September 26, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

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PrintRunner Giveaway!

I love PrintRunner, they helped me make stickers, cards, and postcards for myself and family and there's just no other service that has never let me down. They have great costumer services as well as handy tips, easy uploads and easy steps to help create pretty much anything you need printed out. If you haven't checked out the site, you should there's many things you can use their services for. 

With the Holidays coming up why not create some one of a kind postcards to send out to family? Have a birthday you want to showcase? PrintRunner can help you create just what you need. 
I'm delighted to host another giveaway for my readers, this will be for Postcards. Simply enter the Rafflcopter below for a chance to win 100 Postcards- details on specs below. Please take notice that this package does not include design services but you can upload any image from your computer. It's really fast and easy to put together so take advantage! 

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Each set consists of 100 (5" x 7 ") Postcards. These postcards will have a Full-Color Front Only Printing (4/0 Printing) on a 14 pt. Cardstock with UV Coating on Front. The postcards can also have Rounded Corners and are ready to be shipped in 3 Business Days.
*No Proof
*Giveaway is open to US Residents only, ages 18 years old and above.

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September 23, 2012

Our Homemade Puzzle

This took some time, and much careful cutting but it finally came together!

Our hand crafted puzzle,the board itself fits into a custom puzzle box with a handle and locks. Take a look!

We still need to find a chain so we can hold it open, but that's a minor details for later. 

Board out of the case, Texas of course is moved to show puzzle piece 

Last but not least, the top of the case which is also carved out and tacked on. 

We hand drew the states on a piece of wood before each piece was cut out on a table saw and then each buffed up with some hand tools. Using two pieces of wood we fit them together with the cut out "shape" of the states and fit them together permanently. That made the puzzle board. The rest was hand painted of course, the case a breeze and with a handle, latches as well as a hinge it came together. I still have to hand write the states on though so I will update you all with a picture when that is finished!

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September 22, 2012

A Full Years Worth- Garden Update

This month marks my full year of non stop harvesting. While in the past I've done a few winter gardens, this was the first full year of "four seasons" in which I have been able to harvest something each and every month out of the year. It takes planning and constant work, but it has been a well worth it. I'll continue planting this way so my family can get the best amount of fresh organic vegetables year round.

A quick look around the garden, we have- New Sprouts for the Winter garden!

New beans coming in

Squash daily picks!

Endless tomatoes

Some of the seeds being harvested. Dried Scarlet Beans, half will be for cooking, half will be for seed saving!
Anything happening in your garden?
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September 21, 2012

Cynthia Roberts Ebooks Giveaway!!

Romance Author, Cynthia Roberts, has launched two new books, both of which have received a shining Blue Ribbon Review from . 

She is offering all It's My Side of Life followers and visitors the opportunity to win a FREE EBook of Captive Heart and This Too Shall Pass. Every one may enter to win both books. You can read a blurb on each book and the Blue Ribbon Review by as well below before deciding. 
Once the contest winners have been chosen and posted, Ms. Robert's will release to any one interested in purchasing her books a 50% Discount Coupon, talk about a great extra bonus! 
**Contest Rules, Simply follow the Rafflecopter rules,
To qualify, all you need do is become a FAN of her Facebook Page at cheaters will not be counted, and yes I do check to make sure people follow rules! The more people enter, the more winners picked so grab your friends and have them enter as well!! 

100 entries    ~ 2 winners will be chosen
250 entries    ~ 3 winners will be chosen
500 entries    ~ 4 winners will be chosen
1,000 entries ~ 5 winners will be chosen
1,500 entries ~ 5 winners will be chosen
2,000 entries ~ 6 winners will be chosen

EBooks are available for all of the following formats: Online Reading from your computer, Kindle, Epub for Apple iPad/IBooks, Nook, Sony Readers, Kobo, Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital, LRF and Palm Doc reading devices.

Captive Heart

A Seneca maiden is banished from her tribe and finds herself caught between two worlds ~ remaining who she is, or the woman she secretly wishes to become. Captive Heart is a soulful tale of spiritual rebirth, and a passionate love story that blossoms during an extremely difficult journey of revelation. 

Review ~ 4.5 Stars ~ Link to Review

A poignant tale, CAPTIVE HEART, the second book in talented author Cynthia Roberts' IROQUOIS series, is a warm, passionate historical romance that will transport you back to colonial America. This tale of spiritual rebirth and passionate love gives insight into the Indian people, who are often thought of as savage, but in reality only seek to peacefully coexist with the white man. There are lessons that we could take from them. They live off the land, not depleting it, but honoring it and live close to their God, thanking Him for their blessings and seeking His guidance in their every action. This beautifully written story will touch your heart as it gives a perception into another way of life. By combining love, passion, hatred, danger, spiritual guidance, kidnapping, violence, remorse, Indian customs and legends as well as second chances, Ms. Roberts has penned a story that is unforgettable. Whether you are a fan of colonial and Indian romances or not, I believe you will enjoy this story. This book can be read as a standalone, but for additional enjoyment, do not miss the first book in this series, WIND WARRIOR, the tale of Winnokin and White Dove. I recommend CAPTIVE HEART and look forward to reading more of Cynthia Roberts' works.

This Too Shall Pass

Rising from the ashes once you hit rock bottom is not easy for a woman alone. Neither is the journey along the road to self-discovery. The end result proves awe inspiring for Alana Waverly when fate steps in, however, and presents her with the wonderful possibility of not only finding love, but believing in it again.

Review ~ 5 stars ~ Link to Review ~
THIS TOO SHALL PASS, the latest novel by talented author Cynthia Roberts, is a touching, emotion-packed contemporary romance that reminds us not to take life for granted. Each chapter begins with a few words of wisdom about life and living it to the fullest. At times, it will bring a smile to your face and at other times, tears will appear, as you find yourself empathizing with Alana and the struggles she goes through. You also cannot help but love Dylan who sticks with her through thick and thin. Ms. Roberts brings these complex characters to life right before your eyes until it almost seems as if Dylan and Alana are people you know. With creativity, passion and emotion, Ms. Roberts fills her story with life's hardships and blessings, beautifully clever dialogue, vulnerable characters with realistic problems, a real life plot, romance and true love, making this moving story one you will want to read and then read again. It will remind you of how truly fortunate you are and how important it is to make the most of the limited time you have here on Earth. I highly recommend this book and look forward to see what Ms. Roberts comes up with next.

This Contest will Run for two weeks, I will email winner(s) by email, so make sure you are using one you check and respond within 48hrs. This is open to all! 

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September 19, 2012

Dine Out and Help End Childhood Hunger #NoKidHungry

September brings together thousands of restaurants together that have joined up for the entire month to help raise money and awareness for the no Kid Hungry campaign. By dining out at supporting restruants you are joining forces to help end childhood hunger.

If you haven't already checked out local resturatnt in your area that support No Kid Hungry, this week should be the week you do it. Now is your chance to join in on the action as well!

Just find a participating restaurant near you, then print a thank you card to bring with you to give to the restaurant.

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Wordless Wednesday

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September 17, 2012

Garden lesson in leaves

You all know by now what kinda of garden buff I am. Pretty much all things garden, I'm in on it. I love researching, planning, mapping it out. Other's may find it strange or time consuming, but really throwing myself into the garden is always an adventure.
 Lately I have been categorizing my tomato plants by their leaves. Yes. By their leaves. Go ahead say it, I'm strange, but read on, because it's interesting.

 Each plant of course has different leaves, my reasoning behind this project is simple really. Infact if you have kids, you can almost guess just why I must do this. I'll give you a hint, kids love picking up labels and tossing them to the ground.

While my kids love helping me in the garden, they can very easily and all too quickly mix things up. By the time my plants make it into the ground, my kids have switched, hid or taken labels out and suddenly they are "missing" . With over 50 tomato plants, and several different varieties of them, it's a must to be able to tell which is which by their leaves. I want certain kinds together mostly for seeds saving which again is important to keep them well guarded. This way by keeping an eye on the leaves, I can easily get them back in order or at least for the most part.

It's not easy, but I have in the last few years broken it down to a very close study. I can tell the Cherry tomatoes leaves apart from a Sweet 100, or a Brandywine from a Roma now or from a big beef.

Cherry Tomato

Sweet 100

Cherokee Purple 

Amish Paste

While I must admit it will take another few years to get them all down, I have the basics where at least I can a get them into a selected group. It's a long process, I've been comparing them the last few years and so far some of them are true to form, others are incredibly hard to tell apart. Let's call it a work in progress!

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September 16, 2012

DreamWorkds "Lincoln" New Trailer!

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

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September 4, 2012

MONSTERS, INC. is returning to U.S. theatres for the first time in 3D on December 19th!

“Monsters, Inc.,” one of Disney•Pixar’s most beloved and visually imaginative feature films ever, returns to the big screen to delight a whole new generation of audiences and fans alike, this time in stunning 3D. The now-classic Academy Award®-winning animated comedy adventure “Monsters, Inc.” is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside. Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children—and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources. Believed by monsters to be toxic, children are strictly forbidden from entering Monstropolis. But when a little girl named Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs) accidentally follows Sulley back into his world, he finds his career in jeopardy and his life in utter chaos. So pals Mike and Sulley plot to rectify the mistake and return Boo to her home. But when the trio encounters an unexpected series of complications, they become embroiled in a cover-up catapulting them into a mystery beyond their wildest dreams.

Directed by Oscar®-winner Pete Docter (“Up”) and produced by Oscar nominee Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), “Monsters, Inc.” is in theaters—again—December 19, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

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September 3, 2012

Garden Update

If you haven't already now is the time to start planting for the winter garden!  My kids have helped plant rows and rows of winter salad greens. If you plant every 10 days, you'd be at a non stop harvest as well. Double check your area for frost dates, plants that grow well in your zone and get on out in the dirt! This is a great way to get the kids involved, small hands plant fast!

Here's some wild and broad leaf mustard growing already. They are hardy enough for winter, but still need a light covering through frost dates, other wise you can harvest weekly and all year long in most areas! 

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