Do You ROCK Christmas? (Would an extra $250 or $1000 help you ROCK it more?)

by Susan

Hello My Fellow Moms,

Susan here…

I have a confession to make. While I love Christmas — especially when watching it through the eyes of my little girls — this season of splendor can sometimes make me feel a little outdone by some of my SuperMom friends.

For instance, I was just over at my dear friend Audrey’s blog and read how she’s going to Rock Christmas. As I read her list — which included sending out 150 holiday cards — I was amazed and impressed, but also I felt like I can’t keep up.

And that made me think more about how Christmas can be an especially tough time for parents to “try to keep up”.

Whether it’s staying up until 2 am to bake cookies for the Kindergarten teacher or adding to the credit card debt with the next apple toy that every other teenager seems to have, we often push ourselves too hard.

It can be a crazy time of year.

But it’s not supposed to be. When the lights start going up on my neighbors’ houses and I start nagging myself that I’ve got to hurry and get our lights up too, I try to pause and remember what the season really means. For me, Christmas is about God’s gift of Love. And I may not be able to give the most expensive gifts or even bake shortbread for all the teachers and neighbors, but I’ve got lots of LOVE to give.

So this year, I am not going to let myself feel I’ve lost a baking or shopping competition… I am going to focus on finding tangible ways to show extra love to my girls, my family, my friends and every other busy mom who I bump into at the grocery store while we’re both trying to scramble through this season.

Yes, I too will bake, shop, wrap, decorate, cook and clean… and everything else we moms must do. But I might do less of it than some of my friends. And that’s okay… because I know I will still “Rock” Christmas for my kids and they’ll have a wonderful holiday filled with love.

Would You Like an Extra $1000 to Help You Rock the Holidays?

RayovacI know you’re going to Rock the Holidays too — hopefully not so hard that you need half of January to recover — so why not get a prize for it?

In a few words you can tell Rayovoc how you (or your mom) Rock the Holidays and be entered to win $1000 Cash!

You’re busy… so this is simple:

  1. “Like” Rayovac on Facebook:
  2. Go to, complete the entry form and at their option, tell Rayovac in 120 words or less how you (or your mom) rocks the holidays.

Grand Prize: Three (3) Lucky winners will win $1,000 cash from Rayovac.

Runner Up Prizes: Twenty (20) First Place Prize winners will receive a Rayovac Jam kit including a Paper Jamz guitar, drum, amp and guitar strap as well as 2 packs of Rayovac Alkaline AAA 24 packs (prize package valued at $90).

The sweepstakes runs through Monday, December 5th.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or another holiday, make sure you take a moment to tell Rayovac and you might win!

Just in case, what about $250?

Okay, for those of you with a few more minutes on your hands… if you want another chance to win… and this time with extra great odds because it’s only for 5 Minutes for Mom readers…

Rayovac is letting us give one of you a $250 Visa Gift Card!

And we can give five of you each a Rayovac Jam Pack — including one Paper Jamz guitar and one pack of Rayovac Alkaline AAA 24 pack batteries. (Rayovac is the Official Battery of Paper Jamz.)

Now, in a rather fitting example of me having a tough time “keeping up”, I’m a little late publishing this post. The deadline for our Rayovac giveaway here at 5 Minutes for Mom was supposed to be today, but I managed to beg and plead for an extra couple days.

So… it’s your turn. Quickly hop over to your own blog and publish a short post telling your readers about their chance to win $1000 gift card from Rayovac. Then come back here and leave your post link in a comment! We’ll draw the winners in the afternoon of Thursday December 2nd and we’ll email you to get your shipping address sent to us as quickly as possible.

How to Win the $250 or Rayovac Jam Pack

This giveaway takes a bit more effort than the Rayovac $1000 Sweepstakes, but you can enter BOTH and your chances of winning this giveaway are really high.

  1. On your own blog, post about the Mom Rocks The Holidays on-line sweepstakes. You can use this widget to link to the Sweepstakes, if you want.
  2. Leave a comment on this post including your post link.
  3. Add to your sweepstakes post this disclaimer: “Followers who promote the Rayovac Mom Rocks the Holidays Sweepstakes may receive gifts from Rayovac.”
  4. Watch for an email from us on the afternoon of Thursday December 2nd and send us your shipping address as quickly as possible.

This giveaway is open to US continental shipping addresses and closes 12 noon Eastern December 2nd. This giveaway is void where prohibited. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for our complete contest rules.

We want to thank Rayovac for helping us Moms rock the holidays and power the gifts under the tree. And hey, if you’re looking for stocking stuffer ideas, toss in some Rayovac batteries.

For more information on the sweepstakes and Rayovac brands and products visit and “like” Rayovac at or

Please Note: We are Rayovac sponsored bloggers.

Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.
Talk with me: @5minutesformom and

Email Author    |    Website About Susan

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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{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sylvia November 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Pick me!! Pick me!! Please!! :)

I posted about the giveaway at:

Crossing my fingers…and thanks for the opportunity!


2 Susan November 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Wow you’re quick Sylvia.


3 Mom24 November 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

It would be wonderful for our family to win this!


4 Jen C November 29, 2010 at 9:08 pm
5 Anne November 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm
6 laura November 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm

What a great idea to get everyone thinking about BATTERIES!
Here’s my post:

I could use a little jumpstart this holiday….


7 Dianna November 29, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I posted… this would really really really be a huge help this year….


8 Amber November 30, 2010 at 1:18 am

I posted about it here:

This would be great to win, thanks for the opportunity.


9 John Carroz November 30, 2010 at 1:41 am

Just starting my blog mostly random thoughts. I love reading yours.


10 Jill H November 30, 2010 at 6:11 am

I posted about the giveaway:


11 Dawn November 30, 2010 at 6:22 am

Here’s mine:

Thank you for the opportunity :)


12 Jill H. November 30, 2010 at 6:25 am
13 Jill H November 30, 2010 at 6:26 am

This is one of my first blog posts. I hope I did it all right. It was fun! Thanks!


14 Melissa P. November 30, 2010 at 6:51 am
15 Lisa November 30, 2010 at 7:09 am

Thank you for the opportunity to win!!!


16 Sheri Carpenter November 30, 2010 at 7:34 am
17 Amanda Fernandes November 30, 2010 at 7:53 am
18 Morning Star Loft November 30, 2010 at 8:09 am

I blogged – boy would $1,000 (or $250!) come in handy!!


19 shelly November 30, 2010 at 8:24 am

Here is my post:

Thanks for the chance! My family could really use this right now as we have a baby on the way.


20 Crystal B November 30, 2010 at 8:27 am


Man I hope I win!! This would be awesome!!


21 Karen M November 30, 2010 at 8:33 am

I posted about the Rayovac Giveaway and I also posted the widget on my left-hand sidebar. Here is my link:


22 Karen M November 30, 2010 at 8:38 am

I posted about the Mom Rocks $250 contest here on 5 Minutes for Mom and I included the widget in my left-hand sidebar. Here is my link:

Thank you so very much. The opportunity to win this money and help my family means so much.


23 Carey November 30, 2010 at 9:12 am
24 Janet Carpenter November 30, 2010 at 9:19 am
25 Sarah Kimmel November 30, 2010 at 9:27 am
26 Rachel McGuire November 30, 2010 at 9:56 am
27 saly November 30, 2010 at 10:08 am

Thanks for the opportunity–this would be so helpful for Christmas shopping!


28 Brandy November 30, 2010 at 10:12 am

This would be an absolute blessing for our family this holiday season


29 Angela A November 30, 2010 at 10:26 am

I am entering to win to help me for the holidays, I really need the help. With one income and a fmly. of 5 it is super hard to grant my kid’s wish lists.

Thank you!
brownatural@ gmail dot com


30 Jaimie K November 30, 2010 at 10:57 am
31 Ginny November 30, 2010 at 10:59 am
32 Brenda November 30, 2010 at 11:28 am

I’ve blogged about it on my web site! Yes I could sure use extra money! Here is my link back
I also posted your logo on my side bar!


33 Jendi November 30, 2010 at 11:37 am

Hello ladies! Here’s my link where I told my readers about it:
Thanks for sending the info through your newsletter.


34 Michelle November 30, 2010 at 11:43 am

Sweet! I’m so excited about this giveaway! Here’s my post:


35 Judith November 30, 2010 at 11:47 am
36 Susan November 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm
37 Carrie M November 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm
38 Keonte' November 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm
39 dmdifalco November 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Thank you for the invite. You all are SO GRACIOUS~


40 dmdifalco November 30, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Like on facebook


41 dmdifalco November 30, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Subscriber and member for a few years


42 dmdifalco November 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Retweeted @DailyBlessings


43 Cheryl Reina-Thunstrom November 30, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Would love to win this…here is my post.



44 Rebecca B. November 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I don’t enter a lot of contests… I hope I did it right! :D


45 The Mom Jen November 30, 2010 at 3:42 pm
46 Katie November 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I posted about the giveaway here:

It sure would awesome for whoever wins this! Good luck, everyone!


47 Angie November 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm
48 Brenda November 30, 2010 at 9:07 pm
49 Kathy November 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm

This would really help with my Toys for Tots collection!


50 Erica Best December 1, 2010 at 2:19 am

I am still new to blogging i hope i did it right


51 Julie December 1, 2010 at 11:41 am

Please enter me in the giveaway.


52 Sheila Hickmon December 1, 2010 at 3:21 pm

This would help out so much!! Here is my post, and thanks for the chance!


53 Jennifer McCullar December 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm

A great prizes to brighten anyone holiday, thanks for the chance. I posted


54 carma December 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm
55 Idaho Jill December 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm
56 Donna B. December 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm
57 Brianna Beers December 2, 2010 at 12:28 am

Thankyou for this opportunity, Im in desparate need of this…single mom of 3 and laid off!!
I blogged about this sweeps on my blog at


58 icefairy December 2, 2010 at 3:22 am
59 carmen December 2, 2010 at 8:27 am
60 Heather Steed December 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm
61 cctine December 2, 2010 at 6:33 pm

thanx for the chance to win


62 Jill H December 3, 2010 at 3:53 am

Did you send us an email yesterday afternoon? I didn’t see one from you. Thanks.


63 Maria December 4, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Thanks for this information. I entered and liked Rayovac on Facebook


64 Debby December 6, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I would love to win this. I would certainly help my daughter get caught up on her missed house payments!


65 Debby December 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Great gift!!


66 Debby December 6, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Who could not use extra money??


67 Debby December 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I have started cleaning houses for extra money, yeah I do need to win this! Thanks ladies!


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