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Oct 11

Meet the Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway Winner

Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway Winner

Mari Cabrera-Hickerson of Culver City, Calif., is the proud winner of the Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway, a grand-prize package valued at almost $500,000.

Mari’s name was randomly drawn from more than 18 million entries. The Blog Cabin enthusiast, who has entered every year since 2007, admits that entering twice online per day, almost every day, became part of her routine. “That was the first thing I did in the morning with my coffee,” she says, “And then I’d take a look at what was going on at the home and what the crew did that day. I followed every part of the remodeling process.”

Mari, a former UCLA Medical Center administrative specialist, retired in July 2013 to devote her time to her husband, Ken, as well as her children and four grandchildren. Mari also finds fulfillment in travel and hobbies, including hiking, watersports, cooking and yarn arts.

Although Mari is a fan of eclectic interior design, the North Carolina cottage drew her attention for its waterfront location and coastal-chic cottage style. “I love the beach,” says our winner, who was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, before emigrating with her family to California in 1966. “My mom would come home from work and take us to the beach every day when I was a kid. The beach is part of my soul, I guess.”

As one would expect from a die-hard Blog Cabin fan, Mari is quick to list her favorite room in the home (the spa-style master bathroom) and her favorite furnishing (the reclaimed wood dining table). And she’s most excited to see the compass floor medallion, which proved her top pick during the People’s Choice portion of the Blog Cabin 2013 project.

When Mari and her family arrive at Blog Cabin 2013 for their first visit, the water’s edge will certainly prove an irresistible draw. What does Mari plan to do first? “That’s kind of hard to say,” she admits. “I think I am just going to go room by room and check everything out. And sit on that porch in that rocking chair and look out onto that beautiful water scene. That view is just so gorgeous.”

Mari is still shocked about her stroke of good fortune and looks forward to sharing her prize with friends and family. “I just want to say thank you. This is just a wonderful gift that I never thought in my lifetime that I would receive,” she says. “It’s an amazing opportunity to have someplace where my family can go and be together, relax , have fun and just enjoy.”

  • Posted at 8:50 am on October 10, 2013
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  1. Congratulations Mari! Enjoy this wonderful home . May you build many loving memories there!

    Beachdreamer51 on October 11, 2013 at 9:04 am
    • Thank you…that's the plan ;) Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:20 am
  2. CONGRATS Mari! Many blessings to you and your family! :)

    Eden1875 on October 11, 2013 at 9:08 am
    • Wow so happy 4 u. But yet another year,another home we get passed by. I have been entering for years without luck. And winners say they have been trying for 4 or 5 years/wish my luck was that good and quick. Its not anyones problem but mine but in 5 years I will be homeless-so to say I am scared is an understatement. I wonder if there are other people in the same situation too afraid to speak up? What gets me is people that enter and win who already have a home.

      Cstrehlow on October 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm
    • Don't give up, your luck may change at any time…mine did. God bless, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:12 am
    • Wow, Mari you are truly a class act. Your mama taught you more than a love for the beach. You are truly blessed. Enjoy your new home and transfer your memories to your grandbabies. God bless you.

      Eugenia27 on October 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm
    • Dear Eugenia, thank you for the nice comment. God bless you and yours. Mari.

      Macusina on October 15, 2013 at 9:57 am
    • Thank you :) Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:19 am
  3. So delighted for you and your hubby, Mari! Su casita de vacaciones esta pronta y tan bonita y tu familia sera muy abencoada con todo el trabajo y deseno tan hermoso ai! Felicidad! Much happiness! :D :) <3 Kitty

    DwnSoDwnEaster on October 11, 2013 at 9:08 am
    • You go Kitty! you went all in. lol Love it. You're the best, don't care what anybody says about you. lol

      havanera on October 11, 2013 at 9:14 am
    • I hope they are able to keep it and pay the additional 13+% tax.:S

      540sam on October 11, 2013 at 11:51 am
    • Why the 13 + % tax because of native of CA?

      Straybird on October 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm
    • Yep.

      540sam on October 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm
    • Oh Sam maybe they will sell the home. Did anyone ever find the hand pump for the water outside?

      Straybird on October 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm
    • Thank you Kitty and muchas gracias, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:13 am
  4. Congratulations Mari!!! I have to ask, were you blogging with us and if so, under what name. Just have to see if a fellow blogger won. Enjoy your beautiful home!!!!!:D

    nanwes on October 11, 2013 at 9:09 am
    • Well, she has been entering since 2007, that makes her a loyal fun of the blog cabin.

      havanera on October 11, 2013 at 9:39 am
    • I have blogged in the past under macusina…I have not commented much on this year's blog but kept up with all of your comments and actually voted for some of the features…again, thank you so much for all the good vibes…feeling the LOVE, Mari

      Macusina on October 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm
    • Mari congrats to you!. I hope you and your family make many many memories in this beautiful cabin! Please let us know how you are doing and maybe post some pics for us! Much love and hugs to you and enjoy your Blog Cabin 2013!! <3 Jill

      jchristie24 on October 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm
    • Thank you Jill. I will try to post some pics in the near future and will certainly keep up in the blog. Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:15 am
    • cant wait to see….you will have a ball…

      twoTERRIERs on October 14, 2013 at 11:31 am
    • It's even more fun to know that it is someone who is a blogger. We know you are going to love the Blog Cabin!!!! I hope you know how happy we all are for you! Love, Nan and Wes

      nanwes on October 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm
    • Many thanks Nan and Wes. :)

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:16 am
    • Mari…congratulations and welcome to the East Coast and North Carolina!! I know that you and your family will enjoy the Blog Cabin…Que tu and tu familia desfruten en esta casa bonita!! Yo vivo en Carolina del Norte …el estado tienes las montanas bonitas tambien y las playas…DESFRUTEN!!!B)<3

      Maria on October 14, 2013 at 11:07 am
  5. Mari & Ken you both have been truly blessed. You will now get to live life on both sides of the USA. Enjoy your beautiful new home and I'm sure you will be especially happy to share it with your grandchildren and children. My heart is so happy for you both.

    Dianne on October 11, 2013 at 9:09 am
    • So kind of you Dianne. Thank you :) Mari and Ken

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:18 am
  6. Felicitaciones, paisana! We are over-the-hill happy for you here at the blog. Enjoy your new home, and create new memories as the family before you, did. We will be celebrating with you by the dock; some of the bloggies already set the virtual welcome party (lots of drinking going on), I must say.
    I hope the weather allowed you to splashdown at the BC.

    havanera on October 11, 2013 at 9:10 am
    • Gracias y lo propio! I am still in shock

      Mari on October 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm
  7. Wow Congratulations you have won a very special home and one that was loved by millions of people. We hope you will connect with the soul of the home and the surrounding people. God bless you. Treat her well

    Marilyn on October 11, 2013 at 9:10 am
    • This is Straybird

      Straybird on October 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm
  8. Good Bye Blog Cabin……………………………………..8I8…..

    8I8 on October 11, 2013 at 9:10 am
  9. Congratulations Mari! May this home be blessed with the Peace and Love of God that surpasses all understanding. Enjoy!!! :-)

    Heading South on October 11, 2013 at 9:11 am
    • Thank you so much for the good wishes. God bless you, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:29 am
  10. Congratulations Mari!! Enjoy always.

    James Stamps on October 11, 2013 at 9:13 am
    • Thanks and blessings to you, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:30 am

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