Friday, May 15, 2009

a different kind of giveaway for my blogoversary

Earlier this week I asked what most bloggers do for their blogoversary. After an overwhelming response 3 comments (thanks Kami, Sab and Loukia!) I've decided to have a little giveaway.

But there a twist.

Most giveaways I've seen around the blogosphere are the result of a marketing campaign focused on mommy bloggers and the power of word of mouth (unless you're Pioneer Woman and can afford to give away cameras and KitchenAid mixers and the like. Oh, to be PW. Oh, to have a stand mixer...). I have nothing at all against those who host giveaways or have review blogs, but I do sometimes get tired of feeling like I'm "being sold" each time I visit a blog.

What makes this giveaway different is that the winner will have their choice of prizes, the prize chosen will not be "sponsored" (nor will it come out of my pocket), AND there's a catch. Of course.

Up for grabs next week will be ONE of the following (one, people. ONLY ONE.):

- the 30-Day Shred with Jillian Michaels

- The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsay

The prize will be shipped from either or (depending on where you live).

How am I able to do this without spending any money out of pocket? Thanks to SwagBucks! Since joining about a month ago, I've won enough SwagBucks for $20 in Amazon gift certificates. Like I said in my initial post about SwagBucks, no one will get rich using them. $20 in a month is no winfall. But it's giving me that chance to say a little thank you to all of you who read my blog. It's worth it.

Peter and I talked about getting Starbucks gift cards and taking advantage of free babysitting the opportunity to go out while our parents are in town, but knowing I wanted to do something special for my anniversary here we decided to go with the Amazon cards.

Peter knows how much I want to start doing the 30-Day Shred and he also knows me well enough to know that I'm going to need some accountability a buddy threats a kick in the rear lots of encouragement to do said video.

I've heard it's HARD. And I'm scared.

But it's also only 20 minutes so I think it's totally doable.

In theory.

So if you win and chose the DVD, you have to commit to doing the Shred with me and keeping me accountable/listening to me whine and cry about how much I'm hurting after not having excercised much in the last four years while I was busy growing THREE human beings. Deal?

If the winner opts for a copy of The Total Money Makeover rather than listen to me curse Jillian Michaels, we'll read the book "together" and be eachother's sounding board for thoughs, questions, and ideas about how to live debt free. TOTALLY DEBT FREE.

Be sure to check back next week to celebrate me! my blogoversary and for your chance to win. It's sort of a Choose Your Own Adventure giveaway.


  1. That sounds awesome! The 30 day shred actually sounds intersting to me (I need to be held accountable too... totally lost interest in workin out yet again).

  2. Woohoo! So excited for your blogoversary and for this totally awesome giveaway! What a great idea, Amy! Okay, so I SUCK at working out but I suck even more at even attempting to live debt free. In fact, I don't think I have ever in my entire life been debt free. I'm so far drowned in debt, that I think reading that book will only further depress me. So when I enter this giveaway, I'm going to hope to win the DVD because Lord knows my body needs to shred a lot! ;) And it would be fun and challenging to do it with you! Now I only hope not too many people enter, so my chances of winning are higher! Heehee...

  3. What a great idea! I would totally commit to doing the shred with you and I am a pretty good cheer leader/boot camp beyatch ;)

    Does that help my chances of winning? ;)

  4. Happy Blogoversary! I'm relatively new to your blog and I'm so glad I've found it.

    I was afraid to comment because as much as I want to win, I'm totally chicken about having to complete either of 'the catches' if I do win! I have heard about both the DVD and the book and have been interested in them. I've heard the 30 Day Shred is very hard but works and I already like Dave's blog (I also have his website in my favourites list)...I'm an indecisive person so the decision is going to be tough if I do win.

  5. I was just looking at the 30 day shred book the other day and contemplating it. Hmmm...You guys should just move back here and we could suffer together!!

  6. mememe! i'd totally do shred with you, this might be just the right kind of challenge for me!


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