Christmas Card Giveaway Winners!

It’s time to find out the winners of my Shutterfly Christmas Card giveaway. HUGE thanks to Shutterfly for sponsoring such an awesome promotion for bloggers and their readers! Watch the video to find out who won! (And excuse my weird facial expressions. Obviously I am not destined to be a TV/movie star.)

Congratulations to the 3 winners! You all should have been contacted by me, so if you didn’t receive your code, please let me know!

You may have noticed that I’m wearing a strange shirt in this video. The shirt is part of my Halloween costume. Here’s the complete look:

I’m a Price Is Right contestant! My workplace has a costume contest every year, and I am proud to say that I won second place for the second year in a row! I’m now $15 richer. Woohoo!

I hope you all have a great week!

Booky Goodness and a Giveaway

One of my goals for the new year is to read more, and I am proud to report that I have already finished two books! Better yet, I’m even going to give away one of them, so stay tuned!

I kept reading/hearing things about the novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and so I decided to use some Christmas money and order the book. I am so glad I did because this book ended up being one of the best books I’ve read in quite some time. It’s an epistolary novel set on Guernsey, part of the Channel Islands, after World War II (I had to look up exactly where the Channel Islands were), and it tells the story of a group of people on Guernsey who began a literary society as a cover from the German soldiers, who occupied the island for most of the war. The letters focus mainly on Juliet, a cheeky, charming British author who learns about the society through one of its members who happens to find a book with Juliet’s name in it and then writes her. Her curiosity is piqued with his first letter, and other letters follow. Soon Juliet finds herself corresponding with several of the society’s members, and she becomes quite attached to them, and they to her. The letters provide fascinating and sometimes heartbreaking glimpses into life during wartime, and I found myself at times brought to laughter and tears while reading their stories. A visit to the island itself is practically inevitable for Juliet, and what she finds there is certainly more than she bargained for. I adored this book and its style, and with the slight caveat that there is some language in it, I highly recommend it.

The other book I read is The Spark, written by Chris Downie, who is the founder and CEO of SparkPeople.com, the weight loss and fitness website that I have mentioned many times on my blog. Part inspirational memoir and part self-help, the book details a very practical and focused 28-day plan for achieving your goals. While the focus of the book is primarily on weight loss, Downie points out that many of the principles can be applied to goals in other areas of life. Although much of the content was a review for me due to my two year experience with the SparkPeople site, it gave me fresh motivation to reach my weight loss goal and reminded me of the fundamentals that are so essential to successful weight loss. This book would no doubt be very helpful for someone who is beginning a weight loss journey or needs new motivation and inspiration, which is why I want to give away my copy!

To be entered in the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me why you would like to win the book. That’s it! The contest will end Friday, January 15 at 5:00 p.m. CST. and is open to anyone in the U.S. I will use random.org to draw a winner.