American Girl by Williams-Sonoma Giveaway

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When my granddaughter was born, I immediately started collecting American Girl dolls for her. The first was Felicity, a doll that was being retired. Felicity’s story is based in Williamsburg and the her books teach a lot of American history. Then others followed! I adore American Girl as a company and brand. American Girl dolls are household items for families …

Victoria Stationery Collection Giveaway

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I sat in my office on a beautiful afternoon and looked through the back issues of Victoria magazine to gather ideas for a new collection of stationery. The name Victoria brings to mind a lifestyle that is defined by elegance and beauty.  Ever-present were line drawings that inspired the Vintage Collection, featuring a tea cup and tea pot along with botanicals. …

Entertaining Cookbook

Entertaining Cookbooks Giveaway

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This time of year, when gardens are in full bloom and the weather is mild, my thoughts always turn to entertaining. There’s just something special about inviting guests into your home to share hospitality and warm conversation. To welcome the season, I’m giving away Volumes 1 and 2 of The Entertaining Cookbook from Southern Lady magazine. I hope that you will find a …

Win a Trip to Visit Historic Gardens in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows about my love for beautiful gardens. Today I’m excited to tell you about a giveaway that I know will delight you! Our friends at Visit Winston-Salem are offering a one-night stay at the historic Brookstown Inn in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, complete with the opportunity to view a collection of heirloom gardens that are absolutely …

Summer Fun Getaway to Historic Morgantown, WV

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I’ve written before about my love for the state of West Virginia. It’s one of my very favorite road trip destinations and just brimming with stunning mountain views, charming small towns, and plenty of local character. I love sharing delightful travel experiences with readers, and that’s why I’m thrilled to tell you about an exciting giveaway from Greater Morgantown Convention …

Community Coffee giveaway

A Community Coffee Giveaway for the New Year

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I love a good cup of coffee in the morning. It’s the perfect pick-me-up to start the day. Neal and I are especially fond of Community Coffee. I’ve written before about the first time I sampled their signature brew when we were visiting my daughter-in-law, Katie’s, parents in Louisiana before she and Eric were married. You have to love a …

Ross-Simons jewelry giveaway

December Begins with a Ross-Simons Jewelry Giveaway

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December is upon us, and that means Christmas is only weeks away. I love finding gifts for loved ones. Of course, a good Christmas list comes in handy. But my favorite presents to give are those special items that I’ve spotted while traveling or running an errand. I’m not expecting it, but I suddenly find the perfect thing for a …

Holiday Competition with a Pride and Prejudice game giveaway

Some Friendly Holiday Competition and a Game Giveaway

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You may not be surprised to hear that I enjoy a good competition. Here at our offices we relish a few friendly contests each year. Among the most popular is our annual Halloween costume competition, where I always play to win. Of course, we have a few extra-creative editors who steal the show, but we all enjoy a good laugh as …

White house pastry chef Rolland Mesnier with First Lady Nancy Reagan

Getting to Know a White House Chef (and a Giveaway)

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Talking with the White House’s former executive pastry chef Roland Mesnier was among the most exhilarating interviews I have had in a long time. I felt like I was chatting with an old friend, even though I had never met him. Having served five administrations and handled everything from small teas to state dinners for 800, his road to the …