Monday, July 29, 2013

Platypus ATC



Just a simple watercolor and ink artist trading card I did recently, traded now.

I hope everyone has a lovely week.
Jason and I are having a fun week of just spending time with one another after our big day :)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

This Weekend is a very special weekend...



When I was a kid, I went to summer camp.
Not just any summer camp, a sleep-away camp tucked away in the middle of nowhere a couple states away that I thought was magical.

...There wasn't anything in the town besides this giant camp and an old truck stop.
Years later, when I went back to work there in college, the town finally had become fancy enough to have their very own Walmart. High living!

Anyway back to why I titled this post "This weekend is a very special weekend"...

You see at this sleep-away camp, they did all kinds of special things to make a kid feel loved when it was their birthday...especially at meal times when every counselor and camper hustled into the dining hall to eat their pizza bagels and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

I too have a summer birthday, but I was lucky enough to spend it with my mom shortly after camp ended.
What always stuck in my mind was this birthday ritual they did for each child and I still smile thinking about it.

It started up by the director or another higher up staff member calling the kid up to the stage in the middle of the cafeteria.
First, You would then hear "Today is a very special day." One word sounded after the next slowly and each emphasized.... Today. Is. A. Very. Special. Day.

Next, You would hear it's "so and so's birthday and they are _____ years old.

Then, the most ridiculous part. Next the whole cafeteria would sing a song to get the kid amped that it was their day. The song consisted of the lyrics "Skip around the room, skip around the room, we won't shut up until you skip around the room." The same lyrics over and over again for about five minutes while the birthday boy or girl aimlessly skipped or ran all over the place.

Finally, the kid would go to sit back down and there would be party hats and a big cake for their table of campers and counselors.



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Sunday, I get to have my VERY SPECIAL DAY and I get to share it with my best friend and the love of my life.

I am marrying my mister.
I am incredibly excited.
I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with someone I love so much.
I'm so lucky to have him.
I've never met anyone who makes me smile so much.

He makes every day of mine special.

Here's to a very special day in our lives...
...And I promise that I won't make you shut up and skip around the room...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ulta Smashbox Heatwave Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway!!

This post was not written by me, my blog is just included as one of the ways to enter.
Who doesn't need this awesome makeup palette?!
Enter away and feel free to share the giveaway with your friends too :)

Ulta Smashbox Heatwave Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway

I am feeling the heat this summer for sure. Why not giveaway a heat wave eye shadow palette? Enjoy from LeChateauDesFleurs:

Ulta Smashbox Heatwave Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway

Description:
Turn up the heat, or keep it cool; it's up to you with Smashbox's stunning wet-dry eyeshadow palette! 10 totally on-trend shades in a luxe formula that let you create naturally pretty eyes or amped-up glam looks.


Outdoor living is the new destination retreat for you, your friends and family, and what better way to show your style than with the ultimate patio furniture deep seating set? Perfect for your sun room, outdoor living area or anywhere in your backyard oasis. Is this arrangement just dreamy or is it just me?

 Portofino Signature 8 Piece Deep Seating Set

RST Outdoor
Is this arrangement just dreamy or is it just me?   

The giveaway is available for both USA and International entrants.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

15 Shades of Sephora Giveaway

Coconut lick worthy lipstick has me dreaming of the beach. I feel it is a perfect time to giveaway 15 Shades of Sephora. Enjoy from LeChateauDesFleurs:
15 Shades of Sephora 
What it is:
A collector’s edition of iconic lip colors spanning 15 years.

What it does:
This lip library includes everything from rich reds to natural nudes all in Bite’s lick-worthy Lush Fruit Lip Gloss formulation. Instant nutrition for lips, this formula contains the same healthy ingredients you’d find in a pure fruit smoothie: real coconut, mango, and strawberry infused with seven nourishing fruit oils for a tropical concoction delicious enough to eat. Rich, vibrant, and juicy, this modern formula is highly pigmented—what you see in the container is the color you’ll see on your lips.

This set contains:
- 15 x 0.06 oz Lip Gloss 

Rain Shadow Labs
Rain Shadow Labs provides the highest quality wholesale cosmetics. They offer lotions, washes, cremes, candles, soaps, gels, essential oils and so much more. http://rainshadowlabs.com/

I want to highlight an amazing moisturizing product this week from Rain Shadow Labs the ARH Hyaluronic Acid Serum, 98% natural/72% organic (whole foods).
Rain Shadow Labs
Hyaluronic Acid makes up fifty percent of this high quality formulation. Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin, there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the world market today. Non-comedogenic, penetrates deeply, and activates collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, brighter complexion.

The giveaway is available for both US and International entrants.
Please see official terms and conditions in above Rafflecopter.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Etsy Picks: Starfish

Today, my mind is dreaming about the beach.
So I thought today's etsy picks should be a piece of the ocean... so starfish came to mind.


Starfish Aquarium Necklace via oflovelythings


Silver Starfish Sea Urchin Stacking Ring via BosieBoutique


40 Pieces Assort Mix White Sea Shell With Starfish Wedding Box 7633A via MyGann


Starfish Beach Stationary set of 8 cards and envelopes via TorisCustomCreations


Shabby Chic End Table with Twine Wrapped Bottoms and Starfish Top via GinasCraftyCatch

I just can't get enough of these stars!
Hope everyone has a lovely week.