{Closed} Giveaway: $20 to @PearTreeGrtngs

April 8, 2011 § 4 Comments

As my daughter’s birthday approaches, I can’t help but freak out a tiny bit of the things that need to be done (and cry, because my baby is no longer a baby but about to be a preschooler). One thing that IS easy, most of the time anyway, is picking out party invitation cards.

Last year, I made my own and the year before as well. But this year? I’m going to skip that and just order through Pear Tree Greetings like I did the first year. They have so many kids birthday invitations and it is likely you’ll fall in love with at least five.

This is the one I’m ordering this month for my daughter’s birthday next month. It’s adorable and how cute is that castle? It totally ties with my tea party theme, no?

Want a chance to win a $20 gift code to Pear Tree Greetings? In a comment, tell me what you would buy with the gift code. For an additional entry, tweet this giveaway and come back to give me your tweet link in a comment.

*******Winner is Jessica at The Unemployed Mom*******

{Winner will be chosen using random.org two weeks from now on April 22, 2011. Available only to US of A residents. One will be chosen and notified through email. If winner doesn’t reply within three days, a new winner will be chosen}

Don’t forget to check out their promotions page for coupon codes and special offers! Also, be sure to check out their graduation contest for a chance to win some money for your graduating son/daughter that ends on May 3rd!

Disclaimer: As a Pearista, I get the chance to review things monthly for Pear Tree Greetings. I do not get compensated to post my review/opinion but I get to have the chance to have pretty awesome giveaways for people who read this blog.

24 @PearTreeGrtngs Valentine Cards {updated with winner}

January 4, 2011 § 4 Comments

When I was a little girl I always looked forward to Valentine’s Day. Because hel-lo candy! The brown paper bag that we each got to decorate and put on our desks for all of us to go put our valentine cards in. The chocolates. The red tiny gross hearts. I always liked to get the silvery valentines cards from the store. You guys know what I’m talking about right? The shiny, more expensive, ones. And how can I give out cards without any chocolate hearts, mom?! I always told her when we would pass the chocolate aisle. I would sit on the floor a whole week before and with my cards, tape, and two bags of chocolate {occasionally eating one or two} and carefully tape the chocolate heart onto the card and sign my name.

But who wants TV characters as valentine’s cards? They are so overrated. Wouldn’t you rather get pretty {super adorable} ones from Pear Tree Greetings? Look how adorable this one is:

If super adorable owls aren’t your thing, there’s many other designs you can choose from! And if you decide to purchase from Pear Tree Greetings, don’t forget about their promotion codes available on their website!

Win It! Want a chance to win 24 free Kids Valentine’s Day Cards? Tell me about your WORST Valentine’s Day ever in the comments below.

{One comment per person. One winner will be chosen using random.org. Contest ends January 20th, 2011 at midnight CST. Available only to US of A residents. One will be chosen and notified January 21st through email. If winner doesn’t reply within three days, a new winner will be chosen.}



Congrats Monique! I will be emailing you your code today!


Disclosure: Because I’m a Pearista, I receive a sample pack of Valentine’s Cards in the mail. Their cards are so cute I had to post about this giveaway. No owls were harmed during the process.

Harry Potter and the #DeathlyHallows {Movie Review and Nerdy Discussion}

November 22, 2010 § 2 Comments

You’ve seen the trailers, the t-shirts, the wands, the Hogwarts robes and people with temporary {and real} tattoos of the Deathly Hallows sign standing in long lines, waiting to see a movie about wizards, magic, and love.

In the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the trio – Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) sets out to find the remaining horcruxes, artifacts containing pieces of the Dark Lord’s soul. In order for Harry to defeat the Dark Lord, he must first find and destroy the horcurxes. The loyalty of Harry Potter’s friends is tested when the battle between Harry and the Dark Lord approaches.

The movie opens up with the trio making difficult decisions – Hermione casts the Obliviate (oh-BLI-vee-ate) spell on her parents to make them forget they had a daughter and sends them off to Australia. They will not be returning to Hogwarts or making relationship decisions for the search of Horcruxes comes first.

Deathly Hallows is so much darker than the previous movies. With more deaths, more things that make you literally jump out your seat and scenes that will make you cry because you’ve grown to love and get attached to these fictional characters. The movie is set in a much darker time of the day, hardly when any light is on. In fact, most of the action-packed scenes happen at night, except for one intense scene that takes place at the Ministry of Magic.

As the relationship between Harry and Ginny blossoms, Harry makes the difficult decision to leave her behind to continue his journey on finding the horcruxes, because the whole Wizarding World is counting on him, as he is the Chosen One, the one who will kill The Dark Lord. Ron’s and Harry’s friendship is tested when Ron decides to leave Harry and Hermione because of jealousy issues. Hermione’s and Harry’s friendship grows stronger when she visits a a very melancholy place for Harry with him. This is a much darker time for Harry as well. Now that Sirius and Dumbledore aren’t around anymore, he feels as though he has no guidance on what to do anymore.

People who he thought were loyal to him, turn on Harry to save themselves or save a family member. One supposed supporter and member of the Order of the Phoenix, Disapparates when he sees the Dark Lord and fears for his life. Another lures Potter and the gang into a trap when they discover what the mysterious symbol means, to save his daughter.

Throughout the trio’s journey, a mysterious symbol keeps showing up everywhere and Hermione feels that it is imperative that they know what it means before they continue their journey. The symbol turns out to be the Deathly Hallows – the Eldar Wand, The Resurrection Stone, and The Invisibilty Cloak – and Harry, already owns one of them.

Other notable performances are Helena Bonham Carter as the bloodthirsty Bellatrix LeStrange, Fienes as Lord Voldemort, and Alan Rickman as the mysterious Severus Snape.

I would like to take this chance to thank Muggles For Life for allowing me to come to a special screening benefiting The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention the day before the movie premiered, which I purchased two tickets for the event for.

Below is a transcript {it is long, you guys} between myself and Monique about Deathly Hallows done on AIM {her post here}. We had different perspectives on the movie – tell is in the comments your take on the first installment of Deathly Hallows! « Read the rest of this entry »

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