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All good things must come to an end.. thus goes VGE

But before we say good bye to the grand old Vacation Giveaway Extravaganza (VGE)… I’ve got one more goodie to add to the list (and that doesn’t include the SUPER SUPRISE Grand Prize Yack About it loot)… Is it Prada or Nada?

I don’t know and who’s gonna ask really? It was purchased in a high fashion district in a chic Sarah Jessica Parker type city. It’s a cute black bag, brand new and whoever wins it will either love it OR GIVE IT BACK DARN IT!! (ha ha).

So since this prize is TRE CHIC and soooo cool you’ll have to do something really hard to get it. Grab an apple and balance it on you noggin, I’ll be by with a blind fold, bow and arrow.. nah it’s not gonna be THAT potentially leathal! What I want you to do is go visit a blog you’ve NEVER been to before. Spread some comment wub, tell that blogger about the giveaway and come back here an tell us all where you went. It’s all about shareing the bloggity wub! If you’re a SITSta grab someone from roll call. If you aren’t a SITSa.. YOU SHOULD BE! Click on the SITS button on my left side bar to check out The Secret is In The Sauce! Or you can just pick a random blog but SITS is SOOOO much fun you WANT to be a part of it! I dig my SITStas SOOOO much I’m heading to VEGAS BABY just to hang out with them at SITScaton 2009!

You’ve got until midnight this Sunday June 28th!!! And remember ALL the VGE goodies are still up for grabs through that date as well. See my brain farts and YOU reap all the benifits! FYI, all the other VGE rules apply, don’t know what they are? Check out any of the other contests (all can be found on my right hand side bar under “VGE”)

I’m BACK (well most of me is at least) extention to VGE!

It seems I left half my wardrobe and a good chunk of the ol’ grey matter back in California. Not to worry though my mommy will send the clothes back. As for the brain, well it’s nothing that a few days of unpacking and a nice big pitcher of summer sangria won’t cure.

Then again…I’ve got over 300 emails to deal with too! So we’ll have to wait and see on the noggin issue. SOOOO I’ll be working on getting the VGE winners plucked from the pile and getting them all duly notificated. THEN I’ll be posting again. Hope all you nuggetiers have gotten your summer off with a blast too! OH, keep yakking about VGE. I’ve exteded the entry closing dates to this SUNDAY (June 28th) I’ve got a BIG HONKING prize for that winner and one more giveaway to go.. the Prada bag!!

yeah yeah I messed up! (VGE)

So I jumped the gun and put today’s post up early (like yesterday.. DUH)! I COULD blame this hiccup on my being on vacation.. BUT we all know that screwing up is more of a motto for me, than an occasional “uh oh”. I’ll make it up to you though… today you get 1 entry into EVERY Vacation Giveaway Extravaganza (VGE) just for leaving any random comment. All the other VGE “rules” will apply as usual.. but this evening after obscene amounts of Coronado Island micro brew and Baja California cuisine.. I”m just not up to posting them all again so just check the other posts if you didn’t get the info yet. THANKS for ALL the GREAT comment wub while I’ve been out. It makes the rude comments from my family about the amount of time I spend online on VACATION well WORTH IT!!!!!!!

Picture this…

Hey my Nugget babies… sending you my bloggy wub from sunny southern California! It’s been amazingly mild and lovely here in the desert where the folks nest. We are heading up to beautiful San Diego soon to finish up the Nugget Vacay. Can you say Shamu? I plan to take TONS of pictures, though sadly I pretty much SUCK at taking a decent one. Hey, who needs to see someone’s head really? I’m more a leg woman myself anyway.

So that takes us to today’s Vacay Giveaway Extravaganza (VGE) prize. It’s a two fer gang! The only catch is I’m on #1’s MacBook and don’t have the photos with me.. BUT if you go back to the VGE kick off post from Sunday you can take a gander there. Up for grabs today are all the tre cute kid themed scrapbook stickers AND the fabu ready to finish handmade scrapbook page. And get this.. I have the SAME one! I won mine in an “I HATE CANCER” giveaway and loved it so much I made one for YOU!

Alrighty now how do you get your paws on the loot? Tell me about your favorite vacation! EASY PEASY eh?

Just like with all the other fun days of the VGE, if you want an extra entry into the “Yack About It” contest don’t forget to Tweet, blog, Facebook, Myspace, call up the phone tree about this giveaway. Let me know you did though so I can count your entry for the super secret prize.

This giveaway will be open (like all the rest of Vacay Giveaway Extravaganza) until midnight Friday June 26th (eastern time). The winner will be announced Saturday June 27th. Sorry this one is only open to US and CA residents.. though I’m working on a giveaway for your saucy international Nuggets!


I’m sure many a case could be made for my possibly needing some therapy. Heck just the fact that I’ve got four kids is enough secure me a spot on the couch.

Dr. Malfi: “So, tell me what’s on your mind”

DiPaola Momma: “What’s on it?? Do you see a stain or something? I SWEAR I cleaned that mess up this morning. WHY must I keep cleaning the same thing over and over?! Can’t you people just keep it clean for one DAY??!!! That’s all I’m asking. Just 24 freakin’ hours!! Is it really THAT hard?!!!

Dr. Malfi picking up her office phone: Um I think I’m gonna need some bright colored pills and a stylish white coat, closed arm holes, lots of buckles..stat!

Dr. Malfi, thinking to herself…”And I thought Italian guys in the Jersey sanitation business had issues!”

Okay so maybe I’m not Tony Soprano stressed out. BUT, stressed I can be. What do I do when I’m feeling like that? Besides grabbing a glass of vino as soon as The DH gets home! I get as far away from the noise of life as I can. Sure sometimes that means locking myself in the powder room. But hey away is away, right?

I also thank my lucky stars for the mom I grew up with. Her years of hippie grooviness provided me with many things. {Yes MOTHER I KNOW you were a “Flower Child” not a hippie cut me some slack okay?} The parental units were kind enough NOT to name me Freedom, Peace, Windy Summer, Sun Dancer or Abbie Hoffman Junior. I still got an other than main stream name (from a movie no less) that was the catalyst for years of name mangling and teasing. But now it’s sort of hip and when you combine my given first name with my married last name, DiPaola.. NOBODY can pronounce both and I get my karma come back and tease them! Alright that was a detour.

Back on track now. What I was getting at is that mom always tried new stuff. She was into holistic meds, organic foods and buying local before they became the stuff of the rich and nutty. Her straying from that beaten path instilled in me a “go your own way” personality. And I do. Heck I try all kinds of stuff and more often than not, fall flat on my face in front of a crowd with toilet paper stuck to my shoe and my dress tucked into my panties. BUT, every now and then I’ll get it right. Which brings me back to my stress cure.

It wasn’t long ago, but some days it feels like centuries, that I got a full day of beauty at a local spa. It was HEAVEN! It was also nearly more expensive than my car! I wanted to bring home the lavender eye pillows they sold there. Then again I also wanted to feed my kids that week. So I left feeling like jello (in a good way) and determined to figure out how to MAKE my own eye pillow. I started, like I often do, by filling myself with far too much useless information. I could spend the rest of this post and maybe two or three more telling you about the uses for lavender. But I won’t. What I will tell you is that organic is KEY! And that you can buy organic lavender in bulk pretty cheap. It can help with headaches, puffy eyes, sour stomach and YES stress relief.

So my daaarrrling Nuggetiers today’s Vacay giveaway is 1 pound of organic lavender and instructions for any three of the following ways I use it:

Lavender and Goats Milk hydrating soap
Lavender carpet fresh
Lavender and buckwheat hull spa pillows
Lavender lingerie sachet
Lavender bath tea bags
Lavender trash can freshener
Lavender steam facial
Lavender and white chocolate bark (yup you can eat it!)
Lavender sugar cookies
Lavender linen spray
Lavender linen closet freshener
Lavender door knob hanger

Okay so here is how you win. No Fishful Thinking today (unless you want to pop over and see what’s new, that’s up to you though). I want you to tell me what stresses you out. Of course you’ll have to be a Nuggetier and let me know that you are (just like the rest of the giveaways this is a REQUIREMENT for entry). Then just leave a comment. Vent, get it off your chest… PITCH IT.. HEY it’s Fit Pitchin’ Friday after all.. even if I’m not here to pitch one you still can.

You can also get extra entries into the “Yack about it” contest by blogging, tweeting, tattooing your forehead.. to tell people about today’s giveaway.

This giveaway will be open (like all the rest of Vacay Giveaway Extravaganza) until midnight Friday June 26th (eastern time). The winner will be announced Saturday June 27th. Sorry this one is only open to US and CA residents.. though I’m working on a giveaway for your saucy international Nuggets!