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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Demeter Giveaway!

In an effort to get get more traffic to my blog, and make it better, I'm hosting a Demeter Fragrance Library giveaway. I have a set of four fragrances: 2 Pick Me up Sprays in Wet Garden and Honeysuckle and 2 fragrance splashes in Chocolate Chip Cookie and Rye Bread. All are the 1/2 oz size. They are all new, and have never been used. I haven't opened the Wet Garden or the Honeysuckle as I don't do flower scents, but the Chocolate Chip Cookie smells amazing and the Rye Bread smells just like fresh baked rye bread.



Winner will be selected by random number generator on November 15th. Winner will have 1 week to respond to my winner notification and then an alternate will be chosen. Winner will also be announced in a blog post after prize is accepted. This giveaway is not being sponsered or supported by Demeter in any way.

**Due to the cost of shipping, this contest is only open to residents of the United States.

There will be multiple ways to enter, and each entry should be left in a seperate comment so that random number generator works correctly.

IMPORTANT: First Entry: In order to enter please look around my blog and tell me something that I can do to improve it. I haven't spent much time blogging lately and I know I could use some work. Please be constructive - not mean (Keep in mind I work a full time job, go to school full time, and am a part time mom, with limited knowledge of html). I will be reading each and every comment, and I really would like to improve. This entry must be done for any other entry to count. Anyone that doesn't first do this step will be deleted.

Additional entries:

1 entry - add me to blogger favorites
1 entry - follow me on twitter
1 entry - tweet about my givewaway then come back and post the link
2 entrys - add my contest to a contest site or mr linky and leave me the link to the entry
2 entrys - read one of my other blog entries and leave a meaningful comment on the entry then come back here and tell me which entry you commented on.
3 entrys - Blog about this contest and post a comment with the link to your post.
1 entry - suggest a bath and body company not listed for me to try
1 entry - suggest a handmade site or company that you think I might like
1 entry - suggest a book for me to read, and tell me why you think I would like it
2 entry - I like baking, so email me your favorite cookie or cupcake recipe to rasberryswrlgirl@ hotmail.com then come back here and tell me you did it. Be creative - no chocolate chip or peanut butter unless there is something extra special about them.
1 entry - go to the Demeter site and tell me what your favorite scent is from their library
1 entry - suggest a scent that you would like to see Demeter make that they don't already make.

Daily entry - Tweet about the contest Daily or Come back daily to suggest a book for me to read or a handmade/indie site for me to try

Any questions, send me an email and I will be happy to answer. Thanks for reading and entering!

137 comments:

Amber said...

I think you could spice up the background and maybe make your own banner to make the site look a little more appealing.
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I would love to try Bulgarian Rose from Demeter's scent library!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Amber said...

I think you should try Kiehl's if you like natural, apothecary like products!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Amber said...

A cocoa scent would be great!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

metalmomma said...

I would think about getting rid of all the pink :) or at least toning it down a bit.

littledeadmommy said...

I just started blogging so I don't know a whole lot but I would say that you should personalize your blog a little more. Change the layout background or he header. I'm not too savvy with html so I used a layout from pyzam instead of one from blogger. Other than that I think your blog is pretty good.

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Anonymous said...

you may try switching your banner to something a little more personal or appealing. I believe there are a lot of sites out there that can make you a customized banner or that offer some pretty pre-made ones that would give your blog a little more pizazz. :]

prettylittleprincess16@hotmail.com

Cynthya said...

My first thought was "too much pink" but pink is one of my least favorite colors so I'm prejudiced. I am really interested in books and reading (as you can tell from my blog since it's all about books) so I like your posts about books and would like to see more reviews and recommendations. The only other thing I can think of is more photos, since they really dress up a blog (like in your post about the candles.) Whatever you do, have fun with it!

Deborah Wellenstein said...

Yeah, I'm with the other posters-tone down the pink-sort of looks like an ad for Pepto Bismol! LOL.

littlelatina said...

enter me thanks

Rasberryswrlgirl said...

ATTN: Little Latina

Your entry is not a valid entry and will be deleted within 24 hours unless you enter appropriatly. You also have left no way to contact you. Thank you.

Theresa said...

A few more pictures would be fun. :)

colorfulcarla said...

I would suggest a banner, or maybe more images. I like the pink though! colorfulcarla@ gmail.com

colorfulcarla said...

I follow on twitter. colorfulcarla@ gmail.com

colorfulcarla said...

I'd like to try the rye bread scent. How unique!

River Tam said...

Your one "scent" banner is cut off, perhaps resize it.

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Cherry Blossoms said...

I think a blog design would take your blog up to the next level!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

Cherry Blossoms said...

I follow!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

Cherry Blossoms said...

I think a Almond Scent would be yummy!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

Cherry Blossoms said...

I think you would love ETSY.com for handmade items!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

Cherry Blossoms said...

I really like the Thymes Bath and Body Products!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

michelle said...

How about trying some other colors? Pink on pink can be hard to read. Don't get me wrong, I like pink. Thanks for the chance.

Courtney said...

i think you have a good start, but i would love to see a big pretty header. :) and maybe more pics

Courtney said...

following your blog

Courtney said...

tweet

http://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/5076396696

Courtney said...

i would like a cotton candy scent

Courtney said...

a great bath and body company is crater lake:)

Courtney said...

a great book is twilight.. love it!

Al Henneberry said...

I would like the picture of the products enlarged a little.

Gina said...

I love Demeter...I have lots of fragrances by them including Gin & Tonic & Dirt & Angel Food Cake which are among my favorites.

Gina said...

I actually love all the pink on your site...I think it could use a little more decorative accents though, something to personalize it a bit more.

mindy said...

perhaps a bit more zip instead of so many words minsthins at optonline dot net

Holly B said...

I love the blog, and thanks for the giveaway! I also love that it's titled from a Tori Amos song, I'm a huge fan of hers!

I would definitely improve the design, the background and header could be more decorative :)

hblaser at gmail dot com

julis55 said...

A few more pictures would be fun

Alma said...

I don't blog a lot but I read them. When I saw the word Honeysuckle I had to stop and read it There's a lot of good memories attached to that scent. I like the pink background of your site. It's pleasant, but attractive.

Allegro966(at)gmail(dot)com

Alma said...

Have you read Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett? I'm wearing my copy out!

Allegro966(at)gmail(dot)com

sweetsue said...

I like to see photos-maybe you could add a few. I actually think your blog is pretty nice the way it is.
smchester at gmail dot com

julis55 said...

A cocoa scent would be great

Alma said...

I was just thinking, have you ever read the BOOK Pride And Prejudice?
I was surprised at the number of people who have seen the movie but have never read the book. It's a must.

Allegro966(at)gmail(dot)com

naynays1 said...

I would suggest a banner, or maybe more images.

mightynaynay(at)cs.com

Kiara said...

I would suggest making your background more colorful.
austma7@aol.com

Tammy Pereira said...

I'm not a big fan of that shade of pink...More banners or advertisements on the side bars...IDK really. I'm not a blogger myself - so everything you do is a billion times better than me! =)
Happy Halloween!
LayDeeBugLove@aol.com

orchidfae said...

The pink is a bit much, thanks for the contest.

julis55 said...

I would love to try Bulgarian Rose from Demeter's scent library!

ktgonyea said...

My 11/01/09 entry :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

julis55 said...

I really like the Thymes Bath and Body Products

julis55 said...

I would suggest a banner, or maybe more images. I like the pink though!

nicole said...

personalize your background and your banner and add more colorful fun things

chickeedee_2002/at/yahoo/dot/com

Pamela said...

More pictures, reviews & content are needed. I love the pink background!

blabla3269 said...

I like it as is, when people add too much it slows the load time and makes it quirkey

julis55 said...

A cocoa scent would be great

Bri said...

Hello! Your blog is a great start! A few suggestions - visit "Cutest Blog on the Block" for some free backgrounds - you could keep the pink theme but a pattern would tone it down. This site has awesome backgrounds, and instructions on how to apply those backgrounds. You could also add a picture to your header - just google "free (insert picture you would like here) clipart" - make sure you are on search images, and of course make sure the image you select is not copyrighted. I also didn't see a google followers box on your blog - these are nice to have and lets you know who is reading your blog. You can also grab buttons from sites you follow for extra decorations, or create a button of your own that others can add to their site (also increasing your blog traffic). Blogger has lots of gadgets you can add for interest - I have the Fish one on my blog as it's adorable - and you can "feed" them :)

Bri said...

I stumbled on your praying mantis post (lol - yes, I'm the type who would first click the label "weird"). I've never been fond of these creepy crawlies, but after seeing the photo where it ripped the ladies head off I know I'm having nightmares :)

Jilly said...

I dont blog but I look at alot of blogs. You need alittle more pizazz. More info, photos, icons, pretty it up.....stuff like that.

Laramoor@msn.com

julis55 said...

I actually love all the pink on your site...

Al Henneberry said...

background is plain and you could add your interests in crafts, music, books with snippets from those subjects

ktgonyea said...

My 11/10/09 entry :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Rachel said...

My favorite thing about your blog is the color scheme. It's perfect. The thing I would like to see the most -- or rather, FIRST on your blog -- is a split second identifier. Many bloggers use special graphics, photos, or illustrations of themselves (or their online selves) so visitors can stamp their minds with who you are and what you're about.

racheliznewman(at)gmail(dot)com

jennem said...

Honestly, I disagree with the last poster. I do not like your color scheme. My eyes get tired, and pink--especially pink on burgundy--is a little painful.
Jennnifer, jennem22@yahoo.com

dreamcleavers said...

maybe a little extra variety in color,but it's simple and its not too complicated which usually slows my computer
dreamcleavers@yahoo.com

dreamcleavers said...

i follow you on twitter
dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
dreamcleavers

julis55 said...

I really like the Thymes Bath and Body Products

heaventrees said...

I like the simplicity and lack of all those darn flashing, blinking, flittering, scrolling, ads, doodads and gadgets! I would tone down the pink borders and add a nice banner at the top. You can find templates all done for you and free.

heaventrees said...

My favorite Demeter fragrance is Brownie.

Erika*Coffee said...

The Titles of the separate sections on the right hand side should be bigger and more distinct so they are clear to the readers

ktgonyea said...

My 11/12/09 entry :)

ktgonyea at gmai.com

wendy said...

You need a theme, and your blog needs graphics and a background to reflect that theme. Maybe a calendar motif with Sunday prominently highlighted?

madamerkf at aol dot com

roseh2o19 said...

maybe add a second major contrasting color, but keep it simple - everyone else junks theirs up too much

julis55 said...

i would like a cotton candy scent

karen said...

I don't know much about this stuff, but it looks fine to me.
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desiree kelley said...

I would like the cotton candy scent

autie said...

I think a new fancier banner would be nice.

autie said...

Angel Food Cake would be nice.

Happi Shopr said...

I think it should be a little more personal. Maybe add to the background, some pix to give it a little punch.

trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Egare1 said...

Making a bigger header with a banner would be cool!

Shop with Me Mama said...

I would definitely spruce up your top banner with your blog name! Everything else looks great!

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Shop with Me Mama said...

I follow you on twitter (shopwithmemama)


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Shop with Me Mama said...

Some bath products and pamper me products that I recommend would be CozyMoments on etsy.com her stuff is AMAZING and I always buy from her!

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Hearts N Flowers said...

You could put a cute little picture banner at the top of your page. It could have the name of your blog on it.

heartsnflowers72@gmail.com

Hearts N Flowers said...

following you on blogger(I think that is what you mean by blogger favorites. ;))

heartsnflowers72@gmail.com

Hearts N Flowers said...

following you on twitter from @mistysunrise

heartsnflowers72@gmail.com

Hearts N Flowers said...

tweeted

http://twitter.com/MistySunrise/status/5703313714

heartsnflowers72@gmail.com

Hearts N Flowers said...

a suggestion for a bath and body place to try is Savor on Etsy. She has WONDERFUL smelling soaps and such savor.etsy.com

heartsnflowers72@gmail.com

Hearts N Flowers said...

a handmade site that you could check out is layla on etsy. She has lots of stuff there layla.etsy.com

heartsnflowers72@gmail.com

Hearts N Flowers said...

pink lemonade from demeters fragrance library sounds YUMMY!

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Anonymous said...

I wish I had some tips for you but with so much on your plate...Wow! I barely have time to even read it

Thanks for the giveaway,
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erma said...

You can make the background cuter.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Fionen said...

There are two easy ways that I think you could improve your blog. The first is to get a theme with more personality. The pink is nice but it doesn't give any impression of who you are or what your blog is about. The second suggestion is to categorize your blog posts. I don't know much about blogs either but I think a lot of blog themes include a sidebar section that says "Categories". That way if someone comes to your blog to look for bath products they don't have to go through all of your book posts to find them. All I had to do to get the categories listed on my sidebar was find a theme with it built in. If you still don't know what I'm talking about you can checkout my blog and you'll see that I have 'categories' listed under 'archives' on my sidebar. http://fionen.com Best of luck!

fionen_ftw AT fionen DOT com

Fionen said...

I follow you on Twitter.
username: Fionen
fionen_ftw AT fionen DOT com

Fionen said...

I follow you on Blogger.
username: Fionen
fionen_ftw AT fionen DOT com

Fionen said...

I commented on your "My Book Wishlist" post that you made on Oct. 18, 2009.
fionen_ftw AT fionen DOT com

Fionen said...

I commented on your "My Book Wishlist" post that you made on Oct. 18, 2009.
fionen_ftw AT fionen DOT com
Entry #2

Fionen said...

You should try Erbaviva's bath and body products.
fionen_ftw AT fionen DOT com

Fionen said...

My handmade site suggestion is Tiny Shiny. They make adorable oragami earrings among other things. http://www.tinyshiny.com/EarringsP2.php

fionen_ftw At fionen DOT com

Fionen said...

My book suggestion is The Autumn Castle by Kim Wilkins. You seem to like supernatural books and this one is a favorite.
fionen_ftw AT fionen DOT com

Fionen said...

My favorite scent from the Demeter library is rain.
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Fionen said...

My scent suggestion is Head of Hair. You know, the smell of hair when it is clean but doesn't smell like shampoo or other hair products.
fionen_ftw AT fionen DOT com

Alma said...

I love the scent of old fashioned roses, cape jasmine and fresh pears, But I've always said that if someone would make a perfume that smelled like fried chicken, I'd have to beat the men away with a stick!(sad but true.)

Allegro966(at)gmail(dot)com

julis55 said...

Have you read Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett? I'm wearing my copy out

ktgonyea said...

Count me in for 11/14/09 :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

maxfate said...

Hi,I'd like to see some of your main links across the top of the page.Maybe be add more ways of following your blog. I do love that your pages are not heavy, and load easily!I enjoy very much the Book content. Oh, if you get some great recipes for Goodies, I hope you will share them!

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maxfate said...

I'd love to try the Grass flavor-I had a Grass perfume when I was a kid, never have found anything nearly the same. It's very suiting you would have a giveaway from a Fragrance "LIBRARY"!! Thanks!!

FDP 4 Life said...

sounds like you have your hands full!

you might want to get a different background or layout, other than that i don't really have any suggestions, i try to blog but don't do a very good job of it myself

FDP 4 Life said...

i am a follower

charity/ccboobooy said...

I would try a new background image. How about a little less pink, and some more neutral colors. It's just a little suggestion. Good luck.


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Gianna said...

I think the dk brown is a bit harsh with the pinks..

Jinxy and Me said...

I would probably try to add a few more colors and try to get a custom header to spruce it up a little. You can find free headers online to customize.

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm following you on Twitter. (My Twitter name is @ThriftyJinxy)

Nancy S. said...

It's a little hard to read your banner but your page loads quickly and that is my biggest criticism of some other blogs.
ncschools at yahoo dot com

Nancy S. said...

I follow you on twitter - ncschools.
ncschools at yahoo dot com

Swtlilchick said...

I would get a new blog design and
add a few more features,like some
topics with discussions,add a
few pictures.

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

memetu2 said...

As a future Art Museum Curator you may be interested in posting snipets about museums around the world and their events.
memetu AT go DOT com

purango said...

The pink is overwhwlming but it could work with the addition of a comp;ementary color or cartoon photos. More photos would add to the site. garrettsambo@aol.com

Heather said...

Some suggestions:
-Find someone to jazz up your title and background. All you have to do is shell out the money. :-)
-In extra entries for giveaways, some things aren't apparent, so explain things like your readers are five years old. Tell us where these extra entries can be found.
-Make it easy for people to find ways to follow you: follow on google friend connect, follow on twitter, subscribe to rss feed, etc, all need to be in one easy-to-find frame.

Heather said...

Follow on twitter - choochoo428

Heather said...

Tweeted - http://twitter.com/choochoo428/status/5729696228

Donna said...

I think it looks great. I really couldn't find anything to improve it other than I like a 3 column blog.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Heather said...

If you like lots of different scents, try this lip balm store: http://mylipstuff.com/

Heather said...

I love demeter's sex on the beach scent. So good!

Donna said...

I follow on twitter.(donnak4)
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

For bath and body I like Philosophy products.
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Heather said...

My suggestion for a scent is banana cream pie.

Donna said...

I follow your blog.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Heather said...

Have you read any of the Sookie Stackhouse vampire books? I noticed you did the vampire reading challenge and didn't see any of those in there.

Donna said...

A rose scent would be great.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Heather said...

I'm not sure what you mean by add you to blogger favorites, but I now follow, so is that right? :-)

masonsgranny59 said...

hold lots of nice gIveaways:)

yadgirl said...

As blogs go, I see nothing I'd like improved. You have just enough posts here, and the site runs well.

I liked the "100 Things" post a lot.

Bakersdozen said...

I like blogs that have lots of deals, beauty reviews, and recipes. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

yadgirl said...

I am folowing you as yadgirl on twitter.

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU HAVE ALL THE LITTLE ICONS TO FOLLOW, FACEBOOK, BLOGGER, SUBSCRIBE TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE.
I SEE YOUR FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER BUT MOST BLOGS HAVE A LITTLE BIRDIE.
dID NOT SEE A GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT WIDGET ANYWHERE.
a PRETTY BACK GROUND WOULD BE SWEET.
a FEW POST ON HOMEMADE BEAUTY RECIPES WOULD BE INTERSTING.

ZESTYWONDERLAND@GMAIL.COM

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

Follow you on twitter!

ZESTYWONDERLAND

zestywonderland@gmail.com

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I tweeted!

http://twitter.com/ZESTYWONDERLAND/status/5730358310

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I would most love to try the Hawaiian Surf Scent!
http://www.demeterfragrance.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=1019

lilyk said...

I would recommend putting in the time zone you are in with the contest deadline so there isn't any confusion. Thanks for the great contest!

lilyk said...

I love the Lily of the Valley scent!

lilyk said...

I would love to see a Kiwi scent!

 
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