giveaway winners

Giveaway Announcement!

Holey moley guacamole! During the last two weeks we received over 300 entries in to our Make It Merry book launch giveaway! Seriously… all the entries were amazing and deciding the winners has proved to be a VERY difficult task!

BUT! We have read and re-read and read again and again and selected 46 of our most favourite, creative entries!

We then selected prizes by simply pulling each name out of a hat! <3

Sending HUGE love to everyone who entered… and high fives to our 46 winners!

Is your name below?! We’ll be sending you an email soon! <3

Always merrymaking,

Emma + Carla

p.s missed the boat on the book? Check it out here! Yay!

p.p.s of you’ve bought you should receive it VERY soon… this week soon!

1. Angela Woff. PRIZE: Loving Earth Chocolate Pack

“whoop! first one (unless someone gets in whilst I’m typing haha!)
Just ordered my copy – thank you – was looking out for your email since this morning :)

I ‘make it merry’ everyday by remembering there’s a bigger picture than what I can see. To me life may look like the back of a tapestry – threads going here there and everywhere in a jumbled mess – but once it’s done and you turn it around it’s crafted a beautiful picture!

That and being thankful every day for what I have. Amen!

P.s. congrats on your first paperback girls, so excited for you!”

2. Shelley Johnson. PRIZE: Primal Collective Pack

Hi girls, you help me remember everyday to be thankful and joyful via your website. Sometimes when all is going wrong and I get onto facebook and you have posted a post that has me thinking twice about my so called misery, that you make me smile. I have followed you a long time and cannot wait for the book, happy dance. You help me to make merry everyday, don’t stop.

3. Mary Mileski. PRIZE: Loving Earth Chocolate Pack

So excited to get my Make it Merry cookbook! :)

I “make it merry” by focusing not only on what can happen in a month or a year, but by focusing on the 24 hours ahead, and what i can do in that time to get closer to where i want to be.
We may not be exactly where we want to be, but we can get one step closer every day, if we focus on the here and now. Recognising this and rewarding ourselves for small feats keeps the fire burning!

Can’t wait to get Merry-ier with my new book x

4. Theresa Fullerton. PRIZE: 180 Nutrition Protein

How to make it merry.
Meditate daily
Eat superbly and cleanly
Rise with gratitude
Remember what’s important in life
Youthfulness and vigour through laughter and exercise.

Thank you – really looking forward to scrummy recipes.
Kind wishes

5. Beth Dewing. PRIZE: Heilala Vanilla Baking Pack

SO excited about this cookbook. Back when I was just starting on the paleo and clean eating way of life I found you girls on facebook and I have followed you ever since!
My journey of food has been a long one, learning all about what food does and how it interacts with our body has been interesting and at times confronting.
I love to ‘make it merry’ every day by always keeping things fun. Making a new and delish meal doesn’t have to be difficult. Keeping my family healthy with what I feed them and having them enjoy every mouthful is what makes me happy.
Keep up the good work, girls & thank you for your inspiration in my life! xx

6. Kirsty Wilton. PRIZE: EcoTan Winter Pack

I ‘Make it Merry’ everyday by loving life & celebrating each special moment by spending lots of time with my beautiful family & friends. I absolutely love cooking and for the past 18 months have been clean eating and concentrating on preparing foods that make us happy on the inside & out! I love seeing your posts on Facebook & receiving emails from you girls! You are so inspirational with both your recipes and journey. Thank you & I can’t wait to receive my fab cookbook… Thanks & keep up your great work xx

7. Kristy. PRIZE: GoodnessMe Box

I am pretty new to the Merry Making family, and what resonates with me is your message of “…to do what works for you and what makes you feel good…”

I make it merry everyday by not judging myself or others on their own individual pursuit of being healthy and happy – life would be pretty boring if we were all the same!

Looking forward to receiving your fantastic cookbook!

8. Julie-Ann McKay. PRIZE: RawBlend Gift Pack

I make it Merry every day by being grateful for everything in my life including the lessons I’ve learned from the tough times. I eat mindfully each day and have foods that nourish my body & soul. Cooking/Baking is my relaxation & especially love to make food for all my family that tastes amazing & is healthy. I love the colour pink and it makes me happy. I have rose quartz crystals & my kitchen utensils & accessories are pink and so is my linen. I love your emails, recipes and that you reply to my comments on your Facebook page. I enjoy your posts and all the inspirational things you send out. The raw paleo snicker cake is totally amazing. Can’t wait to cook something from the new hardcopy cookbook & be able to follow the recipes without my screen going in to sleep.

9. Melinda. PRIZE: Heilala Vanilla Baking Pack

Met you both at Pete Evans event and thought “I want what they have” joy, health & vitality. I’ve made each recipe you’ve shared since on FB but am so excited to have a pretty hardcover. I ‘Make Merry’ everyday by smiling at stangers and saying “Thank You”

10. Emma Louise. PRIZE: The Seventh Duchess Pack

How do I make it merry!
Fresh peppermint tea, coconut oil for my insides and out! Loving myself for doing the best that I can! Seeing the sunshine everyday and sharing the joy of cooking with my loved one who just bought me your book! Because I’ve been giving life a great effort the last few weeks!

11. Alan Borges. PRIZE: 6 month membership to Fitness First

‘Make It Merry’
Makin’ it merry by surprising others with a good deed.

– Helping someone with their shopping bags
– Buying a coffee for the next person in line behind you
– Sending flowers to a loved one because it’s Tuesday
– Opening the door for ladies
– Smile for a smile

All these add up and touch someone’s soul for at least one moment. That moment is what makes us Merry!

12. Julie B. PRIZE: Heilala Vanilla Baking Pack

Quite excited about your new cookbook!! I think your recipes add up to half the pins on my pinterest ‘food for thought’ board!! I’ve even ordered 2 books – one for me and one for my sister so she can discover your fabulous recipes as well!

I ‘try’ to make it Merry every day by smiling more and getting frustrated over the unimportant stuff less! Also by making positive health and lifestyle choices. Inspiration for change is out there, if people are willing to look!

13. Skye Parry. PRIZE: Tara Wolf Unicorn Gold Bracelet

I cannot wait to get my hands on my merrymaker handbook purchase!!! I make it merry by smiling at every person I walk past every day!

14. Lauren Phillips. PRIZE: Life Time Dream Big Community Membership

Thank you Merrymaker Sisters! Because of you I am a different person. A happy and healthy person who jumps out of bed each day. I was in a rut both emotionally and physically. My health was taking a beating and my coeliac disease not manageable.
I found you searching for a quick fix to feel healthier and happier. Not only did you introduce me to the Paleo lifestyle you have shown me how to find my bliss.
In the time I have been following your posts learning about healthy eating, mindfulness, public speaking, networking, better sleep, organisation skills even Instagram! I have done a huge 180 on my life. I have started my own business which I have a passion for. I eat healthy and at a recent visit to my doctor she couldn’t believe how much my health had improved and asked what supplements I was taking. Nothing! Just a love of healthy food and recipes inspired by The Merrymaker sisters.
You have made a positive difference to my life and are both truly inspirational people. Thank you for everything you have brought into my life and I wish you the best with your own future adventures. Follow your Bliss.

15. Carrie. PRIZE: The Seventh Duchess Pack

Making it Merry

The Merrymaker sisters I have to say
Helped make an easy transition to the Paleo way

I am always inspired by their Facebook posts
Emma and Carla are true Paleo hosts

With lots of tips and recipes galore
broth,waffles,lollies and so much more

Shopping and cooking is no longer a chore
Healthier options are in abundance once more

Their inspirational quotes help me each day
They help my Paleo journey along the way

So I “Make it Merry” as you can see
Thanks to the Sisters who have been helping me.

16. Larissa Pretorius. PRIZE: GoodnessMe Box

Just purchased your book. We have printed out out heaps of your recipes and never had one mess up, which is great as I am not very confident in the kitchen. Your blog and facebook posts are truly inspirational. I make ‘merry’ by eating healthy and providing healthy food for my family…and dancing. I belong to a tribal dance group and dancing together and the support of my tribal sisters is a truly merrymaking experience. Blessings to you both and thank you for you daily wisdom.

17. Sammy Hughes. PRIZE: 6 month membership to Fitness First

I ‘Make it Merry’ every day by allowing myself time to be creative, explore Pinterest for new craft ideas, or just jot down a creative idea on my crafting ‘ideas’ list. Paper crafting is my bliss, and I intend to follow your advice and follow my own bliss, because crafting never fails to make me feel good!

18. Gabrielle. PRIZE: The Seventh Duchess Pack

I make it merry everyday by:
Starting each day with a 5 minute meditation focusing on kindness, loving & strength
Choosing a random ‘Happy Mama’ inspiration/affirmation card – & my daughter chooses one for her too
Singing my ‘good morning’ song with my daughter
Then during the day taking time to see the beauty in nature – whether it be autumnal leaves, smelling a flower or just appreciating a beautiful sunny day :)
I ensure I do at least 1 silly thing that makes me laugh during the day
And I finish the day with my daughter with our ‘I love you to the xxx & back’ ritual :D

19. Laura. PRIZE: EcoTan Winter Pack

You put this quote on your Instagram a little while ago and it stuck with me! ‘Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder’ I guess this is how I Make it Merry every day! Finding that positive thing and sharing it with as many people as I can… And on those days it is a little harder… I have my amazing New cookbook and gorgeous recipes to share with my family and friends! So I guess in a nutshell every day is a very Merry day!

20. Ngaire Burgess. PRIZE: EcoTan Winter Pack

I make it Merry by A) doing my upmost to eat cacao in some form at least once per day, B) cooking and eating a wide variety of nourishing foods and C) using exclamation points as often as possible!!! So cheery! And uplifting! Yay for exclamation points and The MerryMaker sisters!!!

21. Cathy M. PRIZE: Matcha Tea

Can’t wait to get my book
So I can find lots to cook,
There will be lots of Merry recipes
For me and my family to continue our Merry little journey.
Sweet or savory both please me,
But any with cacao is just Wow!!

22. Alice H. PRIZE: $100 gift voucher for Fire and Shine

Thank you both for this merry little book! So excited to receive my copy soon!
I “make it merry” everyday by exercising in the morning, eating healthy nutritious food, meditating, making time for friends and family, studying hard to achieve my goals and reminding myself to enjoy everything the day has to throw at me!
Another point to make my day merry, recently, as in this weekend, my sister decided that she is going to give up sugar and start eating paleo. I have directed her to your site! She keeps sending my pictures of all of her creations over the past few days! All from your recipes! From pancakes, to iced coffee and salted caramel smoothies! Love spreading the “merrymaker” life style!

23. Danica Ellicott. PRIZE: OTi Living Pack

I ‘make it merry’ every day by looking out the window of my car on the way to work. Sounds weird and not cooking-related, but it makes me think of how lucky we are to be here in this beautiful country with good health, bought on by the good food that we put into our bodies. I also ‘make it merry’ by treating myself to the odd raw cacao cake – but try not to do that every day!
My mum and sister will start ‘making it merry’ every day too when they get the other copies of your book that I ordered for them!!! Whoot!!!

24. Emma Katharine. PRIZE: OTi Living Pack

I ‘make it merry’ by starting each new day with a new positive mantra, planning & prepping healthy & nutritious meals but always adding in a few extra little goodies once receiving your newsletters, by feeding my body with nutritious superfoods and forever reading and learning more about the benefits of choosing to be healthy, by discovering a new found love for food that you thought had disappeared, by the new found confidence to use your recipes and even sometimes as a guide to create my own . You girls have encouraged me to ‘make it merry’ each and every day with your delicious goodies. So I thank you for that.

25. Val M-W. PRIZE: GoodnessMe Box

I’m SO looking forward to receiving my book and getting stuck into your recipes. We have a batch of your unsweetened pumpkin brownies in our fridge pretty much all the time cos my 6 and 8 year old boys bloody LOVE them. I make it merry by doing my best to be a better person every day, and accepting that I’m not perfect. Lots of yoga and mindful meditation helps with that bit!!

26. Emma. PRIZE: Tara Wolf Infinity Rose Gold Chain Necklace

Just ordered my books! finally! Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this for freaking AGES!

I ‘make it merry’ everyday by trying to find the positives in every situation. Sometimes it’s really hard to find your bliss or find ‘merryment’ during darker times. People or circumstances can test you or push negative energy your way. I always try to make it merry by cherishing my happiness and holding onto a positive attitude as best as I can.

Love your work girls. So excited for you and this wonderful achievement! And can’t wait to get my book!!

27. Marni. PRIZE: GoodnessMe Box

My “merry” is that I have surrounded myself with good, positive people that make me feel good about myself…. So everything else is paleo gravy!!

28. Melissa Eisenmenger. PRIZE: GoodnessMe Box

I make it merry every day “Melly” style… And merry maker sisters have made this possible! As a mum of a toddler I need simple easy no fuss recipes that are going to be a winner for the whole family and so far these recipes beer let me down!
Can’t wait to get my paws on the hard copy Beauty! Keep up the hard work ladies!

29. Lisa. PRIZE: GoodnessMe Box

To “Make It Merry” everyday
It’s important to eat in a healthy way.
With a dash of exercise and this new book,
A change of perspective will help you look
And feel your best in what you’ve done –
So “Make It Merry” and make it fun!

30. Lexie. PRIZE: Matcha Tea

Hi girls,

I Make It Merry everyday by following the Merrymaker Sisters self care checklist as best I can, I have it blue-tacked to the wall behind my mirror.

I make sure I move all day, and inject as much positivity as I can into every moment. I focus on nourishing my body to help heal it from stress, fatigue, and IBS.

I make Merrymaker meals to keep my tummy AND my tastebuds happy :)

Thanks girls, can’t wait to read the book. xx

31. Sarah. PRIZE: Loving Earth Chocolate Pack

We make it Merry in our house by making cooking an experience for all. From talking to the farmer who delivers our fresh produce and learning about where our food comes from to preparing and cooking. My 3 year old even gets involved and has his own knife and peeler to help! We then merrily eat our bright colourful food with pride and respect.
Can’t wait to get our book delivered……… we love your recipes, please never stop creating them!

32. Anita. PRIZE: GoodnessMe Box

Thank you so much ladies for extending it by one day! I was one of those followers who thought they had missed the boat!

I make it merry every day by appreciating and giving thanks for all that I have and is around me. I make it merry by acknowledging the simple. Every morning and evening I chase those sunrises and sunsets and then give thanks for the moon and her stages. I ensure I spend time in the light and dark (rain, hail or shine) and feel how very lucky I am.

33. Debbie. PRIZE: Matcha Tea

I make it merry by everyday by enjoying my new found love for fitness and the fabulous food I fuel my body with. Throw in a Merry Mindful Meditation for good merriful measure and I’m merrily making it happen. Family and friendships also fill my life with many merry moments. Can’t ever get enough – the more the merrier.

34. Gina. PRIZE: Tara Wolf Gold Pineapple Earrings

I make it merry every day by doing something for my mind, body and soul. A quick meditation, positive affirmations, goal setting and nourishing my body are just some of the things that make my days merrier :) Can’t wait to receive my hardcopy book soon so I can make even more healthy and YUM recipes xxx

35. Lexi. PRIZE: Matcha Tea

Woo woo I’m SOOO excited to purchase your book + ebook – it’s my first Merry purchase!!
I’m excited because I know following your receipes will help guide my eating habits and help support me to a healthier and happier outlook on food – I’m so tired of going from fad diet to fad diet, disordered eating, counting calories and feeling guilty after I eat something deemed ‘bad’. BRING on your healthy paleo inspired meals, I’m so excited and looking forward to a MERRY time in the kitchen – a new me, new outlook and looking forward to feeling wholesome, grounded, healthy and MERRY xx

36. Kerensa. PRIZE: Raw Juicer from RawBlend

My son and I make it merry every day by choosing recipes and ingredients and cooking together. He is 4 years old and when I showed him your hardcover book, he insisted we buy it to put in our paleo-fodmaps-clean eating collection! I love being able to go to your recipes and tell him that yes, we can make this for him to eat today! I am so grateful that I have my little boy to cook with, my older son to love everything we serve up to him and my beautiful partner who knows we are cooking with his health and happiness in mind. I can’t wait for your book to arrive in the mail, I nearly got the ebook just to start straight away, but my son actually goes to bed with the recipe books and uses his reading time to decide what we will cook together! So it will be a big treat for him when it arrives in the mail! Thank you girls for being crazy enough to do a hardcopy!

37. Leisa. PRIZE: $100 gift voucher from Grill’d

I make it merry everyday by always ensuring I have ‘me’ time.

Some days it might be having a Crio Bru (on homemade almond milk, of course!) while watching my bunny bounce around, taking time to read a book, doing yoga, reading a blog, taking my daughter for a walk in the pram, having a massage, having a workout session at 6:30am or spending time on a Sunday cooking up a storm, quiet cuddles with my family, etc… all because I want to.

Being more mindful to ensure I get at least a few minutes of ‘me’ time everyday ensures I am a better mummy, wife and person.

38. Sharon. PRIZE: GoodnessMe Box

Even though my sister and I live in different states, we keep each other merry by sharing daily anecdotes in our lives such as what we are grateful for each day and our favourite recipes.

39. Barbra Crowe. PRIZE: 180 Nutrition Bars

I am slowly learning to “make me merry”. I’ve come a long way from where I was 3 years ago – 50kgs lighter, pretty much off sugar and feeling fitter than I ever have, but still suffering from the dreaded tummy bloats and general feelings of just plain yuk some days. I’ve been interested in food but realise that its not just the food – its about attitude and well being also. I stumbled on your website and was immediately struck by its energy, enthusiasm and well, feeling of “upness” for want of a better word. I cant seem to get enough information from you. Its finally clicked for me and I couldn’t wait to get your book and to start incorporating changes. Small to start with but focusing on small consistent changes will ultimately get me living a merrymaker life. Your enthusiasm is already rubbing off on me. I’m excited!!!

40. Naomi. PRIZE: Two Wholesome Sisters body pack

Ladies, I am so excited about this book. Congrats, and thank you! . (And kudos to all these generous sponsors!)
Here’s how I keep it merry (I hope its not too long, I think I enjoyed doing this too much!)

Every day begins with bone broth and prayer
Essentials to my body and soul self-care
I ask for guidance on how to serve
And escape the crippling fears that none of us deserve
‘Student’ is my mantra and intention

I repeat the word throughout the day
Its like balm on my anxious heart
It melts and rips and shreds that wretched thing called ‘Fear’ apart
Curiosity becomes my play
Mistakes become my goal
Failure is no longer a blackened cloud
No, it carries excitement
It brings growth
It fosters hope

I meet midday with dance
This freedom, this hope, ripe in every bump and grind
I shake it off
I see a sky full of stars
I shine bright like a diamond
I keep the blinds open
And then I eat zoodles.

Some days I get weary
(And teary)
I have to make it merry. every. day. My soul blinks.
This shit is heavy and hard
Like it is when I eat too many carbs!
My thoughts go sour
Failure looms
My stomach clenches

I remember.

Failure was a mistake
Mistakes become lessons
Learning was the goal
The cloud brightens

I get my phone and open “Merry & bright”
Keen and eager to write
Far away, mum has already written her gratitude
She gives thanks for rain and friends and food
Me too
And for lessons and love
Broth and zoodles
Stereos and sweat pants
And for tomorrow’s chances
To make it merry

41. Erin. PRIZE: GoodnessMe Box

I make it merry by taking some time out every day just for ME, to do something good for my own body and mind instead of allowing myself to put others’ favours first (a habit I’ve been in for my entire life!). Following my bliss has helped me pull myself out of a depression/funk after a chain reaction of unfortunate life events! Thanks girls! xx

42. Anne. PRIZE: 6 month subscription to The Love Letter

How I make it merry one day at a time-
By nourishing my body with happy healthy food
And counting my blessings is a sure way to improve my mood
By dancing in the moonlight to the song in my heart
And immersing myself in a Merry Makers Sisters salted caramel tart!
By feeding my soul through the rays of the sun
While making my day’s merry with a whole lot of fun
By surrounding myself with the blessings abound
And stilling my mind is pure bliss I’ve found
While enjoying paleo, yoga, meditation and mindfulness
I’m relishing in the new found freedom of my inner happiness.
I met you guys during a webinar via Jules Galloway (Shiny Healthy Me) project and fell in love with your enthusiasm, recipes and zest for life and I’ve always had a passion for the colour pink… BTW while looking at the prizes saw ‘The Love Letters’ which got my intrigued so I ‘googled’ and did find ‘The Love Letters’ but also a lovely movie which I wouldn’t have watched without your cookbook. Also had a dream that night that I met you 2 in the supermarket and told you about it. Weird hey.
Good luck with your cook book and your journey through life. xx

43. Belinda Fox. PRIZE: GoodnessMe Box

I “make it merry” on a daily basis, by taking time out for me each day (away from the 4 kids :-) ) to exercise. This often happens at 5.15am before work each day, but I also enjoy heading to the gym at night a couple of times per week. I’m also VERY “merry” when I find new treat recipes on your website that are awesome tasting! My husband says that I’m obsessed! What makes me even merrier, is teaching my kids about leading a healthy lifestyle, and seeing the positive impacts that this is having.

44. Patrick. PRIZE: BulletProof pack from Optimoz

I Make It Merry everyday by getting up early, expressing gratitude, moving my body, breathing mindfully, smiling, and of course cooking with love using ingredients from loving sources, playing music whilst doing so and sharing these moments with the people I love. Cant get much more merry than that!

45. Theresa Egerton. PRIZE: Power Super Foods Pantry Pack

So people are mocking me because I ordered the cookbook bundle – hardcopy and ebook – surely one is enough they say… nope! I’m impatient so the ebook has meant I’ve been able to start cooking straight away and I’m loving the recipes I’ve tried so far. And let’s face it, books are way better than technology so I’ll be cooking far more lovingly once I have the book in my hot little hands :) (And as a bonus, my very fussy, but very food sensitive 11 year old has already tagged a heap of recipes she wants to make!)

As for making it merry every day, I could list all the things I do to make my (and my 2 daughters) lives merry, but it all boils down to this… opening our eyes and hearts to the joy that is in every day – it’s there if only we take the time to look and appreciate. And often, it’s the little things that bring the biggest smiles to our faces – the shapes of the clouds, a flower blossoming, laughter, sharing a meal together, family snuggles, spending time in nature, or being creative…

46. Kate D. PRIZE: $100 gift voucher from Grill’d

We wish you a merry cookbook, we wish you a merry cookbook…..” oh wait it’s not Christmas but it will soon be Christmas in July when the postie arrives with my book!

Love your recipes and thanks for the other tips! The healthy eating out bits….. your recommendation for Elemental when visiting Canberra was the highlight of our trip and those Grill’d buns… delicious… never would have set foot in the store if it wasn’t thanks to you two lovelies. Xx