book club, giveaways

US! Celebrating the Power of Friendship

Artist and author Mary Anne Radmacher has a fun new book; Us!: Celebrating the Power of Friendship. Not only did I get a chance to review the book myself, but I have two copies to giveaway to two lucky readers! I loved everything about it, and it now sits on my coffee table, ready and willing to be read by all friends who enter.

“When we have a circle of friends, we have more fun. We get more done, we feel and are stronger, and we really do celebrate the power of our ‘us.’”  – Mary Anne Radmacher

Mary Anne’s new book is specifically designed as a gift to be shared with the friends who help to define and enrich our lives. It is a beautiful little volume, featuring Mary Anne’s signature artwork, along with quotes, aphorism, poems and meditations on the power and importance of our relationships. It is an ideal gift idea for those friends who mean the most. Such a sweet gift to give (and receive)!

Here is a short essay from Mary Anne that I get to share with you! I loved this because I am one of the lucky ones who gets to count family as friends!


LUCKY, Lucky You…

I laugh as I remember my husband’s question as he listened to his friend relate a great experience he had.   He asked, “Isn’t that guy a relative of yours?”  His friend replied affirmatively and asked, “Why?”   My husband expressed that it is outside his experience that somebody would have such a dynamic friendship with someone they are related to.

Are YOU lucky enough to have  “Family as Friend?”

Are you fortunate enough to LIKE the people to whom you are related?  If that one relative were not a blood-relation, would you choose them as a friend?  If that is so, have you told them as much?   Try it.  Mention something like,

“I thought about you today.  I recognize how blessed I am to be related to you.  Essentially we are a “double header” because we are family AND I consider you one of my finest friends.”

Maybe this is a simple understanding between you that remains unspoken.  The opportunity for loving and supportive words is available at every turn: utilize it.

If you would like a chance to win a copy of the book for yourself, please leave a comment on this post before midnight on November 18th, 2011. Why is friendship important in your life?


Giveaway: Tropical Traditions Moisturizing Lotion

Now that cold weather is on the way, my skin is always in need of lotion to keep from cracking. Actually, my skin is always dry, sometimes to the point of bleeding, so I’m always on the look out for a great lotion! I was really excited to get a chance to try Tropical Traditions moisturizing lotion in peppermint. Not only does it smell wonderful and invigorating, it also makes my hands so soft!

I love that it is made with coconut oil and other natural ingredients. I have often read about how important it is to make sure you use the best things on your skin since our skin is so good at absorbing things. This lotion also absorbs into my skin quickly, which feels so wonderful when my skin becomes especially dry after working in the garden!

The lotions come scented with essential oils, or you can choose unscented as well. And from what I have discovered, a little can go a long way. The lotion can be used anywhere on the body.

Would you like a chance to try some for yourself?

One lucky reader will get an 8oz bottle in their choice of scent. To enter: Leave a comment on this post before midnight on October 20th. This giveaway is for those in the USA. You may comment daily, so to make it fun, tell me a joke or something else that is funny. Get additional entries by subscribing to Tropical Traditions newsletter, or follow them on Twitter @troptraditions. Please leave an additional comment for each extra entry.

Thanks to Tropical Traditions for providing the product for my review and the prize for giveaway.

This giveaway is now closed, congrats to Juliette.


Giveaway: USB Flower Hub

If you have been reading my blog for long you will know that I have a huge love of office supplies! Set me loose in an office supply store and watch while I go crazy for all the pens, paper, folders, organizers, and calendars. It’s like a kid in a candy store!

So of course I am really excited (and a bit jealous) that I get to give away a USB Flower Hub to one lucky reader! Oh how I wish I could enter my own giveaway for this adorable and useful item. They are sold online at See Jane Work, a site that sells all kinds of wonderful office, organization, and tech items.

With four “flowers” for your USB 2.0 items, this is a super fun way to keep all your technology organized and working. USB hubs make things so simple too, no more plugging and unplugging just to download photos! Compatible for both Mac and PC, with no software needed. Wouldn’t it look cute on your desk top? Would you like a chance to win?

  • This is open to those in the USA only.
  • For one entry leave a comment on this post letting me know why you want to win.
  • For an additional entry, like the See Jane Work Facebook page, then leave a comment letting me know you did so.
  • This giveaway will be open until midnight on Wed. October 12, 2011.
  • The winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email after the giveaway closes. They will then have 3 days to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

A huge thank you to See Jane Work for providing the product for this giveaway! Good luck!



Giveaway: Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions

We recently got the chance to try Tropical Traditions gold label virgin coconut oil. Since we are always up to try something new in the kitchen, we were excited when they offered us a jar! We even get to give a jar away to one lucky reader!

They have tons of recipes on their website, but of course we wanted to try something sweet, coconut apple crisp. The result? An apple crisp with coconut overtones. Since we still have quiet a bit left, we are looking forward to trying other Coconut Recipes soon too! Have you ever cooked with coconut oil?

Would you like a chance to try Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil? Here is what you will need to do. This giveaway is for those in the USA only. You may do all of the following for a total of 4 entries, please leave a separate comment for each entry.

  • Subscribe to Tropical Traditions Newsletter.
  • Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @troptraditions
  • “Like” Tropical Traditions on Facebook (Please no, “I was sent by…” posts or posting a link to my blog, they will be removed).
  • Leave a comment here telling me why you would like to win.
  • The giveaway will close at midnight on Friday, August 26th. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email. They will then have 3 days to respond otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

To learn a bit more about the oil, here is a video you can watch of an interview with the CEO about how they discovered coconut oil! Thanks and good luck!

*This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Jaque R.*