Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Holy Cow - It's a Blog-iversary!


I cannot believe that I missed my blog anniversary on Jan. 20th. I had in the back of my mind that it was coming up, and then it slipped by and I missed it altogether!
Soooo....
I want to post a couple of giveaways to celebrate my blog-iversary. I am going to take entries until the end of this week - so please enter by midnight, Friday, 2/1/08.

1) I picked up this book awhile ago and thought it would be perfect for a giveaway.



You Can Do It!: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls
Grandcolas was an experienced sales and marketing professional embarking on a writing career when she died on United Flight 93 on 9/11; her husband, family, and publisher rallied together to complete her outstanding debut, which encourages middle-aged women to do the things they have always dreamed of doing. The text-patterned after a Girl Scout manual-is made up of seven "badge" categories (e.g., "Dare," "Create," and "Learn") that are further organized into activities such as learning to skydive and care for one's car and building family rituals or breaking bad habits. Each badge takes readers through the task from start to finish and includes excerpts from professionals in that field. A bibliography of books, magazines, and web sites for further information is included. A pure pleasure to browse, this is the perfect gift for those celebrating 40th birthdays and beyond and will enjoy a high circulation among public library patrons. Highly recommended. Library Journal

Not long before 9/11, Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas posted a motto on her refrigerator door: "Get busy living or get busy dying." The 38-year-old marketing executive, pregnant with her first child, had recently started work on a book encouraging women to pursue their dreams—no matter how outlandish—even as they struggled with the daily demands of children, marriage and career. Grandcolas came up with a set of "merit badges for grown-ups" and even hung her old Girl Scout sash above her desk as inspiration. Before she could finish, Grandcolas was killed aboard United Flight 93. After her death, Lauren's husband and sisters gathered her notes and met with her agent. This week, Chronicle Books will posthumously release "You Can Do It! The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls." "She truly, truly wanted women to get out there and taste life," says Vaughn Lohec, Lauren's younger sister. "But it's bittersweet that she can't be here to talk about the book herself." Newsweek



Want to fly airplanes? Break a habit? Learn photography? Grandcolas demystifies 60 popular activities here. Low-key visualization and a biographical page featuring a talented mentor kicks off each chapter. Badge steps follow, conveying all the necessary how-to's. Margins contain revealing anecdotes, plus thumbnail definitions for mastering each skill's language. For example, the wine appreciation chapter offers brief descriptions of common whites and red, tips for ordering in restaurants, a glass guide, and suggestions for creating a wine journal. The final step--stocking your own cellar, in this case--concludes with a hearty "Congratulations!" and tips for venturing "Beyond the Badge." A pageful of resources including books, magazines, web sites, and related organizations completes each chapter. For those who groove on such things, 60 silver-dollar-sized merit badges await earning (okay, they're just really pretty stickers at the book's end). Never motherly nor professorly, You Can Do It! fuses straight talk and wry humor to keep the read enjoyable, and success within reach.--Liane Thomas

Winner: Comment #22 - Amanda

2) For all the fabric lovers I know, I am also going to give away a yard of fabric for you to do something fun with!

Winner - Comment #98 - Katie

3) I will also give away a child's felt hair do-dah of your choice (a couple of examples are pictured)




Winner: Comment #119 - Sheila

4) I will also give away a burp cloth and onesie baby gift set

Winner: Comment #122 - Heather

Soooo... that means there will be 4 winners. All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered. Please make sure that there is some way for me to contact you, either through your blog, or you leave an email address with blogger when you post. So, in other words, if you leave an anonymous post, I will not be able to get in touch with you about your loot!

I listed this giveaway on bloggy giveaways. Click here to go there!

I have used the random number generator to choose the winners. I will post them soon!
Click here to see the winners!

144 comments:

Tami said...

Missy-

I love the Merit Badge book, I joined a women's grop that is using that book as a "guide" Absolutely wonderful...It has definately reopened my imagination and allowed me to "Dare to Dream". What a wonderful give away, I am sure whoever wins it will love it! Hope you are doing well!

Tami

Ashley said...

Wow, that story was sad but yet amazing! With three girls I am diggin' the hair clips.

kacey@doodlebugspaper.com said...

Whooo Hooo! Love a giveaway! Happy Anniversary!

sbonetsue said...

What fun, four chances, count me in for the fabric!!!!

Andie said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Mama said...

Happy blogiversary!
Sara

GeorgiaBelleBoutique said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!
Congratulations!

Jenmomof4 said...

The book sounds great!!

I love the hair clips that you made!!

lelly said...

happy blogiversary, missy! love what you're bringing to your blog lately.

Melissa said...

happy blogiversary!

ScrapFairy said...

great giveway.
count me in.

Earthmama said...

Oh, crossing fingers for the baby set for number four due in just a few more months!!!

Hillcrest Acres said...

LOve it all. Those barrettes were adorable. Please count me in.

The Dukes Family said...

Love your giveaways. Thanks for hosting!

Dollymama said...

I would love that book. Great giveaway! Thanks for participating.

heather said...

Cute barrettes!
hanourse[at]gmail[dot]com

dawn224 said...

I'd love a chance to win! Thanks! Dawn :)

(contact info - dawn at kaiseralex.com)

Paisley said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Miscellany Mom said...

such fun gifts!!

Geri said...

Great Giveaway!!! Thanks
Gerijones64@hotmail.com

Stephanie said...

Please enter me!

Amanda said...

All the stuff looks wonderful. Thanks for the great giveaway -- count me in! Also, stop by my giveaway. Free chocolate. Don't miss it.

The Chatty Housewife- said...

I have no clue which one of those prizes I would want the most, they are all great. Yard of fabric probably comes first, then the baby set. :) What a huge giveaway!

nw_wife(at)hotmail(com)

ikkinlala said...

Happy blogiversary!

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

Count me in please.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Stop by my place to win a bath set & candles or one of two copies of a book I'm giving away.

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings

Isil Simsek said...

pls count me in!

Tia said...

Oh lots of things! They all sound great.
Tia

devildogwife said...

Just wanted to say Happy Blogoversary!!

Someone Being Me said...

Happy blog-a-versary. What better way to celebrate than a giveaway? Please sign me up.

Hip Mama Crafts said...

congrats on your blogiversary!

Cass said...

i could totally use that book!

Louise said...

Love the hair clips and the doing somthing new jut for moi idea! Happy anniversary.

carlo said...

YIPPEE! a blogiversary! Happy Day!

I celebrated my one year on Sunday so I am thrilled to hear that your big day is here, too! YAHOO!

and oh my goodness is that women's book awesome...i must check that out.

Playful Professional said...

I love the merit badge book. I've got a copy and would love a copy to give to some of my amazing friends. Please pick me!

BubbaChic.typepad.com said...

what a wonderful inspirational giveaway...Dee x

Christine said...

Would love to win any of your gifts! Thanks :)

Reeva said...

GREAT contest! I really want to win. :) happy blogiversary! :)

Team Zachary said...

So very cool - all of it!!!

Thanks for offering this awesome opportunity for the giveaway! You are very generous! Good luck to all!

The Trier and Jen said...

Please enter me
Jen

whitty4jen@yahoo.com

Bree said...

Ohh-please enter me! Thanks!

Katie said...

Awesome! Thanks!

Lynne said...

Count me in for the fabric! Love to create!

Mary said...

Great give-aways!

Rachie S. said...

Thanks for this great giveaway!

Abbi said...

That book sounds very interesting!
The fabric sounds fun of course. With quilting and sewing, etc. fabric is always fun.
The hair things are very cute.

Karin said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks! Have a great evening!

Meg said...

Great giveaways! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Michelle said...

happy blogiversary! I'd like to enter for the burp cloth and baby onesie set please!

Lesha said...

Thanks for the giveaway :)

Jana said...

Love the hair clips! Thanks for the giveaway.
jrkeilholtz@yahoo.com

Heather said...

I have a girl who could always use more do dahs -- and I am expecting #3 in Aug so I would love to win the baby things

Daddys Chicks said...

This sounds Marvellous Darrrrrling . . . it would be an honored to win. Blessings ~ Trina

S.B. said...

Please enter me!

I have giveaways on my blog too!
http://bethriftylikeus.blogspot.com/

vloula said...

what a great give-away - happy blogiversary!

Naomi said...

I would probably not be good choice for the fabric... I have great intentions but my craft projects always get dusty before they get finished...

I'd love a chance at the book (for me) or clippies (for roo) or onesie/burp set (for jasper), though. Thanks!

byoc said...

Happy blogaversary!
I would love the book, as I am about to drastically change my life, leave my bad marraige, move from Maine to Minnesota and start to find a new job. Maybe I should find a new career.

Linda said...

Please enter me! ernestsgirl82@yahoo.com

Dotty said...

Happy Bloggiversary!

I can't say no to fabric of any kind so enter me in the draw.

Yard Sale Princess said...

What a generous giveaway. I would appreciate any of the prizes. I would love to read that book. I need some motivation to break away from my comfort zone and reach for my dreams.

Teri said...

I would like to be entered for the burp cloth and onesie! Thank you :)

Wired Wilsons said...

FABRIC? Woohoo, I'm in! And that little piggy clip is absolutely adorable - my girl would LOVE IT!

Camille
www.snaphappymama.com
wiredwilsons AT gmail DOT com

Wired Wilsons said...

FABRIC - Woohoo - I'm in!!

And your little piggy clip is absolutely adorable - my girl would LOVE IT!

Camille
www.snaphappymama.com

Sarah said...

Happy anniversary! I would love this book. I just quit working full time and am trying to get motivated over what to do next! Love your site!

Bebemiqui said...

Great giveaway! Count me in.
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

Corina said...

that book sounds GREAT!!!

Marla said...

YEA! Great giveaways!!! PICK ME!
mhode79(at)gmail(dot)com

amy a said...

thanks for the chance to win
amyjohnallen at bellsouth dot net

Jenna Z said...

That book sounds like a hoot!

emerzim said...

These are some great looking giveaways!

sweetsue said...

What a great bunch of prizes. I would love to win any of them.

katie m said...

I would love to win the Merit Badge book! It sounds like there are so many great ideas. I love learning new things.

Jennifer P said...

Great collection of giveaways!

Jennifer said...

I like your 4th giveaway best! Baby clothes get me going! (not in a weird way, but because I have a beautiful baby!)

mommyofmany said...

Great giveaways! Thanks for sharing!

angelaandconnor at gmail.com said...

Id love to win anything but the fabric as I already have a storeroom full of fabric and no ideas what to do with it!

melissa said...

cute stuff! thanks for entering me in!! i'm super excited because i have 4 chances to win! =)

~love said...

happy blogiversary! fun giveaways! =)

Rebecca said...

Some great prizes you're offering. Count me in the drawing. Thanks.

nor_lou said...

wonderful prizes

In His Grip said...

Great ideas. Hope to read that book or my daughter would love the hair do dahs.

heather h said...

Wow, these are super-great giveaways! I'd love to win any of them. Please pick me!! Thank you.

Cassidy said...

I would LOVE to win the felt hair clips! They are super cute. I would never have thought of doing something like that! I make hair flowers with beads in the center and hairbows for my 4 girls but have never thought of doing the felting. I'm not sure I could do that! Anyway, I'd love to win those! All of your give aways look wonderful! Smiles, Cassidy

AThankfulMommy@aol.com

This Military Mama said...

oooh all the prizes sound great!

Please enter me!

Happy blog-iversary!!!

Reflections. said...

I love the cherry hair clip. How cute! But I would definitely dig the fabric or the burp cloths too :)

~Java Mama~ said...

Oooh those baby clips are too cute. Great give away.

JOYfully in Him,
Kelli

Piseco said...

Thanks for the contest!

www.CurlyGirlCrochet.etsy.com said...

I would love to be entered in your giveaway, please! Thank you very much!

djcregue at wmis dot net
http://www.curlygirlcrochet.etsy.com

Hélène said...

Please enter me for all.

Ginny said...

Count me in please, great giveaway!

Miss Vida said...

All very cool stuff, I hope I win!

Rejoicing in the Lord said...

Happy Blog-iversary! I'm glad you are celebrating yours. I totally missed mine! Thanks for participating!

Angela said...

sounds like a great book!

Angela said...

Too, too cool! I loved looking around your blog. Thank you for your great offer!

Christine said...

We love the hair clips. Thanks.

Alexandra said...

Lovely story. I'd love to win. Thank you.

Karen said...

This is so nice, Thank You!

kpuleski at gmail dot com

Jenna said...

I would love to win any of your contest... but I am particularly intrigued by the book!

Katie said...

Ooh, this sounds great!
Thanks for offering such a generous giveaway, and thank you for the chance to win!
katie at dekabyte dot com

Faerie Mom said...

Count me in! All 4 sound fab!

kelly said...

Please choose me!

Taryn said...

What great prizes! I would love to with this.

Michelle said...

I love that book! I've checked it out at the library. Thanks for adding me to the giveaway!

Lisa said...

what a great giveaway!

Our U.P. Family of Five said...

Thanks for the chance to win. They're all great prizes. :)

Jessie said...

Happy Blog-iversary! Count me in please for your giveaways - thank you!

redfantum said...

Very nice, thanks.

majellamom said...

Great giveaways! Please count me in!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Happy blogiversary!!!

Please enter me into the giveaway.

Thanks.

Meleah the Mommy said...

Happy Blog-iversary. And thank you for bringing this wonderful book to my attention. What a truly inspiring story. As I was reading the description of that book it made me think of another book that I thought you might enjoy, Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup. Please count me in on all your fabulous giveaways and thank you for being so generous.

Elliemae said...

Sounds like a really great book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

THE OTHER HUSE said...

Happy Blog-iversary! The hair clips are adorable. My daughter doesn't have enough hair yet, but I'm hoping!

Tanya said...

What great prizes. Please enter me.

tonsofsons said...

WOW! 4 prizes!

Thanks for the chance to win...Pick me!

http://tonsofsons.wordpress.com/

The Brandes Family said...

Happy Blogiversary!
Great prizes!
Ashley

thediaperdiaries said...

Great contest!! count me in.

Dana said...

What a beautiful story..thanks for bringing this to my attention..I could use some inspiration about now! Please enter me in your giveaway..great fabric and hair things!! Happy Anniversary!!!

Anastasia said...

This is great! I'd love to enter :)

anastasia_falling@yahoo.com

Rebecca said...

Happy Bloggaversary!

Sheila said...

Count me in! Thanks!

ktrae said...

sounds like a good book. of course, fabric is always fun to play with

ktrae said...

sounds like a good book. of course, fabric is always fun to play with

Heather said...

What great prizes!

Cindy said...

Looks like a great book! Thanks for entering me.

Audra Marie said...

What a fun giveaway! :)

Thanks for the chance to win! :)

adashofsassitude(at)gmail(dot)com

AA said...

I love the book. I am glad I read that this morning actually. I hadn't heard of it before. I would love to win the burp cloth/baby gift set. I'd love to gift that to the intended parents of the surrogate baby I am carrying *due in two months!*. :) Thanks for offering all of these items in your contest. :) surrogacyrocks at yahoo dot com

Jenn said...

I'd love to win any of these!

Yvette said...

Those little felt barrettes are to die for!!

Anonymous said...

LOVE the song, Feist is so fun.
Our three girls would love to win the hair clips!
Happy Blogiversary,
Jen.
sewing_jen@yahoo.ca

Dooneybug said...

Great give aways! Enter me please!

Jon & Sarah said...

So much fun! I love the hair clips.

megan said...

OOOH, I'd love to win!!!! I would love the fabric and clips and everything!

Amity said...

Very nic giveaway!! please enter me!!

Elizabeth Wickland said...

happy blogiversary!!

elizabethwickland@gmail.com

kamewh said...

Great giveaway! Would love to win!

Rockin' Mama said...

Count me in please!


jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

Chelsea said...

please enter me. happy blogiversary!

Jeff, Judith, Lauren, Emily, Daniel, Amy, and Joel said...

I ALWAYS love a great book!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome book...what a great prize!
Shirley
mom of five
pedsrn9999@sbcglobal.net

Meg said...

Count me in for the baby gift set or the felt clippies! Too cute! ( meg.wilson@gmail.com )

wooliegirl said...

What a way to celebrate! 4 prizes, yes!!!! Congrats on your anniversary, keep going!! Thanks!

Michelle B. said...

Please enter me in your contest

thingsclosetomyheart said...

I would love to read that book. At 61 I may be little beyond middle age on the outside but the inside is still ready to go out and learn how to live life to the fullest.

Brooke said...

Happy Birthday!

Amanda said...

So excited to have won the book. I e-mailed my address to you, and can't wait to get it!