November 01, 2010

Let The Retreat Giveaways Begin!

Several months ago, I asked a few little shop owners and independent home sales consultants if they'd consider donating some items to give to the women who went on my retreat. Never ever in a million years did I expect the response that I got.  Awesome people came out of the woodwork to help me pamper those deserving women.  For weeks, my front porch looked like the midnight sort at UPS with boxes piled high from the donations that arrived daily.  My kids and I thought that it was Christmas everyday when we took a peek in those boxes to see what the ladies would be getting!

Most all of the women that came on the retreat never do a thing for themselves.  They give and give to their children.  Some of those children are fighting attachment issues, and special needs. One of those moms is battling MS, one is dealing with years of infertility, one of those moms is struggling with being in a military family and far away from a support system. Everyone on that retreat was dealing with their own issues.  So it was just incredible to bond and create a support system for one another.

One of the other best parts:  THE GIFTS!  Oh my!  The gals got gifts every two hours for the entire weekend.  It was so much fun!!!  The companies that donated things are heroes to me!  Their generosity lifted the spirits of those women and made them feel pampered and special- even if only for a couple of days.   But I wanted some of you to be able to get in on the fun.  I know that so many of you wanted to come on the retreat and couldn't for one reason or another.  Here's my way of including you. I'm going to give away one of everything that the women got on the retreat.  I'll start giving out the goods today in bundles of four items.  I'll give these four items away and then put up four more until they are gone.  I'd love to encourage you to do some Christmas shopping with all of these wonderful vendors who cared enough about our mom's that they gave out of their own pockets.  I love to shop with people and companies who have a heart- and these vendors are truly the best- and they have some of the most incredible items and deals just for our readers!  WIN/WIN!

Here's what you can get in the first giveaway bundle of awesomeness:

SCENTSY:  If you've never tried Scentsy, you are missing out.  Their wickless candles are to die for.  They work a little like a jar warmer, except they are trendier and the scent of the wax lasts forever.  Scentsy wax comes in dozens of delicious scents- from fruity scents, to woodsy scents, to scents that conjure up memories from your childhood.  You can also choose from a wide variety of gorgeous warmers designed to match any decor. Right now, I'm burning Autumn Sunset in my plug in warmer.  Just a teeny tiny bit of wax fills my whole house with the perfect about of fragrance.  It's not overpowering- just perfectly pleasant.  It gives the house the perfect fall feeling.  Here is what you can win from Mom Spark's Scentsy Store:
Scentsy "Dandy" Plug in warmer in lime PLUS berry tart scent bar!

The women on the retreat went crazy picking out their scents for their plug in warmers.  We had such a great time smelling all the samples Amy from Mom Spark sent.  Amy is also giving Millions of Miles readers an insane deal.  If you buy any scentsy plug in warmer ($15) from her store, she'll give you one FREE!  (Up to 3 free plug in warmers.)  Anyone need a whole lot of perfect teacher gifts?  (To get the deal email momspark@gmail.com after you have checked out. Amy will mail out the free product part, do not add your freebies to your cart!)

THANKS SO MUCH TO AMY FROM SCENTSY!


GLASS PENDANT NECKLACE:  Sarah's Treasure Box- one of my very favorite Etsy stores- donated handmade glass pendant necklaces for all the gals.  The one that she created for the giveaway, looks like this:

It is a fleur de lis design with a silver chain.  Gorgeous!  I special ordered an Africa outline pendant from Sarah's Treasure Box and it is so perfect.  I get compliments on it all the time.  One of the best parts about ordering from Sarah's Treasure Box is that her prices on her jewelry are so affordable.  Most all of the necklaces she sells are between $8-$13 dollars.  They make the perfect unique gifts for co-workers and secret santas!  She has hundreds of designs to choose from. I could stare at her beautiful creations all day!

THANKS SARAH'S TREASURE BOX!

BLUE DUCKLING:  I discovered Blue Duckling on Twitter and now I am hooked.  Blue Duckling makes pure bath and beauty products using only all natural ingredients.  They never add preservatives, petroleums, or any of the things we know can harm our skin.  I've been using the bath salts and lip balm and they leave my skin and lips crazy soft.  Blue Duckling also has a shae butter soap that I am dying to try on Miles and an all purpose salve I can't wait to put on my kiddos when their winter eczema sets in. The scent of these products is so light and clean.  I feel so good about putting these pure products on my family's skin!   For this giveaway you can win:
Blue Duckling Solid Perfume in "Lovely" and Blue Duckling
Solid Lotion Soap in "Vanilla Sandalwood"
AND Blue Duckling is giving an exclusive discount just for Millions of Miles readers.  If you enter coupon code MILES30 at checkout you'll get 30% off your entire order- hello stocking stuffers! Check out all of Blue Duckling's product line at http://www.blueducklingproducts.com/.

THIRTY ONE GIFTS:   One of my dear friends, Tonya, is a ThirtyOne Independent Consultant.  ThirtyOne sells the coolest bags, wallets and purses I've ever seen. All of their fabric bags can be personalized with your name or initials.  Sadie has one of their lunchboxes and she thinks that she is so cool with name on her lunchbox!  Our beach bag came from ThirtyOne and it was the handiest thing we took to the beach this year- you could even fit the kitchen sink in there!  They have such unique and handy gifts.  Their bags are just as functional as they are beautiful.  For the retreat- Tonya donated ThirtyOne key fobs and nail files for all the ladies.  Here are the ThirtyOne goodies you can win:
ThirtyOne leather and tan key fob and nail file.

Tonya is offering a November guest special.  If you order $31 worth of merchandise- she giving you a free zipper pouch (great for cosmetics, school supplies, coupons, etc.) These bags make perfect gifts for your BFF or your sister. For ordering and product information, visit  http://www.mythirtyone.com/tonyaperry/

HOW TO ENTER!
Here's the low down on how you can win all of these super cool items- the more you do the more chances you have to win:

1.  Leave a comment on this post with the words "retreat giveaway" anywhere in it. (1 entry)
2.  Become a follower of Millions of Miles via Google Friend Connect (on the left)- tell me in the comment if you are a follower.  New or old- I'm glad you are here! (1 entry)
3.  Leave a comment about this giveaway on Millions of Miles' facebook page . (You must "like" us first before you can leave a comment) (1 entry)
4.  Blog, tweet or facebook about the giveaway with a link to this post. Leave a comment and let me know you did this! (2 entries)

Thank you so much to all of the wonderful people who helped sponsor our weekend and this batch of giveaway goodies!  I will choose a winner using random.org on Friday, November 5th at 7pm EST.  The next round of retreat giveaways will begin next Monday.  Good luck!




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