Wednesday, November 9, 2011

retreat give-away

Ok, so we are having a Motherhood Retreat here in the desert on November 19th.
Yes, like, in a week and a half.

American Mothers, Inc. is co-sponsoring the event with Power of Moms.

And I'm excited.

I love to feel empowered to put good ideas to work and to be inspired by like-minded mothers.

We will have some really great speakers including some experienced "expert" mothers from American Mothers. We will have some parenting panels and discussions and will be sharing ideas on how to implement specific powerful mothering concepts into daily life. My sister and I will be speaking about family systems and how to become your own kind of best mom. And of course, we'll eat some great food :)

Here are a couple quotes from past Power of Moms retreat attendees:

"My husband is amazed at the peace and productivity that I brought home with me from the Retreat. Thank you for the life-altering changes on the way I look at motherhood and my life. I feel like a happier, healthier me."

"I'm leaving this retreat not just with my fire lit but with it BLAZING! I love the specific tools we got to implement all the great ideas...I feel inspired -- truly inspired."

(For more details about the retreat click here.)

There will also be a "Mind Organization for Moms" session on Friday the 18th, and it looks like we will be doing that part here at my house. I'm excited to get going on that organization of my mind again because man alive, it keeps getting out of place :) With the holidays coming, I need all the help I can get.

So, I'm excited that I get to do a give-away for this retreat. Right here, right now.

Please write a comment if you would like a chance to win! If you are not local but have a friend or relative you know would love to come go ahead and enter for them :) Hope to see you there!

137 comments:

elnaclark said...

I love your site. Such wise comments. I was a mom of young children and even did Joy School. I have a daughter that would LOVE to come to your retreat. She is such a good mom to our little darling!

Lacy said...

Wow, I'm first :) I would absolutely love the opportunity to come to the retreat! I want to do anything I can to help myself be the best mom I can be.

Ashby said...

I've always wanted to go to one of these, but it's hard to sneak away from my baby. How great that it is going to be right here!

Caitilin said...

Oh how I would love this! I will fly out for it. I have loved the Power of Mom podcats; they've been so helpful in getting ideas for beoming a better Mother to my boys.

Mom of 5 said...

I would love to go....so inspiring. =)...Keeping my fingers crossed.

Laura said...

Please, please, please! I would love to go to this. I am local and have been wanting to attend a retreat for a long time, but have lacked the funds and babysitting while I would be away. This would work perfectly!

Lines Family said...

How nice it would be to go!

Adele said...

I would LOVE to be able to go! I have been wanting to go for some time.

Heather said...

This is my kind of thing!! I've always wanted to go to something like this!

Pink Panda said...

I would love to go to this retreat! I'm a Mother of Four and could definitely use more training on how to be a better Mother, Wife and Homemaker! Plus, if you pick me, I'll bring brownies!

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Cammi said...

I would love the chance to attend! These retreats sound fabulous!

Cheri said...

I'm not local but my sister is and would love it!

Jen said...

Yay! So fun! I'd love to come :) There's nothing I love more than being a mom but I can always use some help!!

Michelle said...

Oh man. I could really use something like this in my life (as I sit hear wiping up tears that had fallen on the floor this morning as we were doing hair!). I need to learn how to NOT be a "yelling" mom. :( My poor kids...all 6 of them would benifit from me going!

Crissybug said...

What a great opportunity. I have 4 little ones, and at times I feel like I am barely scraping by. I would love to come and learn some good tools that will help me feel on top again.

theperrypatch said...

These retreats sound so uplifting and inspiring. I would love to attend one. I enjoyed hearing from you and your mother at TOFW this past weekend. Your blog is inspires me to be a better more deliberate mom to my five little ones. Thanks for sharing your stories.

Paula said...

I would love to go! I have 2 teenage daughters and want & need more tools now than when they were little! I always read about what the topics are going to be and dream of being able to go. I am local in your stake actually.Love your blog post!

Katie and the Mr said...

I would love to come to the retreat! I am pregnant right now and due January 8th... only 9 more weeks. This will be my first and I have come to realize with all of the conversations I have had with women while I have been pregnant that I know absolutely nothing about motherhood or parenting... or at least, I know very little. I adore your blog. I love reading all of the tidbits of advice you have and all of your experiences as a mother. Thanks for the chance to win.

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Sarah said...

This sounds like something I could really use. Great giveaway!

The Blossom On The Vine said...

I've looked into trying to go to one of these probably 10 times but just hadn't been able to! Of course now I have a little baby that would tag along with me but I would LOVE to go! Crossing my fingers...and my toes!!!

Annie P said...

That would be perfect for me.

Chelsea Coon said...

Ooops i was signed into a different account...the blossom on the vine is me haha sorry!

Holly Decker said...

please oh please pick me.

if you hop over to my blog- you will realize i need all the help i can get!

make my dreams come true!!!!

Rich and Miriam said...

What a great opportunity to receive tools and gain inspiration to help me become a better, more deliberate mother!

green said...

I want to win for one of my beautiful cousins who lives in the area

Rachel and B said...

I would love this!

stacy said...

beside wanting to come and hang out with you i could always use some good positive renforcement. i have a bit of a struggle on my hands with my 5 children and suffering from some serious PPD. a little perspective would be amazing right about now!

Melissa said...

So this is for my mom actually. I don't live in Phoenix, but she does. She is the most amazing woman in the world and still has six children at home. If there is anyone who deserves a break off, it definitely is her. I would love to surprise her with this! She is an avid follower of your blog, but never enters herself in giveaways, so I decided to do it for her! Thank you!

Louise said...

Wow, that's a fabulous giveaway! Thank you!

Bentley said...

What a great opportunity for women to get together and empower themselves as mothers.

Danette said...

I am so excited to go!!

teamkc said...

I am not local, but would definitely make the trip! I have been wanting to go to something to help me become a better mom and now that my baby is 2.5 months, she is a champ traveler and is ready, too! Pick me!

Karen said...

Have you seen What About Bob? Well he says, "I need, I need, I need...!" Remember yesterday you talked about "those moms" you see in the store with the kids all over the place. Yup, that's me! I pray that I'll be able to come and relish in the spirit of motherhood to rejuvenate myslelf!

breategui said...

I would love to win a ticket for the retreat!

Andrea said...

I would love to come! Ü

Cheryl said...

I live in Vegas but would LOVE to drive down and drink in the knowledge and wisdom of all those moms and you and your sister! I have been really wanting to go to a retreat but lack the $$ to do so!

Trent and Sarah Chapman said...

I would like to gift this retreat to my friend, Brea, that you met at your house who lives across the way from you. She's prego with twins and just recently had a surgery to keep them inside her and had to go to LA to get it done. She's a homeschool mom and would benefit from something like this and have time away even if its across the street!

Kiersten said...

I would love love love to be there!!! Hopefully good babysitter-finding karma comes with winning. ;-)

The Cope Family said...

I would love it. I would fly down from Utah just to come. I have a great friend in phoenix so it's all good. I can give it to her to.

The Mink Family said...

This sounds so wonderful!

Shelley Goodman said...

I have never heard of American Mother, Inc. or the Power of Moms. I feel so out of the loop! It sounds very inspirational and a great opportunity...even if I have to share motherly advice. I am definetly a sit and listen kind of girl!

Holly said...

Shawni, I've been wanting to tell you that you did a fabulous job at TOFW last weekend! I got to go to a retreat in Utah over the summer (we just happened to be on vacation up there) and I would LOVE to go again! I've been struggling lately with that one child who is going to give me a run for my money...and I'm in desperate need of some inspiration and discussions with other moms going through the same stuff. Thanks for doing the give away...fingers crossed :)

jk said...

So exciting! I would love to be able to tell my daughter that I would watch the grand kids while she attended. She would love it. Go Mothers!

Jaymie and Donna Jones said...

Would LOVE this oppertunity. I would love to go but I also have a friend who I know would love the experiance too.

Wendy said...

Fun! I would love to go!

Michelle said...

I'd LOVE to go!

ellen said...

If I win I'll find some friend Arizonian to go. Thanks!

Sheri said...

I need to go to this. Please pick me!

Carrie said...

I would love to come! I love you blog and all the great advice you give!

Piper said...

Would love the chance to come to this retreat. Not local, but would find a way to come :)

mcwally said...

I would love to attend.

Monica said...

What an amazing opportunity! I would love to win this! Keeping my fingers crossed and sending up prayers!

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Jeni said...

Ohh I would LOVE to attend this. It is right up my ally. Thanks for "giving away" the opportunity to come!

JaMie said...

I would love to go! It is perfect timing, my husband is out of school that week!!

The Chamberlain Family said...

Shawni - It was so great seeing you at lunch yesterday! I love it how we keep bumping into each other every so often. Please email me when you can at my email: tamaramchamberlain@gmail.com so I can further explain how BYU Alumni-Phoenix can help do a fundraiser or service project, if you are interested. Also, my family blog is: tamaratomandkids.blogspot.com. Our kids are growing up so fast, aren't they? Great to see you! Talk to you soon!

Tamara

Di said...

Pick me! Pick me! :)

Beck Family said...

I would love for my one of my friends to win this retreat. I went to one of the first ones ever in Southern Cal and it helped me so much in my mothering. I'd love to share that experience with one of my best friends. My friend Jeni lives in the Phoenix are and I know she'd love it.

Tiffany said...

My friend Sofia would LOVE this...I'm entering for her in hopes that she feels rejuvenated and empowered in her role as a mother!
Thanks

Natalie said...

Entering for my sisters!! I went to the retreat in Park City and hope that my Arizona girls can feel the same inspiration I felt. Pick me!

Erin said...

You know in your last post where you said all of the things that made you cry? Well, seeing this giveaway brought tears to my eyes. I feel like I am in the trenches of motherhood. I sure love my sassy 3 year old and my all over the place 1 year old, but I swear they suck the life out of me. I need help Shawnee!! Haha. Please help me! I would love to attend this workshop. I need this right now. Fingers crossed that I am the lucky girl who wins!

Lovely Lady said...

I would so love to go to this! My husband and three children would love it if I went too!

Joanne said...

I'm not local but I'd fly down there from Vancouver - and I'd even come by myself. I've been wanting to attend - it sounds like such a great event.

Lindsay said...

Attending this retreat would be such a blessing. Pick me!

Christi said...

I just had baby #7 and could use a little boost!

Kristen @ {K Leigh Ford} said...

What a great giveaway Shawni! And one of the best mom website resources I know! I'd love to strengthen my mothering through this! Will be one lucky winner!

Kadi said...

Retreat? Why, yes, of course. Thank you for the chance.

Anna said...

I am a young mom with an almost 4-year-old, and 3-month-old. I would love to set goals and routines in the home when my kids are young, to prepare for the older years. I would love the opportunity to attend.

Anna said...

I would love to attend myself, but also have a friend who would really enjoy this. I would like to leave this comment for her. Her name is Melanie, and she is a mother of 4.

D & H said...

I would love to come! I am local. What a great giveaway!
snookums06 at gmail dot com

Christine Green said...

Wow what a give away. This would be such a blessing to our family. I have wanted to go to this retreat for sometime. It would be so awesome to be picked.

Alison said...

I would love the chance to come to this!!! And my kids would love for me to come home ON FIRE!!! :-)

My kids range in age for 18 to 6, and I feel in a constant panic that I'm messing up so bad...

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ChrisKatieKelly said...

I'm just going to put my two cents in here and hope you come to COLORADO! :)

The Arizona Pickeral Family said...

This would be a great opportunity!!

Julie said...

I'm not local, but I can get myself there!

Andrea said...

Oh, I would love to come!!! If not this one, then maybe the one in May in Park City! I still hope I win!

Bree :--) said...

Ummm yes, please!! I want to go so dang bad! That would be amazing:).

Andrea said...

My sis is local. I'm sure she'd love to come.

Katie Zaharis said...

I'd love it!

troy & bec said...

Oh! I would love to come!!! What a great early Christmas gift (for myself... and my children) that would be.
Thanks for the opportunity!

Brandee said...

Sounds Amazing! I would love to come and "soak" in all the great wisdom, ideas and information. Not to mention socialize with the great women.

Shapiro said...

I would love to come. Have been an avid Values Parenting fan for years!

Lindsay said...

sounds fun! pick me! pick me!

Heather said...

This momma needs to bring back the message of motherhood to the Pacific Northwest. I have six kids and will actually be there from the 15 - 22. I would LOVE to go!

Also you seem just as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. Thanks for a wonderful blog!

a-anderson said...

I would love to win. I resently just joined a Power of Moms group. I have only been to one meeting, but I loved it.

Sweating in the endless heat said...

This is just awesome the response that you have gotten:-) I hope that I can win!!!!

scraphappymama said...

I would love to come - would even fly out to be there. Otherwise, I have some wonderful cousins out there and any one of them would love it!!

Biddle Family said...

Hi, I met you this past weekend at time out for women! I would love the chance of a lifetime to win this retreat!!!!! As a mother of 5 I could really use a major boost right now!
thanks,
Ashley

Lindsay said...

I read you and your mom's book and loved it. It is one of my favorite parenting books and I love your "real life" approach to motherhood. Thank you for your insights, love of being a mother and your ability to share hard/real things with grace. I so appreciate your honesty. I would LOVE The opportunity to learn skills to be a more deliberate mom.

Kate said...

Pick me Pick me!! I know a local I'd love to send!!!!!!! She is a super mom, strong woman and community leader!

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Rhodes Trip said...

I would like to refer my friend, Bekah Ray, for this retreat. She seriously would be an amazing addition to the event and if I can offer any more incentive, it's her birthday on the 21st and she could use the grown up time for a bit from her sweet, brilliant, VERY active 3 daughters. ;-D Please pick Bekah Ray!!!!

Skye said...

I am already registered but I have a friend that would love to come along but can't afford it right now, it would be great to win this for her :)

Jamie said...

A chance to win? I would love one! Every other retreat has been just to far away and the logistics to much at the time. I am so excited to have a retreat so close.

laura. said...

I am nominating my sister for this! She is a mother of three amazing little girls. She has been going through some extemley life changing circumstances and is the most deserving person. She has always wanted to attend this, she deserves it so much! Please pick her :)

The Whatcott Fam said...

This sounds wonderful...I NEED this! :)

Cassie said...

SO wish I lived local, but have a friend I would give it to!

Rachel said...

I could use a Mother's Retreat right about now. I'm even local! Calgon take me away.

Ali F. said...

This sounds fabulous. thanks for opening up an opportunity to learn how to be a more effective mom. I love and admire your family so much!

Dawn said...

Would love the opportunity to attend.

Nate said...

I'd love to go! My family would love for me to go, too!

gay said...

i would love to attend this. i would make the trip out for it!

Chelle said...

Motherhood Matters! Keeping some margins open for retreats like this one sounds like a great idea!

Tiff G. said...

Puuhhlease! I'd love to go to this, it's just what I need right now! I am local so it would be super easy for me to come to Gilbert. Crossing my fingers....!

Renae S. said...

I would LOVE to come to the retreat! I love your blog and the Power of Moms!

Heather M said...

I'm not local, but I have a dear friend {Bekah Ray} whose the mother of three darling daughters. She is so busy being an amazing mom to her little ones. She's also the first on to help/love others. It would be the perfect way to say thank you! {Plus it's her birthday two days later. What a perfect gift this giveaway would be for her.}

Thanks!
hmnelson15 {at} frontier {dot} com

B said...

I would like to nominate Bekah Ray for this retreat. Bekah is a great mother. This retreat would simply give her the opportunity to fine-tune her craft.

Mindy said...

How fun! My sister in law Brittany lives in AZ and she is a fantastic mom who would absolutely love something like this.

Amy F said...

Entering for my SIL, Libby, who lives there in the desert.

Bekah: said...

Thanks to my sweet friends and sisters who put in a plug for me! Even if I don't win they made me feel special. But oh how I'd so love to win this. I adore your blog. I was so moved as I read your sisters sweet sister post. I have three wonderful sisters. They support and encourage me always. I'm so blessed to be a mother to three sweet little women. One of my greatest wishes is to instill in them the same loyal, loving sister relationship I've been fortunate to have. I adore motherhood. I've been constantly inspired by your blog and book. I would love love love to be chosen for this retreat. It's true it would be a great birthday surprise but more than that it would be an answer to prayers. I've had some huge curveballs thrown my way lately and I need all the help I can get. Please pick me!

Anne said...

I'm local and would love to go! Thanks for the chance!

Chris said...

Oh that would be so great to come!!!

melanie said...

I'll be crossing everything... I would, love, love to come!!!!

Damon and Marie said...

Pick me ! I'm coming on Saturday but will figure out how to come on Friday too. I am so excited!!!

dani said...

This would be great for my sister Aubrey. She's in Tempe and has four daughters. This would just be perfect for her.

Megan said...

I would LOVE this, and love the ideas and suggestions you're always giving.

Jenny said...

I would love to attend the retreat! Thanks for the chance to win!

Michelle said...

I was hoping and praying I'd be in your neck of the woods that date...

But I would LOVE for my sister to be able to attend. She's had a rough last couple of years and has her life turned upside down and is down a path she hadn't planned.

I'd LOVE for her to learn all the great things going on from Saren and the POM team.

I'd mainly just LOVE for her to be inspired and have a day out.

xxoo Michelle L.

April said...

Oh my goodness, this would be so wonderful to attend. I have 4 kiddos of my own and my husband and I are in the process of becoming certified for foster care/adoption. I could definitely use all the tips and direction I can get. By the way, excellent job at TOFW!

HeidiAnn said...

Being the unlucky gal that I am, I thought nah I would never get picked but then the mom in me said "you never know unless you try" SO PICK ME!!!! so close and convenient, why not?

wackywilsons said...

Count me in!

Lissa said...

I would absolutely love to surprise my dearest friend in AZ with this giveaway!

Jessica said...

I vote my sweet sister, Bekah, too. She has talked about this retreat for awhile and I know how much she loves it! I hope, hope she gets a chance to go one day!

schroeder8 said...

I really need this! I am a mother of 7 here in Mendon, Utah. I love being my kids mom, from 15 all the way down to 1 years old. I think I would love it even more if I could get some good ideas from you and your awesome family. I love the way I see you and your mom mother, here on your blog, ed. week, and just other places I have seen you. This is such a big job and one I so badly want to get right! Thank for inspiring us all to be our best mom self (if that even make sense).

brandy said...

I bought my ticket weeks ago and can't wait to participate in this inspiring weekend!

Oh, and I need to tell you what a wonderful job you and your mother did at TOFW! You guys are adorable :)

taggteam said...

If it's not too late, I'd love to enter in my sister. She is a 6 footer as well, an amazing mother and just buried her baby last week. I worry about her.

jen said...

I would adore this. Adore is probably not a strong enough word. LOVE, NEED, MUST HAVE!! I digress...this would be just plain awesome. Yours is my go-to mommy blog & to fill up on inspiration with you would be such a delight. Pick me!! :)

Mel said...

I would love to come! I know I need all the help I can get:)

Amy said...

Oh how I need a retreat to talk about mom stuff and take a break from being a mom. I hope I win!

Mike and Corissa said...

I would be so excited to be able to attend!

Christa Johnson said...

I hope I am not too late to enter!! I always covet your retreats and would LOVE to be included in this give away opportunity!!! Sooooooo amazing!!! And it's even local, hooorraaaaa!
Christa Johnson

dntbaker said...

ok i just saw you at TOFW and i'm in love with your blog and would love to do this! i feel like i really could use this retreat give-away because as a mother of 2 special needs children I am finding myself just staying afloat and that is not what i want to do! i need this! :)

SADACAD said...

I don't know what to say that would help me to stand out from these other, I'm sure amazing, moms! I have five boys and we are entering into a phase where I am afraid I am not doing enough to prepare them for the real world. I don't know if your retreat helps with this or not. I love the POM website and came to know of it from Saren. I feel I'm a good mom...I just also feel I need to tweak things and am not sure what that is! I also, would like to check out the trainee option. I just don't have the money to attend right now.

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