*Cues dramatic music*

Well, it’s the day you’ve all been waiting for!!! No, not Halloween silly, the last day of my Scentsy giveaway!!!

First of all, a great big huge Kudos to Valerie, Heather, Mom2Boys, Lilhugs, Heidi, and Karen 🙂 I think Valerie and Heather went through all my posts at least 2 times and Mom2Boys and Heidi went through all my posts 🙂 I will be attempting to install the counter here in a bit but I’m not holding my breath. Since I will be having to hand count I would ask that my top 5 girls in the running will be careful not to leave me any comments after 10 p.m. tonight (8 p.m. for you Mountain Time ppl) And not post any until I announce the winner. Because I appreciate the amount of effort you have all put in to this I’ve added surprise gifts for the 2 runners up!!!! 😀 I’ll announce them along with the winners!

Thank you for all your input as to which card you like better! I decided to go with the purdy purple one! One of my resolutions for next year (I know, I’m really getting ahead of myself, lol!) Is to send out at least one hand written note per month, hoping on one a week. So if you’d like to get a random sweet note from me sometime next year please send me your snail mail addy!!! You can send it to my email:

da_angel_321 at yahoo.com 🙂

3 Meal Magic – The Amazing Non-Diet for Emotional Eaters *Review*

When I first signed up to review 3 Meal Magic I somehow got confused and was thinking I was signing up for a book. When I received my copy and realized it was actually an audio track at first I was disappointed. I don’t know why, but for some reason I hate listening to audio books or anything motivational, lol! Since I’d signed up for the review though I went ahead and listened.
I was very pleasantly surprised! Tricia has a very nice voice and many good tips and thoughts. Although I’ve never thought of myself as an emotional eater I most definitely am a grazer, I love my snacks! I’m also terrible about shoveling stuff into my mouth while doing something else, reading, watching tv, blogging… 😉 She brings up many things that are blatantly obvious and yet so many of us fail to do, such as eating 3 square meals a day at a table, while focusing on the meal and actually enjoying it and nothing else. I really enjoyed 3 Meal Magic and plan on implementing many of her suggestions into my daily life! I also love that it’s not a diet. Diets are dumb and don’t work! Not in the long run for certain! Tricia’s approach makes much more sense to maintain a healthy weight for good. My favorite quote from the cd was, “Americans eat until they’re full; people in leaner cultures eat until they are no longer hungry.” How very true!
If you’re looking for a healthy, smart, and feasible approach to losing weight, maintaining a healthy weight, or battling with emotional eating I’d highly recommend this cd! If you’d like to learn more head on over to the website HealYourHunger or Tricia’s blog.
Tricia personally contacted me by email earlier today and asked me to share that she is also offering a Free Teleseries on “Weight Loss from the Inside Out” Here’s the information she sent me on it:
If you’re sick of dieting and have tried to lose weight, with little success, you know it’s not just about diet and exercise. It’s about deeper stuff…stress, hormones, emotions, body image, etc. Heal Your Hunger is hosting a series of 3 conference calls that take place November 4th, 11th and 18th, where the experts will reveal how you can achieve “Weight Loss from the Inside Out”. This is a body, mind and spirit approach to healthy weight loss. (No scales, pills, potions or gimmicks!) Just the honest truth about why you may be having trouble losing weight and what you can do about it. If you miss a call, don’t worry, recordings will be emailed to you the very next day. Remember, it’s free! Register now! Even if you don’t think this event is right for you, click on Register Now so you can get your free jumpstart kit!

I received my copy of 3 Meal Magic – The Amazing Non-Diet for Emotional Eaters thanks to Uprinting and HealYourHunger for this review

Help Me Decide!!!!

So I need to decide what to order from Uprinting for my 250 greeting cards, I’ve come up with 2 designs but can’t decide between them. So I’ve turned to you for help! So would rather get this in the mail….
Or this? 🙂

I’m famous!

*Flash Flash* Please folks please *Flash Flash* stand back paparazzi, no autographs from Nicole Renee right now!!!
*Shakes head* oh, sorry!! All these awards are going to my head and for a second there I’d thought I’d turned into Carrie Underwood or something. Time for my acceptance speech:
“This award means so much to me, I’ve waited my whole life for this moment, *tear* I’d like to thank my Mom, and God, and of course all my fans”
LOL! Ok, a bit much I know, I just couldn’t resist!!!!
Really though, I am getting spoiled. I’ve been getting an award a day so if I don’t get one tomorrow watch out! 😉
Sarah over at Caiafa Craziness… was so sweet to give me this Heartfelt Blog award! If you didn’t go give her loves yesterday then shame on you and go do it now! 😉
Here are the rules:
Display the logo.
Nominate up to 9 blogs that make you feel comfy or warm inside.
Link to your nominees.
Let them know they have been nominated by commenting.
Link to the person from whom you received the award.
 
Which I’m fore-going. Because I’m giving this award to each of you!!!! Yes you my dear sweet readers who find my ramblings worthy of your time. If you’re reading this post it means you’re a true fan (or a stalker trying to get my Scentsty…in either case I love you) So if you have a blog, go slap this on there! If you don’t have a blog…upload it to Facebook or something! 🙂 Because I truly do appreciate you all, more than you know! You make me feel warm and comfy inside! Thank you for rocking my socks off!

I’ve been Boo-ed! Eeek! ;)

The air is cool, the season is fall,
Soon Halloween will come to all.
Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore…
Tricky witches at your door.
The spooks are after things to do,
In fact, a spook brought this “BOO” to you.
The excitement comes when friends like you,
Copy this note and make it two.
We’ll all have smiles on our faces,
When we see who Boo’d who’s places.

I was Boo’d by Cheri at the It’s So Very Cheri (she left such a sweet note about me, you should go read it!)
Now…

The following 4 ladies have been officially BOO’d…

1. Traci @ From Tracie because you leave me sweet comments, you “gave” me a blog award and we love the same tv shows

2. Julia from Everyday Mom Ideas her blog has giveaways and free digital scrapping kits, I just downloaded the Zoo one and it’s awesome!!!…I think I’m in love!

3. Belinda from Mommy World because I love her name (I’m a big Love Comes Softly Series fan…what can I say? lol) and she’s such a good sport for jumping in the Scentsy contest 🙂

4. Valerie at The Bundy’s because I’ve really enjoyed her hundreds 😉 of comments and getting to know her!

This BOO party was started by Toni@The Tattered Cottage. Please keep the fun going by following these instructions.

1. You have 24 hours to work your spell
2. Copy and post the Halloween Boo Poem with the instructions for playing.
3. Pick 4 blogs you enjoying visiting and tell why you enjoy visiting them, with a link to
their blog and remember to link back to me.

4. Go to the original BOO Party post at the Tattered Cottage and add your MckLinky. (<--not sure where this is, so sorry guys!) 5. Let’s see how fast and far this spreads between now and Halloween.

Soooo……

First of all I just have to let you know that I have 75 followers on this blog and 20 on Artistic Albums By Nicole–what good numbers!! *Does a happy dance* I so heart you all! You make me happy!

But anyways…now a note for my super crazy stalker wonderful girls who are really going at it to win the Scentsy plug in! First of all–kudos!!! You’ve been keeping me super busy, very entertained, and I feel like I know you all so much better! And you should be able to write a book about me by now! 😉

Second of all…the top commentor gadget is sadly no more. As Heidi so eloquently put it “it went kablewy”

What does this mean???

It means, my dear ladies, that although you will no longer know your standings the show must go on!!! And go on it shall!

The Scentsy Plug in and bar will still be going to my top commentor! I will determine the winner by hand counting, yes, hand counting (I plan on making a mark under the girls name for each comment, won’t lose track that way) all the horribly many, oh this is going to take me forever each and every beautiful thought you girls have been so sweet as to share with me!

The standings, as best as I can determine them from guessing right now are as follows (no I am NOT going to count them until I have to!)

Valerie and or Heather is in first place with 100+ (I’m assuming) comments
Karen/Lilhugsa/Heidi are all close behind

and now mom2boys is throwing her hat in the ring!!!

This is going to be a close one folks!!!

Hope that helps some–I think this way it’s much more suspenseful, don’t you?! Mostly just comment, comment, comment! 😀 I’ll post how many comments each of you has (might as well, right?!)

Also, I wanted to let you know I will be doing the Created to Be His Help Meet Study each Sunday. So order up your copy!!! 😀 I was so excited about the responses I got and am really looking forward to this!!!! I’ll start this Sunday with the introduction so that if you still need time to get your book we won’t jump into things right away.

Hope you’re all having a completely lovely day!

Green by Ted Dekker *Review*

Green, the book that readers of The Circle Trilogy have anxiously awaited, the book that finally brings the 3 different series all together, the end and the beginning.
The storyline picks up where The Circle Trilogy, The Paradise Novels, and The Lost Books leave off. Although Dekker claims you can read it first or last, my personal recommendation is reading it last!
This story is filled with betrayal and hope, the Apocalypse and great redemption, ultimate expressions of evil and good, hate and love…of course love, because that’s what all the books are ultimately about. The passages about Elyon literally gave me goosebumps!

In typical Dekker fashion it is a fast paced, action filled adventure that throws you between two realities. Also in typical Dekker fashion I wasn’t sure what I thought of it till the very end. My verdict?
I loved it!
The only thing I didn’t love was that, as he promised, all of the books form a perfect circle. Where Green ends, Black begins…even though Black is the first book and Green is the last. I’ve never read or heard of a series of novels like this and the lack of resolution is frustrating and yet brilliant at the same time.

Because, really, would I have expected anything less of Dekker?

*I recieved my copy from Thomas Nelson for free in exchange for a review of this book. The opinions in this post are entirely my own and completely honest*

And yet another….

I know, two awards in two days?! You are spoiling me!!! 😀 I got this From Tracie, at her blog, appropriately named From Tracie 🙂 Go tell her hi! Her blog is fabulous and she grabbed my button just to be nice! How sweet is that?! 🙂
Here are the rules:

Use only one word (or 2), pass along to six favorite bloggers, and tell ’em you did so.

So, here we go:

1. Where is your cell phone? pocket

2. Your hair? ponytail

3. Your mother? amazing

4. Your father? hardworking

5. Your favorite food? Steak

6. Your dream last night? Action

7. Your favorite drink? Water

8. Your dream/goal? Greatness

9. What room are you in? front

10. Your hobby? Blogging 😛

11. Your fear? 2 Timothy 1:7

12. Where do you want to be in six years? Hawaii

13. Where were you last night? Twitter

14. Something that you aren’t? Banana

15. Muffins? Blueberry

16. Wish list item? CAMERA!

17. Where did you grow up? Wyoming!!!!! ♥

18. Last thing you did? Email

19. What are you wearing? Comfy

20. Your TV? Super Why

21. Your pets? none

22. Friends? BEST!

23. Your life? Wondermus!

24. Your mood? Good

25. Missing someone? Wyoming-ppl 🙁

26. Vehicle? Escape ♥

27. Something you’re not wearing? Tutu

28. Your favorite store? Kohls

29. Your favorite color? Pink

30. When was the last time you laughed? Earlier

31. Last time you cried? Weeks

32. Your best friend? Mom-Hubby-Heather

33. One place that I could go over and over? Wyoming

34. One person who emails you regularly? Heather

35. Favorite place to eat? Outback

Here’s who I’m passing this on to!

Because she’s fab and gave me one yesterday!
Because Jaimin does surveys! I also know her in “real life” she’s fabulous!
LoL, I’ll totally understand if Justin doesn’t post this award, since it’s a little girly, but his blog is awesome! Full of hilarious randomness. Plus he’s very cute, likes the Denver Broncos, and is the only guy that I think actually (who’s ever) read my blog, definitely the only one to ever leave me comments…..my own hubby doesn’t for crying out loud! So thanks Justin, you rock!
Great blog, awesome girl 🙂 Her blog will be even more over-the-top after her upcoming blog-over (makeover for a blog) compliments of *gasp* ME!
She’s the best!!! 🙂 Love her blog, have won from her twice, and she’s going to be hosting an Artistic Albums Giveaway for me soon!
Lori is amazing!!! Her blog is amazing, her products are amazing! 😀 And her blog just got a fabulous blog-over (not compliments of me, I’m not THAT good!)
Looking forward to everyone’s responses! 😀

*Another* Blog Award!!!!!

My *second* award!!!! Hurray!!! I received this from Kristi over at The Brouse House. Her blog is adorable and her little family is gorgeous! If Amber wasn’t the cutest toddler in the world 😉 I’d have to say little Bailey would be! Go leave Kristi some love for me! And thank you so much Kristi for thinking that my blog is worth reading and I’m so happy it helps keep you going through the day!
Now it’s my turn to pass this on to blogs that inspire me and keep me going through the day! (Some of these will no doubt look familiar from my blogs I heart posts, excited I can actually give them an award now!)
Paulina just recently announced that she’s pregnant!!!! Go tell her congrats!
 (Have to mention I just got my free subscriptions to Shape and Marie Claire in the mail yesterday, and my free recipe book from Jiffy today, that I found out about from her, woo hoo!)
Just saw she’s working on a powder room action for babies…can’t wait!!!!
Because she’s hilarious and all sorts of cool, a quick “warning” though, her latest post is TMI Thursday…and it definite contains TMI!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉
Such a super cute blog!!!!!! My newest blog I heart!
Because (pictures of) mad, sad, crying babies make me smile