Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Years!!

I can't believe it.. 2009 is almost over!
It feels like it only just started, and yet in a few more hours, we'll be in 2010!!
I must say that I'm going to miss 2009 - a lot has happened throughout this year.
»I graduated high school.
»Started college!
»I've become engaged to an amazing guy that treats me like an angel! :)
»I've found a new, wonderful hobby - blogging. I really enjoy it.
»I've started a 'grown up' life.
»And there are so many other things that have
Happy New Years Everyone!
Hmm. Do I have a New Years Resolution?... Uhmmm.
I do. I'm going to try to not get so worried about things until I know that there's reason to. I'm also going to try and give Joshua a bit more of a break; I tend to argue about things that don't matter at all ( I don't mean to though) - and I'm ready for a change.
What's your New Years Resolution?
Do you think it will last?
Also, don't forget to sign up for my Cupid's Blogger Swap! It's going to be a lottt of fun!

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian *Review*

I recently won the new movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and I received it in the mail yesterday. So Joshua and I decided that we'd watch it last night.
Plot of the movie:
Security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) has to try to rescue his wax friends whom have been shipped off to the Smithsonian Institute.

Popular Cast Members:
Ben Stiller as Larry Daley
Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart
Owen Wilson as Jedediah Smith
Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt
How I rate this movie:
3 1/2 out of a possible 5.




Let me tell ya, this movie is nothing short of the first! It was filled with laughing moments all throughout the movie - which is an aspect that I love!! We really enjoyed this movie - I recommend it to everyone.

I think I can, I think I can.. Win!

Through Hazel Eyes is giving away a $35 gc to Jiffy Lube!! CLICK HERE to enter! 01/14

Finding Joy in the Journey is hosting an amazing giveaway!! She is offering 1 lucky reader her mom's cake decorating Start To Finish DVD. You can check out her mom's stuff HERE; it's quite awesome, really! CLICK HERE to enter! 01/12

MomStart always has wonderful giveaways!! Check them out:
Wellness Meats $75 sampler pack! CLICK HERE to enter! 01/25
$10 Pizza Hut GC! CLICK HERE to enter! 01/25

Mommy? I'm Hungry! is giving away two very awesome prizes:
Pirate's Booty New York Pizza Snacks! CLICK HERE to enter! 1/16

Eighty MPH Mom is giving away 500 business cards!! Boy, oh boy - I could use these to advertise my blog!! :) CLICK HERE to enter! 01/18

Leslie Loves Veggies is giving one lucky reader a bottle of Vino Cotto di Montillo! CLICK HERE to enter! 1/19 - While you're there, check out her blog's new look!! :)

Mom Saves Money is giving away a $10 Starbucks giftcard! CLICK HERE to enter! 01/13

Outnumbered 3 to 1 is giving 3 lucky winners the I Love You, Beth Cooper dvd! CLICK HERE to enter! 01/18

WCatDD is giving away 3 coupons for free Tyson Any'tizers! CLICK HERE to enter! 01/09

Earl's Daughter is not only a sweet lady, she also has sweet giveaways!
$50 Toys R Us gift card! CLICK HERE to enter! 1/29

The Not-So-Blog is hosting two very awesome and delicious giveaways:
$25 gift card for Wendy's! Oh gosh - YUMM! CLICK HERE to enter! 1/25
Tyson Any'tizers! (3 winners!) CLICK HERE to enter! 1/25

Monday, December 28, 2009

Cupid's Blogger Swap - Sign Up

I have been involved in two different swaps this year:
1Blog Or Treat Swap
2Blogger's Santa Swap
Both were hosted by Shannon from The Mommy-Files! They were both so much fun that I have been inspired to host my own swap!!

Now, I am hosting my own swap now.
It will be for Valentine's Day.
Name: Cupid's Blogger Swap
When to sign up: Now, in the comment section (please include e-mail address)
Deadline to sign up: January 5th
Swap Date: February 1st.
What's going on?: I'll send out a survey on Janurary 9th. You all fill it out and send it back to me. I'll assign everyone partners. You'll send your secret partner a package of Valentine goodies. (Spending limi $20)
Why? It's a fun event and will help you to meet fellow bloggers!

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Here's the button for the swap. So if you decide to participate (or would just like to support it) please post the button on your sidebar.
I will be getting everything together around January 5th. This will allow people to have time to sign up and me to get everyone a partner.
There will be a 'spending limit' of $20 (not including cost of shipping).
I look forward to doing this with everyone!!
So, if you're interested in doing so, please leave a comment below including your name & e-mail address. Thanks so much.
I did not receive any form of payment or product for this post. It is soley for the entertainment of my readers and the hopes to host a fun event.

Santa Swap 2009

Recently,I was involved in a Santa's Blogger Swap, thanks to Shannon from The Mommy-Files! My swap partner was Launi, and let me tell you - she did a GREAT job!
My package included yummy candies, such as Palmer Mint Favors (which are one of my favorite candies!!), it also included many different decoration sorts .. even Christmas lights!!
Unfortunately, my digital camera is no longer working (I really need a new one!!) -- so I am unable to show any pictures. But just trust me whenever I say that my goodies were fantastic!
Thank you Launi, for the goodies!
And a BIG Thank you to Shannon for hosting the swap!!
I was not paid in any way to do this post; however, I was involved in a swap, hosted by The Mommy-Files.

And the Winners Are...

We have 5 lucky winners for the Land O' Lakes Coupons Giveaway!!
And the winners are:
Here are your random numbers:
22
1
62
30
29
Timestamp: 2009-12-28 16:18:17 UTC

Waiting for Confirmation of these winners:
Dee CONFIRMED!
Melissa G CONFIRMED!
Coo Coo Courtney CONFIRMED!
rainmommy CONFIRMED!
Coo Coo Courtney CONFIRMED!
I have e-mailed all winners! They each have 48 hours to respond, if they do not respond, I will redraw a winner for those that had not responded. They have all responded.
I did not receive any form of payment or product for this post. It is soley to let me readers know who the winners of my giveaway were.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Recall for Brittany Murphy "Deadline" poster

As I posted recently, Brittany Murphy, a young & talented actress was found dead on Sunday, December 20, 2009. Brittany was discovered dead by her mother in Brittany's own home, in the shower.
As if this were not devistating enough..
Now, the video retailer, Redbox, is recalling the posters from her last movie - "Deadline."
"Why?" you may ask -- take a look at the poster picture.

The picture is Brittany Murphy's lifeless, dead body in a tub. A little much, if you consider the circumstances of her own death!
I personally think that this shows incredible character of Redbox. Thank you, Redbox.. this is the right thing to do.

R.I.P Brittany Murphy (November 10, 1977 - December 20, 2009.

I did not receive any form of payment or product for this post. It is soley to inform my readers of a terrible death and coincidence.

Sorry I haven't been around..

I'm sorry that I haven't been around too much.. but whenever the families in town & the holiday's call - I must answer.
I will hopefully be posting pictures of Christmas presents soon for everyone to see.
I hope that everyone has had a great few holiday days and are about ready to get back on the ball. After today, I should be rolling again.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve

It's Christmas Eve today! Finally. One more night until it's family, friends, presents, and yummy food! I hope that everyone has an incredible Christmas. Take some time, relax with your family. This year has been wonderful & everyone deserves a break!!
Merry Christmas Eve!!

Something Cheerful

I woke up this morning, went to the mailbox, checked it - NOTHING.
The mail hadn't ran yet. I love getting mail - it's wonderful, and always puts a smile on my face whenever I get something (unless it's a bill, of course..).
So, I just went back out & checked the mail. Maybe there'll be something good this time.
Five pieces of mail - Bill. Bill. Bank Statement. Junk. -- And then... something else!
It was for me! Yay! In the upper right-hand corner read The Mommy-Files! I knew it was my coupon for Free Stephen's Hot Chocolate that I had recently won. And it was. But.. there was something else! A card? Yess! This is the FIRST Christmas card that I've received!!
Thank you so much, Shannon! Your card really made my day!! Your card was such a surprise, but I love it. I wish you a very Merry Christmas, as well.

I did not receive any form of payment or product for this post. It is soley for the entertainment of my readers and to thank a fellow blogger (i.e. The Mommy-Files)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Swagbucks!

I was just searching, on Swagbucks, a company that I was interested in possibly doing a review for and all of the sudden: You have won 1 SB! It's so simple to win, and everytime that you win, it gets you closer to being able to purchase something from the Swag Store!
Do you have Swagbucks? If not, you should.
You simply search, using the Swagbucks Search Engine (which you do not have to download or anything!!) and you'll win Swagbucks! After you gain a certain amount of Swagbucks, you can go to the Swag Store and purchase things - just for searching the internet with Swagbucks.
Basically, Swagbucks is like Google, except you earn swagbucks and can redeem them for REAL prizes!
If you're interested in joining:
Use My Referral Link, please.
I did not receive any form of payment or product for this post. It is soley to inform my readers of Swagbucks and to hopefully gain referrals.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas - just days away.

I've been waiting, and waiting, and waiting.. and waiting some more! But it's finally here. It's finally Christmas time!

It's my first Christmas 'on my own' ... with Joshua. I didn't use anyone else's money to buy presents, I didn't let my parents have the 'shopping stress' all to themselves.. I did stuff on my own. Decorated my stuff, on my own. (With Joshua's help). But my point is that I didn't have my parents helping me.. It's my first 'adult Christmas'.

Unfortunately, I got over excited and started doing Christmas shopping in early October! I was finished Christmas shopping before Halloween! Therefor, I've been 'in the Christmas spirit' for a pretty long time now. And it's seemed like November and this part of December has taken sooo long to get here!
I suppose that you could say I went a little crazy on my first Christmas. But I've enjoyed it! Although I'm starting to feel the exhaustation kick in. Who know's maybe I'll get a spa certificate or a homeade coupon for a free back-rub. hehe


Now, I'm not one to brag or anything, but I really must say that I am so proud of myself for my first Christmas, I think I've done things pretty well. Shopping, cooking, wrapping, decorating -- all of it. Everything may not be totally perfect, but it is done and ready for everyone to enjoy.
Basically, I'm ready for Christmas - I was ready months ago. And guess what? My wait is almost over!
Anyone else this excited??
By the way, don't forget to check out my Land O' Lakes Coupon Giveaway! (5 winners, 3 coupons each) CLICK HERE to enter. 12/27

Sunday, December 20, 2009

RIP Brittany Murphy!

Brittany Murphy, 32, died Sunday morning. She was a fantastic actress; she starred in multiple movies for many years.
She starred in:
»Family Prayers
»Clueless
»8 Mile
»Just Married
»Uptown Girls
»Little Black Book
»The Groomsman
»Girl, Interrupted
»Sin City
»Happy Feet
»The Ramen Girl
And many, many others. She was incredible at playing any part - rather it be a seductive woman or a ditzy girl - she made it seem believable.

R.I.P Brittany Murphy! You will certainly be missed!

Cross My Fingers; Hope to Win

Carolyn in Carolina has reached her 200th post! CONGRATULATIONS, CAROLYN! In celebration of this, she is giving away 1 autographed copy of Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. My sister would love this, so I'm trying to win this for her. :) CLICK HERE to enter! 01/04

A Blog to Brag About is giving away Blog Makeovers. CLICK HERE to enter! 12/26

Rockin Mama is giving away a set of Wilton Ultra Gold Bakeware. CLICK HERE to enter! 01/05

Momstart is giving away multiple things that I'd be thrilled to win; check them out if you'd like:
Audiovox EarBudeez. CLICK HERE to enter! 01/04
A fifty-dollar American Express Gift Card. CLICK HERE to enter! 01/04
Melissa & Doug Stand. CLICK HERE to enter! 01/04
Jimmy Dean Sausage Coupons. CLICK HERE to enter! 01/04
BBC Gift Favorites. CLICK HERE to enter! 01/04
$5 gift card to Wendy's. CLICK HERE to enter! 01/11

Over at The Mommy-Files, you could win multiple awesome things - once again :)
LeapFrog Chat & Count or a LeapFrog Scribble & Write. CLICK HERE to enter! 01/02
Nestle Holiday Package. CLICK HERE to enter! 01/04


The Speedy Gormet is giving one lucky reader a $20 gift card to Domino's! yumm! CLICK HERE to enter! 01/06

Eighty MPH Mom is giving away 2 totes filled with doggie products. (2 winners!) CLICK HERE to enter! 01/10

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Saturday 9: White Chrsitmas - #3

Welcome to Saturday: 9 . What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random uestions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

1. If you live where you get winter weather, do you prefer your Christmas to be white? If you never see snow, do you wish for it?
I lived in Fort Myers, Florida until about 4 years ago & although there was no snow, I loved it; it was chilly but not cold & wintery but still beautiful. Now I live in Tennessee, and it snows quite often through the winter time (even last night!).. I didn't think I'd like the snow, but I do. And I'm hoping for a White Christmas.

2. How many holiday cards did you receive from people you hadn't sent cards to, after the "mailing deadline?" Did you send a card anyway?
I, sadly, have had no cards sent to me. I suppose it's because I'm new to being on my own.

3. When the clock strikes Midnight on New Year's, will you be at home, at a party, or somewhere else?
Joshua & I haven't really decided what we'll do for new years. Although we've mentioned going to different places, it's still up in the air.

4. Have you ever taken the keys and driven home a friend that you felt was too drunk to drive? If not, do you think you would attempt to if that situation ever arose?
I have not. But if the situation were to ever come up, I would not hesitate doing so.

5. Tell us about a gift that you either bought or made for someone else that you wanted for yourself!
Oh goodness, whenever I did the Holiday Blogger Swap (Thanks Shannon for hosting!!) I bought quite a few things for my swap buddy that I would have loved to keep.

6. What chores do you have left for the holidays?
I have one last present to wrap. Just one. Then, I'm done with thte gifts part. All I need to do now is figure out what I'm going to make for desert.

7. If you could buy one gift for yourself where money was not an obstacle, what would it be?
A house. Not an apartment. No renting. A house... if money was no object.

8. What is one of your family’s favorite holiday traditions?
My entire family all meets up for a Christmas dinner at my grandparents. But my most favorite is whenever me & my mom would sneak into the living room before my dad or sister woke up & we would start looking at the Christmas stuff before anyone else → THEN we'd wake everyone else up.

9. If you could give a fellow blogger a holiday gift, which would it be and what would you give them?
It would probably be Shannon from The Mommy-files. She is constantly working (which in some ways I'm thankful for because I love her site) but she certainly deserves a break. If I had the financial ability, I would send her, her husband and three boys on a beautiful (& excitingly fun) vacation. I don't know where to, but I'd figure it out.

Thank you for participating in the Saturday 9. Now, go post the same questions on your blog → answer them & then visit Saturday 9 to post the location of your post so that others can visit your site. This is a great way to make blogging buddies.
Don't forget to check out my Land O' Lakes Coupon Giveaway. 5 winners will each win 3 coupons!! There are VERY LOW ENTRIES; please enter.


Friday, December 18, 2009

Aloha Friday #1

Today is my first time doing Aloha Friday, curtesy of An Island Life! It is where a single question is asked, and everyone answers it. Friday's are meant to be relaxing. So, after you post your answer, go write a short Aloha Friday post and then → relax!
Happy Friday!
Question:
Do you prefer getting gifts that were picked out for you or recieving cash for the holidays?

My Answer:
I, believe it or not, like to receive the gifts that other people pick out for me. I like to see what people get me when they don't acutally know me too well. People can only go on what others show to them - so I like to see what people gather from what I show them. I like people to use their imagination & thoughts when they buy something for me rather than just pull a few dollars out of their pockets. :)

Please post your answers below.

Check out my Land O' Lakes Coupon giveaway. (5 winners, 3 coupons each) Hosted by me.



Scary Road to Perfection

So, Joshua and I have been together for just over a year now. Whenever we first met, my hair looked like this.

Very short. Nothing special. I couldn't really do much with my hair, but I always tried to keep it fixed well for him. It was usually just straight or leave it natural (slightly wavy) or just put it up in a nice looking bun / ponytail.
However, there were those days that, by the looks of my hair, I should have been waiting for my application to work at a Haunted House.

Nice, don't you think? Let's just say that my hair does it's own thing. I can try to make it look however I want, but it doesn't always agree with what I like -- so it does it's own thing.
I usually am awake no later than 9:30 a.m., which I feel that considering I'm a 19-year old, freshman in college that I handle mornings extremely well. However, yesterday, I woke up a bit earlier than usual because I had to take my LAST final! (woo-hooo!!!) Anyways, I get home from taking my final around 10:00 a.m. and decided that I needed a shower. I didn't have time for one earlier. When I was in the shower, I started thinking about my hair (nothing new, usually when I wash my hair, I think of different ways that I'd like to 'one day' try doing my hair - although it never really happens).

At any rate, I decided that I was going to do something different today, not just because I wanted to but also because Joshua has never seen my hair curly. He's seen it straight, and seen it natural, but never has he seen me "all dolled up."

So the journey began.

I grabbed the gel, hairspray, and two hair-ties. I seperated my hair into two even parts, using my natural part (like you would do if you wanted pigtails). Then I applied the gel, lots of it. I put up both sides of my hair, seperately, into two horrific buns. Then layered on the hairspray.

Poor Joshua. I ran into the room (where he was still sleeping).. snuck into the bed and woke him up, while looking like this. haha. I could tell that he was confused.

So I explained to him that I looked like this so that I could look pretty for him later. He leaned up, kissed my forehead and said "You're always beautiful to me, my silly girl." Ah. Something's are just too sweet to let go of -- and Joshua is certianly one of them.
Later, around noon, we had to go to town. So I took down my awful looking buns, and sprayed in more hairspray. The aftermath was sheer perfection and total luck.

This picture is at around 11:30 p.m., which was almost 12 hours after I had taken my hair down for the first time. I was so excited. I'm not one to think of myself as gorgeous or anything, it just isn't like me to do so -- but I certainly did think my hair looked fantastic!!

If only most guys understood what ladies go through in order to look good for them. I'm so thankful that Joshua does not expect this sort of appearance from me.. However, he does say that I looked amazing with my hair curly and that 'if I wanted to' then I could do it again soon. I told him that I'll be sure to keep that in mind.

Want a signature?

The steps to making a signature are incredibly simple. I just made my own signature in less than 5 minutes!! Really!
Here are the simple steps to creating your own signature:
»Go to MyLiveSignature.com.
»Create a FREE account. Click the CLICK HERE TO START button to do so. Now you should be at a page where it gives you three choices: 1Using the signature creation wizard, 2Draw a signature straight to the screen, 3Using a snanned image. Click one of the options and go to next page. I chose the first option: Using the signature creation wizard, which is what the following steps explain how to do. However, if you want to use another, the directions seem to be quite simple.
»Type in your name or nickname (whatever you'd like the signature to read).
»Pick one of the fonts. I chose number 1, I like the swirls.
»Choose the size of the font that you think looks best. I chose Size #5, not too big, not too small.
»Now choose the text color and background color. I chose to leave mine normal.
»Next, choose the slope of your signature. I did mine as a Slope #5.
»Two Options Now. Read all of this before choosing. 1Now choose what you will be using the signature on, for me it was Blogger, then use the form that it gives you. The website will then go in and post a small post on whatever site you chose and say something like "Awesome signatures made here - Cool" and then have a website button or something. 2To avoid having this done, simply save the picture of your signature rather than choosing a site.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

PR Info

Thank you for your interest in Something To Talk About. My name is Jerrica and I am a stay at home wife and expecting mother of a beautiful baby girl. I am willing to review products, services, websites, and just about anything in between.

Fill out the simple Review &/or Giveaway Form.
OR
Send me an email at jerricapuck@yahoo.com (please be sure that the subject mentions review, giveaway, or blog)


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Dollar General Coupon for Facebook Fans

Hurry! Become a fan of Dollar General on Facebook and they'll give you an early Christmas present! On 12/18, all Dollar General Fans will receive an internet coupon for savings across the store on 12/19!!
If you already have some Christmas shopping that you're going to be doing at the Dollar General, why not get a coupon for 12/19?! Even if you're not already planning on going there this Saturday, it's always worth it to have a coupon.. just in case.

Please be sure to enter my Land O' Lakes Coupon Giveaway! There are 5 winners!!
(No, it isn't for FREE products, but it is for 75¢ OFF. The giveaway is courtesy of me, not a company. I'm sorry it isn't for a FREE product, but it's the best that I can do during the holiday season.)

Thank you, TCA for the heads up!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

*CLOSED*Land O' Lakes Coupon Giveaway (5 winners)


I, for one, am not a major cofee drinker. I've always been a "morning" person, ever since my parents can remember. When I was about five years old, I would wake up at 6:00 a.m. and try to fix my own breakfast so that I wouldn't wake up my parents in the mornings. I say "try" because while attempting to fix my cereal, I would spill the cereal & the milk everywhere. Eventually, my parents started sitting out a small cup of milk and have a bowl already filled with cereal for me. Thanks Mommy & Daddy!
Needless to say, some mornings, I sure do enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee. Now, when I do decide to drink coffee, I don't like it "black". In my opinion, I can only think of one word that sums up black coffee - "yuck." But I suppose that depends on the person. In my coffee, I add enough creamer that it turns it a soft tan color.
When I was younger and was exploring coffee with my mom, I always used milk. Not creamer, just milk. But then, as I became a little more comfortable with trying new things, I tried Land O' Lakes Half & Half. Yumm! Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with using milk because I still use plain milk as a creamer from time to time. All I'm saying is that I prefer using Land O' Lakes.
Land O' Lakes is a pretty well-known company. They sell multiple products: butter, half and half, milk and many other things.
If you've never tried Land O' Lakes prodcuts, well, now's the chance!
I have a total of fifteen coupons. Each coupon is for 75¢ OFF of one quart or half gallon Half & Half, any variety. These coupons do not expire until 2/28/2010!!
This means that you can choose any of THESE and get 75¢ OFF of that purchase.

WHAT YOU WIN:
5 lucky readers of Something To Talk About will each win 3 of these coupons.
TO ENTER:
Required: Tell me how you like drinking your coffee, out of the following choices: Henna, Fawn, Terra-cotta, Auburn, Van Dyke, or Chestnut. (Can be how you like the color of your coffee to look of the above or what flavor of the above). (1 entry)
BONUS ENTRIES:
*Follow Me on Twitter. (1 entry)
*Tweet this giveaway; tweet MUST include @jerricapuck in the tweet AND leave the link to your tweet in the comment. (1 entry)
You can use this phrase: Want to win 3 Land O' Lakes coupons? Enter at @jerricapuck at http://www.url2it.com/bnpb (5 winners) Please RT.
*Subscribe to my page → Top of page. (2 entries)
*Follow my blog publicly. (5 entries!)
*Blog/Blurb about the giveaway, include a link back to the giveaway. (5 entries!)
**ALL comments require an e-mail address. This means that even if you include your e-mail address in the required entry and then do all extra entries, you still need to have your e-mail address in each extra entry, as well. If an e-mail address is not provided in a comment, I will delete the comment. The only exception, is if you have a blog & have your e-mail visable on your profile or have the e-mail button on your profile.
To better your chances of winning, be sure to leave a seperate comment for each entry that you complete.
This giveaway will end Sunday, December 27th at 11:59 p.m. (Central Time). I will contact the winner within 24 hours via e-mail and will also write a post announcing the winner. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, after that, a new winner will be chosen. Contest open to U.S. citizens only.
I did not receive any form of payment, recomendation, or products for doing this giveaway. This giveaways is purely for the enjoyment and benefit of my readers. All opinions of this product are entirely my own. I will not be responsible for any disagreements or problems that you may have about this product.

Monday, December 14, 2009

I found the Blogger Demon!

Wow! I really love entering giveaways! Even if I don't win, it's fun to enter. Yea, I'm wierd.. I actually like filling out the forms (sometimes).
This morning, I found a fantastic site that had almost 30 current giveaways!! And of course, I wanted to enter them!
I fill out the form with the required entry. Click Submit. No problem.
Fill out the form with the first second entry. Click Submit. BAMMM!
You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.
Uhg. Okay. No biggie, I'll just type a bit slower.
So I fill out the next extra entry:
You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.
And there that little booger is again!
Alright! Fine! I will type with my darn index fingers only, if it makes you happier.
I fill out the next extra entry (I love extra entries!!) and
You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.
Okay. Something has to be wrong here. By this point, I'm typing about 5 words in thirty seconds, which really is a longgg time in the typing world.
I'm tellin ya, this Demon hates me! Soo, what do I do? Give up the many, many giveaways that are still left to enter on this site or continue to type like a snail when I should be doing some homework? Ahh. Giveaways, how I love thee.
Of course I continued to enter the giveaways. It has taken me almost one entire hour to enter the giveaways! But, I like giveaways, they're fun to do and even better to win!
And as added by Mami2jcn, the Captcha codes are pretty evil, as well.
So, to the point. Have any of you found this Blogger Demon? Does it love aggrivate you as much as it does me? Are there any other Blogger Demons that I should know about?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Saturday 9: Don't Talk to Strangers

Welcome to Saturday: 9 . What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

1. Tell us about a night that you spent with someone who was a stranger, yet by the end of the night you were very close.
In total honesty, I have yet to spend the night with a total stranger.

2. When is the last time you rode the bus?
Whenever I was in high school, I suppose. But then again, that was only 7 months ago.

3. Describe the last time you stood up for a cause.
I don't know if this counts - but I stood up for my cousin the other day because people were treating him wrongfully.
4. What is something you would like to do, but you're afraid of the risk(s)?
Oh gosh. Everything! I'm such a chicken. But I would love to go sky-diving or bungee jumping. Sounds fantastic, but I know that someone would have to push me, because I surely wouldn't jump.

5. What would you most like to accomplish before the year is over?
Well, I would like to pass my other two classes. I have taken two finals so far, and passed both of them. So, I would like to pass my other two finals and therefore be ready for my next semester of college! :)

6. Name something you'll miss about 2009.
Hmm. High School. Part of the 2009 year, I was in high school. I already miss it, in ways. I miss being there and seeing everyone.

7. If you could invent something, what would it be?
I use to always want to invent a backpack that could make personal pizzas and drinks. :) Don't take my idea.. I still plan on doing this one day. hehe

8. What first got you started blogging?
The Mommy-FIles! I was searching giveaways on Google and the links always led to her site. After I realized that there were so many giveaways involved in blogging, I couldn't pass it up.

9. How did you find this meme?
I found it through Annies Home on THIS POST and decided it would be something fun to try and keep up with! This is my second week doing the Saturday 9 and so far, I really enjoy it.

More Gievaways That I'd Love

What's Cooking at DD is giving hosting a couple of great products right now.. Check them out.
My Virtual Tutor: Reading for First Grade to Second Grade for Nintendo DS! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/21)
Knife & Fork Lifts! CLICK ERE to enter! (12/15)

The Not-So-Blog is giving away the dvd Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian! (5 winners!) CLICK HERE to enter! (12/31)

Stay At Home Mom is offering one lucky reader 2 Pillsbury Cresent Roll coupons & 3 Platters! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/27)

AnnOnandOn is giving away one Hamilton Beach 3 Cup Chopper! Ohh, how I love cooking - yet suck terribly at chopping veggies! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/20)

MomStart is giving away multiple great giveaways! Go check them out.
Dragonology DS game! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/14)
Nitro Need for Speed DS game! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/28)
Fannie May gift card! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/28)
It's Complicated! 1 grand prize, 2 additional winners. CLICK HERE to enter! (12/30)

The Mommy-Files is always giving away something worth entering! Anytime that I decide to write posts/blurbs about giveaways, I can almost guarantee that you'll see atleast one giveaway from her site! Right now she has:
Year Supply of Meat (12 coupons) for HillShire Farms! (2 winners!) CLICK HERE to enter! (12/15)
Cook's Ham! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/17)
Subway Gift Cards! (3 winners!) CLICK HERE to enter! (12/17)
Smucker's Gift Baskets! (3 winners!) CLICK HERE to enter! (12/18)
Martha Stewart Gift Basket! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/18)

The Eight MPH Mom is hosting a deliciously, mouth-watering Godiva gift basket from Chocoholic.com! YUMM. CLICK HERE to enter! (12/19)

Leslie Loves Veggies is one of those blogs that you just can't stay away from once you've visited it. She's too sweet. But if you haven't visited her blog yet, here's a good reason to.. She's giving away one 10" Open Skillet from Extrema Ceramic Cookware! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/23)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Crazy Cooking Experience And Tip

It's my dad's birthday today! Happy Birthday, Daddy!
Well, I decided that I'd make him his FAVORITE desert ever! (It's a fruit desert that his aunt use to make for him whenever he was younger) -- It includes a few different fruits, jello, and sour cream ;; nothing too hard - or so I thought.
I've made it twice before: once around last Christmas & once for Father's Day. This time, it was different...Somehow, I managed to make it terrible! I mean, close to unedible! Grosss! (I'm thinking that the sour cream was bad.) Yet, my dad still ate a few bites -- he's a great Daddy!
I suppose that tonight would have been a good night to have used Dinner in a Box by Destination Dinners! Destination Dinners are Recipe Kits that combine food, travel and beautiful design into an incredibly memorable gift. Maybe if I had one of these, I could have gotten everything right for desert! On the bright side, I was able to save the night by making Apple Dumplings and putting Vanilla ice cream on top of them! YUMM!
Either way, the Destination Dinners would have made things better!

Speaking of Destination Dinners, MomStart is having a giveaway for one! So, if you'd like to try one for yourself, head on over to MomStart & enter to win! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/28)

I did not receive any form of payment, recomendation or product for this post. All facts of this product have come from Destination Dinner's website. This post is for the enjoyment of my readers.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Happy 1 Year Anniversary!

Today is Joshua and my 1 year anniversary! Go us!!
I must say - through all of the tough times, arguments, and crazy days -- I would not trade a moment.
I love you Joshua.
Always Yours,
Jerrica

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

80% OFF Restaurant.com

Restaurant.com is an online business that allows you to purchase restaurant gift certificates for yourself or others at a very low price!!
I have a code to share with you -- by using this code, you will get 80% OFF the everyday, already low price of the restaurant gift certificates!
I have purchased three gift certificates from there - two as gifts, and one for Joshua and myself. I only paid $6, for a total of $75 worth of gift certificates!!
They really do work, and it's a great deal!

Here is the 80% OFF code:
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So, when you're checking out, be sure to use this promotional code to get 80% OFF of your purchase!!

I did not receive any form of payment, recomendation, or products for this post. The opinions here are soley my own. The code is curtesy of the Restaurant.com Newsletter.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Gatlinburg Trip - Christmas Parade

We're back from Gatlinburg! The trip was wonderful! The hotel room was comfy - dinner & breakfast were terrific, even the ride wasn't torturous. Unfortuantely, the pictures that I have are not quite so great - my phone doesn't take very good pictures, but here's what all I could get between Joshua's phone and mine. This balloon that these people are guiding is super gigantic and very pretty! (I would have been afraid to blow away.)
Joshua and I in front of a beautiful waterfall -- we didn't know it didn't show in the picture.
Almost everyone has an 'imaginary boyfriend/girlfriend' when they're younger -- Joshua's "first girlfriend" was Betty Boop! So here's a cute picture of Joshua & Betty.
And here's a picture of me with Joshua's ex. Obviously I'm not too thrilled about being so close to my competition. I've gotta hand it to her, she's pretty tough competition. :)
These guys looked so real.
Yeppers, it's Forest Gump!! (Ahh, it was freezing!)
This is Joshua, laying on the hotel bed.
I tried on a "pimp" hat -- didn't look too pimp, though.
I was trying to scare away the scary gorilla -- didn't work.
This was such a fantastic trip - and well needed. We had so much fun and although there aren't many pictures of the acutal parade -- it was all beautiful! I look forward to going again next year.

Saturday 9! #1

I've decided to try something new:
Saturday 9!
I am going to try my best to be a part of this - 9 questions and 9 answers every Saturday.

1. What to you is the most joyous aspect of the holidays?
This is my first holiday season being able to buy for my family & I must say that it's been the best to me, thus far. I love being able to get other people gifts!

2. Do you get much snow where you live? If yes, do you enjoy winter sports like skiing or would you rather stay in by the cozy fire?
There's a bit of snow (even right now!) but not enough to do much with it. However, if there were, I would love to try skiing or sledding...then again, a warm fire & hot cocoa sounds stupendous!

3. Have you ever been on a sleigh ride or a carriage ride? Do you even like horses?
I have not - but I think it would be wonderful.

4. During the busy week, what do you do to relax?
I enter giveaways. ha. Actually, aside from that, I like to watch movies with Joshua at the $3 theater.

5. Do you get stressed during the holidays?
I haven't yet, but give it time - as I said before, this is my first holiday season being able to do things on my own.. so I haven't had the time to get stressed yet. :)

6. What holiday song could you happily never hear again?
Ah, as terrible as this sounds -- I don't really care much for the holiday music. I prefer everyday music. (Although I secretly love "Santa Baby.")

7. How do you decide on what present you pick for a person?
I just go shopping at a store that I like, look around, and if I happen to see something and I automatically think "Wow! My sister would love this.." or "Whoa! Joshua could really use this.." - then I buy it.

8. What does this holiday season mean to you and why?
So far, it's the best. Joshua and I are finally able to purchase gifts for our families and begin our own family trends. It's amazing.

9. What holiday movies best describe the season for you and why?
Really.. I'm not sure. At the moment, I can't even think of a holiday movie.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Happy 50 posts to me!

Soooo, this is my 50th post! I know that isn't a lot compared to many of you - but it certainly feels like a lot to me! :)
I never even expected blogging to last; between being a Full-time college student, keeping time with my fiance, and all of the other things that I do.. But suprise, suprise -- 50!!
I'm sorry that I don't have a giveaway for you all - if I could, I would. Maybe on post 75 or 100?? I'll see what I can do! :)
After all, my readers deserve a little something for being loyal.

Soo, I'd like to thank everyone that is following me and reading my blog -- I know I'm not a very active blogger, but I promise that I try to be.
Thank you all.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

April Showers Blog Design Giveaway

April Showers Blog Design is having a HUGE giveaway and celebrating her OPEN waiting list that starts January 1st! April not only does blogs - but also invitations, announcements, calendars, cards, business cards, custom illustrations, and so much more! Just by pasting this paragraph on my blog I'm a winner!

Prizes: (Can also be given as gifts! Gift wrapping available! Okay...just kidding. But I do have an adorable gift certificate made up just for this purpose!)

Services include Blog Design, Custom Illustrations, Logos, Business Cards, Invitations, Announcements, HTML editing, and any other custom requests that are graphically related! (Services without a price listed on my blog are $20 an hour.)

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Comments are TOP SECRET until December 5th when the winners will be announced at 10pm MT. Prizes must be claimed by December 10th at 10pm MT by using the "Contact Me" tab above. Winners will not be personally contacted. All prizes are for redemption between January 1st and January 31st 2010 and may be finished at any point within that time frame.

Maple Mustard Ham Steak! yumm!

I know, I usually don't post recipes -- but I made this the other night and it was mouthwatering -- it literally made Joshua's mouth drop whenever he walked inside the house. Yummm, right? Oh yes!

What You Need:
1/4 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup maple-flavored or pancake syrup
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 ham steak (1 lb.)

Cooking it:
PREHEAT grill to medium heat. Mix mustard, syrup and vinegar in small bowl; set aside.
GRILL ham steak 3 min. on each side. Brush with 1/4 cup of the mustard mixture; cook 1 to 2 min. more on each side or until heated through.
SERVE with the remaining mustard mixture.

If you want to Jazz It Up:
Add extra flavor by grilling over soaked hickory wood chips.
Use Your Broiler
Preheat broiler. Place ham on rack of broiler pan; brush with 1/4 cup of the mustard mixture. Broil, 4 to 6 inches from heat, 3 min. on each side or until heated through. Serve with the remaining mustard mixture.

Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 11 min
Makes: 4 servings

It really is super easy, and I'm tellin ya, it was fantastic! I'm not very big on ham -- but this was certainly something I'll try again!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Can't Wait for the Weekend!!

Friday, Joshua and I are going taking a vacation with Joshua's parents!! Vacation? Oh yes, a vacation!
We're going to Gatlinberg to see the Christmas Parade!
I'm realy excited -- for a bunch of reasons!
1 - I've never been to a "real" parade -- only the ones in my small town!
2 - I've never been to Gatlinberg (And I've heard that it's crazy awesome!)
3 - A vacation ;; who wouldn't be excited?!

I'll try to take pictures, but the phone that I have doesn't take very good pictures - either way, I'll try!

Do you have any plans for these Holiday Seasons? Any vacations?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Cross My Fingers; Hope to Win.

Mommy Mandy is giving away a couple of great giveaways!!
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian! 5 winners! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/16)
$50 American Express Card! 10 winners! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/17)

A Nut in a Nutshell is giving away one $25 American Express Gift Card. CLICK HERE to enter! (12/17)

The Not-So-Blog's Experimental Mommy is giving away a two very awesome giveaways. Aweome?..Yes!
$110 Visa gift card!! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/15)
$25 AMEX gift card!! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/17)

She Scribes is giving away ten $50 AMEX gift cards from American Express! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/09)

The "Cents"able Momma is giving away a on hundred dollar gift card from ShopAtHome! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/08)

The Science of Being Dad is giving away a fifty dollar Sam's Club gift card!! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/04)

The Art of Being Mom is also giving away Sam's Club gift cards - two winners! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/06)

There's nothing better than pancakes drizzled with warm maple syrup. And there's no syrup better than the 100% pure organic syrup of Coombs Family Farms. Want to try it for yourself? Angie at 5 Vinez Monkeys is giving away a prize pack full of Coombs Family Farms maple products! You won't want to miss this giveaway! Stop by before 11:59pm ET on December 16th and enter to win!

Having Ham for the holidays? Want to try a delicious Cook's Ham on your table this year? Angie at 5 Vinez Monkeys is giving away a free Cook's Ham - valued up to $30! You won't want to miss this giveaway! Stop by before 11:59pm ET on December 15th and enter to win!


The Mommy-Files always seems to have super terrific giveaways! Right now she is having a YUMMY giveaway! As a matter of fact, there are multiple giveaways that she has right now that I would really love to win. Check them out!
Container of Stephen's Hot Cocoa! (3 winners) CLICK HERE to enter! (12/06)
8 Pack of Over-Sized Assorted Cupcakes! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/06)
Hickory Farms Gift Basket! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/08)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian! (5 winners) CLICK HERE to enter! (12/09)

The Psychic Mama is having a mystery giveaway! Awesome, right? CLICK HERE to enter! (12/10)

Blessings Abound is hosting a Sam's Club gift card giveaway! On winner will receive a twenty-five dollar gift card!! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/14)

Monday, November 23, 2009

I would love to win any of these

Sweeps4Bloggers always has such fantastic giveaways! There are so many giveaways that I would like to win from her blog, so here they are.
Yu Be Japanese Skin Care Gift Set CLICK HERE to enter! (11/30)
Tropical Traditions Cocunut Soap CLICK HERE to enter! (12/01)
Soda Strem Kit CLICK HERE to enter! (12/02)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Super Sunday!

Today was another great day! Joshua and I woke up but had no idea of what we were going to do today. It was one of those days that you already know you don't really want to just sit at the house all day doing nothing (although I do tend to enjoy those days).
So, we decided to drive out to Crossville. Hmm.. what to do?? Aha!! New Moon! We go to the theater, pay for our tickets and head off to get something to eat before the movie -- we're cheap-o's; hate paying $5.00 for a small bag of popcorn.
We finally settled on going to Ruby Tuesday's! Neither of us had ever eaten there before, so it would be something new.
We ordered..
Appetizers: Chicken Tenders & Mozzarella Sticks -- yumm!
His Meal: Parmesian Shrimp Pasta -- (I don't like seafood, but he said it was delicious.)
My Meal: Chicken Quesadilla -- super tasty!
The only bad side to our trip there was the garnishing. Under our appetizers, they placed a piece of lettuce (a large peice that went accross the entire plate). No big deal, kind of cute.. Except for the fact that the lettuce was darker than Joshua's Dr. Pepper!! Yuck! I couldn't really believe that they had even placed it on the plate... It would have looked much better without it. But either way, food was still incredible!
Then, off to New Moon! Holy cow! Good thing we got to the theater with about 15 minutes to spare before the movie -- the theater was already packed! We managed to find two seats in the middle of the theater. I'd rather sit in the back, but it wasn't really an option tonight. And I'd much rather sit in the middle than the very lower front part. Pheww, made it just in time.. after we got our seats, not even thirty seconds later, about 10 more people came in.. then more, and more. WHOA! Sure was glad that we hadn't tried seeing the Midnight Showing the other night.
Suprisingly, once the movie started, everyone was quiet (that's very odd considering how large the crowd was).. But I was certainly fine with it.
The movie was great! Better than I'd thought it would be. I, for one, am a Twilight Sage Freak.. But being that I loved the books, I didn't think the movies would be too great -- they've been better than I had anticipated. I already cannot wait for Eclipse. I must give the actors / actresses credit, they all play their parts incredibly well.
Today was most definitely a Super Sunday!!

Thanksgiving- One down, two to go.

Yesterday was Joshua's families Thanksgiving Dinner for everyone. I met two more of Joshua's siblings. (They live in Georgia, which is why I hadn't met them before this.)
Although Joshua's real dad and I bicker back-and-forth, we got through the day together. haha.
Most of the day was spent in the house, sitting around and talking. Everyone exchanged stories from the past and bonded. It was quite nice.
Then.. FOOD! Ah, we're certainly a family that loves eating. Most of the food is already gone, but I think that a few things may have survived the hurricane of 14 extremely hungry people.
All in all, it was a good day.
One down, two more to go.
Now that we're done with Joshua'a families dinner, we still have my dad's parents' this Thursday and my mom's parents' next Saturday. pheww. That's a lot of food.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

Friday Night Love!

Joshua and I had an incredible Friday night! We stayed super busy with all of the things that we had planned.
First, we went to Sam's Club for the Taste Before you Serve! Can you say "delicious"? It certainly was!!
After thatwe went to the American Thrift Store -- Joshua planned this for me; he knows how much I love looking around in thrift stores & this one was massive!!
After that we went to get a bite to eat at the mall, Bourbon Chicken. yumm.
After we left there, we went to see Julie and Julie! It was super cute. I love cooking.. and eating.. and blogging (whenever I can find the time) .. so this movie was certainly geared to me.
To end our nite, we stopped to buy some pumpkin pies for the next day (Saturday) which is when his family was having their Thanksgiving Dinner!
Friday was a nght of love, without a doubt. It takes love to go to numerous places that you're not interested in, just so that your significant other can have a good time.. ANd this is exactly what Joshua did for me. Thank you, sweetheart.

Winner of Holiday Treats Kit

We have a lucky winner of the Holiday Treats Kit!
And the winner is: CONFIRMED!

Here are your random numbers:
16
Timestamp: 2009-11-22 13:42:29 UTC

Anonymous said...
My girlfriend makes apple dumplings.I would like to win this for herdragonbullet22(at)yahoo(dot)com
November 11, 2009 8:52 PM

Congratulations Anonymous!!
You will have 48 hours to claim your prize, after that, unfortunately a new winner will be chosen. But I hope it does not come to that! :-) I have already e-mailed you, so check your inbox (and spam too).

Monday, November 16, 2009

Update to: When Prizes Vanish

Last Monday I wrote a post called "When Prizes Vanish". It was about me winning a product from a fellow blogger and never receiving it.
After the second month of waiting for my prize, I went to the blog that I had "won" the blog from and went to the sponsor's site, clicked CONTACT US and told them about my delima.
It has now been about 3 business days and I have already been contacted by the sponsors. They have assured me that my winnings will be mailed to me today or tomorrow!
So, I would like to take this time to sincerely thank this company:

THANK YOU to The Young Scientists Club! You have gone completely out of your way to make sure that your customers are satisfied! I will certainly recommend many people to your site ( http://www.kidsciencekits.com/ ) and to your products. Fellow bloggers can rest better knowing that there are still many businesses that are not just out there for money, but for US, as consumers, as well. Thank you again.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Giveaways I want to win

Rockin' Mama is giving away four Butterball Turkeys to lucky readers. CLICK HERE to enter! (11/23)

Mommy Mandy, A Nut in a Nutshell, AND Rockin' Mama are all hosting WalMart giveaways. Two winners from each of their blogs will win one thirty-dollar gift card to WalMart. How awesome is that?! Between the three blogs, that's six gift cards, which equals one-hundred & eighty dollars!!
Mommy Mandy's : CLICK HERE to enter! (12/04)
A Nut in a Nutshell's : CLICK HERE to enter! (11/30)
Rockin' Mama's : CLICK HERE to enter! (12/07)

Shannon, from The Mommy-Files is giving away one free scrumptious Butterball Turkey!! YUMMM! CLICK HERE to enter! (11/20)

Eighty MPH Mom is having a My Parent Rewards Card giveaway, which is basically a printable coupon book! CLICK HERE to enter! (12/01)

My-oh-my, Leslie Loves Veggies always has something exciting going on at the incredibly lovely blog of hers!! Right now she is hosting a Hot Lunch Dates - Lunch Box giveaway! CLICK HERE to enter! (11/30)

Monday, November 9, 2009

When Prizes Vanish..

Have any of you had a problem with receiving your winnings from a blogger or sponsor? (I am having this problem right now. I will not mention any names at this time, because I just e-mailed the blogger and am giving her the benefit of the doubt.) What is the right thing for us, as co-bloggers & the rightful winners) supposed to do?
In my case, I was informed by e-mail on September 23rd that I was the winner of a product. I instantly replied to claim my prize. A couple of weeks go by.. I receive nothing. So I decide to write the other blogger and ask her, very politely, if she had sent my product out.. I receive a reply in a matter of a day or so:
Hi Jerrica, I am not the one who sends it, the sponsor providing the prize does. I will be in contact with her again today to find out why you have not received it and I will get back to you as soon as I hear anything! Thank you.
Okay, I can deal with that. I understand that she has to go through the company and whatnot and that companies can be super busy. Another week or two goes by, I try e-mailing her; no response. So I leave a comment on the post (the e-mail MAY have went to her spam, no biggie):
jerrica puckett says:
October 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm
I have not received anything recent from you regarding my prize. I know that the sponsor is responible, but I was wondering if you had heard anything about it.Thank you.
Remember, I was informed that I'd won on September 23rd, so whenever I wrote her the above comment, it was exactly one month later. Needless to say, I still have not heard anything since she wrote me to say that she would inform me whenever she heard anything. I e-mailed her once again today.
I'm sorry to bother you, I am. But you wrote me that I was the winenr of your giveaway on September 23rd, and then replied to me on October 12th to tell me that you were not responisoble for shipping the product (the sponsor was). You said that you were going to talk with the sponsor the following day and that you would let me know something ASAP.
I waited for your response, and after another long gap, I wrote you back and received nothing. I can live without my prize that I won fairly, however, I think it is incredibly rude for you to not have answered any of my e-mails (I even commented on the post that I won on); No reply.
I hate to do this, I really do. I'm not a rude person, but I feel that you have been terribly rude to me.
Please have the sponsor e-mail me if they tell you that they will not/have not shipped the product. I would greatly appreciate it.

Although I will admit that I was a little bit upset whenever I e-mailed her, I don't think that I was terrible. I have tried to be patient, but she has not worked with me in the least. Even if she had simply e-mailed me and said "I'm sorry but the sponsor is refusing to send the product" or something, I would have been satisfied.. But she never said anything. Not only do I feel that was rude, but I also feel that it was unprofessional.
I know that most people would say, "Try to forget it." "She's not sending you anything if it's taken this long." etc. But it isn't necessarily that I can't live without the prize, it's that she ignored the situation completely.
Hmm. What would you do if this happened to you?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

*CLOSED* Holiday Treats Kit Giveaway

The holidays have reached us! It's time to start preparing for lots of family, friends, and treats!
Are you still unsure about what to get for certain people? You know who I'm talking about.. The people that you see every year but barely say a word to.. The people that you love dearly but never know what to get them for the holidays.. The people that have everything else in their house, so buying for them is next to impossible. So, why not surprise those people with a treat of their own that no one could resist? I know for a fact that I would much prefer a yummy surprise than a knit sweater.
This Holiday Treats Kit is packed full of goodies to help get you started with preparing a wonderful treat for the people you care most about.

This kit includes:
*A 48 page booklet with recipes for delicious, irresistable reipes, from Minty Meringues to Sweet and Spicy Pecans
*20 Uniquely detailed gift bags
*2 types of bakery string
*20 Gift tags
*36 Stickers for personalizing each delectable package
(By clicking on the picture, you can take a sneak peak at the kit.)
The Holiday Treat Kit not only makes gift giving easy, but is also child friendly. Your children can help you package an incredibly yummy present for each of the lucky recipients. (This way, your child does not feel left out, but also does not feel that it is TOUGH work, either.) And who doesn't love a delicious holiday present? I know that I do! So why not make this holiday season a bit simpler for yourself, afterall, there are a million other things to worry about this time of the year.

WHAT YOU WIN:
One (1) Winner will receive Holiday Treats Kit (a $19.95 value)

TO ENTER:
Required: Tell me the name of something that you'll be cooking/baking for the holiday season. (1 entry)
BONUS ENTRIES:
*Include the recipe (this means ingrediants, bake time, & all other info). (2 entries)
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Not Right November

Yesterday was the end of the first week in November. However, instead of the typical "burr, it's chilly outside", I was able to wear shorts!! Seventy degrees in November? Seriously? Sheesh. Now, I'm not complaining, I freeze through the winter times. (I suppose it's because I'm from Fort Myers, Florida and living in Tennessee.) Either way, seventy degrees is just not right for November.
Was it super warm where anyone else was?
Don't tell anyone, but I'm hoping the warmth will last :)