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TFSP: Valentine’s Day Spa Package Giveaway for MilSpouses!

I have to admit..I’ve been a pretty bad blogger in terms of reading up on blogs and writing blog posts. I saw a picture that caught my eye when I was reading Kara’s blog. It was a spouse box filled with goodies for $29.95 a month. I looked at some of the links AND I found my new obsession. Udderly Natural Handcrafted body products. As in everything I’ve wanted in a spa package. AND there are a ton of different flavors and scents to choose from.

Here are the following items included in this giveaway..
5oz sugar scrub
2oz bath bomb
2oz goat milk lotion
1 goat milk soap bar
1 lip balm

The winner of this giveaway will have the chance to choose any flavors and scents of all the items listed above. Not a bad way to pamper yourself if I do say so myself.

To enter the giveaway..
– You must be a military spouse at some point (veteran/wounded warrior spouses count)
– Write a active blog (2 blog posts per month)
– Live in the U.S. (giveaways only ship in the U.S.)
– Enter through this link,here
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The winner will be contacted through email and through my social media accounts. Winner will have three days to respond to my email from the day the email was sent or another winner will be chosen. I hope you ladies enjoy! 🙂

And for those that are curious, I’m hosting this giveaway early because I want the winner to be able to use the items by Valentine’s Day. Sometimes things take a while. Have a good one 🙂

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

Hickory Cheers

For all my readers that have been following the blog for a while, you know I’m committed to giving back to the military community. I had set out to find a website that sends goodies to deployed service members in honor of my birthday next month. As I was growing up I was taught that it’s more important to give than to receive. Last year instead of receiving gifts, I had friends and family donate to TFSP fund. It was an awesome idea and assisted with funding postage for letters and cards, care packages, and my Christmas special. I found one of my childhood favorites, Hickory Farms. As a child I used to sell gift baskets out of the HF catalog. I always begged my parents for the biggest basket because their gouda and sausage is the business. I thought it would be a sophisticated gift as well as one that would hold up for shipping. I purchased the summer sausage and cheese gift box.

The box includes..
2 10oz beef sausage
10oz smoked cheddar cheese
10oz farmhouse cheddar cheese
6oz smoked gouda
2.5oz honey & pineapple mustard
2.25oz sweet hot mustard

All that deliciousness for $40. Shipping is FREE to all military addresses! Hickory Farms is dedicated to giving back to the military as well. It’s so amazing for them to do that because shipping overseas is expensive. The website has examples of how to enter military addresses of different locations like APO, FPO, AE, AP, and AA. I thought it was super helpful because I would have been super confused. I can’t wait until the recipient receives the package. I’m looking into ones that deliver birthday cakes but haven’t found a good one yet. Anyone know of any good places?

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

The Fail Sweetly Project: 2nd Annual Christmas Special

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Hey all! So after a few months of hiatus with the giveaways for TFSP…I’ve come back for an awesome Christmas Special. Last year’s theme was Target. Everything I gave away was from that store. This year’s theme is kitchen. You know, cause I write a food blog and all that. There are three items in this years special. Military spouses get ready! 🙂

Here are the rules:
1. You must be a military spouse (doesn’t have to be active = you can be married to a veteran)
2. You must have an active blog with at least 2 blog posts per month
3. You must live in the U.S. as giveaways only ship within the U.S.

The three giveaways end at 12AM December 8th. One winner will be chosen from each giveaway category. I will post the winners on here as well as email them. You have THREE days to respond or else I will chose another winner.

#1: Georgia Peach Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser
Enter the Mason Jar Dispenser Giveaway

#2: Crock-Pot Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker
Enter the CROCK-POT Slow Cooker Giveaway

#3: 18 Piece Set Wilton Holiday Metal Cookie Cutters
Enter the 18pc Cookie Cutter Set Giveaway

Happy Holidays to all! 🙂 I’m excited to see how this year’s giveaway plays out. Good luck everyone.

Picture courtesy of Google.com.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

Good Things Happen to Good People

I have some awesome plans for Operation Bright! 🙂 I’m currently working on a few July 4th events so hopefully they all happen. I was at the VA hospital yesterday and had a nice chat with one of the vets. He’s the same vet that had open heart surgery and I’m relieved to say he made it okay. I was telling him about Project Give since the subject of giving back came up. I was telling him about Operation Bright and what I want to do for July 4th. So he nonchalantly chats it up and then sticks something small in my hand. When he did it, he said,”to help with your project.” He gave me two folded up 50 dollar bills. That is why veterans are freakin awesome. I tried to give it back to him but it was like trying to do that with my dad, never works. Then he told me that good things happen to good people. He also said it was for all the goodies I bake for the vets there and he knows how the recipients will truly enjoy them. I had brought him a goodie bag full of my famous chocolate chip cookies. I make the best chocolate chip cookies btw. Just had to throw that in there. His generous donation will go to some delicious cookies for a few well-deserving recipients.

The big bro keeps telling me I should turn Project Give into a non-profit since it’s what I love to do the most. I’ve had a few other people tell me that as well but I never like asking for donations whether it be money or actual items. I feel that it’s a lot more meaningful (for me) and personal when I work hard for the money and I use it to help others instead of asking for donations. Sure, people have donated to my project and I’m grateful to them but running a non-profit would be asking for a lot of donations. I have all these ideas but I’m just not sure they’ll turn out right. That and running a non-profit takes so much dedication. Right now, it’s kind of my stress reliever. We’ll see what happens! 🙂

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

Good Things Happen to Good People

I have some awesome plans for Operation Bright! 🙂 I’m currently working on a few July 4th events so hopefully they all happen. I was at the VA hospital yesterday and had a nice chat with one of the vets. He’s the same vet that had open heart surgery and I’m relieved to say he made it okay. I was telling him about Project Give since the subject of giving back came up. I was telling him about Operation Bright and what I want to do for July 4th. So he nonchalantly chats it up and then sticks something small in my hand. When he did it, he said,”to help with your project.” He gave me two folded up 50 dollar bills. That is why veterans are freakin awesome. I tried to give it back to him but it was like trying to do that with my dad, never works. Then he told me that good things happen to good people. He also said it was for all the goodies I bake for the vets there and he knows how the recipients will truly enjoy them. I had brought him a goodie bag full of my famous chocolate chip cookies. I make the best chocolate chip cookies btw. Just had to throw that in there. His generous donation will go to some delicious cookies for a few well-deserving recipients.

The big bro keeps telling me I should turn Project Give into a non-profit since it’s what I love to do the most. I’ve had a few other people tell me that as well but I never like asking for donations whether it be money or actual items. I feel that it’s a lot more meaningful (for me) and personal when I work hard for the money and I use it to help others instead of asking for donations. Sure, people have donated to my project and I’m grateful to them but running a non-profit would be asking for a lot of donations. I have all these ideas but I’m just not sure they’ll turn out right. That and running a non-profit takes so much dedication. Right now, it’s kind of my stress reliever. We’ll see what happens! 🙂

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

Project Give: Operation Bright (Care Package For WW Wife)

Project Give is branching out to include more aspects of the military life. As of right now, Project Give supports current military spouses, active duty service members, veterans, Gold-Star families, and wounded warrior’s spouses. I’m still working on the addition of wounded warriors. In addition to the care package I sent overseas, I will be sending a care package to a wounded warriors wife. Her name is Jessica Villarreal. She is the wife of Corporal Anthony Villarreal who was severely injured in Afghanistan 2008. You can read more about their story here. I don’t personally know Jessica but after reading that article, holy cow! She is strong, courageous, patient, dedicated, loving, and so much more. This care package is quite significant in the fact that Anthony was injured in June 2008. Exactly six years ago, his truck hit a roadside bomb and he suffered third degree burns. Their lives changed forever.
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Photo courtesy of Jessica. I found it online in the article I linked.

Jessica and Anthony are a true testament of true and unconditional love. For her unwavering strength and dedication to her husband, Jessica was nominated to be the recipient of June’s Operation Bright giveaway. I spoke with Kara of Ramblings of a Marine Wife about a spa/relaxation package that she sponsored for Project Give back in February. I thought the spa like theme would be perfect for Jessica. I’ve included a facial mask, hand therapy lotion, eye mask, hand sanitizer, bars of soap from The Body Shop, nail polish, eye shadow palette, bath salts, a loafah, an awesome cup, a bracelet, and some chocolate. The bracelet really reminded me of Jessica and Anthony because it has “when there’s a will, there’s a way” inscribed on it. I can’t wait to see the look on her face when she gets her package. She is so deserving of this! 🙂

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

Volunteering VA hospital #9

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Have any of you ever found “family” where you least expect it? I expected to meet people who would inspire me beyond my wildest dreams but I didn’t expect to meet people who became my second family. One of the things about volunteering is passion. If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, you should probably stop doing it. I go into the hospital and volunteer every week but it’s not really volunteering. I feel as if I’m going to visit family or just have a few good laughs. The veterans that I’ve met here will stay with me for the rest of my life no matter where life takes us. They’re like father figures and always look out for me. They give me advice, they encourage me to pursue my dreams, and they inspire me to be as great as they are.

Sadly, a lot of the vets at the hospital aren’t married and live alone. Most of them have children but they’re all grown up and have moved out. One of the vets that I usually talk to always says I remind him of his daughter. He’s always looking out for me and if someone says something he’ll be the first to get in their face. He always tells me these crazy stories and makes me laugh and I can talk to him about things that I wouldn’t be able to tell my dad. I call him the godfather because he dresses like a gangster, bandana, sunglasses, and all. He brought me avocados and a rose today. His neighbor has a avocado tree so he said he’d bring me some but he didn’t show up a few times. I kept giving him a hard time for it (because that’s how we are) and he went and bought me some. He also bought me a rose and said that it was for putting up with them all the time because a lot of them don’t have family and live alone so they come to the hospital and it’s like a family. He also thanked me for feeding them. I thought it was really nice of him. I was really surprised to be so appreciated. He laughed and said he comes to the hospital because I’m always happy to see him. The rose died a little because it was so hot today.

This particular veteran has had a series of heart problems and heart attacks. He’s due for a super risky operation soon so if you could pray for him and send him your thoughts I would really appreciate it. He’s like my second father and I just wish it was over and done with. I don’t know what I would do if he didn’t make it. I’ll just leave it at that.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina