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On October 3rd, 2011, Inspirations & Celebrations officially came to life. What started as a dream has since turned into my reality for the past 9 years. If there’s anything that this journey has proven to me, it’s this: If you believe in your dreams, work toward your goals, and have fun along the way – you can do anything!

Inspirations and Celebrations 9th Anniversary Giveaway - Christina-Lauren Pollack Lifestyle Blogger

Inspirations & Celebrations 9th Anniversary Giveaway

In honor of my lifestyle blog’s 9th Anniversary, today I’m doing something a little differently. In response to all your requests (via your votes on my Instagram stories yesterday), today’s giveaway is for a $500 Visa Gift Card or Cash (via PayPal). I hear you! It’s been quite a year, so I understand that a little extra cash can go a long way right now.

Whether you’re excited to go on a shopping spree, refresh your home with new decor, use it to start a side hustle, pay the bills or put it into savings, or splurge on something special, this giveaway gives you the chance to dream about anything your heart desires. Imagine what you could do with an extra $500?! Tell me in the comments below!

Inspirations and Celebrations 9th Anniversary Giveaway

A little note from me to you…

Dear I&C Reader,

From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate you more than you know. Because of your loyal support and engagement, I’ve been able to do what I love for the past 9-years. My lifestyle blog has been more than a hobby-turned-business, a side hustle, or even a passion project. It’s become my happiest way to inspire thousands of you to live your best life, and for that – I’m so grateful.

The mission of my blog has always been “to educate and empower women through inspiration and information”. Whether I’m sharing advice, expert tips, or how-to guides, my goal is to make your life easier, happier, healthier, and more fun. Honestly, I love helping people, which is why I started this. Yeah, I enjoy taking pictures and being creative. That’s definitely a fun part of this work. But beyond that, the truth is – whenever I hear that I have helped someone, inspired them, empowered them, or taught them something new – it truly lights me up!

I believe we were all born to do great things, to figure out who we are (and to realize how incredibly capable we are). I’ve realized throughout my journey that it’s up to us to discover our talents, our interests, and our dreams. With that said, I hope my blog inspires you to dream big, to pursue your goals, and to become the best self you can be. 

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your world. I look forward to educating and empowering you for years to come.


Christina-Lauren Pollack

P.S. As the saying goes, “leave a little sparkle wherever you go.”

Inspirations and Celebrations 9th Anniversary Giveaway

How To Enter The Inspirations & Celebrations 9th Anniversary Giveaway

The Inspirations & Celebrations 9th Anniversary Giveaway runs from October 3 – October 31, 2020.

The winner will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card or Cash (via PayPal) – whichever they prefer.

To enter, follow the easy instructions listed in the Gleam-powered giveaway widget shown below.

A random winner will be chosen on November 1, 2020, and contacted via email. The winner must reply by email within 3 days by providing their contact information. Failure to reply within this time period will result in automatic forfeiture of the prize. In that situation, another random winner will be chosen.

To be eligible to win, entrants must be age 18+. This giveaway is open to USA/Canada residents.

Inspirations & Celebrations 9th Anniversary Giveaway

Inspirations and Celebrations 9th Anniversary Giveaway

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  1. Anna Feliciano says:

    Happy Anniversary! I would use the $500 to surprise my dad to get his car repaired since he is retired on disability and continues to put it off. Good luck to everyone!

  2. wendy lee klenetsky says:

    Thanks so much for offering such a GREAT PRIZE! I’d use it to buy my hubby something SUPER for his 70th birthday in November!

  3. Cynthia Richardson says:

    I’d use the money to buy local restaurant gift cards for friends and family for Christmas. Somos Unos Tucson!

  4. Within the next two months we have two birthdays in addition to Christmas, so any extra money could sure come in handy.

  5. Congratulations on your anniversary! I would love to win this because it would really help with our Christmas gifts this year. Thanks for the chance!

  6. Nine years? You look terrific!
    I would use the $500 to pay for utilities throughout the winter. 2020 has not been kind! Can’t wait for the new year!

  7. Congrats! I would use the extra cash for my son’s college fund. He’s a senior in high school and any bit will help ease the financial burden.

  8. Congrats on 9 years! With $500, I would a few buy bikes for Salvation Army. Every kid needs a bike! I would put the rest into savings for the upcoming year…who knows what the next year brings and I would like some $$ packed away for emergencies!

  9. Congratulations on your 9th Anniversary and thank you for all the inspiration,great tips, and educational articles that I enjoy on your blog. If I won this giveaway I would spend the money getting my vehicle fixed as it has been giving me some steering problems. If there is money left over I would buy Christmas gifts for my kids and grand babies. Thank you for the generous chance.

  10. Congrats on your anniversary and thank you so much for the giveaway! Both of our bathrooms are in need of remodeling, so I’d apply the $500 towards that.

  11. Not sure exactly what I would use this for but rest assure it will be well thought out and carefully spent as my hours have been cut way down at work since the start of this Pandemic. It’s been brutal for the Hospitality industry!

  12. A giftcard leaves a lot of options to spend, I think I would turn it over to my senior Mom to spend as she wished Shes quite conservative, and I know it would be spent wisely However, it must be won first, and it definitely will be a fabulous prize for the winner!

  13. Jamie Johnson says:

    Wow! $500 right now! OMG that would help so much!! We’ve been saving since the pandemic, but shutdowns and our finances took a big hit on us. My husband’s store was closed, and they sell a lot of football stuff. Since there’s not really “real” football this year, that has made is worse. Plus, throw 3 hurricanes on TOP of that AND a pandemic, and I don’t think we can take much more. We have used our money wisely. So I would LOVE to win this money and treat myself and my hubby! I’d get my hair done, my highlights are looking dull and dim. I’d get my hubby this tool he wants. I was going to get it for him for Xmas, but I’d love to surprise him with a treat! We’ve all just been through SO much this year. My dad has stage 4 terminal lung cancer, and we’ve had to be OVERLY cautious when it comes to COVID. He’s had Paraflu 3 TWICE!! Most people don’t even live through it once! He thought it was coronavirus, but it thankfully was not. But I have had to wear a mask around him for a year now. It does not bother me. It allows me to see him and help take care of him without putting either of us at risk. So yeah, some money right now would be GREAT!! It’d be a nice treat instead of all the tricks we’ve gotten this year! Thanks for the chance. Stay safe and have a great day! And Happy Halloween!!

  14. Julie Barrett says:

    Happy Anniversary! I love your blog so much! I would definitely appreciate winning this giftcard! Times are super tight right now and I’m stressing about how I’m going to afford to buy Christmas gifts for my family and how to budget my money super carefully in 2021. This giftcard would mean I’d have enough to buy Christmas gifts for those closest to me and maybe a bit extra leftover for some necessities. Winning this would be such a blessing! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  15. Congratulations! 9 amazing years.. and here’s to many more! Thank you for the awesome giveaway. I’d love to replace our vacuum.

  16. Patricia Wheeler says:

    Winning $500 would be a huge help right now. Being a single mama with three kids at home. I’d use the money to help catch up on bills and whatnot. Thanks!

  17. Tammiko Litowitz says:

    I would love to win because it’s been a challenging year, like most have had! I’d use the money for Christmas and it would be so appreciated. Thank you so much for your generosity and congratulations!

  18. I would love to win this $500, I would give it to my son for his mortgage payment since he’s just lost his job. After all this pandemic stuff he worked through making toilet paper they now closing down the plant.

  19. Congratulations for 9 wonderful years!!! How generous of you to have such a great giveaway prize (which we’d all love to win)! I always enjoy looking at your website and articles.

  20. Carolyn Burgess says:

    Happy 9 year anniversary! 🎊🎉🤸‍♀️🤸🏼‍♀️🤸🤸🏽‍♀️🤹🎈🎂 I would use the money to get my car fixed. My car is a real need. I’m in the Army and I need a vehicle to get back and forth to work. Thank you for the chance at this AWESOME giveaway!

  21. Jane Dela Paz says:

    Hi! If I would win the $500, I’ll definetly add it up to my tuition fee and also for my niece’s. I am a college student in need of cash for studies and I have 2 nieces also who studies. I really hope that I’ll win. Thank youu ♡

  22. I’d love to win this giveaway because I would like to buy some things that I have been putting off. I would buy some books, pet items, and personal care items. I would also use some of the gift card to buy birthday and Christmas presents. Happy 9th Anniversary and thank you for celebrating it with your readers by offering this generous giveaway.

  23. gloria patterson says:

    Congrats on 9 years! just reading the comments are heartbreaking. It has been a bad year for so many of us. I just had to have $6oo worth of brakes on my car and thank god for a charge card. Life is hard for seniors when they have to come up with extra money like this.

  24. Michelle Amend says:

    I would love a chance to win. It has been one crazy year with fire evacuations, Surgeries, and a Pandemic. I could use some pampering.

  25. Sandy Weinstein says:

    I don’t see my comment, from 10-5, so I am going to try again. I would love to win this because i have had a very rough 2019 and 2020. In Sept 2019, I had broken pipes which caused severe mold in my house. My insurance company has refused to honor their policy, canceled me and I am caught between spending close to 100k to remodel my house, totally inside and the crawlspace. I have to pack up everything, move out for 2-3 months. I had no heat last winter and no dryer now. Thus I could really use the money to help with fixing my home. In addition, I have spent over 5k on vet bills since May. So every little bit could help me.

  26. Kayte CookWatts says:

    Congrats on 9! I would use this to celebrate our 20th year together- my sweetheart is out of work so we haven’t been able to celebrate properly.

  27. Brigitte Walsh says:

    Happy 9th! Here’s to many more! I would love to win because it would be a huge help for Christmas. I would use the $500 for gifts for my family and little granddaughter. 2020 has been a bit of a rough year, for everyone. What a great way to spread a little extra joy!

  28. I would love to win because winning is FUN!! I also would like to buy my mother a real nice new CD player for Christmas. She is now forced to come out of the cassette era – unit broke = going to CD’s. Living by herself she is missing her music however I am excited for her when she will hear great sound.

  29. Sandy Weinstein says:

    I would love to win as many others would as well. I would like to win because for since Sept 2019, my house has been a mess. I had broken pipes and mold and have been fighting with my insurance company for over a year. I cant afford an attorney. This past winter I had no heat except a space heater. I am living out of boxes, no dryer, etc. Thus I could really use some happiness in this mess of the world we live in now. The total inside of my house, crawlspace has to be completely redone. I have to pack up everything in the house and find a place to stay for 2-3 months. Thank you

  30. Kakhaber Khmelidze says:

    I just love your website and particularly would like to win this great prize on the website 😉 , I like your LikeToKnowIt and love LikeToKnowIt application. If I win it, I would love to buy something beautiful and useful for my wife.

  31. Wow, congrats on 9 years! You’ve been one of my favorite bloggers for quite a few of those years! 😍 I would love to win this giveaway because it’s been a rough year (I mean it has been for all of us!) and $500 would go a long ways towards helping my family out. I would use it towards making the holidays special. 🙂

  32. I would buy a new set of bedding and curtains for our bedroom. The comforter, shams and curtains we have now have been in use for decades.

  33. I would use the money for rent and bills. I was deemed disabled and cannot work any longer but the government doesn’t give a living wage in disability.

  34. Congratulations on your 9 years and thank you for sharing this great content with us. I am thankful that I stumbled upon this fun and inspirational site! I would use $500 to get caught up on some bills since I have had some unexpected expenses over the last year.

  35. For me, I would love to win this generous amount of money for my family. $500 would absolutely help us out a lot with our monthly bills and regular household expenses in these unprecedented and tumultuous times.

    Therefore, we would for sure spend it wisely on things like weekly groceries, heating and electricity, gas for the car, as well as any needed repairs on our home that arise from time to time.

    This gift, should I be lucky enough to win, would definitely help ease our family’s finances a great deal.

    Thanks so much Inspiration & Celebrations!

  36. Brenda Williamson says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary. I would use $500 for vet care for my cats. Micah needs a dental and he is being treated for crystals. My other 3 need a wellness check and shots. This would help with ongoing treatments.

  37. Happy 9th!🥳 I’d love to win, because who doesn’t?
    I’d get an entire set of new bedding, pillows, and other stuff around the house for our upcoming move.

  38. I would love to be able to buy some much-needed household items plus treat myself to some massage therapy which my medical does not cover. Awesome!

  39. Tracy Robertson says:

    I really enjoy your blog and congratulations on 9 years! $500 would definitely help with Christmas! This has been a crazy year for sure and it would be nice to be able to buy something special for my Mom and my other half!

  40. I would love to win, I am doing some projects around my house and this would help me to have money to finish without having to wait to save the money and taking longer to complete my project.

  41. There is so much uncertainty in the world today. It is especially difficult for those that are experiencing food insecurity. I would use the money for the local food bank so they can purchase needed items.

  42. Milly Voskanyan says:

    I love all these gifts, but I’d use the $500.00 to buy a beautiful urn for my mother’s ashes. Thank you.

  43. Congrats on 9 years! You are simply gorgeous – these pictures are terrific! I would love this and would spend it on fantastic gifts for my entire family with the hope that 2021 will be waaaay better than 2020!

  44. Happy 9th anniversary! Thank you so much for hosting this amazing giveaway to celebrate with us! I know we are all going through trying times these days. It will definitely help with groceries to win this amazing giveaway!

  45. Sherri Gelbart says:

    Congratulations on 9 years! The 500$ would go towards household needs and stocking up on things my family needs. This would allow me to use some of the money I had set aside to buy myself a much needed replacement pair of prescription sunglasses. I can’t wear a second set or clip ons over my regular glasses, this triggers migraines for me, so prescription sunglasses are necessary, but they aren’t cheap even with insurance. They aren’t an indulgence, I need them for driving.

  46. I would love to win this giveaway because my car needs repair work but I have not had the money to fix it! I also could use the money for Christmas presents!

  47. Kim Pincombe-Cole says:

    Congrats on NINE YEARS!!! I feel like I’ve been following for almost all of them – definitely a reflection that I love your content.
    I’d I won, I’d probably use the money towards our home office remodel. I have some great decor pieces that I have wishlisted. And I’d probably splurge on some holiday beauty sets!!

  48. Congratulations 🎉🎈🍾🎊🎉💕💗❤️On You’re Ninth Anniversary!!
    If I Would Win I Would Put This Towards Some Dental Work Needed !

  49. I would love to win this giveaway so that I could buy a new vacuum! My current vacuum is 20 years old and doesn’t work very well anymore. I would also use the money to help with Christmas shopping for my children and grandchildren.

  50. Annmarie Weeks says:

    I’d love to win! We just recently moved and I really need to invest in new bedding. (I saw some beautiful sets at Bed Bath & Beyond today, but they’re a little out of my budget). And could use some new kitchen items, too.

  51. If I won the $500, I would put it toward a laptop for school. The one I have now is old and falling apart. It doesn’t work properly and it gets slower and slower everyday. I am fearfully awaiting the day that it just doesn’t turn on, and I lose all of my work.

  52. BECCA YAHRLING says:

    Happy 9th Anniversary!! Thanks for the giveaway. I would put the $500 towards things we need around the house/yard as well as Christmas and birthday gifts coming up.

  53. With all that’s going on this year, the holiday are going to be hard to afford. I’d use the $500 to help others enjoy their holiday. Thanks for the chance to win.

  54. I would absolutely love to use the $500 to create an emergency fund. That would help bring some peace of mind! Thanks so much for the opportunity. 🙂

  55. I would love to win this awesome $500 prize as some extra cash into my pocket would be a big help at any time, but especially this year with all that has gone on.

    I would most definitely spend this $500 on my family. It would absolutely go a long way towards helping to brighten our lives during these dark days. Thanks a million Inspiration & Celebrations for this fantabulous giveaway!

  56. What could I do with an extra $500 you ask?

    Great question. Quite a bit! $500 can sure cover many expenses for my family. It can give us about a good two weeks’ worth of precious groceries. That would sure help us tremendously in these uncertain and challenging times we are going through.

    As well, it can provide us with a good launching point for us to refresh our home. We haven’t completed any major work on our house ever since we moved in, which was a long time ago. So $500 could perhaps go towards things like new paint for the home, inside and outside.

    In addition, with the holiday season just around the corner, a $500 prize could definitely go towards picking up some gifts for ourselves, as well as our friends and extended family. As $500 is a sizeable amount, some of it could go to charity instead of on gifts. We would just love so much to be able to support causes close to the heart of our family.

    Thank you so very much Inspirations & Celebrations for putting forward wonderful giveaways all this time, such as this latest one, that offers each and every one of us a change to win something special. It’s extremely thoughtful, nice, and generous of you. A big kudos to you!

    I would just love to win this prize for my family. Not only would I be ever excited and most delighted, but also completely over-the-moon if I am indeed lucky enough.

    Thanks again! Wishing you a very Happy 9th Anniversary!

    Stay safe and healthy. All the best.

  57. jacqueline nikolish says:

    During these trying times, I would probably share this with my family and we could select something that we could enjoy together during the pandemic. An RV rental perhaps? Something along that line.

  58. I would love to spend your gracious offer of someone to win $500 on a trip to see my cousins in Los Angeles, California. (I live in New York) I haven’t seen them in decades, although I did initiate email conversations and now FaceTime as well.
    I am going to be 84 on Halloween and would love to be able to give myself this gift to see them. They are a bit younger than me, but at this age, it’s not that much difference anymore.

    • Kindly remove the words in the first line “of someone”
      Many thanks, but I think you understand now what I meant
      Take Care & Stay SAFE!

  59. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I would love to win because my mom’s birthday is coming up and I would love to get her something nice. Thanks for the chance!

  60. This is beyond generous and I would love to win because money is extremely tight right now and I would put half towards paying off my lawyer for child custody, sadly & the other half I would take my son on a shopping spree to get a few things he wanted and maybe me a new pair of shoes. God Bless!

  61. Sandra Dufoe says:

    I would love to win to help with buying Christmas gifts for the family this year with all that is going on its going to be a lean year.

  62. Christina Foley says:

    I foster puppies and kittens, we had an outbreak of ringworm over the summer so out of caution I had to toss a lot of the toys in our kitten foster room. I would use it to replace some of the toys and cat tree. Stock up on some more medical/food supplies (kitten season was a rough one this year and adoptions slower with Covid, so all the fosters I’ve had this year have been with me longer than usual).

  63. Happy anniversary! I’d love to win because this month is my birthday and I’ve had a very rough year with illness, my husband had a very bad car accident with multiple surgeries, and it would just be nice to get some good news for once.

  64. Suzanne Giroux says:

    I would love to win as I would love to take some time for myself and go for a a couples massage and perhaps a mani/pedi.

  65. Congratulations to you! My son is has been stationed abroad in the military and is due home in November. I would love to give him an appropriate “welcome home” party to include appetizers and refreshments for family and friends.

  66. Cathryn Lagerman says:

    Congrats on 9 years.. I would love to win, who couldn’t use some extra spending cash during these difficult times! Holidays are coming ❄️
    Thank you, Christina.. stay well 🙂

  67. Happy 9th Anniversary, wishing you continued success. Winning the giveaway would give me a little extra spending money on my next vacation. Hoping that vacation will happen soon.

  68. It’s been a little hard with the virus and this time of year it’s never easy to get Christmas present’s for everyone, thing’s seem to be so expensive, at least for the kid’s. Grown-up’s understand.

  69. I would love to win this it would be AWESOME to use for Christmas for presents for my 3 sons. Thanks for the chance to win!

  70. Paula A Weakly says:

    I would use it to help pay off the vet bills I charged to my credit card when my sweet little rescue Pomeranian got sick a couple of weeks ago. He is much better now and I am so happy!

  71. Abigail Schuette says:

    I’d love to win honestly to treat myself hey a girl needs some special presents every now and then right lol absolutely love I&C love love love ty for the content and chance!

  72. I would buy my son a present for his 50th birthday. Then I’d take myself and husband out to Red Lobster for a nice dinner and wine. I too am having a birthday soon. So this would come at a great time and well appreciated. Happy 9th Anniversary!!

  73. I would love to win this because it would help me with my writing. I would like to get writing software and books to help me with this. And buy a decent pair of pants.

  74. I would love to win this because it would help me with my writing. I would like to get writing software and books to help me with this.

  75. I’d love to be able to win this giveaway, because this past year has been very emotionally difficult for me personally. First of all, my spouse lost his job 7 months ago back in March due to the pandemic. Then just 2 months later, my old male kitty died on May 7th of kidney failure, less than a month short of his 17th Birthday, and the last hours before his passing were horrible. 🙁 Then, only 2 months later after THAT, my spouse’s oldest female cat also died! She was even trying to walk/crawl over to him in those final few moments before she died, and while this isn’t an easy thing for me to admit, we STILL have not been able to afford to get her cremated yet, as we did for my old boy. So she’s still in a cardboard box in our fridge freezer!

    So, as it’s not fair to have her in there, and as she was such an incredibly loyal cat to my spouse in a dog-like sort of way, it’s only right that we use this $500 to have her cremated, and not have to see this box, knowing she’s in our freezer every time we open it. 🙁 And we need the extra room to store frozen food items as well. She had been through a lot in her life and deserves that much.

  76. I would love to win this giveaway because Oct is such a great month! With Fall, Halloween, bdays (my dad’s , niece, and best friend). There’s so much to buy to celebrate!

  77. Dana Matthews says:

    Oh my, with an extra $500, I’d hold on tight to it for the Christmas holidays. It would come in quite handy, especially after the year we have had.

  78. Melissa Storms says:

    I would love to win and use the cash to finish off a home project that I have been working on little by little. I am all for delaying gratification and enjoying finishing a project that I work on for a long time but I would love to finish this one and $500 would just about do it. Thank you so much for the chance.

  79. My favorite sweater was chewed up by moths, so if I were to win, the money would definitely first be applied to a replacement!

  80. Kiera Petrie says:

    I’d probably treat myself to something then put the rest towards some household upgrades in mine and my bfs condo! And maybe keep some to go towards a mini getaway for the night when things get a little safer 🙂

  81. Rosanne Robinson says:

    I would love to win this amazing giveaway because I plan on doing my Christmas shopping on the Amazon website this year. My grandson would love another LEGO set and games to play on his X-box One.

  82. Julie Thornton says:

    I would take my family on a mini weekend getaway! Would love to be able to take our three young boys up north to see Lake Superior!

  83. I would use the $500 to stock my pantry. Would be very nice to have all kinds of great ingredients to do lots of cooking as the weather turns uglier.

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