Blogs Can Change Lives — HP Mini Giveaway

by Janice


The ability to connect, to work, to play — even when you are miles away from home — it can change your life.

I am sitting at my kitchen table, typing this post on my laptop, which is connected to my wireless network. My feet are resting on the chair across from me, my sliding glass door is open and I am listening to birds singing and kids playing. I am home.

My kids are nearby for all the cuddles and kisses they need. My husband is healthy and home from work every evening. And because of the internet and my laptop, I can work and play without going anywhere!

But I know I am one of the lucky ones — while I sit here in safety and comfort, there are mothers and fathers serving overseas, risking their lives and missing their children.

I can’t even begin to imagine leaving my children for an extended period of time, let alone knowing I will have to put my life in serious danger! As we go through our daily lives, with all it’s perks and pleasures, these military heroes give it all up to protect us.

And as they pack their bags and kiss their kids goodbye, they know they aren’t the only ones who will suffer. Their families – their precious children – will be without them for months and maybe forever. The sacrifices of military families never cease to amaze me!

We can’t erase the pain these families endure. But in this installment of Blogs Can Change Lives, we want to tip our hats and say “THANK YOU” to all the military families around the globe.

We wish we could slip an HP Mini in every soldiers bag before they sling it over their shoulder and board their plane. But, we can slip it into ONE soldier’s bag — one special soldier who may need an extra boost of encouragement for themselves or their family.

HP is providing one HP Mini 1000 for us to giveaway. Because the Mini is designed for people on the go, we want to give it to a member of the military so they can keep in touch with the world they had to leave behind.

HP Mini 1000The HP Mini 1000 retails starting at $299.99 and at less than an inch thick and weighing little more than 2 pounds, it won’t weigh a soldier down!

The HP Mini 1000 includes Genuine Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3 for getting things done and staying connected in a protected environment, an Ethernet jack, two USB ports, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless capabilities as well as a built in webcam and microphone. It also boasts a keyboard that is nearly full size at 92% of a regular keyboard.

All of these combine together to create the perfect station for storing photos, music and files while giving you access to the internet and to family even when far from home.

(This giveaway is open to US and Canadian shipping addresses. Please see our terms and conditions for our site’s contest details and rules.)

So — How Can You Help?

We want to get this HP Mini to a family who really needs it — to a family whose mother or father is packing up to serve overseas, but, for whatever reason, can’t afford to buy a laptop to bring with them.

  1. Nominate
  2. Do you know a family whose mother or father is serving or heading overseas, but, due to financial limitations, their family cannot afford to purchase a laptop to send with them?

    If so, you can nominate them. (You can also nominate your own family.)

    To nominate a family, (or your own family,) you can write your nomination post on your own blog and leave the permalink in the comment section. Or, if you don’t have a blog, you can just leave a comment with your nomination.

    Please keep private details (including names and financial information that may be too personal) out of your story. If you feel you need to email us additional information privately, you can reach us at 5minutesformom at gmail dot com. Please put HP MINI NOMINATION in the subject.

    We will select finalists and then let help us choose the winner.

    Before we announce the winner, we may need to talk on the phone with the nominator or the family. So if you nominated someone, please watch for an email from us.

    We will accept nominations through June 20th, 2009 and then post the winner on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009.

  3. Spread the word
  4. If you want to spread the word about Blogs Can Change Lives, you can post this banner in a post or on your sidebar.

    blogs-can-change-livesAnd, of course, the more bloggers spread the news about Blogs Can Change Lives the more lives we will be able to change in the future.

    Grab a button and post!

    Thanks to Selene from iDesign Studios, (who won our button design contest last year for the UBP 08,) we have three different sized banners to choose from. Click here to see all the options and grab the codes.

    (You do not need to post a button to nominate or post about the project. We are just providing these buttons for bloggers who wish to help out spreading the word about Blogs Can Change Lives with a button either in their post or in their sidebar.)

  5. Comment
  6. Please leave a comment letting HP know that you are taking notice of them! We want to support the companies who support Blogs Can Change Lives.

    If you do not have a family to nominate, please read/visit some of the other nominations and feel free to leave some cyber support for these incredible kids and their families!

A huge thanks to HP and to YOU for helping us say THANK YOU to military men and women, and their families!

Email Author    |    Website About Janice

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

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