15 August 2011

End of Summer Fling Giveaway

Whether we want to admit it or not, here in Canada, summer is almost at an end. In days, really, homes with kids will be quieter and school yards will be noisier. I HATE back to school! I'm one of those moms who is happier when the kids are home and we can make up our days as we go along. Structure is not my favorite thing. This year, for the first time in a few years, all four of my kids will be heading back to school and I will be alone all day. So I thought I would giveaway a gift basket of things for other moms like me - OK you don't have to be a mom. But you do have to be Canadian - sorry to all my American and overseas friends but this one is going to be a little expensive to mail.

The giveaway basket will include:
  • a sample box of 18 assorted Bigelow herbal teas
  • a 355 g package of fuzzy peach candy
  • a small aromatherapy anti stress candle
  • a small container of shower gel/bubble bath
  • and, of course, a book
I have three books for you  to choose from: (click on the covers to go to amazon and read reviews, etc)
    RunThe Angel
  1. For romance lovers - "The Angel" by Carla Neggers:
  2. "Run" by Ann Patchettt 
  3. "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova
International giveaway.
Because this is such a large giveaway, I am offering it to followers only. Old or new.
Leave a comment with your e-mail address, which book you would like and the answer to the following question: What is your favorite part of fall/back to school?
The winner will be chosen by random.com on the 31st of August. Good Luck!!


  1. I know I can't enter but I just had to say what a great giveaway this is. I am working on getting the oldest of my three back on the school schedule she starts back tomorrow:(

  2. Man! To bad I live in America. ;) The Historian was a facinating read.

  3. Oh - the pressure!!! OK - I'll open it to the States as well. Shoot - now I feel bad - OK, OK, international! But that's it!

  4. ow poor thing xD
    hmm... what do you think about roast chestnuts and kaki? :D I love both of them

  5. Thank you for making this great giveaway open to everyone! My favorite thing about fall is the weather. It's just cool enough to wear a long sleeved shirt, but not so cold you are freezing. It's also when people start using their wood stoves and that is my favorite smell. But my favorite thing about back to school is my free time during the day while the kids are gone to do whatever I want lol. Please enter me to win Run by Ann Patchett, I'd love to read it. Thanks!

    GFC follower Tiffany Drew


  6. You are too nice! :D I am throwing my international comment into the mix

    And I'd like
    Run" by Ann Patchettt

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

    Honestly there is nothing good about fall :( It just means it gets dark and then winter comes where it at worst is only light outside for a few hours per day

  7. Fun giveaway Dana!! Hmm...favorite thing about fall or back to school is hard. As a kid I always loved getting new school clothes and school supplies, but as a parent (with my first year sending a child to preschool) it just makes me sad to be tied down to a schedule and not having my cutie home with me all the time. But it's good, right?? I have not read any of those books so I will say Run by Ann Patchett, but really I'd be happy with any of them ;)


  8. The Historian before I forget which book. I really don't have a favorite part of fall (since my children are grown) except that it's the time of the year when we travel. Donna


  9. Thanks for making this international Dana! I would really really love to get Carla Neggers' Angel! Ireland is a dream of mine... :)

    And what do I like about fall/back to school... well, honestly speaking I'm not a mother - yet... But I love going stationary shopping during the back to school sales - I even drool over the kiddy backpacks! :P

    Thanks for doing this!
    damnitall84@gmail.com [the email id was chosen in a burst of pique when all logical combinations of my name were found to be already taken in a half hour search!]

  10. YAY! Well, I was home-schooled so this time of year was always different for me. But there was always something about that first day back that seemed like fall was coming. Even though it was still summer, even though the trees were still green and the weather was still hot, you just knew that fall was just around the corner, and fall is my FAVORITE time of year.

    If I win, I'd like Run by Ann Patchett


  11. Hi Dana, thanks for such a great giveaway and for making it International. My favourite part of autumn is definitely the colours on the trees changing, and seeing all the gorgeous shades of red, orange and brown. The book I would choose is The Angel by Carla Neggers.
    Best wishes

  12. Can I be pouty and say I don't have a favorite part of back to school? That's my answer for now. I'm dreading going back. I will no longer have time to read :(

    I am interested in The Angel.


  13. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win The Angel. magabygc at gmail.com

    The only thing I liked about coming back to school was that I had new and cute notebooks XD

  14. I would like Run by Ann Patchett.

    Um... there's no autumn in my country. But I wish we did have four seasons.

    What do I like best about going back to school? Meeting up with my friends and favourite lecturers. We have so much fun in class.



  15. My GFC name is ZoeRainDasherBenji.

    Yep... therainhouse17(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. Thanks for lovin' us south of the line!! The Historian would be my book of choice. Ever consider homeschool if you love having the kiddo's home? I am not structured either, and believe me,that is tough with homeschooling!!
    Follower of course!
    melanieinoh2003 at yahoo dot com

  17. Melanie - I did homeschool for a year when we lived in Beli ze. It didn't go well. Basically one kid did great and the other pretty much dropped out.

  18. Thanks for a really great giveaway!! I'm going to be homeschooling my son for pre-K this year, so having kid go to school so I can have the day to myself is out of the question as an answer! My favorite part of fall is when the air gets crisp and just cool enough without being cold, and the leaves start changing color on the trees. I love that time!
    I would love to read the book, The Historian, because I've heard good things about it.
    I am a GFC follower:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  19. Thank you for such an amazing giveaway and for making it international!
    I've been wanting to read The Historian forever so this is my choice of book. This time of year is perfect with the extremely pleasant weather and since I'm out of school there's no downside :)
    bibliophilescorner [at] gmail.com

  20. Thanks for the giveaway. I would choose the book Run. My favourite part about fall is the weather!


  21. I live in Canada.
    I really appreciate the chance to win The
    Angel, I would love to win and read that book.
    I follow by google reader as cenya2.
    I am looking forward to fall, tooo much humidity this summer for me.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  22. I would pick the book Run. loriagalbraith@gmail.com
    My favourite part of fall is the coulours, and the leaves on the ground.

  23. Awesome giveaway! My favourite part of Fall is all the beautiful foliage. I just love the fall colours, and I love the smell of the crisp autumn air.

    If I won, I would choose: "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova.

    Thanks for the giveaway from another Canadian! I'm following on GFC (Darlene).

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  24. Thank you so much for the chance to win♥ I like weather and colors on the fall :) I would choose Run by Ann Patchettt
    GFC: Jeanne

  25. Thanks you for a great giveaway.

    I would be interested in The Historian.

    Please enter me.

    My favorite part is that the kids are not here at least fot the morning and I have a bit of time to stretch out and relax with a book.

    I Follow via GFC - buddyt

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  26. The best part about the kids going back to school is the chance to get the house straight, plump up the cushions and have a good read, keeping an eye on the clock of course.

    I would love to win Ann Pratchett's Run.

  27. My favourite part of fall is the weather and buying new clothes and school supplies!
    I'd choose The Angel by Carla Neggers

    gfc:curte alexandra
    crtalexandra at yahoo dot com

  28. hi I am a new follower as I have just found your blog. I love the Autumn when the leaves turn lovely Red and orange colors. The colours are great
    I would love Run by Anne Patchett.

  29. "The Angel" by Carla Neggers

    I love to kick the leaves in fall


  30. I'm a follower. I like the angel. The smell of the leaves is my favorite part of fall
    rjs682 at yahoo dot com

  31. Fabulous thank you.

    I would love "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova.

    I love the crisp mornings & warm days of Autumn.

    I follow.


  32. I like the angel
    My favorite part is when the trees turn different colors. It is beautiful
    tmc480 at yahoo dot com

  33. Thank you for making this great giveaway open to everyone! My favorite thing about fall is the leaves. How they change colors...


  34. Great giveaway, would love to win.


  35. I'd love to read The Historian :) My favourite part about Autumn (I live in Australia so we don't say fall) is the agreeable weather, it's not too hot or too cold, and you can get away with wearing a pretty wide range of clothes. Plus, as it does get cooler it's perfect weather for staying inside reading!

    I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485.

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

  36. Followed on GFC
    I'd love to read The Historian. It's one of many on my to-read list. The best part about fal for me is the weather/fashion because I LOVE sweatshirts and the comfort of curling up in a sweatshirt with a good book.

  37. I'd like the angel. The colorful leaves is my favorite part of fall
    zachsgran1 at yahoo dot com

  38. i love buying new stationary... pens, paper its all good!!

    I would like The Angel please

    todas50 @ hotmail . com

  39. The Angel by Carla Neggers..

    Fav thing about going back to school is: catching up on what everyone did and well just being energized by the vacation.


  40. My favorite back to school is meeting the teachers! One more ! Shopping for school supplies! :>

  41. I miss having no pressures,no Im an adult I got loads

  42. I just love the colours in Autumn (Fall) the reds and gold, the yellows and orange. Its my favourite time of the year. I take the children horse chesnut hunting (we call them Conkers over here in the UK) and when we get home we get what we feel are the best out and thread a lace or piece of string through them and have "Conker Fights", its great fun. You just try to hit and break the other conker. We spend hours having fun in the leaves or hunting for our favourite. Whose says kids can't have fun without a computer to hand!
    The book I'd love to read is "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova, I have read a couple of reviews on this and its on my "must read" list.
    Many thanks. X


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