12 Days of Giveaways- Giveaway #2

My Mom’s in town for a visit today, so Giveaway #2 will have to be a surprise!

If you’d like to throw your name in the hat, just leave a comment on this post between now and ten o’ clock p.m. (Central Time).

And thanks to everyone who said sweet things about the Whiteflower Farmhouse stockings yesterday! I used a WordPress plugin called “And the Winner is” to draw the name of the person who won them…


Congratulations Bernadette! I’ll be emailing you soon to get your mailing address from you!

PS- Congrats to @kristen_ellwood for correctly answering today’s Twivia question on Twitter! The question was: How many gallons of paint does it take to cover the White House? 570, 670, or 770?  Answer:


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  1. Jenn A says

    Please put my name in the hat! I’m sure your surprise will be something great!

  2. Courtney says

    thats fun!! I completely trust you with what you’ll be giving away!

  3. Liz W says

    I love suprises. Just not scary ones, gross ones, messy ones, and ones that tell me I’m pregnant. Other than that, lay it on me!

  4. Laura says

    Everyone (including me!) loves a good surprise…especially this time of year!

  5. Elle says

    What could it be? What could it be? I’d love to find out personally.

    Thanks for doing this fun giveaway.

  6. Jamie FK says

    first time doing this.. but i love your blog so i know the give away will be AWESOME!

  7. says

    I love surprises!!! Congrats to yesterdays winner. Hope you have a wonderful day with your sweet Mom. Enjoy your time together. Love & blessings from NC!

  8. says

    I usually don’t like surprises but a surprise from you sounds awesome! Love your blog and all of your great ideas.

  9. Cathy A Wilhite says

    Surprises are the best and hope you have a lovely day with your Mom.

  10. says

    Who doesn’t love a surprise!!! All the more exciting Layla and Kevin!

    Enjoy your visit with your mom!


  11. Stacy says

    I hope you know how lucky/blessed you are to have a HANDY husband. Mine’s got other strengths, God love him, but it sure saves you a lot of money. :)

  12. says

    I love checking out your blog every day, Kevin and Layla. Thank you for giving your readers opportunities to win something….God bless your Christmas.

  13. Stephanie says

    Love the ornaments hanging around your tree from the ceiling! I hope I win!

  14. Ashley says

    Hope you have a great day with your mom…and that you pick me for the surprise :)

  15. Jackie Machock says

    I love Christmas surprises! I hope you pick me!! Thanks for the chance Layla!

  16. Teri says

    There are so few suprises left in this world. I would love to have one come my way!!!

  17. Missy says

    I really need a surprise today…not a good one so far! And just so you know…I LOVE your blog!! Hope I win!

  18. stanna rysdam says

    I would love to win the mystery gift. Thanks, Stanna
    ([email protected])

  19. Amanda says

    Oooh…I love surprises…can’t wait to see what you are giving away!

    Have a great day with your mom ;)

  20. says

  21. Shelley Spence says

    Oh, I’d love to win!! Any surprise from your house would be awesome!!

  22. says

    Ohhh, I can’t wait to see what it is. It’s like Christmas Eve and I’m sleeping under the tree, waiting for Christmas morning : ) I feel like I’m 5 again, YEAH !!!

  23. Corina M. says

    I’m silly about surprises so I jus have to comment. (:

    570 gallons….that’s a scary number!!

  24. abigail Friddle says

    love it when mom comes to visit! I love those times when my mom is here. and who doesn’t love a surprise right before Christmas!

  25. Krista says

    I’d love to join in on the fun! I can’t wait to see what the surprise is!! =)

  26. Alison says

    Oh I need a nice surprise after going into my new house today for the first time and finding a burst pipe!

  27. KK says

    Enjoy your Mom time! I’m looking forward to my parents arrival on Sunday. I haven’t seen them in person since last Christmas. This will be the first visit to our home for them since 2007. Military life keeps us on the move. So glad to be somewhere within easy (10 hours) driving distance. Hoping to be even closer come next Christmas!

  28. allison says

    I love surprises- And I think it is very fun to have a “surprise” give away every once and a while! I hope you enjoy having your mom around!

  29. Annette Taylor says

    Oh yay!! A surprise Giveaway!! Can’t wait to find out what it’s going to be!!

  30. Amy Swanson says

    Just throwing my name in the hat, and hoping for good luck. Merry Christmas and best wishes on your adoption journey !

  31. Janet says

    I’m ‘game’ for a surprise.

    Congrats to Bernadette & enjoy the time with your Mom!

  32. Amanda Palermo says

    Here’s to hoping to win a visit from you to decorate my house! ha LOL Hope you have fun with your mom!

    • says

      Right on Amanda — wouldn’t that be a great surprise! Better than Santa! ;-) If you can ship the secret something to Canada, I’ll happily put my name in the TLC hat. Have a great day Layla…and thanks for much for the daily draws. You’re so good to your dedicated readers!

  33. Cate says

    Oh how fun! I love surprises…..plus I’m still reeling from not winning Oprah’s 12 days of Giveaways yesterday (I was convinced I was going to win) so a secret prize would be delightful right about now!!

  34. says

    Surprises? I want one! Surprises are my favorite. :) (I’m sorry, but we’ve been watching a lot of Elf around here, and it seems to be taking over regular speech.)

  35. says

    What a great idea. I love surprises! Can’t wait to see what this lucky person gets.
    Thanks for chance. Have fun with your mom!
    Becky C

  36. Eunice Chou says

    How fun! I’d love to win this surprise! Hope you guys are having a great holiday season! Thanks for all the giveaways!

  37. Jessica says

    Hello there! Have fun with your momma! I’d love to be entered into the surprise giveaway! Thanks!

  38. shawn says

    Who wouldn’t love a bunch of question marks? (He, He,) My life is one big surprise!

  39. Ally says

    Oooooh!! Pick me!! I am soooo excited to see what today’s surprise brings! I LOVE your blog! ;)

  40. Amanda says

    You have great taste in everything, so I’m sure whatever this is, it’ll be great!

  41. Kelly Z says

    I have my fingers crossed and can’t wait to see what the mystery giveaway is! Have an awesome visit with your mom!

  42. Claudia says

    Each day your blog is a gift just to see what you’ve written. Now it’s even more exciting with a surprise! Thanks so much!

  43. jamie hershberger says

    Enjoy your time with your Mom! I hope you stumble on to a surprise yourself!!!

  44. Rebekah Towers says

    Your giveaways are always great so I am excited to see what’s next! I love surprises. :)

  45. sarita says

    congrats to winner number 1~ please let me know that i’ve won the SURPRISE !!
    thank you for your generosity

  46. Bren says

    I am always inspired by your blog and I “lerve” surprises!!! Pick me! Especially because my birthday is Thursday!!!

  47. julie g. says

    Family and the holidays – what else could one want…loving all of the holiday posts!

  48. Dialevash says

    Pick me!!!Pick me!!! Oh, I hope its a shadow box with shells from your mom. I’d love one of those.

  49. Elaine P. says

    Is it crazy that I’ve never won a blog giveaway yet! Layla, yours was the first blog I was introduced to. A year ago I did a random google search about something design oriented and it brought me to your blog. I probably spent an entire day perusing every post of yours! I had never known about any of the amazing blogs out there until I came across yours! I have to say thank you for opening my eyes to so many new ideas & possibilities! My home decor and wallet are also thankful :) -Elaine

  50. rhea says

    love surprises. i have six of them. their names are emily, aaron, eli, owen, olivia and anna. :)

  51. says

    Enjoy the time with your Mom:) We celebrated our family Christmas this past Saturday. It was a real celebration! This time last year Mom was recovering from open heart surgery and she’s spent the year getting back on her feet and getting her strength back. She looked wonderful:) That’s all I needed for Christmas this year!! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  52. Jenn says

    I know it will be a great surprise. Enjoy your visit with your mom! Merry Christmas

  53. Sue says

    Hi Layla and Kevin…Love surprises! Have fun with your mom! It’s a snowy, blustery day here in Ontario, Canada!

  54. Dana Everett says

    I hope you completely enjoyed your time with your mom! Moms are simply the BEST!

  55. MelissaH says

    Have a great time with your mom!!
    I get to see mine on Saturday and I can’t wait!!!

  56. sheila says

    I Love surprises. Hope this is how and where to enter for the great surprise giveaway.
    I did not see a comment button like I normally do.

  57. Ashley says

    A surprise is fitting for christmas time! Hope I win! I know it will be awesome! :)

  58. Katie McKinney says

    I have faith in you that it will be something super wonderful! So go ahead and pick this one oh wise computer program.

  59. Sunny says

    Just having you momma be able to visit you guys this Christmas season is a wonderful gift in and of itself. :D

  60. Claire V. says

    Can’t wait to see the surprise—whether I win or not. (Though I’d love to win.)

  61. Amy Irwin says

    Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Hope you have a wonderful visit with you Mom.

  62. Kris says

    You have fabulous taste in everything……so no matter what the surpirse is, it will be good!

  63. says

    I love a good surprise!

  64. Terry McClung says

    Bless you….please put my name in the hat for a SURPRISE…..Hope you are feeling better!

  65. Kristi says

    My Mom’s in town visiting too! What a great day. My Mom came bearing home made cookies and already my house smells of roast simmering in the crock pot that she prepared because it’s my hubbies favorite.

  66. gina says

    I love surprises and if I get picked out of the 594 other names…..Wooo Hoooo!!!

  67. Rebecca says

    How fun, a surprise! Count me in and thanks! Enjoy your visit with your mom!

  68. Holly Schwartz says

    Oooh, oooh…..PICK ME!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    Holly in Kentucky

  69. Rebekah M. says

    i totally hate surprises! even at 22 i want to know everything i’m getting for christmas!! isn’t that terrible?

  70. says

    By all means- mom time is in order. She will be your go-to all the time once your little one arrives. Besides, who doesn’t love a great surprise! Have fun with Mom!

  71. Lisa Reier says

    Layla & Kevin, love your blog & all your videos!! Been watchin’ them as the snow is falling in Ohio. :( Can you tell me what color you painted your bottom cabinets? I really love the look with the white on top. Take care, Lisa

  72. Jennifer says

    Lovin’ a surprise… and from what I see on your blog it is ALWAYS great!

  73. Stephanie says

    Okay, I turn 45 TOMORROW and I still trying GUESS what I want to be when I grow up! But, for a great surprise, I would to get a surprise visit from you and Kevin to celebrate the great day!

  74. Jess says

    I love your site and all of your fabulous decorating ideas! I’m excited to see what the surprise giveaway ends up being.

  75. Sherri Langford-Farrell says

    I never get surprises but would love to have one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. cathe says

    i woke up to snow so that was a surprise to start the day!!! so this would be another great surprise i am sure!!!

  77. Shannon Karsies says

    Surprise me!!! Merry Christmas and may your cottage always be as cute as you are!

  78. Little Spoon says

    I think it’s even more fun when you don’t know what it is! LOVE your blog!

  79. Patti E says

    I would love a surprise right now! Toss my name in the ring! What a wonderful thing you are doing with your 12 days of Xmas!

  80. JoAnn says

    Hope you have a terrific visit with your mom and can’t wait to see what the surprise is!

  81. Vickie Ramos says

    W-0-W….you have alot of friends!!!! Have fun with your mom today. I love mysteries…..

  82. Angie Jerde says

    I wish, you could come and stay at my house…so I could just pick both Kevin and yours brain. Love your blog and can’t wait to check it everyday!

    Have a blessed Christmas!


  83. Rebecca McDonald says

    Oooh, I wanna win a surprise! Is it a free consultation on what to do for my bedding? I’m sure it’s great, whatever it is!!!
    My husband and I adopted 2 little boys through the foster care system 3 years ago, and it has been the biggest blessing in our lives! You guys have been on my mind and heart a lot as you go through this process. Thanks for sharing bits of it!

  84. Katy says

    I usually hate surprises but I’m sure whatever the giveaway is will be amazing!

  85. Sharon Wood says

    Can’t wait to see the surprise, especially this time of the year!

    Thanks for all you do,


  86. Jenn says

    Gotta love a good mystery…can’t wait to see what the surprise is and even who wins it!

  87. Andrea says

    I love surprises……White Flower Farmhouse rocks…..nearly everyone of my expense checks goes to them……LOVE them!!!! can’t wait to see what today’s surprise is…..

  88. Lisa Shovlin says

    Oooh! I hope I win! thanks for your hard work, love every minute of reading your posts!

  89. Janet says

    I would love to win. I know anything you are giving away will be awesome! Have fun with your Mom.


  90. Sally says

    Have a great time with you Mom, Layla!! Hmmmmmm…..a …mystery giveaway! I love it!! What a great idea! Fingers and toes are crossed. Anything from you Layla sends me to the land of bliss! Thank you for the opportunity to win one of your delightful goodies!! :)

  91. Brianne says

    I just recently found your blog and love coming home from work to a new post! Thanks for all your great ideas and inspiration!

  92. Stephanie Jackson says

    Oooo how exciting is this mystery gift giveaway! What o’ what could it be?? :)

  93. says

    Congrats to all the winners (so far!) Actually, I challenge the answer to your trivia question. You know darn well if we were picking out the colors it would easily be double that number! A gal has the option to change her mind, doesn’t she? :)

    Please toss my name in the hat for the mystery prize.

    Enjoy your mother’s company!

    Your Friend,

  94. Laurie says

    Enjoy your time with your mom. Family is so special! So thoughtful of you to do this giveaway !

  95. Cheryl says

    Whatever you choose, whatever you pick……the gift will be lickedty split!!!!…..ha, ha…does that rhyme or even make sense??? :)

  96. Geri fom Vermont says

    Would LOVE to win anything you pick out!! Love your taste and awesome ideas!! You are such an inspiration!! Best of luck with the babe…..happiest of Holidays! Geri

  97. Brittany says

    I am excited to see what the suprise is! Have fun with your mom! Merry Christmas!

  98. Angie says

    I can’t wait to see what the giveaway is! I love surprises, especially if I win

  99. Andrea says

    Ooh, this will be like opening a gift on Christmas morning. No idea what’s inside! Hope you and your mother have a great time!

  100. stephanie says

    Look at how much we all trust you and your taste in giveaway items! We jump in even when we haven’t a clue what it’s for.

  101. Melinda says

    Surprises are always fun and even more so during the Christmas season. Thanks for entering me!

  102. amanda.west says

    yay for surprises! thanks for hosting such a fun and festive giveaway series!! :-)

  103. Tammy C says

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  105. ann says

    I’m not usually a surprise kinda gal…but I know if it comes from you, Layla, it certainly will be a wonderful, fun surprise!

  106. Lindsay Gannon says

    Ooohh!!! I LOVE surprises!!!!!! Hope you had a great visit with your mom!

  107. says

    I am not surprised that more surprise is involved here! It is always fun at The Lettered Cottage!
    Throw my name in the generator, please. I cant wait to find out what it is!

  108. Joanna Thompson says

    I have no doubt that if you picked it out, I’ll love it and it will look great in my newly-coastalized home!