Monday, February 25, 2013

We Have a Winner

So, today has been really awesome not so awesome. I have some kind of stomach bug/flu/cold combo which in gnarly, my baby girl is super sick and to top it off my 3 year old just stuck her hand down the babies diaper because she wanted to feel. What makes it even more awesome is that the baby was poopy, super nasty gross, especially when I don't feel well.

Now that I have ruined everyone's appetites, we have a winner for the iPad Mini Giveaway head on over here to see who it is.

Was it you?

Friday, February 22, 2013

GrooveBook Phone Photos Printed

Do you take tons of pictures on your phone? Or if you're like me your iPad mini? Wouldn't it be awesome to print all those pictures into nice little photo books? Well you can with a new app called

Groovebook is pretty sweet if you ask me, you download the app on your iPhone (Androrid not avalible yet) and you start uploading pictures, for just $2.99 you get a photo book with up to 100 pages sent to you in 5 days. 

Groovebook sent me a sample book, and let me tell you I am hooked.
It comes in this nice little box

 The pictures look amazing
Did I mention the pages are perforated? So that means you can easily tear them out and share them. You can also get multiple of 1 photo, so if you want to get 10 copies of a group photo and pass out copies to friends you can!

Right now if you download the Groovebook app, and use the code
you can get a free Groovebook, and even better you can pass the code along! So go ahead get a book for yourself, then have your hubby get one and make sure you get books for both sets of grandparents. 
The best part about these books is they are super inexpensive, yet very nicely made. They would make great gifts, think bridesmaids gifts, mother's day, father's day...

Question of the Day: How many Groovebooks are you going to get? 
Don't forget to enter both of the giveaways I have running.

I was not compensated for this review, but I was sent a sample product and a promo code to get a free product.  
Keep in mind this is a subscription, so after the first month you will be charged $2.99 each month and continue getting photo books. If you want to cancel your subscription after the first month you can easily do so

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Introducing-ME! {Giveaway}

If you haven't entered the iPad Mini giveaway you only have 3 more days, so scooch!!!
With all the new faces around here from the giveaway I figured I would reintroduce myself.
I am Myranda
The most important thing to know about me is that I love making fun of myself. I am married and we have 3 little girls, and we all like to make funny faces.
See what I mean? But honestly we sometimes mostly look pretty normal.

I mostly blog about those lovelies above, and our daily adventures. I love having giveaways, because I LOVE giving people stuff and lets be honest I love to win them too. We recently moved, after living with my family for 3 years and I learned a few things along the way.

I also really love helping people, so if you have any blog related questions I am here, speaking of helping people let me introduce you to my lovely in-post ad sponsor meet Gaye
Gaye is the lovely blogger behind Calm.Healthy.Sexy. This blog will rock your socks off quite literally. Gaye is all about teaching ladies to transform our crazy busy lives and becoming calm, healthy and sexy in marriage. Right now she has a weekly series called SmallSteps which I am loving, it is all about 1 small thing you can do to move towards a Calm, healthy and sexy life. Hop on over to her blog to read up and get a boost of confidence, I know I did. 

Gaye shared 3 things that people may be surprised to know about her
1- I want to write a book.
2- I can't dance, but would love to learn.
3-Most people who know me in my "real" life would be shocked to know that I am writing a blog that talks about sex (among other things)!
How many of us have blogs that no one even knows about? I know I don't really share mine much

To help with all your Calm, healthy and sexy adventures Gaye is giving 1 lucky reader of my blog a $25 Amazon gift card, sweet huh? 

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I still have sponsor spots open for March and I would LOVE to have you!

Monday, February 18, 2013

It's A Hop

Enter the iPad Mini giveaway

It's Tuesday again which means it's time for the GFC Blog Hop!

When I want to follow a blog the first thing I look for is GFC (Google Friend Connect), it's so easy and  nice to be able to go and see all of the blogs you follow in one spot. It's really a great tool to have. 

One side note- Did you know you can follow through GFC using your Twitter Account? TRUE, it's definitely an option!

Ok, so let's get to the party, shall we?

RULES are simple:

1. Follow your host via GFC
The First link below

2. Follow your co-hosts via GFC
The Next 8 links below

3. Link up below using your main blog url not a specific post.

4. Make sure to visit some of the blogs in the link up and follow them via GFC 
and if you want to leave them a comment, I'm sure they'd appreciate that as well.

5. Tweet about this blog hop

6. Share about this blog hop by grabbing a button and putting it on your sidebar!

*After 6 months of the waiting list to cohost being extra long, I finally have paid cohost spots available! Email me if you're interested at
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Insta-update and Winner Winner Chicken DInner!

Happy President's Day!!! How was your weekend loves? Mine was pretty good, I got a lot done around the house which was awesome. So there are some giveaway winners to announce
Congrats ladies!!!!

Did you enter the iPad Mini giveaway yet? You should head on over, it has pretty low entries, so that means a better chance you will win :)

Enjoy this update via my Instagram feed.
Amazing turkey burgers with homemade hamburger buns, super yum! (recipe coming soon)

She loves to read this little book and give a cheesy grin

Anybody want some curls?

My hairdresser is better then yours

My $3.99 Goodwill find, go buy this book now!

She was telling me the whole "Hotel Translyvania" movie on the toilet

Rockin' the big girl towels

She passed out on the floor after throwing a massive tantrum. Terrible 3's ugh

Big brown eyes
Follow me on Instagram- @prettylivingpdx

Thursday, February 14, 2013

iPad Mini Giveaway- It's HERE!!!

*Update- for all the non-bloggers to follow on GFC look for a sidebar title "followers" and click the blue button that says "join this site" you can use your email or twitter to follow.

I have teamed up with 19 lovely ladies to give away an 
iPad Mini
You read it right, and you get to choose the color, exciting huh?!!

1 // 2 // 3 // 4
5 // 6 // 7 // 8
9 // 10 // 11 // 12
13 // 14 // 15 // 16
17 // 18 // 19 // Me

Just a few rules before we get this par-tay started

*You must complete all the mandatory entries or you will be disqualified.
*Please make sure you give additional info where asked- it makes it easier to verify when you win :)
*Please see all the terms and conditions on the Rafflecopter.
*It's not mandatory, but you may want to thank some of the lovely ladies above for hosting this awesome giveaway!

And of course do all the entries you can to increase your chances, I won an iPad mini in December from a blog giveaway so it really is possible!
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentines Day Link-Up

Today I am linking up with some awesome ladies for a little "How Well Do You Know Me?"game involving the hubby. This is a test let's see how he scored hehehe My answers are in red and his are in blue just for comparison, enjoy and link-up! Don't forget to enter my iPad Mini giveaway!!
Here are the instructions:
  1. Fill out the Valentines Day Questions. You can find them here.
  2. Hand over the same set of questions to your spouse and see if they can answer the questions about you. 
  3. Write your post and compare both of your answers
  4. Link up your blog post below!

How long have you been married? 
We have been married for 8.5 years
8 years

Where was your first date?
Our first date was at an Italian restaurant called Alessandro's and we saw the movie Lilo and Stitch

Where was your first kiss?
Our first kiss was on my front porch
In front of my parents house
*side note* this is still up for debate, but I am 99.9% sure I am right...

Who first said, "I love you"?
He said it first. He was on a mission for our church and he wrote me a letter professing his love.
I did, in a letter

What were your wedding colors?
Our wedding colors were pink and yellow
Yellow and pink

What is her most commonly used phrase?
Oh my lord!
You don't listen
Very true he doesn't

Who is her celebrity crush?
I would say it's Taye Diggs, that smile just takes me away
Taye Diggs or Edward from the Vampire movies

If she was ordering drinks for both of you what would you each get?
I would get a rootbeer and so would he, unless it has caffeine then I am all about a Shirley Temple
Rootbeer for me and a coke for her

What is the best meal she has ever cooked you?
Lasagna where I made homemade pasta for sure
Ginger orange salmon

What is the worst meal she has ever cooked you?
Nothing, I don't cook bad food
Her first attempt at turkey meatloaf

What would she say is your most annoying habit?
Leaving the toilet paper roll empty and the new roll on the counter UGH, what is that?!!
I take too long in the bathroom

What is the last thing she does before she goes to bed?
Checks on my girls
Check her iPad

If you could throw out one item of her clothing what would it be?
My Pink sweats from Victoria's Secret
Her Victoria's Secret sweats that say pink on the butt

What would you say is your favorite thing about her?
I think my smile is what he would say...
That she is willing to help people even when she is in more need of help

What's her blog's name?! 
Pretty Living PDX
Pretty Living PDX

Worded Wednesday- Link Up

The day is finally here, it is time for the Worded Wednesday Link-up!
worded wednesday
Grab a button and link-up!!
I don't like going to blogs and seeing a post titled "Wordless Wednesday" then clicking on it to find...words. So I started "Worded Wednesday". Each Wednesday I am going to post a few pictures and a few words about each picture, simple as pie right? The link-up will be open for 6 days so plenty of time to link up. 
The rules are simple: 
*Follow your hosts and co-hosts on GFC
Pretty Living PDX//Planned in Pencil//Top This By Leanne
*Hop around and leave comments on other posts
*Your post needs to be mostly pictures and only a few words
*Please include "Worded Wednesday" in the title
I am currently looking for co-hosts for future link-ups so if you are interested e-mail me mrsbarnes85{at}gmail{dot}com
This is the first week of this link up, so please tweet and help spread the word. 
Smaller link-ups are awesome because more people will see your post and that means more traffic for you, but please help spread the word! Don't forget to link up tomorrow for my Valentines link up and also my iPad mini giveaway will be live at 5 AM on the blog, so come back and enter!
Why do kids do the cheesiest smiles when it comes to picture time? This Worded Wednesday has to be titled "Say Cheese!" Because these are the faces they do, whenever I want to take a picture.

They are such little cheeseballs!

Question of the Day: Are you coming back for the iPad mini giveaway?


Monday, February 11, 2013

Blessed {Giveaway}

I am blessed. I have been having a hard time lately guys, like really hard. Friday was a low day for me, I spent it shopping with my girls just so I could avoid my dark cloud, and Friday night I got some answers. I have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Basically it is seasonal depression, and being here in rainy (gloomy) Portland Oregon doesn't help things. I need to do 3.5 hours per day of light therapy, and after doing it for a couple days let me tell helps! I am so happy to not be feeling so gloomy and sad. I also have the stomach bug that has been going around, it feels not so awesome to be sick, but good to have answers. 

Despite the sickness and SAD-ness I have been feeling I realized this weekend how blessed I really am. On Saturday our neighbors gave us a brand new highchair, seriously barely been used. He runs a junk pickup service and he comes across awesome stuff all the time. I was nervous to lift the pad, but when I did there was not even food under it, I am so excited that my girl gets a new highchair! We went grocery shopping and found everything we needed on sale for at least 50% off, sweet. My girls were angel babies this weekend and my husband was just his usual rockstar self, but I was really happy and it's been awhile. 

I am also blessed with amazing family and friends, especially all my bloggy buddies and today I have one of my favorites Katie she blogs over at Some Eloquent Grafitti and she recently started a blog design site called Scrapcake Designs. I love her designs, and she designed 2 of my favorite bloggers sites, so pretty cool in my book oh and she is super gorgeous. 

Today Katie is giving away The Cheesecake blog design package to one of my readers. 

Katie also made the button for my Worded Wednesday which I LOVE, so really you need to enter this giveaway. Here are some of her previous designs:

If you don't win, Katie is offering 5 of my readers this package at 50% off, so the complete redesign is just $42.50, this is a steal folks just e-mail her at to get yours for half off. 

You guys need to get pumped because this week, in addition to the blog design giveaway I have 3 very exciting events
-Worded Wednesday- link-up a couple pictures, a couple words, and fun times. 
-Valentines Day Link-Up (work on your questions now) 
-iPad Mini Giveaway-  you read correctly, come back on Valentines day to enter!!!!

Question of the Day: How was YOUR weekend? 

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Do You Really Know Me? Valentine's Day Edition

I get to host this awesome link-up on Valentine's Day, check it out and join me!

Here are the instructions:
  1. Fill out the questions below with your answers
  2. Hand over the same set of questions to your spouse and see if they can answer the questions about you. 
  3. Write your post and compare both of your answers
  4. Link up here on February 14th
HA, I am so excited to read all the fun answers, should be interesting to say the least.
Here are the questions: Feel free to add or take away any questions you want.
 How long have you been married?
Where was your first date?
Where was your first kiss?
 Who first said, "I love you"?
What were your wedding colors?
What is her most commonly used phrase?
 Who is her celebrity crush?
If she was ordering drinks for both of you what would you each get?
What is the best meal she has ever cooked you?
What is the worst meal she has ever cooked you?
What is the most-played song on her iPod?
What would she say is your most annoying habit?
What is the last thing she does before she goes to bed?
 If you could throw out one item of her clothing what would it be?
What would you say is your favorite thing about her?
What's her go-to drink at Starbucks?
What's her blog's name?!

Doesn't this sound fun?! Get to asking these questions and link up on Valentines day oh and come back here to win an iPad mini, what a great month!

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