Google Website Translator Gadget

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Making the Best of Winter: A Giveaway

  

This giveaway is now closed.


The sun is shining over Marion, Ohio today. Yahoo!

I've been in a mid-winter funk these past few weeks and we aren't even at mid-winter. The lack of sunshine, warmth, and fresh air makes it a bit difficult to keep my resolution to make the best of each day.

The time has come for me to shake the funk, to get a new attitude, and to celebrate the day, the week, the month and YOU.

The day: The sun is shining and that is worth celebrating.

The week: This is the week we celebrate a great American, Martin Luther King, Jr.

The month: This month marks the 50th anniversary of my birth. YIKES!

YOU: I am so fortunate and thankful for all of you who visit my blog each day. You are all so special to me and I think about you throughout the day, especially during my commute.


The Giveaway


Each one of you deserve a little pampering, lots of love and a surprise or two. This giveaway includes it all.

You will receive the following:


This beautiful bottle filled with
lavender mineral bath salts


Set of three petite vanilla candles

Inside this wrapped box is something
very special just for YOU!


I wonder what is in that box? Don't you just love surprises? Would you like to win it? Here's how ~


You do not have to be a blogger to win, just make sure you leave your email address in your comment. This giveaway is OPEN to international readers, too.


Entries
1. Answer the following question: How are you making the best of winter?
2. Become a follower or tell me you already are.
3. Add my giveaway button (below) on your sidebar with a link back to this post.
4. Blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post.

Remember to leave a comment for each entry. The giveaway will end January 26, my birthday
. Good luck!


MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!

112 comments:

  1. Well I've been making the best of winter by trying to embrace it, meaning use winter decor around the house. You know celebrate it a little. But I confess, I'm done with it and ready to move on to Valentines and the warmth that day brings. LOL! I am already a follower of yours, please enter me in your wonderful surprise giveaway! Thank you!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm even adding you giveaway to my side bar. Thanks again, I love lavender too by the way! (hint-hint) :)))

    ReplyDelete
  3. I make the best by finding many, many indoor projects to keep me busy....because it is still snowing here, we've had 100" snow so far this season!! Love you new header photo....and Happy Birthday!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm in Florida and I think that worked to bring the sunshine back. Lovely giveaway.

    Donnie
    ki4ggs(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm a follower too. Thanks

    Donnie
    ki4ggs(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  6. It's on my side bar now too. Thanks

    Donnie
    ki4ggs(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have been sewing and looking forward to move into our new house. I have spent the winter fantasizing about how I will decorate the new house.
    I am a follower!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn, I make use of all the seasons, you cannot keep me down. Visits to the seaside, gardens, historic houses, always photographing and blogging, just read my blog and see!!! I am already a follower and I have put your giveaway button on the side of my blog. In my next post I will mention your blog and giveaway!! A great giveaway. Hope you have had a good weekend, and have a great week, Jackie in Surrey, UK

    ReplyDelete
  9. Please enter me in this SWEET Giveaway!!!
    Thank you!
    Suzann

    ReplyDelete
  10. I am also a follower already :)
    Suzann

    ReplyDelete
  11. Dearie,
    I just want to wish you a happy birthday month.
    love love,
    Fritzi Marie

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a lovely selection of goodies! I hope your birthday is a very special day for you.
    Well, I am making the most of the winter by restoring my old country cottage in England, so that when the Spring comes I can start on the garden! i am a happy follower lovely La x

    ReplyDelete
  13. I enjoy winter but do get in the "funk" as well.
    A ittle chocolate helps, hah.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I follow you. Sweet giveaway. Happy Birthday. We need to celebrate.

    ReplyDelete
  15. How am I making the best of winter? Well, I don't really love winter-but I do love cleaning out things and starting fresh.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Of course I follow you! This is a great giveaway, it would be a fun one to win! Thanks for the chance:)

    ReplyDelete
  17. La,
    I make the best of winter by hibernating. Catching up, refreshing myself for the surge of spring that is just around the corner.
    Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  18. La,
    You know I'm a faithful follower. Big birthday coming up ~ hope a BIGGER celebration is in the works.
    Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  19. I have been making the best of winter by getting a shop started. Trying to be more productive all week long.
    Sherry

    ReplyDelete
  20. I am a follower. Happy Birthday!
    Sherry

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hello there! I discovered your blog through Crystal Rose Cottage...I was reading through her posts and low and behold I recognized the green awning to the antique store in my town of Marysville Ohio!! I would so love to get to know the Buckeye Bloggers better. And to be able to be a part...is there someplace I sign up or can I just use your button??
    Stay warm!
    Your Ohio Neighbor Tammy N

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi La...I think I try to make the best of winter by thinking about positive changes in myself and my home. Clearing out clutter and working on those indoor winter projects. Have a great week ahead!~Hugs, Patti

    ReplyDelete
  23. Happy Sunny Day In January-Gotta love it!
    I'm cooking more, started taking vitamins and now that it's light after work, things just feel better! (Also love that the Jets beat New England:@)
    Thanks for the chance at the fun give-away!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Oh, La!! Happy Birthday, early!! What a sweet and generous giveaway!!

    The winter does seem so long already. I try to keep busy inside by doing all of the things I never do when I am outside in the summer!! I really do enjoy nestling in my home, but it is important to get a little fresh air everyday, even a few minutes to get the mail. It feels good.

    We live in the same climate and I feel the way you do a lot. I am always here if you want to complain a little!! ;-D

    XO,
    Jane

    ReplyDelete
  25. This winter has been so harsh that it does seem long already. Like Blondie, I try to catch up on inside chores I neglect when I go out more. I also watch more movie DVD's and read more books. The days are beginning to grow longer and that helps to cheer me up!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Yes, I'm definitely a follower of your blog!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Hello La,
    I am trying to make the best of winter in several ways. First is the time before Christmas: I prepare everything for a relaxed nice Christmas day. Second part of winter is after the New Years Eve. I am planning the new year, f.e. making a garden plan and start a new project which keeps me busy. So time is running and soon I will arrive in my my favoured seasons as spring/summer/fall.
    Greetings, Johanna

    ReplyDelete
  28. Hello la,
    I am very amazed that I wasn't signed as a follower on your blog. But now I am. That's a cute give away.
    Greetings, Johanna

    ReplyDelete
  29. An I have linked it on my blog.
    Greetings, Johanna

    ReplyDelete
  30. I'm making the best of winter, by closing my eyes and hoping it goes away. Oh, and trying to get some inside projects done before Spring fever hits!

    ReplyDelete
  31. And you're on my sidebar!

    Have a good day today!

    ReplyDelete
  32. La, Pam's comment cracked me up! I wish it would go away soon, too! But during this interim, I'm trying to paint, re-decorate, and contemplate selling my house! Can;t wait to start some projects. Although I DO wish I was on some exotic excursion.....
    hugs, Sue

    ReplyDelete
  33. And you know I'm a follower!

    ReplyDelete
  34. And you are now on my sidebar!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Hi La, This month is my anniversary too (actually today) and I am no longer in the 50's sadly. The years are just rushing by. This is a gorgeous give-away and I would love to be entered. Seeing everything cold and brown really depresses me. So I start rearranging everything in my house to freshen things up a bit. That's makes me happy. :)

    ReplyDelete
  36. P.s. I am following and my email is on my sidebar. :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. I really, really, REALLY don't care for winter. But, since it tends to take over about 1/3 of the year here, in Michigan, I really have no choice but to try to make the best of it. Long, hot showers are always good. I bake constantly because the oven warms the house (it does the same in the summer, so baking is out!) Um... snuggling is always a good way to spend the winter - hubby, kids, & me all covered up on the bed watching a movie is always welcome!
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  38. I'm a GFC follower!
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  39. I can't believe it! I managed (after a couple of failed attempts) to add your button AND the correct link back here!!! Yay me! :D
    It's at: http://mccrenshaw.blogspot.com
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  40. Thank you for inviting me to your giveaway! Everything looks lovely!!! I have been making the best of winter by making snow ice cream and snow candy. Also by playing with tablesettings. It's been fun so far.

    ReplyDelete
  41. What a great giveaway! I'm making it through the winter by just taking it one day at a time. Blogland helps motivate me too!
    Happy 50th!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Hi La...I've been making the best of winter by drinking lots of hot tea, appreciating all of the wonderful pictures that fellow bloggers post of their snow, and by being grateful that I live in the one state without snow but lots of Sunshine. I think it was 72 degrees this afternoon.
    ´*•.¸(´*•.¸♥¸.•*´)¸.•*´
    ♥•.*.*.*.Cherry*.*.*.•♥
    ♥•.*.*.*.Chick.*.*.*.•♥
    ¸.•*´(¸.•*´♥´*•.¸)´*•.¸

    ReplyDelete
  43. You are so sweet, I was here and didn't enter, I didn't know if it was right to just jump in when this is my first time to visit. Anyways, it is a lovely giveaway, I would love to win it.
    How am I getting through the winter?
    Well, I am making a great effort to be more positive and to forget the painful things in my past. That way, the long days will be filled with positive thoughts, actions and much more love than ever before.
    Hugs, Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  44. Oh and yes, I am now a follower. I love your blog, it feels so nice here.
    Hugs, Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  45. I am using all the indoors time to work on art projects and projects around the house!

    ReplyDelete
  46. I am a follower! Happy birthday month, La!!

    ReplyDelete
  47. I've posted this on my sidebar, too!

    ReplyDelete
  48. 1. In PHX, sadly I'm sure everyone out there is envious of our weather! 77 today! I miss the cold! I'm making the best of it with my sweet hubby and daughter. OH and not having to turn on the ac OR the heater! :)

    ReplyDelete
  49. Your button in on my side bar! :)

    http://alililly.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  50. Count me in sista! I have winter blues funk too...I just do not care for it. But Blogging and visiting all you wonderful ladies makes me happy. Love this giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  51. Because I am living in an tropical country, I didn't have an experience in Winter time. The cold day usually at night or when it's rain, but it's only around 27'C to 29'C... still hot?

    Love your giveaway... and hope you will have a good birthday!

    Amiko

    ReplyDelete
  52. I already put your giveaway button on my side bar...!

    ReplyDelete
  53. I post a blog about your giveaway.

    Here's the link;

    http://mynameamiko.blogspot.com/2011/01/birthday-giveaway.html

    ReplyDelete
  54. I am already a follower. Love your blog. Come over and sign up for my giveaway. Hugs, Ginger

    ReplyDelete
  55. I keep the winter blues away by reading you guys. Playing bunco and lately cleaning up after Christmas. Hugs, Ginger

    ReplyDelete
  56. I am grabbing your button for my blog. Hugs

    ReplyDelete
  57. I don't mind winter.I love nesting and all the comforts of home.Candles burning,cozy blanket and magazine or movie and something warm in the oven.Blessings!~Amy

    ReplyDelete
  58. I'm a follower! Warm Blessings!~Amy

    ReplyDelete
  59. Hi La, First and foremost, Happy Birthday dear.

    How are you making the best of winter?

    Hmmmm...I live in the Valley of the Sun so I am enjoying the weather for as long as it stays cool. It is around 75 degrees with clear skys! (It will be 115 degrees soon enough)

    *hugs*

    ReplyDelete
  60. La, I have been one of your followers for quite awhile. Your new background is precious. *hugs*

    ReplyDelete
  61. Hi La, I have happily added your giveaway to my sidebar over at "Rose Petals from Heaven." Thank you for the opportunity to win and good luck to all!

    *hugs*

    ReplyDelete
  62. I love candles, potpourri, and bath salts and surpizes even more! I have a January giveaway going on as well. All new followers and existing followers, those who leave a comment, everyone can win something!

    Passing my winter by completing the proofs and edits for a collection of poetry soon to be relesed to the galley for printing at the publishers.

    Joines a few tea cup trades and swaps to fill the few idle hours I have while working on my doctoral degree and all the writing and research that accompanies such a task.

    I just joined as a follower and am off to create the link and blog today about your blog! On Saturdays I blog with all my PinkSaturday friends which is actually how I found you!

    Come by soon, that's 4 things I have done whilst I visited you!

    Valrie
    http://poemsmyway-valrie.blogspot.com
    poemsmyway@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  63. The blog post is up and the sidebar button for your giveaway as well. I hope you too will tell all your friends of mine!

    Happy day!

    Valrie

    ReplyDelete
  64. Making the best out of winter involves staying indoors most of the time and enjoying lots of baking, crafting and enjoying my online friends. The only way I make the best out of winter if it involves being outdoors is to have children with whom to take sleding or build forts with. Looking forwrd to Spring is another way to best enjoy winter. LOL
    Jody

    ReplyDelete
  65. What a wonderful celebration to mark a day of sunshine, week of honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and the month of your birthday. Happy Birthday and wishing you many many more.

    I've got your button linked up on my blog.
    Jody

    ReplyDelete
  66. I am a new follower and looking so forward to it all.
    Jody

    ReplyDelete
  67. stocking up on movies,
    trying new blends of loose teas,
    innovating & hosting a teacup trade,
    taking an online course {& doing the homework!}
    visiting & meeting new bloggers :)
    staying out of the -30+ degree snowy weather!

    and thx for asking :))

    ReplyDelete
  68. i've linked your pretty button on sidebar :))

    ReplyDelete
  69. Hi La I just made a special post announcing your giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  70. How sweet...and it's my birthday month, too! Well...I am making the most of winter by being in Florida for the winter! We've had some cold weather...but nothing like the rest of the country! And today it was 77 degrees! So it was a great day to get out! Thanks! ♥

    ReplyDelete
  71. I am a new follower...and came over from Debbiedoos! Thanks! ♥

    ReplyDelete
  72. I do love surprises, what an exciting giveaway. Thanks! Please put my name in the hat.

    Mary L

    ReplyDelete
  73. I didn't know you were having a giveaway, came over from Debbiedoos..Yea I'm a follower

    Carol

    ReplyDelete
  74. Spending my winter,..... I live in Orlando, so I am spending my winter like I spend my summers LOL I do walk more as it is not 180 degrees in the shade in the winter

    Carol

    ReplyDelete
  75. I am trying to keep busy, so I don't have to think about how gloomy it is outside. I am now a follower of your blog and would love to win your giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  76. Hi La,
    I am a follower and will post your giveaway on my sidebar!
    My winter has been lovely- Here in Tenn. we don`t get much snow, but this year we are having an abundance of it! It only lasts a while so I am taking the beauty all in!
    Have a Blessed day~
    Kim
    xxoo

    ReplyDelete
  77. What a fun giveaway with the surprise!

    Ok, I almost feel like I'm cheating with the winter question considering it was 83 degrees today. The problem is that it's a little crazy, our weather. tomorrow the high is only going to be 70 degrees, which is kind of winterish here. Hope the answer doesn't disqualify me. :)

    ReplyDelete
  78. Hmmm...Making the best of winter? Lots of coffee, lots of soup! Oh, and my oversized sweatsuit at night when I get cold!

    ReplyDelete
  79. Just became a follower. Am just getting into blogging and what a wonderful way it is too share. And love your blog.
    What a delightful give away ... Would love it.

    karanmi@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  80. i am sick and tired of the cold cold snowy weather. we are getting more snow today too. i have been working on sewing projects as well. hope you have a great day

    ReplyDelete
  81. I am so happy to have found you and look forward to following your lovely blog! Hoping you have a very Happy Birthday Month!!

    ~Trisha

    ReplyDelete
  82. I'm using winter to catch up on reading

    old follower

    rmcwentz at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  83. I just joined as a follower and thrilled to enter your giveaway. I live on the west coast so the winters are not too bad. When the weather is cold though I love to read more. I've read 4 books since the beginning of the year. luv2read90045@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  84. My winter here in Florida is nothing compared to yours. I've been just thankful for that. Making the best?, well, I've been working inside my home doing several projects.
    I would love to win your wonderful giveaway and the lavender salts is just what I need in the bath to soak away my frustrations today... thank you La for the opportunity!
    stay warm up there..
    Sandy

    ReplyDelete
  85. I found your blog through the valentine party at The Stories of A to Z! It's been cold and snowy here and I've been staying busy with making mini albums and fun, cute things with scrapbook paper. Staying busy at home and not leaving the house, the days are flying by!

    ReplyDelete
  86. I am also following your blog and love your swag you made for Valentines Day!

    ReplyDelete
  87. I am making the best of winter by entering your giveaway haha and by moving to Galveston Island where it is never as cold as is was 2 hours inland where I used to live....moved for a new job and that is definatley lifting my spirits.

    I love ur blogs!!! Wish I was as talented at blogging and the 2010 Finihses are just GORGEOUS!!!

    Thanks so much for the offer. I learned how to add an item in my sidebar thanks to this haha I also blogged and added a link to your blog

    ReplyDelete
  88. Making the most of winter in the northeast is a must...so, we have stacked enough firewood to keep us toasty~cozy, and I am hibernating in my art studio creating and re-organizing!

    Please enter me in your lovely giveaway!

    http://outofhand-alteredbooks.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  89. What a lovely giveaway. I am reorganizing our vintage feedsack stash of 3,000+ in the basement.
    That's going to take a good while.

    Pop over for our Valentine GIVEAWAY

    Have a beauatiful eve ~
    TTFN ~
    Hugs, Marydon

    ReplyDelete
  90. I am making the bestt of winter by finally doing some scrapbooking I've been wanting to do.

    ReplyDelete
  91. This winter I have been doing alot of projects on my embroidery machine, dreaming of how our new home is going to be decorated and just plain being lazy!! Please enter me in your wonderful give away. I am a follower!

    ReplyDelete
  92. How are you making the best of winter?
    This is my first year back in the snow belt. I have been spending plenty of time in the snow with the kids. I also bought a gym membership to get some extra exercise. I am chasing away the blues by decorating for the holidays. My house is covered with cheery hearts.

    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

    ReplyDelete
  93. I am an old follower!

    Thanks for the giveaway-wonder what the surprize is??
    zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom

    ReplyDelete
  94. I am doing a last minute entry here...see what I miss when my internet goes out. I hijacked a friends just so I can read all the posts, I'm glad I made it in time.

    Of course I am a follower of your already and to answer the question I am making the best of winter by living in California. I don't mean to sound like I'm bragging, but after endurng several NH and PA winters, I wouldn't o back to save my life.

    ReplyDelete
  95. Happy Birthday! Hope I'm not too late, but we've been having Internet issues for the past few days, and it just came back on. What a fun giveaway you are offering! Surprises are always unexpected, and such an unselfish way to celebrate your special day! If I am too late to enter this one, oh well--have a wonderful day, and keep up the great work!!!

    kathy.bruner@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  96. I am also a follower of your blog. I like to spend winter days curled up in front of the fire with a good book and our two cats, and dream of spring. Winter is my time to hibernate! The rest of the year there is no time!

    kathy.bruner@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  97. What a great give away, thanks for the chance to win and Happy Birthday again! Hey, I have family in Marion, my cousins!

    ReplyDelete
  98. Happy birthday!!!!!
    Great giveaway!

    I`m trying to make the best of the winter by taking nice long strolls in the snow, by going skiing...

    I am new follower via gfc as m.t.
    I added ur button and posted about the giveaway here:
    http://miha-loves-zaf.blogspot.com/2011/01/making-best-of-winter-giveaway.html

    e-mail: miha_loves_zaf(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  99. I'm not a winter fan now because of my health ..
    I'm a follower: miha.ela
    Posted:
    http://arianasshop.blogspot.com/2011/01/giveaways.html

    mihaela.mihordea(@) gmail(.) com

    ReplyDelete
  100. Hi,
    Enter me,please!
    In winter I take long bath, because I don't like winter...
    andrasescu.camelia@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  101. I follow you via GFC (Camelia Andrasescu)
    andrasescu.camelia@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  102. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PICKING ME AS THE WINNER!!!! I LOVE IT!!! I have to apologize for the delay in thanking you, I have only just now gotten a chance to get on blogspot, my teenage son had to be hospitialized for a medication issue and things are still not going well. Thank you again and please accept my sincerest apologies for the delay!!

    ReplyDelete

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Please feel free to leave a comment. I read every message and appreciate that you took the time to say hello.

See you soon! La