Mercy Rising Giveaway

Hey guys and gals! There’s a giveaway over at the Run-a-Muck right now for a book called Mercy Rising. Perhaps in some ways akin to the Hole in our Gospel which has been rocking my socks off for the past wee while, it is an inspiring book that will help you believe you can make a difference to a world in need. It is also a unique resource boasting a multitude of ideas and features to help us get from “I wanna help but I don’t know how” to “I’m gonna help and here’s how.”

I desperately want to inspire you guys, because I am finding life and joy in the inspiration I’m receiving from my experiences here in South Africa. I hope that if you believe anything else, based on the things I write and share and point toward in this space, you’ll believe ::

1. That Jesus is who He says He is, the One who lived and died for your sin and mine and offers grace and forgiveness at His own expense and

2. That you can make a difference in the world, following the example He set and obeying the things He taught. And if we ignore everything He taught about care and concern for the poor, than we are indeed living out a holey Gospel and we are missing the social revolution Jesus set in place.

Hop on over to the Run-a-Muck to read more about this special book and how you can win a copy! I hope you’ll be inspired!


Inside the Winner’s Circle

Hey! Remember that super-fun giveaway we did a few weeks ago? The one that not very many fellows entered because the stuff was really cute, but I suppose a little bit more lady-like than manly?

Karen from Little Miss Priss Designs was giving away one of these…

Or one of these…

Now you remember? Good!

Well I told you I’d post a picture of the winner’s personalized prezzie, and I’m a woman of my word, so lookie here!

Don’t forget that between now and June 30th you can get 10% your entire order at Little Miss Priss Designs just by mentioning the giveaway at! It’s a steal if you ask me!


And the Winner is…

As promised, I put all your names in a hat — my good ol’ Cowboy hat to be exact — and the Bear drew a name from the hat!

I am not going to say it was an easy task. The Bear was a bit … shall we say … disagreeable. I suppose the concept of pulling a name out of a hat just wasn’t in his repertoire yet.

He carried the hat around.

He ignored the hat. Perhaps hoping it would go away?

He considering wearing the hat.

And dumping all the names out of the hat.

And even putting puzzle pieces into the hat.

So I pulled out the big guns. Surely for the promise of a treat he’d do it! He wouldn’t even have to sit on the potty!

It was to no avail. He was getting sleepy and grumpy and ready for nap time, and things weren’t looking good.

Just when hope was almost lost, he brought over the little bowl we got a free sample of Coco Puffs in at the grocery store a while back. Random, I know. So I suggested the Bear pull a name out of the hat, and put it in the Coco Puffs bowl. And I demonstrated. Finally, the light switched on.

He pulled a name out of the hat…

And put it in the Coco Puffs bowl…

So the winner, who’ll be receiving a photo frame or hair bow holder of their choice is…

And while I snapped a shot of the winner (that was the time of comment in case you’re wondering — just to avoid duplicates and confusion!), the Bear began to…you guessed it, neatly pull names out of the hat, one after another, and put them in the little bowl. Go figure.

So congrats, Brittany! I will be in touch with you at the email address you included when you commented, to make sure you’ve heard the good news, and Karen will be in touch with you within the next few days to plan your personalized gift! Yay! Maybe we can get a picture of it to post for everyone to see!

Now, I am guessing there are a few of you who have arrived today to discover that you didn’t win. I know how you feel, my friend…I, like, never win stuff. But well done for trying, it sure increases your chances! Hopefully we’ll have another give-away soon.

AND, I have good news for you, too!

Now through June 30th, if you place an order with Little Miss Priss Designs and mention that you heard about them on, you’ll get 10% off your entire order! That’s like buy 9 get one free!

I have thoughtfully provided a brief review for you, including prices below! I work hard for you, don’t I? You can also visit Little Miss Priss Designs to see more.

Here are examples of the delightful hair-bow holders, but remember she can do it in the colour and style that you want!

These adorable personalized hairbow holders are $35 if you’re in the Greenville, North Carolina area, or $40 if shipping is required.

And these are the picture frames:

And the details of these delightfully personalized picture frames:

Top left: 8 x 8 inch frame which holds a 3.5 x 3.5 picture — $15
Top right: 6.5 x 7, holds a 5 x 3.5 picture — $15
Bottom: 9 x 7 that holds a 4 x 6 — $18

And you’ll get 10% off those delightfully reasonable prices between now and June 30th if you mention!

Just email Karen at to place an order!

Well guys and gals, that was fun! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Or at least more than the Bear did. If you are interested in hosting a giveaway at, let me know! If you decide to get a sassy little personalized gift from Karen, I’d love to know that too! I’m just nosy, aren’t I?

Enjoy your weekend!


It’s a Giveaway Day!!! Eeeeee!

Hooray Hooray Hooray it’s finally here! Today is the first ever Giveaway Day on! I’m so glad you could join us! It’s just in time for Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo! ¡Olé!

I am very pleased to introduce you to the talent behind Little Miss Priss Designs, Karen Congleton. Unless you guys have already met, in which case you know already, she’s talented.

Karen designs and paints these darlin’ precious hairbow holders. Look!

Aren’t they adorable? She personalizes them based on what her customers request. Look at that gorgeous free hand script!

Karen’s cutie-pie hairbow holders are 10 inches long and about 5 inches tall, and have three matching three-yard ribbons to clip hair bows to underneath, with decorative ribbon coordinating on top. ¡Accento!

This one is my fave. Polka-dots + Zebra = Whatever it is I’m probably gonna love it.

Dern I want a little girl!

So, good news! If you’re a Mom to three boys like Karen, (meaning you don’t need a hair bow holder) she does other cute stuff, too! Like these adorable picture frames:

It’s an 8 x 8 that holds a 3.5 x 3.5 picture in case you were wondering.

Isn’t this one adorable?

That’s a 9 x 7 which, as you can see, holds a 4 x 6. Sassy!

OR… this one… I love buttons!

That one is 6.5 x 7 and holds a 3.5 x 5 sized picture. Cute as a button!

Now here’s the really good news. Today, you can win a free personalized hair bow holder or picture frame from Little Miss Priss Designs. (Your choice!)

All you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post, and tell us whether you’d choose a hair bow holder or a picture frame, and how you’d like yours personalized! Tomorrow morning I will quite literally put your name in a hat, and the Bear will have the delightful adventure of drawing a name out of the hat. And good news, since we’re six hours ahead, the news will probably hit the web long before you’re awake! Please just comment ONCE, and we’ll announce the winner tomorrow!

And one more bit of good news — if you’re not a winner, I’ll have the details on how you can still get something special from Little Miss Priss Designs right here. So come back tomorrow!

These are the nitty-gritty details:

This Give-Away Contest will run from 12 am to 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time on Friday, April 30, 2010. Once the winner is chosen, we’ll announce it here on, I’ll touch base with the winner with the good news, and Karen will contact you to talk about what you’d like! I am very sorry to say this, but this contest is only open to residents of the US of A. AND, if the Bear or I discover that you’ve been cheeky and commented more than once, you’re NOT gonna win. Cos that’s just cheeky.

So comment away (well, once)! Good Luck!