Wednesday, May 27, 2009

"Lift Your Spirits" Gift Bag GiveAway

*Contest Closed*

I have been in such an awful mood on and off now for months. It's just one thing after another and it's really pissing me off. I am so tired of being down in the dumps all the time. Once in a while is okay to be down about something, but it's been one thing after another since March.

I am going to have a give away. A gift bag full of 'stuff'. I had originally started gathering items for my one year bloggiversary, but that passed a few days ago, and yup, I was feeling really low, and didn't want to be bothered with much of anything. But today is another day! So, I am going to give away a "Lift Your Spirits" Gift Bag! I'm hoping that it lifts mine to make one of you happy :). And if it doesn't...oh well! I hope you enjoy all the goodies anyway! I am just so f-ing tired of feeling so shitty (Aw hell, I think I'm feeling better already!)

Gift Bag Contents:
Two Feel good Movies - The Princess Bride and Ever After
A bag of Popcorn and tea for each movie!
Bound By Honor by Collette Gale
And your choice of one of MY 'feel good' authors (and I don't mean that in a perverted way! I mean they are authors I like to read because their books make me warm and fuzzie, because they are just really great stories.) Either Janet Chapman's Charming the Highlander or Kathryne Kennedy's Enchanting the Beast. And if you should already have both of those books...we'll talk :).
One deck of Ellora's Cave Playing Cards
And I'm sure to add some yummy chocolate. I don't have any but I'll get something before it goes to that one lucky person!

What do you think? Is that good stuff or what? :P

Heh, and if you don't think it's good stuff, it IS free stuff!!

All you gotta do is leave a comment and tell me what you do to lift your mood. Do you go for a walk? Read a book? Eat Chocolate? Buy stuff...books, clothes, shoes?

I like to buy stuff, mostly books, but sometimes a new outfit, but that's usually because I need it! But it still makes me feel better, whether I want it or need it.

And if you don't want to answer the question, you don't have to :). I'm easy...really, really easy :P.

I don't know, I'll pick a name in a few days. It'll be a surprise, because surprises are always nice, right?

Sing it with me everyone..."Come on, Get Haaaappeee"

(Open to Everyone)


bridget3420 said...

Retail therapy is extremely important! Going to a bookstore will brighten even the worst of moods. Chocolate & caffeine help a lot too.

Cecile said...

Girl... we need a girls day of shopping or just a day to unload!
I absolutely LOVE the "giveaway." Although, my favorite part was your "feel good" author comment! That had me LOL!! I am sorry to hear that your spirits have been down... But I know what you mean. My has been relationship related. Hubby and I are fine... he is just a hard man to love sometimes... But oh well... There are a few things I do.. because every mood is different... 1. Go get a maincure/pedicure while nibbling on Chocolate
2. Go shopping for books.. because clothes is deemed something I need to have (for work of course)
3. Eat Chocolate
4. Have a glass of wine
6. Call sister-in-law and rant to her about hubby and nibble on chocolate while talking (after all thats his sister and she understands him just about as well as i do.. which is not much lol)
7. Eat Chocolate while shopping for more books
8. Listen to some good rock out music (like shake my booty while driving music.. even though I can't say to save my life!)
9. Just lose myself in a good hot sexy book with some wine and chocolate on the side!

See a pattern here... hummm... lol! Hope I made you laugh or at least smile! I dont' have many girlfriends... actually if you count Brooke.. I only have 2 (sister in law and one girlfriend) that I can count on... So for a cheer up party... that is why I come here!
Hope to make your day brighter! Like you do for mine!

Olga said...

Chocolate always works for me. I alway keep several different kinds hidden in my stash at all times. Preferably, dark chocolate. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway. I can't wait to hear the winner. Good luck to everyone.

Amy C said...

Hi Bridget, retail therapy! I like that :)

Hi Olga, you're very welcome! Chocoalate seems to be a stress reliever to alot of people :). I like candy bars, but not plain chocolate, which is why I need to add chocoalte before I send out the bag!

Anonymous said...

Amy I am sorry you've been so bummed lately, that stinks. For me, I get lost in a good book or movie while eating lots of Dove milk chocolates.

Amy C said...

Cecile! Yes ma'am you made me smile. Thank you :). I'm like you, not many girlfriends. Ah heck, I have my mom and that's it. I know a person or two that I've known for years but I could never call them and talk about my personal life. I keep to myself, bad habit of mine sometimes. I have met some wonderful people here on the internet though :).

Amy C said...

Hey MsM, I think I do like to watch movies when I'm not feeling well. I just watched Catch and release. That was a nice feel good movie. I really liked that. After watching the 'kissing' scene over at Lea's blog the other day I had to check it out!

Cecile said...

I know what you mean about being keeping to yourself. Its my mechicnism of not getting hurt when people dont act like they should. I believe in the "i treat you like i would want you to treat me" theory... and not many people believe in that... so I stay solo as far as friends. But I am glad that I could make you smile!

Brooke Reviews said...

Usually buying a new book makes me feel better. Sometimes even getting something as simple as a new eyeshadow or nail polish color can up my spirits! Chocolate, of course, always helps!


Becky said...

I enjoy going for a walk, something about being outside with the sounds of nature makes me feel good. I will also read a book to make me feel better.

Cathy M said...

For me, it's reading a great story and shopping for new books. Not much of a clothes shopper, but books definitely lift my spirits.

Maija P. said...

Reading books makes me feel so much better. I also like to buy some candy (not chocolate) :)

Tracy said...

I'm sorry you've been down in the dumps. It really sucks so I hope that something can pull you out of it soonly. Hopefully this will do it!

Let's see what do I do when I need a lift?
Read a good book.
Eat stuff I'm not supposed to - although sometimes that backfires because I feel guilty afterwards! lol
Go book shoppping.
Go clothes shopping
Exercise. It doesn't happen right off the bat that I feel better but when I exercise on a regular basis all of those endorphins are getting bounced around my body and I feel great. Come to think of it I need to do that again! lol

Wonderful giveaway Amy! {{big hug}} for you!

Amy C said...

Hi Brooke, you know, sometimes just browsing in the bookstore and not even buying anything is good too. It's the atmosphere :).

Hi Becky, I love to go for walks. When it's nice out me and my son will go after dinner. And gardening...I love adding things to my garden, I just hate getting sweaty :).

Anna said...

Terrific contest!

When I'm in a mood, shopping for books always lifts me up. Be it at the store or online. Reading also helps too. Delving into a good book is a good stress reliever. :))

Amy C said...

Hey Cathy, sometime I actually get down in the dumps shopping for clothes, but when I finally find something that I like, I'm happy! Gimme a book any day!

Maija, thanks for stopping by! I'm a sucker for gummie candies! Pretty much any kind :).

Blanche said...

(((hugs)))Amy!! Awesome contest!!

For me it is probably a combo of for books makes everything right in my world most times!! Chocolate helps a lot as well! I do take walks and read when I can, mostly to relax and chill out!

Amy C said...

Thanks, Tracy :). I know exactly what you mean about eating stuff then feeling guilty afterward :(. But it seemed like a good idea at the time!

Amy C said...

Hey Anna, when I order online for books when I'm in a mood, I always say "Fuck it" just before I make the final click! I don't order online often anymore. I buy more that way, because I have to get enough for free shipping, when all I really wanted was one book.

Thanks, Blanche :). Another chocolate eater!

SavingDiva said...

I sit down with a book and a bar of dark chocolate.

Caffey said...

I really hope that these different things will get your mood lifted! I know how that is and how to get out of it! For me its either spending time alone or being with others, depending on that mood. So when I need to be alone, I love to go to the park or the library and just take a book or just let my mind wander too and let go. If its a need to be around others, I do that by calling up one friend of mine and getting out a couple of hours and if I can't do that, connecting with my friends online in a group or somewhere! Books always do it for me tho!

Too some old fun works too, like some card and board games! If you can't find the others to play just about all of them are online too!

Awesome contest too! Thanks tbranxiety(at)yahoo(dot)com

I Heart Book Gossip said...

What a cute contest. I go out for a really long walk and read a book afterwards if im having a crummy day. Other than that ice-cream solves all my problems. Sort of.

Michelle G said...


You are right, tomorrow is another day - sending good vibes your way. :) When I'm feeling down I grab a bag of munchies, a great book and my comfy chair. :) That usually does the trick for me. :)


Amy C said...

I heart Book Gossip...I fogot about Ice cream :). Although I'm not a big Ice cream eater, but I love a good walk.

Hey Caffey, thanks for sharing your outlets. It's nice that you have them :), that we all have some sort of outlet, which seems to be books and/or chocoalate :). Always the books though!

Hi SavingDiva, thanks for stopping by...a book and dark chocolate...sounds good :).

Amy C said...

Hi Michelle :),
A bag of munchies, comfy chair, and a great book=happy days!

azteclady said...

(Please don't enter me in the drawing--I got a box full of books from you in October, woman!)

When I'm feeling low I try to re-read those books that lift my spirit (in my case, there are a few Nora Roberts' titles, and LaVyrle Spencer's Morning Glory always makes me feel better.

However, for long term blues I would recommend two things: exercising regularly and getting a physical check up. Sometimes that feeling of melancholy is lack of something or other in one's diet, or a hormonal imbalance, or something like that, and getting back one's joy shouldn't be so hard.


(Keeping you all in my thoughts, Amy)

Anna said...

LOL! I still order online, but shopping at an actual bookstore is the better experience. :D

Stacy~ said...

{{{Amy}}} Well you know I have those kinda days, and everyone else knows it too cuz I whine like crazy. I'm sorry you've been experiencing these feelings for so long. Sometimes naps help LOL. Definitely something sweet can't hurt. And hopefully knowing you've got a lot of people who are wishing you happy thoughts chases some of the gloom away.

You're still going to Lori's event, right? I so want to see you :)

Amy C said...

Hey Azteclady, I had mentioned to my husband awhile ago about maybe having a hormonal imbalance. Maybe I should talk with my doctor. But then again, I'd say most of my problems are external, things that have happened over the last several months that has created some disturbance in our home. One of them being the fact that my husband lost his job. And now that the time is approaching to know whether or not his schooling is going to be rewarding for us or not is finally approaching, it seems my husband is even more stressed then he has been yet. Which isn't helping me any :), since i have to live with him. All will be well soon! I'm optimistic. I try to be anyway.

Amy C said...

Hi Stacy! Yes, I am still going to Lori Foster's! I wouldn't miss it for anything :). I'm actually really, really looking forward to next weekend. I need to get away!! My son keeps asking if he can go...ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! I had to catch myslef the other day, I almost said he could go! Dude, I almost had a momentary lapse of reason. He would drive me nuts if I let him come. He's great for a few hours but that's about it! But you're right, all the happy thoughts does help :).

Amy C said...

Yes, Anna, especially when the cute guy is there :). And he was there today :P when me and my mom stopped in for Karin Tabke's new book.

Lea said...

((((HUGS)))) My Friend...

I sure hope you feel better soon. Feeling constantly in the dumpster is lousy!

Okay, me? I love a manicure so sometimes I will do that. However, I walk my pooches and read a good book and that usually helps to lift me out of the doldurms...

Fresh air and exercise is very beneficial.

Oh, and an herbal tea... ;)

Warmest Regards

The_Book_Queen said...

I hate when I get in one of those moods, so I understand. Hope this helps you a bit! ;)

Personally, a really good book can usually do the trick for me. But if it's really bad, or if I'm in a bit of 'good book funk' and can't find anything to take the edge of, then I resort to either Dove chocolate (I swear, it's the 8th wonder of the freaking world!) or I head out to shop. Usually window shopping, since I rarley have the money to go all out and nuts at the stores, but even just walking around and looking at the new books (or clothes, if I decide to skip the bookstore that day...) helps. And if I'm with good friends at the time? Well, then the mood raises even quicker!

Thanks for the give away... I just finished "Wedding the Highlander" by Janet Chapman, loved it, and I'm anxious to get her other books.... *hint, hint*. LOL. ;)


Amy C said...

Thank you, Lea :). It is lousy and very mentally draining. You're the second one who has said a manicure/pedicure. Maybe I should try one of those. I have never had either :(. My hair stylist has tried to talk me into it a few times.

Book Queen, Dove chocolate, you say? Another mentioned Dove too. That's another thing I have never tried. Maybe that's my problem, I'm missing out on all the good stuff! I think I do more window shopping than actual buying. I like to get out and just browse like that :).

Oh, you read Wedding the Highlander and loved it...YES! I have read all her time travel/paranormals. I actually just finished Moonlight Warrior yesterday. Another great book. It's advertised as being a new paranormal series but it is way too connected with the other highlander books that I would not read it without at least reading Secrets of the Highlander. It takes place right after that book. They all go together. I still need to read her contemps, but I know they will be just as good as the others.

Amy S. said...

I read a book from my keeper shelf.

Amy C said...

Hi Amy S., thanks for stopping by :). Nothing like a good book!

Anonymous said...

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My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi ((Amy))!

It seems when it rains, it pours, and you've had your share lately. But it will soon be summer, the winter blahs will go away. The sun will shine on another day. So, I'm with you and willing to sing. (I must warn you that small child and animals hide from my singing though - I have been paid to keep silent)

To chase my blues away, I pick one of my all time favorite comedy movies and laugh until I cry. It seems to ease my bad thoughts or feelings and it gives me a reason to get it all out of my system. Afterward, I feel drained, but better. Then, I can pick up a good book and try to get back into the mood to read.


Dottie :)

Renee G said...

I like to take a day and just wallow at home with a good book, a cup of tea and just doing whatever I feel like doing or not doing. Then I find the best thing I can do to get me out of a slump is to get out with my family or work and try to forget how hopeless everything is. And once I quit sitting home feeling sorry for myself, I really do feel better.

Pamk said...

have a pedicure or buy a new book and read it in a bubble bath with the door locked to the bathroom and my kids told to disturb me under penalty of death. I tell them as long as there is no blood leaking or bones showing their daddy can handle it lol.

RachieG said...

I had a bad day today too. ugh. I workwith the public and sometimes it just gets to be too much. Glad to be home and ready for bed, that's for sure.

To wind down or get to feelin' more perky, I try to take a brisk walk, listen to fun music, or read. Usually things by myself, that's for sure.

azteclady said...


Stress can very well drive a person to the blues--so here's wishing you and your husband all good things soonest!

Kimberly B. said...

I don't have a lot of money, so I try to avoid retail therapy, unless I have a gift card, but you know, there's always the library, if I need a good read. What really helps when I'm upset is a good laugh---I like to visit the websites and The first is humorous English translations, and the second miss heard song lyrics. A long walk helps, or a nice bath, or watching a favorite DVD helps. Great topic!

Lori said...

I'm so sorry you've been feeling down in the dumps. I find sex works really well. LMAO!! However, since it's not always at the ready, chocolate and books are almost always right there. They work too, and sometimes? Better than sex. But if my husband ever asks, I'll deny I said it.

Sue A. said...

Reading lifts my mood. And I like to experiment in the kitchen to take my mind of things. I just made Chai tea ice cream and this is one experiment that do again.

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Amy, hope you are feeling better soon, this happens to me from time to time. When I feel down I find myself a good audio book, it requires no effort and I can still do other things whilst listening.

Blodeuedd said...

This is one awesome contest, and those things would sure make a girl feel good :)
As for me white chocolate always lifts my spirits. It makes me relax and it taste divine.
but yes relax, some good music and cuddling up next to my cutie :)

donnas said...

I usually read a book. A good story can really help lift your mood.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

LighthouseSandy said...

So sorry it's been so shitty for you lately! Hope things look up soon. I read when I'm feeling down in the dumps. I just curl up on the bed with my book. Of course, chocolate helps!

Eva S said...

Hi Amy,
I hope you'll have these "better days" soon! Good, understanding friends, lots of book and chocolate usually helps, at least a bit!! Thanks for this great giveaway!

Teresa said...

Great giveaway! And need question.
On my bad days, I need fresh air and some exercise- something like a really long walk. That walk usually ends up in some store- books for me or something for my niece. Nothing heals me better then knowing I could make someone's day by a simple gift. Well, chocolate is fine, for 10 minutes.

Y. Bressani said...

Well, with me, it depends on the (and I can't believe I'm saying this) mood.

Yep - have different kinds of "in the dumps" moods and there are different cures for them.

In no particular order zee cures are:

1. Chocolate (Hershey's Symphony milk choco works best in my case).

2. Writing (and different characters have been created depending on what needs to be worked out, though the whole lot is threatening to revolt on me they've been put through the wringer so much).

3. Books
3.1 reading them
3.2 buying them
3.3 sometimes passing them on to good homes

4. Cooking/baking - sometimes nothing will do but to cook (or bake) something up that you know will be appreciated.

5. Walk will help - but this depends on where I am (if home (Florida) this is a last resort type of thing-especially now through about, say, December)

housemouse88 said...

What I do to lift my mood is to pick up any book. I just want to get lost in the pages for a few hours and I know no matter what I'll be feeling better in no time at all. By the way, I love the contents of this contest. Have a great day.

Heather D said...

Hi Amy! First let me say that this the first time I have been to your blog and I love it! I have seen you around but never thought to click on your icon and find you... my

When I am in the dumps I like to take my kids somewhere fun like the park, a movie, the dreaded Chuck E Cheese, anything that makes them happy. If that doesn't solve the problem I will call my sister or my best friend and whine a little, they normally know exactly what to say to me (even if its just a B**** slap thru the phone). I read all the time so I can't say that I use it as a vice against the doldrums. chocolate has always been a downfall of mine, but I try to stay away from it because I feel awful later that I ate so much and now I have to work off those pounds. A movie, either funny or sad will sometimes do the trick. And now I have that tune from the movie Cocktail (I think it was Cocktail) Don't Worry Be Happy!!

I hope things start cheering up for you soon!!

Amy C said...

Thank you all so much for stopping by and sharing what you do when you're feeling down. You all are so wonderful! Thank you :)

Ha! Lori! Good one...Sex! Although not when he is the reason I'm in a fowl mood :). He'll just have to find his own way!

Anonymous said...

I love ice cream so I would say eating an ice cream cone while reading my current read!

Anonymous said...

Awesome swag you're giving away!!I hope you feel better soon.
When I'm in a crappy mood I like to shop..I call my sister up and we spend all day in the city,usually with me picking up the times I just like to curl up in my chair and read a good book.

A good stiff drink might help too. :)


Mari said...

I like to read tabloid magazines. I don't know why but this works! If I am having a bad day reading other people's troubles, for some inexplicable reason, makes me feel better. I know I am evil!
My friend works at a doctor's office and she she brings me home US Weekly, People, etc.

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

suzana said...

Music works for me. Choices depend on the "case" of feeling bad. Some really loud “Meteora” (Linking Park) is usually enough to lift me (can’t help it- I just love them), but there’s also some good old 80’s music. I better stop here – subject is too inviting.
suzana dot c7 at gmail dot com

joder said...

I hope you start feeling better soon! I hate when I get in that rut too. To make myself happier I make cinnamon hot cocoa (no matter the temp outside) and it really relaxes me. I also watch episodes of Firefly. Nathan Fillion always bring a smile to my face.

Amy C said...

Mari, Mari, you ARE Evil! LOL :P

Hi Suzana, my 10 year old son LOVES Linkin Park!

I have really loved reading what you all do when you're feeling down. You've given me some ideas to maybe try for myself :).

Good luck to all of you. I only wish I had more than one bag to give away! You guys are all just awesome :).

CrystalGB said...

Hi Amy. I read a book or watch a comedy. It lifts my spirits every time.

Estella said...

I read a book!

Chris said...

Happy blogiversary! I can relate to feeling out of sorts. Walking or biking usually helps me - but unfortunately, I've been feeling so out of sorts that I can't get motivated to do either.

ikkinlala said...

I knit or listen to music.

Monroe Dawson said...

Hey turn that frown upside down missy! :o) I shop when I'm down...theres nothing like a new pair of shoes to put some pep in your step. And also one of my FAV things to do is get a glass of wine, your FAV book and paint your toenails! YES all at the same time! ;o) its ALWAYS works for me! Cheer up and hang in there we all get down at times! <3 HUUUGUS!

Cindy W said...

Hey Amy! I hope you are doing better, I know it feels good to vent, or sometimes cry even. or A good romantic comedy, and a super-pedicure! I hope to do the Lori Foster thing next year, but we shall see, give Ms. Welfonder hugs for me, she lives a few hours away and was a huge help in locating some of my family history!

jeanette8042 said...

To lift my mood I put on some music and read a good book. said...

i really love to win
i really need to lift my spirits. said...

o i call my granbaby and listen to her jabber and i play old music, in my ipod, to pretend to be back in the 80s LOL

Leontine said...

I am so not being original here but first of all I just wanted to say that I hope you'll feel better soon Amy *hugs*!! I truly hate those downers, it can last from moments, to hours, to days and the longest I had...9 days.

What do I do in that state of mind?? I become an utter cavewoman. Usually I'm pretty outgoing, always laughing, always in for a phone conversation and girl talk but when I’m in cave woman mode chocolate is an extension of my hand, I'm accompanied by a hunk fest of Hugh Jackman, Julian McMahon, Heath Ledger and so on (I just realize the hunks are very Australian orientated LOL) I have cleared my social agenda and my ass is firmly planted on the couch with books and dvd's nearby.

And if that doesn't work...retail therapy, cliché? Hell yeah, but sooooo affective :D


Renee said...

Such an awesome giveaway!

Usually, a walk around a bookstore or two, with a coffee drink break will cheer me up.

Pedicures work great for me, too.

I mess up manicures so fast, they stress me out, but pedis last a long time, and make me smile when I look at my pretty toes. It's well worth the $15 and hour investment.

Hope things get better soon! ((Amy))

Amy C said...

I'm sorry I stopped commenting to each reply! I had no idea there would be so many. Thank you all again so much for sharing. I have loved reading each of your comments!

I have to agree with Renee, I would mess up a manicure too. I never have polish on my fingernails. They feel heavy and I pick at it when I do. But a pedicure...hmmm...

And yes, coffee!! I like to call my mom up and we go to Tim Horton's for coffee and to chit chat. Even if I'm not talking about what is bothering me, it's nice because we always end up talking about this or that book! Thank goodness we read the same books :).

Anonymous said...

I just go shoping for books or makeup (a makeover always makes for a good day), or lock myself in my bedroom with a cup of tea & a good book.

angelshimmery said...

A hot bubble bath with lovely aromatherapy oils in a burner, lots of candles, a bottle of wine and a good book. The best way to lift the spirits.
Oh yeah and preferably an empty house so you don't get disturbed

gaby317 said...

I wish that I was the type to exercise or go for a walk, and i used to be - but lately I've become more the type to have a bite or so of chocolate! And usually open up a good book

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

Sara said...

If I'm in a bad mood, I pick up one of my favorite books. If I'm in a really bad mood, I blare music while doing so.