The Holiday Gift Guide! Gleam Widget! Starbucks Giveaway!

I have been getting emails for months from sponsors wanting to be on the blog for the holidays. I can not believe that it is finally here!

November and December will be all about gifts, goodies and giveaways!

Holiday Sponsors


Soufeel Jewelry


Eli’s Cheesecake

Green City Living




Boom Boom Prints


Life is Good


FitBit from AT&T

I wonder what else will come up?!


When I enter giveaways, I love Gleam. There are reasons I like Rafflecopter which is why I continue to use it, but today I wanted to test out what we think of Gleam. Let me know!

***Edited to Add: I have 3 giveaways up with Gleam, but will have no more. Learned they will not show me your individual entries so I can see who entered, edit mistakes made by you, etc. ***


Tell me how excited you are about the holidays!

WIN $5 Starbucks! 2 Winners!

(Sign up for Starbucks Card¬†& they’ll send you an e-mail for a free drink and me bonus stars. Be sure to opt in for e-mail so you can receive it ūüėČ


The giveaway will end on Nov. 13, 2015 at midnight MT. Winners will be drawn via widget. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and they will have 24 hours to reply before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to anyone in WW and you must be 18 years of age or older. Giveaway not affiliated with Facebook & I release them of liability. Winner will be posted in the widget.


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  • I am starting to love Gleam because it's pretty much one click for most of the entries so I don't have to waste time copy and pasting and typing things out. Rafflecopter takes a little less time to load but you have to constantly enter all your information in it, over and over again. UGH! Love Gleam.
  • I work in retail, so it is hard for me to get excited about the holidays. I used to love Rafflecopter, but now that it doesn't save your info (like if you follow someone on twitter) it really annoys me. I don't care for Gleam, but at least it is easy - one click and that's it!
  • I did enjoy that giveaway widget! The only trouble I had was I went to FB and it keeps saying "no thanks" as my only option - I have to actually close OUT of that entry then click it again for it to say it registered my visit. I wish it would verify while I'm on the entry screen but I guess as long as I know that now it's okay! :) Pretty cool that it tweets for you without a pop up
  • I am super excited for the holidays this year! I really am loving gleam.It's super simple to use! Those are some incredible sponsors! I can't wait to see what you have in store for us this holiday season!
  • I really like Gleam better. Just a lot easier to use. Yes! The holidays are coming to fast for me!! Need more time to try and save money. ;(
  • I just can't believe that the holidays are here already!! I get excited for the grandkids - seeing their faces light up!! I LOVE getting together with family & friends!! I LOVE GLEAM!! I am disabled & cannot work my hands right to do all the copy & pasting - GLEAM IS A DREAM!! ONE CLICK & it even tells me when I can tweet again, etc. THANKS!!
  • I love Gleam compared o Rafflecopter. You click & it's done. It's quicker and less frustrating. There have been times when an entry on rafflecopter has closed so quick that my info is incomplete and I can't do anything about it except lose that entry. I like uncomplicated and that's Gleam. Carol L
  • I like either Gleam or Rafflecopter. Which ever is best for you. I love Starbucks and perfect for the winter months coming.
  • I love the Christmas season. I was so excited to go into a home depot and see all the cool things out. The Gleam is much nicer than the other, however I really like giveawaytools even better.
  • Holidays? I'm still trying to get over the time change. I prefer Gleam over Rafflecopter. It is easier for me to use and to be sure my entries really go through.
  • Time goes by too quickly! I am excited for Christmas! I do like Gleam much more than Rafflecopter! Thank you for the chance to win!
  • The only thing I don't like about Gleam forms are when you click on an option it automatically makes you follow what you clicked on. You have to hover over it and click to see if you already follow or want to follow. It takes some getting used to but it never fails I click on something I didn't want to and can't undo it. I'm not really ready for the Holidays yet, maybe I'll get into the mood when it gets a little colder outside.
  • yes, I'm super excited about the Holiday this year b/c I'm going to the Biltmore House in mid Dec. to see the lights and lovely decorations! I prefer Gleam but either widget is fine.
  • So sad. I amputting my beautiful garden to sleep for the winter. I love the holidays but time goes too fast!
  • I can't believe the holidays are coming already! I like both rafflecopter and Gleam. No real prefereance Thank you!
  • I much prefer rafflecopter. Gleam doesn't work for me half of the time. Not sure, but maybe it is more for people who have smart phones and tablets ? I don't know, but it doesn't work as well as rafflecopter on my computer.
  • I can't believe it! It always go by so fast! For your giveaways, I think I prefer Gleam. It's easier to fill them out and do the entries! I don't like Gleam when there are a bunch of twitter entries because then I have to click on each one to see if I follow before clicking the entry. I'm already almost at my following limit and I don't want to start following someone I have no desire to just for 1 entry!
  • Christmas seems to come earlier every year. Lol! I hate rafflecopters, so Gleam is way better. Giveaway Tools is a good one to. Thank you for the chance :)
  • It seems that the Moment Halloweenis over, everything is Christmas! I love the holidays, but they start too soon. I like the Gleem widget better than Rafflecopter. SO much easier to use.
  • Yes....the holidays are here. Every year it feels as though there is never enough time in-between holidays to prepare for the next. I like Rafflecopter best.
  • I need to start Christmas shopping! I like both Rafflecopter and Gleam, but I agree that on Gleam you have to be careful where you click or you start following too many people at once.
  • OMG #TEAMGLEAM!!!! Gleam is so much easier than Rafflecopter, especially to do daily entries on my phone! And NOOOOOOOOOOOO I can't believe the holidays are here, where did 2015 go!?!
  • I can't believe how fast this year has gone by, but I don't mind! This time of year is my favorite. I love the holidays! And I LOVE Gleam as opposed to Rafflecopter! But either way, I love your giveaways and truly appreciate how easy you make it to enter them. Sometimes entering giveaways on other blogs is tiresome...go here, go there, comment here, comment there, share this, follow here, etc. Thank you! :)
  • Gleam vs Rafflecopter vs GT. I like GT tools a bit better than Gleam, that puts RC in 3rd place. Thanks for the contest.
  • As with! lol. It seems like one nonstop ride from my son's birthday to Thanksgiving to Christmas.
  • The holidays are coming much too fast. Holiday ads in the 11/1 Sunday paper...really? Let's celebrate THANKSGIVING! Gleam is better than Rafflecopter.
  • I love Gleam and it is much easier. I am kind of glad that the cooler weather is here but the holidays can be a bit hectic.
  • oh my goodness! I am soooo excited for Christmas coming. All the food, family and friends gathering around having a great time, Im so blessed to have so many around me this holiday season.
  • I am VERY excited for the holidays!! And very excited for the new Holiday Starbucks Drinks haha. To answer your question, I personally prefer Rafflecopter. I found a lot of *odd* type rules as to entrants when it comes to Gleam.
  • I like both - but prefer this one the most - and excited for the holidays we get to spend it with our youngest son
  • I love the holidays and look forward to them! I think gleam is slightly quicker to use, but I am happy to use either.
  • I am so excited for the Holidays! I love the music and the movies and the thrill in my kiddo's when they talk about their Holiday wishes! I like Gleam!
  • i'm excited for the holidays. we got a new tree, and i have been shopping all year long when i would see things, so i have a good head start
  • I am very excited about the holidays. It is the one time my family is all together without the electronical devices and we are all together.
  • I'm excited about Thanksgiving, but I think it's way too early for everyone to be hyped up about Christmas.
  • I'm very excited about the holidays. I love drinking apple cider, getting together with family and all the yummy food.
  • No it seems the Holidays come faster every year I get older! But we are always excited to spend time with family and all the hustle and bustle to get ready for it all.
  • I am always in a happy mood when the holidays come around. I feel joy! I feel possibilities! I love to bake and fill the house with yummy smells.
  • The holidays are just around the corner, and I have to admit, I am definitely not ready. Lots of shopping to be done.
  • I am so excited the holidays are here, especially since I'm due with our first child on January 1st! This years holiday season will be extra special!
  • Thanks for sharing. I like Gleam because it's easy for me, and at least on my part doesn't appear to have the load of errors that rafflecopter has. Rafflecopter has been especially funky lately , not remembering entries and not saving my entries. Have you tried giveaway tools? That might be easier.
  • The older I get the faster the years go by so it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating christmas last year
  • I can' believe how quickly the holidays are coming up! I did a little online shopping today for my daughter's Christmas gift.
  • I can't believe the holidays are here! I am expecting a baby girl in January right after the holidays, so it's getting so soon!
  • It's hard to believe that we're less than two months away from the end of the year, but I am very excited for Christmas and New Years! I love spending the holidays with my family.

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