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Entries in giving back (7)

Wednesday
Mar032010

Giveaway: Haiti Relief Necklace (and the opportunity to help)

** Winner UPDATE**

The winner of the Haiti Relief Necklace is......Leticia Tech Savvy Mama

Congratulations!!

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Let's just start this off with a photo, shall we?

Haiti Relief necklace by Studio Jewel

A good bloggy/twitter friend of mine happens to be an amazing artist and metalsmith. She has a store full of beautiful pieces and each one makes me drool.

But Lisa has a heart as well, and when it speaks to her, she listens. This time it told her to create something that can help those affected in Haiti.

We need to SURROUND those impacted by this disaster with HOPE - thus the significance of the silver circle encompassing the hope disk. It will take our faith, our hope and our love to feed their emotional needs...but it will also take our hands. We need to use WOOD, STONE and METAL, as seen in the individual beads, to rebuild what has been lost - to rebuild lives torn apart. We must LINK together, as represented by the silver chain, as a people united in order to serve others and share our HOPE for a new and better future.

Then she offered to send me one, and have me give one away on my blog! I wore it the other night (photo does NOT do it justice) and got tons of compliments.

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What you need to know:

Details: necklace is 16" plus the cirlce drop with sterling silver components - wood, hematite & ocean jasper beads

Donation: For each Haiti Relief necklace sold, Lisa will donate $25.00 to Christian World Outreach who has been working in Haiti since 1979.

How to enter to win:

Because this is a giveaway that is giving back, I'm doing entries a little different. Each option will give you a different number of entries. The more you do, the more entries you get, the better your chances of being randomly selected to win the necklace. Remember to leave a separate comment for each with a lin to a URL so I can track. 

1 entry: Leave a comment telling me if and how you donated to the Haiti disaster

1 entry: Tweet a link (up to 5 times for 5 entries) to the Haiti Relief necklace on Etsy to @twincident: http://bit.ly/haitibead

2 entries: Tweet a link to this giveaway: http://bit.ly/haitinecklace (include @twincident in there)

3 entries: Post a link to this giveaway (http://bit.ly/haitinecklace) on your Facebook profile

5 entries: Become a Fan of Studio Jewel on Facebook and post a link to the Haiti Relief necklace (http://bit.ly/haitibead) on your Facebook profile

10 entries: Blog about the Haiti Relief necklace (http://bit.ly/haitibead) and this giveaway with a link back to this post (http://bit.ly/haitinecklace)

40 entries: Purchase a Haiti Relief necklace and leave a comment to Lisa that you found it through TwoferMom. She will then come here and leave a comment on your behalf that will be worth 40 points!

Contest open to US and Canda residents 18 years or older and ends Friday, March 19, 2010 at 11:00 PM ET. All valid entries will be counted and winner will be chosed using Random.org. Winner will be notified via email and/or Twitter and has 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner.

AND....

Lisa is so excited for this giveaway that she's offering ANYONE who enters here AND buys a Haiti Relief necklace the chance to win $100 gift certificate to her store, Studio Jewel! So buy one for a friend and you might win $100 to spend on yourself!

Just a reminder how gorgeous this piece is:

Haiti Relief necklace from Studio Jewel

Thanks for your help spreading the word and hopefully we'll raise some funds for Haiti!

Good luck,

Janine

Disclosure: I received a Haiti Relief necklace to review and one to give away at no charge. Opinions expressed here are mine and were not reviewed nor approved by Studio Jewel prior to being published.

Monday
Mar012010

Giveaway: $20 Shop Rite gift card and reusable shopping bag

***UPDATE*** Winner chosen by Random.org is comment #1...Luke

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This is part of the blog campaign that keeps on giving...

A while back I participated in a campaign called Bloggers in Caring where Shop Rite and General Mills donated a box of cereal for each comment on that post (up to 30). The result was 3,000 boxes of cereal donated to local food banks!

As a thank you for participating my image was included on a special box of Honey Nut Cheerios (see that here) and I also received a gift pack that included a reusable tote and $20 Shop Rite gift card that I would like to pass on to one of you!

Enter to Win $20 Shop Rite gift card!

Bloggers in caring

How to enter:

Please leave a separate comment for each entry and include a link when possible.

1) Leave a comment telling me if you will keep or pass on the gift card (no right answer I'm just curious)

2) Subscribe to TwoferMom via email

3) Tweet about this giveaway: I hope to win $20 Shop Rite gift card from @twincident on TwoferMom.com http://bit.ly/shoprite20

4) Post a link to this giveaway on your Facebook profile

Contest open to US residents 18 and over and ends Friday, March 12, 2010 at 11:00 pm. Winner will be chosen using Random.org, will be notified via email, and has 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner.

Good luck and find ways to keep on giving :).

Janine

Disclosure: I received the Shop Rite gift card and tote at no cost as a thank you for participating in the blog campaign. It was my decision to offer these items as a giveaway to one of my readers. All opinions are my own and this post was not reviewed or approved by Shop Rite or General Mills prior to publishing.

Monday
Sep212009

*UPDATE* Giveaway: Help A Teacher Supply The Classroom with Office Max

**UPDATE** Winner of the $100 Office Max Gift Card is mj.coward
who nominated Beth T. Congratulations! (Note: I had to chose a 2nd runner up due to duplicate winners in other Mox Moms contests!)


What did you spend on back-to-school shopping this year? Everything on our list for first grade (including the 'optional' tissues, hand sanitizer, snack-size baggies) was about $30-$35. So what does it cost to supply and entire classroom EVEN if every family was to pitch in and buy their share? Think of all the maps, wall posters, craft items, etc. School budgets are cut every year. Who pays for all that? Unfortunately, it's the teachers. Which is why I'm SO excited to be chosen for the


Surprising Teachers with Supplies via A Day Made Better

Did you know teachers spend an average of $1200 of their own money on classroom supplies each year? That's $4 billion annually! That's why OfficeMax joined with Adopt-A-Classroom to create "A Day Made Better" a national cause event founded to erase teacher-funded classrooms. This year, ìA Day Made Betterî will take place on October 6 where 1,000 teachers will be surprised in their classrooms each with $1,000 worth of essential supplies from OfficeMax. That's more than one million dollars donated to help teachers! Principals at needy schools nominated the teachers for demonstrating dedication, innovation, and passion. To pay-it-forward, OfficeMax and Mom It Forward have teamed up to create awareness about the issue of teacher-funded classrooms and to give you the opportunity to get involved and help a teacher in your community on behalf of the "A Day Made Better." Here's how! Simply nominate a teacher of your choice to win this giveaway by following the entry requirements. Be sure to check out the prize and criteria!

Prize

One exceptional teacher will receive a ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR gift card to OfficeMax. This can go a long way when it comes to classroom supplies!

Criteria

Another Surprise via A Day Made BetterThis is a giveaway that is meant to be given away. What does that mean? You get to nominate a teacher by sharing why this person is exceptional and deserving of this giveaway. The best part, every story told helps raise awareness in an effort to erase teacher-funded classrooms. The winning teacher will be chosen based on the following criteria, so be sure to tell us why your teacher is most deserving:

  • Dedication: does everything in his/her power to deliver the best possible education for his/her students.
  • Innovation: thinks outside the box and engages his/her students through creative learning activities & programs.
  • Passion: expresses a genuine passion for education and shares this enthusiasm in the classroom.
  • Need: demonstrates a need for essential classroom supplies.

Entry Requirements

To enter your teacher, you are required to do two things.

(Note: post a separate comment for each entry.)

1. Nominate them by leaving a comment here, writing a blog post or on Whrrl.

  • You can include photos, video, etc. but please stay under 400 words or 3 minutes.
  • Please include these links: http://adaymadebetter.com or @adaymadebetter.
  • Include a link to your post in the comments section.

OR

Create a story on Whrrl.com.

  • Go to our custom Whrrl page at http://whrrl.com/search?q=omx, click "Start A Stor"î and upload photos and text about why your teacher is most deserving.
  • Be sure to include the #omx hashtag in the text of your story.
  • Post a link to your Whrrl story in the comments section.

2. Post these messages on Facebook and/or Twitter.

(Note: Be sure to leave comments here with links to your messages.)
  • Teachers spend avg $1200 of own $$ on school supplies annually! Help erase teacher-funded classrooms. http://bit.ly/3VUNvC PLS RT #omx
  • Nominate a teacher 2 win $100 in OfficeMax classroom supplies. Enter here: PUT YOUR POST URL HERE PLS RT #omx
  • Join the ìA Day Made Betterî movement to end teacher-funded classrooms at http://bit.ly/UJ3LF #omx

More than 30 sites are participating in this campaign between now and Sunday, October 4. Visit http://momitforward.com for a list of all the giveaways! You may enter a different teacher on every site, but you may only win once! Thanks so much for helping pay-it-forward to teachers in your community! Please join us on Tuesdays, September 22 and 29 from 9 to 11 pm ET for Girls Night Out (#gno) on Twitter if youíd like to meet the team behind the cause: @officemax, @adaymadebetter and @Adopt_Classroom. Hope to see you there!

Fine Print

Entries are due Tuesday, October 6 by 11:59 pm ET. No purchase necessary to enter. Winners will be selected by me based on the entry that in my opinion meets the above criteria. OfficeMax, Adopt-A-Classroom and Mom It Forward play no part in choosing the winner of this giveaway. OfficeMax, Adopt-A-Classroom, and Mom It Forward employees are ineligible to enter. In a spirit of fairness, my personal friends and family members are also ineligible. Entries that do not follow all of the entry requirements will not be considered. The winner will be notified and have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If no response is received within 24 hours, another winner will be selected. Open to participants in the U.S. 18 years and older.

you there!

Thursday
Jun042009

Twofer Thumbs Up for Musician Diane Birch and Discover & Donate


What a great idea!
Discover and Donate has created a way for people to discover new artists, and donate $1.00 to one of 6 charities. Not only that, they have created a fun way for you to spread the love of Diane Birch and your favorite charity whether you blog, Facebook, or partake in some other social networking site.

I'm choosing to support SOS Children's Villages and you can click on the widget below to purchase and donate.

Or, grab your own widget and start placing it wherever you spend time!

Diane Birch has an incredibly soulful sound. Part Joss Stone, with a little bit of Carol King, and, possibly, a dash of Joni Mitchell. I have no idea what Diane Birch would think of that comparison but that's what I'm going with.

Maybe I'll ask her at the next #GNO! Yes, @DianeBirch is on Twitter so give her a shout out and let her know what you think of her sound!

Janine
This Post to Benefit
SOS Children's Villages

Tuesday
Jun022009

5 Things I Love about Crocs


My NEW Cabana Crocs


1. Crocs Don't Smell when my Feet Sweat


Maybe this is TMI but my feet s
weat, a lot sometimes. Whatever, I'm sure you're are no roses. Anyway, Crocs don't smell even after the longest walk on a 90 degree day. And actually, my feet don't sweat at all in my new Cabana Crocs!

2. Crocs has Affordable Comfort and Style


The average cost of a pair of Crocs i
s what, $30? Maybe $40? I think my Cabanas were about $50. My original pair of Crocs have lasted over 3 years...and they are still going. I have never had a $30 pair of shoes last that long. I'm getting my money's worth for sure. And comfort is something that simply cannot be debated.

3. Crocs has @GeorgeGSmithJr

George is a Crocs blogger, he represents Crocs on Twitter, and is an all-around nice guy. Just ask any one of his
2500 followers. He is a perfect example of how a big company can reach out to consumers and make them love them even more. Since "meeting" George I have really gained a sense of loyalty to Crocs which has resulted in me buying 3 more pairs of Crocs - one for me and one for each of the girls.

4. Crocs has Great customer service


When the rivet broke off of my daughter's Mary Jane Crocs my friend George sent me the link to where I can order more. And by order, I mean fill in your name and address and they send you a packa
ge of them for FREE! You can also get replacement straps!

5. Crocs is Spreading the Love


Most recently I had ordered a pair of Crocs with a gift certificate I received at the Blissdom conference. It was taking an unusually long time but I was patient as paying customers surely take precedence over my freebies. I tweeted with George a few times and he had me email him my information again. A week later I received my Cabanas. A week after that I received a second pair!
When I told George I think I had been a little too squeaky of a wheel he said, "Keep the extra and spread the love!"



And so, that 's what I'm going to do. The size 8 Cabanas are going to be donated to a local women's shelter and I'm spreading my love for Crocs here with you.

Janine