Wednesday, November 4, 2009

'Tis The Season Thursday *Giveaway*

 Giveaway Closed

Yay! Welcome to the first 'Tis The Season Thursday. Come and link up with your holiday ideas and activities!

One really great family tradition in our home is shoe boxes.
For the past 4 years we have packed Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.

This year is particularly exciting as Hudson keeps talking about the toys we are giving to the children.
Here are the things we included in our boxes this year. (We did a boy box and a girl box).

Boy Box
  • A foam Number Puzzle
  • Small cars
  • A soft ball
  • Some really great connecting builder toys
  • Stickers
  • A tooth brush
  • A washcloth
  • A bar of soap
  • Wet naps
Girl Box
  • A foam Number Puzzle
  • Small barrettes
  • A soft ball
  • Some really great connecting builder toys
  • Stickers
  • A small purse
  • A tooth brush
  • A washcloth
  • A bar of soap
  • Wet naps 
So this week we cranked up the music.

And we packe our boxes.

Hudson then made Christmas cards for the children who will receive our boxes.

Collection week is Nov.16-23 so you still have time!  Head on over to Samaritans Purse the organization behind Operation Christmas Child.

I also want to introduce you to a really unique and special gift idea for the the gardeners and plant enthusiasts in your life.  

Another great person to receive this cottage is a little girl creating a fairy garden.

This adorable Mini Cottage Decorative Plant Stake it available at Four Ducks Vintage and Handmade.
Miniature decorative cottages liven up your house plants or garden with a wonderful splash of color. Let your imagination run wild with who or what might want to call it home!

Handmade from wood and painted with non-toxic acrylic paints, these adorable houses measure 2 inches tall by approximately 1.25 inches wide.

Each is mounted on a 12 inch dark green wooden plant stake which is easily trimmed to desired length.

There is a large selection of colors to choose from to match any decor or theme.  Custom orders are also welcome.  

Four Ducks has generously offered a 50% discount to any Fifth Street Palace reader who orders by November 19th and mentions The Fifth Street Palace in their order.  That means you can purchase these sweet little houses for $3!

Not only that you can enter to win the cottage pictured in this post!!!
How to enter:

Mandatory- Go to Four Ducks Vintage and Handmade and leave me a comment telling me your favorite Mini Cottage for sale there.

Extra entries (leave a comment for each one)
*Follow The Fifth Street Palace publicly (If you already do leave me a comment reminding me).

*Follow me on Twitter

*Spread the word (leave a comment for each)
Blog about this giveaway
Share it on facebook
Twitter this giveaway
Stumble This givaway

*Become a fan of Operation Christmas Child on Facebook

That's 8 ways to enter! 

The Winner will be chosen by Contest is open until Wednesday November 11 at 5pm PAC time. Winner has 48 hours to respond with mailing info.  If the winner does not respond or I can not contact the winner a new winner will be chosen.
U.S. and Canada Addresses only please.

Linking up with Mom Most Traveled


Jackie said...

Sara, I think it is great you and your children made up the shoeboxes for chilren in need. What a great tradition and learning opportunity.

I am going to link up with you in the morning. Take care.

He & Me + 3 said...

I like the brown & cream colored mini cottage.

That is awesome that you guys do the shoe boxes. We do to and love it every year.

The Real Me! said...

We used to love doing operation Christmas child. It was so fun to take the kids to help pick out toys to send out. Now that we left that church though I'm not in contact with who does it still around here. I miss it.

Have a great day my sweet friend.
Oh and the plant stake is adorable!

MKB said...

I like the yellow, brown, and white cottage. These are so cute.

mom2boys said...

I like the brown and cream colored cottage! Thanks :)


mom2boys said...

I now follow your blog! :)


Anonymous said...

I like the brown and cream colored cottage best! wrestlermom2 at yahoo dot com

Sue said...

That's so sweet to see your kids packing the SP boxes. I forgot to pick one up at the church today when I saw them there at Ladies' group. Thanks for reminding me!


christin said...

What a wonderful tradition to share with your are an inspiration:) The cottages are adorable! I love the navy one with the red door...too cute! Thanks!
christinbanda at yahoo dot com

Andrea (ace1028) said...

The blue & white and the green & yellow ones are too sweet! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

Great tradition to fill those boxes with your kiddos! My favorite mini cottage is the yellow, green and purple one-- so sweet!

Jennifer said...

The shoeboxes are such a great idea. I think we will have to start doing that too.

jakiesmom said...

i like the blue cottage with the white roof

elaine said...

I like the NavyBlue With White Roof-the navy color really makes the white color pop!

Elaine R

Sherri S said...

My favorite is the navy blue with white roof! These are just adorable! Sweet giveaway.

Sherri S said...

Following you on Twitter!

monkeysmom said...

Hi Sarah. I've heard of the shoe box thing before but have never had a chance to do it. Great job!
I like the yellow one with the green roof. OH and thanks for following our blog

Mommy's Home!! said...

I know a little girl that would love the purple one with red doors and windows!

Mommy's Home!! said...

I follow your blog.

susan said...

I like the Navy Blue house with the white roof, and red accents.

philomela1 at

CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) said...

I like the white one with the brown roof and yellowish doors. :)

JenniferB said...

I like the brown and cream colored cottage

JenniferB said...

following blog

JenniferB said...

following on twitter

JenniferB said...


CraftyRia said...

My favorite cottage is the purple one with the orange door.

CraftyRia said...

I follow your blog.

CraftyRia said...

I follow you on twitter.

Ronda said...

I like the white, brown and yellow cottage.

Brenda said...

I love the dark green & yellow cottage! So cute! Thanks :-)

bitabuns at yahoo dot com

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