Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thankful for . . .

being safe and sound after our little adventure this past Saturday.

The boys and I were traveling from our home (point A on map) to visit my mom, sis and her husband up in Chester (point B) and got caught in a major freak snowstorm. We caught a patch of ice and skidded sideways across the freeway into the snow-covered mountain. I tried to steer the car so the front would take the impact, since the boys were in the back, and it worked, but there was some damage to our car, and we couldn't continue.
I am incredibly thankful for:

The kind gentlemen who stopped to help us. They got us unstuck from the side of the road and one of them eve offered to drive us to Chester, but I couldn't just leave the car where it was.
The police officer who took us back down to Chico, helped me get the boys and our gear in his car and got us to the repair shop.
The tow truck driver who didn't charge me for the extra miles to tow the car to Chico.
The fact that my brother-in-law works for the same hotel chain as the place we stayed in Chico that night, and got us a discount.
The luggage rack I chose to keep in our hotel room, because it was a jungle gym for my boys.
Having bought Cheerios and Froot Loops, milk, oatmeal and yogurt earlier that day because it tided us over until we got into the hotel and ordered pizza for dinner.
My sweet boys, who were a little rowdy at first but in the end, slept like champs, and let me sleep after a scary and confusing day.
My in-laws and our friend J, who offered to drive to get us that evening, driving through the night if needed.
My wonderful husband, who didn't care what I had done to the car (even though money is very tight around here) but just wanted to make sure we were okay. Since we were set up for the night in a hotel room, we agreed that he would get us the following morning. He left at 3am and got to us by 8am, as we were having breakfast. I drove home and he tried to catch some sleep on the way.

Our car is supposed to be ready today so my husband and his dad are going to make the 4 hour drive there, and 4 hour drive back to get the car.

I feel so terrible about what happened, I am not a reckless driver, and at first we thought I'd bent the axle - not that I know what that means - but it turns out it was the strut that got bent, which can happen at lower speeds.

I have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, I hope your holiday weekend is a wonderful one!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Giveaway winner!

The winner of the copy of Real Simple Solutions is:

Melissa! Congratulations - please email me your address so I can get your book in the mail!

Last chance to win Real Simple Solutions!

Check out my giveaway of Real Simple Solutions, the winner will be randomly chosen at 1pm Pacific time!

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's my birthday but YOU get the gift!

Yes, today, November 12, is my birthday. It's also my sister's birthday. No, we're not twins, we were born 23 years apart, which means she is now 62. Which means I'm now 39. Time to cut my hair into a bob and start taking Metamucil?

Nah, it's time for a giveaway!

If you love Real Simple as much as I do, then this is the giveaway for you!

I will be giving out one copy of Real Simple Solutions, a fabulous book full of "Tricks, Wisdom and Easy Ideas to Simplify Everyday", and couldn't we all use some of that?

In order to win, you must:
1 - be a follower
2 - leave a comment

How easy is that?

Real Simple is not sponsoring this giveaway, I just want some space on my bookshelves! Contest open only to the US since I have to pay postage on this behemoth :D

The winner will be randomly chosen on November 15 - good luck!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My Shutterfly Christmas cards, Spanish version

Feliz Navidad 2010 Tarjetas de Navidad 5x7 folded card
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View the entire collection of cards.
Here's a preview of my Shutterfly cards - I love them!

These are the ones I'm sending to my Spanish speaking friends and family - they always want new pics of the boys so I'm including a bunch in the card :D

Friday, November 5, 2010

Giveaway winner!

The winner of the sequined flower pin - in her choice of small - is the English Organizer!

Please send me your info so I can mail you the pin - have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Don't forget to comment on my super glam sequined flower pin giveaway post!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Giveaway week!

If you've seen my son's Drago costume in last week's post, then you know I have some red sequined fabric leftover. What can I say, mama likes her glam.

After trying my hand at a few fabric flower pins - you've seen these everywhere on the blogosphere and in boutiques - I decided to put the glam sequined fabric to good use, and because I *puffy heart* my readers, one of you will win one of your very own.

How to win? Easy!
1 - comment specifying if you want the large or small flower pin - 1 entry
2 - facebook, tweet, and/or post about this on your own blog, and leave a comment telling me you did - 1 entry for each

Winner will be announced Friday morning - Good luck!!