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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Week/Black Friday fun!

We are taking this week off from stocking to travel and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family, but we have some serious fun in store for tomorrow and Black Friday!

Here is what's on tap:

30% off at the store!
Black Friday, starting at 12am, all in stock Hello, Charlotte James headbands and hair clips and twinkie tush wool will be 30% off, using code BlackFriday30 (we were feeling especially creative when we came up with that code ;).

Custom Slot Contest #1
Thanksgiving Day: custom slot contest begins on the main facebook page in the morning and runs through Friday evening, 8pm EST.  Look for the thread on the FB page around 10am eastern tomorrow! :)  We will use random.org to select the winner and the prize is a (regularly priced) custom slot for in stock, SYOF, or night-night, along with free shipping!

Mini Group Custom Slots
1 - On Black Friday there will be a mini group custom slot contest on the fans of twinkie tush cloth diapers discussion page, starting at 10am EST and running through 8:15pm EST.  One entry per person, and this is the description of what you are entering for! :)  Winner will be chosen via random.org.

2 - Also on Black Friday, at a time TBA, there will be a mini group custom slot stocked at the store. :)  The listing will be up by tomorrow evening with a stocking time included.

Custom Slot drawing at the store
In addition to the mini group custom slot stocked on Black Friday there will be an individual slot stocked as a drawing.  Again the time will be announced when the listing goes up tomorrow night (the drawing will go live on Black Friday).  This slot will include free shipping! :)

Custom Slot Contest for 2 diapers!
On Black Friday, in addition to the mini group custom contest on the fan discussion page, there will be an individual custom slot contest thread on that page as well - except this slot is for TWO diapers! :)  They must ship to the same address and they may be in stock, SYOF, or night-nights, regularly priced.  Again, this thread will not be on the main FB page but the fan discussion page.  Winner will be selected via random.org and this thread will be open from around 10am EST to 8:30pm EST on Friday.

That's a total of 10 custom diapers, 2 with free shipping! :)

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week we want to take a moment to express our gratitude for your incredible, incredible support.  We are so fortunate to have the most amazing fans imaginable and we will continue to work to make twinkie tush the best it can be and to bring you as many opportunities as possible to find exactly what you're looking for!  Sending you many many thanks this week and always. :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Harry Potter Trivia - one more chance for the HP lovers :)

I thought it would be fun to have a quick encore of our HP fun tomorrow night!  Trivia will take place on the facebook page beginning at 8:30pm eastern.

Here's what to expect!

Round 1 will consist of 1 question. Assuming there are at least 20 correct responses, the first 20 people to answer correctly will advance to round 2. I will "like" the first 20 correct responses - if I have "liked" your response, you advance.

Round 2 will consist of 1 question. The first 10 people to get it right will advance to round 3. I will "like" the first 10 correct responses - if I have "liked" your response, you advance.

Round 3 will consist of 1 question. The first 3 people to get it right will advance to round 4. I will "like" the first 3 correct responses - if I have "liked" your response, you advance.

Round 4 will consist of 2 questions. Each question will be asked one at a time. The first single player to answer correctly will advance to round 5. 2 players will advance to the 5th and final round.

Round 5 will be a best of 3 challenge. Each question will be asked one at a time. The first player to answer two questions correctly will win the contest and take the prize!  In this case the prize is a regularly priced custom slot, with free shipping! :)

Some things to keep in mind:
Please note that Rounds 2-5 are open only to players that have advanced from the previous round. Any comments from anyone other than those players will be disregarded and possibly deleted.

For all rounds of the trivia contests, once a player has submitted his or her answer, that is their final answer. In other words you may not delete your original answer or submit multiple comments (answers) for any single question. If you do, only your first comment will be counted.

During this contest, we ask everyone playing to bring an energy in line with the fun and interactive sprit we try to create at twinkie tush. With that in mind, please refrain from negative or unsportsmanlike comments.

Wherein there is any possibility for interpretation of a correct answer, we will interpret accuracy and deem what constitutes a correct answer. For example –What did Dumbledore anonymously give Harry on his 1st Christmas at Hogwarts?

Possible correct answers would include:
- His father’s invisibility cloak
- The invisibility cloak
- Invisibility cloak

Based on our interpretation, possible incorrect answers would include:
- ­A cloak
- His father’s jacket
- Cabbage

Please note that by entering the twinkie tush Harry Potter trivia contest, you agree to all of the above. And most of all agree to have fun! :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November's Group Custom Process

We have some changes to announce for this month!  

We always appreciate all the support and feedback you provide. Because of the incredible response to our Group Customs, we have been working hard at developing a process which rewards the teams who continue to show up each month along with keeping it fair for those entering for the first time. We think we have come up with a process which will be a great solution and the most fair for all!

For November only, there will be 3 Group Custom slots awarded. (I must reiterate, this is ONLY for November – we will not normally be able to take on 3 groups.)  Interested groups will enter using the same process used in September and October (please see here) with the addition of including the number of months your team has entered, including the current month.  Your entries should look like these, in which the flying whizbees are entering for the first time in November and the skullies have entered in two previous months as well as in the current month:

The flying whizbees: 1 month.  Kate, Megan B., Amanda, Karen, Jessica, Sarah, Melissa, Henrietta, Pamela, Megan Z. 

The skullies: 3 months.  Susan, Mike, Allegra, Sarah F., Sarah P., Bess

Once the entry time has expired, we will review all information and announce the eligible groups for November. We will then hold 3 drawings as follows:

Drawing 1: This drawing is a unique, one time offer for November only, and is meant to give special consideration to three teams that have tried repeatedly, more times than any other group, to secure a custom slot.  This drawing will only be open to teams Emma, Kodachrome, and Popeye.  (This assumes each of these teams have entered and have been confirmed eligible for the November contest. If only one of those teams is confirmed eligible, then that team will automatically win the first slot. If 2 or 3 are confirmed eligible, the winner will be selected by random.org)

All three of these teams have been with us for several months and we felt it absolutely necessary and appropriate to offer them this 1 in 3 chance at winning a group custom slot. This is not something we will do regularly, if ever again.

Drawing 2: Every team that has entered for at least 3 months, including November, will be entered in this drawing.  (The two teams who did not win the first drawing are of course entered in this drawing as well.)

 - Each team in this drawing will receive one entry slot for each month they've entered. That means if you've entered for 3 months including the current month, your team is given 3 entries. So for example if there are 5 eligible teams for this drawing and they all have entered for 3 months, with the exception of teams Abby and Darkside who have each entered 4 times, the entry list would look like this:

1 - team Abby
2 - team Abby
3 - team Abby
4 - team Abby
5 - team Boyish stripes
6 - team Boyish stripes
7 - team Boyish stripes
8 - team Cat Lovers
9 - team Cat Lovers
10 - team Cat Lovers
11 - team Darkside
12 - team Darkside
13 - team Darkside
14 - team Darkside
15 - team Elliot
16 - team Elliot
17 - team Elliot

We will again use random.org to draw the winning number.

Drawing 3: Every team who successfully submitted their information in full is entered in this drawing, with the winning team again being selected by random.org.

 - For this drawing, all teams receive 1 entry slot regardless of the number of months they've entered, giving an equal chance to all who are enter whether they are brand new or have been entering for several months.

The plan for December and all future months will be to offer 2 Group Custom slots whenever possible. Once all teams have entered and are confirmed eligible we will run 2 drawings using the process shown above in drawings two and three. Drawing one would be for every team that has entered for at least 3 consecutive months including the current month, with each team receiving an entry slot for every consecutive month entered. Drawing 2 would be for all eligible teams with each team receiving 1 entry slot regardless of the number of months they've entered. Should we not be able to offer 2 Group Custom slots for any given month, we would always defer to a contest in which every team has the same chance to win. And we do reserve the right to change or alter this process at any time.

We hope that this change helps to honor the teams that have been with us for a long while, while still keeping things exciting and fair for new groups. We would not be able to do what we do without you and we are always listening for ways to improve both our products and our processes!  Thank you for helping us make twinkie tush the best it can be!

The opportunity to enter for November’s Group Custom slots will be posted this Saturday, November 5th. Time is TBD and will be announced on our facebook page no later than Friday at noon eastern.  We will again give a time frame in which the slot will be posted, and this time the entry will be open for 5 minutes only.

I know this is a lot of new information to absorb, but it is also important to read over the standard group custom entry information here.  If your group is missing any of the required elements you will not be eligible for entry.

Thanks so much and have a great day!

November Photo Contest!

We will be running another photo contest throughout November! We always have a blast with the photo contests, and it is so special to us to see twinkie tush diapers in action, to see the amazing cuties who wear them, and to see the creativity and love that you put into photographing them!

Here are the photo contest details:

The contest will be open for submissions from today, 11/2, through 11/27 - that gives you just under 4 weeks to snap your pics and get them in to us. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 30th, at 10pm EST. Please read below for important details on how to win. There will be a first place and a second place winner as follows:

- First place takes home a free custom twinkie tush diaper of their choice (based on availability of desired fabric, and SYOF is an option as well). Shipping of the diaper is also free.

- The second place winner will have their choice of either (A) a regularly priced custom slot with free shipping, or (B) a one time "dibs pass" which will allow them to choose a single diaper to purchase at regular price on any one preview day between 12/1/11 and 6/1/12 without having to attend the stocking.  Choice (B) includes free shipping as well.

Please note that all custom diapers will ship 4-6 weeks after orders are placed.

So here's the process:

Submit a photo of your little one(s) in a twinkie tush diaper or twinkie tush wool. Hair clips and headbands by Hello Charlotte James for twinkie tush, twinkie tush/Hazelbee dress collaborations and/or T shirts by Peanut & Pumpkin for twinkie tush are of course welcome to be part of the photos, however a twinkie tush diaper or twinkie tush woolies must be featured.

Feel free to be as creative as possible - extra consideration will be given for creativity! (Try to play off the "theme" of your diaper or woolies - you can use accessories and props to really amp it up - a guitar, an alien toy, a bouquet of flowers....) A simple approach is fine as well - creativity is just one of the things that will be considered.

Photos can be sent to twinkietush@gmail.com. Please type PHOTO CONTEST in the subject field. By submitting a photo you are giving twinkie tush permission to use your photo to promote twinkie tush diapers and/or twinkie tush wool on this blog, the twinkie tush shop on Hyena Cart, twinkie tush advertisements on HC and elsewhere, and the twinkie tush facebook page.

Submissions will be closed on Sunday 11/27/11 at 11:59pm EST. On Monday 11/28 we will upload all submissions to a photo album on the main twinkie tush facebook page called "November 2011 photo contest!" At that point, the contest really gets exciting!

First place will be awarded to the photo *in the "November 2011 photo contest" album* that we feel best reflects the spirit of twinkie tush and the spirit of the individual diaper(s) pictured. Creativity, photo composition, brand reflection and of course FUN are some of the things that will be considered. :) Mike and I will choose the first place winner, and we will announce the winner at 10pm EST on Wednesday, November 30th.

Second place will go to the photo in the "November 2011 photo contest" album that receives the most "likes". Please note that "likes" on photos outside of the specified album will not count as votes for that photo. You, and your friends and family, may "like" multiple photos if you choose (you don't have to pick just one). Comments are welcome of course, but will not count towards a photo's "tally". Since it is possible to "like" and then "unlike" something on facebook, we will go with the count as it is at exactly 10pm EST on Wednesday 11/30.

An important note: you cannot win both first and second place ;) While the number of "likes" a photo has will neither ensure a first place win nor preclude it from taking said prize, fan feedback is something that Mike and I may take into consideration to at least some extent in making our decision on a first place winner. In the event that we choose the "highest likes" photo for first place, that photo is no longer eligible to take a second place win. In other words if photo A has the highest number with 200 likes and photo B has 199 likes, and we choose photo A as our first place winner, second place will go to photo B. If we choose photo B, or any other photo in the album, as our first place winner, second place will go to photo A.  Please feel free to ask questions about this if it is at all unclear! :)

Please note that you may enter only ONE photo per household for this contest. Also note that photos must clearly show your twinkie tush diaper(s) and/or twinkie tush wool and must not be offensive in any way (obviously ;). Please send full size or web adjusted images rather than "email" or "thumbnail" sizes.

If there is a problem with your submission you will receive an email response with suggestions on how to resubmit if applicable. If your submission is accepted you will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours please email again to confirm receipt, in case for some reason your initial email did not come through successfully.

We are really excited to see what you all come up with! Thanks in advance for participating in what we hope will be a fun and fabulous event!! :)