Friday, October 29

{sweet treat} a gift from me to you

UPDATED: Saturday, October 30th
We have a winner: AMY!!!
Amy correctly guessed the very first book that started my Compendium Collection:
(the very "gift" I posted about and am giving away since it's so near and dear to my heart).
Congratulations Amy...and thank you everyone who played along in this fun guessing game!
You guys ROCK!!

With the festivities of Breast Cancer Awareness Month quickly coming to a close...
and a season for being especially grateful is about to begin the first of November...
I wanted to end the month of October with a little something special.

Although breast cancer isn't something that has touched my life personally...
Nor do I have family members or close friends that have had to battle this devastating disease...
I DO know people who have come face-to-face with it.
And I DO have friends who's relatives are currently battling it.
And after attending the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure earlier this month...
I have seen first-hand the amount of people, families, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, children, friends, husbands and wives that are all too familiar with it.

Earlier this month, as I was crossing off #9 on my "Before Birthday Goals" list: "Compendium Books...add a few more to my collection"...
I became inspired to pick out a book for one of you.
As I searched through all of the many beautiful inspiration books on their website...
I came upon their book entitled "She".
It's a book I already have...and a book I completely treasure.
It's all about celebrating women.
Celebrating our:
• strength
• creativity
• love
• passion
• resilience
• spirit
• compassion
and so much more.
It's a simple read with only one quote/focus thought on each page.


With a book focused completely on the power of women...
and the fact that the book is PINK...
it was the perfect choice to send to one of you in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
So I ordered it.
I think it would be a beautiful gift for ANY woman...
and it's especially appropriate this month...
for women who are currently fighting...
for women who continue to fight...
and for the thousands of women who have courageously fought through the battle and successfully overcome the disease.

This isn't a "giveaway".
This is a "gift".
And though I wish I could send every one of you a copy...
I only have one to share.
Therefore I can only pick ONE of you.

As I contemplated on how to go about selecting someone...
I thought about asking you to submit your personal story as it relates to Breast Cancer.
But how in the world would I be able to pick only ONE?
I've come up with a REALLY simple way to help me decide.
And it has nothing to do with breast cancer.
It's a game.
It's a question and answer game, specifically.
I'm going to ask a question...
the first person to comment here with the right answer will win.
This is a "Race against the clock" contest...
Submit the right answer before someone else does...
That's it.
The contest will be open until I receive the correct answer.

#1: You'll need to access the Compendium website to help you find the answer.
#2: You can only submit ONE answer per comment.
(If you submit an entire list of possible answers in one comment, your first answer will be the only one considered)

Are you ready?
Here's the question:

Good luck everyone!
Have fun...
And since we are talking about Compendium...
Was it you?

Have a wonderful weekend...
and be safe if you are participating in this weekend's Holiday Activities...

I had placed my order two days before Meredith from Compendium contacted me about sponsoring a giveaway on my blog. At the time of ordering, I was torn because my Before Birthday Goals said to add a "FEW" books to my collection. Because I was sticking to my budget during the ordering process, I only ordered the "ONE" book for myself and then the "SHE" book for one of you. That meant I had to remember to buy TWO more books at some point before my birthday in November. As you can imagine...I was delighted when the complimentary Compendium package arrived from Meredith because it contained the BELIEVE book AND the "Happily Grateful" book. How's that for good karma? Not only was I able to offer this gift to you...I ended up receiving a gift from Compendium that helped me complete #9 on my Before Birthday goals list. Nice. And I'm so grateful!!


Amy October 29, 2010 at 12:01 PM  

I'm going to go with the book "5".

Daniela,  October 29, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

Yes by Kobi Yamada?

Angela October 29, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

OMG - how fun. This game is easy for you but so hard for us. All Compendium books are wonderful but since I can only pick one, i'll go with 'Be Happy' by Dan Zarda


1 - How many people does it take to make a Diffrence

(i realize my second guess doesn't count)

jess @ pen n' paperflowers October 29, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

Keep the guesses coming. No one has gotten it right yet! *wink*

Meredith October 29, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

Happy Birthday by Dan Zadra and Kobi Yamada?

krstsxt October 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM  

ever wonder? by kobi zamada? :)

Mag,  October 29, 2010 at 1:36 PM  

May it be "You + me" ?

Have a nice day :)

Anonymous,  October 29, 2010 at 3:46 PM  

be strong...
ally (

Daniela,  October 29, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

Ok, I'm trying again - Soul Happy by Kobi Yamada?

Daniela,  October 29, 2010 at 3:59 PM  

Or Live Good by Kobi Yamada?

vicki October 29, 2010 at 4:15 PM  

BELIEVE There are so many books that fit you! I looked for clues and don't see any...Yep Believe it is!

Amy October 29, 2010 at 5:02 PM  

I pick the book "5". (I tried to send this comment before but I'm not sure it went through.)

Dawn October 29, 2010 at 7:15 PM  


That's one of my favorite words - and yes, my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer this past July. She also has Polycystic Kidney Disease which was diagnosed a month before... it's been a real roller coaster with her meds. But we continue to believe she will beat this.

Thanks for the chance!

Lauren McKinsey October 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM  

Is it "be the difference"....

I run for cake! October 29, 2010 at 8:23 PM  

was it "Be" by Kobi Yamada?

What a great gift! So glad you introduced me to this site, I've enjoyed looking around and might have to get some of these books for friends/family this holiday!

jess @ pen n' paperflowers October 29, 2010 at 9:38 PM  

Still waiting for the right answer everyone!!
Daniela - your guess of "Live Good" was actually the 2nd book I added to my collection...
Keep your guesses coming...

Daniela,  October 29, 2010 at 11:31 PM  

Together We Can by Dan Zadra

Daniela,  October 29, 2010 at 11:35 PM  

Moxie by Kobi Yamada - I'm totally guessing

vicki October 30, 2010 at 12:08 AM  

Reach For The Stars
Sounds just like you!

Amy October 30, 2010 at 12:59 AM  

I'm back with a few more guesses.


Amy October 30, 2010 at 1:00 AM  

How about Little Miracles

Amy October 30, 2010 at 1:01 AM more...What are little girls made of?

Mag,  October 30, 2010 at 2:54 AM  

Maybe "Friends are good" by Dan Zadra.

Because friends are always good!

Meredith October 30, 2010 at 3:05 AM  

Ok, I am guessing again...

Is it "What Little Girls Are Made Of"?

Mag,  October 30, 2010 at 3:07 AM  

One more guess and I go to bed:
Tickle Monster!

Anyway thanks for sharing this website, so many cute things to share or offer to others!

jess @ pen n' paperflowers October 30, 2010 at 4:51 AM  

I LOVE you guys for being SO persistent! Hmmm....shall I give you a hint to help narrow the search? *wink*

vicki October 30, 2010 at 9:06 AM  


Where's the hint?

Amy October 30, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

Was persistent the hint or am I just starting to go insane with this game?? If so let's go with Persistence of Yellow by Monique Duval.

Please give us a hint so I can get some other things accomplish today! ;)

jess @ pen n' paperflowers October 30, 2010 at 10:21 AM's the hint:
"There are actually hints within the blog post".
I know...
I know...
you need more than that.
Here's another hint:
"The book was written by Kobi Yomada"

Amy October 30, 2010 at 10:54 AM  

Oh my gosh this is driving me nuts. Is it She?

jess @ pen n' paperflowers October 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

You are the winner!
The very first book I ever purchased from Compendium was in fact the SHE book. The same book I'm offering as a gift since It's so near and dear to my heart and was SO perfect to end BCAM.
Congratulations Amy...send me your address via email:

And for the rest of you...thank you SO much for playing along.
Want to hear two of my favorites quotes/thoughts from the book?

"She colored her thoughts with only the brightest hues".


"She decided to start living the life she'd imagined"

LOVE the entire book!!
Pink & kind of combination!

I hope you found some inspiring things as you were searching the Compendium shoppe. These make beautiful, thoughtful gifts that carry powerful messages to be enjoyed for years!!
Hugs to you...
As I said - I wish I had a copy to send out to each one of you!!

Amy October 30, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

Thanks so much Jess for the book and informing us all about this neat company. I'm sure I'll be buying some books for myself and gifts in the future. I'll send an e-mail to you with my address.

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