German or American?

My parents spent six years of the first 21 years of my life in Germany.  Of that, I lived in Germany with them for about four of those years.  (My father served in the U.S. Army and for the civil service.)  I remember being ecstatic as a college freshman when I found out my parents would be returning to Germany after nearly 10 years away.  I love Germany… the language, the culture, the climate, the scenery, the food!  (I don’t love their WW II history.)  German was part of my college major.  I used to have a shirt that I bought at the PX (post exchange) in Stuttgart, Germany.  It had a picture of a surf-boarding Snoopy on the front with the words, “Show me the ‘wave’ to go home.  GermanyUSA.”  I think I wore it out!  Here’s a picture of me wearing it.  (ignore the late ’80s/early ’90s hair style :P)

Well, I found several giveaways that are “specifically” German-related and several that are truly American.  Check them out to see what I mean…  (Note: There are also a few that aren’t ‘nationality-specific’.)  🙂


Two sites have giveaways that end TOMORROW, and they’re both giving away clothing.  Also, I’ve included another blog that’s giving away clothing…

  • The Bragging Mommy – a St. Eve Kids Beach Wrap, a Giraffe Girls’ Toddler Sleepwear Set, and a Heartbreaker Boys’ Toddler Sleepwear Set  – ends 7/19 at 10 a.m.
  • The Mom Reviews – Jockey Supersoft Panties – ends 7/19 (no time is indicated)
  • Happily Domestic – a Mountain Hardwear Men’s Ravine shirt ($75 Value) – ends 7/29


The next ‘group’ of giveaways is sponsored by Nestlé which in a German dialect means “little nest”1.  The Experimental Mommy (aka The Not-So-Blog) is hosting these giveaways as part of the Nestlé Family Summer Block Party which was held last week.  These giveaways end on 7/21.


For more “sweet tooth” goodness, check out these giveaways…

  • The Mommy-Files – a variety pack including Hershey’s Extra Dark and Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Treats – ends 7/22
  • The Mom Reviews – free Popsicles and a National Geographic Kids Big Book of Fun (5 winners!) – ends 7/23
  • Savvy Housewife – eight (8) Cookie Jar Entertainment kids’ DVDs – ends 7/24


Summer SizzleSummer Sizzle giveaways (including a German-related one)…

* Piece of Me – a Personalized Mouse Bag from Little Liebling (2 winners!) – ends 7/26 (Liebling is German for ‘sweetheart’.)

* Minnesota Mama’s Must Haves – a Personalized Lunch Tote – ends 7/26

More kids’ item giveaways (including a German-related one)…
  • My Organized Chaos – a copy of Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days on DVD – ends 7/27
  • And Twins make 5! – a set of Schleich Toy Figures (six different dogs) – ends 7/28 (Schleich’s headquarters are in Germany.)
  • Happily Domestic – a wooden Doll Bunk bed – ends 7/30


The AmericanGirl Shine On Now campaign is about celebrating girls who are making a difference in their families, communities and schools.  The following blogs are among those who are Official Parent Partners with
The Shine on Now campaign.  Each of these are giving away an AmericanGirl doll.  To enter most of the giveaways, you must nominate a deserving girl who you think has made a difference.  (All of them end on July 31st {when the campaign ends} unless otherwise noted.)


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1according to Nestlé’s History (Note: Henri Nestlé was apparently Swiss, not German. But, of course, German is one of the languages spoken in Switzerland.)

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Sensational Saturday “Sweeps”

Here are a few giveaways that I thought you might find “sensational,” too!  (Also, please don’t forget to let me know your thoughts on my blog button!)

For the kids:

For Everyone:

  • Serendipity Mommy – a 9-person family tent from Eureka! (ARV $279) – ends 7/12
  • Mom Start – a $25 American Express GC from Kelly Confidential & Electrolux – ends 7/19
  • Experimental Mommy (aka The Not-So-Blog)  – a S’mores Prize Pack from Kraft S’mores & S’miles – ends 7/20
  • Mommy GogglesThe 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo DVD (2 Winners!) – ends 7/21
  • Moms Wear Your Tees (aka Social Media Marketing) – a $50 Target GC – ends when 100 entries are reached (needs 7 more entries as of this posting)
  • Happily Domestic – a $20 Regal Cinemas GC and a $30 restaurant GC – ends when her blog reaches 1000 followers (restaurant GC is winner’s choice of the following…)
    • Chili’s
    • Famous Dave’s
    • Carino’s Italian Grill
    • Outback Steakhouse
    • P.F. Chang’s
    • Cracker Barrel
    • Qdoba Mexican Grill
    • Red Lobster
    • Red Robin
    • Texas Roadhouse
Giveaways listed are found on the following sites…
Disclaimer:  Here’s the small print…  I’m not reviewing this or offering it as a giveaway.  I have received no compensation for blogging about this except to receive extra entries in some of the giveaways.

Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses

Blogher and Hershey’s ® Kisses have eight (8) bloggers who are hosting a great giveaway!  Each blog (in conjunction with Blogher and Hershey’s ®) is giving away a $100 Visa ® gift card.  Additionally, each of these bloggers have included a recipe that they tried using Hershey’s ® Kisses.  (YUMMY!!!)  These contests all end on December 31, 2009, so go check them out!

  1. Quadville’s Favorites
  2. Fiddledeedee
  3. Fluid Pudding
  4. Swistle
  5. Blogher Reviews By Little Ol’ Me
  6. Oh, The Joys
  7. Do They Have Salsa in China?
  8. Big Mama