A look back at the winner of the lunch bag…

Lisa, the last winner choose, an embroidered lunch bag with soccer ball and soccer ribbon.

Lisa, the last winner choose, an embroidered lunch bag with soccer ball and soccer ribbon.

Did Lisa at GotBows.com get her gift? Why yes and on the eve of the drawing for the Halloween headbands here’s the photo.



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Whew…not much time before Halloween so let’s have a quick contest!

CandyCorn headband which can be monogrammed for the perfect treat!

CandyCorn headband which can be monogrammed for the perfect treat!

It seems September came and went in a blur. Then one half of October streamed by before I’ve had a breather to update my blog. While I still have the lunch bags on my web site I am focusing on monogrammed headbands both knit and ribbon. So to begin promoting my headbands I have 5 Halloween ones to give away to 5 lucky winners.

Just leave a comment to this post to enter. Then using my high tech drawing system (see post on September 1, 2009) I will draw the winners next Saturday, Oct 24 so I will have time to mail them out! Make sure I have your mailing address–if you believe I do not have access to your address (and are feeling lucky) please email it to me at mommaoh@gmail.com .

Shown with this posting are 4 photos of the five headbands being given away!




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Practically Perfect People…

Mary Poppins the Musical

Two words to describe a practically perfect person and you’ve probably already guessed them, Mary Poppins. Yes the family packed up in the mini van the Saturday before Labor Day and drove over to the grand Fox Theatre here in sunny St Louis to see the matinee musical of the greatest nanny of all time (Unless you consider Eloise’s nanny who truly had her hands full. Ever notice the staff at the Plaza didn’t resemble Mary’s always helpful Bert and friends? Well I digress.).

I can’t recommend this production enough! Similar to the family favorite Disney movie starring Julie Andrews it is written to follow the books a bit more. A few songs are gone or changed and there are new ones. But it is a spectacular story with fabulous sets, music and costumes to match.

Mary Poppins Book
In fact it has inspired me to research the books that were used as the basis of the musical. I am listing in no particular order; Mary Poppins,
Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins in the Park, Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story,
Mary Poppins from A to Z, Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane, Mary Poppins and the House Next Door, Mary Poppins Balloons and Balloons.
P.L. Travers, while appearing in the role of Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream
All the books were written by P. L. Travers an Aussie who later emigrated to London and worked as both a journalist and theater critic. Evidently the author had a relatively interesting life, living until 96 years of age, as she has had 3 biography’s completed.

I hope you get the opportunity to see the musical, if not enjoy the books, perhaps the biography, pop in the DVD and for a finale….Go fly a kite!!!

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September Fun Fall Crafts Competition

Illustration from the 2009 Family Fun Online Magazine

Illustration from the 2009 Family Fun Online Magazine

A great idea was given to me by my friend Kate. She suggested and I concur for the month of September run a Fall Craft Contest! So send me photos/tutorials/directions of your favorite fall craft and I will post them to the blog. Deadline for submission is September 22, 2009. From the 23rd to the 30th be sure to vote for your favorite item. I will set up a mailbox/other widget/voting site for everyone to use to cast their vote.

So collect your leaves, stuff your scarecrows, gather your gourds and share with us your favorite fall craft. We are waiting to see your contribution….email your submissions to mommaoh.fallcontest@gmail.com.

Oh and the prize, other than the glory of winning, will be 3 fall headbands, photos of them this month will be posted this month.

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And the Winner is…….

State of the Art Random Drawing Equipment

State of the Art Random Drawing Equipment

Yesterday ended the great custom lunch recipe for a custom lunch bag give away! I did the drawing today and the winner is………(imagine drumroll here)……Lisa from http://www.gotbows.com (cute items!). If she is unable to receive her lunch bag the second runner up is Donni from http://themagiconions.blogspot.com/ (gorgeous blog) and the third runner up is Libby from http://www.thetwistedribbon.com/ (darling, darling items). Que the applause blinking sign and light it up. Congratulations to our winner!!!

Although this was a random drawing, everyone provided recipes to enter, so please enjoy the recipes found in the comment section of the Custom Lunch blog entry! My family has already enjoyed a couple of them for a nice change of pace.

Now what sort of contest would be good for the month of September? Ideas? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?


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Book Club 1st Installment

Maisy Dobb

This will be a reoccurring topic on my blog. Book club is great group of women who provide a safe environment for me to be myself and encourage me to be my best. It is a group of truly nice women from all walks of life, our births spaced within a decade or so of each other in North America and Europe.

I have to say that not everyone likes the same type of reading material so we try to be democratic. At the end of each year we use one meeting to submit our ideas for the upcoming year, informally vote for the books we want to read and make a monthly list. Each month the meeting rotates from one member’s home to the next.

The meeting? Well we try to plan our food around the book we read that month. However some books do not lend themselves to great meals…so we have fun meals instead! The book Maisey Dobbs springs to mind where we had a Military inspired meal of SOS, MRE’s and other pot luck goodies. Still it was one of our best meetings.

This month we are reading “A Conspiracy of Paper” by David Liss. A book I have owned for quite a while, so this will be the impetus I need to get it read. I am a great *owner* of books and don’t always get them read. I would also categorize myself as a lazy reader, I read only what I find interesting and easy. Make it a little challenging or outside of my normal interest range and I shy away. Case in point, I never would have read My Life In France had it not been for book club.

Of course this was a book that lent itself all too well to a wonderful meal. All but the french fries which were the tongue in cheek portion. Book, ladies and the meal alike exceeded my expectations. The conversation was on topic, the wine excellent and the discussions lively. It was a nice book I would have missed had it not been for book club.

If you are in a good book club, lucky you. If you are not, start one. Until then read along with me and I’ll share my experiences with you.

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Photos of our past in the future….

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” — Albert Einstein


CNN has a wonderful article about seeing what our galaxies looked like millions or billions of years ago by peering deeper into space. This will be done with the *bigger is better* telescopes that are being built as we speak.

If you enjoy a cloud free end of the summer gaze at our heavenly bodies during the evening hours, you will probably enjoy reading this article.

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