Thursday, January 31, 2013

I'm a Certified Blog Hopper!

It brought me a great big smile to receive this award from Rea over at Home for 4 Sweet Home 



Usually when we're nominated for or receive blog awards, I don't get a chance to post about it.  There's usually a list of questions to answer, and you usually have to nominate more bloggers and that sort of thing.  By the time I get around to making the post, it seems to have been ages since we were nominated or awarded, so I end up not posting.  (I still have a Liebster Award and Versatile Blogger Award post in my drafts...)

This is a simple award, however, so I decided to share it with you all today.  =0)
I can't believe it's Thursday already.  The week has flown right by.  Tomorrow is Friday...The end of our Etsyversary week, and another round of weekend blog hop partying will begin in the evening.  So I hope you'll swing by tomorrow for some blog hoppin' fun!


Etsyversary Giveaway Prize Pack #3

Here is Prize Pack #3, ready for entries - and it's open WORLDWIDE.  To enter for a chance to win Prize Pack #1 or Prize Pack #2, click the links (also located on the right sidebar)

Lovely sponsors of Prize Pack #3 are Etchy Things and Milo and Molly.  Click the images below for more info on these lovely shops.




Here's what's in Prize Pack #3:
** Dog Tag Key Chain by justByou
** Rimmel Lip Gloss (clear)
** Embossed Envelopes (similar to those in photo below) from Etchy Things
** Celebrate Bookmark from Milo and Molly
** Heart-shaped Face Scrubby by GrammaLea
** Eye Shadow Samples by Madison Street Beauty


Enter with the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open worldwide and ends Sunday, February 10th at midnight, Eastern Standard Time.


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Good luck, everyone!!!  =0)

Shopping with Madison Street Beauty?  Use code 2JUSTBYOU and save at checkout!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Words for my Wednesday

This is the LAST DAY of Words for my Wednesday posts as part of our 3-month-long giveaway sponsored by MiraDoson on Etsy.  If you haven't entered at all yet, you can still enter with mutliple entries.  Simply visit each Words for my Wednesday post from December to present day and leave a blog comment with your email and/or blog URL (so I can contact you if you're the winner)! 

For today's words...More thoughts about LOVE.  Enjoy!
Remember you can click the images for more info and to visit the shop.  =0)


 from Mira Doson

Do you have a quote, saying, or words you'd like to share?  Please do with a comment!

For more information on the 3-month giveaway ending tomorrow at midnight, PST, CLICK HERE.

Happy Wednesday, and thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Shop at Pooh Corner GIVEAWAY Winner

And the WINNER of the giveaway is....

EBONY

Congratulations, Ebony! You just won a set of gift tags & red heart confetti from The Shop at Pooh Corner.  =0)


One of the mandatory entries for this giveaway was to choose a favorite item from Francesca's shop.  Ebony chose this:
 
Much thanks to all entrants!  And thanks for reading.  =0)
 

Etsyversary Giveaway Prize Pack #2

Here's the second prize package for our three Etsyversary Giveaways this week, and it's just waiting for you to enter!!!

Special THANKS goes out to our lovely sponsors for this package, Pernilla's Something Swedish and Powers of Love.  Plus, Pernilla's Something Swedish has a BRAND NEW FACEBOOK FAN PAGE - let's show it some love in the Rafflecopter entries!  Click the images below for more info from these two fabulous shops.



Here's what's in Prize Pack #2:
** Praline Cashews from our shop justByou
** Coconut Bubble Candy from Pernilla's Something Swedish
** Fingerless Gloves from Powers of Love
** Mother Butter sample from Mother Butter
** Heart-shaped Face Scrubby from GrammeLea
** Kate Lipstick in Rossetto by Rimmel




Enter with the Rafflecopter form below.  This is open to US residents only (I apologize to all international friends, but shipping costs have increased and this prize pack must remain in US).  Ends Saturday, Feb. 9th at midnight, EST.



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GOOD LUCK TO ALL ENTRANTS!!!  Thanks for celebrating our Etsyversary with us! 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Etsyversary Giveaway: Prize Pack #1

Here it is...A prize pack full of goodies from some of our favorite Etsy shops, as well as one of our candy wrapper bookmarks...All in celebration of our 3rd year Etsyversary!  

Special THANKS goes to our sponsors for this first prize pack, Madison Street Beauty and Powers of Love.





Here's what's inside Prize Pack #1:
** Candy Wrapper Bookmark from OUR shop justByou
** One 8 GB SDHC Card for capturing those special moments
** Heart Button Hair Pins from Powers of Love
** Lip Sheer in shade Spring Bloom from Madison Street Beauty
** Pink/White Face Scrubby from GrammaLea
** Crocheted Lip Balm Holder from pigswife



Enter with the Rafflecopter form below.  This is open to US residents only (I apologize to all international friends, but shipping costs have increased and this prize pack must remain in US).  Ends Friday, Feb. 8th at midnight, EST.


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GOOD LUCK TO ALL ENTRANTS!!!  Thanks for reading. 

PS - If you're shopping with MSB, use code 2JUSTBYOU at checkout and save!

Looking for the Meet & Greet Blog Hop?
Click the button below!
 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Kicking Off Our Etsyversary Week

This coming Tuesday will mark our 3rd year anniversary selling on Etsy (our Etsyversary, as we like to call it).  To kick off an ENTIRE week of amazing giveaways right here on 2justByou Blog, we're starting with a Giveaway Prize Pack that you'll definitely want in on if you like giveaways!  

We partnered up with Shane from Whispering Sweet Nothings as part of her Jammin' January Jiveaway event, offering a $10 credit to our shop justByou - and there are six other amazing prizes that come in this prize pack called Comfy Cozy!  Enter below, and Happy Sunday to you all!  Come back tomorrow for another great giveaway in celebration of our Etsyversary!  =0)

 
Comfy Cozy
>> Custom beanie
>> Bath & Body set
>> 5 pairs Fluffy ear warmers
>> Custom Owl pillow
>> Cup cozy
>> $10 just B you credit
>> Reversible tote

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Looking for the Weekend Meet & Greet Blog Hop? Find it below!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Meet & Greet Blog Hop #11

It's time to Meet & Greet...

Welcome to the Weekend Meet & Greet Blog Hop!
Join in, meet some fellow bloggers, greet them with comments, and grow your blog with new friends.

Grab our Button! 


Big thanks goes out to everyone who comes and participates on a weekly basis as this hop grows.  We've extended the hop, and it now starts on Friday nights at 6:00 PM, pacific time, and goes all the way until the end of Monday.  That gives us all extra time to meet new bloggers and greet everyone!
***Please note: It might take me just awhile to get all my follow backs complete, but I do get to them (even if it's the next week).  Thanks for understanding. =0)

Here's how it works:
** Start by following the three hosts and our featured guest blogger (first 4 links).
Leave us each a comment letting us know you're a new follower, just to say HI, or to answer our question of the week.  We'd love to follow back and/or leave a comment for you on YOUR blog too!
** Link up and add your blog to the list.  Please link your blog home page, not a specific post.  And we also like to keep it family-friendly.  =0)
** Please visit and MEET some other bloggers, greet them with a comment and make their day a great one.
** Grab our button, if you like, and share with your readers (optional, but greatly appreciated if you do).
** Each week one participant will be chosen and featured along with the hosts for the following week's hop as our Featured Guest.
** Remember to come back next week and join the fun again!

Meet our HOSTS!
This week we start the Weekly Question.  Our hosts & Featured Guest will answer a new question each week, and we invite you to join and answer too!  This week's question:
What was your favorite food when you were a child?          
My answer: Pizza (I know, I know...Not so original).  I was a really (OK, I still am) a picky eater, but I'm getting better!

Laurie, from Created by Laurie says:
I fell in love with peanut butter and marshmallow creme sandwiches.  I still eat them too!

Sara, from FlowerLandShop says:
My favorite food was the apple pie!...When I grew I discovered that I'm allergic to apples, this is misfortune! XD

***Featured Guest***
Kayleigh, from Beauty, Life, and Babies says: Hmmm when I was little my favorite food was an "egg in a cup" I'm not too sure if it is common in the US, it's a soft boiled egg mashed in a cup :) I used to have mine with toasted soldiers and a hot vimto.

And now it's YOUR turn!  What was your favorite food as a child?  Answer with a comment after you link up. 

Link up and have FUN!  


Friday Feature & GIVEAWAY: Angelorian Tradition

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to the Friday Feature!  Meet Crystal, owner of...

 


This lovely shop offers party supplies, craft supplies and metal stamping works.  I love the variety in her shop.  There are great vintage finds, jewelry, and crochet items...It's so much fun to browse through it all, and it's all so affordable!


How did Crystal start selling on Etsy?  And what inspires her creations?  Here are her answers:
I began on Etsy in July of 2012 after considering it for several months, I even initially opened my shop in name to see what the details were of getting started. Now I wish I would have jumped right in, but I guess life is all about timing:) 
I have a large selection of products that vary in many ways, but the one thing they all have in common is the vintage modern appeal that reflects in each item. I love vintage colors and patterns from the early to mid 1900's and I have many different creative mediums I work with including metal stamping, crochet, sewing, jewelry making and I also sell craft kits and supplies as well as vintage finds.



I asked Crystal what her favorite thing about the winter season is, and this is what she said:
Hot Tea! I adore tea and probably drink 3-4 cups on an average day this time of year. The chill inspires it and it's good for me, so what could be better:) I love buying tea on Etsy as well, especially from Tea For All Reasons, she has incredible teas...

Crystal is giving one lucky 2justByou Blog reader a very awesome prize of a custom stamped tea-coffee spoon and a custom stamped date penny key chain!!!


To enter, simply fill out the rafflecopter form below.  Giveaway ends at midnight, Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, February 9th.  Open worldwide.


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Good luck to all entrants!  And thanks for joining us for today's Friday Feature!  =0)

Also, I wanted to mention that Crystal has a BRAND NEW facebook fan page for Angelorian Tradition, so check it out!
https://www.facebook.com/AngelorianTradition#!/AngelorianTradition

Be sure to visit later this evening when the Weekend Meet & Greet begins at 6:00 Pacific Time!  See ya then...  


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Paying It Forward

I've joined the Blogger's 2013 Creative Pay It Forward!


The details: The first 5 people to comment and leave their email and blog address, will receive from me, sometime in the calendar year, a small gift - perhaps a handmade card, a baked good, some pretty jewelry - some sort of a surprise in the mail! There will be no warning, but once I know that the recipient has indeed received the surprise, I will blog about the gift I sent and count down the five surprises with all my blog readers.  Offer open internationally.



The catch: Those five people must make the same offer on their blog.

I learned about this Pay It Forward challenge on a new blog I recently found, and I knew I wanted in!  How about you?  Doesn't this sound fun?

We have a Pay It Forward item in our Etsy shop too.  It's an item that we sell way below cost, but if you purchase it, you agree to pay it forward (PIF) with an act of kindness for someone else (or, if you're an Etsy shop owner, you can sell a Pay It Forward item in your shop).  You can see the details our PIF item HERE.

***UPDATE: I believe I may have found the original source for the Blogger's PIF Challenge 2013.  While visiting some new blogs, I came across this button:




It links to a great blog, and the PIF challenge is a teeny, tiny bit different than the one that I stumbled upon last week and joined...But I think it's where it all began.  So, I wanted to add the button!  I had been wondering where the original source was, because I hadn't seen it in the one I joined.  I think I found the answer.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Words for my Wednesday

More words of LOVE for today's Words for my Wednesday...
Click the images for more details (all items available for purchase on Etsy).


from UUPP
from MiraDoson

from linxge

Remember that by leaving a comment with your email (or blog URL), you're automatically entered into our 3-month-long giveaway sponsored by MiraDoson.etsy.com to win THREE prints from her shop!  More info can be found HERE

Do you have a quote, saying, or words that you'd like to share?  Please do with a comment!!!  =0)

Happy Wednesday, everyone.
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Leaving Comments and Being a No-Reply Blogger

So I've got a question for you all.  

When you leave a comment on a blog, do you go back and check to see if there was a reply to your comment?  


My guess is probably not.  I know I don't...At least, not usually.  If it's a blog I visit often, and I know I asked a question, I might take a quick peek.  Most of the time, though, I don't.  But I love the idea of replying to comments.  I've tried using the "reply" feature within the comments, but I just don't think that people come back to look for replies.  So I'm asking you!

Most of the time, to show my love for comments, I'll go to the blog of the person who left me a comment and leave a comment of my own.  It's my way of showing appreciation, and it's also an excuse to go and visit the blog!  I don't get to visit all the blogs that I want, but I always try to go and visit the blogs with bloggers that have visited mine.

Well, just a few months ago, I received an email from a blogger friend, and she let me know that I was a No-Reply Blogger.  What?!?  How could this be???  

As it turns out, when Google Plus profiles overtook Blogger, my Blogger profile was no longer in use.  This wasn't huge news to me, but I learned that it can effect the traffic to your blog.  I thought I had taken care of it by adding my blogger info (and link) on my Google+ profile page, but that takes extra steps (and clicks), making it kind of annoying.  So then I began to go ahead and leave my blog URL with every comment.  I then proceeded to revert to the old Blogger interface, so when I leave comments, it's with my Blogger profile (as opposed to my Google+ profile).  This makes it easier for people to get to my blog when they click on my avatar or username by my comment.


Then, just a few months ago, I received an email from a kind blogger friend, letting me know that I was a No-Reply Blogger.  What?!?  Now how could this be?  I thought I fixed that!  Well, I guess when I reverted back to my old profile, some setting had been mixed up, so I had to fix it for my email to show.  Now, when I leave comments, bloggers can reply to my comment by sending me an email!  And I love getting replies!!!  So it made me think...Maybe some of my readers would like to get replies from ME.  But as I've come to notice, lots of my readers happen to be No-Reply Bloggers.  So I usually end up just going to their blogs and leaving comments of my own (like I would anyway, even if I could reply too).

Anyway, if you're a No-Reply Blogger and want to change that, CLICK HERE for this great tutorial that not only explains how to make your email visible and able to accept email replies to your blog comments, but also how to switch back to the old Blogger interface from Google+.

What's your preference?  
Would you like to be emailed a reply to your blog comment?  Or would you be more likely to go back to the blog post and check for a reply?  
Either way, I will always try to go to your blog, read a post (or two), and leave a comment of my own as well. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Madison Street Beauty Giveaway WINNER

And we have a winner...

Jennifer

With seven tweets, and over 30 total entries, she is the lucky winner of the Madison Street Beauty Giveaway!

Did you like this giveaway?  Due to unfortunate circumstances, the giveaway was cut 24 hours short with rafflecopter.  Because of this, I will be hosting ANOTHER giveaway from Madison Street Beauty in the VERY NEAR future...So stay tuned!

Can't wait for the next giveaway?  Well,  you're in luck, because MSB is having a Valentine's Day sale, where you can get everything at 60% off!!!  Yep, you heard right...I said 60% off!  So head on over there and see what you can grab.  =0)

Shopping with MSB?  Use code 2JUSTBYOU and save 20% on your order!

In Honor of MLK, Jr. Day

I wanted to post something today in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but the time just slipped away with it being a three-day weekend for the kiddos.  I hadn't expected to post anything as the time kept passing...Until I saw this wonderful treasury made by an Etsy friend of mine, Jessica (owner of The Prismatic Peacock).  Take a look for yourself.

We all know the famous words "I have a dream..." I thought this collection of Etsy items was beautiful.  What do you think?

And if you haven't already, be sure to stop by for the last day of the Meet & Greet blog hop and link up!  Just click on the image below:

Friday, January 18, 2013

Meet & Greet Blog Hop #10

It's time to Meet & Greet...

Welcome back to Meet & Greet for our 10th week.  I can't believe it's been 10 weeks already, can you?
Join in, meet some fellow bloggers, greet them with comments, and grow your blog with new friends!

Big thanks goes out to everyone who comes and participates on a weekly basis as this hop grows. We're now extending the hop for a Weekend Meet & Greet, hosting Friday nights all the way until the end of Monday.  That gives us all extra time to meet new bloggers and greet everyone!
Here's how it works:
* Follow the three hosts and our featured guest of the week (first four linkies below)
Leave us a comment letting us know you're following (or just to say hi), we'd love to follow you back and/or say hi back!
* Link up and add your blog url to the list! Please link to your blog home page, not a specific post. And we also like to keep it family-friendly.  =0)
* Please visit and MEET some other bloggers, greet them with a comment and make their day a great one!
* Grab our button and share with your readers (optional, but greatly appreciated if you do).
* Share and invite your friends to join the blog hop.  The more the merrier, right?
* Each week, one participant will be chosen to be the featured guest for the following week's hop.
* Remember to come back next week and join in on the fun again!

Meet & Greet Blog Hop will fun Friday - Mondays each week, and we hope to see you often!

Meet our Hosts:
Sara from FlowerLandShop lives in Rome, Italy. She creates whimsical, colorful polymer clay jewels, home decorations and animal figurines.  Sara's colorful blog shares her projects, ideas, and some of her favorite finds on Pinterest.

Kim from 2justByou lives in Northern California, USA. Creative with her entire family, they work together making gifts and homemade sweet treats.  Her blog shares pretty much anything - lifestyle, recipes, a little bit of fashion, some popular trends, Mommy adventures, promotes handmade and has great giveaways!

Laurie from Created by Laurie lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She creates handmade custom stuffed animals with embroidery for personalization. She blogs about life with her little munchkin, projects, funny pictures and has weekly giveaways!

* Featured Guest of the Week *
Anne Marie from Moana's Unique Designs lives in Northwest Florida, USA. She creates stunning home decor that usually incorporate some type of bling and often feature beautiful floral designs.  She shares a variety of topics on her blog from gardening to home projects and decor ideas. 

Grab our Button!   

Link up to Meet and Greet!


Have fun!