Tuesday, July 6, 2010

bento goodie GIVEAWAY to benefit Alex

Update:
This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who participated! :)
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Bento goodies, get your bento goodies here!

I'm hosting my second bento goodie giveaway! It's summer time and this bento prize pack is sorta summer themed! :)

The loot up for grabs this time around:
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- super neato Terra-cycle lunch bag made from re-purposed Capri-Sun drink packages!
- an awesome two-tier bento box!
- a pack of ocean themed picks!
- two star-staped silicone cups!
- a set of egg molds, one car and one fish!

The bento box is really cool! The top tier has a movable divider to help keep foods separated.
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The picks are really cute. They feature starfish, seahorses, fish and other fun sea creatures.
These are brand new. Unfortunately, my 3 year-old daughter was testing out her scissor skills and cut the top of the package open. I promise you I didn't lick but a few of them.
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Just kidding! They are all sparkly and clean, I swear! :)
The silicone cups are super cool, I've been using some of these blue ones a lot lately! They came as a set of six and I put these ones aside just for this giveaway - just for YOU! :)

I neglected to take a better close-up photo of the egg molds. They are the same ones as I used when I made this tutorial on how to make shaped eggs! You can check them out more closely there, and read some easy-to-follow directions too. If you win these you may need that little "how-to", unless you read Japanese, of course. ;-)

All this fun stuff could be yours!
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How to enter the giveaway:

This is where it gets a little tricky.
There are so many contests and giveaways these days where you can earn entries to the prize by jumping through all sorts of hoops...
- "Become a fan of my Facebook page!"
- "Follow me on Twitter!"
- "Say 'Shelley sells seashells by the seashore three times really fast!"
- "Rub your tummy and pat your head!"
- "Subscribe to my blog's feed!"
- "Follow my blog!"

I could even ask you to vote for me in a silly little Mom Food Blogger contest I was nominated for.

Well, I could do those things. But I'm not going to. Because this contest isn't for me or about me.

This contest is for you and it's about Alex.

This is Alex.
Alex in a hat
Alex just turned six.
He loves lizards, balloons, and Cracker Barrel.
Alex has a fierce affection for tractors and has a smile that could melt your heart. He also has cancer.

He is the son of my friends, Andrea and Erik Kallas. Alex was adopted from Russia when he was 13 months old. It was known then that he suffered from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. A couple years later he would be diagnosed with Autism also. Those are some pretty tough hurdles to navigate, but they are nothing compared to what came next.
In November Alex was diagnosed with Stage 3 High Risk Neuroblastoma. Nobody wants their child to have cancer. But if your child is going to get cancer, this is the one you hope to God they don't have. It is a terrible, horrifyingly aggressive form of cancer. Alex was given a 20% chance to survive.

In the 7 months since his diagnosis Alex has undergone seven in-patient *adult dose* rounds of chemotherapy. He has had a stem cell transplant. Alex has just completed his 8th round of radiation, with twelve more to go.
Neuroblastoma is a sick, vile disease.

But Alex, Alex is beautiful.
Alex smiles

Even with insurance, the financial ramifications of having a critically ill child are staggering. Alex's parents have been hit with medical costs in the tens of thousands of dollars. One example: chemotherapy has caused severe hearing loss, requiring Alex to need hearing aids. Hearing aids are not covered by insurance. Hearing aids cost nearly $4,000.

Why I am telling you this.

There is a way you can help Alex's family. They have been entered in a contest. If they win this contest their family will win a weekend vacation (a huge blessing for so many reasons, but it's a long story...take my word for it, this family has earned a vacation together). If they win this contest they will also win $15k. Fifteen thousand dollars to help pay medical bills.

The contest is the Pigeon Forge Taking Vacation Back Sweepstakes.

To vote for Alex you need to click the "votes" box and then "sort".
The family is listed as "Andrea K. - Spring Hill, Tn (6/1/2010)".
Then click where is says "vote", just to the left of Andrea's name. At the time of this posting they are in 3rd place.

You may vote from any computer once EACH DAY for the entire month of July.

Each time you vote for Alex, leave a comment on this giveaway post. You will get one entry for every vote you cast. Again, you can vote once a day from every computer. If your phone has internet access you can vote from there too.

Cast your vote there, leave a comment here. Cast another vote there, leave another comment here.

** I'm running this contest until next Tuesday, July 13. I'll close the contest sometime that night, probably between 10-11pm CST. Winning comment will be selected by random.org.
If this giveaway proves successful I will dig deep into my bento stash and host ANOTHER giveaway after this one to garner more votes for the Kallas family. It's up to you. I've got some good stuff in there.

Miracles happen. Miracles happen every day. A miracle is happening right now for Alex.
Alex with balloon

Be a part of Team Alex. Cast your vote. And keep this sweet boy in your prayers.
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464 comments:

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Mommyof2girlz said... [Reply to comment]

Daily vote entry :)

Anny said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

Cowboy Ninjas said... [Reply to comment]

Scratch that, was able to vote. Phew, I was a bit perturbed! lol I am so pumped at how fast his votes are going up! YEAH!!

Crafty Kitchen Momma said... [Reply to comment]

voted again and still praying for this lil guy

Tara said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!

Angie Spiker said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again. Hope this works out for them!

RebeccaB said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again...Alex is catching up to #2!

Fingers crossed!!!

RoseMamie said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!!

Teaque said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again today!

azbaby24 said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!!!!!!!!!!

azbaby24 said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!!!!!!

Sandy said... [Reply to comment]

Voted times three! :)

svankirk said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

sousasax said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

Cate said... [Reply to comment]

voted again!

Cate said... [Reply to comment]

voted again!

Tifani said... [Reply to comment]

I love you. Love you. Love you. In the midst of being in your own voting contest, you see the real way to pick a winner. I'm voting for Alex every way I can.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!

angel0199 said... [Reply to comment]

I voted and I'm praying for Alex and his family!

Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! I will vote everyday for them! I hope they win!!!

fleur said... [Reply to comment]

vote #3!!

Ivy's mama (aka Ladymama) said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again and hope they pull out of third place soon!

Becky A said... [Reply to comment]

voted again....

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

Voted yet again! - Kallas family, we're all rooting for you!

Niki @ Southern Baby Boutique said... [Reply to comment]

What a great giveaway!

Niki @ Southern Baby Boutique said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! And I'm praying!

Birdy's Boutique said... [Reply to comment]

I voted today!

RLR said... [Reply to comment]

So glad to vote again today!

Kendra said... [Reply to comment]

I voted & I'm a fan on Facebook.
Not sure if I can be in the give-away though as I live in Australia. :D

moomi said... [Reply to comment]

voted again today :)

Wii Fit & A Bet said... [Reply to comment]

voted!

cynthiesmom said... [Reply to comment]

Another vote from me! As of this vote they are about 880 votes away from second place. Great idea for the giveaway! Such a wonderful cause.

Amanda Ayers said... [Reply to comment]

voted again today!

awang said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again today!

carO__ said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again!

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

I voeted.

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

I voted. I hope they win!!

G. said... [Reply to comment]

I voted. What a sweet boy!

Niki @ Southern Baby Boutique said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again! Still praying.

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

voted!!! :)

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Voted yet again!

Saura said... [Reply to comment]

I just voted.

RoseMamie said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again today, and keeping that beautiful little boy in my thoughts :)

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

voted again!

Kristie Clower said... [Reply to comment]

i voted. what a handsome little boy.

Fill your belly and SAVE said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again 7/9/2010

CMS said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again on my PC and my phone.

Kenton and Marianne Ogg said... [Reply to comment]

Voted =)

KimS said... [Reply to comment]

I voted!

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

svankirk said... [Reply to comment]

Voted today! Prayed too!

Suz said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

The Jennings Family said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

Amie Lillie said... [Reply to comment]

Voted, what a special family.

clee1 said... [Reply to comment]

I just voted!

Snowflowers Mum said... [Reply to comment]

voted again.

care-in said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted...so glad you are doing this giveaway this way!

Bar 7 Ranch said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

Jorunn said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!
What a beautiful child.

LeAnne said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted again :)

Tracey said... [Reply to comment]

I voted.

Ang3 said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for sharing such a touching story.
I have casted my vote.
Wil utter a prayer for the family as well..

and of coz, will continue voting for them
it's all about Alex:)
thank you!

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

just put in yet another vote for Alex and his family!

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

voted again todday!

Becky A said... [Reply to comment]

voted again...can't wait to see them move up to 2nd place!

TheClumsyChef said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again. My heart goes out to this family and I'm hoping they win this.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again!

Jayne said... [Reply to comment]

vote #5201!

cjjbent2005 said... [Reply to comment]

put in my daily vote today!!! sending prayers to alex and his family!

Cate said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

RebeccaB said... [Reply to comment]

voted again! <3

Just a girl said... [Reply to comment]

voted again

felicia said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again! I really hope they win!

Nicole and Robert said... [Reply to comment]

voted again.

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

voted #5 :)

moomi said... [Reply to comment]

just voted again!
xxxx

Staci said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again!

Keely said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again! I hope they win!

Jeannette said... [Reply to comment]

voted on my computer again!

Jeannette said... [Reply to comment]

voted on my husband's laptop - 738 from second place!

the mad chatter said... [Reply to comment]

I voted for Alex! I will cross my fingers for him and his family!

Ivy's mama (aka Ladymama) said... [Reply to comment]

one more from me. I hope this works for them!

Angie Spiker said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again

Cher said... [Reply to comment]

I voted.

xeliathyin said... [Reply to comment]

Voted for the 2nd time! Now to vote from my phone!

Cher said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again! I love the multiple computer thing.

Ang3 said... [Reply to comment]

just Voted again:)

arkonite_babe said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted again, good luck!

awang said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again! They're catching up!

cjjbent2005 said... [Reply to comment]

put in my daily vote :)

Wii Fit & A Bet said... [Reply to comment]

Voted

fleur said... [Reply to comment]

Vote #4

RLR said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again this morning!

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

I Voted!

Lauren said... [Reply to comment]

What a cutie! I voted for him!

Suz said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again!

Becky A said... [Reply to comment]

voted. again.

Christopher said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted!

Mommyof2girlz said... [Reply to comment]

Daily vote #5561!

Fill your belly and SAVE said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again 7/10/2010

Jill Osborne said... [Reply to comment]

I voted today!

MsCinderella said... [Reply to comment]

Another vote!

Just a girl said... [Reply to comment]

just voted

RoseMamie said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again..and as always keeping him in my thoughts..

svankirk said... [Reply to comment]

Voted and Prayed for him today!

Kenton and Marianne Ogg said... [Reply to comment]

Voted! And I last night I was looking at your old posts and my husband saw. He said "You're always looking at that website with the little lunch boxes and I'm wondering when I will get my lunch like that." =)

Elana said... [Reply to comment]

I've never entered a blog contest before but that story touched my heart. I hope they win! That family deserves it!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Voted! Wishing them the best!!

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

vote again today!

Laura said... [Reply to comment]

voted again!

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

voted #6

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

Voted :) #6

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

voted!!

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

A bit later than I've voted in the past few days... Either way, just made today's first vote for the Kallas family.. ;)

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

just put my 2nd vote today in for the family!

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again.. :) and they're only about 700 points away from second place!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again today! <3

Stacie Frost said... [Reply to comment]

I voted. What a brave little boy. I'll keep voting. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

And again! :)

Kristen said... [Reply to comment]

Another vote!

Jayne said... [Reply to comment]

vote number 5853 is from me :)

Cher said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again!

Hatuli said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

Karen said... [Reply to comment]

I hope they win! Voted!

MsCinderella said... [Reply to comment]

just voted. sending good thoughts to all.

awang said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted again!

Mommyof2girlz said... [Reply to comment]

Daily vote #5940

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

Voted from my iphone!

RoseMamie said... [Reply to comment]

Voted yet again!!

cjjbent2005 said... [Reply to comment]

voted again

Fill your belly and SAVE said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again 7/11/2010

Sandy said... [Reply to comment]

I voted!

svankirk said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!

LeAnne said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again and still praying for his family!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again! :)

cynthiesmom said... [Reply to comment]

Another vote from my family.

The Jennings Family said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again today.

arkonite_babe said... [Reply to comment]

Just done my duty today again :)

RebeccaB said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again...but Alex is still in 3rd place :( Will keep praying and sharing this page on my FB! Come on Team Alex! <3

Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again! I hope they can catch up!

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

Voted #7 :)

Just a girl said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted

Staci said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again!

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

I voted.

Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! Keeping the family in my prayers.

Becky A said... [Reply to comment]

voted again.

Lauren said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again!

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

Christopher said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again.

Sweet Virginia said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!!!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

voted!!

Kristen said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again tonight. Hope you had a nice weekend!

RLR said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

Stef plus 3 said... [Reply to comment]

voted again! they're in 3rd place as of now!

stef
cunninghamfamily at gmail dot com

Anny said... [Reply to comment]

voted again :)

jmischler said... [Reply to comment]

Hope things work out for them. I voted for them!

Kenton and Marianne Ogg said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! =)

Kangaroo said... [Reply to comment]

I just read the story, voted, and am sending healing energy to his family and to this sweet boy. A blessing that his parents chose to find him--and he them--so that these years could be filled with love.

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

I voted today.

Christy said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!

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Jayne said... [Reply to comment]

v o t e d

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

I've just voted for Alex and his family I pray that they win this competition so Alex and his family can relax and have a wonderful family vacation.....
It's breaks my heart that he has to go thru this ordeal as he looks like a special little lad, as are his parents....
What a lovely friend you are.....
I have bookmarked the site and will continue to vote for him each day......

Hatuli said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again.

Ang3 said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again:)

God bless Alex:)

Wii Fit & A Bet said... [Reply to comment]

voted

awang said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

cynthiesmom said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again, saying prayers, wishing everyone had friends like you.

RebeccaB said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

Voted today!

Suz said... [Reply to comment]

I voted!

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! Best wishes to his family!

The Jennings Family said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again today and shared this post on my FB page. Thank you for keeping this in the forefront of my mind, Melissa.

RoseMamie said... [Reply to comment]

voted again :) Closing in on 2nd place!

MsCinderella said... [Reply to comment]

voted

Stef plus 3 said... [Reply to comment]

voted on monday !

Snowflowers Mum said... [Reply to comment]

voted again.

Saura said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again. I hope he wins.

TheClumsyChef said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again.

Evenspor said... [Reply to comment]

I just found your blog through Muffin Tin Monday and am looking forward to following it. I would love to win that stuff; it is all so cool, although it looks like there is not a very great chance.

Good luck to Alex and his family.

cjjbent2005 said... [Reply to comment]

put in my daily vote ;)

fleur said... [Reply to comment]

vote #5 good luck to Alex and his family

Christopher said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

Dunn Family said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again for Alex. My prayers are still with this family!!

Becky A said... [Reply to comment]

voted again.

Fill your belly and SAVE said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again 7/12

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

voted today 7/12/10 :)

hicksfan7 said... [Reply to comment]

Voted and Prayed today.

RLR said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again! Linking to this post of FB to see if I can round up more votes!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

voted!

Kristen said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Monday! Voted again. We're catching up to second place again!

LeAnne said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again today!

Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again :)

Cher said... [Reply to comment]

Another vote!

Tracey said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again

svankirk said... [Reply to comment]

Voted and prayed for Alex today!

moomi said... [Reply to comment]

just voted again for alex's family x

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again! :)

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