Monday, February 21, 2011

Lens Giveaway!

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TAMRON Blue jpg 600x99 Contest: Win a Tamron 18 270mm Di II VC PZD Lens for Nikon, Canon or Sony dSLR Cameras

Win a Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD Lens for Nikon, Canon or Sony dSLR Cameras

The Prize:

The New Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD Lens for Nikon, Canon or Sony dSLR Cameras (Tamron 28-300VC for Nikon or Canon may be substituted if you have a full frame camera)

Details about the lens:

The World’s Lightest, Smallest 15x Zoom: Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD is 24% Smaller than Previous Model!

The acclaimed Tamron 18-270mm VC all-in-one zoom for APS-C format DSLRs has reached an astonishing new level of compactness, performance, and speed with the addition of PZD (PIEZO Drive), an innovative ultrasonic autofocus motor based on an advanced piezoelectric design. The result is a lens that’s considerably lighter, noticeably shorter, with a much slimmer profile than any previous lens in its class, and that provides faster, quieter auto-focusing.

Signature features that have made this amazingly versatile lens the world standard in its class have been retained. They include a 28-419mm equivalent (15X) zoom range, an improved, lightweight, compact Vibration Compensation (VC) system, macro focusing to 19.3 inches throughout, and, of course, superlative imaging performance.

Contest Rules:

As Tamron USA Inc, the sponsor of this contest, is responsible for sales and marketing in the USA only, no shipment to winner can be made outside of the USA. If you reside outside the United States, the Lens will ship to MCP Actions, and we will ship it to you, but you will be responsible for the shipping costs as well as any duties, taxes, or tariffs.

Winner will be picked via random drawing on Monday, February 28th and announced on the MCP Blog.

To Enter:

Add your comments HERE (not on Facebook or in the Facebook Notes section – as those will NOT be integrated)

For your 1st entry, reply to the 3 questions below: (must reply on all 3 to qualify)

  1. Why do you “need” this lens/how would it help your photography?
  2. What is your favorite focal length to shoot?
  3. Confirm that you “like” MCP Actions on Facebook – if you do not confirm this, your entry will NOT count (go here to “like us” if you have not prior)

Do you really want to win? Here are ways you can get additional entries:

  • Add the MCP Actions Banner or a text link to MCP’s site on your blog (code can be found on the sidebar of our blog). Then come back and tell us you did.
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  • Spread the word on social networking sites, your blog, or photo forums, as permitted, about this contest. Just leave a comment and tell us which ones you did this on. Do not leave a long link to where you left it – just say the name – or it breaks the comment section of my blog.

Please note this giveaway is hosted by MCP Actions, not me :)

Friday, February 18, 2011


Angel and Ken Grove are super important people in our lives.
#1- Ken was my middle school science teacher
#2- They were our neighbors (until we moved)
#3- They are our friends
#4- I was their daughters, Kenlyn's, first full-time sitter! Such a sweet girl!
#5- Kenlyn was thought to be Ken and Angel's only child, and they were okay with that!
#6- Even with a 4 year age gap, Kenlyn and Abby are best of buds!
#7- They took Mel under their wing, they are like a second family to us!
#8- Surprise! Angel's ENT (ears, nose, & throat) Doctor surprised Angel with forever changing news...she is PREGNANT! Funny huh!?

So for a surprise baby, we thought a surprise shower was necessary!

The goods!
Thanks Mom for all your crafty help and tasty snacks!!!!!


Edited to add a picture of Big Sis Kenlyn and surprise baby Dyson!

August- CocoKeys, Zoo, Yankees!

We did a bunch of fun things in August! First we went to CocoKeys water resort. It was a blast! To bad my waterproof disposable camera is still waiting to be developed or I would have the water resort pictures up! But Abby loved the arcade just as much! (7/31/10)

The next day we headed to the Omaha Zoo! Such a fabulous zoo for the Midwest! Abby Ooo'd and Awww'd at all the animals! The giraffes were her favorite, thanks Meme! Such a fun age! (8/1/10)

Brent. is. a. Yankees. fan. So when Kansas City hosted the Yankees Brent made sure it was a family event. Hot. But fun! We love hanging out with Aunt Winny, Uncle Steve, Gaga, Hal and Landon! Such a fun afternoon! But funny that I don't even remember who won! (8/14/10)

June & July

Oh summer! How we love you! Our summer days are spent outside, from morning until bedtime. The pool with Kenlyn, BBQs, festivals and so much more!
My little fish! It's only February and Abby is already starting to ask when we can go to the pool! Silly girl.
Oh sweet Marley! We are so happy to have you in our life! She is growing to fast and her little personality isn't so little anymore!

This man, Uncle Dave, truly has is own special place in Abby's heart! They are always so silly together and Abby gets to giddy when Uncle Dave is around!

Oh the Albany festival, I loved attending when I was little-er, and Abby has just loved every minute you are in town. She loved bumping into Rylee, who I use to babysit when the girls were about a year old. They had a blast riding all the rides and jumping in the bounce house. Such sweet little girls!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

More from May!

First pool trip of the summer with Kenlyn!

Sweet Abby is 2!!

Oh how we love this sweet little girl! For Abby's party, we did a Watermelon Picnic theme! Everything was watermelons! The invites, the party ware, the cake, the balloons and of course Abby's attire, all watermelon! We so love having all our family and friends together for food, fun and of course to party!

Abby's big gift! Her very own kitchen! She was so surprised and loved it!

May 2010

Gahh, I am so so far behind! I don't know why I do this to myself and too the blogging world!

Anyway May is a super special month as my sweet sweet Abby celebrates her birthday!
Here is a quick wrap up of our month of May and Abby's birthday bash!

#1- Mel graduates!!!
#2- More grad cakes!
Cake Pops by Mom and Jamie!

#3-Abby's 2 year photo shoot
#4- Abby's 2nd Birthday!
(see next post above!)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Adorable Nelle*s giveaway!

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Woo hoo, it's F-R-I-D-A-Y!!!! And what better way to get the weekend started than with a GIVEAWAY!!!!!

I first stumbled upon Nelle's while browsing etsy a couple of weeks ago. This sweet dress made my heart flutter...Apron Dress + Vintage Pillowcase = Major Sweetness! Love, love, love it!

And you know what???? The items in this sweet etsy shop are affordable! So important these days!

So what do you say we get to know the designer behind Nelle's a little better? Here we go!

Name: Ellen
Hebron, Maine
Etsy Shop
Nelle's &
Facebook Fan PageHow long have you been designing & sewing kids' clothes?
I started in January of 2010. It quickly became my passion. I love fabric and I love creating new things!
What led you to open your etsy shop?
In 2009 I was introduced to the world of custom clothing. I kept saying to myself, “Hey, I could make that.” My husband and kids gave me a Serger for Christmas that year…I was beyond thrilled! I started sewing dresses, skirts, and peasant tops for my daughters…and it wasn’t long before I decided to start selling my creations on a clothing board. About a month later, I opened my store on Etsy.
Is there a story behind your shop's name?
When I decided to open my Etsy store, I called my Mom and asked some friends to get some advice on a name. I wanted it to have meaning…and be able to encompass more than just kids clothing. So we started to brainstorm – and then my Mom said, what about your nickname? Aha! My sister started calling me Nelle (only pronounced Nell-a) in college. So…yes…in case you haven’t already figured it out, it is my name spelled backwards. I know, silly, right?! But I love it just the same – silliness is part of our everyday life, so it's fitting!
What inspires you?
Ohhhh….all of these wonderful, imaginative ladies with your wonderful, imaginative blogs! I am also inspired by fabric, and my girls…so many of my ideas are a result of their personalities. When my youngest daughter puts on one of my dresses she immediately says, “Mom, watch me spin!”
How many kids do you have?
I have 3 kids, ages 9, 6 and 3.
How do you describe your designing style?
Carefree, comfortable, fun…
What do you like to do in your free time?
Sew! Oh wait! I mean, I love thrift shopping, going to rummage sales, and I love to watch movies, and have a pretty long list of TV series I’m addicted to – my absolute favorites are Grey’s Anatomy and Dexter.
And just for fun...if someone came to your home and looked in the refrigerator, what would they find?
Lots of milk! We go through about 3 gallons in a week!

{ahh, a girl after my own heart!} Ellen has graciously offered one of her adorable dresses for this giveaway! Even better...WINNER's CHOICE!

To Enter:
1. Visit Nelle's and come back and tell me your favorite item (1 entry).

For Additional Entries:
2. Add Nelle's to your favorites on etsy (1 entry).
3. Like Nelle's page on facebook
(1 entry).
4. Become a follower of this blog or tell me you already are! (1 entry).
5. Blog or facebook about this giveaway, leaving the link in the comments (1 entry).

Please leave separate comments for each entry (5 total entries possible).
Contest runs until Tuesday,
January 25, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Winner will be chosen randomly and announced Wednesday, January 26th.

THANK YOU ELLEN for sponsoring this fun giveaway! Someone is going to be very happy next week!!!

Don't wait! Go check out Nelle's!

(Note: this is not MY giveaway) Please follow the link at the top of post to enter for your chance to win!)

Monday, June 28, 2010

April 2010 Crafts!

Rainbow for a rainy day!

A is for Alligator!

B is for Bumble Bee!

C is for Caterpillar!

D is for Duck!
(My camera was dead so not many pictures this day.)

E is for Elephant!

F is for Finger Painting and....


April 2010


Annual Albany Easter Egg hunt! Abby was a hoot to watch!

Coloring eggs with Krissy and Ryan! Abby was so silly, oooohing and aaaaahing every time an egg was pulled out of the die!


Happy Easter! We had a fun filled day attending church and watching Uncle Dave and Grandma Sonya preform in the Easter Cantata then spending the afternoon with Brent's side of the family then heading over to Grandma and Grandpa Abreu with Mel and Grandpa Kev! Thanks for the Easter goodies!

March 2010


We enjoyed a fun-filled WINTER day at Monkey Cove with the Grove's and Mel!

Soaking up the warm weather splashing in water with Nana!

I had a cake order with Easter cookies, so Abby got to decorate her own special one all by herself with no limits!

Easter portraits with new cousin Marley!
(I need to find the pictures of Marley's homecoming! Such a special day, lots of happy tears!!!)

February 2010


Mmmm, cupcakes! Abby enjoyed being mommy's little baker!

2/3/10 & 2/11/10

Abby loves to help make her morning smoothie! Easy and healthy- plain yogurt, frozen fruit, banana-orange juice, blend and enjoy!

Team Marley!

Favorite thing to do: COLOR! Anywhere, anyway!

Abby got her own coloring corner! Fun fun!

Happy 2nd Birthday Rylee!

Happy 1st Birthday Jared!