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Dandy Holiday

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The weather has turned cold here in the Lou.  Really cold.  Like in the 30’s cold.  I don’t think that I’m ready for this, but I guess snow is pretty dandy???  So…  I gotta look at the positives and outweigh the negatives.  Snow is kinda dandy…  Am I right?  It looks dandy.  The smell of it all fresh as it falls from the sky.  Big fluffy flakes.  I’m making this sound better and better.  More and more dandy.  If I keep up the mantra then I will believe it.  *wink*   We only had flurries the other day.  I’ll be sure to let you all know when the first big snow storm hits.  I’m sure you will be waiting on pins and needles for this announcement.  *wink again*

I’ve always loved how the Brit’s refer to vacations and trips as, “going on holiday”.  Could be my British ancestry speaking, but it’s just more dandy to call it a holiday.  After all holidays are time spend with family and loved ones.  So if you are going on a trip with your family then why shouldn’t you call it a holiday???  Well, last weekend we got out of St. Louis and took an overnight getaway kind of holiday.  We headed west on I-70 a few hours and came very close to entering another state.  That’s a clue as to where we went.  It was great to get out of town and spend time together as a family.  This family adventure was truly a grand time.  In fact we went on a tropical adventure.

We stayed warm by the fire:

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We were greeted with warm cookies upon our arrival:

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And we spent time in a sauna like atmosphere.  All misty and warm air.  Safe and protected from the outdoor elements.

WHERE  DID  WE  GO???

Just for funs I’ve created a puzzle for you to help “piece” together where exactly we went.  Hey, it’s too cold to go outside these days, so I’m spending a lot of time indoors.  Oh and the pun was definitely intended.  🙂  Enjoy!

Stay tuned for a detailed post on the new blog, Seeing Dandy.  All will be revealed soon.  🙂

*I received a discounted hotel stay and park tickets in exchange for my review, but all opinions are definitely my own.

Bunny Be Good

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Some women fear spiders and snakes.  I fear clowns and bunnies.  Sure I’m frightened like the best of ’em when it comes to things that go slither and have eight legs.  However, my fear of clowns and bunnies is quite irrational.  Let’s start with the clowns shall we?

I believe it all started with the movie Poltergeist and the scene where the clown jumps out in the brother’s bedroom.  You know the one.  It gives me the shivers just thinking about it.  Well, then a few years later someone had the bright idea to get me one of those laughing clowns for my birthday.  Here’s a video of one just like mine:

Super creepy, right?  Keep in mind that this is not a video of MY clown.  My clown was thrown out just as fast as I could get rid of him!  Here’s the thing about the laughing clown.  I swear to you… One night that clown just started laughing.  All.  On.  Its.  Own.  I kid you not.  He was hidden on the very top of my bookshelf under a bunch of stuffed animals.  That way I would never, ever have to see him from where my bed was.  I mean how would I ever fall asleep if the thing was staring at me???  He just started laughing.  I’m sure it had absolutely nothing to do with a malfunction or anything.  After the laughing incident I think I had my parents remove his batteries.  Buh-bye, creepy clown.

Next up:  Creepy bunnies.  As in bunnies of the Easter variety.  Ready for the background on this one?  When I was about 5 years old my family and I went camping to Meramec State Park over Easter weekend.  It started raining a ton and we were awakened in the middle of the night by a park ranger saying that the river was flooding and everyone needed to get out fast!  So we quickly packed up and arrived back home in the wee hours of the morning.  I remember lying awake, quite concerned that the Easter Bunny would go to our campsite looking for me and only find a massive flood.  While my overactive imagination was coming up with all of these horrendous scenarios of what would happen to the Easter Bunny in the muddy waters of the Meramec… I saw a shadow land on my open bedroom door.  To my very own horror I watched as the head of the shadow grew these long rabbit shaped ears.  From that moment I was creeped out by the big, ‘ole bunny.  I mean seriously.  What kind of earless bunny goes into people’s homes and then peeps in on little children who are supposed to be sleeping?  Years later I learned that my dad was the “earless bunny” and when he saw me rustling around he made the bunny ears shadow.  Trying to keep the magic of the Easter Bunny alive, but in the process scaring the daylights out of me!

What else do I find nightmare provoking about the bunny of the Easter variety?  Bunnies are supposed to be ultra cute, soft creatures that hop around the yard all day and eat up the strawberries in your garden.  Every.  Single.  Strawberry.   (Another story for another day.)  Bunnies are not supposed to look like this:

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So who had the bright idea to make the Easter Bunny look like an abominable monster anyway?

Obviously the daughter of my friend Holli Ann (of An Ordinary Blog) is going to be traumatized for quite some time.

(Disclosure:  All of the Easter Bunnies in this posting are actually from my friend’s personal pictures.  I like to keep things all personal like that. *wink*)

Then you have Spray Tan Bunny.

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I mean really.  Who here has ever seen an orange bunny?  They do not exist in nature I tell you!

And this bunny?  He clearly has a perma smile that says, “That’s right.  I get my kicks scaring little kids.”

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It’s like he’s laughing about it!

Then…

The bunny without a soul.

(Provided by Nancy of Initials, Inc.)

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Look deep into his creepy, soulless eyes.  More shivers.

Finally…  Here is my Banjo with the clown looking bunny.

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We have now come full circle.

For all those who observe this holiday…  I wish you a Happy Easter full of religious celebrations, good cheer, and a time of reflection spent with loved ones.  May we remember that this day is not about creepy bunnies, egg hunts, or even chocolate mini eggs.  It’s about a sacrifice so great and above all else that we have been given.  The ultimate gift.  I’m truly humble and grateful.  May we all have a blessed holiday weekend.

Warner Bros. Spook-Tacular Movie GIVEAWAY!

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It’s that time of year again.  The crispness in the air.  The eery fog.  The witching hour is almost upon us!  Are you all decorated for the Halloween splendor?  At our house we are decked out, but also enjoying watching some family friendly spooky movies.  Banjo is really into it this even and even wants to have a “spooky” story at night before bed.  Good thing I’m a grand story teller, because I’m able to make them up and keep them not too scary.  😉  We don’t want the little guy to be having nightmares!

Make your own Halloween spook-tacular with a fun quiz and story printouts right here on Dandy Giveaway:

AND…

Make it even more spook-tacular with a chance to win!  (Enter on the Rafflecopter at the end of this posting.)

 

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That’s right!  Enter to win one of these fantastically dandy DVDs:

(Prize will be chosen randomly from the titles below!) 

  • Scooby-Doo!  13 Spooky Tales:  Run for your Rife!
  • Regular Show – Fright Pack (V4)
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition
  • Tom and Jerry: Tricks and Treats
  • Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween
  • Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
  • Tom and Jerry: Halloween Hijinks
  • Sesame Street: Elmo Says Boo!
  • Adventure Time – Jake the Dad (V5)

Enter to win on the Rafflecopter form below!

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*This giveaway is open to US and Canada entries only.

*Each household is only eligible to win 1 WB Spook-Tacular Family Movie [CHOSEN AT RANDOM] via a blog reviews and giveaways.  

*Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway.

*If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again.

*Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of October 26th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by PartnersHub, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

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Carefree Crafts {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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We had such a great 4th of July holiday at our house!  We enjoyed a pancake breakfast and flag raising in the morning at our church, some fun swimming at the pool with our family in the afternoon, then ice cream and fireworks in the front yard with some good friends to finish off the day.  Independence Day has always been one of my favorites since I’ve lived in a military community most of my life, and I’ve become especially patriotic since becoming a active duty military spouse myself nine years ago.  Thanks to all of those men, women, and families who protect our country and support our troops!

After our long day spent mostly outside yesterday, I’m realizing that it’s just not going to be possible for us to be outside as often as we’d like in the next several weeks since I’ve just entered my third trimester.  We’re looking for some good inside activities (thank you, summer reading program at the library!), and this one fits the bill perfectly!

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Carefree Crafts offers craft kits ready-made with everything you need to spend some time crafting with your kids!  I’m not overly crafty (though my Pinterest boards reveal an inner crafty-person trying frantically to figure out how to get out!), mostly because I want to craft right then or not at all.  If I have the materials ready to go, I can create pretty easily, but the set up usually includes going to some craft store where I’m completely turned around and can’t find the things that I need.

Carefree Crafts sends these individual crafts to your door for a flat $4.95 shipping for every order, or the monthly subscription ships FREE every time!  Take a look at some of my favorites:

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Fire Station Sticker Scene

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Princess Necklace

Carefree Individual Crafts Kits

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Spring Craft Kit

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4th of July Craft Kit

Carefree Crafts Subscription

“Your kids will receive a new craft package each month, filled with 5 holiday- or seasonal-themed craft kits.  We hand-select fun crafts for kids from a variety of sources including Oriental Trading, Creatology, Darice, etc. to give you the best set of crafts each month. Watch your child build confidence, motor skills, and creativity with these crafts!  These crafts are meant to be assembled by kids aged 3-7 with their parents & caregivers.”  Shipping for these subscription kits is FREE!

Try out a new subscription for a discounted price:  Your first month is only $5.95 using SAVE60 coupon.

Enter below to win a Summer Craft Package from Carefree Crafts!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries  only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted  no later than the morning of Friday, July 12th, and emailed  within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48  hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored  by Carefree Crafts, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

The Piano Guys Christmas

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I’ve always loved this beautiful musical arrangement and my husband has known these guys since high school:

 

They are so very talented!

Happiest of holidays to you all!

The reason for the season

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189940_10151186924650894_1605470864_n As we go about this night before Christmas may we all remember its true meaning… Please feel free to share this message as it’s my hope that all can feel the peace that the Spirit of Christmas brings. Merry Christmas Eve! Love, Tara

Augusta Baby Shoes {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Merry Christmas Eve!  In honor of this day I wanted to begin this post by sharing with you some really darling holiday shoes:

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So very perfect for the holiday season!  Where can you find them and at a fantastic price?  On sale right now at Augusta Baby!

A girl can never have enough shoes!  I love, love, love my shoe collection:

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It’s not surprising that I was too excited to get Ruby’s own shoe collection started.  One of her first pair of shoes was sent to us by Augusta Baby.  They are the perfect soft sole shoes for her little feet:

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The quality of the leather is superb, they are super soft, and I just can’t get over how cute they are!  We are having fun with trying to get Ruby to walk on her own and she’s doing it in style with those cute daisies.  🙂

Augusta Baby also has baby slippers in some very trendy designs:

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I betcha can’t guess what is being given away???  😉

Augusta Baby is giving away a pair of baby shoes and it’s

winner’s choice of which pair!

*This giveaway is open to US and Canada entries only. *The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, December 31st and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn. *This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Augusta Products, but all opinions are strictly my own. *Enter on Rafflecopter below.
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Mikarose {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect little black dress for quite a while.  A classic LBD—but not karaoke bar style.  Something I could wear to a wedding reception, date night, or a work party.  Mikarose has some drool-worthy little black dresses, all beautifully modest, trendy, and so perfect for the holidays!

Some of my favorite little black dresses from Mikarose:


Can you tell which one I picked?

Yup, I chose the Rebecca dress!  I think its PERFECT!  The ruffled details on the shoulders are totally chic and fashion-forward.  I love that it is a unique look that you don’t see on every modest dress, but it is still subtle enough to not look over-the-top.  It is made out of a high-quality and heavy weight knit, and I’m impressed with the construction and durability.  My only complaint is that I followed the Mikarose sizing chart for knit dresses exactly, and still wish I had picked a smaller size.  It came very roomy and long, so after some minor seamstress alterations, it fits much better, and I’m totally pleased.  If you order the Rebecca dress, just choose a size down, and you’ll love it!

Is a killer dress on your list for Santa this year?  Are you still looking for something eye-catching to wear to a holiday party?  Times a ticking, you better hurry!  Check out Mikarose’s beautiful shop of dazzling skirts, dresses, tops, and accessories that would be perfect for your holiday wardrobe!

One lucky dear is going to win $50 to spend at MIKAROSE!  FIFTY DOLLARS!  Merry Christmas!

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Too Much Gobble Gobble

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The day of turkey has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone gone. We had two turkeys this year. One that my uncle picked up fresh from the turkey farm (like he does every year for my mom to cook) and the other that my brother deep fried.
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I had never tried deep fried turkey before and I’ve gotta say it was quite dandy tasting.

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Two turkeys means lots of leftovers that are eaten for days upon days. Do you have a few too many turkey leftovers??? Carissa over at Good n Crazy has some really great ideas HERE for what to do with all that turkey.

Now to figure out what to do with all the pie…

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Who wants the recipe I used to make that German Chocolate Pie???

Happy Thanksgiving from Banjo and Ruby!

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Getting her to actually look at the camera was never going to happen. Pine needles are just too, too interesting to look at. Camera? Mom? Not interesting enough. But pine needles…


I’m so very thankful for my family even though everything is not always picture perfect.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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