Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Post 1000 ~ GOLD and a GIVEAWAY!

Well I think we might be in for a wee celebration...on two counts.
This happens to be post number 1000 and I am a bit taken aback that it seems just so impossible.
I still remember the trepidation I felt when I finished my first blog post and pressed "publish."
Here's the other cause for celebration....it's a key and it's GOLD!

The Golden Key which signifies that I am a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers.

The key chain and the awards I have collected on this weight loss journey.
It's been quite the ride!

I was a little uncertain about my weigh in this week because we were out for a birthday celebration at a local Italian establishment that caters dinners.
13 people were gathered at the table for the multiple course meal and the wine flowed.

We started with a tomato herb and garlic bruschetta.

Prawns in white wine, butter and garlic.

Pasta with a sprinkle of Parmesan and basil leaves.
I only ate about a third of this as it is loaded in WW  points!

Sauteed peppers, zucchini, butter browned chicken breasts with a wine reduction.
I ate all the veggies and about half of the chicken breast.

Followed by a palate cleanser of simple salad with a vinaigrette dressing.

Dessert was a delicious chocolate mousse cake.
I had a small piece and ate every morsel!

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek."

~ Mario Andretti ~

With all this celebrating going on here in The Humble Bungalow...I think a giveaway is in order.
 I'd like to take this opportunity to honour the people who follow my blog.

To enter you must be a follower and you need to leave me a comment.
I am specifically looking for feedback on which post topics you most enjoy and if there is anything that you'd like me to write about, something perhaps that I have not covered in these 1000 posts.
I am not making any promises I am merely posing the question!

The giveaway consists of...

A wonderful novel...

Silk Road bath salts in Bliss....my personal favourite blend!
 Silk Road Velvet Potion chocolate tea which I sampled around Valentine's Day and think is quite lovely.

Please enter before midnight PST on Monday March 24th, 2014.
I'll choose one entry based on the comment and will post the name of the recipient sometime the following week.
Please keep reading The Humble Bungalow Blog and check back to see if you are the winner.
 You'll need to email me your mailing address so I can send the parcel on it's way!

Bonne Chance!


  1. Not entering, because I've read the book, but CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  2. Hi Hostess

    Please don't include me in the giveaway, just wanted to congratulate you on the 1000 posts and your tremendous success with your weight loss.

    I enjoy reading all of your posts :)


  3. Congratulations on both milestones! I enjoy your blog very much, most particularly the posts related to aging gracefully.

  4. Congrats on the gold key! 1000 posts too.

    It's been a joy having you on my reading list.

    Here's to a thousand more posts.

    SSG xxx

  5. Congratulations on both counts! My that dinner looks delicious, I think you were very, very good not to gobble everything down!

  6. Hostess, Apparently, I already follow you by email, but don't get notifications!

    I love reading your blog and especially enjoy your posts about rebuilding your wardrobe.

    Congratulations on reaching the status of Lifetime member of Weight Watchers. I just rejoined Weight Watchers today! I am enthusiastic.

  7. Like Lisa, I'm not entering (agree with you that it's a wonderful book, already on my shelves), but I do want to Congratulate you on reaching your goal!

  8. Congratulations on your golden key and on your 1000 post. I finally went public with my blog, posting it on Facebook page, and you're right, I feel really nervous about it. Love the little gift package you have put together. I am originally from the coast but moved to the interior a year ago. Silk Road Teas always make me feel close to home.
    As for blog content, I have to admit the I really enjoy the posts where you incorporate your thrifty finds into your wardrobe. I also really enjoy the day to day posts where you show little vintage items and décor around your house. Ultimately, I follow your blog because I enjoy the content as it is- don't change a thing!

  9. Congratulations on 1000 posts and your success with Weight Watchers! I have been following you, and I like esp. posts that have to do with being women of "a certain age", outfits, makeup, skin care, etc., as well as attitudes and feelings about getting older. I'm also looking forward to reading about you getting ready for Paris, as it is something I hope to do!

  10. Skip me on the giveaway entry (I do love your posts, but I've read the book and own the tea!), but a HUGE congrats from me to you, L, on your Lifetime achievement. I am so proud of you for doing this for yourself. You look beautiful and I can tell that this healthier path you are on can only do good things for you. Well done, my friend!

  11. CONGRATULATIONS, L, on achieving your desired Weight Watchers Goal, and entering your 1000 Blog Entery!! Well worth celebrating, for sure :)
    I'm enjoying reading your blog entries, but as a new comer, I've not read near 1000! I'd have to say that some of my favourites are when you speak from your heart about every day life, from your thrift clothes finds, to hearing about what your 2 pussy cats have done that day. I am really looking forward to hearing all about your preparations for Paris, as it is on our bucket list too :)
    Once again, Congrats on both achievements!!

  12. Congratulations on both achievements! You are obviously making the most of your retirement. I
    am enjoying reading about your new thrifted wardrobe. Félicitations!

  13. Not entering, fantastic book but many congratulations, what a star! You are great advert for them.

  14. Congratulations, Hostess!! I somehow missed out on all of the cute charms; it's nice they do that.

  15. Not entering...wow,wow,wow you certainly have entered your retirement with a bang,admire your determination,and commitment,great example to us all....keep on trucking.

  16. I've read the book so don't enter me into the contest. But congratulations on achieving your gold key status. You've done so well. Has it helped you to put your weight loss goal out on your blog? I find that saying I'm going to do something, to someone else (or many someones) often motivates me to complete a task.
    I enjoy your wardrobe posts, your discussions on aging gracefully and your recipes.

  17. I follow your blog through bloglovin and look forward to your posts. I especially like the posts about what you wear - I have struggled with finding a style - especially as I have gotten older.

  18. Leslie, this deserves a flute of champagne ! Not one but two wonderful accomplishments to be proud of and celebrate.
    Lorraine in London

  19. Oh Congratulations! Well done on both counts. You are so brave! And we all love you for it. Your retirement life is fabulous. Keep posting the way you do. It's perfect just the way it is!

  20. Congratulations all around. Your weight loss posts and your success encouraged me to join WW myself. I find your blog to be peaceful and calming.

  21. Congrats from Australia on your success with WW I am a success too and still am reaping the rewards after 6 years, GO GIRL! a great achievement.
    Thanks for your blog, I love reading it and I too love House of Cards....Lyn

  22. Congratulations on both milestones. I find your post fun and inspirational. Please keep sharing with us here in blog land!

  23. Congratulations of your reaching your WW goal. May it always be obtainable. Alas I have slipped off the WW bandwagon and need to get back on. I always love it when you post OOTD. Please continue to do so. The velvet potion chocolate tea sounds interesting. I have not tried any of the Silk brand teas. My favourite is from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and it is there Tropical Passion tea. Happy Sipping!

  24. Sorry, I removed the previous comment due to typo's.

    1000 posts; good for you! Congratulations on your WW Golden Key!

    In blogging, I believe authenticity is the "golden key" that opens the door, invites readers in, welcomes their comments, and encourages them to stay.

  25. Hostess, I always look forward to reading your blog. Congratulations on reaching the milestone of 1000 posts! I love all your posts, but especially anything related to recipes, health and body care, thrift shopping, thrift in general, your home, and your retirement life. You serve as an inspiration for me in thinking of my own retirement someday. Keep up the good work.

  26. Congratulations on both counts! You inspire with your dedication to living well and enjoying life's small pleasures in your new role of being retired. I also enjoy hearing about the outings and the trips you have taken with your Mother. Enjoy having that key on your keyring! Tonkath

  27. Congratulations on two great achievements! Well done.

  28. Not entering bc I already have the book but just wanted to say congratulations on a great milestone!

  29. Congratulations, Hostess! You worked hard for this! May you feel a glow of achievement every time you look at your key.

  30. Congratulations on the 1000 posts and achieving the gold key. I have always wanted to read that book and hope I win it! You must treat yourself to some new outfits in Paris for the new you! CM

  31. Dear Hostess: Congratulations on your milestone and on the Gold Key! I always enjoy your blog as a bright respite from work and ordinary concerns. Your writing inspires me to look for beauty everywhere and to persist in working toward my personal goals, even when I am discouraged by my slow progress. I think you provide encouragement to more people than you may realize.
    Anna in the US

  32. Bravo Leslie. Tu as beaucoup accomplis!!! I enjoy reading your blog and living your daily adventures vicariously. I am looking forward to reading more about your French language learning and eventually your journey in France!!!

  33. Congratulations! Wow, that is a lot of posts and you should feel proud. I love coming here and seeing what's up with your week. You inspire with your positive messages and I like those the most! I have the book, so don't enter me. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. xo