365 Days of Christmas is keeping the spirit alive
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Welcome to 365 Days of Christmas!

My Brief Introduction

I am: a single mother, a foster mother, a college graduate, a Master's of Education candidate, a feminist, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a niece, a heterosexual, a lover and owner of Chihuahuas, a lover and previous owner of Cocker Spaniels, eclectic, sassy, unique, allergic to milk, an Internet addict, a Christian, a friend, a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, a counselor, a teacher, a kid at heart, an adult, a woman, a female, a sexual assault survivor, someone working to prevent sexual assault, a chocoholic, a book lover, a scrapbook artist, a photographer, German, Welsh, American, 5'1", a blog junkie, a Christmas fanatic, an advocate for children, supporter of education, a crime show watcher, a hopeful writer . . . I am ME.

To learn more about me, go to my main blog, All Things Cherished.
To learn more about my love of scrapbooking, 365 Days of Memories.
To learn more about getting organized, go to 365 Days of Organization.


Here, at 365 Days of Christmas, the prize is a lovely, hardcover book titled The Heart & Home of Christmas by Karla Dornacher. Artist Karla Dornacher celebrates the Christmas season with her first holiday title. Page after cozy page features her signature artwork with its warm and home-style feel, along with her gentle words of inspiration. I love this book and am so excited to be able to share it with one lucky winner.

If you are interested in this book, please a comment as to why you are interested in receiving this prize and what your favorite part of Christmas is.

At All Things Cherished, the prize is an awesome journal you share with your child. Pillow Talk is a creative way to communicate with your child. Got a secret to share, some admiration to express, or a word of thanks for a job well done? Why not put it in writing? On the pages of Pillow Talk, you'll find 100 relationship building questions for you and your child to answer. In today's world of virtual communication, give your kids the real deal. Something tangible they can see and touch and look at again and again, whenever they want to feel connected with you. The journal is an awesome way to bond with your child(ren) and I am so happy to be able to give one to a lucky winner.

At 365 Days of Memories, the prize is a four-pack of handmade cards (see below). I love scrapbooking and paper-crafting. Recently, I have gotten some very nice compliments on my cards. I am excited to give one lucky winner a pack of four cards for various occasions and holidays.

At 365 Days of Organization, the prize is a high-quality, full-color planner. You have a choice of one planner from primary age through high-school aged children or adults. The dates are from July 2009 through June 2010 so, of course, they are current calendars. There are quotes and other misc. information included. I am happy to be able to share two planners with two lucky winners.

Thanks for stopping by.


HappyHermit said...

Thanks for being so honest !!

Have a wonderful Party Day !!

Susie said...

Happy UBP!!! I am a professional blog hopper:-) Nice to meet you!

Sarah said...

Wow I am so excited to have come across your blog from 5m4m. I would love this book. I am a year round Christmas person. Buying and wrapping gifts, making cards and ornaments all year long, so this book would be perfect for me.

Tamara B. said...

Just passing through from the blog party to say hi!

Anonymous said...

So nice to meet you. Party On! Sorry it's the old hippie in me coming to the surface. hehe.

StacieinAtlanta said...


I am stopping by from The Ultimate Blog Party to check your blog out. What a great week we are in for!

Check out my place for your chance to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System. :)

The Divine Miss Mommy

Cheryl said...

What a sweet book. And the sentiment of Christmas 365 days a year is right on the mark, I agree, we should live that way!
Merry Christmas back to you as well!

Anonymous said...

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.


shopannies said...

Just stopping by throught UBP have fun and come visit me if you find time

nic said...

i love me some christmas, so i had to see what your blog was all about.

reading your intro, you and i have oodles in common. lovely to meet you.

off to check out your other blog!

auntrene said...

Merry Christmas to you also, Wouldn't it be great if the spirit of Christmas could be in each person all year long. At christmas people just are so much nicer... and then the Grouchiness of winter or whatever sets in, I love Christmas.
I think this is the 3rd of your blogs I have visited. I am on blog visit 88.. woooo and there are only a little over 900 more blogs to visit.. Wow!!!
Blog Party is great, thanks for letting us stop by your blog.
Have Fun!!!

Super Fun Mama said...

I am also obsessed with Christmas!

Julia Smith said...

As a fellow Christmas nut, I love bumping into your blog. I'm here from the Ultimate Blog Party. What fun I've been having, visiting all of these new-to-me blogs.

I'll tell you a secret - there are Christmas ornaments that never really get put away in my place. I've got a little snowman by my dad's picture, and it never gets put away, because the snowman looks like him!

Nadine said...

Hope you're having fun at the parties. I just dropped by to say hi. I like the name of your blog. I love Christmas also.

Stop by when you get a chance.

Becky said...

What an awesome blog! Happy UBP!

Holly said...

It's great to meet you! What a wonderful blog. Hope you have a wonderful bloggy party!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Christmas is my favorite time of the year!!!!!!!!!

I am going to have to explore your blog a little more.

Thanks for the giveaway.


coliebear said...

I love Christmas because it brings back wonderful childhood memories that I am trying to create with my children. Like i buy an ornament every year that reflects each child's personality for that year to go on my tree. this year it was a lego ornament for my oldest (loves legos) and a fishing ornament for my youngest who just caught his first fish. When they are grown and gone I will have 18 years of memories in ornaments on my tree for each. My mom did this for us and I still cherish my ornaments from my childhood. I would love the book.

Venti Nonfat Chai Latte said...

The site looks great. I love collecting Christmas ideas... it's never to early to start.

JamericanSpice said...

Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

Storm said...

I love to do Christmas stuff all year round, Sarah. On the 25th of every month, I do Christmas crafts, cards, etc. It makes the Christmas season much more enjoyable.

Its great to see others from all around the world.

Nic and Linda, I hope you come back to visit again.

I totally agree, Rene.

Its nice to know others are just as obsessed about Christmas, Candice and Julia.

I keep two trees out all year round, Julia, so I am always in the "Christmas" mood.

Thanks to so many for the kind words about my blog.

Coliebear, I do the same thing. I also make ornaments every year with my kids.

Sandier Pastures said...

Christmas everyday? I am so up for it! Nice party. You're invited to mine, in Dubai!

Storm said...

Merry Christmas, Grace.

Anonymous said...

A Merry, Merry Christmas to you. I'm just jumping around from the UBP and I'm glad I hopped over to your place. I didn't know there were other people out there with that Christmas Spirit (my car plate is XMAS 025). Enjoy the party.
Carrie Anne

Future Mama said...

That's awesome that you're a foster parent!

By the way I'm stoppin’ by from the UBP ’09 Block party! Nice party goin’ on up in here! Haha, I’m not a mom yet on 5mins4mom but I’m thinking about becoming one soon! I’m having a party at my place too if you get a chance to stop by! I hope I can pick your brain sometime! :)

ahappyhippy mom said...

I'm doing some UBPing and saw your blog so I thought I would stop in and say Hi!

A happy heart at home said...

I would love to win the Karla Dornacher Christmas book! I love the drawings! I really enjoy when the family comes together to put the ornaments on the Christmas tree. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.


blp3 said...

the book sounds like how I feel about Christmas in that warm home-style feeling is my favorite part of the holiday - sharing it with family and seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids that a.m.

Sarah said...

What a great giveaway! I would love to win this book. Your excitement about it makes me anxious to see what is included in it! I love Christmas and I can't wait until Thanksgiving time to go buy our Christmas tree as a family and come home and decorate. That is the special time of year where the kids seem to be more anxious than usual to pitch in, help out, bake, cook and try things that typically they might shrug at. That is one of the reasons it is so special to me, we feel more like a family and carry it for a few months! I love that feeling!

Kate@Blog Buttons said...

I am enjoying all these blogs. Yours is one of the best especially your graphics.

Eliza@Household Tips Blog said...

Happy blog party! I enjoy very much these blogs especially yours!

Monik@Pregnancy Blog said...

your blog is very helpful. I am really having fun looking at all these blogs

HerMedia said...

Happy Blog party-ing !
AKA Her Media
AKA The almost always organized mom

Susan D said...

So glad I found you thru the UBP. I'll be back. Hope you get a chance to stop by and visit me sometime. Blessings, SusanD

PS....Love the music!

Jen said...

What a great blog idea! I love Christmas! Happy UBP!

Nancy said...

Great blog! Great book! Great spirit!

mindy said...

very nice blog as it is well done and thanks for the giveaway

Renee G said...

I'd love to have this book because I love everything Christmas. My favorite part of Christmas is the holiday baking. I love to cook and this gives me a wonderful reason.


techyone said...

I want this book because I love everything about Christmas. The main reason I love it is to watch the awe and joy in the kids' faces. Its such a magical time for them that it makes me feel the same.

cstironkat said...

I love christmas and I go to sales and enter contests to win things for familys who could not afford a Christmas. I'm a volunteer for Santa's Helpers and I find it adds so much to my own christmas joy.

Sarah .aka. Mamalotsoftots said...

What a great blog theme. I'm just blog hopping like most other FABULOUS ladies. ;)
I ♥love that you even have a Christmas play list! :))
Thanks for sharing!

carolasar said...

I would love this book because my family and I are Christmas-a-holics.I think my favorite part is putting up all the decorations-inside and outside. Thanks.

Leah said...

Hi I am stopping by from the Blog Party.

I like how when I came to your blog Oh, Holy Night was playing. It is my favorite Christmas song. I hope you are having a great day, today!

liane66 said...

I would like this book b/c Christmas is my favorite season. My favorite part of Christmas is the cookie baking.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Saved, Not Stupid said...

Yeah Christmas! And I have an allergy to dairy also, along with many other things. I'll be back to check out more soon.

Storm said...

Love your license plate number, Cabadov. Yes, I am a Christmas fanatic. At least, I can admit it, right? Lol.

Susan and Sarah, I'm glad you like the Christmas music.

I hope you do come back. to visit again.

Thanks, everyone, for the kind words about my blog.

I, too, play Elf to one or two families each year.