Another Chance to Win a Hallmark Recordable Storybook…

by Susan

I-Love-You-Grandma-Recordable-StorybookHere’s another chance to win a Hallmark Recordable Storybook PLUS ten more to giveaway to a local charity of your choice!

In July, Janice showed you an adorable video of her little Olivia reading a Hallmark Recordable Storybook that Janice recorded for her and now it’s my turn…

But this time, it’s not my voice being recorded in the book… it’s my girls’ voices.

Yes, the storybook in this video is called “I Love You Grandma” and Julia and Sophia are recording their voices to send to their Nonna (Grandma) in Italy.

Their little voices at these tender ages are so precious they need to be remembered. Listen as Julia offers to help Sophia say her part and near the end my heart melts at the sound of 2 year old Sophia saying “Apple”. I can’t imagine how many times I will watch this 2 minute video.

Take a look…

Hallmark has ten Recordable Storybook titles available in Hallmark Gold Crown stores nationwide. Each title retails for $29.95. For more information, visit

And as Janice mentioned, there’s a “Share Your Story Tab” on Facebook where people can submit their own personal stories.

Win for you AND for Charity!

We have one Hallmark Recordable Storybook to giveaway, PLUS ten more copies for a local charity of the winner’s choice!

As these Storybooks have touched lives from coast to coast, Hallmark wants to share all the Storybooks have to offer with members of your community, particularly those who may be separated from family or in need of gifts to share with loved ones.

Hallmark is providing 10 copies of a Recordable Storybook (selected by Hallmark) to donate to a local charity of our randomly selected winner’s choosing.

The selected charitable organization must be local to the winner, serving their area, (for instance, a military base, children’s hospital or shelter).

Because these books record voices, people who are separated from loved ones, such as children or people in the hospital, military families, or families in crisis, would be wonderful receipients.

Enter To Win

To enter, simply leave a comment letting us know the local charity to whom you would like to donate the ten additional copies if you win.

The winner will be chosen by random.

This giveaway will close on Friday, Sept 10th. We will announce our winners on Saturday, Sept 11th. This giveaway is open to US residents and is void where prohibited. Please see our site’s terms and conditions of use for more information.

While in order to simplify entering for you we no longer accept extra entries, please feel free to share this contest on Facebook and Twitter, and/or sign up for our newsletter, or add our feed to your reader. And you can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter if you want!

Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.
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Please Note: Hallmark provided prizing for this giveaway along with product samples. This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Hallmark. As usual, my opinions are completely my own!

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Ann Marie September 1, 2010 at 2:05 am

I would love to win this to record my husband’s voice for my children for our upcoming deployment! I would then ask that the 10 books be donated to my local Army Community Service office to share with other military families!

What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you Hallmark!


2 Debbie Ramirez September 1, 2010 at 2:33 am

This would be a great gift to donate to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Ca as well as Oakland Children’s Hospital! Pick Me! I would love to donate these books! My husband lives away from us for 2 months or more each year, this would be GREAT for my husband to record himself reading so our 5 children could enjoy him reading to them while he is away!
Awesome giveaway! Thank you and Hallmark!


3 Dawn September 1, 2010 at 3:12 am

I would love to donate the 10 extra copies to our church (St. Patricks in Cedar Falls, Iowa) for their Christmas toy drive. They collect books, toys, clothing, food, etc. for children of incarcerated parents. These kids seem to have so many strikes against them … that it is really heartwarming to help make Christmas special for them. Thanks for hosting such a lovely contest :-D


4 jual laptop September 1, 2010 at 5:09 am

nice post


5 parfum original September 1, 2010 at 5:11 am

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9 Mozi Esmes Mommy September 1, 2010 at 6:30 am

I would donate these to the Glide Adventist Community Services…

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10 Jennifer September 1, 2010 at 7:33 am

The thought of this book makes me tear up. My husband is currently deployed and my daughter has started speaking since he left. She asks daily where Daddy is. To know there’s a book out there that I can send to him to record for her makes my whole week!

If I were to win, I’d love for the 10 books to be donated to the Fort Carson Army Community Service Office to share with other military families that are in the same situation that my daughter and I are in!


11 sandra joseph September 1, 2010 at 8:21 am

I would donate the extra copies to my son-in-law’s army company who is being deployed soon. That would be a wonderful gift to the children (and my grandson) while their parents are away for a year


12 Beth C September 1, 2010 at 8:54 am

Oh, this would be so fun to win! I would give the books to the children’s unit at our local hospital.


13 Jen September 1, 2010 at 9:20 am

I’d have to think about this before I’d decide for sure, but I think I’d give them to the military families somehow.


14 Ruth Hill September 1, 2010 at 9:21 am

Our church has a military ministry program, and I think this would be a great place to donate these.


15 S Lee September 1, 2010 at 11:06 am

That is such a wonderful idea. Love it. It would be great to donate it to Toys For Tots. There are so many children who don’t have their own books.


16 sarah t September 1, 2010 at 11:19 am

i would donate these to my local hospital to give to children they feel could use it.


17 Angie Himes September 1, 2010 at 11:24 am

I would LOVE this Idea…and I know there are MANY military families that would love to share this gift!! I would LOVE to pass this on to them but I am not sure how…How great would it be to get a Story read to you by your parent overseas?!?!? Please Pick me!!


18 Angie Himes September 1, 2010 at 11:26 am

sorry I LOVE this Idea and WOULD Love to win!!


19 kathy D September 1, 2010 at 11:25 am

I would love to win for my mom she is far from my sisters kids and misses them tons…… I would donate Sweet Dreams I group that gives a pillow, pillow case and PJ’s to kids in need at Christmas


20 Sarah W September 1, 2010 at 11:46 am

I would love this for our son, when his dad is out to sea and we can’t recieve calls. I would like the extras to be donated to the USO for other military members. These deployments are hard on our kids and even our service members voice in a book would be a great thing for them.


21 rc September 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

Nonna loved her book! Thanks again :)


22 Annette W September 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Wow! 10 for a charity is awesome! I first thought of my local children’s hospital, and now I can’t decide between that and the troops. Either way…thank you Hallmark!


23 Aimee Netherland Neu September 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Favorite Charity: Sutton Children s Hospital — Allie Beth was there for over three months last year. The love and care that they gave her was PHENOMENAL – and the kids there would have a blast – to make a child smile while they are going through so much is priceless and that is what the staff at this hospital does daily!


24 Kelly Ann T. September 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I would donate the copies to Santa’s Helpers, a local group that adopts families for Christmas. Thank you for the chance to win.


25 Anne September 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I am so with you on recording little voices! They’re priceless! I’d love to donate books to our local chapter of Blue Star Mothers, who collect donations to support military families!


26 Karen Propes September 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I would love to donate 10 books to Duke Children’s Hospital, for the parents to record for their voices for their children while they are hospitalized.


27 Leighann Platt September 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I would donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital!


28 beth September 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I would donate them to the local foster care support group that I belong to.


29 lesa September 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I would love this because my husband could record his voice for the kids. My husband is a geologist and is gone 3 weeks or more at a time, and he doesn’t always have good reception for calling or even email. I would love to donate to the women’s shelter in Pottsville.


30 Busybx6 September 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm

How sweet, I’d love the extra copies to be donated to Campbell Co.Tennessee Childrens Center. The children have been abused and neglected often by their own parents but they still love their parents and miss them when they are removed and placed into foster homes so having the books would be great to hear their parents’ voice and seeing their faces.


31 Scented rocks September 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm

great blog, enjoy reading


32 Terra Heck September 2, 2010 at 5:38 am

I’d like them donated to Ladies of Charity, a local Catholic organization that helps people with food, clothing, and other supplies. Thanks.


33 Kelly Landis September 2, 2010 at 7:42 am

I would like to donate to Myra’s Place in Collingdale, PA. Myra’s Place is dedicated to empowering women who have suffered trauma and issues related to trauma. Their programs and initiatives are designed to help those women in need by enhancing their coping skills through therapy, unity and hope.


34 Brenda Rupp September 2, 2010 at 10:20 am

I would love to win one for my nephew whose father keeps getting deployed but will be back in September. Since he is going for a career in the service, he will be deployed again I’m sure. I would love to have the other sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
dancealert at aol dot com


35 Idaho Jill September 2, 2010 at 10:37 am

our local children’s hospital (St. Luke’s) would be the perfect recipient, thanks!


36 Shelley September 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I would donate the other 10 books to Toys For Tots.

(Thanks for a great giveaway!)


37 Kathy Stevenson September 2, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I would donate them to Arms of Love!


38 Steph September 2, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I would donate the books to The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland.


39 Sarah - PS Mom Reviews September 2, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I would like to donate them to a local after school program


40 Carolyn September 2, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I would donate the other 10 books to our local toys for tots.


41 nan lara September 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm

i would try the ct assn of adult day centers in hopes that they knew of programs/elderly who would appreciate getting the book


42 Nanette ~ AMomBlog September 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Great giveaway. I’d donate the other books to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


43 Aleyta September 3, 2010 at 12:20 am

This would be a great opportunity for me to seek out an organization and volunteer with children.I would donate them to the San Jose childrens shelter in San Jose California. I worked there while I was a Girl Scout and the children are still in contac with their parents usually, but have been removed due to abuse or other problems. These would be great for them to communicate with their family.Thanks!


44 Maureen September 3, 2010 at 1:08 am

BookEnds. Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)


45 Paula Evander September 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm

If I win these books, I would like to donate them to a local food/clothing shelf called ACBC in Anoka, Minnesota. This charity helps all families in need in our area. Thank you!


46 katklaw777 September 4, 2010 at 5:09 am

This is my kind of giveaway!!!
I enjoy paying it forward…….
I would donate mine to the Peotone-Monee Public Library Foundation in Peotone, Illinois.
I know they will put them to good use.
Thanks for having this fine giveaway!


47 Amanda A September 4, 2010 at 8:41 am

I would donate the extra books to my husband’s air force base – it would be great for deployed families!


48 Vickie Couturier September 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I would donate them to our local foster care program,the kids love to recieve books like this



49 Maureen September 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm

What a fantastic way to share! I would donate to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital charity program…My 2 year old was recently cared for at AP due to a severe burn and it is a great hospital.


50 Tabathia B September 4, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I would either donate to the domestic violence center for abused women (for their children) or to the salvation army/dss to hand out to children for christmas
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com


51 Kimberly September 5, 2010 at 7:00 am

I would donate the extra books to our local children’s hospital.


52 Angie September 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm

i would donate these to our local domestic violence shelter but for obvious reasons I can’t name the place here. ;-)


53 Marj M. September 7, 2010 at 8:07 am

I would donate the extra books to the Salvation Army and to our Church Mission. Both are such wonderful places that help families in need at all times.


54 Lois September 8, 2010 at 2:59 am

I would donate these to the local childrens hospital. I think it would be so comforting to the children there to be able to hear a story read to them from a loved one whenever they want.


55 Tiffany johnson September 8, 2010 at 3:31 am

I would donate them to my local teen mops


56 Angela September 8, 2010 at 8:15 am

I would donate the books to the University of MN Hospital PICU in Minneapolis. My friend’s daughter was there for most of her short life for heart complications and I know that this is something that the families there would love.


57 Terri Bullock September 8, 2010 at 9:06 am

I would donate the books to the NICU at the University of Iowa Hospital.This outstanding hospital as blessed my family 3 times. Thay saved my granddaughter when diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 4 years ago and recently , my twin grandsons, born prematurely at 28 weeks.All are doing fine. One twin is still there.Walk the halls and see all the children,who have been there for a long time, they would LOVE a book from a sibling or friend to help them through their Long days.God Bless the staff at Iowa City. They are the best.


58 Mandy Baker September 8, 2010 at 11:52 am

I would love to win this, and would donate the others to Backstreet Missions!


59 Jacque Lyon September 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

I would donate them to foster families.


60 Casey September 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I would donate these to CiCi’s Auctions! Its a fundraiser to help pay medical expenses of a little girl severely disabled by choking on a piece of fruit. :-(


61 Tina Santiago Rodriguez September 9, 2010 at 1:34 am

I would donate the free books to the preschools in our villages in the depressed areas i.e. Gawad Kalinga ( :)


62 Marlena U. September 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

I would donate to our local Gilda’s Club for families affected by cancer.


63 Mary-Frances C. September 9, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I would choose to donate to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. They treated my baby cousin (who was a drowning victim).
mommieseatsoggycereal at gmail dot com


64 Lisa L September 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I’d love to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore, Inc.


65 toknowhim September 10, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I would give the books to my local homeless shelter… This book is wonderful…


66 Amylee September 11, 2010 at 1:38 am

I would donate to the salvation army


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