Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Words for my Wednesday

Happy Halloween, everybody!  I was going to do a Halloween themed post for today, but instead I've got a treat - instead of a trick - for you all!

Along with this Words for my Wednesday post is something pretty special.  A few weeks ago, I searched Etsy for a quote to be in my weekly Words for my Wednesday blog post.  You can see that particular post HERE.   

Because my post was featuring an Etsy seller, I contacted that seller and let her know that her wonderful item was featured for the day.  She noticed that I usually do weekly posts with words/quotes.  She kindly offered to give away not one, not two, but THREE of her 8X10 prints to a lucky 2justByou Blog reader!

With that, I now share with you today's words.  To be entered in the giveaway, simply read on...

I am a believer that smiles are important, and these words let someone know that he/she is the reason for many smiles (which is also important).  I love the colors in this print too!  Today's post also sends a message to all of YOU, my lovely blog readers.  Because my blog time is my ME time, and when I read the comments you've left here for me and visit your blogs too, it always makes me smile!  =0)

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on any Words for my Wednesday posts from now through the end of January.  

You can do this weekly with each new post, or you can do it on just one post.  It's up to you!  Please leave your email address or blog link - some way for me to get in touch with you if you are the winner.  That's it.  No other requirements or extra entries.  Simply leave a comment.  Each comment made counts as one entry for the giveaway.  The winner will be chosen with a random number generator the first weekend of February.

Winner will receive THREE 8X10 prints from, which is located in Eastern Europe.  Shipping could take up to 15 business days.  This giveaway is open worldwide.  Good luck to all entrants!!!

Do you have a quote/saying/words you would like to share?  Please do with a comment!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkins at the Pumpkin Farm

Yesterday I showed you all the animals at the pumpkin farm, and today I'm sharing with you the PUMPKINS at the pumpkin farm!  As I mentioned yesterday, this farm pre-cuts the pumpkins and places them all around the farm in different areas for "pumpkin hunting."  

The medium to large pumpkins surround a big pyramid of hay bales that kids can climb on and get a view of all the pumpkins from high up!

This farm also has many types of pumpkins.  It's fun to just walk around and see all the different colors, shapes and sizes.  

The Lumina Pumpkin is white in color.

 These are cute!  They call them the Pump-Ke-Mons!

The Turbin Pumpkin has a turbin shape to it.

The Carnivals have different colors.

Pink Ladies have a more flat shape.

These they call the Fairy Tales, because they have the Pink Ladies' shape, but they're still more orange(ish) in color.

A mixed barrel of vegetables

And finally, here are the pumpkins we came home with:

We got pumpkins ranging from teeny tiny in size to one, big, fat one!  What about you?  Did you get any pumpkins for Halloween?  How big or small are your pumpkins this year?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Animals at the Pumpkin Farm

We took a trip to a local pumpkin farm about a week ago and had a great day there!  There were lots of animals to see, including goats, rabbits, chickens, llamas (even a baby llama!), and so much more!  Our oldest son took a field trip here when he was in Kindergarten, and we always love to visit this place because of the animals.

So first, I'll show you some of the great animals we got to see.  Tomorrow I'll show you the pumpkins.  =0)

Here are some rabbits that live in what the call "Bunny Town."  The brown one was my favorite!

Here are some of the goats.  These goats are very friendly (and often hungry).  There are food dispensers near the gate so that people can go in to feed and pet the goats.  
 This one looks pretty comfy!

One year that we visited this farm, we were lucky enough to see tiny baby goats, but not this year.  The one below is one of the goats that we got to feed.

This pumpkin farm does school field trips for plant and animal sciences.  Here they have a beehive on display so that kids (and adults) can watch the bees and see how they make honey.

The horses!  I'm not sure what breed these are, but they're not full size horses, and they're not the miniature horses either.  I should have paid more attention...Either way, they're beauties, aren't they?

The chicken coops can be seen in the background, but I didn't get any pictures of the chickens (camera battery was nearly dead).  =(

Here's a lamb.  So cute!

And here was one of the ultimate favorites...The llamas, because this year, there was a little baby llama!!!  This totally made up for not seeing any baby goats.  =)

When kids go to this farm for field trips, they learn about how to take care of these farm animals and what they can provide for us.  They have a demonstration where kids can try to "milk a cow" with a fake set up that they've created, and the kids LOVE it!  They also show how hay bales are made with small replicas.  It's a really great place for learning as well as having a good time having fun.

With all these animals, you'd never guess we were visiting a Pumpkin Farm, would you?


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Powers Of Love Giveaway WINNER

We have another winner!  Drumroll please...The winner is...


CONGRATULATIONS, DESPINA!  You have 48 hours to claim your prize.  =0)

One of the mandatory entries was to visit Powers Of Love and choose a favorite item.  This was Despina's pick:

And now, the winner will receive this pair of pink fingerless gloves pictured below: 

Big thanks goes out to all entrants!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Feature & Giveaway: CiaraRebello

Today's Friday Feature is from a wonderful Etsy shop Ciara Rebello, offering reusable wine bags made from upcycled/recycled premium upholstery material.  On top of the awesome fact that these bags are reusable, they are made from recycled/upcycled material too!  Double win!!!  

Owner Ciara takes great care in going through upholstery scraps and choosing the very best for her wine bags.  There are so many great patterns to choose from, but you don't have to take my word for it, you can go visit her shop and see for yourself!

When asked how she got started making these special wine bags, this was her reply:
"I always made little sewing crafts in the past and the material cost me more then all my other crafts together.  I started making the wine bags as a useful gift for that hard to get person on my list (my father, my much older brothers and some friends who had everything).  They really appreciated the hand created gifts and I truly enjoyed the process of giving the fabric a new life.  
I had the idea to call up some local upholstery companies and ask for their scraps. Out of over 30 companies only 2 got back to me.  It is a lot of work to go through all the old material as most people do their sofas in plain beige (how boring!) but it is worth it when you find that one special fabric that has that luxurious feel that you can give a new home to."

How did Ciara start out on Etsy?
"I started as a buyer and am still a buyer!  I saw so much endless creativity and I just ached to take part."
Anything you want readers/buyers to know about your product and/or you?
"Product -> All the fabric I use is upcycled and the wine bottle bags I create can be re-gifted endlessly.  They are made in a pet and smoke free home.   
Me -> As one of eleven children you could never buy too many Christmas gifts - the biggest challenge was finding that perfect (often times hilarious) present.  Make an effort this Christmas to get the ones you love something creative and personal this Christmas - they will appreciate the gift more than an electronic gadget which will need to be replaced by the next year."

As the holidays are fast approaching, I asked Ciara what her favorite part of the holiday season is.  Here is what she said: 
"I love to bake!  and I love when people eat and enjoy what I bake! So Christmas is perfect for me.  
I also love wrapping presents!  You can often get free sample books from wallpaper stores who are throwing them out with beautiful heavy weight paper in them!" 

The Prize

With the holidays just around the corner, Ciara Rebello is offering one of her beautiful handmade reusable wine bags to not one, but TWO lucky 2justByou Blog readers!  

Plus, I'm throwing in a pair of Pumpkin Cupcake scented mini candles from Bath & Body Works for each winner too.  You DO NOT want to miss out on this giveaway, as it's just in time for those holiday parties you know you'll be attending.  =0)  Enter below with the rafflecopter form!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Much luck to all entrants!!!
Also important for readers to know...Right now, Ciara Rebello is offering FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING!  That's right!  FREE.  No coupon code needed.  It's a great deal, for a great handmade product that can be used and reused again and again.  So what are you waiting for?  Go browse Ciara's shop and see which wine bag you want to order!  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Red Shoes

Have you ever owned a pair of red shoes?  I never have, but I also never needed red shoes either.  My daughter really, really, REALLY wanted these red shoes for Homecoming.  I must say, they are pretty dang cute!

I remember going shopping for a pair of shoes for a Homecoming Dance, and they turned out to be white heels.  It was fun shoe shopping together - a great mother/daughter moment, ya know?  

Shiny Red Shoes
 We got them from Macy's on sale for less than $30!
 They're by Chinese Laundry.

I don't know how many outfits she'll be able to wear these with, but I do like them.  I'm just waiting for the day she asks for more clothes that she can wear with these red shoes...I know it's coming!  

What do you think?  If you had or have a pair of red shoes, did/do you wear them often?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Words for my Wednesday

I found some great words in PINK for today!  Hope you like it.

Have a Happy Wednesday, everyone.  Thanks for stopping by and reading.  If you have a quote or saying you'd like to share, please do with a comment! 

Stay tuned for more Words for my Wednesday, because next week I also have a surprise in store for you!  =0)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Turkey Basket

At a yard sale in our neighborhood recently, hubby found this little turkey basket.  Great find!  My boys tied some yellow & orange curly ribbon around the neck (and I just now realized that one of the loops is around the turkey's beak - silly kids!).  

 My favorite part of this basket is the tail, of course!

Gotta love yard sales and the treasures you can find at them!  I don't know what we'll do with the basket yet, but it's sure to be part of our holiday decor.
What do you think we should use this cute basket for?

Monday, October 22, 2012

October Native Giveaway WINNER

Our October Native Giveaway ended on Saturday night.  We happened to be busy on Sunday, so I didn't have time to make the announcement post.  One lucky reader is the winner of a really awesome Vintage Button Ring!!!
And the winner is...


Congratulations to the winner!  
 You have 48 hours to claim your prize.  

This is the winner's favorite item chosen from October Native:


Thanks goes out to all those that entered!  =0) 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Popular Pin of the Week

Last week I shared a popular pin of the week, and this Saturday I thought I'd do the same.  =)

This one was a big hit the very first day I re-pinned it.  It's real cute, and I bet everyone would love it.  It's something I'm going to try this year at Thanksgiving time (and I'll take a photo and pin it when I do!).

Do you have a popular pin of the week you'd like to share?  Please do with a comment, and I'll re-pin it!  =0)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Etsy Angels Think PINK

The Etsy Angels Team is Thinking PINK this month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Check out all these beautiful PINK items offered by Etsy Angels' shops.  When you buy from an Angel, you're supporting Breast Cancer Research and Education, because Angels donate to the cause all month long!

As always, click on the title and/or image to find out more about the item, and you can click on the shop name below to visit the Etsy shop.  Enjoy, and Think PINK!!!

Aren't all these PINK items awesome?  Do you have a pink item you'd like to share?  It doesn't have to be yours, and it doesn't have to be handmade - it just has to be PINK.  Leave the link here in a comment, and I'll go take a look!  I've got a whole Pinterest board full of PINK beauties, and I'm always looking for more to add to it.  =0)

Don't forget to enter our two current giveaways!  Click the links below for your chance to win two amazing prizes.  =0)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Kendama Toy

Do you know what a kendama is?  Well, I only know because a long time ago my family was a host family for two Japanese exchange students.  These students brought our family gifts, and one of the gifts was a kendama.  It looks very similar to the one below:

I still have the one given to my family, but it's packed away, and I didn't have time to find it for this post.  If you click on the picture above, you can view a video of how the game is played. 

Currently, the kendama toy is ALL THE RAGE at my sons' elementary school.  Don't know what a kendama is?  Well, here's the Wikipedia definition right here:

"...a traditional Japanese toy which consists of two wooden cups of different sizes placed on the center of a wooden spike and smaller cup with a ball connected by a string.  In English, kendama may be referred to as ring and pin and bears similarities to the classic cup-and-ball game, known in the Latin American world as balero. The principle of these toys are the same: catching one object with another, where both are joined by a string."

The kendama that my family received as a gift from our Japanese exchange students was handmade, and I've also seen the same type of toy handmade from Mexico.  

Being that I've seen them made by hand, I thought I'd check Etsy and see if there were any available for my boys.  I didn't have much luck.  The search came up with only THREE results, one of which was only the picture of they toy on a t-shirt.  A second wasn't quite the kendama we were looking for (as it only had the stick, with no cups).  The third is the ONLY kendama toy that fit, made in Thailand by Etsy shop Thewooden.  Here it is:

My son saw this kendama and liked it, but it wasn't quite exactly what he wanted.  I was a bit disappointed that I didn't find more on Etsy.  I was expecting a little bit more - at least more from my search than only three items...I had to continue my search elsewhere on the Internet.  I went to eBay and Amazon, of course! 
 This one is from eBay, from Hong Kong, China, with a starting bid of $2.99 and free shipping.
This one was found on Amazon, and has a much more modern look, priced at about $20 and ships from the U.S.

There was quite a lot to choose from at these two Internet shopping Hot Spots!  Now, when I go to do some Christmas shopping...I have a few different kendama toys to choose from saved in my "wish list!"

Have you heard of the kendama toy?  Which one out of the four shown here do you like best?