Friday, December 28, 2007

My cuttie pie!!

My family and I had a wonderful but bussssssyyyyy day! We had 8 yes 8 stops to make and we did them all with an almost 3 yr old and he was as good can be (with no nap)

So I just downloaded my Christmas pictures and figured this one was just so super cute of him I couldn't keep it to myself!


Thursday, December 27, 2007

What am I supposed to do with this???

Have you ever asked you self that after you received a gift card to who knows where... or your least favorite place ever?! Well there is a great place online that you can buy discounted gift cards for yourself or others, sell your gift card or trade your gift card for a card you really want!

sound to good to be true?? Check it out

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Im it! I've been tagged!!

Rules for playing "tag":

1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog

2. Share 7 random and/or weird things about yourself

3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs

4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

OK so here we go...

1. I am the oldest of 5 kids and the only girl!
(My motto is I'm not Spoiled, just well taken care of)

2. I have an adorable 2 (almost 3) yr old...& I have every birthday party already planned for him (in my head) until he is sixteen!

3. My husband & I have known each other since childhood, dated in high school, broke up, and then got back together after graduation and have been together ever since!

4. I was born and raised in Fla. I am one of the few, we are a rare breed :0)

5. I love going out on our boat and being on the water, but you won't find me in it! I have a HUGE fear of water...Crazy I know!!

6. I am ADDICTED to post secret!!! I got one of the books for Christmas and read it all by the next day!

7. My Great Grandpa's uncle was General Patton...So that would make him my Great x3 Uncle
(Can you see the family resemblance? j/k)
Thank you to Meredith for tagging me...and teaching me how to do the link thing :0)

Now it is my turn to pass the torch!! I'm sorry if you have already been tagged....but why not just play along :0)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Holiday Film Trivia!!

Get your thinking caps out and see how many of these you can get right!!
Comment me with your answers and I'll let you know how well you did!!!

On the T.V. special “Frosty the Snowman” what were Frosty’s first words?
1. “I’m cold”
2. “Happy Birthday”
3. “Where am I”?
4. “Merry Christmas”

What toy caused all the chaos in “Jingle all the way”?
1. Turbo Man
2. Hero Helmet
3. Blast Bopper
4. Johnny Robot

Which of these action films take place during the holiday season?
1. Die Hard
2. Speed
3. Men In Black
4. The Terminator

What color is the lone ornament on Charlie Browns Christmas Tree?
1. Pink
2. Purple
3. Green
4. Red

What “Saturday Night Live” alum created the movie “Eight Crazy Nights”?
1. Mike Myers
2. Will Ferrell
3. Adam Sandler
4. Phil Hartman

Who starred with Matthew Broderick in 2006 “Deck the Halls”?
1. Danny Devito
2. Martin Short
3. Bob Hoskins
4. Bruno Kelly

In what film does the real Kris Kringle take a job as a Macy’s Santa Clause?
1. “It’s a Wonderful Life”
2. “Holiday Inn”
3. “Miracle on 34th St.”

In a Christmas Story what body part is Ralphie repeatedly told he will injure with the BB gun that he wants for Christmas?
1. Foot
2. Eye
3. Leg
4. Arm

What wingless angle assisted George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life”
1. Vincent
2. Albert
3. Sam
4. Clarence

In “National Lampoons Christmas Vacations” Clark’s boss gives him a subscription to a monthly club featuring what product?
1. Jelly
2. Fruitcake
3. Ketchup
4. Cheesecake

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Do's and Don'ts of Company Christmas Party Etiquette

It's time for the company holiday party. We've all heard of those co-workers who have gotten really drunk and embarrassed themselves. This is perhaps an obvious example of what not to do at the company Christmas or holiday party.

Here are some other do's and don'ts for your behavior at the company Christmas party:

  • Do remember that although office parties are intended as social events to reward employees and raise morale, they remain strictly business events. Do act as though your behavior is being observed every minute (because it probably is).

  • Don't pass up the invitation to an office party; not attending could hurt your reputation. And when you attend, do spend at least 30 minutes at the party for appearances. But don't overstay your welcome by partying until the wee hours.

  • Do conduct yourself professionally at all times. Don't use the office party as an excuse to blow off steam. It's still a company function, so proper etiquette and decorum matter.

  • Don't bring the party lampshade, gag gifts for the boss, or any other crazy stuff you might do at a personal holiday party.

  • Do enjoy yourself at the party. Employers spend the big bucks to reward their employees, so be sure to enjoy the only holiday gift you may be getting from the company.

  • Don't pull the nightclub attire from your closet for the event -- and do ask whether the attire for the party is formal or casual. The party is still a business function, so conservative party clothes are a good choice. So, do remember to skip anything too revealing or too flashy. Keep your reputation for good taste intact.

  • Do keep your hands to yourself. Don't flirt, and do avoid any other inappropriate behavior. The office party is not the time to end your career with the company by doing something inappropriate or illegal.

  • Don't spend all evening talking business. You'll forever have the label as the office bore.

  • Do keep all conversations positive and upbeat. Don't spend the evening complaining, bragging, correcting, whining, or ridiculing. And do avoid controversial subjects (such as religion, politics, etc.) and off-color jokes.

  • Don't monopolize conversations -- and, especially, don't talk about yourself or your accomplishments all night. Do show interest in others. Do be gracious and thank coworkers and team members for all their help and hard work during the past year. And don't even think about gossiping about others.

  • Do keep one hand free during the night so that you can offer handshakes to people as they come by. And do keep your drink in your left hand, so you are not offering people a cold, wet handshake all evening.

  • Don't feel you need to drink excessively just because it's an open bar. And don't pig-out at the food buffet either. Moderation is key. You can always eat and drink more after the party.

  • Do take the time to network and schmooze with people at the party who can influence your career or who you may not see regularly, such as top management, people from other departments, and employees from other locations. A holiday party is a great event to begin building or strengthening business relationships, so do introduce yourself and build your network.

  • Don't assume everyone celebrates the same holiday, so don't go overboard with the "Merry Christmas."

  • Do be sure you know exactly who is invited to the party. Spouses or significant others are not always on the guest list for office parties. And if guests are permitted, don't bring an inappropriate person as your guest.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Onsite Venue Coordinators vs. Wedding Planners

Many prospective clients have asked me if they need a wedding planner when an event coordinator comes with the venue they've chosen for their reception. Saundra Hadley over at planning...forever did a post on her blog that addresses this question perfectly. Below is a snipit but feel free to check out the entire post on her blog.

1. On-Site Coordinators are responsible for their venue. Their alliance and most important concern is their venue. The venue pays their salary. A wedding planner is responsible to you. This is a third party that is an advocate and a director of all your vendors and wishes.
2. On-Site Coordinators may have limited vendor referrals. Most of them will have a source of vendors that they love to use at their facility. Because this DJ doesn't scratch their floors and this florist cleans up after themselves, etc, etc. Instead, a wedding planner knows many vendors that can fit into many different budgets and match client's personalities. It's our job to know GREAT vendors that may not advertise!
3. On-Site Coordinators are there only for the reception (or time at their venue). They are not a wedding planner that will take your 10pm etiquette phone calls, or attend a photographers meeting, or negotiate with a band or have a lots of design ideas and magazines for you to look at. A wedding planner is there from the planning stages, rehearsal, ceremony and to the reception.Now that you have the facts, you can determine what your needs are.

I couldn't have said it better. Thanks Saundra!