Diana Rambles: November 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Checking In!

Sorry I haven't posted much in the past 2 weeks. I am not going to blame it on being busy...just being lazy! LOL!

Today is your last chance to enter my $65 Gift Certificate to Custom Blog Designs giveaway. Lots of easy entry chances. The big winner will be announced tomorrow!

I also have the Scentsy Holiday Warmer giveaway going on here at Diana Rambles. There have been lots of entries in the past for Scentsy giveaways, but I think with the holiday weekend there are fewer this time. That means YOU have a chance to win. So head on over to this post to enter! Giveaway ends on Sunday night.

I need to post some recipes that we've tried recently. Hopefully over the next few days!!

Have a great Tuesday!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Scentsy Holiday Warmer Giveaway CLOSED

It's time for another Scentsy giveaway here at Diana Rambles. If you've been following my blog you are probably familiar with Scentsy as I've hosted a few giveaways over the past few months. I think the best thing about Scentsy is the scents! There is a Scentsy fragrance out there for everyone~ they even have a collection for men! Do you need to earn some extra money? If so, then email Mendy at cmparmer@gmail.com for more information on how you can become a Scentsy consultant.

Mendy would like to offer one of my Diana Rambles readers a Gingerbread Full Size Scentsy Warmer (pictured above) or a December Holiday warmer (some shown below) along with their choice of scent. How about the Gingerbread Warmer with Ginger Snap or Sugar Cookie? Or maybe the Tannenbaum Warmer with Christmas Tree or Pointsetta Pine? Or even the Menorah Warmer with Home Sweet Home or Inner Peace? Check out these other Holiday warmers!!
This giveaway will go through 11:59 CST on Sunday, December 5th. USA only!! The winner will be announced and notified on December 6th and will have 48 hours to contact me. Comments are hidden as you need to fill out the form below to enter!

To enter this giveaway~
  • Visit Mendy's website at http://nothingbutwickless.com and come back and let us know what your favorite Scentsy fragrance is. This step is required and must be done to get any of the additional entries to qualify!
  • You can earn 2 extra entries by creating a new blog post on your blog about this giveaway. It should have a link to this giveaway here at Diana Rambles and a link to Mendy's Scenty site: http://nothingbutwickless.com Please fill out the entry form 2 additional times with a link to your blog post.
  • You can earn 1 extra entry (up to 6 a day at least 2 hours apart) each time you tweet about this giveaway. Just copy & paste this: Enter to #win a #Scentsy Holiday Warmer from Diana Rambles #giveaway #contest ends 12/5 @FreeStyleMama http://tinyurl.com/2awl5uv
So that is a possibility of 5+ entries. I will be verifying all entries and removing any that don't follow the rules. Please make sure you do the required first entry! **MAKE sure you fill out the form for each entry! This is how I keep track of your entries!!**
Entry sheet removed as giveaway is closed!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Win this Pink & Yellow Preppy Blog Makeover Design

I'm giving away this pretty OOAK pink & yellow preppy extreme blog design over on my Custom Blog Designs site! Giveaway ends 11/21. Enter HERE!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Meal Monday: Hobo Dinner

Sorry I haven't posted in a few days. I've been super busy and not home much. I know I haven't been consistent with posting a recipe each Monday, but I have one for you today!

I got this recipe off Deliciously Thin. It's super simple and really yummy! My family LOVED it and wants me to make it more often!

Hobo Dinner

Ground Beef
Onion
Lawry's Seasoning Salt
Montreal Steak Seasoning
Optional: Cheese & Potato
Foil

You've got to get big pieces of foil for this. I use 2 layers of foil. Make big patties with the meat. My family likes it if I put some cheese in the middle. Put it on the foil, sprinkle with both seasonings, put a big slice of onion on top, and wrap up tightly. If you are going to add the potato you can put a slice of it below the onion. Put some seasonings on the potato & onion too if you want. Omit the potato to keep the carbs low! You can even put a little bit of butter on top. Make sure the foil is wrapped tight. Put them in a 375 degree oven for about an hour. D-lish!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Giveaways Galore!

Did you see the giveaways listed at the top of my middle sidebar? There are 4 great giveaways going on right now, 2 of which end at midnight tonight!! So if you are wanting a pretty blog design or a silver charm...ENTER right away!

One of my clients purchased a $25 gift certificate to my business, Custom Blog Designs, and is taking entries for the giveaway now through Nov. 11! Enter here.

My next giveaway at Custom Blog Designs will begin tomorrow morning and it's a custom photo card design. Keep an eye out for it as I will have it listed on the sidebar here!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Date Night

Last night DH & I did something we rarely do~ we went out on a date. The boys are at a retreat this weekend and our daughter went to Parent's Night Out at Little Gym, so we decided to have some fun. We went out to dinner at Ruby Tuesday. We tried some other restaurants but they had a long wait. I was still able to make carb smart choices and got the sirloin with broccoli & blue cheese cole slaw. All of it was soooo D~Lish! I will definitely go back and order that again. It was VERY cold yesterday, so it was nice to be in a warm place and to hold hands. After dinner we went bowling. It was a lot of fun. We acted like we were newly dating and were being silly. I won the first game, but didn't do so well the 2nd game. See our awesome scores? NOT!We finished up bowling and it was time to head back to Little Gym. We got to watch the kids all playing for a few minutes before it was time to go home. Dori just *LOVES* Little Gym and was beaming from ear to ear. Especially with Daddy being able to watch. We read several stories to Dori before putting her to bed and then we watched Couples Retreat on my laptop in bed. We didn't laugh as much as I thought we would, but it was still funny. We will be repeating some of the lines from it for a while!

Then we got to sleep in this morning. We are actually still laying in bed now! Not sure how often we will do it, but we are definitely going to date more often!! I wasn't sure we knew how to act on a date, but the idea of bowling was a great idea!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Adoption Awareness

November is Adoption Awareness month. I want to make you aware of a few adoption blogs out there.

The first I've mentioned before. My friends, Jim & Cora, whom we met on our way back from Alaska are adopting their first child soon and they are selling unique coloring books that they created to raise money. Click on the button below to order a book. Order several to have on hand for birthday gifts or for the upcoming holidays. The pictures are all hand drawn by Jim.
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The 2nd is a blog post at Six Seeds. For every comment left on the following blog post: http://sixseeds.tv/s/content/adoption/640-adoption_the_christopher_family, my friend Robin gets $2 toward adoption expenses. How easy it that to just take out a minute to leave a comment. Even a simple Great Story! or Thanks for sharing! can help!

And a great thing I saw posted at FB~
Natural Child: Any child who is not artificial.
Real Parent: Any parent who is not imaginary.
Your Own Child: Any child who is not someone else's child.
Adopted Child: A natural child, with a real parent, who is all my own.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Low Carbs

I've been on the low carb diet for 3 months now and it's going well. Not sure I've lost much weight lately, but I've been blowing the diet...especially on weekends. I find that when I do my acid reflux kicks in. Last night I had homemade chicken salad and served it in half of an avocado, which I got the idea from Deliciously Thin. I used my own chicken salad recipe though. It was pretty good, but I do miss bread & tortilla chips with this chicken salad. I'll put the recipe below cause I can't remember if I posted it before.So with Thanksgiving coming up, I'd like to find some low-carb alternative recipes. I *LOVE* to overeat on Thanksgiving~ especially on mashed potatoes & rolls. If I do that this year I will be in a carb coma. Anyone have any low-carb Thanksgiving alternatives?

Chicken Salad

Chicken breast (I use IQF)
Hard Boiled Egg
Mayo (whatever variety)
Mustard
Salt
Optional: Apples, Grapes, Pecans

Boil & shred the chicken. Chop up egg, apple, grapes, & pecans and add it to the chicken. Add in mayo, mustard, & salt to taste. I love this with whole wheat bread or corn tortilla chips, but with lo-carbs I eat it on lettuce or with celery or avocado.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kitchen Light

I ordered the light for our kitchen 2.5 months ago. I guess they had to make it from scratch. It arrived yesterday and Eric installed it right away. It makes a big difference in the kitchen (we also put brighter light bulbs in the fan in the dining room), but it doesn't illuminate the whole room. That's fine because we have the recessed lights in the sofets (which need updating!) which illuminate the counters. I am glad we went with white on the ceilings because this fixture really casts light off the ceiling. Now it's time to get the stained glass window panel ordered!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Charm Factory Giveaway CLOSED

Each year I get my daughter a charm on her adoption anniversary. We have those charms set aside in a special location and when she's older we will purchase a bracelet for all the charms to go on. Her first charm was a heart that we had engraved. In the years since, we've gathered a lady bug and a dragonfly. With her 4th adoption anniversary approaching I started to search online for a charm for this year. That is when I came across the Charm Factory.
I was amazed by the selection and prices. I typed in China and got 17 results. I immediately ordered the China charm, the Chinese Love character, and a Rooster.
She'll get the China charm this year and probably the Love charm next, but I am going to save the Rooster for 2017 when it will be Year of the Rooster. I am sure I'll order other charms from Charm Factory before then.

I really like how Charm Factory has charms organized by category!I also love their prices. VERY affordable! I place my order late on Thursday afternoon and the charms were in my mailbox on Monday! All of Charm Factory's charms are made of .925 sterling silver here in the USA.

Charm Factory would like to offer one of my lucky readers a charm of their choice on a sterling silver snake chain. This giveaway will go through 11:59 CST on Sunday, November 7th. USA only!! The winner will be announced and notified on November 8th and will have 48 hours to contact me. Comments are hidden as you need to fill out the form below to enter!
To enter this giveaway~
  • Visit the Charm Factory and come back and let me know what your favorite sterling silver charm is. This step is required and must be done to get any of the additional entries to qualify! Fill out this entry on the form below.
  • Post on the Charm Factory's Facebook wall that you entered the giveaway here at Diana Rambles. Feel free to copy and paste this: I entered the Charm Factory giveaway at Diana Rambles! Please fill out the form below for this additional entry.
So that is a possibility of 4 entries. I will be verifying all entries and removing any that don't follow the rules. Please make sure you do the required first entry! **MAKE sure you fill out the form for each entry! This is how I keep track of your entries!!**
Form removed because giveaway is closed!

Shabby Chic Blog Design Giveaway

I am offering 4 great giveaways in the month of November at my business site: Custom Blog Designs. Each giveaway will start on Monday morning and end on Sunday night at 11:59pm CST.

The first giveaway for November is this pretty OOAK pink & black shabby chic blog extreme blog design. This wide column design will allow large photos to be posted. It will include customization with your information, installation, and a matching blog button with copy & paste code. Links below the header are not required with this template design, but if you do want them you will need to provide me with the exact names & links you want. Click the header below to see the full blog design. There is an optional header with no photo frame. This giveaway is valued at $55. This giveaway is the first of my new service offerings called OOAK Designs. OOAK are one of a kind designs that I have made and will sell. Each design will only be sold once and will include personalization and installation. You can see other OOAK Designs here.
Please note: This is for family friendly Blogger blogs only. Template design as is with 1 column. Widget installation is not included. Changes to template design will be provided for a cost. Please direct any questions about this design to me before the giveaway ends. Please enter only if you intend on keeping this blog design for a while.

This giveaway will run through 11:59pm CST on Sunday, November 7th. The winner will be announced and notified on Monday, November 8th and will have 48 hours to contact me. Go to Custom Blog Designs to enter this giveaway.