A Book Review and Summer Reading GIVEAWAY

I am halfway through Giddy Up, Eunice: Because Women Need Each Other, and before I even finished it I felt like I NEED to tell women about this book.

It has been food for my soul. I didn’t even make it through the intro without crying and laughing out loud. Although the crying could be from pregnancy hormones. #fourweekstogo

I have followed the author, Sophie Hudson, online for years and have heard her speak in person.

She is a high school counselor, humorous/inspirational writer who also records a hilarious podcast

And what I love about her is she is so good at making me laugh and challenging me in the same paragraph.

Anyone who can speak on reality TV binges and what we can learn from the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth on the same book page is my kind of person. :)

If you are a woman: married, single, divorced or widowed; you need to read this book because women do need each other. 

And Sophie shares this truth in her endearing Mississippi writing voice like no other can. 

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And because I also think all women need big earrings:

Shelly Dolen created a new line of big metallic earrings that look like metal, but are actually are made of leather (and weigh basically nothing)! I love BIG earrings, but the heavy ones give me headaches. There are tons of styles, and I want them ALL. :)

And to top it off for every pair of earrings that Shelly sells she donates a pair to the charity Dress for Success working wardrobe. It’s basically a win win earring situation.


So two readers will receive a copy of Giddy Up, Eunice: Because Women Need Each Other and a pair of earrings from Shelly Dolen’s website (style of your choice).

Comment below with your favorite thing about summer.

Mine is all the fresh summer produce! #givemeallthesalads

Share on facebook or twitter for an additional entry. And then leave a comment below that you did.

Two winners will be randomly selected by random.org and will be announced on Friday, June 17th.

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*I received a free copy of this book to review. All giveaways are paid for by me.

Housekeeping and a Deal on Design

If you were hoping this was a blog post on how to clean your 4 bedroom home in 15 minutes you have come to the wrong place.

But if you have been reading this blog long you already know that.

Because let’s be honest. I have a cleaning lady.

I can’t be a wife/stepmom, cook, clean, work two jobs, write a blog and try to get in shape all by myself. It takes a village to raise me keep me sane.

And if I am really being honest I would rather work two jobs that have to clean my house anyway.

But I did want to share a couple things blog-related.

First off if you would like to receive my blog in your inbox weekly see the button below for details.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Secondly, I have a new facebook page for all my local design work plus deals on furniture and accessories and tips for sprucing up your home.

Thirdly, I have a new simple website for my decorating business now. HRP Interiors

And for the spring I am offering a deal on my e-design work (for e-design details click here).

Get 30% off the price of an e-design package.

This process has worked great with clients as far away as Alaska! Email me at hrpinteriors@yahoo.com if you are interested. I would love to help you refresh your space for 2015.

100 Days of Real Food Cookbook Review and a Giveaway

Winner Announced: Jennifer B. you were randomly selected by random.org.

I will send you an email to get your contact information.

Thanks everyone for participating.


Well I promised a cookbook giveaway so here it is.

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I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this collection of recipes for Lisa Leake at 100 Days of Real Food.

But this is not just any cookbook; it is more like a text-book(especially if you have children) for simple clean eating.

I did not read any recipes that would be difficult for even novices.

And I will say that most of the recipes are very simple, and at least for my taste buds might require some pizzazz.

But then I am not one to stick to a recipe anyway.

Regardless, I am all for reducing processed foods and cooking from scratch.

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I tried the recipe for cinnamon raisin bread.  And I actually made it three times. Once as the recipe was written and once substituting 3 bananas and chocolate chips for the applesauce and raisins, once as muffins.

Each time the recipe turned out well. Just be careful not to under/over bake it. I had a hard time telling when it was finished baking.

But it was definitely better tasting than this stuff.

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Okay now for the fun part.

I am giving away a copy of the cookbook this week. Winner will be chosen Thursday evening, 9/4/14.

Two ways to enter:

#leave a comment below with the best recipe you have ever made.

#share the giveaway on facebook, twitter or instagram, then leave a comment below that you did.

Feel free to enter once a day.

Thanks for reading, and thanks to 100 Days Of Read Food for sponsoring this giveaway.

100 Days of Real Food Cookbook Review and a Giveaway

Well I promised a cookbook giveaway so here it is.

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I am so happy to have the opportunity to review this collection of recipes for Lisa Leake at 100 Days of Real Food.

But this is not just any cookbook; it is more like a text-book(especially if you have children) for simple clean eating.

I did not read any recipes that would be difficult for even novices.

And I will say that most of the recipes are very simple, and at least for my taste buds might require some pizzazz.

But then I am not one to stick to a recipe anyway.

Regardless, I am all for reducing processed foods and cooking from scratch.

wpid-img_20140830_133759.jpg

wpid-img_20140830_135026.jpg

wpid-img_20140830_143659.jpg

I tried the recipe for cinnamon raisin bread.  And I actually made it three times. Once as the recipe was written and once substituting 3 bananas and chocolate chips for the applesauce and raisins, once as muffins.

Each time the recipe turned out well. Just be careful not to under/over bake it. I had a hard time telling when it was finished baking.

But it was definitely better tasting than this stuff.

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Okay now for the fun part.

I am giving away a copy of the cookbook this week. Winner will be chosen Thursday evening, 9/4/14.

Two ways to enter:

#leave a comment below with the best recipe you have ever made.

#share the giveaway on facebook, twitter or instagram, then leave a comment below that you did.

Feel free to enter once a day.

Thanks for reading, and thanks to 100 Days Of Read Food for sponsoring this giveaway.

My Mom’s Birthday, My TV Series Addiction and a Cake Giveaway- Winner Announced

Jen B @ 366 and more blog is the winner of the Daisy Cake Giveaway.

Jen, I will be emailing you this week with details.

Thanks random.org for helping with this giveaway.

And thanks for all the entries, everyone!

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I have an addiction.

I have had it for several years.

I watch Shark Tank, a lot.

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If you have never watched the show, it is a reality series where individuals pitch their ideas, companies, patents etc to get an investment from the show’s business moguls.

I find it incredibly interesting, educational and just plain fun.

And I love being introduced to new product lines.

Well last season Daisy Cakes was featured on Shark Tank.

(click here to watch her presentation)

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And while Kim has had some bumps along the way, I was totally impressed with her presentation and product, and she lives right down the road from me.

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Well I tucked her information away for next time I needed a special cake.

Fast forward 6 months, today is my mom’s birthday.

And guess what she got? A coconut cake from Daisy Cakes (of course, from me, her favorite daughter with red hair).

My mom gave the cake two thumbs up.

Happy Birthday Mom

So in honor of her birthday, I am giving one away this week, a $68 value.

You can enter two ways.

#1. Comment below with your favorite cake flavor.

#2. Share the giveaway on facebook and/or twitter and then leave a comment below that you did.

Random.org will pick a winner on Monday morning, April 7th.

This giveaway is for the US only. Sorry, no international shipping options.

The winner can choose the cake flavor and the shipping date; this would be perfect for an Easter or Mother’s Day celebration.

I was not compensated for this giveaway and all opinions are my own. 

The giveaway is over.

 

My Mom’s Birthday, My TV Series Addiction and a Cake Giveaway

I have an addiction.

I have had it for several years.

I watch Shark Tank, a lot.

download (1)

If you have never watched the show, it is a reality series where individuals pitch their ideas, companies, patents etc to get an investment from the show’s business moguls.

I find it incredibly interesting, educational and just plain fun.

And I love being introduced to new product lines.

Well last season Daisy Cakes was featured on Shark Tank.

(click here to watch her presentation)

Source
Source

And while Kim has had some bumps along the way, I was totally impressed with her presentation and product, and she lives right down the road from me.

daisy cakes website

Well I tucked her information away for next time I needed a special cake.

Fast forward 6 months, today is my mom’s birthday.

And guess what she got? A coconut cake from Daisy Cakes (of course, from me, her favorite daughter with red hair).

My mom gave the cake two thumbs up.

Happy Birthday Mom

So in honor of her birthday, I am giving one away this week, a $68 value.

You can enter two ways.

#1. Comment below with your favorite cake flavor.

#2. Share the giveaway on facebook and/or twitter and then leave a comment below that you did.

Random.org will pick a winner on Monday morning, April 7th.

This giveaway is for the US only. Sorry, no international shipping options.

The winner can choose the cake flavor and the shipping date; this would be perfect for an Easter or Mother’s Day celebration.

I was not compensated for this giveaway and all opinions are my own.

 

My Family, Fried Chicken and A Giveaway- winners announced

Winners selected by random.org: Michelle G., Marla A., and Charis J.

Ladies, you will receive an email from me requesting your address.

Thanks for reading, everyone!

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Bojangles has always held a special place in my heart which may sound odd, but it’s true.

My great-grandfather who lived in CA would visit us in SC on occasion.

And one of the first things he would ask when he arrived was when could we go get chicken from Bojangles.

He loved it.

And most years when we take our annual trip to pick apples in NC, we pick-up a couple buckets of Bojangles chicken to eat as a picnic lunch in the mountains.

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Apple picking and Chicken eating, Circa 2009

And of course I am always a sucker for Bo-Berry Biscuits and Dirty Rice.

BOJANGLES’ DIRTY RICE®,
BO-BERRY BISCUIT®

I even developed a recipe to mimic those biscuits of delight.

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Anyway, Bojangles sent me three gift cards to give out to my readers.

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Just comment below with your favorite southern food.

Random.org will pick three winners.

Enter Friday Feb 28th through Sunday March 2nd, and I will announce the winners on Monday morning.

One entry per day.

Thanks for reading!

My Family, Fried Chicken and A Giveaway

Bojangles has always held a special place in my heart which may sound odd, but it’s true.

My great-grandfather who lived in CA would visit us in SC on occasion.

And one of the first things he would ask when he arrived was when could we go get chicken from Bojangles.

He loved it.

And most years when we take our annual trip to pick apples in NC, we pick-up a couple buckets of Bojangles chicken to eat as a picnic lunch in the mountains.

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Apple picking and Chicken eating, Circa 2009

And of course I am always a sucker for Bo-Berry Biscuits and Dirty Rice.

BOJANGLES’ DIRTY RICE®,
BO-BERRY BISCUIT®

I even developed a recipe to mimic those biscuits of delight.

blue berry biscuits 009

Anyway, Bojangles sent me three gift cards to give out to my readers.

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Just comment below with your favorite southern food.

Random.org will pick three winners.

Enter Friday Feb 28th through Sunday March 2nd, and I will announce the winners on Monday morning.

One entry per day.

Thanks for reading!

Retail Therapy: My Favorite New Leggings and a Giveaway (Winner Announced)

And the randomly selected winner is Heather Cruice.

I will email you for your size and color choice.

Thanks everyone for participating :)

Have a great week! 

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First of all,

leggings

I wear them with long cardigans, tunics or dresses

And I always struggle with finding leggings that are completely opaque.

Non-baggy knees and a comfortable waistband are important too.

But recently I stumbled upon these and they are awesome.

Hue, Ultra Leggings- Wide Waistband, $36

Big wide waistband for they don’t fall down or roll down.

Non-baggy knees 

And not see through at ALL

So whether you just wear leggings around the house or like to dress them up for a day on the town, you need these non-pants of comfort!

And because I stumbled upon these leggings from heaven I am giving away one pair this weekend.

You can enter three ways.

#1 Just comment below with your plans for the weekend.

#2. Share the giveaway on facebook or twitter and then leave a comment below that you did.

#3. Like the blog facebook page, here.

Winner announced on Monday morning.

Winner can choose a size and color of their choice.

Giveaway is over, 1.20.13.

***I was not compensated for this giveaway. I just wanted to share the legging love.***