Giveaway at God's Daughter!

Miss Raquel at one of my favorite blogs, God's Daughter, is going to have a giveaway once she reaches 500 followers, and she still needs some more! (right now she has 468) I encourage you to go follow and check out the giveawayby clicking the button>>>

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600 Followers Giveaway over at Umbrella Girl

Lucia is having a 600 followers giveaway at her blog, Umbrella Girl!


Umbrella Girl


There are 21 prizes! Go check it out here!

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Pride and Prejudice and NaNoWriMo

Guess what me and Haley watched yesterday?

If, judging by the title (and the picture below), you guessed Pride and Prejudice, you were RIGHT!

So...yesterday I finally watched Pride and Prejudice! (the new one, the one with Keira Knightly) And I'll just tell you...

I loved it!

I had "tried" to watch it at my sister's birthday party (two years ago...), but I wpre somewhat stubborn in the sense that I didn't like romance videos and didn't want to give it a chance! I'm not uber-big on romance movies, but I really like Pride and Prejudice and Emma! And next I want to watch Sense and Sensibility. Has anyone seen any or all of these movies? How did you like them and which one is your favorite?

So now, I can cross watching Pride and Prejudice off my bucket list :-). Yayyyy!!!

It's hard to believe that NaNoWriMo (ywp.NaNoWriMo.org) is starting in just a few days! It doesn't seem like a whole YEAR has gone by since I wrote Tania's Faith! This year I'm considering writing 30,000 instead of 50,000 because last year was a little last-minute and we are pretty busy this year! I am SO excited for NaNo, but I don't know what to write about!!! Any ideas? I'd like to write a realistic fiction, but I don't know what I will end up writing about...maybe a girl who blogs??? :-) That reminds me of the Blog On! Series by Dandi Daley Mackall. They're all really good and I really encourage checking them out! You can find them on cbd.com.

What are you all up to today? Can you believe Christmas is only 2 months away? Ok, I'm obviously excited. Is anyone dressing up for halloween? I might be one of those people going to a masquerade ball. If that doesn't work, I am gonna ask our directors if I can borrow my hippie outfit from the play me and my sis are in. If that won't work, I don't know what I'll be...maybe Princess Leia?!?

Ohhh and guess what?! I'm actually doing a vocal audition for our play directors. I know I am gonna be so nervous that day, but I am glad I got up the nerve to do it! If you know me, you know I do not love singing solos in front of people. Oh, and I am singing Dancing Through Life! Well, I had better go. I have to finish my essay, which is going pretty well!

Please pray our play goes well tonight! Thanks!

Loves!

Ohhh,



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Giveaway Winners

TO ALL ENTRANTS WHO WIN THE GIVEAWAYS:
If you are a winner, please e-mail me your mailing address at girlzofgod(at)gmail(dot)com. This will not be shared with anyone BUT the sponsor of that day's item.

ALL ENTRANTS HAVE 3 DAYS TO EMAIL ME TO CLAIM THEIR PRIZE. IF THEY DO NOT CONTACT ME, A NEW WINNER WILL BE DRAWN.

SHIPS U.S. ONLY. If you win but do not live in the US, I am sorry, but your entry will have to be discarded and and a new winner will be redrawn.

A big thank you to all giveaway sponsors and entrants!

And I will no longer prolong the suspense :-). Hehe.


The winner of day 1 is...

Johanna!

The winner of day 2 is...

Shelley!

The winner of day 3 is...

Emma Margaret!

The winner of day 4 is...

Kiera!

The winner of day 5 is...

Emily!

Congrats to the winners! Please email me your mailing address at girlzofgod(at)gmail(dot)com.









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Ugh...Essays

I'm writing an essay.

And dreading it.

I guess "dreading" is a pretty strong word, but let's just say it's getting me really stressed annoying me to pieces, and making me angry! Right now I'm taking a break. I am planning on doing the giveaway drawing today but we'll see if I have time (UGH!!!). I'm mad just writing about (thinking about!) that essay. I want to start it with an attention-grabbing story but DON'T KNOW WhAT. Any ideas? The topic is "Are You Proud of Your Country?"

Thanks! Pleeease comment ideas ASAP!!

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Giveaway ends tonight

The title says it all :-).

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Perfect Preparation

"Every experience God gives us, every person He puts into our lives, is the perfect preparation for a future only He can see." - Corrie ten Boom

What if God has you where you are for a purpose? Sometimes it seems like we can never be happy where we are. Maybe we're going through something tough like cancer, a family member's death, bullying, loneliness, depression, or just plain sadness. Maybe people don't "get" us and we wish they would. But what if God put you right where you are - even if it seems hard to believe - for a miraculous purpose? God knows what's coming in your future, and He has BIG plans for you. What you choose to do today could impact someone else's life - or YOUR life - for better or worse. What if we reached out to the lonely people? What if we were friends to the friendless, love to the unloved, hope to the hopeless? What if we shined Christ's love into their life and changed both of our lives - even if the effect isn't immediate?

Remember that God has you right where you are for a reason. Live for Him, stand for Him, and don't look back.

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Autumn Breeze Giveaway: Day 5 of 5 {final day}

IMPORTANT NOTICE: So far, there are NO ENTRIES for yesterday's giveaway. Please enter! If there are no entries, I may extend giveaway deadline.

Today is the final day of the Autumn Breeze 5-day giveaway!

(*ALL GIVEAWAYS SHIP U.S. ONLY. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.*)

{Day 1}
{Day 2}
{Day 3}
{Day 4}




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Today's giveaway features TWO items that ONE person will get to win! They are both sponsored by Le Chat Beige.





Here are a few of the items available at the shop:





























The items Le Chat Beige has agreed to sponsor for today's giveaway are...


















This adorable Yellow Frog Cupcake Necklace. This necklace is about 35mm x 35mm and comes with an about-20" chain!













Aaand...one pair of these green Rose flower earrings!

One winner will win BOTH of these items. (If you don't want one of the items, please do not enter today's giveaway. Winner will win BOTH)

A reminder of the rules...

1. You can enter as many days of giveaways as you want, but you can't win more than one.
2. Please only enter a giveaway where you'd like to win the item.
3. Comment one comment for every entry. For example, if it says (2 entries) then do two comments like this...

I follow 1/2
I follow 2/2

The deadline is October 25th midnight PST. Please have entries in before then. All entries submitted after will be discarded. Here's how you can enter...
Mandatory (that means that this is required):
Visit Le Chat Beige and comment your favorite item. (1 entry)

Other Ways to Enter: (don't forget to comment separately for each entry)
Heart Le Chat Beige on Etsy (2 entries)
Put the giveaway button (found above) on your blog (2 entries)

Post about the giveaway with a link back here (2 entries)

Buy something from Le Chat Beige (8 entries)
p.s. I'm looking for a free blog design...does anyone know where I might find one?

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Autumn Breeze Giveaway: Day 4 of 5

(*ALL GIVEAWAYS SHIP U.S. ONLY. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.*)

{Day 1}
{Day 2}
{Day 3}


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Today's giveaway item is sponsored by Creative Birdie. Here are a few things available at the shop:






























Grey and Bronze Clay Post Earrings
















The item she has agreed to sponsor today is...














These unique earrings are hand-molded, hand-painted, and hand-finished.

Just a reminder of the rules...

1. You can enter as many days of giveaways as you want, but you can only win one.
2. Please only enter a giveaway where you'd like to win the item.
3. Comment one comment for every entry. For example, if it says (2 entries) then do two comments like this...

I follow 1/2
I follow 2/2

The deadline is October 25th midnight PST. Please have entries in before then. Here's how you can enter...
 
Mandatory (that means that this is required):
Visit Creative Birdie and comment your favorite item. (1 entry)

Other Ways to Enter: (don't forget to comment separately for each entry)
Heart Creative Birdie on Etsy (2 entries)
 
Put the giveaway button (found above) on your blog (2 entries)

Post about the giveaway with a link back here (2 entries)

Buy something from Creative Birdie (8 entries)
Stay tuned, because today I am going to announce the final giveaway! It's got TWO cute items that one person will win!
 
p.s. Don't forget that the giveaway ends Tuesday!
 

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Sorry!

We've been really busy, so I haven't had a chance to post day 4 or 5 so I will try to post both today! (if I am not able to, I apologize. It is opening night for our play)

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Autumn Breeze Giveaway: Day 3 of 5 (and somebody else's giveaway)

*IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: ALL GIVEAWAYS SHIP ONLY U.S. SO SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE!*

Enter day 1 and day 2 for your chance to win a cute prize!


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Jessica from Elizabeth's Collection has willingly agreed to sponsor today's item! Here are a few of the items she has at her shop:










I think these are really pretty! They'd look cute with formal outfits or just everyday outfits!



















Today she has generously agreed to sponsor this lovely item...
















These pretty, dainty hair pins are hand cut, singed, sewn, and beaded with 3 glass beads.

Just a reminder of the rules...

1. You can enter as many days of giveaways as you want, but you can only win one.
2. Please only enter a giveaway where you'd like to win the item.
3. Comment one comment for every entry. For example, if it says (2 entries) then do two comments like this...

I follow 1/2
I follow 2/2

The deadline is October 25th midnight PST. Please have entries in before then. Here's how you can enter...

Mandatory (that means that this is required):Visit Elizabeth's Collection and comment your favorite item. (1 entry)

Other Ways to Enter: (please comment separately for each entry. For example, if it says "3 entries," comment three times)

Heart Elizabeth's Collection on Etsy (2 entries)

Put the giveaway button (found above) on your blog (2 entries)

Post about the giveaway with a link back here (2 entries)

Buy something from Elizabeth's Collection (8 entries)

One more thing...
Abbie is having a giveaway on her blog! Go check it out!


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Where did my Motivation Go?

While sifting through my archives trying to find picture posts, a thought came into my head. I clicked the "October 2011" archive link, and sure enough, it confirmed my suspicion...

This month I haven't done any devotions.

My blog is called Girlz of God. But how come I haven't been talking in-depth about God - just mentioning Him here and there and sharing a couple prayer requests with you?

It makes me wonder...Where did my motivation go?

I could credit it to my current busy schedule. But my random posts haven't been lacking - in fact, they are, sadly, in large abundance!

I think one of the reasons my devotion posts have been lacking is because I hadn't been doing my quiet times for a while. How could I tell you stuff FROM the Word if I wasn't IN the Word on a regular basis?

Another reason I think my motivation is lacking lately is because I've been trying to have the "perfect blog." I've been trying to mimic other blogs I admire...putting pictures from Pinterest in almost every post and barely writing anything. I know it's sad.

I want to try to post more devos...and not because I feel like I'm required to or any silly thing like that. It's because Jesus Christ loves you so, so much and has a great plan for you, and I want you to know that. I want you to KNOW HIM and grow stronger in Him.

So for now, I will leave you with this...

"Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD."
Psalm 27:14 NIV



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Autumn Breeze Giveaway: Day 2 of 5 (And a Prayer Request!!!!!!)

Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday's giveaway! Please continue to enter here!

{p.s. Giveaway sponsors may enter OTHER days of giveaways besides the days when their prizes are featured :-)}

Today's item is sponsored by Melody of Kid's Stuff. I highly recommend you to go check out her blog!

Melody is sponsoring this lovely pair of ducky earrings! Aren't they adorable? Wouldn't you love to win them? :-)














Here's how you can enter to win these cute ducky earrings...

Mandatory:Visit Kid's Stuff and comment a post you like (with the link, please) (1 entry)

Other Ways to Enter: (please comment separately for each entry. For example, if it says "3 entries," comment three times) 

Follow Kid's Stuff (2 entries)

Put the giveaway button (found below) on your blog (please leave link!) (2 entries)

Post about the giveaway with a link back here (2 entries)

Put the Kid's Stuff button on your blog (3 entries)

You have until October 25th at midnight PST (for all the days of giveaways).

Here's the giveaway button...



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{The Prayer Request}
I'd like to ask you to pray for a friend of me and my sister and friend. He is going through some REALLY tough stuff right now, and he doesn't know the LORD. So I ask that you please pray for him! Thank you so much!

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Autumn Breeze Giveaway: Day 1 {of 5}

Thank you so much to the lovely sponsors who have agreed to sponsor this giveaway!

The Autumn Breeze Giveaway consists of 5 days of giveaways. You can enter as many as you like (you are not limited to one), but you will only be entered to win prizes on the days that you enter. If you don't like the prize for one day, please don't enter.

Today's item is sponsored by the Etsy shop Dreaming In Craft. Here are a few of the cute items that Marci (the shop owner) has at her shop!















These adorable Ladybug Fabric Button Hair Pins. Aren't they cute? She also has some other really cute hair pins!



















This beautiful Orange & Purple Flower Fabric Button Necklace. I think the colors are great together, and it is such a pretty necklace! It would go great with a lot of outfits.


And this super cute Felt Owl Plushie - Bright Blue & Yellow! Isn't it cute?

All of these items are available at Marci's shop. The item she has generously offered to donate to the giveaway is...

This adorable necklace!



















Isn't it pretty? This handcrafted 1 1/8" fabric button necklace comes with an 18" ball chain...and YOU have a chance to win it! Here's how you can be entered for a chance to win...

Mandatory:
Visit Dreaming in Craft and comment your favorite item. (1 entry)

Other Ways to Enter: (please comment separately for each entry. For example, if it says "3 entries," comment three times)

Heart Dreaming in Craft on Etsy (2 entries)

Put the giveaway button (found below) on your blog (2 entries)

Post about the giveaway with a link back here (2 entries)

Buy something from Dreaming in Craft (8 entries)


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You have until October 25th to enter. Stay tuned for 4 more days of giveaways with sweet prizes coming up!

That's it! Get entering!


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Blog is *Almost* Back to Normal

Thankfully, my blog is almost back to normal. There are a lot of things I need to change, but hopefully soon it will look pretty much the same as it did before!

{p.s. I'm announcing the first day of a 5-day giveaway, so stay tuned!}


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Blog Went Haywire!

I was just trying to change the text when you hover over it (the links) but then I don't know what happened, and now the blog looks like this! Does anyone know how to get it back??? I would SO GREATLY appreciate it! I will try to get it back to normal but please bear with me :). I also need YOUR help on a couple of things...

1. If any of you have my blog button on your blog, PLEASE give me the link so I can remake the blog button and code!

2. Does anyone know how to reverse the design?

Thanks so much!



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Raspberry Jelly?

Stong stuck in head: I Couldn't Be Happier a.k.a. Thank Goodness from Wicked (I need to take a break from Wicked!)

I am not a culinary wonder. Today was no exception.

I can make banana bread, sandwiches, mac n' cheese, spaghetti, cowboy cookies (chocolate chip cookies), and other recipes WITH instructions, but if I try to invent some recipe, it doesn't always end up the greatest.

Once my friend and I tried to make spaghetti and "secret sauce." The spaghetti was good. The secret sauce was not. The ingredients consisted of tomato soup (not sauce), green peppers, Chipotle BBQ seasoning (hey, it couldn't hurt, right? Apparently, yes...), cheese, and loads of garlic. I bet you people who are really good at cooking are shaking your heads. Haha. It wasn't good. And it gave me a stomachache afterward (probably from all the garlic). Today I tried to make "raspberry jelly," but I didn't know you needed to cook it. I mashed up raspberries with my hands (which was rather fun and really brought out the wonderful smell of the raspberries), added a little water, sugar, and lemon juice and mixed it, then drained it and spread it on bread with butter. Wasn't the greatest. It just tasted like, well, mashed up raspberries! Here's a picture of my finished work:














Today, I also started working on a long-put-off Disneyland scrapbook. I had the scrapbook, some paper, and stickers, but we hadn't printed off the pictures. We got 50 free prints from Shutterfly and ordered them finally! I'm still not done, but at least it's started :-).














I took Sika outside and bribed her with stickers and a sucker from Mom if she would "smile pretty" for some pictures. I got a couple cute pics (especially when Mom came outside and made her laugh!). In this picture Sika is wearing a beautiful dress from Africa.














We had to come inside pretty quickly, because it was pretty chilly outside!

Today was a nice, relaxed day.


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Volleyball!

Today was my last volleyball game with my volleyball team. Probably ever. And that makes me reallyyyy sad. I love my team. We are not perfect, we don't win all the time, but they are my "Dream Team," as I referr to them in my head. I love my coach, Mrs. B., too. She has taught me a lot...and not just about volleyball.

Today we played a tournament for our last game. We won two, lost two, and tied two, and I had a really good time (although I'm really tired!). Here are a couple photos my dad took during my games:

Calling to my team as I stand ready at the net.



















Watching the ball.



















So Grace, Vi, Eva, Jess, Dacia(rex), Em, Linds, Emily, Sarah, Danielle, Miranda, and Mrs. B, I love you all and am so proud to call you my team. It was so incredibly fun to play on your team this year, and I am so sad that I can't next year. You have all improved a ton. Keep loving Jesus and growing in Him. Blessings in Christ.

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Random Picture {and a video} Post










Heh heh heh. (Does anyone know how to make these? Can you tell me?)


















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This reminds me of myself when I was little.



















I thought it was cute, plus I like the glitter.
















I love Peanuts.












Even if they don't act like it, everyone you meet is hurting. Reach out to them. Befriend them. Show them God's love.

















I love Dug. He makes me smile.





























I think it would be beautiful to be there with my guitar singing worship songs.















I love Pascal.
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Pictures {via} and {via} and {via} (not sure which from where). I do not reinforce any of the pictures on these sites.

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