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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

And The Winner Is.....

Thanks so much for being patient with me!  This my first official day being home for the summer!  I am busy catching up on everything that I have not had the time for.  The winner of the Thirty-One Flat Iron Case is.....

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will be emailing Sherri to let her know that she won!

If you did not win and want to purchase Thirty-One products you can contact my friend Kalyn Cavalier at or

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope to be doing several more giveaways this summer!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

School's Out For Summer!!

WOW!!!  Can we say it has been a CRAZY week!  I have been busy trying to keep track of 18 Kinder kids! Yesterday, was the last day of school!  A fun filled day yet very tiring.  The last day comes with a rush of so many emotions for both the kids and for me.  We laughed a little, smiled a lot, and cried some at the end of the day.  It really is hard to see them go, especially knowing some of them will not come back in August.

I have a work day at school this morning.  I am sure some of you are wondering who won our Blog-a-paloosa Giveaway.  With the craziness of my week I have not had a chance to post it.  So, that will be the first thing on my agenda when I get home this afternoon!  Stay just might be YOU!!  :)


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Blog-a-pal-loosa Day 14

This is the most thought out giveaway!!  Nina from
Atir Inspired Decor has put a lot of thought and love into
 her giveaway!!  It is the LAST one of our
BLOGAPALOOSA so please stop by and sign up!!

Yeah, to day is my day. I am I so happy you stopped by to check out this treasure chest of a giveaway that you just might win!
 I agonized for days about this giveaway & what I wanted to giveaway since I have never done this before, I thought I wanted to add items that I would use & were related to my blog; home decor, thrifting, DIY, Cooking & Fashion.  Here is what I came up with:

I had this piece of beautiful fabric on hand, maybe used for a bulletin board~

A Lovely Scented Candle~

Butterfly Drawer/Door Pull~

Paper Flower for a wreath, gift or as an accent on a vase~

Small Frame, these take paint so nicely, should you care to change the color~

Cupcake Bath Salt after a day if DIY'ing

A Nice Book to cuddle up with~  


Necklace & earring set, to make you feel more beautiful than you are~

This was my thrift store find, a new wallet~

Add some bling with these~

Ball of Lip Gloss~

I believe in the written word, Note Cards~

Craft Paint & Decorative Ribbon to get your creative grove on~

Decorative Serving Dish~

So come on over to 
Atir Inspired Decor
Thank You & Many Blessings


Friday, May 18, 2012

Blog-a-pal-loosa Day 13

Lauren at Inside My Present is coming in at Day 13 of Blog-A-Pal-Loosa!  Run over and check out her blog and giveaway!

The winner of my giveaway will receive a $20 gift certificate to UUPP Prints Etsy shop! UUPP has fresh, inspirational prints displaying anything from a Julia Child or Jane Austen quote to an endearing message for your sweetheart! Here is one of my favorites: 

You'll find this giveaway at Inside My Present on May 18th! See you then!

And here is my button for my blog:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Blog-a-Pal-Loosa Day 12

Blog-a-pal Loosa is starting to wind down...hop on board and get a chance to win some great stuff! Now welcome Jennifer from Don't Mess With My Tutus!

Howdy!  I'm Jennifer from Don't Mess With My Tutus! - a sassy little place I used to use to sell custom-made children's clothing but now I keep to share my recipes, redos and realities of life!  Since becoming a full-time SAHM, I have been having fun 'junkin' in jammies' most Fridays and recently took the plunge with Resuscitation Annie - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that is!  Now this fabulous paint that requires NO PREP WORK when refinishing furniture (HUGE bonus!!) was sold to me by fellow re-decorator AND courageous momtrepeneur Rhonda McCleskey from Restored ~ Home who has graciously offered us today's prize!!

3 samples of Annie Sloan Chalk paint and an ASCP color chart, 2 chip brushes and 1 bar of handmade "Painter's Friend' Soap!!

Rhonda has such a generous spirit and I am excited to let you know that in addition to this giveaway, 'local' gals can also enter to win An Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Techniques Class at Rhonda's new store in Alvin, TX - a $165 value!!

I'm sooo excited to introduce you to Rhonda and tell you about the Grand Opening of her new store Restored ~ Home, so head on over to my blog to read all about it AND register to win!

Good Luck!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Blog-a-pal-loosa day 11

Here we go with another giveaway!!  Next up is Claiming Our Space.  Click on the link below to go and enter to win this fab prize!!

Today's giveaway is from Claiming Our Space

I am so excited to be part of Blog-a-Pal-Loosa (thanks for including me Randee)!  I have loved seeing all the previous giveaways!

My giveaway is for a set of 4 hand stamped tumbled travertine tiles, a set of 4 slate fridge magnets with a Celtic design and a set of 4 porcelain tile magnets stamped with green dragonflies. 

I hope you will head on over to see D and I at Claiming Our Space to enter.

To see the other giveaways, click here.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Blog-A-Pal-Loosa Day 10--Pick Your Plum

Hey Guys!  We are rolling along on Day 10 of Blog-A-Pal-Loosa! This is one awesome giveaway, coming from one awesome chick! Connie has been my go-to for all things blog almost since I started! I really cannot say enough wonderful things about her!  :) Please go check her out and try to win this great giveaway!!

Today's giveaway is from Connie @ Measured by the Heart.

Hi guys, I am excited to host a giveaway of $50 worth of the best crafting, baking, home decor and fashion items. This giveaway comes to you from Pick your Plum.

Pick your plum is a daily deals site that scours the globe to bring you the best deals on high quality items. Because their deals are so HUGE, they can only offer 1 per day. They also come in limited quantities. Once they are gone they are gone. Some of their past deals include:

You can increase your chances of not missing these deals by signing up for their newsletter, or liking them on facebook. They post their deals daily on facebook before the newsletter even comes out.

Pick your plum has been nice enough to giveaway a swag box with $50 of the best crafting, baking, home decor and fashion items!!

To enter, use the widget below:

Good luck to everyone!!

I LOVE to meet new people and I hope you will stop by my blog Measured by the Heart.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Blog-A-Pal-Loosa Day 8

Andrea from Modern Yet Old Fashioned   is giving away a terrific On-The-Go-Giveaway!  Go check it out!  

See what Anderea has to say about this awesome gift:

I know I am not the only mom who feels like she is running a taxi service for kids; running here and there and everywhere!  We have activities every night of the week, it's either softball, baseball, soccer, ballet, hip hop, youth ministries, or ALL of them! 

Many times I have to have snacks and drink loaded and ready, even for the kids (and mom) who are just along for the ride for that particular happening.

We always rely on our Blender Bottles and protein/nutritional bars, along with some fresh fruit and veggies.  I love Blender Bottles; we have several, and they are good quality and hold up well even with the tough beatings they get.  This is the reason I was so excited when Blender Bottle recently came out with a new sleek and sexy bottle called the Sport Mixer. 

 The bars we eat vary, I usually give the kids Clif Kids Organic Z bars and for newest favorite is Nogii Paleo Bar in the fabulous flavor Nuts About Tropical Fruit.  I am picky about bars and these are hands-down the best bars I have found.  Its like a tropical beach party in your mouth with each bite!

Thus, my favorite things to take on-the-go with us, is what my GIVEAWAY is!  YEAH!

The winner will receive a Sport Mixer Blender Bottle, my favorite Nogii Paleo Bar and 3 Clif Kids Organic Z bars.  Courtesy of Life Fuel Supplements.

You know how much I love giveaways and that I am more than thrilled to be part of Blog-a-pal-loosa, 14 days of giveaways!  With that being said, I would only giveaway and/or promote products that I truly love and believe in.

Good Luck!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Jullee over at The Grubery is giving away a fantastic book!  We eat out way too much and this little book would be great for me!  Go check it out!

Why am I extra excited about today's giveaway you ask? is my day to give away and awesome prize to my amazing readers! 

I wanted to give away something that has a real meaning and purpose behind it.  Something that you will cherish and hold very close to your heart.  Something can eat!  I post about food here so I might as well give away food related goodies.  I don't think tonight's dinner will transport very well so I have decided to give away....

Eat This Not That Restaurant Survival Guide book and a $5.00 gift card to Jamba Juice!  So stop by 

The Grubery to sign up for this awesome giveaway!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Blog-A-Pal-Loosa Day 7---Thirty-One Flat Iron Case

Want to win this awesome flat iron case from Thirty-One?!?!  Well, guess WHAT?!?!  This is MY GIVEAWAY!!!!  Soooo..Your At The Right Place!

My friend Kalyn over at Cavalier Girl has sponsored this awesome giveaway!  She is a Thirty-One consultant and our sweet Music Teacher at school!  She would LOVE for you to drop in and take a look at what Thirty-One has to offer!  (tell her Alicia sent you)

Now, let's get this giveaway started!

This flat iron case is made of a sturdy canvas in a fun circle spirals print. The silver thermal lining can withstand heat up to 400 degrees- so have no fear if you need to pack up your hot iron directly after use! 

Retail value of $20.

Contact Kalyn Cavalier at or if you would like to purchase additional Thirty-One products!

Good Luck!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Blog-a-pal-loosa Day 6!!!

We are almost half-way into Blog-A-Pal-Loosa!  I hope that you have found some giveaways that you have really wanted to win!  Up next is Adele from Mammy Made. 

Today I am going to be giving away EITHER a purple gingham bow tie OR an apron skirt made in the same purple gingham and flowery broderie anglaise. 

They both turned out so cute and I am excited to be able to make one for the little boy or girl in your life. I know you will love them too!

Both are toddler size but can be made bigger or smaller, depending on measurements. 

Please bear in mind that I live in England. I do not mind posting worldwide but please allow at least 2 weeks for delivery.

Head over to my blog, Mammy Made, to enter :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Blog-a-pal-loosa DAY 5 -- Keeping the party going!

Seriously, here is another really cute giveaway!  I love, love, love cute girlie clothes!  Run over to A Jennuine Life and check out her Blog-a-pal-loosa giveaway!

Today's giveway for Blog-A-Pal-Loosa is from A Jennuine Life for a custom reversible pinafore!

Jenn will handcraft an adorable reversible pinafore for the little girl in your life sized between 6 months and 6T.

The winner will get to choose colors, fabrics and details like a ruffled embellishment or pockets for stashing treasures.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Blog-a-pal-loosa giveaway day 4!!

I am super excited about this one!!!  Look at all of these super cute hats!!!  Don't wait...go check it out!!!

Up for grabs today is a $20 credit to my online store LoneStar Lovlies

There are lots of new things in there! So be sure to check it out :) And if you head over to my blog to enter my giveaway you may discover a Discount code ;)

Also one of my fav bloggy people, Brandi has offered up a, super cute Gold Fish Pouch

Zipper Pouch Goldfish

Head on over the Finding My Way in Texas to enter! :)

There's still time to check out these awesome giveaways!

1.) A pair of awesome flip flops and a sweet bag @ Randee's Organized Chaos

2.) Pink child's apron and chef hat @ Rhapsody of Cacophony.

3.) A $20.00 Amazon gift certificate @  Second Chance to Dream  

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Day 3 giveaway!!! Blog-A-Pal-Loosa!!

Hey!!  Blog-A-Pal-Loosa is still going strong!!!  Who would not want to win an Amazon Gift Certificate?!?!  I would LOVE to win this!!!

Today's Giveaway is at Second Chance to Dream 
Barb is giving away a $20.00 Amazon Gift Certificate!

Come on over for a chance to win!

There is still time to enter these great giveaways also!!!

1.) A pair of awesome flip flops and a sweet bag @ Randee's Organized Chaos

2.) Pink child's apron and chef hat @ Rhapsody of Cacophony.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Super Cute Blog-a-pal-loosa giveaway!!!

OMG!!!  Is this not the cutest thing that you ever saw?!?!  Melanna over at Rhapsody of Cacophony is giving this away for Blog-A-Pal-Loosa Day 2!  Hurry on over and check it out!!!  Remember...come back tomorrow to see more FABULOUS GIVEAWAYS!!!
                       Pink Lemonade Apron and Chef Hat   

                              with matching Recipe Cards

A 4T (ish - it could probably fit 3T-5T quite easily since it's adjustable), easy on/off (yeah velcro!) chef hat and apron set, hand made by me. The pink fabric has little tiny polka dots on it that don't show up on camera, so I think it's even sweeter in person.

Oh and of course this will include some matching recipe cards, because every new chef has to start her recipe collection at a very young age!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Let's Get Blog-A-Pal-Loosa Started!!

Hey....Guess what?!?!?!   BLOG-A-PAL-LOOSA starts NOW!!!!

Up first is the girl in charge of getting this whole thing going, Randee from Randee's Organized Chaos! Hop over there and try to win this awesome pair of flip flops and sweet bag!  Come back everyday through May 19th to see what will be given away next!!!

The BLING BLING "HIDE N SOLE" flip flops are to DIE for and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the "ALBA" bag to match!!  I can see me looking pretty darn cute in these all over town!!!  ;)

Friday, May 4, 2012

4 years old…already?

My little girl turned 4 two weeks ago.  I say this every year, but I wonder how come life seems to be flying by so quickly.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the little ones.  It saddens me to see my little ones grow up so fast.

She has the cutest and sweetest personality.  She is always saying something funny!  I love that about her!  Such sweet innocence!

One of my favorites lately is to hear her say, “Mama, I want to wear a BEAU-TI-FUL dress!”  She exaggerates the BEAUTIFUL part!  Of course, I eat this up!  I love to doll her up in cute girlie clothes! 

So of course my little princess had to have a Disney Princess Birthday Party!  At her request, she wanted a princess cake.  Goodness, I have noticed that the cakes tend to get more involved each year!  But, I would do it again to listen to and see her expression when the cake was complete!

“Oh Mama, I LOVE IT!”  All morning long she watched and asked when she could put the princesses on the cake.  She was super excited when I told her it was time for her to put the princesses on.

Here is the finished castle cake.


I used the Wilton Castle Cake set.  This was a first, but I was not sure I would be able to pull off a standing castle without it!  I was happy that it turned out so cute!

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