Friday, January 22, 2010

Pottery Giveaway from LennyMud

**Our Lucky Winners are #15 Anna See, #32 Cindy, #46 Gay Vaughn, #17 Secret Mom Thought, and #38 Joanna Jenkins. Congratulations to them all. I will contact them by email for their information and forward it to Lorrie.

What isn't better with chocolate?

That's right - absolutely nothing. If all life was chocolate coated, there would be no need for thankful posts because everyone would be frolicking and smiling, birds would be singing, and flowers would forever be in bloom. Or at least that is what it looks like in my mind.

I have a wonderful giveaway for you today. It combines so many of my favorite things in one. Bloggers, pottery, chocolate (or at least the mention of it), and free.

First, I am proud to say that this giveaway is by none other that Lorrie Veasey, a fellow blogger as well as designer for Our Name is Mud - a National Pottery Company. Lorrie has been my online buddy since shortly after I started blogging and they don't make online friends any better. Or potters.

I am happy to say I am the proud owner of several of Lorrie's beautiful works including mugs, bowls, and platters. They are gorgeous, eye-catching, unique, and sturdy. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not big on items that I have to set up on a pedestal and never touch for fear of breaking. Lorrie's items are not like that. I use her pottery daily and even sent one mug to college with my daughter.

What do I have for you today, you are asking. Lorrie has very generously offered to give five (yes, 5!) of my readers the cutest plaque you have ever seen. Yes, it is perfect for Valentine's Day but I would enjoy this cutie year round. It is featured in her Etsy shop which showcases beautiful pottery - all made by Lorrie herself.

Now, for this giveaway and since Lorrie is a buddy of mine, I'm going to ask you to do a little more to qualify.

First, go over to Lorrie's Etsy shop, LennyMud, come back and tell me something you saw that you loved. I need you to do this to qualify for the giveaway.

But wait, you can get extra entries as well! (Please leave me a separate comment for each.)
* Visit Lorrie's new blog, Trail of Hearts, where she selflessly promotes her favorite items she has found throughout Etsy. Leave Lorrie a comment on that blog then come back and tell me you visited her.
*Follow this blog. Just leave me a comment if you are follower.
*Tweet about this giveaway.
*Blog about this giveaway.

I will close this giveaway Friday, January 29 at midnight. I will use to draw our lucky winners and then contact them by email. Which reminds me, please leave me a way to contact you if your blogger account doesn't link to your email or blog.

While I am already the happy owner of pieces of pottery by Lorrie, I am receiving no compensation for this giveaway. Except the satisfaction of hooking up some lucky readers with some great pottery.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sony's Girls' Night In - Nine DVDs Giveaways.

*Giveaway is now closed. Random number generator chose comment number 53 for our winner. Congratulations Suzi! I will email Suzi and forward her mailing information to Sony.

Wouldn't it be great to gather your friends around on one of these cold winter nights for a Girls' Night In complete with great movies? I think so too. Fortunately, so does Sony.

Sony's Girls' Night In package includes nine great DVDs - perfect for hosting your friends over for your own Girls' Night. One lucky reader will win all of the following.
-Cruel Intentions
-Every Time We Say Goodbye
-The Way We Were
-Only You
-Peggy Sue Got Married
-The Sweetest Thing
-Stomp The Yard
-The Wedding Planner

Sounds like a good Girls' Night to me!

Additionally, Sony is running a "Dear John" promotion. You can receive a free movie ticket to "Dear John" when you buy specially marked Sony DVDS with this sticker: You can read more about this promotion here. "Dear John" stars Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum and is based on a book by Nicholas Sparks. You can visit the "Dear John" website here.

What a fun package for these long, cold winter days.

To enter, leave me a comment below. For extra entries, you may do any of the following:
-Follow this blog
-Blog about this giveaway
-Tweet about this giveaway.

I'll use to draw a very lucky winner on Monday, January 18.

Sony provided me with the information related above. Prized will come directly from them. I did not receive any compensation or products from Sony for this giveaway.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Clean Water for Everyone and PUR Giveaway

*Giveaway now closed.

I am embarrassed to admit that only in the last few years have I become aware of the global crisis concerning clean drinking water. Oh sure, I have always known that there were areas where clean drinking water was hard to come by. But only recently have I learned of the enormity of this crisis.

4,000 children in developing countries die every day from illness and disease related to unsafe drinking water.

I don't know about you, but that number is staggering to me. 4,000 children a day. Imagine. Imagine a life where we as parents could try all we wanted and still be unable to provide our beloved children with water that wouldn't kill them. I just can't imagine.

When PUR contacted me about doing a post to raise awareness of this problem, I immediately agreed. You know how it goes. Only when we all join together can true change really occur. Here's what I learned from PUR.

PUR along with its not-for-profit partner, the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW), is committed to alleviating this global crisis by providing clean drinking water to those in need.

• This coming January PUR is partnering with “Summit on the Summit” (SOTS), a celebrity climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro featuring Jessica Biel, Alexandra Cousteau and others that will raise awareness and funds for clean drinking water efforts. You can learn more about the summit here.
• Dr. Greg Allgood, Founder and Director of CSDW, will be joining the climb as the water authority, educating the climbers on the global water crisis and what is being done to help.

How Can We Help?

* When you buy a PUR, you’re not only helping your family get clean water, but a family across the world.
* 1 System = 1 Week: For every PUR system purchase, one week of clean drinking water is provided to a child in the developing world through CSDW. To-date, CSDW has already provided 1.8 billion liters of clean water to children and their families around the world.

Why Is PUR a Smart Choice for Families?
• By simply using a PUR water filter, you will remove many of the common contaminants found in drinking water. Including: 94% of atrazine, 98% of lead and other metals, 99.9% of microbial cysts and 96-99% of pharmaceuticals.
• Switching from bottled water to filtered water and a reusable bottle can save one person up to $600 a year and eliminate up to 3,200 plastic bottles.

In other words, by helping ourselves provide the best possible water for our families and decreasing the environmental impact of plastic water bottles, we can also help provide water around the world. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

PUR would also like to give one of my readers a PUR pitcher. To be eligible, just leave me a comment below. If you'd like additional entries, you can do any or all of the following:
~Become a follower of this blog.
~Tweet about this post.
~Blog about this post.
Please leave me an additional comment for each of the above. Also, make sure you leave me a way to contact you if you are the lucky winner.

PUR provided me with the information about the summit I have shared with you. I have received no other compensation from them.

Giveaway will end at midnight on January 11.

*Our winner is #32 - Kaylen. Congratulations Kaylen. I will contact Kaylen for her mailing information.