November 19, 2014

An Advent Care Package Just for You {a giveaway}

Thanks to everyone who commented! The giveaway is closed now! Best of luck to those who entered!

The holiday season is right here, people! I'm almost stressing out about all the stress I'll probably be feeling, which is ridiculous, I know.

But! There is food to make, gifts to buy, and Christmas carols to avoid so I don't hate them by December 20th! I need to figure out gift exchanges, how I'm going to get everything clean, and what in the world I'm going to wear.

Maybe you're stressing about similar things. Probably.

And since I really do love and appreciate you guys, I want to help and maybe make your Advent more fun and less stressful. So this giveaway is for you.

One lucky A Knotted Life reader will win an Advent Care Package with a value of over $320*

Picture it:

You have a cookie exchange party to attend tomorrow night but you don't have time to go get a manicure, do your hair, or bake. 
But now you can put on some cute, festive Jamberry Nails, make your lips look perfect with some Roden+Fields lip care products, pull your hair up with a Lila Rose flexi clip, and take two dozen homemade chocolate chip cookies that you didn't have to bake.


It's December 5th and you need some stocking stuffers for St. Nick to leave the kids because you forgot and you have nothing. 
But now you have plenty of gold chocolate coins; a hip, new cd for you pre-teen son; some lip balm and hand cream for your teenage daughter; a book about St. Joseph for your husband, and a beautiful Our Lady of Guadalupe bracelet for you. Thanks, St. Nicholas!



People are coming over in an hour and the house isn't ready!
So whip out the Norwex dusting mitt, pass it to the kids and have them met busy. While they're doing that, you can set out the gorgeous Madonna in Blue print from Audrey Eclectic. Your guests will come and spend so much time noticing its gorgeousness they won't even see that you didn't have time to mop.


You seriously need a break. Right now. Just you. Please, good Lord! A break!
So warm up some of that chai tea, pour it into a cup wrapped in a cute coffee cup cozy. Warm up the organic cotton and flaxseed sack and lay it on your shoulders, so full of stress. Grab your copy of The Little Way of Advent and your Blessed Is She Advent journal. Get snug and read and write.



All the Pretty Items:
Scentsy Purse Pack in Sugar
includes lip balm, hand cream, and hand sanitizer
I got mine from Linda Force
$26 value

Santa Suit Jamberry Nails
I got mine from Jen Brody
(Mani takes just 30 minutes, a pedi 20. Over 300 designs and most are buy 3 get one free.)
$20 value

Lilla Rose Floral Design in Black Nickel medium sized Flexi clip
donated by Mandi Richards
$20 value

Rodan+Fields Lip Renewing Serum and Lip Micro Dermabrasion
I got mine from Maia Jarvis
(Use the Lip Micro-Dermabrasion to help your chapped lips, especially in the morning and again in the evening before you use the Lip Renewing Serum.)
$80 value
PS - any AKL reader who contacts Maia will get a free mini-facial!
PPS - Every order comes with a 60-Day-Empty-Bottle-Money-Back Guarantee - so folks can try it risk free. My Preferred Customers get 10% off and free shipping every month.



All the Sacred Items:
The Only Light ep
by Matt Faley
$10 value

Madonna in Blue 8x10 print
by Audrey Eclectic 
$20 value

Joseph, the Man Who Raised Jesus
by Fr. Gary Caster
$15 value

The Little Way of Advent
by Fr. Gary Caster
$15 value

Our Lady of Guadalupe novena bracelet
by Shannon Wendt at Organic Mama Shop
$30 value

Blessed Is She Advent devotional journal
$20 value


All the Helpful Items:
Coffee Cup cozy
from [un]common workbasket
$10 value

Norwex Green Dusting Mitt and a mini EnviroCloth
I got mine from Carrie Walters
(Don't bleach, no fabric softener or dryer sheets, wash in hot water with detergent with no fillers.)
$30 value

Organic Cotton and Flaxseed Heat Sack
by Nell at Whole Parenting Goods
(Heat it for 30 secs in the microwave or keep it in the freezer for booboos.)
$20 value


All the Yummy Items:
Chocolate Chip Cookies, 2 dozen
homemade by yours truly
Can you put a dollar amount on love?

Tazo Chai Latte concentrate
$5 value

4 bags of chocolate gold coins
$4 value


To enter all you have to do is leave me a blog comment. Say "Hello" or recommend a song, movie, podcast, or book to me. Tell me what you'd like to win most of all.

Thank you again for reading. May God bless you this holiday season - may it be filled with joy and peace.

*All listed values include item price + estimated tax and shipping costs.


177 comments:

  1. Hi my favorite Bonnie! I am typing this out on my phone and hoping it takes. Blogger is picky somedays. Anyhow, have you watched the new Baby It's Cold Outside video by Idina Menzel and Michael Buble? Those kids are pretty durn cute. Just saying.
    Is it bad to really just want chocolate chip cookies? I've heard yours are practically world famous. Also want that dusting minute because you know, dust.

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  2. This is SO fun! I would love the Madonna in Blue to decorate my new home, lip serum because I'm a hot mess, and he chocolate chip cookies to eat completely by myself in a closet.

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  3. Love your blog! Totally saving this list for my Christmas shopping.

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  4. Hello! Such a fun and considerate advent care package. My recommendation is a book, 35 Doctors of the Church. It sounds dry but each chapter is short and very conversational in tone. I hope you advent goes swimmingly. We are already digging ourselves outta some serious snow here.

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  5. This is a great giveaway, such an awesome idea! Love this blog :).

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  6. I'll recommend the children's book The Tale of Three Trees. And I'd most like to win the Madonna in Blue print.

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  7. The band Rend Collective is awesome - I love their Campfire album, and they just released a Christmas album too. The coffee cup cozy is super cute!

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  8. Hello! :-) I could definitely eat that whole plate of cookies! :-)

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  9. Do many amazing gifts! The Madonna in blue is beautiful, the cookies and mug Warner... I love c all things cozy and know many others that do too :). And the little way plus the blessed is she devotional. Gosh this awesome, Bonnie!

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  10. (It appears my comment didn't show up - so pardon me if this posts twice!!!)

    All the gifts look lovely!!! But if I had to pick a few I'd say - the Novena Bracelet, Norwex products, Lila Rose clips, Jamberry nails, and of course the cookies!!!

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  11. Hello!!! I would recommend the fountains of carrots podcast. It just started today but I know it's going to be great. I would personally love the Madonna, I need some religious iconography in the house. Winning would be a nice consolation prize for not being able to go to edel lol.

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  12. Thanks so much for putting this together, Bonnie! I would most love to win the novena bracelet and the chocolate chip cookies!

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  13. Hi Bonnie, thank you for the blessing of YOU!

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  14. Ohhh. What a sweet giveaway! I would love to win something to make me pretty. :) Thanks for sharing. :D

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  15. Wow, Bonnie! How fun! Okay, recommendation? "Meditations on the Art of Waiting" by Mother Mary Francis. It's an Advent devotional that blew my socks off last year and I plan tot read it again. It's so good. And I think I'd like to win the Norwex mitt most...is that weird? I hear miraculous things about those! Thank you!

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  16. what is great giveaway! My husband and I have been watching Foo Fighters Sonic Highways on HBO. It's a series that follows the band around while they record one song from from their new album in a different city. You get a really great history of Rock and Roll in each city and Dave Grohl interviews pretty much everyone of note from each place. Worth checking out.

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  17. Such a variety of great products! I love my Norwex products and have recently discovered Rodan + Fields.

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  18. Hello! I'd like to recommend the book "My Sisters the Saints", and I've got my eye on those Jamberries!

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  19. This is awesome and I love it. We just read the children's book The Clown of God by Tomie Depaola and it was sweet and made me cry. I highly recommend it.

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  20. I would like to win Joseph, the Man Who Raised Jesus.

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  21. This is awesome! I mostly want the cookies because...duh.

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  22. Oh my, such goodness for a Thursday morning. Wow! I rarely comment here (or anywhere these days), but you had me at "win stuff". :) What amazingly wonderful items! The lip care items would be most appreciated right about now with winter in MN. The beautiful novena bracelet would probably perk up my wintery blues a bit too.

    I will definitely be checking out more of these items to give as gifts. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Good morning Bonnie! I would like to win anything in the pretty section because that is the area of my life that has currently fallen by the wayside. I hesitate to recommend things because I generally disagree with other recs but right now I am into the Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin/Perry Como/Bing Crosby Pandora station. I was apparently born in the wrong time period.

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway. This is an AWESOME package. There are a several items I would love to share with family and friends, and of course keep a few things for myself. I love your blog. Thanks.

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  25. Hi, those are great gift ideas!

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  26. Hi Bonnie! I think the Madonna in Blue is lovely. I think The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin is a great read. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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  27. This is awesome! I'd love to check out the Blessed Is She journal!

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  28. Hello! Oh, I hope I win. What a lovely package of gifts!

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  29. Bonnie, This is an awesome giveaway! After watching your interview with Matt Faley, I'd be most excited to win his CD. That was a great interview!

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  30. Cookies!!!! And all the other lovely stuff of course :)

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  31. Hi there Bonnie!
    How generous of you! Loving sub to your blog and getting posts right in my inbox. So great. I'm swooning over the "helpful" and the "sacred" items...how amazing are they? As for rec: we have been making the Ytreeide books part of our advent traditions for several years now ( and Lent too) next week, I'll dig out our advent box with the candles and his books. if you don't know them, I think you will really enjoy enjoy the series very much ( Tabitha's travels, etc)

    Thanks for offering this, Bonnie! ( BTW I sent you a fb pm reg your canonization posts....... if you don't get notifications- I sometimes do not...I wanted to let you know. No reason to reply to me though.)
    xoxo Enjoy the weekend.
    ~Chris

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  32. One great book to I try to read each Advent is The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander! It is all about our Blessed Mother, the way she carried Jesus and prepared for His coming, and how we can do that in our own lives. SO powerful and beautiful! Thank you for sharing, Bonnie! May your Advent season be one of great joy and blessing as we prepare for the Birth of Christ!

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  33. What a fantastic selection! Must I really pick a favorite?! Okayyy... I'll go with the 8x10 print of Mary. And the cookies. Yum. :)

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  34. Hello! I highly recommend the book The Tree by Denise Mallett...also the song 'Night Swimming' by REM. The books are what I would be excited for!

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  35. Howdy. That is a great selection. I don't know what you're tastes in movies run to, but I'd like to recommend Ugly Betty the tv show. It was fabulous! I can't choose between the something pretty or something sacred, they both appeal!

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  36. Alright, I've been meaning to comment for a long time to tell you how much I like your blog, but I feel weird because I met you at Josh and Kim's wedding and have been meaning to comment since then!!! Yikes. So anyway, your blog is wonderful. I would love to have Matt Faley's music, I knew him when I was a missionary at Bradley. God bless you and your family!

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  37. Hello! I'm loving the Madonna print--gorgeous! Also, someone mentioned it on Facebook but I thought I'd say again that Jennifer Fulwiler will be in Dubuque in February for the Martha and Mary conference. Unfortunately my due date is 2 days before this conference...:so I don't know that I'll be there :( I also can't make Edel because my brother-in-law is getting married that weekend. So just a little "I'm with ya" on the Edel front as well ;)

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  38. Hi Bonnie! Love your blog. Wish we lived closer because I think we would be good friends! Awesome giveaway, you are an amazing woman! Have a blessed day!

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  39. Sorry, I've been having trouble posting my comment! My reccoemdnation for a book for you is "Enduring GRace" portraits of seven women mystics. I hope I win since so many things in this amazing giveaway would make me happy!

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  40. I'm the "Blank" above who reccomended "enduring grace". Sorry I can't seem to get the hang of this computer stuff. Hopefully now you can see my name!

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  41. Thank you for this offer! I would love the Advent journal. Our Advents have never been very reflective; lately the wreath even gets ignored. I want to try to have our home be more thoughtful toward the season.

    I have no recommendations; I'm always behind the times with movies and songs. However, I will say thank you for your writing. I had traumatic birth with my last daughter, and then got pregnant with my new baby. Your post on "9 months of doing it wrong" really helped me see how I should try to approach the pregnancy instead of stewing in my anxiety and frustration. Also, you had a phrase in another post about Fulton - something about a consolation of an easy pregnancy - that shifted my view of my daughter's birth. Her pregnancy was easy - a gift from God to help me be ready for the chaos surrounding her birth. I always felt guilty and mad about it before. So I would recommend your posts to anyone who hasn't read them yet.

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  42. What a fabulous idea! I'd love the books and journal!

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  43. Oh my gosh!!! So many awesomely fabulous things :-) I am with you -already stressing about the stress.

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  44. What a great giveaway! I just love the album Fortunate Fall by Audrey Assad.

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  45. Seriously, Bonnie? You're asking me to choose my favorite? Going for the sentimental score here and saying your cookies. Because I've had them. And they are AWESOME. Hugs to you!!

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  46. No way I can pick one thing. I've been over the list 3 times and I always end up with multiples from each section! I recommend the album Eventide by Voces8. Perfect for Christmas listening. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  47. How generous! I'd love to win any of those beauty items because I am 3 months postpartum and feeling decidedly frumpy. Would be nice to feel a little prettier. Speaking of pretty, I loved that little Instagram video showing your scarf skills and thought you looked so pretty (but didn't want to sound creepy saying that). And I learned something! ;)

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  48. Wow! What a lovely and generous giveaway, Bonnie! If you're looking for a new Christmas CD (you know, once Dec. 20 comes around!) I can recommend Idina Menzel's "Holiday Wishes". Her rendition of "December Prayer" leaves me in tears every time I listen to it! I hope you and your family have a very blessed Advent! <3

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    1. OH, and my favorite item? Probably the novena bracelet. It's just so beautiful! :)

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  49. Oh, my - The Cookies!!! LOL This care package is such a great idea.

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  50. This is so generous and sweet of you. Thank you for the chance to win! I would most love the tazo chai and the little way of advent. Have you heard the cd Advent at Ephesus? I just bought IT for this year and I can't wait to listen to it.

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  51. Wow! Bonnie this is crazy! I want the cookies...right. now.

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  52. I love the Catholic music group Marian Grace and their Advent and Christmas cd. I would love to win the Audrey Eclectic print, it's beautiful!

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  53. This is such a fantastic giveaway! I think the bracelet and the cookies are the best part...but it all looks so great! I wish I could have come to see you speak in Minnesota, you were only a few hours away from my home! But, sadly, it wasn't in the cards that weekend. Thanks, Bonnie!

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  54. You're so thoughtful and kind! Every year I read Advent Reflections by Henri Nouwen. It's seriously the best and I treasure the times I spend with that little book, reflecting on my notes from previous years. :)

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  55. Beautiful care package full of great things! Thank you for the chance to win it!

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  56. Hello, The little way of Advent. You are so awesome for doing this giveaway.

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  57. So awesome and generous, Bonnie! I'm so not ready for Advent yet!

    And for something to recommend ... I loved reading this speech:

    http://cvcomment.org/2014/11/18/in-full-the-lord-sacks-speech-that-brought-the-vatican-conference-to-its-feet/

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  58. What a fun and generous idea! I'd love to win the journal!

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  59. Oh gosh, anything in that package sounds wonderful! But especially the chai tea and the novena bracelet.

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  60. Your blog is my favorite blog. I am dying to try your cookies, and I think the Audrey Eclectic print is beautiful. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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  61. It's all so great! Thank you Bonnie.

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  62. What a great idea. I'd love to win. As for a recommendation...I probably can't recommend anything you haven't already listened to in the music department. As for books, have you read Fatherless? It's a Catholic novel that I enjoyed a few years ago. I haven't been able to finish the first sequel (Motherless) or even start the third of the trilogy (Childless) but I hope to at some point. :)

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  63. Ooh, so many good things! I've been eyeing up those novena bracelets for awhile now...

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  64. I've been reading for a couple of years. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  65. I am listening to the Pentatonix Christmas album and it is awesome! I highly recommend it. Oh and I love all the items in the giveaway above, but am leaning towards the Our Lady of Guadalupe bracelet as being my favorite, well, 2nd only to your cookies of course. Even though you sent me the recipe, I don't have high hopes that I will be able to replicate them as good as you! ;)

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  66. Don't be so stressed! Advent isn't supposed to be a stressful time for us, but a time for simplifying in preparation of the birth of Jesus! The Our Lady of Guadalupe novena bracelet looks beautiful!!

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  67. Good luck everyone! Have a blessed Christmas season! - Mollie Riportella

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  68. I would like the cookies most of all. Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness.

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  69. That novena bracelet caught my eye from the very beginning. Along with the cookies and a moment to myself. Maybe I could condense that into the cookies to myself and that would make up for no moment!! ;)

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  70. I have been wanting to try out jamberry nails!

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  71. Wow! I love the novena bracelet.

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  72. I would like to recommend the Advent devotional by Mother Mary Francis, Come, Lord Jesus, Meditations on the Art of Waiting. It will draw your soul into the quietness of Advent. I would love to win the Sacred Something package. What beautiful Advent gifts you are blessing us with. Thank you.

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  73. Check out Advent at Ephesus... It is on repeat ALL advent long in our house! The chants bring so much peace to my heart.

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  74. Even though I'm supposed to limit my sugar, give me those cookies!!

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  75. Hi there Bonnie! I'm a new Instagram follower. Anything in the sacred category looks awesome! If I had to pick just one thing, Id pick the Advent journal. Thanks again!

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  76. Hello! A really good book is A Story of a Love by Msgr. Patrick Ahern. And the Lilla Rose flexi-clip looks lovely.

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  77. Love your blog!
    I'd love the Little Way of Advent!

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  78. Hello ... I've just found you by way of Heather at Audrey Eclectic, whose Madonna in Blue print would be my prime pick of your wonderful selection. Thank you for this generous opportunity!

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  79. Well, isn't this just the most perfect giveaway! I have been wanting to try the Jamberry nails for a while now.
    A blessed advent season to you!

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  80. You are awesome! What a fantastic giveaway! There are too many cool items to pick what I would like most of all.

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  81. I have severe morning sickness and can't really shop, bake, or do anything right now. On St. Nicholas Day, I was planning on stuffing my kids' shoes with leftover Halloween candy, but it would awesome to win those chocolate coins so they can have something more seasonally appropriate.

    All the other stuff looks great too. What an awesome giveaway!

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  82. Hi, Bonnie! I've been "jones-ing" over the Advent Blessed is She Devo...

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  83. This is such an amazing giveaway, Bonnie! I have to say though that the thing I'm drooling over the most is the Advent journal. That would be such a special treat.

    Anyway, this is a pretty random recommendation...and I figure you already know all the great Catholic podcasts, so I'll tell you one of my favorite ones outside of that niche. I love having a laugh & getting snippets of news through the Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me Podcast. Oh, and another podcast unrelated to the faith that I get absolutely tickled about whenever I find a new one in my queue is Suze Orman. I've learned so much wisdom listening to her & I find how she connects personhood to finances so spot on & illuminating!

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  84. Hi Bonnie. What an awesome giveaway! I am so curious about jamberry nails and would love to try them! I am reading Shirt of Flame: A year with St. Therese of Lisieux by Heather King with my mothers prayer group. I love it so far and it is a very nice life reflection book. Thanks!

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  85. This is so awesome!! I want cooooookies.

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  86. Hello :) So many neat items, but I think my favorite would be the St. Joseph book and the Advent devotional :)

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  87. You''re so sweet! I'm most excited for the Norwex dusting mit!

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  88. You are already in love with Christy and Haley's podcast right? So does it count as a reccomendation? Also... are we allowed to win here in Canada? I hope so....

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    1. Fountains of Carrots the podcast... in case anyone doesn't know what I am talking about ;)

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  89. I am totally stressing about stressing too. And cleaning. So much cleaning.

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  90. Wow what a giveaway! This all sounds amazing! I would love the Jamberry nails!

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  91. What a beautiful giveaway. This will bring a lot of joy into the home of the winner! I would especially love the Mary in Blue print. <3 <3

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  92. Thank you so much for this give-away! I would love to win the Sacred Items. So helpful, especially this time of year.

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  93. What a beautiful giveaway! You've given me some Christmas gift ideas too.

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  94. What a great list....lots of fun ideas! I would most love Jamberry nail wraps, so fun!
    justicecw@hotmail.com

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  95. Bonnie, you're the sweetest. I recommend Harry Connick Jr's "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" for any day from now till Jan 1. It's my fave.

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  96. And if you're saying this package (which includes your world famous cookies) is only worth $320, you're selling it way short. :)

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  97. Super excited about my first Catholic Advent!

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  98. I'd love the Our Lady of Guadalupe bracelet. Her feast day is my wedding anniversary, so we particularly love her!

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  99. Ok first, hello! Then second current favorite song is "Come As You Are" by Crowder and last all of it! Thanks! http://youtu.be/r2zhf2mqEMI

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  100. Hello :) I just bought a rosary bracelet from Sharon Wendt - beautiful. I would most like chocolate chip cookies - my favorite dessert in the world :)

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  101. So fun! I would take anything from the sacred list + cookies. Actually, I would take everything. Have you heard of any of Danielle Rose's music? She has an album with a song for each of the mysteries of the Rosary. Very talented singer. Than

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  102. i'd love to win the jamberry most! thnx for the giveaway!
    jktouss@gmail.com

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  103. This is amazing! I am always happy when I've taken the time to read your blog and have enjoyed your Blessed is She contributions as well!

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  104. What a fun giveaway Bonnie! My favorite would be those adorable jamberrys. So fun!

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  105. This is an amazing giveaway! I think what I most want to win is the Flexi Clip, because I have really been wanting to try one of those.

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  106. Helloooooooooooo!! I really love that Mary & Jesus painting - so lovely!

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  107. Hoping I get to win because my mouth is watering over those cookies!

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  108. I think the Jamberry nails look fun and the Blessed is She journal would be great to have to help focus on Advent in the right direction!

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  109. What a lovely thing for you to put together! I'd love to read that book about St. Joseph!

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  110. {I think Google ate my comment...or else I'm writing it again...}

    My go-to calming method right now is to listen to "Lent at Ephasus" from the Benedictine Sisters of Mary. SO calming and beautiful. I'm going to go buy their Advent one soon!!
    If I had to pick one(ish) thing from your lovely giveaway it would be the Our Lady of Guadalupe bracelt + the Mary & Jesus artwork + the cookies (b/c who wouldn't pick cookies!!?)
    :D

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  111. Love the "Mary in Blue"! What a nice giveaway!

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  112. Wow! What an awesome care package! Our favorite Christmas song is "The Angel Gabriel". It's actually a great song for Advent. Take a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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  113. Wow! What an amazing giveaway! I am a huge fan of Audrey Eclectic and Lilla Rose so my favorites are the Madonna in Blue and the flexi!

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  114. Um, my comment might have disappeared. So, to reiterate, love the Madonna in Blue, wanna try your famous cookies!

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  115. Thanks for this great giveaway! I would love the Madonna in Blue print because you can't have too much devotional art...or so I tell myself. This isn't an Advent related recommendation, but if you're looking for rich writing with excellent character development try Jayber Crow and Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry. Have tissues handy for the endings!

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  116. Well I would recommend Catholic Stuff You Should Know but you were the one you got me hooked on it! Awesome giveaway Bonnie!

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  117. My favorite book right now is "Heavenwards" by Fr. Joseph Kentenich. I would love to win some pretty things to share with my girls!

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  118. This is so thoughtful! I think you have a great variety of items, but I wouldn't mind winning just so I can try your famous cookies! :)

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  119. What a great idea to bless others - so simple, but everyone likes to be remembered! The book that had the most impact on me this year is "And I Am Afraid of My Dreams" by Wanda Poltawska. I discovered it while reading way too much on the internet about St. JPII around his canonization time! Here is a link to an article written about her by a wonderful Msgr. in my area: http://www.catholic.org/featured/headline.php?ID=2206. I'd love to hear your comments on it if you choose to read it.

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  120. What a beautiful giveaway! I love the Madonna in Blue print, so beautiful! I don't comment much but a read your blog. We're almost to Advent and I will be listening to Advent at Ephesus, a great CD.

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  121. this is so wonderful! I want the lip serum most because... winter heat. ugh. Thankful to be warm but hate the dry, scaly lips!

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  122. How lovely! Your are so generous and thoughtful to put this together. Have you listened to the Taylor Marshall podcast? I find it super informative, funny, and all around great!

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  123. I love your blog. :)
    Cookies are always the best!

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  124. Oh my goodness. Don't know how I missed this but you are the coolest. I'm pretty sure those made with love cookies are top of my list...because COOKIES ARE MY LOVE LANGUAGE

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  125. Wow, awesome giveaway! I just read and enjoyed 84 Charing Cross Road- a good short and easy read!

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  126. Hi! I'd love the novena bracelet because I need that reminder to pray (and it's so pretty)!

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  127. I've really been enjoying your blog lately and this is just so thoughtful! I have been drinking so much tea lately and love chai!

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  128. Ooh, Bonnie. You are such a kind and generous soul. I could use some of that chai tea latte mix and your chocolate chip cookies right this stinkin' minute, actually. I'm hoping Advent turns out to be less stressful than this week has been.

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  129. Thanks for offering this giveaway! I think the Our Lady of Guadalupe bracelet is so pretty.

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  130. Well, as a freshly minted mother of 4 littles, the first thing I recommend is a nap, but that is mostly for me. Secondly, I recommend the Mothers' Manual. It is a beautifully written old timey prayer book with prayers for just about every need of motherhood and married life. So much goodness, and very inexpensive. I would love to win the chocolate gold coins so I don't have take the kids shopping to find some and then try to hide them while I check out!

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  131. I love well curated giveaways of lots of items! This one is perfect!

    I'd love the Audrey Eclectic art. I love her warm style.

    And I recommend Quiet. It's a read which explores introverts, what makes them, how society treats them, etc. I keep mentioning it in conversations because pieces of it are just really interesting and stuck in my head.

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  132. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  133. Hi Bonnie! What a great giveaway! Sorry I never comment! Boo me. Audrey Assad has some amazing albums.

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  134. Hi Bonnie! What an awesome giveaway! I would love to try your cookies since I hear those are one of a kind.
    I always love to get book recs so are here are some of my recent faves: Rome Sweet Home by Scott and Kimberly Hahn (binge read it), The Way of Trust & Love by Fr. Jacques Phillippe, and Gone Girl by Jillian Flynn.

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  135. You are so sweet! It sounds totally lame, but I really want those chocolate coins... I LOVE those things!!!

    And I recommend (my cousin) Paul Spring's Home of Song CD - it's a children's CD with a literary theme, and the music is SO good, and not "kiddie" at all :)

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  136. Hi Bonnie! This giveaway looks amazing! You are awesome for putting it together! :)

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  137. What a great giveaway! Thank you.

    The OLG novena bracelet is beautiful!

    Let's see ... as a major book lover, it's hard to recommend just one, but Emily Stimpson's "These Beautiful Bones" was a fantastic read -- beautifully written and packed with things to consider.

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  138. I think I commented but just to be sure...I'd really love to win some of those cookies and curl up with some of that Tazo chai. I've also been hoping to try out the jamberry nails since I first some them on the blogs. I really enjoy your blog Bonnie! #longtimelurker

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  139. Oh bummer, my phone had a hiccup and my comment was lost! :/ Let's try this again. Thanks so much for holding this giveaway! I love the Madonna print & the Scentsy pack looks great. Actually, it all looks great!! :)

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  140. I highly recommend He and I by Gabrielle Bossis. It is inspiring, makes you feel so loved by Christ and you can read little bits at a time. In fact, it's better to read a little at a time so you can meditate on what you read throughout the day. I have to say that I would love everything, but especially the Madonna in Blue print and the rosary bracelet! Thank you for your blog, I really love it!

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  141. What an AWESOME giveaway! I've been reading a ton of books lately....if you liked Jane Eyre then you should read The Flight of Gemma Hardy :) And yes!!! LOVE the Fpuntains of Carrots Podcast!!! Thabks for hosting this giveaway!

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  142. This is an amazing giveaway! I would love it all, but would most want the tea, hot flax seed pack, The Little Way of Advent book, and the Advent journal to help me relax and find joy throughout the Advent season.

    We are currently halfway through watching one of these a night:

    http://brandonvogt.com/humanum-videos-extraordinary-display-marriage-family/

    I am looking forward to these reflections from Father Barron soon:

    http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog/sign-up-for-fr-barrons-free-advent-reflections/4532/

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  143. Pick me, pick me! :)
    A book I'm currently reading is "st. John Paul the Great: His Five Loves." By Jason Evert. If you love JP II and think you've read everything about him, this book is fantastic. It makes me love him even more.

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  144. Awesome giveaway! I want to win those cookies!! :)

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  145. I highly recommend the book "He Leadeth Me" by Fr. Walter Ciszek, SJ. An absolutely incredible, life-changing book.

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  146. Wow, this is awesome! I love the Madonna in Blue

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  147. Hi Bonnie! You are the bestest! That's sell I wanted to say! :)

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  148. Love the novena bracelet, but I'd be glad for homemade chocolate chip cookies anyday :)

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  149. Hi - I recommend the children's book The weight of the Mass

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  150. If you haven't watched it... About time radically changed how I view life! And pretty things Are nice

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  151. Listen to Chris Botti. You won't be sorry :)

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  152. I am reading The Catholic Home and Play and Learn with Cereal Os. This giveaway is so generous :)

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  153. I want very much to win more of your cookies. They are the best. And I'm watching Grand Hotel which is en espanol, pero me gusta.

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    1. OH my goodness - I totally just finished this series. Isn't it great?

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    2. Jennifer, I really like it! It's like Downton Abbey, but with passionate glances and arched eyebrow close ups.

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  154. Mmm. You had me at Audrey Eclectic.

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  155. What a great giveaway! Homemade chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! :)

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  156. Just found your blog - tried posting a minute ago but not sure it came through! I love everything I've seen so far - it is nice to feel some solidarity with other Catholic mamas out there. Thank you and here's hoping I win ;)

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  157. Hello, Sorry if this is posted twice. Love your blog-thanks!

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  158. I'd like yummy please. I have lots of feelings to eat this time of year and cookies and tea would pair nicely.

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  159. Love audreyelectic's etsy shop, so psyched for Madonna in Blue! Love this giveaway :)

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