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Monday, April 7, 2008

Randomness with a Giveaway thrown in just for fun

I've been having trouble sleeping the last week or so. Well, that's not entirely true - once I'm actually asleep, I'm fine. It's the getting to sleep that is the problem. My brain acts as if it's going through its second puberty - wanting to stay up all night and party, oblivious of the time. For the last 2 weeks, I have been awake until 3:30 am (or later) and have had to force myself to go to my bed and either read or count the filigree cutouts on my ceiling fan. For some people, this would not be an issue - but since I have a son that likes to wake up at the rooster's first crow, my eyes don't really force themselves open until after the second cup of coffee. Then I'm all good.

I think it's because I cut sugar out of my diet. Not only have I lost 17 pounds in the last month, I've begun to lose my desire for sleep. Go figure. I've also been cleaning the heck out of my house - Spring Fling Boogie (that's what the FlyLady used to call it, anyway).

However, in my fit of getting things done, I did not finish the apron for last month's "monthly contest", so I will be giving that away at a later date. Sorry...I dropped that old proverbial ball with a bang, didn't I? Got you all to guess what it was and then - psyche! you can't have it because it's not finished. Sigh.


So...I'm going to announce this month's giveaway now! (Don't you love the fanfare? woo hoo, huh?) Since it is Spring...and everyone and their Grandma seems to be in a cleaning and de-cluttering mood, I thought, "What better than some books on organizing?" These are from my personal collection and are in almost new condition -- I say that because I don't want someone thinking they are brand! spankin! new! and when they get them and see that they have been read to think I'm cheap. Let me assure you that I'm not cheap - the correct term is thrifty. Want to know what is up for grabs this month?

Here ya go:

The One-Minute Organizer Plain & Simple is the perfect handbook for busy people who don't have time for a top-to-bottom purge or a complete organizational overhaul. Instead Donna Smallin provides 500 fast and innovative ways anybody can become a bit more organized . . . right now. Each tip delivers instant gratification, makes your world a little less cluttered, and brings you one step closer to a more orderly life.
Smallin inspires readers by showing how much can be accomplished with an investment of no more than 15 minutes a day. Every tip is accompanied by a time estimate of 1, 5, 10, or 15 minutes.


But Wait! There's more!


This book is filled with so many 'gee wiz' ideas for cleaning and organization. Just everyday tips and tricks you don't normally think to do. There are some tips on using certain items for cleaning that I did not know about at all. There were so many that as I read sections of the book, I would highlight all that applied (which was a lot) then I would go back and read through those again to remember them all. I have made suggestions to friends and family. It always seemed that I never had enough hours in the day. Clutter had become a way of life. This book shows how to organize yourself, how to clean, and how to stay on track with it. Even if you are organized the tips on cleaning are very helpful. Would recommend this book to anyone! I read it just in time for Spring Cleaning :)


THE RULES:

~The contest begins today and ends Wednesday, 4/30 at 12pm CMT.
~One entry per person, please. (I will enter your name FIVE more times if you mention this contest on your blog or link to it in your sidebar using the html code I've provided here - just let me know you've posted in the comments so I can visit.)
~You do not have to have a blog to enter - just be sure to leave me your contact information in the comments.
~No Anonymous comments will be entered for obvious reasons.
~Random Number generator will choose the winner.

Good Luck!

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140 comments:

Flea said...

Here's me commenting so I can win!!!!

mummymac (Elaine) said...

I posted a link Karen - great giveaway!

http://homebutnotalone.wordpress.com/2008/04/08/cool-giveaway/

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

I'm in!

Emily said...

ooh these look like great reads! i'd love a chance to win. :)

windycindy said...

Greetings! These seem so handy! I can always use handy and helpful. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Mzzterry said...

hi Karen. Add me. You are linked at my site too, actually about three times!!!

Always Been Different said...

Ok Karen I am in (even though I HATE to read LOL!) also you know I NEVER sleep (wish it was because sugar) so call me anytime and we will chat while we clean :-) oh yeah I added your ad thingy to my blog too

Love ya
Jeanette

Lesha said...

Sounds great!

Kierra said...

thanks for the giveaway!

Elaine A. said...

Sleep is my second favorite thing after chocolate and I can never seem to get enough of either!

I would LOVE these books. I really need a little help in the organization area. And I put your cute little button on my sidebar. : )

ihchicky said...

My house is way too small with way too much stuff and definitely a major lack of organization. These books would really help. Thank you for hosting the giveaway :)

Misty said...

OH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want that meal organizer so bad! I am putting a link on my blog now!

Kitchen Scrapbook said...

Oh, I need some books like this! I'm the most disorganized person around. Sigh! Please enter my name! One of my friends really recommends that Emilie Barnes book. She had a ladies' talk on organizing one time and read/gave tips out of it quite a bit.

Debbie said...

Please enter me .... I need all the help that I can get in organization and sleep!!!
(although I know you didn't offer sleep help!)

Thanks for the contest!
~ Debbie (Misty's BFF)

USMCWife said...

I seriously need to win this! I am a packrat by heart, and try and try as I might, I can't seem to get things organized, no matter how hard I try. I hope I win this, so our next PCS move with the USMC will be so much easier, because I'll be more organized.

louiseb130 said...

Everyone could use more organization!

fangirl said...

I wish I could get organized in one minute. Thanks for the fun blog.

Margaret said...

Nice prize.

pcbdolphins said...

I SOOOOOOO need this. I am so unorganized and my small apartment is a wreck

alan said...

I would love to see if one minute organizing would really keep up my messy place!

monica said...

nice i can use some organizing help as my house is for sale.

Farm Chick said...

I am a homeschooling mom of 4 and I need more books like I need more laundry, but I am IN!! :)

dwarzel said...

Count me in!

lisacna said...

I could use these !!

Mya said...

one minute organization? This I've got to read to believe!

Shannon said...

Looks like a book i could really use.

vinorojo said...

these books will com in handy. Thanks!

Mesargent813@yahoo.com

Miranda said...

Organizing and cleaning

danosor said...

great prize

"J" said...

Please enter me! =)
I also posted your button on my sidebar!

WAY TO GO ON THE WEIGHT LOSS!!!!! Do you really think it was just the sugar? I'm a HUGE sweet tea drinker...if I cut it out...you think it will kick start my weight loss???

WAY TO GO FOR YOU!!!! =)
That ROCKS!!!

Wendy said...

You lost 17 pounds in one month after cutting out sugar?!? Wow! I really didn't believe it would make that big of a difference, but you've convinced me.

And the books sound good, too. Count me in, please!

demmi said...

I could use this book

farm suite said...

So all my rowdy friends (silly but true) said I had to come read your blog. And they were right! I hope to win, or maybe KL will win and I can "borrow" the books :).

Thank you for the nice blog. I posted a link.

LINDALSHOT said...

Here I am!

js22 said...

ooh organizing! wouldn't that be a great read especially if one followed instructions in the book :-)

arbrashears said...

Can't tell you how loved and used this would be in our home!

arbrashears(at)msn(dot)com

sweetiepie said...

Gosh, I could use some organizing, so this would be a great win!

nnst123@gmail.com

Toasters said...

Thanks

Restless Pilgrim said...

Thanks!

lritscher said...

This would be great!

LaughNLove said...

cool prize, hope I win.

angelaandconnor at gmail.com said...

Id really hate to admit it.. but some people have told me I have way too much clutter... :(

I blogged you on Prize-a-Tron!
http://www.prizeatron.com

chromiumman said...

oh, how i desperately need to read this

krystal said...

i would like to win this.

Tobye said...

Organized in a minute? Sign me up!

sweetsue said...

I am overwhelmed with paperwork, clothing that doesn't fit, and general clutter. I would love to win one of these books.

Susan said...

Organize me, please!

sillelin said...

I'm in!

Tammy said...

Thanks for the chance -- you've been blogged http://threedifferentdirections.blogspot.com/2008/04/organization.html

MimiJ06 said...

I'd have to take my organizing one minute at a time, so this is perfect for me!! Thanks for sharing.

DOODLEGIRL said...

I'd like to read the organizing book

Chrystal said...

Would love to read these!!

eell said...

I need to get organized

trishden said...

Organization is key, organizing my thoughts right now!

Muddy said...

Commenting for an entry! Thanks for offering a giveaway.

Elliemae said...

Simple Organizing and Tips are all magic words for me. Makes me think it could actually be possible!! Thanks for the chance!!! I will post on my blog also for the 5 extra!!! Thanks!

Sharon said...

I would love this books so badly...a realy help for me...thanks for great contest :)

Sheri said...

Great prizes! I could really use it!

Ginny said...

I would love to win this, I so need it! I blogged about your contest here: http://scrappyd.blogspot.com/2008/04/sunday-contest-round-up.html

Para Lawyer Wannabe said...

I need an organizer, the book is a start

Jen said...

The flylady would have a fit if she saw my house. So I could definitely use a couple of books on organization tips. Please enter me. Thanks!

silverbele said...

I need organization help

Heather Brandt said...

I could use help as we get ready to be first time parents.

heather
heatherlbrandt@verizon.net
www.russianblessings.wordpress.com

Heather Brandt said...

I could use help as we get ready to be first time parents.

heather
heatherlbrandt@verizon.net
www.russianblessings.wordpress.com

Kari said...

Thanks! Please add me!

Karin said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you!

Princess Golden Hair said...

these look like books that are helpful and interesting.

DePro said...

Thanks for the contest. Count me in!

kristilb19 said...

Enter me please

FrequentReader said...

I love Emile Barnes' books, but haven't read this one!

tarah716 said...

I would love to win these!

Tarah
fireball351c[at]yahoo[dot]com

Kathy (at) cats4me@frontiernet.net said...

Help Me!!! I really need SOMETHING to help me get organized. These would be PRICELESS to me! Thanks for this giveaway!

JaniceJ said...

This would be great, I need all of the help I can get to be organized.
This was my New Years Resolution, but I haven't accomplished it yet!

robt6 said...

I really need this, enter me.

Katy said...

What a fantastic giveaway!!!! I could totally use it! i love new ways to organize better!!! Thank you sooooo much for the chance! have a wonderful day! :)

Rachel F. said...

I wanna win! Thanks for such a great offer!

Uniquely Yours said...

This is just what I need to get organized.

Suzie G. said...

These look like good books. My life could use some organization!

cdrury said...

Would love to win this - thanks!!!

Carolyn Ellis said...

Sounds Great.
Would love to win for my Mother.

Debbie Criss said...

The more I organize the more I lose. Maybe this could really help me.
thank you

Anonymous said...

I'd like these books to get tips on organizing my life.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

corrie71 said...

Great giveaway!

gunzie said...

Count me in, I can use some help with organizing. Thanks for the giveaway!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

klp1965 said...

please enter me :)

Aynex Mercado said...

I want this!

Karen~ said...

Hi, please enter me! The books look great, thanks...Karen~

Rhea said...

Those books look very helpful. I turn to books for advice on EVERYTHING, I swear.

Audrey said...

Please enter me, I'd love to win these.

Krystal744 said...

count me in, I could use all the help I can get, I live in an small house with alot of stuff that needs to find a place to live

K.Cleaver said...

Count me as another one that can't get to sleep. I have to force myself to go to bed, and it's murder getting up in the morning. *yawn*

Anyway, thanks for entering me too.

Kayce said...

Include me, please

yadgirl (at) chartertn (dot) net

barbara529 said...

Hmm - I would need a fairy godmother to get ME organized in 1 minute!

The Other Elle said...

Am I too late to get in on this?

I need to get organized enough to find the rules for these giveaways...yikes.

The Other Elle<---needs serious help!

Scrappy Do said...

Those books look very helpful

Ivan Girl said...

sounds like a great book.

talk about being organized...:)

please include me in the drawing. :)

ivan[dot]girl25[at]gmail[dot]com

MoonMaiden said...

I really need to get organized :) I linked to you in my sidebar. *Thanks* for the giveaway!

Natalie said...

thanks for offering this giveaway! who knows...maybe these books will be just what i need to get myself organzied...or maybe they will end up being more of the clutter in the office. hummm

Chantelle said...

How cool! Thank you. Please enter me.

Jennifer said...

What a great giveaway

Aud-aciously said...

I am sooooo disorganized. I need all the help I can get because I work at HOME! Please enter me. I've blogged about it.

reddon30 said...

With 4 kids in the house, I can use this...Thanks for the contest.

Anonymous said...

I would love a chance, thanks

gonzalezkate@yahoo.com

Erica G said...

I need to get organized!

egreca [at] hotmail [dot] com

sewingmema said...

Organize me - PLEASE!

paula h said...

please enter me. I need to get better organized.


hafner611 {AT} gmail {DOT} com

windycindy said...

Hi, Too bad we don't live closer together. I have had the exact same problem. I look at the clock and it says 2:30, 3:30 am. and I can't believe it! Please enter me into your delightful drawing. If anyone needs organizing, it is me. You could ask anyone in my family and they would shake their heads "Yes!" Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

jaydonco1 said...

I am sooo unorganized! I need this!

Samantha P said...

this sounds so great!

Brandy said...

Great giveaway & I added you to my sidebar! Thanks for the chance to win!

purango said...

I would love to win these book. garrettsambo@aol.com

maggie0352 said...

Thank you for the chance to win.
maggie0352@aol.com

~Tami said...

Okay, your contest is being shared in my sidebar at my blog. Thanks for the chance to win!

I love your blog design, by the way!

kamewh said...

I could definitely use this!

Betty C said...

I wish I had a blog so I could get more entries, but I would probably spend all day blogging instead of organizing :)

willitara[at]gmail[dot]com

Deen said...

I can use all the organization I can get. : )

difaa3[at]gmail[dot]com

blueviolet said...

Yay! This is exactly what a disorganized procrastinator like me needs...a kick in the pants and a plan for getting it together. I just have problems finding a home for everything that makes sense. It shouldn't be that difficult, right? Maybe the books will solve the puzzle.
doot65[at]comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

Judy said...

Great books! Love your blog!
I could use help digging out of my mess!

luckylucianie said...

I could really use this prize.

- MB said...

I love to clean and organize. One of the few I guess.

sharon said...

I am really trying to get organized, this would help!

Jennifer said...

I feel so unorganized and have no time to fix it, so I hope that this book can help! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I am so unorganized that I don't even know where to start. Help!!

kathleenyohanna@hotmail.com

spongewest said...

I really need this.

Jinxy & Me said...

I really need some organization!

bndraldy said...

There are no words for how much I need these! They would be so wonderful to win! Thanks for such a useful giveaway!

Sylvia P said...

great giveaway!

rlgrady said...

I can't sleep either! I wish the rest of the world would sleep until 10:00 and stay up til 3:00.

lilyk said...

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

Heather said...

It's like the first book is calling my name! I was up all night just last night. Not a wink of sleep. Oh, I tried...but I was awake, organizing. That stunk. Now I'm tired...and still unorganized. Boo!

Brooke said...

I'm really trying to organize my life! Please randomly pick me!

orchidfae said...

I so need this!!

Anonymous said...

could use this,i have a problem,its being unorganized!! ahdrad2932 at msn dot com

carissaad said...

I could definitely use this. Thanks!

fidget said...

Enter me please! I need all the help I can get in this department

fidgetblogs at gmail dot com

debbie panell said...

IF you saw my house. It would be obvious why I need this. 2 kids, 8 cats me and hubby in a 2 bedroom house. Yeah. I need HELP!

fancyfeet48 said...

I need this baddd

dolls123 said...

I can really use this

dolls123[at]gmail[dot]com

donna444444 said...

I need it.
donna444444@yahoo.com