Monday, March 26, 2012

Home Library Starter Collection Giveaway -- worth over $400

In celebration of my 10-year blogging anniversary, I am giving away a HUGE bag of books and other goodies worth over $400! I am so excited to be hosting this giveaway. It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since I started blogging, but there it is... my first post, March 4, 2002. I actually started blogging on Xanga, and then moved to Blogger in 2007. My original blog is still up, if you want to see it, though I've copied all the posts into the archives over here.

You're probably not too interested in that old news, though, are you? Let's get to the goodies already, shall we?

I have put together a great collection of 35 books that would be a wonderful start (or addition) to any home library, along with some personal interest and pampering items just for you!

I was able to get it all into one of Sonlight's over-size heavy-duty tote bags, but I wouldn't suggest carrying it all that way... at least not very far. The bag was full-to-overflowing. Let me show you what all I've gathered up for you...

First, a selection of favorite children's classics:
  • Just So Stories
  • Homer Price
  • Henry Reed, Inc.
  • A Little Princess
  • Strawberry Girl
  • Henry Huggins
  • The Boxcar Children
  • Charlotte's Web
  • The House at Pooh Corner
  • Favorite Poems Old and New (a beautiful hardback book!)
Then a few historical novels:
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man
  • Bonanza Girl
  • Bound for Oregon
  • The Matchlock Gun
Next, a stack of missionary stories:
  • It's a Jungle Out There!
  • Catching Their Talk in a Box
  • In Search of the Source
  • God Spoke Tibetan
  • American Indian Prayer Guide
  • And the Word Came With Power
  • A Question of Yams
  • Torches of Joy
  • Window on the World
Then, a handful of fun books for the emerging reader:
  • The Bravest Dog Ever
  • Mouse Tales
  • Frog and Toad are Friends
  • Five True Dog Stories
A few biographies for good measure:
  • William Wilberforce
  • Simon Bolivar
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Pocahontas
  • The Wright Brothers
And three more go-to books not pictured:
  • The Story of the World, Volume 1
  • The Usborne Book of World History
  • Leading Little Ones to God
Plus, some just-for-fun goodies:
  • a Live, Laugh, Love mug
  • a box of Celestial Seasonings herbal tea
  • a giant Hershey's bar
  • a vanilla spice candle
  • two cotton crocheted washcloths (made by me)
  • a bar of lavendar tea-tree soap handmade by my friend Cathy of LogHouse Soaps
And last, but not least, two cookbooks that I have edited:
  • Sonlight Cooks (a collection of recipes from Sonlight users)
  • Family Favorites (a collection of recipes from my extended family)
And, of course, the Sonlight tote bag is also included.

By now, I hope you're wondering how you could win this special collection! I'm so glad you asked! I'm going to give you lots of ways to enter, and plenty of time to get your entries in. 

The first entry is super easy. Just leave a comment on this post telling me what item in this collection you are most excited about. If you can't narrow it down to one, that's okay... just mention your favorites. Don't forget to leave a link to your blog or your email address so I'll have a way to contact you if you win!

For more chances to win, here are some other things you can do for one entry each. Please leave me a comment for each extra thing you did, so I'll be able easily count the entries:
  • Follow my blog by clicking the blue "Join this site" button under "Riding Along" on the sidebar. (If you already follow, that counts, too. Just let me know you are already a follower.)
  • "Like" my page on Facebook. You can just click the "Like" button on the Facebook widget on my sidebar, or follow the link through to Facebook and "like" it from there.
  • Share this contest on Facebook.
  • Follow me on Twitter: @karlyle. Mention your Twitter username in your comment so I can follow you back.
  • Tweet about this contest.
  • Follow me on Pinterest.
  • Pin one of the pictures from this post on Pinterest and mention the contest.
  • Favorite my Etsy Shop by clicking on the heart button.
  • Add me to your circle on Etsy.
For bonus entries (worth 5 chances each) you could also:
  • Visit my booth at a homeschool convention and fill out a contact card for me. (You'll even be entered in a separate drawing there as well.) My convention schedule is here. OR...
  • If you can't make it to one of my conventions, email me (kcook@sonlight.com) with your mailing address to request a Sonlight catalog. 
  • Blog about this content.
You don't have to leave 5 comments for each of those things. Just mention that you either saw me at a convention or you emailed me and I will count that as 5 entries. Also, mention that you blogged about the contest (include a link, please) and I will also count that as 5 entries.

That's a total of 20 chances to win!

I will draw the winner on July 1, 2012. Regrettably, I will have to limit entries to US addresses only due to the cost of international postage for a package this large.

163 comments:

MELINDA said...

I LOVE READING YOUR BLOG. MY FAVORITE THING TO DO IS READ SO YOUR GIVEAWAY OF THIS WONDERFUL SELECTION OF BOOKS IS SO EXCITING. WOULD LOVE TO ADD THESE TO MY LIBRARY.

Briana Jeffers said...

What an amazing giveaway!

Briana Jeffers said...

I pinned the contest.

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

It all looks wonderful. I love all the readers and the tea!!

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

Following you on GFC

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

Liked you on FB

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

Following on Twitter

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

Following on Pinterest

Wendi said...

My kiddos would love to add some more missionary books to their shelves :) The jungle one sounds especially interesting.

Thanks! Wendi

Wendi said...

Following you on Pinterest :)

Angela W. said...

I'd love to add the missionary stories books to our library! Fabulous giveaway.

Angela W. said...

I'm a GFC follower.

Angela W. said...

Like you on FB

Angela W. said...

I follow you on Twitter.
@Wellspring_Life

bp said...

What a great giveaway! Charlotte's Web is a favorite. I see several titles it would be fun to share with my boy, for us to read together. (And I would to share the giant chocolate bar with him too if I won!)

Bethany

Angela W. said...

I follow you on Pinterest.

Laura Lane said...

The chocolate of course!

Ha ha!
It sounds like a terrific package.

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

10 years blogging! That is impressive. What a huge gift. The piles of books are what interest me most, especially some like The Wright Brothers that I know my husband would enjoy with us. Congrats on your bloggiversary!

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

I follow your blog with Google Friend Connect.

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

I already "like" your page on Facebook, too.

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

I follow your Twitter page.

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

I retweeted your giveaway tweet. MommieJennM

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

I'm glad to find you on Pinterest. My daughter will enjoy all of your crotchet pins.

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

I pinned the picture of the overflowing Sonlight bag of goodies. I checked your convention schedule and will miss you at our Louisiana convention. We will have a warm welcome for you if you ever ramble this way.

Making Memories 1999 said...

What a superb give~away, Friend!!! I would be most excited to receive the historical novels and the missionary stories. Thanks so very much for making this possible!! Hope you have a great day!

Making Memories 1999 said...

I "Liked" your FB page! Thanks!!

Making Memories 1999 said...

I shared your contest on Facebook. Thanks again!

Making Memories 1999 said...

I already follow you on Twitter (@midwestgall99). And you already follow me. =)

Making Memories 1999 said...

I already follow you on Pinterest. =)

Making Memories 1999 said...

I pinned one of the post pictures on Pinterest, and told about this great give~away. (Can you tell... I'm interested?!) LOL

J Luck said...

what a great blog, glad to have found you.

J Luck said...

I liked you on FB :-)

J Luck said...

I shared this giveaway on FB

J Luck said...

followed you on pinterest :-)

J Luck said...

I pinned this blog post :-)

J Luck said...

and now I'm following your blog :-)

Making Memories 1999 said...

Requested a catalog... since I can't be at the same conventions you will attend. (We're going to a convention in Cincinnati, and looking forward to it!!) Thanks, again!

Making Memories 1999 said...
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Making Memories 1999 said...

I blogged about your give~away at

http://www.makingmemories1999.blogspot.com/2012/03/great-giveaway.html

Thanks again!!!

Making Memories 1999 said...

OH, and I tweeted about your giveaway, as well. (I'm trying...) LOL!!

Bonster said...

I'm super excited about the historical fiction and the missionary stories!!!

Bonster said...

I liked your FB page.

Bonster said...

I'm following you on Pinterest. :)

Marianne Brown said...

I have a 2nd grade reader and a beginning reader that I can't keep stocked with books...this giveaway is great! Thank you.

Debbie said...

I'm most interested in Story of the World and the historical novels.

Debbie said...

I follow you on GFC.

Debbie said...

I follow you on Twitter.

DebbieLott1

Debbie said...

I liked your facebook page.

Debbie said...

I followed you on Pinterest.

Debbie said...

I emailed you for a Sonlight catalog.

Debbie said...

I pinned your giveaway.

Erika said...

We love Usborne books!

Erika said...

Already like you on facebook.

Erika said...

Requested a catalog.

Kristal said...

I'm most excited about the Sonlight Cookbook!

SHALOM said...

I would say that I am interested in the tea tree soap which I cannot wait to try, as well as the tea, and mug. Out of the books, I would have to narrow it down to the cook book for me, and the novels for my oldest, and the readers for my youngest. and the missionary books for my eight year old. My blog is address is. thank you for this opportunity to win http://shalom-ahava.blogspot.com/

SHALOM said...

I am now following your wonderful blog.

SHALOM said...

I also "LIKED" your Facebook page! :)

SHALOM said...

I am now "FOLLOWING" you on Twitter

SHALOM said...

I "FAVORITED" your cute projects on Esty!

SHALOM said...

I "ADDED" you to my "CIRCLE" on Esty.

SHALOM said...

I blogged about the entry for 5 bonus points, included a link in my blog, emailed you @kcook@sonlight.com leaving my address for a catalog, and a link back to my blog.

Miss Janet said...

Oh boy!

I am most looking forward to the missionary books. I personally love missionary stories and we come from a long line of missionaries and pastors. My husband is a pastor and when we "retire" I'd like to retire to missions.

Blessings!

Janet

www.homeward4.blogspot.com
www.homeschoolercafe.blogspot.com

homeiscool4u@yahoo dot com

Miss Janet said...

I am already a follower of you blog!

Thank you!

Blessings!

Janet

www.homeward4.blogspot.com
www.homeschoolercafe.blogspot.com

homeiscool4u@yahoo dot com

Miss Janet said...

Following you on Twitter!

You can TWEET me: @janetsathome

This is fun!

Blessings!

Janet

www.homeward4.blogspot.com
www.homeschoolercafe.blogspot.com

homeiscool4u@yahoo dot com

Miss Janet said...

I Tweeted about your giveaway!


Thank you!

Blessings!

Janet

www.homeward4.blogspot.com
www.homeschoolercafe.blogspot.com

homeiscool4u@yahoo dot com

Miss Janet said...

I am following you on Pinterest!

I would love for you to follow me back!


Thank you!

Blessings!

Janet

www.homeward4.blogspot.com
www.homeschoolercafe.blogspot.com

homeiscool4u@yahoo dot com

Miss Janet said...

I pinned this contest in my "homeschool jr. high" board.


Thank you!

Blessings!

Janet

www.homeward4.blogspot.com
www.homeschoolercafe.blogspot.com

homeiscool4u@yahoo dot com

Miss Janet said...

I favorited you on Etsy!

You can find me here:
www.janetpowers1.etsy.com


All of my jewelry is based on Scripture. Anyone wearing it or giving it away can very easily tell others about their love for God!

Thank you!

Blessings!

Janet

www.homeward4.blogspot.com
www.homeschoolercafe.blogspot.com

homeiscool4u@yahoo dot com

Miss Janet said...

You are added to my circle on Etsy.

Yeah!


Thank you!

Blessings!

Janet

www.homeward4.blogspot.com
www.homeschoolercafe.blogspot.com

homeiscool4u@yahoo dot com

Miss Janet said...

I blogged about your giveaway!


http://homeschoolercafe.blogspot.com/2012/04/now-this-is-good-stuff-homeschool-blog.html


Thank you!

Blessings!

Janet

www.homeward4.blogspot.com
www.homeschoolercafe.blogspot.com

homeiscool4u@yahoo dot com

Anna said...

This is a wonderful collection. I most appreciate the missionary books. We're finishing a Bible study on Acts and it'd be great to read more about other missionaries. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

Anna said...

Just subscribed to your blog via email. My email address is ansiliao@hotmail.com

Anna said...

Now following you on Pinterest. My email address is ansiliao@hotmail.com

Anna said...

Just pinned a photo from the contest and mentioned the drawing on one of my pinboards. My email address is ansiliao@hotmail.com

Anna said...

Mentioned the drawing on FB. My email address is ansiliao@hotmail.com

Anna said...

Now I like you on FB. My email address is ansiliao@hotmail.com

debbie said...

enjoy reading your blog, the giveaways looks good! all those books and handmade items!
debbie
see ya on the homeschool lounge!
http://homemade-school.blogspot.com/

The Zookeeper said...

I would love to win this huge giveaway! First off books books books!!! I would love to enjoy The Story of the World, Volume 1
The Usborne Book of World History and also would love the mug!! kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

The Zookeeper said...

I liked your fb page! kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I just got an email from you and went to your blog. I had kind of a hard time finding how to comment... I also plan to like you on facebook... but I'm pretty new at that. I think the missionary stories look the best and the recipe books... New 1st year sonlighter - maybe i'll see you at Boise area convention... but its a long ways to go... THANKS for putting me on your reminder list for next year's colorado convention.

Kim said...

Wow - what a great giveaway!! I am really excited about Favorite Poems Old and New (a beautiful hardback book!) We love books and all of these would be well-loved!

Kim said...

I am following you via GFC.

Kim said...

I liked your facebook page.

Kelli Becton-AdventurezInChild'Rearing said...

love your giveaway! I'm at kellidparker@yahoo.com

Jennifer said...

I am so excited about the $400 giveaway. My kids have their eyes on all the great missionary stories!!

Krystal said...

Thanks for taking the time to do all this hard work for us Karla, and for the great newsletters ! That looks like a great giveaway. I am sure whoever wins will be super blessed by it !

Ginger said...

What a great giveaway! One of the things I would be most excited to received is the biographies, especially the wright brothers! Other than that I think everything looks wonderful, there are so many books that would be great to add to our collection!

http://familylifeandesrd.blogspot.com/

Ginger said...

I liked this post on facebook.

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Ginger said...

I am following you on pinterest.

http://familylifeandesrd.blogspot.com/

Ginger said...

I am now following your blog.

http://familylifeandesrd.blogspot.com/

Ginger said...

I blogged about your giveaway on my blog!

http://familylifeandesrd.blogspot.com/

Leslie said...

Awesome giveaway! Love Sonlight's books, especially the missionary books. And your soft crocheted cloths and the soap (I think I got 2 bars of other flavors for Christmas--nice). I could say the cookbook, 'cause my own recipes are so handy in one place! :) So here I am, email is family last name plus "zoo" at gmail dot com.

Anonymous said...

Love the books. And I love cookbooks.

wendylmar (at) hotmail (dot) com

Nikki said...

Lovely giveaway! All the books make me giddy and that "live laugh love" coffee cup is pretty cute! :)

Nikki said...

I follow your blog through GFC.

nikkit3 (at) gmail (dot) com

Nikki said...

I like your FB page.

Stephanie said...

Mrs. Cook,
Thank you for doing this giveaway. I just found your blog today, and it is so beautiful.

I have two nieces and two nephews that would love all of these books!I can't think of a particular book I am most excited about giving them, but the history books would have to be first in line!

~Stephanie Phillips

http://hopefulforhomemaking.blogspot.com

Stephanie said...

I followed your blog

~Stephanie Phillips

Stephanie said...

I added you to my Esty favorites

~Stephanie Phillips

Stephanie said...

I added you to my Etsy circle

~Stephanie Phillips

Stephanie said...

I emailed you for a catalog

~Stephanie Phillips

Kristina said...

I am most excited about the missionary stories for sure. This is an amazing giveaway!!!

Under the Sky said...

Wow!! What an amazing give away!! I am most interested in the Landmark books, the mug, the chocolate, the soap, and the candle! I just love love homeschool books!

Warmly,
Kate

Under the Sky said...

I Liked your blog on Facebook!

:) Kate

Under the Sky said...

Posted about this contest on Facebook.

Warmly,
Kate (Kessler on Facebook)

MommyKuehner said...

I have a hard time telling my favorite out of this giveaway. There are so many wonderful titles that we do not have and would love to read with our kids!!!

renitakuehner@gmail.com

MommyKuehner said...

I now follow your blog on email and GFC.

renitakuehner@gmail.com

MommyKuehner said...

Following you on Pinterest

MommyKuehner said...

following you on Facebook.
renitakuehner@gmail.com

MommyKuehner said...

Shared your post on Facebook.

renitakuehner@gmail.com

Michele said...

Wow! What an awesome giveaway! I just love all of the books especially the biographies!

Michele said...

I liked your page on Facebook!

Michele said...

I'm following you on Twitter!
@Koreamom

Michele said...

I posted about your giveaway on Facebook

Michele said...

I'm following your blog!

Michele said...

I am following you on Pinterest

Crafty Cristy said...

Congrats on 10 years! My favorite books would be the missionary books, followed closely by The Wright Brothers. Man, I hope I win. I don't have ANY of those books.

Thanks for the great giveaway.

Crafty Cristy said...

I am now following your blog. :)

Crafty Cristy said...

I liked your Facebook page.

Crafty Cristy said...

Following you on Pinterest.

Crafty Cristy said...

I pinned one of the pictures from this blog post, and commented.

Crafty Cristy said...

Requested a catalog by email.

http://craftycristy.blogspot.com/
http://twentyfootgarden.blogspot.com/

Kimberly said...

Hello Karla!

I "like" you now on FB.
I follow you on Pinterest.
I'm following your blog.
I requested a catalog via email.
I pinned a photo from your blog and mentioned the contest.
I shared the contest on my homeschooling blog.

Should be 10 entries there.

Thank you a million for having the giveaway (fingers crossed!)

Kimberly in Florida :)

Under the Sky said...

Pinned your contest to Pinterest!

Thanks!

Warmly,
Kate

Jan Cline said...

quite a generous giveaway! Im a follower and have liked you on FB. Good luck to everyone and Thanks Karla!
Jan

Jenn said...

Pick one? Hmmmmm. Well the top of my want to read list is Strawberry Girl, but what I find most exciting is the many titles I see that we gave away and I would love to replace. We sent many favorites to a friend years ago who needed them and, as we approach early American history in our homeschooling, I would love to have these favorite titles on our shelves again.

Jenn said...

I'm a follower!

Jenn said...

I've liked on facebook. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Jenn said...

Shared on facebook!

Jenn said...

I'm now following on twitter AND I tweeted at: https://twitter.com/#!/bluepickle/status/193012885998419968

Jenn said...

Following on Pinterest AND Etsy

Jenn said...

Emailing for a catalog under the name Jenn@ chrisjenn@ilovejesus.net

Jean Deschenes said...

I liked your blog on facebook.

Quiver0f10@yahoo.com

Jean Deschenes said...

I love books! This is an awesome giveaway. I cna't choose one favorite, so I am going to say the chocolate bar :-)


Quiver0f10@yahoo.com

Jean Deschenes said...

I am following you on Pinterest.

Jean Deschenes said...

I pinned one of your pictures.

Jean Deschenes said...

I shared your blog on Faceboook.

Quiver0f10@yahooo.com

Jean Deschenes said...

I am following you on twitter.

@Quiver0f10

Jean Deschenes said...

I emailed you for a catalog.

Quiver0f10@yahoo.com

Danelle said...

This is a fantastic giveaway! I think all the books would be most helpful but I really am excited to see the Sonlight Cookbook and Story of the World included.

Danelle
danellejohns at gmail dot com
ourwolvesden at blogspot dot com

Danelle said...

I follow your blog (Danelle Johnson)

Danelle
danellejohns at gmail dot com
ourwolvesden at blogspot dot com

Danelle said...

I like you on Facebook-DanelleJohns


Danelle
danellejohns at gmail dot com
ourwolvesden at blogspot dot com

Danelle said...

I follow you on Twitter- Danelle Johns

Danelle
danellejohns at gmail dot com
ourwolvesden at blogspot dot com

Danelle said...

I follow you on Pinterest- Danelle Johns


Danelle
danellejohns at gmail dot com
ourwolvesden at blogspot dot com

Danelle said...

I hearted your store on Etsy-DanelleJohns

Danelle
danellejohns at gmail dot com
ourwolvesden at blogspot dot com

Danelle said...

I added you to Etsy Circle-DanelleJohns

Danelle
danellejohns at gmail dot com
ourwolveden at blogspot dot com

Leanne said...

The missionary books look exciting. My kids love hearing them.

Leanne said...

I forgot to mention that i spoke with you at the Christian Heritage Conference in Redmond,

Anonymous said...

I'm following you on FB, on Pinterest, I pinned you, You are one of my favorites on Etsy now, and I included you as one of my Etsy Circle. :o) I already receive the Sonlight catalog, so I don't want them to waste their material, but if you'd like to count me 5 more times for already being a subscriber, that would be lovely. BTW, LOVE your Pinterest Boards!! Thanks so much for doing this... It's obvious how many of us are excited about the possibility of winning! :o)
Jennifer
beezwax-mylittlelife@blogger.com

Wendy said...

I would be most excited about all those books!!! If I happen to win, you can email me at wendy@hiphomeschoolmoms.com. :)

Wendy said...

I just signed up to follow your blog. Thanks for the chance to win! My email address is wendy@hiphomeschoolmoms.com.

Wendy said...

I just favorited your shop on etsy. Thanks again for another chance to win! wendy@hiphomeschoolmoms.com.

Wendy Heuvel said...

Wow! What a great prize! I can't possibly pick one fave...

Bean Sprouts said...

Hi Karla! I just met you today in your workshop at the WHO. I love you blog and all the supplementals.
Cheers

Mamas said...

All these look great!
Thanks again for answering my questions at the WHO Convention in Puyallup! And for sharing your HM experiences in the workshop!

thetanders@gmail.com

Mamas said...

Following on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest

thetanders@gmail.com

Michelle said...

These are some great books.
I am esp. interested in the biographies.
The goodies are sweet too.
moma3homeschool(at)gmail(dot)com

Aliene said...

For some reason I could never get a comment to go through. Maybe this will. LOVE YOUR GIVE A WAY.

Nikki said...

I love your blog and I love Sonlight, so of course I love this giveaway!

Danielle said...

I remember reading sooo many of those books growing up. Oh does helping you at the conventions count for any bonus entries?

pse said...

Do we HAVE to wait until morning to see who wins? PLEASE!

Ginger said...

I'm looking forward to the drawing for this contest! Good luck everyone!