Happy 1st Birthday Connor!

Well, I’m a little behind. Connor’s big birthday bash at Seven Dogs and a Baby started last Saturday, and I’m just now getting my happy birthday post. (Insert red shameful face here).

Anyway, I just wanted to wish him a big “Happy Birthday!”

My little girl just turned one in March, so I know how fast it goes ….. It seems like I just gave birth to my two-year-old, not to mention my baby girl!


So, you better hurry and hop on over to Seven Dogs and a Baby and join in Connor’s big birthday bash. There’s lots of fun and games! Be sure to tell him that Dawn sent you 😉 My store, Announcements Galore, is offering a free photo collage as a prize! Yay!


Just for fun, anyone that visits Announcements Galore and signs up for our mailing list before the end of Connor’s birthday bash (On Sunday the 27th) will be entered to win 20 free announcements or photo cards. Check back here Monday to see if you won!

Also, be sure to visit Seven Dogs on Monday and check out the awesome thank you that Announcements Galore designed especially for Connor!!

Have a great weekend!



Magnificent Magnets, Perfect Prices

While I’m here today I’m going to take the opportunity to tell you about the great new photo magnets offered at Announcements Galore. Now, all of the great designs that we offer are availabe on custom photo magnets.


Photo cards from Announcements Galore have always looked great on the refrigerator, now they stick right to it!

The best part? Even though our quality is top notch, our prices are lower than our competitors. And, until May 31 you can save 15% on any photo magnet order by entering coupon code MAGNET15 at checkout.

A couple blogs are also currently featuring our products and doing giveaways ….. check out Simple Reviews and Envyla for your chance to win a gift certificate!! If you are interested in hosting a giveaway on your blog, post a comment or send us an e-mail, we’d love to hear from you!


Great Giveaway ….

Ok, admittedly this blog has been a little very slow lately. I’d blame it on the fact that my two-year-old and husband have been down with the flu, but that’s not the entire truth. I’m just behind ….. so here’s to catching up.

I’ve recently become addicted to Prizey and all of the great giveaways that they feature on their site. If you haven’t checked them out, you should. This afternoon I was browsing their latest postings and came across Angela and her blog Seven Dogs and a Baby. She has a great giveaway going on right now featuring cute clothing at Sycamore Baby.

This is their GRAPE APE Sock Monkey Shirt and I think it’s absolutely adorable. My little pumpkin would look great in it, I’m sure! They also have red and lime green, too cute!

GRAPE APE Sock Monkey Shirt You should hurry on over to Seven Dogs and a Baby and enter, the deadline is midnight on April 9! Have a great weekend!





Godsmack (Good Times, Bad Times) CD/DVD Review

Godsmack – Good Times, Bad Times…..Ten Years of Godsmack CD/DVD combo is a great listening experience for any fan of rock music. This CD is made up of 15 powerhouse top ten singles and 1 awesome remake of Led Zeppelin’s 1969 debut single “Good Times Bad Times”. This CD is basically a “best of” of Godsmack’s first ten years as a band and includes tracks from all 5 of their CD’s; including 2 songs from their all acoustic EP The Other Side. With Godsmack being my favorite band, I already have all of their CD’s. However, I decided to purchase this CD for a couple of reasons. The main reason I decided to pick this disc up was to support the band. I think it is important for fans to stay loyal to the bands they enjoy the most, instead of always downloading their music for free online. I also wanted this disc because it is nice to have all of their best songs on 1 CD. Of course I still listen to the other CD’s because I enjoy all of their music and not just the tracks on this CD. Another reason I purchased this CD was for the artwork in the CD booklet. Since this CD is like a collection of their best work since the band formed, in the CD booklet they have pictures and various newspaper/magazine articles from the past ten years that I have never seen before. As a fan it is great to look through these and read some of the information on the band as they grew into what they are today. The final reason I purchased this CD was because it came with a DVD of a live performance at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. I was particularly interested in this DVD because it was an all acoustic performance. It is a different way to see the band perform a lot of their songs acoustically without a full set. Godsmack puts on a great performance on the DVD and from a fans standpoint it really is an experience like no other. On the DVD they also explain why they wrote some of the songs they did and where they got the idea for those songs and the band members even take a few questions from fans at the show. I would definately recommend this CD/DVD combo to any rock fan.

Track Listing:

  1. Good Times, Bad Times
  2. Whatever
  3. Keep Away
  4. VooDoo
  5. Bad Religion
  6. Awake
  7. Greed
  8. I Stand Alone
  9. Straight Out of Line
  10. Serenity
  11. Realign
  12. Running Blind
  13. Touche
  14. Speak
  15. Shine Down
  16. The Enemy

Godsmack Is:

  • Sully Erna – Lead Vocals, Guitars, Drums
  • Robbie Merrill – Bass Guitar
  • Tony Rombola – Lead Guitar, Vocals
  • Shannon Larkin – Drums

It’s Party Time!!

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

Welcome to the 2008 Ultimate Blog Party, hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom! Be sure to check out all of the GREAT prizes you can win by participating!!

 Well, obviously, since our Blog is relatively new, this is our first year partying, but we are excited!! You can learn more about my sister Joy and me by visiting our About Us page. We work hard, and we like to play hard (especially her).  🙂 I am a mom to two, work full-time and operate Announcements Galore, an online business for custom photo cards and announcements. Check us outm we’ve got some great promotions on invitations going on now!

It’s nice to meet some fellow bloggers; I have to admit that I am still learning but am totally amazed by all the great blogs I’ve come across so far. You women are amazing!!  

So, we debated how we were going to throw our own party here at Three of a Kind……. Well, what does every great party need? People and food! So, Joy is contributing one of her favorite party recipes, yum! And, I’m going to do my first ever giveaway on Three of a Kind, and it’s a biggie ……. You can win a set of 25 custom photo invitations from Announcements Galore!! Whether you are throwing a birthday party, an anniversary party, a shower or a luau, we can custom design something just for you!!  I’ve also donated a prize to the party, but wanted to give something away here too.

So, here are the rules, it’s a scavenger hunt of sorts. To be eligible, you have to visit Announcements Galore and find the hiding ‘secret question.’ Then, come back here and leave a comment and include your one word answer. One comment per person, please. You can enter twice by blogging about this contest; just make sure you let me know. Have fun, and good luck!! I’ll announce the winner here on Monday, March 17. (Hint: blocks and dots)

It’s nice to meet you, so come back and visit our blog anytime! If you’re interested in getting updates and coupons for Annoucnements Galore, sign up here. If you are a blogger and interested in joining our affiliate program, email us!

Our top three prize picks are: 24, 34, and 15

We’d also love to win: 11, 13, 46, 50, 59, 67, 70 or 36

And, now on to Joy’s recipe.

Chicken Quesadilla Pinwheels
This is one of my favorite Rachael Ray recipes!

4 large flour tortillas (10-12 inch diameter)
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack
1 cup chipotle salsa
2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken meat, shredded, still warm from store or warmed in microwave
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a flour tortilla and blister it on one side, then turn it over. Scatter cheese on top and cook one minute. Remove to cutting board. Top the tortilla with 1/4 cup salsa, spreading it
gently with the back of a spoon to the edges. Top with 1/2 cup chicken, then roll tortilla into a log. Let stand a minute before cutting. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make a total of four tortilla logs. Cut pinwheels
into 1/2-inch slices and arrange on platter.

These quesadillas are great to make and serve for any occasion. They are easy to prepare and easy for guests to munch on throughout the whole party. You could present these quesadillas on a platter with some fresh salsa, quacamole, and sour cream. If you were serving a meal at your party, these would go great with a mexican style soup!

My baby girl is “1derful”

1derful.jpgFrom the minute I saw this t-shirt I knew I had to have it for my baby girl. I was perusing babystyle.com and came across this adorable 1derful t-shirt. My pumpkin is turning one in a couple of weeks (Wow, has it really been a year?!) and I couldn’t let her big day pass without this attire!

 I’ve already had it on her at least five times. We had to try it on of course, then she had her photos professionally taken in it … then I successfully attempted to take her picture myself for her party invites.  Baby girl is pretty much a peanut; she’s not quite 18 lbs., which I think is pretty small. She’s still wearing some 3-6 month sleepers and a lot of 6-9 and 6-12 month clothes. So, when babystyle only offered a 12-18 month and an 18-24 month size I was a little worried it wouldn’t fit. No worries, it was perfect. Since it’s still freezing cold here, I layered a long-sleeve t-shirt under it when I took her to have her pictures taken. I’ll probably do that when she wears it for her birthday party too. She looks adorable in it! See? 


And, since the t-shirt doesn’t directly reference her birthday, it just says 1, she’ll be able to wear it all year long! It’s not a one-time wear that so many special occasion things are these days. To top it off, the t-shirt was reasonably priced. Only $18, plus S&H. What a deal!


Ultimate Blog Party 2008!!

Well, I’ll be back a little later to post my Favorite Fridays post (can you say CUTE Babystyle t-shirt?!) But, wanted to pop in quick and invite everyone to the Ultimate Blog Party 2008, hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom! This is my first year partying, but I’m looking forward to it! There will be tons of great prizes, so check it out!! Announcements Galore is offering a $20 Gift Certificate, and there are TONS of other great prizes too.  So come on over and join us!

Ultimate Blog Party 2008
P.S. I about forgot to mention…. the party is March 7-14 ………… Plan to visit our party, here at Three of a Kind on Friday the 7th! You won’t want to miss it!