Saturday, April 30, 2011

Twilighters Dream Birthday Challenge

In celebration of my birthday on Friday, May 6th and Rob's Birthday on Friday, May 13th, I've decided to make the Twilighters Dream Challenge a little more fun by turning it into a game with winners and prizes!


Here are the details of the challenge should you choose to accept it:

We all have a little bit of Twilight in our neck of the woods whether we notice it or not. I challenge you to find those special places and take a picture. It can be anything from a street name, a place, person, car... ANYTHING that reminds you of Twilight. Remember the more original the "treasure" you find the better chance to win!

Here are some examples that I have found near me.

 


Once you take the picture email it to me at twilightersdream@gmail.com 

Be sure to include the following information along with your picture. Copy and Paste if it's easier to remember.

1. Your name
2. Where you live? State or Country? (so we know where these little corners are)
3. What's in the picture?
4. How does this reminds you of Twilight?
5. Which Team Are You? Team Edward or Team Jacob?

I will reply to your email when I receive it so you know that I got it. :)

The challenge will begin on Sunday, May 1st and will end on Tuesday, May 10th. This gives you 10 days to find all those little places of Twilight in your neck of the woods and email them to me by 11:59 pm EST on the 10th.

On Wednesday, May 11th, I will post all the pictures for you to vote on your favorite. The TWO US pictures and ONE International picture that get the most "likes" will WIN. That's right we will have three winners! Voting will be open for at least 48 hours so ALL our friends will get a chance to vote for their favorites. Voting ends at 11:00 am EST on the 13th.

The winners will be announced on Friday, May 13th! That's Rob's Birthday! :)

Don't forget to email your photo(s) and the five questions listed above to twilightersdream@gmail.com. Please don't post them on the Facebook page. Thanks!

You may submit more than one photo but you cannot be the winner of both prizes. This way its fair and fun for all. :)

HAVE FUN and HAPPY HUNTING!


*Prizes have been announced! 
There will be one US Team Edward, one US Team Jacob & one International Winner!*


Check them out here.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Always dreaming and planning...

Recently I've been doing some planning and dreaming up some ideas for my Breaking Dawn Party. I've already chosen a THEME which I'm not ready to announce JUST yet but I have to say I am VERY excited about it. I think it's very fitting for Breaking Dawn and I can't wait to tell you....

Since I already have a theme in mind, I've been doing some shopping to help me come up with some ideas for the decorations, favors, etc. Last week I created the Save the Date for the party and last night I found some glitter hair and body spray which will be perfect to make us all SPARKLE like vampires!


Today I did a little shopping like Alice!. :) I am going to a Royal Wedding Viewing Party on Friday and we're supposed to wear a big hat. Since I do not have a hat naturally I had to go shopping for one. While I was looking for a hat I got distracted and some how ended up in the dress section. I am sooooo glad that I did because I found a dress that had me smiling from ear to ear! I almost died when I saw it.

I found the absolute PERFECT dress to wear to the Breaking Dawn Party! I couldn't believe it. It's absolutely perfect for my theme and everything that I have......oops I'm saying too much. ;) I almost don't want to show it but I am just sooooo excited that I have too. LOL 


Not only did I find the perfect dress but I found TWO! I'm not sure if I'm going to save this for my next Breaking Dawn Party in 2012....now I'm planning way too far ahead... but it was too cute and perfect not to buy it. Who knows I might wear it for my 30th Birthday in a couple weeks or to the movie premiere in November.

When I saw this dress it totally reminded me of a SEXIER version of Bella's Honeymoon Dress that Alice would pick out for her to wear. 




What do you think? I love it!

I did eventually find a dress and a hat to wear to the Royal Wedding Party on Friday after all my twi-shopping! Of course what I found was also cute and twi-ish since it was black and white. I can't seem to get away from those two great colors.


It was definitely a very successful afternoon of shopping that I think Alice would be proud of. Keep checking back for updates on my plans and details on my Twilight parties.

Another piece of "Twilight in Florida"

Well today was a fun day! I found another little piece of Twilight in my neck of the woods. SUMMIT CHURCH! :) I drive past this every day but it didn't dawn on me until now the names relevance. I love finding a new spot to add. Check out all the places that I have found so far in my "Twilight in Florida" adventure.

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Twilight Adventure

I have been waiting to have a weekday off for awhile now so I could go out and do some exploring. I created this little adventure for myself called, "Twilight in Florida". Since I haven't been able to take my dream trip to Forks, Washington yet to visit the real town and all the surrounding places where the books are set and the movies are filmed, I thought it would be fun to find those little places of Twilight in my neck of the woods. Finally I had the day off this week so I could go on my little adventure.



I had a few places in mind already but I was excited to see what others I could find. I loaded up the car with a fully charged camera battery, my list and a few friends. ;) I also had my dog, Dakota, with me because he was going to the groomer while I was exploring. He is soooo Team Jacob. He's my little wolf!


Dakota on the way to the Groomer


The adventure started off right away with a little drama as soon as we left the driveway. Dakota must not have liked the fact that Edward was in the car because he immediately jumped from the front seat to the back seat! He was right on top of Edward and his over grown nails/claws scratched poor Edward. Ahh! I know! Needless to say I was NOT happy to see him damaged. I felt like Edward when he said to Jacob, "If you ever bring her back damaged again, I don't care whose fault it is...." What a way to start the adventure...with a fight scene! LOL


Note the scratches on Edwards chest :(

After dropping Dakota off at the groomer I was in my twi-glory and the adventure continued. I made my first stop and was a little nervous to get out with my friend, Jacob. There was a lot of activity around and school was letting out so there were buses full of kids everywhere. I said 'screw it' and embraced my twi-hood and confidently stood on the street corner with my camera and Jacob. HAHA That sounds funny!


I successfully got my picture with Jacob at Taylor (Lautner) Lane. I was so excited and couldn't wait to capture all the little places of Twilight around me. Next stop, Bella Court.




Bella Court is this little road next to Walmart that is only one block in length. Taylor Lane was easier because it isn't a very active street so I could easily get out with Jacob for the picture. As soon as I turned down Bella Court, "Chief Swan" was on the side of the road. Ahh! I said abort mission and come back later.


As I made my way to the next stop, I drove around the back roads to see if there was anything to discover. It didn't take long at all to find several streets that I didn't know existed or had never noticed before and made the connection. 


I can't tell you how excited I was each time that I found one. I would squeal and pull immediately...well safely... pull over to the side of the road and hop out for a picture of two. I won't spoil all the little treasure that I found so you can have fun looking at the pictures on my Twilighters Dream page.


Dakota after the Groomer :)

The adventure was a HUGE success and I had a LOT of fun. It was even great to have some "friends" along for the ride.


Unfortunately I will have to get a new Edward before the Breaking Dawn Party as he was injured while out on location. LOL I guess Dakota did a good number on him not only with the scratches but he must have "worn" him down. While I was taking pictures at one stop he broke in half. I know! It was horrible! But it's also kind of funny thinking about it now because it adds to my adventure.


Edward can now easily sit down. He's not so stiff! lol

Hop on over to my facebook page to check out all the great places I found. Don't forget to follow along with me as I continue on my quest to find "Twilight in Florida!"

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What to wear... What to wear...

If you're attending a Twilight Party why not dress is costume! Dress up as your favorite character whether it be Bella, Alice or Rosalie. What about being a Volturi member like Jane or a nomadic vampire like Victoria! There are so many options and possibilities!!


One of my friends dressed up as Jane. She put her hair up in a bun, wore a simple black dress with a cape and knee socks just like Jane did. She also covered her face and arms with light colored makeup to give her that pale vampire look. She also ordered red colored contacts online to achieve the Volturi eyes. It looked great!

If you don't feel like dressing in costume you could also wear your favorite Twilight shirt and show your love for your team. Doesn't matter if you're Team Edward, Jacob, Emmett or Jasper... all Cullen's and vampires are loved here! Shirts can be found just about any place Twilight merchandise is sold.


Another one of my friends dressed us as Breaking Dawn Bella! She wore her favorite Twilight shirt and "Cullen Eyes" that she got from the Twilight Convention. She was pregnant at the time of the party and she drank out of a styrofoam cup with a straw just like Bella did when she drank the blood in Breaking Dawn. Fun!


If you don't feel like dressing up or you can't decide which one is your FAVORITE shirt you can always wear Twilight colors such as black, white or red. To make it fun you can add a Edward or Jacob button to your shirt and tie a red satin ribbon in your hair to be like the Eclipse ribbon. Ribbon can be found at any craft store and buttons anywhere Twilight merchandise is sold.


I dressed up as Bella from New Moon! I found her authentic Birthday dress and jewelery set at Hot Topic and FYE . The dress retails for $100 but you can find it online. I've seen others sell the dress on eBay for about $70. The jewelery set I got on sale for $25 but you may be able to find it cheaper or for a little more. 


To be the best Bella that I could be I dyed my hair for the FIRST TIME to the darkest brown I could find in a washable dye. I got two bottle (for long hair) of semi-permanent hair dye at Sally's Beauty Supply. It only last about 5-8 showers and looked great. I also went to the eye doctor and had an eye exam so that I could get contacts. I do not wear glasses or contacts so this was dedication! You must have a eye doctor check you out before ordering contacts online and I knew that I wanted to get the Cullen and Volturi eyes eventually so it was worth it. After the exam I ordered a box of plano brown contacts to cover up my blue eyes so I'd look more like Bella.

I think it turned out great. What do you think?



Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bella Bucks

Have you ever done a great job at work or went out of your way to do something nice and it went unnoticed? Just a simple "thank you" or "great job" from your boss would have been nice to know that you are appreciated! Well I do!

I always make sure that I give my staff (or TEAM members) feedback, compliments and acknowledge when they've done something good. If they increase their sales goal, get a compliment from a customer, or go above and beyond what is expected then they get BELLA BUCKS! Bella Bucks are money that they can use in the store towards their employee purchases.



Wouldn't it be cool though if it was REAL MONEY that we could use on a daily basis?!?! How awesome would that be. I'd love to carry around a wallet full of Bella's. It would definitely show how popular and how far and wide the Twilight fandom has spread. Move over Lincoln and Washington, here comes Bella! LOL

I also use Bella Bucks as personal motivation to get myself to the gym! I can then "cash" them in and buy more Twilight stuff!! LOL It works for me! :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dreaming up a Party

So what’s a Twilighter to do when she feels like Vampin’ it up??? She hosts a TWILGHT PARTY!!!


As soon as I thought of hosting a party, I went online and started looking for ideas. I found several websites where others had posted what that they had done. I used some of their ideas and expanded on of them but also created and dreamed up a lot of my own.... that was the fun part!



I wanted to make sure that everything was Twilight related in some way or another. It had to relate to the books, movies, characters or be red & black, which was the theme!  All my friends were asked to dress in costume, wear their favorite Twilight shirt or red & black!


Over the next several blogs I will share with you all my plans and ideas so you can dream up and host your own Twilight Party. I will give you details on the menu and also include recipes on how to make everything. I will share with you ideas for decorations as well as fun games and prizes to give away.  Lastly I will share what I did for party favors so you send your friends home with something fun to keep the party going. 


Follow along because the fun is just beginning....


First Blog - What to wear, what to wear... 

Second Blog - Twilight Party Menu

Third Blog - Twilight Party Decorations

Fourth Blog - Twilight Party: Bella Cake and Flowers

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Bite

I love ANYTHING that has to do with The Twilight Saga. It all started when I saw the trailer for Twilight. It was already out on DVD so I thought I would see what it was all about.  


After I watched the trailer I was like, “OMG!! Why have I not seen this already?!?!?!” I don’t know what BIG rock I was living under (maybe it was the one from the Lion & Lamb scene)


to have missed the books and to miss the first movie release but I am WAAAAYYY out from under it now and CRAZY with OCD!!!!


After watching Twilight I went straight to the book store and bought all four books! I read right through them and just like all of you I was BITTEN!! I started collecting stuff, joining fan websites, reading, and doing anything that I could to get more information and to connect with others that shared this same LOVE! 


How did you get bitten?

And that's a wrap...

The filming for Breaking Dawn has wrapped. It's a sad day for all Twilighters as Rob, Kristen and Taylor say goodbye to our favorite and beloved characters (...wait there not real?!?) *laughs*



Check out this great article where Rob talks about the end of Breaking Dawn and saying goodbye to Edward Cullen. (Click)




They may not be filming anymore but we still have Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2 to look forward too! Plus we always have our books to continue to read and maybe more to come (Midnight Sun...hopefully)! We can watch the movies over and over and over again!!! But best of all we have great fan pages and the friends that we have made to keep the love alive! 


Don't forget we always have parties too!!! My Breaking Dawn Party is August 13, 2011.


Who knows we may have another book and movie in the future sharing Jacob & Nessie's story.




Well a Twilighter can dream can't she....

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hallmark's Eclipse Ornament for 2011!!

I have a Hallmark EXCLUSIVE here for you!!!!! I manage two Hallmark stores and I just went to a Holiday Showroom and saw that we are having an Eclipse Keepsake Ornament of Edward, Bella & Jacob for the 2011 season!!! The ornament will debut (in all Hallmark Gold Crown Stores in the USA) on July 16th at our Ornament Premiere!! I will post a picture of the actual ornament when it arrives in store. 

Updated - 4/18/11: I got a new color photo of the ornament today!



Updated 6/30/11:



If you're interested in ordering
an Eclipse Ornament email me:

Updated 4/26/11

I've had a lot of people asking what last years ornament looked like. In 2010 Hallmark had a Twilight "Edward and Bella" ornament. It sold for $14.95. I know that my store sold out and we helped sell out another store as well. This was the SINGLE most popular ornament we've ever sold. I'm sure you can just imagine. :) We sold 71 of them! I checked with our other stores and there are no more to be found. :(  Sorry I tried!


If you are interested, I've seen this ornament on eBay or you can also check out Hooked on Hallmark Ornaments! :)

Thanks to Elizabeth Kraft for the tip. :)


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Edward is always sparkly!!

I finally received my Edward Bling Necklace in the mail!!! I entered a contest with Twilight Blogs for a chance to win 1 of 6 necklaces and to my surprise I won!!!


After receiving the necklace my best friend and I went on a photo shoot to get some great shots of me with my new necklace!!! I love it!! This will be the perfect addition to my outfit for the Breaking Dawn Party in August!!



Check out the rest of the pictures on my page Twilighters Dream!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Did someone say Twilight Party?


What's a Twilighter to do when she feels like VAMPIN' it up?? She host a Twilight Party! I hosted my first party last year on August 28, 2010.  Check it out on Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJFJZv1eRZY



I will be hosting my second party this September in FORKS with Our Twilight Corner, Pure Twilight and Twili-fye
SAVE THE DATE - 9/10/11

In the meantime, I'm keeping myself busy planning the party and keeping up to date with anything Twilight related. Also since my dream trip to the NW is not for awhile... <sniff sniff>  I can't help but find my own little pieces of Twilight in my neck of the woods. Check out my series, which is still a work in  progress, called Twilight in Florida!

You can find it on my Facebook page @ Twilighters Dream