Thursday, August 28, 2014

HomeGoods Happy $100 GIVEAWAY

One of my favorite retailers for home decor, HomeGoods, invited me to "Make Happiness Happen" for someone in my community with a $250 gift card to HomeGoods.  There were no restrictions and I could use the gift card to help in any way (some examples they shared were redecorating the living room of a firehouse, donating the gift card to a silent auction, decorate your spouse’s office, or the bedroom of one of your closest friends who needs some help).

I chose to put the gift card to good use by decorating the reception area/lobby of my son's school.  It's a wonderful environment for learning and community, but honestly, the lobby needed some help.  It's funny how these things organically happen, because one day after drop-off, I was in the lobby with some faculty and one of the men mentioned that he didn't really like how the lobby looked.  I had been wanting to approach the school with this idea, and the opportunity fell into my lap on that morning.  We made sure to confirm with the principal that she was on board with the mini revamp, and happily, she was!

I started with replacing an industrial grey rug with a colorful chevron 'Dina' rug from Joss & Main.  I had to make sure it could withstand heavy traffic, not show dirt easily, and was safe for high heels.  I think it fits the bill.  I know it's bright, but I figure it works for a cheerful school lobby.  HomeGoods has rugs too, and I fell in love with some for my home! but they didn't have the size and colors I needed for the school.


Then, armed with my $250 HomeGoods gift card, I shopped my local store for some decor items to tie in with the rug. The reception area is a smallish, rectangular room with two arm chairs, but that's about it. We'll keep the chairs and add the HomeGoods items below:  a half-moon side table, two Chinoiserie vases, and a bright yellow garden stool.  Yellow and blue are our school colors, so I wanted to add them in a creative way.  The orchid will add life and hopefully be easy to maintain.  



I'm so excited for install day soon!  Thank you HomeGoods for helping make our school lobby a happier place!  And now it's your turn to win a $100 gift card to HomeGoods. 

* GIVEAWAY *

HomeGoods is giving away a $100 gift card to one reader to spread some happiness in your community.  Enter below!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

225 comments:

  1. I'm currently in the process of updating our master bedroom and a Homegoods gift card would help so much!!

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  2. So perfect for a school! I would love to help our neighbor with her entry way as she has stated she wants to change it up.

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  3. would love to win as i just moved into a new house!

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  4. I would like to give the gift card to a good friend of me who has just bought a house. He can use this gift card to decorate his house. :)

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  5. I would love to win. HomeGoods is my favorite home decorating store! I find myself in there browsing all the time.

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  6. I would help out my best friend and her fiance, who just purchased their first house!

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  7. I would love to provide some happier space for the local retirement community! I know they would greatly appreciate it!

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  8. Homegoods is one of my favorite places to find things I didn't know I needed!

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  9. I love Homegoods. Fun shop for the home!

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  10. what a fun entry way to the school!! I love the rug!

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  11. Pick me! Pick me! Thanks for doing this giveaway and sharing on your blog!

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  12. I donated gave diapers to a neighbor that was going through a hard time.

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  13. Can't wait to see the reveal! My son's school could use the same thing. lol

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  14. Such a fun rug - the pattern and all the colors are amazing!!!

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  15. I would use it to buy Christmas decorations for my son's school!

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  16. I swear by Homegoods to finish off any decor project. It the best way to tie in something that may have been a little pricier without blowing a budget.
    _Amy
    lil-red1@att.net

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  17. I've never been to home goods! There's not one in our city but excited to make a trip!

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  18. I love your home decor style! I have been in my house two years and haven't done anything because I have no idea where to start!

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  19. I have a friend who'd like a preschool space in her home and I know just the spot, with a chalkboard wall and easy organization, I think it would look great.

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  20. I would use it to make a nice office/study area for my husband

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  21. I would love to help out my friend who just opened her own hair salon in our town. I love the rug you bought!

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  22. You are soo sweet! As a school librarian I love that you donated to your school to cheer up the office. What a great impression it will make on all visitors. I would love to get some accessories for our newly decorated living room.

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  23. I love the yellow and blue against the wall - really makes it all pop!

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway. A new Home Goods store is opening near us in the fall and I'm so excited! I think giving to schools for kids in need is one of the best ways to help.

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  25. What a good idea to refresh the lobby at your kiddo's school! I think the rug is perfect! So bright and cheery! Thank you for hosting this giveaway! :)

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  26. I love HomeGoods! Good luck to me! :)

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  27. This looks like the perfect rug for a school! Very cute!

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  28. I love that rug! And I love Home Goods!! I've decorated several spaces in my home from there.

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  29. What a wonderful idea! If I won, I would help spruce up my church's lobby - we have a broken sideboard that is held together oh so carefully by a wall, with no working storage. This GC would help us to replace it with something more suitable for greeting our visitors!

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  30. What a great idea to do the school lobby! I love the colors in the rug you chose. Thanks for offering this....I know I won't win being the first commenter, but I wanted to say how much I liked the run anyway!

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  31. Would love to help a friend with decorating her kitchen. She is a stay at home mom and has been a super friend to me. Would love to bring some decorating sunshine into her happy place: her kitchen :-)

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  32. Megan! I have been so curious what you would do. I just love it. I adore the way you added the blue and yellow. So creative. I am sure your school is so excited to be a part of this.

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  33. I love Home Goods! It's where I found my nightstand for our master bedroom! Every time I go in there I find something new and amazing!

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  34. I could donate it to our local "Darlings and Divas" night which raises money for women's health.
    I like the colorful rug for the school!

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  35. I would love to win the HomeGoods Gift Card. HomeGoods just recently opened in our city and I LOVE that store. We are beginning a painting and redecorating project in our home and this would be a perfect start to the project. I absolutely LOVE your blog too :)

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  36. To make happiness happen in my community I could get in contact with the local park and try to help revive their community center lobby. It is a free community center so is only funded by tax dollars which is unfortunately not enough to make the place look nice.

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  37. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Working on a bedroom refresh and this would sure help out.

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  38. I would help my neighbors with their sad looking little house. It needs some serious love!

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  39. I spread happiness through my food - I love cooking for friends and neighbors.

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  40. Bringing meals to new mamas and mourning families is my favorite way!

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  41. I can donate food and clothes for people in need

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  42. I love what you picked! So creative reflecting the school colors with the decor. I love HomeGoods; crossing my fingers I win this one! :)

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  43. Excited about your give away! I love that store!!

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  44. I would donate my old blankets and towels to the Humane Society and then buy new ones for myself :-)

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  45. Just be more generous with what I have and pass it on to others in need

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  46. I'd love to help out my kids' day care!

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  47. I would add some fresh color and new comfy seating for our small community run library.

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  48. What a great idea to decorate at your son's school. Fun rug! Love you blog...and HOMEGOODS!

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  49. Happiness in the community... I think you can spread happiness a lot of ways. Volunteering your time, paying it forward in the drive thru line, just a simple smile or wave :)

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  50. With an abundance of excess fruit from our fruit trees, I'd make fruit baskets to present as a gift to brighten up someone's day.

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  51. If I won this giveaway I would get lamps for my guest bedroom. We are having it painted next week and new lamps would add to the rooms new look!!

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  52. That's so thoughtful of you! I can't wait to see pictures of the new lobby!

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  53. I would love to host an Ice Cream Social/Movie Night for my community! What a great way to get to know each other and connect.

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  54. great choices, what an amazing thing to do. thanks for the chance for me to help make something awesome happen :)

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  55. I love Home Goods! Would love to win!! :)

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  56. I love the rug! It is so great that you are able to bring a little color to your son's school. Thanks for sharing!

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  57. I would love to win this gift card. There are so many things our home needs, I wouldn't know where to begin :).

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  58. I could make Happiness Happen by getting new rugs to our local library.

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  59. I love Home Goods! I would love to buy some beautiful fake flowers to brighten up my space. I am so terrible with real ones!

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  60. I'd love to help create a space for the kids in our youth group at church... They desperately need their own zone.

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  61. I love the rug. The colors are perfect for a school. It screams creativity, don't you think? My husband just started a new job. I would use the gift card to decorate his office.

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  62. It would be great to win! Love the colors of the rug!

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  63. I would love to be able to do a little update for a family member

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  64. This would be awesome as our stuff is so old and horrible. I never buy anything just because - how fun it would be to do that - to just shop.

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  65. Love the mixture of the blue and yellow accessories to bring out the colors in the rug!

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  66. I would love to help my co-worker decorate our new office. It's in need of a facelift! Thanks for the great giveaway.

    Jennifer

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  67. I recently donated lots of kids gently used clothes to my youngest son's school as the teachers know the kids that need clothing and get clothes to the families. I'd love to donate this gift card to my son's teacher to use to decorate her classroom.

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  68. Ooooh, what would be awesome!! Would love a gift card from Homegoods and just in time for Fall Décor!! Awesome giveaway!!!

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  69. We just moved into a new house, and are on our way through the decorating process. This gift card would be a huge help!

    And where I work, we lack updated decor, so our office space doesn't feel inviting. I would love to fresh it up if given the change! I think it would make coming to work that much better!

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  70. I'd take my friend who works from home shopping to fix up her kitchen (she works often at the kitchen table)

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  71. I love Home goods! I'm in there at least twice a week just to browse!

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  72. Hmm how to make happiness happen - house warming gift?! It seems I'm at that age where everyone is finally making that BIG decision to get a house! And we all know they have their quirks when you first move in :) I love Home Goods because I find AFFORDABLE ways to decorate and furnish!

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  73. I would deliver home made food to friends/neighbors who had a baby recently

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  74. I would give this to my Mama! She has been so fabulous helping me and all my siblings out, and raised us on her own after my Dad died when were kids. She deserves this to make Happiness Happen!!! :)

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  75. I would invest in silk flower arrangements from Homegoods for the lobby in the places I volunteer; flowers make such a big difference in making the room appear more cheerful!

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  76. LOVE Homegoods! I would give my homeschool classroom a much-needed makeover for our four sweet kiddos!

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  77. Thank you for the chance to win. I would love to buy a "welcome to the neighborhood gift' for the new family who just moved in across the street.

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  78. I think making Happiness Happen at my town's rec center would be wonderful -- it could use a little jazzing up for the staff and community members. Thanks!

    Dbyrne1[at]gmail[dot]com

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  79. LOVE the rug you picked for the school!

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  80. Can't wait to see the school reveal

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  81. There is a homeless camp about a mile from our house. My boys and I are going to take them popsicles tomorrow because it has been SO HOT here lately.

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  82. I would spruce up the lobby in my office building- maybe a plant and a picture??

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  83. My sister has been under the weather recently and planning for surgery in a few weeks. I'll be watching the kids while they're out of town.. and keeping them, the dog, and house work under control.

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  84. My friend just had her baby, so I will be bringing over some homecooked meals, as well as helping her clean the house :)

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  85. Home Goods always makes me happy!

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  86. I love that you donated to your son's school. Yes, they can be a bit dreary!!! The rug and accents are so fun. I would give the gift card to my oldest to buy some fun accessories for her apartment. She is on a tight teacher's budget.

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  87. I love doing little things...buying a cold drink for a homeless person, donating to an animal shelter, helping am old lady with her groceries :) We also like to give the garbage men cold water.

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  88. I could volunteer to work at the canned food drive.

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  89. Can't wait to see the reveal! Love the giveaway!

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  90. I have a friend who needs help with a massive, whole house declutter. We're planning to have the husbands watch the kids while the wives clear out the crap! I'm strangely excited!

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  91. Homegoods is my happy place - like Disneyworld is for kids. Can't wait to see the school reveal.

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  92. What a great project and giveaway!

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  93. I'd buy something nice for my sister who just moved :) And something for me too !

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  94. The church I attend needs a little update in the foyer. Would be a nice welcome members and vistors.

    Cathy <;)

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  95. Just bought a new house and we close in Sept so this is perfect timing to add some knick-knacks and items for the house!! Maybe even a new rug of our own!!! :)

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  96. I love that rug and it would be so much fun to win a homegoods gift card!

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  97. I would make Happiness Happen for someone in my community by taking the local kids out for a day of ice cream.

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  98. Love Home Goods and ohhhh how it makes me happy!!! I would love to add a little much needed character to my in-laws new sun room!!!!

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  99. I'd love to win this to help my sister prepare for her first child! I'd bring her happiness by helping her pay for the nursery decor

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  100. Homegoods I s my mommy time out. Ever try shopping there with a 3 yr old? I did once and never again. It's MY special place. Ironically, I would be changing her room from baby to little girl and Homegoods has a great kids section.

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  101. I love HomeGoods, I can always find something fun and different.

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  102. My cousin recently had a baby who has been diagnosed with a developmental disease. I plan to make Happiness Happen by donating to their organization to find a cure.

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  103. By volunteering my time at the Fall Festival in our community and having a great attitude!

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  104. Love the rug choice! So colorful and fun for school!

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  105. I'm a trainer and nutritionist and I just recently spoke to a high school girls field hockey team about the importance of hydration and pre/post workout snacks/meals!

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  106. We like to pay for those behind us in line sometimes.

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  107. I work as a PA and I try to leave happiness with every patient that I see. I love seeing them when their pain has improved and they are much happier!

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  108. I would l love to help a low income family i work with to have something nice.

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  109. I am a teacher so I would spruce up my classroom with some fun items to brighten it up.

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  110. I would definitely make my neighbors day by taking her shopping for decorations! This would brighten up our mommy filled day! :)

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  111. I think simply getting to know your neighbors is a great way. It can speak volumes and you can develop a new friend!

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  112. What a great idea to brighten up the entryway of the school! It will definately spread some cheer!

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  113. HomeGoods is one of my favorite stores! Would love to have a gift card to use towards redoing my home office!

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  114. Such a great way to spend your credit!

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  115. What a wonderful way to spread some love! I always love your style, too. Home Goods is one of my favorite stores, hands down. :)

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  116. Home Goods is the bomb dot com!!

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  117. Oh I love how it looks! Such a great idea!

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  118. OMG I would LOVE to win this. So, my mom was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia and it has been so incredibly difficult to face/handle. But, God works his miracles and she has been in the greatest hands of docs/nurses at MD Anderson so I would LOVE to decorate their leukemia wing with more homey items and pretty things so that patients feel welcomed and comfortable there...like it's a 2nd home for them. Thanks for this opportunity Megan :)
    Linh
    http://abeautifulrawr.com

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  119. Would love to win this...Home Goods is one of my favorite store.

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  120. I would help a friend who is struggling.

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  121. It's so king of you to help to your son's school and redecorate the lobby with your gift!
    Domestic cleaners Ealing

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  122. I would babysit my sisters boy :)
    Jenna

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  123. What a wonderful way to help the community! I volunteer with my local woman's club and we support a woman and children's shelter. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  124. How fun! I would help out my brother who is going to school to be a Doctor. His wife is pregnant with #3 and $ is super tight. They are plugging along tho and I never hear them complain!

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  125. I would love to be able to help my kids daycare.

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  126. Love Homegoods! I would love to spruce up my living room with some new pillows for a fresh look!

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  127. My dad is opening a new office for his business and could use a bright and welcoming entrance! Home goods is my candy store!

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  128. I work in a cancer center, we could definitely use some cheer in this sterile environment. Our administration has done what it can to make it seem homey and inviting but with healthcare budgets what they are these days it's a bit hard to do. I would use it to make our center more inviting and hopefully cheerier.

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  129. I would help my church by sprucing up the nursery/preschool room.

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  130. This is such a fun and nice giveaway. I would help my MIL and my mom who have both been diagnosed with different forms of cancer. They could use some pick me ups in the form of décor in their homes to help brighten and lighten their spaces. They both are always giving to others, but don't take time for themselves much.

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  131. I would never have even thought about school - I figure they're set with the industrial look - but nice to know they were open to change.

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  132. Wow, thanks for the great giveaway! I love HomeGoods! We have a store 3 hrs away from our home and every time we visit my parents there, we MUST visit HomeGoods!

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  133. I'd love to use the HomeGoods card to help my mother with her home, for her upcoming birthday!

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  134. We just got a HomeGoods in my town about 6 months ago!! Love it!! Need to do some living room updating so this would come in handy!! Crossing my fingers ;0)

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  135. I would help my mom spruce up her newly renovated office!

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  136. My sister does so much for me and i would love to use this gift card to do something for her

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  137. I'd love to use it on our fabulous neighbors that just moved in about two months ago. They still have some blank walls that need a little artwork.

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  138. Definitely the daycare where my child attends. They are fabulous with all the kids and giving them something extra in return for their building would be fantastic.

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  139. HomeGoods is one of my favorite stores! I'm pretty sure 90% of my decor is from there, the other 10% being from Target of course. I have yet to buy anything form Joss & Main but i LOVE that rug.

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  140. I am so lucky to have a Marshall's down the street from my house and several Home Goods and T.J. Maxx locations within 10 miles of my home! My absolute favorite stores!!

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  141. Help out with kids. Taking someone dinner one night.

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  142. I would bless our local Community Services Board Day Program, give them a chance to make the area look a little more cozy since people spend a lot of their day there and often don't have nice things at home. Everyone deserves a beautiful space to retreat!

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  143. I could bring them a home cooked meal - just because :)

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  144. My friend who is a mom that never shops for herself!

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  145. I would donate plants to the local community center

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  146. My D-Group loves serving by either donating goods or just loving on someone who needs it - regardless of age or where they are in life

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  147. I would love to redo my aunt's sitting area. She recently had heart surgery and is still in ICU. This would be a great surprise!

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  148. home goods i a great store.they have so many interesting items.

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  149. I am a teacher and would love to see something like this at our school. Gorgeous!

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  150. Great job Megan, I'd love to do the same to our school's foyer it is need of a little attention. CONNIE
    I'd also like to hear about what your PTO "happy hour party" entailed. Please send info to me about that to bradshawhouse(at)google(dot)com Thankyou

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  151. I love HomeGoods! I'm currently working on my home office space and know they have some things that would look great in it!

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  152. I'd love to revamp my favorite local coffee shop and support the local community! Loving this concept, HomeGoods!

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  153. My daughter's school just had their ribbon cutting. Her classroom has crates tied together instead of shelves. The teacher borrowed a laundry basket from me to hold the kids' lunches. I'd love to get them some organizing stuff for their room!

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  154. Our bedding is looking tired and frankly its embarrassing. Would love to win a gift card.

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  155. Our bedding is looking tired and frankly its embarrassing. Would love to win a gift card.

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  156. We are making final choices for the master bath and plush towels and decor would be awesome.

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  157. I would love to update my daughters room!

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  158. So many places ~ but think it would go towards giving the master bedroom a facelift needed after 15 years.

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  159. I would help a local youth group decorate a community room!

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  160. Love your blog! We are making room for our new baby and re-doing my boys bedroom right now. I love Homegoods!

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  161. I would love to win. There is no end of what I'd love to do.

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  162. My students would love to see some cute Home Goods items in my music classroom :)

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  163. A sweet friend and her family are not doing well financially and had to sell their beautiful home. I know this would brighten her day!

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  164. Homegoods is a great store. If I win, I would love to furnish my living room with a much needed area rug from their store. ;)

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  165. Homegoods is a great store. If I win, I would love to furnish my living room with a much needed area rug from their store. ;)

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  166. I'm 14 years old and I would love to treat my mom to some new kitchen supplies to thank her for all she does for me!

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  167. I would gift it to my son and daughter-in-law.

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  168. I would use this to update my dining room with artwork or accessories.

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  169. Homegoods is my absolute favorite, I would love to win to finish decorating my office!

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  170. I could make happiness by feeding someone in need or picking up litter in my community - rafflepter - shaunie

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  171. I would add some decoration to the garden i share withmy grandparents!

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  172. I would give it to my sister-in-law who is a teacher and always is looking for things to spruce up her room.

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  173. We are beginning to gather decor for our new little one who will be arriving in February!

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  174. A school supplies drive for students in my community!

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  175. To help happiness in my community, I want to rally to support our new school district.

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  176. My sister teaches first grade at a local elementary school. I would love to give back by sprucing up her classroom!

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  177. I would love to help my best friend who is a single mom and just moved into her new place. She's been taking hand me downs but I'm sure would love some new things!

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  178. I would get my bestie a housewarming gift for her new place!

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  179. I would love to work on my den.

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  180. I would like to decorate my husband's office! It's very sterile and basic. Could use some personality!

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  181. I would love a new chair for my living room

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