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Thursday Thoughts: North Country Wind Bells Review & Giveaway

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Earlier in the week, I announced the super prospect of doing something really special for you guys. Things panned out like I had hoped! It’s my honor to introduce you to North Country Wind Bells. Connie, please tell us a little about you and your business. 

Thank you, Cathy. I am the second generation of our Maine company, as my parents started the business back in the mid ‘70’s.  My parents started the “Buoy Bell® Series” which echo the “Haunting Sounds and Magic Memories®” of the bell buoys on the ocean’s waters, great lakes and mighty rivers.  One can hear a sample of our wind bells in the video below.  

We live on the rugged coast of Maine of which we cherish all the beauty around us.  The inspiration in our unique designs and sounds are derived from the beautiful forests and ever changing seas.  We work very hard to create excellent quality and service in our work and we stand behind it!  The steel we use is over 60% recycled steel, being cognizant of our environment.  Our work practices include all that we can be to strive forward as a green company as well.

In 1989, DH and I spent our 10th wedding anniversary on the coast of Maine in the quaint little town of Boothbay Harbor. The charm and mystery of vacationing on the shore of down-east is mesmerizing, especially the sounds that accompany its quaint beauty. We fell in love with the resonant harbor buoy bell.

Shortly after we returned home from our forever memorable vacation, DH stumbled upon North Country Wind Bells in a popular mail-order catalog. Ecstatically, we purchased the Boothbay Harbor buoy bell replicate wind bell. The comfort its music brings calms the storm within, while turbulent winds bellow outside.

We have enjoyed our North Country Wind Bells so much so that we have gifted the exact one to family members. This is the perfect all-occasion, made in Maine present to give to anyone! And… you know how important it is to us that products are made in the USA, too. They gets double kondo points on this one! 😉

This brings me to the point of today’s post. The good folks at North Country Wind Bells have agreed to give away one Boothbay Harbor Wind Bell with a black buoy bell wind catcher to one of my lucky readers.

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North Country Wind Bells is a fabulous gift-giving idea. Right now through mid-October you can get US flat-rate shipping for only $6.95!  After that it will go to $8.95, but hey, that’s still a great deal considering no matter how much you order, you pay only a low, flat-rate price. Totally cool, eh?

I want to invite you to browse their site, just click on the button below!

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The Boothbay Harbor Wind Bell
looks very much like this pictured above.

Don’t forget to show your support & love for USA made products by Facebook “liking” North Country Wind Bellshere! This is a fabulous way to keep up with new products & promo, too.

Oh, YES! Please, please, please share this opportunity with your friends. I wanna see this totally righteous giveaway explode in Blogosphere! *wink*

Now it’s time to visit Miss Jenny and the rest of the Alphabe-Thursday classroom for more homework assignments of the letter “R” and while you’re hopping around, be sure to play along with Miss Amanda in her latest edition of Thursday Two Questions.

1. Is North Country Wind Bells something you would be interested in getting for yourself, family member, or both?
2. Which North Country Wind Bells is your favorite?
Feel free to join my no-rule Thursday Thoughts linky party below:

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**DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid post. I did not receive compensation in any form for writing it. This is a business I have dealt with on a personal level for years and am privileged to host a giveaway of one of their fine North Country Wind Bells. Thank you, Connie for giving me this opportunity! **

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Meet Kim of HelKima Jewelry

Photo borrowed.

Today’s post was going to be a more in-depth article, but currently, Kim is in Argentina riding out Hurricane Sandy. But, I’m not going to be outdone by a super storm. So, I want to give you a brief introduction of sorts. Here goes….

Kim and I go way back to our youthful days in the hills of West Virginia. Isn’t she a lovely lady?  It’s clear with Kim’s beautiful smile things have changed little from our school years with that winning, outgoing personality that all the rest of us wanted.

Like many classmates do, Kim and I lost touch. A few years ago, just as I was beginning to take flight with all the social networking, she & I were re-acquainted.  God bless Mark Zuckerberg’s innovation for pulling off such a tremendous platform such as Facebook.

One day, while scrolling through my Facebook feed I was surprised to discover something interesting about Kim with one of her comments.  Naturally, I was enthralled to learn more, so I began reading. That’s when I found out my friend is a crafty little thing.

I’m not talking about the nickel and dime crafting, either. You know what I’m talking about, the stuff your Aunt Mabel makes for you at Christmas and you’re obligated to say, “Oh, how nice this is!” But, what you’re really thinking is, “Where do I hide it?” or “This is going in the trash!”

Kim’s crafting…well, let’s just say I found out she’s a bona fide jewelry designer. Move over Martha Stewart!  I do not wear much jewelry and my collection is modest at best. However, being the woman I am, I do like anything girlie. I admire stunning works of art in the form of female ornamentation – earrings, necklaces, or bracelets. One thing I like about HelKima Jewelry designs is it’s classy. Take a look….

Watch in the coming days for my interview with Kim. I know you’re gonna wanna get to know her and to learn about her jewelry crafting passion. Meanwhile, if you’re sold on her work already and no doubt you are, then you can get a price quote on your own one-of-a-kind design by HelKima Jewelry by sending your request to her on FB (see under “About” tab) for a personal design piece or you may leave your email in my comments along with your request. I’ll be sure she gets each one.

Hurricane Sandy has really caused more than a stir this week. This brings me to my T2Q:

1. Were you directly affected by the super storm? If so, how?

2. Have you ever been affected by a natural disaster?

Visit Miss Jenny and the rest of the Alphabe-Thursday classroom for more homework assignments of the letter ‘X’ and while you’re hopping around, be sure to play along with Miss Amanda in her latest edition of Thursday Two Questions.

Have a super Thursday!
Disclosure: This post is not paid advertisement nor was I compensated for writing it. This is a personal favor done on my behalf for the sole purpose of helping to promote my friend’s new ambition.



Save with GlassesUSA.com

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Recently, I was introduced to GlassesUSA.com who offer savings of up to 70% off retail priced Rx glasses and sunglasses. Intrigued?

In this economy, everyone is looking for ways to save money. Shopping at my convenience online (24/7 with no special appointments) with discounted prices grabs my attention.

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Funny T-Shirt For Every Occasions Review

During the summer, my everyday apparel is a t-shirt and a pair of shorts. I am excited to review a product from Funny T-Shirt Wonderland.

I received one like this,

except in reverse white text on black. The preshrunk tee is made of 100%  soft cotton. The phrase on this shirt didn’t really strike me as funny but the bottom line is the shirt is comfy against the skin.

Visit Funny T-Shirt Wonderland and browse through 31 different categories such as their movie apparel for the perfect t-shirt for you or your family!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.Save


Greek/Roman Costume Review


Why should kids get to have all the fun?  Why can’t grownup play dress up, too? Summer is quickly getting away from us and before you can bat an eyelash, Halloween will be here!

The inner child in me is always coming out at the thought of going to a costume party. I don’t know why, but it does and I dare say you know what I’m talking about. The folks at Anytime Costumes invited me to review the Greek/Roman Costume. Hey, remember my “inner child“? Well, she took over and jumped at the chance to do this!

Sexy Oh My Greek Goddess Adult Costume

My Experience. Anytime Costume has an easy to navigate website with large tabs at the top to select from and to narrow your search, you can find more options in the left sidebar. My product arrived in excellent condition in a snap of a finger. Okay, not that quick, but it was fast. My package delivered right to my doorstep in less than a week from the time it shipped. Finally, yeah this is what you’ve really been waiting for, I know…the costume I picked was from the Greek Mythology collection called, Sexy Oh My Greek Goddess.  It isn’t scratchy or cheap looking, and it feels very much like real clothing. My costume came with the little sexy dress, and arm & headband. It’s super nice!

Want to know more? At Anytime Costume’s user-friendly site, you’ll discover many costumes to choose from (infant through adult sizes). One cool and interesting perk is I noticed they offer a Free Size Exchange Program. Talk about aiming to please the customer, that rocks in my book! In addition, you can get FREE shipping on all orders $39.99 or more. Plus, yes there’s more…all purchases $25 & up are eligible to receive a 15% discount, just enter code SALE15 at checkout. Wow, free size exchange program, free shipping, and 15% off discount! 

Shop Anytime Costume for all of your party dress up needs and more! 

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.