Giveaways

Get Organized! A Giveaway

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

We like to get away for a few days after Christmas and year after year, we end up heading to Lake Tahoe.  We left Christmas Day to have dinner with my sister and her family then ended up at the lake the next day.  Lake Tahoe is always a beautiful destination, where you can take in views of the majestic lake and breathe the crisp of the mountain air.  (Every time we visit, I dream of a having a little log cabin there someday, filled with rustic beams, pine armoires, a stone covered fireplace, and plaid sheets!)  If you ever get a chance to visit Lake Tahoe, you’ll love it. Here’s a snowy winter tour from last year, and a fall tour from the year before.   

We came home from our getaway last night to the comforts of home, but also the leftover remnants of Christmas. And as much as I love (and need) that Christmas scent, at season’s end it’s always dried to a crisp. Then comes that moment (I know you feel this too) when the need for clean hits and you simply cannot rest until ever last twig and needle leaves the premises. It happened last night. 

I couldn’t rest until (two hours later) all of it was deposited in the bin outside and I was left sweating, broom in hand, having rid the house of anything that was once a swag of an evergreen. Today I’ll be packing up the rest of the decor for next year, and for me there’s not much more that’s as satisfying as getting organized in anticipation of the new year. 

Yes, it’s almost January, and don’t you love what it brings? The promise of fresh start.

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Organization increases productivity, decreases anxiety, and allows one to think more clearly and creatively. Organization is a time saver when you don’t waste precious minutes searching for things ~ when all your stuff is in its intended place. 

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I have a lot of housekeeping to do in the next few days, here on the ol’ blog and at home too, because I’m craving that clean slate for the start of 2012. 

Aren’t you?

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Sooooo…… how perfectly timed is today’s giveaway, brought to you you by my long time sponsor Simplify 101.  Two lucky readers will win a free spot in their Organizing 101 Online Workshop which begins in early January.  Your instructor is professional organizer Aby Garvey, founder of Simplify 101, and recently featured in the January issue of Better Homes & Gardens (check out page 37!) . In this workshop, you’ll learn how to declutter your home using simple yet effective organizing principles for a space of any size.  The material is presented in bite size pieces in six lessons over six weeks, which allows you to digest the information and reasonably put it into action. 

Don’t you want to start changing the way you live? 

If you run into any stumbling blocks along the way, you have direct access to Aby, so you can get unstuck and get going again.  You’ll learn basic organizing concepts, a simple, step-by-step organizing process, and start to set compelling goals for your future organizing projects to create the organized home you’ve always dreamed of. 

Eligibility to win one of two spots in the Organizing 101 Workshop ($79 value):

1. Leave a comment telling where you most need organization in your life. 

2.  For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter, then leave a second comment telling where you linked (FB or Twitter).  

3. For a third chance to win, sign up to receive the free Mini Guide for creating a command central binder, then leave third comment stating “I’m signed up”. 

Two winners chosen at random, giveaway ends Sunday January 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. PST.

Bonus: Simplify 101 is offering CG readers 15% off enrollment of any of their current workshops and instant downloads.  To take advantage of this offer, enter CG15 during checkout. This offer is good through Friday, January 6, 2012, (and can’t be combined with any other offer).  Also, if you’ve got organizational questions, you can live chat with Aby on the BH&G Facebook page on January 5th between 2 and 4 CST.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

winners:  # 398  Janna and # 554 Audra, congratulations!

Winners received an email from me.

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HAVEN Conference: Ticket Giveaway

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Greetings all, can you believe 2011 is almost over?  Well 2012 brings great things, like the HAVEN Conference scheduled for June 21-22 in Atlanta.  HAVEN is a gathering of notable DIY and home bloggers from across the country, and is sponsored by big brands like Home Depot, Rust-Oleum, and Minwax to name a few.

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I’ll be there with the rest of the Haven team and we have put together two days of fantastic workshops for you ~ it will all take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Atlanta. 

There are some fabulous speakers and presenters you won’t want to miss, including our keynote John & Sherry from Young House Love, so for those of you who want to go, but haven’t bought your ticket yet, this is the giveaway for you! 

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment naming the one thing you’re looking forward to at Haven.  Is it to become a better blogger or more skilled DIYer?  To learn something new in the hands-on workshops?  Or simply to mix and mingle with your favorite bloggers? 

One winner only, chosen by Random.org.  Does not include travel or hotel expenses, only the ticket to the conference (a $199 value).  Giveaway ends Friday December 23rd at 8 p.m. PST.  

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Congratulations to the winner #48 Barbara at 21 Rosemary Lane

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