I think it's time for another hayfu contest (that's a haiku contest for those of you who haven't met my dad). These things always make me laugh so hard–you all are seriously creative. (For examples of previous contests, go here and here).
Here's the theme: It's a new year, full of fresh starts. Some of you are making big resolutions like crazy, and others of you run screaming at the thought. So write a haiku about your resolution, or why you won't make one, or how badly you've already broken yours, etc. Be profound, be thoughtful, or be wickedly funny–it's up to you. Simply leave your haiku in the comments section below. (If you don't know how to write one, go here).
I will close down comments at 8 pm CST tonight (Thursday), and I'll pick five finalists. Winners will be posted tomorrow morning (Friday), and you can vote right here all weekend. The one person with the most votes at 9 am CST Monday morning will win.
And oh yes, there is a fantastic prize package. The winner of this contest will receive the following items:
Pear Budget :: Pear Budget is a simple, on-line budgeting tool, perfect for people who aren't used to budgeting, who don't like looking at spreadsheets full of numbers, and who generally know they "should" be paying attention to their finances, but don't really know where to start. The winner will receive a one-year subscription to Pear Budget. (Retail value, $30)
JM Digital Designs :: Maybe '09 is the year to get all your old pictures organized. As far as I'm kind concerned, the best kind of the scrapbooking is the kind that someone else does for you. Jan Mary is a designer extraordinaire in jolly ol' Ireland. She's offering one 8×8 custom, personalized design for the winner. She's also offering readers here a 10% discount–just enter SHANNON09 at checkout. (Retail value, approximately $36)
Cary Collins Designs :: We can't have a new year's prize package without a calendar! These adorable creations are produced by a talented artist who incorporates scripture into all her designs. The story behind Cary's business is a wonderful successful story of an artistic mom with a dream. She's giving away a 5×7 calendar, a weekly planner notepad, and a "This Is the Day" notepad. (Retail value, $33)
Appledonia :: I love these cute, handmade onesies–they're an affordable and creative baby gift. And while I'm partial to the pink little pig at left, I have to say that this Just Like Daddy is a close second. The winner will receive any one Appledonia onesie of your choice. (Retail value, $13)
WordWorld :: This is my four-year-old daughter's new favorite show. Its colorful characters are actually made of letters, appealing to the visual way so many kids learn phonics and letter sounds. You can find them on PBS. They're giving away 3 DVDs to the winner of this contest. (Retail value, approximately $36)
Little Debbie :: You know what's better than having a box of Little Debbies arrive on your front porch? Um, nothing, that's what. The winner of this contest will win a large box of Little Debbies, all from their new 100-calorie line. (Retail value, about $15)
Vintage Momma Designs :: Inspired by her sister who has beaten breast cancer and a brain tumor, this jewelry artist developed the One-in-8 line, to signify that one in eight women will develop breast cancer. Fifty percent of profits will go towards the continuing fight against breast cancer. She's giving the winner this gorgeous necklace and ring set from the new line. (Retail value, $42)
Expecting, by Marla Taviano :: The winner will receive an autographed copy of Marla Taviano's just-released new book. This is hardcover devotional book for pregnant moms. Even if you're not expecting yourself, this would make a delightful gift for an expecting friend. (Retail value, $14.99)
Many thanks to these great companies for offering such fun prizes. Now, fire away with new year's haiku in the comment section below–may the best 17 syllables win!
Comments are now closed. Finalists will be posted first thing tomorrow (Friday) morning!