Two (count ’em) TWO students in college. That’s what I am going to have starting August 2017. Although arguably my son’s idea of equipping his abode for college is different (and *maybe* less detailed) than my daughter’s, still — college kids need things and Target is the ideal place.
Whether you have college kids or not, you know you need something from Target. Wouldn’t it be nice to have $200 to kickstart your shopping spree?
Enter this giveaway and that kickstart may be yours!
Between October 2015 and October 2016, I visited Walt Disney World sixsee Disney in a different light times. Not that often by many people’s standards but a real luxury for me and an opportunity to (my daughter was doing the Disney College Program January-May 2016).
What could I have used more of (besides a seventh, eighth, and ninth visit?). MORE money to spend of course! A $500 Disney Gift Card like the one in this giveaway, for example.
If my inner monologue on the way to the mailbox every day were to be visible to anyone else but me, it would look something like this:
Cards Are Fun Snail Mail
When I went to the Type A East conference in Orlando in October, I met the Hallmark Signature team. The team introduced us to the Hallmark Signature line and treated us to a preview of their new commercial – I dare you to watch it and not cry!. The Hallmark Signature line showcases unique processes, detailed craftsmanship and attention-grabbing dimensions. By unique, I mean things like: this card RINGS. It has a bunch of little bells that RING!
Snail Mail is Not Just For Christmas
I’ve shared before how my friend Kathleen is pretty much the last “snail mail only” person in my universe. A mail day that involves a missive from Kathleen is reason to celebrate, indeed.
That’s why, when the Hallmark signature team encouraged me to choose a card to send to someone special while I was at their booth during the conference, I chose one for Kathleen (besides, since she is “snail mail only,” her address is burned into my brain and was the easiest to remember!).
Hallmark encouraged us to share via video why we had chosen to send our intended recipients a card (glad I have all that practice with Table Topics in Toastmasters speaking extemporaneously!). Click here for mine.
When Unexpected Snail Mail Comes to Roost
In addition to the fun of cards and letters, can you imagine anything more delightful than an unexpected package full of treats? That’s exactly what I found when this Roost Crate showed up on my doorstep.
I got to know Roost Crate’s proprietor, Kelly Pugliano, when we attended a Shot at Life summit together. Then I had the pleasure of watching her work hard to build this business, which creates a “farmer’s market in a box,” concentrating on the best farmers and small batch artisans in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
Here’s a picture of contents of the welcome box I received:
And a rundown of the artisans:
The brown sugar fig soy wax candle is from Berry & Birch, a 2-woman team from Springfield, MO, which produces eco- and animal-friendly soy candles “handpoured with love.”
The lemon lime lip balm is from T&J Soaps, an artisan soap maker in Troy, NY, who packages the lip balm in vintage slider tins.
The oatmeal, milk and honey goat milk soap is from OMy! Goat Milk Bath and Body, a Virginia Beach, VA, company that makes all-natural products with fresh goat milk. (And while we’re talking goat milk products, allow me to plug another incredible goat milk product, Kid Power Organics, which uses its profits to help children in Cambodia. Meet their goats and learn about their goat bank here.)
The chocolate bar is from Barkeater Chocolates, which handcrafts non-GMO and gluten free chocolates in the Adirondacks. (Who’s up for a tasting tour?!)
The rhubarb vanilla honey jam is from V Smiley Preserves, a New Haven, VT, artisan who makes small batch handmade jams and preserves and has a vision to “expand the farm into an agri-cultural hub; seed-saving, arts, education, dining and events.” I’m rooting for her to succeed.
The beautiful handcrafted coasters (thanks for throwing in this extra, Kelly!) are from Oh, Sew Urban! They are available at the Anchor No. 5 Boutique in Troy, NY and can be reached by email at email@example.com.
The deluxe canvas tote bag is sold directly by Roost Crate, is machine washable, and will be put to use by me year-round.
If you want a bounty of Roost Crate deliciousness to show up on your door (or to gift one to someone who deserves an artisanal sensation for the senses), visit Roost Crate by clicking here. Order by December 15 for holiday delivery, and use the code GIFT10 for 10% off.
Here’s a sneak peek of the next Roost Crate, which features an Adirondack Soy Candle as part of the goodness:
NOTE: I also think it rocks big time that Roost Crate donates 10% of its proceeds to Capital Roots, which works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region.
Your Chance at Snail Mail Happiness
Because every non-bill, non-junk piece of snail mail brings me such joy, I want to spread the fun around with a giveaway.
The Hallmark Signature Team provided a gift pack of three beautiful signature cards (including the one with the little bells!!), and I am sharing forward the lovely Oh, Sew Urban! coasters. Of course a green pen will be included too!
Do you sometimes feel like this guy when trying to achieve your social media goals? Your vision is obscured and you aren’t even sure where to aim.
I know I do!
I have been blogging since 2009, and still have so much to learn.
It was one thing when it was just me, blogging to flex my writing muscle, but now blogging is one of my major responsibilities at the Lead Change Group (LCG). Other people are depending on me to handle their content.
Weaving Influence, which owns LCG, is counting on me to maximize the ability of each post to reach a broad audience, to achieve SEO goals, and to expand our digital footprint.
More importantly than a large audience is the fact that these posts reach the right audience, people who will remain part of our community for longer than the five minutes they took to peruse one post.
Last year, I participated in a piloted online course that changed the way I approach blogging. The course equipped me to improve the LCG blog from a search perspective, and it’s positioning me to prove the work I’m doing is driving real results.
That course was The Modern Blogging Masterclass. I’m excited to be among the first to tell you that it’s now available to the public (but the cart closes on September 15).
I’ll let the experts at Spin Sucks give you all of the information about it, but I can tell you this: You don’t want to miss it. It will give you a huge advantage over your competitors and it will help you plan your entire communications program for 2017.
With the Modern Blogging Masterclass, your blindfold will be HISTORY and you will be much more likely to hit your target!
To encourage people to learn more about the Modern Blogging Masterclass, I gave away an Amazon Giftcard to one of the people who helped me spread the word! Congratulations to that Phase One winner, Jenny S.
TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE LEARNS ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY BEFORE IT CLOSES ON SEPTEMBER 15, I HAVE ADDED A PHASE TWO TO THE GIVEAWAY.
To be entered into a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card, please visit this link, then leave a comment below telling me something you learned about the Modern Blogging Masterclass.
Please also feel free to tweet by clicking here. Leave the url of your tweet in the comments for an additional entry.
Update: Congrats to Sara L. for winning the gift card!
NOTE: I am a Modern Blogging Masterclass affiliate. Because I am a former student, I have the opportunity to win a prize if you sign up.
What are you reading right now? I’m reading The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough. I was inspired by our family trip last month to Greenfield Village near Detroit, where I saw the Wright Brothers’ home as well as their shop. After visiting those two buildings, I had to dig deeper!
I always have a book in my hand as well as an audio book in my ears. I love books! It’s fun to dream about what I would do with $100 to spend at Barnes and Noble! With this giveaway, you just might get that opportunity.
You should see Wayne and me trying to concoct smoothies, purees, and other taste treats that require blending. It’s not pretty; our equipment is subpar and the outcome doesn’t end up looking like this:
Our equipment is subpar because it is not at all a Ninja Blender!
I’m happy to join other bloggers in a Ninja Blender giveaway. Here’s the scoop!
CONFESSION: I came very close to ordering washcloths from Amazon the other day. Washcloths, people!
Why did I almost order washcloths from Amazon? Our current supply is very low, the ones we do have were all dirty or had gone missing, and the almost instant gratification of pressing “order” and knowing a colorful stack of fluffy, clean washcloths would be on my doorstep within two days thanks to Prime was almost more than I could resist.
I did resist, however, and am happy to report I found clean washcloths deep in a crevice of laundry mountain.
Whatever you need instant gratification for, whether it’s routine bathroom linens, the latest best seller, or a kindle, wouldn’t a $100 Amazon gift card help?
I am joining other great bloggers in a giveaway! Here’s the scoop:
It is actually a little ironic that I am part of a Netflix giveaway! Listen to my Spin Sucks Inquisition and you’ll find out precisely how often I watch Netflix (hint: it rhymes with “hero”). I do, however, have an appreciation for Netflix. My 19-year-old daughter loves it, and my 16-year-old son too. I know, also, how much they are influencing the programming world with original productions like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.
Someday, it will be my time to enjoy binge-watching shows. For now, I still have to pay for my children’s enjoyment of it! That’s why I would love to win a $100 gift card like the one in this giveaway!
During our family’s recent visit to Disney World, we treated ourselves to some things we wanted (beignets, souvenirs, cocktails with light-up ice cubes and more) as well as things we needed (a hat for my husband when it started raining and sunscreen when it stopped raining).
A $500 gift card would have gone a long way toward helping us get more wants and needs, not to mention a place to lay our heads and some Mickey towels!
What would you do with $500 Disney dollars? Enter this giveaway and you may find yourself magically fulfilling some Disney dreams of your own!
DISNEY GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize: $500 Disney Gift Card (can be used at any Disney park or store)
“When I was little, I decided I would always do the things that scared me.”
This is what my daughter said to me after describing her recent experience going down the Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach, a slide with an almost perpendicular 120-foot slope. Here’s a picture:
Credit: Digital Disney World
And here’s a YouTube video of someone much braver than me doing the Summit Plummet.
When did she decide she would always do things that scared her? Sometime long before she found herself at the top of the Summit Plummet asking the cast member on duty, “Am I going to die on this thing?”
The conversation made me smile (BROADLY) because I want her to be brave.
I want her to “NEVER GIVE UP” and hear “YOU GOT THIS” in her head, all the time, no matter which challenges she faces.
Thanks to Momentum Jewelry, I have an opportunity to spread some “NEVER GIVE UP” and “YOU GOT THIS” #sharetheSPARK sentiment among the people I admire, those who demonstrate these attributes or the ones who I feel need just a bit of encouragement!
I could easily name 30 people off the top of my head who have a #sharetheSPARK vibe going on. The challenge is I only have two #sharetheSPARK Motivate™ wraps to give away. One of them is going to a woman who is a cancer survivor, who is putting together a “Triathlon” that will benefit Moffitt Cancer Center (for details, click here — spaces are still available for the run/row/ride event!). The other one is going to have to find a home over the next few weeks.
Although I don’t have unlimited wraps to give away, I do have PicMonkey, social media, and the ability to share unlimited encouragement!
Therefore, look for me to be sharing these images and tagging awesome people over the next few weeks!
Yes, I smiled when my daughter told me how determined she was to face her fears! I smile when so many people I know, in real life and online:
Set (and achieve) ambitious goals
Encourage people around them who are discouraged
Stand up for what is right, even when it is unpopular to do so
Persist in the face of adversity
Support others rather than tear down
This list, of course, could go on and on. What would you add? Who has embodied these qualities to you?
Tenley went to the summit, took the plummet, and proved to herself that she is stronger than her fears.
What will you refuse to give up on today? How can you #sharetheSPARK of encouragement?
By the way, Momentum Jewelry makes beautiful athletic and inspired jewelry in addition to the wraps. I love my Foot Notes™ (shoe tags) from Momentum which honor my I Run For relationship with Gareth. View all of their products here. If you find something you want to purchase, use the code FFSpark15 to save 15% off your purchase between now and 5/31/16!
NOTE: This post is a response to a Mama Kat Writing prompt: Write about something your child said that made you smile.