Saturday, August 31, 2013

My Recent Blog Winnings

I feel a bit better than I did the other day when I complained about only winning books.  We get our mail at a PO box, and when I went, I had a few awesome things!

I received an Urifemme Tri Pack with a $25 Visa GC.  The Urifemme is a product that helps women to pee while standing so they can avoid germs!

I am really excited to read "The Hive" by Gill Hornby that I won from Goodreads.  The first sentence of the Goodreads description says, "There's only room for one Queen Bee: A hilarious and touching novel about the social world of school mothers."

I can't wait to use the card I got for a free Mocha Cookies & Cream milkshake from Chick-fil-A.  I won it on The Denver Housewife.

Have you entered to win or won anything exciting recently?  Do you have any giveaways going on on your blog right now?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Six Word Saturday - #31

Show my Face blog hosts Six Word Saturday each week. I love this meme, because it is so simple yet can tell so much.

Here's what you do: Describe your life (or something) in just six words.

Family barbecue today, Happy Birthday Bobby!

My cousin, Bobby, has a bbq every Labor Day weekend for his birthday.  I love getting to see everyone each year.  Below are some pictures from previous years' bbqs.

Bobby is the one wearing the white shirt on the left.  I'm the girl in the black shirt.

My friend Seth used to come but I haven't seen him in a few years now.  But...I really like my hair in this picture LOL

That's my sister next to me, and our cousins Linette and Staci.  This year will be Linette's sons first time at the family bbq.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lettuce Wrapped Burgers

I had a lettuce wrapped burger for the first time for dinner tonight.  I'm really mad now that I didn't take a picture of it.  My question is...what kind of lettuce do you use on yours?  We used green leaf lettuce and it was a bit small.  I had to use two pieces to wrap it.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Giveaway Coming Up & How Do You Win Giveaways?

I love entering giveaways.  There is nothing like winning free prizes!  But I feel like I have been putting a lot of time into entering lately and I am only winning books from Goodreads.  Everyone says that entering blog giveaways daily helps to increase your chances, but I really feel like I was winning more when I only entered each giveaway once.  Hopefully this will be one of those things that pays off over the long run.

I also have my mom bugging me to win another it's easy.  I was really lucky to win a trip to New Orleans a few years back.  We got to go to the Essence Music festival.  We received facials and massages.  We stayed at the beautiful W Hotel.  It was absolutely amazing!

Do you enter giveaways or run giveaways?  Do you have any tips for me?

P.S. - I should have a Manischewitz review and giveaway coming up soon.  Be on the lookout :)

Monday, August 26, 2013

I'm Lucky to Live in Santa Barbara

Hunter and I took a 3 mile walk today along the is so beautiful here some days!

This is the path I was on.

There are always tons of boats parked.

The wall that the water was coming over LOL

I loved this seagull on top of the signage.  I think I should have zoomed in though LOL

Do you have a favorite place to walk?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Wheels 'n Windmills Car Show

The car show yesterday ended up being really neat.  They had a few modern cars but mostly old cars.  I don't really know anything about cars, so I just know they were pretty, my mom and I had fun, and Hunter behaved really well!  Below are some of my favorite pics:

I always love the little people :)

This is the only picture of my mom.  There were a ton of Bel Airs there!

I became obsessed with food trays on the sides of the cars.  I wish this picture was zoomed in more!

This car was really little, which doesn't come through in the picture.  It reminded me of my 4 year old cousin's Jeep that he drives around.

This car was the prettiest colored car there.

This picture speaks for itself :)

I loved this old Sheriff car.

What an awesome paint job!

I liked the mini pace car on the roof of the real pace car.

My mom loved seeing Tigger driving.  I missed it and would have walked right by it :(

Do you have a favorite type of classic car?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

New Fall TV Shows I am Excited to Check Out

I love when the new shoes debut every fall, although it seems like many of my favorites are cancelled after a few episodes.  Some of the new shows I am looking forward to this year are The Crazy Ones, Masterchef Jr., and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Masterchef Jr. is Masterchef but with kids.  It looks like the three chefs are mentoring the kids as opposed to the adults, who they just torment!

Brooklyn Nine-nine looks ridiculous but I love Andy Samberg so much that I am going to try it out.  He just cracks me up!

Sarah Michelle Gellar plays Robin Williams' daughter in this show.  They both work for an advertising agency.  It looks pretty funny!

Are there any shows you are looking forward to this fall?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Six Word Saturday - #30

Show my Face blog hosts Six Word Saturday each week. I love this meme, because it is so simple yet can tell so much.  Now that I am blogging again, I want to start participating.

Here's what you do: Describe your life (or something) in just six words.

Going to a car show, yay!

My mom, Hunter (the dog), and I are headed up to Solvang for a car show.  I haven't been to a car show in years so I am really looking forward to it.  I hope to take some cool pictures to post!

The cars below are from the last car show I went to.  I love pretty cars :)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

My New Love - Yoga

I was introduced to yoga almost 18 months ago.  I hated the first few classes but slowly started to really like it.  Unfortunately, the studio I was going to hadn't really opened yet so they only offered classes while they were doing teacher trainings for their other studios.  But a few months ago, the friend who introduced me to yoga started teaching at a new studio called Divinitree.  They were offering an amazing monthly deal when they opened so I signed up for it.  Divinitree has a hot room and a regular room.  They offer 15-20 classes most days.  I am trying to go 3-4 times a week.  I think it is really helping with my weight maintenance / loss.

Some of my favorite poses are:

Pigeon pose

Camel Pose

Tree Pose

Have you ever tried yoga?  If so, do you have a favorite pose?  Or, do you have a preference of hot or regular?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Unlimited Movie Pass

I went to a silent auction a few months ago and bid on an unlimited movie pass for the 2nd half of 2013....and won!  I love movies so I was super excited about this.  I have been trying to take advantage as much as possible!

I have gone to 17 movies since the end of June! Some of my favorites have been:

White House Down - Who doesn't love Channing Tatum?

Pacific Rim - I went to this for my friend but ended up loving it!

The To Do List - Aubrey Plaza is my new favorite actress!

We're the Millers - I laughed out loud at a lot of the jokes!

Did you see any good movies this summer?  What were your favorites?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I Love Pets! (Especially Dogs and Lizards)

I love sharing pictures of the animals in my life.  My geckos, Chip and Dale, continue to grow.  They are so healthy and happy! My dog, Hunter, has cancer now, but he seems to be doing okay on chemo.  If the chemo is doing its job properly, he could actually be cancer free right now.  I have also had the privilege of dogsitting my friend's dog, Loki, recently.  He is about 5 months old and so cute! Tell me about your pets!  I would love to hear about them and/or see them!

Loki likes to be everywhere Hunter is....

But Hunter always looks at me like...."Please make him go away".

Chip is bigger than Dale was when I first got them!

Dale's cage has a few water spots on it hahaha

Hunter could stare at the geckos for hours!

They are too cute for words!

Loki even wants to play with the same toys as the same time!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Motown Museum

An unexpected stop on our Michigan trip was the Motown Museum.  Our cousins were going and we decided to join them.  We were all so glad we went!  Unfortunately, you can't take pictures inside.  But we did get a few pictures outside. :)

This is me under the sign out front.

We let my grandma take a picture of us...I guess she doesn't like our faces ;)

This is our group minus one cousin :)  The right door was the recording studio and the left door was the office.

This is where the magic begins!

A little bit about Motown.

They "renamed" the street.

I had heard of Motown before this tour but I had no idea they were so huge.  I learned that a lot of their artists were very young, that they put Stevie Wonder's favorite candy bar in the same place in the vending machine all the time so he could find it, and even got to see a Michael Jackson hat and glove.  If you are ever in Detroit, check this museum out!