Gifts that Keep on Giving: Goldfish Swim Lessons Giveaway

Updated: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to PunkinMama! Thanks for playing! When I was a kid, one of the most exciting things about the holiday season was getting the big Sears Christmas catalog, filled with page after page of awesome toys. I’d pour over the book, circling everything my heart desired. I knew I might score one or two things out of that giant book, but the fun was really in the looking.

Today my kids take photos of things they see when we are out at the store and and I add them to their ever-growing wish-lists. They too might get lucky and receive one, maybe two things from their “most-wanted” list.

What I’d rather spend my money, and what most parents I know would rather spend their money on is experiences, and gifts that won’t be out of season before the winter break is over.

Some of the best gifts I think we’ve given and received have been experiences, including:

  • Rock climbing classes for MAM
  • National Park passports & a trip to St. Louis to get some passport stamps
  • Tickets to Holiday World (something to look forward to all winter long!)


This holiday season, Goldfish Swim School & I are on the same page about giving experiences. This year’s Goldfish Swim School holiday basket is fun to open and filled with goodies like two months of swim lessons, family swim passes, a winter hat and water bottle. The baskets start at $168 for current members and $193 for new members and they can be purchased at the Goldfish Swim School Fishers or the Goldfish Swim School Carmel. 

Want a chance to win a Holiday Gift Package from Goldfish Swim School (at either the Carmel or Fishers location)?

Just leave me a comment telling me the best non-toy gift you’ve every given or received!

I’ll pick a random winner next Weds, November 22!

Disclosure: Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for providing this giveaway. My son participates in their program in exchange for my honest reviews. 



Party Like a Mother

The makers of Bad Moms are back, with a holiday themed sequel, which seems just about perfect. I laughed and laughed with my girlfriends at the first Bad Moms, so I’m certain we’ll cracking up again when we go to see Bad Moms 2, Electric Boogaloo    Bad Moms Christmas. Don’t you just love a good night out?

Studio Movie Grill is ready to host, and can take care of everything from reserving your seats to bringing your food (and dessert! and cocktails!) to you while you enjoy the movie. If you’re the planner in your group (me! I’m the Virgo! I’m the planner!), click on over to Studio Movie Grill and make a reservation for your squad. The movie opens November 2, just in time to get a night out together before the holiday madness starts.

Can’t wait for the movie to open for a night out? Leave a comment telling me how you party like a mother, and one lucky winner will win 4 passes to Studio Movie Grill! Giveaway open through 9pm Weds, Oct 26th! 

Disclosure: Thanks to Studio Movie Grill for treating me and my squad to a night out. You’ll probably see it on the Internet when it happens! 

Lovin’, French Fries and Me {and A Giveaway}

pay with lovin“Mom?”


“I love you.”

I am lucky enough to hear this a couple times a day, and even more on the weekends. My kids are lovebugs, and it’s one of the best thing about them. We also play a little game….when one of us calls another by the wrong name- “Meg, I mean Andrew….” we owe the wronged person a hug and kiss. It really is the little things, you know?

In honor of Valentine’s Day, McDonald’s is celebrating kind of the same thing, with their Pay With Lovin’ promotion. You probably saw the commercials during the Superbowl.

Can you really pay with a fist bump or a high five or a text to a loved one?

The short answer: YES!!

Through February 14th, McDonald’s will be randomly selecting customers to Pay with Lovin’…. instead of cash. How fun is that?

Just in case you aren’t randomly selected for a Lovin’ transaction, you’ve got another chance right here to experience some Lovin’ (or at least some McDonald goodies and food).

The Giveaway

Want to win some Lovin’ for yourself? I’m giving away a prize pack that will include Happy Meal coupons, McCafe coffee coupons, and a $10 arch card, among other things. Sound good?

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me how you show lovin’ to your family and friends. Is it a thinking of you text? a lunchbox message? Just tell me!

For additional entries, share this giveaway on social media, and leave a separate comment for each social share.

The giveaway will be open through 3pm on February 14th. Winner must reside in Central Indiana.

Want more chances to win? Go visit these sites- they’re giving away some lovin’ too!

Chaos is Bliss

Indy with Kids

Indy Homeschool

Disclosure: thanks, McDonald’s of Central Indiana for providing this fun giveaway, and McDonald’s goodies for me too! I love being a #McDsIndyMom!