November 26, 2014

Amazon Gift Certificate Give Away

**This Give Away is now closed***

I’m celebrating 5 years of blogging!

Before I get into the give away I want to say thank you to Michele Bergh of Be Inspired Design  for my smooth transition from one web hosting server to another over the weekend.

I moved from blogger to WordPress a year ago and it’s been a challenge since I’m not even remotely interested in the techy side of maintaining a website. Meeting Michele has truly been a blessing and I feel I can now focus on the fun side of blogging without having to worry so much about tech problems. She’s really nice, doesn’t get irritated with my lack of knowledge and is very good at what she does – so I highly recommend her!

I also want to thank all of you that read my blog! Especially those of you that have stuck with me from the beginning when I was on Typepad.  I think I’ve been on every blogging platform now! I’ve had three blog name changes,  I’ve had times where I’ve stopped blogging for months, I’ve gone through periods where I blogged once a week, I’ve changed focus from being primarily a crafty DIY blog to being more of a curator of ideas and lifestyle blog….and still you all stick with me!

I’m always amazed that with all the blogs out there, that there are people that still stop by here!

So to say thank you for reading my blog and to celebrate my 5 years of blogging I’m giving away a……

         $25.00 Amazon Gift Certificate


What you need to do:

1. Leave a comment on this post - please link your blog to your comment or leave an email addy where I can contact you if you do not have a blog. If you’ve never commented before, this is a great time to say hi! **If this is your first time commenting your comment will automatically be held for moderation – so don’t worry if it doesn’t show up right a way****

2. Everyone is welcome to enter – blog or not, don’t have to live in the US as this is a digital GC and can be sent anywhere.

3. You have until Thursday, March 29 at 10 PM EST to enter.

The winner will be announced in Friday’s post.

I really appreciate each and every person that drops by here! 

Thank you!

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  1. you are so sweet! I’ve been on blogger the entire time I’ve blogged and although I looked into other formats this has been the easiest one for me. It’s all about the fun right! Congratulations on your anniversary, I love the content you have on your blog now…the gardening series has been extremely helpful to me. Have a great week! And good luck to everybody..;j

  2. I’d LOVE to win:) Love all the pretty ideas on your blog!

  3. Lori Ginsberg says:

    I love your blog. It is one of my favorite places to visit each day.

  4. Love your blog :-) keep up the great work!

  5. Wow! 5 years! Congratulations! And thanks for the great giveaway. I always enjoy your posts.

  6. Manuela,
    I’ve enjoyed your blog in its’ many incarnations! Congratulations on 5 years!

  7. Happy 5 Year Anniversary Manuela! You’re still one of my favorite places to stop by.

  8. What a wonderful and generous giveaway! FIVE YEARS is a long time! I enjoy visiting with you and learn so much from your beautiful decorating! Have a blessed evening, HUGS!

  9. Congratulations on your 5 years of blogging! I love your blog!

  10. Well, I’ve only followed you through two of the blogs, but I’ve enjoyed every post since finding you. Reading this, I wondered if taking breaks and starting fresh is what has kept your blogging so vibrant for five years.

    I’ve only been at it for two, and I’m dry as a bone half the time.

    Congratulations on five years!

  11. Thank you for such a great blog! Five years is an awesome milestone. How sweet to offer the chance to win the gift certificate. Here’s to many ,many more years of A Cultivated Nest!

  12. What a generous thing to do. I enjoy reading your blog and looking for new ways to transform old things.

  13. Congratulations, Manuela! Five years is a long time! It’s always a pleasure to read what you have to share, so I’ll be around for awhile! : ) Great giveaway ~ I’m always on Amazon.

    • Linda BC says:

      Well hi there!! I was just going through my list of manyyyy favourites and came upon this.
      What a wonderful piece of work it is!

  14. Well, you do know don’t you that you are one of my very favorite blogs and bloggers! :)

  15. Lauren (in PA) says:

    Hi! I love your blog! I just found it a few months ago…then it went away. Then it came back! And I was happy! You’re on my regular blog rotation!

  16. I am a huge fan of the simplicity with which you talk of gardening- especially since your timelines are appropriate for mu climate as well!

  17. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! I love the ideas you post. I happy you continue to blog, you are an inspiration. : )

  18. Congratulations on 5 years! I enjoy your posts with pretty and creative projects, and helpful hints – keep up the good work.

  19. Your blog is always a bright spot to read. Love your style and your posts. Congratulations on 5 years……that’s a long time.

  20. You have stuck it our through thick and thin and I enjoy your ideas and
    look forward to your new posts. Thanks, Carol in NC

  21. Manuela ~ congratulations on 5 years of blogging! You know that your blog has been one of my favorites for a long time. :-) I have never won a giveaway from a blog and I’m really hoping I win this one…I love amazon and I have several books on my wish list!


  22. Hi Manuela,
    Congratulations on blogging for five years and holding people’s interest, it isn’t easy, I know. I have been following you for quite some time now, not sure how long. I have always enjoyed your posts!
    I would love to win this, I would be sure to put it to good use very quickly!
    Have a great week.
    Hugs, Cindy

  23. Congratulations on 5 years, Manuela! That’s a wonderful accomplishment! Here’s to the next 5! :)

  24. Congratulations on five years of blogging!! That’s very kind (and generous) of you to have this giveaway in celebration. :) Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  25. I’ve been following you for awhile. Thanks for sharing such a great gift to celebrate!

  26. Sorry, my comment above has the wrong URL for my blog. I don’t know if that matters, so please disregard one or the other of these comments. My email is correct in both. How do I mess up the simplest things???

  27. Congratulations on five years, that’s quite an achievement! I’m a lurker here so first time commenting. Great prize, thanks for the opportunity and congrats again!

  28. Mmmmm…
    an anniversary ?!?
    a giveaway ?!?
    Amazon ?!?

    Simply the best !!
    hi !!

  29. Now that is what I call a very practical gift idea!! I love it!! Man, so many blog moves, eh? I am not sure what change you made this time?? I think most of us change what we blog about at times. When I first started my blog was just personal stuff for me to think on—not really for the public! Then I started a cooking blog to keep my recipes together. Then I did a tablescape/home blog which I have ended. My hubby added a little blog about his Dad. Then I have an experiment blog where I just post ideas for myself and things I like. I also have a blog I don’t really list in public for contemplating theology. And last of all I have a devotional blog where I sometimes put quotes or music!!!! Then there is pinterest and tumblr (spelling!!) I had to open one of those so I could follow one of my sons—taking over my life????

  30. Happy 5-year Anniversary. I’m not sure how long I’ve been following you but I’ve gotton so much inspiration from you. Love your blog.

  31. I really enjoy keeping up with your blog, so just don’t get tired and stop blogging! Thanks so much for all your post and congrats for 5 years!

  32. Congratulations on your 5th Anniversary of blogging! I love your blog, even though I only recently found it! Of course, I’m still learning, having just celebrated 1 year, but you are such an inspiration to me and others!
    Have a beautiful spring, and many more years of happy blogging!
    Grandmalay’s Daydreams,

  33. Great to know that you are still going after 5 years. I bet you have covered a lot of stuff in that time. I am going to follow you so I can go back and see. I have 3 blogs I have listed the main one but I also have a garden blog. I could not fit all my thought into one blog. I never knew I had so much to say.
    Enjoying my visit with you

  34. Congrats on 5 years! I only have found you fairly recently but I’ve already been inspired many times by ideas I found here and I’m looking forward to plenty more.

  35. ALWAYS fun to come to visit your posts. Here’s to another 5 years +!

  36. I have been with you since your blog before this one…LOL! I can’t believe it’s been 5 years.

    Love your blog!!!

  37. love your blog..Congrats on 5 years!!!

  38. Wow…5 years! Congratulations Manuela! I have always enjoyed visiting your blog…it is always filled with great inspiration!


  39. Awesome…5 years is a really long time !
    I like best the Organized home category …If you wanna know..:D

    Good Luck with the next 5 ;;)

  40. Congratulations of your five years of blogging. May you enjoy many more years :)

  41. Debbie R. says:

    Thanks for your blog, Manuela. You keep it real and pretty!

  42. I love coming to your blog to check out your garden. You have such a green thumb!!

    – Rachel

  43. Congratulations! What a great prize! I appreciate all your tips and advise. Where would we be without you? Thanks for everything :)

  44. What a wonderful giveaway!! And 5 years! That is awesome!! Thanks for the chance and so happen to discover your blog!

    ShanasShop (at) gmail (dot) com

  45. Happy Blogversary! I’m new to your blog and it is so full of great ideas for people like me who are new to gardening. Keep the good work. Also, very excited about the giveaway!

  46. Well, a very happy CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS to you! Terrific!

    Kelley of Kelley Highway

  47. Congrats Manuela on 5 years! I have been with you through all 3 blogs and always love to see what you are up to! Thanks for your “happy place”on the web!

  48. Carolyn Maves says:

    I so enjoy your blog. So many pretty ideas. I would like to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks.

  49. Jan Davis says:


    You cannot imagine how much joy your blog has brought to my life. Each time I receive an email from you, I know that something wonderful awaits. You are like an old friend, and my warmest wishes to you as you celebrate 5 years of blogging. Just last night, I was an Amazon looking at gardening and home decor books (my obsession). Although I have never been lucky at give-a-ways, I think it would be quite wonderful if I were able to order my favorite book without considering the price. Your kindness and generosity is certainly an indication of the caring person that you are. Wishing you five more years of successful blogging….Jan

  50. Congrats on 5 years. That’s amazing. Glad I found you!

  51. Wow, Manuela, 5 years ! Congratulations ! I have been reading your blog since close to the beginning and didn’t realize it has been 5 years. You are so practical with your gardening and decorating info. Your values come through also and I appreciate that !
    What a wonderful giveaway. Could you share again sometime how you sell items on Amazon?
    Thanks again ,

  52. Thank you for your kind words here! You are such a joy to work with and it really is my pleasure to help you with your site:)

  53. Congrats Manuella! I have loved the journey with you! Angela

  54. Christine Cooke says:

    Congrats from Canada! Love your blog.

  55. Congratulations on your five year anniversary! I am new and am so glad that I found you. I enjoy reading your post. Blessings.

  56. love your blog for so long, congratulations!!

  57. I think I have followed you all along and I love the inspiration you continue to offer. Changing is good from time to time. I love the giveaway. Amazon is a favorite place to shop.
    Congrats on your 5 years!

  58. Your blog is always a lovely place to visit :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  59. Jacque Avant says:

    I have been following your blog for about a year and thoroughlyenjoy it. I would love a chance to win an Amazon gift card. I buy from them on a regular basis. Here’s hoping youhave another 5 years blogging.

  60. WOW!!!! 5 years…That’s a LONNNG time. Just starting my 4th year…but about to hit #500 pretty soon. I shall have to do something… I love following and reading all of your tips, and hints and ideas. We like a lot of the same things, so It’s ALWAYS fun for me. Hope you have a wonderful week. All kinds of things are coming up and blooming in the yard. Being the first Spring here, it is really a time of surprises, and I am loving it. Hugs to you Manuela, and thanks for the outstanding giveaway.

  61. Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary. That’s great. I only began this journey less than 2 months ago, and Im lovin it. I only hope that I have the stick-to-it ability that you’ve had.
    I’ve just found your blog, but now plan to go back and visit some of your older posts. AND, Im now following you. Please come visit me at and maybe you’ll just decide to follow back.

    Thanks for the contest. Hope I’ll be hearing from you. 8-)

  62. Lorri Cavins says:

    Hi Manuela:

    Just want to say how much I love your blog and how after 5 years you still blog regularly! I love all your beautiful redos, frugal finds, and love you so obviously put on your blog. Please stay strong!!! <3 Lorri

  63. Congrats! Blogging is work and to hang in there 5 yrs is amazing! I enjoy your blog very much; thanks for the chance to win :)

  64. Jennifer says:

    I’ve just recently found your blog, read through the archives and been thoughrally enjoying it. Keep up the great work.

  65. Nice to meet you! I am new here & just found out about your blog through Michelle Bergh @ Be Inspired Design – she is awesome! You are actually the first blog I am following… I have visited many, but haven’t taken the time to figure out how to ‘follow’ & receive updates. I do not blog myself but left my website address & Facebook link. I look forward to your updates!! :)

  66. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations on five years!
    I subscribe to your blog at work and read it first thing in the morning. It’s always such a nice way to start out the day.

  67. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! Though I don’t often have time to comment, I do love reading your blog.

  68. Love your gardening ideas! Thanks for sharing with us all :)

  69. Wow, 5 yrs! I always check out your blog though I don’t usually comment. Love all your great ideas! Happy Blogging!:)

  70. I remember Christina introducing me to your blog just before you stopped blogging for awhile. I was so disappointed and then so happy when you came back! Glad you did. :)

  71. A big congratulations on five years of blogging!! Your blog is one of those that I always read even when my reader is full and I have to hit “mark everything read” to catch up. Great giveaway!

  72. I found your blog about four months ago. I’ve been enjoying the posts ever since!
    Thank you for the chance to win.

  73. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! Your blog is always cheerful, inspiring and uplifting. Thank you!

  74. Maybe this will work…Not the email I normally use but the wordpress comment box is not liking anything I else I do at the moment.

    Congratulations on 5 years!

  75. Congrats on 5 years! I adore your blog and all of your wonderful ideas. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

  76. Sharon Avinger says:
  77. of course I want to enter, thank you so much for hosting and for all your wonderful inspirational posts. I spent the morning working in my yard yesterday, I kept thinking “how would Manuela do this”

  78. Congrats on 5 years of blogging Manuela! Your blog is one of my favorites!

    Mary Ellen
    The Working Home Keeper

  79. Donna M. says:

    Congratulations! That’s quite an accomplishment!