Monday, September 27, 2010

A GIVEAWAY TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL THANK-YOU DAY!

Today, I'm celebrating National Thank-You Day! What a great time to stop and recognize small acts of kindness. There are many reasons to write a thank-you note. Acknowledging a kind deed or gift are just a couple of reasons. Writing a thank-you note shows that you are grateful for the act of kindness shown to you. You are repaying kindness.

To be perfectly proper, thank-you notes should be written on 'monogrammed notes' or 'correspondence cards.' Monogrammed notes are good-quality folded notepaper, white or ivory, and include a monogram (or name) on the front. Correspondence cards, which have no fold, are made from three-ply stock, white or ivory, and measure 6 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches. Your name is printed across the top. Here are just a few of the pieces of my thank-you stationery wardrobe...

Monogrammed Notes...Begin writing on page 3 of the foldover card.
Monogrammed Notes...Begin writing on page 3 of the foldover card.


Correspondence Card...Begin writing on page 1.

Please do not e-mail your thank-you note--that is an etiquette faux pas! Begin your note by telling the person how thoughtful they are and how they always find the perfect gift for you. Mention the gift and how you will use it. Close by thanking them again.

Small children should be taught that presents are given to them as acts of kindness. If you want your child to be thoughtful and courteous, you must train them to send thank-you notes.

Failure to write a thank-you note is an etiquette faux pas and it will be remembered. It is never wrong or too late to send that thank-you note!

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
~William Arthur Ward

THE GIVEAWAY:

I am very thankful to all my followers and readers and I want to say thank-you by offering this giveaway...full of some of my favorite Paula Deen products.

Here's what the giveaway incudes:

The Paula Deen "Hey Y'all" apron...just like the one I wear!
A bunch of Paula Deen products...all my favorites!
All these products are from Miss Paula's collection...BBQ Snack Mix, Cake Mix, Cookie Mix, Cookie Tin, Gift Tags (2), Spatulas (2), Egg Whisk, Cupcake Cups

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix, Blueberry Muffin Mix, Bread Loaf Liners, Rooster-Motif Measuring Cups, Rooster Motif-Measuring Spoons, Recipe Cards, "The Lady & Sons--Just Desserts" book, latest editions of "Cooking With Paula Deen" magazines, and a Coupon Holder.

All the Paula Deen goodies will be stuffed insided this darling Paula Deen Market Tote!
HERE ARE THE GIVEAWAY RULES:

~For one entry please leave a comment
~For 2 entries, let me know that you are a follower of my blog
~For 3 entries, let me know if you are a new follower of my blog
~For 4 entries, let me know if you shared about this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, your Blog, at your Church...wherever!!!

The giveaway will close Thursday, September 30th at midnight and I will announce the winner on Friday, September 1st! (Edited: that should read Friday, October 1st!)Good luck to y'all!

134 comments:

suburban prep said...

I am known in my family as having a thank you not out almost as soon as I have received a gift or been the recipient of a kind gesture.

suburban prep said...

I am a follower of your blog.

malloryann said...

I am a follower so count me in for 2... I love Paula Dean

Sweet Carolina Girl said...

I am a follower! I love the giveaway, i am huge Paula Deen fan! :) I am also blogging about your giveaway on my page!

The Reluctant Belle said...

Hi Miss Janice. In honor of Thank You Day, thank you for this give away and for teaching this former Yankee the ways of the South. :) So fun!

You've been on my Google reader for awhile now, but I've officially followed you on twitter and your blog as of today. I'm also going to tweet about you right now. So.. that's 4 for me? How's that for brown nosing? :)

Vanessa said...

I'm a reader/follower! Love Paula Dean-anyone who cooks with that much butter is my hero!

Quinn said...

I love following your blog in NC!!! I often send links to my mom to check out your daily posts! Also, have sent your link to many of my friends! Would love the Paula Deen giveway!

living with grace said...

Miss Janice,

I am a regular follower and I just told my sister, who spent 10 years in Columbia, SC, that she absolutely must visit your blog. We are both Midwesterners with strong Southern sympathies. Our last girls trip with our daughters was to Charleston. Please keep promoting this gracious way of life!

Southern Lilly Lover said...

I am a follower and an avid thank you note writer!
After our wedding, we wrote the notes within the week; people were so impressed at how quickly we got them out!

2 entries for me please!

Stephanie P. said...

What a fantastic giveaway! Count me in- I'm a follower & I just tweeted about it. :)

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Miss Janice,
I do follow your blog and love what I learn from your posts.
I will tack this giveaway on my post today.
Love Paula and all her products. The apron is toooooo cute!
Thank you notes are something I practice but it seems it is a dying art.

E. said...

Oh I would love to win this one! (and THANK YOU for the contest! =) )

E. said...

And for entry #2, I follow your blog in Google Reader.

E. said...

And I just tweeted a link. (Let me know if you want a link to the tweet; my twitter handle is different than this.)

Lexilooo said...

What a lovely giveaway! I always send thank yous, I think it is so important!

Lexilooo said...

I am also a follower of your blog.

Lexilooo said...

I also tweeted the giveaway!


Miss Janice has an amazing giveaway! lots to be thankful for! http://tinyurl.com/2d48gqs @SocialGraces101
3 minutes ago via web

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Did I do a good job with the note I sent you for the GRITS giveaway?

What are your thoughts on writing on page 4?

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Of course I'm a follower & I love Paula Deen.

augustvows said...

Thank you for this reminder that I owe a couple of thank-you notes! They'll be on their way TODAY to the UK.

augustvows said...

Oh, I meant to say that I am a follower of your blog. I love Paula Deen as well – I have one of her saucepans and it's my favourite!

Sarah Beth - Dixie Gator Gal said...

What a generous giveaway. Thank you for hosting this. I am a loyal follower. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Polish and Pearls said...

Love Paula Deen's recipes!

Polish and Pearls said...

I am a follower of your blog!

Polish and Pearls said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog as well, Miss Janice!

High Heeled Life said...

What a thoughtful and generous giveaway you are hosting Miss Janice.

This will certainly inspire some cooking and the apron is so sweet!!! HHL

High Heeled Life said...

Of course I am a follower ... I have learned so much from your wonderful posts. And especialy love when you post your what you wore... HHL

High Heeled Life said...

I have posted your giveaway on my side bar along with link back to your post!!! HHL

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Such a fun giveaway! Lately I have been trying to write thank you notes for actions too. I am on several committees and I think it's so important to thank people for their hard work and their positive attitudes. It then really encourages people to keep up the great work and let them know I appreciate them.

I am a long time follower too!

Hillcrest Acres said...

Such a fabulous giveaway!! Growing up, my Mother was a stickler for thank you notes. We always had them in the mail almost immediately after receiving a gift. We were not allowed to use a gift until the thank you was in the mail.

I'm a follower of your fabulous blog.

I posted about this giveaway on teh sidebar of my blog.

Yippee...that gives me seven entires.

Lisa said...

Miss Janice,
Thank you for the thank you how-to's. Gratitude is indeed a virtue and luckily one that can be both learned and taught. You are so good at keeping us all in line here in Blogland.:)
The giveaway is wonderful and I would be so thrilled to win! You must know I am a devoted follower.

KellyHandly said...

Thank you notes are so important, I learned very young to always send one no more than 3 days after receiving a gift!

KellyHandly said...

I am a follower of your blog!!

theaikenite said...

I am a follower and I shared this post on my FB...count me in for three!

Hattie said...

Thank you, Miss Janice,
That is a generous giveaway. Please enter me. I am a follower. I love all Paula Deen products.

Teri said...

Hi Miss Janice. I am a follower of your blog and appreciate learning about social graces. I wish we had something here in Utah to help teach our children politeness. I think many parents lack in teaching these skills to their children. I also linked you to my Facebook. Have a wonderful day and Thank You!

Steph said...

Fun stuff!
I am a follower too!
I can't believe the people that are out there that think thank you notes are not important! We never receive a thank you from husband's sister's boys and it really gets me going!
Thank YOu for hosting a giveaway!

Marie Francesca said...

Dear Miss Janice
THANK YOU for thinking of such a fun gift idea. You're so sweet!
I've been a follower since the beginning, and have recommended your blog to my adult daughters and the feminine ways yahoo group I belong to.
Just wanted to let you know how much you're appreciated!

hellosarah said...

this is the best giveaway i've seen on any blog in a while! love paula deen :)

Tina said...

What a fun give-away - A follower!

spifftiff88 said...

Thank you! I love Paula and these prizes look so great. I am a follower, a NEW follower :)

Tiffanie

Meredith said...

I love Paula Deen!

I am a follower.

I am a new follower.

I posed to me twitter account!

North of 25A said...

What a fun and thoughtful giveaway - thank you! I am a follower and I love Paula Dean.
Best regards,
Colleen

Jennifer said...

What a great giveaway!!!! Happy fall!

Jennifer said...

I'm a happy follower!

Paula said...

I love your blog and am a follower. Paula Dean is one of my favorites!

Kimberlys Bazaar said...

This is a wonderful giveaway and I am a follower!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Miss Janice,

My mother impressed upon me the importance of sending Thank You notes. I am trying to teach the same to my DIL who was not taught proper etiquette.

What a generous Paula Deen giveaway you are hosting! Love that apron!

I am a happy follower!

I Tweeted: http://twitter.com/FlourChild2006/status/25721478110

Thank you for the many opportunities to enter your giveaway!

~ Tracy

Miss Sweet Tea said...

I love Paula Deen (and her sons!) and this giveaway is fabulous!

I'm also a follower of your blog and I posted about the giveaway on my blog:

http://sweetteadiaries.blogspot.com/p/current-giveaways.html

Thank you very much for this fun giveaway, Miss Janice!

Belle said...

What a fun giveaway!

Belle said...

I'm a follower!

Leanne Helums said...

Love it! What a great give away.

I am a follower

I will blog about your gift.

Leanne Helums said...

What a wonderful give away. I am a follower and I am blogging about this.

Monograms and Margaritas said...

I just finished reading Paula Deen's memoir this morning (It Ain't All About the Cooking) and I didn't think it was possible for me to like her more than I already did, but lo' and behold, I do! And her line is just too cute! I am a new follower to your blog (and I added you to my "Blogs I Love" sidebar) and I included your contest in today's post. That's four entries for me! Thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful giveaway!

Cheryl said...

Paul Deen is the queen of cook. I could watch her shows all day. I would really be grateful to win such a wonderful array of her products.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter my name.

Cheryl said...

I am a follower via Google Friends Connect.

Musings of a newlywed said...

This is the best giveaway I've ever seen! Thanks for the opportunity.

For thank you notes, my husband and I did our thank you notes for wedding gifts on the plane ride to our honeymoon. I knew it would drive me crazy the whole time if we didn't!

-Sue
sassyandcynical@gmail.com

Musings of a newlywed said...

I also follow your blog (and love it!)

-Sue
sassyandcynical@gmail.com

Musings of a newlywed said...

I tweeted!

-Sue
sassyandcynical@gmail.com

Cheryl said...

I am a new follower to your blog.

Cheryl said...

I tweeted this giveaway.

http://twitter.com/HeartnSoulmom/status/25728319244

Whitney said...

I love your blog! Thanks for the great giveaway!

jeanie said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I received a thank you note from my young nephew the other day--I had to say YEAH, my sister-in-law is raising that boy right!!! It's a huge pet peave of mine when I've tried hard to choose a gift I think someone will enjoy and not get a thank you not.

I love your blog and have followed it for some time now.

Tammy B said...

I always write my thank you notes. My sister is training her boys to write theirs. I love Paula Deen. I'm a follower, and I've posted this giveaway on my blog.

The Doxie Diaries said...

What a wonderful giveaway!! I am a devout follower of your blog/twitter. I have also tweeted about your giveaway on Twitter. Please enter me into your contest. Thank you so much!

Laura said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I started following your blog a few months ago after looking for information about manners and etiquette. My mother reminds my mother of Paula!

Beaufort Belle said...

This is the best giveaway I have seen in a while. I too am a huge Paula Deen fan. I have yet to order any of the products you have shown but have almost every book and every magazine through last year including her special issues.

As I am sure you know, I am a long time follower of your blog and I tweeted about the giveaway. I also spread the news on a privateonline community I am in.

Falchas said...

It's always worth reminding people to write thank you notes!! Cute giveaway.

Calming Scents said...

I'm out blog visiting as I do every so often and found my way here, I will be a new follower of your blog and I will post this on my blog. What a great giveway...everything I have of Paula Deen's so far I love!

I'm off to visit more of your blog. Ohh P.S. I'm Dawn from Wisconsin.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh, I so want to win!! I love Paula's items....and I went to her restaurant once...so fun!!

vince said...

i enjoy your blog so much, it is so much fun to see
all the love you put in everything you do. Can't wait
to have you come visit me at First Fruit Collection.
You know I am a follower and I will surely share with
my blog friends. You are the best.

Gert said...

Love your blog..your are so gifted!!

I am a follower and would love to be entered into this giveaway!

Blessings...
xoxo Gert

Lori said...

Ya'll, what a wonderful gift. I follow Miss Janice, Ya'll. And ya'll I would pay the shipping if I win!

living well said...

What a fab giveaway! So many goodies!

living well said...

I'm a follower! :)

jilly said...

I probably send at least three thank you's a week! Love that! I am a follower and I tweeted!

jilly said...

Oh and a follower!

Jennifer said...

As Shirley temple said in her movies,"Oh my goodness"!! I love paula deen!! What a nice giveaway!!

I also follow your blog

I am a New Follower of your blog

I blogged about it
http://thecrazycouponwoman.blogspot.com/2010/09/i-want-this-sooo-bad.html

tanya904 said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway I would be thrilled to win because I LOVE Paula!!
tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

tanya904 said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway I would be thrilled to win because I LOVE Paula!!
tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

tanya904 said...

I am a new follower of your blog

tanya904 said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/starryeyed24/status/25759212753

kbell23 said...

Oh how I do so agree with you Miss Janice! I just love, love, love a sincere Thank You card! I keep most of my hand written correspondences, they make me smile. I am a follower of course, two entries please.

Thank You So Very Much,
Mrs. Kindergarten

Kathleen said...

Dear Miss Janice,
I am one of your loyal followers and love Paula Deen, but, in honor of Nationial Thank-You Day, I would like to give my entry to Miss Paige at Monagrams and Margaritas. She has been so generous and she just loves Miss Paula. I know she would love these things for her new apartment.
Thank you!
Warmly, Kathleen

Mer said...

twitter follower @MeredithRae
thanks for the opportunity!

meredith dot targarona at gmail dot com

Farrah said...

What a wonderful prize! Thank you, Miss Janice! Getting boys to write thank you notes isn't easy, but mine do!

kelliwilcox said...

Your blog is delightful.

Nessie said...

Miss Janice,

I am quite new to your blog, but I am reading it now every day. I liked especially your posting about Thank You Notes. I tought my children from early years on that it is a MUST to thank people for their generousity and always explained to them how happy they are if someone acknoledges their efforts I would never send an email for a THANK YOU. That is completely out of question. I love your GIVEAWAY und would be so happy if you would through my name in the hat as well. Thank you,
Nessie

Brittany said...

LOVE the giveaway! My Mom could be Paula's twin (minus the gray hair). All my friends swear it. Love the blog and I'm tweeting about your giveaway too. xoxo
BrittanyFab

DisneyCosmo said...

I sent a baby shower gift to one of my husband's coworkers and got a thank you on Facebook. Yes, I almost fell over.

MntJulep said...

Love your blog AND Paula Deen! I am a new follower and retweeted on Twitter!

MntJulep said...

Love your blog AND Paula Deen! I am a new follower and will be spreading the news on twitter!

AngelaV said...

I love Paula Deen! And yes, I am a follower.

All Things Cherish said...

Goodness that is a lot of loot! Great giveaway. I'm a follower and tweeted about the giveaway.

Wehaf said...

What a generous giveaway! Thank you in advance (even though I am thanking you electronically).

urchiken at gmail dot com

cindy said...

I am a follower of your blog. You are the best Miss Janice. My brother, Michael is a big fan of Paula Deen (and me too, but he has me beat). Cindy in SW Florida.

kellyj said...

I am a new follower thanks to a preppy friend of mine. I am enjoying your blog very much. I guess I should receive 3 entries! Have a nice evening.

SolDucky said...

How fun! I love Paula's food.

SolDucky said...

I am a new follower 1

SolDucky said...

I am a new follower 2

SouthernBelle said...

Miss Janice,
First, I just love your blog. I have been enjoying it for over a year now. Secondly, this giveaway is just too perfect. Both my mother and mother-in-law are huge Paula Deen fans. With that being said if I won this package I would have to split it amongst them.
I have been meaning to ask you is the picture of you standing next to a cardboard Paula Deen in Tunica? If so I have a picture with my mother and mother-in-law standing next to the same cardboard Paula.

P.S. They opend a new restaurant in Cherokee if you are ever interested in coming up to it my wonderful mother-in-law owns a tea room about two hours away from it.

Anita K. said...

I think thank you notes or letters of any kind will be a lost art.

I am a follower of your blog.

flip flops and pearls said...

OMGoodness!!! What an awesome giveaway!!

I had the privilege of meeting the Deen Bros and talk about Southern Gentlemen!!

flip flops and pearls said...

I am a follower of your blog:)

flip flops and pearls said...

I am putting this giveaway on my sidebar:)

XO

Melissa said...

I am a follower and a new one at that!

Fashion Meets Food said...

I follower your blog and love it! This is such a fabulous giveaway!!! I love that apron!

xo

Angie H. said...

Oh pick me please.... I love all the stuff and your site.... and my birthday is next week... what a gift that would be... :)

Grand Occasions said...

Hi Miss Janice!
I've been MIA for quite some time now, well.........not really MIA in general, just in the blogging world. I've been very active in other arenas which is why I haven't stopped to visit for awhile, but I can see the light at the end of my 2010 tunnel and hope to stop by to visit more often once I make it to the end. Yes, I am a follower of your blog and love stopping by for a bit of inspiration when I can. I just received my new issue of Paula Deen Magazine this week and hope to find enough time to try something new from it's pages. Of course I love our fellow Southern Belle, Paula and would love to be the winner of the bag of Paula goodies. Well, I'd better get back to work so the train doesn't run me over before I get out of the tunnel. Hope to stop by again soon.

Angie H. said...

I am a follower...
all the way from Soso, MS :)

Argyle and Alligators said...

What a fun blog! I am a new follower & am having so much fun reading your posts. I just ordered monogrammed correspondence cards, and can't wait to use them!

Jenny said...

I'm a HUGE Paula Dean fan! I'm a follower and a new one at that!

Guess that gives me 3 entries?

Thank you for offering up this AMAZING giveaway!

White Gloves said...

This post is terrific! Although I am not an official "follower" of your blog (I haven't signed up, yet), I do follow it religiously. Would you give me your always tasteful opinion, please? I need your advice on monograms. My last name is hyphenated but I also have a middle name I adore. As a wedding gift a dear friend gave me gorgous monogramed stationery using the initials of my first, middle, and married last name (not in that order of course). It is now time for me to reorder and wondered if it would be proper to use the initial of my madien last name? I like it both ways, but fear that if I change my stationery now, people may think that I am no longer married. Sorry for the length of this comment.

9405018--Pat said...

Great post today...thanks for sharing...Pat H

9405018--Pat said...

I am a follower of your blog....Pat H

Virginia Belle said...

Great giveaway! I love all things Paula! I'm also a new follower!

HMB said...

I'm a follower. What a great giveaway!

Miss Janice said...

Dear Disney Cosmo,
That is just ridiculous! Lord have mercy!

Miss Janice said...

Dear Southern Belle,
Yes, the photo of Paula Deen and me is cardboard, taken at the Paula Deen buffet in Tunica, Mississippi!

Miss Janice said...

Dear White Gloves,
I would use the monogram of your first name initial, last married name initial, and middle name initial...in that order.

Anita said...

Hi Miss Janice, I am a follower and love your blog, being a born and raised southern gal, I would love to win your Paula Deen give away, please enter me!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Thank you Miss Janice -- for offering this lovely giveaway! I'm a faithful follower and would love to place my name in the hat for this. Miss Janice AND Paula Deen -- what a delightful combo!

Elisabeth said...

i'm a new follower. =) i've read your blog for a while, coming by every so often. but now i'll get your posts as they go up. love your "what i'm wearing" posts! thank you for the opportunity to win.

Bink said...

I'm a NEW follower! & I'm tweeting about it!

(@wickedsweettea)

Michelle said...

Miss Janice, I LOVE following your blog but I'm not a new follower. Thank you for reminding me about thanking people properly! A good lesson to be reminded about.

White Gloves said...

Thank you Miss Janice! I will certainly follow your advice and order my stationery with my monogram with the initials you suggested. It's so nice having an expert on hand to help me with such choices. Thank you, again.

meeyeehere said...

HUGE fan of Paula!!!We share a love of butter and chocolate!!HA!!
Please count me in!! You are TOO sweet to be doing this!
Well, I just think you are a real DOLL!!
Thank you so much and have a beautiful week
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

meeyeehere said...

I am a follower
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

meeyeehere said...

I am a new follower
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

meeyeehere said...

http://twitter.com/#!/meeyeehere/status/26018112894
I tweeted and now I am gonna go email a few folks and send them your way. Thank you for this chance
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

Lena said...

What a great givaway, I would love to win anything Paula Deen, and I am a follower. Lena
lenatemplin@yahoo.com

Sharon said...

Hmm ...I hope I make this posting in under the deadline ...it's 11:40 here in South Louisiana. I just love Paula Dean ...what a wonderful giveaway!

Sharon said...

I am your newest follower! Thank you for the entry!

Ruth said...

My father would love all that stuff.