end-of-day giveaway!!!

i promised you a giveaway today & it’s still today, right?

so here it be! (i said that like a pirate btw)

some “tweet” things! ๐Ÿ™‚

a brand spankin’ new “all-in-one organizer tote” in “lil’ blossom” from thirty one.

{details & specs can be found here}

two, new, adorable products from the talents of la bambina couture. these items are handmade with skill & care & include one sunshine yellow crochet headband & one sweet felt bird hair clip. so cute!

disclosure statement: the child shown ๐Ÿ˜‰ was bribed with m&ms & fruit snacks to model these gorgeous little pieces for you. no sticky fingers were permitted on said items, nor is she for hire.

i hope you like them!

ok…so here’s the scoop…

to enter, kindly leave a comment below meeting these simple requirements…

1 – leave a comment below telling us what your perfect summer day would entail…picnicking, biking, hiking, taking the littles somewhere…you name it!

2 – please take a moment to “like” the ava & isla facebook page by clicking on the “facebook” tab in the right side bar.

3 – just like in school, please remember to leave your name. check out the additional comments below regarding e-mail addresses. thank you.

4 – optional: “share” to fb, twitter, pinterest or your own blog…

important…

* entrants must be 18 yrs of age or over, have a valid e-mail address (please include your e-mail in a separate comment. in order to respect your privacy those comments will not be published.)
* entrants must also live within the continental united states for delivery purposes (sorry, no p.o. boxes).
* giveaway will start at 11pm est tuesday, june 26th, 2012 & end at 9am est friday, june 29th, 2012.
* all comments will require approval prior to being published, so keep it kind.
* only one entry per person.
* winner chosen via a random process (random.org) & announced on friday, june 29th, 2012 at 11am est friday.
* winner will be announced on ava-n-isla.blogspot.com, fb & twitter. they have 24hrs to acknowledge the announcement.
* in the event that the winner no longer can or wants to accept the prize, a new winner will be chosen at random & announced at a later date (i’ll keep you in the know!).

** thirty one & la bambina couture are not the responsible parties for this giveaway & are not promoting this product via {ava&isla}.

thanks for entering!

our “sweet” winner!

welcome back! it’s time to announce the winner of the ws cookie & cupcake decorating kit!

just like last time, to keep things as fair as possible i used these free tools found on www.random.org

first, i put your names in the list randomizer in the order of your comments. the site randomized that list. here are the results:

List Randomizer

There were 6 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

Carly Jones
Olivia
Jill
Mandy G.
Brandy
Charanne
Timestamp: 2012-02-03 20:04:53 UTC

using that random list, i entered the numbers 1 through 14 into the sequence generator. the first number listed is our winner:

Random Sequence Generator

Here is your sequence:

4
3
1
6
5
2
Timestamp: 2012-02-03 20:05:35 UTC

so our winner is lucky number 4!
congratulations, Mandy G.!

i’ll be in touch soon for your info & the product will ship straight from williams sonoma!

thank you everyone who participated & thank you from the bottom of my belly for the great links!
hopefully, you’ve all spotted something you’d like to try out ~ i know i have!

keep checking in with us, b/c i love gifting things to lovely people like you!

xo,
kristi

sweets for my sweets!

good morning lovies!

it’s giveaway day!

i know you’re all on diets, but with “loveday” & easter quickly approaching, spring will be calling for sweets!

so this giveaway is all about the sweet tooth!

a william sonoma cupcake decorating kit!**

i hope you love it!

this kit is listed in the ws kid’s line, so it’s approved for your little cupcake’s use as well – not to mention safe & easy to clean. the product has great reviews.*** i’m sure you’ll enjoy it & find lots of uses for it, considering you’re all so creative & fabulous! ๐Ÿ˜‰

ok…so here’s the drill…again…

to enter, kindly leave a comment below meeting these simple requirements…

1 – leave a link to your favorite “sweet” recipe – brownies, cookies, cakes, crepes, whatever makes you drool…food items people. ๐Ÿ˜‰

2 – please double check to make sure it is a working link. this way we’re creating a little go-to spot for a collection of yumminess for each other. i love sharing.

3 – just like in school, please remember to leave your name. check out the additional comments below regarding e-mail addresses. thank you.

4 – “like” or “share” to fb, twitter, pinterest or your own blog…

important…

* entrants must be 18 yrs of age or over, have a valid e-mail address (please include your e-mail in a separate comment. in order to respect your privacy those comments will not be published.)
* entrants must also live within the continental united states for delivery purposes (sorry, no p.o. boxes).
* giveaway will start at 11am est wednesday, february 1st, 2012 & end at 11am est friday, february 3rd, 2012.
* all comments will require approval prior to being published, so keep it kind.
* only one entry per person.
* winner chosen via a random process (random.org) & announced on friday, february 3rd, 2012 at 12pm noon.
* winner will be announced on ava-n-isla.blogspot.com, fb & twitter. they have 24hrs to acknowledge the announcement.
* in the event that the winner no longer can or wants to accept the prize, a new winner will be chosen at random & announced at a later date (i’ll keep you in the know!).

** william sonoma is not the responsible party for this giveaway & is not prmoting this product via {ava&isla}.
*** i do not own this product & therefore cannot attest to its function & quality first-hand.

thanks for entering!

stop back periodically to check out everyone’s sweet recipes! pun intended.

xo,

kristi

giveaway #2 approaching…

ok, lovlies…

it’s been a little while now & i’m feeling a giveaway is due! i had every intention of getting a pre-christmas one out there, but life gets hectic sometimes & i was barely getting anything done on here for a while.

so – thoughts? ideas?

i’m thinking a kitchen / cooking-related product…perhaps something useful for all of you fellow moms & foodies out there. i already have a couple possibilities in mind, but if you are really eager to see something specific up for grabs, don’t hesitate to comment!

also – this may be a good time to remind any of you who run your own business / have products you’d like to promote, i would love to hear from you in regards to using this blog as your avenue.

happy thursday, everyone!

{image source: theKitchn}

avey baby’s artsy tea table

ok, folks, told you i was behind & so here’s my attempt at a quick catch-up session…

let’s start with ava’s big bday gift – her artsy tea table.

i arrived at this idea nearly a year ago while thinking of her 2nd birthday. i knew we were getting her a play kitchen for christmas, so this seemed like the best gift, given our small space available, budget & most importantly, her interests.

all it took was this kid-sized white tabe from ikea (their prices can’t be beat & your table will surely take a beating, so why splurge?) if you have a little boy, they also carry wood tones that would suit any little guy who enjoys, coloring, painting, working with play dough, etc…

i had my mister pick up some chalkboard spray paint from lowes & we had some painters’ tape on hand. the last thing i needed was a stencil or pattern…

had i chosen a table with straight edges, i could’ve easily taped off a border, but since this is a circular table, i needed to get a little creative. have you ever tried to tape in a circle? it’s difficult to say the least…

i found this flower-shaped bowl of ava’s in the cupboard. i lined up the “petals” & easily traced two at a time, simply sliding the bowl around as i went.

when it came time for the tape, i covered the “straight” space entirely with the tape, so basically, i stopped at the rounded edges. to get a clean line with the tape at that point, i covered a section at a time, lined the bowl up again (using the adjacent petals as a guide) & trimmed off the excess tape with a razor blade i had handy. you can also use a pairing, exacto, or pen knife, a box cutter, etc… just be careful not to press down too hard, or you will cut the table.

hubs has a roll of plastic in the garage, so i taped a piece around the perimeter of the table to protect the legs & shelves. then, i sprayed away – probably 6 or 7 even, steady coats.

learn from my mistakes – don’t go too heavy around your border or you will have a little seepage like i did. it still looks pretty good, but me being the weirdo-perfectionist that i am, it drove me nuts for about an hour…

she loves it though & that’s what matters. ๐Ÿ™‚

happy birthday, sweet baby girl.

the vintage pearl

check out {the vintage pearl} today for a very generous giveaway.

she rocks. (amazing, christian mom to four!) her jewelry is incredible. i have adored it for a long time & almost treated myself to a couple charms this summer. (money’s always tight though…) someday!

where does she find the energy & time to make this stuff? it’s awesome. you can read about her more here.

so anyway, i would love to win! or at least for you to! ๐Ÿ™‚ so enter!!!

ok – have a great day everyone.

i have so, so, so much to do! why am i still here????

toodles!

empty pillowcase?

ok – so i caught a few minutes of “the talk” yesterday afternoon (it’s like “the view” minus the arguing & overly-domineering personalities…i wish elisabeth hasselbeck would move to “the talk,” so she’d actually get to talk more often…) anywho…yes, i meant who. i had a friend back in middle school that would say that all of the time & i like it. i think it’s quirky…

anywho – jeremy sisto – you may remember him as the “jerk” from clueless, but apparently, he’s a really nice guy, who loves his wifey & little girl very much! i like hollywood ppl like that…that’s why i’m using this picture:

it’s an old article btw, so he does in fact call his little girl “charlie ballerina.” cute.

so, he told a story about how on christmas eve while he was growing up, his parents would ask the kids to name a kind deed they had done that year for another. they would be holding an empty pillowcase… well, on christmas morning, the pillowcase would be full of presents.

i was just thinking about that story again last night & i was wondering if there are any deeds i’ve done for others lately, or if i deserved an empty pillowcase. seriously. i haven’t got a long list here ppl. not that things should be done out of obligation, but i should be able to recognize some kind things i’ve done over the past 365 days…

i was reminded of this yet again just now. i was baking in the kitchen. finally baking christmas cookies, which aren’t turning out btw, & i heard a little tap tap tap on my front door. i thought i was imagining it at first, but sure enough i heard it again. i headed to the door, dishtowel in hand (looking like a disheveled mess) & there stood my sweet friend, jill!

i hope you don’t mind me mentioning your name, jill, but you are sweet & i’m telling everyone just how kind you are!

she had stopped just to bring me a starbuck’s salted caramel mocha! yum!!!

i’m not sick…it’s not my birthday…we didn’t have a play date…she is just so kind! little did she know, a generous & thoughtful gesture was just what this disheveled mess of a girl needed today!

so, thank you again very, very much, jill! you inspire me to be more thoughtful too & i hope you have the best christmas with your little lovies. they have such a beautiful & loving mother!

i fixed the cookies btw – i apologize i gave you a dud of a batch. turns out my nonstick pans didn’t like the parchment/foil paper stuff – so i ditched it, cut the cookie size in half along with the baking time & voila! better cookies! see?

so i OWE you! hope you don’t chip a tooth!

thank you again, sweet friend! you deserve an over-flowing pillowcase for sure!