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Win Siiso Gift Cards

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Shown At The Bottom Of This Post. Today I have TWO giveaways for you as part of our #12daysofgiveaways on decor8 running from December 1-12. This has been an amazing experience for me to run so many in one shot and I hope you’ve been having fun as much as I have enjoyed hosting these great opps to win fantastic goodies. This giveaway is for all of the art lovers in the house. You can win a $100 gift card to the Siiso shop on Etsy. Awesome! Check out her lovely work below.

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Yangyang graduated from the Sichuan Fine Art Institute in China with a BFA (1998) and MFA (2002). She then became an instructor in this renowned art school before immigrating to Toronto in 2006. She is currently working as a painter and artist in Markham, ON, Canada.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Go to etsy.com/shop/siiso and find a print of a painting that you’d love to have
    Tell us what you like about the painting and where you would put it in your home
    OPTIONAL: You can tweet “I entered to win $100 worth of goodies from Siiso on @decor8 today! http://wp.me/po210-3eQ #12daysofgiveaways

THAT’S IT!

You can enter as many times as you like but only ONCE per day. Our two winners will be each be chosen on December 12th and announced on December 13th here on decor8 and contacted via email, so please use a valid email when you comment below. This contest is open to all readers WORLDWIDE. You need to complete the first two steps above in order to qualify. You can enter some or all of the giveaways during the #12daysofgiveaways, no limit – except that you can only enter each giveaway once daily. That’s all! Easy!

#12daysofgiveaways

Thank you Yangyang for being so generous to us all! And good luck to all of you!

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Are: #14 (FrauSchmitt) #39 (Inge)

(images: siiso)

Posted in Contests on December 04, 2014

Cranberry Chocolate Scones Recipe

Hi, it’s Liz here with a new episode of our “Food in Motion” video series. I’m sure there’re lots of moms out there reading this. Do you also ask yourself sometimes: when did my kid grow up? Where has the time gone? Yes, I do realize when the pants are too short and the bed gets too small. But in everyday life I’m so wrapped up in chores and the hum of everyday that sometimes I forget what a miracle our kids are. And then something happens, a key moment, and you suddenly remember.

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It happened to me just recently when I asked my daughter to help me with this video (below). She has been in lots of videos and always loves it. She was all excited, looked for her apron, got out her little rolling pin, flour and sugar and wanted to start right away. For the last videos we made, I had helped her and we baked side by side, in this one she did everything herself! I only prompted her what to do in which order. She even said “Mommy, just say ‘Camera rolling!’ and then I’ll start.“ She has it all figured out! Editing the video sequences made me amazed and proud. She sparkled when seeing the finished film and was ever so proud that our good friend Taylor wrote and performed a song especially for ‘her’ video. So when we get wrapped up in daily life, let’s try to stop time sometimes and realize how wonderful our kids are.

Video: I dedicated my video to my wonderful daughter. Music by Taylor.

Cranberry Chocolate Scones

2 cups flour
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons butter + some melted butter for brushing
1/2 cup of natural yoghurt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped
powdered sugar

Heat the oven to 200C/400F. In a bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Rub in the butter. Add the yoghurt and knead. Add cranberries, chocolate and turn the dough on to a floured work surface. Pat or roll the dough in to a approx. 9 inch round. Cut into 8 wedges, brush with melted butter and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 18–20 minutes and dust with powdered sugar.

See you in 2015! – Liz

(image: liz & jewels)

Posted in Recipes on December 03, 2014

Win Mibo Gift Cards

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Shown At The Bottom Of This Post. It’s day THREE of our #12daysofgiveaways on decor8 and it’s time for another great company to take the stage. This time, it’s UK-based Mibo and they are generously offering £100 gift cards (that’s over $150 in products) to TWO decor8 readers. You know, I barely do giveaways, I think I had one all year long, so having them all at once over a 12-day period has been just so gratifying and fun. I love reading all of the entries as they come in and seeing the enthusiasm online. Thanks for your tweets too, they are so appreciated. Do you know Mibo?

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I’ve been a fan of Mibo for many years and I own some of their baby onesies for Aidan, giant bibs, festive animals and ornaments. Everything is so well made and colorful – their stuff is just so sweet! They have children’s books now too and backpacks, posters, tea towels… All in their signature happy, color-filled style. They also have these very cool tile tattoos for your kitchen or bath – just peel and stick and your tiles are suddenly fresh and modern.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Go to mibo.co.uk and leave a link below with your favorite item
    Comment below and tell us who the item would be for (you, your child, a friend)
    OPTIONAL: You can tweet “I entered to win $100 worth of goodies from @mibostudio on @decor8 today! http://wp.me/po210-3eI #12daysofgiveaways

THAT’S IT!

You can enter as many times as you like but only ONCE per day. Our two winners will be each be chosen on December 12th and announced on December 13th here on decor8 and contacted via email, so please use a valid email when you comment below. This contest is open to all readers WORLDWIDE. You need to complete the first two steps above in order to qualify. You can enter some or all of the giveaways during the #12daysofgiveaways, no limit – except that you can only enter each giveaway once daily. That’s all! Easy!

#12daysofgiveaways

Thank you Mibo for being so generous to us all! And good luck to all of you!

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Are: #1 Lindsay P. and #4 Elizabeth

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Posted in Contests on December 03, 2014

Win Zazzle Gift Cards

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Shown At The Bottom Of This Post. I promised that today would be a very special day with TWO giveaways so it’s time to keep this party going! Let’s welcome our third amazing and generous company giving away lots of goodies to TWO of you – ZAZZLE! I must admit, up until last month I had no clue who they were but now that I know I am flat out addicted to their site and products.

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In fact, I spent $200 bucks last week buying a custom baby blanket for Aidan, custom cards and return address labels and a few other great things like custom mouse pads. Two of you have a chance to win $100 in free products from their site simply by following the few entry guidelines below – so easy. Zazzle has EVERYTHING you can imagine, and I do mean everything. And most of their things from paper products to cushions and throws are by talented designers and makers or can be customized by Y-O-U which I love so much. I’ve been really into custom stuff lately!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Go to Zazzle.com and find a favorite item (or several, it’s up to you!)
  • Comment below and tell us about the favorite item/s (you can link to it if you’d like) and why you love it, how you’d use it, etc.
  • OPTIONAL: You can tweet “I entered to win $100 worth of goodies from @zazzle on @decor8 today! http://wp.me/po210-3eE #12daysofgiveaways”

THAT’S IT!

You must be 18 or older to enter. The winners of the giveaway will be bound by the T & C’s on the Zazzle gift certificate. You can enter as many times as you like but only ONCE per day. Our two winners will be chosen on December 12th and announced on December 13th on decor8 and contacted via email. You must use a valid email when you comment below. This contest is open to readers worldwide. Shipping not included. You need to complete the first two steps above in order to qualify. You can enter some or all of the giveaways during the #12daysofgiveaways, no limit – except that you can only enter each giveaway once daily. That’s all! Easy!

#12daysofgiveaways

Thank you Zazzle for being so generous to us all! And good luck to all of you!

12/14 Giveaway Closed. Winners Are: #29 Karin, #389 Tazim

(images: zazzle)

Posted in Contests on December 02, 2014

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