Snowy Days Giveaways (Like Oprah’s Favorite Things, With Less Squealing)

January is probably my least favorite month. I always go through a post-holiday letdown and I just can’t get excited about going to the gym in my blazing glory of pastiness or making New Year’s resolutions or eating black-eyed peas. The weather in Middle Tennessee this time of year is often gray, gray, upon more gray, occasionally punctuated with rain and if we’re really lucky we might get some freezing rain just to shake things up a bit.

I had a few pending product reviews and I thought I’d package them in a series of giveaways. Starting this Friday and continuing on into February I’ll be posting a product review and a related giveaway every Friday. And yes, one can dream of snowy days here in the South.


Giveaway number one (posting later today, January 4) is for a container of RoC Skincare’s brand spankin’ new microdermabrasion cleansing discs. I started using these in December and I could IMMEDIATELY tell a difference in my skin. The big 4-0 is looming in 2009 and I was so needing some proactive skincare juju.

Giveaway two (posting January 11) is for a hip outdoor playmat from, valued at $60. This is a stylish alternative to the random old grandma quilt or blanket you toss in the back of your car for your kids’ sports practices.

Giveaway three (posting January 18) is for the cutest anchor olive green long-sleeve baby onesie from, favored by many celebri-moms such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Mariska Hargitay. Blog friends with new baby boys, check it out!

Giveaway four (posting January 25) is for a gift certificate for a free pack of Mabel’s Labels, cute personalized labels that are dishwasher and microwave proof. I’ve seen the lost and found mosh pit at Miss C’s school and apparently many parents could use these.

Giveaway five (posting February 1) is for a $25 coupon good for the wonderful online baby and children’s boutique, Little Piddles. Owner Jennifer is a reader of BlondeMomBlog so obviously she has great taste. Ahem.

Giveaway six (posting February 8) is for a cool personalized kids’ book from Aardvark Adventure Stories.

Bloggers will have the opportunity to get additional chances in the drawings by linking to the giveaways.

Here’s a link to a hilarious Saturday Night Live skit spoofing Oprah’s Favorite Things episode to get us in the giveaway mood. Good luck and I hope to see you on Fridays!


  1. Lizzy Doherty says:

    I just had to write and tell you about this amazing mom. She is the mother of two (plus one in Heaven) and has helped me so much. Her name is Liz Allen and she runs a non-profit called A Small Victory. Last year, when I had a miscarriage, I found her website. She sent me a kit to help me through my miscarriage. It had lots of books and info in it – and she even wrote me a hand written card and hand painted a box to keep memories of my baby in. We talk often through email and she’s always been there for me. Right now she’s going through a tough time. Her non-profit doesn’t get much support and is running out of money. I don’t get it but I think it’s cause baby loss isn’t something people want to talk about. She always puts other people first and goes out of her way to try to help. I think cause she had a stillbirth and not very much support so she wants to support others. Anyways, right now she is working really hard to win an online fundraising competition. She said that people only have to donate $10 cause it’s the number of people that donate that the competition is based on. I’ve been really trying to help her but people just aren’t into it. If she won this competition a small victory would be able to expand and help over 500 families. I know she would love to hear from you. She can tell you more, her email address is But the real reason I’m righting is to give you her website. Maybe you could tell the moms here about it. If people maybe are willing to help. I know a small victory is needed. The website is Thank you.

    -Lizzy Doherty

  2. cathy b says:

    thanks for your reviews and passing on the products to your readers! we appreciate it! have a blessed day. what a great idea for out mats.. they look like a great solution for parents and grandparents !

  3. laura says:

    wow. i found your blog today, fantastic.. i like to post a link on mine to yours if that is ok..peace laura

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