Win An iPod in The Dont Fret The Sweat Summer Bag Giveaway!


Thank you all for participating in this giveaway. Congratulations to Keonte, whose number, 47, was chosen via!


So Nick measured my Mari over the weekend and it’s official: She’s taller than me. The girl has me by a half inch. At age 12. Which means that between the first of the year and this summer, she’s grown almost two inches. But she hasn’t grown just in height; she’s fast turning into a little lady conscious about the neatness of her locs, the cuteness of her outfits, the size of her purses. She wants to wash her face with fancy soaps and shower with sweet-smelling scrubs and hang out with her adorable friends who, too, are turning into little ladies right before my eyes.

I thought this would disturb me this transition of my first born from little girl to teenager. But it hasn’t. At all. In fact, I’m kinda enjoying watching her blossom and using our downtime this summer to really connect with her in ways that we can’t while school is in session and we’re running around like maniacs from the classroom to the extracurricular activities to the homework to the swim meets and… ugh. We’ve been hitting the pool, walking the malls, reading, writing, listening to music and watching movies together, and talking about a little bit of everything from potty training to periods. And I’m grateful so very grateful that she’s cool sharing her “sweat inducing” moments with me in ways that I never dreamed of sharing with my own mother.

This is the beauty of different. When it comes to talking about the hard things, answering to the curiosities, doling out the 4-1-1 in age-appropriate ways, I’ve deliberately chosen to be different with my babies, with the hope that they will be comfortable with me and I with them. And that’s made this summer an unforgettable one.

And now, I’d like to make it an unforgettable summer for you, too! Or at least an unforgettable day. I’ve partnered with Don’t Fret the Sweat for this awesome giveaway a gift bag with all the summer essentials, plus an iPod to bring along your favorite tunes, that you can bring to a relaxing day at the beach, pool or park. It’s a gift designed to take the edge off of summer break, which we all know can be a tough time for moms who want to keep their kids active while managing “sweat-inducing” family moments from changing routines to the first day at summer camp to the tricky conversations that come as our kids change and question and grow.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Don’t Fret the Sweat beach bag (valued at $137):

  •  Exclusive Don’t Fret the Sweat beach bag
  • 2GB iPod Shuffle
  • $25 iTunes gift card
  • Beach towel
  • Beach ball
  • Sports water bottle
  • Sunscreen (Coppertone SPORT, SPF 50)
  • Vaseline Daily Aloe Fresh Moisturizing Body Gel
  • Unilever deodorant sticks


Want to win it? Of course you do! Here’s how you can score:

1. MANDATORY:  Click here to “like” the Don’t Fret the Sweat Page on FaceBook, where I and a few other really insightful tween experts help parents navigate the many sweat-inducing moments of their tweens’ lives and better understand the physical and emotional changes they’re facing. Leave a comment there telling me what “sweat-inducing” moment you most fear with your little one(s). If you don’t have kids, tell me about the worst “sweat-inducing” moment you had as a tween with your own parents. After you comment there, come back and leave the same comment in the MyBrownBaby comments section, so I can count your entry.

2. Want to earn an extra entry?  Click here to “like” the MyBrownBaby page, then leave A SEPARATE COMMENT below saying you did so. (You MUST leave a separate comment, as it’s the only way I can assign your extra entry.)

3. And if you want another entry (or three!), tweet this:  “When it comes to my kids, I #DontFrettheSweat thanks to this @MyBrownBaby giveaway!” Leave A SEPARATE COMMENT below saying you did so. (You MUST leave a separate comment FOR EACH TWEET, as it’s the only way I can assign your extra entries.) You can tweet for up to three extra entries.

This contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011. It is open to MyBrownBaby readers in the United States only. Entrants must be at least 18 years old. One winner will be chosen via and announced at the top of this post. The Don’t Fret the Sweat prize pack will be fulfilled by the good folk of Don’t Fret the Sweat once the winner is announced. PLEASE BE SURE TO LEAVE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS SO THAT YOU CAN BE CONTACTED IN THE EVENT THAT YOU WIN.

Good luck!

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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


  1. Oooooh I’ll try to do every entry! Looks like a good summer bag (which I need!).

  2. This is a great giveaway! I’ve had the “musty” talk with my girls several times already!

  3. I most fear my kids will forget their deodorant and other kids will make fun of them after gym class.

  4. I have been liking MBB on facebook 🙂

  5. the most sweat inducing moment I have had so far with my tween son was talking to him about nocturnal emissions … as a mom, that was not really comfortable but it had to be done …

  6. Oh, and I already like the My Brown Baby page on FB …

  7. I love the My Brown Baby FB Page!

  8. This a great treat for the summer! I love my Brown Baby!

  9. My kids are still small. The sweat-inducing moment I had as a tween with my own parents was when I asked to go camping with some friends.

  10. “like” the MyBrownBaby page
    jessiekatie S

  11. LeCi Jennings

    I love reading about mybrownbaby. I teach middle school and run a girls club as well. I often hear about those sweat- inducing moments between parents and their teens. Most of them are thoroughly embarrassed by their parents, but they know it comes from a good place…

  12. I like Don’t Fret the Sweat on FB with my username Mary Happymommy. One sweat inducing moment is a first date.

  13. I like My Brown Baby on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

  14. LeCi Jennings

    BTW…I liked the mybrownbaby page.

  15. My most sweat inducing moment was when my son started using a medication and a side effect was or possibly his penis getting hard… I seriously passed the buck and shifted the ‘talk’ to my husband, I didn’t want to be the one to initiate the talk but I would definitely step in after daddy and son had a talk… WHEW! That was about 1.5 years ago.

  16. I just did a tweet 🙂

  17. my most sweat inducing moment was when i first got my monthly gift and I didn’t know what I was supposed to do because my mom wasnt home so I had to tell my dad.

  18. like you on fb as amanda s

  19. This is what I said, My brown baby sent me, my fret the sweat moment will be when my kids embarass me real bad. My 8 year old has to wear deoderant sometimes, she gets a little funky. And I liked them too.

  20. Left a comment on the Don’t Fret the Sweat wall re: my moment.

  21. Like Don’t Fret on FB (Contest KAO). Thanks.

  22. Like your site on FB (Contest KAO). Thanks.

  23. I like the Don’t Fret the Sweat page on FB as Michelle Lynn Glenn.

  24. I like My Brown Baby on FB as Michelle Lynn Glenn.

  25. like em on FB as deanna time
    fret the sweat tween moment: riding trams in europe and having to reach up to hold on

  26. new FB fan as deanna time

  27. Gianna Patton

    I liked the Don’t Sweat the Fret Facebook page (Gia Patton-Judge) and wrote on their wall:

    I dread the moment my daughter goes on her first real date! :s

  28. Gianna Patton

    I liked you on Facebook (Gia Patton-Judge) 🙂

  29. I like you on FB – crave to save
    My son is still very little, but I sweat his dating years!!

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  30. I like you on FB! “Crave to Save”
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  31. I like Fret the Sweat. My comment Was:
    My sweat inducing moment was when my daughter had a huge solo performance at school. She was so nervous and she made me nervous too.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    skstigger (at) hotmail (dot) com

  32. (oops meant Don’t Fret the Sweat on previous entry -LOL)

    Anyways.. I liked MyBrownBaby page on Facebook too.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    skstigger (at) hotmail (dot) com

  33. My most sweat inducing moment as a tween was asking my parents if I could shave my legs before a big dance in the sixth grade. It was so embarrassing! They made me pretend to shave a tomato!

  34. I Like’d MyBrownBaby on Facebook!

  35. I just had a sweat-inducing moment on Monday. My son has a horrible, allergic reaction to a bee sting that sent him to the hospital. Whew!

  36. Follow MBB on FB (Keonté Smith)

  37. I like Don’t Fret the Sweat on FB (Schkinner Saves)

  38. I like MyBrownBaby on FB (Schkinner Saves)

  39. Molly Phoenix

    Running into a cute boy at the mall! EEK!

    Thanks for the great site!

  40. My little one needs to watch it after a particularly active day. Any encounter after that is iffy.

    Also posted on fb

  41. I am sohamolina (Soha M) FB liker —–

  42. I dread my son’s first dates!

  43. like don’t fret the sweat on fb
    Robin Scott

  44. like you on fb
    Robin Scott

  45. One of the sweat-inducing moments when my kids were older was times we were with others that we may have said something about that probably shouldn’t be repeated to those persons. We tried to be very careful as kids can say the “darndest” things.

  46. I fear that my kids will grow up to be very sensitive and always worry about what other people think, but for now i can only hope that they don’t say something unkind in public. (left this msg on fb)

  47. My most sweat inducing moment was being with my daughter as she gave birth to twins. Holy cow! Nothing in my life ever compared to that. An absolute trinity of elation, nervousness and heartache at watching my daughter in such pain. I now chase after twin grandchildren who make me sweat almost as much. LOL!

  48. Liked MyBrownBaby page on FB as Sweeps Love

  49. Tweeted ”When it comes to my kids, I #DontFrettheSweat—thanks to this @MyBrownBaby giveaway!”!/SweepsLove/status/94433404086530048

  50. I’m not looking forward to the dating period.

  51. liked the fb page and commented

    I worry about the amount my son will sweat because he already sweats a lot as a toddler.

  52. like you on fb

  53. David Gossett

    I would love to win this set for my wife who is a very hard worker and homeshools out four girls. She has wanted an iPod for a long time, but as we are on one income, she has had to wait. She NEVER complains, and cares for us with a cheerful heart. Thank you so much for the chance to win this set for her, and good luck to everyone.

    I liked Don’t Fret the Sweat on Facebook as David Gossett and left the following comment.

    “My wife and I have four daughters. We worry the most that they will grow to find healthy relationships. Dating is always a learning experience. We hope to instill enough self love and confidence in them that they will choose someone who truly values them. Thank you for the chance to win this contest, and thank you for the great blog. My wife and I love it. ”

  54. David Gossett

    I liked MYBrownBaby on Facebook as David Gossett. Thank you again for another chance to win this set for my wife.

  55. David Gossett

    I tweeted about this giveaway. I am DavidGossett1.

    Here is the link!/DavidGossett1/status/94575238544764928

  56. Melissa Vaught

    I am already a fan of Dont Fret the Sweat FB page, and I went and left this comment on the wall:
    My oldest child is 9, and he is starting to really get sweaty when he plays outside. He’s actually always liked wearing cologne, but he forgets to put on deodorant. I’ve been trying to help him remember. The other day, he remember himself, and then came out and said “I even put some on my forehead, so I won’t sweat there, too!” Lol, my kids never fail to make me laugh.

    This is a great giveaway, Thank u for the chance to win! I would love to win this for my family! And the deodorant would thrill my son, lol, because he thinks he’s grown up by getting to wear it.


  57. Melissa Vaught

    I’m now a follower of MyBrownBaby on Facebook!


  58. Melissa Vaught

    tweet #1!/mandmvaught/status/94617362984210433


  59. Tiffany @ Home Grown Families

    I’m just dreading telling them the ‘details.’ They ask so young now!!

    From FB

  60. Tiffany @ Home Grown Families

    like you on fb

  61. I like the DFTS facebook page.

  62. I like your Facebook page, too!

  63. I sweat over my daughter growing up and deciding she had a terrible childhood!

    This is my facebbok comment on your wall.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  64. like you on facebook as wendy wallach

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  65. My oldest is 6 right now, but my most sweat inducing moment is definitely going to be “the talk”. I am dreading the moment he starts showing an interest in girls and dating ugh.

  66. I like my brown baby on fb SHawna Pridelandmama

  67. I left a comment on the FB page as michelle hiatt.

  68. Liked Don’t fret…on FB
    april yedinak

    My biggest fear for my kid’s sweat inducing moment is that they will be pressured for sex. I am sweating thinking of it.


  69. like MBB on FB
    april yedinak

  70. The worst moment I had was forgetting my deodorant when we went to the beach. Luckily my mom had plenty.

  71. I like my brown baby on facebook.

  72. Avrora Davidovna

    I liked “Don’t Fret the Sweat,” and left the comment “I fear driving lessons!”

  73. Avrora Davidovna

    I like MyBrownBaby on facebook.

  74. I like dont fret the sweat on FB

  75. I have 2 daughters and i’m sweating the teenage years!

  76. gretchen irish

    I liked MBB on Facebook. Great site:)

  77. gretchen irish

    I have twin girls who are best friends. I fear that ending 🙁

  78. I “like” the Dont Fret the Sweat Page on FaceBook (fb name Just Coupons)
    I put that my “sweat-inducing” moment I most fear is kids learning to drive!

  79. I “like” the MyBrownBaby FB page (fb name Just Coupons)

  80. 3rd Tweet, thanks!

    twitter name @Just_Coupons

  81. My worst sweat inducing moment as a tween, was asking my mom if I could go on my first date. Luckily she thought very highly of the boy who asked me, otherwise I would never have gotten to go! 🙂

  82. I like the MyBrownBaby page!

  83. Tweeted this!

  84. My girls wear lighter colored soccer jerseys and I fear they will get pit sweat stains! 🙁 lol Thanks for the contest!

  85. I left a “sweat” moment on the FB wall.

  86. I tweeted @utahcountymom.

  87. I liked the MyBrownBaby FB page as Kimberly M.

  88. I am a fan of the page on Facebook and I put as my moment- when my 18 month old son was scaling our tall bookshelf!

  89. I am a fan of your page as well on Facebook. (S. Frederick)

  90. thepricklypinecone

    I liked don’t fret the sweat on FB and I know my sweat inducing moment will be when I have to sit down and explain the birds and the bees.

  91. thepricklypinecone

    I like you on FB

  92. Melinda (Mendy) Dinsmore

    A long hour in PE and no Dove or Degree to save me.

  93. Melinda (Mendy) Dinsmore

    Like your page

  94. I like on facebook, and I dreading when the time will come for the “talk”.

  95. I like Mybrownbaby on facebook
    nbellowsdove at gmail dot com

  96. I like on FB and I fear that my daughter will be one of the kids who always forgets to put on deodorant before leaving the house. I don’t want her to be the smelly kid. Guess I sould plan on stocking some in the car. LOL!

  97. I liked Dont Fret The Swear on FB and left this comment “I’m definitely sweating those teenage years”

  98. I liked MyBrownBaby on FB

  99. I am a fan of Don’t Fret the Sweat via Facebook as Jill Myrick.

    I am most dreading when my daughter starts to date.
    I will definiteely be sweating then.


  100. I am a fan of My Brown Baby via Facebook as Jill Myrick.


  101. I most fret my daughter going into middle school with all the drama of girls and school and of course dating on the horizon. I fret THAT sweat for her, but for ME I fret the sweat of my youngest of 6 growing away from us…WAAaaahhhha!

    I did LIKE the Dont Fret the Sweat Facebook page and posted here:

    eileen richter

  102. I DO LIKE you on Facebook! ( eileen richter) and left a post there under this giveaway too!


  103. “liked” the Dont Fret the Sweat Page on FaceBook,….
    My most recent sweat inducing moment was when we was school shopping my daughter who will be starting middle school this year ask me to buy her the padded bra’s so the boys wouldn’t think she wasn’t flat chested…I WANTED TO CRY!!

  104. “liked” the MyBrownBaby page

  105. Liked Don’t Fret the Sweat on FB (Priceless Writers). As a tween, my most sweat-inducing moment was report card time.

  106. Liked you on FB (Priceless Writers).

  107. Liked on FB under Rene Denning and left the comment- The most sweat inducing moment I fear for my son is during football when he punts the kickoff! I always hope he does well because all eyes are on him!

  108. Like you on FB under Rene Denning.

  109. I like Don’t Fret the Sweat page on FB.


  110. I like MyBrownBaby on FB.


  111. I fear that my son will forget to put his antiperspirant on one day, and will smell funky all day at school, especially if he’s trying to impress a girl!

  112. liked MyBrownBaby on Facebook!

  113. I like Don’t Fret the Sweat on FB-erin brady. I left the following comment on the FB page:
    The most sweat-inducing” moment I fear (in the future) is teaching the little ones how to drive. I know this made my own mother and aunts a nervous reck, and I am dreading it already!

  114. I like MyBrownBaby on FB-erin brady

  115. I like “Don’t Fret The Sweat” on Facebook. (Anja M. Anjathisandthat).

    I left the following comment on the wall:

    My most “sweat-inducing” moment I fear, is when my kids are ready to drive…

  116. Liked and posted on FB wall

  117. I like “MyBrownBaby” on Facebook. (Anja M. Anjathisandthat).

  118. Like you on FB

  119. Sweat inducing? I have been involved in six car accidents (driving in 3) and my 15 year old daughter will be driving in 3 SHORT months. I’m already pretty sweaty with her riding with her friends who already drive from time to time. Sheesh, can’t you put them in a bubble or lock them in their room until they’re grown? Is that considered child abuse? Lol.

    Posted on the Don’t Fret the Sweat FB page.

  120. Like your FB page as well.

    Leah W.

  121. Tweet #1.!/lewalk76/status/95268341031256065

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  122. I like Don’t Fret the Sweat on FB (Dana West). I also commented this: I most fear the the upcoming few years with my daughter. She is 12 (looks like she is 18) and is becoming more interested in boys and she is not a baby anymore. I am scared to death (for she and I both!) and boy is that “sweat-inducing.”
    Thanks for the giveaway! It’s awesome!

  123. I like My Brown Baby on FB
    Dana West

  124. my biggest sweat induced moment is when my daughter learns to drive I can just see me now…
    I like dont fret the sweat page on FB
    Julie H

  125. like my brown baby page on FB
    Julie H

  126. I like Don’t Fret the Sweat on facebook. The comment I left was the sweat inducing moment I fear most is when my daughter gets old enough to learn to drive….

  127. My sweat inducing moment is when my daughter first drove the car on her own alone, I thought that I would have a heart attack before she got home.

  128. Liked this post using the Like button

  129. Tweet 3.!/lewalk76/status/95323477036384256


    Thanks, again.

  130. I Like Don’t Fret The Sweat on Facebook
    –FB Name: Francine E.

    –My Comment on their Facebook Page: Biggest sweat inducing moment as a teen: having the embarrassing Birds & the Bees talk with my parents. It was torture! LOL! 🙂
    –Link to My Sweat Inducing Comment on Facebook:

    aliaskys (at) yahoo . com
    THANK YOU!! 🙂

  131. I Like MyBrownBaby on Facebook
    –FB Name: Francine E.
    aliaskys (at) yahoo . com
    THANK YOU!! 🙂

  132. I like the Dont Fret the Sweat Page on FaceBook!

  133. I like MyBrownBaby on Facebook 🙂

  134. I like don’t fret the sweat on Facebook Heidi reall daily. My most sweat inducing moment is watching anytime my daughter falls, as she is still little and not a tween yet

  135. I “like” the Dont Fret the Sweat Page on FaceBook. My most sweat inducing moment is when we go to theme parks and it is extremely crowded. I am worried about the worst case scenarios that can happen! My daughter is still little and not a tween yet.

  136. I “like” the MyBrownBaby page

  137. I LIke Don’t Fret the Sweat on FB

    I’m already having “sweat-inducing” moments with 1 daughter driving and the other one learning to drive.

  138. I Like MyBrownBaby on FB

  139. I like the page on facebook and left comment – michelle chappell
    “I’m super paranoid about forgetting my deodorant and often carry a travel sized one in my purse!”
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  140. I like you on facebook – michelle chappell
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  141. I “like” the MyBrownBaby page (Jessica Davis)

  142. MANDATORY ENTRY: I LIKE the ‘Don’t Fret the Sweat’ Facebook page. I also left my most ‘sweat-inducing’ comment on the wall there, see it here…!/ChicagoBearsFan1/posts/232126103494424 OR… says….

    “I think the ‘most’ sweat-inducing moment with my teen has been right as I am handed her report-card. UGH! Talk about my ‘RIGHT GUARD’ taking a ‘LEFT!’ ”

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