Saturday, December 27, 2008

New Year Coming Soon

Almost a new year, wow, this year has went by so fast.

The Green Bride Giveaway was a success, I hope the winners enjoy their prize packs.

The Everything Green Wedding Book: Plan an elegant, affordable, earth-friendly wedding (Everything Series) is now on sale in book stores everywhere including Amazon and tons of others.

You know- I still have not been to a book store to actually see it for sale though. Isn't that crazy?I've been so busy with the holidays I have not been to the local Borders or Barnes and Noble. The day it came out my husband went to several book stores just to see it. He is my biggest fan, I love it.

I'll get there soon, maybe this weekend. I don't know, I have a list of work ten miles long. I am hoping 2009 brings more book deals. I have several proposals I am working on (three green ones), including another green wedding title only this one is more a DIY style. Keep your fingers crossed that 2009 will be a great year.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Article Reprints Available

Would you like to publish any of my articles on your websites?

I have many reprints available for purchase at Constant Content for very reasonable prices.

I am also available for freelance work if you are in need of original content for your website, newsletters, or print publications.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Stops on the Virtual Blog Tour

Well, most everyone made their blog posts along the virtual book tour trail, today's are not up yet but I'll give people some time.

I did come across a few posts I didn't know about, you can check them out at these great sites:

http://blog.momentville.com/tag/green/

http://budgetsavvybride.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/the-everything-green-wedding-book/

Thanks for posting everyone.

Now that the book is in stores I've had requests for interviews and one for a book signing. I am so not used to being the center of attention. I am more of the old fashioned reclusive writer stereotype. I suppose to be successful I need to get over all that.

Anyway we'll see how it goes.

If anyone would like to do an interview with me or feature me or the book on your site or blog feel free to contact me directly at everythinggreenweddings at yahoo dot com

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Everything Green Wedding Book is Now On Sale in Stores

Today is the day everyone. You can find The Everything Green Wedding Book in stores.

My son said his friend seen it in a store in Lansing last week but I don't know. My husband checked today and found it in two out of three stores. Today was the official release date so woo hoo!

What am I doing to celebrate? Actually I am at the library using high speed internet access and working on a Christmas photo book. Dial up takes forever to use when uploading photos. But hey I am celebrating inside. Maybe I'll hit a few book stores tomorrow and see for myself. That'll make it more real.

My husband, Robert is so sweet, he bought me a congratulations type of card. You know they don't make a "congratulations on your book card" at least not ones they sell at the grocery store. LOL.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Winners of the Green Bride Giveaway

Today is the day ladies. I have read and reread entries, I've agonized, I finally narrowed it down and stuck the finalists in a bowl then randomly choose the winners.

It was so hard to narrow the entries down to finalists.

I am so thrilled by all the couples that are going green in their lives and for their weddings. Thank you to all the brides to be that entered the Green Bride Giveaway. You are all winners, I just wish I could give prize packs to all of you.

Sooo.....drum roll please....here are the winners of The Green Bride Giveaway!

Renee M of Breckenridge, CO is the first place winner of the Grand Prize Green Bride Giveaway package.

Marcy C of Columbus, Ohio is the second place winner.

Rachel N is of Louisville, KY is the third place winner.

Congrats Ladies.

Emails are being sent out now to inform you of your winning status.


I also want to give a BIG THANKS to all the sponsors of the Green Bride Giveaway for providing the wonderful prizes listed below. Without all of you I wouldn't have had much of a giveaway. Thank you for your support.

Thanks to my sponsors here are what the winners are receiving-

The Grand Prize Package consists of:

A signed copy of The Everything Green Wedding Book: Plan an Elegant, Affordable, Earth Friendly Wedding, other prizes include a $200 Gift Certificate from Encore Bridal as well as an organic cotton bridal tank top and a $25 gift certificate for eco-friendly gown preservation, $100 Gift Certificate from designer Rene Geneva redeemable at EcoChicClothing.com, $100 Gift Certificate from My Good Greetings, and a $100 Gift Certificate from Earthly Affair invitations, coasters and a reusable shopping bag from Eco-Artware, a 2009 calendar, plantable journal and plantable cards from Botanical Paperworks, 150 wedding favor seed packets from the Tender Seed Company, a recycled book journal from Ex Libris Anonymous, natural blush and a brush from Alima Cosmetics, milk paints from The Real Milk Paint Company, sexy eco-lingerie from Enamore, a complete line of earth friendly cleaning products from EcoDiscoveries, eco-confetti from EcoParti, a $50 gift certificate from Global Handcrafters, a sample kit of organic body products from Terressentials, an organic cotton t-shirt from GenGreenLife, a $50 gift certificate to the The Bamboo Fabric Store, a premium wedding website from MomentVille, a premium wedding photo sharing package from The Wedding Lens , a copy of the book How to Get Married in Green by Suzan St Maur, EcoSMART organic pesticide, $100 Gift Certificate from Pear and Peony, a free 1 year subscription to The Brides Best Friend e-magazine, and the Hain-Celestial product pack that consists of -Alba pineapple enzyme facial cleanser, JASON enzyme brightening power smile tooth brightening system, Alba Botanicals bronzing body lotion, Avalon Organics lavender body lotion, Zia fresh papaya enzyme mask, Zia citrus night-time reversal cream, and Avalon Organics vitamin C sun-aging defense cream.

The Second Place Prize Package Consists of:

A signed copy of The Everything Green Wedding Book: Plan an Elegant, Affordable, Earth Friendly Wedding, a $100 gift certificate from eco-chic wedding gown designer Tara Lynn, $100 gift certificate from Oblation Papers who create eco-friendly letterpress invitations, a plantable journal and plantable cards from Botanical Paperworks, a sample kit of organic body products from Terressentials, milk paints from The Real Milk Paint Company, a recycled book journal from Ex Libris Anonymous, a $50 Gift Certificate from Earthly Affair, a $50 Gift Certificate from Pear and Peony, a 1 year subscription to The Brides Best Friend Magazine, a free premium wedding website from MomentVille and the Hain-Celestial product pack which consists of- Alba pineapple enzyme facial cleanser, JASON enzyme brightening power smile tooth brightening system, Alba Botanicals bronzing body lotion, Avalon Organics lavender body lotion, Zia fresh papaya enzyme mask, Zia citrus night-time reversal cream, and Avalon Organics vitamin C sun-aging defense cream.

The Third Place Prize Package Consists of:

A signed copy of The Everything Green Wedding Book: Plan an Elegant, Affordable, Earth Friendly Wedding, $100 Gift Certificate from Smock -eco-friendly letterpress invitations, a recycled book journal from Ex Libris Anonymous, a free premium wedding website from MomentVille, a $25 Gift Certificate from Pear and Peony, a free 1 year subscription to The Brides Best Friend e Magazine, and the Hain Celestial product pack that consists of -Alba pineapple enzyme facial cleanser, JASON enzyme brightening power smile tooth brightening system, Alba Botanicals bronzing body lotion, Avalon Organics lavender body lotion, Zia fresh papaya enzyme mask, Zia citrus night-time reversal cream, and Avalon Organics vitamin C sun-aging defense cream.

Today Starts the Blog Tour

The Everything Green Wedding Blog tour starts today. The first stop is at www.twistedlimb.blogspot.com please drop by if you get a chance.

Winners are coming up soon for the Green Bride Giveaway as well. I will be announcing them within the hour.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Virtual Book Tour Stops for The Everything Green Wedding Book

Since The Everything Green Wedding Book is all about being green, there will not be a physical book tour, but there will be a virtual/blog tour.

Starting Monday December 15 several blogs will be hosting info about me and The Everything Green Wedding Book.

Please drop by, show your support and leave some comments if you can. Thanks!

On Monday December 15th Twisted Limb is the first stop on the virtual tour.

Tuesday December 16 please stop by the Celebrate Green blog and visit with the authors of Celebrate Green and learn more about The Everything Green Wedding Book.

On Wednesday December 17 (release day for The Everything Green Wedding Book) there are two stops on the virtual tour, Green Photographer Corey McNabb's blog and the blog for New Jersey Bride.

On Thursday December 18th we also have two stops: the blog for EthicalWeddings.com and the blog for another green photographer, Kristina Carter of Vrai Photography.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

1 Week Until The Everything Green Wedding Book hits stores

1 week to go everyone until The Everything Green Wedding Book hits the stores.

Of course you don't have to wait you can pre-order your copy today. Just click the link to the right and go to Amazon to order your copy.

Happy Reading!

Pin Up Balms-Bachelorette Party Treats and Stocking Stuffer Fun


Hey ladies, are you looking for a great treat to use as favors or prizes for a bridal shower/bachelorette party?

Or maybe you are looking for a fun stocking stuffer. Well look no further than Pin Up Balms.

Pin Up Balms combine sexy, retro flair with an eco-friendly product for good green fun.

"Pin Up Balms are a sensational treat for the lips and a feast for the eyes.

With over forty fabulous flavors to choose from, there is one to match every mood, from the come-hither appeal of The Boys Love Coconut to Peppermint Twist. " Personally I think I am going to love Voluptuous Vanilla and Raspberry Rapture. I also spied a White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake flavor. YUM!!


Delicious and eco-friendly, wow.

The ingredients used in making Pin-up lip balms are:

certified organic

fair trade

unrefined

cruelty free


Used in a natural state are avocado oil (an organic UV protectant), beeswax (a natural emollient), apricot kernel oil (good for hydration) and Vitamin E (a natural antioxidant), All natural goodies so you won’t have to worry about those nasty, health-hazard parabens.

Pin Up Balms come in over 40 flavors including a trio of new holiday flavors.

So whether you are looking for fun bridal shower favors, eco-friendly bachelorette party gifts or sexy stocking stuffers you are sure to find a flavor for everyone on your list.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sarah Pinto's Eco-Friendly Weekly Planners




Hey Brides, are you looking for an eco-friendly way to keep track of all your appointments and things to do?

Sarah Pinto's 2009 Weekly Planners are a simple, functional and fun organizational solution.

These durable planners measure 5” by 7” and are made with high-quality recycled paper, soy-based ink and they are printed and bound in San Francisco, California. With five unique cover designs, Sarah Pinto’s 2009 Weekly Planners are a stylish, eco-friendly answer to your busy everyday schedule.

Final Week of The Green Bride Giveaway

This is the final week for the Green Bride Giveaway.

Remember to enter the contest brides-to-be need to send an email to greenbridegiveaway@yahoo.com, in the email include their name, address, and email address, fianc├ęs name and date of wedding and a paragraph or two about why they want to go green for their wedding and what steps they have already taken or would like to take to have an eco-friendly wedding. Please place “Green Bride” in the subject line.

The contest closes Friday and I'll be sorting through the entries all weekend.

I will announce the lucky winners on Monday the 15th.

The Daughter in Law Rules


Here's a great book no bride to be should be without.


The Daughter-in-Law Rules: 101 Surefire Ways to Manage (and Make Friends with) Your Mother-in-Law!
Publisher: Outskirts Press, 2008
Value: $14.95
Availability: Amazon.com


Description:


In her fun new book, The Daughter-in-Law Rules author Sally Shields lays out 101 simple and
witty strategies to aid wives of all ages in mastering every element of MIL relations-from the decorum of housekeeping to the delicate world of child rearing.Whether you're at the beginning of your marriage or you've spent years trying to make peace with your mother-in-law, The Daughter-in-Law Rules provides a revolutionary set of strategies, making copasetic coexistence possible at last!


This visually appealing 5x8” gift book includes 25 endorsements from relationship advice experts and success coaches, as well as 15% discount from 1-800-Flowers.com with a unique promotional code created specifically for this book. The Daughter-in-Law Rules is an attractive, fun, unique gift item offering "funny and compassionate advice that works!"


15% of the proceeds of this book will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Think Pink!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

VerdePaperie

VerdePaperie is an eco-friendly stationery site.

Kimberly Daniels started Verdeinitially as a retail site to market high end, U.S based designs with an emphasis on the environment and it grew to include beautiful, eco-friendly wedding invitations.

At VerdePaperie, all products are made and manufactured in North America and use a minimum of 30% PCW recycled paper. Most use 100% PCW recycled paper, and all use water or vegetable-based inks.

Kimberly does not accept any packaging from vendors unless it is 100% biodegradable.

She wraps "boxed" notes with twine and then places them in 100% biodegradable sleeves.

Also at VerdePaperie there are coasters, notepads, journals and sketchbooks all made with the environment in mind.

The wedding collection on the site is made with 100% recycled paper, or 100% recycled cotton rag paper, and letterpressed with soy-based inks.

At VerdePaperie they try to empasize the use of postcards which uses less paper than traditional mailings.

Sounds like Kimberly has a great green company. Check out VerdePaperie to see what they have to offer.

It's Official I Am An Author

It's official. I am an author. I knew it, but it was like "Ok, yeah, I have a book coming out, blah, blah, blah."

Now it's woo hoo, I have a BOOK with MY NAME on the COVER. :-)

I am doing the snoopy happy dance.

For any authors out there I am sure you can relate. You can see your name on the computer screen a million times and it never, ever feels the same as when you hold that book in your hands. Wow. What a great feeling.

It's like holding your newborn baby for the first time. You knew you were pregnant and that a baby was coming but that did not prepare you for how it would feel to hold that little baby in your arms.

OK, the book, a lot less painful than a baby, maybe...but it took longer and it's not as much of an emotional reaction but still...

I have a book! A book that I wrote, in my hands.

And in exactly two weeks, The Everything Green Wedding Book will be on sale everywhere. Wow.