Friday, March 16, 2012

3rd Blogiversary - Gathering of Friends Giveaway

For our third and final giveaway for the 3rd Blogiversary, we are giving away an AMAZING cookbook/party plan/entertaining book called The Gathering of Friends - Volume 1 by Michelle Huxtable. It gives you recipes, decor ideas, shopping lists, and tons of ideas on how to host the perfect gathering with friends.



Here's how to enter:

1. Become a Follower of Forever the Hostess OR subscribe to our posts via e-mail in using the subscribe feature in the right-hand column. Its that easy!

For additional entries:

1. Like us on Facebook, then leave an additional comment
2. Follow us on Pinterest, then leave an additional comment

Winner will be chosen at random on Friday, March 23rd. Good luck, and stay tuned for more AMAZING Blogiversary giveaways this week!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

3rd Blogiversary - Method Giveaway

First, you saw my five quick tips for cleaning. There is really a sixth tip - we must discuss cleaning products to help make the quick cleaning tips easier. I am OBSESSED with the Method line of cleaning products. They are environmentally friendly and don't use any harsh chemicals, which is perfect for this momma-to-be and the baby in my tummy. I can still clean the whole house without me and my unborn child being subjected to harmful fumes and chemicals. Here is my arsenal:



I actually own more of their products, but these were just the few that I could wrangle together this morning for a photo op. Of all their products, there are really just 4 that I use on a daily basis:


1. Method All Purpose Spray in french lavender scent: This spray does it all, and there is really no need to even buy their Glass Cleaner or Shower spray (hidden in the back of the photo) when this can literally cover all surfaces. It is also the only product that I have found that is all natural and cuts grease stains on my white stove top like nobody's business. Trust me. I may be a good cook, but I can get pretty sloppy.


2. Method Squirt and Mop Almond Oil for hardwood floors: Since we have hardwood floors throughout our (old) house - sniff, sniff - I have used the Swiffer to clean up sand, dirt, and dust, but the Method Squirt and Mop almont oil, used in conjunction with their mop and REUSABLE cleaning pad (they are green products, remember), it picks up all of this AND provides a beautiful shine AND delicious scent to the whole house.


3. Method Le Scrub in eucalyptus mint scent: Want a cleaner that will get your tub, sinks, and toilet pearly white without bleach? This is the product for you. Goes on like those other bleach products, but you need to do half the scrub work. And the container even has a place for you to leave your sponge for the next use.


4. Method All Purpose Anti-Bacterial Wipes in cucumber lime scent: I have one of these under the sink in my bathroom and one under the sink in the kitchen. They can be used for A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G. I will share below how I use them in my cleaning tips, but they are so much better than other disinfectant wipes because they work better, smell better, and are not harmful. Some of these will probably live in the baby room once we get that together too.


Other products that I love by them are the anti-bacterial bathroom cleaner, stainless steel cleaner (perfect for our grill outside), and dish soap. And the best part about the Method line? You can purchase all the products I mentioned above online or at my mecca.... Target.

And today's giveaway is FOUR Method products of your choice! Go here to pick them out, and enter using the rules below:

Here's how to enter:

1. Become a Follower of Forever the Hostess OR subscribe to our posts via e-mail in using the subscribe feature in the right-hand column. Its that easy!

For additional entries:

1. Like us on Facebook, then leave an additional comment
2. Follow us on Pinterest, then leave an additional comment

Winner will be chosen at random on Friday, March 23rd. Good luck, and stay tuned for more AMAZING Blogiversary giveaways this week!

I was not asked or compensated by Method for this review of their products- they just make my life easier and I wanted others to try them for themselves!

Monday, March 12, 2012

3rd Blogiversary - Giveaway

This Monday we have our first giveaway in honor of our 3 year Blogiversary. Remember this project? One reader will receive a gold pair of Sequin Ball earrings AND a year subscription to your choice of Martha Stewart Living or Martha Stewart's Everyday Food magazine.



Here's how to enter:

1. Become a Follower of Forever the Hostess OR subscribe to our posts via e-mail in using the subscribe feature in the right-hand column. Its that easy!

For additional entries:

1. Like us on Facebook, then leave an additional comment
2. Follow us on Pinterest, then leave an additional comment

Winner will be chosen at random on Friday, March 23rd. Good luck, and stay tuned for more AMAZING Blogiversary giveaways this week!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Our Third Giveaway


No matter what kind of Hostess you are, no one should host an event without the book How To Break An Egg - 1,453 Kitchen Tips, Food Fixes, Emergency Substitutions and Handy Techniques on hand for quick reference. This easy to use book is a Bible for easy kitchen tips, and troubleshooting a recipe blunders. It even has advice for special uses of utensils, quick clean ups, and even kitchen safety. A MUST HAVE in any kitchen!

And ONE lucky reader will get their very own copy! Just leave a comment here, and we will draw a random winner on Wednesday, March 31st!

Good luck!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Our Second Giveaway

One of the most perfect Hostess gifts is a set of note cards or thank you cards, and our second giveaway for our Birthday Celebration is just that, from the lovely Stephanie at Ink and Paper!

Ink and Paper is a small company based in Richmond, Virginia and was started by creative minds at its parent company, PUNCH, a creative firm specializing in graphic arts and corporate branding. The ladies at PUNCH loved all things about stationery and printed papers, and decided to design a line of note cards, wrapping paper, stationery, gift tags, and many more gifts. I am in love, Love, LOVE with the wrapping paper, and they have amazing holiday prints as well. The entire line is nothing short of fabulous and fun!

Ink and Paper was kind enough to send us TWO sets of cards, both of which can be seen here. This week we will have two winners, but you can only enter once. Please leave a comment below to be entered, and be sure to check out their site here for more goodies!

Our winners for this giveaway will be announced on Wednesday, March 24th, so be sure to leave a comment by then. Many thanks again to Stephanie and Ink and Paper for the wonderful birthday gifts! Good luck!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Our First Giveaway

As any Hostess knows, during a party, the guests ALWAYS congregate in the kitchen! Luckily for me, the dining room and kitchen is one free flowing room, so I always have additional seating available to pull in for guests while I am cooking. However, most people are always in need of kitchen seating options, which is why our first giveaway is all about BARSTOOLS.

The gracious people from AllBarstools.com are giving one of our lucky readers $25 toward anything on their site! And just to show you a few of the fabulous stools, check these out (and click any of the bar stool pictures for a direct link to the product):


These Lyon stools were recently featured in Martha Stewart (left) and one can be yours on AllBarstools here for $29 (originally $54, minus your $25 giveaway!). They are some of my favorite stools, because of their size and versatility, and can even be painted to match your decor!


Want something a little less industrial but with a modern feel, like the picture on the left? I LOVE what they are doing with the wood and the legs with this Donovan stool. I may just have to purchase these for my brother's home makeover (I am not privy to the giveaway!).

Here are just a few more fabulous options, perfect for any kitchen, dining room, or bar:


If you are not in the market for bar stools, there are so many other fabulous options! Need a wine opener and chiller to keep your bottle cold (usually $38, but with gift of $25, it would only be $13!)? Or a chiller for a quick zap when guests arrive early (usually $43, but with your $25 gift, only $18!).

AllBarstools.com has so many options for seating and entertaining! To enter for your $25 gift, please leave a comment saying "I WANT TO WIN" below. Your e-mail is kept private, and only your first name will display with your message. You can only enter once between today, March 10th, and next Wednesday, March 17th. One winner will be picked at random, and announced on our site.

Feel free to invite friends, family members, and other bloggers to enter as well! Good luck and thanks again to AllBarstools.com for being a part of our first giveaway!