Monday, November 28, 2011

One of These Things Does Not Belong!

Well, the holiday season is upon us and I can tell the busy season has hit because I will be posting half the blog posts this month as in the two previous months. Whoops!

My husband and I have always had a "not till after Thanksgiving Day" policy regarding all things Christmas (except for buying gifts - I'll do that year-round if I see the perfect thing for someone!) Alas, this policy, like so many, has been completely ignored by our children. Our oldest especially, as he is eight and is An Authority on Just About Everything.

He is also very adept at getting into the boxes in the garage, and so delved into a Christmas box early. After strictly informing him that the box would be the only one to be opened early or he forfeits a Christmas present, I allowed the kids to get the stuff out of the box and start to decorate the house last week.

One of their favorite things is the Fisher Price Little People nativity set. All three love this toy, even though anything "Little People" in our regular toy selection is considered "baby stuff" by the boys. They had much fun and merriment setting the nativity up and setting out all the figures just so. I didn't really pay much attention until I went to look out the window at some deer the other day.

Can you spot the anomaly?

Just in case you need a hint:

Somehow I don't think the baby Jesus had blond hair, a pink bow, or a cuddly teddy bear. That would be because this is the baby from my daughter's Mom & Baby Minivan set. Apparently the nativity baby Jesus was missing, so the kids had to substitute. 

All you purists out there can relax, the real Little People Baby Jesus was found later that day. All is well in the world once again!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Winner Announced!

Congrats to @hminnesota for winning my Twitter lotion giveaway! :) 

I'll be having another giveaway once I reach 250 "likes" on my facebook page, so pop on over and click that thumbs up button, ya hear?

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Leaves Are A-Changin'!

The weather has been up and down, clear and rainy, calm and windy, and mild and cold over the past two weeks... which means, it is fall! Even though we had a very cold, wet summer, it seemed to redeem itself in the end and cling on a bit longer than usual, so fall was pushed back a bit. I was starting to think winter was going to force fall to abdicate and muscle in early because it seemed to be getting colder but the colors in the trees weren't changing.

However, I have noticed as I've been driving around this past week that there IS some beautiful color happening in our trees right now. Here is proof from my own back yard!

I love the evening sunlight in the fall and winter, too. It gets that gorgeous lemony color that I don't recall seeing in the spring and summer. I happened to run in and grab my camera just in time to capture this leaf aglow from the setting sun. Within two clicks of my camera, the sun had already dropped just enough that the light had changed and the moment was gone.

It reminded me that life itself is full of fleeting moments, and when you have one happen to you, you had better enjoy it fully because if you blink a couple times, you might miss it. As fall is rapidly giving way to the rush of the holidays that heralds the beginning of winter, I am making a vow to myself to make sure I stop blinking sometimes and open my eyes fully to those moments so that I don't miss them. Maybe I'll even have my camera handy, and I can share some of them with you!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

500 Followers and a Giveaway

500 Followers on Twitter! Hooray!

To celebrate, I'm having a giveaway. The winner will receive one 8-oz lotion in any of my new fall/winter scents: Enchanted Apple, Spiced Fig, Sparkling Plum, or Lump of Coal. Keep it for yourself or make someone happy by giving it as a gift!

Entering is easy, you can enter up to three times:

1. Tweet it! "I want to win lotion from @rightasrain - my scent of choice would be __________" (and obviously replace the blank with your choice of the four available scents)

2. Leave a comment on this blog entry. Just be sure to leave your Twitter name so I can find you.

3. Leave a comment on my Facebook business page (feel free to "like" my page, by the way) - again, be sure to leave your Twitter name so I can find you:

It's that simple! You may enter using each of the three methods once, for a grand total of three entries per person. NOTE: You must be following me at the time of the drawing in order to win, since this is a "thank you" to all my Twitter followers! :)

I'm sure I probably need legal jargon here. Something like all entries are free, drawing will be selected using a random number generator, I'll do my best to make the drawing fair and square, and don't sue me for any reason, because HEY, free giveaway! Note to foreign country participants: Make sure it is legal to receive my products before entering my contest. Thank you.

Edited to add: Would you like to see/read up on your choices? That might be helpful, yes? Just click each picture to go see its description & more pictures!

Um, edited again to add: Contest ends at 11:59 pm Monday, November 7th. Drawing will be sometime the next day or the day after and I will announce it forthwith. Posthaste, even.