Monday, June 27, 2011

Giveaway week- Monday!!

In celebration of my 20,000 pageviews (up in the top left corner, in music notes)  I am hosting giveaways this entire week!  Monday through Friday, come back every day for a new giveaway of something unique from South Korea, where I'm currently living!

I consulted with my bloggy buddy Danielle, who recently did a successful giveaway on her blog.  Basically, the idea is to reward loyal readers, encourage them to comment (because really, comments are like someone handing you a piece of chocolate), while also trying to convince new readers that my blog content is worth their time.  If you aren't familiar, here is what my blog is all about:

*I'm a Mom.  This blog holds pictures and stories of my kids for friends and family to see and enjoy.  My kids are wonderfully average in every way, and I love them like a fat kid loves butter.
*I'm an Air Force spouse living overseas.  I'm a member of the Make-the-best-of-what-you've-been-given Club..  We Skype with our families back home when it can be managed, but not many people want to see my kids half dressed, squawking like pterodactyls, while they try to ask me about the weather or what we are doing for the day.  South Korea has been a beautiful adventure, stay tuned for Germany this fall!!
* I'm a Carolina girl at heart.  I love the East Coast of the USA- the beaches, the mountains, the climate, the accents, and Cheerwine.  Just a little bit of (real)wine brings out my Southern accent, and ya'll, it's fantastic.
* I'm a violinist, teacher, and music lover of just about all kinds (except a capella, which makes my hair stand up).  I hope to return to teaching in a formal school setting once we are settled this fall.  My favorite genres are bluegrass/newgrass: Alison Krauss, Avett Brothers, Nickel Creek, Mumford and Sons, Gillian Welch, people who write and perform their own music.
*I'm opinionated and sometimes sarcastic.  Don't take me too seriously!  You don't have to agree with me to read and appreciate my blog.  In fact, disagreeing with me, and intelligently and respectfully arguing with me helps us both to grow.  Help Me Help You.  I'm amazingly open minded, and I really love everybody, even those most different from me.

Alrighty!  Now the nitty-gritty!!  Each day I will post the item being given away, and how you can win. At the END OF THE WEEK (so after entries are closed Midnight Eastern time on Friday) I will post the winners and send out messages to notify them and confirm the shipping address.  If you are not my facebook friend, make sure to include your email address in your comment.  I will mail (from an APO address, so be patient) your prize.  Please only enter one time for each post- and spread the word!  These kinds of giveaways are much more fun when you get new people involved!!  (And PS- if you have a blog, why not host a giveaway, huh?)

Monday's giveaway:

This is a super cute set of 10 girl and boy magnets, dressed in traditional Korean clothing.   Each one is about two inches tall, made of clay.  Korean traditional dress is called Hanbok, and children receive a special Hanbok outfit to wear on their first birthday.

Here is a Hanbok shop close to our house.

HOW TO WIN:  Anyone who comments on this post before midnight Friday will receive one entry, I will draw a name randomly.  Just leave a comment and make sure I know how to reach you!

Remember to come back tomorrow for another giveaway!

20 comments:

Rachel said...

Mary- I love reading your blog and staying connected with all of our GHS pals on FB!! Believe it or not- I am wearing my Class of 1997 "A Diploma, Treasure of a Lifetime" t-shirt as I type this!! I found it at my Mom's a few years ago in a box in the garage and it is so soft and old- its my favorite sleep t-shirt!!Thought you might get a kick out of that :) Thanks sharing your adventures! Rachel Green

The Christensens said...

Such a cool idea! If I had a real blog I might do it myself :) Spending the word for ya!

*Ariail* said...

I love keeping up with your adventures on your blog Mary!! Your babies are too cute! I have to say, just stared a blog last night! Partically inspired by you! Although, i know i will NEVER become half the writer you are!! And im sure, i will borrow this idea one day!!

adrienne_sakura said...

ah! i'm so excited! i love magnets. my fridge is covered. they are a great souvenir to get while traveling.
good idea getting the prizes before you start the giveaway. that's been my biggest challenge is getting mine complete so i can mail them out.
i'm actually planning on mailing them today. unless the line at the post office is too long, because i will have my groceries in the trunk. haha. ohhh errands.
good luck with your giveaway!

Aunt Kathy said...

Wow, is it letting me comment without having to log into something I never log into? I sure hope so, would love those magnets. You know I've been reading your blog from the beginning, and you never cease to amaze me with your writing talent. Love you, Ms Mary!

Anonymous said...

I love you, Mary- magnets are cute- let me win!!! Hahaha

Anonymous said...

the above post was from your mom-(sorry)
mom

Jenni said...

I just found your blog from where you posted it on facebook. I'm looking forward to going back and reading some of it. The magnets are super cute. I hope all is well!

- Jenni

Lisa Beery said...

Seriously I feel like I tell you this everytime we drop you all a note, but we love keeping up with good friends (and our godchild!!) through your blog!!

JaclynJohnson said...

I love a good contest. :-) As always, love reading your blog!

Emily Cole said...

WOW - look at all of these comments! So cool! I just hit 300 posts, and was going to do a giveaway, but I can't do it right now - too busy to have something ready to give away! Anyway - you know I love love love your blog and can't wait for the next post. I love the half-naked pterodactyl screaming children too... and I love butter... Oh, I love you, too!

Jen said...

Mary, I love your blogs. It's an even more awesome way to keep in touch than FB. Can't wait until you get to Germany. We're planning a trip out there next summer or fall. :)

Carla said...

I love reading your posts, you make me think!

Sarah Mann Willcox said...

Woot! Consider me entered! :-)

Angela said...

Umm, sometimes sarcastic?!?! but we really are from such a similar mold! Love and miss ya!

E said...

How fun!! I hope I win!!!

Joanna McCandless said...

those magnets are super cute. I can remember when Leslie (my Leslie) had a lot of magnets that she would continuously rearrange on the fridge. Just brought back a memory.....thanks for sharing (oh and I love the blog about 'who you are'

Heather E. said...

Um, OMG Cheerwine! I think it's probably THE most under-rated drink.... OFALLTIME! Hee hee.

And yes, blog comments make me SQUEE, though most of what I blog is of no interest to anyone other than myself since it's more like my inner (sometimes disturbing, sometimes hilarious, sometimes embarassing) monolgue. Bwahahaha!

Julie Moeller said...

Nice looking blog. My husband and I moved to NC over 10 years ago. love it. Now we have 6 kids and would not choose to live anywhere else. Julie@moellerweb.com

Ryan, Corrie, Max, and Jack said...

Mary!!! I love how cute those magnets are! =)

I think you know how to get in touch with me... LOL