Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday Giveaway! FREE Singing Lessons

Merry Cyber Monday!


You can enter to WIN a FREE 30 min. voice lesson and also GIVE a friend or family member a FREE 30 min. voice lesson.
(a $120 value).

Because lessons are offered online via Skype, you can live anywhere and win.

Offer expires 12/2/11 at midnight MST.

How to Enter

Complete these steps to enter to win (don't forget step #3 or else I wont know you entered):

Like Charlie Pants Music's Facebook Page. Click HERE

Copy and paste this paragraph including link below on YOUR Facebook wall or Twitter.

I want to win & give a FREE voice lesson with Charlie Pants Music. Method to 120 Grammy Winners. Lessons are done via Skype so anyone can take lessons. So cool!

Post on Charlie Pants Music's facebook page saying why you want to win and a winner will be chosen at random on Friday, December 2, 2011.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Using a Leather Skirt to fix an Antique Chair

A couple of weeks ago I was shopping at Switch Boutique, a cute clothing consignment store in Louisville, CO, and I found this fantastic green/gold leather skirt from the GAP that I just had to have. Plus it was $13 and 100% leather. Score.  I tried it on and it didn't fit.  Sadly I skulked to the rack to put it back, when I had a thought,  I am going to use this leather and make something fantastic out of it like a pillow or chair cover or something. 

I found this fabulous old antique chair at 8th & Pearl Antiques in Boulder, CO.

This is what I did.

I got cardboard and drew an outline of the chair seat hole to make a template and then cut the template out of the cardboard.

 Then I traced the template onto a beg board (you could use particle board).

 Then I got to use the jigsaw and cut out it. By myself.  I made sure to leave about a half inch extra all the way around so the wood sits on top of the chair hole.

 Fits perfectly.
 Then I needed to create a way to secure the wood insert it in the chair hole so I cut out 4 squares and glued them to the 4 corners on the inside of the wood.

 I bought a chair pad form at Hobby Lobby.  Make sure it is only 1" thick. I made the mistake of buying a 2" one and it was too thick and ended up having to thin it out with scissors, which was a major pain.  I secured the form on the peg board seat using toothpicks by poking them through underneath.  Then I cut the leather leaving about 2 inches of overlay on each side.  I folded the leather under and used furniture tacks to secure it in place.  The wood was incredibly hard and pounding the nails in was terribly difficult.  This was the only part where Paul had to help, but I will say I did about 99% of the project.

 What do you think?  Ta-da. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gold Glitter Toes

So apparently glitter is BACK! All over the blog-o-sphere I have been told to try gold glitter nail polish so when I got a pedicure last week I got gold glitter and now it looks like I have a toenail fungus.  Please don't be scared by my lint between my toes or my freakishly long toes. God made them that way (except for the lint, I did that!)  So today for Thanksgiving and the day of gratitude, I am so grateful I don't really have a toenail fungus.  For all you nail fungusions, I have heard that if you put lavender oil underneath your nails it will get rid of the fungus.

Here is my revision to the gold/silver glitter nail polish trend, if you have light skin do silver glitter polish and dark skin you can rock the gold.  Fair skin ladies stay away from the gold toenails aka fungus nails.

This is from Ampersand Design
Glitter!!! gold, silver, even rainbow flecks of sparkly, shiny glitter are showing up everywhere! It's almost like the six-year-old-version-of-myself has just been waiting for this level of pure sparkly fun to be acceptable for the adult-me!! Fashion, home decor, and beauty are all jumping on the glitter train! So, let's all come aboard, and don't save the glitz for something fancy! Wear  a sparkly bag with rolled up jeans. Wear glittery nails (or nail) during the day, and use the sparkly measuring spoons for breakfast!

Holiday Tradition & Gifts: Alicia from Mim&Meg Blog

So excited that fab fashion blogger, Alicia, from Cheetah is the New Black, is sharing her holiday picks & tradition with us!

1. J.Crew Printed iPad case / 2. Jonathan Adler eyelashes canister / 3. Jonathan Adler L Pillow / 4. J.Crew Invitation clutch in leopard / 5. Deborah Lippmann I Love the Nightlife / 6. Jo Malone Vintage Gardenia Home Candle / 7. Chloé Paraty Medium python and leather bag / 8. Warehouse Knit Leopard Mittens / 9. Malin + Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub / 10. Deborah Lippmann Shake your Groove Thing / 11. Dannijo Hixon necklace
This is from Cup of Jo
The perfect nail polish for the holidays.

Wedding Album Giveaway

from Ruffledblog

For the chance to win a free album, Head on over to Muujee’s Facebook fan page to enter their contest they are currently running! The contest runs through the end of November, so hurry up and spread the word.

Muujee Custom Wedding Albums + Giveaway!

Many of you may have your pictures on CD, but never actually found the time or money to put them in a book. With the help of Muujee, you can simply upload your images, choose the album format you like, and their team of creative graphic designers will craft a beautiful customized wedding album for you! Once the initial design is done, you can request as many revisions as needed before the album is printed, so you can rest assured you’ll be completely happy with it.
modern wedding albums by muujee
Whether you want an embossed leather-bound album, a colorful fabric covered album with a photo window, they offer professional quality albums that are far from your typical photo book. This is immediately apparent as you take a stroll through Muujee’s website.

wedding albums for brides

Other cool giveaway HERE at Cup of Jo, win this shoe and its match.  Good Luck!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fantastic Picture

I just couldn't resist posting this amazing picture. My brother-in-law, Aaron, is an amazing photographer and he took this photo of my niece the other night.

 You can see the rest HERE.

Oh man it makes me want to have a little blonde haired girl just like her. I love this picture.  So today I ask "Did your kids turn out to have the same hair color as you or did you get some random ginger and go...hmmm where did that come from?"  I want to know.

PS. Red hair runs in my family, my dad was quite the ginger man. Scary for my future kids. My only saving grace is if Paul's gene pool is minus the ginger root.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Cool Handbag Giveaway

Cool Handbag giveaway from Ruffled Blog. Check it out.  Enter to win on Ruffled Blog.

Ila Handbags Giveaway

Paula and Brian are a wife + husband team behind Ila Handbags. Using vintage-inspired fabric patterns and fresh design, they handmake the most delectable little clutches right in Minneapolis. They marry modern design with vintage nostalgia so perfectly, there really isn’t a way to resist them. I’m giddy with excitement to announce that they are giving away 8 clutches (4 vintage prints and 4 Frenchies) to some very lucky readers. Pretty phenomenal way to kick off your weekend, wouldn’t you agree?
ila handbags clutch giveaway
Visit Ila Handbags and let us Ruffled know which bag is your fave and come back the blog and let them know which one you would choose if you win. The giveaway is for any Vintage or solid color Frenchie collection bag, so choose away!
ila handbags chic bridal clutches
You can also enter by liking Ruffled Facebook page for an additional entry to increase your chances of winning. They will pick 8 random winners and announce them on the blog and on its Facebook page next Wednesday, November 16th. Good luck!
Please note: If a potential winner cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been exerted within 3 business days from the date of the giveaway drawing, another winner will be picked.

Friday, November 11, 2011


My dearest, sweetest, bestest of friend had her twin boys this week and it has got me thinking about twins, babies, and all that cute stuff.  Although this article thankfully does not apply to my friend as her babies as doing really well, I saw it and thought, "Now this is worth sharing." 

Enjoy and happy Friday!

Ok, I saw this last night on Tralalère!
This picture is from an article called the “RESCUING HUG”

The article details the first week of life of a set of twins. Apparently each were in their respective incubators and one was not expected to live. A hospital nurse fought against the hospital rules and placed the babies in one incubator. When they were placed together, the healthier of the two, threw an arm over her sister in an endearing embrace. The smaller baby’s heart stabilized and temperature rose to normal.
Read more about the story, here. Read this to learn more about the proven benefits of skin-to-skin care for preterm infants.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fall Trips in the Northwest of the US

I want to go on a fall road trip here.  Pictures found here on Sunset Magazine.

Washington's Bainbridge Island

Washington Day Trip: Bainbridge Island
Or Here

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock
Or go running here.

Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Betty White

Thank You Betty White for the insightful wisdom. I too agree with your bold statement.  This goes out to all my female friends, especially the mothers.  May your vaginas continue to take a pounding and prosper.