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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  • Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for entering my draw!
    I blog and I love it. I started so that I could keep those family and friends from afar, up on my life. I really enjoy my connections I’ve made.
    I’ve added you to my Reader ;)
    Love your giveaway, enter me please…

  • Mary says:

    I blog because my husband is active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard and so we live very far away from our family. I blog to keep them a part of our daily lives. Our family loves it and I’ve developed quite alittle following. Stop by sometime!

  • boomeyers says:

    I began blogging on a great financial website so I would be accountable for my wild spending and pay off all my debt. Hahahaha. It is a lovely community of wonderfully supportive people, but I have been contemplating getting a “real” blog out here in bloggy world, to share more with my Christian mommy friends!
    Thanks for a chance to win!
    (Your kids are darling!)

  • Very cool. OKAY something about me, I do blog. I started because I wanted a place to write about things that happen to me, but nothing cool ever happens, so I mainly write about little funny things my girls do, or contests I find. Thanks for the chance.

  • Jenna says:

    I started blogging because… I don’t know… peer pressure, I think! All the cool kids had blogs! ;)

  • Virginia says:

    I don’t blog, mostly because I’m a student and do a lot of writing for school at this time.

  • Linda SS says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this nice array of prizes!

  • Melanie says:

    I don’t blog yet, but reading other blogs has kept me sane this last year!

  • Queen Mother says:

    No blog yet….but soon. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Teri says:

    I have a blog! See above! I just started it (well, actually I started a while ago, but just became more active this year). What a great prize! Thanks for running the contest!

  • amyd29 says:

    im new to blogging,so im looking around,found this cool carnival and its awesome!!

  • aBookworm says:

    I blog, started about 3 years back with just scattered postings. Then about a year back, I discovered giveaways going on in the blogosphere, entered one on a whim and WON! I was hooked. Since then one blog became two became 3!!!Whew! Now there aren’t enough hours in the day to blog :)

    callmeabookworm at gmail dot com

  • Shannon says:

    Great giveaway! I have been blogging since before there was blogging…I guess my official, technically a blog blog started in 1999. I love blogging! If I didn’t blog, where would I write?

  • Hannah says:

    I blog and I started because my mom did. Very cute assortment. I love to right.

  • Melanie says:

    I just started blogging about a year ago as well. I have a lot of friends from far away and instead of writing twenty emails and attaching pics it was so much easier to blog! I love it!

  • Maggie says:

    I don’t blog but I love reading blogs. Hoping to get mine set up soon.This is a great giveaway. Please count me in.

  • Terry says:

    Happy Blogoversary! i don’t do blogs because I am not that good at writing.

  • Kristine says:

    What a great idea for a giveaway!

  • Christina W. says:

    You know I’ve often thought about blogging, I really ought to just do it. Congrats on your blogiversary!

  • Mandi says:

    I homeschool and had so many great ideas and insights to share with others – I love to exchange ideas with others! I have met so many incredible people through blogging! ( :
    Your giveaway sounds great! Sign me up please! ( :

  • Jamie says:

    Hi. I just had a baby– fun fact about me. Thanks for the chance!

  • Jodie says:

    Love it! Please count me in. I am a fellow bloggy addict. :)

  • Amy Kelley says:

    Started blogging to keep family updated on my family and our son.

  • Sandra says:

    I have just begun blogging and love all of the wonderful tips, ideas, and recipes!!

  • Cute giveaway, count me in. Congrats on your anniversary.

    I do blog. I started it because I wanted something for myself that didn’t take me away from my family.

  • jayedee says:

    great giveaway! please throw my name in the hat! good luck everyone!

  • Shelly says:

    Why don’t I blog? Intimidated by technology, do not think I am as funny and insightful as everyone out there, not enough time….so many excuses…..

  • Sheila says:

    What a nice giveaway! I started blogging to keep a log of my sewing progress and to keep my long distance family updated on our family. Thanks for the opportunity to win here!

  • Writing stuff is very fun!!!

    Yes I blog because I thought it would be fun….and it is!!!

  • Suzie says:

    I don’t blog just because I don’t have much time. With a toddler and another baby on the way, I barely have time to check my emails some days.

    suziesdeals20 @

  • vanessa says:

    why I blog…well i love to read blogs so I thought I may have somethings to say that someone elsa would like to hear…

    great giveaway

  • majellamom says:

    I started bloging as a way to journal/vent steam during my second pregnancy. I don’t think I told anyone about my blog til after she was born! Now, it’s just a place to put all my random thoughts!

  • Katie says:

    What a cute idea. enter me please.

  • anita hiltz says:

    What a cute giveaway! I am a mom to three darling and active kids…they definitely keep me busy! Thanks so much for doing this giveaway!

  • leona p says:

    count me in

  • CMerie says:

    I blog because I got sucked in as well. It’s a good way for me to sort my thoughts.

  • Christine says:

    Oh yeah girl, I blog ;-) I could say I do it to share pictures and stories with my far away family and friends … but I do it because I like to TALK! ;-)

  • lindsey says:

    Perfect for writing all those thank you notes that I’ve been putting off from Christmas.

  • jen says:

    Happy Blogoversary to you……great gifts…count me in…thanks

  • Lulu says:

    Blogging satisfies the writer in me…for now. I can solicit the opinions and ideas of folks far saner than me. And someday when I actually get around to things like real life baby books, I’ll have a place to look back to so that I get the story right.

    This is a sweet giveaway. Please sign me up!

  • Amanda Funai says:

    I blog, but mostly just for my family and friends and I don’t update too much. Maybe you will inspire me – I love to read blogs. Count me in.

  • Jack's Mommy says:

    :::steps up to the podium:::

    yes, my name is lisa and ..uh.. i am a blogger. *clears throat*

    :::sits back down:::

    :) I’ve been online since early 1996 (i was 13!) and have been making my own websites since 1998. It was fun to watch the blogging trend evolve around me!

    Thanks for the chance to win this nifty little set! :)

  • Liz Reese says:

    i love to blog. my family is far, and it helps them stay connected to us. i’d give you the link, but it’s “private”. i do, however, have a blog selling felt hair clips if you’ve got a little girl who would be cute in something besides bows ; )

    peek on by. i’m in this give a way too!

  • Cindy says:

    Pretty paper! Actually the labels would be exceedingly handy to slap down if they had my son’s food allergies (scary and all-over the place ones)listed when I sign him in anywhere. I am hoping to start blogging in the fall once I am through remaining school work and our kitchen is done. My husband has gently compelled me to wait for the sanity of the family unit!

  • Emily says:

    Great giveaway! I blog because it’s a great way to express myself since I don’t have daily communication with people since I’m not working any more.


  • Corina says:

    Happy Blogaversary!
    I blog to help keep our family and friends near and far ‘in the loop’ on our lives and goings on. And to share pictures. Much easier to do it this way so everyone can visit at their leisure.

  • Sandy says:

    I’m a new blogger, but I’m really enjoying looking at all the sites recently.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Char says:

    Love the giveaway!! I am one of the old fashioned ones who does still send letters!!

    Blessings, Char

  • I blog in order to have a chance for a little creative me time as the rest of my life moves ahead at a frightening speed with a toddler, teenagers, and working full time. I like having a space for me to write and reflect.

    Please sign me up. I like your writing pack and still haven’t given up on the old fashioned idea of writing letters to my friends.

  • Fizz says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I DO blog – and I love it. I keep a family blog, with pics and videos of my toddler and anecdotes and updates on all three of us, for the far-flung family and friends. But the real love of my writing life is Fizzledink, where I blog semi-anonymously. I get to explore the kinds of writing I hadn’t done since college – and exercise my brain and explore tough topics – and relax and share snarky asides with my friends – and goof off and laugh about Google searches that bring people to me. I blog because I need the outlet, and I’m so thankful for it!

    This is a great giveaway – thanks for hosting!