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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

#4 $50 to Pampered Chef from Single Mom Sanctuary

Who loves to cook?
Not me.
Who loves to have handy gadgets and adorable accessories in their kitchen?
Me Me Me Me Me Me!!!
Michelle over at Single Mom Sanctuary is hosting today's Birthday Bash Giveaway of $50 toward Pampered Chef!!
$50!?!?!
Yep you read that correctly $50!!!!!
I met Michelle at the OC Blogger's Ball and we had an awesome chat! She is so easy to talk to, super upbeat and has LOADS of energy (with all she has on her plate I have no clue how).
Here's how you win...
Main entry (mandatory): Go to Single Mom Sanctuary and leave a comment on her top post titled "Giveaway from Eli's Lids!"
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In addition to the main entry you can get loads of extra entries if you...
~Follow Michelle on Twitter here. (2 entries)
~Follow the Single Mon Sanctuary blog. Scroll to the very bottom of SMS to follow. (2 entries)
~Subscribe to Single Mom's Sanctuary's RSS Feed. Scroll to the very bottom of SMS to subscribe. (2 entries)
~Add the "Eli's Lids Giveaway" button in our sidebar to your blog or let me know you already did (2 entries per blog)
~Subscribe to the Eli's Lids RSS Feed or let me know you already do (2 entries)
~Follow Eli's Lids on Twitter, leave your Twitter ID in the comment or let me know you already do (1 entry)
~Tweet about the giveaway, can be done daily (1 entry per day)
For every extra entry, be sure to leave a separate comment on this post!***Giveaway open one week! Ends Tuesday September 15th 9:00pm PST***
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Meet Michelle as she shares the triumphs and joys of being a single mom!
Tell us a bit about your family...
I live with my 5-year-old daughter, my mom and dad. My sister and her husband live in OrangeCounty too and they come over for dinner or go to Disneyland with us many times a month. My dad's parents also live in OrangeCounty and we all attend the same church; 4 generations in one pew! My daughter starts Kindergarten this year - she's very excited. She takes dance lessons at the studio I used when I was younger, and she is also enrolled in swim classes. Both my daughter and I have Annual Passports to Disneyland and enjoy hanging out there a few times a month. Sometimes it's just the two of us, and sometimes it's a big group of family and friends from church! She's always looking for a new victim friend to take on Tower of Terror with her. My parents go camping at local state beaches once a month, and my daughter and I love to go with them. We don't "rough it" in tents, but we do relax in their trailer for the weekend, enjoying the sand and playing card games. I love my family, and I owe a lot to my parents for allowing my daughter and I to live with them after my divorce.
What will readers find at your blog?
My blog is about the difficulties and joys of being a parent, usually more focused on the "single" side of parenting. I know that I have it easier than other single parents, given that I live in my parents' house until I can afford my own place, but I know a lot of other parents and potential parents who have told me they enjoy knowing that they're not alone in the struggle to raise good kids without driving themselves crazy, no matter their relationship status. Some of my posts are about dating (or lack thereof), a LOT of posts are about how I raise my daughter, and other posts I admit are gripes about dealing with custody issues.
What is the most challenging thing about being a Working Mom?
For me, the most challenging issue I try to deal with is managing "me" time. I take my daughter to school in the morning, work for 8 hours, and then try to find time to play with my daughter, get her fed, cleaned, and ready for the next day. I've yet to find a good time to exercise that doesn't conflict with my one-on-one time with my daughter (I'm so not a morning person, so 6:00 am workouts are OUT). I've recently started dating a wonderful man, but now that my mom is my daughter's after-school caregiver, I don't feel comfortable asking Mom to be responsible for my little one the rest of the evening while I go out and see a movie with my date. My guy and I actually share a Google calendar so we can effectively plan our time together.
3 stay sane tips for Work Outside of the Home Moms... besides reading your blog, of course?
1. Don't feel guilty about needing "you" time. It's like the old saying, "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." Get a good network of friends; people you can call to watch your kids when you just need OUT of the house for a couple of hours, or who can come over and have a glass of wine with you when the kids are in bed. You absolutely need someone you can gripe to so that your head doesn't explode. Don't get me wrong, I love being a parent, and I love my daughter, but sometimes I have to take care of the person that is me.
2. Some people try to keep their work and personal life separate, but I think there has to be a compromise. Be upfront with your supervisor about your role in your child's life. Let him/her know that you value the company's time (and theirs) and so you want to feel comfortable talking to them when you need a day off for your child's dance recital/soccer championship/flu symptoms. Don't throw it in their face that you have a life outside of work, but if they are aware that you have other obligations as well it can help your relationship with your boss.
3. Give yourself a break. Parenting is hard work, whether you are a stay-at-home parent or you work outside of the home. I've done both, and they each have their ups and downs. Try to focus on the fun times with your kids (and spouse if you're married), let little setbacks slide off your back (like Jr. needing to sleep with a blanket again), and just enjoy parenthood. It's very easy to slip into a resentful attitude when things don't seem to go the way you planned. Take a deep breath, or send the kids outside with bubbles so you can relax if just for 5 minutes. If your kids are alive and thriving, you're doing a great job, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
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Don't forget to enter our other Birthday Bash Giveaways......
...a Rock n' Roll Lid and an iPod shuffle here! Ends TODAY 9:00pm PST
...a vintage inspired cartoon tee shirt here! Ends 9/10
...2 adorable onsies: a pink one that says 'Blessed' a blue one that says 'I'm the answer to prayer' size 3-6 months. Here! Ends 9/13
See the full list of giveaways coming the next 2 months here! (15+)

241 comments:

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The Double Dipped Life said...

I am following Michelle on twitter
ddsweets

The Double Dipped Life said...

I follow Eli's Lids on twitter as DDSweets

rachael said...

I am following Michelle on Twitter :) I'm sucked in!

rachael said...

You must be getting a hundred emails ;-) I get a second entry for following Michelle on Twitter, yah?

rachael said...

Eli's Lids sidebar! (#1)

rachael said...

Eli's Lids sidebar! (#2)

rachael said...

Subscriber to Eli's Lids Feed (#1)

rachael said...

Subscriber to Eli's Lids Feed (#2)

rachael said...

mrswoodall follows elis lids on twitter :)

Tamara B. said...

I left a comment at a comment on her top post titled "Giveaway from Eli's Lids!"
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Tamara B. said...

I follow the Single Mon Sanctuary blog.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Tamara B. said...

#2, I follow the Single Mon Sanctuary blog.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Tamara B. said...

#1, I am a subscriber to Single Mom's Sanctuary's RSS Feed
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Tamara B. said...

#2, I am a subscriber to Single Mom's Sanctuary's RSS Feed
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Tamara B. said...

#1, I am a subscriber to the Eli's Lids RSS Feed
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Tamara B. said...

#2, I am a subscriber to the Eli's Lids RSS Feed
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Ashley said...

I subscribe to ElisLids

Ashley said...

I follow ElisLids on twitter! @apichea

The Glamorous Life Association said...

I love getting to know people I techinically already 'know' thru these interviews! Michelle is such a ball of energy in person...I had no idea she was a single mom. All I can say is WOW.

(please take me out of the giveaway. I am not elligible!)

roxannima said...

I follow you on Twitter already, but now I'm following Michelle too. yay :) I also added her RSS feed to my G-Reader, which all was more for me than to be entered into the contest. I love being in touch with other single mommies :)

Adam Rogers said...

Posted a message, and I'm a fan of these Lid thingies, and such... :-)

Linda said...

following on twitter (@minnemom)

Linda said...

following ElisLids (@minnemom)

Linda said...

following Elis Lids via RSS

Dwalline said...

I wento to Single Mom Sanctuary and left a comment on her top post titled "Giveaway from Eli's Lids!"

Dwalline said...

I follow momofrose on twitter. my id is dwalline

Dwalline said...

I follow ElisLids on twitter. my id is dwalline

Dwalline said...

Here is the link to my tweet
http://twitter.com/dwalline/statuses/3866110562

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

I am following Michelle on twitter

@notdiyheather

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

I am following Eli's Lids on twitter

@notdiyheather

Kristin said...

Commented on Singlemom Sanctury blog!

Kristin said...

Following Michelle's blog now on my reader

Kristin said...

Following Michelles blog on Networked Blogs on Facebook now too

Kristin said...

Following Michelle on Twitter - kgroovy

Kristin said...

I've been following Eli's Lids for a long time now on twitter! - kgroovy

Kristin said...

I've had your RSS in my reader for a while too!

Kristin said...

Ok I just retweeted the contest on twitter - @kgroovy and @meringuebkeshp!

Saph @ Walk With Me said...

Following SMS's blog. :)

Saph @ Walk With Me said...

Following SMS's blog entry #2

Saph @ Walk With Me said...

Following you on Twitter- I'm walkwithme

zealandsmom said...

I subscribe to your feeds

zealandsmom said...

I follow you on twitter

zealandsmom said...

feed #2:)

zealandsmom said...

commented on her blog!

zealandsmom said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/zealandsmom/statuses/3869818018

zealandsmom said...

follow michelle #1

zealandsmom said...

follow michelle #2

zealandsmom said...

follow michelles blog #1

zealandsmom said...

follow her blog #2

clallen said...

i follow michelle on twitter, thanks clallen at ntin dot net

clallen said...

2 i follow michelle on twitter, thanks clallen at ntin dot net

clallen said...

1. i am following sms blog. thanks clallen at ntin dot net

clallen said...

2 i am following sms blog. thanks clallen at ntin dot net

clallen said...

1 i sub to sms feed thanks clallen at ntin dot net

clallen said...

2 i sub to sms feed thanks clallen at ntin dot net

clallen said...

following elislids on twitter, clallen1971 thanks clallen at ntin dot net

clallen said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/clallen1971/status/3870089968 thanks again clallen at ntin dot net

clallen said...

1 Subscribed to the Eli's Lids RSS Feed thanks clallen at ntin dot net

clallen said...

2 Subscribed to the Eli's Lids RSS Feed thanks clallen at ntin dot net

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am following Michelle on Twitter.

Username: wastebasket

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am following Michelle on Twitter.

Username: wastebasket

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

2

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a follower of Single Mom Sanctuary!

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a follower of Single Mom Sanctuary!

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

2

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a subscriber to Single Mom Sanctuary!

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a subscriber to Single Mom Sanctuary!

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

2

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I have your button on my blog: Here

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I have your button on my blog: Here

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a subscriber!

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a subscriber!

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

2

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am following you on Twitter.

Username: wastebasket

mommyhoodisthankless{AT}gmail.com

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/wastebasket/statuses/3870774809

peg42 said...

I'm following Michelle on twitter
Entry 1

peg42 said...

Following Michelle on Twitter
Entry 2

peg42 said...

I became a SMS Follower.
Entry 1

peg42 said...

I became a SMS Follower.
Entry 2

kendra22 said...

posted on the single mom..thnx

GALENA said...

sweet

Happi Shopr said...

posted a comment on Single Mom Sanctuary - "Giveaway from Eli's Lids!". trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Happi Shopr said...

i follow michelle on twitter - happishopr. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Happi Shopr said...

i follow eli's lids on twitter too - happishopr. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Happi Shopr said...

happishopr tweeted:

http://twitter.com/happishopr/status/3887929354


trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

enter me

edq143 at yahoo dot com

Patti said...

I already follow you on twitter :)

Patti said...

I tweeted about your giveaways!
Patti

Lori A. said...

I left a comment on Single Mom Sanctuary on her top post titled "Giveaway from Eli's Lids!" telling the gazillion things I'd love to get from Pampered Chef.

ljatwood at gmail dot com

Lori A. said...

following Michelle on twitter (ljatwood)

ljatwood at gmail dot com

Lori A. said...

Follow the Single Mon Sanctuary blog

ljatwood at gmail dot com

Lori A. said...

Follow the Single Mon Sanctuary blog (2)

ljatwood at gmail dot com

Lori A. said...

Subscribe to Single Mom's Sanctuary's RSS Feed (1)

ljatwood at gmail dot com

Lori A. said...

Subscribe to Single Mom's Sanctuary's RSS Feed (2)

ljatwood at gmail dot com

Lori A. said...

Subscribe to the Eli's Lids RSS Feed (1)
ljatwood at gmail dot com

Lori A. said...

Subscribe to the Eli's Lids RSS Feed (2)
ljatwood at gmail dot com

Lori A. said...

Follow Eli's Lids on Twitter

ljatwood at gmail dot com

Lori A. said...

tweeted!

http://twitter.com/ljatwood/status/3891164192

ljatwood at gmail dot com

mogrill said...

Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

Erica C. said...

I left a comment on Single Mom Sanctuary :)

barbara said...

I left a comment on Single Mom Sanctuary.

barbara said...

I follow Michelle on Twitter - #1

barbara said...

I follow Michelle on Twitter - #2

barbara said...

I Follow the Single Mon Sanctuary blog.

barbara said...

I Subscribe to Single Mom's Sanctuary's RSS Feed

barbara said...

I Subscribed to the Eli's Lids RSS Feed

barbara said...

I Follow Eli's Lids on Twitter - bsw529

barbara said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/3900248331

spoodles said...

I'm following Michelle on Twitter: Spoodles

spoodles said...

I'm following Michelle on Twitter: Spoodles

spoodles said...

Following SMS.

spoodles said...

Following SMS.

spoodles said...

I got the Eli's Lids giveaway button.

spoodles said...

I got the Eli's Lids Giveaway button.

spoodles said...

Following Eli's Lids on Twitter: Spoodles

mmentor said...

love this stuff

BusyMom said...

I followed Michelle on Twitter. #1

BusyMom said...

I followed Michelle on Twitter. #2

Oh yeah, I'm ABusyMomofTwo on Twitter.

BusyMom said...

I follow Eli's Lids on Twitter. ABusyMomofTwo

BusyMom said...

Tweeted.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3903871782

Kristin said...

Retweeted it!
http://twitter.com/kgroovy

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3908625593

barbara said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/3911345989

clallen said...

daily tweet http://twitter.com/clallen1971/status/3911827125 thanks, clallen at ntin dot net

Marin said...

I left a comment on Michelle's PC post.

Marin said...

Follow Michelle on Twitter (MarinOBrien)

Marin said...

Follow Michelle on Twitter (MarinOBrien)

Marin said...

Subscribe to SMS #1

Marin said...

Subscribe to SMS #2

Marin said...

I follow SMS #1

Marin said...

I follow SMS #2

Marin said...

Eli's subscriber #1

Marin said...

Eli's subscriber #2

Marin said...

Grabbed your button #1
mommybrainmarin.blogspot

Marin said...

Grabbed your button #2
mommybrainmarin.blogspot

Marin said...

Follow on Twitter (MarinOBrien)

Marin said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/MarinOBrien/status/3912589500

My3Sons said...

I am following Michelle on Twitter (My3Sons33) extra entry #1

Note - having issues with twitter, and people I am following are not showing up. They are supposed to be fixing this!

My3Sons said...

Following Michelle on Twitter (my3Sons33) entry #2. See comments on entry #1 about twitter issues.

My3Sons said...

I am following the SMS blog - entry #1

My3Sons said...

I am following the SMS blog - entry #2

My3Sons said...

I am subscribed to SMS's feed - entry #1

My3Sons said...

I am subscribed to SMS's feed - entry #2

My3Sons said...

I am following you on twitter (My3Sons33) - see 1st comment about twitter issues!

My3Sons said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/My3Sons33/status/3914454728

Aimee said...

I left a comment on her blog

Aimee said...

Eli's Lids sidebar! (#1)

Aimee said...

Eli's Lids sidebar! (#2)

Aimee said...

RSS Feed #1

Aimee said...

RSS Feed #2

Aimee said...

I'm now following her blog (#1)

Aimee said...

I'm now following her blog (#2)

Rajee said...

follow Michelle on twitter @momsfocus

Rajee said...

follow Michelle on twitter @momsfocus 2

Rajee said...

follow Single Mon Sanctuary blog 1

Rajee said...

follow Single Mon Sanctuary blog 2

Rajee said...

had your button 1

Rajee said...

had your button 2

Rajee said...

subscriber 1

Rajee said...

subscriber 2

Rajee said...

follow u on twitter and tweeted @momsfocus

msrodeobrat said...

im following on twitter ~usmgirl

BusyMom said...

Daily Tweet.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3934109037

barbara said...

tweet: http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/3935400182

Lin said...

I follow Michelle on Twitter.

Lin said...

I follow Single Mom Sanctuary's blog.

BusyMom said...

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3953050815

Daily Tweet

barbara said...

tweet: http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/3955246062

Dwalline said...

http://twitter.com/dwalline/statuses/3955272130

Marin said...

http://twitter.com/MarinOBrien/status/3955832148

dddiva said...

following michelle on twitter- dddiva

dddiva said...

following michelle on twitter- dddiva x2

dddiva said...

Follow SMS blog- dddiva @ http://myloonyverse.com

dddiva said...

Follow SMS 2

dddiva said...

Sub SMS via Google Reader

dddiva said...

Sub x 2

dddiva said...

Added your button http://myloonyverse.com

dddiva said...

Button x 2

dddiva said...

Sub via Google reader

dddiva said...

Sub x 2

dddiva said...

Follow Eli's Lids on Twitter- dddiva

dddiva said...

http://twitter.com/dddiva/status/3963810226

BusyMom said...

Tweeted.

http://twitter.com/ABusyMomofTwo/status/3977585931

barbara said...

tweet: http://twitter.com/bswrig/status/3978722591

dddiva said...

Tweet http://twitter.com/dddiva/status/3979833116

Livingbytheloa said...

My tweet:

http://twitter.com/LivingtheLOA/status/3980280906

Livingbytheloa said...

Following Michelle on twitter - entry 1.

LivingtheLOA

Livingbytheloa said...

Following Michelle on twitter - entry 2.

LivingtheLOA

Livingbytheloa said...

Following ElisLids on twitter.

LivingtheLOA

Livingbytheloa said...

I follow the SMS blog (livingbytheLOA).

Dwalline said...

todays tweet
http://twitter.com/dwalline/statuses/3983133414

Marin said...

http://twitter.com/MarinOBrien/status/3984060795

ktanjatk said...

I left a comment at Michelle's top post titled "Giveaway from Eli's Lids!"

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

ktanjatk said...

1
I follow Michelle on Twitter:
@ktanjatk

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

ktanjatk said...

2
I follow Michelle on Twitter:
@ktanjatk

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

ktanjatk said...

1
I follow the Single Mon Sanctuary blog: ktanjatk

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

ktanjatk said...

2
I follow the Single Mon Sanctuary blog: ktanjatk

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

ktanjatk said...

1
I subscribed to Single Mom's Sanctuary's RSS Feed via Google reader

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

ktanjatk said...

2
I subscribed to Single Mom's Sanctuary's RSS Feed via Google reader

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

ktanjatk said...

1
I subscribed to the Eli's Lids RSS Feed via Google reader

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

ktanjatk said...

2
I subscribed to the Eli's Lids RSS Feed via Google reader

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

ktanjatk said...

I follow Eli's Lids on Twitter:
@ktanjatk

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

ktanjatk said...

tweeted:
http://twitter.com/ktanjatk/status/3984393061

ktanjatk(at)gmail(dot)com

Kristin said...

Just retweeted!
http://twitter.com/kgroovy/status/3984484959

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