Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring It Forward with Home Depot + Giveaway!

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Its feeling like spring around here! Finally :) Although I can't complain too much; we haven't had much of a winter. Its been super nice....and I think I've gotten a little spoiled with it. I say every year that I'm going to move because I can't stand the snow. Don't get me wrong...its beautiful. Beautiful if you don't ever have to drive in it. lol. I get crazy anxiety even with the thought of snow in the forecast. But it's winters like this that prolong my 'moving'.

So, spring came early this year! And of course, with spring, comes all the beautiful flowers blossoming, and bushes and trees returning to their beautiful lushness -and surprises when my trees actually have blossoms on them, cuz that means I didn't kill them :) I was a little worried about those poor buggers.  And what spring gives to us, it only makes sense to give back and have others enjoy it also. So I've joined up with Home Depot in their Spring It Forward Campaign. They are having their Spring Black Friday sales event that's going on today and this weekend. Sounds a bit like Christmas doesn't it? That's what I thought. But apparently, Spring is like Christmas for Home Depot. This is their time of year to offer amazing prices on live plants and also their time of year to help give back.

So, I stopped by Home Depot to check out what they had, and oh my goodness, Spring is in full bloom there! My only hope is that old man winter doesn't decide to return with a vengeance. I'm in full Spring mode now :) And I had the privilege of shopping their spring sale. Umm. Yeah. Good deals folks, good deals! I'm going back tomorrow with the hubs to get going on our yard :) And hopefully that darn bee stays away from this time :)

And with all of the spring blooms, I thought it only fit to pick some out for my neighbors and surprise them!
Then I headed home and printed off some gift tags from Home Depot’s Spring It Forward Facebook application. Attached them to each plant. I decided to go about this anonymously, and just wrote kind admiration's instead, like "You Rock" "You are Awesome" "We Heart You". You know, the neighborly things to say :)

Many of my neighbors are new to the street. And many don't have much in their yards yet because we are in a new development. So I felt it fitting to leave these as little "welcome to the neighborhood" type gifts.
So off we go! It was such a pretty day so Max came along to help us with the little surprise :)
 And I dragged the hubs along to help too :)
 Aren't these beautiful? I gave two neighbors these and they have brightened up their porches so much! I drove by them on my way home again, and they are soooo pretty :)
 Here's a funny story on this one. This is one of our friends/neighbors. See all those big rocks? Well they are all brought up three flights of stairs by this little one:
 Not the one on the left....but the little one on the right, Molly. How funny is that?? They are like the same size as her! She literally grabs a hold of them with her mouth and takes them upstairs with her to play. lol! I love it! (sorry for the blurry picture...it was a quite a zoom to get up there :) )
I grabbed a ton more of little flowers also. These were all under $1 each. I thought a lot of them would go perfect with one of my neighbors flowers beds :) Surprise surprise!!!

Well, do you want some plants of your own to give away? Home Depot is offering 3 of my readers a $20 gift card so you can Spring It Forward and surprise a friend, neighbor or stranger with a lovely plant of their own :) All you have to do to enter is:
  1. Leave a comment below about who you would like to surprise with a beautiful plant or flower.
  2. Blog about it, Facebook about it, or Tweet about it -and leave a comment below with a link for each one.
You are eligible for 4 entries! Not bad considering 3 of you will win :) I will notify the winner by email, so please be sure to leave a way for me to get a hold of you. (Must be a TandC follower/subscriber to win)

This giveaway ends Thursday, April 5th at Midnight MST.

Be sure to check out the Home Depot Facebook page and Spring It Forward Application. You will find a wide variety of plant ideas and tags you can print out and attach to plants/flowers that you would like to "pay it forward" with. You can even give virtual plants to your Facebook friends :) Also, be sure not to miss out on their sale this weekend!Maybe I'll see you there!

Disclosure: In my partnership with Home Depot, they gave me a gift card to purchase my Spring It Forward plants.
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92 comments:

  1. I'd love to surprise my neighbors across the street!

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  2. I would surprise my grandparents.. my grandma is headed in for an unexpected hip replacement tonight and they could use some cheering up.

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  3. Well, I would love to surprise my mom and my dad!! And my siblings!!... and maybe some neighbors... We just moved into an apartment so that would be perfect!!

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=591860023

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  4. What a fun giveaway! I would surprise my grandparents and elderly neighbors. corymonika(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I would love to get some pretty flowers for my mom's yard!

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  6. I would love to surprise my daughter who just moved into her first place. Something pretty by her front door.
    letsgosew at yahoo dot com

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  7. I shared your giveaway on Facebook
    letsgosew at yahoo dot com

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  8. I would love to be entered in the giveaway been wanting to paint all my walls and this would help out at least a lil bit but then there are flowers and everything else I want

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  9. I would love to surprise my friend who just had a baby. Plantable flowers are always more fun than a bouquet!

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  10. My neighbor was so good to me when I moved in and again when my mom was dying AND when I had surgery. She helped so much with the kids. I would love to leave some surprise flowers for her!

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  11. i'd like to surprise our elderly neighbors with flowers
    raggammuffin@gmail.com

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  12. tweet
    https://twitter.com/#!/raggammuffin/status/186065253581332481

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  13. What a fun giveaway! I would love to surprise my mom with some flowers!

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  14. I would love to surprise my mom with flowers! With 8 grandkids she is always helping out my sis in law and me!

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  15. I'd love to surprise my friend Mary. Shes just one of those friends that is constantly surprising you with kind words and gifts. I'd love to give back.
    Thecreativevault at hotmail

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  16. I would love to surprise my neighbor next door. She is currently remodeling her front yard, and a little surprise would be a nice addition!

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  17. I'd like to surprise my next door neighbor.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  18. Shared on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy:

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=123858064411463&id=100000611160195

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  19. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/#!/mami2jcn/status/186085899438796801

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

    I'm a T & C email subscriber. Thanks for the chance!

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  20. i have a friend getting married and moving into a new house, what would be better than to give her a beautiful hanging basket for her front porch?

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  21. My neighbor just had a baby girl and bright flowers on their doorstep would be a sweet gift!
    mrs.pyle at gmail dot com

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  22. Posted on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508530529

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  23. My aunt has ALS and won't be able to get out to get her own flowers this year - I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to surprise her with some pretty flowers!

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  24. Posted on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8641308

    Marisa

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  25. Shared this giveaway on my FB.

    https://www.facebook.com/TheBrilliantCraftyType?ref=tn_tnmn

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  26. This is a great idea. After such a long winter I would love to suprise my neighbors with a little bit of sunshine

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  27. i would surprise my mom, she is sick and needs it!:)

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  28. tweet

    https://twitter.com/#!/MeandBells/status/186099810766553088

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  29. I would surprise my mom because she loves to plant flowers! its therapy to her

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  30. Tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/JamieVillari/status/186106751475646465/embed

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  31. I'm a subscriber
    jamievillari@yahoo.com

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  32. How sweet of you!! We have a few new neighbors as well that I'd love to welcome to the neighborhood with a new plant! Thanks!!
    theformermiss at me dot com

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  33. I would like to surprise my Mom because I know she will like it.

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  34. https://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=238417999589636&id=100002433695748

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  35. https://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/186112063985303552

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  36. blogged:

    http://frugalcalimom.blogspot.com/2012/03/home-depot-gift-card-giveaway.html

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  37. I would like to surprise my mom with flowers
    dealsfan32 at gmail dot com

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  38. https://twitter.com/#!/Dealsfan32/status/186114612788334593
    dealsfan32 at gmail dot com

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  39. My next door neighbors, Chuck and Deb, have been wonderful since I bought my first house nearly two years ago. Their yard is beautiful and every time they change it a bit, I'm a willing recipient of any "extra" plants they divide, move or want to get rid of. As a result my once nearly empty yard is quickly because nearly as beautiful as their. I'd love to be able to give them something wonderful in return (like a beautiful plant!)

    phall0106 at yahoo dot com

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  40. Blogged
    http://fortheloveofcouponsanddeals.blogspot.com/2012/03/off-site-giveaway-thrifty-and-chick.html

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  41. I'd love to surprise my grandma with a plant. She is a great woman, and I've never seen anyone who can make a plant thrive as well as she does.

    Nathansmommy619(at)aol(dot)com

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  42. Tweeted:: https://twitter.com/#!/StaceyRenee711/status/186116210470035456


    Nathansmommy619(at)aol(dot)com

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  43. I'd surprise a family member who has commented on the beautiful flowers & shrubs we just bought at Home Depot

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  44. I would love to surprise my mom with something nice!
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  45. https://twitter.com/#!/aes529/status/186153925366382593
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  46. https://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=265347580220913&id=1355040978
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  47. I follow your wonderful blog. I would use the money t by my neighbor some flowers. She takes care of her grandson everyday and always helps others. She deserves some flowers.

    C_kaminsky(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. I'd love to surprise a friend who is having some health problems!
    Flowers are a sure perk up for any day! :)

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  49. We just got new neighbors right across the street from us. This would be a great welcome to the neighborhood for them! :) daniellecorrelle @ aol.com

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  50. We just got a new family in our neighborhood, they moved in right across the street. This would be a fun welcome to the neighborhood for them. DanielleCorrelle@aol.com

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  51. I would love to surprise my mom with a beautiful plant!

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  52. tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/#!/JenniferCNP/status/186177338805981187

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  53. fb share

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=404812446197131&id=661240371

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  54. i'd love to surprise mysel..err, my neighbor next door. :D

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  55. Oh I love this!! I would love to put it on some of my student's houses (I teach students with Autism)...i think they would LOVE it!! :)

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  56. I tweeted about it!! :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/christinasadven/status/186204754328829952

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  57. My husband would sure love it if I surprised him since we just got our front bushes taken out but I can think of a certain friend who has been going through a really tough time over the last several months and could use a pick me up (or twelve).

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  58. I'd love to surprise my neighbor with some flowers on her porch like you did with your neighbors! Great idea! They're always making us treats, they mow our front lawn when they mow theirs, they even have it treated when they get theirs treated. They're so thoughtful of our kids' birthdays, treat them like a Pap and Grandma. They're super neighbors. We've been truly blessed, so I'd LOVE to give something wonderul back to them. Even if I don't win, thanks, Alicia, for the great idea. I'll still end up surprising them with some flowers....
    I blogged about it on my page: http://gardensoftreasure.blogspot.com/2012/03/spring-is-almost-here-time-to-spring-it.html

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  59. I would like to spring it forward to my Sister.

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  60. https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=375606819138799&id=100000379447250
    I shared on facebook.

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  61. Would love to surprise my neighbors and family!!! This sounds so fun and exciting!!!

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  62. My husband and I are also fairly new to the neighborhood so I think this would be a great way to meet the neighbors!

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  63. My sister is due next week and I would love to give her some pretty flower to welcome the baby!

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  64. My mom! What mom doesn't love getting flowers? :)
    caroswanberg at yahoo dot com

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  65. My boyfriend's mom loves to receive flowers! I'd leave one for her~ :)

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  66. tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/juliannerosenau/status/186816599532109824

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  67. well we just moved so i don't know anybody here so i would probably do it for a neighbor

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  68. I would buy flowers for the 6 neighbors we have on our street, and give flowers to the neighbors we don't know yet. I think that's a great idea, who wouldn't love getting flowers on their doorstep?!

    donniern(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. I would love to drop by flowers for all my friends :) that would be so fun!

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  70. I tweeted! :) https://twitter.com/#!/BlairRoy1

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  71. I'd love to Spring it Forward for my mom! She's spend so much time traveling this spring that I know she hasn't had as much time to spend in her garden as she'd like, and she's been incredibly limited by a blood clot in her leg. A little extra color (and me to plant it for her!) would go a long way.

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  72. I would love to surprise my neighbors. They have been really nice to us since we moved in.

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  73. This is such an awesome idea! I would surprise my whole cul-de-sac! Love the doggy you have, we have one too! LABS RULE!

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  74. this is so sweet! my friends would love this!

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  75. i would surprise my mama! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  76. I blogged:
    http://mommilitary.blogspot.com/2012/04/thrifty-and-chic-spring-it-forward-with.html
    Thanks for this snazzy giveaway!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  77. Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/#!/anashct3/status/186955788642824193
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  78. I love this idea! I would give it to my Mother-In-Law!

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  79. This is great! I would buy flowers for our neighbor, he has been recently diagnosed with cancer and has been in the hospital since January and they haven't been able to do anything in their yard this year. Thanks so much,
    Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

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  80. I'd love to surprise my neighbors like this!

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  81. I'd love to surprise our new neighbors next door! When we moved in we received several welcome gifts and it was so nice!

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  82. Tweeted about giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/#!/lemontart5/status/187242622589472770

    Thanks, Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

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  83. I'd love to surprise my elderly next door neighbor, she'd love it!

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  84. i would love to give my neighbors, who will be moving to a new home soon, a lovely housewarming plant! melle76[at]gmail[dot]com

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  85. I would surprise the cute little ladies in my neighborhood that act like my moms. We have so much fun together.

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  86. I posted about this on Facebook. I hope I win.

    Thanks.

    PS we need to play.
    http://www.facebook.com/joelle.tibbs

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  87. I would love to surprise my neighbors and daughter!

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  88. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/#!/NKam1_Nancy/status/187953059110985728

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  89. I would surprise my mom
    merleandtina@Yahoo.com

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  90. https://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/187966392484642817
    merleandtina@Yahoo.com

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  91. my mother in law
    thansk
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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