Saturday, December 13, 2008

Of Snoopy Sno-Cone Machines and Easy-Bake Ovens

It's another giveaway!

And boy, have I got a good one for you this time around!

I am loving my new Pouchee, and since I recently wrote all about it here, I'll attempt to keep it brief.

The Pouchee is a fantastic product. It is a small (7.5" x 5") purse organizer/wallet/cell phone holder/keep-everything-from-falling-into-the-deep-black-hole-that-is-my-purse organizer. It is keeping me organized.

And, trust me, that's sayin' something.

I tote it from purse to diaper bag and back to purse again. It keeps all of my coupons and receipts organized, keeps my chapstick handy - a necessity here in the Midwest - and is one of my favorite things I purchased this year!



The great folks at Pouchee gave me this rockin' khaki Pouchee to give away to one of you (or for a gift for someone!). I love this khaki color - goes with everything!

Here's how to win:

1. Share your most memorable childhood Christmas gift in the comments section.


And, that's it.

I'll keep this contest open until Monday at 5pm EST. I'll announce the winner Monday night.

Have fun, y'all!

57 comments:

  1. I.NEED.THIS.
    Did you read my post from a few months ago about the inside of my purse? Well, it is like that again, only worse... seriously, Scott HATES it when he has to "go in" for something as he knows he will just end up frustrated and unsuccessful.

    OK, now I gotta share my most memorable gift.... I think it is an ornament my grandpa gave me. Looking at it, it isn't all that much... a now tarnished "Swan a swimming" ornament from Bob's Big Boy. I remember we went out to lunch as a family and for whatever reason he bought it there and gave it to me. He wasn't big on gifts, so this was special to me. He died that next fall, so this was the last gift I recall getting from him, the only one really as typically he gave us cash or let Grandma get us something. I was 13... I still hang it on my tree, every year and it is one of the most special ones I hang.

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  2. I think the most memorable gift would have to be a tv. Not because of what it was but because my parents set up a scavenger hunt for me to find it. It was fun running around the house finding notes with another clue... the tv is long gone but the memory is still there. :)

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  3. Oh how I want one of these... i even put it on my Christmas list.

    My most memorable gift as a child... hmm.. i think it was the year Santa brought me my cabbage patch kid. I had wanted one for over a year and was totally surprised to get one.

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  4. I think if I don't win this I'll just buy one. I love it!

    The Christmas gift I remember the most is the ping pong table. It's the one I remember the most because it was so expensive that was the only gift my mom and dad got me and my 2 siblings that year. Yep, one shared gift for 3 kids. Looking back, that idea stunk! :)

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  5. My most memorable Christmas gifts were the ceramic Christmas houses my Grandmother hand painted and gave me every year starting when I was around 20. At the time, I thought they were really pretty and well painted, so realistic. But, I did really know what I was going to do with them. As the years went on and I got married and had my own home I realized how much I loved having them and setting them out at Christmas. Now that my Grandmother is no longer with us, those 10 houses that were hand painted just for me, are one of my favorite gifts of all time.

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  6. That's just too cute! I desperately need one of those...

    My favorite Christmas gift was the model train my dad painstakingly made the plywood board layout for, and put under the tree Christmas Eve. We had no idea, until he started it Christmas morning for me and my sister.

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  7. My memorable gift was a Holly Hobby money bank filled half-way with dimes given to me from my grandmother. I loved it.

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  8. I don't know what planet I've been living on but this is my first time here courtesy Ms. Shannon of RIMD.

    I will be adding you to my follow this but before I do I had to chime in with my most memorable gift.

    I remember it well, it was Christmas Eve and I was 4 years old. My grandpa called me over and the whole family gathered around.

    At that time I was the youngest in the family and the only granddaughter.

    He told me to close my eyes and hold out my hand.

    I was nervous about that but as I looked around at my family they all encouraged me and said he had a special gift for me.

    So, I closed my eyes, held out and hand.

    I felt something being placed in my hand that I didn't recognize.

    Finally, they said I could open my eyes. I did.

    There in my hand...

    Grandpa's false teeth.

    I screamed. They all laughed.

    I fell for it a few more Christmas Eves. He stopped giving me his teeth the year I said, "Cool, can I keep this?"

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  9. Eeeek! Sarah! This is such a cool giveaway. I've been thinking I should look into one of these things!

    My most memorable Christmas gift was probably my sewing machine. I was an early teen and my parents had bought my sister and me matching machines. I felt immensely grown up that I could now make WHATEVER I wanted to fabric. The possibilities were endless. My mother and grandmother had been teaching me for years to sew, so this gift was really a rite of passage for me: my own machine.

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  10. I'd have to say my most memorable Christmas gift was when my aunt gave me the entire MANDY book series when I was about 10 or so. I was thrilled to have so many books that were all mine(not from the library). I would read them over and over. I just recently donated them to church. I had hoped to pass them on to my daughter, but since I have three boys, I gave them away instead.

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  11. hi there. i stumbled across your blog today. love. it.
    and who doesn't love a giveaway? this is such a cute accessory for keeping every other accessory in its place, not to mention perfect for a constant purse hopper like myself. my favorite Christmas present from all the years? oh i dunno. how about my favorite present i gifted instead? last year, all of my cousins got together and surprised my grandmother with a family portrait of the entire generation and spouses. she cried like a baby. it was a hit. making her feel that special was the best gift. we were all crying. why we waited till we have our own kids i'll never know. we could've been happy crying for years! Merry Christmas!!

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  12. I love this khaki pouchee-- so very cute! I also love your blog. I found it through the link on RIMD.
    My most memorable childhood Christmas gift was a puppy that we got when I was six. My Grandpa brought it over on Christmas Eve and surprised all of us (including my parents!). After we were all excited my parents couldn't say no (even though my Dad was furious, we found out years later). I loved our little Missy. I remember we put a little ticking timer next to her while she slept to make her feel like she was close to her Mama's heartbeat. She was part of our family for years.

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  13. This purse organizer looks awesome.

    I have many fond memories of Christmas gifts. One of my favorites was my roller skates. They brought me endlass hours of entertainment for years, till I outgrew them.

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  14. I got one after your last post on them. When they asked how I heard about them - I gave them your blog address. I think you deserve a freebie for the publicity!
    I love mine too - don't know what I'd do without it!

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  15. When I was about 12, I got a Speak n Spell. Remember those? I played with that thing constantly until I finally wore it out a couple of years later.

    Fast forward to today. I have the curse of proofreading everything I see for spelling errors. I can't help it. I don't always tell people, though, when I find one. I don't like to be the bearer of bad news!

    Anyway, it's all thanks to my little Speak n Spell I got when I was 12!

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  16. Most favorite Christmas gift is a beautiful ornament my sister had made for me with our parents wedding picture on it. Love it!

    pmharral@comcast.net

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  17. ooh, how fun!

    my favorite kiddy Christmas gift was a doll. her name was Annie and she looked very much like a real baby. my grandma even bought me real baby clothes and diapers to go along with her. perfect!

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  18. When I was 5, I was living with my Grandma. I had no clue that my mom, newly single, had no money. But on Christmas morning, we awoke to a whole new play kitchen! A fridge, a stove, and a table and some accessories. Years later she told us she found it used in the bargain corner for like 20 dollars and it was all she had. But it was one of the best gifts she ever got us kids!

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  19. I'm not sure how old I was, but as a girl I remember a Christmas when a mysterious large mountain of sheets appeared on one end of the room. I didn't think much of it until all the presents were opened, and I was told that there was something for me under all those sheets. I pulled them off to find that my uncle, who is a carpenter by trade, had built a beautiful doll house for me. It is definately my most memorable gift.

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  20. When I was in ninth grade my parents gave me a wooden clarinet. It was nice and I really wanted it. I loved it.

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  21. without a doubt, my favorite christmas memory was the year i got my very first roget's thesaurus. no one else remembers it, but the lasting impression it made on me told me exactly what kind of person i was bound to become...

    of course, my favorite christmas gift of all time was discovering i was pregnant with my very first child. hard to top that.

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  22. My favorite grown-up gift is probably the single-pearl necklace my hubby got me the first Christmas we were married.

    As a kid I remember getting this AWESOME sweater that I LOVED and wore all the time thinking I was so sweet...looking back it is slightly horrendous--okay it was really terrible, but it was the '80s.

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  23. This one's easy--the yellow and white bike with training wheels, a flowered basket, and a banana seat that I picked out of the Sears Wishbook. I got it and LOVED it. I loved it even more when I found out 10 or 12 years later that it was actually my sister's old rusty turquoise and white bike and that my whole family worked together to transform it into what I wanted. I am the youngest of four (my siblings are 12, 11 and 8 years older than me) and my parents didn't have much money. So, when I would go to bed, they'd put the bike on the kitchen table and transform it into the picture from the Wishbook. I had no idea!

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  24. Awww, so many great stories. I love Nancy's. What a testament to a parent's love. My favorite gift was definitely the Barbie RV. My mom just told me the other day how many hours they spent Christmas eve night putting that "darn" thing together- but I loved it.

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  25. A Christmas puppy!! We had him for the next 15 1/2 years. He was such a wonderful dog.

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  26. I never win these things, but I'll post a memory anyway.

    I have tons of Christmas gifts that I remember fondly, from an original Nintendo to the Precious Moments doll that I really, REALLY wanted from Bronner's in Frankenmuth.

    But I think the most special is an ornament that my dad gave me when I was 11. Let me preface with a short story. When I was little I loved the show Mr. Belvedere. On that show the dad called the daughter "Kitten" and the daughter called that dad "Papa." Me, being the sentimental 2nd grader that I was, walked up to my dad after one particular episode and informed him that from now on I would call him Papa and he was to call me Kitten. Totally cheesy, I know, and it never really took as an every day endearment. But, to this day, when my dad and I are really sappy, like in birthday cards and stuff, we still call each other Papa and Kitten.
    So, when I was 11, my dad got me a porceline Christmas ornament of a little kitten sitting in a saucer of milk and I adore it. 17 years later it still hangs in the center of the Christmas tree for all to see.

    The end of the longest comment ever. Love you!

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  27. My favorite and most memorable gift from Christmas was my boxed book set (yes I was/am a nerd) of the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn. I think those books are some of the best fiction for tween/teen girls to read. I still read the college book series about how Todd and Christy finally get married. Whenever I read those books as a teenager I thought about how I wanted to eventually date and meet my "Todd". And I did!!! It was a great gift and helped me through a lot as I went through the teenage years.

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  28. My best Christmas gift ever came this year, in the form of a beautiful baby BOY! We've waited so so long to have a little one to celebrate with... and so hands down, he's the best gift I've ever received.

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  29. I'm an organized person, and I don't have anything like this! One of my most memorable childhood gifts was a three story barbie mansion! It had an elevator and everything. Amazing for a little girl!
    :)

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  30. Cool!!!

    My fav gift my first 10 speed bike!

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  31. OOHHH! I love the Pouchee! And I know just the person to give it to for Christmas, since things are tight here and I have to be creative!

    My most memorable gift that I received was a Holly Hobby DollHouse that "Santa" brought me when I was about 8 for me and my dad to build together. The funny thing is it never got built, my dad died when I was 14, and I actually regifted it to my neice when I was about 22. She absolutely loved it, so it was all good!

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  32. Very cool.

    My favorite childhood Christmas gift was my Cabbage Patch Kid.

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  33. My most memorable Christmas gift as a child was white rabbit fur coat. My sister and I both had wanted one for a long time. We didn't dare dream we would ever get one... But, one Christmas morning when we were 10 and 7, there were 2 large boxes underneath my grandmother's tree. I remember the feeling I had as I lifted the lid of the box, and saw that soft bunny fur. I remember slipping it on over my Christmas nightie. The cool satin liner against my skin, the heaviness of the coat on my shoulders, the funny smell of the fur. I always felt like such a princes wearing that coat. The memory still makes me smile.

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  34. My Most Memorable Christmas is the year we got big wheels. I still think about how cool and fast I thought I was spinning around the neighborhood!

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  35. My most memorable Childhood Christmas gift was pink dirt bike. I had 3 brothers and they all wanted dirt bikes. I just had to be like them and my sweet daddy found me a pink dirt bike. It was awesome.

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  36. The Christmas gift I remember most was a toy typewriter. It was out of the box and under the tree. And of course Santa typed me a message. "Be nice to your brother this year or I won't be back next year."

    LOL my Dad had a good sense of humor.

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  37. with only three grandkids, my grandparents were really good about rotating "extra special" Christmas gifts. on "our year" they'd let us open our stocking first & hand us the end of a piece of yarn. on my first memorable "extra special" christmas, i was handed a piece of dark green yarn...and followed that dang thing in & out & up & down & outside & back inside & upstairs & into the basement...it had to be at least 500 feet long. and at the very end i followed it out into the garage where the other end sat tied to a sparkly new purple bike with training wheels :) it certainly WAS "extra special"...

    that was the same Christmas that the ground was bare & dry on Christmas Eve & we woke up to 5 inches of snow on Christmas morning!

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  38. This is my first time on your blog, and I love it!

    My favorite kid Christmas gift was my first Cabbage Patch Kid. His name was Xavier. He was a premie. Looking back, I find it odd that they would make premie dolls...

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  39. Boy, I could really use one of these....

    My favorite memory was the year my parents got us all bikes. They had them assembled downstairs (not sure how we missed that one) ready for us to ride. We quickly added our marks to them (zip-a-tones...remember those?) and couldn't wait for the snow to melt!

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  40. I would definitely have to say my Cabbage Patch Doll. My sister and I wanted them soo bad. This was during the time when parent's had to get up in the middle of the night to stand in line to get one.

    Would love to win the Pouchie.

    jlcunningham77@yahoo.com

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  41. Wow, it is hard to choose just one, considering how magical and unbelievable Christmas morning was for us as young children...but one gift that stands out is the 10-speed bike. Russell got a matching one and even though it was totally freezing outside with snow and ice everywhere, he and I rode our bikes from Sherman Ave to downtown on the day after Christmas. What a great memory. :-)

    MB

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  42. memorable christmas gift...well, it was for my sister. She wanted a Nintendo. After coming into the living room and not seeing it, she threw a fit! She actually got it, but didn't see it. 20 years later we still tease her.

    Alls to say: Christmas isn't about getting gifts - but memories with family.

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  43. finding anything in my purse is always a nightmare. this looks like a must have.

    hmmm, favorite christmas childhood gift? well, i lived with my grandparents until i was 6. because my grandparents were from the "old country," (the azores islands off of portugal), and were not americanized, we did not receive gifts on birthdays or christmas .
    i actually moved in with my mom on christmas day. i was overwhelmed by all the presents- rollerskates, shopping cart, coloring books with crayons, puzzles, a little purse, and barbies! i had never seen so many toys.

    thanks for reminding me of this sweet memory. the reality is there was only one gift i wanted that christmas, a mom.

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  44. I love your blog. This is my first visit here via Mishmash Maggie and I'm so glad I stopped by. Great energy!

    Anyway, my most memorable childhood Christmas gift...

    I'm a dork, but for most of my childhood, each Christmas I couldn't wait to see what new book I would get for Christmas. I just devoured books and was always waiting for one or saving my money to buy a new book. Then one year I received "Gone With The Wind" for Christmas. The unabridged ginormous hard bound book. I squealed with delight. It took me a whole summer to finish it, but when I did I was a changed person and a better writer. So there you go!

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  45. I think my favorite would have to be my Lite-Brite. I loved that thing! I think I played with it every single day that year. Now if only I could give my kids a toy that would keep them that occupied! :)

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  46. Oh how I want one of those!

    My favorite childhood Christmas gift was a joint gift given to all the siblings. Money was tight for us, but Mom gathered up fabric from her stash and created a tent that would go over the table that was kept in the basement. The tent had a door flap, and window holes with shades that rolled down or tied up--but the crowning glory was a little dowel thing-a-ma-jigger that we placed on the table to make the top of the tent peak like a real tent should. The dowel thing went through a metal grommet in the tent and could have a little flag on top. That thing was glorious.

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  47. My most memorable gift was the Christmas morning we woke up and my parents were gone. Our grandma was there - Mom was at the hospital and we had a new baby brother. All 10 lbs, 11 oz. of him! The nurses tried to stuff him in a stocking for a picture. He looks very uncomfortable in that pic.

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  48. I loved all things "Precious Moments" when I was a kid...figurines, dolls, my pink PM Bible with my name engraved on the front...that one might have been my favorite.

    Thanks for the giveaway! You rock!

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  49. Wow! That pouchee looks like just what I need to stay organized...it is always a challenge for me to keep everything together!
    My most memorable Christmas was definitely the year my sister was born. I was 3 years old and my mom went into labor in the middle of the night on Christmas eve. I remember being carried past my Christmas presents (Santa had already come!) and taken to spend Christmas morning with my aunt and uncle. I remember seeing her for the first time at the hospital as well. I eventually did get to open my gifts, but my mom always laments the fact that even though my dad took pictures to capture my expression, he did forget to brush my long hair. Crazy the things we moms worry about, isn't it?
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Carrie H
    carrie.hardin@leesummit.k12.mo.us

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  50. Hey Sarah! My favorite Christmas gift memory was when I came downstairs to my very own desk....I know, sounds boring....but I was wicked excited about it! I was only about 12!:-) It had a super cute blue chair that went with it.

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  51. OK, so I already have one (and totally agree with everything you said about it!), so don't worry about entering me in the contest, but my favorite childhood Christmas memory is the year my parents surprised us with a trip to Disney World. Hands down, best childhood gift ever.

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  52. I used to go skiing with my friend and her family. I borrowed everything. One Christmas I got ski's, the clothes, the whole shebang. It was yellow. I loved it and was very surprised. I always thought we struggled for money. Now, as an adult, I realize we really didn't and I was the only child that thought so.

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  53. Hi, just popped over from Rocks In My Dryer. I love this pouch! Polka dots especially make the organization factor look like fun. And my most memorable childhood Christmas gift? My first pony. My mother sold all of her very beloved camera equipment and bought me a horse. Even as a child I knew what sacrifice looked like and appreciated it deeply.

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  54. Oh my gosh! How cute is that? Why didn't I think of that? This is something I could use with the new baby coming.
    As for my favorite present I am going to have to say it was my electric typewriter! I thought I was all cool clinking away-loved it!
    Raquel

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  55. I remember reading about this pouchee a couple months ago and thought it sounded great (although I couldn't see a picture until now). For some reason I'm not able to pull up your comment or half of your pictures (running behind on technology), but I still read your blog all the time and am loving the cookie recipes. Anyway, a Christmas present...my favorite would have to be when I was about 10. I didn't get as much as my siblings and was trying to be gracious, but went in the kitchen to hide my disappointment only to find a shiny new blue 10 speed bike! It was the best Christmas ever.

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  56. That is such a great give-away!

    One of my most favorite gifts was the Cabbage Patch doll. It was all the craze then, and I wanted that doll so badly. I still have it!

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  57. My favorite was the doll house my dad made for me. Now our daughter can play with it when we visit Papa and Meme.
    spin_jbc(at)yahoo(dot)com

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