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by laura janning

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BloomStruck™ Hydrangeas + $100 Giveaway!

May 19, 2014


Before I moved onto our farm, I had no idea what my green thumb was capable of... nor did I know it existed.
Flowers and vegetables were store bought each week, I was more concerned with my freshly done manicure then getting my hands dirty and I had no earthly idea what the difference between a perennial and an annual was. Email me if you don't, and I will tell you.
Then we built a home here, in the country, on a dirt road in the middle of no where. Where we have plenty of land, a tractor named Bubba, and... lots of dirt. And so with visions of beautiful flowering blooms in my head, we started digging and built my very first garden.
  
Initially it was going to be a cutting garden, but the tractor kept on digging and digging and soon I realized that this would be a place where I can not only cut from but also sit and enjoy.

Over the years, my garden has evolved and grown into what was once a surface of red Georgia clay with my outline of a path meandering through the future flowers, into the exact vision that I had in my head so many years ago... and so much more.

And along that meandering pathway there is one plant that has stayed loyal and faithful, growing and coming back each year. My hydrangeas.
 I actually have a few varieties of hydrangeas  currently in my garden in blue and pink but am pretty excited about a new plant that I will be putting in the garden this summer called BloomStruck from the Endless Summer® Collection.   BloomStruck hydrangeas have sturdy red stems to hold those big beautiful blooms, which is perfect if I choose not to  cut them,  they will provide blooms all summer because they re-bloom, and are perfect for my garden cause they  prefer morning sun and the afternoon shade.The best part.....
they are easy to grow and require very little maintenance and time. That's my kind of gardening!
And the bonus is... being able to cut the blooms all season and bring them in house... 
to enjoy. Which was also a part of my original vision. But just more beautiful.  Did you know soil pH really does dictate bloom color....just ask my hydrangeas, they will tell you.
And since I am just the girl who got on her tractor years ago and started digging in the dirt, afraid to ruin her freshly manicured nails, you can find more details about the Endless Summer® Collection from the professionals  here.
 ENDLESS EASE.
 ENDLESS COLOR.
 ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES


Contest has ended and winner will be notified via mail.


Speaking of possibilites, I would love to giveaway a $100.00 Visa Card to one of my readers. Just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite flowers from the garden... or grocery store are.
Good Luck!









Sweepstakes Rules:
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You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
  1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
  2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 05/19/2014-06/22/2014.
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Handmade Things are the Best and an Amazing Giveaway!

December 9, 2013

If you were to put store bought and handmade in front of me.....handmade would win.
Always. 
Without a doubt.
There is just something about honoring the heart and soul that someone puts into their craft. I love that. And it's because of that,  I am super excited to be apart of my friend Kelly from Eclectically Vintage  'Favorite Handmade Things' giveaway. Wait till you see the line-up .....amazing.

Kelly's Favorite Handmade Things Giveaway!  eclecticallyvintage.com


Kelly - Eclectically Vintage  - Little Bit Country, Little Bit Rock and Roll vintage silver spoon keychain
Stamped Silver Keychain eclecticallyvintage.com

Lucy - Craftberry Bush - stag watercolor art pillow (Shop Craftberry Bush)
Stag pillow

Angie - Knick of Time Interiors - hand painted Milk & Cream on glass sign (Shop Knick of Time)
Milk and Cream Co. Sign available from Knick of Time

Jeanne - JuNxtaposition - vintage typewriter key necklace (your choice) (Shop JuNxtaposition)
typewriter key necklace

Jen - Jennifer Rizzo - set of 3 original art silkscreened dish towels
Handmade Santa dishtowel

Melaine - My Sweet Savannah - salvaged wood Christmas tree (Shop My Sweet Savannah)
Salvaged wood Christmas tree

Jen - City Farmhouse - hand painted Ski Lodge sign
Handmade ski lodge sign

Jeanne - Jeanne Oliver Designs - Sadie Handbag or $89 shop credit (Shop Jeanne Oliver Designs)
Jeanne Oliver Sadie handbag

Lucy - Bel Monili - vintage buttons and baubles bracelet (your choice) (Shop Bel Monili)
Vintage bauble bracelet

Denise - The Painted Home - music sheet flowers in new blue mason jar
vintage music sheet flowers

Jade - Jaderbomb - gold glittered PEACE letters (Shop Jaderbomb)
Glittered Peace letters

and my burlap wreath
burlap wreath

See...... told you it was amazing. 12 prizes - 12 winners. Will you be one them.......  I hope so. Follow the prompts below to enter. Sorry, but only open to continental US only.
Good luck!


Grateful for~
Creative and inspiring friends


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My Laundry BFF .....and a giveaway

December 5, 2013



Here’s the reality of my life and specifically of my laundry situation…I need all the help I can get.   I am not necessarily talking about putting the laundry in the washer machine and promptly moving it into the dryer, which of course would be super nice of you if you are offering, since there’s a few piles on the laundry room floor ready to go.  I am talking about help with getting my clothes clean.  And not from the occasional peanut butter and jelly sandwich smear, I am talking about from the Red Georgia Clay, and lots of it!
Unfortunately, red clay is inevitable and a fact of life if you live in Georgia, and it seems to intensify when you live in the country and have 3 active children and a husband who are forever outside…getting dirty.  Since there is no way I will stand in the way of my children appreciating the outdoors, I need to find help with getting the laundry clean.

Tide has always been my detergent of choice and now Tide Pods are my new laundry BFF.  I know that may sound silly, having a laundry BFF, but when you need as much help as I do, having a laundry BFF to support you is good.  I mean who wouldn’t want a BFF that cleans, fights those stains and brightens all in one.  Tide Pods does that. 

I especially like that I do not have to measure and pour the detergent in the washer anymore.  My BFF is easy, just toss a pod in the load and start. This is a picture of my BFF.

 Tide Pods strong and reliable stain removing power certainly helps with the stubborn clay stains and…the peanut butter and jelly smears.  Tide Pods is a detergent, stain remover and brightener in one. So even if some of those embedded clay stains do not come out, at least my children’s clothes will be brighter and clean!
If you are looking for a laundry BFF, I am willing to share information.......not do your laundry. You can click here for more information and how to purchase Tide Pods.
And if you leave me a comment below telling me any of your laundry tips, you will have a chance to win a $100 Visa card. That's it. Easy and clean...just like Tide Pods.

Good luck and have fun doing the laundry!
Grateful for~
Little girls who like to play in the dirt



Sweepstakes Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
  1. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
  2. Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
  3. Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
  4. For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 12/5/13-12/29/13.
Be sure to visit the Tide Pods Brand Page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts and find more chances to win!
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Our Reading Preferences out here in the Country

December 4, 2013


When my husband and I moved to the 'middle of nowhere' Georgia, population 500, 12 years ago, having children was still a dream for us. Fast forward to today where my life has been blessed with 3 beautiful, slightly energetic, don’t eat enough vegetables, always barefoot children. My dream came true!  
My oldest child is on his way to mastering chapter books…think Percy Jackson and Captain Underpants, and the twins are entering the Early Readers arena…think Frog Goes to School and Spot is Brown.
Although Country Living has its many perks, it also offers some slight  inconveniences as well…especially for my slightly energetic, don’t eat enough vegetables, always barefoot children. If the closest Piggly Wiggly is 30 minutes away, imagine how long it takes me to get to the closet library or bookstore.  It’s a day trip…at least.  Sure we have the annual school book fair and the quarterly Scholastic book orders, but my children prefer the freshness of a new tale over reading Purplecious or Ladybug Girl for the 100th time.
Because reading is critical to any child’s learning and development, we have spent a lot of time determining what would work best in our household and for our kids.  After researching several options that would provide my children the flexibility and freedom with reading, and for me the comfort of parental controls and to be able to track reading milestones, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite was by far the best solution. 

Our current reading list looks something like this~ Kids Stanley and The Magic Lamp, Princess Ruby, Why Because I love You, The Monster That Ate My Socks, Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja, Diary of a 6th Grade Secret Agent, Dinosaurs-Fun Facts  Mine The Husband's Secret, Candlelight Christmas, Sycamore Row by John Grisham, Twelve Years A Slave- Looking forward to seeing the movie when I am done with the book. I wait in a car rider line at my kids' school for 45-60 mins each day. Me and my Kindle are tight!

 A new feature called Kindle FreeTime lets me hand select books for my kids to read  and load right to their profiles. In addition,  Kindle FreeTime also gives me access to a progress report that will update how long my kids have read, the number of words they have looked up, rewards they have earned, and a list of all of the books they have finished.

I'd like to think that the Kindle FreeTime is kinda like a virtual librarian, teacher and parent all in one.  What really jazzes me up about FreeTime is that I can set daily time limits for the kids for reading books, and using apps. mYou can also limit TV shows and movies. This feature is perfect in our household because 'screentime allotments' are awarded for good behavior and now I don't need to set the stop clock or watch the clock. Freetime does it for me.
And with the holidays right around the corner, I can’t think of a better gift for your young reader to receive.  You can get more information on this amazing device by going to www.amazon.com/kindlepaperwhite.   

But wait, your young reader isn't the only one who is going to be happy receiving his/her Kindle.  How would you like to win a $100 Amazon gift card?  For a chance to win, all’s you need to do is leave me a comment below, telling me why the Amazon Kindle would be great to have on your holiday gift list. That’s it. Easy, just like the Amazon Kindle.
Good luck!
 Grateful for~
Young eager readers in the family
Sweepstakes Rules:
·         No duplicate comments.
·         You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
·         Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
·         Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
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·         For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
·         This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winner will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
·         The Official Rules are available here.
·   This sweepstakes runs from 12/3/13 – 12/22/13.
Be sure to visit the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite's page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

My Thanksgiving Table.... a label and a giveaway

November 11, 2013


My Thanksgiving table decor this year is made possible courtesy of a label.  Yes ...  a label.  You know, the kind you print and stick.  I’ll  tell ya, the timing could not have been better to partner with Avery in their Personalize with Avery Labels program because, quite frankly, I had no idea what my general theme was going to be this year.... until I printed a label.



I know it all sounds crazy, that I could base this decision all on a label….but I did.  And today, I want to show you three ways I am incorporating the labels that I customized using Avery’s on-line tool into Thanksgiving.


When my guests sit down at the table to enjoy our traditional Thanksgiving dinner, my Thanksgiving place cards will greet them. To make them, I simply selected a template from the Thanksgiving holiday category, customized the message and then hit print on my computer.  I then cut a square out on white poster board and placed the label in the middle.   That was easy.

Who's hungry........let’s eat!


After we have completely stuffed ourselves, it is still likely that we will have leftovers.  Part of our tradition is to pack goodie bags for our guests to take home and enjoy….so it avoids more 'over eating' long after the guests have left.  This year I will be using the labels that I printed and attaching them to brown paper bags.  Although optional, it is just a nice little touch and dresses the bag up a bit.


Speaking of nice little touches, Thanksgiving generally kicks off the baking season for me and even though I can’t cook…..I can bake, or at least I think I can.  I tend to bake gifts for our neighbors, friends and teachers. This year I gathered up some old metal tins, gave them a fresh coat of spray paint and printed out some labels to attach to the top.  Another easy, creative, and delicious way to use a label.

Speaking of easy and delicious……. Don’t you just love Oreos dipped in chocolate? Well, I am giving away something just as good…….a $100 Visa gift card. I would love for you to have a chance to win. Just leave me a comment below giving me one creative way you use labels in your household. 
That’s it...pretty sweet and easy.
And don’t forget to check out Avery on Pinterest for more inspiring ideas.
For food and drink ideas you can go here


Rules:
No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “”#SweepstakesEntry”"; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post”
c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 11/11/13 – 12/15/13.
Be sure to visit the Avery Labels Page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!




Grateful~
For all of our Veterans

Sharing~
Between Naps on The Porch
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Are You Following Your Dreams?

September 5, 2013


Remember when you were little and blowing out your birthday candles, closing your eyes as tight as you could while making a wish? And in that minute of darkness and determination to not tell anyone what you wished for (or else it wouldn't come true), you saw those dreams come to life as you kept your eyes shut? Perhaps you saw that shiny new bicycle--the one with the big white basket with flowers all over it. Or maybe it was for a new best friend since your old one and her family moved to another state. Or better yet it was to be a princess. A princess that meets her prince charming and lives in a castle. A princess in a beautiful long blue dress.


Fast forward many years and several birthday cakes later, and our dreams begin to take shape. We are no longer a young child but an adult. Our dreams look different. We are now putting more thought and feeling into those treasured wishes. We start thinking about the circumstances and the price we must pay to live out those dreams. We start to have questions about those dreams. "What will it take? Do I have what I need? What if I fail? What if I succeed?"
And on the journey of life and our quest to fulfill our dreams, it's here that we find our voice, who we are, and what we want. Standing up for what you want and giving it all you got. 

I always tell my kids that they don't always have to be the best at everything, just the best at trying. I also let them know that sometimes there are risks, sometimes there will be pain, sometimes we will need to do things that we are not good at or always comfortable doing, but these are the steps they must endure to reach those dreams. Dreams of a princess who meets her prince, lives in a castle and wears a long blue dress. 
Watching Disney's The Little Mermaid gives my Princess Lily a chance to see how Ariel lived out her dream, how she found her voice, and how she found her prince. And although it is perfect for an aspiring princess, the movie is also perfect for the family as it reinforces the importance of following your dreams and not giving up on what you want. And what's even better is that The Little Mermaid will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD digital on October 1st. You can always visit the Disney site here for more information or to pre-order your own copy!
So tell me, how do you encourage your children (young or old) to follow their dreams?  Just leave me a comment below for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card and a Little Mermaid Diamond Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack!

PS--Do you think the handsome prince will like this princess, in her long blue dress, barefoot with dirty feet?

Rules:
No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: ""#SweepstakesEntry""; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post"
c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 9/3/13 - 10/15/13.
Be sure to visit the Disney's Little Mermaid page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!
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