Saturday, January 10, 2015

Long Distance Love - A Sweet Valentines Gift


Looking for a sweet Valentines gift for a Texifornian in your life?  Or do you have a sweetheart living far away? This super cute Long Distance Love art piece by Olivia Lin from her Atiliay Etsy Shop would make a perfect gift.  You can choose any two states--and she will hand-stamp and stitch it for you.  She also does fold out cards (pictured below), if you prefer it that way.

Not only does this make a sweet gift, but it helps a sweet cause!  A portion of every sale goes to help provide meals for babies and toddlers at The Ebongalethu Educare Center Preschool + Nursery in Motherwell, South Africa.  This is just one of the charities Olivia Lin supports through the products she sells in her Etsy shop--you can learn more about that here.   






Thursday, January 08, 2015

Texas/California Giveaways

Of Texan/California Interest (but open to anyone)...

(1/9) BOOK: State of Treason (What if Texas did secede?)

(1/24)  Santa Barbara Bars

(1/27) $25 Texas Roadhouse GC

(1/29) Del Taco Giftcard (I've HEARD that Del Taco is now in TX too)


Local Texas Giveaways

(1/16)  2 Tickets to The Marvel Experience (Dallas, TX)

(1/17) Wonder Lab Session (Austin, TX)

Local California Giveaways

(1/24) Los Angelos Travel and Adventure Show  (Los Angelos, CA)




Wednesday, January 07, 2015

This is Wherever Wednesday




Welcome to This is Wherever Wednesday!   At Wherever Wednesday we share those little moments that show the character of the places we live:  those "This is Texas, this is Tahiti, Topeka, this is Tanzania moments."  Wherever you are, or wherever you've been...we want to hear about those places here.

Now, while any post about place is welcomed, we especially enjoy hearing your  "This is (Insert your city./country/region here) moments?  Not sure what that means?  It's anything that happens or that you see in your part of the world that makes you think "Only here!"    If you're still a little unclear, this post over at Budget Blond (where Wherever Wednesday originated) will help you out.  And, though it's not required, I'd love if you would grab the This is Wherever button on the sidebar and share it in your post or somewhere else on your blog!



Friday, January 02, 2015

And Now Texas has Earthquakes...

Alright already, first there was snow in Southern Cal, and now there's earthquakes in Texas?  Of course, it was only a few little quakes...all under 3.0.  That would hardly be an event in California, but people out here are more used to blowing than shaking (meanwhile in California, they are crying "tornado" over a dust devil.)

But anyways, back to the quakes...guess theres's been a few of them now up in Irving, TX (yeah, there's an Irving in California too...so I have to specify, this is the one near Dallas).  And funny, in the various news reports I've seen, I haven't once seen this...




Yeah, that's what you're supposed to do during an earthquake, just so you know.  Not that the little quakes in TX have been all that deadly, but still, I'm surprised, since there's been several of them now, not to see any safety warnings (sort of standard fair.).  Cause actually, if there ever was a larger earthquake in Texas it would be more deadly than one in California, since the buildings out here are build for tornadoes, not quakes.  DO NOT RUN OUTSIDE.  You do NOT want to be standing next to a brick building in a quake.  Or parking under an underpass, for that matter.  Or sitting under your Aunt's collections of heavy glass figurines.

But hopefully no one here in Texas will ever really need that info.  Cause while there's a lot in California I miss, I'm happy to let Cali  keep her earthquakes, thank you very much.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

California's Got Snow

Juniper Flats area under snow
NPS Photo by Brad Sutton

While we're still waiting for the white stuff here in Central Texas, my friends in California are covered in it!    (And I don't just mean on the mountains...there is snow DOWN THE HILL!).  Well, I guess it's California's turn.  Enjoy it while you can Californians! Stay safe, dress warn, drive slow, etc. etc.!


Thursday, December 04, 2014

Charity Auction to Fight Human Trafficking (Modern Slavery)


I've done some research on Love146, and it is a wonderful organization.  You may notice there's some Texas item from Texas in the mix too, like this pillowcase embroidered with Nacogdoches, TX...


and this t-shirt...



I hope everyone will visit this auction and consider buying a gift for Christmas that will help fight human trafficking (modern slavery). If you are looking for another way to help fight slavery, please consider participating in the Hearts Should Be Free event next month at my other blog.  Bidding starts at 7 PM December 4th.