Speaking of winning, I've been doing just that.
Most of the items I haven't yet received (they’re at Poppa’s house), however, a couple have. So, I thought that I'd give some free advertising to the suppliers in exchange for their generosity.
1. Five Photographic Greeting Cards from Mister G and Me Etsy Shop. I won't tell you which ones I got (I don't want to spoil it for those of you that will receive them) but they are really beautiful and original pieces of work. Ashley is quite the photographer. She also included shipping to Canada as part of my prize.
In case you're unaware, Etsy is the latest way for people to share their handmade goods (kind of like eBay).
2. T-shirt from Orangeheat. It is Made in the USA (second best only to being Made in Canada, smile), good quality and absolutely adorable. I can’t wait for Max to wear it. Check out the blog this summer for pictures. Like Ashley, Sean also included (free) shipping to Canada.
The added bonus of entering and winning contests is that you get a chance to meet other people, if only briefly. It turns out that Sean was born and raised in Montreal.
3. Super Story Starters from Spark Imagination Cards. This is a Canadian company, and the cards came with a nice handwritten note. It turns out that Tamara lived for a decade just around the corner from us (she's now living out in BC). The cards are for ages 3+ but they've got me thinking about ways that I can get the kids talking (even) more.
So there you have it. Three generous people, three great prizes, three thank yous.