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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  • Angela says:

    I started my blog to find a way to share pictures with family without emailing everyone all the time. What a cute pack of items to give away!

  • Linda says:

    Please enter me!
    I blog on a private myspace profile. Someday, I would like to get a “real” blog going, but I don’t want to put more time into my computer right now.

  • Jendi says:

    I just got my own url in December! Exciting for me.
    I blog for social interaction and writing practice, and would love to make money doing it.
    Please enter me. I still mail letter through the postal system, too.

  • BP says:

    I have been blogging since this past summer. I had started reading some blogs of friends and thought it would be fun to have my own. I record memories with my son & husband, and also do book reviews and love Thankful Thursdays.

  • Liz says:

    Hi! I too am a stay at home mom who use to be a teacher! What did you teach! I had an elementary license and special ed and was teaching middle school emotional disabilities before having my son! I am sooooooo glad to be home now! Come over and visit my blog some time and please sign me up for your contest!

  • LivingforGod says:

    I blog because I want to record what’s going on in my life and my family and to share God’s faithfulness…ultimately to point people to CHRIST!

  • Adriana says:

    I don’t blog. I would like to, but every time I try to start, I don’t know what to write!

    I am a blog-reader though :)

    Thank you for your giveaway!

  • Laura says:

    I just starting blogging last April and I have become addicted. It’s a great outlet for a stay at home like me, who has mostly little kid conversatoins.

  • Carmen says:

    Happy Anniversary! I blog alot. I have been blogging for almost three years. I started blogging when we moved to Indiana from Tennessee. I started so that our extended family most of whom live in Tennessee could keep up with what is going on with us.

  • Liz says:

    I do blog and I really enjoy it. My hubby is in the Air Force so we are away from family. I started blogging when we were in Japan and I was pregnant with my son so that all my family could keep up. Now it has grown into what it is today.

    Happy anniversary. Thanks for being so generous.

  • Jennifer P. says:

    I started blogging because my friend dared me and I never pass up a challenge. Never knew what I was getting myself into! Blogging is worse than caffeine or cigarettes :)!

  • Amanda Moore says:

    I love to write blogs, they are a great way to get your feelings out there for everyone to read and receive comments on how to deal with things mentioned in your blog.

  • Tracy D says:

    I blog so that I do not go crazy with 3 kids at home! LOL

    Please enter me in your contest amd feel free to stop by and say hi at my spot!

  • Christine says:

    What a great question. I started blogging because it is the easiest way to get pictures and the latest stories about my kiddos to their distant grandparents. I love being able to put up the story and not worry that I’ve skipped someone with pictures or letters. Maybe a real letter might be nice one day. Thanks

  • Shawna says:

    Holy cow! Look at your comments! Congrats on your upcoming blogoversary!

  • I blog bc its cheaper than a therapist!
    I hope I win!

  • rubia says:

    I blog to have an emotional and creative outlet other than looking for the face of Mother Theresa in the poopy diapers.

  • crystal allen says:

    i have just recently discovered the world of blogging. i enjoy reading other peoples blogs but i haven’t considered writing one of my own. i am also a stay at home mom. thank you for the contest!

  • Charity says:

    Yes, I do love to blog! I like to talking to people.

  • Gail says:

    I started blogging b/c my sister was! And I thought it would be a great way for my kids to keep up with us but they don’t read it!

  • I do blog but I’d like to be more faithful at it.
    Great giveaway.

  • Beth says:

    Great goodies! My blog started as more of a photo journal to keep track of my progress on projects I was working on. As I grew acquainted with other bloggers, I started writing more about what I was doing and how I felt.

  • Suzanne says:

    I blog, but only on myspace.

    If you’d like to check it out,

  • michelle says:

    i blog at lj anyone wanna new friend its michellelynn22 i like to just let evberything out and have others read and comment

    enter me please

  • Jenny-Lynn says:

    Happy Blogoversary!

  • Caroline Morin says:

    I SHOULD blog, I’m sure it’s therapeutic… but I’m afraid of being honest and open. I don’t want to offend anyone or expose my deepest, darkest feelings.

  • Joanna says:

    I blog. I don’t do it very regularly yet, but I do like doing it. Why do I blog? I’m trying to be a better homemaker and I’ve noticed a lot of women like me who use their blogs as tools to help motivate themselves and others. I thought it would be a good way to motivate myself and to keep track of how I’m doing.

    Enter me in your giveaway, please. Thank you!

  • Piseco says:

    I do blog, mostly to keep a running record of our homeschool, and to keep in touch with far-off family. Thanks for the contest!

  • val says:

    I just started blogging and love it!

  • Morning Rose says:

    I love blogging, as it combines my interests in reading, writing and photography.

  • Karen says:

    I am an aide at a school. This is my second year. I started last year at my daughters’ elementary school, which was also my elementary school when I was a child. I didn’t like working in the classroom although I did adore the kids. This year I transferred to a high school for a more clerical job. Now I really like my job (most days), but I miss the students and staff at my old school. It’s just not the same and I miss seeing my babies throughout the day.

    No, I don’t blog because I think I ramble too much and it would bore people. Plus I’m kind of a flake when it comes to stuff like that. I love to write, but have the work it takes. LOL!

  • Mandy says:

    I do blog, I have a private family blog and a public Cooking for Kids blog. My girls and I really bond in the kitchen so I wanted to encourage other mothers to do the same.

  • Tesl says:

    Thank you for this Give-a-way.
    I do not blog because, I am shy some-times. Do not to share life.

  • Marly Lynk says:

    I started blogging to keep my long-distance family updated on our everyday lives. I continue because it’s fun!

  • Stephanie says:

    So generous of you! Please count me in! stepfh at hotmail dot com

    I tried blogging for a while about what it’s like to be the mom of an autistic child but found that I didn’t have enough to say, lol.

  • Bailey's Leaf says:

    I suppose that I lurk, because if I blog I think that the house will never be cleaned!

  • Richelle F says:

    I don’t blog… yet :) It may not last too much longer!

  • Sara says:

    Thanks for signing up for my magnet drawing! This is such an adorable set… thanks for posting it! Please count me in!

  • Shay says:

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway. Congrats on your anniversary.

  • Melissa Allison says:

    Please enter me! Thanks!

  • taryn says:

    I would love to win this! Thanks so much for a great giveaway!

  • Amy says:

    What great prizes. My youngest daughter is crazy about frogs, so the magnet would be a nice Valentine’s surprise for her. I just started putting together my blog today, and I am hoping I can get the hang of it.

  • Taowyn says:

    I have a craft blog but since my room is in the process of being redesigned, I have not done much crafting. I do collect Target gift cards and that is one I do not have.

    taowyn (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Great giveaway! I blog – started doing it to a) feel like I was doing SOMETHING other than bottles & diapers all day and b) because I wasn’t finding the time to scrapbook anymore. I’m addicted.

  • katie says:

    What a GREAT giveaway!! Thanks for the chance to win!!


  • Andrea says:

    Sounds great! Please count me in! :) And yes, I blog…why? Well, it started out as a way to keep in touch with friends and family…updates, etc. But now I’ve met so many other great bloggy friends too! I love it!

  • Carol Ezovski says:

    I just started blogging. I also like contesting and mystery shopping.

  • Stefanie says:

    Hey! I’m not a blogger, but only because the rigorous college life leaves me little time for anything but studying…and entering free give-aways of course!

  • Angela says:

    OMG i love that little frog! And the Target GC ROCKS!