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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. I hope you enjoy it. It's a beautiful area with nice friendly people. I lived in the area for most of my life and still travel there as often as I can. I hope you can cherish it as much as I would.

    Arnie on October 11, 2013 at 10:51 am
    • Thank you for your kind words Arnie!

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:04 am
  2. Grats for this gift.

    S.K on October 11, 2013 at 11:10 am
    • Congrats Mary, I meant. Enjoy your new home.

      S.K. on October 11, 2013 at 11:15 am
  3. Congrats Mary. Enjoy your new home with your entire family and friends. Muchas felcidades

    Gladys roig on October 11, 2013 at 11:11 am
    • Thanks and Gracias, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:05 am
  4. Congratulations Mari! It's such a beautiful spot and a beautiful home. I hope you and your family will spend many happy days there. God Bless all of you!

    lesjars on October 11, 2013 at 11:16 am
    • Thank you for your wishes and many blessings to you, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:07 am
  5. So happy for Mari an her family, Enjoy

    lydianattrass_ on October 11, 2013 at 11:27 am
    • Many thanks from us, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:09 am
  6. Congratulations! We hope you can feel the joy we send you as you sit on that porch. There are great memories fromall of us leaving love there to wrap yourself in. So many of us joined you in the daily journey from start to finish and now we graciously turn it over to you and your family to begin making lifetime memories. Enjoy!

    grammagail on October 11, 2013 at 11:31 am
    • Oh, believe you me, I am already feeling the love, thank you, I will be thinking about you all, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:09 am
  7. Congratulations Mari Cabrera-Hickerson. May you and your family have many many happy years at your new home on the Atlantic side of the USA!!

    Holidaygal on October 11, 2013 at 11:32 am
    • Thank you from myself and the family for the warm wishes. Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm
  8. Mari, THIS is your year! It's your time to shine! Hallelujah! Congratulations on receiving such a beautiful home. You are BLESSED!

    CarlaB on October 11, 2013 at 11:37 am
    • Yes Carla, I feel blessed, thank you! Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:11 am
  9. Congrats Mari, Ken, Kids, & Grands !! From one gremol to another !! Have loads of fun in our Blog Cabin !! By the way, being with us since 2007, do you blog ???

    gremol on October 11, 2013 at 11:45 am
    • Hi there, I have blogged in the past under macusina. Thanks for the wishes…Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:12 am
    • Enjoy this wonderful gift !! Be sure to let all of us bloggers know how much fun you have on your 'winners visit' to the cabin !! Again, great big congrats to you & yours !!!

      gremol on October 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm
  10. I am so disappointed. I have registered twice every day with my coffee too. Never missed a day. I guess my dreams don't come true. But congratulations to the Hickersons. Enjoy your beautiful new home.

    Stuck in Ohio on October 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm
    • LOL with ur coffee!

      COOLSMILEY on October 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    • Stuck in Ohio – for now. Don't give up on your dreams! I actually started looking for private waterfront homes in southwest ohio that would still be within commuting distance to my office. I may not win, but I will work hard to try to make my dreams come true on my own. I have all sorts of good ideas from BC and from DIY for when I finally save up enough to get my dream home! Meanwhile, it's condo living in the burbs for me.

      TwoCorgis on October 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm
    • Thank you and try not to hate me too much, I've always been a hard luck kind of gal until now …so, never give up on your dreams, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:16 am
    • It is not you, it is their own situation that they are disappointed in. With so many entries and only ONE person could win …… I am Glad it is you. I can tell that every gift from God is appreciated by you.
      There has been so much love shown for this location / cabin and also for you, the good vibes should be tangible.

      Eugenia27 on October 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm
    • I understand…I really wish that everyone could win…Thank you for your sentiment and well wishes. God bless, Mari.

      Macusina on October 13, 2013 at 3:18 am

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