Saturday, April 18, 2009

Random notes from my first giveaway...

Lessons I have learned from my first giveaway:
Apparently, I am not the only one with an addiction to Target. I heard from many of you about your struggles. Just know that you are not alone. And there is help for us. I am planning on starting a 26 step program (12 steps is not enough!) to help us kick this dangerous habit.

A note to all of my new followers:
I realize that I bribed you. And I'm a feeling a bit of regret over that. I can't make you stay against your will. If you want to go, I won't try to stop you. But let me say, I am a loyal commenter. Show me a little comment love and I'll happily reciprocate. Over and over again...

Although, now that I think of it, I do realize that you left me a comment (or four) when you entered my giveaway and I might not have returned the favor yet. I was a little lot surprised at the number of entries I husband had asked me if I thought I'd get as many as 50! I got more than 4 times that amount.

Anyway, I'm loyal to those who are loyal to me. So if you feel like sticking around, I'm happy to have you and I'll be sure to swing by your place.

Now on to the giveaway:

They say (and who is "they" anyway?) it is better to give than receive, right? Well, then why did I have the urge to run right out to Target with this gift card and continue to feed my addiction. I started out many times only to turn the car around and hang my head as I slunk back into the house to put the gift card away. It's an addiction, people! But the first step is acknowledging it. Only 25 more steps to go!

I've had so much fun with this giveaway. But the time has come to announce the winner with a little help from Here is who's on the receiving end of a $50 gift card to Target:


Congrats to The Musings of the Mrs.!

Swing by Lindsay's site and don't let your jealousy get in the way of congratulating her.

This week is Earth Week and I've got another giveaway planned. It won't be as easy as this last one but it's for a good cause...our planet. I'm going to make you work for it because our planet and the little people who live on it (like my kiddos) deserve it.


  1. You are one of my favorite bloggers. I will always follow. Today for Earth day my little one and I made our first craft together. A plate with blue tissues glued on it for the ocean and some blue hands over it to hug the ocean. :)

  2. Ah nuts! ;-) ah well.

    I too had fun in our bidding war last night. did either of us win it. hehe I don't think so. :)

    Thanks for following me and entering my giveaway. Am I not a follower?! I thought I was. Hmm off to fix that- maybe I'm just not signed in.

  3. Although I'm not eligible for any giveaways ( I stay outside the US), I will still comment 'cos you have an amazing blog and you're my fav bloggy buddy.

  4. Congrats to the winner! For some reason, your page would always freeze when I tried to join the giveaway. LOL, I guess I really wasn't meant to win it!! :)

  5. Congrats Lindsay for winning! And bigger congrats to your Carey for your first giveaway!

    Im doing a contest for a flip video camera to help us name our dog. Whomevers name we choose will be the winner. Simple huh?

    Hope your having a great weekend!

    Thinking of you,


  6. Yay to the winner {darn, it wasn't me! LOL!}

    I was at Target the other day...and probably didn't need anything I bought except the toilet paper and paper towels! :)

    I have a feeling all of your followers will not want to leave! Have a wonderful day!

  7. Congrats to Lindsey! I'll try to be civil about my devastating loss...

  8. I love Target too! I am going to hop over and congratulate your winner. I will try to be a gracious loser! Ha:) Happy Sunday, have a great day.

  9. im cheap, frugal, poor (LOL), whatever you want to call it.. but I hardly ever have the urge to spend money.. especially if I dont have it to spend.. BUT what I do have.. is an addiction to FOOD!! So please feel free to share ur feelings or ur 26 step program, because I can probably finagle them into helping myself overcome this ridiculous addiction.. and um, I dont have that much patience.. so can we have a hint as to what we have to do for Go Green Week?? I am pretty clueless in how to Go Green exactly.. and im easily moldable.. so feel free to shove any ideas down my throat. =) i have tons more to babbly about.. but maybe ill just go post something instead. ;)

  10. Can we have a recount? ;-)... Hee Hee. Just kidding! Congrats to the winner!

  11. Congrats to the winner.
    Trust me when I say there is no help for a Target addict. :(
    But I will try your program!

  12. Yay for me!!!! I am so happy to be the winner. And to get congrats from your awesome readers. I love your blog and am happy to follow. You are a giver that just keeps on giving (in my case, literally). Shopping spree here I come. After this, though, I am happy to join your 26 step program.

  13. I love this post. You are too funny...I was just at Target today. congrats to the winner.

  14. All is fair in love and blogging, right? I mean, what's a giveaway without a following requirement? I think this code may be written down somewhere in a blogging handbook. :)

    Your blog design is quite lovely? I do not see a designer listed. Are you responsible for this HTML genius that I am seeing?


  15. I became a follower, because I liked your style -- of course the contest was a plus, but I plan on looking in every now and then and see what's on your mind :)

  16. Dagnabit! Good thing I don't hold grudges! Congrats to the winner.

  17. i can vouch for you being a loyal commentor! even when i don't think i said anything in a post--you still comment! and thanks for the compliment about the kids. i think they are pretty cute, too!
    luckily you have an adorable family, too, so i don't have to lie about it! :)

  18. You know, I bribed followers for my first giveaway and totally regretted it afterwards. The next one, I just did a one-entry/one-comment simple thing and it was so much easier and I didn't get all weepy when my new bribed followers started dropping off.

    Although for a huge target gc, they should follow you. I hope yours stay just because you are so lovely.

  19. Congrats to the winner & to you on your first giveaway! I'm here, giveaways or not, you're stuck with me=)

    I'm tagging you on my blog, check it out when you get a chance!


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