Dining al fresco, my new tabletop has arrived and a winner!

Hi there, boy its been one heck of a busy week. First things first, here’s the lucky winner of the gift certificate to Nancy’s Daily Dish giveaway, congrats goes to……..

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Result:

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I love Nancy’s shop and blog. I would choose the Mason’s Vista Dog Park Couples red plate. Debra C. chedeb5353@hotmail.com
Please contact me here to provide your shipping details.


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Sooooooo happy its Friday….. I am glad the week is over, I need some downtime in a big way. The weather has truly been all over the map as I know it has in many parts of the country. We have had 82 and sunny one day and today it’s a cold 48 and rainy……..all in one week! I think the flowers and plants are quite confused as to whether or not they should make their debut! I for one cannot wait until the warmer weather is here for good….which makes me instantly crave eating outdoors, one of the perks of the late spring and summer months which leads me to my post today……

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I had given a little preview of the beautiful new melamine dishes I was waiting on….by far the most beautiful I have ever seen! So naturally I was super excited about carrying them, well I am happy to report that as of today, they are up for sale in my shop! I am really thrilled about this line, not only do they look and feel like real pottery but they are dishwasher safe, doesn’t get better. The glasses also look like real glass….this entire set might well become my every day set! Here’s a look at some of the new items, click here to see the entire line in my online shop. Tah dah……..




Can you believe it’s melamine? And it even feels like pottery….I am still amazed! And to whet your appetite for dining outdoors, thought it would be fun to take a look at all the beautiful ways to entertain outside. Don’t you just love eating outdoors? I love planning a meal al fresco. How about you? Always love to know your thoughts…..


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?Love mixing natural element like wicker and net with cool blues…so pretty! Pottery Barn

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? This is totally magical. I love seeing a table draped in a beautiful tablecloth, yes even outdoors!

?No flowers? Even a few potted herb plants looks beautiful in an al fresco setting! Pottery Barn

?Big fan of rattan and wicker serving pieces…can make even the simplest of dishes look soooo good!

?I am a big fan of oversized glass dispensers, just chilled water filed with lemon and lime slices looks so wonderful! PB

?Love the way a pop of yellow added to any outdoor setting gives it such a cheerful feel, Pottery Barn

Love the idea of adding a beautiful patterned tablecloth to an outdoors setting to dress it up a little…..so pretty!


Crisp white and blue with a pop of yellow always works! Centsational Girl

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?Beautiful natural elements with lots of earthy texture make this setting just dreamy, Rinfret

?Adore these glasses…….one thing I want to buy this season! Global Amici
?Love how fresh and fun these colors feel! Eddie Ross

Love the way a seaside theme was carried out….gorgeous! Moonlight and magnollias

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?I also like the idea of using all white and then adding a bold graphic element to the table, Wedding Wire

Using a pretty functional tiered container for a mini raw bar is a fabulous idea!

?When you have a beautiful setting like this, a large pair of hurricanes and a set of rattan placemats does the trick!Williams Sonoma

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I love the idea of adding something as simple as a fern leaf or any type of greenery to dress up a setting!

?Love the idea of beautiful, unique serving piece….like the salad being served in the giant clamshell! Williams Sonoma




Love the idea of large tall lanterns on a table, not only is the lighting gorgeous but it gives great height to a decorative element for the table,? Wedding wire

Have you ever seen a rustic wood log slice look so elegant? Love it for an outdoor setting!?
?Yes please! I love the idea of taking simple glasses and filling them with tall skinny breadsticks, easy! Lynn Butler
Pick a bold color to accent on a table…it gives a lot of great drama!
?Love the layered effect here…simply stunning! One Kings Lane
Now here is a few examples of how stunning my newest line looks for al fresco dining…Just love it and cannot wait to set up? my own table!

Have I gotten you in the mood to plan a little al fresco meal of your own? I cannot wait until mother nature decides once and for all to allow the mild weather to stay put, so we can all start planning our little outdoor soirees! I for one, cannot wait because we all know everything tastes better al fresco! Wishing you a wonderful Friday and a fabulous weekend ahead. Thanks for stopping in and thank you Nancy for your wonderful and generous giveaway!
Also if you missed some of my gorgeous (mostly silver) new arrivals from yesterday, click here, a few pieces still left. Talk to you soon!
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Dining al fresco, my new tabletop has arrived and a winner!

Hi there, boy its been one heck of a busy week. First things first, here’s the lucky winner of the gift certificate to Nancy’s Daily Dish giveaway, congrats goes to……..
 

Result:

59

I love Nancy’s shop and blog. I would choose the Mason’s Vista Dog Park Couples red plate. Debra C. chedeb5353@hotmail.com
Please contact me here to provide your shipping details.

 
Sooooooo happy its Friday….. I am glad the week is over, I need some downtime in a big way. The weather has truly been all over the map as I know it has in many parts of the country. We have had 82 and sunny one day and today it’s a cold 48 and rainy……..all in one week! I think the flowers and plants are quite confused as to whether or not they should make their debut! I for one cannot wait until the warmer weather is here for good….which makes me instantly crave eating outdoors, one of the perks of the late spring and summer months which leads me to my post today……
 
I had given a little preview of the beautiful new melamine dishes I was waiting on….by far the most beautiful I have ever seen! So naturally I was super excited about carrying them, well I am happy to report that as of today, they are up for sale in my shop! I am really thrilled about this line, not only do they look and feel like real pottery but they are dishwasher safe, doesn’t get better. The glasses also look like real glass….this entire set might well become my every day set! Here’s a look at some of the new items, click here to see the entire line in my online shop. Tah dah……..

Can you believe it’s melamine? And it even feels like pottery….I am still amazed! And to whet your appetite for dining outdoors, thought it would be fun to take a look at all the beautiful ways to entertain outside. Don’t you just love eating outdoors? I love planning a meal al fresco. How about you? Always love to know your thoughts…..
 

 Love mixing natural element like wicker and net with cool blues…so pretty! Pottery Barn
 

  This is totally magical. I love seeing a table draped in a beautiful tablecloth, yes even outdoors!

 No flowers? Even a few potted herb plants looks beautiful in an al fresco setting! Pottery Barn

 Big fan of rattan and wicker serving pieces…can make even the simplest of dishes look soooo good!

 I am a big fan of oversized glass dispensers, just chilled water filed with lemon and lime slices looks so wonderful! PB

 Love the way a pop of yellow added to any outdoor setting gives it such a cheerful feel, Pottery Barn

Love the idea of adding a beautiful patterned tablecloth to an outdoors setting to dress it up a little…..so pretty!

Crisp white and blue with a pop of yellow always works! Centsational Girl
 

 Beautiful natural elements with lots of earthy texture make this setting just dreamy, Rinfret

 Adore these glasses…….one thing I want to buy this season! Global Amici
 Love how fresh and fun these colors feel! Eddie Ross

Love the way a seaside theme was carried out….gorgeous! Moonlight and magnollias
 

 I also like the idea of using all white and then adding a bold graphic element to the table, Wedding Wire

Using a pretty functional tiered container for a mini raw bar is a fabulous idea!

 When you have a beautiful setting like this, a large pair of hurricanes and a set of rattan placemats does the trick!Williams Sonoma

                Love the idea of fun and whimsical serving pieces like this one from Pottery Barn

I love the idea of adding something as simple as a fern leaf or any type of greenery to dress up a setting!

 Love the idea of beautiful, unique serving piece….like the salad being served in the giant clamshell! Williams Sonoma

Love the idea of large tall lanterns on a table, not only is the lighting gorgeous but it gives great height to a decorative element for the table,  Wedding wire

Have you ever seen a rustic wood log slice look so elegant? Love it for an outdoor setting! 
 Yes please! I love the idea of taking simple glasses and filling them with tall skinny breadsticks, easy! Lynn Butler
Pick a bold color to accent on a table…it gives a lot of great drama!
 Love the layered effect here…simply stunning! One Kings Lane
Now here is a few examples of how stunning my newest line looks for al fresco dining…Just love it and cannot wait to set up  my own table!

Have I gotten you in the mood to plan a little al fresco meal of your own? I cannot wait until mother nature decides once and for all to allow the mild weather to stay put, so we can all start planning our little outdoor soirees! I for one, cannot wait because we all know everything tastes better al fresco! Wishing you a wonderful Friday and a fabulous weekend ahead. Thanks for stopping in and thank you Nancy for your wonderful and generous giveaway!
Also if you missed some of my gorgeous (mostly silver) new arrivals from yesterday, click here, a few pieces still left. Talk to you soon!
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Bits and pieces I am loving……chapter 1

Good Saturday morning. As we continue to settle in, I am slowly thinking about furnishing this place! Right now I am concentrating on getting the kitchen, family room and breakfast room done. I have ordered bedding for my bedroom as well as my sons and will start working on window treatments. I am excited about the dining and living room and unlike my last house, where I took my time so much so that by the time we sold it after seven years after building it, I had just finished the dining room. I am determined this time to be much more expeditious in getting this house done! So in my travels, just some odds and ends that I am enjoying and liking very much. Thought I would share…..this will be a likely occurrence as I continue to scour the market for furnishings, fabrics and such hence the “chapter 1”. 

Also I was so happy to discover a simple button on my camera had not been set (auto light) and voila when I pressed it, I finally got the natural light in the pictures I had been wanting! Phew….I was starting to get annoyed as that meant I was going to have to read the manual and anyone who knows me knows how I hate reading manuals more than anything next to assembling something:) So here’s a picture of my kitchen with the new setting….much better!!

SO much better, right?


Now onto bits and pieces I am loving……..

Safavieh Home. Love their new Dutch Collection. I absolutely love every single piece in this entire collection! What beauty, all made of reclaimed wood and then painted and antiqued, whats not to love. Talk about statement pieces!!! Click here to visit.

Williams Sonoma…I don’t think they have ever looked better. Love all their monogrammed goodies as much for myself as for gift giving. And they have some fabulous lighting as well as beautiful high thread count bedding, monogrammed of course! Click here to visit them.


Decorative Crafts Lighting.I have spoken often about how much I like Decorative Crafts lighting. Their things are very well made, most made in Italy and are simply stunning. We used many of their things in our old home and are using sconces and lanterns from them in our new home. Click here to visit them.

PINK PAGODA I showed a few from Thursdays post…but they are so darn cute!! I love the statement this chic little case makes! Click here to visit!

So thats my bits and pieces for today. Anything exciting over on your end? Hope everyone has a great weekend, we have dinner plans, son left for a ski trip to Utah early this morning and hopefully tomorrow is going to be that long awaited lazy Sunday I have been longing for!!

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Bits and pieces I am loving……chapter 1

Good Saturday morning. As we continue to settle in, I am slowly thinking about furnishing this place! Right now I am concentrating on getting the kitchen, family room and breakfast room done. I have ordered bedding for my bedroom as well as my sons and will start working on window treatments. I am excited about the dining and living room and unlike my last house, where I took my time so much so that by the time we sold it after seven years after building it, I had just finished the dining room. I am determined this time to be much more expeditious in getting this house done! So in my travels, just some odds and ends that I am enjoying and liking very much. Thought I would share…..this will be a likely occurrence as I continue to scour the market for furnishings, fabrics and such hence the “chapter 1”.?



Also I was so happy to discover a simple button on my camera had not been set (auto light) and voila when I pressed it, I finally got the natural light in the pictures I had been wanting! Phew….I was starting to get annoyed as that meant I was going to have to read the manual and anyone who knows me knows how I hate reading manuals more than anything next to assembling something:) So here’s a picture of my kitchen with the new setting….much better!!

SO much better, right?



Now onto bits and pieces I am loving……..




Safavieh Home. Love their?new Dutch Collection. I absolutely love every single piece in this entire collection! What beauty, all made of reclaimed wood and then painted and antiqued, whats not to love. Talk about statement pieces!!! Click here to visit.




Williams Sonoma…I don’t think they have ever looked better. Love all their monogrammed goodies as much for myself as for gift giving. And they have some fabulous lighting as well as beautiful high thread count bedding, monogrammed of course! Click here to visit them.


Decorative Crafts Lighting.I have spoken often about how much I like Decorative Crafts lighting. Their things are very well made, most made in Italy and are simply stunning. We used many of their things in our old home and are using sconces and lanterns from them in our new home. Click here to visit them.

PINK PAGODA I showed a few from Thursdays post…but they are so darn cute!! I love the statement this chic little case makes! Click here to visit!

So thats my bits and pieces for today. Anything exciting over on your end? Hope everyone has a great weekend, we have dinner plans, son left for a ski trip to Utah early this morning and hopefully tomorrow is going to be that long awaited lazy Sunday I have been longing for!!

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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

OMG I prepared a wonderful post for you that I spent a lot of time on last night and the entire thing erased!!!!!!! I cannot believe it! Here we go again, blogger please do not be acting up again. Has that ever happened to you? SO frustrating!! Better publish this before it happens again!
Busy busy week for me. A few little mishaps at the house but I am not going to dwell and I am glad they all worked out, but there were a few hair raising moments, to be expected when building I suppose! This week the post is house heavy as nearly all my time these days is consumed with finishing it up. It is the first week that I have visited that I felt like it was “home” and not just a construction site with no end in site. When I am there, it feels like home and like I don’t want to leave and its really exciting to see it all finally come together.
I also attended a baby shower given by one of my best friends for her daughter who is so adorable and expecting her first baby. It was so lovely and the colors were bright pink and green aka Lilly Pulitzer. The setting was their beautiful boat club right on the water so the setting was so picture perfect despite the high humidity and overcast day. I start off with a few highlights then move on to the house and a few things I am loving this week.

How beautiful is this arrangement that greeted you and was used on the place card table!
The beautiful views…
Pretty centerpieces for tables….

The sweet cake, notice the sleeping baby!
You know I love gift wrapping! I couldnt’ resist getting this pair of adorable bears to add on top

HOUSE UPDATES OK lots going on this week, the buzz word is definitely the kitchen. Its really starting to look like a kitchen and the long awaited limestone hood got put in yesterday!! Very exciting to see the vision come alive. I am loving it and cannot stop staring….just love the kitchen. I am awaiting the rest of appliances (pay no attention to the funny looking temporary stove that we had to place there to get the CO)! Upstairs last coat of paint getting done, and all we are waiting for is the carpeting for some of the bedrooms and the shower doors, other than that we are nearly done upstairs..woo hoo! Finally the stone is coming in for the front door and surround and our main stair railing is coming in next week. So over the next few weeks BIG changes are on the horizon!! Enough talking, let me show you……
I would not do this color but this idea I think is a little more along the lines of what the house is calling for, thinking a dark bronze
Other 4 possibilities……

This one is a little ornate but this company does incredible work!
Marble decisions continue but think I am just about there!
The long awaited hood getting put in!
The brackets just got installed…..yippee!
Wall going to family room features a pair of cabinet hutches, there will a wire grill going on the doors

Loving my island, will like it more with the white marble instead of the plyboard……
Husbands top went in and sink and faucet, now we need to get his vanity stained and glazed
Love polished nickel…so elegant

Loving my black island…still a lot to do but you get the idea!
Refrigerator and freezer got installed and panels applied, now awaiting hardware samples

Breakfast room bay getting last coat of paint/glaze
Breakfast room looking into kitchen

Final “limed oak” finish in breakfast room
Peeking into kitchen from breakfast room
Choosing a fabric for powder room in kitchen powder room…..here are the choices!
Choice 1 is more greens, pale yellow, white and gray
Choice 2 is soft blues, grays and whites
Closer up…..
Marble top installed on guest room counter top
 
Sons #1 bathroom done except for cabinet hardware and shower door!
Love the clean fresh appeal
Don’t know why this came out so yellow, but tried two pretty colors, for my closet and sm. office

Ben Moores, silver mist…(a little more gray)
Farrow and Ball borrowed light (hard to tell but more blue than gray)
Stark sent over these loaner panels, one is pretty but totally wrong and the other while beautiful is way too gold

Close up of guest powder room floor, perhaps that Schumacher is best after all?
Here it is as a reminder…thoughts?
TOMATOES. Many in blogland have been talking about natures best, the seasons picks and all the goodness coming from the farm and fruit stands. Tomatoes reign supreme for me! Nothing in the world like a still warm, ripe, juicy tomato right off the vine! I have been using them a lot in all their variations. Have been using them in omelets, making tons of brushetta ( could live on the stuff), tried Emerils stuffed tomatoes (which were very good) and made a fresh tomato pizza, my kids love homemade pizza which I make every few weeks, so needless to say we have been eating lots of tomatoes! Definitely something I am really loving this week……

WILLIAMS SONOMA Had to send a gift to someone and after seeing a post my buddy, Desiree from Chic Coastal Living did on a few of their goodies, went to check them out. Not only did I find a great gift, but I also found so many other beautiful items. William Sonoma is looking better than ever!! I am so impressed with their entire line…here are some takeaway highlights for me…..
Love the pomegranate serving bowl, comes with matching bowls (This is what I bought her with matching bowls)

Gorgeous crewel place mats, perfect for fall entertaining

Always love navy and white, part of their mix and match program

Beautiful textiles…great colors!
Love a square place mat

Pretty wicker cloche

How great are these acrylic monogrammed glasses for outside!

Love this banquette for a breakfast or dining seating

Great reclaimed table
SOME QUALITY TIME OUTDOORS. Haven’t done this in months but last night I came home utterly wiped out and emotionally spent. I made myself a cocktail to unwind, took a few of my favorite design books out on the patio, sat down and RELAXED. I took a deep breath, enjoying the picture perfect weather (0 humidity and really nice breeze..thanks Irene) and felt all the pressure and stress literally melt away. It was wonderful and I sat there thinking, about why I haven’t done this much more often! So when my husband came home,he joined me and we sat there for about an hour talking, relaxing and enjoying the peace. I must say it was wonderful! That was definitely something I was loving this week,this picture is not us but it certainly gives you the vibe!
Well everyone that’s a wrap up for me! I would love to know as always if there is anything that you are loving this week…do tell! Also don’t forget about the awesome Peter Callahan giveaway that Kate from Party Resources and I are offering. Click here to get the details (you must leave a post on each of our blogs to be eligible) Have a wonderful day!

Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

OMG I prepared a wonderful post for you that I spent a lot of time on last night and the entire thing erased!!!!!!! I cannot believe it! Here we go again, blogger please do not be acting up again. Has that ever happened to you? SO frustrating!! Better publish this before it happens again!
Busy busy week for me. A few little mishaps at the house but I am not going to dwell and I am glad they all worked out, but there were a few hair raising moments, to be expected when building I suppose! This week the post is house heavy as nearly all my time these days is consumed with finishing it up. It is the first week that I have visited that I felt like it was “home” and not just a construction site with no end in site. When I am there, it feels like home and like I don’t want to leave and its really exciting to see it all finally come together.
I also attended a baby shower given by one of my best friends for her daughter who is so adorable and expecting her first baby. It was so lovely and the colors were bright pink and green aka Lilly Pulitzer. The setting was their beautiful boat club right on the water so the setting was so picture perfect despite the high humidity and overcast day. I start off with a few highlights then move on to the house and a few things I am loving this week.

How beautiful is this arrangement that greeted you and was used on the place card table!
The beautiful views…
Pretty centerpieces for tables….

The sweet cake, notice the sleeping baby!
You know I love gift wrapping! I couldnt’ resist getting this pair of adorable bears to add on top

HOUSE UPDATES OK lots going on this week, the buzz word is definitely the kitchen. Its really starting to look like a kitchen and the long awaited limestone hood got put in yesterday!! Very exciting to see the vision come alive. I am loving it and cannot stop staring….just love the kitchen. I am awaiting the rest of appliances (pay no attention to the funny looking temporary stove that we had to place there to get the CO)! Upstairs last coat of paint getting done, and all we are waiting for is the carpeting for some of the bedrooms and the shower doors, other than that we are nearly done upstairs..woo hoo! Finally the stone is coming in for the front door and surround and our main stair railing is coming in next week. So over the next few weeks BIG changes are on the horizon!! Enough talking, let me show you……
I would not do this color but this idea I think is a little more along the lines of what the house is calling for, thinking a dark bronze
Other 4 possibilities……

This one is a little ornate but this company does incredible work!
Marble decisions continue but think I am just about there!
The long awaited hood getting put in!
The brackets just got installed…..yippee!
Wall going to family room features a pair of cabinet hutches, there will a wire grill going on the doors

Loving my island, will like it more with the white marble instead of the plyboard……
Husbands top went in and sink and faucet, now we need to get his vanity stained and glazed
Love polished nickel…so elegant

Loving my black island…still a lot to do but you get the idea!
Refrigerator and freezer got installed and panels applied, now awaiting hardware samples

Breakfast room bay getting last coat of paint/glaze
Breakfast room looking into kitchen

Final “limed oak” finish in breakfast room
Peeking into kitchen from breakfast room
Choosing a fabric for powder room in kitchen powder room…..here are the choices!
Choice 1 is more greens, pale yellow, white and gray
Choice 2 is soft blues, grays and whites
Closer up…..
Marble top installed on guest room counter top
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Sons #1 bathroom done except for cabinet hardware and shower door!
Love the clean fresh appeal
Don’t know why this came out so yellow, but tried two pretty colors, for my closet and sm. office

Ben Moores, silver mist…(a little more gray)
Farrow and Ball borrowed light (hard to tell but more blue than gray)
Stark sent over these loaner panels, one is pretty but totally wrong and the other while beautiful is way too gold

Close up of guest powder room floor, perhaps that Schumacher is best after all?
Here it is as a reminder…thoughts?
TOMATOES. Many in blogland have been talking about natures best, the seasons picks and all the goodness coming from the farm and fruit stands. Tomatoes reign supreme for me! Nothing in the world like a still warm, ripe, juicy tomato right off the vine! I have been using them a lot in all their variations. Have been using them in omelets, making tons of brushetta ( could live on the stuff), tried Emerils stuffed tomatoes (which were very good) and made a fresh tomato pizza, my kids love homemade pizza which I make every few weeks, so needless to say we have been eating lots of tomatoes! Definitely something I am really loving this week……

WILLIAMS SONOMA Had to send a gift to someone and after seeing a post my buddy, Desiree from Chic Coastal Living did on a few of their goodies, went to check them out. Not only did I find a great gift, but I also found so many other beautiful items. William Sonoma is looking better than ever!! I am so impressed with their entire line…here are some takeaway highlights for me…..
Love the pomegranate serving bowl, comes with matching bowls (This is what I bought her with matching bowls)

Gorgeous crewel place mats, perfect for fall entertaining

Always love navy and white, part of their mix and match program

Beautiful textiles…great colors!
Love a square place mat

Pretty wicker cloche

How great are these acrylic monogrammed glasses for outside!

Love this banquette for a breakfast or dining seating

Great reclaimed table
SOME QUALITY TIME OUTDOORS. Haven’t done this in months but last night I came home utterly wiped out and emotionally spent. I made myself a cocktail to unwind, took a few of my favorite design books out on the patio, sat down and RELAXED. I took a deep breath, enjoying the picture perfect weather (0 humidity and really nice breeze..thanks Irene) and felt all the pressure and stress literally melt away. It was wonderful and I sat there thinking, about why I haven’t done this much more often! So when my husband came home,he joined me and we sat there for about an hour talking, relaxing and enjoying the peace. I must say it was wonderful! That was definitely something?I was loving this week,this picture is not us but it certainly gives you the vibe!
Well everyone that’s a wrap up for me! I would love to know as always if there is anything that you are loving this week…do tell! Also don’t forget about the awesome Peter Callahan giveaway that Kate from Party Resources and I are offering. Click here to get the details (you must leave a post on each of our blogs to be eligible) Have a wonderful day!