Slow Down Your Busy Life with Quaker #CONTEST

What would you do if you had the chance?
Last week I shared this video: “The Recital” by Quaker embraces the love of family and the idea that each day is a new opportunity to do more of the good things that matter; not allow the pace of modern life to get in the way.

This theme hit home for me. As a mother, a professional and a blogger, my life is so full, and sometimes it’s the closest people to me that suffer. It’s so easy to get bogged down in day-to-day tasks I can often lose sight of what truly matters.

DSC_0086And it’s not just me! Canadians are tweeting everyday about how busy they are: in 2014, there were over 30 million Tweets in Canada related to being busy, being overworked and having too much to do. Oddly enough, the most important or fulfilling things don’t make it onto our to-do lists.

The fine people of Quaker Canada want to help you take a break with your loved ones. I’m giving a way a Quaker prize pack that includes assorted Quaker goods AND a $250 VISA prepaid gift card. You can use it to plan a getaway, an outing, or just a nice dinner out.

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This is how you can enter:

  1. Follow @MaryinVancity and @QuakerCanada on Twitter
  2. Like Quaker Canada and MaryinVancity on Facebook
  3. Tweet the following “ If you had a chance, what would you do? Enter to win a $250 VISA card from @QuakerCanada and @MaryinVancity http://wp.me/p17nmD-2zA
  4. Comment below telling me what you’d do with your VISA card

Winner will be announced on Tuesday September 1st at 5pm. Good luck everyone!

UPDATE: Congrats @Teddybobo1 – You’ve won the giveaway!

170 Comments Add yours

  1. Anne Taylor says:

    Follow you both on Twitter as @greeeneyedwhwom

    Like you both on fb as Anne Taylor https://www.facebook.com/annectaylor1

    With the Visa I would purchase groceries!

    Thanks!

    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

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  2. OMG YAY!!! Love Quaker my kids do too! If I won I would get my kiddies some back to school snacks with it! Thanks! Tweeted!
    Email–> amyjaneheffernan@gmail.com

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  3. Jenny Major says:

    Id use it to spend on a mini vacation with the family :)

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  4. nomnombearinyvr says:

    I would use the Visa towards back to school school shopping for my son. He needs a new backpack.

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    1. nomnombearinyvr says:

      Jeannie Lam

      nomnombearinyvr at hotmail dot com

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  5. seham merzib says:

    spend it on gas

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  6. Lori Jackson says:

    I would use this to buy Christmas presents for my family! What a generous prize :)

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  7. brandon forsyth says:

    I would use it to go to a Canucks game and go out for dinner at Joe Fortes after.

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  8. Tricia Cooper says:

    I would use the $250 VISA Gift Card to treat myself (for a change — LOL!) to a massage or two!

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  9. Sunshine G says:

    I’d use it to run away with my husband!

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  10. jan says:

    I follow both @MaryinVancity and @QuakerCanada on Twitter

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  11. jan says:

    I like Quaker Canada and MaryinVancity on Facebook

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  12. jan says:

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  13. jan says:

    I would use a $250 VISA card to go visit my mom

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  14. Glogirl says:

    With the Visa gift card I would buy some fall clothing like sweaters and boots!

    Followed both on Twitter @glogirl3
    Liked both on Facebook as Amy M
    Tweet~ http://twitter.com/glogirl3/status/636622878155407360

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  15. Jasen H says:

    I’d use the Visa gift card to buy a new office chair

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  16. Lisa Neutel says:

    i would buy my kids new shoes and clothes for school

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  17. Lisa Neutel says:

    followed both on twitter @neutkidz
    liked both on facebook name Lisa Knox Neutel

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  18. Ana S says:

    I woul buy toys and clothes for my toddler. As usual, he gets everything.

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  19. Debbie F says:

    I would use it for the ferry over to Vancouver Island to visit Tofino. We need relaxing time too!

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  20. Lana Hood says:

    I would use it towards paying for a trip up north for a wedding in a few weeks.

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  21. Erin W says:

    I would buy my husband the new power drill he wants! @erockspell on Twitter

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  22. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I would love to buy groceries to host a family Grey Cup get-together.

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  23. zahra premji says:

    Hubby and I would use the card to get tickets to a Calgary Flames game in November (both our birthday months) and splurge on a nice dinner before the game too!

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  24. Darwin Chau says:

    I would use it towards new hockey skates for the upcoming hockey season.

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  25. Susan T. says:

    I follow on FB: Susan Terendy
    twitter: @suekitty13
    I would use the gift card to put towards a new laptop!

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  26. i would buy groceries

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  27. Andrea D says:

    Liked on FB, followed & tweeted too :) I would buy a new outfit for me & one for my baby girl :)

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  28. Greg says:

    I would use the Visa for bills and groceries.

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  29. Follow @MaryinVancity and @QuakerCanada on Twitter
    @butterfly_012

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  30. butterflyamyc says:

    I like Quaker Canada and MaryinVancity on Facebook

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  31. butterflyamyc says:

    I would use the Visa to buy my kids something nice for Christmas

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  32. Cynthia says:

    Go out for dinner!

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  33. Josh S says:

    We would put it towards a family trip in a National Park. Thanks I did all the other steps as well. Here is my tweet https://twitter.com/jnunavut/status/636732096438890496

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  34. Haven’t done much with my parents this summer, the Queen E ziplining adventure would sure make it a memorable one! cheers :)

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    1. that’s how I would use the giftcard!

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  35. Rebby says:

    Follow @MaryinVancity and @QuakerCanada on Twitter as @RebTheCatSitter

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    1. Rebby says:

      I Like Quaker Canada and MaryinVancity on Facebook as Rebecca Roberts! I tweeted here https://twitter.com/RebTheCatSitter/status/636758776222056452
      AND I would love to put the visa towards gas for a road trip!

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  36. I would use it for school snacks for my 5, 6, 8, and 18 year old sons :) Thanks for the chance!

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  37. Tony Voon says:

    I would use it for a nice dinner

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  38. Julie says:

    It would totally go toward our grocery bill! With 4 kids, groceries are expensive!

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  39. Neal says:

    I’d load up on Back to school lunches and snacks!

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  40. Melissa Jade Greco says:

    It’s my Visa gift card, I’d go food shopping and trying things I have never had the chance to try.

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  41. angela m says:

    I follow you both on twitter (@flower_child_23)
    Liked you both on facebook (angela marriott)
    tweet https://twitter.com/flower_child_23/status/636913825183322113
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

    I would use the Visa gift cards to buy some new clothes for my daughters.
    thanks

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  42. Jeanne says:

    Would use my Visa card for a great vacation

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  43. Tweeted https://twitter.com/sweetmamabrady/status/637013047807086592?lang=en
    followed both on twitter and FB
    I’d love to use it towards Christmas shopping

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  44. I follow all on both Twitter (@JusticeSadie) and FB Jennifer Conlin. I would use it for a Big Grocery Shop…with coupons I can get double the Money. Back to School and Fall means time to stock up! Thanks for the chance.

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  45. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I would use the visa gift card towards an ipod touch that i am saving up for

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  46. Maria says:

    I would use it to buy kids running shoes for school

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  47. Bo Simms says:

    I followed on twitter and fb, and tweeted https://twitter.com/BoSimmsMtl/status/637028319771365379.

    If I won the $250 visa gift card, I would use it towards school expenses, and bills.

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  48. Nicole Jubleew says:

    I would use the money to treat my parents special dinner.

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  49. Patrick Siu says:

    I would go out for dinner.

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  50. Heidi Pawluk says:

    I follow both on facebook & twitter

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  51. Heidi Pawluk says:

    I follow on twitter as @teddybobo1 & on facebook as Heidi Pawluk

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  52. Heidi Pawluk says:

    ♥ a $250 Visa card would come in handy towards new tires for our van to keep us safe & get us to our destination in one piece.
    Thanks for an awesome contest & fab prize

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  53. jay nelson says:

    We would go out for a great family dinner to celebrate Us – the kids accomplishments and mere existence.

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    1. jay nelson says:

      and I am @sicklefish

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  54. gene d says:

    I’d go out for dinner and a concert!
    Liked on FB as EN Donnelly
    followed on Twitter as @wctx40

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  55. I’d use it to buy some decor from Ikea for my room since it looks pretty empty.

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    1. I’ve also liked both facebook pages, tweeted & followed on twitter.

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  56. Pam says:

    I completed the actions.
    I would use it towards a romantic weekend away with hubby to rejuvenate.

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  57. ivy pluchinsky says:

    i would use it towards something i am saving up for

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  58. michelle matta says:

    I would use my visa card to get my hair cut comfortably for my upcoming surgery. and also we need a printer :)

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  59. edmontonjb says:

    I follow you both on twitter as @edmontonjb and I like you both on facebook as jonnie JB Hartling. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/edmontonjb/status/637294463707025409 and with the Visa card, I would plan a road trip to Calgary Zoo for my family.

    Jonnie

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  60. Darlene S. says:

    I would put it towards back to school shopping!

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  61. Darlene S. says:

    I visited, liked you and QuakerCanada. Following both. My tweet link https://twitter.com/mistygirle/status/637299170278248449

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  62. David says:

    use the Visa towards back to school school shopping

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  63. marygaudet says:

    Followed both on twitter & tweeted https://twitter.com/eastcoastmama/status/637040533953773570
    Liked both on FB – mary gaudet

    I’d use the visa for back to school items.

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  64. Amie says:

    If I won I would take my family out for some fun ! Maybe some new back to school clothes as well :D

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  65. Caroline says:

    I would use it towards groceries.

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  66. BTS supplies for my son entering Grade 7 & a nice pair of converse sneakers Size 11. “To coin a phrase…they grow up so fast”. Any remaining $ wine cooler for Mom.

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  67. DianeG says:

    I would put it towards a laptop.

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  68. Vesper says:

    I would put it towards a new laptop for my husband – he is in desperate need of a new one

    Follow on twitter – vesper1931
    Liked on FB – vesper meikle
    Tweet – https://twitter.com/Vesper1931/status/637604901799903232

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  69. Lisa English says:

    I would have a me day

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  70. Kim M says:

    I would buy groceries.

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  71. Darlene S. says:

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  72. Nate says:

    I would buy food

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  73. Linda says:

    I would buy one week’s groceries for the family.

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  74. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    I follow both of you on Twitter @LILLIANMB23…………….If I was so lucky as to win..I would use my $250 and do a local getaway in my nearest city of Halifax NS

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  75. Bo Simms says:

    Followed and tweeted. If I won the $250 visa gift card, I would use it towards school supplies, and take my family out to a movie night.

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  76. Followed Quaker.I would save this for Christmas if I won

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  77. michelle tremblett says:

    If I was the lucky winner I would use the winner to offset some of the back to school costs, Also I would buy my kids a little surprise each :)

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  78. Heather Swanson says:

    I would purchase groceries & pet supplies

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  79. Reagan Thorne says:

    Followed, liked and tweeted!
    I would get new brakes for my car if I won the VISA.

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  80. I would use them as a “coupon” towards the purchase of a new laptop!

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  81. Edith Rennes says:

    I would do some early Christmas shopping…it sure would be a big help

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  82. Linda Richter says:

    I would pack some Quaker Granola Bars and use the Visa card to head out on a little road trip to pick some apples.

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  83. Michelle says:

    I would put the $250 towards a new couch!

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  84. Suzanne G says:

    I would use the $250 to put towards my winter vacation fund.
    Liked on FB Suzanne Giroux
    Followed on twitter @pinksuzanne
    Tweeted

    Liked by 1 person

  85. Amy Lovell says:

    I liked on facebook as Amy Lovell, and followed on twitter as @acid666

    If I won I would use it to buy school snacks and groceries, Probably even some new winter gear for my daughter.

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  86. Cheryl says:

    Followed you both on Twitter and liked both on FB, I tweeted https://twitter.com/sensrockmysox/status/637715803190743041?s=17

    I would spend it toward Christmas presents. It gets expensive that time of the head with 3 of us having bdays and Christmas too

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  87. I would use the GC to purchase something for our first home that we just bought and are renovating…probably use it to get a better faucet :) Not that exciting lol, but that’s what I’d do!

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  88. I liked, followed, and tweeted from @izwicker :) Thanks so much for the chance!

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  89. ellen chevarie says:

    after school supplies and clothes i now need a few things.i really need a pair of shoes and new purse have not had any new of these for 8 years.what ever left would save for a rainy day as there are always a few of those

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  90. Aimee says:

    I’d buy back to school stuff

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  91. shellie clark says:

    my son needs a new backpack.

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  92. Danielle Nantau says:

    @lintonsrus
    I would definitely get a jumpstart on christmas for my daughter :)

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  93. Susan Stirlikng says:

    I have 5 grandchildren, so it would let me buy 5 $50 gifts for them for Christmas! They truly are my reason to get up every day :-)

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  94. Josh Kasen says:

    I would pay my bills. (Even though adulting is an unattractive obligation).

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  95. crobich says:

    I would use it to buy clothes for my boys.

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  96. Carolyn M says:

    I would take my sister and nephews out for dinner & a movie!

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  97. Margaret H says:

    My grandkids are comming for a Visit so I would use it for special when they are here

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  98. Theresa C. says:

    I’d give it to my daughter for a birthday present ;)

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  99. Rachael Bhardwaj says:

    If i won, i would use the visa towards our wedding anniversary weekend!

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  100. Jelly says:

    I’d go on a shopping spree!

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  101. 4seasonsmom says:

    I would use the Visa for either groceries or towards Christmas gifts

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  102. hmrcarlson says:

    Following on Twitter – @hmrcarlson.

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  103. hmrcarlson says:

    Following on Facebook – Heidi Carlson-Reid

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  104. hmrcarlson says:

    I would put it towards BTS clothes as well as donate to charity.

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  105. marissa S says:

    following on twitter, liked on facebook!
    I would spend the money on a hair cut, and some back to school clothes and a backpack! thanks for the chance :)

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  106. Darlene S. says:

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  107. Krista M says:

    Our family would use the visa card to buy a new computer for our family room to share. Ours is a decade old & it’s ready to burn out. We would love to win this!

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  108. Krista M says:

    Liked both on facebook, followed both on twitter, and tweeted! Thank You! https://twitter.com/MillerKrazy/status/638027037777788928

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  109. lisa bolduc says:

    tweeted: https://twitter.com/lbolduc0/status/638035704740716544 I would spend the money on back to school supplies

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  110. Becky says:

    I need to buy baby gates for my son who is almost ready to walk, so I would use the visa card for that!

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  111. Lushka Smith says:

    Followed on twitter and tweeted @carollushka

    Liked on FB under Lushka Smitih

    I would buy a new winter coat.

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  112. Edith Rennes says:

    Shop early for Christmas…what a help that would be

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  113. Holly MacRitchie says:

    If I won the gift card, I would get some new maternity clothes for myself.

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  114. Judy Thuy Duong says:

    I did all the steps: twitter @jujumyvegas, facebook Juju Myvegas. If I won I would go on a weekend getaway.

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  115. Tracy D says:

    This would be amazing for school shopping!

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  116. Tracy D says:

    Following, commented, and tweeted, thanks! https://twitter.com/tracydeanne/status/638113271288078340

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  117. Maria says:

    I would buy school supplies for my 4 kids, clothing and new running shoes

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  118. ksceviour says:

    i`d buy school clothes and lunches!

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  119. ksceviour says:

    I tweeted

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  120. ksceviour says:

    I follow both on twitter @ksceviour and both on facebook Karla Sceviour

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  121. Tammy Dalley says:

    Follow both on twitter @tammykayv like both on facebook Tammy Dalley, & Tweeted

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  122. Tammy Dalley says:

    I would shop for new school clothes

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  123. Lynn Clayton says:

    THIS WOULD GO TWORDS CHRISTMAS

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  124. Sandra S says:

    I follow on twitter and tweeted https://twitter.com/Sandra516/status/638194792069894144
    I like you on facebook
    and I would use the $250 visa gift card to buy groceries

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  125. intensev5 says:

    I Liked Quaker Canada and MaryinVancity on Facebook. I would love to use the $250 to visit my oldest daughter.

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  126. Taryn says:

    I would purchase a pair of running shoes for myself and my husband and spend the rest on groceries.

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  127. After i stocked up the breakfast cupboard with Quaker products (we love oatmeal here!) I would probably fill up the school snack cupboards too!

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    1. also, i followed on facebook as Crystal Marie Porter
      and on twitter as Crysslovesstuff
      i tweeted too!

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  128. Kelly D says:

    I would buy my family back to school supplies! Liked/Followed and Tweeted (as Kelly Lee / @kellyd905)

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  129. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I have been trying to save up to get myself an ipod touch, this would be awesome to win!

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  130. nicolthepickle says:

    I follow you both on twitter as @nicolthepickle.
    Follow you on facebook as Nicole Graham.

    I would get groceries with the gift card.
    Thanks for the chance.
    nicolthepickle(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  131. Edith Rennes says:

    I’d use it to get an early Christmas start

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  132. kristen visser says:

    I would totally use it towards groceries for when we move into our new house !!! thank you :) following both accounts on twitter and FB and tweeted

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  133. alexander says:

    i would take my family out for a nice dinner! or two!

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  134. Caelin W says:

    Would love to pay off some bills, or maybe get some new tires for me car! lol Thanks for a great contest!

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  135. mike says:

    I would buy some lego!

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  136. Leanne Cobbledick says:

    $100 VISA would be used to buy a new wonter coat – Winter’s coming LOL

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  137. Brenda Penton says:

    I follow on Facebook as Brenda Penton
    Follow on twitter as @newfiechic
    I tweeted
    I would use the visa to get my kids some back to school clothes.

    brendapenton(at)gmail(dot)com

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  138. BlessedTA says:

    use it for groceries

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  139. Jackie M says:

    I would use it for a nice night out with my soon-to-be husband after the wedding :) Just a nice dinner.

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  140. Katie says:

    I would use the Visa cards to help pay for a mini family vacation :D

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  141. Julie R. says:

    Completed all steps, followed on Facebook, also as @pl8dtrpl6 on Twitter, tweeted on twitter as well. With a giftcard of $250, I’d put it towards new winter boots & shoes for my teens, and stock up on Quaker instant oatmeal variety packs! Gotta keep warm inside and out :) Thanks!

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  142. Tara Gauthier says:

    I would buy something as a treat for my husband and I. Maybe a nice visit to a spa!

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  143. Tara Gauthier says:

    Followed both pages on Facebook.

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  144. Tara Gauthier says:

    Following both accounts on twitter and tweeted. @momtwomonkeys https://twitter.com/momtwomonkeys/status/638571858497941504

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  145. shirley li says:

    i would use it for my daughter’s school supplies (:

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  146. DianeG says:

    I follow @MaryinVancity and @QuakerCanada on Twitter

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  147. DianeG says:

    I like Quaker Canada and MaryinVancity on Facebook

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  148. Janet P. says:

    I liked QuakerCanada on FB and Mary in Van City on FB.
    I would use the Visa card to take my husband and myself out for
    our anniversary dinner at a nice place.

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  149. Eldon says:

    I would treat my partner to a nice dinner if I had the VISA.

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  150. tanyab79 says:

    Done 1 to 4. @clerk79 I would put the money towards groceries.

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  151. Edith Rennes says:

    I’d use it for Christmas gifts…yayyyyyyyyyyy

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  152. Brian W says:

    I’m going to go sky dving!!! Thanks so much!

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  153. Judy Hunting says:

    I would use the visa cards to get some Christmas shopping done

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  154. Judy Hunting says:

    Followed on twitter @lovingpink, liked on facebook judy spencer hunting

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  155. Natalie says:

    I’d use it for a night in Whistler. A bit of snowshoeing, a bit of spa, a bit of dinner!

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  156. Edmond says:

    Holy batman, followed & tweeted @edmond18, liked @Edmond.leung.908 Re: WOW, I need the prize to buy much needed grocery & supplement to get well soon. Wow, prize Visa gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :) Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the gc to shop and eat. A life changing exp.

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  157. wondergirl says:

    I would spend on getting fall clothes and shoes.

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  158. Meg says:

    I would use it to get some new fall clothes for the kids. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  159. Kim G. says:

    I would use it to buy clothes and shoes for my family.

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