Thursday, May 22, 2008

HAPPY BLOG-IVERSARY TO ME!

This is officially my 100th post!

I started blogging for many of the reasons that a lot of Moms do - I needed an outlet for some of my Mommy-stress and a place to share the funny little stories that my kids tend to generate every day.

To say thanks to the online friends who've shared their stories in return, I have arranged for a giveaway of one of my favorite things. (Yeah, I have Oprah delusions. Sue me.)

When I was pregnant with my oldest son, Nick, I was browsing the rows of the Wisconsin Exposition Center during the Wisconsin State Fair. It was hot, I was pregnant and I needed the AC more than I needed the items being hawked by the hundreds of vendors. Then I saw one of the coolest things and I knew I had to have one.

Matters of the Heart is a company based in southeast Wisconsin. They make custom-cut photo mats, like the ones I purchased after each son was born:


Both of these are custom-order pieces.

My kids are still very young, but you can see I put a picture behind each letter, their hospital photo on the left, leading up to a more recent picture on the right.

In honor of my "blogoversary", they are giving away a FAMILY mat and frame to one of my readers. Want to enter? Visit their site and tell me, in a comment, what mat and frame colors you would like should you win.

The contest will close this Thursday night, May 22nd at 10 p.m. Central, at which time I will draw and announce the winner (to be chosen randomly). You can be entered only once unless you write a post telling people about my contest (send me an email to tell me you've done this). Then you will get two additional entries. Sorry - we will only ship this prize to people in the US.

Many thanks to Matters of the Heart!

40 comments:

Nessa said...

Oooooooo I wanna win a burgundy frame with a cream mat. I'll add your contest info in the blogroll update I already did, here in a sec.
Happy Blogoversary!!!

Amy The Black said...

Great idea. I was going to do a giveaway too, but I'll do it later in July--after the county fair. I may have a contest to giveaway one of my prize-winning county fair entries. Assuming that I win a prize! If I win, I'd like a forest green mat and a black frame.

1stopmom said...

These are really nice frames. That is so creative! I would like a cream mat with a country walnut frame. I have added a post to my blog too.

Indy said...

Colleen, I want to thank you so much. You just saved me $65 today. I went to Sears and they had the shoes. My son loved them and they fit! I loved the price. I never would have went to Sears. I am so glad that I wrote about it. My hubby is thrilled too and told me to tell you thanks!

Melissa said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! So nice of you to be having a giveaway. Its a great site, I loved the beige mat witht the black frame. Thanks!!

P.S. He loves you... said...

HAPPY AnniBlogspry!

Or whatever...if I win..I'm not picky!

maiylah said...

Happy Blog-Iversary to you! :)
too bad you don't ship outside the US ... ;P

Sara Rose Tutus said...

So fun! I love giveaways! If I win, I would like the Cherry Mahogany frame with a lavendar mat. Beautiful!
Thanks for having this giveway! And congrats on 100 posts!

THopgood said...

Happy 100th post day! I'm feel'n lucky....I'd like a light blue mat with the white frame.

Suzie said...

I want a silver frame with a burgandy matt. Nice idea. Thanks for the contest

Kristin H. said...

Best wishes Colleen! Happy 100th :)

DeuceMom said...

I love Navy with the Oak frame! I might get one of these even if I don't win. Oh and I hear you about the A/C

Alexandra said...

Congrats on your 100th Post! I would like a Dark Mahagoni Frame and Cream Mat! I sure hope I win!!

Marni Tiani Self said...

Oh! I would love to win. I like the TAN mat with a BLACK frame. :)

lovelylalo said...

Happy 100th Post!

LittlePaintedPolkaDots said...

I already have one (light green mat with a white frame) and it is fabulous!! I just wanted to wish you a very happy 100th post!

Leslie said...

Awesome giveaway!! I'd love the flat black frame with the burgundy mat!! :)

sweetsue said...

These frames are so cool! I would pick the cream mat, with the crest oak frame. I would give it to my daughter who is just starting her family. Happy 100!

We are THAT Family said...

I love this! It's right up my alley!

I would choose a black frame with a creme mat.

Earthmommy said...

Please enter me in your giveaway and thanks for visiting my blog.

Brenda said...

Happy 100th post! Thanks for leaving a link to your blog in my comments. I've added your giveaway to my blog!

If I win, I'd love the dark mahogany frame with dark pink mat.

Jen said...

Congratulations on 100 posts!

If I win, I would request the Disney with the red matte and a black frame.

Brenda said...

Oops! Silly me! I had my daughter in mind when I said pink mat, but just re-read that it is a family frame. If I win I'd like the dark mahogany frame with black mat!

Thank you!

Rose said...

Happy Bloggiversary!

Rebecca said...

Very cool! :)

I would love a dark mahogany frame and ivory mat.

Happy blogoversary! :)

(I've been thinking about what to do for my first blogoversary, which is in July. Hmmm...)

Tiff said...

Burgandy Mat with the cherry mahogany frame. What a great idea!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Don Mills Diva said...

Happy blogoverary - congrats on your 100th post!

lamamanaturale said...

Happy Blogiversay! What a neat giveaway- I would like the forest green with country oak frame for my son! Very cute.
lamamanaturale@gmaildotcom

lamamanaturale said...

BTW- I'm hosting a giveaway too- pls. come check it out! http://recycleyourday.com/?p=46

Happy2bme said...

Happy anniversary!! Great give-a-way btw!

I would like a black frame with a cream mat.

Marla said...

Congrats on your 100th post!

I like the white frame with a light blue mat.

kelly said...

Happy 100th post!!!
I would love to win the black frame with a biege mat. :-)

baby~amore' said...

I can't enter but what a fantastic idea


My Little Drummer boys

Summer said...

Wow, what a great giveaway! I'm basic, I like the white mat with the dark mahogany wood.

Jane @ Kidzarama said...

Congrats Colleen!

Even though I'm in Australia, which is a wee a bit too far to send a prize. :D

Laura said...

This is an AWESOME giveaway! I would LOVE the burgundy mat and black frame.

Mee mOe said...

I added you to my blog roll on my blog titled "Struggling Parents", want to exchange?

you have a lot of great posts..;)

Amy said...

Congrats on hitting the 100 mark! Those photomats are very cool, thanks for the link. It went into my bookmarks for future gift ideas.

morninglight mama said...

Happy 100!! You are quite the popular little missy on here, huh, with the 30+ comments!! If I were to win, I'd choose a beige mat and a black frame.

Anonymous said...

Maybe I`ll be Captain Obvious, but... it's only few days to New Year last, so let's be happy!
Hoho3ho!)