Moms Own Words Giveaway (CSN Stores $50 GC)

7 05 2010

You have a great chance to win a $50 gift card to CSN Stores if you hurry over to Moms Own Words Blog here. CSN stores have a little something for everyone!

Good luck!

Chivalry is not dead

16 02 2010

Thank you to my Sweetie who tried fearlessly to eliminate the stink that wafts from our washing machine. It was as nice a present for Valentine’s day as the beautiful bouquet of flowers he picked out for me!
Dockers is also out to prove that chivalry is not dead, and would like to hear stories of your chivalrous Valentine’s hero. Hop quickly over to 3Ps in a Pod blog where she is giving away 5 pairs of Dockers Soft Khakis in either a classic khaki color or a cool red. Enter to win here before noon today.

A Firefly Winner!

12 02 2010

And the winner of Kristin Hannah’s Firefly Lane is Angela. Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by. We wish you all happy reading!

Kristin Hannah’s Firefly Lane & Giveaway

2 02 2010

This past weekend, I had the pleasure to host a Kristin Hannah’s Celebrate Our Stories House Party for some of my mom friends. It was very exciting to open the party pack they sent out, with copies of Kristin’s book Firefly Lane for everyone. The book is a great story of friendship and all the bumps and bruises along the way. I loved the way Kristin developed the relationship between the heroines, Tully and Kate, by shifting from one character’s viewpoint to tell a tidbit, then back to the other to fill in another facet. It’s a beautiful story that really hit home for myself and a lot of my guests. We read the book before the party and it was fun to see different people’s interpretations of some of the events in the book and to hear how they related to the story.  Most of us did relate a lot more to Kate as a mom (I personally am an “over-thinker” like her too) than to Tully, who is single, rich, and not the most compassionate person (much of the time anyway). We had a great time, which is probably most evident by the lack of pictures, since after a few glasses of wine and delving into deep conversations, no one was thinking about cameras. It was amazing to be completely absorbed in the fascinating stories of each others lives, but I’m really kicking myself for that one. Sorry! I will share a pic of our yummy pink cheesecakes and two of the “school lunch” raffle surprises that were taken before the party started though. A lot of us really admire Kristin Hannah as an author. She’s a mom too and really discovered her passion and talent for writing in a unique way. Her newest book, Winter Garden, has just come out. I’m only halfway through it and I’m enjoying it immensely. You can read a sneak peek here.

Okay, here’s where you can win something: I do have an extra copy of Firefly Lane that I’d love to share with one of you. Just leave a comment below to be entered.

And some people really like having extra entries: I love how involved Kristin is with her readers, so you can visit her blog or Face Book page and leave another comment back here on something new you learned about her that I haven’t already said (and isn’t said in the comment directly above you). (1 extra entry per site, that’s a total of 2 extra entries)

A side note to disclose everything I can think of regarding this review & giveaway: I received this copy of Firefly Lane as part of my House Party Pack and had the idea all by myself to share a copy with someone reading this blog. I am a member of House Party. I am not related to Kristin Hannah, nor have I ever met her in person, but someday would like to. Neither House Party nor Kristin Hannah have influenced my opinions of the book or this giveaway. I just think she’s a neat author and hopefully, by sharing, at least one of you reading this will enjoy reading her book(s) too.
Giveaway ends the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 10th. NOW CLOSED The winner will be picked at random and will be notified via email. Winner will have 3 days to get back to me, or I reserve the right to pick a new winner. I also reserve the right to delete any comments that are rude or inappropriate. I will be paying to ship the book to the winner myself, so US addresses only, please. Also be aware that I’ll be sending it out via media mail since it’s a heavy hard back book! Thanks!

Update 2/10 Giveaway is closed. Winner has confirmed. Thanks for participating!

Coffee Cookery and The Coffee Shop

14 01 2010

Been thinking a lot about coffee today. My friend had given me “The Coffee Cookbook,” but I haven’t made any recipes from it yet. I was going to post the link to the book, but it doesn’t seem to be available online. If you’re curious, you could probably ask about it at a Dunn Bros. Coffee Shop or go to Coffee Kids: Grounds for Hope organization and find something else to get your coffee fix (the books’ proceeds support Coffee Kids). I want to try the chocolate lava muffins recipe very soon. Maybe for Valentine’s Day?

I also discovered a fun blog called The Coffee Shop. I’m looking forward to hearing about her coffee adventures. Her blog has a giveaway for a starbucks card through Saturday, so be sure to visit soon.

BJ’s GC giveaway

7 01 2010

One way our family saves money is by shopping at BJ’s wholesale club. We’re a smaller-sized family, but there are plenty of things that we go through regularly that we can stock up on in bulk. Some people do really well playing the drugstore games and getting things like razor blades and toilet paper for dirt cheap or free, but I appreciate not having to worry about following weekly sales on these kinds of things. BJ’s is one of the few wholesale clubs that does accept coupons too!

Right now, Coo Coo 4 Coupons is hosting a giveaway and you could win one of two $25 gift cards to BJ’s HERE. (ends 1/8) Good luck!

ERGOBaby Carrier giveaway at My Wee View

19 11 2009

I’m intrigued by the style and practicality of the ERGObaby carrier. I’d love to have one to carry Mighty Man around in.

ERGObaby is offering a lucky My Wee View reader a HandsFree System, consisting of an ERGObaby Carrier, Backpack, and Front Pouch. Enter here at My Wee View.

My Wee View Visit My View for lots more Christmas gift ideas too.

Breezy Oaks Boutique

14 11 2009

I love little boutique stores. It’s always interesting to see what little treasures people have discovered. Breezy Oaks Baby Boutique is a good example with beautiful gifts for babies and kiddies. And, I especially like that their store has a link to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

After you find something you like, you can win a $25 gift card to the Breezy Oaks Baby Boutique at Two of a kind, working on a full house blog here. (through 12/2)

Bibi & Mimi Shoes

2 10 2009

I love cute little baby shoes! Bibi & Mimi is another shop that makes adorable footwear for the wee ones. Mighty Man could really use a pair of shoes that aren’t pink and girly! Don’t you think these taxi cabs shoes are fun? If you agree, run over to Mommies Angels and enter her giveaway for your own pair of Bibi & Mimi shoes here. (Ok, so they won’t fit you, but you’ll get to see them on your little guy or gal, so good luck picking your favorite!)

Bloggy Giveaways

26 01 2009

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button

Time to pour another cup of caffeine and hit the keyboard—the quarterly Bloggy Giveaways are here this week. With hundreds & hundreds of blogs participating, there’s a giveaway out there with your name on it, so go explore some new blogs!