Cyber Monday

In honor of Cyber Monday I thought I’d let you in on the good deals I know that are going on right now!
I’m offering a 15% discount on any orders placed today from Artistic Albums By Nicole
I design custom Christmas Cards and make one-of-a-kind gifts!!
I also wanted to share the following great discounts!
Receive 15% off any sensor soap pump at simplehuman.com from November 30 – December 7. Enter code SB715 at checkout. *
and
Receive 15% off any fingerprint-proof trash can at simplehuman.com
from December 7-14. Enter code SB125 at checkout. *
I’ll be doing a review with Simple Human soon and they wanted me to share these exclusive discounts with my readers!!! So be sure to check them out!

Shhh..it’s a secret.

So I have a secret to confess….
I love  tea!!!
Oh, wait, you say that you already knew that and that it’s definitely not a secret?!
Well…rats.
LoL!
But I would like to share that I’ll be getting the chance to review some of Golden Moon Tea’s award winning Oolong Tea soon! I’ve never tried anything like it before so I’m very excited to give it a whirl! Tune in to find out what I think 😀

Safety Tat *Review and Giveaway*

***This Giveaway is now CLOSED Congrats to Dvice and Gianna who won***I can’t imagine anything more terrible than losing Amber when we were out somewhere. The very thought of it makes me get knots in my stomach.

But the truth is, at one point or another most kids do get “lost”. Usually and thankfully it’s as small as going down a different aisle than their mom in Wal*Mart and having to get them paged, but other times it’s not.  I can remember a couple of times that I got seperated from my mom in stores and wandering around trying to find her while being extremely freaked out!
Safety Tat is an award winning product that can help reuniting you and your child so much easier! This would  be the perfect thing to use when you’re going to the Fair, an amusement park, or even if you have a child  that tends to run away every time you turn your back!
The original safety tats are just like traditional tatoos but they feature your cell phone number on a cute design so that you can be easily contacted if your child wanders away. We were sent several of them to review and I used it on Amber when we went to the park the other day.
Amber kept pointing at it and going “Oooh! Pretty!” LoL. She thought it was quite cool 🙂 It stayed on really well for the first and most of the second day, and then came off quite easily on the third day when I rubbed it.
We were also sent a pack of the Quick Stick Write On Tats. Unlike the temporary tattoos these are so easy-peasy they don’t even require water! Just stick them on and write with the special pen they send you! Very cool!
Safety Tats aren’t just for getting reunited though, they’re also a great way to show that your child has allergies and special medical needs!
Safety Tat is offering my readers a special discount! (Just because you’re all so wonderful! Use the code RamblingsbyNicole (case sensitive!) to get 10% off all orders over $15!
Safety Tat is also generously going to give two of my readers their own packs of sample pack of the Quick Stick Write-On!, in your choice of Boy, Girl, or Multi design pack
This giveaway is open to US residents only

 

Be sure that you leave your email so I can contact you if you win! If I don’t have a way to reach you I will immediately choose a new winner.
Also leave a separate comment for each entry you do! One comment = one entry!
**Mandatory Entry**
This must be done in order for any other entry to count
1 Entry ~ Visit their website and tell me which design you’d get if you bought an original safety tat!
**Additional Entries**
Because you should hope for the best and prepare for the worst!
1 Entry each ~ Follow me through Google Friend Connect, Subscribe to my RSS feed (Ramblings For You), or subscribe to me via email (Ramblings to Your Inbox)
(you know you wanna follow me, I have lots of nice stuff, promise!!!! Plus the more followers I have, the better stuff I’ll get to give away! Once I hit 500 followers I will be letting you choose what color I dye my hair!!! Yepp, you heard me right! 🙂 )
1 Entry **Daily** Follow Me on Twitter and Tweet. You may copy/paste the following:
Win a pack of Quick Stick Write on Tats from @safetytat 2 Winners! at @Coastiewife321 http://tinyurl.com/yat9mnu Ends 12/9 Pls RT! #giveaway
1 Entry ~ Become a Fan of SafetyTats

1 Entry for every 3 people you email about this! (As in if you email 9 people you get 3 extra entries) CC me da_angel_321@yahoo.com

2 Entries ~ Snag my button, isn’t it cute?! Leave me the url so I can come visit your blog!
3 Entries ~ Blog about this, leave me the URL to the post, you know you wanna share the love!
1 Entry ~ Yell “Ooogidy Boogidy!!!!” if you can’t yell then whisper it very, very quietly.
This Giveaway will end 12/9/09 at 10:00 p.m. EST
I will choose the winner via random.org contact them via email and post them on this blog. They have 48 hours to claim their win before a new winner is chosen.
Good Luck!

I Heart Tooshies!

 

This week I Faces is going bottoms up! I only have a few tooshie pics, and most are naked Amber tooshy pics, and as those weren’t allowed I opted to go with this pic of me and Amber’s tooshies! 🙂 I really do love this pic, my mom took it of us walking at the Fair in August.
For more fun tooshie pics head on over to see the other entries! I especially love this one from Monkeys on the Bed!!!

 

Personal Child Stories *Review*

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While we were down in South Carolina for my brother’s wedding my family and I were browsing books in a large store in the local mall.
My mom and I started a discussion about why, since babies were so enthralled with pictures of other  babies, and especially of themselves, there weren’t more books like that out there? The few the store had were cheap and the baby were quite funny looking to be honest!
It turns out we aren’t the only ones who had thought about this! Although Personal Child Stories did not start out by making baby/toddler books the “We Love You Just the Way You Are” book I bought for Amber for Christmas is most certainly is exactly what my mom and I had in mind last year!
Before I discovered PCS my mom and my both friend both found adorable photo board books that you just slipped baby pictures in that fit the story line. The one got extremely warped and messed up when a sippy cup leaked on it in the diaper bag, and the other was clearly not made by anyone with children as it had gorgeous illustrations and Bible verses but the pictures you put in were not covered, instead there was an attached sheet of wax paper between each page…yupp the pictures in there are crumpled to pieces and all the wax paper got ripped out.
Each PCS book is laminated and printed on heavy duty card stock so no worries about crumpling or little leaks!!! The larger books even include pages to color on!
Because this is a rather novel idea Shara has to combat a few misconceptions that arise from time to time so I will give you a run down of what PCS books are and are not. I’ll be linking to Shara’s own articles about them so be sure to check those out!
PCS books are not:
Scrapbooks ~ if you want a scrapbook that can be a wonderful keepsake and easily destroyed, see me!! 😉
Something that you can make ~ (you should really read this article, it’s great!!!)
Overpriced ~ see above article for why they’re not at all
PCS books are:
Learning tools that are clean and simple in design in order to enhance the teaching methods.
Virtually indestructible (well, if you shot it with a gun and left it in a swimming pool over night, maybe not, but they will stand up to a toddlers constant use!)
Completely personalized. Amber’s book was written to fit each of the specific pictures that we sent in. Even though Shara has a “We Love You Just The Way You Are” book she wrote for her daughter Amber’s is not the same.
Books that can teach everything from name recognition to numbers to self awareness to helping with specific behaviors or issues.
And I should also mention that Amber absolutely loves her book!!! It’s her only book that she has me read over and over right in a row, and since getting it I’ve read it at least once a day!!
Here’s a video so you can see  how great it is for yourself! (also we’ve had this book for just about a week and you can see that Amber’s already memorizing it!!!)
I also wanted to mention that Personal Child Stories has just been awarded the Preferred Product Award from Kidlutions.com
These books are really wonderful and I plan on getting more of them for Amber! Since I know you’re now dying to get one made for the child in your life be sure you get your Christmas orders into Shara this week! The latest she can accept them is December 10th as she puts a lot of time and effort into making each book perfect!

Peacock Pottery *Review and Giveaway*

***This Giveaway is now CLOSED Congrats to Heather who won***As you all know by now, I love tea! I also love coffee, and just about any other hot drink! I love hot drinks! For some reason hot drinks seem to taste even better when I’m drinking them out of a special mug, why is that? I guess it’s just a psychological thing, but my pomegranate tea really did taste better when I was sipping it out of my gorgeous new Bubble Mug from Peacock Pottery!

Now I’ll let Leah tell you a little more about Peacock Pottery in her own words:
Polish Pottery is made is Boleslawiec, Poland – The town of Good Clay. It is a beautiful white clay specific to the area, the clay is lead free. The town prides itself on it’s handmade, hand painted pottery. The history of the pottery making dates back to the 7th century. The artists from the region were inspired by the blue and green of the Peacock feathers, leading to the main color schemes of the pottery. The artists are passionate about the pottery, as am I!.


All of the pottery is usable in the microwave, oven, dishwasher and freezer. Trust me, I have used my pottery everywhere! It is chip resistant, but will break if dropped on tile flooring (but seriously, not much survives being dropped on tile!) It is so beautiful and unique, I love mixing all of the patterns, it makes such an interesting table.
 
At Peacock Pottery, we are passionate about the pottery and customer service. We will work with our customers on specific patterns and products. Also, everything we ship is gift wrapped – for free and a free gift is included in each package.
They had me at dishwasher safe!!! I hate doing dishes by hand and as such wash everything the in the dishwasher! I couldn’t believe this gorgeous pottery was so easy and useful as well!
Peacock Pottery also has a great selection of beautiful Christmas Decorations and Decor as well as a section listing great gifts $25 and under!
I know you’re jealous right?! But now is my turn to be jealous of you! Peacock Pottery is generously offering one lucky reader a Dessert Set which is 1 bread plate and 1 medium bubble mug. How cool  is that?!
This giveaway  is open to US residents only
As always be sure I have a way to get your email address so I can tell you that you won! If I don’t have a way to reach you I will automatically choose a new winner. Also leave a separate comment for each additional entry that you do! One comment = one entry!
**Mandatory Entry**
This must be done in order for any other entry to count
1 Entry each ~ Follow me through Google Friend Connect, Subscribe to my RSS feed (Ramblings For You), or subscribe to me via email (Ramblings to Your Inbox)
You only have to do one, but you get an additional entry for each that you do!
(you know you wanna follow me, I have lots of nice stuff, promise!!!! Plus the more followers I have, the better stuff I’ll get to give away! Once I reach 500 subscribers and followers you all get to choose what color I dye my hair!!)
**Additional Entries**
Because these would make anyone’s kitchen happier!
1 Entry ~ Visit the website and tell me which item you want for Christmas!
1 Entry **Daily** Follow Me on Twitter and Tweet. You may copy/paste the following
Win a gorgeous Dessert Set from Peacock Pottery @Coastiewife321 http://tinyurl.com/y8b8h4b Ends 12/9 Pls RT! #giveaway
1 Entry for every 3 people you email about this! (As in if you email 9 people you get 3 extra entries) CC me da_angel_321@yahoo.com
1 Entry ~ Snag my button, isn’t it cute?! Leave me the url so I can come visit your blog!
3 Entries ~ Blog about this, leave me the URL to the post, you know you wanna share the love!
1 Entry ~ Go get a mouthful of water and sing while you’re gargling it (and think about how much cooler it would have been if you’d drank it out of a bubble mug!)
This Giveaway will end 12/9/09 at 10:00 p.m. EST
I will choose the winner via random.org contact them via email and post them on this blog. They have 48 hours to claim their win before a new winner is chosen.
Good Luck!!!

Created to be His Helpmeet ~ Chapter 3

“All the days of the afflicted are evil; but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast”
Proverbs 15:15
No doubt being thankful has been on the top of our minds this week. It’s easy to have it be that way when it’s Thanksgiving! I’m very happy to have these chapters on being thankful come after the holiday though. It is a good reminder to us that as we start the busy craziness that is Christmas, we need to continue to keep giving thanks on our minds continually.
You have a choice, every day, of whether you will be joyful or not. I’d like to share this brief thought on attitude that I think compliments this week’s chapter perfectly:
ATTITUDE

by: Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.
I completely agree, our attitude makes such a vast difference. You can be depressed that you don’t have money to buy Christmas gifts, that you can’t afford the nice things your friends have or that you have to scrimp and save to make ends meet. Or you can thank God  that your husband has a job, that you have a home to live in and food to eat. Even that is so much more than many people around  the world can claim!
This week, “practice, practice, practice” until you are perfect at  hitting those happy, thankful, joyful chords of music throughout the day, and stop fumbling on the keys of griping, woe-is-me, and discontent!!!

Kira Ferrer Jewelry by Apples of Gold *Review*

You probably remember my review on Apples of Gold that I posted a little while  ago. Who wouldn’t remember all their gorgeous jewelry?
I was so thrilled to receive a pair of Sterling Silver Gem Drop Earrings from their Kira Ferrer line. I adore these earrings because they’re high end and classy, but can be worn with anything, including my  staple outfit of a cute tee and jeans!
Here’s me modeling them 😉
The Kira Ferrer line is wonderful! It has a very different feel from the rest of Apples of Gold as it’s almost all sterling silver and more affordably priced. I’m absolutely in love with the Plumeria Flower Necklace and matching ring!
Although I might dream about Apples of Gold’s diamonds and pearls these are absolutely gorgeous pieces that I would be completely comfortable with wearing on a day to day basis and would look right on me.
Thanks so much to Apples of Gold for letting me do this review!

It is time…..

For me to make a complete fool of myself!!! 😀 And I’ve never been happier to!
Because right now I have 202 followers and 235 subscribers!
I am so very thankful for each and every one of you! I would like to sent out an especially big thank you to the 65 of you who get my Ramblings via email, to me that is true dedication, and you are all wonderful!!!
So, now for the fun part!! I will lip sync in classic YouTube style to a song that you all get to choose! It has to be one that I know, however, and have. Haha! So here are my options for you to choose from! Just leave vote on my poll on the left sidebar to tell me which one you’d like to see me sing and dance to! I’ll take votes till next Wednesday (12/3) and then I’ll make the video! 😀
If there is some song that you think I didn’t list but would be perfect you can list that too! I’m open to suggestions 🙂
I’m linking to the songs in the title so you can listen to them if you’ve never heard them before. I tried to pick totally random funny stuff, or at least stuff that would seem funny if I was the one singing it!
(seriously, you know you wanna see me head bang and sing screamo lol!!)
Can’t wait to see what you pick for me!! 😀

Custom Poster Print *Giveaway*

***This Giveaway is now ClOSED Congrats to Kathy Pease who won***
This year I’ll be giving a ton of posters and enlargements for Christmas gifts! I’m blessed to have a family of photographers who take gorgeous pictures like this, and then being able to turn them into high quality posters using Online Poster Printing makes gift giving easy! I’m planning on giving the poster I’ll be sent as a gift.
Just in time for Christmas you can give one as a gift too (or keep it for a gift for yourself!)
Online Poster Printing, which is a branch of Uprinting, is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a 18×24″ poster print!
This giveaway is open to US residents only
Be sure that you leave your email so I can contact you if you win! If I don’t have a way to reach you I will immediately choose a new winner.
Also leave a separate comment for each entry you do! One comment = one entry!
**Mandatory Entry**
This must be done in order for any other entry to count
1 Entry ~ What holiday picture would you like to get printed out?
**Additional Entries**
Because this would make an amazing present!
1 Entry each ~ Follow me through Google Friend Connect, Subscribe to my RSS feed (Ramblings For You), or subscribe to me via email (Ramblings to Your Inbox)
(you know you wanna follow me, I have lots of nice stuff, promise!!!! Plus the more followers I have, the better stuff I’ll get to give away! Only 2 more followers till I hit 200 and then I will take a video of myself lip syncing and dancing to some random song chosen by you! 😉 It’s gonna be even better than the happy dance!)
1 Entry **Daily** Follow Me on Twitter and Tweet. You may copy/paste the following
Win a 18×24″ Poster Print from @uprinting at @Coastiewife321 http://tinyurl.com/yb4zz62 Ends 12/4 Pls RT! #giveaway
1 Entry for every 3 people you email about this! (As in if you email 9 people you get 3 extra entries) CC me da_angel_321@yahoo.com
2 Entries ~ Snag my button, isn’t it cute?! Leave me the url so I can come visit your blog!
3 Entries ~ Blog about this, leave me the URL to the post, you know you wanna share the love!
1 Entry ~ Go look sneakily outside the nearest window, pretend you’re spying on someone, then sneak back and tell me what you saw!
This Giveaway will end 12/4/09 at 10:00 p.m. EST
I will choose the winner via random.org contact them via email and post them on this blog. They have 48 hours to claim their win before a new winner is chosen.
Good Luck!