Hi strangers! Some updates and a $100 GIVEAWAY [closed]

**This giveaway is now closed. The winner is comment # *

Hi, my friends! I didn’t mean to just up and fall off the planet after my Christmas Confessions post, but this family has been S-I-C-K. This month in my family I’ve dealt with: one case of appendicitis, strep throat, two cases of the flu, a stomach bug complete with barfing, 2 colds, and now I’m sick with a fever and aches and pains. Fortunately we were all healthy on Christmas Day.

This is me taken a few hours ago. I don’t feel very well. 🙁

Also, wow, thank you so much for all your sweet kind comments on the Christmas Confessions post. I am really appreciative of each and every one of you. I have saved all the comments and as soon as I am feeling better I plan to reply to as many as possible. Your comments made me laugh out loud, and reminded me that I’m not the only one who doesn’t seem to have it all together.

Let’s end 2012 with a big bang! Are you in?

I’m giving away a $100 gift card to True Value Hardware Store!

true value blog squad

True Value wants to give one of you $100 credit to use at your local participating True Value or online at TrueValue.com. Pretty sweet, right?!

To enter the giveaway, simply follow the directions below which are very easy (leave a comment. Done.). I hate jumping through hoops for giveaways as I’m sure you do too, so I try to keep ’em light and easy. You’re welcome. xoxo

  • PRIZE: One $100 gift card redeemable at True Value Hardware. One winner.
  • TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post.
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Monday January 7th at 10pm CST
  • PLEASE NOTE: The gift card is redeemable at participating True Value Hardware stores AND online. If you don’t have a local participating True Value you may still redeem the card on their website.
  • USUAL STUFF:One entry per e-mail address permitted. The winners will be selected using random.org and announced on Tuesday at the top of this post. Make sure you provide me with a legit email address, or I will select a new winner.

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I was given the $100 gift card for use in a giveaway, to be shipped out to the winner by my self. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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  1. Tiffany ♥ M says:

    I had to double check that there is a location here! Woot There are 3! 🙂

  2. I hope you are all feeling better very soon!

  3. This is awesome! Hope you are feeling better!

  4. Shannon haubrich says:

    I hope your family kicks the crud soon!!! It just found my hubby here. Total suckage!!
    On a good note, I could get away with redoing anything while he’s bed bound..lol. I am seeing painting in my future.

  5. I could always use a $100 gift card to just about anywhere!

  6. Thanks so much for coming up with enough energy to have a giveaway. Wishing you good health in 2013!

  7. I love to shop my local True Value. Such a great store!

  8. Hope you feel better soon!
    We have a local True Value and I am needing some extra cash to help with a closet rehaul in my daughters room. Thank you so much to you and the store!

  9. Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I wish you a quick recovery, and hope you all feel better real soon. What a pain in the butt to have colds. Especially the whole family.
    Loved reading your confessions blog. You are so normal.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Helena Pacheco says:

    Hope you get well soon lady!! Can’t wait to see you back in action. SN: Pick Me.. :0)

  11. Bummer, all at once! Hope it’s all behind you. I got a 29 piece master screwdriver from TV for Christmas. Love how the handle turns just one way! So convenient .

  12. Would love to win a little shopping at True Value! Sounds like you have had a horrible week – hope you are all feeling better soon!

  13. Ugh. Our ‘never gets sick’ kid is sick right now. And since he doesn’t get sick often, when he does- he does it big. Hope you kick the bug out soon. There is a metal outdoor trash bin that I’m lusting over at TV. It would be beautiful in my kitchen!

  14. What a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

  15. I hope everyone gets to feeling better soon!! I was at the doctors today after suffering through Christmas with a cold, now turned sinus infection!! UGH! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!!

  16. April was in CT now CA says:

    Oh my word, you and your family been through the ringer and then some! I hope you’re all feeling better soon.

  17. I sure hope y’all feel better. Wishing you a new year with lots of HEALTH and happiness!

  18. OH Please, Please, Please, Please!!! I would love to win this!! Hope all of you feel better soon!!

  19. Sandy Linders says:

    Hope you feel better soon!
    Crossing my fingers, toes and eyes for this awesome giveaway !

  20. Hope you and your family feel better soon!

  21. Ugh, having anyone in the family be ill is so wearing on mom. Get some extra sleep – for your own sanity, at least!

  22. I hope that you and everyone in your family is back to feeling well soon.

  23. I hope you feel better soon so we can get together and catch up!

  24. I hope you and your family gets better soon! I loved your last post about your Christmas confession. Now we all know you are real, just like the rest of us. 🙂

    P.S. I hope I win 🙂

  25. You poor thing, you looked whipped. Hope you and your family are all well soon. I would love to win the True Value gift card even if the closest one is 45 minutes away. I would like a nice drive up to the snow.

  26. Hope you will all be well for 2013-Just getting rid of my seven day bout with cold/flu so I feel you pain. This would sure come in handy since I have so many new projects planned for the new year…

  27. Just found your blog. Love all your creative ideas! Specifically the closet shelves. I have daughter going to college and I think I’m going to do this to her closet!. Thanks!

  28. I’m sorry that you and your family have been sick. Hope you’re all feeling better soon!
    I’d love to win a True Value gift card! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Thank you, this would be great for our garage update project.

  30. yay! Count me in!

  31. Sorry to hear your family has been hit so hard lately. Not much is worse than being a sick mommy. I wish you all no barfing in 2013!

  32. I hope you feel better soon. I laughed so hard when I read your Christmas Confessions post – it seemed to mirror my feelings exactly!

  33. Ew, we have all been sick over the Christmas Break too. Get better quickly.

  34. I need to paint my living room. I would love to win!

  35. I want that card!!!
    Feel better soon!

  36. aw hope you are feeling better soon.

  37. I’d love to web some extra $$ for home projects 🙂

  38. I would love to win this gift card to help fund all my DIY plans for the new year!

  39. I hope that you feel better soon! I could really get a lot of crafting projects done with $100!


  40. I would love to win this! Hope you will all be well soon!

  41. I would love a $100 gift card to True Value to help with some repainting projects.

  42. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I’m looking to redo our bathroom this year so a gift card to True Value would come in very handy!

  43. Sandra Sather says:

    Thanks for all the great news letters. Feel better soon.

  44. So sorry you’re feeling bad. Prayers for you and your family 🙂
    Oh, and I’d love to be the recipient of $100 True Value giveaway!

  45. kelly zusan says:

    that hard to find item can usually be found at our local true value.
    feel better soon.

  46. What a bad month, so sorry to hear it. This is a great giveaway, though, so my fingers are crossed. Feel better soon!

  47. This would be awesome for my 2013 DIY projects.

  48. Hope your family gets healthy soon. We are fighting the crud as well. UGH!

  49. Hope you feel better soon! I just went back and read your Christmas Confessions….Ha! those were great!! So glad I’m not the only one! It seems like some of your pictures were taken at my house. Thanks so much for keeping it real! I could use some extra $…please throw my name in the hat.

  50. Hope u and ur family feel better soon! I would LOVE the gift card!

  51. Hope you guys are on the mend. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  52. yeah for giveaway, always more diy projects to jump into. hope all are well soon, you are a trooper for making time to post. be well.:-)

  53. Hope you feel better! Glad you were able to enjoy Christmas. I would love to win the giftcard to get my husband working on some projects for me to start the new year out right.

  54. I am so sorry to read of all the illness. Yuck! I had a two year old with the chicken pox who now has a tummy bug! Yuck all around. Poor kid

    I hope you are feeling better soon!

    And by soon, I mean, today!!!
    Happy new year!!!

  55. Get well soon! We are all anxiously waiting to see what you bring us in 2013. I can really use the gift card.

  56. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2012. I love Ture Value and would love to have the great gift card.

  57. I hope your family feels better!

  58. Wow, sick can drive one down. Thanks for the past year. Loved it.

  59. Sorry about all the germs in your life!! Hope you feel better soon! I always enjoy your creative ideas!

  60. Hope you are feeling better by now – thanks for being so real!

  61. Feel better soon, muchacha!

    Thanks for a super giveaway!


  62. When it rains, it pours! Feel better soon.
    Thanks for the opportunity to try to win the gift card,

  63. Deborah Allen says:

    Hope you and your household start feeling better soon! We call that stuff,, whenever one is sick with an unidentifible sickness, the “creeping crud”! WOOHOO! A NEW YEAR and new fun things to create, with your help. Thanks, for your wonderful information and inspiration.

  64. Wow, what a sick crew you have! Hope your New Year is a Healthy one!!

    ~ Darlene

  65. Susan Blando says:

    Happy New Year! We have all been sick in my house too, hence to be honest I didn’t notice not getting email…that’s SICK! I thought I was on the mend but have been coughing for hours. Ah well, it will pass…

    I love our local True Value store, Goody’s in East Haven, CT. If I need anything, they have it. Even canning jars in the middle of winter…they are the bomb.
    Hope you feel better soon!
    Sue Blando

  66. Hope you guys get well soon! Our Christmas (and Thanksgiving) this year weren’t pleasant either with my horrible morning sickness and a husband who managed to get the flu for one holiday and strep for the other. Thanks for hosting the giveaway! With a baby on the way, we would put it to good use! 🙂

  67. So sorry that you and your family have been sick. Get well soon. Thank you for hosting this giveaway, especially when you’re not feeling well. I’m undertaking some renovations in our kitchen so this gift card would come in very handy!

  68. Seems my entire family is sick this week too. The holidays always seem to bring it on. Hope you feel well soon.

  69. I wish you all health and happiness in 2013!

  70. I would love a chance at $100!!! Hope you feel better soon!

  71. Kelli Harrison says:

    Good Morning! Hope you are starting to feel better. I’ve become a victim of the crud now too…. UGhhh! I would love to win a True Value gift card! Thanks for the opportunity!

  72. I hope y’all are on the road to recovery – we had the stomach bug the weekend before Thanksgiving, no fun!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  73. Hard at work so feel better!

  74. Bless your heart Baby Girl!
    Look at your today picture, and compare it to your picture a the end of your blg post. Poor thing.
    Fighting two weeks of bronchitis here, so we are with you!
    Springs a comin!!!!! Whooooooohooooooooooo!
    Hang in there. Xoxoxoxox

  75. I love True Value and can always find something I need. Hope ya’ll are feeling better soon.

  76. Not trying to enter the giveaway (so draw someone else if I win ;-). Just wanted to pop in and tell you I’m so sorry that y’all have been so sick. I hope 2013 brings lots of health and happiness to you and your family!

  77. Sounds like your fam has had a dreadful time of it – so sorry you’ve all been so sick…
    Happy, HEALTHY New Year – and strong immune systems ahead!! LOL
    Love True Value – thanks for the fun giveaway!! Nice to do when you are feeling lousy!
    Thanks ~ Get Well Soon!!!

  78. What a bummer to have so much sickness over the holidays! Hope you’re all well soon and able to enjoy the new year!

  79. Hope you feel better soon & that January is a bug-free month for your whole family!
    Awesome giveaway (and love the no hoops, thanks!).

  80. I shop there all the time! Would love a gift card.
    Get well girl!

  81. Hope you and the rest of your family feel well soon.

  82. I would love to win a true value card. sorry your family is sick.

  83. Belinda Aguirre says:

    My oldest son and I have both had our appendix’s out. I dont’ know what they do as I haven’t felt any difference one way or another. We also have sickness spreading though our home.

  84. Get well soon!!!!!!! Happy New Year!!!!

  85. Why does everyone get sick during the holidays? Been there – one year I had three kids with chicken pox during the break. Hope you are feeling better soon.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I have lots of projects in the works and could use some extra funds!

  86. Hi, Allison

    Hope you feel better soon and pray you have a great New Year’s with your family. Love this giveaway, could load up on paints. LOL



    SO SORRY to hear that you’ve all not been well. We went through it at Thanksgiving… It’s a bad year for illness. Wishing you and your family a HEALTHY, Happy & Prosperous 2013!

  88. I hope you and your family feel better soon. Have a Happy New year!

  89. So sorry your family has been sick… Hope you feel better soon! Thanks for the giveaway!

  90. Tough month! Feel better soon. Happy new year.

  91. Penny Newton says:

    Don’t forget to take care of yourself!! As mothers we always put our children and husbands first and ourselves last, and then we tend to forget to take care of us….so just remember to take care of you and get better soon!! Thats what I want to win!! Take care and God Bless you and yours, Penny Newton

  92. Hope you feel better soon. Thanks for the giveaway! ;o)

  93. Thanks for sponsoring a giveaway. I could easily find $100 worth of things I want to buy at a True Value! Also, I hope you start feeling better soon. I’ve been rocked by a killer cold this week and it’s the pits!

  94. My husband has been sick all weekend. I’m praying I don’t get sick too now, bc we have a vacation coming up next week! Best of luck to you and your family, hopefully you’re all well for 2013 (afterall, we all survived the “end of the world”)!

  95. Penny Newton says:

    So sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. just remember to take care of yourself!! That is very important. As mothers and wives we sometimes forget to take care of our selves and then we get even sicker,but we need you back to your old self again!!! I look forward to seeing your postings and seeing what you have done. So get better real soon, because that is the only thing I want to win!! Penny Newton

  96. Love your blog, your honesty and easy contest. Hope you and the family have a healthy New Year.

  97. Wow- thanks for the great giveaway! Feel better soon!

  98. Your blog is great….and you giveaway prizes?!?! Awesome!! Feel better soon!

  99. Feel better soon! Thanks for the chance to win!

  100. Hope you and your family are feeling better today. I sure would love to win the card, as my husband and I have started a major bathroom remodeling project today. Have a happy day.

  101. Hope you feel better soon! Sucks to be sick during the holidays or any time for that matter!

  102. RejoicedOver says:

    I have so many DIY plans in my head that this would be a great start to the New Year!

  103. How cool would it be to win the gift card?! We have a new True Value about 3/4 mile from my house!

  104. marla weitzman says:


    best Christmas ever for me..my son got home yesterday from a year deployment in afghanistan..I would buy him some kind of man tool if I won.

  105. Hope you are feeling better! Seems like there is a lot of sickness going around. I have several projects in mind for this year. Would like to paint the front door and the kitchen cabinets for starters. Need to make a list and see how much I actually accomplish this year.

  106. Thanks for the chance to win! I hope you’re feeling better and Happy New Year!!

  107. Know about not feeling well… been battling the crud here too! But it helps a little knowing you might win a gift card!! 🙂

  108. I hope I win!!!

  109. Erin Buchanan says:

    Sorry to hear of all the sickness…… Thanks for this sweet giveaway!

  110. Thanks for the giveaway! Hope you all feel better soon!!

  111. Feel better soon! Thanks for the chance to win!

  112. Feel better soon!

  113. Feel better soon. Love your blog!!!

  114. I would love to use the gift card to re-do my master bedroom closet. Thanks! Hope you feel better soon!

  115. Happy New Year…get to feeling better!

  116. Chelsea Alexander says:

    Sounds like you all got the gift of germs for the holidays. That’s the worst! I hope you recovery quickly!

  117. Hope you are on the road to recovery. I know how stressful it is to be ill. Thanks for all you do for your readers.

  118. I’m so sorry you’ve all been sick! We had the flu bug at our house for two weeks. Happy New Year. Love your blog!!

  119. feel better soon! thanks for the giveaway!

  120. Hope you feel better soon and thank you for hosting this giveaway! I hope I win!

  121. I have a True Value next door to my work. I go in there quite often and now they know me by name- sad but also awesome!

    Hope you (and the rest of the gang) feel better and have a wonderful 2013!

  122. Shannon Roughgarden says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and hope you feel better!

  123. We have a lot of home improvement projects we are working on and True Value is one of my husband’s favorite stores. Thank you for the giveaway.

  124. Thanks for the chance to win! Happy new year!

  125. Thanks for this great giveaway – Happy new year to you and your family.

  126. So sorry you’ve all been sick 🙁 We’ve had some sickies here too (me included) but not quite as impressive as yours. If I win, I’d love some organizing supplies–or possibly board and batten in the bathroom!

  127. Windmill Quilter says:

    Look for you everyday on my Google Reader, just love your posts. Thanks for doing the Giveaway and hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year!!

  128. Hi! Feel better. I too, am sick. Spent Christmas in TX and came home with a bad sinus infection. Hubs got food poisoning, so we spent an extra day in a hotel. Glad to be home.
    That gift card would help us get the new year list rocking! Hope you feel better and that I win!

  129. Feel better!! It’s never a good time to get sick! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  130. Mildred Ellis-Farmer says:

    Sorry your family and you have had such a hard time! Sounds like a week or so of hell! Feel better soon!

  131. So sorry you are sick, hope you feel better soon.

  132. There must be something in this Texas air…cuz we are sick as dogs over here as well in San Antonio. Hope yall feel better soon.

  133. Sorry you’re not feeling well. Hope you’re feeling better very soon.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the True Value gift card. I have so many home improvement projects that need to be done, this gift card would really come in handy.

    Thanks again, and Happy New Year!

  134. patty pierce says:

    Well wishes to you all…Happy New Year too~! Many projects I would love to do…the card would be of great help to get me going! THANKS! 🙂

  135. Sorry you’ve been dealing with all that. It’s so stressful when the family is sick. I usually get sick just as they are all getting better. I say curl up with your fav hot bev and get some rest. I hope you feel a lot better real soon. Thanks for having the giveaway. It would sure help with all the painting I need to do next month, lol! Hugs & happy New Year!

  136. Hello! Sending you health from me! Carry your can of Lysol around too, can’t hurt.
    🙂 I love your blog!

  137. I’ve missed your posts. Looks like I’m not the only one glad to see you back in online.

  138. At least you got come decorating done. I got the boxes out but never unpacked them. Waiting for my grandson to put them back in the basement now. I didn’t buy wrapping paper either, everyone’s gifts were in brown paper shopping bags. I just could not get into it this year either. Sorry your family has been sick but the new year will be better I am sure. I would love to win the gift card, hardware stores are like candy stores to a sugar addict to me. If I have a choice between clothes shopping or Home Depot, I pick ome Depot every time. Get well soon. Happy, healthy New Year to you and yours. Take care.

  139. Wow! So sorry to hear of all the sickness you and your family have shared! Us too! Looking forward to a New Year!!

  140. Hi! I just found your blog today and I know I will be back. 🙂 So sorry to hear you and your family are sick! The $100 gift card would be fantastic as we just bought a new house! It would definitely help with decorating our new home and my to do list. 🙂

  141. I’ve been dying at my house too. seriously the most sick i’ve ever been…well at least in the last 5 years! thank goodness it doesn’t happen often…

  142. Hope you and your family are all better soon! It’s such a bummer to deal with sickness when you’d rather be having fun and celebrating. Happy New Year!

  143. Just think of how strong your immune systems will be for the spring! ! ! Feel better soon

  144. Thanks for the chance to win a gift card…I have a list of honey do’s to get started on!!!

  145. Rujana Hetman says:

    I am sorry to hear that your family has been so sick. Hopefully, everyone will heal soon. May the new year bring you health and lots of joy! As for me-I would be REALLY happy if I won the gift card! I need tou buy some things at True Value.
    Thank you for all your posts!

  146. Sandra belue says:

    What a month! Hope 2013 finds you feeling great! The true value giveaway is perfect timing for me.
    I’m about to begin a remodeling project turning my old utility room into a bath room/ laundry/ wak-in closet. Wish me luck

  147. Hope your family feels better soon! That’s a sucky way to spend Christmas break! 🙁

  148. Would love to win this since we just moved into our new house on December 1st! Have lots of ideas =) I’m sorry your whole family was sick. I can relate though. My 2 year old tested positive for the flu when we took her to the ER on Christmas Eve and then my husband caught it. Luckily, I’m still going strong.

  149. Hope you feel better soon! That sickness is making its way through our house too!

  150. Love True Value and there is one in my neighborhood., Would love to have some “free” money to shop with,

  151. I’m sorry you’ve had a rough go. My goodness you’ve been busy with all that’s been going on.
    I hope you get better soon. We want to see you be your beautiful self real soon!! I’ve been
    fighting something too. Not nice!!

    Take care and thank you for the give away!!


  152. Happy New Year!

  153. So sorry you and your family have been feeling so yucky! I’ve recently aquired the plague, I am sure. I’ve been down and out for a few days. Here’s hoping the kiddos don’t get it! And thanks for the opportunity to win the True Value gift card!

  154. Love all your posts Allison! Hope you and the fam are feeling better soon. 🙂

  155. Being sick SUCKS! Have a healthy and happy new years!

  156. So sorry to hear you are all ailing. I was sick at the beginning of December and my 11 year old granddaughter has been sick with the flu since Christmas Eve. I would love to win a gift card to my FAVORITE True Value hardware. They always seem to have what I can’t find anywhere else. Don’t know why I don’t go there first!

  157. Oh I am so sorry you and your family I have been sick. We woke up this morning with colds. I hope it doesn’t get worse. Hope you all feel better soon. Happy New Year!

  158. Happy, Healthy & a very Prosperous New Year to you Allison, and your sweet family. Sending best wishes, virtual chicken soup, warm tea, toast, a fuzzy blanket & a doting caregiver (I did say “virtual” 😉 ) until you are up and running again!

  159. Feel better soon, and thanks for the giveaway!

  160. Tiffany Winner says:

    we had some sickness here on christmas, no fun!

  161. Hope you get to feeling better!

    Samantha D
    dull2000 at cox dot net

  162. I love Ace. Never has anyone given me bad advice or that “look” like I was an idiot after something no one else ever used for one of my off the wall ideas. Plus Ace is “dog friendly”. My dog Chase and I are working in Therapy Dog training. We visit 2 or 3 times a week there. Work while there goes away for us ….every ACE employee wants dog love and Chase takes all he can get. Thank you ACE.

  163. Donna Ingalls says:

    Please get better soon. No fun being sick over the holidays.
    This giveaway is great. I would love to start working on my garage. It needs a lot of work! Looking forward to buying shelving and lots of hang up units if I win.
    Happy New Year to all.


  164. Sorry you’re sick, friend! I hope you get better soon!

    Thanks for doing a giveaway even though you don’t feel good! 🙂

  165. boo to being sick. I hope you feel better soon! I’d really love to win. I have a long list of projects to get done!

  166. Feel better and thank you for the contest.

    happypulitzer at hotmail dot com

  167. Laura Nygaard says:

    Hope you are all better soon. Happy 2013!

  168. I hope the bug leaves you soon. Get to feeling well quick.

  169. Hope everyone is on the mend soon! Thanks for the contest.

  170. Hope 2013 brings better health your way. Enough is enough.

  171. Great item for a giveaway. Hope you and your family feel better soon!

  172. Sorry to hear you’re sick 🙁 I just found your blog a week ago and have already bookmarked several of your posts.

  173. Ahhh, hope you feel better! I think you need a vacation after your onth. Here’s to a healthy 2013!!!

  174. I pray all will be healthy soon. Thank you for the chance at the True Value giveaway.

  175. Betty Cagle says:

    Hi – hope you and your family are all feeling better soon!! I’d love to win, but don’t know if nonbloggers are allowed in the contest. Thanks for the opportunity anyway, and Happy 2013!

  176. Hope you and your family are feeling better. Your Christmas confessions cracked me up, so totally me!
    Thanks for the chance at the great gift card.

  177. I hope you all feel better soon!

  178. Hope y’all feel better soon! Thanks for the chance to win.

  179. Molly Blomeley says:

    Sorry ya’ll been sick! Thanks for the giveaway!

  180. Great for new 2013 projects!

  181. Martha Lawson says:

    Hope you and your family all feel better soon! Happy New Year. I really need this so I can paint my granddaughter’s bedroom and buy myself some new things!!

  182. Hope you feel better soon!

  183. Get better soon! I can only get better, right? Thanks for a great giveaway. Can’t wait to see what you bring us in 2013!

  184. Yeppers 7 people sick at our house! One working bathroom!

    Sending home made chicken soup wishes your way!!!!!

    Hey maybe I could get the OTHER bathroom working with that gift card!!!!!!!!

  185. Feel better soon!!!

  186. So glad you are starting to feel better. I hope 2013 is a healthy year for you all!

  187. Hope you are feeling better! Happy New Year to you & your family. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  188. Oh no! I hate that you has so much sickness in your household. I am glad that you were all well for Christmas. My hubby, kids and I are enjoying a wonderful New Years getaway to Savannah Ga! Happy New Years!!

  189. Hope you’re all feeling better soon. That nasty flu bug has been taking out our family one by one but fortunately we were all better at Christmas! Hope you’re healthy in 2013!!

  190. Get well soon!

  191. Happy New Year! Thanks for the giveaway!

  192. Happy New Year!
    Love reading your blog. You have some great ideas and often make me laugh out loud. As a new homeowner I could really use this gift card! Thanks!

  193. Those sick bugs are buzzing around here too! Hope you’re better soon
    PS- I’d love to win!

  194. New to your blog. Love it. Keep it up!

  195. hello gift card! you would make me a happy girl! sorry for your rough end to 2012….but you can always say you sent it off with a bang! here’s to a healthy and happy 2013 for you and yours and a 100$ gift card for me and mine!!!

  196. One of the things I love about you is that you are so “real” with your followers. I laughed when I saw the picture of you with no makeup, looking a bit wretched (sorry) and felt my self thinking “I could never put a pic of myself sans makeup on the internet.” Pure vanity. But you’ve shown me that to be true to your self and to others is not only a freedom but a strength I long for. Thanks for being you. I love reading your blogs.

  197. I hope your family is all feeling well soon. Mine hasn’t been sick…yet. I’m sure we are headed for it before long. Yuck! Happy New Year!

  198. I have been meaning to check out the new True Value in my neighborhood , would be awesome to have $100 to spend 🙂 I hope you and your family feel better soon 🙂

  199. I teach 2nd grade and got my very first flu shot this year. So far, so good – fingers crossed.

  200. Happy ’13!

  201. Oh no, feel better soon!! We fought a nasty stomach bug a few weeks ago, tis the season for sickness 🙁 Thanks for hosting this giveaway, I could definitely use some new paints, for those new year projects around the house!! Feel better soon!!

  202. I get so excited when I get one of your emails! We just bought our first home this summer and I can actually do all of these DIY projects!! I would LOVE the gift card and we have 2 nearby stores! Thanks for all you do and may you and your family have great health and blessings all year through!

    🙂 Joy

  203. Thanks for the chance to win. I hope you and your family feel better soon! We came down with the flu on Christmas Eve and are still recovering. Love your blog! 🙂

  204. Hope your family is better soon! I know a $100 gift card to True Value would make me feel lots better! 🙂

  205. Would love to win the gift card! Hope you and your family are feeling better soon!

  206. Sallie Fitzpatrick says:

    What a terrible way to celebrate the holidays! Hope you are feeling better!

  207. Feel better, sweet family!

  208. this would be awesome for updating the condo we just moved into

  209. Hope your family feels better soon! Recently stumbled across your blog and can’t stop visiting! Thanks!

  210. I like to support the smaller hardware stores (i.e. NOT Lowe’s & Home Depot) so this gift card would be perfect!

  211. Karen Partin says:

    What a fabulous giveaway! Hope you are all on the mend!!

  212. Hope you are feeling better. Happy new year! Love your blog, found you on Pinterest Am looking forward to using a lot of your ideas in my new home!

  213. Wow, such a great giveaway! Hope you and your family are feeling better!

  214. Hope you feel better soon!

  215. Kasey Cupcake says:

    Allison I just found you on Pinterest! I live in Hutto and it’s fun to see you post from here in Austin!

  216. I didn’t check ANYTHING online for a week. Do you know how many contests I missed? I’m so happy I at least get to try for this one!

  217. Happy New Year! Hope your family is starting 2013 healthy again.

  218. Carol Ascher says:

    Sorry you don’t feel well! Hope you get better soon! Happy New Year!

  219. I am in!

  220. being sick is the wooooooorst! it’s the one time i beg my family NOT to share… blugh. get feeling better soon.
    here’s to a healthier new year than the last week of last year.

  221. Wow, hope everyone is feeling better!
    Major surgeries are just rotten.

  222. ok, here’s my comment

  223. Hope you’re feeling better soon. I have really enjoyed your blog.

  224. I’m a nurse!! Sounds like you need me me, email me for any advice, anytime. I enjoy your blog and thank you for the discount for my Christmas present to me – a shiny new Silhouette, that I bought through the link on your site. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! A $100 gift card to True Value, let’s see. . . spray paint, hardware for shelves in my closet (yours are great – thanks for the idea), lamp hardware, oh. . . I could go on and on! Wishing you a safe, happy and HEALTHY new year, full of blogging with lots of new projects for all of us out here in “readerland”.

  225. I would love to win!

  226. I just came across your blog and am so bummed for your sickies! We have had some pukers here and it is never a fun time. Hope all are recovered!!

  227. Thanks for offering this giveaway

  228. Well in a warped way, I am glad to know that I am not the only one who never made it to decorating this year either. Sad to say we managed to get the tree drug up to the LR but never got a single ornament on it. Just crazy horrible year. Mom passing away from cancer and hubby working 2 jobs. Just be glad you all can recover.

  229. Thanks for the give away. Love your blog.

  230. oooh not too late? I hope you’re feeling better by now! Boy could this GC come in handy – we’re in the process of selling our house and any extra $$ towards paint and light fixtures is a dream!
    Thank you thank you!


  231. We fought the sick-bug in December too! Hope you’re feeling better and thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  232. Thanks for the giveaway! I hope you and your family are feeling better!

  233. Knocking on wood, no one got sick over holiday in our house! Heard alot of stories of people getting sick though. Hope you and your family are feeling better.
    Would love to win $100 gift card to True Value. Thanks!

  234. Just started following your blog. I love it! For once a blog by someone that is real and doesn’t make me feel inadequate because my house isn’t perfect. Hope you all feel better. Being sick during the holidays is terrible.

  235. Allison,

    It would be AWESOME to win!


  236. I’m a new reader/follower, love your ideas!!! Oh yeah, and I’d love to win. 😉

  237. Happy new year and FEEL BETTER!!!! Thank you for this great giveaway!

  238. Tori Chauvin says:

    I hope you feel better.

  239. Hope you are feeling better. We have had the flu, viruses and colds here too. I would love to win!

  240. Allison, I’m so sorry you aren’t feeling well. Our house is going through similar right now. Do you have allergies to cedar b/c it is cedar season right now in Austin? I hope you feel better soon!


  241. Hope you guys are feeling better! Thanks for the chance, I’d love to win this…I’ve got several projects for the new year! Happy New Year!

  242. We have a local True Value and I have never been! Would love a gift card to help with the many projects we have lined up.

  243. Just found your blog via pinterest and your awesome curtain instructions, and I’m now a follower. Hope everyone feels better 🙂

  244. Get well soon! What a horrid way to end the old year and these first few days of the new year are sucking for you too. Thanks for offering a give-away. Any redecorator would love this gift card.

  245. Hope your household is sickness free soon!

  246. Hope you feel better soon.
    We just bought a new house, and now we need to decorate it. A gift card would come in handy.

  247. Wow, so sorry you all have been so sick. It’s hard to deal with when it drags on. Thanks for this chance to win…. I surely could use it on my old house 🙂

  248. I hope you all start to feel better. No fun- we all went through it before Christmas :-(.

  249. Ugh! We are going through that now…just as I get better, my husband got it. Hope you have a healthy 2013!

  250. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  251. Ooooh! what fun!
    thanks for the chance to win!

  252. Hope you feel better ASAP!!

  253. SO many ideas for $100 to True Value 🙂

  254. Mary Frances says:

    Here’s hoping for a quick recovery for you and yours – on a lighter side “think spring!”

  255. I hope you guys feel better soon!

  256. thanks for the giveaway! I hope I win 🙂 and I hope you feel better asap!

  257. Hope you all start to get better!

  258. Hope you all are feeling better! We got sick too. Blah!

  259. Tricia @ Simplicityinthesouth says:

    I’ve been wanting to get started on painting my kitchen cabinets. This would be my incentive to get motivated!

  260. Hope y’all get well and stay well! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  261. Monica Jones says:

    I’d love to win this giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity & Happy New Year!

  262. Don’t feel alone, we’ve got 5 kids down with colds now including 10 month old twins- FUN!!! : )

  263. Thanks for this opportunity!

  264. I just discovered your website and can’t wait to start making my own curtains! I hope you feel better!

  265. Hope you are feeling better. Thanks for the giveaway.

  266. Glad you were chosen for the DIY. Thanks for sharing all your great DIY tricks! Hope you all stay well~

  267. Feel better soon! and check out my blog if yo have a sec…

  268. Great blog! I’m adding you to my DIY Pinterest board!

  269. I hope you are feeling better and everyone is getting back to normal! Happy New Year! Thank you for the chance to win!

  270. Wild Orchid says:

    Thanks for the cool giveaway!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  271. Cynthia Willis says:

    I just discovered your website, plus some greats Disney pins! Keep up the good work!

  272. Hope you feel better soon! We’ve been dealing with lots of sickies since Thanksgiving day so I know exactly how you feel!

  273. Being sick is NO fun. Get well soon!

  274. Hope you’re back to being 100% well very soon!

  275. Hope you are all feeling better now! Thanks for the giveaway…love me some True Value! Wendy

  276. Just found this website – very cool. I can see I have a lot to learn here.

  277. $100 would be great for redecorating my master :-)! Hope you get better soon !

  278. Thanks for the giveaway

  279. Thanks for the giveaway

  280. Sure hope you’re feeling better! Great giveaway! Sure hope to win!

  281. Cheryl in Broken Arrow says:

    I feel your pain — I’ve been sick since Christmas Eve, and I am still coughing! ugh
    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  282. Count me in! =)

  283. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  284. Oo, oo! Pick me! 😉 Thank you for offering the giveaway!

  285. Kayla Hills says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  286. I’m glad you’re finally feeling better Allison. Just saw this post and am commenting late. But, not too late to win 🙂

  287. Thanks for the giveaway! Hope you’re feeling better now.

  288. ugh sounds awful! I hope everyone feels better soon!

  289. I’m late to the game, but not too late, thank goodness!! Here’s to your family feeling better soon!

  290. Would be perfect to win this

  291. Love true value!

  292. Thanks for the giveaway! My local True Value store is awesome!!!

  293. Just found your blog and the DIY curtain rod project, love them both! Hope you and your family are on your way to a healthy 2013!

  294. Fawn Strunk says:

    I love your blog and I would love to be able to win this.. I need color in this house I have a big diy list this yer and this would help me start it

  295. just moved…so i would LOVE to get to use this gift card!!!

  296. Christine Kellejian says:

    I would be truly happy to win the card. My family has been sick like yours, but I had 2 major back surgeries this past month to add to the mix,and the last one done on an emergency basis:( Its been a rough Nov/Dec for me, I need some cheering up!! hehe!! Reading my Saturday paper the other day, there was a section about DIY bloggers and would ya know it, YOUR name and blog was mentioned!! It was showing the blog about the inexpensive bedding you made for your daughter and discussed how you can make it!! I been reading you since about the time you moved to your current home, so I was pretty excited to see your name in our paper. BTW, I live in Tallahassee, Florida 🙂

  297. Wanda Warfield says:

    I know I am late entering, kind of new to this contest entering thing. I have had my bathroom and kitchen re-done last year. This year I have 2 bedrooms to re-do and my living room and winning this gift card would be very helpful. Thanks so much for having this contest.

  298. Oh boy appendicitis! About 5 years ago mine ruptured and was in hospital for what felt like forever. Took 5 surguries to get all the infection out. But came thru it. Hope you caught that soon enough so you didn’t have to go through all that. God bless you and your family 🙂