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I’m Raising A Giant and a Giveaway

October is a month of many things. One of those is Bullying awareness month. Today also happens to be #SpiritDay. Which means it’s the perfect time for me to tell you why I am raising a giant.


Green Giant says “Being a giant isn’t about being the biggest or the best. It’s about finding your inner courage to rise above the crowd and do what is right. It means using your voice to stand up for others, which sometimes may mean standing up to your own friends.” 


I love that. I want my kids to be Giants too.  To make our kids Giants it takes adults to talk to and teach them what to do, and what is right. So today I am sharing with you my letter to K1.



You’re beautiful. Your beauty is different from other people. You have strawberry blonde (red) hair, and not many others share that with you. I love it! Once upon a time, I tried to dye my hair that color. Your smaller than most girls your age, which makes snuggling great! You are shy and outgoing all mixed up into one, and that is a wonderful surprise. It makes me feel special to be let in on all of you and your secrets, and sometimes you choose not to share that with everyone, and that is okay.

Sometimes kids and adults are mean to others, especially when they are different. Some kids might pick on you, or tease you, because YOUR different. Maybe they are mean to your friends. But that is not okay. We are all different, and our differences make us special. Life would be boring if we were all the same.

All of that is also known as bullying, and bullying is never okay.

It doesn’t matter who it is, they are wrong. I want YOU to speak up. I want you to use your words and tell them they are wrong.

When I was in sixth grade there was a boy who was new to class. It was the beginning of the school year and no one would have known that he was new to town, except our city was small. Another boy who I knew from previous school years started to give him a hard time. I can’t even remember what it was about to be honest. I just know that I, me, teeny tiny Gwen, your mommy, stood up from my seat and told him to “stop, leave him alone.” I then proceeded to stand between the two like a person breaking up a fight, only there wasn’t one, not a physical fight any how. That was it. The bullying stopped.

I then turned around to meet the new boy, who’s name was Adam. That was the day that we became friends. We remained close friends for a long time. Thanks to Facebook we still talk occasionally today.

I want you to realize that your words do matter, they mean something. One kid can make a change. Some times bullying goes on because no one mentions it’s not right. Do that. Be that voice.

Daddy and I will always protect you. We will always listen to you. We will always love you. We will always support you, even when we don’t like your decisions. We will always be proud of you, even when you fall on your face. That means you tried something, we all mess up. You will never be alone. We will always help you overcome whatever obstacles you face, because we love you.

I think this girl can be a giant.
Don’t you?
Green Giant is currently hosting a bully-prevention campaign. Go to their “Raise A Giant” website and look around. Write a letter to your kids, and share it with others. Read other parents letters, for inspiration.

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by Green Giant® through MyBlogSpark



Organic Coffee Giveaway Ends 7/26

Welcome to the Roger’s Family Gourmet Coffee & Tea Market Giveaway!

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Roger’s Family Gourmet Coffee & Tea Market


Most readers know by now that I enjoy a good cup of coffee. So you can understand why I couldn’t help but choose to be apart of this giveaway.

Roger’s Family Company Coffee & Tea Market offers USDA certified organic coffees and teas that will please any coffee or tea drinker.  Yay! Krista over at Savory Savings had the chance to review four of their amazing organic coffees and each flavor stood up to the test of her coffee-loving husband!   These coffees are not only organic, but sustainably grown, harvested and roasted – meaning not only will you have a safer coffee to drink for yourself, but a better and safer coffee for our Earth, too!


Some things you will like about the coffee are:

  • Full bodied

  • Smooth

  • Flavorful

  • Unique blends that are sure to please!

How would you like to win four 12 oz bags of organic coffee from Roger’s Family Gourmet Coffee & Tea Market?   Enter now for a chance to win!  This giveaway is open to US Residents only, ages 18 and older.  This giveaway will run from July 5, 2013 through July 26, 2013 at 8 PM CST.  Good luck!


Savory Savings did not receive any compensation for this post.  Disclosure: I did receive the products for free and am sharing my opinion with you.  My opinion may differ from yours.  Savory Savings and Gemini Mama are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.  We hereby release Facebook of any liability.  The post may contain affiliate links. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours after the giveaway ends to respond before another winner is selected.  All entries will be verified. 

Books On First: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks


Welcome to our July virtual book club!

After last months great read I hope you’ll join us in reading Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (especially if you enjoyed the movie version!) Our Books on First discussions are designed to allow you to engage with other book lovers without having to clear your schedule and find a sitter so you can make it to Book Club. Hubby has to work late? No Problem. Up at 3 am with the baby and want to add your thoughts? Perfect. The only thing missing is the snacks. (And the wine? But you can certainly pour yourself a glass! Enter to win some wine here)

To sweeten the pot, we offer a “door prize” each week in the form of an Amazon gift card giveaway equal to the price of the Kindle edition of this month’s book. Please join us for chit chat, and enter the giveaways!

Here is what had to say about Safe Haven:

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

Click here to go vote for August’s book!

Organic Wine $50 GC Giveaway

Welcome to the Organic Wine Company $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Organic Wine Company


Grapes regularly show up on “Dirty Dozen” lists. Basically meaning they have a high exposure ratio to chemicals and pesticides.  In order to ensure you are not drinking these chemicals when enjoying your wine, organic wine is a great option. That is of course if you are looking for a drink!  The Organic Wine Company offers third-party certified organic wines and champagnes.  They also offer vegan, biodynamic wines, and non-sulfite added wines.  These wines are delicious and affordably priced.  Krista from Savory Savings recently  reviewed three bottles of wine from the Organic Wine Company, so be sure to check out her thoughts on wines like Sweet Thang and Badger Mountain Riesling!

The Organic Wine Company offers free shipping on 12 packs and regular specials including their wine of the month club!   Between now and July 4, 2013 use coupon code SAVORY10 to save 10% off most orders!

This giveaway is open to individuals 21 and older.  Please remember that some states do not allow alcohol to be shipped from out of state.  If that is the case in your state, this would make a wonderful gift for a friend in another area.  If you are not sure if your state is excluded please see this interactive map from the Wine Institute.   Please note that this is for a $50 gift certificate to the Organic Wine Company and not for alcoholic beverages.

Savory Savings did not receive any compensation for this post.  Disclosure: I did receive the products for free and am sharing my opinion with you.  My opinion may differ from yours.  Savory Savings and Gemini Mama are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.  We hereby release Facebook of any liability.  The post may contain affiliate links. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours after the giveaway ends to respond before another winner is selected.  All entries will be verified. 

Books On First Tanglewood Plantation

Dearest readers now that I am no longer busied by my class I have more time to do things I like. I have no looming essays or research papers, so that leaves time for fun reading again. Since finishing my class on 5/31 I have read two books and I am a third of the way through another. Woo. I thought it would be fun for us to all participate in a virtual book club. This will be a regular thing if I find it is something that we like. There are even giveaway chances for the selected book. I’m looking forward to discussing this book with you!

booksonfirstJune2013Books on First is a monthly, virtual book club that goes live on the first of every month. This is a perfect fit for book lovers who just can’t always get the book read by book club night but still want to share their love of good books with other people who love good books. To sweeten the pot, we have a “door prize” each week at our “meetings” and one of our “club” members will go home with a copy of that month’s book. (Kindle Edition!) The only thing missing is the snacks!

This month we will be discussing Tanglewood Plantation. Please pull up a comfy chair and join us for this one. Here’s what Amazon has to say about it:

Chicagoan, Summer Woodfield, is in for the surprise of her life when she inherits the family estate, an antebellum rice plantation in Georgia. Not only is the old plantation in ruin, but comes complete with a cast of characters–characters long dead. The discovery of antiquated love letters stored inside a trunk in the attic sparks uncontrollable curiosity, and especially a purposely placed thumbprint on one of the letters. When Summer touches the print, she is inadvertently whisked back in time to the Civil War, not as the mistress of the manor as she dreams to be in the 21st century, but as a slave on her own plantation! Trapped in the clutches of a devastating war as a servant to her ancestors, she discovers the forbidden secret of her inheritance, while a love lost in the passage of time is rekindled…a love that holds her hostage between the past and the present.

Get your copy here!

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Oh and while your at it go vote for July’s book!

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Paws for a Cause fundraiser and giveaway Ends 5/22 US

$250 worth of pet prizes! Eleven Prizes = Eleven Winners

*Cafe Press Gift Certificate *Honest Pets: dog toy gift bag
*Honest Pets: cat toy gift bag *John Paul Pet Full Body & Paw Wipes
*Lulu’s Pet Care Kit *Neocell, ArthroPet, 60 Wafers
*Choice of Newman’s Own
*Dog or Cat Sampler
*Pawalla Box
*Petchup Bottles *Snap Collar
*Walk In Sync Humane Dog Walking and Training System and a signed copy of Alecia Evan’s new book

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors below!

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The Reason for this Giveaway

By now you should all know that I love animals. Today we are working together to raise money for ROMP Rescue 501(c)(3) a modest rescue working to get adoptable animals out of over crowded Los Angeles area shelters & into loving, forever homes. ROMP Playful Pet Services’ creator, Paul Duff, shocked by the horrific overcrowding of adoptable animals in Los Angeles City Shelters, set about actively gathering other like minded rescuers and began saving lives. With the support of volunteers, the “little rescue that could” obtained its 501(c)(3) certification and proceeded to make a difference in the lives of animals and people in and outside of Los Angeles.

This money will go to food, transportation, medical care, boarding, and other costly things. Every dollar counts towards saving a dog’s life.

If you are interested in making a donation, remember every dollar counts, go to Mommy Lesson Plans the donation button is in the sidebar.

Special thanks to Paulee CleanTec for their very generous donation!

Earn entries through the Giveaway Tool below.
Entries will be added throughout the contest, so make sure you come back for more!

By submitting an entry to this giveaway you agree to the following Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to entrant 18 years of age or older, except where prohibited by law. US residents only. No purchase is necessary to enter. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. To qualify to win, you must complete, at minimum, one entry on the Giveaway Tools form. The winner will be randomly chosen by Giveaway Tools. Winners will be notified by email from Mommy Lesson Plans. Winners will have 72 hours to respond or risk forfeiting their prize. Prize may re-awarded solely by the Sponsor’s discretion. Prize fulfillment is the sole responsibility of the sponsor. This blog may not be held liable for Sponsors who do not fulfill prize shipments. Mommy Lesson Plans was not compensated for this post. I reserve the right to publicly publish winners’ names. By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. This promotion is in no way sponsored by, or associated with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Google. You will be providing your information to the owner of this page and not to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Google.

Spring into Cloth Diaper Event 4/12-4/26 US

This is a great way to lead up to the Great Cloth Diaper Change event that takes place 4/20 world wide. Why not head in with a great opportunity to win. Good Luck!
Welcome to The Spring Into Cloth Diaper Event!!!
Hosted by: Everything Mommyhood
Prize Pack Includes:
Bummis Beautiful Basic Pack 2 Piece Cloth Diaper ($24.98)
Bummis Disposable Bio-Soft Liners ($8.00)
Drammy Droopers Wet Bag and matching Cloth Diaper ($40.00)
Snappi Baby Diaper Fastener ($4.55)
Bummas Cloth Wipes ($15.00)
Charlies Soap Laundry Liquid and Pre-Wash Kit ($24.99)
Spray Pal ($21.95)
Rockin’ Green Soap 45/90 Load ($15.95)
Soft Bums ($24.95)
Glow Bugs Cloth Diaper ($12.50)
Imagine Baby All in Two Diaper Cover ($10.95)
Imagine Baby All in Two Diaper Inserts 3-pack ($9.95)
Total Value with Shipping to winner approximately $260+
Check out all of the great reviews here to see what exactly you can win:
Bummis, Drammy Droopers, Bummas, Charlie’s Soap, Spray Pal, Rockin’ Green Soap, Soft Bums, Glow Bug Cloth Diapers, and Imagine Baby.
This cloth diaper package is a great start for anyone looking to start building their stash!
The Spring Into Cloth Diaper Event is the kick off to the Bloom Into Baby Event that is hosted by Everything Mommyhood, My Four Littles, and Four Littles Media. Check out the on-going linky below the entry form for all other prizes, there will be at least one giveaway posted daily for 6 weeks! You can enter to win ALL of our upcoming giveaways, make sure to check out our websites for them over the next 6 weeks.
Now for the giveaway!
One lucky winner will win the ENTIRE Cloth Diaper Package above, valued at approximately $260.
All winning entries will be verified.
US residents, 18 and up only.
Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited.
Giveaway ends 4/26 at 11:59pm CST.

Disclosure: Gemini Mama is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment. Opinions may differ from those of your own. This giveaway and all giveaways in the event, are in no way associated or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media outlets. I received no monetary compensation for promotion of this giveaway.

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