Monday, October 19, 2009

Initial Request Review and *Giveaway* - Ends Nov 3 - ENDED

WINNER: Dolphin Girl said...

I would give the other bag to my sister. I think she would love it and I am exchanging gifts with her this Christmas in our family exchange.

October 24, 2009 7:46 PM




I never knew I liked monogrammed things until I won a giveaway sponsored by Initial Request. I've never owned anything monogrammed-- I barely knew what it was aside from super expensive towels. Soon I found myself the proud owner of a monogrammed, trendy tote bag! There were my colors:

Perfect Giraffe Tote - Green

My name was delicately sprawled in monogrammed cursive in the catchy lime green. The bag arrived at my door smelling SO good-- like new car smell or just cleaned carpets-- and now I want to tell you all about Initial Request!

Initial Request
brings you a fantastic selection of
monogrammed and personalized gifts, accessories, stationary, home decor and more!

I was thrown into the world of monogrammed sweetness and let me tell you, it brightens up any gift. Just take a peek at what Tanja, owner and Mom of Inital Request, designs:


Fleece Blankets by mint - Hot Pink Zebra $18.00

Tumbler - Giraffe Print

Tumbler - Giraffe Print $16.00


Butterfly - 18943

Butterfly Plate $25.00

Tanja is a beautiful artist, Mom, and business owner! I asked her about her biggest joys and challenges of running a small business:
Whew! Well, I run my operation out of my home...I have
a great shop attached to my garage. LOVE LOVE LOVE working out of my home. I
can run the machines in the middle of the night in my jammies if need be! I
walk to work which saves on gas ...LOL! and I have low overhead! BUT working
from the house also inspires local customers to show up at all hours of the
day or night any day of the week. My biggest challenge is learning to say
"no" or " It's Saturday night...I'm closed." My operation has grown so much
over the past 5 years. I'm amazed and grateful everyday! We work hard to
produce a quality website, provide trendy monograms and gifts and provide a
quick turn around for a truly unique and personal gift giving experience
without having to wait 3 weeks for delivery!
I also asked her to list the five items from her shop she can't live without:
1. Spa Wraps by mint (tm). Minky soft and easy launder! Come in a variety of sizes and prints. Mommy daughter combinations are great for holiday!
Women's Large Spa Wrap Chocolate Giraffe

Women's Large Spa Wrap Chocolate Giraffe $38.00

2. Christmas Frill Aprons for the holiday hostess. So trendy with a monogram! These are also available in zebra, giraffe and leopard prints for the animal in you! Solid color aprons are also available!

Christmas Frill Apron

Christmas Frill Apron $30.00

3. Fleece blankets by mint(tm) are a huge hit with children, tweens and college kids! Personalize it for the special gift recipient in your life!

4. Children's waffle weave robes! These are expected to be in within the week. Just like the adult version but for the kidlettes! These make great gifts and are perfect from season to season! 5. NEW! Personalized melamine dinnerware. Check out all of the exciting styles for children AND for your kitchen! Many color patterns to choose from...create your own unique dinnerware for your family! Great as a wedding gift, as well!
Buy It: Initial Request has many great bargains for personalized holiday gifts. You can pick the colors, fonts, and patterns on many of the items. Since you are going to buy Holiday gifts anyway-- why not buy Mom-made and personalized?

Giveaway Time! Tanja has a special giveaway for one of my readers!

One reader will win a large cosmetic case for herself... AND another for a friend! That's TWO cosmetic cases that you can personalize any way you like! Perfect for the holiday season!

Large Waffle Weave cosmetic bags are 9" x 6" x 4". Perfect for travel and make wonderful gifts for family and friends. Choose a monogram and make your gift personal!

Large Waffle Weave Cosmo Bag - Hot PinkLarge Waffle Weave Cosmetic Bag - TangerineLarge Waffle Weave Cosmetic Bag - Lavendar

Mandatory Entry:
  1. To enter this giveaway, check out Tanja's shop, Initial Request, and tell me what you would pick for yourself as a holiday present and why. You must include your email address if it is not in your Blogger profile.


Extra Entries:
  1. Tell me which friend you would give the 2nd cosmetic bag to and why.
  2. Sign up for the Initial Request newsletter. (will be verified)
  3. Follow my blog on Google Friend Connect
  4. Follow me on Twitter (@sweepstakesgirl)
  5. Tweet about the giveaway: "Initial Request giveaway - Win a cosmetic case for you AND a friend! @sweepstakesgirl http://ow.ly/vlp5" (Can be done once per day)
  6. Grab my button and add it to your blog. Tell me where to find it and give yourself 2 extra entries!
  7. Put a link and prize description to this giveaway on your Facebook, blog, or giveaway Mr Linky. One extra entry for each.
  8. Subscribe to my blog via feed or email.
This giveaway ends at midnight, November 3, 2009. A winner will be drawn using Random.org. This winner has 72 hours to respond to his/her winning email before a new winner is drawn.

97 comments:

Nyssa said...

i really like the "Fleece Blankets by mint(tm) - Chocolate Giraffe'

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Nyssa said...

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Nyssa said...

i tweeted

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Nyssa said...

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fa11enan9e1 (Alice) said...

I love the Child's Lime Dotted Apron

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fa11enan9e1 (Alice) said...

I would give the extra bag to my older sister cause she has way more make up than i do! lol.

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Dee@CWM said...

I would probaly buy get myself the monogrammed robe because I so need one.

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Dee@Cocktails With Mom said...

I would give my sister the other case just because.

Dee@CWM said...

I follow your blog

Kristen G. said...

I want the Black Polka fleece blanket. We race a lot and when you're sitting on top of the hauler during the race it gets pretty cold in the winter so this would be cute and keep me warm at the same time!

Nyssa said...

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YouthfulTips said...

I'd pick the black with pink polka dot wraparound. Thanks for the giveaway :)

YouthfulTips said...

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Nyssa said...

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~Shelley~ said...

I'd pick the Newport Chocolate Girrafe Tote..why..because I never buy myself anything...always for the kids! I'd love to have something just for me :)

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~Shelley~ said...

I'd give one to my friend Marcy, who introduced me to the world of couponing, freebies and giveaways!

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~Shelley~ said...

I follow!

~Shelley~ said...

I follow on Twitter!

@lovebnamommy

~Shelley~ said...

I subscribe by email!

~Shelley~ said...

I tweeted!

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Tanya said...

Of course as I look I see things for everyone else, lol. Ok, for me I would pick the Bella ribbon Lunch Tote Pink and Brown, I have never seen such a darling lunch tote!

Tanya said...

I would give the second bag to my daughter, she is 16 and just started wearing makeup

Tanya said...

signed up for Initial Request newsletter

Tanya said...

follow on Google Friend Connect

Tanya said...

already follow on twitter

Tanya said...

tweeted
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Dolphin Girl said...

I think the Newport Hot Pink Tote is so cute. I would love to have it.

Dolphin Girl said...

I would give the other bag to my sister. I think she would love it and I am exchanging gifts with her this Christmas in our family exchange.

little bird said...

i would want to get the waffle weave robe for myself, because I just moved to northern arizona and it snow's here!!! I need a robe when I get out of the tub. Burrr
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little bird said...

the second friend i would give it to would be my friend lucy because i know she is just like me and never buys anythings special for herself.

little bird said...

following your blog

little bird said...

following you on twitter @deefna

little bird said...

tweeted about giveaway @deefna

little bird said...

email subscriber

little bird said...

subscribed to initial request newsletter

AStarrA said...

I really like the Small Cosmo by mint - Pirates, so cute!!!
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AStarrA said...

I would actually give the second one to my young daughter, she loves little bag and such.
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AStarrA said...

Signed up for newsletter
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AStarrA said...

Follow on twitter
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AStarrA said...

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AStarrA said...

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AStarrA said...

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Carol said...

I'd choose a set of luggage tags in the blue/chocolate combination.

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Carol said...

I'd give the second bag to my sister who is so thoughtful.

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Carol said...

I subscribe by email.

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Carol said...

I follow on Friends Connect.

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Nyssa said...

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Kirsten said...

I would pick the Brown and Torquiose Hobo bag as a holiday gift for myself. Why because these Hobo bags are all the rage right now and I think it's time for this mama to get into some style!

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Kirsten said...

I'd give the cosmetic bag to my mom. She is the greatest person in the world and such an inspiration. Would be a great gift to brighten her day with.

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Kirsten said...

I follow your blog

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Kirsten said...

I follow you on twitter (creativity4life)

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Kirsten said...

I subscribe RSS feed

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Tanya said...

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Ashley Elaine said...

The fleece blankets are so cute.

Ashley Elaine said...

i would give the extra bag to my mom. She travels a lot and it would make a special "just because" gift.

AStarrA said...

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Tanya said...

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Nyssa said...

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Nyssa said...

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Tanya said...

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AStarrA said...

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Nyssa said...

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Tanya said...

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Anonymous said...

I would choose the "Polka Dot Waffle Weave Christmas Towel Set", because I would like to give myself something nice this Christmas and use it every year for Christmas.

Cheryl
barginmom(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

Anonymous said...

I would give the second bag to my mother in law. She travels alot and she could use this for her makeup.

Cheryl
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Anonymous said...

I just tweeted about the giveaway
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AStarrA said...

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Nyssa said...

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AStarrA said...

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Nyssa said...

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Tanya said...

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AStarrA said...

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Tanya said...

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Nyssa said...

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noreen said...

Fleece Blanket - Preppy Plaid, so pretty and warm to snuggle up on the couch

Tanya said...

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AStarrA said...

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Tanya said...

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MarionG said...

Hi I would love the purple waffle weave robe. That's my Xmas gift to myself because I need a new robe and I love purple.

MarionG said...

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mmc67 said...

I would chose the Fall Colored Aprons because it is perfect for BBQing

mmc67 said...

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mmc67 said...

forgot to say I would give the other bag to my daughter cuase the bottom of her purse is full with makeup and she can never find anything

mmc67 said...

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Tara said...

I loove the quilted giraffe diaperbag..

Tara said...

I would pick my mom Robyn to win with me!!!

Tara said...

I looove the quilted giraffe diaper bag!!!
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Tara said...

I would pick my mom Robyn to win with me cuz she totally deserves it!!!!
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