Monday, June 20, 2011

HomeGoods Shopping for a Bride-to-Be and a $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Edited on July 10, 2011 to add:

Thanks to all who entered this give away!  Blogher Sweepstakes Randomly chose contestant # 2, Melissa F, from the blog " A Beautiful World" as the winner of the $100 HomeGoods gift card!

I've always loved shopping in a HomeGoods store as their selection and prices can't be beat!  HomeGoods is opening new stores countrywide -- click here to see their store locator page and enter your zip code to see if one has opened near you.

I was very excited to hear that a couple HomeGoods stores opened recently in New York City! I was even happier when BlogHer, in conjunction with HomeGoods, offered to let me, and other selected bloggers, go on a shopping spree with a $100 gift card at the upper west side of Manhattan at 795 Columbus Ave!! We were able to invite up to ten other people who would be receiving $50 gift cards to shop to their hearts content.

We were greeted at the Manhattan store at 8:00 AM on Saturday, June 11, 2011, by a BlogHer and HomeGoods Representatives and treated to a wonderful breakfast spread and the opportunity to shop for an hour and a half before the store opened at regular hours.

My mission was to shop for items for this happy couple -- my daughter Lisa and her fiance Joe! They will be getting married next spring and have a lot of "needs and wants" as a new couple. I knew they would find wonderfully useful items at HomeGoods, as you can see by the baking pan they immediately snapped up!

I was also very happy that "Buttercup," from the blog "Buttercup Counts Her Blessings" was also able to accept my invitation to shop with us!

As we walked around the store we all "oohed and aahed" over the brand name goods and the prices that were available in the bright and well stocked store! As the sign says, "Up to 60% off. Every day!"

I was amazed by the kitchen gadget selection. I love gadgets, and I know my daughter would probably need quite a few for her new kitchen.

The cookbook selection also caught my eye. What new bride wouldn't appreciate one or two?

On this shopping spree I also wanted to find some ideas for surprises for my daughter's wedding shower that will be held next year.  I saw so many wonderful gift items that I know she'll enjoy, and I know I will be making many more trips to this HomeGoods store over the year.

They liked this Lenox china cake topper...but might be a shower surprise!

The other bloggers invited by BlogHer were also having fun filling their carts with wonderful bargains!  HomeGoods has a blog and a facebook page so it is easy to keep up with their new offers and decorating ideas.

My husband was impressed with the gourmet pasta selections in the gourmet food section. A few of them went into our basket as a thank you for him coming along literally right off the plane from our birthday celebration trip to Colorado. That's right, we took the red eye flight home, yet managed to zip over to HomeGoods that very same morning!  Now you know how much I love shopping at HomeGoods!

Just look at their fabulous dinnerware and ceramics selection!  

There were aisles and aisles of quality dishes at unbelievable prices!

My daughter was concentrating on practical storage solutions for her new home.

As you can see from the escalators in the photo above, the Columbus Ave Manhattan HomeGoods has two floors of shopping opportunities!

Downstairs there was a fabulous array of framed art and decorative accessories.

There were  plenty of lamps and unique furniture pieces....

...and the cutest seasonal Forth of July decorations!

The goods specifically designated for outdoor summer entertaining and fun were dazzling!

The happy couple selected a rotating spice jar set. Joe, a former Navy man, is a wonderful cook!

We all had fun using our gift cards and filling up our shopping baskets! Buttercup selected an assortment of beautiful towels, appetizer spoon set and a gift item for a baby shower. My daughter filled her basket with kitchen and storage items.

We were all smiles checking out!

My husband carrying out the packages. He is such a good sport and he always has a smile on his face!

I purchased beautiful marble bathroom accessories, hangers, and a few other necessities and...

.... a few beautiful ceramic serving dishes that my daughter will enjoy using everyday!

HomeGoods -- it has something for everyone!

To see more of what HomeGoods offers, and special promotions check out their website at this link, their blog at this link and their facebook page at this link.

Now the exciting news for you!

I am giving away a $100 HomeGoods gift card courtesy of BlogHer, open from June 20-30th, 2011.  Just leave a comment on this post about what you would like to buy from HomeGoods when you shop in their stores!

No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.
Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.
You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
Also, until June 30th, 2011, BlogHer is giving a chance to win one of ten $25 gift cards to HomeGoods on the BlogHer Prizes and Promotions Page that I know you'll want to enter, so you can have another chance at a  mini HomeGoods shopping spree!   Click here to enter! (Here are the official rules to enter)

Don't forget to leave a comment to tell me what you would like to buy at a HomeGoods store for a chance to win a $100 HomeGoods gift card from BlogHer!  Good Luck!

Thanks everyone who entered this contest -- I enjoyed reading your comments! The contest is now closed and I am waiting for Blogher's Client Services to notify me of the winner. Once I find out who the winner is I will be contacting you through your contact information in your comment.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

HomeGoods for the New Bride!


This is a sponsored post from BlogHer and HomeGoods.

When my darling daughter was a child, she loved to pretend to be a bride by wearing my wedding dress and veil.

Now she is a young woman who became recently engaged to the love of her life, and will become a real bride next spring! This is one of my favorite photos of her and her fiance at a beach in Montauk, Long Island.

The young couple are also planning a move to the Western part of the United States, where they will start their new life together in a state they love near the Rocky Mountains.
Knowing that they will need a lot of useful and beautiful home goods of all sorts for their new life as "Mr. and Mrs.," and their new home in a new state,  I was thrilled to be chosen as a participant at a private shopping event of one of my favorite stores, HomeGoods, located at 795 Columbus Ave, in the borough of Manhattan in New York City!
photo source: Home Goods

Ever wish there was a HomeGoods store near you? Your wish may be coming true! HomeGoods is opening new stores in many locations in New York, and all around the country, all year long! Check out their web site for a store location guide to see if one has opened near you!
I've been pleased to shop in different HomeGoods locations in the past, as each store often has a different selection of wonderful goods. They offer furniture, lighting, rugs, wall decor, dining, kitchen, decorative accessories, garden, bedding, storage, bath, children's goods, pets goods, seasonal decorations, books, and all kinds of wonderful gifts! To become even better acquainted with HomeGoods check out their web site, blog and facebook page.

I know I'll find a fabulous assortment of items at HomeGoods that my daughter will need and desire as a newly married woman during my shopping expedition at the HomeGoods store at795 Columbus Ave in Manhattan, using their generous $100 gift card!  I also expect to find lots of beautiful surprises all year long to use as gifts for her wedding shower next Spring.

If you are looking for a gift to give at a wedding shower, for a new graduate, a young adult starting out on their own in an apartment, or just a delightful new addition for your own home, consider shopping at a HomeGoods store for their wonderful low prices and excellent selection of goods.

Until June 30th,2011, Blogher is giving a chance to win one of ten $25 gift cards on the BlogHer Prizes and Promotions Page that I know you'll want to enter, so you can have your own mini HomeGoods shopping spree! 

Click here to enter!  (Here are the official rules to enter)