I'm a busy little (okay, not so little) beaver these days.
I've been taking photos, getting ready for Vegas, writing at my other blog (and writing for cash!), and getting ready for one of my favorite "holidays" of the year...
That's right, people, we are officially doing the countdown to Halloween over here.
We host an annual Happily (un)Haunted Halloween Bash for our neighborhood which takes hours of precise planning (picture me frantically scribbling the guest list out while I sit in the car waiting for #2 to get out of preschool), back breaking labor (not my back, silly, Hubby's, duh!), and expertise in the kitchen (think I'm gonna go with the pigs in a blanket this year. Again).
Luckily I've enlisted the talents of an amazing party planner (aka BFF) to manage the large part of the preparation (I wonder if she'll come with walkie talkies and headsets?).
It's the only way things are gonna really get done this year because I have some serious stuff going on right now.
"Why, what sorta stuff, Dumb Mom?"
Well, if you must know...
Yours truly is hosting her very first Happily (un)Haunted Halloween Photo Contest!
That's right peeps!
I'm doing it big over here. Well, not too big (please note that I am a low budget blog owner), but there will be prizes.
And, anyone (with a photo of their kid in a costume) can win!
Dying to know what is up for grabs?: You (my lucky friend) will get a $25 gift card for Spa Finder and (that's right, A-N-D!), a $20 gift card to Snapfish, Starbucks, or Toys R Us (your choice)!
Here's some inspiration to help you get started:
Now that you're all excited, try to calm down, focus your mind and read the fine print.
Rules to enter:
1. Locate your most awesome photo (aka most appealing composition and capture, meaning the photo matches the theme, it's a cute shot, and the quality of the picture is good, read not all blurry and grainy and gross) of your kid in costume.
2. Email (parentingbydummies[at]gmail[dot]com) it to me (agreeing to allow me to post it on the blog) and put photo contest in the subject line (so I can find it).
3. Leave a comment here saying
4. Follow me.
5. Tell all your friends about me. This one is optional, but I feel like it's really the most important factor.
Contest opens today and runs through October 31,2009.
Top five finalist will be chosen (by me) and posted on the blog for votes.
Voting will begin Monday, November 2nd, and will be open until midnight Friday, November 6th.
Winner will be announced November 7th.
Before I go, let me also take a moment to recognize this week's Thursday Thank You recipients.
Gratitude is shared equally between 2 amazing companies who have made my life easier recently: UPrinting (who provided the thank you cards seen below that have forever transformed PBD's Thursday Thank Yous), and Celebrate Express (who sent out the super costumes (seen in slideshow) for the dudes to sport this Halloween).
Card reads: Dear UPrinting and Celebrate Express, Thank you for making things run a little more smoothly around Casa de Dummies. I'm so not smart enough to figure this whole mom business out on my own. Thanks to people like you for making it so I don't have to. You rock!
P.S. If you want to enter to win the Looney Tunes basket, click here. Contest ends tomorrow so hurry up!