoying the books we've been reading and the craft ideas we've been sharing with all of you! I have os many fun ideas planned for in December and I may even have another give-a-way or two! So be sure to check back...now go read a book to your kids and get crafty! :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Shutterfly love

No, I'm not talking about bugs that fly...I'm talking about the love of opening those yearly cards that will soon be filling my mail box! And the hope that they will have pictures of our far away friends and family packaged in right along with them! :) I'm talking about Christmas cards!!!

I don't know about you, but I have been thinking about them for weeks now and trying to plot out the perfect picture setting to use in our yearly card. The stress of it all is about to drive me crazy...and then I discovered a way to simplify....I ususally make my own cards, each painstaking piece of art with stamps and ink however this year I decided that I just wasn't up for the mess and the extra stress....ahhhh....do you hear it? The angels are singing!That's right...Shutterfly is ready to make your photo cards in a matter of minutes! One less stress checked off the list! Not its just a matter of picking from all their great choices!! lol :)

This one is my personal favorite...I love the idea that a picture of my family will be delivered as a present!

Don't let the fun stop there! You can use these photo cards for just about everything! They would make great thankyou cards for holiday gifts or even birthday party cards! Not to mention baby announcements! I've even used them for pictures of the girls to send to family after a vacation...I love to get/send mail and what's better to send than pictures!? Personalized  gifts like wall calenders and personalized photo mugs!  lol

Tiled Mugs
What's better to give than a useable picture that will be seen every morning?!

My favorite of their products are the photo books tho. They are easy to make and can really be full of so many memories. After our big move this summer, I took all the pictures from the trip and made them into a book for my mother-in-law, who had so graciously made the trip west with us. It was so fun to see all the pictures together in  book, I might just have to make one for myself! :)

What ever you chose to make with Shutterfly, I know you won't be disappointed. If only for this one little thing, take a load off and let Shutterfly do the work! :) Get your cards picked out, your pictures loaded and have your personalized holiday cards delivered right to your door! Now if only the rest of your shopping could be that easy! :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

American girl

For as long as I can remember, I have loved learning about history....in books, in movies and eventually with toys too like those from American Girl. I can remember getting my Kirsten doll and the magic that came from having a "friend" to go with adventures on. Oh sure, it's another doll and I know I had plenty, but this doll was different....she was a child like me, not a baby, and the books that told her story struck a cord with me.

Felicity Merriman 1774

I so look forward to the day that I can pass this doll on to my girls, although I don't know how I will ever expect them to share this one doll! Just moments ago I discovered a blog that might make it possible for me to give them each a doll!! MomsBestBet is offering up a Felicity doll to one lucky reader!! How amazing would that be to win!? Not only could we learn about fronteir life with Kirsten but we could learn about colonial life with Felicity!  And oh the clothes and things we could make for them! lol I have been plotting already how we would use American Girl to learn about history and even lucked onto some curriculum to go with it! Now it's just a matter of waiting for the girls to be ready for it!

So, as much as I would like to keep this giveaway secret and win it for myself...I feel compelled to share it with all of you (plus I get extra entries for doing so! lol)...so go enter! Even if you don't want it for yourself...there has got to be a little girl in your life you could give this treasured doll to...or you could just send it our way! lol :) Just kidding....kind of ! :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Books2BridgeMiles give-a-way!

I am so excited to be announcning a new blog called  Books2bridgemiles.....

"In the wee small hours of the morning....two moms were chatting from almost 2000 miles apart. They were seperated by two times zones, 30+ driving hours, a very large mountain range and more rivers than you want to count...but connected by good friendship and four little girls who adore each other.... "

One of my very best friends, Jackie and I are starting this blog as a way of staying connected, both for us as adults and for our girls who miss each other terribly! So, in the spirit of the book "A Year of Mornings" , we are going to have a book club of sorts...via our blog! Each week, we will post a book for everyone following us to read with their kids and then at the end of the week, we'll post about what we did and have a linky for our followers to do the same! What a great way to get ideas, don't you think?

So, to really kick off our first week of blogging, I am offering a give-a-way!


This kit contains everything you will need to make a winter hat! NO sewing required!

There are lots of ways to enter...this give-a-way will be open until Sunday November14th and I'll announce the winner on Monday morning!

Mandatory entry- Go over to Books2bridgemiles and tell me one of the books we'll be reading in November!

Extra Entries

1. Become (or tell me you already are)  a fan of Our Broken Road (1 entry)
2. Become (or tell me you already are) a fan of Books2BridgeMiles (1 entry)
3. Blog about this giveway and come back and leave me a link! (2 entries)
4. Add a linky at Books2BridgeMiles (5 entries)
5. Tell me what book you'd like to see us do for December! (1 entry)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Versatile blogger Award

"You like me! You really like me!"  ...Sally Field

That little quote has been playing through my head all afternoon and evening but things have been busy and this is the first time I have had the chance to share it with you! lol I must admit, I've been giddy ever since Amber over at GlutenFreeMotherhood awarded me with the versatile blogger award! This is a first for me and I am completely thrilled and flattered...yes I know I am gushing...but I wanted to be sure to get my enthusiasm across the screen to you! :)  It's the simple joys in life that mean the most right?

To accept the versatile blogger award the rules are as follows:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award

2. Share 7 things about yourself

3. Pass it along to 15 blogs you've recently discovered and enjoy

4. Leave your recipients a note telling them about the award

7 things about me

1. When I was younger I wanted to be a mom, a teacher, a writer and a hair dresser...now I am all of them! :)

2. I dream in the brightest colors when I dream of Alaska and it usually involves our church there...

3.I consider myself to have some of THE best friends ever...I know how lucky I am because good friends are hard to come by!

4. Someday I want to learn how to spin wool into yarn (duh)

5.Some days, I wish I could have another baby because I would do SO many things differently.

6. I hope my girls never tire of snuggling up with me and a good book!

7. My husband really is my best friend and I am so lucky to have truly found my soul mate....ahh.... :)

These are my most favorite new found blogs...go check them out!!

1. By Hook and Thread
2. Day by day in Our World
3. Morning Sun Rae
4. Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns
5. Our Homeschool Fun
6.Our Little Nature Nest
7. Ric- Rac
8. Nitty Gritty Homestead
9. The Letter Writing Revolution
10.The Neighborhood Archive
11.The Toy Society
12. Mama Moon Time
13. Counting Coconuts
14. Acorn Pies
15. Frontier Dreams

Thanks again for the blogging love...I really do enjoy writing this little blog and am glad to know that someone enjoys reading it too! :)