Win a Carribean Cruise OR $1000 Dollars – It is YOUR choice!

by Janice

Metropolitanmama.netRemember this contest we told you about where you could win a Caribbean Cruise?!?

If you missed that post, here is a quick recap – one of our favorite bloggers, Metropolitan Mama, is teaming up with one of our favorite companies, Protect-A-Bed, (we did a review for them last October) to run a thrilling contest called “Sail Away to a Good Night’s Sleep” where they are giving away an all-expenses-paid CRUISE for two to the Caribbean (airfare included!!!)

As well, there are weekly draws for Protect-A-Bed products and monthly draws for $200.00 gift certificates to Outback Steakhouses.

YES – I know! It is ridiculously cool!

BUT – now Metropolitan Mama has made it even better! For those of you who can’t leave the kids and skip town for a cruise, you can have your choice of EITHER the cruise or one thousand dollars! So, a free trip or $1,000 cash. Sounds like a pretty fantastic choice.

If you didn’t enter yet because you decided a cruise wasn’t right for you, click over and enter now! Because what family doesn’t need an extra $1000???

AND you can increase your chances of winning too – click over to find out how you can have multiple entries.

Don’t forget, when you fill out your entry form let Stephanie know 5 Minutes for Mom sent you. :)

Click on over and enter to win!!!

PS – I am curious – what would you take? The money or the cruise???

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1 tanyetta June 25, 2008 at 4:10 am

i would LOVE the money.



2 Cathi June 25, 2008 at 6:50 am

As good as the money sounds…I’d take the cruise. Five years from now I might not remember where the money was spent but…I would always remember the cruise!!


3 grubmama June 25, 2008 at 8:07 am

$$$ for our Disney trip!


4 Hidden Treasures June 25, 2008 at 8:26 am

Love this pic!!


5 Adventures In Babywearing June 25, 2008 at 9:32 am

Um, money money money!!



6 Knitting Queen June 25, 2008 at 10:13 am

You have no idea how badly I could use that money!


7 Angela Horne June 25, 2008 at 10:34 am

I would choose the money -
no time for a cruise. :)


8 melissa June 25, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Count me in!


9 Soha Molina June 25, 2008 at 1:21 pm

I’d take the money.


10 Cory Huisman June 25, 2008 at 5:11 pm

I’d take the cruise- by myself!


11 mandy June 25, 2008 at 7:52 pm

I’d go for the money! I’d want to use it to do something w/ my family!


12 Amy-Happy Momma June 25, 2008 at 8:31 pm

I’d ask for the money. My husband would love to take a trip to British Columbia and this would make it possible.


13 brandy w June 25, 2008 at 10:16 pm

as much as i need a vacation. i’d take the money. we are in debt. with everything on the rise, money would be the way to go


14 Snippets and Sagas June 26, 2008 at 12:10 am

I’d take the money…we’re still $25,000 away from finishing our international adoption.


15 craftymom June 26, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I would take the cruise with my husband. We’re in need of some time to ourselves!


16 Amy June 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm

We would probably take the $ but a cruise with NO kids would be great.


17 Nicole S. June 26, 2008 at 4:39 pm

My husband and I could so use the trip!! We haven’t even had a weekend vacation with out kids in 3 years!!! Sing me up!! Thanks for all of the great offers on your website.


18 Feiloaki June 26, 2008 at 10:44 pm

The trip really sounds nice, but we can sure use the money for a road trip so we can show our son this beautiful country we live in. Thanks!!!


19 Lisa June 27, 2008 at 10:17 am

I am about to start potty training my 2 year old daughter and imagine these might really protect our mattress!! I joked in my post that I wonder if they make car seat protectors after my daughter was vomitting for 9 hours on our recent car trip home!!


20 Nicole June 27, 2008 at 2:47 pm

With a toddler and infant, the cruise sounds like heaven! Would have to find a way!


21 Cheryl N June 27, 2008 at 6:21 pm

I could use the money! Gas for a road trip!


22 Bob June 27, 2008 at 6:41 pm

I think i would take the money, because money is what everyone needs right now. Vacations come later! (even though i would love one)


23 JRG June 27, 2008 at 7:13 pm

I’d take the money!


24 Krispy_Kremer June 27, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Money or cruise?! Either, or, and! Either could/would be fun ;-)


25 Tonya Keener June 27, 2008 at 7:56 pm

I would take the cruise. I went on a cruise for my Senior Trip after graduating High School but I was drunk the whole time and have no memory of it ,even the day I got home. Now with almost 12 years sobriety I would take my 20 year old daughter on the cruise with me and we would cherish every second and remember it
When my daughter was five my parents took her from me due to my alcoholism. I moved to florida April 4 2007, the day my daughter turned 19, with 10 1/2 years sobriety, my car payed off and money saved for the move after years of working two and three jobs.
mothers day 2008 I saw her get her associates degree with 3.8 GPA. Even though she lives five minutes from me, she sent me a card saying thanks for being at my college graduation, standing beside me and cheering me on


26 Beverly June 28, 2008 at 9:58 am

I have never been on a cruise, but I would have to pick the money. I want a vacation, but I need to pay down some debt.


27 Denise Sowders June 28, 2008 at 12:32 pm

The cruise :)


28 Striving\Tessa June 28, 2008 at 8:32 pm

lets see, I would love to have a cruise, but with 4 little ones and a hubby that would rather go to Alaska, I would have to take the $$$ honey. Plus we are trying to save money for a down payment on our first house and that would be a great addition. Thank you for letting us know about this contest.


29 Rosemary Graham June 29, 2008 at 11:58 am

I would love to go on a cruise. I will be getting married next year and that would be the perfect honeymoon for us. Especially since it is affordable (FREE)!


30 Kali June 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Thanks for sharing the contest info. I’m taking a cruise later this year and that $1K would definitely come in handy!


31 lisa ward June 29, 2008 at 5:30 pm

yes i would love to win!


32 Tracy Roberts June 29, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Definately the cruise!

It’s the perfect vacation. You don’t drive, cook, or make beds. You can shop and eat, relax or not, dance, sing karaoke, eat, sightsee, eat…

Love me some cruisin’


33 Joyce Pogue June 29, 2008 at 9:40 pm

I’d rather have the $1000.


34 Jai June 29, 2008 at 10:28 pm

The cash, bring on the cash! Hubby has used all his vacation days … :(


35 Frances Powell June 29, 2008 at 10:29 pm

I could definitely use the money to pay some taxes!


36 Cheryl June 29, 2008 at 11:59 pm

Most definitely the cruise!! I’ve been before and loved the experience and fun!!


37 Faye June 30, 2008 at 12:03 am

I would take the money. The last time my hubby and I went on a cruise,the ship caught on fire and I said I would never get on one again.
I lost my hubby last year,and I could use money to help pay bills.


38 Becky Grayson June 30, 2008 at 2:53 am

I do water aerobics three times a week and I would love a new suit from Lands End.

Thanks for the contest!


39 Becky Grayson June 30, 2008 at 2:56 am

Whoops! I would take the money. Sorry about the above comment. It’s late and I’m sleepless in Texas.


40 Dawn Johnson June 30, 2008 at 7:09 am



41 Timothy Sternberg June 30, 2008 at 12:42 pm

I would LOVE the money.


42 Callista Meyer June 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm

definatly the money…i would catch up on bills instead of going paycheck to paycheck like we have been!


43 Ruby Curl June 30, 2008 at 7:52 pm

With the price of gas and the grocery prices going up and the debt that I am already in ————-
GIVE ME THE MONEY!!! But, boy could I use a vacation! Can you tell??


44 Susan Snyder June 30, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Oh geez………it’s really tough… i can’t even answer right now….. $$ or cruise.. i need both!


45 Demetra July 3, 2008 at 12:12 pm

We do need furniture so the money would be great, but the cruise would provide some amazing memories that will last a lifetime. Neither of us have ever been on a cruise before!!!


46 JUDY NO July 3, 2008 at 6:27 pm

I feel like I’m going to win this one for some odd reason.


47 Toia July 6, 2008 at 12:53 pm

With school coming up just around the corner, I would take the money. All though a cruise will be nice.


48 Renee Borders July 6, 2008 at 11:16 pm

With 5 grandchildren I would definitely take the money. This would allow us to do many things! :)


49 Janice Kucera July 7, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Money for gas!


50 Lisa July 12, 2008 at 4:38 pm

i would take the money. even though the trip is paid I would still spend money that i don’t have


51 DARIJAVAN July 13, 2008 at 9:34 pm

I would take the money. Cruise sounds great but the money, now that’s a sure thing


52 danandmarsh July 17, 2008 at 1:11 am

No doubt about it, in these times, the $1000


53 gin July 28, 2008 at 10:37 am

great giveaway! but it would have to be the money at this time. count me in. miracles do happen!


54 Michelle Potter August 29, 2008 at 2:18 pm

I have a nursing baby who I couldn’t leave, so I’d definitely take the money. I’d really like to fix up our house and make it a more comfortable, welcoming place — that would provide my whole family with happiness that would last a lot longer than a cruise!


55 genny August 29, 2008 at 4:23 pm

I’d take the money. :)


56 Gina August 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm

I would take the cruise. I’ve always wanted a second honeymoon. I would leave the kids with my parents so my husbnd and I can reconnect with some alone time.


57 Harry December 11, 2008 at 7:34 am

It a nice site collecting all info about Cruise.
I need this information.
Thanks for your time to post this article.


58 brenda walker December 16, 2008 at 2:20 am

wow what a nice post about Cruise and retail information.
Its a very needed information because i need to buy variety of Cruise.


59 Alija Beth December 16, 2008 at 8:46 am

Thanks for providing information and prices of different variety of Cruise. I need
this info because i am using online shopping services.


60 pit walker December 17, 2008 at 7:09 am

Excellent Post, thanx for sharing the same.. Will keep on reading the post :D Stumbled yourpost .. cheers


61 nancy December 17, 2008 at 7:11 am

Its a very interesting and cool post about traveling in cruise. People make prompt attempt to know about cruise.
Thanks for your time to write this post.


62 Lisa June 23, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I need the money to pay off debt


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