Friday, November 26, 2010

Want something FREE on Black Friday?

This year I opted to sleep in instead of get up early and fight the crowds of crazies for discount deals. It felt good! When I awoke after a few extra hours of sleep I decided to do a little blog surfing.

Imagine my surprise when I found this offer from the creator of my favorite song at the moment.

Mindy Gledhill is giving away a case 
of her new album (that's 30 copies) to one lucky winner!

If you have not had the pleasure of hearing Mindy's music then enjoy this video. The song is Hourglass and it is on her new album Anchor...which she is giving away 30 copies of!

Since I am unemployed this year and my Christmas budget is tight I am hoping I win, so I can give them as gifts this year. Wouldn't that be grand?

She also has some other great deals going on. You can get a whole case of Anchor CD's at the wholesale price of only $6.63 each. That's $199 for the case. 
The retail value of 30 CDs is $509.40, so this is an amazing value. 

She is also doing a 2/$20 special which gets you Anchor and her previous album Feather in The Wind both for $20. Such a deal! 

Click here to check out the deals.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

WAAAAAAY Behind...

I am more than a little behind but here are a few more of the things I am thankful for.
In no particular order.

#6. My Cell Phone

Affectionately known as my "Crackberry".
It allows instant communication with friends and family
and even feeds my Facebook addiction on the go.
I never thought I would be so attached but I have to admit I am hooked.

#7. Paper, and Stamps, and Ink...OH MY! 

This is a picture of my table this past weekend. I was preparing for my Christmas card workshops.
I am thankful for the ability to create (it keeps me sane) and to share my creations with others. I am also grateful to be a part of a great company, Close To My Heart.

#8. My Car 

This is my ride (and my friend Jane). It's a 2000 VW Cabrio.
This pic was taken the day I bought it. 
Ashleigh calls it my clown car and refuses to ride in it, but I love it. 
Here are some highlights
115K Miles and still going strong
Convertible top (my fav on Indian Summer and warm Spirng days)
Great gas mileage
One out of four hubcaps (thanks to the jerkwads who stole the other three)
A few character dings that came with it at no extra charge

#9 Facebook
 I know I am going to get some heat for this but I am actually thankful for Facebook. It has allowed me to reconnect with old friends, make new friends with similar interests and keep on everyone's lives (also known as Facebook stalking). I have also seen how Facebook can gather people around a cause, predict election results and provide free marketing for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Plus there are some addictive games on there in case you have some time to waste.

#10 Netflix
What ever did I do before my movies and TV shows came to me in the mail
or instantly streamed on my computer.

#11  I am grateful that some children are not mine!
OK maybe that sounds bad but when I see the screaming child in the grocery store or hear stories of unruly children I am glad they are not mine. My girl had her moments believe me (if you want to know ask her about the time the neighbors called the cops or a certain orange juice incident). But in all honesty I had a pretty easy kid. Much to my mother's dismay who swears to this day that I did not get what I deserved.

#12  Modern Medicine
Don't get me started on my feelings about Health Care, that is for another post. What I am grateful for here is modern medicine and the people who chose to spend their lives taking care of others. With the recent hospitalization of my dad I have been reminded how important good heath care is.

#13 Books 
I am a lover of written words. Of stories.
Of escaping to another time and place.
Of learning and growing by reading.
more on what I love see this post.

#14  J.K. Rowling
Not only did she write some of my favorite books of all time, but I think J.K. Rowling truly changed the world. Before Harry Potter if you asked a third grader to pick up a 300, 400 or 700+ page book and read it you would have been looked at like you were crazy. And wait in line at midnight for a new book, no way! Books weren't cool. Yes, there were readers and people both young and old who enjoyed books but books were just books. Jo Rowling created a world both children and adults wanted to be a part of . She created anticipation as we waited with baited breath for the next installment of the story. She created jobs when bookstores hired extra people to prepare for the releases. Toy companies, clothing companies, the movie industry and now even a theme parked jumped on board. She created an empire. But most of all she made books cool, made children pick up huge volumes and read them from cover to cover multiple times, and paved the way for writers to tell their own stories.

For anyone who says that one person can't change the world...
this single mum from England is my example of how it can be done.

#15 Diet Coke

I have been working hard to kick my Diet Coke habit.
I try not to buy it to have at home and that has helped
but sometimes a few shots of Diet Coke
(or a bong as shown above) is what it takes to make it through the day.

#16 Plumbing

My bathroom may not be luxurious but it is not this...nuff said!
 More to come!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Live, Love, Laugh

This thankful post is all about 


Living in Colorado

I may have been born in California but I am a Colorado girl at heart.

The kids in this video went to school with my daughter
and I think they did a great job of summing up Colorado girls.

I really do love it here. I grew up on the western slope in
Grand Junction and this was in my back yard.
Colorado National Monument photo found here

Now the Mile High City is my home.
Photo found here
Colorado really does have everything I love (except a beach).


Some of little things I love.
These are a few of the every day things 
that will always bring a smile to my face.

1. Baby Laughs
2. Clean sheets and towels
3. Cards, letters and packages in the mailbox
4. Bubble baths
5. Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows
6. Birthday Candles
7. Good music
8. Cupcakes
9. Disney Movies
10. Blog Comments :)

Girlfriends who make me laugh.
Throughout my life I have always been privileged to have great girlfriends. Life moves on and some friendships remain close, others fade, and new friendships are made. Some of my fondest memories are of laughing with girlfriends, often until our sides and cheeks hurt.

I love how I can speak to old friends and remember fun times like they were yesterday even if life has taken over and we haven't spoken in a long time. Just the mention of the ice cube incident,  shopping for Dark Helmet, a certain Sarah Lee cheesecake, Hoppy Burfdae or Mr Microdot brings a smile to my face to this day.
(If you were involved in these memories you know who you are.)

I love how girlfriends can make you laugh when you really feel like crying and then still be there when you remember what you were crying about.

Girlfriends are like chocolate for the soul. 

Today I am thankful for the laughter brought on by girlfriends...past and present.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Giving Thanks

Lately, I have felt like I have been making lots of 

As in, "When life gives you lemons make lemonade."

My life is not where I would like it to be and I feel lost in the LEMONS. 

But, even on the days where I am feeling the sorriest for myself 
I am reminded that

I have lots and lots to be thankful for.

So since this is November, the month of Thanksgiving
I am going to attempt to post something I am thankful for every day. The posts may not be daily but by the end of November I will have posted 30 things I am thankful for. 

 My Family 

Even though there are admittedly a few nuts on my family tree (I MAY even be one of them) my family has always been there for me. They love me unconditionally in spite of all my faults. I am so lucky to have them.

My Daughter

I know that technically she is encompassed in being thankful for my family but to me she deserves a separate mention. I love this pic. She will tell you that it is a result of photoshop enhancements, but this is how I see her.



 Sweet and Beautiful 


Stay tuned for my thankful thoughts, more to come. 
What are YOU thankful for?