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quiet around here…


i’ve been one busy duck!!!

friday night was our Christmas on Main Street event that i have been planning for a few months!

and it was soooo FUN!!

(and COLD! -20C)

despite the temperature, tons of people came out and had a fantastic night!! all that planning DONE!


and now….

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while i am gone, why don’t you darlings enter for a giveaway?!


Fabulous Amy from Mad Cow Company has sent me a pair of earrings to giveaway!!

to enter…

1- leave a comment telling us what item you just LOVE from her shop!

2- follow Mad Cow Company on facebook and leave a separate comment telling us so!

3- tweet, pin, facebook, blog…etc. about this giveaway and leave separate comments for each!

and done!! i will pick a winner when i get back!

love you all and have a great week!!

(contest will run from today until midnight Sunday Dec 16th)


jewelery giveaway!

you know i adore you.

and so does Simply Bridal.
when they contacted me, at first i wasn’t sure how to work them into my blog life…

but then i checked out their jewelery. and i fell in love. who WOULDNT want a glittery piece of fabulousness?! bride or no bride?!

so i said heck ya, let’s do a giveaway!!

simply bridal giveaway

so here it is!

our lucky winner will get their choice of any piece from their Simply Bridal collection!!

to enter…

1- head on over to their website, check out the goods, and come back here leaving a comment about which piece will be yours if you win!

2- for and additional entry…tweet, facebook, blog, pin or whatever about this giveaway and leave SEPARATE comments telling me you did!

contest will run from today (Monday, Nov. 19) to midnight Monday (November 26th) and i will announce the winner on tuesday!

good luck and thanks Simply Bridal for this giveaway!!



I love you.

So here is a giveaway!!!

Jennifer from Cow Camp Gifts (check her etsy site out too!!!)

is offering up a wild rag for one of you lucky peeps!


To enter…

1- leave a comment, i’m curious, what do you call these scarves…wild rags? cowboy scarves? neck rag?

2- follow Jennifer on twitter and leave new, separate comment here telling me so!

3- head on over to her etsy site, favorite her store and then leave a new, separate comment telling me!

4- follow me on facebook and then leave a new, separate comment telling me! (if you already follow me, let me know!)

5- share this giveaway!! tweet, blog, facebook, pin, instagram, whatever!! just remember to leave new, separate comment here telling me so!

~and yes, i changed up my blog’s look…whaddya think?!~

Contest will close Sunday (Oct 28th) at midnight and we will announce the winner on Monday!!!



Well, better late than never!! I am obvs not home or organized…but I did get around to picking a winner for the MyPhotoGlass giveaway!

#7 (via Joy Z on July 30, 2012 at 8:13 am
OMG…what an awesome idea! I’m not sure I could decide which picture to do this to, but I’m sure I’d go with one of the old farm houses I took a picture of…or a picture of my daughter with her father…or a family picture. The possibilities are endless. Love it!”

Congrats Joy!!!!!! I will email you!

And thanks again to the darlings of MyPhotoGlass!!!!!!


Giveaway from MYPHOTOGLASS!

The fab folks over at My Photo Glass have a NEW product that they would love to introduce to you AND give one away to a lucky winner!!!

They have created photos printed on glass…

um, ya. pretty awesome stuff.

I can see this used in decorating your home in a more abstract art way than family pictures. Does that make sense?!

I would print this…

To enter…

1- leave me a comment and tell me what photo you would print on glass!

2- head on over to My Photo Glass on facebook, like them, tell them I sent ya, then head back here and leave me a comment telling me you did so!!!

3- tweet about this giveaway for an additional entry, leave a NEW comment!

4- facebook about this giveaway for an additional entry, leave a NEW comment!

5- blog about this giveaway for an additional entry, leave a NEW comment!

Yay!!!!! That is five ways to enter! And I can’t wait to hear what you want to use for images!!! Giveaway will run from today (Monday July 30th) until midnight Monday (Aug 6th). I will announce the winner the next day!!

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Reader request…Jennifer!

Jennifer has kind of a big event coming up…click here to check out all the details…

And she needs some ideas for ensembles…

Hope this is what you are looking for Jennifer!!! (if not, email me and I’ll try again!)


AND…you can enter to win this fabulous red boots pictured up above here!! Just click here to find out how!!!

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Them are some fancy boots lady….

Don’t I know it!?!

Ok, here’s the deal, BootBarn contacted me eons ago, they wanted to send me some boots (!!) in exchange for an honest review on my blog.

Free boots? AND they ship to Canada?!?!?!

I’m in!

AND they sent a pair along for my husband!

I was liking Boot Barn more and more all the time!!

The boots arrived here via UPS (it was fun having them attempt to find the farm!) and I pulled them out of the box. The leather smell was devine…even my kids noticed and commented! I picked the red ones, because for one, I don’t own a red pair, and two, never in a thousand years would I go out and BUY red, but free?! Sign me up!! And to be honest, they aren’t so much RED as a soft cranberry or super dark pink. And I like that. Based on the website picturesShyanne_BBW15_15 Medium

I was picturing them to be red-red…so if that is what you are going for…these aren’t the ones for you.

Next up, the all important “TRY-ON”.

These Shyanne boots are exclusive to Boot Barn, and their claim is that they are proud to have you compare them to your favorite boots, because they know you will be impressed! (or something along those lines, LOL).

OF COURSE I was skeptical. I mean really, you can PROMISE that I will love them as much as my worn in boots?!?! O-kay….

Um, Ya.

They are fabulous.


From the minute I put them on, I have loved them.

(Nothing is ever perfect of course, so each time I have worn them I have taken the precaution of using my secret weapon for potential heel or ankle rubbing. Nursing pads!! Any of you nursing moms out there know what I am talking about, those who aren’t…nursing pads are palm sized circles that are just like maxipads, but are for, well, leakage. Boobs leak (A LOT) during different phases of breastfeeding and these are a nursing moms best friend. And they work PERFECT for protecting ankles or heels against rubbing!! They have sticky backs, so I just stick them inside my socks at the right spots and go! They don’t move and even if I pull off my boots somewhere, no one can see them, so no embarassing moments! LOVE!!)

First time I wore them…5 hours of mall shopping.


No sore feet!

Second time I wore them, Artist Showcase Stir’Up at the Calgary Stampede (4 hours of walking). Loved them.

My mom wore them to the Calgary Stampede finals, 8 hours on her feet, (and she doesn’t usually wear cowboy boots) and no complaints of sore anything!!

I am sold. For the cost of the boots, $180 (!!), the quality is (as far as I can tell) as good as my Old Gringo boots (gasp!). I would buy these boots in a heart beat…and probably will! (don’t tell my husband…)

The only concerns/negatives I would have to point out are the color (see above), the fact that the hide has some darker spots on the tops of the feet (but no leather is perfect, so it didn’t bother me) and my mom mentioned that they are VERY slippery on smooth wet concrete.

That’s it. I have paid WAY more money for lesser quality boots before. I would reccomend these in a heart beat!! So, thanks Boot Barn and way to go! These are fab!


One of you lucky ducks gets a pair!!

Yup, Boot Barn would love to giveaway a pair to you! They do want me to mention (that becasue these boots are so popular), “If for any reason the winner’s first style choice and/or size is not available at the time of this giveaway, there may be a delay in prize shipment until new stock arrives or we may ask the winner to select another style.”

To enter…

1- leave a comment below!! That’s it!

2- for a second entry, leave a NEW, SEPARATE comment below if you tweet about this contest! (please tweet this…) There is a FABULOUS boot giveaway going on thanks to @FarmerTrphyWife and @BootBarn!!  Follow this link to enter!

3- for a third entry, leave a NEW, SEPARATE comment below if you pin my white dress/red boot picture and tag it as a giveaway!

4- for a fourth entry, leave a NEW, SEPARATE comment below if you facebook about this giveaway!

5- for a fifth entry, leave a NEW, SEPARATE comment below if you blog about this giveaway!!!

(giveaway will run from today (the 18th) to midnight Monday July 23rd, winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 24th!)

Now, my husband was also lucky enough to have a pair sent to him! They sent a pair of their Cody James boots…another brand exclusive to Boot Barn.

This is what they looked like when I pulled them out of the box…

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This is what they looked like at the end of day one…

He WORE them that day. First hour was in ankle deep water chasing cows, and the rest of the day was spent fixing fence and other such farm-y type stuff.

He was impressed by the fact that these boots don’t leak, something his other ones usually do, new or old, they have leaked. So that is pretty good! He had one sore spot on his ankle, but he says he always gets that from any boots, and he did wear these ones for at least 14 hours. By the end of day one, he was impressed.

And then never wore them again.

I know.


They shrunk from the water and he didn’t bother to rewet and stretch them. I even oiled them for him to wear them again and restretch them. Nope.

Good thing he isn’t the blogger…


Sorry Boot Barn. He is  a terrible reviewer…

But he did give them to our hired man, so next time he is in for lunch, I will ask his opinion!!!!



Alright, I KNOW you have been WAITING for this today!!!

So I will get to it!

Our winner (picked via is…

#254 Jes Williams “Why just the other day my tootsies mentioned how cute they.would look in a pair of Justin boots.  Coincidence?”

Congratulations Jes!!!!!!! I will email you with the details!!!

Thanks to all of you for entering and a HUGE thank-you to Justin Boots for this fabulous prize!!!!

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Win a pair of boots from JUSTIN!!

Hello my darlings!!!! I am sooo excited to offer this giveaway to you with Justin Boots!!!

I was contacted by them because they wanted to share their newest adventure featuring the Calgary Stampede Centennial!!!

“This July, Justin Boots and The Calgary Stampede have put together a limited edition commemorative boot collection from Justin Boots to celebrate the Calgary Stampede’s Centennial.

Featuring both men’s and women’s styles, the Calgary Stampede Centennial Boots by Justin will be offered in three different looks including a brown distressed leather boot with the bucking bronc lasered on the upper and iconic “CS” stamp on the vamp, as well as a style with the embroidered logo on the upper available in both black and brown leather options.

These boots are now available at the official Western Wear Supplier of the Calgary Stampede, Lammle’s Western Wear & Tack, and will retail for $229 to $300.

This is a cowboy boot that is rough, tough, and built to last. Whether they are from a big city or a small town, a cowboy or sports enthusiast, these boots will last for generations to come.”

Now comes the BEST part!!!

Justin Boots is offering up a pair of boots for one of you lucky ducks!! While they would LOVE to give you a pair of the Centennial boots, they are not 100% sure they can guarantee that there will be a pair in your size, as they are going FAST!! So the winner can pick from any of these choices…(click on the link to see!!) if there isn’t a Centennial boot in your size…(does that make sense?!)

To Enter:

1- just leave a comment here telling me you want to win!

2- for additional entries, tweet, blog, facebook, or pin about this giveaway and leave separate comments about each thing that you did!!!!!

Good luck!! Contest will run until midnight Wednesday (July 11th), and I will announce the winner on Thursday!!