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Update: The contest has ended. Look for a winner to be announced tonight. Thanks so much for your entries!
The jack-o-lanterns have been put away, so in my house that means that the Holiday Season is officially right around the corner. For us, there is no better time of year. I love every single aspect of the Holidays (except the hefty credit card bills that inevitably show up, but hey, more points!) – so I want to share my family’s love of the Holidays with all of you. The way I am going to do that is host a giveaway that not only will benefit the winner, but will also benefit Toys for Tots, one of my favorite Holiday charities. While I know there are more important things in the world than toys, I also know how special toys can be to children who don’t have the luxury of over-stuffed toy boxes.
Fortunately, I have a partner for this giveaway to make it that much sweeter for everyone involved. After my recent stay at The Westin La Cantera in San Antonio, I connected with some of their staff. Since this resort is just as passionate about making the Holidays special for families as I am, we decided it was a perfect match for them to help participate in this giveaway.
The Westin La Cantera will be giving the winner this awesome package:
· A 1-night family stay (one guest room)
· Two 45-minute skate sessions including skate rental at FROST, the outdoor ice skating rink
· Breakfast for two at Brannon’s Cafe
· $20 resort credit
· Valid for stays through November 1, 2012 (please note that the Hill Country Holidays is from November 18-January 8, 2012 and Frost skate sessions will only be valid during this time period)*.
If you have never been to this Westin resort before, check out my recent review (Part 1 and Part 2) to get an idea of how great of a place it is. We went without our kiddo and had a great “adults only” weekend, but we also hope to take Little C in the near future as it is a perfect place for families.
My favorite thing about this giveaway is that not only will the winner get an awesome prize, but for each entry received (up to the first 250 entries) Mommy Points will donate $1 to Toys for Tots. Since the Westin La Cantera is also invested in making the Holidays special for children (and they already partner with Toys for Tots!), they will match the amount donated by Mommy Points. So, by entering this contest, you are not only giving your family a chance to win a great hotel package, you are helping raise money for kiddos who otherwise wouldn’t necessarily have presents under their tree, in their stockings, or for each night of Hanukkah. Helping others while helping your own family – that’s a perfect combination in my book!
Another reason I truly believe that the Westin La Cantera is committed to making the holidays special for families is that the Holiday Activities they have that begin on 11/18 are open to the public – not just for resort guests. They have a “North Pole” where the kids can make their own toys and crafts, artificial snow (hey, this is Texas after all), Holiday storybook readings in both English and Spanish, and an ice-skating rink ($10 for 45 minutes).
There is just something special about a “Cowboy Christmas”. In my experience, cowboys often tell the very best stories, and play the very best Christmas Sing-a-Longs!
If I can possibly get my daughter to San Antonio in the next couple months, I want her to experience the Holiday activities the Westin La Cantera has to offer. If we don’t make it this year, I can guarantee we will make it in the future. Even just by looking at the pictures, I can feel how special this place must be during the Holiday season. Check out this page to get more information about the resort and their Holiday offerings. You can also find them on Twitter @WestinLaCantera and Facebook.
When we stayed at this resort, we were using a free resort night we earned from Starwood Preferred Guest program earlier in the year. If you don’t have any free resort nights to use, and want to save your cash for more Holiday shopping, you can also consider getting the Starwood American Express card. If you spend $5000 on the card within the first six months, you will receive 25,000 SPG points. This resort is a Category 4 hotel that will run you 10,000 points per night or 4,000 points + $60 USD if you use the SPG cash and points option.
To enter the Mommy Points Holiday Giveaway contest, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post that answers two questions:
1. What is your favorite Holiday memory or tradition? This can be as a child or now as an adult.
2. If you won this hotel package, what would you most be looking forward to doing at the Westin La Cantera?
Remember, each entry (up to the first 250) will be earning money towards Toys for Tots, so please spread the word so that we can max out the donation to help as many children as possible! The contest will run until 11/08/11 at 11:59PM CST, so make sure to comment on this post prior to that time. Each person can have a maximum of one entry, and the winner will be selected at random. As always, valid entries must include an actual email address. Good luck!
Just in case there are any questions, here are a few terms and conditions regarding the hotel package:
Winners must be at least 18 years of age. Upon receiving this certificate, please contact Laura Aplin at the Westin La Cantera for actual valid certificate and to make reservations. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. The offer is not to be combined with other offers or promotions and subject to change. Certificate is valid through November 1, 2012, has no cash value, and is non-transferable. Resort credit is not transferable, and has no cash value.