Win a Gift Card From Me!

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Okay, have I got your attention? Good. Listen up. I am giving away two $10.00 FriendGiftr gift cards to two lucky winners here on my blog. And, although I am probably going to buy  Barnes and Noble Gift Cards (I am a teacher and reader, after all), the winners can visit FriendGiftr and exchange the cards for any of the 120 merchants Friendgiftr features for no additional cost. This is the ultimate gift because no matter who wins the gift card, I am offering exactly what s/he wants.

If you do giveaways on your blog — and I know several of you do — you’ll want to check out this website. Gift giving just got easier. With FriendGiftr no matter what gift card you offer, you insure that your recipient gets the perfect gift every time. Plus you can send your cards digitally or choose to send them in a more tangible form.  And, if you gift your friends with individual cards for $20.00 or more, they can even choose to get cards from more than one vendor.

This is a sponsored post, but the card I am giving away actually costs more than what I am earning to write the post. I am not being paid to give this card away. I have decided to give the card away in an effort to pick up my traffic, so here are the rules.

  1. If you are one of my regular visitors, write a post about Quintessentially Quilly.
  2. Link to my blog.
  3. Ask your readers to visit (stipulation, they must have verifiable blogs).
  4. Tell them to mention who sent them to my blog.
  5. Every time your name is mentioned by a unique reader (a single visitor may enter your name only once), you and your commentor win an joint entry in the drawing.*
  6. To be eligible, commentors mentioning your name must leave a link to their own blog to verify them as a blogger.
  7. The winner will be picked by the random number generator (numbers will be assigned by the time stamp on the commentor’s post).
  8. The contest starts at 12:01 a.m., July 7th and ends at 11:59 p.m. July 14th.
  9. The winners will be announced on July 15th.
  10. Void where prohibited or taxed.

*In other words, when you ask your readers to come and leave a comment so YOU can win, they will be entering their name in the giveaway, too. That provides them with the incentive to actually stop by and mention that you sent them.

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Gifts Galore!

I love gift baskets.  I love getting them and I love sending them.  I have a friend, a former MIL, and a niece that I always sent gift baskets.

  • My niece preferred gift baskets brimming with food and cooking items. She especially loved a basket that had a kitchen utensil or two stuck in it as well.
  • My former MIL loved exotic snacks, coffees and teas.  She was especially ecstatic when the basket contained cookies and/or candies from other lands or cultures.
  • My friend loved luxury bath items in her baskets.  Flower scented bubble baths and fine milled soaps made her swoon.

Whenever one of them would have a birthday or Christmas would roll around, I would search high and low to find the perfect gift baskets.

Giving Thanks

For the last several years I have approached Thanksgiving with guilt. It all started in my 5th grade classroom after Thanksgiving one year. Each of us shared how we celebrated and what we ate. One of my students didn’t want to share. We all cajoled and encouraged.

Finally he said:

“We didn’t eat.  We never eat on Thanksgiving. My mom cooks a big meal with lots of food and it smells great — then we package it up and take it to someone who needs it more then we do.  Mom says that’s so we never forget to be grateful everyday.  After we deliver the food, we go home and play games and sing and enjoy our family.  We don’t turn on the TV or the radio. At bedtime dad reads us Bible stories.  It was really hard to go to sleep because I was so hungry, but in the morning mom fixed pancakes for breakfast and we told God how grateful we were to have food.”

They weren’t exactly a Gucci family, either.  Seven kids, two parents and grandma in a three bedroom house.  Whenever I need a lesson in gratefulness I think of them.