Saturday, April 30, 2011

Winner of Headband from Smile Like You Mean It

Thanks to all you guys who entered for the chance to win the headband from Smile Like You Mean It.  I am excited at the response that I got from having such a great sponsor and giveaway!  If you have an Etsy store or are a consultant for your own business and would like to sponsor a giveaway here on my blog, please send me an email.
moehend at yahoo dot com

And now, drum roll please...

Random #33  who was:

ani hearts japan said... I added her shop to my faves as Ani hearts Japan on etsy.

Congrats to Ani, she has been emailed and has 72 hours to contact me with her info.  If not then I will pick another winner.

Thanks again everyone and thank you Katie for such a great giveaway! The code : PATHB4ME for 20% off can still be used at the Smile Like You Mean It Etsy shop. Use it quick though because it expires on Monday! :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I'm Sponsoring a Giveaway!

I know I said I was taking a break, and I am, but I had to let y'all know that I am one of the many sponsers at a huge giveaway going on at  Angie's Angel Help Network Facebook Page .  So go check it out and enter all the great prizes in her giveway! The Path Before Me Etsy Shop is sponsoring a prize of the "C is for Cookie" tote bag! All the directions for entering are there at her page! Good luck!

Winners will be picked when she reaches 2500 fans so go like her and then tell your friends!  :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Taking a Break

I just wanted to leave y'all a note to say that I am taking a little blogging break for this week.  I'll be back to announce the winner of the Headband from Smile Like You Mean It on the 30th.  I have a lot going on and I have a new toy that I want to play with!  Have a great week!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Disappearing Easter Eggs

The day before Easter, three little boys sat out on their porch and dyed 12 eggs.  The eggs couldn't absorb the dye fast enough for these guys, as they wanted an instant result so that they could stick the next egg in.

There were green, pink, blue and purple colors to dye them.

And fun rabbit ear tongs for grabbing the eggs.

One of the boys became very upset when he was told he could not splash in the colored water!  

Finally the eggs were dyed and put into the fridge to await the next days hunt.

The morning came with Easter baskets filled with surprises.

The boys took their time looking at each and every thing and
each piece of candy was held up and requested to be eaten.  

 After dressing in their super cute tie shirts that their awesome Mom made for them, the boys headed out the back door for an egg hunt.  The awesome Mom had hidden all twelve of the eggs out in the yard for the boys to find.  She made sure that she remembered where she hid each one.

The boys ran around looking for the eggs and as they ran past two hiding spots, the Mom wondered why the boys didn't see the eggs.  She began to realize that none of the eggs were where she put them.  They were no where to be found. The boys were ahead of her and so she hollered (because she is from Texas), "Did you guys find any eggs yet?!" and there were replies of "NO!" from all.

Every single egg was gone!  There was not a trace of an egg.  No broken shell.  No fleshy egg part.  Nothing.  The awesome Mom looked at the awesome Dad and they questioned one another about where the eggs could have gone.  It seems that they had just disappeared!  

The conclusion was made that an animal, probably a dog, sniffed them all out and gobbled them up! The doggy wouldn't know that it had ruined the three little boys egg hunt.  It would have just thought, "Yummy eggs!  This is the best day ever!"  Not realizing that later, he/she would be paying for the massive egg consumption... which the awesome Mom secretly hoped would be paid out on the owner of the dog for letting the dog run loose. 

 On the way back to the house, one egg was found.  
Just lying in the grass.  One little blue egg with a damaged side
from what appear to be teeth marks. 

Thankfully the awesome Mom and Dad had plastic eggs and the
boy were able to hunt eggs after all. And everyone was happy

....except the dog.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Featuring You Friday - Dreaming In Color

Well, it's Friday and I have a great blog to feature today!  Dreaming in Color is the blog of a really crafty chick, Deneen.  I am always inspired by this crafty gal's projects.  Here are a few that I really love.

She made her own silverware drawer dividers using paint sticks!  
This is a project I want to do!

How about this outdoor chandelier?

Take a look at how she turns this

Into this! 

So happy Good Friday everyone!  I hope you enjoy spending time with your family this weekend and that this Easter is a sweet time of rejoicing in the fact that He is risen!   

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wildflowers & Whimsy: Skye Reve Fabrics Giveaway

Wildflowers & Whimsy: Skye Reve Fabrics Giveaway

Check out the above link to win this bundle of fabric!

Click on the picture and go right to Skye Reve Fabrics to check out their other goodies!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - MOPS Easter Egg Hunt

Recipe of the Week - Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

This is an easy and tasty soup to make.  My husband helped me decide which seasonings to put in and I think the flavor we came up with is very homey and comforting.


4 cups of water
1 lb of chicken breasts
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 chicken boullion
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp sage
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp of seasoned salt
pepper to taste
1 pkg of egg noodles, cooked

Put everything in the crock except the noodles.  We used frozen chicken breasts and set the crock pot on high for 4 hours and then turned it down to low for 2 hours.

By the end of the 6 hours your chicken should be so tender that you can use a spoon to kind of cut and shred your chicken right there in the pot.  Of course if you want really tiny pieces than you can scoop the whole pieces out and cut them up on a plate and put it back in after you cut it to your liking.  Don't forget to remove the bay leaf.

Place a cup of cooked egg noodles in your bowl and spoon your soup over the top.  Yummy!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Path Before Me Etsy Store Grand Opening

I realize that my store has been open since the beginning of this month but I haven't really done much to promote it and so I am really going to try to start doing that.  I am having fun making the stuff and I am going to take a blogging break all next week so that I can play with a new toy I got for an early Mother's Day gift.  So you will be seeing some of the product of my play coming up in the month of May. 

So if you order ANYTHING from my Etsy store today or tomorrow you can enter in the coupon code: GRNDOPN for FREE shipping.  How's that for a grand opener?!


 Tote I added just today!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Giveaway - Elmer's Crafting Supplies


I won all these supplies from Elmer's and I can't remember which blog hosted the giveaway!  I'm so sorry, if it was you will you please let me know?!

Anyway, look at all that stuff!  Some of that I will definitely use but some of it I would like to giveaway.  Would you be o.k. with that?

This is the prize pack that I'll be giving away to one winner.  A retractable X-ACTO knife, a circle cutter with mat, a box of clear photo corners and a box of silver photo corners.  Pretty cool, huh?

Here's how to enter:

Mandatory entry

~Follow me on Google Friend Connect.  The button is in the sidebar on the left.  Leave me a comment letting me know you follow.  Please leave your email address in your comments so I can contact you!

Xtra Entries

For 1~Follow me on Networked Blogs and leave me a comment letting me know.

For 1~Like The Path Before Me on Facebook and leave me a comment letting me know.

For 1~Enter any of my other giveaways and leave me a comment letting me know.

For 3~Blog about this giveaway and leave me a comment letting me know. 

**This giveaway ends on May 2nd at 5pm EST.  The winner will be chosen via a random number generator and will be contacted by email and will have 72 hours to reply before a new winner will be chosen.  I won these products and I am conducting this giveaway on my own. **

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Burlap Throw Pillows

I had red throw pillows on my bed but they really don't go with the decor any more.  So I bought some muslin and covered the pillow and then made a case out of burlap.  I stenciled on a design and there you go.  Took me a couple of hours and cost me less than $10!  I really like the way they turned out.

I didn't know if I should wash the burlap before making the pillowcases.  I am wishing I would have kind of stinks and there is a crease that may be permanent in one of the pillows.  I had never worked with burlap until now though.  So I am learning as I go.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Giveaway - A Beautiful Headband from Smile Like you Mean It


Hey everyone!  Are y'all ready for a giveaway?!  I am, so here we go!  This giveaway is for a beautiful headband from Smile Like You Mean It.   If you win, you will get to pick your headband from one of these 3 choices.

 A big beautiful flower.  This one kind of looks vintage country. 
Is that a style?  Either way, I love the button in the middle! 

 Beautiful double flowered headband.  
I love the small touches of green in there.

If two flowers are not enough for you, then how about three?!  
I love the bigger pearl accents in this one!

Katie, the crafter behind all the beautiful pieces at Smile Like You Mean It, wanted to say "Hi" to y'all so here is a little note from her to you:

Hi, Everybody! I'm Katie from Smile Like You Mean it!!  I'm so glad to be apart of this giveaway today.  Every day I try to find things that make me happy and get me to smile.  Smile Like You Mean It means finding things in life that make you happy and genuinely cause you to smile.  I try to find things every day that reach that goal.  And, if I'm having a bad day, then I like to create things that make me smile. I'm excited to be giving away one of these pretty headbands and hope it will make you smile when you wear it!


Along with the giveaway Katie has provided a 20% off discount code for The Path Before Me readers!  Just enter the code: PATHB4ME at her Etsy store, Smile Like You Mean It.

Here's the nitty-gritty for the giveaway:

Each entry must be given as a separate comment.  Please leave your email address with each comment so that I can contact you.

Mandatory Entry (This must be done first!)--
Follow The Path Before Me on Google Friend Connect.  Follow button is in the left side bar.

Extra Entries--Leave a separate comment for each

1 entry--Follow Smile Like You Mean It on Google Friend Connect.

1 entry--Take a look at the Smile Like You Mean It store and let me know in your comment what your favorite item is.

1 entry--Add Smile Like You Mean It to your Etsy Store favorites and let me know you did in a comment.

1 entry--Follow me on Networked Blogs (Button is on the left).

1 entry--Enter any of my other giveaways. 

1 entry--Like The Path Before Me on Facebook. 

This giveaway ends on  April 30th at 5pm EDT.  A random number generator is used to select the winner.  The winner will be contacted via email and will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn.  Winner's information will be given to Katie who will send you the headband of your choice! 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Featuring You Friday - Aubrey Plays

This weeks featured blog was brought to my attention when I won a prize at Tatertot's and Jello for a laptop bag made by Aubrey Plays.  I just got my finished bag in the mail yesterday and I am so pleased with it.  Aubrey and I emailed back and forth about material options and colors.  I also got to pick out the design, so I chose an owl.  He's super cute!  I even asked for a quirky quote to be put inside the bag and she followed through beautifully with that.  Aubrey makes all kinds of cute bags and totes.  You can check out her blog HERE and her Etsy store HERE.

 Here's my win! 

Whoo!  Whooooo!

That is my quirky quote.  To explain, my PeePaw said that he thought the words in Help Me Rhonda went "Since you've been away I've got owls poop'n in my bed" instead of "since she put me down I've been out doin' in my head".  Hahaha!  Now whenever I see an owl I think of that! 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

We are the Yankees!

Josh had his second practice last night and he got his uniform too!  A shirt, a cap and some socks.  We bought him some baseball pants and we will be looking for some cleats tomorrow.  Hopefully, he will get to play in his first game on Saturday, so far the weather man is calling for rain.  I know there will be one disappointed little boy if it is rained out.  

This is coach pitch baseball.  Josh never played T-ball.  I hope he won't be at too much of a disadvantage because of it.  In my opinion he is doing well though.  I think it will be lot's of fun to watch him.  

  He practiced playing second base.  He did pretty good.  We need to work on him throwing without doing the whole wind up before every throw though.  Perhaps he will be a pitcher next year!

He did good at batting practice.  All the kids seem to inch further and further past the plate with each swing.  

And on a side note, when it has been raining, there are many muddy puddles out at this park.  Here's one that someone found straight away.

Yep...slipped and fell right on his hiney into the mud puddle.  YUCK!

Luckily, by the time we were ready to leave, it had dried and he could be dusted off with no problem! 

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