WELCOME to the LAUNCH of LUCKY RED HEN blog … and giveaway

by Lucky Red Hen on January 31, 2011


Don't you LOVE free surprises?

Boy howdy I’m excited! Are you? You ARE? (fist pump) Yesss! I knew it.

Are you here because you want to win the giveaway? No? You’re here because you love me and want to see me happy that you’re here? Yesss (another fist pump)! I AM happy you’re here. Muah!

Let’s start the launch by sharing my favorite book and reason for the above photo. However, before I tell you what my favorite book is, I must disclose to you my thoughts, exactly…

I’m not a good reader, you see, I prefer being out of doors.
Oh, I mean, I can read, of course.
And I’m not suggesting you can’t read out of doors, of course.
I wish I read more, but there always seems to be so many other things to do.
Yes, that is exactly what I meant.
Mr. Bingley and Jane Bennett ~ Pride & Prejudice

Many years ago, I saw a book review in People magazine that intrigued me then a week later my friend Ashley suggested I recommend it as my pick for the next BookClub. It’s hard to recommend a book to ardent book club women when you DON’T READ.

I was/am a beginner reader. I didn’t/don’t have a favorite author, genre, or series like other ladies. Most of the books I’ve read have come as suggestions/gifts from friends who know me, not Book Club lists or Oprah’s Book Club.

Speaking of OBC, I swore off her recs midway through House of Sand and Fog. Even though I finished it (hard for me to stop a book/movie cold turkey; I need closure), I wish I hadn’t started it. SUPER well written (coming from someone who doesn’t really know what that means exactly, except that the book MADE me finish it), but so incredibly depressing, leaving me feeling a bit depressed. Maybe I care too much, and it seems silly that it’d be over a book character of all things. You’ll find me crying at commercials or when I see a stranger be kind to another.

*ahem* Wait a minute. That’s not the direction I was going. Boo hoo. Cut it out.

Tender at the Bone, by Ruth Reichl (NY Times Restaurant Critic and Gourmet Magazine’s Editor in Chief) is my all time favorite read. It’s her story about how she grew up to appreciate food, from when she was a wee one to college. It’s funny and there’s recipes. The next book Comfort Me with Apples continues the story. Now I’m reading the third, Garlic and Sapphires, which is where I discovered the cute owl card/bookmark. It’s like there was a sticker on the outside of the library book saying… FREE PRIZE INSIDE! Sweet! Free is right up my alley.

Now I’m trying to think of what free prize I can leave in it. Wonder if the person who left the owl was the first to do that, maybe it was an accident and they didn’t mean to leave their bookmark in it, or they were paying it forward from someone who did it before them. Who knows, but I like it!

Speaking of FREE PRIZE… I know you want to win a $65 value custom Blog Header from The Blog Fairy(the reason I am blogging again/today)! Maybe you’re in need of more than just a header… that’s ok, just pay her the difference! Check the available services and the waiting list on The Blog Fairy’s website. Here are beautiful examples of some of her Blog Header designs:

To enter the giveaway: leave a comment on this post with your blog address/link and that you’d like a custom Blog Header. If you’re not entering the giveaway (maybe you already have what you need, don’t blog, or want someone else to win), please leave me a comment anyway. I’d like to know who came to see/read me. And, everyone, come back tomorrow and the next day! The winner will be announced this Thursday (that’s the day F.R.I.E.N.D.S. aired on TV, and I like friends).

Thank you, Blog Fairy, for making all my dreams (and a lucky winner’s) come true!

P.S. You have a light hearted, happy ending book recommendation for me?


Lisa January 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I should read Pride & Prejudice. and I love you.

Lucky Red Hen January 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I actually haven’t READ P&P, just watched the movies ;) See, not a reader. But it IS one that I want to read someday. And I love you.

Heather January 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

WooohoooO!! I love that there are Blog Fairies out there! :) Just what so many of us neeeeeeeeed! (that means need badly!)

I think I am the only comment so far.

Did I win? Did I win?!!! :) Can’t wait. I will be checking back!

Lucky Red Hen January 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm

The winner will be announced Thursday :)

Heather January 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

P.S. I LOOOVE your new blog header. Great job, blog fairy!!!!

Elena January 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm

I am getting ready to launch a new blog http://www.vega-licious.com, which I am currently tweaking and getting ready. I would, however, like the help of the professional instead to make my life easier. To win a header would be a dream, and I might have to go farther and pay for more, but who would say no to $65? :)

Thanks, Shannon, for hosting the giveaway.

BTW, I really like the simple layout and especially the right side corner with cards and notes. It’s rocking!

Lucky Red Hen January 31, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I’m excited for your new blog, Elena! For anyone who’s reading this comment/reply, Elena is the master mind behind me trying (and liking) Green Smoothies (see the post a couple before this one).

Elena February 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I hope you are excited enough for me to win the drawing… I even stopped tweaking the current design until I find out ;) Hoping that it will give me a great incentive to shell out the rest of the money to make it fun and a happy place.

Taylor Kesler January 31, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Shannon, site looks GREAT! So happy for you, it’s so you. I’m thinking of starting a music review blog, and a bad-A blog header couldn’t hurt! Grats again!

– Taylor

Lucky Red Hen January 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Woot! Thanks, Taylor :) Maybe contact Brad, Bryant, or Ben about contributing your music reviews to CrankLeft.com (they have a ton of daily visitors). Just a thought.

Kate Ford January 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Ooooooh! It’s SO pretty love! I love love love it! Adorable header! I want one!

Lets eat lunch soon mmmmmk?


Lucky Red Hen January 31, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Thanks for all the love love LOVE! I love lunch.

Mrs Organic January 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I love the new digs – everything looks great! My blog needs a header (and more) in the worst way.

And guess what! I finally added spinach to my smoothies and I didn’t die. I will have to get back to you on the light hearted read.

Toronto Girl West February 1, 2011 at 5:36 am

I’m already on the wait list – which means I’d sooooo be up for paying her the difference!!!

Ooooo I hope I win!!!!!!!!! :)

bridgette February 1, 2011 at 7:31 am

Love the new look! I could use a makeover myself you know. Well, my blog could use it. Well, actually I could too.

Alice Gold February 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I want to win that blog header. Pick me,

La Yen February 2, 2011 at 3:37 am

I love you, I love your new look, and I love Ruth’s books. Try out Anthony Bourdain’s books next–foodie heaven PLUS some raunch and language. Which I know you enjoy. Like me.

Nitzwood February 3, 2011 at 4:16 am

I think that I should win this thing! Don’t I deserve it? You know since my husband helped you with the new blog? And have you seen my website lately? Hideous!!! Btw I love that you’re blogging again. :)

Sarah L. February 3, 2011 at 7:38 am

Ooh! Ooh! ME!!!! I have a private blog. Is that OK for the contest or is there a public requirement?

Lucky Red Hen February 4, 2011 at 12:10 am

Thanks for commenting, Sarah L.! Need “your blog address/link” in your comment to be eligible for The Blog Fairy FREE Blog Header, so I guess a private one won’t work for this giveaway :-\

HOWEVER… I’ll be doing more giveaways that don’t require a blog address, so come back and enter :) I think Monday is a good day for a giveaway, since it’s usually the least liked of all days so we can make it likeable ;)

Dinea February 3, 2011 at 7:53 am

Hey Lucky!!! Glad you are blogging again, I need to get on the blog- wagon and get inspired by a shiny new blog header, I would totally love a custom blog header!!! <3

My current books are Linchpin & Tipping Point since lately I seem to read about business and marketing over leisure, I would however LOVE to find a fun fictional read. It has been a while since I read with no agenda and not about photography or business.


JMac February 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm

OOOOOHHHHH…excitement! I’ve been needed a change (and a boost) badly. I would love to be able to win a new blog header from the Blog Fairy! Does it come with fairy dust too?

my unoriginal and not very exciting blog at the moment is:

Fingers crossed I can change it!

Heather February 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I am entering again because 1) i love you 2) i really like your new blog and 3) i want a shiny new blog header, too! :)

Hope you are feeling better!!

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