Sunday, March 28, 2010

Just a Little Information

Well, quite a few of you picked up your Close to My Heart orders this weekend!  It was SO good to see you who came by.  Some old and some new friends!  I can't wait for this retreat.  I just know we are going to have to much fun!

Here's just a few things you may want to know...
  • We will have the convention center all to ourselves. (no sharing with anyone this year!)
  • The hotel has free wi-fi in all the rooms AND the convention center
  • You will have your very own 6 ft rectangle banquet type table... you don't share it with anyone!
  • There will even be an extra 8 ft table that is placed in the middle of a 4 table pod for everyone in that pod to share (it's a good place to stash stuff kind of out of your way or put your cricut on it or whatever!)
  • We have access to the kitchen (which is right off the convention center) so you can use that refrigerator and microware and ice machine all you want!
  • The crop room will be open from 6:30am to around 2am.  It will be locked up between 2am and 6:30 so your stuff should be safe.
  • Our block of rooms is in a building just across a driveway and is covered so in the event on inclement weather, you won't get wet (and you can wear your house shoes back and forth from the crop room to your room.
  • Feel free to bring your Ipod or any other form of music, just don't forget to use your earplugs... you may love your music, but that doesn't mean everyone else will! 
  • I probably don't have to say this... but.. No children, PLEASE!
  • The complimentary hotel continental breakfast is for you, too!  We will be having out catered breakfast at 9, so if you need coffee, juice or a bagel to get you started, don't forget to hit that room on your way to the crop room!
  • When you arrive, you can pull right up under the breezeway at the Convention Center to unload.  There will be luggage carriers waiting for you!
  • Check in to your hotel room is 3pm (if they have your room ready, you can check in earlier)  If you want to wait to check in, come on to the crop room and get set up!  No earlier than 1, please... we want to have everything ready for you before you get there!
  • Be sure to find me when you check in as I will get you your drawing tickets, check in your snacks, and all that stuff and show you where your assigned seating is.
  • Don't forget the ScrapNook will be setting up Thursday.  It's an amazing store and you won't believe what all Sheri will bring.
  • Check out on Sunday is 11am, but we don't have to be out of the crop room until 2.  (I don't even want to think about checking out.... that made me sad to type that!

These are just a few things to think about and know.  I tend to think my planning out here on this blog so if you have any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an email or leave a comment here!

Oh, and by the way... At last count... there are 45 auction items!!!!  WOW!!!  Are you getting excited!!!  If you are... you can earn $100 in CROP CASH if you leave a comment and tell me JUST how EXCITED YOU ARE!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Here's the Menu!

Here's the menu I turned in to the caterer today!  
Get you taste buds ready, these ladies are awesome cooks!

Thursday Dinner - 5pm
Fried Chicken
Mashed Potatoes/Gravy
Buttered Corn
Tossed Salad
Dinner Rolls

Friday Breakfast - 9am
Fresh Fruit Basket
Bacon Quiche
Ham and Sausage Links
Potatoes, Peppers and Onions

Friday Lunch - 12:30pm
Turkey, Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
Roast Beef & Swiss Sandwiches

Friday Dinner - 5pm
Baked Ham
Baked Apples
Baked Potatoes
Tossed Salad
Dinner Rolls

Saturday Breakfast - 9am
Scrambled Eggs
Biscuits and Gravy
Bacon and Sausage Patties
Hash Browns

Saturday Lunch - 12:30pm
Ham & Cheese or Chicken Salad on Croissants

Saturday Dinner - 5pm
BBQ Brisket
Roasted Potatoes
California Veggie Blend
Caesar Salad

Sunday Breakfast - 9am
Bagels and Cream Cheese
Fresh Fruit

I will also have 2% milk and juice available for breakfast.  
Plus, there will be coffee and iced tea available all day.

If you have any special dietary needs, please let me know as soon as possible and I will try my best to accomodate your needs.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Who's Ready to Earn Some Crop Cash?

I'm still stuffed up, but I'm feeling like I'm coming back to the land of the living!  And, I'm getting BACK into Retreat Mode!  Which means only one thing.....


Can I get a WOOHOO!!!  (I said woohoo, NOT  "It's ABOUT TIME!")

Let's talk SNACKS!  I know that's MY favorite subject!  This is something I've done since my first retreat and it works so well, it has become a permanent part of the event.  We get such a variety this way and the homemade stuff is always so yummy!

I will have coffee and iced tea 24/7.  There will be sugar, regular creamer and sweetener available.  There is an unlimited supply of ice.  Also, just FYI, I am going to have fresh fruit brought in each morning along with breakfast juices.  And don't forget the hotel has a free continental breakfast available to us.  PLUS, in the next day or so, I will be posting our menu.  I almost have it complete and ready to publish!

For those of you who have been to one of my retreats, you already know the drill, but we have a lot of first-timers, so I'm going to explain.  (by the way this will go out in email format, too, so don't freak if you start getting overloaded with info from me.  I just want to be sure everyone gets the information... wouldn't want to leave ANYONE out!)

You can earn CROP CASH by bringing some/one of the following.  You can choose to bring something from any one category or from as many as you like.  I would REALLY appreciate knowing ahead of time what you will be bringing, so, in addition to the CROP CASH you will earn from the items themselves, you will earn $100 JUST for posting what you plan to bring here OR by sending me an email (and then I will come on here and post for you).  Does that make sense?  If not... ASK ME PLEASE!  Last year, we ran low on a couple of areas and heaven forbid, we run low on snacks!

Homemade Snack - $50
Store Bought Snack - $50
Chocolate - $10 - $50, depending on quality and quantity!
Soda/Beverages - $20 per liter

You will earn your "Food CROP CASH" when you check in at the Retreat.  Get creative!  This can be SO much fun!

Be watching for more posts coming very soon!

Oh... Happy Snowy Spring!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Well, it's more than the Spring Crud...

I gave in.  Finally.  And went to the doctor this morning.  It's a sinus infection and an upper respiratory infection.  Great.  At least, that explains why I haven't been getting better.  So... after a big ole' shot in the backside, a script of Z-Pack and Cough Syrup with Codeine along with some Mucinex... oh and off work til Thursday... I am good to go!  To bed... for now, anyway.  I'll sleep a little and think of some fun CROP CASH OPPORTUNITY I can come up with when I get up later on.  Night, night....

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Spring Crud Hit ME!

Sorry I haven't posted all week.  I've been down with the Spring Crud!  Chest wheezing, cough, sneezing, runny nose... you know that Crud I'm talking about!  I wish it would go away!  I think I'm on the back side of it, though, so be watching for a CROP CASH OPPORTUNITY in the next day or so!  I may not be posting, but I'm THINKING RETREAT!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

What a BUSY Day This has Been!

And it's all been spent on WORKING ON THE RETREAT!  There were 4 of us who flat turned out the goods today!  I think you are going to LOVE what you find your CROP CASH in this year!  And the auction items/prizes continue to grow.  My goody bag stuff should be in by the end of the week (did I tell you it is going to be over $40 in STUFF!).  One of our technique projects are all cut and ready to go.  Name Tags are done.  My house is a wreck, but WHO CARES!!!!  It is in RETREAT MODE, too!

No CROP CASH this time... but thanks for reading!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Right Here... This is It!

This is where you need to post a comment and say... "I Can Blog!" and earn $50 in CROP CASH!

If you are here and you can't post a comment, send me an email at and tell me!  You can earn $50 in CROP CASH by doing that, too!  You just can't earn it twice by doing both!!!  I know you people!  You'll do anything to get some money!

And if you can't figure out how to "Follow" or Subscribe, let me know that, too.

And if you simply don't want to play, that is just fine, too!  I would just like to know so I can MOVE ON!!!  And get to some serious CROP CASH giving away!!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Are You Planning Yet?

So, are you planning what you are going to be working on yet?  It's never too early to start doing that, you know!  If you are one who wants to get lots of pages done, you can pick out your paper and everything you need to finish that page and stack it together.  And then gather just the tools you need to work on those.  How efficient!  I saw someone get 60 pages done on those 4 days!  I was SO impressed!

But if you are one who really likes the social aspect of a retreat, you may want to plan and pack a little lighter!  Take some cards or a special project.  At least that way, you will feel like you got something accomplished!


Leave a comment and tell what your plans are.  Don't worry, no one is going to hold you to it!  It's just a way to earn $200 in CROP CASH!!  Plus you might motivate someone else! 

Have a great Monday!