Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Contest & A Giveaway!

The holiday season isn't just about presents... it's about family and togetherness.  If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I had my own family reunion with my biological family at the age of 30.  So, I'd like to tell you about the "Run And Hug" contest from Archives.com and WhitePages.


This contest runs from November 21 to December 21 and the winner receives two all expense paid trips to reunite with a long lost family member, plus $1,000 spending money.  Second and third place winners also receive cash prizes.  (See below for details).

In addition to this, my BLOG will be hosting a giveaway for a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com (also provided by WhitePages and Archives.com) to one of the readers to help make your holiday shopping a little easier!!!   



DETAILS ON THE "RUN AND HUG" CONTEST:

For many, the holiday season means reuniting with family members near and far. But what about those family members that you have lost touch with or didn’t even know existed. From now until December 19th, Archives.com and WhitePages want to hear your favorite memory about your long lost relative, whether it’s of your Uncle George, your Cousin Patty or your brother Will.

If your story receives the most votes, you and a companion will win two all expenses paid trips to reunite during the holiday season. You will also be given $1,000 in cash to make your trip all that more special. Cash prizes of $500 and $200 will also be awarded to the runner-up and second runner-up. All top ten contestants will receive year-long subscriptions to Archives.com to further explore their family history.

How it Works:

In order to qualify for the Run & Hug contest, participants (18 years and older) need to submit a 500 or less word or video testimonial that describes your favorite memory of a long lost relative with whom you would like to be reunited. If you are not submitting a video, please submit an image that best illustrates your story (a photo of your relative, or of you at the time when your memory took place, your family crest, etc.).  Submit your entries here:  http://www.runandhug.com/families/enter-to-win/

Once a story is submitted and approved, it will then be open for the public to vote on. Contestants are encouraged to share their story with friends via email, Facebook and Twitter. The story that receives the most votes will win the reunion. Stories can be submitted anywhere from November 21st to December 21st, at which time voting will end. The winner will be chosen and notified by December 25th and will be announced to the public sometime in January. The reunion will take place sometime over the next year. See official contest rules here: http://www.runandhug.com/families/how-it-works/
Share your memory early to maximize your chances of winning!

The Prize

The contestant whose story wins will receive two all expenses paid trips to reunite during the holiday season and will also be given $1,000 in cash. Cash prizes of $500 and $200 will be awarded to the runner-up and second runner-up. All top ten contestants will receive year-long subscriptions to Archives.com to further explore their family history.

About WhitePages & Archives & Disclaimers (also known as... the fine print):


WhitePages is the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the U.S. A top 50 website, with over 30 million unique monthly users and powering over 2 billion searches on over 1,500 sites including MSN and the United States Postal Service, WhitePages offers consumers one-click access to more than 200 million adults, or over 90% of the adult population. The company’s suite of mobile products includes a top-50 mobile website and popular iPhone, Android, HP webOS and BlackBerry applications that have been downloaded more than 11 million times.

WhitePages owns and operates the popular web properties 411.com, Address.com and PhoneNumber.com.

About Archives

Archives.com is a leading family history website that makes discovering family history simple and affordable. The company has assembled more than 1.5 billion historical records in a single location, and makes them available at a price that's up to 80 percent less than the leading competitor. Archives also partners with other leading family history websites to provide integrated record collections, discounted memberships, official certificates and other special promotions. Archives.com is free to try for seven days, allowing anyone to explore the benefits of membership without risk or obligation. Archives.com is owned and operated by Inflection, a fast-growing data commerce company.

Disclaimer:  This contest is not hosted by Lil Family Blog nor will the winners be chosen by Lil Family Blog.  For specific questions about the contest, rules, or prizes, please visit the Run And Hug website:  http://www.runandhug.com/families/  and contact them directly!



The Blog $25 Giveaway

One Lil Family Blog reader will receive a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com to help make your holiday shopping a little easier.

Mandatory Entry:
You must be a public follower of my blog either via Google reader/friend connect or Networked blogs. Leave a comment HERE and tell me how you discovered the blog and your favorite holiday tradition!  Don't forget to include your name/email so I can contact the winner!

Additional Entries (all worth one unless otherwise specified) Please leave SEPARATE comments for each entry you are entitled to:
* Like Lil Family Blog on Facebook
* Click on both the "Top Mommy" brown button and "Picket Fence" buttons on the right of my page to vote for Lil Family Blog on both sites. (worth 1 total entry)

* Add one of my buttons to your site (again, on the right of my page, copy the text below the button and then paste it onto the sidebar of your blog). Worth 2 entries.
* Post about this giveaway on your blog or site and leave me a link where I can see it.
* Share this contest on
Facebook. (Can be done easily with the little "F" icon on the bottom of this entry near the comments). 
* Add me to your
blogroll/blog list on your site.
* You get one additional entry for every friend/family member you get to enter (they have to leave an extra comment saying who sent them).

This contest will end on December 11, 2011 at 11:59PM EST, no more entries will be accepted after that time. The winners will be chosen at random and announced within a day or two on the blog. The prize will be emailed directly from the sponsor companies to the winner within a reasonable amount of time. Please see my disclosure link on the top of the page for fine print.




Thanks for reading and good luck to everyone!!!  
If you enter the Run & Hug contest, please comment here and leave me a link to it, I'd love to read your story!




EDITED TO ADD: The winner has been chosen and announced HERE!

31 comments:

  1. I like you on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  2. I voted for you at top mommy & picket fence blogs.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  3. I don't know why my first comment disappeared. I follow you in GFC. I found your site on a google search. My favorite holiday tradition is looking at the Christmas light displays.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  4. Shared on FB with my username Mary Happymommy:

    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=226262787447268&id=100000611160195

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  5. I have your text link in my blogroll at http://grandgiveaways.wordpress.com

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  6. I follow on Networked Blogs as Elena Istomina. I found your blog on google search. My favorite holiday tradition is to bring the whole fammily together and take family pictures.

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  7. I like you on Facebook as Elena Istomina

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  8. I voted on the Fence and Top Mommy

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  9. shared on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=184034391690965&id=100002433695748#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=253228764731033&id=100002433695748

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  10. Hi I already follow on google connect and my favorite holiday tradition is going to my MIL's and watching the kids open presents! I found your blog through you because were friends hehe.

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  11. I follow on Google
    I like the pags on Facebook.
    Our holiday tradition is we always have a huge breakfast then for lunch we split a lunch special at a chinese restaurant so I get a break from cooking. We also buy our kiddo a new ornament every year.
    I voted on the fence
    I rated the blog
    I shared the link on FB

    I sure hope I win! $25 would go a long way to make Christmas merrier =)

    Stephanie
    SCollins5501 at hotmail dot com

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  12. Oops...I did it wrong.
    Count the previous post for following on Google and I will do the rest separately.

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  13. Our holiday tradition is we always have a huge breakfast then for lunch we split a lunch special at a chinese restaurant so I get a break from cooking. We also buy our kiddo a new ornament every year.

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  14. I follow via GFC. I found your blog through our August Moms group. :)
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  15. I like you on FB Suzanne Hill
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  16. I voted on both.
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  17. I shared on FB: https://www.facebook.com/#!/uhdoy/posts/280316758681686
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  18. I follow google connect "anash"
    My favorite thing to do is eat breakfast with my family! I seen your blog from an email link...Thanks for this splendid giveaway

    anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  19. I voted on picket fence!

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  20. I posted your button to my blog at http://mommilitary.blogspot.com/


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  21. I posted your button to my blog at http://mommilitary.blogspot.com/
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    Thanks!!

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