Monday, June 4, 2012

A New Found Friend and Three Giveaways!

Followed this blog long?  Then you know that I use to crank out book reviews like it was a second third job.  But eventually I grew tired of reading what I was told and realized reading is one of the only things I do for the pure love of it.  After which, I promptly said goodbye to both publishing companies I was working with and started picking my own books.  Since then I have written rare reviews, only when I find a book I truly enjoy and believe you all would too.

Recently that included this post about Organizing Small Spaces. I  borrowed this book from a department of my work (www.imom.com)'s resources and I started reading. My review of the book and was really my way of passing on to you something that grew me as a homemaker.  It was completely unsolicited....

So you can imagine my surprise when I woke up last Thursday morning to an e-mail saying 'Kathryn Bechen' has left a comment on your blog.  I thought, 'no way....', but yes way, the very author I had praised on the blog had found my post and responded!  She wrote:

Dear Becca,

Thank you for so thoroughly reviewing my book, Small Space Organizing, on your blog. I am so happy you enjoyed it and found it useful and your insights into what you liked about it were very helpful to me as an author. Great job on your purging! Wishing you happiness, beauty, and order at home always, whatever the size of your space! I have a newsletter and blog, so hope you will join me there at www.KathrynBechenInk.com. :) 


Sincerely, Kathryn Bechen, Author




                                        (meet Kathryn, pictured here holding 'Organizing Small Spaces')


Isn't she darling?  Better still I realized later in the morning on my drive to work that she had also sent me an e-mail to blog's e-mail account.  I was so honored she'd found my blog and taken the time to not just read what I wrote about her book and respond but in her second e-mail (after my reply) she told me about several of the posts on my blog she'd read and why she enjoyed them.  She even mentioned that she would love to send me an autographed copy of her book for my 'reading corner' which I showcased last week after finishing it.

If all of this isn't exciting enough, her second e-mail said she'd love to give you all  (my readers) something as well!  So, Kathryn has graciously agreed to give not just one, not two, but THREE of my readers a signed copy of 'Organizing Small Spaces' as well!  Now, the tough part about this is that I have to pick the winners!   So here's the scoop.  If you're truly interested in getting your small space organized and you think this book could be a life-changer for you, we want you to have it!  So, comment below and tell myself (and Kathryn who might be stopping by to read what you all write as well)  why you need the book.  You could tell us what your small space is like, a problematic space issue your place has, and/or what you most hope to learn from the book.

You have until this coming Friday 6/8 to get your comment in, as I will pick the winner Friday night and announce it on Saturday.

In the meantime, feel free to read what I wrote about her book and checkout her website as well: www.KathrynBechenINK.com

Good luck, I can't wait to read your comments and a special thank you to Kathryn for this surprise giveaway!

Love,
B


14 comments:

Kendra said...

What a blessing! That is so nice of her! I think I need someone to come and re-do my sapce..but a book would do just fine as well too huh..haha I need help with my room...I hate clutter and as much as I try to not have too many things in my room..I feel like they find there way there regardless!

Nichole said...

How awesome is it that the author read your blog and left a comment! Oh so many small places I'd love to organize around here. Mostly, my dining area and bathroom(s) are small and sort of crammed with "stuff"...HELP me :)

Krystal said...

Sign me up! Living in a 2/1 with two humans and three furries is a challenge in itself. Throw in an infant coming soon and you can see that organization is key to our surivival. Would love to hear her tips.

Mia Maree said...

Becca I have been waiting for your review on this book and I think I need it! My husband and I have downsized from a 2 bedroom 2 bath house to a one bedroom 1 bathroom apartment in a different town. Since we are selling the old house and hopefully getting a new one after the sale, the one bedroom apartment needs to hold all of our stuff for the time being. I'm usually very particular when it comes to organizing, but right now with no space to put anything I want to rip my hair out! I could definitely use some advice how to make this living arrangement more suitable, organized/efficient and happy :-)

Kate Undercoffer said...

Becca I need this book so badly! My house is really tiny, especially with 2 toddlers living here. There's toys, clothes and just plain junk everywhere. I could really use the advice from an expert on what the heck to do with this place!! :)

Amber said...

LOVE this! I need this book because I have a super tiny apartment (the tinier, the cheaper!) ;) and with all my stuff and limited space to put it, I'm constantly having to purge and get rid of things to make room. I have a difficult time trying to organize and have it look nice and cute at the same time.

MK said...

That's so nice of her to offer the book! I need this book because I live with my husband and a roommate (LOOOONG story!) and the only space I have to myself - the woman cave - is the tiny guest bedroom/office! I'm working on purging things and making it a functional space that I can also escape to if I need time away from the boys!

sandi said...

i have a family of five in a nice sized home. we live in an urban area so we sacrifice some closet space for convenience. i am always looking for new ways to organize different areas.

Kathryn Bechen said...

Hi, it's author Kathryn Bechen and I have read all of your comments! I am looking forward to doing the three-book giveaway of my book, Small Space Organizing, for Becca's blog readers here. Also, I have photos and organizing and decorating tips for small spaces on my blog at www.KathrynBechenInk.com that should help you! Happy Organizing! Blessings, Kathryn :)

Kathryn Bechen said...

Hi, it's author Kathryn Bechen and I have read all of your comments! I am looking forward to doing the three-book giveaway of my book, Small Space Organizing, for Becca's blog readers here. Also, I have photos and organizing and decorating tips for small spaces on my blog at www.KathrynBechenInk.com that should help you! Happy Organizing! Blessings, Kathryn :)

Mark & Melissa said...

What a great idea, Becca! I'm thinking my girls and I could gain some serious tips on organizing our school room. We are a crazy, home-educating family with lots of little projects going on! We have a designated 'schooling area', but it's small and gets cluttered in a nanosecond!
:)

Christy said...

I need this book! :) I find our living spaces shrinking as the number of people in our family grows! :) I am always trying to organize and make things look prettier but it feels hopeless sometimes! :) Thanks for yhe chance to win!

Bet said...

I need this book! I thought we had plenty of space until we added a baby and all HER stuff to our lives! There is baby paraphernalia in every room of the house...literally. And now we are reorganizing our former office area into an office/playroom, since I can see into it from the kitchen. Much purging and baby-proofing are in our near future!

Jessica said...

How fun!!!! That's so amazing that she found you!!! You're like famous now!!! With my kiddos, we have WAY too many toys around and their rooms are pretty tiny. I'd love to figure out how to organize their stuff and still make their rooms look big