Enter to Win a Free Spirit Gift Certificate!

giveaway button © by Free Spirit PublishingOur yearlong 30th anniversary celebration culminates with a final giveaway. As a thank you to our readers, we’re giving away a $300 Free Spirit gift certificate! This giveaway is now closed.

How to Enter: Leave a comment below telling us what makes you a Free Spirit. This giveaway is now closed.

For additional entries, leave a separate comment below for each of the following tasks that you complete:

Each comment counts as a separate entry—that’s four chances to win! Entries must be received by midnight November 22, 2013. This giveaway is now closed.

The winner will be contacted via email on or about November 25, 2013, and will need to respond within 72 hours to claim his or her prize or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way affiliated, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Winner must be a U.S. resident, 18 years of age or older.


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201 Responses to Enter to Win a Free Spirit Gift Certificate!

  1. Connie says:

    I’m a Free Spirit because I am not bound by tradition. I am equipping my grandchildren socially and emotionally with Free Spirit books rather than just filling their toy shelves.

  2. Jennifer H. says:

    I am a free spirit because I love an adventure.

  3. Lena Moore says:

    I am a free spirit because I live authentically to who I am, I love, I live with integrity and dignity, and I am unique.

  4. Pamela Winn says:

    I am a free spirit because I feel everyone should be free to speak their mind. I am also bullheaded and that helps me speak mine.

  5. Tara Hengartner says:

    I am a free spirit because I think that every person is a special person with special gifts!

  6. Sharon Yee-Garbade says:

    I’m a Free Spirit because I don’t believe there are boundaries or limits in the way we teach and interact with children.

  7. Doreen says:

    I am a free spirit because I am passionate about helping gifted kids actualize their true potential and become life long learners.

  8. Heather says:

    I am a Free Spirit because they are so awesome to their customers! They recently helped me out because I received a grant for the Weird Series books but the grant did not cover shipping. Thanks Free Spirit for being so awesome!

  9. Heather says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Pinterest!

  10. Heather says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook!

  11. I’m a Free Spirit because I will not sit back and watch bad policy put in place in early childhood settings. I will stand up for the rights of children, and be a good role model to children and other educators.

  12. Liked you on FaceBook ages ago! Will definitely look for you on Pinterest.

  13. I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now–appreciate the email notifications! Lots of great information.

  14. I’m a free spirit because I am fighting for a more positive view of aging than the prevalent negative stereotypes and I believe we need to teach kids more about the gifts of getting older (beyond adolescence!). Hard for me to believe, but in my 50’s I’ve changed careers to write, and I’ve become a blogger for the “cause.”

  15. Monica C. says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I know that our differences make us interesting and unique.

  16. Kelly Lee says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook too! 🙂 Thank you!

  17. Kelly Lee says:

    I am following Free Spirit on Pinterest!

  18. Kelly Lee says:

    I LOVE using your products at our nonprofit, Camp Encourage!

  19. Shoshona says:

    and I liked you on fb

  20. Shoshona says:

    I am a Free Spirit in that I homeschool my 2 kids so that they can have the childhood that is right for them & they can be Free Spirits too!

  21. Nicole says:

    Just followed you on Twitter, too!

  22. Nicole says:

    Just liked you on Facebook – can’t believe I hadn’t already!

  23. Nicole says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I work in a non-traditional library. We love Free Spirit publications, and would use the gift certificate to add copies that we can share with youth workers across the state of Indiana.

  24. Kris says:

    And I am following Free Spirit on Facebook!

  25. Kris says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I follow you on Pinterest!!

  26. Kris says:

    I am a free spirit because I am a school counselor and am always looking for ways to improve the social/emotional lives of my students!

  27. Jill says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I believe that all children should embrace life. We work together, learn together, and strive to instill hope and curiosity each day!

  28. Teresa Colucci says:

    Following on Twitter

  29. Teresa Colucci says:

    I liked on Free Spirit on Facebook.

  30. Teresa Colucci says:

    The thing that makes me a Free Spirit is that I don’t accept others’ limiting assumptions about what kids can learn and how fast they should be learning.

  31. I am following you on Pinterest.

  32. I am following on Twitter.

  33. I am a free spirited parent and a former free spirited teacher. I appreciate all that you do support those of us working to support our children. I am currently working on my gifted endorsement and your sight is a recommended resource in my class!

  34. D. O'Connor says:

    We are free spirits in room 144 because we seek to help each other make each day one to remember for positive reasons!

  35. Reem Fakhry says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I believe that my students should learn to be independent, life long learners.

  36. jgardenee says:

    I am now following you on Twitter!

  37. dsmithhjh says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I care about my students and their well-being. I have been calles to teach and I am living my dream.

  38. dsmithhjh says:

    Follow on Pinterest

  39. dsmithhjh says:

    Follow on Facebook

  40. mallorymdj10Mallory says:

    I just read your book, “too old for this, to young for that.” And I followed you on twitter and pintrest.

  41. Tanya says:

    I am learning to be more of a free spirit….this summer I let my kids determine everything about our family trip…usually I *have* to have everything planned out, but it was a lot of fun to give up the control and just enjoy it all!

  42. Susan C says:

    I am a free spirit because I have been doing and loving being a Family Childcare Provider. I use your books all the time.

  43. Jeanne says:

    Wow! I am been using your materials for many years, not quite the 30, but close 🙂

  44. OMazing Kids says:

    Followed you on Pinterest

  45. OMazing Kids says:

    Followed you on Twitter

  46. OMazing Kids says:

    Liked your page on Facebook

  47. OMazing Kids says:

    I am a “free spirit” that thinks outside the box and incorporates movement, kids yoga and other holistic practices into my work as a Speech-Language Pathologist. My passion is helping kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders 🙂

  48. Elaine Oestreicher says:

    Liked and shared on FB. More than happy to share my enthusiasm for some of the great books/workbooks I have experienced from Free Spirit.

    I have purchased several books/workbooks over the years that have been exceptional tools for me as a parent to teach valuable things to my kids. Not everything a child is taught is the responsibility of the school system and we as parents need the right tools to help us succeed in our efforts at home.

  49. billie mceathron says:

    following on pinterest

  50. billie mceathron says:

    following on Twitter

  51. billie mceathron says:

    Liked on FB!

  52. billie mceathron says:

    I’m a free spirit because I love to problem solve outside the box!

  53. Angela Bisaillon-Chapman says:

    I like Free Spirit due to the great materials you have. I am a counselor and have found some great books and resources to use. I work in home-based services and am a free spirit due to the nature of my work and using things on the “fly”.

  54. Christine says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I continually seek truth and understanding about the world and human nature. This life-long educational effort fuels my power to decide for myself how I will live and behave as a mother, wife, sister, daughter citizen and human being.

  55. micshaw5 says:

    I like you on Facebook!

  56. Sarah Snow says:

    I’m completely open to new experiences and trying new things. 🙂

  57. Paula says:

    Some may say I am a little on the crazy side; I say I am a free spirit and I like it this way. 🙂

  58. Katie says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Twitter!

  59. Katie says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Facebook!

  60. Katie says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Pinterest!

  61. Katie says:

    I like Free Spirit because of the kid-friendly books and materials! I am a free spirit because I love to teach kids and face new challenges each day with the children!

  62. Kate O'Connor says:

    I have loved the materials through Free Spirit since becoming a social worker 8 years ago. I also love the materials now that I’m a mother of a 3 year old and 8 month old – lots of great books to read together that are fun and teach them something. Oh and the employees at Free Spirit are pretty great too – always helpful, kind, and patient. 🙂

  63. Melissa Theis says:

    Congratulations on 30 years! I love Free Spirit Books and the blog! I always find the perfect topic to address certain issues that come up with my students.
    I am free spirit because I try to never be tied down to ideas. I am always open to new and interesting things!

  64. trish says:

    As a mother/teacher/counselor I am a free spirit by rolling with what the day brings with a smile on my face through it all. Thankful for your resources and creative ideas as well as the opportunity to win such an awesome gift certificate! Thank you!

  65. kellyraudenbush says:

    I follow you on Pinterest too! (Kelly Hetrick Raudenbush – myoverthinking)

  66. kellyraudenbush says:

    I follow you on Twitter (@myoverthinking)

  67. kellyraudenbush says:

    I like you on Facebook

  68. kellyraudenbush says:

    I am a free spirit because I choose each day to focus on the eternal and not get distracted by what only lasts for today.

  69. elizabeth says:

    As a mother and a teacher, I look to Free Spirit books for support that cannot easily be found elsewhere. Children are all so unique, and Free Spirit has accessible sources for children to feel understood and not alone. I especially love all your books that appeal to my out-of-the-box thinkers!

  70. I am a free spirit because I have been in education for over 37 years and am looking forward to new challenges and learning opportunities daily. I will never just retire. I am a mom, grandma, wife and have taught or counseled in Grades KG – 8th. Love working with children of all ages and learned from them daily.
    Patty

  71. Thank you for your wonderful books that teach students all kinds of intelligences!

  72. Susie Leder says:

    I am thankful for a company like Free Spirit because we all need a friend to support us with resources while we do our best to support others.

  73. Beth says:

    Thank you for publishing such unique and helpful books. They help children feel that they are not alone in ther struggles. Happy 30th birthday. Continued success in the years to come!

  74. Ellen Garcia says:

    Ellen
    I really like your new “WEIRD” series. Educators who are Free Spirits will find lots of ways to use this series.

  75. Rachel Walter says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I try to be true to myself and let others be true to themselves!.

  76. I’m a Free Spirit because books allow us to learn from the experiences of others, and gain empathy. So much better than making all the mistakes ourselves!

  77. Monika Reis says:

    A 23-year school counselor and Free Spirit materials is where I LOOK first, ORDER most and actually MAKE USE of most in one-to-one, small group & classroom situations. Your books & curricula are THE best.

  78. Mandy says:

    I’m a free spirit because I’m the mom of two free spirited kids. Having children who don’t fit the general education mold in many ways, I’m constantly on the search for things that motivate and inspire them to learn, in their own ways.

  79. Dr. Evans says:

    My desire to encourage and uplift others makes me a free spirit.

  80. Beth Vesper says:

    I already like free spirit on FB, because our whole family loves your books!

  81. Shira fisher says:

    Free spirit provides excellent counseling resources that help make my counseling program comprehensive!

  82. Breca R.G. Mariscal says:

    I’m a free spirit because I love facilitating service-learning experiences for my students.

  83. Leah Molloy says:

    I am a free spirit because I try to live life to its fullest!

  84. Christine Muller says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook.

  85. Alsah Bundi says:

    I appreciate Free Spirit as a truth-teller. I can count on every item published and sold by Free Spirit to be honorable in the respectful treatment of the subject matter.

  86. Kristina says:

    I’m following on Pinterest & excited to start exploring your boards!

  87. Kristina says:

    I’m a free spirit because it helps me to be creative in counseling children. Creativity helps to open up their defenses and meet them where they are.

  88. Sandee says:

    Love a Free Spirit! As a School Counselor, I have purchased and utilized many items from Free Spirit! It is a great resource with many worthwhile items. Keep up the great work – it is truly appreciated!

  89. Jenna H says:

    I’m a Free Spirit because I refuse to settle and be limited! I look at everyday as an opportunity and strive to make the best of each moment.

  90. kandy says:

    I liked free spirit on Facebook

  91. jgardenee says:

    I already follow Free Spirit on Pinterest!

  92. jgardenee says:

    I just liked you on Facebook.

  93. What makes me a Free Spirit are the spirits I help to set free through the Teen Court program in our county, of which I am the coordinator. Spirits ages 6-17 committing a first-time misdemeanor offense have the option of being sanctioned by a jury of their peers, and upon completion, being set free with absolutely no juvenile record and a second chance, a free spirit to start again…and that makes my spirit soar!

  94. I am following you on Pinterest!

  95. I “liked” you on Facebook!

  96. Being a Free Spirit is my super power! It lets me be a little crazy and off the wall sometimes, and that really seems to resonate with the kids I work with. (And makes life a lot more fun!)

  97. Abby says:

    I’m a free spirit because I don’t let anyone define who I am or can be but I am not afraid to ask for advice when I need it!

  98. Julie says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I help girls discover, connect and take action on problems that they want to do something about, which, in turn, helps them develop their own leadership skills.

  99. Heather Taress says:

    Being fun loving when I work with the students at my school. I was once told to not become one of those grumpy, grouchy counselors! That comment will always stick with me. I want to be a Free Spirit!

  100. Emily Brown says:

    I am a free spirit because as a school counselor I encourage children to be themselves. I love the quote “be a fruit loop in a bowl full of cheerios!”

  101. Ann Tompkins, LPC, RPT says:

    What makes me a free spirit? Well, I am blessed in that I love what I do! Play. Yes, play makes and keeps me a free spirit as I play every day.

  102. I am following you on Pinterest.

  103. I want to provide the most support to the kids that we serve at Noyes Home. I want to empower them to be strong, successful and vibrant individuals who recognize their own potential and worth in the world.

  104. Jenna Moenius says:

    I liked free spirit on Facebook!

  105. Jenna M. says:

    Going for a long drive with the windows down and a good country song on after a long stressful day! And doing spontaneous when possible!

  106. I “liked” free spirit on Facebook

  107. I am a free spirit because I believe in supporting my children in being the best people they can be, and show them this by living it myself.

  108. Seth says:

    I am free spirit because I’m a social worker and Director of Student Services at an Elementary School. I order products all the time.

  109. Followed you on Pinterest too!! 🙂

  110. Kim Erwin says:

    I’m following Free Spirit on Twitter

  111. Following you on twitter:)

  112. Kim Erwin says:

    I’m following Free Spirit on Pinterest!

  113. Kim Erwin says:

    I liked Free Spirit on FB

  114. Kim Erwin says:

    I am a Free Spirit encouraging children to be Free Spirits as well

  115. I am a free spirit because work with children!

  116. I am free spirit because I love teaching through stories and books. I work in homes and schools with children on the autism spectrum and they learn so much from your publications. I love teaching them ways to discover themselves and become aware of their own personal power/emotions/ self-esteem/opinions and thoughts!!!

  117. I am free spirit because I work in homes and schools with children on the autism spectrum and they learn so much from your books!! I love helping kids learn to discover themselves and encourage them to be aware of their own self esteem!

  118. Angel Phelps says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I teach gifted students to think for themselves and enjoy learning!

  119. Julie says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I provide child care in my home and I realize the importance of reading to the children each day!

  120. nancy stream says:

    I am a free spirit because I encourage my students to be themselves and embrace what makes each of them unique.

  121. Erica says:

    I love free spirit publishing!

  122. Amelia Mars says:

    Cute question ~ I am a Mom of 10 free spirits ranging in age from 23-8. I went back to school to earn my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. As I’ve learned to live a free life, I invite others to live as a free spirit too! Love, laughter, a life of authenticity.

  123. I am a Free Spirit because I follow you on Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to your YouTube channel. I’m a Free Spirit Occupational therapy practitioner who uses many of your social emotional series for social skills groups that I create and run in an outpatient therapy clinic!

  124. Mary Reyes says:

    I am a free spirit when I work with children and their families talk to each other more.

  125. Rachael says:

    Free Spirit on Pinterest is awesome!

  126. Pamela Powell says:

    I am a free spirit because I always look to the bright side of things and for the good in people, especially my students.

  127. Polly Slappey says:

    What makes me a free spirit? The love of God, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and being in love with Jesus Christ. THAT’S what makes me a free spirit!

  128. Melissa Haselby says:

    I am following on pinterest!! 🙂 Can’t wait to get goodies on there too 🙂

  129. Melissa Haselby says:

    I am a free spirit because I march to my own drum 🙂 I always stand up for doing what is right and encouraging others. I am a school social worker for 3 buildings and constantly am striving to be passionate and be an example for the kiddos! 🙂

  130. Judy Meine says:

    I’m a free spirit because I believe that children are unique and there is no one-size -fits-all approach!

  131. Jenna says:

    I am a free spirit because I am leaving my comfortable, long-time job for something completely new and different!

  132. eileen wagner says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I encourage open ended thinking and questioning with all of my students and teachers.

  133. Sarah Fuller says:

    I am a free spirit because of the availability of products like yours!

  134. Wendy says:

    I am following Free Spirit on Twitter.

  135. Wendy says:

    I am following Free Spirit on Pinterest.

  136. Kristin Leidy says:

    I’m a free spirit because of all of the awesome resources that are published!

  137. Wendy says:

    I am a free spirit because I am fearless!

  138. Josephine Schiff says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I take the comment: ” she marches to the beat of a different drum”, as a HUGE compliment!!!

  139. Lori B. says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I chose to be a parent educator for a grant-funded community program, setting aside a much more lucrative but stressful career in clinical psychology. This has allowed me to be a happier and more balanced woman and a much more fun-loving, consistent, and involved parent for my own children.

  140. Kerri says:

    I am a free spirit because I encourage my students to use creativity to problem-solve!

  141. Lori Davis says:

    I’m a Free Spirit because I believe that social emotional intelligence is as important as academic intelligence!

  142. Joanne Matuch says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Pinterest.

  143. Joanne Matuch says:

    I like Free Spirit on Facebook.

  144. Colleen Heffernan says:

    Just started following Free Spirit on Pinterest!

  145. Colleen Heffernan says:

    I’m following Free Spirit on Twitter!

  146. Joanne Matuch says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I enjoy sharing the importance of education, good character and spiritual enrichment.

  147. Colleen Heffernan says:

    I’m following Free Spirit on Facebook!

  148. Colleen Heffernan says:

    I’m a free spirit because I am always looking for ways to encourage the free spirits I encounter every day in my schools. Each of my social work students has something unique to contribute. I absolutely love integrating your materials into my work. It allows their individuality to be developed and celebrated!

  149. beckyrogers404 says:

    Followed on Pinterest!

  150. Becky Rogers says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I believe that appropriate relationships with students are extremely important in every classroom. If there is mutual respect, both teachers and students can grow academically and socially.

  151. Lisa Orsborn says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I am a single mom who takes one minute at a time and don’t allow the bad things to stop me. I keep going with inner strength and wisdom that let’s me know I CAN DO THIS!!!

  152. Erin says:

    I am a free spirit because I have an overall love for life and all living things. I strive to be a joyful existence and spread that joy with others.

  153. pefossum06 says:

    Following on pinterest!

  154. Paige says:

    I am a free spirit because I love what I do!

  155. Shannon Lehr says:

    I am a free spirit because I am independent.

  156. Lori Bigelow says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I am most interested in meeting my students educational needs and I will go wherever that goal takes me, Thanks Free Spirit for helping me meet those needs!

  157. Gigi McIntire says:

    I’m a free spirit because I’m a school counselor who loves to utilize Free Spirit materials!

  158. Erin Sears says:

    I am a free spirit because I don’t let the stressors of life and negativity of others get me down!

  159. Kay Weems says:

    I am a Free Spirit looking for the best in all of the children I serve and using new, creative ideas to teach and reach them!

  160. June Weissman says:

    I’m a Free Spirit because I love to teach in my own way. Free Spirit helps inspire and inform my practice.

  161. I’m a free spirit because I don’t let the boundaries of traditional education keep me from stretching and learning with my students.

  162. I am a free spirit because I am not afraid of standing up for social change. Whether through by-stander intervention, prevention, awareness, or any other method of social change I believe in standing up for what is right or wrong. I truely believe that I am a free spirit because I will not let the ideals of society go un-noticed or un-changed.

  163. Diana says:

    Following on twitter.

  164. Katie Parker says:

    I’m a free spirit because I am made of love!

  165. Ariane Schmidt says:

    I am a free spirit because I diverge from the well-worn path.

  166. Heather says:

    Time to SOAR!! I am a FREE SPIRIT because I believe in the value of taking children to higher levels each and every day. As a school counselor, it is important to help children’s spirits fly, academically, socially, and emotionally. 🙂

  167. Diana says:

    Following on pinterest- thanks for the book suggestions!

  168. Sharon says:

    I’m a FREE SPIRIT because my spirit has the freedom to explore, to teach, to learn, and to create in ways that are not always considered the norm. 🙂

  169. whitney brooks says:

    I am a free spirit because I love a good challenge and CARPE DIEM

  170. Diana says:

    I’m a free spirit because I guide my children toward literature that embodies goodness, positivity, and that is life-affirming. I steer them away from violence and negativity (which is in so many of the popular kids books).

  171. Charity O says:

    Following on Pinterest!

  172. Kelly Stinson says:

    I am a free spirit because the gift of music helps me release from the stress of a busy counseling office and gives me the ability to let my spirit soar.

  173. Charity O says:

    I am a free spirit because I love traveling the world, learning new things and meeting new people!

  174. Mina says:

    I am a free spirit because I an open to change and diversity!

  175. I am a free spirit because I work with teenagers & babies. I gotta stay free & fresh!

  176. Thanks for attending the NAGC conference. It was my first conference and am still pumped!

  177. I’m a free spirit cuz I like to try new things while still enjoying the old!

  178. Julie Berlin says:

    I’m a FREE SPIRIT because I have a 3 year old son who keeps me curious and wondering all the time. Nothing better.

  179. Lori Henry says:

    I’m a free spirit, because I believe in myself and have patience and confidence.

  180. I am a free spirit because I encourage my daughter (for whom I have gotten many of the Free Spirit Publishing books) to follow her passion and not let others limit her self-expression!

  181. I am a free spirit because I care.

  182. I am a Free Spirit because I am open to listening and learning from others and I use Choice Theory and Reality Therapy in my counseling with students and don’t try to control or manipulate others. I really like the books that Free Spirit sells. When I get home, I am going to like you on Facebook – as I can’t do that on my school computer. Judy

  183. Debra L. Freeberg says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I have learned to be less afraid and less adventurous.

  184. Tiffany Jacobs says:

    I’m passionate about what I believe in and I wish to pass my passions on to others. This is why I am a Free Spirit.

  185. Lisa Groh says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I believe everyone should consciously chose the life that they want and GO FOR IT! I work with fantastic students everyday who are striving to learn and grow through their experiences!

  186. Cindy Stewart says:

    I am now following Free Spirit on Twitter too!

  187. Kathi says:

    Pinterest and Free Spirit both are terrific!

  188. Cindy Stewart says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook!

  189. Kathi says:

    Liked on Facebook!

  190. Cindy Stewart says:

    I am now following Free Spirit on Pinterest!

  191. Cindy Stewart says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I continually strive to see the good in ALL situations.

  192. Kathi says:

    Free Spirit is my go-to place for curriculum and information.

  193. Madison says:

    I am a Free Spirit because I’m not afraid to follow my passion, delve into new adventures, and take on challenges. As a school counselor, I’m hopeful that the students I work with see me as someone who’s constantly stretching herself while encouraging them to do the same!

  194. Madison says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook!

  195. Madison says:

    I am following Free Spirit on Pinterest!

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