Sunday, May 27, 2012

Jennifer Oulette Headband Giveaway May 28th-June 10th--4 Winners!!!

Wearing headbands is timeless. You can accessorize your hair for any occasion! And this what Jennifer Ouellette proudly offers, not just for ladies but also for men. Jennifer Ouellette is a premier hair accessory designer in New York City.


What makes Jennifer Ouellette’s designs so special?

brand_05Jennifer’s sense of design began during childhood days spent in her mother’s vintage clothing store in St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, majoring in Textile and Apparel Management & Costume Design. She continues to combine her passion for vintage fashion with her modern New York City style. Using her needle and thread as an artist uses pencil and paint, she applies her manual sewing techniques to her millinery sculptures with loving detail.brand_06

In 1999, she was granted a US patent for the development of a unique headband design and construction, which greatly increases comfort and value. Her sustainable approach to her design proves she is a recycling artist. “I get creative when I start to clean my studio, reinventing our scraps is my expertise. I am content when we have zero waste.”

Jennifer Ouellette’s work is included fashion’s best periodicals around the world and her loyal customers demand more than shallow trends to compliment their style. Her designs are full of vitality and innovation, with inspirations from history, science and nature.

Jennifer Ouellette does not just sell hair accessories for profit, their utmost aim is happiness. They provide guaranteed satisfaction to their customers.


This is one of their most favorite designs.



An enchanting beauty that even your little girl could not resist wearing.

The Giveaway and Jennifer Ouellette and a group of amazing bloggers are giving away 9 headbands to 4 lucky followers! A total estimated value of more than $400.



1st Winner – 3 headbands ($150 value)


2nd Winner – 2 headbands($100 value)


3rd Winner – 2 headbands ($100 value)


4th Winner – 2 headbands ($80 value)


This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE (free shipping) and will end on June 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST. No purchase or sign up required to enter. The winners will be emailed and have 24 hours only to respond, otherwise, another winner/s will be drawn. So, make sure you always check the email address that you’ve submitted in this giveaway. Kindly submit your entries on the Rafflecopter form below. Goodluck and stay beautiful!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

{Giveaway $150 value} Extreme Makeover: Summer Home and Beauty Blog Edition

{Giveaway $150 value} Extreme Makeover: Summer Home and Beauty Blog Edition

Makeover Home and Beauty Blog Edition

Welcome to the Extreme Makeover: Summer Home Home and Beauty Blog Edition Giveaway!

Just in time for swimsuit season and all those backyard BBQ socials you'll be having, you can makeover yourself or your home! This sweepstakes giveaway is sponsored by ALL female entrepreneurs who are offering awesome prizes. If you win, you will be able to consult with an interior designer, receive services/products from a stylist, or get the latest skincare and beauty products. Thanks to the sponsors listed on the Rafflecopter!

You must be a resident of the United States and 18 years of age or older to participate. The winners will be select at random by the Rafflecopter widget. There are multiple choices for how you may enter. One winner will receive each prize and will be notified by email at the end of the sweepstakes. The beginning time is the date/time of this post and the ending time is shown in the countdown on the Rafflecopter.

It is easy to enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Kindle Fire Giveaway-Don't Miss Your Chance!!!

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I've teamed up with Embracing Beauty to giveaway a Kindle Fire to one lucky reader. This is a great gadget for anyone on your gift-giving list, including Dad! Whether you're a social media addict, book lover, or avid blog reader, this is one product you'll love to own!

Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi - RV: $199

Movies, apps, games, music, reading and more, plus Amazon’s revolutionary, cloud-accelerated web browser

  • Over 20 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books
  • Thousands of popular apps and games, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and more
  • Ultra-fast web browsing – Amazon Silk
  • Free cloud storage
  • Vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle
  • Fast, powerful dual-core processor
  • Favorite children’s books, graphic novels, and magazines in rich color
  • Amazon Prime Members enjoy unlimited, instant streaming on thousands of popular movies and TV shows.
  • Amazon Prime Members choose from over a hundred thousand books to borrow for free.

Want to win a Kindle Fire?

One winner will receive a free Kindle Fire shipped right to their door.

There are some great ways to earn extra entries into this giveaway! All mandatory and extra entries must be submitted within the Rafflecopter Giveaway box below.

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This giveaway is open worldwide and will go from May 21-26, 2012 11:59pm EST. As always, if you have any trouble entering this giveaway, or if you have any questions, please contact me!
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Madame Deals Events: Coach Purse and Wallet Giveaway- FREE Blogger Sign Ups!!

Madame Deals is giving away a Coach Purse and Matching Wallet! Would you like to be one of the bloggers participating and promoting this event on your site??

Here are the Details:


1) You need to put up a post on your site advertising for other bloggers to join. You can see the original post here

****** You will need to grab this button and code to put it in a post and/or on your side bar. The blogger that brings in the most people will get a space after the hosts. We will have a question on the sign up doc for who referred you. Make sure you add in your post: “Make sure to tell them (Creative Expressions) referred you.” ******

Madame Deals Free Events

3) The prize is a Coach Purse and Wallet.

4) The Event will take Place June 14 12:01 am EST – June 30 11:59 pm EST

5) The following are the hosts of the event:
Madame Deals
Slop Swap
Dixieland Product Reviews & Giveaways
Colleen’s Book Nook
Still Blonde after all these YEARS
Saving More Than Me
Diva Fabulosa

6) You need to sign up here

7) Once signed up, you will receive your html. Please go ahead and schedule your post now so you don’t forget!!
**You must be a FAMILY friendly BLOG. You must also have a Facebook Fanpage! You can not link up a personal FB page or a FB group!

8.) If you are not already in the Madame Deals Free Events group, please join:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

K's Story, part one

Exactly two years ago, a young gal, scared out of her mind and bleeding was rushed to the hospital. They immediately took her to the OR, gave her anesthesia, and sliced her across the abdomen. They pulled from her a baby, bleeding profusely from the umbilical cord. Due to substances she used, the baby's bottom was raw and bleeding looking much like it had been raked on a cheese grater.

The baby was immediately taken to the incubator, suctioned, and oxygen tubes inserted all while the other nurses tried to stop the bleeding. The baby's heart was racing, yet the baby was determined.

Even though born over 5 weeks early, weighing in a little over 4 lbs, she was determined.

Over the next three days, this baby grew stronger and stronger, no longer needing the oxygen tubes, or the heart monitors.

A call was placed to a husband. The husband told the wife. The wife cried. The wife cried the majority of the rest of the day, but knew in her heart, this was the call they had been waiting for. That evening, they went to the hospital to meet this precious little soul.

The NICU nurse, brought the baby to the door, so Ca could see. She pulled off it's knit cap, and out fell this long, black bushy hair!
This tiny little girl, looked at us and with tears in our eyes, we knew.

Dad and Ca went home. Mom stayed for the NICU class, and while the baby was disconnected from the rest of the machinery. Mom learned all about reflux, tremors, DTs, etc. Then, a few hours later, she took the baby home. It was swallowed by its tiny carseat.

She placed the baby seat on the counter so everyone could see. Bub did not want to look. Why? Because he didn't want to love her, only to have her taken away. He quickly changed his mind. :)

Little did we know, this course of events, that took place exactly two years ago, would forever change us. We have fought and continue to fight the good fight, and yet we wait.

But, we wait for someone who is well worth waiting for!

Everything we've done, we have done for her.

To make her life better, to help her, to give her the chance she almost didn't have.

Why? Because she's our baby. Always has been, always will be.

If it wasn't for the care that the NICU provided, we might not have our little beautiful little daughter. Won't you please join me in supporting the March of Dimes and help other babies, just like our K?

Here is the link to donate:

Remember, it only takes one person to make a difference! It ALL starts with you!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Pinterest Project #1 Completed

Well, folks.. I did it! I am probably one of the few people you know to pin a project and actually complete it! lol Seriously though, I saw this beautiful idea here: and just couldn't help but make it for my daughter's birthday.

I consider myself a crafty person and the directions on were very easy to follow. I like the fact that she is a woman, she is a mom, and she is from Alaska. :)

So, here is what I started off with:

Then, following the directions, we got to this part:

Here it is with the first coat of paint, which should of course, ALWAYS be done on the tile in your entry way, bwah ha ha!

And the totally and completely finished bed, complete with it's imperfectly sewn bedding:

So folks, as you see, you CAN do it! It's not perfect, but she's two! It was handmade by her Dad and I, with tons of love, and isn't that what matters? I'd love to see your completed Pinterest projects! Feel free to share! If you'd like to follow me on Pinterest, you can do so here:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

650 Fan Appreciation Giveaway-Don't miss out!!!

To show our appreciation for reaching 650 fans, we have put together a giveaway. Don't miss your chance to score some awesome prizes! Good luck!!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fostering Hope

Today, I am writing about fostering hope. The reason for my selection is that May is National Foster Care month. This is a subject that esp. touches home with me and my family. Before we began our journey into the foster care system, I was truly naive. I had no clue of the amount of children who are actually in foster care, or what they go through. Now that we've been fostering for nearly 5 years, I feel like I understand a little more and sympathize a lot more.

Often times, these children have few possessions. They are often rushed out of one home and into the next without much thought or planning. Things get left behind. You may say, "Well, they're just things. They are replaceable." I ask you to consider how you'd feel if you had already been taken away from the only family you knew, and shoved into a home full of strangers. Well meaning or not, they are strangers to you. You grab your teddy bear and perhaps your favorite race car and that's all you have time to take. Then before you know it, two or three homes later, the race car and teddy are nowhere to be found.

There is an easy solution! Won't you help me, help these kids? I figure, if we can purchase enough zipper pouches, these children can have their own bag to store their things in. If they have to suddenly move, they just have to grab their bag and go.

I have created an event here:
Fostering Hope

I would ask two things of you; 1) Please share this post with your Facebook friends, your twitter pals and your local religious organizations and 2)Please consider purchasing a pouch or two.

Together, we can make a difference. We can help these children. One child at a time. It all starts with you!