Thursday, March 31, 2011

Birds of a Feather

How sweet are these salt & pepper shakers from Pier 1 Imports! They're glossy white ceramic and a perfect addition to your spring table. I love that they're crisp white so they'll work with any decor and they're adorable!

And the best part is, they're only $3 for the pair!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Happy Monday!

It's a bright and beautiful sunny day here, but it's coooooooold!! Seriously. I'm ready for some spring-like temperatures to go with this sunshine!! I'm feeling sorry for the crocuses that have already popped up in the garden out front! For their sake (and mine) please, Mother Nature, we need some warmer temps soon! I know the forecast is saying it won't go above 50 degrees all week, but if any of you have any tricks to get the temps to warm up, please let me know! :)

This weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to be creative and try a little painting. We bought 2 of those paint-by-number sets. Mine is of 2 chickadees sitting in branches full of lilacs. Very pretty, but very intricate. It's taking me awhile to finish mine, while Dan finished his yesterday afternoon. He even added an octopus to his! (Yeah, I know what your wondering. It was a lighthouse on the shoreline scene and he added an octopus attacking the shore! lol. If he posts a pic later, I'll like to it for you.) :)

So I'm still working on mine, but when it's done I'll share!

Also stay tuned, later today I'll be posting a great giveaway from CSN Stores! :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Our Trip to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

I haven't posted in a few weeks, but after yesterday, I knew I had to write up a quick post.

My birthday was at the beginning of the month, and for my birthday, my boyfriend got us 2 tickets to go see a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. So yesterday morning, we got in the car and drove to NYC for the taping. After checking in, they lined us all up according to letters we had on the back of our tickets. I think they were in order of when we originally ordered our tickets, first come, first serve. While in line, I noticed a group of people who appeared to work for the show walking up and down the line. I made eye contact with the one guy in the group a few times and then he came over to us in line. He started talking to my boyfriend Dan and the next thing we knew, Dan had volunteered to play in a game on the show! They pulled us out of line and gave Dan a release form to sign. We waited a few minutes and 2 more groups of people came over to join us. After everyone had their forms filled out, they told us they'd be bringing us into the studio early to seat us and go over how the game would work. When they walked us into the studio, they sat us in the first row!! Very very cool! The studio isn't very big at all, so it felt very cool to be that close.

They did the game in the 2nd segment of the show, so during the first commercial, they took all 3 players down offstage and filled their seats with people from the back. The guy that sat next to me, turned to me and gave me two thumbs ups and yelled, "Yeah!!" He was very excited to be up there, lol.

If you're familiar with some of the games they play on the show, they played The Wheel of Carpet Samples :) I could describe the game and everything, but it's so much funnier to watch it!

video screen captures from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon's Blog

(**In the clip, Dan has to say which Animaniac character he'd "sleep" with and there's a clip of an old commercial with some bad language bleeped out too. Just a warning in case you think you may be offended by this. The clip does not get graphic. I just wanted to be clear for everyone!)

The rest of the show was really fun too. Brian Williams (from NBC news) and Dwight Howard were the guests. They were both really funny and had a good time with the show. Dwight Howard had a 3 point competition too, where they tried to shoot random objects into the basketball net. It was a really fun and messy bit, lol. Richard Ashcroft was the musical guest (lead singer of The Verve, but now solo) and his style of music wasn't really my taste, but he played with The Roots which was cool and they also did an extra song for the audience after the show was over. Jimmy Fallon ran up through the audience at the end and I got to shake his hand too. He looked right at me and said "Thanks so much for coming!" and shook my hand. Very cool! :)

The taping took about an hour and 15 min and it was a lot of fun. Now granted, not everyone gets to sit in the front row or be on the show, but it was definitely a fun experience. Everyone at the show was super nice and we had a really great time. The tickets to see the taping are free, so if you're ever planning a trip to NYC, I definitely recommend trying to get tickets. It's really cool to see how the whole process works.

Afterwards, we got a few pics of Dan with his carpet sample (see video link above) and then we got some dinner and made our way home. We got back about an hour before the show aired live, so it was really cool to watch it after we experienced it. It was fun to see us on tv too! (You can see me in the audience shots! I'm wearing red in the front row.) It was a really fun day. We were both exhausted when we got home, but it was sooo worth it. A very nice ending to my birthday celebration!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Pear Tree Greetings Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the $20 gift card to Pear Tree Greetings is...

Congrats!! I'll be contacting you by email shortly!! Thanks for entering!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pear Tree Greetings - Save the Date Review (& $20 GC Giveaway!)


I promised a great giveaway to celebrate my birthday and my 400th blog post, so here ya go!! :)

Have you been thinking lately that winter should be just about over?! I have! Yes, Spring is on my brain. I've had enough of the snow and cold weather and I'm ready for gloveless days. Bring on the sunshine and flowers!

The promise of Spring has Pear Tree Greetings thinking about wedding season. If you are thinking about your own wedding or have friends tying the knot this year, you might be aflutter with plans of cake and vows as well. I don't have any weddings on my calendar this year, but that doesn't stop me from thinking about them. I love looking at photos of dresses and flowers and daydreaming of outdoor ceremonies under blue sky. And being that I love paper, I also love looking at invitation samples. This is where Pear Tree Greetings comes in! Wait til you see their Save the Date cards!

They also have really fun Save the Date Magnets to send out. What better way to keep the date fresh in the minds of your friends and family than to print it on a magnet for them to put on their fridge and see every day!

Aren't they cute? I think it's such a fun way to give people a heads up about the date of your wedding!

Again, I'm always impressed with the variety of card designs that Pear Tree Greetings offers. They continue to add unique, creative designs that look fantastic!


Pear Tree Greetings is offering a fabulous giveaway this month! One of my readers will win a $20 gift card to spend at Pear Tree Greetings on whatever they want!! Isn't that cool of them?!

To enter (Mandatory entry): Leave a comment here telling me what you'd buy with your gift card if you win! Easy as pie!

Once you do the first, mandatory entry, you can do any or all of the bonus entries. Please leave a separate comment for each bonus entry you do. (Please also include your email address so I can contact you if you win!)

Bonus Entries:

- Follow my blog on Google Friend Connect (1 entry)
- Follow Pear Tree Greetings on Facebook (1 entry)
- Follow Jodibee Designs on Facebook (1 entry)
- Tell me what you're looking forward to most about Spring! (1 entry)

That's it! Giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will end on Friday, March 4th at 5:00pm est. I will use to choose 1 winner and notify them by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I'll have to choose another winner. Good luck all!!

Disclaimer: Pear Tree Greetings is supplying the prize for the winner. The opinions here in this post are mine alone and they have not been edited or influenced by the company. I have not been compensated for this blog post.

Milestones and Birthdays All Together!!

Today is my 32nd birthday AND this is my 400th blog post! That's right! We're celebrating 2-in-1!

As for turning 32, I'm not sure how I feel about it. I am rational enough to know that 32 isn't old. Just older, right? :) It feels big, but I know it's really not. I have some fabulous friends who are 32 right now and they're just fine...great even. So I'm going to just enjoy the tiny celebration and be okay with it all!

And about my blog. I love this little blog. I don't always devote as much time as I'd like to it, but I really enjoy maintaining it and communicating with you all through it. This blog has given me so many great opportunities, and post #400 seems like a very, very cool milestone!

So celebrate with me! Later today, I'll also be announcing a great giveaway from one of my favorite companies, Pear Tree Greetings, to celebrate the occasions!! So be sure to stop back! :)