Our Final Hallmark Recordable Storybooks Giveaway!

by Janice

Over the last three months, Susan and I have been sharing with you how much we LOVE Hallmark’s new Recordable Storybooks — and giving you a chance to win one for your family and ten to donate to a local charity of your choice!

First, I showed you a video of Olivia squealing with delight over the book I recorded for her, All The Ways I Love You. She adores her “special book” and I love how I was able to capture her joy in this video. She is SO adorable and she LOVES her recordable storybook!

Second, Susan shot a video of her recording her girls’ voices on a recordable storybook to send to their Nonna (Grandma) in Italy. Sophia and Julia loved recording their voices and their “Nona” was thrilled to receive such a treasure!

Finally, I was going to show you a video with my eight year old son creating a recordable story book. I was so excited to have him read and record the Thank You God For Everything recordable book by Hallmark.

I definitely want us all to remember his sweet can-read-all-by-himself voice.


When I went to grab the book so Jackson and I could shoot the video together, I couldn’t find it anywhere!

It had been sitting on the kitchen table before I left on a trip last week.

To my horror, I found out that our puppy AJ had decided HE wanted a taste of the action too!

Yes — my dog ate my homework!

I was so sad because I wanted to make this video for you with Jackson, BUT I love these recordable storybooks so much I will need to buy another one! They are just so fabulous!

So, I suppose I’ll forgive my puppy for his naughty-puppy-ways and head off to the store to pick up another copy of Thank You God For Everything.

Win for you AND for Charity!

If YOU want to win — we have one Hallmark Recordable Storybook to giveaway, PLUS ten more copies for a local charity of the winner’s choice!

(But seriously, don’t just wait to win one! I think the Hallmark Recorable Storybooks can be the perfect gift! With Hallmark’s fantastic artwork, story-telling and quality — with the personal touch of adding your own voice or your children’s voice, these books are brilliant!)

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, October 15th. We will announce our winners on Saturday, October 16th. 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.

We have decided to once again accept extra entries! For extra entries you can share this contest on Twitter, sign up for our newsletter, or add our feed to your reader. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter if you want to keep in touch with us and receive reminders about all of our giveaways, etc!

Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.

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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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Rena October 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm
2 Rena October 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm

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3 queen-sized funny bone October 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

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4 queen-sized funny bone October 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm

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5 queen-sized funny bone October 1, 2010 at 6:12 pm

luckily he didn’t eat the recorder or he’s be walking around talking


6 Kristie October 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I think I would donate to Eva’s Place…an organization in my community that helps battered women.


7 Kristie October 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I subscribe to your newsletter.


8 Carrie Z October 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I would donate to our local Ronald McDonald house. I think it would make both a parent and child smile:)


9 Kelly Ann T. October 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I would like to donate them to Santa’s Helpers who adopt families for the holidays


10 Simone G. October 2, 2010 at 12:14 am

I would like to donate to the Warrior Kids Workshop aboard Camp Pendleton! Great program for kids where they learn to cope better with deployments.


11 Kristy Oberts October 2, 2010 at 5:29 am

WWWW.thelittlestheros.com would be my choice. Love this jammn’ giveaway!


12 Jennifer James October 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

Oh my gosh! That is so hilarious. Not really… but your puppy is so cute and adorable all I could do was smile :)


13 Sherry hart October 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

I would donate them to our local Toys for Tots program.


14 Jenn C October 2, 2010 at 11:33 am

I would donate them to the Evergreen Hospital in Kirklands PICU – The docs in the NICU helped save the twins and get them home healthy and happy , and I bet these books would be great for the older kids in the hospital.


15 Christie J. Freeman October 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I would like to donate to a Ronald McDonald House, if there is one in our town/area, or if not- to a local battered women and children organization.


16 tennille October 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

NOTE THIS IS NOT AN ENTRY AS I AM EXCLUDED (Canadian) but I had to comment on your dog-naughty and he looks like he knows it-you made smile!


17 Kathy Stevenson October 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I would want the books donated to Arms of Love in Godfrey, IL!


18 Karen Propes October 2, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I would donate mine to Duke Children’s Hospital, it would be great for those poor little babies that are so sick to be able to hear their parent’s voices when they can’t be there.


19 stacy October 2, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I’d donate them to our crisis nursery.


20 stacy October 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm

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22 stacy October 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm

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23 Sandra Joseph October 2, 2010 at 11:01 pm

My son in law is leaving for deployment soon and I would donate the extra books to his unit.


24 Krista October 3, 2010 at 3:26 am

I would donate them to our local pregnancy center! I think they’d be great for new mommies!


25 Krista October 3, 2010 at 3:27 am

feed reader (not liking the extra entries again)


26 Angie October 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm

I would give these to the local homeless women’s shelter in my area. They have tons of kids that would love these!

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27 Angie October 3, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Tweet; http://twitter.com/#!/pricousins/status/26308145800

And THANKS for the extra entries again!


28 Angie October 3, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I subscribe to the newsletter: pricousins at aol dot com


29 Debra October 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Ronald McDonald House or Hmmm Childrens Medical Center in Dallas I think! So many worthy local charities that could use books.

Thanks for the giveaway!


30 sarah October 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I follow you on twitter!


31 sarah October 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Ignore this one, thought following was an entry…oops!


32 sarah October 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I retweeted the giveaway!


33 sarah October 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I would donate the books to Urban Impact, a local charity that tutors local kids. Love these books!


34 Randi K October 5, 2010 at 3:33 am

I would love to have these donated to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia! They have taken care of my son and my cousins child who actually is in there now and has been for the past week after his third surgery :( He is only 4 mths old).


35 Randi K October 5, 2010 at 3:34 am

I follow you on Twitter!


36 Ann C October 5, 2010 at 7:50 am

My charity is “Everybody Wins” in Atlanta. I am a reading mentor for this program, and it would be amazing to win these books for the program.


37 Cassandra D. October 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I would donate them to our local Catholic Charities. this is wonderful.


38 Cassandra D. October 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I get your newsletter.


39 Cassandra D. October 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I have your feed on my google reader.


40 Vickie Couturier October 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I would donate them to the local foster care group,these kids would love to have something like this to have



41 Vickie Couturier October 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm

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42 Vickie COuturier October 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Like you on facebook vickiecouturier

an I love the extry entries


43 Vickie Couturier October 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm
44 Vickie Couturier October 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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45 Melissa P. October 7, 2010 at 7:46 am

I would love to have my 10 donated to Hope Alive, Inc. http://www.hopealiveministries.org. Thank you for the opportunity.


46 Melissa P. October 7, 2010 at 7:46 am

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47 Melissa P. October 7, 2010 at 7:47 am

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51 Marlena U. October 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

I would choose oure local Gilda’s Club as they have a kid’s program called “Noogieland” and the kids would love these.


52 Rebecca October 7, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I would donate to “Kuddle Kids”


53 Melissa Handlovitch October 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm

I would donate my book to PIttsburgh’s Children’s Hospital.


54 Christina October 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

reach out and read…


55 Kristinia October 11, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I would dontate to the Boston Children’s Hospital here in Mass or to our local USO. I believe this is a wonderful gift and would also help the children who’s fathers are also deployed (military families), my fiance is in the USMC and this would be a way to still keep “Mommy” or Daddy reading to their angels at bedtime even when they are far apart!


56 Sarah - PS Mom Reviews October 11, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I would give these to a local after-school program I used to work for in a low-income housing complex.


57 Linda M. October 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Oh I love this & I love the donation part the best! I would be thrilled to give the books to our local hospital for their Children’s floor. Wellington Regional Hosp. would really be able to use these for the families that come from all over. I have my fingers & toes crossed for this one……………again! LOL


58 Idaho Jill October 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I would love to donate them to our children’s hospital!


59 Idaho Jill October 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I am an email subscriber, thanks!


60 Idaho Jill October 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm
61 Marie October 12, 2010 at 11:36 pm

i would donate the books to CMN Childrens Miracle Network


62 Joseph October 12, 2010 at 11:57 pm

i would donate them to Ronald McDonald House Charity


63 Stephanie October 15, 2010 at 9:22 am

What a blessing! We would donate the books to Lutheran Childrens Hospital. Those childen would really benifit from these books!:]


64 Cindy Benson November 4, 2010 at 11:08 am

I would donate to Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, AL.


65 Rupa November 13, 2010 at 9:03 am

Everybody wins! Atlanta – they run a weekly Power Lunch program where reading mentors volunteer a lunch hour to read to a child at her school…teachers handpick children who they believe will benefit the most or need to be read to at least once a week. Recordable Storybooks would make great gifts for these kids on behalf of Everybody Wins…the children form a close bond with their reading mentors and it would be nice for them to be read to by the mentors even on days when they don’t meet or after they’ve grown out of the program.


66 Karen Jones November 28, 2010 at 12:31 am

I would give the books to my local foster carers asssociation.


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