Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dreaming About Cooler Weather.

Once upon a time I lived in Boulder, Colorado. I went to college at the University of Colorado way back in the nineties. I only stayed (less than) a year, but I loved loved loved it there. Too expensive of a school for this out-of-state gal, but I've always dreamed of going back at some point.

My aunt lives in Boulder, and this is how I discovered the town in the first place. It's small, but still close to any amenity you could want. The landscape is beautiful and the people are very friendly. It's also a very artsy community. Which I love. Heck, I went to college seeking an art degree. Not quite sure how I ended up with a law degree, but strange things happen! I like to look at Boulder real estate online sometimes and dream a bit. It's an expensive town, but I think you get what you pay for. Have I mentioned that it's absolutely beautiful there?

Colorado real estate in general is fun for me too look at. I live in hot, flat, Florida, so it's great to dream about living near the mountains and enjoying the change in seasons. Can you believe my husband and kids have never (ever!) even seen snow? Kind of tragic. The year I lived in Boulder, we had the biggest snow storm seen in over twenty years and three feet of snow fell overnight. It was amazingly fun! I lived in New Jersey for law school and that was nice, because it wasn't always hot, but the snow was nothing like Colorado snow. You can't beat the fluffy white dry snow that falls in the midwest. On the east coast it turns to muddy slush right away, but not in Colorado!

Unfortunately, my immediate family loves Florida, so I don't think we'll be making a move any time soon. It won't stop me from dreaming, though! And, maybe if we win the lottery... a second home?
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***The story is my own, but please note, this was a compensated post.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bertolli Sauce and Wine Pairing Giveaway

Thanks to Bertolli, one lucky reader will receive a gift set with all of the tools to prepare a delicious Bertolli meal at home!

From Bertolli:
"Bertolli Sauces cover the best of Italian sauces – everything from classic to complex in a variety of sixteen different red and white sauces. With this giveaway specifically, we’re featuring our Bertolli® Olive Oil & Garlic Sauce in our Baked Gnocchi with Two Cheeses and Walnuts recipe. This recipe pairs together fresh mozzarella and Parmesan Linkcheeses with hearty gnocchi and fragrant basil for a dish you’re sure to love! The dish also pairs perfectly with the fruit and acidity of a rich Barbera wine, as you’ll learn from the video clip."

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To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite Italian food. One comment per entrant, please. Contest is available to US residents only. Contest ends Friday, July 29, 2011 at midnight, Eastern time.

Please note, this contest is being run independently and I was compensated with a gift set of my own from Bertolli.
I reserve the right to cancel or change this contest at any time for any reason. I maintain no liability for any alleged harm borne of this contest and/or product or for product or sponsor failure. This contest is void where prohibited. By entering this contest you acknowledge having read and accepted my contest policies.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Advil® Congestion Relief

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*Please note, this was a compensated post.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Vacation, Oh Vacation. Where Art Thou?

My husband and I never went on a honeymoon. We were uber responsible and put all of what little money we had when we got married into purchasing a home. We then promptly went back to work the Monday after our wedding.

Not a plan I would suggest to anyone. Seriously, dumb.

I wish someone had told me to live a little and take a trip. Instead everyone said "Oh! You're so responsible! How smart!" I basked in the glory of being brilliant. Too bad it was one of the dumbest decisions I ever made.

Ah well, if that's the dumbest, then I guess I'm doing okay.

About a year after we were hitched, we visited St. Augustine for a few nights and dubbed it our 'sort-of, kind-of' honeymoon. It totally wasn't. My boss called and harassed me the whole time, and we were still too hung up on being careful with our money. But it was a nice long weekend.

Now, nearly eight years in, with three kids and more on the mind, the idea of a vacation seems like a dream. One day we'll go somewhere exotic. Maybe get a Bali villa rental at the Bali Villas Seminyak? I could live with that.

Just not another staycation. Please.
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***The story is my own, but please note, this was a compensated post.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hallmark Recordable Storybook - GIVEAWAY

Before leaving for Blissdom, the amazing sponsors sent out a package full of goodies to each of the attendees. Hallmark was so unbelievably thoughtful and included a Hallmark Recordable Storybook, so we could read to our children even when we weren't actually there. Seriously, I barely made it through the book without crying.

At Blissdom, I had the pleasure of meeting the Hallmark folks in person and what a charming bunch of folks they are! So charming, in fact, they want me to give you one of the same books I received, the Hallmark original story "All the Ways I Love You." It's a good one, I promise.


WIN IT!

One lucky commenter will win an the recordable story book featured above, courtesy of Hallmark!

How to Enter:

- Entries will be received in the comments section of this post. All entries will be verified. You MUST leave a valid email address with EACH entry, I will not hunt you down!

  • First entry (mandatory):Leave a comment telling me who would read your recordable story book!

- Additional entries:

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That's a total of EIGHT entries!!!

But, wait! You can do this EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! So, it's more like a total of eight BAJILLION(ish) possible entries!!!

The contest will run from now until March 2, 2011, midnight Orlando, Florida time. Winners will be picked by random number generator and will be notified by email. Winners have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. U.S. addresses only, please.

I was not compensated for this review, aside from the sample referred to herein-above. I reserve the right to cancel or change this contest at any time for any reason. I maintain no liability for any alleged harm borne of this contest and/or product or for product or sponsor failure. This contest is void where prohibited. By entering this contest you acknowledge having read and accepted my contest policies.