Chronicle Books #GiveBooks 2014


With the holidays fast approaching, I’m sure most of you have already started eying potential gifts for your loved ones, and with all the wonderful books that have come out over the last few year, it would be a shame to not include a few to give.  Chronicle Books is launching their 3rd season of the Give Books campaign, where for every person who pledges to #GiveBooks via social media or here, you’re helping them reach their goal of donating 10,000 books to children in need through First Book.  You can also get 30% off + free shipping on orders at Chronicle Books (excluding personalized items) through December 31, 2014 with code GIVEBOOKS.

And as a special kick off, 1 of you lucky ducks gets a chance to win these 10 books that I’ll be giving away as gifts this season!  Keep reading for details!


For my husband, who’s the epitome of a slow (and messy!) cooker, I’ll definitely be giving him copies of these 2 cookbooks.

Cooking Slow  |  Tartine Book No. 3


After years of having destination weddings back to back to back, I thought we were done, but low and behold, next year one of my bridesmaids is getting married AND I’m getting a new sister-in-law, so wedding books for everyone!

Handmade Weddings  |  All the Essentials Wedding Planner


You can never have too many craft books, and these are two of my favorites!

Paper+Craft  |  Pretty Packages


I know a few ladies who are quite the party planners, so an easy party kit and flower decorating book are top of my list to give them.

Decorate with Flowers  |  Pretty Paper Parties


The 75 Artist Books I’ll probably keep for myself since I absolutely LOVE handmade books and these are stunners, and for my friends who are soon embarking on motherhood for the first time, having a guide to help you along the way is always appreciated.

75 Artist Books  |  The Baby Bump

To win a copy of all the books you see above, leave a comment below with what book YOU’LL be giving this year as a gift!  We’ll announce the winner on Friday.  Good luck, and #givebooks!!

[title image by Lisa Congdon, book images from Chronicle Books]

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Scoutmob sweepstakes


Have you guys checked out Scoutmob’s new all-wedding site?  Its a great place to find handmade decor, gifts and details for your big day.  To welcome in the new site in style, Scoutmob is giving away $500 to put towards any purchases from the new wedding site.  All you have to do is enter!  The competition will be running through the month of August, so head over for your chance to win.

[image from Scoutmob]

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Ann Wood Handmade winner


You guys are so creative!  I can’t believe how many great name combos you came up with!  I wish you could all win, but sadly, there can only be one, so congrats to #81 Erin who named her bunnies Erin & Alex after her and her fiancé!  I’ll pass your info on to Ann so you can work out the details together!

[image from Ann Wood]

Ann Wood Handmade giveaway


Ann Wood has long since been a favorite when it comes to the sweetest animal cake toppers. What she can create with some fabric & paper is just magical, and I’m lucky enough to say I own one of her birdies (and I’m absolutely going crazy for her flamingos!)  But today, we’re giving away one of her newest designs, a pair of forest folk bunnies!  The winner gets to pick what color glittery shoes & bouquet the lady bunny gets.  Because Ann usually names her little creatures, leave a comment below with what YOU’D name this adorable pair, and the winner will be announced on Friday.  Good luck!  CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

Contest open to US residence only. 

[image from Ann Wood Handmade]

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Maptote winner


Wow, looks like you guys really want some Maptotes for your weddings!  So happy to see such a great response!  Unfortunately, there can only be one winner, and that lucky lady is #26 Kim, who wants Columbus Ohio totes!  Congrats Kim!  We’ll send your email off to the lovely folks at Maptote.

Thanks everyone for entering!