Saturday, April 16, 2011

A blog birthday giveaway!

fancy cake via here

It's my blog's birthday today! Yep, Pughs' News is turning 4! Can you believe it? I can't. I remember the day I wrote my first post, April 16th, 2007. Pughs' News has come a long way in the past four years, going from a private blog with 5 or 6 readers, to a public one {starting in 2009} with 80+ official followers, and at least 100 hits a day. I'm pretty proud of that! I love my little corner of the internet and all the friends I've made through it {remember last year's virtual party?}. 

I think an occasion like this calls for a giveaway! I'm going to package up a few of my favourite things and send them off to one lucky winner. Books, tea, stationery, et des choses comme ca {you know what I like}, and I'm itching to do some shopping on Etsy, too! I'm not exactly sure what the parcel will contain, because I want to personalize it to the winner. But believe me when I tell you friends, it's going to be awesome!
To enter, here's what you need to do:

1. Become a follower of Pughs' News, if you aren't one already. It's as simple as clicking that button over there -->

2. Leave me a comment telling me a little bit about you- who you are, where you live, and maybe one of your favourite things. I want to get to know my readers better!

3. For an extra entry or two, you can blog or tweet {or both} about the giveaway, and then leave a separate comment for each with a link to your post.

 I know it's Saturday today and not everyone goes online on the weekend. You might not even see this until Monday morning! So I'll leave the giveaway open until this coming Thursday, April 21st at 4pm and will draw a name that night. I'll announce the winner next Friday the 22nd in my Flowers for your Friday post. Easy peasy!

Thanks for reading Pughs' News, for coming here and being a part of my little blog. I adore you.

Now, what are you waiting for? Get entering!


  1. Happy blogiversary, Erin! I believe it's been two-ish years that I've known you and I've loved every day of it! :)

    You're such a sunshiney presence in our world. May there be many more years of it to come! :)

  2. P.S. I meant to say that I'm a follower. But as my second entry....

    I am Bethany from Wisconsin. One of my favorite things has to be a comfy couch with gorgeous natural light, just waiting to be enjoyed. Oh, and reading blogs. :)

  3. If you hadn't noticed I'm a follower of your wonderful blog:)
    Happy anniversary.

  4. Ohh and a few of my favourite things are relaxing on the couch or soon in the sun with a cup of coffee and a great book (or great blogs). And of course my baby boy, I can spent hours just looking at him:)

  5. oooo exciting! YOu were one of the first followers of my blog :)
    About me? ummm i live in England, I love reading, snail mail, crafting,flowers, and spending time out doors :)

  6. Four? Erin, that's fantastic! Happy Blog Anniversary! You know lots about me already, so I'll give you two random facts. I almost ended up at a theological seminary because I liked the idea of being a spiritual counselor. I even got in, but I thought my lack of religious focus could be a problem. I also wanted to be an Egyptologist when I first graduated NYU, but I was worried my fair skin would burn in the hot North African sun. Hope you're having a lovely Saturday!

  7. Congratulations on reaching four years! I just realized the other day that I hit 2 years but it was already more than a week after the official anniversary (April 2). Four years is a long time and I think it's amazing to commit to blogging for that long. Your kids will be able to see this one day and understand more about you and that's precious!

    And.... I'm a follower. :) Something about me? I love reading and photography. For something a little deeper, I'm still not sure about what I want to do in life. If it weren't for my Masters degree year coming up I'd be out in the real world in less than four weeks..... The only "teaching experience" I've had was one practicum, which was great, but I don't know if I want to teach or not. So there's something a little deeper about your reader.

    (Ironically my word verification word is "reade". Close enough to read that I find it funny.)

  8. Happy bloggy birthday!
    Just started 'following' you ... I can never get too much Erin, I guess! :)

    Me: Starbucks snob. Love their mugs for sale. Lifetime favorite movie, Anne of Green Gables. I couldn't even comment on your post about Gilbert (crushes) as he's just too special to me, ha. My email name reflects another dear and favorite L.M.M. novel. Love reading. I feel whole when I read. My list of Etsy favorites is simply way, way too long - but oh my, that would be my idea of a perfect shopping spree! I love to bake, to the detriment of my waistline, and could never fully diet and eliminate cupcakes and such like from my life. Travesty! (Have you had the chocolate/chocolate cake at Pure Vanilla Bakery in Cad Bay?? Back in the day, those were divine ...) Sam gave me my first kiss at Holland Point right on Dallas Road and then he proposed there 6 years later. One day I'm planning to do a family photoshoot there, at our spot.

    And, and, and .... Could go on and on but will leave it for now .... have a splendid 4-years-later-day!

  9. (: Oh, happy day, EP! Keep up the beautiful blog-work (and play).

    Four random facts about me: 1. I'm left-handed, as is my hubby, Robin (and several Friends and Relations in both families). 2. Unlike my hubby, I like Very Small Planes: flying's my favourite mode of transport. (John Gillespie Magee's "High Flight" is a poem we both love.) 3. My favourite wild animal is the hippopotamus (our company name in hippo communications. inc.) and 4. I simply adore writing letters. In 2007 my former co-author and I published "The Hippo and the Unicorn: A Rainbow of Words"--yes, a whole book of letters (originally handwritten and mailed to each other over the course of a few years).

    That's all for now. Have a wonderful week. Enjoy the giveaway, friends-of-Erin! :)

    EMP in Very Snowy Alberta,

  10. Erin, I posted an entry about your sweet Saturday giveaway:

    EMP (your neighbour across the Rockies who can't believe the snow piling up outside my window as I leave this comment)

  11. Happy blogiversary Erin! The giveaway sounds very exciting! Yours is one of the very first blogs I followed when I started blogging last year.

    Hmm about me... single mother of 3 living in the best city in the world... loves red wine & chocolate, great conversation, candlelight, my children & watching them grow, peace, traveling, and men (not necessarily in that order).

    I will blog & tweet about your giveaway and get back to you with the links :)


  12. I'm new to your blog but with my return to snail mail, I"ve found some wonderful blogs on the net. My own blog is in its 12th year (and its mirror blog on Blogger in its 5th year, I think). Both have lots of followers, but not nearly as many commenters. Maybe I should start giving away stuff!

    I'm a retired grandmother of 1, living with husband of 45+ years and 3 dogs. Writing is my life and it's fun to be doing it again in envelopes instead of just e-mail.

    When I'm not reading blogs and sending stuff, I review plays for the local newspaper. And I NEVER win stuff, so I won't feel bad if I don't this time either!

  13. Happy blogiversary, sweet Erin! I feel thankful that blogging has introduced me to people like you. It's one of the things I love most about it. I think you know a lot about me already, but I just wanted to tell you how much I love visiting your space here, and the relationship we've created in the brief time we've been acquainted (relative to the four years you've been blogging!). Here's to many many more.

  14. 4 years baby and going strong! good for you and congratulations!

  15. Happy blogiversary! One of my favorite things? CANDY!

  16. Happy 4th Blogiversary!

    I discovered your blog from two lovely friends (Sheba @ Perpetual Bounce and Faiza @ It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day) and recently became a follower. I've really enjoyed reading your posts over the last few weeks :)

    I live in Ontario, Canada and you can find me over at

    Hmm, I enjoy a lot of things -- wine, coffee/tea, chocolate covered jujubes, browsing HomeSense and Chapters and gardening to name a few! I also love making people happy!

    Ok, that was more than one but they all add an extra smile to my day!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  17. Happy Blogversary!!!! 4yrs - wow, amazing and great ;) cheers to many more years of blogging!! It's been a pleasure getting to know you and looking at all the fun you and your beautiful family always have ;). Hmmmmm.. About me what can I say?? I'm a hopeless romantic, I love quotes and writing them down everywhere ;) I love me some coffee and usually end up at Starbucks while my mind wanders off, maybe to a private island where me and dear James Mcavoy are stranded - lol!!! Such a sweet giveaway - muchas gracias ;)

  18. Yeah! Happy Blogoversary!

    I'm a follower of course.

    Rebecca hailing from New York, the state not the city. I love books, books, books an, of course, Lost ;)

    Off to tweet!

  19. TWEET!

  20. Yay! It's always exciting when we realise it's a blog birthday!

    I'm a definite follower! :)

  21. Hey Erin! Happy Blogiversary!
    I'm glad you're feeling better and able to eat proper food. Spring is too good to miss.
    I'm home in the city with hubby now for our 2-week Easter break, which is great.
    Ah, yes! Things about me: read the interview Erin took of me a while ago ;)
    Take Care!

  22. Happy Birthday to your blog! :) What a fun giveaway. I can hear Julie Andrews singing "These are a few of my favorite things..."

  23. Oh, and I am a follower already of course.

    And one of my favorite things right this second is Shea Cashmere hand lotion from Bath and Body Works. Smells amazing and feels even better on my hands! Mmm!

  24. oooh, so exciting! well, you know i'm already a loyal follower.

    something you may not know about me: i'm having difficulty getting into my new ereader...not sure i can give up the "real thing".

  25. HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY to one of my blog homes away from home. :) i am SO blessed to know you!!! one of the smartest things i ever did was host an ornament swap because that's where our story began. You are such a dear friend to me!!! what a very sweet and special giveaway <3

    please count me in!!! i'm micaela as you know-- a true texas girl (though my heart belongs in italy) whose finally found her happiness! newly wed, dog mom and one of my favorite things are thunderstorms. I desperately miss rain living in a desert climate.

    oh and pistachios! i'm eating them by the handfuls lately :)


  26. and of OF COURSE i'm a forever follower :) i'll tweet about it tomorrow for sure! i'll be back here when i do.


  27. Happy blog birthday! Mine celebrated 4 years this year, too. Amazing, huh?
    I am already a follower. :)
    I am Nicola. I have more chickens than children and I have goldfish that have been alive for 4 years. I am a rural Italo/Anglophile living in my native urban California.

  28. aw, i still remember the first time i discovered your little blog. it was just so ridiculously happy, and you of course were an instant friend. i'm so glad you blog!

    something about me is that my favorite things change on a weekly basis. but this week i'm totally obsessed with having been invited to be a backup singer for an amazing musician. music & singing are a pretty constant Favorite in my life, so this creative opportunity is so thrilling.

  29. Four whole years!? Back then, I didn't even know what blogging was. I'm so glad I'm a part of this world, because that means I have places like yours to bring some sunshine to my day!

    I'm Amanda from Wisconsin and am a new wife and college student. One of my favorite places to be is swinging in the hammock in my parent's looking up at those green trees!

  30. Happy Bloggingversary, Erin! It's a good feeling that improves with blog age. Wondering how you manage with little ones. Kudos!

    My daughter's name is Erin. :D Wow.

    I have a birthday coming up this month as well. I had my first birthday party when I was 22. My co-workers surprised me. If there were b'day parties as a child, I don't remember them.

    So, I'll be another year better and wiser on April 25th. Imagine that! Will you toss my name into the give-away lottery? :)


  31. Wow, Erin, 4 years is amazing!!! Happy blog birthday :)

    Of course I follow your blog.

    Well, here goes, my name is Rhianne, I'm 25, I live in Leeds but I'm originally from Norfolk (not too far from Cassie, I used to go on holiday in Suffolk lol). I take far too many pictures, I eat too much chocolate, I love puppies and the sunshine :)


  32. Oh my Erin, four years congrats!! Your one of my daily visits, your life is full of so much happiness and inspiration. I feel like you already know so much about me :-) My favourite thing at the moment is Olive and Red as my winter colours.


    I am a follower and something you may not know about me...I used to be a professional singer and lately have been looking for places to sing OUT LOUD some more.

  34. I'm actually new to your blog, but so far you sound like my kinda girl! I too am Canadian, mom to four chidlren, a nurse, wife, and surrogate momma to two 9wk old yellow lab puppies.
    I love so many things I don't know where to start...crows, shopping, new shoes, popcorn, movies, reading, cooking...(which btw, I'd love to get my hands on your mexican black bean soup recipe)

  35. Phew! Only just in time. Please count me in.
    Congratulations on your blogiversary, I have only done one year so I am quite in awe.
    I am sister, mum, grandma, sewing fanatic and lover of all things British. The Union Jack is my favourite symbol. I am like Peter Pan and have no intentions of growing old gracefully. You are as likely to see me on the swing as pushing my grandson.
    Love your blog.
    Jenny x

  36. Happy Four Year Birthday dear lady! That really is an amazing feat and confirms in my mind once again that you are indeed 'Super Mum'! :)

    I am grateful for everyday of your friendship I have been fortunate enough to have, all due to this blogging world.

    Happy Blogging Birthday and here is to many, many more xx

  37. happy number 4 sweetie!!!

    lets see...
    i live in the midwest, where it is cold and rainy. and to stay warm, we have been making soups, and keeping a steady simmer of the tea kettle. paper crafts and buttons are keeping my hands busy, this spring break.

    happy day!

  38. I tweeted ;)

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  41. Congrats!! I am a reader of your absolutely fantastic blog. I am mama to 5 and I love all the beautiful things in life!
    Thanks for this splendid giveaway
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  42. I blogged your giveaway:
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  43. Dearie,
    I'm so happy I found your sweet little blog via Micaela. Happy Blogiversary. You and yoru blog are the cutest.
    My name is Fritzi Marie and I live with my husband and 10 year old puppy Bono Baby in Alabama (we move around a lot). My husband teaches English at Auburn University and writes poetry and I make things pretty and manage two Etsy shops, Fritzi Marie and Museum of Wonder. I love to make wishes and go on treasure hunts. My most favorite thing to do is to go on adventures with my husband and Bono B.

    I hope we can be fast friends.

    Fritzi Marie

  44. Following.
    I'm a southern girl who enjoys her 3:00 tea everyday and gets cranky if I don't, also gardening, reading and sewing but not a 3:00. And did I tell you about my grandchildren, let me see where my pictures are....
    Theresa N

  45. Confession: I hesitated about entering your giveaway because I already get to be your dearest friend. Surely that should be enough, non? I've been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of countless letters, postcards & parcels from you over the years. I really shouldn't be greedy...

    But at the same time, I couldn't very well NOT congratulate you on your four years of blogging, could I? Of course I'm a follower... & here I am commenting... so I guess I've officially entered the giveaway. Zut! How did that happen??! ;-)


  46. I love being in nature (camping, hiking, watching sunsets, etc), babies, reading, baking, and spending time with friends.

    Happy blog Birthday!

  47. yay- happy (belated) blog birthday!!!! that's so fun- i will have to go back and read your first posting in honour of your b-day:). The time flies, doesn't it?? Well, I live in new england and I love spending time with baby Ben, reading blogs, home decor, relaxing and being home... and gardening, cooking and baking:). This is fun! Happy birthday:).


  48. Happy blog-anniversary 4 years, wow! I'm definitely going to go back and read your first ever post!
    So as you know, I'm a follower....
    but a bit about me....
    I'm a trained high school art teacher, but am staying at home right now with my little one.
    I live in Whitehorse but am originally from Ottawa.
    I love art, photography, the great outdoors and being by the sea. I hope to have a cottage by the sea someday.
    Hope you are having a lovely day! xox


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