White house pastry chef Rolland Mesnier with First Lady Nancy Reagan

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

Phyllis Giveaway 43 Comments

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 …

Victoria Collection of Holiday Cards

A Giveaway to Introduce the Victoria Collection of Holiday Cards

Phyllis Giveaway 133 Comments

Sometimes it seems that preparations for the holiday season couldn’t start early enough. Whether it’s Christmas in July sales or store window displays in mid-October featuring Santa Claus, reminders that the holidays are on their way abound. While there are still plenty of shopping days before Christmas, one thing that can easily get away from us is sending Christmas cards. …

Picture of journal and pen giveaway from Figments Studio

Take the Time to Write with a Giveaway from Figments Studio

Phyllis Giveaway 73 Comments

My love for writing comes as no surprise to you. From the special joy of writing with a classic cartridge pen to my thoughts on sending a meaningful thank you note, I have shared with you more than once how much writing means to me. It appears that several of you share my sentiments. When I recently posted about how …

West Virginia getaway - Blennerhassett Hotel

The Joy of a Southern Road Trip: Win a Luxurious West Virginia Getaway

Phyllis Giveaway 115 Comments

I love the drivability of the South. Within several hours, you can pack your bags, hop into the car, and explore so many different things. Among my favorite road trip destinations is West Virginia. State highways winding among the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains beckon you to pull off the road and enjoy the view or take a casual stroll, …


Bob Timberlake Artwork Giveaway

Phyllis Giveaway, People 125 Comments

Meeting well-loved artist Bob Timberlake was a highlight in my career. It was several years ago when our company had a needlework division and we had a license agreement with Bob Timberlake to do his artwork in counted cross-stitch. Barbara Cockerham and I met Bob at the local barbecue place where he frequented and had a delightful visit with him. …


Biltmore For Your Home Bedding Giveaway

Phyllis Décor, Giveaway 347 Comments

I have often mentioned the Biltmore House in my writings. I love the civility with which dining and entertaining has been governed throughout the home’s history. Every time I tour the estate and gardens, I am inspired by the wonderful colors and textures. I can’t imagine being a new bride and rounding the corner to find that Biltmore was my …


Ross-Simons Pearl Necklace Giveaway

Phyllis Giveaway 327 Comments

I just love it when one of our advertisers decides it’s time for a giveaway on The Ribbon In My Journal. Ross-Simons has been a well-loved jeweler for more than 60 years. With designer jewelry collections and couture straight from the runway, Ross-Simons has dazzled generations with its amazing selection and great prices. I love how their pieces combine modern, …