Life in Season Book and Giveaway

Of all the giveaways I've offered here on my blog, it seems you enjoy books the most! If you're like me, you love the feel of a book in your hands with its crisp pages. And if it's a vintage book, you enjoy the softer pages with their slightly musty smell. Today I'm giving away a new seasonal book about the heart and home. Written by my blogging friend Vanessa and her sister Heather, the book is called Life in Season. (This post contains … [Read more...]

Home Organization Book Giveaway

Do you long to be more organized at home but you keep putting it off? I stumbled across The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley and am so in love with it, I have to share a free copy with one of my readers. To enter win a copy of the book, simply leave a comment below telling me you want to be entered for the drawing. (This post contains affiliate links.)   The book is written by the same person who blogs at A Bowl Full … [Read more...]

Historic Charleston and the Lowcountry: A Giveaway

Want to take a vacation right from the comfort of your own home? Today I'm giving away a beautiful book with gorgeous photos of homes and gardens in the lowcountry region. I've flipped through the pages of this hardcover book and thoroughly enjoyed all the architecture and vegetation that the Southeast has to offer.  I've visited Charleston, South Carolina and the lowcountry is one of my favorite areas. Take a peek inside the pages of Historic … [Read more...]

Home Decor Cheat Sheets and Giveaway

Today I have a fun surprise for you! I was recently introduced to a super handy decorating book that anyone can understand and use. The book is called Home Decor Cheat Sheets and it's filled with easy-to-understand diagrams and information. I really love this book and I was thinking you'd love it too, so I'm giving away a free copy to one lucky winner! If you're like me, you'd rather look at drawings that explain things as opposed to having … [Read more...]

On the Tip of My Paintbrush: E-Book Giveaway!

Refinishing and painting furniture is an easy way to update the look of any room. When you include creative elements like sponge-painting, distressing, or adding a marbled look, the refinished piece of furniture quickly becomes the focal point of any room. Once you know a few of these refinishing tricks, there's no end to what you can do with furniture. My friend Danielle at Finding Silver Pennies is a master furniture transformer and she just … [Read more...]

Old World Kitchen Dreamware Winner!

Hey Everyone!  This is just a quick post tonight to reveal the winner of the beautiful, hand-carved cookie utensils from Polder's Old World Market. You might remember last week I posted an Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookie recipe that I made using hand-carved Old World Kitchen utensils. Polder's is generous to offer one of my readers the same set! Congratulations to DJ ... the lucky winner of these gorgeous kitchen utensils!! For those who didn't … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies

When I have time, I enjoy cooking and baking from scratch. And I love using my growing collection of hand-carved spoons and utensils from Old World Kitchen. I recently received new cookie-making utensils from Old World Kitchen's Dreamware collection by Polder's Old World Market and decided to make my hubby's favorite cookie ... Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookies (recipe is at the end of the post). These cookies have the perfect blend of a chewy … [Read more...]

Winner of Antique Farm House Gift Card!

Today I'm happy to announce the winner of the $50 gift card from Antique Farm House! But before I do, I want to thank all of you who left such encouraging and complimentary comments!  You truly made my day!  I'm so appreciative of each and every one of you who reads my blog. Without you, what would be the point of blogging? And so it gives me great pleasure to give a gift in return. I thought I'd share a beautiful zinnia from my garden to … [Read more...]

Preparing for Motherhood

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of COUNTRY Financial® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Someone once pointed out the irony that being a parent is about the only job that requires no training. It's one of the most important jobs the majority of us will face, yet we don't spend a lot of time preparing for motherhood. If you read my blog regularly, you know that my middle child just had her first baby and I'm in love!  The … [Read more...]

3 Tips for Staying Confident During Cold Season

Are you familiar with that stinging sensation you first encounter when you feel a cold sore coming on? Today I'm excited to share some of my tips for staying confident even when you suffer from a cold sore! The first thing I do is reach for my tube of Abreva® to shorten healing time! The second thing I do is follow a few healthy tips to avoid feeling insecure and self-conscious.Rather than let an ugly cold sore drive me to bed to … [Read more...]

Bringing Lucky Back ~ A Chance to Win!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Illinois Lottery for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Are you feeling lucky? I want to let my readers know about the Halloween Millionaire Raffle from the Illinois Lottery, which is a fan favorite! A drawing randomly selects three winners of $1,000,000 each on November 1st. Only 400,000 tickets are being sold so it's the best odds to win $1 million dollars. Even if you don't typically … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Crafts for Kids ~ Book Giveaway!

Do you like mason jars? You know ... for crafting, canning, arranging flowers in? I'm guessing that if you read my blog regularly, you're a mason jar lover like me!  Today I'm super excited to give away a copy of the Mason Jar Crafts for Kids book on my blog because it's authored by friend and fellow blogger, Linda Braden from It All Started with Paint!! This book is chock-full of colorful mason jar crafts you can make with kids or on your … [Read more...]

New Home Office for My Daughter

This home office post is sponsored by World Market, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Do you ever find you have a space in your home that you're not quite sure how to use it or decorate it? My daughter had a wall in her living room that we thought could serve a better purpose. We talked about creating a new home office where she could do computer work. As Stephanie got more excited about the space's potential, I thought about what … [Read more...]