it’s a contest, baby!

In an effort to get that cat-pee-stained carpet off the top of my blog (um, EW? Sorry about all that.) and also in an effort to mentally just MOVE ON, ALREADY from the Cat Drama, I’m announcing my first-ever contest here at

That’s right, a contest! All you have to do to enter is post a comment on this entry. I will then pick a winner at random and yay! Contest complete!

What is the prize, you ask? The winner will get a brand-new, custom blog design, created by yours truly. The only stipulation is that it has to be a WordPress blog on your own server/domain. Sorry, I’m not being exclusive or anything, it’s just that I know nothing about creating templates Blogger or Typepad or any of those other crazy sites. And since it appears that doesn’t allow for your own templates, that eliminates that option as well (if I’m wrong about this, someone let me know)

HOWEVER! If you are one of the poor saps that would be left out of the contest because you’re over at Blogger or Typepad or, or if you don’t yet have a blog and you want one, don’t fret!! I’m also willing to throw in some server space (for FREE!) and your own domain name (paid for the first year! After that, it’s up to you… but it’s only like $9/year, not bad at all) And I’ll get you all setup on your new WordPress blog at your new site, all part of the prize package.

(Now, I realize that means that anyone who already uses WordPress and has their own domain and hosting and all that KIND OF gets a little less if they win. But, since you already have all that stuff, you don’t need it. So don’t be greedy. heh.)

So, let’s review!

1. Leave a note in the comments!
2. Wait patiently!
3. I’ll pick a random winner!
4. The winner gets:
– a custom designed WordPress blog
– free hosting for life and a free domain name for 1 year, if needed
5. Yay! (I just felt this list needed a #5. To be nice and round and all that.)

I will leave comments open until Monday, July 14 at 9pm EST. So that’s your deadline! And the question you must answer in the comments is (and don’t worry, your answer has absolutely no bearing on whether you actually win or not): What are your plans for next weekend?



  1. Becca

    July 13, 2008 1:18 pm

    I will be celebrating my first pay check at a new job with a haircut and eyebrow wax, woot!

  2. Julie

    July 13, 2008 1:29 pm

    I’m always up for a contest! :)

    Next weekend, I think we’re taking Braden to a waterpark and see how he does. He didn’t want to get out of his splashing pool last weekend, so we thought why not. We’ll go for a few hours and see how he does. We got tickets for $10 a piece so we’re not out much!

    Julies last blog post..We know what we’re having!!!

  3. Allison

    July 13, 2008 1:36 pm

    Oh yay a contest! And it’s *perfect* for me! I love my wordpress blog, but I have been unhappy with the design options. So, yay! I hope I win!

    My plans for next weekend: Move! We have movers coming on Saturday morning, which means Friday all day and all night I will be busy packing packing packing. Not much fun, really. Sunday we have the cable people coming. We are actually getting real cable, finally. I don’t watch much TV, but hey, it’s still kinda cool to have the option!

    Allisons last blog post..I Like The Way You Eat and Drink

  4. Backpacking Dad

    July 13, 2008 1:36 pm

    I will be taking the train up to the City on Friday and Saturday to go to BlogHer because I hear it’s all about the dudes.

    Backpacking Dads last blog post..Suburbanity and the Future

  5. Nicole

    July 13, 2008 1:47 pm

    Fun contest! And good luck with the pee soaked carpet – I don’t blame you for being so frustrated with the cats, I’m not sure I could deal with it either!

    We don’t have too many plans for next weekend other than to fit in a nice bike ride. Now that Jesse’s got clinic Saturday’s til 1 it limits our weekends quite a bit! It certainly makes it more important to have something fun planned, but gives less time for full day activities.

  6. Corby

    July 13, 2008 2:37 pm

    To delurk on the blogs I read regularly!

    Corbys last blog post..Rock N Roll Hall of Fame

  7. Mel

    July 13, 2008 2:47 pm

    Next weekend? I’m going back “home” to a Pirate party being thrown by one of my best friends. :)

    And you know how badly I need my own personalized space. Ever since launching my site, I’ve only used boring old templates I have found while surfing the net. SAVE ME, Jen!

    Mels last blog post..Picture of the Day – July 13th

  8. Rhona

    July 13, 2008 3:10 pm

    Oooooh contests are fun! I will be hanging out on a pontoon boat next weekend with my boyfriend’s family :P.

    Rhonas last blog post..Earthquake in Indiana…

  9. Allyson

    July 13, 2008 3:35 pm

    Next weekend? I’d like to go see The Dark Knight, but who knows if that’ll happen.

  10. Kelly

    July 13, 2008 3:52 pm

    OOOH! Pick me! Pick me! :)

    Um, next weekend? I’ll be going to a kid’s 3rd birthday party and spending lots o’ time in our backyard.

    Kellys last blog post..lucky

  11. Amanda

    July 13, 2008 4:00 pm

    This is a fantastic contest, especially as I’ve been debating moving over to my own server and domain name for a while now. I’ll take winning as a definite sign that I should ;)

    My plans for next weekend include a get together with some fabulous 20-something Boston Bloggers, and maybe a lunch/dinner with my favorite uncle. It will probably also include some reading for class, but I’ll try not to think about that for now.

    Amandas last blog post..“Out There…”

  12. Andrea

    July 13, 2008 5:34 pm

    If everything goes well, we’ll ve at home with our new kiddo, so we’ll probably be having some visitors over next weekend! :)

    Even I don’t win, I will probably ask you help me set up a blog very soon, what with the new kid, and finally having the internet at home (yeah, not in the stone age anymore!) :)

  13. Jenn

    July 13, 2008 6:00 pm

    This is an awesome thing that you are doing and I am always up for some cool free stuff (especially since all you offer is something I have been wishing wanting since October). So thank you for the opportunity.

    Next weekend I will be recovering from my husband’s mom and niece and nephew visiting us this week. We will be contemplating if we are anywhere near ready for having a baby after this visit. I am stuck in the middle and need a few more months and he I think will need a few more years. Then after all the contemplation and recovery is over I will clean the place and prep it for my parents arrival with my niece (you move and everyone wants to visit). So yeah, how about you?

    Jenns last blog post..Children

  14. Sunshine

    July 13, 2008 6:36 pm

    Oooh – a blog designed by you? That would be fun! And maybe be enough inspiration for me to stick with blogging…ha!

    Next weekend? I have no idea. But I’m already looking forward to it!

  15. Melissa

    July 13, 2008 7:23 pm

    A contest, woo!!!

    Friday is Oliver’s 2nd birthday (!!), but we’re probably just hanging out at home at home all weekend while George studies – we’re having Oliver’s party after George is done with the bar exam in 2 weeks. So next weekend it will just be the three of us and maybe some ice cream. :)

  16. AshleyMarie

    July 13, 2008 8:05 pm

    Ooh, contests are always fun!!!

    Plans for next weekend pretty much include packing since I’m relocating to the Philadelphia area next month (mm, cream cheese and cheese steak hoagies!). If it is still ohsounbelievably hot it will be what I call my “pool weekend”. Day swimming, night swimming, anytime swimming in between the packing and planning, always good to get some of your own down time in there.

    OH, and I MUST WEED THE GARDENS! There’s one big one out there that is taller than me. Seriously…and its prickley. I might need a chainsaw for that one.

    But I’m excited for next weekend !

  17. Jane

    July 13, 2008 9:47 pm

    Oh!! Next weekend. We are hanging out with some of Chad’s friends who are expecting a little boy in September. They wanted a dose of what they are getting into!

    And then hopefully meeting up with a bunch of math nerds from college! (I was a math nerd too).

    That is it! Well and maybe some cleaning action…

    Janes last blog post..Swimming Lessons – Week #3

  18. Corrie

    July 13, 2008 10:57 pm

    Oh my gosh! A new Jen-designed blog? I would switch to wordpress for that. I would also plop from giddiness. Seriously. I know I need a life or something, but it would make me happy. Very Happy.

    I don’t work next Saturday, so I am sure that I will have a few drinks out of my wine box on Friday. I promised to take Aivlene to the mall to buy her some princess make-up since she poops on the potty like a champ. The weekend after next I am going to get my hair did and go to a picnic. My life is so much fun!

    Corries last blog post..Fit for a Princess

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  20. janet

    July 13, 2008 11:53 pm

    Jen, you are so generous! Are you going to make blog design a new part of your business?

    Just for the record, this comment isn’t an entry because I already have a custom design by you THAT I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!

  21. lemonade

    July 14, 2008 12:29 am

    Next weekend? I usually don’t plan that far ahead, heck, i don’t even know what I’m doing tonight! :)

  22. Jummy

    July 14, 2008 12:38 am

    Oh I’m such a fan of your work, Jen, and I would looooove to win a design for my new blog, Good Naija Girl.

    My plans for next weekend are to go house hunting (again), attend a Nigerian picnic and sleep…nothing too exciting.

    Jummys last blog post..Birth days

  23. Viviane

    July 14, 2008 2:48 am

    Friday I am probably going to meet up with an online friend from the States I have had for like seven years for the first time, and depending on how long she has time to hang out I may or may not go to a Spanish speakers meet-up here in town. Saturday afternoon I am going to a Latin American food party a friend of mine is doing and in the evening I am going out with a bunch of girls for a polka dot dress night out (as in, we will all wear polka dot dresses and go out for drinks). No plans for Sunday yet, but maybe I’ll just relax a little before I have to work again on Monday.

  24. Pei

    July 14, 2008 4:59 am

    I love contests! Good luck with the rug by the way…I know you said you tried a bunch of remedies, but did you try baking soda?

    Anyhoo, the big thing for me next weekend is that I will hopefully be picking up two 6-week-old puppies from a local dog rescue…I have volunteered to be their foster mom until I go away on holiday in a month! Really looking forward to it…it’s a warm-up before I bring my doggles from Singapore over to HK (after two years, it’s time to get back in the swing of pet ownership!). Plus I’m thinking about adopting another dog as a companion for the princess dog so it’ll be a chance to test run babies to see how well I take care of them.

    Peis last blog post..Shrimp Scampi & Steak Salad

  25. Bobbi

    July 14, 2008 8:29 am

    Yay, I hope I win! I love your design style.

    Next weekend, we will be moving into our new apartment with the help of my parents (and they’re bringing their 4 dogs – it should be interesting). I’m so excited to move!!!!

    Bobbis last blog post..Update on Hunter

  26. Shari

    July 14, 2008 8:30 am

    :) Plans this next week end are nothing. We have nothing planned as of now.

    The grand baby is prolly flying to Florida and I am pretty sure I will be sitting at home missing her!

    But Thursday night we have suite tickets for the Reds baseball fame. (free food and drinks all night). Yeah – we are going to wear black instead of Red – since we are in mourning . hahaha

    Sharis last blog post..busy bee

  27. Kristine

    July 14, 2008 9:06 am

    Great contest! Next weekend I’ll be celebrating my 40th birthday with a steak dinner. Woohoo!

    Kristines last blog post..Office Update

  28. Christina

    July 14, 2008 9:26 am

    Well, I was going to spend next weekend moving everything from my Blogger blog to my new WordPress one since I’ve heard they are much more superior. But If I win…

    And I’ll being heading to Shakespeare In The Park on Friday night to see Othello.

  29. Jennie

    July 14, 2008 9:28 am

    Fun – a contest! I love love LOVE your design for love is blonde. It’s amazing.

    Next weekend? I’ll be playing piano for a wedding on Saturday. I’m kind of nervous because I haven’t done one in a while, but it should be okay.

    Jennies last blog post..Whip It Up – Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

  30. Nilsa

    July 14, 2008 9:33 am

    I heart Love is Blonde. Have been considering a move over to WordPress for some time. Would love to investigate your blogging abilities. Seems like the time is right! Pick me, pick me!!!

    Nilsas last blog post..Therapy

  31. Carly

    July 14, 2008 9:36 am

    I have come to you via Love Is Blonde.

    I don’t really need a new template, seeing as how I just bought 2 premades. But blog templates are like duvet covers. It’s ok to have more than one and change them out from time to time.

    So sign me up baby!

  32. RA

    July 14, 2008 9:36 am

    Throwing my hat in the ring!

    Next Saturday is my dad’s birthday, so I will be giving him a call sometime. But my Really Big Plans that day are to go to book club and discuss “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.” Party!

    RAs last blog post..New Recipe #19: Lemon fusilli

  33. Kris

    July 14, 2008 9:40 am

    Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! Pick me! ;)

    Next weekend? Probably about the same we did this weekend (renos, cleaning, play time), but hopefully without the 7 hours of no power.

    Kriss last blog post..Friday is all about the Mixed Nuts

  34. Kristabella

    July 14, 2008 9:45 am

    Pick me! Choose me! Love me!

    Sorry, sometimes I channel Meredith Grey.

    As for my plans this weekend I’m going to SF for BlogHer! And I’m SO EXCITED!

    Kristabellas last blog post..It’s A Blogstravaganza!

  35. anne

    July 14, 2008 10:02 am

    You know, I’ve been sort of looking for an excuse to move over to WordPress anyway… so this is the PERFECT opportunity. Plus, I know nothing about design in any blog format, so you would be such a huge blessing!

    Next weekend: working. Le sigh. Not only working the weekend, but working the weekend NIGHTS, too. It’s the “perks” of being an RN.

    annes last blog post..facing death and trying to live life

  36. Erica

    July 14, 2008 10:10 am

    Oh, I am very much looking forward to next weekend. My grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January and we are having a big party to celebrate!

    Ericas last blog post..A Year In Pictures

  37. Amy

    July 14, 2008 10:32 am

    Due to the fact that my husband is away on a business trip all week, next weekend when he comes home we will have a lot of quiet time as a family laying around the house and just being together.

    Amys last blog post..Learn something about Andy every weekend.

  38. Valerie

    July 14, 2008 10:42 am

    Yay contests!

    Next weekend I will most likely not go to the gym and then spend hours wandering the aisle of Target, cursing the fact that my local store has nothing to offer as far as maternity clothes go.

    Then I’ll probably by myself a purse to feel better.

    Valeries last blog post..Things I’m loving

  39. Valerie

    July 14, 2008 10:43 am

    Oh and then I’ll learn the difference between “by” and “buy” and then go back in time and fix it in my last comment.

    Valeries last blog post..Things I’m loving

  40. Megan

    July 14, 2008 10:51 am

    :( I am a poor sap with blogspot, but would love a custom design and hosting! yippee!

    Next weekend, I will be going to Branson with the in-laws. They plan on taking us to FOUR, yes, count them…FOUR shows and I’m sure we’ll all hold hands and sing the whole time. *gag*

    What a fun contest!

    Megans last blog post..Domestik

  41. Megan

    July 14, 2008 10:52 am

    Does 2 comments count for 2 entries?! I would LOVE that! :D

    Megans last blog post..Domestik

  42. elise

    July 14, 2008 12:15 pm

    Oh, I hope I win this. I really, really DESPERATELY need someone to makeover my blog. I have been doing it for over 5 years now and it looks…well, just awful, really. I am so glad you’re having this contest!


    elises last blog post..July, You’re Everything I Never Knew I Wanted

  43. rachel

    July 14, 2008 12:33 pm

    My plans? Cooking and napping!

  44. Jen

    July 14, 2008 12:46 pm

    First time commenter, long time lurker!!! All you ladies who blog get me through the day. I have never thought of blogging myself until I read about your contest. Hmmm, anyone out there want to read about a 33 year old midwesterner from IL who works full time in St. Louis, has been happily married to the same man for five and a half years, has a three year old son named Noah who is the joy of her life and has a passion for cooking, swim aerobics and mowing the grass at her home in patterns to resemble those of golf courses (weird, eh???)…

    As far as weekend plans, we are taking the above mentioned young man fishing and having some friends over for a bbq….laid back as it gets!

  45. Laurel

    July 14, 2008 1:08 pm

    I hope to God that I win this contest because I NEED to get off of blogger. Save me, Jen!

    Next weekend I plan to: pack as many of my belongings as possible in preparation for my upcoming MOVE.

    Laurels last blog post..Happy Birthday, AS!

  46. JP

    July 14, 2008 1:32 pm

    I don’t think I have much planned for next weekend… my life is so boring right now!

    PS – Found you through, and I’m glad I did!

    JPs last blog post..30 by 30

  47. Lea

    July 14, 2008 1:46 pm

    I love your contest! So generous of you to do this!

    Leas last blog post..Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

  48. Melissa from Pittsburgh

    July 14, 2008 1:49 pm

    I am pleased with my blogspot home but I may be willing to look into other endevours …

    Wow, you are like talented and stuff!

    I’m a techie geek but I don’t do much html and stuff.

    You are my hero!

    Melissa from Pittsburghs last blog post..I miss my alcoholism

  49. Melis

    July 14, 2008 2:08 pm

    I plan on apartment hunting in Boston/Cambridge (wish me luck) and taking the kayak out for a nice, long paddle.

  50. Allison

    July 14, 2008 2:09 pm

    I’m on Blogger right now but have just recently purchased my own domain name and have no idea how to make it lovely! What a great contest!

    Allisons last blog post..Whoever Said Money Can’t Buy Happiness Has Obviously Never Been To Build-A-Bear

  51. alyndabear

    July 14, 2008 2:13 pm

    Ooh, nifty!

    My plans for next weekend …. welcoming the boy back from his week-long business trip, and hopefully getting OUT of the house!

    alyndabears last blog post..Six Inches.*

  52. Allura

    July 14, 2008 2:33 pm

    A little birdie told me that de-lurking today was the cool thing to do. :P

    Next weekend the husband and I are going to Atlantic City with his parents to gamble. I’m pretty excited!

  53. Burgh Baby

    July 14, 2008 3:49 pm

    Enter MEEEEE! For Burgh Mom, of course. Even if you don’t pick me, though, I still need you to do the purdy stuff. Could you resend me that document you sent before? I still have it, but it’s with over 500 other email messages and may never be found.


    Burgh Babys last blog post..The Follically Challenged Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

  54. Katie

    July 14, 2008 3:51 pm

    Ooh! I love your designs, so I’m delurking for this :)

    Next weekend I’m going home (I’m at college right now) to get my hair cut and go whitewater rafting with my friends. I am so excited!

  55. Chiada

    July 14, 2008 6:01 pm

    Hello, there!

    I’m a new reader – first time to your site! Directed here by Miss Janet of Love Is Blonde. What a nice contest! As I was reading along, though, I was bummed at first when I saw that I had to have my own domain, since I use But then I kept on reading and lo & behold but you are also giving away a year’s domain name?!? Wow, that is super cool/nice/sweet of you!

    So anyways. This weekend. Hmmm.. Most likely I will be doing some housework, possibly finishing the plaster on my living room walls, and/or doing some yardwork. Pretty typical.

    Thanks again!

    Chiadas last blog post..Hub-E’s Newest Creation

  56. Mia

    July 14, 2008 6:07 pm

    Oh I’m so needy. I’m so excited at the chance.

    Next weekend will most likely be the repeat of this weekend . . . Husband working, Laundry staring me down, Bathrooms laughing at me behind my back, Kids killing each other every other hour . . . yada yada yada.

    Mias last blog post..This Boy

  57. CountryMusicIsLove

    July 14, 2008 7:34 pm

    Yay, great contest! We’re on blogspot too…yeah, yeah…but we’re looking to go with our own domain soon!! Found your site through Janet (loveisblonde)…her site is adorable…great job!

    CountryMusicIsLoves last blog post..Picture Of The Day

  58. CountryMusicIsLove

    July 14, 2008 7:35 pm

    Oh duh…haha, forgot to answer the QUESTION…next weekend, probably nothing except for blogging! Exciting, huh??

    CountryMusicIsLoves last blog post..Picture Of The Day

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