Halloween Costume Contest

Halloween Costume ContestGhosts, pirates, witches, pumpkins, superheroes and so many more creative costumes fill the streets in the evening of October 31st. This is one of the best times of the year for children as they go door to door disguised in their aspirational costumes and saying the familiar phrase of “Trick-or-treat!”

We love Halloween at Pear Tree, so this year we decided to have a Halloween Costume Contest to win $150 towards holiday cards! We’re looking forward to seeing all the fun costumes, and you just might win some extra cash to spend on your holiday cards!

How to enter:
1. Go to Halloween Costume Contest on our Facebook page and Like us to enter.
2. Upload a photo of you or your child in a Halloween costume.
3. Get friends and family to vote!

Entries will be accepted through November 4th and voting period is October 22nd – November 11th. Three winners will be chosen by Pear Tree from the top 10 most voted entries. Winners will be announced via Facebook on November 15th.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

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We have our three winners from our Back to School Photo Contest! All the photos were adorable and inspired fun back to school photo ideas for many parents. We did a random drawing and here are the winners!

Jackson KindergartenOur first winner is … Jackson! Jackson started Kindergarten this year. His mother, Amye, said, “I had very mixed feelings about Jackson’s first day of Kindergarten. After having a slight meltdown during the summer when completing his registration forms, I was very worried about what may happen on the first day of school. I am happy to report both Jackson, and his mommy (me), did very well and there were no tears. It was an exciting, and fun, first day! He is LOVING his new school, Southminster Day School, and Kindergarten!” Congratulations and we are so happy to hear to the first day went well for both Jackson and mom – no tears shed!

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Back to School Photo Contest Entries

Here are the entries so far in our Back to School photo contest. Scroll these adorable kids who went back to school this year! Please hover over the photo to see the child’s name and the grade they are going into.

Taryn Pre KAbby 3KRobert, Owen and Quinn 6th grade, brother Timothy is sad to see them leaveAddison Kindergarten Continue reading

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Back to School Photo Contest

Happy Back to School Week! It’s a time of mixed emotions for kids and parents, as summer draws to a close and the excitement of a new school year begins. We hope you’ll be capturing this special moment by taking plenty of photos, because we’re having a photo contest!Back to school photo ideas

Submit a photo of your child, taken on their first day of school, fall 2012, and send it to contests@peartreegreetings.com along with your first name, your child’s first name, and the grade they are entering. We will be posting each photo on our blog so friends and family can see the photo!

We will draw three winners at random to receive $100 towards www.peartreegreetings.com. Just in time for Halloween photo cards, Christmas cards or teacher gifts! This back to school contest ends Monday, September 24th.

Image by: Tracy Enoch Photography

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Enter our Nursery Photo Contest

Nursery Photo ContestPlanning the nursery is one of the most fun ways to celebrate your new baby and shower her in love. Pear Tree Greetings’ Love Your Nursery Photo Contest is a way for moms and moms-to-be to share their hard work of putting together the most adorable room for their newborn.

Enter our Love Your Nursery Photo Contest by uploading a photo of your nursery and then get friends and family to vote for your photo for a chance to win our grand prize of $250 to diapers.com and $200 worth of Pear Tree product! Yes – anything from birth announcements to Christmas cards to address labels from Pear Tree!

How to enter:
1. Go to Nursery Photo Contest on our Facebook page and Like us to enter.
2. Upload a photo of your nursery.
3. Get friends and family to vote!

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

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More from our Dream Wedding Contest

Our Dream Wedding Contest is in full swing and we have so many beautiful engagement stories that we had to share a few with you! There are some crafty, romantic men out there and these stories will put a smile on your face. Remember to vote for your favorite. First place winner receives $1,500 towards a dream wedding dress and custom wedding invitations by Pear Tree!

Kathryn:
KathrynMy fiancé has the incredible gift of always being able to surprise me, even though he is TERRIBLE at keeping secrets. When he declared his intentions and surprised me on Valentine’s Day with flowers, candy, tea, and a goofy poem, that’s when I knew he was something special and he continued the trend when he proposed. I had known about the ring since January so when a beautiful Saturday morning in April rolled around, you’d think I’d have a clue. We were going to see the musical Wicked with his parents and he was distracted as soon as we got into the car. The musical was fantastic and we were full of energy as headed out to dinner at Tomayo. We followed dinner with a walk around town and then drinks at the bar of the restaurant. The thought that keeps coming back to me is how stunningly perfect the day was. The musical incredible, weather perfect, food exquisite, the lights were lit up downtown, the conversation flowing and lovely. After we had paid for our drinks at the bar, my fiance said “We should go for a walk… right now”. I was baffled since we had just gotten back from a walk around town. As we exited the door, I suggested that he pull the car around since my shoes were getting a little uncomfortable. He replied, “Funny you should mention that,” and a horse-drawn carriage pulled up to where we were standing. Continue reading Kathryn’s story…

Roxanna:
RoxannaMy fiance and I were unable to celebrate Valentine’s Day together because he was on travel for work, he decided to make it up to me with a surprise belated Valentine dinner (since I love surprises). It was a cold Saturday evening, as we headed to dinner. Before I knew it, we were next to the Renaissance Center building walking toward the Riverwalk in Detroit. As I complained about being cold, we walked closer and closer to the water. Finally, he insisted I get my camera out and take pictures of the beautiful sunset. To be honest, I didn’t want to because that required me to pull my hands out of my pockets to find my camera and I was freezing. I did it, I got my camera and snapped some pictures. As I turned around to say “let’s go”, I found him on one knee. It didn’t even occur to me what was going on, so I immediately told him to get up. Continue reading Roxanna’s story… Continue reading

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More from our Dream Wedding Contest

Our Dream Wedding Contest is in full swing and we have so many beautiful engagement stories that we had to share a few with you! There are some crafty, romantic men out there and these stories will put a smile on your face. Remember to vote for your favorite. First place winner receives $1,500 towards a dream wedding dress and custom wedding invitations by Pear Tree!

Kathy:Kathy
“I’ll never forget the day the love of my life proposed to me. It was the most perfect way I could I ever imagine and would not change anything about it. It all happened on Monday, February 20, 2012. My fiancé, Piti, asked me to go to Santa Barbara, CA for the weekend to go visit his family. After the weekend, Piti said we would meet up with his family at the Santa Barbara Mission for a tea party at a nearby place before we head back home. When we arrived, we sat down at a bench at the rose garden to wait for everyone. As we sat there, Piti began talking about all the things he loved about me. All of a sudden, I thought I saw an old lady wearing a blue t-shirt that looked like my grandma walk by. Then followed by a man also wearing a blue t-shirt that strangely resembled my dad! As they got a closer and closer towards Piti and me, I realized it actually was my grandma and my dad! More and more people started to follow behind them in blue t-shirts! I soon realized it was my entire family and Piti’s family walking out in those blue t-shirts. One by one they each lined up and as they connected, the shirts spelled out “WILL YOU MARRY”. Piti then got up and took his shirt off and underneath he was wearing a blue t-shirt which said “ME?”.  Continue reading Kathy’s story

StefanieStefanie:
Akil and I have been dating for three years. He surprised me for my birthday 6/26 with Micheal Jackson Cirque De Solei tickets for friday 6/29. (I’m a HUGE MJ fan…hence the glove in our engagement photo.) After the show we went to our favorite bar Midtown Tavern. When we arrived he shocked me with an entire bar full of our friends for my surprise 29th birthday party. He then popped in another surprise and had flown in my little sister/best friend from Michigan as a part of the surprise. Continue reading Stefanie’s story

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Enter our Dream Wedding Contest

Dream Wedding ContestWouldn’t you love to win $1,500 towards your dream wedding dress, plus custom-designed wedding invitations? What bride wouldn’t!

For a chance to win this dreamy grand prize, all you have to do is share your engagement story and a photo of you and your fiancé in our Dream Wedding Contest at www.facebook.com/peartreegreetings. Then share the story with your friends to get votes. Three lucky winners will be chosen by Pear Tree from the top 5 voted entries!

Grand Prize: $1,500 toward your dream wedding gown, plus custom designed wedding invitations from Pear Tree Greetings, a total value of over $2000!
2nd Place: $300 in Pear Tree Greetings wedding invitation stationery, plus a $200 Visa gift card
3rd Place: $150 in Pear Tree Greetings wedding invitation stationery

How to enter:
1. Go to Dream Wedding Contest on our Facebook page and Like us to enter.
2. Upload a photo of you and your fiance, and the story of your engagement.
3. Get friends and family to vote!

To enter, you must be a 2013 bride so you’ll have plenty of time to choose your dress and design your invites! No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

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“If I’d Only Known” Grad Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry for our “If I’d Only Known” grad contest. We loved reading the inspirational advice that is great for everyone to live by, not only grads. We also thoroughly enjoyed seeing the photos of parents from their high school days. A panel of Pear Tree judges chose the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from the top 10 most voted and the results are…

BenjaminOur first place, grand prize winner is … ‘Be Open’ by Pamela.

The idea of graduating from high school and setting off for college can be filled with conflicting emotions. All at once you’re sad to be leaving friends while excited at the prospect of meeting new ones. Nervous about leaving home and yet thrilled to be striking out without Mom or Dad monitoring your every move. And even though you can never really return to the same role of “dependent child,” you don’t have to have it all figured out just yet. In fact, I would advise you to not even declare a major until you have to.
Move forward with an open mind and a heart filled with exploration. Never again in your life will your slate be as clean as it is today. Take a dance class even if you can’t climb stairs without tripping. Talk to strangers. Ask questions in class. Volunteer for an organization you’ve never heard of. Take up a cause. Keep a journal even if you feel you don’t have time. Consider an overseas study.
More than anything else, have fun! You have the rest of your life to be a serious adult. Discover who you’re meant to be without being untrue to whom you’ve already become. Continue reading

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