Category Archives: Giveaway

Time keeper

Beyond traveling, sharing the great outdoors with my family and all our adventures my favorite thing about camping is time. The sheer abundance of it. How slowly sun rises in the morning if you take the time to watch it, how long it takes for kettle to boil on open fire, how hard I try to make the morning cuppa last. Everything seems to be in slow motion yet every single minute is lived to it’s fullest and managed well. There is no wasting time when you are living in the wilderness yet days seem longer.

On one of these mornings on our last camping trip, as I was sipping coffee I logged in to check my mail and received an invitation from JORD to review a watch. I was torn because the last thing on my mind was to keep track of time just as I settled into a routine where hours and days did not seem to matter. But as curiosity would have it I clicked on the link. It was love at first sight. All watches are made out of wood. Light. Stylish. Timeless. So of course I had to have one.

I looked around the shop but it was impossible to choose so I let them surprise me.


Two days later Ely arrived.


This watch is so Pacific Northwest! Love that it is made of wood, yet so light and comfortable to wear. I would say it is half the weight of my metal watch. The dark wood and black combination matches everything and I love that it has no numbers on. Well except for the date. Which let’s be honest I never know which one it is so double bonus!


After having it for a few weeks I decided that I love how this is the first watch I have ever had that I can completely forget that I am wearing. Because in these everyday moments as I obsess with time, worry about running late for school, violin, dinner, bedtime, work, anything and everything I must keep track of time. Yet looking at my new wood watch and feeling it’s lightness it reminds me that soon the days of camping and the luxury of not thinking about time will return soon.



For your chance to win an ELY of your own leave a comment bellow and tell me which JORD watch tickles your fancy.


Disclaimer: This is NOT a paid review. I was offered a watch in exchange for my honest opinion. And I honestly like it a lot!

Very official rules: Anyone can enter, as long as you are old enough to type a comment. I will close this giveaway on Saturday, 17th of May, 4PM Pacific time. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. Good luck.

Koo Koo Giveaway

Guess what?

Remember Koo Koo Kanga Roo? The super fun duo that sings and dances and gets the party started? Yep, those guys!

Well we have been having a whole lotta fun with their exercise video lately and the rock stars themselves send us a Dance-A-Long Party DVD to give away to a friend of ours!!

Wanna be that friend? JUST LEAVE A COMMENT BELLOW WITH A QUESTION YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO ASK BRYAN AND NEIL . They might even tell you if Unicorns are real and why their shoes are golden!
If you feel like you need to get to know them better before you start drilling these two celebrities you can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You have until Sunday, 26th of January 7PM Pacific time to enter this giveaway. I will choose a winner with a help of an app ( naturally ) and send out the DVD anywhere in the world. I will also get the winner the answer to their question. Cause I am awesome like that!

Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post. However the prize for this giveaway was a generous donation by the Koo Koo Kangaroo Band.

I heart Photography Concentrate

Hi, my name is Stasha and I am cheap.

Kind of anyway. I don’t mind spending on gadgets and chocolate, but I always think that I can do things on my own when it comes to service. I have been known to highlight my hair, clean my carpets, unblock the toilet and scale my dog’s teeth. Some with better results then others. Let me just say my son is lucky he has no cavities. And I now find time to go to hairdressers every six weeks.

It is not necessarily money that I am trying to save. But since I have become a stay at home mom I try to do it all. Guilt I suppose… So when I first started learning about photography you could find me on Youtube at 3 AM watching videos of strange men talking about aperture and tutorials on how to edit brown eyes to appear more vivid.

I have come a long way since, mostly due to my insomnia and perseverance. But if I could do it all again I would start by clicking here :


then also downloading this:

super photo editing skills
and skipping a few lattes a month to pay for both tutorials. Sometimes you really do have to spend a little to save a lot.

Why? Because time is precious and if you know how to set up your camera to take photos the way you want early on, your photography journey will be so much more fun. Not to mention the time you will save by editing them efficiently.

Rob and Lauren share our passion for photography. They talk about it in a simple and easy to understand way and their love for it is contagious. Their website is packed with free advice and great blog posts about their equipment, experiences and even failures. I just really like them, that is all. And if you visit their blog you will see why.

Now for a special treat: Here is a chance for you to win an Extremely essential Camera skills tutorial (valued at $50):


To enter

leave a comment telling me which of the freebies on Photography Concentrate you simply must have right now.

If you cannot choose one, that is OK too. I downloaded them all…

For an extra entry you can tell me which of their Top 10 posts of 2011 was your favorite.

If you have done both I will let you enter again by leaving another comment. About anything you want, presumably my greatness.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a paid review. I have purchased both these tutorials and fell in love with them without anyone twisting my arm. Lauren offered me one to give away so you all can take amazing photos just like me her. After telling everyone about how great Photo Concentrate is I became an affiliate today. Because I am a slow learner. But that is OK. In the end I just really wanted you to have as much fun taking pictures as I do.

Very official rules: Anyone can enter, as long as you are old enough to type a comment. I will close this giveaway on Tuesday, 3rd of January next year, 9PM Pacific time. Winner will be chosen by a WP plugin randomly and notified via email. Good luck.