Thursday, December 20, 2012


Hi all,

I'm sorry I've neglected my poor blog so much.  But, I've finally drawn the winners.  I also want to thank everyone again who played any part of helping little Lene through the Angel Tree this year.  We did an amazing job!!  So, here are the winners (I'll be in contact with you soon to get your prizes to you):

1.  Starling Portraits - Stephen Crim
2. Kindle - Julie Melvin
3. Scarf - Michael Darnell
4. Blue Minky Monkey - Thanh Crim
5. Pink Minky Monkey - Lei Shi
6. Tulle Christmas Wreath - Sarah
7. Custom Tutu w/ Matching Bow - Pam Thompson
8. Another Custom Tutu w/ Matching Bow - Michelle Buhler
9. Set of Simple Bows - Amanda Lewis
10. Christmas Wreath (Any Color) - Amy Fox Phillis
11. Large Zebra Hot Pink Bow - Ernestine McKenzie
12. Flower Bows - Mary Caputo
13. Large Leopard Hot Pink Bow - Kim Prine

Saturday, November 3, 2012

GiveAway for Lene!!!

Ok, so there is a giveaway going on for Lene on this blog, and ok, it's still coming together. the meantime here is what is happening.  Anytime you make a donation to Lene on this blog through the chip in of $5 or more you will be entered in the giveaway.  A donation of $5 will get you one entry, $20 will get you two, $35 will get you three (plus it will also get you a Christmas ornament from Reece's Rainbow with Lene's picture on it), $50 or more will get you four entries.  Also, you will get one entry just for sharing this on your blog or FaceBook.  You will have to leave a comment on my blog to let me know you donated and the amount or if you shared about this for the one entry.  If you don't want to put that publicly you can email me at . But, otherwise I won't know who makes the donation and you won't get entered.  Also, for those who are local, please let me know because one of the prizes is from Starling Portraits.  If you are local, I will also enter you in a chance to win this.  All other prizes can be mailed to the winners, no matter where you are.  Here are the prizes up for grabs so far.  And, if anyone has anything else they would like to donate or knows someone who might, please let me know!  Names will be drawn for the prizes on December 15th.

1.  Starling Portraits!/kdstarlingphotography

Either a FREE Super Mini Session (30 minutes, 1 sitting fee with print release, valued at $125), or a 50% off coupon.  Both offers can't be claimed until after the first of the year. (For Locals Only)

2.  A Kindle

3.  This Homemade Scarf from!/pages/Scarves-and-Skirts-for-Sara/383416945054152

4.  A Blue Minky Monkey

5.  A Pink Minky Monkey

6.  Tulle Christmas Wreath

7.  Custom Tutu w/ Matching Bow
(Great for a Birthday Outfit or a Special Occasion)
She Will Make it in Whatever Color Theme You Want

8.  Another Custom Tutu w/ Matching Bow

9.  Set of Simple Bows
(Small Bows to Match Every Outfit - Red, Orange, Yellow, Kelly Green, Light Blue, Royal Blue, Purple, Light Purple, Dark Pink, Light Pink, Brown, Black, and White)

10.  Christmas Wreath
(In Any Color Scheme)

11.  Large Zebra and Hot Pink Bow

12.  Flower Bows
(Set for Pigtails)

13.  Large Leopard and Hot Pink Bow

(Items 6 - 13 are made by my nephew's multi-talented wife, Marissa!)  You can place any additional custom orders through her at:

Tastefully Simple Online Party

Hey there,

Please go to this link to place an order for Tastefully Simple.  Remember 20% of sales goes toward Lene's adoption fund.

The party will be open through about mid December.


Reece's Rainbow and Christmas Angel Tree

Hello everyone,

I am so glad and thankful that you took the time to check out my blog and to support my efforts to help this little girl known as Lene.  Many of you have probably heard of Reece's Rainbow before as I have been a Christmas Warrior a couple years before for a little boy who was called Nikita.  And, just as an update for those who were wondering, Nikita did finally find a family to love him, his biological one.  His family came back to reclaim him and take him home.  That is wonderful, I hope they all have the support they need and hopefully it will lead others in his country to find out how special these kids really are.  All the money that was raised towards Nikita's adoption fund was deposited to another little boy's fund in the same region, with the same name, . 
For those who are hearing of Reece's Rainbow for the first time, they are a non profit organization who helps to advocate for and to raise adoption grants for disabled orphans around the world.  They help people get over the financial barrier who want to adopt these children.  The founder of Reece's Rainbow, Andrea has a son who was born with down syndrome.  Reece's Rainbow was born from the desire to help other children like her own son, and when she discovered these children were being discarded and shut away around the world she had to do something about it.  The Christmas Angel Tree is Reece's Rainbow's biggest fundraiser of the year.  Each child listed on the tree is assigned one Warrior whose goal is to raise at least $1000 toward that child's grant, and ultimately to find him or her a family to grow up in.  To do this, I hope you will help me spread the word far and wide about Lene.  She is 2, has down syndrome, and is waiting in a country in Latin America.  You can contact Andrea for more info about her, or ask me and I'll pass your questions along.  I will be giving away some things here on my blog and also am holding a Tastefully Simple Online Party, 20% of the sales will be donated to Lene's Christmas Tree Goal.  Please check out the Tastefully Simple Site, they have some yummy, simple food, you can buy for yourself, or they would make great Christmas Gifts.  The Christmas Angel Tree runs from Nov 1st until Dec 31st.  So, it's going to be a crazy couple months trying to reach my goal.  But, hey, what's $1000, why don't we shoot for $5000, I can dream right!