Friday, December 5, 2008

No Longer a LOOOOSER! (Giveaway at the bottom)

I had a post all planned out about "A Few of My Favorite Things", but it'll have to wait until my camera finds it's way back home from the wild blue yonder with Mark and Ty. I'm just hoping that my sieve-like brain will retain the info. It is questionable, you know.
HOWEVER. Something pretty awesome has happened to me. Something that usually....well....doesn't. That something is that I, Gayle, actually won, not one, but TWO contests in a 24 hour period this week!!
Are you kidding me? I never (and I do mean NE-VER) win anything, so when I saw this post at Holly's, I nearly peed myself. .....Ok, not really, but you never know when you are dealing with a Mama who's birthed 4 children.

Just look at these plates y'all!


Aren't they absolutely gorgeous?!




And this verse is is so powerful...


I must confess, I totally stole these pictures from Holly. Nice, huh? She gives me this beautiful present and I swipe something from her. Some people, I swear....they just take and take and take....

Anyway. If you like-ah what you see-ah, head on over to sweet Lindsee's, the creator of these Most Beautiful of all Plates. There are plenty more to choose from. What awesome talent!

Ah, but the story doesn't end here, because remember, I won not one, but TWO things!
I was barely able to stop squealing from Holly's prizes, when Linda posts this! GET.OUT! Not only did I JUST post about my rekindled love for fiction, but now an autographed copy of this book is showing up at my doorstep!

I love prizes. I really do. And these two things made my week. SOOOO, I've decided to share the contest love. Y'all know I'm all about Starbucks, right? And you definitely can't do Starbucks without a friend.....well, you can, but it IS better when you can sit and chat.....

Anyway, you can enter to win a $10 Starbucks gift card by leaving me a comment telling what your drink of choice is when you're lucky enough to be there. And since Friday is my FAVORITE day of the week, I will leave the comments open until next Friday, December 12. Then, I will do one of those Random Number do-hickeys to choose the (hopefully) happy winner.

Happy drinking,





75 comments:

His Girl said...

Those plates are FABULOUS!

That book looks very enjoyable!

You know what else is fabulous & enjoyable? (besides you, of course) A grande soy chai from Starbuck's. On hot days, I like it blended (even though they give me garbage about it) and on cold days, hot is perfect.

mmmmmmmmm. now I want one :D

Way More Homemade said...

Tall mocha... that's it.

If I'm feeling especially "good" I'll get it non fat, no whip. But that's only when my jeans tell me I need to.

:)

Congrats!!

Liz said...

Yeah, Starbucks with a friend. I've never done it alone. It just wouldn't be the same. My favorite, FAVORITE beverage is a tall nonfat peppermint mocha twist.

Kent said...

Reformed Grits hooked me on the Chai Latte--and now I have several a week so a gift card would be great!!! We need to plan a girl's night out at Starbucks!

Halfmoon Girl said...

I vowed to not go to Starbucks when it first moved into town, which i probably held to for 6 mos (I was determined to support local coffee shops- not that I really frequented them). but then I realized how handy the drive through was, and how very nice and friendly the service was. So much for my convictions- I recently stated to my hubby that if I had to go back to work, I should work there instead of preschool, as it has benefits and is so pleasant of an environment. My regular drink is nothing fancy- venti Awake tea with milk and honey. I usually say LARGE as the terms Venti, Grande, etc don't make much sense to me! boy, what a long boring comment! Glad you won- you deserve to get something special!

DaNella Auten said...

eww eww I got this one. I bet u have never heard of my drink. Since I have my own personal Starbucks Barrista... I always get a Boring with Egg Nog. lol Ok i'll explain what that is. A creme baised carmel frap blended with eggnog... Sam calls it a boring, because it is what I ALWAYS get. a boring with eggnog, or a boring with moca chips... yummy...

Emily said...

Since I don't drive coffee I'm sure you'll hate me and exclude me from your random drawing. :(

But when I go...I take a man who drinks $5.00 drinks. So I go the dainty $2.50 Caramel apple cider route.

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

i actually don't drink coffee. i would have to pass the card on to a friend - regift! because i drink coke.

megs @ whadusay said...

Any of the foo-foo drinks I love. Especially the pumpkin spice latte (a seasonal item) and the cinnamon dulce latte!

Love, love, love Starbucks!

Anonymous said...

I love their orange mango banana smoothie. I'm not a big coffee drinker. Just had one of their smoothies yesterday.

Merry Christmas
Sara
streitmatter95@msn.com

Lora said...

Greetings Siesta Gayle! It was nice visiting with you in SA on the taxi bus. And congratulations on your recent wins!
I'd love to be included in your Starbucks giveaway. I like the strawberries and cream frappuccino. Thank you kindly for the giveaway Gayle.
Blessings to you,
Lora

Growin' with it! said...

hey, you slip me the starbucks card, i'll slip you my caramels up for giveaway and no one will have to know about it! ☺ bwhahah.

okay, so if you're not willing to cheat then put my name in!! whahoo.

Bree said...

I love, love, love Starbucks! My favorite drink is a white chocolate mocha! I can drink them cold or hot.....

Congrats on the winnings! That is wonderful - those plates are fabulous!

Duckygirl said...

Two wins? So lucky! I'm a pretty plain gal so I go for a vanilla latte. I tried venturing out last week and got a gingersnap latte. I'll never do that again, it had chunks of fresh ginger in it. Blech, it needed to be strained.

Anywho~ I'd love to win :)

-Laura

Reformed Grits said...

Hey 'sup Gayle. I'm thinking the white peppermint mocha but i'm a fan of all chai lattes, esp eggnog. Try not to baby barf. Love them :-)

Jenni at talking hairdryer said...

Love the plates. Love me some fiction.

I love to go to Starbucks and order a tall/skinny/vanilla latte.

But what I love the best is a slice of their marble pound cake.

Congratulations on your win(s).

Angela said...

I love the 4 pump peppermint mocha! Those plates are so pretty! Thanks for entering me in your contest.
Angela

April said...

congrads on your wins!! I love white choclate peppermint mocha

Andrea said...

Wow your plate/ book prizes are great!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For Christmas...Gingerbread Latte' of course!
OH I do hope I win!!!!

Lindsey said...

During the Christmas season...definiely the white chocolate peppermint mocha!

Amanda said...

Well, if it's warm (it usually is in Texas) I like to get a mocha frapuccino, but the other day I had one of the seasonal flavors...espresso truffle. It was yummy!

Jami @ livelaughlove5 said...

Mmmmmmmm I LOVE starbucks! My "usual" is a tall white chocolate mocha (extra hot!)

LOVE IT!! Great giveaway!

Toknowhim said...

Love the Fraps..

Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Hi Gayle!

Your signed copy of Plain Perfect went in the mail today! Hope you enjoy it!

Blessings, Beth Wiseman

Mocha with Linda said...

How fun! Their Peppermint Mocha Twist is pure decadence during the Christmas season. The rest of the year I just get the regular Mocha.

Congrats on your wins!

Mariel said...

congrats on your wins! thanks for the chance to win!! starbucks is my fave, too! I love the white chocolate mocha...venti, of course!!

Angela said...

Hi Gayle,

Starbucks...my expensive addiction! Tall vanilla latte w/whip cream. So warm and comforting :)

Have a beautiful day...God bless you.

Angela

KarenW said...

Honestly, it's been so long since I've been to Star Bucks I don't remember. Something like a caramel latte I think.

Joyful said...

Those plates are absolutely gorgeous!!!! WOW!

I'm a decaf drinker and I enjoy Starbucks whenever I can!

Blessings,
Joy

Wanda said...

First of all......ARE WE SISTERS OR SOMETHING?

What is the deal?
I love to win contests!
I love love love those plates...and your book!
Then you go and just kabamm it all up with STARBUCKS too!?! Huh?

I know we have had to have been seperated at birth!
SO.....count me in dear sister from another mama.

I love white mocha choc caramel latte! Oh...decaf please!

I also like a good ole caramel frappi when I'm shopping around Tarshay! Don't even tell me you like that heavenly place too.
Cause.....I'm callin you if you do!

:)

Kimberly said...

Wow! You won some fantastic stuff! Those plates are amazing! And now you are sharing the love with your giveaway! Thanks so much!

I love a mocha, but I keep seeing all of these comments about the Peppermint Mocha. Hmmmmm...I will have to try one of those!

Blessings!
Kimberly

Laurel Wreath said...

I like the Cinnamon dolce, yummmm

Heather said...

A woman after my own heart! Starbucks sees me all too frequently! Although I love coffee, I love tea also. I usually go with Starbucks "Refresh" tea. It's a minty, decaf tea that is the perfect pick-me-up in the evening.

Thanks for entering me!

Tammy said...

I'm the dork who 90% of the time gets the coffee of the day. Less calories and more coffee for your giftcard buck! :-)

3girlsmom said...

Starbucks = yum.
I love a nonfat Grande mocha without whip.
Don't I sound like I know what I'm doing!?!?!
I'm a good poser.

javamamma said...

Congrats on your wins! I LOVE those plates. So sweet.

OK, the Starbuck's drink that I have now had 3 times this week is....

Grande 1 pump Peppermint Mocha Twist

Oh, that's a lie. Today I had a
VENTI 2 pump Peppermint Mocha Twist.

leisle deisle said...

hmmm... is there anything i don't like there?
but i'd probably end up with a vanilla latte or caramel macchiato.

thanks for the give-away!
leslie

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seesawfaith said...

Those plates are soooo me! I love them!

As for starbucks...

A tall chai tea latte and a cookie are my standards. The tea just says holidays!

Luanne said...

Chai Tea Latte is my favorite=so warm and relaxing. God bless!

Bringirl said...

A tall, decaf white chocolate mocha. YUM!! I also like the peppermint one of those this time of year. =)

Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul said...

Nothing says close to Christmas better than a Venti Peppermint Mocha Latte!!!
Cool give-away!!!

Caroline said...

Yummm.....right now? The white peppermint mocha.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am not a coffee drinker but I do dearly love their hot cocoa.

JenIG said...

I always order a non fat mocha with whip cream extra
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Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

Gayle you lucky girl! I have won a couple of giveaways and I still have that warm fuzzy feeling inside about them.
So, when I go to Starbucks my favourite drink is definitely a tall decaf peppermint mocha twist. It's very Christmassy!

Just Me'n Mine said...

You know I must get in on this. If I win, I will at least consider saving it 'till the next time I am up that way.....

Venti, half-caff, caramel macchiato, and....especially if it is "that" time of the month---a double fudge brownie from the bakery. This combo consistently improves my outlook, and my energy level for hours.

Love You!

Maria said...

WOW! Already 47 comments...do I even have a chance to win? Ok so I am leaving this comment to say that i do love Starbucks but I am not really a coffee drinker but when I do have a cup of coffee it has to be very flavored..I have been getting the Pumpkin Spice Latte and I always love the java chip fraps...that's it for me...
I am going to check out your 47 comments!! and see if I can find something new to try...thanks for inviting me to enter the contest/I never win ANY-thing so whatever........
Love,
Your Smoky Mountain Friend

carrie said...

of course I love Starbucks, but there isn't one near me. Not unless you like traveling 40 miles to one. Which I don't. Not usually.

But good luck to everyone else!

Under the Florida Sun said...

Congrats to you.. you luck gal you! Love those plates! They are so adorable!

My fav coffee is the White Mocha! Yummo!

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Did you win those just so you could send one to me for Christmas? Aw shucks.

Beautiful!

My drink of choice lately is the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with Two Shots of Espresso.

penny1010 said...

caramel Frap or skinny caramel latte, if I'm being "good". Anything with caramel is my favorite!!! Oh, did I mention the caramel apple cider????

connorcolesmom said...

Congrats on winning all those fun prizes - what a delight!
And I just read your black Friday post - totally cracked me up and brought back memories :)
We did not do black Friday this year but I totally love it - hehe
Blessings
Kim

Jenn said...

Mmmm ... I can just taste that caramel frappucino:) Please enter me in your giveaway.

Thanks!
Jenn
jennskolasky@nc.rr.com

Digging for Pearls said...

Thanks for the opportunity.

Blessings,
Pearls

Amy L Brooke said...

I'm not a coffee drinker but I do like hot chocolate!

Rachel Ann said...

Thank you for an amazing giveaway...blessings and happy holidays

Love Venti peppermint mocha, extra hot and no whip!

new every morning said...

Oh! I LOVE the plates!!!!

I have 2 favorite drinks:
December: Peppermint Mocha Twist
The rest of the year: Grande Skim Chai

Count me in!

Krista said...

eeeeuuwww... You might as well give away a FREE root canal! Or how about a free ride up I-65 at 7:00 a.m. on a Monday morning - that sounds like fun!
Okay, so I don't like coffee, or latte, or mocha, or expresso, but I do like Dr. Pepper, and I'd even go to Starbucks if it were with you.

Hey... I went to college with the Greek Grits gal. She may not know me, but her good friend was my granbig!! :o)

Havin' fun in sunny Florida, but missin' you!

Julie D said...

I don't drink coffee (gasp!) but my hubby loves the Caramel Frap

Gayle said...

Tazzo chai latte with no water.

I know...picky, picky, picky.

But it tastes like creamy pumpkin pie.

B His Girl said...

Gayle,

Your children are adorable. I do not go to Starbucks often, but when I do it is a vanilla low fat latte I order. Congrats on your 2 prizes. It was your turn to win!

Kristin said...

Went there last night with hubs for the first time since I don't know when. Had a salted caramel hot chocolate. It was absolutely heavenly. Don't even want to know how many calories it was!!!

Fran said...

My favorite fourbucks drink is Non-fat white mocha with light whip! I'll drink that anytime, regardless of the season!!

And, you'll love your plate. I got the gold one with the verse from Joshua.."As for me and my house..."

Beverly Lewis said...

I'm a peppermint mocha lover now that I've had ONE. What a great thing to share! Thanks for entering me. And congratulations on your great gifts you showed us.

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melodee said...

I love anything with mint and chocolate - and it has to be cold!! I can't wait for a hot drink to cool down and burn my tounge every time!

rabe04@comcast.net

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Now, see, since you did "I See ..." I can totally picture you saying the words in this post, especially about the doohickey thing! I just love you, Gayle! OK--I'm all about mint and chocolate right now, so please throw my Lid into the pile of potential doohickey selectors. Thank you! And thanks for being you with your unique voice, written and spoken!

Michelle said...

those plates are beautiful!
I really don't have a favorite Starbucks drink since I've only been there twice. And I can't remember what the first one was. But the second one I had was the Pumpkin Spice and it was yummy!

Holly said...

I've been debating--should I enter? Should I not? Then Dori wrote about the white chocolate peppermint mochas at SB's and I thought, "Hmmm, I couldn;t justify buying one right now, but perhaps I will win Gayle's!"

So here I am. My favorite is the Eggnog latte right now. But I'd like to try the White Chocolate peppermint one!

Lindsee said...

How fun are you?! And, thank you for your kind words. I hope those plates bless you!

So, in the summer I get any one of the Frapps (light), and in the winter I get a White Chocolate Mocah and add Peppermint! SO good!

Hey, also, I am doing a plate giveaway on my blog now, so feel free to direct folks that way! :)

Have a great Tuesday!

darla said...

my favorite drink at starbucks is a tall Americano, that's it, or a shaken black iced tea. I know i'm boring but i still looooveee starbucks! cute blog btw!

Busy Mom said...

I love a GRANDE Mocha!! Merry Christmas!
Marie

Anonymous said...

LISA COSTON
White peppermint mocha (I copied Kim b/c I NEVER go to Starbucks 'cause I get to confused trying to order) All the more reason I should win the card!

Michelle said...

Those plates are gorgeous. :)

My favorite drink from Starbucks is a Caramel Frappuccino, or a Caramel Macchiato. I'm sensing a theme here..