Giving It Away with Giveaways

by Sandra Foyt on November 23, 2010

in Uncategorized

kids_fun_plaza_thanksgivingIf you have been following Albany Kid on Facebook, then you already know that the Kids Fun Plaza blog is hosting a Mommy and Me Blog Hop. It’s a chance to meet mommy bloggers in the Capital Region, and for one lucky winner, it’s a chance to win a $50 Visa Card. You don’t even have to have a blog to enter the contest, just post a comment to be entered to win.

Guess what? I won last week’s contest! It was that easy. Well, it’s super easy to win right now because Kids Fun Plaza is just getting started. But, it doesn’t seem fair that I won, conflict of interest and all that, so I’m putting it back in the pot so that another lucky reader can win the $50 Visa Card Giveaway. (Shush! Don’t tell my husband, but do tell your friends!)

Even better, this will be the first of many giveaways that I’m planning during the holiday season! To start the giveaways off on the right foot, I looked to a pro, a Latina friend that I met at the Type A Mom conference this past fall. This gal, Carolina, has the art of giveaways down to a science on The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness, a blog that is exclusively about reviews and giveaways. She is giving away so many cool items it will make your head spin, as it did mine when I noticed she was giving away an iPad.

But, I digress. The point of all this, is that I’m taking a cue from Carolina, on how to run a giveaway. She uses a neat little gadget, the List Randomizer on, that allows you to pick an entry to win a contest. While it could be as simple as selecting one of the blog commenters, she makes it interesting by giving readers a chance to increase their entries in the contest. So here we go!

To win the $50 Visa Card, you can just post a comment. Or, you can increase your chances of winning by following up on any of the following options, and then posting a comment to let me know that you did it.

Mandatory Entry
Post a comment about your favorite mommy and me activity at Monday at the Plaza on the Kids Fun Plaza blog, and come back and tell me about it. (Note – This will give you two chances to win a gift card, from either Albany Kid or Kids Fun Plaza!)

Extra Entries
* Subscribe to my blog through email (1 entry)
* Follow me on Twitter @sandrafoyt and/or @albanykidNY (1 entry each)
* Like Albany Kid on Facebook (1 entry)
* Tweet this giveaway. Leave the link to the tweet in your post. (1 entry/tweet per day)
* Add my site to your blogroll (1 entry)
*  Blog about this giveaway leave the link (3 entries)
* Add this Giveaway to a Sweepstakes site, Mr. Linky, your giveaway list etc. Leave the link!! (2 entries per submission – unlimited!)

Make sure to leave a separate comment for the entries you complete!
Deadline: Monday, November 29 at 11:59 pm EST. I will use to pick the winners so everyone has a chance to win. **PLEASE leave an email if your blogger profile does not include it or you don’t have a blog. I need a way to contact you.** Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Good luck!

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Lissa November 24, 2010 at 12:02 am

U R so generous! Just like Oprah and Ellen.

Sandra Foyt November 25, 2010 at 1:10 am

I wish I had Oprah-level money to give!
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Julia November 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm

What a nice idea! Sure could use it…

Cie November 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Cool Sandra! But 🙁 now it’s a conflict of interest for me too.

Sandra Foyt November 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Nah, Cie, not yet. You’re just getting started on Albany Kid!

Amie Bloom November 26, 2010 at 11:59 pm

How can i get my blog listed on your site? I am a single mom of 3 kids, 2 with special needs, and would love to get our story out there. If you have any ideas for how to get my blog some more attention, I would appreciate it.

My blog can be found at

Thanks so much.,

Colleen Pierre November 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I posted my Mommy and Me moment on Monday at the Plaza. Thanks Sandra!

Colleen Pierre November 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I ‘like’ Albany Kid on Facebook

Colleen Pierre November 29, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I follow Sandra Foyt and AlbanyKidNY on Twitter (@colleenpierre)

Colleen Pierre November 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Not sure how to link to the tweet only, but here’s my Twitter profile:!/colleenpierre

margo November 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I don’t blog with writing currently, but I feel like I could start blogging with my photos…in the meantime I do enjoy reading others, especially those that deal with the triumphs and pitfalls of parenting!

Sandra Foyt November 29, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Colleen, This is fine! FYI, I just learned how to link a tweet. When you click on a tweet’s timestamp it gives you the url. See

m November 29, 2010 at 8:15 pm


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