Friday, June 1, 2012

One Year Anniversary // Huge Giveaway Celebration // Prayer Challenge

Today marks Reflections of Grace one year anniversary! It is truly hard to believe that one year ago we started this blog! In some ways it feels as if we have been posting on Reflections of Grace for the longest time, but in some ways we feel as if we have just begun this journey of blogging! Today we are here to celebrate Reflections of Grace one year "birthday" with several giveaways for you! :) We are so thankful to the Lord for His faithfulness and goodness to us through this adventure of blogging and pray that it has been a blessing to you, and has made a positive inpact in your life! Our main goal in writing this blog is that the Lord would be glorified in our writings and that it would encourage and strengthen you as you grow closer to the Lord!

So today we are here to celebrate, and as such we thought it would be very fun to host a big giveaway with several prizes for you to say "thank you!" for being such wonderful, sweet, encouraging, readers and followers of this blog! Before we show you what will be giving away we would like to give a big "thank you!!!!" to all our sponsors: Samantha of Emarie Creations, Gail of Lilla Rose, Karly of Little Goat Natural Soaps, Priscilla of Blossom and Twig, Amanda of Fairy Bubbles, Leigh of Barberry & Lace, Lindsay of Made By Lin Lin, Brittany of Brittany Chavers and Olivia of Fresh Modesty! We are so thankful to the Lord for your generosity in helping us celebrate our one year anniversary! May the Lord's blessing be upon you for your kindness!

Please remember to read through the whole post before entering the giveaways since we are taking entries a bit differently than we have previously done. At the end of this post you will find instructions on how you can enter to win these lovely prizes! So now without further adieu, we would like to introduce our sponsors and their lovely shops to you!

Prize Number 1 
Sponsored By Emarie Creations

"Hi! My name is Samantha and I am the owner of Emariecreations, a small home-based Etsy shop that offers cute, colorful and affordable accessories for ladies of all ages.
I've been crafting my whole life and started my shop in late 2009 as a way to sell my creations and make a little money. I'm really enjoying the 'adventure' of having a home business and have fun coming up with fresh, new ideas for my shop.
I specialize in polymer clay items mostly, with a few resin jewelry pieces as well. I try to have lots of colorful items in stock made from both mediums.
Hope you enjoy taking a looking around my shop!"

Emarie Creations will be giving away a pair of their polymer clay, handcrafted lollipop post earrings! Emarie Creations has several pairs, all in different colors, available so the winner will get to choose the pair she would like. Click HERE to see all 5 lollipop color choices! Samantha is willing to ship worldwide, so this prize is open to all ladies, no matter were you live! Please remember to read at the end of this post how to enter before entering!

Polymer Clay Lollipop Earrings

Prize Number 2 
Sponsored By Lilla Rose 
Lilla Rose Hair Clips, Barrettes, Hair Sticks, Hair Bands, Bobby Pins, Buy Wear and Sell.
{If you do not see Gail's website when visiting this link, then look to your top left corner of the screen and click on the link that says "Looking for Gail's Site?"}

"Gail is a stay-at-home mom with 5 children and has been married to her husband for almost 8 years! She blogs over at The Imperfect Housewife about what life is like having children, 5 years old and under and, more importantly, her walk with Christ. Gail has been an Independent Consultant for Lilla Rose since December of 2011 and feels blessed to have the flexibility to continue to stay home with her children while sharing a product that she loves.

She was introduced to Lilla Rose by winning a giveaway and receiving one of their hairbands. Gail loved it so much that she decided to 'take the plunge' and become an Independent Consultant. Since then, she has learned quite a bit about the company and the famous Flexi-clip. The Flexi is unique in that it is a patented, one-piece hair clip. It comes in 7 different sizes to suite all hair types and lengths. They are beautiful and elegant and add that little something to your hair style. The Lilla Rose product line centers around unique, functional, and well made hair jewelry. From the flagship Flexi Hair Clip, they have expanded to Hair Sticks, Orings, Hairbands, and Bobby Pins."

Lilla Rose Consultant, Gail will be giving away a Flexi-clip in the winners choice, up to $16 value! There are so many to choose from, click HERE then click "Go Shopping" for the options! Gail will be willing to ship internationally so this giveaway is open to all young ladies no matter were you live! Please remember to read at the end of this post how to enter before entering!

{For those interested in learning more about Lilla Rose and the flexi-clip, feel free to check out Bethany's product review HERE!}

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Prize Number 3
Sponsored By Little Goat Natural Soaps

"Welcome to Little Goat's Natural Soaps! I'm Karly. :) I am wife to a music professor and mommy to a newly 3 yr old little boy. We ventured into this business to provide non-toxic, gentle soap for babies and adults alike.

When our son was about 7 months old, we thought he had baby eczema. Turns out he was reacting to all the horrible chemicals that were in his baby soaps & lotions! I did more research and was appalled by the complete lack of regulation of Health & Beauty products in the USA. Most of the chemicals going into your everyday perfumes, lotions, body washes, BABY products, sunscreens, (fill in the blank) have not been tested. A lot of the things on the shelves in this country have things in them that are banned in Europe, Japan & other modern countries. 

Scary, I know. That's where we come in... We are here to prove healthy & safe doesn't mean "boring"! It only takes 26 seconds for a toxin you smear on your skin to be detectable in your internal organs. Be informed. Shop smart. Don't settle for less! I hope you love our products! ~Karly"

Today Karly of Little Goat Natural Soaps will be giving away one bar of her natural luffa soap in the winners choice of fragrance! There are so many fragrance choices, so click HERE to view them! Karly will only be able to ship to U.S. residences so this giveaway is only open to ladies living inside the U.S. Please remember to read at the end of this post how to enter before entering!

Prize Number 4
Sponsored By Blossom and Twig

"I've saved many pieces of paper from my past: handwritten notes and letters, recipes, invitations, and yes... even a gift tag from my mother with a special Christmas message to me. I realized what a sweet reminder of good memories they are and fell in love with the idea of creating paper goods that people can use to express their love, gratitude and good wishes to one another - things that can be kept to remember people you love and good times you've had.

A bit about me... I am married and have 3 children: Lydia, Martha and Gabriel. I live in a small town with fields on either side of my house and lots of woods around me. I love the quiet solitude and peacefulness of the woods, but the train track that runs through my front yard interrupts that daily, lol, ... and then it gets pretty quiet again : )

I've been a quilter for over 20 years and rarely have ever met an antique quilt or sampler that I didn't like. I've been in my local quilt guild for almost that long... have held many jobs in the guild and one of my latest is being "The Sunshine Lady" which means that I send cards out to the membership for birthdays, get well, etc. I was having trouble keeping cards on hand for that and started to make them myself - and I fell in love with paper! Almost as much as I love fabric."

Priscilla of Blossom & Twig will be giving away their lovely french butterflies bookmark! Priscilla is willing to ship internationally so all ladies can enter for this lovey prize! Please remember to read at the end of this post how to enter before entering!

Prize Number 5
Sponsored By Fairy Bubbles

{Etsy Shop}

"My love of crafting soaps began years ago. It started as a weekend project done with my daughter and progressed to selling locally, and now I am proud to bring Fairy Bubbles to the world wide web. All of my products are hypoallergenic and gentle on skin. I use body safe colorants only, and only the best quality herbs, butters, salts, clays, milk powders, teas, essential oils, and fragrance oils we can find.  I love working with essential oils! You will see a good number of our soaps are made with essential oils." 

Amanda of Fairy Bubbles will be so generously giving away a 4 oz. jar of lime and coconut scented whipped soap! View details by visiting the listing HERE! Amanda is willing to ship internationally so anyone may enter for this prize! Please remember to read at the end of this post how to enter before entering!

Prize Number 6
Sponsored By Barberry & Lace

{Etsy Shop}

"Founded in 2010 by Leigh Benner, Barberry & Lace has grown in leaps and bounds in the short amount of time it's been open. Leigh currently works from her home where she lives with her two cats, Molly and Bert, and her Samoyed/American Eskimo mix, Sadie.

Leigh has always has grandiose ideas of owning a business and when she discovered jewelry, she was in love. She loves drawing inspiration from the colors in nature as well as her love of all things vintage... and miniature. Leigh enjoys piecing together new items and adding defining features to new ideas as well as finding and developing small charms that warm her heart. It truly is a wonderful and rewarding fit."

Leigh of Barberry & Lace will be giving away $15 shop credit to their shop! Here are one of my favorite items from their shop! Please remember to read at the end of this post how to enter before entering!
the pale pink sophie headband.

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Prize Number 7
Sponsored By Made By Lin Lin

{Etsy Shop}

"My name is Lindsay and I am the founder of MadeByLinLin. My studio is based out of Vancouver, British Coloumbia. I sell handmade, unique, quality, and affordable jewellery and accessories for all ages and styles. I opened MadeByLinLin on November 2010 and have never been happier designing and creating products for people around the world."

Lindsay will be sponsoring a lovely 18-inch rose necklace! The rose is 10mm and the winner will be able to choose her rose color! This prize is open to everyone as Lindsay is willing to ship internationally! Please remember to read at the end of this post how to enter before entering!
One Rose Necklace - Your Choice of Color - 24 Rose Colors To Choose From

Below is a chart of available rose colors:

THREE PAIRS of Rose Stud Earrings - 24 Colors to Choose From -5 New Colors

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Prize Number 8
Sponsored By Brittany Chavers

{Etsy Shop}

"My shop is geared towards vintage inspired, romantic jewelry. I love using flowers, LOTS of color, and unique items to bring happiness to my jewelry. I look at every necklace I create as a little piece of myself, and I hope their new owners love them as much as I do."

Brittany will be giving away this lovely coral dahlia ring. View the listing details HERE! This prize is only open to ladies living inside the U.S. Please remember to read at the end of this post how to enter before entering!
Coral Dahlia Ring Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Coral Dahlia Ring Buy 3 Get 1 Free

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Prize Number 9
Sponsored By Fresh Modesty

{Sewing Blog}
{Fashion Blog}

"Fresh Modesty: Creating Custom Swimwear is a 34-page tutorial with step-by-step directions for sewing an individual, well-fitting swimsuit for yourself, a friend, or a family member. I share how I draft a pattern from a series of measurements to make the various pieces of the suit as well as how to sew it all together. Countless modest style options are given including a maternity option, making it so fun to design a suit you adore.

Many people are scared to death at the thought of sewing their own swimsuit. I mean, after all, isn't Spandex a bear to work with? On the contrary! Spandex is surprisingly easy to work with. In some respects it's easier than cotton or other fabrics because if something doesn’t line up exactly, you can just stretch it! Don’t I need to be an expert seamstress in order to do this? No! In fact, I had only been sewing for a year and a half before I made my first bathing suit. If you’ve followed patterns and made slight modifications with success, you can sew a bathing suit.

Stuffed with detailed pictures and drawings, this eBook is perfect for the adventurous beginner. A veteran sewer won't be bored, either, because of the wide range of style choices given. This wide range also means that the suits created will be appropriate for all ladies, young and old. From your two year old to your grandmother, they are sure to flatter."

Today Olivia, the lady behind the e-book, will be giving away a copy of her e-book, Fresh Modesty which is a step by step guide to sew your own modest swimsuit! Below is a sample of the swimsuit you can make using this e-book! {To see more swimsuits that were made using this e-book click HERE!} The winner will receive their copy via email. Since there is no mailing required this prize is open to all ladies as long as you have an email address! To learn more about the swimsuit you can make click HEREPlease remember to read at the end of this post how to enter before entering!

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How You Can Enter:
I am sure that you ladies are itching to start entering to win these lovely prizes, right? ;) So here are some details on how to enter! Now, here is how it will work. You will enter for each prize on a separate giveaway form. You may have already noticed that each prize has a giveaway form for that certain prize under the prize image, so that is what this is for. 


When was the last time you prayed to the Lord? Was it truly a heart-felt, spirit lead prayer or one you just said since it's what you always do? Well today we could like to present you a little challenge! Instead of having the normal entry such as following our blog, leaving a comment, hearted the shop on etsy, etc we decided to make your one and only entry be to pray for 5 minutes, praying for a different thing for each 5 minutes/for each prize you'd like to enter. Depending on how many prizes you'd like to enter will determine how long you pray. We would like to encourage you to complete these prayer times when you aren't sitting here at the computer, since you want a true prayer and not one that's just being spit out in order for you to enter. So please try and pray during your devotion times or when it's a quiet time that's convenient for you. 

So here is how it will go. For each prize you'd like to enter you pray for 5 minutes for a certain thing which will be specified on the giveaway form. Make a note to yourself of which prizes you'd like to enter as well as what certain thing you will pray for 5 minutes about. Even if you don't enter all the prizes {for instance if you don't have pierced ears thus not entering the earring prize} we would still like to encourage you to pray anyways as this is what will be your eternal prize! You may break this up into several days time and enter as you go or you can pray all of them at one time, the main goal is just to get on your knees and share your heart with the Lord. Once you have prayed then you can come back and enter that prize! You will do this by signing in with either your email or with your Facebook account if you have one, then it will show the option to pray for 5 minutes. Once you have done it click "Enter" and you will be entered! If you have any questions concerning this them please let us know! Here is a list of the prayer/prize details:

Prize Number 1: Lolli-Pop earrings sponsored by Emarie Creations. 
Prayer Requirements: Pray a prayer of adoration and praise to the Lord for 5 minutes.
Open To: Everyone

Prize Number 2: Lilla Rose flexi hair clip sponsored by Gail of Lilla Rose. 
Prayer Requirements: Pray a prayer of thanksgiving and praise for 5 minutes.
Open To: Everyone

Prize Number 3: A bar of soap sponsored by Little Goat Soaps. 
Prayer Requirements: Pray a prayer of confession for 5 minutes.
Open To: Those living in the U.S.

Prize Number 4: Butterfly bookmark sponsored by Blossom & Twig. 
Prayer Requirements: Pray for any needs or request you have for 5 minutes.
Open To: Everyone

Prize Number 5: Whipped soap sponsored by Fairy Bubbles. 
Prayer Requirements: Pray for authorities for 5 minutes.
Open To: Everyone

Prize Number 6: $15 Shop credit to Barberry & Lace. 
Prayer Requirements: Pray for persecuted Christians for 5 minutes.
Open To: Everyone

Prize Number 7: Rose necklace sponsored by Made By Lin Lin. 
Prayer Requirements: Pray for your family for 5 minutes.
Open To: Everyone

Prize Number 8: Coral ring sponsored by Brittany Chavers. 
Prayer Requirements: Pray for your future spouse for 5 minutes.
Open To: Those living in the U.S.

Prize Number 9: Fresh Modesty E-book, sponsored by Fresh Modesty.
Prayer Requirements: Pray for 5 minutes for a stronger relationship with Christ.
Open To: Everyone

Okay, now you may enter! All the giveaways will ends on June 29th, 2010. Have a blessed day and be sure and check back on June 30th when we will post the giveaway winners! If you have any questions about entering then please let us know! And also, please feel free to share with us if you have been blessed by this blog, down in the comments, since we love hearing how the Lord is working in your lives and using our writings. Lastly, we would like to thank all our sponsors again, for without you ladies there would be no giveaway! God bless!

Bethany & Johanna

6 Words of Grace:

Anonymous said...

This is a neat way to do it, Bethany and Johanna. Yes, we do always need to pray and try to strengthen our realationship with Christ.
Thank you for doing this. I always enjoy your recipes and I have been encouraged alot by your recent articles.
I love the swim suit and the flexi!
Emily J.

b3 beader said...

Wow girls! I really like they way you did this! I'm not going to enter any, because I won the last giveaway you did, & I want to give someone else a chance to win. But I really like the prayer challenge idea!

Eden said...

What a great idea!

Jenny said...

I love the way you do the entries!

Marjo.....B. said...

Wow! That is powerful. We need to pray more....and it was good to be reminded that sometimes we spend more time on the computer than praying to our LORD! Thanks for the reminder. I will be praying for YOU as well. God bless!

Martha Joy said...

What a wonderful way to enter a giveaway! I was so refreshed through the time of prayer that I enjoyed this afternoon! And now, I have entered into 7 of the 9 giveaways. Thank you so much, and thank you to the sponsers also!

May the LORD bless you and this ministry!
Much love,
Martha Joy
Psalm 119:140