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WIN the ULTIMATE “Valentine’s Day Basket” + Blog Hop

Kristen Duke Sports Date Giveaway

Love is in the air, friends! We are celebrating Valentine’s Day a tad early with a fun giveaway and ideas for an evening out with your love. TWENTY-EIGHT fabulous bloggers have put together amazing Valentine’s Day baskets filled with everything you will need for fun, romantic night! No more scrambling for ideas. Valentine’s Day is planned for the lucky recipients of these twenty-eight fun filled baskets. Each of our blogging friends is giving away a unique themed… Continue Reading

Enter to Win a $1000 Amazon Gift Card

Win an Amazon Gift Card

A handful of blogging friends and I pooled some money together to offer a big ‘ole Amazon gift card today! Take a chance to click on the links below and check out their blogs. To enter, you are following a bunch on Facebook and Pinterest accounts, so you can regularly see their creative inspiration. What would you buy on Amazon if you had $1000?????  I’m crushing on that chrome Kitchen Aid, myself… Something Swanky •… Continue Reading

Ultimate Movie Giveaway


There is nothing more that we love than watching a good movie! So a group of awesome bloggers have teamed up to give one person the ULTIMATE MOVIE GIVEAWAY! Someone will win over 20 of our most favoritest movies! (and loads of other awesome stuff…like treats, a blanket, a $25 gift card to fandango, a mason jar cup, and adorable framed picture, and much much more!!!!) I’m sharing the movie Runaway Bride. Interesting fact about… Continue Reading

My Favorite Things

favorite things gift

After the smashing success of last year’s Favorite Things Giveaway, we are back for another round. That’s right-we have gathered up our favorite things to give away, and YOU have the opportunity to win them! Not only is this giveaway a fantastic way to drum up gift ideas for anyone and everyone on your list this year, it is a great Wish List Idea Generator for yourself as well. Every single giveaway basket is chock full… Continue Reading

Summer in Paris Sweepstakes

cream of tomato soup with basil

{I’m an embassador for World Market and sharing about their Summer in Paris Sweepstakes. All opinions and stories are 100% my own.} My husband lived in France for 2 years before we met. He was a missionary for our church, and being immersed in the culture, he speaks fluent french to this day. When we got married, it was my dream to travel to France with him, though he never thought he’d go back. It… Continue Reading

Win a Kitchen Aid Mixer, Target Gift Card, or some Amazing blogger Cookbooks!

giveaway collage

My friend and dessert foodie blogger, Ashton at Something Swanky asked if I wanted to help her give away some fabulous gifts in honor of her birthday. I like to party, so I agreed whole heartedly! If you remember, Ashton was my awesome roomie at BlogHer Foods Conference last month in Austin. Her blog is filled with some yummy desserts that I drool over often. She gathered a whole bunch of other fun bloggers to… Continue Reading

Win a Canon Camera

canon camera

  Step 1: Pin the image above.  Step 2: Follow all the bloggers listed below on Pinterest.             Step 3: Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. For additional entries, follow some awesome new blogs on Facebook!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

It’s my Birthday!


Today is my 35th birthday, I’m officially in my mid thirties. I’ve never concerned myself TOO much with the number, haven’t felt too much sadness about getting old—yet! I feel young, and that’s all that matters, right? I’ve always loved my birthday, it’s my one special day, and I like celebrating, and I think everyone should feel the same. I had a fun idea to do a giveaway for my birthday, so asked my good… Continue Reading

Washi Tape Giveaway

This amazing giveaway is sponsored by Downtown Tape!———  I have two words for you…WASHI TAPE!!! Well here I am offering the second giveaway in a week. I generally just do one a month, but it’s an extra special week! I am excited to tell you that some of my favorite bloggers and I have teamed up to bring you a FABULOUSLY HUGE washi tape giveaway…we are giving away 50 rolls of washi tape! Yes, you… Continue Reading

Blue Nile Earrings Giveaway

leaf chandelier earrings

You know how yesterday I posted about the birthstone necklace I made my mom? Well, getting crafty is the way to a woman’s heart, but so is something sparkly that was purchased. I was sent the most lovely earrings to review from Blue Nile, and I wanted to share them with you JUST in time for Mother’s Day. A great gift for your mom, or one to nudge your hubby with a simple link;)  The… Continue Reading

Everything’s Bigger in Texas~Giveaway

bigger in texas

So, I happen to think that Texas is a pretty darn special place to live, breathe, and blog. And it just so happens that some other fantastically awesome Texas bloggers agree. The other thing we agree on is that we have the best readers anywhere, which is why we’ve all teamed up to say a big ‘ol Texas-sized THANKS, Y’ALL, with the ultimate Spring Giveaway! Check it out! I count myself blessed to be included… Continue Reading

FOTOSTRAP Camera Strap Review and Giveaway

leather camera strap

I am so happy and excited to share with you the details about my new FOTOstrap Camera Strap—I am in LOVE! {Read the whole post, you could win one!} My old camera strap was seriously grating on me the past year. I’d had it for probably 3 years, and besides the fact that I was tired and over the pattern, it was pretty dirty and worn around the neck. I mean, who washes their camera… Continue Reading

Blendtec GIVEAWAY: Pin It to Win It

pin it to win it blendtec copy

Whew! We’ve made it half way through the Decorating with Pictures series, and it’s been fabulous, hasn’t it? I am giddy opening up the posts each day, and I hope it is inspiring you to get pictures up on your wall! If you’ve missed some posts, you can see all thumbnails under the Decorating with Portraits tab in the photography section at any time.  Remember that on March 1st, I’ll share my new wall and… Continue Reading

Favorite Things Gift Giveaway Winner

winner for the favorite things gift guide @ Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

Oh my goodness, that was SO much fun! I read nearly every single comment as it came through my email, a total of 1,162 comments/unique visitor entries It was fun to see what was new to you, and what you were excited about, and what you loved that I love in my basket!  I SO wish I could give everyone one a little something, but rafflecopter gave me just ONE winner, whom I will mail… Continue Reading

Twist Me Pretty


My friends Abby over at Twist me Pretty is doing a fun giveaway (with my books included) today!       She has done an all new blog design with a new name (formerly My Yellow Sandbox) and everything, so go check it out!