Thursday, August 07, 2008

Drum Roll Please....and the Winner is....

Yes, we FINALLY have a winner for the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival! I printed off numbers 1 through 240 and added any names that entered via email and put them in my little magical flower power dish and voila! We now have a winner for our Diva Glam Package Giveaway!

So, without further hesitation, the winner is.....

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the giveaway! Your comments were all so greatly appreciated and I will be making my way to each of your blogs to visit your world!

Congratulations to Ebie! Looks like she's racking up the wins ;) You can checkout her blog here

As a special thank you, I am offering 25% off your purchase total on my site,! through August 15, 2008. All you have to do is enter voucher code FTJBLOG upon checkout and you will automatically receive 25% off! What a great way to get some early Christmas shopping out of the way :0)

Be sure to drop by every week because every Monday I will be featuring a new giveaway and great discounts!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway Carnival Winner....

Thank you so much to each and everyone of you who dropped by to enter the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival. It was my first and it won't be my last! I'm hoping to post weekly giveaways and I have lots of limited and exclusive jewels I will be offering, so please drop by often! My next giveaway will be on Monday...not quite sure what jewels will be up for grabs, but I promise you won't want to miss out! I will be announcing the lucky winner of our fabulous "Diva Glam" Package from the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival this evening! I know a lot of you have been anxiously awaiting who the winner is, but between getting orders out from the site and life in general, I haven't had a spare moment to print out all the entries! But, please check back this evening and we will have a WINNER! In the meantime, as a little "thank you" for all of your fabulous entries, I'm giving everyone 25% off their order from now until August 15th! So, if you are in need of a Baptism or Birthday gift or if you just want to do a little early Christmas shopping, just use voucher code: FTJBLOG upon checkout and you'll receive 25% off your total order...just my little way of saying "THANK YOU"!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Home Again, Home Again...Thank God!

Well we finally made it back home on Thursday from our little mini vacation down to Galveston Island. But before I post all the gorgeous pictures of our fabulous getaway, let me brief you on our glorious adventure!

We decided about a month ago to take the kids down to the beach for one last "horrah!" before the school year began. Nothing fancy, just a a couple of days to kick back, relax, view the ocean and have a few yummy cocktails. We being my sister, my mom, hubby and three kiddos....and of course myself.

We arrived in Galveston around 4'ish, which was perfect because we couldn't check-in until 4 anyway. So, we unload, get the kids in their swimsuits and head for the pool.

Well about 45 minutes passes by and of course Mylie is ready to go back to the room. She has eczema and the warm water irritates it and makes her super itchy. No problem...I dry her off and take her back to the room to rinse her off. Six o'clock rolls around and now it's time to head off for a little surf n' turf. When we are half way through our dinner, Jason and I noticed that Mylie has started to develop these red dots that resemble mosquito bites. We just figured she must have gotten a few bites down by the pool. Not even 10 minutes later, she began developing welps all over her body. She's never had an allergic reaction to anything before, so we were kind of in shock. We ended dinner early to head back to the room and call our pediatrcian back in Houston. Of course with it being after hours, we were only able to talk to the nurses on call. Meanwhile, Mylie was itching non-stop and the welps kept spreading and before we knew it, the back of her legs were covered in welps. The nursed told us to put cortizone on them to relieve the itching and to see if they would go away.

By midnight she was crying and so itchy she couldn't sleep. I woke Jason up and we both knew something wasn't right, so we rushed her to the ER. As we were on our way to the ER, guess what happened?

We had a wreck! Jason was trying to get over to the turning lane and he hit another car getting over into the turning lane as well. We were fine and the police officer was kind enough to let us go ahead to the hospital. He met us there a little later to get all the accident information.

Well, we spent the next 4 hours in the ER and the Dr. determined she had a case of the hives. So, they gave her Benadryl, she passed out and we were instructed to continue the Bendadryl.

Got to bed about 5am and woke up at around 8:30am and Mylie still had the hives and had actually developed more all over her face and ears. When we had spoken with our nurses in Houston on the phone, their main concern was that her throat wasn't swelling shut. So with that in mind and seeing her face so swollen, I tried to look down her throat to see if it was swollen...and it was!

Now it was almost noon and I told Jason we needed to get her back to the ER. We called our nurse in Houston and they told us, "Yes! Take her to the ER". So, we went back and re-lived the whole night all over again. They said her tonsils were swollen and irritated and wanted to do a strep test (which later came back negative). They ended up giving her an oral steroid (which is a whole other story in itself) and determined that she had Erythema Multiforme, which is a rash that is caused by an infection and can be triggered by almost anything (smelling cleaning products from the hotel, detergent used on the sheets/towels, an insect bite). So basically, we will probably never know what triggered the reaction. Thankfully, the steroids kicked into action and we were able to get back to the hotel around 4 o'clock in the afternoon....just in time to pack and get ready to leave the following morning! Some vacation ;)

As soon as we returned, we took Mylie to our Pediatrician, who diagnosed her with the same rash, Erythema Multiforme. He said it might come back after the steroids wear off, but hopefully that's not the case!

Thank goodness my mom and sister came along...they were able to make sure Macy and Chance still had an awesome vacation aside from the chaos!