Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cheer Up {Trinkets by Dana GIVEAWAY}

If you visited yesterday, then you know the holiday craze here at 2justByou Blog has officially begun! 

We started off with a big bang - a huge group giveaway offering thousands of dollars in prizes. (I do hope you entered already, and if you haven't, you can click here.) The coming weeks are packed FULL of great giveaways with awesome prizes, and today we continue the fun. So put on a smile and CHEER UP! 

My friend Dana from Cheers to Novelty wants to give away not one, but TWO prize packages to kick off the holiday season!!! How cool is that?!?

Trinkets by Dana offers a wide variety of fun handmade goodies and art. Dana's origami creations are always a favorite. Paper cranes, sailboats, turtles and the ever popular stars and butterflies are throughout the Etsy shop, bringing colorful cheer to each page. 

There's also jewelry - earrings, necklaces and bracelets - and accessories. Here is a peek at just some of what Trinkets by Dana offers:

And then there's the art work and photography...Dana is just super talented in so many ways! She also does typography work and awesome things when it comes to Sharpie Art. You can also view more of her work at her secondary site called Placefulness. This is one of my current favorite paintings from her Etsy shop, Skyfaring.

Order it here.

And Dana wants to wish us all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays with a giveaway. How lucky are we?

So let's get to the good stuff. Let's talk prizes. I already mentioned there will be two prizes and two winners. Here's what two lucky readers will win: 

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends Wednesday, December 17th at 11:59 pm, EST. 
Just enter with the Rafflecopter form below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to you all!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway Event 2014 {Giveaway}

I told you to be prepared for some pretty awesome giveaways. My little blog here will be packed full of greatness. I'm serious. All kinds of good stuff...Read on for more info on today's awesome giveaway event below.

Welcome to the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway! This event is hosted by Dixieland Reviews and Co-Hosted by Mom 'N Daughter Savings, Ottawa Mommy Club, Finger Click Saver, Susie Q-Pons and Giveaways & Michigan Saving and More and is sponsored by the various companies. There will be a total of 19 Winners! To see a list of winners at the end of this contest, just click here. This event is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada who are 18+. Void where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond. If no response is received, winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be chosen. We are not responsible for late or misdirected email or email ending up in your spam folder. Please add to your safe list so the email will reach you if you win. This event will begin at 11:59 pm eastern standard time on November 28th, 2014 and end at 11:59 pm eastern standard time on December 8th, 2014. All entries from all tools will be combined and then ran through to ensure a fair draw. Chances of winning varies depending on number of entries received. Approximate retail value of all prizes is $4440. Participating Bloggers are not responsible for shipment of prizes. Prizes:
(1) Mantry Gift Package -arv $75- from Mantry.- 1 Winner- And don't miss their incredible Black Friday Deal!! But the deal is only good on November 28th!
(1) HP Stream 7 Tablet arv: $99.99 Blogger Sponsored Prize -1 Winner!
(1) Click 'n Dig F6 Smart RF Item Finder-arv: $67.95 from Click 'n Dig- 1 Winner!
(1) Coach Embossed Horse & Carriage Handbag -arv-$475- from Just Ideas with Venus Kem -1 Winner
(1) Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker K550 Bundle arv $249.99- from Keurig - 1 Winner - Save 20% + Free Shipping on Black Friday Only! Use Code: BLACKFRIDAY
(1) Black & Decker 4 Speed Digital Blender arv: $49.99- from Black & Decker  1- Winner
(1) Black & Decker Extra wide Convection Toaster Oven arv $59.99 from Black & Decker  1 Winner
(1) $350 Visa Gift Card arv $350 from Our World Travel - 1 Winner
(1) XBox One arv $349 from Our World Travel -1 Winner
(1) Absolutely GORGEOUS Butterfly necklace- arv $15 from Joyful Gifts by Julie - 1 Winner
(1) Samsung Galaxy S 5 arv: $649 - from Samsung - 1 Winner
(1) $500 Visa Gift Card arv $500 - from Our World Travel -1 Winner
(5) $100 Visa Gift Cards -arv $100 each-from Just Ideas with Venus Kem 5 Winners
Grand Prize!!! (1)- ONE lucky winner will win a $1000 shopping spree with a $1000 Visa Gift Card courtesy of Our World Travel, where you can earn cash back every time you book travel!- 1 Winner Entry is simple, just follow the instructions on the Giveaway Tool below.  Entries from this Giveaway Tool and the Follow Pages will be combined and ran through to ensure a fair draw. All winning entries will be verified. When you Visit a Facebook Page, please take a moment to "Like" the page.   Good Luck!!

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Enjoy Your Turkey

I know I posted yesterday, and it was intended to be for today as well. But I just wanted to say that I hope you all enjoy your turkey! This is what our turkey looked like before being carved and eaten...

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014 {Words for my Wednesday}

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. I don't know about you, but my week has been a busy one so far. My blogging schedule has been a little out of whack, because house guests arrived over the weekend (before I got any work done at the computer).

These are some cute Tom Turkeys that my mom made.
For more awesome stuff from our kitchen, be sure to follow on Instagram.

Black Friday is the official start of the holiday shopping season, and we'll be kicking that off with a great giveaway, so you'll want to swing by!!! I've got some really good stuff planned for the weeks to come, and I'm pretty excited about it all.

For now, here are some Words for my Wednesday this week. 

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, from my family to you and yours. 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Get Ready...

Thank you so much for stopping by for our Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. 
This week we will be taking a little break to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Please be sure to come back again next week (Tuesday 7:00pm ET) to party with us where we will announce the big WINNER of our 100th Blog Hop Giveaway!!! 
We can hardly wait to find out who it is. 

Happy Thanksgiving; Thanksgiving; friendship

Happy Thanksgiving to you, dear friends, with love from ...

See you next week!

The coming weeks will be FULL of great giveaways and good stuff in celebration of the holidays here at 2justByou Blog. We're just getting started...

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Give Handmade: Photography Art Edition

I've always loved photography. I was never actually good at taking photos, but I've always loved pictures. Moments in time captured by the shutter of a camera to create memories to last a lifetime and beyond - yeah, I'm sentimental like that. Growing up, my bedroom wall was a complete collage of nothing but photos, those moments in time that I wanted to remember. 

It was only after joining Etsy that I learned how photography can be more than just moments in time; it is truly a form of art. The things that people can do with their photography skills amazes me. And photo editing (something that frustrates me so often) takes time and effort. Photographers turn their finished work into pieces of art. Beautiful. Mesmerizing. Breath-taking. Candid and fun. One simple photo can tell a complete story. In so many ways, photography is like music: it speaks to us all, no words really needed.

So for today's installment of the Gift Guide, I'm sharing some photography art Etsy finds with you. Remember that all images are clickable. =0) Enjoy!

Which one is your favorite? 
Do you have a photography art print to share with me? Leave me the link in a comment, and I'll be sure to check it out!

You can peek at the Wooden Gifts Edition from last week HERE.

And be sure to join Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop, because there's a giveaway going on to celebrate the 100th Birthday Party! You could win 30-day ad space on THREE blogs + a hard copy novel. =0)

Also, it's your LAST CHANCE to enter the Low-Entry giveaway to win Organic Multivitamin Shake powder from Activz. (It's good stuff, too!) It ends on Saturday night at midnight, EST. Hurry and enter!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

G+ Growing Circles Hop #45

It's time to share your awesome content with us on G+.
Use our party hashtag and let's party!

We will take a break from our Party next week, recognizing the Thanksgiving holiday.

As a treat for this week, we have a facebook fan page linky, in addition to our regular GooglePlus hop.

Link up AND use our party hashtag for your chance to be next week's feature.
All weekly features are randomly chosen using

Co-Host with us.
Send an email to 2justByou(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "G+ Hop Co-Host" in the subject line and include your blog and G+ links for consideration. We'd love to have you!


To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pages but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Share ONE post ONLY - (new or old) on G+ and use the hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Mommy Mentionables

Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

Google+ Tips

The real participation comes with sharing a blog post to G+ using the party's hashtag and engaging with others who are also sharing posts from this party. Interaction and engaging with others on G+ will bring you the most success! You will notice some posts have a very large picture associated with their post and others have a tiny picture. To increase your chances of being shared, post a photo along with your post link and NOT the tiny one that gets posted automatically with the link. The bigger and more clear your photo, the better chance of it being shared because those are the posts that G+ users want to share with their followers.

Optional Facebook Fan Page Linky!
Link up your fan page URL, and like other fan pages.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thankful for Blessings {Words for my Wednesday}

There are so many blessings in life to be thankful for. Sometimes we look so hard at the flaws we have that we forget to acknowledge the blessings in our lives. Everyone has flaws. No one is perfect. But there are always blessings present in our lives.

Appreciate everything. Take nothing for granted. Be thankful. These are the Words for my Wednesday.

There is definitely always beauty in even the simplest of things. There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy, to be thankful. I hope you all had a great Wednesday!

If you haven't already, come on over and join us at the 100th Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! You can even win 30-day ad space on three different blogs and a hard copy novel from one of our hosts!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Happy 100th!!! {Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop}

"Happy 100th Party To Us!"
Yes, this is our 100th Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop and we are lovin' it!

In just two years' time, this blog hop grew from less than 10 awesome posts shared each week to upwards of 350+. The best of the best on the internet have been shared at this party and many a blog has grown from new traffic, too.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your joyful participation. This is one of many online events where friendships are born.

Your Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop Hosts:

So, stay with us for a few moments today and enjoy the celebration. Check out the posts that were viewed most last week then scroll down for a surprise -- we have an exciting 100th Party Giveaway for you.

There was a three-way tie last week for the posts that you all loved the most last week!

Most Viewed

Very Popular

Our 100th Party Giveaway
To celebrate this special week, we have decided to give one lucky participant a big prize. This giveaway is not designed to build our following. No, it is just a fun way to say "thank you" to everyone who comes to our party every week. 
Nothing more. 
What we would love is if you would take a little time to tweet this party and share it on other social media so that many more people can get in on it! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here are the details of the giveaway:
There will be just one winner.
The prize is free ad space on three popular blogs for 30 days. 
Plus, a hard-copy of Carrie Groneman's new novel!

THE AD: your blog button linked to your blog or a button linking to a product that you are selling on your blog--your pick*

All of our world wide participants are eligible to win the advertising space. 
Only US residents are eligible to win the book. If our winner does not live in the US, a second runner up will be selected to receive that part of the prize.
Our winner will also receive lots of social media shares from all 11 of us!
Good prize?
*Our 11 blogs and this party are "family friendly"  All advertising displayed on our pages should be "family friendly" as well. Thank you.

Tell Your Friends Our Happy News!
Our Blog Hop is 100!!!
Tweet Here

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