Giveaway Time –> Happy Blogoversary to Moi!!!

Welcome Bloggy Giveaway participants and everyone else!   (Details of my giveaway below)

February 4th marks my 1 year Blogoversary! It is hard to believe that a year has passed since I became sucked in  addicted  welcomed to the wonderful and wacky word of blogging.So much has changed during this year. I am no longer teaching, I am a stay at home Mommy to my two little boys (NHL 4 and JSL 8 months). This has changed my life the most. I am not stressed like I was a year ago (the stress is just different now). I have time to spend with my boys and I enjoy doing things that I want instead of lesson planning and correcting papers in my spare moments outside of school. I do miss the kids and my fellow teachers, but at this point in my life this is where I need to be – with my husband and two boys.

I am going to take a minute to thank some important people. Please excuse me if I forget someone, it is not intentional. Very little sleep this weekend can cloud my memory banks –> teething is EVIL I tell you!

  • Laura – thank you for helping me to set up my original LJ blog. I kept reading yours and wanted to try something to release my stress from life at that time. So now you are technically to blame for the blogging addiction and the renewed knitting fascination.
  • My Porkloving Cousin – you may not know this, but you were a HUGE inspiration. I used to squeal when I would read your latest entries. I can not wait to read the book that you author  someday. I expect an autographed copy when it comes out – do not forget that!
  • JL – my husband and webmaster all in one! Thank you for putting up with my blogging craziness. It is too funny how we now look at each other when something happens and say "BLOG!" I love you and am so thrilled you made me jump ship from LJ to my own special place. I owe you big time — *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge*
  • All of my S3Mommy, May07 and Local Mommy Group friends with blogs (Sandy, Nancy, Renee, Kmelion and others) – You read, you commented, you helped me to explore my writing style. . .  you are the best!
  • Kim – Thank you for introducing me to the Swaparooni group. What fun I have had with this amazing Flickr group thanks to you telling everyone all about it.
  • Mrs. OMSH – the founder of the Swaparooni group who helped me to make some amazing bloggy people (CityStreams, Airing My Dirty Laundry, Coolbeans, Bethany Actually, SAJ, Dutchblitz and so many others). Heather, you have inspired me with your fun, fresh and real blog to be myself and let my sarcastic and fun side show. Plus I have to include lots of photos of my kids and things. Thank you for being an inspiration. You and Jessica are two of my mentors (there are others too – so no hard feelings for not mentioning all of you now).
  • My boys – for giving me things to write about, photos to take and being super cute subjects for Mommy to use on her blog.


 Why I am hosting a Giveaway:

While roaming around the Blogosphere I have found so many other blogs that I try to read daily (thank you Google Reader). There are too many to mention here and I am  working on a new blogroll to give everyone some linky love. One of these blogs is Rocks In My Dryer. Shannon has another blog that showcases giveaways – perfectly titled Bloggy Giveaways. This fall she helped to arrange the Fall Y’All for people. This week she is organizing a Bloggy Giveaway Carnival. The timing is perfect with my Blogoversary so I am joining in with my first giveaway!!!! 



My Giveaway Details:

I decided to put together a cute package to help busy people to have things on hand for when they actually need to write and not e-mail someone. Yes, some of us still do that from time to time! So without further babbling, here is a photo of my goodies:

Things for my 1st Bloggy Giveaway

Included: (1) A sheet of custom made address labels. I will put whatever you would like on them – you do not have to use Blue the dog.  (2) A package of 10 blank note cards   (3) A little memo pad with a pen (perfect for keeping in a diaper bag or purse to capture bloggable moments).   (4) Magnetic Listpad  (5) Gold and Silver metallic gel pens.   (6) Valentine froggy magnet   (7) $5.00 gift card for Target to get a little something special for you.   Other surprises may get tossed in along with these, but these are definite.


Now for some rules/details of the giveaway (this is the teacher in me doing this):

  • To enter all you need to do is leave a comment. Only one comment per person and please tell me something about yourself. Do you blog? If you do. . . why did you begin? If you are not a blogger – why not? Come on you know you want to blog – see peer pressure exists even in the Blogosphere!
  • Any duplicate entries will be deleted and not eligible.
  • Please be sure to leave your e-mail address and/or blog so I can contact you for your information when you win.
  • A winner will be randomly selected from all of the comments by (no trees will be killed in the making of this giveaway).
  • Entries will be accepted until Midnight EST on Saturday, February 2, 2008. I will announce the winner here and post it on Shannon’s website during the day on Sunday, February 3, 2008 (the day before my 1st Blogoversary).
  • Unfortunately, due to being a SAHM and living on a budget, I must limit entries to people who are living in the United States and Canada only. Sorry to my other international friends, but man shipping charges are just crazy these days.


With that I hope you enjoy this and look forward to meeting new friends out there in this fun filled Bloggy world that we live in.



Comments closed 2-2-2008 . . . winner announced very soon!!!

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  • Grace says:

    Happy anniversary to you! I won’t be asking to put my name in the draw because I am not from the US. :-)

    Goodluck to all!

  • Jenn says:

    I love this idea! Please enter me in!

  • Deby says:

    Blog why?????
    I love meeting people….and this is a great way…

    Add my name in, please

    yesipray at gmail dot com

  • VERY cute!!!!!
    Thank you!

  • supertiff says:

    wow, you really came up with a great prize. i only heard about this about 8 hours ago, and i really wanted to join in, but i had to find prizes from stuff that i already had on-hand. (RE-GIFT! RE-GIFT!)

    i just adore this idea…what a wonderful way to bring people together.

    so, yeah. this is me saying that i want your note cards, etc. and you’re more than welcome to stop by and toss your name in the hat for my goodies, too.

  • Renee says:

    Happy Blogoversary! And thanks for the shout out! :) Why I blog? Find out here! :)

  • Megan says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, not a blogger yet, but I love reading others! Happy Anniversary :-)

  • carol says:

    What a nice giveaway!

    Yes, I blog. I got started just because I like to write but it has turned into so much more than that!

  • Shalee says:

    I do blog, but it all started because I wanted to leave a comment at Antique Mommy and she had no anonymous commenters and before I knew it, I had a blog in order to say something to her. 2 months later I started blogging.

    I bet AM is sorry she had that “no anonymous comments” on her blog now…

  • Michelle says:

    I love to create things. It’s my passion. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Jessica says:

    Great prize! I’d love it!

  • This is a great give away pack! Please count me in.

    Why did I start to blog? Good question…I like to write and I am also a Pastor so it seemed like a great way for me to motivate, inspire, and connect with others.

    Thanks and Take Care,
    Melissa in Mel’s World

  • brandy w says:

    i do not blog. no time too. i have three kids. 2,1, and 1 month.

  • Momala says:

    Great giveaway! I am a fairly new blogger, just started in November. It’s addicting!

  • Aura says:

    I spend so much time reading other blogs when would I have time to start my own??

  • Lesha says:

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  • Bonnie says:

    Cute prize package! Yes, I blog. I consider it a grown-up version of show and tell for my sewing and knitting efforts. I love getting inspiration from others’ blogs.

  • Lisa says:

    A fun collection of goodies!!

  • qtpies7 says:

    Oh my goodness, I love blogging! I love to talk, and my blog can’t shut me up, lol. And I love doing reviews and getting freebies to review, that is a huge bonus for me. I am opinionated!

    I was just saying how I need to carry a pad and pen to write down bloggy things when I am out becuase my memory is failing my after 7 kids! Please pick me! LOL

    (oh, watch for your giveaway on the linky, because you didn’t link directly to your giveaway post, it may be removed, its the rule.)

  • Sara L. says:

    Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for offering up such a generous and thoughtful giveaway…Love it all!

  • Sara says:

    Great giveaway. I am a new blogger and am really enjoying it. I have some giveaways on my site.

  • Megan K says:

    I do blog…but mostly pictures so that our family from all over can stay up to date on our little adventures! :)

  • Thanks for the giveaway! I started blogging not too long ago–mainly because my sons were starting and I wanted to keep my hand in and my eye on what was going on. Now, every once in a while, I have a thought that is fun to put “on paper.”

  • Randi says:

    Great giveaway. I do blog – I started as a way to keep in touch with friends and family but it’s become an addictive outlet.

  • Geri says:

    I LOVE THIS!!!!! Fun, Fun, Fun!!! Please count me in !

    I am a secret art freak

  • Sarah Ellis says:

    Do I blog? Yes I do, I like to show off new items from my store and I also love making people smile. Apparently, some people think I am funny. ;-)

    And I love posting photo’s of my beautiful and silly kiddo’s

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Britni says:

    I used to be an avid journal writer but found that took a little too much time every night. Now I’m an avid blog writer and find it takes away too much time, but it’s a great way to keep track of my life.

  • Crystal B. says:

    Happy Blogiversary. Love your giveaway.

  • Bebemiqui says:

    I blog for the support. Great giveaway!

  • stephanie says:

    New to the blogging world. Consider me a lurker…

  • I blog – because I love the blogging community and because it’s a great way to stay in touch with people and also journal my thoughts and my kids’ milestones. :)

  • Alaina says:

    Happy 1 year blogging! I just celebrated 2 years :) and started as a way to keep in touch with friends but it’s become much more than that as I’ve met new people and started sharing alot about the cooking and some about adoption. :)

  • melissa says:

    count me in please!!

  • Mama Luxe says:

    I started blogging on my first blog because my husband was deploying and I wanted to share our story. Now I blog about motherhood and baby products.

    Cute basket–please enter me: mamaluxe at gmail dot com.

  • ktjrdn says:

    I started blogging to keep in touch with my family. I had been doing it for over a year before I realized that there are so many great communities out there for bloggers. It was then that I started doing it seriously

  • What a great giveaway!

    I do blog…I started blogging with a few friends from a message board (years ago) just as a way to do my journaling online. (I’ve journaled for as long as I can remember)…My blog now is a lot different than when I began. When I first started, it was basically what my day was like…which moved to how my pregnancy was doing and what my children were up to…now it’s more along the lines of my Spiritual growth and of course stuff about my day and children are in there at times.

  • Katie says:

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

    I love stationary, and don’t really have any.

  • Ashley says:

    I would love to win this, I do blog but only a protected one for my husband to see pictures of our daughter while he is traveling. Thanks, Ashley

  • Amanda says:

    Hi there! About me…I try to blog…but I get distracted and busy and don’t have time! I am trying to be better though!

  • Tonya says:

    I blog to connect to the outside world LOL Tonya

  • Mommy C. says:

    Please include me too. I blog, and I blog so long distance family can keep up with us; a creative outlet for myself; a way to witness about Jesus and his finished work on calvary, and making new friends. :)

  • Angie says:

    I started blogging to share my papercrafting projects with the rest of the world. Thanks!

  • Very Sweet Giveaway! LOVE the froggy magnet he’s adorable.

    I am a blogger, and have had this blog for almost two years. And have enjoyed every minute of it. I started a blog before this one as a journal for my Type 1 Diabetic son. It’s not abandoned, I just need more time to manage more than one blog.

    Cout me in.

  • Michelle says:

    I originally got started blogging because we were relocated all the way across the country from our friends and are in a completely different country from our families. Blogging provides a way for people to find out what we are up to. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.

  • Paige says:

    I love the prize. I really do enjoy writing and receiving thank you notes. I blog. Oh, I love to blog. It’s like hosting my own little talk show. One with a very small viewing audience, but still a little talk show.

  • Hannah says:

    i blog b/c it forces me to write frequently…and it forces me to write for an audience (whether anyone is reading or not)..both are good for a former diehard writer who got distracted with motherhood

  • Robin Smith says:

    what a great goodie package! From one SAHM to another…thanks for the opportunity to enter. Please count me int!

    Oh, and I do have a blog and I first started it to keep friends and family updated on happenings in the family but then it kind of morphed into a place to record goals to better myself…sorta.

  • kelly says:

    love to be entered-looks like a fun package-thanks so much!

  • Your giveaway is so cute. I am a blogger. I recently started my blog so I am still a little new to it all. I had been reading Mom blogs since I was pregnant with my son and finally decided that I wanted to get in on the blogging thing too.

  • Lifesong says:

    happy almost blogosversary!

    yes, i blog. i love to journal things about my kids, show pictures after pictures of my beauties, and express myself.

    my email is

    your giveaway is great!!