“Live With Intention” GIVEAWAY!!!

As I mentioned on Thursday, Amanda of Queen Bee Designs is hooking us up with a giveaway this week! I am obsessed with the necklace she made for me last year and it still hangs around my neck on most days (if you missed it the first time, check it out here). It’s such an amazing piece and brings me such joy so I was tickled when Amanda offered to give another one of her pieces away here.

The necklace Amanda is offering up is called “Live With Intention” and I love how beautifully she sums it up…I hope she doesn’t mind me hijacking her words:

I created this piece “LIVE WITH INTENTION” with myself in mind, really. I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, but found myself looking inward as the ball dropped and we entered 2009. Questions were running through my head . . . Have I been the best Mommy I can be to our two sons? Have I been a supportive, loving and giving partner to my husband? Have I done a “good” job balancing all aspects of my life? After some thought (and some tears) I discovered that I was too tired to do many of the things that desperately needed my attention because I was spread way too thin. Between the preschool board meetings, volunteering in my older son’s classroom, being the classroom book order guru and running a new and surprisingly successful business, my fingertips had slipped away from the cliff I on which I had been hanging and I was exhausted. I believe that often we are given opportunities to see areas of our lives that need work and when we do not tend to them, we are gently (and persistently) reminded until one day we are slapped in the face with a serious look at reality. Though I do not feel I ever received the full slap, I was close and have since reevaluated my commitments and have started trying to LIVE WITH INTENTION. This simply means I am trying to cut out the things that are not directly for the benefit of my family. Now, this is not to say I never do for others, but for now, I am focusing on us. I do not want my two sons to remember me going to meetings for fundraisers, I want them to remember impromptu stops at the park on the way home from school and picnic dinners in our backyard. I want them to remember me LOVING them. The same can be said for my husband. I want him to remember my support, my love and me being completely present.  I want to LIVE WITH INTENTION. On that note, my youngest just awakened from an impromptu nap and is calling me to go check out his toy alien. Blessings to you and yours . . .

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I love that. Life is a gift. A precious, God-given gift. And living life with intention – with daily purpose in mind – is such an act of gratitude and appreciation to Our Creator. So enjoy today, my friends, and revel in your purpose.

And then throw your name in the hat for some awesomeness! Starting…now!

michelleApril 9, 2009 - 12:13 pm

oh oh oh………..I love this.

susan byrdApril 9, 2009 - 12:16 pm

I love this. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks.

TammyApril 9, 2009 - 12:16 pm

I’ll go first, although #1 isn’t usually drawn! But I LOVE what she wrote. I have those exact same thoughts daily. As a mother of two under the age of 3, it is easy to get caught up in the daily tasks of taking care of your home and doing what is “needed” for your kids. I love that the necklace is a daily reminder to take time for the little things that mean so much.

AnonymousApril 9, 2009 - 12:17 pm

We must have all been typing at the same time!!

TammyApril 9, 2009 - 12:17 pm

We must have all been typing at the same time!!

TammyApril 9, 2009 - 12:18 pm

Ok, my computer is weird. Please don’t count me as 3, 4, 5 and 6!

JaneApril 9, 2009 - 12:19 pm

This is just beautiful! Pick me…pick me!

Niki GApril 9, 2009 - 12:22 pm

What an awesome piece and great meaning behind it. Please include me in the drawing as well. Thanks for sharing!

P.C.April 9, 2009 - 12:26 pm

Gorgeous! I don’t know how I missed that you had such a beautiful necklace from her. Love it!

carolApril 9, 2009 - 12:27 pm

what a beautiful necklace

P.C.April 9, 2009 - 12:27 pm

P.S. Is that the remaining earing from the beach shot of Lily last year?

KimberlyApril 9, 2009 - 12:28 pm

WOW! This piece is fabulous!

CaroleApril 9, 2009 - 12:31 pm

What a beautiful piece to constantly remind myself of what’s really important in this life! Please include me in your drawing 🙂

SallyApril 9, 2009 - 12:47 pm

I’m coming out of lurking…the necklace is beautiful but the sentiment behind it is awesome! Please include me in the the drawing. Thank you!

KellyApril 9, 2009 - 12:49 pm

I love this piece! Beautiful!

KaraApril 9, 2009 - 12:51 pm

I love Amanda’s message. I do not have kids of my own yet, but I work in pediatric neuro-oncology doing phase I research with children who are terminal. It’s heartbreaking to see day in and day out, but you also get to see families at their best. The sadest part is that for a lot of the people I meet, it took a cancer diagnosis for them to realize that more than the newest toy, their kids need their time, love, and attention.

MeghanApril 9, 2009 - 1:01 pm

Wow, I am impressed. My words exactly but haven’t ever been able to put it on paper! Live with Intention! Off to go get my kiddos!!! 🙂

HeatherApril 9, 2009 - 1:01 pm

Simply stunning!!!!

MeghanApril 9, 2009 - 1:02 pm

Don’t repeat me, just wanted to make sure I was included in the drawing!!! Thanks so much!

ToniApril 9, 2009 - 1:10 pm

Haaaaa, I was just looking at Amanda’s website getting Mother’s Day ideas. I have to admit, I did purchase a necklace like yours (well, with Zoe and Cooper’s names) as a little Christmas present to myself…hehehe! I absolutely LOVE her stuff so please include me!! 🙂

SaraApril 9, 2009 - 1:10 pm

This is beautiful!!

Connie FintelApril 9, 2009 - 1:10 pm

I love her work!!!! Please enter me!!!! I have been saving up to order one of my own but would love to win one!!!! Thanks Erin – I love your site!

JaideanApril 9, 2009 - 1:11 pm

That is gorgeous!

Ellen PattonApril 9, 2009 - 1:18 pm

I’d love to win the necklace!

aprilApril 9, 2009 - 1:24 pm

This is beautiful! What a powerful message.

KellyApril 9, 2009 - 1:27 pm

Pick me pick me 😉 I think I’ll give myself one of these for mothers day

MeganApril 9, 2009 - 1:28 pm

Perfect…what I always want to acheive, but seem to miss the mark too often. I love the reminder.

JenApril 9, 2009 - 1:44 pm

I would LOVE to be in the drawing! I received a necklace with Megan’s and Emily’s names on it for Christmas after I mentioned to my MIL how much I liked your necklace. I love mine, and now I’m always checking her site and looking for occasions to buy one of her lovely designs.

ColleenApril 9, 2009 - 1:47 pm

This might bring a few commenters out of the woodwork, Erin… 🙂

I love Amanda’s designs, I added her site to my feedreader when you first posted your necklace and have insisted to my husband that I want one of her necklaces for Mother’s Day. 🙂

MichelleApril 9, 2009 - 1:50 pm

Beautiful necklace, beautiful message. Thanks for the chance to win it.

HeatherApril 9, 2009 - 1:57 pm

I would love me some inspirational jewelry 🙂 Pick Me Pick Me ::standing on chair, waving hand vigorously::

StaceyApril 9, 2009 - 1:58 pm

Love it and love the meaning!! In this rushed lifestyle we all live in, we often forget the beauty of a card game with our children or coloring with them or building a large lego tower. I strive to live with intention and hope I win!!!

AmyApril 9, 2009 - 2:50 pm

LOVE this necklace and the meaning behind it!

JeannineApril 9, 2009 - 3:04 pm

Very cute and true!

Tina RApril 9, 2009 - 3:06 pm

What a great message. I think mom’s always need this reminder. We all think we’re super woman or something!

stefanieApril 9, 2009 - 3:07 pm

Oohhh…beautiful….love it. What a great reminder!

NickiApril 9, 2009 - 3:17 pm

I love this and her words! Beautiful.

MarciApril 9, 2009 - 3:17 pm

What a great necklace and meaning behind it.

RebeccaApril 9, 2009 - 3:24 pm

Definitely sign me up for this! LOVE the sentiment here!

SarahApril 9, 2009 - 3:27 pm

Absolutely love it! I want that blown up big on my living room wall as a daily reminder!! 🙂

KelleyApril 9, 2009 - 3:40 pm

FUN!!! She has really cute necklaces, now I know what to give for mother’s day gifts!

SharonApril 9, 2009 - 3:46 pm

This is what I’ve been praying about all week!
I love this! Please put my name in!
This is so cool!

ElizabethApril 9, 2009 - 3:54 pm

It’s beautiful! Include me 🙂

KristiApril 9, 2009 - 3:57 pm

I love love love this!!! I’m throwing my name in the hat!!!

JenniferApril 9, 2009 - 4:34 pm

I love this! I have a similar necklace with Jonathan on it and I just love it. I like the meaning behind this so much. Thanks for the opportunity!

caraApril 9, 2009 - 4:39 pm

OH…I heart it…I need it, or I mean I really, really want it!!! Love your blog too…you are an inspiration!

JennyApril 9, 2009 - 5:09 pm

This is beautiful! Please enter me in the drawing!!! =))

JackieApril 9, 2009 - 5:37 pm

I love Amanda’s necklaces! I have ordered 2 and the people I gave them to were truly touched. I love the meaning behind this necklace!

britApril 9, 2009 - 5:44 pm

beautiful words and so wonderfully written. a great reminder to me whether it is on a necklace around my neck (i hope so!) or not.

DonnaApril 9, 2009 - 5:47 pm

Sooo pretty!

casandraApril 9, 2009 - 6:01 pm

such a wonderful message!

CathyApril 9, 2009 - 6:07 pm

So pretty. And such a great meaningful message.

heather in ohioApril 9, 2009 - 6:10 pm

wow, what a gem and wonderful daily aspiration. <>heather

Rebecca GoldmanApril 9, 2009 - 6:10 pm

I love the necklace. My small group leader reminds us weekly to be women of intention…intentional about studying God’s word everyday:)

christinewApril 9, 2009 - 6:17 pm

I love the sentiment and it is beautiful.

Kelly RApril 9, 2009 - 6:26 pm

this jewerly is absolutely beautiful…i love the simplicty of it. thank you for the awsome giveaway!

ValApril 9, 2009 - 6:27 pm

My husband was just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. We have 2 small children and believe me, we are living each day with intention. I love that necklace. I just love it.

DJApril 9, 2009 - 6:35 pm

This would be a perfect gift for my sister who is about to have her first baby! Put my name in the hat!

TanyaApril 9, 2009 - 6:57 pm

Stunning. Makes me feel happy to think about the chance to win such a lovely piece. I know why you love your necklace so much.

ShawnaApril 9, 2009 - 7:06 pm

Beautiful! And such a wonderful reminder for us moms!

paulaApril 9, 2009 - 7:09 pm

so pretty

HeatherApril 9, 2009 - 7:16 pm

So darling and what a great reminder to be mindful of the choices we make!

nickiApril 9, 2009 - 7:20 pm

wow…her words are so so true!
Love this.

Megan CApril 9, 2009 - 7:32 pm

I”M PUTTING MY NAME IN TOO!!!! I do love the way she described it!

SusieApril 9, 2009 - 7:34 pm

Amanda, I understand on so many levels. Thank you for sharing your creativity with Erin’s readers here 🙂

reneeApril 9, 2009 - 7:55 pm

So cool! I’m in!

KristinApril 9, 2009 - 7:55 pm

Oh my goodness the fabulousness! What a beautiful affirmation!

debApril 9, 2009 - 8:01 pm

that is so beautiful!! great message too.

TawnyaApril 9, 2009 - 8:10 pm

I’d love to win this! It’s a beaut!

Kim H.April 9, 2009 - 8:11 pm

HOW PRETTY!! What a beautiful reminder.

KellyApril 9, 2009 - 8:33 pm

I love it! Such a great reminder. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

BridgetApril 9, 2009 - 8:37 pm

Throwing my name in! I love her stuff.

TashaApril 9, 2009 - 8:39 pm

Why not I thought! I live with intention, and gratitude, and thanks, and love, and peace (well I try), and happiness, and contentment, and….. well you get the picture.

Heather WalkerApril 9, 2009 - 8:41 pm

What a great piece. I love Amanda’s work and actually just put in my Mother’s Day request with the hubby yesterday. 🙂

KeaApril 9, 2009 - 8:42 pm

I absolutely love it!

jenApril 9, 2009 - 9:10 pm

Love it! I want one and want to give one away to a friend.

AmyApril 9, 2009 - 9:18 pm

That is a wonderful sentiment and one that has been creeping into my own thoughts lately as I seem to be spending so much time just being busy. What a beautiful reminder to keep what matters most as the forefront!

AleaApril 9, 2009 - 10:30 pm

please enter my name! Such beautiful jewlery! And a beautiful message!

lori-mApril 9, 2009 - 11:19 pm

I love the sentiment/message behind this beautiful necklace. Each of us should look at how we can better our lives and be the very best “us” that we can possibly be!! Thank you for the reminder. 🙂
Lori

AmberApril 10, 2009 - 4:24 am

Beautiful!

JillApril 10, 2009 - 5:42 am

Beautiful necklace……..

JessicaApril 10, 2009 - 6:00 am

Gorgeous, love her work!

keriApril 10, 2009 - 6:21 am

so true.. love it.

Dawn-MarieApril 10, 2009 - 6:32 am

I love this! How wonderful and a great giveaway!

courtney macApril 10, 2009 - 6:35 am

This is beautiful and such a great reminder–thanks for the chance to win!

HollyApril 10, 2009 - 6:36 am

That is beautiful!

MonicaApril 10, 2009 - 6:55 am

It’s been a rough week of tantrum after tantrum after tantrum. Just seeing the message is a good reminder of why I am a mother and have always wanted to be. Thank you. I will be mindful to “live with intention” 🙂

TracyApril 10, 2009 - 7:13 am

It is beautiful!

AnonymousApril 10, 2009 - 7:16 am

def true….pretty necklace

elizabeth (efreas@vt.edu)

CarrieApril 10, 2009 - 7:32 am

This is so ture. My father passed away a week ago today and a very quick (2 weeks) fight with cancer and it is just a reminder of how special time is. It reminds us all not to take for granted any time we have and as a mother of 3 young girls that is very easy to do. Thank you again.

CarrieApril 10, 2009 - 7:33 am

This is so ture. My father passed away a week ago today after a very quick (2 weeks) fight with cancer and it is just a reminder of how special time is. It reminds us all not to take for granted any time we have and as a mother of 3 young girls that is very easy to do. Thank you again.

Amy T.April 10, 2009 - 8:33 am

It’s a Good Friday!

Amy JApril 10, 2009 - 8:50 am

Love it, Love it…

kristinaApril 10, 2009 - 9:20 am

That necklace (and saying) is beautiful! Thanks for the chance, Erin!
Hope you and your family have a blessed Easter! 🙂

JillApril 10, 2009 - 9:58 am

Beautiful words and beautiful necklace. Thanks for giving us a chance to win it! 🙂

JenniApril 10, 2009 - 10:01 am

A wonderful give away.

staciApril 10, 2009 - 10:05 am

I love this too….and how true it is….life does get overwhelming at times.

CarrieApril 10, 2009 - 10:28 am

I love Amanda’s work! I got both my mom and my mother-in-law custom necklace’s for Christmas and they both still rave about them. Now I think it is my turn! This is such a beautiful piece!

Stacey BApril 10, 2009 - 10:29 am

I think this necklace is perfect. I work outside the home, just survived another round of brutal layoffs and would love the reminder of this necklace as I always feel I am stressing about work in my too few moments with the children and worried about them while I at work. Your post inspired me to have a sleepover with my 5 yr old this weekend (I sleep in his room on the air mattress…that’s a sleepover to him! 🙂

ShannonApril 10, 2009 - 10:59 am

What a great piece, pick me 🙂

JenniferApril 10, 2009 - 11:03 am

What a gorgeous necklace with a wonderful message. I also totally love your necklace which I did not see the first time around. Thanks for the chance to win!

MeridithApril 10, 2009 - 11:10 am

Beautiful words…beautiful necklace.

DebbieApril 10, 2009 - 11:10 am

I would love this as a gentle reminder… Such a beautiful necklace.

Meghan WApril 10, 2009 - 11:42 am

It seems that many of us feel the same way as Amanda does. She just puts things into words better!

TriciaApril 10, 2009 - 11:48 am

That is beautiful! I would love it!

giniApril 10, 2009 - 12:17 pm

oh wow!!! LOVE this!!! I know exactly who I would give it too also 🙂

DebbiApril 10, 2009 - 12:36 pm

I love this necklace! Such a great reminder of what life is truly supposed to be about!

Amanda SamApril 10, 2009 - 12:41 pm

I’d love a chance to win! It’s gorgeous!!!

Heather RichardsonApril 10, 2009 - 2:02 pm

So perfect for my life!!! how do you sign up for the give away??

LoriApril 10, 2009 - 2:30 pm

Such beautiful words and a beautiful message! Thanks for hosting the drawing

Carrie H.April 10, 2009 - 2:30 pm

I simply love Amanda’s work. I have given her necklaces as gifts so many times… but never bought one for myself. I love her work!!!

Tanya ArnautovApril 10, 2009 - 3:26 pm

Loooove it! Please include me in the drawing. Her work is amazing!

beckyApril 10, 2009 - 4:00 pm

Love it! Throwing my hat in!

Michelle H.April 10, 2009 - 4:24 pm

This is lovely!!! What a great message!!!

TrishApril 10, 2009 - 6:56 pm

Wow!!! This necklace took my breath away and her words were beautiful. I know I struggle each day with these same questions each day!! Please include me in the drawing-winning this necklace would mean so much!!

AprylApril 10, 2009 - 7:25 pm

I love all of her stuff, and this necklace is no exception!! Beautiful words, I often think the exact same things but she puts it much better than I could!!

AmandaApril 10, 2009 - 9:01 pm

Could I be included in the drawing? These necklaces are just adorable.

ErinApril 10, 2009 - 9:25 pm

That is awesome! Please pick me!

Andrea F.April 10, 2009 - 9:50 pm

I absolutely love this! Thanks for counting me in for a chance to win.

(I am a long time lurker here! I love you photography and your children are absolutely adorable!)

MelissaApril 10, 2009 - 10:23 pm

It’s beautiful. What a nice offer!

jenniferApril 11, 2009 - 1:38 am

simply beautiful – love the sentiment & simplicity

JaniceApril 11, 2009 - 6:33 am

Oh, this is just beautiful! Please count me in! I have been searching for the right circle necklace and this has so much meaning and made with love. Thank you for holding this contest!

JennyApril 11, 2009 - 7:24 am

What a beautiful piece with a lovely message. Great giveaway! Heading over to her site to check out more of her work!

ChelseyApril 11, 2009 - 12:00 pm

It IS important to live with intention. What a beautiful statement… a beautiful piece… a beautiful reminder.

KatieApril 11, 2009 - 12:12 pm

This is beautiful! Great giveaway.

MarileeApril 11, 2009 - 1:58 pm

I love this! If I win, I am giving it to a friend….

SusiePSUApril 11, 2009 - 3:10 pm

Did you NOT see my New Year’s blog entry? This necklace is all me, baby…

ShannonApril 11, 2009 - 7:30 pm

This is so beautiful! It’s amazing how 3 words can describe life so well! Thanks for the giveaway!!

BerniceApril 11, 2009 - 8:19 pm

What a beautiful necklace and such a beautiful perspective on life!

AllisonApril 12, 2009 - 4:28 am

What a pretty necklace and a beautiful thought! Maybe I’ll get lucky! And Happy Easter, by the way! I love your blog!

MarciApril 12, 2009 - 11:41 am

I love this necklace! I have been looking at a lot of cute necklaces on Etsy but have never considered having such a cool phrase put on it. Thanks for the great reminder on this Easter Sunday!

RachaelApril 12, 2009 - 2:38 pm

Ooooh, I would love to be included if it isn’t too late!

LizNApril 12, 2009 - 7:07 pm

whoah, what a day to decide to catch up on a few of my favorite blogs 🙂

AdrienneApril 12, 2009 - 7:12 pm

What a perfect way to remind you everyday what is most important in life. For me it is God, my husband, my family/friends and me. Although “me” probably shouldn’t be at the bottom of this. Although, if i won it i would probably gift it to a special friend. 🙂 A perfect example of why this little reminder would serve a great purpose, if i ever found it reflecting back at me when looking in the mirror. …thanks for a chance to be gifted this little treasure.

LyndaApril 12, 2009 - 10:25 pm

I LOVE this saying and this necklace…what a great idea! I have “5” children that I raise by myself (my husband passed away while I was pregnant with my youngest). If I could have any motto, that would be it!!! Today is a Gift is on my mantel at home, but this saying gives each day more purpose! Thank you!

Allison YApril 13, 2009 - 6:13 am

I hope I’m not too late! Love this necklace – and love your blog!

amyApril 13, 2009 - 6:14 am

Beautiful! What a great reminder to not lose our focus on what’s most important.

MichelleApril 13, 2009 - 9:16 am

How cute! And the meaning behind the necklace is beautiful. As the mother of 3, with a great husband who unfortunately is out of town a good bit of the year, I find myslef trying to balance working full time with my kid’s activities, school and just life in general. I can totally relate to Amanada’s feelings.

AngieApril 13, 2009 - 9:29 am

Ooo! What a convicting reminder that would be to see around my neck every day. I love it!

Debbie S.April 13, 2009 - 11:46 am

I love it, and how true. Count me in!

JillApril 13, 2009 - 12:46 pm

Include me! I love the saying….

Melanie C.April 14, 2009 - 8:52 pm

This is so pretty!

Heather TApril 22, 2009 - 4:41 pm

I have no clue if this is over or not, but I absolutely love Queen Bee designs. Her necklaces are amazing! I’d love to be entered into the drawing.

Heather

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