Congrats to our Intel Laptop Winner – Carrie McLaren

Wow! The entries poured in for our Digital Mom giveaway sponsored by Intel and we couldn’t have been more excited to read all the comments, and see the bonus entries some Moms submitted with photos and videos.
We are so excited to announce our winner below who will receive a Sony VAIO Laptop valued at $979.99.

(And guess what folks – we will be giving 1 more Sony VAIO laptop away from Intel during the  month of August – and this time it will be totally random comment entry to win! !!! So stay tuned for that contest entry form!)
We loved all the entries and effort everyone put into entering this giveaway. Like last time, making a choice was very difficult, but our panel of 5 judges helped us narrow our winner down to….insert DRUMROLL……
Announcing our winner…… Carrie McClaren, from Carrie with Children
Here’s Carrie’s winning comment entry answering our question- How has technology helped you explore your passions? How has technology and social media changed your life?

When my daughter Molly was diagnosed with Down syndrome a few days after birth, I was devastated, confused and wasn’t sure how to come to terms with this diagnosis. Even more so, my knowledge of Down syndrome was extremely limited. I was also unsure of how to share this news with friends, extended family and my online network of friends. So, where did I turn? The internet, Facebook, my blog and Twitter. I knew if I could put our story on “paper” it would be easier for me to share and let others come to their own terms with the news too. While I was afraid it may come across as impersonal, I didn’t want to have to tell our story each time I saw someone. From the instant I hit “send” on the emails, tweets and blog post sharing Molly’s story, my life changed forever thanks to social media and technology. I had a new, strong voice and I wanted everyone to know how proud I was of my daughter. Social media has allowed me to have an instant support group with other special needs moms as well as non-special needs moms too. I have educated myself and “met” some fantastic people online just in the one year since we began our journey with Molly. The support I received (and am still receiving) from those that know me personally is fantastic – and even more so, the emails, comments and tweets of support from those that have never even met me in real life have often brought me to tears. Social media and technology have allowed me to see that while my daughter has special needs, we are not alone. We are surrounded by others walking the same path through life with their own children.

I thought I loved social media before Molly’s diagnosis, but now I have a much greater understanding of the true meaning of social media. It’s so much more than tweeting and posting a new status update – it’s about connecting. It’s about life and it’s about sharing, loving and learning from others.

What an amazing comment. We are so happy to award this laptop from Intel to Carrie. And both of us can’t wait to meet Carrie in San Diego in just a few short days at BlogHer.
Here’s more about Carrie from her Bio. We are f loored at all she has done with her blog in less than 2 years time! Incredible as I’ve been blogging for 5 years and it is amazing how quickly some women have grown their audiences and ability to work with companies. Congrats to Carrie!

Carrie’s Bio – in her own words:
After seven years as a travel public relations professional, I’m now mom to Maggie (born 11/08) and Molly (born 06/10 with Down syndrome). Carrie with Children started as a way to share Molly’s story with friends and family and quickly became something much more in September 2010. I renewed my love for writing and discovered I loved being part of an online community.  When I’m not playing with my sweet babies or feeding my social media addiction, I think of myself as a foodie-in-training (my husband is the better cook) and I’m an avid sports fan (but stink at playing them). I was a dancer for sixteen years, so I also have a special place in my heart for the performing arts.
I recently participated in the 2011 Disney Social Media Moms conference, SheCon’11 and will make my first trip to BlogHer this year in San Diego. Some of the brands I have worked with are General Motors Southeast, Wendy’s, Baby Einstein, Shutterfly, Melissa & Doug, Del Monte Foods and Rubbermaid among others. I am part of the Microsoft Windows Champions program, a Kolcraft Mom, a Mabel’s Labels Buzzmama, a Firehouse Subs ambassador and a past member of the Maclaren Kid Tester campaign.
Disclosure:We partnered with Intel to host this savvy giveaway for Digital Moms. Thanks to Intel for supporting our Digital Mom community and providing this excellent prizing.
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2 Responses to “Congrats to our Intel Laptop Winner – Carrie McLaren”
  1. Angela says:

    JI’m glad I found this website. I’m 35, a mom & a wife and soon to be a student again.
    I’m starting a new journey in my life. I’ve put many others needs first for many years& now I get a chance to finish school for myself. Wish me luck.

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