Sharing the LOVE… Win a Valentine’s Day Gift Bag!

Whether you celebrate this annual day of love or not, I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some love and run a competition. My first ever blog competition! And there’ll be more to come, so if you want to hear about upcoming competitions (as well as fascinating blog posts and author interviews of course ;)), just enter your email address into the subscription form on the right >>

Most people associate Valentine’s Day with romantic love, but I thought I’d do a blog post about things I love, and I’d love you to share with me the things you love too. In fact, if you do, you’ll be entered into the draw to win a goodie bag! (*AUS only, more details on the competition at the end of this post).

So here’s a ‘List Of Things I Love’.

Maybe you love some of them too, or maybe you don’t. Don’t you just love how we are all so different!

Now these aren’t in order or anything, they are simply a few examples of things I love…


The Sound of Music (I know some parts are cheesy, but it has everything – romance, suspense, humour, drama, music!)

The Wizard of Oz (For writers, one of the best examples of Goal, Motivation, & Conflict)

Titanic (nothing like a big budget Hollywood Blockbuster!)

The Holiday (I love the story and the characters)

The Bourne Trilogy (Matt Damon. Fast paced action. Great plot. Matt Damon.)

Harry Potter (I just love the world JK Rowling created, and all the little details)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (anyone…anyone…?)

Girls Just Want To Have Fun (for those young women who’ve never heard of this dance flick, check it out to see a young Sarah J Parker & Helen Hunt!)



The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (I’m not usually one for ‘older’ books, but I couldn’t put this book down when I read it several years ago)

The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton (made me believe in the magic of books)

The Passion Test by Janet and Chris Attwood (this is non-fiction, and it has quite literally changed my life)

29 by Adena Halpern (funny, charming, well written, fast paced – everything I love in a novel)

Heaven Can Wait by Cally Taylor (one of the most unique stories I’ve read in the last few years)

(I could mention so many other books but it would be a very long blog post!)



NSW South Coast where I live! (There is a bit of everything here – beach, farms, nice cafes, boutique shops, mild weather, relaxed lifestyle)

Melbourne (the culture, the food, the shopping, and so much more compact and easier to find your way around than Sydney!)

Rainforests (I love the feeling of being completely surrounded by nature)

Department Stores (I also love the feeling of being completely surrounded by no nature whatsoever)

Bookstores (I also love being surrounded by books)



Although I’m a very healthy eater (given my health industry background), who can resist a melt-in-your-mouth piece of chocolate once in a while?!

Smoked salmon

Nectarines (yummiest fruit ever)

Chicken soup (made by yours truly 😉






(Don’t you just feel wonderful reading those words?)


TV Shows (past & present):

Friends (best sitcom EVER)

3rd Rock From The Sun (2nd best sitcom EVER)

Bewitched (Oh, how we’d all like to be Samantha!)

Packed To The Rafters (Best Aussie show)

24 (Great plots, twists, and edge of your seat action)

Prison Break (slightly unrealistic concept but heaps of fun, and um… nice, er… scenery 😉



Writing (duh!)

Reading (double duh!)



Watching movies

Staring at the ocean (I swear some of my ideas get washed in with the waves, so any time spent staring is purely for productivity)


What about you, what things do you love in life?

*Here is how to enter my competition to win this Valentine’s Day Gift Bag (Australia only):


1. Firstly, make sure you’re Australian, or have an Australian postal address. If you’re not sure, ask your parents 😉 …For my international friends (who are probably slamming their fist on the table yelling ‘It’s not fair!’), don’t despair, I promise I’ll run some international competitions on the blog too!

2. Secondly, make sure you’re subscribed to this blog. If not, enter your email address in the subscription form on the top right of this page (Don’t worry, I’m not a daily blogger so you won’t get bombarded with blog updates, and I’m not one of those people who tries to sell Viagra!). Done? Okay, next step…

3. Leave a comment below and tell me at least three things you love and why (use the categories I’ve listed to inspire you).

4. The winner will be drawn randomly from valid entries around 5:00pm Sydney time on Friday 17th February 2012, and notified via email and on this blog.

5. The gift bag contains a copy of ‘The Trouble With Valentine’s Day’ by Rachel Gibson, a Lancome maharani jewels ‘Juicy Tubes’ lip gloss, a Sanctum organic cedarwood and olive leaf soap, and a Sanctum organic Body Essentials pack containing body buff exfoliator, body balm, and hand/nail repair cream. So the winner will be able to have an in-home pamper treatment, slick on some juicy lip gloss, and curl up with a fun book!

What are you waiting for? Leave a comment, it could be you!

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Posted on February 14, 2012, in General, Movies and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Hey Juliet

    I’m a follower & yes I have an Australian address.

    3 things?

    Ohh…ok, here goes….

    Books: Anything at all by JD Robb or Julia Spencer-Fleming (Though One Was A Soldier is excellent)

    Movies and Tv: Castle (It’s got Nathan Fillion in it.) The American President…Michael J Fox and Annette Benning

    Places: Hong Kong – love the atmosphere and vibe of the place.

    Food: Brussel Spouts and Chocolate 🙂

    🙂 Happy Valentines Day!

  2. Let’s see…there’s too many, but here’s a few of my personal favourites: I love the romantic city of Venice, Jude Law, the movie ‘Love Actually’, Teddy bears, Maltesers, Smoked Salmon, Books and Writing (of course) 🙂

    • Oooh I love all those things too! Actually, strolling around Venice with Jude law after watching Love Actually & being given a cute teddy bear and a pack of maltesers, eating lunch with smoked salmon, followed by a relaxing afternoon of books and writing would be really great!! 🙂

  3. Hmmm…only 3? Coffee, red wine, good friends, a good book, Vanity Fair magazine, travel, a nice cocktail, swim-up pool bars and hammocks, a nice cheese plate – actually 3 together a good book, a nice cheese plate and a glass of red wine is a blissful combination or a swim up pool bar and a hammock and a cocktail is another good one!

  4. Hi Juliet, first off, Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Okay, here are some of my favourite things:

    I love romantic comedy movies, or simply romantic movies. My all-time favourite has been (for a very long time!) The American President. But just a few days ago I went and saw “The Vow”. What a fantastic movie, and it’s a true story as well. <sniff, sniff)

    I love romance novels, and my absolute all time favourite is BJ Daniels, who writes romantic suspense. I also love Trish Morey's books, as well as several other Australian authors – too many to mention here.

    Chocolate! I love chocolate, especially the more expensive Belgian chocolate (of course – it's expensive, so it has to be a favourite – LOL), as I also love hot chocolate. Don't drink coffee or wine, but hot chocolate hits the spot.

    And I'm a crafter, so I love to spend time in my craft room. It's very relaxing, and I can forget everything else while I'm there. It's probably my equivalent of a bubble bath or spa. LOL

    Last but not least, just spending time with my hubby of over 30 years.

    • Happy Valentine’s to you too, Cheryl! Thanks for sharing your ‘loves’ 🙂

      I can’t wait to see The Vow, and I love a nice hot chocolate too (don’t drink coffee either). I’d love to have a craft room – I like a bit of art/painting…etc. Maybe one day 🙂

  5. How to narrow it down to three – 1. Movie/Book (got a two-fer here) 2. The Notebook Place: a certain tropical pool w/waterfall in an off-the-beaten-track spot in Hawaii (the rest is censored) 3. Food: hot-smoked salmon (by 41 degrees South – to die for) Combine them all with a frozen watermelon margarita would be total heaven!

  6. hi I love reading books watching Lovejoy and going for walks with my dog xx

  7. Oooh! Fun! I’m going to go with the five senses:

    I love the feel of fresh cotton sheets just washed and put on the bed
    I love to hear my favourite Argentine rock band, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, over and over again
    I love to see neighbourhoods full of brightly painted houses
    I love the smell of rain as it hits the pavement on a stinking hot day
    And I love the taste of rich chocolate melting on my tastebuds

  8. Thankyou to everyone for stopping by my blog and sharing your LOVES. I loved reading them all!!
    And the winner is (drawn randonly by….


    Congrats Alli, I’ll be in touch 🙂

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