A Giveaway While I'm Away

Sunday, August 8, 2010

*NOTE: This giveaway has been closed. The winners are being notified through emails. Thank you all who entered!

Tomorrow is the big day. Tomorrow we're going to wake up early, we're going to open up our front door and welcome two of Christopher's bosses daughters inside our home (I baked them both brownies and strawberry shortcake- I can't let them go hungry while they're here!), we're going to load my pile of pillows and hospital bag (which I have yet to pack) into the van, and then we're going to drive 15 minutes down the freeway, without our kids, probably in a whirlwind of anxious silence, check into the hospital, and we're going to have a baby.

So while we're away, I thought maybe you'd all like something to do (?), as you're coming and going, maybe checking for updates and hoping for a teeny glimpse of little Miss Evelyn.

How about a giveaway?

Yesterday, just after dinner, during the hottest part of the day (of course)- we took the babies outside. Brave, right? Usually when its that hot we just stay inside and listen to them complain, knowing that as soon as we step foot out the door, their faces will turn bright red, everyone will get cranky, and meltdowns will surely occur.

Well, maybe not this time?

We recently got some baby neck coolers from one of our wonderful sponsors, Pretty Lizzy Lu.

I followed the instructions that came with the coolers, I soaked them for 15 minutes before going outside, and then as soon as our sandals hit the hot cement, I wrapped the cold pieces of fabric around their necks, secured them in place with the sewn-on velcro, and let the babies run free.

Not only did the babies not complain (which I thought for sure they would), but they loved them.

Even Charlie, who can't stand having things around his neck (ya know, scarves, bead strands, whatever his sister is trying to choke him with) or on his head, left it completely alone while he went off and played.

Actually, I was jealous. While the kids were completely comfortable in the hellish afternoon Texas heat, this pregnant Mama was dripping sweat- face turning red- and ready to pass out! Why didn't I get myself any of these things?!

Twenty or thirty minutes later, I figured the neck coolers had lost their cool (that and even one more minute outside and I knew I'd collapse), so we picked up our toys (hah, we... right) and headed back inside. And when we got back in the house, would you believe that neither of the kids had red faces or attitudes?!

Ok, well maybe one of them had a little bit of an attitude...

But isn't that the cutest attitude you've ever seen?

Ok, right, but so anyways, y'all... I've got some neck coolers to give away!!

Pretty Lizzy Lu had sent along 3 baby neck coolers for us to share with our online friends and readers! And because soon, this here blog is going to be swallowed whole by all things newborn, and because the temperatures aren't getting any cooler out there, I figured now would be the best time to set up the giveaway and hand them out.

What you need to do:

-Leave a comment on this post.

-Leave your email in that comment. (Make it easy for me to track you down if you win?)

-The end!

It doesn't get much easier than that, does it?

I'll pick the three separate winners (one neck cooler each- I'll just be choosing who gets which pattern at random) when I return from my delivery. It might be Wednesday, it might be Saturday. I'm not putting a time stamp on the contest.

You can enter only once.

Open to both US and Canadian residents (par-tay, right?).

Um, am I forgetting anything??

Alright then! The next time you'll see me, I'll be holding an itty bitty little baby!!


They call me mommy... August 8, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

WOW! I can't believe tomorrow is the big day! We will keep you in our prayers for a safe and fast delivery and recovery! You have my Email (i think) in case you feel I am worthy of those nifty little neck coolers (which look like life savers after the beach,Disney world, sunburn & Florida heat filled week we have had)
Good luck momma! Cant wait to see that new little angel! *hugs*

Freestyle Mom August 8, 2010 at 12:32 PM  

Dude, you are an amazing mom. I just wanted you to know that. I will be sending good vibes your way tomorrow morning and I know you will have the strength to get through it bravely and gracefully. Wait, why am I crying right now? Oh right, I'm pregnant.

Anyway, I'm not commenting to win your giveaway, I simply wanted to wish you the best and know that you are loved by many many many people. If for some reason this entry does get chosen, you have my email address. ;)

XOXOXOXO Good luck tomorrow!

Leah August 8, 2010 at 12:42 PM  

Eeek! I'm soo excited its almost new baby time! Congratulations!! The little neck coolers are such a fab idea :) leahwinstead*at*yahoo.com

Chelsey - The Paper Mama August 8, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

Those neck coolers are awesome! Ruari gets hot way too quick. I want one for myself too. And: holy crap! Tomorrow is the day already? Wow. Yay! I can't wait to see the sweet little boo.


Johanna August 8, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

eeeek!! I can't wait to see pics of you holding little Evelyn. Good luck dearest Tia. I'll be thinking of you!!!!

Lacey August 8, 2010 at 1:01 PM  

Holy Crap! She's coming! Your baby widget on the side says '1 day', like for real! Only one day!

I'll be anxiously awaiting her arrival as I'm sure everyone else will be too.

And yes, I am keeping my fingers crossed so that I win one of those neck coolers. My little man will definitely put that thing to good use.

You got the addy already, yo. ;)

....thinking of you. Good luck!

cello mum August 8, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

So excited to see your newest sweet bundle as soon as you're up to posting some of your gorgeous pics!

Wishing you all the best tomorrow and a smooth transition from two to three kids (which we will also be experiencing in November!).


Oh Mandie August 8, 2010 at 1:34 PM  

Tommorow already?? Wow, it totally feels like I just read that you found out you were pregnant! Good Luck Mama and Papa!! And congrats to Ellie and Charlie on being a big sister (again) and a big brother!

Kaylee August 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM  

Good luck tomorrow - how exciting to be welcoming your 3rd! Can't wait to see pics/hear the stories that come!

Anonymous,  August 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM  

I'm SOOO EXCITED! I can hardly contain my excitement. Well, actually, I can't. I just yelled at Hubby and said, "Tia's having a baby tomorrow!!!" Haha :)

We'll be thinking about you! Get a good night's sleep!

Love & Hugs!


Moriah August 8, 2010 at 2:06 PM  

just found your blog - these are such an awesome idea! my little one is 3 months old, and i would love to have these for him when he gets a little older. congrats on your new little one, whenever they show up! :)

- moriah



Hobocamp Crafts August 8, 2010 at 2:38 PM  

That is a very cool invention! I hope you have an amazing day tomorrow meeting your new little bean. Best wishes to you and the fam! xo

Deanna August 8, 2010 at 2:54 PM  

good luck tomorrow!!


Krystle August 8, 2010 at 3:02 PM  

Pre-congrats on your new arrival!

Allison @ I heart Change August 8, 2010 at 3:16 PM  

Holy Moly. What a great idea! As you (probably) know I live just a few hours south of you in this state that I fondly refer to as the heater for hell. That's a great idea for a product.

And good luck tomorrow! I'm very excited for you.

waztukin at yahoo dot com

lala [mrs. new guy] August 8, 2010 at 3:35 PM  

Hey cool, my first ever comment and it's a giveaway! I found you via Lauren at her blog (something about Poppins... anyway, she's a childhood friend and I saw you featured her, so you're automatically cool.) :D

I was also referred to you today by another blogger who said you've got some good g-free recipes on your blog. I just wanted to say thanks for posting those, and I look forward to browsing through them! :]

lala [mrs. new guy] August 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM  

aaaaand congratulations! I hit publish too soon. :]

Shooting Stars Mag August 8, 2010 at 3:39 PM  

good luck!! And these things are adorable. I'm glad they worked so well.

lauren51990 at aol dot com

lala [mrs. new guy] August 8, 2010 at 3:40 PM  

and you're military! oh yes, i'm a follower now.

i do realize that i only needed to leave one comment. these are not "comments;" think of them as followup thoughts as i read more bits of your blog in between serving coffees at work. :]

indgiotwin August 8, 2010 at 6:01 PM  

Just wanted to let you know I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. I have been through three sections myself and I remember all of the feelings that go along with it. You will be in my prayers....


Anonymous,  August 8, 2010 at 7:20 PM  

Good wishes to you tomorrow Tia! I hope everything goes perfectly! Can't wait to see your new sweet girl...xox natalea

Rj and Jessie August 8, 2010 at 7:28 PM  

What cute pics. :D Aw @ Charlie looking angry. LOL. Good luck! You will be in my thoughts! :D


BeckyKay August 8, 2010 at 7:53 PM  

Hey you! I'll definitely be thinking of you tomorrow! Can't wait to see the new little one!

beckykaydesigns at yahoo dot com

Mrs. Mommy August 9, 2010 at 12:22 AM  

I'm so excited for you guys! I can't wait to see your beautiful newest edition!!! You, hubby, and the babies will be in my thoughts tomorrow!

Good luck Mama!!!

littlebenjaminbear at yahoo dot com

Ashley August 9, 2010 at 12:32 AM  

i cannot wait to see pictures!!! we will certainly be saying extra prayers for all..and a speedy recovery for you also! take care and best of luck!! OH...and the neck coolers seem to be amazing!!


neondrip August 9, 2010 at 1:27 AM  

Good Luck i am excited to see your new spot of sunshine!
neondrip@gmail.com :)

Mommy Elephant Sarah August 9, 2010 at 2:38 AM  

I have been thinking about you a lot the last few days checking my twitter in the morning and night to see if you tweeted you left early. I hope you guys had a nice Sunday all together before Miss E.

Don't worry about being a mama of 3, you will do GREAT! You are already super mama, and an amazing one at that.

That last picture of Charlie is hysterical and cute at the same time. We could sure use one of those for M! OUr house doesn't have AC! He'd be wearing it all the time. LOL.

You have my address if I win. xoxo

Good luck tomorrow. :)

Renee August 9, 2010 at 7:46 AM  

I'll be thinking about you guys all day!! Can't wait to see the new little bundle of joy!! Congrats and good luck!!

Anonymous,  August 9, 2010 at 7:51 AM  

Lots of luck today - can't wait to see the new babe!

Bombdigity August 9, 2010 at 9:16 AM  

Dude!!! I LOVE that look on Charlies face at the end ahahahahahhaaa ... there is something about a scrunched up little nose that overrides the throwing of attitude =oD

I'm so excited for Beans arrival! You all are in my thoughts mama =o) xoxo

Bombdigity August 9, 2010 at 9:18 AM  

Oops, forgot to say please don't add me into the giveaway contest, the boys both have neck coolers and someone else would LOVE to get one =o)

xonichole August 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

How strange to see you post on this when a guy I work with (he's a maintenance technician) had an adult version around his neck on Friday. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why he was wearing a weird bow around his neck. Finally I asked him and he told me how it worked. I meant to ask him where he got it, but I was just so curious about this thing that I've never seen before that it slipped my mind. Now they have cuter ones for babies!

Oh, good luck today! I know you two are so excited to be bringing in another cutie Herman baby.

The Doll August 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

I can't wait to see pictures of Miss E. I hope everything goes well.


NessaGurl August 9, 2010 at 2:23 PM  

Hey Tia & family.
Just read that little Miss Evelyn was born..you must be proud and so so tired. I'm glad all went well and that both you and Evelyn are doing well.

Here's a shout out to the best Texan family ever! Horray for Evelyn and kisses to all of you from Canada.

Nessa, Kevin, Sophia & Charlotte.

Anika August 9, 2010 at 3:06 PM  

Wow! It's Monday... I'm thinking about you and your newest little one... GOOD LUCK!! Can't wait to read all about it. All the best!

Oh, and neck coolers look great! It's been in the high 90s and 100s here in TN...that is a brilliant idea. It may actually allow us to go and enjoy the outdoors. Now, does she have a wrap to keep the mosquitoes away??


LosRichardsons August 9, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

Yeah Good Luck and congrats on the new baby!


Kunklebaby August 9, 2010 at 7:39 PM  

Just checking in for a baby update. Hope you had a wonderful delivery today and your holding your sweet, little baby girl right now. Sending our best to you & your beautiful family!

Christina August 9, 2010 at 9:30 PM  

Those are awesome! I hope your day went nice and smooth!! :) Can't wait to hear about it!

Carrie August 10, 2010 at 2:49 PM  

Thinking of you and your family! So magical to leave as two people and come home as three.


Cassie August 10, 2010 at 5:46 PM  

Pictures please??? I want to see your daughter!


Yahee's Place August 10, 2010 at 6:01 PM  

First of all I would love to congratulate you on your newest member... Little baby Evelyn June! So happy for you all!

Anyway.. these things look pretty fab. And if they keep my little grouch from grouching in the heat... then that's awesome.

Sam Zavitz August 10, 2010 at 9:36 PM  

Congratulations on the new baby! I hope all is right in your world as you're enjoying this brand new bundle of joy!

Karen August 10, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

Congratulations! How exciting to add a new baby to the family!

I just found your blog from an Ichthyosis message board. My 1 year old daugther has Ichthyosis and only sweats on her nose and forehead, so living in the HOT southeast can be quite dangerous for her during the summer! We'd LOVE to win one of the neck coolers so that she can stay comfortable and cool when we have to get out in the heat.

karen.ekonen at gmail dot com

Nyla August 11, 2010 at 2:06 AM  

I'm a little late, it's already happened so congratulations! I can't way to see pics. While I'm here, I'd like to enter for that adorable prize. In this south Louisiana heat, that would come in handy! myfavouritethings@ymail.com

xonichole August 12, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

i already commented but forgot to put my email address for the drawing! it's xonichole@gmail.com

also, i keep checking back here for an update, like an obsessive stalker. i can't wait to see pictures!

lala [mrs. new guy] August 12, 2010 at 11:48 PM  

oh geez i'm sorry, i got your blog confused with one my friend posted about, but nonetheless i still have the same amount of enthusiasm at finding yours! i feel like such an idiot now, lol.

muffintopdesigns August 13, 2010 at 6:02 AM  

awwww, i just love it when you share stories with the kids! and all things newborn is just fine with me.

xoxoxo me


EydĂ­s August 13, 2010 at 6:45 AM  

Here is my comment & my email: ef5597@gmail.com

(I am the mama that posted your sleepywrap!)

Amanda August 13, 2010 at 9:09 AM  

Congrats on the new baby!!!!


Katie August 13, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

How cool! (hhahahahaha get it?! pun intended!)

havenlilianna August 13, 2010 at 11:55 PM  

Dunno if I'm too late, hoping not! My Oliver is such a sweaty little boy he NEEDS one of these!!
Congrats on the adorable perfection that is your new girly!
Haven.mcwilliams at gmail dot com

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