***Christmas at Home: A Celebration!!!*** Blogmania 2010 is Here!

On September 15, 2010, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived!  Get out your comfiest computer chair, some snuggly jams and a BIG glass of iced tea or your favorite coffee mug.  The next 48 hours are going to be unbelievable!  At the final countdown, there are 168 blogs with nearly $40,000 in giveaways!  Here [...]

The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived!  Get out your comfiest computer chair, some snuggly jams and a BIG glass of iced tea or your favorite coffee mug.  The next 48 hours are going to be unbelievable!  At the final countdown, there are 168 blogs with nearly $40,000 in giveaways!  Here at Busy-at-Home, alone, you can win nearly $1500 in giveaways!  We have the most amazing sponsors offering all of you some tremendous prizes!  I’m going to remind you of each sponsor and prize, give you our Blogmania Giveaway Rules and then you can submit one, single, required entry to be entered into ALL of our fabulous giveaway drawings!  After that, I will link you to every participating blog, so that you can enter giveaways to your heart’s content!  I’m SO excited for all of you!  I can’t wait to send the emails that say, “You’re a Winner!”

Our Busy-at-Home Blogmania Sponsor & Prize List

  1. Gift Package #1 that includes:
    • Aunt Joy’s………………………………..Handmade Personalized Christmas Stocking in the Tall Tree Design (app. value $30)
    • Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies……………20 cookie assortment box (app. value $25)
  2. Gift Package #2 that includes:
    • Aunt Joy’s……………………………….A second Handmade Personalized Christmas Stocking in the Tall Tree Design (app. value $30)
    • The Two Savvy Sisters……………….Printable Party Collection of your Choice from their Etsy shop (app. value $25)
  3. Gift Package #3 that includes:
    • Balsam Hill……………………………………….36″ lighted Noble Fir Christmas Wreath (app. value $130)
  4. Gift Package #4 that includes:
    • Bodycology………………………………………Brown Sugar Vanilla Christmas Gift Basket Set. (app. value $50)..
  5. Gift Package #5 that includes:
  6. Gift Package #6 that includes:
    • Cake Pan Lady…………………………………..Custom engraved 9×13 Cake Pan in your choice of colors & design (app. value $33)
  7. Gift Package #7 that includes:
    • Hard Candy………………………………………Fabulous makeup gift basket & makeup bag (app. value $50)
  8. Gift Package #8 that includes:
    • Keurig……………………………………………..Keurig Special Edition Brewer & 4 Assorted Boxes of K-Cups (app. value $200) (…
  9. Gift Package #9 that includes:
    • Lenox……………………………………………..8 Place Settings of “Winter Song”, their 2010 Christmas china pattern (app. value $688)
  10. Gift Package #10 that includes:
    • Lil’s Garden Shop……………………..Stick Horse Head of your Choice from Lil’s Etsy shop (app. value $24)
    • Lollipop Patch Kids…………………..His & Hers Christmas-themed Shirt Saver Bibs from their Etsy shop (app. value $12)
    • Poppin’ Dot’s Boutique………………Pillowcase Dress of your choice from their Etsy shop (app. value $9)
  11. Gift Package #11 that includes:
    • Scentsy…………………………………………..$50 gift certificate
  12. Gift Package #12 that includes:
    • stella & dot………………………………………$100 gift certificate

Giveaway Rules:

  • You must be 18 or older and a U.S. resident to enter.
  • One entry per day Sept 15 and one entry per day Sept 16.  Duplicate daily entries will be deleted.
  • Winners will be selected by random drawing at random.org, when our Blogmania Giveaway concludes at midnight (CST), Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.
  • Winners will be notified by email on September 17 and have 48 hours to submit shipping info.  Winners who have not responded to the email by 6 pm (CST), Sept. 19, 2010, will be disqualified and a new winner will be selected at random.org.

Blogmania September 16, 2010 Entry Form:

To be registered in each of the drawings listed above, you only need to register one time. One entry puts you into the drawings for all 12 gift packages.

You MUST CLICK HERE and Follow Busy-at-Home on Twitter and submit the comment form below, letting me know you have done it.  That’s it!  Super simple!

(I realize some of you may not have a Twitter account [ummm...why? - lol], so, if you don’t you may alternatively follow Busy-at-Home on Google Friend’s Connect.  Again, just indicate which you have done on the form below.)

Easy, easy!  Have fun!  I can’t wait until midnight!

Thanks so much for entering.  The entries are now closed and the Entry Form disabled while we draw for the winners!  Have a great night and watch for the winner list announcement, tomorrow!

Other Participating Blogmania Blogs! 48 Hours to Win BIG!!!

Busy-at-Home does not endorse or police the content of any website other than its own.  I do want to encourage you to be vigilant as you leave our website to visit other blogs.  All the blogs listed below are registered participants in Blogmania 2010, and most I would consider friends and I actually frequent their blogs, myself.  That being said, I do not own this list and so am not able to edit the list or remove blogs that I would not visit myself.  I have visited each site, prior to posting this list, and while none would be qualified as explicitly obscene, there are several that in my estimation, are NOT family-friendly.  So, I urge you to use good judgment as you visit these sites.  I want you to have a great time and win prizes that are relevant to you and your family, but I also feel an obligation to ask you to use caution as you leave Busy-at-Home.

Blogmania 2010 Begins at 12:01 am, Sept 15!!! – FINAL BONUS!!!

On September 14, 2010, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

It’s time!  It’s here!  At midnight on September 16 (CST), it will all be over and some of you will be the winners of the over $1500 in prizes being sponsored here at Busy-at-Home for our Christmas at Home: A Celebration event!!!!   That means today, September 14, is the last day to complete any Bonus [...]

It's arrived! The Winter Song china from Lenox is here!

It’s time!  It’s here!  At midnight on September 16 (CST), it will all be over and some of you will be the winners of the over $1500 in prizes being sponsored here at Busy-at-Home for our Christmas at Home: A Celebration event!!!!   That means today, September 14, is the last day to complete any Bonus entries.  At midnight tonight, those are all going away and being replaced by the official Blogmania entry page, which can only be submitted one time on the 15th and one time on the 16th.

Dinner plate detail.

Salad plate detail. Aren't they gorgeous!!???!!!

To inspire you to catch up on your bonuses and remind you how awesome our Busy at Home sponsors are, I want to share the pictures of the new Winter Song china from Lenox that arrived here, a couple of days ago.  It is even more beautiful than the stock pictures I shared with you in my earlier Lenox review.  The place setting includes a dinner plate, salad plate, mug and and a bowl.  It will make a gorgeous Christmas table, but I also love the idea that this pattern translates to use all winter long with its lovely winter scenes.  The branches, berries, greenery and pinecones twining around and across the pieces are perfect table complements throughout the whole season and you will fall in love with the hand-painted birds perched delicately on the salad plate.  I know I have.  You are going to get to see it many times, in pictures of delicious food, for my upcoming recipe posts!

Attention to the most beautiful detail - even INSIDE the bowl!

Beautiful bowl!

I have one last Blogmania Bonus Entry for you, in honor of receiving this beautiful place setting to review.

1. “Like” Lenox on Facebook.

2. Paste this message on the Lenox Facebook wall.  “The new Winter Song holiday pattern is absolutely gorgeous!  I’m entered to win it at Busy-at-Home http://busy-at-home.com/blog/blogmania-2010-begins-at-1201-am-sept-15-final-bonus/.  Thanks for being a Blogmania 2010 sponsor!

3.  BONUS ENTRIES HAVE NOW EXPIRED.  Don’t miss the main event!  Enter now at our main Blogmania entry page!

INSIDE the mug! I love the attention to detail!

Tall, gorgeous mug! (Very weird lighting on my counter in this one, but the mug looks great!)

Remember, you only have until midnight, tonight, September 14 to complete your Bonuses.  You must be 18 or older and a resident of the United States to win.  Winners will be selected by random drawing from all qualified entries, using random.org and will be notified on September 17, 2010.

Who Wants Bonus Entries!?! Who Wants Three!!!?

On July 26, 2010, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

I wanted to write this morning to make sure everyone understands the entry process for Blogmania.  Even if you only submit one entry, that one entry will be entered in EVERY single “Christmas at Home: A Celebration!” giveaway.  So, if by September 15, you have completed 30 Bonus entries, you will have 30 Bonus entries [...]

I wanted to write this morning to make sure everyone understands the entry process for Blogmania.  Even if you only submit one entry, that one entry will be entered in EVERY single “Christmas at Home: A Celebration!” giveaway.  So, if by September 15, you have completed 30 Bonus entries, you will have 30 Bonus entries in EVERY single one of our Busy-at-Home giveaways.  This really increases your odds of winning one of our prize packages on Sept 16, because at midnight Sept 14, Bonus Entry opportunities go away.  You won’t have the option of going back to get them.  People who come to the main event on Sept 15 and 16, will be allowed ONE ENTRY each of those two days, so they will have missed out on all the extra chances to win.  I’m so glad you are all making the most of the opportunities, because our sponsors are amazing and have been incredibly generous.  The prize list (see the list at the bottom of this post) is growing and it will make celebrating Christmas at home a blast!

So, with that said, I have three BONUS ENTRIES available for you, today!

Bonus Entry #6

Have you always wanted to write a blog, but didn’t know where to start?  Do you already write using a Blogger platform and your blog just needs a face-lift?  I have the perfect place for you to get a theme to match your personality and vision for your blog.  Let Brianne at busy.b{custom}designs kick-start your writing with a beautiful custom blogger theme!

  1. “Like” busy.b{custom}designs on Facebook.
  2. Copy this note to busy.b{custom}designs Facebook Wall.  I’m visiting from Busy-at-Home.   http://www.busy-at-home.com/blog/http://busy-at-home.com/blog/who-wants-bonus-entries-who-wants-three/   I can’t wait for Blogmania 2010!  The Busy-at-Home blog graphics were awesome!
  3. BONUS ENTRIES HAVE NOW EXPIRED.  Don’t miss the main event!  Enter now at our main Blogmania entry page!



Bonus Entry #7

I know you love this sponsor as much as I do!  And they are so awesome, this is their second giveaway at Busy-at-Home!  Bodycology makes pampering yourself with beautifully scented, luxurious products affordable and easy.

  1. “Like” Bodycology on Facebook.
  2. Copy this note to Bodycology’s Facebook Wall.  I’m visiting from Busy-at-Home.   http://www.busy-at-home.com/blog/http://busy-at-home.com/blog/who-wants-bonus-entries-who-wants-three/   I can’t wait for Blogmania 2010!
  3. BONUS ENTRIES HAVE NOW EXPIRED.  Don’t miss the main event!  Enter now at our main Blogmania entry page!


Bonus Entry #8

Who doesn’t want the absolute best to serve their guests – something customized to their  specific tastes?   Keurig makes it simple to indulge yourself and those you are entertaining with your favorite flavors – whether it is flavored coffees, teas, cocoas or even iced coffee!  A Keurig Special Edition Brewer and assortment of K-Cups will be the talk of every party!

  1. “Like” Keurig on Facebook. (If you already “like” them, just paste the message below on their wall and snag that extra entry!)
  2. Copy this note to Keurig’s Facebook Wall.  I’m visiting from Busy-at-Home.   http://www.busy-at-home.com/blog/http://busy-at-home.com/blog/who-wants-bonus-entries-who-wants-three/   I can’t wait for Blogmania 2010 and a perfectly brewed Keurig K-Cup beverage!
  3. BONUS ENTRIES HAVE NOW EXPIRED.  Don’t miss the main event!  Enter now at our main Blogmania entry page!


So far, you have five other Busy-at-Home opportunities to collect bonus entries for Blogmania 2010.  It won’t take you long to catch up, at all.  Go for it!


Our Fabulous Sponsors

It’s almost too exciting for me to stand, that we have so many great sponsors and products to bring to you between now and September!  And the giveaways are spectacular!  I can’t wait for the list to be complete and you to catch the mania that keeps me blogging away about this.  You won’t believe all that is in store!  Review products have started arriving, here, at Busy-at-Home and once we have tested and tried them, and taken all the pictures, we’ll be posting our reviews for you.  In the meantime, I want to share our list, to date, and thank these outstanding companies, stores and shops for participating!  I’ll keep you posted as new sponsors add their gifts to your prize opportunities.

  • Balsam Hill – 36″ Noble Fir Lighted Christmas Wreath
  • Bodycology – Holiday Gift Basket of Brown Sugar Vanilla Products
  • Busy.B{Custom}Designs – Complete Blogger Theme w/ Add-ons
  • Gimmee Jimmy’s Cookies – Classic Assortment 20
  • Hard Candy – Holiday Gift Basket of Makeup Products
  • Keurig – Single Cup Coffee Brewer and K-Cup Variety Pack
  • Lil’s Garden – precious, handmade stick horse head
  • Lollipop Patch Kids – a set of adorable his and hers ShirtSaver bibs
  • Poppin’ Dots Boutique – Toddler Pillowcase Dress
  • stella & dot – $100 Gift Certificate
  • Scentsy – $50 Gift Certificate
  • The Cake Pan Lady – Custom Engraved 9×13 Cake Pan
  • The Two Savvy Sisters – Christmas Word Blocks Decor

  • How about a sneak peek at the other blogs and fabulous sponsors taking part in Blogmania 2010? I can do that!! Visit the main Blogmania site, where traffic has become so intense that it will be moved to a larger server in mid-August. When you’re there you’ll be able to read about other blogs and sponsors for giveaways you can enter Sept. 15 & 16. Or you can check out the main Blogmania Facebook Page. New sponsors and prizes are being listed there daily!

    Review & Giveaway: Busy.B{Custom} Designs

    On July 24, 2010, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

    Brianne, at Busy.B{Custom}Designs, made my day when she agreed to allow me to do a review and giveaway of her creative talent and expertise in designing custom blog themes. She is one of the excellent sponsors for our “Christmas at Home: A Celebration!” Blogmania Giveaway event which will be held September 15 & 16.  Once [...]

    Brianne, at Busy.B{Custom}Designs, made my day when she agreed to allow me to do a review and giveaway of her creative talent and expertise in designing custom blog themes. She is one of the excellent sponsors for our “Christmas at Home: A Celebration!” Blogmania Giveaway event which will be held September 15 & 16.  Once we were into the process and Brianne and I both realized that I have a WordPress blog and she makes Blogger themes, she didn’t even bat an eye. She just rolled up her sleeves and created a custom background, header and button graphics that I can use in my blog, on letterhead and printed materials, in ads, etc.

    I can’t even describe how great a relief it was to work with someone who was so professional, but also very “comfortable”.  I didn’t feel pressured to make decisions and she explained what she needed, and why, so clearly, that the process was pretty much effortless on my part.  Brianne was able to capture the essence of what Busy-at-Home is all about and how I want to represent it.  She emailed me a questionnaire that took about 10 minutes to fill out, so she could get all the information and basics about my blog.  She also asked me to think about websites I really love and why I love them, as well as websites I don’t care for and what about them I didn’t like.  It really made me think about and recognize the theme elements I was looking for.

    Brianne put together a header from the information I gave her, and after sending it to me and then getting a little more information, she came up with the beautiful header and background you see here.  (Right-click your mouse, anywhere on the image, and select View Image, to see it full-size.)  I was so excited when it arrived!  I absolutely love it!  She even left the center of the header open and customizable, so I can add photos of my grandkids, a picture of me in the kitchen or homeschooling with the kids, whatever fits my mood that day.  It truly is personal and customized just to my needs.

    As an added bonus, Brianne also created this cute blog button, that I can trade to put on other bloggers “blog-rolls”.  She really did go “above and beyond”, especially when she found out I don’t even use Blogger software for my blog.  She worked very quickly and professionally, yet I felt like I had all her attention and she was so open and receptive to hearing what I was looking for.  I really enjoyed working with her and was very satisfied that someone I had never even met face-to-face, really “got me” and understood what I was looking for.  I highly recommend Busy.B{Custom}Designs!  All of you who are working with the Blogger platform are in for a big treat if you give her the opportunity to customize a blog theme that really fits your style!

    Here’s the best part of all!  Brianne has graciously consented to do A Master Package custom Blogger/Blogspot blog design and $24 in add-ons that could include an animated header, custom signature, a blog button or many more  other options, for one lucky Busy-at-Home reader.  The winner will be selected September 16 at the conclusion of our Blogmania 2010 “Christmas at Home: A Celebration” giveaway event.  The prize package is valued at $99!  If you’re a blogger, now, or if you have only been tossing around the idea of starting your own blog, this will be the perfect way to “put on a new face” for your readers.  So, you definitely need to bookmark this page!  Youll want to be sure to get your entry in on Sept 15 & 16.  In the meantime, watch for Bonus Entry opportunities, by subscribing to our email updates.  (Right-hand sidebar)

    If you can’t wait until September, visit Busy.B{Custom}Designs, today, and get started on your own custom Blogger package.  Visiting the website, you’ll get to see many of the designs that Brianne has already created and maybe inspire some of your own.  I can’t wait to see your “makeovers”.  Be sure to stop by and leave a note, so I can visit your newly designed blog!

    P.S.  You will only have one chance to enter the giveaways in Blogmania 2010 on Sept. 15 & 16, so remember, I have been providing Bonus Entry opportunities along the way.  Collect all the bonuses and multiply your chances of winning one of the great prizes we have for you during Blogmania “Christmas at Home: A Celebration!”

    I received a customized blog header graphic, blog background graphic and blog button graphic in order to complete this review. The views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and no payment was received to write the review.

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