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february book giveaway!

January 30, 2018

2 giveaway books for Feburary

Since tomorrow is the end of January, it is time for the February giveaway!  We all know February is a big month for love – Valentine’s Day certainly helps put a focus on all things romantic.  And, I have to say, I am thrilled with the growing popularity of Galentine’s Day because I think love in all forms should be celebrated!  Believe me, I know the motivation of the retail industry for jumping on the Galentine’s Day bandwagon was probably for profit (not necessarily to use February 13th to celebrate female friendships), but regardless of the motivation, the acknowledgement of Galentine’s Day is a positive one!  (Thanks Parks & Rec!)

I remember one Valentine’s Day when I was young, my dad gave his three daughter’s iced sugar cookies with a romantic message – I think they said ‘sweetheart’ or ‘lover’ or something similar, spelled out in candy icing.  My mom got angry, telling my dad it was inappropriate for a father to give a romantic gift meant for a sweetheart to his daughters.  But, hey…why not?  We were way too young at the time for boyfriends and we were tickled to be acknowledged on Valentine’s Day by our dad!

Maybe remembering that incident is why I always enjoyed showing my children a little extra love on Valentine’s Day when they were young – I always included a note in a lunch box or surprised them with a favorite sweet to celebrate how very much I loved them.

So, in the spirit of celebrating all kinds of love, I thought the February giveaway would celebrate the most important love of all – love of self!  After all, if we don’t love ourselves, how can we expect to share love with others!

giveaway books on bookshelf

With that in mind, the giveaway includes two books to promote self awareness.  They are 1,001 Ways to Live in the Moment by Barbara Ann Kipfer and Whatever You Are, Be a Good One by Lisa Congdon.  The winner of the February giveaway, chosen at random, will win both books!  Be sure to leave a comment to be entered to win.

Congratulations to Tracy, winner of the January giveaway.  Tracy, your name was chosen at random as winner of the giveaway – I hope you enjoy your win!  (To see more, click here.)  Thank you to everyone who entered to win.

Instagram users, please read on!  In the spirit of love, for our monthly challenge, let’s share sightings of hearts in nature…it is amazing how many are out there!  Use hashtag #pleasuregram on every photo you post of a heart you see in nature during the month of February.

February 2018 Instagram Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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january book giveaway!

December 29, 2017

giveaway planner

Today, for the January giveaway, I decided to continue one more month with an organization theme!  Since we all think about getting organized at this time of year, I am giving away a planner and some cute notes!  I am hoping to inspire some organization with style!

Just leave a comment to earn a chance to win!  I will pick the winner at random from the comments at the end of the month.

organizing with a snack

Congrats to Berna, the winner of the December giveaway.  (Click here to see last month’s giveaway).  I know you will put the cute planner and Lilly Pulitzer notebook to good use.  Enjoy!  Thanks to everyone who entered to win!

If you are an Instagram user, please read on!  This month we are sharing our organization photos!  Are you revamping your closet?  Organizing the spice rack?  Whatever your project may be, please share with hashtag #pleasuregram.


Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie


december giveaway

December 1, 2017

december giveaway 2017

It is time to announce the December giveaway!  This month, as a homage to getting organized for the new year, the giveaway is a planner and a notebook!

Start 2018 off in style with this adorable planner and Lilly Pulitzer notebook!  What better way to get organized as a new year begins!

december 2017giveaway

Just leave a comment and you are entered to win the giveaway.  The winner will be chosen at random at the end of December.

Thank you to everyone who entered to win the November giveaway – the cute succulent calendar (click here to see more).  The winner of the calendar is Cheryl.  Congratulations to you Cheryl!  Enjoy this adorable calendar!

giveaway planner and notebook

Instagram users, please read on!

The challenge for December is to post your favorite holiday ornaments!  Ornaments are the best, aren’t they?  There are so many great ones and we would love for you to share your favorites!  Use the hashtag #pleasuregram to share.

december 2017 instagram challenge

Happy December, my friends!  Stop by on Tuesday to see my DIY Advent calendar for this year!

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie


november book giveaway!

October 31, 2017

november 2017 giveaway pleasure in simple things

November’s giveaway is not actually a book!  I saw this adorable succulent calendar for 2018 and, since the end of November is near the end of the year, why not substitute a calendar for a book!

A comment will earn you a chance to win this cute standing calendar – perfect for a desk or an end table!  The winner will be chosen at random at the end of November.  Good luck!

succulent calendar pleasure in simple things blog

Congratulations to Mari, winner of last month’s book selection The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton.  (Click here to read more about this book.)  I know you will enjoy this read Mari!

Instagram readers, please read on for this month’s challenge!

november 2017 instagram challenge
Since November is such a great time to contemplate all that we are grateful for, let’s share!  Use hashtag #pleasuregram to share photos of things you are grateful for…it can be anything from the blessing of your family to a quiet moment of solitude on a beach…

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are having a wonderful Halloween evening!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie


october book giveaway!

September 29, 2017

october book giveaway

The October book giveaway is The Misfortune of Marion Palm by Emily Culliton.

This book was one of my summer read recommendations.  A debut novel that tells the story of Marion, a Brooklyn Heights woman who has embezzled from her children’s private school and makes a run for it when she is close to becoming discovered. Told from the points of view of Marion’s husband, her two children, and Marion herself, this witty and engaging story makes for a quick read.

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For a chance to win this advance copy of the book, just leave a comment and you will be entered! Good luck!

Congratulations to Angie, winner of September’s giveaway selection The Woman in the Window  by A.J. Finn. (click here for more on this book.) Enjoy this read, Angie!  Thank you to everyone who entered to win.

If you use Instagram, please read on! For October, let’s share photos of pumpkins…real or faux, orange or white, velvet or cashmere…all kinds! Share your favorites using hashtag #pleasuregram.


Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous weekend!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie


september book giveaway!

September 1, 2017

woman in the window sept giveaway book

This month’s giveaway is a book I recommended in my ‘reading ahead’ post.  It is titled The Woman in the Window by A .J. Finn.

Even though the book is not releasing until January 2018,  it is wildly popular and already in development as a major film.

This new, smart thriller is the story of an agoraphobic woman in New York City who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.  Hearing the story told from inside one (rather colorful) woman’s mind, as she spies on her neighbors, gives this suspenseful novel a unique perspective.

woman in the window giveaway

Leave me a comment to be entered into the random drawing for a copy of The Woman in the Window.  I will pick a winner at random from the comments on this post and any comments about this book on my social media.  Good luck!

Thank you to everyone that entered to win the August giveaway.  Congratulations to Jen from Connecticut, winner of last month’s giveaway selection Stay With Me by Ayobanji Adebayo!  (Click here to read more about this selection.)  Jen, this is a fabulous read that I know you are going to enjoy!

Instagram users, read on!  For September let’s share photos of signs of fall.  Here in New England, we are already starting to experience some cool mornings and it won’t be long before we are enjoying pumpkins and cider!  Use hashtag #pleasuregram to share photos that represent signs of the upcoming season.  I’m using a photo here of the start of my fall decor!

sept instagram 2017 challenge

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie


august book giveaway!

July 28, 2017

beach glass

This month’s giveaway is Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.  A soon-to-be released first novel, written by a Nigerian author and set in Nigeria, the story gives a voice to both a husband and a wife as they tell the story of their marriage.  After meeting and falling in love in college, Yejde and Akin marry and agree polygamy is not for them, though accepted in their culture.  But, four years into their marriage, circumstances change.

A great emotional read with some interesting twists and turns that examines how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.

stay with me on the beach

To be entered to win an advance copy of this great read, just leave a comment on this post or on the Instagram post.  I will pick a winner at random from those comments and any emails I receive.

This book makes for an excellent book group choice.  If chosen by my own book group, I wouldn’t be surprised if our group hostess was authentic to Nigerian culture and served smashed yams!

august 2017 book giveaway

Congrats to Sam from Connecticut, winner of the July giveaway, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin!  Click here for more on that selection.  I know you will enjoy the book  Sam – I will send it right off to you!  Thank you to everyone who entered.  Don’t forget to enter this month’s giveaway!

Instagram users, please read on!  In keeping with a summer reading theme, for the August challenge, let’s share our summer reads!  Use hashtag #pleasuregram to share photos of what you are reading this summer!  I hope to enjoy some new recommendations to add to my ‘must read’ list!

August Instagram ChallengeThanks for stopping by!

Have a fabulous weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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july book giveaway!

June 30, 2017

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

This month’s giveaway is an advance copy of a wonderful new novel  The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin.  This is a super summer read – a ‘can’t put it down’ beach day read!

“If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?  It’s 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York’s Lower East Side is a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. Four siblings, too young for what they are about to hear, sneak out to hear their fortunes.

july book giveaway pleasure in simple things blog

We then follow the intertwined paths the siblings take over the course of five decades and, in particular, how they choose to live with the supposed knowledge the fortune-teller gave them that day.

This is a story about life, mortality and the choices we make: is it better to live a long and cautious life, or to burn brightly, but for the shortest time?”

This book makes for a great book club selection!  Read it first, then do your friends a favor and lend it out, because once it is released, there will be a long list of holds at the local library for The Immortalists!

sprinkles please

Leave a comment on this post (or a social media post for the giveaway) and you will be entered into the random drawing to win the July giveaway book!

Thank you to everyone who entered to win the June book selection Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker.  Congratulations to Lisa in Pennsylvania, the winner of the giveaway.  I am so excited about the book’s upcoming release and I know you will enjoy being one of the first to read this new novel!  Click here to read more about the book.


For those of you who use Instagram, read on!  This month, let’s share photos of the summer!  Anything that says summer to you is fair game!  I am starting us off with one of my favorite signs of summer – eating a soft serve overlooking the water!  Use hashtag #pleasuregram to share the things that say summer to you!

july instagram challenge pleasure in simple things blog

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things – like reading a great new book!  xo Jackie


june book giveaway!

May 30, 2017

wendy walker emma in the night

Wow!  This week June begins!  That means for today’s post I will announce the giveaway for June.

What I love about June and the beautiful weather days it brings with it, is the ability to spend more time outdoors.  Eating a meal, reading or book, or just plain sitting, is so much more enjoyable when enjoyed outdoors on a beautiful day!

So, for the June giveaway I am giving away a great read that would be perfect to read outdoors.  It is the new Wendy Walker book Emma In The Night.  Wendy’s first thriller, All Is Not Forgotten, has become an international bestseller with movie rights sold to Reese Witherspoon and Warner Brothers.  Another smart, psychological thriller, Emma in The Night delves into the mind of a true pathological narcissist through the eyes other daughter, who has just returned after a three-year disappearance.  The older sister, Emma, is still missing and the search to find her uncovers a dark family history that only forensic psychologist, Dr. Abby Winter, is able to see.  Of course – there is a huge twist at the end!

Wendy Walker collage

Be one of the first to read this new novel by an author from my home state of Connecticut.  This book is an advance readers edition – the book will not be released until August.  Just leave a comment and you will be entered to win.  I will pick a name randomly at the end of the month from the comments received and send the book right out to the winner!  This is a great read to share with your book group!

Congratulations to Marsha, the winner of the May giveaway – a Palm Beach inspired prize basket.  Marsha – even though you asked me not to share your comments, I did include your name in the random drawing and it came out the winner!  Enjoy!

Instagram users, read on!  In the spirit of spending time outdoors, let’s share flowers for this month’s Instagram challenge.  It can be a photo of flowers from your garden, flowers from an event you are attending, or something great you found at a nursery…all flowers are fair game!  Just use hashtag #pleasuregram to share your flower photo with others!

june instagram challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things…like admiring some flowers on a beautiful day!  xo Jackie

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may book giveaway!

April 28, 2017

giveaway basket

Since I have immersed myself in the Palm Beach culture of late, my book giveaway this month is a little different.  Instead of a book, I am giving away a Palm Beach inspired prize package!

flamingo giveaway for May

The winner of this month’s giveaway will receive this Palm Beach inspired collection of gifts!  The basket includes a scarf, a drink hugger, a cosmetic bag, a key chain, and a jewel box.  As usual, the winner will be chosen at random from comments I receive in response to this post.  Good luck!

palm beach inspired giveaway

Congratulations to Amber, the winner chosen at random, of the April giveaway book, Fire Pit Cooking by Vanessa Bante.  This book is sure to inspire some fireside meals!  Thanks to everyone who entered.  To read more about the book, click here. 

Instagram users, read on!

May Instagram Challenge pleasure in simple things blog

The May Instagram challenge will follow the Palm Beach theme!  Let’s share photos inspired by the Palm Beach lifestyle!  Channel your inner Lilly Pulitzer and post a Palm Beach inspired photo using the hashtag #pleasuregram!  And, be sure to check out May’s posts for some Palm Beach fun!

Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie


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