Serendipity makes for a great giveaway!!!

ser·en·dip·i·ty~ good fortune; luck

Somehow, serendipitously, I ended up with two copies of The Creative Family.

This is a lovely LOVELY book written by Amanda Blake Soule of

When I realized I had two copies I wrote to Amanda and asked her to kindly sign both copies, one for me and one as a giveaway.  She happily abliged. And sent them back very quickly.  Thanks again Amanda!!!

I had enjoyed Amanda’s blog for a while and highly recommend you go take a peak!  You will be hooked!  She is creative beyond words, nurturing…her writing is beautiful and ohh myyy the photos!  An adorable family!!!

In this lovely, creative, encouraging  book, Amanda charges us to connect, embrace, nurture our families and in a nutshell, make valuable use of our time and offers tools and ideas to accomplish these things.  Childhood is a precious and short time – we need to make the VERY most of it. My baby is 12 but I have a little grandson, so the book is giving me tons of new ideas for my time spent with him.  I especially love the chapters ~ Sharing the Tradition of Handmade and  Exploring Through Nature.

I guess you are asking yourself how to add your name giveaway.   Easy, VERY easy.  Just leave me a comment on this post and consider yourself added!  I will be leaving Tuesday for a little birthday trip with my husband but I will have my laptop and will be approving comments and then on my birthday August 14th, I will randomly pick a number using I will post the winner’s name and when I return home, I will promptly get your book out to you so you can begin enjoying your copy! Thank you for participating and tell your friends or steal this graphic, link back to me and announce the giveaway on your own blog!

Have a wonderful weekend! I am working on recipes for you and will post them soon!

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Please count me in, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Hi, Susan! Oh, how wonderful and fun…you are very generous with your giveaway gift! :o) I’ve not read this book yet, so would love to be added to the list! Have a lovely birthday–celebrate delightfully! Happy weekend ((HUGS))

betty lou

Happy Birthday!! Thanks for the chance to win. My son and daughter-in-law just had their first child, and I would give the book to them, if won. Well… maybe… after I peruse it first!!

Happy Birthday on the 14th and thank you so much for having this great giveaway to celebrate! Please count me in. xxoo

Hi! Happy Birthday as well! Count me in and enjoy your little trip!


Happy Birthday! That does look like a lovely book! Please include my name in your drawing! Thank you!

Please add me…that book looks like fun.
Have a wonderful birthday trip!!

How fun! Happy Birthday! I’m an August baby too.


Ooooohhh, please enter me! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!


I love the Soulemama blog, too. Wish there would’ve been such a thing as the Internet when my kids were little! Have a great birthday.

Happy birthday and enjoy your getaway! I’d love to be entered.


Happy Birthday! your book sounds great.


Hi lady! ( In the words of little Sam to Chelsea),
I want to read your copy… don’t put me in the drawing, just stopping by to say hello. I have your gift, need to get it to you. Hope you are feeling better!

Happy Birthday Susan! Your birthday is the day after mine! I am doing a giveaway on my blog for it as well. I have checked out Soule mama and love it! Put me in for the draw!

Ah, it’s your birthday soon! Have a Happy Birthday girl!
I hope that you make a nice birthdaytrip, such a nice present isn’t it; a trip.
I’ve red about the book too, seems to be so great, specialy for us, creative I like to join too..

Have a nice day!

Happy Birthday–on the 14th! That is the anniversary of my first date with my husband, so it’s been special to me for 13 years now.

I’m so glad to have found your blog!


Hope you have a great getaway!

What a wonderful book … I could use some new ideas! 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful and romantic birthday trip! Enjoy!

Auntie M.

Wouldn’t my niece love this book! She’s about to have her first baby.
Happy birthday! I’m so jealous of your summer birthday. Mine is in the dead of winter.


I LOVE her blog and have lusted over this book for sometime now… hope you had a wonderful vacation and happy birthday! Your blog is great and I’ll definitely be back!!

What a great book! I love to visit the soulemama website, but have yet to purchase the book. What a wonderful giveaway you are having! Happy Birthday and enjoy the trip.

I’ve been wanting to read this book! Happy birthday- it’s my favorite uncle’s bday, too.

Do add me! I love your blog and Amanda’s too…


Happiest Birthday! Thanks for having this giveaway. Fingers crossed LindaSonia

Happy early birthday, and I found your site from Warm pi, Happy home. you have a wonderful site and I will be adding you to my list of favoriates at my blog. My blog is over at hope i win in the giveaway, if not I hope that one lucky person enjoys it.


Please add me too. Thank you and Happy Birthday

How lovely of you to give away your extra in this way!


Happy birthday to you and what a gift it would be for me!


Thanks for the great opportunity!


I read yours and Amanda’s blogs regularly. please include me in your drawing. I hope that you birthday turns out to be a wonderful day!

Happy B-day!!! I just celebrated #35 on the second of this month! Nothing fancy just made bread and butter pickles. Oh and that wonderful Italian Cream Cake you posted about back a wee bit ago. Have a great day!

Sounds like a very cool book! Consider me entered, and happy birthday!


Happppppppppy Birthday! I hope you have a great one. This sounds like an awesome book. I like you have a baby that is 14. Sheis our youngest of four,but before you know it we could have grandchildren within the next few years considering our oldest will be 22 this year. I am always looking for ways to make things memorable and entertaining(it’s in the blood) I think this book would be great to win!

Theresa N

Happy birthday! Please sign me up for the giveaway.

Happy Birthday & how nice of you to offer a giveaway!

happy birthday i hope you have a lovely day. take care much well wishing sunshine

Have a delightful Birthday Trip!!!
“See you” when you get back!


I was just introduced to this blog, and it’s great! Keep it up!


Oh I SO wanted this book! I have it on my Amazon wish list so hope I am the winner!!

Thanks for the chance to win and have a great trip!



I would love to win Amanda’s book. Thank you for adding me in.


Yay, I would like to win a book! Please enter me!

Debbi M

Have a happy birthday and a safe trip. Please add me to the giveaway.


Love your site!

Hello….I got here just in time…I found your blog while surfing crafty blogs…I’m so glad I found your site.

I would love it if you would add my name to your giveaway & Happy Birthday (tomorrow)!!!

Take care,
Doreen Frost


Happy, happy birthday!

I have been coveting this book! I hope the number generator picks me!

Thanks for the giveaway…


Oooh, I have had this book on my wishlist for some time! My oldest just turned 18 yesterday and I regret all the “creative” moments I have missed with him — I saw the book and thought that maybe there’s still a chance to do it better with the 12- and 6-yr olds!

Happy Birthday and love your blog!


I wish you many more happy and healthy birthdays! You have a wonderful site! I have read good things about this book. Please enter me in your delightful drawing. Many thanks,