Friday, November 20, 2009



Where to begin…let’s start with last night!

NC Blogger Date Night Meet-up!!


From the left: Caroline, Jessica, Sarah, Meg, Yours Truly, Margaret, & Allie

We’re having such a good time, our eyes are glowing! Love the embossed look:


Oh Windows Live Writer. You’re so fun! And distracting…back to it!

The meet-up was coordinated by Sarah and Allie, and they chose Six Plates Wine Bar in Durham. Everyone met at seven, but I had to work until 8:30. Thankfully, the ladies were still chit-chatting by the time I arrived! If you want to see pictures of the eats, visit anyone of the other lovely ladies’ blogs!

Six Plates was super nice. The atmosphere was cozy and warm, perfect for wine! We sat in the back, VIP style:

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(Photo Source)

I had such a great time! It was so nice to hang out with folks whose blogs I already read and who also read blogs! Who else would want to have a five minutes conversation about how awesome Google Reader is!?

I was SUPER nervous, and of course talking non-stop (which is one quality about myself that I don’t love) but hopefully it was ok… Embarrassed

We also had a conversation about how much we use exclamation points! I’m not the only one who goes back through the post and weeds out some over excitement! However, I still feel the need to use lots…but they agreed that I am genuinely talking with excitement!

Allie was sweet and made everyone goodie bags, complete with homemade treats. PLUS she was SUUUUPER sweet and made mine gluten free. Dang!

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This morning I woke up WAY to early, and started the day out right:

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Gluten Free Whipped KERF oats, topped with Homemade Granola!

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It’s like an oaty pillow! This bowl was the best I’ve had in a LONG time! Perfect amount of sweetness and creamy texture.

And then I spent the day work, work, working. My volunteer called in, so I was a lone wolf in the store. I had so many things to do and pretty much motored through. My eats were BOring. Veggies, hummus, lettuce. Water. Water. Diet Coke. Water.

On my way to work  I was thinking about this blog, and wondering how in the world I’m going to keep you guys entertained throughout December when I’m working crazy hours, and not eating very interesting items.

So I present you with my current favorite items at my work and a GIVEAWAY from moi!

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Fair Trade Ornaments from Cambodia! These are the cutest elephants evah! The artisan story can be found here. It’s the same group that made my wallet!

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The cutest nativity ever!! Look how happy the Baby Jesus is:

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Love it! Here’s how Fair Trade has helped the artisans living in Bolivia!

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And this chubby sheep! You can read about the Peruvian artisans here.

It was a nice break to snap these shots for you guys. And it was literally the ONLY time I was in the store alone! As soon as the last customer left, I ran to the bathroom and then took the pics! Craziness.

And now for the GIVEAWAY!

Artisans living in India have created something that no foodie should be without!

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Fork and Spoon earrings!!!! Seriously, how cute are these? Sterling silver and everything!

How to enter:

Leave me a comment with one thing that you’re thankful for. I will choose a winner via the random number integer on Thanksgiving Day!

Want multiple entries?

Tweet about the giveaway and comment with the link.

Blog about the giveaway and comment with the link.

Good luck!!! -And there may be a little elephant with this prize too :)


ingasmile said...

I am thankful for my life. It is precious and we only get one!

sarah (SHU) said...

i am thankful for awesome local bloggers!! i will also be thankful if we don't miss our flight this AM (we take off in 90 minutes and josh JUST ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAD TO SHOWER!)

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

FABULOUS meet up!!

I'm thankful for my family, friends, and other supporters - they're what keep me going.

Jessica said...

I love your giveaway items! I'm thankful for a great job, local friends/bloggers, and that were going home for Christmas ;)

Chandice said...

I am thankful for my hard working husband and cute-as-a-button little baby boy! Thanks :)

Lauren said...

Looks like so much fun! I'm thankful for good friends and family =D.

Marthe said...

What great earrings!!

I'm thankful for my good health, my job, the roof above my head and my family and friends.

Mikki Black said...

I am thankful for my daughter, who loves quirky earrings, and in whose honor I am entering this contest.

Go hug someone. You'll both feel better. :)

iampalegreen said...

First lemme say how awesome it was to meet up with fellow bloggers! I had one of those meet-ups too and it was GREAT!

Second, those earrings are so cute! I'm thankful I found your blog to add to my addictions! I seriously love reading your stuff.

I'm also thankful for my family. I moved home this past February after living on my own for quite some time and while it can be rough, I love them to pieces and I know when I'm on my own again I'll look back and remember how much fun it was to be so close to them again. :)

Happy Thanksgiving, Marlow!

Raw'r! Food! said...

I'm thankful for all the beauty of this world. My friends, family, and the wonderful food that god put on this earth!!!

Raw'r! Food! said...

I'm also thankful for people like you who want to share great things with the world host wonderful give aways!!! Especially to promote things fair trade!!!!

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I am thankful that I have celiac. For over 20 years was told IBS. I am happy that I have found out I have celiac in the past year. I can now eat food and not get sick. My wonderful is planning a gluten free turkey day.

Kathy B

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kj said...

I am thankful for so many things, but most importantly is my thankfulness for my healthy children.

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

I LOVE that drawing style of our [cute as ever] photo!!

I'm glad you enjoyed the goodies :)

Those are the cutest earrings EVER!!!! I am thankful for my legs. It's taking me a lot to say that because they are not letting me run right now but I'm trying to keep in mind that I am still able to walk, stand, bike, elliptical and the fact that I have 2 legs is enough to be thankful for.

Dee said...

I am thankful for my granddaughter. After three miscarriages my daughter delivered a healthy baby girl on 5/14/09. Her 82-year-old great grandfather (for whom she is named) will join us on Thanksgiving Day. Four generations around the table this year. We are blessed!

Anonymous said...

When I have a bad day, I come home and let the dogs giving me loving. I have 4 dogs of my own and have 2-4 foster dogs at my house at any one time. With the economy bad I'm getting lots of foster dogs these days. I lay in the middle of the living room and say PUPPY LOVE. I'm covered with dogs and kisses and they love me for me. I'm thankful that I can foster dogs and give them their second chance. Go to for your next best friend.

kathy b