Monday, September 17, 2012

Let's Get it Started!!

It's finally here! Yay! Our BRIGHT SIDE BLOG BASH begins...NOW!!! 

(Fair warning: today's post is extra long because I have so much to tell you! Sorry! Oh, and I stink at vlogging!)

 Enjoy! :)

Ok, so I apologize for the length of that. I promise they won't all be 8+ minutes! 

***Small correction*** 

Both Jenny Hale and I will be giving away books and prize packs daily, but we have decided to do all writer prizes at the end of the week! If you're a reader, pay no attention to this announcement! If you're hoping to win one of the critiques or writer memberships, etc. you may submit your book blurb (and other items, see "housekeeping" below) ANY DAY THIS WEEK ON EITHER MY SITE OR JENNY'S!!! Does that make sense? Leaving your book blurb on either one of our sites will automatically enter you in the drawing for our writer related prizes. Ask in the comments if you're unsure. :) 

***What's included in my GRAND PRIZE BASKET?***

My Grand Prize or "Lacie in a box" basket is full of some of my favorite, most life-changing things! :) 
It includes:
  • Beth Moore's DAVID, SEEKING A HEART LIKE HIS workbook
  • 52 Things Kids Need From a Mom by Angela Thomas
  • The Get Yourself Organized Project by Kathi Lipp
  • A book from two of my favorite authors, Tracie Peterson and Tamera Alexander
  • 5 I Can Read Bible stories for kids (my kids LOVE these books!)
  • Anne of Green Gables DVD (Perfection!)
  • A Beautiful Life Journal (I'm so addicted to journals and stationary)
  • Kari Jobe's Where I Find You CD
  • "A Mother's Work is Never Done" Plaque
  • "Every good and perfect gift is from above" Travel mug
  • "With God all things are possible" coffee cup
  • Wen hair care - Shampoo in Lavender (adds 10 minutes to my showers but nothing is as rich and creamy as this stuff!)
  • Merle Norman Lip Glaze in Bare Hug (it's a combo between lipstick and lip gloss and I wear it EVERY day!)
  • 6 of the most scrumptious "welcome fall" cookies by my sweet friend Glory of Glorious Treats...take a peak!
  • 4 $10 gift cards to Home Goods, Banana Republic, Amazon and Family Christian Stores (seriously, I live at these stores!) 
***To enter this drawing for today-Monday the 17th-all you need to do is "follow" me! You'll get an entry for following my blog, following me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. That's 4 possible entries for today! If you already follow me on those still counts. Just tell me in the comments that you already subscribe to my silly antics and you'll get the points. And to be extra silly...because today is just that kind of day...if you want to earn ONE more entry for today (and have time to do this), count the many, many times I said "um" in my video. (It's can laugh at me. My husband and I are getting a kick out of it too!) Leave your answer in the comments!***

***Today's Prize Pack***

  • A keepsake box
  • The Messenger, by Siri Mitchell
  • With Every Letter, by Sarah Sundin
  • Secrets of Harmony Grove, by Mindy Starns Clark
  • Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate
  • Fall scented candle
  • Stationary
  • $10 gift card to GAP
If you'd like to be entered to win today's book pack, tell me in the comments about your favorite ice cream flavor and toppings...if any. :) Make sure you do it today though. I'll be drawing the winner at 5:00pm Pacific Time! 

I am positive I'm forgetting something, so if you have a question, please ASK!! 

Good luck!!! Have fun!!! And have a GREAT day!!! 


  1. I'm a reader & I am so pleased to have found you. I enjoyed the vlog, but, and this sounds mean & I don't mean it to, I lost count of the ums after the 50+ mark.

    I love chocolate ice-cream just on it's own - no topping necessary.

    I follow via GFC: Mary Preston

    & I am an email subscriber.


    1. LOL! Mary, you made my morning! The "ums" were totally out of control...I agree. A speaker I am not! :)
      But thank you so much for stopping by! I've got you entered!!

    2. Lacie, go to and look for a club near you. They'll help you reduce your "um" frequency.

  2. Okay, so you're fabulous! Beauty Queen and adorable. I want to put you in my pocket and carry you around! Plus I love hearing your kiddies in the background! LOL

    1. Morning Jess! Hearing my kids in the background was as good as I could get it. For the first few takes, they kept walking up behind me and staring at me. "Who ya talking to mom?" LOL

  3. I am a reader and so glad to have found your blog! Jenny sent me your way through her blog. As a lactose intollerant person, ice cream hates me, but I still love it! My favorite ice cream is soft serve vanilla without toppings. I am apparently boring. If the ice cream comes from a carton, I guess my favorite would be mint chocolate chip.

    1. Hi Lori! Nice to meet you! Isn't Jenny awesome?? :) I don't think you're boring at all. Vanilla is a classic. Yum!

  4. I am an avid reader(at least 1 book/day).I love soft serve swirl ice cream. The mixing of vanilla and chocolate is great. As far a packed ice cream I would have to say it is hard to choose between black cherry or any of the chocolates with all the added ingredients. I love the nuts and marshmellow added.
    I love reading everybody's blogs too

    1. Lori, I love soft serve too! I grew up on Foster's Freeze (are those all over the country?) ice cream and there's just nothing better! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  5. What fun! OK, for grand prize, I've followed your blog, Twitter, and Pinterest. And for today's prize, my favorite ice cream - if I can stomach the richness- is Cold Stone's cake batter with cookie dough mixed in. Yum!

    1. Hi Amanda!! I've never tried cake batter ice cream. But I am a fan of licking the spoon when I actually bake a cake. So I'm sure that's delicious! I've got you entered!! Thanks! :)

  6. Okay, my favorite ice cream is just plain vanilla with cherries and whipped cream on top. I am following you on every social media available and um I lost count on those um I think about um 65+. :) Would love to win today's book pack! Looking forward to the contest and getting to know you! I am a friend of Jenny's...go to church with her!

    1. LOL! Those darn ums. One day I'll post a vlog with none in it! But for today, you all are stuck with my stuttering. :) Thanks for visiting and "following". You're so lucky!! I want to go to church with Jenny! :)

  7. Baskin Robbins - Chocolate Mint Chip has always been my favorite. I love to get shakes made out of this flavor...awesome stuff.

    1. Hi Loree!!! Good to "see" you! :) My daughter loves mint chocolate chip. That's her choice every time!! I bet the shakes are scrumptious!!

  8. Ok wow - woman - you are the BOMB! I already follow you silly lady on here, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook -- sheesh. I'm like a stalker :). My favorite ice cream is coffee with chocolate chunks. I dont' care what brand or from where -- okay, yes I do. Ben and Jerry's but I can't rememeber the name becuase I'm in heaven when I eat it and all logic thought leaves me. Book blurb? Where do I leave it? I'm an idiot? I want to enter for the writers drawing but I think I'm missing something somewhere. :)

    1. LOL! I stalk you too Jaime! How's the little man? I drool over every picture you post! :) Book can leave that here in the comments or if you prefer you can email it directly to me. Jenny has her "writer prizes" listed on her site and I listed mine last week. But one of the critiques is a 30 page+synopsis from MacGregor Literary!! Cool, right??

  9. Woohoo! I have subscribed to you by email, but I don't know if that counts because I can't actually follow you because I don't have a profile or anything. Sadness. :-( But anyhow. I CAN tell you my favorite ice cream. I think. I don't know how you got so apropos though--I recently started working my first job--scooping ice cream in a little ice cream shop! :-D My favorite kind (so is supposedly part of my job to try EVERY flavor) is probably Raspberry Truffle or Black Raspberry. Topping? Homemade whipped cream and a cherry on top.

    LOVE this contest! I also love you and Mrs. Hale's blogs! I am a teen, but I still love reading them. You are both such amazing writers and women (read: I totally look up to both of you).

  10. ACFW won't be the same without you, Lacie. At least I have the memories of last year. I'll console myself with them--and the fact that you live close by, so I get to see you in person during the year.

    Your big bash is amazing. I can't believe how many prizes you have. Wow! You're going to make some winners very happy. =)

  11. I forgot to answer the question you asked in your vlog. I don't eat ice cream anymore, but when I did, my favorite flavor was chocolate chip drenched in Hershey's chocolate syrup.

  12. P.S. Of course, I want to be entered in the GRAND PRIZE too! Do I need to tell you that?

  13. Lacie - what a fun dealio you have going with Jennifer!!! I'm excited to see what you two have cooked up for this week.

    My favorite ice cream (although I, too, am lactose intolerant and must start with an only partially effective Lactaid...) is Moosetracks with hot caramel topping. Oh wow. Doesn't happen very often but when it does, I just deal with the consequences. Poor hubby. Sorry. TMI!)

    I followed via email and now will check you out on FB too!


  14. So much fun! I love the idea of your Bright Side Blog Bash!

    Like Keli, I'm going to miss seeing you at ACFW. Maybe next year in Indy???

    Favorite Ice cream is Cherry Cordial. :)

  15. Holy moly, talk about serious prizes! :)

    You're so stinkin' cute, Lacie. I love what you and Jenny are doing this week.

    As for ice cream, Mint Oreo wins the prize.

  16. Oh my word, look at that GRAND PRIZE BASKET! I am salivating!

    Just posted on Jennifer's blog that I LOVE this idea--cheering us up the week might not be able to attend ACFW (I'm not!).

    I don't like ice cream much! I know, I'm weird!

  17. This is just so much fun!!!! I'm a reader and that grand prize basket looks awesome!! I don't really like ice cream as much as froyo(frozen yogurt). My favorite flavor would be cake batter with strawberries and Heath bar! :)

    ~Marissa Marye

  18. I am now following you - don't know how to follow on Facebook :(

  19. These prizes are awesome. So glad I found your blog. I'm following here and on Twitter.
    ENewman(at)outlook(dot)com and @ErynnNewman
    My favorite ice cream is Chocolate Moose Tracks, but this question just makes me sad because hubs and I have just decided to become Vegan. So now, the closest thing I get to ice cream (unless I sneak out and cheat--which I NEVER do) ;) is frozen banana sorbet. It's aight.

  20. Thanks for hosting these giveaways, Lacie! I'm sad I missed meeting you at the conference last year. And Jen is right, you are gorgeous!

    Favorite ice cream...I would have to say mint chip.

  21. Yea! I love the vlogging! The Book / Blog Bash is a wonderful idea. :)

    My favorite ice cream is Rocky Road. Plain old Rocky Road with no toppings. I don't even like whipped cream to mess with the perfect flavor medley of the most amazing ice cream flavor in the world! LOL!


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