Thursday, October 16, 2008

Don't Miss Out on the Haunted Bloggy Carnvial!

Our friend Rachel, of Weird Stuff in My Desk is having a wonderful promotional opportunity, a Bloggy Carnival! Don't miss out! This is a great opportunity to get your products and your website in front of many potential consumers. In addition to that, you will receive many links and this will improve your search engine rankings. This carnival is happening at the best time, right before Christmas....people are shopping....Get noticed! Contact Rachel to be a part of the Carnival...join the prizes!

How Spooky Is It?? It’s Baaackkkk!!

It’s big, it’s bold, it’s totally scary!

Yep, that’s right folks! The Bloggy Carnival is back upon us only a few scant weeks away. Right now we have over $1695.00 in prizes up for grabs here at Weird Stuff In My Desk! AND another $2823.00 in prizes at our sister site Bitten by Books! Check those prizes out here:
Hang on to your seats and keyboards because we have a line up of prize contributions like we have never seen before. Below you will find a sampling of what is to come. Keep checking back, because the list will GROW eerily larger each day as more companies join in on the Haunted Blog Carnival fun! Details on the contests and how to win will be posted on Monday October 27th at 8:00 am! Until then, be sure to post on our blog - tell us what your favorite items would be to win. Make a wish list! Who knows you may just end up with a treat this Halloween! Oh, and invite your friends! If you would like to contribute a prize and promote your books or business, please email us through our CONTACT FORM .


Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb - An AMAZING prize package including: a 12 pack Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Sugar-Free Raspberry Dark Chocolate bars, a 12-pack Dark Chocolate Sugar-Free ChocoPerfection bars,an autographed copy of paperback book “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: My Journey From Flabby Fat To Sensationally Skinny In One Year”. Valued at $106.00. Shipping to US and Canada.
Author of “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: My Journey From Flabby Fat To Sensationally Skinny In One Year”

Bin Hog Designs - 2 each $50.00 gift certificates to their online store. Two winners. Worldwide shipping
Custom & Personalized luggage handle wraps

Lathers & Lights - $100.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
Lathers & Lights is dedicated to producing quality skin care products and candles that inspire you to slow down, take a break, and pamper yourself from head to toe. You deserve it!

Beaded Hemp - 5 each $20.00 gift certificates to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
Beaded Hemp carries hand milled soaps, bath & body products, and flameless home fragrance, with over 200 scents to choose from.

Meringue - A $100.00 gift certificate to their online etsy store. Worldwide shipping

Hands-free handbags for stylish women

Jessicurl - 4 each $25.00 gift certificates to their online store, four winners. Worldwide shipping.
You Have the Right to Remain Curly!

Lathered Up - A $100.00 gift certificate to their online store. Shipping within the US only.
Lathered Up offers a diverse selection of pure and natural soaps, bath and body products for self-indulgence or wonderful gifts.

Bauble Bath - One Holiday Gift basket valued at $75.00 with 3 scrubs (Candy Cane, Sugar Plum, Gingerbread). We three Kings bauble set (3 scented with Frankincense and Myrh). Holiday Candy Bauble set ( 8 mini baubles in a variety of “candy” fragrances ), Snowmen and Penguin bath melts. 2 soaps in cinnamon and Honey almond and 3 Lip Balms. Shipping to the US and Canada.
Thick Creamy scrubs as well as bath bombs in indulgent fragrances.

The Blue Raven Tea Co. - 3 each $20.00 gift certificates to their online store, three winners. Shipping to the US and Canada.
Let us delight you with our irresistible and fragrant teas. Every cup is a journey.

Crater Lake Company - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store.
Crater Lake Company specializes in providing all the luxurious necessities to transform the bathing experience into a joyful treat and soothing retreat. With a discerning eye to detail for the ingredients we use, a keen nose for unique fragrances and a finger on the pulse of the market, we are pleased to present a palette of superior products in a fun and exciting way so that you can create your own work of art in your bath!

A Woman with Scents - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
Scented soy candles and artisan soaps.

Bad Girlz Bath Co. - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. US shipping only.“We’re the Passionate bath & body company. Check us out. We’re NOT your mothers bath & body shop, We’re Lot’s more Fun!!”

Overall Beauty - A prize package including 4 mineral eye shadows colors and one blush. $50.00 value. Worldwide shipping.
Offering pure natural mineral eye shadows and blushes we all can enjoy.

Kettlepot Soap - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. Shipping to US and Canada.
There’s something magical about Kettlepot Soap! Natural, handcrafted products for skin care.

Ugly Duckling Designs - A $50.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
We offer richly scented, hand poured candles, tarts and primitive designs.

TarotByArwen - Consultation with professional Tarot consultant, Stephanie Arwen Lynch, president of the American Tarot Association. Valued at $50.00.

Destiny’s Creations - 2 each $25.00 Gift Certificates to their online store. Two winners.
Handmade one of a kind art jewelry with fine silver, gemstones, and artisan lampwork beads. A modern mix of Victorian and romantic jewelry.

Ginger’s Garden - A gift basket with handmade soaps and skin care worth $50.00 with your choice of fragrance. Shipping to the US only.
Come visit Ginger’s Garden for handmade soaps, skin and body care, gift baskets, toiletries, Zodiac Perfume blends, sculpted soap flowers and more.

Pampertini - $25.00 Gift Certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
We offer a variety of pampering items for you to enjoy, whether you are a shower person or love to indulge in a tub of bubbles, come by for some ONE STOP SHOPPING fun!

Delightfully Wed - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Free shipping in the US with this gift certificate.
Visit us for your bridal shower, wedding, baby shower, party or birthday party accessories, favors and supplies. We specialize in western-themed items and handcrafted western Christmas ornaments.

Candles and Woodcrafts - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store with free shipping in the US with this gift certificate.
We provide a wide array of items from wooden soap molds and displays to wax tarts, finished woodcrafts, clocks, lighted holiday items….way to much to mention in one line so come on over and take a look!

Snowberry Creek - A gift certificate good for one Snowberry Creek Sampler box with free shipping in the US. Valued at $22.95
A box full of luxurious, fragrant samples and full-sized items for your pampering pleasure!

Chunky Butt Candle & Bath Co. - A $30.00 gift certificate to their online store.
We specialize in wickless soy candles, soy melts, and bath and body.

Lindsay’s Candles & Stuff - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Shipping to the US and Canada.
Wonderfully pampering handcrafted candles, soaps and bath & body products.

Jojoelle - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
Quality bath and body products available in over 400 scents!

Robed in Fantasy - 1 Custom Made Pirate Shirt Value $22.00. Worldwide shipping.
Robed in Fantasy. Magical creations from the realm of imagination. We specialize in medieval reenactment/live action role play clothing, gothic inspired clothing, gowns, wedding attire and costumes. If you can imagine it, we should be able to make it. We offer custom and ready-made garments.

Sidhe Na Daire - One set of custom-made costume horns or cat ears. Valued at $15.00. US shipping only.
Celebrate the Launch of Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s Long-Awaited novel Tomorrow’s Memories, the sequel to Yesterday’s Dreams. Also, see webpage for details on how you could win a replica Scottish Claymore.

Moody Bee Beeswax Lip Balm - A gift certificate for $30.00 which will pay for 10 lip balms, including shipping to anywhere in Canada or the US - perfect for Christmas!
All natural beeswax lip balm made by a Canadian beekeeper

Out Of The Box Sampler - 2 each sampler boxes to two winners. Valued at $20.00 each. Shipping to the US included in prize.
We cater to finding you the best etailers in the business, all in ONE box.

Spa Secrets - A $30.00 certificate to their online store. Worldwide shipping.
Spa Secrets offers an amazing collection of luxurious bath and body, skincare, and aromatherapy products for your home spa needs.

Flying Needle Gallery - A $20.00 gift certificate to their online store. US shipping only.
Gifts for the Body & Home

Designing-Diva Boutique - A $25.00 gift certificate for their online store. Worldwide shipping
Artisan handcrafted silver and fused glass jewelry and home decor adornments for mortal goddesses everywhere!

Lemming Central - 1 Sampler box. Valued at $20.00. US shipping only.
Lemming Central is the place for E-tailers to promote their products, so the consumers can find them! You will find all sorts of great new bath & body products, candles, tarts and even tea! Feed your addiction!

Things That Make Scents - A $25.00 gift certificate to their online store. Shipping to the US and Canada.
Things That Make Scents is a Jersey Shore-based candle manufacturer offering superior customer service and a diverse menu of all-natural soy wax candles and scented wax bears. With many scents available, you are sure to find a favorite! Carrying candle accessories, gift baskets, jewelry and great gift items, its your one stop shop for your gift giving needs!

Monday, October 13, 2008

25 Things to Consider Before Saying "I Do"

This blog was written by a friend of mine Kim, of Overall Beauty. She is a wonderful lady and has some words of wisdom for people contemplating marriage.

With the high cost of weddings today, and the even higher cost of divorce, sometimes not thinking marriage through all the way is the worst thing you can do. It can be heart breaking if the bride or groom gets cold feet and calls off the wedding, but is doing so such a bad thing? Everyone needs a ‘before you get married' list to make sure you are truly ready for the life of holy matrimony.

Questions to ask yourself:

1. Am I in love with the idea of marriage, or am I in love with the (wo)man? Am I just looking at the excitement of everything that it takes to put a wedding together, and not focusing on anything beyond the wedding day?
2. Am I having second thoughts before I even set the date, or even a month before the wedding?
3. Am I ready to be faithful and true to only one person for the rest of my life?
4. How honest am I with myself? What are my true feelings for my significant other?
5. If wedding plans are already in motion, am I just going along with them not for fear of hurting someone's feelings, or making them feel like they were used for their money, or as if their money was wasted, even though I want to call the whole thing off?
6. Am I emotionally, physically, and mentally prepared for all aspects of marriage?
7. Am I ready to say ‘I do' without any doubts that I am doing the right thing?
8. If need be, am I willing to pack up my whole life and move away from friends and family if asked?
9. Am I willing to leave my friends behind for my husband/wife or will my friends always come first?
10. Is my significant other accepted by my family? If not, why? Does it bother me if they don't? Am I marrying him/her just to anger my family?
11. Am I willing to wait longer than I already have to make sure that I am really ready to be married to this person, or do I just want to get it over with?
12. Have we had the important talks about children, and families? Do either of us have any debts, and who's responsibility do they become once we are married?
13. Do we have the same expectations of marriage?
14. Do I like the way my significant other is around children, will they make the kind of parent I want for our children?
15. Do you see yourself married to this person for 5, 10, 25, 50 years or more?
16. If I am pregnant, am I just getting married because you feel it is the best thing to do for the baby? Am I willing to wait until after the child is born to make sure that I am marrying out of love and not a sense of duty?
17. Have we talked with our religious leaders? Have we made any decisions as to what faith to practice and with which we will raise our children?
18. If we are not currently living together, am I willing to give up my home to move into his/hers, or to give up the space in my home for him/her to move in with me?
19. If I am a virgin, do I really understand what will happen on my wedding night? Am I ready to take that step with this man/woman?
20. Am I getting married just to keep my significant other in my life? Will they leave if I don't marry them whether I am ready to do so or not?
21. Do I see myself waking up next to him or her every morning? Does the thought put a smile on my face?
22. Do I trust my fiancé with my life, my heart, and my soul?
23. Do I look forward to life after my wedding with a smile on my face, or do I feel unsure and fearful?
24. Am I getting married because all of my friends are married and I feel left out?
25. Can I imagine my life without this person by my side helping me through it?

These are not cold unfeeling questions you must ask yourself; these are questions you need to ask yourself to make sure in your heart that s/he is the one. These questions will potentially save you and everyone involved a lot of pain and heartbreak. It may be difficult to be adult enough to stop the wedding before the date, but it will be a huge emotional disaster (and even more costly) to decide just days after the wedding that you made the biggest mistake of your life.

You really need to ask yourself if you are getting married for all the right reasons. Never allow yourself to be pushed into getting married if you are not emotionally ready to give all of yourself to that person. You can not just go along with marriage. Waiting months, days, or even years to get married is never as heartbreaking as realizing after the fact that you just blew it. If the person you love is not willing to wait, maybe they are not the right person for you.

Talk to your future spouse about your feelings. If you do not feel comfortable doing so, this could be a warning sign for problems ahead. An honest open relationship is the foundation of a happy marriage. If you do not feel you can talk to him/her about your doubts, if they tell you it's nothing to worry about, if they react badly, or do not respect your feelings, then you definitely should consider postponing or canceling your wedding.

Sit down and write out all of the reasons you love him/her, your hopes, your dreams, your fears, your doubts, and your dislikes. Listen to your heart and pray about it. Talk about it with a trusted friend or someone who is willing to help you see both sides of the question. Make sure you are able to talk freely with this person to see if marriage is really the way to go.

If you decide after answering all of these questions that you just have a case of cold feet and your life as you know it is not ending, go ahead and plan the wedding. Get yourself prepared for the biggest day of your life.

Copyright 2008 Kim Snyder, owner Overall Beauty Minerals Home of Magic Lash Eyelash Enhancer! Visit her today at Overall Beauty. Sign up today for a free beauty ebook and see the latest in mineral makeup and natural skincare and so much more.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Songs for Your Western Wedding

We know that choosing the perfect song can be a daunting process. We are listing a few songs that we have come across that may be appropriate for your wedding. We have not catagorized the songs as many may be used in several ways. There are songs listed that may be used as processional, recessional, unity candle, bouquet toss, garter toss, cake cutting, introductions, wedding dinner songs, father-daughter, mother-son, first dance and last dance. Hope you find some songs that will add to your special day! If you have a song that we haven't listed, please feel free to post it.

Lost in This Moment – Big & Rich
Stealing Cinderella – Chuck wicks
Forever & Always – Shania Twain
The Keeper of the Stars – Tracy Byrd
You Had Me From Hello – Kenny Chesney
I Do (Cherish You) – Mark Wills
Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
When I Said I Do – Clint Black & Lisa Hartman
Amazed – Lonestar
I Cross My Heart – George Strait
I Love The Way You Love Me – John Michael Montgomery
I Melt – Rascal Flatts
I Swear – John Michael Montgomery
It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Making Memories of Us – Keith Urban
She’s Everything – Brad Paisley
To Make You Feel My Love – Garth Brooks
Somebody Like You – Keith Urban
When You Say Nothing At All – Alison Krauss
My Baby Loves Me Just The Way That I Am – Martina McBride
Cowboy Take Me Away – Dixie Chicks
From Here to Eternity – Michael Peterson
Love of My Life – Sammy Kershaw
We Danced – Brad Paisley
When You Say Nothing At All – Keith Whitley
Your Everything – Keith Urban
Look At You Girl – Chris LeDoux
Shameless – Garth Brooks
She Don’t Tell Me To – Montgomery Gentry
How Do I Live – Trisha Yearwood
Love Will Always Win – Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood
I Do – Paul Brandt
Doin’ Something Right – Billy Currington
If Tomorrow Never Comes – Garth Brooks
When Love Finds You – Vince Gill
Because You Love Me – Jo Dee Messina
More Than You’ll Ever Know – Travis Tritt
Two People Fall in Love – Brad Paisley
Not a Moment to Soon – Tim McGraw
This Kiss – Faith Hill
Love of my Life – Sammy Kershaw
To Make You Feel My Love – Garth Brooks
The Dance – Garth Brooks
Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
My Little Girl – Tim Mc Graw
My Wish – Rascal Flatts
In my Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride
Fathers & Daughters – LeRoy Parnell
Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn
I Loved Her First – Heartland
He Didn’t Have To Be – Brad Paisley
Holes in the Floor of Heaven – Steve Wariner
Single White Female – Chely Wright
This One’s For the Girls – Martina McBride
Firecracker - Josh Turner
Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
Through the Years – Kenny Rogers
Your Man – Josh Turner
I’ll Still Love You More – Trisha Yearwood
I Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – Martina McBride
The Rest of Mine – Trace Adkins
Lucky Man – Emerson Drive
I Hope You Dance – Leann Womack
Love Is a Beautiful Thing – Phil Vassar
My Best Friend – Tim McGraw
To Make You Feel My Love – Garth Brooks
Your Love Amazes Me – John Berry
Look At You Girl – Chris LeDoux
Jesu, Joy of a Man’s Desiring – Josh Groban
Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
Me and You – Kenny Chesney
You Light Up My Life – Leann Rimes
I Feel Like A Woman – Shania Twain
And They Do – Trace Adkins
There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
When You Kiss Me – Shania Twain