I have some exciting news to share, but first I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! We celebrated Mother's Day earlier in the week with my Mom, as my siblings who live out of state were able to come in for a visit to New York on Wednesday and Thursday. It was wonderful for all of us to be together and I know my Mom especially appreciated it.
My exciting news is that My blogger cup runneth over lately as I've won two wonderful surprises on two different blog give aways!
I won this beautiful painting by California artist Erin Houghton on a blog give away by Kelee Kadillac on her blog The Katillac Shack -- DIY Inspiration For Home & Life. Isn't it beautiful? It is 18 x 24 inches in size and bright and cheerful. I have it hanging in my spare bedroom right now and it brightens the whole room and makes me smile every time I see it.
Kelee was having the painting give away as a way to encourage her readers to send an uplifting card or a healing thought or a prayer for a woman named Collette who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Kelee is an artist, designer, author and a creative therapist and is also the House and Home Expert for Guideposts Magazine. Through her non profit initiative "Design Gives Back", she volunteers to do room makeovers for those in need, and Kelee was in the process of making over Colette's room to help uplift her spirits as she faces her battle with cancer.
Erin Houghton who also has a delightful blog called The Painted Garden volunteered to create a painting especially for Colette's "Miracle Makeover" room, and Kelee also sponsored a painting give away. I was the very lucky winner!
Thank you Erin and Kelee! Please visit both of these wonderfully creative artists and be inspired!
Now for my second wonderful surprise.....do you recognize this man?
He is celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito! He is part of a Bertolli Foods campaign, and together with Marisa Tomei and Dan Cortese, have been part of advertising videos taped in small towns in Tuscany as part of a feature called "Into the Heart of Italy" for the classic Mediterranean frozen pasta meals.
I won a trip to Los Angeles, California to meet Rocco DiSpirito!
I am still pinching myself trying to believe that I won this trip as a give away on Claudia's blog Journey Of An Italian Cook on Friday! Claudia and I will receive an all expense paid trip (transportation, meals and hotel) to L.A., which includes a Celebrity Chef Event with Rocco DiSpirito and a culinary tour of the City of Angels, all courtesy of Bertolli Foods!
Thank you, Claudia, I can't wait to meet you! Please visit Claudia's blog and see all her wonderful culinary creations. Claudia is also the Italian Food Guide for the Minneapolis Examiner.
I am so excited, and thankful for all the positive and fantastic surprises that blogging has lead my way in the past few years, and all the wonderful people I've met through it.
When I return I'll be blogging all about our trip, and I'll also be doing my own blog give away, so stay tuned!