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Virtual GNO - Smelling The Roses & A Giveaway!



Planning for summer time fun can be kind of stressful. That makes no sense! I look through the Parks and Recreation catalogs for fun daycamps. I ask teacher's if they know of fun classes. The thing is, there is plenty to do, it's just that everything is so dang expensive! One teacher gave me a list of classes that she said would be perfect for my oldest but the rate is so far out of our reach. And with 2 kids all the summer time "fun" is double the price! OW! My aching checking account.

You know what I need? A free Virtual Girls Night Out!

New to the party? Welcome! The original Virtual GNO is a blog-hopping party that began in the summer of 2008 when I couldn't get a sitter and was in desperate need for time away from my children. I did the next best thing and turned to my blog friends. Friday nights have been a blast ever since.

To join the blog-hopping fun, check out my VGNO post then, due to Mr. Linky having issues (no problem, we can still do this) leave your blog link in the comment section. Visit fellow bloggers that have left their blog links in the comment section. It's a party so at a party you mingle, right? Go blog-hopping! I want everyone to connect. That's what it's all about.

Time To Dance!

Michael Franti & Spearhead "Say Hey"

No way to sit still for that song. Love it!

Portland is having it's annual Rose Festival right now. There's lot to do around the city. Our big Rose Festival Parade will be televised Saturday morning. (Look for me! I'll be waving at you!)

Time For A Cocktail!

Coming Up Roses
Ingredients:
- Lime
- 3 fresh rose petals
- 1/2 oz rose syrup
- 1 splash of rose water
- 1 1/2 oz raspberry flavored rum
- 2 oz champagne
Directions:
Muddle lime, rose petals with rose syrup and rose water in a mixing glass. Add rum and shake in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain the mixture into a highball glass over ice and top off with champagne.

Sounds like the perfect drink while sitting in my little rose garden. Speaking of, check out the size of this bloom!


It's bigger than my hand! And smells heavenly. It's hard to be stressed when you smell beautiful roses.

Answer Me This

Do you have a favorite flower? That's a hard one for me. I usually prefer the flower that smell best at the time. So for now I'll say my favorite is this bright yellow rose that happens to be next to me right now :-> What about you?

Time For A Giveaway!




Our cool friend Erin from Fancy Fortune Cookies is giving one lucky VGNO guest a $50 gift certificate to spend at either site Fancy Fortune Cookies.com or Giant Fortune Cookies.com. Wow! You can include a personalized message for your fortune cookie. One giant cookie weighs over 1 lb! Here's what you need to do to enter this great contest.

1) Go to either website and find a favorite cookie flavor. Come back here and leave your favorite in the comment section. *One Entry*
2) Announce the VGNO Fancy Fortune Cookie giveaway on Twitter. (Let me know. I'll check) *One Entry*
3) Follow Erin at Fancy Fortune Cookies on Twitter @fortuneaday. *One Entry*

Fancy Fortune Cookies.com Giant Fortune Cookies.com

Winner will be chosen using Random.org on Thursday, June 11th. US Only. Good Luck!


OK now, go have fun! If my Mr. Linky situation isn't working please leave your blog link in the comments section below to join the Virtual GNO. Visit those that sign-in. It's a party so go mingle. Go blog-hopping! That's what it's all about. Share this party with your blog friends, post A LINK to the Virtual GNO on your blog and have them join us. Send our party into Twitter world. (#VGNO) Leave your Twitter ID in the comments section. The more the merrier! I want everyone to connect. That's what it's all about.



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75 comments:

  1. irises are my favorite flower

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  2. Happy VGNO

    My first GIVEAWAY is posted:

    www.lageansgoodies.blogspot.com

    Don't miss this on SUN DAMAGE
    www.visionsoflagean.blogspot.com

    www.lageanellis.blogspot.com

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  3. Oh, and my favorite flower is a TULIP.

    Don't miss my giveaway!!!

    www.lageansgoodies.blogspot.com

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  4. Everything is better covered in chocolate...like fortune cookies..Yum! Hook me Up!
    Happy VGNO!

    Looking forward to talking to everyone.

    http://marykbrennan.blogspot.com
    The Adventures of Mommy Maestro

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  5. I think violets are my favorite flower. I just love purple - although Sterling Roses are beautiful too. Happy VGNO - http://www.ourlifeupstate.com

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  6. Hi everyone, happy VGNO! Sorry I couldn't participate last week, things were hairy, but I'm here with bells on this week!! My favorite flower, I think, is the tulip. Love, love, love tulips!

    My fave fortune cookie flavor is obviously the Chocoholic's Delight. Mmm. I also blogged about the giveaway and now I follow Erin on Twitter.

    http://typeamommyblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/virtual-girls-night-out-flower-and.html

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  7. I am ready for a party!!!!

    Happy VGNO dear Ann!

    Jan

    http://JansPlaceUSA.blogspot.com

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  8. Happy VGNO! My fav flower is a lily, but I love roses too! AND come check out my blog for a sweet giveaway that our friend Angie has on HER blog...if that makes sense lol!

    Click here!

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  9. I'd love to try Cappuccino Fortune Cookies.

    I posted a tweet: http://twitter.com/SueC/status/2046489184

    And I'm following @fortuneaday on Twitter.

    Happy VGNO - my post is here:

    http://www.sahmsue.com/2009/06/vgno-fishing.html

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  10. Dear Ann, I am soooo ready for a VGNO! This has been a long week, LOTS going on, and I need a BREAK!!

    Please everyone, come see me on my blog tonight, I have 2 giveaways, and lots of info about free stuff and good deals.

    Go to http://mamanordy1.blogspot.com

    Hope to see ya all there!!!!

    WOO HOO FRIDAY NIGHT VGNO!!!


    Debbi

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  11. My favorite flavor for a fortune cookie would be the chocoholics one. DUH, of course!

    Debbi

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  12. I absolutely LOVE roses!!! Especially red ones that smell marvelous. Happy VGNO.

    http://mainfo.blogspot.com/

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  13. My favorite is daisies...simple yet elegant....here I am:

    http://yesiknowwhatcausesthat.blogspot.com

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  14. oh yeah...and I'm @handshouseheart on twitter!! don't need the fortune cookies....bad for my contest lol

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  15. Woohoo!
    Wish I could do your giveaway but, dietcity here.

    http://iamharriet.blogspot.com/2009/06/vgno-how-to-hula-hoop.html

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  16. yay VGNO my post is up.

    http://ehaggins.blogspot.com/2009/06/vgno-65.html

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  17. Now for the giveaway I am kind of torn between the cool cappucino and the lucious lemon so both please. :)

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  18. I am following Fancy Fortune cookies on twitter

    @erica_h

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  19. http://nativeamericanmomma.blogspot.com/

    cappuccino flavored fortune cookies sound really great!

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  20. p.s. I feel your pain Ann....I don't know how some of these families do all they do...there is no way in the world I would have the money to do some of these things!!

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  21. http://lolasdiner.blogspot.com/2009/06/tgif-vgno.html

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  22. One more then I have to go lol...I promised hubby I would cut computer off this evening, but I'll be blog-hopping pretty early 2morrow morning--if you come visit me I promise I'll visit back but a promise is a promise!! Wish me luck b/c we're hoping to put the kids to bed early and snuggle up to watch a movie...just the two of us!!

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  23. fave flowers are clematis, snapdragon, dalhia, delphinium...i have no favorites and love them all!! happy vgno! thank you so much for hosting... i guess everyone knows to click on our names and it will take you to our blogs?

    http://wvfarmtails.blogspot.com

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  24. Oooh! I like the "I Love You" giant cookie dipped in milk chocolate and covered in hearts! Yummy

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  25. I'm here!

    Thanks for hosting another "free" party Ann!

    Yes, summer is expensive...

    I love any drink with champagne in it!

    My favorite flowers are anything ORANGE!

    Happy VGNO!

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  26. Happy VGNO. Love roses. Love Dahlia's, love flowers in general.

    have a great weekend.
    Come visit me and have a drink over at Gladys Tells All at

    http://gladysspeaks.blogspot.com/

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  27. Happy VGNO!

    http://vinobodega1.blogspot.com/2009/06/stargazing-at-vgno.html

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  28. Ahhh, I'm running around like a crazy women but I'll be back tonight to party with the late-night bloggers!

    http://www.mylifeonthexyzlist.blogspot.com/

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  29. I need help figuring out what my fav flower is? It grows in my backyard and I have NO idea what its called!!
    http://mylifewiththecrazies.blogspot.com/2009/06/anns-gno-flowers.html

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  30. Have a great Friday Night party!

    pam

    http://countrycitymouse-pam.blogspot.com

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  31. Happy VGNO!

    http://workinginjammies.blogspot.com/


    and

    http://bloggersconnect.blogspot.com/

    P.S. You can add any give-aways to the Bloggers Connect blog

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  32. My VGNO post is up:

    VGNO - Smelling the Roses Edition


    I'll be around later tonight, we're actually going out to dinner tonight! WooHoo! :)

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  33. For the giveaway, I would love to try the "I love You Giant Fortune Cookie - White chocolate dipped with pink & white hearts" that looks YUMMY! :)

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  34. I love lilacs and tulips. This lassie has a sinus infection so I will be snuggling up on the couch tonight. I will be back to party tomorrow night!

    http://sassyirishlassie.blogspot.com

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  35. I'm following @fortuneaday on Twitter (SassyDesigns)

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  36. I Tweeted! ;)

    http://twitter.com/SassyDesigns/status/2048594640

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  37. li and I are doing a GIVEAWAY TOO!!!!

    http://angelinadawn.blogspot.com/2009/06/give-away.html

    ahhhhhh COME SEE US!!

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  38. li and I are doing a GIVEAWAY TOO!!!!

    http://angelinadawn.blogspot.com/2009/06/give-away.html

    ahhhhhh COME SEE US!!

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  39. omg i FORGOT- mY FAV FLOWER IS THE DAISY....... and who locked my caps? lol

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  40. Happy VGNO everyone!!! my favorite flower is the lilly of the valley :O) hope everyone has a awesome weekend!

    please check out and enter my Pearl Necklace Giveaway when you get a chance. I would really appreciate it.

    I will be party hopping tonight...see you all later!

    http://www.shopaholicmommy.com/

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  41. The Very Berry Raspberry looks so yummy!!! what a great gift idea too :O) thanks!

    http://www.shopaholicmommy.com/

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  42. I tweeted about VGNO on twitter!!!

    http://twitter.com/Shopaholic_Mama/status/2048816735

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  43. I Follow Erin at Fancy Fortune Cookies on Twitter @Shopaholic_Mama

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  44. Ok, made it though also running a bit behind. Will be back to partay with y'all a bit later tonight. Off to check out the cookie give away thing, sounds yummy!

    My fave flower has to be the rose. Timeless. Happy VGNO ladies.

    http://divinelywritten.blogspot.com

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  45. I am gonna go with the milk chocolate with bright candies! Yum, yum, yum! Great giveaway, thanks!
    One of my favorite flowers is the lilly. They smell heavenly! Wish I had a garden like yours! What a great way to bring beauty into your home.
    Happy GNO! Happy Friday!
    :) Robin

    http://cinnamonandhoney.blogspot.com

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  46. Hi everyone,
    New to VGNO but look forward to having some fun and meeting new bloggers. Don't forget to check out my first ever giveaway!!!
    www.beautybloggingmom.com
    twitter.com/beautyblogmom

    Look forward to partying!!!

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  47. I would have to go for the chocolate fortune cookies, being a chocoholic and all!

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  48. I tweeted the giveaway and I am following Erin!
    twitter.com/beautyblogmom

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  49. My favorite flowers is the Lily

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  50. I just re-read and I am with you on the expense thing! We have 4 kids attending camps this summer- We have a cool program called Teens to work ( or somthing) My daughter can work a week at camp, then only pay 1/2...our church pays 1/2 so she goes FREE..... over all my 4 kids are attending 9 weeks and im paying $100.....other peoples generosity have helped us a lot....and fundraisers.....:) There are free things to do, but here is a suggestion- get enough people to go do something so you get a group rate... we have 6 in our family and that makes us halfway there....:)

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  51. Yummy Lusciuos Lemon Fortune cookies...I'll start working on my VGNO post..and do some tweeting

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  52. and i forgot to posdt my actual VGNO link....LOl LONG DAY and getting the 'LOOK" form the hubby....( but i have internet on my phone so- see you at the drive in....)

    http://angelinadawn.blogspot.com/2009/06/vgno.html

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  53. Yea Friday. I love the Roses!! Have a good VGNO!!

    Jessica

    countryfamilyrobinson.blogspot.com

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  54. Peonies are hands down my fave flowers. I also love roses though--and your yellow giant one looks amazing. I had a rose garden at my old house, but haven't planted one here. We have a lot of those white iceberg ones, but they don't do it for me they way the old fashioned full, lush, smelly ones do!

    OK...favorite flavor of the Fancy Fortune Cookies is the gourmet chocolate (dark chocolate) ones. What a great idea for a party.

    I've got three kids--so I'm right there with you on the many expenses of summer camps and classes. But, what you don't spend on camp you might spend on wine (or therapy) if the noise level starts to get to you (Just kidding of course).

    Happy VGNO (again!)!

    Susan

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  55. Finally checked out the yummy cookies. I think the hazelnut chocolate sounds the best.

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  56. And I tweeted! http://twitter.com/allinamomslife/status/2049585773

    Here is my post link...

    My VGNO Post!

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  57. I am following @fortuneaday on twitter.

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  58. hey chick! That rose is HUGE! I'm off to take my son rock climbing (inside rock wall) this evening so won't be able to blog hop, just wanted to swing by and say HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!

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  59. Wow, the house is already packed tonight. Count me in. I really need a break.
    http://left-field-missy.blogspot.com/

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  60. Enjoyed reading your blog today. I am still finding my way around blogland....I always love making new friends..I am posting about Disney so hope you will stop by. Commenting automatically puts you in the drawing for the June giveaway.

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  61. Roses are my absolute favourite. That picture of the one growing in your garden is stunning. What type of rose is it?

    I also LOVE peonies. I have several in my garden.

    http://lady-mama.blogspot.com/

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  62. Ok, I left my link earlier but didn't have time to party yet.

    NOW I'm ready.

    I would like the I Love You Fortune Cookie Gift - Party Pail- not sure what flavor they are though.

    I also like the Congratulations Giant Fortune Cookie - Dark chocolate with smileys

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  63. Woohoo - PARTY! ;)

    I'm just sitting here sniffing the tulips...my favorite flowers. :)

    Fortune cookies? Got your chocolate - right here! Gotta love those giveaways!

    Can't wait to browse around!

    Jamie
    Saving in Style
    www.savinginstyle.blogspot.com

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  64. Wow. Your VGNO has gotten incredibly popular! Look at all of these people. I'm happy for you.
    Now, what were we talking about? Oh yeah. I might have to pass on that drink because anything except real roses that have a rose scent remind me of that rose perfume the old ladies used to wear to church by the bucket full. Yuck. My favorite flower is lilac. And my favorite cookie would be the white chocolate dipped one.
    Loving my popcorn!!!!!!

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  65. I adore peonies! And dogwoods, too. :)

    Happy VGNO!

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  66. Stopping by late! My favorite flower is definitely Tiger Lily's (in orange)...

    And I think the Old Fashioned Bubblegum fortune cookie sounds interesting.

    Thanks for hosting VGNO! You rock.

    www.journey2learn.com

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  67. I like any flower, really. I don't get them often so if someone gave me weeds I'd probably be thrilled.

    As for the fortune cookies, yum, I'd go for the chocolate one. I'm a huge fan of chocolate.

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  68. Oh bother. Seems I just missed VGNO. Bummer. I'll have to try again next week! See you then.

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  69. Stopping by a day late but better late then never.

    www.momtaxileavesin5.blogspot.com

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  70. me again! :) just wanted to let you know i FINALLY figured out how to add peoples buttons to my side bar and i added yours :) hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  71. my I feel like i ran a marathon to find the bottom of this comment list!!!

    First.. love the video!!

    Second.. fav flower.. Iris today.. tomorrow.. will depend who is flowering!

    Happy late VGNO.. got sidetracked last night !

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  72. This is great! Stopping by from SITS!

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