Saturday, December 17, 2011

CLOSED: Review/Giveaway: Gourmet GiftBaskets' Christmas Gift Basket Classic!!!

This giveaway is now closed, congrats to winner Shanya B.!!

One of the best things about the holidays is the food: chocolates, candy canes, cookies, peanuts, gingerbread houses, and more! WELL if you enjoy holiday food, and giveaways, as much as I do, you've come to the right place!


Christmas Gift Basket Classic from Gourmet Gift Baskets!!
Not One Ordinary Moment is teaming up with Gourmet Gift Baskets to offer one lucky winner their very own Chistmas Gift Basket Classic, pictured above!!!

I need to start out by saying that this is the nicest gift basket I've ever received. At just under $60.00, this basket is WELL WORTH THE PRICE. You won't find better quality anywhere else. Gourmet Gift Basket is actually the winner of NBC's Best Holiday Gift Basket Contest, so make sure to check out that video below.

This gift basket arrived beautifully put together in a basket of the highest quality. Something great about this gift basket is that the basket itself is part of the gift, and would be a lovely addition to any number of rooms in your home. If you're looking for quality, I can't say enough good things about the overall presentation and style of this basket. Whether you're buying for friends, parents, extended family, whomever: this basket is sure to delight anyone who receives it!

The Christmas Gift Basket Classic contains the following treats:
Ingredients:
· Almond Pecan-dy Crunch by Morley Candy Makers - 9.25 oz. - This ultra-luxurious candy crunch is made by covering gourmet popcorn and pecans in a rich, smooth caramel glaze.
· Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies by J&M Foods - 6 oz. - Made with only the finest of natural ingredients, these cookies will satisfy even the most discerning chocoholic.
· Dipping Pretzels by East Shore Specialty Foods - 6 oz. - These extraordinary pretzels are the perfect unsalted snack!
· Robert Rothschild Farm Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip - 7.8 oz. - This gourmet raspberry honey mustard dip adds a flavorful zing to pretzels, and goes especially well with the East Shore Specialty Foods Dipping Pretzels that we have included in our Gift Baskets for Christmas.
· Salted Peanuts in Box by Feridie's - 7 oz. – Only the finest peanuts, flavored with salt, these gourmet snacks are just as Mother Nature intended.
· Signature Dark Chocolate Bar by Lake Champlain - 3 oz. - This decadent and complex dark chocolate bar will satisfy the cravings of even the most discerning chocolate lover.
· Buttered Peanut Crunch by Old Dominion Peanut Company - 10 oz. - This flavorful peanut crunch is made with only top of the line gourmet peanuts, brown sugar, and “AA” grade butter. Taste them and you will understand that the best ingredients create the best peanut crunch!
· Metropolitan Trail Mix by GourmetGiftBaskets.com - 4 oz. - Our proprietary blend of nuts and dried fruit is a delicious and surprisingly healthy snack.
· Parmesan Artichoke & Garlic Cheese Biscuits by Salem Baking Company - 1.5 oz. - These crumbly biscuits will melt in your mouth leaving a trail of flavor to be savored.
· Chocolate Covered Cherries by Marich - 2.3 oz. - These indulgent gourmet chocolate covered cherries are one of the favorite snacks in our line of Holiday Gift Baskets.
I have to say, I couldn't decide which treat I was most excited about! Of course I went right for the pretzels and raspberry honey mustard dip, which I though was a really creative addition to traditional holiday treats. The dip and pretzels were so addicting, and everyone really enjoyed them. They didn't last too long with all
 of us digging in!
Everyone in our family really loved the chocolate covered cherries as well. I think Chip and Angie felt that they were a really special treat, and it might have been the first time either of them had tried these little delights! They were definitely a crowd pleaser as well. We were a little skeptical about trying the Artichoke and Garlic Cheese Biscuits, but they actually were a nice little snack.
I'm not a huge nut fan, but I made sure to try everything, and I really did enjoy the Buttered Peanut Crunch and the Pecan Cookies. Since the basket did contain a lot of nut-based products, children with allergies probably aren't the best recipients for the basket. That said, there really is a ton of food in this basket, and everyone will be able to easily find something they want to eat and will enjoy.
  
The Chocolate was so yummy! 
Overall, I was very. very pleased with the quality and quantity of the products within this Christmas Gift Basket. Everyone in our family was really excited to open it and happy to partake in the eating!! This basket would also be nice to send to friends and family far away, or even college students who aren't able to come home. Quality is really important for every gift, and little baskets bought at some super-market really can't copare to Gourmet Gift Baskets. If you're looking for something nice to bring to a large family Christmas party, this would be the thing to get!
Gourmet Gift Baskets is an amazing company, as has been featured within the media on AOL, NPR, Fox News, The Early Show, Wheel of Fortune, the New York Times, Google News, the Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, Dr. Phil, the Colbert Report, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, along with so many others. Below are a couple of my other personal favorite gift baskets from the site, and ones I really hope to purchase for future occasions!!!
Classic Candy Gift Crate™ (4206)
Classic Candy Gift Crate

Baby Girl Bath Time Basket

Activities, Games & Puzzles Care Package™ (5622)
Activites, Games, & Puzzles Care Package


Premium Spa Gift Basket™ (6282)
Premium Spa Gift Basket 
Buy it: To purchase the Christmas Gift Basket Classic, simply visit the site here: http://www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com/Christmas-Gift-Basket-Standard.asp I was so pleased with how fast the gift basket shipped, and how nice it looked even after traveling through the mail. I would 100% recommend buying this to spice up the holidays this year!! It can not disapoint even a Christmas Humbug!
WIN IT: ONE lucky Not One Ordinary Moment reader is going to win this holiday gift basket, the Christmas Gift Basket Classic!! For the mandatory entry, please complete one of the following, and leave a comment below to tell me you did so (the other two may be done as extra entries). This giveaway closes New Year's Day (1/1/12) at 12:00pm noon! US entries only.
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*Disclaimer* I received the Christmas Gift Basket Classic to review and was not compensated monetarily. All opinions are my own.  

Sunday, December 4, 2011

How punctuation can change the meaning of your text

Why do some people obsess over getting punctuation on their text so precise? And is it different for different age groups? Why do some adults insist on spelling out everything, while others go the opposite route and insist on making up their own abreviations.



The truth is, punctuation on a text affects the whole meaning of the message. Here's a test to prove my point: Say the following outload to yourself and see how your voice change!
Thanks
Thanks...
Thanks...?
Thanks.
Thanks!!
ty

See! Punctuation is some important over text, because it actually changes the entire meaning, depending on who you're talking too. With friends, extra exclamation points are always ok, but I would never say "thanks." unless I was angry or frustrated or something.

On the other hand, why do some people add extra letters to words on texts and on facebook? Why does hi become hiii which becomes HAYYYY GURLLL? What is that? They all mean completely different things, though, that is clear. When we are texting or online, we try our best to imitate the exact inflection in our voices by phonetically writing out words the way we want to say them in person. But does that work? Can I spell out my voice inflection, and then will you really read it to yourself the same way I would have said it to you?

When people wrote letters to eachother (I say wrote, but I'm sure some people still do write letters...) they would usually write out everything in proper English, right (write?)? I mean, you'll never find a letter between your grandparents that says hiiii how are you?!?!?! That just wouldn't be normal! But today, seeing that in a text or a facebook message wouldn't be completely out of the ordinary. It's so weird!



Or how about when you're texting someone for the first time. Do you try to use correct punctuation only, or do you add some letters here and there to sound informal? What if you don't know the person very well? Do you only use as few words as possible? Is it less awkward just to get it over with and call the person?


And please, can someone tell me the correct etiquette involving smiley faces?

Such as do you use them? What about a winky face? Usually I like to send backwards smilies if I use them at all, because smart phones automatically turn them into little yellow faces, when all I want to appear is :)



The truth is, texting is still so new to us as a society that I don't think there's general ettiquette yet. It's really between you and the person you text. But head my warning: sending Thanks!! and thanks... are completely different, and one can make you sound like a total B#$%^.

Cassie

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Prelude in Kennebunkport: #2 Christmas Town In America!

Our small beach town of Kennebunkport has an amazing Christmas celebration every year called Prelude, and we really don't need a TV station to tell us how great it is. We already believe. BUT it is nice to know our town was ranked the #2 Christmas town in America by HGTV! Who's number 1? We don't know. WE love our town, our little Kennebunkport.


Kennebunkport's 30th Christmas Prelude kicked off last night in Dock Square when thousands of people gathered for the lighting of the Christmas tree! The tree is 30 feet tall and is decorated with lobster buoys as ornaments. It was lit with all white lights and looked absolutely stunning. Our high school chamber choir caroled beautiful chrsitmas songs, which was a splendid treat.

Don't get me wrong, I love Kennebunkport in the Summer too, but Prelude in Kennebunk is more than special. It's magical. I spent all day in the Port today, caroling with friends, and there was just magic in the air. On a little side note, Prelude is great for the tourism in our small town, and local businesses actually have their busiest days on the first Saturday of Prelude, which was today!

We got to catch little bits and pieces of the hat parade, which has become another Prelude tradition over the years. At first, we just assumed tourists liked to wear weird Christmas hats, but they were all actually for the hat parade. Then we did a little holiday shopping in a local store called Zen, which sells Mexicali-Blues type items and is so much fun! Tonight there was a second tree lighting in lower village, again with the chamer choir caroling, and then a candle lit caroling at the monastery which I opted out of because of the cold. If you ever come to Prelude in Kenneubunkport, bring your mitties!

Below are some pictures of our town around Christmas time!


Cassie

Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide from Not One Ordinary Moment!

Hello all and Merry Christmas! Tonight was Christmas Prelude kick-off in Kennebunkport, complete with the lighting of our 30-foot tree! Prelude is such a wonderful tradition, and our small seaside town has been rated the second-best Christmas town in America!

The reason for my post today is to recommed the products I've reviewed over the past few months as great Christmas gifts! These gifts are perfect for many of the people on your Christmas shopping list, and I just know that friends and family would really love these presents! Happy Shopping!

Gifts for Mom:
Peaceful Treasures Etsy shop sells handmade jewelry made from hand-rolled beads in Africa. Making these beads gives impoverished women in Africa a way to support their family! To purchase this beautiful jewelry, please check out my review here: http://notoneordinarymoment.blogspot.com/2011/09/peaceful-treasures-reviewgiveaway.html

Spencer's Farm Natural Goat Milk Soap is a perfect gift for the spa-loving mama! This soap smells amazing and is all natural, made from the milk of goats right at Spencer's Farm! We recommend the lavender scent: http://notoneordinarymoment.blogspot.com/2011/09/spencers-farm-natural-goat-soap.html

Gifts for Dad:
The UGLee Pen - the world's most comfortable ergonomic pen - is perfect for any tech-savy dad! This pen has a very comfortable grip and fits the contours of the hand. They come in packs of three and are perfect for the office: http://notoneordinarymoment.blogspot.com/2011/11/reviewgiveaway-ergonomic-pen-uglee-pen.html

Gifts for Kids:
Susie Tallman and Friends sell three fabulous CDs for kids: classic songs, nursery rhymes, and travel songs! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND purchasing these CDs for your kiddos! The songs are so professionally done, and theres so many of them, you'll have hours of listening fun: http://notoneordinarymoment.blogspot.com/2011/09/susie-tallman-and-friends.html

Susie Tallman and Friends also have a wonderful Christmas CD for children of all ages! We love listening to A Child's Christmas, it will really put you in the holiday spirit, and is such a wonderful gift for children. What better gift than the gift of Christmas carols?: http://notoneordinarymoment.blogspot.com/2011/11/reviewgiveaway-childs-christmas-cd-by.html

Gifts for The Family:
Everyone loves Christmas cookies! Dr. Lucy's Gluten-Free cookies are great for Christmas parties because they can be enjoyed by everyone! Flavors like Ginger Snap and Chocolate are perfect for everything from office Christmas parties to a little treat for Santa. Since they're allergie-free, everyone is welcome to try them: http://notoneordinarymoment.blogspot.com/2011/11/dr-lucys-gluten-free-cookies.html

Merry Christmas!
Cassie