Wednesday, November 3, 2010

HomeGoods Mom Cave (Giveaway!)

Oooooh…I’ve been so excited about this one! I have a FAB giveaway for you today -- I’ve been chomping at the bit to tell you about!

HomeGoods has a Mom Cave promotion going on right now that you may have heard about around blogland. I don’t care who you are…young, old, work outside or in the home, one child or seven, children or notevery woman needs a spot they can go and just relax. Recharge. Regroup. Cause we make our worlds go round. We do – you are the glue in your household.

And being the glue gets tiring. :)

HomeGoods worked with the talented interior designer Elaine Griffin to come up with four essentials of the Mom Cave:

mom-cave-essentials Sounds good to me! Love it!

Thanks to HomeGoods, I was able to work on my own itty bitty Mom Cave. If you haven’t been to HomeGoods (or TJMaxx) – you. must. go. If you live near one, it is your duty as an American to check out the deals!! At least that's the platform I would run on…

You’ll find just what you were looking for and just the thing you didn’t know you were looking for.

You know I adore their lamps:

See all those drum shades? Swoon. The most expensive lamp I’ve ever purchased there was $50, but most are $30 each. For the selection, quality and the fact that they come with a shade – it’s hard to beat those prices. Lamps are pretty affordable most places, but adding on that shade is what gets ya.

There’s aisle after aisle (after aisle) of mirrors and art:

And there’s always a TON of furniture. I saw these two upholstered headboards the day I was there and thought they were lovely:

 

If you’ve been to HomeGoods, you know that doesn’t even scratch the surface. If you’ve never been but hear us bloggers go on and on (and on) about HomeGoods, you know that doesn’t even scratch the surface. ;)

We have a little spot in our master bedroom that has turned into my own little Mom Cave over the years, and this is what it looked like for a long time:

Ahhhhhh…the shiny brass is blinding me!!!!

Sorry…I couldn’t resist. :)

I thought this spot could use some warming up, and I started with the table. I’d pulled that one from the basement forever ago, and because it’s meant to be an end table, it stuck out really far from the wall. I wanted to cozy it up a bit, so I searched for just the right table at HomeGoods…I found plenty, most in the $150-$200 range. I didn’t want to spend that much and figured I wasn’t going to find what I was looking for.

But then I saw this one…and the birds started singing:

Really…there was a bird in the store. It started singing.

I KID. I KID!!

The singing was in my head. :) I’ve been wanting to pull some metallic tones into the room and this is a lovely muted gold -- the metal has almost a faux bamboo look, and the top is a mirror.

It was exactly what I envisioned for the space…AND it was only $60! Score!

One of the reasons I love HG so (we’re tight, so I can call them HG) is their selection of look-a-likes from more expensive stores. If you stalk browse Pottery Barn catalogs like me, you may have seen this pretty clock:

Well, at $39 it’s just a teensy out of my comfort zone for a little clock…but HomeGoods had a lovely version (I think it’s even bigger than the PB one?) for $15:

And dare I say – I like this one even better?

If I had my way and a few extra hundred bucks a month, I’d have fresh flowers all over our house at all times. But I don’t so I don’t, but I hope to treat myself as often as I can here:

They smell ahhhmazing! Oh, and the “vase” is really a sundae glass. :) Isn’t it so cute as a vase? Love it!

For the past few months, I’ve found myself sitting in this spot every morning to put on my makeup, so I added a box I already had (it was supposed to be a jewelry box) and put my everyday makeup in it:

Since the table had empty space underneath, I found a beautiful storage box at HomeGoods to hide magazines:

It was $16 and I love the hint of gold metallic on it – ties in perfectly with the table!

I initially tried the old lamp on the table, but I was still running into the same issue I’ve had – the light was just too low to read by (or to put make up on). So I stole a floor lamp from the office and it’s the absolute perfect height:

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I think floor lamps are so hard to pick out -- I find most are way too tall. This one happens to be just the right height for this chair. I found the drum shade a few months ago at Goodwill and it looks great on this lamp. (Love that natural fabric!)

No Mom Cave is complete (at least in my world) without a spot to cuddle up. I grabbed a luscious blanket for $13 at HG:

Seriously -- $13?! You can’t beat it!

It looks lovely on my little $15 garage sale chair and clearanced pillow I already had:
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That chair is the one and only upholstered item I’ve ever bought second hand. I couldn’t get it out of my head when I saw it…and went back three times. The third time it came home with me. :)

Then it was on to the mantel…yes, we have a fireplace in our bedroom. No, we are not rich. Yes, it ROCKS. No, the fireplace was not my idea. When we built our house and sat down with the designer to pick out all of our “extras,” I was in full freak-out, hyperventilating mode by the time we got to the bedroom and hubs announced he wanted a FIREPLACE.

You have got to be kidding. I think I passed out for a few seconds…the dollar signs were giving my hives. But hubby talked me into it…and I am SO GLAD he did. It’s only a few dollars more a month on the mortgage anyway…right Dave Ramsey? RIGHT?!  :) (Don’t hate Dave…we’re paying it off with your guidance!)

Anyhoo, I wanted to keep the mantel simple, but also make it a bit more sophisticated. I took a platter we’ve had for years and tried it up there and loved it. LURVE. Then I found three candlesticks in various sizes at HomeGoods to give some height to the other side:

  

Those candles are totally fake by the way. No catching the art on fiyah. (You can see how I made the DIY art (with wallpaper!) here.)

I wanted to beef up my little photo wall a bit, so I got a couple more black frames, one for $8 and one for $6:

The photos are printed right off our computer onto plain computer paper. (No, I don’t even use photo paper most of the time!) I keep scraps of foam board and cardboard and use them for photo “mats” – I cut them to size, paint them the color of the wall and just center the printed photo on top.

El cheapo art. Photographs are 90 percent of the “art” in our house and that’s just how I like it. :)

The little mirror was a Goodwill find a while ago, and I had been using it as a tray till  now. The wall needed one more little something and it was perfect!

So my little corner of the world, that used to look like this:

Is now just a tad bit warmer and cozier with the addition of some metallics, some soft stuff and a couple more photos on the wall:

my mom cave

(I’m trying out the buffalo check side of the drapes by the way – not sure if it’s staying or not, but ooohweee, I love that print!!)

Of course, in my world, the “Mom Cave” is still surrounded by toys (that I pushed out of the picture) and my pile-o-crap in the corner:

But let’s focus on the relaxing part, shall we??:

Until tomorrow when there’s a cat sleeping in my chair, choo choo’s all over the table and fire trucks lined up on the floor. But I wouldn’t want my Mom Cave any other way. :)

So I have some AWESOME news for you Squeeeezies! I have FOUR $50 HomeGoods gift cards to give away! WHOOHOO! I told you this rocked. I did.

All you have to do is leave a comment. What would you use $50 for? A space for just you I hope! Cause you DESERVE IT! I don’t know you and really have no idea…but I’m going to guess you totally deserve it. ;)

(This giveaway will be open till Monday, the 8th at noon.)

**Disclaimer:  My love and gushiness of HomeGoods, their prices and their products is all my own. They do not ask me to tell you how much I love them. I just do. So I tell you. That is all.

1,604 comments:

  1. Totally cool! I am working on my craft room right now, so this would be perfect!

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  2. With a giftcard to Home Goods I would get storage for my desk ! ! It is in the corner of our kitchen and is constantly under attack by my soon to be one year old daughter. I want some storage to put my ribbon, scrapbooking embellishments, sewing supplies, and an assortment of other items away in so that I don't have to worry about Attack of the Buggy anymore !!!!

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  3. I would use it for a pretty rug. Or some organizational things. Or maybe just something pretty. I don't really have a plan. :)

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  4. I would replace my couch pillows that I bought from Target online. They were so cute in the photo...and SO cheap in real life...

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  5. Okay first of I LOVE me some Home Goods! And second of all, you must immediately email me and tell me where you bought your curtains, because they are perfect for my living room. Do it! takeoffwithkatie at gmail dot com

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  6. I would buy mirrors!!

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  7. I love HomeGoods!! I've been meaning to get there to find some smaller decor items in general to change things up on our main level. We have an open floor plan, so not a lot is needed, but I "know" I'd find something!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  8. I love HomeGoods!! I've been meaning to get there to find some smaller decor items in general to change things up on our main level. We have an open floor plan, so not a lot is needed, but I "know" I'd find something!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  9. I would finally buy some decor for my bedroom! It's painted nice but NO decor!

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  10. WOW that looks awesome! I can't wait for my hubby to get my "Cave" done. It is only studed for the time being BUT it will be the "bomb" when it's done! {hopefully}

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  11. Just like Rachel Zoe dies for fashion, I die for Home Goods! ;-)

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  12. This would be awesome. I would use the gc to work on my library, a total "mom cave" room for those who love to read!

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  13. I would LOVE to have $50 to homegoods!!!!! I'm dying to find a new vanity for my bedroom! Something mirrored maybe...definitely glamourous! Possibly with a gorgeous Louis ghost chair! I know thats asking alot of $50, but a girl can dream and it is Homegoods...so you never know! Your room came out great by the way!

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  14. What wouldn't I get at HomeGoods? I always go in looking for one thing and come out with that one item plus at least 6 other things. =D We recently just bought a house - going from a 500 sq ft. apartment to a house has left several spaces bare and lacking. I have a growing list of lovelies I can't wait to buy from HomeGoods.

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  15. Who knew I had a Home Goods less than a mile from my home? I've seen HG all over blogworld but didn't realize it was TJMaxx, too! I am SOOOO there this weekend. I would love to win a gift card to put toward the purchase of some shelving for the family room. Thanks!

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  16. Your curtains look GREAT! I would use the money to go towards decor for my craft room that I am just starting to put together. It is expensive to put it all together at once so I will be doing a little at a time. = )

    THANKS! Kristi
    kristimichele@hotmail.com

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  17. I would be checking out the lamps! I am in need of something cuter then boring basics :)

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  18. I would love to slurge on some fun things for ME!!! It would be awesome to win....I have never won anything on blogs before :)!

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  19. Home Goods is absolutely amazing! I stop by on every shopping trip. I'm in the process of redoing my living room, MY place to relax, so I'd definitely use $50 towards some nice pillows and accessories!

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  20. I would use the gift card to redecorate my master bedroom...its all wrong..not relaxing at all!!!

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  21. Oh yes my "glue" is very tired tonight!!! and the house still isn't ready for bed but I am soooo ready!
    I would love to splurge on anything at homegoods as I have a new house to fill up!

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  22. I need something pretty to hold knitting stuff in my bedroom!

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  23. Oh my goodness!!! There are SO many things I could do with $50 at HomeGoods!!! I would probably get some brand new bedding for my little boy's room. He'll be moving from his crib into a big boy bed soon (sniff sniff).
    Thanks for the FUN giveaway!!!
    mandy-burkett at sbcglobal dot net

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  24. I am so excited to say that there is a HomeGoods store opening in my town within the next couple of months and I am SO EXCITED!! I have never been to one before, but keep hearing about it in the blogworld. Hmmm, $50? I don't know where to start! I want it all! I know it won't take me any time at all to find little pretties for our home. Our daughter is just starting to get out of the "let's get into everything" stage, so I've started to pull decorative things out again. Regardless of whether or not I'm lucky enough to win, I am still counting down until that door opens!

    Dani

    danibrooke42{at}gmail{dot}com

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  25. I want to work on my master bedroom... it's just a bit blah. I hope I win!!! :)

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  26. I love HomeGoods!! I love to just go and browse and see if anything pops out at me that we might "need" :) We are working on so many areas of the house right now that could use some HG love! And eventually we have a little "reading corner" in our room that could use some TLC too, we don't really use it right now but I like to look at it :-) Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  27. My craft room could use better lighting. I have good task lighting, but this room needs ambiant lighting. Right now a sconce and one lamp on a tall bookcase is all there is!

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  28. Im working on turning the playroom into an office/guest room. right now my desk stuff is filed in my closet, and i would LOVE to have pretty storage and decorations for the room!

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  29. i would use a gift card to get some accessories for my master bedroom - maybe a mom cave corner like yours!

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  30. I would put it towards an upholstered headboard. I love reading in bed & that would be a whole lot more comfortable.

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  31. Sarah, I too have a lamp and clock obsession... I only wish I had more room to display them in =)
    Keep 'em coming I love your site. YAY!!

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  32. I would get some pretty accessories for my master bedroom. It is in need of some style! grizzlywulff@hotmail.com

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  33. I just discovered Home Goods a few months ago and fell in love! Right in my budget...Love it! A $50 gift card could help me finish up my Craft Cave! Fun organizational things and some cute decor!

    Super Love your blog!

    ~Heather

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  34. I'd use it toward my Mom Cave-in-training...revamping my walk-in closet to a mini art studio! I saw an easel at my HG that was to die for...

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  35. I would SO love love love to win this!!!! =)

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  36. Thanks for the opportunity to win! If I won a gift card, I'd finally get to the master bedroom! It needs some serious organization and cozying up but it always gets put on the backburner while I finish up more "important" projects!

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  37. My craft area is kind of like my mom cave and it needs serious work. I'm sure I could find a gazillion things that I "need" @ Homegoods!

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  38. I LOVE HG!!! And I just moved into a new house where I have tons of places that I could use $50 on espically a mom cave.
    grecpac@aol.com

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  39. I would looove this giftcard- I would use it for my bedroom! It is in need of some major help. Perhaps put it toward a new bedspread??? All of your redoing of your room makes me want to change mine up!! Yay thanks!!!

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  40. I would LOVE to win a giftcard for HomeGoods, that place rocks! I just moved into my new place a few months ago and need all kinds of things for the walls. Also could use a rug for the living room.

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  41. oh. dear. I would be in shock to spend 50 smackers on myself. I really just get stuff for the kiddos and groceries and stuff like that....I think I would buy some super lush yummy sheets to slip away to dream land everynight...that would be my perfect mom cave..lol. for realz. *fingers are crossed..*

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  42. OMG! What a great giveaway honey! I would love, love, love to get my hands on one of those fabulous gift cards so I can work on my writing space. I am trying to get organized to do all my creative writing and these would be just perfect! Hope I win! Oh, I also posted it on Twitter for you! Kori xoxo

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  43. With a gift card, Id buy accessories for my mom cave... It is naked right now, w/white walls..! A nice transformation is what Id LOVE to see!!!

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  44. oh my, count me in!! I would probably use the gift card to accessorize...well, anything in my home. New home and a lot of empty, boring spaces to fill. :)

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  45. Working on my mom cave now which used to be an office. Would love the gift cards!

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  46. I have never been to Home Goods but from everything I have seen on the web, YEAH! I have a special corner in the Living Room picked out. Thanks for the give a way.
    Amy T. sewintense@cox.net

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  47. I love Home Goods and would LOOOVE to win! I would love to say if I did I would purchase things for my mom cave...but as a MOM I would have to stay honest and say I would purchse items that I am putting together for my oldest daughter who will graduate and move on to school a few states away and I want to make sure she has a cozy mom loves you cave. Thank you for a chance to win!
    Tracy D. / Washington

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  48. With a Homegood gift card, I could use the money to help re-organize our office! It's a mess in there!!

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  49. I feel so blessed to have my own craft room, sadly it has been put on the back burner. It is still a working progress, I find myself sewing in the living room because I need some around me besides four blank white...make that really ugly off white walls. So this gift guard would be great motivation to get the room in the shape I want it to be!

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

    Taylorgketchum@gmail.com

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  50. I would love $50 to just go and spend on some things for me! Splurges like fancy (inexpensive)things to create vignettes on my coffee table, end tables and book shelf. Those little pretty decorations are the ones I always talk myself out of because I don't neeeeeeeeeeeed them. Dang that need vs want thing.

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  51. So...I am not a mom...but I like to think I have a wife cave...but to be honest almost the whole house is mine...oh my sweet husband. I am sure I will get a rude awakening one day when I bear dear, lovely, adorable children...right? ;)

    Love the idea of a mom cave...mom deserves it!

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  52. The fireplace re-do looks great! I painted our fireplace cover too and I can't believe how bright the brass looks when I look back at pictures.

    I would buy anything I could use for storage. We're short on space and I'm dying to get my house organized! I also want to buy some new wall art.

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  53. I love your Mom Cave and you gave me lots of good ideas

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  54. Beautiful! I'd definitely buy accessories. I'm on a basket buying tear right now.

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  55. Glorious!!!! I LOVE HG! Since we just moved into our first house (in Indy, might I add, we're, like, neighbors) we need just about everything. :( That doesn't exactly answer the question though, so I would have to say LAMPS!
    Buh-bye target college dorm room floor lamps and hello sophisticated-people-I-know-we-underneath-the-shame-of-hiding-our-current-lamps-when-company-comes-over.

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  56. Glorious!!!! I LOVE HG! Since we just moved into our first house (in Indy, might I add, we're, like, neighbors) we need just about everything. :( That doesn't exactly answer the question though, so I would have to say LAMPS!
    Buh-bye target college dorm room floor lamps and hello sophisticated-people-I-know-we-underneath-the-shame-of-hiding-our-current-lamps-when-company-comes-over.

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  57. I am in the market for some cute printed bed sheets so that's definitely what I would shop for first at HG! :)

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  58. I would love a gift card! We are moving in a couple of months and I really hope we get a sitting area in our bedroom. I would LOVE a mom cave! I probably would spend it on some wall art, but I am really loving those headboards too!

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  59. I need LOTS of things! I'm outfitting my art studio/office in hopes of starting a home business (among other ongoing projects). I would buy some lovely, ambient lamps or maybe a new headboard for our master bedroom!

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  60. I have been very sick for two years. Now that I am feeling better, I want to redo my bedroom. The room I loved so much before now seems depressing, probably from looking at it alot! I would find some grwat goodies to decorate my woman cave part of my bedroom. First on the list is new lighting, which I have been looking for any way and next is some new art work for the walls.

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  61. Love this giveaway! There are SO many things I'd like to buy!!
    ncable21 at hotmail dot com

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  62. I would want to give it to my sister. She totally deserves it!!

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  63. So much cute stuff in this post! I'd love the gift card to help my wall art in my living room. I definitely need a change. Love your blog!

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  64. I so badly want a mom cave! I'd be thrilled to have a mom corner and a HG gift card would start the process for me! PS- love yours...and the piles in the corner! So totally my life!

    Gayle

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  65. I'm currently redoing the bathroom, this would be awesome to buy a few lovely extras!

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  66. I'd actually probably use the money for pretty Mom stuff around the house. I have several Mom spots around the house, and they could all use some love and attention.

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  67. You are the best! Giveaways are so much fun. I am the mom of 8 wonderful children. They range in ages from 16 down to 17 months. The first 6 kids are all boys. This is one mama who needs her mom cave. I would use this to buy some lovely fabulous things for my mom cave bathroom, The only place that I can go to have quiet time and relax in the tub. The boys do not get to use the 'girl bathroom'. It is lacking some treasures in this room though. I know that I could stretch $50 a long way to make this the perfect mom cave.
    Thanks for doing such a fun giveaway. Good luck to everyone.

    Pamala
    luvmybigfam (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  68. Your mom cave looks so cozy :)

    I would use 50 smackroos to buy some new picture frames. Or sheets. Or pillows. Lots 'o things!

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  69. I would use the $50 to buy some new frames to hang pictures of my family on the wall. I have a lot of art, but not a lot of photos.

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  70. Your blog is awesome. I enjoy each and every one of your redo's. I am amazed at how creative you are with garage sale finds. My daughter is very gifted in redoing her craigslist and garage sale finds also and has done an awesome job remodeling their townhouse. I don't have that same decorating eye but I do love knick-knacks and Home Goods rocks.

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  71. $50 to Homegoods....oh the possibilities are endless! Artwork for my daughter's newly redecorated room, a new rug for the family room, new towels for the bathroom, new sheets for my bed. I could so put this to good use....yay!

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  72. I love what you did with the side table. I too like your clock better than the PB one!

    I would love to warm up my craft corner. It's all function (well barely) and no style! I definitely don't meet any of the four criteria for a mom cave. Maybe more shelves to display personal things I collect, or a rug to define and soften the area. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  73. I L.O.V.E. HG! I would buy lamps, a few pillows, or possibly a rug for our new baby's nursery. This new mama would absolutely adore a mom cave. Perhaps I'd buy a few things to get that started as well. Fingers crossed!

    thespottsvilledaily.blogspot.com

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  74. this made me miss hg so much!! just moved from Chicago to Pittsburgh...I use to stop in on a regular basis, but now can't cuz Pittsburgh doesn't have a Home Goods which makes me thing Pittsburgh is crazy!?!? How do these people live w/out one!!

    But if i win, I'll have an excuse to visit my favorite city: Chicago :)

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  75. Love love love HG, although it's TJ Maxx where I live. The buffalo check drapes add great texture. Lucky girl with a fireplace in her bedroom!

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  76. I am new to your blog and I'm lovin' it! So inspirational and funny! I getcha girl! I found your blog by pure accident (or was it...hmmmm). It's just what I needed as I get ready to create my own blog while I redecorate my living spaces...on a shoestring budget! $50 at HG...what a huge help :)

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  77. I love Homegoods! I stalk that store twice a week,cuz you never know! I would use the $50 gc for some frames,boxes,or a rug for my new office. I'm hoping it will be finished by Januray...EEK!

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  78. Oh my goodness, what serendipitous timing! I am in the process of cleaning up and polishing the "office" (which is becoming more and more my mom-cave) and it needs a little (er...make that A LOT) of love! Maybe some new drapes, or a RUG!!! Oh yeah, that gift card would TOTALLY be going towards a new rug!

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  79. Love Home Goods! I would probably buy some art for the master bedroom...

    Love your blog too by the way.

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  80. Ooooooohhh, a trip to HomeGoods would be a dream come true! With money so tight these days even the thrift store can be out of my budget.
    I love the beautiful items you found. Your mom-corner looks gorgeous!!!

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  81. Thanks so much! I LOVE Homegoods. I would get new sheets. And maybe a soft throw to us in the mornings for my QT in the living room (as close as a Mom Cave as I'm going to get).

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  82. Love what you did! Just beautiful!!!

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  83. I'd love to use it on our den/office/dumping room to transform it into a pretty blogging space for me.

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  84. I love Home Goods! This gift card would be so wonderful to win. My hubby and I are newly married and have a long way to go before we have our house decorated the way we would like. I would use the $50 towards an entry table..or decorations..or..the list goes on. ha!

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  85. I would love some new art for my bedroom! Thx!

    lexbyam at gmail dot com

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  86. More seating for more friends :) I love having my friends come over and hang out in my workroom while I'm making a mess, so the more seating the better. And $50 would be a great start in that direction!

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  87. I would put it towards my newly coming office. 2/3 of our kids have moved out so now I am redecorating a room for my son and will use his old room for an office. Kind of excited about it too!

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  88. I'm moving into a new house next week!!! I have so many ideas, I think your blog is bad for my sleeping habits!!

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  89. I need boxes or bins to organize "stuff" that is scattered right now.

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  90. I LOVE LOVE LOVE HomeGoods!!!! I would use the card to get a rug for my mom cave. I have the one I want picked out just saving up for it. this would totally help!

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  91. I would use it to fund the re-organization of my craft nook. It is "my" place and needs some attention :)

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  92. Oh, how fun! I just tried to make a little space in our bedroom so my husband and I can set down to read or just relax once our three little ones are off in dream*land. It's pretty bare and very boring, so this would be GREAT!

    If I won, I'd love to buy a bigger table that will actually hold our stuff without everything having to be piled up and the stacks falling over and into the floor. Probably a cute, little lamp to go on it.

    Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!! I would fix up the built-in entertainment center in the living room. People actually see it and I've been wanting to transform it for a while and make it a great eye piece! I would buy some foam board and cut it to the size of the back pieces of the shelves & I also would buy some scrapbook pages and glue them onto the foam board to make it all pretty; then place it back in there to change the looks. I would probably buy some cute little knick*knacks to go on there, too.

    Yup :) I never win anything; but this would be a blaaaaaaaaaast!!!

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  93. Oh man if I had a $50 dollar gift card I would use it to buy a super comfy super chic comforter :)

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  94. We recently moved into a house from a condo, we are renting so we can't do anything major. The floors are really ugly orange tiles. I would LOVE a HomeGoods gift card so that I could add some personal touches to this rental!

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  95. Wow there is so much I would pick -from lamps to art work to storage. I love this store -
    carmen.goddard@yahoo.com

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  96. Love your blog! I would like you to know I stumbled upon it a few weeks ago-- right when you were going to Nate's show... I've been hooked ever since! Corny but... I look forward to what projects and ideas you have for each day and my husband now calls me a blog-a-holic. With a 4-wk old baby it's Baby and my laptop and You! You are keeping me sane on my maternity leave. Anyways, keep up the awesome blog and let me score that GC (puhhhlease?) :-D

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  97. My mom cave is my BEDROOM. I would use a HG card to buy a nice comfy chair or a new mattress pad for my bed so I can cuddle up and read (thrifty decor chick, of course) or organize my messy closet...HG is like my personal nirvana! :)

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  98. Just found your blog tonight and it's been such an inspiration as I try to decorate our first house! We are so excited to no longer rent and be able to paint and hang, and decorate to our hearts content. But, this Momma could totally use a Mom Cave after all the work of moving, and working, and decorating, and....well just being mom. I've got the perfect little corner of our room in mind, it just needs a few homey touches to make it complete. Like pillows, picture frames, and a great throw. Ahhhhh, just thinking of it makes me relax! :)

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  99. Ok...so I'm totally doing the mom corner/cave in our bedroom. I've been wanting to get started for some time and now, your cozy spot has motivated me to do it! Thank you!

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  100. I would love a HG gift card! I have an empty space in the bedroom that is begging to be filled. Also, I would love a decent looking laundry hamper/sorter that could replace ALL the baskets of laundry that take over my house! I love HomeGoods--was just telling someone about it the other night who had never heard of it...gasp!

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  101. I need some new lamps for our master bedroom. HG had some a few weeks ago that would have looked perfect with my new bedding. I told my hubz to go get them for me for Christmas. He didn't and now they are gone! :( Next time I will by my own Christmas present!

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  102. Oh em gee!! I am obsessed with Home Goods! And I love the idea of having a "mom cave" I definitely would use the gift card to make my "mom cave" in my master bedroom! I have the perfect spot for it =)

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  103. Oooh...what would I do with that $50? So many possibilities...

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  104. I LOVE HomeGoods. Love what you did in your house. I would use the gift card for things in my laundry room or dining room. So wish you could come redo my house.

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  105. I would use it to accessorize my mom cave. Well, I guess it isn't a full cave, more like an alcove since my house is too small for me to have a room all to myself. I am creating a work space for myself in the corner of my living room. Got some smokin deals on furniture on Craigslist, now I have some painting of furniture on my to do list!

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  106. I'm probably going to use the money for a new bed frame or a new lamp. I REALLY HOPE I WIN!

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  107. Would it help me win if I said I would use the gift card to buy blankets for homeless people??? Ok, fine - I would probably use it on Christmas things, I am wanting to add silver into our decor this year, and I know they would have some amazing things there!

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  108. I would love to use the $50 on stuff to spruce up my office. I love Home Goods. I have a lamp from Home Goods in my house that I have seen in photos of your house also.

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  109. I HEART Home Goods, though I've only been twice, since we don't have one locally...I have been a big fan of TJ Maxx for years. Anyway, I could totally use some Mom-money because let's face it, I spend all my extra money on my children and their rooms...which is fun for me, but a Mom Cave? WOW! I would LOVE to have an area just for me...besides my computer desk crammed in a corner of the dining room/music room. Anyway, I am very craft and creative and so far only have a rubbermaid table in a corner for doing my shadowboxes...I'd love a comfy chair or some inspirational artwork or something...thanks! Melissa

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  110. I would use it to spruce up our home office- it needs some serious help!

    Love your site, Sarah!

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  111. I would use it to buy a small chandelier light fixture for my closet. I dream of having a closet that is my "dressing room".

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  112. Home Goods here I come (with a gife card hopefully). I would love to find the perfect little chair to go in the corner.

    -Love Dave Ramsy and the rice and beans diet!

    gaddie09 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  113. I would definately use the gift card for accessories for my newly renovated living room (after 20 years). Thank you for the generous offer.

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  114. I need to pretty up the bookcase in our Master Bedroom! It's the closest thing I've got to a Mom-cave and, luckily, the spot I love the most! :)

    We don't have Home Goods here, but we do have TJ Maxx - one of my absolute favorite stores!

    GREAT giveaway! Thanks!!

    ~Karla @ It's The Little Things...

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  115. I would use this for yummy things, definitely NEED a MOM CAVE:)

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  116. I've never heard of Homegoods, but those are some awesome deals you got! I love PB, but it is way out of my price range. I think I would look for a bookcase for my cave.

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  117. I'm thinking lamp for the family room!

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  118. Oh my goodness! What a blessing you are! I would love an HG Gift card for some "Mom Cave Relaxation Creation!" Loving your idea about a nice throw & some new lighting to read & relax. My hubby lost his job last year & has just started a new one so the $$thang has been real tight. I have been burning the candle at both ends to keep up w/kids,house& also work my part time job from home so this would be an incredible blessing for me! Thanks so much! Love all of your ideas. Wish you could come help me w/my house!!!

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  119. I would probably buy new dishes. No wait, a new rug. No wait, a new comforter. What wouldn't I want to buy? Home Goods has too many things I want.

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  120. you have totally motivated me to be more creative around my home. Problem is we're a little low on $$$.
    That said, I would LUV a $50 GC!

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  121. I LURVE Homegoods and I have 2 of them within 15-20 minutes of my home. I could definately put a $50 gift card to good use in my bedroom. I am a single mother and I work out of my home and I store alot of stuff in my bedroom. I could use some organization so I could show off my beautiful decorations and have my room be a peaceful haven instead of a cluttered mess!
    contess177@yahoo.com

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  122. I am about as HG crazy as you are! I would use it on new sheets, or a duvet, or a rug. They have great rugs!

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  123. Ah! With a giftcard to HomeGoods I would definitely buy some art to put on the sad, bare walls of my rental - huzzah! Thanks for the giveway :)

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  124. I love love love HomeGoods! I could definitely find something to buy there! Since our budget is pretty tight while my hubby is going to school, every decoration I have is used in my living room/entry way area that everyone sees. So, my bedroom has gotten pretty neglected and has ZERO decorations... I would use that gift card to buy a few things to make my room a place that I would want to spend more time in!

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  125. Love Homegoods!! All those yummy lamps and blankies...pick me pick me!!!

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  126. I would love to put that $50 towards an armchair.

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  127. I have so many ideas for this giftcard but I would totally use it for my bedroom, it needs help!

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  128. I have so many ideas for this giftcard but I would totally use it for my bedroom, it needs help!

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  129. As a soon-to-be-mom (5 weeks of pregnancy remaining) the creation of a quiet space to sit and re-charge would be the perfect use of $50! :-)

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  130. i would LOVE a $50 gd to HG!!! hmmm, i would probably use it on a fabulous mirror :)

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  131. I would love this! I've been trying to cozy up my home and this would go a LONG way! I would use it for some little shelves for the wall, and maybe some art, or a rug. Oh, the possibilities! ON a side note - I want to say thank you that your music player thingy on your page does NOT start automatically. Those things scare the living bejeebees out of me when I get on a blog and don't know it's sitting down there! :-)

    email is snowflakes2hotcakes {at} gmail {dot} com

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  132. HomeGoods and HobLob are my homes away from home! With $50 I would purchase a rug for my craft/sewing room that I found just the other day. It would go perfect in my "Mom Cave"!

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  133. I would use it for throw pillows and blankets!

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  134. Love your space! Love the flowers, the clock, the throw (awesome price!), it all looks so great! I've only been into HG once & loved it! So need to make a trip to get there again! We are renting right now so a HG gc would be so amazing right now! I didn't really decorate for quite awhile cause I struggled with it not being my own place. But then I realized that I can't live like that...I need to make this beautiful house...our home. So, no, I can't paint and change some things like I normally would, but I can decorate, add some new pieces and make it 'ours' the best way I can. And a trip to HomeGoods could help! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  135. I love HomeGoods! I would use it to decorate my mantle which is bare and empty now that we moved our tv off it.

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  136. I love that store too! I would use it towards a comfy chair to catch a quick nap in. I have always wanted one but never spent the money to do!

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  137. I have six kids. Some with ADHD, one with Dyslexia, some with a processing disorder, one with speech delay, one very bratty two year old, some teenagers... I haven't had a moment or a dime to do anything to my home. I want a mom cave! I would make my room more "mine" or make a shelf in my entry way adorable.

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  138. Oh PLEASE pick me. We are moving in to our awesome new "forever house" in ten days and I am so excited. We have spent the last month adding color to EVERY room - including closets! After trying to prep a new house and keep our current one clean (with toddlers) while it is on the market, I am dying to have a mom cave or two. And HomeGoods rocks. My daughters room is goinfg to be awesome thanks to HG!!!

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  139. My 2 year old screeches and points every time we drive past HG. He loves it as much as I do. I would spend $50 on some new accent pillows for my bed and a new lamp!

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  140. Homegoods tends to be the first place I go when decorating around the house. I just redid my living room with fab pillows and decorating items found there and next up Im tackling my study. I would love to see it be the one truly girly space in my house with a nice chair and blankets.

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  141. I would love to get more things to hang up on my really bare walls-and maybe a few fun things for the mantle in the living room.
    arianiah@hotmail.com

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  142. I love HG too! I have made a dozen purchases there and would love to make a dozen more. I am recently a SAHM and now realize all things my new house {of 3 years} is still missing. This momma would buy some lovely curtains and throw pillows to glam up the living room to make it look more complete.. And less daycare-ish. I'm sure you know the feeling. :)
    Cbridges atgmaildotcom

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  143. I would look for some textiles for my dining room-turned-craft studio. I need some beautiful window panels (among many, many other things!).

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  144. I would love the gift card and I'd use it to buy a new lamp. I'd place it next to my big wing chair that I love to curl up in and read a book.

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  145. I absolutely LUUUUUURVE TJmaxx!!! That's what we have here in good ol' Washington state! I work full-time and am trying to put myself and the Hubbs through college. I have been working hard to make our house more like a home, but after all the long hours its hard to come home and be creative, let alone find time to relax. I would really love and appreciate a place to cozy up and make my own little space to relax. I think it would be my bedroom and I could use some throw pillows and lamps!!!! Hoping I win! Fingers crossed :) :) :) :)

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  146. I would have thousands of dollars worth of fun just shopping and dreaming! I love what you did with your Mom Cave!

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  147. I found this awesome reading chair and now I need a cool reading lamp and a small table for my books. Home Goods is always my first choice for home decor...I can always find something (and then some) to buy.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  148. I love HomeGoods too!
    I would use the giftcard to buy some storage for the basement playroom I'm in the process of creating...so needed because my 5 year old's toys are taking over my home! Then I could go back and have some "Mom Space" just for me!

    Thanks for having the giveaway!

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  149. HomeGoods is slowly but surely taking the place of Target as my favorite store. I could spend hours in there, as long as I was without Hubs and kiddos.

    I love how you warmed up your fireplace area! It looks terrific!

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  150. Oh, how I need an ottoman for my mom cave. Sadly, I have no where to put my tired feet! Love HomeGoods!!!

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  151. I would continue to fix up my scrapbook/craft area. Need it to be useful and pretty!

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  152. I also love love love Home Goods!! I really need to decorate the area behind my sink. Something I look at daily that REALLY needs a spruce up!

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  153. Incahgneetoh at yahoo dot comNovember 4, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    Your Mom Cave uplifted me a bit...and I can really use uplifting now. $50 to spend at Home Goods sure would help :)

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  154. I love that you got rid of the shiny brass - its too funny that the first thing I noticed in that photo WAS the brass. Lol I too love the fireplace in your room! Wish we had one - or even room for one. My ideal mommy cave would have a loverly, (yes I'm a closet My Fair Lady / Audrey Hepburn junkie!) comfy chair with a fab blankie. I would have a place to set a drink, a light to read by (cuz blogs are my escape from my five little darlings) and exquisitely scented candles. I also envision a pretty little journal and pen tucked away for my thoughts or sweet notes about my babies which they may read someday. Everything I need to surround myself with peace and quiet so that I may reflect and settle into the blessing that is family. Sometimes a moment's peace and quiet is the best thing to help you acknowledge this very thing... so now you've visited what will be my perfect woman cave...

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  155. Oh, I would love this! I love that store and I love what you did with your mom cave! It looks fabulous!

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  156. i'd buy some... oh i don't know... it'd be a start to my "girl cave". so i'd need some basics!

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  157. Honestly have never been to a HG store, as I live in Alaska and we don't have one, BUT I do get out on occasion and would LOVE to have a good excuse to go shopping!! I have always wanted a mom cave and would love to find somethings for it!!

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  158. Oh my goodness, I haven't been to a TJMaxx since I was a teenager. I guess that better change!! I would totally use the $ to deck out my office/mom cave area that I've squeezed in behind the couch. It seriously needs to be organized - right now I'm lucky if I can find what I need each day.

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  159. My old well worn comfy brown leather recliner needs a small table and a lamp to make my little Mom Cave
    complete...oh no wait...maybe I'll get a soft throw to wrap up in during the long cold winter.. no....wait..so much to choose....

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  160. I LOVE this! YAY!! I would love to win a gift card to Home Goods. It's my FAVE! I've been wanting to create a space for my art/de-stressing/place to chill with my girlfriends! I could definitely figure out how to spend $50 @ Home Goods to get that started!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    ~Tiffany

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  161. I could use 50 buckeroo's to find some unique storage for our cramped cooking utensil drawer...maybe a rack or a jar?

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  162. I've never been to Home Goods. I will definitely have to find one! I browse through Ross and Marshalls, but rarely buy things because we're trying to do the Ramsey thing :)
    However, with a little one on the way it's so hard to resist the urge to make home feel more like 'home.'
    LOVE your blog and all the ideas you share!

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  163. I would use it on my 1st ever trip to HomeGoods! We are about to close on the purchase of a new home (well not new new, but new to us!), and I can't wait to start decorating!!!

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  164. I just found your blog and have to say that I love it! All of it! What great style and ideas you have. I am in the process of redoing my bedroom and would love a new white comforter to go with my chocolate quilt.

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  165. I LOVE home goods!! I went with my mom there when I was down in CA visiting and bought some plates there for cha-eep!! But I could totally use this! I have a corner in my room with just a refinished rocking chair in it...and it needs something else!!!

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  166. I would love my own "mom cave"!!! With twin thirteen year old boys I need a feminine place to call my own without smelly socks or sports equipment. I looove TJ Maxx and can't walk out of the store without falling in love with something. Thank you for this spectacular giveaway!!! Jen H. hamm2(at)fuse(dot)net

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  167. I would totally love a HG gift card! I just found out I am expecting baby #5 and have a zillion ideas running through my head about how to better organize and streamline my home. HG could certainly help me with that.

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  168. I would love to use the gift card for new bed side lamps or drapes in my master bedroom. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  169. If I won a home goods gc I would RUN and get a lamp or 3 for our home....i love lamps!

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  170. What a great giveaway! Love your Mom Cave! :)

    I would use the $50 to buy one of those awesome lamps you mentioned. They are so gorgeous. If I don't win, I may still have to splurge and go out and get one.

    Lauren
    http://31diy.blogspot.com
    31diyproject[at]gmail[dot]com

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  171. I pink-puffy-heart TJX/HG and am single handedly bankrolling them whilst decorating our first home! Fingers crossed for a giftcard to burn a hole in my pocket!!!

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  172. Wow, I'm so jealous! No HG in Hawaii, sooo I think I would send it on to my sister-in-law for a fabulous Christmas present. :)

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  173. Oooh how fun! I just recently checked them out and was impressed. We just moved and for the past week I have been trying to set up my craft room to no avail. I need to get new storage baskets and shelves but hate to spend money on myself (just like every other mom out there!). Would love to see tips for office/craft spaces!!

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  174. I would love to win a gift card. If I won I'd use it to buy a few more items to organize my art area :)

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  175. Pick me! Pick me! :)
    I'm in the process of re-do-ing my very own craft room and the daybed in there needs new linens!

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  176. Oh my goodness I would use that gift card to create my own mommy cave in our room too, just a little area off to the side of our bed where I could sit and read and blog. What a GREAT giveaway.

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  177. awesome. i would get something to put up on walls - they are all empty!

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  178. OMG, awesome!!! Our nearest HG is 45 minutes away, but whenever we head that direction I am sure to stop in. I would use the gift card to jump start our spare bedroom and give myself the craft corner that I've been yearning for.

    Your mom cave looks so cozy! Enjoy it!!

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  179. I'm just finishing my Master Bedroom re-do and the room just needs something.. I know that "something" is waiting for me at HomeGoods!

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  180. Oh, really like what you did with your space! If I had $50 to spend at HG it would definitely be on much need curtain panels! Or mirrors, or.....

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  181. Keep up the Buffalo Plaid side of the drapes -- it looks FANTASTIC!
    Best,
    Gloria

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  182. Lamps! I love the glow they create. Or window coverings.

    My favorite thing you did to your Mom Cave nook is the curtains change-up. I love stripes!

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  183. I personally love the curtains! I vote for keeping them up. Wow, a HG gift would be so much fun. I'd love a new clock, or maybe some storage boxes too!

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  184. Ohhhhhh lucky you, girl! I'd totally get a blanket like yours and a coffee bodum. There's are so nice. I really REALLY want one of those!

    Donna
    signmakergirl@hotmail.com

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  185. I would love to get a new little chair/stool for my bathroom, mine broke when i slipped(maybe I should get a better bathmat?)and I have a crate with atowel on it for now.
    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

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  186. How great! I would use the money to spice up my apartment! As I'm a college student, we have to budget, so this would be a fun splurge!! (:

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  187. HG has an awesome chair right now that I am IN LOVE with and would love to have in my office/craft room. Oh I'm crossing my fingers!!!!

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  188. amanda@hodgins.orgNovember 4, 2010 at 4:18 AM

    This idea totally R.O.C.K.S!!! Never even thought of a Mom Cave but now realize that I must, must have one! Thanks for always having the best ideas and tips. Your house is gorg!!

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  189. I love HomeGoods! I would use it toward my home office. I have been wanting to make it more welcoming and cozy so if I win, this would definitely go toward that!

    susan (at) cravingthesavings (dot) com

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  190. I HEART you. I just do. Not only did I go back and forth with the before and after pics about 20 times marveling at your talent, I also felt warm and fuzzy after seeing your pile shoved to the side. Thanks for all you do! I look forward to each and every post.

    Shelby

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  191. Oh I wish, I wish, I wish! :) What a fun giveaway! Oh the possibilities...

    Shelley

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  192. I would use it for stuff for the home office! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  193. Unfortunately if I won the giftcard I would only be starting my Mom Cave seeing I am without at the moment! I would love a whole Mom Room!

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  194. I'm going to be a mom in December, so I clearly need to create a Mom Cave! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  195. oooh I need some pillows for my bed! or a throw!

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  196. Definitely need some special touches to create a relaxing oasis in our bedroom. Right now i's an irritating place where laundry just piles up.

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  197. I'd love to finish up my half of the office...I share it with my husband and I want my part of it to be a reflection on me without totally making the room a crazy mess!

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