Monday, June 1, 2009

It's my party and you're invited!

Guess what happened on June 3, one year ago, on this very blog?

I wrote my first post and entered this strange, bloggy universe.

So this is a celebration week where I want to revel in the fun and friendships that blogging has brought me, and spread a little love and sunshine.

I'm going to give away something every day and since we know my oldest son rigs the drawings he does (okay, he doesn't but it's so strangely coincidental), I'm going to give the random number generator a shot for these drawings this week. I'm also unveiling a NEW LOOK on Wednesday, my official bloggiversary, and spotlighting some of my favorite blogs every day.

Now, for the first giveaway. . . it's nothing fancy, but I thought I'd revisit some of my favorite things I've blogged about over the year since I started and share them with you, my old and new blog buddies.

My first two giveaways are odd stuff that I thought would be kind of fun. The first is a little bit rummage sale style but with a bit of rubbing alchohol, we'll be good to go. You're going to either see this giveaway and think, "Ugh," or "Makes perfect sense."

I've mentioned an obsession with cosmetics several times on my blog, from Bare Minerals skin stuff to MAC colors. I've long been in search of the perfect nude shade of lipstick. I've ended up with several shades of lipstick that are nice, but not nice for me. Each has been worn exactly once with no luck...except for maybe that's lucky for you. I'm going to wipe those lippy sticks down with some disinfecting alcohol and send them to a lucky winner who wants them rather than just pitch them in the garbage can (they're nice and the idea of the waste makes me cringe!).

The second things I want to give away are definitely among my favorites: copies of books I've read, enjoyed, and want to share with you. My books are spilling out of their bookshelves and off of my nightstand so that means I have to find them new homes and I can't ever just bag them up and drop them somewhere. I have to personally place them with their new owners. I understand that this is totally nuts, but let's just call it part of my charm. Anyway, if you win one and then read and enjoy it: TELL A FRIEND and then go buy something else from one of these great writers and enjoy it, too:

First, we've got an identity theft thriller that will quite frankly freak you out and keep you turning the pages. Josi is such a good writer and one of the first authors I discovered when I started reading LDS fiction again.

This is a fun, happy book with lots of laughs and a great protagonist. This will definitely make you snort out loud several times.

For all you Darcy lovers, Shannon Hale's book will set your hearts aflutter with "What if...?"



A debut novel from an author whose blog I've recently discovered and enjoyed. This is exactly the kind of book I would have searched high and low to find when I taught 8th grade so I could give it to my students to read. Multi-faceted characters, non-cliche portrayals of family relationships, realistic growth in those characters and relationships. Cool cover!
So....how do you win? Since this is just for fun amongst friends, I'm not requiring any linky love or anything like that. This truly is just about sharing some of my favorite stuff with you guys, so all you have to do is make a comment letting me know you want to be entered. That's it.
Check back every day because I'll also be giving away some of my favorite treats, snacks, recipes, office supplies, bath stuff, AND....naming privileges for a character in my current work-in-progress which now has a very good shot at being published, too.
Anyway, each day's drawing ends at midnight my time (Pacific) and I lag behind pretty much ALL of you so that should give you plenty of time.
Thanks for making this such a fun and fulfilling year!
*The pecan praline fudge and copy of My Fairy Grandmother are both in the mail as of 9:30 Monday morning.

29 comments:

Amber Lynae said...

I want to join your party and experience some of your favorite things. I love your blog congratulations on reaching this anniversary.

Becca said...

Happy anniversary, happy anniversary! (I'm singing it in my head. Too bad you can't come in here and listen to it).

Thanks for the kind words!

Emily said...

Happy blog anniversary!

Laura Moffitt said...

I love the sharing books idea. My book shelves are tight but holding as of right now. But in a few months I might have to imploy this myself. Happy anniversary!

Don said...

Yay - this sounds like fun.

And happy blogiversary.

Kristina P. said...

Happy anniversary, Melanie! I'm glad we're bloggy friends.

Count me in!

evitafjord said...

Google Reader suggested your blog to me last week and I'm glad I listened. I haven't read any of those books, but have heard great things about all of them. Happy Blogiversary!

Erin said...

Sounds like a great anniversary week! I love your writing, and your style.

The books look really cool too!

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Happy blogiversary! Glad you joined the blogging universe. I may have to start giving books away too. My husband doesn't seem to like the idea of getting even more bookshelves.

Andrew & Sarah Clawson said...

Yay!!!Let's Party On!!!!!

Luisa Perkins said...

Happy day! You make Planet Blog a better, funnier place.

nano*ink said...

Pick me...
James might like "Belle Prater's Boy" by Ruth White, I believe.

Herb of Grace said...

Wow. Only one year? You are good!

Even if I don't win the giveaway, I'll have to go check these out. I need some good poolside material.

Heidi Ashworth said...

This reminds me--I STILL haven't mailed the winnings of my one year anniversary giveaway that happened--erp!--a month ago!

LisAway said...

What a fun party! With free stuff! Woo hoo! (I'm definitely in the "makes perfect sense" camp).

I'm so surprised that you've only been blogging for a year now! I must have discovered you soon after you started up. And I was sure you were such a professional blogger at that point! You've been awesome all the way through. Keep it up!

Kimberly said...

Congrats! Look forward to partying with you this week. And I'm so adding those books to my Wish List (except Josi's because I already snapped that up). I met Becca at Storymaker's and can't wait to get my hands on her book.

Aubrey said...

Count me in! You always give away the coolest stuff, especially if fudge is on the list of your favorite things. Your blog is awesome-- just like you. :)

Chris said...

You've only been blogging a year? Wow! I know that I for one am so glad to have chanced upon it. You always make those around you feel good somehow.

L.T. Elliot said...

I love that you find your books good owners. That's love. =]

Happy 1 year of blogging because you're awesome!!!

Becky said...

Congrats on your big day! All those books look fab.

Sandi said...

enter me!

DeNae said...

I usually apologize for stumbling into these giveaway parties because no matter how many engraved invitations I receive I still feel like someone who sneaked in through the kitchen. But I love you and your blog, and I want your 'published author' mojo to rub off on me, so I'm declaring my intentions with a bold "one, please" contest entrance application.

And Happy Anniversary, Melanie! Many happy returns...

Linda said...

A year? WOW!!!!!! The lip sticks sounds great!
Hapy blog-a-versary!

Annette Lyon said...

Happy bloggy-versary!

Enter me! Enter me!

wendy said...

"WRITE On" good STUFF----I'd take any of those things and I LOVE books. you are going all out, I'll be checking---------can you be bribed --come on, can you??

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

I totally want in. I'd love to be a part of your anniversary party. And I might even wear makeup (if I win some).

Jami said...

Happy Anniversary! I meant to celebrate mine, but life got in the way. I am so glad that I've gotten to know you!

Marcia Mickelson said...

Happy Anniversary. Great list of books!

Guymons said...

I love your blog! I just got my computer back from the shop and I checked your blog to see what I've missed. I'm so glad to have my computer back. Congrats on 1 year!