Saturday, December 31, 2011

Kick'n Off 2012 Giveaway!


As a special thank you to all of my followers for making 2011 a great year - it's MASSIVE giveaway time!

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Many of my favorite blogs and shops are featured below and I can't wait for you to meet them. This giveaway never would have been possible without their generosity. I am thrilled and humbled by the amount of people that have come together for this, you guys rock!

One Lucky Winner will take away ALL of the prizes listed below! 


Feel free to grab the button on my right sidebar and place it on your page!


There are literally TONS of ways you can enter...


1. MANDATORY MAIN ENTRY: 
Please leave ONE comment stating you have done the following:
You must follow each blog by Email Subscription, RSS Feed or through Bloglovin'.

For the shops that do not have blogs you must "like" them on Facebook if they have one.

Be sure to leave some comments for these blog and shop owners to read - they're all awesome!
Entrants that leave more than one comment on this post for this entry will be deleted! Please follow the rules.


2. BONUS ENTRIES:
Leave one comment for each of the following:
*SHARE on Facebook and link back.
*SHARE on Twitter and link back.
*POST about this giveaway on your blog, again linking back.
*"Like" a blog/shop on Facebook. Each "like" counts as an entry, leave a comment for each.
*"Follow" a blog/shop on Twitter. Each blog  you follow counts as an entry, leave a comment for each.
*Visit an Etsy shop or website and let me know what your favorite item is (and what shop it came from!).

**Please note, this giveaway is open to  U.S. and Canadian Residents only!
***The winner can "gift" the prizes that involve free ad space or template designs if they do not personally have a blog, shop or website.

The giveaway will close and winner will be announced on
January 15, 2012 at 9pm EST. 
The winner will have 48  hours to contact me via email to claim their prize. If the prize goes unclaimed another winner will be determined on January 18, 2012.
Good Luck!

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Without further ado let me introduce my
"Kick'n Off 2012 Giveaway" partners in crime:
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Of course I had to have my hand in this giveaway since I am hosting it! 
For all of you that I don't know yet, welcome! Grab a coffee and stay awhile. 
On Punkin' Heads and Dooda Loo's you'll find a variety of things from tutorials, recipes, the trials and tribulations of my toddler teaching me to be a better mom and all the "stuff" that happens in between.
I love connecting with other people {mom's especially} 
and I can't wait to witness what the new year has to offer!

My part of the giveaway is a SURPRISE! 
I will give you a small hint though...part of my prize package includes a free 200x200 ad space for the months of February and March! And, there may be a gift card involved...
But, I have to keep my lips sealed on the rest ;)
Good Luck!
xoxo, Katie

Blog: Punkin' Heads & Dooda Loo's
Facebook: Punkin' Heads & Dooda Loo's
Twitter: Punkin Heads & Dooda Loo's
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Sneakers Over Stilettos

Hello Punkin' Heads and Dooda Loo readers. 

Today I am giving offering a 8 x 10 canvas wrap. 

A $50 value! 

The winner will email me a high resolution image of their choice and 
I will put it on to a canvas for you. 
Good luck everyone and I can't wait to create a piece of art for one lucky person!




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SimplyCreated carries affordable couture accessories for all ages.
Looking for that perfect pop of color to your outfit, we have it, at a
price you can afford. We can custom make any item to fit your
personality, just convo me on etsy.

 The lucky winner gets to pick a custom beaded knot necklace in your choice of color!





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Kassi and Kayli

Kassi and Kayli are giving one lucky winner a LARGE ad space on Truly Lovely for the month of February 2012!


Kassi Sells Scentsy


200x150


Included: An individual feature post (i.e. your biz only) once during the month! 


Unlimited amount of Facebook and Twitter shout outs!

Facebook: Truly Lovely 
Twitter: Kassi and Kayli 

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The Foley Fam
Hi There! I'm Kristine!
I'm a twenty something year old Wifey to the Hubs, Momma to our M&M girls, and lover of life! I started this blog journey in 2010, and I'm loving it! Follow along as I share our adventures. I blog about {us}. The Good, the Bad & the Dirty. You'll also find some crafting, my fashion style, and all the bits and pieces that make me {me}. I can be a wee bit sarcastic, but try not to take offense mmmmkay? I have an Esty Shoppe where I share my love for creating things and sharing with others like yourself! You'll find an eclectic mix of handmade goodness for ladies and sprouts. Hope to see you over in our neck of the woods sooner than later!! Holla!


I'll be giving away a $10 Shop Credit to J&M's Eye Candy AND a Large Ad Space for the month of February on The Foley Fam Blog!





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Amanda at Royal Daughter Designs is giving away a

CUSTOMIZABLE PREMADE BLOG TEMPLATE! 


By selecting a background + color theme + font theme + header theme you can customize your blog design so that it fits YOU! This prize is valued at $30.



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my adventures through mommyhood

Hello Lovelies! I am the blogger behind My Adventures Through Mommyhood. I am a twenty something stay at home mommy to a rambunctious toddler, currently residing in lalaland Los Angeles. On my blog you will read about my journey as a mom, and a wife while still trying to be me. I talk about it all. The good and the bad. From time to time I share some of my favorite products for my son and myself.

Today I am giving away a $15 Starbucks Giftcard AND a FREE 150x150 Ad Space on my blog!
Good Luck! xo


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Kayley's Treasure Chest

Crystal is the creator behind all of the wonderful children's tutu's and accessories at Kayley's Treasure Chest! 


Today she is giving away a $25 gift certificate for a custom order from her shop!


Good Luck!





Etsy: Kayley's Treasure Chest
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Hi, I'm Beth & I blog at Through The Eyes of the Mrs. You'll find crafting, thrifting, styling, and mommy tips there! It's my happy place and keeps me really busy lately. Stop by and follow along on my little adventures.

Today I am giving away this beautiful handmade headband.
Good Luck!





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Prevailing Philosophie

Hello internet loves! My name is Andrea, also known as A. Lee in the Etsy world! I am a born and raised Massachusetts native that has a strong appreciation for life's simplicities. Being a corporate business woman by day and an entrepreneur by night gives me the chance to deeply touch base on all of my personal characteristics. Prevailing Philosophie is a reflection of just that. 

Since my pieces are quite unique and one piece may be better for you than another I have decided to make this giveaway a to-for!  
The giveaway will include one grey knit headband adorned with three rosettes and one 25% off coupon used towards your total purchase at checkout from my Etsy shop. 
The code for the coupon will be given to the winner upon announcement. 
Good Luck I hope to see you around the shop! 





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Mimi Baby Boutique

Mimi Baby Boutique is a shop selling handmade jewelry, hair bows and other accessories. Most are one of a kind pieces but I also offer customizable items and do "ground-up" customizations. 



I will be giving away one custom made felt cellphone/camera or e-reader pouch.



Blog: Stuff I Love
Facebook: Stuff I Love
Etsy: Big Red Kite

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Happy New Year Everyone!
I am so excited to be giving away a large 300x200 ad space for the month of February on Momma's Like Me! Mommas Like Me is a place for mommas {and future mommas} and women to connect and inspire one another. On my blog you'll find stories of the good, bad and sometimes downright ugly experiences of motherhood/womanhood along with craft tutorials, yummy recipes and whatever else happens to be on my mind. I hope you'll stop by and introduce yourself...I love making new friends.


Facebook: Mommas Like Me

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Little Miss Nerd Girl

Hi! I'm Lacey, the blogger behind Little Miss Nerd Girl.I'm super excited to be taking part in this group giveaway hosted by Katie, and I'm giving you a $25 Gift Card to Target to prove it!
When you have a moment I would love for you to hop on over to my blog and share in my adventures of a stay at home mom, wife, full-time student and wannabe domestic goddess.



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My name is Summer and I am the all over the place mama behind Made By Munchie's Mama.  I work, I wife, I mama and occasionally I am just Summer. I have 2 little boys: Munchie who is 2 aka Gavin and Dylie Bear who is 9 months aka Dylan.  
I recently found the blog world and felt so connected to these women that I never met through their posts about life, love, loss and crafts.  They have changed my life for the better andinspired me to share my passions with everyone out in "blogland" who might be looking for what I was looking for...Someone, some story, something to connect with and inspire me to do the things I never thought I could.

Today I am giving away 2 sets of 3 matching bobby pins with coordinating rings!
Good Luck!


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My name is Megan Robinson and I am a wife, mommy, recent college graduate {boo-yah!}, Oreo connoisseur, #1 Arizona lover, and obsessor of all things sparkly! I blog over at {And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson} and I love it! I like to talk about everything from my sweet husband & chubby baby (toddler?) boy, to marriage, love and honest everyday struggles! 

Today I'm giving away two months of advertising on my blog as well as a $10 giftcard to Starbucks!! 
Good luck and I'm excited to get to know you all better! :) 


Facebook: And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
Twitter: And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

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Howdy Everyone and Happy New Year!  My name is Nichole and I blog at Yeung Mother Hubbard.  Isn't Katie GREAT for putting this HUGE giveaway together?!?!  Well, I sure think so!  
Want to see what I have up for grabs?  
Here it is... OK not this exact one since this is my family (wink)  
Yours Canvas Family Sign will be 8 x 10, you pick the content and the colors!  
Good Luck!



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Katelyn Powers Independent Scentsy Consultant

My name is Katelyn and I work full time at an animal hospital; I just love animals! Also I recently became an Independent Scentsy Consultant because I love coming home to a house that smells wonderful and I wanted to share that! 
The item I am adding to the giveaway is the Lei Plug-in warmer and a bar of Black Raspberry Vanilla Wax!
It is pretty, fun, and a favorite for many, including myself! Scentsy creates warmers that melt safe, food-grade wax with a low wattage light bulb! NO flame!! The safest way to have a cozy, welcoming home!



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Consultant: Tiffanyrose Surreira
Visit my site!

Hi Everyone! My name is Tiffany. Today I wanted to offer up these super cute items for the PHDL giveaway!

Who doesn't need a new cosmetic bag or compact to get ready for spring?

I hope you all take a moment to visit my website and contact me if there is anything I can do to help you!
Good luck with this awesome giveaway!

Cosmetic Bag

Mirrored Compact

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There you have it! The Kick'n Off 2012 with a BANG Giveaway!!

Just for the record I will be VERY jealous of the winner.

Good Luck!



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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Homemade, Last Minute Gift Idea!

Oatmeal, Milk and Tea Bath Soak

Not counting today, there are 4 more shopping days until Christmas!

Seriously though, who wants to brave the mall in the next few days? Even if you're lucky enough to find a parking spot that isn't a 15 minute walk from the building you're bound to start pulling your hair out once you enter that first store. 
Elbowing my way through a crowd while trying to shop isn't my idea of fun!

So why not mix up something quick and useful for those people on your list that need to relax, instead of hitting the stores? Then, you can make a little extra to use for yourself when you're done with all that wrapping!

I whipped up 8 cups of this Oatmeal and Tea bath soak in 15 minutes over the weekend to pop into stockings and give as teacher gifts. What teacher doesn't want to soak in a yummy smelling bath after a long day with little ones? 


Here is what you will need:
**these are estimated amounts, please add and subtract to your liking**
1/2 cup of Oats 
1/3 cup of corn starch
1 cup of powdered milk
6 tablespoons {or tea bags} of loose tea or herbs of your choice
{I used peach, chamomile, jasmine green tea and citrus}
Food processor
Small jars {under $2 at craft stores}

Process the oats in the food processor until they are a powdery consistency - 
takes a bit of time.
Add in all remaining ingredients and process until well mixed. 
Use one flavor of tea, or mix and match!
NOTE: If your tea leaves aren't finely processed 
you may need to crush them up a bit in a bag, 
or process separately like the oatmeal.
Fill your bottles! I added some ribbon and homemade gift tags as well.
Each gift was packaged up with a bath pouf and directions.

That's it!


To use: 
Place 2 to 3 tablespoons in a cheesecloth bag.
I made these little pouches as well and added decorative ribbon to the top,
 like a little sachet. 
Personally I like to use 3 layers of cheese cloth per bag to catch the small tea leaves.
Feel free to purchase small bags at craft stores if you'd rather.
Add to a warm bath. 

You can also place the bath soak directly into the tub if you don't mind the small 
pieces of tea floating around you.

Relax and enjoy!


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Family Photo Shoot Overload!

Please do not copy pictures, they are the property of Angela Ryan Photography
and Punkin' Heads and Dooda Loo's! Thanks for understanding.
During my mini drop-off-the-face-of-the-Earth hiatus last month we had our family photo's done by Angela Ryan Photography.

I was stunned by the engagement pictures she had taken of one of my close friends and emailed her right away to see if she had any openings, and if we could afford her since money is tight.

Much to my surprise Angela was able to fit us in the following weekend, and I couldn't have been happier with her rates! Actually, I was shocked that she was right in our price range, I thought for sure she would be very expensive. 

We have a BEAUTIFUL old gentleman's farm up the road from us that I knew had to be the backdrop for our pictures. Lucky for us, I teach there on Saturday mornings and was able to convince the elderly owner {with the help of a homemade, fresh out of the oven pear tart!} to allow us to play around on his property for photos.

So off we went on a VERY chilly November morning, wearing some cute outfits, and dragging with us a million and one props to try and keep Maddy occupied.


My sister's family also met us there and we got some great shots of our girls together.




My sister and I jumped in for a picture with the girls too!

But, there's always a glitch, right?
Maddy and I woke up miserably sick {if you look closely you can see my puffy eyes that NO amount of make-up would hide}.


It's hard to believe that Angela was able to get any good shots with our runny noses, a toddler that didn't want to sit still and a husband that was on a strict time constraint to get to work.


She did a WONDERFUL job! I can't even begin to describe how happy I am with our experience. I felt like a princess, and we had a blast!

Angela was amazing with Maddy, keeping her occupied and smiling. She brought along props {like the pennant banner, chalkboard and the bench}, toys and treats - including M&M's and fruit snacks for good little girls that smiled {hey, bribery is a GREAT thing!}. She was so down to earth, friendly and professional that we felt right at home posing for her, no awkwardness at all. It was almost as if we had known her forever.


Maddy warmed right up to her, even  giving her a hug as soon as we arrived, and then quickly became her looney-tune self which made for some great candid shots.


And then of course we got plenty of these too....ohhh to be 2 and 3 years old again!
They make me laugh :)


If you are in the Massachusetts area and looking for a wonderful photographer who has your interests at hand I highly recommend Angela! She captured our family and personality beautifully.

I can't wait to go through this all again next year. But, for now I have all of these wonderful memories hanging on our walls that I get to gawk at each day.


Thanks Angela for giving us this little gift - every time I pass a photo in my house it brings a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. I couldn't ask for anything more!

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