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Beautiful Christmas Lights Destination! (Warm Beach Lights of Christmas)

This weekend was my third trip to the Warm Beach Lights of Christmas!



If you live in the Northwest, you MUST take the drive up to beautiful Stanwood, Washington and see an amazing show of lights, plus TONS more activities!  You will not be disappointed, trust me!!!

So, what’s so awesome about the The Lights of Christmas?  Let me tell you by the numbers……

    General Event
    93 – Days it takes to set up the event. Set-up begins the day after Labor Day and lasts until opening night
    475 – Kilowatts of electricity used. The highest measure in years past was 510 kilowatts, before transitioning to more LED lights
    18,000 – Light strands, enough to stretch from Warm Beach to Qwest Field
    75,000 – Zip ties used in hanging the decorations
    1,200,000 – Lights, at least, that is where we stopped counting

    6 – Continents visitors have come from (all but Antarctica)
    7,062 – Farthest number of miles traveled by a guest (New Zealand)
    500,000 – Approximate total number of guests attending The Lights since 1997

    Volunteers Last Year
    20,000 – Volunteer hours of set-up and during the event

    Food Consumed Last Year
    80 – Gallons of sparkling cider served at the Dinner Theatre
    283 – Gallons of Ivar’s Clam Chowder consumed
    1,500 – Pounds of dry cocoa mix, enough to make 852 gallons of hot chocolate
    65,700 – Hot, fresh, mini-donuts consumed




Check out my photos from 2010 and 2009 as well!

This post is also part of Wordless Wednesday on the following blogs:
Parenting For Dummies & Seven Clown Circus
And Then, She {Snapped}
Live and Love…Out Loud
Crazy About My Baybah!
Project Alicia

Disclosure: *In order to do this review, I was given media passes to attend The Lights of Christmas. The review posted above is completely and entirely my own personal opinion of The Lights of Christmas.

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*Giveaway* Canvas

Have you checked out my:

8″x10″ Easy Canvas Prints Canvas Giveaway!

Enter for a chance to a custom 8×10 Canvas made of your photo from Easy Canvas Prints!

Now through December 14th @ 12:01 AM EST


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Still looking for the perfect gift for someone on your Christmas list?  Want it to be originalPersonalized? Completely designed by youAffordable?  Be quick and easy with a professional look?!

If so, Easy Canvas Prints will make the perfect gift for any loved one!

Thanks to Easy Canvas Prints, I already have one Christmas gift crossed off my list!  I received an 8”x10” canvas print for my cousin Jaime, made out of one of her favorite photos of herself and Emmalee! 

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Original & Personalized: Anyone can go to the mall and buy a meaningless gift, but you can amaze your loved one with an original canvas print of a favorite photograph and/or memory that will last a lifetime!

Completely Designed by You:  Upon uploading your image to the Easy Canvas Prints site, you can completely personalize your canvas!

  • Size: Pick a size between 8”x8” and 24”x36? or order a custom size!
  • Thickness: Choose if you want your canvas to be thinner (3/4” wrap) or thicker (1.5” wrap)

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  • Display Options: Choose if you want your canvas to be hung on the wall or sat on a table

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  • Border Options:

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  • Color Effects: Choose if you want to change your color photo into Black & White or Sepia!

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Easy Canvas Prints will even do RETOUCHING of photos!

  • MINOR Retouching:

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  • MAJOR Retouching:

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Affordable: The prices for each canvas are beyond reasonable!  I don’t think I could find another equivalent present for my family in the same amazing quality and design, cheaper then Easy Canvas Prints!

Quick & Easy with a Professional Look: I was blown away at how user friendly the Easy Canvas Prints site was! Once I found the perfect photo (that was the hard part!), it took just minutes to complete and design my Easy Canvas Prints canvas with the the step-by-step design process!


Now it’s your chance to WIN your very own 8”x10” Easy Canvas Prints canvas!


Disclosure: I was given a free 8”x10” Easy Canvas Prints canvas in order to review their product.  My opinion and review above is completely and 100% my own.

2011 Shutterfly Christmas Card!

After teasing you all for well over a month with …


The time has finally come to share which Shutterfly Christmas Card was chosen to be the Fields’ 2011 Card!

….and the WINNER IS….




For the privacy of the girls and at the respect of their parents, the girls faces have been blurred out.  However, you can still see how adorable this card is!!

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How adorable is this Christmas Card??  LOVE IT!

If you still are in need of ordering your holiday cards … be sure to check out Shutterfly!  They have hundreds of original cards and not to mention the great deals they have!!

Happy Holidays!

*CLOSED* GIVEAWAY: Win 25 FREE Holiday Cards from Shutterfly

Click HERE to see winners announced!!


Did you happen to see my review yesterday of the amazing Shutterfly Holiday Cards?  If you haven’t checked it out, CLICK HERE to see my review of Shutterfly and their products!!

Today, THREE (3) Cori’s Big Mouth readers will receive 25 FREE Holiday Cards from Shutterfly!!

Don’t forget to vote on which card you think was chosen to be the 2011 Holiday Card for my cousin’s family – see the poll at the END OF the post!!!





Which is your favorite of Cori’s Top 5 Favorite 2011 Holiday Cards?!
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I have to give a shoutout to Laura Jane of Laura Jane Designs who creates beautiful-custom made designs for your blog!!!!  I had the priviledge of having Laura Jane design four amazing watermarks for my blog photos, which I am absolutely loving!!

If you haven’t been over to Laura Jane’s Design Blog yet, you must!  You won’t be dissapointed!!  Here’s her bio from her blog ….

You definitely won’t be dissapointed with any work with Laura Jane!


You can find Laura Jane at….
Laura Jane Design Studio
Personal Blog: Call Me Laura Jane
Twitter: @LJDStudios 

Thank you Laura Jane!!


The above review was 100% mine and I was not componsated for it!  I loved my design by Laura Jane and wanted to share it with everyone!


{Sticky} About One Review & Giveaway

Have you checked out my:

AboutOne Review & Giveaway!

Enter for a chance to win a ONE Year Membership to AboutOne!

Now through April 9th @ 11:59 PST

*CLOSED* AboutOne Review & Giveaway

Congratulations to Our Winner …. HEATHER!!

Click HERE to see the official winner being announced!


How often do you …

Go to a doctors appointment to realize, shoot I forgot the immunization records?

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You head to school to register for classes and find out you need your dad’s social security number?

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Your car breaks down and you need to know the last time you had it serviced?

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You need Great Aunt Agnes’ address?

If you’re anything like me, IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME!  I’m constantly caught off guard in need of important information that I don’t carry in my purse!  Now let me ask you this…How often do you… have your cell phone and/or laptop with you?!  I’m sure your answer to that is ALL THE TIME!

How nice would it be to be able to pull up ONE SECURE SITE and have all this information ready and available instantly at your finger tips?!  Sounds to good to be true doesn’t it?!  Well you’re in luck…ENTER: AboutOne.


This site is amazing, on ONE SECURED site you can store:

  • Family Information: Add important information about each individual member of your family!
  • Phone Book: Keep ALL phone numbers, email addresses, birthdates, etc in one easy to access location!
  • Education: List all school, awards, degrees, etc!  Oh and you can UPLOAD actual documents and awards to keep a copy here!
  • Medical Information: List medical conditions and allergies, current medication, doctors, insurance information, etc!
  • Possessions: A spot to store household and vehicle information! 

The Official AboutOne Overview States:

When was the last time you had to search through boxes, piles of paper, or a filing cabinet for something related to your family? Whether it’s your spouse or child’s blood type, details about a recent home repair, or photos from a recent vacation, with you’ll also have all the information you need, right at your fingertips, to make informed decisions and respond quickly to an emergency.

AboutOne was designed by moms and dads for moms and dads to make managing all that household information fast, fun, and easy. With just a few clicks your information is stored with bank-level security, and all your posts can then be combined or mixed together in new ways, saving you time on everyday chores like creating family newsletters, scrapbooks, hardcover photo albums, and creating and mailing holiday cards, or completing school forms, college applications, caregiver instructions, and tax returns.’s patent-pending service takes just seconds of your time and helps you save time, save money, and be prepared.

Want to find out more? Check out the AboutOne Product Tour!

Did I mention that their site is 100% secured??!!

My personal favorite parts of AboutOne:

  • On The Go Uploads: Email any photos, documents, etc. from your phone or computer to your own AboutOne email account and it will appear on your AboutOne site!
  • User Friendly: 1,000% USER FRIENDLY!  Easy step-by-step “forms” to fill out!
  • Awesome Staff! I was overwhelmed and I put out an SOS to @AboutOne on Twitter and within minutes got a message from Beth, AboutOne’s Customer Service DIRECTOR!  Beth then offered to either call me or would set-up an online chat to walk me through the site!  This was priceless!
  • Everything in ONE Place!


This site is a MUST for any busy person!  I’m a single college student and am loving having all this information available at my fingertips.  I can only imagine how helpful it would be for parents to keep track of not only themselves but their children as well!!


So what does AboutOne cost?  Well in my opinion is it PRICELESS to be able to securely store important and valuable information, so it’s well worth the money money spent!

  • AboutOne Free Passport: FREE (17 day free trial to try all aspects of AboutOne)
  • AboutOne Monthly Plan: $5/month
  • AboutOne Yearly Plan *Best Value*: $30/year

I’m excited to announce that AboutOne is giving ONE of Cori’s Big Mouth readers a one year membership to AboutOne!

~Mandatory Entry~

You must be a Google Friend Connect Follower of Cori’s Big Mouth blog!

Go to the AboutOne website and come back leaving me a comment about what part interests you the most AND why!

~Extra Entries~

Like AboutOne on Facebook and/or Twitter. (2 Entries for Each)

Follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter. (1 Entry for Each)

Subscribe to my blog via email and/or RSS Feed. (2 Entries for Each)

Tweet about this giveaway. (1 Entry per day)

“ Organize & Store your family memories & info w/ a 1yr membership to @AboutOne from @cori_shelley #win #Giveaway Ends4/9 “

Giveaway will end on April 9th at 11:59pm PST. Open to readers in the US Only. I will choose 1 winner via and the winner will be posted on my blog along with an email sent to them. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to me. If I don’t receive a response within 48 hours, I will choose another winner. **Please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.**

* Information came from

In order to do the review I was given a 1 year membership to AboutOne.  The review I posted above is completely and entirely my own personal opinion of the product I reviewed.

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