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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Disclosing my wacky methods

I had said I would not disclose the methods I would use to choose a winner in this week's first ever MWOB giveaway.   

I have changed my mind.  

This morning, the children all played an integral part in choosing a winner and I am sharing the process with you, my beloved readers, because you may want to do your own giveaway (real or pretend) just for the sheer joy of having your kids engaged and happy for like, ten minutes.

Step One:

Cut construction paper into colorful strips and write names of each and every commenter this week on the strips.  Then listen to CR read some of the names and listen to her and The Love Fairy giggle at their favorite names which included Mr. Lady, Dizzblnd, and Sass.

Step Two:

Instruct CR and The Love Fairy to fold all strips of paper into tight little squares to ensure total fairness.  Watch CR try to sneak three strips of papers with THEIR names written on them in the hopes of "winning the book."

Step Three:

Throw all folded squares in bowl and admire how neat it all looks.  (I know it looks measly but there were like 45 entries.  Yippee!)

Step Four:

CR picks one strip of paper and holds it tightly in her fist resisting the urge to peek.

Step Five:

The Love Fairy chooses her strip of paper and doesn't even have the urge to peek (probably because she doesn't read yet).

Step Six:

Place each of the chosen two names under two plastic bowls on kitchen floor.

Step Seven:

Watch El Destructo walk over and pick up one of the bowls to uncover winning strip of paper underneath.

(Sorry no pic because it all happened so blazingly FAST!)

Step Eight:

CR unfolds paper and reveals .... the WINNER!

Congratulations Dizzblnd of Soggy-Doggy-Bloggy!! 
(Email me with your address or I will get in contact with you so I can mail you The Manual for Motherhood.)

Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting.

Now I'm off to ready myself for a 7-hour drive across the desert with the kiddos.  

Wish me luck.


  1. Holy moly 7 hours in a car with kids. Across the desert. Your brave. Oh so very brave!!!!

  2. Damn, I wanted to win! :) Congrats Dizzblnd.

    Have a safe trip, Lee.

  3. That was very exciting to read. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! How nice that you included the kids. Thank them for me for picking my name!

    Good luck on your trip, thanks for a fun contest. I will email my address to you.

  4. Good luck on your road trip with the kids! Hope you come out not too terribly scared.

  5. I just read your comment on my blog. I'm so happy to find you! I like that I don't have to be a super mom to be a mom.

    I'm going to be reading this blog all the it!!!!!!! Adding you to my blog roll.

  6. Oh - I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. I hope you're OK. Your dad too. I will be keeping your family in my prayers for the drive and beyond.

  7. Loved this post.

    I'll be thinking about ya. ;)

  8. That was seriously cute...congrats to the winner!

  9. I shall remember this method the next time I do a giveaway! Cuz it's awesome.


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