Celebrate ~

God Bless America by Berlin Irving 1918

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.

God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

(apparently America The Beautiful was inspired by this song…)  =)


I made you a cake to celebrate your 234th Birthday!

OK… ok… it isn’t cake it is the Pioneer Woman’s Blackberry Cobbler =)

only as you can see I did not use blackberries

I used blueberries and raspberries!

I love how it turned out!  =)

and since we are celebrating the freedom of this beautiful country we live in…

I am hosting a Giveaway!!  (finally! … I know.. I am such a tease!)

It worked out Fantastic to procrastinate and host a Sweet Lil Ol’ Giveaway today because in exactly one week… the day I announce the winner…

I will be celebrating the 6 month mark to my blog as well!!

I have been absolutely blessed by this land of blog…

So today … today.. I am giving back to you  all… or um… ONE of y’all!

since really it is YOU who bless me!!  =)

Wanna see what you’ll get if you win?!

Just a few of my Favorite things… (i heart julie andrews)

I don’t know about you but my fingers get really really dry all year round…

UGH…I don’t want to talk about it!!

I am always trying new lotions … hoping one will do the trick…

and make my hands as soft as a baby’s bottom!

I was recently introduced to this yummy lotion!

Look ma, new hands! (I love it… it is doing the trick..bye bye dry!)

Bath and Body Works baby!!

I  love this stuff..  apparently it has paraffin in it…


I think I will take out stock in it…

and that sweet little hand sanitizer….


cleaning your hands in a pinch never smelled so good!  =)

and this Lay it on Thick body cream…

heaven for my dry heels and toes!!  LOVE it!!

It smells like the beach… or um…  sun tan oil …(like I use that.. ha ha ha)

before you know it my old almost 40 year old hands and feet…

smooth as a baby’s bottom!  =)

What is that  little black and white treasure, you ask?


I am a little obsessed with them…

(Santa gave me my first one in Dec.)

These Fabulous little reusable bags tuck away neatly into a little pouch!

Go Green ~ save the earth ~ bring your own bag!

or in this case ~ Go Black and White!

They are especially useful in places like Target, Fred Meyer, Gap, Children’s Place, Macy’s, JC Penny’s..  Top Foods, Safeway… Oh and Pier 1 … of course!!  (where I buy them!)  I love love that they tuck into the little pocket sized thing – folded or not =)  and you can shove it (or 20 in my case)  in your pocket, purse or hook em on your key chain.   and … and… I am weird this way… but I hate it when the pocket thing is attached to the bag… makes folding more complicated!… I like it separate!  yep…  I need therapy!  *ahem*

Anyway… I have 7 or 8 of them… I just keep going back and buying a few more… I am sure the ladies at Pier 1 think I am crazy.  =)

Moving on… a while back I made a Lavender Eye Pillow

and blogged about it here

and a few of you hinted that you would like a chance to win one…

Here is your chance ladies!!

When my baby boy rocked my sleep world I NEEDED one of these to block out the early morning sun at 4 am… and again at 5 or 6 am the scent helped sooth me… so I didn’t need to suck my thumb back then… *cough*cough* now… I can not fall asleep without it!! I heart my eye pillow!  I had to start making them b/c it was breaking the bank to keep buying mommy new ones!  =)

So … this baby is Hand made by yours truly…  =)

and this cute little bookmark

My little girl and I are making them…

it is a great end of the year teachers gift!  Birthday gift.. just because gift… or a giveaway gift!  I love how it lays nicely  in your book with the weight on either end… and adds a little bling to it when not in use!  just sayin… it won’t last forever b/c the ribbon is fragile… but it is cute while it lasts!  mine is currently resting in chapter 7 of the Beth Moore book I never picked back up after my lovely weekend alone… *sigh*  I am hopeless going to pick it back up this weekend… Monday maybe?!

Oh… here … would you like to see the bag out of the pouch?  =) sorry it is blurry… but you get the idea!

love love…

*sigh* gives me warm fuzzies buying new ones!  (it is a sickness)

and here is a closeup of the little hook…

just in case you were wondering…

Alright… I am done…

I need to go water my Lilies anyway…


it RAINED last night…

no watering needed!~  *sigh*

Pacific Northwest Weather on the 4th of July = Rain

Here is my proof… wet flower

no worries…

apparently tomorrow our weather is aiming for the 80’s…

gotta love Washington!


Oh… rules for the giveaway… almost forgot!

1 entry if you leave me a comment telling me

how much you love me *ahem*

telling me a few of YOUR favorite things!!  =)


1 extra entry if you blog about my giveaway

and brag about how cool I am

please don’t forget to come back and comment again after you blog about it!

that will help me remember to put your name in the hat twice!

I will announce the winner on July 11th …

the official 6 month mark for my blog!  I can’t believe it!

If you will excuse me… I have a Flag Cobbler to eat!  =)

nothing goes better with your morning afternoon coffee than Flag Cobbler!

Hope you all enjoy your day!

God Bless America!!

America the Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!


Just Jenn ~

(remember her?  if you do you have been here from the beginning!)

29 Responses | Add your Own

  • 1 Natasha yazmış:

    Oh wow, that cake looks wonderful! I must have a look at the recipe. I am so glad you had a wonderful 4th of July.

    I would so love to enter your give away if I may? We are in the middle of a very dry winter here in Australia and all of those goodies would come in really handy! I will add something to my sidebar about it too.

    Best wishes for a wonderful week,

  • 2 Dina @ 4 Lettre Words yazmış:

    Oh, what fun! And, one of my favorite things is definitely hand sanitizer. There are 4…yes, 4 in my car. One at each door! :o)

  • 3 Sandra yazmış:

    The cobbler looks delicious as well as cute!!

    What a fun giveaway….
    A few of my favorite things…..
    Lipstick/lip gloss
    flip flops
    painted toes
    Lavendar Johnson & Johnson Baby lotion.

    Have a great day.

  • 4 Tammy yazmış:

    Here is my entry…you know I love the lotion! 🙂 That is one of my favorite things…and anything Twilight, my zune, my camera, my cell (hoping to have a new one soon) and my Arbonne face regime. I would look like an old hag if I didn’t use that everyday!

  • 5 Cindy yazmış:

    Happy Fourth to you!
    What a yummy looking dessert and what a great
    Favorite things…candles, shea butter lotion, chocolate and popcorn!
    Enjoy the day

  • 6 Julianne yazmış:

    it has been raining like crazy here too! all day every day for the past week! i also made the blackberry cobbler-TO DIE FOR. love it 🙂

  • 7 Jen Gacek yazmış:

    Mmmm..that cobbler looks yummy!

    What a fun giveaway. I also love Bath & Body Works…especially the coconut lime verbena scent!

  • 8 Jules yazmış:

    I love anything from Bath & Body. I am totally into all the different smells…….yum!

  • 9 Laura yazmış:

    That cake is so cute! Love it! I have major dry hand issues too so I would love to try that lotion. Baby butt hands, ahhhh that would be wonderful! 🙂

  • 10 Lemonade Makin' Mama yazmış:

    Girl you pulled out all the stops! What a fun giveaway.

  • 11 Holly yazmış:

    New follower here! I love the style of your blog.

    Few of my favorite things:
    my furchildren, baby lotion, or the way it smells anyway, roses in bloom in my garden, sunsets, the beach at any time of day 🙂

    Happy July!

  • 12 naomig yazmış:

    Oh, what a great giveaway! I have really dry skin too… I actually can’t sleep at night without putting lotion on my feet. Very weird.

  • 13 He & Me + 3 yazmış:

    That cobbler looks delish. I have got to get my hands on that cook book. Not that I would use it…but maybe
    Love the giveaway too. It is awesome!

  • 14 He & Me + 3 yazmış:

    A few of my favorite things are…
    A breeze on a hot summer day
    Flip flops
    The sand between my toes..but only on the beach:)
    unexpected “I Love Yous”

  • 15 Annie yazmış:

    Such an awesome giveaway!! Sign me up! 🙂

    A few of my favorite things:
    ice cream
    fresh cut grass
    clean sheets
    sleeping babies
    Bible Study groups
    oreo truffles
    being on the water (pool, beach, river, or lake!)


  • 16 Lindsay yazmış:

    Hi Jenn
    Your flag cobbler looks delicious. I would love to enter your giveaway. The fold up bags look great and all the other goodies too.
    Hope you enjoyed your weekend.

  • 17 Lindsay yazmış:

    Ooops forgot my favorite things!
    the beach
    fish and chips
    Walt Disney World
    Scented candles

  • 18 Val yazmış:

    Sign me up!
    Favorite things…
    an afternoon all to myself.
    a beach, preferably in Ireland.
    the color green
    a made bed – it’s rare around here.
    did I say an afternoon all to myself?

  • 19 abby yazmış:

    I wish you lived a little closer so I could sample all of your yummy treats you make! This is an awesome giveaway!!! I LOVE “Look Ma, New Hands”!! It’s my favorite and it’s the one thing that I have not been able to find after our move:( BOO! And I love those reusable bags! I didn’t know Pier1 sold them. If I don’t win one, I’m going to have to buy one… or two:)

  • 20 bluecottonmemory yazmış:

    Congrats on your 6-months blogaversary!

    A few of my favorite things? fuschia-tipped yellow roses, front porches, chocolates, each of my sons’ smiles and lazy Saturday mornings!

    I have an award for you over at my place. When you have time, come by for a visit and collect it.

  • 21 liz yazmış:

    I’ve never heard those first 4 lines! I’m a bad American.

  • 22 Genn yazmış:

    What a fun giveaway you are doing!! Love all the goodies!

    Ok… a few of my favorite things… coffee with cream first thing in the morning!, big sexy hairspray, my camera, and homeade ice cream on a warm summer night!


    So clever of you to make the flag out of PW cobbler too. Great idea!! You should tell her about it. I bet she’d love it.

  • 23 Steph yazmış:

    I LOVE ALL YOUR PICTURES OF FOOD! YUM! =) Good Job cleaning away. and a few of my favorite things are coffee, family, food, chocolate, the beach….


    Finding the post card for your son, finally!! YAY!! Will be in mail soon. hopefully…=)

  • 24 Chelsi yazmış:

    Ok, I blogged about it! I want to win your favorite things!!!

    Mine include… My Lancome facewash *sigh* Philosophy Amazing Grace Lotion, Burts Bees Pomegranate chapstick, purse hangers *dorky!* and my favorite stainless steel coffee/drink tumblers!

    I was actually glad to have so-so weather this weekend! Less fireworks for my poor Jack Man. He was on downers and still bonkers. Poor guy, he’s terrified.

    Plus, this next week or two its going to be blazin’ hot! 🙂

  • 25 tara mavin yazmış:

    Oh, how lovely to be able to pamper myself with your lovely goodies.I only started blogging about 1 week ago and so enjoy your blog……

  • 26 Tiffany yazmış:

    A few of my favorite things:

    Bath and Body Aromatherapy Candles: ahhhh heaven!

    Bath and Body Orange Saphire and Twilight Woods lotion!

    Cheesecake Factory Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake! PURE BLISS!

    New Cookbooks! They make me giddy!

    Burts Bee’s Chapstick!

    I hope I win!:)

  • 27 julie yazmış:

    i’m so dedicated that i’m typing this out on my phone! I don’t have
    internet access…but I love my new palm pre phone. Does that count?

  • 28 Lori yazmış:

    How sweet! I love seeing others’ favorite things. You can learn a lot about a person that way! Thanks for sharing – fingers crossed! 🙂

  • 29 blueviolet yazmış:

    A few of my favorite things….the smell of peppermint and cinnamon, reading a book in bed at night, the smell of freshly cut grass, silence, sleep.