Wednesday, April 18, 2012

We have a winner of the Shabby Apple Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone that entered my first giveaway! 
I used to select the lucky winner. 

Congratulations to Cindy
She was the winner of the Shabby Apple gift card giveaway!  

Cindy, I'll be contacting you via email for your mailing address so you can receive your prize!

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful spring so far!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Loveliness

I wanted to share some images of our Easter with all of you.  We had a truly lovely holiday.  I love the freshness of spring ~ the return of color in the landscape.  The sounds of birds and children playing outdoors.  The hope of renewal ~ new leaves on the trees and beautiful, blossoming flowers.

April is one of my favorite months ~ which is why I chose April to get married.  It's such a beautiful time of year, and I'm always especially glad when Easter falls in April! 

I wanted to bring that beauty and joy indoors, with fresh, soft colors that are cheery and evoke happiness.

What could be sweeter than smiling bunnies?

My 5-year old son made me these painted, Easter suncatchers.

We bought them at the dollar store
 and painting them made for a fun and inexpensive holiday activity.
If you follow my blog,
you know how much I enjoy involving little ones
in the holiday spirit.

We always do holiday and seasonal crafts,
like making these painted egg window decorations...

We're HUGE book lovers, so of course holiday books are always on hand...

Another fun activity was baking Easter sugar cookies together
from a favorite recipe.

Mmmm smells so good!

Spring chicks,
Easter eggs,
smiling bunnies,
crunchy carrots,
and colorful spring tulips...
all individually packaged in cellophane bags,
with a variety of pretty spring ribbons.

And of course, dyeing Easter eggs...

And we had to bake traditional,
braided Easter egg bread...

that smells out-of-this world while baking!
and looks so pretty on the table for Easter dinner

...with sweet place settings for each special guest.

Just so sweet :)

There's nothing more lovely than Easter morning.

My little guy was so overjoyed finding his surprises!

And we had a blast on our backyard egg hunt...
with eggs of all sizes,
including mega, ginormous eggs

the eggs even had messages or his name written on them :)

Surprises were everywhere!

The hunt was as much fun as the goodies they held!
And we hadn't even opened his basket inside yet!

Such a blessed, and beautiful day...

Wishing all of you a joyous spring!

Oh, and don't forget to enter my giveway to win
a $50.00 gift card to
Shabby Apple!

deadline to enter is April 15th!
Good luck!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Shabby Apple Giveaway!

Welcome to my very 1st giveaway!

I have always wanted to do a giveaway on Cutest Little Things, but I wanted it to be something special...something fitting to the site.  So when I was contacted by Hannah Stewart at Shabby Apple to partner on a special giveaway opportunity for my readers, I positively just jumped at the chance!

With spring weddings on the horizon, graduations, Mother's Day and Easter, who couldn't use a beautiful, new dress in their wardrobe?!

Shabby Apple's New Caledonia dress from their South Pacific collection.

If you haven't heard of Shabby Apple, you simply MUST check them out!  Their philosophy that beautiful, vintage-inspired dressing shouldn't be complicated is one that I can completely relate to.  All that's required is some confidence and maybe a few cute accessories!
Shabby Apple's Bon Voyage Dress ~ perfect for any adventure.

Shabby Apple is generously offering a
$50.00 gift card
to one of my lucky readers!
Oh, and did I mention they also have an adorable line of preteen and kids' dresses?

Want to win?
Entering is easy peasy!

To enter this fabulous giveaway, you must do the following:

1.  Like Shabby Apple on their facebook page and leave a comment below
with your blog or email address by Sunday, April 15th.

For extra entries...
2.  Be a follower of Cutest-Little-Things Blog (3 extra entries)
2) Tweet about it on Twitter (1 extra entry)
3) Blog about it (or put it on your sidebar) (2 extra entries)
4) Share it on Facebook (1 extra entry)

If you do any of the above for extra entries, please leave a separate comment for EACH way you spread the word and provide the link.
Additional ways you enter will increase your chances of winning!!
One lucky winner will be awarded a $50.00 gift card to Shabby Apple
 chosen by Random Number Generator
on Monday, April 16th.

Thanks for entering!
Good luck!!!!
In addition all of my readers are eligible for a special,
10% off code for one month towards any Shabby Apple purchase...
just use code: cutestlittlethings10off when ordering.