Giveaways


This one was too tough to call.  We loved all of the entries and because many of them were similar, we decided to do the diplomatic thing and put the names in a hat and pick at random.  The lucky winner is. . . .

JESS

who wrote,I’m so glad that I have pictures of DD with her three sets of great grandparents from various times in her life to date. She’s very lucky to have so many family members in her life that love her so much. A lot of friends our age have lost grandparents, and DH and I are lucky enough to have 6 surviving between the 2 of us.”

Congratulations, Jess!  We know that your session with Crista will give you gorgeous photos for years to come!

Merry Christmas!  And many thanks to all who responded to this special giveaway!


Beyond precious, right? And just one of many moments you’ll want to preserve, because the calendar pages are flipping a lot faster these days.

And with that, dear readers, today we announce the last (but certainly not the least) of our December giveaways:

A free photo session, including an 8 X 10 print from that session 

from Crista Acosta Photography

(This session must take place between January-April 2010 in the greater Hartford, CT area.)

Crista has photographed us, our families, and many of our friends, and we know you’ll love her beautiful work as much as we do! She also has one of those awesome, easy-going personalities that make you forget you’re her subject; even the camera-shy (i.e. active toddlers) come out looking like willing participants.

Good luck!

To enter, please complete this sentence in this post’s Comments area:

 I’m so glad I have a picture of ________, because ______.

Official Contest Rules

1. This contest is open to entrants who are able to schedule a greater Hartford, CT area session between January-April 2010. Participation assumes The Entrant’s agreement to these terms. 

2.  Winner selection  is at the sole discretion of the My Mom Genes bloggers.

3.  Entries will be accepted until 11:59  p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, 2009.

4.  The winner will be notified via email and announced on My Mom Genes.

5.  Arrangements for session and print delivery will be made directly between the winner and Crista Acosta Photography. My Mom Genes is not responsible for scheduling, cancellations or any aspects of prize collection after the winner and vendor have been introduced.

All photographs belong to and have been used with the permission of Crista Acosta Photography.

Adorn your little prima ballerina with a gorgeous pink tutu and hair bow from Why Knot? Bows!

Started by two moms in New Orleans, Why Knot? gives moms the opportunity to accessorize their little girls in high style.  Featuring bows, ponytail holders, streamers, and tutus for almost any occasion, these moms know how to make little girls feel like princesses every day.

To win the tutu and bow below, answer this question:

“The most ridiculous advice I’ve received about motherhood is  _________________________.”

Official Contest Rules

1. This contest is open to anyone who would like to participate.

2.  Selecting the winner is at the sole discretion of the My Mom Genes bloggers.

3.  Entries will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2009.

4.  The winner will be notified via email and announced on My Mom Genes.

5.  Item will ship directly from Why Knot? Bows based on the vendor’s delivery terms.

We’re pleased to announce the winner of The Martha Hat is

AMY

who  responded:  “One part of parenthood that has me baffled is how NOT to put my husband last. I am a full-time working mom of an 18-month-old and I also care for my elderly mother. My husband is so amazing and so supportive but he often seems to fall down the list because of other responsibilities. How do I do it all but still make my husband feel like the important person that he is?”

We’re trying to figure this one out ourselves.  Enjoy your Martha Hat and thank you for that heartfelt and honest answer.

Thanks to all of you for your participation, and be on the lookout for more fabulous December giveaways! (Hint: You may want to check out My Mom Genes again tomorrow.)

Posted by AVM

About 20 years ago, I sat on the floor of my best friend’s childhood bedroom as we were getting ready to go to the movies (“When Harry Met Sally” perhaps?).  My friend pulled a gorgeous green striped sweater over her head and said, “Let’s go!”  I said, “WHERE did you get that?  I want one!”  She said, “My sister Martha made it for me.”  A couple of decades, and lots of living later, Kerry is still my best friend and her sister is still knitting the most beautiful things.  Many iterations of “The Martha Hat” are selling like hotcakes by word-of-mouth in Martha’s town and beyond.  Everyone who sees one says the same thing I said over 20 years ago, “Where did you get that?  I want one!”  The lucky winner of today’s giveaway will win one of Martha’s whimsical fish hats (an example is seen here), which will make your toddler the envy of the playground.   Her hats are handmade with the best quality yarns and always made with love.   The hat will go to the lucky reader who best finishes the sentence: One part of parenthood that has me baffled is ______________.

Official Contest Rules

1. This contest is open to anyone who would like to participate.

2.  Selecting the winner is at the sole discretion of the My Mom Genes bloggers.

3.  Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2009.

4.  The winner will be notified via email and announced on My Mom Genes.

5.  Item will ship directly from The Martha Hat based on the vendor’s delivery terms.

We’re pleased to announce the winner of our Apricot & Ivy  play Rocket Ship is…

JESSICA

who  responded: My Mom Genes is a great blog, but I wish there was an e-mail notification when new postings are up. I don’t always remember to check the site during the week so it would be good to have this automated feature.”

 Wish granted! Our new subscription feature is located at the top right of our homepage. Subscribe to recieve notifications every time My Mom Genes adds a new post.

Thanks to all of you for your participation, and be on the lookout for next week’s fabulous giveaways!

We know you’re busy. After Black Friday, you don’t want to navigate a stroller through yet another rabid holiday crowd. Budgets are tight. We get it. We’re there, too.

So, lucky readers, starting TODAY, we kick off our month-long giveaway extravaganza!  Keep your eyes peeled–throughout the month of December, we’ll be giving away gifts from these fabulous momtrepreneurs:

Apricot and Ivy – founded by Sarah Gore who, when looking for quality toys for her own daughter, found that many  were full of toxins, lead-tainted paints, and just poorly made overall.  Apricot & Ivy is committed to offering a full rage of eco-friendly, heirloom quality, and educational toys that can be passed on from child to child and generation to generation. 

Crista Acosta Photography – Crista has photographed us, our children, our families and friends. Her art is far more valuable than pictures – the memories she captures are the precious treasures that decorate our homes.

Designs by Rali – Unique, hand-made, and custom jewelry of semi-precious stones and silver and gold beading for the women in your life (or a hint to those who wish to gift YOU!)

Little Dress Up Shop – Your kiddos will LOVE playing dress up with these adorable, comfortable and durable  (machine washable!) costumes. We wish Little Dress Up Shop was around when we were kids! And we bet our mom’s best dresses did, too.

The Martha Hat – The Martha Hat grew from Martha Wright’s love for knitting for her three children and an interest in figuring out tough patterns for hats, scarves and sweaters.  Her theory is that if she can dream it up, she can knit it.  Her whimsical hats for children and adults of all ages are beautifully well-made with love.

Why Knot? Bows – Yes, bows, but also headbands, ponytail holders, streamers and adorable tutus from two moms in New Orleans, LA! Perfect for everyday use, primping, and photo ops for your girly girl. 

So, without further ado…

`OUR FIRST GIVEAWAY STARTS TODAY!

Two children’s dress ups or costumes of your choice from Little Dress Up Shop

To enter, complete this thought in this post’s Comments area: “The gift I’m most excited to give this year is_____.” 

Official Contest Rules

 1. This contest is open to anyone who would like to participate.

2.  Selecting the winner is at the sole discretion of the My Mom Genes bloggers.

3.  Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2009.

4.  The winner will be notified by email and announced on My Mom Genes. 

5.  With notifcation, the winner will receive a code to be entered at checkout when ordering items from Little Dress Up Shop.

6.  Item will ship directly from Little Dress Up Shop based on the vendor’s delivery terms.

Good luck!