Sunday, February 20, 2011

And the winners are ...

After a wonderful week celebrating my daughter's 8th birthday; ( helping out at tuckshop, removing nits, baking patty cakes, and pretty much rocking the Mummy Stuff); I've finally found time to catch up on blogging.

And in particular, my lovely giveaways for the victims of the natural disasters which have hit Australia this summer.

Floods, cyclones, fires ... Was there an end to the general suckiness of this summer?  I doubt it.

I've done what I can to help out those affected, and thanks to some wonderful companies, was able to do a giveaway for the survivors. (Please note: There will be more giveaways to come, so stay tuned).

In the meantime, here are the winners:

The prize: No Chopsticks Required (My Family's Unexpected Year In Shanghai), a memoir by Katrina Beikoff, Finch Publishing RRP $29.95.
The winner: Toni, who entered on behalf of her sister, whose house was totalled by Cylone Yasi.
Toni, email, DM or comment with your details so I can send you your prize.

The prize: Aden + Anais Dream Blanket.
The winner: Though this post attracted several comments, no one actually entered the competition because they weren't natural disaster survivors. So this wonderful prize will be recycled in the next block of giveaways.

The prize: Stubbies SunSmart school range. Two polo shirts, sizes 12 and 6.
The winner: Michelle, who knows a family who will appreciate these. Michelle, please email or DM your details so I can send you your prize.

The prize: A pack of four fantastic books published by Finch:
  • When the Bough Breaks, by Joanne Jones - a memoir about one women's journey to self acceptance after IVF failed and she was unable to have children. RRP $29.95.
  • Helping Your Baby to Sleep, 2nd edition, by Anni Gethin and Beth Macgregor. RRP $29.95. Everything a parent needs to know to help their baby to sleep.
  • Cocktails at Naptime, by Gillian Martina and Emma Kaufmann - A light hearted look at the joys and tribulations of early motherhood. RRP $29.95
  • Diary of a First Time Mum, by Nicole Hall - An amusing record of the unpredictable life of a new mum, complete with doubts, delights and sleep deprivation. RRP $26.95.
Again, despite some lovely comments, no one actually entered for the prize. (My readers are selfless like this).  So I'm opening up the Finch Publishing prize, plus the Aden + Anais dream blanket prize, again.
Finally, in the wash-up after Valentine's Day, I tweeted shamelessly on behalf of those who are either single, dumped, and/or lonely on the supposedly most romantic day of the year.

Into the fray came @LindtAustralia, who put forward a fantastic mouth-watering hamper of chocolately goodness for someone who was snubbed this V. Day.

(Can I mention that Lindt is my favourite chocolate? It's so delicious, we even practise eating a square Mindfully in my Mindfullness Training. You have no idea how delicious and lasting a tiny square can be over say, five minutes. You can't do that with a cheaper chocolate, I promise you!)

The winner of the Lindt Australia hamper of chocolates is: Simone Franssen.
Let's face it, anyone who spends much of Valentine's Day at the GP surgery, covered in vomit, is in need of some serious chocolate.

Simone, email or DM so I can organise for your prize to be sent to you.

As for the redraw prizes; the dream blanket and the Finch book giveaway, this time, you don't have to be a natural disaster survivor. You just have to want the prize/s and comment below. Make sure you're following my blog to qualify for an entry.
Next week, there will be more giveaways, so stay tuned.


Anonymous said...

Fabulous list of giveaways - I think I shall have to follow your blog more carefully in the future :)

Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

Good luck with the redraws shame no one entered the first time as you do put a lot of work in to get these items as prizes I assume

(((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

babycakequeen said...

Hi there, I have subscribed to your blog and I follow you on twitter ( I am @babycakequeen ) and I would dearly love to win the Aden + Anais dream blanket.
I've been "dreaming" of something really special to take home bubba #3 from the hospital when they are born in September (will find out if a boy or a girl in April, so excited!!).

Coming home from the hospital is such an important time for us as a family. It's not only welcoming a precious new life into ours but a cherished time for me personally.

You see Bubba #1 was 7 weeks early and had to stay behind for 1 month. The trip home with hubby was dead silent. I cried so softly, I was too scared to sob. When the car stopped I howled.

Bubba #2 was only 3 weeks early and should have stayed a few nights but the midwife winked at me and let her come home when I was discharged! It was so wonderful to have a baby in the car going home...

Oh and please overlook me if there is a flood victim who has nothing and really needs the blanket more than me...

Thanks for letting me enter
Amanda xoxoxox

Toni said...

Wowsers! I saw this a little while ago and rang my sister to tell her. She had no idea I'd entered her and she said to tell you this was the brightest spot in her day.
Her house was totalled by Yasi and they've been staying with friends, while trying to find a house to rent that hasn't been damaged, as well as dealing with insurance, car repairs and the devastation they see around them every day.
She asked if you could send it to me and I'll post it on to her when she has an address.
I'll PM you the details, and thank you once again, chick! You're a sweetheart!

Toni said...

PS -- sorry -- I must be an idiot. I can't for the life of me find contact details for you. Would you mind e-mailing me at

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Congratulations to the winners! :D

Pauline said...

I'm so glad you found some deserving winners for your giveaways. I didn't enter any of them because I felt there were so many deserving people out there. But my niece, Lizzie narrowly escaped death in Grantham and spent two nights separated from her two lovely little children. I shudder when I think of her traumatic experience.

Veggie Mama said...

Yay!! I can enter! I think you're wonderful for wanting to be sure those who needed it most would have the best chance. I'm so glad the other prizes are going to worthy recipients xox

Anonymous said...

hey thank you !!
could I enter the book pack ... I could pass that on to the parents of the shorts winners.

Anonymous said...

sorry .. can't find your email
mich01372 at yahoo (dot) com (dot) au