Saturday, October 23, 2010

much ado about you {{a giveaway}}

This week I celebrated my blogiversary in a special and unique way. 
I wanted to be intentional in how I celebrated and so I did some reflection and tapped others to assist in posts. 
I also wanted to end the week with a fantastic giveaway for my readers of something that I love and use on a daily basis as a tool for success. 


To recap this week, I have posted about:



I have found that in order for me to be successful at my goals, hopes, dreams, and vision for my future, I need to be organized. For work I have my blackberry (boo-I want an Iphone) and use it for my appointments but for my blog and handmade shop, I must have a planner. It can't be any planner; it must be one that is cute and has everything I need-the planner must be motivating!

Have you heard about Much Ado About You?!
Emmy and her team only make the cutest planners around. 
This is the Franchesca from the 2011 line. Brand new-fresh off the press! 

{Drool!}

Here is mine:
You can see how I easily became obsessed and do not leave the house without mine! Gorgeous!
I love the back envelope! I told you this planner keeps me organized. I keep all of my receipts from supply purchases, notes, ideas, etc. in this envelope.


I also love my planner because I can look back on dates and see what I was doing last year, 2 years ago, and so on. 
{{Yes, I save my planners. They are like a diary with out all the ugly details.}}

Which planner would you choose? 
{{There are so many to choose from!}}
Here are a couple of my favorites:
oh, did I mention Much Ado about You sells bookmarks and journals? 
hoot! 

I have drooled over Much Ado About You for a long time and have found the growth and success of Emmy's shop to be inspirational. I am so honored that she chose to do a giveaway for Hiya Luv readers and I just had to share some of her amazingness with you all! 

I asked her a few questions and she warmly obliged.

{{1. How did you start Much Ado About You?}}
I started Much Ado About You as an Event Planning and Custom Invitation business. I loved the creative side of my job, but was getting burned out by the pressure and the repetitive element of making the same invitation over and over. But I was busy and looking for a way to stay organized. I searched high and low for a calendar that would suits my needs, but unfortunately, after an exhaustive search of every bookstore in a 20 mile radius, I came up empty handed. I persuaded my husband, the Excel Master, to create my perfect calendar that I then printed, bound, and decorated with cute paper {of course}, some tabs and a family photo. I had no motive other than to just have a great calendar for myself. Then my neighbors saw it. They had to have one, so I made a few more. Then their friends saw them. They had to have one, so I made a few more… Suddenly I found myself working almost full-time at producing enough calendars to meet the demand of my ever-increasing circle of “friends” that had to have their own calendar. Within a year I had stopped accepting clients looking for Event Planners, and now have a staff of 4 employees that make calendars around the clock!

{{2. What drives you in your work? What inspires you?}}
 Paper inspires me! I love beautiful paper, and my favorite thing to do is combine unexpected colors and patterns. To be 100% honest, I am often inspired by my pajamas. I wear a colored tank top and underwear to bed, and often times I see myself in the mirror and think, "Oh... I like hot pink damask with kelly green! I need to make a calendar like that!" 
What drives me is my desire to employ all my favorite people. It would be my dream come true to have my own hand-picked staff of besties that I can pay a decent salary, offer benefits, and see every day. So I am constantly brainstorming on how to take
Much Ado About You to the next level.

{{3. Has there been anyone who has been influential in your career?}}
The most influential people have been my friends and family that have supported and encouraged my business, and that have been willing to work for very little pay to help me grow and flourish!

I told you she was cool! I would love to work with her! She sounds like a blast and I too adore gorgeous paper! 
AND-I am going to start looking for inspiration in my pajamas because her patterns are phenomenal!

Would you like to win a planner from Much Ado About You?
{{silly question?}}

Mandatory entry: Check out Much Ado About You, come back and leave a comment about your favorite item and how you would use it to be successful in your work. You MUST leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!

Extra Entries: {must have individual comment for each entry and your email address}
{1} Heart Much Ado About You, come back and leave a comment.
{2} Follow my blog, leave a comment.
{3} Like Much Ado About You on Facebook, come back and leave a comment.
{4} Follow me on twitter.
{5} Let's spread the word! Blog, tweet, facebook about this giveaway; come back and leave the link, get an extra entry. +1 entry daily per social media network. Remember when you comment to leave your email address. 

A Winner will be chosen on Wednesday, October 27.




112 thoughts:

Jenni said...

lovin' the amelia!

Jenni said...

i follow your blog!

Kayla said...

I love the Brooke design. I desperately need a calendar to keep in my purse as I start to travel and get busier!

Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

Mary said...

This is probably one of the coolest giveaways I have ever seen! I hope I win! I love her Belinda design large planner. Definitely something I would use.

Kayla said...

I hearted Much Ado About You.

Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

Kayla said...

I of course follow your blog.

Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

Kayla said...

AAAAAAAND lastly I follow you on Twitter.

Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

Mary said...

I follow your blog :)

Mary said...

I now follow you on Twitter :)

Mary said...

I hearted the shop! :)

Kara said...

Great giveaway!

I love the SCARLETT design planner but I would want a K on the front for my name :)

Kara said...

I LOVE following your blog :) It has been fun celebrating your blogiversary with you!

Celeste said...

the Savannah! love it!

celeste@mail4me.com

Celeste said...

yep! I'm a blog follower!

celeste@mail4me.com

Celeste said...

I follow you on twitter @celeste_w

celeste@mail4me.com

Watkins35 said...

I love the "Zoey" design best (great colours & super cute owl), it'd help me plan my time better (big blocks for crafting & of course time wh Hubby) :) x

Watkins35 said...

I have so hearted this shop :) x

Watkins35 said...

and of course I am a follower (your blog rocks) x

Watkins35 said...

and finally, I'm about to post about this FAB giveaway on my blog x

Watkins35 said...

oops, oh yes, hollycroft94@sky.com :) x

I Sew Lucky said...

I met her at TCC!! Great girl! LOve her stuff! I foller her blog!

I Sew Lucky said...

I follow her on twitter!

I Sew Lucky said...

I heart her store!

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

This was a TOUGH DECISION! I was debating b/w the amelia and the brook! I think I like the brooke best. They are all so cute!
amber_johnson2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I heart her store!

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I'm a follower of your blog...

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

Annnnd Twitter!!! :)

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

And I just "liked" her FB page. :)

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Happy Blogoversary!! What a fun shop. I love those planners. I think my favorite is the Brooke!

I shared this on my Tatertots facebok page and twitter :)

xox
Jen

shari @ little blue deer said...

I love the Bevin personalized planner, I'm a huge sucker for monograms! This would help me because I am probably the only person in the world without a smartphone, I'm still old school, lol! XX! shari{at}littlebluedeerdotcom

meganluvsjewels said...

I LOVE the Franchesca! So gorgeous! I ahve been eyeing her planners for a while! I would definitely use one to keep all my business due dates and events organized!

megan@flawedperfectionjewelry.com

meganluvsjewels said...

I hearted Much Ado About You!

meganluvsjewels said...

I follow you on Twitter.

megan@flawedperfectionjewelry.com (Sorry, forgot to put my e-mail on the heart comment right above this one!)

meganluvsjewels said...

I follow your blog!

megan@flawedperfectionjewelry.com

mrlcoy said...

I ADORE these Planners!! I sooo need one of these. I am always haveing to write down my appts. in a spiral notebook to remind me of all the appts. I have, and to keep track of my girls activities.
I heart "Much Ado about you"!!! =)

mrlcoy@yahoo.com

LuAnn and Rick said...

Love the "Ophelia" LuAnn lsum1258@aol.com

PS Thanks for the offer

LuAnn and Rick said...

Also "liked" you on Facebook. LuAnn lsum1258@aol.com Thanks again.

mrlcoy said...

Forgot to add my favorite one! :-) It's the Franchesca!!! Sooo cute!!

kristina said...

I <3 her shop! :)
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kristina said...

follow your blog!:)
krstsxt@aol.com

kristina said...

I like Much Ado About You on fb!
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kristina said...

Im diggin the Samantha design!:)
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--Amie-- said...

I love the Piper design! It would be great to keep shipping dates, and work stuff in!! And it would be nice to have to keep up with my daughters stuff too!! amiegwayne@gmail.com

★All Thingz Related★ said...

I love the SAVANNAH design!
{Rebekah}
allthingzrelated@gmail

★All Thingz Related★ said...

I {heart} Much Ado About You!
{Rebekah}
allthingzrelated@gmail

p.s. failed to mention in the first comment that I would use the planner to sort out the busyness of everyday life with 3 kiddos!

★All Thingz Related★ said...

I'm a follower!
{Rebekah}
allthingzrelated@gmail

★All Thingz Related★ said...

I like Much Ado about You on FB!
{Rebekah Woosley}
allthingzrelated@gmail

★All Thingz Related★ said...

I follow on Twitter @allthngzrelated!
{Rebekah}
allthingzrelated@gmail

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Facebooked about the giveaway!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Thingz-Related/272039786701
{Rebekah}
allthingzrelated@gmail

Corrine said...

I absolutly love the small purse planner! Plus the fact that she has a bible quote on her page, really shows the character of her shop and her values!

Corrine said...

I heart her shop!

alexcorrinegalli@gmail.com

Michele P. said...

I like the Delainie medium design, this would be perfect for me to keep track of upcoming personal appointments, bill paying dates, and clients appts and deadlines that I have to deal with at work.

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Corrine said...

Im a follower!

alexcorrinegalli@gmail.com

Corrine said...

I like on FB!

alexcorrinegalli@gmail.com

Michele P. said...

Like Much Ado about You on FB M Pineda
micaela6955 at msn dot com

Michele P. said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/micaela6955/status/28619363653

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Em said...

I like the Ellie design the best...maybe because it has an E on it already? :)

Em said...

I follow your blog!

Donna Nguyen said...

I love the Joey design! My son's name is Joshua and it's a little less feminine. I am a very forgetful person and I have to write EVERYTHING in my planner so winning this will help me be successful by simply reminding me that I have to go to work and finish things on my to do list!

nguye145@cougars.csusm.edu

Donna Nguyen said...

I am a new follower!

nguye145@cougars.csusm.edu

aPearantly sew said...

I love her planners! I found her shop several months back and have wanted one ever since!

she dreams big! said...

Oh, I just love the Francesca! Would having one of these planners get me back on track to follow some of my dreams? I'm thinking - YES! Somewhere along the line I lost myself but I'm ready and willing to get back on track!!

Mama Pea said...

I like the Elle. I would use it to keep track of appointments for work and assignments for school.

Mama Pea said...

I follow your blog.

Mama Pea said...

I follow you on Twitter :)

Dawn said...

i was just thinking about a new planner-i like the Sawyer-tough choice though-they're all pretty

Dawn said...

i "heart" much ado about you

Dawn said...

i follow your blog

Dawn said...

i follow you on twitter

Dawn said...

i tweeted http://twitter.com/7alltogether/status/28647861801

Chacoy said...

I l-o-v-e savannah! I could keep all of my assignments and papers in order for school with one of these lovlies!!
chacoyaguayo{at}yahoo{dot}com
Thank you for the opportunity!

Chacoy said...

I ♥ Much Ado About You-Ma21cuteboy!
chacoyaguayo{at}yahoo{dot}com

Chacoy said...

I follow hiya luv!
chacoyaguayo{at}yahoo{Dot}com

Chacoy said...

I 'like' Much Ado About You on FB:ChacoyAguayo
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Melissa B. said...

I love the Zoey one! I would definitely use this and need this for teaching piano lessons. The kids would love it to. To see me write about their lessons and what I need to prepare for the next week. It would be perfect!!!

jakeandmelissa2010@gmail.com

Chacoy said...

I follow via Twitter @Ma21cuteboy!
chacoyaguayo{at}yahoo{dot}com

Chacoy said...

Tweet:
http://twitter.com/Ma21cuteboy/status/28652079702
chacoyaguayo{at}yahoo{dot}com

Chacoy said...

Posted on FB:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/Ma21cuteboy/posts/136505709733226
chacoyaguayo{at}yahoo{Dot}Com

ClaudineRenee said...

You are too stinking clever! And I love those planners! I'm always misplacing my notebooks but I might not misplace a planner from "Much Ado About Nothing".

I love the Scarlet (of course).

SunnySusan said...

I am loving the Scarlett!!

Manda said...

Oh, so many choices! It's hard to pick just one---but I like the Rachel!

Manda said...

I heart you on Etsy!

Manda said...

I subscribed to your blog!

Manda said...

I LIKE you on FB now too! : )

LizzieBeth said...

Greetings from Lizzie In Progress! Thanks for the comment and happy blogiversary to you!

LB

Cassie said...

Ack! These are fantastic! I would love one, and would use it for school planning as well as all of the army events we have to attend. . .the list could go on and on! What a great giveaway :D

cassandratrask@yahoo.com

Cassie said...

I hearted this sweet shop on Etsy!

Cassie said...

I love following your blog, my friend :D

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

I really love the ELLIE design...I've been dreaming of her planners for a long time!

thesweetestpetunia {at} gmail {dot} com

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

{hearted} on etsy! (petuniablooms)

thesweetestpetunia {at} gmail {dot} com

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

blog follower!

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Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

I love the Savannah and Victoria designs! Super cute! I currently only have the one student, but when I get more, it will be helpful to have a place to keep track of their lesson times!
MandysYellowCorner@gmail.com

Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

I follow your blog!

Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

I follow your twitter! :]

Ashlee said...

i'm following you on Twitter! ashleeriley@gmail.com

Ashlee said...

i like you on facebook! ashleeriley@gmail.com

Ashlee said...

I "hearted" your shop on etsy ashleeriley@gmail.com

Ashlee said...

I'm following your blog ashleeriley@gmail.com

Ashlee said...

and i could so use the planner for my etsy account. for example, i just had a showcase for clothing this morning and totally forgot about it!
ashleeriley@gmail.com

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I would love to win a planner, they are so dang cute! I really like the Samantha style.

dianna@whateverdeedeewants.com

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I heart them on etsy!

dianna@whateverdeedeewants.com

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I follow you on twitter!
dianna@whateverdeedeewants.com

Jessica said...

i like the belinda & savannah designs. i would love to win this for my sister in law (more like a sister) for christmas. she is in her first year of teaching & she always has a planner with her!

jessicacotten@gmail.com

Jessica said...

i {heart} much ado about you

jessicacotten@gmail.com

Jessica said...

hiya luv blog follower
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Jessica said...

much ado about you fan on fb
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Jessica said...

twitter follower!

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Jessica said...

tweeted

http://twitter.com/#!/jessicaecotten/status/28708279280

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Heidi said...

oooh just found your site! I love the Franchesca planner! The colors are lovely :) lovinflowers6@gmail.com

also- just followed you on twitter and have just followed your blog for additional entries :)

Dawn said...

tweeted today http://twitter.com/7alltogether/status/28713893783

Brunch at Saks said...

Oh my gosh I love everything- especially the journals and bookmarks. Everything is gorgeous though! xoxo

brunchatsaks [at] gmail [dot] com

krmccord said...

I love the large planner with the Belinda design!
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