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14 January 2010

15,000th Tweet Giveaway & Donations

You know that have been trying to be a better marketing person, meaning that I'm not going to allow my blog, twitter or other space to be used to shill for any old product. When I realized I was coming up on my 15,000th tweet (yeah, I tweet a lot) I was hurting to come up with a good giveaway to celebrate.

For you my dear readers and followers, simply leave a comment here and I'll randomly choose one person to receive a Steaz gift pack. EXTENDED>> Deadline is 11:59 PM, Saturday, January 16th. 


What's Steaz? I didn't know either until Wednesday night when I attended a blogger PR dinner event hosted by Kim. There's a long description of what the company does and why, but bottomline they make soft drinks, ice teas and energy drinks. BUT they are certified organic. AND vegan. Vegan? How can a drink be vegan? At least compared to big name soda companies? It's the sugar. Regular old sugar is processed with charcoal and it's most likely bone char. Yes, some the sugar we normally eat is processed using animal bones. I also met Eric one of the owners. I'm a jaded mom blogger, so I was waiting for the big glitzy show. Instead I got to meet a guy who was raised by hippies, who installed solar panels with his dad and whose sister is a real estate agent who specializes in green homes. Um, ok...

That got me thinking...Are hippy kids allowed to maintain their hippy roots AND make a buck? Well, yes, yes, they are. Should I do marketing and PR for them for free? Um, why not? This one time.

One other aspect of their story that moved me is that they are an example of the Power of Moms - They were asked by Target to be one of the first organic products after moms demanded that Target start carrying organic products. You know that part of my motive for blogging is to help moms see their power and then wield it. It wasn't an organized movement, but enough moms spoke out to Target, sent emails, talked to managers, whatever, but they used their voice and pressured Target to carry organics.

I've only tasted two of their products - peach ice tea, which wasn't my cuppa tea. Althou I should try it again well chilled. I'm uberpicky when it comes to teas. I forget which flavor of soda I tried and it was ok. Again, I should try again with a glass of ice. Ya know sometimes that's all a drink needs. But I was sold on this company by their story. Because of that, I'm willing to try some more product (thanks to my gift bag) and giveaway one gift pack.

And in the spirit of Viva la Feminista, for every comment left, I will donate $1 to CARE for Haiti relief. If you don't want to be entered into the Steaz giveaway, just note it. I already donated $50, so this is a new batch of money. I will limit the donation to $100. I know my pocket book limits! Another way to support CARE's work in Haiti is to shop at Cinnamon's Poise shop where she will donate $20 for every purse sold. 

So what are you waiting for?

Thanks for reading, following and connecting with me. I know I'm a chatty chica, but I hope I'm worth it.

13 comments:

you're so awesome. bada bing! vegan sugar - as a veggie myself, i didnt even know bout the bone char!! thanx 4 that info.... and for donating to CARE!

15,000 tweets?! Congrats, and keep it up...but I'm sure you will :-).

I'm doing the donation-per-comment thing on my blog too, in honor of Delurking Day (but I'll keep it up all weekend). Come on over and say hi!

Congrats! I love it when you can see the passion in a company. It makes me feel better and want to buy their product.

kimstoys at gmail

It's awesome that you've made it to 15k tweets congrats! :)

(nicki2377 on Twitter)

i don't know how you have the energy to do so much! just know you are appreciated even though i know you do what you do unselfishly.

The thing about the sugar blew me away. I'm not a vegan, but I haven't eaten beef in umpteen years. I would love to try Steaz. And Kim is the best!

Congrats on your 15,000th tweet, and on making such a generous donation to CARE.

@CUmomof2

Thank you for doing the donation-by-comment thing :)

Congrats on the BIG Tweet and giveaway! Super!! (and donating!)A blogging trifecta ~

15,000 tweets sure is a lot! Congrats. And here's to getting you to 100 comments on this post. :)

First of all, congrats on the 15,000 tweets! Hopefully, the'res lots more comments to come!
As a vegan I'm definitely shocked and a bit disheartened by the bone char, ech!
I would love to try Steaz, companies that have a purpose and a passion are definitely companies worth supporting by buying their products.

Wow, I did not know that about sugar - it seems every time you turn around one more thing is 'banned' to strict vegos (which I'm not any more, thankfully!).

I'll bow out of the steaz thing, being all the way over in Australia (though it sounds like a great company). But thanks for doing the donations for comments thing.

(kayozview on twitter - not even up to 1000 tweets yet!)

While I support what Steaz is doing, I haven't been impressed with their flavors and I wish they were less sweet, but they do taste better very cold. :)

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