Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Shutterfly's most excellent Christmas card promo

As we here at Right Girl Writes are both nosy and obsessed with pictures of our furry friends the Puggles, we're thrilled to share the 2010 Shutterfly Holiday card collection with readers and the Shutterfly Holiday Card Promotion with our fellow bloggers.

Yes, this is a promotional blog post. Shutterfly is wisely using this sort of "grassroots" advertising by offering bloggers a reward for spreading the word about their product.

Now, the details: If you're a Shutterfly user like me, you know you can count on their high quality products -- my personal favorite is the photo book. My Iowan friends the Schuttes use their wall calendar products. Have you tried their stationery and cards?

If you're not familiar with Shutterfly, you're in for a treat! In this instance, professional-looking cards are within reach. Choose a set for any holiday, or for a baptism, anniversary, save the date announcement, and more. The most difficult thing will be picking which photo(s) to use.

The best starting page for someone new to Shutterfly's cards is this one -- browse the fabulous designs by holiday (Hannukah, Thanksgiving, New Year's and so on); number of pictures on card; and more.

A few of my favorites:

I am partial to photo cards with lots of opportunities for photos, as pictured is seriously difficult to choose! Whether you have pets or actual children, you undoubtedly have some pictures of them you'd like to share.

If you aren't ready to commit, give it a trial run! Use promo code CARD4U to get a free 5x7 photo card -- just pay 99-cent shipping! And if you like what you see, there's plenty of time to place a full order.

Not so into the holiday holidays? Check out their extensive Valentine's Day selection!

If you are a blogger and would like to join me in doing the Holiday Card Promotion, don't delay -- click here today.

Thanks, Shutterfly, for asking us to play!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Are you slick?

Take a moment to browse one of my addictions,

They've started incorporating local deals, so you no longer need to read your daily email from Groupon, LivingSocial, PlumDistrict, and so on.

Because everyone checks those sites, right?

Friday, October 29, 2010


This week I am wrapping up an important chapter in my life -- the conclusion of my first "real" career, at NRA HQ in Virginia.

This means... a lot more time for blogging on my own! Right?

First on the docket: some down time. As "down" as things gets around here: I've been spending every free moment volunteering for the campaign of Keith Fimian; Dad's coming to town to finish the hardwood floors and help me repaint some of the rooms; I'll still co-chair the Veteran's Day event Nov. 9; assorted politicking of the local sort; organizing the bf's house; planning travel to St Louis and Iowa over the Thanksgiving holiday. Adding to the fun, I'm hosting my neighbor's baby shower Nov. 13. Everything is pink! It's so much fun. Please send prayers, though; she's a high-risk pregnancy and just hit the 7-month mark.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

While I'm away... look to these folks for advice ;)

Hard to believe it's September -- and I've failed once again at keeping this thing relatively up to date. A lot of exciting things have been happening in the condo, and in life, but right now I'd like to share one of my favorite ways of wasting time on the Internet: advice columns. Unlike bejeweled, these have the possibility of usefulness, no?

I make no promises of updating this site for the next month. But you're free to peruse the wisdom offered by the following folks:
What can I say, I'm horribly nosy! Am I missing any good ones?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Summer vacation, and holidays, and being a grown up

As a kid, summer vacation was something to look forward to, a long drive in the family's battered station wagon to a friend's condo in South Carolina, the Ozarks, or once, a real splurge -- Disney World.

This summer, with a load of traveling to do for work, and a few friends visiting -- I will always enjoy living near a city people like to visit. Remind me of this! -- the Bill and I will not be escaping the city. I had hoped for the beach, or maybe Vegas to visit his brother. Eh. What we do have is a few trips to Ohio for weddings in his family, and the drama of the holidays. Who gets what? Is it worth it to drive just so puggles aren't at the evil doggie hotel over Christmas?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Father's Day 2010

As I remind Bill to buy his father a freaking Father's Day card before it's July, I think of how different our dads are. Bill's dad has four sons. My dad has three daughters. Bill's dad became a father at 22; mine at 30.

Though they live only a few hundred miles apart -- Bill's near Cleveland, mine near St Louis -- I struggle to think of two men more different. Both know the value of hard work, and both are the cornerstone of the respective families. Happy Father's Day to the men in this world who have devoted the time and patience to nurturing the young people in their lives.

My dad retired last year, something I'm very pleased to report. His life isn't one I'd describe as easy; after enlisting in the Marine Corps on his 18th birthday with hopes of deploying to Vietnam, he worked construction before finding a niche in high-risk coal mining in southern Illinois. 19 years later, the mines closed and he was left wondering how to support a family of 5.

When I was 20, dad drove me from Iowa to Washington DC to spend a summer studying economics at Georgetown, an opportunity he would never have had in a million years. Since his retirement, he has visited me in northern Virginia to renovate my condo; taken weeks to volunteer by my side during the Conservative Political Action Conference; and always been available when tensions were high.

Happy Father's Day, dad.

Monday, May 31, 2010

A quick word..

Bill and I just returned from Memorial Day weekend outing to Cleveland, OH, for his cousin's wedding. Because of past behavior(s), puggles were sadly not invited. (Sorry about the rug, Kathy!)

Our friend Joe was kind enough to hold down the Fort here in Fairfax, and we received quite a reception from the puggles, who assumed we had abandoned them. Bacon, pictured here doing his usual sad face, had not been away from Bill for more than a night.

Unlike his big brother, Bacon isn't much of a people puggle. He's happy to play with new dogs, but people just aren't his thing. Especially if they're in HIS house. Regardless, we're happy to have friends willing to care for our babies so we can escape the chaos of northern Virginia every now and again :)

Happy Memorial Day to you and yours; take a moment to reflect on those who have given so much, that we may be Free.