Giveaway for Christmas: A Pretty Little Gift

Things I love about Christmas and the Holiday season –

The movie Love Actually
An excuse to hang large socks and stuff them full of random things
The way kids’ eyes light up when Santa’s name is mentioned
Giving – giving your time, giving gifts, giving into cookies
The way snow falls and how it really is silent
Kissing outside and the only thing that is warm are the lips meeting
Family visits and visiting family
Time off to spend time doing things you love
Getting lost in a good book while getting lost in the cushion of a good couch

And many more things.

So in the spirit of Christmas, and during this time of giving, I’m giving away to one lucky reader a little sweet gift from the fabulous store Catching Fireflies (if you are in metro-Detroit, check them out or if you live elsewhere, shop online!) :

I just love the tree in the background. And yes, I planned that.

I just love the tree in the background. And yes, I planned that.

First, a wall art sign that has quite a fantastic saying if I do say so myself:

How true is that? Love it.

How true is that? Love it.

A magnet with a fun and inspiring little reminder:

I just adore this cupcake.

I just adore this cupcake.

And for relaxation, a bath tea:

Ahhhhh I almost kept this for myself!

Ahhhhh I almost kept this for myself! And my nails are horrible looking. Ignore.

So, how can you win this sweet little package???

Simple. Just comment on this post, answering this question:

What is your favorite thing about the Christmas season?

Is it the weather? The random people doing good deeds. The presents (it is okay if you put this, I will not judge you). The eggnog (gross, once again I will not judge you). Tell me what really makes your heart smile. My favorite thing is seeing family and giving presents!

Giveaway ends on Friday the 13th at Midnight.

Winner will be announced on the blog! Good luck lovely friends xoxo

What a fun little grouping of things.

What a fun little grouping of things.

Sincerely,

Lily

GIVEAWAY: Knitted Headband

This weekend I stopped by a chic boutique where my cousin works and bought this knitted headband:

Yo. I got no makeup but my head is happy.

Yo. I got no makeup but my head is happy.

I’ve got to admit something to yawlllll.

Here it goes-

I am SLIGHTLY self-conscious about my head because it is tiny. And usually, I have a hard time wearing headbands and things on my head because they kind of gulf my entire upper half and make me look like Lady Gaga:

Is her head small? Is the hat big? WHAT IS GOING ON.

Is her head small? Is the hat big? WHAT IS GOING ON.

But somehow this knitted headband was perfect for small-heads like me. The person that made this headband must have understood that some skulls are smaller, and for that, I am forever grateful.

It has a massive flower in one corner and a large wooden button in the back:

I love it because unlike a regular winter hat, this knitted headband does the following:

  • You do not get hat hair. I LOATHE HAT HAIR. Hat hair is the worst, especially when you are on a date and did your hair and trying to look oh-so-cute… but have to wear a hair-ruining hat OR freeze to death and die on the date. No girl should have to sacrifice their cute hair to stay warm. SERIOUSLY- We can send people to the moon, we should be able to maintain our perfectly manicured hairstyle while keeping our noggins warm.
  • You can wear the headband with your hair down (a hat can achieve this look too).
  • You can wear your hair in a high-ponytail (something a hat wishes it could do):
High ponytail! Perfecto.

High ponytail! Perfecto.

  • You can also wear it underneath all your hair, like a traditional wrap-around headband and it looks so dang cute:

I am so obsessed with this headband that I did not take it off when I got home, cooked dinner wearing it, and even ate at the table. Mr. Speedy indulged my obsession but finally mentioned that I might be over-heating my head….

Since I love it so much, I am giving away ONE (1) pretty knitted headband to one lucky reader.

Very simple – just comment on this post below, answering this question:

—–> What is your favorite thing to wear during the colder months?

Do you love to wear mittens or gloves? Love staying bundled up with a heavy scarf? Have a favorite jacket or fuzzy pair of socks? What  do you wear that keeps you warm and full of smiles ???

Mine USED to be my long fluffy jacket that goes down to my knees. It is super warm and keeps my butt and legs warm (I’ll never wear a short winter jacket again), but now I think it might be this headband.

Contest ends FRIDAY night at midnight (eastern time)…. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED OVER THE WEEKEND. 

Good luck! It would make a great gift for anyone too! ♥

Sincerely,

Lily

WINNER: Run Like A Girl

Sorry this is a day late…. moving is super busy and I have limited internet at the moment!!! Please bare with me. I mean bear.

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Let me just say, I am going to start collecting used copies of this book to repeat this giveaway.

I am not joking.

Be patient- you’ll eventually win one… because you all deserve a copy. It is that amazing and so are you.

But, some lucky reader will get a copy right away…

runlikeagirl

I went online to a random number generator, plugged in the information. Prior to this, on all giveaways, I have been writing down every commenter’s name on a tiny piece of paper, mixing them all in a bowl, and selecting a winner.

I have no idea for the life of me why I did not think to use the all-powerful, all-knowing internet to generate a winner. Way easier. And there is no mess of paper shreds.

This is what the random generator selected:

Lucky comment #7....

Lucky comment #7….

The #7 comment on the giveaway, was –

ashley

OH MY AMAZING- I know for a fact that Ashley will ENJOY it and hopefully read every single page immediately. Her blog is here and it is a cute, fun-lovin’ blog to read. She offers great music choices, advice, and is honest and open. She is currently nursing her body back from an injury from running… and there is a whole section in this book devoted to that anxiety-filled, down-time.

CONGRATS, ASHLEY!

I have to go finishing packing/un-packing my entire life now. And then make-out with Mr. Speedy in our new bedroom for approximately 3546322 hours.

Sincerely,

Lily

Book Giveaway: Run Like A Girl

I’m giving away one (1) copy of this amazing book:

Run Like A Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives

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I fell in love with this book over two years ago, just after it was published in March 2011. The author, Mina Samuels (read about her here) writes from various voices- her own, famous female athletes, every day female athletes, sport medicine experts, and much more. Previously, she was a lawyer and then realized she wanted to write and needed to publish. I love authors who are from a completely different field of work. I think it adds some variety to their writing. She writes in a very factual, entertaining way that is full of statistics and interviews that will keep you reading.

She dives into WHY there is a pull, a need, to run or perform some sort of physical exercise. How does this exercise differ when females run solo? In a group? With a partner? What does training together do to a relationship? What does having an active lifestyle do to a person? How are they physically stronger in the end? Happier? Logical? There is a science to those endorphins released and Samuels hits the nail on the head explaining every little body benefit.

I love it.

I could go and on but the bottom line is that this book is a truthful read- perfect for any female (or male- guys can get some perspective too) athlete.

Because I love it and running and being a strong, healthy girl, I am giving you a chance to win a copy- all you have to do is comment below, answering this question:

What are yours plans for this weekend?

Are you going somewhere fun? Have any races planned? Are you planning to drink wine and read books and relax? Just leave your comment (be sure to be logged in or enter email) and you are in the running (no pun intended) for this wonderful book!

Winner will be announced Friday, July 19th by 8pm Eastern Time. Only one comment per person!

Giveaway: Craft-A-Day book

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I’m giving away one (1) copy of this lovely craft book! It is by the talented Sarah Goldschadt and available here.

Check it out:

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You can learn how to make sweet props for fun parties or photoshoots!

This is one of many cute little animal crafts... penguins, turtles, you name it!

This is one of many cute little animal crafts… penguins, turtles, you name it!

Spooky!

Spooky!

This book is chock full of crafty ideas for those who enjoy doing a little cutting, sewing, and creating.

Learn how to make:

  •  Magnets
  • Cupcake toppers
  • Garlands
  • Cards
  • Wall art
  • Finger puppets
  • PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING

To enter:

Just comment on this post, answering this question-

WHERE SHOULD MR. SPEEDY AND I GO ON OUR NEXT VACATION?

Should we head South or go out West? Should we backpack in Italy or smooch in Paris? Should we go to Iceland and freeze our toes off or come visit you and have tea?

Winner will be annouced Friday, you may enter up until Midnight on Thursday (eastern time).

.... Please don't suggest a road trip. I am not the best traveler.

…. Please don’t suggest a road trip. I am not the best traveler.

*Note: When you comment, it will require you to enter your email (don’t worry, it doesn’t show up!)… and that is how I will contact you if you win. So make sure you enter a legit email or else no book for you.

The Best Bathroom Ever

At work, the ladies room is the best ladies room in the world.

No, it does not have heated seat warmers.
No, it does not have steam jets to clean your rump.
No, the toilet paper is not the soft kind.

This bathroom has something that I have NEVER come across in a work place:

That wicker box = the holy grail.

That wicker box = the holy grail.

What is inside this holy grail of a wicker box you ask?

After using this bathroom for months, I finally mustered up the courage to open the box.

HOLY MOSES.

Only everything you could ever want as a lady in the bathroom:

Holy banana cakes, THANK YOU.

Holy banana cakes, THANK YOU.

I took that close-up image on purpose.

If you are a lady, you might recognize those center items as PEARL brand.
YAY, that is right.
PEARL.

Pearl brand is the Louis Vuitton of tampons.
They are expensive, silky, and smooth.
Basically, I never buy them because I am freaky, frugal, frumpy person.
Apparently, work knows a thing or two about lady products.

AND HERE THEY ARE. FREE. FOR ME. SO I DON’T HAVE TO AWKWARDLY HIDE THESE COTTON STICKS IN MY PANTS WITH NO POCKETS (AKA HOLD THEM UP MY SLEEVE AND HOPE THEY DON’T FLY OUT AND HIT A MALE CO-WORKER IN THE SHOE).
I would like you to know that DID actually happen. Mortified does not even come close to how I felt because this particular co-worker is older and can’t see too well and assumed that what hit him was a PEN and attempted to pick it up for me.

Basically, that was the lowest point in my life.

But- LIFE IS LOOKIN’ UP.

To me, this is equally as exciting as giving me benefits and a retirement fund.
In my interview if they had mentioned-
“Oh and if you work for us, our ladies room is completely stocked with various tampons for your needs. Free.”
I would have immediately asked when do I start and where do I sign.

Does your work place offer this???

Sincerely,

No-more-worrying-about-hiding-things-in-my-sleeve Lily