Friday, May 8, 2009

Freebie Friday and My 300th Post

WOW! Can you believe this is my 300th post? Why it seems like yesterday that my baby blog turned 200, and now here we are celebrating 300. I'm going to point out that if I had posted yesterday this would have been my 301st post and totally blown the whole concept of 300 posts on Freebie Friday, so of course, I couldn't blog yesterday. You can see where this is all going, right?

It's a giveaway baby!!!!

That's right a giveaway on Freebie Friday, how novel of me, but wait! It's better than that! I'm giving away 3, count them THREE, prizes in my 300th post giveaway. What can you win?

The first item up for grabs is:

A There's Always Room For One More mug. A limited addition mug with the There's Always Room For One More logo. If you're lucky, I'll include my infamous crack bars. You'll probably be lucky.

The second prize is:

A $10 gift certificate to the Awesomest Place on Earth-- Starbucks!
Disney has nothing on those guys.

And finally the third prize is:

Your choice of a $25 gift certificate to either Olive Garden or Applebee's! (Not both!)

So how do you win one of these awesome prizes?

This giveaway is to show my awesome readers how much I love you guys! So this giveaway is ONLY open to my regular readers. If you just started reading yesterday, you can still enter, just tell me you're new. What I don't want to happen is that the giveaway gets posted on some giveaway site and some unknown person who's never been here before and will never come here again steals YOUR prize. Yeah, totally not cool. So if you show up from some giveaway site you better be leaving comments on some of my other posts or your outta here!

*Sivje from Goosegirl Sews suggested that I add another entry for my Facebook friends and I like it!!! A third entry for being my friend. Yes, I have to bribe people to be my friend, gotta problem with that????

Okay, so how do my regular extraordinary readers win? Leave a comment telling me how long you've been reading, approximations are just fine. For an additional entry, tell me that you follow me but only, of course, if you really do. You can leave it all in one comment because I'm bringing out the big red bowl.

Yep, that's the one. Time for Denise to work on her scissors skills.

This giveaway is open from Friday, May 8th until Sunday, May 10th at 9:00 pm. Three someones will be getting a Mother's Day gift from me! I love giving things away!!!

Good luck!

Oh yeah, this was a theme week and the Brandy's2 are giving something away too! Be sure to check them out! Brandy 1 and Brandy 2


Heather said...

I am first! Woohoo! I guess I have been reading for maybe 6-9 months. And I am so following you. Look behind you right now!

Heather, aka Jake's Mommy said...

I've been stalking .. umm I mean following you since you were the featured on SITS. I'm the weirdo who comments you and stuff like QuikTrip in Tulsa. Don't you miss their hotdogs? I do.

Sassypants Wifey said...

Awesome mug! I love the design. I think I have been reading you since Oct. And of course I have been following since then. (actually one of the first blogs I started reading daily!) What an awesome giveaway!

Lindsey's mom said...

I have been reading for almost a year..since before you got Ryan. :) Of course I follow you ...
your Alaskan bud!

The Royal Family said...

I would say a few months. I found you via Brandy on your last theme week... I am now a follower I can't believe I hadn't hit that button before... that will make it easy to see if you updated. :) Glad you missed yesterday for a good reason. :)

Cindy said...

I have followed you before you brought Ryan home...I guess I just enjoy your humor and kids!
Have a great Mother's Day!

joanna and scott said...

Congratulations on the 300th post!! I've been reading your blog for about a year now and yep, I'm a follower, stalker, whatever. If I win you can tell everyone that a reader in China won, how cool is that!! Extra points worth maybe??

Goosegirl said...

Hi Denise,
I am a follower and have been reading your blog for probably at least a year off and on, but pretty much every post for a few months now. I only started my blog at the beginning of this year and put you on my blog roll so now I see the updates.

Oh....and what about an extra shot for being a facebook buddy too? haha!


Tammy Howard said...

I have been a follower since you were the featured blogger on SITS.

Congrats on the big 3-0-0!

The Gotch 5 said...

Woo Hoo party Friday!!!!!!!!!!! I don't know how long I have been reading you blog but I now have two other people reading it too!! I would say at least 6-8 months. I am a follower as well!! These are awesome freebies! Maybe I will be a winner and if not I already ordered my own mother's day gift yesterday!! Hooray for ME!!

A Touch of Country said...

2 or 3 months I've been reading your blog I think!

I follow you and get updates as soon as you post them!


Anita said...

Hey Denise, I was thinking about these mugs not long ago, wondering when you might give another one away! I've been following since @ November I think, and you my dear were the one to tell me to become a SITS girl, and so glad I did, it really takes me to new places. Ofcourse we are FB friends too, because we just have so little to do....LOL!

Margaret M said...

Enter me twice baby as I am a regular follower and a facebook friend! I have been following your blog more than six months but less than a year...I think! my first mother's day as a single mom (does that give me an extra entry...the pity entry...just kidding)

I hope your Mother's Day is special, tantrum free and you are surrounded by those you love!

April said...

you always have the best contests :-D i've been reading about six months??? maybe more? i think i found you in november or december and never looked back!!!

Jessica said...

Wow congrats on your 300th post! I just hit my 100th the other day.

I have been following you for a few weeks and loving all of your post and the humor you bring to my days!

Happy Bloggy Bday!

Trying Traditional said...

Mmm, Olive Garden sounds so very good right now!

wendy said...

i have been reading your blog since......i don't know, I am a terrible measurer of time, (I realize that is probably not a real word!), and I am a follower, your new blogs pop up on my blog, it's pretty cool.
Your kids crack me up, your Emma is a trip I only have one child 2 1/2 from Vietnam and she is fairly mellow, but that does not make for interesting blogs! You definitely keep my entertained.

Lorie said...

Woohoo!!!! I have been following for over a year, I was a lurker at first, but then started commenting I would say in October of last year or so!! Of course I follow you, and I am also your friend on facebook!!!!!

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Regular? I'm anything but regular.

Oh, you mean as a reader. Yes, that I am.

I started reading your blog sometime before December. How do I know that? Because I started my blog December 1st and it was after getting sucked into your blog. (It may have been as far back as August because I think I might have gotten pulled in by Emma's adoption story.)

I can also say that I've actually read all 300 of your posts. Every single one. Like I said, I was sucked in.

I'm a follower. But at this point I'm sounding a bit more like a stalker.

No, Facebook for me. But I was thinking of asking Scott to 'friend' you so he can spy on you for me. Whoa...that is defiantly stalker-ish.

I think I've got to go call my parole officer now.

Kat said...

Oh wow LOOK AT THAT MUG! It would look fantastic on my wall (when I'm not using it of course). I guess I'm a "collector" of mugs but we use them all (and get VERY upset if one of the kids does anything to them - chips or God forbid breaks one)

I'm a follower - and love your blog - since November/December. I found you shortly after I started blogging and to be honest - you (and the family) are addictive.

Congrats on 300 posts .... I may actually get to 200 before the end of Spring :D and then I'm going to have to do a giveaway (kind of a requirement already)

Kristin said...

Hey Denise! What great giveaways! I have been reading your blog since I first got into blogging, about 5-6 months ago. And, of course, I follow you too.....I love your blog! And some crack bars would be great too!

Have a wonderful Mother's Day this weekend!!!

Regina said...

LOVE the prizes!!! I will take any of them, but I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you mug and crack bars!!!
I have been a follower for awhile, you hooked me with your Starbuck's addiction.
And I am also your friend on Facebook, so I guess I have about as many chances to win a prize as I can.

Angie H. said...

I have been visiting your site for about 6 months or so... LOVE IT...
I have to start my day by reading about what is going on in the adventures of your life... :)
Angie H.
Soso, MS

koopermom said...

Great giveaways! I've been reading since before Christmas, I can't remember exactly. I've been through the archives!!!

Brandy said...

Random people trying to take my crackbars? That's not cool. At. All.

It goes without saying that I'm a regular reader...and super extraordinary.

Plus I follow you here and you're my pal on FB.

Heather Thompson said...

Yep, I'm a Follower and Facebook friend:) I don't actually remember how long I've been reading your blog but it was probably about a year ago! (Where does the time go??) LOVE your blog and always can count on your for your honesty usually with a good dose of humor! Thanks!! Heather (FL)
PS- I really just want the mug and infamous crack bars too but the Starbucks would save me for a week or so too;)

Jules said...

hmm-how long have I been reading? Good question-several months now at least. And I'm a follower. And I'm a FB friend!m Woo Hoo! 3 entries for me!

You rock Denise-wish I could come to the getaway and meet you IRL.

Jenn said...

Oh no! Hope I can enter. I just found your blog today from the Tidy Tuesday post at Not Your Average Soccer Mom's blog!

Anyways I'm loving your blog so far and think it's amazing that you adopted 3 kids and have 3 of your own. Love your background too.

Crystal said...

Denise, I have been reading for about 8 months. I am also a follower and a Facebook friend! I have been a sucky commenter because I work too much..LOL! I always read though because your posts perk up my days!

Anonymous said...

following since we were adopting with Adoppt and we were the travel group before you.

AP to Emily and Kaitlyn Phu Tho G&R July 31, 2007
AP to Julie and Laura Ethiopia leaving Tues!!!
2 bio boys

Janne said...

Gotta love a give-away! I've been reading ever since you taught me how to enter the wonderful world of blog. :)
Happy Early Mother's Day!

Beth said...

I have been following your blog for 6 months or so. The crack bars are affecting my memory so it might have been longer. I am also a facebook friend. I also credit you for getting me addicted to lost and watching all the past seasons in like 1 or 2 months. Now my husband who wouldn't watch them the first time around wants to start watching from season one! So your trend continues to bite me in the rear. I got to neglect my family for 2 months and now my husband gets to do the same. All is fair in love and war I guess.... :) What about a give away for LOST fans especially those you got addicted?

~Issy said...


So put me down for five (okay, only two...) chances to win because i'm a faithful stalker of yours here and on facebook. :)

btw, if i win the Starbucks card, you can have it. I'm still waiting for you to go with me on my madien voyage to StarBuckys. :)

The Gotch 5 said...

Just reread the post and I am facebook friend too. So make it three entries baby!!!

Dorie said...

Hi, congrats on your 300th blog post!! I just found your bloggy today through another one and hope I can still be counted in for your giveaway. Love The Olive Garden! It's my fav place to eat at with my Mom. :) I love the colors of your blog and *heart* your blog header! I think it's wonderful that you're a Mom of 6~3 bio & 3 adopted children from China and Vietnam!! What a blessing! I'm enjoying reading your previous posts and have left some comments! :) I've actually spent the past few hrs or so reading through your posty's!! Oh! I almost forgot...I'm following your bloggy--added you in my Blogger! :)

Crayl said...

300! That's fabulous! I have been reading you for, um, 4 months? I think...not sure. I have a lot of blogs on my bloglines...
We are also friends on Facebook! Heck, I visit you in Yoville too!
And IF I lived anywhere near you I bet we would be friends!

Kristin said...

I have to remember when I first started reading? And you expect me to remember that? Yea, right. I don't know, a year or more?? Follower, yep. Facebook friend, yep. Got it all covered!

Tricia said...

Oh wow! I think I've been reading for almost a year. I have your blog on my blogroll so it will update me everytime you put in a new post. I am a follower as well and a friend on facebook. Phew! Does that mean I am possibly a stalker?

The Sharp Family said...

Started reading about your fab fam when I learned that we would be traveling together. And what a ride it was :) Thank you for the memories my friend! XOXOXO Happy Mother's Day to YOU! And no, I don't expect to win. I never win... Note to self... NEVER TAKE ME TO VEGAS :) XOXO

Mom 2 Four said...

I have been reading you since last year. I found you when we were in the process of adopting our son. Great stuff!!

momma said...

i love the big red bowl!! i have been a follower for a while (months). the first post i remember reading was the one where you were giving away stuff because you had trouble with best buy and they had given you a big gift card and you had used it to get stuff to giveaway on your blog. maybe around christmas?? i am NOT good at remembering stuff like this!

i haven't been by to comment lately, but i've been lurking about (we are down to one computer and my time is limited).

i love your mug! and the crack bars, too :)

happy mother's day!!!!!

RamblingMother said...

count me in for any of it. Thanks. Emma is a doll even when she pitches a fit. At least she is to me who isn't there to deal with it, heh.

~Katie said...

Hey Denise, Franklin girl Katie here. I have been foloowing you for ummm, a few days. LOL. I do love your posts though. I have gone back and read so many. I know... I need to comment. I got engrossed in your story though. LOVE your blog and THANK YOU for all the awesome help. I have been trying to comment a lot on other blogs and I also joined SITS! Thanks! :) See you soon in Franklin!! P.S. I hope I win - I love that mug!!

Christina said...

Happy 300th Denise!!

Wow! You look great for 300! ;-)
I've been a follower for almost as long as I've been blogging... which happens to be only a few month, but why are we not FB friends? (What did Brandy tell you?!?)

What good are all those kids you have if they're not working? Give them some scissors! Plus you even have the extra girlfriend there now too. We'll call it Quality Family Time... no mention of cild labor.

Angie's Spot said...

Hi Denise! I'm a brand new reader and I'm adding you to my Google reader so that I don't miss out on anything going forward. You have a gorgeous family and I can't wait to get to know you better! I'm friends with Brandy (not your average soccer mom) and I'm still trying to figure out if she's Brandy 1 or 2. LOL! Happy Mother's Day!

wingepr said...

OK, I'm still trying to win that mug. I've been following you, since you traveled to get Ryan. I know Penny who was in your group. Been following you ever since.

So now between the blog and facebook, I really get NOTHING done.


Jill said...

Hey Denise! I am a regular here which means I am most certainly a FOLLOWER and a Facebook friend as well. How long have I been around...I don't know!!! Not a year yet I don't think. I don't even remember how I came upon your blog! I am glad I did though...although I think I should have signed some kind of contract upfront because I really try to blame you for my OVERindulgence in crack bars and powdered donuts...I should have signed a NO CRACK BAR/DONUT document of some sort!

I want that MUG!

Tracy Reynolds said... giveaways........I see myself drinking coffee from the mug, reading your blog! Hope you have a great Mother's Day!

Our Crazy Life said...

I have read so much about the crack bars that I really need to have some!!! Thanks for the chance to win them!

Sandra Tindall said...

Hey Denise...Happy Mother's Day! I have been following your blog daily since January! =)