Friday, June 17, 2011

A FREE GIVEAWAY to say... Thank You!

If you read my last blog post, then you know life has been pretty rough for us lately. Believe it or not, we've actually dealt with even more bad news and drama since I wrote that. It would be easy to sit around and dwell on all the negativity.... but I just don't want to do that anymore!

The truth is, if we've seen anything worth dwelling on this week it's the love and support we've felt from so many of you. I've gotten phone calls, text messages, emails, and lots of facebook messages and comments from quite a few of you telling us how much you care about us. I've even had several people say that they pray for us everyday... what a humbling thought!

So - today I want to do something for all of YOU! Many of you have read my blog for years, and you've "been there" for so much. You've followed us across the country and around the world - in sickness and in health, happiness and tears, good times and bad. And it's way overdue that I show you how much I appreciate you!

That's why I'm having my first ever blog GIVEAWAY! During Christmas, I was looking for an inexpensive but meaningful gift for several of our friends and family members. We were on a budget, so I decided on this DIY project that I could personalize for each recipient.... a patriotic print for my Uncle Britt who's in the army... Winnie-the-Pooh for my Aunt Tammy... a football print for my father-in-law... you get the idea! Nothing says "I care" quite like a handmade gift.

While I was working I made a couple of extras with you all in mind, and today I finally got them stuffed and finished for our give-away! These natural therapy bags are great stress relievers (which you may need after reading my blog - ha!), and can actually be used hot or cold. I made these two the perfect size to fit over your eyes and temples in case of a headache. They are scented with Lavender & Peppermint essential oils, which are amazing natural remedies for headaches and also aid in stress relief and relaxation! Just keep one in the freezer and pull it out when you've had a rough day!

Of course you can always use them the "traditional" way - by popping them in the microwave for a minute or two. They're great to use as heating pads for cramps, back pain, or neck pain!

Up for giveaway today are 2 of these little therapy bags. The first (above)  is a striped fabric I fell in love with - full of greens, blues, browns, and golds. The other (below) is the most precious cream and chocolate brown toile - I won't lie, I struggled with wanting to keep this one for myself!

To be entered in the giveaway, all you have to do is COMMENT BELOW 
and tell me which fabric is your favorite!

That's it - nothing else needed! Just be sure to include your name and email address, so that I can contact you if you're the winner. (I promise I won't use your email address for anything else!) Maybe I'll even get to "meet" some of you who've never commented before!

The giveaway starts NOW! We'll be traveling again next week, but I will do my best to announce the winner next Friday (June 24th). Thanks again for reading and for all your support!


  1. I really like the precious cream and chocolate brown toile one :)

    I've always wanted to make these, but I have not a creative bone in my body!

  2. Ericka, well done! Those are wonderful and I love your cream and chocolate colored one! Love you friend and praying for you both!

  3. Hey Ericka! I enjoy getting your blog updates and being able to pray for you and Rusty!! I like the striped fabric one!! :)

  4. They're both so lovely, but the toile is my favorite! However, I could make one for myself if I'd get my sewing machine out, so...if by chance I win, I'd want you to keep it. BTW, Chris and I are continually praying for you both!

  5. Love the them BOTH!!! So fun!!! Love you guys!! Travel safe!!!

  6. Pick me Pick me!!!! I like the striped on!!!! It would be so nice to have in Thailand! Since I leave my plug in one in the states due to voltage differences. :-) Miss you guys!

  7. The striped one is my fav!

    You guys are amazing

    Ashlee Hillis

  8. love the striped. or let's face it - the toile too. Ha - love you dear. so much.

  9. The stripe one looks cool and silky. It's my favorite. Thankful you are using your creative talents the Lord has given you.
    Ms. Cherie (Caroline's Mom) You have my email.

  10. Love you guys, and can't wait for you to come home for our coffee date :) I'd be blessed to have either, but either way, know I love ya and I'm praying for you :)

  11. Ohhh my co-worker was going to make one for me at Christmas for the gift exchange, but didn't have a chance! I like the brown and cream one I think, but it's a tough decision for sure.

  12. Hii! Don't think I have ever posted on a blog before :) Do I have to choose? Decisions aren't my strong point these days. I like the "either" answer ;) LOVE AND MISS YOU!!! (Lindsey Longmire ... old screen name)