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Win Tickets to The Enchanted Forest November 20-21 in Reston, Virginia {UPDATE}

UPDATE 11/13/10 - Congrats to Charmaine!


The Junior League of Northern is gearing up for their 10th Annual Enchanted Forest and I'm giving away tickets!

Held this year at the Reston Sheraton from November 20-21, you'll see 100+ prelit, artificial Christmas trees, which have been decorated by donors with gift certificates, merchandise and whimsical decorations.

In the past there have been trees decorated in different kinds of liquor, a Barbie tree, a "dream Thanksgiving" tree which included gift certificates for a gourmet turkey, all the fixings and two nights of hotel stay for out-of-town guests. YOU can then bid to win one of these trees and all the fixings during a silent auction!

Enchanted Forest Children's Activities


The Polar Express Model Train Room

The Kids in the Holiday Kitchen Room

Children's  Science Center (interactive science activities) Room

Plus there are children's entertainers throughout both days AND Santa Claus comes by for complimentary photos in the forest!

Enter to Win Tickets to the Enchanted Forest

Because this is only for local DC area friends I've made it very easy.

Just fill out the form below with your name, city/town, number of people in your immediate family, and email address. I'll choose and notify the winner by Wednesday, November 17th so you can plan your weekend accordingly. The winner will pick up tickets at Will Call!


Local Giveaway: Win a Session with Virginia Photographer Nicole Pavey ($380 value) **closed**

*Update 2/17/10* Congratulations to our winner...... Stimey! (Be sure to post the fabulous family photos you have taken!) Plus, everyone remember that you can contact Nicole with code WINTERPHOTOS to get $50 off! __________________________

Get $50 off any session/package mention code: WINTERPHOTOS

We haven't had a professional family photo taken since the girls were a year and a half old. They cried just about the whole time. I don't even think we got a family photo. We go the girls with mommy, the girls with daddy, and the girls together.  So, we are due.

Real Photographer versus In-store Studio

When the Twofer were little we took them to various photography studios located in department stores or chains that you find in the mall. When they started preschool I stopped taking them to studios because the school photos always seemed to turn out really cute. Plus, I always thought a 'real' photographer would be way too expensive. Guess what? It's not. Not when you consider the frustration we ALWAYS experienced when some teenager couldn't get the camera to work, or my kid to relax.

Spending a little more to use a professional would have been the smart thing to do. So let's go back 4 years and remind THAT Janine to smarten up. Then, let's talk about the giveaway!

Nicole Pavey Photography Giveaway

Start browsing around the Nicole Pavey website and blog and you can see her knack for capturing kids and families at their best. I like the natural feel of the family photos. And the newborn images are simple but memorable. You can almost smell the baby shampoo...mmmm.

You can win a basic session valued at $380 from TwoferMom!

Enter to win a basic session from Nicole Pavey Photography which includes

  • a photo session
  • an in-studio ordering session to go over the photos
  • 20-30 of the best photos edited on high res disc.

Please Note: This giveaway is for local DC Metro area folk...or anyone who is going to be traveling through Northern Virginia...wants to win a session with a professional photographer in her Fairfax County, VA studio.

4 ways to enter to win:

1. Leave a comment telling me who would be in your Nicole Pavey photo session if you win.

2. Tell your Facebook friends about this contest and tag me (use @JanineLaqueurNickel) in your post so I can see it. Then come back here and leave a second comment telling me.

3. Post a link to this giveaway on Twitter 3 times before the deadline and again, leave a separate comment with the tweet URLs (click on the time & date underneath the tweet).

4. Email your friends with a link to this giveaway and cc me (scarytwins [at] yahoo [dot] com

Contest open to US residents 18 and over and ends Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 11:00pm EST. Winner will be chosen using from all valid entries, and contacted via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond and claim prize before I choose another winner.

Thanks for entering and for supporting TwoferMom's newest sponsor and supporter, Nicole Pavey Photography!


Disclosure: I am hosting this giveaway as part of a TwoferMom advertising package and giveaway product provided by Nicole Pavey at no cost.  All views are my own based on what I have seen of the portfolio and are not influenced, nor reviewed by the company prior to posting.