Are You A Loser?

by Alli

I’m all about winning in life. I firmly believe in living a positive life and I believe that what I focus on the longest becomes the strongest. I’m a glass all the way full and running over kind of girl . . .

Until it comes to giveaways, sweepstakes, etc.

Winner In Life

True Story:  I know a couple of guys that seem to have the Midas touch!  Everything they touch turns to gold. If they go to Vegas, they win BIG!  I don’t gamble. I don’t even know how.

If they buy a lottery ticket, they win BIG. I’ve never bought one. I don’t even know how.

They are not only big winners in Vegas.  They are winning at life.  They have hearts of gold and put their faith and family first place in their lives.

I have entered the HGTV Dream Home and the Urban Oasis giveaway every single year. Over and over. And over. Just about every single day that the contest is live.  Multiple times. I enter using my personal email, my blog email, my husband’s and all my children’s emails. I’ve stopped short of actually mailing in entries.

I’ve dreamed about what I would do with the house when I won.  If it wasn’t in my desired location, I would sell it and buy an ocean front condo on my dream beach.

May I keep the furniture, decor and artwork, or does it stay with? What about the dog house?  Max would love it.

The years that they’ve surprised the winner by showing up at their home unannounced, I made sure I was TV camera ready and that my door was freshly painted and the entryway was neat and tidy ( a very slight exaggeration).

Do you remember the year the urban oasis giveaway was a fab apartment in NYC?   I could just see myself telling all my friends, via Facebook, that I would be spending the weekend shopping in NYC and casually insert the fact that I would be spending said NYC weekend in my fab apartment. Is that shallow?  Why, yes it is.

When the giveaway apartment was in Chicago, I could see myself spending long weekends in the Windy City. Fact is, the closest I’ve been to a long Chicago weekend is a connecting flight at O’Hare.

Oh, wait!  I did win a TV once!  My son was playing AAU travel basketball in high school and the team raffled off a TV to help with travel expenses. My son “forgot” to sell his tickets. I ended up buying all 25. So, is that really winning if I almost paid for the thing?

But maybe things are looking up. Last Christmas I won a book from a blog giveaway that, frankly, I don’t even remember entering. Score!

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email notice that I had won a handmade sign from a favorite blogger friend that I follow. I had entered by leaving a FB comment. I was thrilled – 2 wins in one year!  Yes!

handmade sign from Creative Dominican
When the sign arrived from Creative Dominican, (thanks again, Beca) it was lovingly and beautifully wrapped with the sweetest card attached. I was so ecstatic!  You can find Beca’s Etsy shop here and follow her on Facebook here!

Winner in Life

Creative Dominican

I promptly hung my new sign on my front porch!

Maybe my luck is changing in the sweepstakes and giveaway department!! Maybe I do have the Midas touch. Maybe it is my year to win the HGTV dream house AND the urban oasis apartment!  And when I do, you’re all invited to a great big party in my new pads!  And I may just include you in that long weekend of shopping.

Have you ever won anything in a giveaway or sweepstakes or are you a loser like I used to be?  Do you have the Midas touch?  Please share!


erlene October 20, 2014 - 6:54 am

You’re so funny Alli. Yes I’ve often felt like a giveaway loser, but I’ve actually won three this year! Whoo hoo! Maybe my luck is changing too 🙂

Alli October 20, 2014 - 7:19 am

Wow – 3 in one year! Maybe your winnings will rub off on me. 🙂

Dionne Dean October 20, 2014 - 7:55 am

Haven’t won anyone as of yet BUT 2014 isn’t over yet! 😉

Melinda Snavley October 20, 2014 - 8:25 am

I never win either and a couple of months ago I won a painting from a dentist office. Go me. Haha

Alli October 20, 2014 - 9:03 am

That’s great! Was it a painting that you liked?

Melinda Snavley October 20, 2014 - 9:16 am

Yes it was. 🙂

Emerald October 20, 2014 - 8:48 am

A year ago it seemed like I won every giveaway I entered. But recently my luck as you say has changed and I am a huge loser.

Alli October 20, 2014 - 9:04 am

Maybe your winning streak will revive itself in 2015!

LaShawn October 20, 2014 - 8:50 am

I tend to have streaks, where I will win almost every contest I enter for MONTHS. Then I’ll go years without winning anything. LOL. I had that winning streak earlier this year! I guess i’m done for another 10 years!

Alli October 20, 2014 - 9:05 am

At least you have winning streaks! Maybe the small one I’m on will continue and I’ll begin to win bigger things! My fingers are still crossed for the Urban Oasis apartment in Atlanta! 🙂

Shirley Woodoo October 20, 2014 - 9:04 am

We purchase tickets every year for the St. Jude Dream Home, so far we haven’t won a new house 🙁 We will keep trying because all the money goes to a good cause!
I never entered Giveaways, or even knew about them until I started blogging! There is an entire culture out there. I have won some Paypal cash a couple of times! WooHoo, so I will keep entering!
Cute sign!!

Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) October 20, 2014 - 9:14 am

LOL, I enter giveaways but have only won once – a credit to a store. I often dream of what I would do if I won the lottery (I drive past the sign that advertises the pot every time I drive into Baton Rouge) but I hardly ever buy tickets 🙂

Louida October 20, 2014 - 10:06 am

You know Alli you just recently won my cookbook giveaway and I contacted you about it but haven’t heard back.

I win giveaways sometimes but not often.

Alli October 20, 2014 - 11:08 am

I didn’t see the email, Louida! I’ll go check! OMG – thanks a bunch!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication October 20, 2014 - 11:23 am

That sign is super-cute! What a great item! And I rarely win anything, either. My husband, on the other hand, wins stuff all the time, so technically… 🙂

Alli October 20, 2014 - 11:58 am

I thought it was cute, too and not mean spirited at all. She does some really cute work! It’s awesome that your husband wins things because that means you do, too. 🙂

Amanda Smith October 20, 2014 - 12:07 pm

I have the minus touch! It’s the opposite! LOL! I’m not lucky at all.

Alli October 20, 2014 - 2:12 pm

Hey, you never know, your luck could change at any moment! Maybe 2015 is our year for the win!

zan October 20, 2014 - 12:38 pm

I am a TOTAL loser when it comes to winning things!!!! Sometimes, I wonder why even bother enter! But hey, at least I live out here in Chicago where one of your dream apts was…lol.
Your story is funny, Alli! Congrats on the two wins!!!

Alli October 20, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Someone commented on this post that I had won a cookbook from her site. Yes! I love cookbooks!!

andrea October 20, 2014 - 3:50 pm

I never win anything! A few years ago, however, I won a trip to Montana. I took my dad along and we had a nice father/daughter vacation. That is actually the only thing I can recall ever winning, but I guess if you’re only going to win once, a paid vacation is the way to go.

Alli October 20, 2014 - 9:23 pm

I’m a little jealous! A trip is a big win! I’ve never won one!

Kita Bryant October 20, 2014 - 5:17 pm

I never win anything. I think I have won one thing from a contest in the past 5 years sad but true. I have stopped putting in because I know I don’t win. I want to win something like a car.

Alli October 20, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Now a car would be nice! Remember when Oprah gave away all of those cars? I was wishing I was there! 🙂

Anna @ Northern Homestead October 20, 2014 - 6:08 pm

There is a German saying “Wie gewonnen so zerronnen” means things that are easily acquired (a win) may be lost just as easily. So, don’t be to sad about not winning.

Alli October 20, 2014 - 9:21 pm

I’m not sad. This was just a humorous look at how I never win anything “big.” 🙂

Audrey October 20, 2014 - 6:14 pm

I need that sign!

I have the opposite of the Midas touch, especially this year. ha ha!

Alli October 20, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Don’t you just love that sign? I was thrilled when I found out that I had won. Just found out I won a cookbook, so maybe my luck is turning around! 🙂

MJ @ Daisy & June October 20, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Cute! I recently just won an IG giveaway – the first i have won in I cant remember how long, It was amazing!!! Congrats on your win – super cute sign!

Alli October 21, 2014 - 7:21 am

My wins may not be big, but they are cute. 🙂

Renee @ Renew Your Space October 20, 2014 - 11:11 pm

When I first started blogging, I did have the Midas touch. I won everything it seems! Nothing major, but I loved getting notifications that I won something 🙂 Congratulations!

Alli October 21, 2014 - 7:20 am

It is fun to win something, even when it’s not that big. 🙂

Shirley Woodoo October 22, 2014 - 8:26 pm

Pinned it to our Home Matters Pinterest Board. Thanks for sharing with us at Home Matters!

Alli October 23, 2014 - 8:38 am

Thanks for hosting, Shirley! Home Matters is one of my very faves!


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