I Love Contests!

by Janice

Yes girls – I am now fully addicted to giving away free stuff. So here is another contest to keep you going until the prize-filled Ultimate Blog Party gets here.

I have decided that I simply love contests and they will now be a regular part of 5 Minutes for Mom. It is just too fun to brighten someone’s day with a wonderful prize. There is something so beautiful about announcing to someone that you are sending them an unexpected gift – and this last week I got to find out how wonderful it was to be the winner!

Yes – last week really was a fantastic week for me! In addition to getting some of the best news of my life, I also won a
contest. How sweet is that! I couldn’t believe it. I opened my email to find out that I won a contest for a Norah Jones CD from Carrie at Mommy Brain.

“I can’t believe it! I never win anything!” I wrote to Carrie. I laughed as I typed it too – how many of us say that exact thing when we do finally get lucky and win something. And even if the prize isn’t a million dollars or a new house, it is such a smile-making moment to win something.

So girls – we are now in the smile-making business! :)

Today’s contest is sponsored by Alli’s Originals.


The winner can choose either this beautiful Sideways Open Heart necklace (valued at $33CDN) from the Princess Charming Collection (you choose your inscription) OR a gift certificate of an equal amount to use towards a piece of your choice.

Alli’s work is gorgeous! I am in love with her site and I am so excited for this contest! Alli sent me this adorable necklace. Is it cute or what?!? Thanks Alli!


It is the Darling Discs piece from the Princess Charming Collection with Jackson and Julia’s names engraved on the discs. (I will have to add a disc in October with my new baby’s name!)

When I looked at the site, I didn’t realize how tiny and delicate the jewelry would be. (Alli includes all the measurements, but silly me – I didn’t measure.)


I was so thrilled when I received it and discovered how elegant the piece is. I chose the regular, 16” chain. It fits loosely around my neck and makes for a lovely, everyday charm necklace.

So to help you get the idea of the size of the pieces – I took a photo of my necklace next to a nickel. (Yes, it is a Canadian nickel – note the little beaver.)
Alli’s Originals has so many sweet designs it is hard to choose which pieces to buy! I have spent hours looking through her site. I have quite a few others on my wish list like the Charm Bracelet with a small Swarovski heart crystal and 5 letter charms that spell out MOMMY (or whatever letters you choose.)

And – how could I not want the cute Mini Tags necklace too! Okay – I must stop – I love so many of them I could show her entire line.

But one more thing – I wish I had bought one of these precious Kids’ Charm Bracelets for my niece Chantal’s eighth birthday. Kids_Charm_Bracelet.jpgSince I just missed her birthday – I think I might buy it for her and keep it for next Christmas. Shhh…don’t tell her…

(If you are thinking of a present for a young girl or teenager, many of Alli’s designs would be perfect to give and they are all so reasonably priced. And of course – you are supporting a fellow Mom!)

The Contest:

Now that you are in love with her cute designs and have all kinds of ideas of which ones you would like to buy for yourself or as gifts – let’s get back to how you can win one for FREE!

Let’s make it really simple – here is how we will do it:

  • First – sign the Mr. Linky with your name and URL by Sunday, February 4th at 6pm Eastern. (If you do not have a blog, but would like to participate, leave a comment asking to be entered and email me at janice at 5minutesformom dot com with your contact information.)
  • Second – on your blog, link to this contest so that your readers can get in on the fun too. Gotta spread the smiles! If you want to link to Alli’s site as well, I am sure she would appreciate it. (If you don’t have a blog – you obviously can’t post about it. No worries. But if you want, you can spread some smiles by passing on the contest info to one or two of your friends.)

We will announce the winner on Monday, February 5, 2007. Good luck!

(Don’t worry if you don’t win this time – there are more contests to come! And remember our big prize giveaway at the Ultimate Blog Party is coming up in March. Check out our Prize Page to see the huge assortment of prizes and to visit the prize hosts’ sites. More prizes are coming in everyday! We are doing our best to keep up with the listings, so if your prize isn’t listed yet, we will be adding it as soon as possible.)

Updated February 5, 2007

The Winner IS… # 51 – LOCAL GIRL of An Island Life

Congratulations Local Girl and thanks to all of you for participating!!!

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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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{ 101 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kari February 2, 2007 at 7:38 am

What a pretty heart!


2 Toni February 2, 2007 at 8:18 am

Gotta do this! Right after I get the boys outta the house!


3 Barbara H. February 2, 2007 at 9:26 am

Looks like fun! Thanks!


4 Mama Lily February 2, 2007 at 9:49 am

Pick me! pick me! (hand waving!) :-) what fun!


5 Kassandra February 2, 2007 at 10:01 am

This is GREAT! Thanks for doing these fun things for us! I am linked and signed up!! Woohooo!! :)


6 Karen February 2, 2007 at 10:03 am

Love the necklace with the names!! Now I have something for my wish list :)


7 MamaDuck February 2, 2007 at 10:57 am

Oh, those are so cute, I want one with my little guys info now!


8 Stephanie February 2, 2007 at 11:35 am

If I may promote myself here. . .
I’m having a little contest too!

Those lovely! I will be linking back here soon!


9 Jodi February 2, 2007 at 11:42 am

Off to go link! I love contests!!


10 Heather February 2, 2007 at 12:23 pm

What a wonderful contest! Love the prize.


11 palmtreefanatic February 2, 2007 at 12:27 pm

what fun! beautiful heart!!!


12 Julie D. February 2, 2007 at 1:15 pm

I would love to be included in this contest – even reading about the contest brings a smile :) Thanks!


13 Judy Thomas February 2, 2007 at 1:16 pm

Congratulations again :-) And, what a great idea. I love the contest a month idea and I think I’m going to steal it, if you don’t mind. I guess I need to figure out how to get one of these little linky things… lol.


14 melody February 2, 2007 at 1:38 pm

I promise to link the contest on my blog tomorrow. I have to go pry the boys off one another and get to a Dr. appointment ASAP.


15 Surviving February 2, 2007 at 1:39 pm

Very Cute!!!


16 Adventures In Babywearing February 2, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Oooh ooh I want to win!!!


17 ChupieandJsmama February 2, 2007 at 2:52 pm

The jewelery is gorgeous! Thanks for the contest:)


18 Kim February 2, 2007 at 3:53 pm

Hooray, I love contests! I never win either, but I just couldn’t get left out!


19 nicole February 2, 2007 at 3:58 pm

Such cute jewelry! I hope I win!


20 jen February 2, 2007 at 4:04 pm

CONGRATULATIONS to you for winning that Norah Jones CD. Enjoy it shes cool.
:( wish I lived in America
good luck to all the contestents they will certainity win some beautiful


21 Nikki February 2, 2007 at 4:12 pm

Contests are wonderful! I just won one I didn’t know was going on. But I’d love to win this one! And, I am going to be opening a fun contest the first two weeks of March. So check back with me!

Nikki’s surprise March contest


22 Jen February 2, 2007 at 4:27 pm

I love contests as well. Good luck everyone!!!



23 Gina February 2, 2007 at 4:53 pm

I LURVE contests!!!!! Have you been entering HGTV’s dream home giveaway! It’s my favorite thing to do each year!


24 Anne February 2, 2007 at 5:04 pm

What a neat idea! Good luck to everyone! (esp. me! ;) )


25 An Ordinary Mom February 2, 2007 at 5:22 pm

Who can’t pass up a good contest?!?

Congrats on #3 due in October!?!?


26 Shane February 2, 2007 at 5:43 pm

Awww, how cute are those? Thanks for the contest, they’re such fun!


27 TammyA February 2, 2007 at 6:13 pm

Aren’t contests fun?


28 Bex February 2, 2007 at 6:16 pm

Fun contest! Awesome jewelry!!


29 Kimberly Love February 2, 2007 at 6:24 pm

Loves it!


30 YoungMommy February 2, 2007 at 6:30 pm

I’ll add a post on my blog as soon as I can… Yeah – Another contest! Currently I’m in the “never won anything before” club!!
I love the jewelry. It’s all so pretty. I will be checking out Alli’s site for future gifts!


31 smcarney February 2, 2007 at 6:56 pm

Me, leaving comment.
Me, hoping to win.
Me, liking your site.



32 Bessers February 2, 2007 at 8:20 pm

Beautiful jewlery! I would love to win.


33 Elle February 2, 2007 at 8:50 pm

I am a magpie when it comes to jewelry. Ooooh, shiny!


34 Michelle February 2, 2007 at 9:02 pm

Contests? I love contests. Jewlery? I love jewlery. How FUN!!!


35 Beckie February 2, 2007 at 9:24 pm

I love jewelry too! Count me in.


36 Marisa February 2, 2007 at 9:30 pm

How fun!!! :)


37 Paige February 2, 2007 at 9:45 pm

Love the cute jewelry. Can I enter? Thanks!


38 Elaine February 2, 2007 at 10:20 pm

I would love to be entered into the contest. No blog…yet…


39 Jennifer February 2, 2007 at 10:54 pm

I just entered and posted on my blog. COngrats you your two pink lines!!!


40 pamela February 2, 2007 at 11:06 pm

Janice, this is such a sweetheart of a thing to do! I agree there is nothing better than hearing you won! So happy that you won the Nora Jones CD!

Alli’s jewelry is extremely cute! I will be checking out her site soon! Thanks for the link and the chance to enter your contest! :)


41 Becky February 2, 2007 at 11:09 pm

Oh, her jewelry is gorgeous! I am so in! :) Thanks for this lovely opportunity!


42 Lisa Renee February 2, 2007 at 11:13 pm

What a really nice idea, I visited Alli’s Originals, you were right about how beautiful everything is. While I’d love to win in a way I feel I did by finding out about the website.



43 Martha February 2, 2007 at 11:49 pm

can I be positive and say I’M GONNA WIN!!!hehehe

cuuuute jewelry!!!


44 Chrissy February 3, 2007 at 12:29 am

Pretty cool. I love contests.


45 Cheryl February 3, 2007 at 12:39 am

What beautiful Jewlery. I am hooked now! There is so much there I want. This is a great contest.


46 pamela February 3, 2007 at 1:00 am

Just wanted to stop back by and let you know I posted about the contest and linked! woohoo!


47 Judi February 3, 2007 at 1:24 am

OMG! I am IN LOVE with this jewelry!!


48 Roxann February 3, 2007 at 2:39 am

Bring on the goodies! Thanks so much! Roxann


49 island jen February 3, 2007 at 2:41 am

Even if I don’t win, I’m going to buy myself some jewellery and pretend I did. :0)


50 Michele Miller February 3, 2007 at 4:38 am

In before the lock! Whew! soo pretty!


51 Linda C February 3, 2007 at 9:08 am

My kids aren’t little like most of yours (teenagers), but the mom’s heart and love are the same!


52 Rach February 3, 2007 at 10:09 am

This is exciting and it will be my first time to join one. Thanks for this creative and thoughtful endeavor. Keep it up.


53 Faith Filled Wives February 3, 2007 at 10:12 am

How very exciting. I love a good party!


54 Anne-Marie February 3, 2007 at 10:52 am

This looks to be lots of fun!


55 Overwhelmed! February 3, 2007 at 11:26 am

You’re right, winning things in something we all love! I hope to win one of Alli’s charm bracelets. :)

Thanks, Janice!


56 Baba February 3, 2007 at 11:26 am

Good luck to all of us!!


57 Melissa's Journey February 3, 2007 at 11:29 am

This is very cool! Thank you for hosting this.


58 Suzanne February 3, 2007 at 11:56 am

Oooh, I love contests! Those pieces are adorable!!


59 Rebekah February 3, 2007 at 12:24 pm

love the contest:)


60 Krista February 3, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Yes, adorable and generous prize thank you. I just had a contest to name our Kitty. It was fun and we ended up the winners, with a great name for our new cat. I am glad I found your site.


61 Leah February 3, 2007 at 12:50 pm

This is great. Thanks. Hope I win.


62 Michelle in MX February 3, 2007 at 3:26 pm

fingers crossed :-)


63 Jeni Hill Ertmer February 3, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Thanks for posting about this contest. I can’t wear it due to allergies to metals but the children’s pieces look really sweet and my granddaughter doesn’t have the problems I do – plus little girls need some pretty things like this, don’t you agree?


64 amy February 3, 2007 at 4:24 pm

That is such cute jewelry!


65 Lisa - The Scrap Princess February 3, 2007 at 5:54 pm

Beautiful jewelry!!! And great contest!


66 michelle February 3, 2007 at 6:04 pm

I added my post to the side bar – right on top!


67 Sunydazy February 3, 2007 at 6:04 pm

Oh how I love pretty girly stuff! Thanks for the fun game!


68 Lissete Diaz February 3, 2007 at 7:50 pm

Love Contests! The necklace with the names is just too cute. Off to post on my site.


69 Susie J February 3, 2007 at 9:23 pm

Winning things makes us feel like kids again!


70 Kate February 3, 2007 at 9:34 pm

Wow I love your blog it is great thanks for the contest.


71 Arleta February 3, 2007 at 9:37 pm

Wow! Those necklaces are gorgeous!


72 Donna February 3, 2007 at 9:53 pm

OOh, I love this jewelry!! Hope I win :)


73 Schrodinger February 3, 2007 at 9:59 pm

Thanks for a great contest. That jewelry is lovely.


74 Loretta February 3, 2007 at 10:22 pm

Love the custom items :) Very pretty.


75 Andi February 3, 2007 at 10:28 pm

I don’t have a blog but would love to be entered.

Thank you!!!


76 Magnolia Mom February 3, 2007 at 10:32 pm

Very cute stuff.


77 earthchick February 3, 2007 at 10:44 pm

Very cool! This is the first time I’ve seen your blog – thanks to schrondinger’s link to the contest!


78 Julie February 3, 2007 at 11:09 pm

Fun Site! I will be checking back often. Love the jewlery!


79 Meghan February 4, 2007 at 1:15 am

Neat jewelry. A new blog to read!!


80 Tabitha M February 4, 2007 at 2:07 am

Pretty jewelry! Thanks for the contest!


81 ToadyJoe February 4, 2007 at 11:10 am

Thank you! I’m very excited, and will be back many times.


82 katie February 4, 2007 at 12:03 pm

How cute are those charms! I didn’t have any idea of the size, either. They’re much more delicate than I expected.


83 busybusymomma February 4, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Beautiful jewelry! Enjoy the Norah Jones CD. :o)


84 Jen T. February 4, 2007 at 1:50 pm

I’d love to enter for this cool jewelry!


85 problem girl February 4, 2007 at 4:51 pm

What a fun idea! The jewelry is just beautiful too.


86 Amanda Cathleen February 4, 2007 at 5:02 pm

such lovely jewelry!


87 misslionheart February 4, 2007 at 5:48 pm

I don’t wear much jewellery, but my girls do!! :wink:


88 Carolynn Waldner February 4, 2007 at 5:56 pm

I would love to be included in the contest! The jewlery is beautiful:)


89 Kimberly February 4, 2007 at 6:25 pm

I am smitten with all those little charms! I guess I have been “charmed” by their prettiness. ;)


90 ashley February 4, 2007 at 8:38 pm

Love the charms.


91 Michelle February 4, 2007 at 8:49 pm

Love those!
I am going to put the link up now :o)


92 Melanie February 4, 2007 at 10:19 pm

Those are adorable!


93 Christelle February 5, 2007 at 12:13 am

Those are lovely! I didn’t put the link to my blog , I misunderstood the directions. I put it here, and I posted about you.


94 Anastacia February 5, 2007 at 2:55 pm

Darn it! I was too late to join the contest! I saw it yesterday & should have entered, but I was rushing too much. Oh well!

This is the first time I’ve been to your blog, other than yesterday. I’m not a mom, but I’ve been having fun looking around, and I may end up joining your blog party since it sure does look like fun!


95 eph2810 February 6, 2007 at 12:42 am

Well – I was too late for this contest…Thats what happens when you take a week off – somewhat…


96 Woman, Wife and Mother February 10, 2007 at 3:35 pm

I’m in


97 Dave Hill February 11, 2007 at 11:14 am

You could win $1000 here.


98 kimberly February 13, 2007 at 8:54 pm

Love what you do with the site. Can’t wait for the next contest.


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100 rose marie garza March 2, 2007 at 3:04 pm



101 Louella Grindle June 30, 2007 at 10:39 pm

Who Doesn’t love a great contest!

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Enter to win a 16 oz Jar candle and bella Bar


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