Tuesday

GIVEAWAY! Holiday Survival Kit!

Bitter...party of one....


Hello everyone!!

Hard to believe I am 2 weeks short of doing this DG thing for a whole year!!  I can tell you exactly how it started!  A funny lady named Jen, or as I call her Professor Punch wrote a post about the elf on the shelf that went viral overnight.  When I read it (if you haven't already, click here to read), I laughed so hard I had a stomach cramp.  It takes some VERY funny stuff to get a laugh out of me, so I continued to read her stuff that night, and ended up reading her blog - in. its. entirety.  I had been keeping an unpublished blog just for my own sanity and survival of being a mother to 3 boys, but never had the guts to publish it, until I read her stuff.  She openly admitted she was not perfect, nor was she trying to be.  I loved that honesty so much that I decided to put myself out there too.



Little did I know that she and I would become friends.  She's been a mentor, a friend, and an endless resource of information and laughs.  I had the pleasure of spending an entire weekend with her at Blog Her NYC 2012.  She is just as funny, bubbly, and wonderful as you would hope she'd be.  I am fortunate to have a signed copy of her book, Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat made out to me - and she was generous enough to send me an extra one to give away to one of my lovely friends. 
Not only will the winner get a copy of the signed book, but I will also send a long a holiday survival kit with some goodies in the box!

If you'd like a funny review of this hilarious book, my dear friend over at You Know it Happens at Your House, too posted a good one.  We are going to do the giveaway together so there are TWO winners! So here's the link to enter below! Winners will be announced on our Facebook pages on Wednesday December 5th!  We'll post winners on our blog, too.  Winners have 24 hours to claim their Survival Kit and if they don't, we will yank the prize out of their invisible hands and rafflecopter will pull new ones.

PS - What I'd really like to give away is lunch with her (and me of course) but the logistics are kind of tough unless we do it in Chicago next July when both of us are there for BlogHer 2013.  Maybe that will be my next giveaway?  Spending your lunch hour with People I Want to Punch in the Throat and DG?  Takers?  (why do I hear nothing but *crickets*??)OK - we'll add a chair for You Know It Happens at Your House, too just to sweeten the deal - and maybe she'll bring Johnny Depp.  Ha!  Stay tuned for that contest.  


 GOOD LUCK! 
~DG a Rafflecopter giveaway

47 comments:

  1. Yeah! I'm so excited about this contest. Always nice to know that my family isn't the only dysfunctional one out there. :D

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  2. I remember a few friends forwarding me that blog post last year...hilarious! I think it would be more lonely being perfect! :)

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  3. Oops...Funniest Christmas memory...the year I got a Dyson vacuum cleaner from my husband as my main gift? Oh wait, that wasn't funny at all!

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  4. Meeeeee!!! OOOhhh!!!! Oooohhh!!! Pick MEEEEEE!!!
    *Jumping up & down while spasticlly waving my hands*

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  5. I lover her stuff too. Can you make her be my friend?

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  6. I wrote a review on this book as well...it was too funny not to! http://www.frommeredithtomommy.com/2012/10/before-you-make-your-christmas-memories.html

    Found your blog through Jen and love reading!

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  7. Thanks for making my holidays brighter. You're all hilarious.

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  8. I remember when I was younger (like in the 80's) my brother & I told each other what we were getting for Christmas. It was funny. My brother received Star Wars stuff and I think I was given 2 guinea pigs? I don't know but my mom was very mad.

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  9. My dear DG, thank you so much for teaming up with YKIHAYHT for this giveaway. You both are two of my favorite people. I love that we all started around the same time and we've ALL found success and happiness and one another through our blogs.

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  10. YAY!!! Totally excited about this giveaway. Just started blogging, used to write a lot and had public journals and such, so... *deep breath* HERE GOES NOTHIN'. . . but you ,and MTM, and IWADB, y'all are my heroes... Harcore.
    My boyfriend gets sick of hearing about y'all.
    Really, he does.
    But I don't care. :)

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  11. Funniest Holiday memory? One year, when I was probably 10 or 11 my sister just knew I was getting her a Barbie for Christmas, which is what she really wanted and I did get it for her but the present she unwrapped Christmas morning was actually a Barbie shaped box filled with cat litter, she swears to this day that it was used cat litter and I'm telling you, I would never do that, its gross lol, mom doesn't remember so I guess we'll never know!

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  12. I look forward to reading your blogs every morning they make me giggle. I hope I win I would love to read this book.

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  13. You make me giggle every morning. Hope I get to read this book

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  14. I remember not wanting to open presents Christmas morning when I was about 10. I had peeked and re-taped pkges and I had boxes of ceramic birds and crap...come to find out my mom was on to me and had wrapped my presents in old boxes...lesson learned :)

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  15. Would love to win a copy of Ms. Jen's book!

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  16. I just laughed out loud reading the Elf on the Shelf blog post. So funny.

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  17. This would be awesome to win :).
    My funniest holiday memory would have to be the year my kids woke up before me and didn't wait to open their present. I am a single mom. I was not happy at the time but do understand they thought it would be good to not wake me up.

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  18. With the way things have been going around here lately I would love something to make me laugh;)
    Rebecca walker

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  19. Great group of you ladies that teamed up. Trifecta!

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  20. Thanks for giving to one of us another healthy Dose of laughter in advance! The funniest Christmas we ever had My dad had the old movie camera and a row of 6 bright lights and he made us all sit under the tree and he kept saying "Now open your eyes'"now smile' Aw com'on we can all do this , to which my older brother finally replied Oh no we can't.To which my father manned up to the occasion and called for my mother to hold the lights and run the camera .My father then climbed down under the Christmas Tree with all of us and told my mom to roll the camera . He then got up rather quickly , blinded by the light and tipped the tree over as he tried to get away from the lights that were far too bright. The bulbs, tinsel, colored lights went flying and children just sat there as things fell on them. My mother turned off the movie lights as my father was yelling "turn those dam things off, were gonna wind up blinding them all! Thank god she did I finally got my eye sight back My mother turned off the lights but she didn't turn off the camera. That's my favorite Christmas movie ,6 little kids with the biggest smiles on their faces all with their eyes closed.we all laugh every time we watch it Ho Ho Ho !!

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  21. How about the year that I put my daughters canopy bed together by myself .. Picked her up from her bed , put her in mine nd the frustration began. Being atyoical woman , my tools were , a screw driver , a small hammer ( not required) and some crazy glue . After many hours of working , the bed is D O N E .. I make the bed , put the canopy cover on, pick her up put her back in bed and go take a showr and crawl in bed EXHAUSTED .. About 7 min later I hear a scream -- MOM come see what Santa brought . So I hd to get up , admire the Santa gift and then go downstairs and do the whole Christmas morning thing , make breakfast and try to maintain a "Christmas" Day face ....

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  22. Too funny. I need to get our elf out soon. Maybe he'll make his first appearance tonight!

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  23. Pick me! I can't wait to read Jen's book.

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  24. Too many funnies to pick just one!

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  25. There was the year that I put a roast in the slow cooker for Christmas Dinner. I browned it and the house smelled great. But I was sick so went back to bed. Six hours later I realized that the smell had faded instead of intensifying. I had forgotten to plug the machine in! We had salad.

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  26. There was the year that I put a roast in the slow cooker for Christmas Dinner. I browned it and the house smelled great. But I was sick so went back to bed. Six hours later I realized that the smell had faded instead of intensifying. I had forgotten to plug the machine in! We had salad.

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  27. There was the year that I put a roast in the slow cooker for Christmas Dinner. I browned it and the house smelled great. But I was sick so went back to bed. Six hours later I realized that the smell had faded instead of intensifying. I had forgotten to plug the machine in! We had salad.

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  28. When I was about 9 years old, all I asked for.Christmas was a Crayola record player and a copy of the Michael Jackson Thriller album! I asked my parents for this every day...I even asked Santa for it! I wanted these atems SOOOOOOO BAD and I made sure my parents were well aware of this as most children do when they feel like they will simply DIE with out certain items! I get up Christmas morning and there is a box shaped.just like the record player and another package shaped like Thriller! I was sooo exctatic! My parents let me choose my first gift! I jumped to the record player (of course) and to my delight there it was in all of.its glory! I swear I heard angels sing and felt a warm glow of light carress my face! Bliss! Next up the package that was Thriller! Wrong...my parents made me wait until EVERY OTHER GIFT WAS UNWRAPPED! The torture of.it all!!! Finally when every lastgift was unwrapped.except.my new Thriller album my Dad hands me the light flat package wrapped so beautifully with Santa paper! The tag read To: Michelle Love: Santa! Iquickly shredded the paper of this package and pulled out the contents and immediately burst into tears!!!! In my heartbroken little hands.was a copy of DISNEY CHRISTMAS CAROLS!!!! I was crushed! I plotted my parents death that Christmas! Lol!

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  29. When I was about 9 years old, all I asked for.Christmas was a Crayola record player and a copy of the Michael Jackson Thriller album! I asked my parents for this every day...I even asked Santa for it! I wanted these atems SOOOOOOO BAD and I made sure my parents were well aware of this as most children do when they feel like they will simply DIE with out certain items! I get up Christmas morning and there is a box shaped.just like the record player and another package shaped like Thriller! I was sooo exctatic! My parents let me choose my first gift! I jumped to the record player (of course) and to my delight there it was in all of.its glory! I swear I heard angels sing and felt a warm glow of light carress my face! Bliss! Next up the package that was Thriller! Wrong...my parents made me wait until EVERY OTHER GIFT WAS UNWRAPPED! The torture of.it all!!! Finally when every lastgift was unwrapped.except.my new Thriller album my Dad hands me the light flat package wrapped so beautifully with Santa paper! The tag read To: Michelle Love: Santa! Iquickly shredded the paper of this package and pulled out the contents and immediately burst into tears!!!! In my heartbroken little hands.was a copy of DISNEY CHRISTMAS CAROLS!!!! I was crushed! I plotted my parents death that Christmas! Lol!

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  30. I can't think of an Christmas/holiday memories that were funny. I look forward to my 20 month old son to changing that though. He's already been climbing on everything and jumping, this can only get better, lol.

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  31. My crazy family is all I have, no funny moments. lol. I'm terrible at this, ugh ;)

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  32. That post By People I want to punch in the throat also gave me courage. I blob anonymously about bipolar and motherhood.

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  33. Please delete my previous post. My family is nuts and depressing. Christmas always brings drama, not usually funny either. What I do love however is watching NORAD'S Santa Tracker all day Christmas Eve with my kids.

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  34. I still laugh about the disaster of a Christmas dinner with my mom and sister a few years ago - frozen turkey, we ran out of butter - nothing was planned well. We wound up eating peanut butter and peeling Mom's old wallpaper off the walls.

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  35. I declare myself WINNER of the lunch date contest.

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  36. I am so glad to know that I am not the only one with a crazy ass family. It makes me feel better about myself. I drink a lot of wine over the holidays. Oh hell, I'd be lying, I drink every day. :) Happy Holidays!

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  37. There must be a funny memory somewhere in my past Christmases but for the life of me I can't think of one. I've been sitting here thinking and thinking...hmmm. Lots of laughter but I can't remember what was so funny...maybe the jokes on me!

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  38. There must be a funny memory somewhere in my past Christmases but for the life of me I can't think of one. I've been sitting here thinking and thinking...hmmm. Lots of laughter but I can't remember what was so funny...maybe the jokes on me!

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  39. As a teacher, I have gotten all kinds of interesting Christmas gifts. My favorite are the things that kids made. But one year, a very sweet and well meaning child knew that my first pet when I was 8 was a hamster. He decided to recreate that memory and I got to work to find a brown paper bag scuttling across my desk. I nearly peed myself. Needless to say, that became our class hamster, and also the first year when I created the "no live gifts" policy :-)

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  40. one year my husband got me a color printer! We didn't own a computer at the time... :) Good intentions , just not thinking things thru..!

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  41. It's hard to pick just 1 story since our family is so crazy!!! There was one year where our whole family (5 at the time) were sick with the flu-ironicially, the only year we got the "flu shot" We ended up spending Christmas all curled up together on a papasan cushion we laid on the living room floor!
    Another good one was when my grandfather was in the hospital, having just had his legs amputated. We completely forgot it was Christmas, and couldn't find anything to eat, so we ended up at a 7-11 buying balogna and bread and had a "picnic"....Good Times....

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  42. Funniest memory was with my nephews and my hubby and I bought all their gifts while their mommy was with the newest addition to the family...after they opened their gifts, the boys went around the house chanting, " Santa is real" over and over

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  43. I had the pleasure of sitting with you both albeit TOO briefly at BlogHer during the award readings, where Jen unfortunately did not get to read her award winning post (alas the Elf post). I still felt famous sitting with her though, and loved getting to hang out with you not just there but at a party later too, DG! I was too busy Thanksgiving weekend to buy Jen's book at 99 cents, so I'll ask to win the copy - and promise a blog post naming both you both in return! How's that for a bribe? Okay, favorite memory has to be (it's a tie) - Santa visiting our house even though we were Jewish (it was my dad's coworker coming by just to say hi) and scaring the crap out of the dog. And seeing Santa in the men's clothing store. When he offered us a plastic Santa ring (he was just walking around the store), we said "no thank you, we're Jewish." He whispered, "that's okay, I am too."

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