Friday, July 30, 2010

Another Great Contest!!!!!

Shopaholic in Alabama

Friday, July 30, 2010

Lotus and Lilly - Day Three of Shopaholic Birthday Giveaway Days!

TGIF, Shopaholic friends!

Welcome to Day Three of Shopaholic Birthday Giveaway Days! I'm hosting these in honor of my 40th birthday coming on August's a fun way to stop thinking about getting older, and profile some of my favorite designers, websites, stores and brands! HA

Thanks so much to one of my favorite designers of all things handmade with Lilly fabric - Lotus and Lilly - for sponsoring our 3rd giveaway! Kristina is the designer (and brains) behind this operation, and she is a pleasure. All her items are handmade and the quality is immediately apparent. I invite you to check out the website HERE. Lotus and Lilly carries headbands, clutches, bracelets, hair clips, etc. All items are made with either current or vintage Lilly Pulitzer fabrics. Lilly lovers are crazy for her fun items! 

For today's giveaway, Lotus and Lilly is providing a 1" headband and matching clutch bag in one of my favorite prints, Rainbow Patch. This fabric will match sooooo many things you already own, and you'll reach for it over and over again! One lucky Shopaholic reader will receive both items, see the photos below. 

In addition to providing us with a gorgeous and generous giveaway, Lotus and Lilly is also offering a "Shopaholic Special" to all readers! For the next seven (7) days, a 20% discount will apply to any purchase from the website (link HERE). To take advantage of this unheard-of discount, please enter code "Happy40thLori" when placing your online order. Remember, it's only good for the next seven days, so don't delay! :-) 

Need new headbands for school?  A clutch for Rush? A birthday or holiday gift (hey, it's never to early to think about holiday shopping!) This is a great time to pick them up. You'll love Lotus and Lilly's handmade items. They are absolutely fabulous! I receive compliments every time I walk out of the house in one of my headbands!

Also, I wanted to mention a very cool thing you might not know about Lotus and Lilly's designs. Kristina has about 20 items in the Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History exhibit, in Boynton Beach, FL. The exhibit features: hair clips, bracelets, the Lilly fabric covered 9" wooden monogram letters (they requested an "L"), a box purse, clutches, headbands (of course) and a few other items. What an amazing honor for Lotus and Lilly! I feel special just knowing her!  Be sure to check out the exhibit if you're in the local area, or will be traveling that way.


Do you see how excited I am to feature Lotus and Lilly? I love everything on her website, but I'm really coveting this clutch in the vintage print "Familia de Gato". What do you think? I love all the lion prints, guess it's because I'm a LEO. :-)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Best Give Away Ever...

This is a post by a fellow blogger...I am just sharing her wonderful post. Please go to her blog to enter her contest.  Also go to Caroline Grace Jewelry to see her Amazing designs!


Shopaholic in Alabama

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Shopaholic Birthday Giveaway Days - Featuring Caroline Grace Jewelry!

Happy Wednesday, Shopaholic friends!

Welcome to Day One of Shopaholic Birthday Giveaway Days! I'm hosting these in honor of my 40th birthday coming on August's a fun way to stop thinking about getting older, and profile some of my favorite designers, websites, stores and brands! HA

Thanks so much to one of my favorite friends and Twitter pals Caroline Grace Jewelry for sponsoring the first giveaway! As you all know, I'm a big fan of Caroline Grace's baubles and wear something from her jewelry line almost every day. This spring and summer the DH was quite tolerant while I built my collection. I have a feeling EVERYONE will want to win this pretty! :-)

The Pink Starfish Leather Cuff ($132 retail) is absolutely gorgeous, and one lucky reader will win this beauty! (listing on Etsy HERE). The cuff is approx. 2" wide and has a beautiful silvertone jeweled starfish embellishment. The cuffs are something special, you can trust me on this as I own three of them already! :-)

In addition to providing us with such a beautiful and generous giveaway, Caroline Grace is also offering a "Shopaholic Special" to all readers! From now until the giveaway days end (which will be at least 10 days), the following discount levels will apply to any purchase from the Etsy shop:

10% off orders under $50
20% off orders over $50

There are two ways you can take advantage of this discount:

1) Make your purchase on Etsy, and pay as normal. Then message Caroline Grace that you are a Shopaholic reader, and she will refund the appropriate discount level (10 or 20%) back to you through Paypal.
2) Make your purchase on Etsy, then message Caroline Grace, telling her you are a Shopaholic reader, and ask for an adjusted invoice. Then she will provide you with the updated amount and you can remit payment.

If you've always wanted to try a piece of her jewelry - this is a great time with the Shopaholic discount! You will be thrilled with the quality of CGJ. Every time I wear one of my pieces, I get compliments from friends and strangers alike. 

Here are a few of my suggestions. Who doesn't need a pair (or two, maybe three) of the Flora Chandelier earrings. These are available in a rainbow of colors in the Etsy shop:

The Queen Bee cuff is TDF!

I'm dying for this Ginny bracelet in Sterling Silver with Colorful Freshwater Pearls - wouldn't this match everything in our closets? (Etsy listing HERE).

Now for the fun part! How to enter to win the starfish cuff bracelet:

1) Sign up to follow Shopaholic In Alabama blog (or comment that you already do) for ONE entry.
2) "Like" Shopaholic In Alabama on Facebook for ONE entry.
3) Follow Shopaholic In Alabama on Twitter (@shopaholicinal) for ONE entry.
4) Comment with your favorite item from Caroline Grace Jewelry's Etsy site for ONE entry. (MUST DO TO QUALIFY FOR THE GIVEAWAY)
5) "Like" Caroline Grace Jewelry on Facebook for ONE entry.
6) Follow Caroline Grace Jewelry on Twitter (@xoCarolineGrace) for ONE entry.
7) "Share" this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter using the button on the right side of this blog for ONE or TWO additional entries.

Please comment letting me know how many entries you have. Additionally, be sure to provide me with the link to your Facebook or Twitter post so I can verify. Thanks! :-)

The giveaway period will end on Tuesday, August 3. After a random drawing, the winner will be announced (on Facebook first, then on the blog) on Wednesday, August 4.

Good luck to everyone - don't forget to enter - and tune in tomorrow for another fun giveaway!

Have a wonderful day!

p.s. Today is also our favorite jewelry designer's Birthday - be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday! *Leos United Forevah*

Friday, July 23, 2010

What a long HOT Week...

As I started my week cleaning carpets in what felt like 100 degree weather, I knew it was going to be a long week.  The summer for me is coming to an end. This is a short summer.  As our state voted for us to have a furlough, many teachers will head back early to get their classrooms ready. I am not any different.  I went to school Monday and got my carpets, rented a rug doctor and went to work.  Little did I know how HOT is was going to be.  Thank goodness my daughter was willing to help so it cut down tremendously on our time in the sun/heat.

  Tuesday we went back to school to put the rugs down and organize the desk.  I have my desk arranged in table with buckets in the middle. I have gone back and put table cloths on each group.  It looks really cute.  I have four groups of six kids.

This will be a Math/Science Center where students can work in groups.

In the hall my daughter worked on my bulletin board for me. I says Mrs. Tucker's Reef...

By the end of the week we were tired and slept until 10:00am on Friday! ha-ha.  I hope my students enjoy our beach themed room this year.  We have murals up, lanterns hanging from the ceiling and my desk has a grass skirt around it.  I have flip flops for a word wall.  I'll take more pictures and post after the 4 day furlough is over.  Our district will be shut down and the buildings closed.  Besides not being paid, it will be a nice break.  I would definitely over work.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Great Day for a trip to the beach...

Good to beach.   "The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort - America's newest and most luxurious resort. Located along the pristine shores of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, this exquisitely designed luxurious hotel, just thirty minutes from downtown Charleston, captures the spirit, history, and charm of southern hospitality. The island is a hidden secret and serves as one of America's most beautiful natural environments. The Sanctuary, a new ultra-luxurious hotel and spa, serenely captures the natural beauty of Kiawah Island."  

We have been going to Kiawah for 18 years and it is nice that they have built The Sanctuary.  Kiawah is one of those places that is quiet and relaxing but has everything you need. 

This is home away from home to us. As we pack this year we pray for those in Alabama, and in The Gulf. We treasure our East Coast of SC and hope the oil does not reach us.  This is such sad times I hope we all find comfort. God Bless.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Camera for my Science Lab???? I hope!

Hey! Everyone go vote for my picture I took. I am trying to win a new camera! Please.

AND go back and vote everyday...I am trying to win this for my classroom! Just one click and that is all you have to do. Thanks!!!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Lilly Fall Satationary- Pre Order Now
Publish Post

Lilly Pulitzer Large Agenda Book

Price: $24.50

What more can I say! We must all pre-order! I need the agenda, the water bottle, the lap top, and I wish I had the iPhone cover. I just bought a new blackberry so that is not happening. Maybe they will come up with a blackberry cover for us next spring?? Hint, hint.

Lilly Pulitzer Laptop Sleeve

Price: $36.50

Lilly Pulitzer Adult Water Bottles

Price: $18.50

I am so Lilly poor right now, I do not need to read another blog, facebook posting or see a Lilly store! I am trying to save for the Fall line. Have you seen it. OMG it is to die for.

Hope everyone is cooling in the favorite Lilly today. I am bumming in just a T, but it is a Lilly. That is my goal to wear Lilly every day! Cannot wait for yoga wear this Fall.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

2000 + Uses for WD- 40

When I was growing up my mom always kept my dads can of rusted WD-40 in the house! Gross.  She used it for everything from opening jars to squeeky doors to rusted screws on toys.  Then on day I got blood on my favorite doll from where I fell. I cried and cried. So she said well lets get the WD-40. I remember being horrified. I told her I would keep the blood. But it got the blood out! As I got older, in high school I became quite the science qeek and could not figure why it worked!!! 

Well on twitter this morning another blogger ask how to get out an ink spot. Of course I was quick to say WD-40! LOL   Then I thought why not google it.  Guess what?  There is a web site.

Official List of 2000+ Uses for WD-40

It is great and you can even add your own uses that have worked.