Wooden Monogram Giveaway

November 7th, 2013

Hello! It’s another lovely giveaway today, this one brought to you by Southern Nest on Etsy, maker of the most charming wooden monograms large and small! These monograms are so versatile, use them anywhere from a front door to a party backdrop. These ornaments are lovely in a child’s room too, perhaps your home office, or as a gift for newlyweds.

southern nest monogram

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Our family monogram hangs from our dining room hutch, all dolled up for Christmas.

christmas hutch centsational girl

Southern Nest also has smaller versions which make fab ornaments for the tree or on top of a gift. Would you like one too?

Eligibility to win one of three $75 shop credits to Southern Nest:

1) Visit Southern Nest and pick your favorite style of monogram then name it in a comment on this blog post, that’s it!

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

Three winners chosen at random, giveaway expires Sunday November 10, 2013 at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

(You can shop now with the code CENTSATIONAL for 10% off!)


Winners: #236 Mary; #592 Melanie M; #706 Amy M.  winners notified via email.


Thankful Trees

November 6th, 2013

We started a new tradition this month, reflecting on what we’re grateful for and writing it down every day. Not a new concept of course, but since expressions of gratitude are the focus of the next holiday we’re about to celebrate here in the USA, we thought why not make our own thankful tree.

We all have things in our lives we wish were different. For me, the one thing I get sad about this time of year is the fact that (except for my little brother who lives in San Francisco with his lady and son) we no longer have extended family members that live close to us in the Bay Area. 

Most have moved out of California given the opportunity for a new job and a reduced cost of living, to Austin, to Savannah, to Las Vegas, to Salt Lake City, to Boise, to Denver, to Phoenix, etc. Five years ago it was easy to get a big group of us together, now with the expense of travel, it’s nearly impossible. But instead of focusing on that hardship, we’re grateful for our many blessings. Now a daily sentiment keep us focused on all that we have instead of what we don’t.

thankful tree in entry


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