Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pack your bags! We are going to the West Coast.

Greetings from the West Coast. Also known as the Best Coast and NOT the Wet Coast like I was told yesterday. We woke up this morning in sunny Seattle. Oh, I know. You don't believe those two words fit in the same sentence. The sun shines here, I promise. I am working from Seattle for the next week. Spending time with my family and the last stop on my multi-week birthday celebration.

I love the West Coast. From top to bottom. For those of you who live here, or vacation here, you know all the reasons I like it. And for those of you who have never been, you must visit. Since I am still celebrating my birthday, should you get a treat too? Of course you should.  So I want to bequeath a party favor comprised of two of my favorite things: Vacation and The West Coast.

I have partnered with Larkspur Hotels and Restaurants for something special.  This fabulous boutique hotel group has 23 hotels and extended stay locations from Bellevue, WA all the way to L.A. Including one of my absolute favorite hotels in San Fran: Villa Florence.

And this group of hotels will cover everything you need for a fantastic visit to the Coast so we are hosting the Pack Your Bags Giveaway for a weekend stay at any Larkspur Property! Doesn't that sound fun?

Here are five signs you are LONG OVERDUE for a vacation:

*You drop your child off at school at the usual time. Except school is closed for summer.
*You try to cook your microwave popcorn. Except you put the bag (THIS SIDE UP) in the freezer.
*You start thinking about Happy Hour. At 10:15 am. And no, Jimmy Buffett, it is NOT 5 o'clock somewhere.
*Instead of responding to that problem-laden email at the office, you delete it. And laugh. Before saying OHSH*T and digging it out of your trash folder.
*You wear your flip flops to the office. WITH your swimsuit and sari.

Don't you need a vacation? What is your YOUR sign?

How can you win and start packing your bags? First entry: You must be a public follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me the #1 sign you need a vacation.

Additional entry love. Please leave me a separate comment for each.
1. "Like" Let's have a cocktail on Facebook. This easy  (1 entry)
2. Follow me on Twitter like so  (1 entry)
3. Give the tweetle de dee about the giveaway and send me the link. You can do this daily for one entry per day.
4. "Like" Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants on Facebook with a click of this link. (1 entry)
5. Post about this giveaway on your blog and link back to me. Leave me your link to show the post. (2 entries)

Plus, you should go to their site or FB page, they are doing an awesome giveaway over the next six weeks: hotel accommodations +  airline gift card + restaurant gift card! OH MY!

Pack Your Bags Giveaway will run today through August 8, 2010. One superstar will be chosen at random from all of the entries and will be announced the following week.  Cheers from Seattle and what I hope you will soon call The Best Coast too. Have a fabulous weekend!

167 comments:

Chez Zizi said...

I think I need a vacation because I am thinking about Happy Hour at 10:15am!
I definitely feel like I am losing my mind.

Zizette

Chez Zizi said...

You know I am a follower ( I really think I am a leader but in this case I am a follower.
I hope you have an awesome time!
Zizette

Jules said...

1. Done.
2. Done.
3. About to do.
4. About to do.
5. About to do.

Because who needs a little trippy trip?? Jules!!!!

Doula said...

#1 Reason I need a vacation? There has been more than on occasion where I have jumped out of bed, totally freaking out that I'm going to be late for work. Jump in the shower as fast as I can, throw some make up on, grab my purse to head out the door...only to realize it is Saturday!

Doula said...

Hi again-I have liked your page on FB!

Doula said...

And Hi yet again-I have liked the Larkspur on FB as well.

Susan Erickson said...

I was raised in Vancouver so I know how awesome the west coast is. I need a vacation because I'm still in a huge funk after my dog died a month ago. I could also use a puppy.....

MealPlanningMama said...

Oh Jenny-Mac I need a holiday like you would not believe! The number one sign would probably be the fact that I think of cocktail hour far before 10:15......and i am a public follower!

Suz said...

Thinking about happy hour at 10:15 right here! I'm a follower & would love a west coast vacation!

Kelli said...

I follow your blog (and your twitter account) and I need a vacation because my left eye won't stop twitching. AND the 8th will be my 30th b-day, it would be a great gift!

MealPlanningMama said...

I am a facebook fan!

Suz said...

I now follow you on twitter. I'm scbrown929.

Suz said...

I tweeted! @scbrown929

Suz said...

I now like lets have a cocktail on facebook. :)

Erin said...

Happy Hour really does not start at 10:30am? Crap, I have been doing this wrong for a few years! But on vacation is it Happy Hour ALL day, which is why I need a vacation

Erin said...

I'm a facebook fan too!

Mighty M said...

My #1 sign I need a vacation is my daughter who keeps saying "mom, you need a vacation!". :)

Mighty M said...

I follow you on FB (Teri Peter Milnes)

Mighty M said...

I follow you on Twitter (@mightymfamily)

Mighty M said...

Just became a fan of Larkspur on Facebook (Teri Peter Milnes)

MommaAmma said...

I need this vacation because my finger accidentally slips into baby poop at least once a week.

And sometimes I'm so busy I forget to wash my hands.

Then I scratch my forehead.

Then that makes me a sh!thead.

MommaAmma said...

I like you on Facebook

MommaAmma said...

And I like Larkspur on FB

Melody said...

I need a vacation or I will have to call jail my vacation because I will be put away for a very long time because I'm so sick of the people I work with that bodily harm may come to one or all of them if I don't get away from them!!

Intense Guy said...

My number one sign that I need a vacation is sitting for 5 minutes at a stop sign on the morning drive to work waiting for it to turn green.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I need a vacation because sitting in the kiddy pool is simply not cutting it. (I follow you.)

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I like "Let's Have a Cocktail" on FB.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I like Larkspur Hotel and Restaurants on FB.

Leah Rubin said...

I know I need a vacation because I'm too tired to roll over in bed! Now THAT's tired!

I'm a long-time follower, and just signed up to follow you on Twitter. (What took me so long?-- I was TIRED, aren't you listening???)

Great plans here, hope I get to go!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

How sweet is this!
I need a vacation just cause I like to vacation!
<><

AmyLK said...

I wore flip flops to the office today and its not even Friday! ugh!

AmyLK said...

I already follow you on fb! YAY me!

AmyLK said...

I like Larkspur Hotels on fb!

vanilla said...

Shhhh! The beautiful weather in the PNW from May to October is a secret the natives wish to keep to themselves. (I lived in Seattle seven years and spent four additional summers in Portland.)

AmyLK said...

I already follow you on Twitter! YAY me!

Hampton Rhodes said...

I need a vaction because I'm unemployed AND my hair is STILL turning gray.

Hampton Rhodes said...

i like you on FB

Hampton Rhodes said...

i follow you on twitter

Hampton Rhodes said...

tweeted this http://twitter.com/Prince_Hampton/status/19833548234

Hampton Rhodes said...

also put it on tumblr http://princehampton.tumblr.com/post/875492854/jennymacs-hotel-giveaway

Hampton Rhodes said...

i like larkspur hotels on FC

The Boob Nazi said...

I'm about to start my full-time job. If that doesn't signal that I need a vacation, um, I don't know what else about me would. haha

Ms. Salti said...

Well of course I'm a public follower!

I need a vacation because packing my bags and getting on a plane every week for four weeks in a row should have SOME kind of reward, rather than just work, right?

Ms. Salti said...

And I follow you on Twitter....

Ms. Salti said...

And I "Like" Let's Have a Cocktail on Facebook!

Ms. Salti said...

I'm now "Liking" Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants on Facebook!

Ms. Salti said...

I twittered about it today! There's a giveaway going on over at Let's Have a Cocktail! http://bit.ly/cliYTY

DaisyGal said...

I "LIKE" Larkspur Hotel and Rest on FB

DaisyGal said...

I already like "Let's have a Cocktail" on FB :)

DaisyGal said...

I need a Vacation because between the IVF and having twins now, we are broke...and we've never been broke. We can't afford to take a vacation this year, (which is making me sad) and so I need a vacation because I'm mothering twin toddlers and a handsome hubby and I need a break , complete with umbrella drinks. :)

Marcy said...

I need a vacation because I've had a really rough week....

shortmama said...

My #1 sign that I need a vacation is that my hubs works out of state and is only home 2 weekends a month! Help Im stuck her alone with these crazy kids!!!

shortmama said...

I already liked on FB

Amanda Lewis Short

shortmama said...

Liked Larkspur on FB

Khak said...

I like you on FaceBook

Khak said...

I like Larkspur Hotels on Facebook

Marcy said...

I "liked" you on FB

Tried to follow you on Twitter but can't tell if it worked though...i'll try again later.

Have fun in Seattle!!!

Khak said...

I will need a vacation after the next 2 weeks, when all 8 of our vacation guests go home! haha.

Herding Cats said...

I need a vacation with my boyfriend. We have lived through such a stressful year of very little money and surviving in a new place far away from friends and families. Despite everything, we have endured, but I would LOVE to give him a vacation that he deserves.

Amalie said...

#1 sign I need a vacation? Every day around 3pm I start visualizing a glass of wine. And I don't drink alcohol! (I know, so weird right?)

Amalie said...

I like you on FB

Amalie said...

I like larkspur too!

Writing Without Periods! said...

I know I need a vacation when I can't think of a reason why I think I need a vacation...I'm burned out!!! Please, have some sympathy and give me that vaca.
Hugs,
Mary

P.S. I'm a follower...anything for a cocktail.

Danielle said...

I think I need a vacation because between college and grad school and working, I haven't been away on a vacation that wasn't a work conference of full day classes since 1998.
NINETEEN NINTY EIGHT.. how insane is that.

haha

Danielle said...

and of course I follow

Aging Mommy said...

I know I need a vacation because I have never spent a night away from my daughter since she was born and she is now three and a half and people get shorter sentences that than for the most terrible of crimes :-) Only kidding - sort of. Following you already on Twitter too as well as your blog.

M-Cat said...

I KNOW I need a vacation because I keep wandering around the house from room to room and forgetting what I went there to do. All day long. I'm going insane

Pseudo said...

Jenny Mac, you sure know how to do a give away. And I've been following you for awhile now.

Pseudo said...

#1 reason I know I need a vacation?

My brain is full from remembering where every family member's stuff is in this house, from juggling long distance care of my high maintenance mother's move to assisted living, from staring a new teaching job and writing a new curriculum, from being the end all for all ends; brain so full of other people's needs and agendas that when my brain spilled over my own thoughts got lost on the carpet someplace.

Marcia said...

I need a vacation because I have had to deal with my mother for the past six months while trying to plan a wedding. I love her to death!!!

foxy said...

The #1 sign that I need a getaway? How bout my hubs threatening to pull the kiddie pool out and act like we're at The Fox Resort? I NEED A VACAY SOMETHING FIERCE.

foxy said...

AND I like you on FB.

foxy said...

AND I like Larkspur on FB.

Mommy Lisa said...

I follow and I need a vacation because my company has been SOLD! ARGH.

Mommy Lisa said...

I don't just "Like" you on FB I love you there! ;)

Mommy Lisa said...

Yes I twitter twatter follow you too. Am I a stalker yet?

Mommy Lisa said...

I Liked Larkspur because you told me too!

Mommy Lisa said...

Tweet Tweet - I tweeted the giveaway. Now HOW do you get such fabulous giveaways??? :)

DeNae said...

It sounds fabulous, but I won't enter the contest. I get up there a lot; my uncle has a condo in Redmond. We lived on Mercer Island for seven glorious, heavenly years. I would move back tomorrow, given the chance! Enjoy your family visit, Jenny! Eat at Ivar's for me!

secret agent woman said...

Already a follower (but not a tweeter or anything like that). I need a vacation just because I'm a single Mom of two teenage boys. I think that says it all.

Ed said...

Sun in Seattle?

Bullshit.

This was another one of your lies, wasn't it?

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Yes people summers in the PNW are the best as the sun shines like Bruce Willis' head.

I need a f * * *ing vacation because other than visiting family, we have not had one since 1999. It's called kids in college. Still waiting for that honeymoon since we wed in 2001. If that isn't sad, not sure what is?! Great giveaway Jenny and soak up that fabulous WA air for me too. xx

Science Teacher Mommy said...

I'm a west coaster. (I just threw out my shoulder trying to pat myself on the back.)

And JM--I donated 11 inches of hair a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for the inspiration. Pictures up today.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I followed you on FB ( :

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I follow you my dear on twitter!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I tweeted @dumbwittellher about your giveaway ...

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I am NOW 'liking' Larkspur on FB

Ali said...

Most definitely a follower, and my sign? I accidentally ordered a Pina Colada at Starbucks.

Not really, but I think it's a sign I need a vacation if I've even considered it, no?

Ali said...

Also? I "Like" your blog AND Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants on Facebook, I follow you on Twitter aaaand I tweeted about it. Wham, bam, thank you ma'am!

Dumblond said...

I'm pretty sure my bathing suit has been stalking me...I've discovered it in various rooms in the house and I keep putting it away...but it still shows up...I choose to see that as a sign for a vacation instead of a haunted bathing suit.
You picked a great week to come back! The weather has been so gorgeous around the PNW!

abi said...

I could really use a vacation...it's been an incredibly trying year...husband was in a really bad car accident and was seriously injured so I've been taking care of him and then we were supposed to move to England but that got cancelled and our bags were already packed! We could really use some good news and a nice long vacation! Thanks!

Myya said...

A break...oh my goodness do I need a break! With a hubby that works every.single.day & 3 little ones do I ever need a vacay. Hmmm, this would probably force husband to HAVE to take a day off! :)

Myya said...

I follow!

Myya said...

I like you on Facebook

Meg said...

I like you on FB!

Meg said...

And I like LArkspur on FB!

MommaAmma said...

And a post of course!

http://www.mommaamma.com/2010/07/go-away.html

Nicole said...

I desperately need a vacay because I'm 23 and have no idea what to do with my life. This recent college graduate needs some inspiration.

Nicole said...

Ooh I like you on facebook!

Nicole said...

Now we're twitter friends!...tweinds? Twi Twon't Tknow. Twitter twis twazy!

Nicole said...

I like Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants on Facebook! Man, I really hope I win this :)

Nicole said...

Alright JennyMac, I made a blog post (something I haven't done in a while and really need to get back in the habit of doing). http://lovesnicole.blogspot.com/2010/07/win-trip-sweet.html

Have a wonderful weekend!

Nicole said...

And I tweeted! http://twitter.com/nakennedy

K A B L O O E Y said...

I need a vacation because there's still a month to go until school starts and I am tired of craft projects and thinking up "choices" for every. damn. thing. my. daughter. does. Just put on a pair of socks and eat what I say, kid. Whew. I've only got one chance, being tweetless and Fbook-free, but I'm in it to win it. I'm changing the time on my watch right now, so confident am I...

courtney*adele said...

i'm pretty sure when you feel like going out for lunch is a vacation... you NEED a vacation! the mister and i are working soooo much we feel completely zapped of energy. HELP!!!!!!

courtney*adele said...

i like (love) you on facebook!

courtney*adele said...

i'm one of your tweeps :)

courtney*adele said...

http://twitter.com/rooftoprapture i tweeted about this fab giveaway!

courtney*adele said...

blog love.

http://rooftops-rapture.blogspot.com/2010/07/free-vacation-i-love.html

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice said...

My number one sign? My husband has been gone for over 2 months in another state studying/taking the Bar while i've been home with our son. Any time my son says "mommy" I scream I NEED A BREAK!

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice said...

like on FB

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice said...

follow on twitter

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice said...

tweeted

The Random Blogette said...

I need a vacation because I just found out that since one of the guys that I work with got fired yesterday, I will be doing his job too, as well as my own from now on! 2 jobs!!! YIKES!

The Random Blogette said...

I like you on Facebook!

Bossy Betty said...

Hope you continue to have a wonderful time on the West Coast! Love your giveaway.

The Random Blogette said...

I follow you on twitter.

The Random Blogette said...

I tweeted too! http://twitter.com/RandomBlogette/status/19929687147

The Random Blogette said...

I like Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants on FB.

Hampton Rhodes said...

oh I linked this on my blog http://nathanaelrey.blogspot.com/2010/07/rocky-rhodes-special-kids-need-to-be_30.html

Nicole said...

Since I'm a mom I need a vacation

Becasue I Said So!!!!

Joanna Jenkins said...

AWE-SOME Giveaway. Thanks you so much.

#1 sign I need a vacation-- The idea of someone else making the bed with fresh linens makes me purr like a kitten. I would LOVE to getaway with hubby.

Please count me in. jj

Joanna Jenkins said...

PS I'm already a follower.

jj

HalfAsstic.com said...

Oooooh, JennyMac! If only I could get away for a vacation! Not on my agenda, unfortunately.
Have a ball, honey!

Etain said...

I need a vacation because I'm 30, a single mom with 2 kids and have never EVER been on a vacation as an adult that didn't involve my former in-laws. :/

Baloney said...

1. Done
2. Done
3. Headed there next.
4. Done
5. It will be up tomorrow on www.thatsbaloney.com by 6a (CST, of course).

I need a vacation after school starts. With two kids with special issues this is a really stressful time of the year for me!
And, I deleted a very important email about 30 minutes ago that I can no longer find. Drat.

Hope you are enjoying Seattle! The rain is here on my Colorado vacation (if I told you this wasn't vacation for me you'd never believe me). My boys and dogs are not happy about it, either.

Slamdunk said...

Best wishes to your winner to be.

I hope you enjoy your time back in some of your old stomping grounds and that you all see plenty of sun.

ModernMom said...

lol Beyond your reason #! *You drop your child off at school at the usual time. Except school is closed for summer.

Im just finishing 2 weeks of bedrest and I need to get out of here!!!

modernmom at rocket mail dot com

ModernMom said...

I like you on facebook:)

ModernMom said...

I follow you on twitter as SassyModernMom

ModernMom said...

I don't just like Lakspur I love them! Fabulous:)

modern mom at rocketmail dot com

Grace @ Arms Wide Open said...

i follow publicly. I need a vacation when I obsessively begin checking Smarter Living and travel deals online.
P.S. I LOVE the Northwest! I'm a native!

Grace @ Arms Wide Open said...

i follow on twitter!

secret agent woman said...

Hope the trip is going well!

Just to let you know, I had to change URL's. My avataar now links to the new site.

Hannah said...

I know I need a vacation because my youngest is 18 months old and that is how long it has been since me and the hubby have been without a vacation without the kids!

Hannah said...

I am a public follower of your blog!

Hannah said...

I liked you on Facebook

Hannah said...

liked Larkspur on Facebook! Hope you are having a great weekend!

carma said...

the sign I need a vacation is that we fly so rarely that it is always a stressful production when we finally do go somewhere!

carma said...

follower

carma said...

liked you on FB

Hampton Rhodes said...

OH, posted the giveaway on my blog! http://nathanaelrey.blogspot.com/2010/07/rocky-rhodes-special-kids-need-to-be_30.html

Babes Mami said...

Of course I follow Jenny Mac! I think my sign of needing a vacation is that last week I tried to go to a family event wearing half pjs, half my outfit, I forgot if I showered several times last week and keep wondering 'how bad would it be if I ran away really?'

smartinez03 AT live DOT com

Babes Mami said...

I like you on facebook

Babes Mami said...

I follow you on twitter too!

Babes Mami said...

I like Larkspur on facebook as Stephanie M

SPLENDEROSA said...

Ohhhhhh, JennyMac is this just an unbelievable giveaway. I love everything about the Pacific NW, would like in Seattle if I could. I hate hot weather & I live in Houston!!! Main reason I need a vacation, my daughter who has only been married 4 years (no kids) is facing divorce. She is devastated. For 6 months I've been her housekeeper, best friend, dogwalker, cook & driver; she works in a high-stress job & hasn't has any time off in 1 1/2 years. So there's no joke here. Wish there was. Crossing my fingers big time. xx's X10

Life with Kaishon said...

Holy wow this is Some giveaway :)
I am a facebook fan!

Life with Kaishon said...

Of yours and of theirs : )

Life with Kaishon said...

I am also a tweet follower : )


How nice of them to do this. So glad you are having the best trip : )

kel said...

Follower! I need a vacation because I havent had one in ten years!!

Kristy said...

I follow you, I comment regularly, and I like you on FB. :)
I luuuuv the west coast as well but have never been as high up as you are right now. How cool is that. I know I need a vacation because I might as well go and eat, drink, and be merry. Excercising and practically starving myself the last month hasn't worked anyway.

Erin said...

I am a follower. I need a vacation because I'm tired of explaining to my daughter that she does not and will never have a penis.

Erin said...

and I"m your twitter follower as well (@erinlynn76)

Erin said...

and your FB fan/Like

foxy said...

Okay... and for two extra entries, I blogged about it.

http://foxyden.blogspot.com/2010/08/douchebag-giveaway.html

Do i need to comment again for the x2?

foxy said...

I'm not taking any chances. This is my second entry for blogging about the giveaway.

Now that gives me 5 entries total. My fingers are crossed... :)

Angelia Sims said...

I'm a public follower! I just added my mug to your google friends for all the world to see. CHEESE :-)

I have been dying to go to Seattle for as long as I can remember. I have a HONEYMOON coming up in October. So I need this, my future marriage is on the line. :-D

Angelia Sims said...

I have liked the Let's have a Cocktail FB page.

Angelia Sims said...

I'm already a Twitter follower. Actually I think I was already a FB fan too.

Angelia Sims said...

I have liked the Larkspur Hotel page.

Angelia Sims said...

Not sure how I sent you the twitter link.
Pack your bags giveaway on Let's have a Cocktail blog: http://www.letshaveacocktail.com/2010/07/pack-your-bags-we-are-going-to-west.html

http://twitter.com/angeliasims

I did tweet!

Cathi said...

Pick me, pick me.. :) I live on the west coast, so I know how awesome it is, and vacations are always welcomed in my house as that is the only time I truly spend alot of time with my guy - the workaholic that he is...:) Enjoy your time out west! xxoo

nightowl said...

I'm long Overdue for a vacation because I am losing just about everything lately: my debit card, gift cards, purses, checkbook,mail, keys (even after my husband had six sets made). There are more but I can't remember them right now.

winit6@hotmail.com

nightowl said...

I Like" Let's have a cocktail on Facebook.

nightowl said...

I Follow you on Twitter. @winsome6

winit6@hotmail.com

nightowl said...

I "Like" Larkspur Hotels & Restaurants on Facebook.

winit6@hotmail.com