Making it Up As I Go Along.

When I first started blogging I remember reading people's posts about their 100th post and thinking "Wow! How did they come up with 100 things that people would want to read?"

And here I am. Apparently I, too, can come up with 100 things for people to read - or at least skim. And most of it I've just been making up as I go along.

So in honour of this achievment on both of our parts - me writing and you reading - I've decided to have a little give-away.

Actually it's a huge giveaway! Really! It is!  You don't believe me do you?

I think it's a pretty neat one, anway. There will be three (or more) winners and the prizes are as yet undetermined. Because the winners get to determine the prize!

Okay, yes, there are some restrictions. I will be making the prizes and I refuse to make conterfeit money; so sorry about that.

But I am pretty handy with a sewing machine and all kinds of handmade loveliness. I can make clothes, toys, or books for your children. Or I can make bath fizzies or bookmarks or a blog or digital scrapbook or a mazillion different things for adults.

A Princess and the Pea playset and individualised story book.

Here's the way it works. If you're a follower or subscriber to this blog tell me so in a comment. If you're not, than follow or subscribe and then leave a comment. That will get you one entry.

Because my 100th post falls smack-dab in the middle of Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month and because my son has Neurofibromatosis, you can earn extra entries for engaging in educating the public about NF. Go to The Children's Tumor Foundation or another reputable source of information and read a bit about Neurofibromatosis. Come back here and leave a comment about one thing you learned. That will earn you an extra entry.
Want even more entries?
  • Tweet an NF fact on Twitter and copy @ReadilyAParent when you do so - that's another entry.
  • Create an NF fact status update on Facebook and come back here to leave a comment with the link to your update - that's another entry.
  • Do both and you earn another entry for doubling up.
  • Blog about NF and/or this contest and earn another three entries.
  • Not on Twitter or Facebook or own a blog? That's fine (though, really, what DO you do?). I'll take your word for it if you leave me a comment telling me you've told at least one friend about Neurofibromatosis. One entry for that.
In order to enter you have to follow or subscribe. That's the only stipulation.

You've got time to get those entries in. I will use a random draw tool at the end of May (that's over two weeks) to pick three winners. I will announce the winners on June 01. At that time we'll decide what your prize will be.

AND to make it even sweeter. If I decide to make and sell the same item at craft fairs/farmer markets/flea markets this summer, 10% of the profits from the sale of each item will go to a charity of your choice and 10% will go to NF Canada.

AND to make it even easier to win: those extra entries for facebooking, tweeting, blogging, or telling a friend about NF are unlimited. Each time you do it, let me know and you'll continue to get extra entries.

AND to encourage you to tell your friends and enter as often as possible: if there are over 300 facebook status updates or tweets (remember to include @ReadilyAParent) before the end of May about NF then I will pick an additional 3 winners.

What did I tell you? It's pretty neat isn't it? Potentially six winners each getting something they really want or need. But the real winners will be me and my son and all the other NF sufferers, because I'm hoping there will be lots of awareness about Neurofibromatosis spread this month.

*Edit: Just found out about the giveaways list over at sewmamasew (yet one more reason why you should always subscribe to a blog rather than just bookmarking it!). So if you're into winning handcrafted items, check out their list


  1. Cool idea!!!!! My 100th blog post is tomorrow as well, but I am not cool enough to give things away, I just brag about winning things. LOL :-)

  2. Thank you for being such a great advocate for NF1. Don't enter me into the contest, you blogging about NF is a prize enough for me...


  3. Thanks for being such a great advocate for NF1. Don't enter me into the contest, your advocacy is a prize enough for me!!

    Scott from Vineland.

  4. Oh my, I have tears in my eyes now, my fact Café-au-lait spots are the most common sign of NF. I am ashamed to say I had never heard of this. I am also a follower

  5. Excellent plan! I've pimped you on twitter and facebook (do you need the link? it should be on your feed). I think you already know I subscribe, given all the comments I leave!
    Can't believe that if affects so many things, from hearing to learning.

  6. Great idea...I put a tip about NF as my status today.


  7. tweeted from Diaryfirstchild account

  8. I just recently found your blog and became a follower (or as you call it a "disciple" -- love that). Did you make that Princess & the Pea playset. Adorable! I wish I had sewing talent. Keeping my fingers crossed that I'll win one of your wonderful creations.

  9. P.S. Thank you for encouraging your followers to become educated about neurofibromatosis. To be honest, I didn't even know what neurofibromatosis was. So I went to the web site to found out and learned it is a genetic disorder that causes tumor growth on nerves and affects development. I'm sorry to hear that your son has this disease, and I hope you have been able to find good medical care for him. It certainly sounds like you are an involved parent. Do you recommend that couples who are planning to have a child get screened for this genetic disorder?
    Best wishes.

  10. P.P.S. I'm not on facebook or a blogger, but I've been telling my hubby and sister and 2 sisters-in-law about neurofibromatosis. My one sister-in-law was the only one who knew anything about it, but she is in the medical profession.

  11. Dara, What a great idea!! Congrats on your 100th post. And I'm so excited about your giveaway. And if I win, I want that bread dough ball sack necklace you promised. Please don't tell me it was a joke. Because I will totally cry. And you know you are my bestest bloggy bestie EVER!!

    PS I'm proud of all the work you are doing to educate the public about NF. It is a very important cause and not enough people know much about it.

  12. I am following you with Google Friend connect. What a creative way to celebrate your blog and your 100th post.

  13. I learned that Children's Tumor Foundation is on Twitter, so I am now following Children's Tumor Foundation on Twitter to learn more about NF. Sorry to hear that your son lives with NF - here;s wishing you and your family all the best.

  14. What a fantastic idea to celebrate your 100th entry, Dara!!! Congrats!! I love the giveaway idea, but am impressed with the charity donations. After learning that NF affect 1:3,000 births, I wonder if this is something that is screened for during pregnancy?
    Hopefully, educating the public about NF will increase the amount of money that can be raised for further research and treatment. Best of luck!!

  15. This sounds like such an awesome way to celebrate your 100th post!

    My son too has a rare illness, and so I can understand your wish for greater knowledge, understanding and funding and treatments.

    I actually already knew about NF because a woman I met at a local tweet up here in Inverness, Scotland has a son with NF. She recently started blogging about it here:
    http://googlesanne.blogspot.com/ I follow her on twitter too now since the Tweet Up and her ID is @Googlesanne

    Have tweeted about this page out. As ya know I already follow you lovely!

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