November 30, 2010

Mittens For All

Hey you! Yes... you. The gorgeous one right there in front of the computer screen. Oh boy, have I got news for you! Have you signed up for some Christmas joy?


What do you mean, "What does that mean?"...



Today is the LAST DAY to sign-up for the super fun Mitten Mixer! Do you love getting packages? Would you like an adorable new pair of mittens sent to you in the mail? Welp, you better click on the button below to find out how fun and easy the mitten swap will be!




For all of you mitten-loving-mixer-vixens, I will post your partners tomorrow and shoot you an e-mail! Thanks so much for participating - that truly means the world to me!! PS- I already bought my mittens for the mixer and they are ca-ute! Can't wait to send them to one of you!


Thanks Friends!






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PS- Looking for new followers or fun new blogs? Don't forget that the Mingle Monday blog hop is open until Wednesday at midnight.
Stop by and get your blog some exposure!

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November 29, 2010

Mingle Monday - Welcome Back!

Merry mingling, my fine friends!
Welcome back to blogland! After some much needed time off, I am happy to be back and hear from all of you!

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you eat lots of delicious food? Oh lordy, I know I did... which is why i spent 2 hours researching gym memberships last night - phew!

Anyway, I'm super happy you're here to mingle and I hope you're going to bring some new friends into the mix! See that gorgeous Mingle Monday button... will you be a doll and consider adding it to one of your posts today? Let's spread the word and get this party started!

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One more quick reminder - LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP for the Mitten Mixer!

After you enter your blog for Mingle Monday, come back and click on this button for Mitten Mixer details - the more the merrier!!




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How To Mingle:



1) Must be a [Life of Meg] follower to participate.

2) Scroll down to the bottom of this post and click on the link to enter.


3) Go visit 2 blogs saying hello from Mingle Monday!


4) Come back to [Life of Meg] and leave an encouraging review of the visited blogs and answer the weekly fun fact:

This Week's Q:

{ What awesome Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals did you get?! }


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** PLEASE PLAY FAIR -- all blog & runs (not commenting) will be removed. **





** Open until Wednesday at midnight (CST) **

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Wishing you a wondeful week!



November 24, 2010

Happy Gobble Gobble Fest

Greetings friends, both old and new! I'm so glad you've joined me this morning - ya'll just make me so happy! I'm pretty excited to head to lunch today with BF and his sister (in from out of town). Should be a fun day and then I'm off to my parents house for the weekend!

Well in lieu of Thanksgiving, I have prepared a fantastic poem I found to share with all of you. It just made me giggle, so I had to share!



{ Thanksgiving Day Wishes }



T’was the night of Thanksgiving,
But I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned,
The dark meat and white.
But I fought the temptation,
With all of my might.

Tossing and turning,
with anticipation.
The thought of a snack
Became infatuation.

So I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.


I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round.
‘til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.

But I managed to yell
As I soared past the trees
Happy eating to all,
Pass the cranberries, please!!

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize
And May your Thanksgiving dinner...

Stay off of your thighs!




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All fun and games aside, God has blessed me so very much and I am so grateful. I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving:


- my fabulous family
- my sweet BF/best friend
- my faithful friends
- my wonderful dream job
- my little puppy
- a nice place to live
- a wonderful church home
- a car to drive
- being healthy and happy
- to live in a wonderful country
where I can freely wish you all...



...the happiest of Thanksgivings to you and yours!

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I am also so thankful for each one of you and for this blog that makes me so happy. More than my blog, I can't you enough for being such wonderful blog friends! You are truly encoruaging and amazing... I am always so in awe and inspired by all of you!


Peace, Thankfulness & Pumpkin Pie!



November 23, 2010

World's Best Cookie Recipe

That's right... world's best!
If you haven't visited Brown Eyed Baker, it's one of my very favorite tried-and-true baking blogs. This girl is ambitious (check out her "My 100" list of goodies to be baked), inspirational, and a darn good baker!

So naturally I clicked over to Brown Eyed Baker when I had quite the little baking conundrum last week. I was trying to figure out what goodie to bring to our weekly gathering of dinner friends, which is lovingly referred to as Family Dinner Monday, and I knew she would have some great options.

It didn't take long to search through her amazing recipe archives before I found the glorious Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Holy sugar, this one's definitely a keeper!



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Thy were SO easy to whip up and made a little over a baker's dozen. I wish you could have seen how quickly they were gobbled up... as soon as I set the piled high cookie plate down on the table, everyone was licking gooey melted chocolate off their fingers!

The perfect cookie, fo' sho'...

Browned edges, chewy middles, creamy peanut butter, and melty chocolate chips.
Whether you are trying to find a recipe to bring to your next barbecue or cookie swap, this one is for you! Every single time I make it I have dozens of people begging for the recipe... it's that yummy!

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{ Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies }

via: Brown Eyed Baker

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Makes about 16 cookies

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

3. On medium speed, cream together the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat to combine. On low speed, gradually add the flour until just combined. Stir in the oats, and then the chocolate chips.

4. Use a large cookie scoop (3 tablespoons) and drop dough onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden (don't ever bake - that's the trick!). Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and move to wire racks to cool completely. After cooled, store in an airtight container at room temperature.


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.:: Thanks for the inspiration, Brown Eyed Baker! ::.


Bon Appetit!


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November 22, 2010

Who Wants FREE Christmas Cards?

Yes, friends... FREE!
If you haven't heard about the amazing promotion that Shutterfly is doing for bloggers, you need to check it out! Bloggers can apply to get 50 free Christmas cards from Shutterfly (details at the end of the post).

I have loved Shutterfly for years now! They always have the most up-to-date and cutest Christmas cards on their site. After stopping by for a visit (which is when I learned of their awesome giveaway), I fell in love with the adorable designs below...






...which one is your fave?


Plus, you can't send out fun Christmas cards without cute matching address labels!

If holiday cards aren't you thing, Shutterfly even has create-your-own-calendar templates, gift labels, and adorable photo gifts! Personalize anything you can imagine for friends and family this holiday season!

I want to throw an awesome Christmas party just so that I can use one of these super cute invites...






{ LOVE! }


I hope you'll visit Shutterfly.com to see their whole holiday collections... I know I will!

For details on how you can receive 50 FREE holiday cards, click HERE!

Happy Shopping!





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PS- Looking for new followers or fun new blogs? Don't forget that the Mingle Monday blog hop is open until Wednesday at midnight.
Stop by and get your blog some exposure!

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**Don't Forget to SIGN-UP for the cozy Mitten Mixer mitten swap!**



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Mingle Monday!!

Mornin' my fine minglin' friends!
Did you all have a fantastic weekend?! Who's ready for some tasty turkey and black Friday shopping... this girl is!

Well, I'm super happy you're here to mingle... check out the fabulous new Mingle Monday button - please add it to a post and spread the word!

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So naturally, we're going to get to the mingling (of course), BUT first I have to tell you about a fun little opportunity. I have decided to host the 2010 "Mitten Mixer" holiday swap! For those of you who have never participated in an awesome blog swap, this is your chance!

Basically, I am getting a bunch of fantastic bloggers together to do a cozy, cute mitten exchange! I mean who doesn't need some fashionable winter hand accessories? I just recently participated in my first swap ever and it was SO FUN to get a package in the mail!!

After you enter your blog for Mingle Monday, come back and click on this button for Mitten Mixer details - the more the merrier!!



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How To Mingle:



1) Must be a [Life of Meg] follower to participate.

2) Scroll down to the bottom of this post and click on the link to enter.


3) Go visit 2 blogs saying hello from Mingle Monday!


4) Come back to [Life of Meg] and leave an encouraging review of the visited blogs and answer the weekly fun fact:

This Week's Q:

{ Are you going Black Friday shopping? If so, what awesome deals are you hoping to snag?! }


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** PLEASE PLAY FAIR -- all blog & runs (not commenting) will be removed. **





** Open until Wednesday at midnight (CST) **

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Don't forget to sign up for the Mitten Mixer! I don't want you to miss out on all the festive holiday fun!


Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving week!



November 18, 2010

Time to Celebrate!!

Yes, my friends! I am officially getting old!!
Tomorrow marks my 24th birthday and I couldn't be more excited to have an excuse to celebrate with friends and family!

There are so many amazing plans in the works and they all start happening today. I always vote that a birthday week or birthday month is appropriate!




{ Birthday Extravaganza Rundown }


- Lunch at The Mixx with my fabulous co-workers today
- Birthday dinner with the gang tonight
- Work day off tomorrow
- Pedicures w/ BF's in the a.m.
- Heading out of town for the weekend
- Cozy little cabin
- Lots of board games, cards and movies
- Quality time & b-day surprises
- Bday lunh w/ my fam on Sunday

.:: Amazing! ::.
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Do you know what would just make my birthday fabulous?

If YOU {yes, you!} click on the button below and sign-up for the Mitten Mixer holiday swap! That's right... you would MAKE MY DAY! :)



Hugs -n- Smooches Friends!



November 17, 2010

Mitten Mixer - Don't Miss Out!

Wooooaaahhh Nelly! Get ready for some fun!
After having been completed excited and inspired by my dear friend Laura's recent ornament swap, I have decided to create a little magical, fun swap myself!



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.:: About Mitten Mixer ::.

Sign-up, get matched w/ a buddy, shop for cute mittens, and swap via mail!


1) Interested? Must be a [Life of Meg] follower to be elligible. Leave a comment below that includes your
first name and e-mail address.

2) Once the sign-up closes on November 30th, I will match each
one of you up with a buddy.

3) I will send your buddy's e-mail address to you via your provided e-mail address. You then can exchange mailing address information.

4) Shop for some adorable mittens to send!
{Price limit max: $10}

5) Send the mittens to your buddy on or before December 5th.

6) Wait for your own new mittens to arrive!

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.:: Pretty Please ::.

Spread the word about the [Life of Meg] Mitten Mixer! We want as many people as possible to join us in this cozy, holiday cheer! The picture above or the button below is for your use in a post or on your sidebar. Please add a link directly to this blog post so that your friends can easily join us in the fun!


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So who's totally excited?!
I know I am! I already have a vision of the absolutely adorable mittens that I want to buy/send to the buddy I get matched up with! I hope this Mitten Mixer will be a cute way for all of us to spread some holiday jolliness!


Lots o' Love!



November 16, 2010

The PERFECT Gift + New Sponsor!

Good morning lovelies!
Boy oh boy, have I got a fabulous treat for you! Well as most of you know, Christmas is right around the bend, and it's time to start thinking about your gift list!




Well, don't you worry your pretty little heads... I've got you covered! Well, it's more like Scentsy Wickless Candles has you covered! Talk about THE perfect Christmas gift for anyone and everyone!

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What is Scentsy?

Scentsy Warmers use a low-watt bulb to melt specially formulated scented wax slowly, maximizing the fragrance time of the Scentsy Bar or Scentsy Brick.

With no flame, soot, smoke or lead to worry about, the Scentsy system is a safe way to enjoy more than 80 delightful Scentsy fragrances.

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For the past year and a half, I have not been able to get enough of Scentsy Wickless Candles! I have the adorable Merino warmer in my office, the cute Green Weave plug-in warmer in my bathroom, and an ever-changing warmer in my living room! I'm obsessed!



I have given almost everyone I know a Scentsy warmer and scent bars - total crowd pleaser! I'm talking everyone... perfect for BF, mom, sister, dad, cousins, friends, etc. With such an amazing collection of warmers, you can find anything from sports to military to pretty/girly!


Scentsy Warmer Collections

- Holiday
- Collegiate
- Military
- Decorative
- Faith
- Classic
- Whimsical
- Sports
- Small Plug-ins





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I absolutely love the way Scentsy makes my whole house smell amazing! It's safe enough to leave on all day while I'm at work or turn on right before company comes.

The best part? All you have to do is break off a piece of the Scentsy bar, put it in your warmer, switch on the lightbulb and wait for the wax to melt. Voila! Your home will soon be filled with an amazing Scentsy aroma. Plus, one scent bar lasts FOREVER! Goodbye wicked candles... I'm sold.

With more than 80 scents, I promise their is a perfect scent for everyone!

My Favorite Scents

- Spiced Grapefruit
- Just Peachy, Ginger
- Cozy Fireside
- Poinsetta Pine
- Black Raspberry Vanilla
- Autumn Sunset
- Lucky in Love
- Honey Pear Cider
- Baked Apple Pie




Check out all of the amazing Scentsy scents HERE!
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Well lucky for us, [Life of Meg] has a brand new sponsor! It's my pleasure to introduce Kelli Huffman of Scentsy Wickless Candles to you.

Kelli has been with Scentsy since 2008 and I've enjoyed all of the products she has helped me find through her Scentsy business! Not to mention she's a total sweetheart!

Kelli loves helping her clients find the perfect gifts for birthdays, Christmas, teachers appreciation gifts, weddings or simply just because! Visit Kelli at Scentsy today to make sure you've covered everyone on your Christmas list! With amazingly affordable products, Scentsy is a must!




Kelli, thank you so much for sponsoring [Life of Meg]! So very happy to have you here and to be able to share all of these amazing Scentsy products that I love with all my sweet blog friends!


Happy Shopping!



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