A Giveaway in Celebration of 1,000 Posts!

Sometime in the beginning of January, I published my 1,000th post on this blog.*  I had grand plans of this post being exactly my 1000th post but in all the flurry of posting about Christmas sewing, reading, and Mark’s birthday, and then life, it slipped by me.  (This is technically my 1,045th post!)

So, in celebration of more than 1,000 posts, I’m giving something away!

In the past year or so, I’ve heard from a couple readers who have been reading a long time but haven’t ever left a comment.  In the blog world, that’s called, “lurking,” and I don’t mind that at all.  But still, I figured I’d encourage you to de-lurk with a prize!

The prize: something made by me (like cookies, a loaf of bread, something sewn, or something canned) OR a lesson in something I know how to do (i.e. sewing, canning, baking) (if you live close enough to me to come over for a lesson).  After I pick the winner, you and I can talk about what you’d like to have.  Ultimately, your prize will be at my discretion, based on how crazy my life is, whether or not I have to mail it, etc.  International readers are welcome to enter too but your prize will have to be something lightweight that fits in an envelope – so I’ll probably make you some cards or something like that.  (Card making is another love of mine but one that I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about!)

How you enter:  Leave a comment on this post, telling me something you like about my blog or something you wish I’d write more about.  Only comments on this post will count so all my Facebook commenters, find a way to comment on the real blog!

Also, if you have a couple extra minutes, please indulge me by filling out this little survey.  You can get a second chance to enter by leaving another comment, saying “I filled out the survey!”

I’ll leave the giveaway open until Monday, 3/24/14 at 1:30 pm EST.  Now closed!  I’ll post a winner soon!

I’ll choose the winner randomly by some method that may perhaps involve these two cuties:

006 (800x535)Yes, they’re holding hangers.   It’s the only way I could get them to sit still!

I’m looking forward to “meeting” some of you for the first time and hearing from many more of you!  And thank you for reading!

*I blogged for almost five years with Xanga before starting this blog.  That site is now inactive but I just recently found out that I can import all my Xanga posts into WordPress.  So hopefully, this blog will soon have many, many more than 1,000 posts!

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42 Responses to A Giveaway in Celebration of 1,000 Posts!

  1. Katie Moore says:

    I de-lurked about a year ago, I think, and I am so glad I did! I wish that were just a bit closer so that we could hang out more. I love your blog!

  2. Anne says:

    You need a friend choice in your survey! I had to pick neighbor but that is not exactly true. I’m just trying to get a bagel making refresher & since I was such a lucky winner on the tennis pro look alike contest I thought I’d give it a try 🙂

    • Laura says:

      Thanks Anne! I fixed the survey and added a friend option! 🙂 You know you can just have a bagel making refresher, right? Even without winning!

  3. Beth says:

    Wahoo! A giveaway. I think I post often enough that you know I’m here. 🙂

  4. Beth says:

    … and other needs a tickybox… I put neighbor, but that’s not really right at all. I wish I was your neighbor.

  5. Kristina Kok says:

    Laura, I love your blog!! My favorite posts are the “Kickin it old skool” posts! I love reading how and especially WHY you have chosen to do (or not do) certain things. You have helped motivate me to use cloth diapers, eat seasonally, analyze (and get rid of a lot of things in my medicine cabinet), not flush EVERYTIME I go to the bathroom, attempt to grow my own veggies, and so much more! Some of my favorites books are also ones you have recommended, including almost all the ones on childbirth and breastfeeding. I look forward to your posts very much! Also, the pictures of your cuties aren’t so bad either 😉

    • Laura says:

      You are so kind, Kristina! Thank you!! And my heart feels happy knowing that you’ve made all those changes for yourself and your family!

  6. Kristina Kok says:

    I also took the survey!

  7. amy says:

    Hello, I found your blog a while back through BaltAP. We’re also in the same FB homeschooling group, and I believe we have email chatted. 🙂 I’m a foodie, and always enjoy a post about food.

  8. I like reading about the crafty things you are up to. I wish I made more time for that in my own life. So it’s nice to see that someone gets it done!

  9. I took the survey.

    For the questions that have ‘Other’ the survey thought I wasn’t answering the question if I filled that box in without choosing another option. Not sure if there is a way to fix that though.

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  11. Aunt Zona says:

    I completed your survey and wonder what the chances are of me winning another random drawing on your blog!

  12. Sharon Walsh says:

    I love seeing into your family life and seeing you and the kids grow each day…all your crafts are an encouragement to me. I took time this month to clean out my craft closet and almost got rid of a bunch of flannel until I remembered your baby blanket posts and decided to make some blankets for gifts.
    I was also challenged by your reading the classics. It is in my future…hopefully near future!

    Love you and your family!

    • Laura says:

      Thank you, Sharon! I guess I bashed you over the head with enough blanket posts to make it fit, right? And I’m reading Jane Eyre in July, hoping to be able to discuss it with Eric and Meggan in Alaska in August. Maybe you can read it and then fly into Anchorage for the book group discussion!

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  14. Kim says:

    It is because of your blog that I learned about Baby Led Weaning! Loving the approach even more the second time with Sarah. Thanks for teaching me about an alternative way to feed babies which is just such a better fit for me and my family.

    • Laura says:

      Awesome, Kim!! I’m so glad to hear that! We’ve loved it even better the second time around with Mark, also! Congratulations on baby #2! I lost your blog address and then lost track of you so I’m so glad that you commented. If you get this, will you send it to me (that is, if you’re still blogging)?

  15. Jennie Beckman says:

    Hello! I love your KIOS posts, as well as your sewing posts (always inspiring, but I still haven’t touched my sewing machine!), and of course hearing about anything food related. And it’s fun to see your kids grow in between the times I get to see them in person.

  16. Jennie Beckman says:

    and I filled out the survey. 🙂

  17. Liz says:

    I like your recipes. And your tips about where you buy naturally sourced food/bath/household products 🙂

  18. Liz says:

    I took your survey. I think all the topics you write about are interesting. I especially enjoy the parenting and natural living ones. The only ones I tend to skip are the sewing ones. (Mainly because I have NO sewing skills whatsoever and it all kinda goes over my head.) But I really like the stuff you sew- especially that twister blanket!

    • Laura says:

      You’re welcome to skip whatever you want! My dad always sort of sheepishly tells me he skips the sewing posts, and I tell him that I don’t mind that at all. 🙂

  19. I learn so much stuff I’ll never use but I admire your drive and resolve and forethought. I’d love a couple of sewing lessons. I inherited my grandmoms sewing machine and really must use it so pick me! Pick me!

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  22. Emily says:

    I like how you have your strong reasons for eating how you do (which I agree with!) but how you emphasize that it a gradual process and that you don’t expect others to cater to your choices when they are blessing you with their hospitality, something I’ve tried to convey to people who see (and maybe are a little overwhelmed) by how we do food.

    Also, I’m reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle right now off your recommendation and am loving it. 🙂

    • Laura says:

      Thank you Emily! That’s a really difficult balance, isn’t it? To know how to stay true to our own convictions but not force others to feel guilty when they choose a different way than we do. I appreciate your encouragement! And I should probably read AVM again soon!

  23. Caitlin says:

    I think I missed the cutoff but just wanted to say hi anyway!

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