Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday Motivation + #Giveaways + 5 #winners to announce!

What I am grateful for:

I read a great post in Jennifer James' Mom Bloggers Magazine it was an articled titled 'Mom Blogging Has Treated Many Well This Year', and it got me thinking! I actually write about many of my blogging blessings in my weekly gratitude posts, but responding to this thread and seeing the highlights all in one place made a big impact on me, and I thought I'd share about that here. While I'm a woman who blogs, I am NOT actually a Mom Blogger, I'm not yet a mom. But many of my readers are, and I'm an Aunt and God-mother.

 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Blogging Blessings This Year: The highlights! -  Of course my top 3 highlights would be my 3 Ambassadorships this year, Britax, The Bronx Zoo, and Duane Reade. They have blessed me in very different ways, but thanks to my Britax Ambassadorship I had the opportunity to attend the Niche Mommy Conference in New Orleans in it's Inaugral Year as a guest of Britax one the conference's official sponsors. It was an amazing trip and an amazing City! I made new friends there and I will never forget that trip. I also got to visit Britax at their US Headquarters in North Carolina and meet fellow Hispanic Digital Advisory and Social Media Outreach Ambassadors. It's a dynamic, smart and enthusiastic group of Latina Bloggers across the United States that I'm super proud to be a part of! Through Duane Reade, I've met Jordin Sparks, enjoyed an amazing massage from Oasis Day Spa, been introduced to a variety of great products, got my first experience with a Celeb Stylist, and more! Thanks to P&G I bit the bullet and filmed my very first VLOG  with the amazing Robert Verdi! Super Awesome Interview! I got the chance to interview Gerard Butler while he was in Miami promoting his new movie Playing for Keeps! It was a conference call and myself and one other awesome blogger (Rosy from Accidental Sexiness!) got to ask Gerard Butler (press on his name to go to the Q&A article if you missed it!) questions about his new movie. I asked 3 questions, and 2 were from Ascending Butterfly readers! I posted asking everyone if they could ask Gerard Butler one question about his upcoming new movie what would it be. I used one question that was asked on the post, and the other from a twitter follower! And I got to host some awesome Twitter Parties this year that were even picked up for additional media coverage! Some fun Mamarazzi screenings and events where I got to meet Jada Pinkett-Smith, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin James and Henry Winkler, and had some great moments on Broadway in New York City at the theatre (even some behind the scenes!) at Ghost The Musical, Annie, Emotional Creatures, Rated P for Parenthood, and Elf The Musical. And last but certainly not least two memorable Breast Cancer Awareness events this year one with Kristin Chenoweth and the other with Giuliana Rancic in conjunction with P&G's #GIVEHope campaign where a live twitter party was also hosted!

I remember being angry at the begining of the year when I lost out on a job because the company 'couldn't wait for me', I spent New Year's Eve in the hospital after being given a very bleak prognosis, and missing out on my birthday as well as a conference because I wasn't yet cleared for air travel. I spent a long time angry about the opportunities I missed. I needed to stop and count the ones I did enjoy and not worry about those that were missed!

As I look back on a year that I was told I wouldn't even see begin, nevertheless end, I'm still humbled by all I accomplished this year. If I can overcome the worst news one person can ever hope to receive, what can YOU accomplish? If I did all that in 2012 while spending the bulk of my year in and out of the hospital, I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store!

What are YOU most grateful for this week Butterfly?

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What are you grateful for today? I'd love for you to write in and share what you are grateful for this week. The more you say it, the more you speak it, and the more you live in gratitude, the more you will find reasons to be grateful for, and the more reasons that the universe will send you to be grateful for. So join me on this journey of gratitude and inspiration. And you can post here daily (even though my list will be posted weekly).

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

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Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Holidays Buying Guide Giveaway!: December is National "Made in America Month!" 5 Winners can win @TeroxFootwear - MEN OR WOMEN, in our very first GLOBAL Giveaway! - Butterflies, these flip flops are truly comfortable, and spring you back with each step! Slip one of these in someone's Christmas Stocking and they will definitely be happy!


3 giveaways down, 5 winners to share!

 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - McDonald's Cheddar Bacon Onion Sandwich Giveaway Winners Are:

 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Nicole T.
 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Brad M.

 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Triple Action Purex with Oxi and Zout Stain Removers Product Coupon Giveaway Winners Are:

 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Anne D.
 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Sonia G.

 Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Gund Boo Plush Toy and mini Boo Plush Toy Giveaway Winner Is:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Sharon L.

We are working on closing entries and processing a winner for the $100 Wilsons Leather Giveaway and will have a winner announced shortly!

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Gratitude Journal Reco:

For those of you who are interested in keeping a gratitude journal this year, here is my recommendation and where to purchase it:

Make this Your Best Day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

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  1. Wow you have been sorely tested but you stood tall and now all your blessings will be that much sweeter!!
    I'm greatfull for gtting to this years end and thru big and small challenges I have stay faithfull and joyfilled!!
    I wish for you and all your readers blessings without end.

    1. @Big Happy Buddha - It has been a testing year on a personal, professional, emotional and spiritual level, but it's certainly Faith, determination and a strong resolve that has seen me through. I'm glad too that this year and it's challenges will soon be behind me and I look forward to the new year and it's new possibilities.

      I wish you blessings beyond measure as well!

      ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

  2. Making it thru 2012- ESO!!! A trying yet very giving year, glad i lived it and glad it's over. Grateful for my family's love and health, for having people believe in me enough to support me spiritually and financially,and so very grateful of the new friends and lessons this year has brought.

    I know 2013 will bring even better blessings into my life and I wish the same for you.

    Abrazos y BB2U.