Sunday, December 30, 2012

PICK YOUR PLUM WINNER AND CHRISTMAS WRAP UP

WELL HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
How was your Christmas? 
Mine was o.k.
I got the flu for Christmas. Nice, huh? 
But hey, I got to see it snow from my bedroom window
so that was NICE.
:)



 I'd say we got about 5 inches and more is 
expected next week ((fingers crossed))

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It seems this past month I just couldn't catch a break in regards to my health.
So you bet I'm ready for a new month and a new year.
I have SO many great things planned for this little ole blog and
my photography business. 
It's exciting isn't it?
Making plans, and all.
Anywho, since I've been laid up in bed for the better part of three weeks (first in the hospital with another TIA and then my bedroom-YUCK) I've had way too much time on my iPad
looking up cool apps and websites to share with y'all.
 The first one is Next Issue. This is a little pricey at $24.95 a month but you get to read a lot of magazines on your iPad for that amount and if you're a voracious magazine reader, I think it pays off. They had a sweet deal when I joined - 30 days free, then $7.95 for months two and three. I'm still debating whether I'll keep it after the trial. You can find Next Issue on facebook. Check them out: Next Issue for Ipad
Next, is one I just found today. 
I can now peruse my favorite catalogs and some new ones I'd never checked out before on this free app 
you can even dogear the pages. Cool huh?
The next one is Gas Buddy. You simply punch in your zip code and it tells you the cheapest gas prices nearest to you.
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But now I want to announce the winner of the PYP giveaway:

            Entry #9 jess you are the winner!! I just sent you an email so please contact me with your shipping info so I can send it in to the good folks at Pick Your Plum.
And for everyone else, don't forget to visit my link on the right hand side there>>>>> and sign up with them so you can get in on some AWESOME deals. Also, go to their facebook page and like them. You won't regret it.
Please, don't forget to enter my Memories Digital Scrapbooking software going on now. 
I have extended the deadline to one more week because I've been sick and I want to show you guys some awesome layouts I'll be working on. It's serioulsy awesome!!
You can even make your own calendars.
I'm serious. Nobody has entered this giveaway -yet!!
I'll be back to share more with you all sweets, as soon as I get to feeling 100%.
In the mean time
Feliz Año!!

xoxo 
Patty  
     

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tis the Season to Be Thankful

This has been a long and painful week. I was saddened to wake up last Friday to the horrifying news in Connecticut. My heart goes out to all affected. 
I've been moving a bit slow lately. You see a week ago Saturday we had a scare (again) here at our house at my expense.
I suffered a mild stroke, (no bleeding this time thank the good LORD) but I did spend 4 days hospitalized.
I got to have a lumbar puncture and subsequently a blood patch to patch up a leak of CSF in my spine.
NOT.FUN.
But you know what? I am still here. I am still able to hug my children and cuddle in my bed with my little guy.
And even though my house is a mess, with boxes of ornaments that haven't been hung, a bare Christmas tree upstairs (I promise I'll get to it) and the stockings laying by the chimney with care (I'll hang them eventually), my kids are thankful. When I asked my kids what they wanted for Christmas and to please write out their wish lists, the lists only contained one or two things. 
And all three stated that the one thing they wanted was for me to be here. Alive. Able to hug them. Able to kiss them. Able to laugh with them.
I agree. We should celebrate these moments every day.
You never know when you'll get that last hug from your loved one.
I should know. I feel I've cheated (not sure if that's the right word) death three times.  I've been pretty close. But I'm still here. 
I guess childrens' wishes do come true.
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In the spirit of Christmas I do wish to leave you with what little decor I have put up.
I had SO many grand ideas. 
They'll have to wait until next year.

So here you go:
This $5 Martha Stewart Tree has gone thru several different transformations. I like to take my tree pics late at night, when everyone else is asleep-
 
This year I kept it simple by adding the ornaments and three teddy bears with each of my kids' initials. I think I'll start a tradition of personalized ornaments :)
 to see how I've decorated this white tree before click 

We, of course, added a little village underneath:
  We are searching for a Christmas train to add to next year :D

Like I said I like to take pics at night when everything is quiet. 
Our Christmas tree in the dining room :
 I like the glow of the twinkling lights across the floor and onto other decorations such as this new wreath I got:
 This year I thought I'd try a coffee table centerpiece using inspiration via Pinterest:


 I used one of my soda crates and filled it with mason jars. 
I then put a battery operated candle inside each. Doesn't it make a pretty glow? 
Very simple and inexpensive since I already had everything I needed. 
My mantle is very simple this year. Like I mentioned no stockings hung yet.

    
   And last but not least: My front porch. I took the JOY sign from Pinterest as well with my own twist. Instead of painting the letters on I simply glued the ones I already had from the year before!
 And there you  have it. Christmas at our house. 
Have a great week everyone!
xoxo 
Patty

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