April 26, 2011

Queen for a day...blogaversary giveaway!!

I am a little late in celebrating my actual blogaversary, but I am a big believer in "better late than never!"  Hard to believe this is already my 2nd year!

I have learned a lot about blogging and myself over the last 2 years.  When I started my blog, I did it with the intent of sharing my creations I would be designing for the opening of my Etsy.  That plan did not happen.  We found out that we would be moving unexpectedly. Then with the move to our new home we started lots of new projects with remodeling.  It has been a whirlwind to say the least!  I am just at a point that I finally feel I can focus on a few other things other than our home.  Still lots to do, but I know in time it will all come together.


In thinking about celebrating with you all for my blogaversary, I wanted to not only celebrate my success of being able to keep my blog a float with all the changes in my life, but I really want you all to know how this little blog would be nothing without you! Your visits, sweet comments and love really keep me going.  I know I have not been able to blog as often as I would like too, yet you all are still here and giving support.  Thank you!! It means more to me than I can put into words.  Blogging has brought me happiness with lots of new friendships, inspiration and connection with other like minded women.  That has been very fulfilling!



As I thought about how to celebrate my anniversary this year, I became lost in deep thoughts...you know daydreaming.  I really want to honor each and everyone of you.  Of course I wish I was rich enough to give you all something, but I can only give you each an opportunity to win a gift that I have put much thought and love into.


As women we give so much of ourselves to others.  Whether it be family, friends, work, charity's, schools, neighbors, churches...you know, just life! Many times we might feel overwhelmed and even at times unappreciated.  We love to give of ourselves to others, but a lot of the time we cut our own rope too short and leave very little to take care of ourselves...are you all still with me?!



So I started thinking and asking the question...what is it that we as women really want for ourselves? Many times the answer is "just a day for me".  A day to do whatever we want, when we want, to be treated in a way that makes us feel appreciated, refreshed and rejuvenated. Hmmm...how could I give this to you all?  A "a ha" moment came to me...wouldn't it be great if I could make you feel like a "Queen for a day?"  



so the thoughts started coming.  If I was "Queen for a day", I would...

*you can find some of these images on my Pinterest boards*

start my day with some yummy strawberry crepe`s and not worry about the calories...


proudly display my "Queen" badge so that my family doesn't forget that it's my day...


surrounded myself with beautiful and fragrant flowers...

If I was "Queen for a day"....


I would spend my day doing things I love, like...


going on a romantic picnic with my sweetheart...


or do a little shopping in my favorite boutiques...


I would take some time to pamper me, maybe even get a pedicure...


Hmmm....If I was "Queen for a day" I would... 


find a special place to retreat to and read a great book, like...


Romantic Prairie Style by the ever so talented, pretty and sweet Fifi O'Neil...

*Photo permission from Fifi herself*

I would also be enjoying some of these in my little getaway...


then to finish off my day,  I would have the luxury of soaking in this...


with lots of bubbles and a wonderful fragrance filling the air...


my own secret wonderland!


This is how I envision my "Queen for a day"...

A perfect ending to a perfect day!

So...I want to know.  How would you spend your day if you were "Queen for a day"? 

Here is my gift to you to help make your day even more special...


Your own Romantic Prairie Style book signed by Fifi O'Neil , Bath and Body Secret Wonderland bubble bath and lotion, A $50 Visa gift card to spend however you would like, A decadent box of Godiva chocolates to enjoy, a whimsy "Queen" badge handmade by me with vintage lace, ric rac and ribbon, and a crown to wear on your special day! 

I hope you all know how much I appreciate each and everyone of you that has brought joy to my blogging experience...Thank You Friends!! Here is to many more years together!!  

All you have to do to enter...

Leave a comment on how you would spend your day if you were "Queen for a day"! 

Here are a few more ways you can enter too...

1.  Let me know if you follow here along on my journey or if you are now.
2.  FB me on my business page...you like me, you really, really like me
3.  Put this on your sidebar or blog this!
4.  Share a Tweet!
5.  Post it on FB!

That gives you 6 ways to enter!! Let's celebrate big! I would love for you to share my blogaversary with your friends and family too!! This giveaway will end on Saturday April 30th, 2011.  I will announce the winner on Monday May 2nd, 2011!  The random generator will pick the lucky number!  Good luck to you friends!!

Hugs and love to you all!

82 comments:

  1. It's amazing that you've ONLY blogged for two years...you just seem like a natural! And your daydreaming is so pretty! HA!
    What a nice treat you are sponsoring!!!

    Suzanne

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  2. I put it on my FB profile for you, dahling.

    Suzanne

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  3. If I were Queen for a Day I would drink "real" Coke and eat chocolates and not worry about consuming calories. I would spend the entire day with my nose in a book.

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  4. Congratulations on two years. The time goes quickly doesn't it? I know we are going to meet in person one of these days:-)

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  5. my goodness, victoria! what a thoughtful and generous giveaway! blogging really is almost indescribable.

    beautiful photos! your eyes are so blue! perfect make up, my dear!

    i do follow your blog.

    xo
    elyse

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  6. Wow, what a wonderful giveaway! Congratulations on two years blogging!!
    My perfect Queen for a Day: A venti latte from Starbucks, a morning poking into my favorite antique shops, lunch somewhere outside with my husband, an afternoon curled up with a good book, then a light supper with a chilled glass of sauv. Perfection!

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  7. your blog is so sweet
    and you are so nice
    i like you on facebook
    please enter me twice

    xo
    elyse

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  8. Whoops ~ so carried away with my QFAD rambling, forgot to let you know i'm a follower. :) Thanks!

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  9. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=698656693

    Posted on FB! What a great giveaway!

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  10. You are so beautiful! Love your daydream pictures. Your idea of Queen for a Day sounds like a royal treat! I'd probably add being able to listen to my favorite music.

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  11. I am a loyal follower! P.S. Congratulations on 2 years of blogging!

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  12. Congrats on two successful years of blogging. What a wonderfully thoughtful giveaway you have created. I'm a follower and certainly would love to be Queen for a day!

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  13. I would love, love this special treat of a giveaway.~Cheers Kim

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  14. Hmmm... I would sleep in and then have a brunch that includes warm white chocolate raspberry croissants and chocolate milk (with ice cubes) because calories would not count! Then I would hire a limo to drive my family and I to the movies for a matinee and we would have the theater to ourselves! Hot buttered popcorn and cold Pepsi would be enjoyed by all! Then, my husband would take the girls to the park and I would read a book for 2 hours bundled under blankets:) I would hit TJ Maxx for a couple of hours and then we would have California Rolls for dinner! Lori

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  15. I love your facebook page! You inspire me all the time! Lori

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  16. I posted on facebook! Thanks for the loveliest giveaway, Victoria!:) Lori

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  17. I posted about your giveaway on my blog!:) Lori

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  18. If I were queen for a day, I would sleep in late, have my husband bring me breakfast in bed, then go out shopping and to the spa.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  19. I like your Facebook page with my username Mary Happymommy.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  21. Shared on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy:

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    Thanks so much for the chance!

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  22. Hi Victoria!
    I found your blog because a few of my bloggy friends mentioned your wonderful giveaway, so I knew I couldn't pass it up! Love your blog! I am definitely now a follower of yours!

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  23. I just posted about your giveaway on my sidebar, too!

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  24. If I were queen for a day... I would sleep in (which means 8am in our houseful of 6.5 kids). I would go shopping, get a mani & pedi, massage, read books at a coffee shop, maybe even do absolutely nothing for a change! oh and eat at all the yummy places I love with my sweet husband.

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  25. I would go to the Spa and have facials and massages for hours :)
    aubreyfick@yahoo.com

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  26. Queen for a Day? Wake me up EARLY with Starbucks and send me off to a spa for the works ... then to the mall for food and shopping! Then home for a big UNINTERRUPTED nap!!!

    Ahhh ...

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  27. What a great prize! Happy anniversary to you (I've been going at this for about 2 1/2 months :) My queen-for-a-day would include cuddling with my kiddos watching a movie, and then lots of uninterrupted time by myself for crafting.

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  28. I love this! If I were queen for a day I would start by meeting my sisters at the local coffee shop surrounded by green and flowers while drinking coffee and enjoying great conversation. Then I'd go get a spa pedicure, picnic lunch by the river, movie (romantic comedy of course!), then I think I'd go get my hair cute and meet my handsome hubby for dinner. Afterwards I'd take a walk with my sweet family and call it a day! :)Thank you Vickie!! :)

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  29. I am going to blog about your Giveaway :)

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  30. I posted a link on Facebook to your blog :)

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  31. I follow your blog with FeedBlitz, so I'm sure I will receive each and every thing you post. I really enjoy your blog, and don't want to miss a thing.
    If I was Queen for a day,I'd spend it with my DH, and the two of us, would have a picnic on the beach on a sunny day with a nice bottle of wine, cheese and fruit, maybe read a good book, maybe take a short nap, just take it easy. Thanks for the chance to win this FABULOUS giveaway.

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  32. Happy blogaversary! I have followed your beautiful blog for about a year even though I don't comment that often :) If I were queen for a day it would definately start with spending time with my family. Possibly a trip to the museum and a nice lunch. Then some spa time, and finishing with some drinks and fun time with my hubby and friends.

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  33. Those strawberry crepes enough would make me a queen!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  34. I would eat fondue to my heart's content, I would sit outside and read a lovely book (maybe put my feet in the water), I'd hang out with friends and family and everyone would get along, I might go see a drive-in movie, and soak in a nice bath.

    lauren
    lauren51990 at aol dot com

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  35. what an amazing giveaway! if i was queen for a day i would want to be home in an empty house doing my crafts, watching great movies and eating yummy tidbits all day long! ahhhhhhh heaven

    -stacy

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  36. If I could be queen for a day I think I would do some similar things. I would definitely get a pedicure and a massage and hopefully spend an evening out with my husband (we don't get to do that enough). Congrats on 2 years!

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  37. I'm following you and I "liked" your FB page!

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  38. Happy Blogiversary! I read about your giveaway on FB and came over straightaway to have a look! It's fabulous!
    Oooo, I would do a lot of the same things as you on my special day.... chocolates, shopping, relaxing, pampering....
    Thank you for the opportunity to enter.
    Oh, and I just became a follower :)
    ~Becca~

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  39. I found you through a friend who liked your face book page. I instantly liked your page and blog. Love what you are doing. Want to see what you put on Etsy. If I were queen for a day, I would do everything I can not do now. I would want a wonderful breakfast at a place here called Summer Jo's. Off for a pedicure I have never had, getting my hair, cut and highlighted that I can not do now. Off for a massage that I have never done to make my body feel better, and dinner out with hubby. Simple things to wake your soul and make you feel better.

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  40. If I were queen for a day, I would also do a little shopping, and end with a bubble bath. I would sit in the sun on the beach and read a romance novel (shhh.. my secret that I like romance novels ;) and enjoy a big ol' ice cream cone!!

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  41. What a fun post and a generous giveaway. Congratulations on your blog anniversary, Victoria! I'm glad to have found you. Those are beautiful photos of you. I would ditto your Queen for the Day. That sounds just heavenly. I might have to splurge with a big bowl of thin mint ice cream after my luxurious bath surrounded by lots and lots of candles.

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  42. Congratulations on your blogaversary! I just found you from Twitter and am glad I did. I love your blog :)
    Renee @ http://reneeschirpings.blogspot.com
    and http://rustic-crafts.com

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  43. I would spend all day reading all my favorite blogs!

    Andi

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  44. If I was Queen for a Day, I would start by sleeping in!! What an amazing giveaway, I am so glad to have found your amazing blog!

    ~Trisha

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  45. If I were Queen for a day, I'd definitely eat food I didn't have to cook, in a place without a playground, go junking, get a massage, and maybe watch a movie!! What a great giveaway and congrats on your two years!!
    Elise

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  46. And...I am now following you!!
    Thanks again!!
    Elise

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  47. I am now following you. Found you through Fifi's blog. I bought her new book and swooned over every page. Would love a signed one and surely someone would be grateful for mine. If I were queen for a day I would spend it in the garden surrounded by foxgloves, delphiniums, morning glories, and sweet peas. Of course, I would have to have some delicious goodies to munch on and definately a diet coke!

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  48. Congrats on your 2 years. If I was queen for a day it would start with breakfast in bed, all day at the spa, followed by some shopping and dinner at a great restaurant with hubby

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  49. This is so sweet of you to do! I'm a new follower! Marcia

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  50. If I were Queen for a Day, I would give a "Spa Day" for all my blog friends. We would all meet in a luxurious hotel for a decadent breakfast, followed by pedicures, manicures, massage, hair style. Then a scrumptious lunch. Then we would all sit around and chat about how much we love being friends with each other. After a wonderful buffet dinner, dessert and tea, we would all kiss, cry, and vow to do this all again next year!

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  51. I think you've covered it all! I would do what you would! Congrats on 2 years- what a sweet place you've created.
    beth
    goodvariety@yahoo.com

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  52. also, just *liked* you on FB!
    beth
    goodvariety@yahoo.com

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  53. I would probably take my kids to walt disney world or go on a cruise
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  54. google follower
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  55. like on fb (michelle b)
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  58. Hello Victoria, I came here from Fifi's site! I loved all your ideas for "Queen for a Day". My ideal day would include more spa time, definately a massage, and pedi. Love to relax and read in a gorgeous loft escape like you pictured, but don't have such a fairytale place, so I'll go for lunch with my Dear Daughter, and pick up a great bouquet on our way home, your ranunculus look just perfect! Then some great music and a couple hours to scrap or read Fifi's book in perfect peace. Dinner, salmon and asparagus with DH and something chocolate for desert, preferably including ice cream. Home for some slow dancing in front of the fireplace...
    That about does it, I do believe.
    Love your pic of SLC temple and quote by Pres Lee.

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  59. You are a favorite on my "favorites" tab on my computer. Thanks so much for posting so many ideas for house decorating. Love it!

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  60. Hello Victoria, I found your blog tonight and have loved every minute browsing your archives. A lovely and cheerful blog and full of ideas and inspiration. I am your newest follower and invite you to visit my blog.
    Linda

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