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Cradle Rock Giveaway!

15 Nov

Cradle Rock CDs featuring “Johnny Cash” “Kenny Chesney” and “Michael Jackson” are great for any ages!

Taken from their website“Cradle Rock” , a series of children’s lullaby albums produced and created by Brash Music and Tree Top Records, hit stores and digital distribution channels October 25th. Cradle Rock uses vibraphones, glockenspiels and mellotrons to turn iconic songs and albums by top artists such as Kenny Chesney and Johnny Cash into naptime-friendly listening material. With Cradle Rock, parents can introduce their children to some of the greatest albums ever recorded including the first ever urban album turned into lullabies, Michael Jackson’s Thriller (released 29 years ago November 30th).

You may think these are parody music, but they aren’t.  They are instrumental remakes of the classics.  They are great “background” music for a party or while you’re doing something around the house. I really enjoyed listening to the soft music and I’m sure Elizabeth will too when she gets just a little bit older.

To Win the 3 CDs listed at the top (Please leave a separate comment for each entry!):

1. Comment below with your favorite song by one of the 3 artists above

2. Follow me on twitter (ninabeth19)

3.  Blog about this giveaway on your site

[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”]

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Butter Bell Winner

15 Nov

Sponsored by Tomoson.com

Hello!!  I am SO SO sorry that it’s taken me this long to update!  I have a crazy life now with Elizabeth.  I wouldn’t change it for anything though!!

Congrats to Terri at PennyAnnPoundwise!

Please email me (ninabeth19 at gmail dot com) your address within 24 hours and we’ll get it shipped to you!

Soooo, to make this up to y’all, what would you say to a WEEK’S worth of giveaways?!  Okay!  I’ll post the first one in just a little bit.  Get ready for some fun!!

Gardening!

2 May

So, I’ve gotten two “angry” emails this week about my lack of blog updates, so I figured I better start blogging to stop the hate mail. 🙂  Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of things!

Most of you should remember that John and I just bought a house and moved.  The front garden had a lot to be desired.  Our neighbor told us that no one had ever done anything to it.  Here’s a before picture of it:

There isn’t a whole lot to see, except for a crooked green tree in front of the window.  The larger tree in the yard was taken out before we moved in to the house.  A few weekends ago, John’s dad and step-mom took us to a gardening store to buy some plants for the front flower bed.  We looked and looked until we found the perfect plants.  I’ve since forgotten the names of most of them, sorry. 🙂

Here’s a picture of it now (when I say now, I mean that literally, I just went outside and stood in the rain to capture the pictures, just for each of you! 🙂 ):

I just couldn’t stand to throw the crooked tree away, so we dug it up and planted it on the right corner of the area.  Hopefully it’ll start growing straight!

Here’s a close up of the tree when it was blooming a few weeks ago.

I also got two hydrangea plants for the front porch.  I’m excited to find out if they are going to be blue or pink!  Any guesses?

I know these aren’t the best pictures, but I was getting rained on, so at least I have a good excuse!

(Your turn now Katy. 🙂 )

Decorating!

31 Mar

It seems like I have been sooo busy lately.  I don’t really know what it is, but it’s driving me crazy!  I just want time to completely unpack and decorate and just enjoy my new house!

I have had a little bit of time to work on the dining room.  John’s mom, Denise, helped me pick out curtain fabric.  Two weeks ago I made my first set of curtains!  My mom came over the second night and helped sew on the beads, but other than that, I made them!

I also got coordinating fabric and recovered the dining room chairs.

Before

After

Much better I think!!

Hopefully there will be lots more decorating posts soon!

Another Cupcake Order

24 Mar

 So, it seems like the fact that I make cakes and I enjoy it, is getting around.  A few weeks ago the owner of my company asked if I could make 3 dozen cupcakes for a presentation she’s doing.  Of course!  But then I started thinking… this lady could fire me if I screw up… (not that she would!! but she does have that power…) So I started getting really nervous.  I made some “trial” cupcakes two weeks ago for work; everyone seemed to really enjoy them, so I thought I was off on the right track. 

I baked the cupcakes last weekend and froze them.  Then, I did the characters and made the icing last night/this morning.  I think they turned out really really cute!  The Characters are in the Software we sell. 

The Characters in the first column are (from top to bottom) Millie, Sammy, Bailey, and Trudy.  In the second column are Noodle (he changes colors).  And in the last column are verb frog, a hedgehog (I don’t know his name, but he’s the one I like the least), noun dog, and monkey (I don’t know his name either).

I absolutely love love love my cupcake courier!!  My fabulous Mother-In-Law got it for me at Christmas.  Thanks so much Denise!!!  I love that I can carry 3 dozen cupcakes at one time.  I love that the cupcakes don’t jiggle or move when I’m transporting them.  I love that the layers are tall enough that I can decorate the cupcakes as tall as I want and not have to worry about the layer on top smooshing them.  They are one of the best inventions ever (okay, maybe not ever, but they’re pretty darn cool!).  If you know a baker, buy them one and they’ll be so grateful!!

It’s officially Spring with all the Thunderstorms and Tornado Warnings.  Here are a few pictures that John took last night… He’s getting pretty good I think!!

Not My Fault…

11 Mar

I’m all geared up to write about my FIRST WEDDING CAKE ORDER, and photobucket is doing maintenance…. stupid website. 🙂 Hopefully it’ll be up and running soon.

Why I've been absent lately…

8 Mar

Okay, so I know I said I was going to post more often, and I haven’t, but I think I have a really good excuse this time.  John and I bought a house!!

My old (old as in not my current boss, not that she’s old) boss recently moved to South Carolina and her house was for sale.  I pleaded and begged and finally talked John into just looking at her house.  It was gorgeous!! But a little bit (30K) outside of our price range.  But suprisingly, John asked to look at more houses so we looked for about 1.5 weeks and fell in love with this house.  It’s in an amazing neighborhood and we got it at a great price.   We closed on Monday and have been slowly moving in since then.  Did I mention that we started looking in January?  So this entire process has been about 2 months, talk about a whirlwind!!  Here are some pictures of the house.  I’ll update with more pictures as we get things moved in and decorated.

My amazing kitchen!!

We have a different fridge than what’s in the picture above.  It look almos tlike that one but the handles are black.

Here’s the living room, looking back to the kitchen.

Another view of the kitchen from the hallway.  I love the fireplace!

And if that hasn’t been busy enough, I also took on my very first wedding cake order that was due yesterday!!  And we’re going on a vacation with John’s mom, stepdad, brother and his wife to Colorado!  We leave on Saturday.  Yes, I think I may be 1/2 crazy. But it’ll all be fun!  I’ll update with cake pictures tomorrow.

P.S. If you know of any good blogs with decorating advice, let me know in a comment!