Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Busy Couple of Weeks

I have been MIA and I apologize! I feel like the month of December has flown by and I've completely neglected my blog. I find myself in the midst of wrapping and baking with so much left to do and only a few days left to do it all!

I will be spending the next two weeks visiting friends and family, spreading the holiday cheer, and I'm afraid I won't be online much. I promise to be back by the new year with great stories and fun to share with you all!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. May you all have time to savor your visits with friends and family. I wish you all a very happy holiday and a safe and healthy new year!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas... A Special Episode of Community

I'm a huge fan of NBC's Community. I watch every week. When I heard about this upcoming special stop motion animation episode, I was pretty excited. (If you're not familiar with stop motion animation, this is the same technique they used to make Gumby or the Rankin/Bass Rudolph Special.) I'm always entertained by the Community cast and writers, so I knew this was going to be a pretty special Christmas episode.


When Abed (Danny Pudi) wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) become growingly concerned about Abed's mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan (John Oliver). The group undergoes hypnosis to explore Abed's winter wonderland and soon unravel the truth behind Abed’s madness. Chevy Chase, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, and Ken Jeong also star. 

I won't ruin anything for you with this review, but thanks to the One2One Network, I was able to preview the episode earlier today, and I really enjoyed it. To me, Community has a real charm about it. I care about the characters while they make me laugh every week, and I felt the same way about this special episode. It was really well done! 

During the episode, the characters are transformed into toys during their journey to help Abed find the meaning of Christmas. Wait until you see Jeff as "Jeff-in-the-box"! So good! I also love that there was a bit of music and singing in the story. It really gave it that feel of a true Christmas special and I was surprised by the cast's singing abilities! (Some of them are really good!)

I'm going to leave you with a short preview to wet your whistle, but you should definitely check out the episode tonight, Thursday (12/9) at 8pm EST/7pm CST on NBC! If you're already a fan of the show, or if you're new to the gang on Community, you're in for a treat!

Disclosure: The One2One Network emailed me a link to preview this episode to facilitate the review. By posting the review, I am entering to win a gift card or video camera. I was not compensated for this post and the opinions here are my own.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop Winners!

I had 485 entries into this giveaway which really thrilled me! I discovered some great blogs through the hop too! It was so fun! I want to thank Simply Stacie, Little Yaya's, My Wee View, and Stockpiling Moms again for hosting this fabulous event!

So onto the winners! Thanks to everyone who entered and visited my blog! I used and the winners are...

The winner of the $65 CSN Stores Giftcard is...

The winner of the $30 Pear Tree Greetings Giftcard is...

The winner of the $5 Starbucks Giftcard is...

Congrats to mkjmc, Cakeblast and Heavenly Savings!! I'll be contacting you shortly by email! You have 48 hours to respond or I'll have to choose new winners.

Thanks again to everyone for entering and BIG thanks to CSN Stores and Pear Tree Greetings for sponsoring the event and supplying gift cards for the giveaway!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Lovelies For Less Than $20 Shipped

Blue Birds Earring Studs by Lila Ruby King
These adorable blue birds are made from acrylic and hand-drawn and hand-colored. Aren't they lovely?! Lila Ruby King is Australian and based in Greece. These charming little blue birds are only $13 and shipping to the US and Canada is $4.50, since they're being sent from Greece. Totally reasonable, in my opinion. They come boxed for gift giving too. Be sure to visit the shop for other earrings, pins, cards and postcards. If you love the look of these sweet little birds, you're going to love the other items in the shop! I love that the shop owner is working towards making her business carbon-neutral. It makes shopping for beautiful things that much better when you know you're helping the earth!

Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop Ends Tonight!

If you haven't entered my giveaway for the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop, make sure you do it before 11:59pm est tonight! You can enter to win a $65 CSN Stores GC, a $30 Pear Tree Greetings GC and a $5 Starbucks GC. There will be 3 winners -- one for each gift card! But the giveaway ends tonight so don't wait too long! You can also find the linky there to enter the other giveaways by participating blogs!!

Lego Store!

My boyfriend and I went to the Lego Store today. If you have a Lego fan in your family, you know what an exciting trip this can be. The last time we were in a Lego store was 5 years ago in Disney World, so we were looking forward to the trip. (The next time you're in Disney, definitely visit the Lego Store. They have a really cool Wall of Mini Figures and some really cool statues outside.)

So as an early Christmas gift, I bought the Lego City Advent Calendar for him. Every day has a different Lego model to build. He's building himself a scene with the models (and blogging about it on his website ) and he needed a green base board and some bricks for the background wall. So off to the Lego Store we went.

The Lego store offers some fun ways to buy Legos in their stores. You can buy some really cool sets, but you can also buy your own mix of Legos by the cupful. $14.99 for the larger cup (looks about 20oz) and $7.99 for the smaller (about half of that). They have a wall of buckets along the back of the store full of all different Lego components. My boyfriend needed some red bricks to build background walls, so we filled the cup with the number of red bricks we needed. (Yep, we did the math.) And then he filled the rest of the cup with random bits. Steering wheels, ladders, single bricks with eyeballs printed on them, orange "jewels', levers, and all different sizes and colors of random bricks. We probably spent a little more time trying to conserve space in that cup than most people, ok a lot more time, but we fit a ton of Legos in that cup. The cup is pretty cool looking too. The top looks like a Lego and if you bring back your cup and lid next time you need a refill, they'll give you a discount.

I also thought it was cool that kids (or adults) could also build their own mini figures. You could make 3 figures for $9.99. It didn't seem like they had a ton of options and pieces to me, but the kids in the store today were having a great time picking out their mini fig features. They had a cool blister pack to put your 3 figures in to take home too. As a kid, I think would have liked making a mini fig that looked like me. I saw one mini figure today with a ponytail and that impressed me. I would have loved that as a kid.

Minifigure Ice Cube Tray - $7.99
They also had some fun novelty things in the store too. I loved the Holiday Ornament sets and the mini-fig keychains. They also had watches, pens and these fun ice cube trays!

If you have a Lego fan in your house, and a Lego store nearby, I definitely suggest making the trip. You'll definitely be impressed with the number and variety of sets and cool stuff you'll find there!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Happy Weekend and a Reminder!

It's Friday night and the weekend has begun! :) I want to wish you all a happy weekend and remind you about the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop! You can enter to win a $65 CSN Store GC, a $30 Pear Tree Greetings GC and a $5 Starbucks GC. And those are just on my blog!! Over 200 blogs are participating and they're all giving away gift cards or cash!

So start here on my blog, enter to win (only takes 1 comment to be entered!) & then follow the Linky at the bottom of my post to enter all of the other giveaways! With so many chances to win, you have great chances to win a gift card or some cash to help you with holiday shopping or to treat yourself to something nice (like a latte!!) :)

Enjoy your weekend everyone, stay warm (we're looking at highs in the 40's this weekend) and good luck!! (Giveaways -- mine and all of the others -- end Sunday night at 11:59pm est. So get on it!)

Pretty as Peppermint

Cherry Red Millefiori Stud Earrings
These millefiori earrings from Natural Amber caught my eye because the colorful design of the vintage glass cabochons reminded me of swirled peppermints. And the cherry red background is so festive! They feel like Christmas to me. I love that they're tiny, simple studs that will truly stand out! Plus, they're only $11 and Natural Amber always ships for free! If you love vintage style jewelry, you'll want to check out this shop! There are lots of beautiful things to see.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Crunch Time

Now that December is here, do you feel the "crunch time" stress? (And I don't mean the candy bar!!)

For those of you who celebrate Hanukkah, crunch time is right up on you, since tonight is the second night of Hanukkah. (Happy Hanukkah, btw!) Is your shopping all finished or are you still buying gifts?

My family celebrates Christmas and once December rolls around, I always start to feel the stress of the holidays. Getting the shopping done, baking cookies, decorating, getting the cards written out... I always feel like there's too much to do and not enough time. Now, I know it's only December 2, but as I'm writing this, my brain is trying to stray and think about how much I have to do. The list in my head is already down to where I can't see the top anymore!

I did get a good amount of shopping done over the last week, and I already have my Christmas Cards here. Return address labels have been shipped and I've chosen what kinds of cookies I'm going to bake this year. (Decorated sugar cookies, chocolate chip and white chocolate cranberry pistachio!) So I've got a good start, but I'm telling you...crunch time stress has shown up with bells on! Are you feeling it yet?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Vintage Style Blossom Necklace from Smile Sophie

Vintage Style Blossom Coral necklace
Isn't this pretty? I think it's beautiful! Sweet and feminine without being too tiny or dainty! And I really love the addition of the coral cabochon. So so pretty! The two different flower motifs give the necklace such an interesting balance too. Smile Sophie has some lovely pieces in the shop, all at really great prices as well! This one is $15 plus $2.50 shipping in the U.S. and Canada!

Clay Cuties by Sabrina

Personalized Clay Penguin Ornaments 
I think personalized gifts are adorable and a great gift around the holidays is a personalized ornament! These penguins from Clay Cuties by Sabrina are so charming! You can choose your scarf color and have them personalized with a name or short message. There are 3 penguins included in this listing for only $10 + shipping. Wouldn't these make fabulous stocking stuffers for family members or really wonderful package toppers?! Talk about a fancy gift tag! There are so many cute ornaments in this shop! Snowmen, Christmas lightbulbs, snowflakes, angels -- they're all so sweet and perfect for gift-giving.

Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop!

*Giveaway is now closed! Stay tuned for winner announcements!*

Yep! The Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop is here! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm so thrilled to be a part of this hop and I'm really excited to enter some giveaways myself! Isn't a gift card or cash themed giveaway a great idea!! And such perfect timing -- right before the holidays!

Big thanks to Simply Stacie, Little Yaya's, My Wee View, and Stockpiling Moms for hosting!

So here are the giveaway details!

I'm giving away 3 gift cards to 3 different winners!

CSN Stores is offering one winner a $65 gift card!
Pear Tree Greetings is offering one winner a $30 gift card!
I am offering one winner a $5 Starbucks gift card

There will be 3 winners. Giveaway ends Sunday Dec 5, 2010 at 11:59pm est. and I will choose the winners using on Monday Dec 6th. Giveaway is open to US residents only. Winners will be contacted via email and they will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I'll have to choose another winner.

To enter:

For your first, mandatory, entry:  You must leave a comment here telling me which giveaways you'd like to be entered into. You can list any or all of them! :) (*You must also include your email address. If I can't contact you, you can't win!*)

Once you've completed the first entry, you can do any of these to earn extra entries. *Please leave a separate comment for each one you do.*

Extra Entries: 

  • Follow my blog on Google Friend Connect (1 entry) *Please make sure you following me on Google Friend Connect and not on Networked Blogs. I've had a lot of people miss entries because they clicked follow in the wrong box*
  • Like Jodibee Designs on Facebook *leave FB name in comment* (1 entry)
  • Visit CSN Stores and leave a comment with one thing you'd love to get (1 entry)
  • Visit Pear Tree Greetings and comment with one thing you'd love to get (1 entry)

That's it! Easy as pumpkin pie! (It's the holidays! I have dessert on the brain!) Good luck! And don't forget to follow the linky and visit all of the other blogs participating in the hop! There are lots of great prizes to be won and many great blogs to discover!!

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 CSN Stores has 200+ stores all on one convenient site! They offer everything from shoes and cookware to bathroom furniture and holiday decorations! You can also find a ton of really unique gifts there. Shopping with CSN Stores is the perfect way to keep your holiday shopping stress-free! Read more about CSN Stores on my preview post!

Pear Tree Greetings offers beautiful stationary options at affordable prices. There designs are unique and fresh! Wouldn't a set of personalized note cards be a perfect holiday or hostess gift for someone on your list?! Pear Tree's products are always top-quality and totally gift-worthy! Read more about Pear Tree Greetings on my preview post!

*Disclosure: I was not compensated by CSN Stores, Pear Tree Greetings or Starbucks for this giveaway. CSN Stores and Pear Tree Greetings are offering these prizes to my winners, but they did not edit or influence my opinions in any way. The opinions here are solely mine.