St. Baldrick’s – Etsy Giveaway!

It’s giveaway time again! Because everybody loves prizes, and in honor of my St. Baldrick’s event I’m offering up an Etsy gift card worth $25!

Everybody, together now….WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Alyssa, why are you doing this?
Because you’re pretty. And to help spread the word about my shave event!

So I have to donate to enter?
Nope! As grateful as I am for every single dollar donated in the effort to fight childhood cancer, there is no purchase necessary and donating will not increase your chances.
Now whether it increases your karmic chances and might one day allow you to lead a more enlightened life and possibly get to make out with Taye Diggs as a reward from the Universe?
Maybe. I really can’t say. But do you really want to chance it?

photoEnter the giveaway, or I will boop your nose.

How do I enter?
Leave a comment in this post. Anything you like, the comment is the important part, not the content. Need a prompt? Tell us about someone you know who has been touched by cancer, at any age.

That too personal for you? Just leave me a comment on how you are doing today!

Still too invasive? Feel free to just post this: “Mind your business, enter me in the contest.”

This is a mandatory entry, as I’ll need your email address in order to send the Etsy gift card to you. You may also get two extra entries by tweeting or sharing this post on Facebook. (Use the adorable little icons at the bottom of this post.) Just make sure that you come back here and comment with the link to your tweet or Facebook post. (Have a private account, but still want the extra entries? Email me at alyssa [dot] kindofamess[at] gmail [dot] com.)

That’s complicated.
Look. I love you, but I need you to lower your expectations on what I can do for you. Mind-reading your desire to enter the giveaway is above my paygrade. Be a dear and leave a dang comment.

Anything else I need to know, smartmouth?
This contest is in no way affiliated with St. Baldrick’s, Etsy, Twitter or Facebook. Winner will be chosen randomly from the pool of entrants. No purchase is necessary. Donation will not increase your chances of winning. All entrants must provide a valid email address to win. One comment, Tweet and Facebook share per person. Any duplicate entries will be deleted. All social media entries will be verified. Contest ends September 14th at 11:59pm CST. Questions should be directed to alyssa [dot] kindofamess[at] gmail [dot] com. Be nice to your mama and eat your vegetables. Stop trying to make “Fetch,” happen. If you haven’t watched BBC’s Sherlock, you should rectify that. Stay gold, Pony Boy. You’re still pretty.

Good luck, y’all!

91 comments on “St. Baldrick’s – Etsy Giveaway!

  1. christineindot
    September 6, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    Thanks for helping to support such an important cause! I work as a child life specialist at a children’s hospital and know first hand how deeply childhood cancer affects families. Thank you!

    • kindofamess
      September 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

      You need to be commended, what a wonderful job!!

  2. vadoporroesq
    September 6, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    I am doing great today! And I think what you are doing is great! I was inspired by Liz to grow my hair out to donate it, although I’m not in a position where I can shave my head (I don’t think I could emotionally handle going to court bald) and I have about another 4-6 months of growing before I chop. But I got a haircut last week for the first time in three months and now it dries cute and curly so I’m feeling fancy.

    • kindofamess
      September 6, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

      Yay for hair donation!! I bet you look super fancy.

  3. Trisha
    September 6, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    I am so in awe of you for doing this Alyssa! It seems like 2013 has been a really hard year for a lot of people cancer-wise. Personally I know to people who have passed away due to cancer this year, as well as my grandma, who got her all clear at her final post-treatment screening, only to get pneumonia before she had recovered her strength.

    • kindofamess
      September 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

      I’m so so sorry for you loss. Sending you major hugs.

  4. Cara
    September 6, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    I was just able to donate 10 inches of my hair! I never really thought I’d be effected by cancer, but my husband had leukemia when he was a little kid, and my mom just went through breast cancer treatments, so it really and truly does impact everyone in some way or another. Everyone out there who is fighting cancer is so brave and incredible!

    • kindofamess
      September 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

      Yay, congratulations on the donation!!!

  5. Mary
    September 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Thanks so much for doing this. I have had several important people pass away in the past few years as a result of cancer. Next time I grow my hair long enough, I’ll be sure to donate!

    • kindofamess
      September 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

      I’m very sorry for your losses. But just supporting those of us who do donate, and especially spreading the word, you’re already a part of the charity, so thank you!

  6. savychacha
    September 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    I’m doing great! Just found out that the Petsmart that I bring my dogs to for training is doing a K9 good citizens test tonight…so I’m going to cross my fingers and bring down the pups and hope they do an OK job (I’m not expecting miracles here, but the fact that I can now walk them around people and other animals without any face eating incidents makes me so proud). So, you know, we’ll see how that goes. Your super awesome with what you’re doing, and I totally applaud all your efforts!

    • kindofamess
      September 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

      Oooo, I hope those puppies behaved!! Keep us updated, I’ll be watching the news to make sure there were no reports of adorable dogs eating faces up in the PetSmart.

  7. Rosa
    September 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Uhhhh I love Etsy…pick me…pick me….oh and Alyssa, one more thing….thank you 🙂

    • kindofamess
      September 6, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

      You are very welcome, lovely lady!

  8. Emily Threlkeld
    September 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    I’m so excited to get my hair cut tomorrow! Eeeeee!

    • kindofamess
      September 6, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

      I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!! I cannot wait to see pictures!

  9. Emily Threlkeld
    September 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm #


  10. Holly B
    September 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    My grandmother was a breast cancer survivor. While she’s not with me any longer, I’m so glad the cancer was caught early and I had those extra years with her 🙂

    • kindofamess
      September 7, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

      I’m sorry for your loss, but I’m also happy that you got those years too! You have an absolutely awesome perspective!

  11. Amy Orvin
    September 7, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    I am doing great today…especially if I win.

  12. Amy Orvin
    September 7, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Tweeted –

  13. Amy Orvin
    September 7, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    Shared on Facebook as Amy Orvin

  14. Amanda Sakovitz
    September 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    What a great cause! Thank you for the giveaway!

  15. Amanda Sakovitz
    September 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

  16. Amanda Sakovitz
    September 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm #
  17. Melissa L
    September 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    My cousin died of cancer when he was 16 years. I was 14 at the time. It made me look at life in a very different way. You tend to appreciate the very small things and life and not get upset about the dumb things. Watching him go through it was a very painful time for all of us.

    • kindofamess
      September 7, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

      My deep sympathies for your loss.

  18. Melanie Bailey
    September 9, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    You are so wonderful for doing this. Wish I was as brave as you are and could do something like this. I have a very dear friend whose son, Weston, who is a cancer survivor after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. I’m going to try and link you to a picture of him and his brother Colton who shaved his head in support of his big brother. Sherrie, my friend, also shaved her head for St. Baldrick and I’m also attaching a link to her story. Every time I see Weston, I remember his story and what a little hero he is.

    Link to her FB picture of Weston and his big brother.

    Link to their story and her story of when she donated her hair.

    You are a good person Alyssa. I hope the links work.

    • kindofamess
      September 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

      Thank you so much for sharing, Melanie; and for your awesome words!!

  19. Courtney
    September 9, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    My husband is a childhood cancer survivor. Though he was left with numerous, unpleasant side effects, I am grateful he survived. Thank you for raising awareness.

    • kindofamess
      September 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

      I’m very glad to hear that he is a survivor! Here’s to hoping that in our lifetime no other kids have to go through what he went through.

  20. Melissa D.
    September 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    So proud of you. You are a rock star!

    • kindofamess
      September 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

      No, YOU are a rock star, m’am! 🙂

  21. blacksheeplacquer
    September 11, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I’d be happy to donate a green nail polish to this cause to sweeten the prize! Being named Erin, with green eyes, has given me a soft spot for all things Irish, not to mention this is a fantastic cause.

    • kindofamess
      September 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      Thank you so very much for the offer!! I will be contacting you this evening!!

  22. Caitlin G.
    September 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    I am so incredibly humbled and inspired by what you’re doing for this amazing cause. I hope to see a cure for cancer in my lifetime! I know we can achieve that!

  23. Pamela Irene
    September 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Alyssa is doing this because of the LOVE in her heart.. God Bless her and all the children fighting cancer. I personally know a young man (17) who lost his fight with cancer last Easter. If it wasn’t for the love he knew and felt along the way, It would be so hard to deal with. Without Love we are nothing.

    • kindofamess
      September 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

      Thank you, m’am! And I am so sorry for your loss, but I am so glad he was loved so well.

  24. Rachael
    September 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    My great aunt’s beating cancer. I’m so lucky to have her in my life. Thank you for entering me in this giveaway.

    • kindofamess
      September 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

      You tell her to kick its butt!! And thank you for entering!

  25. Riley Rose
    September 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    Luckily I dont know any children who have been affected by cancer but what you’re doing is amazing…. I will spread the word for sure.

  26. Riley Rose
    September 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Here is my tweet!

  27. Justine
    September 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    If there was an event near me, I would participate in a heartbeat.

    • kindofamess
      September 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      You know, there wasn’t an event near me until March, so I made my own! You can do virtual events, where you do your own shave, like I am! If you’re interested, email me and I can give you details and help you out. (And promote it here on Kind of a Mess!)

  28. Melissa
    September 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    I think it’s a great thing you’re doing, and I’m sending lots of supportive vibes your way. It’s also super nice of you to include us. Also, I think I need some of that green nail polish in my life. So–best of luck on Saturday! These kids are lucky to have you.

  29. MoranSha
    September 12, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    i know some ladies who are growing hair for donation, mine doesn’t get that long (even if i don’t cut it), but it’s a wonderful cause!

    • kindofamess
      September 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      It is, thanks for reading and entering!

  30. Amanda Rieth
    September 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    If you take a look around St. Baldrick’s at their Honored Kids, you’ll find my youngest. Moriah R. of Pennsylvania is a 6 year survivor of stage IV neuroblastoma. She was diagnosed at age 6 on Friday, April 13, 2007. She had a primary tumor in her left adrenal gland, a secondary tumor below her pancreas, and 80% of what should have been her bone marrow in her hips, femurs, shoulders, and part of her spine was cancer instead of bone marrow. She’s lucky. She’s in that 33%. She just celebrated her 13th birthday.

    Thank you. Thank you for helping other kids have a now. Too many never get the chance. We support St. Baldrick’s and have helped raise over $2k in the past 2 years. We also strongly support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and do what we can for them annually as well.

    • Amanda Rieth
      September 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

      Also, Facebook share:

    • Amanda Rieth
      September 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      Also, St Baldrick’s Honored Kid:

    • kindofamess
      September 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      I couldn’t reply to this last night as I am moving and didn’t have internet, but I saw your comment on my phone and bawled in the parking lot of the Kroger at ten o’clock at night. This is SO AMZING to here, and I’m so so glad that Moriah is okay! YOU are amazing for continuing to support St. Baldrick’s and Alex’s Lemonade Stand, I’m so proud of you!!! And Moriah!! Tell her I said hello!

  31. Stacy
    September 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    My mother is a 10 year breast cancer survivor as of this month! I’ve been so thankful for everyday with her and that it was caught so early.

  32. littodino
    September 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    This is a great cause, and I love to see all of the support for it (: Thank you for the opportunity, and I hope you had a lovely day!

  33. X.T.
    September 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    I’m doing well today. Good on you for organizing this!

  34. Amanda
    September 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So much awesome GREEN polish!!! I LOVE green polish!! Thank you so much for this contest and for helping to fight childhood cancer. CANCER SUCKS, especially when it happens to little kids. Nobody should have to go through that EVER especially not kids!! Thanks again!!

    • kindofamess
      September 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      I have the same reaction to green polish!! Just a little reminder, in case I wasn’t clear, the prize is just for a $25 gift card, but that’s more than enough for a few of those green beauties!

  35. Crysta
    September 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    This is such a great idea and cause. Cancer has touched my life in many ways through the loss of family and personal health scares. Go you!

    • kindofamess
      September 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

      I’m sorry it’s touched you so much, here’s to hoping it never does again!

  36. Kjersten
    September 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    Worthy cause, and great idea!

  37. alphabootoo
    September 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    My mom’s best friend lost her son to cancer when he was only 5 years old. You never get over something like that. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for taking steps to help us reach a day when parents need not endure such grief.

  38. Kyoti
    September 13, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Thank you for the giveaway, and thank you for raising awareness and support for St Baldricks!

    My “other mom” (part of a group of parents who raised all of their kids together) passed away from cancer about 3 years ago and my “other sister” (one of the group of us kids) just had a double mastectomy due to breast cancer last month.

    Cancer sucks, I can say that with all honesty.

    By the way, you should look into which would make things MUCH easier on you for verifying and picking winners of giveaways such as this!

    • Kyoti
      September 13, 2013 at 1:07 am #

      Oh, now that I see you use wordpress I see why you don’t use rafflecopter. Whoops! Well, consider getting another blog provider JUST for giveaways 😀

      • kindofamess
        September 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

        I’m so sorry for your losses; cancer DOES suck.

        And yYup, I’m WELL AWARE of how great Rafflecopter giveaways are compared to this method. Just working with what I got here! 🙂

  39. Claire
    September 13, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    I don’t know a single family untouched by cancer.

  40. Chantal
    September 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    I am almost NEVER late to the party, so I don’t know what happened that allowed this close call to take place. I think the Texas heat is killing the smarticles. That being said, I want to take this opportunity to tell you how amazing I really think you are. I still am in awe that you are doing this because I don’t think I would be able to and for that you, lady, are in possession of loving soul and spirit. I love you and have known you were beautiful on the outside…now I know that beauty comes from the overabundance you have on the inside.
    Now…..if you ever throw this in my face or bring up this sap fest, I will bring down a wrath of hell you know nothing of.
    See you on Saturday! 🙂

  41. Caitlin G.
    September 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    I shared this on FB for all my friends:

  42. Brooke C
    September 14, 2013 at 6:09 am #

    I am a hair stylist (just starting out) and I have already cut off two people’s hair long enough to donate! I love what you are doing! Keep up the great work of inspiring people to do more everyday!

  43. Jennifer Dysart
    September 14, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    I lost someone very close to cancer this year. It haunts me every day 😦

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    September 14, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    I tweeted and shared this post

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    September 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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