Posts tagged ‘contests’

September 20, 2009

Shop To End SMA


Friends, I know I’ve been a spotty blogger recently and I can only promise you that classes are about to start for me, my manuscript will be handed in, and my life will settle down considerably thereafter. However, even if you’re totally fed up with me and my flakiness lately, please, please click this link and read about what you can do to help end SMA. From

Our daughter, Gwendolyn, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA Type 1. SMA is the leading genetic killer of infants. It is a terminal, degenerative disease that results in the loss of nerves in the spinal cord and the weakness of the muscles connected with those nerves. SMA impacts the ability to walk, stand, sit, eat, breathe and even swallow. The mind and spirit are no different from that of a healthy baby, but the body eventually fails. Typical babies with SMA Type 1 have a life expectancy of between one and two years and they require around-the-clock medical assistance and monitoring.

I had the honor of attending the same wedding as Gwendolyn Strong and her parents recently, and in that short time I could see how much power and vitality the Strongs impart on the world. Their last name is a fitting tribute to their bond as a family.

Anyway, I’m guessing that many of you read this blog while you’re idling around the Internet, pretending to be busy with other work (that’s when I do MY blog-reading, anyway). So today, read a little bit about Gwendolyn’s story on her family’s blog, then get shopping. You know you were going to anyway. Make those purchases count, people!

FYI, here’s what I’m going to buy through the only thing that has ever fixed my blemishes overnight, the hair treatment because it makes me look like I’m in a Pantene commercial, this gift set because I SWEAR by every single product in it and they’ve never been packaged together before, this because HOLY CRAP A MINERAL MAKEUP THAT HYDRATES OMG OMG I’M DYING WITH HAPPINESS, this because it’s hilarious, and this shirt because it’s classy with just a touch of trollop (which is what I consider myself to be). …and then I will be broke. But at least I’ll know that my dollars went to help end SMA.

Mostly because I’m nosy and want to know what you’re shopping for, you tell me in the comments what you’re going to buy through (make sure you include a link to the product) and I’ll give you TWO extra chances to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer this Wednesday. That’s serious, people.

September 12, 2009

The contest to end all contests: KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway

I know I hinted about this a looooooong time ago, but I had some kinks to work out before I could run the contest. However, here it is. Hold onto your panties, because this is probably the best contest in the history of humankind.


As you know, my mom and I are writing a book together. It’s a funny memoir about planning my wedding, with details about my various mental breakdowns and my mom’s slightly neurotic control issues. The book’s tone will be similar to this blog: a.k.a., friggin’ awesome.

Your task is simple. Actually, it’s not simple at all or I wouldn’t be holding this contest. My mother and I cannot, for the life of us, come up with a good book title. It needs to be funny, catchy, informative, punchy, memorable… and the best we’ve come up with so far is “From Womb to Groom: The Mother-Daughter Wedding Planning Book.” So you can see why we need help.

Click here for the contest details

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August 25, 2009

A gigundo announcement

People, I don’t use the word gigundo lightly. For serious. I’m not going to give you any details yet, but I want to stir up excitement (you’ll see why that’s clever in a minute), because…(drumroll)…next week, I will launch a contest. Two winners will be chosen, and each of them will receive (drumroll again!!) a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. That’s right. Giddyup.

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People, if you don’t have a Salma of your own (that’s what I call my mixer), then you haven’t truly experienced Nirvana in your kitchen. I received my beautiful silver girl as a wedding gift from my three best girlfriends. Here’s what I did when I got it her the mail:

April 19, 2009

The Beholder Playlist Project – Contest Weiners!!!

Wow, you guys had some amazing music. I think my favorite new song that I’ve never heard before is “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With That,” submitted by Anna (who writes a blog that I luuuuurve).

So many of you submitted answers! And the resulting playlist is, in a word, amazing. A number of the songs you gave me weren’t on iTunes, so I wasn’t able to include them, and when somebody submitted more than one song I just picked my favorite. Later today, I’ll post how you can download the iMix, as well as a complete playlist for it. Because there were so many awesome submissions, I felt bad only having one winner, so there are going to be two runners-up who will receive CDs of the playlist in the mail. I’m also giving Anna honorable mention because I love her song so much. I went to Random.Org to and had the program randomize your comments. And the winners are…………



Wooohooooo! Ashley from Sweet & Natural is the winner of a $54.00 iTunes gift certificate! E and Angela will be getting CDs of the whole playlist in the mailio. I’ll contact all of you ladies this afternoon and let you know the details. (Anna, you’ll be getting CDs, too.)

Thanks to everyone for entering! I think I’m going to do another one of these in a month or so, because this was such a complete success. You people rock. You rock my socks off.

April 14, 2009

The Beholder Playlist Project


Alright friends, this is going to require some audience participation. I know that many (hundreds and hundreds) of you read The Beholder and don’t comment, and that’s totally fine. I do the same thing. But today you’ll need to come out of hiding, for today marks the launch of…


dadadadadadadadadadadadadada (this is the sound of the drumroll) dadadadadadadadadadadadadadada…………………..

The Beholder Playlist Project!!!

Oh, the title of this post already says that. I guess that was anticlimactic, huh. Anyway as I was on my run today, I realized that I was SICK of my workout playlist. The songs just don’t give me the oomph I need to get through a tough workout…and not because they’re bad songs; I’m just too used to them now.


So here’s where you come in: Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite workout song. You don’t have to say anything else; it can just be the song title (so for those of you who read but don’t usually comment, you don’t have to make any pleasantries. This is as low-pressure as you can imagine). Try to limit yourself to a single song, because I want these tunes to be the cream of the crop.

Don’t work out to music? That’s okay too. Just tell me the one song that never fails to make you want to get up and dance. I’m going to take all of these songs and create an iMix on iTunes that you’ll be able to purchase if you like.

And you’ll be rewarded for your effort!

Just for taking the time to leave your song in the comments of this post, you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate to iTunes that is equal to the value of The Beholder’s iMix (so if there are 60 songs on the list, your gift certificate will be worth $59.40). I’ll do the random drawing this Sunday, April 19th, at noon Central Time. Any comments received before then will be eligible to win!

So, to reiterate: leave your favorite workout song in a comment on this post. Even if you’ve never commented before. I know you’re out there (LINDSEY BONFIGLIO AND STEVE POLUCHA). And then you’ll have a chance to win a gift certificate from iTunes! Woo-hoo! Let the gaaaaames beginnnnnn!

To kick you off, here are the highlights from my workout playlist (although these won’t be on the iMix unless someone puts one of them in the comments):

  • SOS by Rihanna
  • Don’t Phunk With My Heart by the Black Eyed Peas
  • If U Seek Amy by Britney Spears
  • Renegade by Styx
  • Great Hosannah by Kula Shaker
  • I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry

Your turn!

March 12, 2009

The Beholder’s first-ever giveaway. And it’s a doozie.

How would you like to be a character in a #1 New York Times best-selling novel? This is your chance. My mother, Susan Wiggs, has agreed to name a character after you (or a friend, if you prefer) in her upcoming novel in the internationally popular Lakeshore Chronicles. And don’t worry, it’ll be your full name so you can have 100% bragging rights when the book is published.

You could be a character in one of these books!

You could be a character in one of these books!

I don’t think I have to tell you how big of a deal this is. Hundreds of thousands of people read these books – when they’re studied in English classrooms 100 years from now, they’ll come across your character and the teacher will be like, “[Your name here] is one of American literature’s most influential characters. Even more amazing is the way Susan Wiggs chose the name…”

To win the contest, post a comment here telling me: a) how you found The Beholder and b) your favorite part about the blog. Entries will be accepted until midnight (central time) on Wednesday, March 18. If you post a link to my blog on your blog or website, you’ll get two chances to win (make sure you say so in your comment and gimme a link!).