Barefoot by the Sea: Wintering and a giveaway!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wintering and a giveaway!


Hun´ker down:to settle in at a location for an extended period
Each Winter, after the holidays have past, we tend to retreat and spend more time at home and more time inside.  It's a great way to save money and reconnect with the family.  It gets dark so early that we are almost forced to slow down and often times, it's just what the family needs.  We take the time to play plenty of games, work on art projects, snuggle and watch movies.  As I've said before, I'm often plagued by the "After Christmas Blues" but am trying to optimistically look towards this as a "Fresh Start" season.  

One, simple thing that we have started to do is Family Reading.  This is a quiet, special time when we get a nice warm cup of tea and reach for our favorite book.  The girls are really enjoying this and it's just a special way to do something independently - yet together.  A cup of tea and enjoying a good read - which just happens to be my Spring magazines and catalogs rolling in, is a welcome distraction to the foot of snow outside and the colder days.  We do love our snow but sometimes it is nice to get excited about Spring blooms and garden plans.  

I decided to share a few of my Winter Essentials with one lucky Barefoot by the Sea reader!  Simply leave me a comment below and let me know what your favorite Winter activity is, extra entries if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter!  You'll be entered to win a pack of goodies including one of my favorite magazines, tea and more! 
*******Giveaway is now closed!!!********

CONGRATS to #1, Tammy!  You are the winner!

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40 comments:

  1. Ooooh, looks like a good giveaway! I love the idea of family reading time. So sweet! Seems like all I'm reading lately are seed catalogs!

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    1. I love those seed catalogs though!

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    2. YAY! So happy that I won! Thanks so much!!!

      PS - Heather - I love seed catalogs, too!

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  2. Hope your little one is doing better. I was excited to receive a few books I'd ordered in the mail yesterday. I'm hunkering down as well for some good reads. Btw, wondering if you're using Rafflecopter as it doesn't seem to be working, didn't see any form coming up.

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  3. love winter hiking debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  4. fblikeu as debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  5. My family's favorite winter activity is ice skating. None of us are any good at it, but it is so much fun trying : )

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  6. My favorite winter activity is wishing for snow. I love to watch it snow, drink hot cocoa (or tea) and read a good magazine or bake some yummy bread. I live in Southern WA so we don't get a lot of snow here. But, we can always wish!
    amandajoyrauch at yahoo dot com

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  7. I follow you on facebook as amanda rauch
    amandajoyrauch at yahoo dot com

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  8. I follow you on twitter as @amandajoyrauch
    amandajoyrauch at yahoo dot com

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  9. My favorite winter activity is sitting by the fireplace reading I don't like the cold weather too much.
    Thank you!

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  10. I follow on facebook (Jackie Villano)
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

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  11. My favorite activity is hot tubbing or reading in the bathtub :)
    Follow GFC, Facebook and pinterest :)

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  12. I love to sit in my recliner with a cup of hot chocolate and read or watch a movie while watching the winter weather out the window.

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  13. I love to sit by the fire and read when we go to the mountains

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  15. My favorite activity year around is taking photographs of nature and of my kids. makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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  16. I like you on facebook: Megan McGowan Parsons
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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  17. I follow you on twitter: @mustangmeg6
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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  18. We do not have a ton of outside activity in the winter. We are wimps. :-) But we still manage to get outside and go for walks. Gotta get the little ones away from the TV.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. I'm following you on Twitter
    @TACorpsechick

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  20. I love to watch the snow fall on a quiet night, but by day I love to go for a hike and once upon a time I liked to snowboard.

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  21. I'm following you on facebook. (username april scott)

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  22. I'm following you on twitter. (username amkj2002)

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  24. Winter is a different season than most for me. I live in a hot beachy area! Depending on the temperature of our winter season will decide whether I can do a beautiful beach day, because it is finally cool enough to enjoy the beach! Or if we have a truly cold snap it is time to enjoy fake fireplaces with hot cider and the smell of pumpkin pie. Oh my such variety! I did now follow you on Facebook and my twitter; thank you!

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  25. my favorite activity is reading and cooking soups

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  26. I follow you on FB as billsn beaks

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  27. i follow you on twitter as jumpinupanddown

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  28. My favorite winter activity is sitting by the fireplace with a cat on my lap.

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  29. I love hiking in the snow and baking bread!
    Elle
    hey_wren@yahoo.com

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  30. I follow you on twitter - @wrencorbin
    Elle
    hey_wren@yahoo.com

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  31. I also follow on FB - user name Elle Tucker
    Elle
    hey_wren@yahoo.com

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