I feel like celebrating today. I’m getting back in my bloggy groove after a long break, we’re settling into our school routine, and this week is my birthday! I’ll be turning 30. Again. For only the 7th time.
:: Write a haiku commemorating the whole back-to-school thing. This contest is open to anyone, whether you have kids going back to school or not. You don’t have to have a blog of your own to participate. (Here are instructions for writing a haiku, but if you click there, I’m totally telling your 4th grade teacher that you weren’t paying attention.)
:: Leave your haiku in my comments section, below.
:: I’ll leave the comments section open until 8 pm CST TONIGHT (Monday the 25th).
:: First thing tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, I’ll post the five finalists. Then YOU all will vote for the next couple of days. I’ll announce the winner Thursday morning.
And just wait until you see the prize package the winning haiku-er (haiku-ist?) wins:
Image Case Key Ring by The Fine Art of Family (retail value $170). If you’re going to spend so much time in the car, you might as well have cute keys, right? This beautiful heirloom piece is made of sterling silver, and it has a spot for the photo of your favorite little people. All of The Fine Art of Family’s pieces are sentimental and lovely–this necklace is my personal favorite.
Medium Bucket Bag by Kimberlee Faith (retail value $45). I have one of these–it is adorable and unbelievably sturdy (if it can survive the abuse my backseat doles out, it can survive anything). Kimberlee lets you choose your own combination of fabrics for a personalized design, so the bag is uniquely yours.
Two BizziMom planners, one for finishing out 2008, and a new one for 2009 (combined retail value $45). These fold-out planners made of heavy-duty paper will get your family organized this school year! They have spots for menu planning, to-do lists, appointments, menus, websites and more.
Peace Love Mom tee (retail value $38). You will rock the carpool line in one of these snazzy tees, designed especially for moms (and lots of cute kid designs too). Check out their newest offerings for fall, including this one (my favorite). Also, use the code ROCKSINMYDRYER for 10% off your order over $20 (expires 9/20).
Lands’ End Cordura StudyHaul Backpack (retail value $34.50). Its slim profile makes it perfect to fit in lockers, and it’s covered with handy pockets for storage. It was the only backpack given a perfect score for performance by Good Housekeeping. And Lands’ End stuff lasts FOREVER, so you’ll probably still be using it years from now. Give it to the kids, or keep it for yourself (I’ll never tell).
Perfume Roll-On from Klean Bath and Body (retail value $11.50). Just look at all the fun scent choices offered (though if you smell like German chocolate cake, how will you ever get the kids out of the car?)
While you’re thinking of your best back-to-school haiku, take a few minutes to click through to sites of these generous sponsors–you’ll like what you see.
Now, dazzle me with your best haiku. Remember, you have until 8 pm CST tonight to come up with one, and you can come back here first thing in the morning to see the finalists.
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