Saturday, January 31, 2009

My other job this week...

Apparently it was entering giveaways. I was up really late entering some of them!

But I had fun. Now I just hope I win a few of the things I really loved. Honestly, winning any 1 of the items that I had posted about on here would make me really happy. I hope that some of you were able to find some giveaways you enjoyed out there by visiting my blog and seeing them this week.

DH and I are hoping to attempt chicken broth again this week along with a richer creamier chicken stew recipe! We're trying to hang in there and stay warm so soups, stews and hot chocolate are the bulk of the menu lately. I'm also hoping to improve my cooking (I only have a handful of recipes that I make really well consistently) so that I can start to use more natural, whole foods and less white sugars, white pastas and white flour!

Alright, off to enjoy the weekend snow and cold.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

How about a gas card?

Over at she is giving away free gas cards! $20 gas cards. Yes, I know hurry over there (no driving needed- see you're saving gas already!), and sign up for updates from her site for easy entry!

Because really, even though gas prices have come down from last summer, we could all use $20 gas cards to help us get around!


Winner takes all...

Can you believe at that over $800 worth of goodies have gone unclaimed after prizes? Yes, it's true. Disney DVDs, earpods for your music moments, pediped shoes, a diaper cake...

Head over there before Friday to put your name in the hat! It's a great contest with a random collection of goodies that were never claimed from previous giveaways. I'm still in shock that some of these prizes never got dispensed. I guess life takes over sometimes...


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Stylish and Safe...Recaro Car Seats

This Recaro Car Seat is being given away *yes, given away for free in your style and color choice* this week only on

This is what the coolbaby kid site had to say:

In business for over 100 years, they introduced the first sport seat becoming a well-recognized name in racing. Also responsible for the first vehicle seat with an integrated seatbelt, Recaro is the exclusive supplier for top models of Porsche, Ferrari, and Lamborghini among others.

I love it cause it grows with your kid. And it's safe. AND it's made by someone who services luxury lines so you know this is grade A, top Choice carseat. Awesome right?

So head over and sign up...or once again, sign up and win it for me if you don't need it for yourself. I'd really appreciate it :)

Go big...

For your first giveaway!

At least that's the attitude over at confessions of a yummy mummy. She's got a super interesting story (yep, you gotta go read her blog to hear about her life- I'm not going to be the net gossip!) and over $200 worth of goodies in this basket including tgif gift certificate (yummy in our tummy! thanks mummy!), a dvd of serendipity (ok, not my fave romantic comedy but...), a box of godivas (mmmm, i'll eat those while watching the dvd and be in heaven anyway), a great camera strap so your neck doesnt get all scratched up and ya look chic, and $50 to Target. Oh yes, that alone has probably drawn nearly 500 of the 800 entries. But I want that restaurant certificate and the chocolates! YUM!

So, if I've got your interest in the blogger or the prize go to and check it out!


Pretty please...

With a cherry on top!

My favorite giveaway so far today is the hip hostess apron of your choice offered at

Check this apron that I've chosen out and tell me this isn't the super cutest thing? They also have kids aprons, demi aprons, and a variety of other ladies aprons should the cherry one not be your first choice too.

You know I've been learning to expand my ability to cook (as I've shared my attempts to master the basics here on my site) and I'm really hoping to win this for use in the kitchen when I'm baking so I don't get flour all over my clothes!


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Carefree Strollin...

Another giveaway...well, yes, they're consuming my week everyone ;)

This time you can win a BumbleRide Stroller in a limited edition pattern called Bwana.

See the picture. How cute is that? This sounds like a great design. And the woman giving it away at is a nurse and wife like me. Now I just wanna be a mommy like her.

At least go put in a good word for me...ok...

Stay in Shape with baby on board

At they are giving away a new Kelty Stroller. She has a fantastic review of the Denver based company. She spoke with the owner!!! It's a very real company making real products for real parents. This isn't just a nameless International corporation piecing together products with potentially dangerous materials. It looks like a brand you can trust.

I entered because it is lightweight and portable. It's also not just a stroller, you can use it for exercise and jog off the pregnancy pounds. I'm really looking forward to doing healthy things like that with my baby. If you're interested, head over to the address above because the contest has been open for weeks already and is coming to an end soon!



Have you seen this movie yet?

We saw Facing The Giants and really enjoyed it. And it stars Kirk Cameron. C'mon, you totally crushed on him in Growing Pains too!!!!

It's all the rave on the net and I really want to see it. As a newlywed, marriage is really central to my life right now and I hear this one is really gripping and well made in addition to have a great message. I am trying to win one at this week in bloggy giveaways. If you haven't seen it yet I suggest you high tail it over there and check it out for yourself. Looks like it's going to be a hot contest with nearly 100 entries in the first day alone!


BubbleCakes Blankets Giveaway

It's day 2 of the bloggy giveaways and I'm awake entirely too late trying to enter. You know I've had babies on the brain lately and DH and I are planning to start trying for a baby!!!

Check out what else Frugal Mommy is giving away- these super cute blankets from Bubblecakes! I think the cowgirls and cowboys are the cutest things ever on the swaddling blankets. I'd love to bring my baby (babies?? ;) ) home in those!

Get over there now and sign up because the contests are only open a few more days... if baby blankets don't interest you then you can either
a) win them and give them to me
b) check thru bloggy carnival at to enter other contests for tasties like chocolate, cute purses, jewelry, makeup...

Gosh, I get back there and at some point I have to sleep so I can function tomorrow...


Monday, January 26, 2009

Bloggy Giveaways

Today I learned about bloggy giveaways at!

Frugal Mommy of 2 girls has a giveaway for an Italian feast this week! It features a full gourmet Italian meal for 4 people in the basket pictured here. It has pesto, toast, pasta, sauce, cookies and coffee! YUMMO!
Head over there in the next few days to get your own entry in. Sounds like a tasty dinner for me and DH and a couple of our choice if I win!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Baby Dipper Giveaway

If you've got a baby on the brain too, consider entering a giveaway over at The Dirty Shirt. Right now there is a "Baby Dipper Review and Giveaway" which has the coolest little bowl and spoon set. While it's charming for feeding an infant, it's necessary for a toddler.

WHY? It's designed so that toddlers, who are just learning to manipulate spoons and food, can have better control and actually get food onto their own utensils (and hopefully into their mouths!).

For more information on this product and the inventor checkout

It's cute and functional. I've entered to win one. What are you waiting for?

Still thinking about babies...

DH and I are still talking about trying for a baby this year. I'm nervous as I get older that it's going to take a while to stick. I'm nervous that as I get into my 30s the baby is predisposed to horrible conditions. I'm going to be a nervous nellie the entire 9 months. Who am I kidding???

MIL and I went virtual shopping together for several hours last night- baby outfits, baby nursery, maternity clothes. We didn't buy anything. We just went window shopping. I told her we haven't started trying yet (which is true) because I don't want her asking for a progress report each month ;)

This is one of the many cute goodies we found in our hours of research tonight. I think it's bad luck to plan a nursery and closet of clothes for a baby that doesn't exist yet. At least we haven't actually started shopping yet...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Monogram THIS!

Monogrammed Teacher at is celebrating 100 posts with a giveaway!

Head over to her blog today to win this cute monogrammed black tote! You can personalize the tote with your own monogram, font, and thread colors! It's super cute. I have about 3 tote styles in mind...
Contest ends Friday. Hurry over today and share some love!

Monday, January 19, 2009

What's in your cup?

One of my favorite drinks in the world is a cup of hot cocoa. Of course I love to try new things and lately I've been enjoying a sampler pack from Swiss Miss that we got as a gift for the holidays. There's lots of tasty new cocoa flavors to try and it warms me up on a cool day. I've been having a cup of that daily this month!

I also made that pumpkin soup last week and it turned out ok. It was too sweet for my preferences but DH really enjoyed it in a cup with his sandwiches this week to stay warm. I tried to upload some photos of the process but that's proving a bit too difficult with blogger... suffice it to say I'm pleased that I created something edible!

Warm beverages and soup in our cups really helps keep our heating costs lower in the winter too. It's amazing what 2 minutes in the microwave can do for your body!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

There's a baby on this brain

Lately I seem to be really hormonal. I want babies now. I have always loved children and have worked with them full-time since graduating college despite an initial college degree that had nothing to do with kids. I can't help it. I love kids. And I feel I really want to be a mother. We have reconsidered whether or not we are ready for children and whether we can support them. We fear we'll be sorry with our choice after its made and won't be able to take it back.

But I can't help but want them right now nonetheless. DH thinks we should wait one more year. I worry that if we don't start accepting them soon that they will never come. When will it be my time?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Until Jan 15th, download free financial advice...

For those who like Suze...

Oprah is offering a free copy of Suze's Orman's 2009 action plan for download on her website until January 15th. Just click the link below and instantly have access to this financial advice. I haven't read it yet but I'm adding it to my reading list this week!


Thursday, January 8, 2009


JCrew is having a great sale this week. Here's a peek at a few of my purchases:

Food Storage

Are we going into another depression?

Will there be enough food?

I found a new site through another blogger I read today.

It's called Fun with Food Storage. It has lots of practical tips about buying food you can store, how to store the food you bought, and how to use the food you bought to make practical, sensible meals. It has frequent blog posts, videos, and, for a limited time this week, A GIVEAWAY!

I've gotta get back over there and catch up on all that I've missed by not seeing it yet. But, be sure to stop by the site by clicking here if food storage interests you at all!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

My Chicken Soup Flopped

Where do I start?

DH and I attempted to make chicken stock. Recipe 1.1 from Martha. I don't need to tell you that I need more than a little help with learning how to cook.

Once we completed our basic stock we tried to convert it to a chicken soup. DH didn't feel the chickens were cooked enough after their bath stock. We didn't have a meat thermometer. So we put them in the crockpot to cook on low while we slept overnight. We burned them (reference picture above). I thought you couldn't overcook things on low in the crockpot?

We ended up with very bland soup and burned 5 lbs of cornish hens.
How did this happen? Did accidentally forgetting the bay leaf at the store really destroy the recipe?? What happened to that improvisational thing you cooks always do with ease and panache? I threw in some Mrs. Dash Italian seasoning... it had bay leaves...
Why can't I master even the most basic chicken soup with Martha's patient guidance.

Needless to say I put that pumpkin soup on standby for this week...

Thursday, January 1, 2009

My 2009 Goals

I've made my goal list for the New Year and thought I'd share it here.

Feel free to email me or comment if you catch me forgetting my goals at some point :)

2009 goals
-Increase weekly quality time with husband from 1 date/week at present where we really try to connect with one another
-Enjoy an international vacation together this winter (we love to travel!)
-Celebrate our 2nd anniversary with a coastal trip later this spring
-Plan at least 1 trip to see each of our families in their respective states (parents, sisters, brother, extended family)
-Continue community work/leadership
-Further develop our spiritual knowledge
-Try blogging!
-Continue funding retirement accounts
-Finish saving for a downpayment (goal: $2k/month)
-Sell excess belongs in preparation for a move and put all of that into downpayment account
-Eat healthily and maintain weight limiting white sugar/flour
-Learn to cook 1-2 new meals/week
-Exercise 5 days/week
-Continue education (complete 18/24 credits necessary to graduate!)