Random Acts of Wellness Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Giveaways
October 6, 2010

I am excited to be working with the wonderful Motherhood again – this time in a campaign with Walgreens to promote wellness during the upcoming flu season!  Having the flu is tough enough, but it’s even worse when you have the flu and still have the job of taking care of kids and running a household.  The flu is disasterous for both young and old, but thankfully there is a way to lessen your chances of getting the flu – with an annual flu shot.

I can tell you that I wish I had already received my flu shot.  I woke up on Monday throwing up and running to the bathroom every few minutes.  Being sick definitely made it difficult to be an active mom in my boys’ lives until I was better.  The flu is going around and it’s important to arm ourselves against it.

This time of year, many of us will get flu shots, but some people aren’t so lucky.  I am excited to be one of 10 bloggers who was sent five Walgreens flu shot gift cards each to give to people in our community who need them.  It’s a gift of good health to offer anyone – from local families in need to the elderly – who might be vulnerable to illness this year.  As part of the campaign, we’re sharing our Random Acts of Wellness missions!

My mission is going to be aimed at giving the flu shot gift cards to those who want to get the flu shot but might not be able to afford it due to challenging economic times.  I’d also like to give the gift cards to those who are especially vulnerable to the flu, such as older aged individuals or individuals with medical conditions that could be seriously affected if they were to get the flu.

We try to stay healthy around our house, but with 3 kids (two of which are in school), it can definitely be challenging.  However, there are a few ways I try to keep us as healthy as possible. 

Wash our hands.  We wash our hands after using the restroom, after playing outside, and before eating food.  If on an outing or car ride, we use hand sanitizer to clean our hands.

Take our vitamins.  Every morning, the boys get a vitamin.  When we are starting to feel sick, we increase the vitamin C, whether by drinking orange juice, drinking Emergen-C, or taking Vitamin C supplements. 

Eat healthy foods.  Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is so important to staying healthy.  I don’t want to come across as someone who has mastered this because Lord knows I still have room for improvement.  I do make a conscious effort to make sure my boys eat lots of fruits and vegetables though. 


5 lucky readers on The Mommy-Files will each win a Walgreens flu shot gift card!!!


– Tell me in a comment one tip on how you keep your families healthy throughout the year!


– Vote for The Mommy-Files on Top Mommy Blogs (simply click on the button on the sidebar) – 1 ENTRY
– Follow The Mommy-Files on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
– Tweet about the giveaway – 1 ENTRY DAILY
– Become a Fan of The Mommy-Files on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
– Follow me through Google Connect (new on the right side of the blog) – 1 ENTRY
– Subscribe to my blog – 1 ENTRY
– Add my Mommy-Files button to your blog and include the URL – 1 ENTRY
– Comment on any Non-Giveaway post on The Mommy-Files – 1 ENTRY per post comment (no limit)
– Blog about this giveaway and include the URL – 5 ENTRIES


– Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, October 11th, 2010! Any entries after this time will be deleted!
– Contest open to U.S. residents only.

I am working in partnership with Walgreens and TheMotherhood.com to cover the Random Acts of Wellness Campaign and have received a stipend.  Gift cards were supplied by Walgreens.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

153 Responses to “Random Acts of Wellness Giveaway”

  1. Rebecca Graham says:

    We wash our hands frequently.

  2. Rebecca Graham says:

    Follow you on Twitter; rhoneygee

  3. sandy says:

    wiping down things- cleanliness is important

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  5. Cathy R says:

    I try to hand sanitize whenever we leave a public place / after school / etc.

  6. Cathy R says:

    I am a fan on FB.

  7. Amy Day says:

    We drink green smoothies at least 3 times a week to get our full servings of vegetables and fruits first thing in the morning and the kids love it! They think the color is cool and the sweetness of the fruits hide the spinach and the other variety of greens we use in it!

  8. Kristin M. says:

    2 words: Clorox wipes!

  9. Kristin M. says:

    I voted for you!

  10. Kristin M. says:

    I’m a twitter follower.

  11. Kristin M. says:

    I tweeted today.

  12. Kristin M. says:

    I’m a facebook fan.

  13. Kristin M. says:

    I’m a blog subscriber.

  14. Debbie C says:

    I make sure alcohol gel and hand wipes are always available in every car and from my purse. I regularly spray Lysol on door handles, light switches etc.

  15. Debbie C says:

    I follow you on Google Friend Connect. (Debbie C)

  16. nan lara says:

    vitamins and hand washing
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

  17. nan lara says:

    voted top mommy

  18. nan lara says:

    e-mail subscriber

  19. nan lara says:

    gfc follower

  20. Doug says:

    We take our vitamins, with lots of Vitamin C

  21. Sandra Brower says:

    I cook healthy meals to build our immune systems and make sure we all keep moving and exercise to keep out bodies fit.

  22. Sandra Brower says:

    I Vote for The Mommy-Files on Top Mommy Blogs.

  23. Sandra Brower says:

    I like The Mommy-Files on Facebook.

  24. Kadence says:

    We wipe down things with sanitizers and wash our hands often.

  25. Sandra Brower says:

    I follow on Google Connect.

  26. Sandra Brower says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  27. Kadence says:

    I voted

  28. Kadence says:

    I subscribe

  29. debp says:

    We get as much sleep as possible, up the intake of vitamin D in the fall and winter, wash our hands, and get our flu shots.

  30. debp says:

    I am a email subscriber.

  31. debp says:

    I am a gfc follower.

  32. april j says:

    I keep hand sanitizer in my purse and make sure my kids wash their hands throughout the

  33. Katie Kaminski says:

    We eat a lot of organic foods!

  34. Tracy Robertson says:

    My best tip is to try and always keep a positive attitude! I think it helps build the immune system.

  35. Tracy Robertson says:

    I follow The Mommy Files on twitter @tracylr233

  36. Elaine says:

    Washing your hands!

  37. Steph says:

    Drink water every single day!

  38. Steph says:

    i follow on twitter @desmoinesdealin

  39. shelly says:

    We wash our hands often and well.

  40. Ms. T says:

    We got take daily vitamins & try to stay warm & dry when the snow falls..

  41. Cynthia R says:

    Eat well balanced meals and take our vitamins, esp vitamin C!

  42. Cynthia R says:

    twitter follower, @carafferty

  43. Cynthia R says:

    GFC follower, CindyWindy2003

  44. suzanne ashmore says:

    They wash their hands all the time OR ELSE!!!!

  45. Martina says:

    Frequently washing hands with warm water and soap is my tip for staying well.

  46. Linda says:

    We eat healthy, wash hands more often and get plenty of rest.

  47. Kristin M. says:

    I tweeted today about the contest.

  48. Ellie W says:

    I carry anti-bacterial wipes in my purse and use them everywhere we go.

  49. Ellie W says:

    I follow you on Twitter @eswright18
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  50. Ellie W says:

    I follow you on FB (Ellie Wright)
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  51. Ellie W says:

    I follow via GFC
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  52. shirley says:

    We wash, wash, wash our hands!

  53. shirley says:

    Voted for you on TMB.

  54. shirley says:

    Follow on twitter @countrynest

  55. shirley says:

    Like you on FB-shirley e

  56. Tammy Darling says:

    Lots of handwashing!

  57. sarah t says:

    we try to eat healthy meals, take walks together and wash our hands often.

  58. Lisa Garrett says:

    We use a lot of hand sanitizer at my house.

  59. Carole Spring says:

    We wash out hands frequently; use hand-sanitizer when water isn’t available; use the sanitizing wipes available at places like Walmart to wipe down our shopping carts; try to eat plenty of fruit & vegetables; take a daily multi-vitamin; and cough into the inside of our elbow (instead of our hand) to avoid spreading germs.

  60. Lisa Garrett says:

    I am a fan of The Mommy Files on FB

  61. Lisa Garrett says:

    I follow thru google friend connect

  62. Lisa Garrett says:

    I subscribe via google reader.

  63. DannyT says:

    good hand washing all the time

  64. Kristin M. says:

    did my tweeting for the day

  65. Amy says:

    We always keep our hands washed.

  66. Bryanna P. says:

    Cool blog and thanks for the giveaway!
    Would love, love, LOVE to win this!

  67. Joye Rast says:

    We eat healthy and take daily vitamins
    joyerast at hotmail dot com

  68. Joye Rast says:

    Voted for you on Top Mommy Blog
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  69. Joye Rast says:

    I am a fan of The Mommy-Files on facebook
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  70. Joye Rast says:

    I follow with GFC-JaydensGrandma
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  71. Joye Rast says:

    I subscribe via email
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  72. Jacob says:

    We make sure that everybody gets their multi-vitamin and vitamin C every morning before the day starts!

  73. Jacob says:

    I follow you on twitter under the name JCHARRIES

  74. Jacob says:

    I like you on Facebook and my homepage is http://www.facebook.com/jacob.charries

  75. Jacob says:

    I follow you on Google Friend Connect under the name jmcharries

  76. Jacob says:

    I am an e-mail subscriber

  77. Jaque says:

    One tip: add a few drops of bleach to your dish water to kill cold and flu germs. 🙂 Thank you.

  78. Monique Rizzo says:

    We take vitamins, annual shots and wash hands diligently.
    Thanks for the chance.

  79. katklaw777 says:

    Wash, wash, wash your hands!
    Use anti-bacterial wipes when you are on the go.
    Wipe down surfaces used by many…ie doorknobs, light switches and the toilet handle.
    Great giveaway, thanks.

  80. katklaw777 says:

    I subscribe via email.

  81. katklaw777 says:

    Follow on GFC.

  82. katklaw777 says:

    Voted at TMB, you are #24.

  83. Gena says:

    We make sure to get enough sleep every night. So much can be prevented if people just rested and let their bodies recover and fight illness!

  84. Gena says:

    I follow you on twitter (@GMERRELL)

  85. Gena says:

    I follow you on GFC (gmmerrell)

  86. Gena says:

    I subscribe by e-mail

  87. Allison says:

    I remind them to wash their hands regularly.

  88. Allison says:

    Voted on Top Mommy Blogs

  89. Allison says:

    Twitter follower

  90. Allison says:

    Facebook fan

  91. Allison says:

    Blog follower

  92. CherylS22 says:

    Using Lysol to clean is the best healthy hint I can think of. Thanks for the giveaway!

  93. CherylS22 says:

    Voted for The Mommy-Files on Top Mommy Blogs.

  94. CherylS22 says:

    FB fan of The Mommy-Files

  95. CherylS22 says:

    GFC follower

  96. CherylS22 says:

    RSS feed subscriber (Google Reader)

  97. Kristin M. says:

    I tweeted tonight.

  98. valancia says:


  99. Erica C. says:

    We wash our hands often, eat well, exercise often, and when we feel bad, we make sure to rest!

  100. Arlene A says:

    I keep my family healthy by washing out hands a lot and using anti bacterial hand wash and take our daily vitamins

  101. Amy Delong says:

    use a lot of disinfecting wipes and wash hands a lot!

  102. Amy Delong says:

    follow by gfc

  103. Leigh Singleton says:

    How do I keep my family healthy? Well, I can’t say that we eat healthy food all the time, but we do follow a vegetarian diet. I think that helps us all with weight control and it usually means we eat more vegetables. We’re very healthy, but I’m not sure you can credit it totally to this diet.

  104. Melanie says:

    We keep the house clean and free of germs!

  105. Happi Shopr says:

    Healthy eating, frequent hand washing, plenty of sleep and extra vitamin c

  106. Heather says:

    We wash our hands a lot, and keep all the toys clean!

  107. Heather says:

    I voted for you!

  108. Heather says:

    I follow you on twitter! @ GIgglingkids

  109. Heather says:

    I follow Mommy-Files on Facebook!
    Heather Stamper

  110. Heather says:

    I follow you via GFC

  111. Heather says:

    I have your button!
    It is down toward the bottom on my side bar yours it one of the first one’s I put on my blog!

  112. Harriett D. says:

    Tip: I remind them to constantly wash their hands and use sanitizer.

  113. Harriett D. says:

    I voted!

  114. Harriett D. says:

    FB Fan: HarriettDaniel

  115. Harriett D. says:

    GFC Follower

  116. Julie L says:

    We wash our hands frequently. Keep hand sanitizer in each vehicle. My daughter keeps hand sanitizer in locker at school, I keep one in purse

  117. Julie L says:

    like u on fb- Julie S Laws

  118. Julie L says:

    voted for u

  119. Julie L says:

    email subscriber

  120. Julie L says:

    follow your blog as jelaws5
    thanks for the giveaway

  121. rebecca says:

    Hand washing, lots of fluids, and plenty of sleep.

  122. Douglas says:

    I’m a subber… thanks for the great prize !!! AND IF YOU DON’T WIN… STILL GET YOUR FLU SHOT !!!

  123. Kathy S says:

    I make sure that everyone stays hydrated with water and juice, and I cook from scratch…all healthy, well balanced meals which include fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables. We also take a daily multi-vitamin.

  124. Chrysa says:

    We try to eat healthy and wash our hands often!

  125. Chrysa says:

    I’m following your blog in Google Friend Connect.

  126. Chrysa says:

    I like you on Facebook.

  127. S Carter says:

    I consistently wash my hands!

  128. Sand says:

    We make sure to wash our hand often and disinfect commonly used areas.

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