F December 2010 ~ Critique of the Unique

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In the Kitchen with Amelia

Welcome Amelia to the Critique of the Unique! Join Amelia in the kitchen for great down-home cooking ranging from appetizers, to tasty main dishes all the way through to awesomely delicious desserts!!

"Winnie the Pooh" in Theaters this July

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood this July and revisit your old time favorite characters!

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Time for some winners!!!!

"Chicken Soup for the Soul" Book Winners:

Book of Miracles-- Tracey H., Debbie M, and Craig V.

Think Positive-- Emma H., Ed N., Jan K

"World's Best Origami" Book Winner:  Auriette L.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer DVD Game winner:  Linda G.

TimeBuddy Winner: Darcie K

Little Write Brain Winners:  Storm D, Amber P. Krista D.

Stay tuned and in a few days, more giveaways will be ending and more winners will be chosen!!! If your name is listed above, I have sent you an email notifying you of your win. You will have five business days to respond to the winning email or a new winner will be chosen!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!


You're Invited!

I am launching a new blog to organize all of my poetry and photos that I want to keep...forever! Most of what I've loaded so far has been old poetry from the last five years. I have all of my poetry scattered amongst five or so computers and I am slowly unloading them all into a format that will be easy to read and navigate! Fair warning: I didn't claim to be any good at writing poetry, I just have found it an outlet in the past. My muse occasionally visits now and again, but not much lately. I hope to change that for 2011. Some reads are a little dark (depressing if you will), while others are more full of life.

If you want to take a peek, you are welcome to visit and follow! You can find it here:

Confessions of an Ordinary Woman

Feel free to comment!! C'ya there!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Goodbye 2010....Hello 2011!!

2010 is coming to a close and I have to say, this year has had its share of ups and downs. I've had the worst luck this year, some due to my own doings, and some things were totally beyond my control.
  • I totaled out our family van...BUT the insurance paid it off at the bank. We opted for a cheaper vehicle instead of a replacement new vehicle due to finances. The 1999 Tahoe has it flaws (mainly I can't get out of the passenger side due to faulty door latches) yet it serves a purpose. It runs..its dependable, and my kids have room in it. Although...it has no third row seating or fancy DVD player like the van. It's called reality.
  • I found out that I will soon need surgery due to the discovery that I have an incisional hernia and polycystic ovary disease....BUT at least they saw something!!! I am not crazy after all!!! 
  • My brother-in-law was diagnosed with colon cancer. Stage 3. They found it when he became completely blocked and required immediate surgery....BUT they took out a large tumor during surgery and several lymph nodes. They have started him on chemotherapy, and they are hoping for a 65% survival rate!!! Praise GOD!
  • My daughter lost another tooth...BUT only part of it came out. The other part is still in her gums. It will require the dentist to remove it. BUT....another tooth has already came in, only above where it should be. OH NO. There might be a happy update to this later, just not yet. Ouch.
  • We still have too much old debt, BUT we are working hard on getting it paid off. It will take time, but we can do this. We will do this. It's a must!! 
  • On the bright side of things: Number of funerals attended this year: ZERO!! Woohoo!  Plus, the kiddos have been healthy. No broken bones or stitches (knock on wood)! No tornadoes or flooding like a few years back and so far, no ice storms!! I'd say we are on our way to a spectacular 2011!!!
I want to take this time to say "THANK YOU" for all of you that have followed my blog since I first started it in June, 2010 and for the continued support! Thank you to all the new followers too!! And, a special THANK YOU to all the wonderful sponsors who have been gracious enough to provide products for review and for sponsoring giveaways to all you loyal readers!!! We couldn't do any of this without our sponsors and fans!

For 2011, I am wanting to organize a little. I will probably be doing a total makeover of the blog layout and design. I am debating what to do as of yet. Should I keep the car design at the top or incorporate it into another header? Simplified entry format or multiple single entry process? Two columns or three?? Hmmm, I don't know, but we shall see soon enough! Any input is appreciated!

Here is a tentative schedule for the upcoming months. Each month has a theme which I will try to adhere to when reviewing products or posting articles. I may veer from it slightly, but this is the main goal:

January: Health and Fitness
February: Food,Cooking and Kitchen Items
March:  Gardening and Outdoors
April: Gadgets and Electronics
May: Media—Books, Music Video Games, etc
June: Crafts and Creativity
July:  Fashion and Beauty
August: Around the House (TBD)
September: Green Living (TBD)
October: Pets (TBD)
November: Holiday Gift Guide
December: Holiday Gift Guide

If you have any suggestions toward products you'd like to see reviewed (maybe comparison reviews of similar type items) or if you are a PR firm that would like your products featured during any of the above themes, feel free to contact me

Let's bring in 2011 with a smile!!! I can't wait!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Critique of the Unique - Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Critique of the Unique would like to welcome you to the 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. Here are the sponsors that  I will be featuring throughout the months of November and December. Be sure to watch this page as each item will eventually be linked to a review that will provide more information about the product as well information as to where to purchase! Some of the items listed below will also be available in a GIVEAWAY to the readers of this blog!! Not only can you enter to win some of the products below, but each entry will enter you to win the GRAND PRIZE (announcing soon), so be sure to come back and enter each giveaway for extra chances to win! 

To enter any of the giveaways listed below, simply click on the title that is linked to the actual review and giveaway form!!!

Amazing Cows (Giveaway)

Cahootie (Giveaway)
Yoga Buddies (Giveaway)
TimeBuddy (Giveaway)

STL Ocarina (Giveaway)

PowerMat  (Giveaway)


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