Gretchen, a dear friend of mine who also happens to be an extraordinary educator, recently hooked up my Lila with a new pen pal a 5-year-old kindergartener from Taiwan named Chieh-An. The two have been exchanging emails, and yesterday, Lila got her first letter a sweet, handwritten note, replete with pictures, about Chieh-An's day: She changes her clothes in the morning, and goes to school in her mom's car, and sings songs with her teacher at school, and watches TV when she gets home. Lila, too geeked by this incredible letter full or crayon drawings and Chinese characters (Chieh-An speaks fluent Mandarin, and limited English, so her mom helped her with her letter, which was written in Chinese with English subtitles), immediately set out to write her new buddy a letter and capped it off with about 10 (TEN!) hand drawn pictures of everything from her big sister and Teddy the boy toy, to the school bus, her teacher, her best friend the list goes on.
Of course, the girl used up all my computer paper to hook up her new pen-pal, but the next letter Lila writes to Chieh-An will arrive in style, on a new set of purty stationery designed by my super fresh friend Melanie, over at Lucky Paperie. Mel and I go waaaay back, to our days at Honey magazine, where I was the features editor and she was a designer making our words look fly. Now, she runs her own Atlanta-based custom design studio, for which she designs some of the yummiest letterpress stationery, invitations, business cards, calling cards, menus (and the list goes on!) MBB has ever seen. Her fonts, color choices, and designs are impeccable very modern and funky, with a slick vintage feel. Simply put, she's nice.
So, are you feeling lucky today? Because Melanie is going to hook up two lucky MyBrownBaby readers one with a set of custom-designed Christmas cards, the other with a custom set of teacher stationery. Each comes in a set of 25; the winner of the cards (click on the “Holiday Greetings” illustration at the top of this post to chooose your fav) can send incredible custom Christmas cards to a grip of super special folks, and the winner of the stationery (one of either the “Scallop Circle” or the “Bird On A Branch” designs pictured to the left) can hook up her child's teacher with a really thoughtful, original holiday gift. I'm SO all over the Peace cards for Christmas, and both Lila's and Mari's teachers will find custom-made Lucky Paperie stationery in their Christmas stockings this year. Yup.
Want the Lucky Paperie hook-up? Here's how you get your chance to win: Visit the Lucky Paperie website or Lucky Paperie Etsy Shop, then come back to MyBrownBaby and tell me something good about Melanie and Lucky Paperie, AND, which of the MBB featured Christmas cards and teacher stationery you'd most like by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 12, 2008 (yes, this is a quickie you want your designs in time for Christmas, don't you?!).
Want to enter more than once? Boost your chances of winning by completing one or more tasks on this list:
If you haven't already, sign up for MyBrownBaby's email updates by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, December 12, 2008. To be eligible, you must verify your email subscription when Feedburner sends you a verification email. Your entry will be invalid if you do not verify. If you would prefer to get MyBrownBaby updates via an MBB RSS feed, please leave a comment letting me know you've done so, and include an email address, as RSS subscribers are anonymous.
Order one or more items on Lucky Paperie's Etsy Shop, and email a copy of your confirmation order to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blog about MyBrownBaby and post a link to your blog entry here.
Fave MyBrownBaby on Technorati. After you do this, come back to MyBrownBaby to leave a comment with your Technorati user name so that I can verify it.
See? That means each of you can receive up to 5 entries. A winner will be chosen via Random.org, and contacted via email. This contest is available to U.S. mailing addresses only.
And, drum roll, please! The winner of the fantastic lunch box giveaway offered by Che' Demi's Boutique in last week's MyBrownBaby contest, is Ms. Bar of A Place of Comfort! Yes, this means that Ms. J will be super sporty orty with her new lunch box, just a swinging it by her side while she and that glorious afro puff strut through the school hallway. Don't hurt ˜em, baby!
Finally, your girl found a way for you to get a home theater system for the cost of a bag of salad. Seriously. All you have to do is cop a bag of Fresh Express Complete Salads (we go through at least three bags of the Mediterranean and Caesar salads every week we like salad like that!), grab the code, then enter it in the Dine-INN to Win Sweepstakes for your chance to win. One lucky winner will be watching the new season of her favorite shows on the home theater system; 1,000 others will get a chance to instantly win a Netflix subscription (six months, two movies each month).
Don't want to buy the salad (even if it is delicious and nutritious)? Use the free code I found on the official rules: 5243-2435-8763-2345.