and the winner is...

Christy!!! I did the drawing the old fashioned way. I wrote everyone's name on pieces of paper, multiple times depending on how many entries had been earned. Then I had my DH draw a name. So Christy, send me an email with your address and I will get your goodies in the mail!


Happy Blogiversary! I love your blog and have enjoyed getting to know you through it. I am already subscribed so this should count as 2 entries, right? I'll head on over to my blog and post the link now for #3! Cute giveaway! I told my MIL the other day that I think I'd like to make cards - if only I could make them as cute as you do. Maybe this giveaway would give me a good start? :)

Thanks to everyone for playing along...I look forward to another year of blogging with you!


Creative Corner...Limelight Sketch Challenge

It's time for another Limelight Papercrafts Sketch Challenge!!

The details:
* Sketch & Product challenge w/a focus on FLOWERS (Primas, stamped, dp, etc...)
* Uploads to SCS should have the keyword: LLPC015.
* Post a comment with a link to your card on Mandy's blog by Sunday, February 22nd , at midnight EST to be in the drawing to win your choice of Primas!

This card was so much fun to create! I colored my first Bella image! I just love these girls! I also had fun making the paper flowers in the bottom corner. I just randomly cut some flower shapes out of designer paper and crumpled them a bit to add some dimension. I layered 2 together and then added a button and rhinestone for the centers! I saw the idea on K.Warner's blog. For the sentiment, I didn't really have a stamp that I liked...so i just hand wrote it!

Paper ~ white, eggplant, Target $ paper
Stamps ~ billybootabella

Ink ~ black, copics, SU markers..eggplant, teal, celery
Accessories ~ rhinestone, button


Blog Candy...

Stop by Jacilyn's blog for a chance to win some great blog candy!

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway...you have until Saturday night to enter. I will post the winner on Sunday!

Product Review...Ecostore

Meijer will soon be carrying a new product line in their stores called Ecostore. The company creates eco-friendly, inexpensive household cleaning products. I was recently given the opportunity to try a couple of these products. They are made from plant and mineral based ingredients, free of toxic chemicals. "No Nasty Chemicals" is the foundation of the entire product line, so I was eager to try them out.

I am very sensitive to smell and most cleaners have such a strong smell I get a headache using them. Using the Naturally Antibacterial Spray Cleaner was such a different story. The smell is light and doesn't seem to linger. I used it in the kitchen and bathroom. Surfaces looked and felt clean without giving me a headache! The Plant Based Laundry Liquid had a slightly stronger smell than the spray cleaner but it still wasn't a harsh scent. My clothes felt soft and had a nice fresh scent after being washed in the laundry liquid.

Check your local Meijer store for the availability of these products. If you don't have a Meijer store in your area and are interested in trying these products, they can be purchased online at Ecostore USA.



Check out these new free samples from Wal-mart!

Viva Paper Towels...These are my favorite! I couldn't resist a free sample of them!

Huggies Baby Wipes...When you have kids you can never have enough wipes!


It's My Blogiversary!

I can't believe that I have been blogging for 1 year! It has been so much fun to share my two cents of creativity with you! Hope you have enjoyed at least some of the posts along the way. So to celebrate I have a little blog candy to giveaway. I decided to go with a purple theme since that is one of my favorite colors! The winner will receive...an assortment of all things PURPLE... papers, buttons, eyelets, ribbon, flower die cut, spiral punch and eggplant stamp spot.

You have 3 chances to enter. The first one is simple...just leave a comment on this post. For a second entry, add a link to your blog saying that I have blog candy to giveaway then leave me a comment saying you did so. For a third entry, subscribe to get my blog updates...then leave me a comment saying you signed up! If you already subscribe, that can count as an entry...just comment letting me know! I will pick a winner at random on Saturday, February 21st.

Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ honey coconut salmon, broccoli pasta dish, corn, bread

Tuesday ~ spinach/mushroom crescent ring, salad, apple slices

Wednesday ~ chicken caesar burgers, tater tots, salad

Thursday ~ veggie noodle soup, peanut butter sandwiches

Friday ~ deer steaks, mac & cheese, tomato slices, bread

Visit Org Junkie for more recipes!


Meijer at a glance...2/15 - 2/21

Meijer gallon milk.... 2/$4 (can you believe it...$2 milk!...haven't seen that in awhile)

Buy any 5 Kelloggs Cereals or Nutri Grain Bars... 5/$10...get 1 Meijer Gallon Milk FREE! (excludes Chocolate or Organics)

10 for $10 get 11th free...I have listed just a few of the many items:

Green Giant Box or Bag Vegetables
.50/2 coup 01/04 GM

Quaker Rice Cakes
$1.25/1 coup 01-18 RP

Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream Cups 3.5 oz

Stove Top Stuffing Mix 5-6 oz

Aunt Millies English Muffins 6 ct
.35/1 coup 01/11 RP

Kraft Barbecue Sauce

Knorr Rice or Pasta Sides 4.5-7 oz
.60/1 coup 01/18 RP

Angel Soft Bath Tissue 4 pk


Blog Candy Giveaways!

Check out these great giveaways!

***Basic Grey...cupcakes...MS punch...
Drawing is 2/14 HERE at Kristen's blog!

***AWESOME giveaway!!!
Drawing is 2/15 at Little Bit of Life

***AMAZING blog candy!!
Ends 2/17 HERE at The Card Grotto


Valentine ideas...

Valentines Day is just 2 days away...so you better get creating those cards and other yummies! If you don't know where to begin, I have a few ideas to share with you.


An easy way to make cards is just with construction paper and markers! You can be as fancy or simple as you like. Throw in some patterned paper, punches, glitter, stickers, buttons, etc...the possibilities are endless! Or you could also just print off some valentines from any of these great sites....

Family Fun Everything Valentine's

DTLK's Printable Valentine's Cards

Fisher-Price Print & Color Cards

Disney Valentine's Day Printables


My favorite thing to do is make hearts out of things! Brownies, cookies, jello, sandwiches, pancakes and rice krispies are all fun things to cut hearts out of. These are all simple and fairly inexpensive things to make and just by cutting a heart shape out of them you get a special treat for a special person!

Do you have any other creative ideas? I would love to hear about them!


Cool Giveaway...

CentsibleSawyer is giving away an 8GB iPod Touch. She says...Thanks to Walmart, Nestle, Russell Stover, and M&M candies, the Eleven Moms have a wonderful opportunity to giveaway an Apple iPod touch 8 GB (2nd Generation) + a $10 iTunes gift card away! Go here to see how you can enter to win!

Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ turkey burgers, tater tots, tomato slices, apple slices

Tuesday ~ almond coconut tilapia, salad, corn

Wednesday ~ crock pot chicken tacos, chips & queso, orange slices

Thursday ~ hobo meatball stew, toasted cheese sandwiches, apple slices

Friday ~ deer steaks, broccoli pasta dish, corn

Visit Org Junkie for more recipes!

Creative Corner...Scrap Club

2009 scrap club is off to a good start. Here is my January layout!

Meijer at a glance...2/08 - 2/14

Just a few deals I see at Meijer this week...

Aunt Millie's breads...$1.29
$.35 in the 1/11 RP Insert (exp 3/31)

General Mills Cereals (assorted varieties)...$2.00
$.55 on Honey Nut and $.75 on Multi-Grain Cheerios Printable here
Several printables here

Nature Valley Bars, Curves Bars, Chex Bars, Fiber One Bars...$2.00
$.60 on Chex Bars, Curves, and Nature Valley Printable here
$.50 Nature Valley in the 1/4 SS Insert (exp 2/28)
$.50 on Fiber One in the 1/4 SS Insert (exp 2/28)
$.50 on Chex Bars in the 2/8 SS Insert (exp 4/4)

Progresso Soups...$1.25
$1.10 Printable here

Wishbone Salad Dressing...$1.25
$.75 Printable here
$1 on 2 in the 1/4 RP Insert (exp 2/28)
$.75 on Spritzers in the 1/4 RP Insert (exp 2/28)

Yoplait Kids Yogurt, Fiber One or Yo-Plus...$2.00
$1.50 on Kids Printable here
$1 on 2 Kids and $1 on Fiber One and Yo-Plus Printables here
$1 on Yo-Plus Printable here
$1.50 on Yo-Plus Printable here
$1 on 2 Kids and $1 on Yo-Plus Printable here

Betty Crocker Fruit Gushers, Rollups or Stickerz...$1.67
$.50 on 2 in the 11/4 SS Insert (exp 2/28)
$.50 on 2 in the 2/8 SS Insert (exp 4/4)
$.75 on 2 Printable here

Chex Mix...$1.00
$.60 Printable here
$1 on 5 via Meijer Mealbox

Macaroni Grill Dinners...$2.99
$1 Printable here
$1 on 2 via Meijer Mealbox

Buy a Fusion or Venus Razor & Refill Blades: Get a FREE $10 Meijer Gift Card
$4 on Fusion in the 2/8 P&G Insert (exp 3/31)
$2 on Venus in the 2/8 P&G Insert (exp 3/31)

Be sure to check out the Meijer Mealbox for extra savings on various items. Also, for more deals check out your local ad here!


Creative Corner...Limelight Sketch Challenge

Another challenge this week is from Limelight Papercrafts. The product focus this week is pink bling! How fun is that?!
Paper ~ white, bittersweet paper pad
Stamps ~ words from "all year cheer"...SU
Ink ~ choc chip markers
Accessories ~ rhinestones, heart punch, oval cutters, curly label punch

Creative Corner...Dutch Dare Card Challenge

This challenge was to create a love themed card using no pink or red! I combined this challenge with a color challenge here. Here is what I came up with...
Paper ~ so saffron, old olive, teal, white, loves me SU dp
Stamps ~ very punny...SU
Ink ~ old olive & more mustard markers
Accessories ~ ribbon, eyelet/brad, scallop circle punch
, scalloped edge scissors


Printable Savings...

Save $1.50 on any 4 pack of Yoplus yogurt.

Go here and here to print a $0.75/1 and a $0.30/1 Del Monte 50% Less Salt canned vegetables coupon.

Get a $1.10/1 Progresso soup here.

Go here for a $1.00/1 Bisquick mix.


Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ veggie noodle soup, salad, bread

Tuesday ~ salmon, rice, corn, grapes

Wednesday ~ slow cooker lemon garlic chicken, green beans, apple slices

Thursday ~ spinach/mushroom crescent ring, salad, pineapple

Friday ~ turkey burgers, tomato slices, apple slices

Visit Org Junkie for more recipes!

Meijer at a glance...2/01 - 2/07

It's another 10/$10 get the 11th free sale at Meijer this week! There are quite a good selection of items, most being Meijer brand.
  • Avocados

  • Del Monte Fruit Naturals 8 oz

  • Flat or Curly Leaf Spinach 10 oz

  • Meijer 8 ct Pastry Treats

  • Meijer Fruit Snacks

  • Meijer Brown & Serve White or Wheat Rolls 12 ct pkg

  • Meijer Crescent Rolls

  • Meijer Big & Flaky Biscuits

  • Meijer Cinnamon Rolls

  • Meijer Pizza Crust tube

  • Meijer Essentials Paper Towels - 1 roll

  • Meijer Facial Tissue Flat or Cube with Lotion

  • Meijer Fruit in Juice Syrup

  • Meijer Ground Turkey 16 oz pkg frozen

  • Meijer Lemonade, Pink Lemonade, Fruit Punch or Limeade 12 oz - frozen

  • Meijer Old Fashioned Soft Cookies 10-11 oz

  • Meijer Organics Whole White or Whole Mini Bella Mushrooms 8 oz pkg

  • Meijer Original, Thick & Chunky or Bean & Corn Salsa

  • Meijer Plastic Spoons, Fork or Combo 48 ct

  • Meijer Pretzels 9-15 oz

  • Meijer Shells & Cheese Dinner or Deluxe Mac & Cheese Dinner

  • Meijer Split Top White or Wheat Bread

  • Meijer Tomato or Vegetable Juice 46 oz can

  • Meijer Vegetables 16 oz - frozen

  • Yellow Onions 3 lb bag
For more deals check out your local ad here!