Give a Book, Get a Book

Nearly every teacher my kids have had say the same thing. They say, “You can tell they’ve been read to.” I know what they mean- they want to listen to stories, they’ve pretty much always known which way a book opens, and they’ve always had their favorites. Now one of their favorite “treat” meals is featuring one of their favorite things- books.

McDonald’s of Central Indiana is holding a “Give a Book,  Get a Book” campaign for the first half of November. Donate a gently used book at a collection location, and get a coupon for a free Happy Meal. What’s the Happy Meal toy through November 14th? Why it’s books! See all of the collection spots on Indy with Kids. We’ll be heading down to Indy Reads with some books we’re ready to pass on soon.

McDonalds USA will be distributing four books, especially written for this campaign, featuring characters making nutritional and active lifestyle choices. They are super cute, and I know they’ll be a big hit with my crew.


Want a chance to win some Happy Meals for your crew, one of featured Happy Meal books, as well as gift card for more books? Enter the giveaway below!

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This giveaway will be open from November 1 through Friday, November 8th around 9pm.

Enter to win a week’s worth of Happy Meal coupons, a features Happy Meal book, and a $10 Amazon gift card by leaving a comment- tell me one of your favorite childhood reads or one of your kids!

After that, you can enter for additional chances to win by doing any or all of the following, leaving a comment for each one.

  • Go like my Facebook page- it’s and it needs fans.
  • Follow @gotchababy (that’s me) and @MyIndyMcDonalds on Twitter.
  • Post a photo of a book you’ll donate on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram- be sure to tag it #mcIndymoms
  • Have a Happy Meal box at your house? Stopping for lunch sometime soon? Post a photo of a Happy Meal (the food, the box, a book) – be sure to tag it #mcIndymoms
  • Share this giveaway- “Check out Give a Book-Get a Book from @MyIndyMcDonalds and enter to win a fun prize @gotchababy #mcIndymoms” (Or make the above more Facebook friendly)

Good Luck!

Want more chances to win? Check out these other #mcIndyMoms and their giveaways:

Chaos is Bliss

Indy Home School 

Redefining Perfect

Fortville Mama 


 Fourth Frog

What’s Up Fagans

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, but my love of books and Happy Meals are all my own.


St. Lawrence Fall Festival: A Fall Fun Giveaway

You know what my kids love?

Ok, that’s probably too open ended. They love a lot of things. Unicorns, puppies, roller coasters, pizza, ice cream….

Anyway. They LOVE a carnival. The more Midway rides the better. The more bounce attractions, cotton candy, and bands to dance to, the better. Gone are the days of pushing the stroller and packing sippy cups and hoping that skipping naptime doesn’t completely screw them up.

Now we can hit the ground running and have fun until closing time (or pretty close to it).


The St, Lawrence Fall Festival (located at E.46th & N. Shadeland) is happening September 13-14-15th and promises to be a ton of fun for everyone. And unlike the State Fair, there’s beer and and a gaming tent (see- fun for ALL ages!). Admission is free, as is all of the musical entertainment, all weekend long. There will even be a performance by Hoosier native and Nashville recording artist, Corey Cox.

Want to win a prize pack to make your time at the St. Lawrence Fall Festival more enjoyable? Have a I got a giveaway for you!


I am giving away a prize pack that includes 10 carnival ride tickets and $10 worth of food tickets for the St. Lawrence Fall Festival. The total value of this pack is $20, and will get you started on your good time!

To Enter

1) Go like the St. Lawrence Festival on Facebook (there are some great photos on this page) – and leave a comment here  telling me that you liked the page.

Additional Ways to Enter: 

2) Go follow the St. Lawrence Festival on Twitter and tweet the following: “I just entered to win a prizepack to enjoy @stlawfallfest from @gotchababy, and you can too!” -come back and leave a comment here with your Twitter handle, telling me you followed & tweeted.

3) Leave a comment here telling me what your favorite thing to do at a festival is.

This giveaway will be open through Wednesday, September 11th. Winner will be contacted via email. The winner will have 24 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!  

Want more chances to win? Enter at these giveaways as well:


Disclosure: I was compensated for writing this post and coordinating the giveaway, but my enthusiasm for a good beer tent is all my own.