April 28th, 2009

New Contest!

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NOTE:  Remember – to qualify for the faboo prizes you must comment here on my blog and on Mimie’s at www.mi-spa.com/blog!

I know I’ve been MIA for the past couple of weeks.  My apologies.  Sometimes life just gets in the way.  I have no idea where the month of April has gone – all I know it’s been a busy one!

There’s lots to catch up on, but today I’m focused on announcing the latest blog contest.  I’m partnering with Mimie of Mi-Spa.com for a fun giveaway. 

 What is mi Spa you ask?  Well, here’s how Mimie describes her business & products:

Derived from the Chinese word for rice, mi™ (pronounced ‘me’) continues the age-old Eastern tradition of incorporating rice-based ingredients in daily beauty rituals. For centuries Asian women utilized rice water and other rice-enriched products to maintain their ageless and flawless porcelain complexion. With an assortment of revitalizing formulas, customers can take advantage of the natural yet simple nutrient-rich alternatives to achieve youthful and soothing results.

mi™ offers more than 40 spellbinding bath and body products. The line’s luxurious indulgence awakens the senses with its intoxicating Asian-inspired scents from sensuous sake to the aromatic tropical scents of dreamy coconut lemongrass and sweetly-refreshing Yuzu. “We created our skin care line with the simplest natural ingredients for restoring tranquility to one’s chaotic lifestyle,” says mi SPA founder Mimie Wong.

I was intrigued by her products and she was kind enough to send me some samples.  The quality is wonderful.  I particularly love her hand and body lotion.  I don’t like strong scents in lotions or ones that leave you feeling greasy – not good when your trying to knit or otherwise work with yarn.  The scent is clean, light and refreshing and the lotion leaves your hands feeling soft and smooth.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Mimie and I thought it would be fun to have a contest to promote our products together and offer a prize package.  From mi Spa, one lucky winner will receive:


The yarn portion of the prize is:


Pretty cool prize, isn’t it?

So, the way to play is as follows, comment here on my blog with a Mother’s Day memory and go over to the mi Spa blog and comment that you are visiting from the WEBS blog and entering the contest.  We’ll pick a random winner over the weekend and announce on Monday.  We’ll get your prize package out to you in time for Mother’s Day. 

You don’t have to give the prize away, nor do you yourself need to be a Mom.  The memory can be simple, funny, not so funny, about  your mom, a memory of you as a mom, etc.

So, that’s the latest and greatest from here.  If I’ve missed anything, I’m sure Mimie will let me know! 

In the event you are not the winner, Mimie’s prize is available for purchase on her site for $22.50.  Of course, the yarn, pattern and needles from my portion of the prize are available at www.yarn.com anytime 🙂

Have fun!  I look forward to reading your comments and we’ll be announcing a winner on Monday!


P.S.  Mimie will be posting about this on her blog later tonight – she’s West Coast, I’m East Coast and we both have day jobs 🙂  Please comment on her post about this contest.  For those of you who commented on her most recent post, we’ll count that, but please let her get her post up – just makes it simpler.  Thanks!!!  You guys rock!

91 Responses to “New Contest!”

  1. kathy Says:

    That’s a very cool story – you and your dad did a great job!

  2. kathy Says:

    That’s so awesome you had so many wonderfully supportive women in your life. Somehow I think your little boy or girl is going to have a pretty terrific Mom!

  3. kathy Says:

    As the mom of 8 and 10 year old boys I can totally relate. The 8 year old will still hold my hand and cuddle – even in public. The 10 year old not so much. A hug, in public at 14 is really special!

  4. kathy Says:

    What an incredible journey your sister has been through. I am sure Mother’s Day is truly an incredible day for her and your family.

  5. kathy Says:

    Before our boys were born we were the proud parents of Jordan Elkins – mutt extraordinaire. I know just how you feel.

  6. kathy Says:

    Sounds like you’ve got a nice tradition in the making! Thank you for sharing.

  7. kathy Says:

    That is awesome!

  8. kathy Says:

    OMG – I can only imagine! I hope she wasn’t disappointed 🙂

  9. kathy Says:

    What a lovely tradition! Thanks for sharing.

  10. kathy Says:

    Never did the breakfast in bed thing for my mom either – for the exact same reason!

  11. Carol Says:

    Cute! My best memory is the first card my daughter made for me for mother’s day. Not the store-bought stuff from her first couple years. The one she made when she was 3 with hearts and flowers and ‘x’s for kisses.

  12. Melanie PL Says:

    I remember the year my daughter gave me “coupons” for free services, like cooking dinner, washing windows, doing laundry. She has her own 2 boys now and what she doesn’t know is that I still have the coupons and some day, I know I will need them, and will cash them in!

  13. HilaryWithOneL Says:

    My mother is English and carries the “stiff upper lip” idea to its full extent. She insisted that Mother’s Day was invented by the card companies and she wanted nothing to do with it! All six of her children send her cards anyway, and I think now, with all of her kids over 40, she appreciates them, even expects them. 🙂

    I have one daughter, and whether Mother’s Day was invented by the card companies or not, getting cards from her, that she made herself, that tell me I’m the best mom in the world, are one of the joys of motherhood.

  14. Carmen Says:

    I don’t have a specific Mother’s Day in mind, but we’ve always tried to make the day special for Mom – whether it’s taking her out to eat so she doesn’t have to cook, making her special treats, or giving her a day of “luxury”.

  15. Jenifer Says:

    Two Mother’s Day’s ago, I was visiting my daughter in CA, I Iive in RI, and my son and daughter in law were living out there at the time. I was sitting on the couch with my 4 year old granddaughter( my daughter’s, daughter) and my son handed me a present. My granddaughter wanted to “help” me open my present, so we opened it together. It was a framed picture. I was trying to figure out what it was. Imagine my surprise when I finally looked up at my son with tears in my eyes and said ” Is this a sonagram”???!!!! And he said “Yes, we are having a baby”! The baby Bailey is now 18 months and her baby brother is due to be born on or about September 5th! It was a great Mother’s day!
    Jen Foley

  16. Elizabeth Says:

    My memories are of early May being a rolling Mom-party. She always started the month with May wine and strawberries, and then Mother’s Day treats came less than a week later, with my birthday in-between. I still can’t focus on anything but relaxing and socializing during this week.

  17. Debbie Tripp Says:

    One year I secretly sent a letter to our local paper nominating my mom as Mother of the Year. On Friday before Mother’s Day, the newspaper mailed a copy of the letters to all the moms who had been nominated.
    Both my mom and I were surprised. I found that letter in her drawer when she died nearly 40 years later.

  18. twig Says:

    I get Mother’s Day cards from my dogs but that’s about the only mom’s day memory I have since I have no kids.

  19. TheBon Says:

    I’m not a mom, but I think my favorite mother’s day memory is that one year, my sisters and I made my mom her mother’s day gift using popsicle sticks, colored tissues, markers and tape. I think we were mostly making people with these things. Not only did my mom profess her love for these, um, interesting, creations, she’s kept them for near on 20 years now.

  20. Jennifer Says:

    I only recently got an iPod (finally) and have been playing catch-up on all your podcasts. That has led me to subscribing to your blog, and that has been so fun.

    My memory of Mother’s Day is my own as a mother. (I’ll try not to be too long-winded.) I am the mother of a 9 yo and 5 yo twins, all girls. 6 years ago, I found out I was pregnant with identical twins and learned that there is a potential complication–twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. I didn’t worry about it too much since the odds are small that it will occur in a pregnancy, but the syndrome is serious and can often lead to the demise of both twins if not treated.

    On a weekday in April, I went for a 16-wk ultrasound and learned that they were girls, which pushed us to three in that area. But one of the girls was measuring smaller than the other, so they wanted to send me to a perinatologist to have a bigger, more involved u/s.

    I went to the medical center on a Friday afternoon in May and learned that the twins were at stage 2/3 of TTTS (out of 5, which is loss of both) and that an intervention needed to take place immediately. At the time, there were only two doctors in the country performing experimental in-utero surgery to laser the connecting blood vessels. My peri contacted the doctor in FL, arrangements were immediately made, and I was scheduled for surgery in Tampa on Monday morning. My husband and I flew down that Sunday morning, which was Mother’s Day, and I remember how heartbreaking and yet inspiring it was that that was the day we headed south. It was heartbreaking as we left our 3 year old behind and also worried about the outcome of the surgery. Yet it was inspiring to know that I was doing the absolute best thing possible as a mother to help these little girls.

    We beat the odds with the surgery and at 35 wks (in September), I gave birth to 2 beautiful, healthy 6-lb baby girls who are this year wrapping up kindergarten. It was the most memorable Mother’s Day possible for me.

  21. Elizabeth Vindedahl Says:

    Hello. My favorite memory of mother’s day was the year my husband started the tradition of bringing me breakfast in bed. Our boys were about 1 and 3 and helped to bring the tray of food up to me in bed. They were SO hungry and kept pointing at food on my plate asking if I was going to eat that. They probably ate about half the food on my tray! They were so cute!! The year after that my breakfast was for all 4 of us and we all sat in our bed and ate. It became a very fun tradition. We have done it every year since then and my boys are going to be 19 and 21 this spring. Sadly this will be the first time in all those years where I won’t be getting my breakfast in bed : ( My youngest won’t be home from college yet and my husband needs to be out of town that weekend. My oldest and I will have breakfast together. Happy Mother’s Day everyone!!

  22. tracey Says:

    When I was young, we always celebrated Mother’s Day the same way. My father would wake us kids up early and we would leave. He would keep us out of the house all day (museum trips, beach trips, driving for hours whatever). When we returned in the evening, my mother always seems so happy and relaxed.

  23. KathyElkins Says:

    That’s really special! Enjoy your new addition this fall!

  24. KathyElkins Says:

    Welcome to the blog and our podcast! Having had two uneventful pregnancies I can’t imagine what your ordeal must have been like and those of some of the other commenters. Enjoy your Mother’s Day!

  25. Kelle Says:

    A priceless memory of Mother’s Day was when I was about 9 years old. I saved my money to buy my mother, grandmother and aunt gifts. I walked to the local five and dime and bought my treasures. You should have seen the look on my grandmother’s face when she opened the gift…. alive painted green turtle about the size of a quarter! I cherish those memories since she died 30 years ago this coming fall right after the birth of my son.

    Reading these stories brings back so many good memories. Thank you

  26. Marilyn Gibson Says:

    As a ‘Knit-aholic’ I am thrilled to have found such a wonderful source of information and supplies!
    Marilyn Gibson, Australia

  27. Marilyn Gibson Says:

    As Reservists in the Royal Australian Army my twin sons were returning from tour of Duty to our home base in Australia.
    My Husband, an Air Traffic Controller, in the Royal Australian Air Force, was called out urgently – to what, I had no idea. After three hours he returned to say, “Well that is the best Mother’s Day present you could have had”. The RAAF aircraft on which my twins were travelling had caught on fire mid air and had to make an emergency landing at a small unsed ex war time airstrip some 200miles away. I think of that every Mothers Day and mostly every time I see my now 60 year old twins.

  28. Shawlee Manning Says:

    Mothers Day 2006 was my first as a mom. My daughter was less than a month old, the fiber festival was rained out, we had flooding in most of our state and I was so sleep deprived I don’t even think I remembered it was mothers day until a year or so later. It is quite the memory.

  29. laurakeet Says:

    Over Mother’s Day 2007 my mom was visiting me in Chicago (she’s in West Virginia) and we went to an awesome women-only spa together. We went to the sauna, soaked in the hot tub and got massages! It was the first time I felt like a real “adult daughter” who planned a real outing and could pay for it for both of us. No kids yet myself; maybe someday!

    Thanks so much for offering wonderful prizes and gathering such lovely stories!

  30. Marilyn Says:

    Mother’s Day Memory, that’s a hard one for me, as my mother died nearly a decade ago, and I am not a mother. Nor a sister, aunt, etc. And although I’m 44, I’ve got a chonic disabling illness which means it’s unlikely that I’ll ever be any of the above.

    One of my more salient Mother’s Day memories was when I was about 12. It was the first year I was old enough to have my own money and go to the store myself, etc. So I brought I beautiful bouquet of roses, because we never had flowers at home and I thought my mother would really like them. The first thing she did was yell at me for spending money on flowers. (This is a true story). This was very upsetting to me. After going into my room for a while I came out and explained to her that if someone gives her a present she should say thank you, and think about the intentions of the giver. And to my shock she said I was right and she was sorry. She’d never said those things to me before. And for the rest of her life, she always acted as if she loved every present I gave her.

  31. Alexandra Says:

    Not being a mother yet my favorite memory was as a child going to the flower nursery to pick out a new rose bush for my mother and hanging baskets for my grandmothers. I always picked out colors that I thought they would like ( a shade of purple usually since who doesn’t like purple in a 6 year old’s mind) it is always something that reminds me of spring. Now I knit socks for the mother’s in my life.

  32. Ruth Says:

    My mother’s birthday was May 19, always rather close to Mother’s Day, so our parents discouraged us from celebrating Mother’s Day. One year after I had had my own kids and realized how gratified a mother can be to receive recognition of her motherhood from her kids, I sent my mother a Mother’s Day card. By this time, my mother was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and sometimes behaved (ahem) idiosyncratically. About a week after I sent her the card, it came back in the mail to me. She had written, “Same to you, Dear” on it and sent it back. I couldn’t decided whether to be offended (she sent back my card) or delighted (she recognized the hard work that both of us had put in as mothers). Now it’s just a funny and slightly wistful memory of my mother.

  33. sprite Says:

    Every Mother’s Day my elementary school had a flower sale. I’m not sure that 50-cent marigolds were my mom’s favorites, but she always made us believe that we’d picked the perfect gift for her.

  34. KathyElkins Says:

    I remember those sleep-deprived days. I think it’s one of the hardest parts about being a new mom.

  35. Mimie Says:


    This is Mimie from mi SPA popping in for a quickie. I just want to say thank you to all Kathy’s readers who now became my new readers. Thanks for all the kind words and we love all your wonderful Mother’s Day stories. The giveaway contest is closing tonight but my gift set is also on sale for today (just in case you want to grab it at the special price before it’s all gone.). =)

    See you all around! Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll annouce the winner on Mon.


  36. susan naysnerski Says:

    I am a knitting addict. Each stitch brings back memories of my mother, who passed 4 years ago. She was the one who taught me to knit and crochet. Each night, when I settle in to knit, I cover my feet with an afghan she knit as a young bride. It warms my heart.

  37. helenlam Says:

    Mother’s day memory…it’s a tradition to take the moms in the family out for a Saturday dinner. Mostly I like surprising mom randomly throughout the year with a few little gifts or random thoughtful activities.

  38. Susan Says:

    My mama died in her 90s right before Mother’s Day and it was decided that services would be held on the Monday following it. Although she was a somewhat stoic lady, she absolutely loved those bright colored Mylar balloons and during her illness when she got one, and it eventually deflated we pinned it up on the wall. So early Mother’s Day morning, I went to the store and bought one of each of the many ballons they had for the day, and then went out to the cemetary and let them go. As each one climbed into the sky I said a thank you for all the mothering she’d done for me. Oh and btw, besides the traditional flower blanket, there was also a big bouqet of balloons at her funeral. Some looked askance, but those that knew her, knew it was the right thing to do. I love your podcast and look forward to Saturday mornings so I can get caught up on all the latest happenings. My chicken is still in progress…or perhaps it’s just that it’s been reincarnated many times as I change yarns 🙂

  39. tbergandi Says:

    My favorite memory is of visitng my Mom

  40. Marcie Says:

    I left my coporate America cubicle job around Mother’s Day when I was 5 months pregnant with my first son and just really starting to show. I remember getting cards and a great book of encouraging Scipture from my best friend. A former boss at the time was so encouraging and he said, “well, we knew you were never really at home here.” He was very excited. My co-workers were more confident in my ability to mother than I was. It’s neat to think that even before we meet our little ones, we are their mommies!

  41. Jacqueline Says:

    Every year my husband and sons take me to the San Francisco Giants game for Mother’s Day after we visit the grandmas! It’s an awesome day! There’s no other way I would rather spend my day. I have all my favorite things with me…my family, my knitting, the California sunshine, and the SF Giants!

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