Five Things {A Giveaway}

Sunday, April 13, 2014



1. Things were quiet around here on the blog this weekend because I was in Dallas! We had a school holiday, so the roommate + I road tripped on up to the lovely city of Dallas. There was much coffee, cheese + carbs, and good music. 'Twas glorious. I'll have a post up after I'm done posting the New York pictures.

2. A little while ago, I published my 430th post. Yeow...I've also reached over 83, 000 views (not a lot to some, I know, but I think it's exciting).

4. I've been blogging for eight years. EIGHT YEARS. My first post was summer of 2008, which is truly insane to think about. I feel old. It's amazing how much my blog + writing style has changed over the years...

3. That being said, I believe a giveaway is in order! And because I love you lovely people so much, I want to make it a fun one.


I'll send a box of goodies to the lucky winner, including:
a Raspberry Ghiradelli Chocolate bar,
a Starbucks gift card, 
freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, 
and some fun spring nail polish colors
 (hint: think Essie, Julep, and glitter)!

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post and let me know how you found My Spare Oom +  what you're most excited about for spring! I'll choose a winner on Wednesday morning. 

Have a lovely Sunday and I'll see you tomorrow with part II of the New York trip!


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Iris Hanlin - Writer/Photographer said...

I've always admired fancy froth on coffee, even though I never drink it. :) It's just so classy.

Welp, I found My Spare Oom through Clare at Come Further Up. She has mentioned it once or twice. ;) And for spring? Just being OUTSIDE. Cabin fever was driving me UP THE WALLLLL starting in January.

Happy Palm Sunday!

Carey Mooradian said...

Hi:)
I actually owe my sister for finding you. She was blog browsing and ran across your blog. We read through some posts, and knew we'd follow you- no questions asked!
Sounds like a great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Hi Grace!! I've been reading your blog for a while now, but have never commented! I think you're cute as can be and love your style! Not quite sure how I've found your blog, I think it was through a Modest Monday post.. I'm most excited for the gorgeous weather (especially for running/walking) and the pretty dresses! :)

Grace said...

I found My Spare Oom through the Catholic Young Woman. As for Spring, I'm very excited to put away the thick stockings and wear some light, floaty skirts again. :) Have a blessed day! <3

Violet said...

Congratulations, Grace!!! What a fabulous accomplishment; may there be many more exciting and joyful years for your blog yet to come!!!!

I found your blog through The Catholic Young Woman...I believe the first posts I read were your Modest Monday outfits. :) I am most excited for the sunshine and blue skies that have finally come to the gloomy & rainy Northwest...spring is finally here!!

~Violet

Aspirer said...

How nice! I have always loved reading your posts, in fact you're on my favorites page on my blog, don't know if I've told you that yet. :) Let's see, I first found My Spare Oom through the Catholic Young Woman back around 2012. You were guestposting for Independence Day fashion, I think, or some other modest outfit endeavor. :) Congrats on reaching 430 posts! 8 years is a loongg time! I'm looking forward to catching up Les Mis reading for spring. :)

Portia Smith said...

I found your blog via a google search! I'm looking forward to running outside this spring!

DegasDancer said...

Hi Grace! What a long time to be blogging! I've been a reader for quite a while, and I can't remember for sure how I found you-maybe a comment you left on another blog? Catholic Young Woman maybe? I'm not sure.

I can't wait for flowers to start blooming this spring!


Sarah

rachel said...

I found it through a random Google search! :)

Caitlin Kline said...

I found My Spare Oom when I met this brilliant and snazzy girl in Cultures I. I stayed for this blog when I noticed the heart and spirit of one of my most cherished friends evident in the writing. On to Spring now! Let's see... sweat. This is probably a tad odd, but I am so ready to have the warm sun on my skin and to sweat because of it. It reminds me that it's okay to let go and get your hands dirty every now and then. (: What a lovely give away this is Grace!

Raewyn said...

Iris, I am a sucker for pretty designs in froth too. :) And I'm so glad you managed to find my blog so I could find yours! I'm so ready for being outside with beautiful weather as well!

Raewyn said...

Hello, Carey! I'm so happy to "meet" you and that your sister found my blog...and you are so sweet, thank you!

Raewyn said...

Hi! Thank you so much for your sweet comment - I'm so glad you said hello! I cannot wait for pretty dress-wearing weather either. We've had some warm, breezy days, so I've enjoyed wearing casual outfits of t-shirts + short skirts.

Raewyn said...

Hooray for the Catholic Young Woman! :) Light airy skirts are one of my favorite wardrobe pieces to wear once winter's over. Have a blessed day too! :)

Raewyn said...

Thank you so much for your kind words, Violet! It's a bit of a shock to realize it's been eight years...hopefully the next eight ones are just as fun!

And yay, I'm so glad you found me through the CYW...and I hear you. Blue skies make me so happy!

Raewyn said...

Hello, Portia! I'm so glad you stumbled across my little blog - and kudos for anticipating running! I think I'll be more of a walker this spring. ;)

Raewyn said...

Well, I'm glad you found it! :)

Raewyn said...

Aw, thank you, Aspirer - that made my day! Haha, I remember the 4th of July posts....so honored you stuck around to keep reading for two years! :) And Les Mis reading sounds lovely...I've never read it before. Which should change.

Raewyn said...

Sarah! Thank you so much for being such a long-time reader! Flowers are one of the best things about spring. :)

Raewyn said...

DAW. You is simply the best, and equally a brilliant + snazzy girl....love you lots, Caitlin-girl. And I agree - sweat and moving around outside gives one a glorious feeling of being alive and moving in nature.

Hero said...

I 'met' your blog on Catholic Young Woman (after doing a google search about emotional chastity xD) and I met *you* in Austin! :) Your posts are always so positive and thoughtful—I guess bright is the best word to use. You are bright and you exude brightness, it's such a great pick-me-up to see your posts come into my inbox. :) I am most looking forward to the end of school in Spring! Texas doesn't get much of a Spring, and while I love school, I'm really ready to stop thinking about high school and devote my mental energy to preparing for college! :o And I could do with some free time to just read. Thanks for the inspiration and the everything. <3

Nichole Sylka said...

I have no idea exactly how I found you...I clicked a link I saw with a blog post
in Spring I look most forward to all the new life all around...I always have baby chicks & ducks and new flowers peeping up all over

Amanda said...

Let's see... I believe I knew you before you started your blog dear daughter ;-) It still makes me smile when I scroll down your blog and see "Mamma Rose" in your list of blog tags! Haha, I may click on it and read those posts every now and then...
As long as I'm reminiscing, I think I first got to know you on the Forum, *really* know you, after the Engagement. Have I ever told you that was how I first realized I had a crush on Paul? I was sooooo jealous that you were the one engaged *cough* But it worked out because I ended up adopting you so that I could be mother of the bride and that led to the starting of our crazy family threads and our friendship!

Laura @ Life Is Beautiful said...

I met you and your blog through The Catholic Young Woman and both are absolutely darling and inspiring! Love the color and passion!

Springtime...I'm looking forward to blooming flowers, warm breezes, and hope.

Ellen said...

I discovered your blog through Catholic Young Woman a couple years ago. I was hooked immediately. I love how you light up this blog with love and joy. :)

As for spring, I'm looking forward to the flowers soon to be blooming and warm weather so I can study by the river that runs through my beautiful college campus! Good luck and a prayer for a great end to the semester for you.

AubreyLaine said...

I clicked at what blogs a friend follows! I am most looking forward to long walks in beautiful weather!
alaine74014 at gmail dot com

Trish said...

My best friend loved your blog for a year and kept telling me to check it out, Ive been visiting weekly since! :)

Trish said...

Sorry forgot to add..Im looking forward to planting flowers w/my 4 yr old and going down to the lake to feed the ducks :)

Sarah Thérèse said...

I discovered your blog... likely and primarily through The Catholic Young Woman, but Clare @ Come Further Up probably had something to do with it, as well. *smiles* And I enjoy this space so much! I wish we lived closer ;-)

Spring. *smiles* I'm excited for an abundance of flowers. I've been recently eyeing the short-sleeved blouses that have been inhabiting my closet drawers all winter long (long winter?). I suppose I'm most excited about sunshine & flowers, and frolicking through green meadows, adorned in a light spring skirt and blouse simply savoring the moment. I'm smiling just thinking about it! :)

God bless you, dear!

Arwen said...

Hello! I actually found your blog through a friend that had started to follow it about five years ago. I really started reading it this year for the Modest Mondays. I absolutely love to be able go on and see that there are other young, catholic women on college who can dress modestly and are not afraid to because of peer pressure. I have always felt like I need to dress a certain way so it is nice to be able to get on your blog and be ready to go for the week with the reminder that I am beautiful.

The one thing that I am most excited about spring is the weather. I have lived in an area of the country that is prone to severe weather so it is something that I am very used to. I am also excited to get to visit the Nashville Dominicans at the end of May. I really can't wait to see them and see there way of life.
Thank you for continuing to post. It has been such a joy to be on my blog account and see an update from you pop up.
Peace,
Arwen

Abbey Noelle said...

I chanced upon your blog via google! I've enjoyed your sweet, honest posts ever since! you are my *favorite* blog. You are such an inspiration to me. <3

Spring. Oh to be outside in the sunshine again! I absolutely adore springtime, and I'm really looking forward to wearing light dresses, and going on exciting adventures of course. ;)

Grace Hincapié said...

What a delightful giveaway!!!
I can't remember how I originally came across this darling piece of the internet but I'm glad I did :) Spring glorious Spring! I like that the weather is getting warmer and of course my birthday is in Springtime!

Raewyn said...

Long walks are the best in spring! Thanks for commenting, Aubrey!

Raewyn said...

And it was so lovely to meet you in Austin! Perfect timing. ;) Thank you so much, Hero - and I'm with you...I'm ready for the semester to end too. I hope graduation goes well for you and that you have a lovely summer relaxing + prepping for college!

Raewyn said...

So glad you clicked over, Nicole. :) And baby chicks + flowers sound perfect for spring!

Raewyn said...

Ahaha, good times, good times. Hard to believe it all started on the forum! I think it's so hilarious that I was the one who was "engaged" to him and now y'all are such a serious couple! <3

Raewyn said...

Aw, thank you so much, Laura! Everything you described about spring is what I'm looking forward to also. :)

Raewyn said...

You are the sweetest - your comment definitely made me smile. Thank you so much for your kind words + for reading for so long!

I love going outside to study, especially if there's water nearby, so your plans sound lovely. Hope the rest of your semester goes well also!

Raewyn said...

Yay for friends who share blogs - I always love finding a new one. Thanks so much for reading! It means the world to me. <3

Raewyn said...

Little ones make spring extra fun!

Raewyn said...

Thank you, Grace dear! Spring birthdays are so lovely - you have the best weather for celebrating!

Raewyn said...

Abbey, you are such a sweetheart - thank you, girlie! Your comment is so encouraging! And cheers for light, airy dresses and gorgeous days on which to wear them. :)

Raewyn said...

I love how the Catholic Young Woman is such a wonderful way to meet like-minded people...like you + Clare! I wish we lived closer also; then we could meet up for tea + book club!

I agree with you about the weather and wardrobe changes...I'm looking forward to when I can stop having to switch between long sleeves + t-shirts!

Raewyn said...

Hello, Arwen! Wow, thank you so much for your lovely long comment..I am so honored that you've liked my little blog enough to keep reading. I definitely agree that it is always great to meet/see other Catholic or Christian young women who are determined to forge their own fashion path and not tread the one the world says to. I love that we can all inspire each other!

Thank you thank you again for your sweet comment - it was such a blessing to my day! <3

Amanda said...

Haha, I know! It's funny the way things work out! =]