Movie Tickets Giveaway!

night-at-the-moviesOK, just because I am thankful for each and everyone of you that take time out of your crazy lives to come see what is happening in mine, I am going to run a giveaway for 4 movie tickets!

General Mills has an awesome promotion going on right now that they want you to know about for movie cash: Starting in November, you can receive a free movie ticket when you purchase two specially marked packages of General Mills´ Cereals. After purchasing two cereals, visit generalmills.com/moviecashto enter the code found inside each box of cereal and print your free movie certificate good for admission to any movie.

Participating brands include select sizes of: Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Trix and Reese´s Peanut Butter Puffs.

To find a participating theater near you, log onto
http://emoviecash.com/dis_locator/.

Prize: “Movie Moment” prize pack that includes 4 e-movie cash certificates ($12 each) and one (1) free coupon for a General Mills cereal.

How to Win: Just leave me a comment telling me which movie your family is anxious to see this holiday season. We are looking forward to using our tickets on Old Dogs.

Contest Ends: Sunday, November 29th, 10 PM MST. Winner will be contacted via email.

The Rules:

Movie Moments Giveaway

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

Promotion is open to U.S. residents 18 years of age or older as of November 19, 2009 except employees and their immediate families of Chaotic Communications, LLC .

Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws apply. All taxes are the sole responsibility of winners.

Sponsor and Judging Agency are not responsible  for any technical problems, malfunctions of any telephone lines, computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. If, in the Judging Agency’s opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of tampering with any portion of the sweepstakes, or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the sweepstakes, the Judging Agency reserve the right to modify the sweepstakes in a manner deemed appropriate by the Judging Agency, in its sole discretion. By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the Judging Agency.

JUDGING: Chaotic Communications, LLC (”Judging Agency”) will choose a winner based on a random drawing (utilizing random.org) of all qualifying comments.   Agency reserves the right to disqualify any entry that, in the sole opinion of the judges, refers, depicts or in any way reflects negatively upon the sponsor, the promotion or any other person or entity.

SPONSOR:

General Mills through MyBlogSpark

Disclosure: General Mills provided me with the free coupon, information, and prize pack through MyBlogSpark as well as providing the prize pack to the winner of this contest.

*Winner was Lolli. Thanks for playing everyone

Super Girl Guilt

There are lots of ways to deal with being the parent of a kiddo with chronic health issues. Mine has always been to lead as normal a life as possible. The problem with that is that no matter how we try, we never are really ‘normal’.

75% of our days pass in normal mode. But then those 25% of days come and I reminded that we don’t lead the most normal of lives. Doctors remind me of this, family reminds me of this and yet I refuse to give into it. They worry about ‘caregiver burnout’. Am I taking enough time for me? Honestly, I think I do plenty of ‘me’ things. I am trying to work on it and I think I am fine.

What I am not fine with is the huge amount of things that I have to cancel and people I inevitably let down. See, we are plugging along and then BAM! something happens and we need to shift our focus back to the kiddo who is not doing so well. The thing is, this happens A LOT in our lives. We cancel on things A LOT. I let people down A LOT because I takeQuestionMark on things in that 75% of time when all is well and good and I think I can do anything and then it turns out I can’t.

But what is the answer? Live as a hermit and never try to have a normal life because you know at some point it won’t be normal? Continue to take things on warning people about that 25% in advance? Live normally and let things happen as they may? I don’t know. I really, truly don’t know.

Sure, people understand when something big happens like a surgery but I imagine they get tired of hearing, “yup I was on my way but now little guy is sick and I just can’t make it” 10 minutes before I am supposed to be there. With the syrinx and slit ventricles he is dealing with he can be fine one minute, sick the next and fine again within minutes, or not. There is never a way to know.

A fellow blogger Anissa just had a stroke. She is 35 with two young kids. She has had a stroke before. Her young child battled and beat cancer. She has a lot of great posts on her site. The one that struck me the most was her last. She was frustrated with laundry, getting ready to go on a mommy blogging sponsored cruise with Disney. Yeah, pretty much my typical post (minus the very cool Disney cruise) and then BAM, she gets smacked in the face again! It reminded me of how quickly my life changes in an instance. Should she have never agreed to get back to ‘normal’ life after her last stroke and her child’s cancer for fear she would have to be reminded again of life’s unpredictability? Of course not. That is ridiculous. Whether you have special needs or not life changes in an instant for all.

But those sudden shocking moments of life changing events is not what I am really talking about it. I am talking about the smaller ones. The ones that living with chronic illness brings. I am struggling I guess with guilt of not being able to be all things to all people at all times. Yes, I know that sounds crazy! But I can’t don’t know anyway to cope than trying to be SuperGirl. It sure feels like crap though when life shoots a hole in my cape and I fall to the ground disappointing everyone that I am human after all.

Food Bank of the Rockies-$5 Per Comment

This whole process of promise & comment takes 1 min! That 1 min=$5 to the Feeding America Food Bank of the Rockies. Do.It.Now!

Lunchables

You all know that I have worked with the Oscar Mayer team for a while now and I was very happy to participate in their latest campaign which benefits our local food bank, Food Bank of the Rockies. This is a very generous campaign where, for each comment, Lunchables will donate $5 to my local Feeding America location, the Food Bank of the Rockies– up to $1,000 or 200 comments!!!!

Won’t you please help me to help the Food Bank of the Rockies this holiday season?

This is all you need to do:

  • Leave a comment that lists what number the promise was – “I was promise number 12,003 on www.lunchnotepromise.com

I just did mine and it took me 20 seconds!!!!

Thank you from myself, Lunchables and Food Bank of the Rockies!

OH, and just as a friendly competition, no other blogger has had their city reach 200 comments yet so lets totally show that BOTH my readers and the Colorado community ROCKS!!!! Toledo, OH is in the lead.

P.S….I know homeschoolers don’t typically pack lunches but you can still promise to leave a little note for your kids somewhere fun!

Fine print: About the Lunch Note Promise Campaign. The Lunchables team is asking parents and caregivers nationwide to promise to drop a note of encouragement into their child’s lunch. For every parent that logs onto www.lunchnotepromise.com to make that promise, the Lunchables team will donate a meal to children and families in need through Feeding America, which serves an estimated nine million children each year. The goal is to turn 100,000 promises into up to 100,000 meals. The first 200 comments will send $1,000 to Food Bank for the Rockies. Additional promises/comments up to 100,000 for the entire campaign will have a meal  donated to Feeding America. They are currently at a little over 50,o00 so lets get promising.