My Christmas gift to you

by DaniGirl on December 9, 2008 · 35 comments

in Reviews, promotions and giveaways

Hooray, more free stuff!

A while ago, I got an e-mail from Stephanie of Brain, Child magazine. She asked me if I’d be interested in getting to know Brain, Child a little better with a back issue, and would I like to give away a one-year subscription to one of my readers. Hell yes!!

I’d heard of Brain, Child before, and had been meaning to check it out. They call themselves “The Magazine for Thinking Mothers.” I really, really enjoyed the issue they sent me. There were, to my great relief, no articles offering 20 quick lunch ideas under 300 calories, nor were there any articles on how to decorate your nursery using ridiculously over-priced swag from Pottery Barn Kids. Not a single lipstick review! It was, in short, unlike 99% of the glossy magazines aimed at my demographic.

It was smart, it was witty, it was occasionally wrenching, and it was a really good read. The backbone of the magazine seems to be personal essays, rounded out by a selection of shorter pieces, fiction, features and reviews. I gobbled it all up and can’t wait to go back for more — but I’ll have to wait at least a little while, because they only publish four times per year.

If you’d like to be entered in a draw to win the one-year subscription to Brain, Child magazine, just leave me a comment before December 14, 2008 and tell me one thing you’re wishing for this holiday season.

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 smothermother December 9, 2008 at 7:42 am

Ooh, I’m the first to post. My wish for Christmas: a long term contract for my husband. Any principals of elementary schools out there? He’s the best 6’6″ male grade one teacher you’ll ever find! Or how about kindergarden? Think of the fun the kids would have with him? Heck anything from k-6! πŸ˜‰

2 Wendy December 9, 2008 at 8:37 am

Brain Child is one of the best magazines ever, but don’t count me in for the subscription, I can’t use it this year.

Every Christmas I pointlessly wish for 12 more hours in each day, or a P.A. to do 8 hours of stuff for me. This year maybe I’ll try something different – wish for my daughter to miraculously become tidy and my husband to enjoy cooking. That would work!

3 Elise December 9, 2008 at 8:50 am

My wish for this Christmas is that I feel as happy and full and balanced for at least the next couple of Christmases.

Last year, it had just been two months after my first son was born and four months after I had moved to Canada… and I was adjusting to that not very easily, to say it in gentle words.

But this year… well… I love my child, my husband and my life as I’ve never thought I would be able to love anyone (except for my little self πŸ™‚

So… that’s my wish !

4 Erin December 9, 2008 at 8:56 am

SLEEP! I have absolutely everything I could want and need but I would love to get a bit more sleep so that I can enjoy my DH and Little Ones a bit more.

5 Emma December 9, 2008 at 8:59 am

Sounds like a great magazine.

I am wishing for less snow. Trivial but I’ve sort of had enough and I’m tired of being terrified during my commute, and I’d like to be able to drive around to visit people during the holidays without sliding into a ditch!!

Someone else, I am sure, would appreciate all this white stuff…

6 Virtually There December 9, 2008 at 9:07 am

Yes, sign me up to enter!

I wish for people to continue to order from my new homebaking business after Christmas is over. I’m really enjoying it and enjoying making some money again!

7 Mad Hatter December 9, 2008 at 9:38 am

I wish for the health of all those I love. That is all I ever wish for in December.

I’ve never asked to be entered in a blog draw for swag before. This sounds like fine swag indeed. Sign me up.

8 canadacole December 9, 2008 at 10:05 am

Oh, I’d love to win! This Christmas I wish that all the family and friends who said they understood when we told them we weren’t doing gifts this year ACTUALLY understood. So, really, peace on earth.

9 Catrina December 9, 2008 at 10:25 am

I wish for a healthy baby! I’m not officially due til New Year’s Eve, but my birthday is Christmas Eve and DH’s is Christmas Day, so it would be just AWESOME for our little guy to arrive a few days early in time to celebrate with us (out of the womb) πŸ™‚

10 Natalie December 9, 2008 at 11:17 am

My wish is for good health for my three children. Last Christmas one of our sons was very ill and we spent the better part of January and February at CHEO. Thankfully he’s recovered so I’m hoping that this year brings more health for our family. Oh, and I’m with Erin on the sleep thing!

11 andrea from the fishbowl December 9, 2008 at 11:48 am

Oooh, I’ve never heard of that magazine, but it sounds totally up my alley.

As for what I am wishing for? A MacBook, which is terribly unrealistic of me because we can’t afford one. But a gal can hope, right?

12 theclevermom December 9, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I’m wishing for enough motivation to complete all the handmade gifts I’d like to complete.

And, I’d love to get a subscription to Brain/Child – a magazine I love!

13 Renee December 9, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Count me in. Hmm, only one wish? I guess I’ll wish for continued health and happiness for my little family.

14 Kathleen December 9, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Greedily, I want more of what I have, so I’m wishing for continued health for all my loved ones. And peace on earth. ‘Cause it can’t hurt to ask.
And a subscription to Brain, Child. I’m a total fan.

15 suzanne December 9, 2008 at 12:26 pm

I wish for a more inclusive, affordable and educational daycare system in my region and across the country. Cuz God knows that little people from 0-5 years need love and stimulation in a safe environment – AND go outside and have fun!. It drives me crazy that parents have to cobble together care. That’s my wish.

16 Chantal December 9, 2008 at 1:24 pm

I would love to be counted in on that draw. And my wish this season is that my sister in law finally call her parents, it has been 2 years :(, this has gone on long enough.

17 Anonymous December 9, 2008 at 1:44 pm

One thing I’m wishing for this holiday season is overall health for my family. Last Christmas I spent two weeks staying with my parents (and away from my husband and kids). My bro-in-law had brain surgery, mom had knee replacement surgery, and my dad had an unexpected triple hernia surgery. This year I’m hoping for none of the above to happen. Happy holidays to you and yours!

18 Roxanne December 9, 2008 at 1:45 pm

Oops! That last comment was me. πŸ™‚

19 Chili December 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm

One wish? That I can get some balance back in my life. Work is dominating so much right now that it’s brutal. I know I can’t wait for it to get better magically, I have to take control.

Hm. I guess that’s not really a wish. Ah well. That’s still the number one thing I want.

Great contest, Dani.


20 Lynn December 9, 2008 at 2:50 pm

I’m wishing for a really warm pair of mittens :).

21 Jen December 9, 2008 at 3:08 pm

I’m wishing for a perfect job to drop into my lap! I’m on mat leave with my 2nd child but technically don’t have a job to go back to, and the prospects in my field are dismal. There’s a big black cloud hanging over my leave as I really need to be working again by next summer to avoid major financial disaster!

I would love a subscription…I’ve looked at that website many times but never felt right splurging on myself for a subscription!

22 Cath December 9, 2008 at 6:22 pm

This looks fabulous … I’m wishing for an end to my postpartum complications so I can truly savour my family and friends.

23 Janet December 9, 2008 at 8:12 pm

I’d love a subscription! I wish for the holiday wishes of those who are really in need to come true.

24 Barbara December 9, 2008 at 9:17 pm

I’m wishing for Christmas magic – love and joy and peace. Having Ken safely back from Afghanistan is a wish come true already but I would still ask for more, for me and for those whose loved ones are in Afghanistan and elsewhere serving our country.

25 Lasha December 9, 2008 at 9:41 pm

I’ve never read Brain, Child but it sounds fascinating. I think my biggest wish this year is for patience. We’re closing in on 2 in these parts and it’s definitely what I need most!

26 JoJo December 9, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Wow, this is a popular one. My wish for Christmas? I could say healthy baby, hope that my hubby’s job hangs on during the buyout, peace on earth, no octranspo strike, Harper getting sent to the other side of the house, this dry skin I have been getting to magically disappear….

But my wish this Christmas, is another day with my mommy. Since I would have to bend time and space, I’ll settle for a dream about her.

However any of the above would a great second!

27 Fawn December 9, 2008 at 11:40 pm

I’m going to sound like a total downer, but I’m wishing for seizure-freedom for my little girl. Her new diet is definitely helping and we’re seeing fewer seizures every day, but even to have ONE DAY of no seizures would be such a huge blessing.

Blessings on your family, Dani!

28 mynalee johnstone December 10, 2008 at 4:31 am

My wish is that people will realize we have way too many automobiles on our planet and that to have a peaceful Christmas, take a bus or train. We just might have a “Silent Night”

29 rmd December 10, 2008 at 8:21 am

We are expecting our first on January 9th, so my Christmas wish is that she doesn’t come on Christmas…even though the tax break would be nice. And that my wife doesn’t get laid off for having a baby–I know that is illegal but her employee has tended to ignore that fact in the past.

30 Kate December 10, 2008 at 9:10 am

I have never actually seen Brain, Child, but I’ve heard great things πŸ™‚

My wish is for my husband to find peace; to change his miserable job situation; to accept that life is changing for him and others; to fight his way out of depression back to physical, mental, and emotional health.

31 Patrice December 10, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Count me in for the subscription please. It sounds like a good magazine. I’m curious now and I’ll have to pick up a copy.
My wish is for a fun-filled year with my boys. Less focus on cleaning, washing, sweeping, organizing, getting it all done, etc and more FUN!!

32 Lindsay December 10, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Oh, I love Brain, Child. A subscription would be just what this mama needs! My dearest and only wish for this Christmas is for sleep. I am the mother of a voraciously hungry 6 month old who has made it a habit to eat at least every two hours (sometimes every hour – fun, fun!) throughout the night. Oh, sweet sleep… Please, Santa, bundle it up and put it in my stocking.

33 Elizabeth December 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm

I wish for more patience – I need boatloads more, it seems. Failing that, I wish for just one or two more hours of sleep each night. Hmmm, come to think of it, that second wish might help out with the first…

34 Jenn December 12, 2008 at 2:41 pm

My husband has been working out of town full time and only comes home for weekends. My greatest wish would be for him to actually work out a way to be able to shorten that week and work in town at least on Fridays so he could spend a few more time with the babes and I can get my sanity back. Win win situation all around.

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