Gratitude and a Giveaway **CLOSED**

I'm also pretty grateful for pumpkins, but who isn't? Image credit: Penguinbush on flickr.

The transition from my old blog to this one has left me feeling even more grateful than usual for the insightful, supportive community I have found in this space and around the web. With that in mind, I felt it only appropriate that I join Amanda of Let’s Take the Metro for a gratitude post as I complete the settling in process. Stick it out to the end (or scroll down), because I have a prize for you, too!

This week, I’m grateful for:

A partner who is supportive of my writing and the time I devote to it.

Lisa, who patiently listened as I explained the tiny things I wanted to tweak in this lovely new design, and put in the time not only to understand what I wanted, but to create it for me.

Community, and more specifically, friends with toddlers. Would you believe I went back and forth on the decision of whether or not to host a Pumpkin Party for our ones, twos, and threes, because there were too many people to invite? A huge contrast to the first months of Annabelle’s life, when I was desperate for community and didn’t know where to find it. While the idea of hosting so many overwhelmed me at first, I’m feeling really excited now. It will be wonderful to give these very young ones a party all their own.

Our garden. I’m so excited about my burgeoning seedlings and tiny plot. I believed for years that I couldn’t grow anything. I, the killer of plants. I’m so glad I decided to rewrite that story, because every new leaf fills elicits a squeal of excitement, and I’m appreciating my food so much more for the understanding of the huge amount of work that goes into growing it.

Virtual garage sales. I can’t get out of my house early enough to drive around and find the deals, but I can sure stalk facebook like nobody’s business. In the past couple of weeks, I have scored a table and chairs for Annabelle’s room and a super cute yellow sundress for me, and managed to make a few dollars for some of our unwanted items, too. Such a great idea!


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Now for the giveaway! To celebrate this new space, and thank you all for your support, I have decided to give away a brand new pocket diaper to one lucky winner. The diaper in question was purchased by me from my friend and the mama behind Gaia Eco Solutions, Amanda. I ordered all of Annabelle’s diapers online, so I was thrilled when I met Amanda and learned that cloth diapers are actually being sold right here on Guam. I was similarly thrilled when I learned that there was another mom passionate not only about cloth diapering, but about helping empower families to live in harmony with their environment in general. I suppose I’m grateful for that, too!

The winner will have their choice of either a OS Pocket Diaper from Sunbaby Diapers in the Circle Print (shown at left), or a OS Pocket Diaper from Babyland diapers in their choice of the “Bubble” or “Blue Swirly” print.

Unfortunately, the one snafu in my blog migration has to do with my RSS feed: I broke it. I even paid someone to try to recover it, but it’s gone. A year and a half worth of subscribers has been lost, and I have to say I’m pretty bummed. That said, not only is this giveaway my way of saying, “thanks for making the move with me and being awesome in general,” but I’ll admit it’s also a way for me to draw attention to the new site, new feed, and new facebook page. I’m hoping it catches the eye of a few of the people I may have lost during the transition. I greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word! That said here’s how you can enter:

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment with feedback regarding any feature of the new blog. You can start with, “I really love…” “I wish you had/hadn’t…” or even, “I’d like to see more…”

Bonus Entries

  • Subscribe to Vibrant Wanderings in a reader or by email (1 entry for each), and leave a separate comment, telling me you did so.
  • Like Vibrant Wanderings on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did so.
  • Recommend the new facebook page to a friend, and have them leave a comment on the wall telling me you sent them (2 entries per friend). Be sure they refer to you by the same name you use in your comment here so I can credit the extra entries properly.
  • Post this giveaway on your Facebook page or wall and leave a comment with the link. You can use this status update: Enter to win a OS Pocket Diaper at @Vibrant Wanderings. Giveaway ends November 26 and is open worldwide.
    Be sure to attach the URL for this post to your update:
  • Follow @NewMommyFiles on Twitter and leave your Twitter name in the comment.
  • Tweet about this giveaway (up to 5 times total, at least 24 hours apart). You can tweet this text: #Win a OS Pocket Diaper at Vibrant Wanderings @NewMommyFiles {11.26;Worldwide}


  • This giveaway is open worldwide.
  • You must leave each entry as a separate comment.  I will count each comment as one entry only.
  • The winner will be chosen via after the giveaway closes and notified via email. Be sure to use a valid email address when you comment so that you can be contacted if you win! Giveaway closes at 11:59pm PST on November 26th.


I’m linking this giveaway up on Hobo MamaContest Girl, Cloth Diaper Contests, and more.

Disclosure: The diaper I am giving away was purchased at retail cost, by me. I am not being compensated in any way for this giveaway. Read more about my policy on giveaways on the about page.

150 thoughts on “Gratitude and a Giveaway **CLOSED**

  1. Lyndsay

    I “liked” your FB page…… I hope I win, those diapers are too cute! Can’t wait to try cloth in December with baby #2.

  2. Lyndsay

    I’d love to hear more about “virtual garage sales” Is this just through your friends on FB or is there a separate site you use? I have lots to sell, both baby stuff and just “clutter clearing” from 4 years in the same house!

  3. Kelly

    It’s so pretty!! :) Love the background and format…and of course all your lovely posts – and you! Congrats on the new site mama! :)

  4. Gaby @ Tmuffin

    I have to say, I was so confused when I came here. As usual, I was doing 5 things at once and had just clicked on a few pages and was waiting for them to load in different tabs. When this website came up, I thought “Who…? Wha…?” (After seeing how beautiful it was, of course!)

    I love your new name. Perfectly fitting. :)

  5. Suzie

    I’m fairly new to your blog. In fact, I didn’t become real acquainted with it before you made the change. I like how easy it is to navigate, though!

  6. krystyl olson

    What I like about your blog ;
    I am new to your blog, but I really like your theme, and LOVE the cute animated header :)

  7. Nikole H.

    I’m new to your blog, but I have enjoyed your recent post Gorillas and Mealtime :) Good luck fully transitioning from the move! ngiraldi at gmail dot com

  8. Olivia L

    I just found you so I can’t comment on your new blog vs, the old, but I love your banner! The animated clouds lazily floating by look fabulous!

  9. Natalie B

    I love your blog, enjoy reading it immensely.

    I subscribe to Vibrant Wanderings by email (so this is the first time I’ve visited the webpage – beautiful!!)

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