bestofmydays

In 2011, I wrote the following in a blog post:

“Recently my husband needed a small gift to pass out to small group leaders at our church. Last year (2010) they did plastic footballs with logos on them. I made a few negative comments about the footballs and his response to me was instead of complaining I should come up with something better. Thank you Chris, point taken.

He needed something inexpensive and over 250 of them. The theme he was working with was regarding making the most of the time we’ve been given. I created a little daily calendar/notepad. The idea is simple: write down the best part of your day…each day. At the end of the day when I reflect on what was the best of my day, it is usually not “I answered all the emails in my inbox” or something of that nature. It usually involves still moments cuddling on the couch with a child or something related to relationships in my life.”

When I first shared the idea and a download for the notepads, I didn’t intend on making the again. 2012 arrived and so many of you reading this blog requested that I make them again. The same thing happened in 2013, 2014, 2015 and again this year. I’m not a graphic designer and there are surely other things out there now that are much cuter, but as long as you guys request these, I’ll keep making them!

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Instructions

  1. Download the file by clicking here
  2. Print the 4 sheets onto white card stock
  3. Cut out each month to be about the same width
  4. Punch a hole in the top corner
  5. Combine using a small ring
  6. Wrap cutely if giving as a gift

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After 7 years of these, I am running out of ideas on how to wrap the up! Last year’s were pretty cute…

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For more ideas on wrapping here are the past posts: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

These are super easy to make and slip inside a stocking, tie to a hostess gift or combine with a gift card for teachers. There are numerous ways to incorporate these into gift giving as the new year approaches. Cultivating gratitude in our lives is simple, but profound in its impact!

I would love to hear if you use these. If you are on Instagram tag me @underthesycamore if you post any pictures. Tag me on Facebook too – I love seeing how you use these!!

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It is Friday! I’ve been working on the 2017 Best of My Days notepad. My goal is to have that post with the download on Monday. Thank you to those of you who have been checking in on it – it makes me smile that you are counting on it being available again this year!

Today I want to introduce (and re-introduce) you to several fantastic companies. There is no rhyme, reason or theme to this giveaway post other than they are all unrelated products that I simply like! My hope is in the randomness of this collection of items the winner will receive an item for himself/herself and a few to share with others. Giving is always more fun than receiving!

Without further ado…today the following businesses are offering giveaways to one winner:

ssekodesigns

Sseko Designs

Sseko Designs uses fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty in East Africa. To date, we’ve enabled 72 women to continue on to University!

Giveaway Item: Black Crossbody bag– For the woman who likes to have options, this convertible crossbody bag can be worn in three ways – as a folded crossbody, full-size crossbody, and a clutch. This leather Black Crossbody is handcrafted in Ethiopia from buttery, soft sheepskin leather, has three interior pockets, one exterior pocket and is fully lined.

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

sleepstyler

The Sleep Styler

The Sleep Styler is the world’s most luxurious roller, made with yoga towel fabric and memory foam. It’s the long hair solution – the rollers dry and style your hair while you sleep.

Giveaway Item: 1 set of The Sleep Styler ~ there are 8 rollers in a set.

Discount Code: use freeshipping for free domestic shipping

Website | Instagram | Facebook

danahaylee

danahaylee

a handmade knit shop with the purpose of assisting in the fight against human trafficking. 15% of your purchase is donated to an organization that is working in this fight

Giveaway Item: Chunky Fringe Scarf Infinity Neck Warmer Cowl ~ a lightweight neck warmed with an angled fringe for a little personality. This soft mixture of wool and acrylic keeps you feeling cozy.

Discount code: Use AshleyAnn for 15% Dec. 2-19.

Etsy | Instagram | Facebook

harebow

Harebow

Wool designs for kids and kids at heart. From hair accessories to home goods, each of these original designs is a treasure!

Giveaway Item: Mini Santa Hat ~ Festive and fun for all ages! This Santa clip is an original design, topped with a handmade pom-pom, hand-sewn, and made of high quality wool felt.

Discount code: Use ASHLEY20 for 20% off entire order

Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Slobproof

Slobproof is a woman-owned small business and home furnishing brand offering designing solutions for the way you really live!

Giveaway Item: A three-pack bundle of Slobproof’s Touch-Up Paint Pen. Fill the Paint Pen with your own paint for quick and easy touch-ups to scuffed walls, trim and any painted surface. Great for crafts and decorating and praised by Real Simple magazine, House Beautiful and more.

Discount code: Currently offering free in-home delivery for all furniture orders using promo code FREEDELIVERY

Website | Facebook | Twitter

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So, basically, if you win you can curl your hair, add a festive mini Santa hat, wear a scarf, throw your bag over your shoulder and touch up that spot on the wall with a paint pen 🙂

Details:

Giveaway will end Monday, December 5, 2016 5:00pm US Central

To enter: Leave a comment below!

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  • Mary McDaniel - I’ve been eyeballing sseko designs for months! They seem like such a solid organization–I love that you’ve partnered with them!

  • Emily - I’m loving all of your choices! Merry Christmas!

  • Robin Anderson - Awesome giveaway! Thanks for continuing to inspire us!

  • Sara Renick - Wow-how fun!!

  • Mandy - Fun stuff! I love giveaways!

  • Heather - What a fun giveaway!!

  • alice h - that sleep styler would be perfect for my daughter and her gorgeous hair! thank you for the giveaway.

  • Caroline Jacobson - What a great giveaway. I’d love to win!!

  • kimberly b - I think the person who wins should post a photo of them doing all of this at once.

  • Jo - I needed those Sleep Styler Curlers in High School when I slept every night with the traditional rollers! These days I use hot rollers but am so intrigued! Great list of beautiful things!

  • Hilary Sherrer - Love love love Danahaylee & all she’s doing to share her love & gift for creating! AND how she’s doing it in such a selfless way of giving to organizations who are fighting to end human trafficking! It’s inspiring & I’m proud to call her a friend! Thanks for including her & so many other great organizations in this giveaway!

  • Megan R - How fun of you to coordinate this!

  • Lindsey Muecke - Fun giveaway… it all looks great, especially the scarf and the curlers! 🙂

  • Yen Trinh - Happy holidays Ashley!! Your posts and your wonderful family brings me so much joy. 🙂 I aspire to push myself and continue to be as creative as you when I have kids. Hope everyone has a wonderful warm holiday season.

  • Ann P - Love your giveaways!

  • Meryl Carver-Allmond - Ohhh, these look like fun treats!

  • Rhonda - Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  • Candy Foster - Awesome giveaway. Thanks! Love the bag!

  • Kelly Ehelrs - I spent way too much time on the Sleep Styler website and their instagram. Their product looks fabulous! Then there is the Shibori Sseko crossbody bag which is lovely too. I want all these things in my life-thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Kery - Oh these are so cute. I love those bags.

  • Suzan - I love this random collection of fun things!

  • Kelly - I look forward to your Monday’s post! Merry Christmas.

  • Sarah S - So blessed and encouraged by your blog! Thank you!

  • Susan - Ashley,
    What a fun giveaway! I hope the holidays will be blessed in your home!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!
    Susan

  • Susan - What a fun giveaway! Thanks!

  • Anna - Woohoo for giveaway days!!

  • Brandi - Wow. I’ve been think8ng about chopping all my hair off, but those rollers look pretty awesome. Happy hairdays, I mean holidays!

  • Jessica - It all looks awesome. Love the curlers!

  • Kayley - What a neat selection of products! I’d be interested in giving the Sleep Styler a try. I’ve yet to find any rollers that are comfortable enough to sleep in.

  • abbey - That all sounds lovely- I really wish I curled my hair more often!

  • kelly - such a fun giveaway 🙂

  • Mary - Every single item on this list is great. How do you always put together such wonderful stuff?

  • Lisa K - This is so fun. The curlers look like something my house NEEDS with four long haired daughters 🙂

  • Trista - Thanks for pulling this giveaway together! Such wonderful companies!

  • Katie T - Practical AND fun!

  • Amy M - You always find the coolest stuff!!

  • Sarah Rogers - Love all of these things!

  • Bonnie - I actually really love all of these! But they would also be great for gifts 🙂

  • Ashley Snyder - Ohh, such fun things!

  • Anne Eicher - Oh wow! What fun gifts!

  • Jill - This is an awesome giveaway. I would love to win and share with some friends! Thank you!

  • Colleen Inman - The scarf is my favorite!!

  • Haylee Harker - All of these products are so fun!! I’d love to win!

  • Joan j - I love it! Randomness is a necessity in life! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Michelle - Giveaways are so much fun!

  • Erin Chenoweth - Oh I love everything in this giveaway!!!! And such awesome companies you’re sharing with us, those curlers…I need them, I’ve never heard of them before, so cool!

  • Shannon D - I love knowing about new companies that I can support. Thanks for sharing!

  • Avenlea Bixby - Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Noreen - Thanks for the opportunity to get to know these companies and perhaps win something! Merry Christmas!

  • Michele R - I’ve never seen the hair curlers before…very cool

  • Amanda - Looks like fun!

  • Leighanna - Yay!

  • Laura - What fun things!

  • Megan CC - Pick me! I love giving and receiving gifts!

  • Veronica Adrover - I love your “random” give-aways!! Fun stuff!

  • SarahAnn C - These are the most fun giveaways I’ve seen yet! Thank you for the opportunity to find out about these companies 🙂
    Merry Christmas!!

  • Fawn McWilliams - Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  • Jen - Such cute stuff!

  • Candace Mauck - Love all of these!

  • Lydia Tjia - Love my choices!!

  • Katie Merrill - How fun! Thank you for the offer!

  • Sarah M - What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Libby - Fun stuff! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  • Dani M. - Love your suggestion to keep some and give the others – I’d be keeping those rollers for sure! 🙂

  • Marina Shannon - Great giveAway!

  • Sarah Cremisino - Thank you for hosting a giveaway!! Merry Christmas!

  • Danielle - Thanks for the giveaway! These look fantastic!

  • Erin - What a fun giveaway of great products! Merry Christmas!

  • Hannah - I love that so many of these products are from either small businesses or ones supporting a great cause! Being intentional about how we shop and who we support is such a great way to encourage and love people pursuing passions that may be different than the ones we commit ourselves to.

  • Kelly - Merry Christmas! This is such a fun giveaway! ??

  • Haley - Great giveaway… Love the randomness.
    Thanks for always inspiring

  • Crystal - I would love to win and share!!

  • Jane - Thank you for sharing such a fabulous range of (new to me) shops.
    looking forward to exploring them some more.

  • Diane H - I love the photos of your family doing life. I also like the craft ideas and helps. My daughters like the photo tips. Diane

  • Debbie C - Oohhh those rollers! Yes please! 🙂

  • Min - Wonderful giveaway. Merry Christmas!!

  • Cindy - Love it! fun giveaway! and Love your site! Have been a reader since before Firecracker was born!

  • Julia - I would love to win any of these! Awesome stuff!

  • Erin Young - oh my gosh – what a fun giveaway!
    Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

  • Meredith - Thanks for an awesome giveaway! How fun!!!

  • Courtney S - Love these gift ideas! And I’ve had my eye on that crossbody bag for months. 🙂 Love it so much!!

  • Rebekah VandenAkker - What a fun giveaway! I love that it is a random conglomeration of great items. Randomness keeps everything interesting! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Rachel Koehn - Love the Sseko company and the purpose of it. Would love any of these. Thank you so much! Fabulous choices!

  • Kathie McAuliffe - What a fun silly mix! Love it! Happy Holidays! I love this time of year! So much fun. Seeing what everyone does to celebrate!

  • Phoebe Koehler - Hooray for a giveaway!

  • Elke - How awesome are those touch-up pens! I need to get one, or rather a few haha 😀

  • Emily Bartnikowski - thank you for posting a link to those sandals! I’ve been trying to remember where I saw them because I want a pair for next summer! And also – thanks for the opportunity to win some cute stuff!

  • Caitlin E - I’ve got the long hair that needs those roller things!
    Thanks for doing this Ashley! Your blog always makes me smile.

  • rose - the giveaway items look amazing! (and thanks for keeping up your blog! i love reading about your family and adventures!)

  • Ana - That is so nice. Thank you for a chance like this.

  • Kelsey McDonald - What a great giveaway! 🙂 I love your blog!

  • Jen - What a great giveaway and some great gift ideas!

  • Kacy Clark - Sleep rollers? Yes please!!!

  • Linda R. - Thank you Ashley! What a fun collection for a giveaway.

  • Jenifer Higgins - Those touch up pens are so cool! I need those in my life!

  • JessN - Haha, I like the randomness! 🙂

  • Jodi Braun - What great products! Love your blog Ashley!

  • becca groves - My fam has passed around the flu this week, but in the midst I found your blog via Elsie’s adoption announcement. I think I have read YEARS of your life since then! You leave me inspired and encouraged and grateful for family and all the good things God showers on us. Thank you!

  • Emily - Fun stuff! I think I need those rollers, fun!!!

  • Renae Urquhart - I adore Sseko products…and the sleep styler…wow! Just what I’ve been looking for – thanks!

  • Emma - This looks great! Thank you!

  • Cindy B - Oh my goodness – Santa came early! I love the Slobproof paint pens – not familiar with the company, but I’m heading to their website now!

  • Nikki M - I love the randomness of it all! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  • Sarah Chowning - Those paint pens are quite genius!

  • lynne RILEY - how fun, thanks

  • Jill - This would be amazing and cover everyone on my Christmas list!?

  • Beth - All lovely things, but I’d absolutely love to try the sleep curlers! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jana Brown - Such fun things! Would love to try those curlers!

  • Lauren - What great gift ideas!

  • Amy Manning - Always love a giveaway and this is a good one!

  • bethany blanton - ha. sounds fun

  • Sara Veldman - Sleep stylers!? I NEED THOSE! Amazing!

  • Elizabeth Robbins - I hope I win 🙂

  • Marie Mueller - So many fun giveaways! One gal is going to be very happy! 😀

  • Cathy Van de Casteele - I have never heard of those rollers before! THey look awesome.

  • Julie Anderson - I love reading about your mother-daughter craft workshops! We just adopted twin girls this year, and I’m excited to get to do that kind of thing together with them someday!

  • Kate - Those curlers look interesting!

  • Rae - Love that curler!! 🙂

  • Elizabeth R. - Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! I love Sseko. Such a great mission, and their products are just beautiful!

    I also totally agree with Kimberly B – the person who wins should post a picture of themselves doing all those things at once!

  • Linda - What a fun giveaway! I’ve been coveting those Sseko bags!

  • Lisa a - My long hair needs curled!

  • Aubrey - What fun products!

  • Marcia Stoltzfus - seeko designs gives me all the heart eyes! I admire you and your family so much… I know ya’ll aren’t perfect, but your testimony and passion for orphans blesses me. Blessings to you this Christmas season!

  • ranee - what a fun giveaway! that mini santa hat (and the photo of the cute little girl!) made me smile. 🙂

  • Lisa B - These all look like fun prizes to win!

  • Shanna Dietz - I have been looking forward to the 2017 best of my days! Thank you for doing it!!

  • Sonya Howard - First-time comment-maker, long-time reader. Those Touch-Up Paint Pens look amazing, especially with a house full of small children.

  • Michelle - I am so intrigued with the sleep stylers. It would be so much fun to win this giveaway.
    Have a blessed day.
    Michelle

  • Noelle - Love those paint pens! So practical! And the rollers.

  • Annette - Oh what a nice list of prizes. I really like the crossbody bags.

  • Kelly - Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I hope there isn’t much of a learning curve on the sleep styler–those curls look amazing and way more comfortable than those pink foam rollers I slept on as a kid!

  • Kaylee - Oh my goodness those curlers look amazing. I have a new baby and the one thing I didn’t anticipate was that curling my hair (with a curling iron) would pretty much become a thing of the past because he really can’t stand to be by himself for that long! Haha.

  • Sherri Graber - I think it’s a great give away, even in spite of the randomness. 🙂 Love your blog!!

  • Katie Carnahan - What a fun set of giveaways!

  • Bonnie - Oh goodness, the felt hair bows are adorable!! And the bag?

  • Sarah D - Love the bows and the paint pens are amazing!

  • Dorice - Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Shelby Taylor - i love your heart for adoption, your willingness to be transparent, and your unmatched creativity. thank you for writing.

  • Rie - I love all of these products! Such a fun and generous giveaway!
    Many blessings to you and yours, Ashley.

  • Iris Eger - How fun!! That last sentence made me smile because I envisioned a woman doing exactly that. 🙂

  • Steffany - I love the cross body bags from Sseko. Actually, all of their stuff is gorgeous and its wonderful to know your purchase helps others. Thanks for your giveaways, thank you for your inspiring words, thank you for sharing your world! <3

  • Mathildel - Why not trying ?!
    I love the little girl’s face with her santa hat on…!

  • Amy Hackert - I love your blog! It’s fun to see your projects and follow along with your kids.

  • Jessica - Thanks for sharing!

  • Dawn Ritchie - What a fun mix of items! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  • LeAnne Martin - I really enjoy your newsletter, photos, and SnapShop. It’s obvious that you love what you do, and it’s great that you are partnering with others who also love what they do. Thanks for offering the giveaways, and Merry Christmas!

  • Emily - Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

  • Christine - You deliver “happy” to my inbox with your blog! May your Christmas be filled with Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love! Thanks for this giveaway! 🙂

  • Lynn Osborne - Oh my, what fun gifts! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Cami - How fun! I’d love to try these

  • Jessica - Oh, what a fun collection!

  • Lindsey C - Fun giveaway!

  • Elizabeth - ooooh, I’ve had my eye on these rollers for my kids and didn’t even know they made them for adults!

  • Kelley - Ashley- I am so thankful for you and your family and your blog! Your blog always encourages me, inspires me, and honors the Lord! Thank you!

  • Lindsey Probst - Those paint pens are genius! My son’s fancy wooden toys have our walls all scuffed up.

  • Kristen - This giveaway isn’t entirely what I expected but yet I am fascinated about each and every item. Great roundup! Thanks for the chance…

  • Shawna - Pick me! What a great conglomeration of greatness!!!

  • Jenn - well all of that is just awesome. the sleep styler would be a dream. I have never seen that. thanks for sharing. hope I win 🙂

  • K Rusch - I love your blog!

  • LuRae Shreves - Thanks for your nspiring us with these giveaways today … and with your heartfelt sentiments everyday!

  • Carrie - Me!! 🙂

  • caroline nolazco - that cross body bag has me all heart eyes!

  • Heather - So many fun products!

  • Anna Kolacz - Thanks Ashley!

  • Callie - So many great shops! Posts like these are helping me knock out everyone on my list. Thank you!

  • Katie - I’d love to win!

  • Kimberly - Thanks for this! Merry Christmas 🙂

  • karen - Fun variety of stuff

  • Kerry - How fun! Yes please!

  • sam - Thanks for the giveaways. I may get those sleep stylers for one of my girls.

  • Judy - Thanks for the giveaway! Those Sseko designs bags and shoes look amazing!

  • Claudia P - yay for giveaways!

  • Lindsay - What a fun roundup! I’m such a fan of Sseko- i hosted a sseko party last night!

  • Liz Rose - Such great stuff and a great way to support these companies. Hope whomever wins enjoys!!!

  • miryam - thanks for all the great giveaways!

  • Kiera Chambers - Love this give away! That bag-LOVE it. and those curlers, would love to try them in my teen girl’s hair.

  • Rachel - I love the ethical nature of many of these brands! Thanks for sharing.

  • Shelby - What a fun giveaway!

  • Rebecca D - lots of cute stuff!

  • Lindsay - These all look like amazing companies and products. Thanks!

  • Kristen Kerwin - What a fabulous giveaway! I know 3 teens with long hair here who would LOVE to wake up with those curls! 🙂

  • Crystal - You have such fun products to share!

  • Sally - I’d love to be considered for this giveaway. I am new to this site and have enjoyed it.

  • Kaydee - What a great random giveaway! I love your blog.

  • Kara Knaack - What a wonderful and supportive gift guide and giveaway!

  • Caroline C - I love the randomness of this giveaway! All wonderful items!

  • Letha Carlton - What unique items!There is something for everyone in my family, neices galore. 🙂

  • Robin C - Merry Christmas to one lucky winner! Love this giveaway.

  • Kassondra - my girls would go crazy with those hair rollers, towels, curler things lol I WANT THAT PAINT PEN SO BADLY!!!!

  • Karen - Delightful!

  • Leah - So many fun items!

  • Becky J - What a great giveaway…THANKS!!! I always love to see your photos and family stories…I am having a cookie exchange for my church patterned off of yours from a past post! 🙂 thanks!!

  • Corey Olomon - My daughter would love all of these!

  • jenny stratton - I would love to win this for my daughter in law.

  • Laura - Amazing giveaway! Beautiful items. Love your blog.

  • katherine - Awesome products… would love to win 🙂

  • Sue - What a fun giveaway!

  • Dominique Cloutier - Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for the giveaway! the crossbody bag in black looks SO awesome!

  • allyson tice - that neck warmer is amazing! love everything! sleep styler curlers.. my dream is to awaken with curls!

  • April - I can totally curl my hair, add a Santa hat and fix the many holes in my wall before jetting out the door for a night on the town with my cross shoulder bag everyone will be jealous I won!!!

  • Tina - Thank you so much for the chance to win these great things. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • Kelly K - Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Diana D - Woo hoo and Merry Christmas to the Campbell family!

  • Jamie Williams - This is such an amazing product. I have never seen anything like it. I could also use them with all the crafts my daughter and I do. Awesome!

  • Heather - I always enjoy your blog. Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  • Kellie Randle - Love the sleep styler. Actually love it all! Thanks for doing giveaways!

  • Kinsey O. - I’m fascinated by the Sleep Styler. What neat stuff!

  • Ashley Abaloz - So many cool gift ideas!

  • deanna - My hair wants to be curled with those. This giveaway is fabulous.

  • Meg - What a fun giveaway- I’m totally intrigued by those rollers!

  • Audra - That pen is awesome!

  • Rachel - Great give away. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Erin - Love this! Thank you for your wonderful blog.

  • Rebekah - What a great combo of things! Giveaway days are always so fun. Thank you!

  • Marilyn Nawara - Terrific group of items… hard to decide what I like the most. Think it would have to be the Sleep Styler — this is like the rag curlers we used many years ago. Also love the Touch-up Paint pen, I could put this to good use.

  • Annie - Fabulous! What a great variety! Your website is amazing – first time here and plan to share with my girlfriends.

    Good luck to all! Happy Holidays!

  • Megan Scrivner - So much fun!!

  • Kristin S - I am so intrigued by those hair rollers! And all the other goodies too.

  • Kelly Clarke - Read this blog daily! Happy Holidays Campbells!

  • Deanna - Would live this!

  • Corey Olomon - My daughter would love this so much!

  • Jenny H - thanks for the cool ideas and fun giveaway

  • Bobbie Smith - Love all the items, but I have to say the scarf is my fave! I’m a scarf fanatic! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Crystal S - Love this so much! Thanks for the chance!

  • Kaitlyn Ortega - So exciting. What a generous giveaway!

  • Mary Osborne - Love the randomness!!! Please count me in!!

  • Kelley Roach - Love your giveaways!

  • Melody J - Wow! Thanks for such a great giveaway.

  • Rachel S. - I love gift giving!! These are great!

  • LeAnn Harbert - I would love to give this to my daughter, she would enjoy all of these.

  • Marija - Thanks for the chance to win. That neck warmer looks heavenly.

  • Meaghan A - love love love these! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  • Kemberly Crosswhite - Me me me me!!! It was my birthday yesterday;)

  • Laura McGough - These all sound amazing! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  • Sarah - Love this fun giveaway!

  • stephanie scales campbell - What a fun giveaway thanks for the opportunity!

  • Melissa Talbot - So man fun things! I need those hair rollers now!

  • Kathy T. - Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Jody - Fun!!!!

  • golden storm - loving this list of things especially the scarf,its beautiful 🙂

  • Julie - I would love these!!

  • Michelle Levine - What a great giveaway. Would love to try the rollers!

  • Melissa Elliott - Very intrigued by the sleep styler!

  • Amber Burton - Fun!

  • Annamarie V - I love crossbody bags, it’s the only kind I use.

  • Kate - What a great giveaway!

WARNING: PROUND BIG SISTER POST AHEAD!

I love these pictures of me and my sister. You can totally tell I’m the big sister – and I really like that. They make me smile. She makes me smile.

Lesley is smart, creative, funny, messy (she’ll love me for that one) and a feeler. For all the ways we are similar, we are opposite. She is by far the cooler of the 2 Corbett girls. If you want a Corbett sister to come to your party – invite Lesley. Her giggle will fill the room. If you invite me, I’ll find one person in a corner to have a deep conversation with and then I’ll leave early. Always invite Lesley. Trust me.

 

The face app switch…so creepy and so funny.

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My sister might blame me for things, but I like to tell her really she should give me credit. I’ve spent a lifetime having good ideas regarding what she should do. When it is really great idea, which let’s be honest they all are, I don’t give up. Little sisters need big sisters to tell them what to do. It is the natural course of life.

I told you guys a few weeks ago about how my sister introduced me to SkillShare. I was halfway in the first video and already thinking, “Lesley NEEDS to teach!” I’m pretty sure I told her that immediately and began the process of getting her on board with my great idea. She might say it was her idea or someone else’s, but it was mine. And I am always right – at least when it comes to what she should or should not do. Am I right, Les? Yes. Yes, I am.

I am so excited to share with you her very first SkillShare class! You guys – she is so cute. You’ll watch the first video and be jealous I get to call her my sister.

skillshareI’m so proud of her. This is her first time to teach and she did such a great job. My mom, kids and I took the class yesterday. We went through it super fast just to see it all before today. The kids are already excited to go back and do it again – slower.

The class is called “Drawing Creative Letters: An Introduction to Lettering for Beginners”

My tips for the class:

  • It is designed for adults, but works for kids too.
  • If your kids are 10+, they are probably good doing it on their own. You might want to be available if they need help brainstorming.
  • If your kids are under 10, I would stick by and walk them through each step.
  • The videos are short, so you replay them easily to make sure you aren’t missing any steps.

I have so many giveaway lined up in December on my blog and Instagram! I don’t do many all year, so it is fun to do a bunch this month.

I’m starting with a giveaway from Skillshare in honor of Lesley launching her first class!

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2 winners chosen at random

Prize: 1 year Skillshare membership

To enter: enroll in Lesley’s class and submit a project photo by 12/19/16 (details on how to do this are in her course)

Lesley & I will pick our two favorite projects and both will win

Special Notes:

You can follow my links to get 3 months of Skillshare membership for $0.99. Your project is due by 12/19, so if you don’t love your Skillshare membership you have plenty of time to cancel before your 3 months are up, but I’m guessing you won’t want to cancel!

You can read my first post about Skillshare and the classes my kids like the most, so far.

Big sister request:

If you take her course, please leave her a review. I need her to know I was right – again. Also – I might have forced her into a deal if she gets a certain number of students, she has to start going to Crossfit with me. She is super thrilled I tricked her into that deal. She’ll thank me later.

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  • Nicole - Can you tell me if skillshare is available in Australia? It sounds great.

  • Beth - Oh man! As a “second sister”, I am torn! I was totally all in with supporting Lesley until you mentioned this Maniacal Plan of Manipulation! ? Now I don’t know what to do!

  • AshleyAnn - Beth! That made me laugh – I’ve always had a way of creatively convincing her to do stuff. You and Lesley might call it manipulation, but it is creative convincing! 🙂

  • Mary - I have been eyeballing skillshare for a while and bit the bullet yesterday! I added your sisters class. There are so many lettering classes and a bit overwhelming. This is a skill I wanted to learn so I am super excited to be able to take a class that I know will be great.

  • sarah morgan - I dove down the rabbit hole of skillshare this morning thanks to you! I’m slightly obsessed and will be signing up using your link SOON! wanting to learn basic drawling and watercolor first up and will be adding this class to my list!! Congrats Lesley!

  • Charity G. - What a super fun idea. I can’t wait to check it out! I’m all about creative convincing, both with my boys and my best friend. It’s made for lots of fun adventures.

  • Krystle - This was my favorite, “Little sisters need big sisters to tell them what to do.” Duh!! 🙂 God knew what he was doing when he made big sisters! 🙂

  • Kim Bernhardt - How exciting! I cant wait to take the class. I agree big sisters always know whats best for their little sisters.

  • michelle - I have been waiting nearly two years for your sister to do a class on her letter writing. So exciting! I signed up yesterday. I am gearing up to go home on time today and get my letter writing on!

  • Angela - I love this! I’ve met your sister. She’s great! But, no offense to her, I would choose to hang out in the corner with you (because I like deep conversation with you, not because I like corners as much as you! =) )

  • Phoebe K - I loved her class! I’ve been doodling letters all day since I watched it. I’m such a fan of typography and she made it seem easy. Thanks for the recommendation!