Monday, October 18, 2010

Affordable Weighted Blanket Giveaway!



After Makenzie's accident I did a lot of research. One of the biggest issues for Makenzie at the time was agitation. This presented itself in the form of non stop crying. It took me up to 2 hours to get her to fall asleep and then most of the time she would wake up within an hour or two and we would start the 2 hour process all over again.

My research was telling me that children who have suffered brain injuries have the need for a lot of deep pressure. So I set off trying to figure out how to give that to Makenzie. My first idea was to lay next to her with my arm and side on top of her thus letting my body weight offer her the needed pressure. It worked. However, I could not lay there with her all the time so my quest continued.

Next I tried putting a phone book on her. This idea came out of desperation for a few minute break while we were in AZ for HBOT. Yeah torture I know. Not for Makenzie she loved it. Sleeping came a bit easier but that sure was not a long term answer.

I was telling Makenzie's PT about my quest for deep pressure to which she offered to Makenzie a weighted blanket. At the time I had no idea what she was talking about but I agreed.

So she ordered Makenzie one from a woman locally who made "weighted blankets" but Makenzie HATED it. It was about the size of a receiving blanket, barely covering Makenzie trunk. It had channels across the blanket which held tubes that were filled with rice. It felt like a brick. There was nothing soft about it and it was very unwashable. So I quickly scratched the "weighted blanket" idea off my list.

I had no idea there were other options and sadly I talked to many others who have also experienced the brick blankie from numerous different companies. I am glad to tell you there are much better options!

After much searching shortly before Christmas 2008 I found a company called Affordable Weighted Blankets. In efforts to make sure I was not buying a brick type blanket again I called and talked to the owner of the company for a long time. She was so kind and helpful. I decided to give the weighted blanket idea another go.

A few weeks later I received a box in the mail. I knew just what was inside. I debated leaving it in the box and putting the box under the Christmas tree but my excitement and curiosity got the best of me.

I ripped open the box and inside I found the softest, most beautiful blanket. Also inside the box were washing instructions and a short didy about the company. As I sat and read, tears started streaming down my face.

The blanket I was holding had been handmade and prayed over. Call me emotional but to me that was just amazing. Whether or not you believe in the power of prayer, the simple fact is, this group of woman cared enough to have the gravity of what Makenzie was going through and the healing she needed on their minds while they together her blanket. That simple gift was very overwhelming for me.

Makenzie loved her blanket and I did too!

The blankets from Affordable Weight Blankets are made out of very durable material. The weight is accomplished evenly through out with poly beads which allows the entire blanket to be machine washed! Now that is my kind of blanket.



Makenzie's blanket went with us to Costa Rica, California, Florida, and Arizona. It supported her in the seat on the airplane. It draped nicely over the wheelchair handlebars to hold luggage. It spent the night on a window seat at the hospital when Kaleb broke his arm. It has been washed many, many times and looks just as beautiful as it did when I ripped open the box. Most importantly though, it helped Makenzie get the first full night of sleep she ever had after her accident. We went NO WHERE with out her blanket!

As Makenzie grew I began to realize that she needed a bigger blanket. So after prying her beloved Strawberry Shortcake blankie out of my hands we donated it to another little girl who needed a good nights sleep!

Strawberry Shortcake was replaced by Disney Princess's and she loves it just as much! It has already been many places with us and I am sure will be going many more!



I tell you all of this because I am super excited to announce a giveaway that will help put a new weighted blanket over another child.

Affordable Weighted Blankets has given Makenzie's Miracle a $100.00 gift certificate to give away to one of you!

Here’s how you can win:
( Make sure you leave a comment FOR EACH THING YOU DO.  The winner will be chosen by a random generator based on comment number.)

1. Post Makenzie's Miracle button on your blog.

2. Follow Makenzie's Miracle on here or on Twitter.

3. Visit Affordable Weighted Blankets web site and leave a comment with  your favorite fabric option.

4. Like Affordable Weighted Blankets on Facebook.

5. Post Affordable Weighted Blankets blog button on your blog and leave a link to your blog.







                                      Cut and paste the following text into an HTML gadget on your blogger sidebar.



6. Post a link to this giveaway in a blog post, or in a tweet and leave the link here.

7. Visit Affordable Weighted Blankets website and leave a comment naming one of the "disorders" a weighted blanket may be used to help.

I have opened anonymous commenting so everyone is able enter but please be sure to leave your name so I can announce the winner. Comments for this giveaway will be closed on November 15th 2010 and the winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

( I did not get paid  for this post other then the gift certificate that I am giving to one of you. This giveaway will end on November 15th 2010. USA only.)

38 comments:

ferfischer said...

Followed them on FB - that's about the extent of my contest entering! (btw, i have a blanket for cici very similar - a friend made it using the same methods you outline here - it's great and has been washed many times!)

Nicole said...

I posted Makenzie's button on my blog!

Nicole said...

I am following your site!

Nicole said...

I am following Affordable Weighted Blankets on Facebook!

Anonymous said...

Hi - Okay, I'm the least tech savvy person on the planet, but I'll do my best!

Gillian said...

I'm so tech unsavvy - this is my third try to just post one thing. ha.
I follow Makenzie's site - check it all the time to cheer her on!

gillian said...

Okay, getting there.
Did the facebook thing.
Wish you could all see the smoke coming out of my ears trying to do this stuff. lol

Gillian said...

Fave fabric is a toss up between Ariel and Nemo.
I'm now going to attempt to put Makenzie's button on my blog - wish me luck!

Gillian said...

And thanks for the info - Lola hasn't had a full night's sleep since her brain injury. I always thought weighted blankets were bricks too.

Katrina said...

I have the miracle button posted on my blog

My daughter actually has one right now and it is a strawberry shortcake one and it goes with us everywhere!!! Would love to win another one that we can leave at the grandparent's house where we stay 6 nights out of the month and we save us from carrying it back and forth. My daughter has SPD and their blankets have amazing quality!!!

http://wakeboardingmama.blogspot.com/

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Katrina said...

I would choose the disney princess one. I actually emailed them a few months ago and asked that they add some new little girl prints because I do feel they are a little limited. I special ordered our strawberry shortcake one.

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Katrina said...

I like AWB on facebook (which is how I found out about your giveaway)

katrina troy

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Katrina said...

I have the AWB button

http://wakeboardingmama.blogspot.com/

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Katrina said...

I use them for my daughter Sensory Processing Disorder which is also listed on their website

great giveaway!!!

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

#1 I am following you on twitter :)
Jami Poore

Anonymous said...

#3 My fabric option would be Blue Bandana, it is so stinkin' cute. I liked the John Deer but its flannel,, too hot,,,
Jami Poore
(I can't remember my google account name/password lol)

Anonymous said...

#4 I liked them on FB
Jami Poore

Anonymous said...

#6 I linked you blog on twitter for the giveaway
Jami Poore

Anonymous said...

#7 This would help Izak's sensory issues
Jami Poore

persephone said...

I followed you on twitter (I'm pphone over there.)

Jenn said...

I am following Affordable Weighted Blankets on facebook.

Jason and Kelly said...

Affordable Weighted Blankets is now a like on our FB!

Jason and Kelly said...

I am now following you on our blog.

Jason and Kelly said...

My favorite pattern is the flannel John Deere. Our son looooooves "ta-ter"!

Jason and Kelly said...

How do you post buttons on a blog? I am unsure how to perform action 1 or 5. Our OT, psych, and sleep dr have all recommended a weighted blanket since the results of our sons sleep study.......so I am determined to do my best to get one for him in hopes that I can get some sleep too after 2 years!

Jill said...

I love the RR Crossing pattern :) I have all boys so it would be appropriate! If I had a girl it would definitely be the daisy pattern.

jillk77 at aol dot com

Jill said...

They work great for kids with SPD, ASD, anxiety, etc.

It would be great for my 4 year old with SPD

jillk77 at aol dot com

The Henrys said...

My daughter needs a weighted blanket!!

I love your blog and am following you!

The Henrys said...

I tried to copy your blog button to paste on my blog but your setting won't let me copy.

The Henrys said...

I tried to copy the blog button for Affordable Weighted Blankets but your settings won't allow me to copy!

The Henrys said...

I left a message on AWB site about a disorder that AWB are for.

The Henrys said...

I left a comment about what fabric my daughter would love on AWB's site.

The Henrys said...

I liked AWB on Facebook!!

The Henrys said...

thehenryfamilysince1997.blogspot.com

Christina Sanchez said...

I never thought about one of these for Giovanni, maybe he would sleep better. I don't know? I selected the like button on Facebook.And of course I already follow your blog.

Christina Sanchez said...

I never thought about one of these for Giovanni. Maybe he'll sleep better. Wouldnt that be nice! I hit the like button on facebook and of course Im already following your blog (stalking)... JK! LOL!!

Peggy Warren said...

Im following affordable weighted blankets on facebook.

My son needs one and we hope it will help him sleep.He has Sensory Processing disorder and has trouble sleeping.His therapist suggested this type of blanket.

Shannon said...

I am sooo sad I missed this. My son has autism, SPD and a rare chromo disorder and I want a weighted blanket for him badly. Thank you for telling me of the company. I will check it out!

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