So, I've been keeping a little secret - a secret that makes my heart dance and my eyes sparkle.
Okay, it's actually a BIG secret.
The good people at Disneyland have invited me and my family to come to the park in late November (Nov. 20-22, to be exact) to be dazzled by the holiday displays and festivities. We'll ride Dumbo, Peter Pan, It's A Small World, Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Soarin' Over California. We'll watch a parade and a spectacular fireworks show. We'll rest our heads at the end of each fun-filled day at one of the Disneyland-branded hotels. AND we'll even attend a special VIP Holiday Party specifically for bloggers.
Does that sound magical and magnificent? Oh, yes.
Wait - there's more. Oh, I'm positively giddy. The BEST part of all is that I get to invite one of YOU to come with me.
The winning family will receive:
If you're not from Tucson/Phoenix, but you can arrange for transportation to Disneyland, the rest of the package could still be yours. So this is open to anyone, anywhere.
Here's how to enter:
To me, Christmas is about giving - our hearts, our hands, our time, our love.
What I want to know is how you and your family give to others.
ROUND I: In 150 words or less (less is totally fine, by the way), tell me what you and your family are doing to impact the world for good. If you're not actively doing anything, tell me a dream or an ambition that you have for the upcoming year. Send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit your entry is Monday, October 19, at 11:59 pm.
ROUND II: My family and I will select the top 5 entries. The selected top 5 finalists' submissions will be posted here on Metropolitan Mama on Wednesday, October 21. Metropolitan Mama readers will then have three days to vote on the most compelling story. NOTE: The 5 finalists will be required to submit a photo.
WAIT - THERE'S MORE.
If you can't make it to California (or even if you can), I want to give you an opportunity to win something too! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win one of four gift baskets from Gourmet Gift Baskets...
Candlelight Bubble Bath Spa Gift Basket ($69.99) - What better way for a mom to relax than to soak in a nice warm tub (preferably with a good book and no banging on the door by kids in the house)? This "sensational" basket includes citrus bath balls, a soy candle, a loofah mitt, a body net, and hand and body lotion.
Chocolate Gift Basket Stack - Sweet Decadence ($39.99) - Chocolate crunch, chocolate cherries, chocolate brownie cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, and a chocolate bar. I just said "chocolate" 6 times in one paragraph. Wow. Just Wow. As Erin would say.
Tea & Cookies Gift Basket Stack ($39.99) - Inside you'll find red raspberry tea, peach iced tea, David Rio chai, raspberry lemon tea cakes, classic tea cookies, and a teaspoon sweetener. A good cup of tea is so rejuvenating sometimes, don't you think?
Healthy Gift Basket Stack ($34.99) - Contents include: honey wheat dipping pretzels, amazing raspberry honey mustard pretzel dip, bountiful harvest granola, Tuckerman’s trail mix, and metropolitan trail mix (perfect for the METROPOLITAN Mama reader - ha!).
Gourmet Gift Baskets offers baskets for all occasions, starting at $24.99. If you have a friend who is celebrating a birthday, just landed a new job, recently had a baby, or is going through a hardship, consider GGB.
To enter for a gift basket, leave a comment stating which of the four gift baskets you would choose if you won and who you would give it to (it's okay if you'd give it to...yourself). For an extra entry, subscribe to my newsletter (see right sidebar) and leave a second comment telling me that you did (if you already are a subscriber, just say so). Comments will close on Monday, October 19.
So, there you have it. You and your family could be hangin' with me and my family at Disneyland in one month. How cool would that be? I have to tell you in advance though: