New Year, New You: Kick Off 2014 Giveaway!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

How has the first week of 2014 treated you so far? Are you still in post-holiday recovery mode? 

I’ve had a great break, and am revving to go this year. I have many things planned for the blog and Little Love Media this year, and I’m excited. So what better way to kick things off than with a big giveaway? I was asked by one of my favorite people, Katie of Sluiter Nation to co-host this and I couldn’t say no. There’s nothing more I like than giving awesome things to my friends.

We have a great stash of books, jewelry, accessories and gift certificates to give to 12 people (one prize per person) from January 6 to 9, and it’s a simple giveaway – simply leave a comment, and for additional entries, do the social media likes/ follows. 

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for the amazing prizes! In no particular order: Imagine Toys, Simply Om, Sew Curly Creations, R & L Design, California Footwear, Alma Boheme, Nicci @ Saving The Universe, Kate Hopper, Jennie Goutet of A Lady in France, Jenny Feldon of Karma, Continued, Crystal Ponti of Mommifried, and Alexa Bigwarfe of No Holding Back – THANK YOU for your generosity.

 

New Year, New Your Giveaway

Two book package from author, Kate Hopper
Ready for Air

“After severe preeclampsia derails Kate Hopper’s birth plan, the author confronts her fears of preemie parenthood with brazen honesty and an occasional fitting expletive. Her memoir, a testament to the delights and uncertainties of motherhood, reads like a novel, though you won’t forget for a second that her story is true.” —Pregnancy & Newborn

Ready for Air is a harrowing, poignant, and occasionally hysterical journey through premature motherhood. Ready for Air is a testament to the strength of motherhood—and the sharing of stories—to transform lives.

Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers
“Part instructor, part motivator, part best friend, Kate guides mother-writers from idea through finished product, offering encouragement and hard-earned wisdom along the way. She intersperses poems, essays, and short memoirs…with passages about the craft of writing, and ends each chapter with helpful, short exercises for readers to try at home. Any mother who picks up Use Your Words and follows the carefully-planned instructions will be able to call herself a mother-writer by the final page.” —Hope Edelman, international bestselling author of Motherless Daughters

Both of these books will lead you to your notebook or computer and inspire you to write your own truths. Learn more about Kate’s writing and teaching at www.katehopper.com.

Sunshine After The Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother anthology from Alexa Bigwarfe
Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother is written for grieving mothers, by grieving mothers (and a few fathers) who have managed to find their way through the muck after losing a baby. If you have found yourself feeling lonely or isolated after the death of a baby or child, this is a book for you. If you have found yourself trying to help someone you love after they have lost a baby and do not know how to do that, this is a book for you. This book is meant to bring hope and encouragement to those who have suffered through the death of a child, the loss of a pregnancy, and for all of those who support them in surviving afterwards.

Plata Playa Handknit Cowl from Alma Boheme
This lusciously soft handknit cowl by Alma Boheme is made from handpainted merino wool from South Africa. It is a vibrant piece that is perfectly chunky to make you feel cozy and warm. Wear it draped around your neck once or twice depending on your mood. Plata Playa is Spanish for silvery beach, a tribute to its hues of grey blues and raw sienna. The cowl measures 49 inches round and 8 inches wide. It happens to be the first anniversary of Alma’s Etsy shop, which was born out of her love for designing and creating. All her items are easy to wear, and made from carefully selected fibres. In her words, “This giveaway is a gift of love of one of my favorite items, for all the love I have received.”

A Lady In France, a memoir by Jennie Goutet
In this beautiful memoir, Jennie Goutet details the evolution of one woman’s faith and love in a singular story that is – at once – both intensely personal and universal in its themes. I soared and plunged along with her from beginning to end. ~ Julie Gardner. A Lady In France is available on Amazon.

The Mother of All Meltdowns anthology from Crystal Ponti
Every mother, at some point, inevitably becomes her own worst enemy. In a millisecond, her halo crumbles and she has a moment so crazed it is forever known as the one—The Mother of All Meltdowns. This eye-opening anthology was written by women who have had their moments. Together they have experienced the anguish and frustration of the adult-sized tantrum. They have shed the tears, dropped to their knees in agony, and asked the age-old question, “Why me?” From poop-decorated rooms to having their liquid gold scrutinized and confiscated by TSA, they’re not afraid to share their collection of thirty tell-all stories. They are survivalists and know that within every meltdown there is a silver lining.

Karma Gone Bad, a memoir by Jenny Feldon
When Jenny’s husband gets transferred to India for work, she looks forward to a new life filled with glamorous expat friends and exciting adventures. Ten thousand miles away from home, Jenny struggles to fight off depression and anger as her sense of self and her marriage begin to unravel. But after months of bitterness and takeout pizza, Jenny realizes what the universe has been trying to tell her all along: India doesn’t need to change. She does. Equal parts frustration, absurdity, and revelation, this is the true story of a Starbucks-loving city girl finding beauty in the chaos and making her way in the land of karma. Karma Gone Bad is available on Amazon.

Vanilla Scooter from Imagine Toys
“Retro-styling makes this classic balance bike even more hip. Popular in Europe, balance bikes help develop skills needed to ride a pedal bikelater. Kids sit and make it go by pushing with their feet and gliding. Once they gain balance and momentum, they can lift their tiny toes and just cruise.” The scooter includes: Inflatable tires, adjustable-height seat, pretend lights and tachometer. Imagine Toys is a specialty toy store that carries unique toys that “encourage children to use their imaginations.”

Alive Leather Slip Knot Bracelet from Simply Om
This gorgeous slip knot bracelet made by female artisans in remote areas of Guatemala will make you feel more alive…or at least your outfit! Simply Om offers beautiful hand-crafted jewelry in a fair trade marketplace. Each piece of jewelry comes with a story – a story that needs to be told, and can be told over and over each time you wear your piece.

$25 Gift Certificate to Sew Curly Creations
Kristina Grum created Sew Curly Creations after realizing her family used far too many disposable plastic baggies. She started sewing up reusable fabric pouches for snacks, and then larger ones for sandwiches. From there her shop was born and grew to include everything from aprons for kiddos to burp clothes and personalized birthday shirts. She uses all organic, AZO-free dyed fabric for the snack bags.

Set of Coasters from Nicci @ Saving the Universe
Nicci started her etsy shop, Changing the Universe, in an effort to share her love of creating with the universe. While she still loves to create, she is closing up shop and blog this new year to concentrate more on her children. Her unique fabric coasters are a fun way to add a splash of color to your livingroom, and have a useful design that can attach to the bottom of your wine glass!

$70 Gift Certificate to California Footwear
California Footwear is a company based in…California, of course! Their mission is to “combine all of the best that California represents into high-quality footwear for people who care about their foot health.” Their sandals and clogs are not only super cute, but they are ergonomically created to treat your feet to comfort and functionality.

Faith Necklace from R&L Design
This necklace by R&L Design is made of antique bronze with a matching “faith” pendant. The pendant measures 25×5.5mm and the  18” chain has a lobster clasp. Rebekah hand-makes each piece in her etsy shop with skill and love. This piece is simple, yet elegant and adds a bit of personality to any outfit.

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Alison
I am a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother to four - two boys, born December 2009, May 2012 and boy/ girl twins born September 2014. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world's biggest sports brands, I traded in launch parties, product launches, and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Aside from this blog, I am a contributing writer at Everyday Family. My writing has also been featured on Mamalode, Families In the Loop, andThe Huffington Post.
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  • January 6, 2014 sarah reinhart

    would love to win! so much goodness here.

  • January 6, 2014 Janice Trinh

    Wow. What a great giveaway! Pretty good way to start the year!

  • January 6, 2014 Lady Jennie

    Can I have a shot at winning too? I love that faith necklace so much! :-)
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  • January 6, 2014 Tricia

    So many amazing gifts here!! Wonderful way to start the year :)
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  • Oh pretty stuff and good books!!! I like pretty stuff and good books!!
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  • January 6, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Your new website is awesome Alison!! I am loving it :) :) I’m still “loopy” from my “break” given that I’ve been “working from home” for the past 1.5 weeks. I’m finally back in the office and I’m still feeling as though I should be stripped from my high school diploma. Happy 2014!! -Iva
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  • January 6, 2014 Natalie

    What an awesome giveaway Alison! I’m going to try to make more time for myself…to workout and take care of me. Here’s to 2014!
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  • January 6, 2014 olivetorun

    I am going to focus more on being fearless (my word for the year) and living my life.
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  • January 6, 2014 Andrea

    My mother taught me never to pass up a chance to win free jewelry.
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  • January 6, 2014 Kerstin

    Yay – a give-away open to Canadians! Awesome. Great start to the new year.
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  • January 6, 2014 Marie

    What a great giveaway! I love that scarf!

  • January 6, 2014 erin margolin

    What a fabulous giveaway with so many things from the most INCREDIBLE people/bloggers/friends! YAY!
    Good luck to everyone entering!

  • January 6, 2014 Nicole

    Wow, what a way to kick of the new year! Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway, Alison!
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  • January 6, 2014 Rabia

    I promise to go to bed on time this year, so I can stop feeling so tired in the mornings!!
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  • January 6, 2014 Nicole

    One way I will treat myself better in 2014 is to schedule more massages. I’m definitely going to need one after a LONG snow day with the girls today!
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  • January 6, 2014 greta

    I want to go on more dates with my husband this year, and get out of the house on my own more.

  • January 6, 2014 Galit Breen

    Happy New Year, sweet friend, love all of the love you and Katie are spreading! A perfect start to the new year, yes? xo
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  • January 6, 2014 Paid Callahan

    I am trying to stress less and treat myself to yoga twice a week, I usually find excuses like needed to do errands, clean up, etc

  • January 6, 2014 Frugalistablog

    I will be good in 2014 by trying not to be so hard on myself.
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  • January 7, 2014 Ellen

    I am going to get more involved with church.

  • January 7, 2014 Jenni Chiu

    A scooter, jewelry, and books from some of my favorite people – I’m in!
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  • January 7, 2014 Tamara

    Holy awesome prize lineup! You have outdone yourselves!
    To answer the question of how I will treat myself better in 2014 – more free time. More planking. Lots more planking. And some vegetables.
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  • January 7, 2014 Jennifer

    Such an awesome giveaway. I love all of the prizes! What a great way to kick off the new year.
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  • January 7, 2014 Chris Carter

    All of these look like AMAZING gifts to give!!! I am going to get MORE SLEEP this year…. not off to a good start, but always a work in progress! :)
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  • January 7, 2014 My Inner Chick

    I MUST MUSsssst NEED to WIN!

    Great giveaway. Superb mentions! Xxxxxx
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  • January 7, 2014 Keely

    I will nap more in 2014. (Hahahahahahaha.)Or maybe I’ll just try to read more. (Sigh.)
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  • January 7, 2014 KalleyC

    These are all great gifts and looks amazing! What a wonderful way to start of the year!
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  • January 7, 2014 Crystal

    What a great giveaway, Alison & Katie! Thanks so much for including The Mother of All Meltdowns. I hope the winner enjoys the book and other prizes, too! :)
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  • January 7, 2014 melissa

    Hmm one way I will treat myself better? I have learned that I am horrible at handling stress. What I tend to do is pile on project after project instead of facing what is stressing me out. But then I become stressed by the projects! So my feel better move will be how to properly deal with stress.
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  • January 7, 2014 Sabrina

    Take a little time out of each day for myself… and not stress the little things.

  • January 7, 2014 Ashley N

    In 2014, I am going to eat better. I spend all day chasing my toddler, the dog, and keeping up with the house and I need to stop, sit down, and eat instead of snacking when I get a free minute. That’s my goal!

  • January 7, 2014 steph

    Putting myself first so that I can be a better friend, relative, coworker and — above all else — mom.

  • January 7, 2014 Allie

    So many amazing things! I love that Cowl Neck and the jewelry and of course all the books I can’t get enough of!! This is so great. Fingers crossed!
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  • January 7, 2014 Angela

    What a fun giveaway and a great way to start the new year!
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  • January 7, 2014 Carolyn Y

    Nice giveaway. I think I might do a little less tech time this year. Felt like I was too much in front of a screen last year, you know?
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  • January 7, 2014 Sarah

    Wow – what an amazing giveaway! I will treat myself better in 2014 by making time to do yoga when I’m feeling stressed. So… daily? =)
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  • January 7, 2014 Stasha

    How fantastic!!! Not to play favorites but I always dreamt of having one of those scarves. I might just treat myself to it!! Happy 2014!!!
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  • January 7, 2014 Kerry

    So many great prizes. Love the “faith necklace” and a warm cowl would be fabulous for winter. :)
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  • January 7, 2014 Maria

    I am going to take better care of my skin and hair this year.

  • January 7, 2014 Jessica

    What a great giveaway, love the scarf!

  • January 7, 2014 Christine

    Holy giveaway! What a generous way to start the new year. Treating myself better this year? Making sure that I continue to keep myself inspired – reading, yoga, art, photography – whatever it takes.
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  • January 7, 2014 Christine Pegg

    I’m taking control of my health. I’ve lost 50 lbs so far and I intend to reach my long term weight loss goal this year! :)
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  • January 7, 2014 Tara

    Sounds like a great way to start the new year! Good luck on the new position too!!
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  • January 7, 2014 Elizabeth Langston

    Regular massages will be my 2014 treat.

  • January 7, 2014 Kristen

    What a fantastic giveaway everyone has put together here! And a wonderful way to start the new year. Thanks!
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  • January 7, 2014 mary gardner

    I am going to eat healthier this year!

  • January 7, 2014 Kim

    What an awesome giveaway! Such a fun way to kick off a new year!
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  • January 7, 2014 Jeanne

    The first week of 2014 has been cold!! What a great giveaway! Those books would come in handy while curled up under a nice warm blanket.
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  • January 7, 2014 Robin

    Eating better. On track already!

  • January 7, 2014 Ann

    I plan to keep up with my best friends much better; between work and family emergencies, its been difficult. But this year doesn’t look to be any easier & I DEFINITELY need their love and support!
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  • January 7, 2014 Katie E

    For once, I’m going to focus more on my own needs – tough as a mom though :)
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  • January 7, 2014 Michelle

    Such a wonderful giveaway…I will be sure to share it! One way I will treat myself better in 2014? I am looking for more balance. :)

  • January 7, 2014 Delaney Sanders

    Thanks for the giveaway! I plan on getting very serious with my blog and walking my dogs more! ;)
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  • January 7, 2014 Kristin Shaw

    In 2014, I am going to give myself more grace for imperfection. Because that’s the way it’s going to be. xo
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  • January 7, 2014 zahra premji

    I will eat healthier while still allowing treats

  • January 7, 2014 Ilene

    Awesome, awesome way to start the year. I wouldn’t mind winning any of these!

  • January 7, 2014 Andrea Kem

    I’ll treat myself better in 2014 by making sure I make time to work out.

  • January 7, 2014 Gracielle

    What a great way to kick off the new year! I hope I win :) #crossingfingers
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  • January 7, 2014 Adrienne

    Holy giveaway! This looks awesome!
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  • January 8, 2014 Sarah Coenen

    What a great site and a FABULOUS giveaway! I am trying to be better about spending quality (no distraction) time with my hubby and kids. It’s good for me in that I can go to bed at night feeling good about my day rather than guilty. My Air Force hubby leaves for training next week so I am striving to make every second count. All the best for your 2014! Your site looks great.

  • January 8, 2014 Elaine A.

    Wowza! Such great things up for grabs! Hope I win! :)

  • January 8, 2014 Poppy

    This is the year I commit to reading more books so I love the list whether I win or not!

  • January 8, 2014 C. Lee Reed

    Thank you so much for including our book The Mother of all Meltdowns. So nice of you. Great giveaway! I plan to Let Go and Let God in the 2014 year. Happy new Year!
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  • January 8, 2014 Kate Hopper

    I’m so happy to be part of this fabulous giveaway! Thanks for thinking of me, Alison and Katie! And I’d love that scarf. I’d wear it all day!
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  • January 9, 2014 Nina

    Oooh, awesome prize package! I’m particularly interested in the books. Happy new year, Alison! I love your tagline by the way.
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  • January 9, 2014 Stephanie

    Great giveaway and prizes! Love your new blog format, too!
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  • January 10, 2014 Ashlee

    Is it weird that I’m most excited about the coasters in this giveaway? I’ve been ooo-ing and ahh-ing over coasters for weeks trying to find the perfect ones.
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  • January 10, 2014 Maureen

    What an awesome kick start of 2014! Would love to win too :D
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