Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Little Christmastime Giveaway

 At this busy time of year it's easy to become a bit frazzled.
The to-do list is never ending and the days fly by faster than ever.
If we're not careful it can become downright overwhelming.
Sometimes trying to pull off the "perfect Christmas" proves to be anything but.  
As I've gotten older the idea of perfection at Christmas has taken a back seat to sorting through all the possibilities out there and carefully picking out the ideas, recipes and traditions that fit my life right now... today... not ten years ago when life seemed easier, happier, you name it.
Anyways. . .  all that to say, in my small way I'd like to offer a giveaway with the hopes of giving one of you a small break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  A few little things and permission from me :) to sit down for a few minutes, relax and have a little "you time."

To start a book titled Christmas At Home.
A little book filled with recipes like:

* Mulled Holiday Punch
*Apple Cinnamon French Toast Souffle
*No Fail Party Dip
*White Christmas Chili
*Chocolate Covered Coconut Balls

to name just a few.

        While you're sitting in a comfortable chair with your feet propped up you might as well take a little more "you time" and enjoy the talents of Susan Branch in this charming little Christmastime book.  I think many (if not all) of us are enjoying Susan's delightful blog.  
I've been enjoying this little book for several years.  Recently I found another one at the thrift shop and thought maybe one of you would like it.

 As we finish out 2012 and move into 2013 I thought it might be nice to stay organized in a very pretty way ... a little Susan Branch for your purse.

 With the hopes that you will occasionally remove your holiday apron, set down the rolling pin and pamper your sweet self...
I'm including the Burt's Bees Essential Kit containing:

*Beeswax Lip Balm
*Coconut Foot Cream
*Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion
*Hand Salve
*Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream 

Love Burt's Bees for being made with natural ingredients and also made in the USA.  Yay!

Okay gals, that's my small way of trying to keep your holidays less than perfect.  In a good way, of course :).

If you're interested, please leave a comment.
That's it... no hoops to jump through here.
I'll drop all of your names into a festive Christmas bowl and choose the winner on Sunday night.

Oops, one more thing...
for some reason Peanut has been insisting that I add a gift from her to the giveaway.  This is what she's contributing:

 I'm not quite sure why, but she is adamant.
I know these knee hugging elves are one of those things you either love or not.  If you don't want to receive Peanut's contribution, should you win, feel free to let me know.  I won't tell her ;-).



  1. Thank you so much for this fun give-away! How sweet of you :) Please enter me for a chance...
    Smiles, DianeM

  2. It is just like you to share such a pretty, festive gift with some fortunate person, so near to the holiday. What a kind gesture! Anyone would love to receive a Susan Branch book, and Burt's Bees Wax items. Both are favorites of everyone. Thank you so much for this special offer.

    Happy Wednesday!

  3. Sweet, thoughtful, and imaginative holiday giveaway...I can't imagine Peanut being willing to part with such a cutie pie friend. =D

    You must have really enjoyed Susan's blog today. When I got to Jack's picture, I roared. toO funny!

  4. I have kind of a running joke with one of my blogging friends about my dislike of those knee-hugging elves ... so should I be so lucky to win, I would want him to stay with Peanut!

  5. Kim, this is such a great giveaway. And I love Peanut's contribution!! I have enjoyed SB's cookbooks for over 25 years (Heart of the Home I purchased in the late 1980's) and of course her blog is pure delight. Thanks so much. xo

  6. Happy Holidays to you, Kim! Peanut looked so cute with the elf in the last post. I would love the elf along with everything else! Lovely giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity! Twyla

  7. This would be the perfect gift for...ME! heehee! I know we all love fun Christmas things! Thanks so much for being so sweet, year round! Holiday hugs, Diane

  8. We have a knee-hugging elf on our tree! How fun :)

  9. Oh, my goodness! Susan Branch and beeswax products and a little elf for my little elf!!! I'll keep my fingers crossed all day long!

    Take Care, Kim!

  10. What a great give away. How kind you are. Please add my name. I'd love to win.
    I can't imagine taking Peanuts friend away so IF I win he can keep him. : )

  11. You and Peanut are so generous. I love your blog and I especially love, love Peanut. Reminds me of my first doggie. I'm so stressed I would really love to win your give-a-way. Thanks.

    The Library Lady

  12. Kim,
    Thank you for your kind reply. I will take a walk and you know what I do deserve to feel better.

    Thanks and hugs to you.

    The Library Lady

  13. Hi Kim...such a lovely giveaway ... so, so sweet! Hugs ♥ Teri

  14. Hi Kim.... I'm 'trying' again to get caught up on reading my favorite blogs.
    I love your Christmas decorations, tree and your kitchen is gorgeous!!!
    A great give away you have ....
    Your puppy dog is such a cutey... and so is the little elf.

  15. Very sweet of you indeed! I love Susan Branch. As for Burt's Bees products...can you believe I have never tried them? I'm not even sure they are sold in Canada...though I have heard of them. Cute little elfie!

  16. Wow! Thank you for the opportunity to win! I enjoy reading you blog.

  17. Kim, how sweet of you! What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the chance...and your Peanut is so adorable!


  18. Hi Kim! Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate your kind comments on the cross stitch. If you are interested, I will be happy to mail you the pattern, since I'm done with it. It would make me feel good knowing someone is enjoying it now! My email is
    Also, I want to enter for the giveaway! How nice of you!

  19. What a lovely giveaway, Kim. Susan Branch's artwork has always appealed to me. And the little cookbook start - just perfect for corralling festive recipes.

  20. What a sweet give away, Kim! I love the elf best of all as he reminds me of one I had as a child. Of course I love Susan Branch and this is one of her books I don't own as yet.

    Have a wonderful weekend!


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