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Friday, June 7, 2013

Special Times with Dad + Cardstore Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. The winner was Paige, who said, “I LOVE CARDSTORE.  I’d better look for cards, now, too.  Pinned!” Congratulations, Paige! We have a feeling you’ll put your $100 to good use!

Before I tell you about my dad, please note today is the last day to enter this giveaway – so get hopping!

Father’s Day is right around the corner, so let’s talk about our dads for a moment. Since this is a food blog, wouldn’t it be perfect if I told you how the most special times spent with my dad were cooking? Yeah, that would be really cute and on theme! Alas, it’s not the case! My dad could cook spaghetti, toast with cheese and jam, and anchovy potato casserole. And I was only willing to eat one of those items. But, no matter, because I do have a special activity that I did with my dad year after year after year growing up: reading.

where the wild things are

Both of my parents are avid readers and they passed that along to me. In addition to always seeing my parents reading, my dad would read books to me all the time. My favorite book to read with him was Where the Wild Things Are. There is not a soul alive who can do better wild rumpus sound effects than my dad. There really is something magical about reading with your kids. You get in lots of good cuddle time. You help shape your child’s brain development in a really impactful way. And you connect over stories that stay with you for life. I am so grateful that my dad was good about reading with me and I am trying to follow in his footsteps with my own children.

Cardstore is sponsoring my post today and I wanted to share with you a Pinterest contest called Pin it for Papa that they have running right now, celebrating those special moments shared with Dad.  And the contest involves a giveaway! Here’s how to enter!

  • The giveaway on my blog is a $100 gift card from Cardstore! This prize is AWESOME. I love their cards, high-quality and fully customizable. Cardstore can also print, stamp and mail your cards for you. This is pretty much the only way I’ll ever send a card to someone. (Sidenote: my mom’s Mother’s Day card is still sitting on my desk. I should have had Cardstore mail it to her directly!)
  • To enter to win the $100 gift card, you need to participate in the Pin it for Papa Pinterest contest (instructions below) and then leave a comment on this post telling us you did so! (Also, if you want to share a special memory of your dad in the comment, we would love to read them!)

Pin it for Papa Cardstore Pinterest Contest Instructions | #pinitforpapa |

How to participate in the Pin it for Papa Pinterest contest:

Not on Pinterest? What are you waiting for? It’s fun! Good luck everyone!



  1. 1

    I LOVE CARDSTORE. I’d better look for cards, now, too. Pinned!

  2. 2

    I just pinned 🙂

  3. 3
    Sue Nelson

    Pinned…memories of NEVER getting to blow out my own candles…Dad always taking the chance to sneak a big breath and out they went before I could get to them.

  4. I hope you now will eat janssons tempation because it sure is tasty!

  5. Pinned!
    (We’re at the water all summer long — looking forward to bringing the water to us!)

  6. 6
    Auntie Barb

    Pinned! Just what I need, more pins! I still laugh every time my dad creates rabbit ears over someone’s head with his fingers in photos. I’m sure hundreds exist.

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    Teresa R


  9. 9

    Pinned it and hope that I winned it!!

  10. 10
    gina guthrie


  11. 11
    gina guthrie

    I follow cardstore on pinterest.

  12. 12
    Kim M

    Following Cardstore

  13. 13
    Laura Jacobson

    I follow Cardstore on Pinterest
    Laura J

  14. 14
    Laura Jacobson

    I repinned! The one I picked really reminds me of my dad! He always tries so hard on the grill!

  15. 15

    Possibly pinned it… Not too great at this pinning process💁

  16. 16
    Jessica Hansen

    Just pinned for papa. Cardstore IS awesome.

  17. 17
    Jessie C.


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  19. 20
    Fiona Walker

    OK, I’m following Cardstore!

  20. 21
    Nikki CB

    I’m following Cardstore and I pinned for Papa. 😉

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  22. I wish they could send a card to my Papa in heaven.
    Hold them near while they are here.

  23. 24
    Lisa Brown

    my pin –
    Follow on pinterest as
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com
    Thank you!

  24. 26
    Tabathia B

    follow cardstore on pinterest and pinned:

    Here’s my pin

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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