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Gift Basket for Shutterfly Contest

So I have advertising on my blog. I know it's probably a little annoying but it lets me support my family.


One of the heaviest advertisers as of late has been shutterfly, a company I really can stand behind because we've been using them for years to print photo gifts. They gave me a bunch of stuff to give away, including:


two (2) 7" by 9" photo books

25 greeting cards

25 stationary cards

One photo calendar


In order to win, you just need to create a photo book and add it to my shutterfly page, here. For the contest, I created a book for my kids about where their food comes from. Although Shutterfly gave me a code to print the book for free, I paid for it myself and now I hope I can add the code they gave me to the gift prizes above (still waiting for confirmation on that).


The contest ends at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2009, when I will choose winners at random and announce them on my site. More contest details here:


I recently wrote about one of our favorite Detroit stores, R. Hirt Jr. , where we do the majority of our non-produce grocery shopping. I went up there yesterday and filled a gift basket (wicker) with a bunch of Michigan/Detroit stuff. Again, I paid for all this out of my own pocket and will add it to the Shutterfly contest giveaway. The gift basket includes:


1 lb of R. Hirt Jr.'s 1887 Blend, a coffee brewed specially for the store with equal amounts "fragrant and flavorful Columbian and half mellow and nutty Mexican Altura." (we brew this coffee a lot)

1 lb of Westwind Milling Company's Morning Glory Buckwheat Pancake Mix, from Argentine, Michigan.

1 lb of "extra fancy natural" Pistachio Nuts from the Germack Pistachio Co., America's Oldest Processor of Pistachio Buts (est. 1924 in Detroit's Eastern Market). Great story here.


1 package of Dried Red Tart Cherries from the Traverse Bay Fruit Co., Traverse City, Michigan.

1 package of V.I.P. Popcorn from the Detroit Popcorn Company (est. 1923) 

10 oz. jar of Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge, a Detroit Institution since 1875.

10 oz jar of homemade blueberry jam from the E. Cooper Family, made in their Manistee County home.

2 oz. "Detroit" milk chocolate bar, from Alinosi's Ice Cream and Candy, still made in Detroit!

1 R. Hirt Jr. Refrigerator Magnet


All in all, it's a $50 value. I hope it inspires a few more of you to enter the contest.


I want to have full transparency here: I got nothing here from Shutterfly other than the revenue from the advertising on my site. I so appreciate you guys reading Sweet Juniper and making it possible for me to support my family that I wanted to do something a little extra. Hirt, of course, didn't pay a dime for the story I wrote about them nor did they give me anything for this gift basket. It's all out of my own pocket.


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Taken on December 11, 2009