Stephy Loves…

A Giveaway to Celebrate A Month of Blogging!

I’m so excited about this! I’ve been blogging here for a month, and I’ve had nearly a thousand visitors, for a total of nearly 5 thousand views! So to celebrate, I’m going to be doing a giveaway for US readers. The giveaway includes:

1 tube of my very favorite hand cream, Fresh Sea Salt from A La Maison de Provence
1 tube of Honey Almond hand cream from Michael’s, for those who are sensitive to the caprylic/capric triglycerides in the Fresh Sea Salt hand cream. It’s not one of the specific coconut derivatives that triggers my allergies, but contact allergies with coconut derivatives are fairly common.
1 skein of Berrocco Sox sock yarn, 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, 100g/440yds, which is enough for an adult pair of socks (I can substitute an equal amount of wool free sock yarn if you have allergies)
1 Clover Takumi bamboo circular needle, size 1, 29″ long, which is a good size to knit socks using the Magic Loop technique
1 aluminum crochet hook with a polymer clay handle, made by me! Size B/2.5mm hook, which should also be a good sock size.
5 assorted sheet masks from my stash–brands may include Tony Moly, Mizon, Miss Spa, It’s Skin, Welcos, BTRC, Skederm, The Creme Shop, Leaders, etc. Can’t guarantee which you will get, but I promise no duplicates! (If the winner has any specific allergies or sensitivities, I will take that into account as best I can when picking the masks.)

Altogether, you’re looking at about a $50 value, plus shipping. Here’s what you have to do to enter:

Follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter (you get two entries for doing both) @whatstephyloves
Comment on this post with your username and tell me your favorite tactic for managing the stress in your life (nothing explicit please!)

I will select a winner at random on Wednesday, March 22. The winner will be announced here and contacted via email and/or DM. Good luck!



  1. Instagram and twitter is @__themidge. Instagram account is private, though.

    Two ways I manage stress: I crochet. A lot. And when my kids are in bed, I love to take long baths.

    1. I do more knitting than crochet, though I’m finally starting to wrap my head around crocheting. My mother used to do the really delicate thread crochet, but it took YEARS for me to figure it out. Last summer and fall, when my depression reached its lowest point, crafting was one of the things that saved me.

      You’re entered for the drawing. Good luck!

  2. Instagram: mollyollygolly

    For the past six months I’ve been attending a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy group (DBT). It’s honestly been the best thing I’ve ever done to manage my anxiety. The routine of going every week and seeing the same people who have similar struggles is really wonderful, and the mindfulness practice that we do makes me take time to refocus my thoughts even when I’m stressed and would rather not confront what’s going on. Bonus: I can knit and color in the group and it’s not seen as weird or distracting!

    1. That’s great! Part of the reason my last therapist was such a poor fit was that she was so resistant to the idea of my knitting in session. Somehow she felt like the stockinette stitch project I was doing was a distraction to me? And I barely have to feel to knit stockinette, much less look! So I know how comforting that can be.

      You’re entered in the drawing. Good luck!

  3. Instagram name: sammamia
    Twitter name: samwiseisbrave

    I have two main methods of managing my stress, and which one I use depends on my mental health that day! If I am doing pretty well, I will do a yoga workout at home and focus on deep hip stretches, since I keep a lot of tension in my hips. If I’m having a not-so-good mental health day, I binge watch Criminal Minds and eat jelly beans by the handful. Both are effective! One is way more delicious than the other, though 😉

    1. Criminal Minds is definitely one of the better crime shows out there. My binge watch shows lean more sci-fi.

      You’re entered!

  4. Twitter: elleclouse

    I’ve been baking a lot. Mostly scones and now that birthday season is approaching I’ll be doing cakes and cupcakes. I think I enjoy the making as much as the eating. It’s also nice to see the excitement in my kids eyes when I get my mixer out. And when they make requests. Now if only sweets were calorie free…

    1. I definitely understand the stress baking! My specialties are probably not something you want to share with the kids–I love my cappuccino cupcakes, but you do NOT want to give the kids espresso and that much sugar!

      You’re entered in the drawing. Good luck!

  5. twitter: tofuseizure
    instagram: tofuseizure

    Watching youtube videos! I love huddling up into my bed with my phone and watching tons and tons of videos – there is always something to watch. Couple that with a sheet mask and some snacks (most likely veggie straws) and i’m set 🙂

    1. YouTube is addictive, isn’t it? I feel like I confuse their algorithm with how many different subjects I end up looking for.

      You’re entered!

  6. Followed you from my private account andymrtnez. In the interest of full disclosure, can I enter to get the prize for my mom? She has Hashimoto’s and Sjogren’s, so I’ve already passed your blog on to her, but I’d like to get her something to relax! if this is amenable… My favourite way to relax is reading! Anything historical or sci-fi!

  7. I don’t have either account. I combat stress by reading, smelling oils, resting when my body tells me to, listening to music, and remembering to take deep breaths.

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