I am! This is my 100th post!
To say I am astonished and humbled by the incredible support of my blog from fellow bloggers, friends and family would be an ginormous understatement! I am truly, deeply grateful that ya’ll stop by and visit me! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
(I had this scheduled to post at midnight, but for some reason, it didn't! I got up to check it about 1:30 am and discovered blogger's mischief! Sorry if you came by then!)
All righty then…do you have a cup of coffee, hot cocoa, tea, martini? How about a masseuse? You’re gonna need it! It’s my 100th post and by the time you are done reading it, you’ll probably feel as old and tired as Rip Van Winkle! You know me and my long winded rambley-ness! (....the giveaway is here..I promise!)
So, this is what I’ve come to know about blogging in the last 100 days….
Blogging is like taking a vacation to a place you never knew existed, but once you arrive, you never want to leave. There’s a new language, customs of the natives to learn, and amazing treasures to discover! (who can resist all of those cupcake blogs!?) Inspiration and creativity abound in the Land of Blog!
I love getting my words on a page to share with others. I decided to blog to honor that creative part in me that no longer wanted to be silent. I wanted to set an example for my kids to follow their dreams. In order to do that, I needed to start following my own.
I recently shared with a very sweet bloggy friend that each morning, I love to grab my coffee, power up my computer and begin my travels through the blogs to visit old friends and meet new ones along the way. For me, blogging is about connecting with others as much as writing now. (although with this stupid limited gigabyte deal with Verizon, my comment love to you all is not what I want it to be…boo hiss boo…)
I also shared with this same friend that not so long ago I was feeling very overwhelmed coming to terms with the reality that my kids will probably lose their father to his illness while they are still very young. Normally, I’m a pretty upbeat girl, but I was starting to feel really depressed. I started to cry…you know, one of those big ugly cries. My darling daughter asked me why I was sad. I hugged her close, but was unable to speak. She cupped my face in her 6 yr old hands and said, "You should go make people laugh on your blog, Mommy. Laughing always makes me feel better."
I was amazed. She continued, "Remember when we took our wagon to the park for that little girl who lives in Heaven? I bet she was happy her mom had a blog to tell everyone to take their wagons to the park." In that moment, the grace of God came through my daughter and poured into my heart.
I suddenly realized blogging provides a place for a voice no matter how small to be heard. It's a place to share our joyful times, our a-ha moments. Voices that are sad, afraid, lonely also have a place in this land of Blog. It's a place to gather support and feel helpful when things seem helpless. As I shared with my friend, I may not have thousands of dollars to donate to a cause, but I can write about it. Maybe my words will reach someone who can.
I have met the most amazing, creative and awe-inspiring people during my short bloggy life! I LOVE you all!!!
(If you’re new here, I am normally pretty ornery, but since I’m 100 today I am a bit reflective. Old age does that to you. Ornery-ness will re-commence tomorrow!
And now…..drumroll please…..to show you how grateful I am, I am hosting a MONSTER giveaway! I will be breaking up the giveaway into lots of groups of goodies so you have lots of opportunities to win!
And away we go!!! Remember, it’s HUGE and I LOVE owls!!! You’ll probably notice some old blog post themes too!
~Wise Owl Necklace by Kristen’s Custom Creations!~
I LOVE Kristen’s jewelry! She has so many fabulous designs to choose from and her blog is fantastic! Please go visit her Etsy shop here and her blog here!
~Philosophy’s Amazing Grace 3-in-1 Shower Gel, Shampoo & Bubble Bath (full size!)~
~Dirty Pretty Silhouette & Owl Magnets from Dirty Pretty Things!~
Winner will choose silhouette gender and angel or devil. I LOVE these! Raven’s shop, Dirty Pretty Things has lots of lovelies! These cute little owl magnets are from her shop too! Head on over there and browse around! Stop by her blog while you’re out and about!
~Massive Sunshine Bag from Jen Sue Wild! ~
This gorgeous bag is made by fabulous blogger, Jen Sue Wild, who is an amazingly talented seamstress! I fell in love with this bag the very moment I saw it! You can meet the wonderful Jen Sue here!
~UGLYDOLL Bop & Beep!~
You get two Uglies in one 14” huggable doll! I sell these through my shop Black Crow Boutique (online store re-launch coming soon!) We always sell out of these! Very soft and cuddly!
~Forest Friends Fun!~
This adorable group includes fabulous Forest Friends Domino Magnet Set, Folkmanis Mini Owl Finger Puppet, and Owl Stickers by Paperchase! Jamie over at Stampin Mom is the designer of these darling domino magnets! I love her magnets and all her goodies in her Etsy shop (here.) Stop by her blog too!
Make it all better with fun boo-boo bandaid strips! You get Crime Scene, Kissy Lips and Devil Duckie designs!
~”Dreams of the Every Day Housewife” Package!~
This fun prize includes a Good Eats Recipe Card Binder, Retro Housewife Magnet and 2 Owl Tea Towels from Paperchase!
~Decorative Owl Plate from Anthropologie!~
Umm...yeah...Anthropologie and I go way back...
~Birthday Party Game by eeboo!~
This was chosen by my 6 yr old daughter! We LOVE this game! ! Eeboo makes fantastic children’s games! We offer wonderful things like this in our ebay store, Monkey McNoodles!
~That’s Queen Bitch to You! Display Book!~
This book is hilarious! You can actually display a new page every day because it has a display stand! Filled with retro images with a dose of bitchiness!
~Green M&M Computer Screen Cleaner!~
This little cutie has a soft chamois back that wipes away dust, dirt and smudges without scratching your computer! You can use it again and again! Comes new in the box!
~Anne Taintor Retro Office Fun Stuff!~
Includes *2 packages of Sniff Tissues (purse size!) One says “Has anyone seen my hormones?”..the other says “She liked imaginary men best of all..”
Also included is a package of sticky notes that says “the day was in dire need of a Ctrl-Alt-Delete” and a note pad that says “more paperwork please.” I love Anne Taintor’s vintage office products!
~Good Fortune Feel Good Stuff!~
Includes a set of 5 fabulous Fabric Fortune Cookies from the amazing Claire, owner of Etsy shop, Laurora! Get on over there and see all the fabulous goods she has up! I went bananas over these fortune cookies! They are perfect for gifts, party favors and more!
Also included is Smith’s Rosebud Salve from Anthropologie. (You can also get this through Sephora.) You can use this for chapped lips, diaper rash, blemishes, cuticles and more! You will love it! I’m throwing in a Burt’s Bees Chapstick too! (There’s your Bee and Rose stuff!)
And you will also receive two little keys (not shown)….the keys to love and prosperity!
~”Owl” Remind Ya’ Kit~
Includes a Vinyl Catch-all Bag and Journal from Paperchase in one of my favorite designs..owls! Bag is a perfect place to keep pens, post-its, band-aids, gum, etc. I keep mine in my car. I LOVE it! Journal is great for shopping lists, reminders and more! Also included is another awesome domino magnet from Stampin Mom! It’s a cute vintage cowgirl! (I do live in AZ, doncha’ know!)
~Whooo loves Vera Bradley?~
I do!!! This is so fantastic I had to include it! It’s Vera B’s owl design!!! You will win a clip zip id purse and 24 matching pencils in VB’s awesome owl print! This rocks my socks off, people!
~Bobby Boo Bag and 3 packages of Skull and Bones Paper Garlands from my shop, Black Crow Boutique!~
I realize Halloween is down the calendar a little ways yet, but it is my favorite holiday and I do happen to own a whimsical Halloween boutique! (whew, that sentence was almost as long as this post!) I want to share some of our best sellers with you! (ummm…maybe you can come and visit me when you’re ready for Halloween?)
Included is our Bobby Boo Trick or Treat Sack with our hottest selling design! My son uses this to cart his video games and stuff around. It can be used year round! Also included are 3 skull garlands from Bethany Lowe Designs! (Fun to use for pirate parties too!)
~Custom Handcrafed Whisk Broom~
Another very popular item at Black Crow Boutique! The artisan who makes these is in very high demand and we are always fortunate when we get them in! (You may remember that cute little broom with the face in my “Cleaning the Witch’s Cottage Post”…we sell those too!)
~Too Faced Chocolate Bunny LipBalm!~
I use this every day! It’s creamy and the pinky brown color is fabulous! It tastes like chocolate too! (not that I eat it or anything…cause that would be weird!)
~Tattoo Rubber Duckie~
From my special duckie to yours!
Whew! There you have it, my sweet bloggy friends! Twenty fabulous prizes! All you have to do to enter is the following…
*Leave a comment on this blog about what you like in the giveaway...
*Follow my blog (only if you really want to..I love lurkers just as much!) I have no shame anymore…I enjoy having followers! (If you already do follow, just leave me a separate comment that you do...) ***This must be a separate entry to count in the giveaway so Random Generator can count it as two separate entries***
*Blog about my giveway and link to it... (Be sure you tell me when you do it!)
*Each day over the next 10 days, I will post other ways to enter! Be sure to check back! There will be lots of opportunities to enter multiple times!
Make sure you leave a separate comment for each type of entry because I am using Random Generator to choose the winners. Thanks!
Giveaway entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on Friday, April 17. Giveaway winners will be announced on Monday, April 20. Please add your email address in your comment if it’s not available on your blog. I want to be able to notify the winners by email.
Contest is open all over the world! Shipping outside US will be first class post. Please note I cannot be responsible for lost or damaged shipments outside the US.
Let the fun and games begin!!!!