Star of Wonder: Giveaway Week, Day 2

December 17th, 2013

Giveaway Sponsored by Country Outfitter

Welcome to Day Two of holiday giveaway week at Planting Dandelions! Sorry to be late in the day with these, but you’ve got all week until Friday, 11:59 pm CST to enter the daily giveaways, so don’t worry about missing out. 

I have loved getting to mediate weekly on the quirks and charms of living in the South via my column for Country Outfitter, and I hope you’ve been following along. My most recent reflection is about translating winter wonderland activities to our (usually) green Christmas climate. I wrote it before last night’s cub scout holiday party, or I would have most definitely included this:

Toilet Paper Snowman

That is a child being wrapped in toilet paper as a substitute for making a snowman. It was both hilarious and pitiful. The boys LOVED it. Alas, I don’t have a single good shot of the tube sock “snowball” fight that ensued, but it was spectacular (we used balled up pairs of new socks, which were then donated to a shelter). 

I’ve got another column going up tomorrow about Southern foods for gifting, so watch for that. Meantime, Country Outfitter has a really special post-holiday gift for one of you: this black leather “Seeing Stars” bag by Tano, which retails for $225.  Gorgeous, right?


To enter to win, just leave your comment on this post. And be sure to leave one on yesterday’s post, as well. If you win both drawings, you’ll be automatically awarded the highest value prize, and I’ll re-draw for the other  (only U.S. addresses are eligible for this prize–sorry!). 

Best of luck!


33 Responses to “Star of Wonder: Giveaway Week, Day 2”

  1. Bev says:

    Now that we spend our winters in AZ rather than at home near Chicago, I too am amused at some of the wintry holiday activities. Love this bag and your giveaway week!

  2. juliloquy says:

    I love your category “fahoo forays.” Thanks for the contest!

  3. joanna e s c says:

    Oooooooo…pretty! 🙂

  4. Amy says:

    We still have one frozen chunk of ice in our yard. It’s just begging to be thrown at someone.

  5. kmewalt says:

    Would love this!

  6. jiw1114 says:

    I lived in SC for 4 years and I always missed the winter weather/seasonal changes, it never felt like the holidays without snow. I’m back in IL now and covered in snow and love it 🙂

  7. Jen @ BB2Boulder says:

    And that song from the Grinch is now in my head … : )
    After 39 years in Oklahoma, we moved to Boulder last year. Like you in Arkansas, we used to always have relatively warm Christmases, except the year I was 8 1/2 months pregnant and we had a record ice storm. 😉 Our first Christmas in Colorado last year brought several inches of fluffy white snow. It was such absolute perfection. We won’t have new snow this year it seems, but it will at least be cold. Since we never had any winter-themed holiday traditions before, now just the possibility of snow still seems like a great bonus.

  8. scgrits says:

    Have a great holiday season!

  9. katherinedaire says:

    The Grinch is one of my favorite Christmas specials! I live in Michigan where we’ve had winter (though officially it’s still Fall) for a few weeks now. But, cold weather for the Christmas parade is expected and I can’t really imagine being in a warm climate for this time of year. Although, I wouldn’t mind TRYING it 🙂 I love the bag you’re giving away.

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  11. mhunting says:

    I love the Grinch. That bag is gorgeous!

  12. Lisa says:

    LOVE that bag! Merry Christmas!

  13. jmason says:

    That bag is gorgeous! I’m in the NW and it is almost always a green Christmas here. The very rare snow on Christmas will shut the city down:)

  14. selena markley says:

    My husband took the initiative and put up the tree for me which is a little 3 foot one kept in the attic still bearing ornaments from previous years. Our Christmas letter exists in draft form, since a dispute with my husband as to the age of one our children (I was right, he is 11), and I haven’t finished it since. Still don’t have a picture taken this year with all 3 kids together for the cards. This year isn’t much different from any other year for me, though 🙂

  15. lomagirl says:

    My littlest guy says “A star!” because he learned about them this month at Mothers Day Out.
    I baked cookies for Christmas gifts, but did no decorating. My folks do enough of that.

  16. Amy says:

    We always go to my parents home in Massachusetts for Christmas. I told my kids “That’s where Christmas lives!” Can’t imagine it any other way!

  17. Michelle says:

    This looks like the black bag I have always dreamed of!
    It is ironic that during a holiday where I should be thinking of what others want, I dream of going out after Christmas to get myself that new sweater or shoes or pajamas that I want… 😛

  18. Meg says:

    Being from Tucson, I can add a couple of my own strange warm holiday scenes. The funniest was my nephew roasting marshmallows last New Year’s Eve in a jacket, scarf, gloves, shorts and flip flops. I guess he only gets cold from the waist up! I also love when it snows at area attractions…soap bubbles.

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  20. Kathy B says:

    Love the bag!!!Happy Holidays!!

  21. This is our first Christmas on the coast, and so the first Christmas in my life without snow! It’s definitely been an adjustment because it feels more like fall, not Christmas time! And PS I love that bag!


  22. Lisa says:

    We’re going to have a reasonably warm Christmas this year (mid 40s) and I don’t mind it a bit. Nothing like the electricity free snow debacle of last year!

  23. Jennifer says:

    Last weekend, I was driving to work in downtown Phoenix when I passed a fenced-off street corner with mobs of parents and kids in its confines…playing in a few inches of manufactured snow (and slush). Winter at this longitude is a strange thing indeed. But I appreciate all attempts at a winter wonderland. 🙂

  24. AnneSD says:

    Really awesome bag! Thanks for wrangling this!

  25. Debra Quintana says:

    I promise to give that handbag a loving home.

  26. I will be stealing that “snowball fight” idea soon. And hopefully, stealing that beautiful purse even sooner.

  27. Andi Stubbs says:

    Ooh mama likes!

  28. Julianna Schueler says:

    The cub scout party looks like a ton of fun! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  29. Carol G. says:

    Still chuckling at the tube socks snowballs!!

  30. rayraycartucci says:

    I want this bag…so cute!

  31. Tiffany H says:

    Beautiful purse – I would love it! I also love seeing the toilet paper Christmas tree. As a former youth director, I have facilitated this silliness many, many times.

  32. jenny says:

    Great bag

  33. Tracee says:

    Sooo pretty!!!

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