A List Maker's Life: No Matter What with a Giveaway

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

No Matter What with a Giveaway

Update:  This giveaway is now closed.  The winner - chosen by Random.org - is comment #15,
kbloems27 said...
I follow!!
September 9, 2010 2:09 PM

In the days of crazy emotion after learning of our unborn baby's development I often turned to music for comfort.  While driving home from an AM school drop off I heard a young lady being interviewed on the radio just before they played her debut song.  The song No Matter What was exactly what I needed to hear and quickly became my theme song.  Since the album was yet to be released I would listen to clips of the song over and over on her website.  Now the radio stations around here are all playing it - quite frequently in fact!  Every time it comes on the kids roll their eyes and say in their goofy voices, "Here we go again!"  Knowing that I will turn it up REALLY loud and probably won't get through it without tearing up a bit.

The song was written about the miraculous biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  They claimed God could deliver them from the fiery furnace, because nothing is impossible with Him.  Yet, if He chose not to save them at least they proclaimed that they believe, trust, and love Him. Thus the inspiration for the song's chorus line:

"No matter what, I’m gonna love You, no matter what I’m gonna need You, I know You can find a way to keep me from the pain but if not, I’ll trust You."

Around the same time Samantha from Trading Phrases contacted me about reviewing their shop here on A List Maker's Life.  Trading Phrases sells vinyl wall lettering designs, quotes, and artwork designs to personalize your space.  I immediately envisioned this special phrase in our home as a constant reminder for the days to come.  And, although Trading Phrases has hundreds of very stylish quotes, graphics, and phrases they were willing to work with me to create a personalized piece for our home.

The plan was for this 32" phrase to hang above the dresser in our bedroom.  Kevin and I chose two contrasting fonts from a list of available fonts on the Trading Phrases website.  We also chose two colors, ivory and chocolate (although there are MANY other colors to choose from and they will send you color samples to match with your paint).  The designers were very quick with our proofs and willing to make adjustments as we asked.

When our design arrived we were so excited about it that we didn't want it to be hidden away in our bedroom.  We decided instead to put it in a much more prominent place - our kitchen.  We used one of the several practice designs that came with our order to test the surface and practice the install techniques as they are explained in five easy steps.

{carefully following the leveling instructions in the step by steps}
{final result}

We love it!  It is a perfect match for the room and a perfect reminder!

For my next project I would love to order the Moon And Back Decal for the kids' room.  Our nursery theme for all of the kids has been the book Guess How Much I Love You.  We have a mural painted on one wall of the room inspired by the illustrations in the book.  As we tuck the kids in at night we remind them that we love them to the moon and back. So, wouldn't this be a fantastic phrase for the big kids' room since they no longer have the mural as a reminder?   

And, someday when I have a big house, with a big blank wall - we'll see about that - I would love to have this huge, Cute Tree.  In fact, I did briefly think that I needed to go back to teaching just to put this fun tree up on one of my classroom walls.  It wouldn't be a problem, because at the end of the year the vinyl is easily removable.  Anyway...
Do you have a family motto, a graphic theme, a favorite verse, or inspirational quote you'd love to see in your home?  It's likely you will find the perfect fit at Trading Spaces. 


Trading Phrases would like you to also have a chance to try their amazing designs.  They are offering one reader of ALML the beautiful Family wall phrase pictured above.

To be entered to win this giveaway please take a few minutes to look over all the great designs available at Trading Phrases.  Let us know, in a comment, about your favorites!

Earn an additional entry by signing up for the Trading Phrases newsletter and commenting about that as well.

I would also like to offer you additional entries if you follow A List Maker's Life with Google Friend Connect, Tweet about this giveaway, and/or leave a comment on another post here on the blog and let me know.  Leave separate comments for each entry.  Thanks!

This giveaway will close on Wednesday, September 15th at 10 PM EST.
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Disclaimer:  Trading Phrases worked with me to create the No Matter What design.  The lyrics are written by Kerrie Roberts.  Trading Phrases sent me the final design free of charge in exchange for my honest opinions, which is what I have offered here.


  1. Wow! Trading Phrases has fantastic designs. I love them all but a few of my favorites is the butterfly and blossom branch. As soon as I saw it I could see that in my daughters room. The other one that I love was Dedicated to the Principles in the Military section. It totally sums up what my husband fights for.

  2. I have always loved the idea of quotes on the walls due to my love of quotes! I adore "Life is not Measures" it is one of my favorites! Might have to get this one in a few years when I have my own home full of foster children, they are special angels that seem to always take my breath away

  3. WOW! There are so many great phrases & art!! A few of my favorites are "Today's choices determine your tomorrow." , "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to...Dance in the Rain". I will be re-doing my kitchen soon and will be looking through the site to find some perfect accents to our new room!

  4. Wow, so many fantastic choices! I do love most everything in the "religious" section. Was thinking that the Blessed Be The Name of The Lord with the star would be neat to frame and hang at Christmas time. After six years we still have a blank wall alongside our kitchen table. The space is calling for something special!

  5. I signed up for the newsletter!

  6. Commented on the Back to School Eve post!

  7. I'm with you, I'd love to put the
    tree on the family room wall with
    all the family photos.

  8. Thank you for this giveaway! I just love the "Family" quote. Also, the Jeremiah quote of "A Future and a Hope," is lovely. I really like the one that says "This is the day the Lord hath made" too.

  9. I signed up for the newsletter too! Thank you!

  10. I signed up for the newsletter.

  11. My favorite was this:

    Volunteers don't get paid
    Not because they are worthless,
    But because they are priceless.

    I work at a Nature Center. This would be perfect for the wall in our rehab center. It's so true.

    Thanks for the chance.

  12. That song sounds amazing!!!!
    And I would love the Please Remove Your Shoes sign, it would make it easier then asking every one:O)

  13. I am torn, I LOVE the Cinderella, which would be perfect for my daughters room or even the laundry room, loads of fun one...oh I like them all!!

  14. I left a comment on the back to school eve post!

  15. I love the "Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful"! It would be great for my daughters' bedroom some day!

  16. I follow you (that sounds kind of stalkerish!)

  17. what a great place for some qoutes for a new home soon hopefully!!! I like several of them including the tree, but I think I would do my own and it would be;
    This is our temporary home

    thanks Katie

  18. commented on happy school years eve! love it!

  19. So, I thought I could go to the site and quickly pick my favorite, but I love them ALL and I couldn't stop oohing and aahing over every single one. I especially love the Winnie the Pooh Adventures one, but there are really SO many I love!

  20. I love that song!! Everytime it comes on and I'm in the car with someone I always say "Listen to the words! Listen to the words!!" so often we get caught up in song that we don't really hear what it is saying...LOVE IT!! Hope to catch up soon! :)

  21. I have not heard this song yet but now I will be listening a little closer for it. My favorite, by far, is the tree. I have so many ideas already running through my head.


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