It’s beginning to look a lot like… #Cbias #Searsrealcheer

Several years ago I found an amazing artificial Christmas tree at an after Christmas sale. It was 7 ft tall and so life-like. And it was 75% off. It was poofy and full and green and I love it! At that time we had a house with a huge living room. The tree worked beautifully.

Then we moved. The tree wouldn’t fit in our other house’s living room. But the library! It worked wonderfully there. It fit and looked amazing.

Then we moved again. No library. Our living room is open but oddly shaped. We still made it work by only assembling part of the tree and placing it in a corner. But…it felt pretty cramped and it didn’t look as pretty. We made this work for 3 years.

But this year, I’m just not feeling it. We have to make a change. I usually put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving. We usually all pitch in and decorate together reminiscing about the ornaments as we hang them up. It is now mid December and it’s still not done. My motivation has left the building.

We looked at narrow/slim Christmas trees. They look like they would work, but I don’t really want a second tree. I love the one we have, it’s just not working for us right now. We also know this is our last Christmas in this house. I don’t want to buy a tree to fit here, when I know next year we will be living somewhere else.

I have also been missing South Carolina quite a bit this year. I’m missing warmth, and white sand beaches. When I spotted this, I KNEW what we were doing this year!

I’m going in a whole new direction this year! And I can incorporate this palm tree into my year-round decor. Score! But….I need decorations. Not my usual ones. This tree calls for new ornaments. Happy ones. Maybe pink, green and blue. And more lights!

One thing I just found out is that Sears has a huge holiday decorating section. Did you know that? I didn’t. They are also having some amazing sales right now! I also learned about  this Sears website, http://realcheer.Sears.com. It has great inspirations for Christmas decorating. You can even upload your pictures to help inspire others. They have fresh, live trees and greenery and they even have a new Platinum shop that has amazing, unique ornaments.

I’m really excited to get some new and happy decorations for this palm tree. I’ll post again in a week or so to show the final result!

{This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

Sharing a cup of joy and a giveaway #PeetsCoffee #Cbias

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to try Peet’s Coffee for the first time. That stuff is GOOD! Now, just in time for the holiday and for gift giving, I thought we would give Peet’s Holiday Blend a try.

You can follow along on my shopping trip HERE.

Once I had this yummy coffee in my hands, my next mission was to try and figure out for whom to make a gift of coffee.

You know how I love my coffee.

And I love giving gifts.

Giving the gift of coffee? Yes please!

Gosh, who can I chose to give a gift of coffee to? I want to give the gift of Peet’s Coffee to more than just one person.

What if instead of giving the gift of coffee I gave the gift of something made with the coffee? Then I could give the gift to many people!

Yes!

I am going to make Peet’s Coffee shortbread cookies. Can you say yum???

I have all my ingredients, ready to go.

Look at this amazing Peet’s Coffee! I wish you could smell this!

Have you ever tried the ziplock method? Talk about easy!

Cut into cute squares. The coffee is so aromatic, it really smells amazing while baking.

Cooling. It wouldn’t hurt to sneak one… Or two….

Packaging up, with cute ribbons.

I can’t wait to hand these out! Peet’s Coffee makes more than just a great cup of coffee, it is perfect to cook with!

Would you like to win a Peet’s Coffee gift pack worth $75?? I thought so….

Mandatory Entry

Hop on over to Peet’s and then come back here and tell me what blend of Peet’s you would most like to try. (One entry per person)

Extra Entries

“Like” Mommy Rambles on Facebook then leave me a separate comment below telling me you did so. (one extra entry per person)

“Share” this giveaway on Facebook  using the buttons below. Then leave me a comment below telling me that you did. (one extra entry per person)

This giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on December 9th, 2011. I will use Random.org to chose a winner from all comments. Winner will be contacted. Even though there are several #PeetsCoffee giveaways are running right now, each person can only win once in the #PeetsCoffee Holiday giveaway.

“This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias However all opinions and yummy cookies are my own”

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I switched your coffee #PeetsCoffee #Cbias

Alaskans can tell fine differences in snow.

Wisconsinites can wax poetic about cheese

Texans can tell you all about the finer points of barbecue.

Floridians can spot all the different types of tourists.

I’m in Washington. What do we know?

COFFEE!

We know the coffee. And the rain, but this particular post is about the coffee.

I have a love-hate relationship with coffee. I love coffee and hate when I run out. Coffee is my mommyjuice. It gets me up in the mornings, it keeps me company in the afternoons, it keeps me awake in the evenings. It is my love. My muse. My get up and go. My hand warmer, my forehead cooler. If you were to take a DNA analysis of me, I’m sure at least one part would be related to the coffee bean.

I was pretty excited when I was given the chance to try Peet’s Coffee.Peet’s is a brand that we have not tried yet. I was planning on pulling an old-fashioned coffee switch on my husband. I wasn’t going to tell him when or how, I just was.

But, as is often the case in our family, things took a different turn.

Faith has not been feeling well. Her Familial Mediterranean Fever cycle began. She was grumpy and feverish.  One of the few things that help her feel better during the cycle is hanging out in the bathtub. Since she can not run a bath, or even undress herself, she can’t be left alone in the tub. What that also means is that I spend my time hanging out in the bathroom also. Whoo-hoo. Not.

One morning she woke up extra grumpy. She wanted to rest in the tub NOW. Not after my coffee and breakfast. Not after I had a chance to get out of my jammies. NOW. So I got the water running, got the kiddo in the tub, and yelled down to Jimmy to please….please….PLEASE….bring me up a cup of coffee.

Little did I know, Jimmy had a Peet’s Coffee “Coffee Switch” of his own planned.

Jimmy made my coffee exactly how I like it. With one pump of sugar free caramel syrup and a hearty splash of creamer. I knew right away what he had done! The Peet’s coffee was a bigger, bolder flavor than my usual K-Cup. I usually drink Coffee People Donut House. It’s a medium roast that tends toward the lighter side. The Peet’s was a more intese, richer flavor. I really enjoyed the taste and it was a perfect start to our day.

What fun! I thought I was going to switch his coffee, and instead, he switched mine!

Follow along as I go on the hunt for Peet’s Coffee.

How do you usually take your coffee?

If you are interested in trying Peet’s Coffee for yourself, here is a $3 off coupon. http://bit.ly/peetscoupon

{This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

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