Dec 7, 2013

Music Challenge - Day 7 - a song tha reminds me of an event

This song is one of me and my first and only true love's songs..he dedicated it to me back in the day along with a few others that I love and cherish :)

This one came to mind when it said a song that reminds me of an event...this one reminds me of the last time that we were together as boyfriend and girlfriend...we ended up going our own ways but we never stopped staying in touch with each other and we have always remained best of friends....and I'm thinking that maybe this upcoming year it won't be the end of the road for us..maybe it will be the beginning for us again since so many things have happened in both my life and his and now we are closer to each other and hoping that if things are meant to be then they will happen...

Faith Filled Footsteps Artisans Matter Giveaway

Anyone who has read my blog for awhile knows that I love bags! All bags, big, small and everything in between. This bag is no exception. I am in LOVE with the colors of this bag. I have never been a pink kind of girl, I go more for the greens and blues and this one speaks to me! Every time I carry this bag I am stopped by people to ask where I got it and everyone says they LOVE THIS BAG!
Most times during the holidays people are looking for a bargain and they shop those big box stores with generic items for the lowest price possible. I personally love all things small business and made in the USA. This Artisan Bag is perfect. It is handmade with love, beautifully stitched and just gorgeous! I LOVE THIS BAG!

We are posting this on a Saturday to introduce you to Shop Small Business Saturday! Find out when your town is participating and save when you shop your local shops. We are small business and made in the USA all the way!
Let me show you a few of the beautiful bags they offer!

Here is just a little info about this shop!

At Artisan Handbags & Accessories we make more than just great handbags. Whether your purchase is pre-made or custom-designed, each piece is 100% American made and handmade - our bags don't come off an assembly line nor are they shipped across an ocean. The cotton for most of our fabrics is even picked in, and milled in the southern United States!

Behind the scenes, we are a small team of real women, building a small business and celebrating the things that make our company unique. Each handmade Artisan item starts and finishes in our production shop but the sewing of your item is done by a master seamstress in her home. We are very proud of this important part of our story. We are a company that values people and their craft and it is our mission to share that with you. We hope you'll join us for the celebration!

Don't they have the cutest bags! They offer so many different items and fabric with so many added features! This is a great company! Let me show you the bag we got to try! The blue, green and grey are a perfect touch to all the winter dreariness! This bag  has a retail price of $86.00 and is one of the more expensive items they sell! Not to worry they have something in all price ranges and you will find the perfect bag for you or a loved one

This bag is huge it holds all my junk!

Love the bows on the side!

Artisan Bags and Faith Filled Footsteps are giving one lucky reader a $50 gift certificate for any custom designed item all you need to do is enter below! If you are like me and you just cannot wait you can head on over to the Artisan website here and find the perfect bag for you!

What a fantastic giveaway! The bags look great! Good luck to everyone that enters!

The Giveaway will run from December 7, 2013 and close late on the evening of December 21, 2013. The winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter. The winner will be announced both on the Rafflecopter as well as Faith Filled Footsteps Facebook. Faith Filled Footsteps is not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. US Only.

Dec 6, 2013

Music Challenge - Day 6 - Song that reminds me of somewhere

This song came to mind when I saw that it was a song that reminds me of reminds me of back in the day when I felt care free and in love and wherever we were it was great just being this song...


Faith Filled Footsteps Absolute Jewelry Giveaway

Absolute Jewelery is a really neat company I recenlty found while Christmas shopping. I love all this new retro recycled jewelery! I am all about recycling and reusing items. This company makes the coolest (per my 12 year old) stuff! I never knew that you could recycle soda pop can and make jewelery that looks likes this! SUPER COOL!
Let me show you!

A Soda Pop Can who knew! This stuff (as my daughter puts it) ROCKS! I have to say I think it is pretty cool and being an 80's kids it talks to the punk teenager in me!

This is the really cool necklace we got to try!

Here is just a little info about the shop owner. We are a Mother and Daughter team. Our love for creating jewelry started as a small hobby consuming our house and has turned into a thriving business still consuming our house! Our recycled soda can jewelry has become a favorite. It was inspired by our own waste products, looking at them and wondering if we could create something beautiful. We love to up cycle! All of our recycled jewelry is designed and created by us.

What a great prize for this giveaway!! Wishing everyone that enters the best of luck on winning this great prize!

Absolute Jewelery & Faith Filled Footsteps are giving one lucky reader a $36.00 gift certificate. All you have to do is enter below or if you just cannot wait you can check out Absolute Jewelry's website here!

 The Giveaway will run from December 6, 2013 and close late on the evening of December 20, 2013. The winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter. The winner will be announced both on the Rafflecopter as well as Faith Filled Footsteps Facebook. Faith Filled Footsteps is not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. US Only.

Dec 5, 2013

Blogger Opp - HP Laptop

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Bloggers Wanted - Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System


Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System Value $149

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  • 1 Timothy's® Columbian Decaf Coffee
  • 1 Tully's® French Roast Coffee
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Samsung - Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 - 16GB - White Value $399 plus one year insurance (total prize value $458)


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Music Challenge - Day 5 - A song that reminds me of someone

That would be a few songs..but the first one that came to mind is "Open Arms" by Journey so that is the one that I am sticking with. This is another one of me and my first love's songs. We have quite a few that he dedicated tome and this is one of them that I so very much love!

Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway

December 31st is my birthday and last year I did this "project" and would love to do it again this year. 

I decided to offer a $25 Amazon Gift Card for a giveaway.  This giveaway will be different than any other, so PLEASE - enter, and enter daily!  There is no sponsor - just me trying to make the world a better place.

From December 5th through December 31st I am asking you each to do one - just one - random act of kindness for someone.  Your one and only daily entry is just to confirm completion of one Random Act of Kindness for the day!  

Yes, the impetus for this giveaway is my birthday.  But it is also the holiday season and there are so many people that just want to feel appreciated, needed and acknowledged.  I am sure you see it every day - just like me.  Here is your chance to do something about it.  

Remember the starfish?  Make a difference!
Lets make December 2013 a better time!  
(Ideas/Suggestions can be found below Giveaway Tool)

Just do some random act of kindness (big or small) - Confirm your one and only entry for the day. There is no requirement to Like/Follow/Tweet/Retweet
anything. This is just my way of trying to make December 2013 a better place for people who need help! Please join me - the more we share this the greater the impact. Can you imagine if even 10 people make an effort to do a Random Act of Kindness, each day, for 26 days!? All the lives we can touch? What about if 1000 people do it? If you think you can't make a difference ( and we absolutely all can) - this is your opportunity.

That's it.  Just love your neighbor, people in need, friends etc... for one month, every single day!  We can make a difference - and a huge one if we all put our hearts in it!

The Stuff of Success
Enter the Giveaway Tool every day!  


And lastly-for anyone who donates to The Stuff of Success (gift to:
athenanagel at ct dot metrocast dot net 
via PayPal) in the month of December - I will donate all of it to "Love 4 Laura" a K9 Rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of dogs.  You can read about Laura here - .  

This cause is extremely important to me.  Please consider donating even the smallest amount when you prepare to purchase your next cup of coffee or soft drink.  Last year we donated to a local food bank.  This year the "cause" my daughter and I have selected is Laura.  So far we have already sent a box of toys.  Next we wish to send them blankets so badly needed for the winter months.


Need some ideas?

Hold the door open for the person behind you.
Donate your old clothes to someone in need.  Your old is someone else’s new.
Write a positive review about a local business or author.
Listen to someone – really LISTEN.
Donate blood.  One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
Volunteer at a hospital, homeless shelter, nursing home, etc
Help others. 
House warming gifts for new neighbors.
Share your umbrella with a stranger on a rainy day.
Check up on someone who looks lonely.
Let someone with only a few items cut you in line at the grocery store.
Give words of encouragement to someone about their dreams, no matter how big or small they are.
Help someone get your parking space in a crowded parking lot when you’re leaving.
Babysit for couples or single parents who don’t get out much so they can have some alone time.
Look for ways to save a few extra bucks a month and then donate that money.
Shop at local Salvation Army or Goodwill thrift stores.  The money you spend will help others.
Help someone get active. 
Spend a few clicks of your time at Free Rice.
Make a difference in the life of a child. Give them your time and undivided attention.  
If you shop online, make your purchase through Give Back America.
Pay for the person in line behind you.
Drop off your old eye glasses at your local LensCrafters or to your local Lions Club.
Create a care package and send it to an active duty military unit.
Create a box of Christmas cards and send it to Holiday Mail for Heroes (guidelines HERE)
Redirect gifts.  Instead of having people give you birthday and holiday gifts, ask them to donate gifts or money to a good cause.
The next time you see someone pulled over with a flat tire, or in need of assistance, stop and ask how you can help. 
Become a mentor or tutor to someone in need.
Help the Christmas shopper in front of you who needs that extra two or three cents to avoid breaking a 20-dollar bill
If you realize someone is sick, bring them some hot tea, soup, etc.
Put some change in an expired parking meter
Offer your seat to someone when there aren’t any left.
Listen to someone’s pain and help them through it.
Hug a friend and let them know how important they are.
Reduce, reuse and recycle.
Help an entrepreneur.
Bake and share – friends, colleagues, postman etc…
Leave a good book for someone else to read.
Participate in Freecycle.
Clean up litter in the area.
Send a nice letter or email to someone.
Leave positive notes in library books or other random places.
Donate pet food to a local shelter.
Compliment someone.
Donate prom dresses to local underprivileged youth.
Choose a cause and make a difference – save the whales, eliminate modern day slavery etc…
Teach someone a skill.
Instead of accepting payment for something – have them pay it forward.
Tip more than you normally would.
Be extra nice to customer service – especially if they seem stressed.
Say a prayer for someone in need.
Show respect to a soldier.


Dec 4, 2013

Music Challenge - Day 4 - song that makes me sad

This one makes me sad when I hear it because I so admired and loved Diana and then when P. Diddy did this song to her that just stuck with me...beautiful beautiful song

King Beany Giveaway


At the Zoo, I'm not sure which is better: super comfort or that our guests are loving this chair! I can't say enough good things about them! Whether we are laying down vegged out or have the chair sitting up to read, it is always comfortable!

Here's Why You Have to Have One

10 Year Warranty
Versatile Seating Options
Over 100 Design Choices
Super Comfortable!
Kids & Adults Love them!
Way Better Than a Couch
Can Double as a Bed

Discount Code

Smart enough to know that even if you win, one isn't enough, that's my kind of thinking! Use this discount code and save 10%.


What a cool prize for a giveaway :) I love bean bags...haven't had one in years but would love to have one again. Good luck to everyone that enters!


Dec 3, 2013

Music Challenge - Day 3 - Song that makes me happy

This song always puts a smile on my face :)

I think its mostly because of the video that makes me smile!! it!


Dec 2, 2013

Nike Announcement - Blogger Opp

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Get 1 Free link (Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest) with announcement post.
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Additional links are $3 a piece.

Co-host fee is $20 and you get 4 free links and a daily comment
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Music Challenge - Day 2 - Least Favorite Song

Well I really had a hard time narrowing this one down so I have decided that I am going to say anything with major rap in it from the 80's or so...The old time major rap songs I just don't want to hear, not necessarily because they are my least favorite songs but, because my now ex-hubby loved rap from the 80's so now they are my least favorite...

Dec 1, 2013

Music Challenge - Day 01 - Favorite Song

My favorite song of ALL time is Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi. I absolutely love that song..that is one of the songs that is me and one of my best friends who is also my only first and true loves song :) He dedicated that to me many years ago but it will always and forever hold a very very special place in my heart!

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