Friday, October 28, 2011

Week View #9 {Update}

I haven't done one of the InstaFridays in a LONG while it seems.....
{This is usually a week's view of life, but this time it will be the last 2 months! gasp!}

A lot of LIFE has gone on since my last real update, so be prepared (as always) for lots of photos :)

Matt and I enjoyed Charleston's Restaurant Week in September
We went to Fat Hen and High Cotton- YUM

Matt, Mama Pepin, & I playing with the new Photo Booth "Chipmunk" view
at the Apple Store. Hysterical. We were laughing so hard at ourselves.

My first time out Shrimping

Every morning Beaux goes into our room to sleep in the sunshine :)
Such a sweet boy

So glad that I can call this city as mine (for the moment)

Went fishing with the boys, but we left due to the crazy mosquitos
Still, before the sun set, it was beautiful :)

Went to the Kentucky VS South Carolina football game with a few of our dear friends. 
Sadly, my poor Wildcats endured a beating :(

Matt and I enjoy shopping at our local Asian market
It even has it's own restaurant and the sweet lady said she would cook
Gung Bao Ji Ding for me if I ever wanted it!! MMMM!

Tried out HUSK (best new restaurant 2011- Bon Appetit & Southern Living) for lunch
 with a friend from KY and her friend. We enjoyed good food & shopping!
Dessert was superb and I wanted to steal their wine bottle glasses

Dinner date @ Whole Foods ;)

Went to Sullivan's to watch the sunset and had fun playing in the tide pools.
I've never seen so many starfish and hermit crabs in one place!!

Drove with our brother & sister in law to McClellanville for dinner
@ T.W.'s with our aunt & uncle that were closeby visiting.

Went just the other day to get my craving fix at RITA'S Ice :)
(and that's saying a lot when it's less than 10 min away!)

(This was just last night) Matt, his brother, and their friends went
shrimping last night and came home with over half a large cooler full!!!

So, that's all the catching up from the past two months!!
My life isn't as interesting as the photos appear to be, but 
I've been so blessed with our time here and being closer to family.

Instagram: Jamie Pepin/Lifeasapepin
if you wanna follow my adventures :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Fall Bunting Vine Wreath

I love Fall {and I love this wreath}!!

I had a vine wreath on hand that I had already sprayed in Krylon's Ivy Leaf. 
I wrapped it with some shiny brown wire garland. 

I bought 3 bags of the styrofoam gourds in green, yellow, & orange
and hot glued them to the bottom half of the wreath (Thank You Dollar Tree).

Next, I made the "Happy Fall" bunting by cutting little triangles out of a linen type fabric, stamping out the letters, and sewing them onto a piece of twine with the zigzag stitch. 
I tied the ends at the back of the wreath.

Lastly, I made some felt rosebuds in yellow and orange and attached 
them in any open gaps I thought needed them :)

PS- Sorry for the yellow-ish photos- I am learning how to shoot in Manual so
please forgive me til I get the hang of it :)

See the full list of where I PARTY!!!
& The Fall Wreath Challenge @

and Don't Forget to Enter the

(ends November 1st)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Coton Colors {& a Giveaway}

Have you ever heard of Coton Colors?!!
Well, even if you have, I'm about to tell ya a little bit about this wonderful company!!

Founded in 1995, Laura Johnson was inspired by the celebrations of her own life. As Laura's life progressed through the years and her family grew, the Coton Colors line evolved and still continues to!
Coton Colors' products are some of the most coveted pieces for decorators and gift seekers across the nation. Their products are available in more than 3,000 stores (WOW!). With it's humble foundations (Laura's own garage), to the company it is today, not much has changed in being a leader in the giftware industry encouraging it's customers to mark all the celebrations of life with fervor!

{For several years I have bought many of their products and I love each and every one!! I guarantee you'll love their stuff!!}

So, I'd like to share with you a couple of the things that Coton Colors offers to celebrate life with:

Happy Everything
The most popularly known product of Coton Colors is their Happy Everything line. Their top-selling piece is the Original Platter which features 69 interchangeable attachments (WHOA!).  The range of attachments aren't limited to just the 4 seasons and major holidays- they are for the Happy EVERY Day (and changing the attachments for different events is so much fun)!!! It would be special to have an attachment for your child's birthday, the first day of school, high school graduation, or even a family member's wedding day!!
HINT HINT: These make awesome gifts for teachers, parents, and friends :)

Happy Everything has also been made into other great pieces (as seen below)!!
Don't these just make you SMILE?!! 

Magnetic Chalkboard, Picture Frame, Wreath, Message Board, & Cookie Jar


{I love my Mini Platter (on the R) & enjoy decorating it for the holidays!}

The NEWEST addition to the Coton Colors family is the "Happy Everything Cookbook"!! :) 
The book includes:

* 70 delicious recipes paired with beautiful photos & tips on every page
*Decorating ideas that include Coton Color products with style & simplicity
*All of the recipes are centered around 11 Memorable events 
*Each individual recipe is unique enough to be made for any occasion

The cookbook is so new, in fact, it hasn't even hit the stands yet!! If you Pre-Order your cookbook before November 3rd, you will receive a signed copy by Laura (the creative Designer) & Susie (the fabulous Cook)!!! They are also having a Happy Everything Cookbook Holiday Tour (check to see if they're coming to YOUR city) to share their cookbook & meet fans!!! 
What a perfect gift to give to someone that loves to cook and host parties!!

Think Pink
Since it's still the month of October, I thought I would share that Coton Colors is dedicated to the cause for raising breast cancer awareness. For every pink ribbon attachment or believe/hope/pray ornament purchase, they are donating $1 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
The ornaments can even be personalized with a name & date or a special event!

There are several different seasonal items to use in celebrating throughout the year. I especially love their serving pieces for a holiday party or family get together! (The new chevron pieces are my favorite!!)

They have great items for Thanksgiving Dinner, a Harvest Party, or enjoying Halloween

Throw an Easter Egg Hunt with these sweet items :)


Have a girlfriend getting engaged or married? These make great gifts!!
{I have the "Just Engaged" picture frame given to me by my BFF}

The Christmas items are SO stinkin' cute & they even have Religious themed products!
{I have several of the Christmas ornaments and like hanging them on my tree each year!}

How cute are the new Chevron pottery pieces?!

Coton Colors has an awesome selection of leading Universities (39) and Greek (15) items to choose from!! They have ornaments, picture frames, plates, wreaths, baby gifts, wedding gifts, and platters (you name it!) to tailgate with or decorate on Gameday!! Grab some gear and cheer on your favorite team!!
{Had to represent my alma mater & the hubs}

And last, but not least, is the Coton Colors blog. The blog was started by Laura (the owner and creator) over a year and a half ago as a way to celebrate life and share new ideas. By being a subscriber to the blog, I'm able to receive firsthand knowledge about products, giveaways, discounts, decorating ideas, and fun features. I love it! Head on over, check it out, and become a follower now!!

I hope y'all enjoyed reading about the amazing things that Coton Colors has to offer! :)

And now one of my lucky readers has the chance to win THIS........
A Mini Happy Everything plate Party Hat attachment
{A $60+ value!!!}

To Enter the Giveaway:
1. Go to the Coton Colors Website & comment BACK HERE on my blog with your favorite item!

Extra Entries:
2. SUBSCRIBE to Coton Colors Blog
3. LIKE Coton Colors Facebook Page
4. SHARE this Giveaway on your Facebook
5. TWEET this Giveaway (include @lifeasapepin & @cotoncolors)

*PLEASE leave a SEPARATE Comment for each thing you do!!!!


The Giveaway Ends:
Tuesday NOVEMBER 1st, 2011  
@10pm EST
US Residents Only
Celebrate Life in Style!

{This giveaway is for Life as a Pepin readers (please subscribe thru email, follow with GFC, or subscribe to posts if not already). The giveaway product was sponsored by Coton Colors. Once the winner is drawn, I will provide them with the winner's information (Please allow time for a response and the mailing of your prize)!!! I did not receive monetary compensation for this giveaway, but was provided with a "Born to Blog" ornament and Press Materials. Facts were provided by Coton Colors/The Mayfield Group. The views and opinions are my own.} 
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