March 14, 2013

Easter Gift Basket Giveaway

It's hard to believe that Easter is just weeks away! It seems like this whole year has already flown by. If you're looking for a basket for someone special in your life, you might check out Holiday Gifts & Baskets. They offer a huge selection of assorted Easter gifts. Not a fan of overloading your kid with sugar? There are plenty with fun toys and activities even fun Disney Baskets (including Cars for boys and Disney Princesses for little girls). 
If you're looking for a gift basket for the bigger "kids" on your list, they also offer gourmet fruit and snack baskets, complete with items for those watching their sugar intake or their waistlines. There really is something for everyone.
And let's face it . . . you can't go wrong with the classic goodies like Peeps, Cadbury Creme Eggs, Malted milk balls, and the perennial favorite: the chocolate bunny. . . I'm tempted to order a basket for myself. 
For the cookie lover in your household, you could always opt for a cookie creation, featuring a cookie bouquet  of brightly wrapped chocolate chip (sugar free or regular) cookies set inside a festive egg-shaped flower pot or springtime watering can.  
I'm personally tempted by the Ghiradelli Springtime Sampler basket
One lucky winner is going to receive an amazing Easter gift basket valued at $80 from Holiday Gifts and Baskets!! Sure beats fighting the candy aisle crowds at Wal-Mart!

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NOTE - You must complete the specified entry task in order to be eligible to win the contest.  If you hit the green entry button without completing the task, your entry will be thrown out (disqualified from winning the prize).   We can't stress this enough - don't miss out on winning because you didn't complete the task!
Contest is open to all residents of the 48 Contiguous States and only to those 18 or older!
Winner will be chosen randomly.  The winner will receive their choice of gift from these Easter items (valued at up to $80).  The giveaway is sponsored by and prize will be fulfilled by
If you are chosen, you will be notified via the e-mail. Winners must respond within three days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
The full list of rules can be found here .
Sweepstakes ends at midnight EST on March 24, 2013. The sweepstakes winners will be announced by March 31, 2013.


March 5, 2013

If only . . .

Ah, the Joneses. That elusive couple who always seem to have it all together, or so it seems. I don't know if you're like me, but sometimes I get caught up in the trap of the "if only." If only I had their opportunities. If only I had their talents. If only I had their resources.

Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I just took the time and focused on one thing. These days I'm spread thin. There are a thousand different things going on. A thousand different responsibilities and tasks that need to be accomplished, and in the midst of the busyness, I hear that sneaky lie: "You're not good enough." I look at mom bloggers with book deals and large followings. I see women my age speaking at conferences and events. I see talented and successful people all around me, and instead of rejoicing in their successes, I throw myself a pity party. My favorite guest to my pity parties is a fellow named "if only."

If only I had time to focus on my goals and dreams.
If only I was well rested instead of bursting at the seams.
If I only had the talents that I see in those nearby.
Then I'd be something special
Then I'd catch someone's eye.

If I only had more hours and more minutes in my day,
If only I could use them well, there's so much I could say
If only I could find one thing at which I could excel.
Then I would be successful.
Then I'd be doing something swell.

If onlys flit and flutter from the corners of my mind
They whisper disappointment with the weaknesses they find
They're sneaky little devils and their thoughts are less than kind
If only I could shut them up
Attack them from behind

I've had enough "if onlys." I'm done. I'm through. That's all.
They steal the joy from living, if you're always scared you'll fall.
How many hours have I wasted, wishing for things I do not need.
Wasted days and wasted years, hoping one day to succeed.

I am enough, my Spirit says. Enough for what is needed.
I don't have to stop and dwell on how the others have succeeded
Each one's unique. Each one's their own. Their path's their own to take.
I will not stop to dwell on troubles or on my own mistakes.

If onlys should be sent to where if onlys do belong
In some sad, pathetic lyric of a whining country song.
They do little to support you on the pathway to your dreams.
If onlys, you're not welcome here.
I won't fall for your schemes.