Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Giving Essence Giveaway



Not too long ago I told you about a new web site I had come across called The Giving Essence. Diane has started a new business this year, and she's really excited for you to learn about her product. She has sent me two of her products to try out and tell you about. I was thrilled to see that one of them was the Peppermint Stick. Diane only uses the best essential oils so just opening the bottle will start to chase away the tension of the holidays. Peppermint Stick is a roll-on in a lovely dark green frosted glass bottle, and it's just the right size for your purse. I think you'll like having this one handy when you're caught in a traffic jam or in a long line at the mall. I liked the cooling sensation it brought to my temples. I think you've got a winner with this one, Diane!

Diane also sent me Bayberry Spice Essential Spray. A quick spritz in the air brings forth many layers of fragrance beginning with bayberry, followed by cinnamon and sweet orange. I gave my family room a spray and it stayed in the air for quite a while. It was also great to spray right before company walked through the back door for that fresh, wintertime aroma. I loved this one,too, Diane!

The Giving Essence also offers essential oils, dried herbs, and lip balms and promises more to come.

If you're interested in finding out more about these essential oil products, click on the link at the top of the sidebar.

Now here's the best part, Diane has authorized me to host a giveaway. I will be offering 1 Essential Spray (fragrance of your choice) and 1 Peppermint Stick to one winner.

1. All you have to do is visit The Giving Essence, then come back here and leave a comment telling what your favorite product is and why. No one-word answers please!

2. If you are not a blogger, include your email address like this: pianananna(at)gmail(dot)com. I need to find you, if you win.

3. Subscribe to Thyme for Herbs for a second entry, be sure to respond to verify the subscription, then come back with a second comment to inform me. Only active subscribers are included. If you're already a subscriber, let me know in a separate comment so you too can be counted.

That's it. The giveaway contest starts Saturday, November 29th and will end Thursday, December 4th at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Winners are randomly chosen.
I will contact the winner via email and you will have three days to claim your prize, otherwise I move on to the next best answer, so be creative!

Good Luck!


Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs, and also my newest blog:
Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thankful Thanksgiving Day Thursday

Today I'm thankful for family, friends, a wonderful country, and for the food we are sharing at our Thanksgiving table.



Oh yes, I'm also thankful for a sense of humor.

For more Thanksgiving Day Thursday posts click on the daisy in the sidebar.





Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs, and also my newest blog:
Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

Friday, November 21, 2008

We Have a Winner!

You guys are awesome! My giveaway was a great success, thanks to all of you who entered. There were 169 comments and combined with 168 subscribers that means that there were 337 entries.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the many dates and things you have forgotten. It kept me laughing each time I checked the blog. I don't feel so bad now about forgetting my blogiversary. I have NEVER forgotten my anniversary and neither has my husband, but I won't talk about some of the others that have slipped my mind.

Now for the winner! Although I read all entries, the winner was chosen randomly.
After making sure all the criteria were met, I then contacted the winner. She registered as "bleu," so I will only announce her as that. Congratulations Bleu, your Yankee Candle set is on the way.

I hope you will all continue to stop by and visit. I have a few more reviews and giveaways coming very soon. Although this gift was strictly from me, the next ones will be sponsored. Thank you again for following my blog; I really appreciate it.

Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs, and also my newest blog:
Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Trifecta Giveaway


I recently noticed that I missed my Second Blogiversary, which was in September AND a few other important numbers. At some point I passed 23,000 hits, which is unbelievable! This my 250th post, so I also missed the big 200! What was I thinking?
I think 250 is a good number too, don't you?

I've always been into round numbers, such as a 40th anniversary or a 50th birthday, but this time I have to overlook this compulsion to wait until the number is just right. Because I blew it!!! It was all my fault! I wasn't paying attention!

I so appreciate my readership, your loyalty, and wonderful comments. To make up for all the milestones I missed, I am hosting a Trifecta Giveaway! Three of my blogs will run a giveaway simultaneously.

Here at Thyme for Herbs, I am giving a 12-piece box of Mint scented Yankee tea light candles. Each of these candles burn for 4-6 hours with a refreshing spearmint fragrance.




After entering here, pop over to Happenstance House and
An Herbal Bedfellow to enter there. An Herbal Bedfellow is giving away a wonderful cookbook, and Happenstance House is offering an antique flow blue plate.

All you have to do here is leave a comment about the last big event you forgot. The winner will be chosen by Random.org.
Please write something more than just "birthday."
In case I am unable to contact the winner, I will then choose my favorite story.

For a second entry, blog about my giveaway, and then come back and tell me about it in a separate comment window.

For a third entry, subscribe to my blog with Feedburner and tell me about it in a separate comment window; make sure you verify your subscription! All current active members will automatically be entered.

Make sure you include your email address with the comment if it is not showing on your blog so I can contact you. If you are NOT a blogger, you must leave a contact email address or you will be disqualified.

This giveaway ends on Thursday November 20th at Noon, EST.





Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs, and also my newest blog:
Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day in the USA



Thank you to all US Vets. We truly appreciate all you do and have done for us in the past. Because of you, our freedoms are protected. We can never thank you enough.
Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs, and also my newest blog:
Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Little Silliness

Today I want to have some fun and that requires a little silliness. I was thinking about how different life in the garden is today than when I was a kid. Insects were bad, all of them. We knew nothing of organic gardening and the word ecosystem had never been uttered. The food chain was not taught in schools, and respect for the earth hadn't been thought of once since the Native Americans tried to explain it to the white man, and it was promptly discarded.

I stumbled across this Mickey Mouse cartoon from 1935 called Mickey's Garden. I remember my mom and dad using those pump can sprayers. THey were filled with DDT and we didn't think anything at all about inhaling it. My husband used to play in the mist when his back yard was sprayed for mosquitoes!

I loved watching Mickey and Pluto in the garden in this video and it brought back a lot of memories, but it sure wouldn't be approved for children today.

Do you have any stories from your youth about how gardening is different now than it was then?





Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs, and also my newest blog:
Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A New Herbal Giveaway


It was just a few days ago that I pointed you to an herbal giveaway.
Well, now I have another one to tell you about, and it's once again at one of my favorite blogs, dkMommy Spot.
This time DK Mommy Spot is giving away a bottle of Essential Spray from Diane's very own online store.

Her new store is called The Giving Essence, and it just debuted on Monday. Diane is now selling herbs, oils, and essential oil sprays, and she promises more products coming soon. I loved browsing around her new site, and I'm sure you will, too. The giveaway ends on Thursday so hurry over and take a peek. If only there was a way to smell those fabulous herbal scents!

Click on the picture above for the contest,

and click here for easy access to The Giving Essence.




Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs, and also my newest blog:
Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.