Day 1- Stuff I Love & Our First Giveaway!

Who’s pumped?!? This girl. Today is the first official giveaway on my blog and I’m super excited and kinda nervous.

Truth? I’m wondering if anyone will participate. I mean, I know that I love free stuff and I’m fairly certain that there are at least three readers out there so maybe we’ll have a showing. πŸ™‚

Let’s get started, shall we??

It all started with this post here over with my homies, Young House Love. (Disclaimer: they are not really my homies, but I like to think they are. We do Tweet back and forth sometimes. On second thought, I think that does make us Homies.)

Anyway… they were featuring Jessica Rose with Vol.25 and her super cute artwork. Seriously, look at her stuff listed on Etsy:

Unfortunately, I didn’t win that particular contest but I did fall in love with Jessica’s style. I mean, how could you not?

I contacted her in November about doing a custom piece because I absolutely Love her stuff. And after many many emails back and forth, we finally got our act together and she drew this for me:

She’s been really busy lately and can’t take custom orders but since I waited so patiently, she was kind enough to whip up this bad boy for Ryan and I. {love her}

As you can see, this is my blog’s namesake. Together We Are Home… no matter where home may be. And for us, as a Navy family, home will be a lot of places.

I also got this sweet print which is hanging in our living room.

So in honor of Day 1- Stuff I Love I’m giving away one of Jessica’s prints from her Etsy shop, valued at $24.

I chose this one because it pays homage to our blog and as it hangs on the wall of one lucky winner’s home, I hope it reminds you of what is truly important in this life.

Details about the print via Jessica’s Etsy shop:



Each and every piece of VOL25 art is printed on textured canvas. I promise you will fall in love with this canvas paper, just as much as I did! The depth and color produced is very crisp and truly amazing… something you have to hold in your hands to really appreciate. You are welcome to browse my shop feedback, many customers have left excellent feedback regarding this unique media.

VOL25 artwork is reproduced with highly archival pigment based ink. We use a professional level wide format Epson Stylus 4880. Super fun fact: I affectionately refer to my printer as “Prints Charming.” πŸ™‚


So there you have it… our very first giveaway has been launched! Now down to the nitty gritty:

Prize: One “Wherever We Are Together” 8×10″ print (or another one of equal price if you’re not partial to this one)

To Enter: Comment on this post and tell me your favorite place you’ve ever called home.

BONUS ENTRY– Follow my blog via email or the RSS feed, let me know in a comment and get an additional entry (or if you already follow, just post that as a comment).

Giveaway Ends: Tuesday, April 19th at 12 midnight CT

Number of Winners: ONE*

Winner will be chosen using and announced on the blog Wednesday, April 20th.

*Everyone’s a Winner! Jess is very generously offering a 40% discount at her Etsy shop to all Together We Are Home readers. Woo Hoo!! Go get yourself some purty stuff to hang on your walls cause you know they need it. Use code SPRING40 at checkout.

You can check out more of Jessica’s work here:

Good luck ya’ll!

I was not paid or compensated in any way by Jessica of Vol.25 to write this post or host this giveaway. I purchased her art on my own before starting this blog. I simply wanted to share her awesome stuff and make some lucky reader’s day with a free gift!

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68 Responses to Day 1- Stuff I Love & Our First Giveaway!

  1. Joni says:

    YAY. I LOOOOOVE free things. So yeah I’m entering. And I follow you you know everywhere. Cause you’re my homey yo. Also I get email notifications cause sometimes I don’t check my rss feed. I love her stuff and the guitar one…. WHOA my son has like THAT guitar. I need to buy one from her immediately. Awesome.

  2. Joni says:

    OH shoot haha. I forgot to say.. THIS is my favorite place. Right here. Right now.

  3. Some would think that my favorite place that I called home was Hawaii ..but my fav place was Oklahoma where I was born and all of my family lives. THERE IS NOTHING to do there and it’s super boring haha BUT it’ll always be my home.
    I LOVE your blog and I subscribed to your RSS feed.
    You rock more then you know!

  4. liz says:

    My grandma and grandpa’s farm. It always felt like home. With lemonade and jello pudding pops by the pool.

  5. Amber Foster says:

    I’m enjoying your blog…and LOVE Jessica’s artwork so thanks for introducing me to that!

    My favorite place to call “home” outside of the places I have lived, was NYC for a week when I was volunteering with HIV/AIDS patients for an alternative Spring Break. I never feel as “alive” as I do when in the city…there is just something about NY that sets my soul on fire. It will be a more permanent home one day…though likely as a dual-resident since my husband is happy in VA!

  6. carrie says:

    My favorite place I called home was Santa Monica, CA. I miss it everyday. πŸ™‚ Love your blog, Missy! It and you are adorable.

  7. Anywhere the love of my life is …. I’m home! πŸ™‚ Home IS where the heart is.

  8. Cindy A. says:

    Aw, this is such a sweet giveaway. Many thanks to you and Jessica for giving us the chance to win.

    My favorite place was my aunt and uncle’s house. I lived with them for several years & always had the best time there. Especially when they let me have biscuits & homemade chocolate syrup for breakfast. Shhh! πŸ˜‰

  9. Cindy A. says:

    I follow you via Yahoo reader. πŸ™‚

  10. Clara says:

    I wasn’t sure if it would let me or if I had to be some sort of special subscriber/follower. I have to say, my favorite place to have called home is right on Prince William Drive! It’s so very special to have such good friends who live right across the street, especially over the number of years our families have lived there. It’s a beautiful thing too because I can go for months without being home and upon returning, it’s like nothing has changed. The change as I’ve grown up too — to see the wonderful people your younger siblings have become, has all shaped why I still love returning home!

  11. Anne says:

    First of all I just have to tell you Missy that I LOVE your blog. I read it everyday and look forward to your next posting! You inspire me in so many ways!
    Ok as to this contest, what a cute idea! I can see why your in love with the art!
    So my “home” would have to be at my old Station house in VA. I lived in that house for 17 years and I have soooooooo many memories there. Some with you πŸ™‚ Everyday I try to make our home now the same way for my kids. home is everything, your haven and your memory maker! Love you girl and you amaze me everyday! πŸ™‚ Hugs xoxoxo

  12. Michelle says:

    Want. Want. Want. And if I don’t win, I’m buying it. I want this hanging in my first home πŸ™‚

  13. Melissa Best says:

    My most favorite place is my current home in Chesapeake, VA. My husband and I bought it…our first home after our townhouse…and we now have our three beautiful children! They love this house tremendously!

  14. Kendra says:

    OK, OK I give in!!! Of course I have been reading your blog all along but I thought it would be unfair for family to participate in the giveaway BUT with only 8 people I figured I’d spice it up a little and make it 9. πŸ˜‰

    Soooo, my favorite place to call home would have to be an unofficial home of mine, Charleston. I loved when I would go visit your brother and we’d be out and I could say “let’s go home” without even a blink he knew where I meant. That city is filled with some of my best memories to date.

    So there!

    Oh and PS SIL, American Apparel has some similar headbands to sweatybands with that amazing fabric that grips onto your hair without damaging it. I am not sure what you paid for the sweatyband in store (and I thought Mom was going to buy you that one ;-)) but the ones at American Apparel are $5 maybe.

  15. Jess Voigt says:

    You are adorable! πŸ™‚ you continue to inspire me! I agree with this new lifestyle where ever the heck we end up home is definitely together! My favorite place is Fort Myers! Not because I love Florida or because it’s been fun, but because it’s where I met Paul and we started our lives together… What about you?!?!

  16. Having moved all over the country, I can honestly say that the place I love most calling home is wherever my family is!

  17. Carin says:

    Oh I LOVE that print!! Over my 13 year marriage, my husband and I and our kids (as they have arrived) have lived in 8 different homes–in 4 different countries–if this saying has ever been true for a family–it’s us! My favorite place I have ever called home is my parent’s house that I grew up in–they still live in that house on Griswold Street–39 years! Anyway, thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Carin says:

    I have subscribed to your blog feed for a second entry because I really want that print!!!

  19. Ashlee McAdams says:

    My favorite place to call home is Louisville, KY… Why you ask? It has a down-home feel & everyone says “Hello”, but it also has a modern, city vibe. It’s the best of both worlds! =)

  20. Jessica Bills says:

    My favorite place that I ever called home was my first tiny apartment with my brand new husband. All we had was a air matress and a computer, but we had a house and each other. I loved that home!

  21. jb says:

    i love love love her art…and so hope i house could use a new addition to the others in her collection..

    vol 25 and etsy rock!

  22. Chloe C. says:

    Entering the giveaway πŸ™‚ The place I call home is whereever my family is because they are the people I love and care for πŸ™‚ Thanks!! Love the photos

  23. Krista says:

    I love vol 25 and allll the art!!!! Panama has been my fav place to call home!!!

  24. Chloe C. says:

    Entering te second time- I subscibed to your blog too πŸ˜€

  25. Kim G says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…I love the art that vol 25 made just for you

  26. Krista says:

    And i am a new reader via google reader and seeing jessicas feed on fb. Yeah!!!

  27. Cute blog!!! I love it. Well, let’s see…my favorite place I have called home would be in Damascus, VA. It was actually our smallest home, a 2 bedroom 1 bath….BUT, it was a cabin style home, on the river, and if anyone knows about Damascus, they know it’s a trail town right off the Appalacian Trail. GORGEOUS little town. I miss that place. πŸ™‚

  28. Jessica Bills says:

    I am following you via Google Reader.

  29. I am now subscribed via email. πŸ™‚

  30. Jenn says:

    favorite place I’ve ever called home: London, even if very temporarily. πŸ™‚

  31. Home to me is with my family! It can be snuggling on the couch watching cartoons to having a picnic with my daughter and hubby by the lake! THanks for the chance to enter!

  32. Hey, love it all! My favorite home is the only place I’ve ever lived really (for obvious reasons!), and that is Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada – quite the mouthful! Love these prints πŸ™‚

  33. kristina says:

    LOVE your blog and I LOVE Jessica’s work, too! Thanks for the chance to win! My favorite place is right here and right now where I am in Nashville. I love this area, our home and my sweet little family just the way it is. πŸ™‚

    Thanks and hugs!

  34. kristina says:

    I’m now following you via email. πŸ™‚

  35. Larissa says:

    I call Brazil home. I was born here..then lived away from the home land for 20 years. and recently moved back. Nothing like being home!!!

  36. taradphotography says:

    Man I’ve had my eye on this print for quite some time now. Excited about the 40% off code too πŸ™‚

    Hmm… lots of great places I’ve called home. Seriously anywhere with my husband is the best. I think I would say our short stay in MA for a year is my favorite place we’ve called home. Partly because I am an AZ native and have never lived away from home. We were newly married and it was a big deal to move away. It was there our marriage was strengthened and an awesome foundation was laid for years to come.

  37. taradphotography says:

    Just added you to my google reader! Thanks for hosting this giveaway πŸ™‚

  38. Becca says:

    What a GREAT giveaway! πŸ™‚ and I LOVE Vol. 25 πŸ™‚

  39. Paula says:

    OOOHHH!!! I’ve been eyeing up that print in her shop for a while now, thanks for the chance!!! My favorite place I’ve ever lived as right now, our first home that we are remodeling ourselves.

  40. Corinne says:

    My husband and I used to live in this old school caravan on an island called the isle of Skye off the mainland of Scotland when we were travelling and working through Europe it was freezing as all buggery but the view you woke up to every morning made the numbness in your toes worth while!!!

  41. Corinne says:

    I’m now also a very happy subscriber to your blog πŸ™‚

  42. mere... says:

    Glad to find your blog…(I’m a Navy sig oth myself). My favorite place to call home was the first apartment I had on my own – no roommates. I got to paint the living room bright green and always bought myself fresh flowers to help it feel like home.

  43. Laura says:

    I love Jessica’s prints! My favorite place that I have called home is Miami, fl where my family is πŸ™‚

  44. Deb says:

    very cool!! I have had the chance to live all over and I have 2 favorite places, Guatemala and South Africa, I lived in both those places while I was a teen and loved them both!!!

  45. Deb says:

    ooo and I’m following by rss!! yay!!!

  46. Laura says:

    Ps. I am also a new follower!

  47. I’ve moved around a lot in my life but I think my favourite place was Calgary,Alberta, but really it hasn’t mattered where I’ve moved my friends and family have always been an email or facebook comment away!

  48. Liz R. says:

    My favorite place I’ve ever called home would have to be the sailboat my husband and I owned when we were first married. Although we are landlocked homeowners now, I still remember waking up on the ocean, and coming home to the first place that was “ours.”

  49. Jenette says:

    Oh I love her art work!! I have wanted to buy some for a while! My favorite home is now. We lost our last home because our landlord was not paying for the house with the rent we paid. So we had to move! But I am so happy we did! Love this place!

  50. lisa says:

    Oh wow! Love their stuff!!! I would love that print! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  51. lisa says:

    Oh yes. I will now be getting your awesomeness in my inbox. πŸ™‚

  52. lisa says:

    Whoops. Oh my. My home is Texas. I’m not there now, and I truly miss it.

  53. emily kate says:

    My favorite place I’ve ever called home is NYC. Harlem, to be specific! We love Manhattan and miss it everyday.

  54. Christine says:

    I love this, thanks for the opportunity!!!

  55. Chester says:

    My wife would love this and she deserves something good!

  56. Valerie says:

    My favorite place that I’ve called home is where I grew up, Oegstgeest, The Netherlands! πŸ™‚ I would love to win one of VOL25’s prints, I’ve been a fan of her shop for a long time now. πŸ™‚ Fingers crossed! Thanks for the chance!

  57. stef dreher says:

    The favorite place I’ve called home is Eastern Montana. It’s really never been my home, but both of my parents are from there and I’ve always thought about it as a part of me. We went there every summer, driving for hours and hours from Iowa to visit my grandparents and my aunts, uncles & cousins. There’s just something about it that makes it right for me.

  58. Bobbie says:

    My favorite place to call home is wherever my babies are…I grew up in foster care as my mother died when I was five- so I try to make all of my days for my children count!!!

  59. Krissa says:

    i think where i am now… with my family…with the people i love!
    love Jessica and her beautiful artwork… i wish i could own them ALL!!!

  60. verdemama says:

    I have a tie for favorite place: my hometown in rural Ohio, and where I live now — Los Angeles, CA. And I’ve lived in a lot of places in between.

  61. Jenette says:

    I forgot to add! I follow your blog!! Thanks!

  62. asali says:

    wow it looks great! love your prints and would love to have at leat one!the place I call home is just my family house or the new apartment I’m renting .. this is a really special world for me! thanks for a giveaway!

  63. Christina Moore says:

    I have to say that home is where my family is. No matter where we live, large house or small, it has been home because of the people who live there. Thanks for offering a giveaway!

  64. Christina Moore says:

    Just subscribed via RSS feed!

  65. Emma says:

    May favourite place to call home is my family home in Scotland. I moved to the USA in early 2009 and haven’t been back to visit yet… one day I’ll get there! Love, love love vol25’s work! πŸ™‚

  66. Meagan says:

    My favorite place I have every lived was a one bedroom condo that i rented with my fiance. It was 20 minutes from everything we love but it was still secluded enough that no one bothered us. It was the most blissful year to date!

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