gallamore west: Why I Blog... and a giveaway!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Why I Blog... and a giveaway!!

I'm thrilled that Gallamore West has reached 
{and past} 300 "likes" on Facebook!  
{Giveaway details posted at the bottom of this very long post... }

I've had this little blog here for over three years, 
but I still consider myself a new-ish blogger.  

Why?  

Because I was never consistent about posting here.  I attempted to have two separate blogs- one for sharing creative projects, and one just for my family stuff.  But I had a problem... my family life and my creative loves are all tangled up into one big beautiful messy thing called Life. 


I had a lightbulb moment back in March where I realized that I want to share all of who I am, not just part.  I love being able to...

share some of my favorite projects with you, 

share some of my favorite days with you, 

share some of my favorite parties with you, 
like Jake's Red Scooter Party


share how I'm not the kind of mom 
I thought I'd be,
like in this post here

and even share my biggest secrets with you, 

And I love blogging because I've had the opportunity to connect with some of my favorite bloggers, like...

Natalie {A Turtle's Life for Me, my sweetest bloggy friend I've never met in real life}

Jenny {Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line, fellow Mama of boys and hostess of super creative parties}

and Ashley {Little Miss Momma... she's commented a few times and I respond, so that counts as connecting, right?!  She is a doll.}

And seeing a couple of my favorite real life friends start their own adorable blogs too, like Jen {Twiddler Houseand Reannah {Shaped by Grace}.

What I love most about blogging is being able to connect with YOU.  I appreciate each of you who read and follow along in my little corner of the world here.  And to thank you for that, I have an adorable giveaway opportunity to share with you!  

Giveaways on my blog are rare {after all, I prefer blogs with real content and real people, not one that just wants to attract anyone to follow} so when I host a giveaway, it will always only be something that I LOVE.

And this is something that I absolutely love!  
Our family theme song is You are my Sunshine, 
so I'm thrilled to be able to give away 
this "You are my Sunshine" sign from MissMelissBoutique to one of my lucky readers!

I am so excited to have connected with Melissa and her adorabe shop, MissMelissBoutique on Etsy!  
This girl is real, beautiful, and talented.  
And her signs are adorable.  



I have the pleasure of having one hanging in my dining room and I am in love with it.  Everyone comments on how adorable it is.  And there's no vinyl there... it's all painted.


And you have the chance to win one from
 MissMelissBoutique!

Plus Melissa is such a sweet heart that she is offering a 10% discount to Gallamore West readers during this giveaway too!!  If you just can't wait {because yes, her signs are THAT cute} you can order one now.  
Enter code Gallamorewest at checkout and receive 10% off of your sign!  They come in all different color combos, all of which are gorgeous.



There are EIGHT ways to enter to win.  
Complete any or all of these eight ways to enter to win...
{Just please be sure to comment one time for each entry you complete to increase your chances of winning!  Please leave your email address in your comments if it is not visible and/or linked to your comment.}



Winner will be chosen by random.org on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM PST.    

 1.  Go to MissMelissBoutique on Etsy and check out her adorable You are my Sunshine signs. Come back and leave a comment telling me which colors you like the best.


2.  While you're looking at the You are My Sunshine signs on MissMelissBoutique on Etsy, click the little Facebook "like" button and/or the "tweet" button to share her sign on Facebook and/or Twitter!  Then come back here and let me know in a comment that you shared her sign on Facebook and/or Twitter. {One entry for sharing on Facebook, one entry for sharing on Twitter, so TWO possible entries here!}


3.  While on MissMelissBoutique on Etsy, {heart} her shop to add to your favorite Etsy shops for an entry!  Then come back here and leave a comment telling me you did.


4.  Follow Gallamore West on Google Friend Connect.  That's on the right side of this blog where it says "I love these people!"  Then comment here telling me that you follow, or if you already do, leave that in a comment.


5.  "Like" Gallamore West on Facebook.  Then comment here telling me you now "like" it, or if you already do, just let me know in a comment.


6.  Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter {one entry for EACH, so TWO possible entries here!}  Then come back here and tell me that you shared it, with a link to where you shared it.  To share this giveaway on Facebook, just copy the link of THIS post and attach it to your post telling about this fun giveaway!


Whew, so many ways to enter for a chance to win this gorgeous sign!   Good luck and thank you, thank you to Melissa of MissMelissBoutique for this adorable giveaway :)


Due to the cost of shipping this oversized item, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Winner will be chosen by random.org.  Winner will be given 72 hours to claim prize.  If winner has not contacted lauriegallamore@yahoo.com within 72 hours of winning, a new winner will be chosen.  Giveaway will end on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM PST.  Entries received after 12:00 PST on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 will not be eligible.  All entries must be entered as comments on THIS BLOG POST to be entered for the chance to win this giveaway.




101 comments:

Megan Williams said...

Love Love Love the dark grey with the YELLOW pops of color! completely smitten!

Megan Williams said...

Tweeted & Facebook-ed the lovely sign!!! :)

Megan Williams said...

Added Melissa Godfrey's shop to my favorites and will definitely be going back to check out all that cute stuff!!

Megan Williams said...

I have "Liked" Gallamore West for a little time now, I even had a status about you to help get to the 300... to get to qualify for this amazing giveaway!!!

Megan Williams said...

Shared this page on Twitter and Facebook!!! I hope for new followers for you!! Thank you for this opportunity!! :)

Natalie said...

The yellow background with the pops of blue is all me!

Natalie said...

I added her shop to my favorites! (can't for the life of me figure out how to like it on FB!) Love her stuff! Good luck to her with it and thanks for the giveaway!

Natalie said...

I like Gallamore West!! And thank you for the shout-out! Now that got me all teary-eyed! We're going to have to start sending each other tissues as gifts!

Natalie said...

I like Gallamore West on FB!

Linda :) said...

I love the dark grey with yellow too! I am thinking of redoing my dining room and those colors would rock that room :)

Linda :) said...

Liked on Facebook :) (no twitter but if I had one I would like it :) )

Linda :) said...

Just liked you too on facebook....and I really do! Glad I stumbled upon you today!

Melissa said...

can I enter my own giveaway?!

Shannon said...

Just Liked you on Facebook! Adorable site! Thanks!

Natalie said...

Hooray!!! I just figured it out and have officially liked it on Facebook! And the only reason I know is because a friend already emailed me saying they saw it on my wall and loved it and checked out her store! So liking it works!!

Jennifer Stringham said...

I "liked" gallamore west! :-)

Jennifer stringham said...

I love the deep red Robertson family sign. It's a beautiful shade!

Jennifer Stringham said...

I liked her page on FB :-)

Jennifer Stringham said...

I commented and posted her link to her MissMelissBoutique on my FB page.

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

xo Thank you so much for your sweet comment about my blog Laurie!! xo I "Like" Gallamore West in real life and on Facebook! :) xo, Reannah

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

I follow your blog! :)

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

I love the yellow, white and gray sign!! It would look so cute in my kitchen! :)

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

I "favorited" MissMelissBoutique" on Etsy. :)

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

I shared her sign on Facebook. :)

packlisa said...

Love the grey with yellow!!!

packlisa said...

Shared on FB

packlisa said...

Shared on twitter ; )

packlisa said...

"Liked" her shop!!

packlisa said...

I <3'ed her shop!!

packlisa said...

I am already a "Gallamore West" fan!!

packlisa said...

followed on Google connect : D

packlisa said...

Shared your Blog on my FB page : )

Jen said...

For some reason, my computer REFUSES to let me open up her shop! (?) But I really love the one you have pictured. I would probably choose that color anyway - yellow makes my heart happy! :)

Awesome giveaway!!

Anonymous said...

I love her shop and posted it to my Facebook page, adorable stuff! :) Erin Baldwin

karismith said...

I like the exact one you have. Yellow and blue. My kitchen has yellow tile and it's getting painted blue soon. It would be a perfect match!

karismith said...

Added her shop as a favorite and signed up on etsy-that's a first for me!

karismith said...

I LIKE you on facebook. Exciting you have over 300+ likes!

karismith said...

I linked the give-away on facebook.

karismith said...

I follow you on your very fun blog!

Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line said...

You are the sweetest! Sending lots of bloggy love right back to you. I adore your blog and think you are one MEGA talented mommy!

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

I had to reset my Twitter password, but I know it's worth it!! I just Tweeted about MissMelissBoutique!! :)

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

I just TWEETED about this giveaway! And linked it back to your blog. :)

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

I just shared this giveaway on Facebook! Fingers crossed! :)

Meghan said...

The grey w/ yellow is fabu! Simply fabu. Thanks for the chance to win :>)

Meghan said...

Tweet about the shop: http://twitter.com/#!/mkw70/status/107469852284948481

Meghan said...

Liked Melissa's shop on FB...Meghan W

Meghan said...

Hearted her shop on Etsy! Ya gotta love Etsy.

Meghan said...

Following u thru GFC

Meghan said...

Like u on FB...Meghan W

Meghan said...

Shared your giveaway on FB...http://www.facebook.com/GallamoreWest?sk=wall#!/mkw70/posts/226444944072747

Meghan said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/mkw70/status/107475099334094848

Samantha said...

Love the grey with yellow combo the best!
dmb161@aol.com

Lorie said...

I just love the yellow sign with the white and gray writing!! It woul look great hanging in my dining room. I'm a new follower and alreay crazy about your blog. Such cute ideas! Thanks for the chance!

Lorie said...

I just "liked" you on Facebook!

Kelly said...

I 'liked' you on FB! (I was #330) I would love to win the "You are My Sunshine" sign! My grandfather used to sing that song to me when I was a little girl and now I sing it to my 6 month old son Keaton! I would love to hang the sign in his room (any happy color would be great-love the yellow one in the pic)! Thanks! katko24@aol.com

Jess said...

dark grey with the bright yellow!

Naiman Family said...

I love the blue one! You are my sunshine is my favorite~ my dad sang it to me and I sing it to my little munchkins. :)

Naiman Family said...

I already like Gallamore West. :)

Naiman Family said...

I follow Gallamore West on Google Friend Connect :)

Naiman Family said...

I shared the giveaway and Gallamore West blog on facebook. :)

Naiman Family said...

I added MissMelissBoutique on Etsy to my favorites. :)

Carolyn said...

The yellow with the blue sign. This is a song I have sung to both of my grandsons as babies. Today they sing it to me.

Unknown said...

Sharing you with some more friends and family. This picture is so cute. Thanks Laurie, we miss you!!!

Carol said...

Sharing you with some more friends and family. This picture is so cute. Thanks Laurie, we miss you!!!

Carol said...

Shared on Facebook <3

Carol said...

liked MissMelissa on Facebook

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

My favorite is the Black sign with white and blue letters! So cute!!

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

Shared it on Facebook! :)

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

Following Gallamore West. :)

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

Liking Gallamore West on Facebook!

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

Just shared this giveaway with my friends on Facebook. :)

Vivaciousgold said...

I love the white yellow and gray. Colors are already in my home

Vivaciousgold said...

I follow gallamore west!

Vivaciousgold said...

I "liked" gallamore west

Vivaciousgold said...

I shared on facebook and tweeted about gallamore west.

Vivaciousgold said...

I really don't want to share the giveaway because I want to win LOL

tanyarose said...

I love the dark gray and yellow...absolutely adorable! I liked on FB and Tweeted the website : ) !!!

melontherocks said...

I love the grey and yellow! I also really like the Family Rules!

melontherocks said...

Also I "liked" Gallamore West

melontherocks said...

I also follow you on Google Friend Connect! :)

The Stephens Family said...

I LOVE the grey with yellow...but all of them are beautiful and I would find a perfect place in my house :) {I sing 'you are my sunshine' to my boys every night} love it!

The Stephens Family said...

I "like" MisselissBoutique on Etsy...LOVE her stuff!

The Stephens Family said...

I tweeted about the 'you are my sunshine' sign :)

The Stephens Family said...

I added MissMelissBoutique as on of my favorite shops on Etsy <3

The Stephens Family said...

i have "liked" Gallamore West on FB for a while now... i LOVE your posts!

The Stephens Family said...

I shared this giveaway on FB...even though I REALLY want it for myself :)

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=139000642

The Stephens Family said...

I am a follower of your blog...as well as on pinterest! You are my favorite!

Jamie said...

I love the yellow background one (like you have!) :-)

Jamie said...

Added her as a favorite on ETSY! LOVE her stuff!!!

Jamie said...

"Liked" her! :-)

Jamie said...

I have "liked" Gallamore West for a while now! (actually I love it!) :-)

lisa d. photography said...

gray and yellow! I have some giveaways going on to celebrate 500 fans! please join us at www.lisadphotos.com/blog

lisa d. photography said...

liked Gallamore West on Facebook!

Greg and Shellie Lomenick said...

I love the grey background with the yellow writing, which is the opposite of the one you have posted. It totally matches my decorating. I wouldn't have to change a thing and it'd add soo much.

Greg and Shellie Lomenick said...

Liked on Facebook

Greg and Shellie Lomenick said...

Hearted on etsy

Greg and Shellie Lomenick said...

Following the blog

Greg and Shellie Lomenick said...

Gallamore west is liked on facebook

The Jenson's said...

I follow Gallamore west on goggle friend

The Jenson's said...

I of course already like and follow gallamore west on facebook

Jenifer said...

Love the signs! The yellow, white, andgray are definitely my fav!!

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