Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Happy 5th Birthday Little Blog...And A Giveaway!

Five years. Five years ago I hesitantly joined a group of women who shared pieces of their lives in this little world of blogging. I knew next to nothing about blogging or computers, but I quickly found  help and friendship, as well as a sense of belonging. Things have changed through the years, and many of the women I read and interacted with have abandoned their blogs for one reason or another. I miss the friends I made that are no longer writing, but am happy that I continue to make new friends along the way. I am blessed to have developed and experienced true friendships with some of my dear blogging friends, and I will be forever grateful to this small piece of the internet for introducing me to these amazing women, all of whom share my love of home and family and faith and life.

But enough about me! I am celebrating YOU. Blogging is wonderful in itself, as it creates an amazing scrapbook of our lives. To have others read and comment, however, makes it all the more worthwhile and fun. So, in celebration of you, I am having a state of the art giveaway. Simply leave a comment down below, and I will place your name in a really clean, big bowl. Then one of my assistants/children will draw two names and they will be the lucky winners! The first name drawn will win one of my very favorite holiday items...


The Yankee Candle Twelve Days of Christmas votive set!
Love this combination of two of my favorite things: candles and Christmas. : )

The second name drawn will win another favorite...

This sweet smelling Vanilla Birthday Cake Body Wash and Shower Gel!

 I will accept comments/entries through 6:00 P.M EST Sunday, August 6, 2017.
The winners will be announced in my Monday post.
Again, Thank You for reading, and good luck!

49 comments:

  1. Congratulations Billie Jo! I am do happy to have found your blog. I look forward to reading your posts every week and it makes me feel calm and happy. Your blog and kindness have helped me thru hard times when cancer has struck twice, when I needed comfort and joy. I love your celebrations of everyday living and special moments and family and faith first. Thank you for sharing your weekly blog and celebrating motherhood and family in such a beautiful way.Congratulations and Blessings!

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  2. I recently discovered your blog and have lots of catching up to do. :) Congratulations on 5 years and your gift of celebrating faith, family, friends and life through your words. Many blessings to you.

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  3. Hi Billie Jo! I just recently discovered your blog and enjoying reading your posts celebrating all things regarding faith, family and daily life. You have a truly uplifting, feel-good blog!

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  4. Happy Blog-Anniversary Billie Jo. I so look forward to all your sweet posts. I enjoy reading about your sweet family, your adventures and faith. Here's to 5 more years!!

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  5. Hi Billie Jo! Happy anniversary on your blog! You know I love to visit your blog, and keep up with your life and family. It is one of my favorites and you have become such a sweet and positive blogging friend! I hope to keep reading for many years to come! Have a wonderful, happy week!

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  6. Hello Billie Jo! I've been reading your blog for a couple months now and have enjoyed the many ideas you share and the fun and memorable moments you make with your family.

    I've been reading your archives like a novel, as they are so enjoyable to read and glean ideas from, that I can use for my own family.

    THANK YOU for sharing your life in blogging land and giving your readers such wonderful posts to look forward too. May you have a wonderful day and HAPPY BLOG ANNIVERSARY~ Mrs.Clark

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  7. Congrats on your 5th year blogging. I have read back through all 5 years and love your blog.

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  8. I love reading your blog. I've enjoyed getting to meet you and your family. If we lived closer, I'm sure we would be friends.

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  9. Congrats on 5 years of blogging. I found your blog about a month ago and have been slowly catching up. I can relate to most of your posts. (I am not a homeschooler, our son is 33). Yikes, did I just say that? I love Mochas pic and think wow what a cute pup. Anyway, thanks for a chance to win.
    Kathi in
    Florida

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  10. Happy 5 years of blogging! I've really enjoyed coming here and learning about you and your family :)

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  11. Congrats! I'm happy to have found your blog. :) It's a pleasant place to visit and I've enjoyed getting to know you and your sweet family.

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  12. Don't enter me in that big bowl for your friendship, companionship on this journey of life, motherhood, and all things in a home are gift enough to me. I am so grateful that 5 years ago you logged on, took a deep breath, and started typing your heart. Thanks for sharing your wisdom, your heart, your thoughts, your children, your home, your holidays, your happiness. Thanks for hitting 'publish' that very first time 5 years ago. My life is better because of it. I can't imagine you not here in this space, in this place, inspiring us all along the way to make you homes, our families, our hearts, pure and true, and most of all cozy. Love you Billie Jo!

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  13. Happy Blog Birthday! I always enjoy reading about what's going on in your cozy home!!

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  14. Happy blog birthday Billie Jo! I love reading here, I always find encouragement and joy. Thank you for sharing your life and family on your sweet blog.

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  15. Sweetest Billie Jo, congratulations on 5 years of blogging. 5 years....it feels good, doesn't it? :)

    You are such a blessing to me and your blog is truly a joy to visit. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. Much love to you!

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  16. I absolutely love your blog! I stumbled across it months ago, and so enjoy your writing. Your family is so precious! Thanks for sharing!!!
    Hugs from Texas!

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  17. Hi Billie Jo!

    Wow, 5 years! I agree with you, I love the blogging community! There have been a few times that I have just felt like calling it quits, but, my blog is my journal. I love all of the interesting, amazing people I have met along my journey in blogging, even those who have given it up, they have all been a source of strength for me.

    What a nice giveaway! You are very thoughtful, Billie Jo... :0)

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  18. Congratulations Billie Jo - wow 5 years is quite the commitment to blogging! I love following along with your family, miss your posts on Instagram.

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  19. How cute! I love you and your blog!!

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  20. How cute! I love you and your blog!!

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  21. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! I enjoy reading about your family, faith and fun!

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  22. Congratulations on your five year anniversary, Billie Jo. I've really enjoyed getting to know you and your family. It's so sweet of you to offer such a sweet giveaway. Yankee candles and Philosopy are two of my favorites. Have a nice evening. ♥

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  23. Happy Blogaversary Dearest!! I'm so happy I found you through this space called Blogland. I treasure these friendships too. So neat to think I wouldn't have known any of you otherwise...so I'm grateful for this place too. Such a sweet giveaway too - my fellow Christmas loving Friend! Lol
    Blessings. xoxo

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  24. Billie Jo, Congratulations! 5 years is quite an accomplishment. Blogging has been such a wonderful part of my life too. Please enter me in your generous drawing. Thank you.

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  25. Happy 5th blog birthday!!!I'm so glad you are here and that the internet brought us together! :)

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  26. Happy Anniversary! Please don't enter me in your drawing but I just want to thank you for five years of friendship!! You were one of my very first blog friends❤️

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  27. Happy DAY!!!! Blogging can be such a blessing! Wish I could meet all my blog friends in person! Thank you for the giveaway! Thank you for faithfully visiting my blog and always encouraging me!

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  28. Happy birthday to your blog! I recently discovered it and have enjoyed reading back through your postings. Hope you have a fantastic day!

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  29. I look forward to reading your blog. I always thought I was the only one who liked to stay home and enjoy it and my family. It's nice to know that I'm not alone. Congratulations on your blog birthday!

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  30. Happy anniversary! I am so thankful for your blog and our bloggy friendship!

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  31. Happy blogaversary!!! So glad to have you here in blogland! Hope you are around for many more years to come. Please don't enter me in your fabulous giveaway because the thought of the postage cost would be too much for me to bear, your generosity is wonderful though, and the prizes are delightful and I know the winners will love them. So glad to have your kindness here in blogland!

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  32. How sweet and kind of you to think of others, as you always do. I too enjoy the world of blogging and the many friends I have here. I would love to be a winner, so please place my name in the 'bowl'...God bless your giving heart.

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  33. Happy Blogversary! You have a nice blog and it's always refreshing and encouraging to read your posts.

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  34. Really enjoy reading your blog! Family is everything to me, as it is to you. Thanks for sharing your family and fun with us. God bless you and your family.

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  35. Congrats on 5 years! I love your blog and so happy I found you somehow in the last year! Even with other social media (FB, IG), I still blogging the best! We love having a little scrapbook of what we've been doing - it has proven invaluable at times! Congrats again - you are the sweetest!

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  36. Five years huh? Time goes fast. I've been at it since 2009 and you're right, I too have seen many people stop blogging. I think it has to do with the popularity of Facebook and Instagram. I may have slowed down a bit but I still like to document what's been going on. How fun to do a give away, good luck to the commenters!

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  37. Well, I am ever grateful for your blog! You've been a wonderful source of encouragement for this momma. :)

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  38. I always look forward to reading your posts, so heartwarming and encouraging. Keep up the good work!
    Happy 5th Anniversary!!!

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  39. Oh it's a good think it's going to be a really clean bowl. I wouldn't want any germs. Tee hee!

    Seriously, you should have heard me gasp when I saw the candles!

    Be blessed my friend!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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  40. I LOVE this giveaway! That body wash smells amazing. (I am not trying to win, just saying ;) )

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  41. Happy blog-a-versity!!! Haha!! Love your blog so much! I keep thinking it would be nice to start a blog.. but I am stumped on a name for it!! lol.. Anyway, being a homeschool stay at home mom of quite a few little ones it's often hard to find time to connect & find encouragement from other moms and you truly help fill in that gap for me! Knowing there are other moms out there in their home doing the same things I am doing every single day... cooking, cleaning, laundry and loving on their little ones, etc!! Sometimes just hearing about another mom joyfully serving their family is all I need to help me wanna keep on going and to keep doing it with love! It's really what I need in this season of like I am in, really!! Especially on the days where I get exhausted or overwhelmed because that is real life!! I LOVE being home and wouldn't change it for anything in the world but we all need encouragement at times! Positive words & thoughts from other moms to keep us going! So thanks sharing your life & positivity & continuing to spread your contagious joy of serving your home & family! God bless you! And eeks!! Those candles & that lotion look so amazing!! Hehe!
    Blessings!!!
    Lisa from Instagram (hotcoffee4lisa)
    Xoxoxo

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  42. Happy 5th anniversary! Great give away ( : !!!

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  43. Please don't enter me in your giveaway, since I was the lucky winner last time! I just wanted to congratulate you on your 5 year anniversary. Your kind words and beautiful spirit always inspire.
    Thanks for being you!

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  44. Happy 5th Anniversary! What a great giveaway!

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  45. Love your blog and look forward to your posts. What fun times you create for your family!

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  46. Happy Anniversary! I would love to be entered in your giveaway. But really, the prize is reading your blog and seeing your lovely home(and "meeting" a kindred spirit)

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  47. I am to late for the contest but I had to comment to say Happy Blog Anniversary! I cant believe its been 5 years! I wont say much for fear of being to mushy. but I do hope you know what a joy it is to open your blog and feel right at home. I look so forward to your new (and re reading old) posts. You are the one that inspired me to take the plunge and hit publish! although I have been MIA ...Life mainly my daughter going off to college soon and trying to spend as much time with her as possible. but I have been squeezing in time to read your posts. Congratulations and thank you my friend for sharing your world with us here in blog land. MUAH!

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  48. Even though Instagram is what brought us together all those years ago, I love visiting your blog three days a week. It makes me feel closer to you, since we are so many miles apart. I don't always take the time to comment, but please know I love reading. So much so, I have read your ENTIRE blog twice��♥️

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  49. Happy Blog-iversary!! God Bless!

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Billie Jo