Monday, August 22, 2011

{Giveaway} ~ Have Fun with Favors from Favor Days!

***This giveaway is officially closed.***

Hurricane Irene left us with no power and internet so I apologize for the delay in announcing our winner. 
Tiffany, comment #15, you are our lucky girl!  :)
Please contact me by Friday at 11:59PM EST to claim your prize.  :)

I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for fun party favor ideas. 

Thanks to, we don't have to look very far!

With a great selection of unique favors, including an entire eco-friendly line, Favor Days has favors to suit many tastes and budgets.

My personal favorite?

What's your favorite?

Leave a comment here telling me what your favorite Favor Days favor is and you'll be entered to win a $25 gift code!

Want to throw your name in hat a couple more times?
and / or
4.  Tweet about this giveway (click the "Tweet" button below).

Just be sure to leave a separate comment here on the blog for each action you take, up to 5 entries.

Entries will be accepted through 11:59PM on Sunday, August 28th.
One winner will be chosen by on Monday, August 29th.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

{Guest Tutorial} ~ How to Make a Zebra Cake with Stripes on the Inside!

You guys are crazy for zebra print.  I know this because my zebra-related posts continue to receive the most traffic, both here and on the website, and because zebra cake-related questions are what I get asked most by my readers.

So, when I came across this awesome tutorial by Melissa of, on how to make a zebra cake with stripes on the inside, I immediately thought of you all!

I quickly contacted Melissa and asked if she'd be willing to share her tutorial with us.  Happily, she said YES!  :)

Doesn't this look AMAZING?!!

Melissa promises it's not nearly as complicated to make as it looks, and offers step by step instructions and pics to walk us through it.

Really, it's just using two different batters...

...and spooning them alternatively into cake pans like this:

The end result? 
A super cool zebra print cake!

Don't you just love it?!!

Click here for Melissa's full instructions.  Happy baking!  :)

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

{Giveaway} ~ Old-Fashioned All-American Picnic Package

***This Giveaway is Officially Closed***

Congratulations to entrant #7, Nick Ashley Reagan Coen & Ike!  You are the lucky winner!
Please contact me by 11:59 AM EST on Wednesday, August 10 to claim your goodies!

I think I'll just start off this post by saying that I most definitely have the best supporters in the whole, entire world! 
The site is growing by leaps and bounds, the blog has really taken off and the Facebook page just shot past 2000 fans, all thanks to you!
I  am truly humbled and beyond grateful to each and every one of you for your support and enthusiasm.
And to say thank you, I'm offering a very special giveaway.

If you know me you know that I'm a pretty simple girl.
Family is my first priority and I love all things simple and fun.
I'm sharing a little bit of that with you in this
Old Fasioned Summertime Picnic Package
...filled to the brim with sweet style and simple pleasures.

Here's what's up for grabs for one lucky winner:

  • One homemade fabric-scrap hanging banner
  • One burlap tablecloth embellished with fabric scraps (should fit a standard size picnic table)
  • One silverware/condiment caddy with fabric and sunflower embellishment
  • One limited edition "Hometown Days" mason jar Yankee Candle
  • One bottle "Macintosh" scented hand sanitizer from Yankee Candle
  • One Apple Crisp Kit
  • One Picnic Pasta Salad Kit (the pasta shapes are just adorable)!
  • One high quality, reversible gingham plaid table runner from Yankee Candle
  • One Deluxe Croquet Set for 6 players
  • 4 burlap potato sacks for sack racing
  • One Mikasa kickball for good, old-fashioned fun!
Prize package value: $300!

Giveaway Rules and Guidelines:
This giveaway is open to all Facebook fans.  If you are currently a fan, please leave a comment here on the blog stating so.  If you are not currently a fan, please "like" our page on Facebook and come back to the blog to let me know.  (Simply click "like" in the FB box in the right column of this page). This comment counts as one entry and is necessary to qualify for the prize package.

Additional ways to enter:
  1. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page.  Leave a comment here once completed.
  2. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter.  (Simply click the "Tweet" button at the bottom of this post).  Leave a comment here once completed.
  3. Become a follower of this blog or subscribe to this blog via e-mail.  Leave a comment here once completed.  (Simply click the "Join this site" button in the right column of this page or the envelope at the top right of this page).
  4. Leave a comment telling me your most favorite summertime simple pleasure.  :)
Each action counts as one entry, with a total of 5 entries possible.
Please be sure to include an e-mail address with each entry so I am able to contact you if you are the chosen winner!

Other Details 
  1. This contest is open to US residents only due to high shipping costs.
  2. Entries will be accepted until Sunday, August 7 at 11:59 PM EST.
  3. One winner will be chosen at random by Random. org and will be announced here on the blog as well as on Facebook on Monday, August 8th.
    4.  The winner MUST respond by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, August 10th, or a new winner will be chosen.
  4. Once again, thank you all SO very much for all of your support! You motivate and inspire me every day! :)
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