13 June 2011

a Vlog AND a giveaway!

So here we are. You (that's the collective you!) and me.

You're still here after 4 years and this 400th post? You're still reading? Wow!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!

And following in other's footsteps like Gail, Simone, Paisley Jade, WidgeLeonie and Jackie, I thought I'd step out of my comfort zone (eek!) and do things a little differently to celebrate.

Now what's the definition of a vlog? Does it have to be totally ad-lib cos if so I just COULDN'T do it? You can so tell I read out some of what's written below. Note the eyes moving across the page= real live vlog FAIL! But I had so much I wanted to say and I just knew I'd forget it all otherwise!

I'm just so much better at writing than I am at speaking - for some reason I  have this serious brain-to-mouth disconnect when I get in front of a live camera. So doing it this way was the only way you would have got anything more than a vacant stare and 'duuuuuuuuuuuh' out of me without having to do a  kazillion takes! So you can totally tell I'm reading at points but hey, it's the thought right?! Right people?!

So without further ado, here is MNM's 400th Post Vlog and Giveaway:







And if for any reason you can't listen to the Vlog here's the gist:

A year ago, I'd managed to write 200 posts in three years. So I'm not entirely sure how I managed to write another 200 in the space of just one year...I think right now there should be a flashing 'addict' sign over my head!

You know, I would still write even if it was just for me, and for the family. But meeting and making bloggy friends has taken this whole cyber creativity thing to a whole new level for me. I've discovered creativity I didn't know I had in me, and I am constantly inspired by the wonderful women who choose to share their own lives with me through their blogs.

I know for a fact I am more grateful, more thankful, and more in love with life as a result of this whole blogging journey. I have seen beauty in unexpected places that would previously have gone unnoticed. And the discovery of like-minded and talented individuals out there has broadened my horizons further and still further again. I'm hoping that makes it worth the wrist strain I've been getting from the constant typing on the laptop, and the little "tsk tsk" I get from hubby after yet another late night slinking into bed a little (or a lot) later than I intended.

So to celebrate, I'm hosting a little giveaway to give a little something back to you.

I'd like to give away a copy of this wonderful book that I've just reviewed on the blog 'Heaven is for Real'. Despite what you might personally believe about life after death, at the very least this book is incredibly engaging and I think anyone would enjoy it - it's an easy read. And at the very most, you might come away with a fresh revelation of what awaits those who believe in the other side.



This week I had the privilege of attending the Watoto Children's Choir: A Concert of Hope. To see the incredible smiles on the face of these children rescued from a place of sorrow, abandonment and pain was incredibly emotional. To see the joy, the hope and the futures these children have where before there was nothing but hopelessness is so inspiring. Before us stood future doctors, lawers, pilots, nurses and teachers, children with futures no longer wondering where their next meal will come from or fearing for their very lives.

The bracelet I'm giving away was made by a woman at the Living Hope Center which is also part of the Watoto Vision in Uganda.

Living Hope, which was initiated in early 2008, is a programme committed to transforming the lives of 2,000 women in Uganda. Left abandoned or widowed, the target group is HIV+ single women, returnees from abduction and teenage mothers.





And last but not least...a block of my favourite choccy bar: Cadbury Black Forest chocolate.



And since I'm an inclusive kind of gal - I will post anywhere in the world. China, Canada, the UK, Aussie or the USA - anyone can win! Although it might be economy mail overseas!

But....you gotta be comment to be in to win.

So................leave me a comment about what you enjoy most about the blog and if there's anything you'd like to know or see written about in future posts. I know, I know, a totally cheeky way for me to get feedback I know but hey..we bloggers are a creative bunch right?!

So that's about all I have for now. Thanks for Exploring Beauty with MNM's!

Knowing and getting to know each one of you makes me smile Every.Single.Day!

Note: the giveaway will be open for one week until Monday 20th June at 7pm and the winner announced on the blog. 


AND.........I'd hate for Blogger's little quirks to stop you entering the draw (the comment function on Blogger has been playing silly beggars lately depending on what browser you're using -  Google Chrome for example), so if you can't post directly onto the blog, send me an email instead to be in to win.


Good luck peeps!

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