Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Just wanted to pop in and say Merry Christmas!
May you all have a blessed day!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Book Review: If I Could Keep You Little

I had the opportunity to review a copy of the book If I Could Keep You Little by Marianne Richmond.

I found the book fun and easy to read. My kids had it out and were reading it as soon as I got the package open. The illustrations are bright, fun, and cute. I shared the book with some of my homeschooling friends. We all agreed it was nice to see a book that not only expressed the fun of our children being little, but also looked on the bright and positive side of our kids growing up. It's those feelings of wanting our kids to stay little, but realizing how much we would miss if they don't grow up and make decisions on their own, that is conveyed so well in this book.

From the book:
"If I could keep you little,
I'd decide on matching clothes.
But then I'd miss you choosing
Dots on top and stripes below.

"If I could keep you little,
I'd cut your bread in shapes.
But then I'd miss you finding
'Hey! I like ketchup with my grapes!'"

This is a book that will be treasured.
I think it would make a great gift for an expectant mom or any mom for that matter!

If I Could Keep You Little  is available at Sourcebooks and it retails for $15.99.

About the Author:  Marianne Richmond started her own greeting card company (Marianne Richmond Studios, Inc.) and has become a recognized creator of numerous books that celebrate milestones in life, memorable journeys, and relationships. Since her first book in 1997, Gift of An Angel,  writer and artist Marianne has touched the lives of millions over the past decae through her line of greeting cards and gift books.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cookies and More Cookies...Yum!

 Cut-out cookies and shortbread nuggets are two staples of Christmas goodies that we make. I love cut-outs. I got the recipe for Cream Cheese Cut-out Cookies from a family I used to babysit for. They are fantastic! The shortbread nuggets are passed down in my husband's family. He HAS to have them, and lots of them! In fact, I made another double batch last night.
We also made fudge, pb fudge, toffee, and caramels. Oh, and Cocoa Ginger Snaps (but those didn't last long). Too many munchers in this house ;)

 So, what Christmas goodies are staples in your family?

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Very Generous Gift!

Home Spun Threads has a great freebie for you right now.

ALL HomeSpun Thread patterns are FREE!

All Aimee's asking is that you follow her blog and share the love
There is no ending date/time, so act now, this may not last.
So, go the Aimee's blog...
become as follower...
then head to HomeSpun Threads Shoppe...
and add to your cart, checkout, and your downloads are ready!
Easy, peasy!

Oh, and don't forget to leave Aimee some comment love, letting her know how much you appreciate this very generous gift!!

And just for the fun of it, a picture of the new etsy banner. Should I use this for the blog too?

Fun in the Snow!

What can you do when there's snow on the ground?

Play in it, of course!!!!

And then HOT CHOCOLATE afterward to warm up those insides!!

Stay warm!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Testing New Signature

Just testing the new signature that I made to see how it looks!
Have a great day!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mama's Holiday Wish List Meme

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

TodaysMama  and GameStop  are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What is your holiday wish for your family?
I want my family to remember in the midst of all the rush and activity the reason that we celebrate Christmas.

2. What is your Christmas morning / Hanukkah Nightly tradition?
My husband, Brian and I are usually up before the kids and get Christmas music playing. We wait for them to wake up (or wake them up) to open gifts. Mid-morning we have a huge brunch.

3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?
I would ask for a room that is only for my sewing, with a nice work area, and a design wall. Oh, and of course to have it filled with a wonderful stash of fabric!

4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?
We like playing Christmas music as much as possible and just spending time together.

5. What games did you play with your family growing up?
We played board games such as Yahtzee, Clue, Sorry, etc.

6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?
I have carried on baking cookies and goodies for Christmas. Brian loves Shortbread nuggets and considers them only Christmas cookies, so there are LOTS of nuggets made each Christmas season! That is a tradition we have carried on from his side of the family.

7. Where would you go for a Christmas/Hanukkah-away-from-home trip?
The only away from home Christmas trips we've taken have been to see family. I think staying in a cabin in the woods sounds like a great away from home Christmas trip.

8. Check out GameStop  and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year?
This is easy for Brian to answer!! The top three things on the list would be:
1.  DSi XL Red Bundle

2. PS3

3. XBox 360 250GB with Kinect

What's on your wish list?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Lazy Wednesday's Walk

I've linked up today sharing a favorite older post for a Lazy Walk Down Memory Lane. I've linked up the post about my sister's quilt!
Enjoy and link up your own favorite post! ~Garilyn 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Winners of the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop

Here are the winners from my Holiday Gift Giveaway Blog Hop! I'm still waiting on one to email me back to confirm! If I don't hear from her soon, I'll pick another winner.

Please consider visiting all my sponsors. This giveaway wouldn't have been possible without them!


Scentsy $25 gc Winner:
Comment #280
Rumbletiger said...
The item at the top of my Christmas list is an e-reader. :)

RCI $10 gc Winner:

Comment #289
Eileen said...
I just joined your Sewing email news to get info for my mom who is a quilter.
we live in US.

Time to Sew $20 gc Winner:
Comment #113
Connie Black said...

The only thing I have on my Christmas list is for my children to be happy. It is going to be a slim Christmas so I am just hoping my children aren't dissappointed.

Have a great week!

It's Over...Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop!

So, how'd you do? Did you make it to all the blogs? 240+ blogs! That's a lot of giveaways!
I didn't make it to all of them, but I did make it to several. It was fun to see the variety of blogs out there. Even if they had the same theme, such as reading books, they were all unique in their style and personality.
There are so amazing bloggers out there.

Thanks to all the blogs that helped put the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop together: Simply Stacie, Little Yaya's, My Wee View, and Stockpiling Moms.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our winners later today!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop

Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop! Lots of planning has gone into this Hop with over 200 blogs involved. I'm excited to have 3 sponsors for this event, and will be picking 3 winners! Have fun hopping and good luck! Please consider bookmarking the sponsors to check back with them after the hop.
US Prize:
Connie Needles with Scentsy is giving away a $25 gift certificate.

Now accepting new team members. Work full-time or part-time. You're always in control with Scentsy. Find Connie here where you can sign up for her newsletter to stay informed about sales and new scents.
US and Canada:
RCI Custom Seats & Accessories is giving away a $10 gift certificate. They make hand tooled, hand laced, high quality leather bike seats, wrist cuffs, and belts. They use only the highest grade heavy, raw veggie tanned leather and design to fit your style.

Time to Sew is giving away a $20 gift certificate that can be used on the etsy shop and/or the store. New items added daily, so check back often. Custom orders are also welcome.

Time to Sew carries items such as blankets, burp clothes, ribbon blankets, ribbon balls, wash clothes, rag letters, quilts, clothing, resusable sandwich/snack bags, weighted blankets, aprons, kitchen items, tutus, etc. Most items can be personalized with embroidery!
Find them on facebook.

Main Entry:
Follow publicly on Google Friend Connect AND tell me what country you live in.
**Please leave your email address in your comments so that I have a way to contact you if you win.**
Bonus Entries:1. Like Time to Sew on facebook.
2. Subscribe to my blog by email.
3. Sign up for Time to Sew's email updates.
4. Comment with your favorite holiday tradition.
5. Comment and tell me something on your Christmas wish list.

Giveaway ends on December 5, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be selected by, notified by email, and will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner is selected.
Happy Holiday Hopping!
Thanks to the blogs who worked so hard to put the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop together!!
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