January Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge Instagram Giveaway: Favorites + Winner!

31 January 2014

I'd like to first start off by thanking all those who participated in this months Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge and contributing all those lovely and, not to mention, creative Filofax and planner photos. It's always a treat getting to peek into everyones planners, and see how they're used on a daily basis.

And now, onto the Instagram giveaway! As a refresher, here are the general rules and guidelines of the giveaway:

  • The photos will be chosen from the first days prompt, "Hello, 2014!" and pulled using the hashtag #yayforfrigiveaway.
  • The giveaway is open to all Instagram users in the US participating in January's Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge.
  • The winner will receive a brand new open top craft tote by Mackinac Moon--perfect for storing all those stationery/craft/planning tools we all love!

I should also mention that it was very hard narrowing down all those yummy photos to just these few. But, it had to be done. So, without further ado, here are ten of my favorites (in no real particular order), and from these, the winner, chosen by Random.org using their number generator.

Instagram: @bluebrymfn Instagram: @ohlovelyqs
Instagram: @peaceloveblythe Instagram: @gypsyblue13
Instagram: @filophilia Instagram: @lilliesandsilk
Instagram: @npbradshaw Instagram: @princesscheleb
Instagram: @sewmuchcrafting Instagram: @island808girl

And the winner of the January 2014 Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge Instagram Giveaway is--drum roll, please (I've always wanted to say that!)--@filophilia.

Instagram: @filophilia

I spy a Malden! ♥ What a "cozy" way to bring in the new year. Congratulations! If you haven't already, please, e-mail me at yayforfridays@gmail.com to claim your prize! Thanks again to everyone who played. The Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge will return in April so watch this space. It'll be here before you know it!

* Photos presented in this post belong not to "Yay, for Fridays!" but to their rightful owners, and are used for the sole purpose of the giveaway.

Filofax Fridays: The A5 Itch

17 January 2014

Yep, I've done it again! Succumbed to the "A5 itch" and purchased this red Domino. Now, why on earth would I do that when my personal size Filofaxes have been working out just fine? Why mess with a good thing? And, we all know how my previous attempts at upgrading from a personal to an A5 worked out. They didn't! Yet, here we are. But, I have my reasons. You know, to help you better understand where I'm coming from. And partly to make me feel better. Okay, mostly to make me feel better.

  • With baby #2 on the way, the extra planning space will be very helpful.
  • As a stay-at-home mom, my work centers around my family and the home. So, for the most part, my Filofax rarely leaves the house. Therefore, portability wouldn't really be an issue with the A5 like I thought it would be as I probably wouldn't be taking it anywhere with me.
  • I wanted it.

Those are pretty reasonable justifications as to why I needed another Filofax, right? Right?

Ch-Ch-Changes!

03 January 2014

As you may have already noticed, there have been quite a few changes around here. Coming back from a brief hiatus, and with the arrival of the new year, I felt a bit of "new" was necessary. Whether you've been around or you've just stumbled upon this blog for the very first time, here's just a few things you might like to know.

  • Probably one of the biggest changes I made was the title of my blog. Originally, Fridays, I'm in Love, I decided to go with Yay, for Fridays! instead as it matched with my blogs address and all the other accounts linked to this blog. My Instagram, for example, and other various social networks associated with Yay, for Fridays! are all under the same name. Hope this doesn't confuse anybody, but now everything's streamlined, organized, and easy to find. Just how I like it.
  • The About section listed in the menu above is where you can find more information about the blog as well as some tid-bits about me, Carla. If you're new here--hi! *waves animatedly* It's very nice to meet you. :)
  • The Features & Topics section is where you'll find a list of specific topics and ongoing features here on the blog. You might find this helpful when looking for a specific post. Keep in mind that my blog is still growing and forever changing, so this list will change, too, as posts and new topics are added. Also, don't forget to subscribe and come back often to see what's new.
  • If you're interested in participating in the Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge and would like more information on how to play, simply click on the option in the above menu. There you'll find all you'll need to get started.
  • The idea of pinning blog images to sites like Pinterest has been, to some bloggers, a delightful tool to help promote blog content and, in turn, increase traffic. For others, it's been a pain in the butt, what with privacy and copyright issues and all. It's a dilemma for anyone who posts anything anywhere online, really. I've thought about the whole "pinning" thing for awhile myself, my main concern being photos of my children and loved ones. In the end, I've decided that if you feel the need to share something you found interesting on my blog via Pinterest, go right on ahead. Most of the images featured on Yay, for Fridays! that are okay for pinning will have a "Pin It" button upon scrolling your browsers cursor over them. Those without said button are usually personal photos. For the most part, I try and keep my personal life and photos to a minimum, and I know I can't control every person and evil doer that views this site, but I do ask that you ever-so-kindly respect these posts by not pinning/sharing these images elsewhere. I also ask that you get my permission BEFORE using any of my photos on your own blog/website, and give credit where credit is due by linking back to my blog.
  • Last, but not least, you can contact me at yayforfridays@gmail.com should you have any questions or simply want to say "hi". You can also find me elsewhere by clicking on the different social network buttons to your right under "Follow Yay, for Fridays!" or under the Contact section in the menu above. I'd love to hear from you. :)

As always, thanks for reading. I do hope you stick around.

Yay, for New Beginnings

01 January 2014

Two years ago, I traded my New Years Eve party hat and sparkly shoes for flannel PJ's and a pair of warm, fuzzy socks. Not that the hat and fancy shoes were being used frequently (I'm a homebody for the most part). Still, ringing in the new year no longer involved crazy parties, bottles of bubbly pink Rosé, and a house packed with friends all trying to remember the words to "Auld Lang Syne". Now, my New Years Eve shinanigans usually involve peaceful (or as peaceful as a house with a toddler can get), quality time with the people who matter most to me--my husband, our Milk Monster, and now the little one inside me who, I'm sure what with all the kicking, is having a little celebration of his own. Just all of us, decked in PJ's, snuggled together in our queen size bed, watching wild New Years Eve parties on tv. Honestly, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else or welcome in 2014 in any other way.

A lot has definitely changed since becoming a mother and starting my own family. And every new year brings forth more change and growth. It's an opportunity for starting new things. A years worth full of possibilities, some good and some bad. It's a scary thing, the unknown. But, I always welcome change and all that comes with it, and actually look forward to what this new year has in store for me.

I hope you had a fabulous new year surrounded by the people you love and cherish the most. Hello, 2014! Here's to new beginnings and a blessful new year.

And, if you haven't started already, January's Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge begins, today! Join in on the fun and get snapping! You might even win something. :)