Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It's a Win-Win For You!!! An Itty-Bitty Contest

I've been thinking for sometime now that I wanted to hold my first contest.

In a previous life, back before I had a child that kept me occupied most of the day I would enter online contests for fun. I was pretty good at it too - winning a Kitchen Aid Stand mixer, an Xbox, a year of Netflix, etc.

The downside to all that contest entering was all the junk mail and little items I won that I didn't have any use for. Shot glasses with company logos on them, t-shirts in the wrong size - you get the picture.

When I started this path down natural parenting and simple living a few years ago, I just couldn't justify all the extra items that were coming through our door. The extra packaging, the junk mail, the items that ended up in the landfill or on their way to good will. Sweepstaking and decluttering didn't really go hand in hand.

But still - there is something exhilerating about opening your mail box and finding a prize waiting for you!

So here's the scoop. I'm running my very first contest. Up for grabs is a darling trio of needle felted hearts in red, white, and pink. Perfect for Valentine's Day. Perfect for your late winter nature table. Perfect to give to the one you love!



And one of my large Waldorf Star lanterns in a myriad of rainbow colors!




This contest is open to my friends overseas as well.

To win, simply leave a comment on this post telling me something, anything.

For an additional entries, leave separate posts for each of the following you do:
-Follow my blog
- Write a post and link back to this contest on your blog
- Sign up under my referral link on Swagbucks.com (This only works for UK and US and Canadian readers) It's free and easy.


You don't use Swagbucks? What are you waiting for?! Use it like you would your regular search engine and periodically be awarded Swagbucks which can be redeemed for Amazon gift cards and other prizes. Here are just some of the items I've traded my Swagbucks in for already:

Elsa Beskow Books:



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Smart Wool Socks


This contest will be open until Saturday, January 16th.

I'll pick the winner by randomizer and announce s/he on the blog Sunday, January 17th.

Good luck and thanks for visiting my little corner of the 'net.

Yours in contesting fun,
Simple Mama

PS...while you're in the contesting spirit, be sure to check out Zach Aboard for a fabulous Satch & Sol giveaway!

57 comments:

  1. Entry #1 - oooh oooh, I love these contests!

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  2. Entry #2 - I'm pretty sure I follow your blog... I LOVE it, by the way!

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  3. Entry #3 - I need a lesson in how to link another blog to mine... I see people that do it all the time, I'll have to look into it!

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  4. By the way, I LOVE the Swagbucks portion. What a great way to get people to sign up with your referral! Hope your Tuesday is much better than your Monday :)

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  5. Love your blog and what a sweet givaway!

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  6. Just to let you know, Swagbucks also works for those of us in Canada, which is awesome since very few sites like that actually seem to remember that Canada even exists. I'm on Swagbucks myself, and while I haven't been there long or saved up many points, I love the amount of things I can trade for that I can actually take advantage of because Canada isn't a forgotten country to them. :)

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  7. I see How Karen wants to play this! I adore your blog. I love all the updates on how you, Layne and Hunter are doing, it truely brightens my day.

    I don't quite understand the whole swagbucks thing, but with you and Mrs. Carrier there posting about it so often it's something I need to check in on!

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  8. Entry #1: Thanks for hosting this generous giveaway! I just recently found your blog and am so inspired by your ideas. Love your personal challenge to de-clutter 365 things! :)

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  9. Entry #2: I follow your blog (under Counting Coconuts).

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  10. Entry #3: I am going to post about this giveaway on my personal blog, which is private - I'd be happy to send you an invite if you'd like to verify. :)

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  11. Ria...thanks for letting me know that Swagbucks works in Canada too. :) I changed my blog post to reflect that.

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  12. Cooper loves the penguin trio he got for Christmas. I'm sure Grace would love these beautiful little hearts.

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  13. I already follow your blog, and read each and every new post :)

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  14. I stumbled on your blog in the last week and I am hooked! I am simplifying(decluttering) our lives and your blog helps me do that! Yor lanterns are beautiful! The colors are stunning. Just a side note question--Did you use any sort of pattern for your acorns? They are precious! I love that valentine theme!

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  15. What a great giveaway. I'm especially loving those hearts as my mind has been on Valentine's day planning lately.

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  16. Conservative Knitter,

    I'm so happy you found my blog. Welcome, and thank you for your kind words. My acorns are little balls of needle felted wool that are then wet felted into a firm bead and glued into my acorn caps. :)

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  17. Entry #1: Those hearts are adorable. Please enter me! I read your post on the DTE forum, and am glad I followed it here :-) Sorry - I can't sign up for swagbucks under you (because I'm already signed up!).

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  18. Please enter me! :) Thank you! I'm already signed up for swagbucks as well ;) I love it!

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  19. I want to be crafty like you when I grow up!!

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  20. Entry #1: They are such lovely, lovely hearts. And thank you so much for including us, the non-US readers in the contest too. Had never heard of swagbucks before so will look into it before deciding.

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  21. Entry #2: But I do follow you :)

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  22. What a great giveaway! I'm intrigued by this swagbucks thing. Off to check it out...

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  23. Okay, just signed up for Swagbucks too! Looks great!

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  24. I would love to be entered. I absolutely adore those lanterns. Thank you for being open to those of us from abroad.

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  25. Count me in please! The girls and I love the hearts and of course the lanterns :)

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  26. I am a follower, too, of course ;)

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  27. Ages ago I read about online contests on a forum, they gave a few links to different ones. I entered a few, but didn't bother continuing with it on a regular basis. Months later, this package arrives for us, turns out to be a couple of DVD series', for a show my son loves. After studying the packaging carefully, I eventually found a name on it that reminded me of one of the contest sites - we'd actually one a prize in one of those contests & didn't know! And it happened to be something we really liked. Didn't prompt me to go back & enter more contests though.

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  28. Entry #1 - I wish I was as crafty as you, and live vicariously through you.

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  29. Entry 2 - I follow your Blog under Alisha, and have it as a favourite link on the blog I write for my kids. It's called Preschooling. (but like I said I am not as crafty as you, so it doesnt get updated near as much!)

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  30. I love your blog...and your creations...please enter me! I already follow you, does that count? I will also do a separate blog post linking your contest. I am crossing my fingers for these goodies!!!

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  31. Ooh, beautiful!! Thanks for the opportunity to win. :)

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  32. what a beautiful giveaway! your hearts are lovely, i enjoy their colors and their firm shape. you know i admire your stars already! thanks for the opportunity. ;)

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  33. thanks for the kick to be a follower. :) i always forget this part. i never use to do this, but then i started my own blog and now i know the joy of seeing new avatars appear and knowing that people are in that space with you.

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  34. Love your blog! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  35. Following your blog also. Thanks again! :)

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  36. Entry #1 - those hearts are beautiful.

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  37. Entry #2 - I follow your blog daily. I have many entries "starred" for future reference. Thank you.

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  38. ooo i love coming here. Your blog gives off this wonderful serene vibe that I dig

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  39. I just started using google friends connect this week and follow you <3

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  40. So cute we are getting ready to start a nature table. Just need to get going on that.

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  41. Love your blog! I have never heard of Swagbucks but will have to check that out. Would love to win your beautiful items~

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  42. Already follow :)
    Also love your lanterns :D

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  43. I just found you through Zach Aboard, nice blog :) And great giveaway, thanks!

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  44. Entry #1: The hearts are darling! And I've had my eye on those lanterns for a while now -- so lovely.

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  45. Entry #2 - I'm already a follower!

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  46. hello! i just fell upon your blog for the first time and am so looking forward to exploring around a little more. i am inspired by your crafts and photography.

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  47. There is nothing itty bitty about these beautiful, hand made prizes! They are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance and thank you for posting a link to my giveaway as well!

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  48. Just featured you on our blog and love those hearts. Look for the 'Bloggers Aid Haiti' post.

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  49. Hurrah for homemade! Great stuff. Thanks for the chance.

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  50. I just discovered your blog- yeah!

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  51. You are such a beautiful person for putting the hearts in your etsy shop for haiti. This really moves me.

    i hope i'm not too late to enter the wonderful giveaway.

    i'm a follower too.

    lisa

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  52. Oh my heart! What an awesome giveaway!!!! And I just love those sweet lanterns. <3
    Count me in please.
    Love your blog!

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