Thursday, January 22, 2009

100 Post Giveaway

Are you feeling the love? I can't believe I've already written 99 posts! I also can't believe anyone really reads them. This started out as a way to write to my sister, and quickly took a turn. Truth is, I love blogging. I don't think I have much to offer the blogging world, but I absolutely am addicted to reading other blogs. I love each and every comment and now even strangers are my blogging friends.

Anyways, I would love to offer something big. I've seen huge 100 posts giveaways, but I think my husband would freak if this hobby of mine started costing us money! (He doesn't know about all the little projects I take on sometimes for the sole purpose of having something to blog about!) So. . . this is what I have to offer:



Valentines Day embroidered towels. The background is pink with white polka dots and it came from an old shower curtain that I cut up, thus the difference in pigments. The words are a cranberry red and I just adore the ric rac! I hope you like them.
What to do to win this? Let's make it fun. Valentines Day is approaching and I'd love to hear anything special that you and your honey do - other than going out to dinner, getting a sitter, buying roses, etc. We've done that - several times. It just seems kind of contrived. There's gotta be something more meaningful, more special than just food. Leave a comment, tell me how you feel the love. That's it - if you don't blog, anonymous comments are more than welcome (mom). Hope to hear from you all. I think I'll draw in a week.
Edit: I'm just going to draw randomly. There's no way I can choose a favorite.

42 comments:

Kim & Ryan said...

Love your new layout. =)

We kinda boycott Valentine's Day.... it's a silly holiday if you ask me. But, I think we show each other our love throughout the year so it's unneccesary.

Anonymous said...

i love your towels! they are soooo cute!

jen_wheaton@hotmail.com

Emily said...

Oh, these are darling! You are so creative. We have a lot of winter holidays, so though we don't have kids that we're working around, we choose to do Valentines day low-key. We cook a meal together, eat it on red plates that were given to us for special occasions, and then do something together - whether it's watching a movie, bowling, going for a run.

blogging and bliss~ said...

Just found you. What cute towels... I think finding things to reuse makes a person more creative...
Showing the love for us is just talking/laughing into the night. We don't live anywhere where there is a nice place for dinner. So I make a nice one and her remembers the flowers and definitely the chocolate to share later...
I need to keep reading.

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Well this is going to sounds bad but we don't do Valentines. We do wish each other a Happy Valentine and give cards but that's pretty much it. My daughter is older and more into Valentine. :) I would either make dinner or hubby will bring dinner. Always a welcoming thing. ;)

Nicol said...

Our Anniversary is only 2 weeks before Valentines and I totally don't mind. We normally don't exchange gifts but try to plan something special together. I really like to do little things during these two weeks. (Naturally we show our love to each other all year.) In the past I have left notes for him to find and try to make a nice dinner at home. One thing that he did for me several years ago right after we were married, that I plan on doing for him this year, is he sent me a card in the mail to my work. What a surprise it was for me to open the card! I still have that little sentiment and will treasure it always!

The towels are super fun. I'm just starting to get my Valentine's decoration out and this would go perfect with them!

Congrats on the 100!

Carolyn G said...

In the last few years we stopped doing anything fancy for V-day. We might have a special dinner at home but that's it. But I feel the love everyday I wake up and am told I am loved or when hubby does something special or when we have date night on a Tuesday night.

Amber M. said...

LOVE the towels...and congrats on 100!

This is how Tony and I feel the love. We watch war movies together. Seriously. We both enjoy them, are inspired by them, and I often get a footrub out of the deal.

knittingknirvana said...

Congratulations on 100!!! Those towels are adorable and would look wonderful in my kitchen which is painted "cranberry splash". :)

We have done all different things for Valentine's Day (a weekend away, dinner out, working, etc). This year, we will probably stay home and prepare a really nice dinner for ourselves. We will probably get filet mignons from the local family owned meat market. If the weather is bearable my husband will grill the steaks. I will make some awesome mashed potatoes (maybe with shallots or roasted garlic) a nice vegetable like broccolini or some fancy mushrooms (like baby portobellos) and a mesculan salad. We'll probably have a glass of wine and pick up something special for dessert like sharing one of those giant cupcakes. We usually do most of the prep while our son eats dinner, but we save the meal until after he goes to bed so we can savor the good food and wonderful company. This is what we did this year for our anniversary and New Year's Eve. Add a movie that one of us has been dying to see and it is the perfect evening!

Pineapple Hill said...

Those towels are so adorable! I for one, really LOVE Valentine's day. First off, I love making heart shaped food. I always make pink pancakes shaped like hearts and serve them to my hubby in bed. My kids love them too. I also love to sneak little love notes for my family in February (especially).I put them in lunches, under pillows, etc. They love it, even the teenagers:)

V and Co. said...

okay i have confidence in you too! lmk when you make em and if you post any pics!

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Congrats on the 100th post! I adore these towels. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

For Valentine's Day...we usually buy each other small gifts. Sometimes, we go out to dinner.

Carl said...

Sorry if this comes off as rude but shame on those that say they don't do anything on V-day because they think it is a waste of time and a ploy to get money from us. Yes you may love your special someone each day of the year but is it so hard to take one day to do something extra special just because? We should be celebrating our kids lives everyday but does that mean we can't spend a little extra money, time, and love on their birthday? I say BLAH!

Dev and I are pretty low key. I would love to go out but that take money which we haven't really ever had and patience fighting all the BYU lovebirds filling up the reservations in the area. I think my favorite thing on Valentines day is take out and a movie. Definitely need some kind of back rub or tickles and just us time. It is nice to have a date on the calender specifically for me and my wife.

Natalie Jane said...

Well, to be honest we usually have sex :) Seems like a nice married thing to do. And then we eat the chocolate that my husband buys me. Pretty perfect it my book.

Congrats! Your blog is so cute!

AJ said...

You made those?! Gosh, you are good!!!
Aside from the usual Valentines dinner(with kids-so not very romantic:) my husband and I write love notes to each other. Cheesy? Maybe, but with hectic lives we don't always take the time to let each other know how much we really love and appreciate the other. It works for us and someday years from now I'll get to pull those notes out and be reminded of how our lives were at that time:)

Emily K said...

Laurel, I think you should give the towels to Natalie Jane. That caught me so off guard I could not stop laughing! Our Valentines Day tradition usually involves a phone call from my husband from the World Ag Expo. I don't know who sets the dates, but it seems to ALWAYS come with Valentines Day, or when I am due to have a baby. Sometimes I do get lucky and he brings me home a lovely pair of cow tag earrings. He really knows how to melt a girl's heart.

3LittleByrds said...

I came across your blog and its so cute. Our anniversary is right after Valentines Day so we usually combine the two and sometimes he'll just surprise me with a getaway for the weekend even if its just 45 min. from home.

Jenni said...

Cute cute towels!! For the past 2 years I have woken up way early and decorated the kitchen table all Valentinesy and given my hubby and the kids gift bags with a book they've been wanting and valentines treats. It's not all that original, but I know they always feel the love when they go down for breakfast. Other than that we just always do the babysitter, out to dinner route. Happy hundredth post!!

Lisa said...

Found your blog- love it! For years when my kids come home from school on Valentines Day they are treated to a yummy afterschool snack. On the table I set their spots with all things red or pink (drink, cupcakes, cookies, and their very own box of chocolate) I can't stop doing it because they remind me, "Don't forget the goodies mom". Then later my hubby and I go out to eat- no cooking for me. Yahoo.

Ms. Tee said...

Those are really cute. :)
On Valentine's, we celebrate as a family, instead of just as a "couple" or as a romantic day. All day long we do special things & have little surprises for everyone, and almost all day we have red food (tomato soup, candy, etc.) And we eat off of special heart plates. :) Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments!

Cottage Lifestyle said...

Laurel, I don't have a honey currently...but I think a fun thing to do versus go out is to do a scavenger hunt. You could make one for him or he could make one for you or you both could do one for each other. You could buy valentine candy and take it to those in a nursing home...many of those folks are missing their sweetheart.

Love your blog. There is an award for you on my blog.

Renee
Cottage Lifestyle
http://cottagelifestyle.blogspot.com/

Cottage Lifestyle said...

Maryjane, I love your blog. I have always wanted one of these camper trailers ever since I saw an article in either Country Home or Country Living...they were also featured on an HGTV show that has unfortunately gone off the air. Your blog is wonderful. Thanks for stopping by my place.

Renee

Kasey said...

I would love to tell you some mushy-gushy thing that we do on Valentines, but the truth is my husband doesn't really do valentine's day because he thinks it is such a commercial holiday.

do you feel sorry for me? (just kidding, he's the best all the time so if he doesn't want to go crazy for one holiday I'll let it slide, and I knew he felt this way before we got married so he didn't trick me or anything!

I still want the towels though!!! so please pick me!

ArizonaLewis said...

we buy a gigantic chandelier and have sex while hanging from it.
j/k.
i know you'll never post this.
or will you?

hansen7coleader said...

My ideal Valentines day: Come down the stairs in the morning to a perfectly clean house, (what a present!) Breakfast made kids ready for school, I enjoy my day off, and then that night my favorite flowers, some chocolate, off for a massage, and I'll admit it I love eating out at a fancy restaurant since it is such a rare event! (I think some new clothes would be nice) Heck lets just throw in a trip to Hawaii while we're dreamin. Now of course this is my dream Valentines hasn't happened yet? Maybe I should have my hubby read this for ideas?
Anyway cute towels!! All your stuff is cute! Happy 100th that's awesome!

Smith Family said...

Our tradition started 12 years ago when my now husband and I were in the flirting stage of our relationship. Hoping to start something more I sent him three carnations anonymously for V-day. He was delighted and on our first date a week later he brought me one red and one white rose. We've repeated this scenario ever since. On V-day I give him three carnations anonymously-dropped at the office and delivered by the secretary, the kids each give him one when he arrives home, just appearing on the table when he awakes, etc... And then on the 22 we go out for a date of some kind and I get red and white roses. Simple but sweet. (And the frugal lady inside likes that the carnations are inexpensive even on V-day and we celebrate a week later than everybody else so dinner and flowers tend to cost less then too.)

Happy 100th post. I just recently found you and an enjoying. :)

Shannon said...

Those are adorable!! I love them! For Valentine's Day we usually stay home. I "try" to cook a good meal and we eat by candlelight. It is just something fun to do. :)

Shannon said...

Those are adorable!! I love them! For Valentine's Day we usually stay home. I "try" to cook a good meal and we eat by candlelight. It is just something fun to do. :)

Trisha said...

Your towels are cute! YOu are so creative and organized! Thanks for sharing all your ideas!

So my hubby and I have done a few different things on Valentine's Day. The very 1st V-Day we spent together included a limosine, a ruby ring, and a romantic candlelight dinner(he was still wooing me)! We've found that to avoid the crowds we avoid going out on the actual day and go a few days before or after. One year for something different we went to three different restaurants for appetizers and desserts! It was WAY fun!
Have a wonderful week!

Kelsey said...

My fiance and I are living on our own now so we probably won't be going out to dinner or anything like that - although, now that I think of it we never did that before either hehe - Valentines day is actually my mom's birthday so we usually spend it with family.

Now that we aren't "at home" anymore maybe we will have a bake off. I'm thinking we will both have to come up with something to bake each other and then present it to that person in a special way - OH HE'S GONNA LOVE THIS! haha

Love your blog - the towels are ADORABLE! I would love to have them in my kitchen!

-Kels

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

So glad you came out of your shell. :) Thanks for the comment.

Inspired Kara said...

These are so cute. I love them!!!!

Our first date was on valentine's day. We got all the stuff to make ice cream sundaes and stayed home and watched a movie.

We do the same thing every year now and I love it.

Aaron said...

Romance requires spontaneity, creativity, and occasionally originality. If I plan out a typical Valentine’s day (i.e. movie, dinner, flowers, and chocolate), I don’t get any credit for being romantic. Flowers are better on a day like March 20th, which is a totally random day and therefore a surprise and the price isn’t jacked up! I have learned that I need to change things up each year. (This also means that if I don’t do anything one year, anything I do the next year is a surprise!) Sometimes it is a little gift that lets my sweetheart know that I love her, other times I have left notes throughout the house (in the comb drawer, on the lid to the laundry room, in the silverware drawer, on the bathroom mirror, in her coat pocket, on the steering wheel, etc.) telling her how much I appreciate her. This one is especially good, because she doesn’t find all the notes on V-Day and continues to run into them through the next week. Sometimes I cook dinner and let her take a break. I’m not quite sure what I’ll do this year, but the bottom line is I have a great wife who is still my best friend.

Danyelle Ferguson said...

I just found your blog on Mormon Mommy Blogs! I'm so excited to come read more!

Our favorite Valentines had to be the year I sent my hubby out for errands (lots of errands!), then filled our living room with paper hearts of all different colors and sizes. On each heart, I wrote something I love about him, our relationship, or his role as a father. I made about 60 of these hearts. Then I put a HUGE heart on the back of the front door telling him where to meet me to start our date. Well, I waited and waited at our friend's house with our kids (my friend was going to babysit). When he finally showed up, I asked him why he was so late. He told me I'd see when I got home. After our date & we returned home with the kids, I saw he had gone all around the living room and replied to each of my comments with something he liked about me, too. :) It was an awesome Valentine's and one I highly recommend trying out!

Rachel said...

What cute towels! :) With 5 kids we don't really do much, not even flowers.. Yes sad i know. Just trying to save some money for other things. We know we love each other and telling each other that everyday and just spending time talking (really talking) to each other is all that matters.

:)R.

gina said...

Love your layout! Since red is my favorite color and hearts are my signature shape- it stands to reason I LOVE Valentine's Day-. okay, really , no holiday is too small to celebrate in my book- there have been times we have scelebrated random Happy First Day of ..... (insert month). But I especially love V-Day. I love to decorate for it (and those towels are ADORABLE!) and then I also write a hand written sentiment for each of my loves- my husband and each of my girls. Sometimes it's a note, other times a poem or one of those things where you write a descriptive word of the person for each letter in their name. Plus everyone gets two gifts- one is ALWAYS something festive to wear on V-Day and then something else. We don't eat candy anymore since my youngest got diagnosed with a nut allergy but I usually get them all sugarless gum too. And hubs always gets a letter telling him how much I appreciate him- and I give specific examples. We have themed meals throughout the day- it is very much a family holiday for us.

Dreamer said...

Now that we have 4 little ones we include them in the festivities. We make cards for friends, relatives, cut out paper hearts to decorate anything that will hold still and have a fun red and pink dinner. After the kids go to bed the real fun begins! wink, wink, nudge, nudge, know what I mean?

Cindy said...

Your towels are super cute.
V-day is too busy to eat out on. If I am cooking I usually make something in the shape of a heart, biscuits, desert, meatloaf (just kidding about the meatloaf :)

Mrs. McB said...

Mr. McB and I always try to do something special with friends. This year we are going to a Rascal Flatts concert, but last year we all got out and played in the snow.

Amy said...

Very cute! We have had 'red dinners' the last two years...spaghettie, red jello, red wine, (cranberry juice for the kiddos) all on our pretty plates...Because we like to celebrate it with our kids...they are the love of our lives too!

love your blog! Too fun! Thanks for commenting on mine! I'll be back!

A and C said...

I really don't expect anything from my husband. We always do something--usually take out and a movie. Next year when our oldest is old enough to babysit we may actually go out! I just like to be with him when all the kids are down. He has surprised me before with notes all over--which was my favorite Valentines Day.

The Royal Family said...

so cute. I love the towels. I found you on mormon mommy blogs, how lucky to stumble upon a giveaway! Anyway our tradition is to make sugar cookies and decorate them... It's fun!

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Thanks,
Brandy

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