Saturday, February 7, 2009

February Giveaway

February is a short, cold month. And we're a week into it, which means just three weeks to go, and March means spring is definitely on the way. I know I keep saying that - I'm trying to convince myself that it's true! Work with me, here!

Once in awhile, I have to have a treat. And, as most of us know, this isn't exactly the economic climate that lends itself to buying a new bag or a new dress, or taking a weekend trip somewhere. But, I can generally scrape together enough change to have a coffee at the local Starbucks once a week or so (usually on Fridays, as a reward for surviving another week!). And it really does feel indulgent and special.

So, in honor of the shortest, coldest (at least in my mind!) month, and so that one of you can have a bit of something special and indulgent, I am going to give away a $25 Starbucks gift card. I know, I know - it's a bit of a cop-out not to make something, but my schedule's kind of tight these days!

I'll also throw in a few more goodies that strike my fancy - they won't be handmade, though. I'm talking about goodies of the chocolate variety! But those will be a surprise for the winner!

To enter, comment on this post by 8 p.m. EST, Feb 10th, telling me how you treat yourself when you need a reward. And if you don't ever reward yourself, you can say that, but I highly encourage you to start giving yourself treats if you don't already do so!

To get an extra entry, pop over to Melissa's blog and tell her you miss her! You can leave the comment on the most recent post. She'll be back blogging soon - they're just on crunch time with building the house. She needs your good thoughts and prayers as they try to finish!

Finally, if you post on your blog linking to this post, you'll get three extra entries. I'll draw the winner at 8:30 p.m. EST Feb 10th, and put the package in the mail on Feb 11th, and it might get to you in time for Valentine's Day! We'll hope, anyway!

Good luck to all!

66 comments:

cpullum said...

I usaually reward myself by stopping in Starbucks with a good book and relax. Another thing I do I go to the Beauty college and get my hair and nails done (Cheap). Anything to relax!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

ikkinlala said...

I usually treat myself by baking myself some brownies. I get to enjoy the time I spend making them and I get to enjoy eating them. (If I'm lucky, somebody else does the dishes.)

Terri said...

Carla, I had forgotten about beauty colleges - I used to go to the beauty school all the time as an undergrad. That's a great idea!

Ikkinlala, baking is a good treat. Usually if I bake, one of the boys will do the dishes, so that's definitely a plus.

Screaming Meme said...

Awarding myself...i love that idea...I would like to personally invite you to both of my blogs...Screaming Meme and Project:{Create A Home}....Screaming Meme is a decorating blog that I created to share my career as an Interior Decorator and Model Home Stager, as well as, share ideas and how to's on decorating, faux painting and getting a professional look on a shoe string budget!...It is all about decorating over there! I then created Project:{ Create A Home}...I envisioned a blog that women could all share in...Where we could come together and learn everything from decorating our homes to stepping out and learning new things that we always wanted to learn but didn't have the road map...Project: {Create A Home} is that road map! We have decorating, organizing, cooking, finance, technical/computer knowledge, family rearing, relationship advice, spirituality and uplifting wisdom...just to name a few...I hope you get a chance to stop in and look around...And if you have something that you want to share...Something that we could learn from you...Well, we would love to talk to you! :) I look forward to getting to know you! Meme

Anna said...

That is really cool of you to do such a give away.
Anyway don't consider this an entry for me because we don't have any starbucks even reasonably close. so I wouldn't be able to use it.

Terri said...

Meme, I like your blog. I don't really get the project one, but the Screaming Meme blog has some awesome ideas. Melissa needs to see your faux techniques - she could do tons using them!

Anna, I'm sorry you don't have a Starbuck's nearby - my next giveaway will be something handmade that everybody can use, I promise!

Jenny said...

Who doesn't love Starbucks, though? We loved it so much we had to install a latte maker here at home. 4 lattes a day between the both of us was expensive...now we make our own:) I still get a starbucks while I am out though :)

Terri said...

Jenny, I'm a sucker for a Starbucks. It's my favorite treat!

simple~needs said...

okay, okay, i am being greedy. lol
i am entering this one too. :)

i hope you are feeling better.

Terri said...

Kim, your apron is finished but I didn't make it in time to get it in the mail today, so it will go out Monday. Of course, you're welcome to enter this one, too! :)
Good luck!

Tami said...

I love cupcakes......I was going to wait until Valentines weekend to make some but I had the need to have them this weekend...I only make six at a time or I would eat them all! {{{giggle}}}

Have a great weekend!

Gayle said...

Would you believe I have never been in a Starbucks? I understand they serve great hot chocolate so that's probably one of the things I'll get if I were to win your drawing!

Julia said...

I treat my self with any form of chocolate. Seriously I have a stash on the high shelf in my kitchen out of reach of gremlin hands. But I totally have missed Melissas site I keep noticing there are no new posts. She must be busy.

Valerie said...

Believe this or not, I have only been to Starbucks once. I loved it though. I treat myself with nice hot relaxing baths. Thanks for this great give away. I know whoever wins will truly enjoy it.

Valerie said...

I have already left you one comment but just wanted to tell you that I did leave a comment on Melissas blog. She has a great blog. Thank you for sharing. And also I will be posting your give away on the sidebar of my blog with a link to yours.

dolls123 said...

With anything chocolate. Hope I win cause the 8th is my b-day.

luckydolls123[at]veriason[dot]net

Lynne said...

I have some good dark chocolate when I treat myself. Thanks so much!

lynne at fairpoint dot net

Tins and Treasures said...

My treat is to stop at Target on my way home. I head straight to the 75% off Clearance Racks and buy something little just for me...
and how perfect is this give-away? Our Starbucks is just inside our Target's entrance!

Terri said...

You guys have some great ideas and I am totally going to steal them! You're outpacing my ability to keep up with your comments, though! :) Good luck to everyone, and keep those ideas coming!

Wendi @ The Freebie Blogger said...

I will usually reward myself with a Mocha from Starbucks or a Moolatte from Dairy Queen. When I need a bigger reward I go shopping =)

Thanks for this great giveaway and for stopping by my blog and letting me know about it!

Jess said...

I'll get myself a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream or use a bar of Valrhona to make hot cocoa...

Corrie at "Cents"able Momma said...

Mmmm...great giveaway! I usually reward myself by grabbing a frozen Coke...although I also like frappucios, which is what I would spend the gift card on :-).

Yarn Princess said...

A treat??? A crochet book or pattern. Or YARN! And now that I have found source for raw bamboo fiber and someone to dye and spin it I may have to treat myself less often. :(

Pretty Momma said...

I found our blog through The Freebie Blogger. :)

Treating myself, ah.... I'll buy myself a white cream filled donut occasionally, or buy a scrapbooking goody at JoAnn's... just little things really cheer one up, don't they?

Carrie
mountainrailway at gmail dot com

victoria said...

I like to treat myself with a pedicure and brow wax. I could do it myself, but it's so relaxing to have someone else do it. Thanks for the giveaway! utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

Barely Domestic Mama said...

When I get a little treat for myself, I usually get myself a drink from Starbucks and then get lost in the mall. Usually treating myself to something that isn't too expensive at Old Navy.

countrychicken said...

We are somewhat alike in the treating department. I head right to Starbucks, tall carmel latte please. Great giveaway!

Nancy said...

I reward myself by reading a new mystery book or creating and cooking a new recipe. Of course, chocolate is always good for a reward too! Thanks for the very generous giveaway!

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

J said...

i make chocolate chip cookies as a reward for myself. my recipe makes 4 dozen so i can freeze them in bags of 12 and have them 3 more times!! i do share sometimes though and make them all once :-)

Doreen said...

I love to reward myself by getting some dark Chocolate at Target and relaxing! Oh yes!! :) LOL

Doreen said...

This really is a great giveaway!! Hope to win!! :) I left a comment on Melissa's blog.

Doreen said...

I blogged also!! Mmmm I can smell the Coffee now...lol..http://treasuredgiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/02/starbucks.html

Steph said...

I treat myself with a nice hot bath and a magazine. Quiet time is hard to come by, but when I can take some time to myself, it's wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win! Great giveaway!

andrea v said...

i treat myself with shopping, find something nice.

Whimsical Creations said...

I reward myself by going scrapbooking with friends. I went today and had a ball.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Rhonda in OK said...

I reward myself with time looking at all the wonderful blogs about homemaking, decorating and thrift.

ruby said...

what do I reward myself with?? a STARBUCKS!! lol I love their stuff:)
and a gift card would feed my addiction:)thanks!

Never2Late2Save said...

I treat myself by going to brusters

Jodi said...

I usually reward myself with a chai or caramel macchiato from Starbucks when I need a treat, so this would be perfect for me. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Katrina said...

a latte fro starbucks! =)

Martha in California said...

Wow! What an awesome giveaway!
My personal special treat is definitely a well-earned and strongly needed trip to Starbucks. I work as a substitute teacher and there are some days/crazy days I head straight to Starbucks after school is out.
Yay, I hope I win a card.
Thank you for having this great contest.

noreen said...

I bake something, cookies or brownies and when they are done I have them with a hot tea and read a book

KrisinTN said...

I came to your blog via Valerie at LifesLittleGarden.blogspot.com, and I usually treat myself by walking through Joann's. Sometimes I find something to buy and sometimes I don't. The treat is that I have a little bit of time to myself!

Susie said...

Hey Terri,

Thanks for the giveaway, I love Starbucks! I usually treat myself with a chocolate milkshake from Mcdonalds. LOVE THEM!

Tara aka "Mama Koala" said...

Very rarely--I treat myself to a pedicure.

Thanks for the fun giveaway.

Lori said...

This is going to sound ridiculous, but since we don't have much money and my hubby and I put our kids come first when we've got cash on hand, so after chores get done I get to use the computer for blog reading and fun stuff like that. Thanks!

lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

Tamara B. said...

How I treat myself which is not often I will pack a sandwich, chips and drink and go to the park to eat lunch enjoying listening to the birds chirp.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Tamara B. said...

I left a comment on Melissa's blog under Thursday 1/29/09 Painting Update.

Teresa said...

I'm all about chocolate, so I reward myself with Dove Chocolates.
TRigell at aol dot com

Teresa said...

I left a comment on Melissa's blog!
TRigell at aol dot com

Teresa said...

try no. 1 for blogging and linking at www.slowingdownabit.blogspot.com/
TRigell at aol dot com

Teresa said...

#2 Blogged and Linked :)
http://slowingdownabit.blogspot.com/

TRigell at aol dot com

Teresa said...

#3 blogged and linked !
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TRigell at aol dot com

Patsy said...

Hi, I love to take a nice hot bath as a way to reward myself! luvmypsp at verizon dot net

Patsy said...

Hi, I left a comment on Melissa's bloggy!

Patsy said...

Decided to blog this contest, worth the chance to win:
http://giveawayaddictedmom.blogspot.com/2009/02/in-honor-of-shortest-coldest-month.html

Kristy said...

I usually reward myself with a little chocolate or reading time!

ksieker(at)hotmail(dot)com

Karin said...

I like to reward myself with a sweet treat like ice cream... or sometimes a new box of stationery....

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I reward myself with a book. It maybe new or a thrift find. I lovto read. Great give-away. Please enter me...m..

janetfaye said...

I treat myself by having a manicure and a pedicure.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I usually reward myself with a new book!

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I blogged about this giveaway: Here

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Sophie said...

I love taking the time to relax and reward myself by listening to Greek music. :)

Sophie said...

Left a comment on Melissa's new post!

Sophie said...

I blogged about this giveaway: http://joyfullylivingeachday.blogspot.com/2009/02/clay-hill-farm.html

ilovemyfamily9090 (at) gmail (dot) com

Tracee said...

oh i love starbucks, such a great giveaway i hope im in time :)