Congratulations Abby! Your package will be in the mail shortly with the container and some other little goodies that are fun to use when planning and organizing.
I'm so grateful to Michele for sponsoring this give-a-way and for all those who participated. In the interest of fairness I did give everyone who commented, emailed, facebooked or tweeted four chances to win just because of the comment issues on the blog. I wanted everyone to hae a chance and I felt bad that some people had trouble. We did the old "names in a hat" method.
The remaining planner will be given away Saturday at the conference, I hope if you are there you come by and see me. :)
It seems people are having trouble commenting on the planner give-a-way post. I spent hours yesterday trying to figure out why and I'm stumped. Grrr. It may just be a browser thing, I post and use Chrome. Maybe IE is the problem? I dunno.....
So if you can't comment, shoot me an email at bonnybluehouse at gmail dot com and I will enter you. If you have Facebook or twitter you can just tag me there and I'll pretend you commented here. My hope is to give everyone as many chances as possible.
Hello dear friends! I hope you are having a lovely summer. I sure am but it has been a bit hectic.
Do you believe it's almost August? It seems to go by oh, so quickly. I'm looking forward to starting school back up again, we begin in August, but I'm holding on to the days dearly since Kate will be leaving at the end of the summer to begin her college adventures.
A visit to a local amusement park
This summer is seeing us doing a lot of coming and going. Erin attended Camp Veritas last week and loved it but there was a big gap in our home without her. She was greeted home with squeals of delight from the young ones, they love her so much.
Vacation Bible Camp
Kevin will be leaving for Boy Scout Camp soon and he is very excited. I am less excited. Why is everyone suddenly taking off? They point out to me that I have been traveling all summer speaking at homeschool conferences, but that's different. :) They are my babies and they should stay home. Or something.
So I am simultaneously grasping on to the last bits of summer and also planning for the new school year. We will be less one and it is my last kinder person to plan for (gulp). It's all good.
Erin performs on her piccolo
Are you all planning away? Or are you completely put together and all ready to begin? Or are you in denial about the whole thing (hey, no judging here, been there and done that).
Kelli on the flute
To help you out with the orgazining and planning I am going to do a little give-a-way here. Michele Quigley, who is my very dear friend and the creative genius behind the Catholic Mother's Daily Planner has donated two planners for me to give to you. So here is what we are going to do, I have one three hole punched and one spiral bound both large. I am going to give away one here on the blog and one at my speaking engagement this weekend. I will be at the IHM Conference in Dobbs Ferry, New York on Friday and Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Michele Quigley
I will also include some little things that I love to use when planning my year. Surprises are fun are they not?
So blog readers get first crack. Leave me a comment here and if you are on Facebook you can link to the blog for a second entry. Twitter gets you a third, just leave the link. The winner, who will be picked on Thursday, will get to pick which planner she wants. The other will be given away at the conference.
See how much I love you guys? You get first pick!
We share our pool
So, start commenting and sharing and I will pick you a winner on Thursday. My procrastinating self made it possible that you won't get the planner August 1st, when it begins, but a day or two won't matter too much will it? I hope not.
I'm so glad to begin my new school year with all of you.
As promised at my webinar last night, Party Like You're Catholic, I am delighted to give away a copy of the beautiful book The Little Women Hospitality Program. I happen to have two copies of the book and when I decided to do a hospitality webinar I thought it would be a great idea to gift someone with a copy. In a very happy coincidence the publisher of the book offered to sponsor my webinar so it worked out very nicely.
This program is a wonderful resource for teaching your girls the art of hospitality and making a comfortable home for people to enjoy. It covers useful topics like How To Prepare a Room For A Guest, How To Set A Table, Correspondence and Bringing Hospitality To Others. These are all becoming lost arts in the world now and that is a huge pity. I love programs like this that honor the domestic arts and honor the feminity that can be brought into making a house a home.
So here is how you win. Leave a comment here telling me your favorite party planning tip or favorite way to practice hopsitality. If you share this on Facebook come back and tell me and I'll enter you again.
Winners will be announced on Friday so spread the news and I wish you all good luck!