Elmer’s Fix It or Toss It Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Blogging Randomness
October 7, 2010

I was very flattered when a rep for Elmer’s asked me to become a member of the Elmer’s Expert Mom Panel.  In a house with 3 young boys, you can imagine how often we deal with broken things.  Whether it’s from throwing, bashing together, or just wearing out, toys (and other items) can break. 

This time, the broken item was my fault.  Dangit!  You see, each Sunday, I sit the boys down and give them coins for their weekly “allowance” to save and put into their cute piggy banks!  This last Sunday, I must have thought I had extra strength or something because I was holding two of the ceramic piggy banks (one in each arm).  I then attempted to put them both up on the bookshelf above me at the same time.  Well, I failed at this task and Sam’s piggy bank fell.  While the other piggys may be going to market, this little piggy is off the shelf with a broken leg.  I felt so terrible.  I immediately went to my mom and told her what happened and asked her how I might be able to fix it.  She directed me to my dad.  My dad is the expert broken item fixer.  He can glue almost anything back together.  Plus, as an Elmer’s Expert Mom, I have connections to a source to help me with my dilemma!  So, I’m hopeful that the little piggy will be back to work shortly thanks to Elmer’s Glue.

As we look forward to the changing colors of leaves, we begin storing things for the winter.  In the process, we often move items that were out in the sun all summer long indoors.   To help better prepare the home and prevent the need to throw out items come spring, Elmer’s is encouraging people to Fall Fix It!  The opposite of spring cleaning, Fall Fix It is focused on offering consumer tips, how-to advice and more for simple fixes around the home so they enjoy the benefits of a well-kept home inside during the winter months and pull those outdoor items out – unscathed – come summer.

To kick off this effort, Elmer’s has declared the week of October 11th – 15th “Fall Fix It Week.”  Among other efforts, Elmer’s will be providing consumers with tips and how-to advice for fixing common items around the home in addition to presenting a “Fix It or Toss It” scenerio each day, inviting consumers to offer an opinion via Facebook and Twitter on whether they’d toss or fix a pictured broken item.  I’ll be there to join you, along with the other Elmer’s Mom Experts on the Panel!


In celebration of “Fall Fix It Week,” 3 lucky readers on The Mommy-Files will win an Elmer’s Prize Pack!


– Tell me in a comment a Fix It Scenario (aka broken item) in your home and whether you want to fix it or toss it. 


– 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
– Follow Elmer’s on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
– Tweet about the giveaway (#FallFixIt and #fixortoss) – 1 ENTRY DAILY
– Become a Fan of The Mommy-Files on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
– Become a Fan of Elmer’s 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 Sunday, October 10th, 2010! Any entries after this time will be deleted!
– Contest open to U.S. residents only.

The winning scenarios will be submitted to Elmer’s on Monday, October 11th and will appear on Elmer’s Facebook Page as part of the scenarios that consumers can weigh in on for whether to fix it or toss it.

I received samples from Elmer’s to facilitate this review.  The giveaway was sponsored by Elmer’s.  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.

177 Responses to “Elmer’s Fix It or Toss It Giveaway”

  1. Jamie S. says:

    Well I have a small porceline hand that one of the fingers broke off and its something my husband found for me when we were newly married and so it means a lot because he doesnt buy me nuch so I would love to try the elmers fix it stuff on it. Thanks for the chance

  2. Crystal b says:

    my daughter knocked my dining table chair of the table and it broke the rods in the back of the seat ive tried fixing it and im about ready to toss it

    Cbrocious1984 AT gmail DOT com

  3. Jamie S. says:

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  5. Jamie S. says:

    I Follow Elmer’s on Twitter my twitter id is @Avonlady02

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  7. Jamie S. says:

    I Follow The Mommy-Files on Twitter my twitter id is @Avonlady02

  8. Crystal b says:

    i follow your blog

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    im your facebook fan

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  10. Jamie S. says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway and my twitter id is @Avonlady02 http://twitter.com/#!/AvonLady02/status/26713641427

  11. Crystal b says:

    im an elmers facebook fan

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    I follow you on google freind connect

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  14. sandy says:

    when wallpaper pulls off- since we rent we glue it back with elmers and when frames break we fix em with elmers

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  16. Theresa H says:

    my poor mom (we are living with her while we get back on our feet) has dining room chairs that are constantly coming apart at the legs….we fix them every time but they are quickly becoming irreperable.

  17. Theresa H says:

    follow on facebook (Theresa Tobin Heppner)

  18. Sarah says:

    I have a broken plastic insert that is supposed to hold a bowling bowl inside a bowling bag – it has been sitting around waiting for a potential glue job for several weeks now. Still haven’t pitched it so I guess I am still wanting to fix it.

  19. Bryanna P. says:

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

  20. Denise B. says:

    With two small children in a small house, just about everything has gotten broken. Most things were just tossed and some things were fixable.

  21. Cynthia R says:

    The handle from a teaset is broken, want to fix because the rest of the set is in good condition

  22. Cynthia R says:

    twitter follower, @carafferty

  23. Cynthia R says:

    GFC follower, CindyWindy2003

  24. Cynthia R says:

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  25. bonnie w says:

    My son broke a froggy soap dispenser in his bathroom – I decided to toss it. The bathroom theme has since changed and I didn’t think I could salvage the dispenser.

  26. bonnie w says:

    GFC blog follower

  27. bonnie w says:

    email subscriber

  28. Kris T. says:

    We have a broken bathroom sink drain. I’d love to toss the whole bathroom and get a new one! Thanks for the chance to win the prize pack.

  29. Kris T. says:

    I follow you on Twitter @krstrpp

  30. Kris T. says:

    I follow Elmer’s on Twitter @krstrpp

  31. Steph says:

    We have tons of broken stuff. I would like to see the Buzz Lightyear figure that broke, get glued back together. I also have several, christmas ornaments that wither need to be fixed or tossed.

  32. johanna m says:

    I have an angel figurine and the wings came off… I will love to fix it!! right now I put tape around lol johannammartinez2010@gmail.com

  33. Margie says:

    I have a small vase with a chip off the top. I have the piece, so it would be easy to fix with Elmer’s glue.

  34. Margie says:

    I voted.

  35. Margie says:

    Facebook fan of Molly Files.

  36. Margie says:

    Oops…typo in my previous entry!
    Facebook fan of Elmers.

  37. Margie says:

    blog follower via GFC

  38. Margie says:

    email subscriber

  39. edq143 says:

    awesome prize im in

  40. Janna Johnson says:

    I have a picture frame that is snaped into pieces!! I really wanted to fix it, but I guess I need to toss it~
    Awesome contest! Thanks for entering me!
    Janna Johnson

  41. Kerrie Mayans says:

    My daughter broke the grooms head off of the cake topper my husband and I used at our wedding and i deicded that i needed to fix it because if I didn’t it might be bad luck but right now it is sitting in a junk drawer in my kitchen.

  42. Richard T. says:

    My wife dropped her 35mm film camera and the case cracked. She wants me to fix it, but I tell her film is out of date and soon may not be available. But she says she likes the camera and will keep using it as long as they make film.

  43. Kerrie Mayans says:

    I follow you on twitter as kmayans.

  44. Kerrie Mayans says:

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  47. Jennifer M says:

    We have a mirror that hangs from the frame, and the frame broke. I’d like to keep it but I’m afraid if it breaks again, the mirror will break–and I’m superstitious.

  48. Jennifer M says:

    Twitter follower as jennem1.

  49. Jennifer M says:

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  50. Jennifer M says:

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  51. johanna m says:

    follow elmers on twitter (sabrijoa) johannammartinez2010@gmail.com

  52. loni says:

    I have a broken clock, but I think I will fix it!

  53. johanna m says:

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  54. Sylvia says:

    We have an ole wooden chair with a broken piece on the bottom. Shoukld we try and fix it or not? Not sure

  55. Sylvia says:

    I subscribe by email

  56. Sylvia says:

    I follow with Google Friend

  57. johanna m says:

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  58. nan lara says:

    we actually have a piece of broken train track that we definately need to fix by gluing it’s knob back in
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

  59. nan lara says:

    e-mail subscriebr

  60. nan lara says:

    gfc follower

  61. nan lara says:

    voted top mommy

  62. sandra says:

    we have a ton of broken toys and we decide on a case by case basis

  63. sandra says:


  64. sandra says:

    Voted for The Mommy-Files on Top Mommy Blogs

  65. anna t. says:

    A picture frame with my favorite picture has come apart when you pick it up. My husband says it is old and we should throw it out & buy a new one. I think it can and should be fixed.

  66. Jennifer Short says:

    I know it’s always kids who break things, but when I was in college I won a coffee mug from a radio station and loved it. My mother broke the handle, and hid it all from me. . . personally I would like to fix it!

  67. Jennifer Short says:

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  69. Jennifer Short says:

    I follow Elmer’s on twitter. jenndiggy

  70. Aleksandra says:

    We broke a flower pot lately that could have been glued.

  71. mrsshukra says:

    Just broke my favorite mug and thinking of fixing it!

  72. mrsshukra says:

    Twitter follower, same name

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  74. mrsshukra says:

    Google follower!

  75. Jackie says:

    My husband dropped a coffee mug yesterday and the hendle broker off. He want to see if he could fix it, but since we have so many mugs, we tossed it. Thanks!
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  76. Jackie says:

    I voted on Top Mommy Blogs
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  77. Jackie says:

    I subscribe via email
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  78. Crystal b says:

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  79. Lisa Garrett says:

    I have a Pensacola pelican statue that my gson dropped on the floor and chipped it. I would love to fix it..

  80. Amy says:

    I have an elephant statue that is broken and I have had it forever so I would like to fix it.

  81. My son’s Melissa & Doug Wooden hollow blocks have one of them that broke. I really need to just fix it…I keep forgetting! All it will take is a little glue, so I need to get it done!

  82. I subscribe by email

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  89. carrie ovard says:

    That’s kind of funny, cause we had a fix it situation just last week. We pulled out an old remote control car that was my step sons for my other two kids to play with. Of course the 2 year old had something broke on it within about ten minutes of having the batteries recharged. I got out the super glue, and tried to fix it. After getting more on my fingers and then the glue finally dried on the car, we put it back into action. Wouldn’t you know it, but the car did not want to be help together by that glue. (What do you expect from a fast moving car?) Anyway, I think that I have hit the point (after gluing it 3 different times) that it is time for the thing to go!

    I wuld love to win the box of giveaway stuff!

  90. Noreen says:

    My daughter has a stone heart that santa gave her last year that broke. I am fixing it

  91. Noreen says:

    follow via GFC

  92. Noreen says:

    folow on twitter

  93. Christine says:

    I have a decorative jar on my kitchen counter that is broken because DH dropped a plate on it. Right now I just have the break turned to the wall but I really do want to fix it. Thanks for the chance!

  94. Christine says:

    I am an email subscriber

  95. Christine says:

    I follow you on twitter = @justicecw

  96. Christine says:

    I follow Elmers on twitter = @justicecw

  97. Christine says:

    Voted at Top Mommy Blogs

  98. Christine says:

    I am a GFC follower

  99. Christine says:

    I am a Mommy Files FB fan = christine w

  100. Christine says:

    I have your button at Cute Stuff

  101. Mary-Frances C. says:

    Our garage door…it’s going to have to be a fix-it.

  102. Mary-Frances C. says:

    Following you via twitter @azmarry
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  103. Mary-Frances C. says:

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  104. Mary-Frances C. says:

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  105. karen M says:

    have a ceramic snowman that the kids broke in half last Christmas. I haven’t fixed it yet, but, I haven’t thrown it away either because I really love it, it was gift from the kids.
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  106. karen M says:

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  115. Diane Baum says:

    I have a broken tiffany lamp…but it has a lot of sentimental value…toss it or fix it????
    Diane Baum

  116. Heather W says:

    I’d like to fix an antique lamp that the cat knocked off a shelf.
    Lovefool827 (at) yahoo (dotcom)

  117. Amy Delong says:

    My sons toystory wooden chair,he loves it but it is broke and I am not sure if i am going to fix or throw out!

  118. Amy Delong says:

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  122. Crystal b says:

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  123. CherylS22 says:

    I have a ceramic giraffe that hangs over the edge of a flower pot. One of its ears broke off & I want to fix it. I enjoy having it & it is so cute in my plants. Thanks for the giveaway!

  124. CherylS22 says:

    Voted for The Mommy-Files on Top Mommy Blogs.

  125. CherylS22 says:

    FB fan of The Mommy-Files

  126. CherylS22 says:

    Became a FB fan of Elmer’s

  127. CherylS22 says:

    GFC follower

  128. CherylS22 says:

    RSS feed subscriber (Google Reader)

  129. katklaw777 says:

    I hate tossing anything…I broke the handle off one of my fav mugs and then put the broken piece in the cup and it is sitting on my window ledge in the kitchen. I’d luv to fix it one day, thanks.

  130. katklaw777 says:

    I subscribe via email.

  131. katklaw777 says:

    Follow on GFC.

  132. katklaw777 says:

    Voted at TMB, you are #24.

  133. Anne says:

    My kids broke a vase my brother brought me from Taiwan, and I definitely want to fix it.

  134. Anne says:

    I follow you on twitter, lunaj1456

  135. Anne says:

    voted on top mom blogs

  136. Anne says:

    I am a facebook fan (Anne Jolly) of yours

  137. Anne says:

    I am a facebook fan (Anne Jolly) of elmers

  138. Anne says:

    I follow on google friend connect

  139. Anne says:

    I subscribe by email
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  140. susan smoaks says:

    i have a ceramic cookie jar that got knocked off the top of the refrigerator and broke last week. i really would like to fix it.

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  143. susan smoaks says:

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  145. susan says:

    My daughter broke her favorite doll… Her head fell off she is heartbroken! this doll is not sold anymore and I don’t know what else to do but fix it! suelee1998@ gmail.com

  146. susan says:

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  147. Jill L says:

    Our garbage disposal is broken right now and I definitely want it fixed.

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  150. Jill L says:

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  151. Jill L says:

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  152. Jill L says:

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  153. Jill L says:

    I’m an email subscriber.

  154. Paula Hafner says:

    My son has a little car from the Wiggles that he loves. Maury’s head keeps popping. I’ve tried everything to glue it back on. It’ll stay on for a few days and fall off again. I don’t know whether to try a different glue or to toss it. I would love to be able to fix it but I’m not sure what glue to use to that the head will stay on.

  155. Paula Hafner says:

    I follow you via Twitter- ksh123

  156. Paula Hafner says:

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  158. julia says:

    broken coffeemaker carafe will toss, not fix

  159. julia says:

    follow you twitter 9ziggy

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  162. Melissa B. says:

    My daughter dropped her porcelain easter egg and broke it. I’d love to fix it one day.

  163. Gianna says:

    I want to fix my kid’s larryboy toy since part of it broke off.

  164. Veronica Garrett says:

    My Table Lamp is broken. It is old and heavy. I will toss it.

  165. Wehaf says:

    We have a bamboo basket that’s coming apart. It’s very pretty, so I’d like to fix it.

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