Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sleep talking

I've mentioned before about my husband's habit of sleep talking. It is hilarious. I have learned so much from his sleep talk. Like that he doesn't like aliens - particularly the purple ones. And that fuzzy people are scary; we need to hide the dog in the closet when they come.

Sadly, his new CPAP machine seems to have ended the nighttime audio show. I miss the weird comments.

But, I have found a laugh-until-you-cry substitute at Sleep Talkin' Man. He's more talky than DH, and he does it in a British accent. Do you need a good solid laugh? I honestly nearly narfed my tea. (My mistake to take a big drink and then keep reading.) SO funny. The audio clips are great. Go. Now. Laugh until you pee a little.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Setting the Scene for Romance ~ Giveaway!

*** This giveaway is closed! ***
Winner: silverneon (confirmed)

I know I have mentioned before that February is the month of love. In fact, you're probably tired of hearing me go on about it :) Let's just say that we've been waiting for February for an eternity three months, and we're going to make the most of it.

So when I had the opportunity to review an amazing, romantic Valentine's Day assortment from Glade, you can imagine how fast I jumped on it! Romance? Yes, please!

This is the package I received:Wow! Spoil me! What is all that goodness? Well...

A triple-wick soy candle and a soy votive from the Fragrance Collection - Glade's line of boutique-quality scented candles. The scents, Sheer White Cotton and Currant and Acai, are wonderful. The first is like freshly laundered clothes - light, clean, and perfect for bright sunny winter days or chilly winter evenings when you want some comfort! The Currant and Acai scent is rich and fruity with the scent of berries. Both are pure fragrance, no chemical smell, and I love that they're soy, which is sustainable, clean burning, and natural.

A reed diffuser with a pretty wood top in the Currant and Acai scent, again from the Glade Fragrance Collection. We had a minor disaster with our last reed diffuser - I'd propped a framed watercolour on a shelf in the powder room that also held a reed diffuser. Then when the garage door slammed next time, off toppled the picture, taking the diffuser with it, and everything smashed on our tile floor. Cleaning up oil and glass shards from the walls, floor and toilet was not fun (although our bathroom did smell remarkably nice for quite some time after!). I am thrilled to have a new pretty diffuser from Glade for the bathroom - and I promise not to be so foolhardy in my picture placement in the future!

Some lovely cards and tags from Jonesy, a Canadian stationery company that does some great graphic cards that are environmentally friendly - they use FSC paper and soy-based inks. The set of five cards and tags in this package feature sweet little floaty hearts, great for any occasion but perfect for Valentine's Day! I think the tags might become lunch box love notes (shh, don't tell DH! I want it to be a sweet surprise).

An enormous, intricate cookie mookie from Jinja Ninja (love that name!) - another Canadian company that makes these edible creations from organic ingredients. I'm a lifelong baker and I can't even begin to imagine how Beverly comes up with these. They're amazing and would be great gifts for special occasions or just because.

Last but not least, a bottle of Copper Moon Sauvignon Blanc. I've never tried a Copper Moon wine before and I'm quite eager to test it out (tonight?). We love wine - we have toured vineyards in Niagara, and are those people who actually have a stocked wine rack in our cold cellar. I was interested to read that Copper Moon is made with grapes that are harvested at night. Who would have thought it made a difference when the grapes were harvested? But I have learned that the cool temperatures affect the flavour of the grapes. Neat!

AND - drum roll, please - I am thrilled to tell you that -
Glade has generously offered one of my Canadian readers the very same gift package that I received, in time for Valentine's Day!

Nothing like a little candlelight, wine and a sweet treat to set the scene for romance!

How to enter (do this first!): Tell me your plans for Valentine's Day! Will it be date night on the town, or a romantic evening at home, perhaps? Please be sure to include your email if it’s not public in your blogger profile! Anonymous comments without a way to contact you will be deleted.

Extra entries (leave an extra comment for each):
  • Visit Glade, and tell me another product you would be interested in trying - 1 entry
  • Visit Jonesy and tell me what other design(s) you like! - 1 entry
  • Visit Jinja Ninja and tell me which mookie jumpstarts your cravings! - 1 entry
  • Let me know which variety of Copper Moon wine you'd love - the Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc? (no guarantee that you'll get the one you chose if you win, though)- 1 entry
  • Follow my blog (publicly) – 2 entries, leave 2 comments
  • Add my blog button to your blog- leave the URL - 1 entry
  • Blog about this giveaway, linking back both to this post and to the Glade website – 2 entries, leave 2 comments
  • Tweet this giveaway and post a comment with the link to your tweet. You can copy this, if you like: "Win an awesome Glade romance prize pack at Emily's Latest (for Canadians only!)". Thanks to my lovely and brilliant bloggy friend Capital Mom for the entry idea! - 1 entry (this isn't a daily!)
That’s 11 potential entries!

Eligibility: Open to Canadian residents only!

Ends: February 4th at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be emailed, announced on this post and on a separate post on my blog. If I don't hear back within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Just a quick note to you, my faithful and sweet bloggy friends!

I have some exciting news... a very nice giveaway is coming up super soon (tomorrow?!) right here! One of my Canadian readers is going to be very happy when they win this extra awesome prize.

Keep your eyes peeled and fingers ready!


1. I got a good night's sleep last night. Sounds small, but with my husband's new CPAP machine that we are both still getting used to, and my unfortunate light sleeping (any little thing wakes me), it's been a long time since I had a really restful sleep. It helped that I went to bed at 9pm. I was really exhausted!

2. It's February. Well, okay, it's not, quite, but we're calling it. YAY! Life can begin again. Hopefully.

3. I'm getting a haircut today. I hate getting it done, but love when I've had one. Sometimes I wonder, though, why my hairdresser earns more than I do per hour. Especially as she's so much younger. Maybe I chose the wrong profession!

4. Things are good with work. Super busy, lots of stuff to do, but that's good. And some of the galleries have been selling stuff already this month - after Christmas is usually slow for sales, so it's been a nice start to the year. Did I mention I made a Facebook page for my artwork? It seems like a good idea (my husband talked me into it), but I still have only a few fans (and they're mostly family). Hm. Slightly embarrassing! I think it's kind of funny :)

I know, I know - I haven't done this in a while. But I have some giveaways saved up to share with you today. And don't forget to enter my giveaway for a bottle of SkinMD natural shielding lotion. It's really nice - why not enter, you'll get to try it for free if you win!

For baby:
  • Win a $100 gift certificate to Polka Dot Peacock at Design Dazzle. Ends January 23rd.
  • Win a $25 gift certificate to Growing Green Bums at My Silly Monkeys. Ends January 30th.
  • Win some awesome Canadian flag Stonz baby booties at CoolCanucks. Ends January 30th.
  • Win a Nuby pack (featuring six Nuby products!) at Hip Little One. Ends February 11th.
  • Win a Mrs. Smith's diaper bag at My Silly Monkeys. Ends January 28th.
  • Win the clothing item of your choice from Barley & Birch at In The Know Mom. Ends January 24th.
  • Win a Hotsling from Baby Snazz at Jabbering Jessi. Ends January 27th.
  • Win a Cloud B Polar Cuddle Cub from Dogree Online at Feisty, Frugal and Fabulous. Open to Canadians only! Ends January 31st.
  • Win a set of Bummas cloth wipes at Life More Simply (must be a subscriber of her blog). Ends January 29th at noon.
  • Another chance to win Bummas cloth wipes at My Silly Monkeys. Ends January 26th.
  • Win Gerber cloth wipes and Organic Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oil from Baby Blessings at Suburban Saving Mama. Ends January 25th.
  • Win a $50 gift certificate to Zutano (newborn clothes) at Natural Baby Goods. Ends February 12th.
For the ladies:
For anyone:
  • Win a Burt's Bees prize pack at Mommy Brain (the ladies might appreciate this more than the guys, but I don't want to discriminate!). Open to Canadians only! Ends January 25th.
  • Another chance to win a Burt's Bees prize pack at Organic Girl. Open to Canadians only! Ends January 22nd.
  • Win a Nature's Path organics prize pack at CoolCanucks. Ends January 28th.
  • Win the scarf of your choice from Affordable Scarves at Penny Pinching Mama. Ends January 31st.
  • Win Depth body wash, hand & body lotion & hand soap at My Wee View. Ends January 29th.
  • Win a tea prize pack from Golden Moon Tea at CoolCanucks. Ends January 22nd (tomorrow!).
Have fun! :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Winner announced!

I have drawn the winner of the Prego Planner! Some lucky expecting mama out there is going to be organized and stylish with this great product. I want to extend a big congratulations to the entrants who are themselves expecting (you are already winners in my book!).

So, without further ado, the winner is...

, who said...
How wonderful!! I've been looking for something like this! I've been hoping for another little one and finally got some good news from a little white stick YESTERDAY!
I would like the Brown one if I win! Thanks for the chance!

That's a double congratulations to you, Mirage! Wishing you a healthy, happy pregnancy! (Confirmed)

Thank you all for entering. To my new followers - Hi! I hope you stick around. I've got more giveaways in the works :)

By the way, we had a date night last night - we went to see Avatar in 3D. This was one of the best movies I have ever seen! Seriously, make a date and go see it!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A quick hello!

It's the last day to enter the Prego Planner giveaway!

The SkinMD Natural Shielding Lotion giveaway is still on until the 28th.

I've been AWOL for a bit, I know - busy with work and house guests. Also, I started playing the Sims 3 and if you have ever played a Sims game, you will know how time just disappears. I'm not sure why it's so fun, but it is.

I have a huge headache today. We're planning on going to see Avatar tonight, so I hope it goes away!

I'm off to work... I have some things I want to share but no time! I'll be back when I have a bit of time.