Friday, June 5, 2009

Blogs, Charitable Causes, and Giveaways!!

I'm a huge fan of blogs. I remember when I didn't even know what a blog was, and now my list of Favorites on Internet Explorer is overflowing with at least a hundred wonderful blogs that I love to visit!!

I've met some incredible people, I've learned a lot, and I've discovered many new ideas, as well as different ways of looking at the world and all through visiting my favorite blogs. Some blogs I visit to savor the beautiful images the blogger shares with her readers, some blogs I visit to get coupons and freebies, some blogs I visit to socialize, some blogs I visit for inspiration, and some blogs I visit to learn about a specific topic. Oh, and I almost forgot (kidding!)....some blogs I visit for the sole purpose of entering giveaways!!

"Giveaways?" you ask. Yes, giveaways! One of the fun things I learned due to my daily blog hopping is about the ever so enticing World of Giveaways!!

Who doesn't like to enter giveaways, and who doesn't love when they actually win a giveaway? As you can probably tell by my blog, I'm a bit addicted to entering giveaways. This addiction has only grown in intensity the more times that I've won. It's so much fun to get free "gifts" in the mail, and it feels like it's my birthday each time one of those giveaway prizes arrives!

I've won quite a few giveaways now, and the awesome thing about it is that I've won lots of cool things for other people, too! My niece and nephew were spoiled with gifts on Christmas, and a lot of them were things that I'd won through giveaways I'd entered and won. Gifts for others and gifts for yourself, and all without spending a penny.......it doesn't get much better than that.......or does it?

I'm always excited when I discover a new blog, but tonight my love of blogs and giveaways led me to a very special blog; A very inspiring blog. It's called Mom it Forward , and not only does this blog have a special philosophy that makes it so incredible, in my opinion, but there's an amazing giveaway going on right now, too!

By entering this giveaway, you have the chance to win some really cool prizes. For example, three winners will be randomly selected to win one of these prizes:

Grand Prize: iPhone 8GB, 2 Diane Birch concert tickets, an autographed Diane Birch CD
First Place Prize: $50 iTunes gift card and autographed Diane Birch CD
Second Place Prize: Autographed Diane Birch CD

It's not the really cool prizes you can win by entering this giveaway, though that makes it so amazing to me. Don't get me wrong, the chance to win one of those prizes has me pretty excited, but it's the wonderful acts of charity that are linked to this giveaway that makes it so amazing. Enter "Discover and Donate."

Have I piqued your curiosity? Did you notice the new "Discover and Donate" widget on the top right of this blog and wonder what it's all about? If so, then read on!

Mom it Forward states,

"Discover the critically acclaimed debut album from new artist Diane Birch. Donate $1 to charity. Automatically. S-Curve Records and Diane Birch are proud to present Discover & Donate. You discover Diane Birch’s soulful debut album, Bible Belt,then you choose one of six charities to receive a $1 donation from your purchase. PLUS, who ever raises the most money for charity through their widget by June 23, 2009, will win a FREE PRIVATE PERFORMANCE in the winner’s hometown!! (We’ll even throw in a few refreshments.) More albums sold means more money donated. How cool is that? Want to start sharing?"

So, are you wondering how this all works? It's all pretty simple.
  • "Simply choose a custom Diane Birch widget from one of six charities: Autism Speaks, March of Dimes, Keep A Child Alive, Share Our Strength, SOS Children’s Villages and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
  • Post Diane’s widget on your blog, website or social networking page. It's very simple: Just Click on the 'Share' button on the banner of your choice, then click on 'Grab This Banner' to copy the embed code for your blog.
  • Post Diane’s widget on your blog, website or social networking page.
  • Encourage your friends to discover Diane’s timeless debut that Billboard magazine calls “2009 Ones to Watch” to share your badge.
  • For each person that buys the album from either the iTunes or Amazon link through the widget you posted, a $1donation per album sold will be made IN YOUR NAME!"

Pretty cool, huh?! Here's more about Diane Birch and "Discover and Donate" from her website, Diane Birch:

"Singer-songwriter Diane Birch has already captured the hearts of everyone from Rolling Stone to David Letterman and her recent iTunes Single of the Week called “Rise Up” was downloaded over 500,000 times. Her debut album, Bible Belt, was released on June 2. Diane kicked off her touring at the South-by-Southwest conference this past March and she’ll be hitting the road presenting her piano-playing virtuosity and easy-going soul all summer long. Diane’s upbringing exposed her to a variety of locations and cultures around the globe. She had the chance to see people who are experiencing the best of life but also those in need. Now, with her debut album being released, Diane wants to give something back. For Discover & Donate, Diane personally chose SOS Children of Zimbabwe as one the charities. “Having spent many years in Zimbabwe as a child and much time there since, I have a very deep love for the land and its people. I feel a moral responsibility to try to help ensure that the youth community are provided with the tools and support they need for a bright future.” Diane added.Besides SOS Children’s Villages, you can choose a widget that supports Autism Speaks, March of Dimes, Keep A Child Alive, Share Our Strength or Susan G. Komen for the Cure."

So, are you ready to participate? I know I am!!

For more information and to enter, click here. This giveaway ends on Monday, June 8, 2009 at Midnight EDT.

1 comment:

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

You have posted some really great giveaways, thank you for telling us about them :) Did you get your camera yet?