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Coffee Chat – March 2009

(Sorry for the delay, folks. I had something come up at the last minute …)


Coffee Chat Winners - March 09




THANK YOU for playing, everyone! I really enjoyed reading your answers!! Let’s do this again in June!


Coffee Chat is ALL about YOU! Here’s what you do: Answer the daily question. That’s it! (Beware! The questions get more challenging as the days go by!)

1. Each answer you leave in the comment section counts as one ticket. (One comment per day, please).

2. Subscribe to my feed, receive another ticket. (Please leave separate comment if subscribed).

3. Follow me on Twitter, receive another ticket. (Please leave separate comment if following).

On March 13th, at 5:00 p.m. CST, I’ll draw two winners
– first place winner gets to choose a $25.00 gift certificate to an online retailer of his/her choice (see this page for store listings) AND, the second place winner will receive a $10.00 Starbucks gift card (U.S. residents only for the Starbucks gift card, please).

Confused? Contact Karen.

Ready for the questions?

Question #1: Do you squeeze the toothpaste tube or roll it?

Question #2: Are you a hugger, or a non-hugger? Why?

Question #3: What’s your favorite ice cream brand and flavor?

Question #4: What’s one of your greatest achievements? (Other than being a mother/father).

Question #5: If you could be invisible for one day, what would you do?

Question #6: What does “success” mean to you?

Question #7: What’s one regret you live with?

Last Question: On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the best), how happy do you usually feel?

My answer: I’d have to say 9 for me – I’m pretty happy with my life. I rarely dip below the 6 mark.

Photo Story Friday

Photo Story Friday: Ho Ho

What a wonderful excuse to scan old pictures and bore you to tears!!

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

I have a TON of old pictures that I need to scan, so hang onto your hats, Fridays are going to get nostalgic.

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

First Christmas - circa 87 or 88

Me and Kevin in front of our pitiful Christmas tree in the apartment that we shared. I was around 22 25 and Kevin was 26 29. This was before we were married (*gasp* yes, we lived together before tying the knot) and I’m thinking it was either 1987 or 1988. I’m not exactly sure which, but I’d guess ’87 This would have been 1990 judging by the empty tree branches, and the fact that we’re wearing wedding rings (thanks Heidi!). Yeah, we were THAT poor. We couldn’t even afford decorations for our tree.

Look at how CUTE my husband is!! Wow. What a babe. RAWR.

And yes, *sigh* I was one THOSE women who wore dorky holiday sweaters/sweatshirts. And I think I’m wearing Christmas earrings too, though it’s hard to see. (Okay fine, I still wear dorky holiday sweaters, hush).

My hair? I used to hot roll my hair every day and I swear, I spent an hour each day JUST on my hair. I was never so glad to see straight hair come back into fashion in my life.

So was Kevin. 😛

I also want to know what color lipstick I’m wearing because I like it! (This is probably one of six photos with me wearing lipstick – I simply don’t do it very often).

Kevin wouldn’t be caught dead in sweaters now.

And it’s good to know I had THUNDER thighs even back then.

That’s strangely comforting.

Friday Fun

Friday Craft: You Can Make it Yourself

So, I ran across this really cool website called “You Can Make This.”

From the site: was created by a stay-at-home mom who wanted to provide a place where women could learn how to make items for their homes and families. The site is unique because the eBooks and patterns are written by “everyday” women. The step-by-step format of the eBooks enables even the most craft-challenged person to experience the satisfaction of creating something beautiful. provides easy to follow how-to eBooks on a variety of projects. The eBooks feature detailed step-by-step instructions and photos that walk you through the creative process. Popular categories include clothing creation, quilting, crochet, jewelry, home decor, and more.

Doesn’t that sound like fun? I’ve also included this website on my list of “approved” retailers for both the quarterly photo contest and Coffee Chat (which is happening now and actually ends today if you want a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the “You Can Make This” website).

Here are some crafts from the site that caught my eye:

Floppy Eared Bunny Silly Hat – Crochet Pattern: $6.38


Strappy Sundress- Sizes 1-6: $9.95


Toy Frog – Crochet: $6.00 (Aww)


The Abigail Photo Bag: $9.99


The Booty Bag: $8.95 (A fun way to recycle those jeans the kids outgrow).


Anyway, I thought this site was a fun alternative to store-bought stuff AND it saves money while making memories.

(By the way, I did not get paid to pass this information on to you. I saw the site, thought it was cute and felt compelled to talk about it. I don’t accept paid advertisements, but if I ever do, I’ll let you know).

Have fun!