Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Finding a Babysitter with Sitter Pals {$25 Outback Steakhouse Gift Card Giveaway}

{This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Lori A!}

As parents, I think I can safely say that we all love our children more than we ever thought was going to be possible.

However, that doesn't mean that, in order to save our sanity, we don't all need a break once in a while. After all, being a mother doesn't mean that I don't miss being able to spend time seeing non-animated movies, having a dinner that doesn't involve straw cups or being in a fitting room and not having to take on and off clothes at a record speed.

In the time since we became parents, my husband and I have been fortunate to have a date night here or there or be able to leave our children with their grandparents for an overnight trip now and again. So why haven't we done more to find babysitters in our area? To be honest, I've never been sure where to look.

Considering the amount of research my husband and I do just to choose a dependable carpet cleaner, how would I ever pick someone to take care of the two aspects of my life that I care most about?

That's where Sitter Pals comes in.

Sitter PalsAmanda Armstrong is a mother of two busy children and a former television journalist turned budding entrepreneur. It wasn’t until the intersection of life’s circumstances and recognizing a problem parents face finding trusted sitters that the idea for her own business venture struck.

Placed on bed rest at 29 weeks pregnant with her second child and a 2-year-old daughter at home to care for, Amanda needed help while her husband was at work. Her baby sitterfriends jumped in by sharing their trusted sitters, knowing she was of no threat to their weekend plans. Their generosity gave Amanda the idea that if friends had the right platform to share sitters, everyone could Share and Take Care!

From that first idea to full-scale web development and launch of Sitter Pals, Amanda is passionately working to transform the way parents and trusted sitters connect... not only for herself, but for all moms juggling life and kids. By taking the type of questions that I always have when looking for a sitter (e.g. Where am I going to find someone? How am I going to know they're trustworthy?), Sitter Pals has those answers and more.

Essentially, here's how Sitter Pals works:
  • Parents invite their trusted sitters to join their secure online network.
  • Parents then invite their close friends, who invite their trusted sitters.
  • Now parents have a larger network of sitters they trust to search, book, and communicate with online.
  • Sitters join the networks of families they know and trust and those of their friends.
  • Sitters set their schedules to work when they want for families that they trust.
What does that all add up to? Sitter Pals being the safest, most convenient way to book trusted sitters!

This unique approach really does just make sense. Instead of fretting as to how and where to find a sitter that is not only reliable but also trusted (and not just trusted by anonymous recommendations, but by your friends), Sitter Pals brings all of the information that you need right into your own personal network.

Simply search and book your sitter right online and save yourself from wasting time as well as the hassle of a million phone calls or emails back and forth. You'll be on your way to having your schedule secured and your evening planned in no time!

By having access to a network of trusted sitters, you're able to take care of life, take care of work, and take care of fun faster, easier, and more conveniently. Visit Sitter Pals today to find out more! And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be even more prepared to head out for a date soon, because...

One lucky person will win a $25 gift card to Outback Steakhouse (also redeemable at PF Chang's and Fleming's Steakhouse) from Sitter Pals!

Outback Steakhouse giveawayTo enter to win: Tell me how you have found reliable sitters in the past OR why you need an upcoming date night!

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

1 Extra Entry (per method) if you follow Sitter Pals on Twitter and/or Like them on Facebook.
1 Extra Entry (per giveaway entered) - Enter any (or all) of the giveaways running on Thanks, Mail Carrier for the duration of this giveaway.
1 Extra Entry if you follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the tweet below and leaving me the link. Tweet daily for an extra entry every day!

WIN a $25 gift card to Outback Steakhouse to have date night courtesy of Sitter Pals! #thxmailcarrier http://bit.ly/kaS1Ij #giveaway #win

2 Extra Entries (per follow method) if you follow me with Google Friend Connect, subscribe to my RSS feed, subscribe to Thanks, Mail Carrier by email, become a fan on Facebook or add Thanks, Mail Carrier to your blogroll.
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3 Extra Entries if you blog about this giveaway linking back to this post. Please leave an address where it can be found.

Giveaway will end on June 28th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

A big thank you to Sitter Pals for providing a $25 Outback Steakhouse gift card for me as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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Ashley Borysewich said...

I'm getting married in July, so a date night would be great for our honeymoon!

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Amy and Luke said...

I haven't found reliable sitters! hah...that's why Gage is 19 mos. old and has only stayed w/ my parents! Checking out Sitter Pals now.

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When I've needed sitters, I've used young people I know. Only used a professional once, and I was not satisfied.

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schaley said...

I need an upcoming date night because I'm so exhausted and I just need to get out of the house!

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Stephanie said...

Have only had my mom watch the kids so no one reliable yet. She still works full-time so not available much and man, do we need a date!
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

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Meghan said...

I could so use a date night w/ the hubs. OUt of the last 12 months, he has only been home 4 months & with 3 kids, it's hard for us to be alone at all. Thanks for the graet giveaway!

Chris said...

I always find my sitters through church, and now my daughter is old enough to babysit for datenights

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NrdyGmrGrl said...

The hubby and I work completely different shifts, and as a result we don't get to see each other nearly as often as we would like. We could really use a night out!

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BethElderton said...

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Jessica said...

We need a date night because I'm expecting a baby soon and I know we won't have much time for ourselves
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mummytotwoboys said...

Previously I found reliable sitters through friends and family but since moving two years ago I have yet to leave our son with anyone.

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deb126 said...

I need a date night out because its been sooo long since we have had one its way overdue, I dont need a sitter because my kids are beyond that age but in the past we only used family members, I didnt trust anyone else with my kids or we just took them with us

thanks for the great giveaway

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I need an upcoming date night for dinner with the family.


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sweepmom said...

I usually use family for reliable sitters. On the occasions when that wasn't possible, I relied on friends or their teenage children.

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BalancingMama (Julie) said...

We need a date night because we haven't been alone without our 3 year old in a LONG time!

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Mama Zen said...

I've mostly relied on family for babysitting!

Lois said...

Hi! :) Well, with the way I know I'm going to be feeling later, sure would love a date night in a place that I know is going to have air conditioning... Besides, I never tried Outback! :)

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