City Sidewalks and an Inspirational Giveaway from Loving on Me

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are here. We all have a million places to be, and our time is limited. Thank you for even reading today. 

Since Dec. 1, I've had bubbles with a friend at Washington Duke Inn, and celebrated the holidays with other N.C. bloggers, who are fellow members of NC Blogger Network. I captured this Raleigh Christmas skyline at Boylan Bridge Brew Pub in Raleigh.

Raleigh City Skyline at Christmas
Raleigh Skyline from Boylan Bridge Brew Pub

My own home is starting to look a little more like Christmas. I still have items to put out, and items to go back in the attic. For our tree trimming this year, I made my simple baked ziti. 

Christmas Tree
Our house for the 2014 Holiday

Tis the season for lots to do. I took the kids to see Santa this week. Here's the real story behind this photo I shared on Facebook.

Dear Santa, Mom wants this Tory Burch wallet, but I guess I really need this Tory Burch umbrella. 

Hey kids, our Christmas story starts like this. I took you to see Santa in the rain. I stabbed myself with my broken umbrella.Guess I need to put an umbrella on my Christmas list. After dinner, I tried not to show my frustration as I carried three unopened umbrellas, one to go box, a holiday book and kid drink up a slippery hill in the rain, all while you ate sticky candy canes. The night finally ended with my letting a few curse words fly in the parking lot when the Sprite spilled all over my seat while standing in the rain as I was trying to get three umbrellas, a book, food and a drink in the car. Yes, kids, that's the real story behind this lovely holiday photo, but at least we got to see Santa who is thinking that he may be in for a long night. Twenty years from now, we'll just remember the photo, but thanks to this blog, we have this story to remember. You'll tell your kids, "I remember the time Grandma...let it loose in the parking lot, but at least she didn't get run over by a reindeer." 

My Gift to You: An Inspirational Holiday Giveaway

I always like to give back to my readers this time of year because if it weren't for you and this blog I created, my life would not be the same. You inspire me to come back to this space to write and tell you something even if that means I have dishes in the sink and piles of laundry still in the dryer. 

I was contacted by Loving On Me, an online shop that offers inspirational products that make positive affirmations a part of everyday life to host a giveaway. At home, work and anywhere-in-between, the products, such as coffee mugs, t-shirts, pillows, totes and more, shout out powerful phrases that remind women that they are “unstoppable,” “a masterpiece,” “strong, mighty and enough."

Loving on Me Gift Tote

Founded in 2012 by non-profit leader and social responsibility pioneer Katrina McGhee, Loving on Me has a unique dual mission – to both inspire individuals AND ignite them into action. Its robust social media community and retail business make inspiration a part of every day life, while its Love in Action philanthropy arm ignites action by supporting global charities through financial contributions and volunteerism. 

Inspirational Gifts

The company is committed to the growth and development of the broader women’s community. That’s why every quarter, Katrina make contributions to organizations supporting the education, empowerment and good health of women and girls. Since September 2012, Loving On Me has provided over $25,000 in support to Breast Care International, Girl  Rising, Minnie’s Food Pantry,Susan G. Komen for the Cure,Play Like a Girl, and the Unstoppable foundation.

Inspirational Gifts that Give Back

As a thank you from me, you will be able to win a Loving On Me gift pack that includes a tote bag, a mug, and journal. One winner will be chosen by random on Friday, Dec. 19.  You may enter via rafflecopter below. 

I think we can all use a new mug for coffee. And not to be funny, but I like my coffee strong in the morning. :)

Happy holidays everyone! 

Disclosure: LovingOnMe sponsored this prize, and the prize will be mailed to the winner by the company. The prize will more than likely reach you after the Christmas holidays. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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