My Favorite Things in 2014

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Who wants to see some of my favorite things in 2014? I’m excited to share this FABULOUS giveaway, for the third year in a row! You want to see what I’m giving away?  It may include some amazing gift ideas and stocking stuffers for yourself or a loved one, too!

Giveaway and christmas holiday gift guide

See my favorite things from the past here: 2013 // Summer 2013 // 2012

Now, onto what all of my creative blogger friends are giving away, too!

To enter-

  • Check out the gift collage below
  • Scroll to the bottom to see the details for MY favorite things giveaway
  • Enter to win my gift basket at the giveaway below
  • HOP to all of the other sites to enter to win their gifts!
  • Look around and enjoy the sites of the creative bloggers–they will not disappoint!
  • *Note- if you receive an error message from a broken link, click to the blog’s home page until the link is fixed

Favorite Things Giveaway Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke guide

Go check out these other amazing gifts! I  like to right click and open a bunch of new tabs, myself.

There will be 30 WINNERS!!!

You must ENTER TO WIN ON EACH BLOG, for the gifts you want most.

So you must HOP to each to enter!



1. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke // 2. Bombshell Bling // 3. C.R.A.F.T. // 4. LandeeLu // 5. The 36th Avenue //6. Pick Your Plum //7. TidyMom //8. Your Homebased Mom //9. Live Laugh Rowe // 10. How Does She

11. Crazy Little Projects // 12. Tatertots & Jello // 13. Or So She Says //14. A Pumpkin and a Princess // 15. The Crafting Chicks // 16. The Pleated Poppy // 17. The Girl Who Ate Everything // 18. My Sisters Suitcase // 19. No Biggie // 20. Classy Clutter

21. Click it Up a Notch // 22. Entirely Eventful Day // 23. Thirty Handmade Days //24. kojodesigns //25. Something Swanky // 26. Eighteen25 // 27. Lolly Jane // 28. The Diary of Dave’s Wife // 29. Yellow Bliss Road // 30. Two Twenty One

My Gift Up Close

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Are you able to see well enough what is in my gift bag? It’s a sampling of some of my new favorites from the past year, as well as some good oldies. Click on the links below to see them all up close (Some links are affiliates)

  • 1. Green Purse— Holding everything together is something I think everyone would LOVE to have, but also something that not everyone would indulge on themselves for. This fabulous emerald green purse is great for all seasons! Found only at Target Online.
  • 2. Say NO to Auto Beginner Photography Book— A simple beginner guide to use your dSLR camera on manual settings. I’ll mail the printed book to the winner, but if you don’t win, you can purchase that or the e-book.
  • 3. Get Focused Intermediate Photography Book– -An intermediate guide to the photographer that already understands manual settings.
  • 4. Stella & Dot Soiree Gold Stud Earrings–I literally wear these earrings every other day. They are my “go-to” easy gold earrings. Up close, they look kinda fancy, which is great because they can be dressed up or dressed down. THESE greens are my second favorite.
  • 5. Sally Hansen Gold Nail Polish-My most favorite shade right now!
  • 6. Poo-Pourri–Ok, this stuff sounds SO crazy at first! Have you see the video commercial? It’s hilarious! I got this for my husband for his birthday as a gag gift, and we all LOVE it! Spray it in the “pot” before you go to the bathroom, and only fresh smells come from the bathroom!
  • 7. BB Cream bronzer–I was recently introduced to this lotion, and I LOVE it! It gives a bit of a sun kissed look on my face. (Winner, let me know your skin tone and I’ll send accordingly)
  • 8. L’oreal Infallible Lip color–I now have two shades of this lipstick, I think it’s actually called a lip stain. It stays on SOOO well! Like, 8-12 hours well!
  • 9. Chocolate Chip Cherry Lara Bars–I’ve tried all different flavors of Lara Bars, and these are my favorite!
  • 10. Burt’s Bee’s Grapefruit facial cleansing cloths–Easy way to clean off the make up at night! I got a different flavor/scent for my boys to take to school to wipe off the sweat after athletics.
  • 11. Pink Colorful Paper Straws–I found a fun new pattern of paper straws at Wal-Mart, but the link is a different shape.
  • 12. Ghirardelli Sea Salt Chocolate Covered Cashews–I’ve known for quite some time that I’m in LOVE with chocolate covered cashews. They are my FAVE! But with sea salt??? OH heavens, delicious. I like to keep them cold in the fridge and grab a handful when I need a little jolt during the day. Found ’em at Target.

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  1. I’ve always wanted to try the Stella and dot jewelry! It’s new to me and so cute!

  2. Kaitlin Bridges says:

    The Chocolate chip cherry Lara bars sound amazing. I’ve never tried a Lara bar but definitely want to. And the poo pouri sounds hilarious but wonderful at the same time, cause who wants a stinky bathroom?

  3. The Chocolate Chip Cherry Lara Bars would like to try, love Sally Hanse Nail Polish.

  4. I haven’t tried any of your favorite things…
    Would be nice to be pampered. Sure hope it’s me 🙂

  5. I have never heard of Poo Pourri but I certainly know a couple of people who could use it. 🙂
    LOVE Ghiradelli! The Chocolate Covered Cashews sound fabulous!

  6. LaShelle Gibson says:

    Ha! I’ve seen the ads for poo pourri and now that you say you like it, I’m more intrigued and want to try it. 🙂

  7. The Loreal lipstick is new and the photography books are something I am most wanting to try.

  8. Nichole Gubler says:

    The poo-pourri! With 3 boys and and my hubby I’m out numbered with my only daughter Belle. This if it works would change our lives!!

  9. Oh I love Larabars! I don’t think I’ve tried this flavor yet though. I’d be excited to try those, for sure.

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  10. Those Larabars!!! yum:)

  11. Everything looks fabulous. Would love to try those burts bees cloths!

  12. I love makeup but have NEVER tried a BB cream before. Would love to see what that’s all about.

  13. I’m in love with the green purse!

  14. Elizabeth Kelly says:

    I haven’t tried any of your favorite things and would be delighted to get the chance. I could really use a pick me up right now. Thanks for doing this!

  15. Alicia Horn says:

    The sea salt cashews look delicious!

  16. Wow! I can honestly say all those brands are new to me. It sounds like some great stuff though. I would be most interested in the beginners photo book and in the bronzer for my pasty white skin! 🙂

  17. I have never tried the Lara bar, but that would be the flavor to try. Yummo!

  18. The Poo-pouri cracked me up when I first saw it and I’ve yet to try it! Loved the commercials they made for it also. Love the gold polish. The photo books are cool and the jewelry addition is fun. I’ve never tried the grapefruit cleanser either and it’s one of my fave scents (love Method counter spray in Grapefruit).

  19. I would love to try the L’oreal Infallible Lip color, bright colors for the holidays!

  20. LOVE larabars. They are a great guilt free treat. Those cashews sound amazing. I’m going to have to give those a try.

  21. Janine Williamson says:

    The poo-Pourri! ;p

  22. I like the Stella and Dot earrings. They will look so good with everything!!

  23. You had me at chocolate covered sea salt cashews <3

  24. I love cashews, so # 12 would be my pick. 🙂

  25. Wende Fischer says:

    I would love to win this! The purse is so cute! 🙂

  26. I would love to read ‘Say No to Autofocus’… I need to build my confidence using my camera in manual mode! Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway 🙂

  27. I would LOVE the bag itself, but the thing I would most like to try/read would be the Say No to Auto book. I have just started learning about photography and would love anything that could help me take better pictures. Especially with all the holidays coming up!

  28. Pretty much everything is new to me! I’m sure I would fall in love with all of it though! I would really like to check out your photography books. I got a DSLR for Christmas about 2 years ago and still don’t know how to use it.

  29. Most of that stuff is new to me! Canada gets stuff late! 😉
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  30. Those Stella Dot earrings are adorable. My new favorite nail color is actually gold, I’m wearing Milani’s ‘Rose Gold’. Love Larabars. Fabulous Giveaway. Thank you for the chance to enter.
    Christine Brown recently posted..Happy Weekend!My Profile

  31. Ya’ll, poopourri is amazing!!! A couple of sprays prior and literally no stinky bathroom!

  32. Crista White says:

    Ooo, Id totally love to try #12—chocolate covered nuts are my favorite 🙂

  33. Excited about the photography books! My boyfriend got me a Nikon for my birthday and I have been a little too intimidated to start experimenting with taking photographs in manual mode!

  34. Can you believe I never tried BBC cream before. I want to try the gold nail polish. What a great collection of items.v

  35. I would LoVe to try a lot of it! What catches my eye the most is the BB Cleansing Towelettes and the Milk Chocolate Cashews!

  36. Poopori, I live their commercials
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  37. Lisa driggers says:

    The Stella and dot jewelry sounds amazing to me! I really needt the photography books though. I think I could use everything That’s inside that pretty green purse!!!!

  38. I have wanted to try the poo pourri for a while the video cracks me up and I totally want the say no to auto book.

  39. I would love the photography books as I’m starting to pursue that art right now 🙂

  40. I haven’t tried any of these, love the purse! Coconut is my favorite Larabar.

  41. The Chocolate Chip Cherry Lara Bar – Calling my name!

  42. The gold fingernail polish is new to me! And I really really want those sea salt cashews. Like right now.

  43. The poo pourri is new to me. I want to try the Burt’s Bees cleansing cloths.


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