Febreze Delivers The Holidays Winner

Remember Febreze's Deliver the Holidays contest they were running?  Well, the winner has been selected.  On December 24th, they made one family's dreams come true.  See Febreze deliver the holidays to one dad, who gets a surprise he'll never forget! 

You can tell Febreze what you think of the video on their Facebook page, too.

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Febreze. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating

Celebrate with New Years Quotes

New Years Eve is nearly upon us!  Can you believe it?  Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!  Here's a collection of fun and frisky New Year's quotes.  Some are serious, some are tongue in cheek.  Some are New Year's Specific, while others are more about renewal.

Enjoy! 

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DeVo Olive Oil 9 Piece Sampler Giveaway

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Welcome to the LUCKY ’13 New Years Giveaway Hop hosted by BloggerPR! In order to kickoff 2013 with a BANG, BloggerPR decided to organize an event to celebrate the new year with some amazing prizes! Each of our participating bloggers is giving away a prize valued at $20 or more. 

Here at How Was Your Day?, we've partnered up with Devo Olive Oil to give away one of their amazing 9 piece sampler packs.  These contain 2 oz bottles of 9 different Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars. 

  • Tuscan Herb EVOO
  • Roasted Garlic EVOO
  • Chipotle EVOO
  • Blood Orange EVOO
  • 18 year Traditional Balsamic
  • Strawberry Balsamic
  • Black Cherry Balsamic
  • Peach White Balsamic
  • Honey Ginger White Balsamic

Sounds pretty tasty, right?  This would make an amazing addition to anyone's kitchen.  Look for our full review coming soon. 

Ready to enter?  Do so in the Giveaway Tools widget after the jump

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Tips for Letter Writing

In the digital age, there are a lot of skills that we seem to have lost.  One such skill is the art of letter writing.  While most of us keep in touch via email, text, or social media, everyone still likes to get a card or a letter in the mail.  Here are some easy to follow tips for letter writing that really make your note stand out.

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Great Stationery

There are so many options for pretty stationery in the marketplace these days.  It used to be that you had to go to a fancy schmancy store and spend a small fortune to get a set of cute cards or a nice writing set.  I just got a bunch of fabulous cards at a big box store for $1 and $2 per set. 

You can even get monogrammed or customized stationery easily and inexpensively.  Or, you can make your  own personalized stationery.  With signature stamps, you could have just about anything that’s now personalized.  Like a DIY “From the Desk of _____” set.  Don’t want to use your real signature?  Get your name or phrase done in a great font that you love. 

Don’t be afraid of personality!

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A Nice Pen

A nice pen makes writing a joy.  Of course, I’m kind of a pen snob.  For my everyday pens, I like a fine point gel ink.  And when I can get away with it, I use a crazy fun color.  Yes, I have been known to turn in reports that are written in purple, lime, or  forest green. 

I will admit – sometimes I even use a very fine tip marker, like a dual-tipped scrap booking marker, for my letter-writing. 

Of course, there are tons of really fantastic pens that are readily available.  No one is saying you need to use a Mont Blanc pen, but look into something other than the 10 for $1 pens that are out there. 

 

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Decent Handwriting

With such little opportunity to practice our penmanship, our handwriting skills do deteriorate.  No one’s expecting you to write like a professional calligrapher, but we do need to be able to decipher your writing. 

Plus, you’ll need to legibly write the address when you mail your letter.  The main point is for your letter to get there, right? 

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A Return Address Stamp

Until I got a return address stamp, I was like “Oh, I’ll just use these free labels I got in the mail” or I’d handwrite my address. 

No more.  I now have a great self-inking return address stamp that has a monogram and my address on it.  I must say, I really think that it lends an air of sophistication to anything that I send out. 

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Fancy Stamps

The post office has all kinds of fancy pants stamps available.  Ask to see the assortment at the counter.  Sure, that means that you have to wait in line, but it also means that you can get something that really matches your personality.

What is your favorite tip for writing letters or sending cards? 
 

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Get Gel Nails at Home with Sally Hansen Gel Polish

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Let me tell you a little bit about my latest love, the Sally Hansen Gel Polish System.  It is easy to use.  It is hard to screw up.  It is fixable, if you do screw it up.  You don’t have to worry about sheet texture if you do your nails at night.  You know what I mean, if you do your nails and go to bed, chances are really good that you will wake up with the weave of your sheets embedded into your nails, no matter how careful you are.   Let me just say, right from the start:  OMG I love this stuff!
 
I have had a love affair with nail polish since I can remember, and lately, with all the wild glitters, finishes and colors, I’ve been in heaven.  But this, my friend, is no ordinary polish, and I might have to re-think what I want in a polish.  When you finish applying this Sally Hansen Gel Polish system, your nails are hard and ready to go!  In fact, I just finished mine, and am typing this review!
 

Bald Celebrities that May Surprise You

Did you know that tons of famous men wear hairpieces?  Some wear toupees while others wear full on mens wigs.  Some are very subtle, and others are pretty obvious. 

Who are these folically challenged fellas, you ask?  Well, there’s a ton of them, but here are a few fun bald celebrities. 

William Shatner

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William Shatner has worn a hairpiece for many, many years.  In Star Trek II, you can even see his hair piece move!  The horror!  Look carefully, and you can see the edges of his hairpiece in the above photo.  He has since had hair plugs, erm, I mean hair replacement surgery. 

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Q & A with Anne Byrn: The Cake Mix Doctor

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Recently, as part of the Miami Book Fair International, I had the opportunity to interview several authors.  Anne Byrn, author of several books, and known as the Cake Mix Doctor, was one of the authors. 

Her newest book is Unbelievably Gluten-Free: 128 Delicious Recipes: Dinner Dishes You Never Thought You'd Be Able to Eat Again.  How did someone whose built their reputation on baking cakes write a gluten-free cookbook?  Find out!
 

Q: What inspired you to write Unbelievably Gluten Free?

A: My readers, I received e-mails as early as 2006 about creating gluten free recipes. It was a brand new experience for me and I gained a new perspective on gluten-free foods.

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Winter Wedding Ideas for 2012 – Elegant and Formal

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It used to be that people only got married during the Summer.  Well, if they were having a big wedding, that is.  Nowadays, weddings are happening year-round.  The only problem with this, is that you need to prepare for a Winter wedding much differently than you do for a summer wedding. 

Here are some of the hot Winter Wedding Ideas for 2012 + 2013

Winter 2012 & 2013 Wedding Dresses

Wedding Dresses are leaning back towards the elegance of yesteryear.  Lace, silks, and brocades can be seen in dresses from the top designers.  Modern twists like high-low hemlines, sheer necklines, and bare backs are also on-trend.  And, of course, lace sleeves are still so hot, thanks to Kate Middleton. 

Colored gowns are very popular this season as well.  Most brides are keeping it to a soft shade like silver, icy blue, or a blush pink. 

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