Did you know that in September I Heart Mesa turned 3? We can't believe it either. It's almost like I Heart Mesa should be my 5th child (this is Kathryn's opinion). We are happy to say that after 3 years, the work is still worth it. We enjoy seeing others get excited about events that we post or do a little fist pump for this wonderful valley we live in (it's all in the attitude). We love it. Our readership is growing and we feel like we are reaching our goal to help establish a better sense of community here in Mesa and the East Valley.
We haven't done any formal celebrations for our birthday, we got a little wrapped up in parades and floats. Which, by the way, if you missed, you missed the best parade in town. Short, sweet, and to the point :) Seriously, there haven't been any other parades in Mesa with that many floats and that much candy in years and won't be for some time. Unless we try to bring back the Mesa Day Parade one of these years. Who's with us....
Anyways....since this blog is all about our community anyways, we wanted to celebrate our birthday the same way that we started this blog: with a $50 cash giveaway (well, when we started it was only $25, but now we are going for the big bucks :)
We will ask one simple thing: Send us some pictures of how you spent the money (here in Arizona). Did you go visit a new museum or try out a new restaurant? Did you blow it all at your favorite thrift store's 1/2 off day? Did you try out a new day trip? We want to see the Arizona fun YOU had with your $50. You don't have to be a writer, you don't have to be a blogger. You just have to be someone who knows how to have a good time with $50. So that means anyone can enter (except Marily and I and our husbands). You DON'T have to live in Mesa.
Here is how to have a chance at the $50. There are 2 possible ways to enter:
(All entries must be received by Thursday, October 6th at midnight. Winner will be announced on Friday!)
- Leave a comment here, on Facebook or through e-mail (tell us what you might do with the $, leave us nice warm fuzzy comment, or send us an event idea...basically just some written communication here.)
- Blog about us, Facebook it and share our page with your local friends, tweet (or all of the above). Tell the world about us. Share the Heart. There's no reason why every home in the East Valley shouldn't know about us. Just let us know you did either by commenting here or on FB or sending us an e-mail. We can usually track any Twitter mentions.
THIS IS NOT A RANDOM GIVEAWAY! WE WILL CHOOSE THE WINNER BASED ON YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT HOW YOU WILL SPEND THE MONEY AND HOW YOU CHOOSE TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OUR BLOG.
And if this giveaway goes well, we just might start doing these more regularly. Maybe we'll have to call it the "I Heart Mesa Scholarship."
With lots of love and appreciation for sticking with us through the years,
Kathryn and Marily