Alaskan Earth Mama Giveaway: AKontheGO wins big and you do, too!

One of my travel heroes, Chris Elliott. Now I'm in his ranks of cool bloggers. Thanks to you.

One of my travel heroes, Chris Elliott. Now I’m in his ranks of cool bloggers. Thanks to you.

AKontheGO’ers, you’ve done Alaska family travel proud. Elliott.org announced the winners of its Best Travel Bloggers poll yesterday, and we were at the top (yes, alphabetically, but also in numbers, thanks to you). This is the first time an Alaska blogger has won, so I’m pretty proud of us. And by ‘us’, I do mean US. Alaskans, families, my partners in 49th state tourism; anyone and everyone who believes in what we do. I love my AKontheGO online community, and as we jump headlong into a busy holiday season, I thought you might enjoy a little something to make your world more merry and bright, courtesy of Alaskan Earth Mama in Fairbanks.

Locally-owned and crafted with the utmost of care, Alaskan Earth Mama is a business on the move. From essential oils to body treatments, aromatherapy to amazing soaps and salves, I’ve become a fan. Moreover, I feel good to support a business so close to the holiday season, when the bigger store prices often win out over Alaska products. I want you to feel good, too. Are you ready?

Alaskan Earth Mama's Spa set is a calming, soothing way to manage a busy holiday season.

Alaskan Earth Mama’s Spa set is a calming, soothing way to manage a busy holiday season.

I’m giving away an Alaskan Earth Mama Spa Gift set – with a little basket of Sugar Scrub exfoliant, Shea Butter Body Cream, a beautiful soy candle, and a packet of Cabin Fever Tea (oh, yes, don’t you love that on a dark Alaska day?). Bring a little serenity to your holiday season, settle down with a cup of tea, a good book, and a calming candle, and thank the folks at AEM.

FYI – this would also make a great gift!

Here’s what you have to do: 

1. Make sure you’re a subscriber to the AKontheGO blog, because that’s how you’ll stay in touch with Alaskan Earth Mama and all her yummy products. Simply sign up at the bottom of our home page, any time. It’s easy and fast.

2. Tell me in the comment section about your best tip for managing holiday stress. Do you get outdoors? Shop online? Make the kids a batch of cookies? Leave over the holidays and travel, instead? Whatever it is, comment on the blog and Alaskan Earth Mama owner Monica and I will choose the most creative.

3. Stay close to your email on WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26 (that’s next week!). The winner will be notified by email, and allows AKontheGO and Alaskan Earth Mama to use their name for promotional purposes.

AKontheGO loves to love our fans!

 

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25 Comments

  1. I make a point not to be stressful. We go to a friend house and we relax and have fun with friends and family. We just bring a side dish. We stay til the kids bed time and then go. On Christmas, my husband and I do amazon wish lists so we both get something we want. I get the kids a couple little presents, and the grandparents send a box. We just relax on Christmas and have a nice breakfast. The cousins come over and they get a present . But, we make sure that the expectations are not super high, for us or from us. We like to make the holidays restful. No massive decorations or high stress dinners or high stress family.

  2. I melt away my holiday stress by giving massages. There is nothing more relaxing than forgetting my troubles helping another. And if someone else relaxes at the same time, it’s even better!

  3. I manage holiday stress by getting outside every day, drinking lots of coffee, and baking yummy stuff along with focusing on the small things – like my kids decorating cookies, decorating the tree, going sledding, etc and not on all of the imperfections that come along with those activities…..

    And yes, congratulations! Awesome accomplishment!

  4. The best way to avoid holiday stress is to start early. I shop throughout the year, make things throughout the year (I crochet and knit), start decorating and making cards in November so we can write and mail the cards out beginning of December, start baking cookies in early December and freeze them for giveaway closer to Dec 25th. THEN we take a few days off from everything before Christmas, while the hotels are cheap, and enjoy a few days in the mountains before the relatives descend on us. It’s good. Every time. : ) We ski/snowshoe/xc ski/skate/sled… whatever everyone feels like and enjoy the Christmas lights in the cute mountain towns. Such a nice reprieve from the last minute crazy shoppers in town.

  5. Hoping my comment posted! This is what I said: How do I relax over the holidays? Throw it all out the window. 🙂 No worrying about the best decorations or the best cookies or the zillions of traditions. We are not going anywhere for December. I have an advent book we will be going through (easy peasy) and then we will just be sending a lot of time outdoors. Sledding daily. Skiing almost as much. Bundling up. Drinking a TON of hot chocolate. And, most importantly, just chilling out. I can’t wait! And now….I’ll be finishing up my Christmas shopping … 😉

  6. How do I relax over the holidays? Throw it all out the window. 🙂 No worrying about the best decorations or the best cookies or the zillions of traditions. We are not going anywhere for December. I have an advent book we will be going through (easy peasy) and then we will just be sending a lot of time outdoors. Sledding daily. Skiing almost as much. Bundling up. Drinking a TON of hot chocolate. And, most importantly, just chilling out. I can’t wait! And now….I’ll be finishing up my Christmas shopping … 😉

  7. We give a lot of homemade goods from harvest season as well as traditional baked goods. We frequently visit with family over the holidays and make sure the focus is on sharing the celebration of Christmas and God’s good news of Jesus’ birth with the people we are with and those we see along the way. Scheduling flights so there is a bit of layover time makes for a more relaxed time. We really enjoy Seattle airport at Christmas as they bring in musicians and strolling minstrels and jugglers etc. to make the stay relaxing. Simple pleasures are the best – besides there are so many more of them!

  8. First off-congratulations!

    To reduce holiday stress I try to do a little less and focus on my family. This year we are looking at our traditions and see what works for us and what we can leave behind.

  9. My best form of relaxation is baking homemade bread, the smell of it baking in the oven permeates my house and it immediately calms me. The process helps me focus on only the dough and the outcome is some yummy crusty honey wheat bread that I can slather in butter, it appeals to all my senses and relieves any stress I had.

  10. We are minimalists, so we focus more on relaxed family time together and giving and less on acquiring presents and busy schedules 🙂 purposefully limiting the “stuff” while still celebrating the meaning of the season does wonders.

  11. How do I manage holiday stress? Reward myself with a Spa Day at home! No worries of being late to the spa, battling traffic or searching for a parking spot – yes, I live in the San Francisco Bay area, not Alaska! What could be better than lighting a beautiful soy candle, pouring myself a cup of tea and lathering on a shea butter body cream? After my mini spa break, I’m ready to wrap and roll!

  12. Congrats again!

    Relaxation is all about time for me and my camera, even if it’s for just a second. It makes me take a step back and remember the whys of the season, be they family, love, or traditions; to recognize and appreciate the person, the scene, the moment. When I take a photo I’m capturing a little slice of that happiness.

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