You guys. Today is my day!!
I’m so excited to share that for the fourth day of 24 Merry Days, I’m giving away a $100 gift certificate to Artifact Uprising!
If you don’t already know about Artifact Uprising, then you’re in for a treat. Pretty doesn’t even begin to describe what they do.
Their photo prints, books, wooden calendars, and holiday cards would all make the perfect gifts this holiday season. Not to mention these gorgeous wooden boxes that you can create for just $95 (did I mention that their prices are insanely reasonable? $100 will go a long way).
Oh hey, and by the way, all of their products are recycled and made of insanely lush, beautiful paper, the likes of which you definitely won’t find anywhere else. Sold yet? I was.
It’s easy to enter, just follow the instructions in the box below. We’re using Rafflecopter, so you have 20 chances to win!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thank you to Artifact Uprising for making this giveaway possible!! And, of course, to Audrey — who really made this whole thing possible with her ninja-awesome organizational skills, guiding us all through 24 Merry Days every step of the way.
Check back tomorrow for something special from Nicole at Making it Lovely! And keep up with all of our giveaways at the 24 Merry Days site here.
Unfortunately this giveaway is open to readers in the US only (boo… but be sure to check back at the 24 Merry Days site for the rest of our prizes, because some of them are open to everyone, and they’re coming up soon!).
Posted on: December 4, 2013 |
It seems like every day after Thanksgiving has a shopping designation these days… Black Friday, Cyber Monday… it can be a little overwhelming. But Giving Tuesday is one day I think I can get behind. It’s a day that encourages us all to give a little back, and this year I’m excited to say that I had the opportunity to give something pretty big.
Courtesy of Lenovo, I was able to donate a brand new Yoga Tablet to one of my favorite local charities.
Frederick Reads is a partnership between Frederick County Public Libraries and dozens of local organizations to build literacy and foster a love of reading. They hold readings and other events throughout the year, which require a ton of organizing by their lovely chair, Elizabeth Cromwell.
Elizabeth is hard at work prepping for next season’s events, and has already shared a ton of ways she might be able to use the tablet… to research upcoming guests, promote events, and even produce the presentations that accompany speakers on stage.
The tablet is super light, with a little kickstand that makes it easy to set up for movies, or to attach a keyboard to and type… so I know it will come in handy in a lot of ways. I know I’ve gotten a ton of use out of my own.
Thanks Lenovo for making this happen. We all love a good shopping day, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling of giving back.
Have you thought about joining in on Giving Tuesday? Click here to read more about the day. It’s all about giving back, but that doesn’t have to mean money or things… it’s a great day to go out and volunteer too!
Posted on: December 3, 2013 |
I’ve been coveting today’s giveaway myself for ages. Public makes the cutest and coolest little city bikes I think I’ve ever seen.
Now, if you took a look in my garage you’d probably say that Mark and I don’t need another bike (at something like 3 or 4 apiece… a gal needs a bike for every occasion, right?) but we’re firm believers that when it comes to bikes, there’s no such thing as too many.
Especially adorable single-speed city bikes. So even if you already have one you love, run on over to The House That Lars Built and enter now! And be sure to check back here tomorrow — because I’m up next!
And I can’t wait to reveal what I have to give away!
Posted on: December 3, 2013 |
There is something so absurd about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade… the giant balloons, the cold, Richard Simmons riding a turtle…
And yet, it’s the absurdity that makes it all fun. I have to admit I was skeptical going in. I’m not a big fan of crowds… or the cold… or well, to be honest I kind of hate parades. Put all three together and you’re looking at my personal idea of hell. So waking up early to traipse out into the cold and the wind, just to stand for three hours and wait for a parade… no thank you. I’ll see everyone at dinner.
BUT — when you have a seven-year-old, and you really hope that it might be one of the most magical days of his little life, all of a sudden, even if you hate it all, it’s kind of hard to miss…
Posted on: December 2, 2013 |
Happy Monday! It’s day two of 24 Merry Days, and today we have something really exciting (okay let’s just be honest, I’m going to be saying that a lot).
But really, I’d pretty much die for a $250 shopping spree at Anthro… in fact with that much free cash, I’m not even sure I’d know where to start.
Posted on: December 2, 2013 |
Back in the car after a great few days in New York… I can’t wait to share more!
For now though, you have some work to do. Head on over to House of Earnest to enter our very first day of 24 Merry Days.
… and tell me, how excited are you that December is finally here?!
Posted on: December 1, 2013 |
Well all, we’re in the car and on our way. We’ll be watching the (balloon-less? keep your fingers crossed for us) Macy’s parade tomorrow and enjoying the rest of the week in New York. But before I go away for the weekend, I have some exciting news!
This year I’m proud to be joining 23 incredible ladies to count down to Christmas with a giveaway each and every day.
… and these giveaways are no joke, you guys. We have a bike from Public Bikes, a pair of shoes from Swedish Hasbeens, gift cards to Anthropologie, West Elm, and The Land of Nod, and so so so much more.
I’m dying to let you know what I’ll be giving away! But it’s a surprise… so you’ll just have to come back to see.
And all 24 of us will be keeping up with the giveaways so that you don’t miss a single one. Check back here or visit the gorgeous website that Gloria designed especially for 24 Merry Days every day, starting on December 1st, for your chance to win.
And with that, I’m off to New York. Keep up with our trip over on Instagram, and I’ll see you all back here on the 1st!
Posted on: November 27, 2013 |
Last week I ordered a pie book that I expected to love, but not quite so much as I did. Pie, much like Thanksgiving turkey, is something that we tend to develop our own ideas about, and once we’ve got them in our head, it’s hard to get them out.
When it comes to food, I’m as stubborn as they come. I’m convinced that a turkey is better brined and basted – even if Alton Brown says I shouldn’t baste. And I’m convinced that my all-butter piecrust is the best thing on earth.
But my own opinions don’t really mean anything to anyone but me. Others could think my pie is the worst. (I hope you don’t — because come spring, Mark and I might have a little bit of an announcement… we’ve been foreshadowing here for some time, but behind the scenes we’re plugging away, and some exciting things are happening — but you might.)
Because of that, I’m always curious to join in the piecrust debate, and to take a peek into others’ kitchens to see what they love.
So when The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book showed up at my door, I turned straight to the crust. Was it the same? Similar? Something totally new?
Posted on: November 26, 2013 |
It’s almost time to count down! Do you do an advent calendar? I have to admit, I always mean to… but it’s rare that I do. Maybe this will be the year!
1 // I’ve had this brilliantly easy advent calendar bookmarked for what seems like forever.
2 // This handwritten-letter-a-day advent is a fun twist.
3 // These little boxes are easy with free printables.
4 // Who doesn’t want to count down with cute little trees?
5 // Essential arts and crafts – bring your toilet paper rolls.
6 // Everything about this geometric diy advent calendar is pretty.
Posted on: November 25, 2013 |
This weekend we’re back to our painting, working to get it all done before we’re off to New York.
It’s also possible that I might be making it a priority to catch the new Hunger Games before we go.
… is it wrong to admit just how cheeseball excited I am? (Are you too?)
It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Any plans for this last big weekend before the holidays really kick off?
(After all… Black Friday is just around the corner.
… do you go to the stores?)
Eye this gorgeous holiday table.
Buy the perfect holiday apron.
Make a pretty fall garland.
Bake a maple pumpkin pie.
I wouldn’t usually be so big on a commercial, but did you see this Google India ad? It made me cry.
All of the things.
The next time you’re feeling sad.
C.S. Lewis reviews The Hobbit.
Posted on: November 22, 2013 |