Sunday, June 12, 2011

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop 06.12.11 + $41.60 Giveaway

{Update: Giveaway is closed and winner is Lavender Dreamer.}

Hello, friends! We're on the 11th edition of our Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) I've met a lot of phenomenal bloggers and made friends in the process because you all came - for that, THANK YOU!

I have an exciting announcement. I'll launch a blog party starting this Tuesday exclusively for your BUSINESS and GIVEAWAYS. If you have an etsy shop, online boutique, or any family-friendly business, this is your chance to spread the word. Are you having a family-friendly giveaway and you want people to hear about it? Come link up by then so we can join in. The BIZ & Giveaway party will start at 5 pm, PST.

Giveaway
It's so thrilling to have this special giveaway to you from Rebecca, owner of Soap Delicatessen. Soap Delicatessen is a handmade, indie biz nestled in the Roanoke Valley and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. The shop currently sells a line of handmade shea butter soaps and luxurious, handmade goat milk lotions. Rebecca's product focus is always on creating the best cold process, handmade soaps. You'll find that Rebecca's handcrafted, divinely scented soaps contain skin loving ingredients like shea butter, rice bran, coconut, and olive oils. They create a wonderfully, rich lather that you can both shave with or use as a shampoo bar. All of Rebecca's soaps are made from scratch using the cold process soapmaking method, never a pre-existing base. You'll love the difference Rebecca's soaps make on your skin.

(Disclosure: Rebecca didn't compensate me for doing this giveaway. I'm happily doing this to share the love with you, my awesome readers, and at the same time, to give a shoutout to all businesses of things natural and handmade - like her soap.)

Here are the great soap and lotion being given away:

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It's a great and easy way to snag $41.60 simply by doing the following first:
1. Go to Soap Delicatessen, check out what products catch your fancy, then leave a comment.
2. While you're there, follow Soap Delicatessen's blog, tell her that I sent you, then leave a separate comment here.
3. Like her in Facebook and leave a comment.
4. Follow Soap Delicatessen in Twitter and leave a comment.
For extra entries,
5. Add me in your blog roll, and leave a comment.
6. Follow me and leave me a comment that you're doing so. If you're already a follower, leave a comment, too.
7. Like me in facebook, and leave a comment.
8. Follow me in Twitter, and leave a comment.

Eight ways for you to win this wonderful giveaway, BFFs! It ends on June 22 at 11:59 pm, PST. Thank you, Rebecca, for this amazing giveaway :)

UPDATE: Rebecca is offering a coupon code for her shop. You can get 15% off at Soap Delicatessen by using coupon code ONADIME at checkout. Expires 6/30/11.

Co-host
Melanie from Reasons To Skip The Housework (don't we all have them?) is my marvelous co-host this week. She is a mom, a crafter, a cook, a blogger, and anything to skip the housework ;) She also hosts a blog party called Tuesday Time Out which you are more than welcome to join in.

Blog Tips
How do you know if you're ready to host a blog party? If you're newly hosting one, do you want to know more how to navigate this fulfilling path? I guest-posted and shared my thoughts and experience about it here.

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog this past week out of 244 links, being the most viewed post, is 2805's Little Surprises. Honey puts on display the vintage photos she received from her aunt in an apothecary jar and the result is priceless!

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Our Party
To the main course of this post.
For those of you joining us for the first time, we only have 2 easy, simple rules:

1) Link up your creative post - can be a DIY project, decor, photography, crafts, recipes, poem, thrift finds, link party, or that informative syndicated post that can make us laugh, or cry - in short, whatever you're proud of! And if you like to link more creative posts, go for it! We'd love to see them :) (No links to businesses or giveaways. We have another party for these exclusively this Tuesday at 5 pm, PST.)

2) Follow as many blogs as you desire, preferably starting first with the one who linked before you and after you, before branching out, and let them know by leaving a comment. (Following me and the co-host will be very much appreciated, and we definitely follow back. Just let us know you're following.)

Displaying the party button on your blog, while optional, is very much appreciated :)

Link opens up every Sunday at 5:00 pm, PST.

Because I like something different, I'm using the reverse entry for inlinkz - so the most recent participant will show up as number 1, thus giving everybody a chance to have the #1 spot.



Friends, go ahead and mingle with one another :) Happy partying!





Burning question: Do you host a blog party? If yes, what's your biggest challenge? If no, what's keeping you?

My biggest challenge is the time to visit each participant's blog. I try to be a gracious host so I do my best to send one big email all at once to thank them for participating.



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45 comments:

  1. Hi...I'm back! Thanks for hosting and also for the great giveaway. I'm a follower of course...

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  2. You've been on my blog roll since the first time I visited your awesome blog...and I don't host a linky party because I'm a big chicken! There are so many out there...I can't come up with a unique and not-ever-used theme. I thought I had one that another wonderful blogger had helped me with. I waited too long and somebody else had the same idea and beat me to the punch. Story of my life. Anyway...don't feel like you have to visit my blog every week. I totally understand that there are only so many hours in the day. Have a good week...~Ann

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  3. I would LOVE to try the orange and ginger spice goat milk soap!

    www.iheartmygluegun.com

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  4. I would love just about anything miss Rebecca makes but for sure the sugar scrub cubes in lavender or strawberry champagne scent, and the goats milk in rose or vanilla. I have very sensitive skin so I want to try her stuff weather or not I win.

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  5. Hi SJ! Great idea to have a biz-only hop! I'll join that when I open my biz. And to answer your burning question - I have thought about doing a hop but am trying to get myself on a schedule first. I've let blogging take over my life! Always looking for that balance. Have a great week!

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  6. In answer to your question, your link party is fabulous and very popular. I know for me, it's difficult to get visit all the blogs I follow as well as green new followers; so I can't imagine trying to visit 200+ blogs who linked to you. I think an email thanking people would suffice! I think you're great for even attempting it, I love seeing gracious bloggers. :)

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  7. Thanks again for such a fun place to link up! and....a great giveaway too! The rosemary mint soap sounds like heaven!

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  8. PS: You are the most gracious hostess ever!! I always feel so encouraged by you, and I know I'm not the only one. Thank you so much for taking the time to inspire and encourage us!

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  9. Hi, I am a new follower. I can't remember where I linked over from but I hope you'll come check us out too.

    Eve
    Bumblebliss.blogspot.com

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  10. I'm your newest follower (& would LOVE some yummy soap to wash off the summer play dirt off my kiddos!)

    LOVE LOVE that you reversed the order for the linky to give everyone a chance!

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  11. I would like to thank thos fabulous bloggers who clicked onto my link last week! I am delighted to take your "Featured" button and put in on my blog.

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  12. Would love to win you girveaway! I like the Honeysuckle soap and loation!

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  13. I am a follower. And have linked up again this week!

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  14. I have visited visited Rebecca, left a comment and become a follower!

    Hope you have a great week!

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  15. Thanks for stopping by My Little Blogspot. I am your newest follower!

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  16. Thank you for hosting. I’m a follower, and this hop is found on a page on my site that lists more than 250 hops, memes, and photo challenges… some for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page. I’ve also just started a BlogFrog community that focuses on hops, carnivals, memes, and photo challenges. Go to http://theblogfrog.com/1504201 to visit & participate.
    I hope you’ll visit me soon. I follow back!
    NCSue

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  17. Thanks for the invitation to your link party! I am your newest follower!

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  18. Hi, just hopping by from I Love my Online Friends Blog Hop Monday.

    New follower!

    http://carabossesbedchamber.blogspot.com/

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  19. Thanks for the invite and for hosting this party! I love your idea of the reverse Linky order. (Show,Tell,Share is following you.)

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  20. Thanks for hosting again. I love visiting the links in my linky party - but as it's getting bigger it does take more time. C'est la vie! Don't know how I would cope though if it grew to 700 links like some of the parties out there!! :)

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  21. Great blog, thanks for inviting me here! :)

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  22. Don't have anything to sell but you better believe I am gonna support your blog hop. I'm gonna check out the sites for the next few weeks. I love that you host this kind of event-thank you.

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  23. Thanks for hosting. I am a new follower. Hope you check out Bungalov.

    I am a hosting a Starbucks giveaway too that ends today, if interested. Hope you sign up!

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  24. Thx for the comment on my blog! Just linked up my Cupcakes in a Jar! So many fun links! =)

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  25. Thanks for inviting me to link up! I bookmarked you!

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  26. I visited Rebecca's shop and oh yummy I love products with Shea Butter and goats milk very good for the skin so glad I found her shop thank you
    Brenda

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  27. I am now following Rebecca's blog and left her a comment, wow great blog thank you
    Brenda

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  28. I liked her FB page and left a comment there
    Brenda

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  29. I am following your blog and liked you on FB
    And I am linking up on a blog post and sharing your button as soon as I comment here
    Brenda

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  30. I love the goat's milk soaps...they are always so creamy and mild! ♥

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  31. I am following Soap Deli's blog! Thanks! ♥

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  32. I follow YOU, too! This is a great blog! ♥

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  33. Love this linky party, I got to visit so many talented people. Thanks for hosting this one, am sure coming back with more link-ups :)

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  34. following from the hop please stop by www.crichmanfreebies.blogspot.com

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  35. New follower here . . . excited to read more of your posts. :)
    ~cheryl

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  36. great review i follow from sunday stalker

    http://melblackwell.blogspot.com/

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