Aloha Friday

Friday, February 25, 2011

Greetings friends! I'm a little late to the party today. We're visiting with family and and enjoying a beautiful warm "Spring" day. My email box is overflowing, the dog is giving me the puppy eyes as she wants a walk, and I've got to bake a birthday cake before the baby wakes. So, I'll keep this short and sweet ;)

My question for today is: Where is one place in the U.S. that you've never been but would love to visit?

For me, it's California. I've never been that far west, but would love to visit my Aunt and Uncle there and see San Francisco, L.A., Napa Valley and San Diego. How about you?


Thanks for coming by! Be sure to stop by An Island Life for more Aloha Friday fun.

Also, before you go, be sure to enter my giveaway for a $50 NOVICA Gift Code!


Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, February 23, 2011




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5 Minutes for Mom
Wordless Wednesday HQ
Thanks for stopping by :)

Psst...Don't miss my giveaway for a $50 NOVICA gift card!

Straight Out Of the Camera (SOOC) Saturday

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hey friends,

I've decided to join a new meme this week. This one is hosted by Marvelous Mommy. Here's the skinny from her blog:
"Whether you are a professional photographer, an amateur photographer, or just someone who likes taking pictures, I encourage you to link up! This is a super simple weekend meme that doesn’t take up much time! Please join me! I’d love to see your shots."



SOOC Saturday


Here's my shot:




Thanks to Alicia at More Than Words for introducing me to this meme. If you'd like to join the blog hop, stop by Marvelous Mommy to link up!

Before you go, check out my giveaway for a $50 GC to Novica!

Aloha Friday

Friday, February 18, 2011

It's that time again. Aloha! Looking forward to a gorgeous, sunny day with temps in the 70's here. Woo hoo! A taste of Spring ;)

I'm a sucker for nostalgia and love all those flashbacks to the 80's that remind me of my childhood. Have you seen this? It's like a virtual time machine. I could waste way too much time there, but it's fun to take a little trip down memory lane.

My question today is: What is something (a product, band, cartoon, movie,  etc.) that you loved growing up?


Thanks for coming by! Be sure to stop by An Island Life for more Aloha Friday fun.

Also, before you go, be sure to enter my giveaway for a $50 NOVICA Gift Code!

NOVICA Review and $50 Gift Code Giveaway!

I am so thrilled to have another opportunity to offer my readers a simply fabulous prize. You know I love ya'll right? I apologize for not being as attentive lately. I have been simply overwhelmed with domesticity and homeschooling. Forgive me. But, I have a lovely peace offering. I am hosting a giveaway for a $50 Gift Code to NOVICA! If you haven't visited their online store, I can guarantee you that you'll be wowed by their beautiful artisan gifts.

NOVICA offers unique, quality, hand-made items created by artisans from all over the globe. I discovered NOVICA last summer when I was offered a review opportunity and I have continued to shop with them since. It was so much fun to be able to offer family and friends such memorable gifts over the holidays. Each special item comes beautifully packaged with a card from the artist who created it.

Check out the beautiful items I selected:



Whether you are searching for corporate gifts, home goods, jewelry, clothing, or keepsakes, NOVICA has you covered. I love that the site is easy to shop with items listed by popular categories like fair trade corporate gifts green gifts, unique gifts. And I'm impressed that they offer microfinance options for small trade artisans around the globe.

Enter to win a $50 NOVICA Shopping Spree:
First entry, visit NOVICA and tell me one product you found that you would love to have. This is mandatory before other entries will be counted.

For extra entries:
Subscribe to my feed (3 entries)
Add my button to your blog or add me to your blog roll (3 entries)
Follow me publicly in google
Become a Fan of Serendipity is Sweet on Facebook
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Tweet this giveaway link (please leave a link to your tweet in your comment, 1 per day)
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Be sure to leave a comment for each entry and a valid email address. Open to U.S. and Canada only. Winner will be chosen by random integer selection. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize or a new winner will be chosen. Contest will close on March 5, 2011 at 12:00 AM EST. Good Luck!!!

**I received a $50 gift code to NOVICA.com for the purpose of a product review for this post.**

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Hey peeps, check out my new toy. Yeah baby!

For more Wednesday fun, be sure to visit these fabulous blogs:
5 Minutes for Mom
Wordless Wednesday HQ
Thanks for stopping by :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 14, 2011


May your life be filled with love today and every day. 
Happy Valentine's Day!

Sweet And Easy Heart Cookie Recipe for Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 12, 2011



These little bite-sized cookies are so cute and easy to make. Perfect for a little treat box or bag.

Ingredients:
4 TBSP butter, softened
1/4 C powdered sugar
1/4 tsp red food coloring
1 1/2 tsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sifted all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Put butter in a medium mixing bowl and stir until creamy. Sift in powdered sugar and stir well. Add red food coloring and mix well. Add milk and vanilla and mix. Sift flour into bowl and mix well. Squeeze mixture into a ball with your hands. Dust a rolling pin with flour and flour a work surface. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick. Use small cutters to create heart shapes. Use a toothpick to add patterns as you wish.
Transfer to baking sheets and bake for 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on pans 1-2 minutes then transfer to cooling rack. Once cooled completely cookies can be sprinkled with sifted powder sugar if desired.

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Novica How Do I Love Thee?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Let me count the ways...

Beautiful Jewelry

Unique Art

One of a Kind Gifts

Gorgeous Home Goods


There are so many ways I love Novica. But, what I really admire about Novica is not just that they sell beautiful things at fabulous prices, but that they support individual artisans from all over the world. It is so much fun to see who actually created the items I buy, and find out about where they live and what inspires them.

So, how do you love Novica? Stay tuned for an upcoming review and $50 giveaway! Perfect for picking out your very own Valentine Gift ;)


Aloha Friday

Greetings friends and happy Friday! I'm so glad the weekend is here, and we have no sports games this weekend so I hope to steal a little time to relax. We had more snow this week, unusual for here, but warmer weather is in store for the weekend. Possibly as warm as 60. Woo hoo! I'm yearning for flip flops and barbeques. Who's with me?

Ok, on to my question for today: What talent are you developing? If none, what's stopping you?

A friend of mine recently picked up some paper and charcoal and started drawing. She's never done this, but her drawings are amazing! Really. This got me thinking about how we all have God given talents that we sometimes ignore because we are too busy, too broke, too caught up in the day to day shuffle, etc. But developing our talents feeds our minds and souls and can also help others. Don't we have some responsibility to do this, even if for just a small amount of our time each week? What do you think?


Thanks for coming by! Be sure to stop by An Island Life for more Aloha Friday fun.

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


"Cheese"

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5 Minutes for Mom
Wordless Wednesday HQ
Thanks for stopping by :)

Are You Ready For Some Football?!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

As per my step-father, who is diehard Pittsburgh fan (and former resident), I've been instructed to root for the Steelers. While I have been known to enjoy a Superbowl party in years past, this year it'll just be me and the kiddos at home. So, we may tune in to Fox to catch some of the game, but our tube will be mostly fixed on The Puppy Bowl. What's your plan for the big game?

OUR MVP

Here are some favorite football quotes to get you geared up for a great game:

Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it. ~Heywood Hale Brown

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: [from academe] A modern school where football is taught. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Most football players are temperamental. That's 90 percent temper and 10 percent mental. ~Doug Plank

Let's face it, you have to have a slightly recessive gene that has a little something to do with the brain to go out on the football field and beat your head against other human beings on a daily basis. ~Tim Green

You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four. ~Dan Birdwell

Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings. ~George F. Will

Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors. ~Frank Gifford
One of the great disappointments of a football game is that the cheerleaders never seem to get injured. ~Author Unknown

American football makes rugby look like a Tupperware party. ~Sue Lawley, 1985

Football is not a contact sport. It's a collision sport. Dancing is a good example of a contact sport. ~Duffy Daugherty



Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

She's got two brand new teeth, but she'd prefer to show you her tongue:


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5 Minutes for Mom
Wordless Wednesday HQ
Thanks for stopping by :)

Valentine's Day Wow Wow Wubbzy DVD Giveaway!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and it's time to share some "Wub" with my readers!


The newly released “Wubbzy Be Mine” (SRP $12.98) is an irresistible compilation of three episodes featuring the series’ well-loved characters, Wubbzy, Widget, Walden and Daizy. In “Mr. Valentine,” Wuzzleburg’s trusty mailman falls ill on Valentine’s Day and Wubbzy steps in to deliver all the valentines, but he soon discovers there are none for him…. To Wubbzy’s surprise, his pals personally deliver his valentines, saving the best for last! In “Cupid’s Helper,” Cupid pays a visit to Wuzzleburg, but loses his prized bubble-blower. When Wubbzy finds it, he starts blowing bubbles bringing together some of Wuzzleburg’s oddest couples. And, in “My Speedy Valentine,” the third love-filled episode on the new release, Wubbzy and his pals try to find the fastest way ever to make their own valentines, but something keeps bugging Walden….

You can pick up Wubbzy Be Mine at your favorite retailer or enter win a copy here!

To Win it:
MANDATORY ENTRY: You must be a Serendipity is Sweet subscriber to win. Let me know how you subscribe and your email address.

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Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry and a valid email address. Open to U.S. and Canada only. Winner will be chosen by random integer selection. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize or a new winner will be chosen. Contest will close on February 5, 2011 at 12:00 AM EST. Good Luck!!!

I received no compensation or products for writing this post. I was simply offered an opportunity to host a giveaway for my readers and accepted.

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