Gadanke Review and Giveaway

Today I have a fun little giveaway for you guys.  Katie, from Gadanke, is giving away one of her “The Little Things – A Journal of Thankful Thoughts” to one of The Cottage Home readers.  She graciously sent me one of these journals to review and we will be sending out one to the giveaway winner.

I thought this was an appropriate giveaway for this time of year since Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  Personally, I use to keep a gratitude journal, where I would write down the five things at the end of the day that I was thankful for (be it big or small).  Well, that never seemed to last too long, but I did enjoy it.  This is kind of a more simplified version that would definitely be easier to keep up with.

So, this is the package that arrived at my home from Gadanke……

I have to admit that I am all for anything that is calling me “fabulous”, but I just thought this envelope was so cute!

Inside the envelope was the journal and a very sweet note from Katie, owner of Gadanke.  Being a small business owner myself, I love seeing others packaging – so I thought you might like to as well.

Here is the bound journal that is covered in 100% recycled Italian patterned paper.

The journal is stitched down the center with German cotton thread that holds all of the pages together.

Here are some examples of the interior pages.  There are spots for you to write down the things that you are thankful for in your life.  It also brings to light that it is not always the most noticeable life events that truly make us happy – it is in the small, every day things that can bring us true happiness and we should give great thanks!  I can see this journal being something, once filled out, to look at daily to remind ourselves that no matter how bad the day, there is always something on the brighter side.

Katie’s goal with her company, Gadanke, is to help you create the type of journals you’ll treasure – whether they’re about you, where you live and travel, or someone you love.  She believes we all have stories your story is worth celebrating.  Her goal is to help make your writing process more enjoyable and meaningful.  That way you can really dive into the ideas that give you a zest for life.

To find out more about Gadanke and the products they have to offer, please click HERE

Katie and Gadanke can be found here:

Blog: – Simple and Handmade Home

Gadanke and The Cottage Home are giving away one “Journal of Thankful Thoughts”.  
Here’s how to enter:
 Check out Gadanke and leave a comment letting us know what products you like.

Giveaway will be open until midnight (central time) Wednesday, November 17, 2010.

Cottage Mama’s Note:  No compensation was received or exchanged for this review and giveaway.  Gadanke has provided The Cottage Home with one journal for review and one to giveaway.

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  1. I love “The Little Things” journal. I know that sometimes, in my very hectic life, it’s hard to see the things you are thanful for. With that being said, I browsed the store and literally teared up when I saw the “Love Letter Book.” I would love to have this one for my mom!
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  2. I like the “She” journal. Cute idea!

  3. I too love The Little Things Journal but fell in love with the You Are Loved journal… I would love togave treasured journals for my two boys!
    Hope to win one for me too!
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  4. You are loved – the baby journal. We have two new granddaughters and this would be a perfect Christmas gift. Thanks for sharing the website:)

  5. I like the I follow my heart jornal that is on their blog! Very cute!
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  6. I would LOVE to have the exact one featured on this post–“The Little Things” with the red cover–such a wonderful idea!

  7. I LOVE the something serious, something silly doodle journal–a great gift for kids which could easily inspire them to do more journaling on their own!

  8. I liked the “Gratitude” book that you featured, but I also thought that the travel books were fun because I tend to journal a little more when I travel.

  9. Favorites would definitely be The Little Things and Something Serious with Something Silly, followed closely by Journey and Love Where We Live!


  10. I like the “You are loved” booklet. We are in the process of adopting our first child, so I am all about all things baby!

  11. Do I have to chose a favorite? Well Something serious with something Silly is pretty awesome!

  12. Oh, so hard to choose…the You are Loved baby journal would be nice…I have 2 brand new granddaughters. But maybe something just for me would be nice…like The Little Things, She, orSomething Serious with Something Silly…choices, choices…but very cute product!

  13. I really like the Christmas joy journal, great to give to my married kids to begin to journal their own Christmas traditions.

  14. I really like all of the journals and tags and such.

    Having said that, my favorite is the love letters journal. Having lost both of our parents within 18 months of each other, before all but one of us were 30, this would be a treasure for my siblings and I. If I got one of these, which I may buy soon, I would right love letters to my husband, children, friends, siblings, nieces, nephews and all the other special people in my life. It is a wonderful thing to have something like that from someone who is special to you.

  15. This is such a neat idea! Thanks so much for the introduction! I’d love the You are loved baby journal!

  16. I can’t pick just one, I like them all, the Joy one is great & this one being given away is just wonderful. I really like that the hard part is done for us & we just need to finish them to make it ours.
    Thanks for the giveaway
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  17. Oh I love everything!! I am such a write-a-holic! 🙂 I especially love the She book and the travel one~~~ As well as the gratitude one of course 🙂

  18. I like the Joy to the Word journal. It’s such a reflective time of year, and would provide a remembrance of holiday events.

  19. I love the “Your Are Loved” Baby Book.
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  20. I love the idea of a journal with prompts. I would probably pick She:1.1.

  21. I would choose the little things!

    I hope I win! it looks so awesome!
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  22. Wow Lindsay this was a hard choice as all the journals are fantastic. I had never seen one like the Something Serious Something Silly journal before. So, I would pick that one. It was a hard choice. I will be back to the site to scout out some purchases soon.
    Thank you.

  23. The Little Things journal is fabulous! what a great idea, I also adore the ‘Love Letter’…such precious keepsakes 🙂

  24. aww i like this! so cute! i like how you can fill it out! i like the love letter, and you are loved thanks!

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  25. the baby book is so cute!! would love it for my newborn son Max

  26. Hi Lindsay! First off – I have to say I check your blog each and every day and am so excited when there’s a new post! I came across your blog when I first ventured into blogland and I will remain a faithful follower!
    I like the little greener Christmas ebook the best. I have to agree that we do produce too much trash especially during the holiday seasons so anyway to cut back would be awesome!

    Thanks so much for all you do!

  27. Would love a christmas journal right now, perfect timing.

  28. As an artist and journal keeper I just found these to be adorable! I could see myself sharing these with my friends and family for the holidays. I also had twins and need to look into getting her baby books! before I forget how little they were!

    Much love

  29. I would love to win the Blue Bird Trellis “thankful” journal – I would dedicate the whole book to my son to give to him. To start filling out now, filling it in with all things about HIM! All the things associated with him or that I did with him that I am thankful for. Maybe to give him on his 21st birthday! (He is 20 now.) Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Best regards,

  30. I loved the “She” and “Little Things” Journal – these are awesome!

  31. These are definitely unique little books and I wouldn’t mind a few of them… but I find that this morning the {Something Serious with Something Silly} ~ Doodle List, caught my eye. Great ideas… I know there are many times I’d like to write something down, do so on a post-it at work… then never remember where I put the post it! ([email protected])

  32. I could use the “You are Loved” baby book as I’m expecting #3 🙂 What cute journals!

  33. She has wonderful journals! Thanks for introducing me to this site. Maybe it’s because I’m so in the holiday mode, but I love the Joy to the World Christmas Journal. I’m in the process right now of figuring out how I want to document our season this year… this might be on my shopping list now!

  34. What a fabulous idea! I think I will be getting my girlfriends these Little Things journals for Christmas gifts.

  35. The journals are wonderful! And my daughter just asked for a journal for Christmas! I love the She me and my days one.
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway

  36. I like the doodle book.

  37. I love love love the “you are loved” and “love letters”. What amazing booklets! So cool!

  38. I like her Christmas tags. They are a great way to add a personalized touch to any present!


  39. I love the little thing journal. AT this stage in my lie, I am in sooooooooo need of thinking about this little things(or blessings) in my everyday life to up keep up the postive spirit in me


  40. I love the no snooping gift tags lol

  41. I love this little journal. As I continue to “age” (UGH) – more and more I wonder what my kids will think about, once I am gone. i.e. “Did Mom like to do this?” “What would mom have said about that?” I love the prompts for quickie answers………..we aging parents could tuck so many neat messages in here.
    Love it Love it Love it. Can’t wait to really go browse their site! Thanks

  42. I love the Travel Journal! I have been familiar with Gadanke for awhile and would love to be gifted with one of her books. Thank you both for offering the giveaway!

  43. I love the “Love where you Live” journal—what a great idea! Love her site…