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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. Dear blogers, thanks to all of you for the blessings and well wishes sent my way and to my family. We're all very excited…it is the house I always dreamed of! I wish you all the same experience, so keep watching and entering…one of you could be next. Many blessings and good luck! Mari

    Mari on October 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    • Thank you for the encouraging words, Mari! I will take your advice and never give up the dream! Best wishes and many blessings to you and your family! :)

      Eden1875 on October 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    • Thanks againand blessings!

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm
    • Congratulations and so nice to hear from you…..i feel as though i have won because we have a similar background…….worked in a college for many years and moved to ca in 1966… longer in ca …. but lovely picture….was it taken at your new home on the beach…

      twoTERRIERs on October 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    • Ha, there are some parallels in our backgrounds…nice to meet you. The pic was taken in California, thanks for the compliment and God bless.

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm
    • Hi Mari…..thank you for the note….we all hope to see updates on you at blog cabin…….so happy for you….it is so much fun……i cannot imagine how excited you must be….hope we can see you visiting …. the pic of you and your husband is gorgeous….

      twoTERRIERs on October 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm
    • Thank you Mari for sending a warm wishes to the blogger family. We will always WATCH>ENTER>WAIT anticipating until the day comes…Ring! Ring! Ring!…Hello________ You have just WON our Grand Prize:) Expectancy is the breeding ground for my miracle and everyone here!! Welcome Home Hickerson family, Welcome Home (In my Ty Pennington Voice)…Ciao

      iamflourishing on October 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm
    • Never give up! Never quit! Much luck to you, Mari PS…great voice over btw :)

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    • CONGRATS!!!!! Mari and family, hope you all enjoy every minute at the cabin…make lots of great memories! HAPPY for you ll!^_^

      amberPA on October 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm
    • Aw Amber…God bless you and yours!

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm
    • Thank you Mari, May God bless each of you everyday!^_^ Have a wonderful weekend!

      amberPA on October 12, 2013 at 9:55 pm
    • Congratulations Mari. Enjoy the house and your good fortune. We're very happy for you. :D xD^_^

      Clive on October 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm
    • Thank you for sharing in my happiness Clive! Blessings…

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm
    • Really hope you enjoy the dream that millions have hoped for, nothing but the best for you and your family.

      540sam on October 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm
    • Wow, thank you Sam!

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm
    • Congratulations to you, Mari! It is so wonderful to be able to send well-wishes to you directly via this blog:) You have given all of us bloggers the closure that many of us hoped for—that the keys to this special Blog Cabin went to someone who loves it, will appreciate it, and whose family will fill it with many happy memories:) May you continue to have numerous blessings come into your life. There is a very short prayer that I often say that makes me think about you and your family right now, "O Lord, increase my astonishment at Thee!" Indeed He has:)

      joyfulj9 on October 12, 2013 at 11:13 pm
    • Wow, what a nice sentiment! Thanks again and blessings to you and yours! Mari.

      Macusina on October 13, 2013 at 3:14 am
    • Hi Mari, we are all so happy for you! If for any reason in the future you put he house up for sale, please contact me, I'm totally in love with the beautiful home, and would take amazing care of it. I grew up in the South and would love to move back if the Lord makes a way. Joy to you and your family!

      Sunshine_Sin on October 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm
  2. Congratulations Mari. Enjoy your beautiful new home.<3<3

    mike on October 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm
    • Thank you Mike :) Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:16 am
  3. Congrats Mari, Soooo, Did you LOSE your mind, when you WON this house???? I bet. Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy. Make beautiful memories for the Grands

    cynthia on October 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm
    • I totally lost it! I'm still a little 'off' to tell you the truth…Thank you for your kind wishes, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:18 am
  4. Congratulations Mari! I hope that you and your family will have many more great memories with this new addition to your life.

    Donnie on October 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm
    • Thank you Donnie, we feel blessed, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:19 am
  5. Congratulations Mari.

    dreamn_again on October 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    • Thank you :) Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:19 am
  6. We finally get to meet you, Mari! Congratulations to you and your family! Enjoy sitting on that porch in that rocking chair and looking out onto that beautiful water scene. All best wishes!

    memanbepa on October 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm
    • Nice meeting you also. I will be thinking of you all and the nice comments and blessings that were sent our way. Thank you. Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:26 am
  7. Mari and family, I hope you enjoy your beautiful new home as much as we all enjoyed taking part in its building and design. I hope we hear from you from time to time about your experiences on the Core Sound!

    TwoCorgis on October 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm
    • Thank you. I've also enjoyed the building process and still feels surreal having won. I will try to let everyone know how it goes. Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:29 am
    • Mari, you are so kind and thoughtful to take the time to respond to so many of us! I'm glad you are embracing all of the excitement that this experience is bringing. Enjoy! –Monica

      TwoCorgis on October 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm
  8. so happy for you, and jealous at the same time!!

    Kathie on October 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm
    • Kathie, thank you for feeling happy for us. Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:31 am
  9. Wishing you all the best at Core Sound Blog Cabin. Would love to hear from you and your experiences at this beautiful gem! We will hope for our luck next time. Enjoy!!!

    Peggy on October 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    • Peggy, Thank you for your well wishes, I will keep you posted, Mari

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 4:32 am
    • When will you be able to visit your new home? We are anxious to hear what you think of everything and also if you find the outdoor hand pump to wash your sandy feet.

      Straybird on October 12, 2013 at 5:06 am
    • I will post as soon as I do :)

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm
    • Don't know yet…will keep you posted!

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm
    • Mari–you are amazing to keep responding to so many posts…so gracious and sweet of you !

      LLColeman on October 21, 2013 at 10:47 pm
    • Dear LL,
      You're too kind. I am enjoying all my new friends on this blog and it is the best part of winning. :) Mari.

      Macusina on October 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm
  10. Congratulations Mari! Enjoy your wonderful home!!!!!

    RobinS. on October 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm
    • Thank you Robin! Mari.

      Macusina on October 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm

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