20 Finalists – MiniBox Giveaway

by Kelsey Norwood

in Giveaways

We have our finalists! A day late! I’m really sorry about that, but I promise I have good reasons – you can read my sob story at the end of this post if you’re interested.

Congratulations to the 20 finalists – you will need to email me (kelsey[at]vanillajoy[dot]com) a 200 word essay explaining why you need/deserve to win the Minibox. We will read your essays and select the winner based on your essays. Please get your essay to me by September 28. I will announce the final winner October 1. Good luck! (I put the comment number, which I now realize doesn’t actually show up except when I log in to my account, so you can disregard the numbers.)

If you didn’t win and want to purchase a MiniBox or WorkBox, you can get a special Vanilla Joy offer. Email me if you’re interested and I’ll fill you in on the details. Thanks!


  Name Comment Number
1. Tami 231
2. Jamilyn Haba 273
3. Michelle Tang 63
4. Misty Dowdy 266
5. Leea 106
6. Jami 352
7. Jessica Griffin 33
8. Sheila Oxley 44
9. Baba 161
10. Shawna Bingham 166
11. Kim DiNapoli 294
12.   306
13. Nicole Taylor 307
14. Andrea Phillips 329
15. Barbara Harper 15
16. Candice Broom 390
17. Sandy Scott 562
18. Lori Albright 184
19. Michelle Tajchman 308
20. Emily Albrecht 47

Thank you all for your enthusiastic participation. I’m sorry you couldn’t all win one!

And now for the story – I can’t do anything on the computer while my son is awake, and he didn’t take his nap until 2:00 yesterday because he’s sick and can’t sleep very well (probably something to do with the copious snot flow). While I was rocking him to sleep, the power went out which meant that my desktop computer wouldn’t work at all and I couldn’t get internet on my laptop. I had to wake him up at 3:30 (power still out) to drive to Orem to run some time sensitive errands and transcribe 2 classes for 2 deaf students at UVU. I got home at about 8:30, was starving to death, took over trying to get my sick baby to bed (husband was worn out from trying), and finally finished at 10:30. I appreciate all of your kind comments in yesterday’s “Apologies” post – you guys are the best!


1 Misty September 24, 2008 at 5:44 am

Oh my goodness! Stuff like this never happens to me! YAY!!! I am beyond excited! Thank you so much!!!

2 Kim DiNapoli September 24, 2008 at 7:05 am

I am in complete and total shock!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! :)

Off to work on my essay!!!

Hope your little one is feeling better today!!! And congratulations to all the other finalists!!!!

3 Lorie September 24, 2008 at 7:13 am

YEah! I am #18!!

Off to email you my essay! I am so so SO excited.

4 syeda September 24, 2008 at 8:03 am

Good luck to all the 20 finalists

5 Sheila Oxley September 24, 2008 at 8:55 am

OH thank you thank you thank you!!! I never did great with essays but I sure will do my best!!!!! : ) This all very exciting!

6 Misty September 24, 2008 at 9:18 am

Does the essay have to be exactly 200 words? Or can it be more?

7 Jessica Griffin September 24, 2008 at 10:27 am

I know how that goes, all too well. I have three under three who were all sick two weeks ago. Imagine rocking three kids to sleep- ugh. My arms were numb by the time that was said and done, I’m STILL regaining feeling!! Not to mention trying to catch up on sleep! Hope he gets better soon.

8 Nicole September 24, 2008 at 1:50 pm

I cannot BELIEVE I am a finalist! I am sooooo stinkin excited! Now I’m off to write my essay. I think a picture of my wayyyyy disorganized crafting corner would sum it up, but if a picture is worth 1000 words, that’s already 800 words too many! ;-)

9 Liz Memmott September 24, 2008 at 2:24 pm

best wishes to all the contestants.

10 Adele September 24, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Go Shawna!!! Wahoo!!! Congrats to all the finalists!!!

11 Shawna Bingham September 24, 2008 at 3:20 pm

I am in total shock. I am way excited about this. Thanks so much.

12 Donese September 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm

I hope your son is feeling better! Just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to win the MiniBox. Congratulations to all you winners!

13 Baba September 24, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Sent my email just now. Thank you for choosing me as a finalist. Am so excited.

I always feel so sorry for little ones when they get sick. They can’t tell you where they hurt or how they feel. It’s a tough job being a mom.

14 Leea September 24, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Oh thank you so much..you made my day just to be considered….off to write the essay!!!! Good Luck to my fellow finalists !!!

15 Casey Toney September 24, 2008 at 6:49 pm

congrats to ALL….and good luck….

16 Janae Blake September 25, 2008 at 8:26 am

Congratulations to the 20 finalists. A MiniBox would be an asset in anyone’s home. What an awesome thing you are doing! I loved the ScrapBox link and all the other links for that matter. Thanks to my daughter for sharing this website with so many of us.

17 Jamilyn September 25, 2008 at 8:55 am

WOW!!! I am never this lucky! I’m so excited. Sorry about your sick kiddo, I’ve got one here too … ear infection. But, I’ll get to work on the essay regardless!! :o) How exciting!!!

18 Kaycee September 25, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Thank you SO much!! Looks like we are all stunned that we were a finalist. I too never get this lucky. YAY!! You’re amazing. Thanks for this opportunity. :)

19 Tami September 25, 2008 at 1:20 pm

I am so surprised and grateful to be one of your finalists! This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us; thank you so much for arranging it.
I’m sorry your little guy isn’t feeling well. My youngest DD was out most of the second week of school with a bug…..not fun!
I don’t know if I should mention the possibilities to my international friends or wait and see?

Thinking…..writing…..fingers and toes crossed!

20 CanCan September 26, 2008 at 7:40 am

I’m so excited! I already wrote my essay :)

21 The Mommy September 26, 2008 at 8:55 am

Oh my mom is a finalist! I really want her to win…Oh please pick Baba!!!! Good luck mom!!!

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