Celebration Giveaway ~ WINNER ANNOUNCED!!!!!!!

First, thanks to ALL PARTICIPANTS for entering this mega-giveaway to celebrate my 10,000th visitor. Since I posted this giveaway ~ and a DIY project to Craftgawker.com ~ more than 2,400 people have visited my blog……WOW!!!!!!!!! You all continue to amaze me and your support is appreciated.

FYI: Melissa E. was the 100th entry so the Target gift card amount will be increased.

(drum roll for the Celebration Giveaway Winner)

#11: Wilma

Congratulations, Wilma! Look for an email in your inbox shortly!!!!!!!




I’ve been anticipating this milestone for a while but never imagined my blog, 27 & Counting, would reach 10,000 views in such a short period of time. I am incredibly grateful for your willingness to be a constant visitor, subscriber, and reader of my posts.

This giveaway is in honor of all of you.

Unfortunately, only ONE person is going to win all of these wonderful and awesome prizes!!!!

Check out all of the great products that have been provided for this giveaway:

One $50.00 $100.00 gift card to Tarjay 


A copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond

The Pioneer Woman

I must’ve been living under a rock since 2006, but I’m sure glad I found PW’s blog. Her daily confessions, delicious recipes, and pictures of Charlie the Bassett Hound make me laugh out loud. If you love stick-to-your-ribs food fare, you’re going to love this book!


A copy of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 

The Happiness Project

I read this book last year and was instantly hooked to Gretchen Rubin’s idea that “……the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.” I follow Gretchen on Facebook, receive her monthly e-newsletters, and regularly comment on her daily blog.


Metal Butterfly ~ carved and painted by Joseph Huberson 

This particular item holds a very special place in my heart because it was hand-carved and painted by Joseph, one of the interpreters during my trip to Haiti. Prior to his employment  at the Methodist Guest House, Joseph was a street beggar. Now, he is supporting his family and paying for his education by working as an interpreter and selling his art.

The next items are provided by friends who are helping me celebrate this milestone. Please visit their blogs and online stores to support them as much as they support me. I really appreciate their generosity. Thank you, Sarah and Lindsey!


Scentsy Collection ~ offered by Sarah Lyon

Click HERE to visit Sarah’s online Scentsy store.

The lucky winner of this giveaway will receive one warmer (full-size, mid-size, or plug-in) and three bars ~ OR ~ one Scentsy Buddy and Room Spray.


 Handmade Dish Towel Set ~ by Lindsey Williams 

Please visit Lindsey’s blog, The Williams Family, and her Etsy store, Petit Cadeau Boutique.

These 100% cotton personalized dish towels are a great way to spruce up your kitchen or bathroom! They make wonderful wedding, housewarming or hostess gifts and are perfect for the person who “has it all”. Each is personalized with the letter and fabric of your choice!

Lindsey is also offering a special discount offer for everybody. Visit her store, Petit Cadeau Boutique (Little Gift Shop), and receive a 15% discount on any item using coupon code SAVE15.

 Leave a comment on this blog post with your name and email address!

Let’s recap the extensive list of prizes that ONE lucky person is going to win:

  • One $50.00 gift card to Target
  • a copy of “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” by Ree Drommond
  • a copy of “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin
  • metal butterfly painted by Joseph Huberson
  • Scentsy collection provided by Sarah Lyon
  • custom dish towels by Lindsey Williams

  • One entry per person, please.
  • You must add a comment to this post with your name and email address
  • Contest ends Sunday, August 21 at midnight
  • Winner will be selected using Random.org
  • Open to U.S. residents only

Be nice and share this link with others!

This is not a paid advertisement from Target; they don’t know who I am, nor do they care. The gift card offered for this giveaway was purchased by Yours Truly.

My thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for providing both books (their generosity reminds me that if you ask, you might receive!), and my deep appreciation to Joseph, Sarah, and Lindsey for providing their goods.





  1. I love your eezy peezy ideas 🙂

  2. Valerie Jennings says:

    Congrats on the 100!!!!

    Valerie Jennings

  3. It didn’t seem to go through so I’m trying this again. I’m sorry if this is a second entry for me. Please delete one of them.

    Melissa Esquivel mesquivel216@live.com

  4. Just leaving a comment to be entered in the contest!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway, and congrats on your milestone! I love the butterfly and the story of its maker!

  6. Ranelle Forgione – ranelle.forgione@gmail.com

    Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  7. This is amazing Nicole!!!!

  8. You go KY girl!! 😉

  9. What a lovely giveaway! Congratulations on 10,000 views! I can’t wait until my blog reaches that many 🙂

  10. Awesome blog, wonderful recipes to check out AND a great giveaway! So glad I found you 🙂

  11. Sharolyn Corley says:

    I want in!!!

  12. Love you too Nicole!!! Missed u today…enjoyed visiting with your mom ninnie and Aunt Katholine!

  13. I love the display plates post! I think I need to go shopping!

    • Thanks! And, yes, you need to go THRIFT shopping!!!! Good luck with your bargain-hunting and send me pics of your stands. Thanks for entering the giveaway too – good luck!

  14. Carolyn Nelson says:

    Always enjoy your blog and your growing creativity. You go, girl!

  15. Hello!
    I always love seeing sites such as yours full of neat ideas and creativity!
    I’m a DIY girl all the way so keep on doing your thing and rockin it out!

  16. Nicole, hope this helps you reach your milestone.congratulations

  17. You are crazy talented and imaginative!!! I am TOTALLY going to do the painted cake stands!! Love it! I would LLOOOOOOOVVVEEEE to win your giveaway too!! Debra Allbee, maxlinn@yahoo.com Thanks for sharing with us!!!!!!!

  18. christy harmon says:

    Awsome giveaway! Glad i found you! 🙂

  19. Congratulations!!! What an awesome blog and giveaway 😀

    Audrey Fetterhoff
    aarongfett (at) aol (dot) com

  20. Wow congrats on the viewers! And thanks for the great giveaway opportunity – I look forward to reading more on your site!


  21. Thank you for inspiring me to get creative and get a headdress in crafty Christmas gifts! Blessings to you and all your adventures!

  22. I just love this sight

  23. I just read your “tire” story, very funny! Reminds me of my husband! great giveaway, thanks for posting it! isamvor@comcast.net

  24. Hi! Just found your blog through Everyday Mom’s Meals! Wonderful giveaway, thanks so much and good luck getting tons of new followers! You can surely count ME in!

  25. Lindsey simpson says:

    I thought I had already commented on this to enter, so I will try it again. I can’t believe it is almost over. Good luck to the winner and looking forward to seeing you in a month. (the husband is welcome to come too)

    • Hey Lindsey, you entered earlier, Silly Girl! Send me an email sometime (the sooner the better) with your wedding colors. Or, if you’d rather, colors in your and Josh’s home. I’m getting something for you and I want to make sure it matches to your liking!!!! See you in a couple of weeks. Love you!

  26. Very nice blog! You have a lot of recipes that I want to try!

  27. Wow! What a generous giveaway. And congrats!!! Don’t worry about not knowing about Pioneer Woman, I’m a new(er) fan of hers too! I was blogging before I realized who she is 🙂 Thanks for the change to win. I’m going to share it on my Facebook Fan page too.

    Krista Marshall
    Everyday Mom’s Meals

  28. Congrats!!:)

  29. Congrats on 10000 views! That’s awesome. Here’s to 10000 more!
    I’d love a chance at your fabulous give away of fantastic prizes.

  30. Found this thru Craft Gawker- such a great idea. And so easy.

  31. Thank you for the Give away Hope I win!

  32. Awesome giveaway! Loved the art barn post! It’s what brought me here!

  33. Thanks for the Give away!

  34. Must be wonderful to know that so many enjoy your page. I hope you get your views that you need and obviously deserve. The page is well put together and beautiful to see. Great job!

  35. Congratulations on 10,000 Views! Here’s to 10,000 More!!!
    Laurie @ Food is Love

  36. 10,000 views? Wow! Congratulations!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

  37. This was my first time reading your blog. I found it on craft gawker. And I must say I am so impressed. I read the cake platter one and geeze that is such a creative idea can’t wait to read more from you. Plus I love the add in about Texas my family lives there you take a shower get out walk out side it feels like you never got out haha. Can’t wait to read more 🙂

  38. wow! this is some giveaway! I really liked your food/cupcake stands, what a good idea. The black and orange made me start thinking about Halloween decor. I’m gonna make some for myself, thanks for the tutorial.

  39. I just stumbled on your blog and I’m so glad I did. I will be moving across the US and will be on a limited budget. There are so many I can use here to help me make my new place into a home and help my little family feel at home. Thanks for being so awesome!!

  40. I have been a fan of your blog for a while. Such great things and ideas. I would love to win this contest. I’m a newlywed and the cookbook, dishtowels, gift card and other things would be soooo helpful. Thanks for the opportunity!! 🙂

    • Congratulations on your recent wedding. I hope you and your husband have as much fun as K and I do……cheers to a lifetime of wedded bliss!
      p.s. thanks for entering this giveaway!


  41. I’m a first time visitor and I instantly fell in love with your blog! Keep the awesomeness coming!!

  42. i really want to read the happiness book!! anyways, congrats on the 10000 views!!

  43. Just found your blog and LOVE it!

  44. I’m in. Thanks, Nicole!

  45. What a fun giveaway! I hope you get your 10,000 views!

  46. Hello! I just discorvered your blog, but I love your sense of humor and thriftiness. I concur, expensive is uncool.


  47. Thank you for hosting a wonderful giveaway, so glad I found your site!

  48. I saw your project and fell in love with those lovely stands. I can use them to display my small crafts to sell them when I do “craft fairs”! They look so beautiful, specially when the colors are so cool!

  49. Adrianna Robles says:

    Adrianna Robles

    -Love The Blog!

  50. Congratulations and what a wonderful giveaway!

  51. I want that butterfly! The rest of it too but I want that one a lot!

  52. So cool!

  53. Not to shabby of a giveaway. I would be thrilled to win such an awesome giveaway. Thnks.

  54. What a great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

  55. Nicole Yoshida says:

    Great blog

  56. wow what a great giveaway!!

  57. Lindsey WIlliams says:

    Just started reading your blog. Keep up the good work.

  58. Emily Green

  59. Hope I win!!!

    Nikki Wooten

  60. Lindsey Planty linz5151@yahoo.com

  61. Woohoo!!! Sounds fabulous 😉 ~Mandy . mandylukeford@yahoo.com, not sure that was necessary, but I’m covering my bases!!! 🙂

  62. Congrats on the 10,000 views, that is fantastic! Best Wishes for 10,000 more!!!

  63. Your blog is very entertaining. Way to go with all the views!!

  64. Congrats!!! Count me in.


  65. Congratulations on 10,000. Who knew a sweet girls blog could be so famous!

  66. Kristi scritchfiels says:

    Wow 10,000 views already 🙂 Congrats!! Oh and loved reading abt Haiti… Would love to do a trip sometime

  67. Lol. I was still commenting! Congrats on the way your blog has really taken off! You should teach a course for those of us who can’t quite figure them out!

  68. 🙂 I love your blogs!

  69. Congrats Nicole!

    Dulce Noriega

  70. Congrats on your blog accomplishments!!!

  71. WoW 10,000.. thats wonderful Nicole… love the faces on those little Haiti kids.. i could see how they would steal your heart in a blink of the eye… love your blog.. keep up the good work..


  72. Dulce Maria Noriega says:

    Congratulations Nicole! (: im sure youll get many more.

    little Dulce(:

  73. Holy Schmolly woman! That’s a helluva giveaway!
    You know why you got 10,000 views so quickly? Because you Awesome and Ah-mazing! Love ya girlie!!!
    ps. super happy that you are back home safe and sound!

  74. Wow 10,000…that is so awesome. Thank yo so much for your blogs.
    Beth (davenbethsm@aol.com)

  75. Congrats, Nicole! I really enjoy your blog and sense of humor. 🙂 Keep it up, girl!

  76. Congratulations! Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  77. Nice work on your blog! Great job!

  78. Nice work on your blog! Awesomeness!

  79. Georgia McDaniel says:

    10,000 hits! I am totally impressed! I am proud of you. Your blog helps me feel connected to you and Kevin ( although I am sure he has no idea what you say in this blog…right?!) Enjoy reading all of them but the comments from Hati touched my heart. I am so proud of you. I love you and I sure hope I win something. You are in my will….can any of these other people say that?!

  80. Valerie Jennings says:

    Nicole, so happy for your large accomplishment and safe travels to and from Haiti!!!!! I wish you many more views and look forward to reading your future blogs.

  81. Congratulations, Nicole! What a great milestone!

  82. I see exactley what you mean about those photos! Those faces are all adorable. I would love to spoil each and every one of them.


  83. Congrats on your milestonee!!!!!
    Did everyone do a good job Sunday? Heard from Barbara and she said she finished her song about Haiti – guessing she sung it on Sunday? What did Lara think about her stole? Gave Grady his and I think he was touched.
    Love and blessings,

  84. ¿Una Mariposa para mi? ¡Gracias! Great prize pack you are offering. I’m in.

    Also, thank you for your testimony today in worship. I strongly sensed from your story that this trip to Haiti was both moving and transformative for you. I look forward to hearing more about it. Thank you for sharing with us.

  85. Hi Nicole,

    I, too, have experienced your trip to Haiti thru your blogs. You have so geneously shared your thoughts with you. Thanks for doing that. The prizes are awesome and I would love to WIN THEM ALL. Thanks for all you do.

  86. Alan J. Easterling says:

    Sweet baby Jesus says “Go Haiti”!!!!!!!

  87. You are kicking butt and taking names!!! Great job!!!

  88. Whoa. That is one h-e-double-hockey-sticks of a giveaway! Count me in! You know my e-mail address. And thanks for the card! I ❤ getting mail. =) I will write back soon.

    Congrats on 10K visits!


  89. Wow! Congratulations! I remember when I made it to my 1,000 views shortly after beginning my blog and I know that you were one of those who helped me get there as well as shared you ideas and thoughts in your guest post. Congratulations once again!

    Joseph’s story sounds like a winner. I love hearing stories that show how someone can always get up and provide the necessary for their family.

    And before I forget, I still need to catch up on your posts from Haiti. Work has had me busy, but this week must be a total blogweek(:

  90. Thanks for being the official photographer for the Haiti trip and giving us great insights into the daily life of the people of Haiti. Congratulations on reaching the 10,000 milestone. You go girl!!!

  91. ohhh love it! Congrats!!! 🙂


    Thank you,

  92. Christine Crocker says:

    Congratulations, Nicole. Glad you all made it back safely from Haiti.

  93. I have gotten tickled and touched by your life stories. It’s also kind of funny ’cause I know you…Continued success and blessings!!

  94. This is great! I’d love to win 😉

  95. Great give aways. Thank you for your generosity.

  96. Nicole, it is a honor to be able to follow you through your journeys with your blog.. I feel as if i’m right there with you.. keep up the good work..

  97. Sign me up!


  98. Congrats! Continued success to you, and may you reach many more milestones and celebrations along the way.

  99. Lindsey Simpson says:

    Yay! I knew you would be followed by many because of your great ability to write. You are amazing!

  100. Congratulations, Nicole! I am so proud of how much you have accomplished with your blog!

  101. I love the butterfly – but reading your blog doesn’t require a prize!

  102. You really did it! Kudos to Hubby for being the subject and object of your writing…

  103. i want it all. . .!!!!!

  104. Way to go! This is an incredible accomPlishment. So happy for you and your readers. Keep up the great work…

  105. Hey girl…welcome back

  106. Congratulations. That butterfly as well as the story behind it is beautiful. What a great group of prizes, I hope I’m lucky enough to win. *crossing fingers*

  107. Congrats, Ma’am! Many more years of blogging success!!

  108. Your generosity abounds – continously. One might think you had “given out” after Haiti, but you keep on keeping on, as God asks us to do. Thank you, Nicole, for all your posts, during your mission work, as I devoured each word written and photo taken in order to share in the experience, offering my prayers along the journey. I hope you have been able to rest some…as school is near! Blessings.


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