September is HERE! Single Blog #Win! $50 Your Way #Giveaway

Hello little Peanuts. As you can tell I’m pretty much still on vacation mode! Holy MOLY!! Vacation made me MELLLLLO!!!  I truly only want to play in my craft-room.  Walmart had Alice size t-shirts on clearance for $1.00!  Needless to say Alice has gotten a non-stop supply of t-shirts.  I imagine my daughter doesn’t have to do laundry for at least a month!!  From Harry Potter to 1st Day of School designs. My Cricut Maker machine is the BEST INVESTMENT E-V-E-R!!  I’m made stickers for my daughters car. Selena (the daughter) bought Alice plain notebooks verses the fancier ones and I sent stickers. Deer, bears, and moose. Alice requested a couple extra’s; squirrel and a weasel.  A WEASEL?!?! She’s 8! WHY a weasel?!  ANYWAY…..  stickers came out super cute and made a .10 cent notebook look fancy.  Then I printed and cut the 1st Day of School frames, words like teacher, date, grade, height, weight, what she wants to be when she grows up and a place for her to write her name. It will be fun to watch these things grow as over the years.

Best part? These vinyl sayings were placed inside the frame, she can use wipe off markers and start fresh when Alice goes into 4th grade. The whole thing came out so cute!

Yeah the ring has nothing to do with any of this………. but if anyone spots a ring like this with cubic zirconia (of course) be sure to remember where and let me know!!

Deck (upstairs and main floor) still aren’t done. HOWEVER! If you aren’t scared of heights you will be fine. We have flooring but no rails and it’s A REALLY long way down. (NO we don’t let Bear go on the patio! Nope, my luck she’d see a rabbit and hope 2 stories!) We are hoping we have rails before the first snow, but not getting my hopes up. The front porch I REALLY don’t think will be completed before next spring. However, what’s up looks amazing.

I think that’s all I have for you this month.

Now the REAL reason you are here!


I truly am thankful you stop by!

My monthly $50 giveaway is my way of saying THANK YOU for being a follower! I really do appreciate the fact that you are here. THANK YOU!!!

This months giveaway has the same exact spiel as last month and the month before and the month before that! The year before and well, you get the idea. For as long as this giveaway is popular, I’ll continue to do it. I am truly thankful and feeling blessed that you stop by. This giveaway is open worldwide for PayPal option only. (I’m not sure the other GC would work worldwide) This is a Giveaway that is hosted only by me. So, by coming back often and staying around for a while, looking at more than one page, really helps me. Of course, any extra clicks on advertisements is always appreciated!!

Good Luck little Peanuts!


  1. Well, September’s here and with it my birthday. This year I turn 60 and I’m not handling this fact very well. How can this all-singing, all-dancing fool be 60 years old?

  2. And, today’s comment is: HOW can I be almost 60? I mean how did this happen? Can you tell it’s getting to me yet?

  3. I’m glad September is here because I like cooler weather, but I’m worried about Hurricane Dorian.

  4. My day is going fine so far. We have been enjoying a little cooler weather. We are wondering where Hurricane Dorian will go.

  5. shelly peterson says

    I am going to spend the day relaxing and then visit with my sister for a bit why shes in town.

  6. I am having a very relaxing Labor Day weekend! I did some shopping today and drew a portrait of a dog.

  7. You did get a good deal on those tees! And I never got a cricut, I know I’m missing out, but I don’t think I could get it to sing the way you do, didn’t realize they could make stickers with it, too! ohh! Settling in this late afternoon on Sunday, catching up with my relatives in Dorian’s path. Yikes!

  8. Kim Pincombe-Cole says

    I’m still recovering from emergency kidney surgery – unfortunately I’m battling a secondary infection now. So bummed to be spending the last hurrah of summer texting in bed!

  9. Good rehearsal for Sage Singers. We are now up to 48 members.

  10. Tamra Phelps says

    How did Summer seem to disappear so soon? Oh, I know, there’s technically three weeks left, but when September rolls around, it seems everything turns to pumpkin spice, lol, which I hate!

  11. Tamra Phelps says

    Well, here’s my comment on the current post: The new school year board you made for Alice is seriously cute! I like it!

  12. Francine Anchondo says

    It is going well. I went to my friends daughter bday party today she turned 1.

  13. Made some homemade brownies and hung out with the kiddos all day.

  14. shelly peterson says

    I had a good day. I wish I didnt have dialysis tomorrow.

  15. My day went very well. My little grandson came to visit, and we always have a blast.

  16. Having a lovely weekend.. relaxing, reading and doing bits and bobs of things that I have to catch up on….

  17. Hope all you in the US had a lovely Labor weekend! Stay away from Dorian, he means business.

  18. My day is going okay although I’m worried about Hurricane Dorian.

  19. Not feeling too good today, and have a bit of a fever, but managed to eat lunch. Looking online at Dorian, did some washing. Raining out, so staying put.

  20. Quiet day at home. Was maybe going out but it’s 100 degrees out there.

  21. shelly peterson says

    Today was a typical Monday, I went to dialysis.

  22. Great day! Went to the Labor Day parade and to the fair. Fun times!

  23. I’ve just woken up from the most wonderful dream, except I can’t remember what it was about! All I know is that it involved strawberries!

  24. My day is going okay. Hurricane Dorian’s path is very uncertain still.

  25. My day is going well! Making my first batch of apple butter for the season!

  26. Tried to get some outside work done today but the rain was pouring….
    moved upstairs and decided to take another ” me ” day…. need to finish this great book…

  27. Still not feeling too good, but managed to get it together to walk to town to do some errands that couldn’t wait. Nice day out today.

  28. Busy day. Started at the gardens with the monthly SPARK group. Wondered about the gardens then make live flower arrangements. I made one and took it with me to the Infusion Center where I got my Remicade.

  29. Fun day – mommy & me swimming with my youngest. She did so well! Proud mama bear moment!

  30. shelly peterson says

    I spent the day with my Mom.

  31. Idris, the cat has worms. And how do I know this? Because 2 came out of his bottom while we were watching telly last night ON MY BED!!!!!

  32. Day is going good, it is going to start raining and more t-storms soon, so I need to get a chore done outside before it starts!!!

  33. Good swim, then stop at library to pick up 2 books I had on hold. That is such a good service: I see a book online that looks interesting, pop over to the library site, put it on hold and then sooner or later I get the book.

  34. shelly peterson says

    Today I went to dialysis. I was super tired and came home and took a nap.

  35. Fell and twisted my ankle last night. Ugh. Spent my day hobbling around. Bummer.

  36. At last we have a bit of nice weather so I’m heading outside. That’s the only drawback to being chemical-free: the weeds never stop growing but at least the bees are happy and the chemicals aren’t getting into our water supply!

  37. Hurricane Dorian is coming today so I’m concerned about losing power and damaging winds. I hope it passes quickly.

  38. Just came back from a morning in the village going from shoppe to shoppe.. got everything on my lists and now to put it all away and have a bit of lunch….

  39. Just got back from groceries and putting things away. Nice day out today. I drank half of a half-gallon container of orange juice while I was waiting for my ride home. I wonder if it was from being sick, that I couldn’t eat or drink much, but feeling better finally!

  40. Tamra Phelps says

    I think I’m about ready to get back to physical therapy. A lot of the extra fluid has come off and I can lift my right leg finally, lol. My advice, avoid water pills at all cost! They are the pits.

  41. Got a haircut today. About the only thing accomplished.

  42. shelly peterson says

    I didnt do much today. I did go to dinner with my kids.

  43. Made a new recipe! Sticky sesame ginger cauliflower. So good!

  44. I feel angry and upset 😡
    The dang Chicago Bears 🐻 sucked!
    They lost to Green Bay!!
    They not only lost, but they looked like amateurs!

  45. Beautiful sunny day so off I go.. raking up leaves and debris then off to do some seed starting….

  46. Getting ready to hurry to town to do a few errands before we start getting rain and then winds the bands from Dorian. My pillows arrived from Target yesterday, they had a sale, and I got a really good deal. Tried them out last night and so nice! Yea!

  47. I’m happy that we didn’t lose power with Hurricane Dorian. I think it’s past us now.

  48. Stay safe if Dorian’s heading your way. As for life here, well it just plods along, at least the weather’s picked up though.

  49. Good swim then a stop at the grocery. How come we always have to have groceries?

  50. Relaxed day at home with the kiddos – just some laundry and dog-walking!

  51. shelly peterson says

    I went to dialysis and then spent some time with my daughter.

  52. Laundry, vacuuming, weekly shop, pharmacy then a bit of gardening before Strictly Come Dancing kicks off tonight on BBC! Sure sign that Autumn is here.

  53. I didn’t sleep well at all last night and I’m stressed out today. I really hope I sleep better tonight.

  54. Day is going good. It really feels like fall today! Cool and breezy. Two fall candles just arrived today from Yankee Candle. Looking forward to trying them!

  55. it is a beautiful day out and we are going out to meet up with some people (perhaps) later. Hopefully will take a walk and enjoy the day.

  56. Started some passionfruit seeds and more apple.. the apple never fruits but the trees I have raised have lovely blooms… for the passionfruit I lost all my vines in last years tropical waves.. so begin again i always say….Happy weekend all….

    • How old are your apple trees? I know mine (in the past) have taken at least 7 years to start fruiting. But you’re right, they’re lovely all the same!

      • It has been about 5 years for them to flower…they only flower sparingly Kate and then drop the flowers very soon after.. for a short while they are so pretty and the smell is out of this world… Chanel # 5 would be jealous… for all those folks who think that temperate trees/fruit do not grow in the tropics think again.. they adapt and bring something new to your garden…

  57. Quiet day at home before a really busy week.

  58. Tamra Phelps says

    Weekends here are either complete chaos or mind-numbingly slow. This one is slow. Oh well, that beats chaos.

  59. shelly peterson says

    I got breakfast with my daughter and then went to my nieces birthday party.

  60. Pretty sure I’m dealing with an “end of summer” cold. I’ll be hunkered in bed with my tea & tissues after making some more elderberry syrup.

  61. Ready to shower and relax for the balance of the day.. lunch is made.. garden is watered..dogs are fed and walked.. time to chill out with a nice glass of wine ….

  62. Neither of us slept well last night so we decided to have a really lazy day today and so far so good!

  63. Nice out today, another day like fall! Time to get out the pumpkin spice. I love NuNaturals Pumpkin Spice Syrup (with Stevia), a little in your coffee, and ooh yum!

  64. Good rehearsal with Sage Singers. Getting ready for our Oct 11th concert.

  65. Tamra Phelps says

    I’m sitting here watching Serengeti. It’s the last episode. I swear, it’s like an animal soap opera, lol. If you didn’t watch it, you should.

  66. shelly peterson says

    I had a wonderful day celebrating my birthday. My daughter took me to breakfast and then all my kids took me to dinner and bought gifts.

  67. My sister rang in a panic late last night – her sight in one eye is suddenly v. bad. It happened once before when she woke up blind in that eye. I’m taking her to an opthalmologist later this morning so fingers crossed.

  68. Nice early “fall” day today. Cooking up a batch of chickpeas in the slow cooker, going to make some hummus from scratch!

  69. So far so good. Any day to get up out of bed is a good one. Have a few things going on but that makes life interesting.

  70. Spent the day working with my cooked down compost.. putting it in the veggie garden.. Re planted some US sweet potatoes and the day flew by….Have to go in to the village tomorrow for some hardware supplies….

  71. Sarah Lehan says

    Good time at the pool. Then getting ready for the rest of the week.

  72. Quiet day with lots of cooking. A new toddler muffin recipe, hard boiled eggs, and lasagna!

  73. shelly peterson says

    It was a typical Monday. I went to dialysis and came home and took a nap.

  74. I spent the morning running (well, hobbling) around town doing a couple of errands and tonight choir starts up again, so busy day!

  75. Day is going good. I went to the Target store that just opened up in our area, nice to have one close by. I just bought a couple things, they had a special coupon for the opening. Whooppee!

  76. Wonderful shopping day today…. in and out of the hardware and the chemist in record time…barely gone an hour… plenty of time to get to work!

  77. Had the Fall Volunteer Summit at the Gardens. The flowers are so beautiful right now.

  78. Tamra Phelps says

    Most of the excess fluid that bizarrely built up in my legs has finally gone. I’m looking forward to getting back to physical therapy soon. I just want to get home really soon.

  79. One of our generous neighbors has an overproductive plum tree so we spent the day picking plums and making plum butter and plum muffins! My house smells great!

  80. shelly peterson says

    I didnt do too much today. relaxed and went grocery shopping.

  81. Have a to-do list for garden expansion better get moving.. as it is the project is long and first I have to get some bamboo cut for me….if I can realize my dream of harvesting my own fruit and veggies entirely I will be a happy camper or should I say glamper!

  82. Nice weather so far, rain and t-storms later. They turned the water off, due to repairs being done, so trying to get things done I don’ need to use the water. Amazing how many things need the water!!

  83. My choir started back last night and it was nice to meet up again after the summer break. Great craic was had, as we say here!

  84. Fun Sensory Garden tour this afternoon. Toured the garden and then made fresh flower arrangements. Had just enough time to get to the pool for half an hour.

  85. shelly peterson says

    I went to dialysis today. I am not feeling the greatest.

  86. A mellow day – grocery shopping and picnic outside. Made a new recipe (Mexican street corn tostadas) for dinner!

  87. Up and moving early… working on the project I started yesterday.. had to stop due to torrential rain.. looks bright and sunny today….

  88. Last night we got the tail end of Dorian and now the tropical Storm Gabrielle is on her way so it’s warm & humid out there. Got a Doc.’s appointment this afternoon – another sinus infection 🙁

  89. Tamra Phelps says

    I have an appt. tomorrow with the back surgeon. He’s doing x-rays to see if the area they did surgery on with the osteomyelitis (bone infection) from the MRSA is healing the way it should. They had to scrape out bone that was infected and hopefully it will start to fuse on it’s own.

  90. Good day. Got back early from groceries, and now settling in with some tea on a rainy day. Have chores to do, but taking a break!

  91. Got up early for Steve sitting. He still gets around pretty good for a guy who is 100 years old.

  92. shelly peterson says

    I spent the day with my Mom and went to lunch.

  93. Ooof I worked tonight and I’m beat. Good day though – shopping at the thrift store : )

  94. Nice day out, and I’m getting ready to walk to town to do some errands!

  95. It has been a glorious day weather-wise plus my niece did really well in her exams and my sister’s eye problem looks like it’s resolving itself (something to do with the vitreous humour becoming too thick).

  96. Tamra Phelps says

    Well, no bad news at the surgeon’s today. My back has been ‘stable’ this past month, no loss of bone, so hopefully, over more time, the bone will begin to fuse. I know it’s Friday the 13th, and full moon tonight…but technically full moon isn’t until after midnight, so maybe it’s separate from the 13th, lol. Either way, I bet things will go bonkers around here tonight.

  97. All thins considered it was a brilliant day… my to-do list is checked off.. all items.. so tomorrow I can spend the day baking.. bread.. sweet rolls.. and 2 ordered cakes….

  98. A Pamper Me day: massage and then the pool. Nothing scheduled for tomorrow.

  99. Great day having dinner and game night with friends.

  100. shelly peterson says

    I went and picked up fair tickets that I won and ran to Krispy Kreme. Then I went to dialysis.

  101. The sinus infection is clearing up so I’m able to sleep right through the night which makes such a difference. No plans today other so it’ll probably turn out to be busy!

  102. All done and it is only half 2…Cakes frosted and packaged.. bread bagged and in the freezer.. sweet rolls.. well they are covered on the counter…..

  103. Got a bunch of cooking done today, just finished cleaning up. Dark and rainy, but I like that esp when I’m going to be inside, and don’t need bright sunlight for sewing, etc.

  104. Just a quiet day at home after a busy week.

  105. My day went well. We finally got some sunshine, and spent the day outdoors.

  106. Went for a short hike, did some work, went out to dinner. Not a bad day!

  107. shelly peterson says

    I went to my nephews fiancé’s bridal shower today. I had a great time.

  108. Today we’re celebrating our daughter’s birthday. I’m excited to see how she’ll react to her gifts.

  109. What a glorious Sunday it is.. the sun is bright and the sky is a gorgeous shade of blue…. Plan on sitting outside and reading until the sun gets too hot….

  110. I’ve had one of those ‘ooh, I know, I’ll fix this now’ days, which led to another little job, then another….

  111. Nice day out today! Perfect weather. Was able to get outside and enjoy!

  112. Good singing at Sage Singers today. Getting better and better.

  113. shelly peterson says

    I had a fantastic day at my nephews wedding.

  114. Oh Lord, it took 2 hours to get Mum up & showered this morning. Mind you, I can’t blame her, it’s like November out there!

  115. Tamra Phelps says

    Oh boy, the arthritis went bonkers last night, right knee throbbing. I think it’s because I’ve been off of it too long. Weird thing about arthritis, though it might ache when you use a joint it will hurt much worse if you stop using it! Geeze. When did I get so old, lol. I mean, all I seem to talk about is what hurts. Oh, well. Things are getting better, slowly but surely.

  116. Today is the first day in over a week I’m actually feeling good! What I thought was bad allergies turned into a nasty head & chest cold! Lots and lots of tea with lemon & honey with a day or two of complete rest I’m back to cooking & baking!

  117. Started out dark and rainy, then suddenly nice and sunny! Got a few things checked off the “to do” list, so that felt good!

  118. Internet went down this morning.. had to purchase a plan on my phone.. I hate doing that but until the provider does a fix I must have my connection….. am I complaining yes!! LOL

  119. Good time at the pool. Quiet day otherwise.
    The daily words this week make a funny sentence:

  120. shelly peterson says

    I went to dialysis as usual. I am tired.

  121. It is pouring… a real tropical rainy day….oh well have to stay inside and play!!

  122. Well, I’m not in the Tropics and it’s glorious out there! Now if only I could get Mum out of bed …

  123. looks like summer wants to hang on around here.
    I am just back from yoga and now onto some things that need to be done around the house.

  124. Quiet day, hope it stays that way. And sunny, too. Was able to get some mending and cleaning done that I need the bright light in here!

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