Hugs and Kisses Giveaway Hop

 
Welcome to the Hugs and Kisses Giveaway Hop
February 2-16, 2016
 
We're celebrating Valentine's Day with a blog hop! Visit all of the participating bloggers listed below and enter to win sweet prizes on each blog! Every blog is hosting a different giveaway - each with a prize worth at least $25.
 
I love Valentine's Day - I mean, how can you not love a holiday that is a celebration of all things chocolate?! I'm very lucky that my husband is incredibly romantic so I always have a lovely Valentine's Day. My dad is a big romantic, too, and one of my favorite memories growing up was my dad bringing my mother a dozen roses every Valentine's as well as a small box of chocolates or a rose for both me and my sister. My uncles used to each give my grandmother (their mother) one of the fancy, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates on Valentine's Day, and I think there was a competition among them to see who could give her the fanciest box. My grandmother kept all those empty boxes - "They're too pretty to throw away," she'd always say. We never did find a use for them and they ended up getting tossed out when she moved to a nursing home (anyone know a good re-use for them???).
 
Did you know, however, that Valentine's Day overlaps with the ancient Roman festival of Parentalia (February 13th-21st),  Parentalia is a ceelebration/commemeration of the dead - specifically dead family members. It was a time to cook their favorite foods and to go to the cemetery and clean off the graves (similar to American Memorial Day). So, to celebrate both these holidays, I'm giving away an awesome little swag pack which has a hand-made bookmark, SIGNED Hereafter and Thereafter swag, and this set of these adorable notecards from One Moon Cupcake on Etsy, plus a $10 Amazon Gift Card. I've made my giveway international. Good luck!
 
 
While you're here, stop and take a look around - I've got a few other giveaways going on and some exciting events coming up. Plus, the e-book of HEREAFTER, the first novel in my Afterlife series is on sale on Amazon for only $0.99!
 
 
 
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TERRI BRUCE writes science fiction and fantasy stories with a literary bent from a haunted house in New England where she lives with her husband and three cats. The first two books of her contemporary fantasy AFTERLIFE series are available in e-book, paperback, and audio book wherever books are sold. Look for the third book, Whhereafter (Afterlife #e), coming March 15, 2016.


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0 # crystal gibson 2016-02-16 04:07
My husband made me dinner and cleaned the house while I relaxed after work. HaHa Then I woke up! :lol: :D :roll:
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0 # Lorena Keech 2016-02-16 01:10
The most romantic thing my husband has ever done for me is staying with me in CCU when I had a heart attack. He hates hospitals.
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0 # Hannah C 2016-02-15 23:13
My boyfriend was very romantic last night, he surprised me with chocolates and then took me out to a restaurant I've always wanted to go to.
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0 # Brenda Witherspoon-B 2016-02-15 21:42
my hubby took me away on a surprise weekend
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0 # andrea amy 2016-02-15 20:39
I'm not sure! We're not really romantic people but my husband always gives me mushy-lovey/dovey cards for my birthday and mothers day.
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0 # Donna L 2016-02-15 16:28
I once made my husband his favorite dinner, which I really don't care for and he came home surprising me with take-out Chinese food. Which he doesn't like and I love.
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0 # Annie Ellis 2016-02-15 13:07
8) going to the aquarium
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0 # Michelle S. 2016-02-15 00:59
My hubby built me a chicken coop. Who needs flowers and chocolate when you can have farm fresh eggs daily?
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0 # mandala 2016-02-14 02:08
Having a nice dinner while on a river cruise at sunset.
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0 # Jan Lee 2016-02-12 03:22
A guy I was dating gave me a pair of diamond earrings and a matching necklace one time. :)
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0 # Robin Abrams 2016-02-12 03:03
The most romantic thing happened on Valentines Day is I was taking out to a fancy dinner and a walk on the beach. We had so much fun
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0 # Kaycee 2016-02-11 18:30
My husband, one random day out of nowhere, stopped on the side of the road on his way home from work and picked flowers for me. It was so incredibly sweet.
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0 # Nancy Burgess 2016-02-11 04:40
Awesome giveaways thanks for the chance to win!
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0 # Angela Saver 2016-02-11 02:42
The most romantic thing my hubby did for me when we were dating was that he bought me roses & hid them under my bed!
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0 # Christy 2016-02-10 23:51
Getting roses on my anniversary was romantic
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0 # Christy Caldwell 2016-02-10 22:23
I've dated my boyfriend a little over 2 years and every week he brings me flowers and mails me a hand written card. I love that!
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0 # Nancy 2016-02-09 13:57
A wonderful weekend in the mountains in our own private cabin.
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0 # Jeanna Massman 2016-02-09 00:08
My husband is so good to me. If he knows I want something he moves heaven and earth to get it for me.
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0 # Allyson Bossie 2016-02-08 19:40
An old boyfriend sent me flowers for my birthday one time. That is the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for me!
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0 # Hayley 2016-02-07 05:44
Last year, our first Valentine's Day as parents, my husband arranged to have my nana babysit our daughter and took me to Olive Garden (first demanding I buy a new dress and wear it) and presented me with jewelry, a necklace and earrings from him and a heart with diamonds from our daughter. We aren't rich or anything so it was a very big deal. He worked hard to give us a special day.
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0 # Rachel 2016-02-07 03:17
I think the most romantic thing someone has done for me was to happily put valentine's day on hold after I got sick, and then I was taken care of instead of going out or having a fancy dinner.
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0 # sherry fundin 2016-02-06 14:59
My hubby brings me flowers all the time...just because. :-)
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0 # Mary Preston 2016-02-06 00:56
It's the little things that mean so much.
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0 # Lori Byrd 2016-02-06 00:35
I leave little notes in my fiance's lunch box. Surprise.
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0 # Stephanie H. 2016-02-06 00:15
I love to leave "love" notes for my husband on the coffeemaker, so when he's getting ready for work in the early mornings he knows that I'm thinking of him!
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0 # Judy Cox 2016-02-05 21:02
My husband is always bringing me flowers and gifts for special occasions.
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0 # Sara Theissen 2016-02-05 17:25
Well yesterday after my husband left for work, I heard him come back home a little bit later. I figured he forgot something important, but no, he just was bringing me a 5 Hr Energy and two chocolate bars
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0 # ellen beck 2016-02-05 09:02
The most romantic things have been the small ones that happen when least expected. When he covers my toes when I kick the covers off, wheen he kisses my cheek, when he looks in my eyes like he still sees thee young girl. He isnt the romantic flower giver but he is a romantic witout knowing it.
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0 # Angela Newsome 2016-02-05 05:58
My husband always draws me sweet little pictures and leaves me little love notes! It's the little things!
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-05 15:41
Quoting Angela Newsome:
My husband always draws me sweet little pictures and leaves me little love notes! It's the little things!


Another picture drawing SO - I'm jealous of you ladies who get the pictures and notes. Neither hubby nor I have any artistic talent what so ever :D
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0 # Amber ludwig 2016-02-05 01:58
My hubby has bought me flowers. I think that's probably the most romantic lol!! My life is lacking romance apparently!!
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-05 15:40
Quoting Amber ludwig:
My hubby has bought me flowers. I think that's probably the most romantic lol!! My life is lacking romance apparently!!


Getting flowers is always great, but yeah, maybe it's time to give hubby a hint to kick it up a notch ;-)
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0 # Cynthia R 2016-02-04 20:55
My boyfriend surprised me with a cross country trip across the USA for my birthday
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-04 21:09
Quoting Cynthia R:
My boyfriend surprised me with a cross country trip across the USA for my birthday


Oh wow, that sounds like a lot of fun! Hubby and I have often talked about doing something like that, but haven't been able to you. One of these days...
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0 # Shana Williams 2016-02-04 19:41
I can't think of anything special...my husband is on top of romance all year long.
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-04 21:08
Quoting Shana Williams:
I can't think of anything special...my husband is on top of romance all year long.


That is the best kind of husband! ;-)
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0 # laura g 2016-02-04 18:53
My hubby took a PTO day from work randomly one day just so we could spend it together. He said that he missed me and that we hadn't spent enough quality time together in a while and he missed me.
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-04 21:07
Quoting laura g:
My hubby took a PTO day from work randomly one day just so we could spend it together. He said that he missed me and that we hadn't spent enough quality time together in a while and he missed me.


OMG, that is AWESOME! That is one of the sweetest/best romantic gestures I've ever heard.
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0 # Sarah De Diego 2016-02-04 03:45
My husband is a real sweetie. Right after I gave birth (to triplets!), he went to 3 of my favourite stores and brought be all the food that I wasn't able to eat! Thanks for giving.
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-04 21:06
Quoting Sarah De Diego:
My husband is a real sweetie. Right after I gave birth (to triplets!), he went to 3 of my favourite stores and brought be all the food that I wasn't able to eat! Thanks for giving.


Triplets! Wow! You definitely deserved everything he brought you and more!
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0 # jenny stratton 2016-02-03 17:21
The most romantic moment was when my husband and I got married on the beach in Florida
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-04 21:05
Quoting jenny stratton:
The most romantic moment was when my husband and I got married on the beach in Florida


Awww, that sounds incredible! I bet it was beautiful!
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0 # Richard Brandt 2016-02-03 07:10
I suppose the most romantic thing I ever did was get married on my Labor Day vacation.
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-04 21:04
Quoting Richard Brandt:
I suppose the most romantic thing I ever did was get married on my Labor Day vacation.


LOL - was this planned or a surprise? It sounds great either way!
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0 # Edye 2016-02-03 01:36
Whenever someone gives me flowers, I love it.
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-03 14:39
Quoting Edye:
Whenever someone gives me flowers, I love it.


Me too! Took years to train my husband that I like carnations more than roses, because cut roses don't last very long, but even roses are nice to get. Nothing brightens the day like getting flowers!
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0 # Cali Willette 2016-02-03 01:05
Thanks for the giveaway! I have never done anything romantic before.
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-05 15:39
Quoting Cali Willette:
Thanks for the giveaway! I have never done anything romantic before.


Awwww... well, maybe this Valentine's Day you'll be inspired to do something sweet for someone. Last year, for Valentine's Day, I made little gift bags for all my coworkers with candy and those cheesy little valentines that we all used to exchange as kids. I'm not sure it qualifies as "romantic" exactly, but they all liked getting something unexpected on Valentine's day.
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0 # Elisabeth 2016-02-02 20:43
The first Valentine's Day my husband and I spent together married he made my favorite dinner and we watched the movie that we saw on our first date!
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-05 15:38
Quoting Elisabeth:
The first Valentine's Day my husband and I spent together married he made my favorite dinner and we watched the movie that we saw on our first date!


Awww, that sounds awesome! My husband always manages to remember small details like what movie we watched when (and I have a terrible memory for those things).
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0 # Andrea Darst 2016-02-02 19:28
My husband proposed in front of our favorite band (backstage) and I had no idea! We got to hug the band and take pictures with them.
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-03 14:36
Quoting Andrea Darst:
My husband proposed in front of our favorite band (backstage) and I had no idea! We got to hug the band and take pictures with them.


OMG, that sounds awesome! Definitely something you won't ever forget!
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0 # Sara Zielinski 2016-02-02 18:52
I haven't done anything romantic for anyone nor has anyone done anything romantic for me.
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-03 14:35
Quoting Sara Zielinski:
I haven't done anything romantic for anyone nor has anyone done anything romantic for me.


Awwww... Well here's hoping this Valentine's a little romance comes your way - even if it's just in the form of a box of those little candy hearts :-)
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0 # laura b 2016-02-02 18:44
For our 1 year anniversary, my husband had 12 long stem roses sent to the house. :)
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-03 14:34
Quoting laura b:
For our 1 year anniversary, my husband had 12 long stem roses sent to the house. :)


Awww, that's awesome! I love getting flowers sent to me - always makes my day!
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0 # Molli Vandehey 2016-02-02 16:48
i find romance in the every day little things not big gestures
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-02 20:50
Quoting Molli Vandehey:
i find romance in the every day little things not big gestures


YES!!! Me too! It's incredibly romantic when he goes to the grocery store so I don't have to (I HATE grocery shopping, but he's terrible at it so it tends to fall on me to go) or when he stops and picks up dinner on the way home and surprises me with it. Things like that.
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0 # ken ohl 2016-02-02 10:30
I have planned a romantic day for my wife with breakfast in bed followed by a dinner and date night
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-02 20:48
Quoting ken ohl:
I have planned a romantic day for my wife with breakfast in bed followed by a dinner and date night


Wow, she is a lucky woman! That sounds great! I'm a little jealous right now! :P
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0 # Angelica Dimeo 2016-02-02 07:54
the most romantic thing done for me was that i was given roses and chocolate
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-02 20:47
One can never go wrong with roses and chocolates (unless, of course, the recipient is allergic to one of those things :lol: ). I've never been a huge fan of red roses - I like white, pink, and yellow roses more. Took a long time to train my hubby in that - he always went for the red ones :-)
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0 # Sonya Sanderson 2016-02-02 07:10
My boyfriend draws me pictures to surprise me.
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0 # Terri B. 2016-02-02 20:46
Quoting Sonya Sanderson:
My boyfriend draws me pictures to surprise me.


Awww, that's awesome!
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