Monday, October 27, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway Carnival!

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Welcome to Single Gal Musings. I've only been blogging for about 2 months and am very excited about participating in this carnival! I commend you for finding me so far down on the bloggy list! Hopefully, you'll find it worth your while. As I mention in my title block I blog about whatever pops in my head or interesting things I find on television or in books & magazines. As I develop my site I find that I REALLY enjoy a) sharing information on how to save money in this tough economy; b) sharing information about how easy it is to be 'green'. In my opinion, we really can't afford not to be and it is relatively easy to make little changes that will add up! In the spirit of these two interests I am offering a great giveaway. If you are the winner of my giveaway you will win a large lightweight canvas bag (lightweight but not the super-thin chintzy canvas) that I have adorned with flocked insignia and patches and a cute book with 1,001 ideas for how to be 'green'. It is easy to pick up and read for a minute and get some good info!

How do you win this prize? you ask! It's easy, just leave a comment below telling me what you like about my blog or constructive criticism (remember I'm new!) and BE SURE to leave your name and contact info so I can get in touch with the winner. I will be drawing a winner at random at Noon EST on November 1st. I'm so excited because I'm giving away a gift on my birthday! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!
P.S. Be sure to come by on Tuesday. I have a weekly post I do called "Take Action Tuesday". Every week I make a suggestion to get involved with a certain activity or always encourage you to get involved with something you are passionate about. This week's TAT is an important one for everyone.

80 comments:

Pamela Vest said...

Looks like you are off to a great start. i love your colors and your blog looks so clean and easy to read.

altermyworld said...

Advice- don't let blogging become a chore or a have to, relax and have fun!
ANg

Becca said...

I love the idea of your blog. Maybe a neat background or something is all I would change! Thanks, I'm trying to start using these shopping bags, so I'd love to win! Thanks! cross_home2001 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Tes283 said...

Breath. Laugh. Be yourself. But most of all be true to yourself.

Just another SAHM said...

I really like the idea of you sharing easy ideas to be 'green'. So many people want to do it but either think it is too expensive, too much trouble, etc... The more info out there the better! Good luck!
Love the giveaway - those reusable totes are fabulous!
Happy Birthday a little early! :)

jessiejaws said...

Looks like you are doing good so far. I like the idea of a going green blog and as such the green background is just right. I've got a few of the shopping bags-I just have to remember to use them!

Kristin & Jeff said...

I think you are doing a great job. I really like your take action tuesday. i enjoyed the vision board blog! Keep up the great work.

Thanks for the chance to win
kristin

theharmons02@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I think it's great that you're sharing information on saving money. You're off to a good start.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Alaina F said...

I'd widen your content column slightly- I use wordpress so I'm not sure how to do that with blogger or I'd offer assistance :) Love the going green advice as a green mom its always nice to hear what others are doing!
alaina at dinkerandgiggles dot com

Cathy Davis said...

I think you've been offered great advice already! When blogging becomes a chore, it's time to step away... :-)

Designher Momma said...

i think you are doing a great job! Bloggy tip....

I have a great friend who over the past few months has done a little "bloggy school post" where she tackles everything from blog design, content, commenting, social networking, how to write a good post, ect.

you should check it out...it's over at Playgroups are no Place for Children.

Here is a link to the bloggy school post.

http://playgroupsarenoplaceforchildren.com/blog-tips/

love the prize...hope I win!

leslie said...

I like the clean lines, and I like the posts with pictures. Its great to see the world through others eyes.
leslierose at gmail dot com

emily82 said...

I'm pretty new to the blog world too. I think your blog looks great. I love that you put pictures w/your blogs. I think the pictures make it very appealing.
emilymouliere at yahoo dot com

Rhonda said...

The blog looks great! You have shared a lot of great tips on saving money and being eco-friendly! I like that your posts are interesting to read and just the right length!

rhonda(at)acedesignstudio(dot)com

Amber said...

Thanks for the giveaway :) I like your thoughtful posts and the voice that you write with. I feel like I can really get to know you through your blog!

Lisa Sharp said...

I love that you have lots of pictures in posts. The one sorta bad thing I can say is Green Works are green washed. They are a step but things like Method are much more eco-friendly. :)

cdziuba said...

I enjoy your thrifty tips. I'd love to win ! Thanks for this nice giveaway. cdziuba@aol.com

Wanda said...

Hey Single Gal

I'm a new blogger too. Isn't it awesome and addicting?
I'm hooked....like mad!

I like your blog and style....I would love to sit and do some reading.

Coming back soon.

malleycc said...

I like your blog very easy to navigate not too crowded. I need to start getting into this. Maybe next year! Ha!

Looks like you are off to a good start.

Frugal Finds said...

My advise would to be to keeping blogging on a regular basis.

two hippos said...

The blog looks good. I might change the header to have more space around the text but overall nice work. I'm also pretty new to blogging...come check out my giveaway as well.

Stacy said...

Love all the info on how to go green.

hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tara said...

Looks like you're doing fine....love ideas about going green! I would recommend using more of your width. It'll give you a lot more room. and just have lots of fun!!

PS. thanks for visiting my bloggy giveaway!!!

mom2boys said...

I love the color of you blog...very refreshing. I also really like post on things with going green. Thanks for the great giveaway!

hottmomma_03@yahoodotcom

feather k said...

Welcome to the world of blogging :)...I like your "take action tuesday"...what a great concept...and helpful too!

kagey10 said...

I think it is great that you are just blogging about what comes adn then you will see what you feel is our purpose, what the drive is, what motivates you here. I like that!


thanks so much!
karissag at gmail.com

Erika said...

I too am new to blogging. You have a good start already! Thanks for tips

Wendy aka Misswendiki said...

I like the green tips. Keep up the good work!

Reeva said...

so far so good. i enjoy what you have so far. i wish i could get into blogging but i dont stick with anything for long..i wish i had more discipline.

Thanks for hosting such a generous giveaway! I hope i'm the lucky winner. :)

PS said...

Try to search out some Pre-made templates different from bloggers. Your header is great though, maybe something a little different on the bottom! I don't know, but it looks great- I love any info on green living!

Tiffany said...

I like how clean and uncluttered your blog is. So many blogs are all cluttered with ads it gets distracting. Thanks for the giveaway!! I'd love to win for my teen daughter :-)
give_me_a_latte at yahoo

kristine said...

I think you're headed in the right direction. One thing I think would be nice is if you added some info about yourself to your "about me" section. Also, maybe look for a blogger template, not the geneeric ones
Keep it up! Oh and Happy early birthday!

Kristinemjones at hotmail dot com

Croasla0 said...

you should add a cool background! good work!

Lauren
croasla0(at)sewanee.edu

Deedles said...

I like the colors of your blog and really like the tips on how to go green. Thanks for the giveaway.

Nikki said...

Nice clean blog...my only complaint was that sometimes the font got too small and was difficult for me to read, like in the mayonaisse jar and coffee story (great story by the way!). Though I'm not sure if that font was actually smaller or if my computer is doing funny things. You're off to a great start!
And thanks for offering the giveaway!
Nikki
jellieb3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

janaemadsen said...

I like your blog- but a fun background might be nice

ByTheBay said...

I like your focus on living green. My only suggestion is to get a custom header to set your blog apart from others!

glutenfreebay at gmail.com

Brooke said...

I'm so happy I found you! You are so cool and down to earth! I'm simi new to this blogy thing too! Any I love your blog because I'm so into ging GREEN!! I have a little boy who is only 6 and his BIG focus is trying to save the earth with things he can do! He even walks out to the recycle can outside for one small thing! Anyway back to your blog I love it and I'm adding it to mine. please count me in on your giveaway! Have a lovely day!

;-)Brooke

Olga said...

Like some of the other posters said, I really like the color pallete. Don't know what you scored on that do you know your colors quiz, but must have been good! :)

Advice - [I keep a personal blog, which is more a personal journal than a blog so it's private], don't think that you have to blog every day, life happens. You learn to look back and see patterns. I think it's really neat to be able to look back in a year, or even a month, and remember what you found itneresting, hard, funny, etc.

Good luck and welcome! I found bloggers to typically be extremely nice and friendly.

Bebemiqui said...

I like your topics!
Um, maybe start looking around for a more unique header? Maybe you'll win one on the bloggy giveaways...I did!
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

kamewh said...

I love the clean, fresh look of your blog!

Thank you for the great giveaway!

kerin0874 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Nap Warden said...

Great advice! Great giveaway as well:)

Paige said...

Go green, baby. Green.

Michelle said...
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Michelle said...

I like the description you have in your header and the tips on saving money!

Becca said...

Well I read a few posts. You aren't very flashy yet, though I am sure with time you will get more flashy. That's how the blog evolution happens. But I like what you write, and it doesn't feel overwhelming which is nice. rebecca342 at gmail.com

Sandy said...

great advice- not pushy-- like others have said make blogging fun- make it fun and have fun

MelADramatic Mommy said...

Very cute bag! I'd move the button for subscribing up to the top. It's lost on the page.

Suzie G. said...

I like how you do the Take Action Tuesday. On the blogs I read, I look forward to those special regular days like "Wordless Wednesday."

cl said...

Have a great birthday. Your blog looks very nice. Just be sure to keep writing and it will take off.

HeatherLow said...

I like the themed days like Take Action Tuesday. It gives us something to look forward to.
thanks for the giveaway
Heather
poncey76 at hotmail dot com

Kristin Wynder said...

i like take action tuesday. really cool! love the prize!
thanks for the giveaway!
specialk(dot)roxygirl(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

looks pretty good, easy to navigate and read
just enjoy it :-)
KawaiiNeko2008 (at) aol (dot) com

caseydeuce said...

This blog is great! Very clean and not cluttered! So easy to read!! Thanks for the giveaway, come check mine out!!

Jinxy and Me said...

I like the nice simple design of your blog and the color. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

That's a cute bag! Happy Birthday! I like the color here maybe a little more would be nice. monk5@charter.net
Monica

Tamara said...

Great blog. Just have a blast and see who all you will meet in this blog of a world.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Lia said...

I like the simplicity of your approach to your blog. Not cramped or cluttered, way to go.
skyskyaa11(at)gmail(dot)com

forestcrow said...

Your blog is easy to get around in. And i like the green aspect!

Sarah said...

i like your concept of tips for saving money and going green. we do several green things and I'd love to clean with green products but they are so much more expensive. sarah_jakel at yahoo dot com

Denise said...

I have the same blog style as you. Although I'm nearly as "green"! Thanks!

Lynne said...

I really like the 'green' aspect of your blog. It's not preachy and you give some easy advice.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jesica said...

I think it looks good. Easy to read. Easy to navigate links. Lots of interesting pictures.

Just have fun with it - it's no fun if you make it a chore.

eyeslikesugar said...

Very cute blog! It's simple, clean, and easy to navigate. I loved your eye for colour post. How fantastic! Thank you for this giveaway; I hope I win :)
eyeslikesugar (at) gmail (dot) com

Shannon said...

I'd love to see a "green" type of blog design that would really make it stand out.

Shannon
palmersf at bellsouth.net

Chantelle said...

i like that your blog is well laid out and easy to navigate :) Awesome Giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win

Becca said...

You have been blogging a little bit longer than I have and your blog already looks so much prettier. I'm impressed!

Reva Skie said...

I like that it loads fast. I can't stand a laggy blog.

Ginny said...

Your blog is great, really wonderful posts!

Hil'Lesha said...

So far you're doing really doing good, especially for someone who is new to this! I'd suggest that you opt for a more graphic header that includes the name of your blog instead of text. I'd also put the description that is currently underneath your title on the sidebar to make it more streamlined. Other than that... it is perfect! :)

lilacbutterfly [at] earthlink.net

allthatblooms.net said...

The only tip I really have it to always be yourself and blog about what *you* want to. :)



raspberrykitty at aol dot com
http://www.allthatblooms.net

(Check out my giveaways for $5 Amazon gc, $5 DiNG gc, $20 Cozy Moments gc AND a sports jersey!)

toohotforturtle said...

I would make the header a little more graphic and a little less wordy. Everything else looks great.

Candice said...

I think "so far, so good!". Your navigation is clear, you are doing what you love to do, writing about what you want to write about; keep up the good work!

onlycancan at hotmail dot com

www.MomMostTraveled.com

1stopmom said...

I like your blog but a pretty header would not be too bad.

bacon74(at)1stopmom.com

Nissa said...

Welcome to Blogaritaville! :) I love that your blog is eco-friendly! At some point you might want to set it apart by a custom layout or header; it'll help people to remember you. (Not something you need to do right away..)

Happy Blogging!

oohh..my word verification is bento. I could go for some sushi...

RobynsOnlineWorld said...

Welcome to blogging! I'm fairly new myself - just started in June. I agree, the sharing is a lot of fun. My advice is to just keep having fun with it and when you see something new, interesting, different about blogs that you like, then add it. The rest of the time just blog for sharing :-)

Ashley said...

I really like your Take Action Tuesdays! Very good idea!

Thanks for the great giveaway!

-Ashley

Nurse Mommy said...

it looks great, but in my opinion you need some more color GIRL! :)

DieselMonkey said...

well, i haven't looked around much as i just found you (and bookmarked it!). i'm am glad to see you getting CPR recognized. more people need to know how to save a life.
(email in profile)

Kelly said...

I like your blog, but I think it needs more color. Happy Birthday!