Day 1 Giveaway: The Gray Nest

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The wait is over. Welcome to the first day of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. I am so excited to introduce our first item. This handwritten banner was created by my lovely and talented friend, Heather. I knew I had to ask her to be a part of this giveaway. (This item is a $20 value) Here’s how Heather turned her interest into a side business.


“I do all the hand-lettering and the handsome guy next to me makes all my signs. I have always loved  hand lettering even back when I was 15, but I didn’t think I had nice handwriting.
So after Mark and I got married and had our first home I really wanted to make our space beautiful, but lets be honest it can cost a lot. So I looked for ways that I could create my own décor.  I started doing signs for my home and for gifts. I really just loved doing it.  I put a few of my pieces on Facebook and people just loved them, so I kept creating.
Before I knew it someone even asked me to make a sign for them to buy. It was kind of a big deal. You see I love making signs and hand-lettering, but I love something more. I love taking care of my husband and kids. These signs are just an overflow of my first job.”
– Heather

You can check out The Gray Nest on Facebook.

Who wants this beautiful banner to hang in their home? Here’s how you can enter your name in the drawing.


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Make sure to also like the Facebook page as well listed below where you enter your name and email. I know it says “optional”. Facebook would not allow me to remove that. But it is still technically required for this giveaway. So make sure you do that. Or you WON’T BE ENTERED. If you have any questions be sure to contact me.

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How To Drink Coffee From Around the World for Free


I LOVE coffee. It is one of my favorite drinks in the world. So when there is a chance to try different coffee for free I am all over it. How? It’s an event called cupping.

Cupping is where you come together as a group to taste different coffees from around the world. That’s what my family and I did today. Here’s what you can expect.


Theta Ridge Coffee is a local coffee distributer where they sell different types of coffee from places like Brazil, Indonesia and Africa. This particular coffee distributer travels to personally pick out coffee from these countries. They spend time with the farmers and really get to know them and their product.


If you’re a coffee drinker that has to have cream and sugar then just be aware that you will not find that on the cupping table. I am one of those people. However, this experience wasn’t as bad as I feared.

Kevin, the owner and our coffee guide, sat out 5 different types of coffee. The grounds were in tiny glasses. Our group traveled around the table to smell the fresh grounds, trying to figure out what the flavors are. Next, Kevin poured hot water over the grains. A grain crust built along the top. We then went around with a spoon slowly moving the crust that released the aromas of the coffee. It was amazing how different some smelled once they were in hot water.

Next came the tasting. Kevin removed the grains off of the top. Then we each took our spoon and dipped it in the coffee. Then slurped. You can either spit out the coffee or swallow it.

The cool part about the cupping experience is getting a chance to taste coffee that you may not be able to normally afford. Today we were able to taste a Brazilian coffee called Jaci, a coffee that sold at auction last year for $58 a pound. I’ve never tasted coffee quite like this. Starbucks watch out!


The experience lasted about an hour. We even brought our 19-month old along with us. No, she didn’t drink coffee, but she did work on her slurping noises. It was a great way to meet others while doing what I love. Drinking coffee. Once again this was a free experience. Many cities do have this option available. New York City actually has a big cupping experience. Professionals taste about 250 different coffees a day. I’m not sure anyone can just join in on the fun, but it’s worth looking into.

So if you’re a coffee lover and are looking to learn more about your favorite drink then I recommend you try cupping.

Have you tried this? What did you think? Would you try it now?

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