Holly is hosting a great Christmas Swap over at Mommy Holly.
~Go check it out~
Go back to school this year in style with Warm Biscuit Bedding Company!
They are currently promoting their School Time items and you just have to stop by and see and great things they have!
To earn more entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket. Please leave a separate comment for each extra entry.
This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!
7 cups cherries ~ washed, pitted and halved
1 cup cranberries ~ washed and halved
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup orange juice
10 cups sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 packages pectin
Meredith over at Mercedes Rules is hosting the giveaway for Vintage Aprons at Rick Rack Attack. How would you like to win a fabulous vintage apron from The Apron Queen over at Rick Rack Attack? You even get to choose your prize! You don’t have to have a blog to win. The Apron Queen will be giving the winner her choice of a Vintage Apron from her shop. You have TWO chances to win. All you have to do to is to go over to her shop at Rick Rack Attack, and choose which of her many aprons is your favorite. Then leave a comment here (including a link to your favorite vintage apron) to enter the giveaway. You may also enter by posting about this giveaway (including a link to this post) on your own blog, and leaving a second comment with the link to your post. Good Luck!! Deadline to enter is Friday August 8th at 11:59pm CST. Winner will be drawn at random and announced on Monday, August 11th.
So my giveaway tomorrow is a surprise thank you ‘swap’ style package that is making it’s way towards her this next week. I know she knows how much I appreciated the help, but wanted to show her too!
So in the spirit of my most recent swap, it’s some of my favorite things including a hand made item and a thrifted item similar to the Sweet Goodness Swaps.
Attention all readers you NEED to check out this giveaway contest at Bookshipper sponsored by Hatchette Books.
Hachette Book Group was generous enough to offer to send to the winners of this contest a total of 14 books (yes! all fourteen of them) to EACH winner. Here is a list of the great books you could win:
Hachette Book Group USA Summer Reads Giveaway:
Here is how you can enter! Simply leave a comment on this post about ANY of her previous book reviews. She will automatically give you one entry. If you post this contest on your blog page, you will get two entries and if you put my blog name on your permanent blog roll, she will give you an additional 5 entries. They will be picking 5 winners, using Random.org, and each winner will receive all 14 books – free of charge, of course. Hachette Book Group will mail them directly to the winners.
This contest closes on July 31, 2008 at noon Eastern time. Please note that this contest is open to both Canadian and US residents. So check back on the 31st of July.
Breanna was my partner for the My Favorite Things Swap. She sent me this awesome box of her favorite things. We must have more in common than we thought, because they are my favorite things too. She is about to make a major household move, so I thought it absolutely amazing how organized she must be to do a swap in the middle of it! Speaking of organization, she sent me this awesome leather organizer, which I so desperately need for my desk. I have been looking for something just like it for weeks! There is also a copy of Real Simple, one of my favorite magazines for ideas AND to make it more special she started me a subscription, which is sooooooo wonderful as I hadn’t started a new one since we moved! There was also a copy of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and I haven’t read it yet, some Hot Cocoanut Victoria’s Secret lip gloss, a bottle of my absolutely favorite Aveeno Moisturzing Lotion, a superbly decadent and YUMMY package of Ghiradeli Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter squares, a box of Crystal Light Cherry Pomegranate Immunity vitamin enhanced drink mixes which will be great for this immunity challenged girl, the cutest little post-it note book (I’m addicted too Breanna!, you should see my stash, but I didn’t have one of these adorable books!), a package of my favorite Pilot retractable gel ink rolling ball pens, an awesome Initial book mark, some great felt flowers that I will build a project around and some adorable thank you cards of which she will get the first one! I too am addicted to cards and notes Breanna! One of the things I loved the most were her sweet little notes explaining everything!
Ceekay was my partner for the Sweet Goodness Parasols, Pink Lemonade & Polka Dots swap. Ceekay sent me this fun box with a terrific straw bag, a 1/2 dozen colorful bath sponges, an adorable drink and parasol trinket tray, refreezable ice cubes in pink, purple, aqua and teal, a pedicure set, a pink polka dot journal, polka dotted post it notes and polka dot pen, a magic towel, Wyler’s Pink Lemonade singles box, pink swirled polka dotted napkins, a ginger lemon air freshener, a set of parasol summer plates with matching polka dot glasses and beautiful silver ice tea spoons, polka dotted paper clips and push pins, Country Time Lemonade hard candy, water squirters and bubbles, polka dotted coasters and cocktail napkins, drink parasols for garnish, canvas art set with paints and wonderful scrap booked frame. Ceekay made the adorable tags too as well as the frame. She loves to scrap book.
I just got a great new futon for the family room and need a good book to read while trying it out. I found an opportunity for a great giveaway at S. Krishna’s Books for:
One day, Nan’s financial advisor comes to her with some dire news: all the money she put in a hedge fund is gone. Her best option now is to sell her property on Nantucket (called Windermere), which is worth several million dollars. As Windermere is the only thing she has left of her dear Everett (she had to sell off the rest of the property in order to pay his debts), she can’t bear the thought of losing the house. Therefore, she comes up with a brilliant plan: she will rent the rooms and run a B&B for the summer, inviting people into her home and slowly watching them become a part of her family.
While The Beach House’s central character is Nan, there are multiple storylines that slowly weave together to form a coherent whole, much as the various persons in the novel gradually come together to be Nan’s family. There are Bee and Daniel, a married couple with two beautiful young daughters who are having marital issues, though it is hard to determine exactly what the problem is. And then Daff and Richard, and their daughter, Jess, who has difficulty coping with what her parents are going through. And then there’s Michael, Nan’s son, and his complicated relationship with his married boss, Jordana. Green tells all these stories seamlessly; there is no jarring disconnect, as happens so often in novels with multiple storylines.
Green’s talent is evident, and shines through in her writing of the characters in the story. By the middle of the book, the reader is invested in each of these characters; it is important that they work through their problems and find a happier place. And at the end of the book, the reader is sad to leave these characters, to not be able to enjoy more of their stories.
The Beach House is the perfect beach read. It is a drama, and is very serious in some places, but it is never a heavy book. It never drags the reader down or makes the reader feel as if he/she has an added weight on their shoulders. Instead, even at the most dramatic moments, it is hopeful and uplifting – a breath of fresh air. It helps to redefine the genre of “beach read;” these books are no longer complete fluff with a lack of depth. Instead the nuances in The Beach House serve to give us a new view of beach reads (and women’s fiction in general). It is Green’s best work to date.
Head on over and check it out.