The Great Coloring Contest Scam

Each year at Peter’s firm’s Christmas party, they host a coloring contest. The contest is divided into age groups and there are first and second prizes for each group. And the prizes? They are stuffed animals the size of the contestants.

Last year, we left before the results were read. Baylor was convinced for months after that she had won and Peter was holding her over sized bear hostage.

The beauty of this party is that the parents can mingle a bit while the kids do arts, crafts, color and eat with some friendly elves. Little did we know that while we were eating, Baylor was working on a plan to make sure that either her or Auggie was going home with a stuffed animal.

As they read the results for Auggie’s age group, I was stunned to see a very well colored picture held up. I was way too good for a two year old…I was even more surprised to hear them call Auggie’s name! Baylor accepted on his behalf as he was in the back of the room. She of course, selected the GIANT pink unicorn.

Next was Baylor’s age bracket. Second prize went to another kiddo and first place went to Baylor. She ran up, grabbed a more boy appropriate giant bear, ran back and said “We WON!! Now let’s get out out here”. Confused as I was to her rush, we complied and carefully walked down the stairs with our booty.

As I looked at the winning pages, I realized she had not only submitted more than on entry for herself, she had submitted two under Auggie’s name as well. When I asked her about it she said “Well, I did draw some for him. How else were we going to win?!”.

And I’ve never been prouder. Those don’t hate the player, hate the game life skills will carry her far in business and in life.

Meet Pinky Pie and Bear Bear




Mom’s Night Out Giveaway

I’m so excited to announce that today I am giving away TWO TICKETS to the next Scottsdale Mom’s Blog Mom’s Night Out!!

The event is being held on Thursday, May 10 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at the Ice Den in North Scottsdale. Each ticket is a $10 value and includes:

:: a glass of wine ::
:: delicious snacks ::
:: raffle entry & chance to win spectacular giveaways ::

If you’ve not been to a Mom’s Night Out event before, you’re in for a treat! Not only is it a great excuse to get out of the house / work early and enjoy a glass of wine with friends, but the giveaways are AMAZING. SMB draws some really fantastic sponsors like Boon, Giggle Boutique, Rodan and Fields and lots more. All you have to do is sit back, enjoy and wait to win!

 Here’s how you enter: comment below on why you need a mom’s night out. Potty training not going well? Work kicking your booty? Family making you bonkers? Tell me all about it! I’ll randomly choose a winner tonight at 10pm and announce the winner on tomorrow’s post. So get writing and good luck!

If you’re interested in purchasing tickets, send me a message and I’ll let you in on the early “friends only” link!!

The Hall Girls~Bows, Tutus and Everything Girlie – GIVEAWAY!!

I am very fortunate that I have some crazy talented friends. I’m so excited to post about Ashley and Amber, the creators of The Hall Girls~ Bows, Tutus and Everything Girlie! Together they make bows, tutus (duh), headbands, wands, etc. They have a huge selection to choose from and make custom items too (think holidays, sports teams, college themes and perfectly matched to any of your kiddo’s outfits!). And they are very generous to offer a giveaway  to The Goon Room readers! But first, a preview.

I won the BTEG “Favorite Halloween Costume” contest and recieved this adorable Halloween wand for Ms.B. I think our last name played a roll in winning…we taught Bay to say “boop!” and tap your head with the wand. She’s smitten.

I also ordered a UofA themed bow. I told Ashley to just do what she does best and I was so excited when I recieved this:

If this isn’t enough to convince you her stuff is amazing, check out her youngest, Ellison in her headband and tutu:

So here’s the best part: Ashley and Amber are giving away two Thanksgiving themed bows!! All you have to do is check out The Hall Girls~Bows, Tutu’s and Everything Girlie’s etsy shop and then comment on this post what your favorite item is. Bonus points if you visit and like their Facebook page. The winner will be chosen by on Thursday 11/10/11 at 5pm MST (or whatever timezone Arizona is now).

Look how cute! Who new turkeys could be so adorable?

Step by step:

1. Go to the etsy shop:

2. Check out all the fun things Ashley and Amber have to offer.

3. Also take a peek at their Facebook page and “like” it:

4. Make a comment on this blog post about your favorite item.

5. Win! One winner will be chosen at random on 11/10/11 at 5pm MST.

6. The winner will be announced on Friday 11/11/11 on The Goon Room.

That’s it! Go! Browse! Comment! Win!