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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  • Smellyann says:

    I blog because we’re military, so our family is all far away, and blogging helps them keep up with the growing kids! thanks!

  • Meghan says:

    How fun! Please enter me!

  • Kim says:

    I love the color green! That frog is too cute!

  • abrianna says:

    Yes I blog. I started becuase I realized in reading other folk’s blogs that I had more to say than comments allowed for.

    Also my husband suggested I should.

  • Trista says:

    I blog…. kinda…. okay, so I am not a very faithful blogger at this point. I want to be, I really do, and I think of things I should blog about. It just seems like I’m always somewhere inconvenient when I think of things to write.

  • Tonya Williams says:

    I blog because it helps me share my ups and downs with other women just like me!

  • Talitha Lee says:

    I don’t blog for a couple of very simple reasons. Item one, I’m very sarcastic and the universe isn’t very full of people who enjoy reading large doses of snark on even a casual basis. Item two, With 2 kids, 13 cats and a dog to deal with every single day (don’t even get me started on the housework) I never seem to have the time.

  • april says:

    Happy blogaversary! I’m coming up on my one year in April. Is it appropriate to bake yourself a cake to celebrate?

  • michelle says:

    That froggie magnet is SOOOOO cute! Count me in!

  • Awesome giveaway!!! Please count me in!

  • tracy says:

    i am not a blogger(yet) just a reader. i never new their were so many blogs out there i’ve only been reading them for about 5 months but i’m addicted!!! i am thinking about starting a blog but i need to learn alittle more first, so thats what im doing with looking at so many- getting ideas! this is a great giveaway!please sign me up!! thanks,tracy

  • Michele says:

    Count me in please! Yes I have a blog and I love blogging. I started to keep family and friends in touch with what our family is up to. We are a homeschooling family and it has been a great way to keep everyone in touch.

  • Noreen says:

    I just started blogging this month

  • Carol says:

    I started blogging in 2001, mainly to meet people and get some things off my chest. Please enter me. Nice prize!

  • Megan Marriott says:

    Just started blogging last year!

  • Meagan says:

    I do blog. I started last year as a way to sort of photo journal and keep relatives up with what’s going on in our lives. Also it’s a great escape to just sit and type.

  • seven says:

    I do blog, and I think it’s because when I type, I can get my thoughts out of my head and into the open so I can process them, which I can’t do when I’m talking to someone face-to-face. And it’s a lot more fun to have some feedback than to just write in my dusty ol’ journal. Your giveaway is really cute… please enter me. :)

  • shell says:

    Love that frog prince. I started blogging to go along with my digital scrapbooking addiction. Thanks

  • Elliemae says:

    I started blogging because I absolutely love to journal and I have a million journal books. This way all my journaling is in one place.

  • Nicole says:

    I blog for a place to share ideas. I mostly blog about crafty stuff, but my life works it’s way in there too. I guess I just needed a place to ramble and show off the stuff I work on with out the obligatory nod you get from loved ones that have already seen the 14 quilts you are working on!! :)

  • Noel Rosborough says:

    I don’t blog

  • Rhonda says:

    I blog because sometimes I need someone else besides the dog to talk to! :)

  • missy says:

    i started blogging last may. i love to read other people’s blog :) i can get lost in the blog world!

    thanks for the giveaway!


  • Ronnica says:

    Fun! Happy blogoversary!

  • ukrainiac says:

    I first started blogging simply to keep my family and friends informed of our life in Ukraine as missionaries. (I do have a stateside address…just in case I win!!)…

    I definitely DO still write “snail mail” so your giveaway is perfect! (If I win, I’ll drop you a note from Ukraine!)

  • Anonymous says:

    am not a blogger,but this contest has given me an opportunity to view an area of great interest to me now!

  • Erika says:

    Not a blogger yet… Very quickly getting hooked and will more than likely soon join this fun crowd!!! I am also an x-teacher SAHM! Loving every minute of it!

  • Anastasia says:

    How lovely! :)

    I started my first blog about ten years ago :) I’ve since expanded into other types of blogging :)

  • Katelyn says:

    Ohh, yes, I blog. I started because I was sick of handcoding my website pages every time I just wanted to make a quick update. And then I happened across a blog and fell in love.

  • Count me in. I love your giveaway!

    I started blogging because I am passionate about finding healthy foods for my family and I wanted to share the information I was finding with others.

  • Shana says:

    What a wonderful giveaway. Please count me in and thanks for giving us the chance to win. :o)

    Yes I blog. I love blogging. I am a SAHM of three boys and blogging has giving me a connection to the world outside of my home. I love being able to make connections with other mothers!

  • Maggie Smith says:

    Thanks! I love stationary and Target!!

  • Harlan says:

    What a great giveaway. Well, I don’t have a blog because I really don’t know how to start one. However, I’m thinking about doing a celebrity one.

    jafarhie [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • Renee Johnson says:

    I love this package, it’s chock full of good stuff. I am not a blogger. It is for fear that my life is too boring and well it is. LOL!!!
    I don’t think people would find that much interest. I live vicariously through bloggers.

    Thanks for the great contest and Good Luck Everyone! :)

  • tami lewis says:

    i’d love to win this! mmm, something about myself- i am pg with my 7th baby (also have 6 in heaven) and i’m due in sept!

  • Rachel says:

    What a great giveaway. Something about me…I met my husband on the internet and we’ve been married for 4 1/2 years with one baby!!! Life is good!

  • Dara says:

    count me in! I love to write. I have a blog about my daughter!

  • kelly says:

    I started blogging so I could show my knitted projects and it will keep me on track to finish projects.

  • Nodeerhere says:

    How exciting. Count me in!

  • Lisa's Chaos says:

    Wow you do have a lot of people signed up! Throw me i nthe hat too please. :)

  • Tracee says:

    I blog and have my own website – it is so much fun. This is a great giveaway:)

  • Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much for the giveaway. I would love to be entered for a chance to win please. Thank you

  • Kelly says:

    try to blog but only a few times…not very consistent..i am a teacher so there’s not much time left for that…
    enter me please

  • Nice gifts! I’d love to have them.

    Yes, I am a blogger! And my mission is to find us all cool and free stuff online. Free I found, but cool is yet to be discovered. But with all those giveaways, we are all sure to have a few hundred chances into giveaways of cool stuff. :D

  • Lesley says:

    What a great idea!! I know there are many times I want to write someone, but do not have the things handy. Great prize!!

    BTW–Yes, I have a blog actually I have two!! :0) The reason I started blogging was because it looked fun!! :0)

  • Tracy says:

    Great giveaway

    tnayar at verizon dot net

  • Audra Marie says:

    I am a blogger with a few blogs actually and I love having a writing outlet, meeting new people, and entering fun contests, memes, etc. :)

    Blogging is such a fun hobby!

    Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  • Holly says:

    Awesome giveaway. Thanks! I blog because I love to write and it’s been a great way to meet other people.

  • AnneJ says:

    I started blogging as a way to keep family and friends updated on our homeschooling adventures.