Friday, November 23, 2012

Give Thanks #5 (and my first giveaway!)

Wow, what an amazing week this has been. I don't even know where to start!

But I have an awesome, awesome gift to giveaway, so I'll go ahead and get this rolling.

Yes, this is another 'thankful for Brandon' post--I have a lot of reasons to thank him! Last weekend was Brandon's bachelor party and we didn't get to see each other or really talk for a few days. When we got back home, I discovered my Gatorade was gone and teased him for taking it. So the next day, he comes home from work with two bottles of Gatorade and flowers. And then he took me out for dinner and a movie ('Wreck it Ralph' in 3D--so cute, check it out!). So, yeah.. I'm pretty blessed. And spoiled. 

Last week was Dad's 49th birthday (you seriously wouldn't guess it--he still looks like he's in his late 30s)--I am so blessed to have such an amazing man for a father. He is the most honest and hardworking person I know (and he's one of the few people I know who doesn't have an enemy in the world). I'm a pro at cards, so this was his B-Day card for this year.

We got to spend Thanksgiving with Brandon's family--it was such a wonderful day! We arrived Wednesday and got to babysit his little 3-year-old nephew (which was a hoot) and then had a wonderful day of food, family and fellowship at his sisters house Thanksgiving day. I seriously couldn't have asked for better in-laws! 

My mom and I had such a wonderful girls day in Denver last weekend. We went thrifting with the wonderful DeeAnna Soicher and found several beautiful wedding rehearsal dresses, as well as ideas for our wedding reception. 

Last weekend was my beautiful tea party bridal shower--It was everything I could have dreamed of for my shower and so much more. I am so incredibly blessed to have such wonderful women in my life.. it truly was the perfect day!

Now, my list is only supposed to be the top 5 things I'm thankful for each week, but I'm going to make an exception because I feel so overwhelmed by the response for "Operation: Christmas." 

Never in my wildest dreams did I expect as many wonderful and generous people to sign up to send letters and care packages to our troops overseas. These letters and care packages are such a small way of saying 'thank you,' but the impact it makes on the soldiers receiving them is huge.

I wanted to do something for everyone who signed up as my way of saying 'thank you'--and I figured there's no better way of saying thank you than with a gift.

A warm gift.

A fashionable gift.

A cashmere gift...

I'm giving away a new and stunning light purple cashmere scarf to keep for yourself or to give as a gift this holiday season (but, you'll probably want to keep it for yourself.. just sayin'..)!

I have two cashmere scarfs of my own that I LOVE. I'm terrible at accessorizing, but scarfs make it easy and simple to add a little extra something to your outfit.

I have worn my blue cashmere scarf on the news to liven up a black top.

The dark purple scarf makes my holiday ensemble a little more classy! 

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting Operation: Christmas. If you haven't signed up yet, you can still do so until November 30th!

I'd like to give a huge thank you to Amy at One Artsy Mama for partnering up with me on this project. If you haven't visited her page yet, you should do it. Now. She is fabulous and has the cutest craft ideas EVER (and the most adorable crafting sidekick I have ever seen)!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter--it will walk you through the steps. (P.S. This is my first time using Rafflecopter, so please bear with me!

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting this Giveaway. I have a huge collection of scarves and would love to have one more :)

  2. Favorite part of the holidays is the decorating after thanksgiving!! :)

  3. Scarves...ahhh, the best accessory to fall/winter months! Like purses, shoes, jewelry and can't have too many!

  4. I love seeing my kids at Christmas. They all live out of state so seeing them is so much fun.

  5. I love the holidays! Being together with my family is the best! Thanks for the chance to bless a soldier, and, this awesome giveaway!

  6. I love making homemade goodies to give to family and friends.

  7. Cookie day! All the girls in my family get together and bake like crazy for one day every year. I love everythnig about it.

  8. My favorite part of the holidays is all the food. The traditional foods that we have year after year, but only at the holidays, like pfeffernuse (a little german cookie). And the foods that others bring that are new, it's exciting to try new recipes that could become tradition.

  9. i love it all. my mom's party mix is one of my favorite things:)

  10. My favorite part of the holidays is the smell of cinnamon and apples and spices. It always puts me in the festive mood. My mom makes the best spiced cider - YUM!
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  11. What is your favorite part of the holidays? The food and the company of my family.

  12. My favorite part is probably the music, which connects me to the reason for the season :)


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