Monday, December 14, 2009

A Recipe for Christmas Joy: A Giveaway


This giveaway is closed.
Jen from The Happy Little Homemaker is the lucky winner.
Thanks to everyone who entered!


When life gets busy I don't always have time to visit all of the blogs (and sites) I love to follow. However, I do visit this site each and every morning. I find that the Daily Devotionals on their blog are the perfect way for me to start my days. One of my favorite contributors on this site is Marybeth Whalen. I love her style of writing and, from reading her personal blog, I find it very easy to relate to her. She seems like someone that I would be friends with "in real life".


I recently purchased A Recipe for Christmas Joy, an e-book written by Marybeth. I cannot tell you how much I love this book. It has tons of great ideas for finding peace and happiness during the busy holiday season.

Here is Marybeth's detailed overview of what you will find in her book:

* how to make Jesus the center of your Christmas
* a complete menu for Christmas dinner and a traditional New Year's Day meal (with recipe's!)
* a week by week checklist for organizing your Christmas
* helpful websites
* suggestions for easy meals on those busy nights
* how to observe advent in a way that will work for your situation
* ideas for decorating for Christmas and instructions for gifts you can make
* many tried and true recipes for Christmas goodies
* 25 ways to make the holidays holy days
* fun and creative ways to reach out to others at the holidays
* list of great Christmas read alouds for you and your children
* a week of devotions for the week between Christmas and New Year's

Marybeth has written several other books. You can check them out here . She also has a novel, titled The Mailbox, coming out in June 2010. I can't wait to check it out.

For this giveaway, Marybeth is offering one of my lucky readers a copy of A Recipe for Christmas Joy.

First Entry Requirement ~ Leave me a comment telling me about one thing that brings you joy during the holiday season.
1. Subscribe to Cheaper by the Half Dozen, Marybeth's personal blog. (1 entry)

2. Follow Marybeth on Twitter. (1 entry)

3. Subscribe to Raising Itty-Bitty Bookworms. (1 entry)

*Make sure and leave a comment after this post for each entry so I can give you all the credit you deserve (and don't forget your email address too)! Winner will be announced Friday, December 18, and contacted by email. Winner has three days to contact me at contact@ittybittybookworm.com. After three days another winner will be drawn.*

The download link will be emailed to the winner, so be sure to leave your email address in your comment entry.

33 comments:

Marybeth said...

Thanks for the kind words Tara! I appreciate you spreading the word about the ebook. It was a true labor of love and is the culmination of years of trial and error in creating inexpensive and easy traditions for my growing family. I hope that many will glean some good info from it!

Debbie said...

One thing that gives me joy for the season is remembering all the blessings God has brought into my life, my family, friends, and the ability to remember them all.

Debbie said...

I am following Marybeth's site, she has a wonderful site! Thank you for leading me to her site!

Debbie said...

I follow your blog!

Stacy said...

I love the happiness factor. Everyone seems to be in a happier mood during this time of the year.

Stacy said...

I'm following via google reader.

Stacy said...

I'm following Mary Beth on twitter (searching4)

Stacy said...

I follow Itty Bitty Bookworms.

themarlatts said...

Just subscribed to Itty Bitty BOokworm!

Colleen M said...

Only 1 thing? :D A couple of things that gie me joy for the Christmas season is first of all the very reason for the season - Jesus. Another thing is celebrating Jesus with my family - especially my own kids.

The Fifth Street Mama said...

I love gifts! I love picking gifts and wrapping gifts and giving gifts and watching people open gifts... and I really don't want to admit this but i do love receiving gifts. It is my love language.

The Fifth Street Mama said...

I follow Marybeth on twitter

The Fifth Street Mama said...

I subscribed to Cheaper by the 1/2 dozen

Our Cozy Little Book and Art Corner said...

watching the wonder and excitement of my girls as we prepare for Christmas day, St Nicholas day and The Sunday Mass servicesduring Advent (ok sorry that is 3 :) oops)

Our Cozy Little Book and Art Corner said...

I follow her blog

Our Cozy Little Book and Art Corner said...

I subscribe to your blog

Our Cozy Little Book and Art Corner said...

Follow her on twitter

Elizabeth said...

One thing that brings me joy is being able to see my extended family. I grew up around them and now we're all spread apart but are blessed to still be in touch with each other.

Elizabeth said...

I also just subscribed to Marybeth's site via Google Reader.

Elizabeth said...

...and am now following Marybeth on Twitter :-)

Kim said...

One thing that gives me joy at Christmas is having my husband and children to celebrate with. Our two children are adopted from China, and they have been the biggest blessings to us.

williams3129 at comcast dot net

Kitchen Stewardship said...

Joy is watching my kiddos dance like crazy to Christmas music.

Kitchen Stewardship said...

I have your RSS

Kitchen Stewardship said...

I follow Marybeth on Twitter!

Winning Readings said...

I love watching my little girl experience Christmas... And I love hearing songs about Jesus in the stores...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Winning Readings said...

Following Marybeth on twitter: moziesme

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Winning Readings said...

And subscribed to her feed.

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Winning Readings said...

And I'm a long-time follower of Raising Itty-Bitty Bookworms, too.

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Jen @ Happy LIttle Homemaker said...

my favorite thing about christmas is attending midnight mass.

jensteed dot 08 at gmail dot com

Jen @ Happy LIttle Homemaker said...

i follow your blog

Jen @ Happy LIttle Homemaker said...

i sub to marybeth's blog, too.

♥ ♥ ♥ said...

Passing along some of my childhood Christmas traditions w/my own children brings me JOY!

♥ ♥ ♥ said...

I follow your blog via a link on my blog-page :) Jennifer