the board game … celebrating family!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!  

Congratulations HELEN R.!  

Email us with your contact information so we can send it on to Family Board Games and they can get your checkerboard in the post!

Jeanne here.

We play board games in our house.

Especially during winter.

When the days are shorter (it’s dark at 4:30 here in Montana) and we spend less time outside (the high today is 26 degrees).

When work demands are a little more lenient.

And even though the littles are still little, we use game time as an opportunity to laugh and bond and teach lessons like teamwork and good sportsmanship.  And because complex rules don’t often compute for a 3 year-old, we let it be a time when we let our imaginations run wild.  (The last time we played chess, our horse-obsessed toddler created a world that had the queen riding the rook to a castle to rescue her dragon from a frog prince.)

So you can imagine how excited I was when I got a call from a girlfriend who works for Family Board Games asking if we wanted to host a GIVEAWAY for our readers!!!  These guys make some amazing versions of the classic games you probably already love.

Like Chinese Checkers.

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And Chess.

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And Tumbling Tower (which doubles as a great set of blocks to build castles at Grammy’s!)

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These games are GORGEOUS and CLASSIC and we are thrilled that they noticed our little blog and wanted to offer you all a chance to own one of their beautiful games!!!

So here’s the deal …

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The folks at Family Board Games will give a SET OF TRADITIONAL CHECKERS to ONE LUCKY READER!

Here are the details:

  • Prize: ONE GAME OF CHECKERS (the traditional version), sent to you directly from Family Board Games.
  • To enter:  Leave a comment here letting us know what games you love and why … 
  • Comments are manually approved, so it might not pop up right away. Then scroll to the bottom of the post (above the comment section) and share this post via Facebook or Twitter.
  • Prize ships in the USA only.
  • Nitty gritty: Only one entry per person per day. Giveaway starts right now and ends SUNDAY, December 23rd at 10 PM PST. Winner will be chose randomly and announced ON MONDAY, DEC. 24TH (CHRISTMAS EVE), here on the blog!

Remember you can enter once each day… so you can enter FIVE times before the giveaway closes on Sunday!

Good luck!

ALSO — We’ve arranged for a promotion at Family Board Games … use the code OMAMASBG at checkout from now until December 31, 2012, to receive 10% discount off any purchase.  Limited one per customer and cannot be combined with other offers.  Code must be used upon checkout and is not valid on previous purchases.

NOTE:  This is a sponsored giveaway!  So … let’s show our sponsor how much we appreciate their support!!!  Register to win a game that could bring your family closer together!

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giveaway: $50 visa gift card

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! WInner to be announced Friday on the blog.
Eight more days until Christmas … and we’re celebrating
with our biggest giveaway to date! This week, we’re giving
away a $50 Visa Gift Card! images And, if you’ve never used
a Visa Gift Card before, what we love about them most is that you
can use them for anything. Sure, you can use them for gifts
and treats (and it’ll be in the mail first thing Friday, so it may
even arrive in time for Christmas). But you can also use them
for groceries. To pay a bill. To donate to a charity.
Whatever you like. To paraphrase the great Dr. Suess:
“You can use them in your house. You can use them for a
mouse. You can use them here or there. You can use them
anywhere!” Here are the details:

  • Prize: One $50 Visa gift card mailed to you to
    use in store or online.
  • To enter:
    Leave a comment
    here letting us know what you had for breakfast this morning
    (because we’re always looking for tasty and nutritious breakfast
    ideas) …
  • Comments are
    manually approved, so it might not pop up right away. Then scroll
    to the bottom of the post (above the comment
    section) and share this post via Facebook or
    Twitter.
  • Prize ships in the USA
    only.
  • Nitty gritty: Only
    one entry per person per day.
    Giveaway starts
    right now and ends Thursday, December 20 at 10 PM PST. Winner will
    be chose randomly and announced Friday here on the blog!

Remember you can enter once each day… so you can
enter FOUR times before the giveaway closes on Thursday! Good
luck!

giveaway: $40 Gap gift card

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  CONRATS TO MARISA O!

This Monday we’re giving away a $40 gift card to one of my favorite places to shop… GAP!

007---Gap-GC My favorite sections are Gap Body and Baby Gap, but there’s not much there I don’t think is adorable!  Not to mention they always have great sales!

And if shopping at Gap isn’t your cup of tea, here’s the best part… A Gap gift card also works at their partner stores Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Piperlime. Athleta has drool worthy women’s performance gear and Piperlime has good looking shoes for your whole fam.

As soon as we announce the winner Friday we will get it in the mail to you so you should still have time to shop!

Here are the details:

  • Prize: One $40 Gap gift card mailed to you to use in store or online.
  • To enter: Leave a comment here letting us know what you would buy if this gift card were yours. Comments are manually approved, so it might not pop up right away. Then scroll to the bottom of the post (above the comment section) and share this post via Facebook or Twitter.
  • Prize ships in the USA only.
  • Nitty gritty: Only one entry per person per day. Giveaway starts right now and ends Thursday, December 13 at 10 PM PST. Winner will be chose randomly and announced Friday here on the blog!

This Monday marks week 5 of our 6 weeks of giveaways. Remember you can enter once each day… getting a total of 4 entries by Thursday!

Good luck!

monday gift card giveaway – R.E.I.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!  CONGRATULATIONS CLAIRE ELDRIDGE!  YOU WON A $35 R.E.I. GIFT CARD FROM O’MAMAS!

Another Monday… Another gift card giveaway! Up this week …

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…. because who doesn’t love good gear?  Especially when it’s cute AND functional!

Oh, what I could do with a $35 gift-card to REI … excuse me while I dream for a moment …

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The prAna Tassel Beanie … SOOOOO cute! And $35 … perfect!
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REI merino wool arm warmers. I love these. And at $26.50, a $35 gift card would cover tax and REI offers FREE SHIPPING!
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this Leatherman Wingman Multitool is just too practical … $29.95 … it’s just darn practical! Oh … I said that already. But it IS!

But this isn’t about me … it’s about YOU!  What would you buy?  We would love to know … ‘cuz we’re always looking for gift ideas, and you probably have a few good ones you’re keeping to yourself 🙂

Remember… You can enter once each day. Contest ends Wednesday and the winner will be announced Thursday, right here on the blog!

Here are the details:

  • Prize: One $35 R.E.I. gift card
  • To enter: Leave a comment telling us what you might buy if you win. Comments are manually approved, so it might not pop up right away. Then scroll to the bottom of the post (above the comment section) and share this post via Facebook or Twitter.
  • Prize ships in the USA only. Sorry to the wonderful readers over seas. We still love ya!
  • Nitty gritty: Only one entry per person per day. Giveaway starts right now and ends Wednesday, December 5, at 10PM PST. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced Thursday morning here on the blog!

Enter daily for a better chance!  And GOOD LUCK!

let’s talk turkey … leftovers (part 3 of 3) … GIVE AWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

We here at O’Mamas have so much to be thankful for.  Not the least of which is the outpouring of support from you all as we embark on this blog adventure.  So … THANK YOU, for your support and encouragement.

In typical O’Mamas fashion, our Butterfly Princess was thrilled to pick this week’s give away winner … although I’m not sure she liked being nudged from her slumber for the 40 seconds it took us to get it done 🙂

CONGRATULATIONS …

MARIA CONDE!!!

Maria just won a $25 gift card to WHOLE FOODS MARKET!!!! Email us at omamasblog@gmail.com with your contact information so we can get this baby in the mail!

Thanksgiving is HERE … and even though the bird isn’t in the oven yet, we’re already thinking about leftovers.

It’s true.

And we have a LOT of turkey this year (two-18 lb turkeys … which is insane … but I guess we’re hoping for lots of leftovers … in our defense, there’re going to be quite a few people at dinner this year, but probably not enough to warrant 36 lbs of poultry)!

Just a few ideas to consider with all that turkey YOU’ll have in the fridge on Friday:

BREAKFAST:

Turkey Hash with Poached Eggs

  • Chopped turkey
  • Onion
  • Green pepper
  • Leftover mashed potatoes
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs (poached)

Sautee the onion and green pepper until onion is translucent and the pepper is sweating. Add chopped turkey and mashed potatoes. Heat through. Top with poached eggs. (And if you’re feeling adventurous, you might also add some leftover gravy … that might be crazy … I’m just saying.) Hmmmmm.

LUNCH OR SNACK OR DINNER:

Turkey Sandwich

  • Really good crusty sourdough bread
  • Turkey
  • Cranberry relish or sauce (whatever you have)
  • Stuffing
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard

I feel like this is self-explanatory. I don’t need to tell you how to make a sandwich … do I?!?!

Turkey Salad (makes 2 servings)

  • 1 cup Turkey (rough chop)
  • 3 Tbls Mayo (we use a homemade grape seed oil mayo)
  • 1 cup Grapes (halved or quartered … depends on how chunky you want your salad)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • ¼ cup walnut (chopped)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 cups Spinach or Mixed Greens of your choice (thoroughly washed, divided)
  • 1 Tbls fresh lemon juice

Combine the turkey, grapes, onion and walnut in a medium bowl. Fold in mayonnaise. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Toss the greens with fresh lemon juice.

Top with the turkey mixture.

But I know what you’re wondering. Where’s the soup? And the casserole? And what about the chili? There’s got to be more recipes for leftovers than this.

You’re right. You are. It’s only three ideas. But it’s what we’re going to do with our leftovers. What about you? What are YOU going to do with them? (By the way, if you’ve got a recipe for leftovers that is a can’t miss … email us, and we’ll guest post it!)

Oh … and if you’re looking for some more inspiration … check out these three blogs.  They’ve got some WONDERFUL ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers.

The Pioneer Woman

Nourished Kitchen

This Chick Cooks

monday giveaway – Whole Foods Gift Card!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

Because Thanksgiving is in three days …

We’ve been looking for ways to celebrate the good food that’s going to be shared this week …

And we know we’ve got a lot to be thankful for … not the least of which is that we are thankful for the incredible outpouring of support for our little blog!

So this week, even though there’s no Whole Foods Market here in Bozeman, MT (and we’re sometimes bummed about that :), we’d like to THANK YOU with a giveaway for one $25 GIFT CARD to WHOLE FOODS MARKET!

Here are the details:

  • Prize: One $25 Whole Foods gift card
  • To enter: Leave a comment here telling us your favorite Thanksgiving side dish. They are manually approved, so it might not pop up right away.  Then scroll to the bottom of the post (above the comment section) and share this post via Facebook or Twitter.
  • Prize ships in the USA only…. but don’t worry… a few of the gift cards in the coming weeks will be sent via email so those will be open to residents in other countries too!
  • Nitty gritty: Only one entry per person per day.  Giveaway starts right now and ends Wednesday, November 21st, at 10PM PST.  Winner will be chose randomly and announced Thursday here on the blog!

Good luck!

And don’t forget to check back next Monday (and every Monday until Christmas!)… the gift cards will be getting bigger and better…

Monday Giveaway: Target gift card!

This giveaway is closed! Congrats to Claire M. for winning!

Because we’ve got 12 inches of snow on the ground…

Because next week is Thanksgiving …

Because we wanted to find a way to say THANK YOU for the love and support we’ve gotten in the weeks since we started this blog adventure …

We here at O’Mamas are going to be giving away gift cards each week for the next six weeks.

This week we are starting with one $20 gift-card to one of everyone’s favorite places… Target!

It’s sitting on my desk waiting to be mailed to one special winner…

Maybe you need some new leggings.
Maybe you will re-gift it.
Maybe you need some groceries.
Maybe you know someone else who needs groceries.
Maybe you are like me and just like to walk around aimlessly and see what ends up in your basket?
Or maybe you’re like Jeanne, and every time you walk in the door, you walk out with another “pretty notebook” that she doesn’t need 🙂

Here are the details:

  • Prize: One $20 Target gift card
  • To enter: Leave a comment here telling us your Target weakness. They are manually approved, so it might not pop up right away.  Then scroll to the bottom of the post (above the comment section) and share this post via Facebook or Twitter.
  • Prize ships in the USA only…. but don’t worry… a few of the gift cards in the coming weeks will be sent via email so those will be open to residents in other countries too!
  • Nitty gritty: Only one entry per person per day.  Giveaway starts right now and ends Wednesday, November 14, at 10PM PST.  Winner will be chose randomly and announced Thursday here on the blog!

Good luck! And don’t forget to check back the next six Mondays… the gift cards will be getting bigger and better… Whole Foods anyone?