Because who doesn’t love free?

So some of you might remember that for the last two years my friend Sophie and I have been the emcees for a conference called DotMom.


And some of you may have no idea what I’m talking about and that’s okay too because how are you supposed to remember my life? I can barely remember my own life, much less someone else’s.

Anyway, DotMom is a conference geared specifically for moms. Hence, the name. And for the last two years it’s been in Birmingham, Alabama. But this February 22-23 it’s going to be held in Frisco, Texas right outside of Dallas. I couldn’t be happier about it because, while Alabama is lovely, there is no place like home and I’m so excited for some Texas moms to get to experience all the fun.

(Not that it’s limited to moms from Texas. It’s open to anyone who wants to come to Texas for the conference.)

(Am I over-explaining?)

(Yes. Yes I am.)

The DotMom conference is one of my very favorite events because there are great speakers plus breakout sessions on everything from being a stepmom to being a good in-law. Rumor has it I might even be doing a session on fashion.

And the four main speakers are some of my favorites: Priscilla Shirer, Angie Smith, Vicki Courtney and John Croyle. I may actually be most excited to see John Croyle because I first met him at DotMom in Alabama last fall and he gave me a hard time about the Aggies joining the SEC. The phrase “lamb to the slaughter” may have been used.

(I may or may not bring him his very own Johnny Manziel t-shirt.)

The thing is I never leave DotMom without feeling like I’ve learned something that will help me be a better mom. Sometimes it’s just good to listen to other people’s experience and advice as we try to figure this whole parenting thing out.

Plus, did I mention that Frisco has a large outlet mall? It doesn’t get much better than that.

I’m thrilled to have two free passes to DotMom in Frisco on February 22-23 to give away today. All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment below. I’ll email the winner this Sunday, January 13th to confirm that they can attend.

If in any event the winner is unable to fulfill their duties, the crown will go to the first runner-up.

Except there is no crown. Just free tickets.

And if you don’t win, I hope you’ll sign up to go anyway. I promise it will be great.

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  1. Lindsay says

    ME, me, me! It sounds like the perfect getaway for my bestie and I to relax and reenergize. We both run in home daycares with 6 children each aged 4 and under, and believe me we could use a break!!!

  2. says

    I would love to go. I’m particularly excited about Priscilla Shirer AND the breakout sessions. I love that there is one for moms of kids with special needs. And if I don’t win the tickets, I will try my best to get there anyway. :)

  3. trish says

    I’ve already bought tickets for me and a group of ladies from our church in New Mexico to attend! Excited we might get to hear your fashion advise. As a fellow Ag, I vote for the Johnny Football tee for John Croyle!

  4. Stacey says

    Would love to win a free ticket and take a friend! I’m a single parent to a four-year old boy, so I need all the help I can get! Ha!

  5. Jeanie says

    I would love to take my daughter to this conference with me. She recently found out that she is expecting baby #2 (not planned I might add). She is a military wife to an Air Force pilot. Long separations due to frequent deployments are the norm in the military. It amazes me when their husbands are gone for extended stretches of time how well these wives learn to adjust and adapt with little complaining, become strong self-reliant women for their families, and make time to rally around other wives within their squadron that need extra support in their husband’s absence. I would consider it an immense blessing to hear Angie Smith speak. Through her blog which I started reading some years back, I have come to respect and admire her devotion to her family. Thanks for this opportunity for 2 lucky women.

  6. Lisa S. says

    Would love to go and take my sister. She’s the best mom I’ve ever known. I live in Tyler, she’s in Richardson so we’re fairly close to Frisco.

  7. Krista says

    Oh, I would love to come and bring my best friend!! That would be such a great time and such a neat and encouraging break for both of us!!

  8. Heather says

    I would love to give these to my step-daughter and one of our favorite cousins who happens to live in Frisco.

  9. says

    oooh I’m a Texas girl!! pick me pick me pick me. Does it help that I’m married to an Aggie, and consider myself one even though I went to Sam Houston State! :)

  10. Meagan says

    I would LOVE to go! I live in H-town but Plano is home for me so I’d love to grab one of my besties & have a break from the kids : )

  11. Susan says

    Wow Frisco is gonna be hopping that weekend with the Revolve girls tour right next door ! I would love to pop in and get some nuggets of wisdom at that conference.

  12. Karen says

    I’m planning to attend, since Frisco is my hometown! How wonderful it would be to win the extra ticket and surprise my best friend.

  13. Priscilla says

    I have never gone to a conference like this and would love a chance to go! Love our blog!

  14. Amy says

    Yes yes yes! Perfect for me and my sister! We could literally meet in the middle of where we live!

  15. Sabra G says

    Evidently I live under a rock…(actually I live under football season in Texas so I have been a bit preoccupied ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I had no idea it was even in Frisco. I would love to go!

  16. Katie says

    I would love to go!! As a mother of 2 young boys I need all the encouragement and advice I can get!! Thanks!!!

  17. Laurie Hall says

    I would love to use two of the tickets to give to my daughters, who are young mothers.

  18. says

    Oh my goodness! I’ve wanted to go to dotmom for several years but with two small kiddos with med conditions, I couldn’t make it happen. But, close to home!! Yay!! I’m gearing up for the long winter of 2013- a total of 3 surgeries and 3 months of casts between my 2 precious kiddos starting next week. 2 nights away in a hotel and surrounded by other moms yet close enough to get home to my people if I need to & smack in the middle of surgery season sounds absolutely glorious. Sorry- way too much info but yes, please, would love to go!:)

  19. KC says

    I could really use something fun to look forward to on my vacation and this sounds like a great weekend!

  20. Amber S says

    I could use a “break out” session. Don’t read that as I feel I’m being held against my will….or do….because sometimes that is a true statement!

  21. says

    I need a good excuse to get some sweet cowboy boots, so I hope I win. And as an aside, I laughed so hard during your post about the chihuahua’s and asthma that I felt asthmatic myself. My family just stared at me which made me laugh harder.

  22. says

    I grew up in Dallas! And now live in Indiana. I love it just for the chance to leave Indiana for a few days and go back to Sunnier Texas! :) The conference is an ultra-bonus.

  23. says

    Normally I am above begging, but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE (in all caps and EVERYTHING)! I’ve been thinking about going, so this would seal the deal!!

  24. anotherlisa says

    count me in. hope to win, but that’s gravy.
    thanks for encouraging so many – readers and attendees

  25. Sylvia says

    My husband and I were just talking about me maybe attending this conference. Would love to go!

  26. Sallie Baker says

    My sister in law lives in Frisco, and I would love to surprise her and have tickets for
    both of us!
    ( For the record, the outlet mall is just down the road in Allen, but it’s not far!)

  27. Julie says

    I would love to attend this conference but unfortunately its too far away for me. Do you know if they have anything similar that takes place in the Midwest States??? Just starting up a group of moms Christian Book Club and this sounds like the perfect thing for us to attend.

  28. Tammy says

    Have a friend who attended the one in Alabama and said I “must go” to the one in Dallas. We are Texas girls as well!!

  29. Jenny says

    I would love to go! 6 kids….you’d think I know it all, but the past few months have thrown me for a loop. I could use some inspirations!

  30. Tisha Ward says

    I would love to go and take my mama with me!!!! I live in AL but have not been able to attend in the past.

  31. Cari Hudkins says

    Oh!! I want to go! I live in dfw and just can’t swung the cost. If I win, I want to watch the passing of the jersey, whoop!! ’98

  32. Melissa says

    I would absolutely need to go and get “refueled”! Plus, to hear you in person after reading for years would be amazing!

  33. Pat F. says

    I live in Tulsa and would love to go to Dotmom! My family would probably love to go to the Great Wolf Lodge that’s near there….it’s a win-win!

  34. Kathryn says

    I would LOVE to go!!! It sound like an amazing experience and it’s a mere 6-7 hour drive for me. LOL!!!

    Thanks for the chance!! :)

  35. Ann Marie says

    I would LOVE the opportunity to attend. I can easily drive to Dallas and since I am a SAHM, the ability to connect with other mothers sounds divine!

  36. Colorado says

    I’d love to attend. Not only am I a Mom, but I’m a Mom-in-law and now a grandmother-to-be. And I’ve never been to Texas!

  37. says

    That’s my birthday weekend, really, and I would love to attend! I live in a snow covered state so a little Texas sunshine would be a welcome sight and a sweet birthday present to myself!

  38. says

    I would love to go and would LOVE to meet you! I am a mom of 3 and step-mom of 2, but our youngest is 17. (Oldest is 25.) Do I qualify? Or would I be the old lady? :o/

  39. Cassandra says

    I am in Dallas and would love to attend! I could use the recharge for sure with two kiddos that are 2.5 and 7 months! Thanks!

  40. Natalie says

    I am sponsoring some Moms of our from our single Moms bible study so a winning a free one for one them would be awesome!

  41. Lori says

    Been thinking about going since I already live here, but winning the free tickets would solidify it!

  42. says

    Oh my goodness, I would love to win these tickets. I live so close to Frisco and could definitely use a little time away to refresh my self and come back a better Mom and wife!!

  43. amy m says

    I would love to go!! btw, sooooo glad to see your Aggies beat OU. I am a huge Ok State fan and anytime OU looses it is wonderful!

  44. Joanna A says

    Me please! Aggie, mom of three boys under 4, and need a break! Would love to attend! Also live here in Texas!

  45. amykay says

    I would love to go! and I just moved to Texas this summer so if love to meet some other Texas moms too :)

  46. says

    I would live to meet you but if I won the two tickets I would let my daughters go and be a “good” mom and babysit for them. They deserve a great weekend.

  47. katie says

    Yay! My friend and I really want to go!! We have been talking about it ever since we saw that it was going to be in Frisco!!

  48. Shannon says

    I would love to go!! I may be the oldest mom there but
    have tons to learn with an 11y/o and 6y/o!

  49. Cali says

    Sounds like a fabulous conference! I think you should make John Croyle sing the A&M fight song since the Aggies won (and I’m an Alabama fan saying this).

  50. Amy Spencer says

    I used to live in Frisco until a year ago and now I’m in Plano…right next door :) I’m thinking I’m going to have to make it to this conference!!!

  51. Shelley says

    I am dying to go!! Partly b/c I want to see you!! I have checked the past 2 years to see if it’s in another location besides Birmingham. I am in Dallas, so I could not be more thrilled!

  52. Sara Turrentine says

    I would LOVE to go to this! It has never been close enough but now its only a couple hours away!! :) Sounds like a blast!

  53. Jessica says

    I would LOVE to win since I’m only 45 minutes away! I’ve emailed every single mom friend, and not a one can go. So maybe if I won the tickets, I would put on my big girl panties and attend alone…perhaps meet some new friends? …or maybe free would convince one of them to go? Who knows, but pick me, random number generator thingy or whatever you’re using. Please! :)

  54. Casey Fields says

    My mom and I attended in birmingham last year and it was absolutely amazing!! I would love to win these. I have never been to Texas!

  55. Amy Simmon says

    I would love to attend…Have always wanted to go but Alabama is little to far…so excited it is now in Texas!! WOO HOO!!

  56. says

    I would LOVE to go!! We lived in Frisco until a few months ago, moved just a little bit too soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Btw, the outlet mall is actually about 15 minutes away in Allen, but Stonebriar Mall across the street from the convention center is a BIG non-outlet mall. It’s go tons of great stores!!

  57. Lisa says

    I would LOVE to attend this conference! Sounds like a great opportunity to get some tips on being a better mom!!!

  58. Patty Downey says

    Thanks for the chance to win free ticets! I definitely need help with being a mom! I think it’s the most stressfuul job a women can have!

  59. Jaclyn Rose says

    I just spent New Years in Frisco and I love it (especially the outlet mall)! I’d love love love to go to dotmom. :) Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  60. says

    Hmm…a gettaway that involves getting some godly wisdom for the mom gig, shopping, and being with a good friend. I want :) I just saw an ad for the conference the other day and thought it would be so great to go if I could pll it off. Thanks for offering up the tickets! We all love a giveaway :)

  61. says

    I smell a road trip! How fun would this be? Plus…I love to shop. Plus…do we get to meet you in real life? Does that sound stalkerish? I probably just blew my chance at winning… :)

  62. Robin Gunter says

    Me Me!! I would love to go and very definatly could use a break and the chance to grow!!

  63. Sherrill Moffett says

    I live in Arkansas- but I’m from Texas. Not only would this give me a great opportunity to bless one of my fellow mom friends… but it would give my mom some sweet “Maw Maw time” with our precious baby girl (and her only grand baby!) haha

    And I’ll bring my own mommy crown! ;0) haha

  64. Aubrey says

    As a single parent, this would be such an amazing opportunity…but what would make it even better is that my best friend (I call her my Soul Sister) is getting married in June, resulting in a blended family: Her daugher and her fiance’s two daughters. It would be such an amazing experience to be able to share this with her before I fly out to Phoenix for her wedding. She’s my “person” and I’m hers. Who could think of a better way to grow our already close friendship?

  65. Christine says

    I’ve never seen you in person and I’d like to see just how tiny you really are….:)

  66. Nicole Hill says

    Well I’m planning on going, free ticket or not…so it would just be a bonus if I won : )

  67. Heather says

    I would love to attend the conference! It is actually just down the street from our church :)

  68. Christy says

    I would love to go!!!!! I have been wanting to attend since they started, but AL is too far away!

  69. Jeannette says

    I would love to attend. I even have friend who lives there. She says I can stay with her if I share my winning tickets. SCORE!

  70. Jennifer O says

    I want to go to this conference. I love Priscilla Shirer and can’t wait to hear from the other speakers. Thanks!

  71. Heather says

    My bff and I would LOVE to attend!! I think it is just what we need for our children, husbands, and friendship!!

  72. Andrea Rawls says

    I really NEED this! It would be awesome to get away for a couple of days! I would really enjoy getting to hear the four main speakers (especially Angie Smith!) and I’m sure the breakouts would be awesome!

  73. Sharon C in OK says

    Pick me! Pick me! And as luck would have it, one of my kids lives in Dallas so I could visit the first person to make me a mom. How handy is that?!

  74. Laura says

    Thank you for the opportunity! I have always wanted to go, and am so excited it is in Texas this year!!!!

  75. Shayne Garrett says

    This would be a great birthday trip for me and my bestie!!! My B’day is that Sunday, Feb. 24. I’ll be 40 and who couldn’t use a little advice before hitting that milestone.

  76. Cory Lynne Myers says

    I have been working on getting a group of my friends to go to this conference. It would be awesome to win this!!!! Thanks!

  77. Deana Lewis says

    I’m soooo excited that all this dotMom goodness is coming to TEXAS! I would love to win!


  78. Meredith W in TX says

    I am so excited this in Texas! I would love to go and free tickets would be even better!

  79. Jen Fisher says

    I’ve heard great things about this conference. I want to go but haven’t signed up yet. I would love to win a ticket. This Mama needs it!

  80. Jennifer says

    Oh I hope I win! I would love to meet you…I live very close to Stonebriar Mall in Frisco. I can take you to the best Tex-Mex in Frisco! :) (I know how you need your chips & queso!)

  81. KimberlyC says

    I would definitely love to go…. putting it on the calendar now. Free tickets would be icing…

  82. Karen H. says

    Ooh, I would love to attend this conference! I could always use fun mom advice. And this Colorado gal would love an excuse to visit Texas:)

  83. says

    I live about 10 minutes away from the conference center where this will be held, so if the Random Number Generator just “happens” to pick me, you could come stay with us in my guest house! (I don’t actually have a guest house, I have a guest room that doubles as my office but it sounds so much better to offer a guest house as incentive for fixing the drawing.)

  84. Gee says

    Can’t wait to go to the Dotmom conference in my hometown, Frisco! Whoop! I’ve already got tickets! Yeahboy! Just one small correction: Frisco does NOT have an outlet mall – it has an awesome “normal” mall called Stonebriar Centre with every store you can imagine!

  85. Carrie says

    I wish I could attend this but I want to comment and if I win, give it to my sister who lives in Dallas :) She is pregnant with her fourth child and I know would love a weekend like this!!

  86. Lore says

    Ooooooh I wanna go! I had planned to try and surprise!!! Second baby! No funds now but I love a bargain price of free!

  87. Lore says

    Hit submit on the above and my email left out a letter! Don’t pick that comment! Pick this one ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ooooooh I wanna go! I had planned to try and surprise!!! Second baby! No funds now but I love a bargain price of free

  88. Jessica Jones says

    I’ve had two babies in two years. My youngest is 2 months and recently became a stay at home mom. I could DEFINITELY use some Godly encouragement!

  89. Jennifer says

    I’d love to attend! I have three children ages 7,10 and 11….I’d love to hear you and everyone else speak …. Fun!

  90. Cathy says

    Take John Croyle the Johnny Manziel jersey….I told my Texas A&M Aggie son-in-law that any time there is a comment about the 2012 UAT (University of Alabama Tuscaloosa) National Championship Team, it will be followed by this phrase: “whose only loss that season was to the Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies were in their first year in the SEC and ruined UAT’s chances at an undefeated season.” The Aggies’ win that day was the highlight of this Auburn girl’s season! and Welcome to the SEC!