January 26, 2009

Wilbert the Bear

It's Bloggy Giveaway Carnival time again!

Years and years ago, when I was a wee small thing, a department store in our town held a regular drawing for kids. Each month my younger brother and I would carefully write down our names and phone numbers on the tiny entry slips and watch them drop through the slot into the wooden box with all the naive hope of youth.

The drawings were usually for a small stuffed animal or toy, probably some leftover item the staff wanted to clear out of the storeroom. But one month we rounded the corner to see what we were sure was the most wonderful teddy bear in the world. Four feet tall with honey brown fur and arms open wide like he was waiting for a hug. I never filled out an entry form with such passion. I loved that bear. I wanted that bear.

My dumb pipsqueak of a brother won that bear. It took me years to forgive him.

It's no four foot tall bear, but you can have your choice of a $15 gift card for iTunes or Amazon. Because online shopping is just right for these dreary winter months. To enter, leave a comment on this post. You don't need to be a blogger to win, but you do need to leave me a way to contact you. One entry per person per day, please. Comments will close at 10:00 p.m. PST on January 30. The winner will be chosen randomly and posted this weekend.

If you are stuck in The Diaper Years--or need a gift for someone else who is--be sure to check out the chic handmade diaper tote we're giving away at the review blog Northwest Mom Finds. And of course you're more than welcome to subscribe or come back here to visit for a glimpse into the life of an adoptive mom of two spunky babes.

Good luck!

The entry period has closed--thanks to all who entered! The winner will be announced some time this weekend.

726 comments:

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DeeZee said...

as a military family living overseas, we live on itunes and amazon. Thanks for the chance to win!

Ascending Butterfly said...

sorry about the bear, those grabber type machines at the arcade always robbed me of my money and never yielded a stuffed bear, I know how you feel! I would love the amazon GC, I have a bedding set in my wish list that I would put this win towards. ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm an Amazon Junkie! Thanks for the chance!
digicat{AT}sbcglobal{DOT}net

mar said...

Have a lovely Tuesday!

cdziuba said...

Thanks for the chance to win.

Stephanie said...

Great fun, love that Amazon

grayjones5 at yahoo dot com

Mindy said...

The same thing would have happened to me since I rarely win anything, but my brother is one lucky guy! I would love an Amazon card!

mindysmouthful(at)gmail(dot)com

clc408 said...

I understand your disappointment. Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

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Deb said...

I'd love to win an Amazon card....I have a ton of things in my cart already! Thanks for the great giveaway.

lsfish said...

Thanks , I would love the Amazon card

sweepmom said...

Thanks for the contest. It would be hard to choose which prize if I won, but I think I would go with the Amazon card.

Anonymous said...

Sorry about your luck with the bear...Maybe mine will be better! LOL!
sblilly14(@)yahoo(.)com

mstaken05 said...

This may be a difficult choice. I love Amazon and my husband love Itunes. Thank you for the giveaway.

bunnie3788 said...

would love to have a amazon card. Have so many cute and neat things love the story

jessica a said...

need that itunes!
thanks for the giveaway
imjessica(at)mail(dot)com

sphinx63 said...

Would love the Amazon cert. Thanks!

Angela said...

Yeah, I have a brother like that.

OffTheMap13 said...

Amazon.com still is one of the best places online to get good deals! Thanks for the contest.

Rachael said...

Can't you just hear that ITUNES card calling my namer . . . .rachael, rachael

Mindy said...

I could add some new tunes to my ipod with this itunes card.

idahomom said...

Can't live with them, can't live without them. Brothers you got to love em.

Anonymous said...

What a great giveaway.I would love the Amazon gift card. I can remember my sister getting a gift for Christmas that I had always wanted so I can understand.

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

Anonymous said...

Great giveaway!
mcginnis135 at bellsouth dot net

mrssquigg said...

It's Amazon all the way for me! Thanks for the great giveaway.

rebecca said...

That was a great story! I'd like this gift card to NOT be my bear!


gitrecca at gmail dot com

Deanna said...

I love Amazon! I'd love to win :)

Michelle H. said...

Aww, sorry about the bear! I would love an Amazon GC! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a great giveaway! These are great prizes.

ariyana9501 said...

We love iTunes! Thanks for the giveaway!

marthajane said...

I entered every contest I could find as a kid! I knew someday I would hit the big time. Never did.
Amazon is my favorite online shopping center.

the blubaughs said...

I gave my hubbie an iPod for X-mas and he is really wanting to download some music from iTunes, so this would be a great gift for him. thanks!

Andria said...

I would love a chance to win. Thank you.

ehhogan said...

Love itunes and Amazon!

An iMperfect wIfe said...

I think I'd use the gift card to buy myself a book off my wishlist. Thanks for the chance.

Jenny

littlelatina said...

Enter me Amazon all the way

denyse said...

I'd LOVE either gift card, if I HAD to choose: I'd choose Amazon.

Jessica said...

Great giveaway! I would choose Amazon :)

jesshekman (at) hotmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Amazon gc would be great

palmersf(at)bellsouth.net

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm glad to find you. Sometimes the bloggy giveaways are a great way to find blogs to add to your blogroll. We're also a family built through adoption (international). I'll be interested to read your story. You're welcome to read ours. www.watchingthewaters.wordpress.com

Corey
jcwaters2002@yahoo.com

Marin said...

Definitely Amazon for me... thanks!

Sarah said...

LOL - sorry about the bear! Amazon is a great gift!!

Jeanette H. said...

Sorry you didn't win that bear. Brother's can be such monsters...LOL.
I would LOVE the Amazon GC.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

JH33194_2002(at)yahoo.com

Nicki said...

So sorry you didn't win the bear! Great giveaway!!

April said...

I can always use songs for my Ipod.

toughturtles said...

thanks for the giveaway

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway. utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anonymous said...

An Amazon gift card would be wonderful!
pkildow at gmail dot com

Deb said...

I love Amazon and always have a ton in my cart. A gift card would be great. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Patrice said...

The teddy bear sounded special--I'm sorry you didn't get it. I'd like the Amazon gift card. Thanks!

clynsg said...

Think of it this way--you may not have won the bear, but at least you got a good story out of it (and how many times did the bear 'walk' to your room??) If I am lucky enough to win, would like the Amazon gc.

clynsg at yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love amazon GCs they are so fun to spend on so many things!

frogz60@hotmail.com

Jane Anne said...

I don't know if my comment worked or not - I got an error message so I am trying again.

I would choose the ITunes card.

gravityofmotion(at)hotmail(dot)com

~*Michelle*~ said...

I would really love and appreciate the Amazon gc. I have a mile long wish list!

Thanks
*~Michelle~*

Alaina said...

What a great giveaway! I have memories of excitedly signing up for drawings as a child, too. I did win Cubs baseball tickets when I was 6. :) We use Amazon a lot!
alainamj AT yahoo DOT com

Sonya Cocherell said...

I would love the amazon.

Maude Lynn said...

Sorry about the bear!

kelli at pfrog dot net

Helena Batt-Vesey said...

1/27/09 - Thanks for the giveaway!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

Amazon is awesome! Thanks for a great giveaway.

Bunny B said...

Great prize!
bunnybx at gmail . com

kdkdkd said...

Hope your brother would at least share the bear ;) Thanks for the chance to win, I would LOVE an Amazon code

nicki72182 said...

Sorry to hear you didn't get your bear. It would have been nice if he gave it to you. I would love to win an Amazon gift cert. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Anonymous said...

Great giveaway! I really hope I win!

jmcharries@cox.net

grace said...

Enter me, please!

Unknown said...

Aww sorry you didn't win the bear- maybe you can win some of the bloggy carnival goodness this time so you can lord it over your brother (of course I mean share the joy of winning).

Michelle said...

I love shopping on Amazon! Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

I would love the amazon gift card. My girls entered to win a Huge bear from a department store, but they didnt win. Thanks.
leslierose at gmail dot com

Ariella said...

Add me to the drawing!

Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne said...

Well.. to resist sibling rivalry.. I would use the amazon GC and buy each of the small ones a book!


LilithSilvermane(at)gmail(dot)com

Sarah said...

Look on the brightside, once I did one of those bears from the drawings and you have it and love it for like a couple months, then you hit your teenage years and you want to get rid of it so bad because it's not cool but you just can't bring yourself to do it so the first time you bring a boy over to watch a movie he sees your giant teddy bear and laughs at you.



dangit.



www.firethehousewife.com

vboackle said...

the amazon card would be nice.

Gina said...

Easy decision, I'm an avid amazon shopper so I'd choose an amazon GC... Thanks!

JA and co. said...

I would LOVE to win the Amazon gift card! Thanks for the opportunity!

aliciapoulsen@hotmail.com

Cynthya said...

Cute story about the bear. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Thanksgivingmom said...

Might as well go for two!

Thanksgivingmom@hotmail.com :)

Julie Vineyard said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway. I would love to win the Amazon GC.

Vi (pronounced Vy) said...

i'm a huge fan of Amazon!! I'd love to win it!

she
pookielocks [at] ymail [dot] com
http://www.shebecameabutterfly.net

loni broesch said...

Interesting site...thanks for the giveaway

Jody said...

I'm hoping to win all the Amazon GCs so I can get a Kindle!

JLHalsted(ta)hotmail(tod)com

Sunnyvale said...

I'd like to win, or course, sympathize with your story, losing out to your brother, funny.

pauline15 said...

Great Bear Story! Cute and sorry about the loss, Would love to win!

pitaharmon said...

iTunes would be sweet-for Christmas, family bought my kids ipods for gifts, now they all want to put things on them, and hubby just got laid off, so what a treat that would be for them.
harmonden[at]wowway.com

CrystalGB said...

I would choose the Amazon card. I am an avid reader so I would buy books. Thanks for the giveaway.

Susan said...

Two great choices...thanks for the chance to win!

snkjohnson at gmail dot com

Lollipop Goldstein said...

I just had to tell you that my sister was ALWAYS the one to be chosen from the audience. ALWAYS. We sat next to each other and she'd always win the prize or get pulled on stage to help the magician. I feel for you with the bear.

Sheila Hickmon said...

I love amazon!! Thanks!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Second day. Second comment. I really hope I win. LOL

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Tim said...

I'd have to go with Amazon on this one! Thanks for hosting!

tfischer42 -at- gmail -dot- com

Tomcat5251 said...

Sorry about the bear. Would love tunes.

Kara said...

I love amazon - you can get anything there. And gift cards make for guilt free shopping! Thanks for the giveaway.
millkara [at] gmail.com

chromiumman said...

love to win this

eclairre said...

Amazon for sure! I'm not that into music.

Anonymous said...

maby you should get your self a bear like than now??
thanks for the chance to win a gift card which I could get a bear with?
thanks
angyla678@hotmail.com

Claire Roach said...

Can't go wrong with Amazon! Sorry you didn't win the bear-maybe you'll win something during this Bloggy Carnival, though. :) Thanks!

Alicia said...

Amazon rocks!

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

mogrill said...

I love both stores, but I may love Amazon a little more!!

mogrill@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

Itunes sounds great! lol... Does your brother let you visit this bear from time to time? Thanks for the giveaway!
mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Bebemiqui said...

Great giveaway! Count me in.
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

bren j. said...

On a recent shopping trip, my little girl spotted the four foot tall Valentine's bears.....we gave them a little wave and walked (quickly) away. :)

And who doesn't love a little Amazon?

Karen said...

Amazon.

ktgonyea at gmail.com

suzie said...

I remember the first contest I ever won. I was in the 4th grade at the time (over 30+ years ago) and I won $40 in groceries. That went a long way back then. My mom sure was tickled to death.
Thanks so much for the contest.
susan dot lockhart at gmail dot com

Amber said...

Thanks for the giveaway and please enter me. I would love to win the Amazon!

hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

How fun!! A little shopping would definitely pick me up on these cold days. Brr! :-)

author_erin(at)lycos(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Yea, Amazon. You can't go wrong with Amazon, they have the best stuff for great prices. Thanks.
tzaddi_sister(at)yahoo(dot)com

WAHMgroup said...

I could use the card.

Beth said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Rita M said...

I know they sell so much more than books at Amazon(although books would be what I would end getting). Thanks for the opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the bear, but thank you for the chance to win. I think I'd take the Amazon card.

Alibi said...

Sorry you didn't win the bear, sometimes having siblings is greatb and others it's tough.

jzagarjr said...

I love shopping on amazon.

Anonymous said...

I would love this!! It would be hard to decided though....LOL

Smooshy said...

enter me!

Krista said...

Wow, what a crazy story! I hope you've found something else in life that satisfies you... ;)
teacherkrista at gmail dot com

michelle said...

I would love an Amazon g.c. Perhaps that would begin to put a dent in my over 40 page long wishlist.

michelle at northofthe49 dot com

kmg365 said...

Back for another entry. May you acquire all the giant teddy bears you seek.

Kelly said...

Oh man, that must've been tough! Didn't he at least let you hold the bear a little? I guess it wouldn't have been the same, huh? I'm all about Amazon here... you can get practically anything there! Although I have to admit I usually wait for the best price if I can. :-) But that makes the final purchase that much sweeter!

pamelarm said...

Please, please take our bears! And frogs, bunnies, etc; my kids don't play with them. I'd love to win an amazon gc, thanks so much for the chance!

Fiddle D. Dee said...

Would love the itunes!! Thanks for the chance to enter!

Julie said...

I love Amazon!!

thanks!

Nickolay said...

I am saving up to get a Blue Ray player so this gift card would definitely help

jason@allworldautomotive.com

Anonymous said...

good prize

Jodi said...

I would love to win the Amazon GC. Thanks so much for your giveaway! I'm sorry you didn't win that bear!se

Unknown said...

I would pick the Amazon GC! Love shopping online!

Nadi said...

I hope I win! Thanks for the chance!

treflea4 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I'm sorry you didn't win the bear. Brothers STINK! lol

I'd choose iTunes if I won - because I need more music :)

Starla said...

I'd love to win an iTunes gift card! It'd be great to buy some new music to review for MY blog(s)! Thanks for the giveaway!

its.a.hit at gmail dot com

TJ said...

I would have to let me hsband use that iTunes card on his leave to buy some new music for when he goes back :)

Tammy said...

I love contest esp to win a itunes card

Teri said...

Great giveaway! I will have a hard time deciding if I win. I would probably go with amazon, though!

sohamolina said...

amazon would be appreciated.
eddiem11@ca.rr.com

JRG said...

Itunes, for my son.

Kristy said...

Sorry about the bear. Would love the gift card!

ksieker(at)hotmail(dot)com

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Sad you didn't win it! Did you brother at least let you play with it I hope?

The Bells said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Lisa

lisakay720[at]yahoo[dot]com

timothy l said...

i would to win itunes

ljsfunone said...

I love Amazon.

Thanks so much for the giveaway!

JoyFilled said...

Please count me in!

lukeandbryn @ gmail.com

vibrantfun said...

Love the I-tunes card

*~Dani~* said...

Awww...isn't it funny how those memories stick? Like the time when I was young and I was so excited to pick out my very own gift for my mom at the Santa Shop at school. It was my Dad, my brother and I. I can still see the little santa candle I picked out in my head. As soon as we got home, my brother told my mom what I got and I was SO upset. It still makes me sad. Anyway, thanks for the contest and for the memories!

Anonymous said...

thanks for your story,id enjoy the gc.thanks shannpf1977@yahoo.com

mmentor said...

this sounds so cute

Anonymous said...

Amazon is my favorite online place to shop!

Leanne said...

Aww :) That makes me wonder if my oldest daughter will someday tell the story of how her little sister won the contest at the orthodontist after only one appointment when she had been going for years.. It was a $300 Visa card!

Lmjax@aol.com

Beverley said...

I love Amazon - one of my favorite sites to shop.

Anonymous said...

I was more of a "blankie" person growing up- I don't think I ever had a teddy bear. But I did cry like a baby when the ol blankie was lost in a move.
kaytewatts AT aol DOT com

Barbara Bee said...

I have a dumb pipsqueak brother too! Small world! ;-)

3oink63moo484 (at) gmail(.)com

Anonymous said...

Sylvie,

You may not have won the bear BUT that experience molded you. You're now hosting your own giveaway. Good on you.

I want the bear. Yep, the Amazon bear.

sylvieanddudes@yahoo.com

Julie said...

Great giveaway, thanks for the chance!

Unknown said...

Please enter me in the contest!

amysmith98 @ yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I am desperate for new music. Itunes!

Lisa with Saving Money...Living Better said...

Hopefully your brother hasn't entered this contest!

NMLady said...

It's interesting how long those childhood memories remain strong to us. I remember when my mother felt I'd outgrown my Tessie bear and my Pudgy dog and made me give them away. I was probably 12 but it hurt and 57 years later it's still a strong memory.
I'd love to win Amazon.com credit
I'm a voracious reader.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great giveaway! FlipFlopsChels@msn.com

Hetal said...

I would love Amazon gc.thanks
herry123_us@live.com

Becky said...

I'm sorry you didn't win the bear...

I would love a Amazon card...

Amanda said...

I would love either! Thanks for a great giveaway!

D Q said...

Sorry about the bear.
Can always use amazon. thanks for the giveaway.

Mtlgrl4evr said...

I'd love to win a gift card to Amazon. I shop the site often.

tatertot374 said...

THank you for the great giveaway.
I would love to win. I would choose Amazon. Sorry about the bear.
Thank you
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

Charlotte said...

awesome...thanks!
margelina@comcast.net

Stephen Saunders said...

awesome giveaway, thanks for the chance. amazon rocks. :)

Anonymous said...

Please count me in again.

AudreyO said...

What a great choice. It certainly will be hard to choose.

DePro said...

Count me in for either!

Unknown said...

I need the Itumes card

ikkinlala said...

I'd love a chance to win an Amazon gift card.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

amazon lover here..

sorry about your brother being a big bubblebutt oops meant sorry about the bear

Abby said...

Sorry about the bear! I would love to win. Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

Aww, that bear sounds wonderful. There's a toy store up the street from me with a HUGE (my size) teddy bear in the front window, and if I could justify spending a paycheck on it, I would :-D

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

greenyak [at] yahoo [dot] com

(visit my Nursery Rhyme Prints giveaway!)

Anonymous said...

I sure hope your brother shared that bear with you.

Thanks for the great giveaway

eldize at aol dot com

crystal said...

I think I would have to choose Amazon - my cart is so full there!
Thanks!
ericbrooks75(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I must be the only person on the planet without an ipod so I will take the Amazon card. Thanks!

donnellyjen at hotmail dot com

Earthtokarmen said...

Thanks for the opportunity! I love Amazon!!

karmen_316(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sweetpeas said...

Isn't that just like a brother! I'd love to win an amazon giftcard, I have a book wishlist a mile long LOL.

lareescandlesATgmailDOTcom

Karin said...

I'm sorry about the bear. I hope your brother didn't taunt you about it.

Karin
karin.theisen[at]gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

Who needs a bear when you can have Amazon.
M. Waters
svnhm1@yahoo.com

Karen A. said...

I could buy myself some books on Amazon.

engelsigh said...

Please enter me! i'd love to work.

Crystal said...

((hugs)) sorry your pipsqueak brother got the bear! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Erika Powell said...

this would be great. thanks for the contest

Jennifer Wilson said...

I'm sorry you didn't win the bear. I won a 3 foot tall ugly cat at a carnival one time. :)

Betty C said...

I'm so sorry you didn't win the bear. What a crushing disappointment.

Ashley said...

I would pick the Amazon GC. I'm in need of some new wedding planning books.

tristanjh said...

I would love some new tunes! Thanks!

Leland's Mama said...

I would totally pick the Amazon GC, you can get anything on there, even itunes! lol (waterprincess812@aol.com)

Sara said...

Brothers are always taking something that you want. I wanted to play the saxophone when I was in middle school, but my parents told me we could not afford it. Four years later, my brother wanted to do the same thing, and my parents let him do it. Now, the saxophone just sits in a closet collecting dust. I understand your pain.

candyskysaviorgirl@yahoo.com

Aimee Fontenot said...

I would love to win an Amazon gift certificate. It would help me buy my boyfriend's birthday present. Thanks so much for the contest!

kenda said...

i love itunes
thanks - kb6177@yahoo.com

nbp said...

Great Giveaway

Graceful Mom said...

Childhood memories like can't be forgotten! I hope he let you borrow the bear!

Thanks for the great giveaway. I am living outside of the US so this is so handy for me.

sandierpastures at gmail dot com

Graceful Mom said...

Blogged: http://www.sandierpastures.com/blog-carnivals/because-non-us-residents-want-to-join-the-fun-too.html

sandierpastures at gmail dot com

Bunny B said...
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Momnerd said...

Oooh, sweet giveaway. I think I'd go for itunes because I never let myself splurge on tunes. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Squeals "Amazon!" :)

Deborah @ Comfort Joy Designs
comfortjoydesigns.blogspot.com
comfortjoydesigns{AT}gmail{DOT}com

cl said...

I have some books on my Amazon wishlist that are just waiting to be bought. Thanks!

ailad said...

Sorry you didn't get the bear! I would love to have the Amazon gift card, if for no other reason than I need to buy more diapers/formula!

Bunny B said...
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Anonymous said...

how about buying music on amazon! best of both.

mar said...

Have a find wednesday morning!

Stephen Saunders said...

I'd love that amazon gc!

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