Saturday, July 31, 2010

More Christmas out there!

We saw delightful things in the stores this weekend.  Love these skates.  They had sparkle on them which doesn't show up well in this photo.  I added a Mizzou tree to my home last year... I had to take a photo of their Mizzou tree for inspiration!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wreaths for Veterans

Ordering a Christmas wreath in July seems pretty odd but if you order from the Worchester Wreath Company before the end of July you will receive a 20% discount.  Good way to save money and honor our veterans.


You may have heard of the Wreaths Across America program that was started in 1992 by Morrill Worchester.  Mr. Worchester is the founder of the Worchester Wreath Company. Over 400 wreath laying ceremonies occur across America.  If you order the Patriot Pair, a wreath is sent to your home and to a veteran's gravesite.  Since 1992 the Worchester Wreath Company has given approximately 5,000 wreaths to veterans.  Now the program is called Wreath Across America, which gave over 100,000 wreaths to Arlington Cemetery last year.

The Worchester Wreath Company is the only wreath company to manage its own forest.  Trimmings for wreaths are rotated among the trees to allow the tree to remain vigorous and to allow the tips to grow back for future harvests.  There are 4,000 acres in the forest to manage and yet each wreath is made within 24 hours of harvesting the branches.

Located in Maine, the Worchester Wreath Company started in 1971 and is a family owned business.  Besides balsam wreaths, the company makes designer wreaths for every occasion.

When ordering, go to the search engine and type in Patriot Pair.  That will take you to the right spot!

Thanks to Tammy at Enter with a Christmas Heart  for the inspiration for this article.
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Winners of the Klipboards

We had 27 comments and a total of 41 entries (with followers and recommendations) so I thought, what the heck... I will give both boards away!

The winners are..... (drum roll)




Congratulations girls!

Email me at with your snail mail address so I can send you your Klipboard and you can start organizing your Christmas things!

One favor... could you please post about your winning and link it back to this blog?  The more Christmas lovers the merrier!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Christmas in July Giveaway!

Hello all you Christmas fans!

Many people are out there today watching QVC for special deals and the newest in holiday decorating.  I am experimenting with potato chip cookies, singing carols and just having a really good time.

For everyone that posts TODAY you will be entered into a drawing for one of these darling klipboards.  Yep, I spelled that correctly, KLIPBOARDS.  If you send your friends to sign up, you will get two entries!  Make sure they tell me your name so I give the proper credit to the right person!  If you follow this blog, add another entry into the pool!

These were made by Amy Pierce who has a darling Etsy shoppe full of fun klipboards.  Her Etsy site can be found at

Here's what she says on her site:

I've been making these unique, one-of-a-kind clipboards for years and have sold over 1500 of them, having many happy customers. I decorate both sides, sealing the front and back as well as the edges with several coats of sealers to make sure the paper doesn't peel - they are extremely durable!!
Once they are sold, I NEVER relist my clipboards and you are guaranteed that your clipboard will not be duplicated - ALL are ONE OF A KIND!!!!

There are many uses for these clipboards:
*display on an iron stand for decoration, a family message center or use one in the kitchen to hold recipes
*use to hold your shopping list/coupons when you go shopping
*use as a writing lapboard in the car (my daughter loves this!)
*hang on your wall for decoration or to hold lists, notes, etc.
*lapboard for doing homework
*as a unique picture frame/holder
*as a .......clipboard!!!

If we hit 50 comments, I will give both klipboards away!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Yummy Cocktails!

Ashley and I took advantage of our herb harvest to make two wonderful drinks that would be perfect for gift giving at Christmas.  They are wonderful!

To make these wonderful drinks, do the following:

Mix together 3 cups of sugar, 4 c mint leaves, 2 cups of fresh lemon juice, 1 cup of water and the rinds from the lemons into a large kettle.  Bring to a boil then remove from the heat.  Let steep about 20 minutes.  Strain the seeds, rind, and leaves from the liquid, pushing out what liquid gets trapped into the leaves.  Strain until the liquid is clear.  Pour into 8 oz canning jars. 

Make the drink by pouring two oz of the cordial into an 8 oz glass.  Add ice and fill up with sparkling water.  Or, if you want a little kick, add about an ounce of vodka to the glass before you add the ice and water. Enjoy!

To give as a gift, add a cute ribbon and the recipe for making the drink.  It would be quite cute to give a cocktail glass along with the drink mix!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Vacation Shopping

Hello!  Here's a few fun photos of Christmas I found while on vacation!