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Twelve years ago today…


Happy Saturday!!  Today is a special day for the hubs and I .   Twelve years ago TODAY he popped the BIG question!!  TWELVE YEARS??? 


This was us that special night!  Aren’t we precious, ha ha! Our view that night on a local dinner cruise was breathtaking


Here was the in vogue Olan Mills engagement pic that soon followed…  :)


Twelve years have flown by, and I can hardly believe it.  I am so thankful for this hubby and family God has blessed me with.  :)

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Glad we are improving with age, ha ha!

I have some other BIG news… some BLOGGY news. 

sponsor love

You may or may not have noticed, but I’ve added some awesome NEW sponsor buttons as well as some ad networks to my sidebar!  I haven’t EVER` had any ads up to this point, but I recently decided to take the plunge and give it a try.  I know displaying ads is a hot topic for bloggers, but I hope that’s okay with you all

I really hope you’ll take a second and check them out!! I think they have GREAT things to offer!

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First up is Michelle from Make 5 Dinners in 1 Hour!  She is my inspiration for starting this amazing weekly meal prep lifestyle back in January!   I am SO glad that I checked out her blog and decided to give it a shot. She offers you THREE months of Meals complete with recipes AND grocery lists for only $15!

Michelle is also offering you all a fab introductory dealSubscribe here and get your first three months for only $12!

She also has a ONE week Sample Menu available for FREE! 


I love the recipes and step by step pics she includes.  She is a girl after my own heart with lots of emphasis on finding things and methods that are EASY and awesome.  

I just tried her Roasted Shrimp & Feta this week, and it was TO DIE FOR!!! 


Seriously, I can’t stop talking about how good it was.  AND… what made it crazier was how easy it was!

Please go check her out.  If you have debated giving the weekly meal prep plan a try, it is definitely worth it!  I think once you try it you’ll be HOOKED!

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cupcakes and swirls


Up next is the amazing Cupcakes and Swirls website and blog!  Isn’t that a GREAT name??  Isabel has a great website and blog with all things baking related. 

She says…

“Dress your cupcakes in style with our unique and elegant accessories from around the world. We also carry baking supplies to meet your needs, such as, Cupcake Cases, Baking Cups, Paper Molds, Decorating Sugars and Sprinkles, Food Coloring, Cupcake Mix Kits, Baking Supplies, Cupcake Boxes, Cupcake Kits and so much more.”

Aren’t the cupcake kits adorable?


Those Thanksgiving or Christmas ones would make your cupcakes the hit of the party!  :)  She has tons for so many different themes or occasions! 

She’s got a great promotion going on right now… Buy one get on FREE on select paper molds!

And JUST FOR YOU readers, Isabel is giving away a special treat just for you all!

An adorable Pink Toile Cupcake Box!  Isn’t it too cute??

Large Pink Toile Box (3pkg)

WITH the coordinating fabulous set of  48 cupcake cups to go with them!!

Pink Toile Cupcake Cases (48)

All you have to do to enter is go follow her blog and come back and leave me a comment on THIS POST to let me know.   That’s it!

Giveaway will end next THURSDAY 11/3/11 at midnight!  Winner will be selected via

{Giveaway only open those 18 of age or older.  No Purchase Necessary and Void where Prohibited. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winner will have 5 days to claim prize.  If potential winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, prize will be re-awarded, at Sponsor’s sole discretion.}

Check out ALL her adorable stuff while you’re there!!!

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Ellen was the lucky My Memories Software giveaway, but all of you STILL have a chance to get a GREAT deal on the software for yourself.  Use the code STMMS99903 to get $10 off the $40 software package PLUS a $10 credit to use in the My Memories store to splurge on fun extras for your digi scrapping! 

Digital Scrapping is a great alternative in our crazy BUSY lives… It’s a great way to try to stay on TOP of the ever growing pile of priceless pics! 

Here are TWO great digi scrapping FREEBIES for you!


And this one…


You’ll love it!


A great big THANK YOU from me to ALL my SPONSORS!!! 



13 Responses to Twelve years ago today…
  1. Bakershalfdozen
    October 29, 2011 | 12:56 pm

    Since I love all things toile, I have to enter for that gorgeous cupcake set! :) I like making decorative cupcakes for my kids too so I gladly followed Isabel's blog.

  2. Bakershalfdozen
    October 29, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Congrats on twelve years too! I had to laugh about the "in vogue Olan Mills" pic comment! So true, so true. :D

  3. Kristi
    October 31, 2011 | 2:10 pm

    Does it count if I'm already a follower?? Either way is fine…:)

  4. Renee@LivingLaughingLoving
    October 31, 2011 | 2:41 pm

    Yes, already being a follower counts!! :)

  5. Teresa Gilbee Photography
    November 1, 2011 | 8:20 pm

    I am now a follower! She has the cutest stuff! A must for my kids birtday's next year. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Christina
    November 2, 2011 | 3:27 am

    I follow her now! I would love to win that cupcake box – I am sure I could put it to good use since I make cupcakes too! :)

  7. Sherri
    November 2, 2011 | 3:39 am

    Went over & followed! CUTE stuff! Thanks for sharing Renee! ;-)

  8. Tati Cordeiro
    November 4, 2011 | 2:13 am

    following Isabelles blog…thanks for posting about it!

  9. Alicia
    November 4, 2011 | 2:21 am

    I am now following her. I love doing cupcakes, they are so much fun!
    And a big congrats on 12 years and also for adding sponsors/adds. You go girl!!!

  10. abb4971a-068c-11e1-9796-000bcdcb8a73
    November 4, 2011 | 2:28 am

    Checked out the cupcake kits. So cute! Have a great day!

  11. april keyser
    November 4, 2011 | 3:14 am

    I love the s'more cupcakes..yummy! following her blog for sure now:)

  12. The Nguyen Family
    November 6, 2011 | 5:38 am

    My kids and I love making cupcakes…hope we win

  13. Rhonda @ Abide at Home
    November 26, 2011 | 4:23 am

    Just found your blog and enjoyed putting around for a while! :) I'm new to blogging, but have really been enjoying it so far! Good luck with your advertising – I know we all can use a little extra money. I hope it goes great for you!