Thanks to everyone who commented and entered my giveaway! The winner is…
Congratulations, Christina! I’ll send you a note to find out where to send your goodies!
Thirteen years ago I was sitting in my cubicle in a Norwalk, CT office. (Next to the Chick in the Kitchen, actually!) I’d just grabbed a coffee on the way in to work and decided that this was the day I was going to purchase a domain. It was a big deal back in those days! I had an online journal, but was curious about this thing called “Blogger” and wanted my own space on the web.
I tossed a few ideas around in my head and then I looked down on my desk and saw something that resembled this:
And that was the beginning of a crazy journey through this world of blogging. I started out using Blogger, moved over to pMachine (which is still my favorite blogging platform of all the applications I’ve used), and made my way to WordPress somewhere around 2006. I’ve “met” more creative, wonderful people than I can count. Many of these online friendships developed into honest-to-God real friendships and I can’t imagine my life without them.
My blog has seen me through my wedding, the birth of three children, the purchase of our current home, the purchase and sale of a wine shop, taking up scrapbooking (oh, remember the recipe swaps?) and eventually giving it up because there just wasn’t the time anymore, learning to knit, learning to sew, learning to crochet, and many other crafty pursuits. I’ve blogged about sleepless nights, my kids’ milestones, what I’m making for dinner, what I wish I was making for dinner, and many boring stories about “a day in the life.”
I “quit” once. Went on hiatus several times. Changed the name once. (Anyone remember “Parapluie”?) Went private for a while. Deleted and started with a clean slate a few times (but oh, to have all those archives… if I’d only known).
Somehow I can’t imagine not having a blog, especially after all this time. It’s nuts, I know. And I’ll bet that the people I know in real life who know about this blog probably think it’s totally weird. But that’s OK! The people who know me in real life already know that I’m weird in general
Anyway, it’s hard to imagine that if my blog was a person, she’d have her period and be thinking about boys in between writing bad poetry and painting her toenails. Especially since I wasn’t sure I’d even make it through the year when I first hit that “submit” button.
To celebrate this occasion, I’m hosting a giveaway right here, right now!
Please make sure that you use a valid e-mail address when filling out the comment form. If I can’t get in touch with you, I can’t send you the goodies! So. I bet you want to know what I’ve put together, right? Well, it’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I chose items that sort of encompass bits of my personality. Kinda like Oprah’s Favorite Things. Only I’m not Oprah and… well, this is on a much smaller scale Anyway, on to the giveaway!
Good luck and thanks so much for reading!
It’s that time of year again when there are so many gift-giving occasions — Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, First Communions, Confirmations, Teacher and Bus Driver Appreciation days, Graduations, the last day of school. . . Just to, ahem, name a few. Wouldn’t it be great to surprise someone with a unique gift that will stand out from the rest? I’ve teamed up with Cookie Gift Baskets and a few other awesome bloggers to give away an “All Smiles” cookie gift that will surely put a smile on anyone’s face.
Three winners will be chosen at random to win one of four different cookie gifts (valued at up to $47). The choices are All Smiles Cookie Pot, the Smiley Face Planter, the Happy Faces Cookie Pail, or the Happy Faces Cookie Gift Box. They are all so cute and filled with yummy treats — I’d have a hard time choosing!
Use the Rafflecopter widget to enter the contest. A comment on this post is the only mandatory entry, but you once you do that, other entry options will become available.
Please note: When a winner is selected, their entry will be reviewed to make sure they completed the given entry task. This makes it fair for everyone.
Three winners will be chosen at random and may choose one of the four designs shown. Make sure you provide a valid e-mail address, so we can contact you if you are one of the winners. Winners must respond within three days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another replacement winner will be chosen.
This giveaway ends at midnight EST on May 12, 2013. The sweepstakes winners will be announced by May 19, 2013.
Giveaway sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents in the continental states (e.g. lower 48) and only to those 18 years old or older.
Good luck, guys!
Disclaimer: This is not a product review. I am participating in a shared giveaway.
Thanks to all who entered my Nescafe Taster’s Choice Peppermint Mocha giveaway! I’ve used Random.org to choose a winner…
Congratulations to comment #11… Lesley! Please look for an e-mail from me
I love fancy coffee drinks, but I do not love the coffee shop prices or the calories. Peppermint mochas are popular (and so yummy) at this time of year, but the desire for a tasty treat doesn’t have to derail your diet or empty your wallet.
Over a month ago I heard about Nescafé’s new instant Peppermint Mocha. We always have a jar of their decaf Taster’s Choice in the cupboard (it’s D.’s preferred coffee), so I was eager to try it. And when a Nescafé rep kindly asked me to review the product on my blog, I was happy to agree.
Each box contains 20 pre-measured peppermint mocha packets, so all you have to do is empty a packet into your cup and add 6 oz. water (be sure to measure, because the first time I just filled up my mug which resulted in a very weak brew). Personally, I prefer to add 5 oz. of water and 2 oz. of steamed milk (I use my handy dandy Aerolatte to froth it all up). Then I top it with whipped cream and sugar-free chocolate syrup.
Nescafe’s Peppermint Mocha is sweetened with sucralose, so there are only 5 calories per cup. This was great news for us since we try very hard to avoid sugary drinks. If you don’t add milk or cream, there is that typical artificial sweetener aftertaste, but I find that with the addition of a little dairy it’s not even noticeable. I have been enjoying these mochas as a little afternoon treat, or sometimes later in the evening when I get a craving for something sweet.
The folks at Nescafé would like to send a box of their Peppermint Mocha instant coffee to one of my readers (and I really think you’ll enjoy it!). I know the samples on their Facebook page have been going like hotcakes, so here’s a chance to get an entire box all to yourself! Just leave a comment on this entry for a chance.
Prize: One (1) box of Nescafé Peppermint Mocha Instant Coffee
Fine Print: ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PER HOUSEHOLD and IP address. Open to continental U.S. addresses only. Must be 18 years of age and over. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Comments not meeting requirements will be deleted. Giveaway ends at 12:01 a.m. on 12/16/2011.
Disclosure: I received a free box of Nescafé Peppermint Mocha Instant Coffee beverage to review on my blog. I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. The opinions expressed are my own. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Sorry I did not get to announce the winner yesterday. I was at New York ComicCon all day and just didn’t have the ability to get online. Without further delay, here is the winner!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Freschetta is doing their part to support research through thier “Proud to Support Pink” program. From Sept. 25 – Oct. 31 when you purchase specially marked packages of FRESCHETTA pizza and Artisan Pizza Crusts, you will help them reach their goal of a $50,000 donation to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Specially marked packages are printed with codes that you can enter at: www.ProudToSupportPink.com.
Each code entry equals a $1 donation to the center to support breast cancer research, up to $50,000.
You can also share your own story or a loved one’s breast cancer journey, where they will be displayed on the site and on the FRESCHETTA Facebook page for inspiration.
When you enter the code found on the back of packages you will be automatically entered into an online sweepstakes for the chance to win an iPod Shuffle. Fifty will be awarded each week. In addition, Freschetta will match the iPod prizes by donating an additional 200 to four selected cancer centers across the U.S. for patients to use during treatment. The cancer centers to receive the iPod Shuffle devices include:
To help spread the word about the Freschetta Proud to Support Pink program, I’m hosting a giveaway for a great prize pack. The winner will recieve:
The prize will be mailed directly from Freschetta. To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
Disclosure: I am a member of the Freschetta Fresh Connection Blog Team and received promotional material and a coupon as part of my participation in a campaign by Freschetta. I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. The opinions expressed are my own. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.