Sunday, November 27, 2011

Giveaway: T-Shirts & Cards from Banana Blossom Press

The time has come at last for the giveaway I've been talking about for weeks.

One of many wonderful "says-it-all" cards you can find at Banana Blossom Press. Perfect for a running partner, supportive spouse or coach!
Maria Millsap started Banana Blossom Press (to use her own words) "to honor those in the fitness and wellness community who support me in my athletic endeavors." In a short video on her Web site, Maria notes that she celebrated her first three-mile run by smoking a cigarette! She's been-there, done-that with all of the things we average athletes deal with as we journey toward achieving our goals. She's also pretty badass, having just run the Seattle Quadzilla (four half-marathons in four days!).

I was honored when Maria contacted me last summer to tell me she was thinking of using a quote from my "Why I Run" essay (which appeared on Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell's "another mother runner" blog) on her next T-shirt. Two weeks ago, she sent me the first version of that shirt, which reads "Every run is redemption," the last line of my essay. She also sent me two other great T-shirts and a sample of the understated and elegant cards she's created just for runners.

I wore this one on the plane to Virginia. It says "no run=cranky+moody". So true!

This is the "Every run is redemption" shirt. Maria tells me she's going to lighten up the colors in the final version.

This one says "running. it's family thing." Awesome for my fellow parent-runners.
The T-shirts are by American Apparel and wonderfully soft. I'm so grateful to Maria not only for sending me this fun package (an early Christmas gift) but also for the Redemption T-shirt. Long after Boston is or isn't achieved, I will still be running and feeling like a new woman with every mile I add to my life total (sure wish I'd been keeping count!).

So what's the giveaway? I'm offering one lucky winner the T-shirt of your choice and one set of cards of your choice (and yes, Maria does offer guys' shirts, so you dudes should enter too!). Here's what you should do if you'd like to be that winner:

Required:
1. Follow my blog and leave a comment telling me you do.
2. Go to Banana Blossom Press, have a look around and leave a comment telling me which shirt and which set of cards you would choose if you win.

Optional:
1. Follow Banana Blossom Press on Facebook and let me know in a comment.
2. Follow Banana Blossom Press on Twitter and let me know in a comment.
3. Donate to my Houston Food Bank cause. This is good for TWO entries to the giveaway (and if you've already donated you automatically get two entries per donation; donating again will get you two more).

I'll choose a winner on Monday, December 5.

I hope everyone had a Thanksgiving brimming with blessings. Ours was a wonderful but crazy week. I'll tell you all about that, and today's 18-mile run, in my next post.

49 comments:

  1. How cool that you inspired a tee design! I follow

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  2. I like the master's pride tee since I'm old like that!

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  3. I already follow your wonderful blog!!!

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  4. Following "Banana Blossom Press" on facebook now!

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  5. I love, love, LOVE their "running encouragement" card that says "Quit saying 'just a half'- fits my running friend and I perfectly!

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  6. I love the light blue "no run= cranky + moody" t-shirt! WONDERFUL products! Love them all!

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  7. I'd love having a shirt that I inspired. How cool is that?! The shirts look great too. I'm a follower...now off to do some looking around!

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  8. I love love love the love running/hate running shirt!

    As for the cards, the >40 birthday one made me laugh, but I think that miles of thanks would probably be more all-around useful.

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  9. I love the no run = moody + cranky and I'm torn between the killer calves and the snowflakes cards.

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  10. I was honestly shocked that my son a) was so excited about it and b) did so well. I figured he and my husband would be done halfway in. So how we're getting him a camelback and compass for Christmas. :)

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  11. I follow you and I think it is great she is using your line for the shirts

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  12. I like the cards stop sayin just a half
    I like the shirt no run = moody + cranky

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  13. I definitely want the no run = cranky + moody tshirt! And I haven't fallen in love with a set of cards but I do like the miles of thank you one - very versatile.

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  14. I would have to get the i love running i hate running shirt. Because it's totally true. And I would have to get the miles of thanks cards so I can send them to my running group post-baby shower and such.

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  15. I'm now following your great blog!

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  16. I like the lace em up buttercup cards and running is redemption shirt.

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  17. Love 'I love running I hate running'

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  18. Already a Houston donor! ::

    And way to go, Terzah!! Can't wait to see the final shirt!!!

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  20. I like the redemption shirt but if that one isn't available then the No Run = Cranky + Moody.

    As to the cards, I love the holiday one:
    Yes I know it is Christmas Morning
    Yes, I'm still going for a run.

    I think I may get a couple of those.

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  21. I don't have Twitter. Well, let me rephrase that: I don't know what my Twitter account is. Hahah.

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  22. Love the cards: 26.2 miles of thanks
    and the Runner Family tshirt :)

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  23. I'm following Banana Blossom on Twitter now. I want to win this. You have the best giveaway.

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