Saturday, March 30, 2013

Going Back in Time and Getting Even More Organized...

Ana and I in the same dress, 36 years apart! Thanks Mom for saving this beautiful outfit!

Hello Dear Readers,

 It has been somewhat of a crazy, hectic, fun and social week. Play dates galore, parties and holidays as well as plenty of family time. We are finally home and Ana is trying to take a nap. While I have my hour or so of peace and quiet I popped on to let you know that things are going to change around here. I need organization or I get too crazy. And I forget things. So, as part of my New Years Resolution on organization, I am going to get this blog all up and organized. Here is the plan:

  • Mon Recipe of the Week (healthy or decadent, sharing at least one recipe a week)
  • Tues Craft, Art Project or Creative Idea for the Week
  • Wed Photos  or Wordless Wed
  • Thurs Vintage Ana/Or Heartfelt Note to Ana.  Gotta have at least one personal blog per week.
  • Fri  Fashion Friday, featuring great sales , etsy or ebay finds, or an outfit of the week.
  • Sat 
  • Sun  Probably will combine the weekend posts once the spring sets in and we get busy on the weekend. Will be random posts, garage sale finds, party planning etc.

Giveaways  and Reviews will be posted at least one new one a week (I am hoping) leading up to a Spring Fling in May, and Ana's Going to be Three (July).

Phew. Sounds good. Now If I can just stick to it.  I hope to. So what do you think? Am I missing anything?  Happy Spring and Happy Organization.

Guest Post: beauty fix giveaway from the Rosy Snail

Hello Dear Readers:

 My friend Alison over at the Rosy Snail is giving away a very generous box from Beauty Fix, so I thought I would share it with my readers too. This is a really great way to try new products, and they are chock full of beauty galore. I received one of these once, and it was wonderful (and came in the cutest makeup bag.)   Here is what is in the current box, written in Alison's words:

  •  Glytone Mild Gel Wash. This is a full size and a very hefty size too at 6.7oz! This product retails for $30.
  •  Oxygenetix Oxygenating Moisturizer. The first thing that stuck me about this product was the smell.I definitely feel the “oxygen” part of it in that it’s light and absorbs quickly and doesn’t irritate my typically oily complexion. This is a half size product with a sample value of $51 (right there, the ENTIRE cost of my kit!)
  • Arcona Cranberry Gommage. This was a small sample and worth $12.60 I’ve fallen in love with this one already so full size, here I come.
  • Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel for when you need a serious skin refresher. This bottle is made of adorable frosted glass. This half size sample has a sample value of $25. I’ve tried this twice so far and I’m really loving this as an overnight treatment.
  •  Two products by Zensations. First, their Super Rich Repairing Mask. Who doesn’t love a good mask! This mask also comes in a beautiful bottle, but what’s really outstanding is how it leaves my skin. I could feel the damage from the winter just melt off as I used this for the first time. This will make a wonderful transition product for each season. This is full size and has a huge price tag of $75- glad I didn’t have to pay that much.
  •  And lastly, I got an item that I got last time and was happy to see it was still available! I’ve been obsessed with Nailtiques for the past year and this Hand Conditioner is one of the reasons. It’s a whole new level to hand cream and if you’re dealing with dry hands, I HIGHLY recommend this one! This is a full size and retails for $12.99.
  • For full photos of all of the products, head over to the Rosy Snail Blog.
Overall, BeautyFix is the BEST Quarterly subscription on the market and I just cannot say enough amazing things about it! This season, my box had a value of $306.59! For a box that costs only $49.99!
BUT if you’ve never tried BeautyFix before, you can sign up and use the code BFix4 to get your first one for only…..(drumroll please!!) $19.99!! It’s ALREADY a deal but at $19.99, you’d be a fool not to try it out!
Because I love BeautyFix SO much, I’ve decided that one lucky reader is going to get this seasons box on me! That’s right! We’re giving away a Beautyfix box full of your very own picks! Just enter below to win!"

Since I am just hosting this giveaway, I am not responsible for shipping. Please enter at the easy rafflecopter form below:

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

My first attempt at a "Haul" video : Epic Fail!! #childrensplace #oshkosh

Hello Dear Readers:
 These short videos are my first attempt at "Haul" videos. I am not sure they are an Epic Fail. Just a slight fail. Ha. They were amusing to make though. I thought it would be fun, because Ana and I found such cute things for such cute prices.  I looove shopping, and hope that Ana loves it too, because it can be a bonding experience for us when she is older. Providing we like the same fashion, or style, or something.  In the meantime I guide her through the store and point out things that I think she would like (tutus, ruffles, sparkly stuff, girly stuff) and throw in leggings and jeans to pair with everything. This particular shopping spree was for pre-school which she starts in September. I tried to pick basics that I would not worry about paint, clay, crayon, marker, dirt, etc getting on. Easy to wash, easy to dry and low maintenance. And some cute shoes. And, I bought Ana her first pair of Uggs, but they are not in the videos.

Osh Kosh:

Children's Place:

We had fun and will be making more, especially when garage sale season starts again in April!
Also, I will be adding the prices, because they were so amazing :)
Happy Spring!! 

Upcoming Giveaway Opportunity: $200 Visa GC in June

Everything for Ana is excited to join in on this amazing giveaway opportunity. Check out the details below if you are a blogger and would like to join in!

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Giveaway from June 3 to 28

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We will have a max. of 200 bloggers for sign up, it will be a big giveaway.

The RC is not long because each co-host has there own RC with their links.

Here are the details to sign up:

-Free Link (Twitter or Pinterest)  
The first 50 bloggers to sign up will get a link free with announcement. 
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Win a 3 month Conscious Box subscription $59 #consciousbox

Dear Readers:

  I was so excited to receive an email inviting me to check out the new Conscious Box website and subscription service.  And I am even more excited to offer you, my readers, a chance to win a 3 month subscription of your own boxes. What is inside a Conscious Box? Really wonderful natural products. (In this photo I see Kind, Honest Kids and more! )

  These aren't just any products-- they are the purest, most natural products of the planet.  Just think of it as Mother Earth's gift to you.  Discover the best products on the planet... every month!

  Next month, Conscious Box is presenting its very special Earth Day box! Inside, you'll find incredible products that help you lighten your footprint and better show love to Mother Earth. From scrumptious snack alternatives to ultra-conscious home products, the April Earth Box will introduce you exciting new things in the world of green! What are you waiting for?! Sign up for Conscious Box today and find all new ways to support a healthier, happier planet! (they even have gluten free and vegan boxes available).

   Right now Conscious Box is offering a 25% OFF discount for any Conscious Box subscription. to my readers.  Use code: LOVELIFE

And do not forget to enter to win a 3 month subscription at the easy rafflecopter form below.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring Into Green Mother's Organic Giveaway #mother'sorganic

Welcome to the Spring Into Green Mothers Organic Giveaway!

Everything for Ana has teamed up with Eco-Crazy Mom and an amazing group of bloggers to celebrate the grand opening of the Mothers Organic store, and bring you the chance to win a fantastic prize pack valued at $375.00!
Mothers Organic Logo

Come check out the Mothers Organic Grand Opening March 25, 2013!

I am so super excited about thie giveaway. You know how important Ana is to me, and choosing organic and healthy products makes me feel better.

 The Mothers Organic motto is simple: happy shopping for the everyday eco-mama. Why? Because we've all been there before. Confused by labels and not knowing which products were safe for our kids. Overwhelmed with information. That's why eco mama Kelly McKnight and her husband created Mothers Organic. They wanted to make it easy for moms to find a variety of safe, tried and true eco-friendly products in one convenient place. Every product at Mothers Organic has been hand picked and carefully reviewed by Kelly and her team of eco mamas with the belief that if it's not good enough for their family, it's certainly not good enough for yours. Finally, a place where moms can shop with confidence - we invite you to give it a try!
Shop their amazing selection of stainless steel baby bottles and sippy cups. Check out their line of Melissa & Doug puzzles and toys for babies and toddlers. Stock up on your nursery layette - complete with swaddle blankets and bunting. At Mothers Organic you'll find a great selection of natural bath and skin care, organic apparel, health care essentials and much more.
Shop now and save with free shipping on all orders over $75!

Celebrate with us and enter to win!

One lucky eco mama will win this awesome Mothers Organic prize pack worth $375.00:

Boba Carrier ($120.00 RV) Green Toys bundle ($70.00 RV) Kid Basix Safe Sippy 2 ($15.00 RV) In2green Eco friendly baby & kids blanket ($70.00 RV) Seventh Generation bundle ($100.00 RV)
Make sure you enter at the rafflecopter below:
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Nory, Adoptable Pet of the Week NYC #ASPCA

 I was missing my Pet of the Week posts so I am so happy to see Miss Nory this week. Isnt she a cutie pie?

 Nory is an adorable 1 ½ year old domestic medium hair mix. Even though she is a girl, she has quite the distinguished handlebar mustache! This lovely lady can sometimes get too excited about getting attention, so she needs an adopter who can be in-tune with her needs and read her body language. She will tell you when she’s overwhelmed and needs some beauty rest on her own. Nory is a spunky young cat who is on the hunt for an experienced cat owner who will appreciate her. She might be a handful for young kids, so children over the age of 12 in the home would be best. Nory is spayed and up-to-date on all vaccinations.

424 E. 92nd Street (Between York and 1st Avenues), New York, NY 10128
Hours: Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 7:00pm and Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Visit: or call 212-876-7700 ext. 4900 for additional information

If you know of anyone looking for a beauty in the NYC  area, please pass on this post.

Friday, March 22, 2013

The nuNaat GOGO (give one, get one) Giveaway!

Hello Dear Readers-

 Welcome to the nuNAAT GOGO (Give One, Get One) Giveaway!

   Enter for your chance to win TWO sets of the products  (click here for my review) that I just recently tried and LOVED from nuNAAT  one for you and one to give to a friend!

My hair with NuNaat NAAT Brazilian Keratin

 When entering, be sure to select my blog name “Everything for Ana” from the drop-down menu so they know who sent you. The nuNAAT NAAT Brazilian Keratin Collection is great for ALL HAIR TYPES, and works especially well to protect your hair and keep it healthy if you like to style using heat (with a blow dryer or flat iron) like I do! I had such a great time testing out the products, and reviewing and my hair looks and feels fantastic.

The winner will receive the following products with an estimated retail value of $65:

  •  2 NAAT Brazilian Keratin Daily Care Shampoo 
  •  2 NAAT Brazilian Keratin Daily Care Conditioner
  •  2 NAAT Brazilian Keratin Intensive Hair Mask
  •  2 NAAT Brazilian Keratin Liquid Keratin Leave-In Reconstructor
  •  2 NAAT Brazilian Keratin Serum Ultra Shine 

TO ENTER: Visit the nuNAAT Facebook page!!! Don't forget to let them know you saw this on Everything for Ana :)


 CONTEST DATES: March 23, 2013 - April 13, 2013 Winner will be announced April 15, 2013 by e-mail. If response from winner is not received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

PRIVACY: Your email will not be shown and will be kept private. ELIGIBILITY: Giveaways are open to readers 18 years or older with U.S. or Canada shipping addresses only (no PO boxes). For my international readers, you may enter and if you win, we can send the prize to person of your choice with U.S. or Canada shipping address. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

Everything For Ana is not responsible for shipping this product but is acting as a host to the information and giveaway link.

Spring fever, cabin fever what the heck!

Dear Readers-
 I am having one of those days. Actually it has been three days since I really started feeling this way. Down. Sad. Bored. Restless. Definitely a bit of spring fever. I miss working out. Getting my body going. And, I have been eating nothing but junk and I cannot seem to stop. I have given myself until April 1 and then I am putting a kibosh on the snacking, the crap.  I need to run every day or every other day. I need to work out in some way every day. I am sooo restless. I am signing up for a virutal marathon, and might even sign up for my first 5k in May. I am done with being restless and done with sitting around on my butt. Ok, so we got a lot of crafting done, and I read a few books and caught up with some good tv , but I long for the park, and walking by the river. I need to do something fun and active like a hike up a mountain. Or a run by a stream.  Ugh.  It is just one of those down in the dump days. Woe is me kind of days. I know things will change soon but in the meantime I will wallow in my snow filled vision and dream of sand filled afternoons. So  I can complain about being sweaty and hot by the pool or lake.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Learning Spanish with Booklingual, Review and Giveaway!

 Dear Readers:

 When Ana was born, I knew that one of the things I wanted to make sure she had exposure to at an early age in her development, was language. When I decided to study French in school, it was so exciting to learn another language, and immerse myself in French culture. But, I always wanted to learn Italian and Spanish too.  Growing up in NY State and living in and around NYC, I have been exposed to Spanish speakers, and have picked up a few words here or there, but not enough for a conversation or to read a Spanish book. But , I am going to change that . And, BookLingual will help. I received the pdf files included with BookLingual Spanish, which include several colorful and fun photo filled books and right away, started to read them with Ana. Here is a short video of an intro to one of the books, please excuse any mis-pronunciation or mistakes as I am learning too!

 And that is how easy it is to get started.  There is a gude to help you teach and learn with your child. As Ana is so young, she is not reading yet. So, we will learn together through reading often and repeating the words while looking at the great photos and pictures. Ana is like a sponge, and quickly learned her first 5 numbers in Spanish, so she is ready to learn more. We found the books fun, colorful and easy to read together. And, they kept her attention which is not the easiest thing with a toddler. 

Want to learn more? Here are all the details from the website and founder:

 "BookLingual books are specially designed to help children learn to read and understand a new language. These books are for ages 2-8; and work if you child already knows some Spanish, or none at all. This is a set of 6 eBooks, which you and your child will have a blast reading (and learning some Spanish!).
These are fully illustrated, full color eBooks which can be read on an iPad, tablet, or even a computer.

  • ·         Bilingual Benny Likes Too Much
  • ·         Bree and the Bee Can’t Share
  •           Come to the Zoo!
  •           Oh No, I’m Sick!
  • ·         Grandma Cooks a Grand Dinner
  • ·         Can You Guess What I Am·         
        Parent's Guide
        Super-Quick Guide to Spanish

  BookLingual books are specially designed to help children learn Spanish through fun reading. The books are intuitively designed and based on research to speed up language learning – even if you don’t know Spanish. Rather than making language lessons a chore or sticking kids in front of a TV – BookLingual is designed to help children gain a love for reading through picture books.
BookLingual is launching its full program, which will include 32 different eBooks, a Parent’s Guide, and Super-Quick Guide to Spanish on March 18th

The first 100 People to Pre-Order BookLingual: Complete Spanish for Kids will get:

·         The price of only $32 (that is $1 per book!). The release price to the public will be $99
·         A bonus, exclusive book from everyone’s favorite character – Bilingual Benny!
·         The entire program one day early
·         You can get a refund on your $32 deposit at any time; no questions asked
·         Also,  after you get the program, we have a 200% Guarantee, and will give you a full refund + another $32 just for taking out time to try it… (If you don’t like it for some reason)

t     This is a great deal , if you have any inclination to learn Spanish with your child, order it and try it out like Ana and I did!Also, make sure you enter to win a set for yourself at the Rafflecopter below.

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Spring into Spring with Everything For Ana and $150 Target Card!

Hello Dear Readers:
 Welcome to the "Spring Into Spring" giveaway event sponsored by Famous Free  Samples, sister site of Tip Hero, featuring some fabulous blogs (like Everything for Ana ),  and a wonderful opportunity to be the winner of a great prize! I certainly know that I could use this  Target Card to buy some great spring decor.

  To celebrate the coming of spring (finally), we're offering one lucky reader the chance to win a $150 Target gift card to use however they'd like! Whether you'd like to stock up on some spring apparel, decorate your home to match the season, or prepare your outdoor space for warmer temperatures, we're sure this great prize could come in handy!

  This giveaway begins on March 21st and will run until April 4th at 11:59pm US Eastern time. Open to residents of the United States and Canada, 18+.
  Use the PromoSimple form below to enter this giveaway. Be sure to take advantage of the array of entries you can gain, and also, come back daily for even more chances to win. Good luck!

$150 Target Gift Card

 **Everything for Ana is not responsible for shipping of prize, but is acting as a host for this giveaway**

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Great crafts and links for Easter crafts and decorations.#crafty

Hello Dear Readers-
 I love doing crafts with Ana, and read a lot of blogs for great ideas. Sometimes I can adapt them for a 2 year old, and sometimes I just pin them for us to make when she is older and she can use scissors, glue and other older kid stuff.  This year we are going to celebrate both Passover and Easter, so I have been looking for cute ideas for Easter crafts.  Here are some that I found, and I will definitely share any that we make.
I will be adding more as I read them. This is a good start, I know I am ready for more crafting and decorating eggs! 

The most amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread Recipe #bananabread

Hello Dear Readers:
  I am sooooo behind on sharing recipes, so I am taking a few moments during our last (I hope, I hope) snow storm for this season. Here is one of my personal faves from the last month. It is a divine chocolate peanut butter banana bread.  I doubled the chocolate from the original recipe, so that when the bread is toasted, the chocolate gets all melty and yum.

I made 4 small loaves, but you can make 2 regular sized loaves! 

 Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread  

  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour, divided
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 4 Very Ripe Bananas, slightly mashed
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup  Canola Oil
  • 1 cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups Bite-sized Peanut Butter Cups, or chopped peanut butter cups ( I chopped mine up)
  • 1 (3- To 3.5-oz) Bar Premium Dark Chocolate, chopped  (I used half a bag of dark chocolate chips, it was pretty much double what this recipe called for)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; spray two 9×5” loaf pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 ¾ cups of the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. Fit a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. 
  4. Beat the bananas, peanut butter, sour cream, eggs, oil, brown sugar and vanilla until well blended, about 2 minutes. 
  5. Spoon the flour mixture into the banana mixture and beat on low speed until just blended.
  6. Toss the peanut butter cups in the remaining ¼ cup flour (to help prevent sinking) and stir into the batter along with the chopped dark chocolate.
  7. Divide the batter evenly between the two loaf pans. (or in my case, 4 little pans)
  8. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. 
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.
I love it warm, you can put a little peanut butter on it to melt in, or butter or eat it plain. YUM, perfect for a cold winter's day. Enjoy the recipe,

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Repp Stripe Necktie Collection by Designer PUCCINI

Hello Dear Readers:
   It is not often that a chance comes along to include hubby in a product review or even feature him on the blog (though I do need to remedy that with more photos and info).  So you can imagine my excitement when I received a beautiful silk-like tie from Puccini that he would be testing out.  I also knew that meant he would have to wear it with a suit, which truth be told, he doesn't have much need to don being a train engineer , and a  daddy.  I thought we would get out for a night on the town, but alas we have not had the chance too since our vacation in Florida.  Needless to say, I did get him into that suit and tie and he looked so spiffy, I had to share:

Duncan all spiffy!!

   Isn't that a fabu tie?? It is from"PUCCINI's New Repp-Stripe Collection that is available in 8 trendy colors. Each tie is made from a unique microfiber fabric that looks and feels identical to silk but is more wrinkle and stain resistant. Each tie features two unique colors paired with a contemporary striped design. "
Close up
 This tie feels like top quality and looks like it would last awhile.  And, I looove this color. It is such a nice neutral that it would go with just about any suit and shirt. I would like it with a dark gray suit and pastel top, or white. Here it it shown with a nice cornflower blue, and it looks great!   Here are all of the available colors:  New Repp Striped Tie Collection
Serious hubby!
 This wonderful tie was sent to me from Bows N Ties.  They have an amazing selection of all kinds of ties, and they are organized by color which I really appreciate and makes it super easy to navigate.  Also, they have an amazing customer rating, so you know you are in good hands whether you need a tie for a wedding, a night out on the town or an important business meeting.At just $9.90 each, you could pick up one of each color.

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Our vacation to St Augustine Florida in Photos

Sunset in St Augustine, Florida
Hi Dear Readers:

  This post is some time coming, but better late than never.

  Recently we visited Gma and Gpa Gaines at a beautiful beach house in St Augustine, Floria. We had many adventures from visiting downtown St Augustine on foot, the Little Red Train, the beach, the parks and the Alligator Farm. It took me a while to go through all of the hundreds of photos that I took, but here are some of my faves. Also, I will be posting the photos from our cruise around St Augustine and the view from the boat!

Gpa caught a fish!

A grocery run, i love these carts!! 

Dinner up in the trees

Ana loves the beach!


There are so many more photos, so I expect there will be a couple more pretty St Augustine photo posts ;) Stay warm. Spring will be here soon.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Welcome to the First Annual Mama Works it Out! Contest.

Hello Friends and Family-

  Welcome to the First annual  "Mama Works It Out" Contest.

 Here is all of the info:
  • Sign ups will close Sat March 30, 2013 at 8 pm

  • First Weigh In will take place Monday April 1 location to be determined. Most likely, it will be in conjunction with a walk/jog if weather is amenable.
  • Second Weigh In and Final Weigh In will be determined after sign ups close.

  • Contest is free, and open to the public. Anyone who can make the three weigh ins will be included.  Must be over 18, sign a waiver for responsibility of good health.  Participant must disclose any physical limitations, such as asthma, bad knees etc.  Everything for Ana is not responsible for illness or injury caused by workouts, or diet change due to contest.
  • There is no charge, and prizes will be offered to the Grand Prize winner as well as first runner up. Other prizes to be determined based on participation and sponsors wishes. Winners will be determined based on percentage of weight lost, since participants will have different levels of fitness and weight pre-contest.

Weight loss and diet will be at the determination of the participant, recipes and support will be offered as well as organized walks, runs and hikes over the 3 month period.  To sign up post below in the comments:

Why do you want to participate?
Goal of contest: lose weight, get healthier, get fresh air, social workouts

Also, please email :

Name, Address, Phone Number you can be reached and best time to call to confirm a day or two before the sign up. Send email to:

Everything For Ana: Zoe Lee

Even though I cannot win, I am so super excited to participate! I have so many healthy recipes to share and great workouts to try!!  Who is going to be the first to sign up? Any questions? As questions arise I will answer them below:


A fitness contest for motivation??

Dear Readers,
 I have been throwing around the idea to host a fitness contest in my area.  Last year, I participated in a Mommy Meltdown Fitness contest and lost 18 lbs, and I would love to inspire friends, family and others to do the same.  I think I am going to set it up the same way. Have a definitive amount of time. And then get a couple of sponsors to offer prizes to the winner! Or have a couple of winners, and a grand prize winner! I know the real prize is getting back into great shape, but in the meantime a little competition could do us all a bit of good.  I know I would like to lose 10-15 more lbs before squeezing back into a bathing suit. And 3 months would be all it takes. I plan on rejoining Stroller Strides for April, now that the weather is more mild and class will be back outside. What do you think? I think.....GOOD. Let's do this! I am setting it up today. No time like the present.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Hobbit is Coming out on DVD/Bluray, a giveaway! #thehobbit

Hello readers:

 As some of you know I am an audiobook reader/narrator for Audible so as you can imagine, I LOVE to read. I love to read out loud, to myself and to Ana. MY fave genre is probably mystery, or thrillers. But, I love to mix it up with nonfiction, some chick lit and the occasional fantasy or scifi. One of my fave series of all time is the Lord of the Rings series, including The Hobbit. I was so excited that it was going to be made into a Peter Jackson movie, and I cannot wait to show it to Ana someday. In the meantime, I am excited to bring you a cool app and giveaway for a copy of the DVD/Bluray. I know that we will be adding one to our collection. Check out the app, and then enter to win at the rafflecopter below:

Coming soon!

  J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an amazing quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
 Enter below:

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

CafePress has amazing, unique items for my mermaid lover, Ana. #cafepress

Dear readers,

  It is that time of year again. St Patty's Day.  Easter.  Planning Ana's birthday. Last year, I took a couple of months and really planned out the costume/dress, color scheme, and made all of the paper crafts.   This year, I will be buying them or trading for them on etsy and other sites. I want to make it as easy as possible.  And one way I can make it easy is to pick a popular theme, like mermaids.  Ana loves mermaids. Her fave princess right now is Ariel, as well as her baby dolly. So what better for an outdoor swimming party than a mermaid party.

  One of the sites I recently checked out for personalized and unique items was Cafe Press. Have you ever checked it out?? Chock full of great gift ideas, cool cards, phone covers, and some beautiful birthday party invitations like these:

Or greeting cards:

  Not only was Cafe Press generous enough to offer my readers a $50 GC for their site, but they are offering me one too.   I am going to buy Ana some cute mermaid items such as a tshirt and an adorable necklace charm like these: Charms. 

Really , there is something for everyone. Tshirts, Mugs, Mouse Pads, Jewelry. So many cute designs from holidays, to photo personalization.  I love their phone covers too, as I change my iphone cover with the season.

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Check out the site, find some items you would like to buy for yourself or as a gift and then enter to win a $50 giftcard at the rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**I did not receive compensation for this post, however I did receive the same prize GC to buy something cool.  Giveaway open to US only, GC will be the responsibility of CafePress.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Heading into the city and picking winners!

My view on a rainy NYC day
Hello Dearies-
  Tomorrow I am heading back into the city for a few hours to do some "pick-ups" for my latest audio books from Audible. I will post the links to the books when they are available to download. I am excited to head back into my beloved city, but hate leaving Ana behind. She will be in good hands with her G'ma Lee, and Daddy will be home in the afternoon. I am hoping to get a little shopping in, and maybe a yummy NYC lunch. And PINKBERRY, oh how i miss thee yogurty goodness. Will have some Wordless Wed photos and will be posting a couple new reviews and giveaways this week. Also, I finally have a schedule for the blog and am excited to add the blog to my organization of life.  Have a great week :)

PS, I just chose a winner from Bible Series giveaway, and sent her an email, so check your emails tonight/tomorrow.  I will announce soon, when claimed.  Here is the random org:
Winner Winner chicken dinner!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Giveaway: Handmade Glass Tile Necklace and Beautiful Cards from Art by Kelly Michelle

Win a beautiful Glass tile necklace
Hello Dear Readers:

  I am such a big fan of Etsy, I peruse it almost everyday. Just yesterday I bought new chevron printed stuff for my craft room (reveal coming soon). I love shopping for stuff for the house, but my favorite Etsy creations are usually jewels and clothing. So, I was super stoked when Kelly Michelle was up for sponsoring this amazing giveaway and introducing her talented work for you to check out.I really love her new necklaces and think it is so pretty. I like simple necklaces that have that pop of color to stand out on your top or skin. I would wear this with a beautiful blouse and some cute jeans!

The lovely Kelly Michelle
From Kelly:

I started Art by Kelly Michelle on June 12, 2012. I make a variety of colorful paper goods, and have started to create glass tile necklaces as well. I have always loved to do arts and crafts from a very young age. I love drawing and making things with my hands. I have had dreams of starting my own art business ever since 7th grade, but it did not come true until last year. I really hope people can love and enjoy what I make just as much as I do or maybe even more. 
Origami Hearts
From her etsy shop Art by Kelly Michelle:
I’ve always loved art and crafts, especially drawing and coloring. I like to scrapbook and make photo gifts for friends and family. I was a volunteer helper/teacher at my church for over five years, where my main contribution was making arts and crafts for up to 26 children every Sunday. Doing arts and crafts makes me happy, and gives me a way to be creative and express myself.

I’ve wanted to begin my own art business for a while now, but didn’t know quite how to get it started until I found this site. I am hoping this business will be blessed, but more importantly, that others will be blessed by it! 
Adorable Thank yous! 

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Win this necklace and these beautiful handmade cards:
Im loving these cards, I know anyone of my friends or family would be so impressed receiving a beautiful handmade card for a thank you or a birthday. The designs are so colorful and gorgeous. I am jealous that I cannot win!!

 This giveaway is only open to those in the USA. Items shipped will be the responsibility of the sponsor: Art by Kelly Michelle.
Enter in the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**Everything for Ana was not compensated for this post, prize is the responsibility of the aforementioned sponsor**

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Crafting fun with Ana and Green Kids Crafts!

Dear Readers:

  Ana and I love to craft, we make several things every week, and if we are not crafting, Ana loves to color, paint, play with play dough or crayons.  She has a sweet artist's easel and has already learned how to draw suns and flowers and write her name. We are working on the alphabet and her numbers, and though she can identify all of them, she is just starting to write them. She loves writing, and painting and crafting. So you can imagine how pleased I was that we were sent a cool box of Green Crafts from Green KIds Crafts. We opened the box together and the theme was perfect because we had just come back from Florida and the Beach: The Ocean. 

Our cool Green Kids Crafts box!

Pin the tail on the whale

The first thing we noticed was how nicely all of the crafts were packed. Each craft was in a sealed bag with all of the ingredients or necessities for that particular craft.  We looked through them all and decide we were going to start by making the boat.  Ana loves pirates and boats and so she really loved coloring it with the cool pastels included and then inserting the sail into the boat. I took lots of photos of us making the boat, but first I want to show you a quick , cute video we made too! 

This is the first craft we made: 

A cute green sailboat

Ana coloring the boat

Ana and her adorable SS Ana boat
Our experience:
   We really had a blast making our first two crafts together and we cannot wait to make more. I love that all of the included elements were green, recycled parts, and were easy to assemble. The cards had colorful illustrations, easy instructions, and made it easy to work with a toddler. I think this is a wonderful, thoughtful gift and would love to receive a subscription like this. Not only would l find it useful, but it would be a fun way to have new crafts integrated into our crafting routine regularly. We loved it.

All the info about Green Kids Crafts:
 Green Kid Crafts delights kids and their parents with award winning, earth-friendly craft activities, delivered right to their door! Through the company’s subscription program, young crafters can look forward to receiving their very own Discovery Box every month, each containing at least three inspiring projects designed to foster a child’s creativity and confidence while developing their respect and love for the environment.  Appropriate for ages 3-8, projects are reviewed by experts to align with the company's Happy & Healthy Child principles, and kid tested and parent approved for fun. 
Visit to learn more about their program, see sample boxes or head over to Pinterest to see some recent reviews. Green Kid Crafts is a mom-owned and operated green company that uses only safe, natural materials. The company is certified carbon-neutral, a member of 1% for the Planet and a 2012 winner of the StartupNation Leading Moms Business Competition and Green America's People & Planet Awards.  

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.