Happiness is two kinds of ice cream…maybe a jar of peanut butter,too.

When I started this blog my expectations were fairly modest. I wanted to try to ‘find my voice’ as a writer and learn about (what I now know to call) social media. Both of these expectations have been met but not in the way that I thought.  It turns out that I really, really like to write and that I am not bad at it, either, and that my naturally chatty side really likes (needs?) the outlet of so many places to, well, chat.

What I did not expect is that people and companies would actually contact me, send me things to review, ask me to promote products or review and (ghost) write books. Very cool. I also am working as a social media consultant and my business partner and I are kept very busy.

How to manage this, and a family, and volunteer commitments? “Well,” I say modestly, eyes downcast, as I pat my super organized day timer, “it does help to be incredibly organized.”  If you met me with stray bits of scribbled on paper falling out of my handbag and nary a day timer to be found you would burst out laughing.

No, I am not organized. Since I can’t have a personal assistant, my second choice would be to have friendly reminder calls (you know, like the dentist does the day before your appointment). I can hear it now, “Tomorrow is April 4 and you have a 10:00 meeting at the Library, an 11:30 coffee with Anne and a client meeting at 2:30. Don’t forget to call your mother back and pick up the dry cleaning, dinner and the kids by 4!”  Yes, I am aware that technology exists that can do this for me but it requires, sigh, data entry, even if I write it on my paper calendar and I have to remember to read it. I blame …peri-menopause! That is a huge basket that I can dump my memory and sleep problems, moodiness and weight gain into with impunity.  My GYN says that every female is technically perimenopausal from the time she is born (he is very, very funny) and I think that he means I can’t just dump the blame there. Maybe it’s my thyroid? I know it isn’t the twenty bags of Cadbury mini-eggs that I have been mainlining. It just isn’t.

So  a few weeks ago I got a press release from Peanut Butter & Co. and, really, it is our peanut butter of choice. I buy it at Whole Foods because I am an idiot but I just found out Target also sells it (from the press release) so if I were organized I would have it on my Target shopping list (which does not exist at all but if it did in no way would include the cute capris or t-shirts that somehow creep into my cart anyway).  Anyway, Peanut Butter & Co. are running a Sweepstakes and you can enter it to win a trip to NYC for four days with tickets to a Broadway show (scary dangerous Spiderman, maybe?) and VIP access to museums, restaurants and shopping (whatever that means- do they open the places for you like they do for Oprah? more info on this, please). peanut butter & Co. header through Capability Mom blog

So, I like NYC and I entered the contest. Here is the link – Peanut Butter & Co. Sweepstakes and here is their story and contest details:

Peanut Butter & Co. began as a sandwich shop in New York City serving nothing but peanut butter sandwiches (only in NYC).  The Company’s ten varieties of all-natural peanut butter: Smooth Operator (my personal fave), Crunch Time, Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, White Chocolate Wonderful, Dark Chocolate Dreams, The Heat Is On, Mighty Maple, The Bee’s Knees, Old Fashioned Smooth and Old Fashioned Crunchy are made exclusively from a special blend of USA-grown peanuts chosen for their taste, texture and natural sweetness.  The Company’s products are sold at over 10,000 stores throughout the US and Canada , including Whole Foods, Kroger, Target (woot!), and Walmart, as well as other leading grocers and natural and specialty food shops.  Peanut Butter & Co. brand peanut butter contains no cholesterol, no trans-fats, no partially hydrogenated oils, and no high fructose corn syrup, and is both dairy-free and gluten-free.

Five lucky winners will be chosen from three contest periods running throughout 2011, corresponding with the release of each of the three new Peanuts DVDs. These fifteen winners will each receive a prize pack containing Peanut Butter & Co. products, Peanuts DVDs and merchandise. Out of these winners one grand prize winner will be selected to win a deluxe trip for four to experience “Happiness in New York City .” The vacation package includes round trip airfare and hotel accommodations as well as lunch at the Peanut Butter & Co. Sandwich Shop, tickets to a Broadway show, and VIP access to New York City museums restaurants and shopping.

Promotion for the sweepstakes will appear on Peanut Butter & Co. products throughout 2011, as well as in national print, online, direct response, and social media channels. There is no purchase necessary to enter the sweepstakes.  For a complete set of rules and to enter, consumers can go to http://ilovepeanutbutter.com/happiness

So go ahead, enter the contest. It is easy and maybe you’ll win some peanut butter.

Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

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