Monday, May 9, 2011

* Thank You Give-Away *

In honor of reaching a couple of personal blog milestones: over 500 Posts and 200 Followers, (which I just noticed is 201 Followers) I'm having a give-away. I'd like to thank everyone who reads my blog, whether you're a follower or not, and whether you leave comments or not. It's an honor and pleasure just having visitors, especially the ones that come back from time to time. That means I'm doing something right, I guess!
(200!! art courtesy of:

In order to be entered in this give-away, I ask that you just leave a comment, stating what you like about my blog....not about me personally...but about my blog. It would be really nice if you'd also be a follower, but that's not a requirement this time. You may certainly mention it on your blog, but again, not a requirement.

 Mary Engelbreit tote bag approx 9" x 9" - THANK A TEACHER.
Behind the bookmark is a striped 4" x 3" note pad with pen (not a ME product)
 Chicken Soup for the Soul; Love Stories (I have a story in it)
one pair of soft and warm Chicken Soup for the Soul socks
 a set of 3 decorative pens, and a set of 2 matchbook style note pads
 Wall Word Kit that spells FAMILY
 information about kit
showing the finished product
Thin Threads; More Real Stories of Life Changing Moments (I have a story in it)
And a Mary Engelbreit journal, 5" x 7"

Yes, YOU could be the winner of all these goodies, (I apologize for the inferior photos. One of these days, I'm going to get a new camera. How many months have I been saying that!?) if you just leave a comment between tonight, May 9th and May 23rd at midnight CDT. I'll announce the winner sometime on May 24th. I hope many of you will leave a comment to help me celebrate!  Thanks again!

*Added note 5/10/11: I inadvertantly forgot to welcome my newest followers! Duh! Boy, do I feel bad!  Hello Kristine, Marydon & Buttercup! I hope you'll stop by often and always enjoy what you read and see!

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." ~Albert Schweitzer


  1. Oh my goodness, Becky, that is a nice giveaway. Congrats on the 200-plus Followers and the posts, too.

    Well, let's see. The part of your blog that I like best is when you share your unique sense of humor. It's always nice to come away with a smile. Take care and have a wonderful week. Don't forget to put my name in the hat! Susan

  2. Hi Becky,
    Congratulations on reaching 200 followers.

    I really like your quote from Maxine.


  3. Becky, TY for coming over to visit. I am pleased to meet you.

    Congrats on your milestones ... it is such a wonderful world in bloggyville.
    What lovely gifts you are sharing. Mary Englebreit I just love.

    I am your newest follower.
    Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day ~
    TTFN ~

  4. I like this blog because it is fun and uplifting! It is written by an author who must be so much fun to be around, who must be like sunshine because the blog itself radiates brightness!

    Congrats on 200, Becky!!!

  5. Congrats!!! I think the giveaway is wonderful so I'm in! I do have a hard time separating your blog from you since it's your I guess I love your humor and your view of things. I love how you share your passion and frustrations about writing. hugs, Linda

  6. I am constantly impressed by your upbeat are definitely not a whiner!

  7. Oh what a beautiful blog. Just found my way over here and just became a follower. I've been reading back a ways and feel like I've spent time with a friend.

  8. Congrats on 200 followers! I love the quote :)

  9. Becky--One of the many things I like about your blog is your use of quotes.

  10. Oh, Becky, congrats on over 200 followers, that's wonderful!!!
    And 500 posts, wow (I haven't even hit 400 on my own blog and I have it since 2008) :)

    I love so many things about you and your blog. But since you said I should tell you about the blog, here goes: the new theme, to have a visual like and especially the content! Because I just Love your writing :)


  11. Wow, that's a great giveaway! Congrats on 200!

    I love your daily quotes and you always make me chuckle.

  12. Hi Becky,

    Wow! Congratulations on all of your followers. That is a huge prize package that you are offering the winner. I love the ME stuff.

    I like how your blog is positive and encouraging. I really appreciate the writing resources and when you tell us what is happening with your writers groups and talk to the speakers.

    I like how you have your published work on the sidebar so that we can celebrate your success. I also like reading about your family.

    Your blog is very real and down to earth.

    Keep up the great work!

    Kathy M.

  13. It's impossible to say why I like your blog without saying that I really like YOU. YOU are your blog, in that it reflects your lovely personality. If your blog was written by an angry, bitter grouch, that would come through in your writing...and I would certainly not be drawn to it.

    So, you, sweet Becky, ARE the reason I visit your blog. But I also really love the awesome quotes you regularly post.

    Have a wonderfuly day.


  14. Congratulations on the reaching those milestones! And you know how much I luv ya. :)

  15. Congratulations on your many posts and loyal followers.

    I love your giveaway. And that's one of the things I like about your blog. It's diverse. It includes self revealing posts about the author, it gives great information about writing and places in which to learn and possibly publish, it lifts my spirits and every so often it gives away great stuff. I love it.

  16. Congrats Becky! If I should be lucky enough to be the winner, draw another person's name because, well, I want someone else to have it! :-) You are such a fun loving person!

  17. Great giveaway, but why would you Thank a Teacher's Behind? Sorry, butt the humor blogger in me couldn't resist. Congrats on reaching 200 followers.


  18. Congratulations on your milestones, Becky. I like the quotes you put at the end of your posts and the cheery point of view you always project here. :)

  19. What a great giveaway and congratulations on reaching this milestone. I don't often leave a comment but I do enjoy your blog. I like the humor and honesty with which you write. I can always find something interesting and entertaining when I come visit. I especially like the title "Bliss Follower."

  20. First, congrats on making it to 500 posts AND 200 followers! Both big achievements!

    Second, what do I love about your blog? I love that it just feels so calm here. Your layout isn't crazy and overwhelming and your posts aren't all over the place. I appreciate that.

  21. Much better. Also, I love you're inspirational titles. Dreams do come true!

  22. Hi Becky,

    What I love about your blog is it is upbeat and REAL!

    I can really relate to your posts as if I had you here sharing a cup of tea.

    I love that about your blog.



  23. Becky - What's NOT to love about your blog? There are wonderfully inspiring quotes. Cute photos of Vern, Tiger Girl, and teacups.
    Great music. Most of all there are your funny, honest and candid comments. You show genuine care for your followers, giving links and info we can use. You even trusted us with your book's first sentence. Thanks! And Congratulations!!
    -Marcia Gaye

  24. Hi there. I found you through Writing Straight from the Heart. What a lovely giveaway! I am a teacher, so I am not sure if I would let my daughter give the cute little bag to her teacher, or keep it for myself... ;-)
    I have been looking through your blog and am really enjoying all of the little quotes. The Maxine one is priceless.
    Congratulations on your writing success!

  25. *jumps up and down* OO OO OOO I heart Mary Engelbreit!!!

    New here! Cool giveaways! One day I hope to reach 200 followers!! Congrats!

  26. Wow, Becky, this is such a nice giveaway!! I love Mary Engelbreit, and all of these goodies are so lovely. This is very kind of you to offer this contest!

    As far as what I like about your blog, I love that it inspires me each time I visit. I really enjoy the quotes you include at the end of each post, they are always wonderful.

    Congrats on the 200 followers, and thanks again!

  27. Congratulations Becky!! I left a long post about all the great stuff on your blog, but it apparently blew away in the Blogger cyber-wind. You know I love the blog and think you're great. Keep it up!

  28. My comment is one of the ones that went kerflewie! I'm sure I must have offered congratulations and said what a sweetie-pie you are. :)

    I'm still having trouble with Blogger. I posted a reply comment on my own blog last night. It was there when I logged out, gone this morning. I don't know what kind of an upgrade they made, but it isn't working!

  29. Becky, your blog is like a box of chocolates--I never know what I'm gonna get (but I know I'm gonna like it!)

    Congrats on 200! Onward and upward!

  30. Your momentum is growing, I'm follower 209 I think. Great progress and love your blog!

  31. Congrats on the followers! Go Becky!

  32. Congrats on hitting 200! That's fantastic! Hopefully today is a lucky day for me as it is my daughter's birthday (#10), my brother's birthday (#42), AND my sister's birthday (#classified).

  33. Hello Becky - congrats on 200 followers. What I like about your blog are your quotes. I'm not a writer so some things are over my head - lol - but from the quotes you put on your blog - I think our hearts and minds thing a lot alike!

  34. Congratulations on 200 followers!! That is quite an accomplishment. Your blog is always so positive and encouraging. Keep up the great work!

  35. Congrats on your 200+ followers. You are so generous in offering all these neat prizes.

    I love visiting your blog, because you live such a fun and interesting life. I look forward to reading your book someday in the future.

    Thank you, for inviting me to be a part of your fun giveaway.

    I don't know if we are to leave our e-mail address, but whatever, here it is.

  36. To be honest, I don't know that I did enter this great giveaway! Let me just say that I'm so happy to be here now, please enter me!! Bliss!

    I love your blog look!
    Ciao Bella!


  37. Congratulations, by the way! The big two OH OH,



  38. How wonderful that you have accomplished so much!!! Congratulations!

    Thanks for inviting me to enter for this contest! What a great giveaway!!

    Not only a talented funny lady but generous to boot!

    Smiles and hugs my dear!


  39. I'm returning per your nudge. Yes, I think I came here before. So here I am again. Always love your blog posts, Becky, and I wouldn't be surprised if you actually have 300 followers, with 92 being held hostage somewhere!!!

  40. thanks for the reminder!! what I like about your blog?? well, where do I start? I love your posts, their honesty, love the quotes at the end, love the constant changes of image! Here here for many many posts more!!

  41. Hi, Becky. Thanks for your concern. I'll answer your e-mail too just in case...also, enter me in the contest please! I'm 'way behind on my own blog...shame on me. The tornado just missed us, thank goodness, the weather curved around one more time..whee...

  42. You have a very positive blog and I am following you now! Also I'll add you to my Blog Roll on my blog as well.

    Keep writing and dreaming!

  43. Hello Becky - wonderful giveaway - I am so happy for you in this milestone!
    I'd love to win,


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